Sunday, 17 March 2019

Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser review

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Hey guys! So who is still hunting for that perfect shampoo? One that gives you perfect, healthy hair with a nice shine, body and texture without making it look flat and limp? Or if you have curly hair you’re probably looking for something to tame curls and to take away frizz to leave you with soft, manageable curls, right? Well, let’s check out whether today’s product could be your perfect shampoo.

Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser
Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser

The Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser is a 98% natural, low-poo shampoo that promises to gently cleanse the hair with no harsh chemicals or nasties. It is primarily aimed at those with curly hair, but it is also great for those with fine hair or loose waves, or anybody at all who is looking for a gentle hair cleanser. 

The Hydrating Hair Cleanser is free of silicones, sulphates and parabens, but instead it is rammed full of beneficial oils (namely *deep breath*... coconut, mongongo, camellia, seabuckthorn, may chang, grapefruit, mandarin red, sweet orange, bergamot, marjoram sweet, rosemary, spearmint, patchouli, magnolia flower, magnolia leaf, palmarosa, linden, benzoin and castor. And breathe!), antioxidants Vitamins C and E, amino acids and Omega 7 for replenishing moisture and shine as well as repairing sun damaged hair. It also has some sea salt for texture, volume and blood circulation of the scalp.

It comes packaged in a translucent plastic bottle with a simple yet pretty blue sticker around it with the Bouclème logo and product info. The shampoo itself is off-white in colour and a runny consistency. The packaging looks sleek and would look smart in anyone’s bathroom. It comes in 100ml, 300ml and 1 litre sizes.

I got my 100ml bottle from Latest In Beauty who recently had a few Bouclème products available to choose. As of posting they are no longer available, but I have seen this shampoo come back into stock before so it can be worthwhile to check. 

Friday, 8 March 2019

Vitybox Beauty Supplement review

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Hi guys! When it comes to having clearer skin that has less fine lines, blemishes and other issues, stronger nails that grow faster and shiny, healthy hair, it is wise to think about what we are putting into our bodies as well as onto them. In addition to eating healthily and drinking lots of water, supplements are a great way of getting more of what you need. 

There are lots of different types of supplements that come in different forms, such as pills, drinks or gummies. However, there is now a new brand on the block who want to bring you something a little different. Enter: Vitybox.

Vitybox Beauty Supplement
Vitybox Beauty Supplement

Vitybox is a brand which provides liquid beauty shots that are developed by health experts and are designed to provide you with only the best in the most convenient form. They contain only 9 ingredients and are supplied in sachets which you simply shake, tear open, drink and go. Here’s a breakdown of the beneficial ingredients in each sachet:
  • Hydrolysed Bioactive Collagen - for firmer skin, stronger hair and nails and reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrolysed Keratin - glossier hair, improved hair growth with less breakage and splitting
  • Hyaluronic Acid - for skin hydration and that smooth, firm glow 
  • Biotin - for stronger nails and less hair stress
  • Vitamin A - for blemish-free skin, stronger, shinier hair and photoprotective powers 
  • Vitamin C - aids collagen production, brighter, firmer skin and protects against oxidative stress
  • Vitamin D - photoprotective, promotes hair growth, healthier and less stressed skin
  • Vitamin E - protects from air pollution, reduces collagen breakdown and is photoprotective
  • Zinc - antioxidant, reduces hair loss and supports collagen performance

Sounds amazing, right?!

The beauty shots come packaged in a box that holds 28 sachets and are delivered every 4 weeks straight to your door. The box is slimline and coloured pink and blue with a white drawer pull out that holds the sachets. 

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Femme Luxe Outfit reviews

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Hey guys! So this week I’m hitting you up with something COMPLETELY different, but I hope that you enjoy it! 

I was recently contacted by Femme Luxe and was offered the choice of 4 outfits to order and review for you all today, and having never done a fashion based post before I thought it would be a fab idea to switch it up for one post whilst keeping some beauty related twist to it. 

Admittedly I love shopping online. For me it can be the big crowds that deter me in store along with the fact that I am so much more willing to throw my money at everything if I shop in person and then not be as keen on my choices later (it’s primarily the second reason). Online stores though can obviously come with a risk. You read so many horror stories about not getting the product you thought you were ordering or at the quality you’re led to believe (I’ve been there too), so trying out a new store may be a bit of a deterrent. That shouldn’t be the case though as there are some amazing online stores out there to check out, and - spoiler alert - Femme Luxe is one of them.  

