Tuesday 8 September 2015

Eco by Sonya: Skincare Review

With the summer behind us, it can be hard to say goodbye to our tanned, glowing skin and embrace the darker, colder months of Autumn and Winter. Luckily, skincare has come such a long way that we don't necessarily need to say goodbye - with proper care we can maintain our tan and keep our skin feeling good all year round. Previously, I've never been to keen on using self-tanning creams and lotions because I've been wary of what ingredients are being used to, effectively, stain my skin. With a bit of research I've learnt that most companies use an extensive range of synthetic 'nasties' and GM ingredients in their tanners and, also, in their regular skincare. As a result, I was so excited to find 'Eco by Sonya' - an Australian brand which creates organic, natural products that include products to create a tan, but also products to maintain a tan. 'Organically Epic' are now stocking 'Eco by Sonya' in the UK - so I couldn't wait to share with you my experience of the brand and four of my favourite products. 

Wednesday 19 August 2015

PHB All In One Natural Mascara

This year I discovered PHB Ethical Beauty and absolutely fell in love with their skincare. As a make-up junkie, I couldn't wait to give their cosmetics a go and, with my holiday fast approaching, their water-resistant, award-winning, All-In-One Natural Mascara looked like the perfect match for me.

Read on to hear all about my experience trying it out...

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Bonacure Sun Protect Travel Kit

Although we all enjoy the summer months, there's so denying that it's easily the toughest time for our hair. Whether it's purely just from the influence of the sun, or from the combination with chlorine or salt, the summer can leave our hair dry, damaged and faded. Bonacure have developed their 'Sun Protect' range which is designed especially to prevent and repair such damage. Their travel set contains three essential products (all 100ml each so perfect to take on holiday) packaged in a gorgeous wet bikini bag. 

Read on to hear more about these products and my experience with them...

Monday 10 August 2015

femfresh: Daily Intimate Wash

Although almost all of us recognise the need to use different cleansing products on our hands, face, feet and body, a lot of us ladies don't seem to realise that our intimate areas need to be treated differently too. For those of us who love a bit of pampering, 'femfresh' have created a range of skin care products for down there.

Read on to learn a little bit more about why 'femfresh' is best for your intimate areas...

Saturday 1 August 2015

Fearne: From Dusk 'Til Dawn Eyes

Today, I wanted to share with you a little gem of a palette that I have in my make-up collection. Some of you may recall that Fearne Cotton launched a make-up range with Boots. Although I'm often a bit cynical when it comes to celebrity and cosmetics collaborations, I'm a huge fan of Fearne and, when I saw this palette, I just couldn't resist. Read on to see lots of pictures and hear about my feelings on the palette...

Thursday 23 July 2015

ARTDECO Celebration Iconic Collection: The Make-Up Base

ARTDECO is a German make-up brand that I've been keen to try for a long time now. Although still relatively new to the UK, ARTDECO are rapidly becoming more popular and I find myself admiring their range on a regular basis. With the launch of their Celebration Iconic Collection I decided it was about time I treated myself to see exactly what all the fuss was about... and, boy, do I get it now! 

Read on to hear all about the collection and my experience with 'The Make-Up Base'. 

Thursday 16 July 2015

Accessorize 'Paradise' Eyeshadow Palette

After falling head-over-heels in love with the Accessorize 'Exposed' palette, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another from their range. After the gorgeous neutral shades in 'Exposed', I decided to try out some brighter colours for the summer and the 'Paradise' palette gives the perfect combination of both pastels and brighter, more metallic shades. 

Read on to see plenty of swatches and examples of how I've been wearing these colours on the lids...

Sunday 5 July 2015

PHB Skin Brighten Gel with Neroli & Immortelle

I'm so excited to introduce you to the latest addition to PHB's skin treatment gel range which promises to brighten your skin, giving you the perfect glowing, healthy look for the summer. The 'Skin Brighten Gel' contains wonder-ingredients such as Neroli, Immortelle and Aloe Vera and, most importantly, they are all natural and ethically sourced.

Read on to hear more about PHB and this fantastic product!

