Monday, 27 May 2019

The May Love Lula Box

May's Love Lula box was an exotic feast for the face and the body with two brands I haven't tried before.

Madara are an old favourite of the LL beauty box and you can usually guarantee a product from them once every few months. Which is handy for a lot of people (like me) who can't afford Madara's prices, especially as this comes in at a whopping £35.
This mask contains birch water and amino acids to lift and plump skin and smooth wrinkles.
It's a lilac/grey colour and feels really soothing going on. After about 20 minutes, it's easy to wash off and it leaves the skin feeling really soft. I didn't notice my face feeling more like a 'V' shape again (as the mask claims) but after I put my skincare on top, my skin felt great.

Ingredients: Betula Alba (Birch) Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, Hydrogenated Macadamia Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract*, Isoamyl Laurate, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Blueberry) Fruit Extract*, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Flower Extract*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract*, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract*, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract*, Galium Verum (Bedstraw) Extract*, Sodium Levulinate, CI 77019 (Mica)**, CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide)**, CI 77491 (Iron oxide)**, Cellulose, Aqua/Water, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Anisate, Stearic Acid, Lactic Acid, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Xanthan Gum, Charcoal Powder, Aroma/Fragrance, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Betaine, Sodium PCA, Sodium Phytate

A strange one this as we had a Seascape hand and nail cream recently (very nice it was too). Although, when I checked this, it was actually 5 months ago - time flies! I'm still using the previous cream and I like it as it sinks in really easily, so you can use it during the day, which I don't usually like doing.
This has a lemon scent like the previous hand cream but I found the scent a bit foisty like the cream had gone off. I contacted LL and was sent a replacement but unfortunately that smelled the same. I began to be convinced it was my nose as no one else has complained about the smell. So I decided to pass this one on to someone who would use it, as I just couldn't get on with the smell.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, (a stabiliser derived from Palm Oil) Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride (an emollient sourced from Coconut Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol (an emollient sourced from Palm Oil), Glycerin (a skin conditioner derived from Rapeseed Oil), Triethanolamine (a synthetic ph adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (a synthetic preservative), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Limonene (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Linalool (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Ethylhexylglycerin (a skin conditioner derived from glycerin), Citronellol (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citral (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Geraniol (a fragrance component naturally occurring in fruits and plants), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Potassium Sorbate (a preservative in the form of salt derived from sorbic acid), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Citric Acid (a ph adjuster derived from citrus fruit).

A new brand at Love Lula, this body scrub features sandalwood, ginger and patchouli essential oils plus jojoba and babassu oils. The brand is all vegan and Leaping Bunny approved. The packaging is plastic and I do wish that all scrubs came in aluminium tins these days.
I feared that when I opened this, it would be brown like a coffee scrub, (I've recently been using a coffee scrub and while gorgeous, I'm so sick of having to clean the bath after it!), but to my delight it was pure white and left no residue on the bath.
It's a really lovely heady scented product and while not very 'scrubby', it does the job, particularly on delicate skin and leaves it so soft and perfumed.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Pumice, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Parfum (Fragrance Essential Oil blend), Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Seed Powder, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Jasminum Grandiflorum Flower Extract., Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

This pale pink balm contains beeswax so it isn't vegan. It sadly wasn't my cup of tea as it's very hard so you feel like you're constantly going to snap it as you apply pressure. The colour is very pale and subtle if you want a really sheer wash of colour.

Ingredients: Cera alba, orbignya oleifera seed oil, persea gratissima oil, ricinus commuunis seed oil, simmondsia chinensis seed oil, theobroma cacao seed butter, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499.

This mask, made from rare organic peat, boasts a number of skin care claims - it can tighten, smooth fine lines, heal allergic skin and decrease acne.
It's the quickest skin fix I've ever used - only three minutes - and left my skin really soft and smooth. A great choice if you're short of time. Also, great to give your child a giggle. I just say 'Mummy fell in the mud' when I've got a mud mask on and he laughs his head off. 😜

Ingredients: Sphagnum Peat Moss Extract, Aqua.

You can view all these products and more at Love Lula here

*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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