Mi Salon Series Hair Product Review

 

I TRY to look after my hair relatively well. I rarely use heat tools and I’m in the process of growing out all my dyed hair so that all I have left is my natural ‘virgin’ hair. I have done really well so far and I would estimate that I only have around 4″ or so on the ends that are ‘old’ dyed hair. Which means that the vast majority of my hair is all ‘fresh’.

I have noticed a visible difference in my hair quality and strength since I have decided not to overload it with dyes and/or scorch it with heat tools regularly. To keep ontop of my quest for healthier hair I do use coconut oil on it from time to time. I simply take raw pressed coconut oil and coat all my hair, wrap it in some cling film, then put a towel over the top of that and then leave it to do its thing. Its recommended to leave it on for atleast 1 hour for it to do some good to your hair but I tend to put it on in the evening and then sleep with it in and wash it out in a morning shower. If you haven’t tried coconut oil then you’re missing out. I wont go on about it here as this post is about Mi Salon Series but I did want to mention that I was keen to try their products since it claims to be more beneficial to the hair.

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Mi Salon Series Products I received

Who Are Mi Salon Series?

Mi Salon Series are a business who specialise in designing and providing products for the hair with a focus on what’s beneficial to both the hair and the user, in terms of products type, how its used and the end results.

What did Mi Salon Series Send me?

I was very lucky and received several items from Mi Salon Series. I received 3 packs of their MiTis and one of their barrel brushes.

I received 3 packs of the MiTi hair ties. These are priced at £3.75p and come in a range of colour options. The colours I received are ‘Sweet Lavender’ (I believe, though it could be neon pink but it doesn’t seem to ‘Neon’ hence why I assume its lavender). The colours aren’t listed on the packaging so I am trying to match mine to the list on the website. I also received clear aswell as ocean teal which is a limited edition colour, at the bottom of the list of colours on the website it does state that limited edition colours are available.

The MitTi claims to

  • Give perfect hold
  • Be gentle on the hair
  • Be ideal for during sleep
  • Be suitable for all hair types
  • Not leave any indent in the hair
  • Reduce head stress

Now, let me go through these points individually to confirm or disagree with them. I have had approx. 3 weeks or so of using the MiTi so I feel I have good enough experience with them to be able to agree or disagree with the companies claims.

Before I start with my experience with them I would like to point out that my hair is medium thickness, about mid way down my back in length.

  • Give perfect hold- The first few uses of the MiTi do give quite good hold. I wrapped it around my hair (in a standard pony tail) 2 times, and it felt strudy. After using the MiTi less than a handful of times I noticed that it didn’t maintain its ability to keep good hold, as the tie had stretched with use. As a result I was having to do an additional tie around my hair, making it 3 times around, which would then give me sturdy hold.
  • Be gentle on the hair- Yes. I agree with this statement. When I use normal elasticated hair I find that my hair can often get wrapped up and/or pulled out. And over time I end up with a bit of hair build up around my hair tie. With the MiTi this was significantly reduced with only a handful or hairs, sometimes none at all, on the tie after removed from my hair. I showed my hairdresser friend the MiTi and she said that she was surprised at how little hair was wrapped around it (after seeing my previous hair ties and what they were like).
  • Ideal during sleep- Yes. Another point I agree with, to an extent. Whilst the MiTi has good elasticity its great for sleeping. But once it looses its strength then it almost becomes pointless to use while sleeping as it just gets very very loose, If not comes out altogether.
  • Suitable for all hair types- I can only speak for myself and my own hair type as to how good it is for all kinds of hair. I would class my hair very much on the normal scale. Nothing fancy about it, no curls, no extreme thickness/thinness etc. Although I will say I did notice Abby Branning on EastEnders wearing one too and she appears to have very thick hair and it held her hair in fine, it seemed.
  • Leaves no indent in the hair- This one I have to severely disagree with. I was super excited about this claim too. As I didn’t see how it was possible for it to not leave an indent in the hair. Sadly It didn’t live up to the claim, for me atleast. Refering back to when I showed my hairdresser friend the MiTi I said to her that its supposed to not leave any indents I your hair. I took out the MiTi and she immediately said ‘well that’s not true because it has’, which I knew anyways from having had indents in my hair every time I had used the MiTi.
  • Reduced head stress- Yes, again to a degree. Whilst the MiTi has its elasticity it does offer significant less stress on the head. But as it got more loose I had to wrap it around the hair additional times to make it more secure. This resulted I it becoming just as tight and pulling on the hair/head just as much as other hair ties.

 

My thoughts on the MiTi hair tie.

Initially, I was very impressed but then as I used them more and more I began to get less impressed with them. Primarily because, for me, you only get a VERY limited amount of use out of them and not all they claim is factual (in my case). I found that after only 3 days use of a new MiTi that the elasticity was gone so much that I had to use a new one. After a few days I checked back on the loose MiTi to see if it shrunk back into shape and regained its elasticity that it had in the beginning. While it did shrink back some, it didn’t go back to how it was and would be good for only another 2 or so uses.

I feel that the MiTi offers some benefits for both user and hair but that overall I’m not sure that the lack of longevity of the ties make them worthwhile.

The other item that Mi Salon Series sent me was a 33mm ceramic barrel brush. I don’t use my hairdryer very often on my hair and one thing I am…was…missing from my tools was a barrel brush.

Mi Salons website description of their brushes.

The Mi Salon Series Barrel Brushes come in a variety of sizes to suit the need of any professional stylist.

The 4Twist technology means the bristles will not unravel when used whilst styling with heat.

The Ceramic coating enables frictionless styling whilst helping maintain healthy manageable hair.

The Ceramic coating also enables heat syling to last by retaining heat for longer.

Rounded bristle edges help the brush hold onto hair without damage whilst being soft and kind to the scalp.”

Using the barrel brush I focused it primarily at the root to give some lift and volume. Having longer hair I often find can weigh it down and results in a rather ‘flat’ look at the root.

The brush is light, very light and comes with a little amber coloured  jewel in the handle which I found to be a nice finishing touch to the brush. Each brush also has the size and brush type on too, another aspect I found helpful and would imagine much more helpful to those who have lots of brushes or use different brushes regularly (at a salon perhaps).

Despite having a barking bulldog at my side whilst trying to dry/style my hair I did manage to get a relatively decent end result. My hair felt smoother and most notable was that it was definitely more lifted at the root (which was my main aim). I didn’t do any fancy styling, just a general blow dry. I feel that if I was to have purchased a brush for myself then I would have opted for a bigger barrel size.

Prices for the brushes start at £13.95. P&P varies depending on your location. But for a rough guide, I check out how much it would be to get one set of MiTis posted to my location and the cheapest option/price was £5.50P. Now if I was a customer then I wouldn’t pay this amount, when the price of the product is less than p&p. However, I’m sure it would be worthwhile if you were ordering several items at once.

Final Thoughts

My final thoughts on Mi Salon Series and based off my experience with their products is that I don’t think I would recommend them to an individual. A business, maybe. As I feel their brushes are significantly better than their MiTis.

I am sad that Mi Salon Series fell a little flat on their hair ties as I think its a product that would be highly welcomed on the market. A hair tie that doesn’t pull out your hair, hurt your head or leave indents…it sounds like a dream. And sadly not all claims were factual (for me).

My experience with Mi Salon Series products may be amongst the few that haven’t had the best experience of the items. But that’s not to say that other people wouldn’t have great success with them (the MiTis).

Try Mi Salon Series for yourself

If you want to give Mi Salon series products a go for yourself then you can find them here. You can also find them on Instagram @MiSalonSeries

 

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Bella Vida Lipstick Review

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Autumn is here!!!! And with it comes the change of fashion and beauty…as with every season. From the bright and fresh trends of the Summer to the dark, warm and rich trends of Autumn. I know I, for one, am excited.

