Unboxing the February 2022 Look Fantastic Beauty Box

I always love when the Look Fantastic Box shows up on my doorstep. I think it is because the only spoiler I ever see is in the back of the previous month’s pamphlet as their Sneak Peak. And then I forget what i saw so everything is a surprise. Plus I often get items and brands I’ve never heard of mixed in with familiar favorites. Incidentally in the back of the February’s pamphlet is March’s sneak peak. It is the Sachajuan Volume Styling Cream (125 ML). I’ve heard of the brand but never tried any of their hair care products, so that should be fun.

This month there was a hair mask from Paradox in the Look fantastic box. It is the Paradox Repair Game Changer Hair mask. I have tried a hair mask from this brand before and I really enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to trying this mask out and hope it works as well as the last one. It is in a metal tin and I couldn’t help but open it. The tin is quite full, which is always a ood sign. I’ll have to look into ingredients before I try it out but do you know what it smells like? It smells like those natural deodorant creams. I find that a little strange, but also an excuse to go on an ingredient investigation so that might be fun as well.

original on left and this months version on the right

The second item I had to double check because of the packaging. It is the Dr. Botanicals Lemon Repair cream. I’ve gotten this before in a different subscription box (I think it was Birchbox) and I loved it. Then I found a store near me (walgreens) that sold it and I picked up another travel sized tube for my purse. this has the rainbow colors rather than the yellow tube but is it exactly the same cream so I am thrilled. The tube from my purse is almost empty so it is nice to have a replacement.

Funny thing is that I used to put my least favorite hand creams in my purse so if I was away from home and needed hand cream I would go ahead and use them up because there was no alternative. Now with hand sanitizer drying my hands out at every turn I am putting my favorite hand creams in my purse because I know I will need to reach for them. Not the only switch up in my world but a slightly amusing one nonetheless.

Moving along this month there is a Balance Me Vitamin C Eye serum in this month’s box. Balance me and I have scent issues. The products are always fantastic though, the scents are just too strong and almost always remind me of industrial floor polish. Occasionally furniture polish. Which kind of makes the sample sized versions good for me. I can use them and then about the time I can’t take the scent any more, the product is gone and I have moved on. I don’t think I’ve tried the eye cream so that will be a nice change.

he BYBI Clarity Cleanse is completely new to me. I have not heard of the brand and clearly not tried the product. I am always up for finding new cleansers though. It is one of those categories I will always use. No matter what else happens during the day, I will always wash my face in the morning and again at night. More than any other product in my skincare line up, I like having an array or products that I know I can pick up because they will work for me. I like having both drug store and high end brands that I know I can consistently reach for. Because if i run out of cleanser I may order one of my favorites on line, but I will also run out and pick one up from the store to hold me until the order arrives. Since I know nothing about this brand I suspect it isn’t going to be one I can just run out and pick up. And of course since I haven’t tried it, I don’t yet know if I’ll want to. But I like trying new cleansers. I do have to add I had a hard time finding this one. There were other BYBI products listed but I couldn’t find the clarity cleanser anywhere. I will have to look further.

There is one makeup item in my Look Fantastic box this month. This box does tend to be a little heavy on the skin care but usually there are a couple of makeup items. This month’s makeup item is one I already own. It is a travel size of the Lottie London Ombre Blush. It is an interesting product. Because it is ombre there are color variations across the pan. The darker sections of the blush work fantastically for me. The lighter shades are too bright pink. While this does work well in a larger pan. It isn’t very good in a small trial size like this because no matter how carefully you dip into the pan you will get multiple shades on the brush. The pigmentation and blendability are great and I would consider getting a full size of the darker shade (if it is offered). Since I already have this blush I will be passing it on, but I don’t mind it.

Glov is a frequent brand to this box and this month there is a packet of two reusable makeup remover pads. They are small heart shaped cut outs that feel quite soft. I am always looking for reusable products so I will happily give them a try to see how they perform. Some Glov products I have really liked and others I just can’t stand so it will be interesting to see which category these fall into.

And finally we have item number seven in this month’s Look Fantastic Beauty Box. And it kind of amuses me. This is the Pixi Glow Tonic exfoliating toner. I have tried this toner before and really liked it. what amuses me is that after I used up the bottle I purchased I went back to the store to restock and they were out. In fact they have been consistently out of this product every time I go. This and the Clarity Toner are my two favorite Pixi products and the two I would continually repurchase. Unfortunately both are almost always out of stock whenever I go to purchase them. And now a subscription box sends me a small (15ML) sized bottle. It feels a bit like they are taunting me.

We know you like this, but you can’t have a full sized bottle, oh no. But you can have the small one, just don’t try to repurchase.

I’m sure they aren’t intentionally taunting me, but as I again looked for the toner this weekend and came up short, it just feels that way. I am happy to have it though. It is a good product and once I finish trying out the sample toner I’ve got going now, I will use this up. I just find it amusing. And yes I know I can order the toner. But it has been gone from the store so many times that i am now determined to buy it at the store here. Just once. Then I’ll probably order it. I do have other toners so it isn’t a major thing. Its really just me being stubborn.

So there you have my February Look Fantastic box in all it’s unboxed glory. And you unintentionally got a peek at a little piece of my internal crazy. Sorry about that. And I don’t really think that Pixi and Target are deliberately hiding toners from me. Or taunting me with samples in subscription products that I can’t find because the racks are always empty. Since I tend to go shopping at the same time each week, I know it probably is a timing issue. There is no collusion.

