Swears by: the best beauty boxes
Beauty boxes – packages of make-up joy delivered straight to your door – are by far the easiest (and most exciting) way to get your style fix. Pick the one that's right for you with these tips from Mumsnetters
Birchbox, from £10
Birchbox are definitely one of the most popular beauty boxes, thanks in no small part to their gorgeous collaborations and clever personalisation options, letting you select your skin type, hair colour and more. Plus every now and then be treated to a full-size make-up product.
“I love Birchbox. I look forward to it every month. I've had some lovely little treats in mine, as well as some full-size make-up too.”
“Mine had two full-sized make-up products this month! Plus there was a lovely hair conditioner, a face scrub, and a body moisturising lotion that I've chucked straight in my bag.”
“Birchbox introduced me to new brands I'd never tried before like Caudalie and Paula's Choice. I liked the samples so much I ended up buying a full-size product.”
Example box: Beauty Protector Protect & Volume, SKIN79 Clean-on 2 Step Nose Pack, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance, Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara, Caudalie Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle SerumOrder yours now
Glossybox, from £8.50
Glossybox posts out five products every month in little pink boxes, and has loads of big name brands like Anatomicals, Vitamesque and Nip + Fab. You can personalise your box, and it's also the best value for money in the bunch at £8.50 per box (if you sign up for 12 months).
“Glossybox is the best value for money.”
“I tried Glossybox this month, and it's encouraged me to try new things that I'd never normally buy.”
“I get a Glossybox and I love it!”
Example box: Vitamasques Manuka Honey face mask, Mememe Beat the Blues Skin Illuminator, Ciate Fade to Greige nail polish, Utan and Tone Nourishing night crème, Jeanne Arthes L'Eau de Rose fragranceOrder yours now
Most products per box
Look Fantastic Beauty Box, from £13
Look Fantastic beauty boxes are a touch more pricey than some of the rest, but give you much more bang for your buck with six products a month and a glossy mag to boot. They've also been praised as having the most useful products, and in more generous sizes too.
“I get the Look Fantastic Beauty Box and I really like it! There are very few things in each box that I wouldn't use.”
“I really like the Look Fantastic one. The products seem better quality and sizes. The only minor moan is that it's going to take me years to get through the face creams – my drawers are full!”
“You get six items. Two are full-sized, while the others are travel-sized – still bigger than sample-size. You also get a handbag-sized copy of Marie Claire.”
Example box: MyVitamins Catwalk Queen, Fango Brillante Brightening Mud Mask, Polaar IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser, The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors, ThisWorks Stress Check Breathe In, Model Co Eyelets Metallic EyeshadowOrder yours now
Look Incredible, from £25
The Look Incredible beauty box is a little pricier, but you receive a box with five full-size products every two months (so it's really only £12.50 a month) and the bigger products do ensure good value for money. If you just can't wait that long and need a treat in the post every month, they also offer a Deluxe beauty box that promises four or five high end products for £35 per month.
“I've had a few Look Incredible boxes and they had some lovely products but it's a bit more of a splurge.”
Example box: Natasha Denona Face Glow Cream Shimmer, Bareminerals All Over Face Color in Pure Radiance, tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub, Molton Brown Nourishing Body LotionOrder yours now
Best for fans of Korean beauty
Kawaii Panda, from £18
Calling all Korean beauty devotees – the Kawaii Panda box delivers five full-size Korean products to your door every month and removes the long shipping times and steep customs charges that often come with exploring K-beauty (as it is called by those in the know). The boxes contain a mixture of bizarre-sounding yet intriguing skincare and makeup products that you might never come across in the UK – perfect for an adventurous skincare guru (or a teen obsessed with K-pop).
“Kawaii panda beauty box for me! It's not a subscription one so you can buy a month as and when you want. You get 5 full-size Korean beauty products.”
