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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!

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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 – especially dry, sensitive and mature skin. It is a soothing, paraben-free oil formulated to smooth and hydrate the skin. The oil contains, Rose Essential Oil which helps to soothe sensitive skin and it has a gentle, floral, mood-enchancing aroma, Hazelnut Essential Oil which is a light, nourishing emollient oil that is easily absorbed into the skin and great for combination and oily skin types and Patchouli Essential Oil too which is an exotic Indian essential oil which has a woody aroma  – it is used for relaxing and moisturising mature skin, helping it to look firm and visibly radiant.

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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 – The oil is out of stock at Look Fantastic so keep checking back to see if it becomes available again. You might as well wait and get yourselves a bargain, hey. Click HERE to visit the Look Fantastic website.

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Review: PurOrganica – Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment For Dark Circles, Bags & Wrinkles

I was kindly sent this Ultimate Youth Eye Gel from PurOrganica a few months ago and I have been using every single day since. PurOrganica are a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand and I have a few products of theirs already.

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PurOrganica claim the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment will help with dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffiness, loss of tone and firmness. It can be used in the morning and at night as an firming eye treatment or as an all over face gel. It can also be used as an under make-up primer. The gel is a completely natural, cruelty-free skincare product and it is made with 70% organic ingredients. The main ingredients are Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E which all help to give eyes a youthful and radiant appearance whilst diminishing dark circles and puffiness.


First Impressions:

The Ultimate Youth Eye Gel comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the eye gel itself which comes in a small 30 ml frosted glass bottle which has a plastic lid and a pump dispenser. There is a bit of info printed on the box and bottle including directions for use, ingredients, etc…. The eye gel is a clear, thick, non-drip gel which glides easily over the skin and it has a gorgeous, natural scent which smells absolutely lovely, quite like cucumbers, after looking at the ingredients list it does in fact contain Cucumber Distillate.


Thoughts:

I’ve been using my  the gel as an under eye firming treatment twice a day. I use it of a morning after I wake and I apply it underneath my eyes before I put my foundation, concealer and setting powder on and the gel helps my deep-set eyes appear firm and plumper – it also helps my makeup go on smoother and it stops my concealer and powder from looking creasing. I also put a little bit of the gel on my deep frown line between my eyebrows as well as on my smile lines which are becoming more prominent as I age.

Before I catch up on my beauty sleep, I like to use it as an all over face gel after I have cleansed, toned and moisturised my face and it has helped plump my skin and made my complexion look more youthful and radiant.

After applying the gel to my skin I can literally feel it working straight away by tightening my saggy skin and it feels cool and refreshing on the skin. I wouldn’t say it burns but it does feel kind of ‘minty fresh’ on the skin. I love it.

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The gel absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and it really does work, well it has for me – I could see the difference after only using it once and my under eye area looked smoother and not as ‘sunk in’ as before – also the more I use it the better the results are so because I’m nearly at the end of the bottle  I will defo have to be buying it again as I love what it has done for my skin – my dark circles aren’t as dark, my skin looks plumper and my complexion looks healthier and brighter. I definitely recommend this product, especially for those over 30 who are starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles for the first time as well as for those who suffer with dark circles and under eye bags.

Disclosure: I received this product for free to review on my blog.


Where To Buy?

You can get a bottle of the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel HERE for £13.95.

If you are from the USA – you can get it HERE for $10.99.


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Review: Burt’s Bees – Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap

I bought the Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap which is made by Burt’s Bees last week in one of my Amazon hauls and I am seriously loving it so far. I have really sensitive skin and psoriasis, so I have learned that washing my skin with a natural and gentle soap is a must. I love Burt’s Bees because most of their products are 99% natural, over half of them are 100% natural and they are all cruelty free.


Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap

The Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap is part of the baby-care range at Burt’s Bees. It is a gentle, 100% natural soap which is mild enough to be used on babies delicate skin. The soap is made the USA and it contains buttermilk which is richer in fats and emollients than whole milk and it is a natural, soothing skin cleanser and skin softener.  The soap doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, petroleum or SLS ingredients and it is also cruelty-free.

The Buttermilk Soap comes in a small little box and the packaging of the soap is just lovely – the box is a gorgeous, honey-yellow colour which features a honeycomb print with cute little bumble bees and a there is a beehive sketch in the centre. There is a little bit of info about the soap on the back and sides of the box.

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Thoughts:

I really love this soap and wish I had bought it sooner. I’ve fallen in love with the scent of it, which smells absolutely creamy, natural and gorgeous. The soap does contain parfum/fragrance but it is a natural one and not artificial so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. I love that this soap contains no nasty ingredients at all and it is a 100% natural soap. Considering it is a natural skincare product is really does lather well and feels creamy and soothing on the skin. As you may know, I have psoriasis and sensitive skin so my skin is easily irritated and it is often sensitive and dry but this soap is so gentle on my skin whilst cleansing it and moisturising it at the same time.

I have also been using other natural skincare products in conjunction with this soap and my psoriasis – which flared up badly recently has began to clear up so I’m over the moon, as you can imagine. I really do think that by using natural skincare products works absolute wonders for you when you have sensitive skin or a skin disorder and it is wise to avoid products which contain harsh ingredients which will make you symptoms worse. Always check the ingredients list and research each one if your unsure.

One thing I was baffled about was on the box it says the soap is a 100% natural product but on the website it says it is a 99.4% natural product!

Make your mind up Burt’s Bees. Ha.

I will definitely be purchasing this soap again, gain and again and think I’ll probably use it for the rest of my life because I like it so much. So, as you probably guessed, I 100000% recommend the Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap to everyone and anyone & especially for those with sensitive skin, psoriasis and eczema.


Where To Buy?

I got my Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap HERE on Amazon UK for £3.32.

You can also get it on the website: www.burtsbees.com


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Review: Yvettevans – Light Up ‘Hollywood’ Cosmetic Mirror

Some of you may know that I am a top Amazon UK reviewer and because of this I regularly get sent various things to review on Amazon. I love it when I’m sent beauty-related items and I was over the moon when I was kindly gifted this Lighted Cosmetic Mirror from a company called Yvettevans.

I just had to tell you all about it by posting a short n’ sweet review on my blog as I love it so much and thought you guys would like to hear about it.

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Thoughts:

The Lighted Cosmetic Mirror arrived in an outer cardboard box and inside was the mirror and a leaflet which tells you how to use, battery installation,  cautions, etc… It also comes with 12V 23A energy-saving and long-lasting batteries installed which can be replaced when needed. The mirror is a small, lightweight and portable compact mirror made with ABS, glossy, hard plastic and distortion-free glass so you can see every little detail on your face. It is a two-sided folding mirror with one side being a light up mirror made with polished glass and the other side is a 2 x magnification mirror. There are four bright LED lights either side of the mirror so eight lights altogether and they can be turned on/off by pressing the touch screen circle at the top of the mirror. The lights can also be dimmed or brightened by keeping your finger on the touch button and they help you to apply your make-up much easier under dark and poorly light conditions.

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There are three colours to choose from (white, pink, black), I chose the black as I liked it better than the other colours and thought it looked elegant and classy but the pink and white are lovely too.

