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Beauty Kitchen June 2018 VIP Beauty Box Review

The all-natural, Malibu-themed beauty box celebrates brand owner Heather Marianna's birthday.

 Photo: BeautyKitchen.net 

Photo: BeautyKitchen.net 

The June VIP Beauty Box from Beauty Kitchen is Malibu-themed. This is fitting, as CEO Heather Marianna is having her birthday party in Malibu, CA! So excited for that. 

Titled "Make Some Waves," this all-natural, jam-packed box is her best-smelling one yet. It features giant 8 oz sizes of her Skin Polish and Moisturizing Mist; plus fun, customer-fave products like her Lip Scrub, Eye Gels, Lip Balm, exclusive Bath Bomb and bonus Lotion! 


8 oz Exotic Coconut Skin Polish

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For your face, and that bass! Smooth skin is a summer essential, and Beauty Kitchen's hero product Skin Polish is back with a new scent, Exotic Coconut. This finely-milled sugar scrub does not tear at the skin like competitor brands' products.

This is something you should use before anything else in the box. I love to bring a little tubaware full of this into my shower and use it all over my body. It gets rid of all the dirt that's been locked in your skin. Your facial skincare and makeup sink in better. Body lotion, too. 

8 oz Cactus Water and Aloe Moisturizing Mist

The picture doesn't really do this moisturizing mist justice - it's huge. Like, huuuuge. That's great, because I utilize it for so much around my house. Since it's all natural, I feel comfortable using it to refresh my clothing, fabrics, or furniture. I use it all over my body, of course, including my hair. It's gentle enough where if some gets on your face, it won't burn - and you won't be rushing to the sink.

As we learn more and more about the toxic ingredients in those body mist stores' mists, it becomes harder and harder to justify using those overrated brands. For woke shoppers like us, this Beauty Kitchen alternative is better and more affordable. 

The scent reminds me of a famous clothing store's cologne that was super popular in the late '00s. Think surfer vibes. 

Strawberry Daiquiri Sugar Lip Scrub

When Heather Marianna told me she added aloe to her lip scrubs after I suggested it, I was honored. This is a testament to what a community brand this is. Everyone's feedback is taken into account! 

The result was this rather lavish and delicious lip scrub that leaves your lips so moisturized, lip balm is optional. Aloe is known for soothing skin after sun exposure, so this is perfect after a long day in the sun, when your lips are feeling tender. 

The sugar crystals in this are even more finely-milled than the Skin Polish, for your delicate lip skin in mind. Plus those crystals are surrounded in an aloe base, so it's too gentle to cause any irritation. 

Coconut Eye Gels

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If you follow my Instagram, you know I use Beauty Kitchen eye gels all the time. They're the O.G. eye gels. If you see celebrities wearing eye gels, it's either the real thing from Beauty Kitchen, or an imitator. Large brands are even taking note and releasing single-use, chemically-laden pairs for as high as $10 or $20.

Beauty Kitchen's start around $3 and are thicker, juicier and all natural. Plus subscribers always get to try the latest varieties. 

Lip Balm

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This is not one of those drugstore lip balms that dries your lips out; you don't have to apply it all day, and it isn't $5 per tube. Beauty Kitchen's lip balm has a simple citrus flavor, and is packed with SPF 15 to protect your lips from the sun.

Perfect for use after the included Lip Scrub, I love this because years ago I was taught that the skin on the lips is the thinnest on the face. As in the most prone to sun damage! So pucker up, and put this on. You'll thank me when you're 90. 

Champagne Bathbomb

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Can you say "elegant"? Visually the stand out item of the "Make Some Waves" box, this bath bomb is formed in the shape of a champagne bottle, in celebration of Heather Marianna's birthday.

I've used Beauty Kitchen bath bombs before and they always deliver a more luxurious experience than those mass-produced ones from your local shopping mall. After you drop them in the water, Beauty Kitchen bath bombs slowly sizzle until your bathwater is packed with natural moisturizing oils and brilliant color. 

Of course, you can display them in your bathroom, like I'm doing with this one. I still have the Grinch one from Holiday 2017 and plan to keep it as a Christmas ornament! 

Bonus Let Them Eat Cake Lotion

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Though it's last on the list, this Cake Lotion was the item I had to try first. It could not smell better. It's a classic "birthday cake" fragrance done in the best possible way; not too sweet, not too overpowering. Multidimensional, so you smell different notes upon each sniff. The scent is more than a little sexy, too.

