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GLOSSYBOX UK: Daydreamer Box – May 2018

My Glossybox arrived early this month but I’m only just getting around to writing my GB post. I love this months box and the theme for May is all about ‘day dreaming’. This months box has a gorgeous, blissful design with soft, pastel hues and tranquil vibes and contains not one but 5 cruelty-free products. I’m happy about that!

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The MAY box has five products, (3 full size, 2 travel size) plus one extra treat and the box contents are worth £40+ which is great as it’s only £13.25 for the subscription. My fave product this month is the Double Effect Make Up Remover from KUESHI and as a tea-a-holic – I absolutely loved the tea from We Are Tea.

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GLOSSYBOX – MAY 2018

Products In Box: 5 plus an extra treat

Subscription Cost: £10 a month (plus £3.25 p+p)

Use code: KAY-R3D for 20% OFF.

Sign Up: www.glossybox.co.uk


Contents:

GELSPA – Just For Feet – Luxury Jelly Foot Soak – RRP* / £4.99 40g (1 use)

This Jelly Foot Soak is a real treat for the feet. It is vegan-friendly foot treatment which has a specially developed powder that turns water to gel. It is also infused with lavender and lemongrass aromas which help you to relax after long, hard days whilst the soak moisturises and soothes tired feet.

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I’ve not used this yet but I’m planning on doing so tonight so keep an eye out for my full review.

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Maria Nila – True Soft Shampoo & Conditioner  – RRP* / £4.99 100ml £13.99 300ml

This shampoo & conditioner from Swedish brand Maria Nila is another vegan friendly product in our boxes this month! Yay to Glossybox! The shampoo is sulphate and paraben free and contains hair loving ingredients for shiny locks and frizz free hair. The conditioner is a true multi tasker and is designed to fight frizz, lock in colour and deeply nourish the hair after shampooing.

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Think I’ll give this gorgeous little duo a whirl, next time I wash my locks.

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Trifle Cosmetics – Praline Palette  – RRP* / £15.55

I’m not the biggest fan of eyeshadow palettes as I’m absolutely crap at doing eyes but this gorgeous Praline Palette is stunning and comes in gorgeous packaging. There are six pigmented shades in this palette ranging from a neutral bronze to wearable khaki to deep eggplant. They are formulated to be creamy yet vivid with a velvety-smooth texture AND vegan-friendly too! Plus free from any nasty ingredients that are irritating to sensitive eyes!

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KUESHI – Facial Make Up Remover – RRP* / £10.50 100m

My fave product from this months box!!!! Love, Love, LOVE! This make-up removing cleanser is a double effect, calming make up remover. The c;lear solution is rich in soft oils and it works with the blue solution to remove makeup gently! You need to shake the bottle before using – it leaves skin so moisturised and brightens up your complexion.

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LOVE! Full review coming up…

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We Are Tea – Sleep Tea with Lavender & Chaomile – RRP* / £3.49 12 Teabag

We got an extra treat in our Glossybox this month. All Glossyboxers received a tea bag sample from ethical, London based brand – We Are Tea. I got a gorgeous ‘sleep’ teabag in my box and believe me, it helped me to relax enough to sleep (I’m an imsomniac!) I’ll defo be buying a box of 12, they are cheap enough and they taste AMAZE!

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JUNE SNEAK PEEK!

In June’s box we will all receive a bronzer from LARITZY Cosmetics!


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Superdrug: Chocolate Orange Self-Heating Face Mask (Review)

Hey gorgeous girls…

A couple of days ago I popped into Superdrug to empty my purse and I literally bought every face mask they had available. I’m kinda addicted to face masks and I’m always stocking up on them even though I have too many as it is. 😂 So, yeah the Chocolate Orange Self-Heating Mask was one of those and I used it last night.

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Like all of Superdrug’s own products – the mask is vegan-friendly and cruelty free. It comes in a sachet and unlike 7th Heaven’s sachets where you can get maybe 2-3 masks out of one sachet – these just have enough for one mask. The mask itself is so chocolatey, it’s sticky and it seriously looks, feels and smells like melted chocolate. It’s kind of similar to Terry’s Chocolate Orange and it seriously smells good enough to eat. 😍

After I cleansed, I followed the directions in the packaging and splashed my face with warm water and left it wet.  I then smothered the mask over my face and chilled for 10-15 minutes before I washed it off.

As soon as I put it on, I instantly felt it warming and the heat was so fab. 👌 The heat didn’t last long though and after a few minutes in the sensation wore off.  I absolutely loved the heat ‘feeling’ so much that self-heating masks will now be one of my fave kinds of masks – not far off from hard drying ones. The Chocolate Orange Mask was also very messy and it got absolutely everywhere – I’m a dozey cow! So next time I use it, I’ll make sure to wear an old t-shirt and tie my hair up and apply it in the bathroom.

