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Monday, 31 August 2015
A couple of months ago I did a 30 day skincare challenge with Simple products which didn't do as well for my skin as I'd hoped. I got back to researching, reading other blogs and web reviews. I decided to try Boots Botanics Range. I will be using the products listed below.

The reasons behind deciding on this range isn't only due to the reviews I have read, but that they are so affordable as well so if my skin does benefit from them, then the upkeep isn't going to be as expensive as previous ranges.

As always, thanks for reading...

Sunday, 30 August 2015
I was really excited when these came out in the UK, they were on my list of what I was looking forward to being released in 2015. The only disappointing thing I found is how popular they are. I either couldn't get the colour I wanted or I found that products that weren't allocated as a tester were used and put back...

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick

From left to right: Rose, Poinsettia and Dahlia.
The product description says:
"Break free of dull, muted shades and lace your lips in high definition colour with NEW Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick. This advanced new lipstick formulated with Revlon's wax-free high definition gel technology allows for true colour clarity in one smooth coat. The secret is in the clear gel base that provides a weightless feel with a smoother, more even application than traditional wax-based lipsticks. Just one coat of the deliciously scented, silky, moisturising formula and lips are instantly enriched in weightless colour."


-Very high shine application.
-Named after flowers, they have the lovely smell to go with.
-Smooth, moisturising and pigmented.


-Needs more than one coat on lighter colours.
-Applying with a lip brush can be patchy, would suggest a lip gloss wand.

I really love these and I think Dahlia is a great colour for the upcoming Autumn/Winter trends but if you prefer to go even darker they have Gladiolus and Iris, which are on my next Boots list!

As always, thanks for reading...

Thursday, 27 August 2015
In March I did a product review of Body Shop skincare items that I had been using and with that order I did get some makeup products. I have only started to use them regularly and now I can give a thorough review.

The Body Shop All In One Concealer

The product description says:
"This easy-to-blend concealer effectively covers imperfections and dark shadows. The lightweight but high-coverage formula stays in place for hours. With ingredients including vitamin E and marula oil, it's make p and skin care in one. High coverage, easy to blend and lightweight."

-Lovely, soft blendable texture.
-Great colour range for all skin tones.
-Good coverage on redness.

-Because of its soft texture it broke off into two in the tube.
-Not as high coverage for dark circles.

The Body Shop Instablur Primer

The product description says:
"This all-new face perfector blurs imperfections, giving you flawless photo-perfect skin in an instant! With Community Fair Trade marula oil. 12hr shine controlling. reduces appearance of pores. Blemish hiding, complexion unifying and make up extending."

-Interesting texture that seems to control oil and shine.

 -This product didn't work for me. As I stated above I believe that this product will always work best for oily skin. 
-It's a little on the pricey side.

The Body Shop creates amazing products that have helped me combat skincare issues and their makeup products are no exception. Each product benefits the skin in some way and that will determine which makeup product would suit you best so for me, the concealer was brilliant but the primer didn't work well. With of the concealers texture, I think buying in a darker shade would work well as a subtle, shimmer free contour!

As always, thanks for reading...
Monday, 24 August 2015
In November 2014 I watched a video called Hit! The $6 Mascara That Beats Them All on Wayne Goss's YouTube Channel. He was talking about the Falsifeye HD Mascara from Seventeen. I had never used Seventeen products before, but to be honest (and not in a snobbish way) I was put off by how cheap they were. I have used brands such as Miss Sporty, NYC and MUA and I always had problems with either the product or breakouts. Because of this I've tended to stay around the mid-price range for makeup and toiletries. 
Seventeen never even crossed my mind when reading the title of Wayne's video. However I took a gamble and decided to purchase some other products along with the Mascara and actually got some interesting results.

Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara

The product description says:
"94% of users saw more definition. 93% of users saw separated lashes. 92% of users saw long lasting results. 76% of users said this mascara doubled the volume of their lashes vs bare lashes. These results are observed from a consumer panel survey using 2 coats. After applying the 2 coats this mascara; Does not clump, Is long lasting, smudge proof & does not flake. Adds volume & length from corner to corner. Lifts and curls lashes from corner to corner. Adds thickness to lashes." 

