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Il Makiage Concealer Shade 2.5 and Blending Brush 140 Review

I’ve been using Il Makiage for nearly 2 years now and still keep going back to it. I’ve tried a few other concealers, including Estee Lauder ‘stay in place’ and Mac ‘Pro longwear’, but I still go back to Il Makiage.

On the Il Makiage website, the ‘F**K I’m Flawless concealer‘ is described as:

long-wear, lightweight concealer that instantly covers under-eye circles, blemishes, dark spots & hyperpigmentation with an advanced vegan, cruelty-free, oil-free & paraben-free formula.

Il Makiage website at time of writing

I have to agree – I use it for dark circles under eye bags, hyperpigmentation on my forehead and sides of my face, and of course – spots! It’s very light, which sinks into my skin really well and it’s buildable on those days when I’ve had a crap sleep and need extra under my eyes.

Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
Using Il Makiage’s concealer with 140 blender brush

Table of contents:

Prepping your skin

The lotions, potions and make up only stay on your skin as well as you look after your skin! To make sure my skin is prepped for makeup, I do the following:

  • I dermaplane every 2 weeks (basically shaving your face, but it takes off the top layer revealing soft skin underneath. Don’t do over spots though)
  • Cleanse, tone and moisturise, giving at least 10 minutes time before applying make up to allow the lotions to sink in
  • Use a primer after moisturiser – I use the Il Makiage primer, but sometimes the Embryolisse “lait-crème concentré” if my skin is in need of a good hydration

What are the benefits?

The biggest pluses for me are that it comes in over 30 shades, giving us a big choice. This can sometimes be tricky if you are unsure – I actually emailed them my picture when deciding on the foundation, so I’m sure you could do this too.

Here’s a link to the concealer on Il Makiage’s website.

Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - shades
My shade 2.5 is LIGHT and ORANGE although I didn’t pick this as I’m clueless. They have over 30 shades to choose from.
Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
My shade is 2.5

Otherwise they have a 100-day returns policy so you can literally, return for your money back.

My shade is 2.5 which is skin-tone ‘light’ and undertone ‘orange’.

It’s cruelty-free, vegan, oil-free and paraben-free – so no nasties and no nasty treatment to animals – winner!

It’s buildable, but also light enough to wear with just one layer. I tend to use more layers on spots, and only one on my under eye area as it’s quite thin and make up can sit in my fine lines (I am mid-30’s you know).

Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
I only like light coverage under my eye as it’s thin skin
Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
I gently dab, being careful not to pull as again the skin is thin!
Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
Using concealer on your lids helps eye shadow stay on longer. I also sometimes use another concealer brush that’s longer and extremely soft, for going in on my lids where I’m extra careful not to pull my skin
Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
I like to use my bigger foundation brush (Il Makiage 100) sometimes when I’m blending
Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
Using for hiding those pesky spots
Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
Using my Il Makiage foundation brush, 100, to gently buff in the concealer
Il Makiage FCUK I'm Flawless concealer - my review with blender brush 140
Spots nicely hidden!

How long does it last?

It lasts all day, over 12 hours at least.

Il Makiage 100 Foundation Blending brush review
This is me after a 17 hour day – including sweating and walking in the rain! The spots on my chin are more noticeable but after a long day, it’s understandable, plus they’re not too badly showing

How much are the concealer & brushes?

The concealer is £27 for 7ml which is pretty standard. You can buy it from Il Makiage’s website here. You have to spend over £50 to get free delivery, otherwise it’s £3.95. Use the voucher code ‘welcome10’ to get 10% off 🙂 you’re welcome!

If you’re going for the concealer, I would personally try the ‘woke up like this’ foundation. I’ve been using both for nearly 2 years, and they go really well together. I often use both if I’m out for several hours – neither fades much by the end of a long day.

If you’re unsure on your foundation shade, use powermatch to help you find your shade – I used it and it was perfect (I’m 035). If you buy both, you’ll get free delivery.

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How does Il Makiage Foundation Shade 35 look on a lighter skin tone – Before After photos and full review

What are the shades available from Il Makiage and how do you pick the right one for you? I got matched to 035 after completing their tool called POWERMATCH. 035 is for lighter skin tones – I put it to the test on my acne-prone skin, dark circles, oily forehead and hyperpigmentation!

They have over 50 shades to choose from, and you can return it if you don’t like the colour within 30 or 60 days depending on whether you’ve used the quiz or not.

Il Makiage shade 35 foundation review

Get matched using their tool ‘powermatch’ or get your money back (they will literally refund you and by using the tool, you have longer to return)

If you aren’t sure (as I wasn’t) when I first purchased but their returns policy is amazing – try risk free and return it if you’re not happy. This gave me a lot of confidence I’ll get my money back if it’s the wrong shade (or if I just don’t like it) as it’s risky buying something like this online.

I personally never expect to get the right shade first time.

Il Makiage shade 35 powermatch foundation matcher
They have over 50 shades with skin tone and undertone as categories
This is how shade 35 looks on the Il Makiage website

Shade 35 is under the ‘light’ skin tone with ‘pink’ undertones. I don’t think this is accurate; I’m definitely more yellow than pink.

Shade 35. It’s a little light for me at the moment as we’ve had a summer of sun here in the UK – it’ll fade soon!
Close up – shade 35
Not the best lighting but the difference is clear (not sure why I didn’t go straight down the middle!) It covers hyperpigmentation, dark spots, dark circles, spots and redness – all without clogging pores

my full @IL MAKIAGE ‘woke up like this’ foundation make up routine. I’m shade 35 & was matched using their powermatch quiz #makeuproutine #ilmakiage #ilmakiagefoundation #ilmakiagereview

♬ ALMOST HOME – Mad Adix, Marc Steinmeier
Here’s how I apply the foundation and what the shade looks like in my Tiktok!

How much foundation do you need to use?

It’s buildable so you can either go for a light coverage (like I normally do – pictured above) or a heavier if you want that fuller coverage.

On the photo above, I’ve got 2 pumps on which doesn’t feel heavy. If I was to want to cover my blemishes and hyperpigmentation fully, I’d need more pumps but it still wouldn’t feel heavy on my skin. One of the reasons why I don’t often wear foundation is the weight of it and how it feels after a few hours of wearing foundation. I’ve got really oily skin so I always notice whenever I’ve got foundation on, but Il Makiage ‘woke up like this’ lasts all day and I’m not desperate to take it off at the end of the day.

