Sunday, 13 September 2015

Look Fantastic Birthday Beauty Box

I have always been a big fan of Look Fantastic, and since the launch one year ago have intermittently purchased they're monthly beauty box. I've always been relatively impressed with them as they generally provide a good selection of products. It was with this in mind that I decided to go for the 1st Birthday beauty box for September.

I was expecting great things with it being a birthday box, but if I'm honest was slightly disappointed. The products included are good quality and are all things that I will use, but I was left a little underwhelmed. They're are no make up products which I find a little disappointing, as I would have thought they'd want to showcase pieces from all of the departments that they stock, especially with it being a special edition box. Nether the less the products are all great quality.

Caudalie vinosource

There are 2 Caudalie products in the box this month, both sample sizes. They are the Vinosource S.0.S Thirst Quenching Serum and the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet. I have used Caudalie products before and always been impressed with them. I am a big fan of their beauty elixir. These products claim to increase hydration and reduce redness and sensitivity. I have dry skin so am always wiling to try products that aim to hydrate the skin. The weather here in the UK is changing to a lot cooler (not that we've had much of a summer), so will definitely be trying these out this month as my skin may need a little bit of rescuing.

Codage scrubbing cream

This is a brand I have not heard of before, so I am very interested to try this product. Again this is a sample sized product. I have used Philosophy 'micro delivery' peel before, which has a scrub base and loved the results, although found it a little time consuming as you need to use two products. This seems a similar idea, claiming to eliminate dead skin cells and smooth the complexion. I love the feeling you get after exfoliating the skin but always worry it will leave my skin even dryer, so will be interested to see how my skin reacts to this product.

Bliss fabulous foaming facial wash

This is another sample sized product, which would be great to use for traveling. Bliss is a brand that I have heard off but never used any products from them before. I have wanted to try them but they are expensive and I have never heard enough good things about them to take the plunge, so I am excited to see what this is like. It says it's a 2 in 1 cleanser and exfoliator, that removes makeup while gently exfoliating the skin. I'll be interested to see if it really does remove all my make up as I usually have to either use a cleansing oil or balm before a facial wash to ensure that all my make up is removed.

TanWorx Tan Maintainer

This is the only product I probably won't use for what it is intended for. I don't tan (pasty white skin remember!) and I don't have a tan to extend so its not something that I will fully be able to see any results from. I will however probably use it as a moisturiser, as it is made by Monu skincare which I have used their 'skin perfector' moisturiser before and really liked the formulation.

Professional Sebastian shampoo and conditioner

I like the fact you got both the shampoo and conditioner, as I hate it when you just get one or the other as I am a firm believer in using the same shampoo and conditioner combo (not necessarily because they are always better but because my OCD likes me to use the same products!) Again these are sample sizes. I received the strengthen and repair shampoo and conditioner. My hair at the moment is going through a dry, frizzy stage so I am looking forward to trying these and seeing if they can fix my frizz. I have used Sebastian products before and the shine define flexible hairsprays is one of the best I have ever used, I just can't justify the price tag to repurchase it as it is not a cheap brand to buy from.

Phyto Phytokeratine extreme conditioner

This is the only full sized product in the box (at least I think it's full size, if not it is definitely a deluxe sample size). It is a leave in conditioner treatment for dry, damaged hair. You can use it before blow drying as a conditioner treatment and it also provides heat protection for up to 220 degrees. I like the idea of a two in one product that helps repair my hair but also protects it when I blow dry and straighten my hair. I have used Phyto's repair creams before and found them to be brilliant for dry, frizzy hair, so I am pretty sure I am going to really like this product.

That's it for what I received in this months beauty box. It was very skin care and hair care heavy, which isn't a bad thing as I am always wanting to try out new beauty products of any kind, but I am disappointed that they did not mix things up a little more. I did also received a few vouchers worth around £40, for money off different products which was a nice addition as well this month, plus you get 20% of any of the full sized products of the samples received in the box if you want to purchase them after trying them out.

I think next time I get the urge to splurge on a beauty box I will try a different beauty box to Look Fantastic, but they are definitely up they're for one of the best beauty boxes on the market, especially as they don't charge a monthly subscription service or postage. If you fancy giving this box a try they are still available to order from Look Fantastic.

Until next time, Rachel x

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