Friday, 15 September 2017

Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser review

No one likes mornings. Well, actually, that's a lie. Some people like mornings, but I'm definitely not one of them. I hate being tired and my eyes always get super puffy and dark circles appear too. If you're like this too, then today's post is for you.

Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser roll on
Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser roll on

My recent Birchbox provided me with the opportunity to try out the Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser eye roll on which promises to help you look instantly rested and refreshed. In addition, it also helps to stimulate eyelash growth, claiming to provide at least 30% added natural volume of the eyelashes after 15 days of daily use. The cooling roller ball applicator is designed to help to drain the eye contour area and reduce puffiness, the look of tired eyes and dark circles.

I was really excited as the previous two Polaar products I've tried out have been fab (see my review of the Polaar Polar Night Cream). 

As a side note, if you landed on this page from looking up reviews of the September Birchbox samples, I do have a couple of in depth reviews on the Dr.PAWPAW balms that were also featured in this box.

The Icy Magic eye roll on that I have comes in a metallic silver squeeze tube with a rollerball applicator and it holds 10ml of product. I looked it up on the Polaar website and the packaging for the sellable product appears to be different, but it states that it also holds 10ml of product. To make matters more confusing, when you view the product on the Birchbox website, the packaging is different again (but still holds 10ml). Therefore, I'm not 100% sure on which is the correct packaging, but the consensus between all of the designs seems to be that you will receive 10ml. If anyone can confirm or correct me on this, please do let me know!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo review

Let's be honest - no one likes an itchy, flaky scalp. I hate it, I'm sure you hate it, but it can be a pain to fix. This seems to be particularly true if you prefer to avoid certain ingredients in your haircare, such as silicones or SLS. Most mainstream and popular options contain them and for some of us that can cause more bad than it can good. 

I've had the issue of an itchy, flaky scalp over the last year or so, and I've (rather literally) been scratching my head wondering if I'll ever find the perfect solution that works best for me. Today I'm going to be writing about a product that I feel is worth giving a thorough discussion about: the Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo

Chances are that you have probably heard of Philip Kingsley products already. After all, the company is famous for products such as the Elasticizer, and if you're a beauty box fan then you're likely to have received at least one sample of their products at least once. Therefore, it was a natural option to find myself putting my trust in the hands of the renown haircare company led by the "world's leading expert on hair and scalp care" to try to solve my problem as soon as I discovered that the Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo is free of the majority of ingredients I usually avoid (it is free of SLS and silicones, but does contain fragrance. Full ingredients list further on in the post).

It is a mild formula that promises to clarify and gently cleanse the hair and scalp of flakes and irritation. It is a multi-award winning formula and it doesn't dry out the hair or strip colour. 

It comes packaged in a sleek, fat white bottle with a curved flip cap lid. It comes in a range of sizes which makes it great for travelling, salons or if you just prefer buying a massive bottle of shampoo over smaller ones all of the time. 

The shampoo itself is like a clear gel, no colours added.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Crabtree & Evelyn Florentine Freesia Body Lotion and Moroccan Myrrh Cologne reviews

Everyone! It's hot in the UK! Isn't that fantastic!? I really hope that you're all staying hydrated. Today's post though isn't going to be focusing on that though, but it will be focusing on keeping your skin hydrated. In addition, there was a wee holiday that happened over the weekend (Father's Day, I'm looking at you), and there is an item I was hoping to review for you in time for it. Alas, it didn't arrive on time, but I'm still going to be reviewing it for the men out there or for the men in your life anyway (if you fancy treating them)!

Crabtree & Evelyn Florentine Freesia Body Lotion
Crabtree & Evelyn Florentine Freesia Body Lotion

I recently reviewed the La Source collection by Crabtree & Evelyn that is perfect for summer, and today I bring you two more items that are also great for summer. The Florentine Freesia Body Lotion and the Moroccan Myrrh Cologne for men are two different but equally exciting items. I'll begin by explaining them briefly and then I'll jump into more depth afterwards. Info on where to purchase both items is at the end of the post.

The Florentine Freesia Body Lotion is a limited edition body lotion from the Heritage collection. The Heritage collection is based around three different flowers: Freesia, Violet and Jasmine. Each flower has a number of products that are scented with their corresponding flower. The Florentine Freesia items are scented with freesia, orange, pear and amber and come as the Body Lotion we're looking at today as well as the Bath and Shower Gel, Hand Therapy, Flower Water and Body Cream.

