It didn't take long for me to get over this disappointment, though, as some of the products I was sent are absolutely brilliant and have genuinely saved my skin this winter. I don't know why I doubted the contents really, as Love Lula has never really let me down and there always seems to be some amazing products included in their monthly selection, even if they don't look great to start with.
I've now given everything a try for a few weeks and I have to say, there are two products I will be buying again.
It isn't really like a face cream at all as it is full of natural oils. In fact, it feels a bit gritty when you first squeeze it out of the tube, but this soon changes as it melts properly between your fingers. The product is really rich so a small amount goes an incredibly long way, especially as it's five ingredients are shea butter, sunflower oil, beeswax, calendula oil and jojoba oil.
While you can apply it to small areas to help moisturise particularly dry skin, I started using the face balm in place of my usual moisturiser. I initially worried that it would be too moisturising as my skin tends to be combination so has some oily patches. This wasn't the case though, as my face never felt over moisturised and it didn't cause my makeup to run..
In fact, it left my skin feeling super soft, stopped the usual winter dry patches from appearing, helped to tone my skin and make it look brighter. I also noticed that the texture of my skin improved and pores became more toned. The only downside was having to leave it to sink in longer than a moisturiser before doing my makeup, which is a small price to pay.
This is one product I will definitely try again, although I think it may be too heavy during the summer months. I actually wish I'd received it a few months ago as my skin could have done with it during November and December.
One thing I really appreciated was the fact that this cream is for sensitive skin, as mine can have bad reactions to certain creams, especially if they are heavy in perfume. Cold wind also leaves it quite red and it can get a bit sore during winter. The lack of fragrance and calming ingredients was perfect and made me realise how much I want other brands to follow suit.
I found that this face cream was a bit richer than my usual one and I did have a little bit of makeup meltdown during the day, but I think this could probably be addressed by leaving it to set for longer after application. However, it did leave my skin feeling well moisturised and actually made it look brighter, calming down some of the natural redness in my cheeks.
I've got most of my tube left so I am going to give this another go once the weather starts to warm up a bit more, as I think it will be a good transitional moisturiser. But if you have sensitive skin, this could be a good one for you.
The previous John Masters Organics products I've had have been really good, particularly the lip balm, which I now carry around in my coat pocket. I like the ingredients they use and how amazing they smell, and this shampoo ticked both of those boxes as it contains a mix of natural ingredients and also smells beautiful.
However, I didn't find it to be particularly effective. It didn't foam up very easily and I actually had to rinse and repeat three times before it would foam on my hair enough for me to work it through and feel as though my tresses and scalp had been thoroughly cleaned. I also had to use large amounts of the shampoo, which isn't ideal when you're paying £17 a bottle.
Once my hair had been styled as usual, I could still smell the shampoo's fragrance on it, which was nice. However, it felt a fair bit dryer than when I wash it with my usual products, which I wasn't expecting as it is designed for dry hair. I used it shortly after getting my hair cut too, so I knew it was in good condition, but the ends felt really rough and I had to fight to control the frizz.
All in all, I wasn't sold on this product, especially after picking up another new shampoo for dry hair recently and seeing great results.
For starters, this body silk smells incredibly. I love grapefruit products anyway and this really does capture the scent of freshly cut grapefruit. Combine that with a slight hint of seaweed for some depth and you're onto a winner in my book. On top of this, the lotion itself isn't too heavy. It is nice and light, which seems to suit the fragrance, so sinks into your skin easily, while a little bit still goes a long way.
The brand recommends using it after a bath or a shower, which I did rather than morning and night. This meant that my skin didn't feel dry after bathing, which is can do sometimes, and it actually seemed to soothe my skin after exfoliating. In fact, it was so moisturising that using it morning and evening would have been overkill anyway, as my skin still felt soft for hours.
I started taking the bottle to the gym with me to use after I had a swim and it has made such a big difference to my skin. Usually, the chlorine can make my skin feel quite dry and rough, but this lotion has sorted that out and is also really refreshing to use after swimming laps.
This is on my list of products I'd quite like to purchase again, but I think I need to use up a few more of the body lotions I have hanging around before I can justify the purchase. It's exclusive to Love Lula and i definitely recommend checking out the full range of products.
I am genuinely so impressed with this eye cream and, without a doubt, I will be purchasing it again. It does exactly what it says on the box by getting rid of dark circles, reducing puffiness - even after particularly late nights - and just making my skin look so much brighter. It also doesn't make my eyes sting like some eye creams have in the past and I haven't had to deal with watery eyes after using it.
As with most eye creams, the smallest amount is needed so this 30ml tube is going to last me for ages, which is brilliant, especially considering the very reasonable price tag.
The only downside is that it does sit on your eyelids for quite a while so I've found that my eyeshadow doesn't last as long throughout the day if I don't use a good primer first. As I should be remembering to use a primer every day, this isn't too big a deal for me personally. Considering all the other really great effects, it's also a tiny downside that I'm willing to live with.
I'm interested to try more Laidbare products in the future, especially as they are all very reasonably priced.
I haven't yet had my latest Love Lula box in the post - hopefully it should be here this week - but I'm looking forward to seeing what it contains.