Thursday, 2 July 2015

MyPure Review: Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser

Today I have another review to share with you which was provided by the lovely people at MyPure who sell loads of brands of natural and organic beauty and makeup products.

I am sharing with you today Trilogy's Balancing Gel Cleanser. I have admired Trilogy from afar for a while but haven't plucked up the courage to invest in any of their products, as I was worried anything that contained oil would be detrimental to my oily skin.

The cleanser comes in a lovely clean looking and simple cardboard box. I love the fact that inside the box there is a beautiful macro shot of some Rosehips, this level of detail really appeals to me and my need for lovely aesthetics and pretty things!

The clenaser itself comes in a sturdy, verging on squat 150ml tube packed full with product. I was surprised at how big a tube this was. What drew me towards this cleanser is the fact it is completely soap free and therefore a bit more gentle on the skin. The balancing range is specific to those with Combination to oily skin. I like this cleanser as it was soft and gentle on the skin and not harsh or drying like lots of cleansers that are designed to combat oil. This cleanser has a light foam to it when worked into the skin and it just feels calming.

Each ingredient in this product has been carefully selected: witch hazel and willow bark extracts provide gentle and effective botanical cleansing. Aloe vera and cucumber cool and refresh while honey and echinacea help to balance and tone. Elderberry has antiseptic qualities and chamomile calms.  Meaning that it feels quite decedent yet unassuming at the same time.

It has a gel-like consistency and  is clear when applied. It has a light almost fruity scent which I really love as it's not too overpowering. After using this wash my skin felt soft and supple. I noticed that I didn't feel as oily after using it and the shine on my skin took longer to appear. My skin feels refreshed and light too.

I have been using this cleanser for a month and have only used about a quarter of my tube so for the longevity of the product I would say the price is fantastic! You only need about a grape sized amount of product at a time.

In all this is another really strong product that is really light and perfect for the hotter months yet still provides great skincare benefits and I can't wait to continue using this product. 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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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

MyPure Review: Hurraw! Chai Spice Lip Balm

If you know me you might know I have a slight obsession at the moment with Chai Spice in tea and coffee (both hot and cold!) I literally drink it all the time. So when I saw that MyPure stocked a Chai Spice lip balm from the brand Hurraw! I knew that my life was at last complete.

In fact MyPure (who sells loads of natural and organic beauty and makeup items) sells a massive range of different Huraw! Lip balms in bothy conventional and some more interesting varieties so there really is one to suit everyone.

First let me say I love the clean, simple and yet cute packaging of these. The bullet is an oval shape as opposed to the conventional circular lip balm shape, which not only makes them look more classy in my opinion but more streamlined for a better fit in your pocket, purse or bag. It costs £3.99 and contains 4.3g of product (but there is currently an offer to buy 3 balms for £10) which is enough for many applications (in fact have you ever finished a lip balm? I don't think I ever have!)  

The Chai smell from this balm is quite strong but mellows quickly so that it isn't too overpowering once applied. In case you are not familuar with Chia it is a blend of black pepper, cinnamon, clove, anise, and vanilla. I found this balm very easy to apply, not too hard and not too soft and doesn't leave a waxyness on the lips. However I can feel a slight barrier once applied and my lips feel more hydrated as a result.

I have found this description of the Hurraw! balms on the MyPure site, and while I am not one to normally just copy and paste I just love this description:

"Hurraw! balms are super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy & long lasting. Made from certified organic, vegan ingredients (yes no beeswax), these balms are made using cold pressed oils to keep them full of goodness!" 

I am so happy to find a great feeling lip product that is completely natural. In this hot weather keeping your lips hydrated is a must! This is a great product to apply before using lipstick (but remember to blot off any excess) as well as conditioning your lips at night.

Be sure to check out the amazing range of products at the MyPure site too.

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, 29 June 2015

Beauty Besties: Follow A Tutorial #lovewins

I am back with another Beauty Besties post with my real life bestie Alyssia from Alyssia Rose you can check out her post here!

So today we decided to focus on recreating a look from a tutorial and I decided to do my first ever lip art inspired by the momentous news that #lovewins. There are a hundred different rainbow lip looks floating round youtube and I kind of borrowed from them all.

