Beauty boxes really excite me. The most exciting part is that you literally have no idea what goodies you are to expect. Usually, beauty boxes let me discover a whole bunch of beauty brands that I’m new to, and having select samples from various ranges means I can get an insight into so many brands at once. This Blogger Box from Ideal World* is full with brands I’m new to and some that I have never tried before, so who wants to see more?
First up, as soon as I opened the box I got a little giddy. The first product I picked out was makeup pouch by Skinn Cosmetics, which is something I’ve needed for ages as I’m always carrying around loose makeup in my bag. It’s the perfect size to pop into your handbag and fits a lot of stuff. It’s sassy little slogan is so me and the colours are just perfect. It’s actually big enough to fit everything from this box into it apart from the 3 biggest items, which means I get to take as much makeup with me as I’d need and more!
From Skinn Cosmetics, there were 5 products including the cosmetics bag, and I’d never heard of or tried this brand before so I was intrigued. First is their Ultra Luxe Mascara in Black, a volumising mascara that I think adds great length to. It comes with a plastic wand, which isn’t my favourite, but after a few attempts I really do like it. I like to use this on more natural makeup days, as it adds just enough length and volume to create natural fluffy lashes. Then onto their lip products, two of which I’ve already wrote a separate post on as I love them that much. The Luscious Lip Duo as I like to call them, consists of Skinn’s lip balm and scrub, which is the perfect pair for baby soft lips. You can read all about them here. For adding a bit of colour to the lips after the prep, there is the Skinn Lipstick in Chestnut, one of the most beautifully designed lipsticks I’ve seen in a while. The outer layer of the lipstick is a highly pigmented brown/pink shade and the inner layer is an Argan and Rosehip Oil infused balm that together give you a beautiful glossy finish. This product gives amazing colour pay off and lasts an incredible time, whilst also nourishing and hydrating your lips. Its super comfortable and I love that it’s a 2-in-1!
For a brand I’ve tried before and was so eager to try more of is Elizabeth Grant. In the past I tried one of their Beautiful Colours Lip Gloss, which I loved the finish of and I’m testing a new shade, Hollywood Red. This is a beautiful true red that leaves you with such shiny luscious lips and doesn’t leave you with that sticky feeling. To prime the lips and add hydration is their Lip Moisturizing Balm. At first I thought this was a lipstick because of its packaging and was amazed to find it was a balm. The packaging makes the product feel quite special and is the perfect balm to pop into your handbag.
In the box we have another 2-in-1 product, this time one for the face. Its Elizabeth Grant’s Collagen Re-inforce Cheeky Tint, which is essentially a blush but I use it on the lips to. For the cheeks it leaves a really pretty flush of pink, but I’m not a cheek tint kinda girl, so I use it on the lips as a tinted balm. It gives a really pretty rosy effect and just brings some life to the lips when you aren’t in the mood for lipstick or gloss.
Elizabeth Grant also had a range of body products to, which I’ve never tried before so their Graceful Angel Body Lotion was new to me. I prefer body lotions to butters at the minute, just because the weather is warming up and I find them less sticky. This one I find really lightweight and quick to sink in. It also smells of sweet vanilla, which I find so feminine on the skin.
A brand I was so impressed to see in the box is Estee Lauder, just because I’ve never had something so luxurious in a beauty box before. The product inside was their Gel Liner in Black. I don’t tend to do winged liner anymore, but this was so easy to apply to the lash line to add a little depth and I’m so impressed with its longevity. It doesn’t budge or transfer until you remove it. The narrow brush allows you to have a precise and controlled application and is definitely a liner I’ll continue to use. I just find it really easy and easy effortless.
As a girl who has been really into her skincare lately, especially products that make me glow, I was so excited to try the Crystal Clear 10 Minute Glow followed by the Zhuzh Tan Accelator Wipes. The 10 Minute Glow is essentially a 10 Minute wonder product. You apply it to fresh skin and within 10 minutes, you achieve a really radiant glow. It actually does work really well and I love to use this every other evening now so that I wake up with fresh glowing skin.
I haven’t applied a fake tan in the longest time, so I was a bit worried but the Zhuzh wipes really did surprise me. I’m a bit iffy with tanning wipes so I applied this with very gentle pressure just across my chest, arms and stomach to see what effect it wouldn’t give. It resulted in a really natural and subtle tan, like one you’d get from your first few days on holiday, and I really like that. It didn’t leave me patchy and streaky either like other tanning wipes I’ve used do.
I am so impressed with this box and I now love the brands it’s introduced me to that otherwise I’d never even heard of. Being in the beauty world means I’m always experimenting with new products, and beauty boxes are such a great way to try so many at once.
Have you tried any beauty boxes you love?