Category Archives: Skincare

Review: BLAQ – Activated Charcoal Hydrogel Eye Mask

Hey chicks, I’ve not been sleeping well lately and my eyes aren’t looking as bright and sparkly as they usually are. I remembered that I got this Hydrogel Eye Mask from BLAQ a while back in one of my beauty subscription boxes so thought I would try it out and give my eyes a little pamper. I only had one eye mask to try out but if you were to buy them you would pay £22 for a box of five masks – BLAQ don’t sell them individually.

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Here’s what they say about the Hydrogel Eye Mask:

Late nights. too many cheeky wines and lets not forget those carb-on-carb delights, can have our peepers looking, well, not so fresh. Leave the evidence of last night behind, and pop on our activated charcoal eye mask to de-puff, detox and get back to your shiny, gorgeous self.BLAQ

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How To Use:
Cleanse your skin and eye area.
Gently apply the mask about 1 cm below each eye.
Leave the mask to work its magic for 10-15 minutes, before carefully peeling off the skin.
BLAQ recommend using the eye mask twice a week.

REVIEW:

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I’ve used hydrogel eye masks before and they also seem to slip off and slide down my face meaning I have to lie down to keep them on my face – with these ones they actually stayed put whilst I was sitting up.

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After taking the eye mask off, my eyes felt so refreshed and soothed and my dark circles looked a little brighter and not as puffy. So I do think they work although I’m doubt that I’d buy these again, even though they helped a little. I’m not too keen about the price tag and I’m also not sure if they are cruelty-free as it doesn’t state it on the packaging and the website doesn’t say either, so, I’m guessing they are not. Plus, it has ‘manufactured in China’ so I guess that’s my answer.

You can check the full ingredients list here.


Where To Buy:

You can buy a box of five for £22 on the BLAQ website here.

You can also get 10% off your order by subscribing to the BLAQ newsletter.

DISCLOSURE: I received this product in a beauty subscription box which I bought with my own money.


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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!


Sign-up to GLOSSYBOX HERE and use my code: KAY-R3D for a 20% discount.

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REVIEW: Skin Republic – Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Foaming Face Mask Sheet (Oxygen Cleanse)

Hey girls, I bought two of these Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheets from Skin Republic a few months ago from Superdrug and I never got around to trying them out… I signed up for the Look Fantastic* beauty box a few days ago and in my first box was another mask, so I thought I better get a move on and try one out.

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The Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheet is a sheet mask made from Activated Charcoal. When the mask is exposed to air, it starts to oxygenate and begins to bubble and foam. It cleanses deep into the skin’s pores eliminating impurities and toxins from the skin. It also contains Fruit Acids which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells.

It is also paraben free and not tested on animals

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How To Use:

Cleanse your skin and make sure you rub the sachet before opening to activate the bubbles. Place the mask on the face and wear it for 10-15 minutes. When ready, remove the sheet mask and massage the excess bubbles and foam into the skin and then rinse with water.


Thoughts:

I LOVE this sheet mask. I’ve never used a foaming mask before but they are the future for sure. After a couple of minutes wearing the mask, I could hear the bubbles foaming and my skin felt tingly too. It was amazing seeing the bubbles appearing on the mask and after using it my complexion looks GREAT! It’s healthier-looking, I have a natural dewy shine on my skin and my skin looks clean and luminous.

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When I removed the mask and rinsed with water I cleansed my face again. The cotton wool I used was dirty and because I cleansed super well before I put the mask on, I’m thinking it was the dirt and impurities which the mask had drawn out onto the surface of my skin. If so, amazing!

I think it may just be my new favourite mask and I can’t wait to use my others!


DisclosureThe masks were bought with my own dosh.

Links marked with an asterisk (*) are referral links. By clicking my referral links you will receive £5 off your first order at Look Fantastic.

You can also use my code – ‘KATIE-RA54′ at checkout.


Where To Buy:

I got mine here from Superdrug (£2) and I received one in my Look Fantastic* beauty box.

Skin Republic have a huge range of skincare products so there are plenty to choose from!


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REVIEW: Palmer’s – Cocoa Butter Formula – Foot Magic Scrub

Summer is around the corner girls and it’s sandal season so I have been giving my feet some extra TLC so my feet look pretty and summer-ready. Along with some other ‘foot products’, (which I’ll review later), I’ve been using the Foot Magic Scrub from Palmer’s for about a month to help soothe my feet and moisturise and exfoliate the rough, hard skin on my feet.

 The scrub contains natural pumice and exfoliants, no plastic microbeads in sight and it is full of skin-loving ingredients such as Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Peppermint Oil and Shea Butter and it helps to moisturise the skin whilst exfoliating dead skin cells, hard skin and rough areas whilst nourishing and soothing tired, sore feet.

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The Foot Magic Scrub and it’s easy to use – you just simply massage some of the scrub into your soles in a circular motion and focus on rough patches of skin, particularly the heels, then rinse off.

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It really helps, I like it! My heels were dry, rough and a little hard before but since I have started using the scrub they seem to be improving and the soles of me feel much silkier, and softer. I also love how the scrub feels against my skin – it moisturises and soothes tired feet and the sensation feels amazing against my skin, especially on the psoriasis on my soles as it exfoliates dead skin cells and scales. I even take it up a little onto my lower legs and knees and my skin feels so much better afterwards. It smells lovely too!

Palmer’s are against animal testing although there is no cruelty-free bunny on the back of the tube.

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I’m at the end of the tube but I will be repurchasing as I like what it has done for my skin. There is also a Foot Magic Cream available to buy from Palmer’s so I will defo be picking a tube of that up as well as the scrub next time I go shopping.

Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.


Where To Buy:

I got mine from Home Bargains for a bout £1.20 I think but you can also buy it at BOOTS, Superdrug & probably ASDA.

You can take a look at Palmer’s website HERE – they have lots of other fab products too.


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