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

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

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

PALMER'S Cocoa Butter Formula Foot Magic Scrub

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

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

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

Palmers Foot Magic Scrub

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

Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.


Where To Buy:

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

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


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REVIEW: Witch Skincare – Blemish Gel

It’s not often that I get spots and pimples but when I do they are always painful as hell and no amount of concealer will cover them. I never squeeze my spots as this does more damage than good so I picked up this Blemish Gel from WITCH last week after I woke up to a small, painful pimple on my chin and I have been really surprised at how well and how fast it has worked.

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Witch – a British skincare brand, has been around for absolute years – over 50 years. Their products are aimed at problem skin and are recommended for oily/combination skin although they are suitable for all skin types. The Blemish Gel helps to keep your pores clean by dissolving oil and it combats pimple-causing bacteria by tackling the causes of spots. It cleanses, tones, soothes and leaves the skin balanced, soft and healthy-looking. It also contains antioxidants which help to maintain normal skin renewal and encourage the natural cycle of skin replenishment, especially important for when your skin is recovering from a breakout.

Witch say they don’t test on animals too, although there is no cruelty free bunny on the back of the box!


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The Blemish Gel comes in a small brightly coloured box and inside is the 35ml squeezy tube. The gel is a thick, transparent gel which has a mild, ‘clean’ scent.

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I applied a little of the blemish gel to my sore, inflamed pimple and went to bed – when I woke the next morning, the pimple was still there but it was nowhere near as painful as it was the day before and it didn’t look as angry or red as it did. I applied the gel again that morning and a few times throughout the day and before bed and it slowly began to disappear. Witch recommend using the gel in the evening, before you go to sleep as it lets the gel do it’s work whilst you sleep!  By day 3 of using the blemish gel, the angry pimple had gone and I was a happy girl.

I think the blemish gel works wonders on the odd pimple – it helps to tighten pores and close damaged skin, which reduces inflammation and re-infection and it encourage healing too. It definitely did the job for me!  I’m not sure how it would work on acne or if you have severe spots/pimples but I would recommend the gel for the odd breakout. I’ll definitely use this again and there is enough product in the tube to last ages so not only does it work but it’s value for money too.

It is a great little product to have for emergencies.

If you are not sure which products from Witch will be best for your skin, why not take the Skincare Selector HERE on the website


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Psoriasis Update – April 2018

Hey girls (and boys),

My psoriasis has been really bad lately – it hasn’t been this severe for years, it’s so bad that I am considering making an appointment with my dermatologist. I haven’t used any medication from my GP/DERM for my skin in absolute years and instead I’ve been treating it with natural beauty products – so I think I will be disappointed to use chemicals on my skin again for a quick fix. I’m undecided what to do.

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I have an idea why my skin has gotten bad again and to be honest I’m blaming quite a few things. I was sent a product to review from a brand (which I’ll name and review another time) and noticed after I used it that it contained not just one paraben but a whole lot of them. I always try to avoid parabens and I’m disappointed that this product contains parabens as it is aimed for those with skin disorders. I’m also blaming the peroxide I used to make my hair blonde. I’ve dyed my hair back to my natural colour as it would only get worse the more bleach I used. I have a ring of psoriasis along my hairline, I have it down my ears, all over my face, my eyebrows (which I waxed – another trigger maybe?) and my hands and wrists are terrible – I’ve noticed the stares alreadfy – the ones that hace CONTAGIOUS written all over them… it has made my self esteem drop massively. Maybe it’s because I don’t wear rubber gloves when washing the dishes (washing up liquid is harsh on skin and contains lots of nasty ingredients).  I’ve also changed my lifestyle a little too, for the better but maybe that has had an impact on my skin too. I’ve quit smoking for just over three months – I’ve become vegetarian again and cut out meat for nearly two months. Maybe I’m just having a flare up regardless of all the things I mentioned above. Does psoriasis need an excuse to flare up? No. So, yeah… I can’t pinpoint what has caused my skin to flare up but I do have an idea.

I just wanted to give you all an update on my skin as the photograph I posted on Instagram has made my emails and DMs go through the roof. I’m so grateful for the support I have received and the recommendations. I’m currently using a couple of products from Mayka Skincare, Moogoo Skincare and Dr. Botanicals – and Pure Potions have been kind enough to send me a few samples so I’m looking forward to receiving them. I’ll give it a week or two and make my decision as to whether to receive treatment.

I will keep you all updated.

Thanks again.

Love

kaatie


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

Hey gorgeous girls…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love…

kaatie

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

Hey gorgeous girls,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love…

kaatie

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Review: Spa – Eye Make-Up Remover Pads With Aloe Vera (Home Bargains)

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Thought I’d do a little review on these Eye Make-Up Remover Pads With Aloe Vera by Spa which I got from Home Bargains. I always get the Spa face wipes as I like them a lot and I seen these Eye Make-Up Remover Pads when stocking up on wipes last month and thought I would give them a go to see if they work on stubborn eye make-up. I really can’t remember how much they were – I think it was something like £1 for a twin pack and there are 30 pads in one pack so you get 60 pads altogether, a great little bargain hey.

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The wipes are made in Israel and they are suitable for all skin types. They are also alcohol free so they are unlikely to dry out the skin and claim to be pH balanced although it doesn’t list the exact pH levels on the pack. The packs don’t have the cruelty-free bunny either and it doesn’t state whether or not these have been tested on animals so I’m assuming they have been but I may be wrong.

