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

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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. ūüėā 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. ūüėć

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. ūüĎĆ 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! ūüėā

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… ūüėā

¬†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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7h Heaven – Dead Sea Mud Mask – Hard Drying & Deep Pore Cleansing (Review)

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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.

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Contains:

Kaolin Рwhich is a natural, mild clay; is deep cleansing and draws out impurities and excess oil Рwithout 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 Рis 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 Рis 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 Рlike 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 Рa 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..

 

Thoughts:

¬†¬†¬† 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!

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Review: Dr. Botanicals – Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil | Vegan Friendly & Cruelty-Free Skincare

Dr. Botanicals, a vegan friendly skincare brand, sent me some of their Moroccon Rose Superfood Facial Oil to try out and review on my blog. The oil is completely natural, vegan friendly and cruelty-free and it is infused with plant extracts, antioxidants, vitamins, essential oils and botanical extracts to help brighten dull skin, protect it, renew and even out skin tone. It also contains high levels of Vitamins A and C which rejuvenate the skin and helps to reduce visible signs of ageing.

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The main active ingredients in the formulation are:

Vitamin Chelps to stimulate collagen production, for younger-looking skin.
Vitamin A – a powerful antioxidant with aims to rejuvenate skin, even skin tone and reduce the signs of ageing; while protecting from free radicals.
Almond Oil – deeply moisturises and nourishes skin, whilst brightening the complexion for brighter fresh looking skin.

First Impressions:

The Moroccan Facial Oil comes in a eco-friendly, recyclable cardboard box – the packaging is nothing special but it is good for our environment. It lists the full ingredients in super tiny writing on the bottom of the box – which I can’t read even with my glasses on. It has the cruelty-free bunny printed on the box too. Inside is the Facial Oil which comes in a 15ml glass bottle with a simple label and a black screw-off dropper lid. The oil itself is clear and transparent with a slight rose-pink tint to it. Very pretty! It has a watery consistency and smells really nice too, kinda like a mild, subtle perfume, although it is not overpowering at all.¬† The oil has been recommended for dry skin especially but all skin types can use it even oily.

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Thoughts:

I’ve been using it for a whole week so far and I’ve stopped using other products, just so I can see how it works my skin. My skin has been looking awful lately and I put it down to being lazy. I have been using throw away face wipes the last month or so instead of cleansing properly and although they come in handy every now and again, I don’t recommend using them as an everyday thing as I have found I break out and my skin gets really dry an dull-looking when I do.

This week I’ve ditched the wipes and I’ve been washing my face twice a day with the Wipe Out MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth from Magnitone London, which just requires water, no cleansers, gels, etc… and I’ve then been applying the oil every morning and every night. I use about 3-4 drops for my entire face and neck and in one week I’ve used just under 1/4 of the bottle, so I’m guessing the 15ml bottle will last me roughly over a month, maybe longer.

The Moroccan Facial Oil doesn’t behave like your average oil and it is kind of a dry oil although Dr.Botanicals haven’t said this. It doesn’t feel oily/greasy on the skin and it doesn’t leave a sticky residue either. It is super absorbent and I love how it dries into the skin within seconds, so no need to wait around for it to dry – one of my pet hates with facial oils.

Since using the facial oil, my dry patches and blemishes are starting to disappear and my skin doesn’t feel as tight, dry or look as dull as before – it has definitely brightened my complexion. I think with longer use my skin tone will look more even so I’m looking forward to that as uneven skin tone is something I’ve struggled with since day one. Ditching the face wipes, cleansing with a microfiber cloth and using this pure goodness oil on my skin has definitely improved its appearance and done it the world of good. I’ll update this post in a few weeks when I have give it more use.

I love Dr. Botanicals and I have their Tropical Invigorating Cream also which I love. The brand has definitely become a favourite of mine – I have been trying to use more cruelty-free brands the last few years and I prefer natural, gentle skincare products which are free-from nasty chemicals and that is what Dr. Botanicals is all about. They use top quality, natural ingredients in all of their products which are gentle on skin yet effective and they are completely cruelty-free, vegan friendly and free from animal by-products – animals should not have to suffer for our vanity and I think one day, hopefully, testing cosmetics on animals will be illegal and rightly so!

Dr Botanicals products are a bit on the expensive side but like I’ve said before, you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to skincare. Most of their products are a little out of my budget but I will definitely shop their products again – I’ll treat myself, hey and I’ll keep checking the website for sales and deals to grab myself a bargain!

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


Where To Buy:

You can buy a 15ml bottle of Moroccan Superfood Facial Oil HERE for £35.90 on Dr. Botanicals website. You can also get the full size 30ml bottle HERE for £55. You can also get £20 off your first order (£60+) when you sign up to the newsletter!


