"> "> "> Ingen kategori | The Life Project

Goodiebox vs. LF Beauty Box – February 2015

Hello, lovelies! I know I haven’t been active for a VERY long time, but I’ve had sooo many things to deal with that I just haven’t had the time (I mean, how often do YOU get an ear infection the night before your very first day of school?). I also had some idiot hack my credit card, which means I had to hurry and cancel it, and get a new one. BloggersDelight didn’t get the memo, so instead of sending me a “we couldn’t take the money from your card for your PLUS subscription” (like EVERYONE else does) they decided to just cancel it without a word. Which is why my blog looks like shit right now.

Anyways, this month Goodiebox sent out their box two weeks earlier than usual – because of Valentine’s Day – which means it arrived around the same time as the LF beauty box. So I figured, why not set them up against each other?

We’ll start with the Goodiebox, followed by the LF Beautybox, and then I’ll give you my opinions on each one and which I like the most this time. Fair waring – it’s a super long post, so grab a cup of tea or something.

Goodiebox February 2015

Febryart 2015 Goodiebox

Goodiebox glass nail file – 69 kr

This is produced by Goodiebox itself and even though I haven’t tried it (I bite my nails, Goodiebox, when will you understand?) it seems to be really good. I usually use those disposable ones so a tiny little thing like this, which will fit right in your pocket, seems nice to have if you actually have a use for it 😉

Kueshi Natural & Pleasant Cosmetics Revitalizing Face Toner – 200 ml, 99 kr

The first thing I noticed when I opened my box was the lovely smell of this product. Unfortunately it was because the lid sucks and it was spilled ALL over the box! Everything was soaking wet so bye-bye 1/8 of the product. That aside, the smell is amazing. According to my husband it smells like chewing gum. I have to agree – it really smells like candy, and I’m excited to try it out, even though I don’t really need any more facial toners since I usually only use Eucerin’s facial toner.

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm – 40 ml, 79.95 kr (sample 4 g)

You all know this by now – I loooove Eucerin. I’m ALWAYS happy to see one of their products in the boxes and this is no exception. Sadly, it’s just a tiny sample but never the less it’s definitely one of the eexciting for me. This is supposed to be good against chapped lips, dry hands, nails… “you name it”, Goodiebox says. I’ve tried it out on my horrible, horrible winter-lips and so far I’m definitely game. It’s very thick so a little product goes a long way and the smell is veeery faint but reminds me a little of chocolate or coconut.

Oolution Check Matte – 30 ml, 299 kr

This is the expensive product of the box. The small 30 ml tube is estimated at around 299 kr, and even though I’m sure you can get it cheaper (hello, UK!) it’s still a pretty hefty price for such little product. The smell is that typical “cream” smell – not exciting but not bad at all. It claims to have 100% ecological ingredients and is supposed to adapt to the individual skin. The red is actually really great and I love that it says, “take risks!”. I’m looking forward to trying this out since it promises a lot.

BelláPierre Cheek & Lip Stain – 149 kr

I was SO excited to see this in the box. I saw a review of this product the other day, and since I’ve really come to like BelláPierre’s products I was a little sad that particular box doesn’t ship to Denmark. But there it was! You can use it as a cheek stain as well as a lip stain, but since I don’t really use such things for the cheeks (read; I don’t want to end up looking like a clown) I’ll only try this product on my lips. I got mine in the color Pink and it does look a lot more pink out of the box than in. It’s got quite some shimmer to it without being glittery, and it’s super creamy which is always nice. Another great hit for this month. I think the packaging is really nice but ALL their products look like this, so it gets confusing having to dig through eye shadows, powders and stuff to get to what you’re actually looking for.

Lookfantastic Beauty Box Febryary 2015

Lookfantastic Beauty Box February 2015

Monu Illuminating Primer SPF 15 – 20 ml, 11.18 GBP (50 ml, 27.95 GBP)

We actually got this in January’s Goodiebox! Not that I mind ’cause I’ve come to the conclusion that we like Monu quite a lot! I have the Monu Recovery Balm from a previous box which I really, really like, so of course I was excited to see this product, albeit it was “again”.

