09/4/14

Review: The Body Shop Primer – moisturise it

The Body Shop Primer.
I have never considered The Body Shop when choosing Cosmetics. To me The Body Shop has always been about Skin Care, Bath Products and Pampering yourself. On my recent visit (I primarily went in in search of a face wash), I picked up this primer. I was informed by the Sales Assistant that it was very similar to the high end brand SmashBox (although on hindsight I think she recommended the wrong primer, as The Body Shop do a primer called Matte It which is the one I think she was on about). I am always looking for products that will help to control my oily skin.

Bodyshop primer The Body Shop Primer is supposed to be “for normal and oily shin which creates a smooth base for foundation. It has been designed to deter shine and make make-up last longer. Suitable for normal to oily skin types, banishes shine and helps make-up stay in place”.
The primer comes in a small handy tube with attractive simple packaging. I like the tube so you can squeeze out every single drop. The primer comes in a 25ml tube for £12 which is pocket friendly and definitely good value for money. The gel like consistency is reminiscent of SmashBox Photo Finish Prime and feels like your typical silicone based primer. It has a subtle pink tone to it to make it super blendable on your skin.
This made my face feel extremely soft and smooth and made applying my foundation on top very easy.

body shop primer Even though this made my foundation last longer throughout the day, this didn’t really help to control the shine. My T-zone – my nose and forehead, did look a little shinier that normal which I found a little odd. This primer was nice on my sensitive skin and did not cause my skin to flare up.
I think that this primer would be perfect for those of you with normal or sensitive skin but unfortunately I cannot recommend this primer to those of you with very oily skin like myself.

The Body Shop Primer is available for £12 and can be bought from HERE.
http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/make-up/face/skin-primer-moisture-it.aspx

09/2/14

Beauty Swap Unboxing w/ Alissa

Hi Guys, so this post is a little different, I have done a Beauty Swap with one of my YouTube friends Alissa. If you don’t know what a beauty swap is, It is where 2 people, interested in cosmetics, agree on a mutual budget, get to know one another and purchase make up products for each other. It is really fun to do and you receive some goodies as well. Here is the video of my opening the products for the first time:

