Latest In Beauty – Editor’s Picks Collection
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Last week I ordered the Editor’s Picks Collection box from Latest In Beauty and I’m so glad I did! I have to say it’s the best beauty box I’ve seen for a while, and I love the fact that you can see what’s inside it before you order it, unlike some other beauty box schemes.
The Editor’s Picks Collection contains 10 items – some full size and some sample size – all hand-picked by Latest In Beauty to help make you look fabulous. Here is a closer look at my box…
The products all come nestled on shredded tissue paper inside a nice simple black box with the Latest In Beauty logo printed on the lid. The box lid was a little bit squashed and marked when it arrived, and I have to say I don’t like the packaging as much as I like the way Glossybox package their items, but having said that it is all about the products inside.
So, what was inside?
The first item is a full size 125ml Melting Cleansing Gel from nspa, the product range developed by leading day spa Nirvana Spa, and this retails at £6. I like the look of this tube and it is a good size. It says that the gel turns into a milk on contact with water and I am looking forward to trying this. The nspa range is available exclusively from Asda.
The second item is a full size English Rose Deodorising Body Fragrance from good old Yardley which retails at £2.49. I’m not sure this is something that I will use very much as I don’t like using fragranced body sprays, plus I’m not too keen on the traditional rose fragrance, but I will still try it out to see if it is any good. I’m not sure this is something that I would expect to receive from Latest In Beauty – as their name suggests I would expect them to be promoting new products and brands, and Yardley isn’t something that I associate with ‘new’ although they do have a fantastic heritage.
The third item in my Editor’s Picks box is a full size eyeshadow brush from The Vintage Cosmetic Company, retail price £7. I’d never heard of this brand before but I’ve just been checking out their website and they have a fab range of beauty accessories – brushes, make-up bags, false lashes, tweezers, etc – all with a pretty vintage twist, the prices are reasonable too, I’d say they would make great gifts. This brush has a thick head of lovely little stubby natural bristles and I’m looking forward to trying it out.
The fourth item in my box is a small 1.5g sample size Lip Lift Moisture Shine gloss in Pale Rose from Mirenesse, the full-size 4.5g tube retails at $39.95 which converts to around £25.70. In my opinion this is fairly expensive for a lip gloss so I am expecting amazing things from it! It contains Vitamin E and Microcollagen which help to plump lips, and it’s a lovely nude pink colour.
A 15ml sample tube of Rescue Mask from Eve Lom is the fifth item, the full size 50ml tube of this retails at £35. Eve Lom describe this product as a ‘weekly complexion booster and emergency treatment for sluggish, stressed-out skin’, it helps calm redness and irritation whilst soothing puffy eyes and decongesting pores. I’ve reviewed some great face masks recently so this mask really has something to live up to!
Am I the only beauty blogger in the land that hasn’t tried Benefit’s They’re Real mascara yet? *hangs head in shame* Well not for much longer as my sixth treat is a mini 3g They’re Real mascara! I really hope it’s going to be as good as everyone says it is, this will be a perfect size to store in my handbag too.
As soon as I opened my Latest in Beauty collection box I knew that the little beauty that is item 7 will soon become one of my favourite nail varnishes – a mini 5ml bottle of Mavala Rouge Rubis which retails at around £4. The image above really doesn’t do this shade justice, it’s a dark red polish with dense tiny flecks of red glitter, it’s going to be perfect for Winter and Christmas! I used to own quite a few Mavala polishes and found them really great and easy to apply, but I haven’t used one in a while.
Item 8 is a full size 2.35g pot of mineral Shimmer Powder from natural beauty brand Bellapierre, this retails at £12.99. Now I’m a big fan of Bellapierre as I love natural mineral make-up products and I recently reviewed their Super Gloss lip gloss – read that review here. Bellapierre’s Shimmer Powder are made from 100% pure Mica powder and are the ultimate multi-tasking product – not only can you use them as eyeshadows they can also be used as blush and eyeliner, mixed with clear nail polish to give a shimmery nail colour, added to lotion to make a bronzing lotion or even added to clear gloss to make a coloured gloss for your lips!
The one and only hair product within the box is a 30ml sample tube of Instant Calmer from Nicky Clarke, the full size 100ml tube is priced at £12. This balm aims to smooth and control hair for a sleek finish, and contains Argan Oil and avocado extract. I’m not usually a big user of styling products but I have already tried this out and was pleased with the results. I’ll be publishing my full review soon.
Last but not least the final and tenth product is a small 25ml jar candle from ethical skincare company AS London. I’m a little bit disappointed with this candle, it’s not packaged as nicely as I had expected (the wax is coming a bit loose from the jar) and it doesn’t have the name of the fragrance on it anywhere either. I’ve checked the AS London website and it says that the price for candles is ‘price on quotation’ which suggests that they are rather expensive! I quite like the scent of this one though and it will go nicely in my bathroom.
So that’s it, I will be reviewing each of the items in the Editor’s Picks box in full over the coming weeks, keep an eye out for them. I am really impressed with this box and will definitely use all of the items inside. It did take a little while to arrive after I had ordered it, but I don’t mind about that too much (I was just rather impatient and couldn’t wait to receive it!).
The Editor’s Picks box is priced at £12.95 – this includes P&P which is great, I just hate it when you order a beauty box and then have to pay an extortionate fee to have it delivered. Editor’s Picks is currently out of stock, but check out the Latest In Beauty website for their other great beauty boxes.
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