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11th November 2016

Who doesn’t adore receiving a beautifully wrapped present? writes Lisa Botwright…

The sensual thrill of untying a silky bow, the anticipation as you lift the lid of the gift box, the slight inward breath as you unfold the crisp tissue paper and take your first peek at the contents. Now, take that excitement and multiply it twelvefold by imagining a monthly delivery of meticulously-presented, indulgent goodies – when it’s not even your birthday, and Christmas is long gone. Whether you’re looking for some seasonal inspiration, or thinking about treating yourself – take a look a this delectable round-up of the gifts that keep on giving – an edit of the best Beauty Boxes found online …

Who are they? www.cohorted.co.uk

What do they say? ‘A secret selection of hand-picked beauty must-haves, enclosed in an elegant all-black exterior.’

What does my box contain? NARS Andy Warhol eyeshadow, Lancôme Precious Cells eye cream, Nunzio Saviano anti-frizz sheets, Smith & Cult nail polish, Ovali make up brush.

What’s my favourite? It’s difficult to choose from such a high end selection, but the make up brush, with its elegant rose gold finish, is particularly lovely, both to look at and to use.

What’s the monthly cost? £35

Who are they? www.birchbox.co.uk

What do they say? ‘Personalised beauty treats delivered right to your door each month.’

What does my box contain? Lord & Berry matte crayon lipstick, Oribe dry texturising spray, Doux Me pure mist spray, Rituals Sakura Magic body cream, Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixer restore & repair hair oil, Birchbox eyebrow brush.

What’s my favourite? The lipstick is a rich autumnal, berry shade with a lovely texture. I wouldn’t ordinarily consider a crayon, so it perfectly demonstrates how attractive the concept is of trying out new things.

What’s the monthly cost? £12.95

Who are they? www.littleknownbox.com

What do they say? ‘We are passionate about featuring ‘little-known’ products, from independent, niche, upcoming and emerging brands. Chosen with ethics and wellness in mind’

What does my box contain? Lin & Lo satin lipstick, Samaya Ayurveda Anti-ageing creams, Dinki Belle nail wrap set, Merumaya cleansing balm & serum, The Herb Garden massage bar, Fab Little Bag handbag pack and mirror.

What’s my favourite? I love the mixture of quirky and elegant finds – and I’m inspired by the gorgeous moisturisers to learn more about Ayurvedic skincare.

What’s the monthly cost? £14.95

Who are they? www.lookfantastic.com

What do they say? ‘Our exclusive, limited edition Beauty Box is packed full of new and exciting must-have beauty products.’

What does my box contain? L’Oréal Professional Mythic avocado & grape seed hair oil, Look Good Feel Better blending brush, Model & Co cheek powder, Sebastian volupt spray, Bloom & Blossom foot & leg spray and MONU recovery balm.

What’s my favourite? The handbag -sized peachy blusher is ideal for enhancing a winter glow, on the go.

What’s the monthly cost? £15

Who are they? www.lovelula.com

What do they say? ‘Natural beauty delivered monthly to your door.’ (An impressive online manifesto also lists their commitment to: Purity, Compassion, Honesty, Communities, Transparency, Sustainability.)

What does my box contain? Balm Balm rose water hydrosol, Fom London hydra plump serum, Madara AHA peel mask, Ooh! Boabab facial oil, Madara & Kimberley Sayer samples.

What’s my favourite? The organic rose floral water is a quick spritz of calmness in a bottle and now has pride of place on my desk.

What’s the monthly cost? £12.50

Who are they? www.glossybox.co.uk

What do they say? ‘As the UK’s number one beauty subscription service we deliver a diverse selection of five beauty treats that include niche, high-end and emerging brands.’

What does my box contain? New Beauty shampoo, Trifle Cosmetics buttery lip cream, Nuxe dry oil, Universal Beauty blusher & lip stain, Bee Good exfoliator, PS… Pro primer.

What’s my favourite? The seductively pretty dry oil with its gold shimmering flecks – perfect for the party season.

What’s the monthly cost? £10

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