Friday, 13 April 2018

Wonderland Makeup Studio Finish Primer review

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be writing about a product that I’ve been wanting to review for months now, but just haven’t been able to schedule it in. Now, I have managed to, and I can finally post about it. Hurrah!

Wonderland Makeup Studio Finish Primer
Wonderland Makeup Studio Finish Primer

Wonderland Makeup is a brand that produces high quality, cruelty free products that don't cost the earth and the Wonderland Makeup Studio Finish Primer is perhaps one of their most popular products. It is a silicone based, silky smooth, oil-free primer that claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and to hold makeup in place on the face for a flawless finish that lasts all day.

Primer may be something that some decide to skip over when applying their makeup and this may be due to a few reasons. Maybe your skin is very dry, or very oily, blemish-prone or sensitive. This primer is one for all, and should deliver the perfect finish regardless of your skin type.

It comes in a transparent tube that holds 30ml of product, and the product itself is also clear in colour but feels and looks a bit like a gel when you squeeze it out of the tube. The primer then comes packaged in a sleek, black and white box. 

Friday, 6 April 2018

Cool Facts about Cosmetics - Infographic Guest Post

Hi guys! An interesting email appeared in my inbox this week that included something really fascinating that I wanted to share with you all. If you think that you know all there is to know about cosmetics and beauty, you may still be surprised by a fact or two from todays post.

The following infographic was created by Debi Falconer from FragrancesCosmeticsPerfumes.com and it contains a list of tidbits of information about cosmetics and beauty.

Click to full-size it so that it is not difficult to read. I had to split it into two because blogger doesn't seem to like large photo sizes! If you enjoy what you read, go and give FragrancesCosmeticsPerfumes.com a visit too!

If you enjoy posts like this and learning new things, you may also enjoy my post about how Grasse became the "capital" of perfume. Read it here - Leather and Stench: The Grasse Roots of French Perfume.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder review

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Hey guys! Today I’m going to be discussing a product that I’m sure you have all heard of as it’s a bit well known (with good reason). 

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder

The Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder is the reformulated follow up from the classic HD Powder, making this the 4k-ready powder upgrade from the predecessor. It promises to create a soft mattifying effect on the skin but with a luminous finish, whilst at the same time blurring pores, fine lines and minor imperfections and giving your face a flawless finish (but of course you are all flawless already, remember that). It contains silicone powders, silica, synthetic mica and also hyaluronic acid to smooth the complexion but also prevent it from drying. 

It comes in 3 different shades for different skin tones. Translucent, the shade I have here today, is a white powder that is actually translucent on the skin which is best suited to the paler side of the skin tone range. In the middle there is Banana, best for those with medium skin tones. And last but certainly not least, there is Peach for medium to darker skin tones.

It comes packaged in a sleek, metal, rounded-corner square tin that has a little button to open the lid. There is a mirror inside but no applicator, so you will need something to apply it with. The powder itself is very fine and silky.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask review

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Hey guys! We’ve had some terrible weather here in the UK lately, and even though I’ve heard rumours about more bad weather on the way, right now the sun is out (albeit still cold out) and we can attempt to enjoy what is supposed to be spring. It’s time to heal up winter damaged skin and step out with a spring-ready glow. I selected to review today’s product as a first step to doing just that! Plus, it's from a Korean brand, and we all know how good Korean beauty products are, amirite?

Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask
Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask

The Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask is a tencel sheet mask that contains lavender extract to soothe and heal the skin, as well as working to relieve issues caused by sensitive skin. In addition to lavender, it contains the Mizon "vital essence", a blend that includes Trehalose and Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise, Allantoin to help aid the recovery of any skin issues and Sc-glucan to soothe and revitalise. 

It comes packaged in this funky, bright green, geometric-patterned foil sachet with the sheet mask folded up inside. 

