Spotlight on Beauty Subscription Boxes – Fab Fit Fun Facts & Winter Box

Hello there, how’s things with you today? Happy Sunday, I hope you are having a lush one. I have been squeezing the last few drops of my ‘off-work break’ out of today as I’m back tomorrow. I like to be a bit self indulgent on Sundays, so I’ve lavishly pampered with my 10 Step Facial (link below if you want that ‘at home’, ‘facial spa’ feeling too), caught up on some beauty vids, read a little, and, of course done a little writing.

The box designs are lovely and make for great storage!

Well . . . a lot of writing, actually! I have hand written notes from my research for this blog, and it may be a longish one as I’m going to include ALL THE INFO I wish I’d had before, when and since I signed up to FFF! BUT, I’ll include subject headings throughout so you can scroll and find any specific details you need and skip over stuff you already know. So although this blog is aimed at newcomers to FFF, (cos it’s a full on ‘everything you need to know’) you should still read this if you’re a member, because FFF can take a while to get to grips with. A lot of interwebs space is taken up with FFF unboxings (which I’m going to include here too), but there’s a distinct lack of blogs/reviews etc that actually give the ins and outs of all things FFF. So, my aim is to introduce FFF, simplify those important ‘ins and outs’, look at costs and savings, and help you get the most from your prospective or existing subscription!

Dollars to Pounds Conversions:

I have included these for ease of reference. Please note however, they are approximate conversions as exchange rates can and do vary/fluctuate.

What is Fab Fit Fun?

Fab Fit Fun is a seasonal (quarterly) subscription box that delivers a box of full-sized, on trend, premium, products to your door and costs $49.99 including shipping per box. (£38 – shipping costs are extra to the UK). Each box helps you discover new brands as it contains the very latest in skincare, makeup, home, fitness, wellness and fashion and the total value of each box is over $200 (£150), which represents quite a saving! FFF’s Headquarters are in LA, California in the US, its founders are Michael Broukhim, Katie Echevarria Rosen Kitchens (who is also the editor in chief of FabFitFun Magazine – which comes in each box) and Daniel Broukhim and the company has been operating since 2010. FFF began shipping to the UK in 2019, where it has proved very popular.

A good box?

The Unboxing: The products I received in my FFF Winter box

This was my second box from FFF: for my first box I ‘customised’ some of the items in my box, for my Winter box, as I was curious as to what I’d get, I ignored the customisation options, so the contents, featured below, were a complete surprise. I currently have a seasonal membership, and overall, I am impressed with both the boxes and the service I have received, to the extent that I am considering upgrading to Select Membership. Here’s what what was in my box. . .

I haven’t tried this yet; it’s made with lactose from goat’s milk, jojoba and avocado. This moisturising cream can be used am and pm. It claims to absorb easily into the skin to give the skin a healthy glow! I’ll be trying this soon, so expect a review when I have. RRP $65 (£49)

I have this lined up for a show down with another similar product, so watch this space. According to LashesMD our brows and lashes deserve some TLC and this product promises to deliver. The formulation rejuvenates and moisturises and the ingredients include amino acids, peptides and vitamins. RRP $69 (£52)

The gloves are off! Actually they should be ON as these Masque gloves have a special blend of plant extracts, shea butter and vitamin E which will instantly smooth, soften and wake up that skin you know “like the back of your hand”. You probably won’t recognise your own hands after using this lush, NailsInc Thirsty Hand duo, because they are super hydrating! RRP $16 (£12)

Prep Rally is a lightweight dectangler that is rich in biolin, vitamins B and C and seaberry oil all of which will help to protect hair from heat during styling and has the added benefit of leaving your locks feeling super soft and conditioned. RRP $23 (£17.50)

This is currently being rigorously tested along side other similar products by yours truly. Basically the Eraser is a large pink (lovely and soft) cloth that claims to remove every trace of make up, from waterproof mascara to bronzer using only water! It’s reusable, which makes this makeup remover Eco friendly too. RRP $20 (£15)

Unusually, as it’s not a beauty product, I think this is probably one of my fave items from the Winter box! I now use it to keep track of what I’m doing, write my to-do lists in it, make notes for my blogs and other things to keep me organised. A lovely design, a pleasure to use. It’s pretty and has both monthly and weekly views. RRP $27.95 (£21)

On to ‘my least liked, but I’ll still use it’, product from this box. There is nothing wrong with these lashes, in fact, they’re lovely, dramatic and provide length and volume for up to 25 uses. I’m just not very good with falsies! Maybe these ones will be easy to apply? (Glue included) RRP $32 (£24)

This is a great tool, I already have two by different brands, but welcomed this one. The Colour Switch Solo allows you to reduce the number of brushes you use during makeup application, as it instantly removes product from your brush – no water or liquids required – so you can switch between shades with ease. A straight forward, no nonsense brush cleaner, that every beauty addict needs! RRP $16.99 (£13)

I will use all these products, so, even though I didn’t customise and the items were all a surprise, this was still a good box for me. The value of my Winter Box totalled $270.89/£206.47, that’s way over the promised $200/£152, which makes me a very happy bunny!!!

The FabFitFun Facts

FFF Membership Explained

Now you know about FFF and have seen an example of the variety, quality and value of a box, you might want to become a member. (Links below) But first you’ll need to choose your subscription plan – there are three types of FFF membership and they are:

  • Seasonal Membership$49.99/£38 payable each season, which is every three months (ie FOUR times a year). As a seasonal member you get to customise or choose some of the products that you’ll recieve in your box, you can also utilise all the features on the FFF website (including the community pages, exclusive offers and FFF TV), PLUS you get access to Add-ons and Edit Sales. Within the states membership includes shipping, outside the US it does not. Shipping to the UK costs around £17 per box.
  • Select Membership – $179.99/£137 payable in full when you subscribe or upgrade from seasonal, this gives you the four seasonal boxes (a year’s worth) at a slightly reduced cost (compared to seasonal membership). Select members receive all the benefits of seasonal members but also get earlier customisation options and more of them, PLUS early access to both the Add-ons and Edit sales. All of these ‘Early Benefits’ means you are more likely going to get what you select. Your box is also prioritised and is shipped earlier than Seasonal Members’ boxes . Again the US costs include shipping, shipping elsewhere is not included in the membership fee.
  • Digital Membership – $79.99/£60 payable in full when you sign up and, whilst you do not receive a box with a digital subscription (unless you order and pay for one during the sales), you do get access to all the features on the FFFweb site, special offers, plus the Add-ons and Edit sales for a whole year. Obviously, shipping is payable and will be added to billing if you make any purchases.
The benefits & limitations of seasonal v select membership

NB: FFF do not charge cancellation fees – so you can cancel altogether, skip a box, or pause your subscription, at any time.

Your Bank may charge you for your purchases!

Additional Costs for UK Members

Aside from the extra cost for shipping, you may incur further charges from your bank for shopping outside the UK. These additional costs are in respect of Non GBP Purchase Fees AND Non GBP Transfer Fees. Not all banks charge these fees but the majority do, so I suggest asking your bank. These two fees are to cover the costs of the exchange rate adjustment and actually paying for your goods. The purchase fee is usually a flat rate charge (irrespective of your total purchase) and typically ranges from 50p to £1.25. The transaction fee will normally be between 2.75% and 2.99% of your TOTAL transaction, although rates may vary.

The REAL cost!

What my FFF subscription currently costs in pounds sterling:

To give you a better idea of the costs involved, here’s a breakdown. Please note this breakdown does not include Add-Ons.

  • Seasonal Membership £38.11
  • Shipping Costs £17.37
  • Purchase Fee (Bank) £00.50 Flat fee
  • Transfer Fee (Bank) £01.65 @ 2.99%
  • GRAND TOTAL £57.63

Given that my box value this time was £206.40 and despite the additional costs, I still ‘saved’ £148.77 off the products’ total RRPs.

The Add-Ons Explained . . .