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Limited Edition Batiste: Ella Henderson

When it comes to dry shampoo I always come back to Batiste. For me, they're tried and tested and I've yet to find another brand that makes dry shampoo that is as effective and as great smelling as them. After a stressful, exam-filled term at uni I needed to get myself a new can and was so excited to see a new limited edition scent in collaboration with Ella Henderson had just launched. I've honestly never found a Batiste scent that I didn't like, but I have to say that the scent of this Ella Henderson edition could possibly be by most favourite.
Read on to hear more about the scent and how I like to use dry shampoo...

Sunday 21 June 2015

Arbonne Skincare: First Impressions

Arbonne is a brand that I never really knew much about, but recently my good friend Danielle began partnering with them and gave me the opportunity to try some samples of a few of their skincare ranges. The ranges correspond to particular skin types, which give you the means to make your skincare routine more suitable and personalised to you. As a skincare junkie I couldn't wait to give them all a try and you can read below to see some brief reviews of everything I've sampled. If you're interested in looking at the products on offer you can have a look at Danielle's Arbonne site: here

Sunday 14 June 2015

Girls Night In with Freeman Face Masks

Having just finished my exams, I felt I was in desperate need of a relaxing night in with the girls. We cracked open the bubbly, got plenty of snacks and decided we all deserved a pampering session. Our evening consisted of facial massages, foot spas, manicures and, most excitingly, a trial of some new face masks I'd recently discovered from Freeman Beauty, Their 'Feeling Beautiful' skincare range has an extensive collection of different scented masks that give your skin the TLC it deserves, whilst also providing you with a relaxing experience. Read on to hear all about the different masks we tried and our thoughts on them...

Thursday 11 June 2015

Summer Lip Colours

With the summer fast approaching it's time to switch up those deep berry lips to brighter and lighter alternatives. Here are 5 lipsticks from my collection that I've been reaching for the most during these sunnier days...

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Joan Collins: Lash Growth Treatment

Like so many of us, I pile on the mascara to darken and lengthen my lashes, but I always envy those lucky people who have naturally long eyelashes. As a teenager, I tried countless 'tips and tricks' that claimed to boost your lash growth to no avail and eventually came to terms with the fact that I'd always need a helping hand from mascara or falsies to get those luscious, long lashes. However, the Joan Collins beauty range, 'Timeless Beauty', includes a lash growth treatment which claims to give visible results in 30 days of use. Could I have finally found a solution? Read on to hear all about my experience with this product and my thoughts...

Monday 8 June 2015

Nailbox Unboxing: May 2015

May 2015 gives us the second ever 'nailbox' - a subscription service based exclusively on your nails. The cost is £15 a month (including delivery), but the service costs less if you choose an up-front subscription e.g. it only costs £13.50 a month if you choose a years subscription. In each box you'll receive 5 products which will be made up of 3/4 nail polishes and 1/2 nail tools or treatments - plus, you'll never receive the same item twice. In terms of value, I think this subscription is a great deal. At the most expensive price, you're looking at £3 a product and the items individually cost far more than that! 

I absolutely loved the April box (see my review: here) and the May box is just as good... if not better! Read on to see what the box contains and plenty of swatches! 

I also have a video of this unboxing which you can find on youtube: here.

Thursday 4 June 2015

Exuviance: 'Matte Perfection Primer' and 'Age Less Everyday Moisturiser'

A huge trend at the moment is the "no make-up" look and whilst it's great to embrace the natural look, it definitely puts more of an emphasis on having healthy, clear skin. To try and achieve the oh-so-desired glowing skin look, I've been trying out two new products in my skincare and make-up routine from 'Exuviance'. They're my favourite kind of product in that they have a multitude of uses and this is the result of the clever combination of ingredients. 
Read on to hear more about the products and my experience with them...

Friday 29 May 2015

Oxygenetix: Oxygenating Foundation

When it comes to foundation I want a long-lasting, full coverage product that won't look cakey and won't give me break outs. Unfortunately, I've spent years trying countless different options and have never got the desired finish... until now, that is. I know that a lot of women struggle to find their perfect match when it comes to foundation, so I wanted to take the time to introduce you to 'Oxygenetix' - a foundation originally used to help help and conceal skin after cosmetic surgeries and treatments, but is now used worldwide by make-up artists, particularly on film sets when they need a long-lasting cover. When I first heard of it, I thought it sounded too good to be true, but amazingly it surpassed by expectations massively. 

