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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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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