After washing the mask off, my skin felt clean, lovely and soft and my skin looked clear. I’d definitely use it again. I’m looking forward to trying out all of my other Superdrug’s ‘own’ face masks and I bought a few so expect to see a lot of face mask posts in the future! 😂

Pop into Superdrug to see the whole range of face masks they have or head over to the website: www.superdrug.com

Lots of love…

kaatie

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Review: Leafy & Lovely – Summer Meadow Bath Fizzer Tablet (20p @ Superdrug)

Hey gorgeous girls,

I was in Superdrug last week, getting some much-needed retail therapy into my system,  when I seen this Summer Meadow Bath Fizzer Tablet for like 20p. Yep! 20p! You know me – I love a bargain so I had to get one. I don’t know if that is the actual price of it or if it had been reduced or not (probs). I think it is a Superdrug ‘own brand’ product too and it’s cruelty-free and vegan friendly.

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The Bath Fizzer Tablet comes in a plastic wrapper which features some gorge little flowers on it – it is also wrapped individually in cellophane. The tablet itself is a white 80g bar which is a little crumbly and it is kinda shaped like a skinny bar of soap. It smells lovely too – it’s really nice and quite perfumey.

When I dropped the tablet into the bath I was expecting lots of fizzy bubbles and chaos in the water but it was a bit of a letdown to be honest; the tablet just produced the tiniest bubbles for like the first minute or so, it didn’t fizz at all. It also took about ten minutes for it to completely melt – bearing in mind that  my hot water isn’t at the very hottest as I have lowered the thermostat thingy. So, if your hot water is hot-hot it will defo melt quicker than mine. When it had eventually melted, the water was really cloudy and the scent disappeared too quickly. My bath water just smelt like water which is a shame because it smelt lush before I put it in.

LEAFY & LOVELY - Summer Meadow Bath Fizzer Tablet From Superdrug 4So I think you can guess what my opinion of the Fizzer Tablet is. The good thing is that it hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin (I have psoriasis) which is always good. It smells lovely before you actually use it – it does contain perfume but not sure if it is an artificial one or man-made. I also love how it is vegan friendly and cruelty free but overall, it was quite a disappointment – let’s be honest,  no smell and no fizzing bubbles = a boring bath… 😂

 I doubt I’d buy one again, even at the super cheap price of 20p – don’t see the point in it really but it was worth a try, hey can’t really complain for 20p.

Pop into your local Superdrug store to see what bargains they have… you can visit the website too: www.superdrug,com

Lots of love…

kaatie

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7th Heaven – ‘Halloween’ Trick Or Treat Yourself Peel-Off Face Mask

Happy Halloween you little beauties!

Halloween is without a doubt one of my favourite holidays so you can imagine how excited I was when I heard a fave brand of mine – 7th Heaven had launched a limited edition Halloween themed face mask. It is the Trick Or Treat Yourself Peel Off face mask which comes in a 10 ml sachet and like the others has a generous amount of product – enough for 2 applications easy. The Trick Or Treat Yourself mask is actually a revamped version of the Cucumber Peel-Off mask and the packaging is super scary & creepy – the writing on the packaging is dripping in black & green slime and also features a ghoulish model wearing a face mask, some cucumber eyes and vampire fangs.

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The Trick Or Treat Yourself mask is a natural, cruelty-free face mask which contains Evening Primrose Oil, Cactus Flowers, Massacred Lime Oil, Petrified Jasmine Flowers & Cut Up Cucumbers which help to remove dead skin and banish grime leaving a hauntingly beautiful complexion. 7th Heaven recommend the mask for oily & grimy skin and advise us to use the mask once a year to ward off evil free radicals, ha-ha,

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The mask itself is a slightly transparent, bright green colour and has a sticky gel consistency with a lovely citrus lime scent. It goes on the skin clear and looks super shiny and you can feel it tightening the pores whilst it dries. I left it on for the recommended time of 25 minutes until it was completely dry and had fun peeling it off and removing dead skin cells. I love peel off masks as they are gentler than scrubs yet work just as good. I love how the Trick Or Treat Yourself mask smells and the fact that it doesn’t hurt when peeling it off – you can also see the dead skin on the mask after peeling. My skin looks a little better after using too. I usually have a clear complexion and it’s rare that I get blemishes or oily skin but the past two weeks my skin has been awful, my complexion has been really dull and I’ve had blemishes appear all over my face with dry skin on my cheeks and an oily t-zone. This mask has removed all traces of oil on my skin and moisturised the dry areas making my complexion look clearer, brighter and more balanced. I definitely recommend this Trick Or Treat Yourself face mask and I can’t wait until next Halloween to treat myself again!

DISCLOSURE: I bought this with my own money.

7th Heaven are running a Halloween GIVEAWAY. All you have to do is upload a ghoulish selfie on the website and add some scary stickers to win a £250 High Street Voucher. Competition ends 1st of November & the winner is picked on the 2nd. I’ve uploaded my creepy selfie & I’ve got my fingers crossed! Visit SkinScare.me for more info.


