Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Get luscious lashes with Threads*

False eyelashes are a great addition when you are looking to create a more dramatic makeup look and last week I was lucky enough to be sent some new ones from Threads to try. 




I received two sets; Charleston and Sex Kitten. 

The aptly named Charleston is a very glamourous style of lash. They are a really natural shape which subtly accentuates, meaning they are a great choice for daytime wear. I think they are quite versatile too, as they would also look good with more full on evening glam - to make your eyes 'pop' a little more.

Sex Kitten have a little more 'va va voom!'. They are a very full lash and longer at the corners, so really draw attention to your eyes. I would personally pair these with a dark smokey eye for a really dramatic night out look. 



In the pictures below, I'm wearing the Charleston lashes with my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette - an absolute favourite. I've gone for light shimmery tones on the lids so the lashes stand out more, with a darker lip. 



The lashes really help to widen my eyes and I definitely spent a few minutes fluttering my lashes in the mirror after applying them! 



You can purchase Threads eyelashes online at www.falselashes.co.uk and Harvey Nichols for £9.

*PR Sample

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Madame LA LA Review – Self Tan Mousse & Face Bronzing Serum*

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that a ‘natural tan’ is something that most definitely does not come naturally to me. Needless to say, I was thrilled to receive a lovely package of tanning products to try from the folks over at Madame LA LA – who are exclusively launching their range in Superdrug TODAY!



Established in 2014 by entrepreneur Nicole Dash Jones and inspired by Los Angeles, the Madame LA LA brand has received global coverage from outlets such as Selfridges, Fenwick Bond St and Urban Outfitters. Designed for those who want to achieve an ‘all year round glow, effortless glow’ the brand, unusually, the unique formula has anti-ageing skin care benefits and built in skin perfectors.

I was lucky enough to sample both products from the range; the Facial Bronzing Serum and Self Tan Mousse in Light, though it also comes in a darker shade so you’re able to select the one which best matches your natural skin tone.

Self Tan Mousse

Fake tan mousses are my favourite, so this one was already in my good books before I even got it out of the package. I always find that they blend so much more easily and you get a great colour guide to work from when you are applying it.



The biggest difference between this mousse and the other ones that I have used was evident as soon as I squirted it onto my tanning mitt – the scent. Fake tans are renowned for having a strong, almost ‘biscuity’ fragrance, but this ones smells like coconut instead! This is the result of one of the key ingredients in Madame LA LA products being Hollywood favourite Coco Water, which helps to moisturise and soften skin while reducing the signs of aging. The mousse also contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant which protects and repairs skin, as well as soothing Aloe which moisturises.



The self-tan is also a DD Tan Perfector. ‘DD’, which stands for ‘Dynamic Do-All’, is the natural successor to BB and CC creams, which helps to reduce your lumps and bumps whilst adapting to your skin’s tone to give you a really natural glow. Additionally, it is really quick drying and I only had to wait about 5 minutes before I could get dressed – and subsequently text my friend about this great tan which miraculously didn’t smell like the inside of a cookie jar!

I found that the tan was really easy to blend into skin and it only took about two squirts to cover my entire leg. It comes out in a nice brown shade when you’re applying it, so you can easily spot any white bits – or very white bits in my case – which you may have overlooked. I put my tan on before going to bed, as the box recommends that you don’t wash it off for about ten minutes.

When I got up the next day, the tan had not at all transferred to my bed sheets. Once I had showered it off, I couldn’t believe how natural the colour was. Also, the tan didn’t ‘cling’ to any dry areas. Usually, despite my very best efforts to moisturise thoroughly before application, I always end up with tell-tale orange blobs on my elbows. This tan came out just as well here as it had on the rest of my body, which I was really impressed about.

I have included some before and after shots below to show you the results. The white socks are purely for comparison purposes, I promise. Sadly, I was not blessed with good natural lighting for the before photo... thanks British weather!






In order to build on the tan, you have to moisturise regularly before exfoliating. The box advises that the tan should be reapplied about once a week, so I will have to update you later on that as I have only had it on a couple of days. It does claim to have a natural fade though, so I don’t think this will be so hard to scrub off as some other brands I have used.

All in all, I have been so impressed with this brand that I would definitely recommend trying it. Unlike some tans, it isn’t orange at all and just gives you a really nice sunkissed glow. The mousse retails at £30 for a 200ml bottle, but it doesn’t take too many squirts to cover your whole body, so I can really see me getting a lot of wear from it.

