Look Fantastic Beauty Box August 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

Month after month, the Look Fantastic box still manages to be the first to arrive out of all four Beauty Boxes I subscribe to (Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted), way ahead of the others (a week +). Great job Look Fantastic.

August’s Look Fantastic Subscription Beauty Box had a “Global Glamour” theme. I must admit the theme was very interesting and the products contained matched the theme well. They were all products from companies around the world and all are apparently products we must try. This theme is very well suited for a summer month like August, when people tend to travel, so again great job on this one too Look Fantastic.

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The box is very beautiful too. It is a turquoise coloured map of the world essentially, with “Global Glamour” written in gold. It is definitely a box I will be keeping for a long time and the theme and looks of it makes it ideal for other uses as well, like for example to keep things in a study or a living room, not just for beauty stuff.

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This month’s quote inside the box, under the lid, was “600 brands. 166 countries. 1 look fantastic”. I am assuming these are the brands and their respective companies that Look Fantastic collaborates with. Impressive nevertheless.

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This month the box contained 7 products (1 more than usual) and the two monthly magazines that always accompany this box, a small Beauty magazine and a travel size, full version of ELLE magazine. Good value for money as always.

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From left to right, the products were: a shampoo and conditioner, a lip balm, a body cream, an eye brow pencil, a toner and a BB whitener cream.

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So let’s 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!

 

Mane n’ Tail Shampoo & Conditioner

Mane n_ Tail Shampoo & ConditionerThese are apparently cult US shampoos and conditioners that were used to be dedicated to pampering horses’ manes and tails…What?! This little info definitely makes them interesting products to try. If you can think past the “why would I want this on my hair” thought, it might actually make sense for people with thick and unruly hair like me!

Apparently, Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore have swore by it (according to the Look Fantastic Beauty Magazine) so if it’s good for them it’s good for us right?

The shampoo is a white creamy liquid that smells…like a shampoo. The conditioner is a yellow, thick cream that doesn’t run if you tilt the bottle upside down but it also smells quite standard like a conditioner.

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I love that Look Fantastic included both the shampoo and conditioner and since it is still holiday season the travel sizes are quite handy. The bottles are plastic and quite sturdy but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t really say that these are beautiful bottles that I would want in my bathroom and quite frankly if I saw them on a shelf somewhere I wouldn’t have thought that they are human hair shampoos. They do have an “animal product” feel to them, especially with the horses picture and the colour scheme, but I guess that might be the branding they wanted to go for. It’s good to keep their “roots”, where this product came or started from but I do think they could have done that without making them so ugly.

The biggest annoyance for me was when I was using the shampoo. It just doesn’t foam so it’s very difficult to spread it around or know where there is shampoo and where isn’t and so I ended up having to use almost half the bottle (about 30mL) in order to make sure that all my hair was washed. The hair didn’t feel squeaky clean but the texture and behaviour changed while I was rinsing the shampoo out and felt a lot more calm and in control. I then used the conditioner from the half end to the tips of the hair, like any other conditioner.

Having tried this shampoo and conditioner I have to say my hair did feel much softer. It was considerably softer when dried but other than that it still tangled in the same way and was as “wavy” as normal so I still had to straighten it. However, it felt much easier to straighten and I had to spend maybe half the time I usually do to achieve the look I wanted. And even though it was straightened, it still had a natural volume to it which made it look very healthy and clean. That extra volume (usually hair looses volume when straightened) also means that it might take an extra day or two for the hair to look dirty again. Win ! If you don’t want the volume at all you can easily minimise it, or remove it, by using a hair oil or styling cream so no worries.

Generally, I really liked this shampoo and conditioner, I think that it actually calmed down my thick unruly hair a bit but the no foaming situation is something that will always annoy me in the shower. Would I buy this? Probably yes. SCORE = 8/10

 

 

Lottie London Balm Ball Lip Hydrator in Strawberry Shortcake Scent

Lottie London Balm Ball Lip Hydrator in Strawberry Shortcake Scent 2This is essentially one of the cutest lip balms you can get. It is hydrating, non sticky and gives your lips that little “natural” shine a lip balm should give.

