Lookfantastic April beauty box review

So at the end of April, I thought I would take the plunge and sign up to a beauty box subscription service. I had a look around and likes the look of the Lookfantastic one as it had a few brands that I was eager to try out. This is what this month’s box contained:

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Clockwise:

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
PรœR – Fully Charged Mascara
GLAMGLOW – Supermud Clearing Treatment
Nuxe – Crรฉme Fraรฎche de Beautรฉ
Emma Hardie – Moringa Cleansing Balm
Dr Botanicals – Vegan Bergamont & Poppy Seed Soap

I have only tried two of these brands before – Nuxe’s Rรชve de Miel lip balm and the GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Mask – so I was really excited to try out the rest.

Emma Hardie – Moringa Cleansing Balm

First impressions
I used this to remove my eye make up after a long day at work. It has quite a strong smell, but nothing overbearing. When I first started to apply it, it felt very waxy but it quickly melted away into a really smooth balm. I was a little sceptical that it would remove all my eye make up, as even my trusty Take the Day Off Balm leaves some parts behind. When I got out of the shower, I was actually really impressed to see that it was completely gone!

Final impression
I really like this. This cleansing balm feels smoother than my Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, and I would definitely consider buying this once I have finished off my other cleansing balms. It removes my make up really well, even stubborn eye make up that the Clinique one often leaves on.

Dr Botanicals – Vegan Bergamont & Poppy Seed Soap

First impressions
I was excited to try this one – it had a very strong scent that you could smell as soon as you opened the beauty box. I was also really interested to see how smooth my skin would be after using the bar. I have quite dry, rough skin on my arms and recently I’ve had a lot of dryness on my hands that I just can’t get rid of. When I initially read that you should turn the shower off while applying this, it seemed like an inconvenience. BUT this was really enjoyable to apply. The surface is smooth to begin with but as you rub the soap over your body more, this layer breaks down and the poppy seeds come to the surface and give your body a really great exfoliation. After my shower, my skin certainly feels a little smoother though not incredible amounts more than before. The skin on my hands feel MUCH smoother than before, which I’m really happy about. I’m excited to keep using this and see what happens!

Final impression
This has definitely made my arms smoother after a few uses. It’s really satisfying to use and despite rubbing the bar all over, the size of the bar doesn’t decrease that significantly between uses. I think that this bar will last a really decent amount of time. I don’t usually bother with lotions and scrubs for my body, so it’s quite a nice treat. Bear in mind that it can be quite a rough exfoliation, so consider switching sides and rubbing with light pressure.

Nuxe – Crรฉme Fraรฎche de Beautรฉ

First impressions
This has a very strong floral scent, but not the nice kind of floral scent. It is a nice thick moisturiser that sank into the skin really quickly and my skin felt really quenched afterwards. I had initially thought it would be quite a thin moisturiser, so I was really pleasantly surprised.

Final impression:
This is a really nice moisturiser. It’s nice and thick and holds moisture in very well. However, I already have at least 4 thicker moisturisers that are all mostly full, so I probably won’t be purchasing this any time soon. Plus I’m not wild about the scent.

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads

First impressions
There is a very slight smell to this that is nice and fresh. These were much thinner than I had expected them to be, but they’re probably the thickness of a make up wipe. These were great to use after you’ve taken your make up off to make sure that it’s all off. Despite removing my make up thoroughly, the wipes ended up orange! They removed so much more that I had thought had been removed, so I was really glad to have used them. They also left my skin feeling fresh and dewy, and my skin didn’t feel tight like it often does when I remove my make up.