I’m like 87% sure anyway.

This month was a pretty good box for me. There were a couple of products I love and a couple that I want to try. There is one I will pass on and the rest will be put to use here. With th seven items it feels like the box was overflowing this month. I will say that I wasn’t too thrilled with the booklet that came with the box. While there was a picture showing all the variation items, they only broke out their favorite four. So there was less information about the products that i received than usual. I think they might have had more variation items than usual so that’s why they chose it. They did include heaps of other information about skincare routines and even a Valentines Day Book club, but I would have liked a little more info on the products I actually received. It is a minor complaint as far as these things go though and I’ll just end up looking up items before i use them. Otherwise, great box.


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Unboxing the January 2022 Look Fantastic Beauty Box

Look Fantastic has been one of my favorite beauty boxes for a while now. It consistently gives me a good mix of items. I receive brands I like and love as well as brands I have never heard of. They tend to lean into the skincare side rather than the makeup side, but they also include body and hair care items. Most of the time the items are deluxe sample sized products but they like to throw in a couple of full sized items in now and again as well. The price of the box is $19. I go with an annual subscription. It still charges monthly but the cost is lowered to $16 ($17.56 with tax). And for me, it is always worth it.

This month was a little interesting. The theme is Wellness is the Way and as always the box comes with a booklet detailing the products and giving you insight into the featured ingredients as well as giving a spoiler for the following month’s box. It is actually a really great way to find out about some of the ingredients in the products you are using. It isn’t all inclusive but it does provide great information and is an excellent way to ease into finding about more about the things you use.

And knowing the February spoiler is nice as well. In February 2022 all boxes will include a Pixi Glow Tonic. It the Exfoliating Toner. In my opinion it is the best of the Pixi Toners. It is certainly my favorite. Oddly though it is really hard to find. All of the stores near me love to carry the Rose toners, but this Glow Tonic is usually missing. I don’t know if everyone loves it as much as I do and just empties the shelf before I get there, but I am happy there will be one sent to me next month.

However, while all the usual information is in the booklet, not all of the products that arrived in my box were listed in the pamphlet. They list four products and leave the other two as mystery items. Let’s look at the four items listed first.

The first item in my Look Fantastic box this month was the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. It is a 10mL sized spray and it is designed to help you sleep. I’ve tried this before and something in it made me sneeze my head off. On the other hand, my mother adores this. In fact anything This Works, I generally just send her way. the only thing from the brand i kept was the hand sanitizer. Which was a great moisturizing formula but so strongly scented that it needs to be used in an open area. I’m not upset about getting this. It is a good product, just not for me and I know my mother will use every drop.

The second Items in the box is the Bloom and Blossom Hands Up Anti-aging hand cream. It is a sample size. the perfect size to keep in a purse actually. I have tried the Bloom and Blossom lip balm which also came in a Look Fantastic box and I didn’t like it. I ended up talking to my cousin about it and she agreed it was not a good lip balm, but she absolutely adores their hand creams. So I’m happy to get a chance to actually try the hand cream. I have my fingers crossed that I like it more than I did the lip balm.

Next up we have a variation item. In the box you could get either an AHAVA Mineral Shampoo or a Mineral Conditioner. I have the conditioner, which I am actually quite excited by. their hand cream is fantastic and while their skincare isn’t quite for me, I have never tried any hair care products from them. I honestly didn’t know they made hair care products. So this is extra exciting.

The fourth item listed in the pamphlet is the Skin Chemist Rose Quartz Lip Plumper. At first the rose had me a little concerned as rose and lips aren’t always the best of friends, but the rose in this seems to apply to only the color and the fact that it has a slight pink tint when applied. It has a very peppermint-y scent which I am all in favor of. I have never heard of the brand nor tried anything from them so I look forward to giving them a try.

And now we go off into the wild blue yonder of mystery items. Neither of these two items are listed in the pamphlet. One is full sized and one is a deluxe sample. The full size (at least from what I can figure out) is the Bubble T Lavender T body wash. I have tried bath salts and bath fizzies from Bubble T and liked them both so I am looking forward to giving the body wash a try. Through the sealed cap the scent of lavender with a slight hint of lemon comes through. I’m going to leave it sealed until I use it, but Bubble T seems to favor strong scents. What I can smell of it though the seam seems nice though.

And finally we have the Polaar Eternal Snow Youthful promise cream. I find it kind of amusing that they have put this into my Look Fantastic box this month as IPSY also chose this item for me this month. I haven’t gotten my IPSY box yet, but I double checked the site and it is a full size of the same cream. Which is kind of nice. Thus far i have tried the Polaar sunscreen, and night cream. I enjoyed them both actually. I have another moisturizer from Polaar in my samples bin as well. Since I know I have a full size of this coming, I may give the Sample size a try first to see if I like it or If I should pass on the full size. It is kind of nice being able to try it without opening the full size. Although as I’ve liked all of the other Polaar Products I’ve tried I’m sure I will like the Eternal snow as well.

I don’t know if Look Fantastic is planning to keep this surprise option or not. I think it may just be for January. Or they could be trying something new. When it comes to Look Fantastic I am an enthusiastic consumer, not an insider so I can only guess. I can say that this month’s box has kept me as an enthusiastic subscriber. It is a great mix of the familiar and the new and while I may be passing on the pillow spray, it is going to someone who will love it. All the other items will soon be tested and tried by me, perhaps making it onto my favorite’s list.

