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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Why did I buy this?! - PRODUCT REGRETS

Hey Everyone, today's post is a video talking about products that I purchased that unfortunately didn't work out!

 Please don't take offense if something you love is in here, I am simply explaining why these things didn't work FOR ME and hopefully that might save some of you the trouble of a mistaken purchase if you have similar issues to me, whatever they may be.

If you want spoilers-

Products Mentioned:

Nivea For Men Post Shave Balm for Sensitive skin
Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done Hybrid Skin Perfector
Benefit Shy Beam
The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Illamasqua 'Fatale' Eyeshadow Quad
Illamasqua 'Reflection' Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Large Duo Pro Palette

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I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

HOLY GRAIL: 5 Skincare Products for Face and Body (incl. how I treat my ...

Hey Everyone!

Today's video features some of my hands down favourite skin care products for both face and body. These are products I highly recommend for one reason or another!

If you are interested in a daily morning/evening skincare routine that is something I am working on and hope to be sharing with you very soon! I am currently extremely happy with my combination of skincare products so look forwards to sharing them with you.

I hope you enjoy the video and thanks for watching.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ultimate Summer Products

Hey Everyone,

Today I have some favourite products to share with you - all the things that make me feel extra special in the summer.

A key part of summery products for me is scent, I love things that remind me of holidays and summer nights! Look out for lots more 'favourite' posts coming soon.

I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

First Impressions: Carmen Salon Glamour Curls - Demo + Review

Hey Everyone! Today I have a video to share with you featuring the Carmen by Samantha Salon Glamour Curls styling tool.

This device I personally think is a great alternative to the expensive Babyliss Curl Secret hair styler and it does essentially the same thing, but with a few slight tweaks to the design which I presume is due to copyright.

If you are interested in purchasing a device like this then I give you my thoughts on this option, and if you own it already I give detailed instructions and a demonstration on how to use it as it can be a little confusing at first! (Plus the instructions provided with the tool are TERRIBLE)

I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

SLEEK Matte Me Lip Cream Swatches and Review - 10 SHADES - *6 NEW SHADES*

Hey guys! Sorry this post is a little late and also sorry for my absence recently, the short story is I have been having computer troubles and busy working at the same time, so I had about a months break from blogging but I'm back now!

Anyway, today's video is a swatch video and review of the new Matte Me Lip Creams from Sleek.

Not only is it featuring all of the new six shades, but also four of the old ones, so you can see if you want to pick any of those up too, or see the difference in colours etc. plus I throw in my two cents on how the new creams compare to the older ones and where I think these liquid lipsticks fall on the grand scale of liquid lipsticks.

I hope this is helpful and you enjoy!

Friday, 22 April 2016

First Impressions: UD Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Skin Perfector

Hey Everyone, Today's post is a video featuring my first impresssions on the new Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Skin Perfector (what a mouthful!). In this video I not only speak about what I think of the new foundation/tinted moisturiser hybrid but also decide what works better: brush or blender?

I hope you enjoy it.

On a side note: I wanted to apologise for the lack of written content on my blog lately! I realise it has been heavily video based lately and so I'm going to be trying to balance things out a bit more. Thanks for you patience.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Nailtiques Formula 2 Protein Treatment - Update Part 2

Hey Everyone, finally the second part of my nailtiques treatment update is here! After initial reservations in part 1, check out what I now think of the product after further use.

Here's a link to part 1 if you haven't caught that yet:

Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Benefit New Launches 2016!

Hey everyone! I'm really excited to be sharing this huge Benefit haul with you today! I wanted all of their new releases SO BAD and I managed to shop around and find deals good enough for me to justify buying almost the entire collection.

My plan is to hopefully share a first impressions video with you all over the next couple of days, but for now I just wanted to share some photos for those of you looking around online trying to figure out if you need these products in your life. One thing is for sure - they sure are pretty!

First up is this cute little Hoola set! Now I realise Hoola is not a new product and I have to admit I have never used it before even though everyone raves about it! However, Benefit have just released this special set where you get a min Porefessional Primer and Watt's Up! highlighter for the same price as the bronzer on it's own which is £23.50.

