Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Body Shop Seaweed Range

Since starting my new job, I've really been struggling with excess oil, something I've never had trouble with in the past. I'm pretty sure it's got something to do with the air con. Anyway, my skin has been crazy and by dinner time my makeup was barely there, with a pretty disgusting t-zone going on. 

I headed over to The Body Shop to see what help they could give. I love The Body Shop. If you need help, the staff are there to assist, but if you don't, they don't pester either. I had a quick chat with the assistant and she advised that their Seaweed range would be a good starting point to get my oily skin back on track. 

I know that Essie Button is a fan of this range too, so I gave it a go. 

Using the combination of the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream in the mornings and the Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment in the evenings has pretty much got my skin back to a manageable state. 

Coming from a dry skin back ground, this was weird to use at first. The gel like consistency of the day cream was really strange initially, it seemed too thin and water like but once on my face I understood. 

Both sink in almost instantly, giving the perfect amount of water and zero shine. 

With the overnight treatment, I use this on its own and get in bed, and I wake up fresh faced and non greasy. The day cream goes on after a quick cleanse, sinks in a lost instantly and leaves skin with a perfect base for makeup. 

I'm so happy I found something that worked so quickly for me. I've always had problems finding skincare to suit me when having specific skin issues, but this is working amazingly for me.

I'm going to head back to The Body Shop to try out more from the range! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Iconic 3 Palette from Make Up Revolution


Make Up Revolution Iconic 3 Palette

I know, I know. It's taken me a ridiculously long amount of time to try out Make Up Revolution, but I'm finally there. I placed a cheeky little order with some Birthday money, and I wasn't at all disappointed.

I try not to get drawn into the hype any more. I've done it with a few things (mainly higher end stuff) and always been immensely disappointed, which is why it took sooo long to try this out.

I've really fancied the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette for a really long time, and love the Naked 2 that I already have. But to be honest, I don't wear eye shadow enough to justify spending £30+ on a palette, and the swatches I'd seen of this looked amazingly similar, so for £4 Id be crazy not to try it out. 

Shade wise, I can only comment on what other people have said online in comparison to the Urban Decay Naked 3, but they are pretty stunning to say the least.

The quality of the shades is seriously mind blowing - if they can create  a palette like this for just £4 then why aren't other high street brands creating out of this world quality like this?

I gave some of the more daytime shades a test drive and wore these to work one day last week. Whilst the rest of my makeup had faded and slid off my face by 5.30, the shades we're still looking great. Which is a great feat for these, as I rub my face constantly throughout the day. They also lasted quite well throughout my workout too (not that I put makeup on to go to the gym - I'd gone straight from work!)

They are silky, buttery smooth and super easy to apply. A couple of the shades whilst lovely on the lid do have abit of fall out, but nothing that impacts too much on my high overall opinion of the palette.

These swatches we're just one swipe. ONE SWIPE. Seriously impressive colour pay off, longevity and shade range for a £4 palette.

In literal like for like terms, whilst the palette it shorter in width, the shadows are much longer than those in the Naked palette, so I'd safely say they'd last just as long.

I'm going to say my apologies now to my bank balance, because I can feel a pretty hefty MUR order coming up real soon!

Have you tried out much from the Make Up Revolution range? What else should I pick up?


Monday, April 13, 2015

Currently Loving

I've not done a post like this in a long while, so I thought I'd do a round up of everything I'm currently loving at the moment. 

First up is the Tigi Bedhead Glaze Haze smoothing serum. This bad boy works to smooth out hair cuticles, making split ends seem less obvious, but it also rapidly speeds up drying time which is exactly why I've been loving it. Nobody wants to spendags drying their hair after a shower and with this I don't have to. 

We're headed straight for summer, so I've been choosing a more floral scent. I'm in love with Gucci Flora - I'm gutted I've only got the mini version because this will be gone pretty soon! 

Soap and Glory Brow Archery is also a major love at the moment - it makes the whole eyebrow process sooo much easier. You can read my full review of this here. 

I'm also loving this Benefit Rollerlash mini I picked up as a freebie. This is currently my absolute fave mascara. It creates gorgeous length, great separation and the right amount of volume. It also works really well to give those tiny little lashes a coating - giving you a wide eyed look. I didn't love this immediately, but now I've been using it for a while, I'm hooked! 

The  Avon makeup Setting Spray have been working to help my makeup stay in place recently as I've been struggling with excess oil - but it's really been working. 

Initially, I didn't get along with the L'Oreal True Match foundation. I found the shade range quite restricting for paler skins and that it oxidised throughtout the day, but in the years since I've tried it I think the formula must have changed. But now it's definitely a firm favourite. It works to cover up uneven skin tone and blemishes, whilst still looking flawless and natural. 

Last but not least I finally bought some Tweezerman tweezers and I get it. I get what everyone was raving about. They've made the whole eyebrow maintenance routine so much more simple, anything that speeds things up is a winner in my books. 