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Review: N.O.P Cosmetics – Happy Feet Soft Touch Foot Peel Mask For Hard Skin & Dry, Cracked Heels

Exactly two weeks and one day ago I used one of the Happy Feet Soft Touch Foot Peel Masks for the first time from a company from Amazon UK called N.O.P Cosmetics. I get hard skin on the heels of my feet and I absolutely hate how dry and ugly they look and how rough and rubbery they feel – my boyfriend thinks he is hilarious and likes to call me ‘leather feet’ which I don’t find one bit funny at all! HA! I was so happy when I was asked to review the Foot Peeling Masks on my blog and I put them on as soon as they arrived because I was excited and interested to see if they would really work and help to make my feet feel soft and smooth again and remove the hard skin from my heels.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Happy Feet Soft Touch Foot Peeling Mask is a foot mask rich in Pomegranate Oil and helps to moisturise by softening hard skin and healing and soothing dry, cracked heels. N.O.P claim the foot masks are 100% natural and organic skincare products but the ingredients list is jibberish so I don’t know about that for sure. The masks come in a little box and the packaging is lovely although there are a few grammar mistakes printed on the box – not something you’d expect to see from a product that costs £20. For example they have listed TWELVE as an ingredient??? I’m pretty sure there are no ingredients named twelve… ha ha. Anyway, moving on… there are two foot peeling masks included in the box and they both come in their own silver foil pouches which help to keep the moisture in so they stay fresh. The masks themselves look like huge plastic white socks and there are four ‘socks’ altogether so enough for two applications – the inside of the ‘socks’ have like a gel lotion and they also have a nice, fresh and fruity scent which I really like.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, TWELVE?, Trehalose,  Pomegranate Seed Oil, Golden Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Collagen, Triathanolamine, Matchyl Isobutyl Katona, Iodine, Butyl Alcohol, Butyl Carbamate, Allantoin, Essence, Licorice, Permeation Sodium Hyaluronate and Botanical Extracts.

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HOW TO USE: The foot mask is very easy to use – I just teared open one of the sachets and took the pair of plastic socks out. They were attached together so I took a pair of scissors and cut down the middle so I had two individual socks. After making sure my feet were clean and dry I went ahead and put the socks over my feet. There is a sticky tab at the top of each sock to help keep them secure but I just tied a hair bobble around my ankles to make them feel even more secure. I did try to walk in them which was a big mistake, the socks started to slip off my feet and I was slipping everywhere so if you do buy these try not to walk whilst wearing them because you might fall and hurt yourself – wear a normal pair of socks over the masks to prevent this. I kept the socks on for 90 minutes as recommended  – I wore mine whilst chilling watching Netflix and I forgot I even had them on.

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VERDICT: After the recommended time was up I took off the socks and washed the leftover residue off my feet and made sure they were dry. I was impressed with the results and my skin felt really soft and smoother. The masks didn’t get rid of my hard skin completely but it did a great job at softening them and they didn’t feel as leathery as they did before so I was chuffed about that and thought I was onto a winner. The masks didn’t irritate my psoriasis either. Apparently, after two weeks of using the foot mask you should start to see your skin peeling and shredding old skin which will allow new, softer skin to grow instead. I was a little bit disappointed at this. I waited two whole weeks for my skin to start peeling and felt let down when it didn’t. I have a few odd patches where it looks like it may be about to peel but nothing like I was expecting – I thought that every bit of skin on my soles would peel but it never happened, not even a little bit. I think I’ll put the other foot mask on tomorrow and wait another two weeks once again so I will update this post with the results. I hope to see some peeling second time round!

THOUGHTS: I like the Soft Touch Foot Mask, it’s softened the hard skin on my heels and the skin on my feet feels smoother even after two weeks of using it but I’m still disappointed because my skin didn’t peel like it was supposed to – after all it does say it is a ‘foot peel mask’ so that is what I was expecting. I do think it is overpriced a little bit too – especially as it hasn’t done what it is supposed to do – yet and like I mentioned above the grammar mistakes on the box – I know this doesn’t affect the product itself but still. So, it really does help to soften the skin but I reckon you could achieve the same results using less expensive products such as a natural pomegranate oil, a castor oil or maybe a good quality exfoliating scrub like this Arabica Coffee Scrub from Art Naturals which I have reviewed HERE if you want to have a read.

DISCLOSURE: This product was gifted to me for review purposes.


WHERE TO BUY: You can buy the Happy Feet Soft Touch Foot Peel Mask HERE for £10.99. When I was first sent this product it was priced at £19.99 and I’ve just noticed that the price has been reduced.


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Review: Tony Moly – Mr. Smile Patch For Smile Lines, Laughter Lines & Wrinkles

Bits & Bobs of Beauty (an online Korean Beauty store), kindly sent me this Mr. Smile Patch by Tony Moly to try out and review on my blog. I’ve been really looking forward to using this product as since my late twenties (I’m 30 now) I have noticed my skin has changed quite a bit and I can see that my skin is not as plump as it used to be. I have started to notice fine lines, wrinkles and smile lines on my face, which sucks! I mean, I know I’m still young but it really annoys the hell out of me when I look into the mirror and notice my fine lines and smile lines becoming more prominent as I get older. I thought I would try this ‘Mr. Smile Patch‘ from Tony Moly to see if it actually works and helps my smile lines become less noticeable as well.

