So in my Home Bargains haul yesterday I picked up the gorgeous Vanilla Snowflake scented candle by Wickford & Co for just 99p. I was looking for some of the large jars, you know the ones that are £2.99 but they were completely sold out of all scents – they only had these glass tumbler candles left. I love Wickford & Co candles and they are a great alternative to more expensive candle brands like Yankee Candles for instance – which come with a hefty price tag. So, if you have never had one get down to your local Home Bargains and pick some up. They do sell out quite quickly though!
The Vanilla Snowflake candle comes in a clear glass tumbler and it is filled with 3/4 of creamy-white wax. There is a clear sticker/label on the front of the tumbler which features a gorge gold Wickford & Co logo and it has a pretty picture of some vanilla, snowflakes and flowers. The glass tumbler and the label looks quite expensive and you would never guess by looking at it that it was only 99p. When I have used the candle I will be keeping the jar for my DIY homemade candles as it is a good size and looks good. I love to recycle and I love to make my own candles so I keep my used candle jars, clean them up and it saves me a bit of money from buying new jars. Genius, huh?
The candle itself smells like sweet, creamy vanilla and it is just beautiful. The scent is not as potent or long-lasting as Yankee Candles but you can still pick up the scent nonetheless and it makes the room smell lovely and cozy. If your the crazy type of erson who doesn’t actually light your candles and you just use them for display/decoration then these will really look amazing. I’m not sure if it’s a soy wax candle or a paraffin one as it doesn’t say on the bottom like it does with the big jars – so I’m guessing it’s made with parrafin wax as it’s much cheaper than soy wax. It also doesn’t say how long it burns for so I’ll have to put it to the test and update this post when I’ve done so.
You will probably know already how much I love my candles and Wickford & Co candles are up there with my favourite brands. They are so popular and I haven’t met anybody who doesn’t like their candles. They smell lush, they look good and they are budget-friendly and cheap. They really do look and smell pretty and this Vanilla Snowflake candle would make the perfect Christmas gift. I’ll be buying a ton more to hand out as gifts this Christmas.
Oh, and just to let you guys know, although they had sold out of all the other scents – they still had loads of the ‘Halloween’ candles left. You can read my review for it here.
So, yesterday I went on a big massive shopping spree in Home Bargains (my fave shop) and I picked up lots of gorgeous things – treats & sweets, a few beauty/hair/skincare products, some craft bits and bobs and a fab Cinema Light Box which I’ve had on my ‘to-buy’ list for quite a while. I bought the Cinema Light Box for just £5,99 and I think it’s an absolute bargain considering they are priced at around £12-£20 or more elsewhere so I thought I’d let you dolls know about it.
The Cinema Light Box is an LED style light box which comes in an outer cardboard box and it includes 90 changeable plastic letters and symbols. All you have to do is tear off the letters you want to use, take off the protective layer and slide them in to the box to create your own personalised message. It has an on/off switch at the side of the box too. It can be mounted onto the wall as it has two holes either side of the box where you can hang from. It’s also free-standing too so you can stand it up wherever you wish.
It requires 3 x AA batteries which are not included. I use rechargeable batteries in mine which last longer and I also have a battery charging plug so I can charge them, which makes life easier no more running out for new batteries. On the back of the box is the battery holder and you will need a tiny ‘star’ screwdriver to screw the back of it off. I used a normal screwdriver at first but it didn’t fit so I had a look in my craft box and luckily found a small screwdriver.
I absolutely love my little Cinema Light Box and it’s in my bedroom right now but I will be going back to Home Bargains to purchase another for my living room. It’s a well made, good quality, budget-friendly A4 light box and measures L 30 x W 22 x D 4.3 cm approximately. Perfect for Christmas, Birthday’s, parties, special announcements or just as a personalised room lamp. Deffo recommend!
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Finally, tell 7 things about yourself.
7 Facts About Myself:
I literally can’t speak. I have serious trouble pronouncing words, names and surnames, properly and I always sound like a complete tit. I’m quite intelligent, ahem, but when it comes to speaking I’m as thick as pig shit. I think I pronounce words as they are spelt ha-ha. My boyfriend thinks it’s hilarious and tells me I shouldn’t speak in public & he’s right!
I could have been an Olympic athlete! I’m not even lying, ha-ha. Seriously, back in school I was so good at athletics, running, cross-country, etc… and if I would have worked hard, trained like I was supposed to and stuck at it instead of being a little rebel, I probably could have made the GB Olympic Team if I would have tried hard enough – but saying that, I can’t even run to my front door without collapsing these days!
I’m not a party-girl! Back in my teens and twenties I used to be out clubbing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday but since I’ve hit late twenties / 30 I’ve become an old, boring woman who sits at home nagging my boyfriend and drinking pots of tea!
I’m a bit of Irish. My Grandparents’ parents were from Sligo and Dublin who came over to Liverpool in the 1920’s & 30’s. So I’m half English – half Irish.
I love singing and my fave ‘non-famous’ singer to sing-along to is a girl called Melissa Y Eureka from Spain – I absolutely love her version of Coldplay’s Yellow. Why she isn’t big-time I don’t know!
I’ve always wanted to be a Vet. Ever since I was little I dreamt of helping sick animals but I wear my heart on my sleeve and would get too upset. I can’t even watch Animal Shelter or RSPCA programmes because I cry my eyes out.
I’m the biggest GYLLENHAALIC ever! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Jake Gyllenhaal and I would dump my boyfriend of 12 years for just a minute of his time – I would walk a thousand miles just to hear him fart through a walkie-talkie! Hahaha. He’s gorgeous, funny, talented, sexy, and just incredible. Biggest. Crush. Ever.
I absolutely love this Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter and this is the 3rd or 4th tube I have bought. It is a 2-in-1 skintone adapting concealer & highlighter which contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E and also has an oxygen complex which allows the skin to breathe. It lasts for up to 13 hours wear and helps to banish signs of fatigue and illuminates the skin too.
The Match Perfection Concealer & Highlighter comes in a small 7 ml cream-coloured tube which features navy blue and hot pink writing, a blue screw-off lid and a brush tip applicator. To use you just squeeze the tube and the concealer comes out at the top saturating the brush applicator. The concealer itself has a lightweight, creamy consistency and it doesn’t have a scent. I chose the shade 010 Ivory which is very fair although there are other shades to choose from.
I use this on both my bare skin and over make-up. When I skip foundation, I just apply a little of the concealer under my eyes to brighten up and even-out my skintone. It looks natural and you would never guess I was wearing it as it looks like my own skin. After applying my foundation, I use the concealer underneath my eyes to conceal and brighten my dark circles, make my under eyes look less ‘sunken’ and for highlighting my forehead, nose, cupids bow and underneath my cheek contour to make them ‘pop’ and look more defined. I apply a loose banana powder or a pressed setting powder over the concealer to make sure it stays put. The formula is thick, but not too thick and I love how lightweight the concealer feels on my skin which feels ‘breathable’. I hate heavy concealers which make my skin feel suffocated. It has a matte finish and I don’t find it looks cakey or powdery after applying or throughout the day.
I absolutely love how well it brightens my dark circles and it helps to conceal my deep-set, ‘sunken’ under eyes by making them appear plumper & firmer and less noticeable. I also love the precision brush applicator tip which is easier to use and you just screw of the lid, give it a squeeze and your ready-to-go. I find it blends better with my fingers by dabbing it lightly with my tips and it blends in well on the skin too. Also, one tube lasts me about 3-4 weeks and I use mine almost everyday.
I would say it is a light to medium coverage concealer so if your looking for a full coverage concealer I wouldn’t recommend this one but if you just want to add a little brightness to your eyes & skin as well as a bit of light coverage then this is perfect for you. My complexion is quite clear although it can look dull sometimes so I love how this brightens up my complexion as well as lightly concealing dark circles, eye bags, etc… and it is also budget friendly too, so what’s not to love, hey!
I tested a bit of the concealer on a small patch of my psoriasis so you dolls can see the coverage/brightness for yourselves. Please keep in mind that my psoriasis are raised a little bit and I have only applied one layer of the concealer to my skin.
I hate taking photographs of my psoriasis, but oh well – ha. I hope they help.
DISCLOSURE: I bought this product with my own money.
WHERE TO BUY?
I bought mine HERE for £6.49 on Amazon UK. Although it will be available to buy in-store/online at most drugstores, beauty stores and supermarkets such as Asda, Boots, Superdrug, etc….
Bits & Bobs of Beauty (an online Korean Beauty store), kindly sent me this Mr. Smile Patch by Tony Moly to try out and review on my blog. I’ve been really looking forward to using this product as since my late twenties (I’m 30 now) I have noticed my skin has changed quite a bit and I can see that my skin is not as plump as it used to be. I have started to notice fine lines, wrinkles and smile lines on my face, which sucks! I mean, I know I’m still young but it really annoys the hell out of me when I look into the mirror and notice my fine lines and smile lines becoming more prominent as I get older. I thought I would try this ‘Mr. Smile Patch‘ from Tony Moly to see if it actually works and helps my smile lines become less noticeable as well.
Mr. Smile Patch:
The Mr. Smile Patch is a hydro-gel mask from Korean beauty brand Tony Moly. It targets laugh lines with a potent yet gentle mixture of ingredients. Express your sense of humour while treating your face to a nutrient enriched, vitamin-packed mask. This mask is filled with nourishing Berry, Sesame Seed, and Bean Extract which is packed with vitamins that help your skin fight those stubborn laugh lines!
Niacinamide – Soothes redness, helps calm and brighten the appearance of skin.
Collagen – Supports skin structure and elasticity.
Sesame Seed Extract – Full of zinc, an essential mineral to produce collagen, and other antioxidants which helps to detoxify skin.
After cleansing and toning, remove patch from packaging (make sure to peel off the clear liner) and place over laugh lines for 20 minutes.
Remove and pat remaining essence until fully absorbed.
Like I mentioned above – I have just turned 30 years old so as expected, I have noticed my smile lines becoming more prominent. I thought I’d give the Mr. Smile Patch a go to see if it works and makes them less noticeable and to see if it basically helps me to look more beautiful and younger – ha! So, I followed the instructions and cleansed and toned my face and applied the slippery, slimy, ‘jelly-like’ moustache patches over my laughter lines. After putting the patches on my face, I found it tricky at first to keep them on as they kept sliding down my face and falling off – so to make sure they stayed put, I layed down, kept totally still and left the patches on for 20 minutes.
After I removed the patches I didn’t really see any difference to be honest, no major changes or anything but my smile lines did look a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more plump and firmer and my skin was softer and moisturised, but, nothing to shout about really.
I noticed that the Mr. Smile Patch also contains some questionable ingredients such as methylparaben and artificial fragrance yet it claims to be gentle, so if your into your natural skincare – avoid. I won’t be purchasing the Mr. Smile Patch again, I don’t think it’s worth the money to be fair and I’d rather use a good, natural anti-ageing facial oil on my smile lines instead. I do love the packaging and the whole idea of the Mr. Smile Patch – the moustache like patches are cute, fun and quirky but I think it is nothing more than a gimmick to be honest.
Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes.
Where To Buy?
You can get yourself a Mr. Smile Patch HEREon the Bits & Bobs Of Beauty website.
If you are from the USA – you can get a pack of 2 HERE for $9.
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I was kindly sent this Ultimate Youth Eye Gel from PurOrganica a few months ago and I have been using every single day since. PurOrganica are a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand and I have a few products of theirs already.
PurOrganica claim the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment will help with dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffiness, loss of tone and firmness. It can be used in the morning and at night as an firming eye treatment or as an all over face gel. It can also be used as an under make-up primer. The gel is a completely natural, cruelty-free skincare product and it is made with 70% organic ingredients. The main ingredients are Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E which all help to give eyes a youthful and radiant appearance whilst diminishing dark circles and puffiness.
The Ultimate Youth Eye Gel comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the eye gel itself which comes in a small 30 ml frosted glass bottle which has a plastic lid and a pump dispenser. There is a bit of info printed on the box and bottle including directions for use, ingredients, etc…. The eye gel is a clear, thick, non-drip gel which glides easily over the skin and it has a gorgeous, natural scent which smells absolutely lovely, quite like cucumbers, after looking at the ingredients list it does in fact contain Cucumber Distillate.
I’ve been using my the gel as an under eye firming treatment twice a day. I use it of a morning after I wake and I apply it underneath my eyes before I put my foundation, concealer and setting powder on and the gel helps my deep-set eyes appear firm and plumper – it also helps my makeup go on smoother and it stops my concealer and powder from looking creasing. I also put a little bit of the gel on my deep frown line between my eyebrows as well as on my smile lines which are becoming more prominent as I age.
Before I catch up on my beauty sleep, I like to use it as an all over face gel after I have cleansed, toned and moisturised my face and it has helped plump my skin and made my complexion look more youthful and radiant.
After applying the gel to my skin I can literally feel it working straight away by tightening my saggy skin and it feels cool and refreshing on the skin. I wouldn’t say it burns but it does feel kind of ‘minty fresh’ on the skin. I love it.
The gel absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and it really does work, well it has for me – I could see the difference after only using it once and my under eye area looked smoother and not as ‘sunk in’ as before – also the more I use it the better the results are so because I’m nearly at the end of the bottle I will defo have to be buying it again as I love what it has done for my skin – my dark circles aren’t as dark, my skin looks plumper and my complexion looks healthier and brighter. I definitely recommend this product, especially for those over 30 who are starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles for the first time as well as for those who suffer with dark circles and under eye bags.
Disclosure: I received this product for free to review on my blog.
Where To Buy?
You can get a bottle of the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel HERE for £13.95.
If you are from the USA – you can get it HERE for $10.99.
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I’ve had Leighton Denny’s Miracle Mist Speed Drying Spray lying around for a while now and I have only recently given it a proper try. I already own a few Leighton Denny nail polishes and I do like them a lot so I was hoping that I would like the Miracle Mist just as much as the nail polish and it would actually work as there is nothing more that I hate than waiting around waiting for polish to dry. I’m a clumsy girl and I smudge my polish every single time that I paint my nails which means I always have to re-paint them, so a spray that dries nail polish instantly seriously appealed me.
The Miracle Mist Speed Drying Spray comes in a silver, metallic 75 ml aerosol bottle and it features black writing and also has a black lid. The packaging is simple yet attractive and the bottle is lightweight and handbag-friendly. Leighton Denny, a British nail-care brand says the spray is the ultimate polish-drying spray and after spraying the mist onto freshly painted nails it will dry nail polish within seconds. It’s also perfect for giving natural nails and cuticles a moisturising Vitamin E boost and it has a fresh pleasant scent too.
How To Use The Miracle Mist?
It’s really simple and easy to use – after applying nail polish and top coat allow a minute setting time before lightly spraying nails with the mist from 20 cm away for super quick touch dry nails.
So, I put the Miracle Mist to the test and tried it out on my natural nails and my false nails. At first I painted my natural nails with one coat of O.P.I. polish – I sprayed the mist onto my nails straight away and skipped the ‘one minute setting time’. I dabbed the polish after a few seconds and it definitely wasn’t dry and was left smudged. I tried it again and this time round I followed the instructions and waited for a minute before spraying the mist again onto my nails and dabbing again to see if my polish smudges. I can happily say that the polish didn’t smudge and was completely dry. It’s always better to follow instructions isn’t it. Next I tried the mist on my false stiletto nails and waited for a minute after painted my nails to spray the mist. When I dabbed the false nails with my finger tip it was still half dry and the polish smudged a bit. I think the Miracle Mist works best on natural nails rather than artificial ones and I’m guessing you would need to allow a longer setting time before spraying the mist. So, it does work on natural nails when you follow the instructions but it doesn’t work as good on false nails.
I like how it has worked on my natural nails and dried my polish after waiting for a minute to allow the polish to ‘set’ and it does give the nail a gorgeous little shine too and it’s always good to have shiny, glossy nails. Like I mentioned above, it has a nice, pleasant scent but it contains artificial parfum in the ingredients list and because I have sensitivity to some artificial fragrances the spray caused me to have a banging headache, so if your like me and get headaches off sprays and perfumes, then I’d avoid this product like the plague. To be completely honest, I wouldn’t recommend the Miracle Mist and I’d rather wait a minute or two longer than fork out £12 for something that doesn’t work as well as it says it will. I will definitely not be repurchasing the Miracle Mist and in future I’ll try to be more careful and patient when waiting for my nail polish to dry.
Where To Buy?
If you still want to purchase the Miracle Mist regardless of my review, then you can do so HERE for £12 on the Leighton Denny website.
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I can’t even begin to explain how EXCITED I have been for this months Glossybox. I’ve literally had butterflies in my stomach since September and I’ve been checking my emails religiously for a dispatch email from Glossybox. I don’t even know why I have been extra excited this month. Ha. Probably down to the fact that us glossies will receive a gorgeous, pretty, fab, lovely, adorable MERMAID or UNICORN themed box this October. C’mon girls… who doesn’t love mermaids and unicorns! Not only that, this month we will all receive five FULL SIZE make-up products with a total value of £51.48 which is definitely something to be happy about considering we have only paid £13.25 for the subscription.
Mr. Postman delivered my box today and I have been sent the gorgeous pink & blue UNICORN box. I’ll admit I was kind of wishing for the MERMAID box as I’m totally a mermaid at heart but I was still over the moon with my gorgeous unicorn box design and it is sitting on my dressing table right now looking FAB.
This cream-to-powder blush is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. It claims to give a natural, dewy finish and is applied to the cheeks and blended to create a powder finish. Each box will contain one of six shades. unfortunately I got the shade CRIMSON which is so bright its unreal. I would have preferred a more subtle, lighter shade as I think the crimson shade will look ridiculous against my pale skin, I’m guessing I’ll look like a clown. I’ll give it a go nonetheless and I’ll let you guys know what I thought of it. I’m quite new to Sleek Make-Up and I only own one of their products which is the Black Eyebrow Powder – which I’m not a big fan of so maybe this blush will be the decider for me as to whether or not I like Sleek products and if I will buy them again.
So this Brush Cleaning Egg from Kawaii Enterprise is a bright pink silicone make-up brush cleaner which is easy to use and helps to keep your brushes in great shape and free from bacteria. You just pop your two fingers inside the egg, wet your brush and add a bit of liquid soap or facial cleanser. You then swirl your brushes against the nodules and bumps and run the bristles of your brush down the deeper grooves to realign the brush hairs without damaging them. I think this is a great little pick for this months box as everybody needs clean brushes – but I already own a set of brush cleansing eggs which I’ve reviewed here, so there is no point in having another really. I’m sure my sister will love the Brush Cleansing Egg so I’ll give it to her or maybe I will add it to a bundle of other beauty products and run a GIVEAWAY for you lot. What do ya think?
The Magic Brow Perfect Brow Pencil is a highly pigmented pencil and it has a marbelised tip which is swirled with two complimentary shades so it looks natural and produces a gorgeous colour variation found in natural brows. I got the brunette shade as I told Glossybox I had black hair in my beauty profile so I’m guessing you will get a shade based on your beauty profile… so make sure if you ever change your hair colour to update your details on the website. I really like Lord & Berry products and I own quite a few of their products already so I’m really happy with this high end product being in this months box. I can’t wait to give it a try and I hope I like it as I’m struggling with my brows at the minute, haha. The pencil retails at £14 so it is worth more than the subscription itself.
The Crème Color from Bang Beauty is a multi-purpose cream which can be used on the lips, cheeks and eyes. It comes in a small tub and has a super shiny mirrored lid which looks beautiful, it is also vegan and cruelty-free so thumbs up. I have never heard of Bang Beauty before so I cant wait to give this product a go as I love discovering new brands – I suppose that’s the best part about subscribing to a beauty box. The Crème Colour is priced at £19.50 so the value of thus product alone outweighs the £10 subscription cost.
I’m not really into my eyeshadow palettes because I’m absolutely awful at eye makeup and prefer to get my eyes done by a MUA – but, these mermaid and unicorn colours are so pretty, dreamy and amazing that I think it’s about time I taught myself how to apply eyeshadow properly. YouTube to the rescue! The Mermaids vs Unicorns Palette is a budget-friendly palette at just £4 and there is a double ended eyeshadow brush included too. I think I will try some mermaid and unicorn inspired makeup tonight and if it doesn’t look poo, I’ll post the results on my Instagram page.
I bought the Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap which is made by Burt’s Bees last week in one of my Amazon hauls and I am seriously loving it so far. I have really sensitive skin and psoriasis, so I have learned that washing my skin with a natural and gentle soap is a must. I love Burt’s Bees because most of their products are 99% natural, over half of them are 100% natural and they are all cruelty free.
Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap
The Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap is part of the baby-care range at Burt’s Bees. It is a gentle, 100% natural soap which is mild enough to be used on babies delicate skin. The soap is made the USA and it contains buttermilk which is richer in fats and emollients than whole milk and it is a natural, soothing skin cleanser and skin softener. The soap doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, petroleum or SLS ingredients and it is also cruelty-free.
The Buttermilk Soap comes in a small little box and the packaging of the soap is just lovely – the box is a gorgeous, honey-yellow colour which features a honeycomb print with cute little bumble bees and a there is a beehive sketch in the centre. There is a little bit of info about the soap on the back and sides of the box.
I really love this soap and wish I had bought it sooner. I’ve fallen in love with the scent of it, which smells absolutely creamy, natural and gorgeous. The soap does contain parfum/fragrance but it is a natural one and not artificial so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. I love that this soap contains no nasty ingredients at all and it is a 100% natural soap. Considering it is a natural skincare product is really does lather well and feels creamy and soothing on the skin. As you may know, I have psoriasis and sensitive skin so my skin is easily irritated and it is often sensitive and dry but this soap is so gentle on my skin whilst cleansing it and moisturising it at the same time.
