When I got my October Love Lula Beauty Box about two weeks ago, it was still warm and sunny; now it’s quite cold and windy – and the theme of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box corresponds with a sudden season change: oily and thick creamy textures: a face oil, a face mask, a thick eye cream and a refreshing body lotion, along with a sample of a face serum. As always, the value of the Beauty Box, which for the month of October clocks at £59, far exceeds the actual cost.
So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?
♥ Balmonds Intensive Facial Oil (30ml/£22.00). With colder and windier season, I thoroughly switch back to using facial oils. This is my first try of Balmonds brand. The facial oil is quite thick and with a 30ml bottle, it will surely last a long time – even throughout the Winter. A tiny drop will do, whether used alone or in combination with serums, masks – and an even tinnier drop will work nicely when mixed with a creamy foundation. The formulation itself is nothing revolutionary, though; sure, it contains calming ingredients such as Calendula oil and Chamomile essential oil, and has a lovely scent due to Lavender and Palmarosa essential oils – and, essentially, there’s nothing wrong with this facial oil, but as said, it’s nothing revolutionary and the cost of this facial oil is far too high, despite containing expensive Chamomile oil, however, the % of it in this 30ml bottle is far too low for the facial oil to be priced so high. All in all, this facial oil would be suitable for all skin types (unless essential oils present as irritating) – Grape seed oil is good for oily skin, Calendula and Chamomile are calming, while Rosehip oil is an all around excellent oil for any skin type.
♥ Laidbare Pack Your Bags Eye Cream (30ml/£7.99). Laidbare are known for their low priced products, and this eye cream is not much different. The texture of this eye cream is quite thick and thus far more appropriate for an evening skincare routine – but that’s what’s sold as anyway. Given its texture and ingredients, it’s more nourishing than hydrating, but it also has a bit of an resting effect on the skin. In the morning, I have noticed a bit of a flattening effect. A little truly goes a long way and will last probably the whole year.
♥ Dr Botanicals Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask (30ml/£9.90). The ingredients in this facial mask are tricky, as it contains coconut oil (as well as cocoa butter), which my skin considers comedogenic. This is a very rich and thick facial mask, and I approached it with a dose of skepticism and closely followed instructions of leaving it on for only 2 minutes – due to coconut oil – but, when it comes to masks, unless they contain (a higher %) of AHA and BHA, hydrating masks should be left on a bit longer in order for the ingredients to work their magic. This facial mask also contains kaolin clay, which has a drying effect on the skin, so it’s a bit of a conundrum going on with this mask. I did not notice much hydration deliver with this mask, though I did notice a bit of a nourishment and a matte finish effect after rinsing it.
♥ Seascape Island Apothecary Uplift Body Lotion (300ml/£16.00). The texture of this body lotion is a tad bit on a runny side – it’s quite thin – for a body product, that is. Its absorption is not the fastest, but it immerses into the skin after about 2 minutes. The skin feels very soft, and it feels almost like there’s a matte emulsion applied on the skin. The scent is quite – wintery – due to Eucalyptus, with hit of Lavender – all in all, very uplifting and refreshing; this is how it feels on the skin as well, almost having a cooling effect, making it a nice choice for a Winter morning. There’s a lot of this lotion – 300ml, so it will take a long time to finish this bottle (plus is it’s a pump bottle). I am a bit overloaded with all the body products from Love Lula Beauty Boxes, though. This body lotion contains a few ingredients, which I am not fond of, such as Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol and Citral.
♥ Mossa Glow Coctail Serum Sample (full size 25ml/£13.00). This serum contains quite a few good ingredients, and along with reasonable cost, I might be intrigued to try a full size, but the biggest concern that I have is Isoamyl Laurate, which most certainly would be comedogenic for my skin (as are most iso- ingredients).
This concludes my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box: with 3 full sized products, 1 travel sized and a sample sachet, covering face and body care: a face oil, a face mask, an eye cream, a body lotion and a face serum sample; the textures are oilier, creamier and thicker – nourishment for the colder and windier days ahead. The Balmonds Facial Oil, is a thick and rich oil, and while there’s nothing wrong with its formulation, it’s nothing new or groundbreaking and priced too high. The Laidbare Eye Cream’s texture is also a thick and nourishing. The Dr Botanicals Face Mask is not as hydrating, and anyone who has acne prone skin and knows Coconut and Cocoa are comedogenic for their skin, would probably pass this face mask. The Seascape Body Lotion is quite runny, but provides smoothness to the skin and a refreshing cooling effect.
And all these products have a total value of £59,00 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 and even this discount got even better – now you can get all the brands featured in a Beauty Box for 25% 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 gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.
Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.