Monday, 23 April 2018

Superdrug Vitamin E Rangeđź’•

If you haven't heard of the Superdrug Vitamin E Range, then chances are, you have been living beneath a rock. This budget-friendly range has been splashed everywhere like hot gossip, and it's quite worthy of it. From facial oils to scrubs, the brand quite literally have everything you would possibly need to keep your skin in tip-top condition. And, on a tight budget too.

Vitamin E Facial Scrub || £2.99 || I'd by lying if I said I couldn't recall the last time I used a face scrub, it's terrible, however, I'm definitely making up for it now. Something really caught my attention with this scrub, I don't know if it's the "gentle oatmeal" idea, or if it's because I hadn't used a face scrub in so long and wanted to branch out to try the vitamin e range. Either or, I'm glad I bought this one, I'm in love with it. As well as having high levels of vitamin e, it also has a high amount of antioxidants too (as does the whole range) which helps to protect your skin against harsh environmental damage and harm. It specifies that it's for normal to dry skin, and I have oily skin, but find it works relatively well with my skin type also. A lot of the time, face scrubs claim to be gentle, but they still feel harsh on the skin, yet this one is extremely gentle for sure. I tend to use it on a daily basis and it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth to touch and appears to be youthful and glowing.

Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser || £4.99 || I had wanted to try this cleanser for ages. Something about it really grasped my attention; I think it was the "hot cloth" part, because I've tried umpteen cleansers before so this one really stood out from the crowd. I do like the cleanser, it really cleanses my skin and it feels uber clean, but I'm struggling to find why it varies so much from your regular cleanser. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong, and if I am, please notify me hah. It's quite a think consistency, but a small amount is plenty, so I know that it'll last quite a while. I massage it into my skin and neck, ensuring to avoid my eye area. I then rinse the cotton muslin cloth which it comes with beneath running hot water and ring it out, before massaging my face once again and removing with the cloth. Following on, I then wash my face with clean warm water before drying. I do feel that it removes any last traces of dirt (or as I've discovered, face scrub from the previous product) which is, of course, what you'd expect a cleanser to do. I try to use it daily, or every second day if I forget, and I do notice that in using it so regularly, it's helping my skin by keeping spots at bay. Overall, I do like this cleanser, but it didn't "wow" me as I was expecting.

Vitamin E Night Cream || £2.99 || I love trying new moisturisers. I don't know why but I find it SO fascinating. I use different day and night moisturisers; a light one in the morning and a heavier, thicker one in the evenings. My friend Amy had the night cream and highly recommended it, so I decided to give it a whirl. It's a thick consistency but not overly thick, and isn't heavy or greasy either; in fact, it feels quite light on the skin, of which it absorbs it quite quickly too. It feels really luxurious when applying to the skin, especially after using the previous two products. I find that I don't require a lot of moisturiser either, it's quite generous that way. For the price, I adore it, my skin has taken to it very well and I'm now considering buying the day cream to see if it lives up to this one!

Vitamin E Facial Oil || £2.99 || I don't actually know how I ended up ordering this as I don't use face oils. I think I'm wary of them because I have oily skin, and despite myths, I'm still afraid to add excess oils to my skin's natural oils. Why I still believe this myth I'll never understand because this little bottle works miracles. I think that my skin has benefitted from this, in conjunction with the other products, as it finishes my routine off nicely. I only need a small amount, because it's a thin consistency being an oil, but it doesn't leave my skin greasy like some oils can; my skin drinks this up. It doesn't feel heavy nor as if it's blocking my pores, instead, it's just light on the skin, absorbed and the rest is history. I don't use it every night, but more so every 2-3 nights.

The Vitamin E range tends to be the on buy one get one half price deal at Superdrug (hence why I bought so much) but it's still relatively affordable too. I'm glad that I bought the products from the range that I have, but I want to try more. I also have the micellar water and duo cleanser (which you can read more about here) and the two of them are great products. The range has the same distinct scent throughout, which I can't quite pinpoint, but I know I love it.

