Good afternoon friends, How are we all doing on this grey stormy Saturday?
I have now cancelled all subscription boxes, (any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!), and have been looking for mystery boxes. Well damn, there are dozens out there, but not many with decent reviews.
Now, I’ve never used Wowcher before, but their clearence mystery boxes caught my eye. £10.99 (+£5.49 delivery) for a mystery box with a minimum of 20 items, what have we got to lose?
Today we’re unpacking the Fab Fit Fun box: Spring Edition!
FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box available in the US, UK and Canada.
FabFitFun members can subscribe annually for $199.99/year and can customized your whole box or seasonally for $54.99/box and customize 6 of the 8 products from the categories
Each quarter you’ll receive 6-8 full size products with a value of up to $300 Items vary between beauty, fashion, lifestyle, fitness, and home products Each season FFF teams with a charity to shine the light on themand help to raise money for their cause
Keep reading to discovers my picks for this season
Alice + Olivia Daisy Print Duffel Bag & reversible Bucket Hat 1 × $235.00 Durable canvas with a stace face zipper pull and a removable crossbody strap, with 2 exterior pockets and internal zip pocket Dimensions: 16″ W x 9.5″ H x 8.25″ D | 10″
I used this bag as my carry on recently on a trip to Sardinia (blog post on the way). A real life Mary Poppins bag! I packed toiletries, shoes, clothes, books, magazines – was amazing with the amount I crammed in that bad boy. The outside pockets were handy for snacks and tickets, and the cross body strap had the right length and padding to support the load without cutting up my shoulders.
Bucket hats really aren’t my jam so I passed this onto a friend who was thrilled with it.
Splendid Faux Fur Slippers – Crystal Pink M/L – US 8-11 1 × $48.00 These 90’s inspired slippers are so darn soft and comfortable – just the right amount of cosiness for your feet in the spring.
Prive Revaux The Juliet Black Sunglasses& protective sleeve1 × $39.95 Made from scratch-resistant acrylic, these lenses provide 100% UVA/UVB filtering, filter blue-light rays emitted from screens, and deliver maximum optical clarity. Black, gold, sturdy, with a classic shape, perfect to accompany any style.
Spoon restRRP $30 Now we know I love to cook – A chic and sizable stoneware spoon rest with a color-blocked gray and white design that looks gorgeous in your kitchen and keeps countertops clean while you’re cooking up a storm. Dimensions: 6.96” x 4.76” x 1”
Gemelli Jenna Clip – 2 Pack1 × $33.00 Yes you read that right. Who in their right mind would spend that on acrylic clips? They work exactly how they should, no complaints – however weren’t my chosen item in this category – the others were either sold out or didn’t ship to the UK. At least they’re practical?
Butter LONDON™ Teddy Girl Eyeshadow Palette 1 × $28.00 Every once in a while we need to venture out and away from a smokey brown eye and embrace the pastels. This female founded, soft and colourful spring, highly pigmented 9-piece eyeshadow palette features a paraben-free formula with matte shades, 4 shimmer shades.
What do you think of this season’s box? Do any of the items take your fancy?
Now, I don’t mean to be a negative Nancy but I’ll tell you now this review isn’t a positive one. I was less than impressed with Birchbox’ ‘Make it Count’ January edition.
All items bar the Turtle Bag are ‘delux minis’, therefore I only have the prices of each product full size
Real Chemistry Fresh start Foaming Cleanser 15ml (Full Size RRP £24) This cleanser is horrid. I used it as instructed, on different patches on my face as thought some how I may be applying it wrong. The cleanser failed to foam, and quickly became sticky and tacky to the touch. Straight in the bin unfortunately
Green frog – Natural Shower Gel 50ml (Full Size RRP £9.95) Biodegradable bottle, vegan and Cruelty free. This shower gel lathered up well, and left my skin clean and soft. The verbena and bergamot scent floral earthy scent isnt my go to but is something different
Klorane Anti Pollution detox Shampoo with Aquatic mint 25ml (Full Size RRP £8) Possibly the smallest shampoo sample I’ve ever recieved? This detox shampoo cleanses hair of impurities and polluting particles; I hadnt tried a ‘Anti pollution’ shampoo but is pretty underwhelming. The Aquatic mint wasn’t too pleasent, not a fresh sweet mint but more of a toothpaste mint scent.
My hand looks abnormally huge, but this bottle was miniscule!
Arrow – Under eye brightening serum in shade medium ( Full Size RRP £17) A Clean and Vegan Birchbox in house brand which is what we like to see, but a tiny 3ml sample? This serum brightens and moistures the under eyes, whilst giving a healthy glow.
