Wet N Wild Review​

Wet N Wild landed in the UK last week so I placed an order with Beautybay as soon as it dropped. I bought 4 products altogether, 3 face items and 1 brush for packing on eyeshadow. Overall the brand seems very affordable, which if you’re like me and hate splurging with money then this brand is perfect. I picked the products that I knew the brand was mostly recognised for. So sit back and enjoy this review!

Photo Focus Face Primer Matte

Upon application, the primer was a lot more liquidy as I imagined to say it included silicone in its ingredients, disguised as polysilicon. Becuase it’s a matte primer the silicone obviously helps the product adhere to the skin and fight off any slick which could be in the form of liquids and oils. On the skin, it does decrease pore size which is great for me because mine appear quite large.

Now, oil control. The primer most definitely controls oils that my skin emits through the day but what I will say that when I applied it all over my face, my skin appeared flat i.e no definition. Because of the slight lack of definition from all over application, I just apply it to those areas that need no oil to be there so that’s my T zone.

Foundation

The shade does slightly oxidise, the colour selection on the Beautybay site isn’t great right now as there are only 6 shades to choose from. The shade I purchased was soft ivory and it goes on as a perfect match but does oxidise a tad bit, not horrendously though. I have been using the foundation for about a week now, it’s drying down demi-matte without a primer, I’ve been to work on those days I’ve worn it and oh boy has it stayed put! The coverage is also very buildable which is great for me as my coverage preference does change from day to day. Powders and liquids also sit nicely on top of this. On their US site, there are 20 shades in the foundation, going from porcelain to mahogany so I am hoping that as time goes on, Beautybay will get these shades.

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The shade is very similar to my everyday foundation from Maybelline 03 Superstay (left)

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

The highlighter is pigmented and stunning, but it’s way too dark for my skin tone. I knew how quickly people were going to snap up these highlighters so I picked the only option that was there. In all fairness to me, the photo displayed looked as though I’d be ok with this shade. I went out wearing this product and it was stripes of shadows, how embarrassing! The shades are not great selection so far on Beautybay’s site but the formula is great. My pan arrived from the retailer slightly smashed which I was pretty annoyed about but these things do happen. I can give a better review when they actually get a shade that will suit my pale skin!

Overall thoughts

My overall thoughts on the wet n wild products I have tried so far is that their formulas aren’t too bad it’s more of the shades available. I believe that beauty bay will extend as time goes on but for now I’ll probably have to buy a white mixer for the foundation. I’d definitely recommend Wet N Wild, it’s purse-friendly so whats not to like. In any review I do, I’ll always recommend to buy the product yourself and make up your own mind about formulas, longevity, etc. Remember that everything works differently for different people.

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Glossybox – August Edition

Hi everyone, so you may or may not know I have had 2 previous Glossyboxes and I stayed on the subscription list to see what August had in store for me as I had actually been enjoying the contents they were sending me, unlike Birchbox. Find my previous Glossybox reviews here.

So being on a subscription it was £10 for the month, which you can’t moan at. You do pay a small fee for postage too. Delivery is very quick, the order was dispatched on Monday the 6th and arrived on the 8th.

What I enjoy about Glossybox is that they theme every box each month, last month it was a beautiful deep sea theme and this month we have been blessed with pride edition in aid to support the LGBT Foundation.

The packaging is to die for! I feel like Glossy always is a little bit extra with their packaging and presentation, but beware, sometimes when companies make their packaging beautiful it takes our minds away from how bad the contents inside can actually be. Upon opening the box the products are wrapped up with a beautiful rainbow ribbon and there’s also a product description card included. From reading the card, the chosen products are there for you to wear to go out and celebrate pride. Paint the town rainbow!

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Products I received:

One thing to note before I tell you what I got, the August edition includes 6 FULL-SIZE products! Which I was shocked at as they usually just put minis/samples inside.

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Rimmel Ink Me Heart Stamp Tattoo (Full size) RRP £4.99

Rimmel Ink Me Sticker Tattoos (Full size)RRP £4.99

Victoria’s Secret Pink Sheet Mask (Full size) RRP £5

Trifle Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Jam (Full size)RRP £17.50

Kaleido Cosmetics Astrolight Highlighter (Full size)RRP £13

3INA Shadow Paint (Full size) RRP £8.95 

Total Value: £53.43

Pros – I will use 4/6 of the products in this box! I love how this edition is aimed more towards cosmetics than skincare or haircare. You must know how much I love makeup by now so I am pretty happy.

Cons – The shade in the highlight will not suit my pale skin tone but will make use as a liquid eyeshadow. I probably won’t reach for the cheek jam often either, but I am willing to give it a chance. Also, the tattoos from Rimmel is something I probably wouldn’t use either as I’m not going anywhere soon that would be good to wear these.

DISCLAIMER: Reading back this post I sound pro-Glossybox, sometimes I have been disappointed by subscription boxes. If you want to try them make sure you can afford the box in case you really don’t like it then you won’t be very bothered about wasting the £10. I said previously too that a subscription box is basically a lucky dip.

