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.

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,


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,


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.


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.


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.


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.  




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.


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.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Organic & Botanic Review*

Back in the Summer, I was lucky enough to get sent 2 full size products from the lovely people that work at Organic & Botanic. The reason that this post has taken me so long to write up is because I've been so busy with school recently, and I haven't had the chance to take much time for myself, which means that I've barely even reached for new products as much as I know I should have, considering I'm supposed to be testing them out.
I've used both of these gifts a couple of times now since I received them, and so I feel like now is a good time to get this post sorted out, as it should have been up months ago - oops!
First up, I think it's important that I mention the fact that Organic & Botanic is actually a cruelty free, 100% natural skincare brand, who don't include any parabens, or nasty chemicals in their products. As someone who is still trying to make a slow transition towards the cruelty free side of beauty, that's always something that I like to research, and look into before working with, or purchasing from anyone that I haven't heard of before. I was very kindly sent both the Amazonian Berry Shea Butter Body Cream, and the Mandarin Orange Correcting Facial Serum to test out, and share my thoughts with my readers.
When I received the package, and had an initial sniff of the products, I couldn't help but notice how nice they both smelt. I don't think I've ever come across anything that smells quite as amazing. I was slightly taken aback, if I'm honest! I absolutely adore berries, and their fresh, but sweet scent, so I was really happy to notice that's how the body cream smells. The packaging is glass, and although it's fairly simple, it gives off a very classy, chic vibe, which I really like, and appreciate. The facial serum doesn't smell of berries, but as the name suggests, it smells of mandarins instead. I'm not complaining at all. It's also quite sweet, and refreshing, and I definitely don't mind applying it to my face, because it isn't too overwhelming at all. It's the perfect choice, in my opinion.
I'm going to start off by talking about the Amazonian Berry Shea Butter Body Cream. Even though I'm aware of the benefits to moisturising, and taking care of your body, I've never found the right product to use, no matter how many I've tried out. However, this body cream is different. I really do like it! It's like a whipped cream, as I'm sure you can imagine, and as soon as you take the lid off, the gorgeous scent just creeps out, and fills the entire room. I can't get enough of it, I'm telling you! When I've used it, I just apply it to my hands, my arms, or my legs, and it does the trick every time. It's really easy to work into the skin, and it doesn't make leave any residue on your hands either, which is something that usually puts me off from other products that I've tried. It instantly makes your skin super soft, especially if you have just shaved your legs, and the smell lingers for ages. It's such a beautiful product, and definitely one that I'll continue to use throughout the Winter months.
In all honesty, I wasn't actually sure if I was going to like the Mandarin Orange Correcting Facial Serum. I'd never tried anything quite like it before, and I always just assumed that they were sticky, and kind of pointless for someone who's only a teenager, like myself. I've tried this serum a couple of times now, and I think I'm beginning to warm to it. It smells super fresh, and fruity, which is enough to entice me if I'm honest! It makes your skin appear glowy, and healthy, as well as looking supple, which is what a serum is meant to do! I think? I'm still not entirely sure! I personally use it by collecting the product in the pipette, and then just squeezing a little drop into the palms of my hands, and patting it onto my face. Comment below, and let me know if I'm doing it wrong though!
Thank you very much once again to the PR people at Organic & Botanic for sending me these two gorgeous goodies. I really am very grateful, and appreciative!
Lots of love always,
Jade xo


Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Miracle Mask


Face masks have always been one of those skincare products that I've loved, and I can't see that changing any time soon. I guess it all started off when I discovered the Mask Of Magnaminty from Lush, and since then, I've just been experimenting with a few to see if I can find a firm favourite. I'd never had much luck until I found this hidden gem from Soap & Glory.
The Fab Pore 2-En-1 Masque & Peeling has quickly become one of my skincare saviours. I've never really had problematic skin, but it's always been a little bit all over the place. When I was just beginning puberty, it was very greasy, and I'd get multiple breakouts every week without fail. The fact that I had a full fringe probably didn't help, but hey, I was younger back then, so nobody really cared anyway.
My skin's improved a lot over the past few years, but I do still get the odd spot here, and there. That's 100% normal though, especially during the teenage stages!
If ever I'm feeling gross, or like I need to cleanse, and detoxify my skin, then I'll always reach for this tub. It's an absolute godsend, and I don't think that many other scrubs would be able to compare to it either.
When you first take the lid off, you immediately smell mint. Now, I'm someone who loves that, but I know it's probably not everybody's cup of tea. The light blue writing could be seen as a sign that it's a minty fresh product, but maybe I see that in a completely different way to some of you! It's a pale blue, fairly thick mask, and it's also got little exfoliating beads in it, so just be aware of that if you're not into that kind of thing.
This might sound really strange, but I actually think of it as a body butter. They don't usually have exfoliating beads in them from my experience, but the whole consistency is like a whipped up body butter, so it actually feels really luxurious, and like something you would use when you're having a pamper, which is exactly what I do anyway!
On the packaging (not the tub itself, but the box it comes in), it says that you can use it for around 5 minutes if you just want a quick treat for your skin, but if you want a deeper detox, then you should use it for around 15 minutes, and that's how long I keep it on for as well. You can apply it just around certain areas of your face if they're playing up, or you can also put it everywhere, depending on how you're feeling. Just remember that a little goes a long way, and even though the tub is quite small for £10, it can last you for a few months, even if you use it a couple of times a week, every week!
I personally apply a light layer all over my face, and leave it on for 15 minutes whilst I do something else, and then I get a flannel, soak it with warm water, and just wipe it off of my face. It's such a pretty blue colour that I have no shame walking around the house, or sending pictures of myself with it on either!
Even though the Mask Of Magnaminty from Lush was always my favourite face mask, I would definitely say that this one joins it in first place now, because it's honestly amazing! It gives a really nice, tingling sensation when it's on the skin, and it leaves you feeling super soft, and smooth. You definitely know that you have cleansed, and exfoliated once it's been removed, trust me!
Overall, I couldn't recommend this product highly enough. If you're someone who struggles with your skin, or doesn't know what sort of product to use when you're in need of some TLC, then you definitely need to go, and get this! It's only £10, and it really will work wonders. It has for me, so I'm sure it will for you as well!
Have you ever tried this mask? What do you think about it?
Lots of love always,
Jade xo


