Friday, February 27, 2015

Top 5 : Lips

I don't know what it is about this time of year. I start to come out of hybernation, see more sunlight and feel better in myself. When this happens, I tend to start putting more of an effort into my makeup. 

Instead of just throwing on a base and some mascara, I actually think about lips, blusher and even my nails! 

For me I stay pretty safe when it comes to lips. I don't tend to reapply something throughout the day, or if I do, I want something that's quick and easy to do, without the need of a mirror, These are my TOP 5 lip products to see me through to Spring. 

First off I love Carmex. Perfect for this time of year where if you don't look after your lips they can soon become chapped and flakey. I like to use a thin layer of this before I apply my lip colour to moisturise, but I also find that colour tends to last longer on top of this.

I also love Coralista from Benefit - a nice juicy pink shade that's really easy to wear and brightens up the whole face. It's really moisturising too which is great.

I also LOVE Revlons lip offerings, Their Lip Butters are soo simple and easy to use, super moisturising and amazing pigmentation in one swipe. Even with the brightest colours in this range, I find it difficult to smudge or smear them. They sit perfectly on the lips and don't budge for a really long time. I also love the Colourburst Balm Stain crayons - amazing colour range, amazing finish in both the gloss and matte finishes and stay on for an age. Revlon have some of the best lip products around - I really can't fault them!

Last but certainly not least is the Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil. This pencil is absolutely amazing - I wish these were easier to pick up in the UK. Super long lasting, highly pigmented and moisturising. This shade is a little darker than my natural lip colour which is what makes it so easy to wear. 

What are you top 5 lip products? 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Simple skin fixer (you probably already have)

Sudocrem* That trusted cream all mums used on us as kids when we scraped out knees, got prickled by some nettles and stung by a bee. As a kid, there was nothing my mum didn't whip this cream out for. But as an adult, this medical way of using Sudocrem has been all I've had in my mind. I'd heard the rumours that Sudocrem could be used as a wonder cream to solve a number of beauty problems, but I didn't listen to any of them. That thick, greasy cream that leaves white coatings over everything it touches, and smells a little gross? That can't be beauty's little bargain secret, can it? 

I was asked if I wanted to try out a bottle of Sudocrem and put its beauty claims to the test, and for the sake of product testing for my blog, I thought I'd give it ago. 

I was expecting to be sent a new beauty version of the dream, but hope, bog standard Sudocrem skin care cream dropped through my letter box and I cracked it open that very night. 

I'd been suffering from hormonal / stress related breakouts on my chin and scaly thick skin on my forehead (no doubt due to too much heating in the car) so there were a few things I could use the cream for to test drive. 

I slathered a thin layer of this all over my face, with a little added extra across my chin area and climbed in bed, Yes, I looked like a ghost and I got a rather confused look from Dan, but I've looked weirder so he didn't question it much. 

I woke up to pretty surprising results. The problem areas had massively been affected - the scaly skin had almost completely disappeared, and the redness and size of my breakouts had massively reduced, They hadn't completely disappeared, and I wasn't expecting a miracle, but I was amazed by the results. 

I've been using it here and there ever since - even Dan's picked it up to sort out some of his dry patchy skin. 

All from a £1.99 bottle of skincare cream. Why hadn't I tried this out earlier?? 

*Disclaimer: the product(s) reviewed in this post were provided to Miniemble free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. I will always give my readers the most truthful and honest opinions of products on this blog.

Monday, February 23, 2015

I joined the Breakfast Scrub Club

I love a good scrub, I know it's probably not normal, but I really do love a really deep, gritty, harsh body scrub every now and again that I can feel buffing away last weeks worries and leaving me with fresh, soft and supple new skin for the week ahead.

Don't get me wrong, this wonder scrub isn't going to leave you red raw, your skin in desperate need of some hydration, but it is definitely going to give a deep through scrub and bring new lease to dull looking skin, 

This scrub is seriously the best thing I've ever tried and if you haven't already guessed, I REALLY LOVE BODY SCRUBS! 

The exfoliant ingredients of sugar and oatmeal work perfectly at buffing away dead skin cells, whilst the Shea butter, almond and honey extracts soften and moisturise the skin, I don't feel the need to slather on moisturiser after I use this - that's how nourishing the formula is.

And the SMELL. I want to lick myself every time I use this, That sounds wrong on SOOOO many levels, but it really is the truth, It smells like the perfect sweet hearty breakfast I'd love to wake up to every morning. 

If you're in the arena for a new body scrub, I'd definitely check this one out. This tub has lasted me for weeks too, and I use this at least once every week! Once this is done, Ill be checking out some of the other scrubs from the Soap and Glory Range. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February Birchbox... Might be my last??

February 2015 Birchbox Review


Its that time of the month again where I share with you the contents of this Months Birchbox. For the last few months I've really been loving what Birchbox had to offer, but now I feel like the excitement and surprise is wearing off. Especially with this box.

