Thursday, 31 May 2012

Nails Inc. Bluebell

I got this nail polish as a magazine freebie. Unfortunately the neck of the bottle snapped yesterday :( It is not the first time it happened to me, weird...
The formula is very streaky! I had to be very very careful and precise to get a smooth finish. After a few attempts I finally managed to get an ok finish, but still a little bit streaky.  It needs two coats and the drying tome is about 10 minutes.  I really like the colour- a lovely shade of pastel blue/lilac. 

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Stila lip twinset review: Demi-Crème + Shine

Hi everyone! Today I am adding a quick review of another Stila bargain I got from TKmaxx. I absolutely love this little duo!

STILA LIP TWINSET: DEMI CREME+SHINE IN DEMI TULIP link

I couldn't  find it on Stila's website, but I found a link to it on ebay for £4.99. The Demi Creme has got a matte finish and you can use it on its own if you like this kind of look. The same applies to the lipgloss, it can be used on its own, the finish is glossy and it gives my lips a lovely shine. I use both sides together, the Demi Creme first and lipgloss on top. The colour is a lovely shade of pink, very vibrant. I like the formula, it's not sticky at all and doesn't  leave my lips dry. I am very pleased with this purchase. It came in a set of 3 Stila products for £7.99. Great bargain.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Essie Super Bossa Nova Swatch and great news :)

Here is the last swatch from my Essie purchases. This colour is called Super Bossa Nova :) I love the name! It is a bright fuchsia pink with a delicate purple/pink shimmer. The formula applies beautifully but unfortunately the drying takes ages. Don't worry, the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri will rescue you :)
I needed 2 thin  coats to get an opaque finish. I am an Essie convert and I want to spend all my money on their nail polishes! :) haha

Neal's Yard Remedies organic makeup range review. Lip Gloss, Eyeshadow, Bronzer and blusher



I became a big fan of mineral and organic makeup lately, so I was really excited when  I was kindly sent some Neal's Yard Remedies  products to try out. I received a lovely Lip Gloss in shade Goji Berry, Mineral Pressed Eyeshadow in Silver Birch, Mineral bronzer in shade 51 golden bronze and Mineral Blusher in shade 54 peony.

SILVER BIRCH MINERAL PRESSED EYESHADOW 2g* £11.50 link

I am very impressed with this eyeshadow. First of all it is a lovely colour. I like grey, silver and black shades for a smokey eye look. Most of the time I use this eyeshadow allover my lid and add a light shade in the inner corners of my eyes and on the top of the lid. I didn't use a primer and it stayed on all day without creasing. Depending on the brush I was using, there was a little bit or a lot of product fallout, so I used an ordinary eyeshadow applicator and there was no fallout at all. You can go for a more natural look if you apply it lightly or if you like a smokey eye look it can be done as well, as the colour goes to a dark grey if you apply more product or use it wet. It gives a nice shimmery finish and looks lovely.


GOJI BERRY LIPGLOSS 15ml* link

 The formula of this lovely lipgloss contains antioxidant white tea, essential fatty acid-rich Organic Beauty Oil, organic sweet orange oil, conditioning organic castor seed oil and beeswax, to nourish, nurture and protect. The colour is a beautiful pink shade and looks very natural on my lips. If I apply it lightly it gives a nice wash of colour, but if you apply a generous amount, the colour becomes a more intense, almost berry shade. The formula is very smooth, not sticky at all and it smells lovely- very fruity/citrusy. It also tastes slightly citrusy :) Yummy! It is highly moisturising and leaves my lips very soft. It is packed with organic oils to protect and nourish.  No parabens. No silicones. No carmine

MINERAL BRONZER IN GOLDEN BRONZE 5.5G* £16.50 link

This bronzer is perfect for summer, it is very light and gives my skin a lovely sun kissed look. I use it allover my face with a powder brush or a kabuki brush, to get a bronzed look, or with a contour brush if I want to accentuate my cheekbones. Applied in the morning, it should last all day, unless you are exercising :)  I really like using mineral powders and bronzers, because they are full of goodness for my skin. The formula features antioxidant white tea, sweet almond, sunflower and avocado oils and organic shea butter, to soothe, moisturise and protect your skin.

MINERAL BLUSHER IN PEONY 6g* £16.50 link

Made with an organic corn starch base, enriched with antioxidant white tea and acai, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and shea butter this blush is a real treat for the skin and it looks lovely on the cheeks too! It is a very subtle shade of pink and looks very natural on my skin tone. It gives a nice matt finish, but adds a nice glow to my face, which is always a bonus with mineral makeup. 