Of course the scent is only half the experience. Lotions need to moisturize too, and this does beautifully with natural moisturizing factors. You can't always "have your cake and eat it too," but you can moisturize with it instead! Not literally, though... of course there's no actual cake in this! That would be a sticky mess, and this lotion formula dries a divine, velvet matte. 


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  • Heather's deluxe-sized VIP beauty box is $44.95/month. 
  • Her travel-sized mini beauty box is only $14.95/month. 
  • Yearly VIP and mini plans are even cheaper!

Subscribe here - and get a free gift by mentioning "DerekPlease" in your order notes!

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What's your favorite item in the June box? Let me know! @DerekPlease on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

Stay tuned to my socials throughout June for more tips & tricks for the "Make Some Waves" box!

Interview: Asia O'Hara on How Winning Miss Gay USofA Prepared Her for RuPaul's Drag Race

The Season 10 star gave an exclusive interview to Twin Cities Gay Scene magazine & DerekPlease.com ahead of her June 22 stop in Minneapolis, MN.

Photo provided by PROJECT PUBLICITY, INC.

How often do you get grilled for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 spoilers, and how do you react?

Every time I walk out the door or pick up a phone! I know better than to reveal any important plot points. The producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race ain’t playing.

Photo provided by PROJECT PUBLICITY, INC.

Your skin is amazing. What’s your skincare routine like?

Cleanse, tone, eye cream and hydrate.

If you could only lip-sync to one artist for the rest of your drag career, who would it be?

Towkio.

11 years ago you were the youngest person ever crowned Miss Gay USofA. How did winning competitions like that prepare you for Drag Race?

Competing in pageants taught me discipline. You gotta be all in it to win it - mentally, physically and emotionally.

Photo taken by DerekPlease.com at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018

What were some of your favorite moments from RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2018? 

Getting to hang out with the other queens was so much fun, but meeting all the young kids who have the support of their families was, without a doubt, my favorite part of the weekend.

Give us a tease of your event coming up on June 22 in Minneapolis at Union Rooftop!

Prepare yourself for the joining of the two most fabulous things on earth: feathers and rhinestones. 

Photos provided by PROJECT PUBLICITY, INC.


Flip Phone Events is presenting "Planet Glitter + Gaga-Rama with Asia O'Hara" on June 22! The event will take place at Union Rooftop in Minneapolis, MN.

This 21+ event will feature three floors of glitter filled fun! It's set to star Asia O'Hara, Cee Cee Russell, Nocturna Lee Mission, Genevee Ramona Love, Julia Starr, Lila Vera and Sunny Kiriyama! Line-up subject to change.

The first floor will feature glitter makeovers, a chill zone and more. The basement level will be all Lady Gaga, all night - including pop-up drag performances, and music by DJ IZZIE P.  The rooftop level will feature music by DJ Fancy Restaurant and pop-up drag from Asia O'Hara herself!

Buy your tickets here!


What has been your favorite Season 10 moment so far? Tell me! @DerekPlease on all platforms.

Podcasts: Ali Levine Interviewed by Heather Marianna & Farrah Abraham

Friend of the blog, Beauty Kitchen CEO Heather Marianna has a new podcast, and it's off to an amazing start!

 Image: Heather Marianna

Image: Heather Marianna

Two weeks ago, Episode 1 featured a rousing conversation with celebrity spray tan artist Jimmy Coco. Heather and co-host Ashley Alexander had a lot of fun learning about Jimmy's new line of spray tanning products. Watch here:

Yesterday Ms. Marianna debuted Episode 2, featuring Farrah Abraham from MTV's "Teen Mom" as co-host. Their guest was Ali Levine, a creative and fabulous celebrity style expert. Watch here:

My husband and I recently watched the pilot episode of the fun new reality show "Stripped," which Ali and her husband were featured in. It was a riot! 

Stay tuned a new episode every other Monday! Episode 3 drops on President's Day, February 19. Check out the trailer for the rest of Beauty and the Boss with Heather Marianna Season One here: 

Best of all, Beauty and the Boss with Heather Marianna is available as a free video Podcast on iTunes! Enjoy on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC, Android (with Podcasts app), Apple TV, and more:

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12 New Holiday Gift Sets from Britney Spears Fragrances

On the twelfth day of Britmas...

