I just looked out my window and saw the mail man pull up. To my utter delight he got out of the car and placed a package by my door. Do you know what the package was? (well probably because you read the title). It was my look Fantastic Box for the month of August! The fact that nearly everything arrived the last week of the month in July makes this month’s early arrival feel extra special.
Like I won some sort of Karmic lottery.
But off to mail decontamination central my box went. (also known as my sun room). Outside packaging was stripped from the box and the interior box turned out on a clean surface.
Outer packaging was disposed of, hands were washed and finally I was free to skip gleefully into the house to see what goodies this month’s look Fantastic Box held.
Just out of curiosity is there a way to skip that isn’t joyfully? It’s not like you can skip morosely, can you?
Regardless, first some box details. Look Fantastic is a monthly subscription box based in the UK. It costs $19 US each month. Each month you receive six beauty products with a guaranteed value of over $60.
In addition, you get access to the Look Fantastic Store. There are thousands of beauty products there and you can always find a good deal. For example, this week is Hair Campaign week. Some of the offers include a Mystery Offer with up to 18% sitewide with the code MYSTERY18 (valid 8/11 – 8/18), a Flash sale on Jurlique with up to 40% off from now until 8/11 (at 8:59 am),a 50% off sale on Grow Gorgeous items with the code GG50 (from 8/11-8/12), a Flash Sale of 50% off Christophe Robin products with code CR50 (8/12-8/13) and a 50% off sale on Alterna products with the code ALTERNA50 (8/13-8/14).
Basically each day this week they will be running a different mega sale on a brand with a focus on hair products. If you are looking to stock up now is definitely the time. I can personally recommend anything in the Caviar line from Alterna. I have at one time or another tried all of them and I adored each and every one of them. I will actually be stocking up on the shampoo and conditioner when the sale hits, if the products are available.
But this is not about the products I am hoping to buy, it is about the six products in my Look Fantastic box this month. The first product I pulled out of the August box is the Percy & Reed Wonderbalm Serum ($16.66).
It is oddly enough, a hair serum. From the description it sounds like a leave in conditioner. I have never heard of Percy & Reed but I am always ready to try a new hair product. I am very much looking forward to giving this a try.
The next item to emerge from my box is from a brand I know well. It is AHAVA and according to the booklet that came with the products it is one of two options for AHAVA products this month. I could have received either the Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion or the Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion in the scent sea-kissed ($5). I received the latter, which I am thrilled by.
I’ve had this lotion before and always enjoyed it. The scent is fresh and the product is just lovely. Actually there is an interesting thing going with AHAVA in my family. I absolutely adore the body lotion but am not the biggest fan of the moisturizer for the face. It is a fine moisturizer, but just a little too moisturizing for my skin.
However my mother adores all of the AHAVA face products. She uses the whole line and rarely uses anything else any more. She might try something on occasion, but she always goes right back to her AHAVA. Usually pretty quickly in case they think she might be cheating on them. However, despite her devotion, she doesn’t like the body lotion.
So any face products I get tend to go directly to her and any body lotion products she gets come directly to me. That way no product goes to waste and we are both happy. So I was very happy to get the body lotion because I know I will use it.
Next, is the Mio Skincare Sun Drenched Wash ($3). I went ahead and sniffed it. It smells like an orange creamcicle and I will happily use it. Actually I am running low on body wash.
One of my favorite body washes from the brand Thymes in the scent Rosewood Citron was being discontinued so I stocked up. It is one of those scents that both my baby doll and I can both use and be very happy with so I was sad it was discontinued. We have been slowly working through the stash I had in the linen closet and alas the last bottle is currently in the shower.
I was also informed that he is out of his favorite Dr. Squatch soap, so I’ll need to put an order in for that this week (I thought he had a few more bars left, but I was wrong.) But that is neither here nor there, I am pleased that I have a new body wash to try.
The fourth item in the August box is also a skincare one. I’ve noticed that these tend to lean into the skin care more than the makeup which is perfectly fine with me.
I love getting to try out new skin care. Especially since you never really know how it is going to work on your skin until you try it. That is one of the reasons I really like this sort of box. I don’t mind paying extra for a good product, but I would like to know it works well with my skin before I spend the money to buy it. Not only does it help with the finances but it prevents waste.
In this case I already know this product works well with my skin. I’ve tried it before and I am not ashamed to say that I did a little happy dance when I spotted it in my August box. This item is the Caudalie Vinoperfect radiance serum ($25). This and the Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing Sorbet are two of my all-time favorite skin care products. They both work fantastically well on my skin and like I said, I was happy to see them.
And relieved no one could hear my slightly evil sounding giggle of glee.
Oddly enough all of my giggles come out sounding slightly evil. Something I should probably ponder when I have a moment.
For now though there are two more products, both makeup rather than skin care. The first is the BellaPierre, Mineral Blusher in Ameretto ($20). It is a full sized powdered blush. It is rare for me to use a loose powder blush.
I used to use one constantly. It was the bareMinerals loose powder blush. I remember liking the control the loose powder gave me over the product. And this does look like it is going to be a good shade on me. So perhaps next week it will make it into my makeup bag for a good trial.
Finally, we have an item that will definitely be in next week’s make up bag and it is the eyeko Lash Alert mascara ($14). It is one of two mascaras that I could have received. The other was the eyeko black magic mascara. I have tried that one before and absolutely loved it, but I haven’t tried this one before. As mascara is the one make up item I am never without, I am always looking for a new one. Mascara is part of my every day trio; Mascara, Powder, and something for the lip, whether lipstick or lip balm depends on the day. If I had to pair my makeup down to minimalist standards that would be my trio.
Luckily, I don’t.
So that was my August Look Fantastic box and I have to say I am one contented kitten. In my $19 box I received $83.66 worth of products. Every single thing in the box is one I will get a lot of use out of, which is actually more valuable than if I just got a lot of products I won’t use, regardless of the value. There are two brands I have never tried anything from, some absolute favorites and some items from familiar brands I have never tried. Definitely two thumbs way up from me for the August Box. And it came early in the month so I can spend all of August trying them out. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think. And let me know what you think of your box if you are a subscriber. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the upcoming sales as well for those of you looking to stock up.