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24 November 2014

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

When one of my all time favourite bloggers, Jane announced that she'd collaborated with Latest in Beauty for a second British Beauty Blogger Dream Box, I knew I needed to have it after being so impressed with the first box.. which you can read about here. Just like the first box, the second box was extremely popular - so much so, the high traffic crashed the Latest In Beauty website so I was relieved when I managed to snap one up before they sold out. 

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions
The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

The Dream Box II cost £21.95 with free delivery, which is just slightly more than the £19.95 cost on the first box, but the value of this box is around £25 more so it's definitely a better deal. When I opened the lid, I couldn't believe how jam packed the box was.. it must've been like beauty tetris for the Latest In Beauty team, trying to fit all of these products in the box. Just like the first Dream Box, the box included a detailed booklet where Jane explains why she chose each of the products, and some of the brands have included a discount to use on their websites too.

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

First up we have a 2ml sample of the Agent Provocateur Fatale Perfume (worth £2.36).. which smells incredible! I have two of the Agent Provocateur fragrances, and I love them so I couldn't wait to try the new Fatale but after just a couple of spritzes, it's now made its way to my Christmas list. I also got a 10ml bottle of the NUDE Skincare ProGenius Treatment Oil (worth £19.33). I've never tried anything from NUDE before, but I've read so many rave reviews that I'm looking forward to giving this oil a try.

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

Then we have a 30ml bottle of the Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 1 Shampoo (worth £2.04), and a 20ml of the matching Conditioner (worth £2). I've never tried Kérastase before, but these bottles are a really good size to be able to try them a few times to be able to see if I like them or not or they'd be ideal for taking on a weekend away.

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

Next up we have an 8.5g travel size of the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (worth £2.99) which is a product I already own and love as it's so nourishing. There's a 4.5g pot of the Sleek Pout Polish (worth £2.02) with shades that are unique to the BBB Box, which is amazing. I got the shade Show which is a bright hot pink. The Pout Polishes are pigmented lip balms which leave the lips tinted and nourished. Then we have a 25ml tube of the Le Couvent des Minimes Gardeners Hand Healer (worth £3). This hand cream contains 20% shea butter, and seven healing plant extracts making it a super nourishing hand cream - perfect for the winter.

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

The next two items are both full size.. the Bourjois Délice de Poudre Duo Bronzing Powder and Highlighter (worth £7.99) and the Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes (worth £5.49). I've not tried either of these before, so I'm looking forward to giving them ago, especially the eyelashes as they're so pretty and I've never tried any Ardell eyelashes before.

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

The next three items are.. a 5ml bottle of the Essie Toggle to The Top Nail Polish (worth £2.96) which unfortunately is a shade I already own, but it's so pretty that I'm sure I can find a home for it.. it's so pretty, and perfect for Christmas. Then a box of three Invisibobbles (worth £3.75) which are a luminous yellow colour which isn't really me, but after trying them out, I'd definitely buy a more muted shade as they're really effective, even on my thick long hair. The brand LOLA features in this box again, this time a full size LOLA Intense Colour Lipstick (worth £12) in the shade Strawberry Fields which is the prettiest of pinks.

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

We also got the full size Eylure Brow Crayon in the shade Mild Brown (worth £6.50) which I think might be a touch too warm for my brows, but I'm hoping it'll work as an eyeliner as it has a really, lovely creamy formula. Next is another full size product.. the Ciaté Lashlights Luminous Lash Top Colour (worth £14) in the Electric, which is a bright blue. I'd never go out and buy this, but I'm so happy it's inside this box as it means I can try it out without losing money, if I don't like the effect but this is definitely the shade from the six available, that I'd have chosen. The next product is another full size - the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick (worth £20).. this is something I've been wanting to try for such a long time, so as soon as I saw that this was included in the box, I knew I had to snap it up as the value is the same as the box.

The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2 - Unboxing & First Impressions

The last three products are... a 50ml tube of the Mio Double Buff Dual Action Enzyme Exfoliator (worth £7.33) which is something I've heard Jane rave about on her YouTube channel, so I'm dying to give it a try. Then we have a full size of the Body Shop's Beautifying Oil (worth £9) in the Shea Scent which smells incredible, so again I'm very happy as I'm a huge, huge Body Shop fan. The very last product in the box is a 15ml tub of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal (worth £4.80) which is another product I've never tried.. amazingly, I've never tried any Vichy Skincare so I can't wait to try this as it sounds really lovely.

So there we have all of the incredible products in the The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2. I'm sure you'll agree that this is such an amazing box, and the value of everything combined is £127.56 which is fantastic considering I only paid £21.95. I'm very happy with everything I got.. it's such a great mix of brands and products and I can't wait to now start trying everything out, and I'm excited to see how Jane can top this box with maybe a third Dream Box?

Did you snap up the #BBBDreamBox?

So Susan Lacquerlove November 2014 Box

So Susan Lacquerlove November 2014 The Modern Muse Box Review
So Susan Lacquerlove November 2014 The Modern Muse Box Review

When the November So Susan LacquerLove box landed on my doorstep last week, I was excited to see what shades were tucked inside my box. The So Susan LacquerLove box is a monthly nail polish subscription box service, where for £14.95 a month, you receive a box containing four full size 9ml nail polishes, alongside a surprise makeup item. The theme for November's box is 'The Modern Muse'*, where the polishes have been updated with silver chrome lids from their previous black plastic lids to coincide with the theme.

The So Susan Nail Polishes are 4-Free with no DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde Resin. The polishes contain rosehip oil to moisturise the nails, with a quick drying time and I find that So Susan polishes last for around five days before chipping starts with a great, smooth consistency. 

So Susan Lacquerlove November 2014 Box
So Susan Lacquerlove November 2014 Box

The first shade in the box is Imperial Blue which is a stunning, bright cobalt blue and a very close dupe to the famous Nails Inc Baker Street Polish. The next polish is Black Velvet which is a satin finish black shade which looks similar to a leather polish, and I really love it. Next up is Mint Cream which is a perfect name as it is a pale mint cream shade, and the last is Amethyst which is a deep purple. All four polishes have a great, thin consistency which apply easily and evenly, with opacity in just two coats. My favourite has to be Black Velvet as I love the unique finish and I think it'd look amazing with a silver glitter topcoat.

So Susan Lacquerlove November 2014 Box
So Susan Lacquerlove November 2014 Box

The makeup item that is included within the So Susan LacquerLove November Box is the So Susan Concealer Quad which retails for £18.95 when bought individually, however it is a product I've received before and reviewed here. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the concealer quad as it's not the best quality, with the concealers having the consistency of paints with a shiny finish that don't set on the skin - even when used with a setting powder. The concept of having a concealer quad is great, but for me, this quad is disappointing.

Even though the concealer quad was a total disappointment, I loved all four of the polishes included in this month's box. Which is your favourite shade?