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
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 Sun* Worth: €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.