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The behind the blogger tag

A chance to discover more about me!

A tag with a great mix of questions; my answers will let you get to know more about me – welcome to my world 😁

I’ve done a couple of tag posts before for my blog and social media (a ‘read list’ is included at the end of the post), this one comes from the blogging community. Many thanks to LIZ OF WORDS who (indirectly) nominated me. The premise of the tag is that you will learn a little more about me. Yes, I’m gonna take you on a journey of discovery – now buckle up cos this could get bumpy!! πŸ˜‰

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The Tag Rules:

β€’ Thank the person who nominated you
β€’ Answer all the questions
β€’ Ping back to the tag’s original creator – ellyn@allonsythornraxx
β€’ Nominate 5+ Bloggers, you’d like to know more about, to do this tag
Let’s get right on into it!

I started blogging because I love writing and the written word. My blog also feeds my need to be creative (both with words and images) whilst giving me an outlet for my other passion (addiction!) – all things beauty. As good fortune would have it blogging now ‘justifies’ my rather large (and very much loved) beauty product collection, or as I like to call it, my stash! πŸ˜‰

My family & friends don’t share (or understand) my love of beauty (until they want to borrow something from my stash, have a problem and need advice or want me to do their makeup hehe). I’m ok with all of that though, and the fact that none of my famalam, mates or colleagues actually know about, let alone read or follow, my blog. With that in mind, when I started blogging, I really hoped it would result in me connecting with, and be able to excitedly talk to other beauty enthusiasts. To that end my blog (and Entirely Beauty’s social media) has led to my ‘meeting’ some really lovely, artistic beauty fanatics, not to mention some fabulous, talented and supportive bloggers. So, blogging? YEAH, what’s not to love? 😍

Oh, I like this question!

I’ve kept blogging for the same reason I keep breathing – I have to! πŸ˜‰ I’ve got a notebook (aka my blogging bible) and in it I’ve written (and continue to write) literally hundreds of ideas for beauty blogs, social media posts and creative imagery. Now, I’m the kinda gal who simply has to see things through to a logical conclusion; which means that for the foreseeable future (and the unforeseeable, given all those ideas) I will keep on bloggerin!

There IS a second reason I keep bloggin; given that none of my family or friends know about/read/follow my blog and I now kinda keep it from them, I’m interested to see if I can grow my following, in a truly organic way. Side note: should you wish to help me in this endeavour by sharing one or two of my posts and or recommending me to your beauty loving or blogtastic friends, that’d be, well … AWESOME.😘 Especially your chatty mates who love to comment, cos I do like connect with my followers and subscribers!

I guess ‘ALL OF THEM’ just ain’t gonna cut it here, huh?

I’m loving doing this type of blog post to be honest! (Cue a plethora of pings notifying me I’ve been nominated in a shed ton of tags 🀣🀣). Usually my blogs take a fair bit of research, cos I check (and double check) everything so as not to misinform or mislead you guys. Sitting down and writing answers to questions about ‘me’, obviously didn’t need any research. It also didn’t require the usual amount of photography or image editing either. I’m enjoying this ‘stream of consciousness’ writing and having had no amount of BTS prep stuff for this tag IS quite freeing.

For ‘subject type‘ it’d be Empties and Subscription Box posts that are my favourite to write. Hopefully my enthusiasm for actually using stuff up and taking delivery of sub boxes is reflected in those posts.

However, ‘style’ wise (as you guys have probably already noticed) I prefer ‘long form’ blog posts. I figure that if you have taken time out to visit Entirely Beauty, the very least I can do is give you good value in return for your time, by including as much info and detail as possible – and I can’t do that in a few sentences.

This question could also read – “Which of your offspring do you love the most?”

OK, so I’m the bitch and my blog posts are my pups; I give birth to em’, nurture them, clean ’em up, make them presentable and then let them run from our comfy dog basket into the blogosphere. Working from the premise that the ‘maternal’ instinct I have towards each of my ‘pups’ is strong, this negates the possibility for favouritism and makes this question is a damn tough call. 😁

But …

And as I am obliged to choose three:

  • How to REALLY achieve Younger Looking Skin: Part One & Part Two | These posts were the culmination of lots of trial and error, testing different skincare and methods and eventually finding an all encompassing routine that delivered results!
A good massage helps πŸ˜‰
  • Reading: I love escaping into other people’s worlds! I have an eclectic taste in genres when it comes to books, including fiction and none fiction. With blogs I gravitate towards beauty (obvs), lifestyle and wellness. I enjoy ‘physical’ magazines, but for news I’m an online reader and the BBC app is my news read of choice.
  • I really (really!) love a nice soak in the bath, whilst enjoying a cuppa and watching a YouTube beauty content videos.
  • I don’t think you can beat a good walk; I like to explore places, both urban and rural. You know, get out amongst the world, watch people, take in the scenery, blow away the cobwebs and just ‘be’ – that’s relaxing.
  • Having a coffee somewhere where I can sit outside, see what’s happening and either have time to be with friends or to just think!
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
  • My family and friends – OK, I know that’s a kinda predictable answer BUT it’s an honest one! I’m sooo lucky to know and be related to some truly exceptional and amazing people and I LOVE spending time with them!
  • My Stash and playing with it! I can easily lose myself organising, appraising and using my collection. I honestly don’t know why I’m so beauty besotted; It’s neither a vanity or ‘showing off’ thing (I’m comfortable without makeup and I’m the only person who knows the true extent of my collection). I didn’t just wake up one day and be like “Oh, I think I’ll order a load of makeup and try me a new hobby!” 😁 It just kinda happened. Whatever the reasons, my beauty collection brings me a lot of happiness, indulges my creative side and is ever changing (collection, product and trend wise) so there ain’t much chance of me getting bored!
  • Music – like books, I love a whole host of different types of music: Chart stuff, a bit of rap, OG stuff like The Beatles and Queen, an occasional dalience with classical music – pretty much anything and everything, with the exception of Jazz (appologise to any Jazz fans) that’s just not my jam, baby.

“Enjoy your favourite things, cos one day you’ll realise that they were the BIG things.”

OK, so it’s self appreciation time

Even though I now think it’d definitely benefit from a bit of editing and reworking, I felt quite a sense of achievement and pride when I’d written and published my first blog post Shopped My Stash. It was quite a big step to take; once written it took me a hot minute to hit publish. I was scared that no-one would read it and that if they did, they wouldn’t like it.

This’ll probably sound completely ridiculous given the huge number of followers/subscribers that a many bloggers have, but hitting 50 made me immensely proud. It also made me run around the room fist punching the air and yelling ‘yes!’ like a footy fan whose team have just scored in the world cup. 😁 I know 50 followers isn’t a huge number, but I am so, so, grateful to each and everyone of you!

πŸ˜— THANK YOU πŸ˜—

Last, but no way least, I feel a sense of pride when someone comments on one of my posts. The fact that you take time out to read what I write blows my mind, but your comments, well, they breathe life into my posts, put a smile on my face and I just love the connections those comments creates.

There are hobbies other than blogging??

I have a bit of a thing for learning, probably due to my very positive experiences at college and university; when something interests me I’ll read up on it, watch stuff and find out what I can. Recently I came across a channel on You Tube belonging to a girl who has Dissociative Identity Disorder (people who have D.I.D used to be referred to as having multiple or spilt personalities) and learning more about that subject (along with most things about the human mind) I found really fascinating.

I enjoy both cooking at home and eating out. Great food and good company – is there anything better? I love trying new things, be that foods I haven’t previously sampled, new recipes or places to eat and the wonderful social interactions that come with all that. Whether it’s preparing food for family and/or friends or a leisurely meal out I’m down for it!

Another hobby is gardening: I recently created a ‘Fairy Garden’, complete with various, cute little fairy houses and pretty lights. The plants, which I grew from seeds, are growing nicely and I’m looking forward to having lots of colourful flowers to look at while I enjoy my morning cuppa in the garden.

To be or not to be, that’s not the question? πŸ˜‰

I’m a Shakespeare fan. As a historical figure I find William very intriguing, I love most of his plays – Henry V, Othello and Hamlet being my favourites and enjoy reading his sonnets. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing The Tempest at the Globe in London, have visited Stratford quite a few times and have enjoyed a number of outdoor performances, of a number of his plays, at various locations in the UK. My favourite Shakespeare performances to date were Henry V at The Stratford Theatre and an amateur production of Hamlet – both of which were such powerful and emotive adaptations that they reduced me to tears!

Right bloggers, I’m nosey, so please don’t let me down! 😁

Here are my nominations – have fun lovely ladies! Please ping back to me so I don’t miss your answers. I’m lookinging forward to getting to know y’all a little better 😁

Bournemouth Girl

The Newbury Girl

Mxrshmallowqueen

Missbelladaniela

Elgeewrites

And YOU (yes, you) if you’d like to!

So, there you have it, I hope you feel you know me a bit better now. 😁 Thanks so much for reading, it means a lot! If you enjoyed this post please give it a ‘like’, if you’d like to help me with my ‘organic growth’ then hit the follow button, and, if you’d like to receive a FREE copy of my mini e-magazine – EB Xtra – and receive a notification each time I publish a new post then please subscribe ⬇️⬇️⬇️

What did you think of this tag – do you like reading and responding to tags like this? Will you be having a go at this tag? (If you don’t have a blog you could respond to the questions in the comments). Did any of my answers suprise you? Are there any other tags you’d like for me to do? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

That’s it from me for this post, thanks for hanging out with me in the blogosphere and until next time, take care.

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April’s Empties: Faves, Fails, Tips and Trash to Treasure Ideas

Product reviews and tips, how to REALLY empty your product containers and ideas for recycling, upcycling and repurposing your beauty empties.

Find out what beauty products I'm loving, likin and glad to see the back of, im my monthly round up of empties for April!
A mixed selection of products that I used up during April
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I didn’t realise until yesterday (lockdown fog!) that I hadn’t done my usual roundup of products I used up last month!?! Apologies. This post is gonna put that right as it’s all about, yes you’ve guessed it, my April empties: if you want to know which beauty products I’m lovin and living for, the ones I like and what products kinda failed me, then you’ve come to the right place!

I’ve broken my empties down into categories – Skincare, Haircare, Makeup and Body Care – so that you can easily locate each one and read about the products that interest you most! (Hopefully, that’s all of em!) I’ve also linked up each of the products, so you can get more info and/or buy and try them for yourself!

There’s also some other helpful links, some useful tips on using up ALL of your products, plus some recycling, upcycling and repurposing ideas for your empties. I’m the gift that keeps on giving! 😁

I’ve got a few blog posts in my Empties Series, and if the empties thing makes your heart sing, then it can keep singing cos I’ve included the links to the other posts in this series down below.

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So, we know where we’re heading and you’ve subscribed (!) let’s dive into my empties basket, starting with skincare.

April’s Empties – Skincare

  • Beauty Pro Collagen Mask with Vitamin C – An anti-aging, complexion brightening, elasticity improving, fine line and wrinkle diminishing, pleasant smelling and cooling face mask that is suitable for all skin types and costs just Β£4.95, that’s not half bad, right? Especially when it does all that in just fifteen minutes and has extra serum in the packet that can be used on your neck and dΓ©colletage. Loved this and was living for the results, well done Beauty Pro!

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If you’re really going to test out a different skin care range then you owe it to the products, yourself and your skin to try them over a few weeks and use a variety of products from that range, cos they are supposed to ‘work’ better together! So, that’s what your girl did. I treated myself to a Feel Unique Beauty Kit of Caudalie Samples. The Beauty Kit is a cost effective way to try out a new skincare regime or any other products you fancy trying.

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The Caudalie Vine Range

  • The Micellar Water with Organic Grape Water & Chamomile 50ml Sample. (Full Size Β£19.99) Due to faulty packaging the Caudalie water flooded my Shopped My Stash Storage, I wasn’t impressed but it did a grand job of cleaning the storage compartments and the packaging of my other products. I only used it twice before it Houdinied on me, my face did feel clean though. A bit of a fail there and too short a trial to be more conclusive, sorry folks.
  • The Moisturising Toner 50ml Sample (Full Size Β£9) I wasn’t taken with this toner, it was pleasant enough to use, but I just didn’t feel (and neither did my skin) that it brought anything to the table plus I didn’t see any improvements skin wise. Fail!
  • The Moisturising Sorbet 10ml Sample (Full Size Β£23) I loved the texture of this, it was rich, but light, very moisturing and left my skin feeling like silk! Definitely a fave!
  • The S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum 10ml Sample (Full Size Β£23) I had two serums from the range and this one certainly performed better than its sister! I used this at night, with the sorbet, and it was uber hydrating and felt lush! Not a fave, but I did like this one.
  • The Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum 10ml Sample (Full size Β£36) This was my day serum, saddly it lacked the glow it promised, which was disappointing, it also felt a little tacky for a while after application and made my base products ‘pill up’ too. Sorry Caudalie, It’s a no from me!
  • Premier Cru |The Eye Cream 5ml Sample (Full Size Β£49) Given the price of this I was expecting miracles, unfortunately there were none. This eye cream does have a super lux consistency, meaning only a small amount is needed. I’m talking tiny. Miniscule. Seriously, no more than a pin head. That richness not only affects the absorption, but made the cream feel far too heavy on my eye area. This was another discovered fail in Caudalie’s range.