The Add-on sales usually open a week or so before your billing date and offer you the chance to ADD bargain purchases to your box. There are lots (and lots and lots) of items available from all the FFF product categories and they are hugely discounted – often with 30% to 70% OFF the normal price. These hugely reduced bargains include past boxes, single items, bundles and *mystery bundles. Members receive emails notifying them of when the Add-ons ‘go live’, you then log into your account, browse and select your choices. No checkout is required at time of selection which means you can keep adding or removing products to/from your cart until the Add-Ons close. Once the sale has closed you will be billed for any add-ons in your cart and they will arrive with your seasonal box. There is only one restriction with regard to Add-Ons – members may buy a maximum of three of any one particular product. But, before you go crazy selecting Add-ons UK Members should remember that additional shipping may be payable and any purchases in the sales will increase your transaction total which means an increase in the Non GBP Transfer Fees. That said, given the amount you can save the additional costs are worth it!

*Mystery Bundles contain a surprise selection of goodies with a value of over £100!

The Edit Sales Explained . . .

Similar to Seasonal Add-ons Sales, Edit sales offers a range of products at discounted prices (30-70%) but the items you select usually ship within 2 weeks of successful billing, NOT with your seasonal box. This means you’ll have shipping costs to pay and UK customers will also have to pay purchase and transfer fees on Edit Sales purchases too. Members receive email notifications regarding the dates of Edit sales.

Get connected and stay ahead of the game!

FFF Social Media

As well as emails relating to Add-ons, Customisation, Edit Sales and Offers, FFF often post spoilers, alerts, sneak peaks, FFF News and other important information on their Social Media, so it’s worth following them. You’ll find FFF on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. (You’ll find Entirely Beauty on those platforms too 😉)

Spring Billing and Shipping:

  • Select Members will be billed on 7th Feb and their box will ship by 7th March 2020
  • Seasonal Members’ billing date is 20th Feb and their box will ship by 20th March 2020
  • Seasonal Members who have no Add-Ons or additions will be billed on 27th Feb and their box will ship by 27th March 2020.

At time of writing further information regarding the billing/shipping schedule for the other seasons in 2020 were not available.

That was a journey and a half!

I think that covers all the important stuff you need to know, but if there’s anything I missed, there’s links to other useful stuff below too. Wow, we made it to the end of this info-packed blog, a pat on the back for both you and me is in order, methinks. As always, thanks so much for reading, I really hope you’ve found all these Fab Fit Fun Facts useful and that, if you subscribe, or are already a member, you’ll now get the more out of your subscription.

As I add new content every other day, my next appearance will be on Tuesday (and the blog’ll be much shorter!!) SPOILER ALERT – I’ll be spilling a little TEA, taking the plunge and sharing some more beauty related fun. I hope you’ll join me for that, at 6pm London time. Until then, relax, it’s Sunday, and take care.

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Behind The Blog-Testing and Trying

Blimey, my desk looks quite organised there

Oh hello, how you doing? Well, we made it . . . Friday at last. Not that it makes much difference to me – I’m off work for a week, to recharge after Christmas. My usual nine to five has become ‘whenever to whenever’ and my working week has been replaced by ‘holiday indulgences’ such as extra time with family and friends, reading books, research, testing, shopping, watching YouTube videos, reading magazines, cooking, a bit of pampering and, of course blogging . Have you had a good week? I really hope so! Mine’s been great, although it’s been ‘trying’ at times.

I had several beauty ‘things’ I wanted to try out and write about, so I ‘saved’ them for this week. Sans work, I’ve had the time to really test stuff out. I wrote me a plan and followed it to get through everything. And, yeah – it’s been a pretty interesting week…

Some of the ‘stuff’ on the Entirely Beauty Trial, Test & Try list:

  • Pre-glued Press On Nails
  • Konjac Sponges – two types/brands
  • Glov Moon Pads (facial cleansing pads)
  • Glov Mitt (again for facial cleansing)
  • Two (multi head attachment) Facial Cleansers*
  • Magic Eraser facial cleansing cloth
  • Powder Puffs*
  • Washing Machine Bags (For ‘delicates’)
  • Hand & Machine washing beauty blenders, cleansing pads, powder puffs, mitt & cloths
  • Cleanser infused sponge
  • Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers x 4 varieties*
  • Bubble T Bath and Shower Gel*
  • Jade Roller*

(*These products featured in my ‘Who Made Me Buy What?’ blog.)

Apart from being a blogger-turned-product-consumer-tester, when I broke up from work I completed a pre-planned, organised, on line shop of a quite a few Beauty related items because:

a) I’m an all-things-beauty addict,

b) I’m a dedicated blogger

c) I have ideas & plans for content

d) I’d be at home to actually accept deliveries.

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I’m not saying I ordered a lot of stuff, but I think my long suffering postie will be glad when I go back to work next week, whilst me and the Hermes and Amazon delivery guys are now on first name terms! However, the Post Office staff and my neighbours (ie where my parcels usually end up cos I’m at work) probably think I’ve been abducted & no longer able to shop.

Talking of shopping, as of today I’ve got a self-imposed ban in place where hair care and lip products are concerned as I have, despite my recent Adulting and Decluttering ‘purge’, sufficient in both these beauty categories. (OK, voice of reason, quit yelling – yes, I [probably] have way [a bit] too much in those departments). Says I, having ordered two Ciaté Glitter Flip Lippies on Tuesday! But, I’ve wanted them since they were first released & broke the interwebs so finally getting round to snagging them, AND during a flash sale, totes made my day.

Something else that’s made me happy this week is that I’ve set myself a ‘try-to-take-better-product-photos’ challenge and above are some results. I’m not saying these are particularly good, I’m not a photographer, I don’t have an all singing, all dancing, gadgety camera, I took them on my phone, but I do have a few editing apps and a dash of creativity. So, we’ll see how it goes. I just wanted to share them with you today and get your feedback – what do you think? I want to improve my content, as I’m climbing up (and clinging onto) that sharp and steep learning curve, I’d really appreciate knowing what you think.

One of the best things about being on my hollibobs this week is that I’ve had time & space to immerse myself in the two things I am besotted by, (and addicted to) playing with makeup and writing. I have played a lot, with a variety of high end and drug store makeup and created a lot of different looks. I’m no MUA but I’ve enjoyed the creativity, products and results and received a few compliments into the bargain. That, and just having fun with makeup, is what my hobby (addiction 😉) is all about!

As for writing, I have several blogs in the ‘Let ’em rest and then revise if necessary’ and ‘work in progress’ folders, together with a few ‘ready to goes’ and a shed ton of notes. Blogging isn’t rocket science, for me it’s about sharing my passion, showcaseing the products and services I love, being objective about those that don’t float my beauty boat, being myself and setting time aside each day to create content for you. I’m really excited for the future of Entirely Beauty, I hope that comes across in my blogs, and that it’s infectious.

My week off has given me the opportunity to rethink and regroup as well as recharge. I hope your week has been equally beneficial. If it has, that’s bloody brilliant! If it hasn’t – that really sucks … BUT … it’s the weekend – take some time out, hit the ground runnin’ on Monday and make the next seven days YOUR week!

And on that beautifully positive note – thanks for joining me and reading this, muchly appreciated. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and it’d be great if you were too. In the meantime, feel free to explore my social media (links below) and maybe gimme a like, follow and subscribe, t.i.a and take care.

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And finally – in other news …

Got round to trying them, adventually!

In November and December beauty youtubers, bloggers, magazines, shopping channels and even TV shows were falling over each other in the rush to be the first to feature them, talk about them, show them off and big them up. The world and her husband fell for the mainstream and social media hype and snatched them up in all their various and glorious forms and then . . .

Nothing. Diddly-squat. Nada. Zilch. Nowt.

People – they are for life, (well, till ya ‘hit pan’) not just for Christmas!!

Hi, how are you? Happy Hump Day, Wednesday already which means we’re almost there. If you stand on tippy toes you’ll see the weekend in the distance! So, to what do my title and mini rant refer? Yes, the humble (and often quite pricey) beauty advent calendar!

