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 2015 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.
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.
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.