Saturday, 22 July 2017

PUR Bare It All Foundation Review

Hi beaut's!

PUR Cosmetics is a brand I keep hearing good things about in the beauty world, of course being the makeup addict that I am I was keen to try some of their products out, and I thought their new Bare It All 4in1 Skin Perfecting Foundation would be a great place to start, if a brand can make a good foundation I always have high hopes for the rest of their products he he.
The PUR Cosmetics Bare It All* is a 12 hour 4-in-1 demi-matte foundation which claims to cover imperfections and instantly perfect the skin while helping to correct problem areas over time so you can confidently bare it all, sounds pretty amazing right. The foundation is available in 6 shades, I got the shade Light which is the second lightest shade from the six and is described as an Ivory for beige skin tones, it is a smidge too dark for me but seeing as it's summer I can just about get away with it with some bronzer blended in, but in the winter I'd definitely need the lightest shade Porcelain for sure.
The formula of the foundation itself is nice, it's quite thick - not moussey- but a thicker liquid foundation I'd say, it has a medium to full coverage which leaves my skin looking super flawless, it's lightweight and breathable and never goes super dry or cakey on me, a little bit goes a long way so I can see my tube lasting me a while, it blends well with the PUR Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush (more on that in a mo) but it does set quickly so you have to work fast with this one, it lasts on me well too, I'm prone to having slightly dryer skin from time to time and seeing as this is a demi matte finish I never powder my skin after using it as I don't really need to and it's still held up amazingly, even in the heat we've had in the UK this past week. As this foundation combines high-quality skincare ingredients with complexion-perfecting pigments I do feel like it does something good to my skin whilst it's on, I definitely feel like my face is more smooth and plump and my pores look filled in, my skin just feels and looks so nice with this foundation on.
As I just mentioned I have been using the PUR Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush* to apply the Bare It All Foundation and I've been so impressed, I mean I'm a huge lover of oval brushes anyway but wowza this brush is crazy nice, I'm talking luxurious - works amazing - I'm in love with it - kind of nice! It's packed full of cruelty free synthetic micro fibre bristles that are so dense but super soft at the same time, it blends the foundation in so quickly, I'm talking seconds, and helps give such an airbrushed finish. I also noticed how well made this brush is, all of my other oval brushes bend just below the bristles and I always have to give that part of the brush extra support but this brush doesn't bend at all, it's literally my go to foundation brush now. 

Overall I really like this foundation, I think it's perfect for the Summer months because it stays put on me perfectly but in the winter I'll probably have to mix it with an illuminater to make it more dewy and less drying. The brush has really impressed me though, if your looking to try an oval brush this is the bad boy to try, it's bloody incredible!

You can find the PUR Bare It All 4in1 Skin Perfecting Foundation HERE for £29.00 and the PUR Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush HERE for £19.00.

nopin

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Quick and Easy imPRESS Press-On Manicure

Hey beaut's!

If you've read my blog for a while now your'll probably already know that I bloody love imPRESS false nails, they have soooo many designs, lengths, shapes and pretty colours too choose from not to mention the application and removal process is so quick an easy, so I couldn't wait to give a couple more sets a whirl.
The first set of imPRESS nails that I couldn't wait to put on my nails where the Flash Mob* set. This set is made up of 30 nails in a gorgeous white design with an oval shape, theres some silver glitter nails to use as accents and even the cutest white nails with love written on them with a little pink heart, their so adorable. I have to say glitter press on nails are the way forward, I love having glittery accent nails but I'm always put off because it's so hard to remove glitter polish but these beauties save the day in that department. 
The other imPRESS set I got are the Next Wave* set, again this set has 30 different sized nails to play with in mix of hot pink, chevron and silver glitter accent nails in an oval shape in a one-step gel finish! Theres lots of different sized nails to pick from so you can mix and match to get the best fit and once stuck on these babies are super durable so you can get the longest wear out of them.
Both sets of these imPRESS nails where a great length and shape for me too, I naturally have short, square nails so something that's a little bit longer than my own nails in the same sort of shape works best for me. I'd definitely recommend imPRESS nails if you have shorter nails, their super easy to wear and you can actually do things with them on, not like other nails I've tried which have been far too long for me. Their glue free and damage free too meaning you can apply them and remove them anywhere within a couple of minutes, making them a holiday/festival must have!

Are you a lover of press on nails beaut's? Which design is your favourite? I'd love to know!