For many many many years lip colour of all kinds has always been a product that women consider an essential. It can often be the product that brings an entire look together. Making the difference between a good look and a great look. Take the classic pin up look, lets say Marilyn Monroe for example, without the bright red lip (which was actually many different shades of red and a variety of products used to create) it just wouldnt have been as finished….and certainly not as glamorous. Her iconic winged eye and bold red lip has lasted a time and will undoubtedly last for some time yet, if not eternity.

No matter your skin tone or personal preference there is always a lip product that is for you. You don’t have to smother your lip in a bold and daring colour….sometimes just a tint is more than enough. Its all about experimenting! And I’m excited to introduce to you a small handmade cosmetics company for you to try.

Who is Bella Vida Lipstick?

Bella Vida Lipstick is a company I came across on Instagram. As I believe is evident already I am a HUGE fan of small independent businesses . I personally feel that they provide a more personal and friendly service AND they ship internationally. Not to mention that any custom they get is HIGHLY appreciated, and with Bella Vida Lipstick there is no exception.

Specialising in handmade lip products Bella Vida should be a business and product that you take a look at.

In Bella Vidas own words, here is a statement from their website.

BellaVida Lipstick Company produces handmade vegan/cruelty free lip cosmetics that contain high quality, carefully selected ingredients. These lip products do not contain harsh additives/chemicals such as parabens, animal based products or any of the lake dyes (ie Red 30). All products are professionally handmade. 

Where to find Bella Vida Lipstick

You can find Bella Vida Lipstick on Instagram, on their website and also on facebook

As I type this blog there website doesn’t currently house any products for sale, this is due to the website being new and under construction. But please do keep an eye on it for future purchases. You can use the Instagram account to place your order in the meantime.

What I received

I was lucky enough to receive a colour which is highly suitable for Autumn. I’m not sure entirely of the shade as unfortunately it isn’t listed on the product packaging. I’m not sure if this is how all the lipsticks are or if it is/was just the one in which I received. Based off the shade and comparing to their Instagram photos I am going to assume that the shade is called ‘FORBIDDEN’.

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‘BellaVida Lipstick in the shade Forbidden’ priced at $10.00

 

Product Review

The product arrived to me from the USA to the UK in under 2 weeks. This is around average shipping time for the distance.

It arrived in a jiffy bag and so had relatively good protection for the shipping journey.

When I opened the parcel i initially noticed the colour, as it is visible from the base via a clear section on the lipstick casing. This is something i like and prefer when dealing with lipsticks as you can see the exact shade the product is as opposed to there just being a name or a sticker printed in the ‘shade’ which the product is….which in most cases isn’t accurate. Bella Vidas choice to have a clear section to display the lipstick shade is a wise and welcomed decision in my opinion.

As mentioned earlier, sadly there isn’t any mention of the product shade/name. Whilst i can see the shade i would also like to know the name and have that on the packaging somewhere too.

Bella vida has a label with their logo stuck on the side of the lipstick. Using stickers in such a way is more than fine with me (i do it myself in my own business) however i did find that i had to really look to work out the logo and what it said due to the size and design of the logo. This isn’t a major issue for me, but like with the shade name being ommitted mentioned above i feel that it detracts away from the product as a whole.

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‘Forbidden’ lipstick by Bella Vida Lipstick

Now, onto the lipstick itself.

Sadly when i opened mine the bullet fell out also, i guess it broke during transit. I’m not mentioning this to be negative as for me I’m not bothered that it happened and Bella Vida were more than happy to advise me on how to fix it (which i have tried but failed to do…im not confident i wont break it more trying to fix it). I had to mention it however as there is a photo later on which you can clearly see theres a breakage.

The shade ‘fobidden’ i LOVE. I don’t have a shade like it and i think its perfect for Autumn. I will say that i have very fair skin and so when i use this to its full opacity it can lean towards a more gothic type look. Which isn’t a problem for me but its something to bear in mind if your pale like me.

It can however be worn less intense by smudging the colour into your lips to mute it a bit. As you can see from the swatches below it makes a difference wearing it ‘full on’ or by sheering it out, which is a great aspect to this lipstick as it gives you multiple options on how intense you want the shade to be.

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On the left is full opacity and on the right is smudged in.

The shade itself i would describe as a deep burgundy brown with an almost rich wine appearance.

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The bullet tip is a straight edge (though mine has rounded out considerably due to me trying to fix it). And you can get a good crisp line if using this lipstick alone without a lipliner. In the photos you will see of me wearing it i didn’t use a lip liner or a lip brush. In actual fact i just used the bullet as is…and it was wobbly due to being broken in the packaging and i still managed to get a decent line! I can only imagine how much better it works when using a non broken one.

You get approx. 1 inch of lipstick in the tube. So you get a good amount.

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There is little fragrance to this lipstick, just a general cosmetic smell. Nothing bad or offensive and for me undetectable when wearing or using.

The longevity of this lipstick is medium. I tend to bite my lips (tut tut) and i have really dry lips also, and i got a good amount of wearing out of this before needing to reapply. you cant eat and drink and the lipstick still be perfect, it will need touching up. Its not kiss proof or smudge proof either. So its definitely a product that you have to be mindful of when wearing, especially with it being such a noticeable colour.

The finish of this lipstick i would class as a satin. Its moisturising to wear and doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on the lips.

This colour will make a great colour to do an ombre lip with and I’m excited to use this throughout Autumn and Winter.

 

 

Wearing ‘Forbidden’

For me personally since i am so pale i cant get away with wearing a heavy eye and dark lip unless i want to venture into the goth style….which I’m a little old for now, hehe. But that’s not to say you wont see that look on my Instagram one time. But for the majority of the time i wear a dark lip i keep the eyes relatively simple. Today i opted for a simple and subtle winged eyeliner, with accent dots (i don’t like to wear full water line eyeliner much) with ‘forbidden’ as the lip colour and i think it works gloriously.

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

My final thoughts on the Bella Vida Lipstick shade ‘forbidden’ is that i love it. I love the colour, i like the product, i like how it feels on the lip and i adore that its a small business that’s created it and that its animal/cruelty free!

I feel that Bella Vida are still figuring things out (finishing touches wise). They have the product itself down. But there are other aspects which could be improved, but its nothing major and certainly wouldn’t deter me from recommending them to anyone else. Bella Vida is a new and upcoming business and like any and all businesses, there is a learning curve. Which I’m sure Bella Vida are well underway with figuring things out and perfecting things along the way.

As always, i wish bella vida the best of success and thank them for allowing me to review their product.

 

xxxxx

Chaaboo Handmade Tea Soap REVIEW

A true sign of an England dweller is their love of tea. We use the word ‘tea’ for a variety of things…such as; Cup of tea, Iced tea, tea cake, tea time…we have a biscuit called ‘rich tea’….im sure you get the idea. US BRITS LOVE TEA!

Now, as Chaaboo rightly point out on their website ‘tea is not just for drinking’ .One thing which tea is possibly less known for but chances are youll have atleast heard of before is that tea has health properties. Tea can be used in beauty products in a variety of ways to offer different things. For example, it may be used for natural colouring, it may be used as an exfoliant etc. I am no soap maker, but I can only assume that the process of using tea in soap isn’t as simple as cutting open a tea bag and pouring it into a soap mixture. Much rather that it involves a process of grinding up the raw tea leaves and then drying it out .

When I came across a lovely handmade soap business called Chaaboo and seen that they specialise in tea infused soap I was immediately heart eyed and intrigued as I have honestly never used a tea soap before.

Who is Chaaboo?

I found Chaaboo on Instagram but you can also check out their website and facebook page.

Founded in 2012 and based in Herefordshire, England Siri uses the traditional cold process method of soap making and combines all natural ingredients to produce a product that will moisturise and nourish the skin. And to further add stars to this business all their products are palm oil free, suitable for vegetarians and vegans and not tested on animals! YIPPEE!!!

The Product

This review is for the best selling soap that Chaaboo make. The ‘Lemon & Lemongrass Tea Soap’

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Lemon & Lemongrass Tea Soap £4.50

 

This soap contains: Olive oil, Coconut oil, Rice bran oil, Shea butter, Tea water & tea leaves, Fragrance oil 

Size/Weight: 85g

Fragrance Description: This beautiful fruity tea soap is an absolute classic, and currently our bestselling soap. Lemon & Lemongrass Tea Soap offers a combination of a crisp. sparkling, herbaceous lemon fragrance with a clear, bright citrus scent.