Read on to hear about my experience...

Saturday 23 May 2015

Nadeballa: Day Reviving Cream

I love companies that have a bit of history - not only does it make them more interesting, but it also shows their expertise is good enough to last them through the years. Nadeballa is a company that has spanned four generations. It began with the Nadeballa great-grandmother, Dinas, who created the recipe for the original cream around 83 years ago, but it wasn't until a few years ago that the family started to sell the creams as a company. They're now shipping worldwide and the range now includes the 'Daily Reviving Cream', the 'Night Replenishing Cream' and the 'Rich Night Replenishing Cream'.

It's an inspiring story, but one of the most impressive aspects of the Nadeballa creams is how they're made and what they're made from. Read on to hear all about it and my experience...

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Braun Face: Cleansing Brush + Mini Epilator

Sometimes, no matter how good your cleanser or face wash is, you're left feeling like you've hardly scratched the surface with your skin care routine. Often, I'll spend ages massaging cleanser into my skin hoping it'll penetrate those pores, but afterwards I'm still left with those scary black-heads and flakey, dry skin. Luckily, I've found something that has completely revolutionised my skin care routine and has finally given me the results that I've been looking for: Braun Face - the world's first cleansing brush & mini-epilator. Read on to hear all about my experience...

Friday 15 May 2015

'nutrabiotics': Beautiful Hair, Skin & Nails Supplements

I'm a big fan of health supplements, especially when they cross-over into the beauty-sector! If you're like me, then you'll love the 'nutrabiotics' beautiful hair, skin & nails supplements. Not only do they give visible results, but they're also going to be doing you the world of good inside. Read on to hear my thoughts...

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Earthnicity Minerals: Foundation and Velvet HD Finishing Powder

'Eathnicity Minerals' is a cruelty-free and vegan-friendly company that produces all-natural mineral make-up... and when I say 'all-natural', I really mean it! Their make-up is made up of 100% pure minerals, without any of the chemicals or artificial ingredients that you'll often find in drugstore products. As someone who is very breakout-prone, I can really appreciate the importance of avoiding these "nasty" ingredients - it's so counter-intuitive when you put on make-up to cover up blemishes, when you know the make-up itself will just give you more! Luckily, you don't have to worry about this with the 'Earthnicity' products, so I've been trying out their mineral foundation and their velvet HD finishing powder - read on to hear more...

Sunday 10 May 2015

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty: Nail Lacquer in 'Lady Joan'

When I heard that Joan Collins was launching a new beauty range, 'Timeless Beauty', I couldn't wait to see what it had in store for us. The range includes skin care, fragrance and cosmetics and all comes in the most beautiful packaging inspired by Hollywood glitz and art deco.

Joan Collins is a queen of glamour so I just had to try out a couple of her products. The first, which I'll talk about in this blog post, is one of nail lacquers. Read on to hear all about it and see some swatches...

Thursday 7 May 2015

5 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil with JĀSÖN

When it comes to beauty it's rare to find a multi-purpose product. Take moisturisers for example; we buy seperate creams for our eyes, face, body, hands, feet etc. Most beauty products have one use and one use alone... but I've found an alternative multi-tasker which will contribute in so many ways to your beauty routine and it's completely natural. Let me introduce you to coconut oil...

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Ilcsi Organic Skincare: Moisturiser and Masks

I love finding brands that make natural skincare, but Ilcsi takes 'natural' to a whole new level! Their skincare range is made from high quality organic ingredients including fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, most of which are grown on their own organic plantation. They rely on the abilities of the fresh ingredients themselves to nourish the skin and, for that reason, you won't find any parabens, paraffin oils, vaseline or colourings in their products - basically, there's no nasties! Their huge respect for nature also shows through the fact that they are completely cruelty free and do not use any animal-based materials. Their products truly are one-of-a-kind and I've been blown away by how luxurious and effective they are - read on to hear a bit more about Ilcsi and the three products I've been trying...

