When I first found out that the theme of August’s Bellabox is Sport Your Style, I was quite intrigued as to what products I would be getting. I have to say though, the products really did surprise me.
When I first opened this month’s Bellabox I was a bit disappointed as what greeted me was two coconut scented products (something that I honestly wouldn’t purchase myself), a sample of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter moisturiser (flashback to 13 year old me smelling the product for the 1st time and refusing to use it) and a bottle of neutral coloured nail polish. (Don’t get me wrong… I loveeee nail polish. And to get a Sally Hansen one is definitely awesome. But the colour.. wasn’t what I usually used.)
So as you can see, sampling all of this month’s products was a daunting experience for me.
To start things off:
1. Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
I honestly have soooo much love for this product. I brought it on a road trip in August as it is small and convenient to bring around. Honestly, I brought my usual moisturiser along as I was afraid that there wasn’t enough in the bottle to last the entire trip. But man.. was I wrong. I actually had enough to last the entire 4 days of the trip and with more to spare. I didn’t have to use a lot of it each time. My skin absorbs it so fast that it’s quite unbelievable. It’s well moisturising and I did not feel any cracking, dry skin the entire day. It did not cause me any painful stings or redness even when I applied it on eczema affected skin. It’s fragrance free just like it says on the bottle which is something I really like about it. One of my favourite part about this product is that it makes me forget that I’ve even applied moisturiser on my skin as it doesn’t leave behind any residue. I’ve already purchased the full sized bottle even before I’ve finished this bottle.
Prior to this, I have never heard of the brand Savoir Faire. So was interested to test out this eyeshadow. Despite the fact that I usually prefer a more natural and neutral look for my eye makeup, I was happy to have received this product in a shade of blue (especially since blue is my favourite colour!) Initially I was worried that the eyeshadow would come off a bit too dressy since I don’t usually use eyeshadow. But the colour was surprisingly wearable as it gives just the right pop of colour. The eyeshadow was well pigmented so I didn’t need to use a lot of it. Overall very satisfied with the quality of the eyeshadow. I might even purchase one of their other colours.
I was actually quite excited to see this product in my August Bellabox as I have been meaning to try Burt’s Bees products but haven’t really gotten around to purchasing any. The day cream was lightly sweet scented. I didn’t need to apply a lot of the product on my face as it is very moisturising. It doesn’t leave a sticky or oily residue which was really appealing to me. However, after a few days of using the product, the scent started getting a bit nauseating for me – which is unfortunate since it is a product that I might’ve purchased otherwise.
Let’s be honest… I’m really not a huge fan of coconut scented products. I could smell the coconut the moment I opened my Bellabox. But the shampoo and conditioner came in handy for the road trip due to its size. I was dreading the moment when I had to wash my hair simply because I didn’t want to smell coconut in my hair. After using both shampoo and conditioner, I found that my hair was moisturised and appeared shinier than before. The lingering coconut scent wasn’t as bad as I initially feared as I did not notice it as much as I thought I would. (Phew…) However I did experience an interesting moment when blow drying my hair after washing it. I was going through the motion of drying my hair when suddenly I was greeted with a familiar scent of freshly baked Kueh Bangkit
– an Asian melt-in-your-mouth type of coconut cookie. Lets just say I started craving a little bit just then..
The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range claims to be the base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, colour, and top coat all in one bottle whilst giving you a gel-like shine and being chip resistant. It also claims to last for 10 days. Even though I’m an avid fan and lover of nail polish, I have yet to test out this range of nail polishes. So despite the fact that it’s in a colour that I wouldn’t usually purchase, I was excited to test this out and find out if it really was all it claimed to be. The colour came off surprisingly nice on me. The colour has a pretty classy chic vibe – perfect for work and going out. This colour is a bit sheer so you will probably need 3 coats before it is perfectly opaque. This nail polish did not chip on my nails until day 7 which is an achievement for me as my nail polish usually starts chipping by day 3. I will definitely be purchasing colours from this range.
I really was dreading opening this tiny packet. I knew that this product was too sweet scented for my preference as I typically prefer floral scented products. Nevertheless, I braved on, opened the packet, and tried it on. It looked, felt and smelled like I was applying white chocolate all over my skin. However the product wasn’t too sticky and absorbed into my skin really fast. It didn’t give me that awkwardly sticky feeling between my skin and clothes as I assumed it would but it does leave behind a barely noticeable oily layer on my skin. The product was very moisturising and lasted me a good half of my day. I wouldn’t purchase this product but only because I can’t stand the chocolatey sweet scent that lingered for the rest of the day.