The foundation is available here on Il Makiage’s website for £36. Use code ‘welcome10’ for 10% off!

Where can I buy it and how much is it?

Buy it from the Il Makiage website: The foundation is £36, my shade above is 35. You have to spend over £50 to get free delivery, otherwise it’s £3.95. Use the voucher code ‘welcome10’ to get 10% off 🙂 you’re welcome!

The concealer blending brush 140 is £29. The foundation blending brush is £38.

If you’re unsure on your foundation shade, use powermatch to help you find your shade – I used it and it was perfect (I’m 35). If you buy both, you’ll get free delivery.

Il Makiage 100 Foundation Blending brush review
Il Makiage ‘woke up like this’ on my skin – with spots, redness, lots of hyperpigmentation
Il Makiage 100 Foundation Blending brush review
After putting the foundation on – it’s covered a lot, and it’s still only a light coverage
Il Makiage woke up like this
Showing the foundation below my eyes – my forehead doesn’t have any on and you can see the difference
Il Makiage woke up like this
Don’t forget to blend into your ears and neck line with foundation brush 100
Il Makiage 100 Foundation Blending brush review
The finished result using Il Makiage’s foundation and concealer. Blush from Bodyshop
Il Makiage 100 Foundation Blending brush review
This is me after a 17 hour day – including sweating and walking in the rain!

Il Makiage’s Returns Policy

Il Makiage have a really great returns policy. If you answer the questions in their POWERMATCH which helps you find your colour, they offer a 60-day returns policy (normally 30 days).

In general, any product purchased through our shade-matching quiz(s) is eligible for a sixty-day return period.

see their FAQs here

See my full reviews here:

UPDATE: 1 March 2023

I’ve made another blog recently using both foundation and concealer, using the Il Makiage blender brush 100 and concealer brush 140. I haven’t put the full blog up yet; just the concealer one. Anyways some of the photos are ready, so I’ll post them below, as it shows more lighting.

The foundation is available here on Il Makiage’s website for £36. Use code ‘welcome10’ for 10% off!

Hope this blog has helped!

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Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Face Mask on my acne-prone oily skin- my honest review

I wanted to share my thoughts around this clay because it’s one of my staple products I’ve consistently used for years (although I only use a couple of times a month due to the price).

What does sand and sky pink clay mask do?

I bought it because I wanted something to help with my oily skin and to clear out all the rubbish accumulated throughout the day. I also wanted a mask to help (or at least not worsen) my acne.

  • Detoxifies and brightens the skin
  • Cruelty-free
  • Great for clearing oiliness, congestion or pigmentation
  • Good for acne

This is exactly what S&S does. It detoxes skin by removing dead skin cells, leaving newer skin underneath which makes your skin look brighter. It also helps with acne by reducing inflammation.

A photo the benefits of Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask, including no sulfates, no silicones, no parabens, no phthalates, no PEGS, no gluten and cruelty-free
from their website at the time of writing – confirmation on what the clay doesn’t include, plus the PETA stamp of approval
from their website at the time of writing – lots of goodies included in the clay
Analysis screenshot from showing a list of the ingredients and what they're good for (& not good for)
I use to checkout ingredients in products – it lists everything that might not be suitable (dry/oily skin)

I add ingredients from products into which then tells me what that product is good for, and what it’s bad for. As you can see, Sand & Sky Clay ticks lots of boxes, especially the ‘fungal acne’ one which is what I look out for because I suffer with this on my forehead. You’d be surprised at how many acne-fighting products include an ingredient which makes this worse.

How do you use the Sand and Sky clay mask?

You use it like a mask – spreading it thoroughly all over your face with the small brush that comes with it. This is the 60g tub – you’d need to check if it comes with the travel size (I’m not sure it does). Using your fingers is easy too, just a bit messy.

A photo Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask with brush
You get the small brush tool in with the price
A photo of my face whilst using Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask
it goes on shiny pink but within seconds it starts to dry a white colour

Within seconds of it being put on, it starts to dry. It feels really smooth and it’s thick too, so it feels very expensive and you feel hopeful it’s going to do wonders for your face.

A photo of my face whilst using Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask
excuse the ridiculous face – this is after a few minutes so as you can see, it’s starting to dry thoroughly
A photo of my face whilst using Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask
my large pores on my nose are visible – this is after around 10 minutes

Excuse the happy face followed by the sad face. I usually clean the bathroom whilst it’s drying hence looking fed-up!

As the pink clay dries, it turns white and tight on your skin. Not too tight it’s unpleasant though. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes then rinse off with cool water. I usually rinse it off in the shower to reduce any mess made but in the sink is easy enough too.

A photo of my face after using Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask
meh bad angle and not the clearest of pics, but as you can see, I’m happy with the result – pores have been completely cleaned out, and reduced in size

What does the clay mask do for skin?

I feel it cleans out the rubbish I’ve accumulated which my other products haven’t picked up.

  • My pores are clean
  • blackheads are gone
  • my skin feels fresh and smooth
  • any spots are reduced in size/redness
  • any oiliness is completely removed for a few days (yep, a few days).

I feel 1x or 2x a week is enough for this product, mainly due to the price but as it’s quite a deep clean, my skin might not like it – it’s not good to remove oils from your skin so often because oil is actually healthy for your skin (just not too much of it).

I’d thoroughly recommend this Sand and Sky pink clay mask. It’s a product I’ve used for years, even though it’s expensive (more on that below). I feel like it cleans my skin better than almost anything else.

Should you moisturise after pink clay mask?

Yes! Always after using masks, you need to moisturise afterwards to stop your skin becoming too dry.

Can I leave pink clay mask on overnight?

I personally wouldn’t – the Sand and Sky website says to leave it on for 10 minutes, so this is what I do. It might dry out or irritate skin if left on for too long.

How much does it cost?

It’s around £36.50 depending on where you look for a 60g pot. Several of the usuals have it: Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay. Personally I would visit the Sand & Sky website to see if they’ve got any sales on – at the time of writing this, they’ve got 25% off everything using the code ‘celebrate’.

Failing that, have a nosy around their website then visit YouTube, and a bunch of social media accounts – they might retarget you with an offer.

It’s expensive at £36 now £34 for 60g but worth it – make it last

Unlike the pics above to show what it looks like, I make it last by only putting it sparingly on the bits of my face that need it, such as my oily patches and not putting it on my dry bits (side of nose).

Using it once a week and you’ll get a good 4-6 months out of it. Pretty good going as an average if you ask me!

