It’s been a while since I had a Beauty Box! I used to have quite a few, but over time I got fed up of repeated products and wasted money on things I didn’t like.
When I received an email from Latest in Beauty about their Mother’s Day special, I knew it’d be one to have. I love the limited edition subscription boxes; you get a great selection of products and the chance to try luxury brands you wouldn’t normally be able to afford. I’ve had quite few in the past; my favourites were the Latest in Beauty collaboration with Beauty and the Beast and the Glossybox and Wendy Rowe collaboration.
The box comes in a standard black box, and it is RAMMED full of goodies! Usually you get a decent amount with limited edition boxes, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a box so full before. And all for £25! If you’re looking at getting this for your mother or for yourselves, so far so good!
The Body Shop Muslin Cleansing Cloth (RRP £2.50)
Just a standard cleansing cloth that you could probably get anywhere. I’ve got tons of these to remove makeup, but never had one from The Body Shop before. It feels a good quality and soft on the skin, so seems like it would be nice and gentle without tugging delicate skin.
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, 90ml (RRP £10.00 for 90ml)
Another full size product! I’d read great things about this range on Caroline Hirons website, but haven’t gotten around to trying anything. Until now!
I’ve never tried a solid cleanser so I’m really interested in how this will work. Chamomile has great antiseptic qualities and is very soothing, so I can imagine this would be great on inflamed skin.
Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub, 60g sachet (RRP £2.00)
Enriched with Dead Sea salts and nourishing oils, this leaves skin perfectly polished by buffing away any dead skin cells and promotes regeneration of the skin underneath. I’ve only ever tried hand creams by Sanctuary Spa, so I’m interested in giving their other products a go. I don’t tend to use salt scrubs usually, so I’m looking forward to a pamper session!
Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner, 50ml bottle (RRP £18.00 for 190ml)
I always love a good conditioner! As my hair is colour treated it can sometimes get a little dry if I don’t look after it, so I like to use a deep conditioning conditioner after using my normal shampoo and conditioner. I just apply it to the ends of my hair for a few minutes, and voila!
This is marketed as an 11-in-one conditioner that deeply cleanses and conditions your hair whilst improving shine, adding volume and reducing frizz. This sound like it’ll do a great job to help nourish the ends of my hair, so I’ll report back with how I get on!
Palmers Cocoa Butter Exfoliating Facial Scrub (RRP £5.49)
Facial scrubs aren’t something I tend to use; I’m more of a face mask and cleanser kinda girl. I do use the Soap and Glory facial scrub from time to time, and I absolutely love Palmer Cocoa Butter stretch mark cream (I used this religiously when I was pregnant).
This has the same signature chocolate scent, as well as an undertone of primrose oil which would smooth and moisturise the skin. The scrubbing ingredient is crushed walnut shell which is micro fine, so wouldn’t be too abrasive on the skin.
Sally Hanson Colour Therepy nail varnish in the shade Powder Room(RRP £8.99)
These polishes are fused with Argan oil to moisturise the nails. I’ve never actually used a Sally Hanson nail varnish despite using the nail hardener and top coat for years. I’m not sure that the colour is for me; it’s a frosted metallic pale pink/gold which I don’t tend to use as I prefer bolder shades and matte nails, but I’ll give it a try and see how I get on.
Philosophy Amazing Grace Shampoo, bath and Shower Gel, 30ml (RRP £19.00 for 480ml)
This smells incredible! It has a slightly floral scent, that reminds me of of the stuff we used on Owen when he was a baby. I’m not quite sure about how this can be a shampoo, bath and shower gel without making your hair horrendously greasy, but I’ll give it a go and let you know!
Philosophy Amazing Grace fragrance sample (RRP £28.00 for 60ml)
This smells exactly like the shampoo, bath and shower gel, so I’m happy!
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, 30ml (RRP £26.00 for 180ml)
If there’s one word I like to see with skincare products it’s salicylic acid, which basically means it’s an exfoliator that helps reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes. It’s also amazing at reducing acne breakouts.
I’m always looking to try new skincare products so I’m excited to give this one a go. I’ve been looking at trying The Ordinary’s 30% AHA and 2% BHA, but after reading a few reviews about Paula’s Choice I’ll give this one a go first.
Basic Beauty Tools Foundation Blender (RRP £14.99)
These sort of things are always handy, because I use my foundation sponges a lot, and they get very grubby! I try to use only one sponge at a time and dispose of them every four months or so because they’re a breeding ground for bacteria, so it’s nice to have a few new ones lying around ready to use! I’ve never tried this particular brand before, but it’ll be a nice comparison point for the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge and the BeautyBlender.
Dr Organic Snail Gel Hand and Nail Elixir (RRP £16.49)
This is singularly the most disgusting and fascinating products I think I’ve ever received. Snail gel! Apparently it has amazing regenerative properties that promotes deep healing of skin tissue and moisturises at the same time.
It has a strong citrus smell and makes your skin feel really soft and not at all sticky or greasy. I’ve only used this once or twice, so I’ll be interested to see how it works over time!
Sen Spa Bath and Body Oil, 100ml (RRP £9.95)
I don’t actually have a bath in my house, so it’ll be interesting to see how I get on with this! You can actually apply this to damp skin fresh from the bath or shower, so I’ll have to try it out this way and see what it’s like.
I don’t use body oils all that often; I tend to just moisturise my skin when I get out of the shower. With ingredients such as lavender, bergamot and patchouli oil this seems like it’ll be great to use before you go to sleep.
Perfectil plus Nail Extra Support (RRP £14.95)
This sounds like it might be something I need! I don’t need any help in the hair department, but I do sometimes struggle with my nails. They grow to pretty decent lengths, but with general daily activities they can sometimes be a little brittle.
I’ve never considered taking a supplement specifically for hair, skin and nails so I’m not quite sure whether they work as well as they sound on the box. If this works, I’ll let you know!
58 Balancing Room Mist (RRP £23.00 for 100ml)
Infused with essence of jasmine and geranium, this promotes feelings of wellness and balance. Designed to relax the body and mind, this seems like an ideal product to spray in your bedroom before you go to sleep, or in the bathroom before you take a relaxing bath.
I’m not a user of room mists so I’m unsure how much use I’ll get from something like this, but it might be a handy product to keep around just in case.
Overall, I’ve been really impressed with the selection included in this box. Whilst there are one or two products which I’m not sure about, the majority of products I like the look of and will get a lot of use out of.
It seems like a great box to pamper yourself, so whether you get it for yourself or your Mom, I’m sure it will be very well received!