Monday, June 15, 2015

Latest in Beauty Box:Glamour Summer Beauty Edit

Hi!

Oh, have I got a good one for you today. I'm a recent convert to subscription boxes - but this is, hands down, the best one I've ever gotten. I'll get the housekeeping out of the way first - you can order it here if you're in Ireland, it costs approximately €31 and you need to pay your Parcel Motel fee on top of that. UK folks can avail for £17.95 plus P+P. As with every box I review, I'll leave pricing info and links to where you can purchase the products under each picture.




There are a whopping 11 products in this box - some fantastic brands too.


1. Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish. 


Size: 50ml Full/Sample: Sample Available at: Debenhams Worth: €7.33 approx

A three-in-one exfoliator, toner and moisturiser, this has gritty particles similar to The Body Shop scrubs. It has a lovely fresh scent and is a decent sample size.

2. Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in 04 - Peach on the Beach


Size: 2.75g Full/Sample: Full Available at: Boots Worth: €10.99

A full sized Color Boost lip crayon from Bourjois. Three shades available, I got the shade "Peach on the Beach". This promises to last for up to ten hours but no, it doesn't. Still - it is mighty pretty on, giving a glossy finish perfect for this time of year. It has an SPF of 15, and feels lovely on the lips.



3. Caudalie Divine Oil


Size: 15ml Full/Sample: Sample Available at: Natural Skincare Worth: €4.49 approx

Containing grape, hibiscus, argan and sesame oils, this dry oil is suitable for body, face and hair. It smells A-MAY-ZING. Seriously. It's gorgeous. I tried it on my arms and I've been smelling myself for about a half an hour. I can't wait to try it on my hair!

4. Eucerin Mattifying Sun Fluid for Face, Factor 50+


Size: 50ml Full/Sample: Full Available at: Boots Worth: €15 

This is a lightweight sun protection fluid. It dries in quickly, is not greasy, and offers factor 50 UVA and UVB protection. There are three other variations from the range in the boxes, but I'm delighted I got this one. Someone as pale as me can never have too many sunscreens! I love that it doesn't stink, nor does it leave a residue on my hands - I put this on my neck a few seconds ago and I'm typing with non-greasy fingers. LOVE. 

5 & 6. L'Occitane Essential Oils Shampoo and Conditioner


Size: 35ml each Full/Sample: Samples Available at: L'occitane Worth: €3.50 each approx

Going by the label colour, I think this is the Repairing shampoo and conditioner but it doesn't mention that on the samples or on the editor's sheet. Regardless, you know how I feel about tiny shampoo and conditioner samples, but I'll still give them a go. I would have loved a sea salt spray instead, but I've never tried L'occitane hair products before so it's nice to get a new-to-me brand! These promise to gloss and nourish the hair. (How do you pronounce L'Occitane? Is it lossy-tane or loxy-tan?)

7. Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Kensington Passage


Size: 8ml. Full/Sample: Full Available at: Brown Thomas Worth: €17

One of three available shades, I received Kensington Passage, a bright coral. This was opaque in one coat, but two coats gave it a lovely glossy finish. It has a nice brush, not too long but not too stubby, and it dried quickly. I wouldn't be the world's biggest Nails Inc fan, but this is lovely and I'm delighted I got a chance to try it. I think it will be my Summer toe polish! There's a swatch at the end of this post. 

8. Pixi Glow Tonic


Size: 15ml Full/Sample: Sample Available at: Cult Beauty Worth: €1.48 approx

First off, can I say how baffled I am that both the Caudalie and Pixi samples contain 15ml, yet the Caudalie looks about three times the size. Clever bottling? Anyway, this is something I've wanted to try for ages! After a disgustingly rude customer service experience with Mise Beauty (regarding this product, actually), I won't touch them with a bargepole and haven't been able to catch this in stock anywhere else. Cult Beauty currently have it, but I'm so happy that I can try it without shelling out for the full size. 

9 & 10 Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals and Brush


Size: 3g Full/Sample: Sample Tan, Full Brush Available at: Cloud 10 Worth: €13.32 approx

The world's first self-tanning bronzer! In the shade No. 01, Sunkissed, this is really intriguing. You apply it to your face with the kabuki brush (which is soooooo soft) and apparently it gives a bronzed glow that lasts up to five days. This was a recent winner at the Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards, and something I would never have bought - so it's great to be able to try something innovative and new. 

