Thursday, 17 August 2017

For Those Mad For Beauty♥*

Who could ever reject beauty products that have cute packaging? Not me that's for sure. If it has pretty packaging or the packaging looks uber adorable and I know that it'll look fab in photos, I'm all for it. I feel that's why I fell in love with Mad Beauty, they have a wide selection of super cute lines, including Kellogg's, Disney and so much more. When I was contacted, I couldn't possibly have narrowed down the products so instead I was sent a mixture of items, and just look at them!

Mad Beauty Animask Face Mask* - At first, I didn't realise that it was in fact a sheet face mask, somehow I never, and when I took it out the packet, it was a sheet mask with a dog's face on it. Yes, a dog's face, resembling the one on the packaging. I'm not going to lie, I did feel a bit silly wearing a face mask with a dog's face, but putting that aside, it's actually a nice mask. It smells of coconuts due to being infused with coconut oil which is enriching for the skin. As it's a sheet mask, it doesn't have the same drying effect as an ordinary face mask, so I left it on for about 20 minutes before washing off. Whilst wearing it, I had to make sure to avoid laughing, smiling or talking or else the mask would slip around, so it's definitely a case of sitting relaxing, doing nothing (ahh, the perfect pamper evening, am I right?) After using, my skin looked and felt fantastic - smooth skin, appeared fresh and healthy. With the dog face image, it reminds me of the current Korean beauty trend, and I'm hoping that this is what the whole idea of this product is. Since trying, I have actually seen this mask in Topshop and Peacocks, so they're easy to access, and inexpensive too! As well as a dog version, there are alternatives of a panda and a tiger too.

Mad Beauty Animal Head Bands* - I reckon that this is probably the most useful of the three items - a head band. Maybe it was the trend but when I was younger, and I mean a lot younger, my house used to be full of head bands, and ever since, I'm yet to come across one in my house again. God knows why. So you could imagine the nostalgic feeling when I came across this, as well as my mind thinking of all of the endless possible uses for it. I like to use it for doing my makeup as it pushes my hair back, allowing me to blend my foundation right into my hairline without getting it in my actual hair. It would be useful for face masks too, or even just your skincare routine of cleansing etc. I just cannot believe how long I've went without using one. And it's cute, so win win. It's made with such a soft fabric (which won't ruin your hair!) and has many purposes. I love it. Much like the face mask above, it's available in a dog and panda version too!

 Disney NGU Hand Cream Trio* - Who could ever dis hand cream, especially when it's Disney theme? The set included three hand creams, all with quotes on the front from characters such as the Fairy Godmother, Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland. I adore the simple packaging with the pretty colours - I think the quotes make the hand creams stand out a little bit more as they're quite unique. Each have their own scent, including strawberries and cream, ginger pear and cherry, all of which are fruity but refreshing. I wouldn't say they're too sickly sweet either. They have got quite a thin, water formula to them, but this doesn't bother me in the slightest because I hate a hand cream that's far too thick. They do look cute sitting out on display, and I know for sure they would make such a great gift for a beauty and Disney lover!

Whether it's super cute gifts or an inexpensive treat for yourself that you're after, I highly suggest checking out Mad Beauty. Their supplies are adorable yet affordable so who can complain? I know for sure it'll be a website I will check out again in the future when after more cute beauty!

Have you ever tried anything from Mad Beauty?

*PR Samples

Monday, 14 August 2017

My Brow's Best Friend♥

Lord behold I am extremely late onto the bandwagon here. Brow pomades have been on the surface for what seems like forever now, and I only just bought my first one last month. You may be wondering what took me so long, and in all honesty, I'm still trying to rack my brain for a reasonable answer too. Being a brow amateur (I don't think I'll ever become a professional, nuhh-uhh!) I was afraid incase I bought one that made my eyebrows look awful, or I didn't have the skill to actually work with the product. But then despite the odds one day, I caved it and bought one.

I happened to be walking up and down the makeup aisle in Superdrug when I was drawn towards the Collection stand (I guess it must have been fate). I don't own all that much from Collection so thought I would take a look (I hadn't had a makeup shop in a good while). I was drawn in by their new Instant Brow Pomade, and it's introductory price of £2.99 - who could resist? I went for their darkest shade of "dark brunette", and they had another two available options.

