Saturday, 26 July 2014

L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Collagen Miss Manga Mascara | My Thoughts

L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Collagen Miss Manga Mascara
L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Collagen Miss Manga Mascara

A few weeks ago I took to Twitter to ask my fellow Tweeters for some help. I needed YOUR help in choosing a drugstore mascara. I hadn't needed to buy a new mascara for a while as I have had a few to finish off, so I was slightly (an understatement) out of the loop as to which one was the BEST of the bunch. 

I did not realise just how big this bunch of recommendations would be, the list was endless, and actually I was quite impressed as to how many great mascaras were now available from the likes of Boots and Superdrug! The one that came up time and time again was this L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Collagen Miss Manga Mascara - bit of a mouthful? I know Megan from Wonderful You uses this, so I was only expecting good things.

L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Collagen Miss Manga Mascara

I think the results speak for themselves really. Nevertheless, I will tell you a little about this mascara and why I love it so much. Inspired by the Japanese Manga trend, this mascara has been designed to give you doll like, defined, luscious lashes, just like the bright eyed Manga girls. The packaging reflects this - pink and typically girly, yet modern and sleek, a little bit sci fi. 

The unique formula contains collagen spheres which are designed to amplify and plump up the top and lower lashes. I mean, I discovered entirely new lash hairs using this bad boy. The conical wand is fab and really helps define the lashes without clumping. Separation is key to the look achieved with this product. It curls the lashes as well as lengthens, and is really long lasting - without being difficult to remove. I cannot stand mascaras that literally do not budge, I like them to stay all day, not smudge or drop, but when I want to take it off, it will do so with ease. 

The only negative, if a negative at all, I do not understand the need for this 360 degree bendy wand bit feature, I mean, it never once moved when I used this so therefore I am not entirely sure how to get the most from this unusual design element. 

I bought this for £8.99 which is a fair price, considering, to my horror, other drugstore mascaras fall more on the expensive, luxury side of prices. 

What mascaras do you use? Any recommendations?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

#CurrysIntroJuicing | Philips Juicers, Urban Kings gym & Carly Rowena

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I would just like to start by telling you guys, that right now, this very second I am in SHEER BLEEDING AGONY, from the inside out. This pain is a result of last night's antics but I will get onto that later. To the beginning of this tale...

Joes Blogs Network invited me along to an evening with Currys called #CurrysIntrojuicing where I would listen to a nutrition talk followed by taking part in a fitness class. Something a little different to the usual beauty event I attend, so I was really looking forward to it. The turn out of bloggers was amazing, it was so good to see so many faces all in one room. I was relieved to discover I was not the only blogger with no fitness background in attendance - I feared I would be surrounded by demi gods and olympians! 

I was super excited about meeting up with YouTuber & Personal Trainer Carly Rowena for this event. I am totally hooked on her YouTube channel, which you guys must go and check out, click here, she also has a pretty fabulous blog too, read here. It was awesome to finally get to hang out with this chick. 

You are probably wondering why on earth a beauty blogger would want to attend a juicing event? Beauty to me is not just how I apply make-up or my collection of ever growing skincare, it is also about taking good care of ourselves, looking after our bodies and trying to be as healthy as possible. Juicing is one of the ways we can keep our bodies full of nutrients, vitamins and overall yummy goodness. I had a smoothie maker when I lived in Mallorca so this kind of thaang is right up my street. I was keen to get juicy & jiggy with it. 

We learnt all about the benefits of juicing and I picked up a few top tips from the talk, such as cramming as many vegetables in your juicer as possible is an easy way to get your 5 a day. I took a photograph of the recipes shared in the presentation if you care to try any out for yourselves. Continue reading to see what juice me and Carly made...  


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We literally picked up everything from spinach and raspberries, carrots and strawberries, to broccoli and apples! All of this got bunged into the juicer and out came a sweet smelling, pond water resembling, pint of juice. We were pretty impressed at how good ours tasted. I was litle bit disappointed to not have learnt much about the specific model of the Philips juicer we were using - asides from learning not to put in an unpeeled orange, this is a fire hazard as one poor girl discovered. Getting to make a juice and learning all about it's benefits was really great however. 

Juicing Tips:
  • Add more veg than fruit so you don't get too much fructose (Fruit sugar) in your bod-ay!
  • You can add milk & proteins too! Try almond or soy milk, with superfood powder from your local health store!
  • Your body NEEDS fats and protein! So make sure you eat these alongside juicing!

