Beauty: Look Fantastic Beauty Boxes and #LFLOVES

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Although I have covered beauty boxes and all the reasons I’m such a big fan on the blog a fair few times, I have found myself being asked my opinion on them more than ever lately. I guess with so many new brands launching, and then the old time favourites still going strong, a lot of girls are debating whether they should try them out or not. I’ve been receiving beauty boxes on and off for a couple of years, and although I’ve tried a wide variety, I wouldn’t say I have tried every single brand. However, I have been more loyal to the Look Fantastic Beauty Boxes than any other brand I have explored, so I wanted to put together a little post dedicated to why I would recommend Look Fantastic in particular, and give a sneak peak at what was received in both January and February 2016 boxes…

LF beauty box
LF beauty box
LF beauty box
The January edition was aimed around the ‘detox’ theme, with the beginning of a new year in mind after all the Christmas indulging. With the subscriptions, you can either opt for a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month, with the 12 month being the most money saving, coming in at £11.99 per month. Each box contains products which make up the value of over £50, so it’s guaranteed that you get your monies worth in products each and every time. I have to also add that the reason I love these so much is because I am a sucker for the surprise element. Opening up a box with no idea what it contains is just pure excitement for me, plus each month I find I am introduced to new brands and products I wouldn’t have thought to try before. My beauty and cosmetic knowledge has gone waaaaaay up since I started receiving these.

So January’s box contained two 50ml hair products- the Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo and Kebelo Silk conditioner . It was nice to receive a travel sized duo, rather than just one of these solo. The shampoo promises to gently cleanse hair with its SLS free formula, and also softly exfoliates the hair to rid of any grime build up, totally refreshing your locks. It smells delicious, and was a pleasure to use with a lovely rich foam.  The conditioner is my favourite though, as this uses natural ingredients such as Quinoa, Amaranth and Chamomile, providing the ultimate nourishment and hydration. I found it has a lovely frizz free formula which leaves my hair super smooth and moisturised. I’ve never heard of the Kebelo brand before, so it was nice to experience a new luxury product range. The conditioner looks super cute too in it’s bold pink bottle…

LF beauty box
LF beauty box
LF beauty box
So what else was received? Well this month was certainly about exploring new brands, as I received a gorgeous bellapierre shimmer eye shadow in shade Earth – a soft rose gold tinted beige shade, which adds a glowing shimmer to eyelids. I also doubled this up and used as a highlighter for an evening out too. I love muted natural shades that have just a touch of colour, so this eye shadow was perfect to add to my make-up collection.

Going back to skincare, I was also treated to Lancer – The Method Polish – which is a skin resurfacing treatment designed to exfoliate, combat dullness, remove build up of debris and stimulate cell renewal for a refreshed and youthful look. Aimed at improving the complexion by using pure minerals, it contains magnesium oxide and sodium bicarbonate crystals, which sounds fairly scientific, so it must be good, right? It also contains natural pumpkin, brown sea algea and pomegranate extracts, helping to break down dead skin cells, replenish moisture and boost collagen production. I’ve used this three times up to now (once a week) and have found my skin to feel ultra soft and exfoliated, with the look of my pores minimised. It’s great for encouraging a healthy glow, so I’m looking forward to continuing to use this to see if it helps fade my red marks and dull skin. I noticed the full size version of this is £60, so I felt pretty luck to have the chance to try this, as it would usually be way out of my price range.

And finally, two more little skincare heroes in the form of an anti aging treatment and a micellar water. The Nuxellence Detox from Nuxe was a lovely surprise, as I’m already a fan of this brand. The anti aging treatment is described as an innovative product that uses 10 patents to recharge your skin and detoxify cells overnight. Again, it’s packed with natural ingredients (including passionflower, poppy and silk tree) to help soften wrinkles, plump up the skin and brighten your complexion. Its claims to repair skin’s mitochondrial DNA- the DNA that’s responsible for the energy supply in cells. Sounds like a great product for detoxing and bringing on that glow! And last but not least, I was more than happy to see the Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water. I love micellar waters, and this all-in-one, no-rinse, soothing cleanser for face, eyes and lips, is just as good as expected. It’s great for sensitive eyes and skin prone to redness and irritation. I’ve been using this to remove my make-up daily and found it a pleasure to use. No effort needed, just how it should be.

