Thought I’d do a little review on these Eye Make-Up Remover Pads With Aloe Vera by Spa which I got from Home Bargains. I always get the Spa face wipes as I like them a lot and I seen these Eye Make-Up Remover Pads when stocking up on wipes last month and thought I would give them a go to see if they work on stubborn eye make-up. I really can’t remember how much they were – I think it was something like £1 for a twin pack and there are 30 pads in one pack so you get 60 pads altogether, a great little bargain hey.
The wipes are made in Israel and they are suitable for all skin types. They are also alcohol free so they are unlikely to dry out the skin and claim to be pH balanced although it doesn’t list the exact pH levels on the pack. The packs don’t have the cruelty-free bunny either and it doesn’t state whether or not these have been tested on animals so I’m assuming they have been but I may be wrong.
The pads come in a small lilac packet which has a resealable label to prevent moisture loss. The pads themselves are quite small, square-shaped, very moist and they have a nice subtle fragrance too. I’ve been using these for a couple of weeks now, just a little over a month to remove my mascara and eyeliner and I use about 2-3 pads each time depending how much I’m wearing. They remove mascara well from the eyes and they don’t irritate my eyes, or burn or sting which is good. I haven’t tried them with waterproof mascara or eyeliner yet as I don’t use them but I reckon they will work quite well.
I was also using them on my entire face and neck to remove my foundation, concealer, powder and blusher from my face and they do remove every trace of dirt and oil. For a while, I actually preferred the small pads over the full-sized wipes but I soon changed my mind when I broke out in blemishes and drier skin a week or two later.
The Eye Remover Pads do contain perfume in the ingredients list and my sensitive skin does usually break out when using products with perfume in so I’m not surprised I got a few blemishes. From now on, I will only use the pads to remove eye makeup and I won’t be using them to cleanse the rest of my skin.
I have been using 7th Heaven face masks since the beginning of time, back in the noughties when I was an ASBO teenager and I love them just as much now as I did back then; if not more. They’re is so many different masks to choose from and I think it is amazing how cheap the ‘sachets’ are to buy and the fact that they work really well considering how inexpensive they are – so everybody can ‘mask’ and afford them whatever their skincare budget may be.
7th Heaven’s products are completely natural, contain no harsh chemicals and they are also suitable for vegetarians, cruelty-free and the brand DO NOT test their products on animals; which is another reason why I love them – they are natural, kind to animals and PETA approved.
Today, I’m reviewing one of my FAVE 7th Heaven masks and it is the Dead Sea Mud mask which has been recommended for oily skin. I have dry skin (sometimes combination) I can get a little oily on my t-zone & very dry everywhere else and the mask works just fine on both types of skin. The Dead Sea mud mask is rich in skin-loving nutrients, Dead Sea minerals and Lavender to help draw out toxins from the skin, unblock pores, normalise oily skin, soothe irritated skin and redness and leave skin looking squeaky clean and feeling soft.
Kaolin – which is a natural, mild clay; is deep cleansing and draws out impurities and excess oil – without drawing too much oil out. It helps to cleanse and exfoliate debris on the skin and removes dead skin cells.
Dead Sea Mud – which has a high concentration of salts & minerals and help to relieve symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema & acne. The rich mineral content makes it a great exfolliant and it helps to draw out toxins from the skin, restore the skins pH balance as well as improving elasticity, and minimising pores, fine-lines and wrinkles.
Lavender – is another ingredient that helps to relieve symptoms of skin disorders. It soothes irritated skin and calms redness. It is also an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory astringent and helps to normalise oil production and keep bacteria at bay too.
Seaweed – is a beneficial superfood that has anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Its anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal ingredient for fighting everything from acne to aging.
Dead Sea Salt – like dead sea mud; dead sea salt helps to relieve symptoms of psoriasis, acne and eczema. It is used for detoxifaction and anti-ageing and helps to reduce fine-lines and wrinkles, plump and hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation.
Bergamot – a fresh, clean smelling essential oil used to treat and prevent skin infections, help relieve symptoms of acne, psoriasis, eczema and cold sores. It is also an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant..
I love a good hard-drying mask – I love the feeling on my skin when they have completely dried and this ‘Dead Sea Mud’ mask from 7th Heaven doesn’t disappoint. I reckon I have tried most of the 7th Heaven face masks but the ‘Dead Sea Mud’ mask is obviously one of my faves and I find myself repurchasing it again and again.
