Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Products That Suck: Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture Match - Shine Be Gone

Today I am back with another product that hasn't made the cut. I picked up Garnier's Moisture Match for oily skin (called Shine Be Gone) a few months back when I saw it on sale. I was really impressed by the spectrum of creams they had to suit almost any skin type. 

The cream has a nice light scent that isn't too overpowering and is very fresh and appealing.  All good so far!

Shine Be Gone is designed for oily-combination skin and aims to reduce the amount of shine and/oil you can see on the skin’s surface. I am a big fan of mattifying moistureisers so had high hopes for this one.

The little plastic 50ml tube comes in s sturdy cardboard box and feels very 'grown up' (alot of mattifying products tend to be aimed at teenagers!) so it got the big thumbs up from me there!  I found that a small amount  of product was needed for your whole face and neck so this tube would last for a long time. Obviously it is oil free and contains green tea extract amongst other things.

The first thing to note was that the cream itself is slightly green tinged, I had hoped that it has anti-redness correcting properties but in actual fact this wasn't the case. It was 'clear' when rubbed into the skin. No matter.

 I also found this cream hard to absorb into my skin and it left a film on the surface of my skin that wasn't really what I would call mattifying. It felt almost greasy (but not oily) yet the cream itself was quite lightweight.

Oddly I also found that once I applied this it made my eyes water like mad, I really don't have sensitive skin and had no allergies so have no clue what this issue is based on. I have lots of other reviews online and no-one else has reported a similar issue so maybe I am just odd! 

I also was a little dissapointed to see that this product doesn't contain any SPF, this is something that I think should certainly be taken into consideration with any moisturiser.

In all this product would suit normal skin types but for actual oily skin I wouldn't really recommend this product. Sorry Garnier that is two products that has made it into one of these features now!
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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Hare Polish: Escape To Palm Springs

So I know that I am still not blogging regularly enough, it makes me sad. To be honest I am hardly finding the time to paint my nails but at least with a four day Easter weekend I have no excuse. Try to ignore how short my nails are again, my manual job plays havoc with nice nails!

I wanted to try a nice cheery polish so Hare Polish Escape To Palm Springs was an obvious choice- a sky blue crelly polish filled with hot pink and gold glitter. This polish was an exclusive to "A Box, Indied" but I was lucky enough to pick this up on a sales page (so keep your eyes peeled if you like this!)

My swatches show three thin coats, I used a dabbing method to get a even glitter coverage (but no fishing) and Seche Vite topcoat!

It is a stunning polish like this that makes me miss painting my nails. Any tips to get rid of  blogging block would be appreciated!
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Sunday, 29 March 2015

MyPure Review: Alva Organic Creamy Lipstick- Brick Red

Today I have another review to share with you from MyPure who stock loads of organic and natural skincare, beauty and makeup products.

As I was on a bit of a lipstick kick I decided to try Alva's Organic Creamy Lipstick in the shade Brick Red as what can be better than a bit of red lipstick to brighten up a rainy day?

  I had never heard of Alva before joining My Pure so here is a little background from the site: "Alva Naturkosmetik is a range of certified organic skin care made in Osnabrück, Germany. Alva was established in 1988 and is now one of Europe's leading natural skin care brands." They make a range of skincare products as well as makeup!

This lipstick is both anti-ageing and suitable for sensitive skin!

The first thing I noticed when picking up this lipstick is how light it was. It still contains the normal 4g of product that you get in a  bullet lipstick but the packaging is housed in a cardboard tube rather than plastic. I love this touch which means that this lipstick is fully recyclable while still looking very smart. The lid sits firmly on the bullet which I also appreciate as you don't want it coming off in your handbag!  

There are four different shades to pick from and Brick Red is a beautiful blue-toned true red.  It is stunning in the tube and appears almost matte.

So what does it look like on? How is application? Well let's see shall we?

This lipstick is highly pigmented and the colour payoff is amazing, yet somehow the red tone is still soft and feminine without being too harsh. I would say that it is slightly more pink toned on the lips than in the bullet, but I would still say it is more of a red than a pink lipstick. On the lips it has a gloss to it that wasn't evident in the bullet. I think it is really nice as it makes my lips seem fuller! I love the fact the finish is glossy as opposed to a shimmer which can sometimes look frosty and a bit outdated.


