Look Fantastic Beauty Box July 2020 Review

The outer box

My Look Fantastic box finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier. Look Fantastic is a $19 per month beauty box. This is actually my second box from them, although I’ve been ordering things from their site for a while. They have a really large on-line store and are tend to run monthly specials. Many of them start right now, for example from now until August 3rd there is 25% off Staycation Essentials with brands like Christophe Robin, St. Tropez, Westlab, to name a few. The link will take you to the full list of included products (its a long one). Plus, staring tomorrow (July 28th) and running through August 3rd there is a 25% off select Serums with code SERUM25. The list includes brands like NIOD, Elizabeth Arden, PIXI, and FARMACY. 

And for those interested in the Beauty Box, you can try your first box for a discounted price. You can get your first Beauty Box for $16 ($63 Value) with the code TreatBB. That code is valid from now through July 31st. 

In addition to their regular beauty box they also have occasional special edit boxes. The most recent one was with Sarah Chapman Skincare. It was announced only a few days ago and when I went to look up details this morning, it was already listed as being sold out. I’m sorry I didn’t mention it earlier. I honestly didn’t think it would sell out that fast. I figured since it went on sale on July 24th that it would still be available on Monday, but alas it is not. Since they sell out so fast, I’ll try to get info posted as soon as I find out about it next time, because they do the limited editions fairly regularly and they are always excellent boxes.

So on to the July Box. First off this month was a return to the regular box format. Last month, came in a reusable travel pouch. Although I have to say, the Look Fantastic box is quite sturdy on its own and I will be reusing it for storage, so I’m perfectly fine with the regular box. The theme this month was Sunkissed with items specially curated for the ultimate at-home pamper in the sunshine!

So what was in my box?

Well, the first item I pulled out of the box was actually makeup. It was the Sleek Matte Me lippie in the shade French Fancy (retail $6.13). I have to say the shade is a little too pink for me but I have seen Sleek liquid lips around for a while and just never gotten around to using them.

I also like that it is a full sized liquid lip. While I don’t mind getting the trial sized liquid lips, I generally find they dry out fast and while you get an idea of how the formula works on your lips you don’t get a clear picture of how the product lasts, which for lip products you want as they tend to be around a while.

There is no real reason I never actually tried the Sleek lips, I just didn’t know anything about them even though I have played around with Sleek eyeshadows. I’m happy I now get to try the formula. I also like when there is one makeup item even if it is a skin care themed month.

The next item in my Look Fantastic box this month was the Erno Laszlo Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask (retail $7.17). I am always happy to see Erno Laszlo skincare in one of my subscription boxes. Their Firmarine Night Cream is one of my absolute favorite creams for helping to tighten loose skin in the chin and neck area. (As I’ve been losing weight this is an ongoing off/on concern for me) I’ve never tried their eye serum masks though so I am looking forward to giving it a go and reporting back to you about it.

This month also had a So Eco Large Eye Shader Brush (retail $9.22) in the box. I have never heard of the brand before but the bush feels good in my hand and I will certainly give it a go. It feels rather sturdy.

According to the package it is also made from bamboo with recycled aluminium & synthetic bristles, is Cruelty-Free & Vegan Friendly and has sustainably sourced packaging. In addition, the company plants 1 Tree Planted for Every 100 Products Sold. Not bad claims for a little brush. Hopefully, it will work as good as it sounds.

There were two products from NUXE in the July Look Fantastic this month. The first is the Crème Prodigeuse Boost Multi-Corrective Gel Cream and the second is the Insta-Masque Exfoliating (retail $20.90)

I’ll admit I had to look the Prodigeuse Boost Multi-Corrective Gel Cream up. In case you are wondering Prodigeuse just means extraordinary in French. And it is a day cream. As it is a large enough size that I could probably get at least two weeks’ worth of use out if it, especially if I use a different night cream, I will be testing it and writing up a review later. I really like that it is listed as a day cream. A lot of creams are listed as for day and night use but I’ve found my skin tends to need different creams during the day and at night sometimes, especially in the summertime. Plus I just finished my current day cream so I am more than ready to try a new one.

I am very happy to see both of these products actually, as I have seen NUXE around but I have never gotten around to trying it.

