Latest in Beauty: Beauty and the Beast Box


+ March 25, 2017

You should have seen this post coming. A company released a Beauty and the Beast beauty box? Of course I was going to snap one up!

A while ago there was a collaboration with L’Oréal and they released Beauty and the Beast themed lipsticks and nail polishes. For some reason they only released in Italy. And I thought it was a bit strange that a film that went above and beyond to fulfill Emma Watson’s sustainable costume requests would market makeup with one of the world’s least cruelty free brands. These two points should have been red flags, because I ordered one anyway and found it to be badly packaged and not very well pigmented. So I was a bit wary about ordering this collab. In the words of Plumette the feather duster “I have been burned by you before!”

Luckily this was not the case, and the Beauty and the Beast box from Latest in Beauty is, on the whole, lovely.

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

I’m going to kick off this mini-review-fest with a brand that I just don’t “get.”

Oribe are one of those brands that big beauty gurus rave about but both of the (very pricey) products I’ve tried have done nothing for me!

Way back in the day I tried their texturizing spray. My hair has pretty good texture in any case, but I saw no difference when using this product regardless of what state my hair was in.

As for this dry shampoo… What is it; a dry shampoo for ants? I used the whole sample sized bottle in one go and my hair did not look any better. Also Oribe products are so expensive it’s like spraying literal gold into your hair. I don’t know about you, but when I need dry shampoo I need dry shampoo. All of it. I tend to splurge on Toni and Guy, so I’m not opposed to investing a tiny bit. But not for the nothing Oribe does for me.

Soigné Betteraves Rouges Nail Polish

I love and hate this nail polish. The colour is great. I applied one coat and it was opaque and bright and shiny. It dried fast. I am a chronic nail polish smudger but it applied perfectly and stayed perfect while drying.

But it doesn’t last that long. I think it started wearing at the ends on the second day and chipping on the third. For a lazy girl like me, this isn’t ideal, because I can very rarely be bothered to do my nails so I end up looking sloppy and the red is very noticeable.

Of course, it is all natural and 85% plant based. So I will give it a break.

If I want to do a quick, classy nail for a One Night Only sort of occasion, this will be my new go to.

L’Occitane Roses et Reines Hand and Nail Cream

L’Occitane is a brand I really like and rose is a scent I really love, so I knew I would like this hand cream. It’s the perfect size to throw in a handbag or leave on my desk at work. L’Occitane hand creams are all soft, absorb easily and don’t leave a gross residue. They don’t last the longest on my skin, but I don’t mind because I don’t like to feel sticky anyway.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

I’m really impressed with the higher end brands in this box considering it cost £20. I’ve never tried Caudalie before, so it was nice to give it a go, even though this felt like the stingiest thing (besides the dry shampoo) in the box. As far as moisturizers go, it was nice. It has a lovely but not overpowering scent. Its moisture-level is average. I have dry skin so I need my moisturizer to do a bit more magic though! Especially for a higher price tag.

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Blush Basin

The box came with one of these lipsticks in one of two colours. I was hoping for Blush Basin, so I was pleased! The other option was called Sunset Cruise and ran more coral. But Blush Basin is a pinky nude, which works a bit better with my skin tone. These give a soft wash of colour and can be built up a bit. But mainly their appeal is being as comfortable as a Burt’s Bees lip balm. I also really like the packaging as it feels really sturdy, like something I can throw in my handbag and not worry about.

Gatineau Doux Gommage Lumiere Gel Exfoliant

For me, this is actually the pièce de résistance of the whole box! I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a gel exfoliant as someone with very dry skin. Exfoliant is key for me but I have to be careful to not use anything too abrasive. I usually use a chemical toner, but I LOVED this. At 75ml it’s a decent sized sample. The product itself is a gorgeous peachy-gold gel with a shimmer through it. It’s physically beautiful. It smells citrusy, but in a light pleasant way, not in a furniture polish way.

It’s a gel, but as you work it into the skin it becomes a liquid which sloughs off any dry skin and is easily rinsed away. I was seriously impressed by this. It’s a bit pricey with this exact product costing around £32. But if I still love it at the end of this tube, I’d seriously consider purchasing it!

Of course all of this came packaged in a gorgeous collectable box with a book motif. And they included an adorable golden mirror with a rose print, which I was actually pleasantly surprised to find isn’t made of cheap plastic or anything of the sort!

Overall, I was really impressed with this box from Latest in Beauty and I look forward to seeing more of their boxes in the future.

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