I honestly don’t understand: lots of influencers and content creators featured a ton of Advent Calendars, opened them all to do their ‘show and tells’ but what did they do with all those products? I haven’t read or watched anything where the contents of these calendars have actually been used or reviewed. Most beauty YouTubers and Bloggers featured multiple advents from different brands, so that’s hundreds of items that presumably never saw the light of day again! So sad. So wasteful. As I said, Advent Calendar’s are not just for Christmas.

My lovely Advent from Revolution

I bought just the one calendar – from the Makeup Revolution website, back in November. Originally it was £50, but I got mine when they had a deal on so it cost me £30 and now it’s just £25! (Yes, it is still available, I’ll leave the link below). When it arrived I hid it away, didn’t read the content list on the reverse of the box, didn’t do a review here on Entirely Beauty and avoided all the spoiler blogs and videos like the plague. (Which wasn’t easy, everyone seemed to be featuring the Revolution Calendar.) Then, on December 1st, I got out my advent, gave it pride of place in the lounge and opened a door each day to discover a lovely, surprise item of makeup, and eagerly counted down the days to Christmas. Isn’t that how these things are supposed work? As I freed each of the 25 products from behind the doors, I squirelled them away in a makeup case determined to use them to do a full face.

Good selection of useable products and tools

Needless to say, I did, ‘adventually’, get round to playing with the products and given that each item cost me just £1.20 I am pretty dammed impressed! Here is what I got:

  • EYES-1 15 pan Reloaded ‘Fire’ Eyeshadow Palette & 1 7 narrow pan Mini Eyeshadow Palette, 1 Brow Pencil (brown), 1 Khol Pencil (Black), 1 Brow Gel (clear), 1 Eyeprimer.
  • TOOLS – 4 mini brushes (various) and 1 Mirror
  • LIPS – 2 bullet lipstick (nude & berry) 1 x Clear Lip Gloss, 1 Liquid Lipstick (Red) 1 Lip Pencil (nude)
  • FACE – 4 Highlighters (1 liquid, 2 baked, 1 pressed), 1 Bronzer, 1 Contour, 1 Blusher and 1 baking powder.

ALL the products apply and blend beautifully, which surprised me, given the price point. Wear wise, they do the long haul, the products compliment each other and I love the colours. The brushes are workable, make for great travel companions & are ideal to slip into your handbag for touch ups. The shadows are pigmented, with no kick back or fall out and sit well on the eye primer. The cool toned contour is pretty much the ideal shade for me and I love the warmth of the bronzer. The blush gives a lovely, natural, flush of colour to the cheeks and the highlighters – well NASSA called cos I was BLINDING the team currently working on the moon!!! The lipstick bullets feel creamy and moisturising, the lip liner glides on and the gloss helped perfect my pout. The packaging is cute too with most of the items having burgundy components.

The cons? Well, I would’ve liked there to have been a mascara behind one of those doors. The brow gel doesn’t have a long hold, but does make the eyebrows feel silky and hydrated. I originally bemoaned the inclusion of a mirror, but have found myself reaching for it lots – burgundy, instead of black, would have been better though. And that, is quite honestly, all the negative I got!

A fabulous, full size palette

If you are looking to revamp or add to your collection this is a cost effective way of buying 25 Products, plus you only need to add mascara, foundation and concealer and you’ll have a handy selection of go-to products to use on the regular or ready for travel. You could also buy it, put the products in a nice makeup bag (or two) and give as a gift. If you know someone who is just starting out with makeup these products would make an ideal introduction. And finally, if you have never tried Makeup Revolution this is a great way to try a shed load of their products!

The lovely mini palette

You see, an advent calendar is not just for Christmas! I know I will get a lot of mileage, fun, looks and use out of mine, and that IS how it should be, don’t you think? Did you have a beauty advent calendar, if so which one? Have you used the products and if so, what did you think? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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Spotlight on Subscription Boxes – Look Fantastic (Jan)

The Look Fantastic Box for Janaury 2020

Hello fellow beauty addicts, how are you? It’s a new year, it’s a new decade, so it’s seems like a good time to share the first Look Fantastic Beauty Box of 2020 with you guys. Look Fantastic, not only offer their Beauty Sub Boxes, but also have an on-line beauty store, and recently introduced their ‘Discovery Collections’. I reviewed two of the Discovery Collections last year: I’ll include a link to my review, the Look Fantastic site and othe related links below. Before we ‘open the box’ and have a look at what’s inside, I’ll give you the Look Fantastic low down.

What you need to know…

The Look Fantastic Monthly Beauty Subscription Box is £15
When you subscribe you will be offered a choice of
a) 1 Month ‘Rolling Subscription’ @ £15 per month
b) 3 Month Subscription @ £14.50 per month
c) 6 Month Subscription @ £13.75 per month or
d) 12 Month Subscription @ 13 per month

Delivery within the UK is FREE

Boxes are dispatched on the first working day of each month

The LF Beauty Boxes tend to contain between 5 or 6 items with a mix of full size, travel and sample sizes and leans more towards skincare

At time of writing there is a code available to get 20% OFF a bag of products in the LF Discovery Collection – LF20

There is a complimentary copy of Elle Magazine (worth £4.50) inside every sub box, together with a booklet that gives you more info about each product as well as some interesting, beauty related articles

The Sneak Peak for February’s box is the Espa Detoxifying Body Oil (15ml)

The boxes themselves are lovely, this month’s is a new design and is yellow and aqua. They are reusable – I use them to keep stuffin, box presents so they are easier to wrap, they make good boxes for Jewelery etc – and can be recycled.

What’s In The January Box?

Hey Good Lookin’, whatcha got Ecooking?

Ecooking Moisturising Serum | 10ml | Worth £21.50

Pump a couple of drops of this serum into your hands, gently apply it all over your cleansed face and this serum will, apparently, reduce the appearance of fine line’s and wrinkles and hydrate your skin. This serum contains hyaluronic acid, and we all know how good for our skin that is, right? The Ecooking Serum is clear, has a gel like consistency, no fragrance and absorbs easily. I do like a good serum so it’ll be interesting to find out if it works.

Line up, line up.

■ Lord & Berry Ultimate Lip Liner in Nude | Worth £15 ■

Lord and Berry find their way into quite a few subscription boxes, I think this is because their products are lovely and obviously pencils are easy to post! Everyone needs a good nude pencil: colour wise this reminds me of a Caramac chocolate bar. Whilst it is called a lip liner, I find these pencils apply & blend super easily, and can be used to both line and fill! The Ultimate contains macadamia oil, waterlilly extract and LXB complex which will all help to soften lips – lush! I’ve got a few of the Lord and Berry pencils in my collection (eyes and lips) and use them regularly because they really are lovely.

Fits like a Glov?

Glov Moon Pads x 3 | Worth £7.11

Makeup removing pads, sponges and clothes etc seem to be very much in vogue at the moment: I have quite a collection of them as I’m planning to do a test, compare and review The latest addition to my makeup removing, cleanse and exfoliate pads and sponges collection – Glov Moon Pads – can be used with just water or cleanser, are reusable, machine washable and sustainable. The microfibrers break down dirt and impurities, and apparently deeply cleanse and exfoliate. I’ll let you know how Glov performs.

High Intensity Body Care?

Mio Skin Care – 1 of the following is included: Boob Tube, Skin Tight OR Shrink to Fit. Each contains 30ml & each is worth £9

I received Skin Tight in my look Fantastic Box: it’s described as a cream in the LF booklet – but it’s more like a gel. Non sticky, clear and smelling like sweet mint, this product claims to tone and smooth, to reveal “soft, firm, fit skin for life” – that IS quite a claim, I’ll definitely be putting this to the test. All three products contain antioxidants, papaya, hyaluronic acid, green tea and caffeine – that’s quite some cocktail – and works best when massaged into the skin using circular motions. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but that’s one of the benefits of sub boxes – you get to try products you wouldn’t necessarily go looking for.

G’day blemish stick!

■ Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick | 10ml | Worth £9.99 ■

If the blurb is true this rollerball applicator ‘stick’ will treat spots, blemishes, insect bites, scratches and other minor skin irritations – all of which sounds great. The size makes it handbag (or even pocket) friendly too! The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory ingredients fight bacteria, reduce redness and speed up the healing process. The liquid is clear and smells of Tea Tree (obvs) but also contains witch hazel (which prevents skin from drying out and tightens pores). Not that I want a breakout or to be bitten by some crazed bug on a mission, but it’ll be interesting to see if this works and at least I’ll be prepared for any pesky critters this summer!

Dark Horse?

■ Sebastian Professional Dark Oil Lightweight Shampoo & Conditioner| 2 x 50ml | Worth £7.92 | ■

I am not sure why this is called Dark Oil, as the shampoo is clear (?) and the conditioner is white (?!) but it’s good to get both products, as they are designed to be used in tandem. Perhaps the name simply reflects the use of jojoba and argon oils, which gives both products a lovely clean, fresh smell and will nourish the hair. Sebastian Professional claims to clean and condition hair without weighing it down, is salon grade and will improve softness, volume and shine, so I’m looking forward to giving them a go.

■ In total the products in January’s Look Fantastic – The Rivive Edition Box – is (wait … for … it …) £70.52!! Not including the complementary copy of Elle Magazine (£4.50)■

LOOK, it’s FANTASTIC value!

I’m quite pleased with this box and feel it’s good value for money. I like, and will use, all the products – and for me it’s this useability and likeability that gives a beauty sub box it’s value, rather than the actual cost of the products. I do feel that Look Fantastic have excelled themselves with this edit as far as actual worth goes: including Elle the total goes to just over £75 and yet costs only £15!

I think the ‘story’ of this edit is well thought out and, being January, it’s timely too. There is a good mix of products, albeit most skin focussed, but I don’t mind that. If you prefer makeup to skin care this might not be the box for you. Overall, however, I think this is a good box and I will enjoy giving everything a try.

What about you? Are you tempted by this box? Are you already subscribed to Look Fantastic (or another Beauty Subscription Box?) – let me know your thoughts and/or current subscriptions in the comments below.

As always, thanks for reading, I appreciate it. I add new content every other day, so I hope you’ll join me on WEDNESDAY. In the meantime, enjoy your Monday evening, congrats on making it through the first day of the week and take care.

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NEW RELEASES (Jan): celebrating UK beauty

With payday slowly approaching (January apparently has 91 days!!!) I’ve been online checking out New Releases from various UK beauty companies, to see if there are any new products that tickle my beauty tastebuds? If you’ve already tried any of the products featured, have a preference or think you might buy any of the products I’ve featured, please let me know your thoughts! I’ll leave all the necessary links below, so that you can explore these UK beauties too.

Let’s discover what UK Beauty Companies and Indie Brands have in store in January
  • Charlotte Tilbury has dropped a tantalising, NEW, ‘Instant Look In A Palette’ costing £49. This 3 eyeshadow, 2 blush, 1 bronzer, 1 highlighter combo is available in a choice of Gorgeous Glowing Beauty or Stone Rose Beauty. Beauty dilemma alert- which colour options to choose? I’m yet to try Charlotte Tilbury dahrlings, but the Instant Look Palette has ‘a little bit of everything’, which makes me think it would make for a good first purchase from the brand. Are there any Charlotte Tilbury fans out there who would agree?
  • Primark recently released a NEW collection that turned my head. Summer Storm’s look is pink, marbled effect packaging that is, quite frankly, totes gorgeous. The collection includes makeup (Body Glow £5, Face Palette £7 and Eyeshadow Palette £8), tools (Beauty Blenders £2, 5pc Brush Set £7, 5pc Manicure Set and Case £3), and accessories (Travel Mirror £2.50, Brush Pouch £3.50 and Compact Mirror £2). Apart from the Travel Mirror – Newsflash Primark: hotels have mirrors 😉 – I love ’em all. With a grand total of £37 for all the items I covet (bar the travel mirror) and considering how nice they would look on my beauty station, I’ll HAVE to go check them out in store! What are your thoughts on this affordable collection?
  • Ciaté London – is an indie brand that currently has quite a few tempting, NEWBIES! One product that caught my eye is extraordinary! The NEW, £18, Extraordinary Translucent Setting Powder which is finely milled, can be used to set or bake and has no flash back sounds promising. I also noticed their NEW Pump Plump, a smoothing, plumping gloss that’s available in 3 yummy colours for £20 each. I’ve yet to find a lip plumper that actually works, maybe this is the one? Their NEW Editor Eyeshadow Palettes (£29 each), with 18 pans in each palette, are also worth checking out. Available in four colour stories – Tulum, Aspen, Mykonos and St. Tropez, they all have a holiday vibe and are very pretty.
  • Noble Isle – I have a confession, Noble Isle Fireside Bath and Shower Gel is a NEW love in my life, it’s not new persay, but it’s new to me and I just had to share this recent discovery. Noble Isle are a luxury bath and body product company, with a range of Bath and Shower gels, hand and body lotions, fragrant candles and more. They are definitely worth a browse: I love Fireside, it’s a woody, spicy, warm, sensual, memory evoking and sexy fragrance and bathing with it is a totally relaxing, warming, delight! A 250ml bottle of Fireside Bath and Shower Gel is £21, whilst the matching Body Lotion is £26 for 250ml.
  • Phillip Kingsley products are among my favourite in hair care, I’ve tried quite a lot of them, all with great results and I regularly visit the web site because, apart from the fab range, there is lots of helpful advice and information there too. During a recent look see, I stumbled upon the Phillip Kingsley Dry Shampoo – One More Day (100ml £14, 200ml £19.50). I’m not sure if this is a NEW product or if I previously overlooked it, but it sounds like something I might need and as it’s Phillip Kingsley, it must to be worth a try.
  • Revolution Skin Care seems to be continually evolving, with new products dropping regularly. Have you heard of Snow Mushroom? No, me either, until today. It’s traditionally used in Chinese skin care and now Revolution have produced a Snow Mushroom Serum (£10), intrigued? Yep, me too! Hyaluronic Acid is a popular ingredient, hardly surprising as it’s great for your skin, and it’s now available in the form of a Hyaluronic Tonic (£10). Finally from Revolution instead of having rice with your take away you can now include it in your skin care routine. Their NEW Conditioning Rice Powder Cleanser (also £10) is different enough to warrant a try too.

That wraps up my New Releases for January, please let me know what you think of these new releases and whether you’ll be trying any of them. As always, thanks for reading, I appreciate it, and hope to see you for my next blog, or on my social media. Until then, take care,

💋 Entirely Beauty 💋

Here’s those lovely links I promised you, enjoy exploring!

Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look in a Palette (With free shipping to the UK plus two Free Samples)

Entirely Beauty’s Facebook Page

Primark Summer Storm Collection

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Ciaté London Extraordinary Setting Powder, Pump Plump and Editors Palettes

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The Fireside Bath and Shower Gel from Noble Isle

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Phillip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo

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The Revolution Skin Care Snow Mushroom Serum, Hylaronic Tonic and Rice Cleanser

Who Made Me Buy What? – The Fab four!

Discover which creators are responsible for me ‘bashing my bank account’ 😘

I watch many Beauty YouTubers and read a lot of Beauty Blogs. Sometimes (OK, quite often 😉) I’ll buy stuff on the back of what the tubers and bloggers use, mention or recommend in their videos or blogs. Often it’s the actual, featured item, but occasionally I’m inspired to try something similar. I recently bought a few things because of four lovely ladies’ content on YouTube I’m going to share what I bought, so I can thank ‘The Fab Four’ who made me buy them and I get to introduce you to some of my favourite influencers too! I will leave all the links relating to this blog below. If you check the links out and/or buy the products, please let me know. And, who knows, you might find a new, favourite influencer to watch too.

Shower & Bath Sub box from Bubble T

I have been enjoying ‘Diary of a Beauty Geek’ for a long time and I am really grateful to Claire for introducing me to the wonderful world of subscription boxes. Claire is an enthusiastic, honest reviewer who, whilst focusing on fabulous Beauty Box Unboxings, also does testing videos and tutorials. If you haven’t discovered the beautiful Claire yet, she’s really nice, fun, informative & well worth watching. Why not pop over to her channel? Oh, and please tell her Entirely Beauty said ‘Hi’.

