It’s taken yonks to publish this Look Fantastic Beauty Box review. I’ve just not had a chance to go through all of the products yet and mummy life has caught up with me so yeah… apologies guys! I was originally planning to make a video for this review but I don’t think I will at the moment though if I do change my mind, I’ll update this post accordingly.
Okay, so as you know Black Friday has become a MASSIVE thing. It’s one day (apart from Cyber Monday and New Years sales) when people go crazy and splash out the cash on everything from food to football shorts. For me, I decided to indulge myself and my debit card in purchasing a lovely beauty box.
The LookFantastic.com team created a luxury bumper box for Black Friday which was priced at £20.00. It contained no less than 10 samples and I’m going to go through what I got in my box and give you my thoughts on each product and the overall beauty box.
So here’s what I got in my box…
There’s a LOT of products but a lot of products I’ve actually had before!
Now, my main reason why I desperately wanted to buy this bumper box was because I saw their launch post which showed a list of ‘promised’ brands that would be in the box. These included my faves – Rituals, BareMinerals and Benefit… I really wanted to get at least one of these. Even the image they used to promote the bumper box which you can see on my Black Friday Promo post had an Elemis product in it but apparently the image is for “display purposes only”… I didn’t get any of the brands I wanted but I did get two of the ‘promised’ brands, Nuxe and Caudalie.
Bot being funny but what disappointed me about this box was that it was so many products were repeats from previous boxes. This is one reason why I stopped subscribing to Birchbox. At least include more different products that customers wouldn’t have gotten before in your limited edition boxes!
As an LF affiliate I really do love their stuff and adore their beauty boxes but this Black Friday box let me down. I felt like I could’ve put that £20 to better use like buying a REN skincare kit from their site which is even cheaper (£15!)
Moving on, let me show you what else I got…
Tan Organic self-tan oil, Cowshed moisturising hand cream, This Works 3 in 1 moisturiser (primer/mask/moisturiser)…
Tan Organic Self Tan Oil
I do like this tanning oil but for me, nothing can beat St. Tropez – it is and will forever be my favourite self-tanning lotion. It comes in spray, mousse, lotion and dry oil form.. you can’t really beat that. And the colour is great, it’s light and very natural looking. For me personally, I found it too light and felt a second application was necessary as it wasn’t as dark as I wanted it.
The Cowshed moisturising hand cream was a surprise for me as I didn’t think I would get something from this brand in the box so it was a nice surprise. I do like Cowshed and never used any of their stuff before and quite liked their hand cream. It’s not too heavy in terms of texture and sinks into the skin well.
Okay so this product… when I first tried it I completely hated it. I thought it was heavy and did nothing but sit on my skin but oh how wrong was I?! It’s now one of my skincare staples. I already got one in a previous box which I’m currently using so I am glad to see this repeated product in this box.
Yes the 3-in-1 moisturiser is slightly heavier than what I’m used to but what do you expect? It’s a primer… and a mask… and a moisturiser, of course it’s going to be heavier than a lightweight moisturiser.
I think if you have very oily skin you might want to just use this product as a mask or just as a night cream. For all other skin types including combination it’s great for any one of its purposes. I’ve got combination skin; hydrated/normal and oily t-zone, cheeks and chin. It’s got shea butter, argan oil, borage oil and aloe vera in it which will give your skin just enough moisture without leaving it feeling heavy. Once it’s completely sunken into the skin after application (which takes about a minute) it’s semi-matte to the touch which is probably why it makes a great primer. My makeup did last a little longer with this on underneath. Absolutely amazing stuff and I definitely recommend it!
Mr. Blanc teeth whitening strips, MiTi hair bobbles, Kebelo Silk anti-frizz hair cream, Nuxe Huile Prodiguese shimmering dry body oil, Bella Pierre lip & cheek cream stain…
Okay this product I didn’t use at all. I am not a fan of teeth whitening strips as my teeth are quite sensitive so didn’t try them out even though I do need them for all the large amounts of tea I drink!
They’re still sitting there in the box and to be honest I thought it was a random addition to the box. So sorry guys but I can’t comment on this product. Maybe they’re great but you’ll have to look for another review on these.