 

The Review

 

As far as my personal review goes I can only comment on the soap that I have used and the service that I have received from Siri. But I will expand more on Chaaboo as a whole in my ‘conclusion’ below.

Ill start off by talking about the fragrance as quite honestly more often than not when we purchase products that are fragrance based ie- perfume, body lotion, soaps and even things such as washing up liquid or fabric softener the fragrance has the majority deciding factor on if we buy it or not. And for the soap that I tried ‘lemon & lemongrass tea soap’ the scent is very much (for me) a winner. There is nothing hidden about it, theres nothing ‘just not right’ about it, it is very much what you want and would expect from a natural ingredient lemon & lemongrass soap. The citrus aspect of it isn’t overpowering one bit, some lemon (or other citrus fragrances) can be too much and border on the ‘floor cleaner’ scent type. But Chaaboo have got it just right. Its a lemon that’s very much present but almost smooth to inhale. It leaves you skin smelling clean and fresh for sure!

The packaging of Chaaboo soap is simplistic. Colourful tissue wrapped and adorned with the company logo and clear to read ingredients on the reverse. What I am about to say I say in a positive aspect. You can tell that the focus is on the product and not the packaging. Let me expand to explain. Sometimes you can purchase something and when it arrives it has oodles of fancy packaging and you can be left a bit let down by the actual product, and in a sense feel like you’ve paid more for the packaging than the product itself. With Chaboo you can see and feel that their priority is the product, which is reassuring as a consumer.

The appearance of the soap is natural with the tea elements being visible and an indented Chaaboo logo in the centre.

When I used the soap I noticed 2 things almost instantaneously. 1) that the size and shape of the bar was comfortable to use. Some handmade soaps, especially ones which have been cut into random shapes and have a more rustic type feel can often be too large and awkward to hold and use. And 2) the lather. Which produced within seconds of being used. Which I love given that it doesn’t contain any Sodium Lauryl Sulphate which more larger companies and well known brands use in their soaps as it causes the soap to lather more, thus using up the product more quickly which will inturn mean you have to repurchase sooner, ultimately meaning that you have to spend your money more often with them.

The tea. I thought I would be able to feel the tea on my skin, I expected it to be rough, almost scratchy. But it wasn’t. I didn’t feel a thing! The Lemon & Lemongrass fragrance further enhanced as I was using the soap and the lather was very generous. My skin whilst using the soap felt instantly softer once my skin was dry it remained just as soft! The lemon & lemongrass fragrance lingered on the skin a short time but may have been longer had I not have used perfume over top (my bad).

Conclusion

My final conclusion on Chaaboo soap both as a product and as a business is a very positive one.

Chaaboo specialise in making natural tea infused soaps and gosh do they have a lot!! 16 full size soaps to be exact and a variety of fragrances too. From ‘unscented’ to the more traditional ‘rose’ with a few adventurous ones like ‘chocolate’ or ‘apple and walnut’ thrown in there too. So there is sure to be something for everyone. They also offer hampers, gift sets, minis and more and all have the chaaboo charm and style.

I feel that Chaaboo/Siri offers an excellent quality product which you can use with confidence that your skin is going to gain from beneficially. The use of tea in their soap is an ideal way to incorporate something which some people may not have thought about being suitable but actually provides a use.

When speaking with Siri I got a vibe that she was friendly, approachable and had a genuine care and passion for what she does.

I would highly highly recommend Chaaboo to you and everyone else. If you haven’t tried a tea beauty product then give these a go and see what you think. With Christmas coming up why not include some as stocking fillers (actually, I might do that myself!) or go all out and get a hamper!

I’m excited for Chaaboo’s future and hope with all my heart that they gain great success.

One thing I have a passion for, and I think that’s evident by my reviews, is I adore handmade businesses (having one myself) and I can truly appreciate such businesses and feel that the time for handcrafters to gain power over the mass chain stores is nearing closer and closer and we should all support as best we can as you can be guaranteed that your custom will be more appreciated than could ever be described.

Thank you Chaaboo for allowing me to review your soap. I’m sure ill be back!!! Until then, keep up the fabulous work.

xx

Skin Food- Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder Review

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Finishing powders.

Are they worthwhile or pointless?  Should you be using them?

For many many years I didn’t use a finishing powder. In all honesty I didn’t fully know what the purpose of them was and because most finishing powders are ‘translucent’ I was a bit hesitant to pay out for something that ‘couldn’t be seen’.

I had assumed that a finishing powder was a slightly more fancy foundation and that one of its purposes was to help cover imperfections and blemishes etc. In short, I was wrong. This isn’t what a finishing powder is or what one should be used for as youll be left unhappy with the results.

So, what is a finishing powder?

A finishing powder is the last of the base products you should use on your face. Using a primer will further enhance your make up  but you don’t necessarily HAVE to use a primer if using a finishing powder (I don’t always use one, hardly ever infact). So after your primer, if you use one, your liquid/cream/powder foundation, concealer, contouring,  blush, bronzer, highlighter has all been done THIS is the point where you would apply your finishing powder. What it will do is it will ‘set’ everything in place and add additional longevity to your makeup.

How does finishing powder work?

Finishing powders work by adding a layer which ‘sets’ all your make up in place. A finishing powder will absorb any excess oils which are left over by your foundation or other liquid/cream products which may leave oily residue on the skin. It will also work throughout the day to absord any oils from your face and help prevent your make up ‘sweating off’ and will almost certainly give longevity to your makeup.

Worthwhile or Pointless?

In my opinion a finishing powder is definitely worthwhile, for the right skin type. I personally don’t think that every person NEEDS or should be using a finishing powder. Why? because there is no point using a skin product just because you can…..unless you want to of course, as that’s up to you. But for me, if I didn’t have problematic skin and the use of a finishing powder didn’t offer me great benefits then I probably wouldn’t use one. However, since I do have problematic skin I find that a finishing powder certainly helps me. If you have dry skin I wouldn’t recommend you using a finishing powder as it will end up looking ‘cakey’. If however you have oily skin then I would highly recommend that you try a finishing powder and see if it helps your make up last longer.

Skin Food Peach Sake Silky Finishing Powder

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I purchased Skin Food Peach Sake Silky Finishing Powder from Amazon.co.uk for approx. £15

 

My previous finishing powder that I used (NYC Loose setting powder) has since been removed from the shelves it seems (if anyone knows where I can get some then do let me know!). I also use Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder  which I LOVE and would highly recommend but after watching Emma Pickles (from youtube) monthly favourites video she mentioned about this Skin Food finishing powder and since she was the one who recommended the NYC loose setting powder too I thought I would give it a go also.

I did find it rather hard to come by in the UK other than on 2 websites (this may have increased by the time I write this blog). I opted to purchase mine from Amazon.co.uk, more specifically here . It cost me around £15.00 including p&p (give or take a couple pence/pound) for 15g of product. For me, I wouldn’t class it as a cheap product. Not when the NYC was around £3 and was fantastic. I was hesitant to splurge out on the Skin Food finishing powder but after some umming and ahhing I decided to just go for it.

It didn’t take too long for it to arrive at my door, maybe slightly over standard 3-5 days. It was parcelled in with another item I ordered from amazon so I cant comment on how well it is packaged when its posted solo.

The first thing I noticed was the packaging. I loved how oriental it was. Given Skin Food is Asian created I adored that they had incorporated this into their product design with a ‘wood/bamboo’ type package. The Eastern part of the world excels in skin care products! They are renowned globally for this. Likewise they are also avid believers in natural remedies. Skin Food have combined the two to develop products.

Once I opened the actual container which housed the powder I had to have a sniff to see what it smelled like. Sake? Peach?…..it cant be that nice surely. WRONG! The overall fragrance is that of peach. Its not overwhelming or sickly but it is present and makes using the product a delight to use.

