The Look Fantastic theme this month was “unconstricted” and the box design five women of different ethinicities. I really love the box design and that it coincides with Women’s day this month.
Happy Women’s day everyone!
This beauty box always comes with a quote under the lid and this month it said: “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself”. What a simple and yet meaningful quote!
The Look Fantastic box also always comes with a small monthly Beauty Magazine that has a little more information about the products contained and some other featured products. To subscribe to Look Fantastic and get £5 off your first box click here.
This month’s box contained 7 products (1 extra than usual).
Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. These are short reviews that cover first impressions and experiences from using the products. For full reviews, including ingredient analysis and if I would recommend a product or not, check out: Beauty In-depth Reviews & Ingredient Analysis (all articles here). Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below
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Grow Gorgeous Repair and Strengthening Hair & Scalp Mask
This hair mask is meant to strengthen hair and scalp and you are meant to use it after shampooing, for 5 minutes.
There are definetely some interesting ingredients but whether they are worth your time and money is debatable, since hair out of the follicle is dead all you can do is condition it.
The mask has a strong sweet cosmetic scent which can become annoying. It’s easy to use but I can’t say that I noticed any difference in my hair or scalp.
This 30mL tube is a travel size which lasts for 6M and retails for £3.75. SCORE = 5/10
Mádara Time Miracle Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream
This eye cream contains interesting ingredients but is also missing some that are must haves in skincare, while also containing some unnecessary ones like frangrace. Nevertheless, the perfect cream doesn’t exist.
The cream has a medium thickness consistency and although it spreads easily it takes a moment to be absorbed. Plus, not all of it actually gets absorbed, a small film was left behind when I used it. It also has a slight off-scent, typical to organic or natural products.
Mádara brands itself as organic skincare and as a chemist I can tell you that there is no proof supporting that organic skincare (or food) is better. For more info check out: Organic food and farming – Scientific evidence, problems and ethical dilemmas
If you like the product by all means use it but you don’t have to pay organic prices to get a good skincare regime.
This 15mL tube is a full size (although it says sample not for sale on the outer packaging!), lasts for 3M and retails £35. SCORE = 7/10
Hairburst Healthy Hair Vitamins
Another interesting product category. Hair and nail vitamins have been quite popular in the beauty community even though there isn’t really a lot of scientific proof that they help. In fact, a lot of recent studies have concluded that multi-vitamins in general, don’t have a significant effect on general health!
But it doesn’t hurt to have them right? Well, sure although in that case I would then advice going for multi-vitamins so atleast you get everything, instead of the hair and nail specific ones.
These specific vitamins contain: Vitamin A, E, C, B6, B12, B5, biotin, zinc and selenium. They come in chewable round gummies which is great and they taste nice and sweet.
This package contains 30 pastilles which should last 15 days and retails for £12.49. I won’t score this item since it is impossible to judge whether it actually made a beauty difference or not.
Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm
This cleanser balm is meant to use on dry face and then washed away with luke warm water. It works well but for a full face of makeup you would need to wash over twice and has a light floral scent. The product itself is an off-white balm which spreads easily.
It contains great ingredients but at the same time they feel a little bit of a waste. Rinse-off products don’t spend enough time on our skin for the ingredients to be absorbed and so don’t really need to do anything more than clean.
What I love most about this product is the fact that it comes in a tube. Almost all cleansing balms come in jars which are not only unsanitary to use but can also be annoying if you have long nails. This simple tube is so easy to use and even stands out with it’s bright yellow colour.
This 20mL tube is a travel size which lasts for 20mL and retails for £13. SCORE = 8/10
Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Shower Oil
What is a shower oil might you ask? Atleast I did! It is essentially a body cleanser but in oil form. It has a soft and sweet smell similar to the other Ritual of Ayurveda products and a clear oil appearance.
It works well. The yellow oil transforms into a soft cream-gel when you rub it with water and foams a little. The skin is left feeling clean and soft but not oily.
The ingredients are not as fancy as in other Rituals products with only a couple actually being skincare worthy. With that being said though, this is not nessecarily a negative in this case as this is a rinse-off product and therefore, don’t need to be skincare worthy.
This 75mL bottle is a travel size which retails for £4.90 and lasts for 12M. SCORE = 8/10
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster
This skin serum feels very hydrating and has a thin cream-gel-like consistency. It has a light sweet cucumber-like scent and gets absorbed by the skin quickly.
It contains some good ingredients such as ceramides and cholesterol but also missing other important ones like hyaluronic acid and unfortunately, containing fragrance. It is by not means the best serum your money can buy but neither the worst.
This 5mL tube is a sample size which lasts for 24M. Although the product itself says “not for individual sale” Look Fantastic has priced this in for £7.50. SCORE = 7/10
Bellápierre Kiss Proof Lip Creme Incognito
My beauty box also contained a 7th product which was not mentioned in the beauty booklet.
This liquid lipstick is very good. It is indeed kiss proof and it lasts a long time. Like any liquid lipstick though, it comes off when you eat or drink only on the inside of the lip where saliva and your tongue touch your lips the most but the rest of it is intact. If you apply another layer over it after you had food, it still works and dries fine and it doesn’t create a thick, dry surface or breaks into pieces like a lot of other liquid lipsticks do. It takes a few minutes to dry but not any longer than other liquid lipsticks and although it feels matt it doesn’t really dry out your lips.
The ingredients are incredibly basic which make the £20 price tag a little steep. I think £15 pounds would have been a better price for it especially since it doesn’t have any extra features such as vitamins or nourishing ingredients but it is, in terms of formula, a very good liquid lipstick and the colour is lovely. SCORE = 9/10
Overall, this box was full of interesting products worth trying. It was more skincare heavy but I personally didn’t mind. The box design was gorgeous and it was overall a pleasant monthly box!
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 7.3/10
Box value = £86.14
Star product = Bellápierre Kiss Proof Lip Creme Incognito
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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 2019 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2019 Unboxing and Reviews on Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted”.
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?”. You can also see pictures from all beauty boxes (2017-current) on my Pinterest beauty box board.
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