Friday, 1 August 2014

Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask | My Thoughts

Never before have I been nervous to try a treatment, yet the Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask*, the name gave me the heebie jeebies. I have never been stung by a bee, what if I was allergic? I didn't want to DIE from trialling a face mask. Ooh, ever the drama queen.

I survived the patch test, as you might have guessed, after all I am sitting here warming up to write a glowing review. This advanced performance gel mask, contains bee venom with 3D express lifting effect technology - sounds very fancy doesn't it? It promises to smooth your wrinkles and firm your skin for the appearance of a more lifted facial contour. Basically, botox in a bottle (well, a tube). 

So, how does it work exactly?

The Bee venom (probably one of the most unusual ingredients I have ever come across?) controls the facial muscles, increases blood circulation, thus gently plumping out and firming the skin. Further firming and lifting comes from the ingredient Intensyl, which according to clinical tests showed lifting and firming within a 30 minute time period. 

You can use it morning or evening! If you apply a thin layer to the skin, you can use it as a normal face mask and leave it on for ten minutes. If an intensive overnight treatment is more your thaang, leave it on, overnight, and wash off in the morning. 

I prefer using it in a morning, just because I love the idea of an immediate firming effect which would then be noticeable throughout the day, plus I always forget to put on a night time treatment. I have used this a few times now and I adore the way my skin looks and feels afterward. My make-up sits ever so nicely on my skin after this treatment too! 

I was expecting a tingling sensation, some kind of irritation/burny feeling, the kind you get with an acid peel. Instead I felt a soothing, cooling sensation, and around the 7th minute you definitely feel like something is getting all funky up in there. This is perfect for a luxury bath time treat if you just want to relax and wind down. On rinsing the gel off, my skin looked fabulous, but it was on applying the rest of my skincare that I could really feel that the mask had worked. Don't expect to see any visual changes, well, not when you are wrinkle free at the age of 25, *touches wood*, but do expect to have much plumper, firmer skin. Perky. 

With an array of other ingredients which help mattify, heal and hydrate the skin this really is great for my dehydrated, blemish prone skin type and for just £14.95 I will definitely be repurchasing this bad boy. 

I would highly recommend this, I personally think brides would love this as I night-before -the-big-day type treatment. The results really are fantastic. 

Have you tried this yet? Any other Nip + Fab recommendations? 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection | My Thoughts

Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection

Oh Illamasqua, you have done it again haven't you? 

J'adore the new Glamore Nude Lipstick Collection. With 7 stunning, versatile shades to choose from, there is a nude suitable for every complexion. Whether you have a cool, neutral or a warm skin tone, there will be a lipstick simply made for you. 

If you are unsure what shade to choose, they have a pretty awesome guide to help you. It definitely came in handy whilst I was deciding which ones to try out, click here to see what I am talking about.

Illamasqua Head of Training, Daniel Busuttil, suggests matching the lipstick to the natural colour of your nail bed, as this will help you figure out what shade will be best suited to your lip colour and skin tone. This is so helpful if you cannot get to a local store or counter to try on the lipsticks for yourself.

I have been loving the new creamier, satin finish lipstick formula, a refreshing change to the drier, matte version of the original Illamasqua lipstck. I have really chapped, dry lips so to find a lipstick that I love is tricky business.

Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection

The first shade I chose has quickly become my new favourite lipstick. Say hello to Rosepout* - love the name! I have cool undertones in my skin, so I knew this would work well for me. It is the most stunning neutral pinky brown colour and it is something that I could wear day or night. I regularly choose warmer lipsticks, as I have been scared to choose a pale nude in the past, frightened that it may wash me out further. Rosepout won me over. The colour pay off is remarkable, a great pigment as well as having a long lasting finish.

Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection
Illamasqua Glamore Nudes Collection

Next I chose a colour from neutral territory, this is more of a coral-nude. Take a look at Cherub* everybody. This has a balance of warm and cool tones, but with a pop of colour. I tend to wear colours like this on a regular basis, yet, there is still something so unique about this particular hue. Cherub really makes my eyes pop and warms up my face, which is never a bad thing - being forever see-through it is nice to have some colour helping me out. 