It comes with a powder puff which I use to dot the product on my face but I would suggest using a fan brush as this will make sure the product applies more evenly. The only reason I remain using the powder puff is because I don’t like that the ‘sieve’ part of the container doesn’t have an open or close mechanism to it. So in effect its constantly open and unless the container remains upright at all times (and in my make up bag it wont) then the powder inside will just sieve out though the holes and cause a big mess. Especially because the upper lip also has a slight hole in it too (you can see the hole at the bottom of the lid on the first photo) which means that the powder would fully escape the entire container.

The powder itself is ultra-fine micro silica powder which will keep your skin soft.

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As you can see from the photo above the dot areas are where the powder is. I simply put the powder puff ontop of the holes on the container and tipped it up. This is how I apply the powder daily. But again,  a brush would give better final results I feel.

Did it work for me and would I recommend it to others?

Comparing the Skin Food to that of other finishing powders that I have used I’m not sure I would recommend it over those. While the scent of this one is delightful I’m not convinced that it works better than others that I have tried.

If you don’t have problematic skin but want to try a finishing powder then I would recommend this one as I do believe that it does offer benefits to your skin due to the ingredients. And since you wont have problematic areas to contend with you may enjoy this product more.

If you do have problematic skin (oily, acne prone) then I would advise to try the Vichy dermablend setting powder. If I cant find the NYC loose setting powder again then I will continue on in using the Vichy dermablend setting powder instead of repurchasing the Skin Food peach sake silky finishing powder.

I truly wanted this to work for me, but unfortunately It just want meant to be. Ill continue using it until its ran out but sadly I do find that I reach to use it more for the scent than anything else.

If you use finishing powders then which do you use?

Island Kiss Lip Tint Review

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With Summer right in full swing the opportunity to use and review these lip tints from Island Kiss couldn’t have came at a better time!

I don’t know about you, but for me, when the weather is hot sometimes one of the last things I want is a face full of make-up. But as I’m sure we all know that ‘no make up make up look’ often requires more make up than you would think; and so we need to be making sure that the products that we do use are beneficial to our skin. We don’t want them just sitting there getting baked into the skin in the heat. We want them to not only look and feel good but to provide us with a ‘service’. And in todays blog, I hope to bring you a lip product that does just that and is ideal not only for all year round but for Summer especially.

Who are Island Kiss?

Here is a delightful and informative statement from the website

“Island Kiss is a Lip Care  Brand inspired by Tropical Beaches across the world, fragrant coasts, salty air and lush notes of fruit and flower. Backed by Global Fund Solutions, Island kiss plans on a systematic product growth plan across the year 2016-2017.

Island kiss intends to house a range of 20 products within the lip care category, across colours and flavours. To start this venture with an impactful bang, Island kiss intends to launch It’s first High-End Product- the ‘Tropical Lip Moisturiser,’ or as they’d say in French- Tropique Pomades’ in smashing flavours. At Island Kiss we are a little obsessed with fun, organic freshness—and natural decadence. The collection is crafted in artisan-size batches using essential oils, active plant botanicals, and rich exotic butters. Because it’s non-toxic and safe and edible. 

 Recently, there have been fears about lead and other heavy metals in lipstick.  The numbers sound staggering. Imagine what 7 pounds of lead filled lipstick looks like! This had to stop, and we hope to play a part in our journey as ‘responsible expressers’. Upon accepting the harsh reality-that chemical filled product that call themselves natural), involved in 80% of the beauty products offered to us, we refused to accept this fate upon ourselves. We set about creating a product that is Pure, Raw, Healing, Vegan, Organic, Non-toxic, Edible, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Shea Free.

 We also live in a country stricken by child labour and other illegal practices,so we chose to ensure that we do not test upon animals, we practice Fair trade and Beyond, we  remain recyclable from packaging to raw material and Transparent. This is the first step we could take towards practicing ‘responsible expression’ ourselves. We’ve taken the best that the Tropics have to offer! Fresh, Creamy mix of Kokum, Avocado and Mango Butter make for a Tropical Lip Moisturiser, that Hydrates, Moisturises and Soften one’s lips.  Add to this a grounding drop of deep, heart-opening Tropical Essential Oil from across famous Islands of the world that take the tension of your lips, allowing a radiant and confidant smile.

 We have also come up with two tints that add smashing natural colour to your lips! Oh wait I almost forgot it tastes as good as it looks, I hope we don’t mistake it for ice-scream and there’s nothing artificial about it. A 100% natural & Non-toxic!”

As I’m sure you can agree Island Kiss is a company inspired and driven by making a change. Something which I adore in a business.

Island Kiss’ Website can be found here. I believe it is an Indian based company, however my parcel came from within the UK. The website features currency in RS (indian rupees) but I have used a currency convertor to get the GBP rate (which may differ daily).

Island Kiss can be found on Facebook, Instagram and twitter

The Products

Island Kiss were exceptionally generous with me and sent me all three of their lip tints.

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Each Lip Tint is 14g, Organic, 100% cruelty free and not tested on animals.

 

Cherry Blossom Flores– Creamy like cherry petals and dewy like water droplets on the first blossoms of the orchard, the floral facet of cherry blossoms creates a luxurious, PicsArt_06-07-03.42.36sensuous, composition of soft pink island lips. Its organic SPF nourishment enhances lip soaking in the sun and snow.

Colour- Bunny Pink Tint

My Thoughts– I LOVE the scent of this one. Its not like any other lip product scent I have smelled before. Its a delicate, floral yet clean scent which I would love to capture and transform into a perfume! The feeling of this on the lips is VERY moisturising and not sticky at all, ideal for summer/hot weather. I have dry lips almost constantly but the moment I put this on i feel my lips loving the benefit of the moisturising treatment they’re getting. It applies glossy but as the lip soaks in all the goodness the overall look results in a slight sheen and the feel remains one of your lips being moisturised. The glossy aspect, for me, didn’t last long…presumably because my lips are so dry that they soak in any moisture that touches it very rapidly. However, i prefer a less glossy look/lip anyways (i don’t like that my hair sticks to it and how messy it can be and the longevity of gloss isn’t that long and its something which you have to be mindful off and have to reapply more often…again, something in Summer/hot weather you don’t want to be bothered with). The tint colour itself is named ‘Bunny Pink’…but its more of a coral tint which when you apply goes almost non visible (on my natural lip colour). This one produces almost an exact result to that which Alma Vanilla & Ignes Lavender- Birth Suit Nude gives (see below).

Alma Vanilla & Inges Lavender– The heart warming, luxurious pairing of vanilla and lavender aims to intoxicate your senses, relax your lips and calm your mind, conjuring an atmosphere of island excess and feverish soothing. Its organic SPF nourishment enhances lip soaking in the sun while you are carried far away by the scent of warm vanilla sugar. PicsArt_06-07-03.41.27

Colour- Birth Suit Nude Tint

My Thoughts– I was truly intrigued by the name of this one as i have never came across a Vanilla and Lavender lip product before. My initial thought when i used this lip tint was that it was almost exactly like Cherry Blossom Flores- Bunny Pink Tint (See above); in that the overall tint result was ‘clear’. Again, my lips felt amazing using this product and the moisturising effect was amazing….and welcomed! The glossy appearance faded quickly as my lips soaked in the product, leaving me with soft and well moisturised lips, and dare i say….craving for more still!…yes my lips really are THAT dry! The scent of this one is divine! The Vanilla and Lavender balance is perfect. The sweet, warm and cozy vanilla coupled with the relaxing lavender is truly a wonder to me. Since i get the same final ‘tint’ colour result from this and Cherry Blossom Flores- Bunny Pink Tint i would have to opt for this one over that one; purley for the scent. But make no mistake, both products work equally as well and are both fantastic.