It comes in 20g sachet and you can get about two applications from one sachet. There are also bigger tubes available to buy too but I’m happy enough with my sachets. The mask has an earthly, pale green colour, a thick consistency and a slightly fragranced scent to it – I’m not sure what it smells like but it smells okay. The ingredients state that it does contain parfum & a colourant although these are not artificial and are instead man-made so they are gentle on sensitive skin. To be safe, always do a patch test on your inner arm before using.
I apply the mask straight from the packet with my fingers after cleansing and it easily spread and glides over the skin. It is super creamy and non-drip too! I leave it on for about 15-20 minutes or until it is completely dry. The mask isn’t bue like the models on the packaging and it not as dark/grey-ish as other dead sea mud masks I have used which is because this one contains Kaolin Clay; so after about 5-10 minutes the greeny ‘mask’ starts to dry and it turns into a chalky white colour.
After 15+ minutes the mask should be ready to wash off but if it hasn’t – it can be left on a little longer until it has dried completely. Before I wash the mask off, I like to gently rub my face with my fingers in a circular motion to exfoliate my skin and remove dead skin build-up then I just wash the excess off with warm water and a face cloth, (I use my WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth). Once I have removed all of the mask I splash my face with cold water to close my pores and my skin looks clearer, healthier, happier and brighter afterwards. It also feels smooth, soft and moisturised too.
The Dead Sea Mud mask is definitely one of my favourite masks ever and I think it’s one that I will always use as I like how my skin looks after using. It really has worked on my skin and my skintone looks good and my complexion looks clear. I also love that the mask is super cheap; (mine was 99p from Asda), there are two applications in one sachet; it contains no nasty ingredients; and it is totally cruelty-free. What’s not to love!
Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.
Where To Buy: You can get 7th Heaven face masks literally anywhere: Asda; Superdrug; Boots; Tesco; Sainsbury’s; Home Bargains; Amazon UK, etc… They are about 89p -£1.50 to buy and they have loads of different products to choose from!
Take a look at my other 7th Heaven face mask reviews HERE.
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A good few months ago, I was sent the WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth from Magnitone London along with the BlendUp Vibra-Sonic Brush (which I’ll review another time) and it completely slipped my mind to try it out / review it. I accumulate so many beauty and skincare products – I’m literally a hoarder and every once in a while I have to do a little clean out to discard out of date products, empties, products I won’t use and to also make a little more space in my small apartment. These clean-outs are when I find products I forgot I had and I eventually get around to trying them.
So, last week I found the WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth in my skincare stash and I thought I’d give it ago as I have been quite lazy with my skincare these last few weeks. I haven’t had a routine at all – instead, I have been using throw-away face wipes, which are okay to use short-term but after using them for like a month straight I started to notice my skin was looking awful because of them. I broke out in blemishes, my skin was dull and dry and basically I looked like shit. In the past I have found that when my skin is bad, keeping all products off my skin helps to balance itself out naturally so I was very intrigued to see how the Wipe Out Cloth would work for my complexion.
The WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth removes tough, long-wear and oil-based makeup with just warm water. It is a super soft, super fluffy face cloth making it perfect for use one sensitive skin, eyes and lips, with no cleansers, gels or products needed. The WipeOut! microfibers swell up when wet, grabbing hold of dirt, oil and makeup and trapping them away so makeup removed properly and is not smeared back onto the skin. The WipeOut! Cleansing Cloth is re-useable 1000 times, it is quick drying making it perfect for travelling and it is also machine washable at 30°C. Each Cloth is 40cm x 17cm, smearproof and double sided. You can buy one single cloth for £7.99 or you can get two for £15 – they are available in pink and grey too.
For the last month or so my skin has been really awful – completely my own fault for using face wipes everyday and being lazy by not sticking to my usual skincare routine. I’ve had blemishes appear on my face (chin area), dry patches on my nose and cheeks and my overall complexion has been dull and uneven. I thought I’d swerve the throwaway face wipes and give the WipeOut! Cloth a try to help re-balance my skin and I especially liked how it requires no products just water when cleansing, so my skin would kind of ‘repair’ itself on its own without the use of any products. I have also been using Dr. Botanicals – Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil which is a completely natural oil and my skin does look much better already.