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Note: The above sample sizes afforded sufficient product for my month long trial.

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Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks 6 Pairs

These are Β£24 (or Β£4 each duo) I received these in a FabFitFun box & I loved using them; they hydrate, brighten, reduce fine lines and feel luxurious too – definitely a fave and I recommend giving them a go.

  • Skinacademy Argan Oil Gel Eye Patches (4 Treatments- but I had already used two) Β£1.75 These, in contrast to the Wander ones, are super affordable at just 43p per treatment. You leave them on for about 20 mins, remove and gently pat the serum in to the skin until absorbed. For the price I can’t fault these. The Argan Oil is great at hydrating whilst the antioxidants help slow signs of aging. These are a fave in the budget beauty category.
  • Sukin Pink Clay Facial Masque (For Sensitive Skin) Β£11.75 – I bloody love this! A recent addition to the Sukin family of products, this amazing mask gently extracts pollutants and impurities to leave your skin feeling really clean and looking healthly and radiant. (For more Sukin product info click here) I really recommend giving this one some space on your bathroom shelf – I’ll be re-buying for sure.

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How to get the most from your beauty ‘almost gones’ and ’empties’: Using ALL the product!

Before we get into the next group of empties, if, like me, you hate product waste, these tips’ll help you get to the bottom of things!

The foundation that resolutely clings to the sides of the bottle, the concealer that the damn doe foot applicator can’t reach, the remnants of your favourite, now flattened lippy and what’s left of your now slightly clumpy, much loved mascara all costs £££ but often go unused. Here’s how I get every drop, lump and clump from those products and make sure I get my coins worth.

Entirely Beauty Infograph - How to REALLY empty your beauty products!

Is it really EMPTY?

If there’s residual product in your ’empties’ follow the instructions in my ⬅️infograph⬅️. Simply add the ‘extra ingredients’ directly to the containers, give the container a really good shake & voila, you have a ‘NEW’ and slightly different product for FREE!

For the lip and cheek tint, scrape out any remaining lipstick onto a mixing palette or saucer add an equal amount of lip balm, mix thoroughly, re-package in a cleaned pot or tin.

If you found these tips useful, please let me know in the comment and I’ll include more in future empties posts.

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You may remember that I ‘joined’ Project Pan 2020, which means I’m trying to ‘use what I have’ (to the very last drop, lump and clump πŸ˜‰) and ‘hit pan’. (To read more about my project pan endeavours please click here). To be honest, using up skin and hair care and/or body products isn’t difficult, as this and my previous Empties posts prove, I get through them ‘organically’. Makeup, however, is a totally different ball game, and since starting my blog, and my empties series, I’ve never actually ‘hit pan’ in that category.

Project Pan 2020 - I hit pan on four (YES FOUR) make up products in April!

UNTIL NOW!!!

Yes, I finally did it!

And not just on one makeup product, but FOUR!

I can see why so many people love panning, it feels great and I’m ridiculously proud of myself! 😁

April’s Empties – Makeup Products

  • Avon Extra Lasting Liquid Foundation (Shade: Shell) 30ml Β£10 (Discontinued) The fact that this has been discontinued by Avon begs the question “How long have I had You???” πŸ€” Honestly, I don’t know, and that response suggests that I need to do an inventory of my stash! Yes, I know Avon is an MLM (don’t come gunning for me πŸ˜‰) but I do really like some of their products (spoiler alert – I picked out another Avon foundation to use this month). I liked this, it applies well with a blender, brush or even your hands, can be mixed with moisturiser for a lighter, BB kinda coverage and it lasts. (Side note – it mixed well with face oil & highlighter & I loved using up that last bit) Shame it’s been discontinued!
  • Benefit Roller Lash Full Size (Shade: Black) Β£22.50 This is my Marmite mascara and she has a Jekyll and Hyde character! Some days I LOVED this product, it performed well, curlec my lashes and looked the bomb! Other days it slightly irritated my eyes, clumped up (not in a good way) I had to spend time combing my lashes to lose the clumps and that straightened my lashes back out. When she’s good she’s great, when she’s not she’s horrid! I have a love hate relationship with Roller Lash.
The four makeup products I panned in April!
Project Pan: Success with makeup, at last!
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  • Code Beauty Soft Smooth Lip Liner Β£18 This innovative lip liner sharpens itself, contains collagen and is, as the name suggests, soft and smooth. Goes on so easily, wears well, prevents feathering, gives great lip contour and is bendable! I was obsessed with this – the only downer, it broke and I lost some of that valuable product! 😭 That lush softness was it’s undoing; would I re-buy – hell yeah, but I’ll remember to use a lighter hand.
  • Revolution Liquid Highlighter (Shade: Bronze Gold) I received this in one of those wonderful FREEBIE bags that Revolution offer from time to time with an order. I don’t think you can beat Revolution for budget/drug store beauty, and this highlighter is testament to that statement. Applied wonderfully, can be used as a ‘hey, my cheekbones are LIT!’ highlighter, a more subtle, blended glow or mixed into your fave foundation to give it some extra umphhh. Definitely a fave! If you haven’t discovered the revolution that is Revolution, whatcha waiting for? Go get more bang for your buck!

April’s Empties – Hair Care

The good, the bad and the ugly in my haircare empties.

Sebastian Dark Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

50ml Samples (1000ml Β£28 each) A crackin’ pair of lightweight hair products! They clean, soften, add shine and smell totes amazing! I loved these – faves!

  • Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml Sample (Full Size – 70ml Β£19) You can’t go wrong with any Phillip Kingsley hair product – this company are hair specialists and this is sooo reflected in their products! This popular brand is often found in Beauty Subscription Boxes & that’s because once you’ve tried a sample of any of their products you will want to buy them!! Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment, which is nothing short of brilliant for fine, medium and coarse hair as it adds shine, bounce, increases elasticity and makes hair more managable. This, and other Phillip Kingsley products, rank highly among my favourites!
  • Grow Gorgeous – Back Into The Roots Scalp Masque 60ml Sample. Full Size (200ml Β£28) Whatever your hair concerns Grow Gorgeous has a Masque solution. This scalp Masque is massaged into the scalp then it does a weird cooling and tingly thing for the duration of the 10 minutes you leave it on for. You then cleanse and condition your hair as normal. Back Into The Roots certainly stimulates your scalp and gives your head the ‘wake up call’ it promises but ‘results’? Sadly lacking! After 4 weeks of using this I’m still not sure what it’s supposed to do, so that’d be a fail!
  • Schwarzkopf Live Baby Blue (Spray-in temporary, wash out, hair colour) 89p 125ml. I am obsessed! Whenever I spot these in my local discount stores I buy in bulk. They come in various pastel shades (Baby Pink, Peach, Mint etc), work great for lighter hair colours (blondes and greys) and you can increase the intensity according to how you apply them. Sprayed into dry hair the result is softer, but is a perfect pick-me-up for ‘in need of a shampoo’ hair. If you want something a with more impact spray into damp hair then dry and style as normal. You can try a temporary unicorn affect with these too (it looks so extra when plaited). I use this temporary hair colour to add pizzazz to a ‘messy-bun-up-do’ by spraying the colour(s) just on my bun, I’ve also used it to colour just the loose tendrils – both styles give a lovely contrast . I recommend these if you’re beautiful blonde or a gorgeous grey babe cos they’re fun, easy to use and sooo versatile!!!

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Recycle, Upcycle, Re-purpose: Some great ideas for your beauty empties

Trash to Treasure infograph - ideas for beauty empties.

Some beauty product empties simply don’t lend themselves to upcycling or re-purposing, but can be recycled.

Other empties can, with a bit of imagination, be restyled & re-used, and you can have fun creating something ‘new’.

If you’d like more upcycling and re-purposing ideas for your empties, or if you have any good empties hacks, please let me know in the comments.

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The Body products I emptied in April
Loving having my Skin So Soft & Tanned!

April’s Empties – Body Products

  • Sure MotionSense Bright Bouquet 48 Hour Anti-Perspirant 250ml Β£1.79 OK, not the most exciting beauty/body product in the world, but we all use it in some form or another. This anti-perspirant has a MotionSense element which apparently releases a fruity burst of strawberries and apricots when you’re on the move. Can’t say I noticed that particular claim, but then again I wasn’t about to go for a run with my nose in my own armpit to test the claim! There are just some things ya girl won’t do, sorry! πŸ˜‰ It does smell good and it kept me fresh and dry, so yeah, I liked it!
  • Bubble T Bath & Shower Gel in Rhubarb & Custard AND Salted Caramel. 200ml. Β£5.99 for both via Soapscription – a bubbletastic subscription box from Bubble T. These Bath and Shower Gels (and Soapscription) are a firm fave of mine, but Bubble T surpassed themselves with the Salted Caramel!!! Oh M Vereee Gee – loved, loved, loved this fragrance – by far the best ‘flavour’ I’ve since subbing – Deeeelicious!!! The rhubarb and custard was fab too, as we’re all the other ‘flavour’ I’ve received – I can’t recommend this bubbly sub box, or praise the prods highly enough 😍
  • Avon Skin So Soft Enhance and Glow 150ml (Medium) Β£3.50 – really enjoyed using this and it’s a great way to get a sun kissed start to tanning season. Personally, I don’t go in heavy with fake tan, so this is perfect for me. Also it’s child’s play to apply – simply spray and massage in. It doesn’t streak, you get lovely, natural looking tan, soft skin, a great glow and no mess or orange hands. You can build it up, but I tend to just use this a couple of times a week then exfoliate it off and begin again. Lurve it 😎

And that concludes my empties for April. What do you about what I used up, liked and disliked. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? Do any of my empties take your fancy? If they do let me know which ones. If you’ll be trying them in the future and would like some more details, don’t hesitate to ask. Don’t forget to let me know what you thought of my ‘use it all’ and ‘trash to treasure’ tips and/or if you have any hacks and tricks of your own, please share them in the comments too. Finally don’t forget to like, share, follow and subscribe. Thank you.

Thanks also, and as always, for reading, I really appreciate you taking time out your day to visit and read. Until next time, take care

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More Posts In This Series

March Empties

February Empties

January Empties

December Empties

October Empties

I don’t know what happened to November’s Empties, maybe I was busy figuring out this blogging thing that month πŸ˜ƒ

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James Charles’ Instant Influencer: An Instant Success?

In beauty/filming rooms and on laptops all over the world, there are thousands of beauty enthusiasts, amateur make up artists, bloggers and wannabe influencers, making videos, writing blogs, posting on social media and trying to get their talents noticed in the hugely populated and popular community that is beauty!

James Charles has tapped into this potential talent and the popularity of beauty, makeup and artistry to create a new show – Instant Influencer. The premise is to entertain us beauty addicts whilst ultimately spring-boarding one lucky contestant into the ring light of beauty guru fame.

So, yeah, to those of us who love all things beauty, the show’s blueprint does sound tempting, right, BUT

Is Instant Influencer worth watching?

Is James Charles' Instant Influencer show worth watching?
James Charles Instant Influencer: YASS or PASS?
Image: YouTube Originals

Much of the reaction to Instant Influencer so far has a very (understandable) stars and stripes flavour, and although that’s all entertaining and informative, there’s room on the menu for a typically British response – enter Entirely Beauty!

Who is James Charles?

Before we get into the show, and despite the HUGE following (aka Sisterhood) he has, there may be some who aren’t familiar, so here’s a sister-salient sum up: James Charles is a fast-talking, artistically talented, cute, Morphe-collabing, brand-Charles-promoting, drama magnet of epic proportions, boldly business savvy, YouTube, Social Media and generally famous beauty guru!

Phew! (Insert pause for breath here)

And now the first and second eps of Instant Influencer have aired James Charles can add Show Host, Judge and Exec Producer to his already ‘impressive-for-a-twenty-year-old’ resumΓ© too!

Instant Influencer: An Introductory Insight

Six months ago, when James first announced plans for his new show he boldly stated that he was going to:

“…take beauty content and blow it up to a place that has never been done before.”

James Charles – YouTubeCasting Call‘ (Nov 2019)

In this typically enthusiastic upload, James added that he’d initially had the idea three years ago, then sat on it as it was such a big project. He also excitedly told his sisterhood subscribers how to enter, how to ‘vote’ for their faves and divulged the show’s format.

My initial thoughts on hearing the show’s format was that Instant Influencer sounded very (very) similar to the BBC Three’s Glow Up series that first aired, here in Britain, in March 2019. (If you missed it, it’s available on the BBC’s i-player and would make for a great lockdown binge! A second series of Glow Up is due later this year)

In a similar fashion to Glow Up, Instant Influencer is a reality/competition combo in which contestants take part in various makeup related tasks and challenges designed to showcase their individual personalities and artistry to a, hopefully, captivated viewing audience, whilst being mentored, judged and critiqued by the host and experts. In Instant Influencer that’s James, assistant judge Claudia ‘Norvina‘ Soare (of Anastasia Beverly Hills fame) and the weekly guest judges – spots that have, so far, been filled, by TV reality star Paris Hilton and drag queen Trixie Mattel.

