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Review: Facial Wax Strips – Pretty Smooth (Pretty By Quest)

Hello gorgeous girls! I hope you have all had the most magical Christmas ever and I’m wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018! It’s been a while since I last posted hey – I have been meaning to post over the festive season but I have been so busy throughout December that I literally never had any time to do so – I’m one of those who leave everything until the last-minute so I have been running around like a crazy woman. But it’s over now, I can relax and I’m back with my first review of the year!

I’ve been using some Facial Wax Strips from a company called Pretty By Quest and I’m really liking the brand so far, I love how most of their products are not tested on animals and they are so inexpensive too. I have a few other products from them but I thought I’d write a review on their facial wax strips first. I usually hate waxing as I can’t bare pain but I love how quick and easy it is compared to tweezing and less irritating on my skin and smelly than hair removal creams.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Facial Wax Strips come in a small pink and white box which has all the info you need on the back of the box. The box has the cruelty free bunny on the back which means the wax strips and ingredients have not been tested on animals. There are 16 strips inside the box and each one measures 2 x 7.5cm which has two sides of pink wax when peeled apart and they are ideal for use on the chin, cheeks, upper lip and jaw line. They are a quick and easy solution to removing unwanted hair from the face and they are great value for money at just £1 a box from B&M.


HOW TO USE: I found the wax strips easy to use. First of all take one of the strips out of the box and warm one of the strips between your hands by rubbing them together for about 30 seconds. Gently peel the wax strips apart and apply the strip to the unwanted hair you wish to remove and smooth the strip in the same direction as your hair growth for about 10 seconds to ensure the hairs are coated with the wax and the strip is securely fixed to the skin. To remove the hair = hold the skin taut and pull the strip back on itself against the direction of hair growth, keeping the strip as close to the skin as possible. Afterwards use a cotton wool pad moistened with baby oil, coconut oil, etc… to remove any left-over wax from the skin and soothe the skin.

THOUGHTS: I really liked these facial wax strips and they are definitely a bargain at just a quid. There are enough strips in the box to last me a few months and they work really well considering the price. I love how they are cruelty free too. I have been using the strips on my upper lip and between my brows and I was impressed that every bit of hair was removed and they wasn’t as painful as I expected although they did hurt a little when removing them – more so on my upper lip area but it was quick and it only lasted a second. My skin wasn’t left red or inflamed either and I didn’t bruise. I wiped the excess wax off with my Omega Rich Cleansing Oil from Pure Potions and my skin was left smooth, soft and totally hair free afterwards. I would definitely 100% buy these again and I think they work just as good as more expensive ones from bigger, more popular brands.

DISCLOSURE: I bought this product with my own money.

WHERE TO BUY: I got mine from B&M for just £1. Pretty By Quest has a website which you can visit HERE and a Facebook page HERE.




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Review: Real Techniques – Brow Set

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.

First Impressions:

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.



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.

DISCLOSURE: I bought this product.

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Review: Blue Zoo – Depilatory Hard Wax Beans For Hair Removal (No Strips Required)

I was kindly sent some of Blue Zoo’s Depilatory Hard Wax Beans to review and I’m not going to lie I have been shitting myself thinking about using them. I am the biggest wimp ever when it comes to pain and I’ve always had the impression that waxing = PAIN. After reading some reviews on the wax beans, I’ve learned that these hard wax beans don’t hurt as much when removed and nowhere near as painful as sugar wax or wax strips.


How To Use?

The Hard Wax Beans require no wax strips and are fairly simple & easy to use.


1) Take the appropriate amount of wax beans to melt.

I used two handfuls of the wax beans, which was well enough for my forearms and upper lip, I even had some leftover

2) Heat the wax to a melting temperature of 68℃

You can use an electric wax warmer or place a bowl inside a hot saucepan of boiling water and heat gently. The wax takes about 10 minutes to completely melt. Be careful not to get any water in the bowl of wax beans.


3) When the wax has melted, it gives off a subtle lavender scent which smells pretty. Test a little bit of the wax by putting a dab of it on the back of your hand. If it is too hot or hurts, wait a minute for it to cool down a little bit. Once your happy with the temperature, using a spatula, spread a layer of the wax on the skin along the direction of the hair growth.


(Remember, your hairs need to be longer than 5mm, if your hairs are too short the wax won’t grab the hairs well and wont be removed. Also, the thickness of the wax you apply will need to be at least 1.5mm. If you spread it too thin onto your skin, it won’t remove any hairs and may hurt when doing so.)

4) When the wax becomes cool, hard and makes your skin feel taut, pull off the wax film with a quick pull against the direction of the hair growth. The faster you do this the less painful it will be.

If you have any leftover wax, you can wait until it hardens and it can be reheated to use again another time.


Colophonium(Rosin), Glyceryl Rosinate, Ethylene/VA Copolymer, Paraffin, Glyceryl Hydrogenate Rosinate, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, C30~45 Alkyl Methicone


Do not use if you have inflamed skin or had a reaction to any wax products in the past. If you have a skin disorder (like me) consult your doctor before using. Also, do not use within two hours of showering or sunbathing. If it is your first time using any wax products, test the wax on a small area 24 hours before using to rule out any skin reactions. If your skin does react to the wax, use aloe vera gel on your skin and discontinue use.


On the packet it says that the Hard Wax Beans are suitable for the removal of body and facial hair on all skin types but if you have a skin disorder you should consult your doctor. I have psoriasis and I remember when I was in beauty school back in the day, my teacher wouldn’t allow me to get waxed because of it, so make sure you get professional advice before using if you have skin problems.

At the moment my psoriasis has flared up really badly, It’s even flared up on my armpits so I decided against using the wax on my body and chose the safer option instead and used it on my forearms and upper lip as those areas are psoriasis-free.

I’m actually surprised that it didn’t hurt, I was expecting to be in tears afterwards but I was proved wrong. I’ll admit I felt the littlest amount of pain but it was bearable and I’m not put off using them again. I found them easy to use, the wax had a lovely lavender scent after melting and when I removed the hard wax film on my skin I could see lots of tiny hairs stuck to it, so they do work. My skin was a little red afterwards but it soon faded leaving me with smooth, hair free skin. I will definitely be using these again and I 100% recommend.

I’ve no complaints about this product and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Where To Buy?

You can get a bag of Hard Wax Beans from Blue Zoo by clicking here. One 100g bag is only £6.66 and if you’re an Amazon Prime Member you can get same day delivery. I do recommend buying some waxing spatulas too, they are quite cheap and you can pick some up here for less than £2.