Monday 4 May 2015

Organii: Aloe Vera & Bamboo Shower Gel

This year I really want to explore organic and natural skincare, so I was really excited to find a company called "Organii" who pride themselves on making just that. Researching the brand just led me to become impressed further as I discovered how ethical they are - in both manufacturing and in terms of being suitable for vegans. Their skincare range includes soaps, sun screens and shower gels, but they also make plasters and mouthwasges and will be introducing some more great "everyday" products soon. I've recently been trying one of their shower gels with great results. Read on to hear more...  

Tuesday 28 April 2015

Selexir Skincare: Peace Balm

If you've ever suffered from a skin condition such as eczema or psorisais then I'm sure you've experienced the battle of trying to find a relieving cream that will really work and won't irritate your skin further. As someone that has experienced this for myself, I couldn't wait to share my new find with you all. The Selexir Peace Balm has been my go-to product for irritation ever since I got it and I'm certain you'd be impressed with it too. Read on to hear about the balm and my experience with it...

Sunday 26 April 2015

'nailbox' Unboxing April 2015

Subscription boxes are a great way to discover and try new brands, so I was incredibly excited to hear a new box was launching that contained products exclusively for your nails! Read on to learn a bit more about the 'nailbox', see the products I received and take a look at some swatches!
P.S. I've also uploaded a video on this box: here

Friday 24 April 2015

Stila All Over Shimmer Duo: Kitten

Stila is a brand that I've heard so many great things about, yet have never tried myself. I decided it was time to see what the fuss was about and purchased my first Stila product - an all over shimmer duo which includes the infamous 'Kitten'. Read on to hear my thoughts...

Sunday 19 April 2015

Braun Satin Hair 7 Styler

Like the majority of us ladies, I can't live without a straightener. Whether it's for a particular hairstyle, or just to tame my hair when it misbehaves, I can't help feeling like a straightener is a staple electronic. The only issue with using heating electricals on my hair is that I can't help feeling a little guilty about purposefully damaging my hair. I use spray on protectants, but I'd rather actively stop the damage occuring as opposed to just shielding from it. Luckily, Braun have brought out a new styler in their Satin Hair 7 range that is designed to minimise heat damage by personalising the temperature according to your hair. Read on to hear about my experiences with the styler...

Thursday 16 April 2015

Enigma Professional Indie Nail Polish

When it comes to nail polish, I am definitely a self-confessed addict. The two things that are most important to me when it comes to buying polishes are: 1) intense colour and 2) staying power. For Christmas I bought myself a ton of Ciate and Nails Inc polishes, but I've been so disappointed with them - they chip within the first couple of days and I'm constantly having to touch them up. I recently found Enigma Nails whilst looking for new products and I've been blown away by their quality - they've definitely ticked my two boxes and have gone above and beyond any other polish in my collection. Read on to find out more about these unique polishes and see the gorgeous shades I've been trying... 

Wednesday 15 April 2015

NURISS: Advanced Skin Care

When it comes to skincare, you have to be careful. Especially since it's so hard to hide when it goes wrong! For that reason my favourite skincare brands are ones that are endorsed by the medical profession and dermatological experts. NURISS, the skincare and wellness centre that you've probably heard being raved about in all of the magazines, has launched a skincare range including a huge range of scientifically proven ingredients to nourish, repair and protect your skin. I've tried two of the products from the range and can't wait to tell you all about them...

Sunday 12 April 2015

Syno-Vital Oral Hyaluronan

This year, I'm taking extra steps to look after my body and one of the ways I've been doing this is to take Syno-Vital's Oral Hyaluronan supplements once day. The benefits from using these are so worthwhile for all ages that I thought it would be important to share my find with you. Read on to hear a bit more about what the supplement is and how it works...

Thursday 9 April 2015

chill* Ed Brunette and Ed Protect Haircare

The lack of sun over the winter has left my hair feeling pretty dull and lifeless, so I've been looking for something that can help me both intensify my hair colour whilst giving it's health a boost! chill* is an exciting brand that is really innovative when it comes to hair-care and hair-colouring. They're aim is to bring high intensity colour to your hair, without compromising on its health. They do this by using natural extracts, moisturisers and proteins with their exclusive pigments. I've been trying out their brunette shampoo and conditioner and their leave-in treatment... Read on to see what I think!