Produced by Brian Graden Media for YouTube, Instant Influencer has a Glow Up x Next Top Model x RuPaul’s Drag Race kinda vibe. It’s a four parter and we’re in two deep: You can catch these first two episodes, The Competition Begins and Click & Drag, plus the two remaining eps (streaming on Fri 8th and Fri 15th at 8pm BST) on James Charles YouTube channel.

From the thousands of video entries, six contestants were chosen to appear and compete on the show. The winner will get to film a collab video with James, receive filming equipment worth $10,000 and the grand prize of $50,000! Not to mention a scale of both social media and general exposure that a mortal beauty blogger like myself can hardly imagine. πŸ˜‰ So, the prizes aint too shabby!

Instant Influencer – Series One: Episode Two – Click and Drag with James and guest judge Trixie Mattel

In true game show stylee, let’s meet the real stars of Instant Influencer – the contestants!

Britany was the first to be eliminated, however, I don’t think that was as much due to a lack of talent as it was sad, personal circumstance! In a video on Britany’s YT channel she explains that she had to leave her ill Nana in hospital, to head to LA to take part in the show. Tragically her Nana passed away the day before Britany’s return.

Christian aka Indigo, is super talented, very entertaining to watch, on the show AND his YT channel, and has a fantastic personality! *SPOILER ALERT* I honestly thought he’d win! Episode two’s Drag Challenge proved to be too tough a call though, and he was sent home. Those brows weren’t related, they were way too high on his forehead, BUT, this blogger is now a fan!

Single mum, Ashley had the largest following of all the contestants before the show and her stats continue to rise! Hardly surprising given her artistry and flair! Ashley won both Episode’s tasks and episode two’s main challenge. I totally love the content on her YT channel and she’s now my tip for the top spot. Her Avatar take on the Drag Queen challenge was both inspired and out of this world.

Gabriel, aka Gabriel Dreams, has the beauty skills, a fab personality, is the undisputed queen of the pout and an avocate of the pop and snap. I’ve spent time on Gabriel’s YT Channel, the poppin n snappin grates after a while but his content is good and on the show Gabriel’s fun to watch. Not my favourite contestant, but he’s got talent.

Kailin is the lovable, girl- next-door of Instant Influencer. She has the (self-confessed) gift of the gab, skill set and vision that should keep her in the competition and see her crowned ‘runner up’. Her YT Channel content confirms she’s at home in front of the camera, her personality shines, as does Kailin’s enthusiastic love of all things beauty.

Benny is, following Indigo’s untimely exit, the baby of Instant Influencer. What he lacks in experience he makes up for with his penchant for colour and innovative makeup looks. His YT Channel , however, would benefit from more content, a good filming backdrop and volume increase. He’s cute, but for me hasn’t got what it takes to win as he’s up against much stronger contestants.

Instant Influencer: Ingenious or Incidental?

At the beginning of both episodes of Instant Influencer Executive Producer James is in corporate mode, promoting ‘brand Charles‘, whilst silmutanteously ‘acting‘ as a game show host, but the two roles don’t gel well. It’s a bit uncomfortable to watch and …

“…a bit cringey…”

Smokey Glow. I watched James Charles’ Instant Influencer so you don’t have to … a review* YouTube (25th April, 2020)

I rode out this wave of cringeness and fortunately the Wall Street ‘My Brand, My Show Sell, Sell, Sell!’ gave way to better viewing. Once the contestants arrived James got into his stride as host, mentor and judge: he put the contestants at ease, gave them great advice and helpful tips, his critiques were fair – in fact he came across as really caring about the contestants and wanting to help them get the most from their time on the show.

There’s one issue with the show that definitely needs addressing, both here and in series two of Instant Influencer (Yes, a second series is planned). In one of the reviews of the show I read whilst researching, the author wrote that James’s new web series was…

“…injecting much needed life, diversity and fun into a classic format.”

Dazed Digital

My immeadiate reaction to this was “REALLY???” Life and fun, yes, but diversity?? Mmm? Where’s the disabled influencers? The plus sized beauty addicts? The more mature makeup enthusiasts? The demographic of the show is somewhat diverse but is it diverse enough? The age, aesthetics, physicality, ethnenticity and mobility of the contestants offers a thin slither of beauty community cake, rather than a truly representive slice, that a range of viewers could really get their teeth into. James, You Tube and the team overlooked an opportunity for real inclusion, favouring instead, a safer, more generic approach when selecting the contestants, which, no doubt restricted its appeal to potential viewers.

The PYT contestants pictured with Norvina and James front and centre!
Photo: YouTube Originals/James Charles

The guest judges, so far, have been entertaining and helpful. Paris was a bit overshadowed by her pooch, but her reactions to the contestants’ handy work in the challenges were very positive and encouraging. Trixie was a delight, fun, fair and inspirational in the drag challenge. It’ll be interesting to see who will take the guest judge seats in the two remaining eps. Enter the Dragun? Yeah, I’d put money on Nikita making an appearance on the panel!

Crouching Nikita, Hidden Dragun – is she set to pounce on Instant Influencer as a guest judge?
Image: James Charles (Edited by Entirely Beauty)

The resident, assistant judge, Norvina offers the contestants salient, insightful appraisals and shares her wealth of inside industry knowledge, which is invaluable to those with their eyes on the prize. Norvina does come across as being out of her comfort zone on the show though, something she has openly admitted on Twitter.

Norvina on being in the judges seat on Instant Influencer

Reactions to Instant Influencer

After Instant Influencer aired, fans of James and the show also took to Twitter to share their thoughts. @lolareyouclara summed up both her own opinion and the general consensus, by tweeting out, “Honestly this show is amazing”, whilst @iconicjames declared “@jamescharles is the new Simon Cowell”. In his own YT ‘reaction’ video – Full Face Using ONLY a Beauty Blender & Instant Influencer Tea – James told the sisters that all the responses to the show had been positive and that he was “…so, so, so grateful.”

James, when you’ve added ‘Featured in SHREK as myself’ to your resumΓ©, then, and only then, can you be compared to the Legend … (***wait for it***) … dary Simon!

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Not all the responses were positive though: many have criticised the elimination process, which is totes brutal! To add perspective here, the elimination of a contestant on any reality/competition show is ‘the money shot’: it’s that ‘watch from behind a cushion moment’, with fingers crossed, hoping that your favourite doesn’t go bye-bye. Producers know this and so they create drama and tension to bring out an emotional response in both the departing contestant AND the viewing audience. It is what it is.

Having said that, it’s not the butt-clenching build up to the already infamous ‘knock on the loser’s door’ that folks have taken issue with; no, it’s the fact that having told the losing contestant the bad news and trotted out the usual reality show bon mots of psuedo-comfort, James imeadiately asks the (now very upset for very obvious reasons) departee to face the camera and film the ep’s outro. Imagine being asked to smile, ‘perform’, and promote yourself having just received, what would be, in that moment, totally devastating news! Uh huh…

😣 !!!BLOODY BRUTAL!!! 😣

James adds Xtra drama to ‘The Money Shot’
Image: James Charles – Instant Influencer

James did address this criticism in his video stating that having the loser face the camera to end the ep and plug their channels bought everything “…full circle.” To add weight to his theory he concluded that the losing contestants “…are influencers after all.” I understand the whole ‘show must go on’ mentality that is at play here. I also get the need for the contestants to utilise the ‘last chance saloon’ opportunity to promote their platforms, but despite all that it’s still…

😣 !!!BLOODY BRUTAL!!!😣

A significant factor from the viewing audience perspective is that the contestants have charisma and style, presence and personality, and, obviously the necessary skill set required to be an influencer. These attributes are absolutely vital: if the viewer is going to ‘invest’ in those taking part, then the contestants need to have the likability and watchability factor. All six of them ARE very likeable and all six ARE very watchable.

No, the contestants ain’t as diverse as they could’ve been, but they ARE worthy of an investment of your eyes, ears and time. Anyone who is remotely interested in beauty & makeup will enjoy this series of Instant Influencer (and the next for that matter). OK, so the show needs a tweak here and there: yeah, it’ll make you cringe in places, OMG the eliminations are damn dramatic and James might not be your favourite beauty guru, BUT he does know his shit! I rate Instant Influencer, am lovin the ride and I’d recommend the show to both beauty and non beauty adicts alike, cos everyone should

“…follow all of the contestants’ journeys … especially the [eventual] winner … they are an incredibly talented individual.”

James Charles during an interview with Insider
The flawless and beautiful Paris, James & Norvina – Episode One
Image: YouTube

Have you watched Instant Influencer? If so I’d really like to know what you think of James as the host/mentor? Do you like the contestants and what you think of the judges? What are your opinions of the show as a whole and which of the contestants domyou want to see crowned the winner. If you haven’t seen it yet, and/or don’t intend to, I’d still very much welcome your opinions too – I’d be especially interested to know why you haven’t watched it.

Thanks, as always, for taking time out of your day to join me in the blogosphere and read my post, I really do appreciate it. Don’t forget to drop your comments below, I cant wait to read them! If you enjoyed this post please like, follow and subscribe so you don’t miss any future posts. Also, when you subscribe you’ll also receive a FREE copy of EB Extra as a thank you. It’s my monthly publication with extra and exclusive news, reviews, top tips & other beauty content!

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How to REALLY achieve younger looking skin: part two

Following on from stage one of my ULTIMATE TWO STAGE FACIAL, here’s your guide to smoother, plumper, super-moisturised, revitalised, texture and fine line reduced, silky soft and younger looking skin.

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The next and final stage you need to follow to get younger looking skin!
In stage one we prepped our skin, in STAGE TWO we’re going to lavish our skin with moisture
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In my previous blog post I guided you through Stage One of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial and promised that I would introduce you to a fairly new KOREAN beauty trend that has, so far, pretty much slipped under the beauty radar. I learned about this trend in an article by Sable Yong of Allure Magazine and, thanks to Ms Yong, I’m obsessed!

K-beauty - leading the way in great skin care, whilst Allure makes sure you're up to date with the latest products and beauty trends.
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Have you ever wondered (and who hasn’t?) how Korean’s get flawless skin, why Korean skincare is so damn good, what glass skin actually is and how you can achieve Korean Glass Skin at home?

YEAH?

Well, you’re in the right place! In this post we’ll not only be covering our faces we’ll also be covering all this too:

  • What is the Korean Coating Method
  • How I’ve adapted The Korean Coating Method for DIY at home use
  • How to layer your face masks
  • The benefits of Korean Coating/Mask Layering
  • How Korean Coating can help with a range of skin problemsit’s in the layering!

Before we get stuck into layering those masks and the rest of Stage Two, there’s a couple of things YOU NEED TO DO. The first is to read and complete STAGE ONE of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial to prep your skin. The second is to subscribe to Entirely Beauty so that you don’t miss any future posts. πŸ˜‰ When you’ve subscribed to Enitrely Beauty you’ll receive a FREE copy of my monthly newsletter EB Xtra – which has tips and articles to keep you looking, and feeling, beautiful!

The road to my Ultimate Two Stage Facial has been an adventure: I’ve tried a variety of masks, products and tools before discovering which worked together the best and gave great results. I owe a debt of gratitude to Sable Yong and Allure, without them I wouldn’t have started out on the quest to begin with.

Having read that article (I recommend you read it too) I could immediately see several advantages of the concept of the Korean Coating Method and mask layering in general. Having long admired the Korean trend for Glass Skin I was, like Sable Yong, spurred on to find a way of replicating the fairly new Salon Treatment, that is The Coating Method, at home.

Hydrating & Moisturising your skin is paramount if you want to achieve (& maintain) Glass Skin. Drinking lots of water (yeah, earth shattering advice, right!) will help!

What is The Korean Coating Method?

Unlike ‘Multi-Masking’ where different masks are placed on specific areas of the face to target multiple problems, The Korean Coating Method works from a similar premise, but instead of placing various masks on problematic areas, the masks are layered on top of each other to cover your entire face.

Obviously, there is a little (lot!) more too it than that, but Sable’s article is so in-depth and brilliantly written, to give another explanation here would really be doing her (and you) a disservice. Besides, I’ve ‘borrowed’ from the principles of The Coating Method for my Ultimate Two Stage Facial, DIY, at home treat, not replicated it.

If you’re interested in Multi-masking see

THE MASTER OF THE MASKS

Jake Jamie

on Instagram!

Psst: Jake has a range of masks in collab with Revolution & makes homemade masks too.

