Saturday, 29 October 2016

Project Use It Up - Update

Here's a quick update on how I am getting on with Project Use It Up.  You can read my last update here.  The photo below shows all the products that were included in this project.
Project Use It Up
  1. Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne 30ml - There's less than a quarter left, so this should be really easy to get through.  I love the scent, but I've had it for a while so would like to finish it up so that I can try out a different Jo Malone Fragrance.  Finished 8th December 2015. Would buy again (WBA).
  2. MAC Strobe Cream 30ml - there's about half a tube left so I am gonna use this under my foundation for the rest of the year to use it up. It took me ages to try this out and it didn't smell too good so I've chucked it. Would not buy again (WNBA).
  3. Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub 25g - UPDATE - Finished this product in November 2016.  It smells and tastes lush (pardon the pun), but I could easily make a product like this myself, so I would not bother to repurchase.
  4. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm 30ml - there's probably about a quarter of a tube left, so again I will use it under my foundation or maybe as a mask. I finished this in September 2016. WNBA.
  5. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream 50ml - UPDATE - I finally finished this product on the last day of 2016.  This product was a real long haul job and lasts for ages, having said that it makes a great lip treatment and is also good for keeping the elbows and knees smooth.  I probably would buy this again, but I am sure that I already have another one hidden away in my stash somewhere.
  6. Oskia Renaissance Mask 15ml - There's only half left, so this should be easy to use up. Finished 10th December 2015. WBA.
  7. L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in Sweet Amethyst 5ml - I would say there is just under half left.  I love this rose gold metallic colour, so I am happy to wear it regularly. Finished 8th December 2015. I was quite surprised when I finished this one.  The ball bearings actually fell out of the bottle as there was no more polish to scrape out. WBA.
  8. Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner 200ml - Toner is a part of my skincare routine that I find easy to miss out, so will just make more of an effort to use this product daily as there is only a quarter of a bottle left. Finished 20th December 2015. WBA.
  9. Garnier Roll-on Eyes 15ml - I have loads of different eye creams and serums on the go at any one time, so I will make sure that this is the one I use most. This is half full. This is now finished (can't remember the exact date).  It took absolutely ages though. WNBA.
  10. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick 08 - I do love this lipstick but I have had it quite a while, so I am really going to make an effort to use this one up.  I find makeup takes ages to get through, so I think that I will take this to work with me so I can reapply throughout the day.  There is about half left. Update - I have now finished this product. WBA as I do like this colour.
It took me over a year to finish these 10 products, but I knew when I started this that they would take ages to use up which is why I targeted them.  I will be doing another Project Use It Up challenge in 2017, so watch out for my post listing the products that I am going to use up.

I bought these products with my own money

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

AA Skincare Essentials Frankincense & Rose Face Toner

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on the Beauty Balm Blog and the prize was the AA Skincare Essentials Frankincense & Rose Face Toner*.  
AA Skincare Frankincense & Rose Face Toner
This toner is for all skin types and is rejuvenating and rehydrating. The toner contains the following active ingredients - Rose Water, Frankincense Water, Witch Hazel, Honey Suckle and Japanese Honeysuckle, White Willow Bark Extract and Oat Kernel Extract.  It's vegan friendly and costs £7.98 for 150ml.

It's great for preparing skin for applying moisturiser, but it's also nice for those rare hot days and nights to spray onto my skin for a cool down.  It's very refreshing and smells lovely and floral, although it's not an overpowering scent.

AA Skincare is a new natural skincare range from Amphora Aromatics who have 30 years experience sourcing the best quality essential oils and natural ingredients. 

*I won this product from a blog giveaway

Saturday, 22 October 2016

It's All About The Hair - My Favourite Hair Products

I have shoulder length curly hair and it's always a battle to tame the frizz I can tell you.  So here's some of the products that I love to use on my hair (I have already written about my favorite eye, lip and face products).
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditione
I try a lot of shampoo and conditioner products and my favourite right now is quite a new purchase.  I am using Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner. You can read my review here.
Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
I also like using Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner as it's gentle on my hair and prevents tangles.  It doesn't contain any sulfates or parabens. I like the fact that it's a wash and go product and there is no need for a shampoo and conditioner.  It's £5.99 for 473ml.
L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Conditioning Colour
I like to colour my hair as I have a patch of grey hairs around my parting.  I don't like to commit to a colour right now, so I am using L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Conditioning Colour as it lasts up to 28 washes.  I am really loving the red shades and as I have dark hair I have been using Cherry Red. It gives my hair a nice shine and a lovely subtle red tint.  It costs around £6.79, so I try and stock up when it's on offer.

