Fabfitfun, subscription box

FabFitFun Fall/Autumn 2021

Good afternoon friends, and Happy Sunday

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.

What did you this of this season box?


Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – The Body Shop Sumptuous cleansing butter review

Good evening friends,

I have been trying to cut down on disposable items such a make up wipes.

Although I do use a make up remover with my bamboo reusable pads, depending on the make up, sometimes cotton pads and make up wipes are needed.

Last month I bought a new make up remover after it being recommended by a friend.

The Body Shop Camomile range offers products that are gentle to sensitive skin.

This Vegan and cruelty free balm comes in a 90ml tin for £11. That may seem expensive, but the tub is such a good shape and size, you can swipe every last bit without there being any waste.

I thought best to demonstrate on a full face of make up.

‘Apply to a dry face, and massage into the skin, then remove with a warm wet flannel’

I used too much balm, as a little goes a long way. The balm easily removed my mascara, I gently rubbed a little balm on my lashes, and wiped away.

The balm has a light fresh scent and left my skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. I was skeptical and didn’t think a balm would remove make up, especially mascara, but it worked wonders.

This is a perfect gift for someone who is a make up lover, it may not seem like the most obvious or exciting gift, but this is a new staple for my skin routine, and wish I’d been introduced to this earlier.

What do you think of the balm, and have you used one before?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – W7 Advent Calender – Tried and tested Make up review

Good evening friends,

A few days ago I posted the contents of the W7 Advent Calender.

The calender contained a variety of shades of lip and eye products, which I created 3 seasonal looks with.

Apart from foundation, concealer and an eyebrow pencil, all other products were taken from the calender.

To create my 3 looks, I used the items below –

  • Mini Big Lash Mascara (Black)
  • Mega Matte Lip Liner Red, Pink
  • King Kohl Eyeliner Black, Brown and Blue
  • Mini Mega Matte
  • Mini Glowcomotion Highlighter
  • Mini Honolulu Bronzer
  • Mini Cheeky Flusher
  • Mini Banana Dreams
  • Mini Beam Me Up Illuminator
  • Loose Glitter Pigment Pots Super Silver, Gilded Gold and Pretty Pink

First look – Gold glitter, nude lips and a navy eye liner.

This is a quick and easy, subtle soft glam look for the season

Second look – Pink glitter, pink lips, cheeky fluster blush.

A strong but pretty pink look, a little different for Christmas. Pinks are normally saved for spring/summer, but I love the thought of a warm pink look at winter.

Look three – Classic Christmas look, silver glitter, red lips and black liner.

This is the most striking, and and common Christmas make up. I can’t say I was massively keen on the thought of silver glitter eyes, but once I added the red lip, I loved it!

To my surprise, I think the silver and red look may be my favourite.

I was impressed with all of the products used, apart from the eye liners.

For each look I used a different eye liner, but they didn’t show up well, and were hard, without being able to easily smudge.

I was unsure if the glitter was intended for the eyes, could possibly be used for your nails? It doesn’t specify what to use them for and if you should or shouldn’t put these on your eyes or skin, but I had tested on my hand and there was no irritation.

I dabbed a bit of the the ‘bean me up illuminator’ on my eye lids before applying the glitter to give a bit of tac.

I love the end result, but there was so much fall out…Glitter everywhere! All over my face, body, clothes, hair, desk and carpet.

It’s to be expected at Christmas I guess?

Which was your favourite look?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – Next Advent calender, tried and tested make up review

Good evening friends,

Today I tried out a few of the contents from my Next Beauty Advent calender.

The items I used

  • 1x pink lipsick
  • 1x pink lipgloss
  • 1x black full size Nx eyeshadow quad
  • 1x full size Nx bronzer
  • 1x eyeshadow brush
  • 1x lip balm
  • 1x full size Nx eyeshadow quad
  • 1x full size Nx bronzer
  • 1x eyeshadow brush
  • 1x lip balm
  • 1x lip scrub
  • 1x 30ml face moisturiser

From the eyeshadow quad, 2 shimmery gold shades, as always, caught my eye first. I thought I’d go for a different look and play around with a pink and purple eyeshadows.

