Christmas may be just around the corner, but it’s darn cold so we don’t reeeeally want to venture outdoors when we could be sat inside eating mince pies and watching Elf (again). Amiright?

But when you’ve maxed out every Christmas movie on Netflix, why not nestle in all cosy and escape with a good book – a whole month’s worth of them! The new year will kick off with our betty book club bettybox and trust us, it’s one of the best yet.

Reading is about more than just the physical book though, and this month’s box is here to help make the whole experience totally extra. Go on, pass us that blanket…

STABILO ® beYou! Roller Ball Pen

A good book comes down to a magical story. I mean, J.K. Rowling hit us way too many times in the feels and we’re still not over Sirius, tbh. Explore your own imagination and get writing with the fruity STABILO ® beYou! Roller Ball Pen. It’ll keep your scribbles super neat (you hear that, Nan?) and it uses erasable ink just in case you make the mistake of killing off the wrong character. Again, we’re looking at you, Rowling.

Doisy & Dam Milk Chocolate 40% Cocoa Crunchy Almond Butter

We’ve got our hands on a limited edition chocolate from Doisy and Dam, especially for your tastebud pleasure. What’s a good book without snackage? An average book. Well, we joke, but chocolate does make everything that little bit better. Creamy with a crunch, the almonds in this choccy improve brain function and memory. Basically, it’s perfect for keeping up with the 10 million twists and turns in *that* storyline.

NIP+FAB Teen Skin Fix Pore Blaster Wash Night

January’s bettybox marks the start of three months of great skin. How, you ask? NIP+FAB Teen Skin Fix Pore Blaster Wash Night is step one of your three-step skin routine. This wash blasts away any dirt, grease and bacteria before you head to bed each evening, leaving your face clean, smooth and feeling amazingly fresh. You’ll get step two and three in February and March’s bettyboxes!

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.

Image: Kate Borrill

We know the deal: you can’t help being a *little* bit cheeky with the Christmas list in the hope that Ma and Pa recognise you’ve been reeeeeeeally good this year and buy you that rose gold Macbook (please, please, please, please, please). But let’s be real here, ain’t nobody getting a £1000+ gift on the 25th December. We’re not Blue Ivy, guys.

Instead, what if we told you there was a pressie that keeps on giving ALL YEAR ROUND and your ‘rents would 100% approve? It exists, trust us – it’s a bettybox! Pop a subscription on your wishlist and not only will you get your chosen period essentials each month (happy parents), but you’ll get a bunch of presents too (happy you).

Here’s why bettybox is the Christmas gift of dreams…

You’ll never run out of pads or tampons

Never again will you get that sinking feeling when your period arrives unannounced (nowhere near the date you’d circled in your diary btw) and there isn’t a tampon in sight. They’ll arrive straight to your door, no effort required. Winner!

Your beauty game will be ON POINT

This month’s bettybox comes with MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder, Essence Nail Polish, and a Blank Canvas make up brush that has bristles softer than a puppy sitting on a cloud, eating a marshmallow, surrounded by feathers. Oh, and that’s only half of it.

It’s like lots of mini Christmases

Who doesn’t enjoy being sent gifts Every. Single. Month?! Snacks and beauty products are the best kinds of gifts, too. Oh and, of course, pads and tampons are super helpful for your everyday life. You can even set it to arrive on the 25th of each month. I mean, that might be a bit unhelpful when your period arrives on the 2nd, but sacrifices have to be made to achieve the Christmas dream.

You’ll enter the new year with a new squad

Subscribing to bettybox doesn’t just mean getting an amazing package through your door. When you sign up, you join a whole collective of girls going through the ups and down of life together, from periods to self esteem to relationship dramas. It ain’t no walk in the park you know, and there’s nothing more important than having your squad around you.

There’s always someone to turn to

If you have worries about ANYTHING, we’ve got you. Skin problems, sexuality questions, the health issue you think is totally weird but is actually super normal… we bring you no BS advice for all those times when you’re not too sure how to ask someone else.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.

