Friday, 12 October 2018

Beauty | The Look Fantastic 4th birthday beauty box #lfbeautybox.

I'm not one for subscription boxes, however when I recently purchased the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar & saw I could get the Look Fantastic Beauty Box thrown in for the same price I jumped at the chance. It was a no brainer!

Many many moons ago I'd subscribed to Birchbox but unfortunately my love affair with the subscription box didn't last all that long. I was introduced to so many new and rather luxurious brands which at the time was perfect, however after a while I had a build up of sample size products that I was just never going to use. Years have passed since my dalliance with Birchbox and the thought to resubscirbe had never really crossed my mind. However when I saw I could get 20% off the price of the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar if I bought the Look Fantastic Beauty Box I've never inputted my card details quicker. I think in total I saved a grand total of around 10 pence, which sounds ridiculous but if you think of it as if I've gotten the #lfbeautybox for free that sounds like a pretty good deal doesn't it.
 I sound like I'm trying to justify myself buying it, but I'm really not. I wanted it, so I bought it!

When my #lfbeautybox arrived it felt like Christmas, in the sense that I had a gift, but didn't know what was inside, it was exciting. I said to my husband I didn't want to open it until I'd got all my jobs done that day just to make it that extra bit special... And I wasn't disappointed!

The box itself is (in the words of Samira from this years love island) cutesy and inside the rather charming packaging is six amazing beauty treats.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.
I've heard so many people talk about the elasticizer before & if there's one product that comes straight to mind when you say Philip Kingsley, it's this one, so I was super duper excited to get my hands on it. I was really surprised at how creamy this product is as a lot of the hair masks I've used previously are much more oil based. This literally feels as though you're applying an intense moisturiser to the hair, which initially felt really bizarre almost as if I was using the wrong product for the wrong job, but I went with it & I was extremely pleased with the results. I popped the product onto damp hair for around half an hour or so before shampooing and conditioning off. My hair was so much bouncier, lighter and cleaner after using the elasticizer, it made such a difference to not only the feel but the look of my hair too. I had work friends questioning me the next day asking if I'd been to the hairdressers... And if that isn't a compliment I don't know what is! I was obviously super happy with it, but to be honest if anything it left my hair feeling too refreshed - I needed a quick spray of texturising mist to save my hair from being wispy and unmanageable. My hair is usually really unruly the day after washing so this wasn't a surprise or anything  new to me. I'd definitely recommend this product & I can absolutely see why it's got such rave reviews, I can't wait to continue using it.
Eve Lom Cleanser
I think this is the product I was most excited about. I'd heard of the brand, but have never ventured into buying anything from there as I deemed it too expensive & too much luxury for little old me. I was initially surprised by the consistency of the cleanser, it's oil based, which I've used before however this one is much thicker & less malleable than what I've used before. I wouldn't say this was necessarily a good or a bad thing but I found the trick to be heating up the product first between the finger tips before popping on the face. The cleanser melts even the most stubborn make up off, I'm taking Rimmel Apocolips lipsticks & waterproof mascaras, a couple of quick swoops with the product & it's gone. I have quite dry skin, especially around this time of year (anyone with me here?) so my skin just drunk up all of the essential oils contained within the cleanser. Not only am I left with super duper moisturised skin, but my face is left feeling clean, fresh & most importantly decongested. I've really enjoyed using this cleanser & have barely made a dent in the small tub I have but I don't think I'll ever be able to bring myself to hand over my cash for this product, £55.00 for 100ml is just a little way out of my price range, this could be one for the Christmas or Birthday lists!
Omorovicza Firming Neck Cream
Whenever I receive products like this I never think I'm going to get the use out of them as I feel too young to use them. Truth be told I'm not as young as I think I am - I'm not too far off thirty and should probably start using products like this. Prevention is key! And it really helps to put the groundwork in first before the 'laughter lines' start appearing, or so they say anyway! I'd never heard of Omorovicza before, although now I have one of their products I'm seeing them all over - Doesn't this always happen! The cream is much more liquid than I was expecting, I think because Omorovicza is a pricier brand I was expecting something much richer & more intense, which unfortunately I didn't get with this product. The cream is lovely to apply and definitely gave my skin some much needed hydration, but I was left wanting more... What more I'm not 100% sure, but at  £95.00 for 50ml of product I felt a little lacklustre.

