22 July 2013

Lust Have It - July 2013

Yay! It's that time of the month again, where monthly beauty boxes appear in my PO box. In all honesty, I'm not entirely sure about Lust Have It this month, especially after receiving such an amazing Wantable box last week (read here). I just don't know what to think of it. Maybe I'll develop more of an opinion after writing up this post.

The packaging of Lust Have It is the same collectible box, with a different print. I kind of prefer the old makeup bags, as I find them more useful then these boxes. Anyway, onto what I received...

1. Schwarzkopf Extra Care Volume Powder - full size (RRP: $8.99 for 10g)
"The first Extra Care Styling Powder for instantly visible and long-lasting volume. This unique, weightless formula texturises each hair strand to create maximum volume of the roots, in an instant and without stickiness. Instant unbelievable volume that still looks natural. Formula becomes invisible in seconds. Ultra control, no stickiness."

I'm feeling a bit "meh" about this product. Lack of volume in my hair is not a concern, so I'm not entirely sure if I'll end up using this. Having said that, it would be interesting to see if the claims are true. I wonder if this could be used as a dry shampoo as well.

2. PHYT'S Lait Hydro-Nettoyant and Soin Riche Protecteur - 3ml each (RRP: Lait Hydro-Nettoyant - $43 for 200ml; Soin Riche Protecteur - $78 for 40ml)
Lait Hydro-Nettoyant - "Certified organic milk cleanser for all skin types. A gentle face cleanser to remove makeup and to cleanse the skin. Eliminates impurities without drying the skin."
Soin Riche Protecteur - "Certified organic daily moisturiser for very dry and sensitive skin."

These two samples are a dud for me. Firstly, it's in evil satchels of 3ml each... ain't nobody got that for that. I don't think it's enough for anyone to figure out if it's suitable for them, especially when they cost so much. Secondly, it's for dry skin, which I do not have. I wish Lust Have It included this as a bonus, instead of an actual product because this is certainly disappointing to have received as a "deluxe" sample.

3. Knotties by Condition Culture Hair Ties (RRP: USD$6.25)
"Knotties air ties and headbeads are the newest innovation in hair accessories. This cutting edge design uses soft yet strong elastic that does not snag or crease your hair. They look great in the hair or can be worn around your wrist as arm jewelry."

Not entirely sure about their "newest innovation" claim, as they work and look the same as Twistbands. However, I'm not going to complain about getting these, as I always need hair ties. They seem to disappear as frequently as bobby pins.

4. Swisse Hand Cream with Vitamin F and Pomegrante - 30ml (RRP: $29.95 for 500ml)
"A rich, nourishing hand cream with a quick dry down and non-greasy finish. Vitamin F provides omega 3 and 6 to help preserve the skin's natural barrier to environmental impact while pomegranate oils improve skin texture. Your hands will thank you."

Another product I'm a bit "meh" about. I have received this in a Bellabox sometime last year (read here), and I haven't even used that yet. I'm just not a big hand cream person, so I'll be passing this on to mum, who has really dry hands.

5. California Mango Natural Hand and Body Lotion (RRP: USD$3.49 for 57ml)
"California Mango Lotion is one of the most popular lotions used today in the beauty skin care marketplace. An overall hand and body product designed to maintain and enhance the surface skin health. Mango Lotion has become the standard in the professional beauty industry, establishing a retail following that is enjoyed by many salons throughout the world."

So many thoughts running through my head. I think I shall use bullet points to organise my thoughts.
  • I think this is a bigger than full size product... first for a beauty subscription box? 
  • Another hand lotion!?! I guess it is the season for hand lotions, and this is also suitable for the body.
  • I must be living in a cave, as I have never heard of this brand in my life before, and it's "one of the most popular lotions used today".
  • It smells really yummy, like mangoes. It doesn't feel greasy on my skin. I will most likely keep this and use it on my body.

6. Nude by Nature Natural Tinted Mineral Moisturizer with Sunscreen - full size (RRP: $19.95 for 30ml)
"This Natural Tinted Mineral Moisturizer helps to form a fine, protective layer to prevent ageing. It enables the skin to retain the moisture it requires with a natural tint that covers blemishes and creates a smooth, flawless complexion. Perfect to wear under foundation as a primer or by itself for an even radiant complexion."

