nomakenolife – nmnl Japanese Beauty – November 2017

nomakenolife – nmnl Japanese Beauty – November 2017

nomakenolife is a monthly subscription box of Japanese cosmetics and beauty products. Japanese women take their skincare very seriously, and their beauty products are superb quality. They are also very big on products which contain natural ingredients, including collagen, and avoiding harsh chemicals.
Here are the basics:
They have one-, three-, six-, and 12-month subscriptions costing $29.99, $29.00, $28.33, and $27.50 per month respectively. At current exchange rates this is £22.38, £21.64, £21.14, and £20.52. Shipping is free.
 
nmnl is part of the TokyoTreat group, who also produce TokyoTreat, a lovely box of Japanese snacks, and YumeTwins, an equally lovely box of kawaii Japanese goodies.
Here is their shipping box. I love their branding; it’s simple but striking, and the box itself is nice and robust.
On top is their menu booklet. This contains information, including ingredients and instructions where appropriate, about each item in the box
OK, let’s have a proper look at everything!
These are Tonyu Isofurabon Point Masks.
Rather than a mask for your whole face, these are for targeting specific areas of your face. The shape is most suitable for the delicate under-eye area, but could be applied anywhere your face is susceptible to dryness.
The resealable package contains ten pairs.
This Honeil Cleansing Lotion removes dead skin cells as brightens your face. It is effective (and smells good!) but is gentle and doesn’t require toning or rinsing after.  IT contains some seriously nourishing ingredients including sunflower seed oil and royal jelly.
A makeup item! Kakima 2 in 1 Mascara Liner is an unusual item but works well. It’s not a traditional kind of of mascara or eyeliner, but instead is a foam applicator which contains the colour.
It can give the effect of thicker lower liners, or simply for that slightly smudgy smoky liner look. 
Because I use brown eyeliner I find black a little much for regular use. But it is effective, especially if you like a slightly dramatic look!
I’ve never seen anything like this Rosy Rosa Oil Blotting Roller! 
It’s made from volcanic stone, and apparently removes excess oil from your face without harsh wiping.
My skin tends towards dryness, but I can see how it would be useful if you wanted to take the shine off your skin using a more gentle method.
Ginger Bath Salt. I love taking baths, so I’m really happy about this item! There were three possibilities in this box, and I got the ginger chai scented version. This one contains moisturizing properties, which is totally perfect!
Finally, this cute Mapepe Big Ribbon! Use either for an accessory or to hold your hair back from your face. I expected this to come with a clip, but the back is actually like velcro! I didn’t expect it to stick to my hair, but it actually holds just fine!
Well, this month there are six objects rather than the usual five, which is a nice bonus!
I love the eye masks because I’m always tired, so having something to pamper my dark circles is extremely welcome!
While I love skincare products, I’m also perpetually short of time/lazy, so I really like the simplicity of the cleansing lotion. It’s wonderful to be able to use just one product on days when I don’t have the time for an elaborate skincare routine.
The roller is an interesting tool, but as I said above, my skin is dry rather than oily. However I’m sure I’ll be able to find a good home for it!
The mascara/liner is also an interesting product. I really like how it works, because it’s very easy to use one you get used to the soft tip. I just really wish it came in brown! I find black a bit much for daily wear, and I don’t really get to wear lots of makeup and go out to glamourous places any more
Bath salts, mmmmm. Can’t wait to use these. I might combine them with a pair of the eye masks.
Finally, the bow. This is a cute accessory, though it’s not quite me! However my daughter, who adores fin accessories, will no doubt get plenty of use from it!
Now to value. As these are all Japanese brands it’s often very difficult to find prices on these, so I’m not going to do an individual breakdown. I will say that I’ve never had a box that wasn’t good value for money.
This time I couldn’t find any of these items with Google (though I did find a couple of face rollers on Korean sites, so they’re clearly a popular Asian beauty tool).
Eye sheet masks seem to be rather pricey (even M&S ones cost £25 for eight pairs!), so I think the eye masks are definitely the top value item in this box! 
I’m always confident that nomakenolife provide lovely quality skincare items, and I’ve always enjoyed using them all. My skin, which can be on the dry and sensitive side, has always responded well to their products! As I’ve said before, Japanese women take their beauty products seriously, and even the more fun or novelty items are useful one way or the other!
Great selection, nmnl!

Our score: 8.4/ 10

  • Quality of products8
  • Originality8
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money8
  • Selection of products8

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