Image: Kate Borrill

December’s bettybox has serious shimmer game. It’s been inspired by *everything* we love about the festive period: fairy lights, tinsel, fireworks, the sparkly wrapping paper we’re gonna rip to shreds on Christmas morning… yassss, December is the best! Shine bright like a diamond and boss it like Rihanna (even while you’re on your period) thanks to bettybox’s Shimmer Edit. See you in 2018, girls!

Sneak peek inside…

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder

Essence

Montezuma’s

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.

Image: Kerri Walter

Sponsored by Magnitone

In case you haven’t already noticed guys, cleansing is our new favourite thing – especially now puberty is kicking in. Why? Because spots, dry blotches and greasy skin got the invite to our face party, which means taking care of our complexion now takes tiiiiiime. Time we don’t have when we need to watch season 2 of Stranger Things and Riverdale, so we’re loving any shortcuts we can find. Amiright?

Enter: skin cleansing brushes. These super sleek electronic devices give your skin an incredible cleanse in one quick whizz (you can even use them in the shower as they’re totally waterproof). The only downside is that they cost the equivalent of about two years pocket money, but here at betty we’ve got an early Crimbo present for you because you can enter our competition to win one instead!

Just follow @bettycollective on Instagram, like this post and tag three of your besties for a chance to get your hands on one of five Magnitone First Step Compact Daily Cleansing Brushes – oh, and a bettybox too because we’re nice like that.

Here’s why you should defo enter…

It’s skin brushing 2.0

You’ve probably heard about dry skin brushing. Your mum or sis might do it to their legs with a regular bristled brush, but it’s long and boring tbh. The skin cleansing brushes we’re crushing on are suitable for young skin and don’t take nearly as long. They also look way prettier on your bathroom shelf!

They’re totally efficient

Who wants a whole extra step in their cleansing routine? Not us. Ain’t nobody got time for that, not when we’re working on becoming the next Zendaya. Skin brushes aren’t some fancy shmancy extra ten steps you need to do; just use the brush instead of your hands to wash your face. Simple.

It feels so spa-worthy

These little babies give a really deep cleanse without any extra elbow grease (see previous point). The peeps at Magnitone have said that skin brushes are six times more effective than cleaning with your hands. Plus, they’ve been proven to unclog pores, tone and beautifully condition your skin. Winner.

You’ll get a natural glow

Skin brushes give your face a gentle massage which helps to increase blood circulation. More blood flow and oxygen means a smoother, more glowy Hadid-sister-like complexion. And if you’re into a fake glow (sorry Mum for all the white towels we’ve massacred), skin brushes will get rid of any dead skin first to create a nice smooth base.

Dual purpose

We like things that have more than one purpose – two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, lipstain blushers, sporks… Use your skin brush to thoroughly remove your makeup by switching up the water and face wash for makeup remover. Easy peasy.

To be in with a chance of winning a Magnitone First Step Compact Daily Cleansing Brush, visit @bettycollective from 12th November. Terms and conditions apply. FYI, if you’re after a cleanser that’s even gentler, Magnitone’s Wipe Out Microfibre Cleansing Cloth is available in this month’s bettybox.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.

December was made for super shiny everything: fairy lights, tinsel, fireworks. It’s like being in one of those glittery snow globes IRL, and we LOVE it.

This month’s bettybox – the shimmer edit – will have you shining bright like a diamond, so you can channel your inner Rihanna, even when you’re on your period.

Frankly, we cannot wait for it to land on your doormat. Go on, have a sneak peek inside Santa’s stocking 2.0…

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder

First off, you’ve gotta resist the desire to rub your hands all over the stuff as it’s SO. DARN. SMOOTH. Once you’ve got over how silky the powder is, dust the golden highlight over your skin for the ultimate glow. The lightweight formula won’t clog your pores so you don’t have to worry about any face-baubles this season. What’s more you’ll light up every room/meal/party this side of Christmas.

