Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New Skincare Staples


Over the past few months, I've been hearing more and more people talking about charcoal and the benefits that it can have in regard to health and beauty. Charcoal teeth whitening products, charcoal hair care and charcoal face masks are amongst some of the most popular that seem to be trending as of late. I'm always intrigued by the latest trends, even if I don't actually give them a go myself, but this time, I knew that I didn't want to miss out!

When I was scrolling through either someone's blog or their YouTube channel, I noticed that they were raving about the Garnier Pure Active Face Wash and how it's their go to because of the way it cleanses their oily, spot prone skin. I'd never seen this wash or the range advertised before, but seeing as I trusted this particular influencer and their opinions, I decided that I might as well give it a try.

For the past year or so, I've been fortunate enough to only get the odd breakout here and there, but recently my skin has been playing up and I've been in desperate need of some new additions to my routine which I can trial! This particular product is an anti-blackhead charcoal cleansing gel, which quite literally sounds like a miracle in a bottle for someone whose skin produces a fair bit of oil. This wash has a really nice consistency, as it's not really runny, but it isn't super thick and uncomfortable either. You only need a minimal amount, because a little can go a long way and the charcoal can be quite strong otherwise. Whenever I apply it to my face, I'm always left feeling really refreshed and zingy (if that's even the word!), especially when I have been working in McDonalds some evenings. It smells like it would revitalise your skin and it most definitely does that for me. For only £4.99 if you get it from Boots, I don't think you can go wrong at all!

If you want to be as sassy as I am, you can pick up the matching 3 in 1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Wash, Mask and Scrub which has multi-purpose uses to suit your needs and your preferences. Unlike the face wash, this has a much thicker texture and it has more substance to it. Having said that, it looks more like a charcoal mask when on the skin and it has stained my shower every time I use it, much to my mum's despair! If you want something that you can leave on for a couple of minutes whilst you condition your hair or shave your legs, then this would be a good purchase for you. The charcoal, blueberry extracts and salicylic acid really do make you feel like you're getting value for your money and properly treating your skin, even though Garnier is an affordable brand.

These are the only 2 products in the range at the moment, but I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled to see if any new additions make an appearance in the future.

What do you guys think of charcoal skincare? Will you be making a purchase any time soon?

Lots of love always,




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Sunday, 25 March 2018

My Holy Grail Hair Care Tool

Most of you may not be aware of this, but I've always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. It used to be more like strawberry blonde little ringlets, and since then, it's changed a lot. Over time, I found that it naturally become more of a light brown, and it turned wavy rather than curly, but the fringe that formed wasn't quite so cute by the time I reached the age of 8, and started wearing glasses! I'd actually go as far as to say it was quite a tragic look, but one which I eventually grew out of by the time I started secondary school, much to my relief.

Over the years, I've admittedly dyed it quite a few times. For the most part, my mum would whip out those horrible plastic gloves, and use any decent looking kit from Boots, or Superdrug, just like my grandma used to do for my sister throughout her later teenage life. I went red, darker brown, black, and then in between it would turn gingery with either black, red, or blonde patches, and roots. What a sexy look I had going on back in the day.

It was always particularly greasy when I had a fringe, and although I'd make sure to condition thoroughly, the regular brushes I'd reach for would quite literally rip all my hair out, and not exactly work wonders for the knots.

However, I saw so many people speaking highly about the tangle teezer, and after coming across endless positive reviews, I asked my grandma if she could pick one up for me! This one that I've got now (photographed above), I've easily been using it religiously for at least 5 or 6 years, and I've genuinely never looked back! I do still have a paddle brush, and a couple of different combs that I use, but whenever I'm in the shower, out of the shower, or if my hair is at a manageable length, I'll always reach for this trusty tool. It works an absolute treat at detangling, and smoothing the conditioner through the mid-lengths to ends, because any other brush would just collect loads of hairs, and destroy my locks. I find it really easy to hold, and grip in my hand, so it's perfect to reach for without any fuss. Mine is in the 'Pink Fizz' shade (so I believe), which I have loved for years, but there are so many different styles, and colours available now that next time, I won't be so basic!