The mirror doesn’t look cheap or flimsy and I absolutely love it, I really do. I use the mirror for applying my make-up, contact lenses and plucking my eyebrows and the lights come in handy for me as I have astigmatism of the eyes and myopia so the lights help me to see better. When I’m at home I keep it on my dressing table and it looks very pretty and gorgeous – when I’m on the go, I pop it into my handbag so I can check on my makeup throughout the day and touch up if necessary.

As you can tell I love my little light up mirror and I really do recommend it. I think it would make the perfect gift for girls and women everywhere and the quality of it is very good and it is great value for money.


Where To Buy?

You can get a Lighted Cosmetic Mirror HERE on Amazon UK.

There are three colours to choose from & they were £19.99 but they’re on sale for £9.99.

Same day and next day delivery are also available.


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Review: Pure Potions – Skin Salvation Bath & Body Emollient Oil For Psoriasis, Eczema & Dermatitis

About two weeks ago now – I received a bundle of skincare goodies to try out on my sensitive skin and psoriasis and review them on my blog. The company who kindly gifted me the products are an amazing, award-winning, natural skincare brand called Pure Potions – all of their skincare products are cruelty-free, natural and free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, perfumes and synthetic ingredients. They are based in the UK but they do ship worldwide. I was also sent the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil which I have already reviewed here as well as their Scalp Oil for my scalp psoriasis – which I’ve yet to review.

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What Is The Bath & Body Emollient:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil is an all-purpose, 100% natural moisturing oil suitable for all skin types and formulated to replenish moisture lost by bathing or showering. Added to bath water or smoothed on after bathing, this rich, nourishing oil reduces the drying effects of water by locking in moisture and can replace the need for potentially-irritating foaming and perfumed body washes or soap. Made from organic hemp, olive, calendula and safflower oils with chamomile and lavender essential oils. The Skin Salvation collection has also won the Best Eczema Range at the 2017 Natural Health International Beauty Awards so this proves how amazing the oil is.


First Impressions:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil comes in a 200 ml, dark green plastic bottle. It has a white lockable flip-lid an there is a lot of info printed on the back of the bottle, such as ingredients, directions for use, benefits, etc… The packaging looks very fresh and attractive and has a ‘natural’ look. It has a very natural, herbal scent and before I even looked at the ingredients list I noticed that it had a strong cannabis / marijuana scent – after looking at the ingredients list – it does in fact contain cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, I can also smell the lavender essential oil too. The Bath & Body Emollient Oil has a shelf life of 6 months (natural products have a shorter shelf life than products with artificial ingredients) and the bottle is recyclable.

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How To Use The Bath & Body Emollient Oil:

This multi-purposes oil can be added to bath water and applied to damp or dry skin as a moisturising oil, it can also be used as a facial cleanser, a massage oil and a shaving oil.


My Thoughts On The Bath & Body Emollient Oil:

I mainly use my oil in the bath, it says on the bottle to add one or two tablespoons of the oil to a warm bath but I just put about three squirts into my bath straight from the bottle. Whilst bathing in the oil I can feel the oil working it’s magic and my skin instantly looks and feels smoother. When I get out of the tub I can see how well it has worked on my psoriasis because my silver scales have ‘melted’ and my red patches are much lighter in colour.

I’ve also applied the oil after bathing on my damp skin and onto dry skin as a moisturiser. The oil doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and I was surprised at how quickly the oil absorbed into my skin. I rarely take showers, as I prefer soaking in the bath tub but when I do, I apply a little of the oil to my palms and rub my whole body with my hands to make my skin feel soft and smooth and it adds moisture to my dry skin and soothes my irritated, itchy skin.

I’ve only really used the oil as a facial cleanser once or twice as I prefer to use my Omega Rich Cleansing Oil instead but it can and does work as a cleanser for the face. I applied a little bit of oil to my face, massaged it in leaving the oil to soak into my face then washed it off with a damp wash cloth. My skin was left looking clean and feeling soft and it made my complexion radiant and glowing.

After two weeks of bathing in the oil three times a week my psoriasis looks a million times better and I love how pink my patches look instead of bright red. I really wish I took before and after pictures to show you guys what I mean. So although I still have my psoriasis, this oil has definitely helped and they are starting to look like they are disappearing. My skin feels soft and is less dry than before and I just really love this oil and it works AMAZING as a shaving oil – because I have psoriasis on my legs I have been finding it difficult to shave so eek, I have had gorilla legs for a few weeks as my skin has flared up badly. The boyfriend really fancies me, hey! Ha. This oil allows me to shave my legs with ease and I absolutely love it for this reason alone. So, if you struggle with shaving – I 100% recommend giving this oil a try.

The only thing I don’t like about the oil is the need to clean my bath afterwards, I usually just give my bathtub a quick wipe and rinse with the shower head after bathing but with this oil you have to seriously give it a good scrub with elbow grease as the oil sticks to the bath – water alone won’t remove the oil. Not a big problem, I know, but I’m lazy! Ha ha.

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes. All words are my own and have not been influenced by the brand and this review is based on my own experience with the product.


Recommended For:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil is suitable for all skin types but I especially recommend it for those who suffer with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry, sensitive skin.


Where To Buy?

You can get a 200 ml bottle of the Bath & Body Emollient Oil here for £12.99.

A 300 ml bottle is also available for £19.00.

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Review: Real Techniques – Brow Set

Last week I bought myself the Core Collection from Real Techniques. (you can read my review here.) I loved my base make-up brushes so much that I went and purchased the Brow Set. I’ve been letting my brows grow out as I’ve been wanting to re-shape them, so I haven’t plucked or trimmed in ages – I guess now is the perfect time to try out the Brow Set and tidy them up because I’m starting to grow a mono-brow over here, ha.

First Impressions:

The Brow Kit comes in a clear plastic box and you can see the case, brushes and tools inside, on the back of the box it tells you what the brushes and tools are called. The five-piece Brow Set helps to create the perfect arch and incudes all of the tools you need to clean up, fill in, define, shape, conceal and highlight your eyebrows. The brushes are made from taklon bristles so they are 100% cruelty-free, easy to clean and long lasting. The Brow Set is perfect for beginners because it contains all the tools needed to create the perfect brow in one kit and it’s also great for experienced make-up geeks who want good quality, long-lasting brushes and tools.

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What’s In The Box:

PANAROMIC CASE

The panoramic case is a dual carrier and stand which keeps brushes organized on your dressing table or for storing when your out and about. It is a white faux leather material which is wipe clean and has three compartments to store your brushes and tools in. It also has a purple elastic for storing other brushes or tools if you wish. The case has a clear plastic cover too which will protect your brushes from damage, dust and bacteria.

BROW SCISSORS

The brow scissors are made of stainless steel and they have rounded, precision tips for trimming fine hairs. They are good quality, sharp scissors and trim hairs easily. I use my spoolie to brush my brow hairs upwards then trim the top of my brows to keep them neat and tidy. I also use these for trimming false eyelashes to size too – false eyelashes always seem to be too long and wide for my eye shape, so these brow scissors have definitely come in handy.

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SLANTED TWEEZERS

The slanted tweezers are also made of stainless steel and they have flat, slanted edges for perfectly shaping brows. They are white with a purple Real Techniques logo printed on them and they have a silver tip. The tweezers are really good and the flat slanted edge grabs hairs easily while the point is great for precise plucking and shaping. I also use these tweezers to apply my false eyelashes.

