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Latest in Beauty: The Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards 2018 | My Picks

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Generally, beauty subscription boxes aren’t for me. Although I think they’re a fantastic idea, I’ve ended subscriptions in the past after receiving a few too many things that I’m not overly interested in, or that I already own. I have to admit that I’m also a little bit of a control freak when it comes to parting with my hard earned money, preferring more control over what its actually providing me with.

Enter: Latest in Beauty. If you haven’t heard of these guys before, they provide beauty boxes on both a subscription and non-subscription basis. For subscribers, they exhibit all of the products available and allow you full control over what you actually receive in your box. For non-subscribers, some ‘collection’ boxes are available to purchase, and some boxes are available via a ‘build your own’ basis, which again, allows you a much greater level of control over which products you receive. Talk about game-changing. This post is dedicated to the latter Latest in Beauty box type, in which they have partnered with The Sunday Times Style in order to celebrate their 2018 Beauty Awards. This edit contains products which have all been shortlisted for the awards.

The Sunday Times beauty box allows you to select six products for £25. It has understandably caused an awful lot of hype within the online beauty world. I could have happily spent hours clicking to select far more than the six products that I received. For this reason it’s a shame that other amount options weren’t available. Another (and the last) downside is that when I got around to ordering my own box, some of the arguably best products like Charlotte Tilbury gems had already sold out, I’m not crying, honest. Aside from the little niggles, and I really have only myself to blame for being too slow. I’m still super happy with the bits that I managed to get my hands on. I thought I’d share my own picks with you, especially considering that the box is such a bargain.

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MAC, Lipensity Lipstick, Clouds in my Coffee

You know how much I love my nudes, and this is a good’un. This lipstick shade is similar, albeit a little lighter than one of my MAC favourites: Velvet Teddy. It also costs £18 directly from MAC, so it really was a no-brainer.

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The Body Shop, Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

Another full-size product, which costs £17 on The Body Shop website and look at that, I’ve already made my money back!

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Sample Size Products

Eve Lom Cleanser, 20ml Sample

The original cleanser comes in 50ml and costs £40. So my sample works out to be worth £16.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, 10ml Sample

The 30ml original retails at £46, which means that my sample is worth around £15.

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Sisley, Black Rose Cream Mask

The 60ml original of this luxury skincare product would set you back a whopping £105, making this 10ml sample size worth £17.50.

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Elemis, Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, 20g

Last but not least, Elemis actually stock this sample size under their travel products and charge £9. The best news for you guys is that I actually already own one of these, and picked this one up to include in a GIVEAWAY! At the end of June, Sophie Hearts turns one, to celebrate I’ll be hosting my biggest giveaway worth over £100. Make sure you’re subscribing so that you get an e-mail when it goes live!

The overall total of the products I chose is roughly a whopping £92.50. This box really is amazing value for money.

If you also got The Sunday Times Style Awards 2018 box I hope you loved yours too. If you didn’t get it, what are you waiting for? Which product would get your vote?

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  • Reply Florence Larwood

    I’ve never heard of this beauty box before, but wow, those full sized products are worth the £25 alone!!


    May 10, 2018 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Bexa

    This is such a good idea for a beauty box! I always thought subscriptions boxes were an expensive lucky dip ?. It’s so cool how you get to choose your own items and wow, amazing value for money too. I like the sound of the matcha clearing mask, I love Body Shop products ?. Great review Sophie, enjoy your goodies! xx

    Bexa |

    May 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Andrea M

    The Latest in Beauty box sounds like a great subscription box and I love all the products you chose! The Mac lipstick looks particularly gorgeous xx

    May 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    This is a really neat idea for a beauty box! I love the surprise of subscription boxes but it’s also nice to pick what you really want!

    May 10, 2018 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply zaramcintosh

    I wish I’d ordered one of these for myself! I love how you were able to choose which products you’d receive from a selection because I’m also disappointed occasionally with some products in subscription boxes. I received a LIB beauty box for my Christmas last year and still use the products today so I’ll need to look in to a subscription. Thank you for sharing xx

    May 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Its still available if you want to get your hands on one lovely! x

      May 10, 2018 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply foundationsandfairytales

    This sounds amazing I can’t believe how cheap you got all these items for when they actually retail for nearly £100! That lipstick shade is gorgeous! I’ll definitely check out some of their beauty boxes they seem like great value for money!

    Jess //

    May 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Caitlin Houston

    oh wow I have never heard of this before, this sounds fab. That Mac lipstick is so beaut x

    May 10, 2018 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Helen Christie

    Oh wow! This is an incredible deal! The MAC lipstick and The Body Shop mask would definitely be things I’d choose as well, you’re right – absolute no brainer when it comes to the price!
    Hels xx

    May 10, 2018 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Sara

    I’ve never heard of this beauty box so I have to check this out asap! I am obsessed with that Mac lipstick colour!

    May 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm
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    Great post. I have the sisley mask but haven’t tried it just yet

    May 10, 2018 at 9:49 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I haven’t tried mine yet either, fingers crossed its a good one!