I never sway towards a pink/purple make up look; 1 I love a black/brown/gold smokey eye (all day everyday), and 2, I always think if a purple eye isn’t done properly, you risk the chance of looking as though you’ve gotten a bruised eye.

I used the face moisturizer as a primer, it’s worked well. It is thinner and more of a lotion than a moisturizer, but either way I was happy with it, and my make up glided on well after.

The lip scrub was a good consistency, to most people’s taste I expect, although I do prefer mine to be a little grittier to really work the lips.

The lip balm was pretty standard, but a nice application, and non greasy.

The shimmery lipstick was soft and sheer, whilst the gloss was thick and bright giving it that pow, without being sticky or over the top.

The mascara was pretty standard but decent. I gave my lashes two coats as I normally would and was happy with the outcome.

The Highlight is striking in the pan, but doesn’t show overly well on the skin. I think this is more so down to my lack of skills with highlighter, I’m not 100% the exact place to put it and how heavy handed. It would however look incredible as a eyeshadow.

Over all I was extremely happy with the products, especially where you have almost a full face of make up

Kaya •

film review

Blogmas – New Series Review – Emily in Paris

Netflix has given us a new, easy going, 10 episode girly series to throw yourself into over the Christmas season.
From the creator Darren Star, who gifted us Sex and the City, all sounds promising doesn’t it?

The series is set in Paris, and a scene doesn’t go by where they don’t remind you.

Croissants, cigarettes, rude locals, wine at every meal, this series just screams ‘cliche’

It’s disappointing that you aren’t shown a great deal of the sites, culture or beauty of the city, only what you would find on a postcard.

There are likeable characters, but I have to say, Emily is not one of them. I found her arrogant and a bit dull, with quick thinking answers to her problems, she is happy go lucky but all is very predictable.

It wasn’t the funny, romantic or charming series I was hoping for, and was dragged over 10 episodes when it could of been shown in 5.

Lastly, the fashion.
I really thought they would pull it out the bag, leaving me with visions of iconic looks, ones that I may like to recreate and put my own spin on. Accessories that I’d be googling whilst watching each episode, and shoes to add on my Christmas list.
None of the above.

I spoke to a friend about the series and she loved it, so each to their own.

If you give the series a watch, let me know what you made of it?

Scoring system 1/5

5. Absof*ckinlutly

4. Fetch

3. Well nobodys perfect

2. As if

1. Kastang! you’re busted

Kaya •

film review

Film Review – Parasite

Bong Joon-Ho’s thriller pours light on the gap in society, which is momentarily sew together, by the Kim and Parks Family.Image from GoogleThe bond and struggle within the Kim family will pull at your heartstrings.Whilst I was mesmerised by the way it was filmed beautifully, accompanied by a perfect score, I was still on the edge of my seat.It’s been years since I last watched a film that this unpredictable, gripping and powerful.I’m not surprised that this film has won dozen of awards since its first screening in 2019, it is 132 minutes of genius.Dont try to make sense of the trailer, just sit back and indulgeFilm Score – Absof*ckinlutlyKaya •

Glossybox

Glossybox January 2020

Good evening friends,

And welcome to The first (if only the last) Glossybox of 2020

This months glossy theme is ‘Sleep and Refresh’, and, yes, its a wild one!

Bybi – Strawberry Booster RRP £12 (Full size)

This booster can be applied to clean skin, allowing it to soak into your pours, or mixed in with your foundation. A nice extra touch to your make up each day, but it doesn’t make a massive difference with or without. And although it is ‘strawberry’, I cant smell anything.

Basic Beauty – Tweezers RRP £15.50 (Full size)

Well, tweezers are tweezers. They’re good ones, with a decent grip, and it’s always handy to have a spare pair. But not the most thrilling item for the first box of the year.

ModelCo – Clear Brow Gel RRP £14 (Full size)

What can I say? Game changer.

I lied. It’s clear gel. Calm yourselves.

Beautypro – CBD Oil Infused Mask RRP £5.99 (Full size)

Ive never tried any CBD products, and never been overly intrigued to do so.

But this sheet mask actually left my skin super soft and smelt amazing. It also had a perfect consistency. Not too wet or gloopy, just right.

