Thursday, 27 April 2017

Benefit Cosmetics Pore Minimizing Make-Up

If you ask a beauty fan what product they use to minimises the appearance of pores, it is likely that they'll mention Benefit's the POREfessional. The ever growing range of the POREfessional products is a best-seller for Benefit, so it makes sense for them to extend this.

Benefit Cosmetics Pore Minimizing Make-Up

Benefit Cosmetics Pore Minimizing Make-Up

Benefit have recently launched another pore minimizing make-up and guess what it's called? the POREfessional Pore Minimizing Make-Up. It does exactly what it says on the tin packaging. No messin' about.

Before I go ahead and talk about the brand new Pore Minimizing Make-Up, let's do a quick recap on the existing the POREfessional products, shall we?
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

30 Days With Perricone MD Skincare

There's a lot of science and years of research that goes into developing each of the unique product in the Perricone MD range. And along with the price tag attached, it's safe to say that Perricone MD are for people who are really serious about skincare. Like, seriously serious.

I've enjoyed every products I've tried from this brand (with the exception of one) and they're always quite interesting to learn about. Due to proven results, it has been one of the best skincare I have ever used, my favourite being Chloro Plasma, a gel-to-clay face mask with mini capsule pearls filled with of chlorophyll. It makes your skin look and feel AMAZING. You can't put a value on the confidence that good skin gives you. 

But I'm not here to talk about Chloro Plasma today (you can find the review here, though).

perricone md skincare

I have introduced three Perricone MD skincare which I have been using every day for the past month; a cleanser, a 'Cold Plasma', and a face cream. 

I was gifted these products as part of a trial and I actually don't usually accept products on the terms that it's in exchange for guaranteed blog coverage but I am genuinely a fan of this brand - anyone who has tried Perricone MD before can vouch for how truly effective their range of skincare is. I know I'm really lucky to be in this position to try such amazing skincare.

As always, gifted or not, this absolutely does not effect my opinions - I write for my readers, not for the brand and I stay true to that. In fact, the other thing that swayed me to take part in this outreach is that the brand has encouraged an honest opinion. Can't say fairer than that.

perricone md skincare Nutritive cleanser

Nutritive Cleanser*, £36.00


What they say:
Scientifically formulated to help treat deep lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of elasticity and sun damage.

What I say:
This is an anti-ageing gel cleanser which lathers up in to a light foam. The foaming is not surprising since it lists SLS as quite high up in the INCI, so I wondered if it would dry my skin out. I personally don't like that SLS is the 3rd ingredient listed, but I know it's not uncommon for gel cleansers. SLS it's known as a drying ingredient that can irritate skin, so I have to be careful with gel cleansers. I'm normally very anxious about trying them because there's a big chance that it would cause dry patches on my face which would lasts for up to a fortnight. I've been opting gel cleansers since the new year, so I felt like I could jump in and use this with a favourable result, especially as the Nutritive Cleanser is made for normal to dry skin.

The Nutritive Cleanser does what it promises; cleanses skin, removes make-up, washes away impurities. It features Alpha Lipoic Acid which lifts impurities without stripping the natural oils of the skin. With it being anti-ageing, it's a massive bonus too. It takes care of reducing fine lines and large pores.

The formula leaves skin smoother and visibly more radiant. But... there's a but... results wise, the cleanser is fine. It's more than fine, it's great. But I'm really unsure of the scent. It smells like a really strong baby powder. Like, really strong and really powdery. It's not bad and it's not enough to put me off as it's not unpleasant, it's just very overpowering which makes it difficult to use in the mornings when my senses haven't quite woken up properly! In the INCI, it just states 'fragrance/parfum' which is a pet hate of mine, so there's no definitive answer to what the scent is (for now).

perricone md skincare cold plasma

Cold Plasma*, £129.00


What they say:
One of their best-sellers, Cold Plasma is a daily nutrition for healthy, glowing skin. It addresses the 10 visible signs of ageing which are: wrinkles, enlarged pores, dryness, loss of smoothness, discolouration, impurities, loss of radiance, uneven skin tones, redness, and loss of firmness.