Why You Should Layer Up Those Face Masks

  • The (now social media/beauty community famous) Ten Step Korean Skincare Routine has layering elements and it’s purpose is to achieve and maintain GLASS SKIN!
  • As individual masks serve differing purposes, and skin concerns tend to be plural it makes sense to layer your masks to tackle your various skin issues and/or improve your skin generally
  • Masks will also ‘add’ to your skin – eg they can add extra hydration, clarification, heal the skin & much more
  • Mask layering, together with Stage One of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial will help you achieve younger looking skin
  • Combining masks will help you achieve and maintain lush, Korean, Glass Skin.
  • Korean’s not only have flawless skin, but it tends to be poreless too – my two stage facial helps reduce pores
  • Having completed Stage One and dermaplaned like a dude, your barrier free skin will literally drink in the combined goodness from layers of masks!
Fun to watch, BUT YesItsStillTori’s take on the ‘One Hundred (yes, one hundred!!!) Layers Of Face Mask YouTube Challenge is an excellent example of how NOT TO LAYER! πŸ˜‰

Your Guide to Stage Two

Step 1: Cleanser, Toner and a Serum

The last step in Stage One of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial had you exfoliating your skin. (Did you know that the majority of Koreans exfoliate every day?!) Now it’s time for another cleanse: having wet cleansed, dermaplaned and exfoliated, any liquid cleanser will suffice. I’m currently using Caudalie Micellar Water for this second cleanse. Next up is your favourite toner – for me that’s Pixi Skin Treats Glow Tonic. Follow this with a small amount of serum (I’m using Caudalie Vine [active] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum at the moment) and then give your skin a few moments to enjoy these pre-layering steps and allow the serum to absorb.

Get your glow started before layering.

GET YOUR GLOW ON!

I get great, and glowing, results from the combo of Caudalie Micellar, Pixi Glow Tonic and the Caudalie Glow serum.

You can, of course, switch out my recommendations and use your favourite ‘Glowy’ skin care products.

Image: Entirely Beauty

TOP TIP: When selecting your masks for coating think about A) What masks have you tried, loved and got results from and B) What skin problems you want to tackle (see image below), then make your mask selections accordingly.

Thinks about your skin's problems and choose masks that will help combat them or add something  to your skin
Whatever your skin problems might be, there’s a mask out there that’ll help
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Step Two: Make like an onion and get your beneficial layers on – it’s MASK TIME!

When you layer your masks, the order you apply them in IS important, as it helps your skin to absorb all the goodness and reap the benefits from each and every one. I apply an under eye masks BEFORE any of the face masks, not only will they help banish any laughter lines and brighten dark circles, but they’ll protect your delicate skin under eye area from the masks whilst giving you a guideline for your mask applications too.

Golden Eye

I got these Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks in my Fab Fit Fun Box and they work a treat!

Mask Layering – as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  • Grab yourself a jar or tube of a soft/cream face mask you know works for you. I use high end and drug store cream masks, depending on my mood, and either works well. (Try Temple Spa’s Be Gentle if you’re feeling boujee or if you’re on a budget The Kale Face Mask* from Poundland takes some beating.) Apply a thin layer to your face and neck avoiding your eye masks and eye area in general.

*During my research for this blog post, I tried to check the availability of The Kale Face Mask. Whilst doing so I uncovered some very negative, but understandable, reviews of this product. It would seem that quite a few people had adverse reactions – including burning sensations, rashes and so on. I’ve used this mask lots of times and the coconut version too and haven’t had any problems. I decided to include the product as an example of how affordable masks work as well as higher end ones. Please do a patch test before using any products for the first time.

  • Choose either a good Clay or Mud Mask. Apply a slightly thicker layer of your chosen mask over the top of your cream mask, taking care not to disturb that previous layer too much -you’re not mixing a cake, you’re icing it! Sukin Clay Mask removes impurities, is affordable and layers well too. (For info on the Sukin Mask, & other products in this range see my Look Fantastic Haul)
  • Tuck it all in under a Sheet Mask! Choose a favourite Sheet Mask and carefully apply it over your layers of masks. I can’t recommend the Danielle Creations Peptide Sheet Masks enough, not only are they affordable but super boosting too. For a full review of these Peptide Sheet Masks go to my March Empties.
  • Finally, add your last ‘layer’ a re-useable silicone mask! You can manage without a Silicone Mask BUT your carefully placed, multi-layered masks might start to slip off your face without one. A silicone mask holds your masks firmly against your skin, stops the masks drying out, aids absorption (seriously, you can feel everything sinking into your skin) plus it helps with the next step too

Once you have your masks in place you can enjoy a little time out; for the timing of ‘your time out’ take your lead from the ‘leave on’ directions on each masks’ packaging and use an average of the stated times as your guide.

Step 3 – Rollin, Rollin, Rollin!

I use a Jade Roller to help ‘press and roll’ the goodness from my selected, layered masks into my skin. A five minute session with a good roller will also help to reduce puffiness and fine lines too. You can skip this step, but for me, it does seem to make a difference, plus it’s sooooo relaxing.

Thought I’d roll out my review of the Jade Roller I use at this point

Step Four: The unmasking and reveal

  • Once your mask time is up, remove the silicone mask. Set it to one side as it’ll need washing: just rinse it in warm water, let it air dry and it’ll be good to go next time.
  • Remove the sheet maskdon’t waste that precious serum though – fold the mask and massage over your neck and dΓ©colletage to give these areas a treat
  • Massage whatever is left of your soft and clay or mud mask into your skin for a few moments. If necessary (and this will depend on the masks you selected) gently rinse your skin with warm water and pat dry.

Step 5 – Added Vitamins with a post-mask serum!

(If you’d rather not splash out on this serum, either replace it with the serum of your choice OR skip to the next step)

I was lucky enough to discover this fabulous vitamin serum through a subscription box & have been using it ever since.

This lush Mudmasky serum isn’t cheap, but you only need a little and I swear you can actually feel this stuff working magic on your skin! Simple to use – to give your skin a vit-boost – just massage into the skin and admire the results!

Step 6 -Let’s use a gadget!

(If you don’t have this gizmo and don’t want to buy it, either use another facial massager OR skip to the next step)

I received my reVive Light Therapy Glo Wrinkle And Anti-aging Light device in my spring FabFitFun box and am still testing it out, but I do like the gentle warming sensation it gives and it does seem to help the MudMasky Serum sink into my skin.

What’s more my skin seems to glow when I use it in contrast to when I don’t. It’s also a lovely addition to my Ultimate Two Stage Facial.

This handy gadget claims to stimulate collagen and elastin through it’s light multi-waves and in so doing it supposedly rejuvnegates the skin.

Step 7 – You’re in skin heaven

Actually there isn’t a step seven as such, but I didn’t want to waste a rhyme! At this point you can apply your usual day cream, or, if like me you do my Ultimate Two Stage Facial in the evening apply your night cream. At night I would suggest adding one or two drops of face oil: you can mix this into your night cream or simply warm a couple of drops in your hands and press it lightly onto your skin. I would also advise letting everything soak into your skin before going to bed (you don’t want your pillows to ‘reap the benefits’ of your time and products). If you do this facial in the day, allow at least a couple of hours before applying your makeup.

My selection of products for my  Ultimate Two Stage Facial.

And that, my lovelies, brings us to the end of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial and indeed this post. Hope you enjoyed it, that you’ll give it a try and love your skin (and the results) as much as I do. I’d also love it if you came back to Entirely Beauty to enjoy some more of my blog posts and hang out with me in the future.

If you haven’t already, please subscribe (and receive your FREE copy of EB Extra) and/or follow me here and on Social Media (all my links are listed below). Also please let me know what you think of this post – leave your comments below (I always reply and love reading them) or just hit that like. Thanks for taking time out your day and for reading. Until next time, take care.

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How to REALLY achieve younger looking skin!

Your guide to smoother, plumper, super-moisturised, revitalised, texture and fine line reduced, silky soft and younger looking skin.

NEW posts are added to Entirely Beauty on the regular

Cher Turned Back Time in her song and, reportedly, via a little surgery. Marty McFly also got help from a Doc to travel back in time, and let’s be honest here, we’d all love to turn our skin-o-metres back a few clicks and enjoy younger looking, smoother skin! Unfortunately, I aint Simon Cowell, so I aint gonna make you star! Sans flux capacitor I can’t catapult you back to that glorious time when you loved your skin. BUT, I have developed and perfected a two stage combo of treatments that’ll improve your skin, give fantastic and immediate results and you can do it at home!

I call this combo my ULTIMATE TWO STAGE FACIAL! In this post we’re prepping our skin with stage one which includes:

  1. πŸ‘‰ The complete STAGE ONE ‘how to guide’
  2. πŸ‘‰ Product recommendations and links
  3. πŸ‘‰ Further and related reading
  4. πŸ‘‰ Further and related viewing
  5. πŸ‘‰ Other useful links
  6. πŸ‘‰ Links to my Social Media Platforms

My ultimate two stage facial is completely adaptable: either replicate it ‘as is’ or switch out my product recommendations and replace them with products you know will work on YOUR skin. Stage two is hot on the heels of this post: Subscribe to my blog to make sure you don’t miss it and, as a thank you for your support, I’ll send you a FREE copy of my monthly beauty newsletter – πŸ“° EB Xtra πŸ“° that (as the name suggests) has extra beauty tips, hints and features for you to enjoy!

Thanks for subscribing πŸ‘ your FREE copy of EB Xtra will be with you soon! Now, are you ready to be SHOOK? Ok, let’s get into the background and PREP STEPS of my NEW, ULTIMATE two stage facial and get you on the way to that younger looking skin I promised you!

Smoother, softer, less fine lines and wrinkles, plumped, silky skin can be yours if you follow my ULTIMATE TWO STAGE spa-esque FACIAL.
Top & Centre: STAGE ONE requirements. PLUS a SNEAK PEAK of products and gizmos we’ll be using in STAGE TWO
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STAGE ONE: The Prep Steps

DERMAPLANING – do it like a dude!

Yup – you read that right.

DO IT LIKE A DUDE!

Trust me, this bit of advice is a dermaplaning game changer!

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is the removal of facial peach fuzz, dead skin cells and any other facial hair to reveal super smooth skin that not only absorbs skin care products much more readily (as fuzz, dead skin cells and facial hair all act as product barriers) but you’ll notice that your makeup will look so much better on your dermaplaned skin too.

Take a LπŸ‘€K at

Net-a-Porter’s

take on

DERMAPLANING

These two, key benefits are the reasons why dermaplaning became popular in salons and spa’s, videos exploded on YouTube, beauty features about dermaplaning popped in magazines, and it continues to be increasingly popular with the world and her wife.

If you haven’t watched any of Sam’s beauty content videos you really should! She’s incredibly talented, inspirational, dedicated and fun to watch. Here she’s dermaplaning and providing a few giggles too!

During a Salon/Spa dermaplane treatment a surgical grade blade is gently scraped across every area of your clean and dry face, to plane (shave) the dermis (skin) – hence the name dermaplane. Prices for this vary in salons geographically and sometimes include another treatment.

A professional In-Salon Dermaplane Treatment costs

πŸ’· Β£60 πŸ’·

Based on average of researched & regional, UK price comparisons

However, it’s relatively easy, (but slightly scary, after all you are taking a blade to your face) to DIY DERMAPLANE, with the aid of an eyebrow razor, so many do go for the at home option.

I’ve used the ‘eyebrow razor’ method many times and loved the eventual results but I’m so over it! Its a bit harsh even for my normal skin type: At best it caused areas of redness on my skin, at worst I suffered irritation and/or inflammation of the skin for a day or so after each session and there’s that risk of cutting or nicking the skin too.

Dermaplaning has many benefits if you 'do it like a dude'.
You only have one face – if you want to REALLY care for your skin, and who doesn’t, ditch the eyebrow razor!

A word of warning

This traditional DIY dermaplane may result in the need for post-planing ‘down time’ as your skin can become super-sensitive to products such as cleanser and toner. This means that you have to wait for your skin to calm down after dermaplaning with an eyebrow razor, before using your skin care products. So, having acheived smooth, soft skin that’s capable of drinking in products, you’re unable to apply them right away, which is kinda frustrating-right?

It was these frustrating issues with dermaplaning that led to my quest for a kinder way of achieving that dolphin smoothness

After trying various tools and differing methods, I finally found a way to dermaplane that won’t irritate your skin, doesn’t cause redness, is safer, easier AND allows skin care to be applied immediately, which is a huge bonus for your skin. In my search for the perfect dermaplane method I found The Holy Grail, and it’s simply to “do it like a dude!

Top Tip: Invest in a good razor and shaving products, then shave your way to a smoother, barrier-free face!