In my opinion, I would always invest in 1) a proper, high quality hairbrush and 2) a high quality, luxurious styling tool of your choice, whether that be a hairdryer, straighteners, or curlers. Tangle Teezer now have brushes particularly for thick, curly hair, salon type brushes (similar to the one I use, but more professional!), aqua brushes specifically for the shower or bath, kids ranges, smoothing tools, back combing brushes, and even a compact groomer for men! They really do tailor for everyone's needs.

The prices typically vary from £11-20, but it does entirely depend on what you're after. On their website, they actually offer you the chance to find out which one is best suited for your hair, and your wishes through providing a whole load of information, and videos! I'll definitely be picking up a few more when I get the chance, because who doesn't love new haircare products to get those luscious locks they have always desired?!

If you want to find out more, go to https://www.tangleteezer.com/, or your nearest beauty retailer.

Have you got a Tangle Teezer? What do you like about it?

Lots of love always,





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Sunday, 4 February 2018

My Favourite Lipstick... EVER?!


Being your average 16 year old girl, who doesn't work as of yet (that will all change soon), I can't exactly afford for my entire makeup collection to be made up of MAC, and only MAC. I'm usually a believer in the fact that stores on the high street can sell a variety of products that are essentially dupes for the higher end versions anyway, so why waste money that I don't even have in the first place?

If I could count how many lip products, let alone lipsticks that I'd tried since getting in to makeup, I think it'd easily be way into the 100's, or more! There has been a mixture of high street, and high end (but more high street, I must say), and I have given them all a fair test over time. 

However, when it comes to my favourite, MAC's Velvet Teddy takes the tiara over all of the rest. 
THE PACKAGING
Just like all of the MAC lipsticks, Velvet Teddy comes in the classic, sleek black packaging. I know it may look really simple, and even slightly bland to some people, but I just think it looks more expensive, and more sophisticated to be totally honest! MAC is an effortless brand in general, and people already know that, so there's no need for super fancy packaging to add to that vibe. I always feel very extra if I'm taking out my MAC lippie to apply, and I secretly love that haha!

THE COLOUR
If you're looking for the most perfect nude that you will ever see in your life, (super dramatic, but super true) then I guarantee that Velvet Teddy is for you. Never before did I think that I'd find a nudey shade as lovely as this one, and as well suited for my incredibly pale complexion! It doesn't wash me out, because it isn't too light, and it doesn't have any unflattering undertones either. It just gives you a little something, a little gloss of colour, to get you through the day feeling like an absolute babe. It's definitely my go-to, and I couldn't even see myself reaching for an alternative now! Regardless of whatever your skin tone is, I think this colour will still be equally as flattering. 

THE TEXTURE

Believe it, or not (this actually came as a shock to me personally), Velvet Teddy is actually a matte finish! I'm not that much of a fan of mattes, as that's just my own opinion, and so I usually put a clear lip balm on underneath (I'm not really a regular gloss girl either, but I am partial to some shine every now, and then!), because it just gives more of a healthy glow, which is especially helpful if you get quite cracked lips like I do! It still looks gorgeous if it is matte though, don't get me wrong. 

THE PRICE
Having said all of those positive things, the only negative I can really think of the puts me off is the price. Obviously, it doesn't put me off to the point where I won't repurchase the product (because, believe me, I will when the time comes!), but my MAC lipsticks are typically what I receive as gifts, just because it feels more special, and more luxurious. That's the one day I allow myself to feel like a proper princess anyway! I have had this current one (and my first!) since my 16th, which was in March, and I still have a decent amount left, considering I wear it everyday, so it is worth that extra investment if you're into your lipsticks like me!!

Have you girlies ever owned Velvet Teddy? If so, what do you think of it?

Lots of love always,


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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A Miraculous Moisturiser


Even though I've done a blog post about the OY! range (you can find that here), I felt like this miraculous moisturiser deserved a post of it's own.

Being 16 years old, and having already gone through puberty for a number of years, I've definitely noticed how my skin, and the condition of it has changed significantly during that time. It used to be incredibly oily, and problematic, but nowadays, although it does still get oily, and shiny once the evening has come around, it's no-where near as bad as it used to be - thank goodness!

