Saturday, 8 December 2018

theBalm Alternative Rock Vol.1 Face Palette review

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Hey guys! It’s the time of year for Christmas and New Year parties, so we’re all looking for some new makeup to jazz up the party season. Today I’m here with a nice sparkly makeup palette which is just perfect to add some shimmer to your festive makeup.

theBalm Alternative Rock Vol.1 face palette
theBalm Alternative Rock Vol.1 face palette

theBalm have recently released two face palettes called theBalm Alternative Rock Vol.1 and Vol.2. They’re designed to be a rock style colour palette that features six eyeshadows, a bronzer/shadow, blush/shadow and highlighter/shadow. They’re all complimentary shades that can be mixed and matched to create either a daytime or nighttime look using just the one palette. 

I have theBalm Alternative Rock Vol.1 face palette to talk to you about today which features the pinkier, girlier shades in comparison to Alternative Rock Vol.2 which features more nude shades.

theBalm Alternative Rock Vol.1 face palette
theBalm Alternative Rock Vol.1 face palette

The palette comes packaged in a square, black palette that is designed to look like a record player. This then comes in a sleeve that is designed to look like an album cover. The palette is made of very sturdy card and has a mirror inside. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask review

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Hey guys! Christmas is on the way, so that means that we’re going to be not only shopping and attending parties, but a lot of us will be doing a lot of travelling over the festive period. Travelling can be tiring, but sleeping on public transport can also be difficult. On top of that, we all know that enough rest helps our skin to look fresher and true beauty comes from within, so the better we feel, it’s going to show. So with this in mind, today we will be focusing on something slightly different here on the blog in the hopes of helping out with getting the best rest during the most chaotic time of the year.


The Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask is a contoured eye mask for blocking out light so that you can rest peacefully. It is comfortable and lightweight and is made of bamboo and cotton. The patented, contoured design means that the mask fits well over the eyes and you can even open your eyes with the mask on without any issues.

The contoured design actually means that this mask is not going to smudge your makeup if you apply it with a full face of makeup on, meaning that it is the perfect option for anyone who wants to sleep during the daytime without bright lights glaring down on them without looking like a raccoon upon awakening.

Not only is this good for travelling, but if you have a partner who likes to keep the light on for reading or working late when you need to get some shut eye, or live in a busy neighbourhood where it may be difficult to block out the external lights from outside, then this is also for you.

The mask comes in a range of 4 colours and each mask comes with a complimentary pair of ear plugs and a travel case. 

Sunday, 25 November 2018

47 Skin Silver Chitosan Regenerating Serum review

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Hey guys! It's cold again, so I know that we're all on the hunt for something that is going to protect our skin from environmental damage, keep it looking youthful, hydrated and luminous as well as fighting any pesky scarring or acne. Also, if you’re a regular reader of the blog then I’m sure that you’re aware of how much I love to feature newer or lesser known brands, and I absolutely love the story behind the brand featured into today’s post.

47 Skin Silver Chitosan Regenerating Serum
47 Skin Silver Chitosan Regenerating Serum

47 Skin was only founded in 2017 thanks to an accidental scientific breakthrough. That’s right, an accident. A British scientist - who was actually working on water purification experiments - tried mixing an atom of silver with chitosan, a type of sugar that is derived from shellfish and used in medicine. This created a new formula that boasts antibacterial and protective qualities. It went on to be tested for use in skincare and it was found to be beneficial for helping acne, boosting skin regeneration properties, reducing the signs of ageing and reducing inflammation.

47 Skin was then born to get this new, revolutionary formula out to consumers. They currently sell 4 products that all include the patented formula, and today I shall be featuring one of them: the 47 Skin Silver Chitosan Regenerative Serum.

The Silver Chitosan Regenerative Serum is designed to create a protective barrier on the skin, help skin damaged by UV or environmental factors to heal, soften the appearance of scars and to regenerate surface skin cells.

It comes packaged in an orange-brown bottle that holds 30ml of product with a pump lid and a sticker on the front with product information. The product itself is white and watery in consistency. The bottle then comes packaged in a sleek, white box. The overall look of the product is minimalist yet classy.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about the science behind this patented formula, you can check it out on the 47 Skin website.

Monday, 12 November 2018

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick review

Hi guys! I know I write a lot about lipsticks, but I also know that you guys love reading about them as much as I love writing about them. Therefore, I’m here today with another lipstick post for your reading pleasure!