I have also been using other natural skincare products in conjunction with this soap and my psoriasis – which flared up badly recently has began to clear up so I’m over the moon, as you can imagine. I really do think that by using natural skincare products works absolute wonders for you when you have sensitive skin or a skin disorder and it is wise to avoid products which contain harsh ingredients which will make you symptoms worse. Always check the ingredients list and research each one if your unsure.
One thing I was baffled about was on the box it says the soap is a 100% natural product but on the website it says it is a 99.4% natural product!
Make your mind up Burt’s Bees. Ha.
I will definitely be purchasing this soap again, gain and again and think I’ll probably use it for the rest of my life because I like it so much. So, as you probably guessed, I 100000% recommend the Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap to everyone and anyone & especially for those with sensitive skin, psoriasis and eczema.
Where To Buy?
I got my Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap HERE on Amazon UK for £3.32.
I absolutely love my candles and there is nothing better than relaxing on an autumn/winter night with a gorgeous smelling candle lit. I was over the moon when I spotted these ‘Halloween‘ themed candle by Wickford & Co sitting on the shelves in Home Bargains and for just £2.99, you know that I had to get myself one.
Wickford & Co candles are probably one of my fave candle brands ever, simply down to the fact that they are budget-friendly, Yankee Candle dupes. They look so similar to Yankee Candles which cost around £24 for a large jar and the same size Wickford & Co candles cost a fraction of that price at just under £3.
The Halloween Candle by Wickford & Co comes in a large, glass mason jar which has a glass lid. On the front of the candle it has a clear sticker on it which features a gold ‘Wickford & Co’ logo and has a cute pumpkin image on it too.
There is a bit of info at the bottom of the glass jar which mainly tells you about warnings, precautions, etc… plus it says what the candle contains – although it doesn’t say what type of wax the candle is made from so I’m guessing it is paraffin wax, but don’t quote me on that. It is a 95-hour candle which will last for ages – 95 hours is like, what, four whole days. So if you leave it to burn constantly, it will last four days! Wow!
The Halloween scented candle itself is a bright orange colour and I can’t really work out how to describe the scent. It is very sweet-smelling and my first thought was that it smells like candy or lollipops. It lingers too, not as much as Yankee Candles but it’s potent enough that it can be picked up by the nose. I left my candle burning at home when I took my two dogs out for a 10 minute walk and when I come back home I could smell the scent all over my apartment.
I’ve lost count of how many Wickford & Co candles I’ve bought over the years and there is a little review already on my blog for the winter/Christmas themed candles (Warm Apple & Cinnamon, Mulled Wine and Gingerbread) which you can read HERE.
I love Home Bargains as you genuinely do pick up some bargains for the home and their Wickford & Co candles are just gorgeous and fabulous. I definitely recommend them and if you’re popping into your local HB anytime soon… don’t forget to pay the candle aisle a little visit as you will not be disappointed. I am soooo excited for Halloween now and I’ll be picking a few more candles up next time I pop into Home Bargains.
USB Candle Lighter
Oh and not to forget… I also bought myself a USB long, candle-lighter as I find it difficult getting my hands into candle jars to light them up. This candle lighter is so easy to use and has saved me from bruised hands and knuckles many-a-times. I got it HERE if you guys are interested. I think it was £19.99 and because you charge it by USB it doesn’t need refilling with fuel so it’s perfect.
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Some of you may know that I am a top Amazon UK reviewer and because of this I regularly get sent various things to review on Amazon. I love it when I’m sent beauty-related items and I was over the moon when I was kindly gifted this Lighted Cosmetic Mirror from a company called Yvettevans.
I just had to tell you all about it by posting a short n’ sweet review on my blog as I love it so much and thought you guys would like to hear about it.
The Lighted Cosmetic Mirror arrived in an outer cardboard box and inside was the mirror and a leaflet which tells you how to use, battery installation, cautions, etc… It also comes with 12V 23A energy-saving and long-lasting batteries installed which can be replaced when needed. The mirror is a small, lightweight and portable compact mirror made with ABS, glossy, hard plastic and distortion-free glass so you can see every little detail on your face. It is a two-sided folding mirror with one side being a light up mirror made with polished glass and the other side is a 2 x magnification mirror. There are four bright LED lights either side of the mirror so eight lights altogether and they can be turned on/off by pressing the touch screen circle at the top of the mirror. The lights can also be dimmed or brightened by keeping your finger on the touch button and they help you to apply your make-up much easier under dark and poorly light conditions.
There are three colours to choose from (white, pink, black), I chose the black as I liked it better than the other colours and thought it looked elegant and classy but the pink and white are lovely too.
The mirror doesn’t look cheap or flimsy and I absolutely love it, I really do. I use the mirror for applying my make-up, contact lenses and plucking my eyebrows and the lights come in handy for me as I have astigmatism of the eyes and myopia so the lights help me to see better. When I’m at home I keep it on my dressing table and it looks very pretty and gorgeous – when I’m on the go, I pop it into my handbag so I can check on my makeup throughout the day and touch up if necessary.
As you can tell I love my little light up mirror and I really do recommend it. I think it would make the perfect gift for girls and women everywhere and the quality of it is very good and it is great value for money.
Where To Buy?
You can get a Lighted Cosmetic Mirror HERE on Amazon UK.
There are three colours to choose from & they were £19.99 but they’re on sale for £9.99.
Same day and next day delivery are also available.
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I received my Purifying Pink Clay Mask by Sand $ Sky in last months Birchbox and I have used it a couple of times since. I have got the 13g sample size tube and I’ve had about 3-4 uses out of it. I was so happy when I opened my Birchbox and seen this gorgeous little thing sitting inside, I’ve heard so many good things about the pink clay mask so I couldn’t wait to give it a try for myself.
For those who don’t know – Sand & Sky are an Australian cruelty-free skincare brand founded by twin sisters – Sarah & Emily Hamiliton. After taking a look at the website it seems they only sell the Purifying Pink Clay Mask at the moment but maybe they will add more products to their collection in the near future.
What Is The Purifying Pink Clay Mask?
Sand & Sky claim the Purifying Pink Clay Mask is a botanical infused 4-in-1 formula which can be used as an instant detox mask, to tighten pores, to invigorate a dull complexion and instantly boost radiance.
Pink Australian Clay which helps to draw out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin. Also refines pores and deep cleanses the skin.
Organic Liquorice and Old Man’s Weed which helps to regenerate skin cells and stimulate cell production. Also, gently removes pigmentation clusters from the skin’s surface.
Organic Aloe Vera and Pomegranate which tightens pores & soothes after Detoxify & Brighten and also stimulates collagen production.
Kakadu Plum & Kelp and Organic Mangosteen which helps prevent free radical damage and creates a defence shield to leave skin clear and glowing.
As I mentioned above I only have the 13g sample size which comes in a small tube. The full size product comes in a 58ml tub and you get a free face mask brush with it. The packaging is gorgeous, it is a lovely blue colour and it looks fresh and modern. The mask itself is a beige, almost pale pink colour and it smells natural and pleasant.
I’ve used the mask about three times now and so far I really like it but I wouldn’t say it is the best face mask I have ever used – it doesn’t compare to my Bentonite Clay masks but yeah, I do like it nonetheless. I slather it all over my face avoiding the eyes and mouth and leave my mask on for about 10 minutes each time – after a while the pale pink colour of the mask turns to a ghostly white and you can feel the clay hardening a little. After washing the pink clay mask off my skin, I didn’t see any dramatic results but it definitely left my skin feeling soft & smooth like a baby’s bum. I have dull skin but my complexion did look a little brighter than before.
As you may know from reading my other posts, I suffer with tiny blackheads on my nose which seem impossible to remove and so far the mask hasn’t done anything at all for them and they are still pretty visible after using the mask a couple of times. So I’m thinking I’d need to use the mask a lot longer than I have to see an improvement and elimination of my blackheads. It has tightened my pores and they don’t look as large now and I love how it leaves my face feeling/looking cleansed and healthier-looking.
Now lets move on to the price! I nearly had a heart attack when I seen the £39.90 price tag for the 58ml full size tub and it is quite a small tub too. Come on girls… 40 quid for a face mask is ridiculous, you have to agree – whether it works or not! Like I said I do like the pink clay mask but I very much doubt I will buy the full size as it is way out of my budget – I could get over forty 7th Heaven face masks for that! Haha!
Don’t get me wrong, I have put it on my wish-list but in the meantime I think I will buy a 500g tub of pure Australian Pink Clay powder HERE from Amazon UK for just £9.95 and make my own pink clay masks instead. I also have Aloe Vera gel here and Pomegranate oil so I will add a little of them to my DIY ‘Sand & Sky’ face masks.
Birchbox has collaborated with CoppaFeel! in this months Feeling Good box. CoppaFeel! is an amazing charity who are on a mission to stamp out late detection of breast cancer so everyone will receive the Anatomicals – Grab Your Melons Shower Gel plus a CoppaFeel! Shower Hijack sticker so you know what signs and symptoms to look for / feel for, while checking your boobs in the shower.
This October, the Birchbox theme is all about Feeling Good – so the products in this months box will help us to do just that. Everyone will receive a gorgeous ModelCo treat plus there’s a Balance Me – Pure Skin Face Wash in every box too.
(Full Size) Anatomicals – Grab Your Melons Shower Gel | RRP £1.50*
This is the first time I’ve ever heard of Anatomicals, so I’m excited about trying this shower gel. I absolutely love the name of it, ha and I think it’s a fantastic little product at only £1.50 for the full size 50 ml tube. The packaging is fab – bright and zesty and the gel itself is clear with a slight melon fragrance. I can’t wait to use it in the shower later! I never check my boobs when I’m in the shower but I’m definitely going to start. I think because I’m young, breast cancer will never happen to me but it can seriously happen to anyone, young & old, male or female. So, yeah, I will make sure I CoppaFeel! of my melons tonight.
The shower gel does contain SLS ingredients and artificial fragrance so I’m just letting you guys know, in case you are trying to avoid these ingredients.
The ModelCo Contour Stick has a creamy formula and lightweight texture. It comes in a bright pink packaging and has a clear plastic lid. I’ve given it a little try and so far I’m loving it. I love creamy contour sticks so this will definitely be getting used. It does wear down quite quickly so I don’t think it is long-lasting but it blends well and has a gorgeous, sweet scent which smells amazing.
Balance Me – Pure Skin Face Wash | RRP £16*
The Pure Skin Face Wash is 99% natural facial cleanser. It contains spruce knot extracts which help to decongest the skin. It also contains grapefruit and frankincense which will soothe the skin and re-balance your complexion.The face wash is a white non-drip lotion and it smells amazing. I can definitely smell frankincense. I love my facial cleansers and actually prefer washes to oils and creams so this will definitely get used. It is free from parabens, dea, mineral oils, sulphates, pegs, petroleum, silicones, microbeads and artificial colourants and fragrances. I love how it’s an almost !00% natural skincare product so its bound to be gentle and kind on my sensitive skin. I’m unsure what the other 1% is though but I will find out and post a review in a couple of days.