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Tony Moly – Mr Smile Patch

Mr. Smile Patch:

The Mr. Smile Patch is a hydro-gel mask from Korean beauty brand Tony Moly. It targets laugh lines with a potent yet gentle mixture of ingredients. Express your sense of humour while treating your face to a nutrient enriched, vitamin-packed mask. This mask is filled with nourishing Berry, Sesame Seed, and Bean Extract which is packed with vitamins that help your skin fight those stubborn laugh lines!

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Key Ingredients:

Niacinamide – Soothes redness, helps calm and brighten the appearance of skin.

Collagen – Supports skin structure and elasticity.

Sesame Seed Extract – Full of zinc, an essential mineral to produce collagen, and other antioxidants which helps to detoxify skin.

All Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Prunus Semulata Flower Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Citrate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragance

How To Use?

After cleansing and toning, remove patch from packaging (make sure to peel off the clear liner) and place over laugh lines for 20 minutes.

Remove and pat remaining essence until fully absorbed.

Thoughts:

Like I mentioned above – I have just turned 30 years old so as expected, I have noticed my smile lines becoming more prominent. I thought I’d give the Mr. Smile Patch a go to see if it works and makes them less noticeable and to see if it basically helps me to look more beautiful and younger – ha! So, I followed the instructions and cleansed and toned my face and applied the slippery, slimy, ‘jelly-like’ moustache patches over my laughter lines. After putting the patches on my face, I found it tricky at first to keep them on as they kept sliding down my face and falling off – so to make sure they stayed put, I layed down, kept totally still and left the patches on for 20 minutes.

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After I removed the patches I didn’t really see any difference to be honest, no major changes or anything but my smile lines did look a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more plump and firmer and my skin was softer and moisturised, but, nothing to shout about really.

I noticed that the Mr. Smile Patch also contains some questionable ingredients such as methylparaben and artificial fragrance yet it claims to be gentle, so if your into your natural skincare – avoid.  I won’t be purchasing the Mr. Smile Patch again, I don’t think it’s worth the money to be fair and I’d rather use a good, natural anti-ageing facial oil on my smile lines instead. I do love the packaging and the whole idea of the Mr. Smile Patch – the moustache like patches are cute, fun and quirky but I think it is nothing more than a gimmick to be honest.

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes.


Where To Buy?

You can get yourself a Mr. Smile Patch HERE on the Bits & Bobs Of Beauty website.

If you are from the USA – you can get a pack of 2 HERE for $9.


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Review: Sand & Sky – Brilliant Skin -Purifying Pink Clay Mask

I received my Purifying Pink Clay Mask by Sand $ Sky in last months Birchbox and I have used it a couple of times since. I have got the 13g sample size tube and I’ve had about 3-4 uses out of it. I was so happy when I opened my Birchbox and seen this gorgeous little thing sitting inside, I’ve heard so many good things about the pink clay mask so I couldn’t wait to give it a try for myself.

For those who don’t know – Sand & Sky are an Australian cruelty-free skincare brand founded by twin sisters – Sarah & Emily Hamiliton. After taking a look at the website it seems they only sell the Purifying Pink Clay Mask at the moment but maybe they will add more products to their collection in the near future.

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What Is The Purifying Pink Clay Mask?

Sand & Sky claim the Purifying Pink Clay Mask is a botanical infused 4-in-1 formula which can be used as an instant detox mask, to tighten pores, to invigorate a dull complexion and instantly boost radiance.

Contains:

Pink Australian Clay which helps to draw out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin. Also refines pores and deep cleanses the skin.

Organic Liquorice and Old Man’s Weed which helps to regenerate skin cells and stimulate cell production. Also, gently removes pigmentation clusters from the skin’s surface.

Organic Aloe Vera and Pomegranate which tightens pores & soothes after Detoxify & Brighten and also stimulates collagen production.

Kakadu Plum & Kelp and Organic Mangosteen which helps prevent free radical damage and creates a defence shield to leave skin clear and glowing.


My Thoughts:

As I mentioned above I only have the 13g sample size which comes in a small tube. The full size product comes in a 58ml tub and you get a free face mask brush with it. The packaging is gorgeous, it is a lovely blue colour and it looks fresh and modern. The mask itself is a beige, almost pale pink colour and it smells natural and pleasant.

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I’ve used the mask about three times now and so far I really like it but I wouldn’t say it is the best face mask I have ever used – it doesn’t compare to my Bentonite Clay masks but yeah, I do like it nonetheless. I slather it all over my face avoiding the eyes and mouth and leave my mask on for about 10 minutes each time – after a while the pale pink colour of the mask turns to a ghostly white and you can feel the clay hardening a little. After washing the pink clay mask off my skin, I didn’t see any dramatic results but it definitely left my skin feeling soft & smooth like a baby’s bum. I have dull skin but my complexion did look a little brighter than before.

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As you may know from reading my other posts, I suffer with tiny blackheads on my nose which seem impossible to remove and so far the mask hasn’t done anything at all for them and they are still pretty visible after using the mask a couple of times. So I’m thinking I’d need to use the mask a lot longer than I have to see an improvement and elimination of my blackheads. It has tightened my pores and they don’t look as large now and I love how it leaves my face feeling/looking cleansed and healthier-looking.

