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Birchbox 2021 ‘Dance to your own Rhythm’ and ‘Express yourself’ subscription boxes

Good morning friends,

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.

May ‘Dance to your own Rhythm’ Score 3/5

• Arrow Clear Nourishing Lip Oil recieved 3ml (Full size 7ml RRP £13)

• KNDR Eyeshadow Cream In shade Confident Copper RRP £18 Full Size
Eyeshadow

• Birchbox Accessories – Crystal Nail File
Sturdy Perfect for my gel nails RRP £15

• This works – In Transit camera close up primer
Recieved 15ml (Full sized 40ml RRP £32)

• Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formulae Repairing Conditioner received 50ml (Full size 250ml RRP £4.49)

June ‘Express yourself’ Score 5/5

• Jecca black Rose Pearl Priming Glow drops Full size RRP £16

• Amika Flash Instant Shine Mask Recieved 30ml (Full size  200ml RRP £20)

• Aquahero Hydrating Body Balm Recieved 40ml (Full size 100ml RRP £17.90)

• Birchbox Lilac Silicone Mask Applicator RRP £6

• Sand & Sky recieved 10g (Full size 100g RRP £56.90)

• Grace & Stella Anti Wrinkle Energising Eye Mask RRP £16

Have you used any of the products above? If so, what would you rate them?

Kaya •

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Boxes galore! April, May & June Roccabox

Good morning friends,

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’ Score 5/5

• Kat Von D Vegan Beauty Kitten Mini Tattoo Liner RRP £10

• Grow gorgeous haircare defence detoxifying scalp scrub RRP £6 Travel Size

• Balance me skincare collagen booze moisturiser RRP £10

• Beauty Papier – Golden Auoeedoos Anti Oxidant Shower Gel RRP £25 Full Sized

• Vitamasque Gold Eye Patch RRP £5.99
Cooling and depuff your under eyes

May ‘Spring Fling’ Score 4/5

• Illamasqua – Beyond Powder in shade Deity Full size RRP £34

• Emery Nails in the shade Belle RRP £8

• Doctors Formula – Probiotics Radiance Eye Serum Full Size RRP £89

• Hawaiian Tropic All Natural Mineral Milk SPF30
Recieved 30ml (Full Sized 100ml RRP £14.99)

• Mallows beauty – Pink Clay Face Mask RRP £2.99

Bonus
• Cadbury – Nuttier Bar RRP £1.19
High fibre almonds, peanuts and cranberries

June ‘Hot Girl Summer’ Score 5/5

• Bellapierre – Brown Eyed Girl Palette Full Sized
Highly pignented RRP £28.99

• Crabtree and Evelyn – Rose Shower Milk Deluxe Sample RRP £9

• The Beauty crop – smoothie stick lip crayon shade Saucey Marsala Full Sized RRP £7

• Anatomicals – Deep Conditioning Hair Pack, pack of 4 Full Sized RRP £5

• Shea Bliss Skin – Strawberry Scrub Deluxe Mini RRP £3.99

Which Roccabox would you choose?

Kaya •

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Birchbox April 2021

Good evening friends,

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?

Kaya •

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Roccabox March 2021 Tried and Tested

Good morning friends,

Late last week I received my March Roccabox ‘Birthday Edition’

The box arrived in its traditional pick packaging, I was expecting something a little more colourful, shimmery or celebratory as it was the birthday edition, but no matter, it was jam packed with goodies!

L’Occitane – Almond Milk Concentrate received 50ml RRP £12.50 (Full size 200ml RRP £42)
You know I love a mini…
I have a face and body cream on the go already, so have used this smoothing and firming cream on my hands. I can’t say that my skin has felt firmer after 4 days, but they have certainly been soft. This moisturizer is cruelty free, non greasy, and soaks in well.
I have a little eczema on my hand that is quite sensitive, but the cream was kind to my skin and didn’t leave any redness or itchiness.

Monuskin Professional Skincare – Illuminating Primer SPF15 Full sized £36
I do my best to remember to apply suncream daily, but like most, can often forget.
This SPF Primer is rather thick, but that’s a positive, one pump is enough for your whole face, and soaks in well. I would say £36 for a low SPF Primer is an insane amount to pay. My make up sat well for the day, however I wouldn’t say it’s worth the money as you could easily buy a similar product for half the price.