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Dedicated
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Dedicated

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick has a pretty self-explanatory name. It is a matte-finish, long-wearing lipstick comes in a range of 18 shades and promises to stay true without being clingy. 

The shades range from nude shades to deep purples. There is quite a mix of vivid and muted shades, but no bolder shades such as blues or greens can be found here. I’ve got the shade Dedicated which is a dark, pink-purple berry shade.

Each lipstick comes packaged in a transparent, plastic tube with the typical retro style branding of theBalm on the outside. Thanks to the transparency, you can easily see the shade of the formula inside as well as how much is left. They have a silver screw cap lid with a fluffy wand applicator inside. 

Friday, 2 November 2018

IVYBEARS Hair Vitamins review

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Hi guys! Are you struggling with dull, lifeless hair? Hair loss? After the success of my post featuring the Pink Cloud 3-in-1 Collagen Beauty Drink, I knew that I really wanted to discuss more beauty supplements with you all. Today I have a beauty supplement that is designed to give your hair some new life.


IVYBEARS Hair Vitamins are gummy vitamins (or hair gummies) that are designed to improve the strength of hair, boost hair growth and to add a healthy glow. They contain biotin, folic acid, Vitamins C, A, D, E, B-6, B-12 and B-5, zinc, choline, pantothenic acid, iodine and inositol. 

They are flavoured with natural ingredients like coconut oil and juice, are vegetarian friendly and come in variants for men and women. Instead of using gelatin (which is made from animals), IVYBEARS use pectin as the base for the vitamins which is made from fruit instead. They are also Halal-certified and gluten free.

In addition to helping to revive your hair, IVYBEARS are also great for your nails.

They‘re shaped like gummy bears and have a beautiful berry flavour to them. It can be really tempting to want to eat the entire pot of them in one go (but please don’t!). 

Each pot comes with 60 gummy vitamins, which is one months supply as you need to take two per day. They can be purchased as a one month supply, or as a 3 or 6 month supply at a discount. 

Saturday, 20 October 2018

EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum review

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HEYE GEYES! SEE what I did there? Today’s post is all about an eye serum so y’know, I thought I’d open with some excruciatingly terrible puns. I know, it was really, really bad. I’m so sorry. Please don’t click away from the page, I promise there will be no more puns and this product is worth a look (pun not intended there).

EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum
EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum

So yeah, as I stated above, today’s post is going to be featuring the natural and organic EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum which is described as a unique collagen formula gel. It is designed to reduce puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, crows feet and signs of fatigue around the eyes whilst gently hydrating the area. It contains hydrolysed collagen, Vitamin E, cucumber and elderflower. It’s rammed full of antioxidants which help to boost vitality.

In addition to using this eye serum around your eyes, it can be used on the face to help with fine lines and other signs of ageing whilst also leaving your skin smooth and bright.

As well as being natural and organic, EyeWake are against animal cruelty, is alcohol free and for every purchase of the serum, EyeWake make a donation to Women’s Aid which is a charity that I wholeheartedly support. 

It comes packaged in a white bottle with black text that holds 30ml of eye serum. It has a pump lid for dispensing the product. The serum itself is clear and has a water like consistency.

Application and Results:

To use, you need to tap or massage a small amount of the serum onto clean, dry skin around the eye area and allow to absorb. 

EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum
EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum

Due to the very watery consistency, when you pump it onto your fingertips you need to work quick before it runs and ends up getting wasted.

It takes a little while to sink into the skin properly, but I find that if you use a tiny amount at a time and gently dab it in around the eyes and then continue to build it up, it dries faster. This does drag out the application time a bit though, so whether or not it saves any time overall depends on how much you feel that you need to use. 

It doesn’t have a very noticeable cooling effect like some eye gels, even though it does contain cucumber. 

When applying and even when it’s dry, it doesn’t leave a heaviness around the eyes. It feels lightweight and looks mattified. It really does look and feel like you’ve just applied some water around the eyes and let it dry off. 

The main thing that I love about this serum is that when it does dry it doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feeling behind. Makeup is super easy to apply over the top of it without it sticking or caking up like it can over some eye creams or gels. 

EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum
EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum

I’ve been using the serum for two weeks now and I find that there have been some improvements with fine lines around my eyes. The top thing that I’ve noticed though is the reduction in puffiness and dark circles. Even without a cooling effect on the eyes, it does a great job at helping you to look more awake if you continue to use it daily. 

In regards to using it on the rest of the face, I think that it works alright as a mild moisturiser for oilier skin, but for drier skin you would likely prefer to use it as a serum with a moisturiser on top. It leaves a nice, smooth finish that’s mattified and it works well as a base for makeup. It does a great job at helping with smile lines or creases and filling them back out as well as any other fine lines.

