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…

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to each & every one of you!

Thanks to all my followers!
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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

£21 for 30ml

(=£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

Olympēa Intense by Paco Rabanne

OLYMPĒA INTENSE

By Paco Rabanne

£52 for 30ml

(= £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

£33.99 for 40ml

(£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

£57 for 30ml

(£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

£71.50 for 95ml

(£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. £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….

🌟Olympēa by Paco Rabanne Ranked No #1🌟

No #1 OLYMPĒA

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 🤗 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 😉) 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:

The Humble Powder Puff: Why you should try them
Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers: 1st Impressions & Review
Shopped My Stash: My Skincare Picks for March (What I’m using right now)
Top Tip Tuesday: My easy at home facial
Feel Unique Beauty Kit: Try skincare products for less!
The Konjac Sponge: (I’ve had a change of heart 😉)
February’s Empties: Reviewing the products I used up
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 £14.95 (inc p&p) monthly within the UK and £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! 😉)

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 £17 | Full Size Price £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 £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.

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

Bars of solid shampoo and conditioner are becoming increasingly available and popular - have you tried them?
Biovène Clear Protect Solid Shampoo and Conditioner – no bottles, no waste.
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The 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.

The 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 Biovène 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) | £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 £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 £75! Which is pretty damn good value; by my reckoning it’s actually £76.37, which is even better and gives a saving of £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.

💋 Entirely Beauty 💋

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.

💋 Entirely Beauty IS Social 💋

Perfect YOUR Pedicure

Get your feet ready for summer with my simple, speedy, budget beauty pedi routine

Get beautiful beach feet AND save time and money with my easy DIY pedi routine.
This little piggy went to market
This little piggy bought a file
This little piggy got foot scrubbing
This piggy rubbed in cream for a while
And these little piggies said ” don’t you just love our summer pedi re-style?

Hi, hey and hello beauty enthusiasts 🤗 If you’re new, welcome to my blog, if you’ve been here before, it’s lovely of you to stop by again. Hope you’re ok and having a fab day. I’ve been enjoying the Spring weather today; the sun was actually shining, the sky a beautiful blue and it all reminded me that summer’s not that far away. With that in mind I thought I’d share my easy summer-ready-pedi.

Your feet work hard for you and deserve a little love and care. But most of us have busy lives and our feet are usually buried in warm socks and boots at this time of year, so it’s easy overlook your feet due to lack of time, or forget to include them in your beauty routine. Before we know it summer WILL be here (promise), so I’m going to give you my low-cost, quick and easy step by step solution for beach beautiful feet.

A professional pedi can cost a pretty penny! My budget beauty DIY pedi routine is a cheap alternative that’ll save you time AND give you great results.

You don't need to spend a fortune on pedicure products
Many of the products and tools you’ll need you probably already have!

What you need for my ‘get ready’ pedi

  • Exfoliating Scrub: I use Primark Body Scrub, it’s only £3 for a huge (475ml) tub, it smells wonderful, isn’t too ‘gritty’ but it will cleanse, soften and smooth your feet.
  • Pedi Tools: I bought my ‘multi-tool’ (see above photo) from Primark too: it cost just £1 and has a brush, pumice, and two skin files, including one for very hard skin. Alternatively, if you don’t already have pumice and foot files, you can buy them separately, they are readily and cheaply available. I just prefer this multi one as it takes up less space and is convenient.
  • Nail File: Toe nails are, by nature, thicker and harder then your finger nails, so you’ll need a nail file that can cope. As a good rule of toe, a coarser than normal file is great and these can be picked up for pennies.
  • Cotton Wool Pads
  • Foot Cream: You can buy a proprietary foot or pedicure cream (although these tend to cost more) OR use a rich body butter. I’ve been using Soaper Duper for a while (see February’s Empties) and it does a fantastic job. As it’s for very dry skin it is mega moisturising, comes in a large sized tub (which lasts ages) and costs £9.99.
  • Thick socks: Yes, socks! Trust me, these are integral to my pedi. Buy cheap ones, if you don’t already have some to hand. I have a couple of pairs I picked up in a discount store for £3.
  • Nail Varnish: This is optional, if you decide you want to go the whole hog, grab your favourite brand/shade.
  • Manicure Set: This should include nail clippers and mini-scissors, but will probably also include a cuticle tool, file, orange stick and a ‘scraper’ for cleaning under the nails. I picked up a new, very glam, sequined cased, set last week from Poundland.
  • Nail Varnish Remover: The need for this will depend on whether you currently have nail varnish on your tooties, or intend to have. The one I am currently using (see photo below)cost 89p from a discount store.
  • A Towel: drying your feet properly is very important to prevent fungal and other infections
Foot File Tool - Primark £1
Circle Bracelet - Wish £2
Rings - Pretty Little Thing £5 (set of three)
Photo - entirely-beauty.com
Grab your pumice and foot file and get ready to pedi!

My quick and easy pedicure steps

This pedi requires little (remove any old, chipped, nail varnish using the remover and cotton pads) or no preparation and there are only 10 simple steps

Use your favourite remover to take off nail varnish/polish before you start your pedi.
Cheap Nail Polish can be drying, but as this pedi includes heavy duty moisturising the cheap stuff is fine.
  1. Have a bath: This’ll save you time, your feet are soaking while you wash/read your book/enjoy a drink – or whatever else you normally do in the bath.
Body scrub is a great way to exfoliate, cleanse and soften your feet.
For feet as sweet as sugar!

2. Get Scrubbing: Once your feet have soaked for at least 5 minutes (ie while you’ve been washing/reading/drinking) scoop a good dollop of the scrub from the tub and rub-a-dub that scrub all over your foot, paying particular attention to any hard skin. Leave the scrub on your foot for a minute before popping back into the bath water and allowing it to soak off. Repeat on the your other foot.

3. The Brush Off: Use the brush on your pedi tool to make sure there is no scrub left on your feet.

4. The Footsie Filing System: a) Use the pumice all over the soles your feet b)use the ‘cheese grater’ style file to remove/soften hard skin c)finally use the finer file on the heel and balls of your feet

A four in one pedicure pal
An amazing and affordable choice for a fast pedi way

5. Dry your feet thoroughly

6. Trim Time: Your nails will be softer after a bath, so if they need cutting now is the best time to do it. Use nail clippers and cut straight across the nail tip (this discourages ingrown nails). Then file the nails with your coarse nail file to smooth the edges.

7. The Dream Cream: Take a good amount of the body butter and smooth liberally and lightly all over the feet, including the top of the foot and the ankles. Smooth on enough body bitter to cover the feet (like buttering bread), don’t over rub, you’re not looking for it all to absorb, leave some body butter on the foot.

8. Sock it to ’em: Pop your socks over your buttered feet. This is why you need thick socks, they’ll keep the body butter from escaping, so it soaks into the skin!

9. Sock Soak: Leave the socks on for at least two hours or, and preferably overnight.

10. The Next Day: All the butter will have soaked into your feet and they’ll be much softer and smoother. Now you can complete your sweet feet by adding a coat of your favourite Nail Polish colour. This step is optional, but good practice for when your feet are on show. I’m loving nude and soft pink tones at the moment, as they make the toe nails look neat, ‘clean & healthy’ and more like you’ve had a professional pedi. But I do love twinkling tootsies too, so often applying a thin layer of glitter packed top coat over my colour. Do what makes you and your feet happy!

Keep your pretty pedi products to hand.

If you follow these 10 steps and repeat the pedi 2-3 times a week by the time summer arrives your feet will be soooo beach, poolside and flip flop ready you’ll forget you actually own warm socks and boots.

Hope you find this 10 step, quick, easy and affordable DIY pedicure useful. Thanks, as always, for reading, I appreciate it and hope you’ll be back – because there’s lots more beauty content to come, both here and on my social media (links below). Until next time, take care.

💋Entirely Beauty 💋

Entirely Beauty on Social Media

Click these links to enjoy the EXTRA beauty content I post on my Socials 💋

Check out my Twitter feed and tweets – Beauty Thought For The Day
My Instagram Beauty Content – Friction Free Shaving/Dermaplaning
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What’s New on the EB Facebook PageThe Bubble T Soapscription Box for March.
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Spotlight on Subscription Boxes: Fab Fit Fun Spring 20

My Fab Fit Fun Spring box has landed! If ya wanna know what’s inside this season’s box & which add-ons I chose keep reading.

The inside and outside of the Fab Fit Fun Spring 2020 box.
As usual the box itself is a knockout. This one was designed by the Mexican-American designer and illustrator Marisol Ortega. With nature as her main influence and bold colours as her preference, the resulting box is beautiful.

I’m focusing on the products in the box in this review. If you’re not familiar with FFF then my “Fab Fit Fun Facts Winter Box” post will tell you everything you need to know and has useful tips to help you get then most from your subscription – check it out.

