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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Monday, 30 May 2016

MyPure Review: Lavera Colour and Shine Intense Hair Treatment

Since growing my hair I have noticed that the ends tend to need a little more TLC espically after dying my hair. The warm humid weather we have here certainly doesn't improve my hair's condition either!

Today's review comes from the stotre MyPure which sells loads of natural and organic beauty and makeup products. This is the Lavera Colour and Shine Intense Treatment. This is a hair masque packed with loads of organic mango and avocado. It comes in a 125ml squeeze  bottle and is the perfect size to sit in the shower. The product itself is quite thick and really coats the hair, this means you really need to massage it into the hair and it really feels like an intense treatment because of this!

Scent wise this produt doesn't smell of much in the packaging but as soon as you massage it into your hair and it hits the hot water it smells really fruity and fresh. It has a freshly pulped  fruit scent to it that clings to the hair even once it is dry. This made my hair feels really soft after I had used it. I also noticed it was more shiny. I also noticed that my hair wasn't as tangled after using this product and I had less shedding hairs! Personally I wouldn't use this product every day as it is a bit rich for my easily grease-prone hair but as a treatment I think it is only suggested as a once (twice at most) a week product and my hair really agrees with that.


In all this is a lovely treat for the hair and it is really worth using. I think your hair is sometimes neglected so it is always worth spending the extra time to pamper it. Shoot on over to Mypure to pick up your bottle and be sure to check out the other amazing products in the range!

The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Holiday Miniture Travel Essentials

I have been off the blogging grid for a while, first I went on holiday to the lovely (but cold) Copenhagen in Denmark and then my laptop self-destucted.Then my replacmeny laptop exploded. But third time is a charm and I am back. If we can I would like to take a step back and talk today about some of the cute dinky travel sized products I managed to pick up for my holiday.

Let me first start by saying I took a five day break and all the produvts mentioned in this post lasted at least until the end of the holiday!

So these were the produts I took with me. Most shops will do travel size prodcuts now as will most brands. This is a great way to get what you know and love while on the move. I also think it is a great way to try new products without committing to a large bottle (and of course travel size is cheaper!).

I raided The Body Shop for my Grapefruit Body Butter and shower gel (which also doubles up as a great bubble bath) and then on Boots for my Nivea Body Spray and Elvive Colour Care shampoo and conditioner. The St Ives scrub was a great surpise to me and while not a travel essential I had never seen a tiny tube before so I had to snag one. The Lime and Ginger Shower Gel is a Superdrug own brand product The Venus Snap razor is too cute not to grab. I do think it was a little on the expensive side and actually is also a bit fiddly to get to grips with but it was lovely and compact. Lastly the tiny tins from Lush are super easy to slip into a pocket in your bag and in the colder wheather for mw they were both a life saver! 

What products do you need to take with you when you are away?

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

MyPure Review: Benecos Natural Highlighting Powder

I never got into the whole contour craze, for me bronzer just looks like a dirty mark on my face. However one thing I can get behind is strobing. I adore highlighter! So the chance to add another to my collection was a must. MyPure's newest all natural brand Benecos has a massive range of beauty products. This highlighter is called Stardust.

The Benecos highlighter comes in a standard plastic compact. It is a light pink/peach colour with a subtle pink/golden shimmer. It is pressed into the compact and embossed with a cute flower logo.

The product itself is very finely milled so the shimmer is not very chunky. This gives more of a glow to the complexion than full on luminosity which I think makes it more wearable, especially for daytime looks. I think this is a perfect highlighter for those who are a little inexperienced as it is more forgiving and the amount of glow you want can be built up as you wish.

I find myself using a soft fluffy brush with this powder and I sweep it across the tops of my cheek bones and the inner corners of my eyes, but you could use this on any traditional highlighting points.

It has a soft velvety texture when applied and it super lightweight.

This powder contains all natural and organic ingrediants so you know you are not putting any chemical nasties on your face with this one. 

In the photo below you can see one swipe of the product on my arm. This is medium density swatch and as I said before this highlighter is easily build-able.

In all this is now my go-to hughlighter for work and I really recommend it. While you are looking at the MyPure site be sure to check out the other Benecos products!

The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy
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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Products That Suck: Extracts Strawberry Scrub

When I was a teenager (back in the day) I would go wild for the Boots Extracts range (I think they rebranded a few years ago because they were called something else back then).So I was excited to get a set of a few different Extract goodies for Christmas, it would be the ultimate throwback.

They used to do a really great sugar scrub which sadly has been replaced, and I was interested to see if this new scrub lived up to my love of the first one. I was also happy to see that this scrub is fairtrade.

The scrub itself it is yogurt-y consistency and comes in a 200ml screw lid flat jar. It is lightly coloured pink but it looks natural instead of being a bright cerise pink. To me the Strawberry smell in this scrub is on the subtle side and smells more like strawberry milkshake, I think this is down to the addition of shea butter.

So why do I note rate this product? For one there is no longevity to the scent at all. Even in the shower I struggled to detect much scent from it. Moreover the biggest flaw with this scrub was the lack of scubby-ness it has. The particals of scrub were too fine- almost sand like in size but they weren't dense enough to really do any kind of exfoliating on the skin. And while this scrub contained shea butter I wouldn't even say it was overly moisturising. 

In all I was really let down but this product. I have tried using more of it and less of it to see if any change might alter my feelings on it but alas no luck!

In conclusion I think there are far better scrubs on the market than this one, I know it is at the lesser end of the price scale but I can think of lots of products that work much better for the same price. I will continue to use my pot as it isn't unusable but it does leave me rather apathetic.

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Nails INC NailKale Superfood Base Coat Review

I have really neglected my nails this past year since I started in a full-time job. My nail routine became a chore, my nails broke doing such manual work and polish tended to chip on me by 10am. I have decided to go back to basics and start a basic nail care routine again. I have started using Dollish Polish Cuticle Balm which I posted a review about last time and have also started to use Nails Inc NailKale Superfood Basecoat as a nail strengthener.

The NailKale basecoat is a green tinged base coat that when applied to the nail is clear and gives a shine and glossy finish. It contains Kale which is an antioxidant  for stronger and healthier nails. To be fair I bought this as I love a gimmick product and thought why not?  It contains vitamins  A, C, E, F and H.

Oddly this basecoat does have a kale-y, green vegetable smell to it when you first apply it. This is something I wasn't expecting but this goes as soon as the polish is dry on the nail. 

You can apply this basecoat under your regular polish or use two coats three times a week for a more intense treatment.  I have decided to cut and file my nails right back and keep them naked for a while and try out this option.

In all fairness I haven't noticed a massive difference since I have started using this product but nail treatments always take forever and a day to show any real improvements. Really all that healthy goodness must be doing something and it is a much better way than drinking kale smoothies that is for sure!

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