-Amazing long lashes with one coat.
-Really black.
-It's got a varied lengths of plastic bristles on the wand which grabs all the lashes.


-Dries up quicker than other mascaras I've used.

Seventeen Flawless Poreless Primer

The products descriptions says:
"Smoothing skin perfector for skin that's poreless, flawless and gorgeous!.

-Non-greasy consistency. 

-Didn't like that it was in a compact.
-The product doesn't spread well.
-Applying with a sponge or brush doesn't work.

Seventeen Stay Time Foundation

The product description says:
"It's time. Time that your makeup had staying power! This full coverage foundation gives a flawless smooth skin finish. That lasts. And lasts. Foundation that stays put for up to 25 hours. It's time. Stay Time."

-Good colour range.
-Get a lot out of one pump, more than enough to get a high coverage.
-Spreads well.

-Doesn't work well with brushes.
-Need to work it in quick or it can sit.

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint

The product description says:
"Heavy duty under eye concealer, The One. The hard core concealer to wage war on under eye circles."

-Long lasting.
-For me it covers dark circles immediately.
-I use this on my redness as well, works perfectly.

-For me, I'd like it a little lighter so I could double as a highlighter!

Overall I'd say that the mascara and concealer were the best products with the foundation coming a close third and being unimpressed by the primer. I just felt that the primer was more of a balm.

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 23 August 2015
Whilst purchasing some toiletries from Superdrug I saw that these were on 3 for 2, I'd heard so many good reviews about them but was hesitant because I don't like a cream texture. After reading they have a gel quality to the consistency I decided to give them a chance.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow 

From left to right: One The Bronze, Endless Purple and Metallic Pomegranate. 

The product description says:

"Collection has 12 long-wearing shades. Our innovative pigment technology gives a visually intense, high colour impact. Cream gel formula feels light on lids and is fade-resistant. Dare to get inked your way!".

-Great colour range.
-Long lasting, but wouldn't say 24hr.
-Very pigmented.
-Not overly creamy.
-Water resistant.


-Personally I'd prefer less shimmer on the On The Bronze shade.

I picked these three colours with the Autumn/Winter seasons coming up. My favourite would be the metallic pomegranate, it works really well as a pop of colour as the fashions tend to be darker. As said they don't have an overly creamy texture meaning they don't crease and they don't dry up or flake off. I would recommend these, especially to those who don't like to bother with creating smokey eye effects and prefer one wash of colour. 

As always, thanks for reading...

Thursday, 20 August 2015
I was researching makeup and product launches, when I stumbled across Makeup Revolution. This brand is available in Superdrug but unfortunately there isn't one local to me that stocks it so I ordered online. This post will be reviewing the eyeshadow palettes bearing in mind I ordered these with Halloween ideas in mind.

Girl Panic

From left to right, top to bottom the shadows are called: Panic On The Street, By Invitation, Going On To Somewhere, I Am Beaten, Voices In My Head, City Trap, Girlfriend, Chelsea Mayhem, Random, Going Nowhere, Get Closer, Demolition, Going Under, Let It Happen, Naked Through, Hypnotic, Mesmerised, Clever Words.

Product description says:
"GIRL PANIC! Certainly our PRETTIEST Salvation palette yet. 
Beautiful Pink Tones, through to Nude bases, Chocolate to Copper, with a couple of Silver & Smoked. Multiple looks, Multiple ways to look Amazing, Many ways to create Girl Panic!
Our Salvation palettes continue to offer Our Super Pigmented Formula, with the mixture of 12 Shimmer/Pearl and 6 Matte shades together in our gorgeous compact with full size mirror."