But most of all what I found very impressive with this lipstick is how soft and (living up to it's name) how creamy it is when applied to lips. It reminded me much more of a lip balm than a lipstick when I applied it but the amount of opacity from the colour marks it firmly in the lipstick camp. It almost melted onto the lips with contact and is different than any other lipstick I have tried before. There are lots of fabulous ingrediants in this lipstick and I think that helps create this stunning cream-like texture.
These include  beta glucan, castor oil, apricot kernel oil, natural vitamin E, Indian Pongamia Glabra seed oil and cocoa butter. All of which help nourish the lips and  and deliver moisture.

When I wore this lipstick I didn't feel and dryness or cakey-ness even after several hours of wear. After a whole day of wore it had slightly faded but reminded me of a liptint as there was still so much colour on my lips. I did find that for best results you would need to reapply after eating and drinking but that is normal for most lip products!

In all I am very enamored by Alva's lipstick range and would certainly love to try the other colours in the collection. This lipstick for the texture alone is a winner and the colour payoff is just the icing on the cake!

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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Monday, 23 March 2015

MyPure Review: Lippy Girl Fancy Pants Lipstick

You might alreday know that I am also a massive lipstick fan so when the organic and natural beauty and makeup  online store MyPure launched a new range of lipsticks I was all over them!

Lippy Girl are a range of Vegan lipsticks which according to the website  contains "natural oils and waxes and only natural mineral pigments. [They are] 100% vegan, bee-free, gluten free and chemical free! These lippies are made with certified organic Castor Seed Oil, Jojoba seed oil, Carnauba Wax, and Shea Butter for the smoothest, creamiest finish, and super pigmented with natural minerals. Vegocentrics are moisturing and long lasting, and will not bleed!"

 Wow what a statement. As much as a love a good lipsticks it is hard to find on that is natural- let alone vegan! 

The packaging is super cute and chic, it is a lavender box and inside is a sleek black bullet with a lavender 'lippy girl' logo. This is certainly the kind of packaging that would not seem out of place on your dressing table.  I love it when a company goes that extra mile to make a product seem attractive.

The tube of this lipstick is also recyclable which I thought was a lovely touch and very ecologically friendly! 

Let me say first of all that the colour options on the website aren't the easiest to work with as they don't seem like the best representation of the actual colours of the products and a little generic. Therefore I did my best to google some swatches prior to ordering, but really this brand seems quite cult and not the easiest to find online. So I kind of jumped in blindly and chose Fancy Pants (because the name is all kind of amazing) and it looked like the brightest colour out of the selection that MyPure carries (a fuchsia tone pink).

When it arrived it looked alot my raspberry and pink toned with a sort of frosty shimmer which wasn't so apparent from the colour choices on the site. None the less it is still very pretty and quite dainty (even if it wasn't as daring as I would have liked).

My lips are quite pigmented and I found this lipstick somewhat on the sheer side. It still added a splash of colour to my lips that was really pretty but I would have preferred something a little more opaque.

The lipstick formula was quite hard and waxy and I found I really had to work the lipstick to get to to glide onto my lips. I also found that it accentuated some dryness on my lower lip so I would recommended prepping your lips thoroughly before use. Once applied the formula was lightweight and not at all waxy feeling on the lips. As this colour was quite sheer I found that it faded nicely form the lips over the course of the day without going patchy like other lipsticks, meaning that you could wear it with confidence at a time when you couldn't go and reapply your makeup (like in a meeting or at work).

In all I think this is a nice product but it wasn't completely what I expected. As this seemed to be one of the brighter shades on the site I would assume they are all on the sheer side and are more for a subtle hue rather than something out-rightly bright. I am not sure if the colour choices on the site are from MyPure or Lippy Girl themselves but I would err on the side of caution with these in terms of the colour.

You can check out the full Lippy Girl at the MyPure website.

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, 11 March 2015

Products That Suck: Spotless Pore Strips

I am not a negative person but every now and again you get a beauty product that you don't like (or in this case just doesn't work!) Today's post is about Spotless' Pore Strips which I think is a Wilko's own brand. I am normally a big supporter of Wilko for cheap beauty alternatives but for me these products just did nothing for me! (Let me also say I use a few things in the Spotless range and for the price they are really good, this is the only product I have taken issue with.)