Balance me – Beauty sleet hyaluronic mist 10ml (Full Size RRP £20) I haven’t yet tried this properly as the spray pump doesn’t work which is a little frustrating. I dabbed a little directly onto my hand, a Which gave a bit of warmth and a powerful lavender scent – if the pump worked I’d love to use this product.
Turtle Bags (Long handle) RRP £10 https://www.turtle-bags.com/ ‘Made in India, organic, super strong, natural fibres, biodegradable, ethical and practical’ The long handles were a little too long for my liking, as my shopping was almost dragging along the floor, though I did tie knots into each handle which shortened them and gave me extra grip by doubling up the handles. This bag can carry more than meets the eye, jam packed with fruit and veg, easy to store and wash, easily my favourite product of the box.
This box is a little hit and miss, I can’t say I’m overly impressed. Disappointing for the first box of the year, hopefully in the coming months we’ll recieve better quality and full sized products
My first review of 2022 is bought to you by Roccabox. ‘Clean up you act’ box contains 5 ‘super clean skin and body’ beauty products worth over £81 and one ‘extra treat’.
First up …
Grüum Pür Gentle Moisturiser (Full Size) RRP £8 A lightweight, suble scented Face and neck moisturiser packed with sage, camomile and green tea, perfect application before make up, or at the end of the day on a clean face. Also paraben, sulphate and petrochemical free
Ameliorate – Transforming body lotion RRP £6 (Deluxe mini) This lotion has a terrible scent, reminded me of a instant fake tan I used to wear when I was around 18/19 years old. It left my skin soft enough but itchy and a little irritable, was thrown in the bin shorty after
Paradoxx Repair Game Changer Hair Mask RRP £15 First off I love the packaging, this mask can be applied on dry, towel dried or wet hair. I scooped this onto wet hair for 10 minutes after shampooing. Although the earthy scent isn’t partially to my liking, my hair was extremely soft and tangle free once rinsed. Packed with kelp seaweed, avacado oil and Ginseng, to strengthen, hydrate, condition and take frizz. Love it!
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (Deluxe mini) RRP £16 I was impressed with this cleanser. A lovely soft rose scent, this gentle gel to oil texture cleanser easily mented away my make up with a few circular motions.
Caprea Shield Serum with Vitamin B3 (Full Size) RRP £36.90 I’ve applied 4/5 drops each morning the past couple of days before moisutiser and make up. This soaks well into the skin without leaving a greasy layer. This serum is packed with Niacinamide, which helps your skin grow a barrier which retains moisture and protects against UV damage.
*EXTRA TREAT* KOKO Coconut Milk I’m a fan of coconut milk, but not keen on the flavour of this brand, however Coconut is an acquired taste, if I wasn’t a fan I wouldn’t be too impressed to receive this.
Overall I was happy with this month’s box, however there was definitely room for improvement.
Roccabox is no longer a ‘Beautybox’, as over the last 12 months the products are predominatly skin care based, which to me is disappointing.
Since September 2021, the monthly price increased (including delivery) from £13.95 to £18.95.
‘The reason for this price increase is so it gives us more scope to work with brands of all sizes. We are about beauty discovery so you will still be discovering the best brands around’
For the price increase I would of hoped for a bit more variety, a few eyeshadow palette, more lip scrubs, lip tint, coloured eyeliners, make up bags, hair accessories… something that brings a little more excitement.
Today we are reviewing the Autumn/Fall FabFitFun box
FabFitFun is a popular subscription service that sends boxes of full-sized home, beauty, fitness and lifestyle items once every season. Each box costs $49.99 (about £53 including international shipping) where you will receive between 6-8 items with a value of over $200
This season, I fully customizable my box, and recieved 8 items with a value of $407 (£296)
Talking Tables Trivia Box – Food & Drink Retail Price $25 120 trivia questions perfect for the cooler months of the year. Spend an evening quizing with a cuppa or a glass of wine. Could is sound more perfect?
Camp Gladiator 3 Months Of CG Workouts + Camp Gladiator Jump Rope Retail Price $197 Ideal for indoor or outdoor use, this jump rope has a good weight to it, and includes a mesh carrying bag and 3 months of work out. Simple but effective, this jump rope has assisted in whipping my butt into shape
Golden Rabbit Small Cobalt Swirl Dutch Oven (2.5 Quart) Retail Price $44 Bake, cook, and grill your favorite recipes. This was the item I wanted more than any other this season. This beautifully hand-dipped dutch oven, made of carbon steel coated with a porcelain enamel is oven, stovetop and dishwasher safe. Perfect for a hearty one dish dinner or dessert
So far I’ve used it to make a Chicken stew and apple crumble Tonight I’m goinng to cooking a Guinness beef stew. I personally don’t like Guinness, but it intrigued me. If you see a recipe blog post pop up, you know it was a successful dish!