You can find these imPRESS False Nails in Superdrug nationwide from 26th July for £7.99.

nopin

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Pamper in the Shower with the Orb Spa Shower Head!

Hi beaut's!

Seeing as I spend at least 10 minutes of every single day in the shower it would be nice to think 'arhhh lets hop in the shower and feel slightly pampered' instead of lets hop in the shower and have a quick scrub, shave my legs and then get out again feeling exactly the same as when I went in, well less hairy of course ha ha. Well now I think I've come across something that makes my shower experience feel slightly more like and pampering beauty routine, with the Orb Spa Shower Head!
The Orb Spa* is the worlds first battery operated vibrating, massaging, exfoliating, water-saving, soft water shower head, it's literally a beauty routine in a shower head and I love it! The centre of the shower head called the Vibra (turquoise part) is actually detachable and can be hand held, this has three operating modes which go from light to more intense, you simply have to press the power button at the back of the shower head once for cleansing, twice for exfoliating and three times for massaging. Using the Vibra for facial cleansing is lovely, I simply hold the Vibra in my hand and massage it around my face on mode one, over time this has really made a difference in my skins appearance, it's helped remove dead skin, unclog pores whilst also removing makeup and excess dirt and oil, it's the deepest cleanse my skins ever had I think! To exfoliate and massage the skin with the Vibra you can either use it hand held or it can be popped back into the centre of the shower head with the water running. The exfoliating mode is great for fake tan lovers because it's going to deeply exfoliate the skin and help remove old tan or prep for new tan, it's also great for dryer skin gals like myself who really like to polish off those dead skin cells. The massaging mode is amazing, it just feels so nice and relaxing, exactly what you want after a long day at work that's for sure. This mode is also fab for cellulite treatment if you massage the Vibra in circular motions around your thighs and bum.
 What makes this shower even better than it is already is that it's a soft water shower head, shockingly hard water is supplied to over 60% of homes in the UK, and is known to prematurely age skin, dehydrate hair, and aggravate skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, meaning your shower could be doing more harm than good. But because the Orb Spa is a soft water shower head it features a unique combination of metals which are concealed within the handle, these metals remove the hard minerals within the water turning it into softer, more soluble water that gives you healthier skin and glossier hair.

If you like to feel really pampered whilst in the shower then this shower head will make all the difference, I think my favourites settings are the massage setting and the cleansing setting. The cleansing setting just makes my skin feel incredible afterwards and has helped in the long run and the massaging setting is...well its lovely, you could even use dry for massaging and help friends and family that are in need of a stress buster, it's great!

You can find that Orb Spa Shower Head FOR £128.00  HERE

nopin

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Joan Collins Class Act Lash Growth Treatment Review

 Hey beaut's!

It's no secret that I'm a huge Joan Collins beauty fan, her lippies are some of my favourites and I have a few of her other makeup bits and pieces which I love too. Something I was yet to try for her was one of her treatments - her Class Act Lash Growth Treatment to be exact! I was so intrigued by this, can a product really make my lashes grow, would they look full...Time to get testing!

The Joan Collins Class Act Lash Growth Treatmentis a peptide booster containing extract of laminaria (seaweed), plvetia (sea algae) and lemon flavenoid which promotes growth and fullness. The clear gel is paraben free and suitable for all skin types and claims to give you thicker, fuller and longer lashes in just 30 days, pretty cool right! To use the gel you simply brush it onto your lashes from root to tip either in the morning as a base before you apply your mascara or you can pop it on clean lashes in the evenings before bed which is what I've been doing most days, although on the odd occasion I have worn it as a mascara base when I've forgotten to use it the night before.

So lets get down to the nitty gritty, does this actually work?? In all honestly I've found pro's and cons, I've been using the gel for a month now and to me the length of my lashes look pretty much the same as before, they might be a smidge longer but definitely nothing major has happened in the length department. However I have found that my lashes seem a lot stronger than before, usually I'd just touch my eye and lose an eyelash but since using the gel I've lost no lashes to my knowledge, woohoo. I've also noticed that a sparse area of lashes I had right in my inner corner have grown up and filled out loads and I honestly put this down to the gel, because before that area wasn't growing at all. I think if your looking to really look after and nourish your lashes this is a nice treatment to use, I'd also recommend it for sparse areas because of the improvement I've noticed however, if your thinking about getting this for length alone I'd give it a miss because as I said before I've not noticed anything in the length department.

You can find the Joan Collins Class Act Lash Growth Treatment for £20.00 HERE.

