Sep 292020
 

All it takes is one day of rain and wind and cold, and the seasons change; drastically and suddenly. These monthly  Love Lula Beauty Box first impressions of mine always remind me of how quickly the time goes by, how quickly the seasons change, even if this year seems surreal nearly every month. There hasn’t been all that much of a difference in my neck of the woods since May or so, but it still seems strange, different… The one constant of excitement and surprise (despite sneaking and peeking around) is – Love Lula Beauty Box. This month’s Love Lula Beauty Box contains 5 face products: 3 travel sized and 2 full sized. I’ve already tried one and liked it and had one on my wishlist for a long time now. The value of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box is a cool £62,00 (while you can get it for a fraction of that).

So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2020

Inika Mattifying Powder (3,5g/£23,00). We just keep on getting spoiled by Love Lula Beauty Box, aren’t we? Another Inika product included in the Beauty Box, this time around a mineral mattifying powder. A very finely milled mineral mattifying powder, soft and gentle. Could not apply easier. Invisibly mattifies liquid foundation, works excellently over mineral powder as well. Can be used to control the oil on the eyelids, as an eyeshadow primer. Can be used for its naturally looking myttifying effect on skin without any makeup. The skin is just soft upon touch. Can be also used to fixate a concealer. Is there anything this one can’t do?  Not exactly easily affordable, but it’s a mineral product, little goes a really long way and there’s a lot of product.

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2020

Madara Anti-Pollution Charcoal Repair Mask (12,5ml/ full size 60ml/£29,00). This travel-size mask was already included in Love Lula Beauty Box from October 2018; all the new subscribers now get to try this great mask as well. The interesting comparison is that in 2018 it was £24 whereas now it’s £29. Hmm..  Here’s what I said about it two years ago: I’ve tried many of the Madara products and am currently using several of their products from the Smart line as well, so it’s a treat to see their charcoal & mud face mask. The size which came in this month’s Beauty Box works well as a traveling companion as well as a sample to thoroughly test whether the mask is suitable for you. The color of the mask is black – as it contains charcoal. Its consistency is like a cream, application easy, even if it takes quite a good amount of the mask to cover the face. It dries quite fast and washes off equally easily. The mask contains quite a great amount of skin-beneficial ingredients – from anti-oxidants and vitamins to purifying and detoxifying ingredients such as charcoal and mud. It’s gentle on the skin, does not irritate and works especially well on oily and combination skin by being a (at least once) weekly treatment to control skin’s oil production, but at the same time, it’s well suited for other skin types, as it purifies and detoxes skin of pollution. I’m really liking this mask (just as I like all the Madara masks I’ve tried so far) and I plan on getting a full size and post a full and detailed review in the future.

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2020

Dr Botanicals Hemp Infused Moisturizer (30ml/£15,99). I’ve been having the serum and mask from this hemp collection on my wishlist for quite some time, so having a chance to try the moisturizer from this same collection is just another bonus. The moisturizer is of a cream texture, more on a light consistency side and it absorbs fairly quickly, and leaves more or less nothing behind, so I’m thinking in a combination with the hemp serum, it would make for an interesting skin treatment. The moisturizer has been performing well as a night cream as well as under a foundation during the day. There are  few problematic ingredients in this one, though. I am giving a serious side-eye to the very high price of this 30ml tube, though.

Ayumi Turmeric Glycolic Acid Face Toner (150ml/£6,99). I’m an avid consumer of face toners as well as high quality AHA and BHA, but this toner ain’t it. First, it’s a water based and that is visible with a naked eye: it’s basically nothing but water. OK, you’ll say, it has more ingredients than just water, right? Sure, there are fillers, there’s quite a lot of preservatives (harsh and problematic) – of course, as the product is not only water based but contains basically nothing but water. Yes, there’s glycolic acid and extracts of papaya, turmeric and it smells nice (the source of scent is artificial) but… too little of good stuff lost in so much water and at a very high price. When it comes to face toners, green beauty brands have to come strong in order for me to give them a thump up: a plastic bottle of water, a few drops of extracts and artificial fragrance or a 100ml bottle of rose hydrolate for €40 will get called out by me.

