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. These British Beauty Blogger boxes sell out quickly! I held out on posting about the Dream Box 3 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 in the Dream Box 3 at the bottom of the post with a mini review of each.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
This body lotion has a delicate, fruity/floral fragrance that is perfect for Spring. I’ll be popping this into my travel bag.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!