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Simply Effective Natural Deodorant – my month-long experience

I’ve tried lots of natural beauty products – from haircare, to deodorant – I wanted to try this because it only contains natural ingredients. I’m trying to move away from supermarket-sold products that contain lots of nasty things that aren’t good for your body, including aluminum.

The 6 sample pots I got – 5g each for £8.49

From coconut oil to Jojoba oil, it’s vegan and cruelty free, and their packaging is made from sustainable glass jar with bamboo lid – so no plastic. Lots of wins here.

Unfortunately I’ve tried this for just under 4 weeks and honestly, I’ve never been so smelly. I bought the full sample set, £8.49 in total (+£1.49 delivery) containing 6x 5g pots of different smells/types, including:

  • FRESH – Fresh, fruity and flowery with hints of Jasmine, Bergamot, Patchouli, Vanilla, Orange, and Lavender.
  • FOREST – Black Spruce, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Lemon all combine perfectly to provide that fresh forest scent
  • FRUIT – Predominately Orange, Mandarin and Lemon with background hints of Pine and Mint.
  • SEA BREEZE – Scented with a refreshing blend of Lime, Lemon, Lavender and a subtle hint of Spearmint for extra freshness.
  • SENSITIVE – This is our baking soda free ‘Sensitive’ version which is suitable for all and any skin types. Lemon, Geranium and Vanilla provide a lovely unisex scent that is sure to keep you smelling fresh all day long.
  • SIMPLE – Our most simple formula with only 6 ingredients perfectly balanced. Unscented.

As instructed, each morning after a shower, I warmed up a small amount before rubbing into my (dry) pits. Straight away, my pits were wet! Gross – honestly, this doesn’t usually happen, even if I go without any deo on (blame lie-in’s at the weekend). I persevered but by lunchtime, I could smell my pits so I washed and re-applied. I had to do the same each evening, though I couldn’t be bothered to re-apply so I just washed instead. I did this for 4 weeks, so can’t be told I didn’t try. I even went back to my Aurelia natural deodorant when I got really fed up.

Even though it didn’t work for me, I’d recommend trying Simple Effective deo at least. The sample pots are a no-brainer to figure out if it works for you and which smell you like, so you can invest in the bigger pots (from £9.99). As mentioned, it costs just under £10 for the 6 samples (including delivery).

I’m disappointed, especially after reading lots of amazing reviews. It just wasn’t for me.

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9 tips on how to reduce acne and take care of your oily, hormonal skin

For the past few years I’ve started getting a lot of spots the week before my period is due – bigger spots around my face and smaller ones across my forehead. Not only that, I also get spots throughout the month – on the sides of my forehead, my cheeks and my chin. After a lot of reading and getting advice from friends, my skin looks more glowy and any spots I do get fade a LOT quicker than what they used to.

Here’s my list of my top 10 things to do, and not do, to help reduce the amount of spots you’re getting:

  1. Don’t pop them!
  2. Review what you’re putting on your face
  3. Use clean towels
  4. Use clean pillow cases
  5. Are you removing all your make up?
  6. Clean your make up brushes
  7. What make up are you using?
  8. What vitamins are you taking?
  9. Get a spot clearing gel

Don’t pop spots

You don’t have to tell me how hard this one is. There’s not much else better than popping a good spot and having the gunk ooze out. But this is doing your face no good at all. The white stuff in a spot is actually magical liquid helping to GET RID of the spot. So guess what? By squeezing the white goodness, you are 1. removing the goodness fighting the spot 2. making the bacteria go further into your skin increasing the size of the spot and increasing the time it takes to go 3. probably going to leave yourself a scar.

Tips for leaving your spots alone

Don’t look in a mirror.

When I get in and take my makeup off, my most popular time of day for a good spot-popping session was after my evening shower, after I’d taken my makeup off. Spots look worse after a shower because the hot water makes your pores open.

After a shower, I don’t even go near my (amazing) magnifying mirror. I put my creams/moisturiser on without looking. I don’t see my face all red and by the time I look in a mirror, my face has cooled and any spots have reduced in size.

Review what you’re putting on your face

Be honest – how many products are you putting on your face in a day? When I did this assessment, I realised I was:

  1. cleaning my face with a product (morning)
  2. putting 2-3 moisturisers on (morning)
  3. putting primer on (morning)
  4. putting make up on (morning)
  5. removing make up with a product (evening)
  6. putting 2 moisturisers on (evening)
  7. putting on night cream moisturiser (evening)

So that’s a minimum of 9 different products I was putting on my face per day. Your skin is only thin – it can’t possibly hold this much. I figured something must be irritating it so I started to slowly reduce:

1. how much of each product I was using (1 drop instead of 2)
2. reduce the total amount of products I was using.
3. not putting products on all over my face – taking care to reduce the products added to my oily bits (forehead) in a morning

Now my routine looks like this:

  1. cleansing my face with a product (morning)
  2. add 1x 2 moisturiser including SPF (morning) I’ve stopped moisturising my oily bits in a morning which has done wonders for stopping my forehead being so oily by the evening. SPF still goes on all over, though.
  3. add primer sparingly (morning) not all the time if I’m not wearing makeup
  4. add make up (morning) not all the time
  5. removing make up with a product (evening) I use The Body Shop Camomile makeup remover on my eyes, but for my face, I use a reusable Face Halo pad
  6. NEW: cleanse & tone (evening) – cleansing and toning take off every last trace of makeup/dirt from the day
  7. putting 2 moisturisers on (evening) any other products such as Retinol 3x weekly – I use the same products but I use 1 drop instead of 2 and I don’t use harsh products on my dry patches like I used to
  8. add night cream moisturiser (evening) unlike the morning, I put moisturisers on my oily patches which can be washed off in the morning and doesn’t make my oiliness worse during the day

My skin honestly feels like it’s breathing again and my spots have reduced from this routine.

Use clean towels

If when you wash your face, you dry it with the closest towel… stop! Your partner could have just used that to dry their feet. Or bum, urghhhh. The towel could have been sat wet for a time, collecting germs.

I never dry my face with a towel. I usually leave it to dry – it only takes 5 minutes. Or if I need to, I dap it with 2 small pieces if toilet paper. I never use something that’s already out, having been used already.

The same can be said if you use a reusable make up remover cloth. If you leave it out damp or wet, it’ll collect mould so it’s the last thing you want to use on your face.