Hairspray - I usually just buy the cheapest own brand and I don't feel the need to spends loads on this type of product.
Sebastian Professional Potion 9 and Sebastian Professional Whipped Creme
Mouse/Gel/Creme - I have really enjoyed using Sebastian Professional Potion 9* and Sebastian Professional Whipped Creme* as they keep my curls loose and frizz free.  You can read my review here.

Hair Serum - I always go back to my old favourite John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum as it really does help to keep the frizzies at bay.  It's £6.99 for 50ml.
L'Oreal Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray
If I dont have time to colour my hair then I cheat and use L'Oreal Instant Root Concealer Magic Retouch Spray*.  See my review here.

I like to use a salt spray to help hold the curls and waves in my hair and I have just finished using Schwarzkopf got2b beach matt mermaid look texturizing spray which works really well and is a very reasonably priced £4.19 for 200ml.

Finally, to keep the short frizzy hair around my hairline at bay I use Ojon Rare Blend Tamer  which I have reviewed here.

What are your favourite hair products?


*I was sent these products to review but the opinions are my own.  All other products were purchased with my own money.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows

I was recently sent some Lord & Berry Seta eyeshadows* and I've loved putting them through their paces. I received the following 4 shades:

Deep Ocean is a lovely deep dark blue shade.
Espionage is a chocolate brown shade.
Victoria is a gorgeous olive green shade and is my favourite. I've not stopped wearing it.
Sumptuous is a deep purple shade.
Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows
From Top Left Clockwise : Sumptuous, Victoria, Espionage & Deep Ocean
Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows
From Left : Deep Ocean, Espionage, Victoria & Sumptuous
These eyeshadows are highly pigmented and stay put on the eyelid.  They are really easy to build up the colour with, so you can go as light or as dark as you want and they are easy to blend in.    They are also long lasting which is great.

The Seta Eyeshadow is a micronised pressed pure eyeshadow with intense colours to shape your look.  It has perfect hold and excellent payoff. It also has a ECOCHIC refill system which means the pot can be reused when your eyeshadow runs out.

Lord & Berry is a boutique Italian Fashion house which started in 1992 and has revolutionised make up into an important fashion accessory.  

Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows are not tested on animals.

They are available on the Lord & Berry site here for £12.


*I was sent these products to review but the opinions are my own

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Love Lula Beauty Box - October 2016

I have just subscribed to the Love Lula Beauty Box and I have received the October 2016 box. The Love Lula Beauty Box costs £12.50 within the UK and contains the natural brands sold on the Love Lula website.
Love Lula Beauty Box - October 2016
The October box contained the following products worth around £40:

Barefoot SOS Nourishing Cleansing Cream - Full Size - 125ml.  This product is worth £20.  This is a gentle and refreshing cleansing treatment formulated with Rosa Mosqueta Oil, Calendula extract, Cocoa butter and Rosewater.   I have never come across this product, so I can't wait to try it out.

PHB Orange & Grapefruit Natural Soap - Full Size - 100g - worth £3.95. This is 100% natural, handmade and palm oil free.

John Masters Organics Lip Calm - Full Size - 4g - Worth £6.  This contains olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and is certified organic.

REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion - 10ml - Worth £8.50. I really like REN products and this is one that I have not used before, which is great.

Finally I received BON Natural Pure Tissue Oil for Scars, Stretch Marks, Wrinkles and Dry Skin - 5ml sample - worth approx £1.33.  This is a face and body oil.

The box also includes an offer for 20% off all the brands in this box which is a nice touch.

I am really pleased with this box.  It's great value and a good opportunity to try out some natural and organic brands that I have not heard of before.  Love Lula insist on No Parabens, No SLS and No Animal Testing which is reassuring.


I bought this beauty box with my own money

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul

I recently went on a bit of a shopping spree using vouchers I had saved up from completing surveys (see my post here) and a voucher I had received as a reward from work.  Here's my Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul.