Inside contains a small little pot, which was actually smaller than I had expected, but I wasn't bothered either way. The size means that it's small enough to use whilst on the go as it won't take up too much room. It's clean yet simple packaging is minimalistic but definitely suits the product - I reckon that anything too fancy wouldn't go. 

The pomade claims to be waterproof and long lasting, and although I cannot prove if it's waterproof or not, I can assure you that it is long lasting. It's certainly buildable, which means you can create more simple brows, or dark, bold and heavily sculptured brows. I like my brows to be defined, but not too dark as I have found that it doesn't suit my face properly. I use a Real Techniques angled eyeliner brush, and I find that it works well with this product, and brushes on the strokes easily. Whenever I do my brows and brush them into place, I always have one patch on my right eyebrow that looks bald (I can promise you it certainly isn't bald) and this has no problem sorting this out. The shade matches my eyebrows really closely, I would say it's ever so slightly darker than my natural brows, so it doesn't look too light, dark or ashy in my brows. I do believe it may have the possibility of smudging, as I have discovered this whilst cleaning around my brows with a makeup sponge, but this is the only downside I have came across.

Here's a quick little shot of my brows after using the pomade. As you can see, they're not too dark for my face, but if you prefer darker, more emphasised and defined brows, it's possible with this product. (PS please excuse how uneven my brows look, I was needing them waxed haha).

Now that I look back, I cannot seem to comprehend why I never used to own a brow pomade. Typically, I use pencils or kits, but sometimes the pencils didn't do my brows justice, whilst the kits would leave my eyebrows "too full", so a pomade is just the right balance for me. After I finish this pomade, I definitely think I'll repurchase - it's full price is only £3.99, so why not?

Have you tried this brow pomade? Which ones are your favourite?

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Miracle Brand For Your Problem Areas♥*

I don't know about you, but I feel Summer is the most vital time of the year to give your footsies (aka feet) a little bit of TLC, especially if you're planning on wearing some sandals or heels. Alongside this, I always try my best to combat dry hands, and although I'm more prone to suffer this during the Winter months, I try my best to keep my hands hydrated with hand cream all year round. Dr Ceuticals got in touch with me, asking if I wished to sample any of their products. I was given the opportunity to select whichever products I wanted, and I opted for the Hand SOS Intensive Balm* and Foot Rescue SOS Cream*.

Dr Ceuticals create products which aim to work on your problem areas, including your stomach, arms, cellulite and bust. There are numerous products available for your problematic areas (click here to find a product for your concern). The products are not tested on animals as the brand are against animal testing, and are dermatologically tested too. 

Hand SOS Intensive Balm* - I have tried many hand creams, but never a hand balm; I was curious to see how things would go. On day one of trialing this out, I used a bit too much of the balm, and I found out quickly that it left your hands greasy, so less is more is the key here. Ever since, I have used a smaller amount and find it works much better - my skin is able to absorb it much faster, and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It claims to be deeply hydrating, and fast absorbing, which it definitely is. Right now, my hands aren't in too bad a condition, but I can still see an improvement - they feel soft, smooth and well hydrated. I do believe that this hand cream would be ideal for someone with extremely dry, dehydrated hands, and I think that a hand balm has proven to be more effective than a hand cream in terms of hydration and treatment. There is a slight scent to it but it's quite faint, once your skin has absorbed it, you don't really smell it anyway.

Foot Rescue SOS Cream* - Foot cream can be a hit and miss with some people; many love it whilst others loath it. Personally, I quite like it - as long as I don't use too much. This foot cream claims to get to work fast within 3 days to target areas of hard skin from the first application. Personally, I feel I can notice a difference after a few days use. For me, I only use foot cream in the evening because it gives it time to work wonders as I sleep. It's not a greasy formula at all, a small amount is all that is required and it has quite a strong but refreshing scent - it reminds me of peppermint. I have tried a fair few foot creams and I find that some of them can be a little bit "too gentle" - I feel that this one actually is more effective and intense, so a difference can be noticed. 

