Lookfantastic April beauty box review

So at the end of April, I thought I would take the plunge and sign up to a beauty box subscription service. I had a look around and likes the look of the Lookfantastic one as it had a few brands that I was eager to try out. This is what this month’s box contained:

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Clockwise:

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
PÜR – Fully Charged Mascara
GLAMGLOW – Supermud Clearing Treatment
Nuxe – Créme Fraîche de Beauté
Emma Hardie – Moringa Cleansing Balm
Dr Botanicals – Vegan Bergamont & Poppy Seed Soap

I have only tried two of these brands before – Nuxe’s Rêve de Miel lip balm and the GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Mask – so I was really excited to try out the rest.

Emma Hardie – Moringa Cleansing Balm

First impressions
I used this to remove my eye make up after a long day at work. It has quite a strong smell, but nothing overbearing. When I first started to apply it, it felt very waxy but it quickly melted away into a really smooth balm. I was a little sceptical that it would remove all my eye make up, as even my trusty Take the Day Off Balm leaves some parts behind. When I got out of the shower, I was actually really impressed to see that it was completely gone!

Final impression
I really like this. This cleansing balm feels smoother than my Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, and I would definitely consider buying this once I have finished off my other cleansing balms. It removes my make up really well, even stubborn eye make up that the Clinique one often leaves on.

Dr Botanicals – Vegan Bergamont & Poppy Seed Soap

First impressions
I was excited to try this one – it had a very strong scent that you could smell as soon as you opened the beauty box. I was also really interested to see how smooth my skin would be after using the bar. I have quite dry, rough skin on my arms and recently I’ve had a lot of dryness on my hands that I just can’t get rid of. When I initially read that you should turn the shower off while applying this, it seemed like an inconvenience. BUT this was really enjoyable to apply. The surface is smooth to begin with but as you rub the soap over your body more, this layer breaks down and the poppy seeds come to the surface and give your body a really great exfoliation. After my shower, my skin certainly feels a little smoother though not incredible amounts more than before. The skin on my hands feel MUCH smoother than before, which I’m really happy about. I’m excited to keep using this and see what happens!

Final impression
This has definitely made my arms smoother after a few uses. It’s really satisfying to use and despite rubbing the bar all over, the size of the bar doesn’t decrease that significantly between uses. I think that this bar will last a really decent amount of time. I don’t usually bother with lotions and scrubs for my body, so it’s quite a nice treat. Bear in mind that it can be quite a rough exfoliation, so consider switching sides and rubbing with light pressure.

Nuxe – Créme Fraîche de Beauté

First impressions
This has a very strong floral scent, but not the nice kind of floral scent. It is a nice thick moisturiser that sank into the skin really quickly and my skin felt really quenched afterwards. I had initially thought it would be quite a thin moisturiser, so I was really pleasantly surprised.

Final impression:
This is a really nice moisturiser. It’s nice and thick and holds moisture in very well. However, I already have at least 4 thicker moisturisers that are all mostly full, so I probably won’t be purchasing this any time soon. Plus I’m not wild about the scent.

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads

First impressions
There is a very slight smell to this that is nice and fresh. These were much thinner than I had expected them to be, but they’re probably the thickness of a make up wipe. These were great to use after you’ve taken your make up off to make sure that it’s all off. Despite removing my make up thoroughly, the wipes ended up orange! They removed so much more that I had thought had been removed, so I was really glad to have used them. They also left my skin feeling fresh and dewy, and my skin didn’t feel tight like it often does when I remove my make up.

Final impression:
These are really cool. It’s so nice to see what extra they can clean off the face when you think you’ve managed to get it all. They leave the skin feeling really refreshed and moisturised, which is really important for me. I would definitely consider purchasing these – I looked up the full size and was pleasantly surprised by the price (£14 ish). I thought they would be much more expensive, so this is probably something I’ll be buying next month! (I ended up buying the full size of these a few days after I wrote this lol)

PÜR – Fully Charged Mascara

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This was quite difficult to put on, mainly because it was a mini mascara and the arm of the applicator was very short. It was a really pleasant surprise – it looked just like my Benefit Roller Lash! I actually applied Roller Lash my left eye and Fully Charged to my right, and you would never notice the difference!

Final impression:
I like this mascara. The formula is really good, and maybe is a little less drying to my eyes than the Roller Lash. However, the Roller Lash wand is shaped much better and it’s easy to get the lashes on the outer eye. While this was good, my Roller Lash has a similar formula and a better shaped wand, and I feel quite loyal to it.

GLAMGLOW– Supermud Clearing Treatment

First impressions
Before trying the product, I thought it would be a peel mask for some reason. When a thick, dark grey mask came out I was a bit surprised, but not at the same time as it looked like actual mud. I wasn’t sure whether I’d actually try this because I don’t get breakouts anymore and it didn’t seem like it would suit my skin type, but I tried it anyway! It applied thick, and had a cooling sensation… which quickly turned to a tingling/burning sensation. I had to remove it after about 3 minutes (it’s recommended to wear the mask for 5-20 minutes). I only applied it to my nose and the area around it, however these areas were left pretty red once I’d washed it off. The skin did feel smooth, but I’m not sure I’ll be using this one again. I’ll give it to my sister for her to use instead. I really like the look of Glamglow masks though, and would loooove to try some of their other masks, but I’m just too broke to afford them at the moment lol

My favourite products in the box were probably the exfoliating soap, the cleansing balm and the cleansing pads. These beauty boxes are such a great way to try out new products from different brands, and probably a lot of stuff you would not usually gravitate towards.

I’m currently testing the products for the May beauty box, so I’ll get back to you with my thoughts on that soon!

Xo

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Author: smalltownbeautyaddict

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