A while ago you might remember I did a campaign with Beauty Pie – this is really a kind of catch-up, where-are-we session about it all, plus updates from me about some new products coming through.
I hope that those of you who became members might leave a comment about what you liked or didn’t like about it (are you still a member? What were your favourite things? Or not favourite things?) in the handy comment box below.
First, a re-cap for any new readers. What Beauty Pie is not is a subscription service, where you are sent a box of surprise goodies every month. Beauty Pie is basically a members club, where you pay a flat fee each month (starting at £5), which gives you access to excellent cosmetics without mark-ups. You can, of course, just buy Beauty Pie products without being a member, but they are more expensive.
If you want to know more about how it works (all explained very simply by moi), read my original post on it, which is HERE. I do all the maths for you – ask all the important questions.
Yes, Beauty Pie is only available online, making some a little reluctant to buy colour – but BP has a very good customer services ethos, so if you email saying “My current favourite foundation is bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Suede – what do you have that is similar?” they will be able to advise you on the closest thing. They will also send out foundation samples, and scent samples are back in stock May 31st.
They will also advise you on what else you might find useful in their range if you email them with your skin type, age and any particular ailments. If you use a particular blush, lipstick or eyeshadow, they can recommend something similar.
Now for new products! If you have an existing BP membership don’t forget you can upgrade at any time to give you more spending power per month.
Beauty Pie’s ambition is to become a one-stop shop for your main beauty needs – from colour to coverage, technical skincare like retinol and serums, scent and candles, make-up brushes and haircare and they are adding to their virtual counter all the time. I know that there are more adventures coming, but they’ve asked me not to say anything in case they don’t happen, which I suppose is fair enough.
Shampoo and Conditioner – launching in June
As I’ve said before, I’m not one to judge on shampoo and conditioner. My hair is just my hair and it is unbearably fabulous whatever I do to it. But, this shampoo comes in a recycled and recyclable bottle with a pump-action and gets the job done and just makes Beauty Pie more appealing as a wrap-around concept to existing members considering extending or upgrading their membership.
£5.22 to members, £30 to non-members
Wondergloss Lip Oil trio
I freaking love these. I am a bit funny about lip gloss as I feel a bit self-conscious about my mouth, which is so flipping huge. Gloss and colour can make it look just revoltingly massive and ungainly, like I’ve had lip fillers, which is so not the look I’m after. But, at the same time, it’s often nice to have something on just to make it look like you’ve made an effort. These lip oils are the most terrific colour, with the reddish one settling to a sort of berry pink on me. They’re also non-sticky and moisturising and not too glossy. These are just new colours, the existing Wondergloss lip oil is here.
£8.12 to members, £40 to non-members
Perfect Pocket Palettes
Four little balls of powder shadow that you can use alone or blend together if you’ve got more than 4 minutes before the Uber arrives to achieve something really dramatic. You can use them with a damp brush for more vibrant colour – comes with an internal mirror and a brush.
£10.10 to members, £26 to non-members
Dr Glycolic Pore-Purifying Glow Toner – launching in July
This is an exciting one. A glycolic acid face wash saved my skin from a really horrendous bout of acne – and therefore from jumping off a bridge into the Thames when I was about 23. A great treatment for a range of skin problems, including congestion and hyperpigmentation.
Super Healthy Skin Nourishing Body Polish
I thought this was a load of bullshit until I tried it. The scrub is sort of a secondary element to the hydrating effect – this leaves your skin incredibly soft and smooth and hydrated for days. The very thing to use quickly just before you have to get your legs out or wear a dress or something and you haven’t moisturised or seen the sun for three months. I was so impressed.
£10.07 to members, £40 to non-members
Eau de Parfum in Love- launching October
This is delicious. I was very worried about this, it was spritzed on me in front of Marcia, the founder of Beauty Pie, and I’m sorry but there are so many perfumes that I absolutely hate. I thought oh god please let this not be tuberose otherwise I would have had to have got up and run away, forgetting my freebies, knocking over my tea. That’s how much I hate tuberose.
