This month was my first Look Fantastic box. My plan was to try it in May, but the box sold out faster than I could order, so June it turned out to be. The Look Fantastic box is $19 and every box is worth over $50. Normally the items come in a regular box, but for June they came in a reusable limited edition travel bag (retail $15). The bag and products are to go along with the theme for June. The theme is ‘pampering yourself from the comfort of home, taking your ideal Staycation’.
Considering all my travel for this summer was cancelled (along with everyone else’s travel of course) staycation is a theme I can get behind. I have planned out my own personal spa day and am setting up my own private oasis in the back yard.
It also doubles as a spot to monitor the rampant rabbit activity in my back garden.But there is no harm in multi-tasking. Or in defending innocent little salad greens with a hose. It’s on the shower setting rather than a direct spray so it is actually lighter than a lot of rain, at least here. Its the surprise of the water coming out of nowhere that gets them. And possibly the sound of my voice as I threaten them with roasting in a mustard based sauce. The natural pest control advocates recommend any sound to scare them away from the veggies, but with so many of my neighbors actually at home I didn’t want to cause alarm. “Don’t make me get my marinade,” is not actually a threat my neighbors feel the need to concern them selves about, although one did ask for a recipe.
But that is off topic. We are here to discuss a subscription box not my grandmother’s braised rabbit recipe.
So, even though the limited edition travel bag is sort of listed as an extra this month, I really like it and will get a lot of use out of it. It is the kind of bag that is mostly plastic so it is ideal for liquid products since it can easily be rinsed out if something spills.
This may sound a little strange but what I like to do with little bags like these are to put a wet washcloth inside and take it into the back yard with me when I am working in the garden. It keeps the wash cloth from drying out and it can be used to cool down in the summer heat. Occasionally, I’ll throw a couple of ice cubes into it as well to keep everything really chill. It’s also really good for transporting wet swimsuits home from the pool without getting you bag all wet. And yes it is great for travel too. So I am happy to have it.
But what was inside my nifty little bag?
The first item was actually the spoiler that made me want the bag and decide that this was indeed the month for me to try it. It was the Molton Brown Coastal Cypress Shower Gel (retail $11). I really love the Molton Brown shower gels. The issue is that because they are on the pricier side, I always end up buying the same one because I know I like it.
I always think, I should really expand my selection and then still end up buying the products from the rhubarb and rose line. (Incidentally, a super fantastic scent, the rose isn’t overpowering and the sweetness of the floral is balanced by the sharp tart notes of the rhubarb, I adore it.)
This way, I can try a new scent and see if I like it and possibly expand my buying options when I next place an order. I, of course, opened it and immediately took a sniff. It is a very clean, fresh scent. I’m sure it will have the same luxurious feel of all their products so I can’ wait to actually use it.
Next up was the Rainbow drop brush from Glov (retail $12). I will say, I’m not a big fan of this style of brush. I like the size and the way it fits in my hand, but I think my hair is just a little too thick or too long or both, for this style to work well with me. However, my baby doll spotted it sitting on the table and apparently he loves this style of brush. So it is now his and he thinks it is fantastic. I’m also pleased because he tends to eye my subscription boxes in a curious way, so I’m happy there was something for him in this one.
I asked if he wanted me to get a box or two for him geared towards his likes but he declined. He is not big on surprises and if he gets a box he wants to decide exactly what is going to be in it ahead of time. which isn’t really the point of subscription boxes in my opinion. So he is happy with the occasional gift item, and the ability to raid my stockpile of samples when he needs a product, but doesn’t want his own box.
To each his own I suppose.
Moving on, the next two items are both summer time essentials. The first is the Ploaar Very High Protection Sun Cream (retail $16.50). I really like that it is SPF 50 and at this time of year I am very happy to have plenty of sunscreen around. Also in the sunblock arena is the Ultrasun SPF30 Lip protect (retail $10).
I absolutely adore having specific sunblock form my lips. I have to say I wasted no time in deploying this product. It has a slight sweet-tart candy kind of scent to it and it feels super lightweight on the lips. I was worried it would feel a little heavy, but it doesn’t. It has no taste at all which is kind of nice and it is easy to forget that I am wearing it. So often lips get forgotten in the sunblock arena and personally I don’t like the taste of sunblock so I’m happy to add this to my summer.
The last two items in my bag were both masks. The first was a travel sized tube of the Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask (30ml retail $7.50). I’ve never heard of Josh Wood Colour before but I love masks and I will happily try it out and report back.
The tube feels completely filled with product and I am sure I will be able to get several uses out of it. The last mask is a sheet mask, the Shangpree Aromablend Calming Mask (retail $3) to be exact. I think this item varied in some boxes.
As my sunburn recovery time seriously depleted my sheet mask supply, I am happy to have another mask available to me and can’t wait to see what the Aroma blend smells and feels like.
In addition to the items in the bag, and the bag itself this month, Look Fantastic also has an on-line magazine that you can read through. I think they used to send a print copy, but personally I am perfectly happy with the electronic version.
I’ve only gotten a chance to read a few articles but I like that they tie in with the products and include a Shangpree (the sheet mask) interview as well as one with Josh Wood Colour DPS (the none sheet mask). I like that the Josh Wood Colour one focuses on their new Shade Shot Gloss range, so I can learn not only about the products sent to me but other products available, especially as it is a new brand to me and it is nice to see what other products they have available or are coming out.
One thing I also like is that Look Fantastic also has a shop attached to their site. You can use the points you get from reviewing products towards purchases and it is a really big store. there aren’t just one or two items from a brand but a really wide variety. Also it is linked to Glossy Box (and why I was poking around and decided to try the subscription) so that your Glossy points can also be used over on the Look Fantastic site.I find this fantastic. I have been eyeing the Caudalie travel kit. It was out of stock when I last looked but I put it in my loves and received an e-mail this morning that it was back in stock. They also seem to run a lot of sales so even without a membership it looks like a site to watch if you are planning to stock up.
So, the end value of my $19 box ended up being $75. ($60 in products plus the $1 bag which I will get a lot of use out of so I counted it.) They promised at least $50 and gave me $75. Personally, I am pretty happy about that. I’m also happy about the fact that every item in my box this month is one that will see some use. While I won’t use the brush, it is in good hands elsewhere in the house. I received some products I was familiar with and some that were completely new to me. It was a nice mix. If this is the kind of box they send out, I think this is going to be a long term subscription for me instead of a short term trial.