The Moroccan Myrrh Cologne is a fresh yet spicy composition for men that comes in a 100ml bottle size only. I can only describe it as being perfect for summer if you're the type of guy/your recipient is the type of guy who likes a bit of spice and zest.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Pixi Glow Tonic review

I've recently posted a couple of posts about helping to perfect your base (check out my posts about hair removal and clearing up shaving irritation and on the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish). Think clearer skin, even skin tone, brighter, smoother skin, and so on. Whilst we had a couple of lipstick posts in between, today I'm back with what can only be described as a cult classic item to discuss with you all and I'm sure it needs no real introduction.

Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic

The Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner that promises to remove dead skin cells, tone, brighten and firm the skin. It contains Glycolic Acid to exfoliate, Aloe Vera to soothe and ginseng to energise. It also contains Witch Hazel which is a great ingredient to help with blemishes too. It's suitable for all skin types, is alcohol free, not tested on animals and is hypoallergenic. 

A lot of folks have had great results with the Pixi Glow Tonic in regards to reducing the appearance of acne/blemish marks, evening out the skin tone, diminishing blackheads and creating a healthy glow. 

It comes bottled in a transparent orange bottle with both a green label and screw cap lid and the bottle holds either 100ml or 250ml of product. The toner itself is clear in colour, but if you've either seen or used this product in the past you may be aware that it used to be orange in colour. The Glow Tonic has gone through a minor re-formulation a couple of years back, and if you would like to know more about it I do recommend this fantastic post that goes into a lot of detail regarding the differences.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Avon mark. The Bold Lipstick swatches and review

As I promised in my last post (featuring the Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick Blushed Shades and the new Supreme Nourishing Lipstick shades), I'm back again today with the second half of my Avon Lipstick swatch-a-thon! Today I'm bringing you the mark. The Bold Lipstick swatches, which if I am not mistaken is a rebrand of the old Ultra Colour Bold Lipsticks. Even still, I have the range here in swatch format to show you all of the shades.

Avon mark. The Bold Lipstick
Avon mark. The Bold Lipstick

The Avon mark. The Bold Lipsticks are marketed as being Avon's most pigmented lipstick ever. It comes in a range of 12 shades and each one is made up of a rich, moisturising formula and contain SPF15. They also promise vivid colour in just one application and that they will stay put for hours.

Each of them come packaged in the new Avon mark. style packaging, but the one that I received did come in the old Ultra Colour Bold packaging. This means that whilst the tube of the lipstick in the above photo looks different to the one in the book, the shades in the swatches are still the same.

Let's take a look!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick Blushed Shades and new Supreme Nourishing Lipstick shade swatches

There's a lot going on over at Avon recently. You may have already seen my posts about their new mark. range and the new 3D Plumping Lipstick shades, but I have another bunch of goodies to show you today and in a follow up post. Whew!

Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick in Crimson Dream
Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick in Crimson Dream

Avon are currently releasing numerous new shades to prior collections as well as releasing new lines under their new mark. collection, so there really is a lot of activity going on over in the Avon camp right now for me to update you all on.

This post is going to be looking at the new Blushed Shades of the True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick and the new True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick shades, but I do have another post incoming soon to show you swatches of the new mark. lipstick line too. 

If you are interested in the new 3D Plumping Lipstick shades, I have already swatched them and they can be found on the blog. Lots and lots of lipsticks; lipstick everywhere!

So without further ado, let's get into the new shades of the present collections.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish review

During the summer, there are certain things that you just don't want to do. Heavy makeup is one of those things. It's just too much, but sometimes some people may feel more insecure about the condition of their skin. Because of that, I'm going to focus some posts on my own personal beauty motto: perfect the base and the rest will follow. It also continues on with the same sort of theme of my last post about eradicating shaving rash and ingrown hairs to help reduce insecurity, but in this post we're going to be looking at the face and creating the bright, clear, fresh base to help you feel more comfortable and confident to strip back the makeup.

Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish
Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish

When it comes to facial exfoliators, there are two types: a scrub and a liquid, chemical exfoliator. The Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish is a gentle face scrub that is also a peel. It’s like the best of both worlds, but at the same time it is also the texture of a cream. It contains Hungarian Moor Mud from a thermal lake just outside Budapest which is rich in minerals, as well as lava stone to remove dead skin cells, but as it is so gentle it is suitable to use even on sensitive skin. It also contains Lactobionic Acid which acts like glycolic acid, minus the irritation, and Exotic Fruit acids to plump the skin for a more youthful appearance. 

If that wasn’t enough, it is also enriched with Hungarian Thermal Water,  Omorovicza’s patented Hydro Mineral Transference delivery system (which helps the thermal water to be absorbed into the skin to maximise its benefits), micro-algae for radiance and Cooper Gluconate as an astringent and to control sebum. So, a bit of a hard worker, then!?

The scrub itself is dark green in colour and it comes bottled in a white and transparent tube that holds 100ml of product (I have a smaller sized 30ml tube). It also has a nice, earthy type of smell to it.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Hair Removal - No More Irritation/Shaving Rash!

The warmer weather is finally coming, which means it's time to ditch the jeans and pull out the shorts and skirts. You might even be jetting off with a suitcase full of bikinis instead of outfits. All great for most, but for some of us it can cause a bit of a worry. Sensitive skin and hair removal are two things that don't always get on very well, leaving some people feeling either self conscious or low. Today's post is for those who are looking for tips or product recommendations to help soothe this irritation so that you too can have smooth legs, underarms or bikini line with no irritation, ingrown hairs or shaving rash to show off during the summer.

Pfft, unachievable perfect legs

Let's be blunt from the start though - hair removal isn't a necessity. It's okay to go natural if you want to go natural. This post is not about telling you to conform to any certain beauty standards, that goes against what I believe in here on Beautifinous. This post is for those that simply just prefer to remove hair out of personal choice and would like to achieve it without the rash, itching, ingrown hairs or discomfort that can come with it. 

It has taken me a long time to find the right products that actually help with shaving irritation, so I hope that for those of you are still searching for a solution manage to find something within this post that may help. Also, if you have any more tips or tricks, please feel free to share them in the comments!

I've split this post into sections to discuss each stage of the process in more detail: pre-hair removal, hair removal and post-hair removal. During each section I'll mention a few of my favourite products, but to make it easier and clearer I will add a list of the mentioned products from each section at the end of said section for you to purchase them if you wish.

Let's dive on in.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream review

Now and then a certain product can come along and you fall in love with it so much that you end up stockpiling it out of fear of ever being without it. It's very rare that I actually start my posts off by declaring my love for a product before I actually launch into the review itself, but this is one of those occasions. Today's post is going to be about one of those products that I'm in love with and can't imagine myself without.

The Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream
The Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream

The Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream is a highly nourishing cream for both the eye and lip area. It is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles under the eyes and to smooth and hydrate dry lips. It can be used around the eyes and lips, as well as on the lips as an intensive lip balm.

The Lip and Eye Cream contains a blend of Shea Butter, Eye Bright, Rosehip Oil, Aloe, Fennel, Frankincense, Evening Primrose Oil, Neroli and Bilberry to reduce the signs of ageing and to make the skin look smoother and lips look plumper. Overall it is 70.6% organic. 

It comes packaged in a small white tube holding 10ml of product. The tube then comes in a small white box. The cream itself is rather thick and bright white. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Avon mark. Be Blushed Stick & Big Colour Eye Pencil reviews & swatches

Hi all! So as promised, todays post is a continuation of my previous post discussing the new Avon mark. range. For the low-down on what the mark. range is, I recommend giving it a quick read first as this post is going to be focusing more on what else is new and what has been rebranded under the mark. umbrella.

Avon mark. Be Blushed Stick and Big Colour Eye Pencil
Avon mark. Be Blushed Stick and Big Colour Eye Pencil

I will be taking a more in depth look at a couple of the items from the range, the Be Blushed Stick and the Big Colour Eye Pencil (also listed as the Big Colour Shadow Stick). I also have a few videos to show you some extra sneak peeks at some of the other items in the mark. range that I will be posting over on my Twitter, along with a couple at the end of this post too along with a link to my Avon store where you can purchase anything you fancy from the new collection.