I picked these Nose Pore Strips up from Wilko for a pound so I shouldn't really be dissapointed, I didn't want to spend £7.99 for the Bioré ones from Boots. The box comes with a pack of six strips which when used are supposed to help unclog pores and remove blackheads.  They contains witch hazel as well which is a great ingredient for calming spots.

The instructions are easily to follow, but when I used these I found no discernible difference in my skin. Grossly when you use these kind of strips you can normally see what they have 'pulled out' or 'de-clogged'  but there was nothing on these strips at all. I am not sure if they are just not sticky enough to work or what but they are very disappointing.

 These really aren't a sucky product- just one that doesn't work!  I would save your pound coins and give this product a miss! 

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Essence Irreplaceable

Back before (in the UK at least) you could buy Essence at Wilko I fell in love with a polish called Irreplaceable, then like alot of polishes I own it sat in my 'to try' pile. Finally I decided to try this little subtle gem of a nail polish and I am glad I didn't wait any longer!

This polish is from Essence's Colour & Go line and is suppose to be quick drying. My swatches show two easy coats without any dragging or sheerness and a coat of Seche Vite topcoat. 

This polish reminds me of my go to interview polish shade China Glaze Fast Track. It is a grey toned taupe with lots of golden glitter that almost look like tiny flakies as they are so dense. These little beauties shift to a glowy orange and green in the light and make this polish look all kinds of magical while still staying classy and sophisticated.

This is certainly a work appropriate shade and is worth a purchase (if you can still find a bottle). The only annoying thing about this polish is that the bottle is tiny- not that I ever manage to finish a whole bottle of polish- but still it is something to consider! 
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

MyPure Review: Yes To Tomatoes Combination Skin Daily Balancing Moisturiser

After my review earlier I have the second part of my MyPure Review. MyPure are an online store that specalises in natural and organic beauty and makeup brands.

I am now going to talk about the Yes To Tomatoes Combination Skin Daily Balancing Moisturiser which I used in conjunction with the Yes To Tomatoes Face Mask.   This lotion is made of 97% natural  ingridiants and formulated with tomatoes and watermelons. Tomatoes are a natural source of anti-oxidants and are great to include in a product to help combination, oily, spotty and acne prone skin (although this lotion has a faint cinnamon scent to it as opposed to a tomatoes one!)

As a stated in my last review I adore the simple, clean yet bright packaging.  The moistureiser comes in a pump type bottle which is included inside a cardboard slip box.  The pump is 50ml in size and this will give you countless applications. I find the pump is  really convenient and easy to use, especially once you have the product on your hands (I hate squeeze type tubes for this reason!)

 It is odd but one thing I have learned from oily skin is that it actually is crying out for moisture. As well as creating moisture for the skin it balances your skin to stop additional breakouts.

Like the mud mask this lotion has rather a thick consistency but it spreads easily across the face. I find that I need no more than two pumps to cover my entire face! 

My favorite thing this product is that it is non-greasy (although not necessarily mattifying). I have found it hard to find a true non-greasy moistureiser before so I am really impressed with this one.  I apply this both alone on my face in the evening but also underneath my foundation in the daytime. While this lotion isn't the fastest absorbing lotion I have tried I find that alone it gives my face a glowy look or complexion, therefore I have found this lotion works best if you focus on those areas which are most problematic like the chin and t-zone.

In all this is a good mosituriser, although I like to use it in combination with other products to help my oily skin. You can see the full Yes To... range on the MyPure website and they stock a great range of products for a variety of different skin conditions.

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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MyPure Review: Yes To Tomatoes Combination Skin Clearing Facial Mask

So today I am reviewing a brand that has intrigued me for a while which you can buy at MyPure who sells a massive range of natural and organic beauty and makeup products. The product in question is Yes To Tomatoes Combination Skin Clearing Facial Mask.  

 The Yes To.. range really appeals to me with it's bright packaging and interesting concept. Different fruit and veggies help with different skin conditions. The Tomatoes range is great for combination skin and skin prone to breakouts, spots and acne. The mask comes in a screw lid pot but also in a box for protection. Inside the pot it is foil sealed for freshness which is great as I find alot of masks are not.

