Showing posts with label Look Fantastic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Look Fantastic. Show all posts

Monday, 23 January 2017

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Jan 2017

To usher in the new year this month's beauty box from Look Fantastic is all about refreshing your beauty routine and it's fair to say that it's always in January I get the itch to try something new.

Inside January's box are 6 products - (left to right) (£12),  (full size £14/200ml),  (£15.96),  (full size £30/236ml),  (£17.95) and  (£8)*.

I haven't tried any of the products before but I am familiar with a few of the brands included. Of the 6 products the Pixi Brow Tamer and Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask peaked my interested most. I've been trying to not be so obsessed with filling my brows in everyday but I struggle to leave them bare so I've relying on clear gels like the Pixi Brow Tamer. It's not really noticeable on the skin - as you can't really see or feel it - but it holds really well and lasts. I haven't tried the Briogeo Mask yet (as I'm saving it for when my ends undoubtedly feel really dry when I'm on holiday in colder temperatures next week) but it's made with various natural oils and flower extracts like Avocado and Argan Oil and Marigold extract. The tube is only 29ml so I'd definitely need to try the full size to get an idea of how well this works for my hair but I've already tried and love the Briogeo Rosarco Repair Conditioner (see here) which has similar ingredients.

Highlighting is now an essential part of my makeup routine - even when I'm skipping foundation - so it was hard not to be intrigued by Trifle Cosmetics Liquid Glow. It's a pink-toned illuminator formulated with Cocoa Butter to give the skin a glittery flush of colour. It's not something I'd ordinarily go for as I prefer warmer-toned highlighters but it looks beautiful dabbed onto bare cheekbones as it can kind of double as a blush.

I've been a bit obsessed with using astringents after cleansing lately in an attempt to curb breakouts so I had every intention of using the Nuxe Nuxellence Éclat Lotion Tonique Douce regularly to see if it was worth purchasing - that was until I managed to drop half of it on the floor when I first opened it! I lost a lot of product so whilst I have been using it most nights I'm now almost finished. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and it's quite gentle but it's hard to tell at this point whether it's something I need in my skincare routine.

I haven't used the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara or The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Gold Tweezers yet, mostly as I have other products which do the same job, but it's great that there's been a real mix of products in this month's box.

As ever you can get this box from .

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? 

Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Dec 2016

With every new month comes the Look Fantastic Beauty box and of course this month's edition features products to keep you looking gorgeous throughout the party season.

Inside this box are 6 producs -  (full size £32),  (£4.99) and  (£? $13)*, Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash (full size £16), (£3) and  (£17).

This may be my favourite Look Fantastic beauty box yet, mostly as I'm familiar with a couple of the products inside. I've already gushed about the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer here and here but in short this provides an ultra-moisturising base ready for foundation. My makeup always looks so smooth with this applied first and the colder temperatures has already started making my skin dry so I know I'll be reaching for this often. This mini version is the perfect size for a weekend away I have planned for New Year's Eve too.

I'll also be taking the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer away with me and this was THE pre shampoo treatment I always relied on when my hair was relaxed. Actually most of the time I used it post-shampoo and I also had the 'extreme' version ideal for afro hair. It's pricey but if your hair is dry or damaged the elasticizer really helps it bounce back.

You can never go wrong with a red lipstick this time of year so the Mellow Cosmetics Lipstick in Madness - a ruby red - is a nice touch. The formula is matte but is still quite moisturising so it feels comfortable on the lips. It seems fairly long-wearing too so it goes the distance. I couldn't find this brand available on Look Fantastic currently hence the confusion on how much this retails for in the UK but it's designed and tested (cruelty-free) in New Zealand and the brand's website ships internationally.

I very rarely have a bath (I'm more of a shower person) but the fragrance of the Bubble T Bath Bomb is beautiful. The brand describes it as a 'wild strawberry fragrance' and it's infused with sweet orange essential oil and Goji Berry. Simply drop into running water and allow to steep whilst you bathe.

