Once again, this month’s LoveLula Beauty Box arrived while I was poorly (second tonsillitis of the year, boo hoo!) so it took me a week to open it and record my first impressions for my YouTube channel.
The box contained a whopping amount of six products, including three full sized products! The total value of the box was £43 which I was actually quite surprised with, as that didn’t seem much for six products but I guess last month’s box had four but more pricy products, compared to three travel sizes this time round.
To find out more about LoveLula’s Beauty Box, including how to sign up, please visit LoveLula’s website.
This month’s LoveLula Beauty Box contained the following products:
Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods, Ocean Deodorant (45g, £10.00)
Product description: “Fresh breezy scent with stimulating peppermint boosted with healing antibacterial Tea tree, rose geranium and patchouli. Although this scent is energising it inspires a sense of peace, reflecting the ying and yang of the deep seas. Appropriate for both men and women. So good Ocean won Gold for Best Deodorant last July in the Janey Loves Platinum Awards 2017.”
First impressions: I had actually considered buying one of the Elsa’s deodorants for the past couple of months as I’ve heard such good reviews about them but delayed it as I’m still using my Earth Conscious deodorant. So it was a very lovely surprise to get it in this month’s box and I just had to start using it straight away! It has a really subtle minty smell and for the past few days that I’ve used it, I can feed back that it keeps my underarms super fresh for the whole day, without a need for re-application! I’m really really impressed with this deodorant! The only snag I have is the plastic packaging (including a rather unnecessary protective lid for the stick inside the main cap). If only Elsa’s swapped to cardboard packaging, this would make this deodorant an utterly fabulous product!
Glossworks Nail Polish – Come Clay With Me (9ml £12.00)
Product description: “Professionally formulated, high coverage shades with a volumising, gel like texture; and an extremely glossy finish that does not fade. Come Clay With Me is a warm, pink tan shade. 9-Free (NO Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Paraben, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide or Lead.) Vegan. Not tested on Animals.”
First impressions: I’ve tried LoveLula’s own brand of nail polishes before (their Tanfastic nude colour is simply fab!) so this was another product inside this month’s box that I got super excited about when I opened it. The Come Clay with Me shade is a really nice and subtle pinky colour, but when I first applied it (during my video) it only lasted three days on my nails before starting to chip away. However my Glossworks base coat (which I had underneath) is now a little old so I suspect this might be the reason for chipping. I’ll try applying the shade again once I’ve stocked up on the Glossworks base coat, using the Beauty Box’s 20% discount for the whole range of course!! In terms of ingredients, on closer inspection this colour does contain butylene glycol which can cause allergic reactions but I didn’t spot it before so I’ll be reviewing ingredient lists of the entire Glossworks range.
Sukin Purifying Shampoo (250ml, £7.95)
Product description: “A pure, gentle daily shampoo to cleanse, nourish and soften any type of hair. Contains a delicate infusion of aloe vera, nettle, horsetail and burdock. Perfect for sensitive scalps.”
Sukin Nourishing Conditioner (250ml, £7.95)
Product description: “This daily conditioner adds volume and shine while preventing tangles and static. Combines a delicate infusion of aloe vera, nettle, horsetail and burdock with rosehip, avocado, jojoba and sesame oils. Suitable for everyday use and normal hair.”
First impressions: Sukin is a great Australian brand but most of their water-based products (including body wash which I’ve looked into as well as these two hair care products) contain phenoxyethanol, PEG(s) and Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (which can irritate sensitive skin) so while the rest of the formulation looks good, I can’t help but wonder how these seemingly natural skincare brands get away with using what are deemed potentially harmful synthetic ingredients. My skin is sensitive and while this is a hair care product and you could argue it’s not the same as applying on skin or that the products are washable, I still have to apply them with my hands. In the name of research I did try both products and while they seemed to clean my hair well, I can’t claim they’re any different to a conventional non-natural hair care product which used to give me similar results. They may not contain parabens, SLS or silicones but are they truly natural?
LaidBare Guess My Age Anti-ageing Treatment Cream (50ml, £9.99)
Product description: “This amazingly effective new anti-wrinkle treatment is enriched with Active Prodejine which works to strengthen the bonds between the skin layers to create a lifted effect, resulting in smoother, younger looking skin. The formulation is a must for all ages, whether you are just starting to detect the first few fine lines, or whether you have deeper, more established wrinkles.
Exotic Passion Flower Oil is an active ingredient in this treatment, known for its powerful anti-ageing properties. Rich in Potassium and bursting with Vitamins A, B and C, the anti-wrinkle cream is essential for maintaining healthy, dewy and youthful-looking skin.”
First impressions: Perhaps it’s just me (please let me in the comments below if it’s not!) but most LaidBare products I’ve tried so far (except the Pack Your Bags eye cream) have a very strong synthetic sort of smell! Is it just me? The ingredients don’t strike me as that particularly clean either & there seems to be quite a lot of fragrance as well as ingredients derived from palm oil. I’m not a huge fan of face creams anyway and while LaidBare is a very affordable brand, I’m not too impressed with this cream and its ingredients.
FOM London Hydra Bright Night Complex Treatment (50ml, £79.99)
Product description: “This exceptional anti pollution brightening and hydrating serum treatment enhanced with AntioXSilk Complex targets 3 areas of skin imperfection: age spots, hyperpigmentation and hydration in one radiant system. Beta Glucan and Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrate and sooth the skin, helping to restore moisture balance whilst a brilliant cocktail of natural AHAs gently exfoliates the skin restoring a fresh look and happy healthy skin. Existing spots fade, the skin has a new brightness, and future age spots are put on hold. Toning Geranium flower scent brings a peaceful state of mind. This is a must have product which gives you salon results.”
First impressions: Well, you’ll definitely not see me purchase the full sized bottle at £79! I’m not an expert on skincare formulations but none of the ingredients within this product look particularly “exclusive” or “rare” to me to justify the high-end price tag! Is it just a really huge profit margin then? Plus, there’s a phenoxyethanol so I think I’ll give this serum a miss.