Claire ‘made me’ subscribe to the new Bubble T ‘Soapscrption box’. After seeing her brilliant unboxing of the NEW Soapscription box, I thought ‘that’s a cool idea’ & duly signed up. This box delivers exclusive bath and shower gels to your door. The starter box is FREE (there is a £1 p&p charge) and contains two bottles of Bath & Shower Gel; I chose the Vanilla Chai Tea and Coconut fragrance option, but if that’s not your vibe you can select Avocado & Kiwi and Pink Lemonade instead. Once you’ve ‘soapscribed’ you can choose from more fragrances each month, and, after receiving the first full sized box (mine is winging it’s way to me as I write at a cost of £6.99) you can also choose when and where you want your box delivered. I’ll be reviewing Bubble T’s Soapscription Service and the bath/shower gels in more detail, as part of my Spotlight on Beauty Subscription Boxes series when I’ve had a couple boxes from them.

Thanks to Claire for the heads up on this NEW, and slightly different, box and for all the great content on Diary Of A Beauty Geek ☺

Meet Donna, a relatively new content creator.

Donna is a really funny, loveable and canny lass from Newcastle who, like me, only recently entered the Beauty Community as a content creator. Donna is, also like me, a beauty fanatic, and she makes great videos about the many and varied products she tries – hence the name ‘Donna Tries’. I have watched her from the beginning, about six months ago, and from that first video I was hooked. When I watch her it feels like I’m face-timing a mate: Donna is hilarious, she has a very unique style and is very truthful about the products she tries. Please show her some love, let Donna know what you think of her channel & videos in her comments section – she always replies – and please give her my love while you’re there too.

Donna has a bit of a passion for the Aldi Beauty Range, Lacura, who offer lots of affordable dupes of higher end products. Recently she purchased a Visage Facial Cleanser/Massager from her local Aldi, which was only £12.99 (she does love a beauty bargain, but then who doesn’t??) and, on first impressions, rated it quite highly. So, off I trotted to my local store to snag myself the same product. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available 😭 so I figured it must’ve sold out and I couldn’t help wondering if that was down to Donna’s enthusiasm. Me, being the impatient beauty addict I am, scoped out Amazon and found a similar facial cleanser for just £7.99, ordered it and it arrived last weekend. Yesterday, however, whilst checking out prices and links for this blog, I found the Visage in stock on the Aldi app, together with the four pack of hot cleansers which Donna also recomended in the same video. So Donna has ‘made me buy’ not one but TWO facial cleansers AND the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers. I now plan to pit the two facial cleansers against each other for my Gadgets, Gizmos, Blenders and Brushes series. I’m also looking forward to trying the four Hot Cloth Cleansers (£7.99) and will get back to you with my opinions on all four.

I would like to thank Donna for the hat trick hit to my bank balance, am sure the ‘face off’ between the two facial massagers will prove interesting and the resulting reviews will be fun to write. I also thank her for making me laugh and smile, for showcasing stuff I wouldn’t know about were it not for Donna’s channel AND, finally, for being so much fun to watch!

Mikhila, aka Miss Budget Beauty, is chatty, friendly and offers a variety of brilliant, watchable content on YouTube

Mikhila has 99.3k subscribers on her channel and, given the variety of content, I am not surprised! On her channel you’ll find videos covering

  • Empties
  • Beauty Shopping
  • Hair Product Reviews
  • Wear & Compare
  • GRWMs
  • And so much more!

I have been subscribed to MissBudgetBeauty for over a year now and just love her chatty, easy going and varied content. Mikhila’s channel, as the name suggests, concentrates on all things beauty on a budget, and there are some great budget beauty products out there, which Mikhila will help you find if you watch her videos. She talked about Jade Rollers in her ‘Eco Beauty Swaps’ video, which was posted about four months ago. When a jade roller popped up as a ‘people also bought …’ recommendation on my Amazon, I immediately remembered Mikhila’s video, how much she was enjoying hers, the benefits she’d talked about and yes, you’ve guessed it, MissBudgetBeauty ‘made me buy’ a Jade roller. What’s really impressive here though is the fact that I still remembered Mikhila’s comments 4 months after she posted that video. Testament, methinks, to her easy product/tools explanations, no nonsense approach, the resulting second-to-none content and that her channel and videos are well worth taking a look at.

My jade anti-aging facial massage roller was delivered last Saturday: A Gua Sha Scrapping Tool, which is designed to rejuvenate the face, came with it, as did instructions on how to use both tools plus a handy, soft, cloth case to keep them both in. What’s more, and despite the very reasonable price of just £12.95, it’s certified real jade. I shall, of course, be testing both tools over the coming weeks and give you guys my opinions in the Gadgets, Gizmos, Blenders and Brushes series just as soon as I have thoroughly tested it.

Thanks to Mikhila for her great channel and content: I’ve watched all her uploads since I subscribed and have enjoyed every one. Don’t forget to drop a big HELLO from Entirely Beauty in the comments section if you venture over to Mikhila’s channel. Which, FYI, you should!

And last, but in no way least, the beautiful Amy-Rose Walker, THE Powder Puff Girl!

As covered on Entirely Beauty’s NEW page – EB News – last week, Tati Westbrook revealed the second product from her NEW company, Tati Beauty – The Blendiful. A soft, material, blending tool that can be used to apply and blend a multitude of face makeup products. A few days after it launched, when I was catching up on a bit of Tube Time, I watched Amy’s latest video and learnt that she uses a powder puff to apply her face makeup, in a manner not dissimilar to the way in which The Blendiful ‘works’. A bit of a lightbulb moment occurred and Amy ‘made me’ drop a pack of 12 powder puffs into my Amazon basket.

If you visit Amy’s channel (why wouldn’t you?) & watch any of her videos, look at her perfectly applied foundation, contour, highlight etc and you’ll see why my buying the puffs was a real no-brainer:

  • Amy’s makeup is like so damn flawless!
  • The Blendifuls are $18 (£13.80)for a pack of two(one large, one small) plus £10 shipping, which from the states is going to take a while.
  • 12 (mid-price-range) Powder Puffs on Amazon are only £5.99 (that’s like 50p each) with FREE next day delivery (I have prime)
  • If the beautiful Amy’s makeup is anything to go by, applying makeup with the humble powder puff should result in a fabulous look, à la Tati’s Blendiful, for a fraction of the price!
  • Did I mention how beautiful Amy’s foundation products look???
  • A 12 pack of powder puffs allows each puff to be used once, then it can be washed and has time to dry thoroughly before it’ll be reused.
  • A clean applicator each time you apply makeup means bye-bye bacteria and hellllooo improved skin.

Thanks to Amy the penny dropped and I’ll be embarking on a new application journey, and of course, reporting back as to how this experiment goes. Apart from helping me to connect the dots 😉 Amy makes videos about hauls (makeup, fashion and home wares) she does tutorials, full glam GRWMs and skincare videos, in fact there’s so much Beauty, Lifestyle and Fashion content on her channel you really should go and explore it for yourself! I’m sure you’ll find something you love and, like me, you’ll want to be Amy’s BFF – apart from giving me face-product-application-and-finish envy, she really is lovely.

So there you have it: the Fab Four who ‘Made me buy’ stuff. But, thats one of the great things about watching beauty Tubers and reading beauty blogs: finding those personal recommendations for products you didn’t know you needed or wanted in your beauty routine, until you saw them in a vid or read about them in a blog. The same can be said of beauty content creators, my Fab Four may be the influencers you didn’t know you needed in your life, until now. Have you been influenced by a channel or blog and bought something? Who are you current favourite Tubers and/or Bloggers? Please let me know in the comments – I am always on the look out for new blogs to read and new content to watch!

Thanks, as always, for reading: keep an eye out for my full, and honest, opinions of all the products I was made to buy 😉 and until next time, take care.

