LookFantastic.com August Beauty Box Review

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I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I wrote my LookFantastic July beauty box review – it was quite popular review on my blog. I’m not going to deny it, it was a pretty good box. I never got round to posting this beauty box review last year so thought I would do it now… now that it’s August again! 🙂

This review is on the August 2016 beauty box from LookFantastic with a British theme, “Best of British”. I liked this box because it contained products just from UK brands. 100% British! It was a good box – my top three products from this box are the:

  1. REN Flash Defence anti-pollution mist toner (60ml, £24.00)
  2. Balance Me congested skin serum (15ml, no longer available individually)
  3. Bee Good honey & vanilla lip balm (10ml, £4.75)

The Mist
The REN anti-pollution mist was really nice to use. Whenever I needed to freshen up my face, a little spritz was very welcomed. It felt light and fresh on my skin and because it doesn’t have a scent I could use it again and again without being sick of a smell. It’s the ideal product on a hot, sticky summer’s day. The packaging is sleek and minimal which I really love – let the product do the talking right?!

What I didn’t like about the spray was that for a sample size it’s teeny weeny at 9ml. I used it daily and it was almost finished in two weeks but saying that, the full size version is 60ml so you’d get six times of two weeks worth (12 wks) which is pretty decent but slightly pricey at £24.00 a bottle.

If you do fancy giving it a try, I’d recommend going for the REN Urban Grey skin kit which is cheaper at £13.00 and has the mist (in the 9ml sample size) as well as the flash balm 1-minute facial cleanser (15ml) and the anti-ageing day cream moisturiser (15ml). This sample sized kit would be great if you’re travelling or need something small you can take on holiday.

The Serum
The Balance Me congested skin serum was also extremely lightweight and easy to use. I love the tube of the serum. In terms of packaging, its tip-application tube means that you could squeeze out every last bit of product before throwing the tube away. Definitely cost-effective.

I think this product is no longer available as a stand-alone product. Maybe Balance Me are planning to discontinue it… I dunno but it’s a little disappointing because it is actually a really good product. If you’re familiar with the Balance Me range and want to give this serum a try, it’s available in the Deluxe Clearer Skin kit which you can buy from LookFantastic.com.

The Lip Balm
Bee Good’s honey & vanilla lip balm smells absolutely divine! I love the smell and the consistency of the lip balm. It goes on very smoothly and feels very lightweight on the lips. The packaging is cute – the yellow colour I guess represents the honey and vanilla and the honeycomb design goes well with the bee logo and the brand name, “Bee Good”.

The honey and vanilla provides a good amount of moisture for the lips however for me personally I felt the lip balm was too lightweight. I’m used to the thicker consistency of Carmex balms but most days I can overlook this because of its delicious scent. 🙂

The other products in the box:

RENU Lip And Eye Active Lift (25ml, £11.00)
This is a lightweight lip and eye cream. The natural ingredients in this eye cream helps to stimulate collagen in the skin which plumps and firms the skin. The arnica extract in this product will also help to combat puffiness. If you have ageing skin or looking for a product to help give you a more youthful appearance, this RENU lift cream is right for you.

Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm (75ml, £18.00)
A great little hair saviour. Percy & Reed is a brand that I am familiar and this wonder balm has some great reviews. It can be used alone or as a hair primer for other styling products. It’s best to apply it to towel-dried hair but can also be used on dry hair sparingly to give volume.

Bloom And Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz (100ml, £15.00)
Two facial spritz in the same box! This one was bigger than the REN one which was my personal favourite out of the two. This Bloom & Blossom spray has a scent which smells quite earthy but don’t let that put you off because it’s a very light scent. The spray can be used over make-up and at anytime of the day. The aloe vera extract soothes the skin and leaves it soft to the touch. This spray is made without any parabens, SLS or synthetic nasties and is not tested on animals. Perfect for those who are looking for a green and ethical product.

And that’s it!

Out of all the six products, I had three faves but that’s not to say the other three weren’t good they just weren’t to my personal taste. If you liked this review, check out my other box reviews using the search bar at the top of the blog page.


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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…

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Mumsnet & No7 on returning to work with confidence

Last Monday was the last day of my maternity leave and the day I attended a wonderful panel discussion held by Boots beauty brand, No.7 and Mumsnet.

Our panel consisted of working mums from different walks of life; a model, a vlogger, and two career columnists all brought together by one lady. Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet led the panel discussions and spoke about many issues women face in the workplace such as gender equality, flexible working (what it really means), work-life balance, and how to feel more confident returning to the workplace. It was an eye-opener – women have to still fight for basic gender equality rights, flexible working, and even job security.

Our panel: The Step Up Club duo, Jade Parfitt, Mother Pukka and Carrie Longton

I haven’t gone back to my old workplace – as much as I love it, it no longer fits well with my family of four. As LO is only in nursery 3hrs a day, it would be pointless for me to put him and Baby Girl in childcare for the whole day when Daddy P is at home and available. Daddy P is a stay at home dad which works for us. He is amazing and I really can’t ask for anyone better. PS he’s a much better parent than I am but that’s between you, me and this blog! 🙂 Continue reading “Mumsnet & No7 on returning to work with confidence”

LookFantastic Bumper Beauty Box Special Edition

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The LF Bumper Beauty Box Special

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If you adore beauty subscription boxes do not miss out on this fantastic super-duper limited offer. LookFantastic.com have just put together a special beauty box in honour of Black Friday and included not five but a minimum of TEN beauty products worth over £100 in this bumper box… for just £20!

Hurry though as it’s limited stock only.

Buy Now

If you don’t quite fancy a beauty box, here are some other fantastic offers you can indulge in:

20% off site all Cyber Weekend + free makeup brush when you spend over £65
Use Code: LFCYBER

Valid: 25/11/2016 – 28/11/2016
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3 For 2 on Elemis Products
Exclusions apply. No code needed

(ends midnight Tue 29th Nov)
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Beauty News: Birchbox teams up Millie Mackintosh for July’s box

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For this month, beauty subscription box company Birchbox have teamed up with the beautiful style icon, Millie Mackintosh. Millie posted on her Instagram a sneaky peek of the campaign and got her readers to join in and vote on which box should be used for the final design. The public chose the lovely purple one; it kind of reminds me of the lovely summer sunsets we’ve been having. Well picked everyone! 🙂

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My LookFantastic Beauty Box Review

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I’ve been a strong fan of these beauty subscription boxes for a little while now. Before LookFantastic, I had only subscribed to Birchbox and a few times with Glossybox which I never got round to reviewing on my blog. Maybe I will one day soon.

Anyway this post is all about my LF beauty box and what  I got in the July edition.

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