Art Supplies · Art/Crafts · Subscription Boxes · Uncategorized

ScrawlrBox January 2019

I bet you guys forgot that this isn’t just a bookish blog eh. Sorry about that… I just get caught up sometimes. Books are a magical land. Today is related to one of my other passions – art!

I have written about ScrawlrBox in the past (and used the above image before – oops! I just couldn’t get a box photo that I really liked) and I’ve meant to write more posts about it since my last, but instead, I’ve not managed more than mini-reviews on social media. I’d even taken all the photos for one previously (and I was really pleased with them!) but never got around to posting. I’ve included a couple of them below anyways so that you can glimpse some other boxes – it seems like a waste to not use the photos. It also means you wont see spoilers of this months boxes contents until after the jump. This months box was late to despatch and mine literally arrived earlier on today.

So, what is ScrawlrBox? ScrawlrBox is a monthly subscription box of art supplies which ships around the middle of the month (usually – sometimes there are supplier issues like this month, but they do email and let you know if there’s a delay). The box is small so it fits straight through your letterbox, meaning you don’t have to worry about any missed packages. It costs £15 a month including UK shipping via Royal Mail 48 hour. They do ship internationally for additional cost.

The boxes have a fairly standard “format”. You get an a5 art print – this one is by Giobi, some sheets of paper, a sticker, some tissue paper-wrapped art supplies, a “candy” and the “menu” detailing the boxes contents. The “branding” within the box is significantly better since I last blogged about them. The changes are subtle but do have a significant impact on the experience.

Sorry for the glaringly bright and over saturated photo..it’s so…yellow. The sun was playing hokey pokey. Ha. But anyway. These are the contents of this months box.

  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers – I got three of these in the shades O324 Burnt Sienna, O427 Cinnamon ando518 Dusky Pink. These are alcohol based, solvent markers with twin nibs. One end is a chisel nib and the other end is a bullet nib. I have a fair few of these markers as well as their sister Brushmarkers which are identical, just a brush nib instead of a bullet nib. They have great vibrancy, blend well and the ink dispersal is consistent for good coverage provided your pen isn’t running out. You can layer them for a darker tone.
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 01 – This is a very fine nib fineliner with archival ink. It handles solvent markers on top of it incredibly well. I have a bunch of these fineliners including one of this size, but I very rarely use it. I’m a bit brutal with how hard I press and while the pen doesn’t break, I do end up damaging them and I personally prefer a wider line.
  • Sakura Pigma Brush Pen in Black – Same as the micron, this pen has archival quality, pigment based ink but instead of the fine nib, it has a flexible brush tip which allows varying line widths. The brush tip is soft so it can be difficult to be light handed enough to achieve a finer line, I have just discovered. I’m not new to brush pens, but this is a tool I’ve never used before.
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen 1.5 – This Pitt pen is a variant on the usual ones you see in so far as it has a wider nib in the bullet style. I got the colour White. As opposed to a brush or fineliner type. I’ve used the later type Pitt Artist pens before, but this is my first experience with the former. It has decent opacity and is layerable for a more opaque effect and is permanant once dry.
  • Faber-Castel 9000 Pencil – I got this pencil in the 2H variant. It’s a pencil. I haven’t got an essay to write about this supply. I prefer softer pencils so I probably wont use this much, but it feels nice in the hand and pretty sturdy.
  • Canaletto 160gsm Liscia – I got two sheets of this paper. It is 20% cotton, and acid-free. It also contains Calcium Carbonate for PH neutrality. It’s fairly smooth; to me, it feels like pretty typical cartridge paper which is an interesting inclusion due to the supplies being alcohol based markers. It’s slightly off-white in tone.

On the “menu” card, ScrawlrBox always issue you an art prompt. This months one was “Growing Up”. In all honesty, I never usually bother, but this time, I decided I would give it a go. Ideally, you’re meant to only use the supplies within the box, but that was too bland for me, so I used some of my other Winsor & Newton markers, and a couple of other items from previous scrawlrboxes to at least try and keep in line with the box itself. I used a StyleFile alcohol marker in NG9 which came in a previous box last year and a pink Staedtler Ergosoft coloured pencil which came in the box in.. November, I believe.

Ta-da! I’m in a plant pot. Growing up. Geddit? Ha. Haha. Ha… If you’re interested, I used quite a few additional markers for small things, such as the pink for my tongue. The colours I used are as follows (and items in italics were not in the box, I did use every supply that came in the box though). I used to be so scared of sharing my artwork publicly. I had planned on doing a round-up of my inktober pieces each week on here last October, but I chickened out… welp.