Each year Britney Spears Fragrances delights our nostrils with another array of holiday gift sets. Usually they're focused on primarily on the original Fantasy. There may be some "candy lotion," or a lip pencil, but usually nothing too far outside the box.

This year is different. Team B is taking advantage of her strong return to relevance by sending at least a dozen new kits to stores. These kits include Private Show, Curious, Radiance, Fantasy, Midnight Fantasy, and Intimate Fantasy scented items.

This expansive collection joins her recently unveiled Hot Topic, Target, and Urban Outfitters store exclusives.


Hot Tip

Buyer beware of eBay and Amazon Sellers perfume purchases! These are often faux... or real bottles refilled with inferior, copycat formulas. #fakenews


Target.com has listed all the gift sets, including both of the ones I found at Walgreens. Looks like Target is your safest bet if you want to purchase these drop dead beautiful sets online.

Check out the full gamut below! Click the photos to be linked to their Target listings. 

 Britney Spears Private Show Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces  $14.99 at Target.com

Britney Spears Private Show Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces

$14.99 at Target.com

Private Show Britney Spears™ is an irresistible fragrance that incorporates Britney’s favorite scents: whipped crème coffee is addictive, empowering and energizing while dulce de leche and luminous amber add a modern gourmand richness and seductiveness. A touch of nectarine on the top gives an extraordinary juiciness to the first impression that transports you to a place of pure pleasure.
 Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces  $14.99 at Target.com

Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces

$14.99 at Target.com

Capturing love’s ability to overwhelm when you least expect it, Fantasy weaves a tale of modern romance. Britney channels the elusive playfulness of the chase, and the carnal excitement of seduction to create a flirtatious scent for the empowered woman. Britney Spears™ Fantasy combines succulent fruits and Britney’s favorite white florals to create a sensual fragrance. The alluring mix of lush red lychee, golden quince, and exotic kiwi playfully intertwines with a delectable cupcake accord, jasmine petals, and white chocolate orchid. A surprising finish of creamy musk, enchanted orris root, and sensual woods will leave you—and everyone around you—captivated all day.
 Private Show by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces  $38.00 at Target.com

Private Show by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces

$38.00 at Target.com

 Private Show by Britney Spears Women's Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces  $21.99 at Target.com

Private Show by Britney Spears Women's Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces

$21.99 at Target.com

 Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 4 Pieces  $9.99 at Target.com  Previously found at Walgreens &amp; unboxed exclusively on DerekPlease.com

Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 4 Pieces

$9.99 at Target.com

Previously found at Walgreens & unboxed exclusively on DerekPlease.com

 Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Rollerball Ornament&nbsp;  $4.88 at Target.com

Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Rollerball Ornament 

$4.88 at Target.com

 Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Fizz - 2 Pieces  $5.00 at Target.com

Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Fizz - 2 Pieces

$5.00 at Target.com

 Fantasy &amp; Private Show by Britney Spears Fine Fragrance Mist - 2 Pieces  $14.99 at Target.com

Fantasy & Private Show by Britney Spears Fine Fragrance Mist - 2 Pieces

$14.99 at Target.com

 Curious by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces  $21.99 at Target.com

Curious by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces

$21.99 at Target.com

Britney Spears Curious captures the romantic, independent, and mischievous spirit of the Curious woman. This fragrance has a free-spirited scent that blends white floral notes with hints of vanilla and musk. Curious opens with fresh lotus, mouthwatering pear, and magnolia and then blooms with an intensive floral heart of tuberose, jasmine, and pink cyclamen. Alluring and feminine, Curious has a sensual base of musk, vanilla, and precious woods.
 Midnight by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces  $35.00 at Target.com

Midnight by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces

$35.00 at Target.com

Midnight Fantasy is the fragrance that puts you at center stage. This casual, citrusy scent, has a moderate, fruity bouquet that fits women of all ages. It has a careful balance of framboise, vanilla, black cherry, plum, night-blooming orchid and freesia, among other notes.
 Britney Spears Fragrance Sampler Stocking Stuffer - 3 Pieces  $21.99 at Target.com