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BROW BRUSH

The brow brush has a gorgeous purple metal with a black rubber grip.  It also has ‘Real Techniques’ printed on the purple metal and it is labelled too so you know which brush is which. This brush is used for applying colour to your brows as well as for blending it in to give a natural appearance. It has a slanted, pointed tip which is perfect for outlining brows and for applying & blending colour too.

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BROW SPOOLIE

The brow spoolie has fine, firm bristles and is perfect for grooming stray hairs and blending in brow pencil and powders. It also has a gorgeous purple metal with a black rubber grip. It has the ‘Real Techniques’ logo printed on it and it’s also labelled. I use mine for taming fly away hairs, for trimming my brows, for shaping my brows before I apply my powder and for blending my colour in too so my brows look more natural.

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BROW HIGHLIGHTING BRUSH

The brow highlighting brush is perfectly sized for highlighting the brow bone or for concealing around your brow. I use this brush to conceal the outline of my brows to give them a bold, flawless finish. I also use this brush for dabbing cream and powder highlighters on my brow-bones and cheek-bones. The brow brush is also purple with a black rubber grip and it has the RT logo printed on it too.

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My Thoughts On The Brow Set

I love this little brow set, it has everything you need to create perfect brows and it comes with a gorgeous white leather storage case which can easily be popped in your handbag. I have used the scissors to tidy up my brows and trim hairs that are too long and my brows looks neat and tidy. The tweezers aree really good to and they help to create a lovely shape and perfect arch. I use my spoolie everyday to blend in my colour and I use the brow highlighting brush for highlighting and concealing both my eyes and cheeks. I absolutely love the brow brush, my fave brush out of the set. It creates such a perfect, straight line when I’m outlining my brows and it blends eyebrow powders well. I love how it gives my brows clean edges. The bristles haven’t frayed either which is good. I love the Brow Set and I use it everyday!, They are good quality, soft, firm brushes and the scissors and tweezers aren’t cheap rip-offs – at £15.77 I think the set is great value for money so I do 100% recommend it if you’re thinking about giving it a go.  I so cant wait to try some other make-up brushes out from Real Techniques as I’m developing quite a soft spot for them.

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Where To Buy?

I got mine HERE for £15.77 from Amazon UK. The Brow Set is sold by Real Techniques and dispatched by Amazon so I know this is a genuine product.

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Review: Moroccan Rose Water Facial Mist Spray – InstaNatural

I was sent this Moroccan Rose Water from InstaNatural a while back and it has become a part of my daily skin care routine ever since. InstaNatural is a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand based in the USA. They sell a wide range of organic and natural products including face masks, aromatherapy oils, natural oils, cleansers, moisturisers, toners, etc… and all of their products contain no nasty ingredients such as parabens, colourants and artificial fragrances. I absolutely love InstaNatural and I already have lots of products from the brand and I love every one of them.

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What is it?

”Our Rose Water is 100% pure, natural water made from Rosa Damascena flower petals with no artificial fragrances, preservatives or added chemicals. Rose Water is a multifunctional treatment with soothing, hydrating and revitalizing properties. This product naturally balances the skin’s pH and is an effective toner for any dry or troubling skin.” – InstaNatural


First Impressions:

The Moroccan Rose Water comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the 120 ml white, glass spray bottle which has a spray nozzle and a clear plastic lid. The packaging is simple, fresh and attractive and there is a lot of info about the rose water on the back of the box & bottle including ingredients, how to use, benefits, etc… The Moroccan Rose Water is basically a water spray and it has a subtle rose scent which smells so pretty.

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My Thoughts On The Moroccan Rose Water:

I absolutely love this spray and use it for everything. I love how it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances – so it is gentle and kind on my sensitive skin and it doesn’t irritate my psoriasis or make them worse. It literally smells amazing – I love rose-scented products and this rose water has a gorgeous, natural scent which smells beautiful.

After cleansing my skin, I use this Moroccan Rose Water as a toner by applying some of the rose water to a cotton pad and wiping it over my face and neck to close my pores and prevent blackheads. I also use it on damp skin after bathing and showering too and it helps to hydrate and soothe my dry skin. Now and again, I spray a little onto my hair and scalp and comb through and it makes my hair moisturised, shinier and it soothes my irritated scalp.

My favourite way to use the Moroccan Rose water is to spray some onto my skin after applying my foundation, concealer and setting powder. I just apply one or two spritz of the water to my face and my make-up looks so much more natural and flawless afterwards. It is a great little make-up setting spray and I love how it makes cakey powder appear more dewy and radiant. I  love how this is a multi-purpose spray and it can also be used as a aftershave, for aromatherapy uses, treating sunburn, for removing make-up, perking up tired, puffy eyes and so much more.

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


Recommended For:

The Moroccan Rose Water is perfect for all skin types but I would especially recommend it for those with oily, dry or sensitive skin and those who suffer with skin complaints such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.


Where To Buy?

I did get mine HERE from InstaNatural’s Amazon UK shop but they don’t seem to stock the rose water anymore. I’ve had a look on Google too for UK shops who sell InstaNatural products and I can’t seem to find any. If I do I will update this post.

If you are from the USA you can shop  it for $13.97 HERE on Amazon.com or HERE on the website.


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Review: RUIMIO – Silicone Make-Up Brush Cleaners

So, before, I posted my review on the Core Collection kit from Real Techniques and I thought I’d let you all know how I clean my make-up brushes. I was kindly sent these Silicone Make-Up Brush Cleaners from a lovely company called RUIMIO and they have made my life so much easier. I hate cleaning my brushes by hand and I always feel like they are not being cleaned properly or deeply enough, so I was really excited about trying these out.

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The two-piece portable set comes in a small box and includes a gorgeous baby pink silicone make-up brush cleaner and a pretty mint green one. They are made with safe, non-toxic, non-porous silicone which is soft and springy and will keep its shape, rinse clean instantly and last you a lifetime. They both have handy hooks too, so you can hang them up to dry after using. The brushes work by cleaning accumulated makeup, oil, dirt and bacteria off of your makeup brushes and you only need to use a little soap or shampoo to clean them, which keeps them in tip-top condition, makes your make-up brushes last longer and prevents bacteria from spreading on the skin which causes pimples, blackheads and breakouts to appear on the face.

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There are three different cleaning areas on the silicone brush cleaners: a grooved area for larger brushes, a cross-hatched area for shorter-bristle brushes and small nubs for your smallest brushes.

They are so easy to use and all you have to do is wet your brush under warm tap water, apply some shampoo or facial wash to the silicone cleaner and place two fingers inside and gently rub the brush bristles up and down and around against the grooved area, the cross-hatched area and the raised nubs. You can also hold it by hand instead of inserting your fingers. Then you just rinse the brush cleaner under the tap, pat your brush bristles dry with a paper towel and shape them while they’re wet and hang the brush cleaner up to dry.

I really love this little make-up brush cleaning set, the colours are pretty, they look so cute, they are hygienic, they work great at cleaning your brushes and they are super affordable too. What’s not to love?

Where To Buy?

I got my Silicone Make-Up Brush Cleaners here* from RUIMIO’s Amazon UK shop. They cost £4.99 and next day delivery is available.