I believe that if you have a specific body/skin concern, Dr Ceuticals would have you covered as their product range is pretty vast. Although a few products may be a bit on the pricer side of some people's budget, they honestly are worth the money, they do work (from what I have tried so far anyways!) And the best thing? They're stocked in Boots so they're easy to access!

Have you ever tried Dr Ceuticals? 

*PR Samples

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Best Of The Best: Drugstore Primers♥

I genuinely do not know how I managed to keep my foundation on my face before using a primer. A primer is applied before foundation in order to help prolong the length of time it stays on your face. There are a huge variety of primers which all offer different things, including some that create a dewy base whilst others fill in pores to create a flawless base. Having oily skin, my primer preference is one that helps fill in any visible pores and helps to keep shine at bay for a long length of time. In my opinion, a good primer means that your foundation applies evenly and looks airbrushed. From lotions to waters, and highend to drugstores, a huge variety of primers are available.

Primark Primer Water || £2 - You may remember me reviewing this product earlier this year (read here) but I had to feature it in my top drugstore primers. Unlike the next few primers, this one isn't a lotion formula, it's actually a water version. You may think that it doesn't help your foundation but trust me, it seriously does. It's magical. A simple few sprays on your face, allow it to dry into your skin and fire ahead with your base makeup. It's quite lightweight too, also not to mention it feels cooling and refreshing on your skin too. For the low price tag, I cannot recommend it enough - Primark's beauty range has stepped up so much lately!

Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer || £10 - At one point, I remember seeing this primer everywhere, and it's damn right to be. It's an oily skin's best friend and enemy in one. It has quite a thick formula which helps to fill in any exposed pores, meaning that it will prevent any oily spots from showing through - it's 1 point to you, 0 to your oily skin! Although it is thick, by no means does it clog your pores. Using in conjunction with a pressed powder to set the foundation, my skin looks airbrushed and perfect, and I can last a good few hours before any oily patches appear and need to be topped up with any powder.

Nivea Post Shave Balm || £5.29 (now £2.63) - Rewind to Summer 2016 and everyone and their dog was raving about the post shave balm (even I was - read here). You may be thinking "But how can a man's shaving balm work as a primer?". It works as a primer because it contains the ingredient glycerol, and it's this which makes the balm feel "tacky" and "sticky" when applied to the skin, and allows the makeup to attach. It doesn't sound great, but trust me, it sure is. A small amount is all that's required, and it does have a masculine scent as it is a male product, but I have no objections (it smells very nice indeed!) After your foundation and base products are applied, the scent isn't noticeable at all.

Apart from the Soap and Glory primer, the other primers are all under £10, so if you ask me, they're a bargain buy. They all work well for my oily skin, but I think they would work with any other skin types too. All of the primers limit shininess for a good few hours at a time, and this is definitely what I need!

What are your favourite drugstore primers?

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Uriage Eau Thermal Range♥*

In these so called Summer months, I personally like to have a lighter skincare routine because my skin isn't as dry or lack as much hydration as it does in the Winter months. As you know, I've been paying more attention to my skin lately and testing out new products to see what works best for my skin type (you should see the length of the "wish to try" list!) When Uriage contacted me about their eau thermal range, I was eager to try the products out. I initially knew that their main ingredient was water, and with it being Summer, what better a time than now to try the range? Of course my enthusiastic self couldn't say no as it was a new brand to myself, and I wanted to share such interesting products with you all.

The water used actually originates from the French Alps and is enriched with all the good stuff, including mineral salts. Due to the products being water based, it means that your skin will soak up the products much faster, and leave you with hydrated skin - all as a result of osmosis and science, pretty cool if you ask me.

Rich Water Cream* - The name of this product certainly isn't wrong - it is quite a rich moisturiser! Although it's a bit thicker than I initially thought, it doesn't feel heavy or greasy, and doesn't leave any residue on my face - in fact, my skin absorbs this moisturiser pretty quick. It claims to moisturise, nourish and brighten your skin, which I believe it achieves - it definitely hydrates my skin and it's left looking bright and glowy too. Personally, I use this moisturiser in the morning because I like to use a thicker formula to hydrate my skin for the day, but also eradicate any small dry patches to prevent them from becoming worse throughout the day. It is recommended for all skin types, but especially dry skin - I have oily skin as you will know but I have had no problems using this at all! It has quite a typical moisturiser scent, it's on the fruity side and I actually like it, and I have discovered that I don't need to use a lot of product either.