The pads come in a small lilac packet which has a resealable label to prevent moisture loss. The pads themselves are quite small, square-shaped, very moist and they have a nice subtle fragrance too.  I’ve been using these for a couple of weeks now, just a little over a month to remove my mascara and eyeliner and I use about 2-3 pads each time depending how much I’m wearing. They remove mascara well from the eyes and they don’t irritate my eyes, or burn or sting which is good. I haven’t tried them with waterproof mascara or eyeliner yet as I don’t use them but I reckon they will work quite well.

I was also using them on my entire face and neck to remove my foundation, concealer, powder and blusher from my face and they do remove every trace of dirt and oil. For a while, I actually preferred the small pads over the full-sized wipes but I soon changed my mind when I broke out in blemishes and drier skin a week or two later.

The Eye Remover Pads do contain perfume in the ingredients list and my sensitive skin does usually break out when using products with perfume in so I’m not surprised I got a few blemishes. From now on, I will only use the pads to remove eye makeup and I won’t be using them to cleanse the rest of my skin.


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

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I have been using 7th Heaven face masks since the beginning of time, back in the noughties when I was an ASBO teenager and I love them just as much now as I did back then; if not more. They’re is so many different masks to choose from and I think it is amazing how cheap the ‘sachets’ are to buy and the fact that they work really well considering how inexpensive they are – so everybody can ‘mask’ and afford them whatever their skincare budget may be.

    7th Heaven’s products are completely natural, contain no harsh chemicals and they are also suitable for vegetarians, cruelty-free and the brand DO NOT test their products on animals; which is another reason why I love them – they are natural, kind to animals and PETA approved.

Today, I’m reviewing one of my FAVE 7th Heaven masks and it is the Dead Sea Mud mask which has been recommended for oily skin. I have dry skin (sometimes combination) I can get a little oily on my t-zone & very dry everywhere else and the mask works just fine on both types of skin. The Dead Sea mud mask is rich in skin-loving nutrients, Dead Sea minerals and Lavender to help draw out toxins from the skin, unblock pores, normalise oily skin, soothe irritated skin and redness and leave skin looking squeaky clean and feeling soft.

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Contains:

Kaolin – which is a natural, mild clay; is deep cleansing and draws out impurities and excess oil – without drawing too much oil out. It helps to cleanse and exfoliate debris on the skin and removes dead skin cells.

Dead Sea Mud – which has a high concentration of salts & minerals and help to relieve symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema & acne. The rich mineral content makes it a great exfolliant and it helps to draw out toxins from the skin, restore the skins pH balance as well as improving elasticity, and minimising pores, fine-lines and wrinkles.

Lavender – is another ingredient that helps to relieve symptoms of skin disorders. It soothes irritated skin and calms redness. It is also an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory astringent and helps to normalise oil production and keep bacteria at bay too.

Seaweed – is a beneficial superfood that has anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Its anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal ingredient for fighting everything from acne to aging.

Dead Sea Salt – like dead sea mud; dead sea salt helps to relieve symptoms of psoriasis, acne and eczema. It is used for detoxifaction and anti-ageing and helps to reduce fine-lines and wrinkles, plump and hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation.

Bergamot – a fresh, clean smelling essential oil  used to treat and prevent skin infections, help relieve symptoms of acne, psoriasis, eczema and cold sores. It is also an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant..

 

Thoughts:

    I love a good hard-drying mask – I love the feeling on my skin when they have completely dried and this ‘Dead Sea Mud’ mask from 7th Heaven doesn’t disappoint. I reckon I have tried most of the 7th Heaven face masks but the ‘Dead Sea Mud’ mask is obviously one of my faves and I find myself repurchasing it again and again.

  It comes in  20g sachet and you can get about two applications from one sachet. There are also bigger tubes available to buy too but I’m happy enough with my sachets. The mask has an earthly, pale green colour, a thick consistency and a slightly fragranced scent to it – I’m not sure what it smells like but it smells okay. The ingredients state that it does contain parfum & a colourant although these are not artificial and are instead man-made so they are gentle on sensitive skin. To be safe, always do a patch test on your inner arm before using.

I apply the mask straight from the packet with my fingers after cleansing and it easily spread and glides over the skin. It is super creamy and non-drip too! I leave it on for about 15-20 minutes or until it is completely dry. The mask isn’t bue like the models on the packaging and it not as dark/grey-ish as other dead sea mud masks I have used which is because this one contains Kaolin Clay; so after about 5-10 minutes the greeny ‘mask’ starts to dry and it turns into a chalky white colour.

     After 15+ minutes the mask should be ready to wash off but if it hasn’t – it can be left on a little longer until it has dried completely. Before I wash the mask off, I like to gently rub my face with my fingers in a circular motion to exfoliate my skin and remove dead skin build-up then I just wash the excess off with warm water and a face cloth, (I use my WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth). Once I have removed all of the mask I splash my face with cold water to close my pores and my skin looks clearer, healthier, happier and brighter afterwards. It also feels smooth, soft and moisturised too.

    The Dead Sea Mud mask is definitely one of my favourite masks ever and I think it’s one that I will always use as I like how my skin looks after using. It really has worked on my skin and my skintone looks good and my complexion looks clear. I also love that the mask is super cheap; (mine was 99p from Asda), there are two applications in one sachet; it contains no nasty ingredients; and it is totally cruelty-free. What’s not to love!

Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.

Where To Buy: You can get 7th Heaven face masks literally anywhere: Asda; Superdrug; Boots; Tesco; Sainsbury’s; Home Bargains; Amazon UK, etc… They are about 89p -£1.50 to buy and they have loads of different products to choose from!

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I Wrote An Article For Healthline Magazine

Hey gorgeous girls!

This is just a quick little post to let you all know that I have written a short article regarding my psoriasis for Healthline – which is a popular online health magazine.

