Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Selfridges limited edition Beauty Box

As a bit of a beauty novice, I should in theory love those little beauty boxes you subscribe to which contain lots of little lotions and potions. I know there are so many amazing products and brands out there but I don’t really have the time to check them out (fashion is my passion, dolls) so this is probably the best way to try lots of things and see if they work. The thing is, I’m quite particular and prefer natural, premium products and I don’t really trust them to choose high-end, quality products which are suitable for all. The ones I’ve seen contain a lot of make up and it just doesn’t suit every skintone. That’s the problem with having one generic beauty box.

My interest in beauty boxes was piqued upon hearing that Selfridges were launching one to celebrate the launch of their new beauty empire- The Beauty Workshop. I’m sure you know that I adore Selfridges and if anyone can get it right, they can. I actually got my hands on one of the coveted boxes last night prior to today’s launch and I am so impressed! The Beauty Box costs just £15 but it contains over £200 worth of high end products, very generous sizes too - the Stila One Step Correct is actually a full size product. The products they have picked have been clearly thought about, facial oils, serums, hair masks and facial masks which are perfect for some luxe pampering but will suit all skintones and types. Here is a list of products included in the box:

Antipodes Organic avocado & rosehip divine facial oil – A nutrient-rich, organic facial oil which helps deliver essential nourishment to give a lift to tired, stressed and sun-damaged skin. Scientifically shown to stimulate Type I collagen by up to 51%, this oil helps reduce the appearance of lines and age spots while targeting scars and wrinkles.

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum – An anti-oxidant rich, daily use serum moisturiser which is great for hydrating dry, combination or sensitive skin. Natural ingredients such as grape and parsley seed extracts, aloe vera and chamomile moisturise and soothe the skin. Although I don’t have sensitive skin, it’s really great that a gentle, nourishing serum like this has been included.

Estelle& Thild Lip Balm – Lip balms don’t come more nourishing than this pretty, tinted one from Estelle & Thild. This organic lip balm is packed full of vitamins to pamper, plump and protect your lips while giving them a subtle, barely-there slick of colour.

Philip B Katira Hair Masque – A gentle yet versatile hair rejuvenator, this unique clear gel formula is absorbed instantly to plump up fine, limp hair or smooth course, unruly hair. Suitable for all hair textures, the hair mask is light, silky and doesn’t leave behind any residue. The key ingredient is pure Katira extract which targets and fills in weak, damaged spots in the hair cuticle for smoothness and strength while L-Amino Acid complex infuses your hair with weightless, oil-free moisturising and nourishing proteins for enhanced control and elasticity.

Bio Effect EGF Serum – This powerful little serum is a next-generation anti-aging serum which improves the appearance and health of skin by encouraging it to repair its own cells. There is some whizzy exciting science which mimics cellular activators which occur naturally in our skin and speeds up the rate of cell turnover – something which decreases with age. Within weeks, this little wonder potion will reduce wrinkles and improve radiance. 

Stila One Step Correct – I am literally so excited to try this little potion out. As the name suggests, it’s a one-step corrector for any imperfection you may have. As a primer, colour corrector, brightener and anti-aging serum all in one, a few squirts of this wonder lotion will hide imperfections, reduced lines, wrinkles, pores and pigmentation as well as hydrate, control oil and improve skin texture wightlessly. The triple-swirled helix contains three different colours: green to neutralise redness and conceal blemishes, lavender to counteract sallow undertones for a vibrant, energised look and peach to brighten and illuminate. This is a full size product which retails at £24, which demonstrates the incredible value of the Beauty Box.

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask – Omorovicza is a name you probably aren’t familiar with, it’s a leading premium, super luxe Hungarian skincare brand which utilises mineral cosmetology to create some really fantastic beauty products. This deep cleansing mask contains Hungarian moor mud which is rich in calcium and magnesium carbonates to cleanse deeply and nourish while white clay absorbs pore-clogging oil and draws out toxins and impurities. 

I’m genuinely surprised by the calibre of products included in this bumper beauty box. Word on the street (ok the Selfridges offices) is that there are only 200-300 Beauty Boxes available so get your skates on before they sell out. The Beauty Box is available at Selfridges online. 

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