No Make No Life (NMNL) is a Tokyo-based subscription box that delivers a monthly boxes of beauty related goodies ranging from skincare, makeup and more. This company are also the ones behind the Tokyo Treat and Yume Twins subscription boxes. The No Make No Life team aim to curate and deliver high-quality and unique Japanese beauty products that will help to improve your daily beauty routine. Each month’s box of goodies are sent out in a simple black tough cardboard box with the brand initials “nmnl” printed on the top. I have now been subscribed to the No Make No Like boxes for a while now and really enjoy the surprised of discovering what I receive each month.
Now, time to have a look at what I received for the NMNL July box.
First up, I received the Profael Massage Jelly Pack which is an in-shower jelly pack that you apply to wet skin and rinse off to leave skin feeling soft, supple and well hydrated. I like the concept of an in-shower moisturiser as I’m very diligent with my face skincare routine but to be honest not quite as much when it comes to taking care of moisturising my body! I have tried an in-shower moisturiser before but didn’t quite like it, so was looking forward to trying this out to see if I would have a better experience. The Profael jelly pack is a clear gel that is a quite thick in texture but once applied to wet skin is easy to spread. I tried this out a couple of times already and not too sure if it really help to moisturise my skin. The gel did leave my skin feeling slightly more hydrated than when I didn’t apply this in the shower but my skin still felt quite dry and lacking moisture. I think it’s more suited for those with normal to oily skin or for use in Summer for a quick and light moisturisation. Though, for those like me with drier skin, this won’t nearly be enough to moisturise your skin. I couldn’t find the actual retail cost for this jelly pack but saw that it was selling online for $9.52AUD ($7.53USD).
This Sweets Sweets CC Cream is a multipurpose base makeup product. It is meant to colour correct, conceal pores, moisturise and provide high sunscreen protection whilst also brightening your overall skin tone. The Sweets Sweets brand is actually a sister brand of Canmake, a popular drugstore beauty brand that sells lots of cute makeup products. I like that this has high SPF50+ rating which is always a huge plus for me. I haven’t really tested this out on my face yet but I tried it out on the back of my hand and didn’t quite like it. The colour I received was 03 Peach, which is a salmon pink colour. I love peach toned blushers but as a makeup base it didn’t quite look right for my skin tone. The CC cream did not feel moisturising and did not seem to colour correct or brighten my skin, and instead felt like it gave my skin a pinkish flushed colour I had just went for a run! I don’t see myself really using this, but I’ll be sure to update this when I test this on my face. This CC Cream was selling online for about $34USD which I definitely don’t think is the actual retail value in Japan.
The Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is for all skin types including those with sensitive and troubled skin. The aloe gel contains 80% Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice that is rich in polysaccharides (helps to hydrate and retain moisture in the skin) and 10% Propolis Extract (known to have soothing properties). I love that this Benton Aloe Gel uses natural extracts and natural preservatives, and is free of alcohol, water, parabens, mineral oil and other harmful ingredients.
The Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel comes in a nice clean and simple matte white box with all text printed in dark green. The container itself that holds the gel itself is a dark green soft plastic 100mL squeeze tube with a black cap and nozzle tip. I like the clean and minimalistic design of the packaging. The squeeze tube makes it easy to dispense the aloe gel.
The aloe gel is a clear coloured gel, not green, so yay to no artificial colouring. The gel is also fragrance-less. The slight scent of the gel I think comes naturally from the aloe juice, and fades away very quickly after applied to the skin. In terms of the texture, it is a very lightweight gel that absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any oily or sticky feeling. The aloe gel also helps to soothe and calm the skin.
No Make No Life (NMNL) is a Tokyo-based subscription box company that delivers monthly boxes of goodies ranging from skincare, makeup and other beauty products. This company are also behind the monthly subscription boxes Tokyo Treat and Yume Twins. The name for the NMNL box comes from a popular Japanese phrase “nomakenolife” that is commonly used by those in Japan who believe makeup is an essential part of their life. Their philosopy is to curate and deliver high-quality and unique japanese beauty products that will help to improve your daily beauty routine.
Each month’s box of products are sent out in a simple tough black cardboard box with the brand initials “nmnl” printed on the front. The NMNL boxes always have a theme and for June, this was ‘2-in-1 beauty products’.
In this month’s NMNL Box I received a total of 5 beauty and skincare products. So now let’s take a look at what was inside this month’s box!
The Angel Recipe All In One Essence is a clear and lightweight gel formula that has little white micro bubbles that burst when spread on you skin. It contains ingredients such as collagen, vitamin C and arbutin. The essence is meant to nourish and brighten skin, even out skin discolouration and more. The gel absorbs quite quickly into the skin and would be suited for use during summer as it is lightweight but may not be moisturising enough for those with drier skin types. There is also a slight scent that fades very quickly after application. The Angel Recipe essence retails for 1000 yen (around $9 USD).
The Country & Stream Honey UV Water Gel is a honey and lemon scented watery gel based sunscreen that can be used for both the face and body. It contains honey, royal jelly extract, a range of different collagens and many more skin friendly ingredients. In terms of texture it is nice watery, light and moisturising gel that doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin like most sunscreen products. I quite like the overall texture but the scent I can do without as it has quite a strong artificial perfume smell. For that reason, I don’t think I’d use this for my face but will definitely use it as a body sunscreen. This UV water gel retails for 900 yen ($8 USD).