💋Entirely Beauty 💋

Here, as promised, are the links you need to expand your beauty viewing and reading, plus all the products mentioned- enjoy

Behind the Blog: Adulting & Decluttering

Clearing the ‘dead wood’ from my beauty collection is a job I don’t really like. In fact I have to force myself to tackle it. Saturday morning, instead of cracking on with my stash declutter, I dithered around shredding old paperwork, filing, brandishing cleaning products and making like Freddie Mercury with the vacuum. All whilst convincing myself I was adulting, that the paperwork couldn’t wait, that there was dust everywhere and that my vocals were on a par with Freddie’s. I wasn’t, it could, there wasn’t and HELL NO!

I was, however, avoiding the job at the top of my to-do list, namely decluttering my beauty collection

You might get more than you bargained for!

I wasn’t doing ‘anything other than’ because my stash was a huge mess, quite the opposite, as I’m a bit OCD when it comes to my collection. Everything has it’s place. I have lots of compartmentalized, storage trays and lipstick holders etc., in the drawers where I keep my makeup and skin care to facilitate the separated storage of everything according to product categories. In the cupboard I have a big storage box full of hair care products, it (logically) sits next to an identical box that I keep my electric hair tools in. Another holds all my self tanning paraphernalia, yet another, next to the tan box, contains my body products (because they are used in conjunction with each other). My nail ‘stuff’ is kept in portable storage so I can mani and pedi anywhere in the house. The beauty gadgets, gizmos, brushes and blenders all have their own purpose-purchased containers too, I even have coat hanger type bags for hair extensions and pieces.

Ok, maybe I’m more than a “little bit OCD?!”

Given the delightfully logical, sorted and stored nature of my much loved beauty collection, you might be wondering if a declutter was actually necessary, and, if it was needed, why I was avoiding it?

Regular declutters are absolutely necessary because:

  • Products have a ‘shelf life’.
  • Using ‘expired’ products can be detrimental to skin, body and hair.
  • En vogue colours, trends, practices and products will and do fall from grace
  • Space has to be made for . . . erm . . . well . . . new products!
  • Stuff gets used up or forgotten
  • Decluttering can help (re) familiarise the beauty addict with their collection
  • A replacement/to-buy list can be made for products that are expired or (almost) used up
  • Stuff can leak and need cleaning

You see, totally necessary and I do it regularly! Knowing this, having put it ‘declutter stash’ at the top of my to-do list, why was I so hesitant? I pondered this whilst purging my products.

Declutter and release your inner beauty

I try to avoid acknowledging how much beauty stuff I actually have. Because when others see, or hear about, the extent of my collection, especially those who either don’t wear makeup or who keep the few beauty products they do own in a small makeup bag, their reactions are often incredulous, and can be negative. Yet, my stash is no different to a bibliophile’s book collection or a fitness enthusiast’s gym membership: it’s my passion and pastime.

The size of my stash could be seen as my having a tendancy for ‘conspicuous consumption’ and/or ‘flexing’. In reality however, I’m not trying to keep up with anyone – I buy products because I fall in love with them and they provide an outlet for my creativity, both by using them and/or making content for my blog space. If I wanted to flex, I wouldn’t have elected to be an anonymous creator. I would have chosen ‘Vlogging over Blogging’ route and I definitely wouldn’t have a self-imposed beauty budget/limit.

I sometimes struggle actually parting with product – even when I dont like it“Maybe I could make this work though?”, it doesnt like me or isnt my shade“Maybe I could make this work though?” or it’s used up. “Oooh, it’s empty, but ooh look at that packaging!!!”. Sometimes it’s hard to let go. OK.

When I do finally ‘let go’ and gift discarded items to my friends and family, their comments, whilst funny, demonstrates that they dont get ‘IT’, or me, for that matter. “Why are you getting rid of this lipstick? “Because I have a gazzilion lip products” “Why on earth do you need so many lipsticks – you only have one mouth?” “Because no two lipsticks are the same, Sandra, and I love experimenting.

I’m reminded of how much coin I have dropped in the process of curating my collection (and housing it). But, I have no reasons to feel guilty: it’s my money, I’ve earned it, I have no dependants and I’ll damn well spend it how I want! Obviously, if any of these things change then I would definitely have a rethink. The guilt creeps in because my purchases are seen as ‘frivolous’ by many. Makeup and beauty might not be everyone’s jam, but it is mine. Ergo it’s not frivolous.

Get the feel good factor

When I had finish my de-clutter this is what I had cleared out and what I did with the products.

  • 1 box of unused and sealed/hardly-used products – local women’s refuge
  • A selection of unused/hardly used products plus samples – gifted to friends and family
  • A leaking bottle of foundation – I tried to fix it but failed. So emptied the product and re-cycled the component.
  • 1 small box of ‘expired’ products – all product removed & disposed of and packaging broken down, where necessary, and recycled.
  • A selection of almost used up products that looked a bit dodgy. For safety and hygiene reasons this was disposed as above
  • Two hardened/thickened nail varnishes. Bottles/product washed out with nail varnish remover and bottles recycled.
  • 1 mascara that had been used, but had hidden itself behind the storage tray. As I wasn’t sure how long it had been there it was discarded. I kept and cleaned the wand though as it was a good shape for eyebrows.
  • My mind & all remnants of guilt. Decluttering really is good for the mind and soul. It doesn’t matter what others think or that they don’t understand my obsession, it’s my hobby and I love each varied aspect of it!

From reluctance to reward in a couple of hours. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon, how did you spend yours? Do you declutter your collection, if so how often? Also, I’m intrigued – do any of you suffer from guilt etc relating to your stash, please let me know.

I have included a couple of links below to some very helpful ‘decluttering your stash’ blogs/articles if you fancy having a go. As always, thanks for reading, and I hope to see you next time, take care.

💋 Entirely Beauty 💋

Useful links:

A step by step guide to decluttering and organising your beauty collection – a solid beginner’s guide for new declutterers.

In case you missed it – a Chatty GRWM 😁

Tips to minimise and declutter your beauty stash – great if you’re short of space.

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Spotlight on Beauty Subscription Boxes -Roccabox

Trying Beauty Subscription Boxes is a little like speed dating: you ‘meet’ a lot of new products, get to know them and find out if they are for you, all without making a long term commitment. What’s more you don’t know what products you’ll encounter until they arrive. If you’re considering a subscription box stay tuned and discover more about Roccabox, and, if you missed it, check out my previous Spotlight on Sub Boxes.

The pretty, pink Roccabox usually contains 5 products

Roccabox is a monthly subscription box giving “exclusive access to the latest, hottest and best beauty products available”. They offer a monthly (£10), quarterly (£30), half-yearly (£57/£9.50pm) & yearly (£108/£9pm) subscription options, each with a p&p of £3.95 per box. Your box will usually be delivered at the beginning of each month and you can cancel anytime if you decide Roccabox isn’t for you.

To help you decide whether Roccabox IS the box you want, I’ll share my three months’ boxes, detail what was in them, the value of each and my thoughts on Roccabox overall. I’m NEW to Roccabox, am a monthly subscriber and I joined on Black Friday, receiving a very welcome £5 discount off my first box.

🍁November’s Roccabox🍁

  • B.Tan It’s Love Gradual Body Tan Moisturiser Full Size – £12.99
  • Vitamasque Cranberry & Apple Sheet Mask Full Size – £4.99
  • Love Beauty & Planet Moisture Shower Gel Travel Size – £5.99
  • STYLondon Hypnotic Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Full Size – £9.99
  • Unicorn Cosmetics The Dirty B*tch Cleaner Full Size – £5
  • Systane Dry Eye Relief Drops Full Size – £15.49

With 5 out of the 6 products being full size, receiving a bonus product and paying only £8.95 (inc p&p) for £54.45 worth of products, I was super impressed. November’s box was a fantastic bargain, full of lovely and varied products, all of which I would, and/or have, used. Brilliant! 😁

🎅December’s Roccabox🎅

  • Phillip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo 60ml – £7.80
  • Dr. Botanicals Pomegrante Regenerating Sleep Mask 30ml – £12
  • Bowe Organics Lash Oil 10ml (Full Size) – £19.99
  • Steve Laurent ‘Cafe’ Lip Gloss Full Size – £18.87
  • Luna by Luna Gold Eyeshadow Full Size – £12.86
  • Surprise Bonus: Hangover Tablets Sample Size – no price available

WOW! Roccabox delivered a Merry Christmas (and then some) with the December box. I paid full price (£13.95 inc p&p) but the products inside came to a staggering £71.52!!! That represents a saving of just over £57.00, all of which is incredible value for money! Again I loved the variety of products and was beyond thrilled with this box. Amazing!