The article I wrote is called ‘3 Times I Had A Psoriasis Flare FOMO’ and explains the struggles I have had over the years, the opportunities I have missed because of my skin and my current outlook on life.

If you would like to – you can read it HERE.

Lots Of Love

Katie


 

How To Remove Make-Up Using Just Water With The WipeOut! Amazing MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth From Magnitone London (Review)

A good few months ago, I was sent the WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth from Magnitone London along with the BlendUp Vibra-Sonic Brush (which I’ll review another time) and it completely slipped my mind to try it out / review it. I accumulate so many beauty and skincare products – I’m literally a hoarder and every once in a while I have to do a little clean out to discard out of date products, empties, products I won’t use and to also make a little more space in my small apartment. These clean-outs are when I find products I forgot I had and I eventually get around to trying them.

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So, last week I found the WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth in my skincare stash and I thought I’d give it ago as I have been quite lazy with my skincare these last few weeks. I haven’t had a routine at all – instead, I have been using throw-away face wipes, which are okay to use short-term but after using them for like a month straight I started to notice my skin was looking awful because of them. I broke out in blemishes, my skin was dull and dry and basically I looked like shit. In the past I have found that when my skin is bad, keeping all products off my skin helps to balance itself out naturally so I was very intrigued to see how the Wipe Out Cloth would work for my complexion.

The WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth removes tough, long-wear and oil-based makeup with just warm water. It is a super soft, super fluffy face cloth making it perfect for use one sensitive skin, eyes and lips, with no cleansers, gels or products needed. The WipeOut! microfibers swell up when wet, grabbing hold of dirt, oil and makeup and trapping them away so makeup removed properly and is not smeared back onto the skin. The WipeOut! Cleansing Cloth is re-useable 1000 times, it is quick drying making it perfect for travelling and it is also machine washable at 30°C. Each Cloth is 40cm x 17cm, smearproof and double sided.  You can buy one single cloth for £7.99 or you can get two for £15 – they are available in pink and grey too.

Thoughts:

For the last month or so my skin has been really awful – completely my own fault for using face wipes everyday and being lazy by not sticking to my usual skincare routine. I’ve had blemishes appear on my face (chin area), dry patches on my nose and cheeks and my overall complexion has been dull and uneven. I thought I’d swerve the throwaway face wipes and give the WipeOut! Cloth a try to help re-balance my skin and I especially liked how it requires no products just water when cleansing, so my skin would kind of ‘repair’ itself on its own without the use of any products. I have also been using Dr. Botanicals – Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil which is a completely natural oil and my skin does look much better already.

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I love the cloth – it is so soft and fluffy and it literally does need just water to remove even the toughest of makeup. I just rinse under the hot tap, wring it out and wipe it across my face to cleanse, remove dirt, oil and makeup and prevent spots and blackheads. The warm cloth slightly opens my pores to allow deep cleansing which helps to remove blackheads too. I’d recommend splashing your face with cold water after using to close your pores. What’s great about the WipeOut! Cloth is the microfibers hold onto particles which stop them from being spread over the face. Since using the cloth (and oil) my skin is finally starting to look human again and it is looking clearer and feeling softer. I also have a little sheen to my skin and it looks so much brighter. After using I just wash with a little bit of soap, rinse and hang it up to dry, ready to use again. The cloth is also eco-friendly as it’s reusable/washable so no more wipes in landfill which means it’s much better for our environment. I haven’t washed it in the machine yet but it can be washed at 30°c. So yeah, I’m totally happy with this product and I will defo use it again and again.

Disclosure: I was given this product for free.

Where To Buy:

You can buy one WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth HERE on Magnitone’s website for £7.99. You can also save yourself a quid and get two for £15 HERE.


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

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

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The main active ingredients in the formulation are:

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

First Impressions:

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

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Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Where To Buy:

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


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Review: Pure African Black Soap – Mayka Skincare

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Back in October I was sent a bundle of natural skincare goodies from a British vegan skincare brand called Mayka Skincare. Mayka Skincare are a cruelty-free, natural brand who handcraft fresh products with natural botanicals and highly effective, active cosmetic ingredients. All of their products are handmade in Britain but they do offer worldwide shipping. When my parcel arrived I was chuffed to bits with the contents as I wasn’t expecting to receive so many products to review and I have been trying a few of them out for a couple of months.

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The product I was most pleased with was the Pure African Black Soap which I have heard is amazing for skin complaints. As you all know I have psoriasis so I couldn’t wait to give it a go.

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”Ordinary store-bought soaps can be too harsh or drying for your skin. African black soap is a gentle, all-natural alternative cleanser made only from plant materials. Proponents of African black soap say it does more than just keep you clean — the suds are packed with skin-loving benefits, too.” – LIVESTRONG

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The 100g Soap comes in a cellophane wrapper with a Mayka Skincare label – the packaging is lovely, it has a natural feel to it and looks pretty enough to be given as a gift. Inside the packaging is the 100g Pure African Black Soap which I’ll admit doesn’t look very attractive but never judge a book by its cover hey. The soap is made from baked parts of the cocoa tree, unrefined butters and oils and is also rich in vitamins A and E. It is a beige, brownish colour and shaped into a ball and it doesn’t contain any artificial perfume, colours or preservatives either.

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INGREDIENTS:

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

THOUGHTS:

I’ve been using the soap for about four months and I’m surprised I still have some of it left especially as I use it every day.