Have you tried the Joan Collins Class Act Lash Growth Treatment beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

nopin

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Accessorize Love Lily Gift Set Review

Hi beaut's!

Summer is here which means I can wear fruity, floral scents until my little hearts content, one scent I've been loving a lot recently is Love Lily by Accessorize, I've actually been a huge lover of this perfume since the beginning of the year and now Accessorize have launched a gift set and added a Love Lily body lotion which I just had to get my paws on!
The Love Lily Gift Set* comes with a 75ml bottle of the Love Lily eau de parfum and a 100ml tube of Love Lily Body Lotion, both of which have a fresh, floral, fruity fragrance that opens up with juicy top notes of raspberry and orange, invigorated with a zesty accord of bergamot. At the heart of the fragrance is Muguet (lily of the valley) combined with Jasmine which work together to add a fresh and floral depth, then aromatic musks and sweet vanilla are united at the core of the fragrance. 
As I said before Love Lily is a super fresh scent with hints of light sweetness which is perfect for everyday wear because it isn't too strong or overpowering, the fragrance has really good lasting power despite being quite lightweight and I can always smell the vanilla notes within it on myself throughout the day. It's definitely a girlie scent and reminds me of scents that I bought when I was younger when Britney Spears had about a million perfumes to choose from he he, that being said even now that I'm older I can still appreciate a gorgeous scent when I smell one and this really is right up my street. I love the bottle too, it's fuss free but still pretty and delicate with it's hexagonal glass shape and flower cap, it looks super cute on my dressing table. 
The body lotion works just like any other standard body lotion really, it nourishes and moisturises but wearing the perfume and the body lotion together really intensifies the scent, I'd probably use this if I was going out in the evening for a more full on scent.

If your looking for an affordable, lightweight, fresh scent this Summer then Love Lily might just be for you, this is actually my second bottle of this perfume so as you can probably tell I bloody love it he he!

 You can find the Love Lily Gift Set for £12.00 from The Fragrance Shop HERE

nopin

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Burt's Bees '#BringBackTheBees' Coconut & Pear Lip Balm

 
Hey beaut's!

Did you know that we rely on bees for nearly 1/3 of our entire food supply? So when bees are in trouble we are too! So this Summer Burt's Bees are getting involved and are helping #BringBackTheBees by teaming up with International supermodel Winnie Harlow. To raise awareness of this serious issue Burt's Bees have given their popular Coconut & Pear Lip Balm a limited edition face lift, for every purchase of the limited edition Coconut & Pear Lip Balm Burt's Bees will plant 5,000 bee-friendly wildflower seeds, how amazing is that! 
The Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm* is lovely, it's a super moisturising lip balm which combines juicy extract of vitamin-rich pear with creamy, hydrating coconut oil. The light formula, with shea butter, gives my lips a huge dose of moisture leaving them smooth and soft whilst also preventing any chapping or flakiness. As I expected the smell and taste of this lip balm is so good, just like coconuts with a tiny hint of pear, yum! Not forgetting that it's also 100% natural and contains no phthalates, parabens, petrolatum or SLS.
So if your after a new lip balm or just a bee lover in general why not grab yourself one of these lip balms up, it's for such a good cause after all! You literally cant go wrong with a Burt's Bees lip balm either, their my absolute favourite brand for lip balms because they actually work on the surface of the lips as well as deep down.

You can find the Burt's Bees '#Bring Back The Bees' Coconut & Pear Lip Balm for £3.99 HERE, and for more information about this campaign you can find Winnie Harlow's video HERE.

nopin

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Elegant Touch Holiday Nails Collection

Hey beaut's!