I quite like this product because it doubles as a moisturizer as well as being a primer, and you need to use VERY little product so it will last you a long time. The only downside is that it’s so freaking hard to press a tiny amount out of the bottle, and if (when) you end up squeezing too much out, you can’t really put the rest back.

The packaging is really simple and sophisticated so the only real “problem” is the price; I seriously would never pay THAT much for a freaking primer, but I’m not really a primer kind of person in the first place.

PawPaw Original Balm – 10 ml, 2.78 GBP (fullsize – 25 ml, 6.95 GBP)

Much like the Eucerin Skin Balm, the PawPaw balm is made for a plethora of things – dry lips, for sun burn, as a moisturizer… even to be used as a nappy cream or as a hair conditioner! I’m not sure I would stick this stuff in my hair since it’s REALLY thick and can barely get out of the tube (seriously, I was pressing and pressing, just waiting for it to suddenly splash all over the place) but it feels good on the lips.

I like the logo and I love the name (it just sounds so cute!) but I HATE the freaking tube. It reminds me of those tubes you’d get your lipgloss in when you were 15, and to me it just feels cheap. The yellow is really cool, though, and the product itself is supposedly full of all sort of natural healing qualities, so I’ll definitely be trying this out some more.

Korres Citrus Little Body Milk – 50 ml, 2.50 GBP (200 ml, 10 GBP)

My first reaction to seeing this was, “… oh”. We got a Korres Citrus Shower Gel in a previous box and DAMN, it smelled bad. I have a serious problem with citrus-like smells, they tend to smell like toilet cleaner to me and thus not as something I’d like to put on my face and/or body.

Aaanyways… this one isn’t that bad. It actually smells quite nice and I would use it if it weren’t for the fact that I have a bunch of others I’d much rather use. Honestly, I think this one is going to be passed on.

Moroccanoil Treatment – 25 ml, 13.45 GBP (100 ml, 31.85 GBP)

I must be the only person left who hasn’t tried this yet. It’s not that I don’t want to, I do, it’s just that to me oil is oil, and even olive oil will actually moisturize your hair, so I haven’t been too interested in cashing out for this, especially since I’ve had a storage of hair oils for a reaaally long time. Now that I have it, though, I’m VERY excited to try it out. I’ve been extremely sick and stressed lately which means my hair isn’t really at it’s best condition right now. I’ve been giving it some oil treatments but I have somewhat long hair which means it takes a lot for me to moisturize all of it.

BelláPierre Cosmetics Eyeliner – 14 GBP (sale 5.99 GBP)

I have just been raving about how much I looove BelláPierre… and now I’m about to tell you how I don’t love this product. I was initially very excited with this (you know, seeing as I truly like the brand) and I got it in a very nice midnight blue color, but after swatching it on the hand it just feels so hard and dry that I can’t see how I’d be able to use it. I like my eyeliners to be like me chocolate – creamy. Really sad about it as well since I L.O.V.E. eyeliners to an extreme.

Erno Laszlo Sea Deep Cleansing Bar – 17 g, 5.40 GBP (fullsize – 45 GBP)

I think this is one of those products you either love like crazy or bitch over like crazy. Everyone has had a comment about this in every single review I’ve read on their website.

It’s a sea mud deep cleansing bar made of 97% natural ingredients, supposedly detoxing and hydrating your skin while also gently exfoliating.

So why do people complain? Because the bar we received is TINY. It’s almost impossible to hold, not to mention that after you get it wet, there is nowhere to put it while waiting for it to dry… With that said, I’m NOT complaining about this because honestly, that TINY sample is worth almost 6 pounds. In other words, if you were to purchase the fullsize, you’d have to dish up with 45 pounds. I don’t know about you guys but I’m not born with a silver spoon up my ass, which means I’d never ever get to try this out otherwise.

