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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Friday, 13 February 2015

Products That Suck: Garnier Ultimate Blends, The Silky Smoother



So maybe the title is a little mean, but hey at least I am chugging out a blog post! I have come to the conclusion that I am going to feature more beauty products on the blog as well as nail polish, really just because I don't have time to keep repainting my nails when work ruins my paint job so quickly!

Working  means I have suddenly started buying so many more beauty  products, however there are some things that I haven't really seen eye to eye with. So expect this to be an occasional feature.


Garnier's The Silky Smoother is part of the new(ish) Ultimate Blends Collection which is designed to treat most  common hair concerns. I have since had my hair cut short again but at the time my hair was mid-length and due to a bad bleach-job last year I had quite dry-split ends.   I picked up both the Shampoo and Conditioner after hearing lots of rave reviews. These products were scented with Vanilla Milk and Papaya  which sounds yummy. Sadly I didn't find that these had much scent at all, maybe I am too used to stronger smelling products but even in the shower I struggled to pick up any real scents to this.

Sadly this wasn't the end of my issues, I found that this product made my already verging towards greasy hair very greasy. I think this is because this product contains extra oils to help nourish the hair. I also found it left my hair feeling kind of plastic-like , like it was was coated. It was just odd.


The thing is, maybe it just me, our body chemistry means what is good for one person isn't necessarily going to be good for someone else but I certainly was expecting greater things from this product. 
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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Hare Polish Asteroid Turf

Today I have a swatch of a polish I have shared before on the blog, but I really love (it is green after all!).


Asteroid Turf is a perfect spring green crelly with lots of magenta hex glitter. My swatches show three medium coats with Seche Vite topcoat. 


I love the unusual colour combination and the clash of the pink! I got lots of compliments at work over this polish! I love Hare Polish I literally want them all!

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Monday, 2 February 2015

MyPure Review: A'Kin Hand Cream

I am back with another review for the website MyPure who stock loads of natural and organic beauty and cosmetics. Today I am reviewing a lovely handcream by A'kin.


So the handcream is called  Lavender, Geranium & Jojoba Hand, Nail & Cuticle Cream. It arrived in a cardboard box (mine was a little bit damaged but this didn't impact the product at all and I am sure if it wasn't a sample it wouldn't have arrived this way). As the box states it is "enriched" with Vitamin B5, Vitamin E & Shea Butter. The tube itself is 75ml and quite substantial.
  

A'kin does not contain any sulfates,silicones, mineral oils or artificial colours (amongst other things) and are vegan. They only use  certified organic ingredients and are they are  formulated without animal ingredients or animal testing. They are also halal certified!  This is quite a list as far as I am concerned and I am really impressed to find a handcream which is so ecologically friendly as I get quite alot of hand products!

The cream itself it quite thick and intensive. My hands feel soft and supple. I also like the fact this cream helps to strengthen the nails and protect the cuticles at the same time. The Vitamin E and B5 are healing meaning that any sore cuticles (which are very common at this time of year)


Unlike of handcreams this cream isn't too greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any residue on the hands, yet it very hydrating. I find that it also has a lasting softness, so that I don't feel like I need to re-apply this straight away ( again like alot of cheaper creams!)

Scent-wise I love this product, it is so different from any other cream I have tried- totally unique.

In all this is a great addition to any hand-care fanatics arsenal. My hands feel really soft from using this product  and I would highly recommend!

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, 29 January 2015

MyPure Review: Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Toner


Today I have another review from the natural and organic  beauty and makeup retailer MyPure .  I am reviewing a hydrating mist/toner by a new to me brand called Kosmea.

First of all let me say how much I love these kind of products, for me they feel really refreshing and light and when you use lots of different skincare products my face can start to feel really heavy and clogged down so I love being able to use something lightweight and gentle on the skin.

So when you order this product you get a 125ml spray bottle which costs £14.95, it arrives in a cardboard box (which when opend smells of roses straight away!). There is lots of helpful information on the box which I really like as it tells you exactly what this product is and the benefits of using it.


The product itself smells fantastic, a lovely rose scent that isn't artificial or indeed too overwhelming.  The only thing on the box that I would disagree with is that I think the bottle is slightly on the large size to pop into your handbag, but for me this is a bonus as it means you get more  product that you think you are going to get!

The directions simply state to mist the product onto the face to refresh your skin. The spray on the bottle isn't too powerful so you can easily do this without drenching the skin. The way I like to apply this however is pumping some product onto some cotton pads and then applying it to the skin in a circular motion. I normally do this after cleansing and am surprised by the amount of residue it removes from the skin.

I love this list of positives surrounding this product. When I can I love to use natural products without any testing on animals. I also think the fact that the packing is recyclable is a huge plus!

Using this product makes my skin feel relaxed and refreshed as well as feeling soft and clean. I also feel that it really helps to keep moisture and hydration in my skin for much longer. I know this will feel amazing in the summer as a quick refresh but also I think it is great for trapping in moisture during the cold winter months. The fact it is so natural helps to keep my acne prone skin in balance without giving it any extra stress  I highly recommend this product and this is an instant repurchase product for me! 


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, 26 January 2015

piCture pOlish Paradise

I don't have a massive  piCture pOlish collection even though I literally love ALL of their polishes. However once I first saw swatches of Paradise I knew I needed it. It was so unique and pretty. Finally after much coveting I own it! 

Paradise is described as a jewel toned green/blue shade with shifting colours of pink and purple glitters.  It has a foily finish  which is ultra shiny but doesn't have obvious brush marks. I am not really one for a foil finish but I don't mind it at all here. I do wish the pink glitter was a 'pop-y' as it seems in the bottle but it is still lovely and the pink does sparkle through when this polish hits the light.

My swatches show two thick-ish coats with Seche Vite topcoat. 


Isn't it lovely? Do you own any piCture pOlishes?
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Friday, 23 January 2015

My Handcare Routine with Soap and Glory

Over the Christmas period I have become a little obsessed with Soap and Glory, I got a few bits as gifts and when the cold weather started attacking my hands I decided that I need to start looking at some bits for myself too.

First off let me say I love the iconic pink packaging with the clever retro names. These are really pretty tubes and don't look out of place on a dressing table at all.


Scrub + Happiness came from the 'Nail Call' gift set which was exclusive for Christmas. I haven't seen this listed on it's own anywhere which is annoying, but I also have a a body scrub from Soap and Glory which is very similar (it is the sugar crush one) and they both work really well (and are pretty interchangeable). This is a great product to exfoliate your hands and prep them before using handcream. I don't use a handscrub everyday as I don't think I need it, but it is an added luxury that I really like to indulge in once in a while.  This hand scrub comes in the traditional 'pink' fragrance and leaves my hands feeling soft and supple, especially around my (drying) cuticles!


Hand Food may be the most iconic of the Soap and Glory range. I adore this handcream, since Christmas I have already used up my small 50ml tube so had to buy the 125ml version (they also do a pump version of this product which I am buying next!). It absorbs into the skin quickly without being too greasy. It is a perfect 'daytime' cream and you can apply it as often as you want.


Lastly we have Endless Love, which is a extra rich hand cream/hand mask. I used this product as an overnight treatment as it is quite heavy but my hands just feel SO SOFT after I have used this product. You can either apply this like a handcream or use it with cotton gloves to help lock in the moisture overnight. My hands are so much smoother and the skin much firmer after using this product.

In all I am really impressed with this range, I am very tempted by the skincare collection too so I will check that out next. Have you tried any Soap and Glory products? What is your routine?
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