Monday, 20 March 2017

Jeindeer Eyelash Curler review

Today I have a truth bomb for you all: I have never used an eyelash curler before (insert gasps and shocks of horror). Maybe I just never saw the point, or they kind of look a bit intimidating, I don't know. I don't really have a proper reason for why I haven't tried them before, but now I have, and today I’m going to talk about the curler I tried.

Jeindeer Eyelash Curler
Jeindeer Eyelash Curler

Jeindeer is a brand that, admittedly, I haven’t heard of before. However, I’m always more than happy to try out new brands, and I was recently contacted to give this Eyelash Curler a whirl, so that I have.

The box states that the design of the curler is targeted towards high performance and its innovative design easily creates a natural curl. The pad is designed to give lashes a sweeping curl rather than a crimped, angled look. 

Jeindeer Eyelash Curler
Jeindeer Eyelash Curler

The curler is made of steel and is quite rounded, but still fits quite snuggly around the roots of the lashes. The pads are made of silicone rubber and a spare pad is included within the box.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source collection review

So I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the weather is starting to get a bit warmer again. This tends to make me a little excited, how about you? It's definitely inspired me to write about a collection that screams summer.

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source

Crabtree & Evelyn have recently re-formulated products within their sea-inspired, La Source range. This re-formulation sees the introduction of four new marine blends that each contain the new “hero ingredient”, Green Seaweed Extract. In each, the Green Seaweed Extract is combined with a specific Marine-Based ingredient to “boost skin benefits”.

The four blends are:

Refreshing Marine Blend - this blend includes Brown Algae Extract in addition to the Green Seaweed Extract. It provides moisturising, cleansing and purifying actions.

Hydra Marine Blend - Blue Sea Lavender Extract works alongside the Green Seaweed Extract in this blend for a nourishing and purifying effect.

Restorative Marine Blend - Red Sea Algae Extract and Green Seaweed Extract make up this blend that is designed to be protective on the skin.

Rejuvenating Marine Blend - Sea Fennel Extract combines with the Green Seaweed Extract in this final blend that lives up to its name, acting as a rejuvenating combination. 

They have also introduced two brand-new products to the range: the Eau de La Source EDT
and the Hydra Marine Nourishing Oil. Today I have three products from the collection to show you, including the new Eau de La Source EDT. Alongside that, I have the Miracle Moisturising Hand Scrub and the Overnight Hand Therapy Cream.

I'll go more in depth on each of the items below rather than here, and review them at the same time. You can also find information about where to purchase any of the La Source items spoken about within this post at the end.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Wikaniko Moringa Oil review

Oils are fantastic. They are so multifunctional, you can use them for a whole variety of things. I would go in depth with them now, but admittedly I already have gone pretty in depth with them on this blog in previous posts (see this Argan Oil post and Jojoba Oil post), and others have in guest posts (see Benefits of Argan Oil and 5 Unexpected Ways Oils Can Benefit Your Family). I also once interviewed the lovely Paul from Fresh Skin about the benefits of essential oils and have also posted some great DIY recipes for beauty products that you can make yourself at home.

Wikaniko Moringa Oil
Wikaniko Moringa Oil

Today, however, I have a slightly different oil to share with you all that I haven’t yet covered: Moringa Oil. The particular brand of oil that I have to show you all is Wikaniko who pride themselves as the UK’s leading Moringa Oil providers, producing high quality oil by growing the moringa themselves on their Spanish moringa farm. This particular project also enables people to visit the farm, learn all about moringa and its benefits and to see how moringa is grown. In addition, you can purchase your own moringa tree and practice harvesting it and create different products, such as the oil and Moringa Powder, for your own personal use. It’s truly fascinating stuff, and if you’d like to find out more about it, you can do so here.

The Wikaniko Moringa Oil itself though is said to be fantastic for a range of different things. You can use it on the skin (both on your body or your face), your hair, to treat eczema, blemishes, wrinkles, minor skin ailments and so on. You can also use it on your hair as either a treatment or a cleanser - sort of along the lines of coconut oil rather than argan oil. It comes bottled in a 100ml, brown plastic bottle with a white pump cap. 

In this post I’m going to be discussing the ways that I have been testing it out and the results that I’ve been having with it.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Dr. PawPaw Balm Collection - now awarded PETA badge!

If you’re a regular reader of the blog then it should come as no surprise that I love a multitasking product, and if you’ve been reading the blog for long enough, then you may have already seen my review for the original Dr. PawPaw Balm. If you haven’t heard of it before, the Dr. PawPaw Balm is made up of a blend of natural ingredients, including fermented paw paw which is the fruit of the plant Carica Papaya that has been found to contain numerous natural healing qualities. It’s great to use for a whole variety of things, such as on your lips, dry patches of skin, cuticles, on the hair, and so on.

Dr. PawPaw Balms
Dr. PawPaw Balms - Left to right: Original Balm, limited edition Tinted Red Sparkle, Tinted Peach and Tinted Ultimate Red

Today, however, I have some exciting news about the Original Balm and its tinted variants; they have now been awarded the PETA badge! This means that they are now recognised as being fully animal cruelty free AND vegan, so if you are looking for beauty products that you can be assured are cruelty free, then todays post may be of interest to you.

In celebration of the news, I have got here not only the Original Balm, but both of the core tinted variations in Tinted Peach and Tinted Ultimate Red, and the limited edition Tinted Red Sparkle Balm to discuss with you all today!

As I have already reviewed the Original Balm before, I won’t repeat myself too much here in regards to discussing it. Instead, this post is looking to focus primarily on the tinted balms along with swatches of them in use.

Each balm comes packaged in a tube that comes with 25ml of product (the original comes in a larger size of 200ml and the smaller size of 10ml as well). Each tube comes in the shade of the balm inside (minus the original one in the yellow tube - the balm is translucent and colour-free). The balm itself is quite a thick, paste like texture.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Alfa Italia Liscio Detangling Brush review

We've all heard of the Tangle Teezer, but, as I’m sure that you are also aware, it's not the only detangling brush on the market. Today we're going to be looking at a shortlisted brush from the Best Styling Brush category of the Best Beauty Stylist Awards, so if you suffer with knots or are simply after beautiful, sleek, glamourous hair, today's post is for you.

Alfa Italia Luscio Detangling Brush
Alfa Italia Luscio Detangling Brush

Alfa Italia are a brand that are inspired by the icons of Italian style and beauty (think Carla Bruni and Sofia Loren). Each of their products has been created so that you can recreate these styles at home. Their Liscio Detangling Brush is designed to fit into the palm of your hand and comes in a range of three finishes: gold, white gold and rose gold. It promises to glide through the hair with its soft bristles to detangle without tugging or pulling.

It works on both wet or dry hair, and is gentle enough to use on children too. In addition to that, the Liscio Detangling Brush can also be used on extensions and wigs. 

I have to say straight up though that whilst this brush looks beautiful in person, it is a total pain to photograph nicely due to the fact that is like a mirror. You guys want to see the brush, not my face looking like I’m playing around in a mirror at a fun fair. Because of that, I do recommend that you check the main website out to see the Alfa Italia brush in all it’s glory.

As well as testing this out on myself, I decided to test it on someone who frequently experiences knots; my daughter. Being a toddler with shoulder length hair, she's always finding ways to accumulate knots galore. Every morning it can be a mission to brush them out to tie her hair up and out of her face as she doesn't like them being de-tangled. I am unable to test it out on wigs or extensions, so if you are here to see how well it works in that area then I sincerely apologise ahead of jumping into the review!
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