Monday, 27 February 2017

Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub | Review

lush the kiss lip scrub
The Kiss?...

Hi Lovelies 
Lush make some absolutely spectacular products from bath products, skincare and makeup and so far I have just loved all of their lip scrubs I have tried. I was pretty much sold on this lip scrub because I just loved the name 'The Kiss' and it matched quite nicely with the Valentine's Day collection, not only that inside of it has little hearts which is darn cute. ( they are edible too).

Lip scrubs are literally a must have to anyones makeup collection, they are great for keeping your lips soft and moisturised and another reason is they make matte or liquid  lipsticks last that extra bit longer. I remember applying liquid/matte lipsticks before using a lip scrub and it was so much dryer and cracked and looked dry before long, lip scrubs took care of that and keep my lipsticks looking smooth and easier to apply. 

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Lush the kiss lip scrub review
First Impressions 
I just had to get this because I love pink and the fact it had red hearts inside just made 'switch on' in my brain to actually get this. I love trying different seasonal products because they aren't available all year round. I didn't not want to get this incase I regretted not giving it a try. 

Fragrance
This lip scrub 3 essential ingredients which are; Sicilian Mandarin Oil , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter and Fine Sea Salt. Now I wasn't sure once I got this home if these ingredients would go together well, I waited till I tried it to give it my full verdict.

When I opened the lid the first thing I could smell was the Sicilian oil which was had a nice sweet element to it. Inside also was bright pink with lots of red fine salt hearts.

Ingredients
Vegan 
Caster Sugar, Sunflower Oil(Carthamus tinctorius), Fine Sea Salt, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Red Edible Hearts and Soft Pink Glimmer Lustre,(Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium carboy methyl cellulose, Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Potassium Aluminium Sillcate, Colour 16255), Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus Noblis), Almond Essential Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Amara), Cornflour (Zea mays). Geraniol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 15850:1

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lush the kiss lip scrub reviewFinal Thoughts
You know something I honestly don't like giving bad reviews because honestly I really love about 95%of Lush products. I will give you the good points about this but I will give my honest opinions on why this isn't my favourite too because you know something I like to be honest with my readers. 

The Good; As with all lush lip scrubs this is very moisturising and a little bit goes along way with this.

The not so good for me; Now I have tried this a few times and I do love the Sicilian mandarin oil but once you get the salt heart on lips, it doesn't taste very pleasant (my own personal opinion). I honestly can't say I like the combination unfortunately and either does my partner.

Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub £5.75

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Too Faced Selfie Powders | Review

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Hi Lovelies
Too Faced has been on my makeup wish list for along time now and you should of seen my face when I finally found this palette in TK Maxx!!! I have been going to TK Maxx on and off for a few years now and honestly finding anything that I want can be a bit of a task as the brands I want aren't there or worse it is there and its been opened and tested and smudged! ugh it can be a nightmare. 

Too Faced makeup is a beauty brand I have always wanted to try but something always got in the way, the main reason was finding it as I rather see stuff in person before I buy it. Another being it can be very pricy and I was waiting for a bargain like this. 
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First Impressions
It was easy to spot when I was in TK Maxx, it was looking at me and saying "buy me please" and for £10 I thought it would be worth a try. 
I can see they have been a lot of detail and thought put into the box as it looks lovely and it has all the info you need about the product inside too.
The palette itself is very nice and has 3 shades of selfie powders with a mirror and info underneath it with all the details about each different selfie powder.

What are selfie powders?
I was wondering this myself until I actually read the box and I read these are filters in the real world rather than the filters that you can get in Instagram or snapchat for example. In the palette they have 3 shades and each gives a different effect.

Shades
Sunrise - This is a golden shade which is to 'brighten'

Totally Toasted - This is like a bronzer and is described as to add 'warmth'

Moon River - This looks like a lavender shade is described as 'cool'

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How I use it
Now I am not sure if these are much difference between these and any other highlighter I have tried to be honest. They are used pretty much the same as a highlighter and I like to use them either on my cheek bones or on my nose or both. 

Final Thoughts
Even though this is beautifully packaged and the shades are gorgeous it is not the most pigmented highlighter I have tried and takes quite a lot of product to get a highlight I am used to. Even though it is not the most pigmented once built up it looks gorgeous  and my favourite out of the 3 shades is moon river as I love the purple shimmer it has. 

I am happy that I found this in TK Maxx as it is a product I use quite often even though its not quite as expected. The main thing is its easy build to get a more defined look as the powders feel silky on the skin and also they are long lasting. I am sold by this brand and I cant wait to try makeup from this brand, I have lot of their products on my wishlist.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Lush Unicorn Horn | Review

lush unicorn horn review
Unicorns are real?
...Well in bubble bar form yes!

