We’re nearing the end of Summer… or is it already the end of Summer? Just a few days ago it was hot and very Summer-like, then a day or two of rain came and now it’s colder and that feeling of Summer is gone. So before the August says goodbye, I’ll tackle my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box; despite testing these products for over a week, these are still my first impressions, and not a full review (aside from one product I’ve been using for over a year). This month’s Love Lula Beauty Box contains two full sized products, 3 travel sized products and one sample sachet – a total worth of the beauty box is £55.
So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?
♥ Madara AHA Peel Mask (60ml/£24,00). I’ve got this AHA peel mask back in April in my Love Lula Beauty Box, and was about to squeeze the remaining of the mask from a tube when a new one came with this month’s Beauty Box. I was planning on posting a full review either way this Autumn, but it wouldn’t hurt if I write a few lines here, would it? Those, who want to use some type of acids – be it AHA or BHA (I know, I know – I promised a full article on these acids many moons ago…), but maybe find their skin too sensitive – this AHA peel mask just might be gentle enough for you, yet this effective. It gives an almost instant boost to your skin in a form of clearer, more radiant skin. I leave it on for about 10 – 20 minutes, depending on how my skin is “feeling” and what it needs, then thoroughly rinse it off with cold(er) water and – of course, spray it with a hydrolate, followed by a hydrating mask (Madara SOS mask works nicely with her AHA peel mask). The fruit acids and Vitamin C in this AHA peel mask exfoliate the skin by way of chemical peel, unclog pores and stimulate skin’s regeneration. As always – be careful when using AHA and BHA acids – they are serious business and it takes a while to muster their use; I’ve been using AHA and BHA for many years now, and they are great for skin – just – again, they should not be taken lightly. I’ll post a full review of this great Madara AHA Peel Mask soon, as well as a detailed article on AHA and BHA; for now, all I can say is I recommend this peel mask a lot!
♥ Pure & Light Revitalising Facial Exfoliation (15ml – travel size; 50ml/£28,00). While it says it’s an exfoliator, this is, above all, a cream cleanser, with a few exfoliating particles here and there, making it suitable for daily use and for any skin type. The cleanser is a non-foaming, which is a plus for me. Light and creamy, it gently cleanses the skin, removing makeup without problems and with little effort. There’s quite a lot of ingredients in its formulation, especially for a cleanser, among them Rosa Damascena and Immortelle (though very little amount), from antioxidants to ingredients with hydrating properties. As I am very fond of oily and creamy cleansers, and based on what I’ve seen so far from this cleanser, I’ve put it on my wish list – that’s one of the great things about Love Lula Beauty Box – you get to try products you otherwise might miss.
♥ Gallinee Hydrating Face Cream and Hand Cream (travel sizes; 30ml/£34,90; 50ml/£11,90). This is my first time trying anything from this French brand. The face cream is very light and quickly absorbing; it does indeed have a faint scent of raw bread or something like this. The hand cream is also light, moisturising and quickly absorbing; the scent is nice, but not natural. The biggest issue I have with these two products is the fact they contain quite a lot of synthetic ingredients, with two being the most offensive: avobenzone and octisalate, synthetic UV absorbers and filters, the ingredients, which I avoid immensely. These two products are therefore a pass for me.
♠ Bowe Organics Lash Oil (10ml/£19,99). When I saw the bottle, I thought oh, look how cute it is. Lash oil, 10ml bottle. Then went and looked up the price. I had to do a double take: 10ml of rosehip oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin E – £19,99?! I’m sorry, but this product makes me feel like it wants to dupe me. It seems like someone wanted to jump on a green beauty wagon not too long ago and thought, especially with some of the insane prices lately, to make some serious buck – selling a 10ml of very affordable (if I say cheap I wouldn’t want to diminish the effect these oils have on the skin, or in this case – lashes and brows – but the fact that these oils are very affordable) 3 vegetable oils and Vitamin E? Let me quickly run down the prices (not wholesale prices, which the brands pay for) of these ingredients: £13 for 100ml rosehip oil, £7 for 100ml of jojoba oil, £2 for 100ml castor oil and £6,5 for 250ml Vitamin E. 550ml of these ingredients for £28,5! I’m not one of those bloggers, who will gush about such products as being luxurious BECAUSE of the price tag and telling their readers how such products are a must; heck, some don’t even know themselves, but if it’s a hiked price, it must be luxurious, right?! It’s a rip off, to put it as honestly and bluntly as I can. It makes me furious, this attempt at making a quick and big buck at the expense of green beauty craze and ignorance (and I don’t mean this in a negative way) of potential customers. And not just that – there are brands, who offer truly luxurious products, with years of studying behind it and still price their products reasonably, and in most cases, don’t have a profit of some £1000 for £28 worth of ingredients. Gosh, I’ve been buying ingredients for nearly 20 years now and mixing up my own products; I know the prices! What’s the story behind it? It took 10 years to come with this formulation? The oil doesn’t even come with a mascara wand for easier application, not that it would make any difference price-wise. It doesn’t matter that castor oil, indeed, is a great ingredient for healthy lashes and brows – it does not matter, when 10ml of these 4 ingredients are packed in an somewhat expensive 10ml bottle (but not £20 expensive!) and sold for freaking £20! Oh, here’s a 5ml bottle of quality Oils of Heaven rosehip oil – for £2,50! Phew!
♥ Kimberly Sawyer Ultra Light Facial Moisturiser SPF30 (sample; £26,50/120ml). I’ve tried a few samples of this products in the past, and made a note to put it on my wish list – I just haven’t gotten to the full (and it’s a full, alright!) size. Light, quickly absorbing moisturizer with a SPF30, which is based on natural ingredients.
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This month’s Love Lula Beauty Box was a bit of a roller-coaster, wasn’t it? A full sized Madara AHA peel mask, which I recommend a lot, a Pure & Light cream cleanser, which I have bumped up on my wishlist when it comes to cleansers and will have to get it as soon as possible, as it’s really great, two travel sized Gallinee products, which are, unfortunately a pass for me given they contain ingredients I avoid and – one superbly overpriced 10ml product, which pissed me off. All in all, this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box is worth £55, but you can get it for as low as £13,95 (or £17,5 for international customers), plus you get a 20% discount on all the brands featured in a current Beauty Box.
How did you like this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?
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