But it isn’t tuberose or anything gross!! I don’t know how to describe it but it’s great. When the time comes you will be able to buy a little sample. This joins the Beauty Pie already popular fragrance stable.
If you would like to join up to Beauty Pie, click here and if you use the code ESTHERSENTME you get an extra £50 spending.
How about you? Are you a Beauty Pie member? What do you think? Don’t be shy.
This post was sponsored by Beauty Pie
hello, I joined Beauty Pie following your first post and maxxed out my limit for gorgeous Christmas lovelies as presents. I’ve since tried various of their products and am a dedicated fan.
I have rosacea and really like their apricot face balm (wiped off with a hot cloth – also it comes in a glass jar which I like), their 5 minute fruit enzyme mask and the black clay & eucalyptus mask. The Super vitamin serum is good for someone like me who does not need loads of moisture on their skin (it aggravates the rosacea).
The hyaluronic hand cream is AMAZING. For an Aussie girl who’s hands look like I’m an 80 yr old from too much sun damage while holding the steering wheel driving (this is a genuine issue Down Under) this hand cream is the only thing that has made a noticeable difference to my horrid hands. I am buying it for everyone.
The mascara is a bit meh, but then I think almost all mascaras are underwhelming. I’m still searching.
I know you like their kohl pencil Esther, but I find it travels down under my eyes :-/
I joined Beauty Pie on your recommendation and after being spammed relentlessly on Insta. I have to say I LOVE their skincare. But I just cannot effectively buy colour without seeing and trying. Not only the colour but sometimes the texture was just waaaaaay off. Anyway. After trying a fair few bits I saved up a few month’s spending (top rate) and basically stockpiled the things that work for me (the hot cloth clenanser, Jeju night cream, various serums and eye creams) and then unsubscribed while I use them all up. I also bought about 20 of the GORGEOUS candles to cover birthday/teacher gifts for the next year. I plan to do the same when my stockpiles run low.
Emily Knapp says
I subscribed to Beauty Pie after your recommendation. At the time, my skin was a disaster. I originally bought some of the Jeju serum and night cream and after two days, my skin had cleared up! I have increased my subscription to the max which then allows me to stock up on their skincare products. The cleansing cloths are gorgeous as is the Jeju cleanser. The Vit C capsules are amazing too!!! I’m a huge fan and have converted loads of friends and family. My 73 yr old mother with super sensitive skin is now a massive fan too!!! The candles are all delicious and make fab pressies. Thanks Esther for the recommendation.
Sons Over the Yardarm says
I signed up after your original post and my dressing table now looks like their stock room. Their version of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is lovely, and I’ve got most of the Super Retinol range which is very pleasing (the serum smells vile but you get used to it after a while). My most recent new love is the Amazing Sleep Oil which is gorgeous. I have no idea if my skin is actually better or not (it’s pretty much fine generally anyway), but it smells fabulous and feels lovely to put on and weirdly, doesn’t leave my skin remotely oily.
Only thing I’ve not much liked is the mascara which was pretty ordinary. Otherwise, I’ve been very pleased with the skincare stuff, foundation, fancy brushes (bloody love them) and eyeliner. The £10/month subscription means you can keep yourself topped up on everything and my Clinique spending has dropped dramatically (though I need BP to create a nice toner and a cleanser to go on my Clinique buzzy scrubby brush face thing).
I love the Pie – all thanks to your initial recommendation Esther. I am happy to pay the subscription fee for access to really fabulous products. My skin was going through a terrible patch for a while and nothing I tried seemed to sort it out…until I tried Beauty Pie. I love the treatment masks (the clay one and the fruitizyme five minute facial) and the anti-aging cream and night creams have given me the softest skin in years – I honestly didn’t think I could ever get such soft skin back in my dry old 40s. I am usually reluctant to buy make-up online having previously been caught out by terrible colours, but the sample foundation pack was great. I am undecided on the foundation itself yet – it’s ok, but probably not the best I’ve tried. I also love the one powder wonder, which gives my shiny skin a lovely calm down on the days when I can’t be bothered with liquid foundation. The perfumes are lovely (again, I wouldn’t have purchased online without being able to buy the samples beforehand) and the candles are gorgeous.
