Monday, 12 November 2018

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick review

Hi guys! I know I write a lot about lipsticks, but I also know that you guys love reading about them as much as I love writing about them. Therefore, I’m here today with another lipstick post for your reading pleasure!

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Dedicated
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Dedicated

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick has a pretty self-explanatory name. It is a matte-finish, long-wearing lipstick comes in a range of 18 shades and promises to stay true without being clingy. 

The shades range from nude shades to deep purples. There is quite a mix of vivid and muted shades, but no bolder shades such as blues or greens can be found here. I’ve got the shade Dedicated which is a dark, pink-purple berry shade.

Each lipstick comes packaged in a transparent, plastic tube with the typical retro style branding of theBalm on the outside. Thanks to the transparency, you can easily see the shade of the formula inside as well as how much is left. They have a silver screw cap lid with a fluffy wand applicator inside. 

Friday, 2 November 2018

IVYBEARS Hair Vitamins review

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Hi guys! Are you struggling with dull, lifeless hair? Hair loss? After the success of my post featuring the Pink Cloud 3-in-1 Collagen Beauty Drink, I knew that I really wanted to discuss more beauty supplements with you all. Today I have a beauty supplement that is designed to give your hair some new life.


IVYBEARS Hair Vitamins are gummy vitamins (or hair gummies) that are designed to improve the strength of hair, boost hair growth and to add a healthy glow. They contain biotin, folic acid, Vitamins C, A, D, E, B-6, B-12 and B-5, zinc, choline, pantothenic acid, iodine and inositol. 

They are flavoured with natural ingredients like coconut oil and juice, are vegetarian friendly and come in variants for men and women. Instead of using gelatin (which is made from animals), IVYBEARS use pectin as the base for the vitamins which is made from fruit instead. They are also Halal-certified and gluten free.

In addition to helping to revive your hair, IVYBEARS are also great for your nails.

They‘re shaped like gummy bears and have a beautiful berry flavour to them. It can be really tempting to want to eat the entire pot of them in one go (but please don’t!). 

Each pot comes with 60 gummy vitamins, which is one months supply as you need to take two per day. They can be purchased as a one month supply, or as a 3 or 6 month supply at a discount. 

Saturday, 20 October 2018

EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum review

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HEYE GEYES! SEE what I did there? Today’s post is all about an eye serum so y’know, I thought I’d open with some excruciatingly terrible puns. I know, it was really, really bad. I’m so sorry. Please don’t click away from the page, I promise there will be no more puns and this product is worth a look (pun not intended there).

EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum
EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum

So yeah, as I stated above, today’s post is going to be featuring the natural and organic EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum which is described as a unique collagen formula gel. It is designed to reduce puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, crows feet and signs of fatigue around the eyes whilst gently hydrating the area. It contains hydrolysed collagen, Vitamin E, cucumber and elderflower. It’s rammed full of antioxidants which help to boost vitality.

In addition to using this eye serum around your eyes, it can be used on the face to help with fine lines and other signs of ageing whilst also leaving your skin smooth and bright.

As well as being natural and organic, EyeWake are against animal cruelty, is alcohol free and for every purchase of the serum, EyeWake make a donation to Women’s Aid which is a charity that I wholeheartedly support. 

It comes packaged in a white bottle with black text that holds 30ml of eye serum. It has a pump lid for dispensing the product. The serum itself is clear and has a water like consistency.

Application and Results:

To use, you need to tap or massage a small amount of the serum onto clean, dry skin around the eye area and allow to absorb. 

EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum
EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum

Due to the very watery consistency, when you pump it onto your fingertips you need to work quick before it runs and ends up getting wasted.

It takes a little while to sink into the skin properly, but I find that if you use a tiny amount at a time and gently dab it in around the eyes and then continue to build it up, it dries faster. This does drag out the application time a bit though, so whether or not it saves any time overall depends on how much you feel that you need to use. 

It doesn’t have a very noticeable cooling effect like some eye gels, even though it does contain cucumber. 

When applying and even when it’s dry, it doesn’t leave a heaviness around the eyes. It feels lightweight and looks mattified. It really does look and feel like you’ve just applied some water around the eyes and let it dry off. 

