Saturday, 29 August 2015

Products That Suck: Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Facial Wipes


It pains me to write this post as I normally am the biggest lover of anything Soap and Glory but these facial wipes really didn't impress me. The Make Yourself Youthful wipes were reduced in Boots and I decided to pick up a pack to try as I really don't like spending alot on facial wipes.  These wipes are supposed to remove makeup and are "4-in-1 super-rejuvenating cleansing cloths"  which cleanse, clean and rejuvenate the face.


My problem with these wipes was they were really dry, they weren't damp enough to remove any makeup without really scrubbing my face. This was made worse by the texture of the wipes that  was almost scratchy and while the didn't noticeably mark my face I found them less than comfortable to use. I also found that the packaging wasn't ideal, the resealable 'baby wipe' type flap didn't stick down well at all and seal the packet. (I can't make any remark on the 'youthful' aspect of this wipe, honestly how much can a facial wipe do anyway?)


I can no longer find these wipes on the Boots website but they can still be found on line. I guess that shows how popular they are!  I really love the Fab Pore wipes which are also by Soap and Glory and would urge you to buy those instead. 
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Beauty Wishlist

It has been a little while since my last wishlist post so lets see what I am currently craving:



Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette
This was on my last wishlist post too but I have avoided making a Revolution order yet. All the beautiful sea inspired jewel tones are still calling to me though.
Zoya's Natural Satin Collection
I am a big fan of Zoya's matte finishes and this collection went under my radar when they first came out but lots of internet stalking lets me know I need these polishes for impending Autumn days.
ALL THE MAC LIPSTICKS!!!
I jest but after buying my first lipstick last month I am dertind to buy a couple more if I can narow down my wishlist!
Lush Pink Peppermint Foot Lotion
My feet have started to get very achy from all the standing up at work and I am told this lotion is a great way to get feet feeling better.
Gucci Bamboo
I manged to get a sniff of this at work and it smells lovely! I think this might be a sneaky Christmas purchase
Estee Lauder Clear Difference Hydrating Gel
I need a new moisturiser and after trying the sample size of this I am in love. The price tag for this is pretty steep so I might have to just dream about this one!



What are you lusting after currently?
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Beuty Besties: Beauty Box Swap

I have been a terrible blogger, this post should have gone live two weeks ago but alas time has got away from me. I just get so tired when I get in from work, like I literally have no energy. It is really horrible. Anyway this lack in blogging is no reflection on the awesome post I have to share with you today. My dear real life blogging pal Alyssia from Alyssia Rose and I met up a decided to exchange some beauty goodies with each other. You can see what I gave Alyssia here.



So lets start with eye shadows, Alyssia has single-handedly  helped double the size of my nude eyeshdow collection with these gorgeous eyeshdows. The large palette is Go To Heaven! by Makeup Revolution and contains some more pinky neutral shades including both mattes and shimmers. There is also a single eyeshadow by Makeup Revolution in the shade Make it Happen which is a lilac toned brown-taupe. The smaller pallette is  Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in the shade To Die For. Ever since Alyssia posted her full face of Essence products video I have been meaning to try some of their products out so I am very excited to try this one!  I am so happy that I can now shake up my eye looks for work with these beautiful new shades!


Alyssia also gave me a couple of other eye-related products. The I Heart Makeup (Makeup Revolution) Eye primer  which I had been wanting to try for a while now and will work work perfectly with the shadows mentioned above! Also she has given me another Essence product in the form of a black Eyeliner Pen. Alyssia raves about these pen-type eyeliners where I have yet to be converted so I am am interested to try this and see how I get on (hopefully I can master flicks now!)


The next two products are face products. We have the Makeup Aceademy Undress Your Skin Flawless Skin Primer. I am yet to find a primer that I can rave due to my fussy oily skin  and  having tried both highstreet and high end products I still can't find my Holy Grail item so I am very interested to try this one. I can't believe Alyssia manged to find a primer that I haven't tried yet. I also got given Collections Speedy Blush in the shade Tickled Pink. This is a beautiful peach toned pink and will look lovely with some neutral smoky eyes!


Lastly we have this Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipgloss in the shade Flamingo!  I love this so much and it shows how well Alyssia know me! I am always wearing my daring lipsticks and pink sis one of my favorite shades! I am also the biggest matte fans so this is just perfect and I can't wait to try it! Alyssia also sent me a more work appriote shade of lipsticks but that has alreasy been sojourned into my handbag as  it is a perfect work wear shade but it will have it's own post (hopefully) later in the week.

In all thank you so much Alyssia for doing this swap with me, I love it all. I can't wait to do another one! 
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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Lush Angels On Bare Skin Review


Lush's Angels On Bare Skin is my first step into the world of (semi) solid cleansers. I will admitt it takes a little while to master but the results are so worth it!