The first of the new range is Dew The Hoola a liquid matte bronzer with a pump, a liquid version of their Hoola powder. This is actually a sample that I got in my Birchbox this month, the full size bottle if you haven't seen it already is beautiful! I'm both excited and nervous to try this as liquid bronzers are really not my thing and I am so fair! Full size £22.50

I hate it when people say 'this is everything' but honestly... this Hoola Bronzing and Contouring Brush  is so gorgeous! It's incredibly soft but also dense and the design is stunning. It's feels wonderfully weighted in the hand. £17.50

One of the products I was most excited about, the Hoola Zero Tanlines body bronzer. This is a 12 hour self tan without the horrible smell and with this great applicator in the lid to avoid streaks. £19.50

My final product to share with you is this new matte liquid highlighter from the Dandelion range Shy Beam. I think this will work beautifully with the other products from the Hoola range even though they weren't strictly from the same set of products although I'm a little unsure about that nail-polish-style application. £19.50

Couldn't forget the free bag!

If you are interested in seeing this products in action please check out my next first impressions video which will be shared a couple of days after this! Let me know if you are tempted by any of the pretty new releases from Benefit.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Battle of the Lip Balms: The Quest for the Ultimate Balm

Today's a big one! I've actually been planning on writing this post for probably over a year. For real. But what possessed me to finally put fingers to keyboard for this post was that I think I have actually found it - a new holy grail lip balm.

Perhaps you have been through a similar hardship in your life. I had been addicted (and I'm sure many of you out there will know I mean that literally - once you start on balm there is often no going back) to my holy grail lip balm since my mid-teens. My mum used to just fill up my Christmas stocking with this lip balm in the hope it would last me through until the following Christmas. But after a few empty shelves and cold sweats in the night, I finally had to admit the fact that one day, it was gone. After years of addiction, my favourite balm had been discontinued in the UK and so began the search for a new holy grail balm.

It has truly taken me years to find another one that I am happy with. And if you want the low-down, keep reading.

Today I will compare 7 lip balms for you in the hope I can point a few of you who are struggling along the same quest to an answer.

1. Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm (with shea butter and jojoba oil) £1.65

To me, this is a pretty staple lip balm, and one that I'd be willing to bet most of you have tried already if you don't have one laying around the house somewhere. It's the kind of product I would pick up at the airport when I've forgotten to pack the lip balm I actually wanted. 

Pros: It's cheap and as far as I am aware, it's ingredients are genuinely moisturising for your lips and not the sort that will dry them out dramatically in the long run while giving temporary relief which can often be the case with this sort of price range.

Cons: It has a funny, chemically smell which I don't like and the formula feels kind of dry to me. Don't get me wrong, it's not drying because it's a moisturiser, but comparatively, this balm feels very thick and dry on the lips as opposed to more oily formulas. I also have to re apply this extremely frequently.

2. Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm with honey £9.50

Heading to the other end of the price scale, is this potted formula by Nuxe. In general I prefer sticks of balm as they are so much more convenient but I love this one. It has a similar consistency to Vaseline but none of the drying ingredients in Vaseline.

Pros: Very hydrating and doesn't have to be re applied for HOURS. Great to hydrate your lips overnight, just put some on before you turn out the light. Pleasant smell from the honey ingredient. Long lasting in every sense.

Cons: The pot isn't so easy to carry around and it's messy to apply and perhaps even a little unhygienic. The formula gets quite hard in cold temperatures. Pricey.

3. Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Stick with honey £5.50

This stick version of the Reve de Miel balm is much more convenient than the pot and feels nice on the lips. While it's almost half the price of the pot version, it's worth noting that while you get 15g of product in the pot you only get 4g in the stick, so you aren't getting more for your money with this in reality.

Pros: More convenient packaging and a nice to apply formula. Cheaper than the pot (but you get a lot less product).

Cons: Not long lasting at all. I find myself re applying this very frequently unlike the pot version. Also I found myself getting through the stick itself very quickly.

4. Caudalie Lip Conditioner £5.50

The same price as the Nuxe stick, this lip balm also has a similar formular. It feels just as nice to apply but lasts longer than the Nuxe stick.

Pros: Convenient stick packaging, long(ish) lasting, nice to apply formula and feels nice on the lips.

Cons: It has that typical lip balm scent and is a little on the pricey side for the amount of product.

5. Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm £11.00

I have to admit, I'm still unsure about this one. Unlike the other products mentioned, this one is tinted so it's nice for adding a little bit of colour to the lips especially on a busy day.

Pros: Nice, convenient packaging, tinted (if that's what you're after), lovely minty smell!

Cons: Very pricey at £11 for 4g of product, and I'm not sure how hydrating all that minty perfume can be for your lips.

6. Agent Provocateur Titillation Lip Balm (and Nipple balm set) £23.00

Please excuse the wear of this product first of all! I've had it a while. This lip balm is part of the 'Titillation' set from Agent Provocateur and as far as I am aware isn't available separately however I wanted to throw it in here. This is a tinted balm and has that slightly stingy feeling on your lips that some lip products do. It has a Vaseline-like texture. It comes in a set with an identical pot of 'nipple balm' and the price varies greatly so shop around. The price I included here was just the most expensive price I came across. I like this one.

Pros: A nice tinted balm, long(ish) lasting, cute packaging with a mirror inside (insert shocked face), lovely smell and that 'lip plumping' tingle.

Cons: Part of a set, packaging is a little inconvenient, pricey.

7. Lanolips Golden Ointment £17.99

We made it! Through the battle to the holy grail. While this product seems on the expensive side, and sure it's a large payout, it actually works out as one of the cheapest as you get 50g of product in this large tube for £17.99. Also, it's not solely a lip balm but intended to nourish severely dry skin of all kinds. I put this on the back of my boyfriends dry knuckles in the winter months. 

Pros: Value for money in terms of amount of product for the price, smells lovely (thanks to the manuka honey), lasts for AGES (the most long lasting of all of these), more convenient packaging than a pot and a nice formula. A little goes a long way, for a long time.

Cons: A high payout when you buy it although it will last a long time, and you have to use your fingers to apply.

So here's my final ranking of these 7 lip products from favourite to least favourite:

1. Lanolips Golden Ointment  £17.99  50g
2. Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm with honey  £9.50  15g
3.  Caudalie Lip Conditioner  £5.50  4g
4. Agent Provocateur Titillation Lip Balm (and Nipple balm set)  £23.00  10g + 10ml
5.  Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Stick with honey  £5.50  4g
6. Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm  £11.00  4g
7.  Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm (with shea butter and jojoba oil) £1.65

Thank you if you made it this far!

I also want to note that I like all of these lip balms mentioned in this post. The idea of this was to help you find one that you like, there are none featured here that I would say don't try. I have tried plenty of others that I didn't like, but this is all about ones that I do. So I hope if you are searching for 'the one', that this post gave you some ideas of what might work for you.

I hope you enjoyed this, and please, please let me know if you have your own holy grail balm - I'm eager for suggestions!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

SWATCHES: Lime Crime True Love Set

Hey Everyone, Today's post is just a quick video featuring the True Love Set by Lime Crime.

You can currently still buy these liquid lipsticks as a set or alternatively they have just been made available individually!

Check out the video below for a better idea of the shades.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

First Impressions - Freedom Makeup London Pro Artist Pad in Black Arts

Hey everyone,

Today's video is on my first impression of the Freedom Makeup London Pro Artist Pad in Black Arts.

I am really enjoying this palette!
Check it out for my thoughts and there's some photos below.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Revolution Birthday: Makeup Revolution's 2nd Birthday Party GOODY BAG HAUL

Hey Everyone!

So sorry for my recent absence across social media of all kinds lately, I was working very last minute and was rushed off me feet!

However I'm back now with a few exciting posts and videos lined up for you.

Today's one is about last week's Makeup Revolution 2nd birthday party which they kindly invited me to.

As well as great cocktails, a great venue and some exciting new product launches and announcements, I received this giant goody bag on my way home!

There were more products than this included in the bag but they were less exciting to me (things like shower gel and makeup wipes) and I left them at my boyfriends house as they are of more use to me there. BUT I am going to share with you some pictures and quick thoughts of the products.

(As a side note, just because these products were freebies, doesn't mean you won't be getting my honest opinion. One of the things I like about Makeup Revolution as a brand is that they respect that!)

First up is the Makeup Revolution Ultra Flawless Powder Brush

  • It's pretty!
  • I believe it's £9.99 and available at Superdrug or on the Makeup Revolutions website
  • It's VERY soft and fluffy.
  • I used this to apply loose powder all over my face and it did a great job!
  • Too big for setting my concealer under my eyes.