Montezuma’s 54% Cocoa: Milk Chocolate Butterscotch

Find some time in your snacking schedule between the pigs in blankets and your advent calendar for this tasty choccy from Montezuma’s. The creamy butterscotch makes this bar so moreish, plus it’s made from 54% cocoa which basically makes it healthy – the higher the cocoa content, the better the choc, right? I mean we’re practically eating an extra veg portion…

Essence Brushed Metals Nail Polish

Chrome nails were big in 2017, and the whole metal look is definitely here to stay. This silver matte polish from Essence is bang on trend and will have you glittering no matter how many gifts you’re wrapping (or ripping). Paint on two coats for a hard as nails look, or get your nail art on and try an accent talon or glitter tips (kinda like a French manicure, but so much better).

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.

The nights are getting darker and the temperature is getting colder. Brrrr! If we needed an excuse to bail on after-school club, this is it. There’s nothing nicer than running home after the final bell and jumping into bed. All the notable events this month can be enjoyed next to your radiator, too: Bonfire Night, Black Friday, watching the Christmas light switch-ons online… November’s bettybox is all about getting your cosy on with a warming tea, a gooey brownie and the softest socks ever so snuggle down and enjoy!

ERRRYTHING inside…

Baked In Chocolate Brownie Mug Mix

Your Tea Sleep Tea

Magn!tone Microfibre Cleansing Cloth

Bandzee Hair Ties

Bryt Socks

Freeman Barefoot Scrub or Cream

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.

Sponsored by MUA

Eyeshadow lovers: assemble. Halloween is your time to shine. At other times of year, 27 eyeshadows perfectly blended together then accessorised with jewels and glitter can seem a little excessive, but the 31st October is one night when ANYTHING goes.

October’s MUA eyeshadow palette has all the colours you need for a chic daytime look (this still involves at least 8 expertly blended shades of course) plus an awesome Halloween makeover, so you can unleash your inner Mario Dedivanovic. Like you needed an excuse, anyway. If you’re a little bit eyeshadow-obsessed (eyeshessed?) these things will definitely speak to your soul…

Your blending is ON POINT. If it were an art assignment (which it basically is), you’d get an A*. Snaps for you.

You know the difference between each of the eye brushes in your makeup kit. And you actually use them all, too!

Everyone gets ready at your house when there’s a big event. A party? A school photo? THE PROM? Yep, you and your stash become more popular than Santa on Christmas morning.

You can nail the classic smokey eye in your sleep. (It would actually help if some of your mates were asleep when you were doing their eyes before the party. Too much blinking.)

You’ve got different sets of palettes for different occasions. Obvs.

The carpet in your bedroom is a haze of multi-coloured powder. You’ve become a pro at hiding the stains from your parents with perfectly placed furniture.

Every colour in every palette has been used at least once.

You know the exact shades that work with different eye colours, outfits and nail polish shades because you are a powder queen.

Saturday morning is tutorial time. YouTube is full of brand new tricks and tips and it’d be a crime of passion (and fashion) not to keep up to date.


MUA Dusk Til Dawn palette is available in October’s bettybox and on the MUA website.

Grab a snack and maybe a blanket and gather round; I’m going to tell you a story. When I was a tiny, innocent child who didn’t swear too much and internally eye roll at every person who didn’t walk at exactly my speed, my mum enrolled me in ballet classes. I had silky little ballet shoes that I accidentally ruined when I wore them in the garden, a baby blue leotard, a matching hair band and white tights. Cute.

I went to classes with other tiny dancers and then eventually not-so-tiny dancers. I took exams judged by unnecessarily scary old ladies, performed in shows and eventually worked my way up to the Holy Grail: pointe shoes. And do you know what I did next? I quit.

I spent years and years dreaming of the day I could get my pointe shoes and then I just quit a few months later! But it wasn’t because I fell out of love with ballet. It was because I’d starting hanging around with some boys I thought were cool (they weren’t) and they started turning up outside my classes and looking through the windows. I was embarrassed and I thought ballet wasn’t cool enough (it is) so gave in and I quit. And, sweet lawwwdy, I regret it.

