I feel like the breaks between my blog posts are getting longer and longer lately and I don’t like it! But life has been a little busy, and recently I’ve felt a bit demotivated with blogging and social media in general…. I’ll probably ramble on about it to be honest so I think what I’ll do is save it for a separate post soon. Anyway, for now here’s some thoughts and mini-reviews on my February favourites from Latest In Beauty’s monthly subscription service.
Of all the beauty boxes and monthly subscriptions out there, Latest In Beauty have always been one of my favourites. (You can check out my most recent review here). Back in December they had a relaunch and a big part of that involved a subscription service finally being offered as an additional purchase option. Each month you can choose up to nine products for £18.00, and they update the site with new items each week so there’s no danger of being stuck with the same old products month in and month out. Some of the products are full size, and some are samples, but the best thing is that you yourself get to choose. It’s your own curated box, rather than something which has been pre-selected and contains at least a couple of items you don’t like or would never personally use. (It’s happened to me a couple of times with other beauty boxes, and I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty annoying). But it’s part of the gamble of ‘blind-buying’ a particular box.
Anyway, I thought I’d share with you what I picked for my February box, and give a quick little review/first impressions for those items which I have actually used already:
Revlon Nail Enamel in Teak Rose
I’ve only worn this a couple of times but it’s such a pretty browny-pink and is perfect for everyday wear. Subtle and natural; I love it, and I think this is the perfect transitional colour from Winter to Spring.
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Mask
I’ve heard SO MUCH about the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, (all good things I might add), so I when I saw this mask was available I snapped it up. And it doesn’t disappoint.
It’s a very thin, gel-like consistency, which you apply onto the face and leave for 10-15 minutes before washing off with warm water and a muslin cloth or flannel. It contains all sorts of lovely things including lactic acid and probiotics among others, which all work to hydrate and boost radiance. I’ve only used it once, but I noticed a difference almost straight away. Am hooked on this.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
A bit of a cult product from what I’ve heard, this little spray contains lavender, wild camomile and vetiver to help calm and soothe the body and mind in order to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. You just spray it a couple of times over your pillow – simples.
I’ve used this a couple of times, and whilst the smell does take a little bit of getting used to, (I’m not the biggest fan of lavender), I think it’s definitely helped to create some calm before bed with a relaxing scent.
Merci Handy Black Vanilla Hand Gel
Because of the fact that I have two small children, I’m probably concerned with hand hygiene now more than ever before in my life. (Germy toddlers are a dangerous combo!) Hand gels are one of those little extras which you don’t realise or appreciate how handy they are until you need them – if that makes sense.
This one by Merci Handy has a very subtle yet sweet scent thanks to the black vanilla. It’s not overpowering though, and it doesn’t leave hands feeling too dry which is a pet-hate of mine with some other hand gels. I’d definitely purchase this in the future. And how cute is the little bottle?!
Resultime Hydrating Cream
I’d never heard of this brand before, but I’ve been after a new day moisturiser so thought I’d pick it for the box – and it’s really, really lovely.
It’s a very lightweight gel-cream which sinks into the skin so quickly you feel as though nothing has even been put on, if it weren’t for the fact that your face feels super nourished and hydrated after applying it. I can’t vouch for any anti-ageing benefits, but it doesn’t make any radical claims to eliminate wrinkles. What it does promise and do very well however, is hydrate the skin, which for anyone with dry or dehydrated skin (a.k.a. me), can totally reap the benefits from, and definitely see a difference in skin appearance.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti Frizz Primer
I’ve used the cult Frizz-Ease many times ‘back in the day’ – probably about ten years ago or so. God it’s been that long…. I always used to use way too much though and it would end up just making my hair so crispy and dry. Not the best of looks. Thankfully I’ve learnt some self-restraint when it comes to product application these days, and literally one little pump of this serum is more than enough for a whole head of shoulder length hair.
It’s best applied to hair that’s a little damp from the shower, and just blow dry as normal to reduce any frizz. I do like it, but to be honest, I don’t think there’s much (if any difference), between this formula and the original except a new name and a couple of pounds more added to this one…. *rolls eyes at the marketing department*.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Masks
I’ve got a feeling that Indeed were one of the first brands to come out with this sort of ‘sheet mask’. You know the one; you put it on and end up scaring yourself shitless when you look in the mirror because you look just like Michael Myers from Halloween. Yep. That mask.
Self-scaring aside, this is a lovely mask which injects a serious amount of moisture into the skin. They are a little on the pricey side though, so to be honest I’d probably stick with purchasing the Garnier ones in the future, as they’re less than £2.00 per mask and do just as good a job in my opinion.
Givenchy La Rouge Mini Lipstick in Rose Dressing
This is one of the prettiest little lipsticks I’ve seen in a while, and the first one I’ve ever tried from Givenchy. It’s a beautiful rose-pink, and is perfect for every-day wear.
I would say it’s a demi-matte finish, and doesn’t feel dry on the lips at all. I haven’t worn it enough to vouch for longevity, but the pigmentation is great as you’d expect from a high-end brand, and the colour would suit pretty much all skin tones.
Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion
I’m a teeny bit disappointed with this, as I’d had quite high hopes after hearing so many good reviews of the brand. I don’t know why but I found it to streak quite a lot on my arms, and I applied it exactly as I normally would with any self-tanning product.
I’ve used the St Tropez gradual self-tanner before and didn’t have this problem, but it’s such a shame as the shade of the Vita Liberata was really lovely. It might be that the brand are better suited to ‘proper tanning’ products rather than the gradual self-tanners, but it’s a bit gutting that it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for. I will give it another go and report back in the future if anything changes though.
Elemis Energising Skin Scrub…Time for Men
Yep, you did read that right…Time for MEN. It’s not very often that Latest In Beauty feature male grooming products, but they do have the odd item here and there, and this one just happens to be one of them. And in my rush to order I selected this without even checking, so it’s not their fault at all. It’s my bad. *inserts embarrassed monkey emoji here*
Obviously I can’t vouch for this scrub at all, (much as I’d like to try it as I love Elemis), but that’ll teach me to read the descriptions a little more thoroughly next time before chucking them into my virtual basket…
So that’s it for my february favourites round-up from Latest In Beauty. I hope you found the reviews useful, and I’ll be back with a new post very soon! Bye guys.