05/2/15

Products That Left me Impressed – April

Hey there, So as well as products that have left me disappointed there are a few products that I have been really impressed with this month. There have been a couple of surprises to that have changed my view on budget beauty.

Products that Impressed me - April

Products that Impressed me – April

 

NCLA Nail Lacquer – Orange Coral (not official name but no colour on bottle)
Before using this, I had never heard of the brand before, I had no opinions and no expectations. This retails at £13 so not cheap so I was hoping it was ok at least. The colour in the bottle is bright and vivid, and nothing changes when applied either. It went on smoothly, One cote was enough for I did two coats for a bolder colour. The colour lasted approximately 3 days before chipping which in my experience was really good.

NCLA Nail Lacquer

NCLA Nail Lacquer

 

My little Beauty – Skin Luminizer
I received this product in my March My Little Box, a beauty subscription box from France. As this was a product made by the same company that curates the boxes, I wasn’t expecting too much but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a Pink tinted cream that when applied gives your face a natural glow as well as minimising pores and redness. I use this along with a little powder when my complexion is having a rare good day, and as a primer under foundation the rest of the time. I have already purchased a new tube from My Little Beauty.

Tear Drop – Beauty Blender
I had heard a lot about the ‘Beauty Blender’ from bloggers and youtubers but never really caught on. It has been around for quite a while but it was always a product I avoided for some reason. The Real Techniques one costs £5.99, less than a lot of my make-up brushes I use but still, I wasn’t willing to [ay that for something I had no clue about. So to practice, I bought this TearDrop Beauty Blender from eBay for £2.99. Half the price and perfect for practicing. I love it. I have never known a product to blend foundation so easily. You damped the sponge, and dab it into foundation (I put a dollop on the back of my hand) and apply lightly to your cheeks working your way in. This is now a must have and I am investing in the more expensive brand very soon.

Make Up Gallery (Poundland) – Pressed Powder.
When in my local poundland I have noticed they now produce their own range of cosmetics. I am dubious for products that are ‘too cheap’. I had run out of my pressed powder that very morning and was scouring the pan for any remains so I needed a powder quickly, I wasn’t happy with my current powder and wanted to test a few out, but in the meantime I needed something cheap. I noticed Make Up Gallery had a range of pressed powders and I chose the lightest shade that was in stock ‘Natural Beige 2′. It is a lot lighter that the name suggest. It is perfect for setting your makeup and as a base for contouring and blusher. I will continue to stock this whenever I can for at £1, it is a real bargain.

Rimmel – Lash Accelerator Mascara
I have owned soooooo many mascaras it’s untrue, they all have their pros and their cons. Some stand out whilst others are used and forgotten about. The mascara that has stood out for me this month is the Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara. The wand is narrow with long stiff bristles, it really does separate your lashes and makes them look longer The only downside is that it doesn’t make them look fuller. So if your lashes are sparse (mine are getting that way) Then this isn’t the mascara for you. But if you want long luscious lashes, I highly recommend!

What Products Have You been Impressed with this Month?

05/1/15

Products that Left Me Disappointed – April

Hey Guys, So I have been using a lot of different products recently and I am now in a position to tell you my thoughts. Not every product I try is amazing, There are some products out there that just don’t live up to the hype or deliver what it is supposed to. The following products have left me feeling disappointed this last month.

Products that have left me Disappointed - April

Products that have left me Disappointed – April

 

MUA Nail Polish – Pistachio
Now I have always been a fan of budget beauty brands. I love the feeling of getting more for your money. But on this occasion, you really do get what you pay for. I first fell in love with the colour, the Duck egg/ powder blue tone is ‘In’ at the moment and thought this would be perfect for the summer months, but when applied, it is watery and streaky, It took 4 coats to get a nice solid colour and even with 15 minutes drying time between each coat, it never quite fully dried, remaining tacky. The slightest touch to them and it scuffed, I removed it 5 minutes after.