Hey, hi and hello, welcome to my blog if you’re new, and if you’ve been here before – it’s great that you’ve come back! I’m not going to open by saying that I’m a hug fan of sub boxes (😂) or that I subscribe to quite a few of them, (😂😂) no, instead I’ll just mention that I’ve got quite a bit of experience where beauty boxes are concerned. 😇 As usual, after I’ve given you a guided tour of the products inside this season’s FFF box and my thoughts on each, I’ll include all the relevant links below so you can explore some more. Now, shall we jump into it? I think we should – hold hands then 👋 ok after 3 1 …2…3…JUMP 😉

The reVive Light Therapy Glo Wrinkle And Anti-Ageing Light Device
Getting that GLOW on! For my product ‘backdrops’ in my photographs I utilised the pages of the FFF magazine that came in the box, to give you a feel for its content

reVive Light Therapy Glo Wrinkle & Anti-Ageing Light Device | Value $68 / £54.42 |

I’ve never come across anything like this before, so I’ve done a little research. Off the bat, if you’re going to use the device you should test your skin for light sensitivity. To do this simply hold the switched on device on your forearm for 3 minutes: if your skin turns red and that redness lasts for more than two hours then your skin IS light sensitive and you SHOULD NOT USE the device.

reVive Light Therapy Features and Explanations

  • Includes batteries and user manual
  • A light emitting diode (LED) unit/device for dermatological use
  • Treatment: fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing
  • Recommended areas for treatment: Forehead, crow’s feet, above the bridge of the nose and smile lines.
  • How it works: The deep red, red and amber spectrums this device emits are proven to reduce and/or reverse fine lines & wrinkles, improve skin’s texture and tone and develop a more youthful appearance
  • Infrared light -stimulates both collegen and elastin
  • Red light – improves circulation
  • Amber light – reduces redness, swelling and inflammation
  • The device is automatic and pre-set, so no user adjustments are necessary AND it switches itself off after the prescribed three minutes of treatment

How to use the reVive Light Therapy

  • Wash and dry your face
  • Switch the reVive Light Therapy on
  • Put the device directly onto the skin/treatment area (do not move the device around during treatment) for three minutes. (The device will automatically turn off after this time) Switch the device on again and move to the next area to be treated. Continue until all required areas have been treated.

Tips for using reVive Light Therapy

  • Use daily to obtain the best results
  • Can be used with your favourite serums etc to achieve even better results (always test patch first)

I’m pleased I picked this gizmo in customisation, am excited to see if it actually performs as stated and whether I get any results. It is really easy to use, if not fool proof (which is handy for me! 😆). I like the look of it and how it warms the skin during use. I’m going to properly road test my reVive Light Therapy, starting in April, for a month: my post-trial thoughts and results roundup will become part of my Gadgets Gizmos Brushes and Blenders series.

Body Lotion and Straws. One of the things I love about Fab Fit Fun is the often random, surprising box contents.
There’s not much I can really write about straws to be honest, but I do like the sound of sleeping in a cocoon!

This Works: Deep Sleep Body Cocoon Lotion | 100ml | $40 / £32.39 | AND | Chic & Tonic: Silicone Straws x 4 with Brush Cleaner & Case | $15 / £12.16 |

This Works is a brand I’m familiar with, I’ve had some of their products before (via various sub boxes) and I’ve used a product similar to this one too, Temple Spa’s ‘Duvet’, although Duvet has a thicker consistency. Both products’ fragrances are, unsurprisingly, very similar, because they both contain lavender – which I’m not mad about, cos I love the scent and find lavender very relaxing.

And that is exactly what this two in one lotion aims to do, relax you whilst also nourishing your skin. The ingredients also include Shea Butter, Crambe, Vevivert and Camomile and these all combine to create a dreamy fragrance in a lotion that is easily absorbed and softens your skin.

I’ve literally just massaged some of this into the back of my hand and now my key tapping is now a somewhat ‘fermata’ as I keep putting my hand to my nose and inhaling deeply (I’d make a crap pianist) to relish the fragrance: it smells of ‘relaxation and sleep’! I think I’m going to love using this product – again very pleased, especially as this was FFF’s choice.

OK, they are NBR (Not Beauty Related) but again FFF have done a cracking job selecting these for me, cos I am super pleased with them. The Chic & Tonic Silicone Straws are one of those items you didn’t know you needed til you got them! I do tend to use straws when I’m out because I don’t want to put a glass to my lips that has had hundreds of other people’s mouths on them, and I won’t drink straight from cans or bottles either because you just don’t know where they’ve been and have you ever seen a bar person clean a bottle top or can before giving it to you – nope, didn’t think so. 🤔

Also since most places have now switched from plastic to paper straws (round of applause for eco-friendly common sense) I’ve found that some paper straws can get a bit soggy and bits of paper straw can wind up in your drink. These silicone straws solve that problem and are reusable, washable (either by hand or in the dishwasher), don’t have an odd taste or coating, are portable (they have their own carry case) and haven’t been sat on a bar top collecting dust prior to use. 😬

In short, these straws are brilliant! And, well, would ya look at that, I CAN write more about straws than I thought 🤗 although I have probably given you nightmares about straws and glasses now. Sorry.😙

The Tarteist Pro Glow Palette from Tarte looks the business, but is it?
Makeup time! Not just any makeup either – it’s Tarte!

Tarte: Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette | x 6 pans (1 cream, 5 powders) | $45 / £36.68 |

This is another product I was able to choose in customisation. I love a good highlight and knowing Tarte’s quality and formulations this selection was a no-brainer. The black and gold packaging, wardrobe style doors (with two mirrors on the inside) magnetic closure and a subtle gold sparkle is to die for, but what about the products and shades?

  • LIT is a biscuit coloured powder highlightwith a fine glitter running through it. It has a soft formula, feels slightly crumbly, isn’t over pigmented, can be sheered out to be less obvious and is very pretty.
  • STROBE is a banging champagne powder highlight that is buttery and smooth, again it has micro particals of glitter, but it’s more subtle than Lit. This has a wet look, is more pigmented, but can also be blended out. Beautiful.
  • FIRE is a glossy, gold highlighter with micro glitter (somewhere between STROBE and LIT) and rose hues. It is buttery and yet crumbles a little too. On my fair skin this shade leaves a slight cast, but I might consider using this as a blush topper. Glowing.
  • STUNNER is a truly apt name for what is my favourite powder highlight in this palette. A smooth, bright and blinding, buttery gold, sans glitter, this is indeed stunning! Obsessed.
  • SHADE is a very creamy, cream contour that looks like milk chocolate in the pan, but blends out to be defined or sheer according to preference. Mmm chocolate!
  • SCULPT is a cocoa coloured powder contour which is so buttery I actually thought it was a cream product at first. This, I think, would work quite well for me as a bronzer. Lush.

I love this palette and can see me using all the powders on my eyes as well as cheeks and I like that kind of versatility. The palette feels substantial, the products have a slight chocolatey fragrance that is vaguely reminiscent of Two Faced’s Cocoa Contour and I’m once again very pleased with this customisation choice.

To sleep, perchance to dream.
A little help in the rock-a-bye department?

Gravity Weighted Sleeping Mask | $39.99 / £32.59

Another one that fits well under the Gadgets and Gizmos heading is this sleep mask, designed to give you a quality sleep. It’s weighted to block out light and distribute an even, light touch across your key pressure point. The sleep mask fastens at the back of your head , with Velcro, to ensure a good, snug fit. It’s comfortable to wear, feels good and it seems to soothe tired eyes too. My only complaint would be that the mask wriggles off during the night, but I have a feeling that’s because I fidget a fair deal in my sleep and not due to a design fault. I love using my sleep mask, find it relaxing and it’s a customisation pick that just keeps giving, cos I have lots of fun, every morning, trying to find it so it’s ready for me to use again at night!

Oils well, that ends well!
Shame this didn’t arrive with a handsome masseuse to apply it for me – I imagine the shipping cost would go through the roof if it did though! BUT the customisation of said masseuse would’ve been fun times. 😉

Jaboneria Marianella Imperial Jade Body Oil | 118ml | $68 / £55.42 |

This rosewood and litsea cubeba body oil is a delightful experience for your sense of smell, wellbeing and skin. The slightly citrus, sweet, fragrance is divine and the cold pressed 100% pure oils and vitamin infusion feels lux on the skin. It has an Anti-Ageing, restorative, moisturising formula with a youthful, glowing finish.

It’s an undeniably lovely product, a new discovery and once again FFF did a stirling job of choosing this for me. I can’t wait to use it on the regular to see if it delivers the healthy glow it promises. I also cant help but wonder if it could be used as a hair oil too – no doubt I’ll end up testing that theory in the coming weeks!

This is very a-peeling 😉
It’s peel and polish time

Purlisse Watermelon Energizing 2 Minute Polishing Peel | 70ml | $35 / £28.52 |

As the name suggests this polishing peel is infused with watermelon, but also contains lychee together with glycolic acid. Suitable for all skin types, it can be used on the daily and promises to gently resurface, smooth skin and boost radiance. This polishing peel is a ‘fair foundation’ colour, with a light ‘gritty’ texture and it smells deliciously fruity.

How to use Purlisse Polishing Peel

  • Cleanse the face and leave wet
  • Smooth the product over the face
  • Leave for 2 minutes
  • Rinse off with warm water and pat the skin dry
Fast Food for your hair!
This Fast Food is so much more beneficial than a burger and fries!

