LoveLula Beauty Box November 2017

Much to my surprise, my LoveLula Beauty Box arrived super early this month! As a busy working Mum-of-two, it’s all about simple pleasures in life for me so to receive it early was an added surprise!

To find out more about LoveLula’s Beauty Box, including how to sign up, please visit their website. To take advantage of a 15% BLACK FRIDAY discount, please scroll down below for a promotional code (valid until 2 December 2017).

LoveLula Beauty Box November 2017

This month’s Beauty Box is worth £60 and contains:

Madara Smart Antioxidants Anti-Fatigue Eye Rescue Cream (15ml, worth £31.00)

This cream has been formulated to reduce fine lines, dark circles, puffiness and tired eyes, which is EXACTLY what the skin under my eyes needs right now. I’ve already started using it so I’m really curious to see if it makes any difference to my under-eye circles. If I was picky, I’d just prefer to see fewer ingredients in a natural skincare product (find out why this matters here) but overall, the ingredients don’t contain any ‘nasties’. MORE INFO >>>

[disclaim] Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isoamyl Laurate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Sodium Levulinate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Aroma/Fragrance, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)***, Sodium Anisate, CI 77019 (Mica)***, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract*, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady`s Mantle) Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Camomile) Flower Extract*, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome (Fern) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xylitol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cetraria Islandica Thallus (Lichen) Extract, Citric Acid, Sphagnum Magellanicum (Moss) Extract, Vanillin, Escin, Limonene**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Citral**, Linalool**, Eugenol** *Ingredients from Organic Farming **Natural Components of Essential Oils ***Pure mineral pigments [/disclaim]

LaidBare Working 9 to 5 Anti-ageing Cream (50ml, worth £7.99)

My only sticking point are a few ingredients derived from palm oil, making this cream not particularly ethical but otherwise the list doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients. MORE INFO >>>

[disclaim] Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Glycerin (Coconut), Isopropyl Myristate (Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel Oil), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Senna Plant), Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernal Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside (Sugar), Glyceryl Stearate (Palm Kernal), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol (Naturally Derived Preservative), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Cetraria Islandica (Iceland Moss) Extract, Xanthan Gum (Naturally Derived Thickener), Potassium Sorbate (Naturally Derived Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Naturally Derived Preservative). [/disclaim]

Inika Vegan Lipstick (shade Naked Kiss, 4.2g, £18.00)

Inika has become my go-to makeup brand, after falling in love with their liquid foundation (a full review here) and a lip and cheek cream. I’ve heard great things about their lipsticks so to have it included in the box was such a pleasant surprise. Inika lipsticks contain simply gorgeous organic ingredients, with skin-nourishing shea butter, jojoba, argan and avocado oils right a the top of the list. I received the Naked Kiss shade which is a lovely autumnal dusty pink shade.The lipstick feels velvety soft when on the lips and gives a natural shimmer, even without a lip balm as a base, which is what I normally have to do to ensure the lipstick doesn’t look dry. MORE INFO >>>

[disclaim] Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Citrus Sinensis Peel (Orange) Oil Expressed*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742). *Certified Organic [/disclaim]

The Seaweed Bath Co. Balancing Eucalyptus & Peppermint shampoo and conditioner (samples; full sizes worth £16.99 for 360ml)

My hair and have had a very turbulent relationship for as long as I can remember. I simply can’t count the amount of different shampoos and conditioners (both conventional and natural) I’ve tried over the years trying to find some that would be suitable to my hair. At the first sight, this set seemed ideal for my oily hair, however having used the samples twice, unfortunately the shampoo made my hair frizzy, and looking wild and untameable. I also tried the conditioner after a different shampoo and my hair wasn’t as frizzy but it did make it weigh down and greasy at the back of my head. I’ve heard mixed reviews from other bloggers who got it so I guess that you just need to test it to make a judgement for yourself. The ingredients list looks good though. MORE INFO >>> (NB only conditioner available on LoveLula at the moment) 

[disclaim] Ingredients for the conditioner: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil. Contains ingredients derived from nuts. [/disclaim]

REN Perfect Canvas – Skin Enhancing Priming Serum (sample, full size worth £50 for 30ml)

Having been using natural skincare for a couple of years now and having decent knowledge of potentially harmful ingredients, I’m always a bit surprised to see ingredients such as phenoxyethanol (a preservative) in a product that’s advertised as natural. The jury is out on the extent of its potential harm but some research shows that it can cause allergies and also affect infants’ nervous system. MORE INFO >>>

[disclaim] Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Maltose, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Parfum* (Fragrance), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Glucose, Limonene, Linalool * 100% Natural Fragrance – Parfum 100% Naturel [/disclaim]

>>>>> Black Friday offer <<<<<

If you’d like to purchase one of the products that I’ve mentioned, either for yourself or as a Christmas gift for a loved one, then take advantage of LoveLula’s Black Friday offer across ALL* items between now and Saturday 2nd December (*except LoveLula’s Beauty Box subscription which has its own promotion this month). Simply enter FRIDAY at the checkout. Valid until 2 December 2017.

LoveLula Black Friday

I hope you found this post useful! Please let me know in the comments below. 

[disclaim]Disclosure: This Beauty Box was sent to me to test as part of my involvement in LoveLula’s Accredited Bloggers Program. Nevertheless, views expressed in this post are mine and 100% genuine and honest.[/disclaim]