They describe themselves as being a "current, classy and forward thinking online fashion brand".

I chose some jumpers, a loungewear set and a jacket

So how am I going to keep this fashion based post related to beauty? Well, with each outfit I thought about a complimentary beauty feature to go alongside them, so as I talk about each outfit I’m also going to talk a bit about the makeup look and what I chose to compliment each product I’m reviewing. 

I hope that you enjoy the switch up this week as much as I have! Let’s jump on in.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Top Reviewed and Recommended Beauty Products

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Hi guys! I thought I’d do something a little different this week as I’m feeling a bit physically run down and wanted to write something nice and positive. So, I’ve decided to look back at some of my old posts and talk about which products are my favourites, still use, any changed thoughts and any other posts I’d love for you to read. 

I’m going to look back at what I think is one of the best lipsticks of all time, a fab supplement to battle weak nails, lifeless hair and bad skin, a mascara that gives insane volume and more. 

See this as the perfect Sunday evening blog-read-athon post. Get yourself a cup of tea, cuddle up under a blanket and lets get reading!

Friday, 8 February 2019

Avon True Nourishing Lip Oil review

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Hey guys! I know how much you all love Avon posts here on the blog. They’re consistently my most popular posts, especially lip product related ones. So I’m back today with a post about the new Avon lip release: the Avon True Nourishing Lip Oil.

Avon True Nourishing Lip Oil
Avon True Nourishing Lip Oil

The Avon True Nourishing Lip Oil is a non-sticky, nourishing oil (clue is in the name) that has a SPF12, a glossy finish and a tint of colour. It promises to lock in 3 times more moisture and it is enriched with jojoba, avocado and coconut oils alongside Vitamin E. 

It comes in two shades; Blossom/a pink tint and Shimmering Pearl/subtle shimmer. I have the shade blossom to show you today.

It comes packaged in a clear, plastic bottle with a plastic rose gold coloured screw cap lid that has a wand applicator inside. It holds 7ml of oil. The bottle then comes in a copper-rose gold coloured box. 

Friday, 1 February 2019

Generation Skincare Vitamin C Serum review

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Blemish free, youthful, smooth, hydrated, glowing skin. We all want it, right? That’s precisely why the skincare industry is so big. So within a sea of products claiming to be your one magic cure it can be very difficult to navigate your way to something that works. Enter us lowly beauty bloggers to be your personal guinea pigs and we bring you posts like I’m bringing you today. That’s right, I’m here reviewing a serum that promises all the above. 

Generation Skincare Vitamin C Serum
Generation Skincare Vitamin C Serum

The Generation Skincare Vitamin C Serum is a lightweight, all-natural serum that contains Vitamins B, C and E, Aloe Vera (which itself is rich in Vitamins C and E), Green Tea and hyaluronic acid. 

We all know how good Vitamin C is for our health, but how good can it be for our skin? Vitamin C helps to rejuvenate the skin and to fight signs of ageing before they begin. On top of that it promotes the production of collagen and helps with redness and inflammation. Alongside the Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid works to retain water and to keep the skin super hydrated. 

The addition of Vitamin E is great for acne scarring as I’ve mentioned before in previous posts as well as tissue repair whilst the Vitamin B improves elasticity, eases redness and irritations and nourishes. 

Aloe Vera is well-known to be soothing as well as moisturising and Green Tea is good for detoxifying and is anti-inflammatory. 

The Generation Skincare Vitamin C Serum is not tested on animals.

It comes packaged in a 30ml dark orange/brown tinted glass bottle which is ideal to help prevent the product from spoiling quickly. It has an orange sticker on the bottle with product information and the screw cap lid contains a pipette dropper for application.

Friday, 25 January 2019

NYX HD Finishing Powder Pressed and Loose review

Hey guys! Today I’m going to talk about a product that I’ve wanted to post about for a while. It’s for those who are looking for that flawless finish to our makeup that not only reduces pore size and helps our makeup to last longer, but that also looks like real life photoshop or an in person filter. Yep, that’s right. We’re looking at HD Powder again today!