Britney Spears Fragrance Sampler Stocking Stuffer - 3 Pieces

$21.99 at Target.com

Fantasy Intimate Edition celebrates being beautifully bare and confident in your own scented skin. A romantic fragrance of seduction where sensual florals and sweet notes delicately embrace the skin, ready for your intimate fantasy to begin. A mix of juicy lychee, violet leaves and a touch of Italian lemon exudes sensual fun. A seductive interplay wraps around the heart of muguet, delicate jasmine and brown sugar, giving in to your most secret desires. Dreams become reality as vanilla, heliiotrope, and white musk dance in the background.
 Britney Spears Fragrances Sampler Gift Set - 4 Pieces  $38 at Target.com

Britney Spears Fragrances Sampler Gift Set - 4 Pieces

$38 at Target.com

Britney Spears Radiance is a blend of luscious berries and dewy petals that unfolds to reveal a radiant heart of luminous pure white flowers, lit from within by the glow of precious amber, woods, and sexy musk. Radiance offers top notes of luscious wild berries and soft dewy petals to convey a feeling of unparalleled allure, a pure white bouquet of tuberose, jasmine, orange flower, and iris to exude an unforgettable feminine aura, and captivating cashmere woods and luminous amber to wrap you in the sensual glow of skin musk.

Additional sets from last year are available at Target.com


What's your favorite Britney Spears perfume? Hit me on social one more time! @DerekPlease everywhere. 

Mine is Believe... a long forgotten, underrated and unisex-friendly Britney Spears scent from 2007. I wrote a high school English class essay on its ad campaign. It received an A+! #JusticeForBelieve

First Look: Britney Spears Fragrances Holiday 2017 Gift Sets

Counting 1...2...3 Britney Spears item reveals on DerekPlease.com this weekend.

1. A Hot Topic exclusive "...Baby One More Time" album cover t-shirt.

2. A new vinyl compilation featuring the song "...Baby One More Time."

3. Holidayney is here.

My husband and I were at Walgreens late last night and noticed all the Christmas stuff being put up by employees. My first thought was, "I wonder if the Britney gift sets are out." They were:

 A "Fantasy by Britney Spears" bath time box set including scented hair mist,&nbsp;bath bomb, body wash, and bath salts. Photo: @DerekPlease

A "Fantasy by Britney Spears" bath time box set including scented hair mist, bath bomb, body wash, and bath salts. Photo: @DerekPlease

 A more standard Fantasy by Britney Spears lotion, perfume, and travel perfume set. Photo: @DerekPlease

A more standard Fantasy by Britney Spears lotion, perfume, and travel perfume set. Photo: @DerekPlease

 It's da bomb dot com!&nbsp;Photo: @DerekPlease

It's da bomb dot com! Photo: @DerekPlease

As a beauty and entertainment blogger, one of my favorite parts of the holiday shopping season is scoring discounted celebrity perfume. Especially when it comes to Britney, bitch. There are always new cosmetic items bundled in, but this year takes the cake.

Three words: Britney bath bomb! Yes, it smells just like the perfume. It is a tad bit disappointing that the "Fantasy" bath bomb is basic white powder. In a world where our friends at Beauty Kitchen make bacon and egg-shaped bath bombs, "Fantasy" manufacturer Elizabeth Arden missed an opportunity to color or shape the bath bomb like the iconic "Fantasy" bottle. 

Britney bath salts are also a thing now. I've never soaked in a tub with bath salts before, but I'm excited to feel what all the fuss is about. The gel body wash formula is actually very good, I've used it before. I'll probably just use the hair mist as body spray. 

Note: These Walgreens sets are not available online at the moment.


"Want more? Well, I'll give you more..."

Each drugstore and department store tends to get its own exclusive Britney Spears Fragrance holiday sets. Expect places like CVS, Walmart, and Target to have more varieties. "Overseas places like Canada"... err, I mean the UK, might have exclusives at stores like HMV. 

Personally, I'm pumped to see the Target sets this year. After the sell out success of that iconic $12 Britney tee, we know they want more... of our fan dollars! 

The two sets I detailed above are all Walgreens has for now, but that could change. Classics never go out of style, but the "Fantasy" Perfume Set is comprised of stuff I already have. Check out a full unboxing of the Bath Set in the gallery below.

Photography in this post was taken by @DerekPlease, please credit us if reused.


What's YOUR favorite fragrance? Send your thoughts to @DerekPlease anywhere.