The Moroccanoil Christmas Collection – A Treat for your Hair!

Hello lovely followers!

Whose enjoying the Christmas season? I feel like I am still trying to fully embrace it, which is unusual for me but I think that’s because I am still completely focused on writing as many blog posts as possible!

If you follow me as a blogger and on social media you will have seen some of the great products I have been writing about in previous posts. Today’s post is no exception! In this article, I am sharing my review of the amazing product Moroccanoil, which I was gifted by the company themselves through my lovely blogging group Beauty Blog Collective – do check us out, as there are some other awesome beauty bloggers in the group!

So, what is MoroccanOil?

Moroccanoil is made from pure argan oil. Argan oil comes from the nut of the argan tree, which grows in the Mediterranean. The oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is meant to hydrate and smooth hair, skin and nails. It also provides UV protection! Moroccanoil sources the best quality argan oil using the cold press system and ensures its products don’t  contain any additives, preservatives or colourants.

Most people know Moroccanoil for the wonderful hair oil but the brand actually produces products for the body, face and home too! In this instance, they sent me a couple of items from their Christmas shop, both of which focus on the hair oil.

What did I receive?

I received a lovely package containing the following:

  1. A Moroccanoil Treatment Ornament
  2. A Full-Size Moroccanoil Treatment Light
  3. A Moroccanoil Signature Scented Candle

I was very excited to try everything, especially the Light treatment which is designed for fine hair! I tested both oils for a couple of weeks and my thoughts on both are below.

The Original Moroccanoil Treatment Ornament

This ornament is such a great idea! It can be hung on your Christmas Tree or used as a stocking filler and is the perfect size for travel. The packaging was simple and elegant for the festive season. As for the oil, as I expected it smelt heavenly and is a beautiful amber colour. It feels rich in your hand but surprisingly it does not leave an oily residue on your skin!

I applied this oil immediately after washing my hair when it was still quite wet, on dry hair and in the morning and at night. On wet hair, it absorbed within seconds and I only used a pea-sized amount. This easily covered the lengths of my hair – you should not apply this oil to the roots if you have naturally oily hair (like I do) as it will make your roots more oily! On the hair length however it was excellent at smoothing the follicle, provided a gorgeous shine and your hair feels so silky once its dry! It also smells amazing and the scent lasts for hours!

On dry hair, it had the same effects BUT you have to be careful not to apply too much as it will weigh your hair down and make it look oily! You could literally smooth a fingertip’s worth on your hair and over frizzy areas and that is enough! Personally, I loved using it as a night-time treatment on wet hair so that it could really absorb into the follicles as it dried. That also produced the best results for me! Even though this is the miniature version, I know it will last ages as you don’t need to use much in one go.

The Moroccanoil Treatment Light

The Light version of the oil is excellent. You can actually tell it is lighter when you see it in your hand – the colour is slightly less amber coloured and the texture feels less heavy. However, it still has the same amazing effects on the hair! I used this oil in the same ways as the Original oil and I did notice that my hair felt less ‘heavy’ after using the Light version. Definitely still be careful using it on dry hair if you are prone to greasy roots but it works brilliantly on wet hair as a regular addition to your hair care routine. I would use the Light version more often and use the original as an intensive treatment!

The Moroccanoil Candle

This is a lovely gift item and it smells awesome! As soon as you remove the lid you are hit with the signature Moroccanoil scent and it lasts for hours! I have used the candle sparingly because I don’t want to use it up too fast! But, you don’t need to burn it for hours for the fragrance to fill the house! If you are a candle lover as I am, you will love this little extra!

Would I recommend trying Moroccanoil Treatment Oils?

Yes! Since using these oils, my hair has been smoother, softer and much silkier. It also speeds up drying time for wet hair massively! I have long reasonably thick hair and after applying this oil my hair would be completely dry within 30 minutes! After every use, my hair was in excellent condition and I also found my hair styled better when I used curling tongs and straighteners! Overall these oils are brilliant and definitely worth buying, they will last ages and you will easily see the difference they make to your hair!

Next, I want to try the face and body products! If they are as good as the hair oils, I will be a loyal customer for years to come! To see the entire collection and the Christmas shop check out the website here.

I hoped you enjoyed this post! I’d love to know about your experiences with Moroccanoil, leave me your comments! Don’t forget to subscribe and follow and feel free to share too! See you again soon!

Dips xxx

N.B. THIS BLOG IS NOT SPONSORED BY MOROCCANOIL AND IS PURELY BASED ON MY PERSONAL OPINION, BUT THE PRODUCTS WERE SUPPLIED AS A PR PACKAGE.

The Body Shop Beauty & Skin Care – My Review

Hi, beauty fans!

I can’t believe it is already May 2017! This year is flying by but so far it has been a positive one! I have already been presented with some very exciting opportunities and I have met some lovely people – long may it continue!

The Body Shop

One such opportunity I was given was to review a selection of skin care products and makeup from The Body Shop! One of my old school friends is now a Body Shop Consultant and thought I would be interested to try some of the recent ranges so she kindly sent me some samples. In return, I offered to do a review of the products and now after a few weeks of testing everything I am finally able to write this post!