Puerto Berry Blush– Your lips are tart, a bit stained- if you apply it several times- and fresh as if you’ve brushed your cheeks against a shrub. It is zippy, flirty and will satisfy lovers of colour.PicsArt_06-07-03.42.00

Colour- Berry Cheeky Tint

My Thoughts– The tint on this one is gorgeous! And it lasts a good while. After using the other two tints i didn’t expect such a present colour to be in this one, but boy was i wrong! Like the name ‘Berry Cheeky’ suggests it is just that, a beautiful red berry colour with a pink undertone. More on the blue side this one also makes your teeth appear whiter. Again, just like the other two the moisturising aspect of this one is just as good. However, the scent, for me, is my least favourite. Its a rather weak berry scent with an almost medicinal tone to it…but that may just be me. It doesn’t however put me off using it as the results of this one, tint wise, is my favourite. Like the others, it applies glossy..and for me, mattes down as my lips soak in the amazingness, leaving me with a stunning berry pink/red colour. The tint lasted surprisingly well…a good few hours (around 4 or so). For a tint product, not a stain product, i think is exceptionally well.

Swatches and Try on

Here are some photos of each tint swatched on my arm and also on my lips. As you can see ‘Bunny Pink’ and ‘Birth Suit Nude’ there is the smallest of difference in tint. FYI have a couple darker areas on my lips (which you can see) these are scars from when i was younger and had a little accident.

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Additional Information about the products

The packaging. With a running ‘pin up/tropical’ theme i find this just enchanting.  The exterior of the boxes are adorned with information about that particular scent/flavour; inspirations and such.

The ‘shelf life’ of each lip tint is 36 months, so youll have plenty of time to use all the product.

Amazing shipping prices. Shipping is around 60p (i believe, based off the currency convertor) but if you spend over £12 you qualify for free shipping.

Overall thoughts

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Overall i am thrilled to have been able to try the Island Kiss lip tints. My lips are being treat very well by these and I’m more than happy to continue using them on a daily basis, especially during the summer months.

Id happily return to Island Kiss to purchase ‘Birth Suit Nude’ and ‘Berry Cheeky’ again. I don’t think i would bother to get ‘Bunny Pink’ just because for me it would be pointless since i get the exact same result from ‘Birth Suit Nude’ and prefer the scent of that one.

My recommendation for you to try Island Kiss products is exceptionally high. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Its an easy to use product that you can pop in your bag and give your lips some TLC while looking fresh and finished. Sometimes a look looks unfinished without anything on the lip, and so these are a lovely item to do that with and tie everything together.

One aspect to be mindful of, and its not solely an Island Kiss product thing as i have seen it in other products too. Is that you may want to squeeze/shake the tube prior to using to mix all the product together as it does have a tendency to separate and so when the time comes to use it you may find, if you don’t shake/squeeze the tube before using, that you get an oil out of the tube before the tint product comes through. This isn’t anything to be concerned with as its a naturally occurring thing. But it will save on wastage or spillage.

Island Kiss have definitely got a thumbs up from me. Their ethos and their product are something to get behind and support. I hope Island Kiss bring additional lip tints out as i for one would be interested in adding them to my collection of their products. Its evident that a lot of care and attention has gone into their lip tints and that they have produced something which not only looks good but actually does what it claims to do. Yey for my dry lips getting some much needed care!

I hope that you have found this blog post interesting and useful.

Have a lovely Summer!

 

 

 

 

Tillyanna Product Review

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Today I received a lovely surprise item in the mail from a company called Tillyanna.

Founded by Helen Parker and located in the Welsh Hills Tillyanna is business which is highly driven by ethical beliefs. All their products are made to a strict fair trading policy. This is an aspect of Tillyanna that i admire, respect and believe they will gain a lot of success for. Tillyanna can be found here.

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Tillyanna personalised pouch, (currently priced at £18)

I was lucky enough to receive a personalised pouch with the words ‘Anitas travel essentials’ on it in a simple, clean yet rustic design. The pouch itself is 100% cotton canvas (100% fairtrade) and is exceptionally large in size, given its called a ‘pouch’, this is a great thing as it allows to be used for multiple purposes. The overall size of the ‘pouch'(by my measurements) is approx. 13″ wide by just under 9.5″ high with a base depth of just over 4″.

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The design on the pouch I received is personalised to me, and you can also have yours personalised too. This pouch isn’t the only design available, there are many different ones to choose between…..im glad mine was a surprise because I don’t think I would have been able to choose so easily between all the magnificent designs that Tillyanna offer.

One thing which was very obvious to me about ALL the Tillyanna products was how simple yet stylish they are. To me, this means that they will suit a lot of different peoples personal taste and style. Whether this is to be a gift you give or simply purchasing for yourself, youre sure to find something that you like the look of.

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As mentioned earlier you can, if you wish, use the pouch for whatever purpose you wish. I will be using mine to house all my skin care products (moisturisers, cotton pads, micellar water etc). And I have ALOT of skin care products as I have problematic skin. So I have a lot of different products that I use on a daily basis to help manage my skin issues (acne and oily skin).

Above is a photo of the Tillyanna ‘pouch’ holding most of my skin care products. I was and am astounded at how much these things hold!!!! Usually I have to have multiple bags to hold all my skin care items but with this one I can fit them all in one place and STILL have plenty room for a lot more, which will be handy for it I travel as I can also include my toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant etc in there too.

So you can get a good idea of all the things that I had in the bag in the photo above here is a photo.

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All the items I put in my bag and it STILL wasn’t full!

 

For the purposes of you being able to get an even clearer idea of how big these pouches are and how much they hold I will list the items that I had In the bag.

1 x pack of 50 cotton pads, 1 x pack of 25 skin therapy wipes (I don’t usually use these daily but I do take some when I travel), 1 x 400ml bottle garnier micellar water, 1 x 250g lush tea tree water, 1 x 45g lush grease lightning spot treatment, 1 x carmex lip balm pot, 1 x 250ml victorias secret body mist and 1 x 50ml yesto tomatoes skin moisturiser.

A couple of the items I put in there (namely the body mist and the face wipes) aren’t something I use on a daily basis but I did want to put them in there as they are something that I would pack if I was travelling and they were on hand so I threw them in there to TRY to fill up the bag.

Conclusion

Overall I LOVE Tillyanna. Both the product I received and the business. I only recently came across it and I’m super glad I did! I know this is a product review but I feel that the business side of things also needs a ‘high five’ and a mention.

With regards to the product I got……I am truly appreciative of mine. I can now fit all the items i need to, and more if necessary, all in one place. Not only that but its a very sturdy bag with a zip to match (not one of those feeble ones that will break at the drop of a hat). I know that im going to get alot of use out of mine and i believe most other people would too if they had one of their own. At £18 I think this is, taking all things into account, a really fair price. I didnt realise just how much I needed one of these bags until i seen this one and put all my items in there. Let me know which bag you would choose….GO GRAB YOURSELVES ONE!!! You can get your very own like mine by clicking here or you can browse all the Tillyanna products by clicking here.

Thank you Tillyanna for creating such lovely items and coming to my rescue with this pouch!!

Toodles. x

 

 

 

SheaPlus Lip Balm Review

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As an overall general ‘rule’ lip balm is just lip balm. Its purpose is to nourish and moisturise lips.

I’m sure I cant be the only body on the planet whereby I am constantly battling dry lips. I seldom get sore chapped lips, even in winter. But I seem to have an all year round lip dryness going on.

I have tried exfoliating daily, I have tried this using my toothbrush and lip scrubs and while they do work, at the time, it only takes a few short hours for my lips to be dry again. And so I have kind of gave up hope of finding a product/technique that truly works and will get me the moisturised lips I long for.

For a short time now I have been using an intensive lip balm daily. I have been using the carmex lipbalm. And I find this to be rather amazing and keeping my lips moisturised for longer, though towards the end of the day or unless I keep reapplying (and I sometimes do) then the dryness comes back into my lips.

So, based off my personal lip ‘condition’ and the things I have tried in the past I already knew before trying these lip balms that the chances of them solving my issue were rather slim. However, that doesn’t mean that while they may not have got me smooth lips that they therefore ‘don’t work’. As I truly believe that they WILL have helped and will continue to help, even though they wont ‘cure’ my issue. As I said, I am on the more very dry end of the scale.