What I say: 
Cold Plasma. It sounds so sci-fi, doesn't it? Cold Plasma is a best-selling product and now I know why. It's expensive, but like I said, it's for people who are really in to skincare on another level. Granted, this is usually someone of an older demographic as this targets signs of ageing. I tick about half of the visible ageing signs as listed above - mainly enlarged pores, impurities, redness, and loss of radiance. At 32, I'd say that I'm in the right age bracket to start using Cold Plasma.

As this is a treatment product that you'd use before moisturiser, I'd class Cold Plasma as a creamy gel-like serum. It's one of those WOW products that you get rather attached to and I love using this because I know it works. If my skin feels haggard and dull after a long day, Cold Plasma is designed to target those concerns. It's almost like it gives you a shot of nutrition to your skin.

One of the things that is starting to bug me are the enlarged pores on my face. As soon as I hit my 30's, BOOM, HELLO PORES. WTF. That's probably down to years of not using a toner. Probably.

I've noticed that this is the biggest difference and although it's not the worst thing in the world, it's kind of getting me down. I don't know how to prevent them, I guess that's just one of those things you get with age (ugh). Thank goodness for primers and foundation!

Using Cold Plasma for this past month hasn't shrunken my pores but I think my expectations are too high. I'm expecting for enlarged pores to disappear completely and for my skin to revert back to how it was when I was in my late teens and early 20s but the reality is that that's not going to happen! All I can do is trust that products like Cold Plasma are tightening, firming, and smoothing in all the right places.

perricone md skincare nourishing moisturizer


Nourishing Moisturiser*, £62.00


What they say:
Hypoallergenic and scientifically formulated to deliver anti-ageing solutions for sensitive skin. Features olive polyphenols to deeply moisturise and hydrate.

What I say:
This moisturiser hits all the right notes; hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic (doesn't block pores), paraben-free, fragrance-free, and contains no mineral oils. The rich but gentle cream keeps the skin looking plump, hydrated, youthful, and healthy. 

The formula includes olive polyphenols (an antioxidants from the olive fruit and olive leaf), neuropeptides which restores elasticity to firm sagging skin, and a powerful form of vitamin E to protect from environmental factors. 

The Nourishing Moisturiser preps your skin for the day and a thin layer of it is suffice. Any more than a thin layer and my skin becomes too oily by the end of the working day. That shine isn't a good look for anyone! But it goes to show how hydrating this face cream is.

This is the second face moisturiser I have tried from Perricone MD, the first being Photo Plasma, and Nourishing Moisturiser is definitely better suited to my normal-to-sensitive skin type. If it had SPF in it, it would be the most perfect face cream.

perricone md skincare

Out of all the Perricone MD products I've tested in the time that I've been blogging, the two the I recommend are Chloro Plasma and Cold Plasma for it's effectiveness.

Have you tried Perricone MD before?

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Current Beauty Favourites


I am terrible at remembering to round up my currently favourites on a monthly basis but I feel like such a sense of achievement when I can finally tick it off my to-do list! It's something that I put off, not because I don't want to write it up, but because it gets shifted down the list of my priorities. I think to myself 'well, I've always get next month'...

Time to tackle the Monthly Favourites selection, though! Let's go...
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Monday, 24 April 2017

PÜR Vanity Palettes


PÜR is a cruelty-free, vegan-friendly beauty brand describes themselves as an innovative. They are committed to an eco-friendly and waste-minimising ethos, and have produced some products that are even gluten free! PÜR believes in celebrating women of all ages and all skin tones.

Any brand that introduces themselves with such a strong statement is most definitely worth our attention. 
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Too Faced Sweet Peach: Worth The Hype?

Those of you who read beauty blogs on a regular basis will have definitely spotted Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection causing a fuzz on social media at the beginning of the year. 

I am very late to the peach party but I managed to get my hands on the product I wanted to try most from one of this year's most talked about beauty collection so far.


Too Faced Sweet Peach: Is It Worth The Hype?


As you may have noticed by the strong presence of Too Faced gracing the pages of my blog at the moment, I have fallen for the Sweet Peach Collection. 

The eyeshadow palette was first launched last year and it made a happy comeback, along with a few other peachy treats! 

Being Chinese, I think the packaging immediately appeals to me. There is a MASSIVE market for cute and kitchy things in the Far East, one look at Korean beauty products and you will totally get where I'm coming from; the cuter, the better. There's a huge customer base for brands who market themselves in the way that Too Faced does.
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

An Introduction To Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare is a brand that I’ve been very excited to tell you about. I’ve built a small (but precious!) collection of products since the back end of last year that have definitely made my skin look healthier. 

It’s another fantastic skincare brand that I discovered as of late and they really deserve all the love and hype they’re receiving at the moment. It’s no wonder that Tropic Skincare is the fastest growing beauty brand in the UK. 

An Introduction To Tropic Skincare

An Introduction To Tropic Skincare


There is a bit of a cult following, I’ve noticed that people who already use Tropic Skincare are true advocates for the brand and it’s down to how effective the products are. It’s an exciting vegan-friendly beauty brand that develops their formula using naturally derived ingredients is founded by Susan Ma, a candidate from The Apprentice in 2010-11 and I remember rooting for Susan that year purely for the fact that she is Chinese! 
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Love Me Beauty | Ecotools Brand Focus


Love Me Beauty April 2017

This has been my favourite Love Me Beauty* edition for quite some time and reminds me of what Love Me Beauty used to be like. 

This month, the main brand they're putting in the limelight is 100% vegan friendly Ecotools. It looks like that Ecotools have gone through a bit of a re-brand and I can see that they've caught on to the beauty blender trend which is great!
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hello Rose Make Up Set | Pixi By Petra

Hello Rose Make Up Set | Pixi By Petra

This 3-piece beauty kit sets you up for a simple, fresh look this Spring. I can't exactly get away with just using these three products (oh, I wish I could!) but it does remind me that I can keep things basic and that these three gorgeous Pixi By Petra can help!
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Birchbox x Boden

Birchbox x Boden april edition

Birchbox collaborates with Boden in April


For April 2017, Birchbox* has collaborated with British clothing brand Boden. The theme of this month's edition is 'Be Bold and Beautiful' - encouraging everyone to be bold and beautiful on our own terms. 
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Beginning Of Spring


The beginning of Spring has been good to me.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter this year! The week running up to Easter was rather busy so the 4 day weekend couldn’t come any quicker. I think we all needed it! 

Usually, Bank Holidays never have any effect on me, I work through it and I’m sure anyone who is self-employed will relate to this, but I took 2 out of the 4 days off over Easter - to do nothing but watch TV, eat, and sleep. I am a workaholic so doing nothing for two days made me feel antsy and guilty, but sometimes we need to step back and let the ideas come at ya. Which is exactly what happened.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

A Liquid Lipstick That's As Good As Kylie Lip Kits

Lord & Berry’s Timeless Kissproof Lipstick are the most underrated liquid lipsticks ever. 

Liquid lipsticks have really taken off in the past couple of years and the trend is only set to get bigger! Back when I first tried Lord & Berry’s Timeless Kissproof Lipstick over a year ago, I could claim that the were the best liquid lipsticks I had ever tried, and I actually still stand by that. (With Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks coming a very close second!) 

Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick

A Liquid Lipstick That's As Good As Kylie Lip Kits

They’re long-wearing, non-drying, and budge-proof. Plus, you won’t ever be met with the annoying ‘sold out’ label because there isn’t that hype over these like there are with the Kylie Lip Kits, you’ll always be able to buy them without clambering over each other.
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Soaper Duper - An Honest Beauty Brand

Soaper Duper might seem like the most normal looking body care, but what if I told you that this is the new beauty range from the creator of Soap & Glory? Have I got your attention now? Let me tell you more!

