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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Monday, 8 February 2016

Good Things Come In Small pots

At the moment a few really cute teeny tiny tubs are having a big impact on my beauty regime. I thought I would quickly share them with you. 

Up first we have Lush's Imogen Rose Solid Perfume. I have been really lucky to to pick up a solid version on the Imogen Rose perfume because at the moment I can only see the Liquid version on the UK website.  I keep this in my handbag and use a little on my pulse points to freshen myself up through the day at work.  It smells wonderfully floral without being to mature and 'old-smelling'. I tend to rub a tiny amount between my palms and tousle my hair with this too to create an instant hair perfume which I notice every-time my hair moves.   

Next up we have Vaseline Sugar Coated Lip Therapy, this has such a beautiful grown up sweet smelling scent to it that I adore. To me it almost has a sweet Rosé smell to it. Like all the Vaseline Lip Balms this is a great moisturising product for the lips and a tin lasts forever and a day!

Finally Dollish Polish Cuticle Balm. I used to have a very advanced nail and hand care routine but with work I really don't have time for it now. I luckily managed to snag a few of these ultra cute sample sized cuticle balms and apply a generous amount into my cuticles each night. Surprisingly each diddly pot lasts for ages. The rich balm sinks in perfectly over night and has stopped any cracked cuticles during the winter coldness. There are also loads of different scents to choose from with lovely fandom inspired names to match.  

Have you got any small products that have a big impact on your beauty regime?
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Body Shop Moringa Body Sorbet Review

A few months back I was introduced to The Body Shop's Sorbet range and instantly fell in love with this super easy to use moisturiser. Since then moisturising has been integrated into my skincare/body care routine which is something that I always failed to do consistently.

I am not going to go into major detail about what a Body Sorbet is as I did that when I blogged about the Satsuma version a few months ago.  But suffice to say they are a lightweight gel consistency and absorb into the skin super quickly.

As an aside my bottle arrived broken when I ordered this online (see the cap) however as this didn't impact the product at all I never contacted customer services about this.

I took a bit of a punt on buying this Body Sorbet as I have never smelt any of the products in the Moringa range. I must admit I am not too keen on it. It is a generic flowery type smell but to me it is extremely strong to the point it is almost overpowering and heady. To start with I really didn't get on with it but I did get used to the scent after a while and did use up the whole bottle eventually. I think I will stick to using the fruity ones from now on.  

As I said before I love how this product is so lightweight, it melts into the skin leaving no sticky residue behind at all.  The only downside to this product is the fact that the texture is quite thick and while this doesn't impact using it at all I find that you do tend to use this up quite quickly compared to other Body Shop products.

In all while I love this range I find that this isn't as strong a product as the Satsuma version and unless you ADORE flowery scents I wouldn't buy this product (nose)blind without smelling it in the shop first.

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Lush Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar

Lush's Strawberry Feels Forever is my first adventure into Massage Bars. A solid block of body lotion/butter that melts in contact with the skin, this is super easy to use, either rub the bar between your hands and then rub the lotion into your skin  or do as I did and rub the bar directly onto the skin and then massage in.

The scent of this bar is not a traditional Strawberry scent at all. It really isn't fruity. Instead it is sweet smelling almost like candy. The addition of Coca Butter helps this allusion too. The scent doesn't linger very long, but with how decadent and sweet it smells I think that is a good thing! 

The bar is a good size  (75g) and fits well into my hand. I use this bar in the evening as part of my night care routine as it is quite a thick heavy butter texture and while it isn't sticky it is a little oily  and rich on the skin for daytime wear. I find by the next morning it has been completely absorbed into my skin leaving it silky and soft without any hint of residue.

 I did find this bar a little tricky to store as once the outer layer has melted it goes sticky until it all cools down and solidify.  You can buy massage tins from Lush however I couldn't find one that fitted this quite decently sized bar. I wrapped mine in loose tissue paper so that the bar didn't stick to it.

Because of how you use this bar it last for a really long time, I managed to get a month or so out of mine which is a big surprise after using traditional liquid lotions which run out much faster.

I really rate this bar highly and will be checking out the other bars in the range from Lush too.
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Monday, 25 January 2016

MyPure Review: Kosmea Skin Clinic Rosehip Oil

When I finally manage to get my nasty oily spot prone skin under control I never know what to do next. I don't like stripping it of any more oil and yet many face creams are far too rich and put me back in exactly the same position.