Final impression:
These are really cool. It’s so nice to see what extra they can clean off the face when you think you’ve managed to get it all. They leave the skin feeling really refreshed and moisturised, which is really important for me. I would definitely consider purchasing these – I looked up the full size and was pleasantly surprised by the price (ยฃ14 ish). I thought they would be much more expensive, so this is probably something I’ll be buying next month! (I ended up buying the full size of these a few days after I wrote this lol)

PรœR – Fully Charged Mascara

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This was quite difficult to put on, mainly because it was a mini mascara and the arm of the applicator was very short. It was a really pleasant surprise – it looked just like my Benefit Roller Lash! I actually applied Roller Lash my left eye and Fully Charged to my right, and you would never notice the difference!

Final impression:
I like this mascara. The formula is really good, and maybe is a little less drying to my eyes than the Roller Lash. However, the Roller Lash wand is shaped much better and it’s easy to get the lashes on the outer eye. While this was good, my Roller Lash has a similar formula and a better shaped wand, and I feel quite loyal to it.

GLAMGLOW– Supermud Clearing Treatment

First impressions
Before trying the product, I thought it would be a peel mask for some reason. When a thick, dark grey mask came out I was a bit surprised, but not at the same time as it looked like actual mud. I wasn’t sure whether I’d actually try this because I don’t get breakouts anymore and it didn’t seem like it would suit my skin type, but I tried it anyway! It applied thick, and had a cooling sensation… which quickly turned to a tingling/burning sensation. I had to remove it after about 3 minutes (it’s recommended to wear the mask for 5-20 minutes). I only applied it to my nose and the area around it, however these areas were left pretty red once I’d washed it off. The skin did feel smooth, but I’m not sure I’ll be using this one again. I’ll give it to my sister for her to use instead. I really like the look of Glamglow masks though, and would loooove to try some of their other masks, but I’m just too broke to afford them at the moment lol

My favourite products in the box were probably the exfoliating soap, the cleansing balm and the cleansing pads. These beauty boxes are such a great way to try out new products from different brands, and probably a lot of stuff you would not usually gravitate towards.

I’m currently testing the products for the May beauty box, so I’ll get back to you with my thoughts on that soon!

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Revolution 1,000,000 palette

I was sent the Revolution 1,000,000 palette after my mystery bag was missing from my order, so thanks to the good people at Revolution! I had seen this palette on Instagram and was pretty interested to see what it was like. All the looks everyone was making were very bold… and that’s not my usual make up style. So I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone yet again for you guys!

Seeing as it’s pretty hard to avoid pink in this palette, I went for a pink/purple smoky eye with a cut crease and some serious winged liner. Keep scrolling to see the look and how I did it.


Picture from the Revolution Makeup Instagram page (@makeuprevolution)
Here are the swatches against the palette itself

All of the shades are really nicely pigmented. What I will say, is that the foiled shades had a very odd consistency. You can see in the palette after I swatched it that there are dents that aren’t there in the middle pink shade. I found when swirling my finger (as I normally would in any shadow pan), the product would ball up and feel very clumpy on my finger (see left). This happened for every foiled shade, and it actually made it quite difficult to apply to the eyes, or to get a solid pigment without it going patchy. I had particular trouble with the darkest foil shade, which you can see in the above swatches on my arm (second from right swatch).

How-to:

I already had a full face of makeup revolution products on (Fast Base Stick Foundation, Conceal and Define concealer and highlighter from the I Heart Makeup Surprise in Mermaid).

