Roccabox April 2017

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? 

Rachel xoxo

Beauty Pie Subscription Service


‘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. 

Rachel xoxo 

(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)

Birchbox February 2017

I was super excited from the start this month to receive my February Birchbox because I knew that there was a full sized Spectrum Eyeshadow brush in this months box and also because we got the chance to choose the colour of our boxes as well. I chose this pretty green and white leaf design because I liked it the best, the other option was a blue background with pink leaves. 

In my Birchbox this month I received a Keeome Hydration Therapy Mask, a Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Trio, the Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator from Vasanti, a leave in conditioner spray from Beaver and of course the full sized Spectrum Eyeshadow brush. 

Overall I am quite happy with this months box and I will definitely give everything a try. 

Rachel xoxo

Look Incredible January 2017

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few weeks, then you will know that I have been rather disappointed with the Beauty Box Subscriptions that I have recently received. Both Glossybox and Birchbox’s January boxes left me feeling slightly underwhelmed so I decided to have a look and try and find another subscription service that could possibly be better. I came across the Look Incredible website and thought that it looked good – it seemed to suggest that it would have a good mix of makeup and beauty products from better brands and always full sized products. At £18.99 plus p&p it is a little bit more expensive than Birchbox and Glossybox but I decided to give it ago. 

My first impressions of the box wern’t good, the box itself is just a bit plain and boring looking and my one was a bit scraped and scratched so that left me a bit anxious to open it. However, when I did open it I was pleasantly surprised! Aside from the poor excuse for shredded paper I found inside (literally a small handful, what’s the point ?!) I found 5 full sized products and I’m actually quite happy with them!

Inside my box was the cutest Too Faced Brush (it’s so soft, I can’t wait to use it!), a Rosie for Autograph Mascara (I’m excited to try this as I’ve never had a product from this brand before), a Bee Good Honey and Camelina Facial Exfoliator (I’ve had this before and really like it), a Bare Minerals Daily Recovery Concentrate and a Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Eyeshadow. So as the saying goes – never judge a book by its cover – I was actually quite excited by what I found inside January’s Look Incredible Box and for now I will be staying subscribed. Can’t wait to see what’s in February’s box.

Rachel xoxo

Birchbox January 2017

Yesterday I received my January Birchbox and I feel pretty much the same way I did about Glossybox when that arrived – underwhelmed. In fact the only thing stopping me from cancelling my subscription to Birchbox this month is the fact that in next months box there is a full sized Spectrum brush. So that means you’ve got one month to buck your ideas up Birchbox! 

In this months Birchbox I received a Lord And Berry Crayon Concealer (which looks too dark for me), a Whish Shaving Cream (which feels virtually empty), a Monu Refreshing Spray Mist (meh!), a Merci Handy New Waves Hand Cream (seriously Birchbox how many Hand Creams do you think a girl needs ??!) and a Nuxe Oil Sample (the only thing I’m happy to receive). So we will see what happens next month but I dare say I may soon be cancelling my Birchbox subscription. 

Rachel xoxo