My TK Maxx Finds – A Treasure Trove for Beauty Lovers!

Hello, makeup fans!

As it is already approaching March and the onset of Spring and Spring makeup changes, I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts about a great place to find beauty products – TK Maxx! It was on a trip to Newmarket visiting one of my closest friends that I discovered how amazing the beauty section of TK Maxx actually is! Since then, I periodically visit my local TK Maxx stores to see what new beauty finds they have in stock. Often, they will carry well-known medium to high-end brands for excellent prices, so it is always worth a trip!

On this occasion, I found some lovely products that were too good to miss! Here’s what I picked up:

  • Loreal’s Colour Riche La Palette Gold
  • Max Studio’s Eye Companion
  • Nyx High Voltage Lipsticks
  • Flawless Mini Makeup Blenders
  • Isabella Scott’s Highlight & Contour Brushes
  • Revlon’s ColorStay Under Eye Concealer

The Colour Riche Palette

I had seen this palette in other stores and couldn’t decide whether I really wanted it! When I came across it in TK Maxx for less than full price, I decided it was a sign and purchased it! It’s a slim palette containing 10 eyeshadows in jewel tones which is perfect for the Winter. Each eyeshadow is smooth and reasonably creamy, and the pigmentation is pretty good! The colours apply and blend well although there is some fallout. They will last for a few hours without fading or bleeding around the eye though. Overall, it’s a decent addition to any makeup kit and you can create quite a few looks just from this one palette.

Max Studio

I had never seen or heard of Max Studio before this trip to TK Maxx but having visited other stores, it is a regularly stocked brand. I liked this palette because of the neutral colour selection and its size. The palette also came with an eye look inspiration leaflet which is always a useful addition to any palette! The eyeshadows are actually very good quality and buttery! The colour pay off is also good, as can be seen from the swatches. There is very little kickback when using them and it’s the ideal palette for creating simple daytime looks or a subtle smoky eye. I will definitely try other products by Max Studio now I have tested this one!

Nyx’s High Voltage Lipsticks

These lipsticks were a fab find! There were a number of colours to pick from in store, but I chose these 4 as they were super pigmented and perfect for all occasions! Nyx is a well-known, affordable and popular brand which can be found in many places now, but TK Maxx had reduced the price of these lipsticks even further! The texture of each one is so soft and creamy, like a lip balm, but the colour is opaque once applied. Your lips stay soft and hydrated throughout wearing and reapplication is only needed after eating. All in all, they are lovely and due to their smaller size, they are great lipsticks on the go!

Mini Makeup Blenders

I love mini blenders like these! They are perfect for applying correctors, concealers and powders on the smaller, harder to reach areas of the face! My main use for them is under the eyes and on my T-Zone. I was thrilled to get 4 of them in this pack and whilst they aren’t the traditional Beauty Blender mini sponges they are just as good. The texture is reasonably soft, so they can be manipulated to apply in tricky spaces. As they are so small they are also easy to clean and take very little time to dry! I have a ton of these mini blenders now and highly recommend trying them if you never have.

Isabella Scott Makeup Brushes

These brushes came together in a set. I had never heard of Isabella Scott brushes before buying these and have not seen any others by her since, but I loved the shape of these brushes, so I bought them.

The Highlighter Brush

The first one is the highlighter brush. It has a C curved brush head which is designed to fit over the tops of the cheekbones. The second brush is the contour brush which has a wave shape to fit the bottom of the cheekbones and the hollows of the cheeks. Out of the 2, the contour brush works best. The bristles on both are quite soft but retain their shape, however trying to ensure there is product on the entire highlighter brush is tricky because of the C shape! It does fit the upper cheekbones nicely though.

The Contour Brush

The contour brush is much easier to use and when you dip the brush into a powder contour the powder will distribute across the entire brush head. When you apply the contour, the shape of the brush head fits the face’s shape well and all you need to do after the application is ensure there are no harsh edges. That being said, I would not use the entire brush head if using a cream contour as the result would be too heavy and difficult to blend out.

Generally, I like these brushes and they are sturdy and well made. However, if I could choose which one to buy rather than the set, I would only buy the contour brush!

Revlon’s Under Eye Concealer

I love a good concealer! Revlon makes great makeup, so I trusted that this concealer would be good quality and I was right! It comes in pen form, which I especially like from a portability perspective, and is a thick creamy consistency. You twist the bottom to distribute product to the sponge applicator head and you don’t need a lot to cover both eyes. It blends really well and also brightens the area slightly, always a bonus! I have used it alone and with other concealers and in both cases, it provides decent coverage and does not crease easily after application. This is a great item to keep in your handbag for quick makeup application and touch-ups!

Final Thoughts

TK Maxx did me proud on this occasion! I love everything I bought and paid a lot less than I would have in normal high street stores! If you have never thought of buying beauty products from TK Maxx before, you really should have a look! They also carry amazing skin, body and hair care ranges from well-known brands so why not pop to your local brand and treat yourself?