ARHAUS® Copper Candle – Moroccan Spice Retail Price $40 The scent hit me as soon as I opened the main box. A Soy blend wax candle with a beautiful copper metal holder and 60 hours of burn time. This is the ultimate autumnal candlewith scents of Moroccan spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, vanilla and orange
M.A.D Skincare Glycolic Age Diffusing Cleanser Retail Price $34 ‘Great for mature skin, this cleanser features a blend of glycolic acid and gently lifts away dirts and dead skin cells. Minimizes the appearance of fine lines Helps skin look more radiant’
Bundle Retail Price $67
The2Bandits™ Tiered Catchall Tray I’m a sucker for stroage. This three felt-lined trays are compact, simple and pretty for jewellery, hair ties or clips etc. A smart accessory tidy for any countertop or shelf.
Cali Cosmetics Baronessa Cali’s Islands of Italy Bath Gel A light fragrances silky body wash featuring italian olive oil to leaves skin hydrated
HIP Products Reusable Lunch Pack ‘We work to create sustainably sourced lifestyle products out of already existing waste, instead of producing new plastic from fossil fuels’ This reusable lunch sack is a larger and durible substitute for a traditional paper/plastic sandwich bag. I’m trying bit by bit to live a more sustainable lifestyle, and a daily use product like this gradually will make a big difference.
Apart from the *cleanser, all items are used and thoroughly enjoyed weekly if not daily. A well worth purchase for Autumn.
*Subscription boxes have been particularly skin care heavy the past couple of months, therefore I’ve put the cleanser to one side for now as I have a few open.
Another short blog post sharing two previous Subscription boxes.
I’ve been subscribed to Your Bathbox for the past 18 months and have adored every single box, they’re always 5/5. Each monthly box is £9.99 + P&P, and includes 5 items which are handmade in the UK and Cruelty free. There’s boxes are always a joy to receive and a wonderful idea as a treat for yourself or a loved one
• Lemon Verbena Fizzing bath salts RRP £3.50 Smells like lemon sherbert, looks like lemon sherbert, feels like lemon sherbert. IS NOT LEMON SHERBERT. No they did not send 3 bathbombs, a soap and a bag of sherbert. Put it down
June – Fruit Salad
• Strawberry delight bath bomb RRP £4
• Lemon & Lime Fizzy bathbomb RRP £3
• Pineapple solid Bubble bath RRP £4
• Watermelon Artisan soap RRP £4
• Black cherry dead sea & Epsom bath salt RRP £3.50
If you’ve already read my Roccabox blog this morning, then apologies for repeating myself, but I feel I need to explain my blog post. I feel like I’m ripping myself apart at the moment, and don’t want my posts to look thrown together, they’re not, I just can’t manage to keep my drafts together long enough to publish.
As I said before…To save my sanity, and time to script another half a dozen drafts, I’ve decided to give a break down of what was in each of the boxes/bags, the prices and my over all rating on the box. Not exactly how I would normally review subscription boxes, but there’s no harm in mixing it up now and then
Each month, your Birchbox will either be delivered in a Box or a bag. I always keep my bags/boxes as they’re a decent size and useful for storage.
How on earth is it August already? My apologies for being AWOL the last couple of months, life took over and I haven’t been in the right head space to blog. (Again)
I have a few subscription boxes that I’ve needed to review; which I have, but then stripoed down and started over countless times.
Like I said, not in the right head space.
To save my sanity, and time to script another half a dozen drafts, I’ve decided to give a break down of what was in each of the boxes/bags, the prices and my over all rating on the box. Not exactly how I would normally review subscription boxes, but there’s no harm in mixing it up now and then
If you’ve got any questions about a particular product, be sure to ask!
April ‘Vegan beauty’ Score5/5
• Kat Von D Vegan Beauty Kitten Mini Tattoo Liner RRP £10
Today we’re playing catch up with beautiful boxes, if you’ve read my previous blogs you’ll know that I’ve been struggling the past couple of months and has taken its toll on my blog too, apologies all!