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2020

Urban Veda Reviving Night Cream (20ml/ full size 50ml/£19,99). While this night cream has a few good extracts, it also contains too many problematic ingredients, such as Alcohol Denat, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Dio. The scent is nice but hardly that of a natural source.

Love Lula Beauty Box September 2020

So this concludes my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box. The theme of this month’s Beauty Box is a “thicker cream textures with a fluff of a mattifying powder”. The star of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box is of course Inika Mattifying Powder, followed by an already tried Madara Mask. I’ve also liked the Dr Botanicals Hemp Moisturizer and continue to be curious about several other products from this collection. The Ayumi Toner did not impress me and neither did the UrbanVeda Night Cream – the ingredients were not up to my liking.

And all these products have a total value of £62,00 whereas the actual cost of the yearly Love Lula Beauty Box subscription is £12,66 (or £16,60 for international customers) per month (yep, even less than it was before). You also get a discount on all the brands featured in a current Beauty Box for 20% off!

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How did you like this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box? Got any products you’ve had on your wishlist? Found any new brands or new favorite products? Let me know!

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Love Lula Beauty Box kindly gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

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Sep 222020
 

Benecos Lipbalms are affordable, buttery and nourishing lipbalms, available in various scents and all with an affordable price tag.

Benecos Lipbalms Review

Last month I reviewed quite a number of affordable Benecos makeup products I’ve collected for my IT Pieces Makeup Palette; in that review, or more precisely, the photos, I included the Benecos Lipbalms – because they’re cute. Today, I’ll review these very Benecos Lipbalms.

Benecos Lipbalms Review

The formulation/ingredients are the same in all of the Benecos Lipbalms, with only one different ingredient – the scent/namesake ingredient. The ingredients in these lipbalms are classical ingredients for a lipbalm: there are nourishing, softening butters such as shea and cocoa butters; castor, olive, jojoba and sunflower oils and waxes. The texture of these Benecos lipbalms would be best described as typical German – all those, who have tried various lipbalms from such German brands like Lavera, Dr Hauschka, Alverde, Terra Naturi – the textures of their lipbalms are more on a hard, sturdy, waxy side. Such lipbalm texture may not be as soft and buttery – just not meltingly buttery, but the lipbalms still make the lips soft and hydrated. Also, such lipbalms tend to last longer, as the texture provides for a more minimal use of the lipbalm.

All of the Benecos lipbalms I’ve been using have pretty much the same texture: more sturdy, hard and waxy. They are all so easy to apply, they just softly and smoothly glide over the lips. Despite being formulated with butters, the lipbalms are not greasy and are an excellent choice as a lip primer  for lipsticks. The ingredients, consisting of lip-beneficial ones, provide for nourishment, hydration and softness.

Benecos Lipbalms Review

Currently, there are 6 different scents of Benecos Lipbalms available at Love Lula: Orange, Mint, Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Raspberry and Classic (Unscented). Sometime in the near future I might try the Orange, Mint and Blackcurrant ones as well, but for today, I’ll give you my opinion of the Vanilla, Raspberry and Classic ones.

Benecos Lipbalm Classic (4,5g/£2,95)

Benecos Lipbalms Review

As the name suggests, the Classic option of the Benecos Lipbalm is for those, who prefer non-scented lipbalms, or maybe don’t won’t for a scent of a lipbalm to clash or over-power a scent of a lipgloss or lipstick.

