The beauty world seems to be overrun with samples and miniatures at the moment – beauty boxes, advent calendars and special gifts-with-purchases that just seem to be getting more and more swanky. It’s like battle of the travel sizes!
Many people are put off by the mystery element of these beauty boxes and calendars (though it’s pretty easy to find out the contents, some brands release different versions so that you’re not quite sure what you might get) and for them, the idea of a luxury “kit” might be slightly more appealing. You see exactly what you’re going to get, and the products are carefully curated so that there’s something for every stage of the beauty regime. Although for other people the mystery element is exactly why they buy in the first place – it’s a bit like product roulette.
So for those who want to sample brilliant brands without any risk-factor, there’s this: Net-a-Porter’s “Holiday Kit“. It contains fifteen gorgeously decadent beauty products from luxury brands including Oribe, Omorovicza and is pleasingly high-value. The £89 price-tag is covered by the shampoo and conditioner alone – the Oribe Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner together are worth over £90 (I’m expecting truly WONDROUS things from them, I don’t think I’ve ever used a £46 shampoo before!) – and there are full-sizes of Burberry’s Fresh Glow highlighting pen (£25), Smith & Cult’s Lip Gloss (£20) and Joya’s “Foxglove” roll-on parfum (£20).
The rest of the products are the kind of size that is easy to disregard until you work out what they’re worth based on price per ml – 5ml of Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Overnight Facial, for example, is worth £15, and so is the moisturiser sample from Radical. And there’s loads more – a half-size Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo treatment, a gorgeous little Baume de Rose from By Terry and one of my favourite bath oils, the Inner Strength from Aromatherapy Associates. The oil is beautifully presented in a Christmas star box, just in case you need to find someone a last-minute stocking filler on Christmas Eve. Not that I’d ever let mine go to someone else, I’m a non-sharer when it comes to my special oils…
You can find the Holiday Kit at Net-a-Porter here for £89 – if you regularly use the Oribe shampoo and conditioner (I’m guessing you also bathe in champagne! Leave me a comment below, I’m intrigued!) then this is a whacking nice bonus to receive with your stock-up. For everyone else, this is a great high-value taster kit – there’s not a single dud.