Number 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect | RRP £26.25*
The Super Comb Prep & Protect spray is a multi-purpose hair spray which will help to care and protect by strengthening, de-tangling, de-frizzing and nourishing the hair.. It provides colour protection and UV protection and is also vegan-friendly, paraben-free and sulphate-free too. I’m so excited about this prep & protect spray from Number 4. I already have their Restore & Repair Oil which is my holy grail hair product so I can’t wait to use this and I hope it is as good as the oil. I’ll write a full review when I have given it a proper try.
Beaver Professional – Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Shampoo | RRP £11.50*
The Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Shampoo contains 18 different kinds of amino acids keratin and vitamins to repair damaged hair and prevent breakage. It works by gently opening and purifying hair cuticles and provides necessary nutrients to dry hair. It also claims to strengthen hair and make it healthier inside out. It is a white non-drip shampoo and it has a nice, pleasant scent. This is the first time I’ve had anything from Beaver Professional and I will give it a try. Although it does contain SLS ingredients and dimethicone so it may irritate my scalp psoriasis. I’ll write a full review when I have used it.
Also included in this months box was a CoppaFeel! reminder card, a CoppaFeel Hijack sticker, and a £10 off voucher to be used with any £50 purchase in the Birchbox shop.
*RRPs correspond to full-size products in the Birchbox shop.
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About two weeks ago now – I received a bundle of skincare goodies to try out on my sensitive skin and psoriasis and review them on my blog. The company who kindly gifted me the products are an amazing, award-winning, natural skincare brand called Pure Potions – all of their skincare products are cruelty-free, natural and free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, perfumes and synthetic ingredients. They are based in the UK but they do ship worldwide. I was also sent the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil which I have already reviewed here as well as their Scalp Oil for my scalp psoriasis – which I’ve yet to review.
What Is The Bath & Body Emollient:
The Bath & Body Emollient Oil is an all-purpose, 100% natural moisturing oil suitable for all skin types and formulated to replenish moisture lost by bathing or showering. Added to bath water or smoothed on after bathing, this rich, nourishing oil reduces the drying effects of water by locking in moisture and can replace the need for potentially-irritating foaming and perfumed body washes or soap. Made from organic hemp, olive, calendula and safflower oils with chamomile and lavender essential oils. The Skin Salvation collection has also won the Best Eczema Range at the 2017 Natural Health International Beauty Awards so this proves how amazing the oil is.
The Bath & Body Emollient Oil comes in a 200 ml, dark green plastic bottle. It has a white lockable flip-lid an there is a lot of info printed on the back of the bottle, such as ingredients, directions for use, benefits, etc… The packaging looks very fresh and attractive and has a ‘natural’ look. It has a very natural, herbal scent and before I even looked at the ingredients list I noticed that it had a strong cannabis / marijuana scent – after looking at the ingredients list – it does in fact contain cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, I can also smell the lavender essential oil too. The Bath & Body Emollient Oil has a shelf life of 6 months (natural products have a shorter shelf life than products with artificial ingredients) and the bottle is recyclable.
How To Use The Bath & Body Emollient Oil:
This multi-purposes oil can be added to bath water and applied to damp or dry skin as a moisturising oil, it can also be used as a facial cleanser, a massage oil and a shaving oil.
My Thoughts On The Bath & Body Emollient Oil:
I mainly use my oil in the bath, it says on the bottle to add one or two tablespoons of the oil to a warm bath but I just put about three squirts into my bath straight from the bottle. Whilst bathing in the oil I can feel the oil working it’s magic and my skin instantly looks and feels smoother. When I get out of the tub I can see how well it has worked on my psoriasis because my silver scales have ‘melted’ and my red patches are much lighter in colour.
I’ve also applied the oil after bathing on my damp skin and onto dry skin as a moisturiser. The oil doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and I was surprised at how quickly the oil absorbed into my skin. I rarely take showers, as I prefer soaking in the bath tub but when I do, I apply a little of the oil to my palms and rub my whole body with my hands to make my skin feel soft and smooth and it adds moisture to my dry skin and soothes my irritated, itchy skin.
I’ve only really used the oil as a facial cleanser once or twice as I prefer to use my Omega Rich Cleansing Oil instead but it can and does work as a cleanser for the face. I applied a little bit of oil to my face, massaged it in leaving the oil to soak into my face then washed it off with a damp wash cloth. My skin was left looking clean and feeling soft and it made my complexion radiant and glowing.
After two weeks of bathing in the oil three times a week my psoriasis looks a million times better and I love how pink my patches look instead of bright red. I really wish I took before and after pictures to show you guys what I mean. So although I still have my psoriasis, this oil has definitely helped and they are starting to look like they are disappearing. My skin feels soft and is less dry than before and I just really love this oil and it works AMAZING as a shaving oil – because I have psoriasis on my legs I have been finding it difficult to shave so eek, I have had gorilla legs for a few weeks as my skin has flared up badly. The boyfriend really fancies me, hey! Ha. This oil allows me to shave my legs with ease and I absolutely love it for this reason alone. So, if you struggle with shaving – I 100% recommend giving this oil a try.
The only thing I don’t like about the oil is the need to clean my bath afterwards, I usually just give my bathtub a quick wipe and rinse with the shower head after bathing but with this oil you have to seriously give it a good scrub with elbow grease as the oil sticks to the bath – water alone won’t remove the oil. Not a big problem, I know, but I’m lazy! Ha ha.
Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes. All words are my own and have not been influenced by the brand and this review is based on my own experience with the product.
The Bath & Body Emollient Oil is suitable for all skin types but I especially recommend it for those who suffer with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry, sensitive skin.
Where To Buy?
You can get a 200 ml bottle of the Bath & Body Emollient Oil here for £12.99.
A 300 ml bottle is also available for £19.00.
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Last week I bought myself the Core Collection from Real Techniques. (you can read my review here.) I loved my base make-up brushes so much that I went and purchased the Brow Set. I’ve been letting my brows grow out as I’ve been wanting to re-shape them, so I haven’t plucked or trimmed in ages – I guess now is the perfect time to try out the Brow Set and tidy them up because I’m starting to grow a mono-brow over here, ha.
The Brow Kit comes in a clear plastic box and you can see the case, brushes and tools inside, on the back of the box it tells you what the brushes and tools are called. The five-piece Brow Set helps to create the perfect arch and incudes all of the tools you need to clean up, fill in, define, shape, conceal and highlight your eyebrows. The brushes are made from taklon bristles so they are 100% cruelty-free, easy to clean and long lasting. The Brow Set is perfect for beginners because it contains all the tools needed to create the perfect brow in one kit and it’s also great for experienced make-up geeks who want good quality, long-lasting brushes and tools.
What’s In The Box:
The panoramic case is a dual carrier and stand which keeps brushes organized on your dressing table or for storing when your out and about. It is a white faux leather material which is wipe clean and has three compartments to store your brushes and tools in. It also has a purple elastic for storing other brushes or tools if you wish. The case has a clear plastic cover too which will protect your brushes from damage, dust and bacteria.
The brow scissors are made of stainless steel and they have rounded, precision tips for trimming fine hairs. They are good quality, sharp scissors and trim hairs easily. I use my spoolie to brush my brow hairs upwards then trim the top of my brows to keep them neat and tidy. I also use these for trimming false eyelashes to size too – false eyelashes always seem to be too long and wide for my eye shape, so these brow scissors have definitely come in handy.
The slanted tweezers are also made of stainless steel and they have flat, slanted edges for perfectly shaping brows. They are white with a purple Real Techniques logo printed on them and they have a silver tip. The tweezers are really good and the flat slanted edge grabs hairs easily while the point is great for precise plucking and shaping. I also use these tweezers to apply my false eyelashes.
The brow brush has a gorgeous purple metal with a black rubber grip. It also has ‘Real Techniques’ printed on the purple metal and it is labelled too so you know which brush is which. This brush is used for applying colour to your brows as well as for blending it in to give a natural appearance. It has a slanted, pointed tip which is perfect for outlining brows and for applying & blending colour too.
The brow spoolie has fine, firm bristles and is perfect for grooming stray hairs and blending in brow pencil and powders. It also has a gorgeous purple metal with a black rubber grip. It has the ‘Real Techniques’ logo printed on it and it’s also labelled. I use mine for taming fly away hairs, for trimming my brows, for shaping my brows before I apply my powder and for blending my colour in too so my brows look more natural.
BROW HIGHLIGHTING BRUSH
The brow highlighting brush is perfectly sized for highlighting the brow bone or for concealing around your brow. I use this brush to conceal the outline of my brows to give them a bold, flawless finish. I also use this brush for dabbing cream and powder highlighters on my brow-bones and cheek-bones. The brow brush is also purple with a black rubber grip and it has the RT logo printed on it too.
My Thoughts On The Brow Set
I love this little brow set, it has everything you need to create perfect brows and it comes with a gorgeous white leather storage case which can easily be popped in your handbag. I have used the scissors to tidy up my brows and trim hairs that are too long and my brows looks neat and tidy. The tweezers aree really good to and they help to create a lovely shape and perfect arch. I use my spoolie everyday to blend in my colour and I use the brow highlighting brush for highlighting and concealing both my eyes and cheeks. I absolutely love the brow brush, my fave brush out of the set. It creates such a perfect, straight line when I’m outlining my brows and it blends eyebrow powders well. I love how it gives my brows clean edges. The bristles haven’t frayed either which is good. I love the Brow Set and I use it everyday!, They are good quality, soft, firm brushes and the scissors and tweezers aren’t cheap rip-offs – at £15.77 I think the set is great value for money so I do 100% recommend it if you’re thinking about giving it a go. I so cant wait to try some other make-up brushes out from Real Techniques as I’m developing quite a soft spot for them.
What’s your fave brush?
Where To Buy?
I got mine HERE for £15.77 from Amazon UK. The Brow Set is sold by Real Techniques and dispatched by Amazon so I know this is a genuine product.
I was sent this Moroccan Rose Water from InstaNatural a while back and it has become a part of my daily skin care routine ever since. InstaNatural is a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand based in the USA. They sell a wide range of organic and natural products including face masks, aromatherapy oils, natural oils, cleansers, moisturisers, toners, etc… and all of their products contain no nasty ingredients such as parabens, colourants and artificial fragrances. I absolutely love InstaNatural and I already have lots of products from the brand and I love every one of them.
What is it?
”Our Rose Water is 100% pure, natural water made from Rosa Damascena flower petals with no artificial fragrances, preservatives or added chemicals. Rose Water is a multifunctional treatment with soothing, hydrating and revitalizing properties. This product naturally balances the skin’s pH and is an effective toner for any dry or troubling skin.” – InstaNatural
The Moroccan Rose Water comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the 120 ml white, glass spray bottle which has a spray nozzle and a clear plastic lid. The packaging is simple, fresh and attractive and there is a lot of info about the rose water on the back of the box & bottle including ingredients, how to use, benefits, etc… The Moroccan Rose Water is basically a water spray and it has a subtle rose scent which smells so pretty.
