With the recent demise of Chic Treat Club, a beauty box shaped hole has been left in my life. I still like Glossybox, but I wanted to see what else was out there. I've bought one Latest in Beauty box before - this one, the Beauty Insider one:
Containing a full size eyeko liner, some mini Essie polishes, a Daniel Sandler concealer brush, decent samples of serum and Laura Mercier primer - it was a definite win. So when I saw the new Glamour box, I knew I had to give it a go.
Latest in Beauty don't ship to Ireland, so you will have to use Parcel Motel if you want to order. Mine arrived 2-3 days after I got the dispatch email. In the UK, the box costs £16.99 - in euro, that was just over €24.
The Glamour Spring Edit box contains items chosen by Glamour magazine editor Alessandra Steinherr, and the contents are valued at £99.
I loved the design of this box - it's so colourful and bright. Inside the box were some leaflets - a sheet explaining what each item was for, a discount card to give you some money off if you buy from the brands, and a 12-month subscription to Glamour magazine in either print or iPad/iPhone form. Unfortunately it's only valid if you have a UK address, so if anyone from the UK or Northern Ireland is reading this and wants that subscription, please let me know either here or via twitter and you can have it.
The box looked very full for just over €24, it has to be said! Let's have a look at everything individually.
Nuxe Creme Fraiche 24hr Soothing and Rehydrating Fresh Mask - I really like Nuxe products and this was the main selling point for me. This is a rehydrating mask that supposedly gives an instant smoothing effect, but I think I will use it as an intensive treatment every so often. This is a 50ml tube - available on Cloud 10 for €21, so that's almost the cost of the box back already on one item.
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask Another hydration product, this is a hair treatment. I love hair masks, so this is fantastic - this promises "deep hydration and conditioning". I haven't used anything from this brand before, so this is a real treat. The tube is 75ml, which should last for a good few applications if used once or twice a week. The 250ml pot of this costs €32.39 at Beautyfeatures.ie, making the sample worth around €9.69.
Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Base and Top Coat You'll get one of three possible base colours in your box - red, beige, or mint green. I was so relieved when I saw this mint green colour ("Full House"), it's one of my favourites for this time of year. I'm really looking forward to trying these, because I didn't get on great with the Sally Hansen version. These are available in Boots for €9.99 each, making them worth €19.98 in the box.
BeautyUK High Brow All in One Brow Definition Kit This is a gret little kit that contains a precision tweezers, double ended slanted/setting brush, wax, and three shades of brown. I think the lightest brown would just about work on blondes, but I'm not sure this is the best addition for redheads. Available from Superdrug for £3.99, I'm not sure if the euro conversion of €5.59 is accurate but I wouldn't imagine it costs much more than that.
Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick I got the shade 04 Golden Beige, but you could get any one of three shades. This is very easy to use, and gives great pigmentation. It supposedly lasts up to eight hours, a claim I haven't had a chance to test yet. Here's a quick swatch:
If you're reading this on March 10th, you still have time to avail of the 20% off sale over on the Kiko website - who knew they shipped to Ireland?! I placed a little order last night that included some more of these shadow sticks and a few other bits that I've wanted to try for ages. The sticks retail at €6.90 each.
Modelco Creme Rouge Cheek and Lips in "Just Peachy". This shade is universal to all boxes. It's a soft, creamy rouge stain that can be used in various ways. I'm not mad into stuff like this, being honest - I applied it to my cheeks and though it blended well, I just looked red. Like I'd just been outside in the wind or hadn't bothered to put foundation on. When I was in school, this was the type of look I actively tried to avoid - gaining an addiction to No.7 Rosy Tone Colour Control in the process. Not for me unfortunately - but have a look at it anyway, if you like products like this or have a slightly darker skin tone I'd say you'd like this:
You can buy modelco cosmetics on their website here - I can't find any creme rouge, so it may be a new product. I thoroughly recommend this lipliner - I got a free one last year with Glamour and it's fantastic.
Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lip Gloss Each box contains a full-sized gloss in one of five shades. Mine was Twinkle Twinkle, a pink gloss with shimmer.
It's a nice gloss, the texture is okay, more thick than sticky. It's heavy in comparison to the YSL lip oils I've been wearing recently, but it's okay. I like the shade, I hate the glitter. I'm 31, my lips don't need to glitter in daytime. I do like Rimmel and their lip products a lot, so I will be picking this up in a different shade. This claims to stay glossy for up to 6 hours - no. Not unless you're just going to be sitting, not drinking, not eating, with your mouth closed. A gloss without a tint is not going to stay glossy for 6 hours. Available from usual Rimmel stockists from March, I don't have a euro price to hand but they will retail for approximately £5.49 in the UK. Also, I've been singing this since I saw it.
Elie Saab L'Eau Couture EDT 0.8ml Rounding off the box is a perfume sample - one of those dinky ones you get less than ten sprays from. This is very, very Spring-like - notes of almond, orange blossom and vanilla make it smell like a sweet, nutty, sugary flower. Others seem to get marzipan off this - I definitely don't. It's like fresh flowers, not orange on me either. It's a very fresh scent and it lasted absolutely ages on me - I took all these photographs around 10pm last night and sprayed the perfume then. This morning when I woke up at 7am I could still smell it. If I didn't have so many perfumes to get through I would definitely buy this - I almost bought it online last night but had to cop myself on and log out. And log on to Kiko. Sigh.... The 30ml EDT is available from Boots for €43, making the sample worth around €1.12. I think I will end up buying the full size of this at some point, it's lovely.
This box is still available to purchase and I think it's a really good one - it had a great variety of products and everything will be used here except that shimmery gloss and the creme rouge. It has free shipping too, so if you're in Ireland the only delivery charge you'll have to pay is your Parcel Motel fee.