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Now lets move on to the price! I nearly had a heart attack when I seen the £39.90 price tag for the 58ml full size tub and it is quite a small tub too. Come on girls… 40 quid for a face mask is ridiculous, you have to agree – whether it works or not! Like I said I do like the pink clay mask but I very much doubt I will buy the full size as it is way out of my budget – I could get over forty 7th Heaven face masks for that! Haha!

Don’t get me wrong, I have put it on my wish-list but in the meantime I think I will buy a 500g tub of pure Australian Pink Clay powder HERE from Amazon UK for just £9.95 and make my own pink clay masks instead. I also have Aloe Vera gel here and Pomegranate oil so I will add a little of them to my DIY ‘Sand & Sky’ face masks.

Check out what Jessicat and Uniquely Julia thought about the Purifying Pink Clay Mask.


Where To Buy?

You can get the full size product HERE on the website.

You can also get it HERE in the Birchbox shop.

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Review: Tropical Soap Collection – Art Naturals

A few months ago, I was sent the lush Tropical Soap Collection from Art Naturals
who are a natural skincare brand selling, natural, BPA-free, cruelty-free and eco-friendly skincare products. They sell essential oils, hair care products, skin care products, bath and body body products, aromatherapy sets and oil diffusers and they even have a men’s collection too!
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The Tropical Soap Collection is a 6-piece soap bar set suitable for all skin types and can be used by both men and women. The soaps are all infused with jojoba oil and different aromatherapy oils including lavender, lemon, grapefruit, tea tree, sweet orange and eucalyptus. All individual 4oz soap bars are sulfate-free, paraben-free, mineral-oil free and cruelty-free.
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The Tropical Soap Collection

Floral Detox: a renewing cleansing soap infused with lavender.

Soothing Citrus: a rejuvenating cleansing soap infused with orange.

Tropical Cleanse:  a regenerating soap bar infused with grapefruit.

Miracle Wash: a reviving cleansing soap infused with tea tree.

Cool Mint: a cleansing soap infused with eucalyptus.

Purifying Zing: a cleansing soap infused with lemon.

 

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Ingredients: Sodium palmate (palm oil), water, glycerin, jojoba oil, essential oils, sodium chloride.

Verdict:

I am really loving the Tropical Soap Collection from Art Naturals, they are probably the best soaps for my skin disorder that I have used in a long time and I do really like them! They also come in a pretty enough box to be given as a gift, so I would definately consider purchasing a few boxes to give out as little gifts for birthdays, Christmas, etc… I would love something like this as a present!

The soaps are all pretty good-sized 4 oz bars too. One bar of soap lasts absolute ages and I have only used two bars so far in the few months that I’ve had them, for this reason alone I do think this soap set is worth the money as they are really long-lasting and good quality.

I also found the soaps worked up a good lather too and my skin felt really clean and soft after using them. They do smell really nice although if you were to blindfold me I would not be able to work out which soap was which. To be completely honest, they do all smell quite similar, sweet, pretty, mild and natural  – but then again my sense of smell is awful, so don’t take my word for it!

I have psoriasis and I have found these soaps do not irritate my skin like most others do or cause my skin to flare up and react – I think that is all down to the natural ingredients that are in the soaps and the fact that they are all paraben-free, sulfate-free and mineral oil free. So, I would recommend and I do think these are the perfect soaps for people with sensitive skin, skin problems or skin disorders as they gently cleanse and moisturise the skin without irritating the skin or worsening symptoms.

Get the Tropical Soap Collection here from Art Naturals Amazon UK shop.

 The Tropical Soap Collection is £13.95 – Same day & next day delivery available.

If you’d like to connect with Art Naturals via the website or their social media pages, see links below.

WEBSITE: artnaturals.com

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/artnaturalsUSA

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Review: MABOX – Deep Cleansing Black Mask

I was sent a tube of MABOX’s Deep Cleansing Black Mask to try out & review on my blog and since it arrived I have used it a couple of times already. I do own quite a few black masks already so I’m well stocked up on them right now but it’s always nice to try a new product out instead. I love my black masks and think they are the best thing ever for removing blackheads and blocked pores so I use them a lot. I even posted my own DIY Black Mask Tutorial earlier which was super easy to make and it actually works!

You can read my own DIY Black Mask Tutorial here.

Deep Cleansing Black Mask by Mabox

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The Deep Cleansing Black Mask is made in China and comes in a little box, inside is the 50g black mask tube. There is a little bit of info written on both the box and tube which includes the ingredient list and directions for use, although I must say this is written in broken English that does not make sense and there are a few grammar mistakes too.

The mask itself is sticky and black with a runny consistency, it glides easily across the skin and dries within 15-20 minutes, depending how much you apply. Care will need to be taken when applying as it is very drippy and can get messy. The mask smells slightly perfumed and almost like a solvent – quite strong.

