01/28/15

Review: Lipcote Lip Sealer

I never used to wear lipstick, I was quite afraid of receiving any attention – That comes with having low self esteem I suppose. I was always scared that I wasn’t doing it right, had on the wrong shade or just looked like a fool. Recently I have re-discovered my confidence and feel empowered to embrace my femininity. It is amazing what a a little lipstick will do to a woman. I would generally buy a pretty coloured lipstick, love the shade, wear it once, think that I look ridiculous and in the drawer it went, never to be seen or worn again. Even if I did brace the outside world wearing it, my lips would dry up and after a good ol’ cup of tea, my beautiful lipstick had gone.

After finding my renewed confidence I didn’t want to give up. I have been Kindly sent a bottle of Lipcote Lip Sealer to try out.

Lipcote Lip Sealer

Lipcote Lip Sealer

First Impressions are that I love the packaging, the Lipcote Lip Sealer came wrapped in white tissue paper with printed lips and the brand name. The cardboard packaging is really chic and retro, the Website has the Similar retro-chic design.

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Lipcote – At the start of a full day

The sealer itself is in liquid form and comes in a little glass bottle with a nail varnish – like brush applicator. To apply, you just dab a little on the top of your chosen applied lipstick, wait for it to dry and you’re ready to go. As you apply, it does tingle slightly, As I have sensitive skin and lips, it almost felt like it was burning, I was a little concerned but don’t worry, this is normal and the tingle goes away pretty quickly. It dries almost instantly and you can go about your day  right away.

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Lipcote – After a full day

After a full day of drinking tea and water, I noticed only a minimal fade in my lipstick, it did wear off more when I ate but that can be expected, But I may just need to be more careful.

Overall, Would I recommend this? Definitely! A little goes a long way (Lipcote claims that this small bottle lasts over 100 applications), and at less than £4 a bottle, that is pretty good value for money.

Have you tried Lipcote? What are your thoughts?

01/25/15

Recycle GlossyBox DIY Tutorial

With all of the beauty box subscriptions I have, I have accumulated a ridiculous amount of empty boxes laying around. They are too good a quality to just throw away. You can use them in a whole different array of ways but why not recycle them into something useful and practical?!

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Now if you are like me, due to these beauty boxes I have soooo much make-up and beauty products laying around on my desk, some of which I am not ready to use yet i.e. Foundations or mascaras that will dry up if opened and not used. Now, I have seen a few of these tutorials knocking around on pinterest but I thought I would do one of my own to show you just how easy it is to make.

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What You Will Need:

4 GlossyBoxes (Complete with lids)
Sharp knife or scissors
Strong Craft Glue or superglue
A Ruler
Some Ribbon – why not recycle the ribbon in the glossyboxes?
And a little bit of time…..

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Start of by taking one of your Glossyboxes and carefully cut off the four sides, this will leave you with a square that will be the base of your drawer set.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Next Take 2 of your Glossybox lids. carefully cut off one of the long edges off each one. These will make up the sides of your drawer sides.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Now, glue one of the short edges under the base as seen in the picture, Repeat with the other side

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Now, take your 3rd lid. Cut off the shorter edges completely, but only cut off the pink edges on the longer side (I have used a limited edition box as I accidentally damaged one. Plus I like the colour combo). This will be the back of the drawer set.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Glue the 3rd lid to the side panels as shown. It is starting to come together now.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Take the 4th Lid, turn upside down and glue to the top of the unit, Slide in the remaining boxes and that’s it! Your Done!

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

You can embellish however you like. I have recycled the ribbons that come from the boxes to make pull handles, cover the inevitable gap at the top and add a delightful bow. I rather like it.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

It is unbelievably spacious  and ridiculously easy to make. This genuinely took me 30 minutes to make.

Have you any ideas on how to recycle these beauty boxes? Please Share….

01/23/15

Giveaway!!! – Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Luxury Hand Care Gift

With the weather getting colder by the minute, it’s time to dig out the dry skin products – hand cream included. I have recently come across the Laura Ashley range of skincare and cosmetics and I have to say I LOVE them.

How would you ike to get your hands on a Beautiful Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Luxury Hand Care Gift Set?

Well you can… The set is Presented in a re-useable gift tin decorated with Imperial Bloom print, this hand care gift set includes hand and nail cream with shea butter, cuticle balm with vitamin E, softening hand soap and pretty printed emery boards.

