A few weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely lady from the John Frieda PR team and asked if I would like to try out any of their products. Of course I said yes… More
This month a new beauty box subscription service called Roccabox was launched. It retails at £10 a month plus £3.95 shipping and it includes 5 makeup, skincare or hair care products. Each month every box is put together by a social influencer and this first box was the turn of Pretty Ugly Blog owner Gabriella Pisani, fashion writer for Hello magazine. Roccabox does not offer a beauty profile for you to fill in so your box is tailored to your needs, everyone simply gets the same 5 items. Let’s jump in and see what was in this months box.
- John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 effects serum (worth £6.99 on Feel Unique).
- Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy Cream (£8 from the C&E website).
- Kure Bizzare – The Natural Pedicure Ritual (£4.50 from the John and Ginger website).
- Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in the Shade St James (£15 from the Nails Inc website
- Smith and Cult Diary Of A Beauty Junkie Lip Lacquer (worth £23)
If we add all that up that is a box value of £57.49 which for a £13.95 spend is not all that bad! I’m quite happy with the contents of this box and will use everything except the Frizz Ease because I don’t get frizzy hair so I will be giving that to my mum.
What beauty boxes did you get in April?
When Jeffree Star and Manny MUA announced that they were doing a collaboration for Jeffree’s cosmetics line the makeup world went a bit mad! Then Manny kept leaving a Skin Frost in black packaging ‘accidentally’ in his social media pictures everyone was speculating what shade would it be? What else would be in the collab? Would it be sold in the UK? Manny himself said that it would be ‘something that you wouldn’t expect from him’. At first when it was announced that it would be available in the UK from Beauty Bay it was said that it would be only as single items and not in the Limited Edition Bundle Packaging. Of course everyone was a bit disappointed about this as it would mean if you wanted it, you would need to buy it directly from Jeffree’s site and would most probably get stung by customs, but then weirdly enough it just seemed to appear on Beauty Bay well after release date and I was just too tempted to miss out.
I ABSOLUTELY ADORE the packaging, the black and silver is just such a classic combination and the fact that it’s holographic just screams out to me. It’s just so sleek and it makes it look so luxurious and expensive (which I suppose st £55 it is!).
Now if you’ve purchased a Jeffree Star Skin Frost before you will know that they are absolutely HUGE. Like literally the biggest highlight EVER. Usually when purchased alone they retail at around £25 and when you consider the size that’s not that bad.
The highlight in the Jeffree x Manny Collab is in the Shade Eclipse and it’s a really pretty Icy Muted Peach shade in the pan and when swatched, in my opinion, that translates really nicely. If I am completely honest I would have hoped for a little more pigmentation from this but it’s still a lovely colour and very buildable.
The Velour Liquid Lipsticks in the Jeffree x Manny Collaboration are called Daddy, which is a cool toned brown and I’m Shook, which is a burnt red tone. Below I have included swatches of them both Wet and Dry just to see if there is much difference in the colours once they dry.
I don’t think there is difference at all between the Wet and Dry swatches which is good because it’s very annoying when you buy a lipstick thinking it’s one colour and it turns out completely different once dry – of course your own skins undertones can play a part in this. My favourite out of the two colours is Im Shook, I just think it’s a really easy red to wear during the day because its not too bright or in your face.
Overall I’m quite happy with the Jeffree Star x MannyMUA Collaboration and I’m definitely glad I have it in my collection.
What do you think of this Collab? Did you manage to get hold of it?
So I thought it might be nice to share my current skincare routine with you. My skin at the moment is probably in the best condition it has been in a long time and I believe that is because, for possibly the first time in my life, I have a proper skincare routine. Up until about 25 I didn’t even use a moisturiser! I washed my face with whatever the cleanser was on offer at the supermarket at the time and then went straight on to applying my makeup. I can’t believe I never used to care! So baring that in mind I am very lucky to have the skin I have today. I’m 35 in a months time and whilst I do have some frown lines on my forehead, I definitely don’t have the skin of a 35 year old and because I want to keep it that way, I have now established a routine to suit my skin.