  1. I used a setting powder over my eyes just to set the concealer. Using the matte pink shade (the lightest pink in the palette), I put this in my outerย corner and into the crease. I blended this out so there were no harsh edges.
  2. Then taking the magenta shade, I took a more tapered brush and concentrated this more into the lower outer corner and into the deeper part of the crease to add dimension and definition. Using bright and dark colours like this is pretty new for me and a bit out of my comfort zone, but it started to come together really nicely.
  3. At this point, I had planned to put the foiled shadow next to the light pink into the blank space on the centre of my lid. However, the foiled shadows are quite clumpy and do not come away smoothly onto the brush or the finger. They leave little balls of eyeshadow in the pan and don’t have much colour pay off with one swipe. I put the burgundy shade into the centre, but wasn’t happy with it, so removed it and went over it with concealer to do a cut crease. I then applied Shimma Shimma by Makeup Geek as a base, and then put the lightest shade in the palette on top. This had the same consistency as the others, but as I had already applied a similar colour, it went on a little more opaque.
  4. Using the Eyeko Eye Do liquid liner, I went for a hell of a wing (any wing is a hell of a wing for me lol) to give this look some real drama.
  5. I don’t do fake eyelashes so applied a few coats of Benefit Roller Lash.
  6. For the lower lash line, I took the magenta pink and dark purple down onto the lower lash to give a smooth gradient effect. Then topped it off with Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.
  7. I added a more pinky lip using, NYX lip liner in Peekaboo Neutral, Maybelline Colour Stay lipstick in 725 and the Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N13.

Overall, I was really happy with this look. I like how green the purples made my eyes look (a look I haven’t done in about 10 years lol). The palette was fun to use, though it did take a little more effort and work to get the most out of some of the shades. Regardless of this, Revolution is a great company that makes really fun, affordable make up. I will be using this palette again, most probably for a going out look rather than day time.

Let me know what you think on here or on insta!

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Bright eye look

I saw the NYX Ultimate shadow palette in Brights and knew I had to have it. My make up is always very tame. I don’t wear a lot of colour and stick entirely to neutrals. BUT, the colours are so vivid, and I was feeling inspired.

 

This is the final look. It’s a transition from yellow, into green and finally into blue along the lash line. I felt so beautiful wearing this and it is the perfect look for summer!

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  1. I started off with the true yellow shade and put it on the outer corner and into the outer part of the crease. I tried not to take it too far in to keep the rest of the eye blank for the other colours.
  2. I then took the orange-yellow collour and went back into the outer crease to deepen the yellow colour. I started to bring this colour onto the main part of the lid and blend the colour out near the centre of the lid.
  3. Taking the light green shade (second from left), I blended this into the yellow shade on the outer lid and started to bring the cover onto the lid.
  4. To add more colour, I started to blend the darker green into the deepest part of the crease and blended the colour out to the outer part of the lid.
  5. On the outer most part of the crease and lid I added the light turquoise (first on the right, second row). It was quite a subtle colour, but added a nice transition between the upper eye and lower eye.
  6. Again, to deepen the outer corner I added the darker turquoise and blended this towards the lower lash line.
  7. I had initially wanted to add blue to the lid as well, but thought a bright blue would overload it so I added it along the lower lash line instead. I applied the darker blue (second from left) first before adding the electric blue to make it really pop. I then blended this out with a dome brush do it didn’t look quite so harsh.
  8. I added a thick liner and mascara to the upper and lower lashes and voila!

Let me know what you think of this look! I’m in LOVE!

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How to add a pop of blue to your make-up

Adding a pop of blue into your make-up is a hot new trend this summer!

You may have seen the KKW x Mario palette, which includes a beautiful bright blue. As a part of the launch, all the guests were asked to wear blue somewhere in their make-up. Many of them opted to wear blue all over the lid, which can take some serious guts and is definitely not for everyone. BUT there is a way to add a pop of colour without going too daring.

Eyeshadow on the lash line

Some of the influencers at the KKW x Mario party went for this softer look instead. It’s certainly less of a statement than blue all over the lid, but still offers that beautiful pop of colour to draw attention to the eye. And it’s super easy! My favourite eye shadows for this are from NYX or Makeup Geek.

Take a small domed brush and take a good amount of product. Tap off the excess. Be aware – if there is fall out onto the cheeks, you’ll have to work out how to cover up blue splodges under your eyes! Either do your eyes before your face make up or put some extra powder under your eyes to wipe away once you’ve finished. Bring the colour from the outer corner of your eye in towards the inner corner. Maybe bring it three-quarters of the way in. If you really want to add some drama and dimension, take a darker colour (brown, blue, black) and smoke it out on the outer corner of the eye. What I really like to do is add a lighter turquoise blue from just before the inner corner back into the middle of the lash line to really pop! For this, my favourite colour is Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Mermaid.