Hi Lovelies
Lush honestly sure know how to make me come and buy more products, I have lost count of how many products I have tried over the years but you know I am glad I did try as many as I have because they make bath times more exciting and relaxing and the skincare products are honestly one of my skincare brands everything smells divine and the creams actually work.

Unicorn Horn is not a new bubble bar to the lush scene but one thing is for sure it has changed over the years I remember that two years ago it was a little bit bigger and it also had stars in it too. This year it has a combination of three colours, pink, yellow and mint with lustre finish too it. I actually love how the 2017 unicorn horn looks, it looks more mystical and a bit more magic to it if you know what I mean. 

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lush unicorn horn bubble bar review
First Impressions
Honestly whats not to love about this lush unicorn horn? I really think it looks gorgeous and brings a little bit of magic once you buy it and give it a try. It may sound a little expensive at £4.25 but I like to savour it and break it in to at least 3 or 4 pieces. 

Fragrance
VERY FLORAL and when I say that I mean it, this has a very strong smell of Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Neroli oil. For me it also has a sweet smell to it too and reminds me a lot of candy especially as it has lustre.

lush unicorn horn review
Final Thoughts
I took a little bit off the top of the 'unicorn horn' and I squashed it in my hand to make it almost into powder form, doing this and putting it under running water helps to create lots of bubbles as you can see in the above picture. As soon as the water touches the bubble bar you start to see lots of bubbles in the bath, not only that it creates a cupcake sprinkle effect on top of the bubbles so its like you are having a bath in  a giant cupcake. 

I was pleasantly surprised with how much bubbles were created only with a small amount of product. The scent of flowers grew more intense in the water with this bubble bar and it brought a smile to my face because the bath water felt silky and the smell was relaxing.

Sold out online / Could  be instore
Lush Unicorn Horn // £4.25 

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Monday, 20 February 2017

February Birchbox | Review

February birchbox review
Hi Lovelies
As I said in my February Glossy Box post that my lovely partner has got me 2 lovely beauty subscription boxes. It has been well over a year since my last Birchbox and I have been tempted to order them again for a while so its just fantastic I have the chance to try them all over again. I have very high hopes for this months box and fingers crossed I will continue with the subscription because it like a surprise present every month. 

Birchbox is monthly subscription box that sends a variety of different beauty and skincare beauty products. The box costs £10 a month plus P&P.
february birchbox review
Inside this months box
Beaver Professional Daily moisture conditioning spay ( Sample Size
This is a brand I have never heard of before this box but I do like the sound of the product, this is a conditioning spray to help nourish and detangle hair as the formula is nutrient rich. I have used the a few times on my partners hair just after he washed his hair, it has a nice scent and made it easier for me to style. 

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ( Sample Size)
I don't know why but I get a classic vintage vibe with the bottle of this! The sample size is decent and a good travel size. I have never tried an oil that is multi-purpose before so I am pretty excited to give this a try.

Keeome Hydration Mask Therapy ( Full Size
Before this I have never tried a sheet face mask, the only masks I have tried are clay masks etc. So I was so excited to try this! This mask is full of vital vitamins and mulberry extracts that are said to tired complexions. I put this mask on for 25 minutes and I must admit putting it on for the first time it felt different and my mum got surprise when I rang her haha. I did like this face mask though as it left my skin feeling smoother.

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february birchbox review
Pop Beauty Bright up your life eyeshadow too in Champagne Mocha ( Sample Size ) 
This is a brand I have never heard of prior this box but I am pretty excited to try it out, I have not got a chance to try them yet but I did swatch them and they are very nice and they are neutral. I like everything about the palette but I am not keen on the makeup application included with it as it is not easy to clean.


Spectrum Collections Marbleous C06 Tulip Eye Contour Brush ( Full Size )
I just love Spectrum makeup brushes they all look so amazing, they have amazing designs and they are many makeup brushes to choose from. I have another eyeshadow brush and I use it most days and its easy to use and gives me some epic eye makeup looks. I am looking forward to trying this brush in the near future. 

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february birchbox review
Final Thoughts 
I really enjoyed this months box and for the amount of products you get in the box and for the price of the box I think it is a pretty good bargain. I am very happy that I got this months box in many ways one being the new products that I am trying and another reason being is the fact the box itself is a drawer. I am using this box as a makeup storage and it is working very well and the box design makes it look very nice too.

Birchbox is £10 a month with P&P and you can either get it in monthly, every 3 months, every 6 months or a yearly subscription. 
I have a discount code for £5 off a first box ordered with them which is below

Have you ordered a Birchbox before? What are your thoughts on this months box?