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Review: Real Techniques – Core Collection Make-Up Brush Kit

I bought some new make-up brushes a few days ago as my ASBO dog Marley, (named after the film – Marley & Me – by name & by nature!) has a fetish for make-up brushes, beauty blenders and sponges and likes to destroy them. I have seriously gone through so many make-up brushes and sponges because of him and I always forget to put them out of reach. He has the time of his life when he is ripping them to shreds, so I can’t complain, little rascal – ha. So yeah, I bought some new brushes and decided to go with Real Techniques for a change as I have never owned any of their brushes.

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The Core Collection comes in a plastic case and you can see the brushes inside, on the back of the case it tells you what make-up brush is which. The four-piece set helps to create a perfect canvas and flawless base and contains four make-up brushes which all have a white tip with soft,  plush, synthetic bristles which are made from taklon bristles so they are 100% cruelty free.  They also have an orange metal with Real Techniques printed on them and each brush is labelled and has a black rubber grip. The set is perfect for those who are experience with make-up and know the ins and outs as well as for those who are new to make-up and inexperienced with make-up brushes. It is a great starter kit for beginners.

What’s In The Box

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a panoramic case 

The panoramic case is a dual carrier and stand to store and keep your brushes organised and safe when travelling or for displaying your brushes on your dressing table. You simply fold over the case and pull on the drawstring to tighten it and the case will stand up. It can also be used for upside drying of your brushes. It has a white faux leather exterior which is wipe clean and perfect  in case you get make-up prints on it. It has a grey interior with a white trim and also has a Real Techniques tag at the bottom. It has a Velcro strap opening/closing and has four pieces of elastic on the right side which keeps brushes secure, there is also an extra two pieces of elastic on the left side for storing more brushes if you wish!

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a contour brush

The contour brush has a tapered tip which I use for contouring and highlighting. I love using this brush to apply highlighter to my cheekbones and brown-bone as well as for contouring my eyes with a little bronzer when I’m skipping eyeshadow.

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a detailer brush

The detailer brush is a very small and flat brush which I use for applying concealer under my eyes and lash-line and around the nose. It is precision cut which is great for concealing problem areas. I also use this brush for fixing up my eyebrows with concealer and it can be used as a lip brush for shape and definition too. It’s also great for tidying up lipstick with concealer.

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a pointed foundation brush

The pointed foundation brush has a flat paddle shape which I think is perfect for applying primers, liquid foundations and for applying & blending concealer under the eyes. I love using it to build full coverage with my liquid foundation too.

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a buffing brush

The buffing brush is a large round brush which I love using to apply and blend my liquid foundation. It can also be used for full coverage of cream to powder foundation or mineral foundation and is great for applying bronzer, blusher and highlighter as well as for setting foundation and concealer with a loose or pressed powder.

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I’ll be using my 2-pack Silicone Brush Cleaners from RUIMIO to keep them nice and clean and in tip-top shape. I got mine here* for £4.99 if you want to take a look. These are not included with the Core Collection. Ha.

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Thoughts

I absolutely love the Core Collection kit, you seriously cannot go wrong with this collection, they are fabulous quality and definitely worth the money – I bought these as I’m trying to improve my make-up skills and wanted the perfect tools for the job. I also love how they are cheaper to buy on Amazon as they are more expensive in high street shops.  I really like the case and it fits perfectly in my handbag when I’m out and about and I display my brushes on my dressing table when I’m applying my make-up and they are easy to find and look nice too. The make-up brushes are soft and fluffy and pick up make-up well, my favourites are the pointed foundation brush which I use to blend my concealer under my eyes and the buffing brush because I can use it to apply foundation, blusher, bronzer and setting powder. The make-up brushes are also cleaned easily and so far I have washed them twice and my brushes haven’t shredded which is great as I have found with cheaper brushes they tend to lose their bristles when washing, they also don’t leave bristles all over your face either.  I’ve fallen in love with Real Techniques and I love the Core Collection. I think I’ll buy the Brow Set* next and maybe the Starter Set* for eye make-up.

I would definitely recommend Real Techniques and I absolutely love the Core Collection.

Where To Buy?

I got my Core Collection Make-Up Brush Kit here* on Amazon UK. It was £13.95 and I got same-day delivery.  The brushes are sold and dispatched by Amazon and not a marketplace seller so I know the brushes are definitely 100% genuine.

You can also shop on the Real Techniques website here.

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YouTube Made Me Buy It: Too Faced – Born This Way Foundation – Review

Usually, I use drugstore brands such as Rimmel, MAX-FACTOR & Maybelline when buying foundations but after watching so many beauty guru’s putting the Born This Way foundation on a pedestal, I just had to buy it and try it out for myself. I’ve had my bottle for a few months now and it’s practically empty so I will definitely be repurchasing as it is without a doubt the BEST foundation I have ever used.

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What Is The Born This Way Foundation?

” This oil-free foundation masterfully diffuses the line between make-up and skin. Coverage so undetectable and skin so naturally radiant, they’ll think you were BORN THIS WAY.” – Too Faced

The Born This Way foundation is an undetectable, medium to full coverage foundation which is infused with Coconut Water to replenish skins moisture levels and hydrate the skin. It’s also enriched with Alpine Rose which will help to brighten the skins appearance and promote elasticity. Also, it contains Hyaluronic Acid which works by giving the skin a smoother, more youthful appearance.

First Impressions:

I absolutely love all of Too Faced’s packaging, absolutely gorge! The Born This Way foundation is no different either. It is a 30 ml bottle which comes in a pretty little pink box and inside is a frosted glass bottle with gorgeous gold detailing and writing. It has a black pump dispenser which can also be screwed off. On the bottom of the bottle it says the foundation can be used up to twelve months after opening too.

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Shades To Choose From:

There are a whopping 24 shades to choose from so whether your light-skinned or dark-skinned there will be a colour for you. I’ve posted all the available shades below but if you want to skip straight to my review just keep scrolling down.


 

Swan (NEW)fairest with neutral undertones

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Ivoryfairest with golden undertones

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Almond (NEW)very fair with golden undertones

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Pearl – very fair with rosy undertones

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Porcelainvery fair with neutral undertones

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Vanillafair with neutral undertones

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Nudevery light with rosy undertones

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Warm Nudevery light with neutral undertones

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Golden Beige (NEW) light with golden undertones

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Light Beigelight with neutral undertones

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Natural Beigelight medium with neutral undertones

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Warm Beigemedium with neutral undertones

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Sandmedium with golden undertones

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Goldenmedium with rosy undertones

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Warm Sand (NEW)tan with golden undertones

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Honeytan with neutral undertones

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Caramelrich tan with neutral undertones

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Mocharich tan with rosy undertones

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Mapledeep with neutral undertones

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Chestnutdeep with golden undertones

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Mahogany – very deep with golden undertones

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Hazelnut – deepest with rosy undertones

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Cocoa (NEW)deepest with neutral undertones

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When I don’t apply fake tan I am very pale and quite fair skinned, I also have pink undertones in my skin so I chose the Warm Nude shade in the foundation because it it is very light and has neutral undertones with will hide the pinkness in my skin, for this reason I didn’t pick a golden or rosy foundation. The Warm Nude shade is probably a shade darker than my natural skin-tone but because I wear a light fake tan, it blends in easily with the rest of my skin. If I was to not wear fake tan I think the shades Vanilla and Porcelain would be my perfect match – next time I think I’ll buy one of those shades.