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See you next time,

Dips xxx

Another Post, Another Haul! My Nyx Mix Review!

Hi, there beauty fans!

How is 2018 going for you so far? If you read my new year post you will know that my year started in a very unexpected way! But, it’s also been a great time to reflect and enjoy the Spring lead up!  Naturally, I am also loving the new makeup releases of which there have been many so far! The best thing about the changing seasons is the ability to mix up your makeup routine!

That being said, this post is about some products I bought late last year! If you read my posts, you know I am terrible for splurging on beauty and makeup hauls and this one is no different! In this haul, I focused on Nyx Professional Makeup items but also threw a few other greats in which are worth sharing with you!

So, what was in this makeup haul?

This haul was a mixed bag of different products, all good in their own right! Here’s what I bought:

  • The Nyx Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette
  • A Nyx Love Contours All Palette
  • Maybelline’s Master Blush Colour and Highlighting Palette
  • 2 Nyx Vivid Brights Liquid Eyeliners in Vivid Delight (Orange) and Vivid Blossom (Lilac)
  • Charlotte Tilbury’s Lipstick in Pillow Talk
  • Kat Von D’s Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II
  • The Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
  • The Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler Brow Mascara
  • The Maybelline Eyebrow Pencil
  • Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift
  • Maybelline’s Colossal Volume Express Mascara

Were they all worth it?

The Nyx Blusher Palette

As soon as I saw the colours in this palette, I knew I wanted it! There is such a lovely mix of colours and textures, suitable for everyone! The blushers are mainly matte but there are a couple of shimmery ones which could also be used as highlighters. The colour payoff is brilliant, as can be seen from the swatches and they can be built up or toned down depending on the look you want. Each blusher is reasonably soft and buttery in texture making them easy to blend into the skin and once applied none of them fades or move around the skin. I love this palette and it’s ideal for use all year round!

The Nyx Contour Palette

 

Prior to buying this palette, I was not a massive contour fan. It has taken me a while to warm to the contouring trend! However, it is something I do more often now, and this palette is perfect for it! In the palette, there are not only contouring and highlighting shades but also 12  eyeshadows in various neutral tones for eye contouring and defining and eyebrow powders! There is something for every contour fanatic in this selection and, as with the blushers, everything is pigmented and smooth in texture. The colours should work on most skin tones and apply beautifully with excellent longevity. This palette is a must for the neutrals and contour lovers out there!

Maybelline’s Blusher Palette

You’d think I would be content with the Nyx Blusher palette but when I saw this one from Maybelline, I fell in love with it! The selection of pink tones is gorgeous and there is also a highlighter included which compliments the other 3 colours. You can see from the swatches that the colours are vivid and a little goes a long way when applying them! All these shades will suit varying skin tones, last for hours without budging and have a lovely creamy texture.

The Nyx Liquid Eyeliners & Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick

If you follow me and my various blog posts, you will know that I love eye makeup and creating new and different eye looks. Having an assortment of coloured eyeliners in different textures is a big part of that! Nyx has created a full range of colourful eyeliners and I already had a few of them before buying these 2 colours.

Both the orange and the lilac shades are pigmented and just as easy to use as the other liners I already had, see the swatches below. The only downside to these eyeliners is that they can crack slightly after a few hours application and if you have layers of eyeshadow on the eyelid you will need to apply a couple of layers of the eyeliner to make the colour stand out opaque against the eyeshadows. However, those minor issues have not stopped me using the liners regularly and once applied they do last for a while without crumbling or flaking. If you love colourful makeup, you should definitely test these out!

As for Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick in Pillow Talk, you only need to read my Brand Focus post on her products to know I am a huge fan! This lipstick shade is the perfect Blushed Nude, designed to suit most skin tones and it also has a matching lip liner. Like her other lipsticks, this one is soft and creamy and applies opaque without drying out the lips. It is a matte shade and will last hours without any need to touch up. It also looks beautiful with a lip topper or gloss! Check out the swatch below.

Kat Von D’s Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D is one of my new favourite brands! Her makeup ranges are amazing, and I am steadily building a mixture of her products! This liquid lipstick is a lovely autumn colour, not quite red, brown or pink – see the swatch! It glides onto the lips well and dries matte without drying the lips. It can be worn alone or under a lip gloss or topper and will last hours without fading, cracking or smudging! I have a couple of her liquid lipsticks now but love this one for an everyday natural look!

The Eyebrow Items

I am a big fan of sharp, defined yet natural-looking eyebrows so having good quality eyebrow products is a must. I bought all of these items to test out and each one has a positive quality! The Maybelline eyebrow gel in dark brown and pencil are both great for subtly defining and taming the eyebrows, but the pencil does run out pretty quickly so is not very cost effective and the gel needs to be applied carefully to avoid excessive product build up! That being said, once you master them they will allow you to create a defined natural brow.

The Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow gel is a clear gel which is designed to comb through the eyebrows and set the hairs in place. In all honesty, this gel was no better than any other setting gel I have tried and on some days, it controlled my eyebrows well and on others, not so much! However, as it is a clear gel it is marginally easier to apply than the Maybelline version and there is no need to worry about over darkening the eyebrows!

My favourite eyebrow product was the Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Shaper. This waxy pencil comes with a spoolie at one end and an under-brow highlighter tucked into the middle of the pen shaft! It has a tapered tip which allows for precise lining and applies softly to ensure a natural look whilst also adding colour to any sparse areas. The highlighter is a soft, slightly shimmery pale pink-cream colour which is applied through a small sponge under the arch of the brow. The end result once you have brushed through the brows with the spoolie is a perfectly shaped brow!

MAYBELLINE’S COLOSSAL VOLUME EXPRESS MASCARA

Finally, I bought the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express mascara. I tend not to buy mascaras much now as I love wearing false eyelashes but every now and then I like to just use my own lashes for a more subtle and natural look. When I am in that mood, I need a good mascara to make the most of my own lashes and this mascara is excellent! It has a full, dense brush head which coats all the lashes well without clogging and also separates, lengthens and volumizes! My own lashes look full and fluttery after using this mascara and there is no fallout or crumbling after hours of wear. It also removes easily with a makeup remover wipe or similar product!

Final Thoughts?

All in all, I love everything I bought in this haul! There are some standout items which I will definitely replenish in the future such as the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shaper and the palettes, but I would positively rate most of the products and suggest you try some of them to see what you like for yourself. All the brands produce good quality makeup so if you have not dabbled with them yet, you really should!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let me know your favourite Nyx products in the comments! Stay tuned for future posts and don’t forget to like, share and follow!

Dips xxx

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.

Azenti Organics – My Review

Hello, beauty fans!

Its been a couple of weeks since my last post for which I am sorry. My day job is pretty exhausting at the moment! I’ve also been writing for other sites where I can – keep an eye on my social media feeds for links to those posts!

Now that I finally have some time to write for my own blog, I wanted to share a new brand I have discovered with you! This brand was unknown to me until my mother brought it to my attention because she knows the creator!

Who is Azenti Organics?

Azenti Organics is an organic skincare provider. They create skincare products formulated by a skincare and aromatherapy professional. The products are made from the highest quality, organic, plant based ingredients and designed to target specific skin types. The founder of Azenti Organics is professionally accredited and qualified as a Skincare Products Practitioner, an Aromatherapist and a professionally qualified Holistic Facial Therapist.

Azenti is:

  • against animal testing
  • supports ethically sourced ingredients
  • uses recyclable packaging and
  • promotes wellness

It is based in the West Midlands but operates nationally. The products range from face oils, body care and remedies to home fragrances and spa treatments. They also offer a wellness subscription, which operates like a beauty box subscription!

What did I test?

I was given the opportunity to test two of the products, a face oil for oily/combination skin and a tropical body oil. I received full-size versions of both, allowing me to test them properly for the last few weeks.

The Face Oil

This oil is gorgeous!  It contains Omega 3 and 6 and is a dry oil. It is designed to help clear congested skin, refines pores, regulates sebum, increases cell turnover and boosts collagen. It contains Organic Fruit and Seed Oils with Plant oils, giving it a pleasant scent on the skin.

When I started using it, I found it lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. My skin did not feel greasy after use nor did it leave any residue. I used it every morning and some evenings too and I noted that my skin felt soft, brighter, dewy and most importantly there were no breakouts! It’s a truly lovely oil and I would certainly consider buying it in the future!

The Body Oil

I LOVE this oil! From the beautiful packaging to the scent, which is truly tropical, its a delight. I love that I can see the ingredients through the bottle! The oil contains the organic scents of tropical coconut and pineapple, along with nourishing organic sunflower oil that absorbs easily into the skin. It also includes:

  • vitamins A, D and E
  • organic thistle oil packed full of skin friendly omega 6 which helps to clear congested skin
  • organic apricot kernel oil which protects and rejuvenates and
  • organic rosehip oil which has been clinically tested to minimise the appearance of wrinkles promotes collagen and elastin levels and helps to delay the effects of ageing

So, all in all, it’s very good for you!

When I started using it all over my body, I noted that it was very much like a dry oil, absorbing quickly into my skin and leaving a lovely sheen without feeling oily. My skin remained soft and nourished for hours and I could still smell the tropical scents for a little while after use. It also worked well on particularly dry areas like the knees and elbows and calmed some areas of eczema I had developed!  I have been using it every day and so far there have been no downsides – it will definitely go onto my skincare favourites list!

final thoughts

Overall, Azenti Organics produces some lovely products, all good quality and all beneficial to the skin. The ethos of the company is admirable and they ensure that all aspects of the business are ‘world’ friendly as well as creating affordable and varied ranges. If you like using organic products and want to support a brand that values the world this is the company to try. You can see all their products here.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to like, share and comment, I always love to hear from you!

See you again soon,

Dips

xxx

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

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