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I have never known a soap, never mind a natural soap to lather so well – and when washing with the soap it looks like I have a layer of cream on my skin. It is so creamy and moisturising and is also a great antiseptic soap which helps to prevent infection or bacteria on the skin. Since I’ve been using it, I have noticed an improvement in my skin, it hasn’t completely cleared my skin up but it has improved it a little and my psoriasis hasn’t gotten any worse. I’ve noticed it does sting my psoriasis at first but it’s not painful and the sensation eventually wears off after a few seconds and it’s worth it seeing as it helps to deep clean my skin, restore its natural barrier whilst moisturising and protecting it at the same time. I also use it on my face and I love how it removes every trace of oil and make-up from the skin without clogging my pores or drying out my skin and it is also a great anti-ageing soap as it is rich in vitamin A and E oils and helps to prevent premature lines and wrinkles.  The soap can also be used on the hair and scalp but I’ve not tried this yet but I will give it a go eventually and update the post.

The Pure African Black Soap is the perfect solution for problem skin such as oily, acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and rosacea. I love how it is completely natural, cruelty free and contains no harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients which make it gentle on sensitive skin and also helps to improve skin disorders. I’m about to run out after four months but I will definitely purchase this soap again – I’d rather do my skin a favour and use a natural soap on my skin rather than a soap laden with chemicals and nasty ingredients which makes skin worse any day. Give the website a little visit girls – you won’t be disappointed. They do a huge range of cruelty-free, natural skincare products made with top quality ingredients that will help your skin. Natural is best!

DISCLOSURE: I was gifted this product from Mayka Skincare for review purposes only.


WHERE TO BUY:  You can get some Pure African Black Soap from Mayka Skincare HERE. It is £5 for a 100g bar or you can get 3 soaps for £10 and save a little money HERE.


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Review: Facial Wax Strips – Pretty Smooth (Pretty By Quest)

Hello gorgeous girls! I hope you have all had the most magical Christmas ever and I’m wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018! It’s been a while since I last posted hey – I have been meaning to post over the festive season but I have been so busy throughout December that I literally never had any time to do so – I’m one of those who leave everything until the last-minute so I have been running around like a crazy woman. But it’s over now, I can relax and I’m back with my first review of the year!

I’ve been using some Facial Wax Strips from a company called Pretty By Quest and I’m really liking the brand so far, I love how most of their products are not tested on animals and they are so inexpensive too. I have a few other products from them but I thought I’d write a review on their facial wax strips first. I usually hate waxing as I can’t bare pain but I love how quick and easy it is compared to tweezing and less irritating on my skin and smelly than hair removal creams.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Facial Wax Strips come in a small pink and white box which has all the info you need on the back of the box. The box has the cruelty free bunny on the back which means the wax strips and ingredients have not been tested on animals. There are 16 strips inside the box and each one measures 2 x 7.5cm which has two sides of pink wax when peeled apart and they are ideal for use on the chin, cheeks, upper lip and jaw line. They are a quick and easy solution to removing unwanted hair from the face and they are great value for money at just £1 a box from B&M.

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HOW TO USE: I found the wax strips easy to use. First of all take one of the strips out of the box and warm one of the strips between your hands by rubbing them together for about 30 seconds. Gently peel the wax strips apart and apply the strip to the unwanted hair you wish to remove and smooth the strip in the same direction as your hair growth for about 10 seconds to ensure the hairs are coated with the wax and the strip is securely fixed to the skin. To remove the hair = hold the skin taut and pull the strip back on itself against the direction of hair growth, keeping the strip as close to the skin as possible. Afterwards use a cotton wool pad moistened with baby oil, coconut oil, etc… to remove any left-over wax from the skin and soothe the skin.

THOUGHTS: I really liked these facial wax strips and they are definitely a bargain at just a quid. There are enough strips in the box to last me a few months and they work really well considering the price. I love how they are cruelty free too. I have been using the strips on my upper lip and between my brows and I was impressed that every bit of hair was removed and they wasn’t as painful as I expected although they did hurt a little when removing them – more so on my upper lip area but it was quick and it only lasted a second. My skin wasn’t left red or inflamed either and I didn’t bruise. I wiped the excess wax off with my Omega Rich Cleansing Oil from Pure Potions and my skin was left smooth, soft and totally hair free afterwards. I would definitely 100% buy these again and I think they work just as good as more expensive ones from bigger, more popular brands.

DISCLOSURE: I bought this product with my own money.

WHERE TO BUY: I got mine from B&M for just £1. Pretty By Quest has a website which you can visit HERE and a Facebook page HERE.


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Birchbox: Christmas/December 2017 – Matthew Williamson – Plus Sneak Peek For The January 2018 Box

OOOO! My December Birchbox was delivered yesterday and I have gotta say how much I’m loving this months box design! It’s so pretty. Birchbox has teamed up with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson this month and the box design is based on his Treasure Garden print as well as this months theme of Life’s Little Treasures. Everybody will receive a FULL SIZE festive lip product this month – either a classic red from LOC or a tinted lip balm from Pixi by Petra. Plus every Birchboxer will also receive a FULL SIZE Spectrum Collections make-up brush too. I’m happy with this months box and I’m excited to see what’s in store for our New Year box.

BIRCHBOX DECEMBER 2017

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Products In Box: 5
Monthly Subscription Cost: £10 (plus £2.95 postage)
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PIXI – Full Size Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose | RRP £8*

This is a tinted lip balm enriched with skin loving ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E which cares for your lips and prevents them from chapping. Apparently this Natural Rose tinted lip balm adds a lovely nude-pink colour to the lips. I’ve yet to use this balm but I’m looking forward to trying it out. It will make a nice change from my matte lipsticks which tend to dry out my lips, especially at this time of year.

