Latest in Beauty The Glamour Beauty Power List 2015

I do love receiving a beauty box in the post, it’s a bit like opening an early Christmas present with the contents wrapped perfectly in tissue paper. That said, I have made an effort to only buy the boxes containing products that I really want and know I will use. I’ve spent the last few weeks using up loads of half empty bottles and tubes that had been taking up too much space in my bathroom cabinet, and now I’ve decluttered I want to keep it that way. The products that appealed to most in the Latest in Beauty Glamour Beauty Power List box were the Revlon Ultra HD lipstick and the Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush. Both were available in three shades, and although you can’t choose which one you want, they all looked to be shades I would wear…except the red lipstick…so guess which one I received? Yes, typically I got the bright red lippie! I have a quite of collection of them now even though I’m definitely not a red lipstick kind of gal. Occasionally I will be bold and wear a red lip, but it has to be a pink toned red, in fact more of a raspberry colour. The Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in my beauty box was the shade Gladiolus – a bright red that looks quite dark in the tube. As soon as I took the top off the delicious fragrance of mango and vanilla hit me, instantly evoking memories of a lip balm I used to wear as a teenager. Although the colour looks intense, the formula is lightweight as it’s wax-free; instead it has a clear gel base, so it has a lovely smooth and silky texture. Although the colour I received isn’t quite right for me, I am really sold on this lipstick and will be buying some more of these in neutral and pink shades. The RRP is £7.99 but there are 3 for 2 deals on Revlon at Boots and Superdrug at the moment.

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Beauty Power List 2015

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Beauty Power List 2015 Revlon Ultra HD lipstick

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Gladiolus

I’ve long been a convert of cream blush, so the Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Blush Stick was probably the product that convinced me most to buy this beauty box. I’ve tried Clinique and Maybelline cream blushers, and more recently have been using Bourjois, but I’m always on the lookout for new products to try. Firstly, I really like the packaging; it’s sleek and unfussy, plus a wind-up stick is easy to apply. Small plastic pots with hinges tend to break after a couple of months meaning they end up rattling around in your make up bag making a mess, so I prefer a twist applicator. Unlike the Revlon lipstick, the shade of this blush stick is perfect for me; I tend to favour pinky browns, so Natural Rose is spot on. It doesn’t say on the case what the shade is called, only the number (07) so I had to go to the website to find that out. The texture is more sheer than I expected, but it’s easy to blend and build up a more intense colour. This is definitely a product to go in my handbag for touch ups during the day. The blush stick retails at £7.90 on Kiko’s website, so it’s pretty good value.Kiko Velvet Touch Cream Blush Stick

Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush

I haven’t had the chance to test out any of the other products yet. I’m going on holiday soon so that will be the perfect opportunity to try out the Philip Kingsley Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer. Hopefully it’ll prevent my hair from becoming too frazzled by sun, sea and chlorine. The Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture will come in handy too as I always wear a high SPF, particularly on a beach holiday.

 

List of box contents:

  • Eyeko Mascara in Blue or Black  (I received black, phew!)
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds Supershine Nail Polish
  • Philip Kingsley Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer
  • Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush (three shades available)
  • Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick (three shades available)
  • Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream
  • Nails Inc NailKale Superfood base coat
  • Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture

 

Did you pick up one of these beauty boxes? Do you think beauty boxes are good value for money or do you end up with lots of unsuitable products gathering dust on the shelf? I’d love to know what you think…let me know in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Emma xxx

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Latest in Beauty Dream box 3

When I saw there was a third British Beauty Blogger Dream Box from Latest in Beauty on sale I didn’t even have to check the contents list before hitting the “add to basket” button. The last Dream Box (you can see my post about it here) was amazing and this one is every bit as good. Containing 16 items and worth an incredible £110 it’s not surprising that it has sold out. When Jane Cunningham (AKA the British Beauty Blogger) puts together a beauty box you know it’s going to be full of incredible products. I held out on posting about the box because I wanted to try most of the items first rather than just list the contents, and quite a few have already become part of my daily beauty and makeup routine.  As an added bonus the box also includes offers from the brands featured.

I’ve listed the products at the bottom of the post with a mini review of each.

Latest in Beauty British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 3

Latest in Beauty British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 3

Vita Liberata

Scottish Fine Soap Company sea kelp soap

LIB British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 3 makeup

Swatches Eye of Horus Goddess pencil Nubian brown

From L-R: swatches of Makeup Revolution The One Fluid Blush in Malibu Ocean, Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Don’t pink of it, and Eye of Horus pencil in Nubian Brown.