These are available online and in-stores for £18.50. This is quite expensive for a lipstick, and I was surprised at the price, but I must admit, these lipsticks impressed me so much I am very much looking forward to purchasing more. Next on my list are Stalkers & Minx. 

Have you guys tried these newbies yet?

Monday, 28 July 2014

Learning to Love the Skin I'm in | The Skin Series

Learning to Love the Skin I'm In
Time for a new series on the blog. Introducing The Skin Series.

I am a little obsessive with my skin, on the verge of borderline psychotic,  yes I would go that far. I truly wish I could wake up, for even just one morning, not worrying about my open pores, feeling frightened of new blemishes appearing or prodding the scar on my jaw. It is such a waste of energy, and let's be honest here, a little pathetic

The condition of my skin can alter my entire mood, which in turn reflects my attitude towards the rest of my day. If I catch a glimpse of any under the skin spots in a certain light, I will literally become Mr Grumpy Pants, with immediate effect. I get really irritable and I feel so angry, I mean, why was I not just blessed with perfect skin god dammit?

Nothing about me is perfect, my skin included. I am unique. This is something, us as human beans, should all be proud of. Each and every one of us are an entirely different genetic make-up. We should own this. Not pick at ourselves, listing flaws whilst continuously making notes on improvement. 

Recently, my skin has gone through a little change. The first six months of this year, my skin had been great, rarely a blemish and it has even had a lovely little glow. Come June, however, my skin took a turn for the worst and I have been suffering with awful hormonal breakouts along my jawline, my neck, and even my back. I actually just winced admitting that. Spots embarrass me, I panic, like, FULL ON panic, when I can not find a decent concealer. Flawless skin has become my main goal upon waking every morning. It would be most refreshing to wake up, with an entirely different attitude, think meh, it's a few spots, I'mma rock  this.

Writing this series, I hope, will be somewhat a way of therapy. Opening up on the skin issues I suffer with, whilst discussing ways of tackling these problems, with the key aim being  to not let it take over my daily routine, my life.

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I drink plenty of water, have a healthy diet, exercise on the rare occasion (this needs to change) and I like to think my skincare routine is pretty fine tuned to my skin type. So I got to thinking: What can I do, further still, to try and improve my skin? 

This is where the Sk:n Clinic comes in. You can read more about them by clicking here, but to summarise they are a bunch of medical professionals, specialising in the best technologies and clinically proven products.

I checked out their treatments for Acne Prone skin, having had minor acne in the past and being wrongly diagnosed with Roaccutane, long story, related to the scar on my face, I may cover this another day. I digress. I was worried my acne may be returning, and as this may be down to a hormonal imbalance I want to ask the experts for their advice. You can only rely on coconut oil to do it's job to a certain degree...

They offer treatments such as Laser Acne Treatment, Salicylic Peels and Microdermabrasion. Now, I have had a few peels with Salicylic in, and I have tried an at home version of Microdermabrasion, but I would love to head to the Sk:n Clinic to have a proper treatment.

Salicylic acid is awesome, and an ingredient that I look out for in all my cleansers. One of the popular treatments has a high potency of this acid designed to clear your skin of acne causing bacteria, unblock your pores and overall clear your complexion. 

Microdermabrasion, uses microcrystals to exfoliate the skin whilst unblocking all those pores. This would actually work well on my scar too, inconjunction with the peels and the laser treatment. 

Laser treatment, is something I have never tried, yet have always been intrigued by this. This technique purifies the skin and has long lasting results. You can read more about all of these treatments by clicking here.

I am going to pop along to the clinic in Holborn, London and hopefully will be able to get some answers as to why my skin changed so drastically, and how I can go about healing it. Until my questions are answered, and treatments are tested, I am going to learn to love the skin I am in, spots, blemishes, scars, the lot.

In my next post I will be sharing my thoughts on #ProjectBareAll, inspired by a lovely new blogger I came across recently, Thumbelina Lillie. You can read her post here, and look out for mine towards the end of this week!

**This is a sponsored post

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


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...  


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


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?

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