My only ‘but’ is that I wish they could get a better handle on their stock management. All too often I want to buy something that seems to be out of stock for several weeks at a time; even when they give an estimate, ie mid-March, it’s quite often not met. I know I can roll forward my allowance to the next month, but if I’m running low on something I need supplies quicker than they are able to get them in. I’ve noticed several posts on Facebook similarly complaining about stock issues. Beauty Pie’s standard response seems to be that they don’t ever intend to have supplies of everything in at the same time. I think that’s disappointing. If I can’t be sure the thing I want is going to be in stock when I need it then I might need to buy something elsewhere.
I agree with this stock comment – it’s frustrating to find a product that you love and then have to wait 3 or 4 months for it come come back. You can’t just stop washing your face for 3 months! I’d love it if they could smooth out the stock bumps a bit.
I LOVE Beauty Pie – I thought I’d just give it a go for a month and see, but I just did my first ‘2 orders in a month’ month and I fear that there’s no going back now. Everything I try, I love. I’ve re-ordered the Japan fusion oil to cream cleanser which is great for removing waterproof mascara. I’m using the Jeju cleanser which is also lovely, gentle and non-stripping, takes off all makeup and smells beautiful. I’ve used the vitamin c moisturiser which is very light but feels nourishing. I took delivery of the perfume yesterday – I’m a real fusspot with fragrance and this makes the grade. Love all the retinol, my skin seems to look completely different in the morning (?) and my makeup goes on a treat. Hoping it will make me young forever? Waiting for the clay cleanser to come back into stock, also the hylauronic serum.
I’d say I’m definitely more into the skincare than the makeup – but that’s just how I am anyway. Now I need some eye cream and I’m already excited about this hair, body and toner situe. Please can you ask them to make an SPF that’s higher than 25? Thanks everso.
Like the cleanser (can’t remember the name but it’s the popular one they push all over the place) and the uber youth eye cream sorted out dry scaly skin around eyes (yuck). Also really like the weird metal roller thing (it FEELS as if it’s doing good but who knows..) which was pretty cheap unlike all those jade rollers so I thought worth a bash. Don’t like the fact that nearly everything I want (along with everyone else I suppose) goes out of stock, so one has to spend an inordinate amount of time juggling allowances etc to ensure enough available when/if they reappear and tbh I don’t know whether it’s worth the faff. Might buy a few candles to stockpile as presents and then unsubscribe. Pity as products seem fine and reasonably priced even with (cheeky) delivery charge.
Hi I’m really glad you asked about beauty pie because I was wondering how others felt too. I signed up and used it for about four months and I can honestly say I just didn’t find the products that great. They were very heavily perfumed and looked and felt very cheap to me. I matched up Clinique even better foundation with their version and it just didn’t compare at all I genuinely found all the products I used ( and I did try a lot) to be inferior so cancelled and have gone back to fabled. A few of my friends also felt the same. A shame really as it is a great idea and I agree that customer service is very good.
Also forgot to say, I find the website really fiddly – was really hard to upgrade my level and also to find out how much “allowance” I had left which I initially didn’t realise then related to the official non-BP price of each item (which is entirely irrelevant as no one is paying that). We KNOW the things are cheaper, that’s why we’re here. You (BP, not you, Esther) don’t have to keep banging on about how much they would cost on the outside. We’re not stupid. (Sorry, didn’t mean to be shouty)
I joined BP after your original article which came at the time I wanted to start using retinol but couldn’t face spending £80 a pop on it. I’m 7 months in and have tried a variety of things including the retinol, eye creams, serums, perfume & make up. My skin is so much brighter & less shadowy. It may be because I am using more products now, but I really wouldn’t be if I didn’t get them so cheaply. My fave products have been QI eye cream (really reduced my dark circles), retinol serum & hylauronic acid serum. The candles and perfumes are fantastic too. I most definitely recommend Beauty Pie, for those who, like me, have a fear of the beauty counter and who hate the idea of spending loads of money on something you don’t know will work/suit your skin (aka lazy & tight).
