Subscription boxes are prolific in so many different industries now. I bought my husband a real ale subscription box for our anniversary and I’ve reviewed a variety of different options from kids’ activity boxes to gift subscription boxes.
The idea behind the subscription box is that you receive a different selection of products within the category (ie beer, gifts) each month for an annual fee, giving you the opportunity to sample brands and products you wouldn’t necessarily try out if they were only available in larger quantities.
Until now I have resisted reviewing beauty boxes – mainly because I didn’t want to fuel my growing beauty and skincare addiction.
But on Saturday at the Big Blogger Conference I was given a Look Fantastic beauty box, and that’s it, they opened a vein and now there’s no turning back.
Here’s my review of the goodies inside the Look Fantastic beauty box – August edition.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Mascara:
I was allergic to Rimmel as a teenager so I was a little nervous about trying this out. Rimmel has either changed its formulation since 1989 (quite likely let’s face it) or I’ve become immune after trying so many different products. This mascara includes cucumber extract. The consistency was smooth with no clumps. The wand has an unusual wave shape, providing even coverage, but I needed to apply a few coats to give my eyelashes the definition I wanted.
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist:
A very lightly scented fine spray with neroli and rose, this toner is a good post-lunch pick me up. I used three spritzes and took a few deep breaths for a refreshing zing.
Alterna Caviar CC Cream Hair Perfector:
I’ve used Alterna products before and like their ethical approach to the formulations, which are free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oil (one of my pet hates) and other synthetic nasties. I used the CC Cream on towel dried hair as a leave on conditioner. I have fine hair, but there is a lot of it, so I used about half of the 25ml tube in one application. My hair felt smooth and soft afterwards, but this is an expensive product given the amount I’d get through.
Beauty Works 10-in-1 Miracle Spray for Hair:
Billed as the Ultimate in Nourishment, the consistency of the spray was quite unexpected. It’s more like a thin gel or a cream than the liquid you’d expect to come out of an atomiser bottle. First impressions are that is smells really great – that will be the argan, linen seeds and macadamia. It can either be used on dry hair to style, which wouldn’t work on my curly hair, or on wet hair as a smoothing and detangling cream. As with the Alterna product, I needed to use lots of product to cover my hair, but it left my hair soft as silk – and my hands as well! I was surprised by the definition it gave my curls too. This is me this morning after using Beauty Works on wet hair and then leaving it to dry naturally, using no other products.
Eve Lom Cleanser:
The Look Fantastic box comes with a muslin cloth for use with the Eve Lom cleanser, which suits all skin types. It removes dirt and makeup as you’d expect, but the muslin helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. The consistency of the cleanser is similar to a thick body butter. I followed the instructions and rubbed the cleanser between my hands to warm up. This turns it into an oil, which I rubbed into my skin in circular motions before holding the muslin – soaked in warm water – on my face to open up my pores. This process needs to be repeated 3 times before closing the pores with a cold water soaked muslin.
I’m more of a low maintenance “rub in, wash off and go” kind of a girl and this was just too much effort. I also didn’t like the oiliness of the cleanser.
Having said all that, my skin feels great this morning.
Bella Pierre Snow Flake Cosmetics Shimmer Powder:
OK time for a confession. I opened this product, saw what looked like translucent powder, reached for my Kabuki brush and gave my face an all over dusting with the Bella Pierre.
The colour is so similar to the Illamasqua translucent loose powder I love, that I assumed this was for a similar make-up-setting, mattifying application. It isn’t. It’s very shiny. I looked completely metallic and had to remove all my makeup and start again.
I’m still not really sure what the purpose of this product is. According to the House of Fraser website, which is the only place I could find any information, it’s an all-in-one makeup product and can be combined with a moisturiser, lip balm or mixed with a drop of water to create a cream eyeshadow, eyeliner or lipstick. It is white. And shiny – did I mention that already. I tried it as a highlighter on top of my cheek bones and it didn’t really do anything for me.
This was the only disappointing product in the box.
I’m sold on the beauty box idea, not just because I love trying out new products, but because opening one is pure pleasure. Full of surprises, it’s like a birthday treat every month. It is, however, a bit of a lucky dip and there are bound to be some products you like more than others.