After my The Vegan edit – Latest in Beauty box review – initial impressions post where I stated I would spend 2 weeks testing the products in the box I have to admit…. It’s been the entirety of Quarantine that I have been testing these.
I’ve been so wrapped up in everything else that I hadn’t even gotten around to clicking ‘publish’ on that post till the other day. I have, however, given these products stringent testing now, a lot more than the 2 weeks i’d expected. The good thing about this is that lots of beauty products take time to see effects, so I’ve been able to test that. The bad thing, the box is now long out of stock. But Latest in Beauty cycle through boxes frequently, in fact, I may have accidentally made a 1am purchase of their latest one recently.
So let’s get onto my findings
The amount of products in this box for the price was frankly phenomenal. I found 8 products I was seriously impressed with! Some were a shock like the sleep oil, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the lavender scent but it was so soothing at night, and overall was probably my favourite item in the entire box!
- The Sacura activ gel serum was incredible, a great replacement for freederm. The scent was my favourite part of this!
- I was not massively looking forward to moving away from my Ordinary skincare regime but the own brand hylauronic acid was also a great find! A little goes a long way and it’s still got a tonne left even after using it AM and PM
- I cannot get over the size of the Faith in Nature Dragonfruit bodywash! It smelt incredible, lathered up great and the branding was on point.
- The deodorant crystal was one I highlighted in my initial impressions post. I was excited to try this zero waste alternative. It definitely has the longevity you need, even on these hot summer days!
- The natural toothbrush got a deep clean without irritation that some brushes give me. The stand that comes with it is great too because I’m really, really funny about my toothbrush being on the side or touching anything.
- Sukin are a great brand regardless, although I’m not a personal fan of a lot of oils their cleansing oil works wonders. I’m not sure i’d personally buy it again but I can see the benefits for a different skin-type so thought it only fair to place in this category.
- Ok, this may be my fault for not reading accurately but I thought the seaweed scalp mud was a lot more of an intensive treatment than leave it on for 3 minutes then wash off. Regardless it left my hair clean and smooth. The spreadability of it is probably the only thing I wasn’t too fond of.
Next we will look at the products I didn’t love, but didn’t hate enough to say I’d never buy them. Maybe they just aren’t for me…
- Fruu’s shape for their lipbalm is adorable and glides on effortlessly. However both that and the Naturline are standard lipbalms, of which I have so many.
- Northern Soap deep cleanser seems quite drying, this could be a skin type issue, doesn’t work wonders on me, but could for someone else, which is why it’s here rather than in products I outright did not like. This would probably be something that just sits on my shelf for too long and is just wasted.
- The push up buttocks moisturiser is, of course, gimmicky. It’s definitely moisturising, smells great and is a decent size, but I think the way it promotes you getting in a routine of massaging that area naturally does more of a firming job than the moisturiser.
- EcoDenta mouthwash fills your mouth and immediately dissolves down, it doesn’t massively feel like it’s doing anything miraculous but it’s a lot less harsh that its counterparts so great for people with sensitive mouths like myself.
- The welleda body lotion is thoroughly moisturising and citrus is one of my favourite scents, but the amount of body lotion I get in gift sets that do the exact same thing means I’ve never found a brand i’ve been loyal to in a body moisturiser.
- I don’t use hairspray, so it’s not really fair for me to review this. I love that it’s not compressed air, and it seemed ok from a girl who has no previous experience in this area.
Out of ALL the products in this box there are only four I flat out didn’t like, honestly I wanted to stop using these part way through but thought it only fair to give them a fair shot.
- Urban Veda facial scrub had tiny microbeads in, these can tear your skin so I was already put off by that. I think the product isn’t strong enough to thoroughly cleanse without these though. The moisturiser did not sit well with me at all, the scent was so overpowering I felt like I was getting hayfever from using it! It was lightweight but I could not get over the scent.
- 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner has no place in this world I’m just going to say it. Maybe if you’re travelling it’s acceptable but this hemp product did not scrub up well, it left my hair feeling stringy and frankly awful.
- Aloe toothpaste is disgusting! It tastes awful, it leaves your mouth feeling awful and not fresh and if you use it before bed by the time you wake up your mouth feels like you went to bed without brushing in the first place!
Despite having some harsh words on the last products they were such a small percentage that I’m astounded by this box! I found some products I truly loved and some I loved trying out despite probably not reaching for on the shelves again. I love the Latest in Beauty boxes! They’re a great way to discover new products and brands and I absolutely cannot fault their value for money. I am looking forward to trying new collections in the future!