Sunday, 11 December 2016

My Go To Autumnal Makeup


Let's be honest here. The title of this post is probably slightly misleading. I wouldn't say that any of the products I'm featuring are particularly 'Autumnal', but as it's currently Autumn (still - although, I'm not complaining), and this it a list of the makeup I have been wearing as of late, then it will have to do.
Before I even start by talking about the products, I just want to emphasise the fact that this is literally all that I do when I can be bothered to paint my face. I know it may seem fairly strange to some of you, but I don't actually wear anything as a base. I don't like foundation, and I can't say I'm a fan of BB, or CC creams either. Maybe on the odd occasion, I'll wear a tinted moisturiser, but apart from that, it just doesn't do anything for me, apart from giving the illusion that I'm an oompa-loompa, who's rubbed an entire cake into her face, topped with creases - yum. I prefer the slightly more au naturel look.
Anyway, that's my lil rant over. Onto the products..
Seventeen Stay Time Concealer / £4.49 - I kid you not, this is my holy grail concealer. I get the fact that pretty much every one, and their sister speaks so highly about the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, but it really didn't float my boat at all. I just didn't like it! There's probably a few people out there who won't, or don't like this concealer either, but honestly, if you haven't tried it yet, then we can't be friends. You need to get your hands on it! Whether I apply it under my eyes to hide those permanent pandas, or whether I put a little bit onto those pesky, red blemishes - it does the trick, and it does it every single time. You don't get any creases either. What a winner!
Sleek Face Form Kit / £9.99 - One of those brands that can't put a foot wrong in my books is Sleek. It's not even like I've tried out all of their products, because in all honesty, I've only used this, another blush palette, and a couple of eye shadow palettes, but they genuinely are insanely amazing. To get a contour colour, a highlight, and a blush all in the same kit for only a tenner is one of the many reasons why you should love them. Even though I only use the blush, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the bronzer, and the highlighter, and I would definitely use them if I was on more of a restricted budget, and wanted to use all of my face products in the same place. It also has a mirror, so this would be perfect for travelling, or if you're in a rush.
Tanya Burr 'Enchanted Dream' Eye Palette / £6.00 - There aren't many YouTubers that I'd go as far as to say I 'admire'. If I had to pick one though, Tanya Burr would definitely be the gal I'd choose. Not only is she inspirational with the work that she does, and the way that she has such a positive outlook on life, but she puts so much time, and effort into everything, and all of the projects that she works on, which is clear to see if you buy anything of hers. Her makeup range is no exception. The 'Enchanted Dream' palette is literally one of the only eye shadow quad's that I'll wear now. It takes the spot at the top, that's for sure! All of the colours can be used in one look, and it can be worn every day as well, which is exactly what I like, to be honest. On the back, it gives you some ideas as to what shadow you can put where, and so I just follow that if I want to create a look using this set of 4 shades! You really can't go wrong, and especially not for £6.00!
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara / £7.99 - A product that I've spoken about endless times on my blog this year is my favourite mascara to date - Maybelline's Lash Sensational. I feel like mascara is one of those hit, and miss kinda products. Sometimes it can be too clumpy, sometimes it can make your lashes appear more sparse than they did in the beginning, and other times, you just look like you have replaced them with actual spiders. Trust me, it's not cute. I'm lucky in the fact that mine don't need that much work, as they're naturally pretty voluminous, but I like to add extra length, and thickness to them anyway. This does just the trick. One thing I will say though is that taking the waterproof version off has become the absolute bane of my life. Don't let that put you off though. It's brill.
Seventeen Brows That Brow Kit* / £5.99 - Oooh, check out Seventeen making another appearance on my blog in the same post. That's how you know they're something special! I'm not gonna ramble on too much about this product, because I featured it in a whole other post, which you can read here, but honestly, I refuse to use any other kit on my eyebrows now that I've found this. It's absolutely perfect. There's a pencil, a little brush, a wax, a setting powder, and a highlight for your brow bone. All for £5.99. Now, I'd call that a bloody bargain, wouldn't you? Just go, and read the other post I did. It will convince you to buy it in an instant, trust me!
MAC 'Velvet Teddy' Lipstick / £15.50 - My one true love. Well, my very expensive love, but that's besides the point. It's my one true lipstick love none-the-less. Being the typical teenager, and beauty blogger that I am, I couldn't live life happily without owning this makeup staple. I get how silly that sounds, but it's true! Every girl, and her best friend has it, so I just had to jump on the bandwagon as well. It would be rude not to, after all. Velvet Teddy is the perfect 'my lips, but better shade'. It really, truly is. Matte lipsticks are usually quite drying, but long-lasting, so just make sure that you exfoliate, and/or moisturise beforehand, and you should be fine! It suits any skin tone, and it instantly makes you look sophisticated, and ready to face the day. You know you can't go wrong with a MAC lipstick, despite the fact that the extortionate price makes you want to cry a little bit. It's Christmas soon, so you may as well treat yourself. Blame me, and this blog post if it helps you justify your remaining bank balance!  Trust me, Velvet Teddy is worth the pain, and the poorness that follows.
This post has been an absolute joy to write up! I've loved sharing my favourite beauty products of the moment with you, and hopefully it's given you some ideas as to what you want to test, and try out next! Also, I tried really super hard with the photography, which I'm pretty proud of, and I did something a little bit different from what I'd usually do, so let me know what you think. I think it's quite quirky, and artistic if you ask me!
What are some of your makeup must haves at the moment?
Lots of love always,
Jade xo

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