Sunday, 17 April 2016

The Look Fantastic #LFBlooms Beauty Box

Best Beauty Box Subscription 2016

If you read my Spring Metallics post then you'll know just how much I love the blossom, daffodils and blooms at this time of year so the theming for the April Look Fantastic box is absolutely spot on for me. This follows the last two brilliantly themed boxes; the #LFLoves box for February and the #LFExplorer box in MarchThe design of the #LFBlooms box is gorgeous and it immediately makes me even more excited to open the beautifully decorated lid to reveal what's inside. So let's see exactly what is included in the April Look Fantastic beauty box;

#LFBlooms Look Fantastic Beauty Box

I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about the products included in this month's box or to put it more acurately, two of the products in particular. If you read my monthly Degustabox food box reviews, then you will probably already know how I feel about product and brand repetition and sadly these issues aren't just confined to the Degustabox. I don't mind brand repeition as much as I mind the exact same product popping up in a later box. Some of the brands included in both the Look Fantastic beauty box and the Degustabox are ones that I am happy to receive different products from but the exact same product appearing again does annoy me slightly.

When I saw a tube of the Tanworx Tan Maintainer the excitement conjured up by the exterior of the box was definitely dampened. The fact that this exact product appeared in the birthday box in September is a little disappointing. I would have been much happier if there was even another product from the Tanworx range instead of what is basically a duplicate. Balance Me and Elemis do tend to pop up quite often in beauty boxes but as I said above, I'm not too bothered about this at all as it gives you the chance to try out products from what are essentially brilliant brands. The Super Toning Body Polish and the British Botanicals Hand & Nail Butter, from the brands respectively, have both impressed me which is why I continue to stand by my words about brand repetition in beauty boxes.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review

It was great to see two brands that I hadn't heard of before enclosed in this month's box, both starting with the letter b. The Bloom And Blossom Bath and Shower Gel is a great discovery, especially if you have super sensitive skin that doesn't get on well with a lot of formulations. It's 99% natural and fragrance free, which is definitely something that can't be said for a lot of the bath and shower gels on the market at the moment. It lathered up really nicely too which was great. The Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is also great if you're looking for something that doesn't strip the hair or leave it feeling like it's laden with product. It contains no parabens, silicones or phtalates and comes with the added bonus of ingredients made for deeply conditioning the hair; Argan oil, Rosehip oil and the biggest hair oil at this time; Avocado oil. I'm definitely looking forward to trying it.

Another big hit for me in this month's box was the full size tube of Rituals Miracle Hand Scrub. Rituals are a brand that I'm always looking to try more from so the inclusion of this was brilliant. I also liked the fact that it went hand in hand, pardon the pun, with the Elemis British Botanicals Hand & Nail Butter.

Much like last month's box, the April box includes vitamins. Whilst the Emergen-C vitamin drinks worked well with the #LFExplorer theme, I'm not too sure if the MyVitamins Performance Effervence Tablets work as well with the #LFBlooms theme. I don't quite see the fit.

Elle Magazine Review UK 2016

Despite it being the third month in which a copy of Elle magazine has been included with the Look Fantastic beauty box, I still can't quite get over it. I'm used to forking out £4.10 every month for a copy of Elle so it's really incredible to find it alongside a beauty box and all for just £15 as well, or even cheaper if you choose to subscribe.

All in all, it's certainly not a bad box by any means but that one product; the Tanworx Tan Maintainer, left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. It is the first time that the Look Fantastic beauty box has repeated the exact same product and I'm hoping that it's the last. I still think that this is the best beauty box on the market, especially for the price and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what the May box has in store.

What do you think of the #LFBlooms beauty box? Have you tried any of the products in this month's box? If so, what are your thoughts on them? And what are your thoughts on product and brand repetition in subscription boxes?

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  1. Is it bad my favourite thing about this box is the box? lol its beautiful :) I keep trying to convince myself I need a subscription box, but I never know which one to go for. The elemis item looks fab though :) Love the blog, and now following you on BL :)

    1. It's so pretty isn't it Erin?! :)
      Thank you so much lovely!

  2. This doesn't look like my type of box but then everyone likes different things, I have a cat hampurr box and that's only good if you have a cat :P

    Meme xx

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Meme!
      The Cat Hampurr box sounds amazing though and even though I don't have a cat the fact that they've included a pun in the title of it makes me far too happy! Hehe. :)

  3. I agree with Erin, the box seems my fav part, as well as the Elle magazine lol
    I'm not into these boxes anymore after so much disappointment and wasted money
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. They are definitely two things to get excited about though Pam! :) Hehe.
      I do get what you mean but I like that with this particular box you're not forced to subscribe and can pick and go as you please!

  4. I have never tried a beauty subscription box before; I find the idea both exciting but also worrying. As a student, I like to know exactly where my money is going, so I only really purchase things I really like or after reading a million reviews! Maybe I'll take the plunge one day, though it's difficult deciding on which box to go for.

    1. I completely get where you're coming from Maira!
      However, I do like that with this particular box you're not forced to subscribe and can pick and go as you please. :)

  5. I've had a number of duplicate items from the Lookfantastic Beauty Box so you got lucky if this was only your first! I ended my subscription a couple of months ago as it just doesn't have the same appeal it had at the beginning. With the number of brands Lookfantastic stock there's no excuse to repeat products really!

    1. I know what you mean Helen! That is so true! They stock so many incredible brands that you'd expect them never to run out of brands to include!


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