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!

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[*] – 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.

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 – Prism Highlighters – Why I LOVE them!

VickiAmaya MUA

A long, long time ago a package arrived at my doorstep that contained nine incredible highlighters, sent by the amazing team at FBBeauty. The brand was MUA (Make Up Academy), a brand I have used time and time again. Their Luxe Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit is a must have, their Matte Lipsticks come in some amazing shades (for £1.00 each!) and their Undress Your Skin Highlight is so dreamy! If you’re doing beauty on a budget you HAVE to try this brand, it does not disappoint.

I did originally post a little video on Instagram about this package, which you may remember. Since then I have used them to death and enjoyed every single moment.

The Prism Highlighter (circular pans) are available in five shades:

Polarised Green

Aquatic Shine (Blue)

Rose Tinted (Pink)

Solar Flare (Peach)

Ultra Violet (Violet)

These are your everyday pressed powder highlighters. They pack tons of pigment with even with the lightest of brush strokes and will gleam and glisten on your skin. I have been using the shade Ultra Violet for about two months now to highlight my brow bone and temples. It does not disappoint in staying power. Something else to add is that it does looks white in the pot. However, when it hits your skin the colour transforms into a beautiful muted violet tone.

Prism Loose Powder Highlighter

. I have the shade Star Illusion (they are also available in Oceanic Wonder and Emerald Marvel). It is iridesant and very striking! I usually stay clear from loose powdered anything because I find it:

1. Makes a mess.

2. Absorbs into my skin.

3. Doesn’t have staying power

My god was I surprised by this one though! It is the perfect consistency for use on your nose and cupids bow and looks spellbinding in the sunshine. Plus, I have tons left which is an achievement for me as anything loose powdered normally gets dropped and goes everywhere… The joys of clumsiness.

Prism Jelly Highlight

Finally and most versatile in my opinion, we have the three shade palettes. These are the Prism Jelly Highlight, highlighters (a first for me) and I’ve already hit pan with the Optical palette. The peach tone was phenomenal on the tip of my nose and under my eyebrow bone, The darker brown shade is my go to sheen supplier for layering on top of my powder contour  to give it some extra depth and the lighter copper shade is the perfect bronzer. I also use it for blending up and into the cheekbone highlight! All of which I achieve with two blush brushes!

These shades also work amazingly on top of a smokey brown eye look to add just a hint of a dewy glow. They are called “Jelly Highlights” due to the consistancy when in the pan but they still appear very matte when applied as above (in my opinion). So if like me, you usually avoid anything without MATTE plastered over the front, please rest assured that these will not leave you feeling like an oil slick.

The other two palettes are:

Light Spark – in White, Cream and Gold

and

Crystal Cut – in Grey, Green and Violet

After writing this, I had to jump into the Light Spark palette and it is now being used every day as a transition from cheek to temple.

Also, I promised Light Spark to my sister once I’d finished my review so now I need to go out and buy a new one (Sorry Shelley)

What is your favourite highlighter at the moment? Do you have any that you would recommend? Let me know as I love hearing from you!

Sleek Make Up Review

I’m sure you’re sensing a little theme here but many moons ago, I was fortunate to receive a PR package from the babes at Brand Nation. The envelope included two foundations, one liquid lipstick, one eyeshadow palette, one coloured eyeliner, one contour kit and one strobe highlighting dome. Sleek Make Up is one of the more underrated brands out there and I’m here to shout about them because they deserve more credit! I must admit, I’ve only ever used a small handful of their products before these were sent out to me. However, I am happy to report that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying using them and will be repurchasing a few when they run out!

Lets start in order of use, shall we?

Lifeproof Foundation – LP01 & LP02

This foundation is:

Sweat-Proof

Oil-Free

Buildable Coverage

Medium to Full Coverage

I received shades LP01 and LP02, the former being a perfect match for my pale yet pink complexion. First impressions left me feeling gobsmacked! I never bother with primer these days because I haven’t found one that doesn’t suck. Usually without a little primer I have to blot midway through my day… However, this foundation went an entire work day without showing signs of sweat and oil. I set it with a powder (as I always do) and didn’t give it another thought until taking it off that night. Incredible.

The Lifeproof foundation blended out really smooth and crease free. Its fairly light on the skin but is easy to build up coverage. It also dries down very matte so you need to be quick with your application. I used a damp (I hate the word moist) beauty blender to apply. By the time I was applying my powder it was almost entirely set.

Face Contour Kit – Light 884

I’m pretty sure this was hand crafted by the goddess Aphrodite. It is a perfect formula for contouring and highlighting. For those of you that don’t know already, I love a good nose and cheek contour. This product delivers!