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The Black Mask helps to rid the skin from blackheads, oil, blocked pores and excessive sebum whilst exfoliating and cleansing the skin. It is recommended for all skin types especially those who suffer from blackheads. It is not recommended for use on acne, spots or inflamed skin.

How To Use It?

Steam your face with a facial steamer to open your pores or fill a bowl up with hot water and place a towel over your head to stop steam from escaping. 

Dry your face and spread the mask onto your t-zone, nose, forehead, cheeks and chin or anywhere you have blackheads. Avoid the jaw line, upper lip, eyes, eyebrows and hairline.

Leave on for 15-20 minutes or until the black mask has completely dried on the skin.

Gently peel off the mask, starting from the bottom and pulling upwards

Finish by splashing the face with some cold water to close pores.

Ingredients:

Water, Polyvinyl, Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polyvinlpyrrolidone, Bamboo charcoal, Xanthan Gum, Essence

Verdict:

I wasn’t a big fan of the scent it had but that didn’t put me off using it. Another thing that put me off a bit was the grammar mistakes on the packaging, I know that doesn’t affect the quality of the product but I just thought they could have at last made an effort with it as it looks unprofessional and makes the product look cheap and tacky.

Although there are one or two things I don’t like about the black mask, it does do the job it’s supposed to, it works. It spread easily on the skin, dried in a reasonable amount of time and didn’t hurt like a bitch when I peeled it off. Once I removed the dried mask from my nose I could see all the sebum, junk, blackheads and dirt stuck onto the strip and my skin looked cleaner and felt soft too.

I would give this 3 stars out of 5.

Where To Buy?

You can get your hands on this Deep Cleansing Black Mask from MABOX here.

It is only £5.99.

Love

Kate

DIY Beauty Project: Activated Charcoal ‘Black Mask’

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In the last few years, activated charcoal has become a must have ingredient in skincare products, mainly because it has wonderful detoxifying properties, it’s great for cleansing the skin of dirt, drawing out impurities and its a godsend for getting rid of blackheads. It’s become very popular for teeth whitening too. I use activated charcoal about once or twice weekly to keep my teeth looking white and polished – check out my DIY Charcoal Tooth Whitening Toothpaste here.

What You’ll Need To Make The Black Mask?

For this DIY you will only need two activated charcoal capsules. If you haven’t got any you can buy some at most healthcare & vitamin shops. I got mine here on Amazon UK. I paid £15 for a bottle of 365 capsules and I only use activated charcoal on my skin and teeth so a whole years supply will last me for ages.

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You’ll also need some non-toxic PVA glue. I picked a bottle up from the kids craft aisle in Home Bargains for 89p.

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You will need something to mix it in such as a bowl or tub and a clean make-up brush or flat make-up sponge. I used a lid of one of my moisturisers which was big enough and I also used a make-up sponge as I didn’t want to ruin my make-up brushes.

How To Make The Black Mask?

Pour a dollop or two of PVA glue into the bowl and carefully open each activated charcoal capsule adding the black ‘ash’ to the bowl.

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Give it a good mix and your done.

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How To Use The Black Mask?

I recommend steaming your face with a facial steamer for five minutes beforehand. If you haven’t got a steamer just fill a large bowl up with hot kettle water, place your head over the bowl and cover with a bath towel to stop steam from escaping.

Using a brush apply the black mask to your t-zone, nose, forehead, cheeks and chin, or anywhere that has blackheads and blocked pores. Avoid your hair-line and your eyebrows as it will hurt like hell if you peel off hairs.

Leave the black mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it has fully dried on the skin.

Peel off the mask starting from the bottom, gently pulling upwards. Once removed, you will notice all the gunk, dirt and blackheads stuck to it.

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Splash your face with cold water to close your pores.

Use once or twice weekly for best results.

Verdict:

At first I was a bit weary about putting glue on my face but it is perfectly safe just make sure you use PVA glue or any non toxic child glue. DO NOT use super glue ha ha. I’ve got to say, I’m very happy and impressed with this DIY, it was the easiest thing to make and I’m surprised at how much it looks like store-bought black masks, it works just as good too. It did work at removing blackheads from my t-zone, it didn’t hurt when removing and my skin didn’t feel irritated afterwards.

So, thumbs up this DIY Black Mask was a success!

Love

Katie

Strawberry, Rose, Mango & Lavender Fizzing Bath Bombs from Home Bargains

Hey ladies,

I love nothing more than soaking in a gorgeous fizzing bath – I love myself a good bath bomb so I was excited to try these little bargain bath bombs after spotting them at the back of the shelf in saver store, Home Bargains. They were about 79p each and there are four different scents available, they are: Rose, Strawberry, Mango and Lavender. I have bought them in the past so these were a second time buy for me so I thought I’d fill you lot in on them.

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I really love the packaging of the bath bombs, they look much more expensive than what they are and I think they look very pretty, pretty enough to be put into a little box and given as a gift to someone maybe.

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The ingredients list is printed on the packaging and the bath bombs each have their own mild yet fabulous scent and they smell lovely when they’re fizzing away under the warm running water, I love watching them fizz! The only negative thing I have to say about the bombs is the fact I did find the fragrance soon disappeared once it had stopped fizzing in the water and the scent of them never lingered as long as I hoped it would although my skin was left silky soft afterwards and my sensitive skin did not feel irritated.

