03/31/15

Review: Powder Scarf ‘Pippa’

I was very kindly sent this Scarf for review and I was able to choose the item – however this does not affect my opinion of the brand/product. Powder was co-founded by Lisa Beaumont and Lucas Nicholls in 2009. With 45 years experience of design and branding knowledge between them they set out to create a new brand of fashion accessories! The powder philosophy is to create unique designs that brighten your day! To create scarves and designs that are loveable, offer the highest quality design and value, create the perfect gift and to give the customer the best possible service – what more could you ask for!

Powder Scarf - Pippa

Powder Scarf – Pippa

I have the *Powder Pippa Scarf which is from the ‘Cosy’ collection. I picked this particular Scarf as I do not have anything like it – it looks so unique. I love the Soft grey and Red combination! I would wear this scarf with jeans and a jumper or a plain black dress and leather jacket for example.

Powder Scarf - Pippa Powder Scarf - Pippa
I find the quality of the Scarf to be exceptional, it is very well made and it is the softest Scarf I have ever tried! The knit is not overly chunky too but it is definitely not thin. It is super cosy, thick and a great size/length.
The length of the scarf is extraordinary, it can easily be wrapped multiple times around the neck or tied and left long, either way it keeps me very warm and cosy in the horrible British winter. One detail in particular that I like is the very simple but effective removable Felt brooch. It adds a touch of femininity do the masculine grey tone. I wore this Scarf yesterday while shopping in the cold and wind – it kept me warm and snugly all day, I didn’t want to take it off! I wore it with a white top, dark wash high waisted jeans and a black duffle coat. I am going to be buying my mum a scarf from Powder, I just can’t decide what yet – there is a lot of choice.

Powder Scarf - PippaThe Scarf was delivered very quickly, the only thing I was disappointed with was that my scarf wasn’t delivered with the trademark Gift bag, just in a grey postal bag. I know that this is one of the extra detail that Powder like to include and I was disappointed that mine didn’t not come with this. As they sent it to me (a blogger) to review I would have thought they would have liked to treat me as a regular paying customer and I hope that this was just a one off oversight. If you do buy one of the scarves, mittens or gloves as a gift then you should also have a gorgeous, super pretty gift bag for it! The attention to detail makes the product/brand stand out for me (as well as their unique, English heritage feel products) such as the gift bag, small labels on the scarf and the cute tag on the scarf. Overall, a gorgeous scarf that will see me through many autumn and winters – I would definitely recommend this scarf and the brand generally. The scarves, mittens and gloves would make gorgeous presents for birthdays, mothers day, valentines etc etc.

What do you think of the Pippa Scarf?

Have you bought anything from Powder UK before?

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03/30/15

Giveaway!! Huge Cosmetics Bundle

Hey there Guys, I have decided to hold a giveaway to celebrate me reaching 500 Followers on Bloglovin. It has been a hard struggle but I finally reached a landmark. Starting a blog is easy, Keeping people interested is the difficult part. Thinking of intriguing content and posting regularly can be a hard task and I want to thank you all for keeping by me and supporting me through my first year of blogging.

Giveaway Competition cosmetics

Fancy Winning All This

So as a thank you, I have put together this Huge Cosmetics Bundle for one of you lucky loyal followers.

Included in the bundle is as follows:

1 x Make Up Academy Eyeshadow Palette – Starry Night
1 x Keratase Cris Tal Liste Perfecting Conditioner – 75ml
1 x Balance Me Daily Essentials Face Cream – 25ml
1 x Rimmel London Blendable Powder Blush & Highlighter – 008 Spring Flower
1 x Sleek Pout Paint – Shade Pin up
1 x W7 Nail Polish – 159 Liberty
1 x Make Up Academy Mascara – Shade 5 Black
1 x Make Up Academy Intense Glitter Eyeliner – Jade Jewel
1 x Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow – Fifty Shades
1 x The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm – WaterMelon
1 x Wild About Beauty Eyeshadow – 06 Alana

Phew, Now thats a lot of products. There is something for everyone in there. So…. Fancy getting your hands on this pretty lot? Its easy, simply follow the directions below and help me increase my following further, and you never know, I may just hit another landmark and will hold another huge giveaway.

Rules:
  • To be in with a chance of winning the Huge Cosmetics 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 Monday 30th March 2015 until Monday 27th April 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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03/27/15

Review: Tropic Radiance Clay Mask

Hey Guys, I have Kindly been sent the Tropic Radiance Clay Mask from the generous people at Tropic.
I’ve been trying desperately to tackle adult acne for years and I’ve spent a small fortune on fancy medicated products and they’ve never worked for me, so I really wanted to talk a little bit about this particular product because it has really done wonders for my skin.

