Beauty Box Review – August 2013
$19 a month.
Hey beauty Babes.
This is the last of the beauty box subscriptions for this month. Lust Have it chose “Celebration” as their theme for August. I never think that the themes that are decided on ever seem to match up to the products but meh, as long as I get goodies I don’t mind.
Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator
Received Full size 30ml/ $29.95.
Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator is a lightweight liquid illuminator that works to instantly brighten skin. Designed to enhance skins natural radience, it boost natural illuminosity. minimised flaws, enhances skin with a hint of sheer colour and protects the skin from harsh enviroments.
Apart from the terribly written description (“illuminosity”? seriously?), this does pretty much what is says. Its pretty light weight and gives your skin such a nice shimmer and LUMINOSITY. However I have to admit I have no idea how to actually use this on my face.
I appreciate the full size, so it’s a keeper. I’m on the fence about this one until someone tells me how to use it properly.
Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup
Full Size 30ml / $29.95, unknown sample size.
So light, it melts right in, working in harmony with your skins unique texture for an even, fresh, flawless finish. Vitamin and antioxidant-packed to pump up your natural glow. Available in 23 true-to-tone shades.
Ok so out of the four shades that were provided, NONE of them matched me – at least there wasn’t enough of a sample to really tell, What little I was able to use did look nice, plus my current foundation is about to run out and I am looking to get a new one for summer. From what I can tell, this is a good foundation – I just need to find the right shade for me.
KMS California Free Shape Shampoo
Full size 300ml/$28.95, Sample size 12ml $1.10
Create unlimited style transformations with hot tools. Styles last until the next wash. The freeshape shampoo increased manageability and pliability for preparation for heat styling.
I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but I don’t heat style my hair. I went through a stage when I was 18 where my hair had to be completely stick straight, and now I’m kinda over-it. I just let my hair do it’s own thing. So I didn’t actually try this product, mostly because I have only just washed my hair and I didn’t want to ruin it with a product I am not 100% sure of, and also I probably wouldn’t buy this anyway as it doesn’t suit my current needs. I’m not saying anything bad about it, just that I don’t need it.
KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray
Full size 200ml/ $ 31.95, Sample size 30ml / $5
KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray offers a flexible shaping and elastic hold allowing style to last until the next wash. It gives unlimited heat styling without damage.
As I said above, I don’t heat style my hair – BUT this might be handy in case I need to do my hair for a special occasion, So while I probably won’t be buying this in the full size (although if I do, I’ll be sure to let you guys know), I’ll keep the sample handy.
Sinful Colours Nail Enamel.
Received Full Size 15ml/ $4.95
Sinful Colours nail enamel has a long wearing, chip- resistant, professional formula and is available in 59 runway inspired shades. Shades range from cream and metallic, to shimmer, glitter and matte. Sinful Colours vivid shades inspire and complement any outfit.
I LOVE Sinful Colours – you guys already know that. I love that it is so budget friendly, while still being a really great product. And it was awesome of them to provide a full size product. Downside? It’s pink – which wouldn’t bother most people but as you can tell by now I’m really not a pink person. That said, it’s not that bad of a pink.
It’s pretty wearable without being too over the top. I will be sure to buy MANY Sinful Colours nailpolishes in the future (I need to expand my collection of colours – I have like 15 blacks and not much else).
Lush Gorgeous Cream
Full size 45g / $74.95. Sample Size 10g/ $16
A protective, vitamin filled, softening moisturiser formulated with best ingredients have been used for this light, bright cream.
WHY do companies insist on sending me expensive moisturisers that I am bound to fall in love with. I already love Lush, and this moisturiser is clearly better than some of the cheaper ones I have tried in the past.
It’s not too thick so it soaks into the skin easily. I have been using this as my night cream (my day cream has SPF in it), and I have noticed a difference. I’m going to have to save up and buy this!
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring water
Full Size 300ml/ $21.95, Sample size 50ml/ $4
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water soothes sensitive skin irritated by outside factors (sun, dermatological treatments etc) and helps prevent skin ageing. It is also a natural antioxidant.
This is one of those situations where I never realised I needed something until I tried it. Guys, I NEED THIS. My toner has been really irritating my skin lately – one spritz of this and my skin was soothed. This has at least 10 uses (at least according to the card that came with it), and it’s going to be perfect for the coming warmer months. This sample is going into my handbag, and then the full size can stay at home for when I need it,.
La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm
Full size 400ml/ $37.95, Sample size 15ml/ $1.50
La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm is a lipid-replenishing body balm that offers 24 hours anti-scratching efficacy. It’s quick dress texture for fast absorption into the skin is adapted for babies and children.
I’m not completely sold on this – mostly because it took me a while to realise what it was actually for. It seems to be some sort of body balm, but thats as far as I’ve gotten. I’ve been using this like a body lotion, but if that’s all it’s then it’s a little pricey for that. I’ll stay on the fence for this I think,
Box value: $62.50.
Would buy full size: Lush Gorgeous Cream, Sinful Colours Nail Enamel, Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup, La Roche Posay Thermal Spring water,
On the fence: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator, La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm
Would not buy full size: KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray, KMS California Free Shape Shampoo.
And we are done with the beauty boxes for this month! I’ll be sure to bring some new stuff shortly.
Overall, I really liked this box, there was a good mix of brands I have heard of and some I hadn’t, plus TWO full size products. I’m impressed.
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