My two favourites were the Strawberry bath bomb and the Mango bath bomb. Overall, I liked them. They are great little bargain and at 79p each you can’t complain, hey.

Much Love,

Kate xo

Review: Peroxide Free Teeth Whitening Strips by Whiter Smile

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Hey sexy ladies,

I’ve another teeth whitening product review for y’all, this time it is some teeth whitening strips which I’m relatively new to as I always favour my whitening gels and tend to use them the most. The whitening strips I have been using are from a company called Whiter Smile and there is 14 sachets included in the box and each includes an upper strip and a lower strip in each foil packet. After reading the instructions and placing the strips over dry teeth – they should then be left on for 30 minutes.

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 Before applying, I had to make sure my teeth were bone dry so the strips would stick to my teeth, first time I used them I forgot to wipe and dry them and the strips would not stick so I had to open a new sachet. I found them very easy to use and apply with the trickiest part being keeping my teeth dry from saliva before applying them. Everything else, no probs.

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The strips don’t taste bad at all and they have a slight minty taste when they are on the teeth. After using the strips twice a day for one week my teeth are noticeably whiter by a shade or two. The strips are gentle on enamel and peroxide free so I did not feel any tooth pain, sensitivities or gum irritation whilst using and after using. Because they are peroxide free they don’t work at whitening teeth as quick as peroxide based gels although they do work and I found them to be much gentler on teeth, enamel and gums too which makes these strips perfect for those with sensitive teeth or those who don’t have heavily stained or discoloured teeth who are looking to go a shade whiter.

5555555555555555555555555555555555555The strips gently and gradually whiten teeth compared to the very fast whitening results and often enamel damaging that peroxide gels have. I was actually surprised at how well these worked and I would defo buy them again. I think the strips would come in handy when you’re in a rush or on the go as they are quite transparent and invisible so can be worn whenever and wherever so I love them for that reason alone. I seen slight results after the first results but by day 2 and 3 I saw a huge difference. My teeth are quite white anyway but as I have ran out of my usual gel they were in need of a top up and I was happy with the results of the strips. I will be buying my gels again but I will certainly use these strips again when my. Teeth need a little brightening so my enamel doesn’t suffer from unnecessary damage.

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So, finally I would recommend these for those with slight discolouration as they have made my teeth appear clean, glossy and white but if you have heavily stained or really yellow teeth I recommend Denivit toothpaste and Dr Collins Whitening Gels as I don’t think these strips would give you the results you want. Alongside the strips I have been using Denivit anti-stain and whitening toothpaste as well as brushing my teeth and pulling with activated charcoal so I think all three have worked amazing together.

If you’d like to buy these whitening strips from Whiter Smile you can do so by clicking here.

Read my Denivit Anti-Stain Toothpaste review here. Best. Toothpaste. Ever.

For those who are curious – I buy my Dr. Collins 22% Peroxide Whitening Gels from Dentstore.

Love Yas,

Kate xo

Disclosure: These Tooth Whitening Strips were sent to me by Whiter Smile for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Sunday Pamper Sesh! – Passion Peel-Off Face Mask from 7th Heaven (Review)

It’s Sunday! Which means one thing:

PAMPER SESH! 💅🏻

I friggin’ love Sunday’s! I  park my bum on the couch and stay in all day like a hermit  watching Disney films and chick flicks… I take a nice long bubble bath whilst my roast dinner is cooking, YUM! I paint my nails, get the magic Nair out, do all my tan and shape my brows and I can’t forget a good old face mask of course!

Some of you may know already how much I love 7th Heaven face masks, they are vegan, Peta approved, cheap as chips, contain natural ingredients and they actually work!  I have been using them since I was a spotty teenager and I reckon I’ll still be face masking it when I’m 90 years old!

I’ve bought quite a few 7th Heaven face masks in my lifetime but I don’t think I have ever tried the Passion Peel-Off mask – so I thought I’d give it a go today.

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7th Heaven say:

‘Pulped Pomegranate, Passion Flower, Raspberry Grape, Cranberry and vitamin E contain antioxidants that help protect skin, while pores and dead cells get a deep clean from our peel-off mask!’

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The Passion Peel-Off mask comes in a 10ml sachet like most of the masks from 7th Heaven, which I think is perfect for travelling and especially if you’re like me and like trying new products out. The mask itself is a rose-pink colour and it smells so sweet, almost like strawberry or raspberry jelly. It smells delish! It is also very sticky but after 20-25 minutes, the stickiness disappears and your left with a super shiny face. It looked good, my wrinkles disappeared for a while ha. It didn’t look lilac coloured like the models on the sachet is – instead it was quite clear and looked a little pinky. Also I usually get two applications from one sachet of 7th Heaven masks but this one only provides one.