Monday 6 April 2015

Fix Me! Repairing Serum

It's official... I've found a new 'holy grail' skincare product! As you may know if you've been following my posts, I really want 2015 to be a good year for my skin and so I'm trying to focus on using more natural and organic products. This led me to discover a new brand, 'Yours Truly Organics', and their little miracle in a bottle - the 'Fix Me! Repairing Serum'. Read on to hear all about it and my experiences...

Saturday 4 April 2015

theBalm Translucent Powder and Lipstick

I love discovering new brands and I've been itching to try some products from 'theBalm' ever since seeing their adorable, vintage-style packaging! I needed a new powder and fancied a new lip colour, so it was the perfect opportunity to see what the 'theBalm' is made of. Read on to see my thoughts on the 'Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder' and 'theBalm Girls Lipstick in Ima Goodkisser'...

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Braun Satin Hair 7 Brush with Iontec

When it comes to hairbrushes, I can't help but be picky. I have long, fine hair, but lots of it! All I have to do is turn my head and it seems a million knots appear. I'm constantly having to brush my hair, but, as you know, brushing can be pretty damaging to your hair - especially when styling. Braun have brought out their new Satin Hair 7 brush which encorporates ion technology to make brushing and styling healthier on your hair. Read on to hear my thoughts on this high-tec brush and my experience...

Sunday 29 March 2015

W7 In the Night Eyeshadow Palette

I recently fell in love with the W7 'In the Buff: Lightly Toasted' palette and was desperate to try another one of their palettes. Whereas the 'In the Buff' palette is full of neutrals for every day looks, the 'In the Night' palette has gorgeous smokey shades including purples, reds and greys which are perfect for a special occasion. Read on to see swatches, eye looks and my thoughts on this palette! 

Friday 27 March 2015

Silver Line Complete Skin Beauty Supplements

Although we all might try to eat and drink healthily, it can be hard to make sure you're putting the right things in your body - especially when you've got a busy lifestyle. I find that supplements are the quickest and most effective way of ensuring that you're reaching your daily requirements. Fitness Pharma have recently brought out the Silver Line range which includes the 'Complete Skin Beauty' supplements which are designed not only to give yourself a health boost but also to give you a beauty boost at the same time. Read on to see how...

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Tips for using Gel Eyeliner

As someone who wears liquid eyeliner on a daily basis I was so excited to try an alternative that would last longer and give a more intense colour - gel eyeliner. Over the past year and a half I've experimented with gel liners from many different brands and along the way I've definitely learned a few tips and tricks which would help any beginner get to grips with gel eyeliner. Read on to hear more...

Sunday 22 March 2015

Head & Shoulders: Extra Thickening Treatment

My main source of hair-envy definitely stems from a lack of volume in my own hair. I always think that volume gives so much life to a hairstyle, making your hair look healthy, yet glamorous! As someone with permanently flat hair I've tried my fair share of methods to encourage my hair to stop clinging to my scalp, but never with any success. 'Head & Shoulders' recently brought out a leave-in treatment which claims to give visible improvements in volume, so obviously I had to give it a go! Read on to hear about my experience using this over the past few months...

Thursday 19 March 2015

Barry M Beauty Haul

Barry M is one of my favourite nail polish brands, but I'd never actually tried any of their make-up. I recently found out that the brand is cruelty-free and this, combined with seeing their beautiful palettes, made me decide it was about time to try their cosmetics. Read on to hear reviews about the recent pieces I picked up! 

Monday 16 March 2015

Blistex Happy Lips

Blistex are my all-time favourite brand when it comes to lip-care. They're experts at what they do and I've always had great results whenever I use their products. With that being said, I was so excited to see that they've just brought out a new range of lip balms - 'Happy Lips'. We all know that a good lip balm is a staple everyday item and these looked fantastic. I really couldn't resist giving these a try, so I thought I'd tell you a bit more about them! Read on to hear more...