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Glossybox Review – July Edition

Here we go, round 2 with Glossybox. Let’s get ready to dive into this July subscription box.

I stayed on the auto-renew list on their site to give the box another go as last time with Glossybox I felt happy, but somewhat still deflated with the product choice. In the June edition, I have actually fallen in love specifically with a hair mask they included and I will be buying the full-size version of that. Which is a great outcome of having these boxes.

Delivery once again was straightforward, Glossybox states on their site that every box gets dispatched on the same day which is the 5th of every month. I received the box on the 7th of July which makes the delivery time 2 days.

They really blew this box out the water, literally. The sea-theme is utterly beautiful, I feel in the current market mermaid theme things are overdone but this has been presented so nicely. The blue/teal colour scheme makes me feel as though I’ve been transported to my favourite Portuguese beach and the waves are crashing next to me. Glossyboxes packaging is always great, it also is made of a much heavier duty cardboard which feels a little more luxurious. A card is included inside and it explains the products you received and their prices.

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Products I received

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Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion (mini), RRP £5.75 for full size

Essence I Love Extreme Waterproof Mascara (full size) -RRP £2.80

Inuwet Cheek Shell Brush (full size), RRP £13.20

Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste (mini), RRP £10 for full size

Hawaiian Tropic Sun Lotion SPF 30 (mini sachet), RRP £14.99 for full size

Senhor Do Bonfim Hair Sea Spray  (full size), RRP £18

Total Value =  £38

Pros – I have used all of the products in this box. The box includes 3 more established brands which are Essence, Hawaiian Tropic and Palmers. The mascara is incredible, I was ready for another mascara as I was running out of my No7 one.  It feels a lot more personalised to me this time around, the toothpaste is another faveourite of mine, I’ve just had a tooth removed so my dental care has totally shifted. The toothpaste has definitely helped me, it helps stop the sensitivity I usually suffer with. The sun protection they included was useful as it’s been disgustingly hot in the UK. I’ve also fallen in love with the Shell Brush, it applies my primer well and also helps me sculpt the cheeks/apply the highlight.

Cons – The sizing of products or lack of sizing should I say leave me to assume they put more effort and money into the packaging. The total value was only £38 which is okay I guess, the Hawaiian Tropic sachet is a free sample you can get in a magazine. The most expensive product was the hair spray.

Would I repurchase? –  I was pleasantly surprised with this box I do believe I will stay on the auto-renew list, I’m excited to see what’s in store for next months box. Find Glossybox here

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Birchbox Review – July Edition

After receiving my June Birchbox I uploaded a review onto my blog and said maybe I’d consider repurchasing, so when I was sat at home the other day I received a package from the lovely courier lady and of course, it was the Birchbox I forgot to cancel! Silly me. I did end up repurchasing, “technically” anyway. So let’s go ahead and review July’s edition of Birchbox.

Once again I paid £10 for the box and then £2.95 P&P which brought this months total to £12.95.

I cannot really talk about how delivery time was and whether it was good or bad as I had totally forgotten I had carried on with my subscription but all I know is I received it last Saturday which would’ve been the 7th of July. On their website, it states that they ship boxes in the first week of the month so from that I’m guessing my delivery time wasn’t too long.

The packaging looks aesthetically pleasing with pastel watercolours and the logo is covered with a beautiful rose gold. My first complaint has to be about how light the box feels, the cardboard feels very cheap and non-durable. Unlike the Glossybox that feels weighty and sturdy. Inside the box, the products are left to roll around the cardboard, they are not supported by any bubble wrap or cushioning. There was also a booklet with product information inside.

Products I received – July Edition

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Manna Kadar Long Wear Powder, RRP £15

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick, RRP £12

What’s in it for me..? Shower Scrub, RRP £7

Klorane Makeup Remover, RRP £16

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, RRP £16

Total for this box = £66

Pros – Sorry to disappoint but the only pro about this box is that I maybe would use one product which is the shower scrub.

Cons –  I’d be using 1/5 of the products, I feel somewhat angry for wasting my money on this.

Would I repurchase? – Well, I let’s just start off by saying I have had 2 boxes now and I have given it a chance but honestly I would not recommend this subscription box. I’m kind of angry because I feel like I’ve just thrown my money at something pointless. I have since then cancelled my subscription box and would just advise against this purchase. But it is totally up to you.

UPDATE: So I reached out to Birchbox customer service to explain how poor these boxes have been lately, after 4 days of waiting for a response they finally responded saying they’d be happy to refund me if I sent back all boxes unused. I replied back to them stating that they send products smaller than sample size for you to try out so of course they’ll be used. It’s been 3 days since and I’ve had no reply. Don’t waste your money guys, seriously! The customer service kinda sucks too as well as the box service.

I hope this review has helped you make a decision whether you would like to purchase this subscription box or not. Check out my other reviews for June Birchbox and June Glossybox.

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