I decided to take a break from Ipsy and try out the February Look Fantastic beauty box. I was under the impression that Look Fantastic charged in your currency based on which country you select, so I thought $19 CAD is better than the $20 CAD I pay for Ipsy. It’s such a tiny difference, but that’s how I justified it.
I got off to a rocky start with LF. I set my currency to Canadian, and yes, Look Fantastic said $19. HOWEVER, I was charged $25ish on my credit card. I emailed support and told them that their currency buttons didn’t work, as I and many other bloggers I read were under the impression of it being $19CAD. I got a brief email back from LF telling me that I was charged in USD and that’s what it’s supposed to be for Canadian orders. They said I could submit another ticket if I had more concerns. This was a Do Not Reply email. I was rather annoyed that I couldn’t even reply to the response as I wasn’t happy with it. Why have currency buttons if they are going to charge you in a different currency!? False advertising I tell ya.
Cost: $19US or 13 GBP (cheaper with longer subscription terms)
Includes: 4-6 beauty related items, normally at least 2+ full size products.
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Anyways, the box arrived packaged within another box. Inside the first box (containing the LF box) was the February UK Elle Magazine. The box itself was a gorgeous deep purple with gold lettering. The inside has a little quote printed on the lid! Inside the beauty box was the LF mini magazine detailing the products.
The Ordinary. Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA $5.80
This is made in Canada! I’m always happy to have skincare in my beauty boxes, It’s the one thing I can guarantee I’ll use. This is hydrating on my skin without feeling greasy. I was shocked that the price tag on this is only $5.80 CAD for a 1 oz full size. I often find the less well known brands I get in beauty boxes to be quite expensive so the price tag on this is surprising for me. I’m not even complaining about the value here, I’m thrilled to have an inexpensive Canadian skincare product that I can order again if I like it!
This Works Stress Check Breathe In $16.41CAD
This is possibly my favourite thing in the whole box. It’s a vial of roll-on essential oil infused with eucalyptus and lavender. When you find yourself stressed out you roll the scent onto your wrist and breathe deeply to alleviate stress. This was made for me! I can’t really say it if helps with stress, but I find eucalyptus to be a calming scent.
Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energizer $33.55 CAD
This is on Polaar’s website but the google translator from French to English had a lot of hiccups so it was hard to get the scoop on the product. From what I can tell this product is marketed towards men. I found a lot of men’s skin care sites reviewing it, but the only “beauty” website that had it featured was Look Fantastic. That’s fine, I mean it’s a skincare product and in theory it should work just as well for women as for men. This is the same 10ml size that is sold by Polaar, but the packaging has been downgraded for the sub box. The rollerball claims to eliminate dark circles, puffiness, and stimulate eyelash growth in 15 days.
ModelCo Eye Lites $15CAD(?)
I wasn’t excited to see Model Co. I don’t know why, it’s just not a brand that I identify with as premium. I only ever see it in sub boxes, and I don’t feel excited about it. This eyeshadow is a liquid metallic rose gold. I can’t find it anywhere except for one random ebay seller for 9GBP.
Catwalk Queen Vitamins 30 Tablets $7CAD
Um. I dunno. I’m skeptical of taking vitamins and supplements from brands I don’t know. The pills themselves look cheap, just clear plastic capsules. Maybe I’m wrong. Someone please tell me if these actually work? I’m not from the UK, so maybe myvitamins is a common supplement brand over there? I don’t like taking health supplements and extra vitamins without doctor approval.
Bourghese Fango Active Mud Mask 0.89 oz $6.15CAD
I have mixed feelings about this. First of all, there is really no resealing this sample. A brand that sells $37-$100 mud masks should darn well be able to make their samples resealable, especially when they contain at least two uses.There are other Fango Mud Masks out there that retail for less, for example the Harvey Prince Fango Mud Mask retails for $27 for 7 oz, where as this Bourghese version retails $37 for the same amount of product. Both suspiciously have very similar packaging!
Final Thoughts: I will probably use 4/6 items. I’m unsure about the vitamins and the Model Co eye shadow. The value of the box worked out to $83.91 CAD which is great, but I’m having a hard time being excited for this box. I was expecting something more exciting when I saw the theme spoiler, Runway Ready. Maybe it’s just me, but this box seems a little lacking. I’m also still miffed over the currency being charged in US dollars. If the website was straight up about that I would be cool with it, but when there’s an option to select your currency saying $CAD, damn straight I want to know I’m getting charged in Canadian.
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