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Nicka K New York – Color luxe Powder Blush
I received this in one of my Glossyboxes. The packaging was beautiful and I had heard a bit about this brand so my expectations were high. The pigment in the tub is strong and I was expecting a good colour pay-off, but the way the applicator works, It does not apply easily to your face. I ended up bashing my cheeks with the sponge applicator to get the blusher to make my cheeks red, and they were – but from basking myself. I have taken to opening up the container and using it sparsely like a mineral blusher with a brush and using the sponge to blend. Defeats the point really.

Monu – Refining Capri Facial Oil
This is an expensive brand, I have always wanted to try products from Monu but they are just out of my price range. This facial oil CLAIMS to balance oily skin and decongest pores. Having very oily skin I was looking forward to this. After applying a SMALL amount to my face and massaging in gently for quite some time, The oil doesn’t absorb, doesn’t disappear and definitely does not reduce oil. My skin was so oily you could have fried some chips on my face. I have read tips and reviews on how to use this in case I was doing it wrong but no, this isn’t for me.

DHC – Blotting Papers
Now I am a huge fan of Blotting Papers, I have oily skin so on warm days these are a god send and an essential staple in my handbag. When I received these DHC Papers in a My Little Box I was excited. I have used the Body Shop blotting papers for a few years now and have loved them. They have a powdery coating that helps to blot oil and leave your face shine free, they are hugely absorbent and one sheet will do your entire face. Now the DHC ones are nothing like this, They remind me of grease proof paper. The clue is in the title, grease-proof! They take a little oil off but I found myself using about for sheets for my face (I don’t particularly have a huge face lol), there was no powdered surface and they just wasn’t as effective as The Body Shop ones. I will use these in emergencies but will never purchase them.

Rimmel – Hide the Blemish Concealer
I have never really used a lot of concealer, I’m not sure how to apply it properly without it looking obvious. I have only ever used concealer to cover breakouts. I purchased this Rimmel concealer on the back of good reviews from a few beauty blogs I follow. I just don’t like it. I found it to be quite chalky, it does not blend well on my skin and it really dried my skin out. The coverage was ok but as I tried to blend out, the concealer came off. I was really disappointed with this.

Have you had any Disappointing Products this month?

04/29/15

DIY: Lipstick Organiser Tutorial

Hey guys, as you all know I am a huge fan of Beauty Box Subscriptions and I absolutely love the pretty boxes they come in. They are really well made and sturdy and a shame to throw away. The only trouble with this is that you end up with masses of of pretty boxes just laying around. Now some can simply be repurposed as storage or to use as gift boxes but, I for example get 2 (sometimes 3) a month and they soon build up. So what can you do with them?

I have been searching for ideas and playing around and a very simple thing to do is a lipstick organiser.

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial

Now at this moment in time, I don’t have a great deal of lipsticks, but my collection is slowly growing and I have no where to put them, they are just cluttering up my makeup desk. A good Friend of mine over at The Beautiful Life of Natasha recently did a similar tutorial on how to make a Lipstick Organiser and that can be found HERE.

I have adapted her tutorial slightly somewhat, It has a little more cutting but is a little simpler and sturdier. If you are interested in making one yourself, please keep reading.

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial

First off you are going to need a Box of some description, (I used one of my You Beauty Discovery Boxes) Large enough to hold all of your lipsticks, Some card or thick paper in any colours, scissors, glue or double sided sticky tape, a ruler and a pen/pencil.

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial

You will need to take your biggest or thickest packaged lipsticks and line them up against one edge to see how many you can fit. I could fit Five along the short edge and Six along the longer edge. This will aid my measurements.
I measured the short edge and divided by 5, for me that was 2.2cm, and it worked out the same for the long edge, this means that I can fit 30 lipsticks in my holder.

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial

Next you will want to measure the height of the box. I simply doubled the size of the boxes so my height would be 4.4cm. Use this measurement to mark out strips on your card. Next, along the shorter edges mark the size of your boxes (2.2cm) and mark the lines. I created a template strip so I didn’t have to painstakingly measure every millimetre.

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial

When I cut them out I left a little edge to glue together, this does not need to be measured or neat. As I drew the lines, I pressed hard so that it would score the card, this makes it easier to fold.

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial

When folded, glue together to create a ‘Tube’ this is what you will stand your lipsticks in.