If you plan on just using this around your eyes, then 30ml is actually a lot of product for your money. Most eye creams and gels come in sizes of between 10-15ml, so it’s like buying two of them in one bottle. If you plan on using this on your entire face, then 30ml is a pretty standard size for a bottle of serum.

Overall, I think this is a great multipurpose product. It works best as an eye serum, but it is a nice addition to your facial skincare routine if you are looking for that little extra boost this winter. If you have lots of late nights that result in puffy, tired eyes that have noticeable dark circles, then this is a fantastic product to try out. You may not notice results from day one, but keep going and the eye area just continues to get better every day. 

Product Rating: 8/10

If you want to try out the EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum, you can grab one from Amazon.

What are your thoughts on the EyeWake Hydrating Eye Serum? What are your favourite eye products? 

Let me know in the comments below!

Zoe.
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*This product was sent to me to sample as a review consideration. However, this hasn't in any way affected my review with all thoughts and feelings about the product and company being 100% my own.

Friday, 12 October 2018

SOLIDU EXOTIC Shampoo Bar review

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Hi guys! If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you may have noticed that I like to discuss products that are natural and good for the environment. Today I’ll be discussing a new shampoo that I’ve been trying out that’s environmentally conscious.

SOLIDU EXOTIC Shampoo bar
SOLIDU EXOTIC Shampoo bar

SOLIDU is a brand that create environmentally friendly cosmetics. Their products use no water and are solid (hence the name SOLIDU), and they also come with no plastic packaging. This means that not only are the cosmetics themselves natural and environmentally friendly, but the packaging is too. On top of that, they advertise their products as being for those who aren’t afraid to be different or expressive. 

The SOLIDU EXOTIC Shampoo bar is a solid shampoo that comes packed with natural ingredients. It is targeted to those with normal and oily hair who are looking for everyday care. The spicy scented, bright blue bar of shampoo includes coconut oil, mango and cocoa butters, eucalyptus, patchouli, vanilla, citrus, clary sage and ylang-ylang. It smells like heaven and that colour is equally beautiful!

Along with the EXOTIC Shampoo bar, SOLIDU do a whole range of other shampoos, conditioner, lip balm and a body wash.

Each bar then comes packaged in an open sided cardboard box with a card sleeve to keep it safe inside. 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel-Off Mask review

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Face masks are the perfect skincare treat for rejuvenating the skin whilst also giving you some time to put your feet up and relax. Some face masks can be a bit difficult or messy to remove though, which probably explains the surge in popularity of sheet masks. Another alternative for a less-mess face mask removal is a peel-off face mask, and today I have one to share with you, 

Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel-Off Mask
Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel-Off Mask

The Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel-Off Mask with Spirulina is described as an "innovative, professional-quality" face mask. It is targeted to those with mature, dry, dehydrated skin, open pores, signs of fatigue and wrinkles. It is designed to act like a serum that firms and lifts the skin whilst also rehydrating and moisturising it.

It contains only the finest ingredients with the active ingredient being Spirulina, a blue-green algae that is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B12, D, E and K) and minerals (selenium, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and potassium).

It comes in powder form so it does need mixing beforehand, but once applied onto the skin and dry it becomes a peel-off mask.

It comes packaged in a large white pot. The powder itself is very fine and a pale green in colour and has no noticeable smell. 

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Avon True Luminous Velvet Lipstick review and swatches

Hey guys! So as I promised in my previous post featuring the Avon mark. 2-in-1 Lip Tattoo, I’m here with a second Avon lipstick post this week, and trust me, it’s a good one.

Avon True Luminous Velvet Lipstick
Avon True Luminous Velvet Lipstick

The Avon True Luminous Velvet Lipstick range is a twist on their original Avon True Perfectly Matte Lipstick and Delicate Matte ranges. The formula is soft matte, but with a shimmer that makes them look like velvet on the lips. Avon played around with the idea of metallic matte lipsticks with their mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer Matte Shimmer range, but for this launch it’s all about the metallic matte lip.

The range comes with 15 shades on launch and each of them promise to apply easily with no dragging, never feather or bleed and sit comfortably on the lips. Avon didn't have samples of every shade available, so sadly I only have 9 of them to show you. If I can get hold of the others, I will be sure to swatch them for you all too.

They come packaged in a matte black, rounded rectangular tube with a rose gold band around it with the Avon logo. 