About Sheaplus

Sheaplus is a small businesses specialising in handmade lip balms. A variety of lip products are available for purchase including seasonal and personalisation products.

Sheaplus states on their facebook page ‘100% natural & organic ingredients free from parabens, SLS and harmful petrochemicals. We do not test on animals, suitable for vegetarians.’

You can browse and purchase their items via their facebook page by clicking here

You can also find them on Instagram by clicking here

What I received

I recently got sent a couple lip balms from Sheaplus to try. I got the scent/flavours ‘Mojito’ and ‘bubblegum’. Both smell and taste delicious!!! I was sceptical of the mojito one but in a shocking turn of events its actually my favourite of the two.

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I received 2 10g tins of lip balm. These are priced at £2.85* (exc p&p)

 

The MojitoAuthentic Cuban Mojito Cocktail inspired Lip Balm, beautifully moist Natural Lip Balm with the right long-lasting consistency. A combination of sweetness, refreshing lime and a mixture fresh mints. This balm has a good lime-y, minty refreshing aroma, it is sure to delight Mojito lovers and those who appreciate great natural ingredients… So fresh and uplifting.

Bubblegum– A traditional sweet bubblegum and a nostalgia inducing scent/flavour.

*I must point out that I’m not 100% certain on the pricing as the facebook page only shows ‘personalised’ pricing and not ‘standard’ pricing. I don’t know if this means that there is no price difference or if the personalised pricing is the only pricing available.

How does Shea butter help?

● WHY ‘SHEA BUTTER’ IN LIP BALMS?

Shea Butter is processed from the nuts gathered from the Karite Tree, meaning the “Tree of Life,” and indigenous to Africa. This tree takes 20 years or more to produce its invaluable fruit, the Shea nut. The ripened nuts, regarded to as “women’s gold.” The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturising for skin and aids in the skin’s natural collagen production.

● BENEFITS OF SHEA BUTTER:

In Lip Balms sheaplus only use Organic unrefined Virgin Shea Butter – Certified Organic and Fair Trade (Butyrospermum Parkii) Premium (A) grade, 100% Unrefined, as raw, natural and as beautiful as you can get it. It retains all its natural content (vitamins A, E, F, minerals, proteins and a fatty acid profile) to ensure that it is suitable for a variety of skin types and that it will help your skin retain its brilliance and elasticity, it helps promote youthful skin, reduce fine lines and dryness.

Shea butter gets to work deep in the skin and leaves it feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. It is known to contain a number of ingredients with biological activity that includes moisturising and healing skin afflictions.

● Vitamin A – Necessary for healthy skin function, prevents scarring, anti-aging.
● Vitamin E – acts as an anti-free radical agent with anti-aging benefits, increases micro-circulation of the skin, repairs cellular degeneration, moisturises skin.
● Essential Fatty Acids – building blocks for the collagen in our skin, promotes tissue repair, prevents scar tissue formation and is anti-aging.
● Vitamin F – protects the skin, particularly from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Superbly moisturising and healing for the skin, also rich in Oleic, Stearic and Linoleic acids that help protect, nourish and keep the skin beautifully soft and moisturised, nutritious as well as replenishing and protected.

Because of an abundance of healing ingredients and its superior moisturising activity, Shea Butter is in a unique class as a stand-alone personal care product. Its vitamin rich micro-structure allows your skin to retain moisture, regain its elasticity and repair cellular degeneration.

Product Performance

What did I make of Sheaplus Lipbalms? Ill break it down into packaging and then performance.

Packaging– The 10g tin is a packaging that I like and prefer over stick lipbalms. There is the option for either or on the facebook page so for those that prefer the stick option then Sheaplus has your covered. The tins that Sheaplus use are screw top tins, YEY! Theres nothing worse than hunting around in your bag or pocket for your lip balm tin only to be met with an abundance of oily gloop because the lid has came off. The screw top lid will ensure this doesn’t happen.

The labelling on the packaging is a bit ‘indecisive’ I feel. The two I received have two completely different label styles and I would never, if presented with them unknowing they were from the same business, guess that they would be produced from the same place. I prefer the look of the mojito lip balm label as opposed to the bubblegum one as it looks more sleek and stylish. With that being said, its nothing major but from my own personal perspective I feel products within a business should ‘flow’.

The postage packaging was a padded envelope. The products were wrapped in pink tissue paper and a small paperslip with Sheaplus information was included also.

A side note about the shipping. I’m a little confused, and its nothing major but on the back of the products the business information states ‘Hampshire, England’ yet when I received the parcel it had a French postage on it, and took just over 2 and a half weeks to get here…..so I’m not sure of that aspect. Nothing too negative just more confusing and perhaps something to be aware of if you want to order and it hasn’t arrived in a few days. UPDATE– after writing this review sheaplus informed me that she had to spend time in france.

Product– I have used both lip balms since receiving them. They are very firm in consistency but as soon as you put your finger onto the product it starts to melt very easily, which allows for a quick and smooth application. The scent and flavour of the lip balms is very present when you apply it but it does of course weaken over time, as do most. The mojito scent is very lime prominent to me, which I love! It makes for a nice change from the traditional ‘strawberry’ or ‘mint’. The bubblegum is very much as you would expect in scent, though not as powerful as most lipbalms which I have tried which have bubblegum scent/flavour. This is not necessarily a good or a bad thing, just something I noticed.

When the product is on my lips it doesn’t feel as oily as some that I have used. Its not tacky either, which is amazing! The only perhaps possible downside to the lip balms to me, and it may not even be a down side entirely is that the longevity of the product on my lips isn’t very long at all….I would say within a half hour that there is little to no product left on my lips and so I’m needing to reapply. I say that I’m not sure that its a bad thing because I want to believe that its due to the fact that my lips are so dry and needing the moisture that theyre absorbing the product like theres no tomorrow. After the product has soaked into my lips, after about 30 minutes, my lips feel very soft but slightly tight on the dry/drying areas and its a feeling which doesn’t really go unless I put more lip balm on, which every 30 minutes is going to be a bit annoying. I find that the bubblegum is less lasting than the mojito, I’m not sure why.

Comparing the Sheaplus to carmex (since that’s what ive been using) the longevity differs immensely. Carmex can last me hours. But I do love the mojito scent/flavour a lot more than carmex. I can also find carmex to be a little more excessive in how oily it feels on the lips. But carmex is designed for a more intensive treatment. Perhaps sheaplus could develop an intensive treatment lip balm? This would be PERFECT!

With all that being said I don’t want anyone to think that this is a negative review. As its not. I like Sheaplus and the lipbalms that were sent to me. I reviewed these from the standpoint that not everyone has excessively dry lips like me and so for the majority of people these will be more than sufficient and do a fantastic job. But for me, while I will continue to use them I feel that they may have to be a lip balm that I use primarily for the scent/flavour as opposed to the job that they do on MY lips. I think I will put them ontop of my carmex one so that I can get the longevity of the carmex and the scent/flavour and shea butter benefits from the sheaplus ones.

If anyone has any tips/tricks or product suggestions for excessively dry lips then leave a comment below.

Toodles.

Yesto Tomatoes Review

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For a little while now I have been contemplating trying another moisturiser. Now, if you are like me and have problematic skin (I have oily, acne prone skin…but the principle is still the same with other skin issues too) then the mere notion of venturing away from a product, or products, that you know work with your skin can be a rather daunting thing.

I used to be in the belief that my skin didn’t need a moisturiser or would get worse if I used a moisturiser because my skin was oily. To me, moisture was the last thing my skin needed and would sure make me more oily than ever before if I was to start using a moisturiser. So for many years I held off using a moisturiser in my skin care routine, firmly believing that I was doing the right thing for my skin. Wrong!! Infact, using a moisturiser should be part of your skin care routine regardless of what skin type you have (excluding medical related skin issues, I cant comment on this aspect and you should ask a professional about this matter if it relates to you).