Mizon is a brand that I have tried before and the product that I used was incredible. Therefore, trying out something else by the brand was a must. Seeing as the bad weather wreaks havoc with the skin for a lot of people, myself included, I figured that this would be a great product to start with. In addition to the bad weather causing dry and sensitive skin issues, it's also been a prime time for nasty viruses going around that also cause their own issues. Let's check it out.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Davines Naturaltech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo review

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We focus so much on taking care of our skin and we do a whole range of practices using different products, and an example of one technique is exfoliation. Chances are that you already exfoliate your skin, own facial exfoliators, body exfoliators and so on. One of the less common products you hear about though is a hair and scalp exfoliator. Well, they do exist (and in fact, I've already reviewed an exfoliating shampoo before), and today I shall be sharing all you need to know about one that I've been trying out recently. 

Davines Naturaltech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo
Davines Naturaltech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo

The Davines Naturaltech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo is a lightly exfoliating, balancing shampoo that contains a hefty dose of antioxidants from the addition of artichoke phytoceuticals, and jojoba oil for shine and moisture. It promises to clarify and remove any product build up from the hair and scalp, thoroughly clean and stimulate the scalp and also rejuvenate, refresh, enhance shine, moisturise, protect from free-radicals and of course, detox the hair and scalp. 

It is free from sulfates, and Davines say that the "Naturaltech [range] is a complete program of innovative solutions that target hair and scalp problems while bridging sustainable beauty practices with cutting edge technology."

It comes bottled in a plastic, dark orange/brown bottle with a flip cap lid and it is available in two sizes: 250ml and 1000ml. The shampoo itself is light green in colour with scrubbing beads inside. You could almost mistake it for an exfoliating face wash by sight.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Avon mark. Epic Lipstick Summer Shades and Epic Transformers Lipstick reviews and swatches

Hey guys! If you remember right back at the very end of 2017, I reviewed and swatched all of the new Avon mark. Epic Lipstick shades. Well, if you enjoyed those then you are in for a treat today as not only do I have three new summer shades to share with you all, but I have some exciting transforming shades for you too! "Transforming what?", you may ask. Allow me to explain.

Avon mark. Epic Transformers Lipsticks in Guilty Pleasure and HolograFX and Epic Lipstick in Mermaid Tale
Avon mark. Epic Transformers Lipsticks in Guilty Pleasure and HolograFX and Epic Lipstick in Mermaid Tale

Along with the release of the three new summer shades of the Avon mark. Epic Lipstick, which is a creamy lipstick with a built-in primer, Avon are releasing six new mark. Epic Transformer Lipstick shades which are designed to be either worn alone, or over the top of your favourite shades to create new ones.

Each shade is a sheer, metallic and/or shimmer shade and comes in hues such as gold, silver, metallic pinks and even a holographic shade packed with iridescent glitter. They are perfect for those who love to mix up their look, or for those looking to inject some excitement back into shades that have been over worn.

Out of the six shades, I have two to show you all today. I have Guilty Pleasure, a gold transformer shade, and HolograFX, which as you can probably guess is the holographic shade that I mentioned above. In addition, I have swatches of the three new Epic Lipstick summer shades in Mermaid Tale, Sweet Taffy and Fearless Fuchsia to share with you all.

If you missed my previous post featuring all of the shades of the mark. Epic Lipsticks, make sure that you check it out for all the info you may need regarding the range! Whilst you are here though, I shall give you a quick overview of what they're about.

The Epic Lipsticks are designed with a built-in primer and are super creamy for a velvet smooth application and finish. Each shade is promised to be packed with pigment and lips look airbrushed when worn.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Luvenesco Hydrating Cream review

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Hey guys! I've spoken a few times about my love of retinol products. They're so good at healing breakouts, evening out the skin and of course, reducing the signs of ageing. Well, today I have another one to share with you all!

Luvenesco Hydrating Cream
Luvenesco Hydrating Cream

The Luvenesco Hydrating Cream is a moisturiser that is designed to not only hydrate, as the name states, but it also helps to reduce the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as uneven skin tone and spots. It contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Vitamin A (retinol), Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Orange Essential Oil, but it is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, gluten, lactin and GMO ingredients.

All Luvenesco products are cruelty free and made in the UK.

