Monday, 30 July 2018

Review: The July Love Lula Beauty Box

Love Lula's July box was a bumper one featuring seven items! 
Sometimes I like to get lots of little things in a beauty box rather than a few full sizes. This is because full sizes take so long to use up and as a blogger, I always have products queued to try. Due to waste issues, I'm not a fan of having lots of things open at once and do try to use up items before I open new things, although this is not always practical. So it was great to try some samples as well as full sizes in this month's box.

 For a little sachet, I got a few uses out of this as you only need a little bit. It was absolutely gorgeous, smelling of citrus and being velvety soft. Equally good for night and day and leaves the skin plumped and hydrated. The full size isn't cheap at £42.78 but well worth it as a treat.

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 Apples and Bears are a brand I haven't tried before, but they always get favourable reviews. They are ECOCERT certified and this one is vegan. It does contain palm glycerides though for those looking to avoid palm oil. I love bergamot and this is a nice smelling wash which I found effective after a day at the beach to remove sand and sun cream. I'd try more from the range.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil Distilled, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Cupressus Sempervirens Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Ferula Kokanica Resin Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Wood Oil, Myristica Fragrans Fruit Oil (Nutmeg), Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Herb Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Flower Oil, Citral, Limonene, Linalool. *Ingredients from Organic Farming.

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Balm Balm were one of the first natural and organic brands I tried when I first began to change my beauty routine. Their Baby Balm has helped my son's eczema immeasurably and I've tried many of their other products. I also love that they have announced all their plastic packaging will change to glass. I hope this tube was the last of it.
I was a bit unsure about using this on my face as I thought it might leave it greasy, but it really didn't. It left my face moisturised and prepped for make-up. Tea tree does have a drying effect on my skin so it remains to be seen whether this will happen, but so far, this is a really good moisturiser for both me and my son.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), Cera alba (beeswax), Calendula officinalis (calendula oil), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Tea tree essential oil. Limonene* (naturally occurring component of tea tree oil)

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 Half of me was 'oh no not another oil' when I saw this, the other half was 'ooh! I haven't tried hemp before!' The ooh part won because this is just gorgeous. It smells vaguely nutty and goes on fairly dry, sinking in quickly so it's perfect in the morning under make-up when time is short. I've been totally loving it and I'd highly recommend it to acne sufferers as it's non-comedogenic.

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 JMO was made for the LL beauty box as it's such an expensive brand, that it's wonderful to try it now and then as part of the box. I really like rosemary and this one is a really fresh, stimulating wash, great for a morning shower. This one's vegan, as is the majority of the JMO range. Also, is there anyone else that finds the Latin name of milk thistle amusing or am I just a child? 😁

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Decyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Glycerin*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, EthylhexylGlycerin*, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol

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I'm probably one of the few beauty-loving women who doesn't get that excited at the prospect of a mask. Sheet masks seem to be all the rage and gasp! I've never tried one. Maybe it's because they make you look like Michael Myers, or a burns casualty as paramedics use a similar aloe vera mask for first-line treatment. I also don't understand the current K-Beauty fad as most of their brands are full of complete crap. CHOBS however is ECOCERT, Vegan Society and COSMOS certified.
My sheet mask virginity is now gone and on a nice evening in front of the telly with a glass of wine, I popped on this bad boy and relaxed. And it was very nice! Really cooling and fresh and perfect for summer. It left my skin really soft and hydrated. I'm not saying I'm converted, but I'd use it again.

Ingredients: Aqua, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Limonene, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, *Citrus Limon Peel Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, *Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Angelica Gigas Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract, Linalool, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita Flower Water, *Rose Extract, Citronellol, *Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Geraniol, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Citral * : Organic Ingredients / ** : Made using organic ingredients, 100% natural origin of total (by COSMOS-standard)

I was totally thrilled to get this conditioner as I've had red hair for the last few months and have been searching for products to keep it from fading. I've been using the Infuse My Colour Ruby on and off for a while and when my hair was a permanent red, it didn't seem to have a lot of effect. However, when I applied a semi-permanent pillarbox red over the top and started to use the ruby colour regularly together with this conditioner, I found to my surprise that I didn't get any massive fading for 2 weeks, which is a seriously achievement with a semi red colour.
The conditioner is really thick and nourishing and leaves hair feeling really soft and silky. And if that wasn't enough, it smells of parma violets! It doesn't get much better than that, folks. This range is 100% vegan too and basically, I love it.

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In summary: A lovely varied box this month and I do love how LL keep the contents fresh and I always get stuff I haven't tried before. Needless to say, the highlight was the Infuse My Colour conditioner!

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*I review the beauty box as part of my role as a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Programme. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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