I have loved The Body Shop for years, mainly for their body care and the lovely Christmas ranges they always create each year! I had never really tested the skin care or the makeup so this was a real eye-opener, for me! This is what I received:

On the left are the following products:

  • Lip and Cheek Stain in Vineyard Peach
  • A Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask sachet
  • An Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil sachet
  • A Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask sachet
  • Drops of Youth (Facial) Concentrate

On the right are samples of the following:

  • Amazonian Acai Mask
  • Instablur
  • Ethiopian Honey Mask
  • Chinese Ginseng and Rice Mask
  • All in One BB Cream
  • Drops of Light Day Cream
  • Vitamin C Liquid Peel
  • Drops of Youth Youth Cream
  • Oils of Life Revitalising Cream
  • Drops of Youth Liquid Peel
  • British Rose Mask

You can imagine how much fun I have had trying all these lovely samples! I managed to use everything a few times each to get a real feel for the products and how they affected my skin, and my review of each is below:

  • Lip and Cheek Stain

This product comes in 9 shades – I tested Vineyard Peach, which was fortunate for me as I love peach makeup! The actual stain is a creamy texture and very easy to blend into the skin. The colour is quite pigmented in the bottle but once on the skin, it provides a wash of colour rather than a super intense look. It can be built up to achieve a deeper more noticeable blush but I actually liked that it gave a more subtle natural glow. It has the same effect on the lips and doesn’t dry them out, but I preferred it as a blusher simply because I like my lip colour to be more obvious.

More Info: Lip and Cheek Stain

  • Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

I was very excited to try this mask as I have heard so many good things about it and about Charcoal in general. It’s unlike any other mask I have ever tried! It contains bamboo charcoal, tea tree oil and green tea leaves and the texture was a slightly loose, grainy but non-abrasive paste. The fragrance was pleasant and it doesn’t completely dry once applied but won’t easily move or drip either. I applied it for up to 5-10 minutes and then washed off and my skin looked and felt gorgeous! It was smooth, plump and soft and brighter than before. I got 3 uses from the sachet and the result each time was very good – I am sure if I was to use it as part of my regular skincare routine it would have long-lasting positive effects!

More Info: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

  • Oils of Life Revitalising Facial Oil

This range is designed to provide radiance to the skin. Everything contains 3 seed oils – Black Cumin seed oil, Camellia seed oil and Rosehip seed oil, as well as essential oils and olive oil. It has a strong, slightly spiced scent and feels lovely on the skin. It absorbs easily and the skin feels soft and nourished afterwards. I am a big fan of facial oils and this one is a definite must try. As you don’t need more than a couple of drops at a time, I was able to use this oil a few times morning and night and I definitely noticed how great my skin felt and looked.

More Info: Oils of Life Revitalising Facial Oil

  • Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

When I saw this amongst the samples I was so happy, as I love trying products that work overnight! This mask is designed to fight the first signs of ageing and provide plump fresh skin. The mask is a milky colour in a gel-cream formula and it smooths over the skin beautifully. You don’t feel like you’re wearing a mask at all! It isn’t sticky or wet once applied so my face didn’t stick to my pillows or bed linen and when I woke up my skin felt gorgeous! Even after I washed my face my skin remained soft and full. This was one of my favourite products out of the samples and I highly recommend trying it!

More Info: Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

  • Drops of Youth Concentrate

Another great product from the Drops of Youth range! This Concentrate is like a facial serum, in a milky loose gel formula and you only a need a pea-sized amount to cover your whole face. It absorbs quickly and gives the skin a slightly blurred effect! This is great if you want to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines! As the sample I was sent was a good size, I am still using this and I love it!

More Info: Drops of Youth Concentrate

  • Amazonian Acai Mask

   

I love face masks! Trying all the sample masks was skincare heaven for me! This mask almost feels like a scrub as it is slightly grainy! It smells really fruity and smooths onto the skin as a gel. I left it on for 5 minutes in each use and afterwards my skin felt fresh and soft and almost dewy! Its designed to invigorate the skin and it certainly did that!

More Info: Amazonian Acai Face Mask

  • Instablur

This product does exactly what the name implies! It is a soft clear putty which once applied blurs lines, pores and skin blemishes, leaving the skin very smooth and soft, ready for foundation. You can also wear it without makeup and it has the same effects. I normally use Benefit Porefessional to hide my pores etc. but I would consider switching to this now I have tested it!

More Info: All in One Instablur

  • Ethiopian Honey Mask

This mask smells and feels heavenly! It looks like it could be actual honey and has a definite honey scent, warm and comforting. It glides onto the skin as a thick gel, remains moist and after leaving on the skin for 5 minutes it washes off to leave radiant moisturised skin. If you suffer from dry skin it would be a great mask to replenish the moisture in the skin.

More Info: Ethiopian Honey Mask

  • Chinese Ginseng and Rice Mask

This was by far my favourite mask! It looks more like a scrub than a normal face mask but it is designed to exfoliate the skin as a mask. It has a creamy consistency with very fine rice grains and when I tried it I massaged it into the skin before letting it set, just to get some extra exfoliation from it! As with the other masks, I let it sit for 5 minutes and then washed it off and my skin felt simply amazing! So smooth and soft, more so than any of the other masks I tried and the texture of my skin looked and felt like it did when I was a child! This mask is definitely going on my wishlist!