Whether your off on your holibobs, going to a festival or staying at home Elegant Touches new Holiday Nails collection is where the party's at. This Summer Elegant Touch have launched a false nail collection inspired by global hot spots such as Ipanema, Bora Bora, Havana and Ibiza! Each set of nails are designed to makeup a summertime splash with their funky designs and bright colours and I for one love them! I have very short, squared off nails so I basically need all the help I can get he he! 
My favourite sets out of the collection have to be the Bora Bora* set and the Ibiza* set. The Bora Bora set have the popular stiletto shape with the most gorgeous pink iridescent sheen, I love that no matter what these chrome finish nails always shine a different colour, I've spotted peach, purple, white and blue, they so cool! The Ibiza set are equally as gorgeous, they have the coffin shape which a basically like the stiletto's but with a blunted end, I just love the colourful tribal design of these, they scream festival season to me! 
The Havana* set again have that on trend stiletto shape with a negative space tribal design in a metallic rose gold, these are so pretty and still have the wow factor without being too intense. The Ipanema* set are the most stripped back design out of them all, these ones have an icy white glossy shine which again would be perfect for festivals when your going print heavy with your outfits, these are a great basic set to have and if you was in a bit of a pinch you could always paint them if you wanted to!
Each set come completes with 24 nails in 10 different sizes so you can mix and match to get the best fit for you, theirs also some nail glue and a buffer to make the application process quick and easy! These are such a winner for me, my nails are so short and never grow and theres no way I'd be able to achieve these stunning designs just with nail polish, so if your looking for some jazzy, eye catching  nails this summer then give these a whirl, especially my favourites Bora Bora and Ibiza he he! 

You can find the the Elegant Touch Holiday Nails Collection for £7.95-£8.95 in Superdrug or HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Freedom Makeup HD Eye Foils Reviewed & Swatched!

Hey beaut's!

I've been really into eyeshadows with a foil finish at the moment, and when I was browsing  all the makeup in Superdrug on my lunch break recently I saw that Freedom Makeup had released their very own packets of eye foils, obviously being the makeup addict that I am I just had to buy a packet to try and I'm so glad I did because I love them!
Freedom Makeup have a few colour variations of eye foils to choose from but I opted for the Metallic 1 set, this includes 5 magnetic eyeshadows pans all in a beautiful mix of neutral and warm tone foil finish shades. The reason I opted for this set was because for me it's really versatile, I love wearing warm toned shades all throughout Summer and Autumn/Winter so I knew I'd get the most use out of these particular shades. The pans actually come sat in thin plastic packaging but their designed to go into Freedom's #ProArtist customisable magnetic palettes, I have a Z Palette with a few Makeup Geek shades in so I've popped mine in their and they fit perfectly and securely!
The formula of these foil shades are stunning, each shade is intensely pigmented, buttery soft to swatch and apply beautifully with either a flat brush, fingers or you cam spritz your brush with some fixing spray for a super intense foil finish. I actually like using my finger to pop the shades on and then I blend out with a brush, they blend out so easy as well with basically no fall out and stay super intense all day!
I'm so happy these caught my eye in Superdrug, I absolutely love them and these shades are so on trend right now, the warm tones make me think of the Urban Decay Heat palette or those Huda Beauty Textured shadows, their so pretty! And if the quality of these shades wasn't good enough then the price will knock your socks off, their only £5.00 a pop! Yup that's right, it makes each foil shadow £1.00 each, how amazing is that! If your into foil shades or warm tones your going to love these shadows as much as I do!

You can find all of the Freedom Makeup Eye Foils for £5.00 each HERE.

nopin

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Leighton Denny Nail Care and Polish Reviewed!

Hey beaut's!

Naturally I have super short squared off nails that are quite brittle, I'm quite heavy handed at home and at work and my nails really suffer with breakages and little nicks here and there so these Leighton Denny polishes couldn't have arrived at a better time, especially their strengthening treatment.
Leighton Denny's Rock Solid* (£12.00) is a one coat strengthening treatment for all nail types but especially for fragile, soft, sensitive nails that are prone to damage, just like mine. This lovely stuff can be used as a base coat before your normal polish or you can apply it to bare nails to start getting that growth and strength back. I always use Rock Solid as my base coat and it really does work well, it forms a protective coating that instantly bonds to the nail bed, rebuilding with fibres so that my nails look and feel strong and it creates that perfect smooth base for nail polish to sit over. I've been absolutely loving this stuff since I got it, I've noticed a huge difference in my nails since using it, their definitely not brittle or thin like they was and the ends of my nails used to be quite flimsy and bendy but now their super strong and sturdy and don't break like they used to. If your having trouble with nail breakage, weakness and lack of growth I cant recommend Rock Solid enough!
The Leighton Denny nail polish in Jail Bird* (£12.00) was totally out of my comfort zone, it's a gorgeous dark turquoise shade that has a metallic sheen finish but I never ever wear this sort of colour on my nails usually, and as much as I loved the actual shade on my nails the formula let this one down for me a little, it was so tricky to get it streak free! Don't get me wrong it was opaque after just one coat and never bubbled at all but trying to get it even without streaks got annoying after a while, but once I worked at it - it looked gorgeous and lasted well.