The Set contains: 50ml Hand Cream, 15ml Cuticle Cream, 60g Soap And Nail File In A Tin Case

Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Gift Set

Rules:
    • To be in with a chance of winning the Laura Ashley Hand Care Gift Set, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below
    • Those using multiple accounts to enter will be completely disqualified
    • There will be one winner
    • The giveaway is open to UK only.
    • The giveaway will run from Friday 23rd January 2015 until Friday 13th February 2015 12:00am GMT (One month)
    • Once the giveaway is over I will contact the winner directly via email. Once an email is sent the winner will then have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen.

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01/20/15

Primer Comparison – Budget vs High End

Face Primer ComparisonI have always suffered with oily skin for as long as I can remember. After applying make-up and doing all that I can to even out my skin tone, a couple of hours later my face is shiny and oily to the touch. I heard a lot about primes but but just took them as another way for cosmetic companies to cash in on a ‘miracle’ product that essentially does nothing. That was until I was sent a sample sachet of the Smashbox Primer from a freebie website – now I’m hooked! I have been trying out numerous Primers for their suitability in very different price brackets. Here are my comparison findings.

Primers: High-End Vs Budget brand

Primers: High-End Vs Budget brand

First off is the SmashBox Photo Finish Primer – What I consider to be the holy grail of primers. It claims to ‘Create the perfect canvas for foundation application….. fills in fine lines and pores to help skin appear visibly softer’. To be honest I couldn’t agree more. I love the texture and feel of this primer. It is silky and smooth and easy to apply – I use on my t-zone and blend outwards. You can actually see a difference when applying foundation, it seems to glide on smoother and sit on the skin rather than sinking in. The SmashBox primer keeps the oil at bay for around 5-6 hours thus increasing the longevity of my foundation. Retailing at £25 for a 30ml tube, it isn’t cheap but worth the splurge.

The Mac Prep & Prime is a ‘ultra fluid lotion formulated with special effect silicons – calm and smooths the skin, and blots away excess oil’. I feel that this product is superior to most primers I have tried. It is not silicone based like most, instead it is a thin white liquid that spreads evenly over your skin creating a smooth surface for foundation. It absorbs quickly and can be used instead of moisturiser. For me this kept the shine away for approx 5 hours before the oil broke free. My skin didn’t feel clogged or heavy and it did what it set out to. Mac Prep & Prime retails at £21 30ml tube, Not the most expensive but still pricey.

Now the Benefit Porefessional is different to other primers as the texture is more of a balm. It claims to minimise pores which is an added bonus for my skin as sometimes is find foundation ‘cakes’ and ‘pool’ in my pores. It smoothed out and evened my skin with a balm-like coat. Once applied my foundation looked (almost) flawless. Apparently you can apply this over make-up but that is something I haven’t tried yet. This primer also contains Vitamin E which is perfect for my sensitive breakout-prone skin. The oil was kept at bay for an impressive 6 hours. I love this product. Costing £24.50 22ml Tube it is by far the most expensive but worth it.

Primers: High-End Vs Budget brand

Primers: High-End Vs Budget brand

I have fully reviewed the Gosh Velvet Touch Primer previously, to read in full Click Here. I am a fan of the pump like packaging but prefer squeezy tubes as I feel you can out every last drop of the product. The Gosh Velvet Touch is a silicone based primer. The texture and consistency is very similar to the SmashBox primer, just not as thick. It is very light when applied and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. The oil control is ok, but my t-zone started getting oily after 2-3 hours. It provides a nice base for foundation but isn’t the best for preventing oil. At £7.99 30ml it is decent value.

I have previously reviewed the Body Shop Moisture Primer, to read in full Click Here. This primer is almost like a moisturiser that a primer. It did nothing to prevent the oil build up but as a moisturiser I love it. It has a slight pink tone that blends into your skin nicely and feels refreshing. This retails at £12 25ml tube.

The Makeup Revolution Primer is a budget brand that normally I love but on this I feel disappointed almost let down by this brand. The texture is that of an oil, it is think and sticky and does not improve when blended. After applying my foundation this primer appeared to ADD oil to my skin rather that prevent it. At £5 15ml it is cheap but in this case you definitely get what you paid for.

I have previously reviewed the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer in Full. To read please Click Here. This primer is transparent with no tint and completely odourless. It appears thick when squeezed from the tube but becomes thin and easy to blend when applied to the skin. my pores appeared blurred with this primer and provided a velvety base that enabled my foundation to glide on effortlessly with no streaks or patchiness. I feel that this is the closest to the SmashBox Primer you will achieve but for a much cheaper price of £7.99 22ml tube. It helps to banish the shine on my face for approx 3-4 hours – pretty good really.