Tropic Radiance Clay Mask

Tropic Radiance Clay Mask

 

This face mask contains a whole bunch of natural, organic ingredients and active fruit acids and minerals to draw all of the rubbish out of your skin and tighten your pores and just really give your skin a deep cleanse. The green clay has absorbent properties that draws out impurities and toxins from the skin, and the mask also contains goji berry extract, which is a super anti-oxidant, olive leaf extract, which has antibacterial properties, willow bark, which has a naturally high salicylic acid content, and guarana seeds, which have high naturally occurring caffeine levels and also double up as an exfoliant.Tropic Radiance Clay Mask Tropic Radiance Clay Mask
The mask is currently £25 (Can be Purchased from HERE), which is for me, a little on the pricey side but seriously, every time I wash it off I really notice how soft and smooth my face feels and how much it actually clears up my skin with regular use. It completely gets rid of those nasty little lingering-under-the-skin bumps! I’ve used it all over my face a good four or five times and I haven’t even made that much of a dent in the 100ml pot. It feels really nice on your face: it goes on really smooth and you can feel it unclogging and tightening your pores as it dries. One thing I noticed, when applying to your face,especially if you have sensitive skin like me, It will tingle quite a bit but will soon calm down. I personally felt like it was burning my skin but as I said, it cools quickly. If anything, this reassured me that the ingredients in the mask was working and doing its job. It makes me feel really pampered and it also works as an overnight spot treatment – I just apply a little dab on to individual spots to dry and draw out infection.

Tropic Radiance Clay MaskIt comes in really cute (and recyclable) packaging with a little spatula to apply it with, and it smells really nice, kind of earthy, which I really like. All Tropic products are really good quality, and they’re also derived from 100% organic, sustainable, pure plant extracts, and Tropic is also a 100% cruelty free, vegan company as well, which is essential for me. For this reason I think that it is well worth the price, and it has become a staple in my skincare routine!
You can buy this product and any other Tropic products (there are a lot of other amazing products) Here

I definitely 100% recommend this product for anybody who suffers from acne or just wants a bit of a treat!

What are your thoughts about Tropic Radiance Clay Mask?

xxx

*PR Sample

03/26/15

Cocoa Cashmere WishList

Cocoa Cashmere Wishlist

1. Scoop Neck Layering Jumper £169   2. Cashmere Track Pants £189   3. Dip Dye Poncho £239    4. Heart Print Crew Neck £195   5. Zip Shoulder Jumper £169   6. Long Sleeve Dress £159

I have recently been introduced to the Luxurious Brand Cocoa Cashmere London.

Cocoa Cashmere is a British knitwear brand, designed in London. Cocoa is proud of its established heritage and believes its British attitude is reflected in the brands contemporary, edgy and colourful characteristics….. effortlessly captures the luxury of the best quality cashmere available, complemented with the beauty of contemporary design”.

Now the prices are a little steep for me personally, but the price is a nod to the sheer quality of products available. Whilst having a look though the items available A few pieces of clothing caught my eye so I have created a wishlist for you.
The Scoop layering jumper fist caught my eye through the bright vivid colours available. As it is a layering jumper I imagine that it is a thinner jumper allowing you to layer smaller tops i.e. vests underneath without getting too warm. I can imagine wearing this with skinny jeans and heels for an ultra Glam look.
The Cashmere pants look sooo comfortable. These are super stylish for working out or even just lounging around the home. Teamed with a luxe jumper so a totally relaxed look.
The Dip Dye Poncho reminds me so much of the beach. Worn over a bikini or teamed with Skinny black jeans, this is a must have for your Spring/Summer wardrobe.
Now the Heart Print Crew Neck jumper is just pure fun. Available in two colourways; Grey/Navy or Nude/Pink, this is just adorable. Perfect for brightening your drab winter wardrobes.
The Zip Shoulder Jumper is available in 7 colours but the Aureolin is by far my favourite. The mustard- type colour is so ‘in’ at the moment and I can see myself wearing this with slouch jeans and ballet shoes – casual/chic.
The Long Cashmere Dress is by far the most versatile. Paired with black leggings for a casual look or tights and a spangly belt for a more formal outfit.
I am impressed with this brand and the products are super luxurious.