Typically my skin type is Normal/Oily with the oily bit being my T-Zone. From what I’m aware that is quite a comment skin type. Then on top of that I can get quite a bumpy forehead when my skin is congested. I don’t really have any visible or open pores but I do get redness around my nose, on my cheeks and on my chin, although that is not all the time. I’m also lucky enough to be able to say that I don’t often get spots, but when I do they are usually on my chin or forehead. I have quite dark undereye circles and my eyelids are yellow in colour.
The first part of any skincare routine should be cleansing and I have two preferred cleansers. The first is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I love using this every day. It just feels so nourishing and kind to my skin. It is great at removing my makeup and then leaving my skin feeling really fresh and clean. It doesn’t dry my skin out either like some products can.
The second cleanser I like to use is the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop and this one I like to use when I’ve done a face mask, particularly a stubborn clay one. I use this in conjunction with a face brush and gently buff the mask off my face to reveal soft, nourished skin underneath.
After I have cleansed my face I apply the Trilogy COQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate and I do this morning and night. I’ve been using this now for about 6 weeks and I have definitely noticed and improvement to my eye area, I have specifically noticed that my under eye circles are much less dark than they used to be and considering that I am a sleep deprived mummy that is quite the achievement!
Next after I’ve used my eye treatment I use either my morning serum or my night time oil.
In the mornings I use the Niod Multi – Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. The first thing I have to say about this is, if I’m being brutaly honest, I cannot stand the smell, it smells like vinegar! But you have to get past that because honestly, this is THE BEST serum I have ever used on my face. It really has helped to improve the look and condition of my skin. You’ve just got to try it!
If it’s my night time skincare routine that I’m doing then I reach for the Argan+ Moroccan Rose Night Time Facial Oil. As you would expect from a night serum, it is greasier and heavier than something I would be comfortable using during the day, but in the morning I wake up with plump, hydrated, nourished skin.
The last part of my everyday skincare routine is moisturiser. The moisturiser I use in the morning is the Caudalie Face Lifting Moisturiser. I just find it so hydrating and it just feels so silky smooth, plus it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tacky once applied.
The moisturiser I use after my night time Cleanse is the Nip & Fab Soften – Kale Fix Moisturiser. This is a bit thicker than the Caudalie one and it does leave my skin feeling tacky after it has dried so I don’t like to use it during the day, but that’s not something I’m bothered about at night time, plus that aside I do really like this product because it really hydrates my skin during the night.
As well as the above routine which I do every day morning and night there are a few products that I use inbetween. One of which is the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Mask from The Body Shop. I like to do this at least once a week to get a really deep clean and to clear my pores. I also pop on some collagen eye patches at the same time to plump up my undereye area.
As well as the using the face mask once a week I also use the MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel Pads. I use these twice a week and I really feel like these are helping to smooth out the little bumps on my forehead.
Lastly I use the Murad Blemish Spot Treatment on any nasty little spots that may pop up at any given time on my face.
So that my current skincare routine. What are you using at the moment and do you think it’s working ?
The Fortune Favours The Brave Palette is by no means a new release, in fact I’ve had this palette in my collection for the last 6 months, possibly even longer, but non the less I have decided to review it because it’s something that I use a lot and something that I enjoy using.
The palette is a collaboration between Makeup Revolution and British Beauty Blogger. Makeup Revolution is a very popular affordable brand who are becoming increasing known for their dupes of well loved high end products. In the UK you can find there counters in Superdrug stores, you can buy their products on the Superdrug website or you can buy direct from the http://www.tambeauty.com website.
Let’s get back to the palette in question. Now whilst MUR are well known for their dupes as I said before, this is not a dupe for anything already released.
I love the front design of the palette. It’s so sleek and stylish and it’s really easy to find in my acrylic drawers because even though I have a lot of Eyeshadow Palettes I don’t have anything else that’s gold in my collection.