Overall I set to see if paying more really does get you more, and Sadly in this case I would have to say Yes it does. I enjoy a bargain as much as the next person and am always looking for a great deal, but the high end brands out performed the budget brands. If you have a specific skin concern like myself (oily skin) then it really does pay to pay more. That being said, I now use the Maybelline Baby Skin on a daily basis as it is perfect for everyday wear and doesn’t damage my bank balance, and I save my more expensive SmashBox and Benefit Primers for special Occasions.

 What is your favourite Primer?

 

 

01/14/15

GlossyBox January Review 2015

GlossyBox January 2015

GlossyBox January 2015

Hey there, So it’s that time again, My January GlossyBox has just landed on my doorstep and I am super excited. GlossyBox hasn’t seemed to disappoint recently. I am loving trying out new products and the sample sizes are reasonable. Especially in this box – 5 FULL SIZE items!! how good is that?! So… January’s GlossyBox has a Fresh Start – Must haves theme.

I am loving the look of this box already, some exciting products…

GlossyBox January 2015 - MeMeMe Eyeliner

GlossyBox January 2015 – MeMeMe Eyeliner

MeMeMe – Eyeliner in Clay £4 – Long lasting but extra soft allowing t to easily glide along the skin. Apparently the Clay shade suits all skin colours types and shades. I use eye-liner on a daily basis so I go through quite a few pencils. I havent quite mastered liquid/gel liners so Pencils are perfect for me

GlossyBox January 2015 - Nicka K Blush

GlossyBox January 2015 – Nicka K Blush

Nicka K New York – Color luxe Powder Blush 5g 8 Euro – Now I knew that this product was coming thanks to the sneak peek from December’s box. I couldn’t have been more pleased. It is a loose powder blush without any mess. It comes in a metal -look pot with a powder puff applicator. It is super simple to apply and gives a natural glow to the skin.

GlossyBox January 2015 - Jelly Pong Pong Iluminiser Gel

GlossyBox January 2015 – Jelly Pong Pong Iluminiser Gel

Jelly Pong Pong – All Over Glow –  £10 15g – So this product alone covers the total cost of the box. Now I wasnt sure at first what this was and I had to refer to the description. It turns out to be a ‘brightening gel’ or in other words a gel-highlighter. As it’s oil free it is perfect for problem skin. It gives a pearlescent glow rather than glittery which is more natural in my opinion.

GlossyBox January 2015 - Kueshi Pure  Clean Toner

GlossyBox January 2015 – Kueshi Pure Clean Toner

Kueshi Natural & Pleasant Cosmetics – Revitalizing Face Toner 200ml 10.70 Euro – I have always intended to use a toner on my skin but have never gotten around to it. This toner contains a soothing blend of calendula, chamomile and aloe vera to calm and hydrate skin. I am looking forward to trying this out.

GlossyBox January 2015 - Naked Lips Organic Lip Balm

GlossyBox January 2015 – Naked Lips Organic Lip Balm

Naked Lips – Organic Lip Balm Superfruits 5 Euro – I am a huge fan or lip balms in general, I don’t tend to wear lipstick as I haven’t yet found one that lasts or isn’t sticky on my lips, so Lip balms are perfect for me. This balm has a 100% natural formula that is sweet tasting and keeps lips nourished and subtly sheeny.

So as you can see, this month was a great box, I haven’t yet been disappointed in Glossybox and I urge you all to give it ago. At £10 a month + p&p (you can cancel at any time so there is no obligation) it is surely worth a go. I have been signed up for almost a year and have not been disappointed once.

If you are interested in signing up use Referral Code http://www.glossybox.co.uk/referal?CI=MTY2NDY0  to receive Glossydots that you collect and redeem for a free box.

Have you tried GlossyBox? xxx

 

01/11/15

You Beauty Discovery January Review

Hello guys and welcome to my review of the January You Beauty Discovery Beauty box. Now You Beauty Discovery is a monthly beauty subscription box. At the cost of £6.95 with free p&p, you choose your favourite 2 items from the menu available. Lets take a look at what I received this month.

You Beauty Discovery January Box

You Beauty Discovery January Box

January’s box is all about ‘New Year, New You’. I decided on items specifically for Skincare.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm and Overnight Recharge Cream

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm and Overnight Recharge Cream

Merumaya – Melting Cleansing Balm 30ml and Overnight Recharge Cream – 3ml

I chose this as I have heard great things about the brand. The description claims ‘The luxurious and sensual formula of the Melting Cleansing Balm™ effectively removes make up and grime leaving your skin refreshingly clean, velvety smooth and super comfortable’, This sounds perfect for me, I have acne prone, sensitive, combination skin so I am always looking out for a wonder product. The Melting Cleansing Balm retails at £14.50 for 100ml, so at 30ml it is a decent sample size product. The Overnight Cream is a tiny 3ml sample but is more expensive at £33.50 for 30ml. Combined this is a respectable sample and I am looking forward to trying.