I love the cloth – it is so soft and fluffy and it literally does need just water to remove even the toughest of makeup. I just rinse under the hot tap, wring it out and wipe it across my face to cleanse, remove dirt, oil and makeup and prevent spots and blackheads. The warm cloth slightly opens my pores to allow deep cleansing which helps to remove blackheads too. I’d recommend splashing your face with cold water after using to close your pores. What’s great about the WipeOut! Cloth is the microfibers hold onto particles which stop them from being spread over the face. Since using the cloth (and oil) my skin is finally starting to look human again and it is looking clearer and feeling softer. I also have a little sheen to my skin and it looks so much brighter. After using I just wash with a little bit of soap, rinse and hang it up to dry, ready to use again. The cloth is also eco-friendly as it’s reusable/washable so no more wipes in landfill which means it’s much better for our environment. I haven’t washed it in the machine yet but it can be washed at 30°c. So yeah, I’m totally happy with this product and I will defo use it again and again.
Disclosure: I was given this product for free.
Where To Buy:
You can buy one WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth HERE on Magnitone’s website for £7.99. You can also save yourself a quid and get two for £15 HERE.
I bought some of Toni & Guy’s – Leave In Conditioner a few months ago as I was bleaching my jet black hair to make it a bit lighter and it was starting to look a little dry, brittle and damaged – especially at my ends. I needed a really good leave in conditioner to protect my hair from heat, to control frizz and to repair my damaged, fried hair at the same time. I thought I’d give the Leave In Conditioner a go as I loved the Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner so much that I was hoping this would be just as good too.
The Leave In Conditioner from Toni & Guy comes in a 100ml white tube which has a clear, lockable flip-lid. The packaging is okay – nothing to shout about and it has all the relevant info printed on the back. The product itself is a white, creamy lotion which has a smooth texture and the consistency of actual conditioner. It smells lush too! It doesn’t have the cruelty free bunny on the back and it is made by Unilever. The Leave In Conditioner makes hair manageable for all-day nourishment and hydration. It also controls frizz, moisturises dry hair and protects against humidity all day long. It is suitable for all hair types too.
I absolutely love this stuff girls! I was using Aussie’s spray but I like this one much better. I use the Leave In Conditioner every-time I wash my hair and I love how it smells, absolutely gorgeous. It kinda has a perfumey scent to it but it’s lovely and it makes the hair smell really nice! I use a small amount on towel dried hair and run it through my ends and mid-lengths, avoiding my roots to prepare my hair for styling.. After using my hair feels softer, moisturised and it really works to control frizz as well as acting like a heat protector. I have also used it on dry hair and it does work just as well although I do prefer to use it on damp hair. Since using my hair doesn’t look as damaged as it did and it moisturises the hair instantly and tames frizz, flyaways and damaged ends. It also seems to be repairing my damaged ends a little too and I love how it protects my hair from heat so I’m not damaging my hair as much when blow-drying, straightening, curling, etc….
I love this Leave In conditioner – it’s probably one of the best I have ever used and I will defo be buying it again when the bottle is empty. I’ve had mine for a couple of months now and I still have lots left so it is long-lasting too. I also use Toni & Guy’s Damaged Repair Shampoo & Conditioner which I recommend using if your hair is really damaged or over-bleached.
Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.
Where To Buy: You can buy some HERE on Amazon UK for £5.15. You can also pick a bottle up from the website, Boots or Superdrug.
Back in October I was sent a bundle of natural skincare goodies from a British vegan skincare brand called Mayka Skincare. Mayka Skincare are a cruelty-free, natural brand who handcraft fresh products with natural botanicals and highly effective, active cosmetic ingredients. All of their products are handmade in Britain but they do offer worldwide shipping. When my parcel arrived I was chuffed to bits with the contents as I wasn’t expecting to receive so many products to review and I have been trying a few of them out for a couple of months.
The product I was most pleased with was the Pure African Black Soap which I have heard is amazing for skin complaints. As you all know I have psoriasis so I couldn’t wait to give it a go.
”Ordinary store-bought soaps can be too harsh or drying for your skin. African black soap is a gentle, all-natural alternative cleanser made only from plant materials. Proponents of African black soap say it does more than just keep you clean — the suds are packed with skin-loving benefits, too.” – LIVESTRONG
The 100g Soap comes in a cellophane wrapper with a Mayka Skincare label – the packaging is lovely, it has a natural feel to it and looks pretty enough to be given as a gift. Inside the packaging is the 100g Pure African Black Soap which I’ll admit doesn’t look very attractive but never judge a book by its cover hey. The soap is made from baked parts of the cocoa tree, unrefined butters and oils and is also rich in vitamins A and E. It is a beige, brownish colour and shaped into a ball and it doesn’t contain any artificial perfume, colours or preservatives either.
I’ve been using the soap for about four months and I’m surprised I still have some of it left especially as I use it every day.