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My temporary tattoo’s are still going strong!

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Me wearing Too Faced Born This Way foundation in shade Warm Nude. Please ignore my eyebrows – I’m trying to let them grow so I can re-shape! 🙂
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Another pic wearing the shade Warm Nude. I am also wearing fake tan, blusher and banana powder here.

The main reason why I love the Born This Way foundation is because it makes my skin look more youthful! I’ve just turned dirty thirty and unfortunately, my skin is not what is used to be in my twenties. I have fine lines around my eyes and a deep set wrinkle between my eyebrows which I despise so much and the foundation made them look way less noticeable by deeply moisturising my skin. I reckon I can pass for 25 years old when wearing this foundation, ha ha (wishful thinking) so for that reason alone I absolutely adore it.

You lot know that I have psoriasis and luckily, I rarely get any of it on my face – I don’t get many blemishes or pimples either but I do have a very dull, boring complexion with large pores on my cheeks and this foundation makes my skin look so much brighter, completely conceals my large pores and makes my skin look radiant and glowy. It is seriously just perfect.

The foundation provides a natural coverage and if you choose the right shade to match your natural skin-tone – it will literally look as if you are completely barefaced and aren’t wearing make-up at all. It is super light weight too and it feels like you aren’t even wearing it because the skin feels like it can breathe. I hate heavy foundations that feel suffocating on the skin so this gets a big thumbs up for being light and fresh.

I apply it in the morning time with a beauty blender and it seriously stays on all day and night without fading. It doesn’t oxidise on the skin either and wont make your face look orange / darker after applying

Like I said before, I don’t get many blemishes on my skin so I don’t really need a full coverage foundation so just one layer is enough for me. It is a medium coverage foundation and one pump is enough to cover blemishes but you can build to full coverage by layering as needed.

I tested a little bit out on my psoriasis for you guys to show you how well it covers imperfections. Please keep in mind that my psoriasis are raised.

Before applying Born This Way:

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After applying one layer of Born This Way:

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This just looks like a white sheet of paper! I’m so pale – ha ha.

The only thing I didn’t like was after a few hours – (I’m talking 12 hours later / at the end of the day) my skin was shiny and oily on my forehead and cheeks which I don’t get as I have dry skin and the foundation is meant to be oil-free. The foundation does stay put all day long nonetheless and the shine is easily removed with a bit of setting powder though, so I’m not really bothered to be honest.

Also when the bottle is nearly empty it won’t dispense any more foundation when pressing the dispenser so I’ve screw mine off and I dip a thin make-up brush into the bottle neck to get all the foundation out which has coated the bottom and sides. Gotta get my money’s worth, hey! I will be buying a new bottle this week and I’m thinking of buying the Born This Way concealer and the Born This Way setting powder too! 🙂

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Where To Buy?

I did try to buy the foundation on the Too Faced website but they don’t ship to the UK so I had to get mine here from Debenhams, next day delivery is available. It’s £29 to buy and they have a very temptating offer on right now too, so if you spend £50 or more on Too Faced products, you will receive a free gift with your order. The gift you’ll receive is Deluxe Sweet Peach Lip Gloss in Pure Peach and the Deluxe Melt-Off Mascara. Very nice indeed, hey! I might have to take them up on that offer, I can’t resist a freebie ha ha!

You can also get it on Amazon UK here*. It is a bit dearer on Amazon UK so would probably be best getting it from Debenhams – but if you have an Amazon Gift Card or something you want to spend, then go ahead. The Born This Way foundation is dispatched and sold by Amazon and not a marketplace seller, so you shouldn’t worry as it is definitely 100% genuine.

If you are from the USA, the Born This Way foundation is $39 and you can shop on the website here. You will get a FREE Hangover Deluxe, Deluxe La Creme Lipstick, & Deluxe Love Flush Blush on ANY purchase over $65!*

Thanks for reading girlies! – I hope my review has been helpful! Mwah!

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Review: Pure Potions | Skin Salvation – Omega Rich Cleansing Oil

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I was kindly sent a few skin care goodies from the fabulous Pure Potions who are an award-winning, natural skin care brand based in the UK. The products I was sent were the Scalp Oil, the Bath & Body Bath Emollient and lastly, the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil which is what I’ll be reviewing today.

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What Pure Potions say about the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil:

Introducing the new Skin Salvation Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is a 100% natural facial cleanser made with a luxurious combination of rich, effective, botanical oils for daily use to condition, cleanse and moisturise.

It has been formulated as an alternative to soap-based cleansers or make-up removers to cleanse dirt and excess oil from the face without stripping skin of moisture or damaging the epidermis.

When massaged into the skin the rosehip, calendula, sunflower and safflower oils bind to surface impurities, pulling out dirt without clogging pores, and allow them to be gently wiped away leaving the skin clean, soft and hydrated. It can be used as part of a daily skincare regime to remove mascara, foundation and other make-up as well as the grime and pollutants of everyday life.

This super-rich oil also nourishes and protects skin that might need extra care, particularly ageing, fragile or damaged facial skin, because, unlike most brands of cleansing oils, Pure Potions’ Skin Salvation Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is a blend of carefully-selected natural oils and contains absolutely no perfume, preservatives or other added ingredients. We don’t use even essential oils in this blend because sensitive skin on the face can react to these natural additives; it is just a pure and simple blend of plant- and seed-based oils.

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*
Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil
Calendula Officianalis (Calendula) Flower Oil*
*organic ingredients

 

My Thoughts:

I am absolutely over the moon that I have come across this brand as their gentle products have helped my skin tremendously in such a short period of time. I have been using the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil twice a day, when I wake up – before I apply my make-up and to take it all off before I go to bed. It takes make-up off so well leaving my skin deeply cleansed and even removes waterproof mascara and I love that it doesn’t clog pores on the skin too which will keep pimples, blackheads and whiteheads from appearing. After cleansing my face with the oil I am left with a little dewy shine which makes my skin look radiant and glowing. Luckily, I don’t really get psoriasis on my face apart from underneath my eyebrows but since using this oil is has kept them at bay. It has done my skin the world of good and it looks so much healthier already. My complexion is a lot brighter which I’m so happy about as usually it looks very dull and greyish.

There is quite a lot of product in the bottle and you only need to use the smallest amount as a little bit goes far, so it is long-lasting. I have been using this for about a week now and you would think I haven’t even used any at all as the bottle is still full to the brim

What I also love about the cleansing oil is that it is a 100% natural cleansing oil that contains no parabens, no perfumes, no palm oil, no SLS, no phthalates, no silicones, no PEG’s, no mineral oil and no synthetics. It is probably the safest cleanser you can use on sensitive skin and removes make-up, impurities and dirt without irritating the skin or worsening symptoms.

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I apply it all over my face, (sometimes I leave it on for a few minutes to let it deeply moisturise my skin) then wipe it off with a damp wash-cloth. I am not usually a fan of cleansing oils as I like my creams and facial washes but this is an oil I will be using again and again and I will be re-purchasing.

