My LookFantastic Black Friday Beauty Box Review

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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…

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: LF Black Friday Beauty Box Review

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: LF Black Friday Beauty Box Review

First Impressions

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!)

The Products

Moving on, let me show you what else I got…

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: LF Black Friday Beauty Box Review

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.

Cowshed
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.

This Works
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!

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: LF Black Friday Beauty Box Review

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…

Mr. Blanc
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.

MiTi
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.

Kebelo
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.

Nuxe
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!

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: LF Black Friday Beauty Box Review

Caudalie eye cream, Spa Magik colour correcting cream (dark), Korres basil lemon shower gel, Naobay oxygenating cream moisturiser, Lancer exfoliating cleanser…

Caudalie
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.

Spa Magik
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

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.

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: LF Black Friday Beauty Box Review

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.

The Greenwich Mummy | Affiliate Look Fantastic Beauty Box

 

Review: Fresh curry pastes and sauces delivered straight to your door with Mister Paste

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Mister Paste Review

Love a good curry but don’t know how to make your own paste? Or maybe, like me, you just don’t have the time? 

Fear not because help is at hand. I love all these companies that deliver fresh food straight to your door – Hello Fresh, Fresh Fitness Food, and a new fresh curry paste company that I discovered last week called Mister Paste.

A former work colleague told me about Mister Paste (it’s her partner’s business) and she asked if I would like to try out some of their products – of course I said yes! 🙂

1) because I love food and 2) because helping out other small businesses is a good thing

She sent me a link to her partner’s website and I checked out the large range of pastes and sauces available. The site was really easy to navigate around and I was surprised with how cheap the pastes were as they’re made fresh. I chose the portion option for two people as I knew LO and Baby Girl would just be eating from our portion.

So I chose two curry pastes that I am very fond of; Thai Green Curry and Rogan Josh. For me, the balance of spices, sweetness and saltiness has to be on point in order for me to consider the recipe being a fantastic one. I had very high expectations for these curry pastes that I was going to try.

The kits arrived really quickly, around 2 working days, and there was a message on the packaging that said to refrigerate as soon as they’d arrived which I did. I originally wanted to save my Thai Curry for when I bought seafood but we only had chicken breast in the fridge that day so I made a chicken green curry instead. Continue reading “Review: Fresh curry pastes and sauces delivered straight to your door with Mister Paste”

Review: Personalised gifts for her from JewelleryBox.co.uk

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Jewellery Box Review

It’s Mother’s Day – woop woop! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day! 

It’s been such a long time since I last posted anything and it’s because there’s been quite a few changes. I came up to the end of my maternity leave and decided to go back to work… just not back to where I was working. There was nothing wrong with the place – I had a good team, the workload was manageable and I liked the workplace but now with two children under 5, the commuting made me anxious to return.

I found another job closer to home, it’s literally a 5 mins walk away which obviously much more convenient in terms of travel. Dropping off LO at nursery is en route to work and the job role gives me more flexibility. I can choose to work from home if I have childcare problems and can’t get into the office and I can spread my hours over the week (working half-days) without having to worry about any bus, tube or train commuting. Ker-ching!

So that’s basically why I’ve not been present on the old blogosphere for the last month. Work is manic – I have paperwork, bookings and deadlines up to my ears. Already! It’s stressful but I guess it is because it’s still early days. When I got an email asking if I’d like to write a review on personalised jewellery I said yes without hesitation. It’s been such a long time since I owned any piece of jewellery it was a chance for me to reintroduce myself to it.

I’m always torn between gold and silver so I picked a dainty little gold bracelet with ID plate and a silver disc pendant necklace – both of these items were from the personalisation collection so that meant I could add an engraving of my choice on to the jewellery. I chose the simple engraving of “K & A” for the initials of LO and Baby Girl. Both items arrived quickly and were presented in beautiful gift boxes. If you love dainty, quirky little jewellery pieces you need to check out their website. Continue reading “Review: Personalised gifts for her from JewelleryBox.co.uk”

LoveTheSales.com: The place to go (online) for shopping sales!

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: LoveTheSales.com Review
The Greenwich Mummy Blog: LoveTheSales.com Review
Image source: Lovethesales.com

I love finding a good bargain so when things I like go on sale, I try my utmost to grab a bargain. However, what I hate most about store sales are the long queues, the messy sales racks, and simply… the crazy shoppers.