Afyna Detoxifying Body Scrub

Afyna Detoxifying Body Scrub

 

Afyna – Detoxifying Body Scrub 60ml – I have never heard of this brand before, but it claim that it is ‘A gentle organic exfoliating gel that uses apricot kernel to polish away dead skin cells to reveal younger looking skin which is visibly brighter, smoother and refreshed’. Now, to me, a body scrub is a body scrub. I like luxury items like these for when I feel like having a good old pamper. The bottle is a 60ml bottle which is perfect for travelling or for infrequent use. The full size product retails at £17.50 for 100ml, so the cost of this sample is worth more than the box which is surprising. I may have to take a little time to myself and try these out.

You Beauty Discovery January's Freebies

You Beauty Discovery January’s Freebies

Inside every You Beauty Discovery Box is always a couple of samples or freebies. Inside this month is a £25 voucher off of HelloFresh – a Food Box Subscription Service. 3 teabags from Dragonfly Tea – an Organic tea company and a 5ml sachet of the Dove Advanced Serum BB Hair Cream.

I really enjoy these boxes. I love the freedom you have with the choice of products and trying out new products is always exciting. I am looking forward to February already.

Thank you for reading. Have you ever tried You Beauty Discovery?

 

 

 

01/9/15

Giveaway!!! Lipsy Love Perfume

Hello Guys, I thought it would be nice for a little New Years Giveaway. What is better than smelling delicious? Nothing I can think of (well apart from chocolate).

Lipsy London Love Perfume Giveaway

Lipsy London Love Perfume Giveaway

 

Up for Grabs is a 30ml bottle of the Lipsy London Love Perfume EDT.

“Lipsy London Love is an alluring seductive scent inspired by true passion for romance and glamour, creating that red carpet moment” Presented in a beautiful heart shaped bottle.
The Lipsy London Love EDT is available for £17.99 and can be purchased from HERE

To enter all you have to do is follow the instructions by rafflecopter, it couldn’t be easier.

Entries start from the 9th January 2015 and will close at 12am on the 6th February 2015.

Only open to UK Residents

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01/6/15

Happy New Year – New Beginnings

Happy New Year New BeginningsHello there guys, Sorry it has been a while since my last post. Things have been hectic on a new level in the RunawayInk’s Household.

For those few people out there that read my posts, I have been a little lacklustre of late, my posts have been becoming slap-dash as I have been rushing through them for the sake of getting them done. This is not what I set out to do when I started my blog. Most of this has been down to my personal life. I have been going through a few issues that I thought I would share with you – If you are not interested or feel this is not relevant I do apologise.

First off, my relationship with my partner has been problematic at best. We used to be the best of friends – in fact that’s exactly what we were before getting together. But at the time it seemed the right thing to do. Having been diagnosed as Infertile at the tender age of 21, we didn’t use contraceptive and I quickly fell pregnant (My miracle baby) a mere 3 months into the relationship. Things moved fast. My Baby Skye is now a year old and is going through separation anxiety, so getting some quality time with my partner is almost impossible. We have been a little short with each other and the affection has gone completely. Skye also attacks my partner if he goes near me, I can not have 2 minutes to myself as she wants to be clung to me – she often clutches at my t-shirt for fear that I may let go of her – I know exhausting! Then at the beginning of December, she was hit with the flu. Days and days of crying, no sleep, whining, mucus, coughs, and cuddles. On the 14th December, she was starting to look better so was booked into the doctors for her vaccinations the very next day and Oh boy was that a mistake – she reacted badly and was unwell for another fortnight.

As well as dealing with relationship issues, a very poorly baby, Christmas preparation and Myself becoming ill, My mum was rushed into hospital on the 21st December, the day after her birthday, with chronic Pneumonia, chest infection and restricted breathing. By Boxing day, she had only gotten worse, she was unable to breathe unaided and was put on a life support machine. I have never been so scared in all of my life. I genuinely thought I was going to lose her that day. I lost my dad a few years ago to a sudden heart attack, losing my mother too was unthinkable. As I write this, tears have formed :'(

Today, the 6th January 2015, My mum has now responded to treatment and yesterday I visited her and had a lovely conversation and a cuddle. She is not in the clear yet but it is looking more promising.

