Roccabox Review – May 2020 Edition

Roccabox is luxe beauty subscription box that can be delivered monthly, right to your doorstep! You get between five and seven beauty products in a themed, recyclable box.

I was kindly offered* the opportunity to try out the May 2020 box and it did not disappoint.

What was in the May 2020 Roccabox?

Favourite Products and Planned Repurchases

Without a doubt, the best product in this months Roccabox box for me was the Elemis Peptide Plumping Pillow Facial. I know that’s a long title… It’s basically a hydrating sleep mask. It smells divine and has left my skin so soft and moisturised all month. That’s right, I got 4 weeks worth out of this little sample bottle. Given the price tag for a full jar, I would not have usually considered this product but I am planning on repurchasing and you even get a discount code to use on the brands website if you decide to buy it in full.

Another product I have reached for day after day is the Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer. This is a leave in conditioning treatment that you apply to damp hair and then the magic happens. I’m already on a hair care repair journey so I couldn’t have found this product at a better time. It has 5 oils that help too condition and strengthen the hair from within the follicle. I love that this product isn’t heavy in my hair and doesn’t leave any sticky residue after application like so many other hair products do!

Review of Other Products

Don’t think that I haven’t enjoyed using the other items in the may Roccabox. The Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist smells so good. I’ve been taking it into the office and spraying it on my face half way through the day to add some moisture. In fact, I also used it this morning in place of a toning spray!
As many people are having a glow up in the lockdown, I have been trying to grow my own nails and the Nail HQ Hardener is seriously powerful stuff. My own nails are pretty pathetic usually but this product really does make them harder and less brittle, which has been quite surprising as I have never been able to grow them without them snapping off.
I’ve yet to use the St Tropez bronzing gel because I’m lazy and tanning takes forever, but I have heard great things about St Tropez in general so I am excited to try it when I can muster the strength!

Best Part of the Roccabox

Given the current lockdown, it’s been really hard to try before you buy with a lot of products. I love that this box gives the opportunity for that again. For the longest time I have avoided brands with a bigger price tag. I’m glad that roccabox can remove that block and show me new brands to entrust with my make up bag and skin care routine.

Again, it provides you with a discount code so that you can buy the full size product, should you fall in love with it (like I have).
You can also gift one of the monthly beauty boxes or a Themed Box to a loved one, which is a lovely sentiment for someone that’s been having a tough time recently.

Final Thoughts

The price of the Roccabox is £10.00 plus £3.95 postage. That’s a pretty standard price for beauty boxes these days. But they also offer 3, 6 and 12 months subscriptions meaning you save a little extra each time.
I love that they offer hair and beauty products as well as nail and perfume which I haven’t seen in other boxes before.
Their latest limited edition box is based on Astrology and as a Fire sign I can confirm that it was perfect for me!

What have your experiences been with beauty subscription boxes been like? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

XO

[*] – This product was gifted but all opinions are my own.
[⁑] – This link contains an affiliate code. I will make a small commission if you purchase this item but this will not affect the price for you.

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Impress Press On Manicure – Kiss Products [Gifted]

Press On Nails Gifted by Kiss Products – All Opinions are my own and I am not being paid to review these items

Team, I have found the solution to having terrible nails. Furthermore, it’s solved my terrible picking habit. 

For years and years I have picked the skin around my nails. I don’t even realise I’m doing it half the time. It got so bad that I used to wear plasters to stop. I tried hand creams, oils, scrubs, the works but nothing helped. 
It’s so bad that even friends tell me off for biting my nails and picking the skin around my nails.
I even had a phase where I would rub my nail constantly and/or scratch the enamel from the top. It’s something I’ve always failed to give up for longer than two days.

However, I recently went to an event with Kiss Products for a collaboration with Kaz Crossley. And there, I was gifted a few pairs of press on nails (as well as some beautiful lashes) and let me tell you they have changed my life!

The skin on my nails has almost healed, my nails are growing and the press on nails look fabulous! The best part about it? They take no time at all!

I’ve found that these press on nails last between 3-5 days on my nails, which is really good (I use my hands a LOT) and they retail at £8.99 which is much cheaper than a normal manicure. Plus, like I mentioned these press on nails actually stop my anxious picking.

I also felt a lot more feminine and put together whilst wearing them, so I highly recommend grabbing a pack and testing them out.

The best thing about these press on nails is that you don’t have to use any glue as they come ready to go, meaning you can do your nails anywhere! I filmed a little tutorial for the whole application process so please jump over to my IGTV to watch that.

For the full range of Kiss Product Press On Nails, please follow the link below.

https://www.kisseurope.uk/nails/press-on-nails

Every Day Make Up.

