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.