My Thoughts On The Moroccan Rose Water:
I absolutely love this spray and use it for everything. I love how it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances – so it is gentle and kind on my sensitive skin and it doesn’t irritate my psoriasis or make them worse. It literally smells amazing – I love rose-scented products and this rose water has a gorgeous, natural scent which smells beautiful.
After cleansing my skin, I use this Moroccan Rose Water as a toner by applying some of the rose water to a cotton pad and wiping it over my face and neck to close my pores and prevent blackheads. I also use it on damp skin after bathing and showering too and it helps to hydrate and soothe my dry skin. Now and again, I spray a little onto my hair and scalp and comb through and it makes my hair moisturised, shinier and it soothes my irritated scalp.
My favourite way to use the Moroccan Rose water is to spray some onto my skin after applying my foundation, concealer and setting powder. I just apply one or two spritz of the water to my face and my make-up looks so much more natural and flawless afterwards. It is a great little make-up setting spray and I love how it makes cakey powder appear more dewy and radiant. I love how this is a multi-purpose spray and it can also be used as a aftershave, for aromatherapy uses, treating sunburn, for removing make-up, perking up tired, puffy eyes and so much more.
Disclosure: – This product was gifted to me for review purposes.
The Moroccan Rose Water is perfect for all skin types but I would especially recommend it for those with oily, dry or sensitive skin and those who suffer with skin complaints such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Where To Buy?
I did get mine HERE from InstaNatural’s Amazon UK shop but they don’t seem to stock the rose water anymore. I’ve had a look on Google too for UK shops who sell InstaNatural products and I can’t seem to find any. If I do I will update this post.
If you are from the USA you can shop it for $13.97 HERE on Amazon.com orHERE on the website.
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I’ve had this Blackhead Eliminating Cleansing Lotion from Neutrogena for a couple of months now. I have tiny blackheads on my nose which I can’t seem to get rid of so I thought I would give this a try to see if it helped to make them less noticeable or even better eliminate them completely.
The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Cleansing Lotion is a unique cleanser which is made especially to help eliminate and prevent blackheads. It works deep down to remove dirt and oil trapped in your pores, removing the impurities that can lead to blackheads. It contains a powerful blackhead-fighting ingredient to help eliminate and prevent blackheads.
The Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Cleansing Lotion comes in a 200ml transparent bottle which has an orange lockable flip-lid. There is information on the back of the bottle such as ingredients, how to use, etc… The packaging is quite simple and nothing special really. The Cleansing Lotion itself is a clear watery liquid which foams a little when the bottle is shook and it also has a very strong alcohol smell.
My Thoughts On The Blackhead Eliminating Cleansing Lotion:
I don’t really like how it smells, it smells quite strong and almost like vodka. I can sometimes be allergic to artificial fragrance and this cleanser does give me a little headache, so if you also suffer with chemical sensitivities, keep this is mind before buying. The cleanser also stings a tiny bit when you first apply it and the strong smells makes your eyes watery. I usually hate products that smell artificial and ‘chemical-like’ and I do tend to prefer natural smelling products. It can also be very drying on the skin so because it contains alcohol I wouldn’t recommend this cleanser if you already suffer with dry skin. I have dry skin and it has been a little bit drying on my face but I make sure to use a really good moisturiser and nourishing face oil afterwards. I think this cleanser would be more suited to those who have normal/combination skin and definitely for those with oily skin as it completely removes all traces of oil on the face.
I really like this cleanser regardless of the smell and I love how well it takes every inch of make-up, dirt and oil off the skin. It’s easy to use – just simply apply a bit of the liquid to a cotton pad or some toilet roll and wipe over the face and neck avoiding the eye area. I’ve been using it on-off for a couple of months now and each time I use it my skin feels cleaner and soft. I love the little radiant shine it gives on the skin after using too. I can’t say it has eliminated any blackheads on my nose but it has stopped any more from appearing on my face. It is great for preventing blackheads but I’m not sure how great it is for eliminating ones that are already on your face. It also hasn’t made my sensitive skin break out in a rash or pimples either which is good. I probably will buy the cleanser again as it has helped to control blocked pores and stopped any more blackheads appearing on my face.
Disclosure: – I bought this product.
Where To Buy?
I got mine in-store at BOOTS but you can buy it HERE on the website for £4.18.
Asda, Superdrug, Home Bargains, Tesco, etc… will probably sell it too.
Eco Natural Products kindly sent me a little gift to try out on my sensitive skin and review it on my blog. It is the 100% natural & organic cruelty-free Exotic Body Wash by Lavera which is enriched with organic coconut & organic vanilla. It is a mild and gentle body wash made with organic plant ingredients and natural essential oils. It is free-from harsh chemicals and skin irritants such as parabens, SLS/ALS, paraffin, phthalate, plastic microbeads and mineral oil and it is also free of GMO’s, colourants, synthetic fragrances and preservatives. It is dermatologically approved and non-drying on the skin – making it feel cleansed, smooth, silky soft and moisturised.
Lavera is a health, beauty and skincare brand who are based in Germany. They have over 300 natural and organic beauty and skincare products which are all formulated without synthetic preservatives, colours or fragrances, and developed for sensitive skin. They also do make-up, skin-care, hair-care and baby-care as well as others.
Eco Natural Products sell natural, organic, eco-friendly, cruelty free and vegan friendly beauty and skincare products. They also sell aromatherapy products, Marseille soap, alum stone, varieties of natural cosmetic clays, natural fragrances, natural and organic make up, toiletries, washing Indian nuts and extremely hard to get Syrian Aleppo Soap. Literally everything. They have an online store as well a local shop in Bournemouth and mainly sell foreign beauty & skincare products which are not available to buy elsewhere in the UK – which makes them pretty special, hey!
The Exotic Body Wash comes in a big 200 ml aqua blue and white, squeezy tube and it has a lockable white flip-lid. There is quite a lot of product in the tube, so it will last a while. The packaging is bright and pretty and the blue on the bottle is so gorgeous, it is one of my fave colours. The tube has all the relevant information printed on the back, such as ingredients, how to use, etc… The body wash itself is clear, transparent and has a smooth, gel-like consistency. It smells absolutely gorgeous too, very sweet and ‘coconutty’, I am a big coconut fan and just love coconut skincare products, so this was like actual heaven for me.
My Thoughts On The Exotic Body Wash:
Like I mentioned above it smells really lovely & nice, I absolutely love the smell of creamy coconut and sweet vanilla but I did find that the scent did not linger on my skin after using, it still smells amazing though! I use mine as a body wash when taking a bath and I use it as a shower gel too, I just apply a bit of the body wash to a bath sponge and wash my whole body with it. I also use it as bubble bath by adding a little of the product under a warm running tap to create lots of gorgeous bubbles. I’ve even washed my face with it a couple of times too – I know it’s a body wash but I don’t care, my face feels so soft and clean afterwards. It works up a great little lather and feels so soft and gentle on the skin – before using this body wash, my skin was feeling dry and irritated and after using for a couple of days straight, (twice a day) my skin is much calmer and softer now. I love how it doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients as I find when I use skincare products with chemicals in, my psoriasis flares up days later. The Exotic Body Wash has been so gentle on my skin and I can definitely see it being a favourite of mine from now on.
I also think it is 100% great value for money as the tube has a lot of product in so it’s long-lasting and the ingredients are all natural and kind. I have found most natural & organic products that I have tried to be a bit on the expensive side, so I was surprised at how cheap this was at just under 7 quid. There is nothing at all that I don’t like about the Exotic Body Wash and I’m excited to try out some other products from Lavera to help my sensitive skin & my psoriasis.
Would I buy again?
I would definitely re-purchase the Exotic Body Wash again as I love how gentle it is on my skin and doesn’t irritate my psoriasis either. There is an Exotic Body Lotion too which I will have to try. I love discovering new brands and finding new products to try on my skin and I will certainly be browsing a few other brands on Eco Natural Products’ website to see what else I can get next. Eco Natural Products is a great little online store and they have such wonderful customer service – so I highly recommend them and I will certainly be shopping with them again.
I would recommend the Exotic Body Wash to just about anyone! It is perfect for people who prefer to use cruelty-free skincare products and I would especially recommend the body wash for those with sensitive, dry and allergy prone skin and anybody who suffers with skin problems and skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.
Disclosure:This product was sent to me free of charge for review purposes only. I have been completely honest in this review and I have shared my own personal experiences that I have had with the product.
Where To Buy?
If you are from the UK – you can buy it HERE for £6.45. You can get a free coupon when you sign up to the Eco Natural Products newsletter too.
If you live in Australia, Canada, Japan or the USA you can buy it HERE.
If you would like to visit Eco Natural Products’ website or connect with them on social media, see links below.
So, before, I posted my review on theCore Collection kit from Real Techniquesand I thought I’d let you all know how I clean my make-up brushes. I was kindly sent these Silicone Make-Up Brush Cleaners from a lovely company called RUIMIO and they have made my life so much easier. I hate cleaning my brushes by hand and I always feel like they are not being cleaned properly or deeply enough, so I was really excited about trying these out.
The two-piece portable set comes in a small box and includes a gorgeous baby pink silicone make-up brush cleaner and a pretty mint green one. They are made with safe, non-toxic, non-porous silicone which is soft and springy and will keep its shape, rinse clean instantly and last you a lifetime. They both have handy hooks too, so you can hang them up to dry after using. The brushes work by cleaning accumulated makeup, oil, dirt and bacteria off of your makeup brushes and you only need to use a little soap or shampoo to clean them, which keeps them in tip-top condition, makes your make-up brushes last longer and prevents bacteria from spreading on the skin which causes pimples, blackheads and breakouts to appear on the face.
There are three different cleaning areas on the silicone brush cleaners: a grooved area for larger brushes, a cross-hatched area for shorter-bristle brushes and small nubs for your smallest brushes.
They are so easy to use and all you have to do is wet your brush under warm tap water, apply some shampoo or facial wash to the silicone cleaner and place two fingers inside and gently rub the brush bristles up and down and around against the grooved area, the cross-hatched area and the raised nubs. You can also hold it by hand instead of inserting your fingers. Then you just rinse the brush cleaner under the tap, pat your brush bristles dry with a paper towel and shape them while they’re wet and hang the brush cleaner up to dry.
I really love this little make-up brush cleaning set, the colours are pretty, they look so cute, they are hygienic, they work great at cleaning your brushes and they are super affordable too. What’s not to love?
Where To Buy?
I got my Silicone Make-Up Brush Cleaners here* from RUIMIO’s Amazon UK shop. They cost £4.99 and next day delivery is available.
Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge for review purposes.
I bought some new make-up brushes a few days ago as my ASBO dog Marley, (named after the film – Marley & Me – by name & by nature!) has a fetish for make-up brushes, beauty blenders and sponges and likes to destroy them. I have seriously gone through so many make-up brushes and sponges because of him and I always forget to put them out of reach. He has the time of his life when he is ripping them to shreds, so I can’t complain, little rascal – ha. So yeah, I bought some new brushes and decided to go with Real Techniques for a change as I have never owned any of their brushes.