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The only thing I dislike about the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil is that after applying to the face it requires you to wash your hands with soap afterwards to remove the oil from your hands, not a biggie really. Plus, I think it is a little expensive at £22 a bottle but as I said before, one bottle will last a long time and the cleansing oil really does soothe, hydrate and cleanse problem skin, thanks to its natural ingredients.

So I suppose you get what you pay for, hey!

Recommended for:

Absolutely anyone can use this cleansing oil! Women, men, children, old and young. It is recommended for those who have sensitive skin and those with skin disorders but even if your skin is healthy you can use it. The omega rich cleansing oil is perfect for those with dry and allergy prone skin, so if you have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne or rosacea – I would 100% recommend giving this cleansing oil a try.

To visit the Pure Potions website or connect with them on social media, see links below.

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Thanks for reading – if you have any questions whatsoever, leave a comment below!

Love Katie x

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Review: Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum – Inecto Naturals

I picked up some of Inecto Naturals‘ – Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum from Home Bargains and thought I’d write a little review for you guys as both of my other Inecto posts have proved quite popular with my readers. I loved the Super Nourishing Shampoo & the Super Moisturising Conditioner and The Divine Coconut Hair Oil made my hair feel silky soft. Both of these posts are up there with my all-time, most viewed posts so I thought I would give the serum a whirl.

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Who are Inecto?

Inecto Naturals are a fabulous little beauty brand based in the UK who sell natural, cruelty-free, vegan friendly skin-care and hair-care products.  What I love most about Inecto Naturals is that up to 90% of their ingredients are from natural origins. They also work with farms across the world to add only sustainable sourced oils to their products.

What is the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum?

The Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum is a lightweight serum infused with Pure Organic Coconut Oil. It works by smoothing fly away hairs and tames damaged, frizzy hair leaving it feeling soft and sleek.

First impressions:

I love Inecto‘s packaging, all of their products look simple yet fresh and eye-catching. The serum comes in a 50 ml squeezy tube with a ‘lockable’ lid to stop any unwanted product spill. The serum itself is a clear, transparent oil  which smells so god damn sweet. It has a mild coconut scent too.

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How to use the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum?

Warm a little pea-sized amount of serum in your hands and run through the hair, focusing on the ends.

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The serum is basically an oil so you guessed it – it feels kinda oily! When applying to your hair make sure to use only the tiniest amount as only a little bit of the serum is needed. If you use too much your hair will look oily and greasy. You can add a little more if needed but I would advise to apply a little at a time so your hair doesn’t look like it hasn’t been washed in a decade! Try to stay away from the roots too as they are already lubricated with your naturally occurring  hair oils and we know that too much oil = grease. Apply only to the mid-lengths and tips of your hair.

Verdict:

Wow! Another Inecto product that I love! I think the Smooth Me Hair Serum is probably my all-time favourite product from Inecto which is saying something as I absolutely loved the Shampoo & Conditioner and the Hair Oil. This serum really works amazingly at taming frizzy hair and making damaged hair appear healthy-looking, my hair looks great. The serum is really oily so only a little bit is needed which means one 50 ml tube will last ages. After applying only a little of the serum to my mid-lengths and tips my hair instantly felt smoother and I can’t get over how healthier it looked. My hair was left with a little shine and it smelled gorgeous for most of the day too as the scent lingered for quite a while. I think Inecto are probably one of my fave brands right now, simply because their products are inexpensive, they really do work and they smell amazing! I can”t wait to try some of Inecto‘s other products out. I really do love the Naturals Coconut range and think I’ll try some of the skin-care products next as I’ve only used the hair products.  I will have to try something from the  Naturals Argan range next time too.

Where to buy?

I’ve bought all of my Inecto products at Home Bargains for less than £2. I think the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum was around about £1.20 which is an absolute bargain, trust me! Although, if you want to shop now you can buy it online at  Amazon UK here for £2.80 plus £1 postage.

If you’d like to visit the website or connect with Inecto Naturals on social media, see links below.

WEBSITE: inecto.co.uk

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/InectoUK

INSTAGRAM: @inecto_uk

 

 

DIY Beauty Project: Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

I’ve used quite a few store-bought Activated Charcoal Powders for Whitening Teeth, you know the one’s that come in the little pots and I’ve always been a big fan of them. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance which is very helpful for changing the pH and health of the mouth, and is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. It is a natural solution to promote healthy teeth and gums without any toxic ingredients and contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, flavours or artificial colours. It helps to remove toxins from the mouth and teeth, freshen breath, as well as whitening and polishing the teeth.

I’ve found a way to make own Activated Charcoal Toothpaste for much cheaper and it lasts longer too.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED?

You will only need three ingredients for this DIY and they are: a toothbrush, of course, toothpaste and one activated charcoal supplement.

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Activated Charcoal Supplements can be bought at most healthcare and vitamin shops, I got mine from Amazon UK right here for just under £15 from Nu U Nutrition and there were 365 capsules in the bottle, which is enough for a whole year, probably two.

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HOW TO MAKE THE DIY CHARCOAL TOOTH WHITENING POWDER?

If you haven’t got any activated charcoal supplements lying around then go out and get some or order yourself some online and wait for them to arrive.

Carefully open one of the activated charcoal supplements over a piece of paper.

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Apply toothpaste to your toothbrush and then dip it into the activated charcoal powder so it fully covers the toothpaste. (You could also skip the toothpaste and just use the powder instead.)

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Brush your teeth for around 1-2 minutes, and enjoy having black teeth for a couple of minutes, ha ha, I thought it was pretty cool.

Once done, rinse out your mouth a couple of times.

ADVICE:

Using the charcoal powder too often, such as daily, may cause wear on your tooth enamel so I recommend using it about once or twice a week for best results.

Remember, activated charcoal can be a bit messy, so make sure you do this in the bathroom. I would advise you NOT to use an electric toothbrush as the charcoal will fly all around the room, splashing all over the walls and floor. (Took me ages cleaning my bathroom, ha ha) Your toothbrush will be stained after using the charcoal powder but it’s easily removed using a bit of hot water.

Possibly the easiest DIY I have ever done and it really works!

Love

Katie

 

 

Review: RITUALS… – Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Ultra Rich Whipped Body Cream

 

Hi Girls,

Just a short little review coming up today. I have a 70ml bottle of RITUALS… Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Ultra Rich Whipped Body Cream which I received from Birchbox absolute ages ago and it’s been a firm favourite of mine ever since. This is the first product I have used from RITUALS… and I hope their other products are as good as this one because I can’t wait to try some others out.

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I’ve seriously fell in love with this body cream, the natural ingredients of rice milk and cherry give the cream an absolutely gorgeous, sweet scent. I just love how it smells and there is no need to wear perfume as the cream lingers on the skin for hours, making you smell absolutely amazing. I can’t describe how it smells, it doesn’t smell like cherries, it’s more like an expensive perfume. The scent is literally to die for and smells like heaven in a bottle.

The whipped body cream is an ultra, rich, thick and velvety cream that literally glides over the skin like silk leaving it feeling so soft and nourished. It absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feeling afterwards.

As most of you know, I have psoriasis so I have got to be careful what I put on my skin to prevent flare ups and irritation, but I am pleasantly surprised that this cream, especially because it smells perfumey, it has not irritated my skin at all and instead softened my psoriasis helping it to clear up. It’s literally magic and definitely one of my all time favourite beauty products.