The October 2021 Look Fantastic Beauty Box unboxing

That’s right, the subscription boxes are starting to come in. Can the middle of the month be too far behind? Look Fantastic is a UK based subscription box that costs $19 per month if you are on a month to month subscription. I have an annual subscription so my box is $16. I always find the box worth it actually. As it comes from the UK often times it has brands that I’ve either never heard of or don’t see all that often. Look Fantastic also has a shop that is always running specials and deals on various products. So even if you don’t subscribe, it is well worth popping over to the site to see what’s on sale.

This month’s theme is Treat yourself: Time for your Monthly R&R. The first item I gravitated towards was the Rituals product. what can I say, the golden color called to me. I have received a lot of bath products from Rituals in subscription boxes, in fact one is still in my shower as we speak. They always smell luxurious and leave my skin feeling pampered. This isn’t a bath product though. This month Look Fantastic sent a body cream. The scent is orange and cedar which I think sounds interesting. Normally i am not a fan of getting body creams since I have so many of them, but as I have never tried a Rituals body Cream i have to say i am curious. I have high hopes for this one. It is the Ritual of Mehr. As I just finished a body lotion, this one is going straight to the shower to use post bath. I’ll let you know how it works out.

The second item I was even happier to see. Ecooking is one of those brands I don’t think we hear enough about. It is really good skincare that tends to fly under the radar. If you ever see their foot cream, snap it up. You won’t be sorry. It’s scent is a bit strong but it can take down the toughest of calluses. This month there is a gentle cleansing gel in the box. it is a really good sized pump. The pamphlet doesn’t say if this is a full size or not but it is 125 ml which is much larger than a sample size. If it isn’t a full size then it is at least a deluxe or travel size. I am very much looking forward to giving it a go.

The third item this month is the Filorga Oxygen glow Creme. It is a sample size of their moisturizer. I am always happy to try out a new moisturizer. I have an eye cream from Filorga waiting for trial, but I haven’t actually tried it yet. So even though i have seen the brand (and actually have products from them) I haven’t tried them out yet.

Dr. Botanicals had been making appearances in subscription boxes lately and quite honestly I am not upset about seeing another product from them. The ones I’ve tried have performed really well and over all it is a pretty affordable brand. I am always happy to discover affordable brands that work really well. This month we have the Turmeric Mask. I think I’ve used a moisturizer and a hand cream but not a mask. Both the Pomegranate moisturizer and the Lemon hand cream made it onto my list of repeat purchases so we will see if the Turmeric makes the cut as well.

There were two hair products in this months box, rounding out the products. One is the Philip Kingsley Bond Builder. It is a split end remedy. Philip Kingsley is one of those brands that is kind of pricy, but always sort of leaves me ambivalent. The Leave in conditioner works well enough to use if it is around, but not well enough to actually purchase over other products. Perhaps this Bond Builder will be one of their better products and lean me towards them a bit more. I haven’t tried it and I am always looking for ways to improve the health of my hair.

I will certainly get a lot of use out of the Vintage Cosmetics scrunchies. The yellow is a bit bright for me, but the material is soft and not likely to pull and the elastic underneath feels strong enough to hold my hair in place. Plus this summer I had issues with the elastic bands tangling in my hair so I tended to wear the scrunchies I had more than the bands. Many of the scrunchies did not survive the summer. So it is nice to have some replacements.

So that was my October Look Fantastic Box. Was it worth the price? Absolutely. Look fantastic has always tended to be skincare heavy and the theme is kind of skincare based anyway so i can’t be upset about the lack of makeup. Makeup isn’t really Look Fantastic’s strong suit. Some times they do hit it out of the park with the makeup though. Just not this month and not very often. To be honest, Look Fantastic is where I have found some super fabulous hair care products and brands that I didn’t know existed. Hair and skincare are where this box shines. And this month, I think they did pretty good. I definitely got my $16 worth.

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Look Fantastic January 2021 Unboxing

I am always happy to see my Look Fantastic Beauty Box arrive on my doorstep.  It always has products I will use and usually at least one item that I get super excited about. Look Fantastic is a UK based subscription box so these days I just feel like cheering when it manages to leave one country and enter another one.  At the moment that feels like a magical effort all on its own. And this month it made the journey with what appears to be a little less difficulty than December.

I am so happy it is here.

So Look Fantastic is a Beauty box that has 5-6 products for $19 per month.  The items are mostly deluxe sample sized products with a few full sized ones thrown in on occasion. I really like that they include a large number of high end luxury brands in the box.  I am a big believer in the try before you buy, especially when it comes to pricy items and I have found many items in this box that I might have passed over because I didn’t want to commit to a full size until I knew I liked the product. There have also been high end brands that I saw and thought I wanted but after I tried it, decided it wasn’t for me.  There is a benefit in that as well.  In addition, because this is a UK based subscription box often the products are not ones I am extremely familiar with.

And now that we all now what this box is about, lets dive in and see what came in the January box.

The first item I pulled out of my box looked like a face mask.  However it is not.  It is the StarSkin Hollywood Hand Model Hand Mask Gloves. I have used Star Skin before.  I currently have a couple of their masks sitting in my masking drawer. 

I have tried many sheet masks and even a few foot masks, but I have never tried a hand mask.   I have to say I am kind of excited by this.  I’ve been using cuticle oil and hand cream to combat the effects of extra washing and near compulsive hand sanitizer usage, but a hand mask sounds like it could really help. 