My Dermaplane ‘Do’ List:

  • Do remove ALL traces of makeup/skincare before hand.
  • Do a pre-dermaplane wet cleanse; Dr. Botanicals Pomegrante (Po) Superfood Regenerating Cleansing Bar is excellent for this. Use like a soap, rub the creamy lather all over your wet face, rinse and you’ll find it’ll leave your skin squeaky clean and feeling moisturised too.
  • Do use a pre-shave scrub! A good, pre-shave scrub will prep the peach fuzz and any facial hair, making it so much easier to remove. I use Friction Free Pre-Shave Scrub; it smells unbelievable, your skin feels lush and it definitely makes for easier shaving. Simply massage a small amount onto wet skin, all over your face and neck (avoid your eyes!), then rinse clean with warm water.
  • Do use a shaving cream. A shaving cream is much kinder to the skin than soap, hair conditioner or bae’s shaving foam. Because they work better in unison and it’s brilliant, I use Friction Free Shave Cream: It’ll make your shave is as smooth as glass whilst conditioning and caring for your skin. Work a small amount over wet skin, all over your face, including don’t your forehead and neck.
  • Do use a GOOD QUALITY razor and change theblade reguarly! You’ll achieve a super-close shave and your dermaplaning is much less likely to end in a nicked/cut distaster! What’s more a good razor will glide without dragging the skin, and will remove everything in its path!
  • Do start on the neck and shave upward in one continuous stroke, where possible, toward the orbital bone. Take each stroke slowly, be gentle and hold the skin slightly taut with your free hand to enable a smoother, closer shave. Once you have completed the upward strokes, all over your neck, jaw and cheek area, shave your forehead by making side to side stokes. Next focus on the upper lip and nose using a downward glide.
  • Do rinse the razor after each stroke to remove the cream and any debris/hairs/fuzz. Feel your skin with your fingertips, again stroking upward, if you’ve missed a spot you’ll feel it. Finally rinse your face with warm water and appreciate the glass smoothness you’ve now achieved.
  • Do pat the skin dry as opposed to rubbing, you don’t want to towel-burn your now beautifully smooth, dolphinesque skin!
  • Do apply a post-shave balm all over the face, as this prevents any inflamtion occurring by soothing the skin. As a bonus a balm will nourish, protect and soften your skin too. I’m obsessed with Friction Free Post Shave balm; it’s lush, lightweight and does a great job. Contrary to the instructions, however, I massage it all over my face, leave it on for about 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
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My Dermaplane ‘Don’t’ list:

  • Don’t be scared! Seriously, try a wet dermaplane with products, if you’ve tried the ‘eyebrow razor method’ you’ll notice a huge difference.
  • Don’t be tempted to use a plastic, disposable razor on your face – they’re not kind to your skin or the environment – See link.
  • Don’t try skipping steps; the results will not be as good.
  • Don’t forget to change your blade regularly; if you use an old blade it could be harbouring bacteria, be more likely to cut or nick the skin and won’t give you that dolphin smoothness! A good rule of thumb is to change the blade after 2 to 3 dermaplane sessions.
  • Don’t overdo the dermaplaning; Unlike Salon dermaplaning (which is recommended as a once every four to six weeks treatment) I’ve found that my skin can handle my ultimate two stage facial once a week (Yes, I am obsessed 🀣). How often you do this will depend on your skin, try once every two weeks to begin with.
  • Don’t use bae’s razor or products; they’re designed specifically for men and their skin’s needs. Besides, guys tend to be as territorial about their shaving products as us girls are about our makeup! πŸ˜‰
  • Don’t forget to share this post on your social media. And/or reblog it – your gal pals will thank you! 😘

The final step for Stage One:

For added smoothness, brightness and that feel good factor gently exfoliate your face with a good scrub.

I recommend Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix.

It gives the skin an extra polish and boost, smells wonderful and is affordable too!

Simply apply a small amount of this wonderful Glycolic Scrub Fix to your damp skin and massage away, avoiding the eye area, rinse with warm water and pat dry.

You’re now ready for the next and last stage of my ULTIMATE TWO STAGE FACIAL!

Just lightly run a finger tip over your face at this stage and relish that smoothness. Check your complexion in the mirror – Hot Damn! You can see the difference – right? Notice how great your skin feels having completed stage one. Believe me it’ll feel even more fantastic, it’ll improve further when we feed and nourish your silky, barrier-free skin in STAGE TWO. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you don’t miss THAT upload and to receive your FREE copy of πŸ“° EB Extra πŸ“° too!

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Obviously, Stages One and Two compliment and enhance each other, and are meant to be done together as one complete treatment. So in STAGE TWO I’ll introduce you to a fairly new, Korean skincare technique that has, so far, slipped under the beauty radar. I’ll be giving you a step by step guide to my simplified take on this, so you can experience its phenomenal benefits at home, complete my ULTIMATE TWO STAGE FACIAL and enjoy younger and fresher looking skin!

TOP TIP: If you can’t wait for Stage Two of my Ultimate Two Stage Facial, then go ahead and try Stage One, but please use a good sunscreen, with a high SPF, after the final step to prevent your naked skin from becoming sun damaged.

And that brings us to the end of this post; if you enjoyed it please hit the like button as this helps me decide what to write and upload for you in the future.

Have you tried dermaplaning? If so, did you go the DIY route or visit a salon? What are your experiences of dermaplaning? Are you excited to give stage one of my ultimate two stage facial a try right now? Or are you going to (perhaps not so patiently) wait to stage two? Whatever your thoughts and experiences please share them in the comments below, thank you.

Thanks also for reading, I hope you found this post to be a helpful introduction and practical guide to achieving super, glass-like skin by dermaplaning like a dude, and that you’re looking forward to taking your skin to the next level, the next time.

Until then, take care.

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Spotlight on Subscription Boxes: Latest in Beauty

Everything you need to know about Latest In Beauty, plus the unboxing, my first impressions of the products and a review of the service.

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The 'Latest In Beauty' subscription box - an example of what could be in the box.
To discover what was in my first box read on …
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Hey, hi and hello, welcome to my blog if you’re new, and if you’ve been here before – it’s great to have you back! As promised in my last Spotlight on Subscription Boxes, I have another ‘NEW to me’ beauty sub box to share with you. Before I get into the unboxing and first impressions of the products in my first box, I’ll give you all the info you need to help decide if this box fits your needs and budget. This will be followed by the individual product information and, as always, I’ll include relevant links. So, ladles and jellyspoons, without further ado, let me introduce you to Latest in Beauty, a monthly subscription service with a difference!

With Latest in Beauty the choice is yours!

What sets LiB apart from other beauty sub boxes is CHOICE! Not only can you choose ALL the products you’ll receive in your box from the LiB curated selection of beauty treats, but you can also opt for a 3 product (Β£9 per month), 6 product (Β£15 per month) or 9 product (Β£18 per month) subscription all with FREE delivery. You can cancel your subscription at anytime and can change your subscription too: if, for example, you choose the six product option but the following month you want to drop to 3 products you can. You can also buy a ‘one off’ box of 3 (Β£16), 6 (Β£22) or 9 (Β£25) products, as a try out without subscribing, but you do pay p & p on ‘one offs’.

The LiB/brand collab – collection boxes

As well as the monthly subscription box LiB also offer the ‘Collection Boxes’: these are the result of LiB collabs with various and well known beauty brands: they’re one off boxes, usually good value, but you don’t get to choose the contents, they are pre-selected and the same for all customers. The prices of these collection boxes varies but they start from around Β£20. You’re not, even as an LiB subscriber, under any obligation to buy these collection boxes, that choice is also yours.

My Latest In Beauty Inside Track

  • My Subscription: 9 Products – Β£18
  • Order Date: 13th March
  • Box Recieved: 19th March
  • March Box: The Glow Down Edit
  • FREE GIFT: Large, zippered, black, fabric makeup bag with the Latest In Beauty logo
  • Voucher: Β£10 Off any booking over Β£35 made with Spabreaks using code LIB-CJRCK

Given the extensive choice there isn’t a card, leaflet or magazine in the box giving product information or detailing what each item is worth. There are brief product descriptions of each available product on the LiB website, but no indications of prices there either. I have price checked each item, included them and the total value of my box.

What’s In The Box

Pixi Glow Tonic

100 ml

The Lib Haul of Fame Product for March

Worth Β£10

I’ve been wanting to try Pixi Glow Tonic for a while so I was thrilled to discover it was available from LiB. Pixi bill it as being a miracle working toner that’ll brighten and give a healthy glow – sounds wonderful, looking forward to getting my glow on!

Klorane Dry Shampoo

with Oat Milk

150ml

Worth Β£8

I don’t know about you, but I get through a shed ton of dry shampoo and I hadn’t come across this brand before so I’m excited to give Klorane Dry Shampoo a go. It apparently extends the life of your blow dry, restores freshness and volumised.

Skin Chemist London

Rose Quartz Youth Defence Lip Plump

8ml

Worth Β£19.99

I have to level with you here: I am yet to find a lip plumper that actually works, so the Rose Quartz Lip Plump is my ‘Devil’s Advocate’ choice! Can be used alone or under lipstick, tingles slightly and has the usual menthol, minty fragrance that is synonymous with lip plumpers

NKD SKN Gradual Glow 50ml (Sample Size) Worth Β£2

I’ve used this before and had great results, so this was a ‘re-purchase’ pick. I thought this NKD SKN Gradual Glow was full size, my bad; there is enough product here for a couple or three uses, so I’m pleased I added it to my LiB box.

Mum & You Hand Cream 75ml Worth Β£8.99

This was my ‘basic needs’ pick: I like to have a few handcreams to (oh dear) erm . . .hand. As we have all (hopefully) increased the frequency of hand washing, no doubt the sale of hand creams will have gone up. Mum & You handcream is rich, conditioning and helps protect against both washing and the elements!

Sport FX

Detangling Hair Brush

Worth Β£4.99

I selected the Sport FX Detangling Brush to replace my Tangle Teaser which I unfortunately lost. This can be used on both wet and dry hair and has a user friendly ergonomic design and is compact too.

Sport FX

Body Build Dry Shampoo

(Volumising)

200ml

Worth Β£2.99

This will be sooo useful when (and if) the weather warms up, as Sports FX Dry Shampoo it removes any sweat, cleans, freshness and volumised too – a great all rounder then, hopefully.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company

Duo Pencil Sharpener

Worth Β£4.99

Can we take a moment to admire the pretty packaging of this Vintage Cosmetics Pencil Sharpener. The packaging drew me to this pink polka dot sharpener. It keeps the shavings safe, accommodates jumbo pencils and also includes a little cleaning stick. One downpoint, there is a code on the reverse of the packaging to receive a free pair of tweezers when you spend Β£10 on line, sounds fab – right? Unfortunately, that offer ended on the 31st January 2017 – which is hardly the LATEST in Beauty, is it?

Oh K

3 Step Anti-Polution Marine Algae Sheet Mask

(With Cleanser and Serum)

Worth Β£7

I can’t resist a good face mask and I’ve yet to find an Oh K! Mask I haven’t totally loved, so this was an easy to choose addition to my box! This one locks in moisture to neutralise the effects of pollution and can be used daily.

TOTAL BOX VALUE: 🌟 £68.95 🌟

Am I impressed with my first Latest in Beauty Box? OMG YES! To be honest (as always) I hadn’t actually thought about the value of my box until I researched the prices whilst writing this review. I was, as a beauty bargain lover, surprised and pleased to learn that I managed to select nearly Β£70 Worth of products for just Β£18!

I love being able to choose my own products and alter my subscription, I also like the options afforded by the monthly collections. I didn’t, however, buy this month’s Sunday Times Award collection as when I got to the website all the ‘good stuff’ I wanted had already gone – it was obviously a popular edit!

I’m looking forward to putting my April Edit together and judging by what’s currently available I will be staying with the 9 product option. Overall, a great Sub box that puts the choice fully in your hands and offers the chance to really save some money too.

I love my Edit from LiB – what do you think of these products?
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Is the Latest In Beauty Box tempting you?

Thanks, as always, for reading, I hope this insight into Latest In Beauty helps you to decide whether or not it’s a box for you – please let me know if you are tempted, I love reading everyone’s comments and always reply. If you do succumb, please come back and share your selections!

Until next time, please stay safe

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Useful & related links

Latest in Beauty – their home page
The Sunday Times Award Collection – to give you an idea of what collections are about. Other collections are currently available too if you want to check them out.
April’s Roccabox -unboxing, photos and review
Jade Roller and Gua Sha Stone – how to use & my review
Fab Fit Fun – A seasonal sub box from the states
Love Lula – Another ‘New to Me’ beauty sub box

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March Empties

The beauty stuff I used up during March

This does not include any of my Project Pan (Shopped My Stash) picks for March – I’ll be covering my March makeup, hair and skincare SMS selections separately very soon!

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My very eclectic mix of empties from March
Sheet Masks to Bath Bombs, Serums to Health Drinks – I got through an eclectic mix of stuff in March!
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Hey, hi and hello! If you’re new – welcome to my beauty blog and if you’ve been here before – it’s great to have you back! I hope you’re all doing ok and staying safe. With so many of us on lockdown right now, I thought I’d share links to my previous ‘pamper’ posts (at the bottom of the page) cos I think we all need a bit of pampering right now, not to mention a time consuming distraction or two! I’ll also pop all product links in here too so you can get some more info – these links are not affiliated, this is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are, of course, my own and honest.

Today I’m going to be sharing my basket of general empties for March, and there are, surprisingly, quite a few of them, including the smallest product I’ve ever received in a subscription box, a perfume and a health drink. So, get yourself a beverage, a snack and get comfy and we’ll dive into my selection of empties from last month.