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial

Continue until you have the desired amount of tubes to fit your box. In my case it was 30 tubes. I mixed up the colours a little to add a bit of interest.

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser Tutorial

Slot all of the tubes into the box, You can add a little glue if you like, I didn’t as they fit snugly in already (I had a gap on one edge, so I fit in a couple of flattened tubes that can maybe hold lip pencils etc).

DIY Lipstick Holder Organiser TutorialAnd there you have it! A simple, recycled and repurposed lipstick holder that has cost you absolutely nothing.
This could also be adapted for nail varnishes, makeup brushes etc, the sky’s the limit.

Would you give this a go? If so, Please show me or send me the link

Emma xxx

 

04/26/15

Giveaway!! Rock Inspired Jewellery Bundle

Hey there guys. I just wanted to thank you all for your continued support. I have an increasing amount of followers and to thank you all I have created another little giveaway. With summer just around the corner, How would you like to get your hands on some Rock Inspired Jewellery, Perfect for those Maxi Dresses and Shorts.

Competition

To win the chunky dress jewellery as pictured above, all you have to do is follow the Instructions via rafflecopter below. The more you share the more people visit my blog and the more giveaways I will be able to do.

Rules:
  • To be in with a chance of winning the Rock Inspired Jewellery Bundle, 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 those in the UK only
  • ALL mandatory entries MUST be complete or you will be completely disqualified (Mandatory entries are the five that appear on the Rafflecopter widget before you are able to unlock any other entries.)
  • The giveaway will run from Sunday 26th April 2015 until Sunday 24th May 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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04/25/15

Review: Makeup Revolution Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution is a brand I have completely fallen in love with. I personally like the whole copycat aspect on which their brand was built on, that you have a dupe for the more expensive branded products. One thing’s for sure, Their blushes are to die for and currently, I’m obsessing over the new Sugar & Spice palette.

Makeup revolution Blush Palette - Sugar & Spice

Makeup revolution Blush Palette – Sugar & Spice

 

Sugar & Spice Blush & Contour Palette contains eight powder products with a satin to matte finish. They are smooth, easy to blend and extremely pigmented, so you have to be very light-handed when working with them. Trust me, you can quickly turn yourself into a clown if your brush picks up too much product.

Makeup revolution Blush Palette - Sugar & Spice

Makeup revolution Blush Palette – Sugar & Spice

 

The two top left shades are supposed to be contour powders, but I would never use them for contouring. They have a slight pink undertone, so I think are better off being used as blushes. I personally like to mix them with the ‘coraly’ pink shade that can also be found in this palette (second right on the bottom), and the result on the cheeks is just stunning.

Makeup revolution Blush Palette - Sugar & Spice Swatches

Makeup revolution Blush Palette – Sugar & Spice Swatches

 

Then there are two baked, shimmery powders, which can be found on the right side of the palette. The top one is a highlighter with a purple undertone, and the bottom, a shimmery pink blush. Again, I use these for different purposes – as eye shadows – since I prefer to use pure ‘white’ highlighters on my face and don’t really wear heavily shimmered shades as a blush. I tend to stay away from shimmery creams and powders as my skin is oily and already shimmers (especially when I don’t want it to)

Last but not least, the palette includes four pink blushes, ranging from deep to hot pink shades, and as mentioned, there’s also a gorgeous corali-ish pink shade thrown into the mix, which I absolutely adore! Hands down my favourite shade from the palette. I’ve been wearing it non-stop for the past month.

If there’s only one Makeup Revolution product you’ll be getting, get this palette. The quality of the blushes is amazing, and the packaging doesn’t disappoint either. It doesn’t look or feel cheap. For six pounds, it’s an absolute bargain!

Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Blush Palette? What are your Thoughts?

04/23/15

Review: Argan Dew Hair Care

Believe it or not, despite all the hype I’d never actually tried any argan oil products on my hair, so I jumped at the chance to try out some haircare from Argan Dew. Argan Dew were kind enough to send me samples of their Miraculous Argan Oil Daily Hair Treatment*, and their Replenishing Hair Mask*, both of which I’m really impressed by!