Thermal Water Serum* - Hmm, a serum. A product that I hadn't really tried before now and am still trying to get my head around if I'm honest. You can 100% tell that it's a water based product as not only is it quite thin (which I do not object) but it feels hydrating too, almost as if I were to mix water in with my moisturiser. It's supposed to again moisturise, regenerate and brighten the skin, all of which is does. My skin near enough drinks this serum like there's no tomorrow and my skin appears bright and healthy.  It leaves my skin feeling super soft, and doesn't feel greasy - it almost feels as though I hadn't even applied anything it absorbs it that quick! It's for dehydrated skin, and whilst I do not have this problem at all (in fact, I'd class my skin as over-hydrated due to being so oily, ew) I could imagine this would be a miracle to those who suffer from this skin problem. It is advised that you apply a cream/moisturiser afterwards, and I quite enjoying using this combination as it delivers hydration to my skin overnight, ready for the next day!

Thermal Water* - I was most intrigued to this product because it's something I don't really own. You may just be thinking "it's only water in a tin" but trust me, it's more than just that. See on a (rare) warm Summers day, this truly is a miracle in a tin. If you're on the warm side (or are absolutely sweating!) this stuff is a lifesaver for cooling you down. A quick spray and you're good to go. My skin instantly absorbs it, helping me to cool my body temperature down and regulate it again. I have used this on days where I have mascara on and it doesn't leave me with panda eyes as it doesn't smudge under my eyes or onto my eyelid. It sounds so simple really but the concept of it is beyond amazing. I could rave about this product for days, seriously. It's worth looking into for sure.

I have really been impressed by this Uriage range; it's just so ideal for Summer time due to being water based. Although I hadn't heard much about the range or brand previously, I do recommend them to you if you're looking for some new skincare products to test out!

Have you ever tried this range?

*PR Samples

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Easiest Brow Pencil Ever♥

Not so long ago (probably longer than I actually think it is), Benefit released their totally new look, revamped brow range, and the beauty world went INSANE, quite literally. In all fairness, I was quite excited about the launch even though I initially wasn't going to buy anything (this was before I used any brow products). The quirky packaging, cute names and high quality products were sure to catch anyone's heart. On Twitter, there are often links to where you can claim free products from time to time (it's called SoPost) and one time, the product up for grabs was the Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil.

As the name would suggest, it's legit goof proof - it's so simple to use that you could not possibly make a mistake. Unlike other eyebrow pencils I have, this is more angled as opposed to pointed, and I think that I prefer it being angled because it's easier to use, not to mention quicker too! The formula is creamy yet doesn't smudge down your face, and blends smoothly if required. I have really annoying eyebrows - they enjoy moving out of place throughout the day no matter what - but I find it incredibly easy to do my brows using this, it takes almost no time and always looks fab, and I'm not exactly a brow professional. Due to the angled tip, it makes it straight forward to achieve your desired brow shape.

I have the miniature size and it has lasted quite a good while, so I could only imagine the full size lasting a while. There are 6 shades to choose from; I'm sure mine is shade 3 and it matches pretty well, not too dark nor light. For a brow beginner, or someone who doesn't like their brows looking too bold, I suggest you look into this pencil - it's fab!

You can find the miniature size here.

Have you ever tried this brow pencil?

Thursday, 27 July 2017

My Skin's Heroes♥*

Skincare has literally taken over makeup for me at the moment. I have no clue why, but I've been slacking in the makeup department but prioritising skincare, but then again, you need a good skincare routine in order to achieve clear skin, which creates an ideal, blank canvas for your makeup. When I try out new skincare products, I try them out for a long period of time to give them time to work with my skin and find out what works, or doesn't, with my skin. A while back, Bravura London* got in contact with me about trying out their skincare range. When I looked on their website, I couldn't resist their products - look how professional and expensive looking the packaging is! The wonderful Hannah (the PR who emailed me) was fantastic and helped pick out products which are perfect for oily skin.