So moving into the review element of this post, I'll be looking at the Be Blushed Stick first and then the Big Colour Eye Pencil afterwards.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Avon mark. 3D Plumping Lipsticks review and swatches

Calling all Avon makeup fans! Today I have some exciting news to share with you all. Avon are continuing their makeup rebranding and have now launched their new mark. range! 

With the new packaging and new range ethos ("Your face is the canvas: you are the artist. The mark. range has everything you need to create your work of art"), it can be easy to assume that everything in the mark. range is new. It can also be easy to assume that some of your old favourite Avon makeup products have disappeared (such as the Ultra Colour items). Neither are the case here. The majority of the items within this collection are simply rebranded products; your old favourites in new packaging. Some new items appear, but the bulk of the new-ness is coming from new shades added to old lineups, and that is what todays post is going to be showcasing today.

Avon mark. 3D Plumping Lipsticks
Avon mark. 3D Plumping Lipsticks

The mark. 3D Plumping Lipstick is the old Avon Ultra Colour 3D Plumping Lipsticks that have simply been re-packaged and the shades have all been given new names also. Since I last spoke about this range, there are five new shades which are what we shall be taking a look at in this post.

These lipstick shades aren't the only mark. goodies that I have to show you, however. If you want to check out a couple more items from the range, make sure that you keep your eyes peeled for my next post which will feature the mark. Be Blushed Stick and mark. Big Colour Eye Pencil. I had originally intended on keeping it as one full post, but it was a bit over-full. Two posts it is then!

I'm not going to spend this post going into too much detail about the 3D Plumping Lipsticks as I have already posted about them before (click above for those swatches). For those of you who don't know anything about them though, they are a range of lipsticks that are designed to not only add bold and creamy colour to the lips, but thanks to their Retinol Colour Complex and Collagen, you can have bigger, fuller looking lips too.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Korebeauty Anti-Ageing Hydrogel Facial Mask review

Sheet masks are having a bit of a thing right now, and for good reason. They're cleaner to use than a regular mask, easier to remove and the sheet helps the product to penetrate the skin for better results. So can it get any better? Step up, hydrogel!

Korebeauty Anti-Ageing Hydrogel Facial Mask
Korebeauty Anti-Ageing Hydrogel Facial Mask

Korebeauty is a new brand set up by TK Gilbert with the aim to provide a mask that gives better results than a regular sheet mask by utilising the benefits of hydrogel. Instead of cotton or pulp that can slip off, the hydrogel mask does a better job at preventing any mask dripping or sliding off the face. In addition, it also allows the essence to penetrate the skin better due to the gel forming closer contact to the skin without any drying or irritation.

It's not all about the hydrogel though. The hydrogel is what helps the mask to penetrate the skin, and we haven't yet taken a look at what is contained within it.

So far the mask is available in an Anti-Ageing variety (which we will be talking about today), but soon there will also be Radiance and Vitality options available as well. 

The Anti-Ageing mask contains a range of ingredients to help reduce the appearance off fine lines and wrinkles as well as to even out skin tone: Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol. 

The masks come in a box of five and each individual mask comes packaged in a sleek white and gold sachet. The sachets are then packaged in a box with the same design as the sachet. I would have taken a photo of the box, but the postman really dented mine as it was squished through the letterbox! Thanks, postman!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The English Soap Company Rich Shea Butter Soap review

Soap. We all use it, we all need it, but who said it has to be boring? It doesn't, and in today's post we're going to be looking at some beautifully fragranced soap bars that will seriously amp up your daily washing routine.

The English Soap Company Honey & Camomile and Green Tea Rich Shea Butter Soaps
The English Soap Company Honey & Camomile and Green Tea Rich Shea Butter Soaps

The English Soap Company is a brand that focuses on creating luxurious, perfumed soaps that are made using shea butter and vegetable oils. Each carry their own heavy amount of fragrance that is specifically designed by a top perfumer to make sure that they last from first use to last. This also makes each of the soaps by the brand unique in comparison to other companies. Each of the soaps also come wrapped in vintage Italian sheets of paper for that extra dash of luxury, too. 

As far as founding stories go, The English Soap Company certainly has a slightly different yet interesting one. The company was founded twelve years ago when the founders, Bob and Juliet, came across some old fashioned soap moulds in a machinery workshop farm in Kent. From there they set out on a journey to learn how to create the type of soaps that they remembered from childhood.