I bought the following from Harvey Nichols:
  • Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Primer - £21.50
  • 2 Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Secret Salma & Very Victoria - £23 each
Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul
In Boots I bought the following (I also used some Boots Advantage points for this purchase as well):
  • Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion - £13.25
  • Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Polish in Aloha - £5
  • 3 L'Oreal Sexy Balms in Go Pretty or Go Home, Break The Rules and As If! - £4.99 each.  3 for 2 offer used as well.
  • Sensationail Nail Shield 2in1 solution - £8
Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul
In M&S I bought the following (I had a 20% off voucher for this purchase as well):
  • Pixi By Petra LipLift Max Glossy Lip Plumper in Sheer Rose - £12
  • Mascara Correction Buds - £2.50

Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul
I had a great time shopping especially as it was all bought using vouchers & Boots Advantage points. I'm definitely going to do more surveys so I can go on more shopping sprees. 

I'll post my reviews when I've had a chance to use the items I bought.


I bought these products with my own money or vouchers

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

EOS Lip Balm Pomegranate Raspberry

EOS Lip Balms have become a bit of a cult product here in the UK, probably because they were so hard to get hold of over here for quite some time.  We all stocked up whenever we were lucky enough to travel to the USA.  Now they are much easier to buy over here, so I was happy to be given the opportunity to review one of the EOS Lip Balms*.  I chose the pomegranate raspberry version.
EOS Lip Balm Pomegranate Raspberry

The lip balm contains shea butter and jojoba oil and is 100% natural and 95% organic and also paraben and petrolatum free.  It has a lovely fruity smell and leaves lips feeling instantly moisturised.  Above all, it's the cutest packaging for a lip balm ever and it's great that the actual product is just a good as the packaging.

EOS Lip Balms can be purchased at Boots, Topshop, Cult Beauty, Urban Outfitters, Beauty Bay, Naturisimo & Superdrug from £5.99.

EOS stands for Evolution of Smooth, just in case you were wondering.


*I was gifted this product to review but the opinions are my own

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Tili Beauty Box from QVC

I am pretty new to QVC, but I do love a bargain beauty box, so I couldn't resist the Tili Beauty Box Second Edition.   It costs £20 including postage and packing and it's worth over £100.  The Tili Beauty Box contains some great brands that I can't wait to try out.
Tili Beauty Box from QVC
The box contains the following:
  1. NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (15ml worth £19)
  2. Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara - black (7ml worth £18)
  3. Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-up Primer - Bronze (59ml worth £25)
  4. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen - Black (0.8g worth £8)
  5. Percy and Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse (200ml worth £12)
  6. Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Moisturiser (15ml worth £14.63)
  7. OPI Nail Polish - Russian Navy (15ml worth £7.95)
  8. Philosophy Amazing Grace Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel (30ml  £1.19)
Overall this is a great box and the only item that I won't use is the Percy and Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse as I have curly hair that does not lack volume.  The box is still available to buy here.


I bought this beauty box with my own money

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Colourpop Haul - Ultra Glossy & Ultra Metallic Lip

I recently took advantage of the free international postage to place yet another Colourpop order (check out my previous Colourpop hauls here and here). Here's what I bought:
Colourpop Hau
I bought 3 Ultra Metallic Lips which were not available when I placed my first order.
Colourpop Haul - Ultra Metallic Lip
From Left to Right: 3-Way, Kween & Man Eater
I bought 4 Ultra Glossy Lips and 1 Ultra Satin Lip and again these were not available at the time I placed my first order.
Colourpop Haul - Ultra Glossy Lip
From Left to Right: Wolfie, Casino, Master Plan, Finders Keepers and Molly
I also bought 2 more Lippie Stix in the shade Lumiere as I really liked this from my first order so I wanted a couple of backups.  I really like the metallic and glossy lips as they are much easier to wear than the matte lips that I previously bought.

The total cost of my order was $58 which is approximately £40.  I also had to pay a customs charge of £8.75 and £8 Royal Mail International handling fee which I was expecting, but you do need to factor in custom charges when you place the order so you don't get a nasty surprise.  I think I would only place an order when Colourpop are offering free international delivery.

I have now had 3 orders from Colourpop and whilst delivery has been pretty quick I have had 1 missing item & 1 eye shadow broke in transit (although it was easily pressed back into place) in previous orders and 1 lip product did leak in this order and also I have noticed that at least 1 item has been mislabeled. That being said I haven't bothered to contact Colourpop to complain about this so I cannot comment about their customer service.  Overall the products are great for the price.