Have you tried this range?

xx

Monday, 16 April 2018

Charcoal For Your Skin?đź’•

Ever since returning from Portugal last month, I have been all over skincare and been taking proper care of my skin. From the flights, my skin dried out something ridiculous (I have oily skin!) so I wanted my best to improve it, especially for my birthday which was last week. Whilst I was away, a package from T-Zone arrived, sending some of their Charcoal and Bamboo range. I have previously tried products from T-Zone (read review here) so I was ecstatic to try the products out - I mean, I did get home after 9pm but I still couldn't wait!

Self Heating Masks* || £4.99 - I think this product grasped my attention the most. I love face masks, even if I have the tendency to forget to do them, but when I do, the results are always fantastic. The fact these are self heating make them all the more appealing to use. I wasn't quite sure how they would "heat up", so I read the instructions (yes, I am that person). In the box, you get 4 sachets of face mask, so I wanted to ensure I was getting the most of each sachet. When you apply the mask - of which there is plenty of in the sachet, I felt I had a bit too much for my face if I'm honest - it's best to have a slightly damp face because the mask works with water and this is how it heats up. If you want, you can always go ahead and wet your hands and rub it on too. When it's warm, it's the strangest sensation ever. It's tingly but doesn't feel as if it's burning your skin at all. It fascinates me. The purpose of the mask is to remove any impurities which are left behind in the pores, and remove excess dirt and oil in the skin. It's not a peel off mask, so I tend to wash the mask off after 2 minutes or so. My skin looks glowy post-washing, and it also leaves it feeling highly cleansed and smooth. 

Peel Off Mask* || £4.99 - Any time I receive a PR package, I swear my family are just as excited as I am to see what I've received. When I mentioned I had a charcoal face mask, I was asked "is that not those masks people were using and couldn't remove?" and for a minute, I panicked, but I didn't let the fear take over aha, I still went ahead and used it. I think the fact it's a peel off was the reason I was hesitant, purely because I tend to use wash off masks. I accidentally left it on longer than anticipated, and recommended, because I used it the morning of my birthday and was running about doing numerous things. Oops. When it came to removing it, I struggled. It had properly dried so it did hurt removing a bit - this is only because I'm not used to peel offs. In the end, I gave up peeling it off, and hopped into the shower whereby I just washed it off. With that issue aside, it is a decent enough mask. I like the idea that it's in a tube as I find sachets to be a tad messy. I must admit though, I think I do prefer the face masks above, but if you prefer peel off masks, then you need to give this a shot.

Cleansing Wipes* - £2.99 - Last time I got a package from T-Zone, they sent me their charcoal wipes, and I loved them, so I guess you could say I was pretty chuffed to see these in the box again. In the packet, you get 25 wipes, which I think is quite standard. These aren't your ordinary wipes however - because they are charcoal, they are black in colour. Personally, I use these to remove my foundation/base, eyebrows and eyeshadow, but use micellar water to remove my mascara etc as wipes can often irritate my eyes. They work really well in removing my foundation, as I've found that with some wipes, I need to go over my face with a second wipe or micellar water to fully remove my makeup. As they are from the charcoal and bamboo range, they do have a strong scent therefore, if you have sensitive skin, you may wish to be wary of this. For the price, I love these wipes, and I find them so handy for throwing in my bag - I brought them with me when I went out for my birthday and sat at goodness knows what time in the morning removing my makeup with these wipes before my bed ha!

Nose Pore Strips* - £6.99 - Having oily skin, nose strips are fantastic. Unfortunately, I seem to have a lot of ugly blackheads on my nose, caused by my oily skin, and nose strips are something I need to adapt into my skincare routine, even if they are just a weekly use. When you open the packet, the nose strip is on a piece of plastic, sticky side down, which you peel off and apply to your nose, which is recommended to be damp as it applies better. I don't know if there's a suggested time or what for these, I normally just remove after around 10 minutes, or whenever I remember if I'm being honest. Once the time is up, I dread removing it - I need to find an easy way to do it. I usually peel from left to right, however, if I have any difficulties, I dampen the strip a little to help with the removal because it can be painful. The purpose of these strips is to remove any dirt and excess oil, lifting any impurities within the skin. I will admit though, my nose does feel better for using these, so I definitely need to incorporate these into my routine.

I knew that this range wouldn't be a let down; not only because I've tried previous products, but I also see them quite a lot on my social media, usually on Instagram and Twitter. In my truthful opinion, I would describe this range as being a bargain buy because the products work really well with my skin, but they aren't expensive in the slightest. Whilst looking through Superdrug, I clocked that they sell a face wash, which I might need to pick up next time I'm out shopping.

xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

BAB turns 4đź’•

For the fourth here in a row, here I am, star struck at the fact my blog is, once again, another year older. My blog is growing each and every day - some more than others - but that’s beside the point, because my passion is indefinite. The opportunities I have been presented with are immense, and my blogger friends have remained as precious and supportive as always. Over the years, I have been asked multiple questions regarding blogging, especially revolving around beginning a blog. Here are some reasons to create a blog, whether your blog falls into the beauty niche or not.

1. A place to express yourself; I use blogging as a platform to voice my opinions and share my reviews with like-minded people. Reviewing a lipstick means that I’m informing my audience on my views, helping them shape an opinion too, or make a decision as to purchase the lipstick or not. The same goes for lifestyle blogs, as discussing an important issue helps spark a debate and see people debating their views, with them knowing your take on the issue too. If you like to write opinionated texts, then welcome to the works of blogging.

2. Sense of belonging; I feel that this point seems a little deep, but let me explain. A blog, no matter the niche, is a blog, and the person behind that blog is a blogger who is automatically a member of a blogging community. You belong here. You have a similar interest as millions of other people in the world, and we all connect via words. Blogging unites us. Of course we are not obliged to like every single person, but in the blogging community, I try my best to support fellow bloggers, whether it’s retweeting their link on Twitter, following their Instagram or leaving them a comment. No matter who you are, your background etc, you will fit into the blogging community and are guaranteed to make some blogging friends - trust me, they are the nicest bunch of people out there and I’m so lucky for each and every one I have.

3. A way to improve numerous aspects; When I first started blogging, I expected it to be a hobby and thought nothing more of it. But, there’s a whole load more to it. I have improved my English in terms of accuracy (I used to have a tendency of rushing things and not proof reading) and added new vocabulary to my knowledge, learnt new camera skills as well as incorporated the skills I’ve learnt from college into my photos, and improved upon myself with regards to confidence and self belief. For those who don’t blog mustn’t understand how much blogging improves your self confidence, but it’s insane. And, I’m living proof to say that four years later, blogging has made a positive impact upon my life.

If you’re considering creating a blog, then I cannot urge you enough. If you make one life changing decision this year, let it be that you create a blog.

xx

Monday, 2 April 2018

An Eyeshadow Palette For Beginnersđź’•

Eyeshadow is probably one of the hardest aspect of makeup, beside liquid eyeliner. One wrong shade and you've destroyed the whole look. Although at first it is difficult, after you've got the act and the right palette, you can pretty much ace any look. Finding a palette that is affordable and suitable for beginners can be hard, however, I believe I've found the one.

Seventeen Easy On The Eye Palette in Birthday Suit I'm looking at you. By looking at the name, you can already guess that the shades are going to be more on the natural and subtle side. The palette contains eight powder shadows, three cream shadows and a primer. At first, I felt I'd overlook the primer, but in actual fact, it's really good and I feel the colours appear more pigmented on my lid. It's hard to muck up eyeshadow using this palette because the shades are on the lighter side and aren't intimidating either. The shadows blend easily too and this allows you to improve your blending skills (even I'm still getting there ha..)

At first glace, it is clear that the palette is a pink, golden and brown bases palette - I have no objections to, they are among some of my favourite shades. The pigmentation is impressive for the price of the palette too - nothing worse than a bargain palette with weak pigmentation. I have blue eyes and feel the colours compliment my eyes quite well. If you're a beginner with eyeshadow, you can't really go wrong with this palette. Personally, I'd suggest using a pink on your lid and a brown shade in your crease.

For £7.99 and you have little or no experience with eyeshadow, this palette is ideal. I love it and have to admit - I do reach for it often!

Have you tried this palette? Do you have a recommended eyeshadow palette for beginners?


Monday, 26 March 2018

W7 Brow Parlourđź’•

Little did we know back in 2012 how significant brows would be to us in this present day. In all honesty, brows aren't the be all or end all for me. Sure, some days I'll work on them whilst other days I just leave them. Why? I genuinely have no clue, the only valid reason I have is because I have really stubborn, long eyebrow hairs that enjoy moving out of place too much for my liking that sometimes leaving them natural is the best option. Whilst on holidays, I was rummaging through a makeup shop, because that's what I do best. I came across this W7 Brow Parlour. I hadn't gave it too much thought; I was picking it up because I had actually forgotten to pack a brow product, and knew I could rely on W7.

I was delighted to see that it came packaged in a metal tin. Normally, it doesn't bother me but this time, I was glad as I knew the tin had to survive an airport visit and a flight home (all in hand luggage too!) but long story short, it made it home in perfect condition. The bright, pink packaging caught my eye, and it almost reminded me of an illustrated mirror with lighting around the edge of it - super cute and unique! The tin is slightly on the small size, but good things come in small packages.

Inside there's a mirror, which is small and compact but is all that you really require and it's handy for when you're on the go. It contains a brow wax, a highlight shade and two brow powders, as well as a tiny pair of tweezers which are ever so adorable (it should have contained a brush but mine never came with one which was a slight inconvenience whilst away as I had to try and fill my brows in with an eyeshadow brush, not cool). Brow wax kind of gives me the fear, it's such an odd concept, but I just get on with it and brush some through my brows to try and keep them in place (absolute challenge). The highlight shade I'm not a massive fan of because it does lack pigmentation and is a tad chalky too. This kit is definitely designed for someone with darker hair because the two brow powders are quite dark. The first shade is ideal for the inner part of my brow, whereas the darker shade is perfect for the tail of my brow.

For the price (I paid about 3€, retails for around £5), it's a bargain in itself. The brow powders are easy to work with; the brow wax is ok and the highlight shade is a bit naff. Apart from that, it's not too bad. Whether you're a beginner or wanting to experiment more, why not try this out?

xx

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Bottle Of Goldđź’•

If a perfume smells nice, then great. But if it has unique packaging, then I'm all about that life. I absolutely adore Calvin Klein perfumes; it's a brand whom I'm always either buying perfumes from, or receiving them as gifts. At Christmas, I received CK One Gold as a gift. I hadn't ever smelt it before, nor did I know that it even existed. But, before I begin talking about the scent, can we admire it's beauty?

CK One Gold is a limited edition unisex fragrance, created by the world famous Calvin Klein. It's a light, sweet and juicy scent which just screams Spring and Summer at me because it's so fresh. It claims to be quite a bold scent, one which provides confidence and energy to people. From looking at it online, the main target audience seems to be the youth, or at least that's how I have interpreted it. I wouldn't necessarily say that it's a young person's scent; to me, I wouldn't say that it has one specific category. It's a beautiful, fruity scent which suits everyone. 

The aesthetics of this bottle are on point. I love how they have incorporated the gold onto the bottle, after all, it is the perfume's name. The dripping effect is really smart and I think it adds to the overall appearance of the bottle. It's shiny so when the light hits the bottle, it looks effective. It's one of those bottles you just need to have out on display because it's simply too beautiful to keep hidden away in a box. With that being said, when you compare the box to the bottle, they near enough have the same packaging/design.

I have the 100ml bottle, and although it's vast in terms of volume, the bottle design is rather sleek and quite thin too. On travelling to Portugal I brought this bottle with me, and it fitted perfectly into my wash bag no problem. It's a perfume which I wear on a daily basis because it's light enough to wear, but also versatile because you can wear it in the evenings too.

xx

Monday, 12 March 2018

Maybelline Total Temptationđź’•*

Oh, how I love a new mascara. I'm honestly terrible at replacing them, I just kind of forget, but then again, I like them more when they go "dry", I feel they work better. Maybelline are forever blessing me with beautifully packaged PR boxes - can we take a minute to appreciate how satisfying the fact is that the tissue paper and products are a similar colour?! If I'm honest, I didn't realise that Maybelline had came out with a new range, so I was excited to give it a try.



Temptation Mascara* || £8.99 - I'm not going to lie, because the tube was pretty thick, I was expecting a larger wand, but I must say, I do like the wand this mascara has. It's a plastic wand full of little legs which are sure to catch onto every last lash. I have came to the conclusion that this mascara helps to lengthen my lashes, but also delivers a whole lot of volume too, and it just generally helps to open my eyes up too. I always curl my right lashes because they grown stubbornly straight, and this mascara helps to hold them in place. I like the formula because it's not too wet nor too dry, doesn't clump nor feel heavy on my lashes.I have noticed that there is a slight scent of coconut; for me, this is a nice added extra but it's not necessarily needed. I've been wearing this mascara every time I wear makeup and I really like it every time I wear it. It doesn't crumble which is always a bonus. I'm not entirely sure how well it works as a waterproof mascara; I haven't cried so I cannot judge, I have worn it in the shower and it hasn't melted down my face. One night, I accidentally fell asleep with it on and I did wake up looking like a panda, so I don't recommend doing so. I don't need to tug too much to remove (I use a micellar water) so all round, it's a good mascara.



Total Temptation Brow Definer* || £7.99 - For someone who sucks at their brows, I sure own quite the collection. I'm forever on the hunt for a product which is A) easy to use and B) makes my brows look decent. Brow pencils are ok, I quite like brow kits but pomades are my favourite. With that being said, I instantly knew I was going to like this brow definer. Why? Because I like that the tip of it is angled. When I first tried it, and realised how creamy it was, I panicked. I was afraid it'd be too messy, and smudge everywhere. Oh, how wrong could I be. It is the simplest brow product ever, I love it. It doesn't look too dark compared to my hair, and I don't have those dreaded "slug brows" either. I like the spoolie which effortlessly brushes my brows into the desired position and blends the product out. It takes hardly any time to fill my brows in, and it leaves them looking fuller yet natural. This product is available in three shades; Blonde, medium brown and deep brown.

I do like this range from Maybelline. Not only the fact it's pink, but the quality is fantastic. For the price, I highly recommend trying out the range because I doubt you'll be disappointed.

xx

*PR Samples

Monday, 5 March 2018

My Latest Buy From Real Techniquesđź’•

Well, technically I didn't need them, but then again, their sale price was an absolute steal. I was in Superdrug a while back where I saw the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Collection reduced to a super low price of £5.99. Of course, at first, I thought this was a misprint, but when the sales assistant reassured me it was the real price, I could not knock it back - it was a fraction of its usual price! Their duo fiber collection is a set which I have eyed up for ages, hoping it would go on sale (it is a lil pricey for 3 brushes I won't lie) so I was glad to finally purchase it. 

It contains three brushes: a contour brush, a face brush and an eye brush. The colour scheme follows the rest of their sets with the recognisable yellow, pink and purple, with the black bottom part too. As they are a duo fiber collection, the bristles are different from the usual brushes - these ones are less dense and are "flimsier" in a way, not to mention very fluffy and soft.

Duo Fiber Contour Brush - This brush is certainly one of those that has multiple uses - the obvious, contour, setting makeup beneath the eyes and perhaps even baking. When I bake, I do find I sometimes need to use a bit more powder than usual as the bristles aren't as dense but this isn't too much of a concern. It could be used for baking beneath the eyes, or along the jawline for definition. I like to use it for bronzing up my skin. After cream contouring, it's your best friend - apply bronzer on top of where you have contoured and the definition is unreal, not to mention that it will set your contour in place!

 Duo Fiber Face Brush - As much as I love using this brush for powdering my face - it's great because it's quite a large head so covers vast areas at once - I've also discovered another use for it; bronzing. It's the ideal shape for bronzing your temples and jawline, meaning bronzing is effortless. With the thinner bristles, it means that there will be no harsh lines or excess wasted product either, and a light but steady hand is all that is required. Sometimes when I wear foundation, I like a light dusting of powder, and this brush just fulfills my requirement - it's perfect!


Duo Fibre Eye Brush - I just love the RT eye brushes (read review here) so I thought that I'd love this brush just as much. Sadly, I didn't. By no means do I dislike the brush, it's just not my first choice. I feel that it's made more for applying shadow into a specific area of the eye as opposed to blending because a) the bristles are quite long and b) the bristles aren't as dense as my preferred eyeshadow brushes, they're finer. If I'm going for a more dramatic and bold eye look, I use this brush for applying shadow into the outer corner of my eye as it applies it to the desired area.

All in all, I do think that these brushes are pretty good. I've heard a mixed response but I'm leaning towards liking them. My favourite brush probably has to be the face brush purely because it's more multi-purpose than the others in my opinion, and just performs the best. Next, I'm after the sculpting set (the one with the fan brush, and they're pink!!)

Have you tried this set? What was your experience?


Monday, 26 February 2018

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Rangeđź’•

If I'm using a lip product, I want it to last a long time on my lips. I want to be able to go out, eat, drink or whatever without it smudging or fading. The last thing I'm wanting to do is reapply my makeup because honestly, I never reapply my makeup once I leave the house. 

Liquid lipsticks have received their fair share of love, and guess what? I'm late to the bandwagon, once again. I just didn't know which brand to opt for and I did think they seemed a tad persnickety. Then one day a few months back, the postman almost broke our letter box (again) as he squeezed through a parcel for me; containing a beautiful package from Maybelline with four of their Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks*.

As you can see, the colours are rather vibrant and out there; I won't lie, they have been rather daunting to use and have intimidated my pale skin, hence why I haven't gotten round to reviewing them for ages. I was afraid that they would wash me out something silly. Once I finally overcame my fear, I gave them a bash, and ensured to use them whilst eating and drinking to put them to the test. One of the main reasons I eventually bit the bullet to try them is because I sell them at my work, and any time I stock up the makeup, the shelf where they are kept is quite empty, making me think they are a good seller.


45 Escapist* || I cannot pinpoint why, but something about this shade instantly attracted me to it. It's dark and mysterious, and rather vampy too. Being as white as snow, I knew it would wash me out but would look quite contrasting too. As it's so dark, you need to be really precise when applying - one wrong move and boom. It's an extremely dark purple, almost black, which is sure to reveal anyone's secret gothic side. It's really quite opaque but I still built it up because I was afraid that it would look streaky. One thing for sure is that it's a bold, daring shade which definitely makes a statement. This was the first shade I tried out, and although the shade is really lovely, I was kind of annoyed that it came off when I was eating; it began to flake away at the centre of my lips, but the rest remained in tack. Removing it was a whole different story - it just wouldn't come off. I must've scrubbed at my lips for a good few minutes, so there's no denying that it has a pretty good lasting power.

30 Romantic* || When I saw this one, I thought great, a shade which I may be able to wear on a daily basis without being too "in your face". I did bother me that it applies a bit brighter than the tube - I love the colour of the packaging so I was really hoping it would match but unfortunately, no. I finally got over this, and accepted it. It's quite a bright, neon pink shade which is out there. It's almost like taking an ordinary pink shade and turning the saturation all the way up, that's the easiest way to describe it. It's one to be worn with subtle makeup as opposed to bold, because it'd clash too much.

25 Heroine* || Typically, orange is a no go for me, it just doesn't suit me whatsoever. I'd say this lipstick is more on the coral side rather than orange. It's quite warm toned and in all honesty, I think it'd be much better to wear in S/S because bright, colourful lips are always on trend then. It's a wacky shade which to me, just screams confidence. I cannot decide if I like it or not, I think I need to experiment with it more in terms of makeup pairing etc.

 35 Creator* || Another purple, this time on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. This one is much lighter yet bright too; kind of resembling a dark lavendar/lilac. I quite like it because it's different to anything else I own, and it's a colour I could see myself trying out more. It's probably the most feminine and girly shade out of the four I have. I could see it being paired with thick winged liner and screaming girl power. I think though that after it dries on the lips, it does appear slightly darker compared to when it's first applied.

I like the formula of these lipsticks. They're creamy and thick, but not so thick that you cannot apply them. They do require a lot of patience however; because they're so vibrant, application needs to be perfect. Credit where credit is due, they are pigmented to the max. They are scented, I'm not sure what of, but it's sweet and I quite like it.

Apart from the fact I don't think I'll get loads of use out of them because of the bright colours, I do like these. They may patch slightly on the centre of my lip whilst eating, and are stubborn as hell to remove, they are quite decent lip products. Their range is vast and there's absolutely a shade available for everyone's skintone. I am aware that they do sell nude/light pink shades, so I might need to give them a whirl to see how they compare.

xx

Monday, 19 February 2018

Wonderland Makeupđź’•

Pretty makeup products will always be the reason I buy them. When Wonderland Makeup contacted me, I looked into them firstly, then had to say yes, because of a) their cute company day and b) the vast range of products available. 

Studio Finish Primer* - If a primer helps my foundation stay on my face, then I'll give it a bash. My current favourite is a primer water, so I was intrigued to using an actual primer again. I must admit, the texture is thinner than I had expected, and has got to be silicone based because it has a slight "greasy" finish to it, which means that a small amount definitely goes a long way. I particularly apply a lot more around my t-zone because it's this area I have most trouble with in terms of my foundation lasting. I love how smooth my skin is left, ready for my base to be applied. It helps it apply evenly and blends so softly too. So, how well does my foundation last? Actually surprisingly well! I always use pressed powder and setting spray to lock it all in too, but it definitely helps to prolong the length of time before needing to "top up".

Lash Lengthening Mascara with Fibres* - I love a good lengthening mascara, but one with fibres? I don't know if I like it; perhaps I'm clumsy but I feel as though I've always got fibres left in my eyeball after use. Maybe I'm paranoid. But that's the one thing that I don't like about this mascara. Apart from that, it's an ok mascara for an every day use - it's not super bold but it's enough to open your eyes. It certainly helps to length your lashes, and it catches every last lash. It's quite a natural mascara but in general, it's not my number one mascara.

I was also sent a glitter powder eyeshadow, which I haven't had time to trial out yet. I intend to feature it in an upcoming future post - watch this space!

For the price, the quality of Wonderland is quite impressive. I am in love with the primer, and it's my current go to. I hadn't heard that much about the brand beforehand, but I really want to share the word! I'm curious to their other products though.

Have you tried this brand?

xx

Monday, 12 February 2018

Kick Off Your Skincare Routine With Bravurađź’•

A strict skincare routine is crucial in my eyes. In order to achieve flawless makeup, you need a beautiful, blank canvas too. I do slack some days where I'm feeling tired and I'm too lazy to actually bother. On the whole, I'm not too bad, and one brand who I rely on to give me perfect results is Bravura London*. A skincare brand who caters all skincare types, are inexpensive and deliver high quality products.

Revitalising Ginseng Toner*; this toner honestly works wonders for my skin because as soon as I stop using this toner, I notice a massive change in my skin. It's so gentle on my skin and I feel as though it leaves it looking fresh and glowing. I love how clean my skin feels after using it. Apparently, it's a dupe for the Pixi Tonic and if there's a dupe, I'll give it a bash. Unfortunately I cannot compare it but I do know they're made with the same ingredients. This toner does have a slight scent but it's nothing too powerful.

Glycolic Acid 10% Peel*; The Bravura chemical peels are brilliant. They work well if you use one that's suitable for your skin type. This one fades any hyperpigmentation as a result of sun damage or acne, reduces appearance of fine lines, helps to exfoliate dry skin and reduces any breakouts. For me, the only thing it would do for me is reduce any breakouts, which I tried on my chin which keeps breaking out. It helped to dry them up which I guess is a bonus in anyone's books. Personally, I feel this is aimed more towards those with dry skin but hey, it's not a bad product!

Salicylic Acid Peel*; I've already got another bottle of this and I do love it. I find it works well with my oily skin as it helps to unblock pores, and I have a lot of this problem specifically around my t-zone area. My skin always feels squeaky clean and smooth afterwards. I also use it on breakouts, and I've found it works quite well. It doesn't sting nor burn which of course is vital.

Both of the chemical peels come with a dropper style packaging. I don't need to use a lot of product per use because a small bit goes a long way where this is concerned.


Azulene Moisturiser*; This is hands down my favourite product of the lot. It's the most beautiful, luxurious moisturiser ever and is just perfect for these cold, Winter months. It's thick but not too thick but isn't too thin either, so for me, it's an ideal consistency. My skin drinks it up and honestly, my skin looks super healthy whenever I use it. I tend to use it in the evenings because I prefer using a thicker moisturiser before I sleep.

I've actually reviewed some products more in-depth in a previous blog post which you can read here.

My love for Bravura hasn't decreased at all since I last used the products, and every time I use them, I fall in love with them even more.

Have you tried Bravura?

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