Overall, I am really impressed with NYR's makeup offerings and my skin is loving them too!


*PR samples

Monday, 28 May 2012

Herbalife NouriFusion Multivitamin Cleanser review

Hi everyone.

I received this cleanser last week and I have been using it every day since (3-4 times a day). You will probably think... Why would I wash my face so many times? Here is the answer: When the weather is so hot, my face goes extremely oily and I need to wash it a couple of times a day. If I don't - I feel horrible. Normally I would use it twice a day (morning and evening).
 
HERBALIFE NOURIFUSION MULTIVITAMIN CLEANSER 200ml* £15.65 link
"NouriFusion® Multivitamin Skin Care Made with vitamins A, C and E and skin-enhancing herbal ingredients, the NouriFusion® line combines the best of science and nature to help give you beautiful, healthy-looking skin. This gel cleanser is for Normal to Oily skin. It contains Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils, to effectively remove make-up and dirt."

It is a great cleanser, for normal, combination and oily skin. It removes every bit of dirt, leaving my face feeling very clean. Just like I said before, I have been using it a couple of times a day, due to the hot weather and I really like the effects. The smell is very refreshing, perfect to wake me up in the morning, or give my skin a boost of energy during the day. 

The packaging is very simple. It comes in a big white bottle with a pump, making it easy to use. For £15.65 you get 200ml of product, so it's quite a lot compared to most cleansers. The ingredients include Vitamin A,C and E to give your skin a boost of moisture, promote cell renewal and regulate pigmentation.You can visit Herbalife website if you would like to see their full NouriFusion range here.

I found a link where you can buy it from ecrater here (it's not available on the Herbalife website).


*PR sample


My latest 5 minute DIY - cute flower headband

I made this cute flower headband today to match my new DIY skirt. It is really simple.

1.You will need a plain headband, ribbon or a long strip of fabric, thread and needle (or glue) and some plastic flowers to attach to the headband.
2.Wrap the ribbon around the headband, securing it with thread or glue.
3.Make a flower out of leftover ribbon (any shape you want) and attach the plastic flowers.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator Review


Hi everyone! Today I am reviewing another Antipodes product. It's the Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator. I already reviewed two fantastic Antipodes face creams here and I am starting to fall in love with this amazing natural and organic brand and there is more reviews to come :)

Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator 75ml* £20.99 link 

'Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator contains 100% pure avocado oil, marigold flower, tonka bean and sandalwood. It helps to lift away lifeless skin, leaving a fresh complexion that feels reborn. Healing calendula oil works to nurture and repair, while carrot seed extract helps clear and revitalise skin's surface. Exotic essential oils of sandalwood, sweet orange and tonka bean calm and balance your skin's appearance.'

Since I started using Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish with a muslin cloth, I stopped using exfoliators, but after a couple of months I decided that my skin needs something more to remove dead skin cells 2-3 times a week. Most face scrubs are very harsh on my skin, but this one is very gentle! It also smell really nice. It is not a strong fragrance, but a very pleasant fruity aroma.

The formula is very creamy and contains micro jojoba beads that are so small that you can hardly notice them. I can feel them on my skin, but thy are not scratchy at all. The scrub leaves my skin clear and fresh and the calendula and avocado oils help to keep it soft and nourished. 

I use it on dry skin to get a better effect, but if your skin is sensitive, always make sure your face is wet prior to exfoliation. Massage it into your face and rinse with warm water. I always sweep my face with a cotton wool pad soaked in a gentle alcohol free toner after exfoliating and follow with a nourishing moisturiser. 

This exfoliator must be the best one I have ever used. It is gentle, smells lovely and does exactly what it says on the tin :) 


*PR sample 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Review: Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in Gladiola

Tonight I will tell you a little bit about my experience with Stila. I have never heard about the brand until I started looking for an illuminating foundation. I bought the foundation from Buyapowa and when I received it I wasn't happy, it was half empty and the formula was weird, with bits of oil and some dried up product as well. I sent it back and got my money back. It's a shame, because I really wanted to use it.
When I was shopping in TKmaxx I came across sets of Stila makeup for £7.99 and £9.99! I couldn't resist it and I bought 2 sets. Five products in total. It was a great bargain. The shades were a guess, because of the cardboard packaging, but I took the risk. I got a foundation, concealer, lipgloss, lipstick and convertible color cream. Today I am reviewing the Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Stain in a very bright shade- Gladiola.
 
STILA CONVERTIBLE COLOR DUAL LIP AND CHEEK CREAM in GLADIOLA 32g £16.00 link

Essie Braziliant Swatch- perfect for summer!