It comes packaged in a black, screw cap pot that holds 50ml of product. The product itself is quite light in consistency and is bright white in colour.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk & Oat Bath Milk, Citron & Coriander Body Wash and Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy reviews

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Hey guys! Just before the new year I wrote a post featuring Top Beauty Tips for 2018, and one of those tips was contributed by Jamie Rockers from Crabtree & Evelyn. So, when Crabtree & Evelyn recently sent out a press release discussing the New Year of You, it was naturally a great follow on from that post to feature a couple of the products that they had to showcase to help introduce you to some new, rejuvenating skincare products in 2018. Additionally, as we have just had Valentines Day, I also have a product to show you that is based on the world's most romantic flower, the rose.

Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy, Citron & Coriander Body Wash and Goatsmilk & Oat Bath Milk
Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy, Citron & Coriander Body Wash and Goatsmilk & Oat Bath Milk

The three products that I have to discuss with you all are the Goatmilk & Oat Bath Milk and Citron & Coriander Body Wash that were featured in the New Year New You statement and the Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy cream for Valentines Day.

As I did with my previous post featuring the PrimaLash lashes, I shall discuss each product in more detail in their own sections to avoid confusion.

Friday, 9 February 2018

PrimaLash Velvet, Express and Professional lash reviews

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Hi guys! We all love to have beautiful lashes, and even though there are tons of great mascaras out there (this is my current top mascara), sometimes they just don't cut it. That's where false lashes come in, and recently I was sent three pairs of beautiful lashes to share with all of you. Hurrah!

PrimaLash false lashes in Professional #DH, Express Mink in #Sweet and Velvet in #Lemon Drop
PrimaLash false lashes in Professional #DH, Express Mink in #Sweet and Velvet in #Lemon Drop

If you're following me on Instagram, you may have already seen a sneaky peak at the three pairs of PrimaLash false lashes that I have been sent to review, one from the Professional range, one from the Express range and one from the Velvet range.  From the Professional range I have the style #DH, Express I have #Sweet and Velvet I have #Lemon Drop.

To avoid confusion, I will split the post into three sections and go into more details for each set.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Hot Pink review

Hey guys! Have you ever put a product on your “to try” list and then just never get around to buying it or trying it out? Me too. Today’s post is going to be featuring a product that I’ve been desperate to try for so long but just never got around to doing so. Not anymore, though!

Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Hot Pink
Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Hot Pink

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure that you’ve heard that Korean beauty products are pretty darn good. In fact, the whole idea of a BB Cream or CC Cream is Korean and it was adapted into the Western world. Therefore, trying a Korean BB Cream has to happen. Skin79 is a brand that I have actually tried products from before, but one of their BB Creams in particular has been drawing my attention for years: the Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm in Hot Pink

Having oily skin that is prone to break outs and also being a mum who is on the go from the second she wakes up to the second she gets to finally fall asleep every day, finding the time to do a full face that covers what I need it to cover and also stay put can be a challenge. A BB Cream adds a whole new layer of flexibility and time saving to any routine, boasting skincare and makeup benefits into one product. This particular product has a triple-function formula that promises to protect, smooth and brighten the skin. It absorbs excess oil, corrects uneven skintone, fights dullness and also contains UV protection SPF30 PA++.  On top of that, it boasts high coverage to leave the skin looking flawless. That’s a fair amount! I’m also pretty sure that you can see why I was so eager to try it out, too.

So when I was running low on foundation and started browsing around to decide which to try next, I remembered this and thought aha, now is finally the time to try this one out.

It comes packaged in a bright, shiny pink, opaque bottle with a pump lid. It has some pretty holographic elements on the logo too, and it holds 40ml of product. The cream itself is pretty thick, beige and it smells a lot like sunscreen.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine Hair reviews

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Hi guys! If you are a regular reader of the blog then you may be aware that when it comes to haircare, there are certain ingredients that I avoid. Things like silicones and SLS can build up or be harsh on the hair, and even though some may be fine with them, others prefer to avoid them for better hair health. For those who prefer to avoid, there are thankfully products that are available that avoid all of the nasties, and today I will be looking at a couple.

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine Hair
Louise Galvin Sacred Locks Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine Hair

Louise Galvin, British "haircare Queen", is passionate about creating carbon neutral beauty products that are great for your hair as well as the environment. She has released two different hair ranges, the more affordable Natural Locks range and the Sacred Locks range that includes shampoos, conditioners and hair masks. I was recently sent a couple of products from the Sacred Locks range as a gift from Louise Galvin, so I have decided to review them for you all today.