Have you purchased anything from Cocoa Cashmere London?
xxx

03/25/15

Fragrance Direct WishList #1 (Budget Beauty)

fragrance direct wishlist1

Bourjois Une Soft Minerals Powder Foundation – £2.99   The Body Collection Beauty Blush x 3 – £0.99   The Body Collection Blusher Puff – £1.99   Tilly Owl Lip Gloss Duo – £2.49   W7 In The Nude Palette – £4.99   Royal Berkley Toilet Bag – £2.99   Technic Duo Blusher Dome – £1.50   Nip + Fab Complexion Corrector Cream – £3.99   Benefit Fake Hydrating Concealer - £12.99   Ecotools Fresh & Flawless 5 piece Brush Set – £10.99   Essie Nail Polish – £2.49   W7 Sculpturing Face Brush – £3.75   Carmex Lip Balm – £2.25   W7 Trilogy Eyelust Gift Set – £3.99   W7 Night Glow Highlighter – £1.99   W7 Chunky Cheeks Blusher Pan Stick – £1.99

 

So I have been trawling the world wide web of late and I am absolutely obsessed with Budget Beauty Products. I love that sense of getting more for your money, still having a great selection of goodies but without breaking the bank. Now I know that in some cases you do get what you pay for and it sometimes makes sense to hand over a little extra cash, While I have found this to be the case with Skincare products, I find you can get away with cheaper cosmetics and still achieve amazing results. Fragrance Direct is a brilliant website for all of your beauty needs, It stocks high end brands like Benefit, to budget brands like W7. W7 has become an all time personal favourite of mine. I used to look upon it as ‘cheap tat’, I apologise for that now sincerely, I have tested quite a bit of the W7 range and I am utterly impressed, That is why in my wishlist I have included the W7 Trilogy Eyelust Gift set – 3 products; a mascara, lipgloss and nail polish for only £3.99 is a pure bargain. The Night Glow Highlighter, the Chunky Cheeks Blusher Pan Stick and the In the Nude Palette are firm favourites of mine and will remain on my wishlist for a very long time. Where blusher is concerned, the Body Collection Beauty Blush for 99p and the Blusher Puff for £1.99 are just pure bargains. I know from past experience that pigmentation isn’t great but it allows you to build up a more natural desired tone rather than applying it so thick that you look like a clown. I am a sucker when it comes to really nice Makeup brushes and I am alway on the hunt for my next set. The Eco tools Fresh and flawless 5 Piece set is beautiful, I like the packaging and the versatility of the products and for around £2 a brush… I am impressed.  Also don’t yu think the Tilly Owl Lip Gloss Duo are just the cutest things you ever saw. I would love peeking ito my handbag and seeing those.

What is on your Fragrance Direct WishList?
xxx

03/23/15

Feel Unique Wishlist #1

Feel Unique Beauty wishlist 1

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss £6.99  –  Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette £14.00  –  Benefit Porefessional 24.50  –  Benefit Cheek and Lip Trio £23.50  –  Pixi Cosmetics Lip Brush £12.50  –  Hot Mama Shadow Blush all-in-one £15.00  –  New CID Cosmetics Powder Blush Stamp £14.80  –  Cargo Cosmetics Essential Eyeshadow Palette £20.00  –  Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush £11.99  –  Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette £38.00  –  Benefit Flawless Complexion Kit £25.50  –  Stila Custom Color Blush £13.00

 

Recently I have found myself obsessed with Feel Unique and the products they stock. I love that it has a whole host of brands on offer all in one place, both high end and affordable. Above is just a snippet of my current wishlist. As you can see it is prominently made up of makeup products from brands such as Benefit, Stila, Hot Mama, Cargo Cosmetics, Urban Decay and Tanya Burr.  The items that are on my wish list and always will be until the day I die (or possibly just buy these) are the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, I love the neutral to pink tones. They are absolutely perfect for my skin and the palette just looks divine and Also the Benefit Porefessional Primer, I have had numerous samples of this and for me, it does exactly what it claims to. The cost is just a little steep at this moment in time.

I have started to wear a little more lipstick and lip tints thanks to my beauty boxes and the Tanya burr lipgloss for £6.99 caught my eye as well as the Pixi Lip Brush. The Benefit Cheek and Lip trio is a perfect multi-use all in one for your handbag. I am a lover of eyeshadow palettes and the Anna Sui Palette is just beautiful with its autumnal tones and gorgeous packaging. I have never heard of Cargo Cosmetics but this little essential eye palette would look right at home in my collection. I am also a sucker when it comes to blushers. My skin tone is so pale, a little blusher really does do the trick so the Stila Custom Colour Blush and the Hot Mama shadow/blush all-in-one are must haves. These prices are really affordable and Feel Unique stock beauty items to suit all budgets.