I may add this to my Face mask Friday this week. This week I am going hard on the Vichy Mineral Face mask because I used a cleanser that dried out my skin badly and I am doing damage control and this is one of the best hydrating masks I’ve tried.  It might be nice to add a little hand mask to hydrate my hands as I repair my dried out skin.

But that is for Friday. 

The second item I took out of my January Look Fantastic box was actually the spoiler for last month.  Each month they put the spoiler for one of the following month’s products in the booklet that comes with it. 

The booklet, incidentally, is like a mini magazine and I always find some piece of useful information inside. The item in this box was the SVR Hydraliane Intense Moisturizing Cream. I’ll admit, I have never heard of the brand before so it will be a completely new experience to try it out.  But it is a really large size to try out so that is nice. I’m actually deliberately not looking anything up about it at the moment so that I have no bias when I start to use it. I don’t want my expectations tempered by what I might read online.  I like going in with a blank slate with a brand whenever possible so other people’s opinions won’t affect my own.

The next product out of the box comes from a brand I have heard of and not gotten around to trying out. The Brand is Grow Gorgeous and the product is the Balance Overnight Mask. I am always happy to try a new night mask.  I have a lot of moisturizers that fall into the gel and water cream category and I find that while nice in the day time, my skin craves deeper moisture at night. I am currently finishing up a night cream at the moment but as soon as it is done I will rotate this into the mix.

In this box there was a Verso Eye Cream.  Eye cream seems to be a popular item at the moment.  I have actually tried this eye cream before.  It is quite pricy and while it works okay, it isn’t my favorite eye cream.  It isn’t a bad eye cream, but there are several products I’ve tried that I like better. So I am going to put this in a care package to my mother so she can try the brand and see if it suits her.

The next two items are makeup related.  The first is the SO ECO  complexion sponge.  I have to say this comes at a really good time for me.  I am currently using the Huda Beauty Basic B makeup sponge.  It has one flat side that I have really come to love, as well as being composed of  a density I like.  It is however showing a bit of wear.  Trading it out now and again with another sponge will hopefully make it last longer. 

The density of this one is very similar to the Huda Beauty one, but it doesn’t have that flat edge I like.  I know other makeup sponges have the flat edge but the ones I tried had a different density. And as it turns out the feel of the sponge as a whole outweighs my love of the flat edge.  So I will use this, even as I reorder my Huda Beauty.

And finally the last item is a lipstick.  A Matte Me liquid lipstick from Sleek to be exact. There were multiple shades available and the one I was sent was Hellacious which is kind of a burnt umber shade. I actually really like the shade. The swatch (below) shows up a bit more orange than the product does in real life. I have one other Matte Me Lippie but it is a very bright pink that doesn’t suit me at all (In fact it looks like my lips lost a fight with a vacuum when i wear it.) so I haven’t gotten around to trying it.  With a shade I would wear I can do more of a test to see if I like the feel and use of the product.  As anyone who reads my posts on a regular basis knows, I am always willing to try a new lip product.

All in all I am really happy with this month’s box.  Everything in it is a product I will use, some I’ve heard of but never gotten around to trying, others are a complete mystery.  It is a nice mix of items.  Look Fantastic usually leans more to the skin care side of things, but I am happy there were two makeup related items included as well.  Speaking of which, the spoiler for next month is a makeup item.  It is the Illamasqua Beyond the Veil Primer. It is a mini one.  I’ve used the minis of this product before and actually have a full size in my dressing table.  Actually, I chose it as my primer for this week’s makeup bag.  So I will be talking about it this Friday when I do the weekly Makeup Bag Post if you are interested in hearing more about my opinions of it.

I really enjoy this box and I really enjoy the Look Fantastic Online shop.  They have new deals running every month and I find it is a great way to pick up some of my favorite things for just a little bit less. They have a few really great sales on now actually. I’ll list them down below so you can click on the ones that might appeal to you.

These Look Fantastic sales run from January 19th – 25th

Sitewide 15% off with the code EXCLUSIVE15.

25% off French Skincare Favorites with code FRENCH25 (Brands included: Filorga, NUXE, Embryolisse, Talika, Darphin, & Bioderma)

25% off Retinol (no code needed: Brands included: NIP + FAB, Zelens, Pixi, Elizabeth Arden, REN, Skin Doctors, SVR Laboratories, PCA SKIN, NEOSTRATA, Jurlique & more!)

25% off TriPollar products with the code TRI25

25% off Perricone MD with the code PMD25

25% off Sarah Chapman with the code SC25

25% off Shea Moisture with the code Shea15

25% off Candles and Diffusers with the code CALM25 (Brands included: NEOM, this works, Rituals, Sanctuary, OSKIA, Aromatherapy, Cowshed & more!)



Look Fantastic Beauty Box December 2020 Unboxing

This month my Look Fantastic Box had a journey.  It was the first subscription box to send e-mail notification that it was on its way and is the second to last box to arrive. (IPSY still hasn’t come in and in fact seems to be settling permanently in Atlanta.) Look Fantastic is a British based subscription box so it had to make it through the UK’s lockdown, escape the country, make it through customs, escape New York and compete with Christmas deliveries for space in the delivery van. 

I felt like cheering when it managed to arrive at my house, and arrive completely unscathed I might add. The box was in no way dented and every item was in good working order.

But enough of the shipping saga!