Run Boy Run

From left to right, top to bottom the shadows are called: Trying To Catch You, Running Is Victory, Sun Will Be Guiding You, Day Is A Prophecy, Another Day, It's Time To Run, World Is Not Meant For You, Hide Behind Me, Dying To Stop You, Break Out From Society, Don't Have To Hide Away, You Will Be My Boy, Follow Me, Head To The Hills, Run Boy Run, Girl On Fire, You Are Finally Mine, Head Start.

Product description says:

"Salvation is here! Why a Salvation? For the first time we have combined Shimmer and Matte Shades in a series of exciting Limited Edition Palettes with 18 shades of super high pay off Impact. These Palettes are in beautiful compact with large full size mirror for the first time in our series of palettes.Guys Better Run and Hide, Ultimate Power looks from this collection…we are in control. 12 shimmers and 6 Mattes inside with full length mirror." 

Ultimate Colour Chaos

From left to right, top to bottom the shadows are called: Gleam, WKD, Tom Tom, Pink Obsessed, On A Mission, Over Bored, Needed To..., Me Three, Do It Now..., Toxic Apple-Tini, Ammunition, Deliver Me, Super Y, My Demons, Tip X, I Said Go!, Beyond Real, Calm Me Down.

Product description says: 

"Our most explosive ‘Salvation’ Palette yet…meet COLOUR CHAOS. Containing our brightest and most impactful colour shades yet. Experiment & Go Create, with our super pigmented 18 shade palette containing both Matte and Shimmer Shades in a Professional Palette with full size mirror and applicator. Love the Shades - Break Rules - Cause Chaos!"

-The shades are all very pigmented.
-Really good price at £6 each and often on 3 for 2.
-Have an amazing range of colours.
-Different palette sizes so you can order ones more compact.
-Very sturdy.
-Comes with a mirror.

-Similar to the Sleek palette you need a primer so it lasts longer and prevents fallout of the shimmer shades.

I really like these palettes and I've started to fall in love with this brand. As stated above I ordered these palettes specifically for the colours as I've been trying out ideas for Halloween. Overall I think this brand is brilliant as a starting point for teenagers, its affordable, I haven't had any breakout problems and they do a lot of neutral shades. 
I am already placing another order!

As always, thanks for reading...

Monday, 17 August 2015
Sleek is one of those brands that gets great reviews on their palettes off other Bloggers and YouTuber's which is why I gave in and ordered one of their eyeshadow palettes. I chose this one because I wanted warm tones and all the shadows are mineral based which gives a lovely natural payoff.

Sleek i-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette

From left to right, top to bottom the shadows are called: Nougat, Nubuck, Cappuccino, Honeycomb, Toast, Taupe, Conker, Moss, Bark, Mineral Earth, Regal and Noir.

The product description says:
"Sleek Makeup's legendary i-Divine eyeshadow palettes are 12 shades of super-pigmented, long-lasting, mineral based eyeshadow, designed to suit all. Each i-Divine eyeshadow palette contains pearlescent shades, which contain mica particles that highlight and illuminate giving an overall radiant effect. Available in a variety of colour ways, your i-Divine is waiting for you.
Au Naturel is an array of matte and shimmery eye shadows providing a subtle yet contoured effect for day, that can be built up for a gorgeous evening smoky effect using the velvety browns and shimmering fawns."

-Fantastic size, yet compact and sturdy, you'll get a lot of use out of it.
-The colours are very pigmented especially the shimmer ones like Conker.

-It doesn't have an as long lasting wear as other eye shadows I've used, I would suggest a primer before application to help and prevent fallout of the shimmer shades.

I mainly create day looks with this palette and 100% recommend it to those getting into makeup. With the colours I do think it suits darker eye colours more as say for blue eyes, most of the tones on this palette will look too harsh. Sleek have and Eye and Cheek Palette called All Day Soiree that I would suggest for lighter eye colours. 

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 16 August 2015
With every product I purchase I always try to reflect the positive and negative about it from my own usage and who I would think it would work for.