What Feel Unique goodies are you currently lusting after?

xxx

03/21/15

Review: SBC Propolis Gel

Readers of Runaway Ink will know of my continuing skin concerns. I have tried pretty much everything you can think of to rid me of blemishes and breakouts. I have yet to find that ‘Miracle Cure’.
I have now cut my regime down to just cleansing, tone then moisturise in a bid to keeping things simple and hopefully ridding me of these spots.

SBC Propolis Gel Review
That was until the kind people at SBC (Simply Beautiful Collection) sent me some products to try out. This was the first time that I had heard of the SBC Propolis Gel. I was initially skeptical about introducing yet another product into my skincare routine. I researched the Gel a little and read rave reviews from people, hailing the Propolis Gel a ‘skin saviour’. So I thought why not?
For those of you wondering what Propolis Gel is;

Created by bees to protect the hive against infection, Propolis is a century’s old, natural homeopathic antibiotic. A mix of resin, wax and essential oils, Propolis contains organic amino acids, minerals, vitamins and bio-flavanoids which are known to be vital ingredients in the healing process. Propolis has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Used on infected areas, Propolis gel will speed the healing process whilst fighting further infection.

I have also heard that the Propolis Gel is great for scars, blemishes and can even be used for those of you with dry skin. I have been using the Propolis Gel for about 3 weeks now and I thought now would be a great time to write my review. Propolis Gel basically looks like honey, its texture is smooth like a primer and a little really does go a long way.
When I first tried this I noticed how smooth it made my skin feel. It has a primer-like effect, however I wouldn’t substitute my normal moisturiser for SBC Propolis Gel. Used alone it felt tight on my skin so I definitely needed a moisturiser over the top.  Almost instantly, I noticed my skin improving. Within days it was clearer which I wholeheartedly attributed to to the gel (I wish I had taken before and after photos to really show you the difference). Blemishes were still taking their time to fade but no new spots were appearing.
If a new spot did appear, the gel would immediatey get to work quickly diminishing and redness. I used this morning and night, applying a thin layer. After using this gel for the past few weeks I will be sticking with it on a permanent basis. It makes my skin feel smooth and delivers impressive results. at £19 for a whopping 100ml and £60 for 500ml I would definitely recommend this miracle product.

Have you tried the SBC Propolis Gel?
xxx

*PR Sample

03/20/15

GlossyBox March 2015 ‘Jump into Springtime’

Hey Guys its that time again, My March edition of GlossyBox has just arrived and I am so excited as always. I am eager to show you what is inside;

GlossyBox March Springtime

So this months theme is ‘Jump into Springtime’, very apt for this time of year. You can tell by the colours of the box that is is spring themed. Lets take a look at the contents of the GlossyBox.

Naobay Moisturizing peelingNAOBAY – Moisturising Peeling – 100ml £13.71 – At first I was unsure of what this was, It says ‘peeling’ so you would assume that it is a face mask of some sort but it is actually a milk cleansing scrub. It removed dull dead skin cells and brightens up the complexion. I will be using this almost immediatey as I have heard some rave reviews about this product. My skin has taken a turn for the worse and is in desperate need of revitalising.

Essence Lash Princess MascaraEssence – Lash Princess Volume Mascara – 12ml £3.30 – Now how adorable is this packaging, it is meant to look like a ball gown for a princess and I think it looks fab. Now Essence is a budget beauty brand so I am a little disappointed in the cost of the product but then again it is a Full Size product which is more than some other beauty boxes offer. It has a clever Cobra head shaped wand which grabs every individual lash for dramatic volume. I am happy for this to be in my box.

Dove Youthful VitalityDove – Advanced Hair Series Youthful Vitality – 50ml each – 250ml £5.99 – I was surprised to see these in my box as I received them in my March You Beauty Discovery Box too. They are a 50ml travel sized sample of the Shampoo and Conditioner by Dove. Now for me Dove is a trusted brand and I know I will love these. Also perfect for little holidays.

NCLA Nail LaquerncLA – Nail Laquer – 15ml £13 – This nail polish costs more than the entire cost of the Glossybox which is amazing. The colour is perfect for springtime in a pink/coral tone. It is a quick dry polish which is also toxin free. My collection of polishes are ever increasing thanks to these beauty boxes.

Sleek Pout PaintSleek – Pout Polish – Pin Up red 8ml £4.99 – Sleek is a personal favourite brand of mine, I love the packaging and the overall feelig that you are getting more for your money. This is a Pout paint that enables you to create your own shade of lipstick. When swatched it is a Vibrant Blood red but blended out it creates a subtle stain. At first glance I thought ‘not for me’, but as it blends it really suits my skin tone. Using a tiny amount ensures a little goes a long way.