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BAIJA PARIS – Caramelised Honey Body Scrub | RRP £14.90

OMG first of all let me say how AMAZING this Caramelised Honey Body Scrub smells. It seriously smells good enough to eat and I can’t wait to give it a try. It is a pre indulgent and luxury scrub and is 97% natural skincare product. It has a blend of sugar, honey and  oil which exfoliates dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling clean, soft and radiant. I`ve never used anything from Baija Paris before and I have never heard of them until now but this body scrub is probably my fave product in this months box simply because it smells so lush!

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MAI COUTURE – Highlight Paper | RRP £15.50*

This Highlight Paper from Mai Couture is an interesting product and I`m looking forward to giving it a whirl. Apparently it absorbs excess shine, adds a non-greasy glow and enchances dull, worn make-up throughout the day making the skin look luminous and radiant.

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NIP + FAB – Kale Fix Moisturiser | RRP £14.95*

This is the first time I have ever had a product from Nip + Fab but I have heard so many good things about the brand. The Kale Fix Moisturiser is a superfood blend of kale, water cress, aloe vera and almond oil which moisturises, soothes and rejuvenates the skin. I received a 10 ml sample so I will give it a go for a few days and let you know what I think about it.

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Spectrum Collections – Full Size B04 Angled Blender Brush | RRP £4.99*

This B04 Angled Blender Brush is an essential tool and the perfect size and shape to fit the contour of the eyes. It has synthetic bristles and can be used with powder or cream shadows to define the eyelids. I am absolutely poo at doing eyeshadow but I think it is about time that I learned to do my own eyes and this brush is the perfect tool for the job.

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*RRPs correspond to full-size products in the Birchbox shop.



SNEAK PEEK!

In our January box, us Birchboxers will be able to choose our own Lord & Berry Blush Crayon and we have until the 31st of December to choose.

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GLOSSYBOX UK: – November 2017 Plus Spoiler & 20% OFF Discount Code

YAY! My GLOSSYBOX came on Friday and this month it’s all about getting cozy. The November box has four full size products and one travel sized – worth about £27 – not a lot compared to some other boxes I have received but good nonetheless considering I only paid £13.25 for the subscription. My fave products this month are the Natural Bodywash from Greenfrog Botanic and the Candy floss Lip Balm from SportFX.

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GLOSSYBOX – November 2017

Products In Box: 5 (4 Full Size)

Subscription Cost: £10 a month (plus £3.25 p+p) Use code: KATY-R3U for 20% OFF.

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Greenfrog Botanic – Relaxing Geranium & Peppermint Bodywash – RRP* / £8.95

I received a 100 ml travel sized, aeroplane safe bodywash which is actually a good size with a generous amount of product. It is a natural, vegan, cruelty-free plant-based bodywash infused with geranium and peppermint and also contains antibacterial organic soapberries and organic aloe vera. It contains no parabens, SLS or ALS ingredients and it’s made in the UK. It also won the Editors Choice at the 2017 Beauty Shortlist Awards so I’m very excited about it and I can’t wait to use it. It’s also recommended for people with dry skin, eczema, etc… so I’m interested to see how it works on my psoriasis. This is the first product I have owned from Greenfrog Botanic and to be honest I had never heard of the brand until now but I’m very happy this was in my box this month as I love natural skincare products and I’ll definitely be checking out some other products from Greenfrog Botanic..

GREENFROG BOTANIC GERANIUM & PEPPERMINT NATURAL BODY WASH

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Beauty UK Cosmetics – Contour/Powder Brush – RRP* / £6.99

So this contour/powder brush was last months sneek peek and I’m happy I received it in my box. You can never have too many make-up brushes, hey! The bristles are so soft its unreal and it can be used for buffing, blending, contouring and highlighting.

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SportFX Cosmetics – Candy Floss Moisturising Lip Balm – RRP* / £4.99

This is a limited edition, candy-floss flavoured lip balm which has been created exclusively for GLOSSYBOX. It leaves a slight pink tint on the lips and helps to repair dry, chapped lips. It has gorgeous packaging, smells absolutely gorgeous and also contains SPF15, vitamins and antioxidants which help to protect, soothe and soften the lips. I’m happy with this product even though I own tons of lip balms already. This will definitely get used, it smells lush!

SPORTFX CANDYFLOSS MOISTURISING LIP BALM

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Collection Cosmetics – Define & Perfect Eyebrow Powder – RRP* / £4.19

The Define & Perfect Eyebrow Powder is a defining powder which fills in sparse areas and adds depth. The formulation contains fibre particles to add instant volume and the fine-tipped nib lets you create natural hair-like strokes. I have jet black hair and I received the brunette 2 shade which is too light for me so I probably wont use it… if I do I will layer it over my brow pencil to add a bit of oomph to my brows.

COLLECTION DEFINE & PERFECT EYEBROW POWDER

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BOOTS – Charcoal & Willow Bark Sheet Mask – RRP* / £2.50

I was so excited when I seen this Charcoal and Willow Bark Sheet Mask in my box as I love a good face mask and sheet masks, originally a Korean trend, are the future. The mask contains willow bark and charcoal to deeply cleanse and purify the skin. The only thing is it contains parabens so if you say no to parabens you won’t be happy with this sheet mask. When are big, popular brands going to ditch harsh ingredients from their products. I’ll give it a go anyways and post a little review when I’ve done so.

BOOTS CHARCOAL & WILLOW BARK SHEET MASK

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SPOILER ALERT FOR DECEMBER!

In next months box we will all receive a gorgeous Liquid Eyeliner from Steve Laurent in gorgeous rose gold packaging. I can’t wait!


