One more week has passed and so it is time for one more Beauty Box Unboxing Review!
April’s Look Fantastic Subscription Beauty Box had a “barefaced and beautyful – natural beauty” theme. Mastering the natural make up or perfect barefaced look is a skill that everyone should have, however, it is April, we are well into spring so I was hoping for some colours! Nevertheless, I did look forward to opening this box and I do love the theme.
The box design is absolutely gorgeous. It has an orangy coloured flower with golden highlights on it which shine and capture the light nicely. I love that it says natural beauty at the centre of the flower and the quote inside the box said “After cleansing, splash some cold water over your face to tighten pores and promote a naturally radiant complexion”. I was hoping for something a little more inspirational but it is a good tip nevertheless.
This month’s box contained 7 products and the two monthly magazines that always accompany this box, a small Beauty magazine and a travel size full version of ELLE magazine. It is indeed very good value for money.
From left to right, the products were: a hand cleaning gel, a face mask, a leg perfector cream (what?!), a face cleanser, a hair perfecting product, a face moisturiser/anti-aging product and a powder foundation.
So lets dive in a little more deeply into how each product performed after a week’s use. Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and as beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, beauty requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. If you tried any of these please leave your comments below!
Merci Handy Hand Cleansing Gel Flower Power
I got this product in this month’s Glossybox as well but I absolutely loved it so I didn’t mind. I was hoping to atleast try a different scent though and unfortunately I got the exact same one. Aw well! It will definetely get used.
The packaging is very cute and it is a product that everyone needs. Having an antibacterial gel with you can be very useful especially if you suffer from dry hands and you don’t want to constantly be washing your hands with soap and water. The smell is sweet but “clean” and it has a thin gel texture.
This watery pink gel also contains blue beads but don’t worry these are not like the scrub beads that harm marine life, they do dissolve in your hands and disappear. It is a full size product and retails for £2.90 which admittedly is a little expensive if you consider that you can easily buy products like this for a pound. SCORE = 9/10
Vitamasques Pomegrade Sheet Mask
Face masks are a common item in Beauty Subcription boxes as they are not too expensive and they don’t take much space. From all the face sheet masks I’ve tried so far, this one was definetely in the top 5. It felt really hydrating without any stickiness and I definetely wore it longer than the instrutions said because…I just didn’t want to take it off!
My skin did look brighter, calmer and a little more plump. It is a full size product and costs £3.99. For the results, not a bad price at all. It is aparently a Korean beauty treat and has a special “science technology” on how it is formulated. I might do a separate blog on what the claims are and if/why they work. Although I have only good things to say about this, bear in mind that it was a one time use mask so this review (unlike my other 1 week minimum reviews) is based only on a one-off use. The face sheet would fit on many different face sizes and shapes and the packaging was standard but nice looking. SCORE = 9/10
Thisworks Perfect Legs Skin Miracle
I was excited to receive this as I have tried thisworks products before and I really liked them. Unfortunately though, this one just didn’t work for me. This is a product for your…legs? I have to admit I was a little confused and had to read a little about this before knowing what to do. Apparently, or at least as far as I understood, you can use this a bit like a BB cream or any tinted cream to cover any imperfections but it also works as a repair cream containing Vitamin C.
In terms of covering imperfections, it did nothing for me but ! did feel nicely hydrated. It has a brown-orangy colour which thankfully disappears easily if you rub it in which is also probably why it doesn’t cover or blur anything even on my super pale skin. The smell has a hint of nail varnish, not full on but it reminds me of that smell so I didn’t really enjoy smearing this all over my legs or body. The packaging is very standard and not particularly pretty but it does the job. Other than hydrating, it didn’t really work any further for me. SCORE = 4/10
Omorovicza Cleansing Foam
This is a wet face cleanser with a very fresh smell of lime combined with something I couldn’t define. The packaging is very nice, simple but elegant and I love that the brand name is written in silver writing that reflects light (hence why it doesn’t look clear on the picture). It definitely cleans the face nicely and even takes out makeup very well. It doesn’t strip out your natural face oils completely so you are left with a nice clean but hydrated skin feeling.