The main thing that I love about this serum is that when it does dry it doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feeling behind. Makeup is super easy to apply over the top of it without it sticking or caking up like it can over some eye creams or gels. 

EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum
EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum

I’ve been using the serum for two weeks now and I find that there have been some improvements with fine lines around my eyes. The top thing that I’ve noticed though is the reduction in puffiness and dark circles. Even without a cooling effect on the eyes, it does a great job at helping you to look more awake if you continue to use it daily. 

In regards to using it on the rest of the face, I think that it works alright as a mild moisturiser for oilier skin, but for drier skin you would likely prefer to use it as a serum with a moisturiser on top. It leaves a nice, smooth finish that’s mattified and it works well as a base for makeup. It does a great job at helping with smile lines or creases and filling them back out as well as any other fine lines.

If you plan on just using this around your eyes, then 30ml is actually a lot of product for your money. Most eye creams and gels come in sizes of between 10-15ml, so it’s like buying two of them in one bottle. If you plan on using this on your entire face, then 30ml is a pretty standard size for a bottle of serum.

Overall, I think this is a great multipurpose product. It works best as an eye serum, but it is a nice addition to your facial skincare routine if you are looking for that little extra boost this winter. If you have lots of late nights that result in puffy, tired eyes that have noticeable dark circles, then this is a fantastic product to try out. You may not notice results from day one, but keep going and the eye area just continues to get better every day. 

Product Rating: 8/10

If you want to try out the EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum, you can grab one from Amazon.

What are your thoughts on the EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum? What are your favourite eye products? 

Let me know in the comments below!

Zoe.
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*This product was sent to me to sample as a review consideration. However, this hasn't in any way affected my review with all thoughts and feelings about the product and company being 100% my own.

Friday, 12 October 2018

SOLIDU EXOTIC Shampoo Bar review

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Hi guys! If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you may have noticed that I like to discuss products that are natural and good for the environment. Today I’ll be discussing a new shampoo that I’ve been trying out that’s environmentally conscious.

SOLIDU EXOTIC Shampoo bar
SOLIDU EXOTIC Shampoo bar

SOLIDU is a brand that create environmentally friendly cosmetics. Their products use no water and are solid (hence the name SOLIDU), and they also come with no plastic packaging. This means that not only are the cosmetics themselves natural and environmentally friendly, but the packaging is too. On top of that, they advertise their products as being for those who aren’t afraid to be different or expressive. 

The SOLIDU EXOTIC Shampoo bar is a solid shampoo that comes packed with natural ingredients. It is targeted to those with normal and oily hair who are looking for everyday care. The spicy scented, bright blue bar of shampoo includes coconut oil, mango and cocoa butters, eucalyptus, patchouli, vanilla, citrus, clary sage and ylang-ylang. It smells like heaven and that colour is equally beautiful!

Along with the EXOTIC Shampoo bar, SOLIDU do a whole range of other shampoos, conditioner, lip balm and a body wash.

Each bar then comes packaged in an open sided cardboard box with a card sleeve to keep it safe inside. 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel-Off Mask review

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Face masks are the perfect skincare treat for rejuvenating the skin whilst also giving you some time to put your feet up and relax. Some face masks can be a bit difficult or messy to remove though, which probably explains the surge in popularity of sheet masks. Another alternative for a less-mess face mask removal is a peel-off face mask, and today I have one to share with you, 

Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel-Off Mask
Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel-Off Mask

The Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel-Off Mask with Spirulina is described as an "innovative, professional-quality" face mask. It is targeted to those with mature, dry, dehydrated skin, open pores, signs of fatigue and wrinkles. It is designed to act like a serum that firms and lifts the skin whilst also rehydrating and moisturising it.

It contains only the finest ingredients with the active ingredient being Spirulina, a blue-green algae that is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B12, D, E and K) and minerals (selenium, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and potassium).

It comes in powder form so it does need mixing beforehand, but once applied onto the skin and dry it becomes a peel-off mask.

It comes packaged in a large white pot. The powder itself is very fine and a pale green in colour and has no noticeable smell.