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Review: Dr. Botanicals – Duo Moisturiser Tropical Invigorating Cream

I was kindly sent the Tropical Invigorating Cream from Dr. Botanicals to try out and review on my blog. Dr. Botanicals are a London-based natural & vegan skincare brand which are kind to skin as well as animals. The Tropical Invigorating cream is a duo moisturiser enriched with Elderflower which aims to protect the skin from free radical damage, it also contains Tiare Flower Extract which aims to deeply moisturise, nourish and purify the skin as well as Chaomile Flower Extract too which works to heal and soothe irritated and damaged skin.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Tropical Invigorating Cream comes in a eco-friendly cardboard box which has lots of info printed on it about the cream, ingredients, etc… The cream itself comes in a flexible, metal tube which has a black screw lid. The packaging is gorgeous and the design on the tube is very pretty – it has what looks like gorgeous pink Adenium flowers all over the tube with forest green and aqua blue leaves too. It really is pretty packaging. The cream itself has a very mild, flowery scent which smells beautiful and it is a lightweight yet thick, non drip cream that spreads easy onto the skin.

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THOUGHTS:

The skin on my face has been awful lately and I recently broke out in angry blemishes all over my face, I’m not sure why or what caused me to break out but I’m glad that my skin has started to improve this week. I’ve been using Pure PotionsOmega Rich Cleansing Oil to cleanse my skin followed by a gentle Orange Blossom Water Toner from FoxBrim Naturals and then this duo moisturiser from Dr Botanicals. My skin has finally started to go back to normal since I have been using completely natural skincare products on my face.

So, I’ve been using the Tropical Invigorating Cream each morning and every night to moisturise my sensitive skin and I really do like it a lot. It is a gentle cream that contains no parabens or artificial ingredients which my skin always seems to react to. I love how it smells too and it doesn’t smell artificial or chemical-like at all – it has a lovely, subtle flowery scent which smells gorgeous and pretty although some may find it to be quite bland, I actually liked it.  A small dollop of the cream is enough for my entire face and neck so I’m guessing the 50 ml tube will last a while – I’d say about two or three months at the most if used daily. The cream glides over the skin like silk and I was very impressed with how long it took to absorb into the skin – like one minute, not even that. I hate waiting around for creams to dry so the fact that this cream dries quickly, gets a big thumbs up for that reason alone. The cream didn’t feel sticky or greasy either and it left my skin feeling softer and firmer. I noticed it moisturised my fine lines too and they don’t look as deep or prominent as before. Also, my skin looks a lot calmer and more balanced since I began using it and it doesn’t look red or irritated as it has been these past few weeks so I’m happy about that.

I really love that this is a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free moisturiser which is completely natural and I would love to try a few other products out from Dr. Botanicals, you really can’t go wrong with natural skincare products can you.

The only negative thing I have to say about the cream is the price tag. At £39.90 for a 50 ml tube I do think it is a bit on the expensive side and out of my usual budget for a moisturiser. I would definitely use this cream again although I doubt I’d repurchase it, simply because of the price. If the price was lowered I would 100% buy the Tropical Invigorating Cream again.

DISCLOSURE: This product was gifted to me for review purposes only. My opinion has not been influenced by the brand and this review is based on my own experience with the product.


WHERE TO BUY: You can buy the Tropical Invigorating Cream HERE for £39.90 from Dr. Botanicals’ website. You will get free delivery on all orders over £30 & you will receive a complimentary tote bag with every order over £50.

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Blogger Recognition Award

Hey gorgeous girlies… I was nominated TWICE for The Blogger Recognition Award and I’m so happy and grateful to be nominated. Thanks so much to the gorgeous Tamas Glasses and From Claire’s POV for nominating me. Go check out their blogs girls, they are without a doubt two of my fave bloggers right now.

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RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 5 other bloggers you want to give this award to and comment on each blog to let them now with a link to your award post.

MY STORY

I started my blog back in June 2015. I was one of those girls that always read beauty blogs for reviews and inspiration and one day I couldn’t find a review anywhere about a hair dye I wanted to use – so I decided to start my own beauty blog to help those who were looking for answers. I also have psoriasis so I thought it would be a good idea to write about how beauty products affect my skin, hopefully to help other women with psoriasis know which products are safe to use on their skin. I love craft projects too and I didn’t really want to maintain two blogs so I decided to add my tutorials on this blog instead for those who love to be creative like me. When I first started blogging two years ago it really felt as if I was talking to myself and there were times I felt like giving up but it really does take time and you have to put some work in. I love how far my blog has come in the last two years and I couldn’t be happier with my progress.

 

 MY ADVICE

  • Be yourself and write as if you were speaking to a friend
  • Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers
  • Make friends with other bloggers and connect with your readers
  • Reply to comments and like/comment on other blogs you are interested in
  • Pitch companies and tell them you’d like to review their products and why
  • Write when you feel like. I find sticking to a blog schedule to be stressful
  • If you are reviewing – be 100% honest in your reviews to gain your readers trust

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

Happy Halloween you little beauties!

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

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

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

DISCLOSURE: I bought this with my own money.

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


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Review: Pure Potions – Skin Salvation Scalp Oil For Scalp #Psoriasis

I was sent a bundle of goodies from the award-winning, natural skincare brand Pure Potions last month to try out and share my thoughts about the products on my blog. I have already reviewed the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil and the Bath & Body Emollient Oil but today I’m gonna let you know how I got on with the Scalp Oil which I have been using to treat my scalp psoriasis.