It just didn't do it for me. I'm abit fed up of getting food samples for one and getting a second sample of a product I really don't like - AND reviewed on their feedback that I didn't like it is really beginning to grind my gears.

I've been weighing up for a while whether or not I'm going to cancel my subscription and use the £12.50 for something else - I think this box was the decider for me.

Not that the contents are completely rubbish, don't get me wrong. I do think that Birchboxes are a great way to try new brands and products that you wouldn't or couldn't normally afford. But this particular box has left me really uninspired. Here's what I received:

  • Caudalie  Vinoperfect Radiance Serum - Value - £14.25
  • Chia Co® - The Chia Co. Oats + Chia  - Value - £1
  • Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo 200ML - Value £2.50
  • theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen Value - £2.50
  • London Butterflies  Body Butter Soufflé  Value - £3.50
  • Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow - FULL SIZE - £21 

A pretty good box value, but most of these I'm not really bothered about trying out. First off, I HATE the Staniac sample they've sent. I've had this before and hated it, so it's abit of a waste that I've received it again. I also don't rate Wild About Beauty, and this particular product isn't exactly the sort of thing I'd use. I can see how it would look good on someone going for the bronzed look, but really this isn't for me. I'm going to pass these two onto a friend, see if they like them. 

Food samples are becoming to annoy me too. I almost always give them to my boyfriend, and I'm pretty sure he will be getting this one too!

If your a long term reader of the blog, you'll know that I didn't really like th Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and the Botanical Shine Shampoo smells just like it. It's a handy size and I'll get some use out of it in my swim bag, but not something I'd like to repurchase. Same goes for the London Butterflies Butter Souffle. And it's full price is ridiculous for a body butter, so that definitely isn't going to be repurchased! 
The only item I've really liked is the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, but I knew I'd love this because everything I've ever tried from Caudalie has been amazing. 

But overall, I'm getting bored of Birchbox. I think I could spend £12.50 in a much better way, do you? 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review : Maybelline the Falsies

Maybelline The Falsies - £7.99 

I'm going to kick the week off with a review of one the best mascaras I've ever tried! I'm pretty sure I'm like decades late to the Maybelline Falsies party, but I can't get over how amazing this is! 

Maybelline is a brand I've been trying out much more recently (pretty much due to the offers in Boots) and Its not a brand I'd immediately think of when looking for a new product to try. The brand itself to me comes across as fun and playful and to some extent aimed at a much younger audience, which is why I didn't ever think of it.

I picked this up out of desperation - money was pretty tight at the time and I'd used up all other mascaras I had in my stash, I didn't have the £20 to spend on my then favourite Benefit They're Real mascara, so thought spending £7.99 (on a 3 for 2 offer) wasn't so bad and It would keep me going, Turns out, its pretty darn amazing. 

I actually think its better than They're real - not just because of the price. The brush is sooo much easier to work with. It adds amazing length, masses of volume and really separates the lashes. No clumps here, Generally I like plastic brushes, but this bristle brush really has won me over. Initially the formula was abit smudge for me, but if you've read my blog for long enough, you know that I tend to enjoy mascaras more after they've dried out for abit, And now this has had a couple of weeks usage, its perfect.

Unless I get a free sample here and here, or get one as a gift, I don't think I'll be using Benefit's They're Real anytime soon, 

The Falsies does a perfect job at more than half the price! Winner!

Have you tried any other mascaras from Maybelline? What should I try out?

Thanks for reading!! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Beauty Gadget Review : Visiq Face Steamer

Visquis Face Steamer - £14.95

I've been loving trying out my new Christmas beauty gadgets, and having used this last night I knew I needed to share it with you. Now, I'm not one to feel the need to have facials once a week, but adding a step like this into my at home pamper doesn't add much more time, but add a sense of luxury. 

It's pretty simple and easy to use. Add a little water into the bottom, switch it on and steam away! It has two attachments, one for a full face steam and a much smaller one used for congestion. 

I have to say, its pretty amazing! I can only last for about 10 minutes, but within that small space of time my pores had opened and drawn all kinds of crap out of my face. I followed up my 10 minutes of steaming with a gentle exfoliation and all the build up of dirt, grime and grease is completely gone from my face.

My skin feels soft and supple, I'd compare it to a baby's bum but I'm not sure if that's going one step too far. 

As someone who has asthma, its also pretty amazing for congestion issues. If your struggling with a cold at the moment, this is just the sort of thing you need. 

I'm so glad my mum got me this for Christmas! A little gem of a product if you ask me! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

REVIEW: New Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Last Mascara Review

Everyone loves a good Benefit launch and this one was no exception. The word on the street was a mascara that was going to be BETTER than They're Real, with more volume, lift an curl. A mascara that has been years in the making, backed by tireless research, making it the best mascara on the earth?! 

Well maybe I'm hyping it up abit too much with that last statement, but it is pretty darn good.

