Beauty Box

Lookfantastic Beauty Box – August 2018

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August was over almost two weeks ago, but I still have to show you what was inside the Lookfantastic Beauty Box of the month. The whole theme was about regaining confidence in our beauty regime and be our best selves! There are many skincare brands that I haven’t heard of before and it’s so nice to explore and test some products that would otherwise never find their way to my skincare routine. I managed to test some of them and already have a basic idea about what I like, so let’s dive in!

My first favorite item is a full-sized Mio Boob Tube, what a name! This is basically a neck and bust cream rich in Coenzyme Q10 with a very captivating scent – this is why I always look forward to using it in the morning or evening! It sinks into the skin quickly, but I’ll have to use it for a longer period of time to see whether it has any effect. For now I really like it. Next is a gel-like toner Hydraphel Skin Supplement for dry skin by Erno Laszlo that comes in a cute square box. It’s supposed to retain moisture, eliminate dullness and help with tissue repair, but I haven’t noticed anything in particular. I apply it with my hands just like I would any other gel formula before the rest of my skincare routine. It feels very hydrating and is alcohol-free, but it does contain fragrance, which can be irritating for some people.

This beauty box once again contained a face cleanser, i.e. the Pure Skin Face Wash by Balance Me. This one is thought to cleanse the skin without stripping moisture and refresh the skin with Grapefruit, Frankincense and Roman Chamomile oils. I haven’t tried it yet because I have so many cleansers to go through before I open a new one! Another item I was looking forward to but disappointed me a bit is the Molton Brown Bath and Shower Gel that came in different scents. I received Gingerlily, which doesn’t have any special scent to it. Very basic, so I’ll keep it and take on a vacation or give it to a friend.

Then there are two makeup products, finally! The best of the two is without a doubt the Mini Brow Build mascara in shade Indian Chocolate by Blink Brow Bar. This shade is very dark, so I feel for all the blondes who received it! Nevertheless, the color suits me to a T and it’s so easy to create thicker and fuller brows. But I have to be careful and not work with too much product on the mascara otherwise it gets extremely messy very quickly. Last but not least, we received an INC.redible Blazin Over Lipgloss by Nails INC., once again in different shades. A typical lip gloss, nothing special here – I received a pink one and my sister a brown/nude shade, but we swapped them because we thought that the brown shade would be more suitable for my skin tone. Well, I was wrong and it makes me look so sick … and the lip gloss just slides around and builds up on the inner side of the lips. A very disappointing product that I really don’t need in my life. Well, I’ll help find it a new owner, I hope some of my friends will be willing to give it a go! :)

All in all, this Lookfantastic Beauty Box had some really amazing products that I already love, but also some items that will only take up my space. A spoiler alert: the September Beauty Box is much more interesting, so I’ll try to test as many of them as I can and write a review soon. Until then, have a nice Sunday and a wonderful week!

LOOKFANTASTIC BEAUTY BOX – JULY 2018

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I had really good intentions to discuss the July Lookfantastic Beauty Box before the month is almost over, but my plan fell through. As I said in my previous beauty box post in June, I decided to go for a 12-month subscription this time. I feel this is the only way to try the products I would probably never buy. You never know whether the item will be suitable for your skin, so this is the perfect way to experiment with skincare. The goal of the July edition was to embody our bronze goddesses, what a claim! Now let’s go through all six products, some of them I already love, while the others are quite disappointing.