I recently featured a couple of other metallic matte lipsticks on the blog, so if that’s your thing, you can check out my post on the Green People Instant Lip Definer.  

Monday, 17 September 2018

Avon mark. 2-in-1 Lip Tattoo Lip Line and Fill Duo review and swatches

Hey guys! I know how much you all love the Avon lipstick posts so today I am bringing the first of two in one week! That’s right! I’ll be featuring two new ranges, starting with one from the Avon mark. brand.

Avon mark. 2-in-1 Lip Tattoo
Avon mark. 2-in-1 Lip Tattoo

Today I shall be reviewing the new Avon mark. 2-in-1 Lip Tattoo lip line and fill duo. It’s a double sided lip stain pen that has a thin end to use as a lip liner and a thicker end to fill lips with the lip stain. 

The lip stain range promises all day wear that lasts as long as you do. Avon also suggest that they will be good for blending to create ombré lip looks.

It comes in a range of 8 shades, but today I only have the one to show you in the shade Make Me Up.

It comes packaged in a thin, black felt tip pen casing with a cap on each end for the pen nibs. It has a little bit more weight than you’d expect, but it’s not heavy to told.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Green People Instant Definition Lip Crayon review and swatches

Matte, metallic lipsticks seem to be having a bit of a thing at the moment. Some are loving it, some are hating it. Personally, I’m loving it, so I already have a few. Today I shall be showing you a couple of metallic matte lipsticks from a natural beauty brand that I’ve spoken about on the blog before.

Green People Instant Definition Lip Crayons in Blossom (top) and Sangria (bottom)
Green People Instant Definition Lip Crayons in Blossom (top) and Sangria (bottom)

Green People may be better known for their natural skin and hair products, but they do also have a makeup line. Part of their lip range is the Green People Instant Definition Lip Crayon, a natural, mineral lipstick that comes in pencil crayon form. There is a range of three metallic matte shades and all are suitable for eczema prone skin and sufferers of psoriasis. All Green People products are free from a whole array of ingredients, including SLS, SLES, parabens and propylene glycol.

The shade range is small, but today I have two of the three colours of the Instant Definition Lip Crayon to show you. Blossom is a soft, metallic matte blossom pink, and Sangria is a metallic matte, dark, copper red. They’re not actually advertised as being matte shades, but when you apply them (especially if you blot them) then they are nice, soft mattes.

Each shade comes in a shiny, black, chunky pencil form with a black cap to match. The end of the pencil shows the shade.

Friday, 24 August 2018

ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencil reviews

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Hey guys! So a few weeks back I reviewed some beautiful lashes and lash glue by ESQIDO, and today I will be looking at their new launch and perfect accompaniment to their lash range: the new ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils.

ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils in Black and Brown
ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils in Black and Brown

I spoke a bit about the brand ESQIDO itself in my previous post featuring their Mink False Lashes, so if you'd like to know more about them I will direct you towards that post.

These liners are designed to have all the benefits of a gel eyeliner in a retractable pencil form and they come in two shades (black and brown), are packed full of pigment, apply in one bold line with a matte finish, are waterproof, promise all day wear and are 5-free (no parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, phthalates and fragrance) and latex-free, so they’re suitable for sensitive eyes.

The pencils are twist based, so you twist the bottom to reveal more. However, they also come with a small sharpener hidden in the bottom of the pencil so that you can keep the point sharp for thin lines as well as thick. The pencil also has an airtight ring seal band around it to keep an airtight seal around the lid. 

They come in the sleek white and gold packaging that other products in the ESQIDO line also come in, so they look and feel of luxury and high quality.

Friday, 17 August 2018

KAGA Gel Nail Polish, All Ranges Reviews and Comparisons - featuring KAGA, Love Easy, QLZ and BMG ranges

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Hey guys! So it’s been a little while since I’ve done a nail polish review, but not to worry. Nail polish fans rejoice, as I’ve got a post reviewing 4 different ranges of gel nail polish for you! Hurrah!


KAGA is a professional gel nail polish brand that provides high quality gel nail polish and other supplies that professionals need for creating top quality gel nail polish manicures. They provide 4 different ranges that have slightly different formulas and come in at different price points. All of the ranges require the use of a UV light for curing.