They spent years perfecting the art of blending the perfect, smooth and silky soap bars that they sell today. Each of them are triple blended to guarantee the smoothest formula before they are pressed. They are also cruelty free.

They come in a wide range of gorgeously packaged and delightfully scented options, from Bluebell to Autumn Fruits. Today I am going to be discussing two of their classic scents: Green Tea and Honey and Camomile. 

Both of them come packaged in their own unique and extremely pretty packaging and are packed as 200g bars. The actual soap itself is just off white in colour with "Pure Vegetable Soap Made In England" pressed into the top. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

So Eco Rose Gold Stippling Brush and Look Good Feel Better Blush Brush reviews

So spring is officially here! Hurrah! Now whilst spring may be all about flowers blooming and the birds a-chirping, it can also mean spring cleaning. That spring cleaning can also refer to our makeup collections, including brushes. Don't worry though! Today I'll be telling you all about a couple of brushes that I've been trialling recently for you all.

Look Good Feel Better Blush Brush and So Eco Stippling Brush
Look Good Feel Better Blush Brush and So Eco Stippling Brush

So Eco have released a new range of rose gold makeup brushes and I have myself here their Stippling Brush to show you all today. In addition, I also have a Blush Brush from the fantastic charity Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a worldwide charity that aims to help women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer by trying to raise their self-esteem levels by providing makeup workshops, in turn helping them through what can otherwise be a terrifyingly daunting and sad time. This month I lost my own father to cancer, so I know how badly it can effect a persons confidence and how it can completely turn life up on its head. Therefore I am truly honoured to be writing about a charity today that can help others in need (details of how to donate if you wish to do so are at the end of the post).

Don't think that means that the other brush in this post isn't doing some good though! So Eco base their entire line around being 100% Eco-friendly and cruelty free. Today is just a good post all round.

I'll focus on the brushes one at a time and will go into more detail with each below.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Three Layer Cosmetic Organiser and Travel Toiletry Bag reviews

Let's admit it, having a huge beauty collection is any beauty fan's dream. However, a huge collection can also raise a couple of big issues: storing the stuff, and travelling with the stuff. Don't worry though, today's post is all about dealing with both of those things.

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you may have seen my review for the LED Lighted Mirror. Well, today's post brings you two more practical beauty items from the same company: the Three Layer Cosmetics Organiser and the Travel Toiletry Bag.

You've likely seen organisers like the one in this post today all over Instagram or other forms of social media. They're definitely a beauty fan favourite, but there are a few out there to choose from. They are made of clear acrylic and this particular one comes with 22 sections to store your products. It does also come with a 24 section option.

The bag includes a lot of secure storage space to hold a range of toiletries from bodycare and skincare to toothbrushes and makeup. It is made up of waterproof polyester and is around 9.6 x 4.7 x 8.3 inches in size. It also comes with a handy hook for hanging up once at your destination.

I'll be honest though, my area of expertise with reviewing lies within beauty products. I'm not going to be too great at discussing how robust a material is or the pros and cons of dimensions or whatever else. What I can talk about though is how they work for their intended customer who isn't necessarily focusing on the specifics: the beauty hoarder who just wants to store their cosmetics and/or travel with them easily.

So expect this review to discuss things such as how much the organisers can hold, do you have to play cosmetic Tetris, do they make your life as a beauty fanatic easier, etc. Let's jump in.

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!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Nail HQ Essentials Growth treatment review

If you're someone who is always using their hands for tasks or jobs, yet also likes keeping their nails looking smart, then I'm sure you've come across the problem of not being able to grow your nails. They can get weak and break, and it's not fun. Hold tight though, this post today will hopefully help you out. Today's post will also be written in collaboration with my wonderful mother who has been trial running this product with me!

Nail HQ Essentials Growth
Nail HQ Essentials Growth

The Nail HQ Essentials Growth contains Keratin and Sympeptide with an exclusive dual polymer. It also has an added vitamin complex. Together these ingredients are designed to help encourage nail growth.