I bought these products with my own money

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Kypris Cleanser Concentrate and Heliotropic Sunscreen & Primer

I was fortunate to be sent a box of goodies from Kypris recently and I have really enjoyed trying out all the products.  I thought that I would review the 2 full size products that I was sent.
Kypris Cleanser Concentrate and Heliotropic Sunscreen & Primer

Named after the goddess Aphrodite (Kypris is the name given to her by Cypriots, as legend tells that she rose from the water off the coast of Cyprus). Kypris was founded by Chase Polan based upon the principle that feeling beautiful is a birthright.   The products are made in Scottsdale, Arizona in the USA. Kypris is luxurious, holistic skincare made with organic, wild-crafted and sustainably grown ingredients.  All formulations are 100% natural and never tested on animals.

Kypris Cleanser Concentrate
The first product that I tried out was Kypris Cleanser Concentrate* which contains co-op grown moringa, wild-crafted prickly pear and probiotics (the full ingredients list can be found on the Kypris website).  Simply apply a pearl sized amount of the cleanser over dry or damp face and neck and then wet fingertips and gently massage over your skin.  Continue to massage as you rinse.  This is a highly concentrated formula that should last 60 days if used as directed.  I found this cleanser left my skin feeling clean and smooth and it's gentle so did not leave my skin feeling dry and tight.  It's £50 for 46ml.
Kypris Heliotropic Sunscreen & Primer
The second product that I tried was Kypris Pot of Shade HelioTropic* Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen & Primer. This is a multifunctional, translucent veil of non nano, broad spectrum SPF 30 and moisturising botanicals to prime skin for daily radiance.  This is a very thick cream, but it is easy to apply to the skin and sinks in without leaving a greasy residue.  It doesn't leave a white cast to your face either and I found that it was easy to apply makeup over the top as well.  The full ingredients list can be found on the Kypris website.  It's £53 for 27ml.

Both these products are suitable for most skin types.  Kypris is available in the UK at Cult Beauty and Selfridges.


*I was sent these products to review but the opinions are my own

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Declutter Part 1 - Makeup Palettes

There are so many new products entering the beauty market all the time that it's hard to keep up.  I love buying makeup, but unlike some I don't collect makeup, so I have been meaning to have a little clearout so that I can get rid of the things that I don't use to make room for all the new goodies that are on my wishlist.  I thought I would start with quite an easy category for me - makeup palettes.  I don't really have that many, but I would like to go through everything to declutter the palettes that I never reach for.  Here's a photo of all the palettes that I own.
Declutter Part 1 - Makeup Palettes

Urban Decay Naked Smoky (cost £38.50) – this is a really nice palette with a mixture of nude and dark shades (matte & satin) and it comes with a useful double ended brush.  As much as I would love to rock a smoky eye, my hooded eyelids just won’t have it, so I am happy to give this away to one of my sisters who I know will make use of it.

Urban Decay Naked (cost £38.50) - This is the original and I think the best Naked palette and I have used it loads, so I will definitely be keeping it.  The colours are all great and it also has a brown and black double ended eye liner which is really good.

GOSH Cool With Copenhagen (cost £10.99)– 9 shade matte eyeshadow palette.  I prefer satin or metallic eyeshadow, so I know that I will never reach for this palette filled with neutral and darker shades.  This will probably end up on my blog sale.

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Palette (Cost £29.50) – I haven’t used this one yet, but I do like Benefit blushes, so I am going to keep hold of it and make an effort to use it between now and Christmas.

Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave by British Beauty Blogger Eye Shadow Palette (cost £9.99) – This palette has so many great shades (30 in total) and was great value, so I am definitely keeping hold of this one.

Marks & Spencers British Beauty Blogger Cheek and Eye Palette (cost £14) – this is a nice little palette, but it looks a little too sparkly for me, so I am going to pass this on.

Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Cheek Palette (cost $42) – I think this is a great value palette, but I don’t wear blush or bronzer every day and I already have the Benefit blush palette, so there really is no need to keep this one.   

Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3 (cost £4)  and MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette (cost £4) – these are really great value eyeshadow palettes that I take with me when I am travelling as it's really not a problem if you lose them or break them on your travels and they have loads of lovely colours which are all really wearable

Finally LORAC Pro Palette (Cost $42) - I bought this in LA and whilst I haven't got round to using it yet I am not going to part with it as it's so hard to get in the UK.

So out of 10 palettes I am getting rid of 4 which is pretty good.

Have you done any decluttering?


I bought these products with my own money