As quietly promised a few weeks ago, here is the step by step of my every day make up routine. This is not a sponsored post, nor is it a review. Just a small written guide to my methods.

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Step 1: Carve In The Brows!

After the basic skincare regime (See Here), I fill in my brows. I like to do this step first as if I mess them up I’m not removing my whole face to redo them.

Using the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade I follow the top line of my sparse hairs, then I do the same with the bottom line. Once they’re almost touching I colour them in with the brush and add the tail. Depending on how I want them to look, I will either elongate the tail outwards. Alternatively, pulling the tail down to create a more defined brow.

Step 2: Erase Your Mistakes!

Okay, So if you’re anything like me… the first step probably isn’t looking so instagrammable right now. Worry not, you can get rid of any uneven, unwanted bits by covering them with foundation! Taking a small foundation brush with a pea sized amount of the (Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony) Foundation, I carve around the brows and cover up any overspill of brow product. Starting at the bridge of my nose I pull the foundation upwards to define the space between the brows. Then, I outline the top of the brow on both sides, following it round at the tail and finally I go in and carve out the lines beneath the brow. Any remaining product is used to cover up blemishes and dark circles.

Step 3: Build That Foundation.

Maybe my most or least favourite step depending on how rushed I am to get out the door…

I use a damp beauty blender for my foundation as I find brushes are too much effort. Putting around two pumps (EY) of foundation onto the back of my hand, I use the largest part of the Sport FX Beauty Blender to blend out the foundation around my eyebrows before it starts to dry, adding foundation as and when needed. I then cover my chin, cheeks, nose and eyes. If there is any product remaining I will add it to wherever I feel more coverage is needed. As a little side note, this product dried super quickly so you definitely want to work quickly with it.

Step 4: Set That Shit!

I’ve always found that my liquid foundation moves all over my face without a setting powder of some kind. A lot of products are very heavy on my face and end up too cakey but I’ve found this powder to be amazing. I use a basic revlon powder puff and generously shake the powder onto this, then add it to my chin, nose and cheeks first. Once patted out, I then add powder using the same method to the rest of my face (inducing eyes and undereyes).

Step 5:  Eyes and Eyeshadow.

Legit my favourite step, I LOVE creating new eye looks. Even if its the same shape with different colours!

I’ll try to make this bit as easy as possible to follow.

I use three brushes, a basic fluff/packing brush and two varied sized blending brushes. Using the packing brush, I take the lightest colour (Usually a white, cream or very light beige shade) and pack the colour all over the oval of my eyelid. Then using the smaller blending brush, I take the second lightest shade (usually a light brown) and follow the corner of my upper eyelid. Then, round the curve of my brow bone and repeat in back and forth motions. I do this until it’s at the intensity that I want. Finally I take the larger blending brush and the darkest shade of eyeshadow and pack it into the hollow of my brow bone and eyelid with large back and forth motions.

Using a clean powder brush, I wipe away any fall out.

Once I’m happy with the look of my eyeshadow, I add a thin line of eyeliner complete with (wonky) cat flick. Following the natural curve of my eyelid with the tip until around 3mm before the end of my eye, then pulling the eyeliner up to create a flick. I do this so that if my eye leaks (which it always does) I don’t end up looking like a panda. Finish off withe good coating of Mascara.

Step 6: That 80’s Cheekbone.

I am obsessed with the 80’s! Ever since I got into make up, it has influenced my style. Honestly, I have probably worn this intense blusher look in varying colours for at least ten years! I know it’s not for everyone but make up is all about expression.

To start with, using a small blusher brush take some of the NYX Mate Bronzer in Medium and create a line along your cheek bone diagonally towards the edge of your mouth. You want the majority of colour to be focused around top of the cheekbone. Next using the MUA Prism Jelly Highlight in Optic take the brown shade and a larger blusher brush and at the top of your cheek bones apply the product. If this is too shimmery for you, add a little more of the bronzer to calm it down a little.

Step 7: Oh Hi Light.

Finally, we’re getting to the end of our make up journey. I SWEAR by the MUA Loose Powder Highlighter.

I usually use an angled blusher brush. Generously dip the flat edge of the brush into the product and apply it to the highest point of my cheek bone. Then i pull it up to my temples. I also add a small dot to the edge of my nose, the bridge of my nose, my philtrum and on my brow bone to lift my eyebrows!

Step 8: Contour!

Not a step that everyone will want to do but it’s definitely something thats changed my make up game! I usually contour my nose, forehead and chin.

Using the same small blusher brush that we used in step 6 and the same bronzer! I create a halo around the top of my head to give a more rounded shape. I do the same around my chin and then follow the natural line of my jaw to give a more defined edge.