AG Hair Fast Food Leave-On Conditioner

Another ‘selected for me’ product and of the other items available I would have chosen this hair conditioner, so that’s more brownie points for FFF. The conditioner contains humecants together with Abyssinian oil to help moisturise and smooth spilt ends, calm those frizzies and add a conditioning shine without weighing the hair down.

This conditioner has a light, but creamy, consistency and a fragrance that is slightly fruity, fresh and clean smelling. Apply a small amount to clean, damp hair, work through to the ends (do not rinse out) and simply let it work its magic.

What I picked up in the Fab Fit Fun sale
Here’s my additional choice and add-ons from Fab Fit Fun

An additional choice purchase and my Fab Fit Fun Add-Ons from the Add-Ons Sales

Additional Choice: Amber Sceats Double Coin Necklace | $50 / £40 | I paid $10 / £8.15 |

  • When customising your Fab Fit Fun Box you are offered some additional choices in each category for a reduced price (based on value). I chose one such additional choice this time round
  • The Amber Sceats Double Coin Necklace had taken my fancy, but I really wanted the sleep mask too, so I was thrilled when, having selected the mask, the necklace was offered as an additional choice and snapped it up.
  • The Necklace is gorgeous, on trend, weighty and I know I’ll get lots of wear from it. For comparison purposes the quality is way above the costume jewellery I’ve purchased from Primark, similar to my recent jewellery additions (mentioned in my latest Payday Haul Post) from Pretty Little Thing, but I do feel the quality of the Amber Sceats is slightly better than those items too.

The add-ons:

  • Beauty Bakerie Cocoa Bronzer Palette | Sale Price $19 / £15.48
  • 4 large pans in cardboard, choc and coffee inspired print packaging
  • I hadn’t got a Beauty Bakery product in my collection, had heard of the brand and really liked the look of the shades (from light biscuit through bronzed gold, shimmering chocolate and a deep apricot) so I had to snap up this bargain.
  • Beautiful, workable, bendable and pigmented I can’t wait to dive in and affect a summer glow!
  • Pixi Beauty Glow Mist Super Size | Sale Price $9 / £7.33 | 160 ml |
  • Being familiar with Pixi Products when I saw this I had to pop it into my basket as I haven’t yet tried the mist that influencers have given a lot of air time and blog space to.
  • Am excited to achieve this products glowing, luminous and smooth complexion
  • Kosas Cream Colour & Lights Palette | Shade 8th Muse | Sale Price $17 / £13.85 |
  • My wild card choice – never heard of Kosas, not a huge fan/user of cream blush – but I do like to push the beauty envelope now and then, try something different and challenge myself 😉
  • Two Shades: A deep rose pink and a light apricot
  • Nice formula, easy to blend out, can be built up or played down.
  • Slight chemical smell – which I don’t like, but am willing to overlook if it has staying power
  • Quite pigmented, especially for cream blushers

My thoughts on the Spring Fab Fit Fun Box and Add Ons: Third Time Very Lucky!

If you havent already picked up on this – I am seriously impressed by this box, totes in love with the items I received and have a new found respect for Fab Fit Fun’s ability to hit the nail on the proverbial head when selecting items for my box.

This is my third Fab Fit Fun Box and is undoubtedly my favourite so far: The quality of the everything I received was great, there was a nice and acceptable mix of beauty and non-beauty items (I don’t like too many non beauty products) and a fab selection of both familiar and new-to-me brands too. Plus I loved all my add ons too, so YES, overall, love, love love this box.

Total Values in Comparison to what I actually paid

The TOTAL COST of my spring Fab Fit Fun goodies, including my Spring Box, Postage, VAT, Additional Choice & Add Ons comes to:

$137.99 / £112.46

The TOTAL VALUE of the box contents including the additional choice but NOT the add-ons is:

$384.99 / £313.77

The TOTAL COST of the three Add-On products:

$45 / £36.67

The TOTAL VALUE of those Add-On Products:

$107.98 / £88.00

Given that I saved £289.31 on all the items I received, it’s easy to see why I’m so happy with my Fab Fit Fun subscription. What do you think of that saving? Are any of the items I received on your ‘wish list’ Is this a box that interests you? If you already subscribe to FFF, let me know what you received. I’d love to know what you think and if you have any questions about my experience with Fab Fit Fun don’t hesitate to ask – simply leave me your comments below. If you, like me, love beauty subscription boxes click the links below for more reviews of the other various subscription boxes I’ve received this month.

Fab Fit Fun Spring 2020

As always, thanks for reading, I appreciate you checking out my blog and/or following me. I hope you enjoyed this guided tour through the FFF Spring box and add-ons and that you’ll come back for my next post. Until then, take care.

💋Entirely Beauty 💋

Useful Links and Further Reading

From Entirely Beauty:
March’s ROCCABOX – Beauty Subscription Box. What’s in the box/review
Bubble T SOAPSCRIPTION March – Beauty Subscription Box. Shower and bath gel plus FREEBIE
Feel Unique BEAUTY KIT – Non Subscription Sample Service: 1st impressions plus product guide, review and tips.
The humble POWDER PUFF – why you NEED them in your beauty arsenal
The ORIGINAL MAGIC ERASER – rapid review!

And from Fab Fit Fun
FABFITFUN – info and how to subscribe.

Payday Beauty Haul

The beauty products I hauled (off my wish & repurchase lists) from Pretty Little Thing, Aldi, Deciem and Soaper Duper

Payday Beauty Haul
Loved doing my haul, but I’m not sharing this for ‘bragging rights’, there are lessons to be learnt and changes in direction – all of which I hope you find informative, useful and entertaining!

A new skin care regime, individual false lashes, eyebrow pencil, hair rollers, concealer, 10 in 1 miracle spray, body butters, loose setting powder, 100% natural hand & nail cream and a box of stones!

(Yep, a box of stones 🤔 Good thing I don’t live in a glasshouse!)

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! So, the start of March brought with it some better weather, (albeit short lived) the promise of spring (ditto) and the much awaited payday. As a self confessed beauty addict payday means it’s time to get my monthly beauty fix, either by going to the shops or hitting the interwebz – this month I chose the latter. Yes, this IS a haul blog, BUT there’ll be some top tips along the way, useful retail, product and social media links, plus a HOT Entirely Beauty Revelation and a word of WARNING, as well as the usual hauled beauty products ‘Show and Tell’.

Re-purchased products from Soaper Duper

My previous blog post (February’s Empties) featured Soaper Duper’s Body Butter as I had finally used it up, mostly on my feet, where, as I also mention in that post, it’s done a cracking job of helping to get my feet Summer Sandal Ready (It’ll be THAT TIME before we know it!). So, my first stop on the interwebz highway was Soaper Duper’s website (link to website below).

My Soaper Duper Purchases:

Super Soaper Duper
Tried, tested and loved formula – new fragrance
  • Deluxe Shea Butter BODY BUTTER | For very dry skin | £10.99 | 300ml tub | with macadamia oil, vanilla pods & tahitian monoi oil | 97% natural | cruelty free | vegan |
  • Deluxe Coconut & Shea Butter BODY BUTTER | For very dry skin | £10.99 | 300ml tub | with macadamia oil, vanilla pods & tahitian monoi oil | 97% natural | cruelty free | vegan |

Also available in Sicilian Lemon and Pure Happiness fragrances. The Shea Butter and Sicilian Lemon can be purchased as a ‘Mini’ (50ml) for £3.50 each – a perfect ‘Try Me’ price and size.

TOP TIP: If you spend over £19 at Soaper Duper then your order will be delivered for FREE!

I doubled up on my Body Butters order to get the FREE delivery, which was OK cos I knew I’d use them and it meant I could try out a couple of NEW fragrances. The fragrance I had used is now discontinued, but, having tried the Shea Butter already, I can tell you that the fabulous formula is the same – rich, thick and creamy and both the Shea Butter and Coconut & Shea Butter smell so totes delish I wanna spread it on toast and eat it! I also have to award BONUS HAUL POINTS to Soaper Duper for their packaging. My order was delivered in a handy, cardboard, recyclable, Bathroom Recycling Bin! What a brilliant idea – I wish more companies were so forward thinking with their packaging!

Aldi Mini Haul. (PS Aldi – I love your affordability, cheeky dupes and randomness!)

I’m still enjoying using all my Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers and facial massager (see Who Made Me Buy What) in fact, I’ve yet to buy a beauty product from Aldi that I haven’t loved! I’ve been wanting to try their loose powder for a hot minute and knew they had released a new vegan range of products too, so Aldi Online was my next stop & shop! (Link included below)

My Aldi Payday Purchases:

Everyone loves a beauty bargain and the Aldi beauty range, Lacura, offers an abundance of 'em!
Hot Stones from Aldi – who’d have thought it? Alternative Therapies available at the local supermarket
  • Lacura Natural Hand & Nail Cream | New | £2.99 | 50ml Tube | Vegan | Shea Butter & Sweet Almond Oil
  • Lacura Loose Setting Powder | Laura Mercier Dupe | £4.99 | 25g Pot | Absorbs Excess Oils | Finely Milled | Light, Natural Coverage
  • Hinkler Hot Stone Massage Kit | 8 Basalt Stones Plus Full Instructions | £4.99 | Stress Relieving | Losens Stiff Muscles | Improves Circulation | Promotes Deep Tissue Healing

TOP TIPS: Download the Aldi App and subscribe to the email marketing so you don’t miss any new bargains. You can select the categories you wish to receive notifications for too – e.g. Health and Beauty. Delivery is FREE on orders over £20.

