Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Latest In Beauty Glamour Party Edit

I've been wanting to try one of these lovely Glamour Beauty Edit boxes from Latest In Beauty since they first started, but I'm a bit fussy and haven't wanted to buy one where I felt I wouldn't use everything in the box. Cue the latest edition, the Party Beauty Edit. I bought this as soon as it came out as I knew I would use everything in it, but have held off until now to review it because I wanted to have been using the products for a while so I knew what they were really like. I've split the box into categories to save this review from being verrrrrry long!

Skin care

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels - The first thing that surprised me was how uncomfortable these were to have under my eyes. I think the branding had led me to believe that it would be a relaxing 10 minutes, but how they felt would put me off using them again. The skin under my eyes did feel smoother and look a bit brighter, but I don't think it was really worth the discomfort!

Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 and Idealia Life Serum - I had high expectations of these products as I have heard a lot of good things about the brand, but have never tried any before. I was impressed with the 3 in 1 cleanser as it removed my make up really well, left my face feeling clean and was very easy to use. I was disappointed with the serum and didn't really see any difference to my skin, although the fact that the sample size is so tiny (3ml) meant I couldn't really try it over time so maybe it would have done if I'd been able to use it for longer. 


This is the section I was most excited about in this box. I tried all the products in one make-up look thinking that they wouldn't really work all together, but they definitely did! I was super pleased with this look and will be wearing it throughout the new year.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Black Amethyst - I usually use liquid eye liner because I can never get a neat line with pencil, but this one had a nice sharp point that glided on so easily. I don't like to go too heavy with eye liner and this was perfect for drawing a thin line. The only criticism I would have is that it did go blunt quite quickly.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Watermelon - this is officially my new favourite product! I've always used Burt's Bees products but never ventured into any of the colour ranges before - this is just like their lip balms but with a hint of colour. I may have to get one in every shade...

Collection Lengthening Mascara - I found my perfect mascara at age 16 and have never looked back so trying a new one was quite interesting - and I loved it! The brush is nice and thin and it builds up so easily - I'm only wearing one layer in the picture so it could definitely be built up more that this for super huge lashes. 

Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow in Rowan - This is a nice subtle colour and great for a bit of everyday shimmer!

Lola Nail Polish in Bluebell - I really love this colour, I think I'll be wearing it a lot come spring. The only downfall of this product was that it is very thin on application so it took three coats to get a solid looking colour - but it's worth it if you have the time! The chipping time was average - I started to see slight chips after two days and removed it after four.

Hair Care

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner - I've never really been fussed about shampoo - I never see a huge amount of difference to my hair whichever one I use, but these products were great. My hair felt beautifully soft and it was actually shiny, which is some achievement seeing as I have a pretty dull hair colour. 

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray - I usually go as cheap as you can with hairspray as I don't use it that often. The only advantage I found with this one was that it smelt a lot better than any others I've ever used, but I'm not sure that alone would convince me to use it over a cheaper one!

Popband London - I was very cynical of this product, thinking that it couldn't possibly work - but it really does! I even put my hair up when it was wet and let it dry in this band and when I took it out I had lovely waves - and no kink! My hair didn't feel quite as secure as when it's up with a normal hair tie, but I'm a total convert and they look super cute too!


Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel - I imagine this product is probably meant for more experienced self tanners than myself. I'm quite pale and I got the medium shade in my box which is probably a bit dark for me. A plus is that it smells amazing when you apply it, although after a while the familiar 'tan smell' sets in and even though it dries quite fast it remains a little sticky. With it being an almost clear gel it is difficult to see where you are applying it so mine ended up with a few missed patches - but I imagine it is a great product if you are a more frequent tanner than me!

All in all this box was such a treat and at such a great price, I will definitely be getting one again! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought!

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