Next is the Makeup Revolution Pro Hygeine Anti Bacterial Blush Cleaner

  • It's a huge bottle!
  • It's one of those 'spray on to your brush and wipe with a cotton pad' cleaners
  • It cleaned my brushes just fine
  • It has a strong scent which smells nice but remains on the brush when it's dry - Do I really want that much perfume on my face/around my eyes?
  • Great value at £5.00 for 200ml at Superdrug or Makeup Revolutions Website

Next is the Freedom Pro Studio Strobe Cream

  • I was so excited to try this as I wanted to try a few similar products including Makeup Revolutions version.
  • It smells so strong! Like biscotti or something... the strong scent, again, worries me as fragrance is an irritant for the skin so I don't really like putting this all over my face.
  • I used it for two days and started to break out slightly in spots and a little rash around my nose which I would guess comes from the strong fragrance.
  • The effect wasn't very noticeable at all, especially once it had dried. Applied to the back of my hand, the product appears to completely sink in to my skin after a couple of minutes.
  • Available from Superdrug and the Freedom Makeup London website for £8.00.

Almost there! Next up are Superdrug's Volume Edition Lashes in 21

  • I haven't actually had a chance to try these yet, but they look a little fake and OTT for me as I like a more natural false lash.
  • However they look nice in the picture so I will definitely give them a try at some point and report back!

FINALLY! The Freedom Makeup London Pro Artist Pad in Black Arts

(Cue heavenly choir)

  • I don't want to say too much about this as I have a full on first impressions coming in a couple of days however: I LOVE THIS!
  • Good quality eyeshadows with lots of pigment.
  • Lots of fallout too.
  • 48 shadows in the palette.
  • Neutral based but with lots of variety.
  • Available at Superdrug and Freedom Makeup London's website for £15.00

So that's it for now, please check out my regular video post for this Thursday which will be a full first impressions on the Freedom Makeup Black Arts Palette and I will have more photos for you then.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

February Favourites 2016

Hey Everyone!

So after lots of fun with YouTube this morning (not really) I have managed to upload today's video for you as planned.

Here are some products I have been enjoying in the month of February.
I hope you enjoy.

Products Featured:
Makeup Revolution - Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights
The Balm -  Cindy Lou-Manizer
Nivea - Sensitive Shave Balm for Men
SugarPill - Trinket Liquid Lipstick
Sleek - Ultra Matte Me Lip Creams
EX1 - Foundation in F100

Nailtiques Formula 2 Protein Treatment - Update Part 1 (2 Weeks)

Hey everyone, one of two videos being uploaded today, this one is a two week update on how I have been getting on the the Nailtiques Formula 2 Nail Protein.

Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Makeup Revolutions Swatches Part 2: Mermaids VS. Unicorns Palette

Hey everyone,

Today's just a quick one as I'm afraid I'm pretty poorly this week, which is also why there was no YouTube post on Thursday. Just sharing with you some swatches of the colourful Mermaids vs. Unicorns palette from Makeup Revolution. Swatches of the Flawless Matte palette are still to come, but there are so many shadows in that one I didn't manage that this week.

First, a few images of the palette itself:

And then on to the swatches. Unlike the Mermaids Forever palette, the shades in this palette are unamed:

A few notes on this palette:

  • These shadows are of a nice quality. While you only get 12 in this palette as opposed to 32 in Mermaids Forever, my opinion is that this palette has a more universal quality and is less hit and miss than Mermaids Forever.
  • All the shadows are pretty highly pigmented, the strongest being those bright blues and turquoises.
  • There's a fair amount of fallout from some of these and they take some building but not tonnes. 
  • As I said in my previous swatch post - I REALLY RECOMMEND USING A PRIMER.
  • It's a STEAL at £4.00 and personally I would say well worth the money.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Makeup Revolutions Swatches Part 1: Mermaids Forever Palette, Bronzers and Highlighters

Hey Everyone! So as promised, today's post will feature swatches of the products I talked about in my video earlier this week. However because their are SO MANY shadows in these palettes I am featuring the Mermaids Forever Palette, the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights, the Vivid Baked Bronzer in Rock on World and the Summer of Love Bronzer in Love Hot Summer in today's post and the other items (The Mermaids vs. Unicorns Palette, Pure Pigment and Aqua Seal and the Flawless Matte Palette) will be in my next post.

