How To Score the Most-Wanted Luxury Beauty Products of Summer for Half the Price

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After a year of curating, crafting, and collecting intel from skin-care aficionados and beauty bloggers far and wide *drumroll please*, Violet Grey is back with their high-anticipated Violet Box Best of Summer. That said, given what's in it (a lot) and the fact that it is limited edition, it probably won't be around for very long, so best to snag yours ASAP.

The curated beauty box offers a wide variety of coveted bestsellers in one luxurious package and at a steep—let me reiterate, steep—discount. With everything from sun-kissed summer makeup must-haves, to skin-care saviors, and hair saving heroes, this box (which includes 10 full-sized products worth $817 when bought on their own), retails for $408 on the store's site, and is beyond worth the splurge. IMHO, The Violet Box Best of Summer is a great hack if you're looking to revamp your summer skin-care and beauty routine in one go while saving some serious cash. Before you ask "What's in the boooooox!?" scroll down to learn about why we love all of the products included.

The Violet Box Best of Summer — $408.00

The box includes: Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops, Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Compact, Mutha No. 1 Serum, MZ Skin Soothe & Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex, ZitSticka Goo Getter, RéVive Soleil Superiéur Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen, U Beauty Sculpt Arm Compound, and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops

By far the greatest deal included comes from our queen, Dr. Sturm. The Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops ($145), are versatile enough to use as a light serum or primer under your makeup, mixed in with your foundation for a boost of hydration, or even on top of your makeup for a naturally dewy, highlighted finish. Packed with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and UVA/UVB damage-fighting ingredients, you can lean on these drops to give you a healthy, natural sheen on the daily.

Chantecaille Liquid Lumiére

For a more obvious pop of cheekbone glimmer, the box also includes the Chantecaille Liquid Lumiére ($45), which reflects light and offers a subtle rose gold tint. Apply on its own, or blend with your go-to moisturizer, primer, or foundation for full coverage glow.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush and Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Compact

If you're looking for a bit of color to pair with the highlighters, the box also includes Kjaer Weis Cream Blush ($32) and the refillable compact that goes with it ($24). The pigment is natural, easy to spread and blend with your fingers, and offers a natural pop of pink.

Mutha No. 1 Serum

On the no-makeup train this summer? The box also includes the Mutha No. 1 Serum ($140), which lasts nearly forever because you only need a few drops a day to see dramatic effects. Filled with niacinamide, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, it offers deep hydration, brightens skin, and helps smooth out your complexion. The best part is that because it's so light and milky, your skin will still be able to breathe without feeling sticky and oily.

MZ Skin Soothe & Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex

The other pricey skin-care essential that makes this box totally worth it is the MZ Skin Soothe & Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex ($143) which uses ceramides to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. It also helps fight under eye puffiness which is essential after a #hotgirlsummer night out on the town.

ZitSticka Goo Getter

If you're like me, summer also means oily skin and the occasional pimple that comes with it. The Violet Box Best of Summer luckily includes the internet's favorite pimple patches, courtesy of ZitSticka. The ZitSticka Goo Getter ($19) is a pack of 36 pimple stickers that help shrink, heal, and prevent breakouts while also nipping the discoloration and redness that they often cause right in the bud. Personally, my favorite part is that they truly stick, and this prevents any accidental middle-of- the-night picking or prodding that may occur.

RéVive Soleil Superiéur Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen

What would a summer skin-care box be without a solid SPF? The RéVive Soleil Superiéur Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen ($115) is a chemical sunscreen that's protective, doesn't leave a white cast, and blends in quickly so you don't have to hem and haw before diving into the pool.

U Beauty Sculpt Arm Compound

On top of all of these luxe finds, the box also includes U Beauty's The Sculpt Arm Compound ($98). Filled with probiotics and retinol, this product is perfect to wear under sunscreen to stimulate lymphatic drainage and prevent all-over puffiness.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Finally, because good self care includes hair care, the box also features the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer ($50). This pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment is magic when it comes to bringing damaged hair back to life. If your hair is feeling dryer than usual because of the sun, chlorine from the pool, heat styling, or post months of beach-y saltwater waves, this intense, 20-minute treatment is here to save the day. The best part? You only need to use it once a week to see (and feel) the results.

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