Context – Micro Derm Regenerator RRP £6.50 (Mini delux)

I can’t really say this product had much of an effect, but I’m always happy to try new skin care. A bit of an anti climax since it was missing from my box, andi recieved it a week later.

Well underwhelmed doesn’t even cover it. This is the blandest box I think you could revieve. Considering the best product was the face mask which was one time use, this box was left uninspiring and boring selection.

Well this is the end of my review, but carry on reading below if you’re interested in the palava it was to recieve the box.

Kaya •

Not the best start to the year (you can say that again), but seriously, Glossybox, what were you thinking?

You will recieve your dispatch email between 5th and 12th of the month. Okay fine. But the 12th rolls round and I hadn’t recieved my email. Neither had how many dozens of others. And I know this, because Glossybox’s instagram comments were full of complaints.

Have a look for yourself, every month they are swarmed with complaints.

And I’m sure a majority of you are thinking ‘just contact customer service’. But we do! I have DM’d them on instagram, emailed them, webchat through their website, and you normally just recieve the same old, slightly patronising, ‘sorry lovely please contact our team’.

Commenting on their instagram posts seems like the best way to get their attention, which is awful!

Its extremly frustrating that.anyone in the ‘Glossy circle’, receives their box right at the beginning of the month, this applies to well know ‘influencers’ also. Sucks for your average person who has to wait for their box that theyve paid for themselves, whilst you have spoilers left right and centre! For example, on the 13th of January, they display the entire contents of the box. Thanks.

As I was saying, the 12th had rolled on by and I hadn’t recieved my email… neither had others, all the whilst Glossybox continue to post on their instagram page about how wonderful the box is.

The 17th hits and I finally recieve my box. With one item missing.

When I contact Glossybox they are reluctant to give me the product in the pamphlet, and instead offer me 20% back or a make up remover.

I declined and asked for the product as shown in the pamphlet. I was then told that it was a printing mistake.

Well it’s not a mistake if I’ve seen people from the ‘Glossy Circle’, recieve this product.

After a fair few emails my original item was sent… a week after my box.

Mid January I see a comment pop up under a photo from Glossybox to a customer. ‘We have been very busy over Christmas as there is a bit of a delay in sending out boxes’

You know how many Glossyboxes to send out to subscribers as you take our money 1st of the month.

Yes Christmas is a busy time, but it’s the same time every year and you’ve taken payments for subscribers on the 1st of the month and if you’re a yearly subscriber then you know how many subscribers you have because you’re taking their money every money without fail!

I’ve I told them I’ll pay you between the 5th and 12th, that wouldnt be acceptable.

If there should been a delay because you havent organised in advanced then you should let the customers know.

The amount if boxes that have been sent out with missing products is embarrassing, whilst their customer service is absolutely shocking!

Have a read of any of their comments on their instagram. It’s terrible!

I’d like to mention, I signed up for a 12 month subscription, but if I hadn’t, I’d been cancelling pronto!

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Film review – Bad Boys for life

Hello and good evening friends,

I’ve had the idea for the past couple of months to do movie review with a twist.

150 words or less, with my own scoring system using some of my favourite tv/film quotes.

Scoring system 1 – 5

5. Absof*ckinlutly

4. Fetch

3. Well nobodys perfect

2. As if

1. Kastang! you’re busted

If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know that I’ve been a bit tired up this month and my minds been somewhere else.

A cinema trip always helps to free your mind and relax. Enter, Bad Boys 3

Review (spoiler free)

After getting pulled into taking down the leader of a drug cartel, Lowery comes with guns blazing whilst Burnett is accepting that hes too old for it and is ready for retirement.

Martin Lawrence is hilarious as always, and brings heart to the film.Will Smith is Will Smith,alot of one liners and cockiness,but it works.

Captain (Joe Pantoliano), and a few other lovable characters return, along with a couple of fresh faces.
Vanessa Hudgens and Alexander Ludwig are a fantastic addition to the crew and fit in well with the film without it being too forceful, they’re a breath of fresh air.

Along with plenty of jokes and banter, surprisingly, this film pulls at your heart strings as well.