Look Fantastic is, as I said  UK based subscription box. It is a $19 per month subscription and thus far I have always gotten value for my money.  Currently, you can get even more value for the money.  They are still running their Black Friday sale and if you sign up for a 12 month subscription (which knocks your monthly box cost down to $16 per month) you get your first month for only $1.  They have already sold out of the December boxes so your first box would be the January Restoration Edition Box. The January sneak peek is for the SVR Hydraline Rich Intense Moisturizing Cream. I have never tried the brand out before, but I have heard good things and am looking forward to trying it out myself.

But while you are trying to decide whether or not to go for the subscription, let’s talk about the December box.

My first item out of the box was the spoiler for last month. It is the Avant Pro Radiance Brightening Eye Final Touch.  It is essentially a Hyaluronic Acid based eye cream.  Avant is a very pricy brand and while I don’t think this is a full sized tube (the full size comes in a jar) it is eye cream and a little drop is all you actually need to use.  My tube is full to the brim and will no doubt last a really long time once I open it to start using it.  The Avant products I have tried before have all been really good so I am looking forward to giving this a go as well.

My next item is from a brand I have heard good things about, but never tried.  In this month’s box I received the Medik8  Hydr8 Serum.  Again it includes my good buddy, Hyaluronic Acid, so I am very excited to give it a try.  It was a variation in the box this month. 

The other option you could have received was from Ren.  It was the Atlantic Kelp Body Lotion.  While ren is a brand I would like to try more from, I am currently well stocked on hand and body lotion and am very happy with the selection sent to me.

The Balm also made an appearance in the December Look Fantastic box. While this box is heavily weighted towards skin care, they do add some makeup items.  The Balm’s Petal to the Metal eyeshadow came in various shades.  The one I got was a golden coppery sort of shade so you know I was happy. While I have used quite a few products from The Balm, I have never tried any of their cream shadows.  I’ve only used the powder ones, so I am pleased that I not only got a shade I adore, but it is in a formula I have yet to try out.

Also in the makeup category is the Jecca Blac Champagne Glow Drops. It is a cream highlighter and if the package looks familiar it is because I did receive a Jecca Blac Highlighter sometime this summer.  It was either from Look Fantastic or Glossy Box.  I can’t remember which. 

However, the shade of that one was rose gold.  I really liked the formula  so I know I’ll like this formula and it is nice to have it in a different shade.  I know it claims that you can add it all over your skin, but I ended up using the rose gold as a highlighter.  Perhaps this one will work better all over, or perhaps it too will just be used as a highlighter.  Either way I am happy to have it.

From Brushworks there was a double ended brush.  One looks flat and designed for packing shimmers on the lids and the other is flat and angled for using shadow like eyeliner or working under the eye.  I have never tried Brushworks brushes before, although I think they were the company that made the Jade Roller that came in a box this summer. I passed that one on to my mom so I’m not entirely certain. I do know I haven’t tried their brushes before so I am happy to give them a try. 

I am working to find the brushes I like and separate them out from the brushes I just use because they are there (which is why I am adding more tool talk posts this coming year).  I will say that while I am happy to try out a new brand of brushes, I am never a fan of double ended brushes.  I store my brushes in glass jars, usually candle containers that have been repurposed. So I either end up using only one end of the brush or I make a mess with it in the container as product gets all over the handles of the other brushes when I put it back in the jar.  But we shall see.

This leads us to the final product in my box this month.  According to the extensive pamphlet that comes with the box each month, my final product should have either been a Percy& Reed Hair Spray or a Sukin Pink Clay Mask.  I love clay masks and after trying out and falling head over heels in love with the Wonder Balm from Percy & Reed I would have been happy to try out another product from them.  Instead, I received a BellaPierre Color correcting Palette.  It has three cream shades for correcting. And looks to be quite nice.  I’m guessing it was a last minute substitution.  I don’t mind the substitution as I have been thinking about trying some color correcting and don’t mind having products to play with.

However, color correcting is not my strong suit so a little information would have been nice.  One of the things I really like about Look Fantastic is the brochure that comes in the box.  It has write ups about the products as well as blurbs about how to use them.  As this was a last minute edition, there was no blub.  The only color correction I have tried was with a Dragun Beauty orange color corrector for under the eyes that made me look as though I was slowly turning into an Oompa Loompa. No matter how I blended, the orange was just too much for my skin.  These look like they will be more suitable for my skin tone and possibly usable for me.  I will just have to look them up before I actually try to use them so that I use them correctly.

All in all, even with the product substitution, I was very pleased with my box this month. While I feared for its safe travels, it did arrive safe and sound.  As they have always been on time before I am more than willing to concede that this month was not the month to try and judge anyone on shipping capabilities.  And like I said they have always been really good with shipping prior. I can’t wait to see what the January Restoration Edition Box has in store. I’m sure it will be fantastic, just as I am sure I will be keeping my Look Fantastic Beauty Box subscription well into 2021.




A Cozy Nest: The Bed and Bath Round up

The holidays can be a stressful time and quite frankly there is nothing like having a nice sanctuary to retreat to when things get a little tense. For me the best way to relax is with a nice long soak in the tub. 

And yes I take my piratical rubber ducky into the tub with me.

His name is Herman.

Herman the Pirate duck.

And he may or may not have his own theme song.

I’ll never tell.

Okay, I probably will.

As I am very scent oriented, part of my bath time experience relates to scent.  My two current favorites in the scented Bath Salt department are the Bubble T Earl Gray Bath Tea that came in a Look Fantastic box a while ago and the Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt Dream away with Valerian and hops.