The first stage to my lip look was prepping my lips, I swept some translucent powder over my lips to dull any pigmentation then applied Rimmel Scandaleyes in Witness White to give me a nice white base to work on and to help my colours really pop! Witness White is a silver white so it has given a almost metallic look to my lips. I really don't own much white makeup at all so this had to suffice.

I then started to build up my colour. For this I used a cheap short bristled makeup brush and lightly dabbed and built up the colours as needed and blended them together.   

The colours I used all came from Makeup Revolutions Eat, Sleep, Makeup, Repeat Palette which uses some really bright neon eyeshadow. I found they were all really pigmented which means that it was easy to build up the colour on my lips. 

Obviously this combo is very fun and not very practical, because I was using eye products my lips started to look very dry. You could apply a clear gloss over the top I suppose but I was wary of ruining my design.

In all I am really happy with how this look came out. I am really excited to try some other lip art in the future!

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Sarah Jae Indie Polish Review

Today I am show casing the first two polishes I was sent by the lovely Sarah from Sarah Jae.  As an ex-indie polish maker I really understand the commitment and time that goes into making a superb quality product and for me Sarah Jae's polishes really encapsulate that.

The first polish I have to share with you is Rapunzel which is a dusky lilac polish  filled with iridescent glitter that shifts between baby blue and light pink.  This is a super girly polish and I love it.  Application wise this polish felt a little thin on the first coat but built up opacity quickly. I have used three thin coats for my swatches and Seche Vite topcoat.  The best way to apply this polish is using thin coats making sure that each coat is dry before going onto the next one to stop any uneveness or dragging. The glitter in this polish was evenly spread throughout and required no fishing or dabbing which makes this super easy to apply.

Ocean Drive is a turquoise crelly filled  with teal micro glitter. It is beautiful in it's simplicity. I really can't express how much I love this polish, to me it is very sophisticated and verges towards looking like  a branded  mainstream polish  rather than a handmade product. This polish was a little more opaque than the purple. I have used two coats, again with Seche Vite topcoat . While my swatches may look a little patchy under the flash of my camera I had no such issues in real life. Ocean Drive was also a little more forgiving with application.

In all these are a fabulous introduction to a brand who I can't wait to see develop and grow.  Each polish costs £5.50 and for a limited time there is also free shipping via the Sarah Jae webstore. I have  a couple more polishes to share with you soon so stay tuned!

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, 21 June 2015

Beauty Besties: My Skincare Routine

So today I have another twin post with my real life bestie Alyssia from AlyssiaRose today we are both sharing our Skincare routines. You can see Alyssia's here

I am not going to go into too much detail in this post as some of the products I am going to write a full review of soon. I have quite problem skin, it is very oily and prone to bouts of hormonal acne. My current routine seems to be working fairly well but I find that after continual use my skin doesn't get the same benefits from certain products and I have to change them around or use them on rotation.

The first product I use is Soap and Glory Drama Clean 5 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water. For me this product is interchangeable with makeup wipes (I like the NO7 Skin Quick Thinking Wipes) as it is just a quick fix to remove my makeup. Both do not give a full cleanse so I wouldn't recommend these on their own as they don't full unclog your pores but they do remove most of days cosmetics. I like to pair the micellar water with these Double Faced Cotton Pads by Boots which really seem to help gently exfoliate the face.

The main part of my routine involves the La Roche-Posay Effaclae 3 Step Anti-Blemish System, which is a new to me range of products. They are a little of the pricey side for me but I find that using all three together has dramatically helped reduce redness and while not stopping the spots themselves it banishes them pretty much overnight making my skin so much clearer than it used to be. This system using a cleanser which I use in the evening (to remove any last traces of makeup), a toner and then the targeted correction and hydration cream. I find this system is really gentle and not too aggressive yet produces really good results on me. When I have a particularly bad breakout I have been using La Roche- Posay Effaclar A.I Targeted Breakout Corrector although I haven't noticed such great results with this.

Then we have my 'prep' products, I use both a lipscrub and a lipbalm to prep my lips over night. I always tend to use a Lush Lipscrub as I really think they work well to exfoliate my lips (I am currently using Mint Juleps) but my lipbalm is pretty much interchangeable. Currently I am using Lush's Whip Stick. I have been finding that I get slightly dryer skin under my eyes so picked up No7 Early Defence Eye Cream  to help with this. While it doesn't contain any anti-againg it has SPF and added vitamins. It is nice and light and doesn't leave any residue on my skin. 