Markers: O518 Dusky Pink, O427 Cinnamon, 0324 Burnt Sienna, Y129 BRUSH Satin (for hair tips), M727 Rose Pink (for tongue), B736 BRUSH China Blue (for clothing), 0177 Bright Orange (layered with Cinnamon for the plant pot to make a terracotta shade), O124 Walnut + O225 Henna (for the soil, plus StyleFile NG9 Neutral Grey 9), B318 BRUSH Cloud Blue (for the background).

Other: Sakura Pigma Micron 01, Sakura Pigma Brush Black, Staedtler Ergosoft Pink coloured pencil (for cheek blush), Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen 1.5 White (for the highlight lines), and of course, the pencil to sketch it out originally and I used a derwent eraser. 

Woo. And that’s the lot. I really liked this months box. Humanoid things aren’t really in my comfort zone and I was pretty scared of the neutral colours in the box, but I’m quite pleased with the piece I came up with even if I technically cheated, but, it was still a challenge and still out of my comfort zone and that’s what counts, right? RIGHT? I really needed some colour there. Haha.

If you’re interested in signing up or finding out more, you can go to their website to sign up to ScrawlrBox.

Beauty · skincare · Subscription Boxes · Uncategorized

Dollar Shave Club – Just for Men?

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You’ve probably heard of Dollar Shave Club by now; if not, do you live under a rock? I’ve seen so many American YouTubers include DSC partnerships in their videos – Although the US offerings are different the UK offerings. I decided to order myself a trial box and put it to the test. Is it just for men? Would it be better than other razors I’ve tried?

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The box took a few days to arrive after I ordered it. Not really speedy delivery, but that didn’t bother me. Also; it seems that the package was despatched from continental Europe, so accounting for that, delivery time was not bad at all.

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The trial box has four items in. The razor handle, a pack of four razor cartridges, a tube of shave butter and a little 16 page magazine which is great for those moments when you head to the bathroom and think you’re just gonna pee so you don’t take your phone but you end up actually having to take a dump. I believe the magazines content is different every month, and it’s actually pretty cool. One thing that I didn’t see mentioned on the website (though I may have missed it) but that did come with the welcome card was that they donate a portion of sales of the box to charity.

This particular set is called “The Executive”, which, I’d associate with a dude, but like macho-sounding shower gels, it doesn’t mean you have to be macho to use it. The razor head cartridges are housed in a cardboard sleeve. Each cartridge contains 6 stainless steel blades, a trimmer edge and lubricating strip. On their own, four of the cartridges ship for £8 a month; which seems a little pricey compared to the £5 price tag that the trial box carries. The razor handle is quite weighty. But how about their functioning?

Well, it has been a couple of days since I shaved and my legs still feel lovely. The razor yielded a very close shave without having to go back over any of the same spots. The handle weight was perfectly balanced and it felt better to hold and use than my Friction Free Shaving Razor or any of the other cartridge razors I’ve used before. It also gave me the closest shave. I wondered if it’s because it’s aimed at coarse man-face hair; but I remember I once used to use mens gillette razors on my legs and this was still better. So, I decided to try it down in my southern regions to see how it would cope with /that/ hair and also to see if the shave butter would corrode ones lady-parts.

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I used it just with soap suds on my arm-pits, but also used the shave butter when I shaved my legs. While “Dr Carver” isn’t really the most reassuring name for a shave product, I can gladly say that it carved nothing aside from the excess hair that I wanted to be rid of. It smells clean and fresh, but very inoffensive. I’m sensitive to some things and was concerned the butter would leave my skin feeling slippery/oily; it did not. It helped the razor glide along my legs, but it also rinsed off the razor easily and didn’t clog it up. So once I was done shaving my legs and was happy with the result, I decided to tackle my lady-garden. DSC has no mention about where is okay to use the shave butter, it just says to use it in shaveable places… so I thought I’d give it a go and report back so nobody else need suffer a bush-fire.

I’m pleased to report that it did not cause any burning or stinging to my downstairs – though of course we’re all different and some are more sensitive than others. I was a heavy Lush bath bomb user and touch wood *touches some wood* I’ve never had thrush, but some women only need to look at a bath bomb to suffer. My shave was satisfactory and less irritating than usual methods. I admittedly usually suffer from razor bumps on my bikini-line the following day but the balm seems to have worked a treat there.

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I think that’s about it really! In conclusion? No, it’s not just for men. I’d rather have a better shave with something less girly than a more feminine razor that doesn’t quite make the cut. You can order your Dollar Shave Club Trial Box for £5 via their website. It’s £8 each month after that unless you downgrade or choose deliveries to be every 2 months instead of monthly, though you can cancel anytime, so you could just get the trial box and cancel if you’d like. I would really recommend it.

Have you tried Dollar Shave Club or any other shave subscription box before? I’d love to hear your thoughts.