What I WILL complain about is this: it claims to be good for normal, combination or slightly oily skin. My skin is combination skin but oooooh my God, it’s so drying. Have you ever tried washing your face with an actual bar of soap instead of face wash? You know that very dry feeling it leaves you with, like you can’t even run your hand across your face without it “bumping” over it? Yeah, THAT I would like to complain about.

I’m going to try it out some more but it’s definitely going to be with my moisturizer right next to me. So far? A bit disappointed, though I have to say, it DOES actually clean the face very well, no doubt about that.

 ***

To compare, there are upsides and downsides of both boxes.

The upsides of the Goodiebox is that I really like three of the products a lot and the other two are quite okay. The downsides are that it’s always so freaking hard to find shops where you can buy the items. I want to be able to buy the item if I like it, isn’t that kind of the entire point of the box? I also don’t like that they have a habit of exaggerating the “estimated” price at times.

The upsides of the LF Beauty Box is that they’ve started writing how much the sample received in the box, is worth. For instance, if the Eucerin product is a samlpe but Goodiebox only tells you the esitmated fullsize price so you have to sit and do math. We don’t like math. LF Beauty Box tells you how much the samples are worth, making my life a lot easier. Another upside is that the box is worth more than the Goodiebox and it almost always is, and there’s an extra product compared to the Goodiebox. The downside is that while the box is definitely nice, it’s just not super exciting.

IN TOTAL I would have to say that while in general I prefer the Lookfantastic Beauty Box (because they almost always have better quality products) this particular time I’m giving the win to Goodiebox; the BelláPierre Lip Stain and the Oolution Check Matte are just way more interesting that the Moroccanoil and the Monu I already have.

My top 3 products this time:
* Oolution Check Matte
* BelláPierre Cheek & Lip Stain
* Moroccanoil Treatment

My 3 least favorite products:
* Goodiebox nail file
* Korres Citrus Little Body Milk
* BelláPierre Cosmetics Eyeliner

What do you think about the boxes? Which one do you prefer? I’d love to hear from you (:

****
Nothing is sponsored.

If you need anything, write to me at thelifeproject@post.com

December 2014 Update

It’s been almost a month since my last update. We’ve been through pneumonia, sore throats, eye infections and a bunch of other not-so-interesting things (like someone hacking my eBay account and stealing 2.500 kr from me, then Bloggers Delight just stopping my PLUS subscription because I had to cancel my old card and get a new…).

But December’s still been neat; I made 4 advent calendars (as in, 96 gifts wrapped minus the few from eBay that never came despite being ordered in October!) and my son has enjoyed his very first calendar, and so have we; we’ve started watching The Walking Dead (well, for me it’s re-watching right now since I watched the first 2 seasons a while ago), celebrated my 22nd birthday and went to see The Hobbit (on my birthday, booyah!), so all in all, a very good month so far.

Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating Christmas with my husband’s sister and her family. They’re really nice people but it’ll be SUCH a hassle getting back and forth with 300.000 gifts, a stroller, a weekend bed and a kid – with Fynbus. I really hope it goes smoothly. Having to wake up my kid at 10 pm to drag him out into the cold and then on a bus in a stroller is NOT my idea of fun. But I’m sure we’ll all enjoy the evening so I’m just trying to focus on that.

For my birthday I got a zombie mug, a Zombies Hate book, Harry’s wand, new speakers, a pot (yes, a pot – I REALLY needed a bigger one) and money. I’m veeeery pleased with my gifts and getting told that my Christmas gifts are even better isn’t making it any easier to wait until tomorrow! 😉

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your families and friends!

Merry-Christmas-pictures-free

If you need anything, write to me at thelifeproject@post.com

Shop My Stash review – Bourjois Elastic Mascara

 

Bourjois Mascara Elastic

The full mascara

Bourjois Mascara Elastic

What it looks like, a very funky shape

Bourjois Mascara Elastic

Close-up of the applicator wand

Bourjois Mascara Elastic Swatch

To the left, with mascara; to the right, without

The packaging: I love the packaging! I think it’s a very funky shaped container while still looking down to earth and nice. I was worried that it would be difficult to hold it while applying but it’s really no problem at all.