Eye of Horus pencil and Benefit They're real remover

 

The full list of contents:

 

Eye Of Horus Pencil Eyeliner – Full Size RRP £17.00

Quite simply this is the best eye pencil I’ve tried. It’s soft and creamy, glides on like a dream, and it has some serious staying power. The packaging is beautiful (I love the name!) and with a very useful smudging tip on the other end of the pencil it is an absolute winner for me. It’s perfect for creating a smoky look. I received the pencil in Nubian Brown, which I was delighted with as it’s an intensely dark shade of brown and is now my eye pencil of choice. I hadn’t heard of the brand before but now I use it every day and will definitely repurchase it when this one runs out.

SALON SCIENCE Reglosse Smoothing Serum – Full Size 50ml RRP £18.00

The first time I tried this I definitely noticed a difference – my hair felt softer and lighter, as well as easier to manage. My hair is prone to dryness and frizz so I have to use a serum after every wash. Some serums are too heavy and sticky to use on dry hair but this one isn’t, you could apply it to the ends of your hair in between washes without making it limp or greasy. Oh, and it smells divine!

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser – Sample Size 15ml

As a die-hard fan of Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish I’m quite hard to please when it comes to cleansers, but having used this 3-in-1 cleanser for a few days in a row now, I think I may have found another skincare favourite. It’s a water-activated gel that turns into an oil, and then becomes a hydrating milk. It’s rich in vitamin C, Rose hip oil and virgin cherry oil to protect, nourish and hydrate the skin. My skin did seem to benefit from using this cleanser, feeling soft and appearing more radiant.  It claims to remove long-wear and waterproof makeup, which I didn’t test it on as I prefer to use a micellar water before cleansing, but in terms of how my skin felt after using it I’d definitely consider buying a full size version, which is £24 for 118ml.

 

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Mask – Full Size 50ml RRP £18.50

I don’t use face masks very often, mainly because I’m too impatient to leave them on long enough for them to work properly, but you have the option with this one of either removing it with toner or massaging it into the skin after 10 minutes. Due to its light texture I decided to leave it on and was surprised at how easily my skin absorbed it. If you’ve got sensitive, dry skin then I’d recommend giving it a try. My skin felt and looked hydrated and soothed the next morning.

 

Benefit They’re Real! Remover – Sample Size 7.5ml

I’m a huge fan of Benefit products and so I was keen to see if this made the job of removing mascara any easier than my current method of using a micellar water. In terms of effectiveness it performs well, but I found I needed quite a lot of it to do the job properly. I applied it to a cotton wool pad which seemed to absorb most of it, so in order to avoid dragging over the eye area I had to apply quite a lot. It costs £14.50 for 50ml which I think is pretty steep. I’ll be sticking with the micellar water.

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion with Tanning Mitt – Sample Size 20ml

I’ve tried Vita Liberata before, having received a sample in another beauty box, and although I’m not a prolific user of fake tan (and being allergic to some of them) I did really like this brand. A tanning mitt really makes a difference when it comes to achieving an even application. I haven’t yet tried this particular version but with Summer just around the corner I’m sure I’ll be getting plenty of use out of it.

The Scottish Fine Soaps Company Luxury Soap – Full Size 100g £4.95

I don’t use old fashioned bars of soap very often these days, which makes them seem like a bit of a luxury, especially when they are premium quality. There were two varieties available of the soap and I received Sea Kelp which has a lovely fresh fragrance. It looks so nice in the tin that I don’t want to use it!

Deciem Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex – Full Size 30ml RRP £7.99

This hand cream contains a 19.5% active complex concentration which “visibly improves firmness, elasticity, density, evenness, brightness, texture, smoothness and hydration” according to Hand Chemistry’s website. The before and after photos are impressive  so I’ve got high hopes for this hand cream. The backs of my hands often look a bit parched so I’ll be putting it to the 10 day test to see if it makes a noticeable difference. After just a few uses it looks very promising!

