I have a confession.
As much as I love beauty and beautiful things, I have never subscribed to a beauty box. I know that there are people out there who absolutely love them because I see the excited tweets and instagrams every month. Me, I’m a bit indifferent.
I find some are too European hair product laden so if I’m rocking my fro they would be useless to me, some are geared more towards white skin tones so unless I’m trying to project 50 shades of grey, again they are useless. The boxes geared towards black or darker skin tones sometimes focus heavily on hair products as well and not enough skincare or premium enough skincare for me.
However, I was impressed by The Glamour Beauty Edit box which I received from the Latest in Beauty team. Everything in it was useable – like completely usable! I’m going to go through my thoughts on each product one by one:
HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette
This palette has given me the chance to rediscover my love for totally sculpted brows. Brows are a big deal and I’ve never been in favour of Pamela Andersen thin brows, I like mine full and defined. This fits the bill nicely to define brows and help them stay in place after you’ve filled them in with a pencil. For someone with oily skin it’s like the glue that scaffolds brows in place. If you’re into eyeshadow it also doubles up as a pretty cool matte eyeshadow palette.
Maybelline Baby Lips
Who doesn’t need an extra lip balm? This is a great lip balm to have around, it moisturises your lips and keeps them soft. Mint Fresh which came in my box wouldn’t be my first choice, but that’s only because there are lots of other yummy flavours to choose from. SPF20 as well. Boo -ya!
Eyeko Lash Curlers
Since my love affair with Shu Uemura Farfallina lashes began, curling my lashes has taken a back seat. There’s just no need. However, I do like these Eyeko Curlers. Very handy to have around and they give a good curl. The velvet handles give it a luxury touch!
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
94% of users in a consumer survey say they had dramatic length, volume and a visible lift using this mascara. I agree whole heartedly. It didn’t clump, went on smoothly separating lashes, giving amazing length and depth. No faffing about with glue and falsies to achieve what this bad boy can.
Balance Me Extra Care Radiance Face Oil
I love a good face oil, and this award-winning one is excellent and suitable for all skin types. It’s fast acting and brings life to a dull and lack lustre skin tone. Full of essential oils like Amazonian Buruti Nut Oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil, it moisturises deep into the skin. The roll on is great as it makes it portable and easy to carry about. Having said that, I spend most time in the kitchen and mine lives with the cutlery, so I can easily retrieve and rub over my face during the day when I’m sans make up. The orange blossom scent is also very calming for a stressed out day.
Toni & Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray
This is simple enough to use on my weave and its gives good hold. When I wear my hair in curls, it gives longevity to the curls without taking away any shine or lustre from my hair.
Philip Kingsley One More Day
On a typical afro hair day, I would never touch dry shampoo. I just don’t go there with afro hair, but on a weave day, I have found it very handy. Especially when I feel my weave is looking tired or greasy and needs a dry wash.
Overall, I’ve had a great time with this box and good times still continue. As I’ve said previously everything in it found a purpose with me. Especially the make up and skin care. Hair products I’m not always fussed about but the selection in this box was sufficient and useful. Will my experience get me to subscribe to a beauty box? Maybe, I’m still undecided. One off specially edited boxes do hold my attention for a lot longer than the regular monthly boxes. I also like the Latest in Beauty idea of allowing the customer to build their own beauty box from their plethora of luxury samples. I much prefer the idea of being able to choose what goes in my box, rather than waiting to see what arrives every month.
In terms of presentation, content and usability of products this The Glamour Edit Beauty Box gets a full five stars!
*retails at £14.95 for Latest in Beauty