These ranges are:

  • KAGA - a lightweight gel polish. UV or LED cured. Comes in a range of 160+ colours. Comes in a beautifully designed bottle with a butterfly cap. The bottle shows the colour of the polish inside, and it comes with 12ml of product. 
  • Love Easy - a thicker gel polish that requires less coats. Non-shrinking and odourless. Comes in a range of 140+ colours with 24 glitter shades. Comes in a red bottle with a gold cap that has a sticker indicating the shade contained inside. Each bottle holds 15ml of product.
  • QLZ - a lightweight gel polish. Can be used for full colour or stamping and is non-shrinking. Once cured, allows the nail to breathe and has no sticky residue. Comes in a range of 150+ colours with 24 glitter shades. Each bottle is the colour of the contents inside and holds 7.5ml of product.
  • BMG - a thicker gel polish that requires less coats for coverage. Very cost effective and is non-shrinking and odourless. Every bottle is black in colour and holds 7.5ml of product inside. There is a little sticker on the bottle that indicates the shade contained inside. 

All ranges are eco-friendly, vegan friendly, scratch resistant, soak off easily, last 14+ days and have a high gloss finish. In regards to curing, the base coat needs 2 minutes, each of the colour coats 2 minutes too, and the top coat needs 2-3 coats which require 2 minutes for the first coat, but then 3 minutes each for the second and third coats. 

Today I will be reviewing a couple of shades from each of their ranges, one solid colour and one glitter shade from each. I’m going to review each of the gel nail polishes individually as we go, and then compare them and the ranges in general at the end. The gel base coat and top coat that I have are part of the KAGA range.

To help me with this post I have my sister who tried half of the shades whilst I tried the rest. Both of us wore two shades at a time to create a total of 4 nail looks. We’ve taken photos of each look in three different types of lighting; indoor, outdoor and under camera flash.

Each nail look combines shades from different ranges except for one (so a look may contain a shade from the BMG range and the Love Easy range on different nails), so instead of reviewing each range in order straight away, I’m going to review them a bit mixed at first. I’ll show you each of the looks we created, and review each shade used underneath the pictures. Then, at the end, I will do a summary of each range in a more structured way, taking from points I mention as we go throughout the post. This will also act as a comparison of results between the ranges.

I will also review the base cost and the top coat at the end of the post.

So let’s get into it!

Friday, 10 August 2018

Pink Cloud 3-in-1 Collagen Beauty Drink review

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Hey guys! So a lot of the time we may be focusing on what we put on our face, into our hair and so on, but today we’re going to be focusing more on what is going in to our bodies. Something full of the good stuff that we need for happier, healthier nails, skin and hair.

Pink Cloud 3-in-1 Collagen Beauty Drink
Pink Cloud 3-in-1 Collagen Beauty Drink

The Pink Cloud 3-in-1 Beauty Drink is a supplement that can be taken daily to help to fix weak, brittle nails to give you stronger nails; help you to achieve clearer, brighter skin and stronger, shinier hair.

They’re a brand that is all about empowering other women and making them feel good about themselves, which in turn boosts our confidence and self-esteem, all things that are more important than a new lipstick or new eyeshadow palette.

The drink contains a variety of beneficial ingredients, including:
  • Collagen - derived from fish; gives skin elasticity and strength; vital for healthy skin, teeth and cartilage
  • Vitamin C - contributes to normal collagen formation
  • Vitamin E - powerful antioxidant; protects cells from damage
  • Biotin - important for health of hair, skin and nails
  • Selenium - powerful antioxidant; great for hair, skin and nails
  • Beetroot - this is what gives the drink its colour. No artificial flavours or preservatives are added
The drink itself comes in powder form provided in sachets that each contain the right amount for one daily drink. A box contains 30 sachets and can be bought individually or in bundles of 2 boxes or 3 boxes.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

NAVI Revitalising Hydro-Night Cream and Pore-Refining Hydro-Emulsion reviews

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Hey guys! Skin can be funny, can’t it? Some are lucky to not suffer with many issues, others can be struck down with dry skin, wrinkles, acne, oily skin, dark spots, and so on. Yes, there are lots of products on the market to combat different issues, but wouldn’t it be handier if there were more products that just dealt with most in one hit? Some hard-working skincare. Well, if that is what you’re after, today’s products may be of interest to you.

NAVI by Doris Wagner Pore-Refining Hydro-Emulsion and Revitalising Hydro-Night Cream
NAVI by Doris Wagner Pore-Refining Hydro-Emulsion and Revitalising Hydro-Night Cream

Today I’ll be reviewing two products by NAVI by Doris Wagner; the Revitalising Hydro-Night Cream and Pore-Refining Hydro-Emulsion. I'll go into a brief description of both products below, but then will split the review in half and review them individually. I will also go into more detail regarding the ingredients in the separate halves. I'll also discuss things about the pair of products together at the end of the post, as well as things such as the packaging and where to purchase.

