Thursday, 8 May 2014

Latest in Beauty: create your box


After buying the Glamour Edit Beauty box for myself and the Pamper box for my mum on Mother’s Day (you can read about that, here), it was only a matter of time until I was sucked in to create my own box. When Latest in Beauty offered free delivery and a chance to win a full-sized product and a Lindt Lindor Maxi Ball over the Easter weekend, I simply couldn’t resist.
I set myself a budget of £10, to see how much I could get – and although I ended up spending £11.50, I was pleased with the products I chose and have tested them all out... Hence the long wait for this post. I chose:
L’OCCITANE REPARING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
These were included in my mum’s box and I’ve been lusting over them ever since. Because of colouring my hair (which I’ve not done since November – eeek!) and blow drying/straightening my hair regularly, my ends are often dry and split, so I consider these a necessity, rather than a treat. The smell at first was a little strange – I normally opt for hair products with a fruity fragrance. However, even after the first use, my locks felt soft and looked shiny. Three washes later and my hair is generally a lot less dry and repaired – it’s even given it a bit more body.
MIRANESSE LIP LIFT MOISTURE SHINE
I’m always on the lookout for a new gloss and these minis are the perfect size for my handbag. I have to admit I was a little disappointed when this arrived, as you don’t choose the colour and I was given this one that looked horribly brown. The colour online and in the wand is deceiving though – this shade is quite nude, with hues of pastel pink. It went perfectly with my outfit the day I tested it as well. The only negative is, it’s quite sticky, particularly in hot weather. It’s easy to apply, provided even coverage and also gave a slight plump for that fuller pout. It’s no Sexy Mother Pucker, but I’m still pleased with it.
INIKA LIQUID MINERAL FOUNDATION
I’ve never actually used a mineral foundation before, but on this basis, it’s something I’d consider purchasing in the future. The essential oils and natural products in this give it a really nice smell – something foundation doesn’t normally have. It’s light and easy to apply, has great staying power and leaves my makeup looking flawless. My only complaint is that is says it doesn’t leave oily residue, which simply isn’t the case after a long working day!
WELEDA SKIN FOOD
Nothing will ever beat Soap & Glory’s Hand Food for the title of best hand cream, but for a £1, I thought this would be worth a try. Probably most suited for those who use their hands a lot – whether it’s washing up, gardening or working with abrasive substances – it’s also great for dry skin. This cream is rich and quite concentrate so you only need a small amount, which goes a long way. At first it felt a little greasy but once it has absorbed, it left my skin soft and supple.
Q FINE FRAGRANCE BODY SPRAY
I don’t often use body spray and haven’t since my stash of Soap & Glory’s Mist you Madly ran out. After a little research this 100ml can was an absolute steal at a £1, particularly when it’s on sale in Boots and Sainsbury for well over twice that amount! Light and floral, it’s the perfect scent for spring/summer and probably the pick of my box – I’m definitely going to be stocking up on this product!
Have you tried any of these products? What will you choose for your Latest in Beauty box?

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