Another Essie swatch. This colour is called Braziliant and it is a very bright orange/tangerine shade with micro shimmer. It is bright, but it's not a neon colour, so if you are not a fan of neons you can feel safe about this one. It looks lovely with a tan, but also suits pale skin.

PS.Excuse my paint work and cuticles. I swatched over 20 nail polishes that day. I am currently giving my nails some TLC and I will be doing a post about it soon.


Myroo Lemon Body Butter Review and discount code

I love Body Butters, especially if they smell divine! I received this one about a month ago and I've been using it quite often allover my body, or just on my hands, elbows and knees.

 
MYROO LEMON BODY BUTTER* £15.00 for 115g

"Beautifully soothing body butter with shea butter and coconut oil is an intensive skin treat and a little goes a very long way. Our lemon body butter has the addition of beautiful lemon essential oil. STAR INGREDIENTS:Organic shea butter to moisturise, aid cell regeneration and help fade scars & marks. Coconut oil is highly antioxidant, moisturising and soothing. Sweet almond Oil rich in omega 6 and vitamins A, B1, B2 and B6"

I mentioned many times that I love everything that smells citrusy. Well... the scent of Myroo Lemon Body Butter is citrusy on another level!!! It makes me want to take a spoon and eat it straight from the tub! Honestly! I need to remind myself that it's not edible! :) 

I love using this body butter after taking a bath filled with my favourite Citrus Bath Milk from Weleda (review here). I end up smelling like a big juicy lemon and I love it! After each use, I keep sniffing my skin :) 

The consistency is a very light mousse that melts in contact with skin. It is a deeply moisturising formula that sinks into the skin quite slowly, so you have to wait about 15 minutes before getting dresses. 
If you are in a mood for pampering and you need to repair dry areas of your body, you should try this beautiful body butter! 
Every time I use it my skin feels soft and smells absolutely divine!

The one I got is a sample in a plastic container, but full size comes in a big, fancy jar.

 
TO GET 10 % OFF MYROO products use the code: "Black Pearl 0512"

*PR sample

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

May GlossyBox Review: The Birthday Edition

The Glossybox Birthday Edition is finally here! Happy Birthday Glossybox! I was very excited about this months box and I was hoping for something special.
I got a selection of 7 items in total including a Glossybox compact mirror. There was also a birthday balloon :) The box itself is the classic powder pink colour, the tissue paper is printed with bows, cupcakes and makeup and tied with a cute ribbon. I really like the attention to detail when it comes to the packaging. It is very pretty, but it is all about the content and I need to admit- this months box was average. I liked everything I received, but it isn't anything special. I received much better boxes before.
Unfortunately I had to cancel my subscription :( credit cards need to be paid off etc... I hope I will be able to subscribe again in the future, I love the idea of beauty boxes!
 
CONTENTS:
1.Noble Isle Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel-It smells lovely and fresh and is quite a good size. The full size costs £20 (sample worth £6) so it is an expensive shower gel that I wouldn't normally buy, but I am happy to try it and see if it is worth the price.
2.Eldora eyelashes- I already tried Eldora eyelashes and I loved them. The ones I got this time are covered with gold glitter, so not suitable for day time, but they would be perfect for a night out. They are very light weight and look natural. I just don't know if I will ever use them.
3.Osmo Berber Oil hair Treatment- I am very excited to try this. I have been using Argan Oil on my hair for the past 2 weeks and it really made a difference to my hair, so I am planning to get more hair oils soon. This one smells lovely  and is specially formulated to restore life, lustre and shine, the exclusive blend of oils includes the renowned Argan Oil which is rich in Vitamin E and a powerful anti-oxidant that provides intense nourishment to suffering hair.
4.Apivita Express Beauty Masks- I love face masks and I am always searching for a new miracle one :) I can't wait to try it. 
5.Lolita lempicka Si Lolita EDP and Lolita Lempicka EDP- I really like to get perfume samples in beauty boxes, as I usually stick to one perfume, so it's a nice change. I like both fragrances, but I wouldn't buy a full size.
6.Glossybox compact mirror- perfect handbag size, I will definitely use it.

Liz Earle SuperSkin Concentrate Review + Cleanse & Polish offer and an amazing project

Hi everyone! Today I am reviewing another lovely Liz Earle product. This time it's from the Superskin range. It is the Superskin Concentrate roller-ball*. I have also got some very exciting news for you.