Bravura London was established back in 2003 and was the first brand to create chemical peels (more to come on that further in the post!) Their products are not tested on animals (yayy!) and are suitable for vegans too. I have found that their products are delivered to a high standard, and this is perhaps why I adore them, along with many other customers.

Azulene Moisturiser* - can we take a minute to appreciate the fact that the moisturiser itself is blue? How cool is that! The word "azul" in Spanish means blue, hence the colour, but also because the compound azulene is dark blue in colour too. As soon as I seen this little tub, I could not wait to dive right into it and give it a shot. Little did I know how easily I would fall in love with it. The formula is quite thin and feels cool and soothing on the skin, of which my skin absorbs, feeling refreshed and hydrated. It is designed for all skin types, including sensitive, combination, normal and oily, so I have no problem using this. I couldn't say there was any sort of strong, overwhelming scent but even if there was, it wouldn't put me off the product. My skin feels incredible after using; irresistibly smooth, not to mention healthy too. I use it both in the morning and in the evening to allow the moisturiser to work it's magic on my skin. Sometimes moisturisers can feel heavy and greasy on my oily skin but I haven't experienced this once using this one, so for me, this moisturiser is a winner.

Revitalising Ginseng Toner* - Oh how I love toner! It makes my skin feel squeaky clean and cleansed to the max. This toner has a pH of 4.5 and helps to even out your skin's own pH level following cleansing etc, and before any further treatments. I have discovered that there is a scent - I'm not the biggest fan ever - but I can look past this because it works well with my skin, and it's alcohol free too. I use this after cleansing and before moisturising just to ensure that there is no excess dirt or makeup (if any is worn!) trapped beneath my skin. Some toners can be quite strong and harsh, but this is quite gentle on my skin, and I haven't experienced any break outs using it - in my books, it deserves praise for this! After using, my skin feels so clean you would think I've had a luxury facial. I find that I don't need to use a lot of this on my cotton pad, meaning it will last me a while! I also believe that this is a dupe for the Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic as they both contain the same ingredients, but saving you a couple of pennies!

First Cleanse Oil* - I've used various cleansers in the past but never had I tried an oil based one. I felt weird using it at first because the formula was quite runny, but that was expected to be due to the oil. I only need to use two pumps for my face, I simply rub it in and then wash it off using warm water. It doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy after use, it actually feels hydrated and silky soft. It leaves a sort of "glowing" effect on my skin, and it doesn't clog up my pores either. I use it regardless of having oily skin because it doesn't do any harm to use it. It can be used to remove makeup, and I was quite impressed by how simple it was to use and how easily it removed every last trace of makeup - even mascara! Typically, I use it in the evening every day but it can be used in the morning too, and I believe that it would help to "wake up" the skin. Since using, I haven't suffered any breakouts at all!

Salicylic Acid* - I'm not going to lie, I was kind of intimidated and scared by the bottle at first. Going back to a previous reference to a chemical peel, this is exactly what I was talking about. The product is simply applied to the area of your concern - whether that be acne, blackheads, blocked pores etc - and then wash off. Having the word "acid" in it's name makes it sound much scarier than it actually is, but trust me, it's a skincare miracle in a bottle. I only use it once a week, and I find it to be pretty damn impressive. After such a short use, I can already see a vast improvement on my t-zone - it's basically helping to unblock and eradicate any of my main skincare concerns, ace. The pH of this acid is actually lower than the toner at pH 3. Whilst on my skin, it doesn't cause me any irritation whatsoever, whether that may be itchiness or redness. The acid is at a low concentration of 2% due to it being more effective at lower levels, however, it isn't advisable for people with sensitive skin just incase, but, you can find out more about it on the Bravura website.

When Bravura first contacted me, in typical beauty blogger style, I instantly did my research and read numerous blog reviews on the products, all of which spoke rather highly of them, so you could imagine my expectations for them. I can only say that I have not been let down by these products in the slightest. I adore the simplicity of the packaging, and their glass bottles make them appear more expensive. My favourite part is that the brand caters for everyone as there are products designed for each skin type so you are guaranteed to find something that works with your skin! Their products are of such a high quality and I'm so happy to include them in my skincare routine - who knows, I might even end up buying some more!