I have never known a soap, never mind a natural soap to lather so well – and when washing with the soap it looks like I have a layer of cream on my skin. It is so creamy and moisturising and is also a great antiseptic soap which helps to prevent infection or bacteria on the skin. Since I’ve been using it, I have noticed an improvement in my skin, it hasn’t completely cleared my skin up but it has improved it a little and my psoriasis hasn’t gotten any worse. I’ve noticed it does sting my psoriasis at first but it’s not painful and the sensation eventually wears off after a few seconds and it’s worth it seeing as it helps to deep clean my skin, restore its natural barrier whilst moisturising and protecting it at the same time. I also use it on my face and I love how it removes every trace of oil and make-up from the skin without clogging my pores or drying out my skin and it is also a great anti-ageing soap as it is rich in vitamin A and E oils and helps to prevent premature lines and wrinkles. The soap can also be used on the hair and scalp but I’ve not tried this yet but I will give it a go eventually and update the post.
The Pure African Black Soap is the perfect solution for problem skin such as oily, acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and rosacea. I love how it is completely natural, cruelty free and contains no harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients which make it gentle on sensitive skin and also helps to improve skin disorders. I’m about to run out after four months but I will definitely purchase this soap again – I’d rather do my skin a favour and use a natural soap on my skin rather than a soap laden with chemicals and nasty ingredients which makes skin worse any day. Give the website a little visit girls – you won’t be disappointed. They do a huge range of cruelty-free, natural skincare products made with top quality ingredients that will help your skin. Natural is best!
DISCLOSURE: I was gifted this product from Mayka Skincare for review purposes only.
WHERE TO BUY: You can get some Pure African Black Soap from Mayka SkincareHERE. It is £5 for a 100g bar or you can get 3 soaps for £10 and save a little money HERE.
Hey dolls… my long awaited clip in veneer review is finally here!!! I have always been self-conscious about my teeth and every time I smiled I would always cover my mouth to hide my smile. I have a huge gap in my front teeth and I have some overcrowding on the right side which I hate. I had always dreamed of having a perfect Hollywood smile and I even considered getting a brace or traditional veneers to fix my teeth and make them look better! But, they are both so expensive and way out of my budget costing thousands. A few months back, I seen a few photo’s of beauty bloggers wearing clip-in veneers on Instagram and I was very impressed with the before and after photo’s so I had a look on google and found INSTAsmile who specialize in custom-made, pain-free clip in veneers at an affordable price. I ordered straight away and it’s been a few months since I got them but I thought I would give them a good trial before I posted a review on them. So here we are 3 months later!
INSTAsmile clip-in veneers are made from safe, bio-compatible dental grade materials, perfect for cosmetic dental products which are BPA and Monomer free. INSTAsmile ship worldwide and give you the option to pay in full or spread the cost with interest free instalments. The first step is to complete the smile assessment online to check your suitability, you can then create your smile from a range of options, looks and shades. After placing your online order you will be sent a self impression kit with full easy-to-follow instructions to provide an impression of your natural teeth and gumline. Once you have sent your impression back, it will be checked to see if it meets the quality standard to be sure that you receive the best fitting veneers as possible. INSTasmile then digitally scan your impression and use it to create your bespoke, custom-made clip on veneers. The whole process takes about 3-4 weeks roughly.
STEP ONE – GETTING STARTED
After browsing through the website and reading some reviews, I went ahead and chose the CLASSIC clip-in veneers which are for occasional wear and cheaper than the PLATINUM clip-in veneers which are for everyday wear.
The CLASSIC option cost from £249 and includes a safe, custom-made, stain resistant veneers which have a natural, slimline appearance with different shades to choose from. You can also Eat & Drink with them in.
The PLATINUM option are riced from £499 have the same features as the CLASSIC and also includes enhanced Durability, Express Service, Extended Warranty, Smile consultant, Enhanced Aesthetics, Innovative Technology, Impression Appointment, Precision Engineering.
STEP TWO – SMILE ASSESSMENT
I took the smile assessment HERE. It’s basically just a few questions to work out if clip-in veneers are suitable for you. You will be asked if you are having any dental treatment, or if you have any oral health issues such as gum disease, bleeding, soreness or loose teeth. You will also be asked if you have 4 or more missing upper or lower teeth in a row. as you will need at least one tooth either side of your mouth to clip the veneers in.
CHOOSE YOUR GOALS
After you have answered a few questions you will be asked what your smile goals are such as straighter looking teeth, to cover missing teeth, natural gaps or chipped teeth and to whiten teeth or hide overcrowding. I wanted straighter, whiter looking teeth, to cover natural gaps and hide overcrowding.