More Info: Chinese Ginseng and Rice Mask

  • All in One BB Cream

This was probably my least favourite product. I don’t wear BB creams generally as I prefer foundations, so this product was already fighting an uphill battle! To be fair to the product, it does do what it is supposed to in that it adapted to my skin tone well and I did not need a huge amount to evenly cover my face. My skin did look more even after application as well. However I like my base to provide medium to full coverage which this did not do, not surprisingly as a BB cream, and I also did not like the smell of the cream, which was almost medicinal.

More Info: All in One BB Cream

  • Drops of Light Day Cream

The Drops of Light range is designed to brighten the skin and diminish dark spots. The effects become more apparent after a few weeks of use so I would need to keep using this product to determine if it does brighten the skin. However, after using it a few times I did find that it moisturised my skin well and left my skin dewy and smelling great! You can tell from the appearance of the cream itself that it has brightening qualities so I would expect that in time it would have the effect it states but I would have to keep testing it to be sure!

More Info: Drops of Light Day Cream

  • Vitamin C Liquid Peel

Peels are another skin care product I really love to use! After testing Cure Natural Aqua Gel, I realised how amazing a face peel can be so I was excited to try the Peels in the samples. This Vitamin C Peel was my favourite of the two I tested and my second favourite product from all the samples. It has a fresh citrus smell and turns from a gel into a liquid when applied to the skin. According to the description, you can let this product sit on the skin and then peel it off however I found it worked far better if you gently rubbed the liquid over the skin – you could see the dead skin flaking away! After rinsing the skin, it felt soft, fresh and smooth and looked brighter and less textured. This is another item I will be adding to my wishlist!

More Info: Vitamin C Liquid Peel

  • Drops of Youth Youth Cream

This cream is luxurious, thick and rich. It’s super moisturising, has a lovely comforting scent and leaves the skin feeling deeply hydrated and plump. As it is so rich, you don’t need much so I still have some of the sample left and will use it when my skin needs an extra dose of moisture.

More Info: Drops of Youth Youth Cream

  • Oils of Life Revitalising Cream

This is another thick nourishing day cream. As with the other Oils of Life sample, it has a lovely slightly spicy fragrance and whilst it feels oily on your fingers once applied to the face it absorbs well and there is no oily residue. The skin feels soft and supple after use and after continued use, you should see a reduction in the visible signs of ageing. I cannot vouch for that yet but just from my limited use, I would definitely consider buying it in the future.

More Info: Oils of Life Revitalising Cream

  • Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

This was the second peel I sampled, from the Drops of Youth range, however, I did not find this one nearly as effective as the Vitamin C Liquid Peel. To start I did not like the smell of the product which was very strong and almost astringent. I also found that whilst it did remove dead skin the result was not as noticeable as with the Vitamin C peel and I found that some of the peel was difficult to remove, especially where I had tiny facial hairs. If I had to choose which to buy the Vitamin C Peel would win hands down.

More Info: Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

  • British Rose Mask

This was the final mask I tested. As the name states, it’s all about the rose and should give you dewy plumped skin after use. It smells gorgeous and has visible rose extracts in the gel. After leaving it on my skin for 5 minutes and rinsing, my skin did feel fresh and soft but I have to say it was no more noticeable than any of the other masks. What I liked about this mask was the scent, which lingered on the skin even after removing it. If you love the rose scent then you’ll love this!

More Info: British Rose Mask

And that is the end of my Body Shop samples review! I have loved trying so many lovely products and luckily my skin has reacted well to everything given how many different things I have tried! It has also been great learning more about The Body Shop ranges and I have to say I would happily buy skincare from there now!

I know this is a particularly long post, but I wanted to make sure I covered every single product in enough detail to help all of you decide whether to spend your hard-earned money on them! Hopefully, I have done that and you’ve enjoyed reading this – if you have, I’d love for you to like and share the post and if you have any questions about the products feel free to leave them in the comments!

See you back here soon!

Dips xxx

My day of All Things Beauty

Hi, lovelies,

I hope you’re all enjoying the lovely weather this weekend! For a change, I have had a relaxing couple of days enjoying the sunshine and taking stock of various things in my life and regarding my blog.

I don’t know about you but now that I have been blogging for nearly 4 months it is hard not to become completely consumed by everything blog and social media related! There is so much to learn and do to make the most of blogging but never enough time to do everything, especially if you still have a very busy full-time job too. That’s why this weekend I was determined to take a step back, relax and remember there are many things to enjoy in life as well as blogging!

A Different Kind of Post

That led me to decide on this post. I started this blog site with the aim of focusing mainly on beauty, makeup and skin care but actually, there are so many subjects that I could cover under the title “All Things Beauty”. This post embraces that idea and is different to my usual posts because instead of just reviewing some great skincare or makeup, I wanted to share how I spent a lovely day recently enjoying “All Things Beauty” around Birmingham!

Beauty Day 1 – Sims Footwear

So, I started my day quite early and my first stop was a beautiful shoe store in the Great Western Arcade. The shop is called Sims Footwear and it stocks some of the most unusual and quirky shoes I have ever seen!