I know some of you are looking at the Bubble t and are thinking, Wait, I distinctly remember you saying you didn’t like Earl Gray Tea.  I don’t.  Me and Bergamot do not get along. Especially when it sneaks into a beverage. But this Bubble T does not smell of bergamot.  You want to know what it does smell like? 

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Southern sweet tea with lemon. 

I know weird right?

It felt a little strange to be soaking in a bath of it at first.  But then I settled back and let the salts work their magic.  The scent grew on me and I began to feel less like the slice of lemon floating in a glass of sweet tea.  Part of it was the fact that my skin became fabulously soft.  So  I decided I was quite happy with it and would definitely order it in a larger bag to keep around.

I also keep my Kniepps on hand.  The Dream away is perfect after a long and stressful day. The bath salts do turn the water an unnatural shade of blue which took a little while to get used to, but once I realized it didn’t stain the tub I was fine with the color. It was like being in an overly dyed swimming pool. 

You may have noticed my extra Kneipp packet.  That is the mineral bath salt Ancient sea salt.  It is designed for sensitive skin and has no color or scent added to it.  It has been a long term favorite as the scent of it doesn’t clash with any other body products I am using.  Mostly because it has no scent.  It still leaves my skin soft and soothed.  Because it is for sensitive skin I’ve also found that if I’ve picked up some skin irritation I can soak in this and it really souths the skin down.  There is something that grows in my yard that kept causing a slight rash on my skin anytime crushed stems hit my skin.  It was some sort of weed that I was pulling this year.  It isn’t any poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac as I checked those and it isn’t a major itcy rash just something that causes a minor irritation.  This Mineral bath salt really helped out.

There are two liquid body washes that I will always repurchase.  One is Molton Brown and the other is Pecksniffs.  The Molton Brown is currently the dregs of a Coastal Cypress trial size. It is a travel size that I have been using slowly.  I’ve been using up other products around it to make it last longer.  I Like the Coastal Cypress but I think that when I place my Molton Brown Order this year I will be going back to my Rose and Rhubarb. I have been eyeing the limited edition Muddled Plum as well for a more holiday scent so I suspect that one will be landing in my cart a well. It is the description that gets me…

A celebratory fragrance featuring rich notes of oak-aged rum, saffron and plum in an opulent bath and shower gel.

Top notes of orange, saffron and elemi. A heart of plum, davana and oak-aged rum. A base of sandalwood, benzoin and musk.

Seriously, how delicious does that sound? I can definitely picture that a being a scent to surround myself with during the holidays. Just because it is a quieter holiday season with no traveling doesn’t mean it can’t be festive. I just have to be festive at home, that’s all. And as I don’t have to worry about my Aunt’s sensitivity to scent this year as zoom calls don’t have smell-o-vision I can be as scent tastic as I want.Oh, I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me until now.

I think I might have found a small silver lining. No self scent policing this holiday. I know it is a thin silver lining, and I would happily sacrifice it, but I will take the lining I can get at the moment. And so we move on.

I am still contemplating the large holiday pack they sell at Molton Brown as well so that I can try out a bunch of scents and not just default to my favorite all of the time. It is a really tempting purchase with enough travel sized bottles to last a while and truely let me experiment with their scents.

Of course the Molton Brown Advent Calendar is also extremely tempting.  I always mean to try their other products like shampoo and body lotion but still end up sliding into shower gel each time. The advent calendar would be a good way to adjust my trial. It is one that I am going to make sure I have all of my holiday purchases complete and then will probably circle back to pick up if I can. I am a big fan of the brand, at least as far as body wash goes. The wash is great as it lathers well and rinses off clean. The scents are always nice, but not overpowering or overly perfumy and the scent fades into the background of your skin instead of dominating every other scent you put on. (with body lotion if nothing else)

The Pecksniff’s shower gel formula is another one I like.  We are currently using the Lavender and white tea which is slightly floral, but leans more towards tea so that when my baby doesn’t want to use his bar soap he can still use it without smelling like a flower shop. This is one of those things I generally pick up and have in the cabinet. It is something both my baby doll and I will use if each of our regular products runs low and it always looks nice for guests. This one was actually picked up in anticipation of easter company who did not get the chance to use it, so we are trying to use it up.

While I lean towards Molton Brown, My babydoll mostly uses the Cedar Citrus soap from Dr. Squatch.  He is a really big fan.  It is actually kind of funny because he claims he doesn’t need any ‘fancy man’ soaps but as soon as his bar of soap starts shrinking to a less than practical size he starts looking around and wondering where the new bar is. 

The fact that there are always some spare bars of Ivory soap in the closet makes no difference.  He now sighs heavily when his ‘fancy man’ soap is gone.  Not that Dr. Squatch is super fancy. It is cut into no nonsense blocks and wrapped in brown paper. Luckily, they have a simple reorder system.  Now that I know how long it takes him to get through a bar I just have delivery as an automatic subscription. The subscription gets you a 15% off and free shipping so it is a really good deal as well as being easy peasy. no leaving the house and no sad faced baby doll.

In case you are interested they also have starter bundles. The one we originally tried out was the three pack with the wooden soap saver. It is a very good deal and a good way to try the brand. It is how I got my baby doll to try them and pick a scent he liked. They also have others with more grooming supplies. I just like to easy my baby doll into change slowly. He generally only changes brands when what he uses becomes discontinued.