SELECT YOUR ARCH TYPE
I chose the CLASSIC upper arch which is priced from £249
Top – £249
Bottom – £249
Top & Bottom – £379
Top – £499
Bottom – £499
Top & Bottom – £749
CHOOSE A VENEER SHADE
There are four shades to choose from. I chose the whitest shade BL1 for my upper arch as I wanted a super white smile but they are a lot whiter than my natural bottom teeth so I do wish I would have chosen shade A1. I suppose I could get my bottom teeth whitened so they are the same colour as the veneers but it’s not really noticeable as when I smile I only show my top teeth, my bottom teeth are not visible. Maybe I’ll get some BL1 clip-ins for my bottom too so they match! We’ll see hey. So, yeah, keep this in mind if your only getting a top arch or a bottom arch as you want them to look close in shades to your own teeth as possible so they don’t look obviously fake and mismatched, especially if you can see all of your teeth when you smile/talk.
The shades available are below:
BL1 is the whitest shade available and gives the appearance of artificial, whitest white, dazzling teeth.
A1 is the most natural white that a tooth can be and radiates a slight whitened look.
A2 is a light ivory colour giving a natural look prior to undergoing any whitening.
A3 is a medium ivory colour slightly darker than A2 maintaining a natural tone
STEP TWO – IMPRESSION KIT
About two weeks after ordering my upper self impression / mould kit arrived in a small box and included was an instruction leaflet, two blue upper mouth trays, three yellow putty’s in small plastic tubs and three white putty’s in small plastic tubs as well as a sealable plastic bag to put your finished mould into when sending it back. The instructions show you how to create the putty and how to take a good impression of your teeth – I found watching this video tutorial helped.
I made sure to leave the kit for 12 hours at room temperature. For the upper set you need to mix and knead one yellow and one white putty together for 30 seconds to activate the putty. Roll the putty into an egg shape and place onto the front of the mouth tray by the handle. This step needs to be done quickly. Put the tray into your mouth and push from the bottom upwards, also press gently along your gumline and wait 3 minutes before removing. First time I tried it I was too slow and the putty became hard but I had two more tries and finally got a good impression.
Once I had taken an impression of my upper teeth I emailed a photograph of my impression to INSTAsmile for approval and was happy when they said it was a good impression and I could send it back to them. I put my impression in the plastic bag and back into the box it came in with the free delivery label that is included with the mould kit and sent it back to INSTAsmile so they could make my custom-made clip in veneers to fit my teeth.
STEP THREE – DELIVERY
I think it was about 3-4 weeks after sending off my impression kit when I received a dispatch email from INSTAsmile telling my veneers were on the way. I was so excited and didn’t expect them to be delivered the next day after I received the email. They came in a small box and inside was a free luxury mirror case which had my lovely, gorgeous, white veneers in.
I’m absolutely over the moon that I came across INSTAsmile and thought I’d be stuck with an ugly smile forever as I couldn’t afford real veneers and braces were too expensive. I wanted straighter, whiter looking teeth and to cover my natural gaps and hide overcrowding and my clip-in veneers have done just that, my appearance has been improved – I feel so much more attractive than I did and my self-confidence has been boosted so much. I no longer hide my teeth when I smile so I’m really happy about that.
I really love how white they are – I choose the whitest shade ‘BL1’ for my upper set but like I mentioned above they are a shade or two whiter than my natural bottom teeth which are a natural shade of white, more like A1 or A2 so although I wanted the whitest ones I do wish that I would have chosen A1 instead. I am going to whiten my bottom teeth just so they are the same colour as the veneers. The gap I had in my front has completley gone too and I absolutely love how straighter my teeth look. I have been looking in the mirror constantly as I can’t believe I have a gorgeous white, straight smile with no gaps and no overcrowding and I can actually smile in my selfies now instead of duck face pouting, haha.
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The clip-in veneers are so easy to put in and take out and they feel tight, snug and safe on my teeth – they don’t move and there is no chance of them falling out. You just simply place them over your natural teeth, pushing up to click them in securely. They also blend into my gumline perfectly and it looks very natural. For the first few days of wearing them, I was talking with a lisp but it soon disappeared and I was taking normal again. I wear mine everyday and they are comfortable to wear although I will admit after a few hours I can’t wait to take them out. Obviously it does feel like you have something in your mouth when wearing them but over time you get used to it. INSTAsmile say you can eat and drink with them in but I did find it a little uncomfortable eating with them in so I do prefer to take them out when I’m eating but I do leave them in when drinking. They have proved to be stain resistant too and I have drank tea, coffee, red wine and coke whilst wearing them and they haven’t stained at all and they are still in tip-top condition after two months of wearing them near enough everyday.