I haven’t bought any shoes in ages as my money generally goes on makeup now but this shop tempted me to splurge! There were so many designs to choose from, a variety of colours and heel heights and even matching handbags – it’s a shoe lovers heaven! If you haven’t been to this shop before I definitely recommend a visit.

Beauty Day 2 – House of Fraser

From there I paid a visit to House of Fraser. I have not been to House of Fraser in a long time as I no longer work in the city centre but I used to spend hours in there wandering the makeup sections! This time I actually paid a visit to the Swarovski concession stand first! I have been a lover of Swarovski for years and have a sizeable collection of jewellery but it has been a while since I bought anything.

There were some gorgeous pieces on display:

I have said before how much of a magpie I am – Swarovski is a magpie’s dream! There are so many designs to pick from and a range of prices depending on the budget you want to stick to. Swarovski also run a membership card where you can earn vouchers as you spend – suffice to say I have earned a lot of vouchers over the years! If you know someone who loves jewellery or you are looking for a special gift I would always recommend a visit to Swarovski! On this occasion, I was able to resist spending on the new Spring collection!

The Makeup Counters – Benefit

I then, of course, wandered to the makeup section! I never get bored with looking at makeup and beauty products as there is always something new to discover. One of my favourite brands is Benefit, the products are always great quality and they also create lovely packaging for everything. I loved the display stand they had set up for the extensive eyebrow range:

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I have tried a few of the products from the eyebrow range and everything is brilliant. The brow pomade Ka Brow is perfect for defining and shaping your brows – I use this for a night out so my brows look on point all night! Gimme Brow is ideal for slightly darkening and tidying up the brows whilst keeping them looking natural. The new versions of High Brow Glow are also great for highlighting under the brows and in the inner eye corners. The new range is worth exploring if you struggle with your brows as there is a product for everyone’s taste!

Bobbi Brown

Next on my journey was Bobbi Brown. This is one of the brands I first started following when I started learning about makeup and my love has never diminished. Most of my first makeup brushes were purchased from Bobbi Brown and I still have them! I love seeing what new makeup Bobbi Brown has created and on this day I discovered a new line of eyeliners!

These eyeliners are beautiful! The colours are all dark, perfect for creating a smoky eye or a rich natural look and the texture was so soft and smooth! I took swatches of each colour and when first applied you could blend them out but once they had set on my skin they did not move all day and the colours did not fade. I did not buy any of them on this occasion simply because I was watching my spending but they are definitely on my wishlist!

Another recent release by Bobbi Brown is the Art Stick Liquid Lipsticks. I have bought one of these to test and I have to say they are really good!

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It is basically a lipstick in a squidgy pen! They are really easy to use, the colours are lovely and no less pigmented than a normal lipstick and it is easy to control the application. The colour stays for a good few hours before you need to reapply and they aren’t drying. It’s a clever design and a great handbag item!

Beauty Day 3 – Superdrug

After House of Fraser, I decided to wander to another favourite store of mine – Superdrug! I remember when Superdrug barely stocked any makeup or beauty products but now its brilliant! I can spend hours wandering the makeup aisles in Superdrug and they stock some really great value makeup brands that I probably would never have tried if they weren’t available here. On this trip, I was very restrained but I did notice that they now stock Nip + Fab Makeup!

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I have heard more and more good things about this brand but I have not tried anything as yet. This stand was already out of stock for many items which is generally a good sign that the brand is worth trying! I particularly want to try the cleansing facial pads which are supposed to be excellent but they weren’t in stock so I will have to keep checking until I can try them! I have also heard high praise for the correctors and concealers so they are both on my wishlist!

Beauty Day 4 – Debenhams

If you’re a makeup lover like me, a trip to the city centre would not be complete without a trip to Debenhams. Over time Debenhams has expanded its makeup section and it now includes some of my favourite brands, like Too Faced and Makeup Forever. I specifically wanted to check if Too Faced’s Natural Love palette was in stock but it wasn’t (I have since bought this palette and will be reviewing it soon!) However whilst there I saw Urban Decay had released a new palette and some limited edition lipsticks:

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Up to this point, I had been very controlled with my spending but when I saw this I had to buy it! This palette is petite but still maintains the Urban Decay quality we have all come to expect from the brand. I will be reviewing the palette separately with swatches but I can say the eyeshadows are buttery and pigmented and the colour selection is very versatile for day and night. I also bought one of the lipsticks and I love that too! It’s very pigmented, quite hydrating and stayed put for the majority of the day.

On the way out of the store I passed by the Illamasqua concession stand and saw they had released a new set of lipsticks too:

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Illamasqua is another amazing brand that I love to keep up with and it took a lot for me not to purchase some of these lipsticks! I have tried Illamasqua lipsticks before and they are beautiful, soft and creamy with great coverage and colour payoff. I will no doubt buy a lipstick from the new range at some point and I recommend trying the brand as a whole if you haven’t!

Beauty Day 5  – Lush Cosmetics

After strolling across town for a good few hours I was ready to go home, but not before I paid a visit to Lush! I have never truly explored Lush as a brand but I had heard so many recommendations I thought I better see what all the fuss is about! Watch out for a future post on what I bought and my review of the products!