I never used to really look after my skin, and I certainly didn't consider moisturising it. I think that a common misconception when you have oily skin is that you shouldn't dare to touch moisturiser, because that'll have the opposite effect, and therefore produce more oil. However, that's completely wrong! Everybody needs to moisturise, and everybody needs to look after their skin properly. The key is to tailor your moisturiser towards your skin type. If you have really, desperately dry skin, then use a thick, heavy duty moisturiser to pamper yourself. If you have oily-combination skin, like myself, it's better if you stick to a light-weight, thin moisturiser, just like this one.

There's been a couple of moisturisers here and there that I have thought are decent, or that I'd put in a top 5, but honestly, this one takes the crown! Not only does it come in really nice, simple, effortlessly cute packaging, but it also smells nice, and refreshing too. I either apply it with my fingers, or with a brush to properly blend it in, and I've used it most days for a couple of months now, which goes to show that a little pea sized blob does go a really long way.

It's the only moisturiser that I can say has genuinely worked for me, and I will continue to repurchase it for the foreseeable future. It's £11, but I'd say it's well worth every penny!
 
Have you ever tried anything from Green People's OY! range? What do you think?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Keep Troublesome Skin At Bay With OY! Skincare*

 
 
 

 


 
A couple of months ago, I very kindly got some products sent to me from Green People. They had just released their new Organic Young range, specifically targeted towards teenage skin, and they wanted me to be one of the first people to try it out, so I could let my readers know my thoughts!
 
There are 5 products in total, including a foaming face wash, a cleansing moisturiser, a purifying serum, a blemish concealer, and a deodorant.
 
First things first, let's just take a moment to appreciate the packaging. I absolutely love it! Each individual product has a different colour associated with it, which I think is a really nice touch, and it makes everything much more unique, and interesting. As it's an organic brand (hence the name), the packaging is quite simple, but that's something which I'd say I'm attracted too. It looks neat, and clean, which is the message that the creators were probably trying to get across in the first place.
 
I'm going to start off by talking about the Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash, which comes in a 100ml bottle. It's targeted towards acne-prone, spotty skin, which is especially common within teenagers, and young people, as we often get excess oil on our face, leading to breakouts occurring more frequently, especially if it's around that time of the month. I've used so many different face washes, and cleansers, but never really found one that I genuinely like, or find beneficial. This one in particular has willow bark, which reduces inflammation, and kills off bacteria, and tea tree, which also helps to control bacteria too. The pump makes it really easy to use, and you get a lather that feels super refreshing, and like it does the job. The smell isn't too over-powering, but it definitely makes you feel like you're giving your face a good clean! Just remember that a little really does go a long way.
 
Next up is the Clear Skin Cleansing Moisturiser, which comes in a 50ml tube. This is a natural moisturiser, which helps to promote a spot-free complexion. I usually find that moisturisers make my face feel really greasy, but this one doesn't at all. It's nice, and light, and has a lovely scent, which makes you feel pampered, but also revitalised. Just like the face wash, it contains willow bark, and tea tree, but it also has prebiotics, which help to balance out the skin. You only need a tiny amount, because it's a very thin texture, but it soaks in after a couple of minutes.
 
The third product in this range is the Clear Skin Blemish Concealer. Now, I'm going to be honest, I'm not actually a massive fan of this. When I swatched it on my hand, it appears to be quite dark, and it just doesn't really match my skin tone. It says you can use it as a tinted foundation, if you mix it with the moisturiser, so I may try that, but in regards to covering spots with it, I'm not a fan, unfortunately. It does say on the review section that it may be too dark for very pale skin tones, and I think that's what the issue is with me. However, if you take the time to blend it properly, it does have a nice finish, and it doesn't feel tacky, or sticky or anything, so it may well work for some people who are darker than myself! Many people do really like it, and recommend it, so give it a go, and if you don't get on with it, then you can always give it to somebody else!
 