 The last lot of products are my in shower products. I use Dr Organics Organic Tea Tree Face Wash in the morning while showering. This product smells really fresh and leaves my skin feeling clean  without stripping out too much moisture (which can lead to it becoming more oily). Once a week I apply a face-mask, my current one is Lush's Cupcake which smells of chocolate and mint and is rather decadent! Also twice a week I exfoliate I use Good Things Manuka Honey Refining Scrub which is very gentle as it uses oatmeal to exfoliate the skin and remove any dead skin cells.

So there we have it! What do you use in your skinacare routine?

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Top Tips for Summer Lips

So as you all know I LOVE my lipsticks especially mattes which are becoming a big thing this season. But matte lips can be drying and applied badly can look sloppy and not have any staying power.  I have tried alot of lipsticks and these three products are my top items for keeping your pout perfect all day long.

First of all let me tell you prep is important, I prep my lips as the same time as I do my nighttime skincare routine and applying my nightly hand care products. I like to use Lush's Lip scrub to exfoliate my lips. I find this gets rid of any dryness and excess skin but isn't too harsh or stripping on the lips as it uses natural sugar crystals. I am currently alternating between Mint Juleps and Bubblegum but there are loads of lip scrubs available on the market.

Lip balm is another important step. I am currently using Berts Bees Ultra Conditioning Lipbalm for nighttime as it is quite thick and intensive and Nivea Sooth and Protect Lip Balm SPF15 for during the day (which I spoke about here) as it is lighter. I apply lipbalm often but try not to overdo it as your lips can get used to too much moisture and become reliant.

The last tip I have to give you is an odd one. I find that while matte lipstick can have really great staying power it can be a pain to remove. I hate scrubbing at my lips to get the colour off as I have made my lips sore in the past doing this. However the answer is really simple. You need an oil based makeup remover as most matte lip products are waterproof. I use these eye makeup remover pads from Boots Essential Fragrance Free line as the pads are really no fuss and no mess (and are only £1.50). I have used this trick to  remove the Lime Crime Velvetines and LaSplash liquid lipsticks quickly. Just remember to apply lipbalm afterwards!

What are your tricks for lovely lips?  
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Monday, 15 June 2015

Beauty Besties: Brand Focus: Makeup Revolution

Today I am sharing another post with my darling real life friend Alyssia from Alyssia Rose as we share love of beauty. Today we have decided to share a post on one of our most love cosmetics brands- Makeup Revolution. You can view Alyssia's video here

If you read my last post about what I keep in my handbag you know that a certain makeup revolution product is a staple feature and one I wear almost everyday for work. Before I show you exactly what it is in more detail lets just take a moment while I say how impressed I am with Makeup Revolution's brand. Not only is it by far the biggest brand of makeup I own but I love the quality, price and the presentation of the brand. Their CS is always spot on and they listen to what the customer wants!

So the products I am going to show you today I by far underrated but I can hands down say that they are both my most used and favourite products by the brand.

It is the Awesome Pout and Gloss Collection which was a limited edition Christmas gift set which was sold at Superdrug. I do not live near a Superdrug that sells MR products but while I was doing some Christmas shopping in another town I managed to snag one of these, I fell in love with the lip products in this set, wearing them almost everyday for work (thankfully they have no problem with me wearing bright coloured lippes as that is my trademark style!) After Christmas I decided that I needed to grab another of these before they were gone for good. In fact I actually bought two back ups of this set, making three in total. I am still using my original lipsticks, but decided to crack into one of my backup sets for these photos.

The set in question comes with a compact mirror, clear iridescent lipgloss and three lip crayons in bright pink, red and orange.

The lipgloss comes in a traditional tube with a long thin sponge applicator. If you read this blog often you will know that I am not a massive fan of gloss as I can't stand the stickyness of it. This one really isn't sticky and stays put on your lips for a decent amount of time. I like the subtle glass fleck shimmer which has a rose gold hue to it.

