I used to be a beauty and skin care product loyalist: until I moved abroad, that is, and no longer had Sephora and Target at my disposal.
Of course, now I’m far more adventurous and love trying out new brands. So I was over the moon when I got the March Lookfantastic Beauty Box to review. What magical new makeup, hair and skin care addictions would I discover within? Read on to find out.
Here’s what my haul included:
Caudalie Polyphenols C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum
Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm
Lord & Berry Line/Shade Kajal & Eye Pencil in Black
NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Colour in Gilt
Wet Brush Lil Wet Brush
And here’s how I felt about it all:
Retail Price: £35
I’ve been on the hunt for a good serum for what seems like years, so I was particularly excited to try this one. I liked the glass bottle and dropper, and the serum itself has a fresh, almost piney, scent. It goes on and absorbs easily without too much of a sticky residue, and, after a week of using it at least once a day, I do feel my skin has tightened up a bit.
I did stop using it in the morning, however, as it seemed to be keeping my moisturiser from absorbing and my CC cream from setting correctly. But when I use it at night, I wake up with soft, bright-looking skin.
Retail Price: £5
I’ll be honest, I’m one of those people who believes that using lip balms regularly actually makes your lips drier and more flaky. I find exfoliating regurlarly and only using a small bit of a balm as a lipstick base works miracles — at least for me.
So it surprised me that I liked this product as much as I did. Firstly, it looks lovely — Cowshed’s packaging design is simple and cheery. Secondly, the balm itself has the perfect consistency. It feels more like a lightweight moisturiser than a balm, spreads easily and, most importantly, isn’t sticky at all! Not even a little bit. It has a refreshing, tangy smell and I actually enjoyed putting it on my lips — which I did about once a day, and will continue to do until it’s gone.
Retail Price: £29.50
Despite my initial misgivings with the name of this product, I gave it a chance.
The first thing you should know is that it’s consistency is very very soupy, and more like a watery gel than a lotion. The directions recommend massaging it into the skin for twenty to thirty seconds, which is in general a good way to promote circulation and make your skin look firmer.
I don’t usually go hunting for cellulite, of which this product promises to minimise the appearance, but I applied it to my upper legs and thigh area. I think it ended up harassing my hair follicles as they were bumpier than usual afterwards, but I do have very sensitive skin so that could have been it. I can’t say I saw any tightening, though perhaps it was hidden under the bumpiness.
Overall, this product doesn’t really have a place in my routine. I’m a body lotion freak, but can’t see myself using this in addition — which would be inevitable because it isn’t a straight up moisturiser.
Retail Price: £10
I have been getting into tiffs with my current, very expensive eyeliner that shall remain unnamed, so I welcomed the chance to try something new.
I’ve never used any Lord & Berry products before, and this eyeliner was awesome. It goes on smoothly and provides an excellent amount of control when it comes to thickness and smudge level. I haven’t sharpened it once in two weeks and still get a clean line. My only complaint is that the instructions say to “blink hard to smudge” which just left me with raccoon shadows under my lower lashes — but they came off easily. Sold.
Retails Price: £24
I love me a good liquid eyeshadow. This one comes in a convenient stick format, so it’s compact and easy to control. That being said, it didn’t real pack the kind of colour impact I expected. When I used it as a highlighter for my inner eyes, it only contirbuted a half-hearted sparkle: and I’m definitely more of a shimmer person than a sparkle person.
When I tried it as more of a primer/shadow base, though, the results were much better. It kept the shadow I layered over it from developing unsightly creases, and gave it a highlighted look I quite liked. While it won’t be an everyday product for me, I will deploy it strategically for nighttime looks that require more pizzaz.
Retail Price: £7.99
Full disclosure: I have short, straight hair that rarely warrants brushing. (Don’t be too jealous — it also requires an ungodly amount of mousse.)
So for the sake of this review, I handed the Lil Wet Brush over to a coworker who has princess-like, waist-length hair. She subsequently raved to me about how awesome it was, and added that she was going to buy the full-sized version immediately. She promises you’ll love it too.