I spend literally hours watching ballet documentaries and behind the scenes clips on YouTube, wishing I’d carried on. I daydream that it’s me gracefully sweeping across the stage in a single leap or defying gravity on the tips of my toes. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t destined to be the next Misty Copeland, but at least I could have been twirling and jumping around without a care in the world instead of hanging around with those boys who I soon learned were NOT worth ditching ballet for.

Are you thinking of giving up your hobby? Don’t regret it like me! Ask yourself these questions first:

Are you doing it for you?

As is very clear from my heartbreaking saga, I didn’t quit ballet for me. I quit it because of some gross boys who were taking the mickey outside the window. (And I still wanted to impress them for some reason?) Don’t let anyone make the decision for you. If you love it, carry on!

Could you take a few weeks off first to see if you miss it?

I pretty much dived straight in and decided I was absolutely quitting for good. V. dramatic really. So, instead of slamming the door shut like me, try taking a few weeks off. They do say absence makes the heart grow fonder after all. If, after a few weeks, you’re missing it like crazy then it’s a definite sign that it’s something you should keep in your life. And if you don’t miss it? Maybe it’s time to move on.

Do you still enjoy it?

Not every story is like mine. Some people feel like a brand new person when they don’t have the pressure of, say, swimming laps at 6am on a Saturday or passing a graded music exam. But some people give up a hobby in the heat of a stressful moment and wish they hadn’t, so think about the last three or six months, have you mostly enjoyed it or has the fun drained right out of it? There’s a big difference between the two, so take some time over it, it’s worth it.

Has someone made you feel bad about it?

It doesn’t matter if it’s a boy, your best mate, your dad, your sister, or a total stranger; if they’re making you feel bad about your love of dancing/singing/painting/playing the nose flute then they’re being super uncool. Remember: if you love something, someone else’s totally unwelcome opinion shouldn’t change that. So, take a step back and think, ‘am I going to allow this person to make me feel bad about this thing that I love?’ Then let the answer be a big, fat NO.

Could you change one thing?

It’s not always the actual hobby that’s putting you off; sometimes it’s the environment or the people. If your violin teacher is killing you with boredom or you’re in a choir with group of people you don’t click with, try swapping that one thing before giving it up altogether.

Are you putting too much pressure on yourself?

Quite often, our hobbies come with a side order of goals and targets. It could be selling a certain number of handcrafted bracelets every month, winning gold in a race or bagging a prize in a photography competition. These added extras can turn our hobbies from something you do to unwind into a task. Added on top of homework, exams and a social life, your hobby can start to feel like another chore on a long list. Do you need to win every competition and every medal or can you step back from all that stuff for a while and get back to the fun place you started out from?

@SophieBenson_

Image: Hailey Hamilton

Welcome to the betty bewitched box! This month’s edition is full to the brim with treats and has no tricks in sight, promise. We know your period can be your worst nightmare, but bettybox is here to make it a little bit easier. So, whether you’re setting out on a haunting night, settling in for a scary movie marathon, or just waiting on Guy Fawkes and the Christmas light switch ons, we’ve got you covered for ghoulish looks, the after cleanse (which is just as important) and some pre-trick or treating snacks, too. Watch, if you dare…

Candy Kittens Pop Bag

Willie’s Cacao Chocolate

Stylondon Siligel Blender

Mad Beauty Brush Set

Benecos Natural Kajal Eyeliner

MUA Eyeshadow Palette

NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads

Badger Lip Balm

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.

Remember that terrifying jack-in-the-box your brother used to scare you with at Halloween? Or that creepy ballerina box that played a sinister tune when you opened it up? Scary stuff always seems to come out of boxes, doesn’t it? Well, October’s bettybox may be bewitching, but we promise you, it’s full of good stuff. Nice stuff. Stuff you actually want (spiders not included, FYI).