Use clean pillow cases

I sleep for 7+ hours so that’s a lot of time my face is lay on something. If you have spots, the bacteria will rub off on to your pillow and stay there, so the next night, that bacteria will make its way back to your face.

I make sure to never sleep on the same side twice. I have spares so I don’t need to wash my pillow case and dry it before re-using.

Are you removing all your make up?

I’ve used Face Halo for a while now with The Body Shop Camomile butter make up remover to remove not only face makeup but also eye makeup.

My Face Halo’s have seen better days
The Body Shop Camomile butter – for removing make up

I therefore changed my routine a little. I still use the camomile butter on all my face including my eyes/face, but I also use a toner & cleanser afterwards to remove any last trace of makeup.

Clean your make up brushes

Easily forgotten! If you’re constantly hiding spots, you need to constantly be cleaning your brushes.

I use ISOClean to clean mine which takes literally minutes and they’re as clean as new.

Clean your make up brushes weekly or even daily

What make up are you using?

Do you have new spots appear during the day? If so, that could be a sign your make up is irritating your skin.

Your best bet is to try and see what works for you. Read online reviews and use to check out the ingredients before you buy. It shows you any ingredients that could irritate your skin, in particular if you have spots, dry skin or oily skin.

What vitamins are you taking?

I’ve been taking biotin for hair growth. It works! But at the same time, too much, you guessed it, can bring on spots. I found this to be true. Since I’ve stopped taking a daily biotin vitamin, my spots have reduced. I now take only 2 per week.

Get a spot clearing gel

I’ve used Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Booster for putting on angry spots to help them disappear. I’ve also used Benzoyl Peroxide which kills the bacteria in spots, but it’s very strong and dries out skin, so use sparingly and be careful.

Update: March 2021

I’ve just started using polyester pillowcases which are soft enough to help improve your skin. They don’t soak in the lotions and potions you put on before sleeping, unlike cotton. I’m using them instead of silk, which isn’t cruelty-free. Have a read of my article where I discuss my new polyester pillowcases & show how my hair looks after sleeping. I was happily surprised!

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Carbon Theory | Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Break-Out Control Facial Cleansing Bar | My honest review

I was targeted for this on Instagram (damn you!!) and decided to purchase it. It cost £6 from their website + £1.50 delivery. Quite expensive for what’s essentially a soap, but I wanted to try after reading lots of positive reviews from adults experiencing acne, which I suffer from (at the grand age of 33).

Okay, I say it’s “essentially a soap” but it’s much more than that. Not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, it includes lots of fancy inflammatory products to clean your face and it actively reduces spots from looking big and red. I can honestly say from just a week of using it, my skin feels extremely clean and spot free (which considering it’s the week before my period, that’s really saying something).

The official photo from

What are the fancy ingredients and why do they help?

The soap includes:

  • Activated Charcoal
  • Organic Tea Tree Oil
  • Shea Butter

Plus everything else: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Charcoal Powder, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Citrate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid.

Activated Charcoal

What does this do?

Super-absorbent particles to draw out dirt and unblock pores.

The holes in each particle act as a sponge to draw out bacteria and toxins

Each particle is naturally charged helping it to attract more dirt and excess oil

Smaller particles and lots of them mean a bigger active surface area

Quote from Carbon Theory website,

Organic Tea Tree Oil

What does this do?

This essential oil is derived from leaves of the Melaleuca tree.

Has purifying properties to cleanse the skin and kills bacteria

Natural antiseptic which reduces inflammation and clears breakouts

A natural astringent that can help reduce your pores

Quote from Carbon Theory website,

Shea Butter

What does this do?

Shea butter provides moisture without clogging the pores.

Has chemicals that mimic the bodies own hydrating properties

Rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties

Shea butter’s fatty acid and Vitamin K concentration also helps your body to heal faster when your skin barrier has been compromised

Quote from Carbon Theory website,

How do you use the Carbon Theory bar?

I use it in a morning and before bed. It states on their website to “ditch the cleanser and face wash and use the Carbon Theory Cleansing Soap twice daily to experience The Theory of Every Skin which I’ve been doing. As I’m working from home, I’m not wearing makeup which to be honest, hasn’t really helped my skin as much as I thought it would. I get acne at the sides of my face (next to my eyes and across my forehead & chin) and I have oily skin. I also can’t resist a good popping session, which is obviously the worst thing to do.

This bar isn’t meant to take makeup off – you are advised to keep it away from your eyes too. If I’ve worn mascara during the day, I remove it first using Body Shop Camomile Cleansing oil with a Face Halo, and then use this bar to gently scrub away any remaining rubbish I’ve collected on my face from the day.

This is the size after a few days of using it – pretty standard

The instructions say to gently rub it into your skin for 30 seconds – exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve stopped using the toner and cleanser that I was using (both Body Shop) mainly because I love reducing the amount of things I use on my skin, plus the Carbon Theory message above suggests ditching them. After the 30 seconds is up, I rinse with warm water (hot water inflames skin and makes spots appear worse & therefore encourages me to mess with them – which only worsens the problem) and leave my skin to dry. I don’t use a towel because they’re normally covered in dirt resulting in making acne worse (part of my other blog on 9 tips to help reduce acne).


It comes in a resealable packet, making it perfect for storing away, out of sight when I’m not using it, and for traveling (what’s that? Cheers COVID-19).

Where’s my acne gone? Would I recommend? YES.

I can honestly say that for the week I’ve been using it, my skin has never felt so clean – extremely surprising considering this is the week before my period, which is normally when my skin is at its worst – acne all over, large red spots in groups and very oily skin. Even my skin feels less oily, unlike on a normal day, when by 3pm my skin feels like I’ve lathered myself in oil. In the afternoon my skin feels and looks the same as it did in the morning – no shine or feeling greasy! I’m very impressed.

I’m trying to stop popping spots too so the combination of that and using this bar has obviously done my skin wonders. I don’t look at my skin in the mirror after a shower which I realised is my most likely time to want to pop. #MotivationIndeed

The same pre-period (normally spotty) week in August vs September. Absolutely NO filters used, just taken at a different time of day hence the difference in lighting

Where can you buy it?

I bought it from the official Carbon Theory website but you can also get it from Boots. I didn’t manage to snag any discounts but if I find any, I’ll add them here.

UPDATE: use code dropgame for 10% off. You’re welcome 😉

What’s next?

I’ll give the soap bar another 3 weeks which will be a full month – plenty of time to see if this week has been a fluke or not.