Argan Dew Hair Mask and Oil

Argan Dew Hair Mask and Oil

 

Firstly, you know I’m a sucker for pretty packaging – look at that gorgeous colourful print! These are some fancy samples… Also, apologies for the lack of pictures of the actual products in this post. Because of the fiddly sachets, I only opened them when I was actually using them, and I’m not going to take my camera in the shower!

I tried the Replenishing Hair Mask first of all, and applied it instead of my regular conditioner, leaving it on for 5 minutes while I basked in having a decent power shower while I still could (only a shower over the bath in college). Then I rinsed it out and left my hair to dry naturally. The mask is quite thick, but not the thickest mask I’ve ever seen – it rubbed in really easily, and in one 10ml sachet there was enough to cover my hair from my ears downwards. Although it didn’t cover my hair totally, masks on roots is a recipe for greasiness, so that’s fine!

Argan Dew Hair Mask and Oil

Argan Dew Hair Mask and Oil

 

When my hair was dry, I was worried that it looked a bit, well, rubbish, because it had dried into half-hearted ringlets, which usually means a product is too heavy for me. I gave it a good brush, though, and it turned into the silkiest, sleekest wavy hair I’ve had in a long time – so this mask gets a huge thumbs up from me! A full-size (250ml) pot of this mask costs $44, which is around £26. Not unreasonable for a good quality hair treatment, and a little goes a long way.

The Miraculous Argan Oil Daily Hair Treatment is essentially a hair oil – Argan Dew recommends using it in wet hair, which does leave you with shiny, tangle-free locks, but it also works really well as a frizz-tamer on dry hair, if used sparingly. I used around half this 3.5ml sachet on wet hair, and a tiny little drop on dry hair. The sachets of oil are a little fiddly to store, since you use so little, but obviously that wouldn’t be a problem with a full-sized bottle. 100ml of this will set you back $39 (around £23), and is bound to last for ever!

Both of these products smell really good, kind of sweet and nutty – the fragrance doesn’t translate to your hair exactly, it just smells really clean and fresh, which is great. Best of all, these products are really good for your hair – no SLS/SLES or parabens, and they’re cruelty free! Shipping is pretty expensive, but since Argan Dew is based in Israel, it’s not extortionate, and their delivery is really fast.

Do you use argan oil products? What’s the best you’ve tried?

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04/21/15

My Little Box April 2015 ‘Dream’

Hey there guys, I have been looking forward to this moment ever since March’s My Little Box landed on my doormat. This box is a unique combination of home/household products and beauty products. This months theme is ‘Dream’ and this box doesn’t disappoint.

My Little Box April - Dream

My Little Box April – Dream

 

My Little Box – Hair Repairing Mask – Full Size 100ml £7 – Now this is much needed in my life especially in the upcoming hot weather. It contains refined walnut oil and Shea butter to give dry and damaged hair a real boost. I am loving the My Little Beauty Brand and am looking forward to trying this out.

Cowshed – Invigorating Body Lotion – Full Size 100ml £18 – This is brand that I have heard of but could never afford. It is packed with natural ingredients and sinks into the skin. Containing Lemongrass essential oil, ginger and shea butter, it gives your skin a kick whilst keeping is smooth and silky.

Loved by Lou Lesage – Lip Balm ‘Velour Rouge’ – Full Size £8 – This is a red tinted lip balm enriched with a moisturising power and gives your lips a subtle tint without leaving them dry. I was a little dubious when I looked at the intensity of the red but it is a really sheer red tint that is perfect for my lips.

Now for the household products. First is the ‘Stamped With Love’ Stamp containing 12 various sayings and phrases in both english and french, this came with a little ink pad as well which was handy. Being a crafter myself this was ideal. If you are not a crafter, it is something that you could use at the end of a letter, on gifts, of to pass on to a child or school. Either way I love it – Retails at £8

The second item is a really cute necklace by Delphine Pariente with the phrase ‘Bonne Etoile’ (Lucky Star) stamped onto the front. It is a simple understated necklace with a disc pendant on a coral coloured cord. I love this, it is very me, I prefer understated jewellery and this will became my go-to item from now on – Retails at £20

Yet again My Little Box hasn’t disappointed and I am so excited for my next box already.