LIZ EARLE SUPERSKIN CONCENTRATE 10ml* £19.75 link

INFO: "The intense, aromatic blend of 100% pure plant oils in this rich, restoring night-time treat is suitable for all skin types. It helps to soften dry or mature skin and balance combination or oily skin.
Use at night after cleansing and toning (but before moisturising). Naturally active ingredients include softening argan and organic rosehip oils, soothing neroli, lavender and chamomile essential oils plus antioxidant natural source vitamin E. Suitable for all skin types"

MY OPINION: I love using oils on my skin, especially on dry areas of my face. Since my cheeks became really dry and red for some unknown reason a couple of months ago, I have been looking for a facial oil that will help to combat this problem. I am currently using this concentrate at night time, 3-4 times a week along with a deeply hydrating moisturiser, after cleansing my face with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (review here) and toning with Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic (review here).
The concentrate smells absolutely amazing. Really strong herbal scent that will make you feel like you are in a SPA. If you are not a fan of very strong scents, it will probably be a bit too much for you. I love it and it makes my night time skin care routine extra special.

Since I started using this oil, the redness on my cheeks became less visible and my skin is starting to look more balanced. It helps to combat  and prevent breakouts and leaves my face looking radiant and fresh. I really like the roller-ball format. It makes the application easy and I only use the amount I actually need. I use it on a small area of my face, so this tiny bottle will last me for a couple of months. If you want to treat yourself to a very indulging oil, this one is perfect! The full size comes in a 28ml bottle with a pump and costs £40.25. You can also get 2ml of the concentrate for £5.75- great way to try it out, before you buy the full size.


CLEANSE AND POLISH OFFER

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is available at its original launch price of £9.50 (100ml plus two pure muslin cloths) instead of the normal price of £14.25! This offer starts today- Wednesday 23rd May and is available until Friday 25th May, or while stocks. If you want to stock up on this amazing product or you haven't tried it before and want to give it a go- now is the time!

LIZ EARLE CHARITY CAMPAIGN WITH PRINCE'S TRUST

Another exciting news. Liz Earle have teamed up with The Prince's Trust to mentor 26-year-old Rebecca Taylor from Doncaster to design a new Liz Earle product that will be sold in aid of The Prince's Trust- a charity that helps disadvantaged young people into jobs and training. The Prince's Trust have launched a new nationwide campaign called the Tomorrow campaign to inspire a generation facing record levels of youth unemployment. Liz Earle is joining other industry faces such as designers Zandra Rhodes and Wayne Hemingway and the iconic photographer Rankin to urge employers to recognise young people as tomorrow's industry leaders. Liz will mentor 26-year-old Rebecca Taylor, who was helped by The Prince's Trust and has a fantastic story of how she turned her life around. Rebecca was unemployed, homeless and pregnant when she came to The Prince's Trust for help to set up her own beauty salon, which she has turned into a successful business. Now, together with Liz, they are going to create an exciting new product for Liz Earle Beauty Co to raise money for The Trust. What an amazing project! I can't wait to see what the product's going to be!

*PR sample

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Essie Smooth Sailing Swatch

 This gorgeous Essie shade is called Smooth Sailing.

I like the creamy formula, but one coat looks a bit patchy, so I  needed two thin coats to get a lovely opaque finish. I love the colour as well. It is a dusty blue shade, but purple at the same time with a little bit of shimmer to it. I am not an expert in describing colours, so here is a swatch.

 


NEW IN: Essie Minis in Braziliant, Super Bossa Nova and Smooth Sailing

I really wanted to try Essie nail polishes, but I am on a tight budget at the moment, so I checked ebay and found three lovely minis from this ebay seller. I will be adding posts with swatches very soon.

DIY: How to make a galaxy nail polish ring

I love to make jewellery and when I seen nail polish rings on etsy, I decided to make my own. I thought it will be fun to make a Galaxy inspired ring. Here is what you will need:

1.A flat clear gemstone ( I couldn't find a clear one, so I used a pink/peachy colour)
2.A ring base (available on ebay)
3.Nail polish of your choice: I used Essence Blue Addicted and Edward, DL Mermaids Dream
4.Superglue.
 

Monday, 21 May 2012

Unreal Tan review: Rapid Bronzing Mist, Body Buff and Body Silk

Hello everyone!
I am doing a series of fake tan reviews and today I would like to introduce you to a brand called Unreal. I have never heard about this brand, until lovely Elizabeth contacted me asking if I would like to review some of their products. I love trying new self-tan products, so I was very happy when I received Unreal bronzing mist, body buff and body  silk.

