When I posted last month’s Love Lula Beauty Box first impressions, it was the first day of Summer: a promise of hot and sunny weather; what followed was weeks of thunderstorms, clouds, rain and barely any sunshine. Gotta feel cheated out of Summer, no doubt. With this week, we’re finally getting what we had been promised.
Despite the lousy weather, I had to take a few weeks off; it’s been a busy year, especially June being hectic and all over the place, so a vanishing act in a shape of few weeks vacation was much needed. I’ll probably take some more vacation days in the August as well, given how busy I’ll get before you know it.
This month’s first impressions of the Love Lula Beauty Box for the month of July are therefore right on the heels of July. This month’s Beauty Box contains a nice variety of green beauty goodies of a combined worth of £53.
So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?
♥ Oils of Heaven Hemp Oil (30ml/£19). This is a new addition to an already rich selection of high quality oils from Love Lula’s own brand – Oils of Heaven. The hemp oil is extremely high in polyunsaturated fatty acids; it is rich with linoleic acid and omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids. It closely mirrors skin’s lipid profile, regulates skin’s moisture and promotes skin’s elasticity.While very dry, the hemp oil provides an ample amount of hydration to the skin; it also absorbs very fast and is not greasy, thus making it a great oil to be used under makeup (in colder weather, of course). Hemp oil is one of the least comedigenic oils, making it ideal for those, whose skin is acne prone, but in a dire need of hydration and nourishment that carrier oils provide. With a generous 30ml bottle you’re set with this excellent face oil (but one which can be used for body, hair etc as well) for at least 6 months.
♥ My.Haircare Infuse My Color Hair Conditioner (250ml/£18). I haven’t tried anything from this brand previously. The hair conditioner does have a nice immediate effect on the hair – the hair is quite soft, easily managable; the downside is that my scalp was quite itchy after using it – and I know the source of that. The scent is quite strong and not easily defindable for me: it ranges from a herbal one to a quite a synthetic one – which should not be surprising, given this hair conditioner contains an ingredient, which is a possible allergen and can be toxic: alpha isomethyl ionone; such an ingredient should have no place in a green beauty product.
♥ Balm Balm Tea Tree Organic Face Balm (30ml/£8,95). Another multi-purpose, few-ingredients-containing balm from Balm Balm; this one is based on tea tree essential oil, an antibacterial ingredient, great for oily and acne prone skin, as well as for treating rashes, insect bites – this is exactly what I’ve been using it lately, as I’m wandering around the forest a lot. Its texture is quite rich and oily, so it would be a great option as a face mask during colder days. Aside from that, it can be used as a hand cream, body balm, cuticle balm… you name it, this affordable balm can do it all.
♥ Chobs Face Mask (25ml/£4,10). Chobs is a K-Beauty brand; I’ve never tried any Korean beauty brand, for various reasons, not to mention that ridiculous trend of using 10 beauty products, one after another – this is nothing but skin abuse (while the marketing departments are rubbing their hands, seeing how many products only one person stacks upon the skin). I have to say I am skeptical about green K-beauty as well; I’m sorry, but it looks so “jump on a “green beauty with K-beauty trend bandwagon” situation. Another thing – while I am a devoted user of facial masks, sheet masks are another beauty product I never bothered to try. But, since a sheet mask from Korea landed in my beauty box – I gave it a try. I put it in a fridge first, so it’s refreshingly cold. The application is quite easy, thought at times, it felt a bit weird. The sheet mask is quite soaked, but that feeling of a sheet on my face – well – weird. After about 20 minutes, the skin did feel refreshed and moisturized, but there was a reaction, and not a positive one, as well: redness and itchiness, as it always is, due to propanediol. Is it just me or have green beauty brands started using this ingredients more and more?
♥ Apple & Bears Hair and Body Wash (30ml travel size/£5,00). I’ve already posted a mini review of some other Apple & Bears shower gels; this one is less creamy but more gel-like. The scent is a nice mixture of bergamot and and gentle green tea (though there’s also that parfum/fragrance ingredient). Even though it doubles as a body wash and shampoo, I’ve used it as a body wash only; such products, I’ve found, leave my hair a bit hard to manage. As a body wash – it does its work, cleans nicely, and does not dry out the skin.
♥ D’Alchemy Age Cancellation Booster (sample)
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This month’s Love Lula Beauty Box contained quite a variety of different beauty products – from facial oil, to multi-purpose balm, a hair conditioner and face mask, along with body wash and two samples. While a few products contain a few ingredients I am not fond of, all in all – especially the hemp oil – this is another great value Beauty Box from Love Lula: 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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