Fast paced action, witty dialogue, summer ready soundtrack, over the top fight scenes, perhaps slightly too predictable in places, and sprinkled with cheese, its exactly what you’d expect from Bad Boys.

Score – Fetch

Have you seen this film and what you rate it?

Kaya •

Glossybox

July 2019 Glossybox

Good morning friends!

This month, Glossy box has given us the ‘Holiday Haul’, everything you need for your summer holidays.

I received my box the day I’d returned from holiday, which is actually a positive, as it helped to sweep away the holiday blues.

The Holiday Haul gives us 4 travel size items, and one full size items.

Moroccanoil – Moroccan oil treatment
Travel size 25ml RRP £13.45
Full size 100ml RRP £31.85

I’m a sucker for a hair oil, I love nothing more than glossy hair.

I used just a little more than recommended. This oil instantly made my hair silky. After I’d dried my hair, it was shiny, smooth and smelt amazing.

Palmers – Natural Bronze Body Lotion
Travel size 20ml RRP £2.49
Full size 250ml £5.99

I love Palmers products, and always have a bottle handy at home or in my handbag.
I’ve just returned from holiday in Portugal, so I’m not in need of a tan at the moment, but maybe once mine fades a little I can give this a go. I haven’t tried one of their tanning products before, but not doubt it will leave you with a gorgeous glow.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel – Peel off face mask
Travel size 10ml RRP £1
Full size 50ml RRP £4

The Tea tree and witch hazel mask takes me back to being a teenager when this is what most of the face masks were made from, I mean, tea tree or the fruity face masks that feel like you’ve put a full on smoothie on your face.

There’s something so satisfying about peeling off a mask, especially one like this that leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed.

Omorovicza – Cleansing Foam
Travel size 30ml RRP £18
Full size 150ml RRP £52

I’m always happy to try new products, and to find an item that I know I’ll use often. This cleansing foam worked beautifully, there isn’t really a downside to using this, but it is so similar to ones that I’ve used before so, it doesn’t really stand out or give any different result than others I’ve tried.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Bloom Mascara Full Size RRP £23

This mascara is incredible, it has such a thick and fluffy wand. The only other mascara that I’ve used that would compare to this is the Benefit bad gal bang mascara.

£23 may be a little steep for mascara but I think it’s likely that I’ll be treating myself and purchasing this one again!

Please let me know if you have tried any of these products, and what you think of them.

Kaya •

Hauls

Mindfully Made and Peach. Eco-friendly stores

Good morning wordpress friends!

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve discovered two wonderful new shops in Newport, Isle of wight.

The first was, Mindfully Made.

Mindfully Made, is an independent store owned by Gabbie, this store has been open little over a month

This lovely store offers handmade jewellery (made by Gabbie) bathing products, purses, wallets and handbags made from cork, candles, cork travel mugs, dozens of beautiful items.

I was delighted when I saw how much she had to offer, I spent a good half hour looking at each product and talking her ear off asking about how and where the items were made.

Gabbie’s sister and friend were responsible for making the bars of soap, bath bombs, and candles.

That’s a pretty kick ass group of women!

Bathbombs £2.50 each

The first item’s I picked up were the bathbomb’s. I chose Blossom and Baby blue.

Now you may be thinking, girl, is this the first bath bomb you’ve ever used?
No, I haven’t, normally I drop it in the bath, let it fizzle and just enjoy, but to stand there and just stare at it is quite mesmerising. I’ve only uploaded a few pictures, but I took about 50.

The colours were beautiful, and the bath bomb floating around, reminded me of a beautiful (harmless) jelly fish swimming gracefully.

Thankfully, the bathbomb didn’t just look pretty, it felt silky, smelt like palms violets, and after a long soak in the bath, it didn’t irritate or dye my skin… that is, and forever will be, the fear with a bath bomb!

I can’t wait to use my blue bath bomb, and to purchase the other varieties.

*update – the Baby blue bath bomb

Bamboo Toothbrush – £2

The bamboo toothbrush is an item I’ve been after for a few months. I had first seen them sold in Morrisons, but unfortunately the head was the size of a childs tooth brush, and that was a little off putting. I had found a few more online, but again, either the heads were too small, the bristles looked too soft, or the shipping was almost as much as the toothbrush which was a little too costly for a single toothbrush.