The Core Collection comes in a plastic case and you can see the brushes inside, on the back of the case it tells you what make-up brush is which. The four-piece set helps to create a perfect canvas and flawless base and contains four make-up brushes which all have a white tip with soft, plush, synthetic bristles which are made from taklon bristles so they are 100% cruelty free. They also have an orange metal with Real Techniques printed on them and each brush is labelled and has a black rubber grip. The set is perfect for those who are experience with make-up and know the ins and outs as well as for those who are new to make-up and inexperienced with make-up brushes. It is a great starter kit for beginners.
What’s In The Box
a panoramic case
The panoramic case is a dual carrier and stand to store and keep your brushes organised and safe when travelling or for displaying your brushes on your dressing table. You simply fold over the case and pull on the drawstring to tighten it and the case will stand up. It can also be used for upside drying of your brushes. It has a white faux leather exterior which is wipe clean and perfect in case you get make-up prints on it. It has a grey interior with a white trim and also has a Real Techniques tag at the bottom. It has a Velcro strap opening/closing and has four pieces of elastic on the right side which keeps brushes secure, there is also an extra two pieces of elastic on the left side for storing more brushes if you wish!
a contour brush
The contour brush has a tapered tip which I use for contouring and highlighting. I love using this brush to apply highlighter to my cheekbones and brown-bone as well as for contouring my eyes with a little bronzer when I’m skipping eyeshadow.
a detailer brush
The detailer brush is a very small and flat brush which I use for applying concealer under my eyes and lash-line and around the nose. It is precision cut which is great for concealing problem areas. I also use this brush for fixing up my eyebrows with concealer and it can be used as a lip brush for shape and definition too. It’s also great for tidying up lipstick with concealer.
a pointed foundation brush
The pointed foundation brush has a flat paddle shape which I think is perfect for applying primers, liquid foundations and for applying & blending concealer under the eyes. I love using it to build full coverage with my liquid foundation too.
a buffing brush
The buffing brush is a large round brush which I love using to apply and blend my liquid foundation. It can also be used for full coverage of cream to powder foundation or mineral foundation and is great for applying bronzer, blusher and highlighter as well as for setting foundation and concealer with a loose or pressed powder.
I’ll be using my 2-pack Silicone Brush Cleaners from RUIMIO to keep them nice and clean and in tip-top shape. I got mine here* for £4.99 if you want to take a look. These are not included with the Core Collection. Ha.
I absolutely love the Core Collection kit, you seriously cannot go wrong with this collection, they are fabulous quality and definitely worth the money – I bought these as I’m trying to improve my make-up skills and wanted the perfect tools for the job. I also love how they are cheaper to buy on Amazon as they are more expensive in high street shops. I really like the case and it fits perfectly in my handbag when I’m out and about and I display my brushes on my dressing table when I’m applying my make-up and they are easy to find and look nice too. The make-up brushes are soft and fluffy and pick up make-up well, my favourites are the pointed foundation brush which I use to blend my concealer under my eyes and the buffing brush because I can use it to apply foundation, blusher, bronzer and setting powder. The make-up brushes are also cleaned easily and so far I have washed them twice and my brushes haven’t shredded which is great as I have found with cheaper brushes they tend to lose their bristles when washing, they also don’t leave bristles all over your face either. I’ve fallen in love with Real Techniques and I love the Core Collection. I think I’ll buy the Brow Set* next and maybe the Starter Set* for eye make-up.
I would definitely recommend Real Techniques and I absolutely love the Core Collection.
Where To Buy?
I got my Core Collection Make-Up Brush Kit here* on Amazon UK. It was £13.95 and I got same-day delivery. The brushes are sold and dispatched by Amazon and not a marketplace seller so I know the brushes are definitely 100% genuine.
You can also shop on the Real Techniques website here.
Usually, I use drugstore brands such as Rimmel, MAX-FACTOR & Maybelline when buying foundations but after watching so many beauty guru’s putting the Born This Way foundation on a pedestal, I just had to buy it and try it out for myself. I’ve had my bottle for a few months now and it’s practically empty so I will definitely be repurchasing as it is without a doubt the BEST foundation I have ever used.
What Is The Born This Way Foundation?
” This oil-free foundation masterfully diffuses the line between make-up and skin. Coverage so undetectable and skin so naturally radiant, they’ll think you were BORN THIS WAY.” – Too Faced
The Born This Way foundation is an undetectable, medium to full coverage foundation which is infused with Coconut Water to replenish skins moisture levels and hydrate the skin. It’s also enriched with Alpine Rose which will help to brighten the skins appearance and promote elasticity. Also, it contains Hyaluronic Acid which works by giving the skin a smoother, more youthful appearance.
I absolutely love all of Too Faced’s packaging, absolutely gorge! The Born This Way foundation is no different either. It is a 30 ml bottle which comes in a pretty little pink box and inside is a frosted glass bottle with gorgeous gold detailing and writing. It has a black pump dispenser which can also be screwed off. On the bottom of the bottle it says the foundation can be used up to twelve months after opening too.
Shades To Choose From:
There are a whopping 24 shades to choose from so whether your light-skinned or dark-skinned there will be a colour for you. I’ve posted all the available shades below but if you want to skip straight to my review just keep scrolling down.
Swan (NEW) – fairest with neutral undertones
Snow – fairest with rosy undertones
Ivory – fairest with golden undertones
Almond (NEW) – very fair with golden undertones
Pearl – very fair with rosy undertones
Porcelain – very fair with neutral undertones
Vanilla – fair with neutral undertones
Nude – very light with rosy undertones
Warm Nude – very light with neutral undertones
Golden Beige (NEW)light with golden undertones
Light Beige – light with neutral undertones
Natural Beige – light medium with neutral undertones
Warm Beige – medium with neutral undertones
Sand – medium with golden undertones
Golden – medium with rosy undertones
Warm Sand (NEW) – tan with golden undertones
Honey – tan with neutral undertones
Caramel – rich tan with neutral undertones
Mocha – rich tan with rosy undertones
Maple – deep with neutral undertones
Chestnut – deep with golden undertones
Mahogany – very deep with golden undertones
Hazelnut – deepest with rosy undertones
Cocoa (NEW) – deepest with neutral undertones
When I don’t apply fake tan I am very pale and quite fair skinned, I also have pink undertones in my skin so I chose the Warm Nude shade in the foundation because it it is very light and has neutral undertones with will hide the pinkness in my skin, for this reason I didn’t pick a golden or rosy foundation. The Warm Nude shade is probably a shade darker than my natural skin-tone but because I wear a light fake tan, it blends in easily with the rest of my skin. If I was to not wear fake tan I think the shades Vanilla and Porcelain would be my perfect match – next time I think I’ll buy one of those shades.
The main reason why I love the Born This Way foundation is because it makes my skin look more youthful! I’ve just turned dirty thirty and unfortunately, my skin is not what is used to be in my twenties. I have fine lines around my eyes and a deep set wrinkle between my eyebrows which I despise so much and the foundation made them look way less noticeable by deeply moisturising my skin. I reckon I can pass for 25 years old when wearing this foundation, ha ha (wishful thinking) so for that reason alone I absolutely adore it.
You lot know that I have psoriasis and luckily, I rarely get any of it on my face – I don’t get many blemishes or pimples either but I do have a very dull, boring complexion with large pores on my cheeks and this foundation makes my skin look so much brighter, completely conceals my large pores and makes my skin look radiant and glowy. It is seriously just perfect.
The foundation provides a natural coverage and if you choose the right shade to match your natural skin-tone – it will literally look as if you are completely barefaced and aren’t wearing make-up at all. It is super light weight too and it feels like you aren’t even wearing it because the skin feels like it can breathe. I hate heavy foundations that feel suffocating on the skin so this gets a big thumbs up for being light and fresh.
I apply it in the morning time with a beauty blender and it seriously stays on all day and night without fading. It doesn’t oxidise on the skin either and wont make your face look orange / darker after applying
Like I said before, I don’t get many blemishes on my skin so I don’t really need a full coverage foundation so just one layer is enough for me. It is a medium coverage foundation and one pump is enough to cover blemishes but you can build to full coverage by layering as needed.
I tested a little bit out on my psoriasis for you guys to show you how well it covers imperfections. Please keep in mind that my psoriasis are raised.
Before applying Born This Way:
After applying one layer of Born This Way:
The only thing I didn’t like was after a few hours – (I’m talking 12 hours later / at the end of the day) my skin was shiny and oily on my forehead and cheeks which I don’t get as I have dry skin and the foundation is meant to be oil-free. The foundation does stay put all day long nonetheless and the shine is easily removed with a bit of setting powder though, so I’m not really bothered to be honest.
Also when the bottle is nearly empty it won’t dispense any more foundation when pressing the dispenser so I’ve screw mine off and I dip a thin make-up brush into the bottle neck to get all the foundation out which has coated the bottom and sides. Gotta get my money’s worth, hey! I will be buying a new bottle this week and I’m thinking of buying the Born This Way concealer and the Born This Way setting powder too! 🙂
Where To Buy?
I did try to buy the foundation on the Too Faced website but they don’t ship to the UK so I had to get mine here from Debenhams, next day delivery is available. It’s £29 to buy and they have a very temptating offer on right now too, so if you spend £50 or more on Too Faced products, you will receive a free gift with your order. The gift you’ll receive is Deluxe Sweet Peach Lip Gloss in Pure Peach and the Deluxe Melt-Off Mascara. Very nice indeed, hey! I might have to take them up on that offer, I can’t resist a freebie ha ha!
You can also get it on Amazon UKhere*. It is a bit dearer on Amazon UK so would probably be best getting it from Debenhams – but if you have an Amazon Gift Card or something you want to spend, then go ahead. The Born This Way foundation is dispatched and sold by Amazon and not a marketplace seller, so you shouldn’t worry as it is definitely 100% genuine.
If you are from the USA, the Born This Way foundation is $39 and you can shop on the website here. You will get a FREE Hangover Deluxe, Deluxe La Creme Lipstick, & Deluxe Love Flush Blush on ANY purchase over $65!*
Thanks for reading girlies! – I hope my review has been helpful! Mwah!
OMG – this is my second DIY Craft Project that I have posted today! I’ve gone months without posting any craft tutorials but today I’m feeling crafty & creative so there ya go! I had some boring, plain boxes lying around and I ordered one too many rolls of Muriva Sparkle Glitter Wallpaper last week, (which I got here* for £16.39 a roll) when I was re-decorating my living room. The wallpaper was too pretty to throw away, so I thought I’d make some pretty little storage boxes with the glittery left-overs.
What You Will Need
a strong, sturdy box with a lid
wallpaper or pretty paper
pretty birthday cards
a pen or pencil
How To Make The Glitter Storage Box:
Place the box lid in the middle of the wallpaper and cut around the box so you have enough to cover the front and the sides, add an inch on to overlap the edges.
Put some PVA glue into a bowl/container. Using a small paintbrush, slather on the PVA glue on to the front of the box.
Turn the box around and place it front down in the centre of the wallpaper, smooth ing it down with your hands to make sure it sticks.
Using a pen draw a dotted line starting from the corners of the box, right down to the end of the wallpaper. Cut along the dotted line right up to the corners of the box.