❄January’s Roccabox❄

  • Dirty Little Secret ‘Exposed’ Jelly Blush Full Size – £12
  • St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Water Face Mist 14ml Travel Size – £5
  • Bang Beauty Blush Brush Full Size £13.93
  • Daily Concepts Mother of Pearl Sponge Full Size – £6.95
  • BeautyPro Brightening Collagen Sheet Mask Full Size – £4.95

This Roccabox was the first I’d received with the standard 5 product items, but again I was pleased with this edit, the variety of products and the fact that I’ll make use of everything included in the box! The total rrp of January’s box was £42. 83 which, whilst being the lowest ‘box total’ of my subscription so far, is still great value for money. Definitely a happy start to the New Year. Wonderful!

I have been pleasantly suprised by Roccabox: I know, having subbed to a few Beauty Boxes, that contents, variety and value can vary greatly from month to month. Roccabox have, so far, been consistent and delivered three fantastic edits. Their edits seem, overall, to be the result of careful consideration regarding what products they include.

In November’s edit the moisturising shower gel is a great pre-amble to the self tan. The Vitamasque and Eye Drops provide care for your face and eyes prior to applying the eyeshadows and the brush cleaner can a) be used as a dry brush cleaner to enable you to switch between colours during application and b) to thoroughly wash your brushes afterwards. Roccabox seem to have the contents formula on point as the products work ‘together’.

December’s box had a restorative, wellness feel to it, with some festive makeup also included to help enhance the glow and gloss the non-makeup products provide. The value of it did, quite honestly, blow me away! Of all the boxes I have received so far, December’s is my favourite, not because of the value (although I do love a beauty bargain and this box certainly proved to be one) but due to the products themselves. Whilst January’s box confirmed Roccabox’s ‘thought behind the box’ ethos with a much needed brightening and glow up edit.

This ‘speed dating’ experience has proved to be a positive one, full of surprises and very gratifying and, although Roccabox and I have only been together for three months, I’m ready to make a long term commitment!

Thanks, as always, for reading, see you next time

💋Entirely Beauty💋

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Chatty GRWM

Hi and happy Thursday 😁 I hope you’re having a great day. In this GRWM we’ll ponder how to actually choose a magazine that meets your interests, what we should look for and how to avoid ‘school girl errors’ like the one I made when buying GRAZIA. Magazines can be costly and I doubt you want to waste your money, I know I don’t! So, I’ll be reviewing Grazia, specifically the beauty content, but will touch on other features too. I’m also going to include some useful links, cos I’m nice like that. So, without further ado lets slip between the covers…

Unlike the majority of magazines for women such as Cosmopolitan (which featured in my previous GRWM), Vogue or Red, Grazia is a Celebrity/Fashion/Beauty/News/Trend focussed womens’ magazine that is published weekly. With a demographic of 25-45 year old women, Grazia was first published in the UK in 2005, inspired by Italian Grazia and cost a staggering £16 million to launch! For more background information about Grazia click here and access a Guardian article from 2007. Yes, it’s old copy, but worth a read, as it gives an insight into the ‘office life’ and ethos of Grazia in its formative years.

GRAZIA (meaning ‘Grace’) cost £2.75, for 100 pages, with, surprisingly, much less advertising than the monthly glossy mags. I purchased a physical copy, but there is an online version too, that has a sizable chunk of beauty articles. Which is more than be said of the actual magazine.

And therein lies a problem. When selecting a magazine for this GRWM I was going in blind – I don’t do any research until I sit down to write. When I buy a magazine, I make my choice based on the front cover and a quick look at the contents page. I doubt people thumb through copies in a newsagents or supermarket as that goes against magazine etiquette and would probably result in irrate staff running such ‘thumbers’ off the premises. So, having spotted ’60 Second Beauty Shortcuts’ on the cover, glanced at the contents and noted a seemingly substantial BEAUTY section, I took Grazia to the check out and paid my money, having made my choice.

When I got home and began making notes for this blog I had another look at the contents and noting that pages 67 to 81 were all under the heading of BEAUTY, I made a cuppa, got comfy and turned, with eager anticipation to page 67. (Please go with me here, I do have a point to make – honest!)

On page 67 I found a photo of a pipette, a smear of white cream and a short paragraph about Olay’s Regenerist night serum, under the title ‘It’s New – We Want It’. Then, above this I noticed a bold proclamation that this was the HEALTH & beauty content. ‘Hold the phone,’ thought I, ‘HEALTH??? I didn’t come here for that’. I returned to the content page, where there was NO mention of HEALTH, just beauty. I’m a monogamous addict, a blinkered enthusiast, my interest is buried deep in beauty, no ‘ands’ and definitely no ‘health’. Moral of this story my fellow addicts – become ‘thumbers’: treat your preferred magazine stockists as though they were a library, read BEFORE you purchase and risk being chased and barred for your thorough consumerism. But at least you’ll know what fix you’ll get for your habit. (Point made, exit stage left, muttering “Health??? Bah Humbug!!)

Moving on from the uninspiring p67, p68 invited me to ‘Find my Tribe’ and then went on for Six pages (SIX pages!) about fitness cults. Nope, definitely NOT beauty. Page 74 looked like an improvement as it promised ‘Smart Beauty Resolutions’. This was a good article that took me from supplements, through spot squeezing & breast examination to hydration. “Hang on”, thought I, again, “this is health, dressed up as beauty!”. Will magazine editors please note that ‘Health’ already has a partner – FITNESS – and she’s going to be pretty pissed off to discover that Health is being constantly re-coupled, Love Island stylee, with Beauty in many magazines!

Moving to page 77 here was the first true beauty content and it was spot on. Literally. A six product round up of ‘savvy spot solutions’: with varying price points and good product info this was more up my Beauty obsessed ally. However, it was on page 78 where Grazia finally served up some beauty haute cuisine.

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture. Yes you read that right. This trend had somehow passed me by, despite the 17,000 #facialacupunture posts on Instagram. Here I learned something new, and am honestly thinking of giving it a go too. I have had acupuncture several times, I hold a lot of store by it, I believe it works, though I don’t fully understand how and it is an enjoyably, relaxing experience. So, yes I can see the benefits of using it for a facial and according to Joely Walker (Grazia Beauty Director) who tested out this treatment, it worked for her.

The final page in HEALTH and Beauty (??) is a piece about veganism. Tucked into this non-beauty article, however, was a side order of Bobbi Brown’s Beauty Blend: obviously it’s good for the skin as the product, which is part of Ms Brown’s NEW Evolution_18 range, contains over 30 fruits and vegetables. A slightly tenuous segway for it’s being amongst the vegan stuff. I would’ve appreciated more info on this product rather than veganism.

So, that was the (Un) official Beauty content, focussed though it was on health, in this week’s Grazia. Whilst I feel slightly mislead by the content list and front cover, there were a couple of beauty bonuses: The relatively new VBL (Victoria Beckham Ltd) makeup line gets a mention in ’10 hot stories’ and in the feature ‘At the end of the day… ‘ makeup royalty, Bobbi Brown discusses her evening and night time routine.

Despite feeling misled Grazia is a good, easy read as magazines go. Obviously, I would have liked more beauty, makeup, skin care and cosmetics news and features among those 100 pages. Being a weekly magazine I do feel that Grazia are missing a trick as they could be delivering more up to date beauty news and the latest product info than their monthly counterparts.