The first thing I thought when I saw the shape of this balm was that it would be awkward to use but I was super wrong. Somehow, this cone shape really works, just glide it across your lips as you would naturally with other balms.

I love how it feels, especially that it is quite light and doesn’t really make your lips feel like you have something on them or too heavy and sticky. The scent strawberry shortcake is definitely spot on and quite pleasant.

Lottie London Balm Ball Lip Hydrator in Strawberry Shortcake Scent

The packaging is plastic but quite durable and the presentation is adorable. All you have to do to open this balm is just unscrew the top lid. I love the egg shape of the outer packaging, the pink colour (the colour changes with the scent), the blue-white stripes on top and I even like the company’s logo. The cuteness and presentation is what makes the difference sometimes in using specific beauty products over others and this will be the case for this one too. It’s not that I don’t have other good lip balms but…I want to use this one! Such a cute little thing to have in your daily handbag.

This is a very nice lip balm that I will use and buy. I would have given it a 10 if it had that little extra function like Vitamin E or SPF. This product is cruelty free and vegan. SCORE = 9/10

 

Korres Moisturising Body Milk in Bergamot Pear

Korres Moisturising Body Milk in Bergamot PearThis is a “body milk”, as it says on the tube, for moisturising your body’s skin. It is apparently 92.3% natural and it is made by a Greek company. However, unless you read the company’s address you wouldn’t know that. The branding is not really targeted to show the “Greekness” of this product or if it did then it definitely does not come across.

The tube is a standard plastic tube of good quality but the presentation is a little ugly. The theme is not clear and even the bar code is placed in the wrong position. It is meant to be on the side of the tube but you can see it when you look at the product from the front. All little details that make this tube…not so good looking.

The cream is as you would expect, white and of thin cream consistency which spreads really easily. I can’t say that it smells specifically of something, you can sort of smell the pear but only faintly, but it is a pleasant standard cream smell overall. It gets absorbed by the skin quickly, it doesn’t fell sticky and doesn’t leave any residues behind. The skin feels soft, refreshed and hydrated. Quite refreshed actually, so much so that I agree with the Look Fantastic’s proposal of using this as an after sun cream. It will definitely give you that cooling effect but it doesn’t have all those “good for your skin molecules” that the after sun creams usually have. But if you are packing small and this is all you have it will definitely hydrate and cool you down.

I did like this cream but I think the company is underselling themselves. The presentation needs a little uplift and perhaps they should use the Greek origin in their branding too. Who doesn’t want skin like a Greek goddess?  SCORE = 7/10

 

Lord & Berry Magic Brow Pencil

Lord & Berry Magic Brow Pencil.jpgNot again…I received a product from this company in the July Birchbox (a concealer) and while it wasn’t the worse concealer I’ve ever tried, I heavily criticised this product for it’s presentation and I will do so again.

Once again, when I opened this beauty box and saw this pencil I jumped up in excitement thinking that this is a Bobby Brown pencil. The writing, colour scheme and even font are almost exactly the same! This initial confusion happened to me twice now with two different products from this brand so it makes my point even stronger.

As I explained before, my issue is not whether they copied Bobby Brown or if Bobby Brown copied them etc, who cares right? The problem is that the products from Lord & Berry don’t have their own identity because every time I see them in beauty boxes or in my draws I will always think of Bobby Brown and that’s not exactly good branding. Whoever it is that copied who, for better or for worse Bobby Brown is a much larger and more successful brand that they can’t compete with, so Lord & Berry needs to redesign their products and branding.

On to the actual pencil though. This eye brow pencil is primarily brown in colour but has little black bits randomly placed inside the brown and so it will apparently “suit all eye brow colours thanks to its two-colour universal tip”. Well…my eye brows are brown/black and the colour didn’t suit mine so I can’t even imagine what the blondes would say!