Over the past few months I have created some beautiful nude eye makeup looks with this palette. My favourite shades have to be the pink and nude shimmer shades. One thing I do find with these eyeshadows is a difference in pigmentation between the mattes and the shimmers. The matte shades swatch very patchy and they take at least two finger swipes to get any colour payoff on my arm, they are also quite powdery however saying that they are still very useable and do build up nicely if you are willing to put the effort in. The shimmer shades on the other hand are gorgeously buttery and creamy and they are super pigmented. For me, it’s worth having this palette just for the shimmer shades alone. I’ve done some swatches below and I think it’s easy to see what I mean in the difference between the mattes and the shimmers.
So what is my honest opinion on this palette? I think it’s definitely worth having in your makeup collection, especially when you consider that it is only £9.99. It’s full of very wearable shades that you will be able to create lots of beautiful looks with. Aside from the few lighter matte shades that are lacking in pigmentation compared to the rest, the colour payoff is great, especially for a drugstore product. If you can get hold of this palette then I definitely recommend you give it a try.
Do you have the Fortune Favours The Brave Palette? What do you think of it?
This months Product Empties features quite a lot of makeup and beauty items because I didn’t do a January Empties as last month was so busy, so I saved them all up and have put them all in February’s post. I hope you’ve got a brew and a snack – your going to need it!
Here’s the products that I’ve used up over the last 2 months –
Unani Il-luminate Milk Cleanser
This Cleanser was from my January Glossybox and I’ve absolutely loved using it, it’s so creamy (as you’d expect from a milk cleanser!). It removed my makeup with ease – even my eye makeup, leaving my skin feeling clean, smooth and fresh. Sometimes I find cleansers can be quite drying to my skin but that’s not that case with this one. Disappointingly though I have been looking to purchase another one of these and I can’t find a UK website to buy one from although on the Glossybox website it does tell me this would retail for £13.60.
Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation
This Foundation has to be one of my all time favourite drugstore Foundations. I had this in the shade Vanilla Clair, although in all honestly I could probably have done with going one shade darker – I don’t know why but for some reason I went through a faze of thinking I was paler than I am!! However that being said it was easy enough to darken it up with some bronzer. This is a light/medium Foundation but it is easily buildable if you like something heavier. It’s non greasy, doesn’t oxidise and it applies evenly. I buy mine from Superdrug and it retails at £10.99.
Decleor Hydra Floral BB Cream
My mum actually gave this to me about a year ago from out of a QVC TSV she bought. The thing I love the most about this is the frangrance, it’s literally like summer in a bottle! It’s so floral and pretty, I just love putting it on. This is a BB cream so your not going to get a super heavy coverage like you would from a foundation, but this is just perfect for a hot day when your looking to brighten up your skin but you don’t want to feel like you’ve got a full face of makeup on. You can purchase this from the Look Fantastic website and it is £22.05 (what a funny price! Why the 5p? Are they sending it in a carrier bag?!).
Bee Good Firm And Plump Moisturiser
Now I know this post is supposed to be for products that I have used up this month but I do have a couple of things that I just don’t want to use anymore, and this is one of them. Unfortunately this is just not for me, mainly because of the overpowering Lemon scent. I just can’t bare it! It’s too strong and I always end up washing it off! For that reason this is going in the bin. The Bee Good Firm And Plump Moisturiser can be purchased from the Bee Good website and it is £9 for 15ml.
Caudalie Mosturising Sorbet
I’m not going to say much about this one because I have reviewed it before. I have literally got about 5 or 6 of these little tubes because they’ve been in various beauty boxes over the past few months. This is a tube that I had sitting on my bookcase and I used it everytime I couldn’t be bothered to walk upstairs and get my main moisturiser lol! I quite like it, it does the job! The full size of this will cost you £23 from the Naturisimo website.
Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara
This is another one that is not an actual Empty, it’s just something that I don’t rate. I found this just went clumpy on me. No matter how I applied it, it just clumped up. Luckily this was just a sample sized Mascara that I got from Love Me Beauty before I unsubscribed. The Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara retails at £19 from Debenhams.