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ABOUT THE SCALP OIL:

Skin Salvation Scalp Oil is a natural moisturising scalp treatment, formulated as an alternative to chemical shampoos which strip natural oils from the skin and can dry out sensitive scalps. The healthy balance of oils in the scalp is preserved by the Scalp Oil’s uncomplicated natural formulas and richly moisturising oils.  The Scalp Oil is a natural oil for itchy scalps and is also suitable for people who are prone to seborrhoeic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis.It is a vegan friendly, cruelty free oil that suits sensitive and allergy prone skin thanks to the 100% natural ingredients. It contains no perfumes, parabens, palm oil, SLS, phthalates, silicones, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, mineral oil, synthetics – and like it says on the bottle NO LIES! – Pure Potions do not greenwash their products like a lot of other ‘natural‘ skincare brands. The Scalp Oil was also the winner for the natural health / best eczema range at the 2017 International Beauty Awards so it has been recognized as an amazing product.

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INGREDIENTS: Helianthus Annus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Stellaria, Media (Chickweed) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Oil, Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Limonene from essential oils.

Borage Oil

Borage Officinalis OilThis oil replenishes the scalp with Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA) which enriches and moisturises the scalp.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemarius Officinalis OilThis oil increases the circulation to the scalp and also acts as a general conditioner and tonic for the hair and scalp.

Nettle

Nettle Oil/Urtica DioicaReduces inflammation and itching and is a natural antihistamine.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil/Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil: Extremely nourishing, moisturising, rich in essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in those with dry skin.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The Scalp Oil comes in a dark green 50 ml glass bottle which has a white pump dispenser and a screw off lid. The packaging looks nice, fresh and simple and has lots of info about the ingredients and how to use, etc… printed on the label. The oil itself has a very, very runny consistency and is a transparent yellow in colour. On first impressions it smells kinda ‘minty’ thanks to the Rosemary Oil and ‘herby’ thanks to the Nettle Oil & Hemp Oil.


VERDICT

 I did struggle at first with the dispenser – it had a clasp on the bottle neck which needs to be removed before you use it and I had trouble getting the nozzle to produce some oil but a simple turn clockwise sorted it out – the nozzle can also be ‘locked by turning it anti-clockwise. The first time I used the Scalp Oil I applied the oil to the whole of my scalp using the pump dispenser/nozzle. After applying the oil I was shocked to see that I had used half of the bottle after only using it once. I think I made a mistake by applying it all over my scalp instead of .just the areas with psoriasis. So, if you buy the oil use it only on your psoriasis to prevent wastage.

I found the oil itself really easy to use – I hold the bottle up to my scalp and just  press down on the nozzle/dispenser to dispense a little of the oil. Once I have applied the oil to every bump in my head, I then massage the oil into my scalp with my fingers and leave it on overnight. I think it is best to use the oil at night-time before bed so the oil can do its magic while you catch up on your beauty sleep. I’d also recommend you place a towel over your pillowcase to prevent any staining – I made my own DIY Towel Pillowcase made from a bath towel to stop the oil from ruining my lovely pillows. If you want a tutorial on how to make a towel pillowcase – let me know in the comments. My hair obviously feels greasy and oily after applying the Scalp Oil so when I wake up the next morning I jump into the shower and wash my hair with a natural, clarifying shampoo. I always make sure to shampoo twice to make sure the oil is washed out of my hair. I love the oil because it contains no nasty ingredients like parabens or SLS which I’m trying to cut out as I have found these ingredients make my skin and scalp a million times worse.

I have darkest black hair and it sometimes looks like I have really bad dandruff when my scalp starts to flake so I’m hoping that the more I use this oil, the better my scalp psoriasis will get and people will eventually stop touching my hair and telling me ‘you have something in your hair’ ha ha! After using the Scalp Oil about five times now – my scalp has started to feel calmer and it has soothed my itchy skin, the oil also nourishes my hair too and after washing it off, my hair feels so soft and healthy. I still have my scalp psoriasis and the oil hasn’t cleared it up but it has definitely softened a couple of bumpy scales and moisturised my scalp by giving it a little TLC & relief.


DISCLOSURE: I was sent this product free of charge for review purposes. I have not been paid for this review and the words in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the brand in any way.


WHERE TO BUY: You can get the Scalp Oil HERE from the Pure Potions website.

Pure Potions are based in the UK but they do ship their products worldwide. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

I got a generous 30 ml sample size of the Firming Fiji Facial Oil from Monu Skin in my September Glossybox and I have been using it every day since – I really, really like it and I will def be getting the full size when this bottle is empty!

Sorry in advance for the low quality images – my camera is broke!

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For those of you who don’t know already, Monu Skin are a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand based in the UK and all of their products contain zero parabens, no artificial ingredients and no harsh chemicals. I’ve never had anything from Monu before and I do love my natural, cruelty-free skincare products so I’ve been very excited about this facial oil and was looking forward to trying it out on my sensitive, dull and ageing skin. I’m 30 years old now, still young I know but I’m at that stage in my life where you start to notice fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your face for the first time.  I’m gutted that my skin is not as firm or plump as it was in my teens and twenties so I couldn’t wait to try this oil to see if it worked and made me look a little younger.

The Firming Fiji Facial Oil:

The Firming Fiji Facial Oil is recommended for all skin types – 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 – Skin Clearing Treatment For Spots, Pimples, Blemishes & Acne

A few months ago I was sent this Skin Clearing Treatment from PurOrganica who are a natural skincare brand based in the US. PurOrganica skincare products do not contain parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, lactin, gluten and GMO ingredients. All products are cruelty-free and are manufactured in FDA registered eco-laboratories. I have a few PurOrganica products already and the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment (which I reviewed here) is actually one of my all time favourite skincare products. I was hoping I would like the Skin Clearing Treatment as much as the eye gel but I’ve not really had the chance to use it on my skin as it is very rare that I get pimples or blemishes. This week however I have unfortunately broke out in a couple of blemishes and I have two pimples that have appeared on my face – so I have finally gotten around to trying and testing the Skin Clearing Treatment properly and I have been using it daily for about a week now.