I'm almost certain I'm not the only one who ran to their local Newsagents as soon as they heard that Elle magazine were giving away these with their £4 March edition, and I was lucky enough to find one still on the shelf. £4 for a mini Benefit mascara -Even if I don't read the magazine, at that price you can't complain! 

When I picked this up, I was struggling with an eye infection so I had to have a good amount of will power to not give it a go. Once It had cleared up, I couldn't wait to give it a test drive! 

The name 'Roller Lash' comes from the fact that the brush is designed like an old velcro roller - It grips your lashes and curls at the same time. This is massively different to They're Real and work really well, but I am pretty sure I've seen a brush like this somewhere else...

Benefit Roller Last Mascara Review

ANYWAY, the brush really works. It hooks and holds onto lashes, lifting them whilst setting the curl in the formula. It took some getting used to the unusual shape, and with the formula being so new I did get some transfer onto my eyelids, but I do think this is one of them mascaras that will get better with time

Overall it gives a much more subtle look. Lash length is phenomenal, curl is amazing however you don't get the same volume as They're real - which I like. It's long lasting and not as much of a bitch to get off as they're real either. I can definitely see myself picking up the full size when they go on sale! 

Have you tried this mascara out?

What did you think?

Monday, February 9, 2015

REVIEW : Scruples Recovery Treatment Masque

Scruples Complete Recovery Treatment Masque
Anyone else take part in a weekend pamper session? I definitely did, and was delighted to have a new product to try out! I love hair masks - a once weekly boost for my damaged dry hair is just what I need, so to have a new addition to the family is great. 

I was contacted by Scruples to give this a whirl and let you guys know how I got on with it! 
Scruples was a brand I knew little about until I was contacted to review this product. It promises to provide deep nourishment, soften and strengthen hair in just 3 minutes. If you're after a more intense hit of hydration, leave it on for 10 minutes, like I did. 

The first thing I noticed about the hair mask was the way it opened. The person who came up with this simple, genius idea needs a big fat bonus Scruples - just putting it out there! It is sooo simple its untrue, but I find hair masks in a tub  sooo unbelievably annoying when you're in the bath and you have to unscrew the lid. This flip top takes all the annoying, slippery struggle out of applying a hair mask. A total winner for me.

Scruples Complete Recovery Treatment Masque

Secondly, it smells absolutely amazing! Like WOW! And the smell stuck around in my hair for a while too! 

But did it work? It did a decent job of hydrating - my hair didn't feel as brittle and dry, and It definitely feels much stronger. I have less visible split ends and little or no breakage during brushing. I just wished I'd have more of a shine injection with this too. I think I'll be using this a couple of times a week as a replacement for my conditioner, cause it just smells soo good I want it on my hair all the time.

*Disclaimer: the product(s) reviewed in this post were provided to Miniemble free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. I will always give my readers the most truthful and honest opinions of products on this blog.

Monday, February 2, 2015

All about that Base, 'bout that Base

Perfect Base Products for Combination Skin
I've been struggling with an eye infection the last week or so and it only really became apparent to me how good my base was. I've steered clear from eye makeup for a good few days until everything cleared up, and despite looking like I had no eyelashes, I didn't look all that bad. I really do take my base for granted, put too much emphasis on my eyes and brows to notice that a good base sets off everything else about your makeup.

I think I've struck up a really good combo at the minute. What do I look for in a base? Something that will withstand the blast of the heater in work, even out my skin tone and cover any dark circles or imperfections. I don't expect my base to work wonders - that's what skincare products are for. But this mix is working really, really well for me. 

For primer, I can't stop reaching for my Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur in cool rose. I'm not too sure that the colour makes a difference, but the formula works perfect for my combination skin. On oily patches it mattifies and on dry patches it hydrates. It's almost tacky texture is a prefect base for foundation - it makes application of foundation an absolute dream. I think this is on sale for around the £7 mark, so definitely worth a try if you haven't already!

I had heard soooo many good things about this foundation that I just had to give it a go! The L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation is dubbed a dupe for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation - that I can't comment on as I haven't tired both, however, as they are both from the same family of companies, I wouldn't surprise me if the ingredients used in each are extremely similar. This is  the prefect medium coverage foundation for combo skin -  it hydrates where it needs too and stays put in my oily T-zone, whilst creating a nice, dewy look to the skin. The colour range is pretty good too, although smaller stores don't always have the best shade range, which I find quite annoying! 

For concealer, I've been loving The Eraser from Maybelline - so much so that it looks like I'll be needing a new bottle of this soon. Once you get over the gross application (which has been a nightmare while I've had an eye infection) it is a pretty amazing formula. It blends in really seamlessly and doesn't settle into any fine lines I have in my under eye area. The pink-ish tinge is perfect for disguising the pretty hefty bags I have going on under my eyes most days.

What's your go to base?
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