I was alerted to the launch of the NEW Vegan range via Email (see it is worth subscribing to receive these mails) I wanted to try at least one of these new products to review for you guys and am running low (!) on hand cream, so that’s what I choose from the range. The loose powder is well-known in the beauty community for being a dupe of the much higher priced Laura Mercier – so I’m curious to see if it lives up to the hype! As for the Hot Stones, not gonna lie, this was a full on impulse buy! I’m hosting a ‘Girls’ Night In’ this weekend, so I’m going to try the Stones (and a few other products) on the unsuspecting invitees and get back to you with a full review.

At this point I took a break from shopping to look for a NEW subscription box to trial and . . . found one!

As you probably know I do love my Beauty Sub Boxes (that’s an understatement and a repeated one at that!) this NEW one looks great and I’m excitedly (and not very patiently) awaiting it’s delivery so I can add a review of it to my Spotlight On Subscription Boxes Series. My next FabFitFun Box (Spring 2020) is due any day, so look out for that review too. (For my detailed thoughts on the FabFitFun Box, including how the subscription works, click here). March’s Roccabox has already landed and I’m liking the mix of products I’ve received in the five months I’ve been subscribed. November, December and January’s products are gradually finding their way into my rotation and I’m currently testing the hair vitamins from February’s Roccabox.

After that tantalizing tangent, let’s get back to the purpose of this post!

The Main Event: Pretty Little Thing £100+ Haul!

I was a PLT virgin until this haul. Prior to pay day I visited their site, bookmarked it (link below) signed up for their marketing emails, wrote an extensive ‘wish list’ in my head and, having familiarised myself with PLT, I waited for payday to arrive.

My Pretty Big Pretty Little Thing Purchases:

The beauty stuff I hauled from Pretty Little Thing.
Skin Care and some random beauty additions for my Beauty Collection from PLT
  • The Ordinary The Daily Set | Squalane Cleanser 50ml | Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5 30ml| Natural Moisturising Factors 30ml | Boxed| Skincare Essentials | £15 |
  • The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%| £4.90 | 30ml | Effective Antioxidant| Skin Brightener|
  • The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density| £15.80 | 60ml | Support for Hair Health | Leave In/On Treatment | For fuller, denser and healthier hair|
  • The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution | £6.80 | 240ml | Mild Exfoliant | Improves Skin Texture, Radiance and Clarity
  • The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer| £3.90 | 30ml | Matte Finish | Blurs Pores and Imperfections | Hydrates |
  • The Ordinary Coverage Foundation | 1.2P Light | £5.90 | 30ml | Full Coverage | Contains Free Acids | Smooth Finish | Lightweight | Non Oily |
  • Maybeline Eraser Eye Concealer | £9 | Anti-Age | Semi matte Finish | Covers Dark Circles, Redness & Fine Lines
  • Primalash Natural Individual Cluster Lashes | £4 | Flared | Bulb Free | Blends with Natural Lashes |
  • Beauty Works 10 in 1 Miracle Spray | £12 | 250ml | Multi Tasking | Heat Protection |
  • Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable Pencil | Ash Brown | £3 | Triangular Shaped Pencil | With Spoolie| Small Strokes & Definition| Rub Resistant |
  • Bendy Hair Rollers | 2 lengths | 8 Pack (4 each Length) | £2 |

TOP TIPS: There is NO Free Delivery Option so a bulk buy (like I made) gives the best value for the £3.99 delivery charge. PLT do offer a ‘Delivery subscription’ for £9.99 a year, so if you are likely to make several purchases this would be a better option.

With regard to The Ordinary products I would advise reading the product information BEFORE purchasing to ensure what you buy is suitable for YOUR skin and it’s needs.

An Important Heads Up Regarding Pretty Little Thing Discount Codes

Prior to placing my order with PLT I received a lengthy promo email from them with a 30% Off Everything Discount Code ‘Banner’ emblazoned across the top of the mail. When I went online to place my order there was another 30% Off Everything Discount Code (New 30) prominently displayed on the site. Knowing I was going to be placing a large order, (as listed above plus several items of jewellery) my reaction to this was “Wow, that’s fantastic.”

I was, obviously, expecting a 30% discount on my £100+ Pretty Little Thing order (ie: a £30 saving) the discount I actually received was just £1.50!

What does EVERYTHING mean to you?
This is a composite of the marketing email I received offering 30% off, part of my order confirmation showing the applied discount and order total plus the PLT ‘small print’ buried at the end of the lengthy marketing mail that, arguably, negates the offer and the definition of the word EVERYTHING!

Where’s The Discount?

First can I say I am not honing in on this just to throw shade or spill PLTea, but as consumers shouldn’t we expect a level of transparency that helps us to be savvy shoppers, whilst fostering our respect and loyalty with retailers?

That said, let’s break it down:

The ‘OFFER’ clearly states 30% OFF, there is an asterisk (*) after the word EVERYTHING however the small print (and it is just that) to which this asterisk alludes, was buried at the end of an email that contained not only the ‘OFFER’ but several photos, information and inviting ‘click here’ buttons.


The chances of ANY recipient (myself included) actually reading that mail to the end (and discovering that small print) is minimal – aint nobody got time for that, right? We want to shop and take advantage of that ‘OFFER’. Besides, the mail is arguably put together to discourage reading to the end, instead it is meant to lure you to PLT PDQ.

Once read, it becomes apparent in the small print that EVERYTHING is NOT actually EVERYTHING: There are exclusions: SALE products is understandable, BEAUTY Purchases not so much? This, together with the other STATED exclusions, denotes that EVERYTHING is NOT as it should be
.

There are NO written exclusions regarding JEWELLERY- yet, having bought FIVE items of JEWELLERY in total, I recieved discount (£1.50/30% as per the offer) on just ONE item. This makes no sense to me – does it to you?

It seems that Pretty Little Thing’s not only re-written the definition of the word EVERYTHING, but, and despite, their exclusions disclaimer, the actual application of any discount is then applied by PLT without rhyme or reason!

Will I shop with Pretty Little Thing Again?

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

And it is a real shame that Pretty Little Thing weren’t more transparent! Because, to remain both honest and objective here, despite feeling fooled and lured in, their site is easy to navigate, has lots of great, helpful, product information & clear photographs. Delivery was quick, everything arrived safely packaged and I do love the fact that I could indulge my love of beauty with other purchases in one place AND the jewellery I ordered is beautiful – in fact I was impressed and pleased with all my purchases, BUT, nobody likes to made a fool of.

And finally … More of The Ordinary direct from Deciem

Having ordered my The Ordinary products from PLT I popped over to the Deciem site (link below) to check prices and product info. Once there 3 more products took my fancy,so I ordered them too. At time of writing, having missed two attempted deliveries, my parcel has, understandably, been returned to sender. I have contacted Deciem and hopefully these products will reach me soon!

The last of The Ordinary – what I ordered:

  • The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil | £8.10 | 30ml | Antioxidant Rich | For Hair & Skin | Hydrating|
  • The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil | 30ml | £5.90 |For Hair and Skin| Unrefined| Reduces Flaking | Adds Strength to Hair|
  • The Ordinary Buffet | 30ml | £12.70 | Multi-Technology Peptide Serum | Targets Signs of Aging | Can be used AM and PM |

TOP TIP: It’s worth looking at this site as it has detailed info about all The Ordinary products plus usage directions. My delivery was FREE, because I spent over £20, usually it would cost £4.99, so waiting until you want to spend over £20 would be cost efficient.

If you read my previous post – Behind The Blog (If not, why not? 😁) then this is old news, but worth reiterating, I have joined Project Pan, having realised that my beauty spend is in danger of getting out of control, but more because I have amassed a large beauty collection over time, each item deserves some love and currently very few items are receiving my love. This is obvs, quite wasteful. If you saw my Empties write ups for January AND February (again, if not, why not?? 😅) you will have, hopefully, realised that I have been making a real effort to use stuff up! Inspired by this effort, Youtuber Mikhila McDaid and the fact that I blog (and have a responsibility to my readers) I decided that I could do better, much better in fact, and Project Pan seemed to be the way to go.

I have a lot of make up that hardly sees the light of day, so I’ve Shopped My Stash for Makeup, Skin Care and Hair Care and have expanded my NEW ‘less wasteful’, ‘use it up’, ‘spend less’ mantra to include and focus on panning more makeup products!

So, Hauls such as this one will become less in spends and frequency. I’m not doing a no-buy, but I am doing a buy-less. I’m not suggesting that everyone should adopt my new policies, nor am I encouraging everyone to join Project Pan. I’m doing this for me, for my collection, and as a new twist in a hobby I am truly passionate about. I will share this new chapter with you, simply because I am a beauty blogger and that is what I do. 😊

Thanks, as always, for reading, it means so much and I do appreciate it! I hope you enjoyed this haul, that you’ll read more of my stuff and come back for the next one. I upload new content every Wednesday (6pm) and Saturday (8pm) and look forward to welcoming you back. Dont forget to check out the (unaffiliated) links below, and drop me a comment with your thoughts on my haul, project pan or anything else beauty related – I love reading them, replying and getting connected with you all. Until next time, take care and please wish me luck with Project Pan.