Not only have INSTAsmile made me feel more confident but they have me the incentive to quit smoking too and it’s been two weeks since I had a ciggie. I have loved having straight, white teeth so much that the money I save from quitting smoking is being saved up so I can eventually get a brace and professional whitening. So thank you InstaSmile!
Disclosure: I got these free for review purposes.
WHERE TO BUY: You can buy HERE – make sure to choose the correct flag for your country and currency. If you have any questions at all you can contact INSTAsmile on the number below or email them with you queries.
Hey gorgeous girls, I bought this gorgeous little oil burner set last week in one of my B&M hauls and it was love at first sight – have you seen how pretty it looks. I’m a sucker for candles, wax melts, oil burners and fragrance oils so when I saw the Frozen Berries Fragranced Oil Burner Set from the Beautiful Home collection for just £5.99, I had to buy it, even though I have tons of oil burners already. Can you ever have too many?
The oil burner set comes in gorgeous glittery packaging which is pretty enough to be given as a gift to someone – it’s definitely worth getting a few of these in for Christmas gifts. Inside the glittery box is a gorgeous, creamy-white ceramic oil burner which has heart and star cutouts, 4 glittery tealights and a frozen berries fragrance oil.
Oil burners are easy to use – you just half fill the reservoir at the top with water and add a few drops of the scented oil and then light a tea light and place it at the bottom of the oil burner. The frozen berries scented oil smells absolutely lush. I have also been using this oil burner with some of my wax melts too and I love how pretty it looks, especially at night-time when you can see the tealight glowing through the star and heart cutouts. I really love my little oil burner set and I would definitely recommend it.
Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.
Where To Buy: You can buy it at your local B&M store for £5.99.
I popped into my local B&M Store a few days ago and I went absolutely mental buying loads of beauty bargains and gorgeous home accessories. I did pick a basket up when I first went in but I had to nip back outside and get myself a trolley because my basket was overflowing ha ha. That shop is addictive I swear – I just can’t help myself when I’m in there and everything I see – I want!
One of the items that caught my eye was these Limited Edition 3D Expressions Fashion Nails which are made from ABS Plastic and are a gorgeous nude colour with pretty pearls on – they have a lovely almond shape too and are really long.
There are 24 nails included in the box and they are really gorgeous – I couldn’t believe they were only £1.49. Absolute bargain! It says on the box that these nails are suitable to wear for 3 days or just for a girls night out but I’m hoping they stay on for much longer as they really are beautiful. I thought I’d let you beauties know all about them as I’m sure you love a bargain as much as I do – especially when it’s a pretty bargain!
The nails also come with a nail glue which is actually ok quality to be honest – in the past when I have bought cheap nails I always ditch the included glue and use a more expensive one but this glue has surprised me… I was expecting it to be completely useless and I didn’t think it would bond well at all but it’s actually done the job and so far after 2 days of applying the nails – they are still stuck on pretty well – if you are heavy handed then I would advise using a stronger glue as well as carrying it around in your handbag just in case one falls off throughout the day – nothing worse than a missing nail! The only bad thing I have to say about the nails is that the pearls easily fall off – one of the pearls on my index finger fell off while I was washing the dishes so I will be making sure I wear my rubbers to prevent any more from falling off. You can’t really tell that I’m missing a pearl and they do still look nice.
I’ve had a few lovely compliments about them already and I do think they look more expensive than what they were! I really, really love them!
I got a generous 30 ml sample size of the Firming Fiji Facial Oil from Monu Skin in my September Glossybox and I have been using it every day since – I really, really like it and I will def be getting the full size when this bottle is empty!
Sorry in advance for the low quality images – my camera is broke!
For those of you who don’t know already, Monu Skin are a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand based in the UK and all of their products contain zero parabens, no artificial ingredients and no harsh chemicals. I’ve never had anything from Monu before and I do love my natural, cruelty-free skincare products so I’ve been very excited about this facial oil and was looking forward to trying it out on my sensitive, dull and ageing skin. I’m 30 years old now, still young I know but I’m at that stage in my life where you start to notice fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your face for the first time. I’m gutted that my skin is not as firm or plump as it was in my teens and twenties so I couldn’t wait to try this oil to see if it worked and made me look a little younger.