I am in love with these anti-snag hair bobbles. When I first heard about them I refused to get them but after trying them in a previous beauty box I actually fell in love. I have completely swapped all of my hair bands for these now and haven’t gone back since. Okay, maybe for an intense cardio or kettlebell workout I might switch to a normal hairband as I need a seriously tight grip on my thick hair but for 99% of the time these bobbles do the trick. They do end up stretching but I find when you leave them alone for a little while they shrink back. A friend of mine told me you can place them in hot water to shrink them back if they don’t go back naturally. I’ve not tried it yet but will do if it gets to that stage. Luckily my hair bobbles have always regained shape albeit being a little stretched out than before.
They don’t leave a dent in your hair unless you wear them tight or wear them for a long time. I wear them to bed and can’t feel them at all. I don’t wake up with head tension like I used to with standard hair bands either. They’ve actually been a life-changer. They also make a great teething ‘toy’ for babies lol.. well my little girl loves to snatch them from me to chew… then she snapped one with her sharp growing tooth so now I hide them from her.
One of my local salon raves about this product. I actually really like this product, it works well and doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy or greasy at all. Its anti-frizz properties does work, I usually let me hair air dry after washing and it does tend to frizz a little due to humidity but it was fine after using this cream. The cream also smells really nice and is a very lightweight cream which made me more confident when I used it as I didn’t think it would weigh my hair down.
I love the Huile Prodiguese range. It smells amazing and the multi-purpose dry oil makes it great for everyone. My favourite time to use the dry oil is in the evening after a relaxing bath. I put it all over my face and body. I don’t use it in my hair but you can do (the beauty of a multi-purpose oil!) Going to sleep smelling of this stuff makes me feel like a million dollars haha! Sad I know but seriously… this. stuff. smells. so. good.
Okay so the reason why I am not a massive fan of the shimmer version is because I am quite light in complexion so I personally don’t like shimmery products unless I’ve got a bit of a tan and I’m not going to tan myself just to use the shimmering dry oil. I also hate seeing the shimmer on my hands after application which means I’d have to wash my hands and that defeats the purpose f moisturising my hands with the oil. It is a lovely product and I highly recommend it but if you’re not into a shimmer finish, definitely go for the original!
Caudalie eye cream, Spa Magik colour correcting cream (dark), Korres basil lemon shower gel, Naobay oxygenating cream moisturiser, Lancer exfoliating cleanser…
I love the Caudalie brand. Their radiance moisturiser and serum are great products to use. I am not a big fan of eye cream so haven’t tried this product either. It does have SPF which is great especially if you’re going abroad (probably the only time I think of using eye cream) or have fair skin. The skin around the eye area is very delicate so an eye cream with added SPF is a dream.
I tried this product as I was really intrigued to see if it would really correct my skin. Happily enough it did and the product was really nice to use. I did find the dark shade a little too dark for me, it suits my tanned summer skin more so not a good product for me right now while I’m lighter. I have a little bit of redness on my cheeks and it seemed to cover it up well. It gave me a lovely dewy glow but I did find the cream a little too heavy for me on the skin.
Korres & Naobay
Unfortunately I cannot comment on these two products because I still haven’t tried them out! I wasn’t a big fan of the smell of the Korres gel wash and I’m still using my This Works moisturiser so not got round to using this product.
Lancer’s micro exfoliator is an amazing product. I really love it – I didn’t at first as it is much more grainier than I am used to (I prefer my Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and Liz Earle exfoliator but it’s a good product to try). This product really sloughs away those dead skin cells to reveal a fresh layer of skin after just the first use. It smelt of lavender which was an added bonus. I found that because the exfoliator is quite abrasive, if using daily don’t rub it into your skin. Smoothing it in a circular motion is highly advised. I will definitely be purchasing this product again but in the winter when my skin is a little drier. My skin tends to work better with cream or finer face scrubs in summer.
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the LF beauty box review. Hopefully the review helped you made up your mind on some of the products you may have seen before and wanted to try. 🙂
All the products can be found on the LookFantastic website.