Friday, 24 February 2017

LUSH Candy Cane Roulade Shower Smoothie Review

Where has the time gone? I am sure it was Christmas last week! I have so many bath and shower products that sometimes it takes a while to get through them and I finally just finished the last Christmas product in my shower Candy Cane Roulade by LUSH.

The new shoower smoothies are part of the naked product range from lush meaning they now are packaging free. This has the consistency of a soft and squidgy bar of soap and you break a bit of the bar off and use it in the shower. Honestly the roulade range are not the prettiest of Lush products but this  smells amazing, this isn't a peppermint smell but a lovely fresh minty scent instead which I much prefer. This is because Lush uses fresh mint and cyprus oil in this smoothie to  create a slightly sweet but mostly inviograting showertime treat.

This festive smoothie sports a red and white band along the outside which is slightly thicker  and a pink and cream coloured soft soapy inner. In the shower I tend to soften a lump of this between my hands to start to realease the oils in the bar and then work the softened product over my wet skin.  I find if you were to use the whole bar at once the warm water would start to dissolve too much product. Because the roulade contains cocoa butter it is very moisturising on the skin- much more than an average bar of soap. I would say that it doesn't lather up as much as soap or shower gel so I tend to use this bar more for moisturising than for cleaning. Out of the shower my skin is left very soft with a hint of mint!

Sadly this product is limited to Christmas only but there are lots of other roulades in the Lush range that you can pick from.  This is a great addition to your shower routine, and is great at making your skin a little softer and giving you an extra pamper!

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Powder Review

Colour Correction is all the rage, but honestly it is a minefield  I saw this MUA powder in Superdrug and thought it would be worth a try as it looked pretty easy to use with 4 colours in one and the fact it is a correcting powder rather than correcting concelaer.

How pretty and inviting does this look?  MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Powder comes in a clear and white plastic compact, which to me makes it look clean and very professional and not as cheap looking as some of the other products in the range. The powder is sectioned into quarters, you have a yellow tone for contering darkness, purple/lilac to counter sallow skin, green for redness and this bronze/orange tone (they call it peach but I find it is much darker than the other shades and has more of a shimmer) which is also to counter darkness.

This is a baked powder and a fine shimmer can seen throughout, although when on the skin this doesn't really translate. This is great as it makes it look more radient and not to harshly matte on the face. This mineral based powder is made mostly from natural mica and is milled very finely so it is very smooth and silky on the skin too.

Even though the shades look quite pigmented in the pan when you apply them they are actually quite subtle. I really has to pack the product on in my swatches so you could see the colour clearly. This means that the powder can be used in two ways, you can sweep a mixture of all four colours all over your face or use certain colours in targeted areas to help correct the face. On the skin this looks similar to a translucent powder, mattifying  and setting your makeup without adding lots of colour. I beileve this does counter some colouring in the face, espically when wearing a more ntaural/ lighter base product when some of your natural skintone and pigmnetation can be seen through. But  what I like more about the product however is how it adds a suntle illumination to the face, amking it seem more healthy and bright.

If you want a quirly powder this is certainly worth a try, it is a lovely feeling product and great fro brightening your face. If you want to take the first steps into colour correction this is product for you! 
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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Micellar Cleansing water has taken over the beauty world by storm and honestly I can see why. A product that is super easy to use, feels like water, dissolves makeup and impurities and has so many options. There is surely a version to suit everyone! Although I admit there are maybe too many now with every brand releasesing  a version. I myself must of tried at least six differet ones now (with varying levels of success). I have just seen that Boots has began selling Sukin, it is a brand that I really love and I am so glad that it is getting easier to purchase. Finally big retailers are listening and stocking  natural 100% vegan, crurlty free alternatives to your favourite products.

The cleansing water comes in this natural looking brown plastic bottle. It comes with a squeeze top lid so that you can gentle apply a small amount to a cotton pad without drenching and wasting all your product. I find that the smaller size bottle makes it much easier to control compared to some of the big-name bigger-bottle counterparts. My only complaint is that the colour of the bottles makes it hard to see how much product you have left unless you hold it up to the light. 

What drew me most to this product was the fact it was suitable for all skin types, Miceallar waters by design have tiny particles of oil in them that act as magnets trapping and removing dirt some but it means some micellar waters can be too oily or even too drying and my oily skin can be quite fussy. I have had some bad break outs in the past due to the amount of oil these cleansers can contain. However this water was gentle enough that it didn't irritate my skin at all, but at the same time doesn't strip the skin too much so is still hydrating.

In fact this water is maybe the most gentle cleansing water I have used thanks to aloe vera and chamomile in the product. It also contains my arch-nemesis cucumber. Normally I detest this stuff but luckily (unlike the Soap and Glory Micellar Water who coincidentally since I posted my review have changed their packaging so a little picture of a cucumber is now on the front of the bottle ) you don't notice the scent at all. In fact I would go far as to say this is practically fragrence free!