Anatomicals – Mint Hand Sanitizer & Mint Hand Cream RRP £5
Well it’s part of our day to day, so why not?
These slender tubes are perfect handbag or even pocket sized. They thankfully don’t smell like hand sanitizer, more so the dentist, which is quite a a nice scent in my opinion. Clean, sweet and fresh.

BeautyPro Hair Therapy Deep Conditioning Hair Mask RRP £5.95
This hair mask is to be ‘worn’, after hair is shampooed, rinsed and lightly patted. Twisting wet hair into a conditioning bag is alot more awkward than I expected. The bag stayed on my hair for a full 30 seconds, I retwisted, applied and secured with a hair tie.

After 20 minutes I rinsed my hair, and man, my locks feel Luscious!
The mask may be a little fiddly and heavily scented, but I’d definitely recommend this.

Marc Jacobs Beauty – Velvet Noir Mascara Deluxe sample size RRP £13.80 (Full size RRP £24)
This deluxe mini is a good size, with my favourite type of brush, big and fluffy. One coat divided and thickened my lashes well, with no smudging or flakiness through out the day.
A little on the pricey side bit definitely a decent mascara.

Bonus Product – ISOCLEAN RRP £1
I’ve run out of my make up remover, so this one was a nice treat. Not too much to say about this product, it did have a strong hair spray scent, but cleaned the brushes well, and thankfully didn’t leave a scent on them once rinsed.

Overall I loved this month’s box, practical but pampering with a little bit of everything.

What do you think of this month’s box, are there any products you’d like to try?

Kaya •

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Roccabox February 2021

Good evening friends,

Roccaboxs box is Galentine’s Day themed – A box filled with 5 items and a extra treat for a pamper session ready for Valentine’s day with a loved one, your girls or a relaxing one to yourself.

Project Lip Plump & Colour – Shade Play RRP £14

Firstly, I adore the colour and the idea of a soft Matt finish with a little plumping.
I’ve used the Soap and glory glosses for years, they give a slight tingle and give your lips a little plump… This however was different.
2 swipes, I puckered my lips together and must have licked my lips, as seconds later my lips tongue and throat were on fire.
Not a tingle, but burning hot. I wiped the balm off my lips with a flannel, and spent the next 30 minutes rinsing out my mouth and trying to cool my lips with a flannel.
Just to confirm I do not have any allergies, nor was the skin broken. My lips, mouth and throat were hot a painful for the rest of the evening.
I am extremely disappointed with the product, even more so that I checked the Roccabox Instagram, there are dozens of others customers who have commented the same about this product. I’ve messaged Roccabox 3 times, over the past 2 weeks asking if the product is faulty, what products have been used to give the sensation. I’ve finally recieved a reply, but only asking me to instead email the support team.
I have emailed the team and .awaiting a reply – I understand that not everyone has the same experience with this product which makes me this there could be a faulty batch.

Moving on!

Crabtree & Evelyn – Soft Touch Face Foam RRP £4
This face foam has a light and fresh floral scent, I’m looking forward to lathering this up and having a pamper

Farryn Amber – Floral Oud Perfume Oil Full size RRP £18
This roll on perfume oil is gorgeous! I love a mini to try out new scents,
Sweet almond, Vanilla, Cedarwood, Jasmine Frankincense, Ylang ylang, Sweet orange. Perfect for spring
with only a few strokes across your skin, the scent of sweet honey and orange is extremely fulfilling.

Nip+Fab – No Needle Fix Eye Sheet Mask RRP £6
I haven’t used this mask yet, but love the Nip+Fab products and heard rave reviews.

Fetimans Rose Lemonade Light 250ml RRP £1 (Extra Treat)
A random but lovely little extra, I’m looking forward to my weekend, a cold glass, sat chilling with a face mask on, reading my book.

Soaper Duper – Shea Butter Body Butter RRP.£3.99 for full size (Travel size recieved)
Thick, creamy and non sticky Shea butter is Cruelty free and vegan, also smells delightful

What do you think of this month’s box?

Kaya •

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Birchbox February 2021

Good afternoon friends,

This month we recieved another wonderful Birchbox, only a few months in and I’m extremely impressed with the products recieved.