It is a white cream and the tube opening is so small you can create tiny cream lines! Lmao. Anyhow, when you rub the cream together it doesn’t really foam or come together which was a little strange. Nevertheless, it did work and it worked well. SCORE = 7/10
Alterna Caviar CC Hair Perfector Cream
This is a hair styling cream that you can put on damp or dry hair and there is no need to wash it off. I have to be honest, as soon as I started reading about this I immediately became very cynical. It says that it can perfect hair in 10 ways: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, uv protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. Products that have so many claims are usually rubbish simply because chemistry and formulation wise, each claims have different requirements and it is very difficult to pack them all in. That doesn’t mean however, that it is impossible.
Thankfully for this company, it is very difficult to quantify all of the claims as a user without any laboratory testing. My hair did feel more soft, smooth and more manageable but that’s about how much I saw. There is no way of knowing without laboratory testing if it does actually moisturise, uv protects, heat protects or is anti-breakage. Don’t get me wrong, this product did work for me but I cannot say that I observed all claims stated. I am also not sure what the CAVIAR company name stands for do their products contain caviar derivatives or is it just a fancy name?
This cream is apparently free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic colour and contains no paraffin, gluten, mineral oil or petrolatum. The packaging is simple but nice and the smell is subtle but sweet and fresh. I did like this product but I cannot say I loved it. SCORE = 7/10
Mádara Mini Smart Day Cream
This is a fine line minimising day cream for dry to very dry skin. This is an example of why the lack of personalisation in the Look Fantastic box (i.e you cannot create a beauty profile and tell them if your skin is oily or you are blonde or you have dark circle issues etc) can make it fall short sometimes as opposed to the more personalised Birchbox and Glossybox.
However, although my skin is oily this cream did work for me. It did feel very hydrating and my skin was left smooth without any residual oils. It is apparently a smart anti-aging type cream that combats the first signs of aging: fine lines, loss of plumpness and dull complexion and is packed with anti-oxidants. Strangely, I loved that the packaging was black, it seems to suit this product and the tube is simple but elegantly designed. It has an off white colour and an orangy smell. The only negative for me was the smell, the orangy smell with a hint of something that reminded me Christmas put me off a little bit. I don’t want to smell like Christmas all year around. This is probably just a personal thing though, as the smell is more profoundly orange and it might not give you a Christmas feel at all. It does the job and leaves the skin feeling nice. Does it actually help combat aging signs? Very difficult to tell. SCORE = 7/10.
Laura Geller Balance and Brighten Foundation Fair
This is an even better example of why the lack of personalisation in this box can be disappointing. This foundation powder is the colour “Fair” and so unless all of Look Fantastic subscribers have fair skin, which I doubt, then someone will be disappointed here. Luckily this was the right colour for me but how would they have known that without a personal beauty profile.
This item arrived broken for me, or at least I am assuming so. I do not think this powder was supposed to be loose but rather compact. If it was supposed to be loose then the packaging is an absolute failure as it is not seal proof and the powder comes out making an absolute mess everywhere. Strangely, it smells like tea which is not bad at all just rather unusual. If you like that smell then you will love using this. It doesn’t add much colour (or any), I guess because it’s so light in texture and colour, so you could even use this as a “translucent” powder. It feels very silky smooth and is easy to apply.
It is supposedly a brightening foundation but personally I haven’t noticed that. It is also stated to be free of parabens and mineral oil and full of white tea and Centella Asiatica. I might to a separate analysis blog on these ingredients on whether there is any scientific proof on them or not. I would have given it a 6 if the packaging was not, by design, leaky. SCORE = 5/10.
Overall I did like the contents of this box, they were a nice range of different type of products and of decent size. The box design was absolutely gorgeous, however, the lack of personalisation in the Look Fantastic box was very evident this month.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) =6.9/10
Star product = Vitamasques Pomegrade Sheet Mask
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