Afterwards, I’ll probably get their moisturiser (such amazing reviews). And when my Soap and Glory face mask runs out, probably their facial scrub too.

From their website – this is a box set costs £44

Update: 3rd Jan 2021

Okay so I’ve just bought my 2nd soap – it’s absolutely amazing. I use it in a morning & before bed. If I have spots, in the morning they’re GONE! Even my usual big sore period spots have disappeared. I still get a few small spots on my forehead, but it’s nothing compared to before.

I’ve bought the Facial Scrub too that I use when I want a deep clean. I leave it on for 5 minutes, after using the soap, no more than twice a week. It’s got tiny little sand-type bits in it for extra exfoliation, so I give my nose & chin (blackheads) an extra rub, which gets everything out! Very pleased.

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Chāmpo Vegan and Cruelty Free Hair Care – My honest review

I’m far too influenced by Made In Chelsea ladies on Instagram that I keep buying beauty products I really don’t need! I’ve tried Function of Beauty hair care so figured I’d give Champo a go.

Personalised goals for your hair care – Champo

Champo have lots of different shampoo and conditioner types dependent on your hair. Types such as:

  • Volumising
  • Balancing
  • Thick hair
  • Thinning care
  • etc…

You can choose to complete a short quiz where they ask what your hair is like and what your goals are.

Champo – This is the hair quiz you can take to get personalised shampoo and conditioner on

My result was Pitta which is:

for fine hair that may be experiencing thinning or loss and yearns for instant and long-lasting fullness and body. Thickens every strand, transforming strength and protecting from breakage while restoring weightless volume and beautiful manageability.

I didn’t 100% agree with this when I got the results as my hair isn’t fine but it is thinning slightly. It could do with help with breakages and needs strengthening so I thought I’d give it a go.

What’s the price?

Conditioner is £20 and shampoo is £18. Delivery is free over £30. I paid £34.20 in total for 1x shampoo and 1x conditioner because I used a discount code (see the end of the article).

They’re both 260ml / 9.2 fl. oz. which being honest, were smaller than what I expected. I thought Function of Beauty is expensive at £31 but those bottles are nearly double at 474ml.

Champo hair case shampoo and conditioner - my review - the look of the bottles
Shampoo & Conditioner by Champo – 260ml – I got the type Pitta

What are you paying for?

They are the most expensive hair care I have ever purchased so I wanted the ingredients to be natural, ethically sourced, vegan and cruelty-free.

Good news.. they are vegan and cruelty-free. Hurrah!!

Here are features from their website (April 2020):

– Precisely formulated to instantly leave fine or thinning hair looking and feeling fuller, thicker and stronger from roots to ends
– Over time, helps reduce hair loss by protecting from breakage while also promoting healthy hair growth
– 98% naturally derived ingredients
– Vegan and Cruelty free
– Made in the UK
– Suitable for coloured and treated hair
– Free from: SLS, Parabens, Silicones, Synthetic fragrance, DEAs, MEAs, TEAs, GMOs and artificial colour

It’s only natural… You may be surprised at the tone of our Pitta volumising shampoo; it’s grey. This is due to the haritaki fruit extract in the formula, which we choose not to mask with artificial colour.

Champo hair case shampoo and conditioner - my review - the look of the bottles
Shampoo and conditioner by Champo – 260ml – I got the type Pitta

There are loads of reviews from customers on their website, but they aren’t populated from an external reviews company (TrustPilot for example) so I’m never too trusting of them. That being said, they definitely helped to sway me to make my purchase.

My honest Champo review

On arrival I was very disappointed. They arrived in a cardboard cutout which didn’t scream “high-end” at all, which I was expecting considering the price. They were also smaller bottles than what I expected.

Champo hair case shampoo and conditioner - my review - the boxes in cardboard packaging initially I was disappointed with
Champo – I was initially disappointed with the simple cardboard packaging

I’ve had an email recently which goes into detail why they use cardboard which made me feel guilty… see the dedicated page for their transparent explanation here.

Progress and positivity | Our approach to sustainable beauty. Synthetic-free formulas, 80% recycled cardboard packaging, recyclable bottles and discreet distribution… Learn how our low waste model is positive, progressive and beneficial for both our planet and your pocket.

The bottles are as you’d expect – easy to use to pump out the product. I use a 50p size amount in the middle of my hand and gently rub it in my scalp.

It doesn’t bubble as much as store-bought shampoos but that’s probably because of the higher quality. I initially didn’t like this, as I’m used to bubbly, frothy shampoo which really lathers up!

My hair after using Champo

It’s been smoother and a lot less frizzy. I’m really pleased with Champo and I would recommend it.

I probably wouldn’t purchase again though, mainly down to the price – it’s a little too expensive for me. Although, that being said, as I’ve only been using a few weeks, I’m yet to find out how long it lasts for. I wash my hair 2-4 times a week so hopefully it won’t run out too soon. As I have long hair, I have to pump the conditioner about 10 times (at least!) to get a sizeable amount out, and even then, I try to ration it. I only condition the middle-to-ends too.

Champo hair case shampoo and conditioner - my review - here's my shiny hair after using it for a few weeks
The underneath of my hair is normally pretty frizzy but was tamed after using both Champo shampoo, conditioner and blow-drying my hair

I’ll update this blog when I run out of either.

Champo hair case shampoo and conditioner - my review - shiny hair after using it for a few weeks
This is my hair after using Champo shampoo and conditioner. It’s after a blow-dry too.

Discounts / offers

Use my referral link and we both get 20% off our next purchase.

Update: 23rd May (5 weeks later)

The shampoo has just run out. The conditioner is still going – I’ll update again when it’s finished.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m washing my hair less (due to COVID-19 lockdown) or if it’s Champo, but I’ve started getting dandruff on the sides of my head! I’m only washing it a day or so later than usual (at least twice a week) so surely this can’t be why I’m getting dandruff. I’m going to use Function of Beauty next (I’ve got new bottles since the blog) to see if it gets rid. Argh.

Update: 2nd June (6.5 weeks later)

The conditioner has just run out. It’s lasted a while to be fair – I wash 2-4 times a week and use this on my ends.

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Beauty Pie Luxury Beauty Subscription Including Popular Makeup Products – My honest review

Beauty Pie sells luxury beauty products at a fraction of the price of high-end products on the market. I first saw them on Facebook as I was targeted with one of their ads. I didn’t buy straight away but kept a note of their brand and decided to try them once I’d run out of my current products.