Being a spendy beauty addict I think I'm going to need some luck in the panning department.
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February’s Empties

The beauty products I used up in February and what I thought of them

Discover which products finally made it to the dustbin!

Used up skin care, body & bath products goners and one lonely hair care empty

February’s Empties Group Photo

Not only emptied but tried, tested, and now – reviewed!

Hi, hey and hello, if you’re new welcome to my blogosphere, if you’ve been here before, it’s great to have you back. Hope you’re all ok, are having an awesome and beautiful day, and that you enjoy the following ‘mini reviews’ of the beauty products I used up during February.

Again, no makeup in this month’s Empties Blog, but as I mentioned previously (Behind The Blog) I jumped on the Project Pan express at the start of March, I Shopped My Stash for for hair, skin and makeup products to use (up) during this month. My first Project Pan Progress Report, (at the beginning of April) will hopefully include makeup products I’ve panned!. I’ll publish a monthly Empties, that’ll be a review-round-up of the products I HAVEN’T shopped out, but have used up anyway. The Shopped My Stash blog will include my reviews of the products I haven’t hit pan with and that’ll be published at the beginning of April. In the Project Pan Progress Report I’ll give you my opinions and thoughts on those products I have actually panned/emptied during March!

Bath & Body Product Empties

I used up a total of 8 Bath & Body Products during February.

As I recently took out a ‘Soapscription’ with Bubble T, which means I receive two NEW bubbletastic bottles of Bath and Shower Gel each month, I have made a real effort to work through my bath and shower products during January and February. Have to say this has gone pretty good, I’ve used up the half empties I had, some samples I received in subscription beauty boxes and some products that were crying out to me for some love. So, without further ado, here’s my Bath & Body empties products review!

  • Noble Isle Bath & Shower Gel: I absolutely bloody love this, the fragrance (Fireside) is sublime and sensual, it foams up nicely and leaves you feeling all soft and warm! This is firmly on my wish list.
  • Avon Planet Spa Moroccan Romance Bath and Shower Oil: This is a dual purpose oil that can either be added to your bath water or smoothed onto the skin in the shower. Not only does this oil moisturise your skin but the rose, jasmine and peony fragrance transports you to a far off land.
  • Radox Lemongrass & Mandarin Shower Gel: Another fantastic product but this is a reviving and awakening experience, which makes it an excellent wake up call for those mornings when you are struggling to start the day!
  • Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash: Sea Buckthorn seems to be a popular ingredient in beauty products at the moment as I have seen/experienced it in quite of few brands. Sea Buckthorn has a fresh, fruity scent and is, supposedly, good for the skin. I’m not a huge fan of this though: I can take or leave the fragrance, the formula is nothing outstanding and, although I felt clean after using it, my skin didn’t feel very hydrated or soft either. Bit of a let down!
  • Nivea Luxurious Shower Silk Mouse: I had this in rhubarb and raspberry fragrance, and I really like this scent. You only need to dispense a small amount of this mousse as it impressively doubles (if not trebles) in size. It does feel lux on the skin and the fragrance whilst using it is wonderful. Unfortunately, the fragrance doesn’t last on the skin after use, but the silky softness does. I’m on the fence with this one – loved using it, liked the smell, shame it didn’t last.
  • Molton Brown Orange & Bergamont Bath and Shower Gel: Smells delish (and the fragrance lasts well on the skin too), great formula, leathers well, leaves skin clean, refreshed, fragranced and soft – would definitely recommend.
  • Bubble T Pomegranate & Green Tea Bath and shower Gel: According to the packaging legend has it that green tea was first tasted by accident in 2737 BC when Chinese Emperor Shennong drank water that had a tea leaf boiled in it. Personally, to drink I like Tetley or PG tea, I have tried green tea but it made me pull a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp. However, I don’t mind it in beauty products. Still loving Bubble T’s products, this wasn’t my favourite to date, but still a nice product!
  • Love Beauty And Planet Shower Gel: I received this in a Subscription Box, not my favourite shower gel to be honest, but I’m glad to have discovered this via a sub rather than having paid for it. The formula is ok, it makes a good, soapy lather, it’s the scent of this that put me off it though – I don’t dislike either Shea Butter or Sandlewood Oil, but together (as they are in this gel) the result is way to sweet, to the point of sickliness. It’s a no from me.
  • Soaper Duper Body Butter Very Dry Skin Formula: I also got this in a sub box, ages & ages ago, which is how long it’s taken me to use it up cos this comes in a big 300ml pot. I loved the Yuzufruit and Fig fragrance, but Soaper Duper no longer offer it. I have used the majority of this product on my feet, where it has worked wonders. My feet are super soft, uber smooth & very moisturised. Works well on knees and elbows too, and, of course, all over your body. But I do tend to use it mainly as a foot softener and moisturiser, where I can’t fault it! Highly recommend anyone giving this a try-I’ve already repurchased two tubs, one in Shea and the other in Shea and Coconut – both of which smell sooo lush – love, love, love this Body Butter!

Skin Care Empties

Did my skin benefit from these now empty treats?

In do love good skin care products, using face products and discovering new ones, testing them out and doing my routine twice a day are a few of my favourite things. During February I managed to use up 5 skin care products, although two of them were sample sizes sent to me in sub boxes, here’s my thoughts on them all.

  • Dr Botanicals Lm Rescue Butter: This 50ml Lemongrass Superfood, balm like product cost around £15 to buy, which make it kinda expensive so you expect results – right? Erm, nope. This formula is for dry skin and as it’s winter here in the UK and my face is dryer than normal I thought I’d give it a go as a moisturiser (it state on the tube it can be used as a facial moisturiser). I’m not sure I’m a face balm kinda gal, as I didn’t enjoy using this product. Firstly, it smells like a prescription cream for eczema (I suffered with eczema a bit as a kid, so I know what those creams smell like). Secondly, it feels very silicone like in texture with a super thick consistency. It’s difficult to massage in and once you achieve this it actually feels like you are wearing an thin mask on your face – neither a pleasant or comfortable experience to be honest. I persevered however, determined to use it up and hoping to see results. The former was the only success! I’ve used other products from this brand and got on really well with them, but I’d give this one a wide berth!
  • Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks: These eye masks claim to brighten, hydrate and reduce dark circles. They are nice to use and have the advantage of not moving around your face like most eye masks do. I can’t say as I noticed it really achieving the results I was promised though, but they did cool my eyes and made them feel less tired, so not all bad – would I buy them again? No, I don’t think I would.
  • Omorovicza Cleansing Foam: Despite it’s odd scent (which I can’t describe any other way than ‘vaguely minty’) the pale blue (yes, blue! BLUE?) colour of this thick gel to foam cleanser, it actually made my face feel really, really clean and prepped for the remainder of my skin routine. An odd looking and weird smelling cleanser, it ended up working ok, but I won’t repurchase.
  • The Green People Age defy: This product is testament to the fact that organic and natural products don’t always ‘perform’ as you expect them too. This Soft Buff Skin Exfoliator’s ‘fragrance’ reminds me of decorating, a sort of yucky mixture of paint and brush cleaner. Not nice to be honest, what’s worse however, is that it did nothing for my skin. I would neither ‘recommend or buy this again. Definitely not a skincare product I want to use again.
  • Vitamasques Cranberry & Apple Sheet Mask: Wow, this Korean inspired, moisturising mask has triple layer technology, a beautiful, hunger-panging-fruity-smell, feels great, both during and after use, includes ample serum (which allows you spread what’s left in the packet over your neck and décolatage) and has visibly great effcts too. Loved it, recommend it, will be getting more of it. Brilliant.

Hair Care Empties

I have a lot of hair care products in my stash, so it was a bit of a disappointment to only get through one of them during February, but here’s my review of the lonely empty in this category.

  • Noughty To The Rescue Moisture Boost Shampoo: A great shampoo for this time of year, cos this is when most folks need a bit of extra moisture, and this shampoo delivers it in abundance. Formulated for frizzy and or damaged hair, if your tresses are a trial, this makes a great remedy! Would I buy this again – absolutely – once I’ve used up the myriad of shampoos I have waiting in the wings. The conditioner from this brand/range is marvelous too, and the combination of the two left my hair feeling like I’d been to an expensive salon. Definately recommend giving this a go, I rate it highly.

Final Thoughts

I’m pleased with the amount of empties I accumulated during February and feel like I have laid good foundations for my journey into Project Pan, as I have already declutterer my beauty collection of quite a few products, from various categories – I’ll have to make a more considered effort in the makeup category though if I am to fully embrace the ethos behind ‘panning’

There were some ‘good uns’ amongst the products that made their final journey to the recycling bin last month, but there were some damn awful ones too. Hopefully, my opinions’ll come in handy for you if you wanted to know about those I have featured here.