This product was  really effective at removing my makeup. I think because it is so gentle I would still use a eye makeup remover to remove stubborn waterproof mascara as I needed to scrub a little too muuh for my liking to get it removed, but it easily dissolved my foundation and lipsticketc, leaving my face clean and fresh without any dryness or tightness to my skin.

In all I would certainly recommend this cleansing water to anyone wanting to try it! I have only tried a couple of products from the range so I am excite to try more and see what Sukin has to offer!
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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub Review

As you know if you are a long time reader of this blog I love Soap and Glory, from their whimsical, retro packaging to their yummy scents most of the range is amazing! They are all super reasonably priced too so that is a big bonus. Somehow the Breakfast Scrub has passed me by and it wasn't until I was having a cheeky smell of it  that I knew I had to try it.

So lets talk about the scent first as that is what made me buy it. This scrub is maple scented and while sweet it never smells overly sickly. Here in the UK maple isn't something I overly associate with breakfast  (I think more of the USA and  pancakes!) but it is a really different and appealing scent and I can honestly say I haven't tried a beauty product that smells of maple before.  The front of the pot also lists Banana, Almond and Honey and to me this does sound like a smoothie!

As a scrub this works pretty well, it ticks all the scrubby boxes that it should. There are a couple of different sized particles and not a microbead in sight.  You have scrubby sugar particles, natural organic cupuacu and oatmealWhat a list! This scrub is a bit thick and that puts it on the coarser side so I would advise using this more as a body scrub than a facial scrub. But because of this thickness it doesn't just dissapear as soon as water hits it, meaning you really can work it into your skin. The pot is also massive, it is 300ml so with only using a smallish amount at once this product is going to last.

In all I really would say go and grab a pot of this scrub you won't be dissapointed, my sin felt soft and smooth after using this. The sugar hit is also really nice and lingers on the skin. If only they would bring out this as a body lotion already! As a bonus Soap and Glory is CF and I beileve organic!
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Night Cream Review

Hello lovely follwers, long time no post. I hope to be able to blog a little more now. I am not going to go into a long post about how I haven't blogged but instead jump straight in with a new postabout a product I have tried recently.

 Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Antioxident Gel Cream to give it it's full name is a gel based night cream. The Moisture Bomb range really appeals to me as it isn't a range designed just for dry skin but rather dehydrated skin. As someone who doesn't drink enough water in a day I think this is really helpful (although I really should drink more water anyway!). I have oily skin so I don't want a heavy product and the gel texture is much lighter than a traditional cream and sinks straight away into the skin without any stickyness.  The texture reminds me alot of a serum and it is stange at first to use but I found myself really enjoying the cooling and refreshing feeling that a gel gibves rather than a cream.

The screw tub contains 50ml of product which is a refreshing light blue in colour. I have found you only need a small amount of product at once as although it is quick to absorb into the skin it is easily spreadable first. I also love the scent of the product, it is somehow fresh and fruity at the same time. The scent doesn't linger long enough once applied to be an annoyance either.  This cream contains Amla and Pomegranate extracts which could explain this scent.

For me the only thing that lets it down is the packaging, it's not a product I want to display on my dressing table, the bright blue plastic post is garish. I think they could play the fruit angle more as well.

All in all I love this product the lightweight cream works well for oily skin without being heavy but I am unsure if dry to very dry skintypes would find it as moistureing.  Have you used this product? The sheet masks in this range keep calling to me! 
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Saturday, 9 July 2016

My Makeup Journey

I was never a girly girl growing up, I wouldn't say I hated all things pink, shiny and makeup but it just never really interested me. When I went to University I started to get into nail polish or moreso really nail art. It was a way to channel my creativity when I was away from home. I met loads of lovely friends through the nail art community. It helped me when I was stressed and anxious. After University my stress levels rose towards their peak, I was anxious most of the time and having panic attacks often. I was in a strange place and didn't know what to do with my life. I had a degree but no job and I was living in a place that I din't know. This was around the time that I lost my love of nail polish. I am not going to go into that now but you can read about it here. It was upset and hurt, my trust of the internet comminity I loved was gone. With this went my love of blogging. Blogging now is something I do about twice a month instead of twice a day and that upsets me even now.

It was around this time that my self confidence was at it's lowest. My skin was horrible and I just couldn't feel at all pretty, sometimes I didn't feel human. I knew I had to do something but what? I started experimenting with some new high brand skincare and that helped me alot, not in the sense that it always worked on my awful skin but it gave me hope that I could combat it. It also gave me something to focus towards. Slowly I started branching out from just skincare into make-up. What first started as a way to conceal the worst slowly turned into looking at lipsticks and eyeshadow. I started to experiment with colour and developing my own style.

Working at Boots helped too, I took a real interest in the beauty department and developed my passion. I pushed myself to know about all the products, to try things out and recommend products to customers. A few months back I had the opportunity of applying as a No7 Advisor, to actually have a job within the make-up industry. If you had told little old me that I would be doing this job I would have laughed at you. But now my job is actually applying make-up to other people. I love it! I love everything it stands for. It is a job not about perfection but making people feel happy and confident in their own skin.  The brand isn't about airbrushing it is about real people- people that I get to interact with and make happy even if it is only for the briefest of moments in their day. Everyone needs a little pamper, some time to indulge in themselves and I love giving that to people. This job also allows me to be creative and improve my own skills.. I'm not a perfect flawless make-up artist, I am still learning.  But I don't ever think you can stop learning in a profession like this.

