Thursday, 17 August 2017

Avon mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer Matte and Shine swatches and reviews

There are two loves in the lipstick world right now: matte lipstick and liquid lipstick. Today, I have a mixture of both to show you. Matte liquid lipstick and liquid lip lacquer with a shine finish.

Avon mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer
Avon mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer

Yep, that's right. Enter Avon's new mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer's that come in both a matte and a shine finish. The shades are pretty much the same on both sides (with a couple of exceptions), just different finishes. There are 12 matte shades and 12 shine, bringing us to 24 in total.

The matte shades promise to leave a velvet finish and the shine shades a moisturising vinyl finish, but both of them claim to be long-wearing and to never bleed or feather.

Sadly I wasn't able to get my hands on every single shade this time, but I have got the majority of the matte shades.

Each of the lipsticks come packaged in a small, transparent, rectangle plastic tube with a wand applicator hidden in the screw cap lid. The applicator is diamond shape that claims to provide full and precise coverage in one sweep. 

So let's jump on in and check out the shades that I have to show you today, and there is info on how to get hold of them at the end.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Sacred Soul Holistic Essential Oils reviews

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Hi guys! I just wanted to start off by apologising for my absence over the last couple of weeks or so. I had some really huge things that I had to deal with, and I just wanted to thank you all for your patience. We’re getting back on track here now though, so I’ll jump straight into the post.

Sacred Soul Holistics Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Ylang-Ylang and Tea Tree
Sacred Soul Holistics Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Ylang-Ylang and Tea Tree

I've written in depth about essential oils in the past and even posted some DIY Beauty posts that use them, but today I’m going to be showing you a range of oils from a brand called Sacred Soul Holistics. They’re a brand with an interesting story, which I’ll get to in a moment, and today I have one of each of the essential oils that they have available: Tea Tree, Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Eucalyptus and Peppermint.

Each of their oils are certified organic and 100% pure. They are steam extracted and contain no extra chemicals like silicones or parabens. For an oil to be truly effective, they need to be pure, so this is an important thing to keep in mind when purchasing oils and these ones tick the boxes. 

From the get go, one of the things I love about Sacred Soul Holistics is their no nonsense, truth telling attitude. On their About Us page you won't be finding any claims to be this or that, but instead you fill find an honest account of how the company came to be: two life-long friends who somehow ended up with a passion for natural living. They took this passion and turned it into a business selling essential oils. No years of experience or fancy job titles to boot, just a passion for the products they sell. And that's great.

From this passion came lots of research and introducing natural remedies to friends and family. I know this is something myself and I'm sure lots of you reading this article have done too. From their research they discovered what I'm sure many of us have encountered; sometimes oils work for one person, but not for another. What they continued to discover, however, was that some oils available on the market are actually full of chemicals, and this is a possible reason for why they don't work. As consumers, this didn't make them happy. This is why they set up Sacred Soul Holistics, for others with an interest in natural remedies to have access to oils that have more chance of success by being pure. No chemical filler, just like the lack of boasting filler on their About Us page.

Don't think that this means that there aren't any experts involved though. Scott and Kristan made sure to seek out expert advice too, and through the combined effort they have created the range that include the five oils that I have to show you all today (the rest of their range is made up of Ear Candles).

So as I mentioned above, today I’m going to be showing you their range of oils. So let’s check them out.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Leather and Stench: The Grasse Roots of French Perfume

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Grasse, France. I'm sure you've heard of it, particularly if you're a fragrance fan. Considered by many as the capital of perfume, which also then allowed iconic scents from numerous French perfume houses to see the light of day (Gabrielle Chanel is even said to have created Chanel No.5 in Grasse). But how did Grasse become the birthplace of French perfume, and of modern day fragrances as we know it? 

Grasse - Parfumerie 3
Grasse Parfumerie By Christophe.Finot (Own work (own photography)) via Wikimedia Commons

Grasse wasn't always famous for perfume. Originally, it was a place full of tanneries that made leather. So how did this transition occur? And how did leather production play a role in modern day perfume? It's actually a fascinating story, so as a break from reviewing items, today I'm going to be sitting in my storytelling chair to tell you about the history of the relationship between leather and perfume, and how this relationship transformed Grasse and the world of fragrance forever. 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub and Facial Cleansing Gel reviews

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Last week I posted the first half of my Zenmed skincare post that featured the AHA/BHA Complex, Renewing Microdermabraison Complex and the Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment. The products together focus on helping to banish acne or blemishes and reduce the appearance of red marks and the production of excess oil on the skin. 

Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, Renewing Microdermabraison Complex, Facial Cleansing Gel, Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment and AHA/BHA Complex
Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, Renewing Microdermabraison Complex, Facial Cleansing Gel, Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment and AHA/BHA Complex

Today I am back with the promised second half of the post that is going to be featuring the AHA/BHA Refining Scrub and the Facial Cleansing Gel
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As I did with the first post, I'm going to explain each product within their designated sections as to not clutter up the intro and to cause any confusion. I'm also not going to repeat anything that I said in part one, so for a more in depth intro I will direct you to the original post and instead just dive right on into discussing the products.

Info on where to purchase the products can be found at the end of the post.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Zenmed AHA/BHA Complex, Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex and Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment reviews

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Acne, spots, blemishes, zits, pimples, oily skin. Whatever words you choose to describe what's going on with your skin, there's one thing we can all agree on: it can be a pain in the bum to sort out. Not to fear though, today I have another range to show you all with the goals of clearing up your skin, no matter the issues. This post is also another feature within the "perfecting your base" theme that I've been focusing on recently (other posts include the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish, Pixi Glow Tonic and my guide on getting rid of shaving rash/irritation)

Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex, Facial Cleansing Gel, Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment and AHA/BHA Complex
Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex, Facial Cleansing Gel, Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment and AHA/BHA Complex

Zenmed is a brand that focus on merging medicinal and natural ingredients to create products that actually deliver on their promises. I have a range of their items to show you (as you can see in the photo above), but as I have a fair amount to discuss with you about them I have decided to split this post up into two halves, reviewing some of the items in this post and the rest will be reviewed next week in part 2.

Within this post I am going to be showing you the AHA/BHA Complex, the Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex and the Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment. I'll describe each of the items and review them within their own sections as to not clutter up the post and to keep it as clear as possible.

Next weeks post will discuss the AHA/BHA Refining Scrub and the Facial Cleansing Gel.

There will be a part at the end to direct you to where to purchase the collection if you are intrigued to try it!

So let's take a look, shall we?

 
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