      May 11, 2018 at 7:26 am
  • Reply lovejoice

    I never heard this beauty box, but from the look of it, I’d say this is good. Love the Mac lipstick color. Great post, dear! XO

    May 10, 2018 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply Fran

    I’ve never heard of this subscription box before. I’ve tried so many and they’ve been a bit shit to say the least, love that you can pick the products you receive. £25?!?!?! Such a good bargain! Opening a new tab so I can subscribe too

    May 11, 2018 at 8:19 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I hadn’t until quite recently either, but its amazing!

      May 11, 2018 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Louisa

    Looks like you have to get in quick if you want the little gems!
    I love that you have more control over what you get in your box. I’ve cancelled sub boxes before because despite filling in the personal details (etc) they sent completely irrelevant stuff!

    Louisa |

    May 11, 2018 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Choosing your own products is such a great feature idea isn’t it! x

      May 11, 2018 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    I love beauty subscription boxes! There are some fab products in this one and it’s so good you can choose which products you receive. The reason I unsubscribed from birchbox was because the products were getting repetitive but I love the look of this one x

    Tiffany x

    May 11, 2018 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply robotinheels

    Always been dubious about these boxes but this option sounds perfect. Absolutely going to have a look into getting a treat for myself!!

    May 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      You definitely should, I couldn’t recommend it enough!

      May 11, 2018 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Corinne ? (@WhatCorinneDid)

    I have seen this box on a few IG stories lately! It does look amazing! Real size products… nothing better! I am always wary of subscription boxes because they are always a bit disappointing but this one is perfect! xx corinne

    May 11, 2018 at 8:45 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I’m wary of ones which come as surprise products but getting to pick your own is such a great idea!

      May 11, 2018 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply GirlMasked

    Great post! I hadn’t heard of this box before. I haven’t done a subscription box before but I like how you can do this one on a once off and it certainly seems affordable at 25 pounds so it’d be a nice treat! Your photos are fab!

    May 11, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Thanks lovely! That’s exactly how I feel about it too!

      May 11, 2018 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply The diary of Ellie

    Not heard of this box before but im loving the look of their products, there’s all brands i know rather than other boxes where i dont know any of them! Lovely photos x

    May 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I hadn’t until quite recently either! Thanks for reading lovely x

      May 11, 2018 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    It makes sense to limit subscription count when you have too many or not finding enough products that you liked. It’s pretty cool that you can pick out your own products. The MAC lipstick looks so rich. Pretty cool that you got your hands on The Body Shop’s matcha tea mask. Glad you enjoyed your box! 🙂

    May 12, 2018 at 4:07 am
  • Reply Sneha (@lifewithsneha)

    Ooh, I’ve heard about this but had no idea that it was SUCH a good deal! I’m going to go check out the website now! I’m on the same page about subscription boxes, so I know where you’re coming from. 🙂

    Sneha |

    May 12, 2018 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Patricia & Miguel

    Such great products 🙂
    Have an amazing day,

    Patricia & Miguel

    May 13, 2018 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Angel

    I’m not a big fan of beauty sub boxes, because mostly I am allergic to 50% of the contents. But I have to say, these items doesn’t look half bad! I didn’t hear of this box before and might check them out! Thanks for sharing ~

    May 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Ellis Woolley

    I love the name of the first Mac lipstick, it sounds so dreamy! I also adore the Japanese face mask from The Body Shop, it sorts my skin right out! 🙂 x x
    Ellis //

    May 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Creative Nails

    I love the sound of this box?! It sounds amazing! I’ve really wanted to look into getting a subscription box recently as they seem so great but I’ve always been put off by the chance of getting products that I know I won’t like, so this sounds like it’s perfect! I hadn’t heard of this before so thank you for sharing! 🙂


    May 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Its such a great alternative to a subscription isn’t it! x

      May 14, 2018 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess

    I love latest in beauty, and if I want a beauty box fix it’s my first stop.
    Cora |

    May 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Lisa's Notebook

    How have I not heard of this brilliant subscription box before? That Sisley cream is amazing, I had a sample ages ago and I never wanted it to end! Also loving the look of that MAC lipstick. I shall be checking out the box ASAP now before they all sell out – thank you for the recommendation! x

    Lisa |

    May 14, 2018 at 9:05 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I know right! I’ve only recently heard of them too but they’re so great! I hope you manage to nag one and that there are some nice things left! x

      May 14, 2018 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply amerzwithlove

    That MAC lipstick shade looks beautiful! Also, I love the Japanese Matcha face mask, it feels so fresh after you put it on! xx

    May 16, 2018 at 10:12 am
  • Reply mypassionprojects

    Ohh I love this! I don’t usually even consider beauty boxes, but I love the looks of this. Especially the Mac lipstick. Love that color! 🙂 Awesome post!

    May 23, 2018 at 9:48 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I don’t use subscription ones but this is such a great alternative! Thanks lovely xxx

      May 23, 2018 at 10:01 am
  • Reply actilabmama

    Great alternative!

    July 12, 2018 at 4:10 am
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