The NAVI Revitalising Hydro-Night Cream comes packed with 8 plant extracts and is designed to hydrate the skin, refine skin texture, prevent acne and lighten the skin tone whilst you sleep. It is a gel-cream formula that works gradually, and best results come after around 3 weeks of use. 

The NAVI Pore-Refining Hydro-Emulsion is a cream that is designed to reduce the visibility of pores, hydrate the skin, mattify the skin, prevent acne, improve skin texture and lighten the skin tone. It can be used as often as you like throughout the day to keep the skin looking refined.

Friday, 20 July 2018

AA Skincare Zing Fresh Shampoo Bar review

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Hey guys! If you suffer from either oily, dry or damaged hair and/or an itchy scalp, then today’s post is definitely for you!


Today I’m going to be reviewing the AA Skincare Zing Fresh Shampoo Bar which is designed for oily, dry or damaged hair with an itchy scalp. It contains Peppermint Oil and Coconut Oil to soothe itchy scalps and to rejuvenate and add softness to the hair. 

Each Shampoo Bar is designed to last much longer than a 250ml bottle of shampoo, so it’s cost effective, better for the environment due to no plastic packaging and easier for travelling too as it isn't liquid. 

All AA Skincare products are made with natural ingredients and come with no added nasty bits. They are also all cruelty free.

The Zing Fresh Shampoo Bar is a bit like a big green pebble to hold and is 50g, and it comes packaged in a beige AA Skincare cardboard box. It looks like it would smell of citrus, but it smells of peppermint (as you may work out from the inclusion of peppermint oil).

I’ve reviewed a shampoo bar from AA Skincare in the past and I was a big fan. If you have read the review that I wrote about the AA Skincare Twilight Shampoo Bar then you may think that they sound pretty similar. Therefore, I have compiled a bit of info to compare the different products too.

So for this review, I’m going to start by looking at the similarities and differences between the Zing Fresh Shampoo Bar and a couple of others in the range, and then I’ll go into how to use it and the results, ending with information on where to purchase. 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Misfit Cosmetics Wake Up Wipes and Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder reviews

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Hey guys! Today I’ve got a couple of very different types of products to share with you all from Misfit Cosmetics. The first being the Wake Up Wipes, a beauty product that are handy to take away for festivals or travel, or as a great refreshing beauty product for busy women on the go. The second is their Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder, designed to help to remove stubborn stains on teeth and to give you the feeling of an at home scale and polish.

Misfit Cosmetics Wake Up Wipes and Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
Misfit Cosmetics Wake Up Wipes and Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder

Because the products are so different, I’ll split the post into two halves and go into more detail for each product in their own section. I'll start with the Wake Up Wipes and then we shall move on to the Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder.

Information on where to purchase the products is at the end of the post.

Friday, 6 July 2018

MONU Illuminating Primer review

Summer is here, and incase you haven’t heard, here in the UK at the moment we’re having a bit of a heatwave. It’s amazing, but in regards to makeup it can leave a few issues. A couple of those can be how can we stop makeup from melting off your face, or how to get a nice summer glow. Thankfully, the product I’m reviewing today is here to solve both of those problems.

MONU Illuminating Primer
MONU Illuminating Primer

The MONU Illuminating Primer promises to leave you with smooth, illuminated skin, minimised pores and blurred blemishes. It can be used alone or under makeup to extend the life of your makeup throughout the day. 

It contains Mica to create a natural looking glow, Blackcurrant Seed Oil which includes essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 to maintain the the skin's barrier function and to regain moisture balance, Vitamin E to soothe and to fight free radicals, Zinc Oxide for sun protection (which is SPF15), Hyaluronic Acid for moisture, Cassia Alata Leaf extract for anti-ageing and on the flip side, it is free of parabens.

It comes in a white and grey pump lid bottle that holds 50ml of product, and also a travel size squeeze tube that holds 30ml (which I picked in a previous Latest in Beauty box). The product itself is a thick, almost mousse-like white cream.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Best Beauty Boxes UK

Beauty boxes. What’s not to love?! You get to try new and amazing beauty products tailored to you from the comfort of your own home, and sometimes you get full-size products as well, saving you tons of money.

