After a slightly dissapointing Birchbox February, I had high hopes for the Look Fantastic February box. As I mentioned in the Birchbox February post, I was hoping for love themed beauty boxes this month. Sure, Valentines day is a highly commercialised celebration, but I personally love every opportunity that comes along to show ourselfs and others some love. I think that a beauty box with a love theme would make an amazing skincare and makeup box with some interesting products that would make anyone’s day, whether single or not, whether you love Valentines day or not and whether you are male or female.
With that being said, it is no surprise that I felt a little dissapointed with this month’s Look Fantastic contents. This month’s box was skincare heavy, which actually could fit the Valentine’s/love theme, as loving youself and your skin should be number one, however, it didn’t feel particularly special or cohesive. These product could have been part of any other monthly box and could have easily have nothing to do with the love theme. However, as I said, since skincare and loving yourself is a big part of it, I definitely thought that Look Fantastic did better than Birchbox here.
On the plus side, the Look Fantastic box design did fit my desired love theme. The top lid was a fuchsia, strong pink with the bottom being a baby pink shade. The box, although simple, looked really elegant and gorgeous. Absolutely amazing, this is definitely a box worth keeping, even if you don’t like pink so much especially since the quality of the box is very high.
Inside the box lid there was a quote, as every month, but this time it said “Meraki [may-rah-kee] Doing something with soul, creativity or love”. This is Greek word again and although it fits my wanted love theme, there are other quotes that would be slightly more relevant here.
The box also came with the small monthly Beauty Magazine that has a little more information about the products contained and some other featured products and of course, a travel size but full edition of the ELLE magazine. I must admit this bundle is always amazing value for money.
The box contained 6 products this month. From left to right, the products were: a face mask, a multi-use balm, an anti-ageing cream, a lip scrub, a moisturising serum and a shimmer roll. Although, the products were great and did, sort of, fit my desired love theme, you can clearly see in this picture what I mean by “there was something missing, the products didn’t feel cohesive”. The box just looks like there is something missing, there is a lack of the “special factor”, especially since all products are small travel size tubes.
Anyhow, tet’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 that 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!
Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask
This mask is a thick white cream that you are meant to put on your face, leave for 15-30 minutes and then wipe off with a damp cloth.
Even though I have oily skin, this cream mask literally dissapeared off my face. My skin loved it so much, there wasn’t much to wipe off after 30 minutes. I can’t say that it gave me skin radiance and luminocity but it felt nice and it left my skin nice and soft.
It has a typical, sweet and feminine, cosmetic cream type of scent which I loved. It lasts 12M and it doesn’t seem to be targeting a specific skin type.
The tube it came with is plastic of standard quality and unfortunately, it is a “free do not sell” type of sample. It’s a good amount of product in the travel size ballmark however, I can’t help but feel dissapointed when beauty boxes include “free samples” in their boxes. We pay for these boxes so we want items that we couldn’t otherwise get from the brand’s counters! Is it just me?
Anyhow, I thought this mask was lovely and I love that you can leave it on and even go to bed if you wish. I wish the tube had an ingredient list and an explainantion of why it’s called “meso-mask”? SCORE = 7/10
Dr Pawpaw Original Multi-purpose Clear Balm
I’ve received this product a couple of times before, in the Glossybox May 2017 and the Birchbox September 2017. However, I wasn’t dissapointed to receive it again as it is a very good and versatile product.
This product comes in different sizes which actually differ in more ways than just pure size. A 10mL tube, which is what was included in this box and the Birchbox September 2017, comes with a “lip tube applicator” a larger size, such as the 25mL found in the Glossybox May 2017, comes as a standard tube with a standard opening. This makes a difference only if you like to use this product as a lip balm, as the smaller size makes it more convinient to do so and to also carry around. However, if you use this product as a hair styler, cuticle moisturiser or even skin moisturiser then it doesn’t actually matter which size you get.
I often critisize multi-purpose products because they usually try to achieve too many things, of different functions, and they often fail. This one however does work for all things claimed. It is especially lovely for nails and cuticles but also works for hair if you are stuck somewhere with a frizzy mess that you must contain! I wouldn’t use this as my primary hair styling product but it is one of those emergency things that you might want in your hand bag instead of having 2-3 products on the go.
It also works on the lips, although it feels quite oily. It is not sticky though and it does give a hydrated feeling. Similarly, I wouldn’t use this as my primary lip balm but if I was out and forgot to take a balm with, I would definitely pop this on. This can also be used as an eyebrow tamer. I personally think that this works best as a nail and cuticle oil and have been using it for that only.
The packaging is a standard, very yellow, tube with black writing. I wouldn’t call it pretty, it is slightly on the uglier side. However, it does stand out from the crowd and it is a product that you will remember, so in a way, it is a good thing.
This product contains aloe-vera and olive oil and is cruelty free and vegan friendly. It is a 4 ingredient product and although this might sound bad and super cheap, there is something nice about its simplicity. Sometimes simple things work! The full size product (25mL) retails for £6.95. A good price indeed. SCORE = 9/10
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
This is a day anti-wrinkle cream that works well under makeup too. It is meant to reduce the depth of wrinkles and improve skin firmness and hydration.