The Firming Fiji Facial Oil:
The Firming Fiji Facial Oil is recommended for all skin types – especially dry, sensitive and mature skin. It is a soothing, paraben-free oil formulated to smooth and hydrate the skin. The oil contains, Rose Essential Oil which helps to soothe sensitive skin and it has a gentle, floral, mood-enchancing aroma, Hazelnut Essential Oil which is a light, nourishing emollient oil that is easily absorbed into the skin and great for combination and oily skin types and Patchouli Essential Oil too which is an exotic Indian essential oil which has a woody aroma – it is used for relaxing and moisturising mature skin, helping it to look firm and visibly radiant.
I’ve been using the Firming Fiji Facial oil on my face to make my complexion look brighter and to help plump and firm my newly-sagging skin and make my skin look youthful and my complexion, radiant. I have a deep frown line between my brows, fine lines around my eyes and my smile lines are starting to become more prominent so I use this oil before bedtime as an intensive overnight treatment for the whole of my face and my skin looks so good when I wake up. The oil absorbs into the skin very quickly and it doesn’t leave a greasy residue afterwards which gets a thumbs up from me as I HATE greasy oils. I’ve also been using the oil every morning after cleansing, toning and moisturising and I apply it again under my eyes, on my frown line and my smile lines just before I put my make-up on – I think it helps my base make-up to go on much smoother and helps to create a flawless finish as it stops foundation, concealer and powder from looking dry and cakey.
It is a versatile oil too and it can be used on the body as well as the face. I’ve been using a little on my hands and it literally melts my psoriasis scales and feels soothing on the skin. I love the earthly, natural woody scent it has and I especially love it for being a cruelty-free, natural skincare product which contains no harsh ingredients at all. I do try to use natural skincare products as much as possible as my sensitive skin doesn’t agree with products formulated with artificial ingredients and nasty chemicals. Natural skincare products are gentler on the skin and work so much better in the long run especially if you have skin complaints like acne or skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.
Where To Buy?
Like I said I have a 30 ml tester bottle and I have just took a quick look at the Monu Skin website and seen that a 30 ml bottle with an included dropper is priced at £21.95. The website doesn’t seem to stock the full-size 100 ml bottle for some reason. So, if you want to buy a 30 ml bottle you can get one HERE on the website.
I tried to find a website that stocks the 100 ml bottle and I came across it on the Look Fantastic website. The full-size 100 ml product is just £29.95 with free delivery on Look Fantastic so I would rather buy an extra 70 ml for just £8 more. I was expecting the full size to be like £50+. The only thing is – The oil is out of stock at Look Fantastic so keep checking back to see if it becomes available again. You might as well wait and get yourselves a bargain, hey. Click HERE to visit the Look Fantastic website.
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 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.
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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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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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!
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.
I picked up some of Inecto Naturals‘ – Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum from Home Bargains and thought I’d write a little review for you guys as both of my other Inecto posts have proved quite popular with my readers. I loved the Super Nourishing Shampoo & the Super Moisturising Conditioner and The Divine Coconut Hair Oilmade my hair feel silky soft. Both of these posts are up there with my all-time, most viewed posts so I thought I would give the serum a whirl.
Who are Inecto?
Inecto Naturals are a fabulous little beauty brand based in the UK who sell natural, cruelty-free, vegan friendly skin-care and hair-care products. What I love most about Inecto Naturals is that up to 90% of their ingredients are from natural origins. They also work with farms across the world to add only sustainable sourced oils to their products.
What is the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum?
The Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum is a lightweight serum infused with Pure Organic Coconut Oil. It works by smoothing fly away hairs and tames damaged, frizzy hair leaving it feeling soft and sleek.
I love Inecto‘s packaging, all of their products look simple yet fresh and eye-catching. The serum comes in a 50 ml squeezy tube with a ‘lockable’ lid to stop any unwanted product spill. The serum itself is a clear, transparent oil which smells so god damn sweet. It has a mild coconut scent too.
How to use the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum?
Warm a little pea-sized amount of serum in your hands and run through the hair, focusing on the ends.
The serum is basically an oil so you guessed it – it feels kinda oily! When applying to your hair make sure to use only the tiniest amount as only a little bit of the serum is needed. If you use too much your hair will look oily and greasy. You can add a little more if needed but I would advise to apply a little at a time so your hair doesn’t look like it hasn’t been washed in a decade! Try to stay away from the roots too as they are already lubricated with your naturally occurring hair oils and we know that too much oil = grease. Apply only to the mid-lengths and tips of your hair.