Example box: A’Pieu Cushion Tok Tint, Secret key Snail Repairing Foam Cleanser, A’Pieu Gruyère Cheese Cream, The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Mini Pet Perfume Hand Cream, Miin Natural Cotton Mask PackOrder yours now
My Little Box, £14.95
My Little Box sets itself apart as it includes lifestyle gifts like little notebooks or a chic scarf, as well as lots of French make-up and beauty products – so you can feel like a real Parisienne without having to leave the house.
“I get My Little Box – gorgeous make-up in it, and also a gift. So ideal if you don't just want make-up. It's my monthly present to myself.”
“They're delightful, and really good value. They have lots in them and are well themed – last month I got a stamp (like they used to have in libraries) with loads of funny phrases. I love it! Really quirky.”
“I like My Little Box best. I like the themed boxes (even if they are very loose with it) and the mix of beauty and lifestyle. The last box even came with a full-size Nars blusher so definitely happy with the value for money too.”
Example box: water bottle with built-in fruit infuser, printed bandana scarf, Vitamin Shot facial scrub from My Little Beauty, weekly shopping notepad, seasonal food calendar, Mixa Restoring body lotion, Ape Crunchy Coconut boxOrder yours now
You Beauty Box, from £6.95
The You Beauty Box gets top reviews from Mumsnetters who love the option to select products themselves. This does take a touch of the thrill out of unwrapping your box each month, but offers much greater satisfaction overall. You can also choose between two, three or four products in your package.
“The You Beauty box is really good. It's only £6.95, and you get to choose two products from a selection of about eight. And they throw in a couple of extra goodies as well.”
“You get to choose a few of the items that are in your box. I really enjoy it.”
“You Beauty boxes are really good. I end up with a lot of bits and pieces sometimes, but it's excellent value and reliable.”
Example box: Skinyoga Coffee Body Scrub, Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream & Cleansing Cream Duo, Resultime Hydrating Cream, Madara Smart Antioxidants Fine Line Minimising Day CreamOrder yours now
Latest in Beauty, from £9
Latest in Beauty allow you to choose exactly which and how many products you want in your box each month. If you're just dipping your toe into the beauty box world you can opt for a three-product box, but if you're a confirmed beauty addict you can treat yourself to nine products a month. They also offer themed boxes, including an Eve appeal box and a Grazia magazine box.
“Latest in Beauty is pretty good – it's a mix of themed boxes and build-your-own. I often go have a look at what is in the build-your-own section and if there are some good full size items I pounce and buy a box.”
“Really good. Only bought a few of these but they were fab and incredible value.”
Example box: Sally Hansen gel nail varnish, L'Occitane Roses et Reine Hand & Nail Cream, Burt's Bees Natural LipstickOrder yours now
Little Bit Lavish, £35
Little Bit Lavish' might not have the visual wow factor of other boxes, but they make up for it in the quality of the products. They are overwhelmingly organic, so great for those with sensitive skin, and every box includes a useful beauty tool and a small snack too.
“Little Bit Lavish has lovely toiletries, one item to eat and one item to use – I've had tweezers, a jade roller, and a headband. The toiletries are nearly always brands I've heard of, they're cruelty-free and always amazing. I've had the loveliest body oils and face masks.”
“My skin is sensitive to almost everything but I've not had issues with any of the stuff from Little Bit Lavish. "
Example box: Balm Balm Rose Geranium Organic Face Balm, Skin & Tonic Gentle Scrub, ceramic dish, Miss Patisserie Awake Shower Steamer, Evolve Organic Beauty Citrus Blend Aromatic Body Wash, Stoats Raspberry and Honey Porridge BarOrder yours now
LoveLula, from £13.95
LoveLula are committed to only stocking organic, sustainable beauty products that aren't tested on animals – but this doesn't mean the products you receive in your boxes are limited or samey, LoveLula work with lots of small brands (as well as the big names) to ensure you receive a great range of goodies every month.
“I get the Love Lula one, it's really good. I got some nice Balm Balm bits last month- coconut cleanser and a tea tree lip balm.”
Example box: L’Odaites Gentle Polyphenol Exfoliator, Walden See The Moonlight Rollerball, Joik Refreshing Facial Toner, REN Skincare & Now to SleepOrder yours now
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