All products are cruelty-free and some are vegan. Check out the individual ingredients listed on every product page.

At BEAUTY PIE, we do not believe in or authorize animal testing for our products or the ingredients that go into our products. This means we do not do animal testing, our suppliers do not do animal testing, nor do we pay people to do animal testing for us.
Each of our product information files contains a declaration from the supplier that their products are not tested on animals, and that the ingredients comply with the European Ban on Animal Testing.

From / April 2020

Beauty Pie Membership explained

A membership gives you access to buy products at a discounted price but you still have to pay for products on top of the membership fee, and the amount of products you can buy is capped depending on your membership.

If you buy a £10 per month membership, that gives you a £100 “spending limit” to buy products based on their full “typical price”, rather than the discounted member price.

If a moisturiser is normally £40 but with a membership it is £20, you will pay £20 plus a monthly membership fee, and the £40 will come off your £100 “spending limit” balance, leaving £60 left to “spend”. You can make as many orders as you like as long as you stay under the spending money amount. 

If this doesn’t make sense, go on their website and add a few things to your basket. Hopefully it will become clear. They give you access to products at a cheaper price with a membership, but stop you from buying too much because they want to keep you paying monthly for a membership. Memberships start at £10 (or £99 annual). 

I started with a £10 monthly membership for a minimum of 3 months. As I signed up as a new customer, I got extra spending limits (instead of the normal £100 per month) with this membership plan. I had to sign up for 3 months minimum, then I cancelled the membership because I’d bought all the products I wanted. Unlike other subscription services, cancelling was easy. I just emailed them and they replied to confirm my account was cancelled. I didn’t get any sales tactics which I appreciated. 

The membership will roll over, so if you don’t use all of your “spending limits” in a month, it will roll over to the next. So if you buy a membership in January costing £10, you will get £100 “spending limit”. If you don’t buy anything in January or February you will have spent £20 on membership fees but will have 2 months worth of spending money saved.

If you buy a £10 membership to get a £100 “spending limit” a month but you want a product that has a full price of £120, you’ll need to save your “spending limit” up, unless you buy a more expensive membership plan. 

To help you understand the pricing and membership, here is the receipt for my first order.

My ‘typical price’ came to £191 (£70 + £75 + £28 + £18) which was under the £200 I had to spend. I made my first purchase in December 2019.

For making my first-ever purchase and for signing up, I got a free £50 boost to my spending limit on top of my £100, making £150, which isn’t shown on the receipt, and free Plantastic Micropeeling Super Drops. I also bought a £50 extra spending limit of £5 (shown on the receipt), so I had enough spending limit to buy everything I wanted. As mentioned I took out a 3-month membership at £10 per month which is shown as STANDARD PIE MONTHLY.

In total, I purchased £191 worth of products but because I am a member, I got them all at the members’ price which ended up being £40.61 including delivery. My spending limit for my first order was £200, so £9 rolled over into my next month.

I have purchased from Beauty Pie:

  • Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal Moisturizer
  • Super Healthy Skin™ Sheer Tinted Oil-Free SPF20 (Medium)
  • Smart Powder Blush (Shade : Go Rouge (A Pink-Orange))
  • Plantastic™ Micropeeling Super Drops
  • Jeju Daily AM/PM Moisture Superinfusion™

I’ve been impressed with the products. They’re lasting ages and I feel like they’re good quality. Even the bottles feel high-end & luxurious but the prices aren’t high at all. 

All of their products are cruelty-free.

Products review

Jeju Daily AM/PM Moisture Superinfusion™

Jeju Daily AM/PM Moisture Superinfusion™

Typical price – £70 / Members price – £11.94 (Members price has gone up since I bought it for £8.87 in December 2019

Hydration junkies – strap on your beauty helmets, because our JEJU DAILY AM/PM MOISTURE SUPERINFUSION™ might be the most mind-blowing face cream ever. Jeju Volcanic Sand gently blots shine from your oily spots, while a multi-active Hyaluronic-Acid hydrating complex transforms dull, dry skin to be positively dewy.

From / April 2020

I put a small amount on in the morning under makeup and before bed (with the Super Retinol). It’s thick but soaks in skin quickly and isn’t greasy. I absolutely love it. The texture is gorgeous and it smells lovely. I don’t normally like smells in things (I think it makes the product seem cheap) but I don’t mind this one at all as the smell isn’t strong and doesn’t linger. The pot for this is huge, so I doubt you’d use more than 1 a year! Really good value for money.

Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal Moisturizer

Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal Moisturizer

Typical price – £75 / Members price – £11.46 (Members price has gone up since I bought it for £8.82 in December 2019)

This superstar Swiss overnight formula has everything anti-aging in it _encapsulated retinol (resurfacing), ficucell vita (antioxidant), shea butter (nourishing) , vitamins E and C (elasticity+), ferulic and hyaluronic acid (plumping, hydrating), it’s super-smoothing, fine-line and wrinkle tackling, brightening, and we think this is possibly THE best retinol night moisturizer ever.

From / April 2020

I use this 2 or 3 times a week. Retinol dries my skin but this doesn’t as long as I don’t use it daily. I use it before bed so my skin can have a good rest. I use 2 pumps. It isn’t oily or greasy, it soaks in quickly. My skin is brighter after using this. I would buy it again.

Super Healthy Skin™ Sheer Tinted Oil-Free SPF20

Super Healthy Skin™ Sheer Tinted Oil-Free SPF20

Typical price – £25 / Members price £6.77 (Members price has gone up since I bought it for £5.50 in December 2019)

Imported from Italy, our Super Healthy Skin™ Tinted SPF20 delivers beautiful, natural, sheer coverage, sun protection, and a radiant all-day gorgeous soft-focus glow. Oil-free, fragrance-free, with a velvety skin finish, it’s probably the best multi-action BB Cream you can buy.

From / April 2020

I bought this in Medium but what a mistake! I re-ordered in Light after seeing myself in a mirror at work. Holy moly, it was too dark even for my olive skin. I use it usually instead of foundation if it’s a nice day or my skin is nice so I feel I can go without make-up. I’ve also worn it under make-up and I haven’t noticed any problems. I put it on with a brush and it blends well into my skin. I have an oily forehead which didn’t get worse (or better) by using this product. You only need a tiny amount.

The SPF is a great plus for this product (I’m 32 so taking more care of my skin these days!).