With Love

Katie

Review: John Frieda Frizz Eaze – Forever Smooth Anti Frizz Primer

 

Hi Girls,

I’ve been using John Frieda’s Anti Frizz Primer for months now and my hair would be totally lost without it, I absolutely can’t live without it! I’m one of those girls who gets bored with their hair colour easily and I regularly change my colour from black to blonde to brown to black and then back to blonde and so on, as well as using heat, i.e, hair straighteners, curling irons and hairdryer, so you can imagine how damaged my hair is, especially at my tips. A few months back I impulsively bleached my long, jet black hair to platinum blonde within a week or so, bleaching it with the highest strength volume about 3 or 4 times which resulted in me having to chop a good few inches off my ends to prevent my hair from snapping off. My hair is still damaged now, I refuse to cut any more off except for the odd trim every now and then but its gonna take a while to repair. I’m gutted I’ve lost my length but at least I know with good care it will grow back again.

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The Anti-Frizz Primer comes in a 100ml bottle and has a easy to use pump dispenser. One pump gives a good amount and enough product for the entire hair. The primer itself is a smooth, non-drip, white lotion. It doesn’t feel sticky and it dries into the hair quickly. It has the most absolutely gorgeous, beautiful scent and the pretty smell lingers on the hair, making it smell lovely and fresh. The scent is definitely one of my favourite things about the product, it smells so nice and makes a great little perfume for the hair.

It’s pretty simple to use, I just shampoo and condition my hair, and then apply one or two pumps to my towel-dried hair as it works best on wet hair. I only apply to my mid-lengths and tips to prevent my roots from looking too oily and greasy. As I mentioned above one pump is enough but I use two pumps on my bra-strap length hair to be sure my tips are fully saturated with the primer. I especially love how immediate the results are and within seconds of applying it to my damp hair, I can see and feel how much healthier my hair is. My pre-frizzy tips feel much smoother, silkier and less bushy at the ends completely eliminating every inch of frizz. It also gives my hair a nice little shine too which I’m happy about as without the primer, my hair looks so dull. After applying it, I leave my hair to dry naturally and then I use my hair straighteners on a low heat setting just to smooth out my natural waves as I prefer straighter hair, my hair feels so light and the product doesn’t weigh down the hair which is a bonus.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who battles with frizz or damaged hair. With each use the hair will become healthier as unlike most anti frizz lotions which only make the hair appear healthy but not actually doing anything to help repair it, John Frieda’s primer works not only on the outside but deep inside too. I think the Anti-Frizz Primer is 100% worth the money, I don’t think I have anything bad at all to say about it.

Where To Buy?

I got my first bottle in one of my Birchboxes quite a while ago but since then I’ve repurchased it here from Superdrug for £9.99 but I have just checked and it’s on sale for £6.65.

With Love…

Kate

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Review: Lord & Berry Bronzer

Hey Sexies!

You guys may know I’m a Birchbox subscriber and today I love Birchbox a whole lot more than I ever did before. I got myself a freebie! Woohoo! After reviewing some of my monthly box goodies, I was allocated some points to spend in the Birchbox shop and I bought myself a lovely little bronzer from Lord & Berry in the shade ‘Sienna’. The bronzer is £19 to buy but I got mine for 200 Birchbox points, so basically I got mine free.

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Most of you will know all about Lord & Berry, but for those who don’t they are an Italian based cosmetics company known as the eyes and lips specialists who make high-end beauty products loved by make-up geeks, MUA’s and beauty bloggers worldwide.

Thoughts:

I love the bronzer because it matches my skin tone perfectly. I always find it difficult selecting the right shade of bronzer but I’ve done quite well picking the shade ‘Sienna’ which is perfect and not to dark for my skin tone. I’m the palest of pale, so I often rely on bronzers to give my Casper-like complexion a bit of faux glow and warmth but most bronzers that I have used in the past have always been too dark for my skin tone, too shimmery leaving my face looking like Edward Cullen in daylight, making my skin look absolutely mingin’ like I need a good wash or they can be too drying on my skin making me look older. This bronzer just gives me a lovely natural glow with a matte finish and it doesn’t look OTT, fake or leaving me resembling an Oompa Loompa like most do.

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What I especially love is the powder blends easily and it doesn’t settle into my fine lines or wrinkles which is great as bronzers and powders often make me look older than I am but this is just lovely, it looks subtle, very natural because it doesn’t contain any shimmer and it makes my pasty complexion look a hell of a lot more healthier. Overall I think this powder is an excellent all purpose bronzer and works well for tanning the skin as well as contouring – leaving my skin looking one hundred percent natural. It is a bit expensive compared to inexpensive drug store brands but it’s totally worth it.

Buy the Lord & Berry Bronzer for £19 here. There are various shades to choose from.

To sign up to Birchbox click here to use my referral link and get yourselves £5 off your first box. If you sign up don’t forget to review your monthly products on the website to receive some points to spend in the Birchbox Shop.

Much Love,

Katie xo

Disclosure: This post contains referral and affiliate links.

Tried & Tested: Eve Lom Cleanser (Review)

One of the reasons I love beauty subscription boxes is discovering new brands and products for the first time and falling head over heels in love with them. I fell hard when I got this Cleanser  from Eve Lom in my October Birchbox and for the last couple of weeks, this multi-award winning cleanser balm has been an absolute diamond and it has fast become a favourite of mine. I have been using it twice daily and even though I was sent a small 30ml travel sized pot in my Birchbox, I’m actually surprised at how long this small tub has lasted. So. In two months I’ve used a 30ml tub so I’m guessing a 250ml tub will last around 6+ plus months so you would defo get your moneys worth.

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How To Use.

Rub a bit of the balm into your face, rinse the muslin cloth under hot water and place over the face to help open pores, wipe away all traces of make-up, dirt and oil and exfoliate and then rinse the cloth again under cold water and wipe over the face. It is a gorgeous smelling balm, quite minty and herbal and it melts as soon as it touches the skin, gliding effortlessly across the face. You can use a muslin cloth to cleanse and exfoliate the skin but I also use some cotton wool pads when I’m in a rush.

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I loved the fact that I seen results after the first use, no kidding! Plus my skin and complexion improved after each use and it has been looking very radiant lately. It has been almost two months and I have seen a huge difference to my skin tone, it looks more even in colour. I did have a bit of hyperpigmentation on my cheeks but the uneven patches are nowhere near as noticeable as beforehand and my skin looks and feels hydrated. This godsend of a cleanser is amazing at moistuising and nourishing the skin and my demon wrinkles and fine lines have also smoothed out so much, my frown line is not as deep-set as it was so hooray! (I hate getting older!)

This is the first product I have ever used from Eve Lom and I’m hooked on the brand already, I’m just gutted that the cleanser is a bit on the expensive side as are the other products. I have never paid more than £20 for a cleanser (my Glycolic Cleanser from InstaNatural). so it is a little out of my budget at £55 for a 50ml tub, £85 for a 200ml tub and £250 for a 450ml tub! Jesus! Mary! Joseph! I’ll have to rob a bank.

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Would I buy again?