I was sent the shade Light 884 which was a perfect coconut brown shade for contouring and a luminous peach/sheer highlight. The contour pan was exactly the right size (I say was because I have none left) for my little sculpting brushes. It sat lightly on my cheeks and nose and had maximum effectiveness. I actually started using the contour shade as a base for my blusher as I loved the tone of brown that much. As previously mentioned, I need my products to be matte and this did not budge from my face at all.

The highlight is equally as impressive, with a only slightly smaller pan size. I found the highlight a great contrasting tone to my foundation and skin tone. Its a very warm highlight with flecks of golden pink undertone. I’m not one of these girls that has a summer and winter look. I like to have a bronze glow all year round and this highlight captured that essence without any effort.

Both formulas are a powdery to begin with but turn into a smooth creamy texture as soon as they hit the skin. Be very sparing with both powders as the more you put on, the heavier they look.

i-Lust – Into The Night – Silver – Eyeshadow Palette

This six shade palette is perfect for any babe that loves a smokey eye (Eva, I’m looking at you!). There are three cream shades and three powder shades each with a white, grey and black pigment. The cream shades are very hard wearing and have a beautiful sheen to them. The powder shades are highly pigmented and look amazing when blended out.

Whilst the palette looks amazing and is small enough to pop in your overnight bag without compromise. It’s not a palette I would personally reach for very often as I don’t feel I suit darker eye shadows. However, If you can easily rock a metallic silver to black smokey eye then this Sleek Make Up palette is right up your street!

 

i-Art Precision Liquid Eye Colour – Futurism

My experience of eyeliner goes as follows:

Kohl Eyeliner Pencil – Black – Collection – £2.99

Liquid Eyeliner – Black – Maybelline – £5.99

Felt Tip Eyeliner – Black – Whatever Brand – £3-£10

You get the idea. Never in my life have I strayed far from the Black section of eyeliner colours. So, when this little pot of metallic blue eyeliner was sent my way, I was very cautious to try it. I’m a girl of habit and that habit is racoon eyes or GTFO. That being said, I needed to test it out for the purpose of this post and let me tell you I am shook. The consistancy is quite thick so I did wipe some product off the applicator brush before popping it on my eyelid. Dubious, I applied a thin streak on the inner top lid and it really dazzled! The mix of silver to blue in the line is perfect. I have blue eyes and this product really makes them standout. I will be adding this little beauty to my make up bag for a little extra somethin’ somethin’.

 

Strobe Dome Face Highlighter – Pink 1158

It is no secret that I love a good highlighter. My makeup bag is overflowing with various shimmery powders and creams. I think I actually own more highlighters than socks right now…

Sleek Make Up have made this the absolute PERFECT shape (Domed) for adding a dab to your nose and cheeks! The colour is incredible, it’s a very rosy pink and has a warm gold undertone (which is perfect for me). I do prefer a powder highlighter as I love having a matte finish to my face but this product really works well on my powder. With other cream products on a powder base, i find there is a lot of pull off. This product is fine for that, but I would recommend a dabbing motion instead of a wiping motion. Also, I learnt a little trick from Jeffree Star which is to warm the cream up on your hand then dab it with your fingers onto the area (thanks Jeffrey, you babe!). The formula is very light, none sticky and subtle but it can be built up quite easily.

I’ve been using this product for a good few months now and have loads left too, so a little really does go a long way. I would recommend this for a warm glow look. With spring on the way, I think this will be an amazing addition to your make up routine!

Matte Me Metallic – Matte Lip Cream – Anodized Ruby 1167

The amount of compliments I received when wearing this liquid lipstick is insane! It was my go to over the Christmas period and actually kickstarted my red lipstick obsession (thank you, Sleek Make Up). The consistency is quite thin but very creamy. I always find that thinner formulas are better when you’re using a liquid lipstick. You can over-line your lips a hell of a lot easier without mistakes (guilty)! This product dries almost instantly too!

The shade is breathtaking! Its a deep ruby with gold metallic undertones. If I want to add some sparkle to my day to day, this is the lipstick I go too! Another amazing bonus is that it is almost transfer proof, which is good because I often get red all over me from other lipsticks. I’m a messy person, I can’t change that haha! This lipstick is definitely being added to the re-buy list once it’s run out!

Final Thoughts?

If you’re like me and you want to test the waters of a brand before diving headfirst into all of their products then I would highly recommend the Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream Range and the Face Contour Kit. However, all these products are amazing and have a great price point so none of these products will disappoint if you pop them in your shopping basket.

Have you tried any other products by Sleek Make Up? Let me know as I would love to add a few more items by this brand to my make up bag!

VickiAmaya

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