The August edition of Look Fantastic's Beauty Box featured a Balance Me Congested Skin Serum and I've been so impressed with it I've just purchased the full size (see ). I haven't tried the Pure Skin Face Wash yet, but like the serum, it's ideal for blemish-prone skin and contains grapefruit oil to gently cleanse and brighten the skin. There's also the Skin Republic Face Mask which contains a blend of Witch Hazel, Vitamin E and CoQ10 (which is found naturally within cells in the body and functions like an anti-oxidant). I'm a massive fan of sheet masks so I'll give this a try at some point soon.

You can get this month's edition from the website. 

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box? Which is your favourite?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Oct 2016

Last month's Look Fantastic Beauty Box was the pamper edition. I had every intention of getting to the items in the box but so far I've only been able to test out a couple. This post is up a little later than I expected as October seemed to slip by!

Inside is Oskia Manchester Renaissance Mask (full size £49.50), Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak (full size £26), Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Treatment (full size £26.95), Polaar The Genuine Lapland Cream (regular size £7.26), Murad Intensize-C Radiance Peel (full size £49.50) and Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner in Cabernet, Claret or Mauve (£14)*

I've been focusing more skincare recently (after a bad breakout last month) so welcomed the two intensive treatments from Oskia and Murad. Both are pretty pricey so it'll be great to see if these are worth the extra investment. So far I've only used the Oskia Renaissance Mask (once). I've never used a mask like it, the consistency is quite thick. A little is massaged into the skin for a few seconds to 'activate' the formula's blend of fruit acids, enzymes and AHA's and you leave it on for 10-20 minutes. I only left it on for 10 minutes and my skin was incredibly smooth after using though I haven't seen any visible differences yet. I'd definitely need to give this a few more tries to see if it's a winner for my skin. The Murad product seems very similar to other masks I've tried (and loved) in the past so fingers crossed this a winner too.

I always love trying lip products so I couldn't help applying some of the Polaar lip balm as soon as I got this box. It makes my lips feel soft and it's free of parabens, fragrance and colour so this is one for anyone with sensitive lips. I haven't tried the Laura Geller Lip Liner yet mostly as I never use a liner but I'll give this a whirl at some point. I also haven't tried the Mio Liquid Yoga bath soak either as baths are something I rarely have currently. This product has such a strong scent of Lavender, I can imagine this would make for a relaxing soak before bed!

The Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Treatment is basically my ideal product. It's a pre-shampoo treatment designed to boost moisture in very dry coarse hair. The sample here is 25ml so I've only applied this to my ends to see how it works. My hair does feel a lot softer afterwards but it's tricky to tell having only applied such a small amount. The full size is a bit pricey for me as I know it wouldn't last long but this could be a good product for those of you with less dense or shorter hair.

As usual if you're interested in the Look Fantastic beauty boxes you can grab them from their website 

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box?

Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Sep 2016

It's that time again as another month of 2016 is down already! For September's edition Look Fantastic are celebrating two years since the launch of their beauty box and inside are items geared towards getting into the 'party spirit'.

(left to right clockwise) in Get Ready (full size £17), (full size £28),  Strobing Pencil in #1153 (full size £?), Lemon + Sage Body Butter (£20.50),  (£36), (full size £70)*

I've not had a chance to really get to grips with this box yet but I love the range of products included. A lot of items are quite pricey and aren't what I would normally go for so it's great to give them a try. My favourite here already is of course the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick (you all know by now how much I love a lip product). The lipstick is a beautiful pink that would flatter a range of skintones and is well pigmented too. The sample is so tiny that this is great for carrying on-the-go, especially if you're lacking space in your handbag!

The Lord & Berry Strobing Stick makes adding highlight to small areas like a cupid's bow and inner corner of the eyes a dream as it's a pencil. It blends beautifully and gives a natural-looking highlight. This is definitely something I would buy to use alongside my other highlighters (as it's better for details rather than applying to larger areas of the skin) but I couldn't find this on the Look Fantastic or Lord & Berry websites. It might be a new product coming soon so I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

I did try the Gatineau Eye pads but I couldn't apply them for the full 10 minutes suggested as I felt a slight stinging sensation on the skin. I'm not sure if that's normal (as it didn't hurt) or if it was a reaction to the cleanser I had just used (which has glycolic acid in) before applying but either way I decided that it was best to remove them.