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Review: Pure African Black Soap – Mayka Skincare

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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.

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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.

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”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

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

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.

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INGREDIENTS:

Sodium / potassium salts of fatty acids from edible vegetable oils: Sodium / Potassium Sheabutterate, Sodium / Potassium Palmkernelate, Sodium Potassium Cocoate, Glycerine, Aqua, Cocoa Bean Ash Residue

THOUGHTS:

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.

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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 Skincare HERE. It is £5 for a 100g bar or you can get 3 soaps for £10 and save a little money HERE.


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Review: Superdrug – Stiletto Pink Shimmer Fashion Nails

Hey girlies… I got me some new nails! I was in Superdrug the other day and they still had lots of gorgeous stuff on sale so I went a bit mental with my bank card coz I love me¬† a bargain. I got loads of beauty and bath products for under ¬£1 and I even got myself a gorgeous grey knitted hat with a pretty pink pom-pom for jus 49p. When I was at the till, I noticed they had a few different designs of false nails reduced and these pink shimmer ones caught my eye as they were really pretty and had a perfect stiletto shape so I just had to get them.

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The Stiletto Pink Shimmer Fashion Nails come in a recyclable lilac and white polka dot box which has all the necessary information on the back. Inside the box is 24 light/pale, nudey pink nails which have a gorgeous stiletto shape and they are just the right length, not too short and not too long. I got one set out of the 24 nails as they didn’t have the right sized nails leftover to fit my fingernails. There is also a 2g tube of ‘pink’ glue included which has a screw off lid and tab so there is no need for scissors to cut the tube. I did expect the glue to be pink as the box states ‘pink glue’ but it was clear instead so I don’t know what Superdrug are chattin’ about. Ha! Not that I’m bothered!

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I found them really easy to apply, they bonded to my natural nails quickly but the glue tube did need a bit of muscle to get some glue out. I was surprised at the glue too – usually I find that when glue-on nails are cheap the glue tends to be crap and the nails fall off within hours but these have stuck down pretty well & I still have them on a day later. Superdrug do say they are long-lasting so we will see hey.

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UPDATE: By day 3 of wearing these nails they began falling off. Luckily – I always carry some glue in my handbag when I wear false nails so I could glue them back on. So, if you buy these use a stronger glue if you want them to stay on longer than a day as well as popping some in your handbag for emergencies. Nothing worse or more trampy-looking than a missing false nail. Ha.

To remove them you just cut down the middle of the artificial nail and soak them in some artificial nail remover until they dissolve – never force or pull false nails off as this can damage your natural nails.

Superdrug say the nails are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and the box has the leaping bunny / cruelty free international logo printed on the box although the nails and glue have been made in China and I thought it was law in China for all cosmetics and beauty products to be tested on animals. I might be wrong. The nails were ¬£2.99 but the best before date is January 2018 so I got them in the sale for just ¬£1.50. I didn’t know that artificial nails could go out of date, ya learn something new everyday hey – maybe it’s the glue. Superdrug do offer a 100% happiness, money back guarantee so if you do buy these nails and you are not happy with them for whatever reason you will probably get your dosh back.

Personally, I like the nails РI love the nudey pink colour and they have a subtle shimmer too so they look very pretty and natural plus the nails are quite strong and not flimsy at all so I do think they are great value for money Рeven at the full price of £2.99. The glue is quite strong but I am heavy handed so my nails do always fall off eventually. I would definitely buy these again and I will be going to Superdrug to have a look at the other designs available so I can stock up on some more.


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Review: Monu Skin – Firming Fiji Facial Oil For Dry, Sensitive & Mature Skin

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!

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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 Рespecially 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  Рit is used for relaxing and moisturising mature skin, helping it to look firm and visibly radiant.

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Thoughts:

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 РThe 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.

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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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Photo nicked from the Sand & Sky website!

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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Youth Enhancing Plump & Firm Moisturiser From Bee Good – Review | @BeeGood_UK

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it’s me again girls…

Back with another GLOSSYBOX product review.

You know what? Today I’m reviewing the beauty award winning Plump & Firm Moisturiser from the Youth Enhancing range by British skincare company Bee Good.

I have the 15ml travel sized tube which costs £9.

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WHAT IS IT?

The BEST moisturiser EVER!