Onto the best (&worst) part of the evening. Next up came the Body Conditioning class ran by Derry Temple from Urban Kings gym (near to London Kings Cross Station). Derry Temple is a descendant from the devil... I joke. He literally had us running in circles and jumping hoops. I would just like to point out here, that I bought my pretty new Nike Free 5.0 Training Shoes from the guys at Achilles Heel (found this site through Carly), I bought these especially for this event as I did not want to turn up in tatty trainers, in the end I didn't even need them, as we had to take our shoes off!!!!! TYPICAL. So the reason why I am in SO much pain right now....

We did a circuit training session, an intense full body workout, which involved everything from squats with kettle bells, to the dreaded burpees, press ups, weights and lunges. I knew before taking part in this class I was not even half as fit of half of the people in the room - you should have seen some of the guns on show! I had NO IDEA just how much pain I would be in today. Even though I feel broken, entirely and utterly broken, I had the BEST time and cannot wait to do it all over again. I felt amazing straight after the class, with all the endorphins whizzing around my body, even with my jelly legs, and an added bonus - I slept like a baby. I had forgotten just how good it felt to exercise as well as discovering muscles in places entirely unbeknown to me. 

I thought the evening was a wonderful success and probably, if not, the best event I have been to in a while. Everything from the friendly staff from Green Light Digital and Joes Bloggers Network, to the bloggers themselves, to Derry Temple and his evil fitness class, and of course the incredible juicing session - it was pretty epic. 

A huge thankyou to Currys for having me, you can go and check out their account of the evening on their blog too! Read here. 

I'm off to have a hot bath to try and relax these muscles... 
 

 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Summer Facial Mists


Steadily does it grow my Summer Facial Mist collection. Working in an office, with zero air conditioning, this heat becomes somewhat stuffy, sweaty, MOIST. I really do not like that moist word. This sunshine, is truly awesome, like TRULY TRULY, but I do not enjoy feeling uncomfortable and icky, nor do I appreciate my make-up sliding off my face...

I like to have at least one facial mist to hand, to spray dewy freshness back onto my skin and to get me through my day before imploding from heatwave overload. A handbag, a desk and car essential, I have at least one lying around somewhere. On the go, squished on a train, or sat in front of my laptop it really is just nice to know I can reach for one of these chaps. 

Orico Streetwise Coco Spritz*, oh the bottle is ever so pretty isn't it? A refreshing toner using Coconut Water and Cocoa seed to instantly hydrate thirsty skin. Perfect for my dehydrated skin type. Brightening and nourishing, it smells amazing as you mist a few sprays over your skin. I use this in my morning skincare routine but you can use it to set make-up too! A holiday in a bottle! My favourite of the bunch,  I have expensive taste. £18

Avène Thermal Water Spray, this was a random Boots purchase, you know when you go in telling yourself not to buy anything more than necessary? I walked out with this (obviously paid first) and I am very pleased that I did. This is simply spring water in a bottle, but it is great for those uncomfortable skin days. My skin sometimes feels tight and sore when I have hormonal breakouts, I find this to be incredibly soothing. This is a handbag favourite for when I need to revive my make-up during hot, Summer afternoons! £10

L'Occitane Hydra Vital Face Mist*, in terms of fragrance, this one wins! L'Occitane have harnessed the powers from special ingredient, Angelica, a plant which is renown for its hydrating and revitalising properties, and bottled them into this beautiful facial spray. My apartment gets so stuffy when it is hot, I can often be found wondering around, Hydra Vital Face Mist in hand, spritzing my face continuously to try and cool down. I just like the smell alright?The boyfriend even loves this one. Great for setting make-up too! £12

Melvita Organic Rose Beauty Mist*, my desk companion, one which smells delightful and having a soft spot for Melvita, I knew I would love this mist. Enriched with the antioxidant Wild Rose it comforts the skin whilst also protecting it from free radicals, slowing down the aging process! I may just spray this right now, my skin could do with an instant pick me up! £10

*PR SAMPLES

Monday, 21 July 2014

Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System | My Thoughts

Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System
Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System
Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System
Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System
Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System
Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System
Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System

Say hello to the Kimia Rejuvenating Facial System*. 

Kimia are a small brand, quality over quantity, with only 4 high end 100% natural luxury products to their belt.Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Laura Bailey and Emma Bunton are lovers of these products, so surely they must be good right?

I luckily got to try out the two part facial system, the Kimia Rejuvenating Facial System, consisting of the Exquisite Facial Oil and a Hydra Activator. The two elements are designed to work in synergy with each other. You apply around six tiny droplets of the face oil first, which you then massage into the skin using up & out movements, followed by the activator, spraying the same amount (6 times) which then encourages the absorption of the oil, drawing it deeper into the skin and allowing immediate application of make-up. The activator also encourages the removal of dead cells, which is key to getting a healthy glow.  