Thanks, as always, for reading, I appreciate you taking time out of your day to visit my blog, and I hope you’ll come back soon. Don’t forget my regular blog uploads are every Wednesday evening at 6pm and Saturday afternoons at 3pm – if you follow and/or subscribe to my blog you’ll be notified when my blogs go live and won’t miss a thing. Until next time, take care

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Behind The Blog (March 2020)

Shopping my stash, using Social Media more, a haul, new cleansing ‘tools’ series and a new blogging schedule: There’s a lot happening at entirely-beauty.com so let’s have a chatty catch up!

Another 'behind the scenes' peek to uncover future plans to ensure you guys are entertained and know what's what!
What’s going on behind the scenes at Entirely Beauty?

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 we’re saying hello March and farewell to February (and, hopefully, those crazy storms and awful floods), I thought I’d let you know what’s ‘going down’ behind the entirely-beauty.com blog.

Obviously Entirely Beauty, blogging & my ‘addiction’ to all things beauty is my (much loved) hobby; I would write and play with products all the time, if I could, however I have been trying to strike a ‘balance’.

Regulars here at Entirely Beauty will also know that I pack alot into my blogs, which means they take a while to put together. Initially, being new to blogging, I thought I could knock out a new, detailed, informative and hopefully entertaining beauty blog EVERYDAY. (L-O-flippin-L!) Talk about rookie mistakes – I had no idea how long you have to bash the keys or the time involved in editing pics etc, in order to produce something worth publishing.

Obviously I want to keep you guys up to date with the latest Entirely Beauty developments and plans, so come with me as we go behind the blog to find out when I’m going to be blogging, how I’m going to use Social Media for EXTRA beauty content and my plans for upcoming blogs.

Have YOU joined the EB social media set yet?

Blogging Schedule & Social Media Plans

NEW Entirely Beauty blogs will go live every Wednesday evening at 6pm and on Saturday afternoons at 3pm (All times are GMT).

■ EB blogs will still be info packed, detailed, include useful links, be written with passion, include my honest opinions and hopefully keep y’all entertained too

Less in-depth (and shorter) stuff will be added to my Entirely Beauty Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn (almost) on the daily.

If you’re not already, you might wanna like, follow, connect and all that other good stuff available on Social Media so you’re in the loop and neatly side-step that dreaded FOMO in the process!! (Fear Of Missin Out is worse than man-flu and ain’t nobody got time for that!)

To give you an idea of what you can expect from me on Social Media- click these links and catch up with some of my posts from last week…

Facebook: Roccabox (Feb 2020) Rapid Review
Instagram: NEW Cleansing Tools Series – #1 The Konjac Sponge Tried & Tested
Twitter: What do YOU do?
LinkedIn: Get thee to Area 51!
Have you read my Roccabox Rapid Review on the EB Facebook Page?

Lacking a ‘smoothly-does-it-segway’ to my next bit of news, we’re going to have a bit of beauty-bloggy-oke! It’s like karaoke, but no-one can hear you, (unless you’re actually in public right now) no-one’s gonna judge (unless you’re actually in public right now, espesh if Simon Cowell is in the crowd) and singing is good for you (unless you’re actually in public right now – in which case it might not be, depending on how good a voice you have). Are you ready, altogether now …

Yesterday

all my troubles seemed so far away

did a haul and I can’t wait to play

Oh I believe it’s gonna slay

Suddenly,

there’s not half the coin there used to be

Consumerism’s hanging over me

Oh, I’ve a new philosophy

Did ya sing along? 😁 I bet you did! 😂 Anyhoo, yeah, I did a haul; mainly beauty stuff (though I did treat myself to some new jewelery as well) it was was a bitter sweet experience, because that’ll be my last major splurge for some time, (for reasons I’ll get to in a tick-tock) but I want to let you know I will be writing a Haul blog when my goodies land.

And now the reason why my last haul will be THE last haul for some time!

I think it was in January’s Empties that I spoke about not having done Shopped My Stash for a hot minute, because I was using up some odds and ends from my collection. Well . . . I’ve ‘shopped’ skincare, haircare AND makeup out of my collection and into rotation in readiness for use and testing during March. Not only that but I’m actually gonna try and USE UP a load of products from my beauty collection during 2020. Yes, I am a little late to the PROJECT PAN PARTY, but as YouTuber MissBudgetBeauty (aka Mikhila McDaid) pointed out in her recent video ‘Joining Project Pan’ it’s NOT too late!

So, that’s why my last haul will be the last for a while, because yours truly is doing PROJECT PAN 2020: a decision partly brought on by the sense of achievement I got from using up some of the half empty, soon to expire, stuff from my collection during January and February. Yeah, I know, that sounds completely bonkers, right, but Project Pan makes sense to me. I work hard for the money I’ve spent building up my collection and I want a good return on my investment. The easiest, most salient way to achieve a ‘good return’ is to actually enjoy the products I have and use them up!

Yes, as a beauty blogger, content creator and self confessed ‘addict’ there IS that temptation to buy all the new beauty releases and review them for YOU, but in so doing I migh turn you on to those products. That’s not sharing a love of all things beauty, that’s encouraging you to indulge in the ‘conspicuous consumption of cosmetics’ too.

Mikhila’s Project Pan Rules are different to my own, but the ethos behind both of us doing this is the same!

Project Pan 2020: How it’ll work

My Aims

1. To ‘organically’ de-clutter my collection through actual use rather than disposal and share the experience with you
2. To ‘hit pan’, use up and/or finish as many skincare, haircare and makeup products as I can before 2020’s up, and post Project Pan Progress Updates
3. To use ‘Shopped My Stash’ alongside Project Pan. At the end of each month I’ll add a blog detailing the products used, their performance and wearability etc., I’ll also use Social Media for some Shopped My Stash / project pan news -including
a) Sharing my hair care picks for the month on TWITTER
b) Revealing each month’s skincare selection on INSTAGRAM
c) The month’s makeup products will be posted on FACEBOOK PAGE
(To give you all a sneak peak of what products to expect in my upcoming reviews)
d) To review the Shopped My Stash products here on entirely-beauty.com

4. To improve the condition of my skin and hair AND improve my makeup artistry skills by using up products for Project Pan
5. To foster good habits, going forward, ie: being less consumeristic and wastefull, spending within my NEW beauty budget, using up what I already have and controlling my collection. (and ‘addiction’ 😉)

My Rules

1. At the beginning of each month I’m going to Shop My Stash for skincare, haircare and skincare products, instead of buying more products and creating waste.
2. The Shopped My Stash items will become my go-to products for the whole month
3. I’ll use these products consistently, throughout the month, as this’ll give me time to really test them out and give you guys much better reviews.
4. If I don’t use a product up (or fail to hit pan) in a month, that product(s) will be shopped out again later in the year, to use it up, see if seasonality affects a product’s performance and whether my opinions of a product changes.
5. I’ll still buy some beauty products, but my beauty budget is now drastically reduced (£50 per month) and I’m going to try to focus on ‘need’ rather than ‘want’ (eg to replace products I’ve hit pan on). I’ll also keep my beauty box subscriptions going and they will be separate from my budget.

I’m under no illusions here, I know Project Pan is going to be a tough nut for me to crack, because I can’t remember the last time I actually ‘hit pan’ on a makeup product. In fact, and I’m telling you this to be transparent and honest, I have such a lot of makeup in my collection that most of it is only lightly used and some of it is ‘virgin’ makeup & has yet to be touched. I’m ashamed of how damn wastefull that is.

I’m also embarrassed by the amount of my previous beauty budget: prior to my ‘realisations and rethink’ I was spending between £100 to £150 a month on beauty products (not including sub boxes), and again, being honest, sometimes it exceeded that, especially if I bought high end products. I have but one face to give to my hobby, so spending that much, coupled with hardly (if ever) using some the items in my collection, is pretty bloody stupid.

I’m sure I’m not the only one ‘guilty’ of overspending and under using where beauty is concerned, that’s why I have chosen to be open about it in my blog AND do something about! I hope you find my journey into Project Pan, using more, spending less, actively rather than passively decluttering and sharing the highs and lows (yes I expect there’ll be a few of those) with you, both here and on Social Media, useful, but entertaining too.

Are you taking part in Project Pan 2020, I’d love to hear from you if you are – maybe we could support each other in our endeavours? Have you undertaken Project Pan in previous years (it started, I believe, back in 2016), Did you succeed or struggle? Let me know in the comments below or chat with me on my social media platforms. And finally if anyone has any tips/ideas on anything related to Project Pan 2020, please share them with me, I’d be grateful for your input.

What do you think – do you feel that there is a pressure to buy the latest releases and trends? What do you consider before buying an item to add to your collection. Do you have a beauty budget, if so how much is it?

Well, that about wraps it up, except to say,as always, thanks for reading, hope you found this blog interesting and fun too. I look forward to reading your comments and continuing getting to know you. Look forward to welcoming you back soon. Until then, take care.

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FFS! That was a CLOSE SHAVE

Friction Free Shaving - What's it all about? Read my blog at entirely-beauty.com to find out! 😊
I’m SHOOK and I think you will be too!

Want a quick, easy and PROVEN sensational shave? I got ya . . . read on!