Rosehip Oil is a wonder product that I have read alot about in the blogasphere lately so when I saw that you could get it through MyPure I jumped at the chance to try it for myself.

Rosehip Oil is described as a multivitamin for the skin- a claim that is both bold and promising. I was a little dubious about adding more oil to my already oil-prone skin as my only other encounter with a facial oil has ended very badly. However this oil promised to help the condition of my skin as well as healing scars and acne.


Kosmea's Rosehip Oil  comes in a 20ml glass bottle with a dropper/pipette applicator. It seems easy enough to use- drop 2-3 drops into damp skin and massage in the oil. I have never used a pipette type applicator before and for me it took some getting use to in order to control the oil but i think it is pretty easy once you have the hang of it and it is certainly the best way to control the oil.
 

The first thing I noticed is that this product really is oily. I know I should have expected that but it still took me by surprise. Saying this I found it easily absorbed into the skin by rubbing it in  circular motions without leaving any residue or stickyness. I did notice that my face had a oily shimmer to it after using this product so I would suggest use this in the evening to give it a bit longer to skin into the skin.

The next thing to note is the smell. Rosehip is NOT the same a roses. This is something that I didn't know. You can imagine my surprise! As this is just very concentrated Rosehip it is quite a strong scent. Personally I can't say that it is the best scent in the world but it is bearable. 

After applying this product my skin was super soft the next day and I noticed that my skin seemed smoother and more re-textured. I have yet to see much difference in the redness in my face from scarring but this could be something that takes more time.

 
In all this product surprised me- but in a good way! I am glad I took the plunge and tried it as it is certainly good for my skin and I will continue to use my bottle!


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, 9 January 2016

MYPure Review: EcoTools Skin Perfecting BB/CC brush


When I saw this interesting brush on the MyPure website I knew I had to try it. I have never been converted to BB/CC creams even though I own quite a few and I was hoping this brush would help change that.

I find that BB/CC creams never apply as streak-free as a full foundation. In hindsight I am sure that I have always used my fingers to apply them (which for one thing isn't the most hygienic way of applying any face product) and have never seen a brush marketed as being specifically for helping with this.


MyPure sells a big range of natural and organic health, beauty and cosmetic products. This EcoTools brush is made from a super lightweight bamboo handle and cruelty free bristles. It is really soft and easy to handle.

The shape of the bristles is tapered very softly but it is still quite a high density brush which means it covers a bigger area at once but also is designed to fit into the creases around your nose for example.

I found the best way to use this brush was like a stipling brush and to 'dab' on the product rather than brushing it on as it still continued to streak and look a little patchy otherwise. I found you also had to be careful not to overwork the BB/CC cream as it started to almost buff the product off my face. However saying this with a little practice I was able to use this brush perfectly well and it is a brush I keep reaching for when applying my makeup. In fact I would say that this brush makes a brilliant foundation brush- it works really well with my high density full coverage foundations and I have found that this is what I use this brush for most of all.

While I haven't been converted fully to BB/CC creams yet I am slowly getting there and this is a well made, good quality brush. The natural and cruelty free nature of it is also a bonus and while I don't use it fully as intended I think this is a good brush for any beauty guru's arsenal.

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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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Products That Suck: Soap and Glory Drama Clean


As you all know I am a big Soap and Glory fan but this is the second product by this brand to be featured in my negative feature "Products that Suck" (you can read the other one here)

 

Drama Clean is a 5 In 1 Micellar Cleansing Water used for taking off your makeup. My first issue with this product is the packaging, there is a lot of writing on the front of this bottle and it looses all it's charm and impact. In fact I didn't even notice that this product contains peach extract and cucumber juice until after I took this bottle home and read the front. I know it IS on there but it's just not too clear. Why this is an issue is that I HATE cucumber and it's scent. This brings me straight onto my second issue which is the smell, this bottle smells awful- like a sweetened cucumber there is no scent of peach at all and it is quite strong and I find it overwhelming which is amazing as I love strong scents normally.

I also struggled with how much of this to use, too little seemed to not work at all but saturating my cotton pads with this bad boy made it really messy and drippy to use. It also left my skin feeling sticky  after I had applied this and i needed to use  toner to get my skin feeling both clean and refreshed. 

So while this product did do it's job and remove my makeup it certainly isn't my top choice there are far better options on the market. 

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