Beauty box goodies (psst... if you'd like to see more pictures like this, be sure to follow my Instagram)

The issue nowadays though is that there are so many around, and that can make it difficult to choose the perfect one for you. Some people want to choose just one box, some don’t mind subscribing to a bunch. All of us though want to get the most for our money. Today I wanted to help those of you who are on the hunt for your new favourite beauty box by talking about a few of my personal favourites. 

I’ve decided to compile a list of the beauty boxes that I am currently subscribed to, enjoy and therefore recommend to others. There are still beauty boxes out there that I am yet to try and there are new ones appearing all the time, so if you know of one that I’ve not mentioned that you think are worth a recommendation too, please do leave a comment at the end and let everyone know!

For each box, I’ve written the pros and cons so that you can use that to work out which would be the best box for you, and I’ll be showing examples of what products I’ve received from each as well.

All photos featured in this post are from my Instagram feed, so if you like what you see, please do come over and give me a follow for more!

Friday, 15 June 2018

PitRok Crystal Original Natural Deodorant Stick review

Who is loving the beautiful weather? Who isn’t loving the smell of body odour that comes with sweating in the hot weather? Well, if you are one of those who hate body odour but prefer using natural products, then this post is for you.

PitRok Crystal Original Natural Deodorant Stick
PitRok Crystal Original Natural Deodorant Stick

The PitRok Crystal Original Natural Deodorant Stick is a natural, crystal deodorant that is fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin.  It works by applying a thin layer of mineral salt which is a bacteriostatic agent that prevents odour causing bacteria from growing, and it does not block pores. It is suitable for sensitive skin, is free of Aluminium Zirconium and Aluminium Chlorohydrate, propylene glycol, SLS/SLES, parabens, fragrance and silicones.

When a product has as many 5-star reviews as this one does, it’s worth paying attention to it and checking it out. It definitely captured my attention and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with all of your beautiful faces!

It comes packaged in a shiny, black plastic tube with the PitRok logo in white and gold in the front. It has a screw cap lid and the product itself is a hard, translucent crystal that can be pushed up from the bottom. It hold 100g of product. 

Friday, 1 June 2018

E45 Daily Lotion Spray review

Hey guys! Do you ever get dry, itchy skin? Flaky skin? Eczema prone? Looking for a product to get rid of your eczema or dry areas but prefer to put minimal effort into your skincare routine? No fear! This post is for you.

E45 Daily Lotion Spray
E45 Daily Lotion Spray

Of course, it’s not just for those with drier skin. Even if you just want a low maintenance body care product to incorporate into your routine, this post is also for you.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the brand E45, especially if you do have dry skin. They’re a great brand for eczema sufferers, and recently they released a new body moisturiser in the form of a spray: the E45 Daily Lotion Spray. This product also comes in an intensive version, but today I shall just be reviewing the Daily Lotion Spray.

E45 explain that this is their trusted formula, but in a fast-absorbing spray for quick application. It contains no added colours or fragrances, is suitable for dry and sensitive skin and is dermatologically tested. It promises 24 hour moisture with a non-greasy formula.

So what’s the difference? What is it for? Well, instead of having to either pump or squeeze lotion from a bottle, with this you simply get to spray it onto the skin, massage in and go. It’s so minimum fuss and effort and really helps to attract those who just either don’t have time or don’t have the effort to give their body care routine any thought. 

Of course that’s not the only reason you may want to try a spray version. I bought this for my daughter to try as well as myself as my little girl gets terrible eczema that really flares up in the warmer weather. Sometimes she doesn’t like having a regular cream applied either, and she will pull her legs away or run away and so on, so something a bit different to get her to cooperate is sometimes a plus.

It comes packaged in a white spray can in the same style and design as other E45 products, except it looks more like a deodorant than a moisturiser, so make sure that you remember which is which!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Avon True Colour Delicate Matte Lipstick reviews and swatches

Hey guys! I’ve got a treat for fans of the Avon True Colour Matte Lipstick and matte lipstick fans in general today! Avon are about to drop their new True Colour Delicate Matte shades.

Avon True Colour Delicate Matte Lipstick in Bitten Apple
Avon True Colour Delicate Matte Lipstick in Bitten Apple

So what’s the difference between these and their regular True Colour Matte Lipsticks collection? Well, these shades are stepping away from one of the major points that they drove home with the original release about being "more matte than MAC" and instead are giving us some slightly less matte, soft and sometimes sheer vibes - hence the name "delicate".

It comes in a range of 8 shades which only include one shade that could be classified as dark on a shade scale, so there is a lot of focus on the soft/nude type of colours here and less of the bright and colourful (such as the recent Avon mark. Epic Lipstick range).