Although this may come as a surprise, I've never actually used a serum on my skin before, so I was very intrigued when I received the Clear Skin Purifying Serum. This is meant to have with any blemishes, or redness, and irritation. I will be honest, I haven't actually used this on my face yet, but I've tested it out on my hands, and it seems like a good, handy little product! The idea is that you cleanse first, and then apply it sparingly by gently patting it into the skin. It smells absolutely divine, and really luxurious, as it contains black willow bark, tea tree, yucca, and rosehip oil. This only comes in a 30ml tube, but as it's only meant to be used sparingly, it will last you at least a few months.
 
The last thing that I was sent was the Orange & Vanilla Deodorant. This may be a slightly controversial opinion of mine, but I'm not actually a massive fan of roll on deodorants. However, if you're going to the gym, or you have PE at school, or something like that, they can actually be handy to just chuck in your bag. This one looks cute, and it also smells really nice actually. On the website, it says that it lasts around 2 months, which is quite a while for a deodorant! and you can even use it on a daily basis if you wanted to.
 
All of the products are free from any gunk, or junk, and they are only made from natural goodness. If you are a cruelty free consumer, or you're looking to make the transition like myself, then you should check out this range, and also Green People as a whole brand.
 
Thank you to the lovely PR team for sending me these goodies to try out. I really appreciate it, and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what I think of them all!
 
Have you ever heard of Green People? Are you going to try anything from the range?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Green People. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette





Most people, particularly if you're a blogger, or social media influencer have heard about the new addition on the market, which is the Naked Heat Palette. From the second it came out, people were going crazy for it, and it sold out in so many places within a matter of days. Luckily, my older sister surprised me when she came back from Barcelona, as otherwise I probably wouldn't have been able to get my hands on it until Christmas, or later!
 
Even though I'm obsessed with all things beauty, I have tendencies to act like a magpie when it comes to pretty eyeshadows. I have a couple of high-street palettes that I always turn to, and then I have a MAC eyeshadow, which I always use in the crease, or along my bottom lash line. I rarely splurge, or treat myself anymore, because quite frankly, I find it more special if I receive a surprise gift instead, which the person knows I'd love (and blog about, of course!).
 
I genuinely could have cried when I received the Naked Heat Palette. As with all Urban Decay products, the packaging looks incredible. It's obviously high-end, but it just feels, and appears luxurious. From the colours used, to the texture of the lettering, everything is perfect. Everything about it just screams HEAT, which shows that the name is very fitting.
 
As with most eyeshadow palettes, it comes with 12 shades, which are a mixture of mattes, and shimmers. I have included a swatch of each one in a photo above, and as you can see, it goes in somewhat of a gradient from lightest to darkest.
 
The first 3 shades Ounce, Chaser, and Sauced are the most neutral, and ones that you would most probably use as a base. They are still very pigmented though, despite the fact that they are considerably lighter in comparison to the others! Low Blow is a slightly darker one, which can be used on the lid, or in the crease, and I'd say its leaning towards a camel sort of shade.
 
Next up are my favourite 8. Not that I don't love them all, but the slightly more basic ones are quite boring, right? They are there to serve a purpose, but they aren't exactly pretty. Lumbre is by far one of the prettiest ones, and I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it! It's such a gorgeous, shimmery copper shade, and one that would compliment any skin tone. It's got a pearly sheen to it, which I actually really like! Combined with Torch, Dirty Talk and Ember, it looks insane along the lower lash line, and I'll definitely be using them shades there for the upcoming Autumn!
 
He Devil can be used on the outer lid to give more definition, and more of a sultry/smokey appearance if that's what you're going for. That one's a matte, so it could also be used all over the lid, or even in the inner corner if you felt brave enough.
 
I've already briefly mentioned that I use Dirty Talk until the lower lash line, because it works so well with the others. It's redder than Lumbre, but it's just as metallic, hence why they compliment each other so perfectly. I think they would look especially nice on green, or hazel eyes.
 
Up next is Scorched, which I don't think I've actually used yet. This would probably have to be the one that stands out to me the most. It's a warmer copper, compared to the others I've mentioned, and it's got a frosty finish, which I am actually really drawn to. I think it makes the eyeshadow look nicer, both in the pan, and as a swatch.
 