 

Dr Organic Lip Balm  – Full Size 5.7ml RRP £3.49

I have loads of lip balms, at least one in every bag so I was more than happy to add another one to my collection. There were three variants of the Dr Organic Lip Balm – cherry, mint and argan – I received argan which has quite a strong marzipan fragrance due to the almond oil it contains. I really don’t like marzipan so I didn’t think I’d like using the lip balm but once applied it’s not too overpowering. At £3.49 they are great value for money and I’ll be trying out one of the other varieties at some point.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia Body Lotion  – Travel Size 50ml

This body lotion has a delicate, fruity/floral fragrance that is perfect for Spring. I’ll be popping this into my travel bag.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet – Full Size RRP £8.99

I tend to stay away from matt lip products because I find them quite drying but I really like this one from Bourjois. The pigmentation is fabulous and it feels soft and silky on the lips. Bourjois always impresses me with its quality and value for money. A definite repurchase.

Makeup Revolution One Fluid Blush – Full Size 14.4g RRP £3.00

There aren’t too many liquid blushes on the market. I use Benefit’s Benetint every day so I was delighted to try out another one. Firstly, I can’t believe the price – £3! It provides a sheer, natural colour, making it a perfect addition to your holiday makeup bag. At such bargain prices I’ll be popping down to Superdrug to pick up a few more items from Makeup Revolution.

2 Essence Nail Polishes – Full Size 8ml RRP £1.60 each

I haven’t had chance to try these out yet as I have a gel manicure, but I love the colours which I think would look lovely with a tan. There are some fabulous budget nail polishes on the market… I never spend more than a fiver on a bottle as I just don’t see the point of paying any more than that. At £1.60 a bottle you can’t really go wrong!

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier 1.5ml

This  fragrance from Roger & Gallet was inspired by the figs which grow near the mountains of Esterel in Provence. It’s a fruity/floral fragrance with top notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit and cumin; middle notes are fig leaf and fig; base notes are fig nectar, cedar and musk. A beautiful Summery fragrance.

 Orelia Temporary Tattoos (1 sheet)  – £5.00

I’ve seen a lot of these temporary tattoos on Instagram lately and they’re really growing on me. I think they look great on tanned skin in the  Summer or on holiday and I can’t wait to try them.

My verdict

Jane has really pulled out all the stops again to bring us this fabulous beauty box packed full of gorgeous products. I’m delighted to have discovered some new brands and products that have made it onto my favourites list. Bring on the next one!

Did you manage to snap up one of these beauty boxes before they sold out? Are any of these already your favourites? Do let me know in the comments!

 

Thanks so much for reading! Have a lovely day!

 

 

Emma xxx

 

 

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Glamour Beauty Party Edit box Latest in Beauty have teamed up with Glamour magazine again for another amazing collaboration.  Latest in Beauty The Glamour Party Beauty Edit Box is a fantastic beauty box filled with 13 gorgeous party essentials. The range of products and brands included is pretty impressive – there’s skincare, haircare, nail polish, makeup and self-tan.

Glamour Beauty Party Edit box

As always, I’ll save the travel size items for travelling – I like to keep a little stock pile of skincare and hair products for holidays and short breaks. I can never resist swatching the makeup items in beauty boxes and testing out mascara though!

Wild About Beauty eyeshadow Heather

The Wild About Beauty eyeshadow in Heather looks quite purple in the case but when I swatched it I was surprised at how much the brown tones really show through, which makes it much more wearable for me.

Wild About Beauty eyeshadow swatch Heather

Stila eyeliner and Collection mascara

Stila waterproof eyeliner swatch

When it comes to mascaras I’ve always favoured high end brands, but I’ve been really impressed by some of the more affordable products just lately, one of which is the Collection Lengthening Mascara in this box. It has a rubberised wand with really short bristles that catch every lash and separate to give a feathery look. One application gives a natural look but additional coats build up the volume for more impact. Because the bristles are so short it means you can’t get too much mascara on the wand so it does take a few coats to achieve anything other than a very natural look, but the advantage of that is the brush doesn’t get overloaded and make the lashes clumpy. It’s not my favourite drug store mascara but considering the price (£3.99 at Boots at time of writing) it’s fantastic value for money.

The Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner is just fabulous. It’s highly pigmented and long-wearing…it really has some serious staying power! It glides on effortlessly without any dragging, and it can double up as a smoky shadow. Brilliant!

Burts Bees lip shimmer stick

The Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer adds a hint of colour while hydrating and protecting your pout…a winter essential to prevent chapped lips. I received Rhubarb, which oddly enough tastes very minty and feels quite tingly on the lips! I wasn’t very impressed with the packaging – it twisted up ok but wouldn’t twist back down again, and when I applied a little pressure to it I squashed it. Very messy!

