[Gifted] This beauty box was kindly gifted as a one off from Latest in Beauty. It’s been a while since I last purchased a Latest in Beauty Box, and funnily I’d been eyeing up February’s edition as I’d spied an email newsletter with an item that I’d been lusting after trying in this month’s edition. Two days later a message from Latest in Beauty landed in my inbox. Definitely fate, and boy – I’ve not been disappointed.
What I like about Latest in Beauty is that you can pick your own items for the box, there’s three different box levels for you to a different number of items per month. I was offered to try the biggest – the nine item box. What I like about the box is that there’s no limits about what you can pick – you can pick all full size items, and they have a selection of skincare, makeup, fragrance and haircare. You can pick what you fancy, and there’s so much selection there’s definitely a box which can be curated perfectly by you for you.
This month’s theme was Beauty Crush, themed around discovering brand new launches. They had new items arriving in the Build Your own shop daily – I ended up waiting a few days after my voucher arrived to place the order so I could wait until later in the week to get an item that I knew was launching later. Be aware though, some stock is limited and there won’t necessarily be the same items available the next day if they’ve been popular.
I definitely didn’t need to add another face cream to the stash I already had brewing, but when I saw the cost of this magic potion (the full size is £158 for 70ml!), I had to give it a whirl and see how good it could really be. The 14ml size is a generous size to trial and would last me a good few months. The reviews of this are pretty good online describing potent ingredients, I’m looking forward to giving it a whirl and seeing if it’s as good as the price tag would suggest.
I quite often have the massive 700ml bottles of micellar water, which are not friendly to take anywhere out of the house whilst they might be more cost effective. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Nivea’s formula before so again I thought this would be a good thing to have aside for travelling with something that’s more practical sized than a family bottle of coke!
I’ve been dying to try Soaper Duper, I’ve wanted to try their body washes for a long time, but sadly they didn’t have any in the LIB store. I’ve neglected my hands horribly over the past few months and whilst I have plenty of hand creams in my stash I thought a new, shiny one that I can put on my desk at work might get my hands and cuticles in a better place within the next few weeks. I like Tuberose as a scent so it was a good choice for me too.
I picked this up on a bit of a whim – it was my last choice made on the site after I’d picked 8 others. This has very mixed reviews online, but given I’ve never tried a felt pen for the brows before I thought it would be worth a try to see if it’s something I’d potentially like more than a pencil. I’m normally a dark brown when it comes to pencils but I thought something I’m a bit less skilled in using I’d benefit from a lighter colour – I hope it doesn’t look live I’ve drawn light brows over my dark ones though!
This is Maybelline’s newest kid on the block and I’ve heard pretty good things about it, so when I saw that this was coming up in the daily releases over February, I decided to wait off ordering as I’d wanted to try it. My Bobbi Brown mascara is on it’s last legs and this is going straight in my drawer to replace and try it.
MJ is a brand I’ve not tried enough from when it comes to beauty. I’ve seen this pop up in a few boxes before and I’ve never had opportunity to try it – but I thought as I’ve only seen good results in photos and positive reviews it had to be on my wishlist of items and was the first item in my basket. It’ll be next in line to try after Snapscara!
My hair tie stash was running a bit low and I like these fabricy, almost jersey ones as I find they don’t tend to kink the hair as much. I also liked the pearl details on this and though it would jazz up an often scruffy ponytail when I’m in a rush. They had grey tones as well as blush and mauve, I decided to go for the pinky ones as I’m debating going back pink after my sisters wedding in May!
Originally LIB made a mistake in sending the Soaper Duper Body Lotion instead of the Scrub, they kindly sent another one out and I got to keep the item sent in error, their customer service was very quick at sorting it out which was fab. As part of my original order I also received a free mini Batiste, not my favourite but I’ll take this away with me at the end of the month to my sister’s hen party. With my replacement order they also added another bonus in the box – a Gatineau Peeling Expert, which is a microdermabrasion cream.
As you can see from the above, this box offers fantastic value for money if purchasing as a one off. The one thing I would recommend is that when making selections you pay attention by clicking onto items to work out whether they’re sample sizes or full sizes, as often the pictures can trick you into thinking something is larger than it is. March’s edit is “the Glow Down” and there’s some fantastic products included in this month’s line up, there will also be some lingering choices I made in February still available as they don’t remove items from the store monthly – they wait until they have none left. Something else I really like as if you try something, there’s a chance you can pick up another backup the following month!
3 items a month = £9 per month/£16 per one off subscription.