You are meant to apply it every morning to a cleansed but dry skin while avoiding eye contact.
It has a faint but nice floral type scent and it gets absorbed by the skin quickly. It doesn’t leave any sticky residues behind and it feels nice on the skin.
I don’t have wrinkles yet (thank you oily skin) but good anti-ageing skin care is worth it’s weight in cold. I didn’t really notice a huge difference in my skin but again, skin care takes quite some time of consistent usage to show any results and I’ve only been using it for a few days.
I think that this cream definetely has potential as it contains some realy nice ingredients. Since it is specifically for daywear use, I wish it contained some SPF. Nevertheless, it is a good cream with potential that is definetely worth a try. SCORE = 8/10
Trifle Cosmetics Sublime Lip Scrub In Sugar Pear
I’ve never heard or tried this brand before and this is why I love beauty boxes. You get the chance to try out products and brands you otherwise wouldn’t.
Having really dry lips (and oily skin, go figure) I love lip scrubs as I am one of those people who always have dead skin on their lips. Gross!
This lip scrub worked very well, it left my lips baby skin soft and completely free of dead skin. It also left me fighting the urge to eat this product as it smells like a chocolate-toffee brownie. Very strongly! It just smells like food, in the most delicious way, but please don’t eat it!
The scrub is brown gel with sugar in it that is very easy to use and doesn’t feel particularly aggressive on the lip’s sensitive skin.
The tube it came in looks cute although, there is something about the design that I personally don’t like. Perhaps it’s the strangely decorated pears. Additionally, this tube was a pain to open the first time. It came with a nice seal, so you know noone used this product before, however, the seal was of equal length and size all around and there was no way of gripping it to pull it out. I ended up making a whole through it to get the product out which doesn;t look great and it annoyed me in the process. All that is forgotten though once you use it, it is absolutely lovely.
This product is cruelty free and lasts 12M. Although I love the chocolate-toffee scent, I’d rather not get serious cravings every time I use my lip scrub. Other than that, there was nothing wrong with this product at all. SCORE = 9/10
Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenshing Serum
I was never Caudalie’s biggest fan, simply because their products have that “natural off scent” which I found so unattractive at times that I had to just not use the products at all. However, this serum smells much better but still has that natural off-scent. It doesn’t smell like a cosmetic or a cream but as long as you are fine with the scent, the product is good. I always find the off-putting scents a shame because I otherwise love what Caudalie is trying to do. I also love that it is run by a couple!
Anyhow, back to this produt. This is a deep moisturising serum that you are meant to use in the morning and night before your moisturiser. It’s special ingredients are mainly grape fruit water and grape juice which are Caudalie’s signature ingredients but it also contains hyaluronic acid. It feels lovely on the skin and is absorbed immediately and fully without any sticky residues but, with the exception of the grape ingredients, the other’s are not any more special than other good moisturising products.
If you have dry skin perhaps this is worth a try but if you are looking for a skin serum to use before your moisturiser, this cannot beat the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum.
The tube it came in is plastic of standard quality. It is white this time with a red-plum writting and the typical Caudalie branding. It actually looks really nice and I love that the tube opening is as small as in the eye cream products. It really is not a bad product at all, especially if you have dry skin. It lasts 12M. SCORE = 7/10
Bellápierre Shimmer Roll in Colour Champagne
A little shimmer/glitter never harmed anyone. Although I can see a skincare-self love theme, I think that a shimmer shadow or highlighter is a perfect fit for my idea of a love themed box.
This shimmer is a roll on, so it is very easy to use and mess free. You can use it as an eyeshadow or even a highlighter on the cheek bones or anywhere on the body. It looks really beautiful and it is buildable. It doesn’t last long, you can easily wipe it off with a dry, normal tissue so you might need to consider ways to prolong it like for example, by using a setting spray or reapplying it.
The champagne, rosy gold colour is absolutely gorgeous and under the right light it looks stunning.
The little bottle it comes in is plastic but it feels sturdy. The only hint of “cheapness” you get is when you try to unscrew the top lid and you get a squeeky sound. Other than that, it looks great and the packing feels durable.
It comes with a ball applicator so all you need to do is simply roll it on. I suggest you roll it on the back of your hand a couple of times first, at it takes a while for the ball to be evenly coated and for the shimmer to come through. After that it is ready to use. Let the sky be the limit of you creations! SCORE = 8/10
Overall, I thought that the products in this box were very good however, they were all small sizes and it felt like there was something missing. I wish the products contained matched the gorgeous looking box design but it seems, so far at least, that beauty boxes are not taking advantage of the romatic playfulness of February.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 8/10
Star product = Trifle Cosmetics Sublime Lip Scrub In Sugar Pear
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 all the details on how Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox performed in 2017 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2017 unboxing and reviews on Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox!”
For general subscription box reviews see the: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and 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?”.
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