The last 3 mattes within this palette are Cayenne, En Fuego, and Ashes. I used Cayenne in the middle of the lid, and above the crease, because it's one of those shades that can pretty much go anywhere and still add a little something something to the look. It's versatile, and transitional, I'd say. En Fuego is the darker, redder version of it. I'd recommend putting that on the outer lid alongside He Devil, but in future looks, I'd probably try putting it in the middle of the lid, or above too! I guess you just have to experiment with these things. Finally for the mattes is Ashes. I feel as though that stands out slightly more so than the rest, because it's more of a matte purpley-brown, and it works in the crease if you're going for a sultry/smokey eye.
 
The 12th shade, and the last one out of the lot is a shimmer called Ember. That name just reminds me of Bonfire Night, and smoke. I love it. It's a classic frosty brown shade, perfect for the lower lash line to make things really dramatic. There's a reason why I associate it with smoke, and even name is suggestive of that.
 
With this palette, you even get the double-ended brush, which is super soft, and it makes blending the eyeshadows a dream, I'm telling you. I use the flatter side for packing colours on to the lid, and sometimes for running them underneath the lower lash line, and then I use the fluffier, paintbrush like side to blend, and create more definition.
 
Overall, I just love this palette, and think it's absolutely perfect for this time of year. If any of you want to see me recreate some looks with it, I'd be more than happy to do so!
 
Have you ever tried any of the Naked Palettes? Do you want/own this one?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
 



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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Autumnal Lipstick Loves

Most females are obsessed with one type of beauty product in particular. Some are all about the perfect eyebrows, others are all about the highlight that pops, whereas I'm mainly focused on having a pretty pink pout. I've always been 'that' girl, who owns far too many lip balms, and lipsticks. I just can't seem to resist the temptation!

As it's now Autumn, I tend to steer away from the bright pink, glossy look, and I gravitate more towards browny nudes, and berry shades. I do have a purple too, but whether, or not I'm brave enough to crack that one out this year is a completely different matter.

I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about my 4 go-to lipsticks for this time of the year, seeing as Friday marked the end of Summer! I'd be interested to hear what you think, and what your favourites are, because of course I'm always on the hunt for an excuse to spend more money on makeup!

Who remembers back to the time when Revlon's lip butters were all the rage? I think it was in 2012 when every single YouTuber, blogger and their mum had been hyping up this collection like there was no tomorrow. I tried out a couple of the shades then, but I just wasn't a fan, and couldn't understand why they were getting so much recognition. However, since picking up this shade about a year, or so ago, I can honestly say it's one of the nicest lipsticks I've ever tried! I suppose the point is that it's not a lipstick, as such, but a lip butter instead. That could explain why it's so moisturising, and softening, because it contains mango, shea, and coconut butter (would you believe). The name 'Berry Smoothie' is also very fitting, as it really is the perfect berry shade for the Autumn/Winter months. If I don't know what to wear on my lips, but I don't want anything matte, then I'll always reach for this without a doubt!
As I've already mentioned, I don't usually go for pinky nudes during this time of the year, as I'm more focused on darker, browny ones. This shade from L'oreal is exactly what I'm talking about. It isn't too bright, or girlie, but it isn't super dull, or dark either. It's the perfect 'my lips but better shade' for the cooler months. It makes your lips feel hydrated, and supple, as there's the slightest layer of glossiness, which is just what I like! Although this is slightly irrelevant, I also like the smell, because it isn't too overpowering, so it won't put you off. If you're looking for the perfect browny nude, then this ones for you!
 

If there's such a thing as an all-round perfect lipstick, then I'm 99.5% sure this would be the one. I never used to be a fan of matte formulas, because I do tend to get fairly dry lips, but honestly, I cannot say enough good words about this one from Seventeen. Not only is it incredibly pigmented, but it's absolutely ideal now that we are in September. I've been waiting all year to start wearing it again, and I'm so happy that I finally can! The packaging is really sleek, and luxurious looking, and for only £4.49, I think you're onto a winner with this one. However, if you're into more reds, or purples, there will definitely be something like that in the Mega Matte range that floats your boat.
 