Last week I took a selfie, it was the first selfie I was 100% happy with. Sure there are flaws, my eyesight is still buggered and I have a scar on my lip and a weird nose but I didn't notice any of those things. My confidence still needs work but where I am now compared to where I was can't be more different. Sometimes makeup is a mask I wear to hide behind but more often now it is a way of expressing my personality- of saying who I am, making an statement that I am not afraid. I finally feel like me.

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Monday, 4 July 2016

MyPure Review: Mossa Youth Defence Toner with CloudBerry

The Mossa range appeared on the MyPure site last month and it looked really interesting. Have you ever heard of  a Cloudberry before? The fact I hadn't was enough to draw me into looking at this toner. 

Normally I would not use a product for dry or sensitive skin as my face is a little on the oily side  but I found this product wasn't at all too heavy or greasy for my skin. In fact I found that after using products that strip the oil from my face it was nice to replenish some moisture without adding more oil.

The toner is lightweight and quick drying, I think it worked well at refreshing my skin and removing any last traces of cleanser from my face to give a almost squeaky-clean feeling. I used this product by saturating a cotton pad and sweeping it across my face until I felt that my face was clean. Because I have oily skin I followed this toner up with a oil-free moisturiser but I think that you wouldn't really need one if your skin wasn't as pesky as mine.

Because of the natural soothing properties of this toner I also found it didn't annoy any blemishes. This is because it is not alcohol based and it gentle on the skin.

Scent wise this has a light berry scent that isn't too distracting but at the same time is lovely and lingers just long enough to make this product feel like a total luxery.

In all I highly rate this product as one that is suitable for most of any skin types and is a perfect 'my first toner'. Go check it out on the MyPure website along with their massive range of natural health and beauty products!

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Products That Suck: Skyn Iceland Blemish Dots

The idea of the Skyn Iceland Blemish Dots is a wonderful one. A little plastic patch of concentrated Salicylic acid that sticks like a plaster onto any nasty blemishes to give them a good amount of drying and shrinking action (these patches also contain alcohol).  

The patches come in 4 foil lined packets so that they don't dry up before use. The patches themselves come in two sizes  and are transparent so they aren't obvious that you have them on. I would suggest using them at night as this is the time that the skin starts to repair itself. 

You will recieve 4 foiled line packets in your box each with 12 assorted sized dots

I used a few of these patches on consecitive nights on a range of 'problem' areas. The reason I have taken a dislike to this product is a simple one, for me at least they don't work. I have used them on blemishes which are in many different states (cystic acne, spots coming to a head and healing spots) and noticed no difference in any of them. Like I saidd before I gave these dots the benefit of the doubt and used them every night and found that I have no better results from these than from letting the spots do their own thing (gross I know!). 

As a person who has used a lot of blemish fighting products I know that not every skintype will react in a good way to every product but considering these cost me £17.50 I expected a little more from them. Colour me dissapointed

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

 I haven't done a wishlist post for a while but here are the products I am currently lusting after. I wonder if any will make it into my shopping basket (I expect not!)

Too faced Unicorn Tears
Lunatik Cosmetics Contour Palette
LaSplash Summer Daze Collection
Dose Of Colour Pearl Dust 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit  
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Nars Orgasm 
Phee's Rainbow Glow Highlighter
Beauty Bakerie Lip Whips
Nyx White Eyeshadow Base
Estee Lauder Clear Difference Oil Control/Mattifying Hydrating Ge
 Milani Limited Edition Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crémes

What are your most lusted after products?

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Beauticology Vanilla Frosting Body Butter

I must admit I am sometimes a brand snob, Beauticology is one of those brands I always saw in Boots and Superdrug and never looked twice at. For me the main factor is their imintation Philsophy packaging  (little did I know this is actually a sub-brand of Bayliss and Harding).

 For Christmas however I recieved a gift set of Beauticology products who didn't understand my irritation for the brand. The main product inside was this body butter in the scent Vanillia Frosting.

The scent straight away went against  what my head was telling me it would be like, no plastic smelling, over scented chemical yuckyiness but instead a light vanillia scent that somehow was faintly sugar-sweet. Consistency wise this was also a big shocker it was ultra lightweight and almost gel like in texture, melting straight into the skin leaving it soft to the touch without being sticky or over rich for my oily-prone skin. It was also faintky cooling when applied which is something that I really appreciate and wish all my expensive body butters were like!

This tub is a whopping 250ml, it has lasted me months with use everyday and I am finally scraping the remians out of my pot. Sadly I beileve that this particular product was a seasonal release only and is not longer around to buy. The moral of the story is try something by this brand it might shock you. I really must stop judging my beauty products by there brand names and packaging!
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