The applicator wand is pretty standard – straight and with tiny brush… thingies? (excuse me, I can’t remember words in this heat) made of plastic. It’s fine and works.

The smell: The mascara smells like mascara, I assume. Nothing too fancy but it doesn’t smell weird and chemical like some mascaras tend to do.

The texture: It’s a very, very wet mascara and you definitely need to be careful when applying it. As you can see on the picture, I got some smudge above my eye and some on my lower lashes even though I only blinked. So if you’re in a hurry I would recommend choosing a different mascara or do your very best not to blink or look down for a good few minutes.

The price: You can get the Bourjois Elastic Mascara for 34 kr at parfume-klik.dk (retail price 100 kr) or for 1.99 pounds at FragranceDirect, where the retail price is 9.49 pounds.

Does it work? It works but it’s not my favorite. I like it for elongating the lashes but using it on it’s own, without curling your lashes (like in the picture above) doesn’t give the best effect on my lashes. I do tend to use it on top of my other mascaras because I get the long lashes but they don’t stick together.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars. The only downside is that it’s too wet and sticks the lashes together but it’s also a big downside, thus the 3.5 stars. But if used on top of another mascara it’s really good and I do use it almost every day.

Have you tried this? What’s your favorite mascara?

****

Nothing is sponsored and all pictures and opinions are my own.

If you need anything, write to me at thelifeproject@post.com

A little personal update

I’m sorry for the long absence. Constantly. I’m just sick a lot so I’m either sick or running to the doctor’s office 24/7. My blood-tests showed there might be something wrong with my liver and my new, nice doctor tried to reassure me greatly that, “It’s probably nothing serious, you’ll be fine” – as if I’m even worried about it. I’ve been sick every day for 2+ years now. I’d actually LOVE to know what the problem is, because then we could at least try to fix it.

So tomorrow I’m going there again (appointment at 10.30, woho…) to have more blood drawn (even more woho…) and then they’ll hopefully know something. If not, I’ll get a referral to the hospital where they’ll probably use me as a needle holder as well, but if it means they figure out what’s wrong with me, I’ll take it.

 

If you need anything, write to me at thelifeproject@post.com

A long week

That’s exactly what this week has been.

Monday started pretty okay. 4 classes and that was it. We were in line to get on the bus when a girl throws up in the bus, runs outside and continues throwing up. We decide to stay and help (I didn’t exactly plan on wiping vomit out of somebody else’s hair but I felt SO bad for her because everyone in the bus was starring and she was clearly uncomfortable – and let’s face it, as a mother I’ve done MUCH worse things that wiping a strand of hair free off vomit) which meant the bus drove off.

Fair enough, we’d just take the next one from the other bus stop, right? Well, the second we start walking it starts PISSING down and when we finally make it into the (20 min late) bus, we’re soaked.

Tuesday I was 5 fucking minutes late for kitchen internship (which I’m SO sure it the right term in English…) because my bus was late. Wednesday I was sick as fuck but because we only have 25 lessons of sick-days and I know I’m going to have migraines again until December, I had to show up. I was wearing my boyfriend’s t-shirt, no makeup (and I look dead as it is, being sick doesn’t help) and just wanted to drop dead. Because we had 8 lessons and I was home at 5.

Thursday. Bus was full, had to wait for another. Great start. Another day with 8 lessons. I brought chocolate to make it easier but it disappeared. No idea what the Hell happened, if someone took it from my bag or what, but it was gone. I was so tired when I got home, I told my boyfriend I’d just lay down for 5 minutes and for him to wake me if I fell asleep.

I went to bed at around 19, woke up at 22.30. Had something to eat and went right back to sleep. THAT exhausted.

Today we had kitchen internship-duty-whatever again, and made veal fricassee and “rødgrød med fløde” – sorry, can’t translate that 😉 It was actually extremely delicious.

Also, can I just point out that when you decide to take the rødgrød with you home and you only have a plastic bag… well, people stare 😛

If you need anything, write to me at thelifeproject@post.com
Older posts