Pantene Instant Refresh and Volume Booster Dry Shampoo

I purchased the along with a food shop from Asda. They were on offer at 2 for £5 which I thought was very good considering they retail at £3.99 each.
The product description says:
"Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo instantly absorbs oil for cleansed hair without washing and leaving no residue, It refreshes, cleanses & revives your hair. For healthy-looking, cleaned, light and free flowing hair.

Features and Benefits
-Advanced lightweight dry shampoo for all hair types.
-Instantly cleanses & revives, absorbs oil for cleansed hair, without washing.
-Leave hair light and free flowing, without residue.
-No need of water or rinsing, to use in between regular shampoos and conditioners."

I was completely disappointed with this product, I could not find anything good about it and it didn't work for my hair at all. When trying to think of who this would work for I was stumped.
I used one on 2nd day and the other on 3rd day hair to see when it works better and on both occasions it was a nightmare. 

I applied it at a good height and was disgusted to touch it as when I spray in dry shampoo, I use my fingers to rub it in and then brush it through. It was sticky and really wet which I wasn't expecting and I couldn't get my fingers or a brush through it. It bound my hair together and my roots were a thick greasy/sticky mess and I couldn't believe it. I will not be re-purchasing this again and I don't recommend it, if it's bound my thinner hair together then I'd dread to think how people with thicker hair would cope.

As always, thanks for reading...

Thursday, 13 August 2015
A while back I got a notification through my Boots app with information about new products set to release. I was instantly drawn to the new sulphate free hair care range from L'Oreal and decided to give it a go. I used two ranges from this launch, the EverSleek and the EverStrong. Both had their pros and cons but for me the EverSleek range came out on top.

EverSleek Smoothing & Nourish Shampoo

The product description says:
"Specifically designed for coarse and frizzy hair, the EverSleek Smoothing & Nourish range is a Smoothing Care System with non-sulphate cleansing and smooth conditioning care. The formulas are enriched with botanical sunflower extract and help nourish and smooth the hair, for a frizz controlled look."

-This has one of the best lathers I've ever had from a shampoo.
-Doesn't tangle the hair too much, can easily brush through with a wide tooth comb.
-Has a lovely smell.
-A little bit of product goes a long way.

-Quite expensive.

EverSleek Smoothing & Nourish Conditioner

The product description says:
"Specifically designed for coarse and frizzy hair, the EverSleek Smoothing & Nourish range is a Smoothing Care System with non-sulphate cleansing and smooth conditioning care. The formulas are enriched with botanical sunflower extract and help nourish and smooth the hair, for a frizz controlled look."

-Really de-tangles and smoothes hair.
-Gives you a really deep condition whilst being easy to wash out.
-Again a little goes a long way.

-Quite expensive.

EverStrong Reinforcing & Vitality Shampoo

The product description says:
"Specifically designed for fragile and brittle hair, EverStrong Reinforcing & Vitality is a Reinforcing System that combines non-sulphate cleansing and conditioning care. The formulas are enriched with botanical rosemary and juniper oils. Hair looks shinier, smoother and protected."

-Lathers well.
-Has a nice smell.

-Very deep clean which makes my hair feel stripped and dry.

EverStrong Reinforcing & Vitality Conditioner

The product description says:
"Specifically designed for fragile and brittle hair, EverStrong Reinforcing & Vitality is a Reinforcing System that combines non-sulphate cleansing and conditioning care. The formulas are enriched with botanical rosemary and juniper oils. Hair looks shinier, smoother and protected."


-Little goes a long way.


-Really thick consistency, doesn't wash out well at all.
-Doesn't spread through the hair well, need to comb it through.

For me I feel as though the EverSleek range was better for thinner hair in comparison the the EverStrong. Although the EverStrong advertises that its designed for fragile and brittle hair, having thinner hair myself it seemed to make it feel dry and stripped on the ends whilst thicker and greasy near the roots. I found that I had to use dry shampoo after drying my hair and that next day hair was really greasy and horrible and just needed washing again.
With the EverSleek I came across no problems and found that the no sulphate formula made my hair healthier and shinier, I would recommend giving it a go.

