I love beauty boxes. I don’t know where they all started from (am guessing Birchbox or Glossybox over in the States?), but whoever came up with the idea is a bit of a genius. For anyone who doesn’t know, beauty boxes are usually subscribed to and delivered each month packed full of trial (or full size) make up, skin care and hair care products. The prices tend to vary but they’re all quite reasonable, and one of my favourites is Latest In Beauty.
They’ve had a relaunch recently, so I thought I’d treat myself to their Glam Bag package which means you can choose nine products from a massive selection of make up, skin and haircare and bath and body products, for just £18.00. It sounds like a lot, but the value of the products combined is usually much higher than that anyway.
Latest In Beauty Glam On the Go Bag
I won’t go into a full-on review of each of the products as I haven’t tried them all out yet to be honest, but I’ll do a brief overview of the contents and talk in a little more detail about the items that I have tested out so far….
First thing to note is that they’ve actually switched from a traditional box to a bag, which I think is a practical move in a lot of ways to be honest. The box was handy for storing things in but at the end of the day, it’s still just a glorified shoe box. This soft canvas bag is a really good size and made of nice quality too, so perfect for being a secondary make up or toiletry bag.
Latest In Beauty have obviously spent quite a bit of time in ensuring that the packaging and bag are just as nice as the products they hold, and it’s the little touches like that which make a big difference I find.
The goodies I opted for then, in no particular order are:
High Definition Bronzer
This looks ah-mazing. I haven’t tried it yet and I know this might sound a little weird, but I’m sort of saving it for a more special occasion than just an ordinary week-day make up.
It looks like the perfect blend of warm/golden tones with terracotta and not a hint of sparkle or shimmer as far as I can see which is a win for me as I hate shiny bronzer. Matte all the way! I have a feeling I’ll be blogging about this in the future when I’ve finally let myself start using it.
High Definition Blusher
As soon as I saw this blusher on the website I knew it would go into my final selection. Again it’s by High Definition (formerly HD Brows; they changed their name a few months ago I think), and it’s a beautiful warm, peachy-pink. I think this would suit most skin tones as it’s both subtle and natural, and I can’t wait to do a proper review of it when I’ve given it a test drive.
Worth noting – the packaging of both the blusher and bronzer from High Definition is really, really lovely, and feels like proper premium make up. Both compacts have a very nice-sized mirror inside and I have a feeling the products themselves will last a long time.
Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring
I’ve heard so many good things about these funny little hair bobbles. They’re supposed to minimise any snagging and breakage on the hair strands, and also leave no trace of the bobble once it’s out of your hair, unlike ordinary bands which always cause those annoying kinks.
Do they work? YES! I’m amazed because they look like nothing special at all, and I didn’t think that for such a small little ring it could securely hold all my hair in, but they are great and I can’t really imagine going back to ordinary bands to be honest.
L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
There’s not an awful lot you can say about a hand cream really is there? This one is lovely and light on the skin, yet super moisturising, and smells gorgeous.
It’s a 30ml tube which isn’t a huge amount, but perfect for popping into your handbag and topping up after hand washes or when your hands feel dry and need a bit of TLC. Which for me is basically every five minutes in all this cold weather!
Living Proof Healthy Hair Shampoo
Similar to Invisibobble, this is a brand that I’ve heard of before but never tried. There’s been a lot of good things said about the whole range though, and they’re stocked on Cult Beauty which is testament to their quality.
There’s a few different items available on the site to choose from, but I thought I’d test out the shampoo, It’s a 60ml bottle which is quite a nice size to allow a good few washes at least. Thoughts on this will be in a later post I’m sure…
Nails Inc Polish in Uptown
I love Nails Inc polishes. I think I’ve only tried two others before, and both were darker shades that came free with Glamour magazine. They are really pigmented and nicely formulated textures which last a good amount of time without chipping.
Uptown is such a beautiful, warm pink. I think it’s the perfect everyday colour that would suit any skin tone, and I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this particular shade.
Rodial StemCell Super-Food Glam Balm Multi
Another product with such a long name. Rodial are a premium skincare and make up brand which I haven’t used any products from before, but this super-rich balm/moisturiser looks like a treat.
I’ve used it a couple of times before bed and first impressions are that it reminds me quite a bit of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream in its texture. It’s very rich and definitely more a night cream than a day one I think, but it’s super moisturising and feels lovely and soft on the skin.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil
Isn’t this mini bottle the cutest thing ever?! I forgot to take an individual photo of this one but it’s the dinky little glass bottle with the gold cap. This product is an absolute cult classic, and the brand themselves are one of France’s most-loved beauty names.
The dry oil can be used on skin and hair and has the ability to provide intense moisture without the greasiness. I’m thinking of putting this on my face one evening before bed and seeing what it’s like in the morning. Watch this space for a more in-depth post soon….
Rosie For Autograph Nuit Parfum
Another cute little bottle! This one contains the Nuit Parfum from Rosie Huntington-Whitely’s range at M&S. It’s quite a rich, floral scent with musk undertones and lasts a good amount of time.
Probably not my most favourite of fragrances if I’m being completely honest, but that’s not to say it isn’t nice. It’s actually growing on me the more I wear it; (I just personally prefer more oriental, woody scents over the florals). This is a great sized-bottle for popping in your bag on a night out though, and again, I love the packaging. (Can you tell I’m a complete sucker for that sort of thing yet??)
Last but not least….thank you Latest In Beauty!
On top of the nine products detailed above that I chose as part of my package, Latest In Beauty decided to pop in a sheet mask which I’m assuming is just an extra little treat for their subscribers.
I haven’t used it yet but it looks lovely, and I’m quite partial to a sheet mask after using the Garnier one and really liking it. So thanks for that nice surprise guys!
Sorry for the rambling post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and found some of the reviews useful. I love the new-look Latest In Beauty website though and 100% recommend you try them out. You can either subscribe to the box or order a one-off, but the thing I love the most is that you get to decide what the contents is going to be. (My difficulty is limiting my choices to nine as there’s always so many lovely things on there).
I’ll aim to post more detailed reviews on products like the High Definition bronzer and blusher in a week or so when I’ve worn them for a few days, and any skincare reviews will take longer as I ideally need to try them out over about a month.
Thanks for reading though, and I’ll be back soon! (Hope everyone is starting to feel festive now; our tree went up a couple of nights ago and it’s definitely beginning to look a lot more like Christmas….YAAAAYYYY).