The specially formulated oil blend is packed full of Witch Hazel, Sweet Almond Oil and Rosehip Oil to name just a few and works not only to hydrate the skin but also to heal and repair. The combination of active ingredients in the oil also means that it has a powerful anti-aging effect; after a single use skin feels smoother and has a noticeable glow and, with continued use, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are meant to be dramatically reduced! For younger skin it can be used as a prevention tool - stop those wrinkles from appearing! 

I have been using this for around 3 weeks now and I adore it! I would never have tried using a facial oil in a morning, especially underneath make-up, but I am so glad I did. Whenever I use this my skin has the most amazing, radiant glow all day long. When I first used this I was really impressed as I could literally feel the Activator pulling the serum into my skin. It absorbed so quickly and left my skin feeling as smooth as a baby's bottom, without a greasy finish. It has helped with my blemishes and my forehead, albeit it is pretty wrinkle free as it is, definitely appears smoother.

I am not entirely sure why it asks you to specifically use 6 droplets, but it does say you can decrease or increase this number dependant on your skin type. 

This retails at £74, which seems rather expensive, but don't forget you are getting two products here. I have had this for 3 weeks and I have a long way to go before I finish them both. My usual facial oil costs me £58 - just for an oil! So to me, this facial system is quite a bargain.

Would I buy this in the future? Yes I would. Skincare is important to me, and I want to look after my skin the best I can, I am keen to try out the other 3 products next! Have you guys tried Kimia  yet?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Too Faced Cosmetics Chocktails Mixology Masterclass

Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass

Too Faced Cosmetics and Wizard Publicity very kindly invited me along to a Chocktails Mixology Masterclass at the Mixology Studios in Shoreditch this week. Chocolates, make-up AND cocktails? The perfect combination

Celebrating the new Chocolate Bar palette and Better than Sex mascara, as well as a cheeky preview of the upcoming collection launching mid-August. An intimate gathering of beauty bloggers, including myself, Kat from Tales of a Pale Face, Laura from Laura Lou Beauty and Alice from Super Gorgeous, took part in a custom chocolate themed cocktail making class! 

The entire evening was awesome, we all had so much fun eating as much chocolate as humanly possible and attempting to make crazy cocktails, including one with chilli vodka! Who would have thought white chocolate would have mixed well with chilli and alcohol? My favourite phrase from the evening had to be salty rim

In our teams we had to design a cocktail of our own, completely from scratch, which was highly amusing. Laura, I have to say took this very seriously, whipping out all sorts of bottles from behind the bar. In the end, our It's not Terry's. It's Mine creation won! If I ever get bored of make-up at least I could follow up a career in mixology - watch this space!


Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass
Too Faced Chocktails Mixology Masterclass


The goody bag we received, was exceedingly generous and I cannot wait to have a play with all of my new Too Faced Cosmetics. The Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection palette, smells DELICIOUS, it actually contains pure, antioxidant-rich cacao powder! I am really looking forward to creating some exciting make-up looks with this! Today I am wearing the new Better Than Sex mascara, and it really is amazing, as is the Cocoa Powder Foundation. The cocktail shaker, chocolate liquor and recipe book was a lovely added touch and these have brightened up my kitchen indeed. 

I can see fun-filled evenings ahead, eating chocolate, sipping on a martini whilst applying my new make-up. Look out for upcoming reviews and tutorials using all of these fabulous products! Thank you for having me Too Faced and Wizard Publicity, the evening was an absolute delight. 


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Neon Balloon Steamcream | My Thoughts

Neon Balloon Steamcream
Neon Balloon Steamcream
Neon Balloon Steamcream
Neon Balloon Steamcream

Steamcream is my new best beauty find. Why? 

Last week I introduced lemon infused water into my diet. I would have it in hot water of a morning and then throughout the day pop a few lemon slices into my water bottle. I had spent weeks reading blog posts telling me all about the unreal benefits of this regime and I was ready to embrace this health kick, this detox. 

NOT ONE, single blog post told me about the possibilty of my skin purging. What is skin purging? It is when your body after a single or a few drastic changes flares up and spits out all of the toxins. This may not be the scientific or dermatological explanation but this is my description. My skin overnight literally was covered in minor acne. All along my jawline my usual hormonal breakouts became really lumpy, red sore and weeping. I had spots all over my face, in places that I never knew was possible for a spot to appear. I had two above my eyebrow that decided to bleed when I cleansed with a hot cloth. Pretty sight aye? I was MORTIFIED and spent a good hour crying. I felt all of the hardwork that I had put into my skincare routine, had just been wiped away with a few glugs of this lemon water. 

