Saturday, 15 September 2012

Selfridges Beauty Box - Alternative Box

I'm sure you will have all heard about the Selfridges beauty box by now and heard how us beauty lovers managed to crash the Selfridges website in our excitement to get our hands on one of these limited beauty boxes - it was honestly like trying to get sort after concert tickets! After the initial batch sold out Selfridges released a few more boxes and I was lucky enough to be sat at my computer and after a lot of hassle with the website crashing, payment authorisation crashing etc I managed to finally purchase a box.

However, the next day I got a phone call from Selfridges to say that a computer glitch meant that they had sold more boxes than they had in stock, I thought they were calling to tell me they would have to cancel my order but no they were telling me they were going to refund the postage of £4.95 making the box a total of £15 and were going to add in an extra item for the inconvenience! The downside being that the box wouldn't be dispatched until the first week in September.

No box arrived and we had an email to say that they were waiting on an item from the USA, then Thursday night a dispatch email! The box turned up yesterday, which was my birthday so this was a perfect present!

Yes Selfridges it really is!
With the box being delayed I wasn't sure if I would get the same products as the original box, but on inspection it looks like I did.
Philip B Katira Hair Mask 60ml.
Selfridges don't actually sell this product on their website, but I found it for £14.90 here
Stila One Step Skin Tone Correcting, Brightening Serum 30ml
This is actually one of the products I was most looking forward to getting in the box as I have been eyeing it up in Boots for the past couple of months. I love how pretty it looks!
It retails for £24.00 on Selfridges website
Estelle & Thild Organic Lip Balm 15ml
The balms is Raspberry and it smells gorgeous, it comes in three different colours - I got natural and it retails for £16 at Selfridges
Aesop Remove 15ml
This is an eye makeup remover, again I can't find this item for sale on Selfridges website but 100ml retails for £20.72 here making 15ml worth £3.11
Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask 5ml
Selfridges don't stock any Omorovicza products on their website, but 50ml retails for £57 here making the sample worth £5.70
Bio Effect EGF Serum 5ml
I have read rave reviews about this product and I can't wait to try it!
Again Selfridges don't sell Bioeffect products but you can buy the 5ml for £49 here
Antipodes Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip 30ml
Bizarrely another brand that Selfridges don't stock?! Retails for £18.99 here
Ciate Pom Pom Sample Size
This is the extra item, I don't know how much this retails for as it doesn't have say how much is in it. It's a very pretty colour though!

The products total a whopping £131.70! I do think it is a bit bizarre that the box contains a lot of brands/products that Selfridges don't actually stock. I can't wait to try everything in the box, it was definitely worth waiting for and one of the best birthday presents ever!

 What do you think of the box? Did you manage to get your mitts on one?


  1. The Stila is amazing. I attended a Stila event and spoke to their makeup artist who spoke about and demonstrated the product. ACE!

    1. I used it yesterday - I didn't have to put foundation on, just a bit of concealer as it made my skin look lovely.

  2. Wow, looks amazing! It's weird that they don't stock everything though. I definitely want to try and get the next one :) x

    1. Sadly I don't think they are doing another one - I think it was a one off x

  3. I'm loving everything I'm trying from the box. x

  4. I'm disappointed that the Ciate was your only extra, I would've thought the delay meant you were getting lots more goodies!

    1. Refund of postage and an extra item? I think that was really generous of them!

      I would have been more than happy to have not had the refund or the extra item and to just have waited patiently for it to arrive ;)

    2. OOooooh I didn't realise you got free postage :P

  5. Ciate looks like a full size. I'm so jealous that you got your hands on one of them boxes. They're truly amazing.

    1. It's teeny tiny, I should have taken a pic next to a full size so you could see. I painted my nails with it last night and the brush is actually fab to use and the colour is gorgeous x

  6. cool products!