Smart Powder Blush, Shade : Go Rouge (A Pink-Orange)

Smart Powder Blush, Shade : Go Rouge (A Pink-Orange)

Typical price – £18 / Members price – £5.23 (Members price has gone up since I bought it for £4.06 in December 2019)

In just a sweep of a blush brush this unbeatable superlight formula lays down delicate, soft, second-skin colour that effortlessly mimics mother nature!
It’s got a smart, silky, slightly blurring, skin perfecting powder finish, infused with UV protective red-algae and biosaccharides.

From / April 2020

I love this blush. It stays on all day, blends in well and is a gorgeous colour. I would buy this again.

Plantastic™ Micropeeling Super Drops

Plantastic™ Micropeeling Super Drops

Typical price – £50 / Members price £9.42 (Members price has gone up since I bought it for £7.62 in December 2019)

Well, a couple of drops of this every day, and you might be in awe of your own. The best thing for keeping breakouts at bay, skin looking bright, pores-refined and tight, our Plantastic Micropeeling Super Drops are an easy, everyday addition to your skincare routine. Use once or twice a week for maintenance, or daily if you’re battling breakouts. With fruit-acids, micro-purifying biosurfactants, natural brighteners. It’s a 24/7 glow-giving one-serum wonder.

From / April 2020

I can’t say for sure my skin has reduced in acne due to this particular product (as I’ve been using others) but I’ve had no new breakouts for a whole month, even before my period which is usually when I get a lot. This liquid is super thin so absorbs extremely quickly. I put a few drops on before bed, along with the Jeju and retinol. The bottle is huge so I can’t see myself going through more than 1 a year! Really good value for money.

I’ve always used Vitamin E and Vitamin C products such as The Body Shop’s BB Cream and Skin Reviver because they help moisturise and keep skin from drying out. Another great primer I’ve used in the past is Mabel + Meg’s Lumilixir Serum which is amazing for under makeup. It targets acne too.

What are Pie Days?

Pie Days are days when you can order products that won’t be taken off your monthly spending limit. You get access to Pie Days a few times a year, but only if you’ve bought the annual membership (starting at £99 for £100 per month spending limit).

Overall review

Even though all of the products have increased in price (some by a whopping 28%) since I made my order in December 2019, the prices are low enough that Beauty Pie is worth trialling, even for a minimum of 3 months.

The products are so good you don’t need much, and with the size of the bottles/pots, you won’t need to purchase another for (I expect based on my experience) a year. I’ll update this blog when I run out of anything.

The wrapping is lovely – it makes me happy when I open a parcel that a company has gone to the trouble of wrapping. I’ve noticed in the Facebook comments a lot of customers are asking them to remove the brand logo from the paper so they can reuse, it to save on rubbish – what a great idea.

I will use Beauty Pie again to either buy the same or new products. I have my eyes on the Uber Boost Mascara, Vitamin C Moisturiser and Hair Volume Booster so watch this space – I probably won’t be able to resist.

Discount codes

Use my recommend a friend link below to get your first month for free (new customers only). I will also get an extra £50 boost – hurrah!

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Function of Beauty – Personalised Vegan and Cruelty-Free Subscription Hair Care – My honest review

Personalised shampoo & conditioner tailored to you and your hair care needs, delivered right to your door – what’s not to like?

They are called Function of Beauty and they are based in New York. Since I’ve bought off them back in 2019, they’ve expanded the range to include serums, masks, purple shampoo and more. I’ve used them on and off for years now – only stopping to give my hair a ‘break’ every few months, to stop my hair getting familiar with the ingredients and therefore the formula stopping working so well.

What I like is how the products are personalised and tailored to me. The bottles even have my name written on the side. I was able to choose the colours and smells I want. This is the first time I’ve ever tried personalised hair care, especially for this price (which is 100% worth it).

How does it work? It’s pretty simple. You put in your hair care concerns, and they ship your personalised products to you. You get a subscription, so you’re able to choose whether you receive new products in 3 months, 4, 5 etc but they remind you closer to the time, so you don’t get any surprise charges. You’re able to bring forward your delivery date, or push it back.

I personally choose different colours each time, to change things up a bit! I buy 3 sets a year, so 3x shampoo and 3x conditioner – you’ll see from my below photos that they both last months and months. It’s pretty pricey at first glance, but don’t let that put you off – once you divide down to how much it costs per use, it’s similar to what the cheap drugstore shampoos cost (but with tons better quality ingredients used in Function of Beauty!).

I have a “friends and family” code where we both get £5 off. Feel free to use mine here.

1. Choose your hair concerns – frizzy? Anti-aging?

A screen grab of FoB homepage

These are what I entered as my hair care concerns:

+ anti-frizz
+ volumize
+ fix split ends
+ lengthen
+ replenish hair

I wanted to give my hair some love and attention (and to get rid of the frizz underneath) I’m also having a lot of hair fall out, especially during and after a shower, so I thought giving my hair a boost would help. I’ve never bothered with buying expensive hair products before but I spend a lot on products for my face so I thought why not?

2. Personalise your bottles

You can choose your bottle colours, and choose what they smell like!

I chose blue for my shampoo and purple for my conditioner. I chose ‘peach’ as the smell and I can confirm they smell amazing – fresh but not overwhelming. The smell lasts the next day following a clean.

function of beauty - fragrance strength
function of beauty – you can choose the fragrance strength
My bottles personalised with my name ‘rach’ on the outside. I also got that cute little mirror as a welcome gift
Choose your shampoo and conditioner colours
Lots of fragrances to choose from – I usually go with peach

The final (but cutest) last bit of personalisation is your name. They ask for it in the account and print this on the sides of each bottle. I love this!

See my bottle photo where you can see my name!

Where do they stand ethically?

I’ll let Function of Beauty do the explaining. They are vegan and cruelty-free.

Taken from the FoB homepage. Don’t let the “Made in America” put you off – I wasn’t charged any import fees/taxes

How much are they?

I purchased both bottles, 1x shampoo + 1x conditioner, at 473mL/16oz each for £31.20 £28 each (shampoo & conditioner totals £56) including delivery providing you’re taking out the subscription.

Initially I thought “no way am I spending over 30 quid for shampoo”. Then I thought about it. £30 (just over) for 3 months…. £10 a month…. £2.50 a week to have my hair looking and feeling its best. Hmmm. I would happily spend £30 on a face moisturiser which would last about the same time. I’d also buy a pair of leggings for that price without much thought. Why wouldn’t I spend that on my hair?