It comes in a matte, 8ml bottle with a brush included, and the bottle then comes packaged in a plastic box. The product itself is a creamy, translucent gel type of formula.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Organic Ways to Disinfect Your Make-Up Stash (Guest Post)

Guest Post

Most women clean their make-up brushes less frequently than they do their rooms. This is rather alarming, but why is it important? Well, the reason is beyond simple – you use these items on a daily basis so they collect tons of grime, bacteria and dead skin cells over a relatively short period of time. Moreover, some items like make-up and foundation brushes come in close contact with your face so the grime can be easily transferred to sensitive areas and thus, cause irritation. Follow these few tips on how to clean your make-up stash with organic products to prevent this from happening.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

5 Unexpected Ways that Oils can Benefit Your Family - Guest Post

Guest Post

Though you should always consult with a doctor when you have a serious injury or medical condition, there are many times you might find yourself asking if you really need to go to a doctor or something else, something minor. After all, there's a big difference between an asthma attack and a slight case of your allergies acting up.

Not everyone wants to have to go to their doctor for every little thing. But what are the other options? Expensive, over the counter medications? Letting it fix itself over the course of time? Don't worry - there is a middle ground!

Essential oils are for more than just relaxing. They can also help to heal those minor, in-between ailments.

You've probably already heard that essential oils can help with minor scrapes, scratches, and bruises and that they're excellent for aiding sleep. I don't want to give you information that you already have. So below, I have prepared a list of 5 unexpected uses for essential oils that your family can start using right away.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser review

Hi all! We've focused a bit on makeup on the blog lately, so today we're switching it back up and discussing some skincare. My personal beauty motto is "perfect the base and the rest will follow", so we're going to be looking right back to the start of your skincare routine today by checking out an exfoliating cleanser.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

The AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by Murad is a multi-award winning cleanser that promises to remove dull, dead skin, dirt and impurities to reveal a more youthful looking, brighter complexion. 

It contains a mix of Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid as well as Jojoba beads to shift off the old skin and reveal the new, promoting cell turnover and creating a beautiful radiance.

In addition to using the cleanser on your face, Murad also say that you can use it all over the body for that rejuvenating radiance all over.

It comes packaged in a matte, translucent white bottle that holds 200ml of product and it has a flip cap lid. The product itself is bright white in colour. I have a smaller 30ml tube size which has a screw cap lid, but otherwise everything else is the same.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

LED Lighted Mirror review

Hi everyone! So today I'm going to be reviewing something a little different, but still something that I hope you will all find useful beauty wise. I won't be discussing any beauty products, but something important that we all need when applying them (and for checking out those fantastic results afterwards) - a mirror.

LED Mirror
LED Mirror

I was recently contacted by the lovely folks from TFCFL about trying out their LED Mirror, and coincidentally enough I was already considering purchasing one just like it. A sign? Perhaps. But I'm digressing.

The Lighted Mirror is a rectangular, tiltable mirror that comes with 8 LED lights down both sides to provide the perfect lighting whilst applying makeup or for other beauty related business in which good lighting is needed (the man in your life could find it useful for shaving, for example). It also comes with a smaller 10x magnification mirror for getting an even closer view of certain areas when needed.

The mirror dimensions are 10.5 inches by 6.7 inches, so it's perfect to fit on your vanity table or desk. It also comes with a small tray on the bottom for holding tools or products.

It requires 4 AA batteries (not supplied), so it is wire free and therefore easy to move around or fit into a space with no plug sockets (like the bathroom). It has an on off switch on the back, but in addition to the main switch it also has a touch button on the front that looks like an iPhone/iPad home button, but that works a bit like a touch lamp.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

High Definition Powder Blush review

So there is a brand called HD Brows. You maaaay have heard of them, but if by chance you haven't, then they are pretty big in the brow game. You may also be aware that they sell makeup for keeping your eyebrows in perfect shape. Did you also know though that they sell other types of makeup, too? Well today we're going to have a look at one of those products. 

High Definition Powder Blush
High Definition Powder Blush

The High Definition Powder Blush is a lightweight powder blush (I bet you didn’t manage to work that bit out) that comes in three shades. It is designed to be silky smooth on the skin, and not only is the formula packed with buildable pigment, but it also contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E for added skincare benefits.

Today I have the shade Cocktail to show you which is a light, warm pink shade.

It comes packaged in a small, square, matte black flip compact that has a mirror inside. It looks and feels like quality packaging, so that's always a fantastic start.
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