Here Are the products I received:
beauty swap eyeshadow 1. Make Up Revolution Professional Palette – Undress Me Too. This is a gorgeous palette of neutral and earthy tones in mattes and shimmers. I have heard this is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette so I cant wait to try. 2. Loreal Paris Color Infaillible – 034 Pepsy Coral. The packaging of this is absolutely beautiful and the colour is divine, It is a peachy coral colour that gives an iridescent finish. 3.Maybelline New York – Stylish Smokes – 240s Night Sky – this a deeply pigmented eyeshadow in black. There is small particles of glitter running through which will give a dramatic look. beauty swap blush 4. Sleek Blush By 3 Cream palette – Califor.I.A. This blush palette is beautiful, 3 pale pink tones that give a sheer shimmer to your face when applied, I can not wait to try. 5. Wet n Wild – Blusher Pearlescent Pink. I am a huge fan of blushers and this is the perfect tone for my skin. 6. Rimmel Lasting Finish – Blendable Powder Blush and Highlighter – 008 Spring Flower – This is a perfect little compact for your handbag that incorporates a highlighter as well as a blusher. 7. NYX Mosaic Powder – Spice. I love the look of this, I wasn’t sure what it was for a first but can be used in a variety of ways, i.e. a blusher, a bronzer or as a contouring powder. beauty swap face 8. Avonia BB Cream – Light/Medium. Skin perfecting blemish balm spf15 – I am a huge fan of bb creams, i feel that they are lighter on your skin and blend a lot better that regular foundation. 9.W7 Prime Magic Camera Ready Anti Redness Primer – I love primers, some obviously work better than others but I am looking forward to testing out this green tinted primer and see the effects. 10. Pure Deep Cleanse Complete Cleansing Wipes – What girl that wears make up doesn’t need these in her life? A staple in my make up bag for sure. 11. Allura Make Up Powder Brush – This is a big sturdy Brush with soft bristles, perfect for blusher or blending. beauty swap lips 12. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer – 303 Apocaliptic – This lip gloss is such a vivid pink its shocking, I thing I would use a tiny amount and blend it out, Making it last a long time, The packaging is very beautiful. 13. Maybelline Colorsensationan Luscious Lip Gloss – 410 Peach Sorbet – this lip gloss is lightly tinted with a delicious scent, it is so fruity you will just want to eat your own lips. 14. Maybelline Baby Lips – spf 20 lip balm. This claims to give you up to 8 hours of moisture, This will be perfect for the upcoming cold months. 15. W7 Full Colour Lipstick – Lone star – I love this colour, it is a sheer pink tone, bright but not vivid. beauty swap eyes 16. Wet n Wild – Mega Volume Mascara – Black. Perfet basic black mascara for your handbag. 17. Rimmel Lash Accelerator – 001 Black. This has grow lash complex designed to speed up the growth of your lashes. 18. Rimmel – Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil. This is a simple soft eyeliner pencil 19. Physicians Formula nude eyes Shimmer Strips – This shimmer stick was part of a trio from Physicians Formula. I love the gold tone that will make my eyes pop. beauty swap hands 20. Possibility Raspberry Pavlova Ultra Rich Hand and Nail cream – This had cream smells lush. I don’t use hand creams as a rule but this is too scrummy to resist. 21. Bath and Body Works – zippy Fruit Punch – antibacterial hand cream. I have never heard of this brand but am looking forward to trying it. 22. NYX Silver Glitter for nails – This looks fun to try. 23. Girls Attitude Glamour Nail Wraps – Silver Tiger print, Not generally my thing but will be fun to try out. beauty swap Extras 24. Highland Speciality Tray Baked Shortbread Fingers. I love shortbread and have already devoured these. A lovely addition 24. Betty Boop Socks – How Cute Are These? 25. Peppa Pig Hair Bands for my daughter, she will so cute when her hair is long enough for these. 26. An array of samples…. perfect. As you can see, I received a lot of items from Alissa, Check out what I got her at

I had so much fun doing this, Anybody Interested in doing one of these swaps with me? x

09/1/14

The Body Shop Haul…..

Want to See what goodies I recently purchased from The Body Shop?…..

The Bosy Shop Haul

The Body Shop Haul

1. Skin Primer – Moisture It £12.00 25ml
This Body Shop skin primer is A lightweight, dual-purpose mattifying gel to help absorb excess oils for a silky, shine-free finish, or over Lip Colour to create a matte finish. Although it improved the longevity of my make-up, It didn’t prevent the oil build up on my skin.

2. Camomile Gentle Eye Make Up Remover – £8.00 250ml
This Body Shop cleanser gently melts away eye make-up in seconds, while conditioning skin around the eye area. This is brilliant for removing make-up, it worked really well and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

3. Japanese Cherry Blossom Fragrance Mist – £7.50 100ml
A light spritz infused with Japanese Cherry Blossom. This romantic, captivating blend of floral and hinoki wood accords was inspired by a spring day in Kyoto. This is a beautiful light floral fragrance, perfect for freshening up any room.

4. Brush On Radiance – £14.00 28g
These magical little beads of iridescent colour give skin a luminescent glow. These little balls have a pink tone and add beautiful shimmer to your face. a Body Shop Best Seller.

5. Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm – Watermelon – £2.00 15ml
Our cult lip balm in a pot. Gives colour, flavour and moisture for more kissable lips. Moisturises and conditions lips. A soft pink tint.

6. Amazonian Wild Lily Shower Gel – £6.50 250ml
A refreshing body wash infused with Amazonian Wild Lily, a crisp, luminous blend of floral and aquatic accords inspired by the rain-kissed cool of the jungle. Leaves your skin lightly scented and feeling refreshed.

