I was waiting with baited breath for this box, and it finally arrived on Saturday! Since it's the month of commercial love, TLB got into the spirit of things and strayed from their traditional lilac, over to the pink side of things!
This was also my first opportunity to redeem my points, so I was very excited about that! Perks ahoy!
[The Lilac Box 6]
While getting into the V-Day spirit is lovely, the pink plastic heart was a bit much for me. I miss their traditional chic, understated purple. This looked a bit tacky and perhaps a plain, pink, satin ribbon would have been a classier touch.
[Pretty in Pink]
I've always been rather ecstatic when receiving my dose of purple happiness, but I was a little less enthused when I popped open this box.
First off, there was a product for the boys in our lives.
[Kerastase's Homme Capital Force Shampoo]
This was a little bonus tossed in and doesn't factor into what the box was meant to contain, but still a lovely and very thoughtful touch. Perhaps the guys at TLB are tossing in stuff for the boys because they're feeling left out or hinting that we should send back boxes with gifts for them!
So, that leaves us girls with...
[Kerastase's Soothing Calming Masque]
I adore this! It's a mask that's meant to soothe your sensitive scalp, and since I've been having hair issues of late, this couldn't have come at a better time! Very, very exciting stuff! It helps that this isn't L'Oreal's Liss Ultime too because seeing that stuff gets me irrationally angry these days. Even when I see it in stores, it blackens my mood horribly!
[Knepp's Almond Blossom Body Oil]
I've never used a post-shower oil before, and the directions on this state that you're meant to massage it into your skin while it's still damp. Definitely intriguing. I used it tonight, so we shall see how my skin fares tomorrow morning!
The next pairing comes in the form of Algotherm.
[Algotherm's Plumping Original Gel]
[Algotherm's Reviving Source Mask]
While these two products are interesting, I'm not entirely sure why the products I received are not from the range stated in the product descriptions on their site. Would it have anything to do with the fact that I'm bordering on old? According to their page, we're meant to receive products from their CX+ range, and this is decidedly not it. It was meant to be the Foaming Cleansing Clarifying Gel and the Youth Clarifying Fluid, both of which sound infinitely more appealing than either of these. I don't have wrinkles yet, so I'm a little concerned that people are sending me anti-aging products for such a purpose.
Then, it got worse.
[Balmain's Eau D'Ivoire]
I can't contain anymore of these little vials because I'm not entirely sure what to do with them. They're tiny and the sprays usually never work right so they get all over my hand.
Then the box redeemed itself:
[StriVectin-WH's Photo-White Booster Serum]
I was initially a bit traumatized when I saw that the expiry date was stated as 10/01/2014, but then it was pointed out that the dating system placed the month first, so we're good to go.
I've been eyeing StriVectin for a while now, so a serum is as good a product as any to get kicked off on a brand with.
I'm feeling a little lukewarm towards this box. While I'm excited with the brands, I do wish there weren't quite so many samples sized products, and more proper sized stuff instead. It's really quite tough to know if something works for you within the span of time it would take you to use up 5ml.
Here's to hopes that this was a bit of a hiccup, and that the rest of the year only brings better things.
P.S. I've been a little MIA lately because I'm in thesis proposal mode till the end of the week. I'll be back with a vengeance once things tone down after this Thursday! Lots of reviews are in the works!