I’ve tried A LOT of beauty subscription boxes, mostly reviewed here, with Glossybox being my most frequent and most loved. But, a couple pf weeks ago Carrie at work tried out Latest in Beauty and I’ll happily admit I was jealous as sin and had to try it too. It’s slightly different to LookFantastic, Glossybox or Birchbox as you get too actually choose what’s going in your box. You also get to choose between three different plans (I of course went for the one with the most products). There were 9 products, with an added sample and a great quality Latest in Beauty cosmetic bag, so I’ll try and not babble on too much.
Sally Hansen, Miracle Gel Nail Polish Duo 022 Shimmer Me Timbers (RRP £9.99) Full size.
Love Sally Hansen, love this duo. A win straight off the bat. The white has a slight shimmer which is incredibly flattering, and the top coat is super glossy and prolongs the colour for days! If the rest of the box is as good we’re daintily onto a winner.
Lipcote, Original Lock Lasting Lipstick Sealer (RRP £3.69) Full size.
One of my biggest pet peeves as someone who loves a bold lip, is how every cup gets stupidly stained with the copious amount of coffee I drink. Don’t get me wrong, there was still a little transfer but Lipcote made my lipstick last at least double the amount of time it normally lasts. I haven’t used Lipcote in years and I forgot how good it was.
Pukka, Feel New Organic Aniseed Fennel & Cardamom Tea (RRP £2.50) Full size.
Normally I’m one for fruity or jasmine green tea instead of herby, but I couldn’t not choose the tea. I’m surprisingly a big fan of the aniseed and cardamom blend! I’m not a big fan of aniseed normally but it’s quite mild and smooth in this. It’s super refreshing and calming too!
St.Tropez, Gradual Tan In Shower Golden Glow Medium (RRP £13.99 for 200ml) 50ml Sample. £3.50
I love fake tan, the more bronzed the better, but it can be so much effort so to just pop it on in the shower sounded like a god send. This tan definitely changed my skin colour, but it took all my remaining tan off, making me look even paler. The application was easy enough, even if you can’t really tell where you’re applying the tan as it’s more like rubbing in wet moisturiser. It’s also not that easy to stand around in the shower, dripping wet, for three minutes while it ‘develops’. I was expecting for some colour to appear the day after, but I was still as pale as a ghost.
Garnier, Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask (RRP £2.99) Full size.
I’ve raved about these masks before, they’re one of my favourites, so when I could choose to get one of these of course I picked it. It’s incredibly nourishing, doesn’t slip off half way through and my skin always feels hydrated for days after using.
Bioré, Limited Edition Cheetah Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (RRP £8.99) Full size.
Like normal pore strips, but cuter. The design is adorable, even if it is a little opaque and the product works really well. I’m one of those weirdos that loves to inspect pore strips afterwards and it worked far too well because I had too many blackheads than what I’m comfortable with.
Burt’s Bees, Sunset Cruise Lipstick (RRP £9.99) Full size.
I didn’t even know Burt’s Bees did lipstick, but this packaging is so pretty! The formula is quite sheer/subtle but incredibly hydrating. It almost feels like a tinted lip balm because of how light-weight it feels. The colour is lovely and perfect for subtle days.
Marc Jacobs Beauty, Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (RRP £22) 5g Sample.
I was impressed this was to choose from as Marc Jacobs Beauty has a fantastic track record with me and this mascara carries that on. My favourite wand is an hour-glass shape like this and within a couple of swipes I’ve got false-lash worthy lashes. I was surprised at how little fall out there was through the day with it being a thicker formula. This is easily one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried.
Emulsion Cosmetics, Matte Maker Essential Blend (RRP £16) Full size.
I chose this because ‘matte maker’ sounded attractive to someone with oily skin. The name however did not match up to the results. I’ll admit it gave my skin a nice finish with foundation, but it certainly didn’t prolong it or make it any matter.
All in all, there’s been a mixture of hits and misses with this box. However, because I chose the products it’s purely down to me. With an approximate value of £68 I wouldn’t say I’ve done too bad! I really enjoy how much of a mixture of beauty, health, skin and hair products to choose from there is. Every box really can be completely different, and I can’t wait to choose what comes next. -Lauren