7. Satsuma Body Polish – £10.00 200ml
This ex-foliating, foaming gel gently buffs away dead skin cells to leave skin soft and smooth. It has a zesty citrus scent.

8. All-In-One BB Cream (02) – £12.00 25ml
New All-In-One BB cream transforms from a white cream to suit any skin tone. Pigment-filled capsules burst when applied to the skin, releasing the colour inside. Just blend for a perfect match and an even, undetectable finish. It’s make-up and skincare in one.

9. All-In-One Instablur Universal – £14.00 25ml
New face perfecter blurs imperfections, giving you flawless photo-perfect skin in an instant! It controls shine for up to 12 hours, reduces the appearance of pores, hides blemishes and improves the longevity of make-up, a new Favourite of mine.

Have you purchased anything new from The Body Shop?

08/31/14

Review: Gosh Velvet Touch Primer Review

Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer

This Gosh Primer, aside from claiming that it is the ‘be all and end all’ of all primers, is also fragrance free and preservative free. It says it can fill in fine lines and pores for a smoother than smooth finish, and of course provide a velvety base for even make-up application.

gosh velvet touch primer

Gosh Velvet Touch Primer

Velvet Touch Is Actually a line of primers by Gosh, the variants include cream (for moisturising) and Apricot (with matrixyl 3000 which is an anti-aging peptide).
I like the basic packaging, easy to use, and the pump dispenses just the right amount of product. Gosh also said that the bottle is an air tight container, with a plate at the bottom of and inside the bottle that pushes the product all the way up so that means you get to use up every single drop.

Gosh Velvet Touch Primer Pump

The texture and consistency is very similar to the Smash Box Photo Finish Primer because both almost have exactly the same ingredients, but the Gosh Velvet Touch Primer is cheaper by a large margin at £7.99 for 30ml. It is completely unscented and is very light when applied and doesn’t feel like it is clogging up your skin.

Gosh Velvet Touch primer swatch

Gosh Velvet Touch Primer Swatch

The ‘Velvet Touch’ promise is definitely true, after covering my skin with the product, my skin felt ultra smooth. Because of this smoothness, my foundation glided on better and looks more even with minimal blending.
Oil control is ok I wild say, with my T-zone starting to become oil after just 2-3 hours. But despite this I was glad to see that my make-up stayed intact. This is an effective smoothing primer and may have better results on normal to dry skin because the oil control isn’t that good.

The Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation can be bought for £7.99 from HERE

http://www.superdrug.com/GOSH/Gosh-Velvet-Touch-Foundation-Primer-Clear/p/483176#.U_8gA_ldVqE

08/29/14

Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Let me start by saying that I have heard a lot about the Maybelline Baby Skin for quite a while now and I am excited to try it for myself. I have been testing this for a couple of weeks now and I’d Like to share my thoughts.

maybelline baby skin

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

The primer is completely transparent with no tint. Even though it looks thick when squeezed from the tube, it becomes very thin and easy to blend the moment you apply your warm fingers.

After applying this product my pores appeared ‘blurred’ as promised and appeared much smaller after one application od Baby Skin. In person, the overall effect is even more dramatic. My skin feels incredibly smooth and remarkably similar to when I have used the Smash Box Photo Finish Primer.

maybelline baby skin primer

Baby Skin Pore Eraser Swatch

Due to the high silicone content in this primer, you will have no application issues when it comes to your foundation. My foundation glided on very easily with no patchiness or streaks. Without primer, my foundation tends to pool up in my larger pores. With this primer my pores are reduced and my foundation doesn’t pool up as obviously but could be a little more effective as a buffer.

Due to the nature of my naturally oily skn, silicone based primers don’t usually help banish the shine on my face compared to more lotion based primers and not silicone heavy. That said, i did have good results with this primer. It extended the life of my foundation by 3 or so hours. Although it didn’t prevent the oil build up on my face, it also didn’t Create excess oil either.