I will also be trying the exfoliating mask as well. I’m sure if you’ve read my posts for any length of time then you know I love exfoliators as well and will be happy to test it out. In fact one of the only things I like more than exfoliators in the skin care world is Vitamin C serums.

And lo and behold there is a Balance Me Vitamin C Serum (retail $13.52) in the July box as well. It’s like they know me. So I will of course give this serum a try and see how my skin likes it compared to other Vitamin C serums. At this point, I’ve tried out a lot of them it seems, some good, some mediocre and some that didn’t appear to do much of anything. It will be fun to see where this lands on the spectrum.

Finally we come to the last item in the July Look Fantastic box. It is the Le Couvent des Minimes Aqua Sacrae/Aqua Mysteri Soap (Retail $6.15). Oddly enough I just finished up my dispenser of Dirty Cow liquid soap so I was looking for another soap to take its place.

Given the amount of hand washing we’ve been doing lately soap just sort of does a brief pass through our house. I’m going to put this in the back powder room where I get ready in the mornings rather in the main traffic area in the hopes it might last a little longer, but I suspect that despite the fact it is a pretty good size it will not last long. I think the packaging is pretty so that might end up sticking around longer.

At least the size is large enough that I can get a feel for how well the product would do with my skin. I have to say, the extra hand washing has caused me to reevaluate both soaps and hand creams lately.

I had a supply of both soaps and lotions before the pandemic hit (both cheap and expensive) and had no problem using whichever I happened to pick up, but the skin on my hands has gotten dryer from all the washing and I have to say, I’ve been keeping track of products that help and products that don’t. Interestingly enough it hasn’t always been the expensive ones that come out on top. There has been a pretty good range of good and bad from all ends of the price spectrum.

I know that sounds strange, but soaps and hand lotions were always just there before. I used body lotion when I stepped out of the shower or bath and my hands were moisturized when I applied it. Hand lotion was something I used once in a while throughout the winter when my hands got extra dry. I keep a small bottle in my purse and trade it out regularly but don’t really think about it. Soap was something to kill bacteria. Neither were items I gave very much thought to. Isn’t it funny how things rise to your consciousness?

But that is another topic. For now we return to the Look Fantastic Box for July. I have to say I am pleased with the products in the box. I think the selection was nice and well thought out. I’m not entirely sure why a liquid lipstick was paired with a eyeshadow shading brush as that seems a little incongruous. However, I enjoy having both items so I won’t poke it too much. As far as value goes, I think I got a pretty good deal there too. For my $19 I received $63.09 worth of products. And in case you are wondering why most of the products aren’t listed in round figures, I’m pretty sure it is the currency conversion.

Personally, I always like to see things like $6.13 as a price. $5.99 always sounds like a marketing ploy in my head and $6.00 sounds very general, almost like it was plucked randomly from the air. Somehow $6.13 makes it sound like someone thought about it.

I know it is just the conversion altering the price tag assigned to it, but something in my brain still thinks – wow that’s exact, someone must have really thought that through. I think it’s the part of me that spent too long making budgets balance. Don’t worry, I don’t let that section of my brain make major life decisions.

So that was my July Look Fantastic and I have to say I am quite happy with it. Everything inside is something I will use and a couple of the items like the Sleek liquid lip and the Erno Laszlo Eye serum mask are things I am really looking forward to trying. (seriously though, if looking for a good firming Night mask, take a look at their Firmarine Night cream, really good stuff. Oddly enough I think I might have first purchased it through the Look Fantastic site during one of their skin care sales).

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Look Fantastic has some excellent upcoming sales this month on their site. I’ll keep posting them through the month so if you are looking to stock up on a favorite or try something new you can take advantage of the sales. I am so sorry I didn’t post the Limited Edition box info before the box sold out.

If it’s any consolation, I was going to order it myself and didn’t get a chance. Next time, I’ll know to pounce and pounce fast. (or are all pounces by definition fast? Can you do a slow pounce? Regardless there will be pouncing.) Like a tiger… who likes skincare. Okay, the metaphor needs work, but you get the idea.

I can hardly wait to see what Look Fantastic Comes up with for August’s box. And remember if you are interested in trying out Look Fantastic, you can get a discount on your first box if you order by July 31st and use the code TREATBB.

My first Look Fantastic Box: The Review for June’s Staycation Themed Box

The June 2020 Look Fantastic box

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.