LF beauty box
LF beauty box
LF beauty box
So then February came, and the fabulous #LFLOVES box launched! This box has been uniquely designed to contain 6 must have products all packed into a pretty bright pink box around the month of love. Well, Valentines Day was just yesterday, so what better time to review this treat of a beauty box…

First of all, I couldn’t have appreciated the mini Denman keyring brush enough. I always need a mini hairbrush on me at all times, and usually cart my Tangle Teezer in my handbag everyday. But – god forbid – when I forget to pack my brush, I’m suffering on these windy days. Denman are known worldwide for providing excellent quality hair brushes, costing from £7 upwards for a full size one. This mini version is perfect to have on my keys at all times, and features close-set nylon pins grip to control the hair, making it especially effective for styling thicker hair.

Secondly, I received another hair conditioner, which may have felt slightly too soon after the January box, but hey – we can never have enough quality conditioners I guess. This time, I was familiar with the brand for all the right reasons: kms California is known for it’s salon performance, and this colour vitality bottle is ideal for my recently highlighted hair. It has a thick texture and locks in moisture as well as protecting against colour fade. I’ve used this on two occasions up to now and it’s been lovely to use. I’m hoping with prolonged use it will be a fabulous option to keep my blonde looking bright (and not brassy…)

A more unique item I came across in this box is the Monu spa Bali Massage and Body Oil. Very appropriate for a Valentines themed box! I can’t say I have used it yet, but I actually don’t own anything similar, so I am pretty pleased to add this to my beauty product collection. Plus, I’ve used Monu products before and have always been impressed.

It looks like this box in particular focused on much more known and loved brands, as I also un-boxed a rather pretty looking pink grapefruit and aloe body butter by bliss. 200ml usually costs £22, so it’s definitely more of a premium body butter to use. I love this smaller 30ml size, as it’s totally ideal for me when I go away for weekends, and it’s a handy size to pop in my bag for after shower use. Fragranced with an uplifting blend of sparkling pink grapefruit and crisp aloe, this fast-absorbing body butter hydrates even the flakiest skin, leaving it soft, supple and luxuriously scented. It’s also infused with nourishing vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate, replenishing skin and locking in moisture. This product and it’s refreshing scent reminds me of the warmer Spring season that is about to arrive – yay!

LF beauty box
LF beauty box
Another beauty is this Lord & Berry Matte Lipstick Pencil in shade ‘Intimacy’. This full size lipstick pencil is gorgeous, in shade, texture and quality. It retails at £10, and has a super soft pencil texture which glides on effortlessly to produce seamless, long-lasting coverage. The colour is a natural deep pink which looks natural on lips, and has a shine-free finish. I adore matte look lipsticks as I’ve never been a ‘gloss girl’ so to speak, so this product is right up my street. Also, this pencil has the added bonus of keeping lips hydrated too. I’d be keen to take a look at entire product range from this brand now judging from this shade…

And last but not least: the icing on the cake, the cherry on the top. I opened up a brand new Hi Impact Brows Eye and Brow Perfector set, containing 4 shades and a mini brush applicator, which usually costs £18.99 for the palette. The shades range from dark blondes to a light black, which all have multi uses. Not only are they great for filling in and shaping up brows, they can be used as a soft powder like eyeliner, or swept across lids like eyeshadows. This set is personally great for me because I tend to stick to earthy brown tones for my eyelids, and as my brows are naturally very dark, I use a deep brown/black to fill in my brows. I’ve been using the blonde shade across my lids, and sculpting my brows a little with the black. Take a look at the below photo to get an idea. I’m also wearing the Lord & Berry Pencil here too…

LF beauty box
LF beauty box
LF beauty box
LF beauty box

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So as you can tell, for as little as £11.99 you certainly get your monies worth, along with the element of surprise and the opportunity to try new brands, If you want to gift a beauty loving friend, then I can’t recommend this enough, but I also think it’s a smart move for the make-up junkies out there who just wish to treat themselves every month and grow more knowledge on what hot new products are out there.

Take a look at the Look Fantastic Beauty Box page over at the website for more information.

Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes? Do let me know if so…

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