Molton Brown Dewy Lily Of The Valley And Star Anise Bath And Shower Gel
This was a sample that I got in my Tili Box and I have absolutely loved it. It smells so gorgeous! It lathers up beautifully. There’s not much else to say about this except it’s just lovely to use. The full size is available from the John Lewis website for £18. It’s a bit of an indulgence but totally worth it!
Sephora Lotus Sleeping Mask
A lovely friend brought me this back from New York last year. Although it’s quite a small little pot it actually goes a long way and I got 4 full face uses out of this. I applied this once a week after my night time cleanse and it was such a treat for my skin. In the morning when I woke up my skin was so soft and plump and it felt really hydrated. This was from Sephora and a quick look on the website tells me it was $4, which is around £3.25.
Milani Easy Brow Tinted Fiber Gel
In a nutshell I hated this. I just did nothing, I’m not even convinced I could ever get any out of the tube. I purchased this from Beauty Bay because I absolutely love all the other Milani products I have in my collection and I was expecting the same level of quality from this but sadly that wasn’t the case. So in the bin this goes! This is on the Beauty Bay website for £9 but honestly save your money – it’s absolute rubbish!
N.4 Restore and Repair Oil
N.4 Restore and Repair Oil is basically a conditioning oil that you apply to your hair after you have washed and towel dried it. It is VERY concentrated so you only need to use the tiniest amount. I found that this made my hair quite greasy so I used it as an overnight treatment and washed my hair in the morning. Using it like that made this product work for me, I found my hair was softer, smoother and it wasn’t as fly away as it normally would be. This retails at £18.60 for 60ml and you can find it on Birchbox.com.
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes
This was a sample sachet that I got from the Feel Unique Pick n Mix service. I got about 5 uses out of this altogether but to be honest I wasn’t that impressed – I found it really greasy. I’m glad I got a sample before I thought about purchasing the full size product. If you want to buy the full size product it will cost you £20.80 from the Escentual website.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
I bought this because I already use the Dipbrow Pomade and I love it, so I thought that for when I don’t have as much time to do my makeup I would try this. Sadly it just doesn’t live up to the Pomade. I got it in the shade Blonde and I just couldn’t get any payoff from it at all. I was pressing on it so hard I was worried I was going to snap it! £15.50 most definitely not well spent! I’ll be sticking to my Dipbrow Pomade.
So that’s it! Those are the products that I used up (or threw away!) in the months of January and February 2017. What have you been using?
I was very kindly sent this watch in exchange for an honest review. This is the Globenfeld Super Sport Watch and it retails for £59.99 on Amazon. I confirmed the order of the watch on the Thursday afternoon and by Friday morning I had it in my hands, that’s great if this is going to be a gift for someone. I hate waiting ages for an item to be delivered and then worrying what I’m going to do if it doesn’t arrive in time!
Obviously this is a man’s watch so I passed it onto Chris to review. He has been wearing it and he let me know his thoughts. Firstly let’s talk about the packaging, the watch comes very well protected in a grey flip top box which makes it look very expensive in my opinion. It has some protective film over the surfaces to help stop it from getting scratched until you are ready to take it out and wear it. The Watch itself is Gunmetal in colour with 3 round digital dials on the face – 12/24hr function, stopwatch & alarm – then it also has a clock face around the outside. The deals and numbers are easy to read and the face of the Watch is a good size. The Watch bracelet was very large and Chris had to remove 5 links to be able to wear it, he found this very quick and easy to do himself although a local jewellers would have also done it for a small charge. The Watch itself is quite heavy and feels very robust, it’s definitely not the Watch for someone who doesn’t want to feel like they are wearing anything. Chris, however quite liked that about it saying it made him feel like the watch was more expensive than it was.
From the back the Watch fastens with a clasp and feels very secure, he had no issues with the Watch falling off and nor did it snag the skin or hairs on his arm which is something he has found on other watches in the past.