11: Seekers of the Sun Luxury Temporary Tattoos


Size: One Sheet Sample/Full: Full Available at: Seekers of the SunWorth: €13.70 approx

I'll be honest with you, I don't get the whole tattoo thing. I don't. This seems to have become a craze overnight - there are some in this month's Glossybox too. I can see the appeal for festivals, but what am I going to do with temporary tattoos? Wash dishes and change nappies? The one thing that I like about these ones is that they're much smaller than other ones I've seen. I thought that they'd be perfect to pair with the nail polish from the box, and I was really happy with how it turned out:


* This particular sheet isn't available to buy, they were exclusively designed for Glamour. 

So - that's it. By far, the best beauty box I've ever bought. Absolutely delighted with it, and I can't wait to see what the Autumn and Winter Glamour boxes bring! 

Cost (not including Parcel Motel fee): €31. 
Value of items in box: €90.31

You can still get this box at Latest in Beauty here.

15 comments:

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    1. It's one of the best boxes, definitely worth keeping an eye out for!

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  2. This really is one of the best beauty boxes ever, aside from British Beauty Bloggers!!! I used the shampoo and conditioner yesterday and just love them...they smell ah-may-zing!!! Will definitely treat myself to the full sizes....

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    1. It's a brilliant box! I love the British Beauty Blogger ones too, I just ordered a cleanser that was in one of her last ones - these are well worth the money!

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  3. I would love to try the Pixi Glow Tonic, I contacted Mise to see if they ship from Ireland or the UK (I'm guessing the UK) so I would no whether or not to use parcel motel when ordering, and I haven't heard back - Ann :)

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    1. Cult Beauty and ASOS both do it, Ann - it's not often in stock with ASOS but I know they ship using Fastway couriers now but it's free so might be worth keeping an eye on. I ordered this and a lipliner from Mise and heard nothing for weeks - not even an order confirmation - and when I emailed to ask where my products were, I got a snotty reply saying they had mailed me saying there would be a delay (they had not), but they still didn't have the product anyway so to avoid further 'confusion' they refunded me straight away - just incredibly rude and obnoxious!

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  4. Contents are fab, it is on the pricey side though. But what you got for your money made it worth it. I'd love to hear what you think of the Pixi Glow Tonic, I'm really into exfoliating toners at the moment and have been curious about this one.

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    1. It's definitely one of the more expensive boxes out there. The exchange rate is crap at the minute - this time 2 years ago, €10 was £8.50. Today, €10 is only £7.23 - I really notice that difference when buying from Amazon or stuff like this. Now in saying that, the Eucerin alone is worth €20 normally but is on offer at Boots for €15 at the minute, and the Nails Inc is around €15 so that's the price of the box covered already! I do think I'll still get the Autumn and Winter Glamour boxes but not so sure if I'll spring for any of the other editions. I will definitely let you know what I think of the Pixi!

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  5. Ooh what a great haul, I think I need to try that SPF!

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    1. It's lovely, Yav. I wouldn't have bothered with the Clarins if I knew I was going to get this, but it's always handy to have another SPF! It doesn't have that sickly false smell that so many others have, so I would actually probably repurchase it too.

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  6. I've never bought a beauty box. I keep missing the British Beauty Blogger and none of the others had caught my attention until now, this one looks great.

    That Eucerin sunscreen is brilliant, it's one of my favourites. The Pixi Glow Tonic has been on my wishlist for ages, so I'd be interested in hearing how you get on with it.

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  7. wow!! i am so impressed! i used to get a beauty box years ago (i think it was called she said beauty) and i unsubscribed after 2 boxes! it was always full of minuscule products and even worse, sachets!! this box looks fantastic i think my favourite thing is the nail polish!

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  8. I'm always interested in new subscriptions that actually provide great fun products. This is something to keep my eyes on. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This does look like a good box. The polish is a nice summer colour, I've been after a high SPF but can't stand how some turn you even whiter and make you all sticky.

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  10. I love these latest in beauty boxes they're such good value and I like that you know what you're getting!

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