As part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme I receive the LoveLula Beauty Box*. I highly recommend the beauty box subscription – it’s only £14.95 per month and often the value of the products are more than double or even triple this amount (this month the products are worth £48). There’s always a good variety of different brands and products in the boxes, and everything is cruelty free (like all LoveLula products). The other thing I love about this beauty box subscription is you receive a voucher code to get 25% off purchases from the brands featured in the box that month which is great if you discover a product you love (or you want to try something else from the brand). So what was in the June box?
FoM London Anti-Pollution Hydra Plump Serum* (sample – 30ml is £46)
I’ve not tried much from FoM London (if I’m honest, mostly because of the high price point) so it’s not a brand I’m very familiar with, though I have tried a night serum as it was in a beauty box in the past. This is a new product from the brand and one I was looking forward to trying as my skin tends to respond really well to moisturising products like this which contain hyaluronic acid. I have to be honest though, I’ve not been too impressed so far as it doesn’t seem particularly moisturising. I’m not sure if I haven’t been using enough, but as it’s a fairly pricey product I don’t want to use loads each application and usually with liquid serums I only need to use a small amount. I definitely find that it absorbs into my skin very quickly (though I’m used to using oils so I guess it will compared to them!), and I need a rich moisturiser as well. I’m therefore not sure I’d recommend this for those with dry skin like me, but if you don’t have dry skin maybe this would give you just the little hydration boost you need. If you are interested in buying FoM London, LoveLula currently have a huge sale of 50% off FoM London Anti-Pollution skincare range (and if you’re a beauty box subscriber you may even be able to get 25% off that if you order before July 10th!).
Ayumi Intensive Hair Conditioning Treatment* (150ml, £8.99)
Ayumi is a fairly new brand to LoveLula and they have a good variety of affordable products available. Last month in the beauty box we had a body scrub which I liked the consistency of but wasn’t overly keen on the scent; I’m pleased to say this hair conditioner doesn’t have that issue at all as it smells like coconut and is lovely! You can use this instead of your usual conditioner, and leave it in for 5-20 minutes. I’ve been using this a couple of times a week and it has definitely nourished my hair and helped it feel softer. I sometimes find rich conditioners can weigh my fine hair down, but this doesn’t at all. I wouldn’t say it’s transformational in terms of the effect it has, but it is definitely more nourishing than my usual conditioner and something I’ll continue to use every few days to help keep it nourished and in good condition. It’s great value too – a fantastic option for those who are wanting cruelty free and natural products without the hefty price tag.
NATorigin Lengthening Black Mascara* (6g, £15.95) and Pencil Black Eyeliner* (1.1g, £7.95)
I’ve never tried anything from NATorigin but I have bought the mascara for my Mum before because other mascaras were irritating her eyes (she loves it!). One thing I really like about this brand is the variety of different colours they have for mascara and liner. Often brands will just have black, and whilst I appreciate that it the most popular choice it’s not necessarily the most flattering for everyone and it’s great to have alternative options (many of the shades are currently available from the NATorigin section of LoveLula*). In the box, we got the black mascara and pencil.
The mascara is a lengthening one, and it definitely does add length to lashes. It’s nothing too dramatic but then that’s not what I want from a mascara anyway. However, I don’t find it has much lasting power. I find it tends to smudge very easily and I end up with smudging under my eyes even if I haven’t touched them (if I touch them it definitely transfers).
I haven’t actually tested the eyeliner as I don’t wear it at all. However, I have tested it on my hand and I was really impressed! It is very smooth and glides on well, and it’s a rich colour whilst still being precise. It also took quite a bit of wiping to get off so I imagine its longevity is good too. Definitely worth checking out if you like pencil liners, and they have brown, blue, grey, green and lilac pencils too.
Madara Sun 20 Weightless Sun Milk SPF20* sample (150ml is £22.95)
This is only an individual use sachet, so I can’t really comment on how effective it is and I didn’t think to test it when we had some sunshine, but I have applied it today so can give some initial impressions. The first thing to note which surprised me was the consistency. As it’s a sun *milk* I expected it to be a very liquid consistency, but in fact I’d describe it as more of a sun cream. It smells very pleasant, absorbs well, and doesn’t feel too greasy or sticky at all. It is white, but it rubs in well and doesn’t leave any residue.
This month’s box was a bit hit or miss it seems from the reviews I’ve read so far. For me, the stand out product for me this month was the Ayumi Intensive Hair Conditioning Treatment* and the other products I’ll likely pass on to others – it’s always good to test new products out though. I’ve been receiving the LoveLula Beauty Box for over a year now and I still absolutely love it; I’ve discovered so many great products and it’s such good value. You can subscribe to the LoveLula beauty box* in various different packages – I highly recommend it as it’s a highlight of my month!
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