 
"Ooooh, a lip lacquer", I hear you say. I thought I'd throw in something just as lovely, but a little bit different for the end of this post. I'm not sure if I've ever seen another lip lacquer on the market, aside from this one. It's a hard one to describe, because it's not your average lipstick, but it certainly isn't a lip gloss either. I suppose it's midway between them both? It's incredibly pigmented, glossy, and long-lasting, and it can be easily applied with the doe-foot applicator, which allows you to be neat, and precise. I think the packaging is almost something from out of space, as it's pretty unique, and all of the names are relating to space, but I love it none-the-less, and think that's what makes it stand out. I really would like to try out more colours in this range too, particularly 'Stellar', and 'Apocaliptic'.
 
Remember to let me know what your favourite Autumnal lipstick shades are, and I'll be sure to check them out. Have I convinced you to buy any of the ones that I've mentioned today?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Looking After Your Body ft. Kind Natured*

 


 
About a month or so ago, I got in touch with a brand called Kind Natured via Instagram, which I had heard of before then. They have a website, but they are also available from Boots, if you live in the UK. All of their haircare and body products are 97% natural made from ingredients which are free from sulphates, parabens and petrochemicals.
 
I was lucky enough to get sent 3 of their full size products, which was such a lovely surprise for me, and something which I didn't expect at all! As you can see from the colour schemes, and the names of each product, there are different scents and different ranges that you get to chose from before making a purchase. You can also see that the things I got gifted were all body care, but as I've already mentioned, that isn't the all that they sell.
 
In today's post, I'm just going to briefly talk you through what I got, a little bit about each individual item, and what else I'd like to try out from this brand.
 
First up, I received the Deeply Nourishing Shea & Macademia Body Lotion* - £4.99. As you can see, everything from Kind Natured is very affordable, but people could genuinely assume that they are a high end brand, because of the quality and the aesthetic. It's a bonus that everything is accessible from the website or in store too. This body lotion is literally a gift sent from heaven. I'm a sucker for anything that smells of shea or macademia, because when applying the product, it just feels so much more expensive and so much more luxurious. I've used this quite a few times since I got it, and it works wonders. I'm quite picky when it comes to putting lotion or cream on my body, because I always feel sticky, or gross afterwards, but I don't get that feeling when using this one! It's rich and moisturising, as it's for very dry skin, and it really does make you feel good after you have applied it. For only £4,99, you really can't go wrong - and it's 250ml, so it lasts a long time!
 
I was also very generously given the Soothing Sea Salt & Bergamot Bath Soak* - £4.99. I haven't actually used this product yet, because it's still Summer, and I'm not a bath in Summer kinda gal, but I can't wait to give it a go, based on first impressions! It smells like something you'd find in a spa, and I think that the Sea Salt & Bergamot compliment each other nicely, especially for a bath soak, which is meant to be relaxing and soothing (hence the name). Sea Salt is used to detoxify, and then there are notes of Bergamot, Orange Flower and Marine, which take you off to a land filled with peace and purity. It's 300ml, and you only need a drop to create lots of lovely bubbles, so it can last all throughout Autumn and Winter. I'll be keeping you updated, and no doubt posting pictures on my social media when I use this little gem!
 
The last thing that I got in the box of goodies was this Heavenly Coconut & Passionflower Body Wash - £4.99*. I used this everyday in the shower once I had taken the photos, and boy oh boy, was it a treat! It's quite runny in consistency, but I think that's what people usually like in a body wash. The website says that the scent includes Patchouli, Sweet Orange, Clove, Passion Flower and a hint of Coconut. How magical does that sound?! It smells really nice and girly, but it also leaves you feeling clean and refreshed once you have washed it off. Believe me when I say the smell really does linger too! Yet again, it's 250ml, and you don't need tonnes of product for it to work well, so you can easily use it whenever you have a bath or a shower to leave you feeling squeaky clean.
 
