LoveLula Beauty Box October 2017 ~ First Impressions

It’s that time of the month again! No, not THAT one… LoveLula Beauty Box time! My lovely package was delivered yesterday. I was bummed because I thought the postie wasn’t coming and then he turned up about 4.30pm. I was so happy I could have hugged him! Immediately cracked the box open and here’s what we have inside this month…

For starters we have the Greenfrog Botanic Body Wash with Geranium & Peppermint. I have had the hand wash version of this in a box before so I know I like it. The scent is really beautiful and the wash is made from organic Himalayan soapberries and aloe vera. I really like how my skin feels after using this. I like also that this size is marked as being an airplane safe, travel size. I wish more brands marked their packaging in this way. It’s also certified vegan and cruelty free which is a total plus for assuring customers. 

I believe this Tamanu Rejuvenating Face Oil from Ooh! Oils of Heaven is a new addition to their collection. They also offer pure Cacay, Rosehip, Argan, Marula & Moringa oils. The Tamanu oil is high in Omega 6 and 9 which are really good for the skin. It doesn’t say what type of skin it is best for, and having combo to oily skin I do choose facial oils, serums and moisturisers carefully. However I do use a Blue Labelle Petigrain & Tamanu Cleansing Oil which is formulated for normal combo to oily skin and that works really well for me. Following a little more research I’ve discovered that Tamanu oil is recommended for acne prone skin (I don’t have acne, but it is oily!) and a wide variety of skin problems including psoriasis, eczema and fungal infections (it has antibacterial, antimicrobial properties). So, if I don’t like it on my face I can try it on my hands, feet and nails. It is very viscous and green, and smells nutty, quite similar to neem but not as offensive! 

Next up we have the Glossworks Nail & Cuticle Oil. This is made from straight up avocado oil, with African juniper, giving it a pleasant woody scent. The bottle and dropper is really well designed, dropping only a tiny drop on the nail each time, which saves things getting messy. However, this 9ml bottle retails for Β£12. I get that the packaging is expensive and yes the oil is really nice and moisturising on my cuticles. Still, this isn’t something I would ordinarily set out to buy since I can put avocado carrier oil or any regular skin oil or balm on my nails and get the same effect. That said, it was nice to receive this in the box and I could definitely refill it. Also, this would make a nice little gift or stocking filler for someone who likes to do their nails, or would be a good thing to have if you like to travel with a cuticle oil.

The star of this month’s box for me, is the PHB Ethical Beauty Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow in Almond. This is a beautiful cream shade with golden tones and a satin finish but not sparkly. The shadow is rich and creamy and blends really nicely on the delicate eyelid area. I used it last night all over the lid and up to the brow as a base for other shadows, and everything I used worked perfectly on top of it. The eyeshadow comes in 19 other shades (satin and mattes) and I already own Forest, a gorgeous true green, Acai Berry, a rich and deep royal purple, and Ocean, a stunning turquoise teal. They are only a small 3g pan size for the price tag of Β£9.95, but I never hit pan on eyeshadows anyway and they’re so worth it for the quality. For anyone who is worried they aren’t going to get blendable shadows and pigmented colour payoff in green beauty, look no further!  They’re also easy to remove from the cardboard packaging if like me you prefer to house single eyeshadows in a magnetic palette. 

The shadow came with the PHB Eyeshadow Brush. Whilst this brush is, for me, a little on the small side for all over the lid, the size, angled shape and density of this brush makes it great for detailed crease or outer corner work as well as for inner corner or brow bone highlighting. I already own the PHB Brow Define Brush, which is my absolute favourite for applying cream or powder brow products, so I know the quality of the vegan and cruelty free PHB brushes is top notch. I’ll be looking forward to ordering some new  eyeshadows, brushes and other PHB favourites (of which there are many!) with the coupon for 20% off the brands in this box.

That’s all for now guys. Again, another great box and tremendous value for money.  If you got this month’s box I’d love to hear what you thought of the product selection? Feel free to comment below or on my IG @ethicalem.

This post does contain some affiliate links, and some informative links. There are no PR items in this post and none of my content is sponsored. All opinions are my own, honest and always will be. 

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