One of the issues I found I was having was that I assumed that all moisturisers were the same and any that I had briefly used before hadn’t helped my skin and so therefore I shouldn’t be using them. It was only after I done some research into how to manage/treat oily skin I found that there are moisturisers out there for such skin types and after further research into oily skin specific moisturisers I decided to try the Clinique ‘Dramatically different moisturising GEL’. There is a lotion version of this product for those who don’t have oily skin. The gel version is better for those with oily skin as it is oil free and light weight. As a side note, its important to note that not every oil is bad for the skin, even if you have oily skin. For example- tea tree oil. This is an oil which is beneficial to problematic skin. So please don’t automatically assume that you should always opt for or use ‘oil free’ products. A little research into product ingredients should offer you some guidance also.

So, as mentioned above I opted for the Clinique ‘Dramatically different moisturising gel’ as my first ever moisturiser geared towards using with oily skin. Since I started using it a couple years ago I have been scared to venture elsewhere incase other products don’t work or make my skin worse. But as time has gone by I cant help feel that while the product works well for oily skin and I would highly recommend it to those suffering from oily skin that it’s a little pricey. But in my mind I was best to stick with it because it worked and surely I couldn’t find another product that would work if it was cheap. The age old saying of ‘if its too good to be true then it probably is’ kept popping into my mind when I would come across an ‘oily skin’ moisturiser at a cheery price. So I stayed away and stuck with what I knew worked.

Then I stumbled across Yesto and I was immediately taken with it all. The look, the claims, the products themselves, the price….everything. But of course lets not forget ‘if its too good to be true then it probably is’……so I decided once again to stick with Clinique. Several months past and every time it came to repurchase the moisturiser I was always tempted to try the Yesto products, specifically the ‘Yesto tomatoes’ range as that is the range geared towards problematic skin (acne/oily). And this most recent time as I was nearing the end of my Clinique moisturiser I decided ‘what the heck, just go for it’. I was more ‘brave’ in making the decision to try another moisturiser as I have just recently decided to try a different micellar water after having the same situation- not wanting to venture elsewhere when I know what I’m using works for my skin- but decided to ‘go for it’ also. FYI- I was using the Bioderma micellar water for oily skin but have been using the Garnier micellar pure active water for combination skin and so far I wont be switching back to the Bioderma one as I can honestly say I cant tell/feel any difference and the Garnier one is much cheaper and you get almost double the amount.

Yesto do have their own website, here, but I couldn’t purchase for some reason so I purchased mine from here.

The Ranges

There are a variety of ranges that Yesto offer. These are carrots, cucumbers, coconut, grapefruit, blueberries and tomatoes.

For my skin type its beneficial for me to use the ‘Yesto tomatoes’ range.

WHY TOMATOES? Filled with Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, this fruit (not veggie!) defends against factors that cause breakouts while balancing oil production.

You can read in more detail about how tomatoes are beneficial to your skin by clicking here and you can also find out about each range and its ingredients by clicking here.

What I got

I purchased the Daily balancing moisturiser and the Clearing facial mask both are from the Yesto tomatoes range and both are 50ml (1.7 fl oz) and as I type this both are priced at £11.99 each.

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First Impressions

My initial impression from these items is that I LOVE the packaging. The colouring and design (of all the ranges actually) is pleasing on the eye. Its simple, clean and reflects what the product and brand is about.

Another aspect of the packaging which I like is that there is the added addition of short sayings, which for me, brought a little smile to my face. I found that it added character and personality to the brand.

Using the products

The daily moisturiser- When I first used this I used waaaay too much. Using the amount that I would use if using the Clinique moisturiser (maybe a 20p size). So I now only use a little over a 1p size amount, if that, and I find this works well for me.

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The clearing facial mask- This stuff dries fairly quickly, you only have a short amount of time to get the mask on before it starts to come off again if you mask over the top of it. You do however only need a thin layer so its not too hard to work fast. You leave it on for 5 minutes and then remove with warm water. As it dries it tightens, but not to a level of discomfort. You can still talk and move your face relatively easily, but for a 5 minute mask its very much a comfortable experience.

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The smell of both of the products is not what I was expecting at all!!! I prepared myself for tomato overload. However there is no detection of tomato scent anywhere. I would liken the fragrance to a rather masculine aftershave type scent. But not at all overpowering or unpleasant. I have very sensitive skin and the scent doesn’t aggravate it in any way (including when used near the eyes), in addition the fragrance doesn’t last long too.

Does it work?

While I have only been using the products for a short time I have to say that I am so far happy to remain a Yesto user. Based off the product performance i feel relatively confident in that i will continue to repurchase and use Yesto products, specifically the tomato range. This means that unless something occurs somewhere along the line (within the next few weeks after my skin has got accustomed to the new products) then ill be bumping up Yesto as my primary skin care products and pushing the Clinique ‘Dramatically different moisturising gel’ to the sidelines.

Makeup and Moisturiser

Here are some photos of my face (apologies haha) which show what my make up looks like after i have used the Yesto Daily Moisturiser underneath. Its probably worthwhile pointing out that i rarely use a primer. So the photos that you see will show how the moisturiser performs with make up after initial application and then how the makeup looks at the end of the day (after around 9 or so hours wear, with NO touch ups).

And here is a collage photo of my face/skin at the end of the day. Remember there have been no makeup touch ups at all during the approx. 9 hours since initial make up application. (please excuse the photo/lighting quality)

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Despite the general ‘wear’ of the make up i think that my oily skin has held up an absolute dream. There is a small amount of oil showing/coming through on my forehead, nose and chin (I’m not sure how well you can see it on the photos). My main areas of oil issues is the T-Zone.

So based off the ‘newly applied’ and ‘lived in’ photo comparisons i think, and hope, that you can see that my skin/oil hasn’t proved to be much of a problem at all.

Final thoughts

My final thoughts on the Yesto tomatoes products i have tried is a big fat YES! i am a yesto convert. i am a yesto fan. And i thoroughly encourage all my fellow oily skinned folks to give them a whirl too, especially before splashing out your hard earned money on the ‘luxury’ brands when quite frankly theres no need to.

I was very hesitant to try something new for my skin. But sometimes it pays off to just ‘give it a go’. If it doesn’t work you can always go back. I’m not by any means suggesting that the Clinique ‘dramatically different moisturising gel’ is awful, as its not. Infact its amazing. It works. But so does Yesto and for me i don’t see the need to pay more for a product when i can get an equally great product for less money. In some aspects i would even say that Yesto is better than the Clinique moisturiser. Price, for one. But i know that this Yesto will last me longer because i don’t need to use as much as i do when i use the Clinique moisturiser. I also think that while other products you use alongside another product can give different results (for example, if i was to use a different foundation with the moisturiser, or a different highlighter etc) that based off how my makeup/skin has performed since using this Yesto daily moisturiser that its controlled the oil a lot better than the Clinique one did. Again, this aspect will probably vary depending upon what products you use etc.

I have no doubt that i will have oil control issues in the future, regardless of if i use Yesto or not. That’s just how skin is, it changes, especially problematic skin. But for the most part i feel having a set skin care routine in place, with set products in your skin care routine will be beneficial to you and your skin as opposed to changing it up all the time. Clinique worked and still works for me. But i knew i wanted to try something else since i had only ever used Clinique. My suggestion, is to do a little research before you buy the products you want to try and see if you feel it will work for you. But as of now, i cant recommend Yesto tomatoes enough.

If you have any suggetions or tips and advice about problematic skin then leave a comment.

Toodles.

Coconut Water (by OGX beauty) hair products review

In today’s day and age there are more hair tools and hair products than ever before.

With each claiming to be as great or better than all the others out there. And in reality how often is this proclamation true? Unfortunately,  more often than not its been a case of strategic marketing with promises of having silky smooth locks, defined tangle free curls or a new lease of life for those whose hair needs a kick in the rear! All of which has led us to be convinced that what we’re buying IS THEE THING to have/use.

Don’t get me wrong there are products out there that do live up to their declarations and promises. And just like with most things, what works for one may not work for another.

