I always get so excited when the postman brings my Lovelula beauty box each month and April’s box was certainly no exception!
I was excited to try out some new brands this month, as well as brand new products from some my favourite natural beauty brands…
Balm Balm – Little Miracle Rosehip Balm
I am already a huge Balm Balm fan and was happy to see this ‘little miracle’ in this month’s box – and it certainly lives up to its name! The rosehip balm, blended with jojoba and borage oils, and infused with an array of essential oils, is a non-greasy balm designed to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. It really softened my skin and left it feeling highly moisturised. I personally love to use this under make-up as it smooths over any dry and flaky patches and leaves my skin feeling moisturised all day. It’s also great on elbows too, and it is really great all purpose product to keep at hand. This has become a staple within my beauty routine over the past few weeks and I’ll definitely be repurchasing.
Dr Botanicals – Facial Exfoliator
I’m not usually a fan of coffee beauty products as I really dislike the smell of coffee. However, this particular product from Dr Botanicals has a surprisingly nice scent, and smells more like coffee icing than coffee grounds – phew! Coffee oil is high in antioxidents and fatty acids, making this the perfect product to protect and nourish the skin. The addition of walnut shell powder provides the exfoliation to eradicate dead skin cells that can otherwise leave skin looking dull and dry. Even though I enjoyed using this, and found it worked wonders on areas of dry and flaky skin, I found it quite drying as it made my face feel a little tight. However, this was nothing out of the ordinary for me as a dry-skin sufferer, and by proceeding with my normal skincare routine afterwards quickly solved the problem!
Dr Botanicals – Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturiser
We all know that superfoods are good for our health and it’s great to see so many skincare companies including them in products. This lightweight moisturiser, featuring skin loving ingredients such as sweet almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, hydrates and protects the skin. I loved the texture, which was light, and loved the fact that it doesn’t have a strong scent. It left my face feeling nourished and moisturised after use, however the effect didn’t really last all day on my dry skin. Despite this, i’ll definitely be keeping it at hand for the summer months when I tend to opt for a lighter moisturiser.
Inika Cream Eye Shadow – Champagne
I was really excited to try Inika for the first time, as I’ve heard amazing things about the brand. I usually struggle to find a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t sit on my dry eyelids, but thanks to Inika, I think I may have found my perfect eye product! The gorgeous illuminating formula gives lids a subtle shimmer which really brightens the whole eye area, all while the addition of jojoba moisturises the eyelid. It remained crease-free all day and works great as an eyeshadow base as well as a single eyeshadow. The champagne shade will complement all skin tones and is perfect for both the daytime and evening. It is a bit on the pricey side, but a little goes a really long way and I feel that it is well worth spending a little extra on a product that actually works.
Madara – 3 Step Skin Boost
Madara has featured several times in Lovelula boxes this year and i’m always impressed by both the quality and effectiveness of each product. This 3-step skin boost, which features 3 of their best selling products in sample sizes, comprises of their cleansing milk, brightening AHA peel mask and a fine line minimiser day cream.
I really enjoyed using the cleansing milk, which has a Northern Jasmine fragrance, as it left my skin feeling clean, fresh and soft without any tightness at all. It can also be used to remove make-up as well as impurities, however I didn’t manage to try this out on this occasion, but on it’s performance so far, I would definitely consider purchasing this in the future.
The second step was the brightening AHA peel mask which I’ve actually wanted to try for a while. It combines nature’s active fruit acids to exfoliate the skin and leave it looking brighter and more radiant. It certainly left my skin feeling smoother and softer with absolutely no irritation, and didn’t leave my face feeling tight at all. I personally didn’t notice my skin looking brighter, but it felt really nice and i’d certainly use it again.
The smart antioxidants fine line minimiser day cream for dry/very dry skin actually impressed me from the first application (I got 2 uses out of the one sachet). It was quite thin in texture, yet was luxuriously rich when applied to the skin. It had a pleasant scent and left my dry skin feeling moisturised all day which is no mean feat with the changeable weather at the moment. It is difficult to determine whether this day cream has any impact on fine lines, however on the immediate effects alone, I was really please with its performance.
April’s box, just as all it’s predecessors, has been fantastic value for money and contained some amazing products. For me, my favourite this month has to be the Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip balm, closely followed by Inika’s cream eyeshadow. I can’t wait until my next LoveLula box to see what delights awaits me – so keep your eyes peeled for a box reveal over the next few weeks.
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!
Emma @ Beauty Folio x