Overall this primer definitely helps minimise the appearance of my pores and true to its claim, it really does help to ‘blur’ them. It created a smoother base for my foundation. While extending the wear of my foundation by about 3 hours, it didn’t control the oil on my skin but didn’t add oil either.

If you are looking for a high street, inexpensive alternative to the Smash Box Photo Finish Primer, I think you may want to consider this one.

The Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Cane be bought for £7.99 25ml from HERE.

 

08/28/14

Review: Pet Shop Bowl Goody Box

Hi Guys, So recently I was sent a small Goody Box from the nice people at Pet Shop Bowl to review a few random items.  Pet Shop Bowl are a a reasonably new company that specialises in Subscription Pet Food Services. They are an eco-friendly, inexpensive online pet food store dedicated to excellent customer service.
Watch my unboxing video Here:

This is the box that I received:

Lilys Kitchen

Lily’s Kitchen Grain-free Lamb with Peas & Parsley Dry Dog Food – 1kg – £ 6.29
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/dog/lilys-kitchen-organic-lamb-with-peas-parsley-dry-dog-food-1kg/

Made with freshly prepared grass-fed lamb, fruits and vegetables,  it is a plentiful source of all the essential vitamins and minerals. Lovely Lamb is naturally low in fat. My Female Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an extremely fussy eater with a sensitive stomach. When her stomach was a little off (which always happens periodically) we like to keep her primarily on dry food. This Lilys Kitchen Lamb dry dog food was gratefully received and readily eaten. My dog Fran, is in her later years and is starting to feel the old age creeping In. I was particularly impressed at the low fat credentials of this product and happy in knowing I as feeding my dog a healthy nutritious meal.

almo nature dog

Almo Nature Bio Pate for Dogs 3 x 100g, 1 x 300g – £0.56 – £1.12
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/search.php?q=Almo+Nature+Dog+Bio+Pate&x=0&y=0

 Almo Nature Daily Menu Bio moist dog food contains organic by-products of top quality. The consistency of the product was that of a meatloaf or pate. They come in a variety of flavours suitable for the most discerning of palletes. Although my dog Fran ate these, she prefers chunky pieces of meat so took longer than usual to devour these. 

Pooch and Mutt calm and relaxed

Pooch & Mutt Calm + Relaxed Grain-Free Pocket Treats – 40g – £0.99
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/dog/dog-treats-chews/treats/natural/pooch-mutt-calm-relaxed-grain-free-pocket-treats-40g/

CALM & RELAXED dog treats are natural, ethical, low-calorie, gluten-free, hand-baked mini-bones that dogs love. They include lamb, chamomile and l-tryptophan. These treats contain  L-tryptophan which is essential to form serotonin, the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter. I recently used a couple of these before a visit to the vet to have some polyps removed from Fran, She is an anxious dog and although she was still slightly nervous and shaky, she did not cry or urinate and shake to the extent she has previously. They also did not make her drowsy or docile just less stressed. They are handy size for keeping in your handbag.

Kong Classic

Kong Classic Dog Red Large – £8.58
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/dog/dog-toys/rubber-toys/kong-classic-dog-red-med/

The KONG Classic has been the gold standard of dog toys for over thirty years. Our super-bouncy, red natural rubber compound is perfect for dogs that like to chew. Fran enjoyed playing with this, You place some treats inside and let your dog play with it until the treats fall out. With my dog being a Staffy, the treats were immediately removed and eaten. The rubber treat is a hard compound and touch to chew (although Fran did end up ripping pieces off after a couple of days). I think this would be ideal for smaller dogs but comes in a variety of sizes to suit.