BioEffect EGF Serum

Introducing BioEffect EGF Serum: This tiny 3ml bottle of product was worth a staggering Β£30 (approx) Is it worth the coin?
This expensive little chap is supposed to improve the appearance of your skin
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I recieved this in a sub box (I think it was Look Fantastic) and I had tried it, but hadn’t used it all up. Having found it again (yes, I lost it, but hey, when a bottle is smaller than your thumb, that’s not difficult!!) I decided to re-introduce to my skin and use it up. Despite it containing a growth factor, Hyaluronic acid and Icelandic water (???), it costing Β£50 for a 5ml Trial Size and BioEffect making some pretty big claims (see bioeffect.co.uk for more) I can honestly say if I’d paid for this I wouldn’t have been happy as I didn’t see any improvement in my skin. To be fair, however, BioEffect do state on their website that in trials it was used consistently for 2 months, but (and despite only needing 3 or 4 drops per application) I lacked sufficient product to trial it for that long. For me, not worth the coin.

Bumble & Zest Camomile Lavender Spirulina

A shot packed with super foods!
Wanna do shots?

Strictly speaking this isn’t a beauty product, but it was included in my Roccabox for March, it’s a shot packed full of super foods and it’s empty so I thought I’d include it anyway. As it contains half a lemon and Himalayan salt, I was expecting it to taste like snozcumber and to geurn BFG stylee after drinking it. Fortunately I was wrong, it actually tasted lovely – probably thanks to the Camomile and Lavender. This flavour is for calm and comfort, but there’s a range of flavours to choose from, each offering different benefits (for their full range visit the Bumblezest web site) and 20 x 60ml Bottles will cost Β£39.95. (about Β£1.99 a shot). They can also be diluted in 250ml water for a longer health promoting drink. Will I buy more – probably, the shot are a handy way of both drinking more water and injesting a number of superfoods too!

Bubble T Shower Gels

I lathered my way through both of these lush Bubble T bath and shower gels last month and there’s about two showers worth left in the one I’m using at the moment, but that’s ok cos my lovely jubbly bubbly buddies have already delivered my subscription for April. I love these gels! The Strawberry Macaroon had a deliciously sweet strawberry scent, that lingered beyond the bathroom and the Blueberry & Lime was fruitily sharp and refreshing. I highly recommend Bubble T lush products and the fantastic sub service too.

Sugarbearhair Hair Vitamin Gummies

Bear shaped, berry tasting vita in supplements.
It was great to receive these in my Roccabox Sub Box, it gave me a chance to try them out!
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It’s been a hot minute since I took any kind of supplement and I gotta admit that I’m sceptical of the growing trend for expensive, gimmicky and supposedly ‘targeted’ supplements. Some are supposed to make your nails grow quicker and stronger, others claim to improve your skin from within, whilst these little blue bears are supposed to increase your hair’s growth and generally improve it’s strength. The dosage is two per day, which you chew (they do taste pretty good), the bottle contains 60 bears (1 months supply) and costs $29.99 (around Β£24). For more info visit Sugarbearhair

I took them, as directed, throughout March as I was truly intrigued to see whether there would be any noticeable difference in my hair. There was some improvement: My hair became less dry and brittle, and grew quite nicely. But therein lies the problem. Knowing that my hair had become dryer and more brittle, that those pesky spilt ends had returned/increased and because it wasn’t looking its best, I, as most folks would, have been taking extra care of it via shampoos, conditioners, masks & other ‘topical’ products throughout the winter months; I’ve also avoided using heat on my hair wherever possible. So, I can’t actually say it was the gummies that have helped.

Would I buy/take them on the regular? That’d be a big NO – they are too expensive, I didn’t experience any conclusive results and I doubt they do any more for hair than regular (much more affordable) vitamin supplements. I know some people swear by Sugarbearhair, but on the bear front, I think I’ll stick with my teddy.

Danielle Creations Lifting Face Sheet Mask

K-beauty is fabulous and this face mask was no exception
A Korean Beauty Facial Sheet Mask

This face mask was fabulous! I used it as part of a ‘coating routine’ (I’m planning to do a blog on ‘coating’ this really soon – everyone needs to try it – so look out for that one!) and it made my skin look and feel bloody fantastic! I love K-Beauty and I’m an avid sheet mask fan too, so this was right up my street. This is an easy to use, serum laden, peptide mask, that works wonders and is affordable (Β£2.50 each). I’ll definately be rebuying and there’s a range of Danielle masks to choose from (they can be purchased direct from Danielle Creations) so I’ll probably try some others too, hopefully they’re as good as this peptide, lifting one.

The Body Shop – White Musk EDT

I was really upset when I used this up, it’s hard to say farewell to an old friend, and White Musk has long been my fave fragrance. White Musk is The Body Shop‘s iconic fragrance, I usually buy the 100ml size (Β£24) but it’s also available in 30ml (Β£13) and 60ml (Β£18) sizes. It’s musk notes are sexy but not overbearingly so, it’s a light and long lasting fragrance, very feminine, flowery and perfect for everyday and special occassions alike. Currently I have a lot of perfumes in my collection, so as much as I love White Musk, I can’t, as much as I really want to, justify buying another right now, I need to work through the others first. Rest assured when I’ve emptied a few others White Musk will be making a much welcomed return to my fragrance fold.

Elysium Bath Bombs – Vanilla Sugar 3pk

Cheap and cheerful Bath Bombs, but they are great for relaxing!
Not the most expensive bath bombs in the world, but they offer a world of relaxation and fragrance.
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I picked these up in a discount shop and I think they cost me a Β£1 (you can get them on line for around that too). Elysium Bath Bombs are available in a variety of fragrances, I got Vanilla Sugar, and the level of fragrance was spot on. The bombs fizzled nicely in the water, and made for a lovely, ‘soft’ and comfortable bath. In fact, for a cheap and cheerful product, they were the BOMB. (Sorry, that’s awful, sometimes I just can’t help myself.) If I see them when out shopping I’ll definitely grab another pack.

Oskia London – Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Is it a gel, is it an oil, is it a cleanser - no, it's Oskia and it's all three!
A beautiful cleansing gel for all skin types

I had the 35ml size of this lush cleanser, which retails for around Β£15, but it’s also available in a 100ml size for Β£35 (that’s great value for money and would last a while too) direct from Oskia London. I really enjoyed using this cleanser; it made my skin feel deeply cleansed, removed make up easily (yes, even stubborn waterproof mascara) and left my skin feeling fresh, smooth and super nourished.

The sweet and clean smelling pink gel is applied to dry skin, then it melts into a colourless oil. You then add water to emulsify the oil before removing it (together with all dirt and makeup) with warm water or a damp muslin cloth. I’d forgotten how good this cleanser was, and once I’ve used some of the other cleansers in my stash I will be buying this again. Love it!

Pretty Smooth – Wrinkle Care Sheet Masks

Two affordable sheet masks from Pretty Smooth in one handy pack!
A pack of two non-woven fabric sheet masks
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Ok, these are not made of the same specially woven fabric as the other sheet mask in my March Empties, so they won’t hug the countours of your face in the way the Danielle Mask will, BUT they are cheaper (on Fab Finds they are currently only Β£1.20) and still do a good job. I’ve used these a few times; they are packed with Vitamin E and patchouli oil, which together work to reduce wrinkles and leave your skin moisturised and soft. These are great for an affordable midweek pamper and can be left on for up to 30 minutes.

Sukin Super Greens – detoxifying facial scrub

If you follow my blog (if not, what are you waiting for? 😁) or have been here before, you’ll know that Sukin products have featured a few times on Entirely Beauty and that I’m a bit fond of this wonderful A-beauty range. (For more details of the Sukin range and this Detoxifying Facial Scrub check out my November Shopped My Stash post).

The Sukin Austrialian skincare range is natural and affordable, they don’t contain any nasties, such as synthetic fragrance or silicones, they are cruelty free, vegan & carbon neutral, in fact it’s arguably A-Beauty at its best! This detox scrub is gentle enough to be used on the regular and will brighten and improve texture and is suitable for normal to dry skin. If you haven’t tried any of the Sukin range, I think you’re missing a trick – check out what A-Beauty products they have available by visiting Sukin on-line, you’ll be spoiled for choice and, given the quality, pleasantly surprised by their affordable prices!

Imperial Leather – Foam Burst Golden Amber & Coconut Oil Ultimate Moisture

I’m fairly sure this sample sized product (75ml) came as a free gift with Superdrug’s ‘Dare’ Quarterly Magazine (Β£3.50 – usually includes 5 freebies). The full size (200ml) is available from Boots for Β£4.33(the usual price is Β£6.49). Imperial leather claims that Foam Burst will give you 3 days of moisurisation and instantly softer smoother skin. Does it do what it says on the tin?

Well, I’m not too sure about the former, but it definitely delivers the latter! And it ain’t called ‘Foam Burst’for nothing either; you only need to dispense a little cos it grows (like that yellow expanding foam that builders use, only much nicer). The perfume of this one (there are others including a ‘No Drama Lama’ fragrance, don’t know why but that made me giggle) is super lush, not overly coconutty, but fresh and fragrant. Overall, I really liked it and even though it was only 75ml it lasted ages too.

Well, that’s my round up of empties for March, hope you enjoyed it, I’ve put the empties basket back in the corner ready to collect April’s empty product pots, bottles and sachets. As always, thanks for reading, it means a lot and please feel free to let me know what you thought of the products I’ve used up in the comments below. Have you used any of them, what did you think? Are you tempted to try any of the products or are they a pass for you? I’d love to know what you think. I hope you are staying positive and keeping well.

Until next time, take care.

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Fragrance Reviews

Five Popular Perfumes: Reviewed, Rated and Ranked!

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Hey, hi and hello, welcome to my blog if you’re new, and if you’ve been here before – it’s great to have you back! I’ve written about most things that fall under the umbrella of BEAUTY here in my blog (check my archives), today however – having hit a major blog milestone, I’ve decided to mark this special occasion by reviewing, rating and then ranking a beauty product I haven’t covered here before – Perfume. Not just one perfume, oh no, I’ve got five of the most popular ones. That’s works out to one fragrance for every 10 followers I now have. 😎 fifty followers – wow! Believe me, I was soooo excited to learn that my lovely, new EB family now has members numbering fifty and I want to take this opportunity to say…

A huge

πŸ’‹ THANK YOU πŸ’‹

to each & every one of you!

Thanks to all my followers!
πŸ’‹ YOU being a follower of Entirely Beauty makes MY day, everyday πŸ’‹

Heaven Scent? Let’s find out!

Perfumes ain’t the easiest thing to blog about, (it’s not like I can include a photo to show you what they smell like) but I do love a challenge, so here is my first ever perfume review. I’m gonna give you ‘the facts and figures’ of each fragrance, including the cost of each per 10ml (for price comparison purposes), what the makers say about their fragrance and what I think these perfumes actually smell like. So you can expect a fair few adjectives and colourful metaphors! I also clocked the ‘wear times’ of each to give you an idea of how long the fragrance lasts and, obvs, I’ll be sharing my honest opinions of each perfume too. Finally, I’ll reveal which one, of the five fragrances deserves the title Number #1 Perfume and, perhaps, your coin.

TOMMY NOW GIRL – Reviewed

Tommy Now Girl by Tommy Hilfiger

TOMMY NOW GIRL

By Tommy Hilfiger

Β£21 for 30ml

(=Β£7 per 10ml)

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Out the gate, this is the cheapest of the fragrances I’m reviewing. The box is pretty standard, with the Hilfiger navy/red/white stripes and the products name. The bottle is minimalistic too with the stripes on the lid assuring you that this is Tommy. The promo blurb declares that this EDT was created for ‘the modern women’ and details it having fruity attributes. Uh huh. Personally I think any women could rock this, I do however, concur with the fruitiness. Whilst Mr Hilfiger suggests manderin, I’d say grapefruit, either way the citrus notes are both apparent and obvious. When first applied Tommy Now Girl is bloody overpowering: I only applied two quick sprays to each wrist but for the first 15 or so minutes of wear it was literally ALL I could smell, even outside!

Once it had ‘bedded in’ however, the perfume mellowed nicely – (Colourful Metaphor Alert) think of a summer meadow resplendent with wild flowers after a brief shower of warm rain. It’s really pleasant in this ‘relaxed state’, however after just two hours it had relaxed to the point of fade out and I could no longer smell it. Obviously your own nose does become accustomed to your fragrance, so I asked for a second opinion – they couldn’t smell it either. So if you’re looking for a long lasting perfume, despite it being a lovely, fresh fragrance, this probably wouldn’t be a good choice. You’d need to re-apply often and that decreases Tommy Now Girl’s value for money.

OLYMPIA INTENSE – Reviewed

OlympΔ“a Intense by Paco Rabanne

OLYMPΔ’A INTENSE

By Paco Rabanne

Β£52 for 30ml

(= Β£17.33 per 10ml)

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This has the second highest price tag of my perfume selection, is it worth high coin? Well, according to Paco Rabanne, Olympea Intense is a bold, fierce EDP for dynamic and empowered women (so, that’s ALL women then – right?), and is an infusion of vanilla, orange and white pepper. (Are we supposed to eat it or wear it?) The cardboard carton, in pretty peachy tones with rose gold and black lettering, is a visual ‘sneak peek’ of this perfume’s oriental amber fragrance, whilst the wings suggest its wearer to be a high flyer. The wing theme continues on each side of the sleek, stylish bottle, whilst the plastic cap has been fashioned to resemble a dark, highly polished piece of semi-precious amber.