Since I’ve gotten older I just find sales shopping really overwhelming, overbearing and claustrophobic. Nowadays I just shop online from my mobile or computer and enjoy the fact that I don’t have to step foot into a store, queue up for hours or interact with anyone. Just me and my computer/mobile. Happy times.

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Lovethesales.com

I recently came across a sales site called lovethesales.com. They’re a bit like a Google search engine for sale items. From what I’ve gathered, the website pulls through thousands of sale items that are currently on offer from hundreds of online retailers for us to ogle at and buy. The website caters to all departments; womenswear, menswear, kidswear, home & outdoor furniture, kids toys… the lot. The retailers the site pulls through ranges from cheap and cheerful high-street stores to your high-end retailers like Ralph Lauren, French Connection, etc.

However like any good deal, the items are only on the site for a limited time then new ones are added. Once that happens, if you’re too late you can miss out on a really good deal. I had my eyes set on a brilliant train set from Toys R Us that was £24.99, down from £49.99 but as I was too busy contemplating for a couple of days whether it’d be a useful gift, when it came to the day I wanted to buy it the deal was gone. Bummer. Continue reading “LoveTheSales.com: The place to go (online) for shopping sales!”

Marks & Spencer Foodhall returns to Woolwich in time for Christmas!

The Greenwich Mummy Blog Exclusive - M&S Foodhall reopens in Woolwich
The Greenwich Mummy Blog - Marks and Spencer Woolwich Reopens
Image courtesy of Grayling

Everybody loves M&S Foods, it’s a well-known fact. I’ve yet to hear someone telling me that they don’t like their food or drink. When I found out that Marks and Spencer were returning to Woolwich I was so happy. I’ve only been a Greenwich Mummy for a couple of years, I’ve actually been a Plumstead Common/Woolwich resident for over a decade so knew the old M&S store very well. I was very fond of it too, as was my dad.

When LO was born, we were still living in Plumstead Common. It’s not the greatest area to live in and the estate was practically derelict but the one thing it had a lot of was the sense of belonging – feeling like a part of a community. Something a lot of these flashy new-build flats and estates lack. Anywho, for as long as I can remember there was always a Marks and Spencer in Woolwich so when it closed its doors in 2014, we all felt a little very disappointed.

Marks & Spencer Christmas Food To Order: Last day for orders is December 15th by 5PM
Don’t forget you can choose delivery or collection at your local store

Last Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 10am M&S store manager, Calvin Sheridan reopened the doors of the high street store. What I loved most about this reopening was that a lot (maybe even the majority) of the staff members were from the original store that closed down. To me that demonstrates that M&S cares for the community and its employees. As an ex-M&S Foods employee, it makes me happy to know that the values and ethics of the company are still be upheld by new management.

The Greenwich Mummy Blog - Marks and Spencer Woolwich Reopens
Store manager, Calvin alongside his team cutting the store opening ribbon / Image courtesy of Grayling

Continue reading “Marks & Spencer Foodhall returns to Woolwich in time for Christmas!”

Review: Our visit to Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands

The Greenwich Mummy Review: Museum of London Docklands
Image: Courtesy of Museum of London Docklands

Christmas is now approaching thick and fast – can you believe there’s under two weeks left already?… Where has this year gone?!

Every year I try to make it my mission to take LO to see Santa – and as this is Baby Girl’s first Crimbo we couldn’t miss out on a Santa’s Grotto visit. We were invited by the Museum of London Docklands to come and visit their Victorian Santa’s grotto. The museum is located at West India Quay, a tiny walk from Canary Wharf making it a central location for those living or working in the city. Also unlike other Santa’s Grottos which are in shopping centres, this one is in a museum (you basically have two wicked visits rolled into one!).

We went along last Sunday. It seems like Sundays are the busiest days at the museum so if you would love to avoid the hustle and bustle I’d recommend going on a weekday or even Saturday (which seemed less busy). We actually arrived late to our Santa appointment but the team were so accommodating and we were still allowed to enter.

We decided to head straight to the Grotto as we were late and checked out the museum after the Santa visit. The Grotto is located on the second floor and was quite easy to find – you just follow the Santa footprints on the floor until you reached the entrance to the special place. There was a little buggy park so you can leave your pram but it is at the owner’s risk. I had no valuable items in mine so I left mine there – I did not want to be lugging my Urbo around even though it is a small pram. When we passed the lovely decorative old Victorian town we reached the queue to see Santa. There was a lovely little crafts table to keep the kids occupied whilst the adults stood in line for the children to see Santa. Continue reading “Review: Our visit to Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands”