Monday, 16 January 2017

Rivage Skincare♥*

There are so many skincare brands out there that it's hard to keep up with them all and their new releases. I hadn't ever heard of Rivage* but when they contacted me, I was curious as they use natural dead sea minerals. The concept really intrigued me and I was sent three of their products.

Nourishing Facial Mud Mask* - I love nothing more than a good face mask, especially a mud mask. I wouldn't say there's a noticeable, distinct scent. It dries pretty quickly, and washes off fairly easily too. Afterwards, the result is incredible - my skin feels impeccably smooth - and I think that this is due to the fact it is enriched with honey extract, and honey is a natural ingredient often added into homemade face masks. Not only does my skin feel better, but it also looks better - my skin looks brighter also. I honestly love this and it has been my go-to face mask lately. It helps to dry up any spots I have, helping to improve my skin.

  Regenerating Sea Salts* - If the fact these are regenerating doesn't draw you in, then what will? I couldn't wait to test them! I got carried away first time using them and probably used more than required, but it didn't spoil the bath. The water turned blue, which I had anticipated, and it honestly looked as though a lush bath bomb was used. It had quite a strong, refreshing scent which I can't quite distinguish but I like it, personally. My skin felt really smooth and I loved using these after a long day - perfect for de-stressing and unwinding!

Revitalising Bath Salts* - These bath salts are revitalising, and to say the least, I was excited to try them, and the colour did draw me in slightly too. Just like the previous salts, these changed the bath water, this time to orange. I really liked the smell of these too - they were minty and rather refreshing too. I feel they were on the revitalizing side as I felt quite relaxed and as though I had managed to unwind a bit after using them.

I would say that I am highly impressed with Rivage and their products. If you could get your hands on them, then I suggest you do, especially the face mask!

Have you ever tried Rivage?

*PR Samples

Monday, 9 January 2017

Worth The Hype? ghd Straighteners♥

Only recently have I started straightening my hair. I never really used to bother because I didn't have my own pair of decent straighteners (I've been borrowing my mum's Remington straighteners for months now and they are actually pretty amazing) however, for my Christmas, I received a pair of the ghd V Gold Max Styler straighteners, completely unexpected! ghd are raved about non-stop, but the real question still lies - are they worth they hype?

One thing I was delighted to see was that the plates were thick and wide, which is absolutely ideal for me as I have overly thick hair. This means that I can straighten thicker sections of hair and it straightens my hair in a shorter period of time. It glides down my hair as easy as pie and I'm left with poker straight hair almost instantly.

Maybe I'm just easily amused, but I thought that the power switch was rather fancy. You click it either on or off, and it lights up. Once it has heated up, it makes a "beep" noise, which is an indicator that it is ready to be used. Another extra bonus is that it heats up fairly quickly, meaning there's no messing about before starting the dreaded chore (or not so bad with these bad boys!)

So the question is, are they worth the hype? As much as I do love them, and they are incredible, I believe that you could find straighteners that do the same thing for a lower price. They do leave my hair looking lush and straight, but also quite shiny too. If you're looking to splurge out on some straighteners, I highly recommend these, because as I've said, the wide plates really do make all the difference in both the overall finish of your hair, and the time it takes to do your hair.

What are your opinion on ghds?

Monday, 2 January 2017

Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle♥*

Covershoot Cosmetics* have really been hitting it off with their products and are constantly impressing me. If you can recall me raving about their products in a previous post (reboot your memory by finding that exact post here), then you'll know that I loved the products. When the PR offered to send me more products to try out and play around with, I jumped at the chance and couldn't resist the offer.

Baked eyeshadows; something I don't own many of but no idea why. I loved the diversity in colours that I was sent as every one of them are unique and vary from each other. With me being me, I was instantly drawn towards the gold shades - can we please talk about how gorgeous they are?! They aren't overly pigmented, but they still have a decent colour pay off. For their price (normally around the £3 mark), I reckon they are quite good.

I wasn't aware that Covershoot actually did blushes and bronzers, so I was intrigued to try them out. I liked the bronzer because it was light enough for my pale skin but wasn't too on the orange side, and the blushes were natural yet effective in a way. They aren't chalky thankfully, and aren't too pigmented, which I believe is a bonus as it saves you from using too much product. My favourite has got to be the bronzer, it gives some definition without being too dramatic.

I was perhaps most excited to try out the brushes, and I think that's mainly down to the fan brush - I finally own one! The eyeshadow brush* (which is a bit dirty, oops!) is pretty good at blending out the edges of any shadow, or for smudging shadow on the lower lash line. The fan brush* I like, as it applies just the right amount of highlight without looking "chunky" but doesn't quite give the "blinding look" I desire, however, up the layers you apply and voila! The foundation brush*, not exactly my favourite brush but this isn't down to this single brush itself, it's because I'm not a fan of foundation brushes in general. The angled blush brush* I like for contouring or bronzing as it fits perfectly into the hollows of your cheeks. It also blends it out really well and naturally. Finally, the kabuki brush*, which I particularly like to use for my all over pressed powder as I find it works best for that.

Again, not a let down from Covershoot Cosmetics. All of their products are affordable, so who can knock them back? I feel that you won't be let down regardless which products you try!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite Covershoot Cosmetics products?

 *PR Samples

Monday, 26 December 2016

We're Going Down Town♥

Is it really Christmas if you don't receive at least one perfume, or aftershave? This year I received the Calvin Klein Downtown perfume from my aunt. I hadn't actually heard of this perfume before, but I knew it would smell beautiful because I simply adore Klein's perfumes. I had no idea what it smelt like, or what the bottle looked like, but it's fair to say, it didn't disappoint.

The bottle appears to be quite round, and it is 90ml. I like the simplicity and how basic the aesthetics are. Personally, I don't keep my bottles in their boxes, instead I like to display my perfumes on the shelf, and this is one you wouldn't want to keep in it's box for sure! It's minimalistic style looks beautiful but overall, has an effective finish.

 Now for the exciting part; the scent itself. I absolutely love fruity perfumes, and this one is right up my alley. Not only is it fruity, but also fresh and quite sharp too, but this combination works surprisingly well. It is blended with top notes of bergamot, green pear and watery plum, heart notes of pink peppercorn, violet leaf and gardenia petals and base notes of vetiver and musk. I have owned numerous perfumes which are fruity, and believe me, this one is completely different, rather unique I must admit. 

If fruity perfumes are your thing, then I recommend giving this perfume a whirl. I don't see how you could dislike it though, it has so much to offer. Although it is strong and fruity, it isn't too overwhelming or overpowering to wear on a daily basis. For staying power, it lasts a good few hours before it begins to fade, but who can complain really? Not me.

Have you ever tried this perfume before?

Monday, 19 December 2016

When Your Skin Needs Some Love♥

I always overlook beauty oils. I mainly stick to body butters or lotions because I find them more efficient and quicker to use too. However, I've managed to grow a little collection of beauty oils, which I have ended up loving. These are especially good to use in Winter as I feel they hydrate the skin more.

The Body Shop Beautifying Oil - this was the first one I bought. Originally £10, I managed to snap a bottle in their sale for £4. I picked the brazil nut one because I got it to match the shower cream. Not only can it be used for your body, but also your hair and face. Usually, I use this for my arms and legs, but I have used it the odd few times on the ends of my hair. The main thing I like about this oil is the fact it isn't greasy. I HATE when an oil is incredibly greasy but this one isn't. It absorbs into the skin really quickly so no waiting around. 

Mandara Spa Tropical Blooms Nourishing Beauty Oil* - I was desperate to try this because it's enriched with Jasmine (ahaha). I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the formula of this. It is thicker than the body shop one, but it's not gloopy thick. It's a nice consistency and leaves your skin feeling pampered as if you've just used an expensive, highend and luxurious product!

Timebomb Skincare Youth Juice Secret Oil has been my love lately. It's a facial oil which I apply in the evening when I feel my skin is lacking hydration. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, hydrated and doesn't feel greasy either. Again, it absorbs into the skin very quickly which is good if you're impatient. I recommend this product during Winter if your skin gets dry as this improves the dryness helping it hydrate it.

Kneipp Grape Seed Massage Oil - I wasn't sure how I'd get on with this oil as the scent at first smelt a little severe. After a few uses, you get used to it and accept the true value of this oil. It's incredible! It absorbs into your skin really quickly, so doesn't leave you feeling oily or sticky. It leaves my skin feeling uber soft. It's particularly good to use after shaving your legs!

If you haven't already tried out some beauty oils, will you now?

Monday, 12 December 2016

Inject Festive Cheer With Your Lips♥

Personally, red lips are an essential for the festive period. There's just something about them that are perfect for Christmas. Although I do like to wear a red lip all year round, there's something special about wearing them. I have four favourites which I like to alternate between, and decided that I would share them for all my fellow red lip lovers out there. And funnily enough, they're all matte. 

Lip Duals Ravishing Red* - If you can cast your mind back a few weeks ago, you will remember me raving about this lipstick (find the post here). As I reviewed it recently, I'm not going to ramble on too much, just briefly. It's a dual lipstick, meaning it comes with a lipstick and a lipgloss which turns the lipstick into a lipstain. It's a matte red but looks beautiful on the lips, and if you have dry lips, it won't cling to the dry patches. It lasts a lifetime on your lips and looks beautiful with so many different makeup looks, and skin tones.

MAC Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet - another much loved matte lipstick reviewed not all that long again (read post here). It's a slightly different formula to the previous matte - I feel it's a tad more drying, but nothing a layer of lipbalm underneath can't solve. It's a striking red which is as red as Rudolph's nose. You are almost guaranteed to spread the Christmas cheer. An extra bonus I have picked up on by wearing this is that it makes your teeth appear whiter due to the undertones.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani lipstick in 716* - This is a slightly darker red to the others. It particularly suits darker eye looks, such as winged eyeliner. I feel it is a bit more on the drying side, but it does come with extremely gorgeous packaging which is a special added extra. The staying power is good, but for eating, it does have the tendency to smudge a tad, so beware! It looks especially good if used with a lip liner to make it appear "sharper". I reckon that this would suit darker skin tone so well.

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipstick in Trendsetter - This has been a much loved red lipstick of mine for the longest time ever. Now my red lipstick stash has increased, I feel it doesn't receive the same sort of love as it previously did, but despite this, I still adore it. It's exceptionally creamy, but dries to a matte finish. It's more of a vibrant red in comparison to the other reds mentioned, and I think this is why I like it so much. Even wore with the simplest of makeup, it somehow manages to compliment the look really well.

I don't think I could pick a favourite out of the four, I really love them all for different reasons. At this current moment, I'm considering wearing a red lip for Christmas Day, but I haven't quite decided which one. Oh the choices are endless.

What are your favourite Christmas time reds?

Monday, 5 December 2016

An Ideal Gift For The Beauty Lovers♥*

Buying Christmas presents can be tricky; anyone can admit that. Every year, there is someone who is hard to buy for, no matter how hard you think, it just always seems that there are no gifts available. Have you got a beauty lover in your life? Then, look no further than the No7 Luxe In A Box Glamour Nudes*.

How beautifully packaged and presented is the gift though? It just looks beautiful and luxurious, and is sure to make an ideal gift! I know for sure if I were to open this on Christmas Day, I'd be delighted! It's a rather "pink" and girly based product, so if you know someone who adores pink and makeup, it's the most perfect gift ever.

Both the blush and gloss are almost the same shade of pink, but no complaints because it's gorgeous! The blush is super natural but brings together a whole makeup look. It won't leave you with Barbie pink cheeks either so no worries about a makeup malfunction. The lipgloss is a light pink shade which is almost a your lips but better. It isn't sticky which for me, is always a bonus. It will complete any makeup look, regardless of how simple or bold it is.

I know I will get plenty of use of the blush during the Spring and Summer, but I reckon I could even use it during the Winter. It would suit a wide variety of skin tones too, and would look beautiful with various makeup looks. What tops it off for me is that it comes with a blush brush, and it is the perfect shape and size for the apples of your cheeks. Not to mention how unbelievably soft it is too!

As you can see, the eyeshadow palette has some beautiful shades to offer, all of which are rather "soft" shades. They are extremely soft and can easily create a simple yet fresh look. I would even suggest buying the box just for the palette to be honest with you. I reckon that you can create more looks than you think, depending on your preference. It is sure to compliment various eye colours too.

So if you're struggling to pick the perfect makeup set for the beauty lover, or have a Secret Santa gift to buy, opt for this gift set. It is sure to brighten up anyone's face when they unwrap the paper, as it's literally stunning, and I love each of the products. And yes, the products are just as beautiful themselves as they look in the photos, they really are just that photogenic!

*PR Samples

Monday, 28 November 2016

Chocolate For The Eyes?♥

Shock horror: I love chocolate. Not only chocolate, but makeup, ideally, eyeshadow palettes. Combining the two? My perfect combination. When I was shopping in Superdrug, I may have accidentally fell across the Makeup Revolution stand, then along to the I Heart Makeup stand. I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing at both stands, before settling for the I Heart Chocolate palette. I could easily have bought the whole collection but somehow, my inner makeup soul didn't make me do it.

The packaging reminds me of the Too Faced chocolate bar, which retails for around £40, yet this has a low cost price of just £7.99. The illusion of a chocolate bar is the clear running theme, with the end looking like melted chocolate. Even though it's plastic, I find it to be quite sturdy and secure; the clip is actually impressively good.

Thankfully, it comes with a large, full-sized mirror which would be efficient if on the go. Taking a look at the shadows, you can see there's a wide mixture of colours. Ranging from golds to browns, to khakis to berries, a whole lot of looks can be created using just this one palette. As a being a dupe for the Too Faced palette, there is also a hint of a chocolate scent. Although this is a nice added extra, and it does remind me of chocolate, I can't help but think of plastic chocolate - sorry!

A close up just to appreciate the gorgeous colours. As you can most likely observe, I'm a keen fan of the gold shades. Not only do I like them because they're pretty, but being blessed with blue eyes (yaayy), gold seems to complement them really well. The palette has a mixture of mattes and shimmers. I sometimes stick with shimmer shades on my lids with matte colours in my crease. You can create either a subtle yet natural look or a bold and daring look using just this palette.

Overall, for £7.99, in my opinion, this palette is a bargain. With all the possible looks that can be created, I find myself reaching for this palette regularly. Having all the gorgeous shades means the biggest issue I have is choosing which colours to use! I can guarantee I now wish I picked up the other palettes in the collection!

Have you tried the I Heart Chocolate palette range? Do you recommend any other palettes from I Heart Makeup?

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