A high performance daily moisturiser containing hydrating British honey, antioxidant-rich propolis and potent raspberry seed oil, rich in moisture boosting essential fatty acids to improve the visible signs of ageing. Hyaluronic acid retains moisture in the skin’s cells, helping to plump and soften the appearance of fine lines whilst concentrated algae tightens and strengthens the skin.’ – Bee Good

‘We at Bee Good share the general concern about the use of animals in safety testing and have a very simple policy – We do not perform any animal tests on any of our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf. That‚Äôs it. Simple, straightforward and unambiguous! –¬†Bee Good

GOOD THINGS

  • it makes skin look more youthful
  • gives skin a nice radiant sheen
  • it rehydrates and mosturises the skin
  • gives skin has a firmer, lifted appearance
  • it doesn’t make your skin feel sticky after applying
  • it absorbs quickly into the skin
  • skin looks healthier after first use
  • fine lines and wrinkles become less noticeable
  • it didn’t dry my skin out or cause any skin reactions or break-outs
  • contains blackberry seed oil
  • raspberry seed oil
  • the formula contains zero Parabens, Synthetic Colours, Mineral Oil, Silicones, SLS, or SLES.
  • the moisturiser is cruelty-free and has the leaping bunny logo printed on the tube
  • all Bee Good products are suitable for vegetarians.
  • it’s probably the best moisturiser I have used in a long, long time

BAD

  • contains parfum which is one ingredient that I dislike but it does smells lovely and pleasant, so what the hell.

 

Key ingredients include:

British wildflower honey

British blackcurrant seed oil

Hyaluronic acid

British raspberry seed oil

Shea butter

British beeswax

British propolis (extract)

Pepha-tight (derived from algae extract)

Full ingredients list:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mel (Honey), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Coconut Alkanes, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Propolis Extract, Algae Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Pullulan, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

THOUGHTS

Oh, I just love it! My skin looked fabulous after just one application and I really have fell in love with it.ūüėćūüėćūüėć Although it’s suitable for all skin types¬†and all ages, I can definately see why it has been recommended for aging and mature skin as it really has made my skin look younger and more youthful. I’m 29 years old, I hate to admit it but I’m getting on a bit.¬†The last few years I have been scrutinizing my face for fine lines and wrinkles and feeling sad about aging so I’m happy that this moisturiser has plumped my skin and appears to have ‘filled in’ my fine lines. This is the most amazing part: I have a deep frown line between my eyebrows which I absolutely HATE because it makes me feel insecure about my appearance, I’ve even contemplated botox but I’m a needle phobe so and I’ve gotta say how happy I am with this and I will DEFINATELY be purchasing the full sized bottle.

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I also have the palest skin ever! It is the kind of skin tone that reminds people they need to buy a pint milk. It has a greyish, dull undertone so I often look poorly. I depend on foundations and blushers to make me look healthy instead of a corpse, haha and this has added a bit of colour to my face, it hasn’t give me a tan but what it has done is warmed my skin tone up a notch making my skin look dewy and illuminous. I one million percent recommend this!

Get the Plump & Firm Moisturiser here.

Has anyone else tried this? Do you think it was the ‘bees knees’ like I did?

Which Bee Good product should I try next?

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: I  received this with my GLOSSYBOX subscription.

Coconut Milk Body Scrub from Pure Body Naturals – Review

Girls,

This week, I’ve put my coffee scrubs aside to try out the Coconut Milk Body Scrub from Pure Body Naturals who are another natural, cruelty-free brand based in America. They have a huge collection of fabulous skincare products, hair care products, essential oils and beauty accessories and they are fast becoming one of my favourite brands.

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The Coconut Milk Body Scrub is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, leaving your skin feeling nourished. Dead Sea Salt is a natural exfoliator which removes a build up of dead skin cells allowing fresh new skin to appear, making your complexion look amazing. It helps to protect skin from UV radiation and it also reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. The scrub is full to the brim with natural ingredients and fast-absorbing oils which all soften and moisturise the skin without irritating it. It can be used on both the face and body and because of the high content of oils and vitamins it works brilliantly as an amazing anti-ageing treatment, helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to the coconut milk it has a fabulous creamy texture with the slightest hint of coconut.

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The ingredients are:

Coconut Milk, Sea Salt, Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Dead Sea Salt, Vitamin E.

What I thought?

I love coconut beauty products and this scrub makes me love coconut even more! As you all probably know already, I have psoriasis (very mild at the mo), so I’m super prone to dry skin especially on my knees and elbows. I haven’t noticed any change to my psoriasis just yet though. It hasn’t cleared my skin up but I suppose it’s still early days, eh! It has removed a few scales and softened my dry skin tremendously, it feels great! To use, you just simply scoop a bit of the coconut salt into your hands and apply it to wet skin, gently massaging in circular motions. After exfoliating and removing dead skin cells my skin feels so clean and soft and I slather loads of Fractioned Coconut Oil all over my body to make it super smooth and extra moisturised.

Even though it is a small 340g tub I reckon you will get 20+ full body treatments out of one tub, if not more. It all depends how much you apply to your skin each time and how often you use it. I have used it 4-5 times in a week and as you can see there is still lots of scrub left in the tub.