And that was my day of All Things Beauty! I love days like that, where you can just enjoy spending time window shopping and enjoying the atmosphere as the city centre gets busy! It’s also a great way to relax, clear your mind and get some exercise – I felt thoroughly refreshed and inspired by the time I got home!

I hope you liked this post, I know it’s not what you usually expect from me but I had such a lovely day looking at beautiful things that I felt I had to share it! If you enjoyed this post, do like, comment and share it and if you don’t already, please subscribe!

See you all again soon!

Dips xxx

Miraclo London Nail Art – My Review

Hello beautiful people,

I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine this weekend! It’s so gorgeous outside, I’m sitting in a cosy sun-drenched corner of my lounge while writing this and its bliss! I’m hoping for more like this, as its so lovely enjoying the sun whilst writing about things I love!

Miraclo Nails London

Today, I wanted to tell you about a new nail product I have tested! This product was sent to me as a PR sample by the company Miraclo London in exchange for my honest review and its been great fun trying it out. Miraclo London is a company I had never heard of before and they create beautiful fashion and nail art jewellery. As a lover of all beautiful things and beautiful nails, I was thrilled to test out a few of the nail art range.

This is the outer packaging:

  

The main box was elegant and sturdy and inside it was felt-lined and housed 2 nails. I received 3 boxes of different sized and designed nails and some loose samples and they were all beautifully packaged.

  

  

The Design

The first thing that makes these nails unique is that they are metal, not plastic or imitation acrylic. They come in silver and gold and can be round tipped or pointed. They also make them in small, medium and large sizes to cater for all nail sizes. On the website, there is a sizing guide to help you to pick the correct sizes. I tested all three sizes. They also have different designs embossed on them including special designs for holiday seasons such as Christmas.

  

Above on the left are the 3 sizes and on the right are the full set of nails I received. When I tried these on my nails, the largest size was suitable for my thumbnail and the middle size fit my other 3 mid-size nails, but they didn’t cover my entire nails from side to side – they did leave a tiny part of my natural nail showing, although this was not noticeable. Sadly, the smallest size was actually slightly too wide for my little finger nail. It was then too small for my other nails so for me the smallest nail size was unusable.

What’s Included

To attach the nails, each box contained the following which was tucked behind a flap in the box lid:

The instruction leaflet helpfully had written and picture information which explained the full process for attaching the nails. The next important difference between these nails and plastic false nails is that these can only be attached with the sticky tabs provided. You cannot use nail glue. They are also designed for at least 24-hour use so they work well for a night out or a special occasion.

The process to apply them is very similar to standard false nails – you push your nail cuticles back, buff your own nails slightly and then clean the inside of the Miraclo nail with a cotton bud before applying one of the sticky tabs to it. The tab needs to be pressed down for a short time to make sure it fully adheres to the nail and then it can be applied to your own nails! This is how they look once attached:

  

The first 2 pictures are using the medium-sized nails and the last is the largest size. Once on they were really comfortable and did not move at all. I think they would be ideal for Christmas and New Year when you want something extra special!

Pros and Cons

So, what are the pros and cons of these metal false nails compared to standard plastic and acrylic ones?

Well, the Miraclo nails are beautifully designed and made of good quality metal. They don’t need to be filed into shape, they come in many different designs, they are easy to apply and remove and they can be reused many times.

However, because they only come in 3 sizes instead of a wide selection as you would normally receive, they may not fit all nail shapes. Personally, I don’t think I would use them for longer than 24 hours in one application as I would not want to diminish the shine on the nail, I would not want to risk losing one and I would rather save them for something special. They will also cost more than a standard pack of plastic false nails although there is a bulk discount available online. Realistically I think they are perfect for special occasions but not for regular use.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review! One of the things I am most loving about being a beauty blogger is the ability to try new things and review them for all of you, especially when the items I am reviewing are different and unique! If you liked this post, please like and share it! If you aren’t subscribing to my blog yet I would love it if you did!

See you again soon!

Dips xxx

Bliss Fabulips – is it fabulous?

Hey there lovelies,

I hope you’re all looking forward to the weekend! My blog this week is later than usual as I have been so swamped and stressed with my ‘day job’ that I haven’t had the energy to come home and go straight back on the PC! Suffice it to say I cannot wait for the weekend!

Bliss Fabulips

I know I have been on more of a skincare vibe in my last few posts but I am really into caring for my skin at the moment. You all seem to enjoy reading them so I’ve done another one! This one, however, is about lip care. I don’t know about you but I struggle to keep my lips soft and smooth all year round. Sadly I also have a bad habit of chewing my lips, especially when I am stressed! This kit popped up when I was surfing the web and I had never heard of Bliss before so I thought it might be worth trying. I bought it and have been testing everything over the last 2-3 weeks.