As always, thanks for reading...

Monday, 10 August 2015
I love Soap & Glory products but often get really frustrated that they sell out so quickly! One day in Boots I did manage to find two eyebrow products in shades I thought were a good match and had to pick them up.

I purchased the Archery Brow Tint & Precision Pencil in Brownie Points and the Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush in Hot Chocolate. I wanted to be able to create both subtle and defined looks so took the option to try out both pencils.

Archery Brow Tint & Pencil

The product description says:
"Distinctly 'no-brow'? (Or could do with a fullness boost?) Brush-on-brows and fill in any gaps with the all-day, long-wearing precision-point stain, then use the crayon to give your brows the perfect shape."

-Twist-able brush, no sharpener required!
-The pen isn't too loaded with product which I was concerned with. 
-Filled the gaps in my brow perfectly.


-The pencil is quite thick which isn't for everyone.

I do really love this product for a dramatic brow shape. I actually prefer to use the pen to fill in gaps before going over in pencil as the other way around (like it suggests) gives a more drawn on look. At £10 this can be considered quite steep for a brow pencil but I would repurchase this again for nights outs.

Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush

The product description says:
"Introducing our super skinny, retractable, 2-in-1 brow filling pencil and brush. Giving you maximum control - while taking up minimum space in your makeup case - it shapes, defines and leaves thicker, fuller, natural finish. Ideal for ladies who'd describe themselves as distinctly 'no brow' (or for anyone after a little more WOW)."


-Pencil is a lot thinner which I prefer as it gives me a chance to create a more subtle shape.
-I love the fact it comes with a brush.
-The pencil isn't too soft meaning there's no smudge effect when applying.


-The thinner shape makes it harder to grip.

Overall I would buy this over the other pencil, at £8 it's a steal and I can create a more subtle look with it. It is build-able but can look drawn on if you don't brush in between applications.

As always, thanks for reading...

Sunday, 9 August 2015
As previously mentioned I love trying out new foundations and it occurred to me that I've never owned a M.A.C Foundation which is considered sacrilege to my beauty loving friends.

I decided to purchase the M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation and the M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation as I'd heard really positive things about both and I wanted to try two different types of foundations.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

The product description says:
"A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15. Comfortable and long-wearing: lasts for up to eight hours. Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specially treated micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil. Contains special skin-conditioning ingredients."

-Has SPF 15 against UVA & UVB Rays.
-Product has a wide colour range and the shade I purchased matched me perfectly. 
-Has a medium coverage but can easily build to a high flawless finish.
-Lovely, long lasting consistency, a little goes a long way with this product which means you won't have to purchase it as often.
-Can be applied well with a brush or sponge, my preference is a damp beauty blender to get that airbrush effect.

-There is no pump, which can be difficult especially when you have heavy handed days.
-I wasn't overly keen on the smell.

I purchased this in NW10 which is one of the lightest shades you can get from the range. This is definitely a shade for cool undertones and finding a paler foundation that doesn't reflect yellow patches is really difficult so I 100% recommend looking into M.A.C. It is a high end product but well worth the price at £22.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

The product description says:
"Studio Fix is a powder and foundation in one that combines good coverage with ease of application. Designed to be used dry, the powder and pigments create a matte, velvety texture. It contains Silica, which helps to maintain a matte finish by absorbing oils on the skin, as well as Talc to provide a smoother, less reflective, matte finish. The talc has been milled to a microscopic size to provide a beautiful texture while allowing the skin to breathe. It is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a brush, sponge, or a powder puff."

-Medium Coverage.
-Provided a sponge with it.
-Really sturdy, compact packaging.
-Large colour range.
-Lovely texture that makes your skin really smooth so no need for primer beforehand.
-Has a very matte finish which makes it perfect for those winter months.

-Can look cakey when applied with a sponge on top of foundation, I would suggest using a stippling brush and lightly dusting the pan before applying it to the face.
-Found that, with some brushes, the product can get packed into the brush and be distributed unevenly.

