Sunday, 16 September 2018

Beauty discoveries with the KindLook box - September unboxing!


Hello, my loves! Today, I have a very special unboxing for you. I've teamed up with the lovely folks over at KindLook, to bring you a full review of their September edition cruelty-free beauty box. KindLook is fairly new to the subscription box market, but they've already made an impact with fantastic value for money (spoiler alert - this box contains over £90 worth of products), and quality goodies (from brands like Illamasqua, Kat Von D, Spectrum and Urban Decay). It's honestly not easy to get me excited about subscription boxes anymore, but looking at the past KindLook boxes definitely got me very hopeful for the September edition. Could this be the best cruelty-free beauty box yet? Or will it disappoint, like so many othersLet's unbox it together! 



About the box...


The KindLook box is a fully cruelty-free, vegan beauty box that's based in the UK, but available for international shipping. The cost of each box is £23.99, although I can see that they're currently running a discount offer which means that you can get it for £19.99. The KindLook box includes 5+ products (usually 2 full-sized), with an overall value of £60-£100. The selection includes a balanced mix of well-known and more independent brands; offering skincare, makeup, hair and body care products.


What's included?


Pure Papaya Lips Lip Balm (RRP £5.99)
I'm obsessed with lip balms (especially as we are now approaching the colder months), so was really happy to add this to my collection. It's a nice little lip balm; quite thick but not sticky, it absorbs quickly and smells absolutely amazing. Enriched with fermented papaya, shea butter and macadamia oils; it does genuinely leave your lips feeling smooth and moisturised. I can see myself purchasing this in the future as it is effective, but also very affordable. I especially enjoy using it after scrubbing the lips with my favourite Jefree Star Velour lip scrub for an extra pampering treatment!


Chobs Centella Asiatica Serum (RRP £46)
The main star of the September edition! I had to double-check the price value online, as I couldn't believe it was really £46 (but it is)! I usually stick to affordable skincare products, so it was exciting to try something more high-end from this green, certified organic Korean beauty brand. This serum is a fully organic, herbal ointment containing Centella Asiatica leaves, which supposedly work wonders for redness, sensitive and acne-prone skin (essentially my skin type!). I have been using this serum on most days for the past two weeks, and I honestly love it. It's gentle, hydrating, absorbs in seconds and has a very soothing effect on the skin. I am far from a skincare expert, but I know what works for me - and this serum has definitely made a visible difference, especially in terms of clearing up the redness around my nose. If you'd like to see a more in-depth review, please let me know. Long story short, though, this serum is an absolute winner!


Thesis Mermaid's Cheek Seaweed Mask (RRP £26.99)
I was so happy to see a face mask included in the box! With a very cute name, as well. This organic face mask has an interesting powder consistency that you need to mix in with water prior to applying. Particularly suitable for oily and acne-prone skin (which just happens to be my exact skin type!), this mask is supposed to clear, soothe and invigorate. I've only used it a couple of times so far, but I am pleased with the results - it definitely makes any breakouts, acne and general redness a little less visible; but without drying out the skin. My only complaint is the smell! The fragrance is pungent to say the least, and will take some getting used to. Definitely worth it for an effective product, though!


Zao Nail Polish in Plum (RRP £11.50)
I will be completely honest with you, loves - I am typically against subscription boxes including products like nail polishes, lipsticks, or foundation samples - anything that comes in a variety of shades. I think that there is simply too much of a risk getting stuck with a shade that you don't like. When it comes to nail polish, I'm all about reds and nudes, so this is actually the first dark, deep purple nail polish in my collection. I don't hate it, although I am not certain how much use I'm going to get out of it. I think that it could be a nice colour for autumn, plus the formula is promising - enriched with silica from bamboo oil, it promises long-lasting quality without any toxic ingredients.

Flawless The Blending Brush (RRP £6.99)
This is a pretty handy little brush! Very soft, practical and easy to work with, it's suitable for blending out both concealer and eyeshadow. Personally, I can't imagine using anything but my beauty blender for concealer, but it's a good brush for blending out any eyeshadow, so I'm very happy to add it to my collection!

The verdict


This is, hands down, the best cruelty-free beauty box that I've ever had the pleasure to try. First of all, you get amazing value for money - over £95 worth of products for £20, is the best subscription box value I've seen in a long time. However, it's not just about the prices - the products included are actually good! It's a very well thought-out selection, full of practical and interesting items. I find that with a lot of beauty boxes, it feels like you sometimes end up getting the very back-end of catalogue products that would just never sell - for a reason. With the KindLook box, you can tell that the team have done their research, and actually care about what products they choose to include. Like I said earlier, it's still a very new subscription box, but I hope that they stick around and keep on putting together amazing boxes. If you are interested in cruelty-free beauty, I wholeheartedly recommend that you check out the KindLook box. It's one of the very few subscription boxes that I would happily spend my money on every month.

Have you ever tried the KindLook box? What are your favourite subscription boxes?

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