What are your thoughts on Aprils My Little Box? xx

04/20/15

Review: I Mune Nurture Drinks

Hey there guys, I was recently accepted on a campaign to test the I Mune Nurture drinks For my Daughter to try. As a new mum, I am constantly concerned if she is getting enough vitamins and nutrients in her diet. As children grow their taste buds start to develop and certain foods will come in and out of their diet be it good or bad. No matter what she eats I want to keep her immune system high as at her age (16 months old) she is susceptible to minor colds and infections, and even though it is healthy to allow them to become ill (if that makes sense) you want to keep them strong enough to fight it off.

I Mune Nurture Drinks

I Mune Nurture Drinks

 

I Mune Nurture drinks are a 100% natural drink with no artificial sugars or preservatives. They have even been scientifically proven to boost a child’s immune system. They are jam packed with vitamins and minerals so you can rest assured that your child is consuming all the good stuff they need to grow up healthy.

The brightly coloured packaging is very appealing to children, the clear graphic and branding make them seem playful and my daughter enjoyed playing with the squidgy pouch before she even tasted it. One of the perks of the pouches which was a real bonus in my eyes is that they are completely spill proof. You can take the lid off and turn it upside down and nothing, you can even squeeze it and nothing comes out. This is a genius invention, one I am glad for as my daughter thinks it is funny to drench herself and watch our reactions.

I Mune Nurture Drinks

Skye Enjoying Her Drinks

 

Now I tried my daughter with the Cherry and Strawberry flavour as she is a huge fan of strawberries and I knew this would go down well. She struggled at first with drinking it as you have to push the top down whilst drinking it in order to release the liquid. With a little help, she drank the entire thing fairly quickly. I had a little taste (whilst figuring out how to drink it) and i found it to have a lot more flavour than I was expecting. As it is classed as a ‘fruity water’ 50% water 50% juice, i was pleasantly surprised by the strong flavour.

The day after we tried the Pineapple flavour. Skye loves anything citrus flavoured so I knew this would be a hit. Again the pouch emptied very quickly and she seemed to be enjoying it immensely. Now these pouches retail at £1.99 for 4 pouches, less than 50p a pouch and they contain the same amount of liquid as a Fruit Shoot so you really are getting value for money as well as all that added goodness.

I Mune Nurture Drinks

I Mune Nurture Drinks

 

The science behind the drink is impressive – I have read into the ingredients in the drinks and I think its amazing. There has never been anything like this before, and I am really excited to be able to try it. Wellmune WGP has been proven to strengthen the cells within your body which help keep you healthy….Please read about it yourself by visiting http://www.wellmune.com/research/. This along with Vitamins B6, B9, B12, C, D and Zinc which help to keep the normal function of the immune system going are what makes this drink so great.

I have already purchased 2 packs of these as my daughter enjoys them and they are really healthy for her, especially in the summer time. Thank you to I Mune for allowing me to review these.

Have you tried I Mune Nurture drinks before?

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04/18/15

GlossyBox April Review – ‘HollyWood Glamour’

Hey guys, so…. I was really looking forward to this months GlossyBox. There was a huge amount of hype about it on the Glossybox Facebook page of which I follow. When you think of HollyWood Glamour, you think of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Scarlett O’Hara etc, so my Expectations were high. Lets see if it lived up to it…

GlossyBox April 2015 - Hollywood Glamour

GlossyBox April 2015 – Hollywood Glamour

 

Lord & Berry – Lipstick Pencil ‘Kiss’ – Full size £10 – This was the ‘sneak peek’ in the March Glossybox. Now I am not a huge fan of the deep red lip as I feel it doesn’t suit my skin tone at all, maybe I just haven’t learned how to rock it yet. This gives a matte lip effect and the pencil is really pigmented. This does live up to the Hollywood Glam look as I always picture big glossy hair and deep red lips. I will persevere with this and learn how to wear it with pride.