Now if you read my post a couple of days ago you will understand why at first I was a bit apprehensive about using another peel-off mask as I had an awful time with the Black Peel Off Mask from Beauty Infinitive. I was worried that this would hurt too when I started peeling it off but I was relieved that it never; it actually felt pleasurable and satisfying, ha. I began peeling at my jaw line and had no problem whatsoever at removing the mask. Afterwards my skin looked so much brighter and the mask had peeled away all of my dead skin cell build-up on my face which made my complexion appear dull. I love how soft my skin feels too.  I like this mask, it is not my favourite one from the 7th Heaven face mask range but I will use/buy it again especially when my complexion needs a kick up the bum.

Where to buy?

I got mine from Sainsbury’s for super cheap, 79p a sachet but you can seriously get them everywhere. Amazon, Superdrug, Boots, Asda, Home Bargains… The list is endless!

What 7th Heaven face mask should I try next?

Love

Kate x

DIY Beauty Project: Detox Your Skin With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Great For Psoriasis

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I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.

The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.

I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.

What is bentonine clay?

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” – Mountain Rose Herbs

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What Is a clay bath?

A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!

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What can a bentonite clay bath do?

Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body

Removes impurities from the skin

Boosts immune system

Deep cleanses the skin

Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders

Helps clear acne and pimples

Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…

Helps to cool and soothe insect bites

Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…

Reduces stress and anxiety

Calms skin allergies

Stimulates the lymph system

Soothes sunburn and sun rash

Gentle detoxification with no side effects

Relieves headaches

Relieves body aches

Great for fatigue

How to make a clay bath?

I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.

For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.

Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.

Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.

All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!

Do’s & Don’ts:

Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.

Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.

Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.

Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!

Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.

Where to buy bentonite clay?

The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.

It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.

I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.

So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!


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Sunday Pamper Sesh: Creamy Coconut Face Mask – 7th Heaven (Review)

I remember when I first discovered Montagne Jennesse / 7th Heaven Face Masks’ once upon a time when I was a rebellious teenager. I would buy one every week out of my pocket money, picking a different one each time. ❤

Somewhere along the line, as I got older and started trying out different skincare regimes – I stopped doing my weekly ‘Pamper Sesh’, where I would put a face mask on, some sliced cucumbers on my eyes and chill out in my bedroom listening to Britney Spears on the radio. Those were the days. 😂

I saw the masks again while out shopping today and I thought I’d have a blast from the past and start my ‘Pamper Sesh’ back up again – minus the Britney this time round!

I’ve stocked up on loads of face masks to try out but the first mask I’m going to review is the luxurious ‘Creamy Coconut’ one, which is for tired and dry looking skin. I suppose it would work well on oily / combination skin too.

I decided to try the Creamy Coconut mask out first because I just love coconut. Coconut products have always been a god-send for my skin, especially for treating my psoriasis.

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Results

When I first applied it, the mask had a cream like consistency that gradually hardened and dried a little. The dried effect was nothing like that of a clay mask, which I’m not happy about. I really love it when you can’t move your face or smile or frown when wearing a clay mask…. I’m so weird!

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The scent of the mask is beautiful as you can imagine. It filled the room with a potent coconut smell and my boyfriend asked why he could smell coconuts all over the house. Ha. DUH.

It is recommended to leave the face mask on for 15 minutes but as I was far too busy chillin’ – I left mine on for about an hour.

Warm water removed it effortlessy and after patting dry, my skin was noticeably smoother and softer to touch as well as being a little bit brighter than beforehand.

I’m definitely going to add the Creamy Coconut mask to my beauty regime. #LOVE ❤

What’s Good

The Creamy Coconut Face Mask is not only filled with pulped coconut but shea butter and ground cocoa too. Packing pure goodness!

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My favourite thing about 7th Heaven’s Face Masks’ is that they have not been tested on animals. PETA have also certified that the face masks have been made cruelty free!

I like. 👌

7th Heaven Face Masks are in 15 ml sachets and you could probably get about 2-3 applications from one sachet, all depending how much you apply.

The face masks also do what they claim to. My skin is much more rehydrated and happier now after only one use. The zombie complexion has lessened!

What’s Not Good

I’ve got no complaints! All gravy baby! 👌

Where To Buy

You can buy them everywhere; Asda, Superdrug, Boots, Home & Bargains as well as 7th Heavens’ website – here.

How Much?

I got mine for about £1 each I think. If you’re not from the UK – unlucky you! I’ve heard they are much dearer to buy in Australia and the USA, costing $6 or more which is madness! I suppose we are good for something, eh! 😊

I nearly forgot to mention – after having a browse on their website I noticed that face masks are not the only products made by 7th Heaven, they also do hair masks, men’s face masks, scrubs and soap amongst other things. I really can’t wait to try out the ‘Dead Sea Salt Bust Firming Gel’ (not that I need it – the girls are firm – said the liar 😉) as well as the ‘Peach Oil Cleansing Soap’. LUSH 😍

What’s your favourite 7th Heaven Face Mask girl’s? Which one shall I try next? 😘

Are there blogging gals that have tried any of the other products? Feel free to pop your ‘review links’ below so I can have a read… ❤

Well, dolly-birds, until next time!

Love…

Katie ❤

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