This months 5 products came in a make up with the option to choose from the same bag in 2 colours, Blue or orange.
I opted for the bright blue – the bag is a decent size with a sturdy zip, plenty of room as a large make up bag, or wash bag for the gym, beach swimming pool or a weekend away.

Birchbox Accessories
Natural Green Jade Super Polished Gua Sha Full sized RRP £12
The first item I opened was a Facial massage tool to used over moisturizer, facial oil or cream
Depuff skin.
Similar to a jade roller, this Gua Sha can be smoothed over the skin to increasing blood flow for lymphatic drainage. Easy to clean and store in its own little pouch.
If this is one you’re not keen on, it would make a lovely gift.

Huygens Bois Rose Regenerating Face Cleanser 30ml received (RRP £22 full sized)
This face cleanser has a strong but not over powering lavender scent. The cleanser is gentle on your skin, and is Vegan and animal cruelty free.

Sensory Retreats Divine Eyes RRP £21
This warming mask can be used to unwind, or as a overnight black out mask. On the back of the mask are details of a free 85 minutes music session to accompany your relaxing evening, a nice little touch to get the most of the product.

MCoBeauty Tango Cheek & Lip Tint (Full size recieved £12)
although they are practical, I don’t often reach for a tint. The shade is orangy, not overly keen but it is easy to blend, I expect it’ll be nice to try in the summer once my skins a little sun kissed

Soaper Duper
Zesty Sicilian Lemon Body Wash
75ml received (RRP £9.99 full sized)
Cruelty free and vegan 95% Naturally derived body wash fills the room.
I’ve used the vanilla pod body wash in this brand and adore it. This is quite a thin consistency, but a little goes a long way

Once again a lovely box/bag from Birchbox.
No make up this time around, unless you found the cheek and lip tint, but as I’ve said before, at the moment, who needs it?

The weather is still all over the show and a little extra skin care is welcomed.

Kaya •

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Roccabox ‘Go Girl’ January Edit

Good evening friends,

As I’m writing this, it’s a chilly, wet and windy Saturday night.
Tomorrow I plan to have a full on pamper session, and this box will definitely help.

The January ‘Go Girl’ box, brings you 5 products for £13.95 including P&P.

This box was heavy, I knew before I ripped it open I was in for a treat.

Skimono beauty masks – Total conditioning boot masks RRP £9.99 full size
If you haven’t tried a boot mask before, I encourage you to do so asap! I’ve tried a few from Poundland and B&M, and doubt this one will be much different, but they are great fun. Don’t panic, they won’t leave your feel peeling, instead, they’ll be soft and smooth, perfect for feet that have any dry skin or been neglected.

Mudmasky Hair mask, scalp Treatment and Miracle Shampoo RRP £21.78 full size 75ml
I have a shampoo, and a conditioning hair mask treatment on the go so will set this one aside.
I’ve used this hair mask previously, I was happy enough with it, although it did have a baby powder scent which isn’t always what you want your hair to smell like, but it does leave it healthy and strong.

Shea Bliss – Cherry Bomb Body Butter RRP £2.99 full size 250g (recieved 40g)
Well isn’t this the most adorable little jar you’ve ever seen? This body butter is filled to the brim! I rubbed a pea sized amount between my hands and covered both hands and palms completely.
A little goes a very long way. I haven’t heard of this brand before, but for the outcome, and the price, what an absolute steal!

Oh K! SOS Soothing Face Lotion RRP £8 Full size 100ml
This face lotion is lovely, with a very faint fresh scent, I’ve smoothered this over my face and neck (remember face, neck and hands show age first). I have dry and sensitive skin, so am a little skeptical at trying new face products, but this made my skin soft and nourished.

Doctors Formular – Probiotic 12 Hour Day Protection Moisturiser RRP £89 full size
I have a few skin/face products open at the moment so will put this by to use in a few months time… I have to say for that price tag, I expect extraordinary results!

In January, I’m more than happy to receive a
box that will help to replenish your possibly dry and neglected skin.

For a moment I did think that I would of liked a bit if make up, but realistically, I havent got any need for more. To be honest,I haven’t been wearing much the past 10 months, and after searching, it would probably just get tucked away in my vanity for a few months.