 This mask is 99% natural and petroleum and paraben free. I love the fact that the Yes To.. brand also help children with the Yes To Seed Fund. I am a keen gardener and love to support brands and products that give back to the community!

I was surprised at how big the box and pot inside were, it is 50ml and for that you would get lots of applications out of the single pot.

The cream itself is quite thick and is pure white. I was a little afraid it would smell of tomatoes but actually it didn't at all. I found it quite hard to apply a thin layer of this mask as it was so thick so I may have used more than was recommended but as I said before even doing this there was easily loads left for further applications. I guess the thickness comes from the fact that this mask is mud based.

The first time I used this mask I let it sit on my face for about 15 minuets and it dried very solid and I had to really work to get the mask off again. ( As a side note check out my instagram account for a bonus photo of me wearing this mask! ) The second time I only waited around 5 minuets and it was much easier and personally I think the results from the second application were just as good as the first. So the main point of the story... this stuff works FAST! 

 The mask worked really well  to exfoliate my face and draw out dirt. The first thing I noticed was a reduction in both redness around my nose and chin and less blackheads! My skin felt clean after using it and soft too!

 Unlike lots of masks it didn't add a suppleness to the skin but in fact made it feel quite firm (but not tight!) which in turn actually feels very revitalising and refreshing. I think it helped make my skin appear smoother and reduce obvious pores.   I applied my moistureiser (that is another review though) after suing this and I my skin felt amazing. This is certainly a great product and I would really recommend checking out the full range at the MyPure website.

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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Monday, 23 February 2015

Top 5 Budget Buys

Everyone loves a bargain, so with this in mind, here are five products that I use all the time that won't break the bank.

1. Natural Collection Corrector Stick (Green) RRP: £1.99
I reach for this corrector stick daily, the green creme works almost like a concealer to hide any red tones in the skin. The twist up lipstick-style applicator is easy to use for people on the go. Unlike some green correctors it blends in well so you don't look hulk-like after using it.
2. Nivea Sooth and Protect Lip Balm SPF15  RRP: £2.75
This is quite a hard waxy lip balm which is nice as it means you can't overload your lips with excess product. It is very soothing and although I don't really have lips that are that dry I find it makes them very soft. This lip balm is non-sticky and doesn't have any weird scents or tastes that you usually come to expect from cheap lipbalm.

3. Skin Clear Oil-Free Mattifying Lotion RRP: £2.99
This is great value for money and a life saver for oily skin. Apply this before your foundation or wear alone to reduce the shine factor. This product is lightweight and blends quickly and easily into the skin giving it a velvet matte finish.

4. Thursday Plantation Blemish Gel RRP: £4.99
Containing anti-bacterial tea-tree oil this is a great spot-on product for nasty spots and acne. It is a clear gel so it is safe to apply during the day. As well as this it has a non-greasy formula. I find this product pulls any dirt in my pores to the surface so I tend to use this product overnight.

5. Barry M Plumpy Topcoat RRP £2.99
This topcoat turns any polish into a gel-polish lookalike. This is a great cheat if you don't want to buy loads of gel-effect polishes but still want that plump high-shine finish.

Do you have any budget must-haves? What are they?
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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Dollish Polish Bikini Bottom

When I first started this blog I hated any kind of nude, yellow or orange polish. This year has been all about nude's for me as I merge into he real world (the world of work that is). But last summer was the time I really hit upon an epiphany that I adored Coral polish. It wasn't exactly orange as it had those gorgeous pink leanings and actually coral look amazing with my skin tone.

I knew I needed Bikini Bottom from Dollish Polish as soon as I laid eyes on it. An almost neon coral with a stunning golden shimmer.

My camera has a hard time picking up neon so this is much brighter in real life. It almost glows on the nail and that shimmer looks amazing in the sun!

My swatches show three thin coats and Seche Vite topcoat. This is just such a juicy polish on the nail I really adore it! I did have a few issues the polish dragging on my last coat so I would suggest making sure that you let this polish completely dry inbetween coats (I have used this polish since and with waiting I have zero problems)

This is just summer in a bottle. Hurry up and get warm already!

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