Latest in Beauty – Capital Beauty Box

Latest In Beauty , if you are not aware, is a little different from the usual beauty box.  They offer individual boxes, instead of an ongoing subscription. There are usually around 6 boxes to choose from, containing both full sized and sample sized products. This particular box was put together with Capital FM, and is the Best of Summer box, apparently containing all the must-have beauty products for the summer.  I purchased this at the reduced price of £9.87.


Latest In Beauty Capital FM Summer Beauty Box


What’s in the Box?

Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm – Berry (full size)

A slightly tinted lip balm, that offers SPF 15.  The colour is a sheer glossy pinkish red. On first impressions, I can definitely smell the Shea butter, mixed in – weirdly – with the scent of Vicks VapoRub. I’m not sure how I feel about putting that on my lips….


Carmex Moisture Plus Berry Sheer Tint



Carmex Moisture Plus Berry Sheer Tint Swatch


Colab Sheer and Invisible Dry Shampoo – Paris Floral Fragrance (50ml)

Dry shampoos are a staple in my world, not only to refresh day old hair, but also to add texture when styling.  I often find though, that the fragrance is too strong and will give me a headache half way through the day, so I am looking forward to trying this one out. I have also heard great things about Colab.


Colab Dry Shampoo Paris Floral Fragrance Organic Dead Sea Minerals Bio-Plasma Mud Mask (100ml)

This looks like a typical mud mask; thick and grey.  It promises to be anti-ageing, detoxifying and rejuvinating.  I will definitely be giving it a try: I am very anti ageing, and I could do with being rejuvenated.

I Love….Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Creme (10ml)

This is a sample size, and is in association with CoppaFeel.  The sachet comes complete with tips to check yourself, and warning signs to look out for in the breasts.


I Love...Perfectly Peachy and Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask

Fudge Urban Hair Art Spray – Violet Haze (125ml)

Now this.  This is an instant colour spray for the hair. It is a fun way to add some temporary colour to the hair, without making a full commitment. My husband once told me that if I dyed my hair purple he wouldn’t be able to look at me, so next time I need some peace and quiet, I’ll be reaching for this little can.

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish – Mercer Street (8ml)

I love a good Gel nail polish, and although I have tried other Nails Inc polishes (with great results) I have never used one of their Gel polishes.

Fudge Urban Hair Art Violet Haze and Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish Mercer Street


Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance – SPF 30 (100ml)

I’d like to say I’ll give this a go.  However, I think the one day of sunshine that we enjoy in the UK has already passed me by.  This is a good size bottle though; perfect for popping in a bag for a day at the beach.


Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection SPF 30 (2)


Malin & Goetz Trio – Cleanser, Moisturiser and Lip Balm (10ml, 10ml and 5ml respectively)

I have actually used these products before, as samples free with a magazine.  The lip balm is lovely, and I love to apply it before I put makeup on, then by the time I get to lipstick I am fully hydrated. It acts as a perfect base for lipstick, if you suffer from dry lips.  These little luxury sample sizes are also great for a weekend away.


Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer and Lip Moisurizer


MUA Mega Volume Mascara Waterproof Black

MUA Mega Volume Mascara (full size)

I am really looking forward to trying this, as part of my ongoing quest to find the perfect mascara.  Maybe this will be the mascara that will stop me in my tracks and give me long, fat, fluttery lashes.


MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Poptastic

MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Poptastic Swatches

MUA Eyeshadow Palette – Poptastic (full size)

I have two other MUA eyeshadow palettes, and they are both fantastic quality, so I hope this will be a great addition to my eyeshadow palette addiction collection.

Overall this is a great value box, especially at the discounted price.  Personally, I like the surprise element of subscription boxes, which you don’t get with Latest in Beauty.  However, as a way to get hold of really excellent samples (and some full sized products) to try out, I think it is fantastic.


What do you think, have you tried any of the Latest in Beauty boxes?

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Kerastase Mousse Bouffante: Want Volume? Try This!

I have talked before about my hair struggles – here – there is a lot of it, but it’s very fine, which equates to flathead if I’m not careful.  I have tried a multidude of volumising mousses in the past, and most have resulted in solid and/or sticky hair.  Conversely, I am also terrified of too much volume.  As much as I hate flathead, puffhead is just as undesirable.


Kerastase Mousse Bouffant


So, you could describe me as a little bit daft when, while browsing on, I came across the Kerastase Mousse Bouffante and added it to my basket.  It’s got the word Bouffant in the name for heaven’s sake!  I forget what I was actually hunting for at the time, and why this particular green can stood out to me.  I know what I wasn’t looking for though: volumising mousse.

So that goes some way to explain why the first time I tried it I was fairly sceptical. Kerastase itself is part of the trusted L’oreal group. I generally gravitate towards L’oreal for shampoos, as I find it is the only brand that doesn’t irritate my scalp (and I have tried more brands than I care to mention, over the years). Nonetheless, I expected the usual immovable helmet hair after blow drying.  I was also cautious not to inject too much life into my barnett, in case it started to veer into actual bouffant territory.

I was beyond pleased to discover though, that it left me with soft, manageable and slightly more lifted hair than usual.  Over the last six months or so, the length of my hair has varied greatly, but this fabulous mousse has been a constant.  I use it regularly, and am confident that it will give just enough lift, without stiffness.  In fact it’s like I just stepped out of a salon, and yes, I am worth it.


Have you tried the Kerastase Mousse Bouffante, or indeed any other volumising mousse?  What is your biggest issue with your hair (if you have one!)?


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