Hey, hi and hello, welcome to my blog if you’re new and if you’ve been here before – nice to have you back! Some of you may know I have a ‘bit of a thing‘ for Beauty Subscription Boxes, Non-Sub Beauty Boxes and, more recently, ‘Essentials’, Beauty Related Boxes. (For anyone who might’ve missed em, my boxy related posts are linked below) Anyhoo, I’ve discovered a NEW Essentials Subscription Box, have been road testing it for a few weeks and am excited to share my thoughts, opinions and tips with you in this review.

Introducing Friction Free Shaving: Hair FREE, Silky, smooth legs, under arms and bikini line can be yours!

So here’s the lowdown: I’ll give you all the FFS info, offer my post-tried-and-tested thoughts on the products in my box and the service, share my honest opinions and drop a couple of handy hints and top tips too. Hopefully all this’ll help you decide if you want to give the box/products a go yourself. I paid for my subscription/box/products myself, however I do have a referral code (as does everyone who subscribes to FFS) which I will share below. If you want to use the code, great – it’ll save us both some dollar on our boxes. If you’d rather not use my code that’s ok too, cos I do this beauty blogging milarkie for love not money. Besides, there may be a better deal available for you from FFS, so it’d make sense for you to check their web site (link below). I don’t know if my code would work in conjunction with any other offers from FFS but you could always give it a go!

Full review including info about Friction Free Shaving, my honest  thoughts and opinions on the products and service, how to purchase your own box, plus hints, tips, a referral code, related links etc.
Let’s get right on into it!

Who are FFS? (Friction Free Shaving)

  • FFS offer award winning female grooming products via their Subscription Box Service and the FFS on-line shop.
  • You can also purchase an FFF Starter Kit, Blade Refills and Shaving Cream from Boots (In store and on-line)
  • FFS are the first razor delivery service designed exclusively for women
  • Their mission is to make shaving cleaner, easier and cheaper
  • FFS are the UK’s top rated, female grooming, sub box
  • Their products are cruelty free and leaping bunny approved
  • FFS products and packaging are Vegan
  • All FFS products are suitable for sensitive skin
  • Their retail packaging is 100% Plastic Free
  • The FFS razor handle and blades means you don’t need to buy (and dump) an endless supply of plastic disposable razors
  • FFS offer a FREE recycling scheme for their blades
What was in the box, unboxing and review of the products I have tried and tested!
Here’s what my box from Friction Free Shaving contained

‘Unboxing’ my Friction Free Shaving Subscription Box

My box arrived just a few days after I placed my order, so I presume yours would too and FFS can be commended on their speedy delivery! The box design is good as there are ‘compartments’ to keep your goodies secure and when you open it you’ll be able to see all the lovely contents at a glance.

As you can see from the above photo I opted for the FREE ‘Rose’ razor handle, FFS Shave Cream (£6), the Post Shave Balm (£6), one of FFS’s Natural Deodorants (Tea Tree & Orange – £5) and 4 blades for my new razor (£9). I also recieved a FREE Clamshell Protector Case (this protects the razor head and blades) FREE engraving on the razor handle plus a FREE Teal Glass Nail File and some info leaflets and cards. The total of my order was £26 and shipping was FREE.

Overall I was impressed with both the speed of delivery and the packaging. The excitement and satisfaction of the unboxing hit an impressive 8 (out of 10). The leaflets and cards were informative and good fun to read; obviously, with a company name that’s abbreviated to FFS (an acronym best known to cheekily mean something else) these guys have a bloody keen sense of humour and it’s reflected in their literature! I won’t give ‘chuckle’ spoilers, but do read the info when you get your box – I bet you giggle, I certainly did! Finally, the products, all comfortably nestled in their respective slots, looked marvellously inviting. Yeah, I know, it’s hard to believe I’m waxing lyrical about something as previously mundane as female grooming products, right? But trust me – if you go for it, I’m sure you’ll be suitably enamoured by your box too!

How to order your FFS box: An Entirely Beauty Guide to the website and product reviews

With ‘off the website’ screen grabs (and a little added artistry by yours truly) to help familiarise you with the FFS products and process

The first step to Friction Free Shaving is choosing which handle you'd like! There is also an option to personalise your razor handle!
Choose your handle and, to make sure everyone knows the razor is yours, have your name engraved on it!
  • Select your handle
  • Choose either the ROSE (Rose Gold Coloured Metal with a rose coloured soft grip) OR the LILY (Teal coloured soft grip and silver coloured metal). The handle is FREE, both look totes gorgeous and the quality, perfection.
  • The next step is optional: you can personalise your razor handle with the name of your choice (I sooo wish I could’ve had mine engraved ‘Entirely Beauty’ – but that’s too many letters.) When I subscribed engraving was FREE, the usual price is £6. Given the length/width of the handle, the engraving is, in my opinion, a bit too small.
You are in control of your FFS subscription, including how often you receive a box!
Monthly or Bi-monthly? The choice is yours.
  • Choose how often you want to receive your box
  • If you don’t shave that often then bi-monthly would suit you best
  • If you shave everyday then a monthly subscription will be perfect
  • More optional extras: You can add one (or more) of the following either as a ONE TIME purchase or to your on-going SUBSCRIPTION (which means you’ll receive them in each of your monthly or bi-monthly boxes.)
  • Shave Scrub – this preps your hair/skin for a smoother shave, I didn’t order this with my box so I can’t review it.
  • Shave Cream – this lush cream ensures a smooth, friction free, non-redness/rash shave. It smells delish, feels lovely and fresh whilst on the skin and leaves everything feeling smooth.
  • Shave Balm – this settles and softens the skin after shaving. This is a rich balm that has a lovely, natural fragrance and doesn’t sting! Leaves the skin feeling fantastic, soft and vereeee smooth!
  • Also Optional: Solid, Natural Deodorant
  • There are 3 scents to choose from
  • Can be bought as a ‘one time only’ or added to your subscription
  • Won’t sting or irritate your skin (even if you apply it immediately after you’ve shaved – I know, I did that to test it out.)
  • The Tea Tree & Orange has a light & pleasant fragrance, I haven’t tried the others
  • Will keep your underarms, dry, free from odour and silky smooth!
  • A seriously small amount goes a seriously long way!
  • FFS Lip Balms are another optional extra
  • Yet to try these so can’t really comment
  • Buy as a one off or add to your Subscription box
  • If you have unwanted facial hair you can either add these to your subscription or buy a pack to try
  • Again, I am yet to try these wax strips, so am unable to review them.

Once you have made your subscription choices and added any extras the above screen (order summary) will show you what you have purchased/added to your subscription, you then make your payment and can then look forward to receiving your box!

Let’s cut to the chase: The razor refills

These come as a four pack and cost £9. That might sound a bit expensive (I thought that to be honest) but they are award winning. Not only that but they have 6 diamond-coated steel blades plus a styling bikini blade. I found that the razor glides over the skin easily removing all hair in its path with just one stroke. They give the smoothest shave I have ever experienced, with no snagging, no nicks and no razor burn. For me all these benefits makes the £9 price tag on the razor refill 4 pack price completely worth the money. 32p a day is a small price to pay for dolphin smooth results!

👉 Shaving & FFS Handy Hints and Top Tips 👈

👌Top Tip | Having used my FFS razor, cream and balm, being shook at how damn close the shave was and noticing that my legs and underarms felt as super smooth as my face after dermaplaning, I conducted one of my (in)famous ‘beautification’ experiments. Yep, you’ve guessed it, I used my Rose Razor to DERMAPLANE MY FACE: The results were abso-bloody-lutely amazing. ALL facial peach fuzz gone!!! None of the usual redness I experience when using a ‘brow blade’ to dermaplane! The cream and balm worked superbly on my face in this process too. It was so much quicker, smoother and easier than regular dermaplaning. So, I now want a Lily Razor for future facial dermaplaning and can then use Rose for everything else.

👍Handy Hint | I opted for Bi Monthly as I didn’t shave every day. (Let’s face it, it’s not a favourite pastime, right?) However, I’m loving the way my legs and underarms (and face!) feel post-shave, and want to a)maintain the smooth silkiness I’ve achieved with FFS and b) change the blade every week. (I think a new blade each week really does make a difference!) and summer is on it’s way, so I intend to switch up to a monthly subscription.

👌Top Tip – If you can afford it get all the tubes! I only got the Shave Cream and Balm, and judging from how brilliantly they perform I have serious FOMO over the scrub! I wish I had ordered that too, but I will be trying it with my next box.

👍Handy Hint – staying with the tubes: a pea sized amount will do a leg, half of that will do both pits (and only a teeny amount is needed for dermaplaning!) because these products are so good at doing what they say they’ll do. With that in mind I’d recommend buying these as ‘one offs’ additions, as and when you need, them rather than permanently adding them to your subscription.

👌Top Tip – treat yourself to a deodorant! Not only does the formula work to keep you dry and odour free, they help soften your underarms too. PLUS, as they are packaged in a small tin they are super useful to drop into your handbag (or pocket) so you can freshen up on the go!

👍Handy Hint – These products would make a super gift for a gal pal

👌Top Tip – do explore the FFS web site! Aside from the sign up and products there are guides to recycling, shaving, waxing and the deodorants plus an introduction and all the info you need about Peach Points – FFS’s reward scheme. All this will help you get the most from your subscription.

A Great Subscription!