I was thrilled when I saw them in the cabinets, at a bargain price if £2! What a steal! The toothbrush has a rainbow head, perfect design for everyone, it also came in a cardboard case, which was a nice touch.
The toothbrush is a good strength, and makes me smile after every use knowing that I’m using one less plastic product.

Peach: Vegan Kitchen and zero waste store.

Peach vegan kitchen and zero waste store. The Island’s first zero-waste store sitting inside a 100% plant-based cafe & coffee shop.

This store was opened just over 2 weeks ago by Steph. Although I haven’t yet had a.chance to eat there, because its always jam packed, they offer an extensive menu filled with delicious treats for all times of the day, a refillable station offering pastas, prices and spiced, and goods.for the home.

Pit Putty – sample sized free gift

(Full size £9.95)

Thursday morning, I saw that Peach was holding a competion on their facebook page, to win a tester tin of their Pit Putty. I entered and a few years later, I was messaged and told to collect my prize.

The pit putty was a brand and a product that if never heard of before.
I was instructed to apply a pea sized around to my arm pits.
I have to admit I added a little more as the consistency was more of a balm, that a petroleum jelly texture that I had imaged and I wanted to make sure the surface was covered properly.

I picked the lemon grass and teatree tin. Maybe I drifted toward it because it smelt just like my morning green tea, so it was fresh and comforting.

The application was smooth, and didn’t leave my fingers sticky at all, and the fragrance was clean and pleasant.
I decided to give it a go for a night out with friends for dinner. And for 3 or 4 hours, there was so issue and I was pleasantly surprised.
Now, the big test was the next day… a full day at work.
After a hot summers day inside, working a 10 and a half hour shift, the ultimate test, I could confidently say, that the Pit Putty did not work for me.
Man, I stank. When I arrived home, I warned my boyfriend before I hugged him. I reeked.

This is such a shame, but I have to say, everyones body is different, and just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it wont for others.
Apart from a roll on deoderant, I hadn’t ever strayed away from my antiperspirant spray, so to try something new for nice, especially where I have sensitive skin, change in products can be a big jump.
My skin was left without any irritation or soreness, but unfortunately not smelling it’s best.
I’m glad that I’ve tried a new product and had a chance to step away from my aerosol, and maybe I’ll find a product that’s a good fit for me.

Bambaw reusable make up remover pads £13.99

I love my eyeliner and sporting a smokey eye, so make up wipes, cotton pads and make up remover works just fine for me.

When I saw these reusable make up pads, I knew I had to give them.a.try, even if they were a little bit more than I had hoped to spend.

For £13.95 you recieve 12 soft bamboo velvet pads, 4 Terry cloth pads, and a 100% cotton mesh bag.

I had visions of the pads being instantly stained.
Well, I couldn’t be more wrong.

I added a bit of warm water and my make up removed to the Velvet pad, to remove my face make up and my eyeshadow.
I then used the rougher pad to remove the rest of my eye make up. I rinsed off the pads with warm water and gave my face the once over again, which left my skin clear and looking fresh.
I used the same amount of make up remover as normal, I didn’t have any redness or itchiness to my eyes, face or neck.
The pads washed well, and can be washed in the washing machine by throwing all the used pads in the cotton bag that is included! No fuss!

(Pads, cleaned, after removing a smokey eye and full face of make up)

Bamboo Straws £1 each.

As I walked to the till, I saw something out of the corner of my eye, Bamboo straws! They came in a variety of sizes, so I grabbed too of the bigger straws. I grabbed two, for my boyfriend and I. Perfect for the summer for smoothies and cocktails.

I’m thankful that these too incredible woman have put the thought and heart behind these independent businesses that offer us exactly what the residents of The Isle of wight need.. hopefully this will open a few people’s minds, and encourage them to start taking better care of our beautiful planet.

I look forward to returning to Mindfully made and peach later this month to treat myself to a piece of jewellery and a lovely lunch.

Have you tried any products similar? Or are there any products that you reccomend?

Kaya •