£12.95 for 4 full sized products? I am pretty damn happy with that! Similar to the January Birchbox, this month concentrates on replenishing your skin, and setting up a good routine for skin care and bringing back a bit of normality. No time like the present!

Kaya •

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Feel Unique Pick n Mix September 2020

Good evening friends,

I picked some absolutely brilliant products this month. With winter around the corner, I decided to focus on skin care… with a balm I guarantee I will repurchase in full size.

Mustela Hydra Bébé Body Lotion 50ml

What a size! When I selected this lotion, I thought it had been a typo and that a 15 or 5ml bottle would arrive, but no, a full 50mls! I didnt realise it was for babies/children, but this lovely scented, soft lotion is perfect for my extremly sensative skin, and is its

a perfect size for my handbag.

Clarins Extra-Firming Neck and Décolleté Cream 5ml


I know I’m 30, but as I’ve said before, your age supposedly shows on your face, hands and neck first… may as well start the smoothing/firming process now!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm 5ml


I feel like a giant.

Apply by smoothing a little in the palm of your hand with warm water, rub together and gently apply the balm on your next and face.
My face felt refreshed the next mornings to come. I dont know if it was mainly the product or because I gave myself a mini face massage before bed?
£46 for a full sized (100ml), may seem hefty but you use just a tad, a little goes along way

Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTAR Skin Renewal Booster 5ml

This product is a repeat from last month as I absolutely loved this renewals booster.

MOR Marshmellow Eau de Parfum 2ml Pick & Mix

Who doesnt love a new scent? Me, that’s who. This smells nothing at all like Marshmellow or any candy for that matter. A sweet but musky scent, very odd, can’t say its my favourite but I’ll keep it by just in case

What did you think of this months Pick and Mix? And have you tried any of these products before?

Kaya •

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Glossybox July 2020

Good afternoon friends,

This is possibly the prettiest Glossybox I’ve received.

Giving me Lilo and Stitch, summer and cocktail vibes.

Naobay Orange Juice Hand Cream (Full size) RRP £11.50

No it is not orange, but yes, it does smell like citrus. I love the packaging especially the wooden lid but have gifted this ti a friend as my skin has been behaving better recently and I didnt want to irritate it.

Give them Lala Beauty Aloha Bronzer (Full size) RRP £19.80
Faint gold sparkles, with a decent sized pan with a mirror. Perfect glow, especially when you’re wearing little make up and you just need that little something.

Jecca Blac Glow Drop Primer (Full size) RRP £16

Have never used such a glowing gorgeous primer. A subtle but beautiful glow.

The Beauty Crop Palm Balm (Full size) RRP £18

This is a weapon if I ever need one. This lip balm has some weight to it, and the glass container could be half the size. Having said that, this leaves a vibrannt yet delicate pink to your lips and cheeks. Who doesnt love a multi use product?

Kocostar Fruit Slice Mask Sheet (Pack of 12) RRP £4

How exciting do these look? The only problem with them is that, it may just be that I’m used to the full face masks, but these seem a little fussy.

I absolutly adored Julys box, fantastic products and value!

Kaya •

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Feel Unique Pick n Mix July 2020

Good morning friends,

July’s pick n mix was full with goodies.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare 3 Step Sachet 9ml

This 3 step skin care includes;Miracle Cleanser and bamboo muslin,
Revitalise & Glow Serum, and a Cell Revitalising morning moisturisers.

I was intrigued with the process, but then when it arrived, I was thrilled with the packaging, how adorable is this??

Rahua Shampoo (12ml) and Conditioner (10ml)

I love trying new products especially for my hair and I did, have these sachets in mind for convenience for a weekend away… maybe another time?

DHC Deep cleansing oil and face wash powder

This Japanese brand has been on my radar for a while, they’ve been showing up here there and everywhere.

Sol de Janeiro Brazillian Bum Bum Cream

I’ve been wanting to try this for some time. With a very light subtle scent, that I cant really put my finger on. A hydrating antioxidant fillee coconut oil and cupuaçu butter body lotion.

My legs feels feel amazing, I will no doubt be ordering this in full size.

Oh K! Firming Caffine Body Mask Pick & Mix

I haven’t yet used this as honestly I have no idea where to place them? I hadn’t heard of a body mask before, and i didn’t like the thought of placing them on your biceps… sure I’ll find somewhere to put them.

Kaya •