When it comes to beauty boxes, I tend to stick to ‘build your own’ services or limited edition collections, that way you can be certain they’ll be no repetition or disappointment. Latest in Beauty’s range of curated beauty boxes (here) contain makeup and skincare products from huge brands such as Burt’s Bees, Gatineau and L’Occitane, like those included in last year’s beautifully packaged Beauty & the Beast Collection. I was kindly the sent the new Good Housekeeping Beauty Edit box which contains some exclusive offers and 17 of the magazine’s favourite products – in full, sample and luxe travel sizes.
This is the third time Good Housekeeping have collaborated with Latest in Beauty and this is definitely their best box yet! The box is very heavy and carefully crammed full of goodies. Once I broke through all the tissue paper the first item I saw was the Charles Worthington Radiance Charcoal Shampoo (full size | worth £6.99). Charcoal is an ingredient I know works well in my skincare but I’ve never tried it in a shampoo before so I’m excited to try this. It’s a clarifying shampoo that’s said to remove pollution, product build-up and dirt without stripping hair of its natural oils.
I’m always happy to find a tube of the best-selling Benefit They’re Real Mascara (3g) in a beauty box. Although it can be a nightmare to remove, there’s no denying the intense volume and lift this award-winning mascara gives your lashes. One of my favourite products is the Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen (full size | worth £12). I received the shade Deep Plum, which I initially thought would be a little out of my comfort zone. In fact, the pencil contains only a subtle hint of colour that works beautifully with a whole range of looks. I’ve tried this pencil before, it’s one my all-time favourite eyeliners so I’m glad I have another shade to add to my collection. This pencil glides on easily with no dragging or tugging. Its intensity pigmented and doesn’t smudge or fade throughout the day. My favourite product is the full-sized Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Bon Voyage (worth £12). I adore the colour and in two coats it’s completely opaque. It’s easy to apply, chip resistant and long lasting.
As soon as I opened the box I was wowed by the scent pouring out of it. The combination of the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Gel (40g), which contains juniper oils and grapefruit, and the Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Wash (50ml) is so unbelievably dreamy. I wasted no time at all running and a bath and lathering myself up in these two heavenly treats. I was especially impressed with the body gel. My legs have been dry and itchy recently and a light layer of this feels very soothing and nourishing. There is also a tiny vial (0.8ml) of Elie Saab Le Parfum inside too.
There are two other haircare products. I’ll probably end up giving the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion (25ml) away to a friend as added volume is the last thing my hair is needing! However, I’m excited to try the Schwarzkopf Colour Expert Conditioner (full size | £3.99) which promises to strengthen weak strand whilst maintaining colour, bounce and shine.
There are a lot of deluxe skincare minis in the Good Housekeeping Beauty Edit. There are 10ml samples of Immunocologie Nigh Protection (an overnight facial), Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum, StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Face & Neck Cream and Weleda Skin Food. The box also contains the Origins Plantscription PowerfulLifting Cream (15ml), The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel (20ml), Dermalogica Daily Mircofoliant (13g) and finally, the product I am most excited about trying, a tiny glass jar of the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (15ml).
The Good Housekeeping Beauty Edit by Latest in Beauty contains 17 products, is worth over £198 and retails for £40.