Astral Original – Face and body Moisturiser – 50ml Full size 200ml £3.89 – Well what can I say?! I know that you can buy the full size pot of this in poundland. This by no means is glamorous in any which way. I remember my nan using this when I was a child. I am hugely disappointed in this item. I will not be using it.

POP Beauty – Kajal Eyeliner Pen – Full size £6.50 – this is a deeply pigmented khol eyeliner with a sponge blender at the opposite end. I have no complaints about this product, it is definitely usable and a staple in my make-up collection but as far as Hollywood Glam goes – No, it isn’t. It is more of a budget beauty brand. In any other themed box this would have been fine.

Color Club – Barely There Nail Polish – Full Size £4.10 – Now I know this will be a controversial colour as some will love it some will hate it. Personally I like it, I like the nude tone and I am a fan of the Color Club brand but again it is a budget brand.

IDC – Body Lotion ‘Warm Lavender’ – Full Size 100ml £3.59 – This was the biggest shock for me, One because of the poor cheap brand and secondly because of the Lavender scent – I am allergic!!! I have made glossybox aware of this in my profile and questionnaire, I can’t use this. It reminds me of the cheap Christmassy gift sets you can buy. I wish they didn’t even include this.

Overall I have to say that I hate this box. I have been subscribed for over a year now and I have loved every box but this one has completely missed the mark. The hype around the Hollywood Glamour tainted our expectations before we even received the box, we were all expecting that little bit more. I am really hoping next months box is a little better or I can see quite a few people unsubscribing.

What were your thoughts on this Months Glossybox?

04/14/15

Review: The Body Jewellery Shop Stud Earrings

A girl can never have too many earrings in my book, and studs are incredibly easy and elegant to wear. Perfect for everyday style, a pair of pretty stud earrings just add the finishing touch to an outfit, adding a pop of colour and sense of luxury no matter the time of day.

I was kindly sent these 3 sets of crystal studs by the generous people at The Body Jewellery Shop.

The Body Jewellery Shop Earring Studs

The Body Jewellery Shop specialises in Body Jewellery (no surprises) from a simple Stud Earrings to Tunnels and Plugs to Threaders and Nipple Accessories and stocks an impressive 12,000 items.

I was able to choose from a selection on offer, items that were suitable for me. Apart from my navel (no navel products were available), I only have my ear pierced so I opted for these 3 beautiful Stud Earrings.

The Body Jewellery Shop Earring Studs

The first Pair that caught my eye was these Pink Glitter Domed Studs. These earrings are incredibly girly and cute and I could not resist. Made from stainless steel ensures that they won’t irritate your piercing. I love how these catch the light and sparkle as if they have a life of their own. The domed shape adds a 3d effect to them allowing them to catch the sunlight in any direction. I would pair these with a little LBD (little black dress) or a truly girly outfit.

The Body Jewellery Shop Earring Studs

The second pair is a pair of 925 Sterling Silver Blue Heart Studs. I just adore the colour of these, I am a bit of a tomboy at heart and love the colour blue so the combination of colour and feminine heart shape is beautiful. The heart has a faceted shape allowing it to sparkle and catch the light, although, in my personal opinion it could have done with being polished a little more, the pair I received were a little on the dull side which let the overall effect down a tad. But nonetheless they are still really beautiful and I could pair these with Jeans and a white top with neutral/natural brown makeup.

The Body Jewellery Shop Earring Studs

The last pair are by far the cutest. These are the Pink Jewelled Square Studs. Again these are 925 Sterling Silver which is amazing for the tiny price tag. You really do feel like you are getting more for your money with this jewellery. These pink studs are highly faceted and look like genuine crystal. For such a small earring they sparkle like a more expensive piece of jewellery. They twinkle so beautifully in the light and can easily accessorise your summer look. I would pair this with pastel/coral tone makeup and a beautiful maxi dress.

The Body Jewellery Shop Earring Studs

Each of these pairs of earrings cost an incredible £1.99. That’s it! Less than a cup of coffee or a sandwich at lunch. That to me is amazing value, and with so many other designs available in stock, The Body Jewellery Shop is a must for anyone looking to purchase any form of pierced jewellery this Summer.

Have you tried products from The Body Jewellery Shop?

What do you think? Xxx

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