Soaper Duper

Soaper Duper - An Honest Beauty Brand

I should point out that Soap & Glory was bought by Boots in 2014 and that Soaper Duper is not a sister brand of Soap & Glory nor is it connected in any way other than they were both started by Marcia Kilgore.

Marcia Kilgore founded Soap & Glory in 2006, built it into a super brand before it was acquired by Boots. She is a strong business woman who has many other beauty related businesses to her name. And one of her new ventures is the fabulous Soaper Duper!

Upon first impression, the design of Soaper Duper* packaging is usually not my thing and if I saw it on the shelves of Tesco, I wouldn’t look twice at it. But knowing that it’s Marcia Kilgore’s latest venture, my ears have pricked up. Soaper Duper has my full undivided attention!

Knowing how inspirational of a woman Marcia Kilgore is, I am fascinated by all the brands that she has created which includes Fit Flop, Bliss Spa, and most recently, Beauty Pie.
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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Body Fantasties Launch 4 New Fragrances

Body Fantasties body mists launched in the UK last year, and ever since then, I’ve been keeping an eye on their Instagram to see when they’re releasing new fragrances. Their US account has all the scents and I was hoping that Cotton Candy would be one of them.

body fantasies body mists

Body Fantasties Launch 4 New Fragrances

My dreams have come true because Body Fantasies have launched Cotton Candy n the UK, along with 3 others - Kissing In The Rain, Vanilla, and Pink Sweet Pea Fantasy. This is in addition to their first UK launch. What’s even better is that the new range comes in a larger 236ml bottle!
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Rimmel Brow The Way Shake Filling Powders

Rimmel Brow The Way Shake Filling Powders review

Rimmel Brow The Way Shake Filling Powders Review


I can’t keep up with all the new brow product releases, it is definitely something the beauty brands are focussing all their efforts on right now!

The new offering from Rimmel promises easy application for thick, full brows with their Brow This Way Shake Filling Powder. Available in four shades (Blonde, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, and Soft Black), the small pots contain loose soft powder. To apply, you simply shake to disperse the powder and ensure it sticks to the applicator.
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Perfume

Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Perfume

Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Perfume

Victor&Rolf launched their first perfume, Flowerbomb, in 2005 and this Spring, they have released Flowerbomb Bloom, an updated version of the iconic fragrance. It has blossomed and there is finally a “new chapter” of the Flowerbomb story.
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Monday, 3 April 2017

YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm | Two Formulas, Double The Benefits

YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm review

YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm | Two Formulas, Double The Benefits

The amount I bang on about YSL Beauty Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks on my Instagram, it’s no secret that I adore them. I’ve passed on the obsession to my Mum who has a bigger collection of YSL Beauty lipsticks than me… which makes her really easy to gift on special occasions like birthdays and Mother’s Day! 

YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm review

It was this very recent trip to the YSL Beauty counter, a few days before Mother’s Day, when I spotted the new “double hybrid” Volupte Tint-In-Balm*. It has the same dreamy outer packaging as Volupte Rouge except it’s silver instead of gold. I had wondered what else was different about it.
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Love Me Beauty - The Best Bits

I receive complementary Love Me Beauty* boxes on a monthly basis, but believe me when I say that nothing in blogging is ever free. When it’s busier than usual, beauty boxes are bumped down in my list of things to do and I feel guilty for omitting LMB from my blog - which is exactly what I’ve done recently. Not that any blogger should guarantee coverage in exchange for “free” gifts but I have loved this brand of beauty box in the past, and I want to continue supporting them.

Love Me Beauty - The Best Bits

I have combined my favourite samples that I have received in the past three months in to one single post. As with most beauty sample boxes, there are some products that I love and some that I know I won’t ever use. So consider this a highlight of the last three Love Me Beauty boxes to give you a taster of what their recent editions have been like. 

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