Almo Nautre Cat

Almo Nature Classic Cat Pouches 55g – £0.52
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/search.php?q=Almo+Nature+Classic+Cat&x=0&y=0

Almo Nature Classic Pouch is a great tasting, complementary wet cat food with with no additives, artificial preservatives, taste enhancers or colours. My 2 cats Isabelle and Oscar are not cats to be fussy when it comes to food, I have made sure of that, and these Almo Nature pouches proved to be a hit with both cats, Isabelle preferring the meatier varieties and Oscar preferring the fish varieties. They are perfect size for a single meal and make meal times simple and less messy.

jolly moggy laser pen

Jolly Moggy Laser Cat Toy – £3.49
 http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/cat/cat-toys/jolly-moggy-laser-cat-toy/

“Laser cat toy which beams a light for cats to chase offering hours of interactive fun! Cats will leap, jump, stalk and chase the light. Easy to use on/off button and batteries can be replaced.” What more can I say, My cats loved playing with this, it is perfect to inject some exercise in to their day when for instance it is wet and raining and your cats refuse to move. It is a simple idea with simple packaging and really affordable. I was particularly impressed that the product came with extra batteries for the price.

I just want to say thank you to again to the Kind people at Pet Shop Bowl for donating these items for me to review. I have thoroughly enjoyed testing these products out on my pets and will be a future customer.

All of these items and more can be purchased from Here 

 

08/22/14

Review: Ofra Eye Shadow ‘Sublime’

One of the problems I have found with eye shadows is that the colour of the eye shadow on the packaging never quite lives up to its promise when it is applied. Whether its a problem with poor pigmentation intensity or the staying power of the product, I struggle to find something I can put on in the morning and it still be there at lunchtime.

Love-Me-Beauty Ofra Pressed Eyeshadow 'sublime'

Ofra’s eye shadow does both. I tried the eye shadow in ‘Sublime’, a Pink eye shadow with a golden shimmer. I am very impressed with this product. It is suitable for sensitive skin and eyes which is perfect for me, and is infused with natural sun protectors (handy for summer).

Ofra Eyeshadow sublime

Ofra Eye Shadow Sublime Swatch

The first thing i noticed was the beautiful packaging, it feels really high end and durable, I am no worried about throwing it in to my handbag when travelling. To me the packaging is reminiscent of MAC packaging. There is also a small handy mirror inside the compact-type eye shadow which is perfect for travelling.

The shadow can be used wet or dry providing a bolder look for a more intensity. It is super blendable, applied lightly for a more subtle hue and built up to make a more dramatic look. You can produce a day to night look with just one colour which I love. The versatility of this eye shadow is outstanding.

There are 40 colours in this range, some with primer, loose shadows, eye liners and gels in an array of colours so you’re guaranteed to find something to suit.

The Ofra Eye Shadows retail at $15 per shadow, but for a 4g eye shadow you are getting your moneys worth.

This Eye Shadow (and others in the range) can be bought from HERE

08/20/14

GlossyBox August 2014

Here is What I received in Augusts Edition of GlossyBox:

GlossyBox August 2014

GlossyBox August 2014

This is the 3 Year Anniversary of GlossyBox so each box contained an extra gift. The first item I received was:

kryolanKRYOLAN – Highlighter Cashmere – Full size £12.95. I am very happy when I see full sized products. This highlighter is exclusive to Glossybox. It is a versatile lightweight cream with a gloss finish, providing a velvety shine. The colour is a sheer creamy pearl colour and feels amazing.

Figs and Rouge

FIGS & ROUGE – Mini Hand Cream rrp £6.95 80ml – This is a 20ml sample tube but deinitely big enough for quite a few applications, It is in the scent Mango and mandarin giving it a lovely citrus smell. This is enriched with Shea butter, natural antioxidants and algae extract for indulgent skincare.