Despite the bah-humbugs I would probably buy Grazia again as it’s content is friendly and chatty, but informed. (Bit like this GRWM 😉) Reading this magazine is a bit like chatting to a bff you havent seen in a while, and catching up on a wide variety of topics. I shall definitely be visiting their on line daily too.

As always, thanks for reading: hope you found this useful and entertaining. Are you a Grazia reader – if so what do you think of it? What magazines are among your favourites? Do your prefer physical or online publications? Please let me know in the comments below. Until next time, take care.

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Too Faced Haul & First Impressions

The TOO FACED products that made it into my haul.

If you’ve read my Fairest of the Mall blog, then you’ll already know that I bought all the Too Faced products in this haul from from Cult Beauty. My haul was my first ever purchase of Too Faced cosmetics AND it was my first time shopping with Cult Beauty too. This is my first impression of each of the products, and I head over heels, indifferent or somewhere inbetween? Let’s jump into what I selected, what each product promises, whether they deliver and find out!

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

The Hangover Primer has coconut water, pro-biotic based ingredient & skin revivers, and bills itself as being proactive, silicone free and nourishing. Mine is a travel size tube with a handy pump dispenser, which makes for clean application. The white coloured cream smooths on easily, is absorbed quickly and has a slight tightening sensation as it ‘dries down. It remains ‘grippy’ (all the better to adhere your makeup to your face m’dear) but isn’t overly tacky. It also blurs a little and gives the skin a soft ‘lit from within’ appearance. Smelling lightly of coconut, this primer was a pleasure to use and gave my makeup brilliant staying power! Word of advice, don’t apply too much or too vigorously as this will cause the primer to ‘pill’.

Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Spray

The Hangover 3 in 1 spray claims to prime, set, refresh AND keep skin hydrated too. This travel sized spray contains coconut water, pro-biotic based ingredient and skin revivers, but is silcone, alcohol & oil free. The coconut fragrance is more noticeable in this fine mist spray, but it does smell lovely. As a primer it’s more tacky than the cream version when dried down, doesn’t pill and gives the skin a soft focus sheen. When used as a setting spray it ‘melts’ powders etc into the skin, producing a more natural finish, and feels very hydrating too, as it does if applied as a refreshing mist. I prefer the cream to prime and saved this to set and refresh. In a wear test my makeup held up for a good 12 hours, and I refreshed twice. A lovely product that did what it claimed!

Too Faced Born This Way Undectable Medium to Full Coverage Foundation in the shade Almond

This buildable (but I seriously doubt you’ll need to build it up) foundation has no noticable fragrance, is easily applied with fingertips or a beauty sponge, hides imperfections, doesn’t sink into fine lines, is light weight with great coverage, isn’t cakey, makes skin look uber healthy, feels soft to the touch, provides an excellent base and actually IS undectable! I didn’t need concealer and used it as a base for my eyeshadows! I just love this product and hereby (and very happily, cos it’s been a long, hard search) proclaim ‘Born This Way’ to be my holy grail foundation! It has set a very high standard, one to which all other foundations will now be measured . Definitely worth a punt, can’t recommend it highly enough.

Too Faced Multi-Use Complexion Powder in the shade Almond

A fragrance free, soft-as-silk powder that sets foundation, works great in the under eye area, is non-drying, doesn’t sink into fine lines or highlight texture and only a light dusting is needed which makes this good value despite the high-end price tag. Feels lovely on the skin, wears wonderfully and seems to blur pores too. Another fave from my haul that left me wondering why it has taken me so long to get round to trying Too Faced!

Too Faced Cocoa Contour

I know you can’t wear the packaging, but the Cocoa Contour palette is a real head turner, with it’s lush, choc coloured, matte, gold embossed lid, and highly mirrored, gold coloured base with a heart shaped clasp – it’s very ‘extra’. There are 6 pans in total, comprising of 3 highlight and 3 contour shades each in light, medium and deep, and they all compliment each other perfectly. The highlights are not sparkly, they give a subtle (and more natural looking)sheen type glow. I used the light shade to brighten the under eye, the medium as actual highlight and the deep highlighter as a blush. The medium contour was on point for my skin colour, whilst a mix of light and deep contour made for a fabulous ‘bronzer’. This palette has a look of versatility about it: I can see possibilities for eyes, brows, décolletage and shoulders in the shades and look forward to experimenting with it. The large pans are pressed to resemble chocolate and easily accommodate larger face, blush and contour brushes. These powders are smooth,silky and there is no kickback. Included in the outer packaging is a fantastic little ‘How-to Glamour Guide’ with mini tutorials, pictures and artistry tips. It has a large mirror in the lid, which is very handy and if all that wasn’t enough, it smells bloody delicious, like chocolate. A luxurious, impressive and very wearable palette encased in packaging that is the clear winner out of my hauled products.

Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Palette

Talking of packaging the Gingerbread Extra Spicy palette runs a close second in the packaging stakes, it is really cute and very Christmassy, and like the contour palette, the Gingerbread Extra Spicy palette smells super incredible too – this one has a gingerbread cookies aroma!

An abundance of warm, lush shades:
10 marvellous mattes
4 soft & creamy sheens
1 matte infused with sparkle
3 full on glitter shades.
Beautifully wearable all year round!

The formula of these shadows is as rich as the shades, and the 18 pans provide pretty much endless possibilities with regards to eye looks. Apart from being a lush shadow, Cookie Cutter makes for a banging, see it from the moon highlighter or if you want something a bit less ‘extra’ sweep a little Vanilla Wafer on your cheek bones as well as using it for your inner corner highlight. Cookie Call would make for a great smouldering eyeliner, and I used Drizzle It as a lip colour for my daytime look and amped it up with the lip gloss in the evening. I think some of the matte shades would work well as blushers too, so again Too Faced have delivered a multi-purpose palette. This palette is everything and more, I really love it, and experimenting is going to be lots of fun, but if you need some guidance a ‘ How-to Glamour Guide’ is included with this palette.

Some of the many eye looks you can achieve with Gingerbread Extra Spicy

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

With it’s pretty pink packaging, embossed lettering and hour glass wand, this is the Marilyn Monroe of Mascaras. It does have a (barely noticeable) ‘chemical’ smell to it and the brush can come out a little clogged with product, especially the tip, BUT it certainly va-va-vooms and delivers voluptous lashes – which is obviously why it is heralded as being “better than sex”. Overall a really good mascara that lengthens and thickens, but I do prefer a cleaner wand/less clumpy product.

Too Faced ‘Sunset Crush’ High Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss

Again, very cute pink packaging that contains a super-sparkly, pink based lip gloss that is totes glamourous, infused, as it is with lots (& lots) of micro particles of glitter! It certainly delivers a high shine and when I wore it it was a conduit for compliments (I also received lovely comments on my overall look). I loved this, the colour was not overpowering, it was the shine and glitz that got the attention. Being the product it is I did have to reapply as it transfers when drinking etc, but it isn’t sticky or gloopy as some rich, super shine glosses have a tendancy to be, plus it feels moisturizing on the lips too. I used an invisable lip liner to ensure it didn’t ‘travel’ and used the gloss sparingly too – with this much glam there is no need to over do it.

So, I popped my Too Faced cherry on over £160 worth of products, tried everything, received lots of compliments and found my Holy Grail Foundation. Have to say that, whilst my bank balance is still recovering, I really believe that the Too Faced products in my haul ARE worth the coin. Apart from performing really well in the application, wearability and ‘delivering on promises’ departments, and this is going to sound a bit extra, but these products actually bring me pleasure – both in the way they look and as makeup items, ergo I have, quite frankly, a little bit of a crush on my Too Faced stash. 😍 I would, with the exception of the mascara, buy all the products again and enthusiastically recommend them too. I know I am going to get lots of wear and different looks, and feel that the quality (and, with regards to the palettes, versatility) of each product really does make them excellent value for money.

Have you tried any Too Faced products? If so I would love to know which ones, how you got on with them and/or if you have any recommendations. I look forward to reading what YOU think. As always thanks for reading and I hope to see you next time.

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