I haven't tried the rest of the products here yet but I know the travel-sized Christophe Robin shampoo, Argan Liquid Gold Multi-Tone BB Cream and Bliss Lemon + Sage Body butter will come in handy for weekends away from home. I thought the Argan Liquid Gold BB cream would be too light for me initially (see swatch below) but it's intended to be for all skintones. I blended the swatch into my arm and the colour disappeared without leaving an ashy cast so it'll be interesting to see how well this works on my face.

(left to right) Lord & Berry Strobing Pencil in #1153, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Get Ready & Argan Liquid Gold BB Cream

As ever if you're interested in this box you can grab it from Look Fantastic for £15 

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Aug 2016

This month Look Fantastic have curated a selection of their favourite British brands for their August beauty box. Most of the brands here I've tried in some capacity before and loved so this box was a winner for me. Inside is (£24/60ml), (£52/25ml), (£15/100ml), (£18/75ml), (£16/15ml), (£4.75/10ml).

The stand outs for me are the Bloom and Blossom Facial Spritz and Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist as I've become a little obsessed with face mists lately. They are admittedly a bit gimmicky but the more hydrated my skin is the better it seems to look, so I love that both of these sprays are small and easy to carry for a quick moisture boost on the go. Just close your eyes and spray away - they work over moisturiser and makeup. The Bloom and Blossom spritz is made with Aloe Vera and Lime Oil whereas the REN mist contains ingredients like manganese Amino Acids which aim to protect the skin from harsh environments.

Another favourite is the Bee Good Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm. You all know I love a lip product and this balm smells so good. The ingredients are winners too as it's also made with Beeswax, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter as well as vanilla and honey. This definitely another handbag hero.

I always slack when it comes to eye creams, I have so many but I always forget to apply them regularly. As someone who never gets enough sleep I could definitely do with having a solid approach to soothing my under eye area to minimise any baggies. The Renu Lip & Eye Active Lift claims to stimulate collagen and firm the thinner skin around the eyes and lips. The full size is pretty pricey so I naturally have big expectations for this sample. Lets see if I can stick to applying this regularly to improve my dark circles.

Percy & Reed is a brand I've used a few times before when my hair was relaxed (straight) a few years ago. I used to apply the wonder balm on damp hair to soften without weighing down my strands before blowdrying and straightening. I'll give this a whirl at some point on my curls but my hair needs a lot of product so this sample is probably more suited to those with (less dense) straight or short hair.

Last but not least is the Balance Me Congested Skin Serum which aims to zap away spots with natural antibacterial ingredients like aloe vera and lemon. The ingredients list is pretty impressive so I'm pinning high hopes on this product to calm my spot-prone skin. If it works I'll definitely be grabbing the full size.

You can get this edition from Look Fantastic  

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box before?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | July 2016

I haven't featured a beauty box on my blog since the end of last year and in all honesty it's because I felt like a lot of beauty box brands had lost their sparkle a little. Many included brands or products I had no interest in trying and I ended up with endless samples of products I was unlikely to ever buy. The latest edition from Look Fantastic is the most excited I've been about a beauty box recently. It features beauty tailored towards summer hair and skin. Inside July's edition is (from left to right) Mi Ti Professional Hair Tie 3pk (£4.95), Bellápierre Cosmetics Pink Cheek & Lip Stain (£12.99), Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or (full size £19/50ml), Kebelo Silk Anti-Frizz Cream (full size £16.99/50ml), This Works In Transit Camera Close-up (full size £30/40ml) and Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 06 Deep (full size £18.50)*

Given that my hair tangles around itself and pretty much anything it comes into contact with you'd think I'd avoid products like the Mi Ti Professional Hair Ties and initially I did. Anything that says it's for all hair-types usually isn't but these telephone-cord shaped work so well on my hair whether it's curly or straight. These types of ties don't leave pronounced dents in the hair and give a good hold without the tension. I know where to get more now when I need a refill. 

