The Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar is a sensation each year. Unfortunately this year they announced there will be no calendar. Instead, we get the Beauty Edit Box which contains eleven items and is multi branded. Are the products diverse enough? Are the ingredients good? Is this beauty box worth it?
£20 when you spend £30 on beauty, clothing or home
CONTENTS (11 items)
Makeup: 2 items
There are only two makeup items in this beauty box, both intended for the eyes and somewhat unexciting. We get the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner which is a retractable pencil. It is worth £16 and seems to come in full size. The shade of the pencil is not specified but we can presume it will be black.
The second and the last makeup item in the M&S Beauty Edit Box is the Eyeko Lash Alert! Wake Up & Go Mascara in a mini size worth £10. Eyeko mascaras are good and offer volume and hold.
The makeup section is not bad by any means but I do wish they included something more fun. That being said, a liner and a mascara is something that everyone will use.
Skincare: 2 items
The shock comes in finding out this box only has two skincare items! This is good news for those of you that are picky with their skincare and are not that keen on introducing too many new items in their routine. The M&S Beauty Edit Box contains an anti-ageing repair cream or serum and a mask. A fantastic choice in my opinion.
The anti-ageing cream is the Prai 24K Gold Wrinkle Repair Creme in 30ml which is worth £21. It contains peptides and hydrating ingredients as well as silicones. This combination will hydrate, protect and prime your face.
Alternatively, you could receive the serum instead, the Prai 24K Gold Wrinkle Repair Serum which comes in 15ml and is worth £11.40. This contains a mixture of silicones, plant extracts and peptides. It also sounds heavily fragranced. Its role is the same as that of the cream’s – to hydrate, prime and protect the skin.
Lastly, there is a mask, the REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Mask which comes in 10ml worth £6.80. This mask is aimed at sensitive skin. It supposedly clams skin and moisturises it. It has an amazing list of ingredients, including lactobacillus which is a fantastic one that is believed to improve the protective barrier of the skin. The only mention is that it contains perfume which could sensitise skin.
The skincare section looks good in my opinion, mainly because it is so small! If you read my other reviews of beauty advent calendars and beauty boxes you know I am not a fan of too much skincare. It is dangerous to introduce too many new skincare items in your routine all at once. However, the M&S Beauty Edit Box gets a huge thumbs up for only containing two skincare products. These are well chosen and diversified enough. The quality of their ingredients is good, especially when compared to skincare in other calendars.
Body, Bath & Other: 6 items
Hair: 3 items
The M&S Beauty Edit Box contains three hair care items which is again fantastic news. I am a strong believer in receiving hair care items in beauty boxes or advent calendars, as they are mainly easier to use and they are suitable for more people.
There is a conditioner, the Philip Kingsley Body Building Weightless Conditioner in 60ml worth around £9. A lovely choice, as conditioner is a must because it helps detangle our hair and smooths it out. The size is generous and it will last for a while. You could also use this to deep condition your hair if you desire so.
The second hair care product in the M&S Beauty Edit Box is the Percy & Reed Define & Hold Finishing Cream in 100ml worth £12. This sounds like a dream product! It is a styling cream with a waxy texture that is silicone free and sounds suitable to all hair types. It smooths out frizz and flyaways, makes your hair extra smooth, helps with split ends and adds shine.
The last hair care product is the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment in 60ml worth £10. This sounds like another amazing styling product. It adds shine, volume and smooths hair. It also protects your hair from heat. This product is also free of silicones.
Body: 2 items
For the body the M&S nailed the selection again! There is a shower oil and a body cream, two essentials and fabulous additions to the Edit Beauty Box.
There is the Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Florale in 10ml worth £3. This sounds amazing, as the oil can be used on the body, face and hair. I love using oils in winter as they are deeply hydrating and offer a relaxing experience. 10 ml is not a lot but it is still enough for you to enjoy something new in your routine.
The second body product is a full size of the Deep Sleep Body Cocoon worth £25. This product is also in the Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar. It is a moisturising cream for hands and body which due to its fragrance is supposed to help you relax and get ready to sleep.
Nails: 2 items
To round up the wonderful selection in this box, the M&S have added two items for the nails as well. They come as a duplex and they are the Leighton Denny Renovate Nail Repair Therapy. This includes a nail repair cream and a buffer. The cream comes in 10 ml and the duplex is worth £12.
Although we get a body cream and oil in this box, nail creams are usually much more thick and greasy in consistency. If this is the case for the Leighton Denny one as well, then this will be an essential item for you to moisturise and repair your nails and cuticles during winter.
Previous beauty boxes from M&S have come in gorgeous boxes with bright and fun colours with paper inside. This is a beauty box not an advent calendar however it still offers eleven items which you could enjoy in the second half of December.
In terms of brands and variety, the M&S Beauty Edit Box offers some well known brands that are medium priced.
IS IT WORTH IT?
The Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Edit Box contains eleven items that are perfectly mixed. It offers haircare, bodycare, makeup and nail care. You cannot go wrong with the selection. The brands are popular ones, like Eyeko, Living Proof, Philip Kingsley, Stilla. The general excitement of this box comes from this well varied selection of products.
The box costs £20 being a bargain compared to what you are getting inside. It is worth over £120, giving you your money’s worth six times! However, you do have to spend £30 across beauty, clothing or home in order to be eligible to buy the beauty box for £20. Is worth spending £50 solely to buy the box? Perhaps not, but if you find things you need from M&S, such as clothes, other Christmas gifts etc. then this box is definitely worth it!
I consider the M&S Beauty Edit Box a direct competitor with the Cult Beauty Christmas Edit Gift Boxes which are similar in price. The difference is that the M&S Box contains various categories of products instead of separating them.
What do you think of this calendar? Let me know in the comments!
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