This was revealed on the LHI's facebook page prior to the shipment of July's box. I haven't had much luck with Nude by Nature, so I'm not all that excited about this product.

7. Colorsmash by Condition Culture Hair Shadow - 3g (RRP: USD$15 for 4.1g)
 "Colorsmash Hair Shadow is the premium brand of temporary hair shadow in the hair and beauty industry. Offered in a variety of vibrant colours, its inspired by the popular hair chalking trend and the perfect add-on for all occasions. Smash it on. Seal with spray. Wash it out."

I've always wanted to try hair chalk but never bothered because of my naturally dark locks. I do have blonde highlights, but I like them the colour that they are (or maybe just a few shades blonder). The colour I received is called Gold Rush. I have looked at the hair swatches for this particular shade on the condition culture website (here), and I'm not sure if I'll ever use this, as it looks a tat too brassy for my liking. Although, I guess it'll be a good way to experiment and test out the quality of these hair chalk-type things.

8. Health Essentials Maqui Berry Active - 6g (RRP: $45 for 150g)
"Macqui Berry Active is the latest weapon in combating poor health and now available in Australia. Nutritional test results show it's nothing short of amazing and taken daily it has all the body needs to function at optimal performance. Be vibrant inside and out!"

Holy guacamole! $45 for 150g?! I don't buy these type of super organic foods, so I'm not sure if that is a reasonable price. But I don't think I'm going to ever start if that's how much they costs! This is a bonus sample. Not sure if I'll ever bother giving this a go, since I refuse to spend $45 on this.

Having finished going through all the products in this month's LHI, I can conclude that I'm not impressed despite receiving 8 products. I believe strongly in "quality over quantity" and I'm not excited by any of the products in this box. The only things I'd definitely use are the hair ties and the california mango hand and body lotion.

What did you receive in your LHI box? Were you impressed?

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  1. I received almost the same as you, would have preferred the two sachets you received over the teeny tiny tube of cream cleanser which isn't enough to do your whole face. I was quite happy with my box but that is because my last two had been really really bad that this one was fantastic in comparison.

    The Knotties are good!

    Jac x0x

    1. I guess if you looked at it that way, this month's LHI box is good.

  2. I agree quality over quantity! I wouldn't have minded this box but still don't think it's up to scratch!

    1. Glad to see that we're both on the same wavelength. Definitely not the worst, but not the best either.

  3. Definitely all about the lotions in this box!
    At first I thought the hair shadow was a blush.

    1. I wish the hair shadow was a blush, as I would've loved this box a lot more!

  4. I can't imagine putting a hair chalk that colour in my blonde hair as I try to stop it looking yellow/orange as much as possible. I wonder what hair colour they thought it would be good for? I'd love to try their hair volumizing powder though :)

  5. I thought the same when I saw the hair bands, i think they are useful but where is the innovation? The hair chalk was a bit of a hit and miss, it didn't show up on my black hair.

    1. maybe it's the material it's made up of. They feel a tat different to the twist bands.

  6. I received pretty much the same box to you and my first thought was .. 'wtf two hand lotions?!'
    I also thought the hair shadow was an eyeshadow at first and I got a little excited and then realised it was hair chalk. :/

    I really hope LHI pick up their game.

    1. I hate it when you think it's something great, but ends up being something not-as-great!

      I hope they pick up their game too! Damn you yearly subscription!

  7. If you don't want your volume powder, i'll happily trade for something or pay for shipping! I LOVE volume powder for my hair, and this brand is awesome!

  8. Hi there, great LHI review! I received exactly the same as you however I got a hot pink colour hair chalk, which I think will be fun to try out. I was reasonably happy with this month's box but maybe it's because the last couple of months haven't been to crash hot!

    I'd love it if you could take a look at my review/blog: http://missmel7.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/lust-have-it-july-2013.html

    I'm going to follow you on bloglovin as it will be interesting to see what you receive each month :)

  9. Those are two hand creams I really want to try and I've heard amazing things about the Swiss one. Makes me wish I was subscribed to lust have it boxes!