What I love the most about the Coconut Milk Body Scrub is that it contains absolutely nothing but natural, pure ingredients so I don’t need to worry about artificial ingredients which make my psoriasis a million times worse.

I will definitely be buying more when I run out!

Where to buy?

Amazon UK: here. £14.95 | American girls can get it on the Pure Body Naturals website.

Who else loves Pure Body Naturals?

love

Katie x

Disclosure: This was gifted to me for review purposes.

Art Naturals – Dead Sea Mud Mask

 

 

Hello Girls (& Boys!)

I have another Art Naturals product here for review. It is their Dead Sea Mud Mask.

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I have tried quite a few products from Art Naturals now and I can honestly say that I haven’t a bad thing to say about any products that I have used from them. Art Naturals has become one of my favourite brands lately and I have replaced most of my beauty products from ‘popular, big brands’, especially those who test on animals and use harsh ingredients, for ‘natural’ and kind brands like Art Naturals whose products are chemical free, cruelty free, contain nothing but natural, kind ingredients and are gentle on the skin, gentle enough to calm my psoriasis instead of irritating it!

I can definately see ‘natural’ and cruelty free brands becoming more popular in the near future as people realise nasty, harmful ingredients and testing on animals is really not nessecary in a beauty product, really though, why should an animal suffer just so we can look fabulous. I agree it is pretty hard knowing which products are kind, some poducts don’t tell you if it has been tested on animals or not so always look for the little cruelty free bunny on the back of a product to know 100% if the formula has NOT been tested on animals. A brand will never say ‘this has been tested on animals’ so look for the cute bunny for confimation!

Art Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask

This is a 250 ml tub of deep skin cleansing, pure heavenly face mask! Dead Sea Mud is amazing for all skin types and everybody can benefit from it in some way. It draws out toxins, impurities, blackheads, dirt, oil, helps acne, calms skin conditions and disorders as well as reducing large pores and if used often it will help give you radiant skin and a brighter, clearer, more balanced complexion.

I’ll be honest, this mud mask from Art Naturals is completely identical to the Majestic Pure one I reviewed a while back, it has the exact same ingredients, same 250ml sized tub, the mud is the same dark grey colour, same thick consitency, same scent and it has the same price. The only differences being, the label and a different company name. Majestic Pure say to leave their mask on for five minutes while Art Naturals say leave on for 15-20 minutes. So basically I would imagine they both have the same formula, just sold by two different companies with different time directions.

I’ve had the same results with this Dead Sea Mud Mask as I did with Majestic Pure’s one. I do love them both! You can read my review for that here if you’d like.

How to use it?

‘Cleanse and tone first, and dry skin. Use clean dry hands when scooping the mud out of the jar to avoid contamination and bacteria. Test on a small area for allergies before using all over the face. Apply a thick layer of the mud onto your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for around 15-20 minutes until it has dried. Remove the mask by wetting hands and gently lathering in circular motions for a complete exfoliation. Wash any excess mud off with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Follow with your favourite moisturiser. For best results use every 3-4 days.’

TIP: Apply a very thin layer as the more you put on the longer it will take to dry and remove.

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Results:

This is really messy to apply as you can imagine, it gets everywhere if you are not careful so if you are as dopey and careless as I am, use it while bathing or use an old t-shirt to avoid any staining. Be careful not to get it into your hair too if you don’t plan on washing it afterwards, tie it up into a bun and use a hair band to protect your hair line.

After using this 4 times in three weeks I can say that my complexion is definately brighter and my skin looks clearer and feels moisturised and smoother. I have had a little pimple break out on my chin but I have had no major reactions or break outs.

I will continue using this once a week to keep my skin balanced and to draw out all toxins and impurities that have built up which cleansing and toning alone can’t achieve. I still have those annoying, under the skin, tiny blackheads on my nose that even comedones and blackhead extractors can’t remove so using this regulary may help draw them out, a few at a time. ¬†I am so determined to get rid of them.

I don’t recommend using dead sea mud daily as it is possible you will remove the ‘good’ oils that your skin produces to protect it from external factors, so once a week is perfect in my opinion.

I do recommend steaming your face before using any face mask to open the pores. Just make sure you splash some cold water over your face when you remove the mud mask to close the pores and avoid any new blackheads, pimples or spots appearring.

Where to buy it?

You can buy it right here. It is £14.95 for a 250ml tub. Which is a little expensive for a face mask, yeah, but it will last a while and you defo get what you pay for! Check out some other Art Naturals products too, I especially love their essential oils, hair masks and bath bombs.

Thanks for reading girlies! If you have tried a dead sea mud mask before or if you are thinking of buying this one for yourself I would love to hear your thoughts!

Have a beautiful day!

LOVE

KATIE ROSE x x x

e-mail: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com