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Dying my hair purple with Crazy Color Hot Purple

crazy colors hot purple review
 Hi Lovelies
I have lost count of how many times I have dyed my hair over the years but its been a while since Ive had purple hair. I went to Sally's in Shawlands the other day expecting to be getting my usual red hair dye but I  was spoilt by how many choices were there that I thought twice about what colour to do my hair. After looking at the colour chart I decided to go for Crazy Color Hot Purple as I thought it would work well on my dark blonde hair.

I knew before dyeing my hair that results work best with bright hair dyes but I was willing to give it a risk because they wasn't a chance I was going to be bleaching it beforehand. I have a sensitive scalp and I don't want to risk loosing more hair because I loose enough with PCOS.

Crazy Color is a very new brand to me and to be honest I haven't heard much about it before I decided to try it, I have no idea why I haven't heard of it before because this brand was founded way back in 1977. After doing my homework online I seen the have a various selection of products available including 27 different colour dyes, they also have bleach and shampoos.

crazy colors hot purple review
Price
These are a very affordable price of £4 per bottle and can cover hair thats shoulder length, I would defiantly suggest more than one bottle if you have long hair.
because it is a vibrant shade it will be likely you would need to dye your hair between every 2 and 4 weeks, so thats a cost to keep in mind.

How Apply 
I did the same thing with this that I did with my Manic Panic Vampire Red. I got a mixing bowl ready with tinting brush, I also put on an old towel and put vaseline on my hair around my skin near my hair to stop dye going on my skin.

I put all of the dye into the bowl and put my hair into section so it would be easier to put on the hair dye evenly. Once I applied all the hair dye on my hair I used a wide toothed comb to make sure all the hair dye was distributed all over my hair.

Waiting Time
On the website it recommends leaving it on your hair for 15/30 minutes, I wanted to make sure that my hair would be purple so I decided to leave it on for the whole 30 minutes.

Washing 
As with any vibrant hair dye it is suggested that you wash out the hair dye with as cold water as you can stand, I put my water on as cold as possible and I would say it was just under luke warm.
I know your meant to wait till the water runs clear but even with most hair dyes they never run clear they just run into a quite faded colour with a slight shade of the colour you have in your hair.

Another good thing about this dye that they was no smell too it and the product itself was very gentle my hair and scalp.
crazy colors hot purple
Final results 
As you can see in the photos above its ok that it worked decent on hair that wasn't fully bleached and hair quite a lot of strawberry blonde in it. I like you can see a little bit of red in my hair too. It is not 100% what I was expecting and to be honest I very much doubt I will be keeping it purple for long because I don't think it worked well on my hair, I think this one would work a lot better on light blonde hair or bleached hair.

I have washed it only once and it has faded quite a lot unfortunately. I can't say I am put off by the brand I just think it would work better on bleached or lighter hair.

Rating 
on unbleached hair
3 // 5


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Friday, 17 February 2017

February Glossy Box | Review

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It has been well over a year since I last had a beauty box that my lovely partner surprised me and got me a subscription to both Glossy Box and Birchbox.  I am very new to Glossy Box, in fact this is my first Glossy Box! I have heard a lot about both boxes and this one is one I was most curious about to try so getting it is something that made me happy to actually try out and to see if it is worth the hype.

Glossy Box is a monthly subscription box that sends you 5 different beauty products to your door. Each box can have a mixture of different things from beauty, skincare and more. The box costs £10 a month plus p&p which is a bargain since a few things they can send you will be a full size product, the others are decent size samples.
February glossy box review
Whats in the box....
La Theorie Des Volcans Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub (full size ) RRP / £26.                      
This mask helps cleanse and purify the skin as its enriched with anti ageing ingredients that helps to smooth and plump the skin. This mask apparently goes on pink and it turns grey as it gets rid of impurities, I am looking forward to actually trying this too see how that works. I love using face masks at the moment so I am excited to try this and treat my skin. This mask is vegan, 90% natural and silicone and paraben free. 


Ciate London Fade to Greige ( full size ) RRP / £9.                                                                 
  I have lost count of how many nail polishes I have because I just love changing my nail varnishes pretty much every few days. Even though Ciate London is well known this is my first nail polish from them so I was excited to try it.  I have worn this already and I can say its just gorgeous and is very long lasting without chipping.


Garnier Ultimate  Blends honey treasures strength restorer balm (sample size) RRP / £4.49.  
This is a deep conditioning hair masque that is meant to hydrate and help get hair glossy. My boyfriend likes using hair masques so he used this and unfortunately it didn't work for him it left his hair dry.