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Skin Clearing Treatment:

”The Skin Clearing Spot Treatment is a powerful and effective drying solution for men and women with troubled skin types that are looking to attain a clean, clear and beautiful appearance. This advanced fading treatment is the best when it comes to reducing the appearance of acne, whether it be pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or even just leftover redness from an old blemish that isn’t fading quickly enough. The formula contains 2.5% Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and 10% MSM, which work together to help minimise whiteheads and blackheads on the spot. These are three of the ingredients studies have shown to be most effective for people looking to get rid of acne quickly and easily. This drying spot corrector is specially designed to fix your blemishes easily and efficiently – with a simple dab onto the face with a cotton swab, the Skin Clearing Treatment is an easy at-home remedy to get the ‘before and after’ results you’re looking for when it comes to clearer and more even skin.” – PurOrganica


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Skin Clearing Treatment comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the Skin Clearing Treatment which comes in a 30 ml glass bottle. It has a black screw lid which also works as a dropper. The packaging is quite simple – nothing special really and there is information about the product printed on both the box and the bottle. The treatment itself is a cloudy white-greyish liquid and it smells really strong like alcohol. It says on the bottle that it does contain Isopropyl Alcohol as well as Cucumber Fragrance although the alcohol is the only thing I can smell.

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INGREDIENTS: Isopropyl Alcohol, Deionized Aqua, 10% Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Vegetable Glycerin, Bentonite Clay, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), 2.5% Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Cucumber Fragrance.

HOW TO USE: Do not shake the bottle before using. Dip a cotton swab into the bottom of the treatment and gently dab onto blemishes and allow to dry. You can also use the included dropper for more convenience.

 

THOUGHTS:

Like I said above, I have broken out in a few pimples and blemishes on my face and my complexion is looking a bit on the red side. I’ve been applying the Skin Clearing Treatment to my blemishes, pimples and red areas every night before bedtime. I have been using the included dropper instead of a cotton bud to apply it to my face and thanks to the Bentonite Clay – after a couple of minutes of applying the treatment to my skin, the clear-ish liquid turns into a chalky white colour on the skin.

I’ve been leaving the treatment on my skin overnight and each morning I have been waking up and it is still chalky white on my face. Each time I have washed it off my skin has not looked as red as before and my blemishes and pimples seem to be fading slowly. After a week of using – my blemishes are not as noticeable, my pimples aren’t as big and swollen  my complexion on a whole has started to look a little healthier. I love how my skin looks after using the Skin Clearing Treatment – I think it does work at helping to clear up blemishes and pimples, and my skin is starting to look clearer but it is not a miracle worker, the results are not instant but after every use you will see better results each time.

I do like the Skin Clearing Treatment and I would definitely recommend it for those with problem skin but I have had to discontinue using it and I sadly won’t be repurchasing. Some of you may know that I have chemical sensitivities / allergies and certain smells, chemicals, ingredients cause me to have migraines and headaches. This product is probably the worst one I have used in ages and I have had violent migraines in my temples and eye sockets for a week straight now since using. No amount of headache pills have gotten rid of them. I’m suspecting it is the alcohol which is in the ingredients formula. So, although I do like the product and it has helped clear up my blemishes and pimples – I cannot bring myself to use it again, the headaches were so severe that I was beginning to feel ill.  If you also have sensitivities and chemical allergies I would avoid this product. If you don’t ever get headaches after using certain products – lucky you! You will be absolutely fine after using the Skin Clearing Treatment and you shouldn’t experience any migraines.

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DISCLOSUREI was gifted this product free of charge for review purposes.

Where To Buy?

If you are in the UK – you can buy the Skin Clearing Treatment HERE for £11.97.

If you are from the USA – you can buy it HERE for $10.44.


 

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BEAUTY BUNDLE GIVEAWAY – WORTH £125 ENDED

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Hey girls, I think it’s time I did a giveaway as I haven’t done one for absolute ages. I  will be giving away a beauty bundle with 16 products worth £125. I will be running the giveaway across all of my social media pages so head over and you might get lucky. Links to my social media accounts are at the bottom of this post. Giveaway is open to UK residents only… sorry! Ends 30th November 2017.

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What You Will Win In My Giveaway:

Make-Up Revolution | Redemption Eyeshadow Palette Unicorns vs Mermaids – (£4)

ModelCo | Contour Stick – (£8)

Anatomicals | Grab Your Melons Shower Gel – (£1.50)

Y.F.M | Exfoliating Foot Peeling Mask – (£9.99)

InstaNaturals | Youth Express Night Cream – (£16)

InstaNaturals | Skin Clearing Spot Treatment – (£12)

InstaNaturals | Age Defying Skin Clearing Serum – (£19)

Maxx Labs | Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins – (£12)

Earths Designs | Tan Tablets (Supplements) – (£15)

Water Ice Levin | Deep Cleansing Black Mask – (£7.99)

Mabox | Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder – (£7.99)

Balance Me | Pure Skin Facial Wash (*£16 full size)

Kawaii Enterprise | Silicone Brush Cleanser – (£7.99)

Home Bargains – Rose Fizzing Bath Bomb (89p)

Home Bargains | Mango Fizzing Bath Bomb – (89p)

Home Bargains | Lavender Fizzing Bath Bomb – (89p)


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