I bloody love the FFS subscription, products, service and flexibility. The fact that everything is cruelty free, vegan and great for sensitive skin is definitely a huge pull. Switching to the FFS shaving system saves you buying endless disposables, which will save you money long term AND is more eco-friendly too. Added to these benefits is the way your skin feels as a result of using a quality razor, which has an ergonomic, nicely weighted and comfortable handle. The products I tried are all great quality, perform well and care for your skin too.

Having used everything I ordered for a few weeks I’m convinced I’ve found my Holy Grail feminine grooming products! Are you going to see if they are your holy grail too? Let me know what you think about FFS and my review (or anything else beauty related 😉) in the comments below. Is this a sub box you’re interested in? How do you currently deal with hair removal? Do you have any tips for silky smooth, post hair removal skin? If you have any questions please ask and I’ll do my best to answer them. I really enjoy reading the comments, and look forward to replying to yours.

As always, thanks for reading, it means a lot. I hope you found this review enjoyable and helpful. Until next time, take care.

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Primark Makeup Haul & First Impressions

I hauled the PS Summer Storm Range from the High Street store Primark

Primark PS Make Up And Beauty Accessories.
Primark’s Summer Storm Packaging makes for a displayable addition to your collection, but are the products slayable?

Here are my thoughts and First Impressions of the Primark Summer Storm Eyeshadow and Face Palettes, Body Glow, Five Piece Brush Set, Shimmer Lip Glaze, Compact Mirror, Matte Lipstick, Four Piece Nail File Set and Single Highlighter

Plus – Primark’s PS range False Lash Queen Mascara, Bronze Glow and Perfect Finish Foundation

The Summer Storm Collection certainly provided an opportunity for a lovely beauty station display, which was cool, Are the actual products as pretty as the packaging? Find out here.
To find out what I really think of the (undeniably cutely packaged) Summer Storm Collection from Primark – read on.

The Back Story to the Haul

I spied, with my made up eyes, Primark’s launch of the New Summer Storm Collection on the interwebs and was immediately besotted by the beautiful packaging. Pay day finally arrived (I swear January had 95 days), I popped into my local Primark Store (or as I call it Primarni – The Temple of Temptation) and did me a haul! But that’s just the start of a Beauty Addict’s ‘fix’, right?

Not gonna deny it, organising my haul into a display on my beauty station was a pleasurable experience and probably more satisfying than it should have been. Yeah, there’s more to my addiction than getting and using products, I’m also a sucker for good looking packaging!

Hey good looking! 
Pink, grey and white.
Marble effect.
Flecks of gold.
 What's not to love about the packaging?
😍 That boujee, gold flecked, marble effect though 😍

The package aesthetic

As you can see in the above photograph, all the items have a co-ordinated, marble effect package aesthetic; with soft, dusky rose pink, light smokey grey, touches of black and gold flecked highlights on a white background, which matches my beauty station and is quite lux looking. I give Primark ten outta ten for that packaging – nice work guys!

What I bought and what I thought

  • Summer Storm Eyeshadow Palette | 20 pans set in a gold coloured interior, including 8 matte shades, 8 shimmers and 4 super-shine-shimmers. The shadows – in brown, gold, apricot, pink and russet hues – are beautiful, buildable, and therefore, versatile. The creamy powders apply easily, have staying power, and, colourwise, are reminiscent of Iconic London’s Day to Slay palette. There’s a mirror in the lid, which is handy for application. Overall there’s a wealth of different looks waiting in this palette!
  • PS Bronze Glow Matte Bronzing Powder | I got this in the shade Fearless, a light terracotta. This bronzer is buttery to the extent where it looks and feels like a cream bronzer, but it is actually a powder. There’s no shimmer/glitter in the product, yet it’ll give your face a natural, healthy looking, ‘glow’.
  • PS My Perfect Colour Perfect Finish Foundation | I got this natural finish, medium to full coverage, liquid foundation in the shade 03 – Nude Beige. It’s more medium coverage than full, but blends out nicely. If you want fuller coverage you can build it up and it’ll still feel good on your skin, due to the moisturising vitamin E. It doesn’t settle into fine lines, and looks good; at the price, it’s a solid, every day, go-to foundation.
  • Summer Storm Shimmer Lip Glaze | Couldn’t make my mind up, so I got two, one is a tasty toffee shade (which is kinda apt as these smell like toffee) with a gold shift shimmer and the other is an apricot apparition with a pink shift shimmer. (Neither have shade names on the containers). Comfortable to wear and non-sticky, these Lip Glazes will add a touch of shimmer to your day look and/or vamp up your glam at night.
  • Summer Storm Face Palette| This palettes gives you three highlighters and three blushers to compliment and complete the looks you can achieve using the eyeshadow palette. The molten toffee, gold and rose gold highlighters will make you visable from the moon, but can be sheered out to give you a more natural, but shimmery, glow. Two of the blushers Humid (russet) and Degrees (peachy pink) are matte, the third, Dewy (soft pink) is a shimmer blush. You can switch things up with this palette by topping the matte blushers with a sweep of highlight, mixing shades together and/or using these products on your eyes.
  • PS False Lash Queen Mascara | Billed, on the lush gold packaging, as giving your lashes ‘dramatic volume, fullness and length’. I think the name and descriptor are a bit misleading, I don’t think this will make your lashes look like falsies or that ‘dramatic’, but a couple of coats does give a good effect. With a nice wand that grabs your lashes, this true black mascara is still worth your coin.
  • Summer Storm Body Glow | This is great for your décolletage, shoulders, in fact anywhere you want to show a little glow! This product is very lightly (and pleasantly) scented, has tiny, quite subtle reflects and would work well on your face as a liquid highlighter, either alone or under a shade from the face palette, to take your highlighter to infinity and beyond!
  • Summer Storm Highlighter in Cyclone| This two toned, patterned highlighter was a haul ‘added extra’, as I wasn’t intending to buy it, but noticed this pinky gold powder as it screamed “get me“. Less sparkle than the highlighters in the face palette, this one will give you a more subtle glow and make a great brow highlight too.
  • Summer Storm Matte Lipstick in Wave | I love the formula of this, although it’s matte, it’s not a ‘flat matte’ – it has a slight sheen which is probably due to the non-drying, creamy texture. This shade would suit most skin tones, could be used with either of the lip glazes for a different lip look or as a cream blush. As an added bonus, it smells like CHOCOLATE (Deeeeee-lish), very similar to the scrummy smell of the Too Faced Cocoa Palette.
  • Summer Storm Compact Mirror | This pretty little compact will fit into your smallest handbag or even your pocket and is great for touch ups on the go. The outer component matches the rest of this range and inside you have both a normal and a magnifying mirror (great for those close inspections of your Summer Storm looks or eyebrow plucking). I was a little disappointed that the interior surrounds are silver, gold would have tied the compact to the other products more neatly and stylishly, but still a lovely, functional addition to your beauty accessory collection.
  • Summer Storm Nail File Pack (x4 files) | Quite possibly the biggest bargain of the bunch; For just one round pound you get 4 large, double-sided nail files. They are all black, smoothing emery on one side, on the other side you have two summer storm patterned, coarser files, one rose gold buffer, and a totally over the top chunky, gold glitter coarser buffer. So that’s everything you need to file and buff your nails in style. Whether they’re your own or a totes gorge set of false nails from Primark.
  • Summer Storm 5 piece Makeup Brush Set | In this set you get a powder brush, a countour brush, two eyeshadow brushes and a slanted eyebrow brush, all of which have soft, white bristles, gold ferules and Summer Storm patterned handles.
  • The soft powder brush can be used for setting, finishing or face powder, blusher, bronzer and countour.
  • The contour brush has denser, shorter, bristles making it pretty much sole purpose.
  • The larger of the eyeshadow brushes has a slightly fanned, wider brush head for sweeping on colour, whilst the smaller, thinner and more fluffly one looks like a blending brush.
  • The eyebrow brushes‘ shape makes a useful double up for lining your eyes with shades from the palette.
  • My first impression of the brush set is, unfortunately, quite negative. What these brushes lack in practicality and functionality (and they are sadly lacking, I found them all, with the exception of the brow brush very hard to work with) they compensate for by looking really pretty. I have other brushes from Primark that are way better than the Summer Storm set, if not excellent.
  • I’m not sure what Primark were thinking with these brushes. I would have preferred a larger, fluffy powder/face brush, a flatter more rounded brush for highlighter, bronzer, blushers and contour, a really soft fluffy blending brush, a smaller sized replica of that plus the eyebrow pencil with a spooly at the other end, but then, that’s me. You, however, might love ’em.

So that’s the haul that got my happy on this month, what made you happy this month? – Let me know either here in the comments or via my social media (Links below). Also, what do you think of the Summer Storm collection from Primark, is it a collection you want to give a home to or are you gonna pass on this one? Finally, please share some details about your favourite Primark beauty products and purchases.

I hope you enjoyed this haul, thanks so much for reading, tis appreciated. Sorry my upload schedule has been a bit off, over the last week – work has, necessarily, been eating up my time and I finally succumbed to those pesky winter bugs and caught a flu like virus (yuk!) which put me out of action completely. I have lots more blog posts lined up, that I’m excited for, so please follow me to make sure you don’t miss any of them. Until next time, take care,

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