All in all, I’m really pleased with the selection of products in the box. Another great collaboration between Glamour and Latest in Beauty!

The contents of the box:

L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin hairspray 75ml

Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow (6 variations, I received Heather)

Popband London hairbands (packet containing 2)

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner 20ml each

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (3 variations, I received Rhubarb)

Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 30ml

Vichy Idealia Life Serum 3ml

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (1 pair)

Lola Nail Polish (2 variants – Stone Grey and Bluebell)

Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel 30ml

Collection Lengthening Mascara

Also included is a 12-month subscription to the iPad/iPhone edition of Glamour discounted by 62% (normally £15.99).

The box costs £16.99 at Latest in Beauty (plus free delivery) but you can now get 20% off by entering the code GLAM20 at the checkout!

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend!

 

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LIB British Beauty Blogger The Dream Box

The Dream Box II is the second collaboration between Latest in Beauty and British Beauty Blogger aka Jane Cunningham. At £21.95 (including postage) for 18 items valued at £129, the Dream Box II is amazing value for money. When I first opened the box I couldn't believe how much had been crammed in – it was all packed so perfectly, cleverly utilising every bit of space in the box. Usually with beauty boxes there are a few items that don't really float my boat, but I know I will use everything in this one.

LIB British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

I will be reviewing some of the products in future posts when I've had the opportunity to try them out properly, but I couldn't resist a cheeky swatch of the lipstick! There were two shades of the Lola lipstick available – Sunset Red and Strawberry Fields. I received Sunset Red, and to be honest I would have preferred Strawberry Fields as I don't tend to wear red lipstick very often, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's more orange than red, as you can hopefully see in the photos.

Lola lipstick Sunset Red

Lola lipstick swatch Sunset Red

 All of these products are new to me except the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick, which I've been using for about a year now. This will be my third or fourth, and I find it so useful at this time of year. I carry one with me in my makeup bag all the time, because as well as using it as a lip protectant, I also use it on cuts and burns. You can see my previous review here. The Eight Hour Lip Protectant Sticks retail at £20, which really highlights what a bargain this box is!

 

The full list of contents:

 

 Eyelure Brow Crayon, full size, £6.45 value.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant, full size. £20 value.

Agent Provocateur Fatale, 2ml vial, value, £2.40.

Kerastase Bain Satin, 30ml, value, £1.53.

Kerastase Lait Vital, 20ml, value £1.50.

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Duo, full size, value £7.99.

Le Couvent de Minimes Gardener Hand Healing Cream, 25ml, value £4.95.

Sleek MakeUP Pout Polish (two variants – I received The Afterparty), mini size, value £2.40.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream, 15ml, value £4.80.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, travel size, value £3.

Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring, value £3.75.

Essie Nail Polish, (three variants – I received Toggle to the Top) 5ml, £2.66 value.

Nude Skincare Pro Genius Treatment Oil, 10ml, value £20.

Mio Double Buff Body Exfoliator, 50ml, £7.66 value.

Ardell Natural Style Demi Wispies, full size, £5.49 value.

The Body Shop Beautifying Oil, 100ml, £9 value (9 variants – I received mango).

Lola Make Up Lipstick, full size, £12 value (two variants).

Ciate Lash Lites, full size, £14 value (6 variants – I received Nymph, which is an emerald green shade).

 

Did you bag yourself a Dream Box II? If so, what's your favourite item?

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

 

 

Emma xxx

 

 

 

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Latest in Beauty Glamour Power List box

I was very happy when this little box of beauties arrived this morning. When it became available to order I didn't hesitate as I know I will use every item. I'll be saving the Eyeko wipes and mini Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for my next holiday but I couldn't resist swatching the Nude Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick. I was surprised by how pale it is, in fact you can barely see it on my arm in the last photo.

LIB Glamour Power List box contents

Nude maybelline color sensational lipstick in Sultry Sand

Nude Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick swatch

 

The box contains:

 

Philip Kingsley Daily Defence Conditioning Spray 60ml

Nude Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick (available in five flesh-tone shades, I received Sultry Sand)

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer 30ml

Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes (10 wipes)

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 30ml and muslin cloth

James Read Sleep Mask Tan 25ml

Bourjois Volume 1 Second Mascara

Also included is 12-month subscription to the iPhone/iPad edition of Glamour.

 

Did you order one of these beauty boxes and if so how do you rate it?

 

I'd love to read your comments.

 

Thanks for reading, have a great day,

 

Emma xxx

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