Yves RocherYVES ROCHER – Pink Nail Polish 3ml – BIRTHDAY BONUS – Mini Polish with maxi colour, part of a palette of nude glamorous shades, It is slightly shimmery and highly pigmented. Perfect for day or night

Philip KingsleyPHILIP KINGSLEY – Elasticizer – Originally created specifically for Audrey Hepburn, this pre-shampoo treatment delivers elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine without weighing down or coating the hair. rrp £38 for 250ml

lalique

LALIQUE - L’Amour – 2ml Sample – rrp £67 50ml – I am always grateful for perfume samples, this has a lovely floral fragrance of rosebuds and bergamot, I do wish the sample was a little bigger but it is perfect size for your handbag.

essence

ESSENCE - I Love Extreme Volume Mascara – Full Size – rrp £2.79 – This is another full size product, although not the highest of brands or most expensive of products, I am always happy to see mascaras in my boxes as they are (to me) a staple in anyones make up bag. I havent opened up the mascara to show you the brush as I am fully about opening before using them, as i have found they tend to dry out quickly.

Overall I am VERY happy with this box, I will use every item in Augusts GlossyBox. For the £10 you pay, you are definitely getting your moneys worth.

If you are interested in signing up for GlossyBox Please click here

http://www.glossybox.co.uk/referal?CI=MTY2NDY0

And accumulate points to redeem for free boxes.

See You Soon xx

08/18/14

GIVEAWAY: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 50ml

Hi Guys I have decided to giveaway a favourite product of mine to thank you all for your kind support.

Liz-Earle-Cleanse-and-Polish

I am giving away a Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 50ml With Muslin Cloth, Brand new and sealed, purchased just for you guys.

“Our original, multi award-winning hot cloth cleanser quickly removes daily grime and make up to leave skin clean, soft and radiant”

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser can be bought from Here and retails at £9.25

To enter Please complete the instructions below. The Giveaway will end on the 9th September at 12am. Good Luck! xxx

a Rafflecopter giveaway

08/18/14

Review: Make Up Revolution Flawless Pallet

When I saw the Flawless pallet I was completely in Awe, I love the different neutral tones this pallet offers. It is a mixture of mattes, shimmers and glitters. The pallet provides all the colours you will need to produce a subtle, fresh daytime look to a dramatic, glamorous evening look.

flawless pallet

The Pallet is packaged in a pretty Rose Gold coloured cardboard box, I am drawn to anything shiny and thought this was a really adorable touch.

flawless Pallet 2

When opening the pallet you are met with 32 Panned eye shadows in an array of neutral hues, absolutely perfect for any time of the day or night.

The eye shadows come in a sturdy black case, (feeling a lot more quality than the £8 you are paying). I was surprised at how durable the case was, and inside is a Large mirror, perfect for on the go.

There are a great choice of matte colours in this pallet. In my experience, I have found it difficult to find a good quality matte shadow. The darker shades were a little powdery but I was expecting that as the high pigmentation in darker colours make them powdery and cause a little fallout when applied. The shimmery shades were soft and silky to touch when applied with fingers. The shimmer shades looked slightly different when applied but i suppose it all depends on your skin tone. The shades are easily blendable and can be built up for more intensity.Makeup Revolution Flawless 3

At £8 for a 32 eye shadow pallet, it works out at about 25p per colour which in anybody’s book is great value for money.

A couple of the shadows were a little chalky and a bit powdery but nearly all worked well together. With a mix of high pigmentation colours and subtle shimmers this pallet is extremely versatile.

The Make Up Revolution 32 Eye Shadow Pallet is great for beginners, not sure on what products to buy, or for professionals wanting to add a quality product to their collection.

All in all I think this is another awesome release from Makeup Revolution and I can see myself getting so much use out of it as there’s just so many shades to play with and so many looks that can be created, I’ve even been forward thinking of just how stunning these shades will look in Autumn, ekkk! So if your looking for a good quality neutral eye shadow palette that contains lots of shades that’s an absolute bargain Make up Revolution have got you covered.

The Make Up Revolution Flawless Pallet Can be Purchased From Here