Before we leave the bath/shower, I have to give a shout out to Daily Concepts.  I received this little daily bath scrubber in a subscription box and at first I thought ‘Okay, I’ll give it a try’.  Now I love it.  It has a strap across the back to slide easily onto either hand with no issues.  It takes soap well and foams up like a sponge yet exfoliates your skin gently while you wash.  I have used it every day since I got it (Which is also why I did not take a close up photo of it.  I don’t mind sharing, but it isn’t an appealing sight. It is pictured in the larger photo above where you are kept at a decent distance). I will however be ordering a replacement as it is getting a bit worn.  In fact I will be ordering several as my babydoll seemed interested in my new ‘washcloth’.  So I will get an extra one and see how he likes it. Maybe it will join the ‘Fancy man’ soap in his list of acceptable non basic products.

Although, to me they seem quite basic.

But I am not a manly man from Montana.

For now we must leave Herman the Pirate duck to dry out by the side of the tub.

We recently replaced out towels with new ones from The Cozy Life. At first I didn’t think I was going to like them because I like really fluffy towels, but oh my, was I wrong.  I wrapped one around me as I got out of the tub and then I blinked and looked down.  It pulled every drop of excess water away so fast it felt like magic. And the towels look really good.  I could probably have done without the tassels, but otherwise they are fantastic.

towel close up

Once dry I break out the body lotion.  At the moment my top body lotion is the Cake Milk Made Totally to die for Indulgent body Milk cream.  I know it is quite a name.  It is also quite a body lotion.  I am a big fan and will be buying this again.  I have a few more body lotion products in my collection to work through and then I will be ordering the full sized tube.

Also on my upcoming order list is a new Sleep mask. Mine from Whisper Silk has seen a few too many nights of use. I’m thinking of getting one in the Mulberry silk instead of the black this time. As we are moving into the bedroom, I can tell you that there will be a few changes coming there.  A set of candles has been ordered  we went with three candles from the Paddywax Edgar Allen Poe Library collection.  I picked up one of the small ones in the tin as a trial during the summer and it passed my Babydoll’s sniff test. Incidentally those tins last quite a while. I used them for a large chunk of the spring and summer as my face mask candle. It is a mix of sweet and spicy with some earthy back notes.  Or as my baby describes it “not Stinky”. You can find it in either their library collection or the Spice scented section (or just click the link).

But from my baby, ‘not stinky’ is high praise indeed.  I ordered three of them for the bedroom as I liked the smoked glass and label as well as the scent.  There were fancier candles available that I liked, but these suited the room.

While I will be getting a replacement eye mask from Whisper silk when I went to order a new silk pillow case from Lilly Silk I noticed they had a pillow case and sleep mask as a combo for buy one get one 40% off.  They have a huge sale going on right now actually, up to 80% off some items.  And so I ordered the set.  I figured I could give their masks a try and get my pillowcase.  Plus if I like the sleep mask I can have two to trade out and thus make them last longer. While I would love to get a set of silk sheets because I love sleeping on them, alas my baby hates them.  For him it is linen or nothing.  So we ordered a new set of linen sheets because we decided on a holiday refresh since we weren’t going anywhere for the holidays and this felt like something nice that we could do for ourselves.  I will be using a new silk pillowcase.  He has agreed to have an extra pillow clad in a matching case as long as I let him sleep on his linen one. I know it sounds a little extra, but I have noticed my hair gets less wild and static-y with the silk pillowcase. I would settle for the sleep mask but if I can get a combo deal, I’m going to the pillowcase/eye mask combo.

Funny, these are the sorts of negotiations no one explains will be part of your life when you grow up and get married.

Still at our house we are restocking the bathroom favorites and refreshing the bed and bath for the holidays.  Our new towels are already in place, Our sheets will arrive in the next week or so with the candles, pillow cases and sleep masks not far behind.   I think because we have been spending so much time in the house, the typical holiday refresh, which usually involves holiday scented candles and not much else because we are driving all over the country for the holidays, just didn’t cut it. We’ve been replacing worn out items and generally sprucing up our interior. Next on the list for replaceable items are the hand towels.  They have seen a lot of use in the past few months and are really showing it.  I have yet to look into replacing them, mostly because my baby doll wore a hole in his favorite towel and I noticed the sheets we use the most were wearing thin in spots and so I took care of them first.  Now, bed fluffed and newly adorned, I will seek out hand towels. With me luck.



My first Look Fantastic Box: The Review for June’s Staycation Themed Box

The June 2020 Look Fantastic box

This month was my first Look Fantastic box. My plan was to try it in May, but the box sold out faster than I could order, so June it turned out to be.  The Look Fantastic box is $19 and every box is worth over $50.  Normally the items come in a regular box, but for June they came in a reusable limited edition travel bag (retail $15).  The bag and products are to go along with the theme for June. The theme is ‘pampering yourself from the comfort of home, taking your ideal Staycation’.

Considering all my travel for this summer was cancelled (along with everyone else’s travel of course) staycation is a theme I can get behind. I have planned out my own personal spa day and am setting up my own private oasis in the back yard.

It also doubles as a spot to monitor the rampant rabbit activity in my back garden.But there is no harm in multi-tasking. Or in defending innocent little salad greens with a hose. It’s on the shower setting rather than a direct spray so it is actually lighter than a lot of rain, at least here. Its the surprise of the water coming out of nowhere that gets them. And possibly the sound of my voice as I threaten them with roasting in a mustard based sauce. The natural pest control advocates recommend any sound to scare them away from the veggies, but with so many of my neighbors actually at home I didn’t want to cause alarm. “Don’t make me get my marinade,” is not actually a threat my neighbors feel the need to concern them selves about, although one did ask for a recipe.