What have you currently been loving? 
I'm in the market to try new things, let me know in the comments! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Clayspray Treatment Masque - Perfect for Oily Skin



*Clayspray Red Clay Mineral Treatment Masque
I've recently stared a new job and the change of scenery has been playing havoc on my skin! I'm putting this down to the air con in the office creating the oily mess formally known to be my face. I've been trying out a number of things recently to try and combat the oiliness recently (lots of reviews to follow) and this face mask has been a great addition in removing the excess oil on my skin. The clayspray facemasks are differen to any other on the market, in that it contains 65% clay, whereas others like it only contain 15-20% clay. 

And you can definately tell the difference. In just one use, I felt like all the impurities, oil and general ming had been removed from my face, but it didn't feel stripped in the slightest. The formula of the mask makes it work in a way that gives areas of the skin a deep cleanse, whilst hydrating the areas that need the extra moisture. 

My  T-Zone stayed oil free for a good few days after using these and my slightly sensitiv skin had no problems with these masks at all. 

I just put this on like I woud any other mask, leave it on until it completely dries out and wash it off. I couldn't beleive that my skin felt as hydrated yet cleansed as it did. When I've used masks like this in the past, my skins always felt really tight after I've used it but not with this mask. 

If you suffer from oily skin or would like to get a good, deep cleanse of your T-Zone every now and again, you should give this a try! You can pick this up from www.clayspray.co.uk! 

*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.

Cocoa Butter Rapid Moisture Review



Who's excited for summer?  I'm assuming that's a resounding HELL YES from everyone?! 

I'm not normally a summer person, but this year I'm really feeling it. The thing I love about summer is the smells especially suntan lotion and after sun. Ummmmm nostalgia. 

The Cocoa Butter Rapid Moisture lotion takes me straight to the beach on a June afternoon. 

Much like the Vaseline Spray and go, the Palmers Cocoa Butter Rapid Moisture spray works by spraying a fine mist evenly across the body and sinks in super quickly. Although the mist is fine, you still get a great boost of hydration - you're not missing out just because you might be alittle bit Lazy, urm I mean pressed for time, like me! 

It's prices at around a similar price to the Vaseline Spray an Go and works in pretty much the same way, but this one just about takes the top spot for me. I've had a couple of issues with nozzles breaking after only a couple of uses, but this bottle seems to have much better construction to it, so I don't think I'm going to have that issue with this!

And the smell is just that amazing that I could sniff myself all day! :)  

Microcell is coming to the UK!!

    

*Microcell is not a brand I've heard of before, but when I was asked if I wanted to try this out I thought I'd give it a go! 

I've been loving using press on nails for quite a while now, but my nails underneath we're starting to feel neglected. With ridges and peeling, my nails really we're becoming quite unsightly, and something just had to be done. The stand out product for me within this little trio was the *Nail Repair polish. I'll admit, when I was putting this on, I really wasn't impressed. It felt like it was really gloopy, dragging across the nails and it was hard to paint over the top of it, but that aside, the results of this polish were phenomenal. Infused with seaweed and calcium, the nail repair encourages growth whilst repairing any problem areaas - after one use my ridges and peeling had almost completely gone! An excellent treatment! I can't wait until I can get my hands on a full size bottle of this! 

The *Nail Wonder is a pretty decent top coat, although nothing to rave about too much.

The *Natural Mineral Nail File is really handy too, its gentle on the nail and the little case it comes in is perfect for my handbag! 

You can check out the range at www.micro-cell.uk.com - Prices start at just £4.99 !! 

*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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nip & Skincare


My skin has ben freaking out recenty. I've had a considerable amount of stress in my personal life, I've not been eating right and I'm pretty sure that the air conditioner at my new office is just making things 10 times worse. 

I'd picked these up a fair few weeks ago in the hope that they could help clear up the crazy amount of breakouts I was having. Here's how I got on.

Nip & Fab Dragons Blood Fix Cleansing Pads - £9.9 
These pads have a mixture of salicylic acid,  hylauronic acid and witch hazel within them, which aid in the deep cleansing of pores. They aim to reduce imperfections, increase hydration and refine the skins texture, all of which I suppose they did. The thing with these pads for me is the word 'cleanser'. After using a cleanser, I want my skin to feel completely refereshed and ready for the next step in my routine, but after using these I feel abit grubby. I tend to us these in the evenings, after I've removed all of my makeup and done a pretty good cleanse already. I just feel like these are more of a treatment for me, and that they leave too much behind on my skin. But other that that, they did work. My skin does appear plumper, and redness reduced, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing.

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads - £12.95 
The reason I ended up picking this duo up is because I was heading into Boots to pick these up and there was an offer on. I'd heard sooo many great things about these, that I just had to give them a go. The glycolic acid in the pads reexturises the skin, whilst the hyaluronic acid moisturises and refreshes. These pads feel so much more refreshing on the skin that the Dragons Blood ones, which makes less sense as these are more of a treatment pad than a cleanser. They've definately helped me to combat my spots and imperfections, althought I do wish they could do more to help with the skin discolouration after an angry spot, as these don't seem to help that much.

As much as I love trying out new things, and that these did work for me in some ways, I wasn't completely blown away. I'm still pining after my LaRoche Posay Effaclar Duo. Nothing has worked better as a chemical exfoliant than that has.

Overll, not bad, but I hope for better. 

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