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Because of the black bits in the brown pencil, the colour came off streaky at times. I had to use the lightest possible movements to apply this pencil otherwise the black would pigment some places more than where the brown stained and create really strange eye brows. You could sort of blend the colours together I guess and sort out the unevenness but…why would you not just buy the right eye brow colour pencil for you to begin with? What is this product trying to solve? Why would we want one eye brow pencil to suit all? It is not sanitary to share cosmetics anyways…

At least this pencil doesn’t smudge but it does fade away if you rub it, to eventually being completely gone if you rub long enough. It doesn’t seem to be affected by water but if you rub it while wet it will obviously come off.

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This pencil was apparently made fashionable in Milan but I just don’t get it. It didn’t suit my brown eye brows, the colour was lighter and you could tell there was a different colour under my eye brow hairs. I also just don’t see why I should buy this over an eye brow pencil with a colour that actually suits mine.

The size of the pencil is definitely travel size, although it might be that Lord & Berry only make this size pencils but at least the outer pencil looks nice and sleek and of good quality…*cough Bobby Brown cough*. SCORE = 6/10

 

Gatineau Gentle Silk Toner

Gatineau Gentle Silk TonerThis toner is definitely gentle, it feels kind to the skin and doesn’t strip off all the natural skin oils. It easily removes left over make up and it actually even removes full make up if you go over it 2-3 times even though it is not meant to be a cleanser. This means though that this toner works well in terms of removing impurities so you don’t have to worry about any left over make up.

The bottle is plastic and see-through and appears slightly pink because the toner liquid is actually faintly pink. The smell is not very strong but it smells “soft” like the laundry type of smells and it’s quite pleasant.

This is a French pharmacy brand and you can sort of tell. There isn’t much writing or branding on the bottle, it is very clean, sleek and maybe slightly “clinical”. None of those in a bad way though. Sometimes simple goes a long way.

I did like this product and I can’t really say anything bad about it but at the same time it is very forgettable. I will use it up but not buy it again simply because I will forget about it. It’s not bad but it’s not special either.

It is alcohol and silicon oil free and is suitable for all skin types. SCORE = 7/10

 

Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm SPF30 PA++ BB Cream

Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm SPF30 PA++ BB Cream 2I like that this product came in its original outer packaging and I even like the strong pink colour of the tube. The tube is fairly standard in terms of quality.

From the start, I was a little confused with this product. It is a BB cream that is anti-wrinkle and whitening? I don’t think I’ve seen another product with the combination of those 3 claims which is not necessarily a bad thing just a little confusing. Is this product trying to do too many things at once or does it actually do it all?

Well it definitely whitens but that’s probably because the colour of the BB cream did not match my skin tone. Does it help against wrinkles? That’s something we cannot know without clinical testing. I do like though that it has SPF 30, something that in my opinion all day creams, BB creams and foundations should have but granted it is difficult to include in some formulations.

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This product is a Korean beauty treat and as exciting as that sounds it unfortunately came with what I assume is Korean writing at the back, so I have no idea what the ingredients in this product are. I usually would not mind so much but because this product has “whitening” claims I want to know what is inside it. There have been reports and concerns in the scientific community about the safety of some “skin whitening” products because they were found to contain illegal substances that should be present only in pharmaceuticals and only in certain amounts (an article coming soon). So for that reason as a Dr in Chemistry I could not recommend this product without knowing what’s inside. This doesn’t mean that this is bad or illegal in any way, it just means we don’t know.

So personally, I don’t want to take the risk. There are plenty of other products out there that I know are safe and I would rather use those. I won’t score this product without knowing the ingredients as it would be unfair. SCORE = -/10.

 

Overall, this month’s box was much better that the last few and the theme worked well with the design of the box and the products contained. Personally, I think this is one of the best themes they ever did (beauty products from all around the world) and I wish it was a standard August box theme for all their August boxes to come.

Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10

Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.4/10

Star product = Lottie London Balm Ball Lip Hydrator in Strawberry Shortcake Scent

 

 

Did you get this month’s Look Fantastic box? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!

For general Subscription Box reviews see my: BirchboxGlossyboxLook Fantasticand Cohorted general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

 

 

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