This gives you a nice pop of blue to make your make up summer ready!

Eyeliner

This is your chance to really make your upper lash line pop! And it looks banging.

I was actually so pleased with how this came out! I am usually so bad at winged liner, but I somehow managed to pull this one off and it’s soooo wearable! Instead of following your upper lashline (which goes down), follow the line of your lower lash line (which goes up) to get a nice wing. Make it as thick or thin as you like. I added this on top of today’s work make up (which has lasted SO WELL, YAAAAS) and the blue really complimented the warm shades already on my eye.

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These are just some selfies taken on my phone cause I was feeling myself lol

Mascara

This one is super easy to do and reminds me of when I was about 12. Bright mascaras are back on the rise, and I am here for it. A friend in the office recently gave me a bright blue mascara she had bought accidentally so I tried it on at work. Everyone gathered around and gave nods of approval about how surprisingly wearable it was. It added a pop of colour without overwhelming the eye or making it look like something out of Avatar.

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These ways are much more wearable ways of adding a pop of blue, rather than going crazy with blue shadow on the lid. Let me know what you think!

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Full face of forgotten favourites/rarely used products

It’s super easy to get into a routine of wearing the same products day in, day out. I went through my make up collection recently and found so many old gems that I had forgotten I even had, or stuff I had bought on impulse and never used. I’m going to compare these to my favourites I use everyday, and see whether there was a reason I stopped using them!

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Foundation – Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation in 117/Y225
Concealer – Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Chantilly
Powder – RCMA No Colour Powder in Translucent
Blush – Nars Orgasm blush
Bronzer – MUA Mosaicย bronzer
Highlighter – Sleek highlighting palette
Eyeshadow – Morphe 35T palette
Lip pencil – Nyx Peekaboo Neutral
Lipstick – Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick

Foundation/Concealer
I love the Make Up Forever HD foundation and it just fell out of the regular foundations I use because I tried out new ones. It has always been quite dark for my skin tone because when I bought it online, Make Up Forever wasn’t easily found in stores. So to make the foundation work, I thought I would mix it in with the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer. When I bought this, I colour matched myself online and the shade was too light to use as a regular concealer. However, together these two made the perfect shade for my skin tone. So I will definitely be using this combination again! I have the same trouble with some of my other foundations, so now I know I have a concealer that can be mixed in, lasts a long time and has a lovely finish.

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Powder
I saw a lot of people raving about this translucent powder so I decided to try it out. It was my go-to powder for quite a long time, but I didn’t like that it left a white cast on my face when I took pictures with flash. I’d often use this to set my foundation before a big night out, so I wasn’t happy that I looked like a ghost. I used this to bake under my eyes again and lightly applied it to the rest of my face and was pretty content with how it looked. It did take the colour out of my face a little bit, but not as much as before. The finished look didn’t beat the Nars Soft Velvet powder I usually use, so I won’t be turning back to this again soon.

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Blush
When I was living in Spain and got a bit Sephora obsessed I got a set that was Nars Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer in one. But I then thought that the Blush was too pink and the bronzer was too dark for my skin. But I thought I’d give the Nars Blush another go. It actually was a really flattering shade of pink that wasn’t as bright pink as I thought it would be. I was really pleasantly surprised and I’d definitely start rotating this in to my usual routine!

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Bronzer
I decided to use my old favourite which is the MUA bronzer. I was pretty excited about using this one again because I actually liked this one and only stopped using it because I discovered the Make Up Geek ‘contour’ instead. However, when I applied this I did one swipe and was shocked at how red it looked on my skin. Rather than looking like a nice bronzey tan like my MUG one, I just looked really strange. I really loved this a few years ago, but I’m not sure I’ll be grabbing for this any time soon.