But that is off topic. We are here to discuss a subscription box not my grandmother’s braised rabbit recipe.

So, even though the limited edition travel bag is sort of listed as an extra this month, I really like it and will get a lot of use out of it.  It is the kind of bag that is mostly plastic so it is ideal for liquid products since it can easily be rinsed out if something spills. 

This may sound a little strange but what I like to do with little bags like these are to put a wet washcloth inside and take it into the back yard with me when I am working in the garden. It keeps the wash cloth from drying out and it can be used to cool down in the summer heat.  Occasionally, I’ll throw a couple of ice cubes into it as well to keep everything really chill. It’s also really good for transporting wet swimsuits home from the pool without getting you bag all wet. And yes it is great for travel too. So I am happy to have it.

But what was inside my nifty little bag?

The first item was actually the spoiler that made me want the bag and decide that this was indeed the month for me to try it.  It was the Molton Brown Coastal Cypress Shower Gel (retail $11).  I really love the Molton Brown shower gels.  The issue is that because they are on the pricier side, I always end up buying the same one because I know I like it.

I always think, I should really expand my selection and then still end up buying the products from the rhubarb and rose line. (Incidentally, a super fantastic scent, the rose isn’t overpowering and the sweetness of the floral is balanced by the sharp tart notes of the rhubarb, I adore it.)

This way, I can try a new scent and see if I like it and possibly expand my buying options when I next place an order. I, of course, opened it and immediately took a sniff.  It is a very clean, fresh scent. I’m sure it will have the same luxurious feel of all their products so I can’ wait to actually use it.

Next up was the Rainbow drop brush from Glov (retail $12).  I will say, I’m not a big fan of this style of brush.  I like the size and the way it fits in my hand, but I think my hair is just a little too thick or too long or both, for this style to work well with me.  However, my baby doll spotted it sitting on the table and apparently he loves this style of brush.  So it is now his and he thinks it is fantastic. I’m also pleased because he tends to eye my subscription boxes in a curious way, so I’m happy there was something for him in this one.

I asked if he wanted me to get a box or two for him geared towards his likes but he declined. He is not big on surprises and if he gets a box he wants to decide exactly what is going to be in it ahead of time. which isn’t really the point of subscription boxes in my opinion. So he is happy with the occasional gift item, and the ability to raid my stockpile of samples when he needs a product, but doesn’t want his own box.

To each his own I suppose.

Moving on, the next two items are both summer time essentials.  The first is the Ploaar Very High Protection Sun Cream (retail $16.50).  I really like that it is SPF 50 and at this time of year I am very happy to have plenty of sunscreen around.  Also in the sunblock arena is the Ultrasun SPF30 Lip protect (retail $10). 

I absolutely adore having specific sunblock form my lips.  I have to say I wasted no time in deploying this product.  It has a slight sweet-tart candy kind of scent to it and it feels super lightweight on the lips.  I was worried it would feel a little heavy, but it doesn’t. It has no taste at all which is kind of nice and it is easy to forget that I am wearing it.  So often lips get forgotten in the sunblock arena and personally I don’t like the taste of sunblock so I’m happy to add this to my summer.

The last two items in my bag were both masks. The first was a travel sized tube of the Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask (30ml retail $7.50).  I’ve never heard of Josh Wood Colour before but I love masks and I will happily try it out and report back.

The tube feels completely filled with product and I am sure I will be able to get several uses out of it.  The last mask is a  sheet mask, the Shangpree Aromablend Calming Mask (retail $3) to be exact. I think this item varied in some boxes. 

As my sunburn recovery time seriously depleted my sheet mask supply, I am happy to have another mask available to me and can’t wait to see what the Aroma blend smells and feels like.

In addition to the items in the bag, and the bag itself this month, Look Fantastic also has an on-line magazine that you can read through.  I think they used to send a print copy, but personally I am perfectly happy with the electronic version.

I’ve only gotten a chance to read a few articles but I like that they tie in with the products and include a Shangpree (the sheet mask) interview as well as one with Josh Wood Colour DPS (the none sheet mask).  I like that the Josh Wood Colour one focuses on their new Shade Shot Gloss range, so I can learn not only about the products sent to me but other products available, especially as it is a new brand to me and it is nice to see what other products they have available or are coming out.

One thing I also like is that Look Fantastic also has a shop attached to their site. You can use the points you get from reviewing products towards purchases and it is a really big store. there aren’t just one or two items from a brand but a really wide variety. Also it is linked to Glossy Box (and why I was poking around and decided to try the subscription) so that your Glossy points can also be used over on the Look Fantastic site.I find this fantastic. I have been eyeing the Caudalie travel kit. It was out of stock when I last looked but I put it in my loves and received an e-mail this morning that it was back in stock. They also seem to run a lot of sales so even without a membership it looks like a site to watch if you are planning to stock up.

So, the end value of my $19 box ended up being $75. ($60 in products plus the $1 bag which I will get a lot of use out of so I counted it.) They promised at least $50 and gave me $75.  Personally, I am pretty happy about that.  I’m also happy about the fact that every item in my box this month is one that will see some use.  While I won’t use the brush, it is in good hands elsewhere in the house.  I received some products I was familiar with and some that were completely new to me.  It was a nice mix.  If this is the kind of box they send out, I think this is going to be a long term subscription for me instead of a short term trial.