Sleep Pout Paint swatchSo the overall impression of this box is ‘Fantastic’, I love Glossyboxes collection each month and with the contents costing over £36, you are definitely getting your moneys worth. If you are interested in signing up for Glossybox, Please use Referral Link

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03/17/15

Review: W7 Honolulu Bronzer

Hey Guys, as well as the W7 Professional Brush Set I was sent to review, W7 also sent the Honolulu Bronzer along with it.

W7 Hololulu Bronzer Review

W7 Hololulu Bronzer

What W7 Say;

“W7 Honolulu Bronzer bring a touch of Hawaii Five-O to your look with this natural bronzing powder.”

Price? I’m not too sure on the RRP as it seems to be sold at a different price whereever I look. On the W7 Website the bronzer retails at £4.95 but a quick google shows you can buy this for around £2.99 on average from various stores. The bronzer comes in a cute sturdy cardboard box which is quite similar to those that the Benefit boxed powders come in.
Normally I avoid bronzers like the plague, with having such pale skin 99.9% of them are either too dark or too orange which makes me look like a muddy tangoed mess. When I first opened this up, I’m not going to lie I thought it was far too dark but it wasn’t as bad as it first seemed when I applied it on my cheeks. Honolulu is a matte dark brown rather than an orange. Despite looking really dark in the pan, it has buildable pigmentation which for me is great as it doesn’t look over the top or muddy. The bronzer also blends really well but it is a little on the powdery side which can make application a messy task.

W7 Hololulu Bronzer

W7 Hololulu Bronzer Swatch

At £4.95 (£2.99 elsewhere) this is really good value. Having tried the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, I would say that this is an obvious dupe for a whole lot less cash. The packaging is really cute and sturdy giving a real quality finish to the bronzer. The colour is more natural than first impressions suggest and the light pigmentation means the required tone can be built up gradually and blended out perfectly.
The only downside with this I suppose is that it is a little on the powdery side which makes application a messy task
Overall I think for the price, it’s a great product that I will continue to use as it’s not too dark for me and works well.

Have you tried the W7 Honolulu?
What are Your thoughts? Xxx

 

*PR Sample

 

03/16/15

Review: W7 Professional 12 Piece Brush Set

Hey there guys, I have kindly been sent the W7 Professional 12 Piece Brush Collection to review by the generous people at W7. Here is the W7 brush collection.

W7 Professional Brush Set

W7 Professional Brush Set

I have had this Brush Set for a good couple of weeks now, I have been using them on a daily basis and they are still in really good condition. These brushes are Very easy to clean just wash with a little bit of shampoo (I recommend Baby Shampoo as it is gentler) and your away – no need for fancy make up brush cleaner.

W7 Professional Brush Set

W7 Professional Brush Set

W7 Professional Brush Set

W7 Professional Brush Set

Not only do the brushes last and they do the job well the set is a real bargain too! This set costs £12.95 for all 12 brushes – you would pay more than that for One brush by Mac or Real Techniques. This set is ideal for beginners who are just starting out experimenting, they are so simple to use or even an advance person at make up will still love them as the quality is great. I have found in the past with cheaper brand brushes that the bristle tend to fall out quite easily over prolonged use. I have been using these daily and have only had the odd hair fall out here and there which can be expected. (even my Real Technique Brushes do this).

W7 Professional Brush Set

W7 Professional Brush Set Case

As you can see the brush set comes in a leather case which is perfect for girls on the go as it rolls up neatly. Each brush had its own protector so you can keep the bristles clean and the roll even has a separate plastic protector that folds down over the entire set keeping them extra pristine. This even looks great as a gift – What girl or woman wouldn’t like to receive this as a gift!

Included in the set:

  • Double sided lash comb and brush – perfect for fixing those annoying mascara clumps
  • Regular size eye shadow brush – for the base of your look
  • Eyebrow brush – to comb through so they’re nice and neat
  • Angled Eyeshadow brush
  • Pointed line brush
  • Lip colour brush
  • Blush/Browser brush – blends your blush/bronzer perfectly, no harsh lines!
  • Concealer brush – simply blend your concealer in
  • A smudger brush – great for those Smokey looks
  • Small size eye shadow brush – for all those finishing touches and finial detail
  • Powder brush – to be used with setting powder to make your base last all day long
  • Foundation brush – blends perfectly
  • A large blending brush – amazing by the way!!

This fab set can be brought for £12.95, winner!

Have you tried the W7 Professional Brush Set?

What were your thoughts? Xxx

*PR Sample