I am totally OBSESSED with Beauty Pie, to the extent that I think some of my friends think I’ve joined a pyramid selling cult scheme (*cough* arbonne) so hard do I try to get them to join. Their products are fantastic, and although a few mishits initially with colours, (their ‘fair’ is albino fair!!) the samples have sorted that out.
I’ve maxed out my membership, and everyone now gets their products for presents, I mean who doesn’t love a new candle/lipgloss/mascara?! Can’t wait for the shampoo to launch, just need a range of bath oils, and I basically will shop nowhere else. And a soap. And possibly more suncream…
I am super fussy about scents, (big fan of the Jo loves range) and I think theirs really stand upto to some of the serious scent producers.
I joined on your recommendation after considering it for months and months – thanks to your explanation which meant I FINALLY understood how it works. I’ve loved everything I’ve tried, favourites are the clay cleanser, stem cell serum and vit c capsules. I’m only on a £5/month sub but I think I’m going to have to upgrade because there’s so much I want to try (retinol, eye cream, moisturisers) and I am impatient…
drop their customer services a line so you can be sure you’re getting what’s right for you x
I’m really tempted by it, but, while I don’t buy masses of skincare or beauty stuff, I do really the whole going to the counter thing, the smell of the beauty hall, leaving with a little swingy bag, taking it home…And so on. I find it hard to get excited about a home delivery service.
I’ve been subscribed for just 3 months but love it. I’ve pretty much stuck to skincare. I love the Vitamin C serum capsules. They had an instant effect on my skin (soft, reduced pores and redness) and have reordered. Also the SPF moisturiser is great, light weight and fab under make up. I’ve just got the salicylic drops and they have staved off my usual hormonal breakout brilliantly this month and hardly used any. I have the colourless primer which is ok but used better. I did buy a dodgy lipstick but did go with a new colour type for me which just didn’t work, although I did think the texture was quite drying as well. Want to try one of the retinol range (The Ordinary retinol was playing havoc with my skin so I’ve given up on theirs) and a cleanser next month as running out of my previous brand. As with all of these things it’s trial and error to fund what works for your skin, but at least you aren’t forking out an absolute fortune experimenting!
I am a fan of their tinted moisturizer which is a bit like the MAC product. I have left them though as I wasn’t a hundred percent sure I was ready to subscribe all year round to something I didn’t use that much. A case in point at Christmas I wanted to buy more stuff for presents but had to up my subscription quite quickly which is probably fair enough, but then I don’t buy that much and have too many products in my bathroom cabinet that are left unused. I may well go back to them if that changes
I joined after your original article and tried a bunch of stuff, all of which I liked, but they never had stock of the things I wanted to try (fragrances and candles) and I ended up cancelling after three months. I was only thinking of re-joining this week and saw that they now have the fragrances back in stock. I really like the lip liners and matte lipsticks and they’re cheaper than super cheap pharmacy brands. I tried to get a few girlfriends to join but they all said “they make it too complicated and my life is already too complicated”, which I totally get – it takes a while to get used to. Will have a think about it and maybe re-join later this year.
products being out of stock is very frustrating
Also joined because you made me, Esther!! Love it on the whole, skincare better than make up in my experience. Demented that things are ALWAYS out of stock though.
Lucy Meredith says
I’ve just joined and done my first order – thanks for the code! Looking forward to trying it all. I searched for the body polish you recommended but it’s not on the site – is that one of the new products launching soon?