Saturday 14 March 2015

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

When it comes to lip products, "moisture" and "stain" are two words you wouldn't think to find together. I am a huge fan of lip stains, but they can be so drying - they always require a balm or a gloss to keep you comfortable. Revlon came up with a product that is supposed to be a moisturising stain - so I was keen to give it a try. Read on to hear my thoughts about it!

Monday 9 March 2015

BlanX Teeth Whitening Toothpastes

As a typical Brit, who drinks far too many cups of tea each day, I'm always paranoid about staining my teeth. Bright, white teeth are so fashionable - you can't turn on the TV or open a magazine without admiring someones sparkling smile - but I've always been scared of the different whitening treatments that I've come across in terms of how harmful they might be to my teeth. A lot of teeth whiteners work by stripping the outer surfaces of your teeth (basically removing part of the stained enamel) which can leave your teeth really vulnerable to sensitivity. For this reason, I was so excited when I found a non-abrasive range of teeth-whitening toothpastes from Blanx! I've been using these products for a couple of months now, so I wanted to let you know how I've been getting on and what I think of this range! Read on to find out more...

Saturday 7 March 2015

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Lip Crayons

Rimmel is definitely one of my favourite drugstore make-up brands - especially when it comes to lip products. I'm a massive fans of the Kate Moss lipsticks, the Apocalips laquers, Provacalips etc... and the Colour Rush crayons are now joining the club. They're my go-to lip product at the moment - and for good reason! Read on to hear my thoughts on my four favourite shades...

Thursday 5 March 2015

Blistex Relief Cream

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has experienced lips that are so dry or chapped that even layers of lip balm doesn't seem to help. It's usually at this point that my lips will crack and it's so painful. For a while, I've been looking for a product that would effectively soothe my lips in these situations and also actively make them better! I've been trying the Blistex Relief Cream, previously called Blisteze, and it's been so useful for me that I thought I'd share my experiences in case any of you need a remedy for cracked and sore lips or even cold sores. Read on to find out more...

Monday 2 March 2015

MUA Makeup Haul

MUA has always held a special place in my heart because it was one of the brands that I bought from when I first started using make-up. As a teenager without much money to spend, I used to be obsessed with their £1 range. I've grown a lot since then and tried so many different brands, but I still always return to MUA when I want some affordable goodies! 

I recently treated myself to a few bits and pieces, so wanted to share them with you. Read on to see what I bought! 

Friday 27 February 2015

W7 In the Buff: Lightly Toasted Palette

Every make-up lover needs a classic neutrals palette for everyday make-up. I've had my eye on the Naked palettes for the longest time, but as a student I really can't justify paying out that much! I was so happy when I saw that W7 came out with the gorgeous 'Lightly Toasted' palette which looks like a dupe for Naked 1. I've had so much fun using this over the past couple of weeks and so it's time to share this palette with you! Read on to find out more...

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Seven Seas Perfect7 Woman

It's easy to remember to take care of your skin and your hair because you see them plain and clear in the mirror each day, but it's so easy to neglect thinking about the inside of your body - out of sight, out of mind, I suppose! The thing is, we all know that no matter how "gracefully" we age on the outside, it's our insides that are going to keep us going. A super easy way to give your body a bit more support is to use Seven Seas new Perfect7 for woman supplements - read on to hear about my experience! 

Sunday 22 February 2015

Tropic: Active Mineral Foundation

The hunt for the perfect foundation is something too many of us are familiar with! I've always struggled to find a product that gives me full coverage that actually lasts - but I think I've finally found my match with Tropic's 'Active Mineral Foundation'. Tropic is a company that has been on a fantastic journey; starting from a market stall, it is now the fastest growing social-selling company in the UK with a multi-award winning range of products and a partnership with Sir Alan Sugar himself! 

Read on to hear more about the company and my experience with this foundation!

Saturday 21 February 2015

Beaut-Boutique Skincare

'Beaut-Boutique' is a great online beauty company that I discovered recently. After falling in love with their 'Brush on Lashes' (blog post: here) I decided to give their skincare range a try. I've got three different products and together they are the perfect combination for a quick-and-easy morning skincare routine. 
Read on to see my thoughts!