Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Derma Roller System, DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum and PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask reviews

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Hey guys! So it’s pretty well known by now that there are some weird and wonderful things that people can do to their bodies in the name of beauty, and as a beauty blogger I naturally love trying some of them out so I can talk about them with you all. So how about today we talk about what it’s like to stick hundreds of needles into your face over and over in the hunt to achieve smooth skin? Yep, today we’re talking about microneedling with the Derma Roller System.

DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum, PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask and the Derma Roller System
DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum, PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask and the Derma Roller System

So what is microneedling? Microneedling is a natural way to help the skin with a range of issues on the face, hair and body. On the face it can help with reducing acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It can also help with evening out the skin tone, firming the skin and helping your skincare products to work better. On the body it can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, and on the hair it can help to promote hair growth. The Derma Roller System works by rolling 200 medical-grade stainless steel needles over the area you want to treat to create tiny micro-injuries which then stimulates the natural healing process of the skin, therefore boosting collagen and elastin production. This is basically the same kind of thing that most of your skincare products are saying they will help with, but your body is already making its own, so why not simply utilise that better?

I was recently sent the Derma Roller System to try, and alongside it I have also got the DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum and the PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask to show you. The DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum and the PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask are described as being best used directly after the Derma Roller, but as well as that I have carried on using the DermaC+ Serum nightly to allow me to give some proper feedback on it alongside the roller.

The Derma Roller System comes with varying needle sizes. The size that you need to use is going to be dependant on what you need to use it for. I followed the guide on the Derma Roller System website to choose the right needle size for microneedling and settled the 1mm needle size. If you are new to it I would suggest sticking to the smaller sizes like I did as the longer needles are intended for professional use. 

Derma Roller System
Derma Roller System

The Derma Roller comes packaged up in a handy plastic travel case which is nice, but it all also comes packaged up in a box with the product info on with instructions. 

The DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum is packed with Vitamins C and E as well as Hyaluronic Acid and is designed to minimise the appearance of wrinkles (even deep set ones), even out the skin tone, hydrate, improve skin texture, leave the skin looking and feeling smoother and firmer, restore natural glow and to help other skincare products work better.

It comes in an orange-brown glass bottle with a pipette dropper for dispensing. It holds 30ml of product and the serum is bright white and of average consistency. 

The PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask is pretty much designed to the exact same as the DermaC+ Serum above, but it also exfoliates too. The face mask is a sheet mask which comes packaged in a white and blue sachet.

Before getting into the review, a heads up; this post is a long one. I’ve written a little TL;DR at the end of the post with some bullet points, but if you’re genuinely interested in trying out a derma roller then I do recommend reading the entire post as I talk in detail about the different steps and methods which I think could be helpful for you. 

Sunday, 14 April 2019

APN Always Perfect Nails Nail Polish in Naughty Nights review and swatches

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Hey guys! It’s been a while since I got to write a nail polish post, but I’ve got one for you today!

As we come into spring, it’s nice to bring out a lovely spring shade for your nails. I like pastels and nude shades during the spring, so today I’ve got an interesting nude nail polish to show you (I'll explain why it's interesting as we go). 

APN Always Perfect Nails Nail Polish in Naughty Nights
APN Always Perfect Nails Nail Polish in Naughty Nights

The APN Always Perfect Nails nail polish promises to be fast drying with a non-chip finish. It is free of Toulene and DBP 01 and is scented with pomegranate to leave the nails smelling sweet. It comes in a wide range of shades including some glitter nail polish shades too.

Each shade comes packaged in a clear glass bottle with the product logo printed on in black. It has a rounded black handle with a thin brush. 

Monday, 1 April 2019

Aphrodite Ultra Ionic 3000 Professional Hair Dryer review

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Hey guys! I’ve spoken a little about ion technology on the blog recently with the ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush. Today I’m going to be talking about another ion tech product, but a type of product that you probably already associate with ion tech. Yup, that’s right! We’re getting loud and hairy and we're talking about an ionic hairdryer today.

Aphrodite Ultra Ionic 3000 Professional Hair Dryer
Aphrodite Ultra Ionic 3000 Professional Hair Dryer

The Aphrodite Ultra Ionic 3000 Professional Hair Dryer is designed to use ions to smoothen the hair as it dries, leaving you with silky smooth hair and less frizz.

It has two speeds, three heat settings, three nozzle attachments and 2100W of power. One nozzle is for fast drying, another for straightening and one for setting.

On top of the hairdryer is a small blue diode which creates negative ions that are blown onto the hair. This negatively charges the hair, reducing static and leaving the hair feeling and looking silky smooth.

To help me out with this review I have enlisted my sister. Her hair type is very different to mine and this hairdryer could get a really thorough road-test on her hair. My hair is very fine and lacking volume, but my sisters hair is Afro-Caribbean, so it’s very thick, curly, dry and prone to extreme frizz. Could this finally be the best hairdryer for her thick and curly, frizz-prone hair? Let's find out!

Monday, 25 March 2019

Femme Luxe Clothing & Makeup Looks

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Hey guys! I recently wrote a post featuring some outfits from Femme Luxe and you guys seemed to enjoy it, so today I am back with another!

As I did with my previous post, to keep it beauty related I will be discussing the makeup I used to compliment each outfit so that you can get some makeup inspiration. Femme Luxe allowed me to pick out 4 products to review for you again, so that’s what I’m here with today. 

For this post I chose another lounge wear set, leggings, a crop t-shirt and a knitted jumper

If you’d like to read a bit more about my general thoughts of Femme Luxe and for some info about them, do check out my previous post where I discussed the brand in more detail.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser review

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Hey guys! So who is still hunting for that perfect shampoo? One that gives you perfect, healthy hair with a nice shine, body and texture without making it look flat and limp? Or if you have curly hair you’re probably looking for something to tame curls and to take away frizz to leave you with soft, manageable curls, right? Well, let’s check out whether today’s product could be your perfect shampoo.

Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser
Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser

The Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser is a 98% natural, low-poo shampoo that promises to gently cleanse the hair with no harsh chemicals or nasties. It is primarily aimed at those with curly hair, but it is also great for those with fine hair or loose waves, or anybody at all who is looking for a gentle hair cleanser. 

The Hydrating Hair Cleanser is free of silicones, sulphates and parabens, but instead it is rammed full of beneficial oils (namely *deep breath*... coconut, mongongo, camellia, seabuckthorn, may chang, grapefruit, mandarin red, sweet orange, bergamot, marjoram sweet, rosemary, spearmint, patchouli, magnolia flower, magnolia leaf, palmarosa, linden, benzoin and castor. And breathe!), antioxidants Vitamins C and E, amino acids and Omega 7 for replenishing moisture and shine as well as repairing sun damaged hair. It also has some sea salt for texture, volume and blood circulation of the scalp.

It comes packaged in a translucent plastic bottle with a simple yet pretty blue sticker around it with the Bouclème logo and product info. The shampoo itself is off-white in colour and a runny consistency. The packaging looks sleek and would look smart in anyone’s bathroom. It comes in 100ml, 300ml and 1 litre sizes.

I got my 100ml bottle from Latest In Beauty who recently had a few Bouclème products available to choose. As of posting they are no longer available, but I have seen this shampoo come back into stock before so it can be worthwhile to check.