NYX HD Finishing Powder
NYX HD Finishing Powder

I’m going to be discussing the NYX HD Finishing Powder in both pressed and loose form. They’re the exact same powder, but just packaged in different ways. As you’d expect, the loose and pressed versions do apply differently, so I’m going to go into the differences as well as pros and cons of each throughout this post. 

The NYX HD Finishing Powder is a lightweight powder that is designed to finish your look by minimising the appearance of pores and fine lines whilst also providing a matte, filtered looking finish. It is available in three shades; white/transparent, banana and green. I have both the loose and pressed in the shade white/transparent, but I will be talking a bit about the differences between how they apply to the other shades in this post. 

The loose powder comes packaged in a transparent plastic pot with a black screw cap lid. The inside has a layer of plastic with holes in to help to control the amount of powder that is dispensed at a time. The pressed version comes packaged in a sleek, black, plastic compact with a transparent section on top to see the powder through. 

The packaging can get pretty scratched up over time with frequent use as can be seen on my loose powder pot. 

Saturday, 19 January 2019

O'Keeffe's Skin Repair Body Lotion, Working Hands Hand Cream, Healthy Feet Foot Cream, Cooling Relief Lip Repair and Lip Repair reviews

Hey guys! Winter skin getting you down? Fed up of rough hands? Cracked, dry lips? Eczema? Hard, dry skin on your feet? Don’t worry. Today’s post is here to help you with all of the above. 

O'Keeffe's Skin Repair Body Lotion, Healthy Feet Foot Cream, Working Hands Hand Cream and Unscented Lip Repair and Protect Lip Balm
O'Keeffe's Skin Repair Body Lotion, Healthy Feet Foot Cream, Working Hands Hand Cream and Unscented Lip Repair and Protect Lip Balm

O’Keeffe’s provide a whole range of body care products that are designed to solve a collection of skincare issues. They have lip balms to heal up extremely dry and cracked lips, a foot cream to heal and moisturise hard skin on the feet, a hand cream to banish the rough and painful skin on your hands and a body lotion to conquer eczema, itching skin and extra dry patches. All of this at nice and affordable prices. Sounds great, right?

They started creating these products back in 1990 when Tara O’Keeffe saw the discomfort her father, Bill O'Keeffe, was in with his dry skin that was caused by rigorous, hard work. She managed to use her skills as a pharmacist alongside her father’s help to create a cream that worked for him, and this became the Working Hands Hand Cream reviewed here today.

From there, they went on to include the rest of the range of products that will be shown in this post over the years.

They’re all packaged in brightly coloured bottles, a different colour for each product and some of the products are available in different sizes. 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Sanyei ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush review

Hey guys! I hope that you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year! For the first post of 2019, I’m coming with something a bit different, but definitely exciting. Technology advancements are coming along in leaps and bounds right now. This is even noticeable in the beauty industry, including with the product featured in today’s post. 

Sanyei ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush
Sanyei ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush

The Sanyei ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush is a toothbrush for the modern day. It uses ionic "superpowers" to clean the teeth and to provide you with healthier teeth and gums with the use of its patented technology. They say that whilst most electric toothbrushes only remove some of the bacteria and plaque on the teeth, the ION-Sei’s ionic technology suppresses the bacteria that leads to plaque from forming in the first place. 

This works by the use of an Ultra Violet LED light reacting with a bar of Titanium Dioxide placed in the toothbrush head handle to create the ions that remove the bacteria. The negative electrons reach your mouth via water or saliva. A conductor on the handle also works with your body’s natural electrical charge to create a bacterial growth inhibiting charge that draws bacteria onto the brush from the teeth.

The ion cleaning method also means that you can clean your teeth with just water, only using toothpaste if you want to.

Whilst all of that is happening, the toothbrush is vibrating at 31,000 strokes a minute to deep clean your teeth. 

Now that’s pretty amazing sounding, right? 

It comes in two colours: white (called Day White) and a baby blue colour (called Lake Blue). I have the blue shade to show you today.

It is a sleek, lightweight brush that looks great sitting in any bathroom. It also comes packaged with a UK plug and an EU adapter.