The products that I have to show you are the Sacred Locks Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine Hair. The shampoo is described as a clarifying shampoo that contains mild cleansing agents and citrus oils that keep the hair clean without any silicone build-up or greasiness. The conditioner is described as intensive but light on the hair, leaving it shiny, smooth, with added volume and with no fly-aways.

Both products come packaged in the typical white rectangular bottle as the rest of the Louise Galvin products do (but the Natural Locks range comes in black) with pumps at the top to dispense the product. Each bottle holds 300ml of product.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Hey Good Lookin Vanilla Body Scrub review

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Hey all! I don't know about you guys, but I can't really function in the mornings without caffeine. I can't function during the day generally without multiple cups of tea. Did you know though that caffeine can really help the skin, too?

Hey Good Lookin Vanilla Body Scrub
Hey Good Lookin Vanilla Body Scrub

You may have heard of coffee scrubs before, but if not, then I'll explain the benefits as we discuss the product that I have to show you all today, the Hey Good Lookin Vanilla Body Scrub. The Vanilla Body Scrub is a coffee scrub that is made up of 100% Organic Robusta Coffee, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Vanilla Oil, Almond Oil, Himalayan Pink Blush Salt and Babassu Oil. It is suitable for use on both the body and the face.

We will kick start though with the obvious question; why coffee? Well, the main reason is the caffeine content. When applied to the skin, caffeine is a rich source of antioxidants. It can help to reduce the appearance of both stretch marks and cellulite, it can help to reduce dark circles around the eyes as well as reduce puffiness and it can help to fight fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing. In addition to the caffeine, coffee, when mixed with a blend of other skin benefitting ingredients, can help to exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and nourished.

Hey Good Lookin not only blend their coffee with a range of amazing ingredients that benefit the skin, but they also use Robusta Coffee which is double the caffeine strength of Arabica coffee. It is also 100% organic, meaning that there are no harsh chemicals used in their production and you get nothing but the good stuff for your skin.

Talking of the good stuff for your skin, just read some of the benefits of the ingredients in this scrub:

Shea Butter includes Vitamins A and F, working to help with skin conditions such as eczema, blemishes, dermatitis and wrinkles as well as protecting and rejuvenating dry, chapped skin respectively. Himalayan Pink Blush Salt helps to detoxify, soften and balance, making it great for oilier, blemish prone skin. Vitamin E, which is a skin hero that helps to reduce dark spots, fight the signs of ageing, cleanse and leave the skin looking radiant. Babassu Oil helps to fight acne, lock in moisture and heal damaged skin. Jojoba helps to protect skin and fight against breakouts as well as moisturise and regenerate the skin. Vanilla Extract Oil helps to fight the signs of ageing and protect from environmental skin damage. Sweet Almond Oil also helps to cleanse and is another source of Vitamin A.

It is just full of goodness.

All of this goodness is packaged in a white, re-sealable, recyclable pouch.

So let's see how well it works.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Ellis Faas Concealer review

Hi all! If you follow me on Instagram then you may be aware that I recently went away to the Netherlands. Because of that, I thought now was probably the best time to review a product from a Dutch brand that was created by a world-class makeup artist, Ellis Faas. 

Ellis Faas Concealer
Ellis Faas Concealer

The Ellis Faas Concealer is a twist bottom, brush applicator, high-coverage liquid concealer pen. It promises a flawless finish, and additionally the Ellis Faas Concealer also includes a blend of Vitamins C & E, Rice Wax and Karite Oil to hydrate and nourish the skin whilst also protecting against free radical damage. It also helps to regenerate the skin and banish the signs of ageing. 

Ellis Faas only creates cruelty-free products that are “only tested on supermodels”, and they are PETA verified. 

It comes in a range of 8 shades ranging from porcelain to dark. The packaging is really sleek and looks almost bullet-like. It’s one of those products that look genuinely great sitting in your collection. It also fits in the Ellis Faas Holder which is designed to keep your Ellis Faas products nice and organised.
 
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