So as you can see, My blog was not at the forefront of my mind over the past few weeks. I love blogging, even if it just to have a natter and get some things off of my chest. People often make New Years Resolutions at this time of the year but I have never been a fan of this silly tradition, I will say though, I am going to make an effort to do more of what I enjoy in life be it blogging, watching a stand-up comedy, crafts to taking a walk, its the small things in life that give me the biggest pleasure. Here is to New Beginnings!

You will see a lot more of me from this point on. I have a few posts lined up, some reviews, some diy projects and of course a few giveaways……

Thank you for reading. If there is anything specific you would like to see me do then please don’t hesitate to leave a suggestion, I appreciate all comments and suggestions, or if you just want to have a chat, I would love to.

11/29/14

Review: Botanicals Facial Polish

Within the natural beauty world, Botanicals have made quite a name for themselves over the past decade with their award-winning natural and organic skincare products. I have tried some small samples over the years, I’ve been through a couple of their hydrating toners and have kept a few of their other products patiently sat on my wish list! One of my favourite products from the samples I tried previously was the Mandarin & Chamomile Facial Polish, so I was over the moon to receive a jar from the kind people at Botanicals.

Botanicals Mandarin and Chamomile Facial Polish

Botanicals Mandarin and Chamomile Facial Polish

Botanicals have recently had a re-brand and I absolutely love the new packaging design! This facial polish is essentially an exfoliating cleanser suited for all skin types, but it’s particularly effective on normal, combination and sensitive skin. As is the case with most balm products, it’s very concentrated so a little goes a long way. To use, you simply scoop a small amount of product from the glass jar and massage into the skin in circular motions for a few minutes before removing with a warm face cloth.

Botanicals Mandarin and Chamomile Facial Polish Swatch

Botanicals Mandarin and Chamomile Facial Polish Swatch

This is by far the most gentle exfoliator I’ve ever used! You really don’t feel like you’re scrubbing your face at all as the organic oatmeal and crushed rosehip kernel are so finely ground. Even though it’s so gentle, it’s still incredibly effective at buffing away dead skin cells and smoothing out the skin. I like to use this facial polish a couple of times a week as each time it leaves my often lacklustre skin looking much brighter and feeling so much softer.

I honestly can’t sing the praises of this product highly enough! The ingredients used are also fantastic; 100% natural and 87% organic (certified by the Soil Association). Although the price point is quite high at £18.95 for a 55g jar, you really are getting high quality, and seeing as a little goes a long way I think the cost balances out over time (6 months shelf life once opened). It’s most definitely a product and brand I highly recommend to anyone looking for gentle skincare, especially those with sensitive skin!

To find out more about Botanicals, you can check out their full product range at botanicals.co.uk.

Have you tried any products from Botanicals before?

*PR Sample

11/29/14

Review: Fullips Lip Enhancers

The Fullips Lip Enhancer is basically a round piece of plastic that fits around your lips. By sucking in light puffs of air, the lip enhancer will create a suction that will increase circulation to the lips, which will then in turn, make your lips swell slightly. This gives them a fuller look and decreases the look of lines and wrinkles. The lip enhancers come in three different sizes; large round, medium oval and small oval.

Fullips Lip Enhancers

Fullips Lip Enhancers

Fullips Lip Enhancers

Fullips Lip Enhancers

The way to use these products is to;
1. Clean the enhancers with light soap and warm water.
2. Gently exfoliate the lips with a wash cloth, I was sent a soft toothbrush for this very purpose. Then wet around your lips, this will help with the suction.
3. Position your Fullips Enhancers over your lips area, hold in place and begin sucking in short puffs of air out of the enhancer. Continue until suction is established and enhancer is firmly around your mouth.
4. Let your lips relax into the enhancer, you should feel a gentle pulling. Leave on for short increments of around 15-30 seconds.
Repeat steps until desired fullness is reached.

Fullips Lip Enhancer Before and After

Fullips Lip Enhancer Before and After 2 x 15seconds use

The Fullips Lip Enhancer product definitely worked for me. it made my lips fuller very quickly and easily, the effect was pretty noticeable. The feeling when using this was a gentle pulling, like my lips were being pulled outwards. It wasn’t Painful just a tad uncomfortable until you get used to it. It does take a little practice.

Now this isn’t a long term fix, The effect wears off pretty quickly depending on how much you have used the enhancers, For me it was an hour or so. The enhancer is the perfect size for keeping in your handbag for re-doing when out and about throughout the day.

This is a very simple yet innovative product.I enjoyed using it and the effects were definitely noticeable. For anyone wanting fuller lips with out the the risks of permanent fillers, These are the products for you.

Have you tried any of the Fullips Lip Enhancers?

*PR Sample