LookFantastic Beauty Box February 2015 unboxing, review

A good mix of makeup, hair care and skincare in this month's #LFBeautyBox. 

LookFantastic Beauty Box February 2015 unboxing, review

My February LookFantastic beauty box came in a couple of days ago, and this time, they have sent out a mixture of makeup, skincare and hair care products, some of which are cult products. No, there are no hairsprays this time - I bet you are as tired of seeing them in beauty boxes as I am.
Before I show you the contents of my box, I am delighted to inform you that LookFantastic, a British £15-monthly beauty box that ships worldwide, now offers annual, six- and three-month subscriptions, and accepts pre-orders right up to December 2016, so you need not worry about boxes selling out by the time you get to hear of their launch. Just go here and get 'em! Check out my previous LookFantastic boxes here.
Long-term subscriptions can save you up to £45. I received an annual subscription as a Valentine's Day gift, much to my delight.

Read on for my review and unboxing of the February 2015 LookFantastic Beauty Box. 



I received:
  1. Dr. PawPaw Multipurpose Soothing Balm
  2. Moroccanoil Treatment
  3. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar
  4. Korres Citrus Body Milk
  5. Bellápierre Cosmetics Natural Eyeliner in Midnight Blue
  6. MONU Illuminating Primer
Of the six products here, the eyeliner is full-sized. I have already tried out some of these and here are my first impressions.
LookFantastic Beauty Box February 2015 unboxing, review

 

Dr. PawPaw Multipurpose Soothing Balm

I have heard a lot about this multipurpose balm, which can be used for the lips, hair and skin. As this is a 10ml sample - the full-sized version is 25ml - I don't think there is enough for the hair or skin, so I will be using this as a lip balm. This is entirely fragrance-free and cruelty-free and contains natural fermented papaya/pawpaw and olive oil. Papayas figure among my top five fruits; Gramps has a whole lot of plants in his back garden and they taste amazing when chilled.
Dr. PawPaw Multipurpose Soothing Balm

Moroccanoil Treatment

This box certainly contains a bunch of cult products, innit? I had received a sample from an Israeli beauty box and loved using this as a finisher after washing my hair and it definitely helped control frizz. I'm glad they've sent this out; it helps defer repurchase for longer! LookFantastic sent me a 25ml bottle, which costs £13.45. I know Moroccanoil gets some bad press for containing dimethicone, but hey, whatever works on my weird hair can't be too bad, especially if I use a clarifying shampoo every now and then!  

 Moroccanoil Treatment

Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

I received this same sample in a Beauty.com GWP recently and loved using it, even though it lasted only about four days. This is a 97% natural soap containing Dead Sea Mud and exfoliates as well. Going into my travel bag for a weekend.
Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

Korres Citrus Body Milk

One of the earlier LookFantastic beauty boxes had contained Korres Citrus body wash; this 50ml bottle will pair nicely with the wash for the summer. It contains almond oil, aloe, provitamin B5 and shea butter and is mineral oil-, silicone- and propylene glycol-free. I love Korres and am constantly running out of body lotions, now that I moisturise all over two times a day, so this is a handy addition.
 Korres Citrus Body Milk

Bellápierre Cosmetics Natural Eyeliner in Midnight Blue

This is the first of two makeup products in this box. The pencil eyeliner is paraben/preservative-free and contains minerals, natural waxes and antioxidants. I got a pretty midnight blue shade; the pencil is super-creamy, though not as thin as I would like. I will give it a whirl shortly. 
 Bellápierre Cosmetics Natural Eyeliner in Midnight Blue

MONU Illuminating Primer

This is the second makeup product in this box. I have wanted to try MONU and RENU *cough not-self-important-am-I cough* products for a while now. At first use, I have fallen in love with this primer. I expected it to be shimmery/glittery on seeing the word "illuminating",  but it dries matte. It contains mica, zinc oxide, blackcurrant seeds and cassia leaf extract, and has an SPF of 15, so it protects from UV damage and premature ageing. It gives a very soft look and smooths the face nicely. Oh, and no parabens or cones!
The grey marks on the bottle are from the packaging of the box. I end up with black fingers each time; LookFantastic should consider a different colour for the shreds. 
 MONU Illuminating Primer