I purchased this in NW10 to match the foundation. I actually found this to be a smidge lighter than my foundation but I don't overly mind that. Really good product, I do prefer this on days where I'm not putting on a lot of makeup or to just cover up some redness. Same price as the foundation at £22 and I would 100% recommend this but would just warn that not all brushes are compatible with it.

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 6 August 2015
Back in April I set out a challenge to see if my skin would be better by only using Simple products for 30 days. With other thing going on, I put my skin through alot and decided to extend it to 60 days.
Overall the products I used all had their good and bad points but the range didn't do anything for my skin and due to medication I was breaking out a lot more and it didn't tackle it.

Simple Spotless Skin Triple Action Face Wash

I used this three mornings a week.
Product description says:
"Get results from day 1 with our Spotless Skin Triple Action Face Wash.
Our Spotless Skin Triple Action Face Wash contains the perfect blend of antibacterial and cleansing goodness to help deeply cleanse, purify and tone your skin by removing hidden dirt and unclogging pores. Perfect for even sensitive skin."


-Good consistency.
-Not harsh on the skin.
-Saw a huge improvement in my redness.


-Didn't tackle my spots.
-There wasn't a definitive scrub quality to it.
-Didn't lather well and found myself using more product.

Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash

I used this four mornings and every night a week.
Product description says:
"When your skin's happy and fresh faced, you feel healthier and happier too! Our Moisturising Facial Wash is a perfect blend of ingredients to keep skin thoroughly cleansed and nourished. Perfect for even sensitive skin."


-Skin was really smooth after use.
-Significant effect in reducing my pores that I barely used foundation primer.


-I was still breaking out.
-Didn't lather well.
-Wasn't overly keen on the smell.

Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner

I used this every morning and night.
Product description says:
"Our Soothing Facial Toner is a perfect blend of ingredients for keeping your skin toned and refreshed. Perfect for even sensitive skin."


-Non-sticky feel.
-Dries quickly.
-Lasted longer than other toners.
-Preferred the smell.


-Spout made it hard to distribute the product.

Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF 15 

I used this every morning.
Product description says:
"When your skin's happy and fresh faced, you feel healthier and happier too! Our Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF 15 is a perfect blend of multivitamins and skin-loving ingredients with SPF protection to keep your skin moisturised and protected from UVA & UVB rays. It also gives you hydration for 12 hours. Perfect for even sensitive skin."


-Dried quickly.


-Has a thick yet runny consistency, so shake before use.
-Has a pale payoff like you would get with sunscreen.

Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream

I used this every night.
Product description says:
"Our Vital Vitamin Night Cream is a perfect blend of ingredients to help restore and replenish skin throughout the night. Perfect for even sensitive skin."


-Better consistency.
-No pale payoff.


-Not keen on the smell.

Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

Used morning and night.
Product description says:
"Our unique Simple Triple-Purified Micellar Water formulation is enriched with multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients designed to give our most effective cleanse whilst leaving your skin feeling hydrated. It actively works to attract and remove makeup and impurities whilst helping to unclog pores supporting skin to breathe.
Our Micellar Water won’t leave the skin feeling tight or sticky but clean, refreshed and hydrated."


-Non-greasy application.
-Long Lasting.


-Not as deep cleaning as other micellar waters.
-Doesn't tackle eye make up well.
-Spout made it hard to distribute.

Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

Used when testing out makeup products.
Product description says:
"Our Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes are a perfect blend of ingredients to help to refresh and tone your skin. Our Face Wipes remove waterproof mascara. Perfect for even sensitive skin."


-1 wipe can remove all my day to day makeup.
-Not irritation around the eyes.


-Need more moisture as I found dry patch when unfolding some of them.

Just because these products didn't work for me doesn't mean they won't for you. I have very complicated skin due to the medication I take.
I am now on a quest to find some facial products that are a lot stronger without being as harsh on the skin if you have any recommendations please leave them below.

As always, thanks for reading...

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