They promise a comfortable, glide-on formula, to be long-wearing, and that it will not cake up on or dry out the lips.

Each of the shades are packaged in a traditional style of Avon lipstick packaging. It’s a black, matte, rectangular tube with Avon written on a silver strip around the lid. There is no transparent window at the top with this style though, and the inner tube is silver. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

ESQIDO Mink False Eyelashes in Radiance and Lash Glue reviews

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Hey guys! A little while back I wrote about some beautiful false eyelashes, and the great news is that today I have some more to show you and review for you!

ESQIDO False Mink Eyelashes in Radiance and ESQIDO Eyelash Glue
ESQIDO False Mink Eyelashes in Radiance and ESQIDO Eyelash Glue

ESQIDO is a brand that have a collection of celebrity fans from Rihanna to Gigi Hadid and they provide a wide range of mink false lashes and synthetic lashes for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for everyday lashes, lashes for a night out or lashes for a wedding, ESQIDO have got you covered. From super natural looking eyelashes, medium volume and full volume. They are advertised as being easy to apply, comfortable and the most natural looking false eyelashes.

If you struggle with trying to choose though, the ESQIDO website also has a handy quiz that helps you to select your perfect pair. You need to go through a few questions about your eye shape, style, what occasion you’d like to wear them for and so on, and the results include a few different pairs to consider. Of course once you have chosen your lashes, you’re gonna need something to apply them with. Today I also have the ESQIDO Eyelash Glue to review alongside the pair that I chose; the ESQIDO Mink Eyelashes in Radiance.

The lashes themselves come packaged in a beautiful white box with rose gold on the inside, and the glue comes in a matching style in a sleek white, plastic tube with rose gold handle. It has a brush applicator inside.

So let’s check them out!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Niikam Pure Clay Mask review (& discount code!)

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As spring finally arrives, it’s that time of year where we just don’t want to wear as much makeup, so we make sure that our winter skin is well and truly behind us and prep to achieve a beautiful glowing complexion that is bright and ready to face the sun. The product that I will be reviewing today is a face mask that will help on the first step of that mission.

Niikam Pure Clay Mask
Niikam Pure Clay Mask

The Niikam Pure Clay Mask is a healing, detoxifying face mask/exfoliant that is designed to help with removing blackheads, tightening pores, smoothing and evening out skin tone. It can be used as a face or body mask or in bathwater. 

Niikam is a new brand that has just launched recently and their business ethos is that the "products [they] produce and deliver will inspire a lasting change to [their] customers physical and mental well-being". 

The Pure Clay Mask is 100% natural, and this particular one who is made up of just one ingredient: bentonite clay. It is also organic and is cruelty free. 

Bentonite clay is a powerful healing clay that is used in many commercial face masks, so if you are a clay mask fan then the chances are that you have used this on your skin before. This product though simply allows the power of this clay to shine on its own.

It is particularly great at helping to heal blemishes, remove blackheads, unclog pores, soothe eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, reduce inflammation, help to heal the skin after sun exposure and also to detoxify. You can see why it's used in so many clay masks, I'm sure. 

It comes packaged in a white foil, re-sealable packet with the product info on the front and the back in black, so it’s a very sleek monochrome package and it looks very nice. Once you tear it open though, the mask itself is a fine, light brown clay powder that comes in a transparent plastic pack that will need to be cut open with scissors. I warn you to be careful with that though as the clay is so fine and it can be easy to lose excess mask in a cloud as you open it.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Oralgen NuPearl 32x Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit review

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Hey guys! I’m here with something a little different today, but still relevant. I’m sure that we’ve all had those moments where we put on some red lippie and then look into the mirror and think damn, why do my teeth look so yellow?! Well, thankfully, there are plenty of teeth whitening kits out there to help you whiten your teeth at home in a snap, and today I’m going to be reviewing a kit that I had sent to me recently and have been using to whiten my teeth at home over the last couple of weeks. 

Oralgen NuPearl 32x Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit
Oralgen NuPearl 32x Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit

The Oralgen NuPearl 32x Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit is a peroxide free teeth whitening kit that is designed to remove even the toughest of stains. It comes with 10 days worth of professional strength whitening treatment, a mouth guard with a NuBright LED light (and a case to store it in), an on the go whitening pen and a shade chart. 

Over the last two weeks I’ve been using both the main whitening kit and the on the go whitening pen and I’ve taken some before and after photos of my teeth. In this review you’re going to find my thoughts, how it was to use, how it was going over the fortnight and the results at the end. So let’s get started!

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.