Again, thank you to Bravura London and their PR Hannah for helping select these products for me - you're the best! (PS I believe that if you contact the brand themselves they will be able to find some products that will suit your skin!)

Have you ever tried Bravura London skincare?

*PR Samples

Monday, 24 July 2017

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette♥

"blusher (blʌʃə/) - noun: a cosmetic of a powder or cream consistency used to give a warm colour to the cheeks." A product that I own a few of but don't tend to use that often. I genuinely don't know why, I just very rarely ever reach for it. I bought the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Hot Spice purposely, because I wanted to try and use blush more. I did want the Sugar and Spice palette, but they were all out of stock once again! 

The palette contains 8 powders; 6 which are blush, and 2 which are highlighters. The blushes are all of a different variety of shades, from pinks to peaches and dusty rose shades. Although I don't tend to go for the bright pink shades (bit too Barbie-like on my pale complexion), I can comment that they are quite pigmented. There is a mix of both matte shades and shimmer shades so you can alternate depending on what you fancy - there are three matte as well as three shimmers (50/50 split). I believe that there is a shade that will compliment near enough any type of makeup look in this palette. As for the highlighters; well I adore them. The marble-white highlighter is perhaps my favourite out of the two because it suits me best. It's quite blinding, but as you know, that's how I like my highlight to be. The marble-pink highlighter is obviously pink toned but is a little harder to pull off, as it all depends on the makeup look you go for. I think that the highlighters are more pigmented than the blushes, but they certainly are buildable.

The packaging is similar to all other makeup revolution palettes - the shiny black case with a large mirror. I think it looks classy and professional, and the plastic doesn't feel overly cheap or tacky. As the blushes and highlighters are powders, I often feel that I end up with powder all of the mirror so it has the tendency to end up dirty but I guess that this isn't too much of a problem. It doesn't contain any brushes, nor have a brush slot, but once again, this isn't too much of a problem.

For a low price tag of £6, I think this is a pretty good deal - it equals up to 75p per item in the palette. In my opinion, this palette would be perfect for people just starting out with blush, or makeup, or if you prefer quite a light blush that isn't too striking. Makeup Revolution have now released cream blush palettes so if cream blushes are more down your alley, then perhaps check those out!

Have you tried this blush palette? What's your opinion?

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Crabtree and Evelyn Have Done It Again♥️*

In my experience, I have used many body lotions, some of which are too greasy and thick, whilst others are too thin and watery - it is tricky to ace the right formula to suit everyone's preference. Then I was introduced to Crabtree and Evelyn's Old World Jasmine Body Lotion* and it wasn't before long that I converted to using this as my current body lotion. I must admit - it's possibly an ideal summer body lotion due to it's formula.

If there's one thing I hate about body lotions, it's those that come in tube packaging. I just hate it, I find it awkward and annoying to actually get the product out. That's why I really like the design of this product because it has a pump, meaning you are able to use the required amount of lotion without using too much and wasting it. As the scent is "old world Jasmine", you can definitely notice the distinct floral notes in the scent, and it's not overpowering, in fact, it's quite light and delicate. I do however think that it could be a bit too much for sensitive skin so you must be wary before purchasing if you have sensitive skin. Once your skin has absorbed the lotion though, I don't think that the scent is overly noticeable - I couldn't say I have ever noticed it anyway.

Now, the real question - what's the formula like? I do think Crabtree have smashed this one. It certainly isn't watery nor is it thick, it's just in the middle. A small amount goes a long way for sure, and if that doesn't prove anything, I don't know what will. It doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy either, it just feels smooth and hydrated. Lately, I've had some dry patches on my arms and I've used this lotion and I can truthfully say that it has helped clear them up. My skin also absorbs the lotion quite quickly, and I put this down to the fact that the formula isn't overly thick. It's one of those lotions that you could pop on and go as you don't need to wait around for a while waiting for it to dry.

The body lotion is described as being a luxurious hydrating body lotion, and it most certainly is. For £24, you get a 300ml bottle WITH a pump. For the size of it, and how little you need to use, I know for a fact this bottle will last me a while.

Have you ever tried this body lotion?

*PR Samples