Olympea Intense has that wonderful womanly duality: a soft, gentle, innocent touch coupled with a strong, unashamed and intoxicating vivaciousness. It’s sexy AF, heady, intense, sensual, with an almost contradictory and, therefore, unexpected sweetness, all of which lasts from daytime into the excitement of the night! If you want to express your feminine complexities and subtle nuances through a fragrance, wear Olympea Intense like a gold medal and be proud.

FEVER – Reviewed

Fever by Jimmy Choo

FEVER

By Jimmy Choo

Β£33.99 for 40ml

(Β£8.50 per 10ml)

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Now for a mid-range priced, long lasting EDP from the famous shoe and fashion designer Jimmy Choo, that’s heralded as an addictive floral and gourmand fragrance for women who are extroverts and have a sense of fun. OK, let’s break it down: A ‘gourmand’ fragrance is one that smells ‘edible’ (or has elements that are) and is a longstanding trend that has been, and still is, very apparent in many beauty products. Personally, however, I can’t detect any foody notes in Fever – sorry Mr Choo.

What you will find though, in abundance, is a bouquet of floral notes, but not in the usual fresh, clean, florist fragrance way, no, no! Fever is a very apt name for this EDP cos the floralarity of Fever is HOT. Damn hot – think sexy, playful, a little dangerous and totally glamourous! If these adjectives were scent elements and you mixed ’em together you’d have Fever – and so would every guy near you!

THE ONLY ONE – Reviewed

The Only One by Dolce & Gabbana

THE ONLY ONE

By Dolce & Gabbana

Β£57 for 30ml

(Β£19 per 10ml)

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You were probably expecting The Only One to be the most expensive of my five perfume picks, given that it comes from Dolce and Gabbana (or as I fondly call them – Doggie and Banana), who proclaim that their EDP has encapsulated the essence of femininity in an hypnotic and sophisticated fragrance. The packaging IS very D&G – timeless and stylish, not unlike the perfume itself. The Only One is a “what you spray is what you get” fragrance; on application it smells as it will after hours of wearing it, and simply put its fragrance is totes delectable!

The Only One is a sensual scent that holds a seductive secret and provocative promise. With violet, vanilla, patchouli and iris at it’s heart this scent is sweet, so whilst the surprising inclusion of coffee does tame that sweetness a little, if you are not a fan of sweet fragrances then you might want to give this D&G perfume masterpiece a miss. Make no mistake this is a masterpiece, playing, as it does, a sublimely orchestrated selection of juxtaposed and juicy notes for your senses.

RAW INSTINCT – Reviewed

Raw Instinct by Crabtree & Evelyn

RAW INSTINCT

By Crabtree & Evelyn

Β£71.50 for 95ml

(Β£7.53 per 10ml)

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Last, but not least, we move to a slightly different genre of fragrance as Raw Instinct by Crabtree and Evelyn is a UNISEX fragrance -the only one in my collection. I was intrigued by as to whether this C&E made to share fragrance would live up to it’s hyped unisexness, and if it was as unforgettable, uplifting and unique as C&E claim it to be. If you wanna smell like bae, this could be the answer to your ‘share as a pair’ perfume prayer. As anyone can wear this fragrance you don’t need a bae in order to enjoy it, it can be a self indulgence.

This is your sugar and spice fragrance: it combines a zesty zing, with smouldering smoke. It’s sweet and floral, but it’s also earthy and woody so whilst it can (and does) make you feel clean and fresh it has a sensual sexiness too. Somedays it can smell more masculine, on others more feminine, but I do kinda like that element of surprise that Raw Instinct gives. The biggest sized perfume of my picks, and whilst it does require a larger investment, when you break it down, it is actually one of the more affordable scents.

The Fragrant Five – rated out of 10 and ranked from 5 to the top No #1 Spot

Entirely Beauty’s Fab Five Fragrances

>>> 5 Tommy Now Girl this perfume is way too heady on application and yet the ‘fade factor’ is rapid, between those two stages, however this is a great fragrance. The packaging is a bit ‘masculine’ and lacks vanity unit appeal. Therefore, despite this fresh, fruity fragrance being wonderful I rate it at 6.75 (out of 10) and give it 5th place.

>>> 4 Raw Instinct ScentI love the universal nature of this perfume and the fact that C&E doesn’t ‘TELL’ the wearer what kinda person they are or will become if they wear this fragrance is a big plus. This lost points for the ‘Gin’ like, almost nondescript nature of the packaging/bottle – I get that it’s unisex but c’mon, give it a modern ‘see how unique I am’ bottle/carton look that matches the dynamic of the fragrance. Rating 7.75 Ranked 4th

>>> 3 The Only OneThe fragrance is heavenly, the packaging and bottle is understated yet stylish, the wearability is good and long lasting but that price tag is a little above and beyond. Yes, it’s a designer perfume, but so are many, more affordable equally stunning (if not more so) fragrances. Β£19 per 10ml might give you clout and a chance to flex, however, and as much as love wearing this, the price point would benefit from an amendment. Rating 8.0 Ranked 3rd

>>> 2 FeverThe penultimate spot has to go Mr Choo’s Fever, which I have ranked above the other 3 cos I bloody love the fragrance and due to the aesthetics: I’m obsessed by the packaging and bottle. It looks & smells like a designer fragrance, time and thought has gone into the scent and the packaging and of the five bottles this is by far the most majestic, pleasing and vanity placement worthy. It’s marked down, however, and despite it being a fabulous fragrance regardless, for failing to deliver the promised gourmand notes. Rating 8.25 Ranked 2nd

The highest rated perfume of the 5 fragrances reviewed & RANKED No #1 in EB’s Fragrance Review is….

🌟OlympΔ“a by Paco Rabanne Ranked No #1🌟

No #1 OLYMPΔ’A

Arguably this sexy fragrance is Paco Robanne’s magnum opus and justly deserves being awarded the top spot on the perfume pick podium.

Whilst the packaging would benefit from a little more glam befitting the Olympic references, the actual fragrance more than compensates for this!

What’s not to love. This fragrance has strength, is sexy in a non-obvious way and yet it has an underlying sweetness. It’s sultry combination of notes last from morning to night, making it a great signature scent and good value for money.

Rating 8.75 & ranked NUMBER ONE

Thanks, as always for reading, I hope you enjoyed this NEW and different review and that if you were in the market for a new fragrance this has helped you out. Have you tried any of these perfumes, if so let me know which ones and what you think in the comments below. If you already follow me, thanks again, I appreciate each one of you; if you don’t – please feel free to join EB’s growing family of beauty enthusiasts and addicts. Until next time, please stay home, stay safe and take care

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Skincare 101: Six Simple Steps AM Routine

How to fit a simple, do-able, AM skincare regime into YOUR busy morning schedule

Time to go to skincare school?
If you struggle to find time to look after your skin read on
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Hi, hey and hello beauty lovers πŸ€— If you’re new, welcome to my blog, if you’ve been here before, it’s lovely of you to stop by again. I hope you’re ok, keeping safe and staying positive despite the difficult times we are all experiencing. When I started blogging things were a little different; people worked, socialised, pursued hobbies and kids were in school. Things have now changed dramatically, but we are in this together. We all need distractions from the worries and difficulties, so, trivial as it may seem to some, I will to continue to blog about beauty and escape the new ‘reality’ we’ve had thrust upon us. You’re welcome to come and escape with me, it’d be lovely to have your company.

The idea behind ‘Skincare 101’ follows a chat I had with some of my gal pals, a while back, about various skincare routines and products. Their concensus was that there were so many products and so much (often contradictory) info that they felt a bit lost. When I shared my current regime, they then asked how the heck (actually ‘heck’ wasn’t the word they used πŸ˜‰) I managed to find the time. When I told them how, they were surprised it was so ‘do-able’ easy, quick and ‘made sense’. So with my BFFs’ encouragement, I’m gonna share my regime. Hopefully, you’ll find it useful, if you don’t -please blame my friends!

NB: This AM regime focusses on the steps that’ll benefit your skin and how you could fit them into your general morning routine. I’m not going to suggest specific products, (the products in my photos are for illustrative purposes) you’ll obviously need skincare suitable for your skin type and can use the skincare you already have. Then simply adopt the time saving practices I suggest in the tips below. Or use them as your starting point and adjust the steps/tips to suit your time frame, routine and skin needs.

Start the simple six step skincare routine with a Konjac sponge for a fast cleanse!
Step One: The Konjac Sponge
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Step One: Wake up and grab a wet sponge

I’m a bit OG when it comes to my AM cleansing: My face needs water in the morning (to wake me up). A Konjac sponge is a quick, easy and benificial beauty tool to use in the mornings because you only need to wake your skin up and remove any night products that haven’t been absorbed. As a bonus the dual purpose Konjac also exfoliates as it cleanses, leaving your skin clean, glowing and smooth.

  • TOP TIPS: If you start the day with a shower, a Konjac sponge can be your shower buddy! You can cleanse and exfoliate your whole body with this beauty tool too – more time saving skin benefits.
Got time for another cleanse? Of course you have!
Step Two: The double cleanse
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Step Two: Cleanse again!

What are the benefits of a double cleanse? Well it’ll basically super deep clean your skin. The Konjac will have removed sweat, dead skin and bacteria from your face, but going in with another round of cleansing will shift impurities by going deeper into your pores. A liquid cleanser is quicker, and we are looking to save time here, but you can use a cream cleanser if you prefer.

  • TOP TIPS: I apply/remove my cleanser (I prefer liquid cleansers) with a powder puff (these are washable, re-useable and better for the environment than cotton pads). This method does leave the skin a little ‘product damp’, but as many cleansers have brightening ingredients I don’t mind giving them time to absorb – while that happens I make my bed.
Don't take that TONE with me!
Step Three: Tone it up!
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Step Three: Time to Tone

Using a facial toner helps to calm your skin, balance it’s pH and that, in turn, can assist in making your skin less prone to oiliness and infection. The other important function your toner performs is to prep your skin for the steps that follow. So, it’s important not to skip this step in order to save more time. Also, like cleansers, many toners are a dual act now too, with extra and beneficial ingredients.

  • TOP TIPS: I also apply my toner with a powder puff, and again leave any excess toner to absorb as I hand wash my powder puffs and set them aside to dry so they are ready to re-use for my nightime routine.
Favourite serum at the ready...
Step Four: Warm it up and press on
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Step Four: Using a serum

Serums can help solve a number of skin care concerns as they contain high concentrations of various nutrients, and because of their consistency (gel like/liquid), they can penetrate the skin and work wonders. Simply choose a serum that is specific to your skin concerns, such as those that have anti-oxidants, vitamins and hydrating ingredients. I apply a serum by ‘warming’ a few drops between my fingers, ‘pressing’ it onto my skin and then I give it a chance to ‘sink in’.

  • TOP TIPS: Always do a patch test before introducing a new serum into your routine, the ingredients are potent and may cause irritation. The pressing method allows you to target certain areas, helps to prevents pilling and is a less wasteful way to apply than simply dripping the serum straight onto your skin from the pipette. When you have applied your serum to your face, massage any excess into your hands. I get dressed while the serum gets to work on my skin and is absorbed.
Moisturiser is a fundamental part of any skincare routine
Step Five: Treat your skin to some moisture
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Step Five: Your skin needs moisture!

A good moisturiser, when used daily, can help fight the signs of aging, a moisturiser with Vitamin A can encourage cell renewal. You should use a moisturiser for your skin type and one that addresses you skin’s needs. Moisturisers make a varity of claims, so choose/use one which, like your serum, will actually address your skin concerns. Try applying your moisturiser using the pressing method, in the same way as you applied your serum and allow your moisturiser time to absorb.

  • TOP TIPS: With moisturiser, pressing the product onto your skin will help prevent pilling and ensure even coverage. As with the serum, massage any left over product into your hands. Again, I like to leave time for the moisturiser to ‘settle in’, I use this time to do my hairanother necessary step towards being ‘ready’!
Are you on the lookout for a good eye-cream?
Step Six: Keep your eyes looking good
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Step Six: And finally … eyes right!

With all the rest completed, it’s time for the final step – the one that looks after the more delicate skin around your eyes. If you’re not already using an eyecream, you should seriously consider it. Studies show that many won’t start using eyecream till they hit their 30s, and see the start of wrinkles, when really it’s a case of the earlier the better. Using eyecream will help prevent and/or smooth out wrinkles. Some creams brighten the undereye too, which means you’ll need less concealer (saving you more time). Apply your eyecream by lightly tapping the cream, with your ring finger, under the eye, on the lid and all around the orbital bone.

TOP TIPS: Tapping, rather than rubbing/massaging, is more beneficial as it gets the eyecream where it is needed without dragging the skin. Doing this with your ring finger (which has the lightest touch) ensures a gentle application. If your current eye cream isn’t a brightening one try adding a small amount of liquid highlighter to the cream as you apply it, to give the area a light and bright boost.

I’ve followed the six skincare steps, what now?

When I’ve completed all six steps I have a cuppa and give everything time to settle in before applying make-up. Whether your wearing makeup or not, try spritzing with a hydrating/glowing setting spray to lock all that good moisture into your skin and add a little extra. And, again regardless of whether you’re wearing make up, you can spritz with setting spray as the day goes on, as this will refresh your skin.