Press the overlapping wallpaper against the edges of the box and cut off the ‘triangle’, so the wallpaper has a straight edge against the box corner. Repeat this for all corners of the box. See pics below for example.
When you have finished tidying up the edges you should have something that looks like the picture below. Slather on PVA glue all over the overlapping paper and edges of the box then press down to make sure it sticks.
Apply super glue along the inch of wallpaper and fold it over the edge, pressing down for a minute or so to make sure it sticks. Repeat this for all sides of the box.
Now the top of the box is done so repeat the same steps for the bottom of the box.
The next step is optional. You can do whatever you want to design the front of the box. I used a pretty birthday card which I got from my sister and I cut out the pop up words ‘you’ve got that special something’and used super glue to stick them down onto the box.
Optional: You don’t have to add a handle if you don’t want to hang it up on the wall as wall art. But, if you do, take the bottom of the box and glue some ribbon or string to the top of the box. I had to use some strong duct tape as the glue wouldn’t stick to the glitter wallpaper because it is vinyl. I would have used my glue gun but I’ve run out of glue sticks. If you’re using ‘paper’ wallpaper – super glue should work fine.
When the box has been covered with wallpaper and you have stuck your words / pictures / embellishments down, glued on a handle so you can hang it up & your happy with how it looks – go ahead and fill the box up with some goodies.
I’m using my glitter box to store some beauty samples, kirby clips and hair bobbles.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this DIY Craft Project. If you like it please share it with your friends by clicking on the ‘Pinterest’ icon below and clicking share.
If you decide to make your own hanging glitter storage box – please tweet me your photo’s on Twitter – @KatieRoseLovesx or tag me on Instagram – @katieroseloves, you could also post to my wall on Facebook – here.
I would really love to see what you have made!
It’s been aaaaages since I posted a DIY Craft Tutorial on here hasn’t it! I was looking through my drafts yesterday and I found this cute little Sock Bunny Tutorial which had gotten lost through my hundreds of ‘to do posts’ that I have yet to complete. I totally forgot about this cute little DIY project which I actually made & wrote last year after watching a tutorial video on YouTube. I thought I’d post it anyhow as it has been one of my favourite little makes so far.
It was so easy to make the sock bunny and kids can accomplish it too as well as adults. I’ve made a couple now and have left myself absolutely sockless along the way, ha ha. So, if you lot are sitting there bored out of your skulls, with nothing to do and you have an old pair of socks lying round – carry on reading to see how I made mine and give it a go yourselves.
Below, is the video tutorial I watched on YouTube for inspiration.
My Sock Bunny:
Well girls, this is my little sock bunny! Isn’t it cute! It’s not perfect like but I really love it :). Sock bunnies are the easiest things to make and they really do make a lovely handmade gift – especially for kids. I made my two nieces one each and they’ve said they are going to treasure them forever, little sweethearts! I think handmade gifts are so much more thoughtful and sweeter than shop-bought gifts.
If you decide to make your own little sock bunny – please tweet me your photo’s on Twitter – @KatieRoseLovesx or tag me on Instagram – @katieroseloves, you could also post to my wall on Facebook – here.
My hair is quite flat, boring and limp and sometimes I need a little help to make my hairstyle look fuller, volumised, thicker and ‘Cheryl-Cole like’. I’ve had my Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray from Batiste lying around for ages and because I have so many beauty products stored away in storage boxes, like literally millions of stuff – I forgot all about it. I was having a clear out a few weeks ago and found the volume spray amongst all of my stuff. I’ve used it a couple of times since but it’s not an everyday thing as I only tend to use when I’m wearing my hair down or if I’m going on a girls night out. Most days I wear my hair in dutch-braids, a pony-tail or a bun-ring.
The Oomph My Locks Volume Spray is enriched with keratin which adds shine, prevents split ends and adds protein to the hair to keep it healthy which is great as I suffer from split ends and dry, fizzy damaged hair. It also contains inca inchi oil too which helps to hydrate the hair, lock in moisture, protect from sun damage as well as regulating oil production of the scalp.
It’s easy to use, just simply spray at the roots and backcomb a little using your fingers or a tail comb to add volume at the roots, then style your hair as desired. After spraying the volume spray, it does leave a white, chalky layer on the hair but it is easily removed by combing it out. It really does make your hair look more volumised and thicker – it has definitely gave my limp, flat hair a little oomph and lift at the roots and it holds hairstyles well! It also has a lovely, fresh scent that stays on the hair and doesn’t disappear after five minutes of applying. I did find that it made my hair feel dry-ish with a rough texture and the movement of my hair was not as’ flowy’ as it was before I used it so I don’t think you can get away with applying it everyday without washing the hair after each use – it contains keratin which can cause product build up.
I love dry shampoo’s and always rely on them when I’m in a rush, especially when my hair needs washing but I’ve literally no time to wash, dry and style – which usually takes ages, but I wouldn’t use Batiste’s OOMPH My Locks XXL Volume Spray as a replacement for a dry shampoo spray as it works best as a volume booster – but, it does help a little by soaking up excess oil at the roots and makes the hair smell clean, fresh and just-washed.
Some of my regular readers will know that I have fragrance sensitivities, which basically means that I can be allergic to certain smells and artificial fragrances which cause me to have violent headaches and migraines. It can be so bad sometimes and I can only use a handful of perfumes and deodorant sprays because of it. Don’t get me wrong I’m not allergic to everything… just some. Well, this spray from Batiste does cause me to have mild headaches but it soon passes and isn’t severe. So, if like me, you have fragrance sensitivities, bear this in mind before you decide to buy it.
You can buy the Oomph My Locks Volume Spray from Batistehere.
The Liebster Award is given out by influencers to other influencers for engaging readers and creating valuable content. It is also a way to connect and support the blogging/influencer community.
I’m so happy to have been nominated for the Liebster Award for the second time running. Thank-you to Junia over at Blog With Lipsfor nominating me!
Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog. Answer the questions they have asked you. Nominate as many bloggers as you want. Ask them some questions. Let them know you have nominated them.
Questions for me to answer:
1.) Tell your readers about yourself and your blog.
My name is Katie, I am 30 years old and I live in a small town in Liverpool, UK. I have a boyfriend / best friend / soul mate – who I have been with since I was 18 years old and we have two kids together named Bella & Marley (our Patterdale Terrier dogs, hehe.)
My blog is a beauty / psoriasis / craft tutorial blog where I post a lot of beauty product reviews for my beauty geek, make-up and skincare obsessed readers as well as being a place for me to share all of my DIY beauty projects and DIY craft and sewing projects, I love being creative. I also review jewellery and candles too, two of my favourite things. Mainly, I started this blog back in 2015 to connect with others who suffer with psoriasis and I regularly share my thoughts about psoriasis treatments that are available and post skincare product reviews for those who have skin disorders.
2.) What’s the meaning behind your blog name?
There is no meaning really, when I first started this blog I wanted to post about everything I love hence Katie Rose Loves… ha ha. I wish I could have given a better answer.
3.) Who has inspired you the most in your life?
My gorgeous Mum. She has been a superwoman for all my entire life – a single Mum to three kids who has the biggest, kindest heart you can imagine. I tell my Mum absolutely everything, keep no secrets from her at all and she is more like a sister / best friend to me. She does so much for everyone else and never asks for anything in return. She really is a truly inspirational woman and there is no one in this world who I love and adore more than I do her.
4.) What does success mean to you?
I also have Bipolar Disorder so success, to me, means being stable and happy in life. That means the most to me more than anything in life. I’ve been in some pretty bad places in the past but now I’m settled and happy with who and what I am. I’d love to be a well-known beauty and psoriasis influencer too, who people look to for inspiration and advice. I also love money so hopefully one day I will be a millionaire, ha ha.
5.) Name one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
That I have Bipolar Disorder probably. I’ve never told a soul until recently and sharing it has been HUGE for me. I am a very private person and keep myself to myself so telling the world that I have a mental illness has been really hard but I’m proud of my self for putting it out there as it used to be something I’d try my best to hide to avoid the stigma and being labelled ‘crazy’.
6.) What are your values and are you being true to them?
My values in life are being truthful, honest, kind, caring, non-judgmental, compassionate, empathetic and 100% genuine. I most certainly do stay true to them.
7.) What’s the best lesson you’ve learned so far?
To not give a fuck what people think of me! I’ve gone through life with anxiety worrying what others thought of me and recently I just don’t care anymore. Having psoriasis has affected my confidence in the past but I’m not going to let it hold me back anymore. I am what I am and if people don’t like it, they can jog on.
8.) Who’s your favourite influencer and why?
Oh, I have a few.
I love beauty-guru Okaylaaafor her no-shits given attitude and she’s so pretty too, I wish I could apply my make-up as good as her.
I love the gorgeous psoriasis influencer, Holly Dillon from Get Your Skin Outfor being courageous, brave, confident and inspiring. She is just truly fab.
I also love April Bee for her craft tutorial video’s on YouTube. I love how handy and creative she is.
9.) Describe your blog in three words?
Honest. Truthful. Informative.
10.) What impact do you want to leave in the world?
I just hope to let young girls and women all over the world know that they are beautiful whatever age, size, race and colour they are and to be their complete selves and enjoy it. It is better to be an original than a copy, hey.
11.) Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully married, I have been with my partner for nearly 13 years and he still hasn’t popped the question so he better have put a ring on it by 2022! I want some kids too maybe two or three, a nice car and a lovely big house in the countryside with loads of pets and lots of cash. I don’t want much do I! Ha.
What Pure Potions say about the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil:
Introducing the new Skin Salvation Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is a 100% natural facial cleanser made with a luxurious combination of rich, effective, botanical oils for daily use to condition, cleanse and moisturise.
It has been formulated as an alternative to soap-based cleansers or make-up removers to cleanse dirt and excess oil from the face without stripping skin of moisture or damaging the epidermis.
When massaged into the skin the rosehip, calendula, sunflower and safflower oils bind to surface impurities, pulling out dirt without clogging pores, and allow them to be gently wiped away leaving the skin clean, soft and hydrated. It can be used as part of a daily skincare regime to remove mascara, foundation and other make-up as well as the grime and pollutants of everyday life.
This super-rich oil also nourishes and protects skin that might need extra care, particularly ageing, fragile or damaged facial skin, because, unlike most brands of cleansing oils, Pure Potions’ Skin Salvation Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is a blend of carefully-selected natural oils and contains absolutely no perfume, preservatives or other added ingredients. We don’t use even essential oils in this blend because sensitive skin on the face can react to these natural additives; it is just a pure and simple blend of plant- and seed-based oils.
I am absolutely over the moon that I have come across this brand as their gentle products have helped my skin tremendously in such a short period of time. I have been using the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil twice a day, when I wake up – before I apply my make-up and to take it all off before I go to bed. It takes make-up off so well leaving my skin deeply cleansed and even removes waterproof mascara and I love that it doesn’t clog pores on the skin too which will keep pimples, blackheads and whiteheads from appearing. After cleansing my face with the oil I am left with a little dewy shine which makes my skin look radiant and glowing. Luckily, I don’t really get psoriasis on my face apart from underneath my eyebrows but since using this oil is has kept them at bay. It has done my skin the world of good and it looks so much healthier already. My complexion is a lot brighter which I’m so happy about as usually it looks very dull and greyish.
