Lookfantastic Beauty Box Review – February & March 2018:
So, if you’ve read my lengthy Birchbox review post from a couple of weeks ago, you’ll know that I’ve recently dumped that subscription in favour of the Lookfantastic Beauty Box – I’ve now received the first two months worth of boxes and had enough time to play around with the products inside, so I’m ready to give an opinion:
Trifle Cosmetics – Sugar Pear – Sublime Lib Scrub (Full size)
Firstly, this smells so good that I want to eat it! More cupcake than pear in fragrance, this sugar-based lip scrub is Vegan, cruelty-free and doesn’t contain parabens or mineral oil. I suffer badly with dry & flaky lips, particularly during the winter so this showed up at just the right time. A tiny squeeze of product from the tube left my lips feeling soft and free of any dead skin without being too abrasive. While the tube is small, a little goes a long way and I’d definitely consider buying more in the future. I wasn’t aware of Trifle Cosmetics prior to receiving the scrub but I’m always happy to discover new ethical cosmetic brands. Bizarrely, this product isn’t available for purchase at LookFantastic or any other UK retailer. Trifle Cosmetics’ own site does offer free shipping to the UK for orders over $75 (not including customs fees) and after browsing there are several other items I’d like to give a go, particularly the Atlantis Cookie Prismatic Highlighter – so perhaps down the line I’ll go for it when I need to replenish my lip scrub stock.
Bellapierre – Shimmer Roll in ‘Champagne’ (Sample)
This bills itself as a product for both the body and the face – as a highlighter, which is a lovely idea in theory but doesn’t work well in practice. The ball applicator isn’t reliable in its delivery, so there is either no product coming through or a big clump of powder. As the shimmer is so dry & fine, it ends up transferring everywhere, leaving you with an all over sparkly face rather than just highlighting the areas you want. That said, it is easy to remove with a little water and cotton wool. The Shimmer Roll is safe to use as an eyeshadow but I would recommend a good primer on underneath to hold it on the eyelids. The champagne colour is super pretty but I would save this one for body use only where you don’t need any precision. It will look lovely in the summer sunshine.
Elemis – Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (Sample)
I’ve been hearing great things about this for years so was excited to finally check it out. Containing Padina Pavonica, aka brown algae from the Mediterranean, this cream is meant to reduce fine lines, plump up the skin and improve overall hydration. While I may have some crater-sized frown lines on my forehead, I don’t have too many fine ones on my face, yet, but prevention is better than cure, right? The cream has a lightweight texture and is meant to be applied to a freshly cleansed face in the morning after a serum. It is fragranced but with a fresh floral scent which isn’t overpowering when applied. After trying for a few days, my skin did feel well hydrated without being oily. My complexion also seemed overall brighter than before use. I haven’t had any breakout or congestion issues so while pricy this is a cream I would consider for the future. I believe there is a version which contains an SPF which would be my preference rather than having to layer a separate one under a day cream.
Dr Pawpaw – Original Multi-purpose Clear Balm (Sample)
A product I wrote about in my Birchbox review and again I wasn’t disappointed to receive some more! I’ve been smothering this on my dry, chapped lips frequently in the past few months so my full-size tube has run down to nearly empty. The Original Dr PawPaw balm is fragrance-free, thick and hydrating. It can sometimes take a little effort to squeeze from the tube but with this one, a small amount goes a long way. Most multi-tasking products end up being average at everything they’re billed to do but master of none. This really is an excellent lip salve, cuticle balm and very effective at smoothing down frizzy fly-away hair. I wouldn’t use it as my main product for the latter but when you are on the go and not wanting to carry a gazillion items in your bag, it’s a great on-the-go solution.
Filorga – Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask (Sample)
This was my second time trying out this mask, the same sample was included in the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar in 2017. I had only just finished that initial tube when this one arrived. My preferred way of using the mask is 2x per week, after cleansing, I apply for 20 minutes while taking a bath before rinsing off. The mask seems to protect my skin and keep it hydrated during the drying heat of the bath but you could just as easily put it on and sit and watch Netflix for a while. The product itself comes out of the tube as a thick white cream, you don’t have to layer it on too heavily, a thin coat seems to be just as effective. My skin really drinks this up so by the time it comes to rinse off there isn’t much residue to remove. The Meso-Mask contains an ingredient called rhamnose polysaccharide which helps to prevent skin irritation and helps to brighten the complexion. It’s a success on dampening down redness but I haven’t noticed any great brightening effect.
Caudalie – Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum (Sample)
I’ve had several good experiences with Caudalie products before so was pleased to see this sample in February’s box. Recommended use of this serum is post-cleansing, pre-moisturising and it aims to tackle dehydrated skin without leaving you oily in the process. Vinosource SOS is stuffed with grape-seed polyphenols, with their antioxidant properties protecting the skin against UV rays, free radicals and pollution – very much needed when you live in a city. There’s also some hyaluronic acid in there too to help the cells attract and hang on to moisture. The serum itself is lightweight and quite watery in texture, it glides over the skin and absorbs quickly. I have been having a lot of issues with dry patches this winter, particularly around my nose and this cleared them right up. My overall skin tone felt better and brighter and makeup applies nicely over the top. As this is reasonably inexpensive, I may well invest in a full bottle for next winter.