Step 9: Additional Extras!

Lashes and Lips!

For red lips I use the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lady Balls. For Nude lips, I use the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Bedtime Flirt.

Lashes, I only EVER use the Ardell Wispies in style 113.

Make Up Products Mentioned:

Max Factor – Healthy Skin Harmony- Miracle Foundation – Light Ivory 40

L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Mattifying Primer

L’Oreal Paris – True Match Minerals – 1.R/1.C Rose Ivory

L’Oreal Paris – Miss Hippie Mega Volume Mascara – Black

NYX Tame & Frame – Tinted Brow Pomade – TFBP02 – Chocolate

NYX Matte Bronzer – MBB03 – Medium

NYX Epic Ink Liner – Black

MUA Prism – Loose Powder Highlighter – Star Illusion

MUA Prism – Jelly Highlighter – Optical

Too Faced – Sweet Peach Palette

Lime Crime – Venus 3 Palette

Sport FX Beauty Blender


 

Skin Care Routine For Uneven and Dull Skin With YesTo

As you know, I’ve been moaning about my uneven skin tone for as long as I’ve had a blog. However, I have never spoken about my own skin care routine or how I altered my skin to be more bright and clear.

I’ve used a few exfoliating products and the occasional moisturiser in the past but never had a solid every day regime. That is until B The Agency sent me a few samples of the Yes To Grapefruit Skincare range.

My skin prior to the treatments was very patchy with red marks and dulling brown patches. I had a few blackheads, white heads and dry skin patches.

VickiAmaya Uneven

Before

After a month (or two) of using these products, I praise the team at YesTo because my skin is incredible. It no longer has red patches, very little dry skin and NO BROWN BITS ANYWHERE! I mean, My nose still has plentiful blackheads and I’m still getting the odd demon spot but for the most part I’ve been fairly clear. I’ve also noticed my pores look smaller, but that could just be wishful thinking!

VickiAmaya Uneven

After

Method

Every Morning

Using the Daily Facial Scrub, I rub a small (pea sized) amount in circular motions all around my face, then wash off with cold water. Dab face with fluffy towel.

Side Note, for the first week I did use this both morning and night but I found it too harsh for my skin.

Use four drops of the Vitamin C Booster, putting them on my chin, cheeks and forehead then rubbing in until dry.

Finally, Rubbing in a pea sized amount of the Uneven Skin Tone Moisturiser.

Every Night

Removing the majority of my make up with a make up removal wipe (I use these from Superdrug).

Washing my face with a small amount of soap and luke warm water. Dab again with a fluffy towel.

Every other night use the Vitamin C Booster.

Every Night, use a generous amount of the Pore Perfection Night Treatment.

I was also sent a Mud Mask, which I am usually very dubious of due to an allergic reaction a few years ago. However, in the search for sunkissed skin I braved the application. The formula smelt incredible and definitely left mine (and Adam’s) skin looking noticably more bright.

Final Thoughts?

I am hooked and so is Adam! We both thuroughly enjoy washing our face with the scrub every morning. All the products are heavily lemon and grapefruit scented so it also acts as a mini wake up boost! I will definitely be repurchasing the entire range once it has been emptied.

Products Used:

Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub

Yes To Grapefruit Uneven Skin Tone Moisturiser

Yes To Grapefruit Glow Enhancing Vitamin C Booster

Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Mud Mask

Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Night Treatment

MUA Eyeshadow Palette Review with other Goodies

I promise, I am not in any way sponsored by Make Up Academy (MUA) but I am in LOVE with their products! The babes at B The Agency sent me a few treats (Less than a month ago too), thank you SO much.

Spoiler alert, I am OBSESSED! Make Up Academy is a brand that provides the perfect mix of affordability and quality. I have never had a product from them that I didn’t love. Without further Adieu:

MUA LUXE – Light Lustre Highlight Duo

I received three of these little duos and they are the perfect size for popping in your hand bag for a quick highlight fix up mid way through your day. The three shades I have are:

Splendour – White and Turquoise – Both Powders

Majesty – Pale Peach and Yellow Gold – One Cream, One Powder.

Lavish  – Pink and Lilac – Both Powders

If you’ve read my previous posts you know that I am in no short supply of highlighters at the moment. This does not mean that I haven’t passed up the opportunity to whack these babies on my cheekbones though. As this is from the MUA LUXE range of products, I had high expectations. The previous LUXE product I used provided amazing pigment, coverage and longevity. I did notice a little bit of fading with these throughout the day but the sheen was still hanging in there gone 10 hours in. All three palettes have a silver undertone to the highlight.