The kit includes the following items:

  • On the far left, a lip scrub
  • In the middle, a lipstick style lip balm
  • Next, a lip cleanser
  • On the far right, a lip plumping cream

The Lip Scrub

I have tried using scrubs before and I even made a DIY lip scrub but I never found that they made any difference to the condition of my lips. This one is actually pretty good, in that it contains natural ingredients, has a pleasant taste and smell and the texture is not too abrasive but does buff the lips. This is what it looks like:

You don’t need a lot to scrub your top and bottom lips. I don’t use it every day but the days I have used it, my lips have felt noticeably softer and smoother afterwards. This effect will last to the day after use as well. I do have to say when I have forgotten to use it my lips do start to dry and chap again. Now it may be that no product can give me super soft smooth lips all the time but I was hoping this product might have a slightly longer lasting effect compared to others. Sadly it only seems to maintain the results if you use it religiously every couple of days, but it does work to a reasonable degree.

The Lip Balm

This is also pleasantly scented and not too soft in texture. It does moisturise the lips well and I tend to use it at night when I go to sleep so that it sinks in. In the morning my lips will still be reasonably soft but that won’t last into the day unless I apply more. For me, I am searching for a lip balm that can be applied sparingly and keep my lips soft all day. This is proving to be a challenge, which I hoped this lip balm would solve but it’s not quite there.

The Lip Cleanser

Now, this product is less about giving you soft lips. It is more about making sure they are clean and ready to absorb whatever you put on your lips afterwards. It’s really good for cleaning your lips after wearing heavy lipstick or a deep stained colour. Your lips do feel refreshed and clean and plump after use. This is probably my favourite item in the kit because it does what I expect it to! Like the other products, it has a lovely fragrance and pleasant taste and the texture is smooth and gel-like.

The Lip Plumper

I have to advise that I did not really notice any difference in my lips after using this! Apart from a slight tingling after the gel was applied, I did not see any change in the plumpness of my lips! It did give a nice sheen to my lips and added a little moisture but that’s about it. For obvious reasons, this was my least favourite item!

So does this kit deliver ‘full, healthy, beautiful lips’ as promised on the box? Overall, I would have to say it helps to keep your lips in good condition. BUT given what it has been created for, the effects aren’t as obvious and long-lasting as you would hope. The kit cost £25 which isn’t extortionate when you are getting 4 products but I would not buy it again. At most I would buy the cleanser on its own because that does deliver. However, I will have to continue my hunt for a good lip balm and lip scrub that gives me the luscious long lasting lips I want!

Hopefully, you enjoyed reading this post and found it useful! If you have any good recommendations for lip products I can try do leave your comments in the box below, I always love getting your feedback! If you did like this post, feel free to like and share and keep following me!

Thanks! xxx

The John Lewis Beauty Box

Hi there beauty lovers,

I hope your week is going well! I’ve had a busy week so far, I’ve noticed a lot of activity on all my social media feeds and my blog which is amazing – thank you all for your support! I need more hours in the day to read and respond to everything, anyone else feel like that?!

The John Lewis Beauty & skincare Box

Turning to this post, I have been meaning to do this review for AGES but kept forgetting it! If any of you are John Lewis club card holders you may recall receiving an email a few months ago about a limited edition members-only beauty box offer – this was the box! It was £25 and only available for a short time. Being a big beauty box fan, I wanted to buy it and see how it compared to other subscription boxes I’ve tried. I must stress John Lewis haven’t launched their own subscription box service, although I would definitely consider it if they did, judging by the quality of this one!

This is what the box contained:

There were 8 products in total, which is decent for a beauty box! It featured mostly skincare with a couple of makeup items, but everything was good quality from well-regarded brands. Taking each item in turn:

  • The Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer

If you have not tried Marc Jacobs makeup, you really need to! It’s amazing quality and competitive in price to other popular makeup brands. This eyeliner is beautiful, very smooth in its application and a true black colour. I have a number of these eyeliners in different colours and they are all brilliant and very pigmented.

  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Most of you will know I rate Laura Mercier as a brand – her makeup is excellent! This primer is a plain white fluid formula which absorbs into the skin really well and leaves it feeling smooth and soft ready for foundation application. When I have used this primer, my makeup has applied really well and has lasted throughout the day with very little loss of colour or ‘slippage’. If you’re in the market for a new primer, this one is definitely worth trying.

  • Origins Plantscription Anti-Ageing Power Serum

I have not used a great deal from the Origins brand although I have heard many good things about it, so receiving this was great as it allowed me to test something. I never used to use face serums until the last few months, but I can see why they are so popular and how beneficial they can be to the skin! This serum is very good, you don’t need a huge amount per application as it will go a long way and it leaves the skin feeling fresh and nourished. I put serums on before moisturiser and I can see the difference this extra step has made to the condition and feel of my skin. Give this one a try!

  • Benefit Gimme Brow Fiber Gel

I love Benefit products and have done for many years. When they launched the new eyebrow maintenance range I was like a child in a sweet shop, trying to figure out what to buy! I ended up buying the Ka Brow pot which is very good. The old version of Gimme Brow is already in my makeup kit so I did not buy that.

I was so happy to see this in the beauty box as it allowed me to compare my old version with the new improved one. It is even better than it was! It is difficult to put my finger on why but after using the new Gimme Brow, I found it filled my eyebrows more than before and the colour was a better darker shade which matched my eyebrow colour more closely. It’s a brilliant product in any event and a must for your makeup bag.

  • Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask

I never used to use any Clarins products until I received samples in the various subscription boxes I have tested, but having tried some of the skin care I do think its a quality brand. This mask looks like a moisturiser and I have only used it once as I have so many things to test, but it does work like a mask would, leaving skin feeling deep cleaned, soft and plump. Like with most masks I would not use it more than once a week as I like to exfoliate as well but it is a lovely mask to have in your collection for those pamper days.

  • Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

This brand is exceptional! Liz Earle skincare transformed my skin from having lots of spots and blemishes to barely any, without causing dryness or irritation. Her products are beautifully made and chemical free and she caters for all skin types. This cleanser is amazing, I thought when I first started using it that the muslin cloth that comes with it would aggravate my skin if used regularly but it actually doesn’t. After every use, my skin feels clean and soft and hydrated! I use the combination oily range and its a godsend! I also use other elements of her skincare range and her hair and body products – I will be doing a review of my Liz Earle skincare products soon so I won’t say too much here!

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Instant Turnaround Moisturiser

Not only does Charlotte Tilbury create some of the most amazing innovative makeup, she now does beautiful skin care. I was so happy to try this product as I have not been able to test her skincare range properly yet. It is so gorgeous! It’s a lovely rich creamy texture and it absorbs into the skin so well! You’re left with a dewy, baby skin-like surface, perfect for makeup application or just on its own. I can’t wait to try more of the range!

  • Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm

I used to only associate Elemis with spas and salons but over time I have bought the odd product and my opinion of the brand is high! Everything I have bought is beautifully packaged and the quality is second to none. This flash balm is no different, and certainly is illuminating! I have used it on its own and under makeup and in both cases, my skin has felt lovely and hydrated with a subtle glow. I don’t use it all the time because I like to mix up my routine and I also want to make it last, but it’s worth trying if Elemis is new to you.

Final Thoughts

And there we have it! I have to say, this beauty box was worth every penny! Hopefully, John Lewis will bring another one out during the course of the year. I did ask the store staff if another box was likely and they indicated there was a good possibility as this one was so popular! John Lewis as a department store is brilliant anyway and it is worth signing up for their store card regardless of this beauty box promotion. But if you ever needed an incentive this would be a good one!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Do leave your comments below and feel free to like and share! If there are any specific products you would like me to review or any blog post ideas you would like me to consider, do let me know, I always love inspiration from my followers!

See you again soon, don’t forget to follow and subscribe!

Dips xxx

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks – my review

Hi lovely people,

I hope you have started this week well – I have been feeling a little overwhelmed and irritated myself, trying to work full-time and follow my passion is difficult! Thank you to all of my followers, subscribers and supporters for sticking with me even though I can’t produce as much content as I would like and as fast as I would like! I also have a huge backlog of blogs to read from some of you but I will get there! Bravo for being able to blog so regularly!

The Vice Liquid Lipsticks

Now that I have had my little ‘vent’, onto the lovely subject matter of this post! I am a big fan of Urban Decay makeup and it was one of the first brands I started buying makeup from when I became a makeup enthusiast. When I heard that they were bringing out their own line of liquid lipsticks, I was naturally very excited given my existing love for the trend!

So, I trotted along to Debenhams one weekend and saw them all on display! In case I have never mentioned it, not only am I magpie, I also love colour! Seeing this array of shades made me very happy!

The Swatches

This isn’t even all the colours they do but it gives a great idea of the range! I got so excited that I swatched them all there and then (some of them were duplicates of the same colour):

Aren’t they just beautiful? I could have happily bought them all but had to be restrained! The consistency of these liquid lipsticks is slightly different to others I have bought. They were a little runnier and not really matte, but as you can see the colour intensity isn’t affected. I ended up buying just the one for now, which was the deep brown shade 4th from the left, called Conspiracy. No doubt I will collect the others one by one! In addition, I have found out that Urban Decay will also be bringing out a range of lip toppers soon which look even more amazing that the liquid lipsticks!! I will definitely be buying a few of those!

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, it’s only a short one compared to my others! If any of you have tried these and have a favourite, let me know in the comments! Stay tuned/subscribe/follow me for more blogs soon!

Dips

xxx

Certifeye Rainbow Glitter

Hi, there beauty lovers!

Its been a busy couple of weeks for me so I have not had a chance to post a blog before now, but I finally managed to find time today to prepare this one!

A little while ago, I posted a video of these beautiful glitters on my Instagram:

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Since then, I have taken the time to swatch each colour properly and they are amazing! I have not had an opportunity to use them in my makeup looks yet but they will be a regular feature during the Spring and Summer! This particular collection is called Galaxy, but there a variety of packs you can buy on the Certifeye website (www.certifeye.co.uk) as well as singles colours. You can also buy brushes and eyelashes – I ordered lashes with my collection in style Cosmo and they are one of the best false eyelashes I have ever used!

So let’s take a closer look:

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The glitters are very fine rather than ‘chunky’ making it easier to blend them on the skin. They adhere well and once on the skin they don’t move and retain the colour intensity. All the colours catch the light beautifully and could be used on their own or over eyeshadow depending on the look you want to achieve.

Starting from the left the colours are:

  1.   Fairyland Sparkle

This is a red-pink colour with gold flecks – a great one for Christmas!

