Hello my beauties. I’ve been waiting so long to do this post. It was supposed to happen with my January box, but it got lost in the mail (I had no problems getting the refund), so finally, the February box arrived. What am I talking about? My #LFBEAUTYBOX (Look Fantastic Beauty Box), of course :)
So, as the name implies, I got the box from the Look Fantastic website. I actually received it as a part of a (still ongoing) promo – free box when you spend £55 or more. Normally, the box costs £15 (about 20€). There are a minimum of six products per box and it’s usually worth about £50. The March 2015 box looks like it’s going to be pretty awesome – they’re promising a £71,48 value and adding 30 GHD stylers to them. I’m ordering mine today.
Anyway, I got the box at work today and I couldn’t wait to get home and open it.
It’s a nice box, very sturdy and very, very well closed up. I wouldn’t worry about anything spilling or cracking in there. It’s also kind of nifty and could be used for storage.
Upon opening, you are first faced with the product book, featuring a pretty and very photoshopped lady.
And this is what you get inside. There are a ton of these paper noodles, but I actually do like that because it adds another layer of protection. It’s good to go through the box with the booklet, though, so you don’t throw anything away :)
I must say that the booklet itself is really quite informative. The only thing I’m missing is the values of the products (or deluxe samples, most of them), which is why I’ll try to do the estimates myself. Each page features one of the products and talks a little about the brand as well. I’m also loving that there’s a “how to” section included where needed. Edit: the Moroccanoil had the value underneath.
Anyway, let’s talk about the products, shall we? Left below we have the Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. It’s a 97 % natural exfoliating black soap made from Dead Sea mud. It’s also supposed to stimulate and cleanse the face. I’ll report back on the actual results. Anyway, this tiny sample weighs 0,6 oz and the full size product (50 oz, which is a ridiculous amount of beauty soap) costs a whopping 61,65 €. Hence, this sample is worth about 1 € (mind you, I’m not taking the packaging into account).
The next product is the deluxe sample of Monu Illuminating primer with paraben free formulation and SPF15. I love it when the primer has SPF and I don’t have to worry about it anymore throughout the day. I’m not really sure about this primer, though...
The consistency is very thick and when I applied it on my face it almost felt like it was pulling my skin together. I will have to check it out some more, since I’m always on the hunt for a good primer. Anyway, this sample contains 20 ml and the full size is actually 50 ml for 38,01 €. The sample is consequently worth about 15 €.
The Dr. PawPaw Multipurpose Soothing Balm looks like something you’d pick up in a drugstore at the counter for a euro. But this baby is all natural and can be used for lips, skin, hair, cuticles... basically anything that you feel is dry, probably. It has a really thick consistency, but no flavor and no smell – it’s almost like Vaseline, to be honest. It did make my lips fell incredibly soft and stayed on for a couple of hours, though. This particular yellow one has no tint, but there are also two with peach and red tint. The balm is sold on the Lookfantastic website for 9,52 €. This is a full size product.
Next, we have the full size Bellapierre cosmetics eyeliner in Midnight blue. Bellapierre is a mineral make-up company which I’m really excited about since I’ve only had a handful of mineral make-up products ever before. This full-size pencil costs 8,20 € on the website.
I must say, that I’m not too impressed with the initial swatch - the tiny black dots you are seeing is the pencil actually crumpling and flaking. So I’m yet to be convinced by it (first thing tomorrow morning, of course).
I’m not going to go too much into the Korres Citrus body milk. I love the smell (really, it smells like luxury, there is no other way to describe it). I’m excited to try a Korres product since I’ve never had one before. This is a deluxe sample with 50ml of product, while the regular 200ml product costs 13,70 €. Meaning the sample is worth about 3,5 €.
Last, but (for me, at least) definitely not least is the Moroccanoil Treatment. I’ve been eyeing this for months now but couldn’t bring myself to dole out that kind of money for yet another oil that would disappoint me. I’ve whipped this baby out of the box and used it immediately washing my hair today. And let me tell you – it is softer than a baby’s bottom and it smells amaHzing. Really, it does. This sample is worth 18,4 €.
So, to recap. If I would have only gotten the Moroccanoil, the Dr. PawPaw balm and the Korres body milk, I would have been happy with the box. The primer, pencil and the black soap are just extras in my eyes. Not counting the packaging, we have an approximate value of 55,6 €. So more than double what I paid for it, plus I get to try the brands I’d probably not reach for otherwise simply because I couldn’t justify getting a 30+ € product without properly trying it first.
Would I recommend this as a regular subcription? Damn right I would. Stay tuned, since more of these are to follow. I’m thinking of subscribing to a 6 – month plan, which costs £75 meaning I basically save £15.
Are you subscribed to any other beauty boxes you love? Let me know below!
Until next time, stay beautiful, stay awesome.