I don’t usually spend that much on a cleanser but hell yeah, I’ll be buying it again! I’d be a fool not to. You can get some here if you’d like to try it out yourselves. I’m pretty certain you guys will LOVE it! This is definitely a cleanser I’d recommend for all skin types and skin concerns and I would use this all year round for sure – rain, snow, wind, sun, it really is a multi purpose cleanser.

Has any of you used any other products from Eve Lom before? What’s your fave one?

Love Ya,

Kate x

Disclosure: I got this in one of my Birchboxes.

Sunday Pamper Sesh: Argan Oil Mud Mask – 7th Heaven (Review)

Hi girls,

I think I have quite an addiction to face-masks you know. I have purchased so many and although most are still sitting there unopened I still get the urge to buy more. I use a few different brands but I have noticed that I always go back to 7th Heaven face masks, good job they are cheap as chips, hey! So, on my latest shopping spree I picked up a few sachets of 7th Heaven face-masks, ones which I had not yet tried and added them to my ever-growing, face-mask draw. My skin has been a bit on the oily side and I have broken out in a few pimples here and there, they actually hurt. (I’m blaming the cheap ass Halloween make-up I used last week.) Basically, my skin is oily and problematic at the moment so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the Argan Oil Mud mask from my all-time favourite cruelty free brand 7th Heaven (aka Montagne ) to help soothe and balance out my skin as I look like I have a volcano erupting on my chin right now and it hurts like a bitch!

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The mud mask is recommended for oily – combination skin and it can be used as a weekly, 10-15 minute treat for your face. The mud contains Kaolin Clay as well as Bentonite Clay and also includes Moroccon Argan Oil, antioxdant-rich Acai Berries and an anti-wrinkle favourite of mine, Rosehip Oil.

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There are lots of other skin loving ingredients in the mud too.

First Impressions

The mud is beige, peachy and pale skin coloured, quite similar in colour to the foundation I wear and it smells sweet and pleasant although I did think it smelled a little artificial. It has a smooth, creamy texture and glides over the skin effortlessly and it felt soothing on my skin once applied. In one 15g sachet there should be enough for two applications, depending how much of the mud you use. Just be sure to seal the sachet up so the mud doesn’t dry out. I fold mine over at the top and use a kirby grip to keep it sealed.

Results:

Five minutes after applying the mud, the beige coloured mud lightened to an off-white, chalky colour and I began to feel the mud drying in some areas with a tightening sensation. After around ten minutes the mud had completely dried white all over.

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I left the mask on for around 15-20 minutes and found it washed off easily with warm water and a face cloth. My skin felt super soft and clean afterwards and it looked a lot brighter and less oily. I don’t usually get oily skin but after using cheap Halloween make-up last week my skin has been problematic and greasy and I as mentioned above I broke out in a couple of spots, so this mask has been perfect for balancing my oil levels. My spots don’t feel as irritated and as sore as they did either and my complexion looks better overall. I will definitely use this mask again and I think I will buy the bigger tube next time instead of the sachet.

Where to buy?

I got mine from Sainsbury’s for 79p a sachet although they are pretty much available anywhere. Home Bargains stocks them as does ASDA, Superdrug and you can get the full size 175g tube for £5.99 on Amazon UK right here.

Take a peek at some of the other fabulous 7th Heaven products available on the website – www.my7thheaven.com

Which 7th Heaven Mask is your favourite?

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: I bought this.

Review: Laila London – Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder

The fab company, Laila London kindly sent me some of their Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder for me to try out and I have used it for a whole week straight, once in the morning and again before bedtime. I have lost count of how many teeth whitening products I have used over the years but I have never tried a charcoal tooth whitening powder before, so I have been extremely excited to give it a whirl and I’m pleased to confirm it hasn’t disappointed.

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What Laila London say:

A natural solution to promote healthy teeth and gums without any toxic ingredients normally used in toothpaste. Contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, flavours or artificial colours, and no abrasive baking soda. Uniquely formulated to clean and safely polish teeth, improve gum health and freshen breath.
The main ingredient in Laila tooth powder is Coconut Shell Activated Charcoal known for tooth whitening and removing impurities.
⦁ Activated Charcoal is a highly absorbent substance. It removes toxins. Activated charcoal can be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis
⦁ White Kaolin Clay is high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium. and it helps to whiten and polish teeth. even those with very sensitive teeth can use this 2x a day without sensitivity issues.
⦁ Calcium Powder provides extra calcium and magnesium to provide minerals and whiten.
⦁ Cloves is naturally antibacterial and gives a great taste.
⦁ Cinnamon is also antibacterial, tastes great and helps discourage bacterial growth in the mouth.
⦁ Ginger is an extremely effective solution in the fight against toothache pain.
⦁ Peppermint tastes great and is soothing to the gums and freshens breath.
⦁ Lemon powder – For fresh breath

Thoughts

The charcoal powder comes in a small amber brown glass jar with a screw top lid and the powder inside is a very light grey colour which has a pleasant and mild spicy scent with the slightest hint of natural peppermint. This powder should not be used as a substitute for toothpaste, the powder is fluoride free so you will still need to brush your teeth with toothpaste to protect from cavities. The 60ml jar is only small but there is quite a bit of powder within it and a little goes a long way so I reckon this will last a good while. It’s also 100% completely natural and it is suitable for vegans too.

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To use you simply pour a little of the powder into the palm of your hands and dip your wet toothbrush into the powder. After emptying a little powder into my hands to dip my toothbrush into the powder went everywhere, so I would advise using a little scoop of some sort so there is no product waste. I used a teaspoon. I wouldn’t advise dipping your toothbrush into the jar as this can cause the bacteria growth within the jar, so make sure to pour it into your hand.

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When I began to brush my teeth and gums with the powder I was alarmed when all of my peggies turned dark grey almost black as I really wasn’t expecting that to happen. It was cool having black teeth, ha ha! At first it felt and tasted a little powdery and chalky but after the powder mixed with my saliva the chalkiness soon disappeared and the powder melted. I brushed for about two minutes each time I used it and rinsed my mouth out with water a couple of times afterwards until I was spitting clear water. It left a mild, sweet spice aftertaste in my mouth once I had finished although it didn’t taste bad at all. My toothbrush was stained afterwards but a good rinse under the hot water tap sorted it out.

After the first use I could definitely see a difference. My teeth looked super glossy and polished and although my teeth were already white before I began using the charcoal powder I could definitely see they had lightened a little bit more and  they looked a-lot cleaner and smoother. My teeth were left clean and polished and the appearance of my teeth and gums had improved  even after the first use. After a weeks use my teeth are looking amazing as are my gums and there has been no damage to my tooth enamel, I’m happy that this powder is replacing all the lost minerals from my teeth through bleaching thus making them stronger and hopefully with longer use, the powder will maintain my white smile.

Would I buy again?

I would buy it again, yes. I think it is great value for money at £8.95 and it is much safer and gentler on my teeth than whitening gels are. I got mine here. You can also pick up a jar at your local Boots.

This is the first time I have used a Laila London product but I will definitely be trying out some of their other stuff, their Rose Coconut Body Scrub sounds too lush and their Lip Butters and Honey & Coconut Herbal Face Mask are on my wish list too.
Check out the website – www.lailalondon.com.

Disclosure: This was gifted to me by Laila London for review purposes.

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’s 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.😍😍😍 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.

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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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.