So, those are all of the products that I very kindly got sent by the PR people at Kind Natured. I genuinely wouldn't talk so highly about products on my blog if I didn't love them, and if I didn't think that other people would too, so as always, these are my honest opinions! For just under £15 if you wanted all of these products, you really can't go wrong.
 
I want to try out some of the haircare and lip balms next, so I'll keep you all updated!
 
Have you ever tried anything from Kind Natured? What do you think of their website?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Kind Natured. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.
 
 

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Summer Makeup Staples

 
 
 

 
 
Although I probably say this in every beauty post, I genuinely do feel like I go for ages without speaking about my favourite makeup products. I usually always talk about either skincare or body care, so I haven't been able to show you what I've been wearing on my face in months!
 
Today, I'm just going to list off a few of my Summer makeup staples and talk you through why I love them as much as I do. These are all things that I've been wearing religiously for quite a while now (well, whenever I bother to do my face!) and they're what I swear by. When I properly love a product, I remain faithful to it until I get bored or find a replacement, which means I get good value for money and I then have go to's which I can rely on as well.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Confidence Boosting Beauty Tips | A Guest Post By Amy Goldsmith


We all have those days where we get up, check our reflection in the mirror, and think “Ugh, I want to go back to bed.” Sometimes we feel down for longer than one day, so we tend to sit at home with our gloomy mood, nursing the huge zit on our forehead and wonder why the gods have decided to curse us. It happens to everyone and it’s really okay to take time off to just lounge at home occasionally, but you don’t want it to turn into a habit. Developing a beauty routine that will give you a mood lift and make you feel cute and glamorous can be downright therapeutic, so don’t hesitate to simply do things that make you feel good. Playing around with your skincare and makeup really makes a girl feel pampered, so here are a few tips to give you a nice, hefty boost to confidence, because not having confidence sucks and you deserve better than to be sad.

Exfoliate

Dull, grey skin with a bunch of dry patches, or excessive oil is hardly a fun thing to wake up to in the morning. Don’t be the kind of person that lets gloopy dirt pile up on their face, as it’ll just make your skin look weirdly textured and uneven. Exfoliation is important if you want smooth skin, just make sure not to use any harsh exfoliants, especially if your skin is sensitive. Do a facial and body scrub once a week, then slather on some moisturizer and you’ll instantly feel sexier because your skin will be super soft.

Have a spa day

Have a big, stressful event coming up? Do a spa day at home. There’s nothing like luxuriating in the bath for at least half an hour as your muscles relax and your worries melt away. Go all in and spread candles around, pour a glass of wine or a beverage of your choice if you're not of the legal age, and just create an atmosphere that makes you feel like a luscious goddess. Put on a facial mask, put oils in your hair, and just really take time to take care of your body.

Play with makeup


A lot of ladies use makeup just to cover up imperfections, but that’s such a shame because there’s so much more to it than that. Makeup is fun and colourful, it’s creative, it’s a form of expression that can be subtle or full on glam – whatever you’re in the mood for. Don’t just use it to hide, use it to show off, to highlight your favourite features. Take the brushes and use them as tools to create art, to paint a picture. Of course, make sure to keep those brushes clean, as you really don’t want any bacteria there to make you break out, and products like the Osmosis brush cleaner can make sure it’s all well sanitized. Don’t worry if you aren’t good at applying it, just take your time and practice. You don’t have to put makeup on only when you’re going out. You can simply play with it when you’re at home, watching your favourite show or listening to music. That winged eyeliner will come to you girl, don’t worry.

Visit a hairstylist

Nothing like a good haircut to make you keep taking cute selfies. If your hair has been feeling a little dull lately, schedule an appointment and have someone transform an old, flat look into something fun and sassy. In case you don’t want to cut anything, go to a colourist. From buttery blonde and toffee colours to something bold like holographic hair – you can be as daring as you like.

Wear perfume

 

How attractive can you feel if you smell like peaches and cream, or jasmine, or lemongrass, or any of the other fresh, summery scents? Nice scents have the power to bring up memories, make us feel light, and invoke the feeling of happiness, so a spritz of your favourite perfume is an easy way to feel beautiful in an instant.
Our beauty routines are more than just an exercise in vanity. These rituals are empowering and they can soothe us even when we feel terrible. You’re beautiful even without them, and you don’t need to rely on them to look or feel good, but they can remind you of your own allure, of your own amazing self. So, pick a pretty outfit, give a bright smile, and sashay down the street like it’s a catwalk.  