First up, the Mermaids Forever Palette.

I have included the names of all the shadows in this photograph so that it's as easy as possible to match up the shades in the palette with the swatches below.

Okay so that's the whole of Mermaids Forever swatched close-up for you.

A few notes on this palette:
  • The really lightest two shades in particular, especially Forever don't show up that well at all.
  • All of these shadows have been swatched heavily on top of a primer to get as much colour payoff as possible without applying them wet.
  • A couple of these shades are appalling when used dry - try them wet and they really pop
  • The quality of these shades varies a lot from one to the next. A few of them takes tonnes of building up, most take a fair amount of building, a few of them one stroke and BAM - tonnes of colour so experiment.
  • USE A PRIMER (I can't stress enough how important that is with this palette)
  • My favourites: Enchant, Ariel, Pink Sea, Waves, Fishtail, Turtle, Treasure, Prince
Okay! Last but not least we have a swatch of the bronzers and highlighters from the video:

Swatched, semi heavily so you can see the colours but with nothing underneath this time. 
the Summer of Love Bronzer in Love Hot summer, the Vivid Baked Bronzer in Rock on World and the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights. These are all nice but powerful! So use a careful hand. I'm keen to try their pink highlighter too, and their new strobe cream.

That's it for today, come back next week for part 2!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Makeup Revolution HAUL + REVIEW

Hey Everyone! It's Thursday which means it's YouTube day and I'm reviewing a selection of products from highstreet beauty brand Makeup Revolution available online and from Superdrug in the UK. It's a bit of a long one so get comfy.

MAJOR SWATCHES of all of these products will be up over the next few days so stay tuned to see these products in more detail.

I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micelle Solution Review: Cleanser for dehydrated/dry skin

Today I'm really excited to be telling you about one of my absolute favourite products I have been using recently! It's the Hydrabio Micelle Solution cleanser from Bioderma and it looks like this:

Now, I have been using the Philosophy Purity cleanser for a few years now and while it didn't blow me away, I liked it enough to re-purchase a a few times and stick with it. However, I recently received a sample of the Bioderma Sebium Micelle Solution cleanser in my Birchbox a little while ago. I'll be honest - I was almost determined to hate it. First of all I was irritated that once again, Birchbox had sent me a product that was unsuitable for my skin type as I have dry skin and Sebium is for oily skin. Secondly I just really didn't like the idea of a cleanser that you didn't rinse off afterwards. It was unsettling to me. 

So I used it once because I like to try everything I get once (unless I'm pretty sure it's going to bother my skin) and went 'eh' and shoved it in a draw for a cleansing emergency.

However, a curiosity was ignited and after a little while I noticed I was running out of Purity I decided to purchase a bottle of the solution for dehydrated skin, along with some other Bioderma products.

I LOVE THIS! It's half the price of the Purity cleanser at just £10.20 for a 250ml bottle (I also got a couple of pounds off in the sale) and it feels lovely and hydrating on my skin. Now that I am used to it, I love the fact I can just put a few drops of this on a cotton pad and remove my make up or cleanse my skin and I can do it anywhere. I also feel like I am getting my face SO clean with this but it doesn't feel harsh at all. 


But I wanted to share this photo with you. This is the result of the cotton pad after cleansing my face IN THE MORNING after already removing my make up and cleansing my face before bed the previous night:

I just feel like it's getting all of that dirt and oil out of my face without leaving me dry and dehydrated afterwards. Now obviously this is a cleanser and so not a super hydrating product but as far as cleansers go, it's the best I have come across. I even honestly believe that my pores have stayed clearer than they usually would after using a pore remover strip and then continuing to use this cleanser.

So as you can tell, I am so impressed. If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin (I realise these are not the same thing but think it would be beneficial in both cases) I cannot recommend this enough and for only £10 a bottle, I think it's great value. 

I'll be keeping an eye on other Bioderma products after this one.

Have you tried any of the Bioderma Micelle Soltuions or maybe an alternative brand? What did you think? 

I hope you enjoyed this somewhat excitable review.