Ingredients: OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, RHUS VERNICIFLUA PEEL CERA, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA/COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX*, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA / EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CETYL ALCOHOL, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES (SEABUCKTHORN) FRUIT OIL*, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL * certified organic ** natural essential oils ° preserved with sodium benzoate

Benecos Lipbalm Raspberry (4,5g/£2,95)

Benecos Lipbalms Review

If you’re a fan of fruity berry scents, you’re gonna like this one. Fruity berry scent of a raspberry, with a hint of sweetness…

Ingredients: OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, RHUS VERNICIFLUA PEEL CERA, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA / COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX*, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA / EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CETYL ALCOHOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) SEED OIL*, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, CITRAL, GERANIOL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL * certified organic ** natural essential oils ° preserved with sodium benzoate

Benecos Lipbalm Vanilla (4,5g/£2,95)

Benecos Lipbalms Review

This one may not be a classic option as far as being just a nourishing, softening lipbalm but with no scent, but it’s classic as far as Vanilla being a scent (and flavor) being used often times in lipbalms – so if you’re a fan of a more sweet smelling lipbalms, especially a gentle scent of Vanilla, you’re gonna like this one.

Ingredients: OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, RHUS VERNICIFLUA PEEL CERA, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA/COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX*, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CETYL ALCOHOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), TOCOPHEROL, VANILLA PLANIFOLIA (VANILLA) FRUIT EXTRACT, LIMONENE, ANISE ALCOHOL, BENZYL CINNAMATE * certified organic ** natural essential oils ° preserved with sodium benzoate

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So how about the ingredients?

Ingredients: OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, RHUS VERNICIFLUA PEEL CERA, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA/COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX*, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CETYL ALCOHOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), TOCOPHEROL, VANILLA PLANIFOLIA (VANILLA) FRUIT EXTRACT, LIMONENE, ANISE ALCOHOL, BENZYL CINNAMATE * certified organic ** natural essential oils ° preserved with sodium benzoate

As mentioned earlier, all lipbalms are formulated with the same ingredients, the difference being only that ingredient, which provides the identity/scent of a lipbalm.

Olive oil is an antioxidant with high content of essential fatty acids (linoleic, oleic, palmitic), thus great for dry skin and lips. It has soothing and healing properties and is a great moisturizer. Castor Seed Oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; it conditions the skin. a thick oil, with high fat content. As a water binding agent, ideal for very dry skin, perfect for use in lip balms. Jojoba Oil an emollient, natural to skin’s sebum, it soothes the skin and promotes collagen production. Sunflower Oil is an antioxidant and a moisturizer and it promotes skin regeneration.

Benecos Lipbalms Review

Shea Butter is an excellent moisturizer; it contains fatty acids, Vitamins E and D. It softens the skin, fights dry skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. Cocoa Butter, an emollient, is high in Vitamin E. It promotes collagen production and is great for dry skin.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

Benzyl Cinnamate, a flavor and fragrance agent, a possible human immune system toxicant or allergen.
Perfume.

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My final word?

Benecos Lipbalms Review

As you may know, lipbalms are just one of those beauty products I use a lot and while I do have certain lipbalms which are my favorite and I keep going back to, I also enjoy trying as many new ones as possible. I’ve been enjoying these Benecos Lipbalms for a while now – each unique in its scent (or lack of any in the case of the Classic one) and the Raspberry and Vanilla ones easily mixed together for new charming scent. The texture of these lipbalms is on a more waxy, hard side, yet that doesn’t stop these lipbalms from providing a soft, nourishing feeling on the lips – and given the harder texture, they last longer as well.

Benecos Lipbalms Review

As it’s the case with most Benecos products, so are these lipbalms a bargain – £2,95 for a standard 4,5g of a lipbalm tube – affordable.

Benecos Lipbalms Review

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Are you familiar with the Benecos products? How do you find the cost of Benecos products correspond with their quality? Have you had a chance to any of the Benecos lipbalms yet? If so, which one is your favorite? Let me know!

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For more information on Benecos, please visit their dedicated brand page.

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Benecos Lipbalms kindly gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

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