My hair deserves some love, like the rest of my body. #fistpump

I have a “friends and family” code where we both get £5 off. Feel free to use mine here.

Is it any good?

I can honestly say I’ve never had so many compliments.

It’s embarrassing how shiny my hair is.


These 2 pictures are after blow drying (no straightening). It’s normally a frizzy mess underneath but has been tamed by the Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner.

My hair is quicker to dry and style. When I wave my hair, the waves stay in longer and are bouncier.

Still a little frizzy but massively reduced
Function of Beauty- the result on my hair is shine overload
couldn’t find this pic on my phone so a screenshot of my Insta will have to do – look at that shine after curling!!

How long do the bottles last?

The bottles in total lasted me between 3-4 months! I received my order on 8 June 2019. When they arrived, I thought I’d smash through them within a few weeks. I wash my hair 3-6 times a week.

Here are the bottles exactly 1 month after arriving. I’ve used a third of the shampoo and slightly less conditioner.

8 July 2019: I’ve used just under 1/3 in just over 1 month (I’m on a 3-month subscription)

I use 3-4 pumps of the shampoo and 4 of the conditioner in every shower. I use the shampoo on my roots and the conditioner on my hair ends only. I have long hair, so I do use quite a lot of conditioner.

Hopefully by the time I finish the bottles, after 3 months, my new ones should arrive.

UPDATE: 1st Sept 2019 – after 3 months

I’ve used quite a bit more shampoo than conditioner. You can see they are far from finished – even though I’ve been using them both for 3 months.

3 months later – my 3-month subscription has covered me since June and there’s still plenty left!

UPDATE: 2nd Oct 2019 – 4 months later

I’ve just finished the shampoo. It has lasted me since 8 June, so in total just under 4 months. I never thought it would last this long. The expensive up-front cost is definitely worth it, considering how often I’ve washed my hair.

2 Oct’19: the shampoo has lasted just under 4 months!! I did NOT expect that

UPDATE: 18th Oct 2019 – 4.5 months later

I lasted as long as I could, but the conditioner has finally come to an end. Chuffed it has lasted over 4 months!

18 Oct’19 – the conditioner has finally come to an end – just over 4 months after being received!

Final thoughts after my first 3-month subscription has ended

I can’t believe how long they’ve lasted. The shampoo lasted just shy of 4 months; the conditioner lasted 4 months + 1 week. I never thought from using both 4-6 times per week they’d last this long.

I received my second subscription at the start of September which includes the same as above. I was given the choice via email a few weeks prior to change anything about my order – colours, smells, hair goals.

Due to not using up either within the 3 months, I’ve now set my subscription to be a little longer – 4 monthly to be exact. I’ve done this so I haven’t got bottles sat waiting for me at home; I can give my hair a break from Function (I don’t want my hair getting “used to” the formula so it stops working so well) and use other brands in-between.

Function of Beauty Benefits

I have a “friends and family” code where we both get £5 off. Feel free to use mine here. Remember to check out their website and social media before ordering because they often have freebies/discounts. I’ve used it with a work colleague and it works (she loves it).

UPDATE: 12 March 2021

I’ve just re-ordered. I like to switch what I use on my hair up every once in a while, so it doesn’t stop being effective.

UPDATE: 23 Jan 2022

Just re-ordered again! This time blue shampoo and light blue conditioner. Love to try the different colours.

UPDATE: 14 June 2023

Just reordered again! 🙂 I’ve noticed they’ve increased the price so I’ve updated that section above.

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Look Fantastic Beauty Box – March 2019

What’s in the box?

  • 6 products
  • Elle magazine
  • Beauty magazine detailing the products in the box

As usual there are some amazing products in this months box; only some cruelty-free/vegan which I list below. I got this box as part of a 6-monthly package I bought with Look Fantastic. I pay £13.75 per month and the box is delivered at the start of each month.

Rituals of Sakura hand balm, 70ml

A great size, it smells absolutely gorgeous. It’s a big size which will keep me going for months! Can’t quite believe I got this from Look Fantastic just because I only paid £13.75 for the whole box & this alone is worth £9.50.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box March 2019 - Rituals of Sakura Hand Balm

I can’t find anything regarding if the brand is cruelty-free or vegan on their website, and they don’t come up on Peta’s cruelty-free list so unfortunately I can only presume they are NOT cruelty-free. 

Omorovicza Cleansing Foam

This foam has great reviews – it’s good for removing makeup and impurities. It’s vegan! They aren’t on either Peta or Leaping Bunny for being cruelty-free though.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box March 2019 - Omorovicza Cleansing Foam

Morphe High Impact Highlighter

Look Fantastic Beauty Box March 2019 - Morphe Highlighter

Feels expensive, even the case feels solid! I’ll definitely be using this. It glides on my skin. I might even see how it is as an eye shadow. Watch this space. 

Unable to find out anything on their website regarding their cruelty-free/vegan stance, but [] asked them to confirm which they did – they are cruelty-free! Hey guys, add this to your website. It’ll probably increase sales. 

EOS Lip Balm

I’m not keen on this! I hate being negative but I really don’t like the smell or the packaging. Not practical for carrying with me in particular on a night out when my bag space is limited. I haven’t found anything online about them being either cruelty-free or vegan. 

Look Fantastic Beauty Box March 2019 - EOS lip balm

The Ordinary – Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Look Fantastic Beauty Box March 2019 - The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid B5

For the quality of the product I still can’t get over products from The Ordinary are. To buy, this is £5.90.  I can’t quite find out exactly what it does for skin – something about surface hydration? Either way, the reviews speak for themselves.

Vegan and cruelty-free (confirmed on their website) hurrah!! []

Madara Smart Anti-Pollution Charcoal and Mud

After using this my skin felt itchy but I think I left it on a few minutes too long. That night, my skin glowed!

Look Fantastic Beauty Box March 2019 - Madara Smart Charcoal Mud Repair Mask

The company IS cruelty-free! Some of their products are vegan including (from what I can tell in their FAQs) this one. []

Where to buy & discounts

If you decide to buy, feel free to use my ‘friends and family’ code for £5 off (if you’re a new customer) I get £5 off too. Here is my referral link:

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Hi, I'm Rachael.

This is my beauty website where I review lots of different products, from make up, to CBD coffee and vegan moisturiser. I've been using products for over 20 years, so I hope I've gathered some tips and tricks to share, plus I'm always learning so I'll be sharing them too. I have oily-skin, that's acne prone, so join me as I navigate this new age being a millennial!