Our overall opinion of the Globenfeld Super Sport Watch is that it is very stylish as well as practical, the face is easy to read and tells you everything you need to know from a Watch. I would be very happy to purchase this Watch myself as a gift.
Thanks for reading!
Rachel (&Chris!) xoxo
‘Beauty Pie? what’s that ?!’ I hear you say. Well I’m going to tell you! It’s a relatively new beauty subscription service….but with a difference. As you know, lately I have been very underwhelmed with my beauty box subscriptions, I had cancelled a few and was on the look out for something new to replace them. That’s when I discovered Beauty Pie. Now I’ll be honest, it took me a while to get my head around the concept because it is a bit different than your standard beauty box subscription. Basically you pay £10 a month (with a minimum of 3 months subscription) for the opportunity to be able to shop the Beauty Pie website at cost price. For your £10, each month they give you the opportunity to buy up to £100 worth of products for just the factory price it costs them to make it. Plus, if one month you don’t want to buy anything that £100 will roll over to next month and then you will be able to buy £200 worth of products at cost price the next month. Also, as an added bonus, for the first month they give you an extra £50 on top of the £100 just in case you want to go a bit crazy!
So what did I get with my first months allowance of £150 and how much did it cost me……
First up I chose the Great Skin Foundation, the price to buy this without a Beauty Pie subscription (which you can do if you want to!) is £30, but with a subscription you pay £5.06. Next I chose the One Powder Wonder Pressed Powder. On the website this looked amazing and I was really excited to get this and have a look at it in real life and I have to say I was not disappointed, it is just so pretty. The price of the One Powder Wonder is £26 but with a subscription you pay £3.68. The next thing I chose was the Quantum Bronzer and if I thought the Powder was pretty I should have seen this first! It is such a pretty shade and in the pan it is gradient from a deeper shade to a lighter shade, it is just absolutely stunning. The Quantum Bronzer is £26 without a subscription or £3 with one. After the Bronzer and the Powder had wowed me I went straight to the Blushers and I was eager to chose one to try. I couldn’t decide so I ended up choosing 2 of the Smart Powder Blushes at £2.51 each or £18 without a subscription. Lastly I chose 2 of the Moisture Lock Wondergel Lip Liners (mainly to use up the last of my first months £150 allowance) and I chose the shades Foxy and Love Nest, these are £15 each without a subscription or £1.47 each with one. Altogether including shipping my order total (not including the £10 original subscription price) was £27.63 which in my opinion is not bad for 7 items.
So what did I think of the items once I had received them? Well the first thing I noticed was the packaging. Beauty Pie themselves say that the items are in ‘no frills’ packaging and that you might notice that products feel a lot lighter than you may usually expect. That is because they are trying to keep the cost price of the items down. Now because of that I did not have high expections for the packaging, in fact I was more than prepared to decant the foundation into a better bottle and depot the powder products into my Z Palette, however to my surprise when they arrived I need not have worried. The foundation was in a good quality glass bottle with a pump – I was expecting a plastic bottle – and the compact products, whilst yes they were lighter slightly, they are in perfectly functioning packing that I am confident will fair well in the bottom of my makeup bag. Also something that I wasn’t expecting was for each item to have its own individual box – you don’t get that from a lot of other brands and you certainly pay a lot more! In fact I felt like Beauty Pie were selling themselves short by saying that and so I messaged them on Facebook and told them exactly that!
With regards to the quality of the makeup itself I am more than happy, in particular with the Quantum Bronzer (it is absolutely beautiful and if you do decide to join the service you MUST get it! I insist!). The products are easy to use, very pretty and have great pigmentation. They are also great sizes, I mean the Bronzer is HUGE!
At the time when I ordered there wasn’t that many products to choose from however they have already added more and they say they will be doing so throughout that year.
I have high hopes for this subscription service and I look forward to the new items that they launch. I hope it continues to the same standard because I can see Beauty Pie becoming something really big.
(Just a quick edit to add that this is NOT a sponsored post – I chose and paid for all items I recieved and this is my genuine opinion on the Beauty Pie Subscription Service)