But what are really the stand out products to me are the lip crayons. They have really great pigmentation and glide onto the lips. They are also really creamy and not at all drying. I find that I only need to reapply these after I have eaten, otherwise they last throughout the whole day. I always get loads of compliments from customers too on these and hate to say that they can't be bought anymore. The nearest thing that Makeup Revloution sells to these are Wow Sticks (which I also own) but they are much thinner (I love the chunkyness of these crayons) and they are not as soft and easy to apply on the lips.

The Orange is the most sheer of the three which is good for me as I can't normally pull off orange lipstick at all. I have quite pigmented lips so I end up with this redden coral shade, which is just so flattering (and much more noticeable in real life than in my photo). All these lip crayons are a flat colour but have a glossyness about that that doesn't make them matte. Also because they are not matte they are very moisturising on the lips and don't feel drying  or uncomfortable to wear.

Next up is the pink. Is a bright blue toned pink and it is crazy bright yet at the same time really flattering. Look at that colour pigmentation!

And finally the red. This is more of an orange toned scarlet and is a real classic 50's colour. I think it just looks timeless and the sort of red that anyone can pull of. I should also say how much I love the pencil/crayon as it makes controlling the lipstick super easy and the twist up applicator makes it fuss free too!

 Seriously guys it breaks my heart to show you these knowing they aren't easy to get. You can still find them on places like Ebay if you look out. All I can hope is that they come back next year. But these really need to find a permanent home in the MR collection. I would just die if they created a dark red or a purple in this formula!

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Dettol Anti-Bacterial Laundry Cleanser

This review is a little bit different than some of my other reviews and strays more into health rather than beauty but cleaniness is something that most of us just take for granted. However I was recently contacted by Dettol who sent me information about "Sick Bed Syndrome" and I was really rather shocked.

"Mattresses, beddings and pillows can become reservoirs of human cells, bacteria, fungal elements and excretions of the body. These reservoirs provide ideal conditions for dust mites with up to 10 million found feeding in just one bed]. While dust mites themselves are harmless, their faeces and body fragments can trigger allergic reactions prompting our body to release histamines to attack the allergen. This can cause eczema and hay fever, and estimates suggest dust mites may be a factor in up to 80 percent of asthmatics" 

I have always taken that my sheets and my clothes are clean, but when I only use an energy saving 30 degree wash am I really cleaning my washing as well as I can?

"Bedding should therefore be washed on a regular basis using an antibacterial laundry cleanser according to Home Hygiene Expert Dr. Lisa Ackerley. “Just because it looks and smells clean, doesn’t mean it’s hygienically clean. People have this notion that simply putting dirty items into a washing machine will kill all germs, but that's just not the case. Contagious bacteria and viruses such as Influenza and E.coli can survive low temperature washing, increasing the potential risk of infection for your family. For laundry washed at low temperatures a disinfectant proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria in temperatures as low as 15°C will get it hygienically clean.”

In steps Dettol's Anti Bacteria Laundry Cleanser which is proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria
in temperatures as low as 30°C. When you think about it a third of our day is spent in our beds, I spend a good six plus hours a day in my work uniform too, therefore it is really important to me that it is as clean as it can be.

I have been using Dettol's cleanser with my washing and to me it honestly feels cleaner. I love the idea of that added anti-bacterial ingredients which makes sure washing really is clean. Unlike other Dettol products there is no strong chemically-cleaning smell just a freshness which I really like. I have been using this cleanser for both my clothing as well as my bedding and think this is a great product especially if you have children to give you that added security. It was interesting to see that even my boyfriend noticed a difference in the washing after using this product.

 You can by this product at most large supermarkets.  

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, 10 June 2015

Wishlist Wednesday: Current Beauty Wants

Every now and again I like to make a little list of my current wants. That way I can look back and see how many things I have really given into temptation over. So here is my wishlist wednesday:


1.Chanel Chance Eau  Vive- this is not out yet but I have had sneak smell of it and it is amazing. Crisp yet sweet with a citrus grapefruit twang that is just beautiful! I am really not a Chanel person but this might change things!
2.Freedom Makeup (pictured Pro Glow Pink Cat) there are so many things I want from the launch of Makeup Revolutions sister brand Freedom Makeup. They also have Star Wars themed lipsticks!
3.Makeup revolution  (pictured mermaids forever palette) like Freedom Makeup there has been a million new launches within Makeup Revolution and I really need to update my collection with some of these new staple items.
4. Lush Oxford Street (image from here)There are so many new products and I want to try them all. I already have a list. I just need to find a time (and money to go to London)
5.Sanctuary Spa Air Whipped range this new collection has been taunting me at work with it's regal decadence and it is very well priced... so I really should get it shouldn't I? I love the texture of whipped bath products and this range is meant to be like cake icing.
6. La Roche Posey Effaclar Dermatological Acne System I would love to splurge on some good skincare and sort out my problem skin once and for all. I hope this would be the super products I am looking for.