Vitamasques Manuka Honey Face mask ( Full Size ) RRP £3.99
This is the first time I have ever used a face mask! When I first put this on it felt quite weird and quite cold but it was relaxing after a few minutes. When it was time to take it off after 20 minutes, I washed my face I could tell the difference! My face felt so hydrated. This face mask is an innovative triple layer sheet mask that helps the skin absorb moisture and cleansed.

Jeanne Arthes L'Eau de Rose ( Full Size ) RRP £20
Its been absolutely ages since I last bought a perfume so it was a nice surprise to get this perfume in this months box. The perfume is very floral and you can fresh smell roses, it reminds me the summer time in my nanas garden, my nana has many different types of roses.  This perfume was made by Jeanne Arthes and she has spent 35 perfecting her perfumes.
February glossy box review

Final thoughts 
I am very happy with Februarys Glossy Box and very happy that I finally got to see what this box was like. I think I'm going to continue getting this box because they are lots of nice surprises in it and for me its like a mini Christmas every month because you don't know whats in the box, it is a complete surprise which I love.

Glossy Box is £10 a month plus P&P
They also have monthly, 3 month, 6 month and year plans which can save money.
Link below is if you like to see whats involved and if you want to order

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Life with PCOS


Hi Lovelies
This time last year I can honestly say I felt like utter SHITE and the reasons for that being were I was putting on so much weight, my clothes weren't fitting and my periods were haywire and to top everything off my hair was coming out far too much that it had me to the edge of tears. 

Not knowing what was wrong with me was horrible to say the least but I decided enough was enough and I went to the doctors and the first thing they said was I pregnant and I knew I wasn't as I had already took many tests. They took a blood test and they said the hormone levels were a  little high and they wanted me to wait until I was next on my period to test again.

Waiting for another period was awful because I had no idea when the next one was going to be. The next period I had wait 6 weeks after the first appointment and then I got tested again. I waited 3 weeks before I got my results which said my hormones were still high and that I had PCOS. 

Reality set it.
I know its nothing to celebrate but I was so glad that I was diagnosed because I just knew MY BODY and I knew I didn't feel right. It has been nearly 5 months since I found out and I can say I have accepted that I have PCOS and unfortunately there is no cure and only remedies to help reduce symptoms.

My Symptoms 
Thankfully I have managed to reduce my symptoms by eating better and exercising more, I may not of lost any weight yet but the main thing is that I haven't gained any. As for my hair loss its still here and their but I am sure it's not as much as it was before. I just try and avoid washing it as much and only dye with natural or semi permanent dyes.

Another thing I have got back on track from last year is my periods, last year they were all over the place usually between every 2-3 months and honestly it was so uncomfortable and it felt like my period was supposed to be starting well before that but no I felt hormonal from the day it was due till the day it started which could of been weeks. Now for the past 5 months *fingers crossed* I have had a monthly period (every 30 days) and I feel so much better for it too, I am hoping it stays that way and I am going to try my darn hardest for that to happen.

Things to change
Now I know I have changed a lot with what I am eating but I still have a few changes I need to do. At the moment I have stopped using white bread and swapped it for wholemeal, the same going with pasta and  stuff like that. But the thing I need to change is cutting down the carbs a little bit and also how much sugar I am eating too ( I am partial to a biscuit or two)

I know I have mentioned it a lot but its quite a main thing with PCOS, anyway with them I can honestly say they are PAINFUL and wow I mean painful! And not only are they painful they can be very heavy from started to finish and I know I can't change that very much but I like to keep a hot water bottle handy and my chocolate bars stocked up.


Coping with negative attitudes
Since my diagnoses of PCOS I have told a few people about it and honestly reactions can differ from person to person but sometimes people think I over exaggerate  my symptoms because seeing as they are invisible to the naked eye its harder for some to except.


  • Weight - I am a size 16-18 and honestly it's not 100% down to what I eat because I haven't changed my diet much for the past 10 years and not so long ago I was between a size 8-10. I have put 4 stone on over the course of over 2 years and the gains were a lot some months. I wish people would mind their own business about my weight or anybody else's for that matter because seriously it has nothing to do with them and it's not nice calling people names just because of a persons size. I am very healthy and I love to exercise, if you have nothing nice to say please don't say it because I am getting tired of the negative talk about my weight because I feel positive with my body no matter what the scales or my clothes size say and to me thats all that matters.



Sorry if this post was a little long winded but I really wanted to get this all off my chest because PCOS can suck but writing about it has actually made me feel so much better. I will be writing more about PCOS in the future


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