 Unreal Rapid Tan Bronzing Mist 150ml* £24.00 link
INFO: The latest in tanning technology Unreal Rapid Tan Bronzing Mist delivers an amazing natural looking colour without having to wear the colour guide all day/night.  This means after 2 hours you can go to the gym, go out to dinner and not wear it in bed worrying about rub off on your sheets. What does Unreal Rapid Tan Bronzing Mist offer? A fast tan in 2 - 4 hours. A realistic natural looking bronze colour (no orange tones). A long lasting tan which fades evenly. No fake tan smell. An exclusive hydrating skin conditioning formula with potent anti aging, skin firming properties. As if that isn't enough we also have powerful antioxidants of Green Tea Extract and Algae which give you a skin treatment all in one.  You choose the colour depth you want to achieve by showering off at 2 hours for a medium tan, 3 hours for a deeper tan and 4 hours* for a darker intense tan. * A light colour only is visible after 2 hours whilst the tan continues to develop up to 12 hours.

MY OPINION: I really like using fake tan in a spray or mist form. This one is a mist, that turns into a liquid in contact with skin, so I had to spray it onto my tanning mitt. I found it the most convenient and efficient way to use this product. It sinks into the skin right away and if you exfoliate before, there will be no streaking, no patching. It looks fabulous! The colour is quite dark, the longer you leave it on the darker it gets. You can see the difference on the pictures below. It doesn't look orange, it is a deep bronze shade that looks very natural. You can leave it on for about 2 hours to get a medium tan, or like me, leave it on for longer or overnight for a very dark tan.  The formula is packed with goodness to leave your skin soft and nourished and it really works. Most sprays would leave my legs really dry, this one leaves them soft to the touch. Like most new self-tan formulas, it doesn't come with the horrible fake tan smell that everybody hates. It fades evenly, especially if you use the Body Silk.
I really enjoyed using it and I will probably purchase more in the future, as a little goes a long way and the effect is amazing!

 
Body Buff Exfoliator 180ml* £12.61 link
INFO:Featured in More Magazine - Body Buff is the must have skin preparation product essential for preparing your skin before professional application or your own application of fake tanning products.  Not only that but Body Buff is becoming a cult product for those who want to keep their skin in "tip top condition" throughout the winter as well and not just for fake tanning.  It's fantastic hydrating properties keep the skin moisturised counteracting the drying effects of central heating.  It's gentle exfoliation allows you to use it on the face where it will help brighten facial skin by removing dead skin cells revealing younger skin cells beneath.  For fake tanning use it effectively sloughs off the dead skin cells leaving beautifully prepared skin which will allow your tan to fade more naturally and evenly giving longer lasting results. Contains micro poly beads to ensure gentle exfoliation without scratching the skin. Mango, Shea, Coconut butter whipped in shower gel base along with botanical extracts and amino acids effectively washes off without drying or stripping the skin. This unique pH balance formula allows you to exfoliate on the day of your spray tanning session as it washes off without leaving any residue on the skin. Helps to create smooth skin surface for even application of our Unreal sunless tanning products. Citrus fragrance from essential oils.

MY OPINION: Preparation is the key to a nice looking tan! If you love self-tan you already know, that exfoliating is a step that you can't skip! Body buff is a very creamy and gentle exfoliator. It smells lovely and citrusy. It removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin perfectly smooth and ready for fake tan application.  I use it with Soap & Glory exfoliating gloves to make my skin as smooth as possible, but you can use it with your hands or any exfoliating gloves.

 
Body Silk Moisturiser 180ml* £12.82 link
INFO: The Unreal Body Silk moisturiser is a naturally inspired, paraben free daily moisturiser lotion, which uses a combination of plant oils and rich butters to nourish the skin, plus plant extracts and amino acids, and vitamin E to fight against the daily environmental effect on our skin.Nurture and indulge your skin with our rich creamy quick absorbing lotion, made with exotic shea butter, nourishing jojoba and olive oil; infused with Milk Thistle Extract, Green Tea Extract and Oat Amino Acid, Rice Amino Acid and Soy Amino Acid for soft supple skin.Very hydrating formula for all skin types. Leaves skin feeling soft, supple, moisturized and refreshed. Citrus scent from essential oils.

MY OPINION: My first impression was- Wow! It smells amazing. I love anything with a green tea and citrus fragrance to it. It is packed with plant extracts and vitamin E. It leaves my skin perfectly moisturised and very soft. I use it every day after fake tan application to keep my skin looking lovely. If you moisturise every day the tan will fade gracefully and it won't go patchy.
I also use it on dry areas of my body (elbows, feet and knees) before I apply fake tan, to prevent them from going really really dark. You know what I am talking about, if you used self-tan before.
 
*PR samples
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