A few months late but I didn’t want to miss out on sharing my thoughts with you all. Let’s get into it, first up is Birchbox’s ‘Future is now’ April edit
Stasher silicone reliable bag RRP £12.99 (available in green, yellow and orange)
What a genius idea? This silicone bag is reusable, easy to clean, durable and great for the environment.
This multi use, airtight bag can be used as a make up bag, or a toiletries bag, or even for sandwich’s, soups and meals, as it can be stored in the fridge, freezer and is microwave safe.
I gave this to a friend as she spends alot of time at the beach – perfect to seal any snacks away when you don’t fancy a side of sand.
Green frog Botanic RRP £4.95 Argan & Rose Oil Shampoo bar
I’ve been using the Garnier shampoo bars for the last couple of months and have loved them.
I’ll admit none of them smell as good as this! The UK population alone throws away 520 millions shampoo bottles every year.
We can do better.
This vegan, plastic free sample bar gave my long locks 7 or 8 wash’s, I’d recommend and no doubt buy it again.
Algologie Hydra Replenishing Booster (Sample size recieved Full size RRP £33)
This Gelified serum hydrates skin, and is packed with hyaluronic acid and natural marine active ingredients) gentle around the eyes, this has become part of my night time routine
Huygens Organic Night Repair Oil (Recieved deluxe mini Full size RRP £31)
I feel like Alice in wonderland.
The repair oil is filled with Coconut and hazelnut oils to repair skin, lavender and rosewood oils to help regenerate and argan oil to protect the skin at night. A few drops of this and the next morning my skin was so soft and nourished, with a healthy glow
The beauty crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes RRP £9 Full size
I haven’t opened this mascara yet as have a few on the go, but a waterproof mascara enriched with argan and jojoba oil to lengthen, thicken and nourish is always, this will be at the top of the list of the next to try.
Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow illuminator Full size RRP £25.50
I’ve tried this product a few times previously. The BB cream helps to smooth skin and even’s skin tone.
I can’t see I’ve noticed a huge different but it is still a good BB cream. Lightweight and non sticky
What did you think of April’s Birchbox/Bag? Have you tried any of the products, or tempted to purchase them?
This one’s been a long time coming. I apologise I’ve been away and on and off for the past few months.
I’ll try my best to keep each review short and sweet, as we have 3 ‘Your Bathbox’s to catch up on
For £9.99 and £2.99 P&P,.In each month’s ‘Your Bathbox’, you’ll receive 5 products which includes at least 2x bath bombs, 1x bath salts and a variety of goodies which can include soaps, make up, candles, and snacks.
February This box was Valentine’s themed, with a Perfect selection of self love goodies
The coconut collaborative Little chocolate pot 45g Plant based, vegan and gluten free, made with coconut cream and ethically sourced. This thick Chocolate & coconut dessert is rich and morish, I would recommend however keep in mind this tiny dessert is 100 calories.
‘Love’ bomb RRP £4 The Lilac scented bomb turned my bath a beautiful soft pink. Does anyone else get SATC vibes?
Fizzy heart RRP £4 Satsuma scented with orange and pink glitter for the ultimate girly bath
Strawberry Prosecco Lip Butter balm RRP £3.75 from Littleheartgifts.co.uk My new favourite lip balm, cruelty free, smells and tastes divine leaving a smooth shine on your newly nourished lips.
Love Potions skin softening soar RRP £3.50 ‘Perfect for a evening soak before bed’, I’ve added this one to the collection for now.
Triple Blend Lux Bath Salts The scent isn’t labeled, and I can’t pin it… But it smells nostalgic
March Easter themed (complete with chick and bunny)
Luxury Himalayan bath salts RRP £3.50 Green tea salts, a little sprinkle for a refreshing soak
Chocolate scented bubble egg RRP £3.75 I didn’t think I’d be wild on chocolate scented soap, but this gives just the right about for sweetness
Freesia and Pear Chick RRP £4 Fruit, floral scented and the size of a real chick Spring blossom bunny RRP £3.50 Blossom scented Pastel purple bath, of course I felt guilty about dunking the bunny
Botanical bath bag RRP £3 Once your bath has run, place in the tub and let the elderflower Scent slowly release
April Dots and spots themed (Slightly Monsters Inc themed, with Mike,Sully and Boo vibes)
Fruit salad bomb RRP £3.75 I’ll keep this confetti vibrant bomb for next time I need a soak and a spring in my step
Salted Caramel Bath Muffin RRP £3.75 remove the litter packaging and run under hot water to foam up the bath Glittery. FYI there would be no judgement from me if someone took a bite