I'm only familiar with Bellápierre Cosmetics thanks to beauty boxes and whilst I love the quality of their products I've not been enticed enough to buy anything from them yet. The Pink Cheek & Lip Stain is far more pigmented than I was expecting and gives a pretty pop of pink on my cheeks but it's no match for my darkly-toned lips. As a result I'm not sure how well this particular shade would work for darker skin.

I've seen the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or pop up on a few of my favourite blogs but I just couldn't find a real reason to buy it. It's a multi-purpose dry oil which you can use on your body, face or hair and it gives a really subtle but beautiful shimmer. It's a great product to have but more of a want than a need.

The Kebelo Silk Anti-Frizz Cream did de-frizz my dry ends well when applied after slightly dampening with water. The full-size product is just too tiny for me as I tend to get through so much product.

The beauty blogging community peaked my interest in This Works In Transit Camera Close-up a couple of years ago but I read a few mixed reviews. It's a 3-in-1 product, combining a mask, moisturiser and primer and it has Victoria Beckham's seal of approval. I haven't tried it yet but I do love the idea of simplified skincare.

I've been using (and loving) a couple of products from the newly launched brow collection from Benefit and the Goof Proof Brow Pencil is something I haven't tried yet. I'm not usually a fan of brow pencils but it's a quick way to fill in any sparse areas so I'm sure this sample-sized version will see a lot of use.

Overall I really liked this box mostly as there were a few products here which I've wanted to try for some time. This box is available for £15 for a monthly subscription which is worth it providing you're interested in the brands/products included. I still think beauty box brands in general need to offer more options for customisation as it is so hard to make a box which will appeal to everyone but I really loved this edition. 

You can get this month's box and the products inside from Look Fantastic 

*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box before?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Review | Illamasqua Makeup

Last month  officially launched stocking British beauty brand Illamasqua on their website. Illamasqua is one of those brands I've wanted to try after so many recommendations but I wasn't entirely sure where to start with so many products being suggested to me. At the launch I received (left to right above) the (£32), the (£18), the  (£19.50) and the (£22)*.

Of the products here, the lipstick is my absolute favourite (but you all know by now that lip products are always my weakness). The shade Box is a beautiful matte scarlet red and I've been reserving it mostly for night's out. The pigmentation is stunning and the colour lasts fairly well, even when eating and drinking! The Gel Sculpt has been a much needed addition to my makeup collection too. All my makeup culling at the beginning of the year left my contouring and highlighting game very weak. Until recently contouring was not something I did on a daily basis (or ever at all really) but the Gel Sculpt makes it so easy to add that dimension back to my face after applying foundation. It looks dark in the packaging but the formula is quite sheer and buildable. Applying is easy and blends so effortlessly - there's no muddy-looking finish so it's great for anyone who isn't used to contouring often. I definitely prefer this type of product to the contouring powders I've used in the past.

The Hydra Veil combines a moisturiser with a primer and has a strange jelly-like texture. You can scoop out a little with the tiny spoon provided and when you apply it melts onto the skin and feels really refreshing. It leaves the skin with a good base to apply makeup on leaving a natural finish. Recently how I prep my skin before makeup has become just as important as applying my makeup. Having tried a lot of different primers this year the Hydra Veil is definitely my favourite. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the packaging as I generally prefer to use something with a pump or in squeezy tube. The Masquara defines the lashes well and has a great formula but I tend to go for products with a comb-like wand. I have small eyes and I'm always massively clumsy with mascara so if the brush is too big it tends to go around, rather than on, my lashes! I found with this is I often would apply a little and then take a clean brow wand to distribute the product to prevent me smudging it everywhere. The shape of the wand alone is a reason I wouldn't buy this product, but if you have bigger eyes or wear falsies this may be more ideal for you!

You can get Illamasqua from Look Fantastic

*samples received at an event - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried Illamasqua?

Christine Stewart x

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