Verdict

Overall, a good box this month. I love that they sent out the MONU primer and Moroccanoil, and am thrilled to try out the Dr PawPaw balm, which had appeared in several British beauty boxes last year. Body lotions are welcome anytime; I use them up more than I use anything else. If there was one thing I wasn't a huge fan of, it was the teensy soap bar. IMO, foil sachets, perfume vials and mini soaps are to be avoided in beauty boxes, because you get them free from beauty counters anyway.
This beauty box is worth £48 and is available for £15 here, for a few days longer! You can also get annual, six- and three-month subscriptions here - save up to £45 on a year's subscription and never miss a box! You can also pre-order any box until December 2016 here.

Thoughts? Ever tried/loved/hated any of these products?



This post is my submission to the Best of Beauty link-ups for this week.
  1. Midnight blue is my fave color, so I definitely am interested in that eyeliner! Looks like such an interesting box!

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  2. The items all sound great! I prefer more makeup though in my sub boxes!

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  3. That Sea Mud Bar sounds interesting!

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  4. Out of all of these, I'm a fan of the Korres lotion and the Sea mud deep cleansing bar. I've used moroccan oil before, and wasn't impressed.

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  5. I completely agree that trial sized samples should not be included in a paid box. That's the #1 reason why I dumped Birchbox. Half the stuff I got in there I could have gotten for free at Sephora. Otherwise, i think this box looks intriguing and I'd never heard of it before!

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  6. What a great beauty box, I would have loved this one! I would be interested in trying the mud bar and the citrus body milk for sure.

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  7. I love unboxing posts! I haven't tried any of these yet but some of them look super promising!

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  8. The Erno Laszlo black cleansing bar was a cult product and brand back in the day. I used to love to look at the Art Deco-inspired packaging at the counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in NY. I hope the brand is making a comeback!

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  9. That cleansing bar sounds great!

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  10. This looks like SUCH a good box!! I use a pawpaw ointment religiously for everything from dry skin to chapped lips to burns or scrapes, but it's different than this one so I'd be interested to try this out and see if it's the same!

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  11. This looks like a great box to me! I would use every single product!

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  12. Awesome box this month!! YESS to another Erno Laszlo bar :) I'd totally welcome that, lol. Kind of interested in the Moroccsn Oil. I've never used such a product but lately my hair can use all the softening help it can get.

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  13. I just wish they were more full size products in these types of boxes.

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  14. Great box! I still need to try the Laszlo bar!

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  15. I love the Morrocan Oil Treatment!

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  16. The contents of this box are far better than some US-based sub boxes!

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  17. I am super jealous of this box! I've been dying to try that Dr. PawPaw product and the Moroccanoil is to die for!

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  18. Best Valentine's Day gift ever! I don't know what it is about Moroccan Oil but it is hands down my fave brand of hair oil!

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  19. What a great box. I love Morrocan Oil products... and I'm super loving this box.

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  20. Absolutely fabulous box! Love Morrocan Oil products!

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  21. I love midnight blue as well!

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  22. Me too. Makeup is easier to try out, whereas once you find your HG skincare products, you're scared to change!

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  23. I understand it used to be a cult product a few years ago.

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  24. I love Korres products! Shame that brand doesn't get more love.

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  25. I have a love-hate relationship with beauty boxes; on the one hand, you get teensy samples and the companies think they're sending you a treasure trove. On the other hand, I KNOW they'll send out full-sized Tom Ford and Chantecaille the moment I unsubscribe.

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  26. Thanks for sharing that, Allison. I love knowing the history of products and brands. Just googled it and found it has been around since the 1920s. Wow!

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  27. Apparently that mud soap has been around since the 1920s o_O

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  28. Nothing like a box of goodies to unwrap LOL.

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  29. I hope it is - apparently it has been around since the 1920s.

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  30. Just found out that the Laszlo bar has been around since the 1920s. Blimey! That is some successful run.

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  31. I agree! At least half the products in a beauty box should be full-sized.

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  32. I'm using this as a lip balm since there isn't much of it for anything else. So far, I LOVE it, second only to Smith's Rosebud Salve.

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  33. Such a great selection! I so need to try the PawPaw Balm.

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  34. Those are some really nice products for a beauty box! =)

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