I said in my last post that June would be my last Look Fantasic box as 1) I’m poor right now, and 2) I want to try out other beauty boxes to see how they compare. I believed I had cancelled my LF subscription but when a box showed up on my doorstep and the money went out of my account it seemed that I had somehow been resubscribed for another three months and only then would it be cancelled. As I cancelled my subscription in June I’m not sure how this happened, and now I apparently need to call them to sort it out. I’m mildly irritated about the whole thing, but I ended up with a really great beauty box that I squealed over while opening it.
This Works In Transit Camera Close Up
I’ve been wanting to try thisworks products after hearing them raved about for months, but I never seem to able to find them in the UK. I was pretty excited to see In Transit in my box, although I confess myself slightly confused as to what it is. It claims to be a mask, moisturiser and primer in one; moisturiser and primer, okay I get that, but mask? I’m planning on ignoring the mask bit and just using it under makeup.
This smells divine. It smells a bit like stafruit so it’s really fresh and I’ve been finding it really wakes me up when I apply it in the morning as a primer. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it was particularly impressive as either a primer or a moisturiser. It felt slightly tacky on my skin even after applying makeup and I didn’t find that my makeup lasted longer than on bare skin; quite the opposite in face. As moisturisers go I again felt that this fell short, as it just kind of sat there and didn’t seem to do anything for my skin. Great smell, but a below average product.
Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil
I full on squealed when I saw this. I wanted to buy the Goof Proof brow pencil in the pre-sale on Benefit’s website but they were “currently unavailable”. I’ve come to realise that this is because they apparently were pretty much giving them away, as I’ve seen people getting them as free gifts with magazines and now in the Look Fantastic Beauty Box. Not gonna lie, bit annoyed about that. Even so, I was over the moon to finally have one! Until that is, I saw the colour. It’s the darkest colour available, number 6 and therefore completely useless. This is nobody’s fault, I just got all excited and then was disappointed. I did notice that a lot of people also mostly found number 6 in the magazine freebies and struggled to get any other colours – did Benefit mess up and produce too many 6s? What’s going on? Anyway, I decided that I’ll give this a try for the sake of the review, despite the colour being completely wrong.
As predicted, the colour was hilarious on my eyebrows, which are pretty blonde; it was a staying in sort of day, so no public embarrassment. However I actually really liked the shape of the nib as it made applying it really easy. I also found that it lasted all day, and the finish was quite natural. I liked it, but I like the end result of Gimme Brow better.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or
I am a big Nuxe fan, and practically live off their Creme Prodigieuse. The Huile Prodigieuse Or is an oil that dries to a golden shimmer. Formulated from plant oils it’s quite strongly scented like a lot of Nuxe products, but that doesn’t really bother me. It can be used on the body and face for a golden shimmer, which isn’t really my thing, but can also be used in hair. I’ll give all three of them a go and report back.
The leaflet that comes with every Look Fantastic box said that they like to apply this instead of fake tan for a golden shimmer, but let me tell you, this is nothing like fake tan. I avoid fake tan like the plague, but this was just a very finely milled golden shimmer that lasted really well on the skin. I definitely found that it left my skin feeling smoother and softer. I also tried it on the ends of my hair and it had a similar effect, leaving them more manageable as they’re a bit dry at the moment. I liked the effect of the Huile Prodigieuse Or, but the gold shimmer was a bit too much for me. I know that Huile Prodigieuse is pretty much the same but without the gold, so when this little 10ml sample runs out I may invest in it, as I really liked how this left my skin feeling. Another good one from Nuxe!
Kebelo Silk Anti-Frizz Cream Serum
Kebelo is a new brand to me, but I’m always up for trying new things, especially if it’s going to help with the frizzball atop my head. It’s paraben free and contains chamomile, quinoa (?!) and amaranth to repair damage, then argan and jojoba oil for shine. Apparently this serum also reduces drying time meaning you need less heat for styling, which is always a bonus. Colour me intrigued.
I’m not convinced that this made any difference to the drying time of my hair but it did help reduce frizz somewhat. I still prefer John Frieda.
Bellapierre Lip and Cheek Stain
I don’t tend to get on with cheek stains in general, as they’re frequently highly pigmented and I do not have the lightest hand. With my pale skin even a little too much shows up as clown cheeks and I end up frantically blending and covering it up because I don’t want to look like Bozo.
I think cheek stains just aren’t for me. This one was very pigmented and was just way too bright for me, leading to the usual panicked blending, and even then it was a bit bright. My problem with stains is that they’re so long lasting I struggle to mitigate the heavy pigment. While this was too bright for my cheeks, it was too pale for my lips washing me out completely. The formula was great in that it was very long lasting, the colour was just pretty dire.
After wondering for about a month what the hell my coworker had in my hair, I finally asked and was introduced to the wonderful world of whatever the hell these are called. I always need more of them though because I lose them almost as much as kirby grips, so these were very welcome. They’re awesome because I get quite sweaty in the summer and often need to put my hair up to cool my neck down, and then end up with massive kink with regular bobbles. These fix that problem!
Overall I’m really impressed with this month‘s box from Look Fantastic. The inclusion of brands like Benefit, thisworks and Nuxe is excellent, even if the colour choices just weren’t for me. I am still going to (attempt to) cancel my subscription, as I do want to try some other beauty boxes.
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Look Fantastic June