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Highlighter
This palette was huge in 2015/2016 when American Youtubers stumbled across Sleek for the first time (when us UK gals have known about it for ages). It’s a little annoying to buy a palette and only really be able to use one colour, but I bought it anyway. I used to use this every day after I shattered my Mary Lou-maniser. I decided to try the slightly darker shade in the pan (bottom right) combined with my usual shade (bottom left). Somehow, I think some of the purple residue had fallen onto the darker shade, as my cheek had a purple sheen to it, which I wasn’t happy with. The lighter colour also wasn’t as golden and luminating as I remembered, which was a little sad. Even though my current Mary Lou-maniser has smashed AGAIN, I’m going to carry on using it because it’s just such a beautiful golden glow, especially for pale skin.

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Brows
This was one I was really nervous for. I had bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer when it first came out because I’d been dying to try ABH brow products. But it was such a disappointment! The idea is that you’re supposed to use the wide end of the Brow Definer’s triangular ‘nib’ to fill in gaps and then use the narrow end to draw on thin hair-like strokes. However I found it really difficult to use, it looked patchy and I couldn’t get the brows I wanted. So using this again, I felt like I really had to take my time (which I don’t usually have the time to do that!) The end result was okay – they were a nice shape, they were even (after combing through a lot) but the colour was not quite as dark as I’d like. The NYX Micro Brow pencil is just so much easier to use as the nib is very small and I can get theย result I want with less effort and lessย stress.ย I would potentially try this again, but with a brow powder as well and not during the week when I’m in a rush to get ready.

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Eyeshadow
I thought I’d find the eyeshadow portion of this make up experiment easy because I do tend to use most of my palettes fairly regularly… except this one. When I reopened this again, I hadn’t realised how dark the shades all were. There is no light shade for a base. There are no lighter transition colours. All of them are dark and that made it really hard for me to do a wearable look. I took one of the ‘lighter shades’ thinking it would be okay to use as a transition colour… NOPE. It was really dark straight away and I was a bit like… oh shit. I stuck to the lighter shades in the palette (aka 4 shades) and had to dive in to my usual go-to palette to make it more wearable. I really don’t think I’ll be able to use this as an every day palette. I’d certainly dip into this for night out make up, but I have other eyeshadow pans in my go-to palette that I’d much rather use.

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Lip pencil
I used to use Peekaboo Neutral all. the. time. It was really tricky to get a hold of and I used to buy it in bulk from Amazon. Because it was tricky to get my hands on, I stopped buying it when I fell for MAC Whirl lip liner. It was much more pink than I remembered, but it wasn’t unpleasant! I prefer a pinkish-brownish nude and this overall look was maybe a little pinker than I would have liked but I was happy with it (: As it is so difficult to find in the UK, I’m probably not going to repurchase this for a while.

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Lipstick
Again, when I was living in Spain and was v. make up happy, I would buy the same nude shade by different brands. I got the Rimmel lipstick in 45 and basically never used it. Then accidentally bought it again lol. When I used it again, it was pinker than I like now, but it felt really nice on the lips, so I’ll definitely be using it again! It won’t be my go-to lipstick, as I prefer my Maybelline and MAC ones, but it’s one I would consider when I want a more pink lip.

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VERDICT:
I was pretty pleased with the over all look. I thought my base make up looked brill, but the red bronzer kind of ruined it a little bit. I did actually apply my Makeup Geek ‘contour’ in Love Triangle before I left the house just to warm my skin up and tone down the redish hue. I was really disappointed how the eyes ended up because I expected more of the eyeshadow palette. However, I. AM. SO. PLEASED. WITH MY WINGED LINER! I never do winged liner (because I can’t do it) but I thought I’d try and it came off really well.

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What products have you rediscovered lately? What do you think of the ones that I used? Leave me a comment on here or on my instagram

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