I was most interested in the Freematic Highlighter Mono in shade Sparked Ray. I’m always into new highlighters and if they create a wonderful sheen, I’m sold! I really like the champagney shade of this one, great for different skin tones. It creates a nice glow and I’ve been reaching for it all the time since I got it. It’s also versatile enough to be used on other parts of your face, collar bones or shoulders as well! Next is the Reflection Bain Chromatique Shampoo by Kerastase. I was really looking forward to this shampoo, but I have to say it doesn’t do anything in particular. It has a nice scent, but I don’t think it’s worth € 25 … I prefer investing in good hair masks or oils that will actually leave the hair really soft (I currently LOVE the Kérastase Elixir Ultime)! Another product that is interesting to try is the Filorga UV Bronze After Sun, some kind of a tan intensifier. This is supposed to be applied after tanning to intensify your tan, but I haven’t had the right opportunity to try it out. I applied it once, it has small glitter that looks so cute on the skin! It will be great for the warm evenings on my second vacation :)

And then there were three facial products. Although I’m not a huge fan of face oils, I must admit that applying the Lancer Omega Hydrating Oil after my evening skincare is rather nice. However, I do need to be careful, one drop is really enough for the entire face. The two things I’m not really keen on are the Sebiaclear Gel Moussant Cleanser and Pure Skin Face Cleanser. I don’t know why they think we’d need two cleansers, especially because there were several cleansers in previous boxes. These two will go with me on vacation as well, I really don’t need any more cleansers in my bathroom!

All in all, there are some products that I really like, but otherwise I’m not that excited about most of them. Nevertheless, I truly hope that the August one will be more breathtaking! I do have to find a silver lining, I just purchased a 12-month subscription after all :D

LOOKFANTASTIC BEAUTY BOX – JUNE 2018

img_1469img_1471img_1481img_1495img_1519img_1508I finally found some time to go through the Lookfantastic Beauty Box I received in June! This one was the second special edition of the year that consisted of 7 products instead of 6. Most importantly, it was aimed at providing hydration and luminosity – all we need in these summer eves, am I right? ;)

I was really intrigued by the Elemis Superfood Cleansing Wash. The February box included their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and I love it so much that I was really eager to try the wash as well. Needless to say, I love using it and I look forward to taking it with me on summer vacation! There’s nothing better in the morning than a freshly washed face, if you ask me :) The second product is the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts, such an interesting and effective item! It comes in form of a paste and although it seems strange to massage a scrub-like texture onto the scalp, the result is nothing but incredible. It completely dissolves when applied and it seems to foam a lot under your fingertips. First of all, it really does create a lot of volume after drying, I was amazed to have even more voluminous hair than usual! And second of all, it leaves the hair with a nice, subtle rose scent that lingers around throughout the second day as well. I also like the The Ritual of Dao Body Cream by Rituals that has a very light and neutral scent. It does absorb into the skin very quickly, but I haven’t used it much because I have a bunch of other body creams to go through. Another body product is the Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion, something all of us need to get some color without exposing ourselves to the sun too much! I used it a couple of times in the morning and applied it really carefully over my legs. However, I haven’t noticed any significant difference – but it’s also true I haven’t paid any attention to that either. I can say that if there was any tan, it was very even and neutral, because I would notice any spots if that wasn’t the case. There were also no marks on my clothes and I will surely use it again.

This box also came with the MÁDARA SOS Hydra Moisture+Radiance Mask, such a cute-looking mask/leave-in treatment! I really liked how it performed on my skin, but it does contain alcohol so it may be drying if you have sensitive skin. This leaves us with two products that I haven’t tried at all. I haven’t opened the Environmental Rescue Essential Day Cream yet, but it comes in such an interesting packaging! It’s supposed to provide hydration for whole 12 hours and I’m slightly skeptical about this statement. But it does contain some antioxidants, so it’ll be nice to try in that respect. Last but not least, the only makeup item was the Studio 10 Liquid Foil i-Radiance Metallic Shadow. It looks like a lip gloss with a doe foot applicator, but it’s actually a very fast drying liquid eye shadow with beautiful copper glitter. It’s very transparent and doesn’t look like a foil, but I believe it can be buildable. It would also be interesting to try it as a base and then apply loose glitter or pigments on top! And then a few sprays of a setting spray and you’re good to go!

Anyway, I really enjoyed testing this Lookfantastic Beauty Box and I decided to go for a 12-month subscription this time. Then I’ll surely have enough skincare items and makeup for years! :)

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