The concept behind beauty boxes is something which I really like, but the whole subscription thing has put me off in the past. (I avoid annual fees/subscriptions when I can help it. I don’t really know why… I guess I’m just a bit of a commitment-phobe in that respect). There was a beauty box which I bought back in August though which you could buy as a one-off, no sign-up or membership required, and it is honestly the best beauty box I’ve encountered in terms of quality products and value for money.
Tili (short for Try It Love It), was launched back in the Summer by QVC Beauty, and their debut box was released in August. You can read my review of its contents in detail here but suffice to say, I absolutely LOVED it. It’s the first beauty box I’ve bought which contained pretty much all premium brands and high-end products, and it cost only £20.00, including postage.
I raved on about the August box and didn’t think it could really be matched, but last week I ordered October’s edition and I actually think that this one is even better…
Tili keep it simple with a two-colour scheme throughout their packaging and reflected across their social media campaigns. For their debut August box, there was a powder-blue and baby pink theme, and this time there’s a very chic grey and hot/neon pink which I really like.
It’s the contents which make this box so impressive however, and even though I’ve been using the products for less than a week, I’m very impressed already…
Percy & Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse
Can I just start by saying that this is a proper, full-size 200ml can?! Loving the generosity. Percy & Reed are one of the more high-end haircare lines which I’ve actually never used before, given the fact that I buy most of my hair stuff from Boots or Superdrug.
Mousse is probably the least-used of all my hair products if I’m being honest, but I was curious to give this a go the other day, so I wacked a golf-ball sized amount through my hair after showering and blow-dried as usual.
The first thing I noticed is no sticky hands whatsoever, which I almost always get after using mousse, so that’s a good thing for sure. I’m not entirely convinced about the volumising claim to this mousse, as I personally couldn’t see much difference to my hair in that respect, but it’s a lovely product and leaves hair feeling very soft with a little added bounce.
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen
Another new brand to trial is Pixi (of which I’ve heard SO many good things about, and their Glow Tonic is on the top of my to-try list). Pixi claims that this is a water-proof, smudge-proof and long-lasting eyeliner which is supposed to glide onto the eyes and stay there all day.
I can pretty much vouch for that as I put on the liner at around 7am this morning. It’s now 11pm as I type this post with my make up still on, and the liner is still very much there going strong. It’s comfortable to wear, mineral-oil free and contains nourishing vitamin E. Pretty much a winner all-round for this little mini pen.
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer
First time trying out Caudalie too; a premium french pharmacy brand which have a couple of cult products under their belt already. I’ve been using this moisturiser for the past couple of mornings and it’s so lovely. It has a very subtle floral scent but nothing too overpowering, and this feels light enough to apply in the morning without being too much of a heavy base before foundation. Firms, blurs and mattifies the skin. Win win!
OPI Nail Lacquer in Russian Navy
I admit I haven’t tried this yet but I love the colour, and think it’s a perfect transitional shade for going into Autumn/Winter. It looks like a beautiful midnight inky blue and I can’t wait to try this out as like with the other brands, I’ve heard a lot of good things about OPI. They haven’t achieved cult status for nothing I’m sure.
NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex
Hyaluronic acid has been the buzzword for skincare over the past year or so and with good reason, as it is incredibly beneficial. It is something which is naturally present in the body anyway, but any product which contains it serves to basically lock moisture in, a bit like a sponge. Moisture = hydration, and that in turns equals healthier looking skin.
I hadn’t heard of this particular brand until about a month ago, when I came across a recommendation for them from Allesandra Steinherr. Allesandra is Glamour’s beauty director (and also the woman who happens to have my dream job…)
I love reading up her on her tips and tricks and so when a brand gets her seal of approval, I figure it must be pretty good.
I’ve used this complex only a couple of times over the past week, and it’s an incredibly watery texture; very light on the skin. I think this sort of product requires using for a few weeks at least in order to fully see the results, if any, and so unfortunately it’s not a very thorough review at the mo, but you’ll hopefully get the gist of what this super-strength serum is all about in a later post.
Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara
Tarte are a brand which I’ve been bursting to try for ages, and I was so happy to see a full size mascara of theirs in the box.
This is one seriously good mascara. It does a bit of everything; lift, curl, lengthen and volumize, all without clumping or adding weight to the lashes. I’m so impressed with it already and would definitely repurchase in the future. (Apologies for no individual photo here…don’t know how I managed to miss that out).
Amazing Grace Shower Gel from Philosophy
This is a dinky travel-sized bottle of loveliness which I’ve been using every time I’ve showered since the box arrived last week. It smells gorgeous, lathers up very nicely, and a little goes a long way, so even this small bottle should last a good amount of time.
Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer
Yet another brand which I’ve heard so much about but not got round to trying. This bronzed primer looks a bit dark and scary in the tube, but I’ve been reliably informed that it blends and sheers out to your own skin tone beautifully. I’ll report back on this when I’ve had a better chance to review it, but after testing some out on the back of my hand, it looks like it will be a lovely glowy base for the face.
So that’s it for my little round-up and mini review of the Tili October Beauty Box. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and found it useful, and I think that for £20.00 you honestly can’t go wrong with this brand.
Try it out and see what you think, and if you do then please drop me a comment and tell me what your favorite products from the box are; I’d love to hear from you!
The October Edition is on sale now and available to buy here for £20.00, including P&P.