Wow! Another Inecto product that I love! I think the Smooth Me Hair Serum is probably my all-time favourite product from Inecto which is saying something as I absolutely loved the Shampoo & Conditioner and the Hair Oil. This serum really works amazingly at taming frizzy hair and making damaged hair appear healthy-looking, my hair looks great. The serum is really oily so only a little bit is needed which means one 50 ml tube will last ages. After applying only a little of the serum to my mid-lengths and tips my hair instantly felt smoother and I can’t get over how healthier it looked. My hair was left with a little shine and it smelled gorgeous for most of the day too as the scent lingered for quite a while. I think Inecto are probably one of my fave brands right now, simply because their products are inexpensive, they really do work and they smell amazing! I can”t wait to try some of Inecto‘s other products out. I really do love the Naturals Coconut range and think I’ll try some of the skin-care products next as I’ve only used the hair products. I will have to try something from the Naturals Argan range next time too.
Where to buy?
I’ve bought all of my Inecto products at Home Bargains for less than £2. I think the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum was around about £1.20 which is an absolute bargain, trust me! Although, if you want to shop now you can buy it online at Amazon UK here for £2.80 plus £1 postage.
If you’d like to visit the website or connect with Inecto Naturals on social media, see links below.
I’ve used quite a few store-bought Activated Charcoal Powders for Whitening Teeth, you know the one’s that come in the little pots and I’ve always been a big fan of them. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance which is very helpful for changing the pH and health of the mouth, and is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. It is a natural solution to promote healthy teeth and gums without any toxic ingredients and contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, flavours or artificial colours. It helps to remove toxins from the mouth and teeth, freshen breath, as well as whitening and polishing the teeth.
I’ve found a way to make own Activated Charcoal Toothpaste for much cheaper and it lasts longer too.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED?
You will only need three ingredients for this DIY and they are: a toothbrush, of course, toothpaste and one activated charcoal supplement.
Activated Charcoal Supplements can be bought at most healthcare and vitamin shops, I got mine from Amazon UK right here for just under £15 from Nu U Nutrition and there were 365 capsules in the bottle, which is enough for a whole year, probably two.
HOW TO MAKE THE DIY CHARCOAL TOOTH WHITENING POWDER?
If you haven’t got any activated charcoal supplements lying around then go out and get some or order yourself some online and wait for them to arrive.
Carefully open one of the activated charcoal supplements over a piece of paper.
Apply toothpaste to your toothbrush and then dip it into the activated charcoal powder so it fully covers the toothpaste. (You could also skip the toothpaste and just use the powder instead.)
Brush your teeth for around 1-2 minutes, and enjoy having black teeth for a couple of minutes, ha ha, I thought it was pretty cool.
Once done, rinse out your mouth a couple of times.
Using the charcoal powder too often, such as daily, may cause wear on your tooth enamel so I recommend using it about once or twice a week for best results.
Remember, activated charcoal can be a bit messy, so make sure you do this in the bathroom. I would advise you NOT to use an electric toothbrush as the charcoal will fly all around the room, splashing all over the walls and floor. (Took me ages cleaning my bathroom, ha ha) Your toothbrush will be stained after using the charcoal powder but it’s easily removed using a bit of hot water.
Possibly the easiest DIY I have ever done and it really works!
Just a short little review coming up today. I have a 70ml bottle of RITUALS… Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Ultra Rich Whipped Body Cream which I received from Birchbox absolute ages ago and it’s been a firm favourite of mine ever since. This is the first product I have used from RITUALS… and I hope their other products are as good as this one because I can’t wait to try some others out.
I’ve seriously fell in love with this body cream, the natural ingredients of rice milk and cherry give the cream an absolutely gorgeous, sweet scent. I just love how it smells and there is no need to wear perfume as the cream lingers on the skin for hours, making you smell absolutely amazing. I can’t describe how it smells, it doesn’t smell like cherries, it’s more like an expensive perfume. The scent is literally to die for and smells like heaven in a bottle.
The whipped body cream is an ultra, rich, thick and velvety cream that literally glides over the skin like silk leaving it feeling so soft and nourished. It absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feeling afterwards.
As most of you know, I have psoriasis so I have got to be careful what I put on my skin to prevent flare ups and irritation, but I am pleasantly surprised that this cream, especially because it smells perfumey, it has not irritated my skin at all and instead softened my psoriasis helping it to clear up. It’s literally magic and definitely one of my all time favourite beauty products.