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?

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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. 

Like the fleeting crush on *that boy* in year 10, the summer holidays are whizzing past quicker than a cheetah driving a speedboat. September’s box will ease you into the 9-3 lifestyle though, even on those days when cramps are brewing up a storm in our stomachs and we have to play an hour of hockey. Introducing the only back-to-school prep you’ll need (apart from maybe some cute news shoes and a matching school bag)…

Stabilo Boss Original Pastel Highlighter

No new school year can begin without a pristine set of stationery, and pens don’t come prettier than this pastel highlighter. Stabilo have got this beauty so right and, as exams are unfortunately still a thing (urgh), at least this year you can revise in style.

Minifelts Iron On Patch

Patches are about making a statement, so spread good karma without saying a word, thanks to Minifelts. We all need some positive vibes when we’re stuck in homework hell, amiright? We have a slight feeling your head of year won’t like your blazer jazzed up though, so grab your backpack or favourite jeans and get ready for non-school uniform day.

Bubble T Lip Balm

We love Bubble T’s quirky products and their lip balm is no exception. With added jojoba oil to moisturise your lips, you’ll have soft, smooth smackers in no time… if you can resist licking off the balm, that is. The flavour is so sweet, you’ll want to eat it up, but don’t. It’s probably definitely not very nutritious…

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. 

Haven’t got your August bettybox through the post yet? This month’s delivery will get you through the LEGIT BEST month of the year: the month when school is out and summer is here! So, whether you’re chilling with your mates in the sun, hitting the local lido or jetting off on holiday with your famalam, use your bettybox essentials to make you feel like a mermaid goddess, inside and out.

ERRRYTHING inside…

Rhythm 108 Lemon and Ginger Biscuits

The London Tea Company Purple Tea

Spa To You Konjac Sponge

Saturated Colour, Colour Switch

Urban Veda Daily Purifying Facial Wash

My Flawless Blusher Brush

Stylondon Henna Tattoos

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 Candy Kittens

Taking inspo from the sour blueberry Candy Kittens sweets in this month’s bettybox, we bring you blueberry eton mess. It’s sweet, simple and only needs one bowl, so you won’t even have much to wash up (which is all we really care about when cooking, isn’t it?)

For two bowls full, you’ll need:

200ml double cream
6 ready-made meringue nests
A punnet of blueberries
1 and a half tablespoons of caster sugar
As many Candy Kitten sweets as your heart desires
A whisk

1. Pop two handfuls of blueberries and 3 tablespoons of water in the microwave for 90 seconds, with half a tablespoon of sugar. This should make them soft and mushy, so get squishing with a fork. Be careful with the hot bowl!

2. Add the double cream and a tablespoon of caster sugar and whisk away. After some strong wrist action, the purple mixture will get thicker.

3. Get squishing again, but this time with your hands. Crush the meringue nests and add to the bowl. Mix in lightly with a spoon, but careful not to crumble the meringue into really small bits.

4. Sprinkle as many blueberries as you want on the top. Go cray.

5. Do the same with your Candy Kittens. All done. See, as easy as 1, 2, 3 (4, 5)!

Cold shoulder?

You can pop it in the fridge for 30 mins to make it a bit more mousse-like if that’s your pudding thang, but you don’t have to; your call, my friend.

Get sweet with Candy Kittens, which you can buy in store (find your closest stockist here), or online.

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

If you’ve already collapsed into a post-sugar, post-ice cream, post-sun heap on the floor (gotta start summer as you mean to go on, right?), drag yourself across the carpet to the letterbox: August’s bettybox is nearly here! It’s not only filled with much needed pads and tampons, but also quirky beauty bits to kit you out for evenings out with your parents, friends, or even the cutie you’ve had your eye on all year…

Saturated Colour Colour Switch

Harry Potter and co have nothing on this magic wand. Slick on over your lippy, give it a little rub genie style and, voila, new colour! Saturated Colour Colour Switch is a magic trick we want to do on every single lipstick we own. Depending on how much of the white colour you put on, you can have double, triple, quadruple the shades you already own, so you’re ready to match to any outfit. There’s even a little how-to in your collective that REALLY wows…

Stylondon Henna Tattoos

We love the look of henna tattoos, but let’s be honest; we’d never have enough of a steady hand, the imagination, or patience to create the beautiful designs on our own. Stylondon have literally solved it: their henna tattoos are super quick and easy to apply, just peel off the backing, pop on your skin and soak with a damp towel. They’re non toxic, so shouldn’t irritate your skin.

Urban Veda Daily Purifying Facial Wash

Red skin is not the look we ever go for and, although we don’t want to think about maths while we’re on holibobs, neem + eucalyptus + witch hazel = no red skin! This is the equation Urban Veda have used to create their purifying face wash. It cleanses gently, but deeply, and mattifies oily skin. You won’t need to filter your Instagram pics within an inch of their life to get rid of shiny foreheads now and you’ll get more pic-taking time!

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

Haven’t got your July bettybox through the post yet? This month’s delivery will get you through the season of unicorn pool floats and ALL THE SUNCREAM. From battling PMS spots and sweaty skin (we’ve all been there, girl) to stocking up on cute summer jewellery, picnic sweets and sanitary pads (obvs), we’ve thought of everything to see you through your period and beyond.

ERRRYTHING inside…

candy kittens sour blueberry

hairon zero crease hair ties

balance me pure skin facial wash

lisa angel shape bracelet

korres bergamot and pear body milk

anatomicals deep conditioning hair pack

scrub love coconut affair coffee scrub

l’oreal colour riche nail polishes

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 Eyeko

Cat-eye flicks might be our go-tos for the weekend, but when it comes to festivals: OTT is the way to go. So, forget your sleek flicks and go for a sassy feline alternative. Introducing the claw-mark effect! Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is the perfect tool. Like drawing with a pen, you can smudge, darken and shape to your hearts content. Cat claws included.

Oh, and if you’re throwing your own mini-fest in your garden, you could even extend the wild theme to the decor!

Method

1. Swipe the eyeliner from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. Increase the thickness slightly as you get towards the outer edge.

2. Add a thin flick and lighten the pressure as you flick out.

3. Line up your Eyeko eyeliner so that it’s along your eyelid crease, directly above the outer edge of your eye. Swish across to make another flick.

4. Starting just under your bottom eyelashes, towards the outer corner of your eye, add the last flick. Finito! 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is available in June’s bettybox, or shop their full range of eyeliner here.