2.   Twinkle Tiara

This is a full pink glitter with silver flecks – perfect for a Valentine’s look!

3.   Sahara

This is a deep almost burnished gold colour with a hint of silver – it would work well with a smoky eye or an Indian bridal look

4.   Lemonade

This is an iridescent glitter with gold, silver and rainbow flecks – definitely going to be one of my favourites!

5.   Limelight

As the name suggests, this is a bright green colour with gold flecks – also likely to be a favourite!

6.   Ocean Star

This is an unusual colour, mixing turquoise, gold and silver glitters

7.   Aquamarine

This is a bright blue glitter with a hint of silver running through

8.   Midnight Magic

This is a gorgeous deep blue with silver flecks

9.   Supernova

This is a dusky pink, similar to a rose gold colour with gold flecks

10.  Mermaid

This is a rich purple glitter with hints of green and silver – it will be a staple in the festive season!

11.  Quasar

This is a mixture of black and iridescent glitters giving a lovely multi-dimensional effect – really looking forward to using it!

And now, the swatches for each colour – I am hoping I have captured the colours sufficiently!

The photos really don’t do justice to how pigmented and sparkling these glitters are. I have dozens of different glitters in my makeup collection but none of them looks as brilliant in colour as these do. If you are a ‘magpie’ like me, I would definitely recommend looking at Certifeye’s website – its glitter heaven!

Thanks for reading this blog and watch out for makeup looks incorporating these glitters! If you have not already subscribed to my blog, don’t forget to use the links on the right!

Dips xxx

N.B. This blog is not sponsored or endorsed by Certifeye and is purely based on my personal opinion.

The Stylepro Brush Cleaner – Just Amazing!

Hello lovely people!

I hope you’re all settling into 2017 well, so far I’m really loving it! Aside from keeping up to date with makeup and beauty trends and new products, which is fun in itself, I’ve started a new job which is going well! I’ve also started cooking more which has been a goal of mine for ages and I’ve started exercising which I have always avoided like the plague!

As part of my makeup love, I also try to keep track of new tools that come on the market like brushes and makeup storage. It was during my reading that I came across the Stylepro Brush Cleaner. Now I know I am probably behind the times when it comes to this product as a few of my friends have already told me that they bought it a few months ago, but once I found it I knew I needed to test it!

The Stylpro Pack

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As a fledgeling MUA I am always looking for simple, quick and easy ways to keep my brushes clean. Up to now it was a hard task – every method still involved a lot of time and effort and my brushes did not always feel or look as clean I wanted.

Until now. This brush cleaner is simply brilliant! It isn’t cheap but you get what you pay for and then some. Inside the box you will find the cleaning bowl and rim, 8 brush holders to fit different brush sizes, 2 pouches of brush cleanser, the battery-powered brush cleaning motor and instructions for use.

Despite all the separate parts, it’s actually really easy to use! For this review, I decided to clean a few brushes and show you the before and after. Frankly, I was amazed at the results!

The Brushes

These are the brushes I selected to test on – I have shown you before and after shots for three of them below as an illustration. The last image above is how the brush, brush holder and motor fit together. I have to say the fit of the holders was very good and all the brushes I used fit comfortably into the relevant holder.

The first brush I decided to test was a foundation brush. This was perfect as foundation is notoriously difficult to clean from the brush because the bristles are more tightly packed. It also allowed me to gauge the effectiveness of the provided brush cleanser.

The first image is how my foundation brush looked before it was cleaned. The final images show the end result. Not only was the brush the cleanest it has ever been since I bought it but it was also totally dry and beautifully soft and fluffy again! There was no bristle fallout or damage to the brush at all even though the speed at which it spins is crazy fast. The whole process took less than a minute and only a small amount of cleanser, which you can use for more than one brush without any reduction in the effectiveness of the clean! Below are images of the other brushes I cleaned, one after the other using the same cleanser I started with:

I continued to clean a few more brushes after these and every result was the same – completely clean, dry and no change in the quality of the brush. I could have happily cleaned every single brush I own!

Final Thoughts?

Overall, I can say with absolute confidence that this brush cleaner is worth every penny and it lives up to its claims. I have always hated going through the rigmarole of cleaning my brushes, especially as I have so many, but this product makes it fun, easy and super quick – you could literally clean your brushes as you are using them and it would barely add any time onto your makeup routine. Because the cleaner and its parts are small it is also portable. As a MUA you could take it to bookings and ensure your brushes are clean throughout the session and in between clients. Another added feature is that you don’t have to use the brush cleanser provided in order to get the same excellent results, you can use any brush cleanser, even baby shampoo!

If there was one thing this brush cleaner lacks it’s the added ability to clean sponges like the beauty blender! If Tom could invent a product or a bolt on to this brush cleaner that would allow sponges to be cleaned to the same standard as brushes, we would be in cleaning heaven!

So, if any of you are searching for a foolproof method for cleaning your brushes to the highest possible standard and have the money or the ability to save up, I would definitely recommend you invest in this product – you won’t regret it!

Thanks for reading, I hope you found my review helpful! Don’t forget to follow me to get alerts for each new post!

Dips xxx