MUA Eyeshadow Palette

Halloween isn’t just a one night thing, y’know. It’s a whole saga of prep, whether you’ve got a film marathon planned, or Susie down the road is throwing a fancy dress party. Go natural during the day, while you’re living the life of a regular human, then vamp it up once nighttime falls with the Dusk til Dawn MUA palette. From ghoulish green to spooky purple, this palette features the perfect mix of colours to let your imagination, and your eyeshadow brush, run wild. We’ve got a special MUA halloween tutorial coming to you in October’s betty collective, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!

Candy Kittens

We’re all about the treats, less about the tricks this month. Black cats have nothing on Candy Kittens’ colourful delights. Even those of us betty girls who aren’t cat people (#dogs4life) find ourselves reaching back in the bag for another one. Candy Kittens have launched POP bags, which do just that – pop the bag and pop them in your mouth – and we’ve got a pack in each bettybox for you to enjoy this October. A handy size, you can snack as you trick or treat. It’s tiring work, walking around collecting candy.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads

After the night itself is up, you’re going to need to properly cleanse your skin and get the paint out of your pores. Leave it there, and you might get a bit spotty. No one wants a face full of boils like the Wicked Witch of the West now, do they? Kylie J and Kim K’s make-up artist absolutely raves about these cleansing pads from Nip+Fab – so obviously we’re completely obsessed too.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

Sponsored by T-Zone

Charcoal – the black rocky stuff your dad throws on the BBQ – is having a moment in the beauty world RN. Now, we’re not saying lie down and rub your face in the burnt-out embers after your last summer barbie (erm, ouch much), but y’know, just think about getting some into your bathroom regime. Because when better to reinvent your routine than at the start of the school year?

Teeth whitener

Want your teeth to sparkle like Cole Sprouse’s eyes? Guess what? Yep, it does that too. Use some toothpaste with added charcoal or convince the ‘rents to buy you a toothbrush with charcoal-infused bristles. It works kinda like oil pulling in the sense that all the dirt will be attracted to the charcoal, leaving you with a shimmering smile.

Zit attack

The charcoal in beauty products is called ‘activated charcoal’ which means oxygen has been added to it. The added oxygen (symbol O and atomic number 8 – see we have been doing our revision, Mum) means it removes chemicals and toxins more easily, so when it lands on your skin it attracts those nasties like metal on a magnet. That’s why we’ve popped a charcoal and bamboo nose pore strip from T-Zone in this month’s bettybox! It teases out dirt and oil from your pores so you’ll be left with clear skin for that obligatory ‘new school year’ photo. And don’t worry, they peel off easy-peasy. Much like PVA glue #bestgameever.

Bloat buster

If you’re feeling a bit icky, a nice charcoal lemonade will settle your stomach. It looks pretty weird (like a sort of ink) but it tastes *just* like lemonade. The charcoal absorbs the gases and toxins that cause tummy ache during our period and at all the other tummy-ache-times of the month. Bye bye bloat!

Hair saviour

A charcoal-based shampoo, conditioner, or hair mask will remove any excess oil and you’ll be left with a show-stopping mane, even when you have to put your hair up for P.E. It’ll eliminate awkward flakes from product build-up too so that stupid boy in year 9 yelling “dandruff” can get lost.

Two T-Zone Charcoal and Bamboo Nose Pore Strips are available in September’s bettybox and you can purchase in store or online from Superdrug.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

It’s September and that means one thing: setting the alarm and heading back to school. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with the essentials you’ll need to for the new term ahead, from stationery to snacks.

ERRRYTHING inside…

Joe & Seph’s Salted Caramel Popcorn

Monty Bojangles Truffles

Mini Felts Iron-On Patch

Stabilo Pastel Highlighter

La La Land Unicorn Sticky Notes

Trust Fund Nail Polish

Bubble T Lip Balm

Chirp Body Softness Hair Mask

T Zone Charcoal & Bamboo Nose Pore Strips

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.