 

 
 



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Thursday, 8 June 2017

All About Amie Skincare*

 


 
 
Over the past few months, I haven't been wearing makeup as much as I used to and I also haven't been practising my skincare routine. This has partly been down to the stress of revision and my GCSE exams, because it's left me with hardly any motivation for anything else.
 
Now that my exams are beginning to slow down a little (12 down, 6 to go!), I've started to put more time and attention into my blog whenever I get the chance. I've been planning brand collaborations in the background and today's post is the perfect example of that!
 
Before I got in touch with Amie Skincare, I'd seen them around when I've been searching the web or shopping and I'd heard of them through social media, but I'd never actually taken the time to do my research until a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who may be unaware, Amie is an all natural beauty and skincare range that's available to buy in Waitrose or through online retailers. The products are free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petrochemicals and animal extracts, meaning that they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. What a winner!
 
I was very kindly sent a couple of products to try out in the post for blogging purposes and so I'll talk you through my thoughts today on all 3 things.
 
Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish - £5.95. As far as I'm aware, I've never really spoken about my love for facial exfoliators and scrubs before. I used to use the St Ives Apricot one religiously for ages until it ran out and then I got sent this one to try by Amie! Honestly, I think it blows the St Ives option out the water. Never before have I liked an exfoliator as much as I like this one. I've used it every single day since I got sent it a couple of weeks ago, and it's actually almost completely run out! I'll definitely be repurchasing it time and time again. It has such a refreshing, uplifting smell and it's clear that there are no nasties going onto your face. It has a really nice texture to it, as I don't feel like it's too thin and greasy, but it's also not too thick and heavy - it's just perfect! There are little exfoliating beads, which I love it and it really does leave your face feeling squeaky clean, which is obviously what you want in a face wash! I'd say that it works best for combination to oily skin, as that's what mine is and it works a treat.
 
Amie DAYBRIGHT GLOW Brightening Sheet Masks - £6.99 (x3 in a box). I'm sure most of you have heard about the Garnier Mositure Bomb Sheet Masks by now, right? Although I've never tried the product myself, I've been intrigued by the whole sheet mask concept ever since. When I saw that this brightening one was in my package, I got so excited and I couldn't wait tot try it out! Just like the exfoliating polish, it has that really refreshing, uplifting smell that seems natural and pure. The mask goes on super easily and even though you look like a ghost for about 20 minutes, you can definitely notice a difference in your skin once you have taken it off. I like how you get 3 in each box, because you really do get your money's worth and they can last a good few weeks too.
 
Amie Petal Perfect Cleansing Micellar Water - £4.95. Ever since I can remember, I've started using micellar water instead of makeup remover wipes. I can't stand them anymore. They make my skin feel all polluted and dirty, which entirely defeats the whole purpose of them. Whenever I wear makeup, even if it's just a scrap, I always have to properly cleanse and exfoliate my face afterwards, otherwise I can't go to sleep because my skin feels so tacky. First of all, can we just appreciate how cute the name 'Petal Perfect' is? I love it! This gets my makeup off like a dream, all with just a couple of swipes from a cotton pad! I will admit that it does sometimes sting my eyes when I try to get my mascara off, but I think that every micellar water does that, so it isn't too much of a big deal! It also smells really fresh and clean and it does exactly what it's meant to do. Although it's a bit more expensive than the Garnier one and for a smaller amount, at least Amie aren't one of the brands that test on animals!
 
I hope this post has helped some of you! Let me know if you're going to try any of the products out.
 
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
 
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Amie Skincare. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.
 
 

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

No Concealer



Last September, I came across a brand that I'd never heard of before that go by the name of  'No Concealer'. They reached out to me and whilst we were chatting via Twitter, they mentioned that they would send me a couple of things once they have done their editorial and made it through the initial planning stages.
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