Mane 'N Tail Hoofmaker Hand & Nail Therapy
I was quite disappointed with this one to begin with, as when I saw the packaging I was excited that this would be a product to use on my hair. I didn't know Mane 'N Tail did other types of beauty products so when I saw that it was what I thought initially essentially to be a hand cream I was a little underwhelmed. Now don't get me wrong, I love a hand cream as much as the next person, but I have so many scattered across different places (handbags, coats, drawers) that I didn't think I needed another. I've been using this product however as an all over body moisturiser and it's been working wonders especially in the more stubborn areas, think elbows, knees, tootsies... Places that need a little more moisture than most. It's been great!
Lord & Berry Strobing Pencil
I was dubious about this one... Until I swatched it! And then was instantly won over by the colour. The reason for being so dubious was that I'm all for a bit of highlight and a strobe, but in pencil format, quite frankly I thought it was going to be a pain in the arse. I thought this was going to be a product I liked, but one that I would never reach for. Being a precise pencil, this highlight was always going to be amazing for the cupid bow and brow bone which is where I started and to be honest where I fell even more in love with it. The colour is such a nice champagne gold, it's perfect for highlighting a bronzey look, which is one I've been opting for more as we go into Autumn. The product is creamy enough to blend which means using the pencil on cheek bones isn't a problem. I've enjoyed using this product & will continue to keep using it however I can't help but wish the pencil was a little fatter as it would speed up the application process. The pencils are only £14.00 full size and I know Lord & Berry do some chubbier highlight sticks so will more than likely look into ordering one of those once this one has been used up.
Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil
I received a sample size oil from Aromatherapy Associates in one of my Birchboxes so I knew what I was in store for with this one. And let me tell you, it's a jolly good time! I'm much more of a bath person than a shower person so I haven't actually tried this oil by directly putting it onto my body, even though I'm sure it's amazing. What I've been doing is pouring a few drops into my bath both with and without bubbles, depends on how boujee I'm feeling. The scent is  both invigorating and energising which is exactly what you'd want on a morning & funnily enough the spa like smell lingers around for the rest of the day. It definitely makes my new bathroom feel a little more luxurious! A little goes a long way with this product, now I don't know if that's part of the price, paying £48.00 for 55ml rather than cheaper alternatives from the likes of Neals Yard Remedies. Answers on a postcard please. Although I wouldn't necessarily buy this product again, it has spurred me on to look at more bath oils, Look Fantastic do an Aromatherapy Associates miniatures gift set which I've definitely got my eye on.

I've really enjoyed getting back on the beauty box hyped experimenting with new products, especially as I can safely say I'd never have purchased any of these products beforehand. I've definitely come across some goodies and even though there's some I wouldn't necessarily purchase again, they've definitely perked my imagination and have made me think about trying out other similar products.

How do you feel about beauty subscription boxes? Have you tried any of these products before?

Claire. X

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  2. The Eve Lom cleanser sounds lovely, as does the AA bath oil! I've only tried Neal's Yard bath oils and really enjoy them. I think AA do mini gift sets so might be an idea for the Christmas list! :D
    The only beauty subscription box I've tried is the LoveLula one and it's always really great value for money. Naturisimo also release discovery boxes now and again which are usually excellent! I bought the Haircare box to split up for Christmas gifts and am eyeing up the vegan beauty box too.
    Emma xxx
    www.lifewiththebruces.co.uk

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    1. Ahh that's good to know :-) I might have a look in Neals Yard, I've always known that they do the bath oils, just never purchased any of them unfortunately. Do you have any particular scents you'd recommend? X

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  3. I think this was a pretty decent selection this month! I find their boxes to be really hit and miss, but I like this month's xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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    1. Yeah, that's why I stopped getting the Birchboxes tbh. This box has definitely been a goodie though! X

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