Angels On Bare Skin is a paste like concoction mixing lots of herbs and ground almonds together.   The ground almonds gives a slight texture to the product which works to gently exfoliate the skin and un-clog pores. There is also a mixture of  also, kaolin clay  lavender and rose which work together to balance any oil production and mattify the skin.

The most predominant scent in this cleanser is lavender which you would expect so if you don't like this scent then this cleanser probably isn't for you. It is far more earthy smelling than floral and to me just smells fresh!


At first I used way too much of this cleanser but once I worked out that less is more I could see that my little 100gram pot would last for a good amount of time.  You take a pea size amount of this cleanser and mix a few drops of water to form a mushy pasty substance which you can use on your face. You don't need to apply this like a mask and cover your face but rather just use enough so that all the parts of your face have had a thin layer of cleanser applied and rubbed into the skin.


This cleanser is really lovely, it gives my face a lovely glow right after use, I think this is from the almond milk in the product (which is created when you add water).  My face felt clean and fresh. The light exfoliation in this product isn't enough to irritate the skin meaning that you can use this product everyday. 

In all this is a lovely product, if you are venturing near a Lush it is really worth trying! 
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Thursday, 6 August 2015

MyPure Review: Light Reflect Highlighting Creme By Inika

MyPure stocks a massive range of natural and organic beauty and makeup products. They kindly sent me this beautiful Inika creme highlighter to share with you today. With the sun out in force what better time is there to add a bit of sparkle and glow to your face (and life?)


I have been lucky to try a few Inkia products and the presentation is always beautiful. This matte black and gold box screams sleek sophistication and wouldn't look out of place adorning your dressing table. The highlighter itself is a creme formula meaning it is a medium consistency liquid and comes in a squirty tube with a fine nozzle and screw cap.  The tube itself it quite dinky at only 8 grams but it is very concentrated (more on that later!). Because it is quite small you could easy pop it into your handbag for a quick fix throughout the day. I have used it this way at work to just give my complexion a little lift and a bit more life around mid afternoon when I start to feel a bit tired.


The highlighter itself is a champagne-bronze hybrid and I would say it would equally suit both pale and darker complexions. As I said before it is very concentrated and the teeniest bit will be enough to highlight all the normal areas of the face. This is because this highlighter natural minerals and pigments meaning it is just pure illumination in a tube.

The highlighter it non greasy or oily and melts into the skin instead of sitting on top of it making it super lightweight on the skin. I find that it works equally well over your foundation and doesn't 'rub it off' like other highlighters can do when applied. So while lots of highlighters tell you they have a flawless application this one really does.  I can wear this highlighter all day in my non air conditioned work and it doesn't move also which is a big bonus for me.
 

So let's have a quick look at some swatches!




I love how illuminating this is on the skin but without being all out glitzy. This highlighter is far more a shimmer than an outright glitter which makes it perfect for day wear. I love the fact that this uses natural ingredients as it means I can applying it to my sensitive skin without any fear of irritation meaning it has become a staple in my makeup reoutine.

You can buy this product at www.mypure.co.uk  

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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Sunday, 2 August 2015

MyPure Review: Yes to Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream for Uneven Skin Tone

Today I have a review for you from the website MyPure who stock a massive range of natural beauty and makeup must haves.

Having tried the Yes to Tomato range in the past (for blemished skin) I decided to try the Yes to Grapefruit eye cream. The grapefruit range is for correcting uneven skin tones- the eye cream is obviously for dark circles which is perfect for me at the moment as I have been a little lacking in the sleep department. My undereyes are also a little dry at the moment due to the humidity so I wanted something that would combat that also.

I have said it before but I love the clean, simple and bright packaging of the Yes To range. The pink theme of the Grapefruit package is obvious but makes it easy to recognize. 

You can also see on the box that they proudly say that 99% of the products are natural which is a big bonus for me!


The tube of eye cream itself is 15ml. It is slimmer than most eye cream tubes I have tried before but is also much longer. It comes with a thin nozzle for precise application. I dot approximately 4 small pin sized amounts under my eyes and gentle pat into my skin (rubbing can be too harsh on the sensitive skin under the eye) after cleansing and before applying my moisturizer.  I find this cream a little on the thick side so less is more with this one!


Reading the packaging it says with constant use you will notice a difference in your skin tone by week four. I have been testing this product for just about 4 weeks and can say that I have noticed a reduction in my dark circles, mostly in the fact I am not having to apply as much under eye concealer during the day.   I also found that it helped my concleare glide on smoothly so would certainly recommend this as a undereye primer.