There is quite a lot of product in the bottle and you only need to use the smallest amount as a little bit goes far, so it is long-lasting. I have been using this for about a week now and you would think I haven’t even used any at all as the bottle is still full to the brim
What I also love about the cleansing oil is that it is a 100% natural cleansing oil that contains no parabens, no perfumes, no palm oil, no SLS, no phthalates, no silicones, no PEG’s, no mineral oil and no synthetics. It is probably the safest cleanser you can use on sensitive skin and removes make-up, impurities and dirt without irritating the skin or worsening symptoms.
I apply it all over my face, (sometimes I leave it on for a few minutes to let it deeply moisturise my skin) then wipe it off with a damp wash-cloth. I am not usually a fan of cleansing oils as I like my creams and facial washes but this is an oil I will be using again and again and I will be re-purchasing.
The only thing I dislike about the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil is that after applying to the face it requires you to wash your hands with soap afterwards to remove the oil from your hands, not a biggie really. Plus, I think it is a little expensive at £22 a bottle but as I said before, one bottle will last a long time and the cleansing oil really does soothe, hydrate and cleanse problem skin, thanks to its natural ingredients.
So I suppose you get what you pay for, hey!
Absolutely anyone can use this cleansing oil! Women, men, children, old and young. It is recommended for those who have sensitive skin and those with skin disorders but even if your skin is healthy you can use it. The omega rich cleansing oil is perfect for those with dry and allergy prone skin, so if you have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne or rosacea – I would 100% recommend giving this cleansing oil a try.
To visit the Pure Potions website or connect with them on social media, see links below.
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I still remember to this day the first time my Mum & Dad discovered my psoriasis. I must have been about four or five years old and thanks to my amazing long term memory, I remember telling my Mum that I had chicken pox like it was yesterday.
As psoriasis had been in my family for about 3-4 generations on both maternal and paternal sides, my Mum and Dad knew I didn’t have chicken pox and the doctors confirmed that it was what they knew it was – Psoriasis.
After reading lots of psoriasis blogs, I’ve learned that most psoriasis sufferers say having it did not affect them in any way as a child but that certainly wasn’t the case with me.
I remember going swimming to the local leisure centre with my P.E teacher…
Last week I signed back up to Birchbox and I’ve been waiting patiently for my box to arrive. It turned up yesterday shortly after my Glossybox and I’m pretty pleased with the products in my box. When I signed up I was given the option to choose a box design out of two boxes but I was given the one I didn’t choose. Not that I’m bothered though. Ha.
Birchbox September 2017
Products In Box: 4 (1 missing) plus 2 free gifts. Monthly Subscription Cost: £10 (plus £2.95 postage) Sign Up: wwwbirchbox.co.uk
Manna Kadar – Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush, Highlighter, Eyeshadow | RRP £15*
Sorry for the lame photograph, I still haven’t bought a new camera! This is the first time I have ever heard or owned a product from Manna Kadar. The Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush, Highlighter and Eyeshadow is a gorgeous shade, almost bronze. I swatched a little bit of it on the back of my hand and so far I absolutely love it. I haven’t used it on my face yet as I am having a lazy, make-up-free PJ day so I will post a full review when I get dolled up.
Okay, so I have been excited about this product from Polaar, it is the IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser which helps to eliminate puffiness, dark circles and stimulates eyelash growth and also contains Siberian ginseng. I tried this out before and although I’m happy with the results, I had the fright of my life when I was trying to lubricate the ‘ball’ by squeezing it a little – the metal ‘ball’ popped and nearly put a hole in my ceiling and cause me to have heart failure, ha ha. So, now it is ball-less and to be honest it’s actually easier to apply underneath my eyes as the ball felt ‘stuck’ and didn’t roll much when applied. Will post a full review soon.
Dr. PawPaw – Original Clear Balm | RRP £6.95*
This is my first product from Dr. Paw Paw and I have been wanting to try their products out for ages. This is a 10 ml tube of the multipurpose balm which is fragrance-free and cruelty free. It’s also a great healing balm which can be used literally anywhere on the lips, skin and hair. I’ve only used a little on my chapped lips so far and it has soothed them and made them soft again! I’ve yet to try it on my skin and hair! I would repurchase this again! I think it is £6.95 for the 25 ml.
Already used this Purifying Pink Clay Mask from Sand & Sky and I do really like it. It’s enriched with vitamin A and is also a cruelty-free product as well. In my box was a small 13g sample which is enough for about 2 maybe 3 face masks. I had a pamper sesh last night and used this mask with some cucumber on my eyes! Complete bliss! I would buy the full size but at £39.90, it is a bit out of my budget so I’m not sure if I’ll buy it again. I have added it to my wish-list though!
Benefit – They’re Real! Doube The Lip in Pink Thrills | RRP £16.50*
I would have loved this but unfortunately Birchbox forgot to put it into my box. I didn’t even realise it was missing until I read the ‘what’s in your box’ leaflet. Not to worry though, I have emailed Birchbox and I’m sure they’ll send me one out pretty soon.
Lord & Berry Mascara & Eyeliner Duo
When I signed back up to Birchbox, I was asked to enter my email address to receive a free promo code for a special treat. The code they give me was for this Lord & Berry – Mascara and Eyeliner Duo which I will definitely be using. I love Lord & Berry and own a couple of their products already. Will post a review soon.
*RRPS correspond to full size products.
Also included in this months box was a 15% discount code to use at oliverbonas.com. I got some fab little stickers too which I’ve put on my laptop!
Girls, make sure you all head over to Birchbox’s Facebook page on FRIDAY 29th of SEPTEMBER for an exciting day of giveaways and exclusive treats. I know I’ll be there!
To sign up to Birchbox click here to use my referral link and get £5 off your box.
I’m a bit late like but thank you so much to the The Trendy Rose for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award, you’re a darling! Guys, check out her lovely blog!
WHO IS THE CREATOR?:
The creator of the Mystery Blogger Award is OKOTOENIGMA.
1.) Display the award logo on your blog.
2.) List the Rules.
3.) Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4.) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
5.) Tell your readers three things about yourself.
6.) Answer five questions from the nominee.
7) Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.
8.) Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
9.) Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
10.) Share the link to your best post.
Three Things About Me:
1.) I love my cups of tea! I am literally a walking tea tank. I could easily drink 50 cuppa’s a day and I spend more money on teabags, milk and sugar than I do on beauty products!
2.) I am a gamer girl and have nearly 1000 trophies on PS4. My fave game right now is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I’m also a big Lara Croft fan! My boyfriend moans a lot about me playing computer games because he’s not getting enough attention but I just tell him to: ”shut up and make me a sandwich”. If you’re on PS4, add me: Special-Kay-1987.
3.) I would love to move out of Liverpool to the middle of nowhere, own a log cabin by the lake with just my partner and my dogs (and my mum) as my only company. When that happens I will have smashed life! Ha ha.
Questions For Me To Answer:
1.) Would you rather have a tail or four hands and three legs?
Oh that’s a toughie! If I had a tail I could easily hide it by strapping it down or tucking it into my knickers, ha… but it would be cool to have four hands and three legs, it’s all about multitasking and I’d be able to wear three shoes. Erm, I’ll probs go with the tail!
2.) What’s your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is green.
3.) Where would you like to go for your holidays?
I’ve always wanted to go to Brazil. My perfect holiday would be an activity one and I love everything about the Amazon Rainforest, I watch all nature TV programmes and it just looks amazing, can you imagine sleeping in a jungle up a tree, that would be cool! I am a big nature geek and animal lover too so I’d also love to go to Africa for the same reasons. I’m not really a fan of sun, sea and sand holidays.
4.) What movies could you watch over and over and still love it?
Oh god I’ve got so many! Beaches with Bette Middler in, The Lion King, The Life Of Pi, Sleeping With The Enemy starring Julia Roberts. The Colour Purple starring Whoopi Goldberg is a truly amazing film too, you guys should watch it… I love Interview With The Vampire too starring Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise. Brad Pitt looks fit.
5.) What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?
Dog language! Can I pick that? I would love to be able to understand my dogs, they are little yappers and never shut up so it would be good to understand what they are saying, ha ha. If I had to choose a proper language I’d like to be fluent in it would be French, I already know a little so it would be great to be fluent in it. Did you know that the french word merde means shit in English? ”I need a merde!” Sorry ’bout my French! (no pun intended)
1.) What’s your favourite selfie of yourselves? Get those pics out! 2.) What is the best compliment you have ever received? 3.) Would you lick a merde poo for £1, 000, 000? 4.) What’s your all-time favourite beauty product.? 5.) Who is your favourite beauty vlogger on YouTube?
Girls, I was approached by a company called Aulola from Amazon UK who wanted to send me one of their gorgeous jewellery boxes for me to review on my blog. It’s been absolute ages since I posted anything jewellery related and I don’t currently own one, so of course I said that I would love to have one, so here we are.
The Jewellery Box from Aulola
The jewellery box is made with strong MDF and covered with a gorgeous snake-skin or crocodile-skin faux leather fabric, (either one, I’m not good at describing animal skin, ha)
The inside has a lovely soft velvet lining which protect your bling from any scratches and damage.
There is a small mirror on the top lid which is perfect for when you are putting your earrings in. There is also two hooks either side of the mirror to store dangling earrings. Below the mirror is a pouch which you can put anything in there but it’s perfect for trinkets and bracelets.
The upper tray has eleven separate compartments which is ideal for rings and there are also 4 separate compartments for storing rings, earrings, etc… There is also four ear stud cards to display four sets of earrings.
There are two pull-out draws which are perfect for storing, necklaces, bracelets, pins and watches, both draws have a handle and are easily pulled out.
I absolutely love this jewellery box and I’m so happy with it. It has a gorgeous faux leather material on the outside which looks classy and expensive. It matches and goes well with my bedroom decor which is black and white. I’ve had jewellery boxes in the past but I didn’t have one before this which is surprising as I have a lot of jewellery, most of it being costume jewellery. So, it was nice to finally have a pretty little box to store my bling in.
The jewellery box is a good size, not to big yet not too small and it measures 18 cm in length and 13.5 cm in width. A key is also included so you are able lock your jewellery up and keep it safe.There are three colours to choose from including black, red and pink and I’m happy that I chose the black one but the pink one looks amazing too. The velvet material inside feels lovely and contrasts the black faux leather well, it really is a nice looking jewellery box. There are loads of compartments for storing my rings, bracelets and necklaces and so on and I especially love the ear stud cards which display four sets of stud earrings, making them easier to find and see.
I think the jewellery box is well made, it doesn’t look cheap and it would make a lovely birthday or Christmas present. My camera is broke right now so I’m using my mobile phone (which is crap) to take photographs so I just wanted to add that the pics I have taken really don’t do it any justice at all.