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Beauty Besties: What's In My Handbag?

Today I have another post in the Beauty besties series with my dear friend Alyssia from Alyssia Rose. You can watch Alyssia's video reveal here.

So let me first say that I carry alot of crap in my handbag, like Alyssia I haven't altered anything in my bag for the purposes of this post apart from omit taking photos of about 300 receipts that are in the bottom of my bag (does anyone else have a bag like that?).  

Let us start with the bag itself which was a birthday gift off the boyf. This is by LYDC and was from Amazon. I can't find it on there now to link you to it but it may still be there. It was very cheap only costing about £12.00. For the cheap price it is very sturdy and has lots of poackets.

So the first things at the top of my bag are the most important. You have my purse (from Claire's Accessories). My phone is a HTC One and has a cute hamster phone case from Ebay.  I also have my locker key for work with a Groot Keyring and my work badge.

There is also a inside pocket which I keep all my makeup products as my bag is too small to keep a makeup bag in it. I am going to admitt now that when I put a lipstick on in the morning I take it with me for touch ups throughout the day. I am very bad at taking the said lip products back out of my bag and have a bit of a collection.  You can see I have a Limited Edition Makeup Revolution lip pencil from one of the Christmas Sets, L'Oreal Infallible Mega Gloss in the Shade Flashdance.  There is a Burts Bees lipbalm in the original Honey scent too. There is also a MeNow matte lipgloss and Collection lipstick from the Flower Collection.  I also have a small compact mirror that I forgot to get a photo of. There are also a couple of pretty rhinestone hair clips in this pocket which I use for when my fringe is getting in my face at work.

At the moment there are also recent purchases in my bag which I haven't taken out yet (I am trying to save the planet and not take a carrier bag). You can see that I have picked up a few products from Superdrug's new MUA stand.   Sometimes thee purchases can sit in my bag if I forget to take them out when I get home.

Then we get on to the more random crap in my bag. I have some Slim Fruits which are a low calorie alternative to sucking sweets . These ones are Strawberry and Rhubarb and are actually really nice to have to stop any hunger craving when you are out. A mini Nivea Invisible Black and White spray which is in my bag for obvious reasons. A packet of tissues are a must at the moment too as I have hayfever. A pen for quick notes. Nurofen Express Liquid Capsules for general aches and pains as well as pesky headaches. There is also half a pack of Lucozade Glucose tablets, I do a very early shift at work and sometimes these help perk up my energy levels when I am feeling like going back to bed.

 My Ipod is a must for walking to and from work. I also have a Anker portable charger which is a life saver for charging my phone or ipod on the go and I would highly recommend for anyone who spends alot of time out and about or on their devices.

Right at the bottom of my bag are a few more beauty bits. I have a Soap and Glory nail File which was out of one of the Christmas Gift Sets. Natural Collection Loose powder (Cool Translucent) for any time I am getting a bit shiny as well as Seventeen's On The Spot concealer for any pesky redness that can sometimes appear (this concealer also helps fight spots with salicylic acid which is never a bad thing in my opinion).  I also have a small handy handcream from The Body Shop which I try to use in the winter time if my hands are dry or chapped. I use the Almond one as it isn't too much of a strong scent and is quick absorbing for when you don't have too much time on your hands. 

The last things in my bag are in the outside pocket. We have some Lens Wipes from Boots for my glasses, I find these very handy as they are easy to use and non-smearing so great for on the go. I also have some Bach Rescue Liquid Melts for times when I just need to destress.

In all I think I have too much stuff in my bag and some of it doesn't get used too much, I need to give it a good clear out. What do you have in your bag?
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