Face Bronzing Serum

This one I was slightly more nervous to try, given that I generally avoid putting any tanning products on my face for fear it will go horribly wrong and I will end up looking like I should belong in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. However, having now tried it, I can confirm there were no catastrophes and this is actually really easy to use.



The serum is again formulated with Coco Water, as well as CQ10 which increases skins ability to produce collagen, Vitamins A, C and E, which work to protect the skin and give a really smooth complexion and Green Tea, which hydrates and brightens. It is quite runny when applying, but does soak into the skin quickly. You are recommended to use about a pea sized amount, using the tips of your fingers to smooth this up to your hairline. This can be done using gloves or bare hands. I chose the latter and found that even though the serum does look quite dark, it is really easy to wash off.

The serum gave me a really nice even glow. My skin just looked a little bit brighter and more revitalised and much better matched to the rest of my now tanned body. The box recommends using this day or night twice a week, but if you wanted a deeper tan you could obviously apply this more frequently.



I really like that this is specially formulated for your face, to go alongside the Self Tan Mousse. My skin felt soft after using it and I didn’t get any unsightly tan lines around my jawline or forehead. This retails a £25, for a 100ml bottle.

If you would like to purchase some of this for yourself, head over to Superdrug here.

You can find more out about the brand and get their tanning tips on their website here.

*PR Sample.


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Friday, February 12, 2016

Say 'I Love You' with Lush - Valentines Haul

These days, I rarely get the time to switch off from the outside world and soak in the bath. But when I do, it's nice to indulge and Lush is always my first port of call for bath time goodies.



With Valentines Day around the corner, the theme of love is evident in the brands latest offerings. So, naturally when I popped into my local store recently, I had to grab a bit of everything to try.

Here's what I bought... 

Lover Lamp



I'm always drawn in my bath bombs that are super moisturising and so this one was a must. Along with chocolate orange, orange oil and vanilla, this little white bath bomb also contains some delicate red hearts. 

When the bath bomb fizzes out, the hearts float out and then melt into your bath.  Given they are made from Fairtrade Cocoa Butter, this softens your bath water and is super moisturising to skin.



It's one of my favourites from the bunch I bought (hence why it came first...), particularly because I love the addition little red hearts and how great my skin felt after use. It retails at £.395 - but it's worth it!


Think Pink



I debated whether I wanted this one - that was until the assistant in my local Lush dropped it into a bowl of water.

When the bath bomb meets the water, lots of pink and white rice paper confetti hearts start coming out (there's a theme here). With that, bathtime turned super girly as the water also went shade of Barbie pink. It is supposed to give off sweet vanilla fragrance with a caramelly undertone, from the use of tonka. I didn't really notice that, but it smells good nonetheless.



If you're looking for a bright and funky bath, this ones for you. It retails at £2.65.


Sex Bomb



I love the pink and purple colour of this bath bomb and the addition of the little rose at the top. When the it enters the bath, the rose expands and the petals float around - cute!

Putting that aside though, I do think it's got a great name which I presume comes in part from the fact that it includes jasmine - an ancient aphrodisiac. This bath bomb is formulated to be a 'sensual healer' - helping to relax and sooth any anxieties and ultimately leaving you in the moooood. How perfect for Valentines! 

This one retails at £3.50.


Tisty Tosty (Special Edition)



This one heart shaped bath bomb is based on a medieval love poem - he loves me, he loves me not.

While the normal edition is  a regular Lush product this one is a Valentines Day special - and it's very apt for the day of lurrrrve.  Containing real rose buds and rose oil, it has quite a strong floral scent, which can also be attributed to the inclusion of geranium and floral orris powder.  

Like a bathtime bouquet, this is a really lovely choice and retails at £3.50.


Butterball



Moving on from the more romantic Valentines theme of the other four, this one is a great choice for giving your body a little TLC.

Designed for dry, sensitive or irritated skin, this bath bomb also contains cocoa butter. When they melt, your skin becomes coated in a 'buttery film' and I can definitely vouch for that having tried this a few times now.

I like this one is I feel like I need a little pick me up and it's a real bargain, retailing at just £2.65.


Floating Island



The only non bath bomb item that ended up in my basket, this is a bath oil which looks and smells good enough to consume while. No joke. While again it doesn't fit with the Valentines theme, it's a great buy. 

My brain tells me that this is a white chocolate truffle with a vanilla garnish, but in fact this is not the case. Supposed to give connotations of a tropical island destinations, with the vanilla pods used to look like palm trees dotted on the shore, this melts and turns bath water silky smooth.