According to a few forums online, skin purging can happen, and it will clear up 2-3 days after your detox, if you are lucky! It can take weeks, even months for your skin to settle. Well I immediately stopped drinking the lemon water, as I felt my body had clearly got rid of enough toxins and in doing so I had also unbalanced the pH level of my skin

This is where Steamcream sorted me out. I had been using it every morning and night for a handful of days as a facial moisturiser in place of my usual moisturisers , as I do when trying out any new facial product. I hadn't read any information about it, I just knew it was a natural moisturiser. I am a firm believer in less is more and I much prefer using natural products over chemical injected ones. So, how did it help me? What are the results? My skin, right now as I am writing, is a little bit scabby and dry yes, but it is CLEAR. It is free of inflamed, sore, itchy spots and the redness has faded to a near nonexistance. 

All I did was switch up my skincare. I stopped using fancy cleansers and used my Organic Coconut Oil (blog post here) and introduced Steamcream to help rebalance the chaos.

So enough about me, enough moaning. Let us lift the lid on Steamcream. 

It is renowned for it's beautifully designed tins and loved for its natural ingredients and high quality product. Steamcream is all about simplicity. Suitable for all skin types and hailed as the "miracle moisturiser" due to it's healing properties. 

Oatmeal Infusion gently sooths sensitive skin, Almond Oil soothes and softens, Chamomile Blue Essential Oil is a natural antiseptic with antibacterial qualities to help prevent breakouts. It also contains Orange Blossom Absolute and Orange Flower water that both help balance sebum production in oily complexions, yet for dry skin they help with the production - marvellous! Cocoa butter and other essential oils complete the ingredient list, all of which add up to being the ultimate, effective multi tasker. 

You can use it as a facial moisturiser, a nourishing face or body mask, turn it into an exfoliator by adding oatmeal or even as a shaving balm. These are only a few of the many ways you can use this, we would be here all day if  I wrote the full list... 

For £12.50 this really is a ruddy bargain and something that will remain a staple in my bathroom. I think these make great presents for friends and family, and the designs are so pretty you can keep the tin afterwards to put small trinkets inside.

Steamcream,  a Summer essential for sure, but an all year round must-have, definitely.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Nars Body Glow Duo Set | Utimate IMATS Bargain

Nars Body Oil Duo Set
Nars Body Oil Duo Set
Nars Body Oil Duo Set
Nars Body Oil Duo Set

The most talked about IMATS London 2014 Beauty Bargain ever? I think so. 

A HUGE MASSIVE "CHEERS LOVE" to Laura from Laura Lou Beauty for picking this up on the Friday when I was unable to get across to the Pro Day! In a fluster, Laura simply text me saying £15, do you want it? No picture. I had no idea what she was talking about. 

When a photo of this Nars Body Oil Duo set came through, I thought it had to be some kind of joke. These two bad boys are FULL SIZE and INDIVIDUALLY retail at £44. I have lusted over the Nars Monoi Body Glow II ever since I came across it back when I used to work for SpaceNK. It still to this day is my favourite body oil, and before now I never even owned one, not at that price. 

BUT NOW I OWN BOTH WOOP DE WOOP. Fifteen English pounds my friends, I am still in disbelief and wish I had asked Laura to pick me up a boat load so that I would never run out.

Nars Body Glow, the bronze bottle, was the original Nars multi purpose beauty oil, designed to soothe and moisturise the skin with an addition of rich chocolate shimmer for that natural holiday sun kissed glow. The delicious fragrance that this oil is reknown for is derived from the lightweight Monoi de Tahiti oil, composed of pure coconut extract and the bud of a Tahitian flower. It is this tiare flower that infuses the oil with nutrients as well as a delicate, natural scent, THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO RUB IT ALL OVER YOUR BOD-AY.

Nars Monoi Body Glow II is my favourite out of the two, and is just the oil in it's purest form without the chocolate shimmer. Did I mention just how UNREAL this smells? I could literally swim and bathe in the stuff for days. What makes this oil so special, hence the price tag, the Monoi de Tahiti oil is infused with a flower which only grows in French Polynesia. The tiare flower is something that has been used for centuries for not just its moisturising properties, but for medicinal, protecting and beautifying properties too. To encapsulate the essence of the infusion process inside each bottle is one of the flowers, a lovely finishing touch. 

You can use the body glow over the body but you can also run a few drops through the ends of your hair! I cannot wait to take mine on holiday as it will make the perfect pool side accessory. Without a doubt, a Summer must-have! 


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