My February Beauty Box from Look Fantastic arrived and I have to say I couldn’t be happier. This is a UK Based Beauty Box so shipping has been interesting in the past couple of months. It is $19 per month, but if you sign up for a three, six or twelve month subscription, the price drops down. I have had this box for about a year now as a month to month option and while some months are better than others, I have never felt like cancelling it. That’s why I went ahead and switched to the annual subscription and starting next month I will be getting this box for $16 per month.
Normally, I try to only look at the one spoiler that comes in the pamphlet so that it will be a surprise. This month I was on the Look Fantastic site a lot as I really enjoy ordering from their on-line store (plus they are always running sales on various items and brands so I can pick up some of my favorite high priced products for a little less.) and I did see a couple of sneak peeks. There were two variation items in the box this month and I knew right away which variation I wanted and I am pleased to say, I got the variation I most wanted. Not that the other options didn’t look lovely, but well, we all have our favorites. But before I give too much away, let’s open the box and go through it together.
First up, is the spoiler from last month. Each month in the pamphlet Look Fantastic lets you know one of the items that will be in the following month’s box. Last month they Announced the Illamasqua primer. Now I have, use and love the Hydra Veil Primer from Illamasqua and the shape of the Illamasqua product looks the same as he samples I’ve had in the past (which is mostly a mini version of the full size) So I thought, wow, I’ll have a travel size handy so I don’t have to travel with the large version next time I travel (because the hydra veil primer actually helps with the skin travel dryness I tend get when traveling). But of course I skimmed the text and wasn’t wearing my reading glasses so I missed that this was a different primer all together it is not the Hydra Veil Primer it is a mini version of the Beyond the Veil Primer. It combines the hydra primer with the Beyond Powder into one product. I have not tried the Illamasqua Beyond Powder, but it is on my list to try as I have heard fantastic things about it. I already love the Hydra Veil Primer so I can not wait to try this one out. I am very happy to have gotten it wrong.
The second item in my beauty box this month was from Eyeko. It is the galactic lid gloss. While I adore their eyeliners and like their mascaras, I have not tried out any kind of colored makeup products from the, There were to shades that were options Stardust which is a silver and Zodiac which is a copper color.
While I would have used the silver, you know I have an absolute weakness for copper colored shadows. So after seeing the spoilers you know I was keeping my fingers crossed for the copper colored Zodiac, and that is the one that appeared in my box this month. I don’t know if the swatch does it justice but in person it is absolutely stunning. It looks like liquid metal and I can’t wait to try it on my eyes. I think if I took a black shadow and blended it out across the lids and then used this on the inner part of my lid it would be absolutely stunning. I can not wait to play around with it and see how it performs.
The third item in my Look Fantastic box this month was the Bubble T Strawberry Macaroon Body Butter. While I do have a lot of body lotions and hand creams at the moment, I do like the brand Bubble T and I do like the scent of strawberry Macaroon. It will be interesting to see if the sent lives up to its name as well as if it is a good body butter. I took a sniff through the metal foil and it certainly smells very strawberry-esque
There is a hint of almond to it which might serve to cut the scent somewhat. I really like the size of the tube as well. With this size I can use it as a body butter and perhaps even get two or three uses out of it instead of just one. Which is nice as some of the body butter samples I’ve received in different subscription boxes have been small enough that they were just one use. This is definitely a good size for testing out a product meant to cover the entire body.
The Balance Me AHA Glow mask was an interesting addition to my Beauty Box this month. I have a sort of love/hate thing going with Balance Me products right now. I’ve tried several samples and the product itself always works well, but the scent of the product is never one I want to use. Because their products work well, I am crossing my fingers that this one has a scent I like. It is also a mask though which might have an impact on my use. Thus far I have tried only serums meant for daily use. The scent of the serums meant that I didn’t want to use them daily. With a mask, it isn’t designed for daily use so even if the scent isn’t my favorite I still might be able to use it.
This leads me to the second variant in the box this month. This month you could either receive the Hydra Recharge Cream from SOS or you could receive the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. I was actually looking at purchasing the Enzyme Peel the last time I was on the Elemis site actually. (I ended up going with the Cleansing Balm, it is one of my absolute favorites and the reason I was on the site in the first place.)
I didn’t purchase the peel, mostly because I needed cleansing balm, so I was thrilled not only to see this as an option but that it was the option I received in my box. I have nothing against SOS, but if there is one brand I have a weakness for it is Elemis. Every product I’ve ever tried from them has worked well on my skin. There are very few brands I can actually say that about. Plus after using the High Beauty High Maintenance Peel, I kind of want to try another peel product to see the comparison. Why not try one from a brand I like? So I was very happy to receive this Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel to try.
And last but certainly not least was the product I was most excited for. I know that sounds strange but I am so looking forward to trying out the Magnitone Wipe Out Reusable ‘Swipes”(The link is to the magnitone UK website. I am hoping that if I do order I’ll be redirected to a US link I can order from or that they will just ship to me but this was the only place I could find the exact product). I have been looking for reusable replacements for my cotton rounds as I am trying to reduce the amount of waste in my routine and I use a lot of cotton rounds.
These Swipes are the same size around as my cotton rounds so I have high hopes. They are thicker so I am hoping that makes them more durable and they are really soft to the touch. I’m hoping that if I like them they are available for purchase as I will need more than two to get through a week. For now though I am happy to have a chance to try them out.
I know this post was a bit more excitable than my normal Beauty Box reviews but I have to say I was really excited by the selection of products in my box this month. I get to try several new to me products from my favorite brands as well as test out more reusable rounds in my quest to reduce the amount of trash I produce. All in all this was a fabulous month. Not only will I be keeping this Look Fantastic Subscription, but I am now signed up for a full year. After all the only thing better than getting a really nice beauty box each month, is paying less for the really nice beauty box each month.