Overall I cant recommend the Rock Solid nail strengthening base coat enough if your've got troublesome nails that need a little TLC, but just remember if you fancy trying the shade Jail Bird it can be a streaky little bugger!

You can find all Leighton Denny's products HERE

nopin

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Brush Works Oval Face Brush Set Reviewed!

Hey beaut's!

Oval makeup brushes have taken the beauty world by storm over the last few months and I've certainly enjoyed using the couple I have in my collection already. Of course being a fan of Oval Brushes I've wanted to add more to my collection and seeing as Brush Works have quite a few affordable options I thought I'd give their Oval Face Brush Set a whirl!
The Brush Works Oval Face Brush Set* (£15.00) comes with two multi purpose oval brushes perfect for applying and blending liquid, cream and powder products. Both of the oval brushes have plastic handles, the lower part of the handle is rubberised for a secure grip and the rest is a gorgeous copper colour which I absolutely love. Each brush is packed full of synthetic bristles that are nice and dense, I literally couldn't get over how soft the bristles where, I actually found myself just stroking my face because it felt so nice he he, please tell me I'm not the only person who does this with their super soft makeup brushes.
After giving this duo a whirl I was super impressed, both of the brushes buffed my liquid foundation into my skin flawlessly in a matter of seconds without leaving any brush strokes, un-blended area's or caking, the larger brush is great for covering bigger areas of the face and the smaller brush is perfect for getting into the harder to reach area's such as my eye contours and around my nose. I've also really enjoyed using the smaller brush for buffing in concealer, cream contour and highlight and cream blusher, which again it does in seconds, I honestly cant believe how quick these brushes works, it's amazing! I hadn't actually used an oval brush for setting powder or powder bronzer before so of course I gave that a whirl and again I was impressed, I don't how but everything just applys and blends so flawlessly with these oval brushes.
Overall I'm so impressed with Brush Works Oval Face Brush Set and I definitely want some more sizes in my collection. The quality is super nice, they both works so quick and easy and they blend like a dream. The only thing I would say is that I do find the thinner piece of plastic that connects the brush handle to the brush head a little bit bendy so I like to give it extra support by holding the brush quite high up and I also have my index finger supporting the brush head at all times, but other than that I'm in absolute love with these brushes!

Do you have any of Primarks Oval Blending Brushes beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

nopin

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

My First Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and Z Palette + Swatches!

Hey beaut's!

Recently I took the plunge and lost my Makeup Geek virginity, it all started after I bought my bestie some Makeup Geek eyeshadows for her birthday I instantly feel in love with the look of them, so I had to place another order on Beauty Bay pretty sharpish and treat myself to a couple of shades and of course a Z Palette to store them in!
I opted for the small Leopard Print Z Palette which holds 9 standard-sized round pans, I thought this would be the perfect size for me seeing as I'm new to Makeup Geek eyeshadows, plus its a super travel friendly size too. The shades I opted for are Cocoa Bear (£4.95) - a matte warm toned brown,  Cosmopolitan (£4.95) - a warm peachy rose gold shade with gold flecks running through it with a shimmer finish and finally I opted for In The Spotlight (£7.95) - this is a soft pink with coral undertones and because it's one of Makeup Geeks foiled eyeshadows the intensity is insane.  
You may have noticed that my first Makeup Geek shadows are all different finishes, this is because I really wanted to test as many formula's out within the three shades I bought, and I have to say they've all really impressed me and I can now see what all the fuss is about. The matte shade Cocoa Bear is super pigmented, easy to blend and isn't chalky in the slightest, Cosmopolitan is the metallic shimmery shade which again is super pigmented and blended like a dream and In The Spotlight has that foil formula which has such a creamy texture and is a hybrid between a powder shadow and a cream shadow, the colour payoff and the sheen is literally like your wearing foil on your eyes, its stunning! I've not yet experienced any fall out from any of my three shades and they all picked up on my eyeshadow brushes brilliantly and lasted all day on my eyes.
Overall I'm so impressed with the three shades I bought, the quality is amazing across all formula's and dare I say I actually prefer them more than my MAC shades, it also helps that their much cheaper than MAC too making them much better value. I also love the idea of making my own palette with shades I really love and need, we've all got those eyeshadow palettes that have a few shades we never ever use which get wasted but by creating your own  palette you'll have no more unloved shades and you can have the shades in what ever order you like too. 

What Makeup Geek Eyeshadows do I need to add to my palette next beaut's? 

nopin