Beauty boxes seem to be a massive trend of 2017. Every company either seems to have a box, or be in the process of bringing one out. Feel Unique, my personal favourite website for buying beauty bits, have launched this: ‘The Best of Beauty’ box*. It contains a hand-selected selection of beauty bits. The theme of this box is ‘Universal Beauty’ and costs a mere £28.00, when the contents is worth just shy of £80! The idea of this box is to create a universally flattering make-up look in one box and it’s all you need (minus foundation and concealer) to get a perfect pin-up look.
The beauty bits are packaged in this beautiful black box with silver embossed writing on it. I believe every new box changes style (the current one is blush pink!) as they have guest ‘pickers’ in – but they haven’t had many boxes yet so it’s hard to say if the theme will stick. I was really impressed by this packaging and think that it would make a really lovely Christmas present for someone who either is obsessed with beauty or even for someone who doesn’t know that much about it and wants to start. I’m looking to get my mum some luxurious beauty bits for Christmas so maybe I will get her a box like this!
I am so excited for this product as I have wanted to try it for the longest time. When I saw it in the box, I gasped: like full on, out loud, excitedly gasped. I’ve had this primer from Laura Geller on my wish list for ages but I’m still working through my SmashBox Photo Finish primer, so couldn’t really justify buying another one. However, this box answered my dreams! This product, to buy, full-size is £25, which is almost the price of this entire box so if value of money is your issue then surely this fact alone should sell this box to you. I haven’t yet tried out this primer but luckily it’s the hydrating one and for my dry skin, it will be perfect, especially going into the winter months.
Another full-sized product, also almost worth as much as the entire box – this is the Nude by Nature Translucent Setting Powder, which has the most gorgeous rose gold, shiny lid. It’s a very beautiful, soft and silky powder which is absolutely perfect when trying to achieve a flawless bake. I’ve used this a few times and although I prefer pressed powders because I can find loose ones quite messy, I do think that they can provide some of the best bakes. I feel like such a bad beauty blogger but I’d never heard of Nude by Nature until I tried this powder and I’d love to try some other bits from the brand as it seems like a really nice one. This powder retails at £22.
I am going to put it out there, but I am obsessed with these lipsticks. They are the Bourjois Sheer Matte liquid lips and they are like nothing I’ve ever tried before. They have a very air-whipped formula (very similar to the NYX Lingerie lipsticks) but dry down to a sheer matte. They are buildable if you want a bit more colour but sometimes, I want a bold lip without it being too in your face – if that makes sense. I love these sheer matte lipsticks so much that I have placed an order of some more on Feel Unique right now as not only are they long-wearing, unique and delicious but they’re also £8.99, which is so blimmin’ affordable. I have the shade ‘Coquelic’oh’ (which I don’t even want to try to pronounce) which is just a really classic red.
I feel so fancy having this Caudalíe Premier CRU Eye Cream. Caudalíe is a brand I’ve wanted to try but have never had the funds to and this sample makes me want to try it even more. I’d definitely call this a deluxe sample because you get rather a lot of product in it, and I don’t slather on eye cream or use it everyday, so I think this is going to last me a really long time. I’ve only used the cream on my eyes a few times but I am really impressed with what I have seen so far. The bags under my eyes feel smaller, my skin feels softer and I don’t suffer with as much puffiness under my eyes as I used to. The packaging is a beautiful and classy gold with white writing, giving you the entire luxury experience. The full size of this product is £36.
I have an embarrassing confession to make about this product. Please don’t ridicule me in the comments for my blonde moment. When I first opened the box, I had just done a full face of make up in preparation to head out to the Bloggers Festival. I read ‘spray’ and thought to myself ‘oh good, I haven’t set my make up yet! I’ll set it using this.’ Terrible decision; because this is not a setting spray. In fact, it’s anti-bacterial spray for your make-up brushes. So, I sprayed this all over my face and nearly choked on it. I ruined my foundation, and felt a little dizzy. Johnny found it absolutely hilarious. I was less amused. However, I think this is a really nice idea if you’re in a pinch and need to wash your brushes but don’t have the time, and I can’t wait to try it out on something other than my face. The full size retails for £15.
Also in the box was a sample size of this Elizabeth Arden mascara. I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Arden skincare (that 8 Hour Cream tho) but had never tried any of her make up. I took this little sample mascara to Paris with me a few weeks ago (and it was the only mascara I took, so it was very risky!) and I really enjoyed using it. It provided a really nice, fluttery look to your lashes without being clumpy and is long-wearing, meaning you avoid those panda eyes. I wore it around all day in Disneyland and in Paris and it lasted perfectly, even when I was crying about how excited I was. This mascara is £22 for the full-sized product and I am tempted to buy it when my Maybelline Lash Sensational runs out.
Again, this is another brand that I had not heard of until I received this box. PHB pride themselves on being ethical, meaning that they are a vegan, cruelty free and halal brand. I think this kind of ethos is really great, and it’s nice to see a budget company providing this kind of make up. The packaging of this is a little cheap looking but the actual product is really nice. It’s a creamy, pencil eyeliner which is perfect for tightlighting and is very black and quite matte. It doesn’t drag my skin when I draw with it and instead melts and glides across my skin. I’m really impressed by this eyeliner, especially as it is only £8.95, and it rivals some of the high end eyeliners I own.
All in all, I think this box is really lovely. It would make a fantastic gift for someone as it is a reasonable price, universally flattering and contains some really wonderful products that I have completely fallen for since receiving this box. Even if you just want the Laura Geller primer or the powder, it’s worth getting this box anyway for all the extras you get for no extra cost. You can buy the ‘Best of Beauty’ box here!
*This box was kindly sent to me as a PR sample but all opinions are my own.*