Lavish holds its Pink and Lilac pigment very well while Splendour is slightly more subtle with its tone. My favourite of the trio is Majesty (Surprise, Surprise) because the cream highlight looks incredibly warm and feels very lightweight on the skin. Plus who doesn’t love an opportunity to rub gold highlight all over themselves.

Make Up Academy Light Lustre

MUA PRISM – Holographic Stick – Mystical Moonstone

I am ALL about the iridescent glow at the moment and this stick just spoke to me. The shimmer from this packs an incredible punch. I actually dabbed a little on my boyfriend so that I could test it on other skin tones and he is now gleaming (which is a good sign). While I am a more yellow tone, he is definitely pink toned and this Make Up Academy miracle stick worked amazingly on both tones.

I love that this stick has such a big surface area. Bigger is better with this baby! I rubbed a large amount in a circular motion onto the tip of my nose and the result was perfect. The finish is quite dewy so I did matte it down with my MUA loose powder. If you’re looking for a more subtle sheen cream highlight, then this should 100% be in your collection! Also, it looks really cute if you rub a little on your ears and wear a messy bun. #NewTrendAlert.

Make Up Academy Holographic Stick

MUA Eyeshadow 15 Shade Palette – Green Goddess and Au Naturel

 

The excitement I felt when these palettes arrived in my post box was unreal. I LOVE eyeshadow, especially brown hues. Au Naturel is my everyday go to palette now, its outshone the Too Fact Sweet Peach Palette. Thats how much I love it. I don’t think there is a shade in here that I won’t use. The pigment is amazing, its creamy and blends out so smoothly. It’s also only £4.00 at the moment from Superdrug so if you’re a lover of brown shades, you MUST own this product. My favourite combination so far has been shade numbers 9 & 10.

Being as I had so much fun with the Au Naturel palette, I have not yet had a chance to delve into the Green Goddess palette. I have never felt able to rock a green eye, unfortunately. That being said, I know my sister loves a good array of shades so she will be happy to read it is being donated to her make up collection. However, If I were to crack it open I know it would be equally as pigmented and beautiful. Shades 9 & 12 are immediately catching my attention. I do believe that these shades will also look amazing as a singular shade blended out. I do find there is quite a lot of fat out with these powders, so I would recommend building colour in small dabs.

MUA PRISM – Strobe Cream – Flash and Golden Ray

Can you guess which one I opened quicker than lightening? If you said Golden Ray, then you go Glen Coco! 100 Points to Gryffindor.

This cream highlight smells insanely good as a little FYI. It also looks stunning. Very shimmery with a golden undertone. Its definitely one I’m going to savour until the summer so I can dab a little on my shoulders as well as my brow bone. The formula is very smooth, rich and creamy. A little goes a long way with this stuff too. I used about a pea sized amount the first time and managed to do both cheeks, brow bone and upper lip groove. This can take about a minute to dry but its well worth the wait.

Flash is a sheer pale pinkish tone. I found it very subtle but beautiful all the same. It is perfect for the inner eye glow that’s popular at the moment. I also feel as though it would be great to add into foundation for a more glowing finish. I wish I had thought of doing that before I wrote this review actually. However, there is always tomorrow to test it out!

MUA Eyeshadow – 6 Shade Palette – Rusted Wonders

A question for you, have you ever found a palette that you have used every shade of? If not, allow me to introduce you to the Rusted Wonders palette! Again, its a variation of brown hues which just screams my name. Make Up Academy is serving me with all the looks this season!

These little pans have upped my eyeshadow game. The formula is very silky and so bendable. You can create a subtle glow with the golds or a sultry smokey eye with the beautiful burgundy shade. The moment this was delivered, it was put in my make up bag. I do not regret that decision AT ALL. Its also a perfect pairing with the Au Naturel palette if you want to use a more muted shade as a base and one of these as a cut crease shade.

Final Thoughts?

Make Up Academy is a brand that constantly provides quality at a low cost. If you haven’t already, please pop in to your local Superdrug store and check them out.

If you only picked one item from this review I would strongly recommend the 6 Shade Palette as the pigment and longevity of these powders is unbeatable. They also come in 8 shades (Listed Below), so you are bound the find the perfect one to match your eyeshadow shade preferences. I’m eyeing up Soft Suedes and Coral Delights for my next payday treats!

Soft Suedes

Coral Delights

Dusky Curiosities

Scorched Marvels

Glamour Golds

Smokey Shadows

Natural Essentials

Is there a product that you would like me to try or review? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time

VickiAmaya

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-Disclaimer: Whilst the products in this post were sponsored by B The Agency, the opinions of these products are my own. –