This cream is also very light and not at all greasy I found that any dryness I had under my eyes was gone and the skin was lovely and soft after use. As I really don't have any fine lines yet (thankfully!) I can't comment on it's wrinkle reducing claims.

I was surprised that this was scented (grapefruit obviously) as most eye creams are unperfumed. I did find this is a bit odd and while I don't mind it I know that scents near eyes might not be to everyone liking. Also this cream is slightly pink tinted which again some people may not like.


In all this is a very refreshing cream and it will last me a long time even with everyday use. I love how gentle this on the skin, my dryness has gone and while it won't replace a good nights sleep it does help me fake it throughout the day!


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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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Beauty Besties: Beauty Bucketlist

Today I am doing another Beauty Besties post with my dear friend Alyssia from Alyssia Rose. We have decided to write up a beauty bucketlist- you can read Alyssia's here.

So I have decided to pick ten points that I wish to improve on and hopefully I can review this later in the year and see what I have accomplished.

  1.  Contouring. I want to try contouring and try experiment more with blusher, highlighter and bronzer as it is something that I have never felt confident with or managed to incorporate into my makeup. 
  2. Wear more mascara and find one that works well for me.
  3. Get my foundation matched at a makeup counter.
  4. Buy my first MAC product.
  5. Get more into handmade/indie makeup and skincare
  6.  Sort through all my makeup and polish and destash things I don't use or need. Work on a better storage solution.
  7. Buy a cleansing brush
  8.  Order my first Lush Kitchen item or visit Lush Oxford Street
  9.  Use a beauty box subscription service or do a swap for international products
  10.  Try to get nails in better condition and paint them more regularly
Is there anything you would like to see more of on the blog? What are the things you wish you were  better at?
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Monday, 20 July 2015

Beauty Beasties: Focus On Nails

Yes indeed this is a nail blog but my manual job plays havoc with my nails. They are currently ultra nubbins and the cuticles are a little rough. So when Alyssia chose this theme for our Beauty Besties challenge I was a little hesitant. You can see Alyssia's post here.

Although Summer has always screamed neon and brights to me I have been lusting for some more muted tones lately. I decided to use Fung Long Johns which is a muted grey toned green creme and alternated it with this Reserve Naturelle unnamed polish.



I have also used Seche Vite topcoat to give a lovely shine to my manicure!


I think short nails can be quite cute, but I do need to work on keeping my hands and cuticles in better shape (this will also help my nails!)


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Friday, 17 July 2015

Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask Review

The first time I tried Lush's Cupcake Face Mask was back in 2012 in my first ever Lush order. I have tried a few different masks since then but this is one I keep coming back to time and time again. I think the good enough to eat nature of it must have something to do with my love of it.


Lush's face masks are fresh, they are kept on ice in the store and must be kept refrigerated.  Lush says that the shelf life of their masks is about three weeks but in my experience you can get away with a bit longer than this, which is great as each pot will do for a good number of applications.


Cupcake is especially designed to help deal with oily and acne prone 'teenage' skin- although we all know it doesn't matter what age your skin is it can still have it's problems! This mask claims to give a deep clean to your pores, while calming redness and reducing oil.  Scent wise this mask is very strong. It smells like  dark chocolate and mint, It is so yummy!  Also the mint in the formula creates a subtle tingling effect which is really nice and cooling.

This is quite quite a thick mask to work with and can take some time to spread and apply on your face. I normally leave this mask on for about 10 minuets to dry and pull and impurities out of my skin before washing it off in warm water. I do find that this mask can be a little messy when removing  due to the dark colour and thickness of the mask so I normally use the shower to rinse it off.


In all I love this mask, it makes my skin feel clean and soft and my pores look less visible. This mask doesn't dry out my skin like other anti-acne products too. However I cannot say this has any real effect on acne but this can be solved my implementing other products into your skincare routine.
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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream

Sudocrem is one of those products everyone know about, but what I didn't know is that you can buy their own Skin Care Cream. Unlike those big grey jars for babies botties this cream comes in a sleek white tube and is used for a variety of skin aliments.


The 30ml tube can be used anywhere a bit of help is needed, from the body to the face. Like the original it is antiseptic but seems a little more forgiving in texture and easier to apply due to being a bit thinner. However like the original it is still white in colour and a little goes a long way meaning you get lots of usage for your money!

I like the idea of using a tube as I think it is more hygienic than a tub and also has the added benefit of being portable. 

So what do you use this for? The answer is everything! From a rash to a dry patch to a nasty spot you can pop this on anything. I find that it is very gentle and soothing. I have even read of people using this as an overnight face mask! This has become a great little staple for my handbag and has been a life saver to help deal with sunburn!

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream costs just £2.11 for 30g,
Visit their website here, or follow Sudocrem on Facebook and Twitter


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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