Liz Earl Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
James Read Sleep Tan Mask
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara
Philip Kingsley Daily Defence Conditioning Spray
Nude Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick
Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes
Next year I’m going cold turkey on beauty boxes. A recent clear out of my make up drawers confirmed what I had long suspected about them; the products are great and I love receiving them, but half the time they get used once and, um, put away in said drawers for a time when I’ll need them/a special occasion. Which ends up being never.
However, when I saw several Instagram/blog posts about this one, I just knew it would end up on my doorstep. To be honest, it had me at Laura Mercier. Latest in Beauty are an online company specialising in selling miniature versions of many beauty favourites – the theory being that if you like the sample and it works for you, you can then order the full-sized product through them at a discounted rate. As part of the service they also offer beauty boxes – either a build-your-own, in which you pick everything – or one-off collaborations throughout the year, this particular one being with women’s magazine favourite, Glamour.
As ever, when it comes to things like this I’m always conscious of price/actual value for money. However, with the contents of this box totalling over £80, the £15.99 fee was more than justifiable – especially as I needed a new mascara anyway, and finding a decent one of those under the £10 mark is becoming more effort than it’s worth these days (what is with that?!)
I’ll be honest – not everything in this box floats my boat. The make up remover wipes and face tan have been overlooked and, sadly, the Maybelline lipstick is just too nude for my skin tone, but the rest is definitely worth the money. I’ve used several of Liz Earle’s products before and can vouch for how amazing they are (this little gem is being saved for a holiday that I’ve been promised later in the year) and the same goes for Philip Kingsley; you just know you’re going to get a quality product with that brand (hello Elasticizer, I’m looking at you). The Bourjois mascara was surprisingly good – I love the packaging and the small wand (BIG fan of small mascara wands), although I’m not sure I’d actually go out and purchase it for myself.
I was marginally disappointed with the one product that sold this entire package to me though; the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer looks good, smells good and is good – UNLESS, like me, you’ve got majorly oily skin. I’ve tried this under my foundation for a night out, a day in the office and a day out and about and every time it lasts about 2 hours max before I’m having to powder over everything again. Which is a massive shame as I was desperate for this to work. In its favour though, it’s the most light weight primer I’ve ever used and sinks in so quickly without any residue, which is making me mighty tempted to buy the oil-free version.
If, like me, you’re a sucker for pretty packaging and big brand names, then head on over to Latest in Beauty where the Glamour Beauty Power List box is still on sale now.