Containing almond oil, cocoa butter as well as lemon and sandalwood oil, this one is a real treat. It's another bargain buy too at just £2!


And that concludes my Lush roundup! What products are you loving lately? Drop me a comment below...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick Review

I have a real ability to enter a cosmetics store to purchase something specific and then leave with a whole bunch of things I don't need, because I'm easily drawn in by fancy packaging and beauty deals.

The Soap and Glory 'Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick' was one of those unintentional buys, while I went to a grab a new Archery brow pencil. You know, the thing that I actually needed. I haven't used any Soap and Glory lip products in the past, but with these being a snip at just £3.50 and promising an exceptional shine, I had to give one a try.



These little lip crayons come in seven different colours; Pinkaboo, Purple Rain, Technicoral, Pink Punch, Peaches and Gleam, Shine Pinkfetti and Nudist - which is what I chose. You can never have too many nude shades in your makeup bag and I thought this would be a great to for everyday work wear.

While I only bought one of the Gloss Sticks, I did have a good swatch of the ones in my local store before buying and was pretty impressed by how pigmented they were. Some of the darker shades really pack a colour punch! 



Designed to give '3D Volume Shine', it has a 3D Plump Complex as well as a 'Buzz-Free' formula which works to actively plump lips without giving you that tingly sensation. 

While I didn't notice my lips appearing any more full than usual when using the Gloss Stick, it does give them a really nice glossy finish. I would say that it's most comparable to a moisturising shiny lipstick, as opposed to a lip gloss. It's less transferable, isn't remotely drying and also, it smells amazing!

I was quite impressed with this, especially given it is priced so reasonably. While it doesn't have the best staying power, it's a great little moisture shot for chapped lips - with a spot of colour too. I'd definitely recommend buying this an alternative if you fancy something different to your plain old standard lip balms. 

Luckily, at just over £3 a pop, it isn't bank breaking if more than one falls into your shopping basket too. Bonus!






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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Plumping Mask

Back in January, one of my main goals for the year ahead to pay a little more attention to my skin. So far, unfortunately it's the one I haven't quite achieved.

At the end of the day, by the time I've had a chance to take my makeup off all I really want to do bury my head in the pillow and conk out completely. This means that I am perhaps not so regimented with the 'cleanse, tone, moisturise' routine as I perhaps should be. As for face masks? Well they are normally resigned to weekends. 

In February, I'll be making much more effort to give my skin a little TLC. One product I think might make that all a little bit easier is the Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask.



I've long been a fan of Nip + Fab, the brand endorsed by Kylie Jenner and Millie Mackintosh alike. I've tried a multitude of their other products, but the Dragon's Blood range is one I had my eye on for some time.

I have to admit when I first heard 'Dragon's Blood' I presumed this was just some mythical ingredient with a cool name, because, you know, obviously dragons aren't real. With a little research, it was clear I was wildly mistaken and it is in fact a red resin extracted from certain plants. It's comforting to skin, and works to hydrate it. 

The other ingredients in the Plumping Mask include Hydraluronic acid (to plumps skin) and amino acids (to brighten). The product is designed to freshen up skin, plump any wrinkles and generally give you a more youthful complexion. My skin is still in pretty good shape at 23, it's not 18 anymore so it pays to give it a little extra attention.

When I used it initially, the first selling point was that it's a completely clear and smooth formula. So, on the off chance I unintentionally plaster some my hair in my haste to slap it onto my face quickly, it's really not going to make an awful lot of difference. Winning.



The mask can be worn in two ways; as a short or overnight intense treatment. Nip + Fab advise applying a thick layer to skin and wiping off after ten minutes, or leaving it on overnight and rinsing the next morning to really work on that visage! 

I was really impressed that even when wearing a few layers of this mask, it still felt super light on my skin. It has a slight cooling effect too, meaning it is quite refreshing and gentle. You could try keeping it in the fridge for a little while before use, just to intensify this. 

So what's the verdict? I've been really thrilled with this, and it's a great pick me up when your face is feeling a bit haggard. When I washed the mask off, it felt like I'd washed away any impurities with it and left my skin glowing. I'm a pessimist when it comes to skincare at times, but this one really delivers quick results. 



Would I use this again? Definitely, as the results were instant. Within this range, there are also there are also cleansing pads and a plumping serum. Given that I've liked the mask so much, I certainly need to try these out as well.

The Dragon's Blood Plumping Mask retails at   £14.95 in Superdrug, but keep your eyes out for special deals at local retailers. 
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