GENERAL TIPS GENERAL TIPS GENERAL TIPS GENERAL TIPS

  • Make sure you wash your hands before starting your skin routine, to minimise then risk of spreading germs with your products.
  • To prevent bacteria getting into your products (especially jars of products) use a product spatula to ‘grab’ the cream out the jar (as opposed to your fingers). These are sometimes included with products, or can be bought separately, and should be washed after use.
  • Keep your go-to skincare together so that you’re not hunting for them.

Thanks, as always, for reading; I hope you found this six step skin routine useful. There’s some more skincare information available by clicking the links I’ve included. Feel free to add your own skincare tips and hints, or just chat with me, in the comments below or on social media. Please stay safe and beautiful, and until next time, take care.

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More skincare stuff:

β™‘ The Humble Powder Puff: Why you should try them
β™‘ Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers: 1st Impressions & Review
β™‘ Shopped My Stash: My Skincare Picks for March (What I’m using right now)
β™‘ Top Tip Tuesday: My easy at home facial
β™‘ Feel Unique Beauty Kit: Try skincare products for less!
β™‘ The Konjac Sponge: (I’ve had a change of heart πŸ˜‰)
β™‘ February’s Empties: Reviewing the products I used up
β™‘ The Original Magic Eraser: Easy makeup removal

Spotlight on Subscription Boxes: A NEW Box on the blog

Introducing LOVE LULA – A monthly, natural beauty subscription box (March 2020 Edit)

A new beauty subscription box to my blog - these are the natural beauty products in the March Edit from Love Lula
The products in March’s LOVE LULA Beauty Box
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Hey, hi and hello; if you’re new here welcome to my beauty blog and if you’re a regular visitor – well, it’s lovely to see you again and thanks for coming back! To encourage everyone to make return visits, I regularly introduce new content; having deciding that my Spotlight On Subscription Boxes Series needed an injection of ‘Newness’, I did a little research, explored some possibilities, found and ordered two very different beauty sub boxes. One is LOVE LULA – which I’m unboxing and reviewing for you here and I’ll be giving the blog space spotlight to the other NEW beauty box soon. There’s a couple more sub boxes I have my eye on at the moment: I’ll no doubt sucumb to them in due course. As a beauty addict, I can resist almost everything except beauty products and the temptations offered by Beauty Boxes!

About Love Lula and how this subscription works

The Love Lula website is simple to navigate and guides you through the subscription process.
The Love Lula box offers an affordable way to try a variety of natural beauty products and brands
Photo Credit: Images Love Lula. Montage by Entirely Beauty

Love Lula offers a wide selection of natural beauty brands and products, via their website, (see above photo montage) and the ethos behind that selection of products is as follows:

Love Lula’s “beauty for life philosophy”

Their brands are “…hand picked and tested…created using the highest percentage of high grade, ethically sourced, natural and organic ingredients … they must be effective, luxurious and guilt free….” Love Lula also “…insists on NO parabens …SLSs [and] no animal testing.

Source: Love Lula

The Love Lula monthly subscription beauty box contents takes inspiration from their wide selection of brands and products, so their boxes include goodies that are available from Love Lula on-line. This is obviously great for us subscribers cos if we discover a new holy grail item (oh happy dayz!) among the ‘products-that-are-good-for-you-and-the-planet’ included in the boxes we already know where to go to re-purchase – yeah, that’s right – Love Lula.

The Love Lula Box Lowdown:

  • Subscription costs are Β£14.95 (inc p&p) monthly within the UK and Β£52.50 (for a three month sub) international. (See table above)
  • Boxes are sent out around the 10th of each month
  • You’ll receive an email confirmation for your subscription
  • You’ll need an account to subscribe – simple go to the web site (link below) and follow the easy instructions to get an account/subscribe
  • You can buy a subscription as a gift
  • Your box can be delivered to any address (e.g. work).
  • Previous boxes can be seen on the website (again, link below – if nothing else I’m generous! πŸ˜‰)

What’s In This Month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?

Natural skin, body and hair care products make up Love Lula's March box.
There are five natural beauty products in this month’s box
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With this being my first box, I’m gonna have to presume that the number of products it contains is an indication of the number of products you can expect to receive each month. There are five products in total including hair, skin and body care. Inside the box There’s also postcard with brief, very basic product info. It doesn’t include individual product prices (I have though), just the total value of the box. There’s also a 25% off ‘The Brands in the Box’ code, which I’ll include below in case you fancy getting any of the products yourself, and that’s valid until 10th April. There’s also an invitation to join the Love Lula Natural Beauty Club (a Facebook community – again link below) which offers special promos, Love Lula news, info about new product launches and on line chat with fellow, natural beauty enthusiasts/boxers. The box itself is smaller than most other sub boxes, (though it’s NOT letterbox friendly) plain white, recyclable cardboard and everything arrived safe, sound and well packaged!

Fom London | Anti-Polution Glo Serum | 10ml Sample | Worth Β£17 | Full Size Price Β£52 / 30ml |

Get your glow on with this serum from Fom London
Fom London’s Anti-Polution Glow Serum with Antioxsilk – Sample Size
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With it’s iridescent, micro-sparkling, milky coloured, light, clean, fresh spa-esque fragranced, easily absorbed, hydrating formula – this Glow Serum from Fom London gives dull skin a healthy looking glow. It also claims to plump and even the skin, whilst refining pores and blemishes that are caused by pollutants. So this seems to be a miracle, try-me sample. I chose this product out first because it’s a sizable, very useable sample (just two drops is more than ample to ‘cover’ your face and neck) and this one wee sample is worth Β£2 MORE than the actual cost of your Love Lula box. So, from here on in, we’re ‘in profit’ guys!

Fom’s serum does leave a subtle ‘sparkle’ on the skin, so if you don’t like this kind of reflective glow this might not be for you, but – it is very, very subtle and definitely adds to the overall effect. Continued use promises to strengthen the skin’s ability to cope with pollution and, as we all know, pollution contributes to various visable signs of ageing. (And we’d all like to avoid them -right?) Based on first impressions, I’m really pleased to have discovered this product via the box and can’t wait to use it on the regular to see how it performs.

BiovΓ¨ne Barcelona | Clear Protect Solid Shampoo AND Conditioner Bars | 40g (Full Size) | €6.95 / Β£6.51 |

Bars of solid shampoo and conditioner are becoming increasingly available and popular - have you tried them?
BiovΓ¨ne Clear Protect Solid Shampoo and Conditioner – no bottles, no waste.
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β–ͺThe Shampoo Bar: packed full of incredible ingredients including natural beeswax, shea butter, minerals and essential oils, the shampoo moisturises and cleanses hair to leave it soft, smooth and revitalised.

β–ͺThe Conditioner Bar: has the same ingredients as it’s shampoo partner plus the added benefit of macadamia oil, this conditioner is ultra hydrating to condition dry and frazzled hair.

To receive two products that are meant to go together in a Beauty Box is fabulous! Having both gives you a chance to really try them out, as intended, so that’s another plus point for Love Lula. (Well done Love Lula you’re racking ’em up!) Gotta be honest, on opening the box I thought the shampoo and conditioner were sample size, seeing that they’re both small packages. As a result my inner beauty enthusiast was a bit disappointed, for about two seconds. Turns out the bars are full size, almost the same size as their boxes which makes ’em the perfect size to fit in your hand during use. (Cue a sigh of relief & smile).

Neither the shampoo or conditioning bars contain any nasties, they’ll bring out any natural highlights in your hair, help your hair’s natural moisture balance and make it stronger too. Not only are these BiovΓ¨ne bars zero waste (which we love, yeah?) but each bar can last as long as one and a half bottles of conventional shampoo or conditioner. Having never used solid products on my hair before, there’s a fair chance these’ll find their way into next month’s Shopped My Stash Haircare.

Kathleen Great Britain | Sensual Rose Body and Massage Oil | 100ml (Full Size) | Β£34 |

A sense boosting, Rose body and massage oil by Kathleen Great Britain.
Make time to indulge your body and mind
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Are you ready to get sexy, steamy and sensual? That’s not a chat up line, it’s the frame of mind you’ll need when experiencing this Sensual Rose Body and Massage Oil. This is an indulgence and a luxurious one at that; Love Lula are romancing us with this product and generously so, given the price.

Obviously this oil smells like roses, but there is so much more happening here . The sensual rose is partnered by a citrus note of orange, which balances out the rose fragrance, compliments it and prevents the oil from being too sweet or flowery. There’s also a hint of nutmeg, subtle but earthy, these all combine to lift the spirit and evoke sensuality and relaxation for your body and mind.

To moisturise your body take a few drops into the palms of your hands and gently massage onto wet skin after your bath or shower to lock moisture in. The orange essential oil’ll revitalise, the rose oil’ll tone your skin because it has astringent properties and nutmeg is a natural antibacterial so your skin will be healthier too.

I’m both impressed by, and super pleased that, this oil was included in the box as I use oil in my body care routine. I would, however, struggle to justify spending over Β£30 on a body oil without having tried it. But that’s one of the bonuses of a good beauty sub box, being introduced to, and having the chance to try, new products.

MÁDARA organic skincare | Purifying Foam | Soothing Yarrow | All Skin Types | 100ml | Value £12.35

MÁDARA purifying foam for gentle, facial cleansing
A foaming way to cleanse your from MÁDARA
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NB: Whilst researching for this blog I discovered that this purifying foam is now sold as a 150ml size and in a slightly differently designed component (ie updated) from that shown in my photo above. The price given is, therefore, worked out from the rrp of the 150ml size (£18.50). Also the purifying foam is currently on offer at a lower price both MÁDARA direct and Love Lula

This is another new brand to me, however MÁDARA produce a lot of skincare products, including this Purifying Foam with soothing yarrow, which removes makeup, (and is safe for use in the eye area) cleanses and purifies the skin, soothes any dry areas on the face, regulates oily zones and leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed.

The product is dispensed in foam form (unlike, for example Temple Spa foaming cleanser which is a liquid that foams on contact with skin and water) rather like hair mouse, but with a much less dense consistency. Staying with consistency the product descriptors tend to favour the word ‘rich’, which implies it is denser than it actually is, I would say it’s a light foam, it ‘holds’ quite a lot of air.

MÁDARA purifying foam has barely any fragrance, what little there is being fresh and clean. It’s easy to use, you simply apply to wet skin and rinse away thoroughly to reveal cleansed face. I’m OG when it comes to cleanser, I like to ‘wash’ my face, so I’m looking forward to introducing this into my skincare routine.

Total value of the Products in the Love Lula (March 2020) Beauty Subscription Box

All five products from the Love Lula Beauty Box for March 2020
Is this edit good value for money?
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The value of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box, as stated on the accompanying product information ‘postcard’, is Β£75! Which is pretty damn good value; by my reckoning it’s actually Β£76.37, which is even better and gives a saving of Β£61.42 on this edit of products.

Not gonna lie folks, that IS fantastic value especially as the box contains mid to higher end goodies. And I do know (and love) a good sub box when I see one as I have subscribed to quite a few (see list below) and this is a good ‘un! Not only in respect of the contents and value, but also because all the products are natural, good for you and for the environment too. I’m glad I found this box and it’ll be interesting to see what I receive in future boxes from Love Lula.

As always, thanks for taking time out of your day to read my beauty meanderings, I do appreciate it. Obviously, during this difficult and troubling time, all things beauty may not figure highly on your list of priorities, but then again, maybe ‘beauty’ is giving you as much of a sense of ‘normality’, and a much needed distraction, as it is me. Writing and researching togther with testing and trying products is helping to fill the time and keep myself sane. I hope this has given you some enjoyment, cos I think we all really need a bit of that right now. Until next time, stay safe and please take care.

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Further reading, list of subscription boxes, money saving code and useful links

Subscription boxes I am, or have been, subscribed to:

THE VEGAN KIND: A bi-monthly sub box for vegans or those who prefer vegan products (no longer subscribed)

FAB FIT FUN: A seasonal subscription box from the US. Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 boxes

ROCCABOX: A monthly sub box with varied beauty content. Boxes for Nov, Dec, Jan , Feb and March

SOAPSCRIPTION: A monthly Shower and Bath & Shower Gel subscription box from Bubble T- Soapscription for March

FRICTION FREE SHAVING: A monthly Shaving subscription box specifically for women

LOOK FANTASTIC: A monthly beauty subscription box (no longer subscribed)

NON-SUBSCRIPTION BEAUTY BOXES: My guide to some options and reviews

FEEL UNIQUE BEAUTY KIT: Trying out a NEW Non-Sub service

And look out for another NEW subscription box review coming soon to Enitrely Beauty’s Spotlight On Subscription Boxes Series!

Love Lula Code and Links

  • Code – MARBB20 – 25% OFF the products I’ve reviewed above. Valid until 10th April 2020 (This is NOT an affiliate code, I simply included it to save you guys some coin)
  • Love Lula Website – to get an account, shop and/or subscribe.
  • Love Lula Natural Beauty Club – an active community of natural and organic beauty enthusiasts. Enjoy special offers, new product launches and promotions.

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