I was recently sent a shampoo and conditioner set to try and to review. I’m always excited to try new hair products because my hair isn’t desirable  (to me). Between the many many years of colouring an array of colours, from blonde, green, pink, black, red, brown and probably some other I’ve forgotten, as you can see my hair has taken a fair amount of damage!

As a result my hair is now a little….lack lustre shall we say. I try my best to look after it as best I can with the most recent decision to stop dying it, getting the dead ends cut off  (around 6″ in total) and just letting it grow out to natural hair. I seldom use hair tools, opting for the natural dry method most times and I only wash my hair once sometimes twice a week.

After speaking with a lovely lady called Jessica at OGX she made a decision based off my hair type and sent me some shampoo and conditioner to try.

I described my hair as damaged and lifeless. Thinking back I could have and should have included a lot more such as it falls out, it breaks and that it’s quite frizzy. But I forgot!

Anyways, Jessica sent me a ‘coconut water’ shampoo and conditioner set to try and today I used it for the first time, find out my thoughts etc below.

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'Coconut Water' shampoo & conditioner by OGX Beauty

The price range of these products start at £2.49 for a travel size bottle, which at nearly 90ml per bottle is a very generous size. For the larger bottles the price starts at £6.99 and the size of those are just under 400ml, so again, a very generous size.

To browse all the OGX collections just click here there are 19 different hair type products and treatments so I’m positive there will be something for everyone.

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Upon using the shampoo I did find that it was a little difficult to get a good lather on the first wash, but this isn’t exactly unusual for my hair. I always shampoo twice anyways (as the first time is to loosen the dirt and the second time is to wash it away) and the lather on the second go was considerably better.

The scent of the ‘coconut water’ is very weak. I don’t think I expected a strong scent but the scent that I did get wasn’t what I had assumed it would be either. I had already prepared myself for a dominant coconut scent but in reality it didn’t smell anything like coconut….and thinking about it, why would it? It’s not coconut, it’s coconut water, which for me personally I wasn’t massively keen on. I wasn’t offended and nor will it put me off using it again but it’s not a favourite scent of mine.

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I will say that I did LOVE the conditioner. Usually when I use a conditioner my hair is really really knotty when I comb it through  (while i have the conditioner in) and clumps  (literally) come out. But I found that when I used this conditioner hardly any hair came out! RESULT!

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I usually let my hair dry naturally. It’s relatively straight with a slight wave. I don’t comb it or brush it after its washed either, unless I’m using hot tools, which is usually only when I feel I want to ‘be more glam’ or if there’s a special occasion. I usually ‘hand comb’ my hair as it’s drying and normally I have to pull knotted and tangled hair that’s wrapped around my fingers afterwards but after using OGX I’ve not had half as much of that.

Now that my hair is nearly fully dry there is no scent from the shampoo or conditioner whatsoever. I’m not majorly fussed about that aspect but I know some people do like a lingering hair scent. For times when I want that I usually spray a hair perfume.

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I’d definitely go back and try other products they have as based off the ‘coconut water’ products I’ve tried i feel OGX Beauty can be trusted to provide a product of high quality at an affordable price.

You can find/follow OGX Beauty on instagram and Facebook so be sure to check them out!

In the words of OGX Beauty, ‘find your hair happy’

Dream Dots Review

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I am no stranger to troublesome skin. Infact as I have gotten older my skin seems to have gotten significantly worse! But that doesn’t mean that that’s how it is for everyone. Some people are fortunate enough to seldom have a blemish….ahhhh, how amazing that must be.

Having said that, I don’t think I overly…or should I say ‘to conciously’ help myself any. Although in some aspects I have actually bettered by health over time compared to how I used to be when I didn’t have as problematic skin…..go figure.

Don’t get my wrong, i look after my skin as best i can….or as best as i THINK I’m doing. I don’t sleep in my make up. I always use a toner and a moisturiser, which are both tailored towards my skin type (oily and acne prone). Where i lack majorly, it seems, from doing research, is the water intake aspect. I very rarely drink water on its own. I just don’t like it. Despite it supposedly being majorly important and good for the skin i just cant bring myself to drink it…certainly not at the amount youre supposed to anyways. Sometimes i will drink strawberry flavoured water but even then, that’s few and far between. I almost always drink raspberry & cranberry drench.

Now, before i go on please be aware that i will be posting photos of my skin in its natural state. No make up, nothing. Freshly cleaned so its slightly redder than normal but youll get the idea. It takes ALOT to bare all, especially online and to strangers. I know i am opening myself up to what could potentially be a sea of negative comments and/or mocking. But for the most part i still feel that there are a lot of good people out there who will understand the vulnerability which i am exposing and appreciate and understand the difficulty.

Furthermore, for anyone who DOES have anything negative to say i can assure you that no matter what you may think/say about my skin i already know…i know it looks awful.

I recently got the opportunity to try a product called Dream Dots. They are overnight treatment patches for spots. I feel i am an ideal candidate to try this since i have spot prone skin. I hope that my review can help you in some way in your quest for flawless skin.

You can choose between 3 different quantites of boxes/treatments.

1 month treatment (24 patches)- Price 15 euro

2 month treatment pack (48 patches)- Price 28 euro

4 month treatment pack (96 patches)- in this option you only pay for 3 boxes as the 4th is free.- Price 45 euro

The box comes with instructions on how to apply the dream dot aswell as giving information on how a spot is made up and how the dream dot works to combat the spot.

Using the dream dot

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The dream dots come in sheets of 6, with perforated edges.

 

I had a small amount of trouble trying to get the backing off the dream dot in order to apply it to my skin. I first tried picking at the perforated section that runs down the middle of each dream dot, but this didn’t work. I then thought I was being too light handed so I decided to just go for it, this resulted in a tear occurring in the wrong area of the backing and not allowing me to get the dream dot free to put on my skin. I then tried to do a ‘tearing paper’ motion, this proved to be effective and allowed me to remove half the backing and apply the dream dot to my skin, as shown below.

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Dream dots are very discreet. I have two full dream dots on my skin in this photo.

I probably could have used all the dream dots that came in the box to be honest, yes my skin is that bad. But I decided to just use one sheet and see how I got on.

Here is a photo of my face with all 6 dream dots on.

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I expected to be able to feel the dream dots on my face, but honestly they are super comfortable. You don’t even notice them.

I left them on overnight (as recommended) and took them off in the morning.

One thing I will say is that they did hurt to remove, similar to when you pull a peel off face mask off and it stings. I also found that I had little circle sticky areas where the dream dots had been, even after I had used my usual toner water to try rid the stickiness. In the end I just ignored it and put my make up on as normal. There were no issues with the make up clinging to where the dream dots had been, which was a bonus as I expected my makeup to stick to it and get all cakey looking.

The Results

Did I see any results from using the dream dots? I only used them once, and its recommended to be used over 3-4 days. So I didn’t see any major improvement on the spots which I applied them on. One spot in particular seemed to respond rather well to the dream dot and had had all the badness drawn to the surface. The others also showed early signs of this happening also. Which to me, is good.

Here is a photo collage of before and after on each spot I applied the dream dots too. There is redness on the photos as I had just removed my make up on the ‘before’ and had just used a toner on the ‘after’ photos.

Can you see any difference?

12782038_1128665717145652_1151137139_nAs you can see there is a small difference after using Dream Dots, and I do think there would be further improvement if I continued to used them over the coming days as recommended. And I will do so.

I cant comment on if they are worth the money since I haven’t completed the recommended days of usage but for my skin type I think this would end up being a rather costly skin care product. I would also suspect that this isn’t supposed to be a treatment for severe skin issues like mine but perhaps more for the person who has the occasional break out.

Would I recommend these? I would, but I say that with slight hesitation and I cant quite put my finger on why I feel hesitant.

So, to sum things up. For me, dream dots is a good product idea…the effectiveness of it is yet to be fully determined by myself (over the coming days) but again, I feel this is perhaps more for the less severe skin issue sufferer as opposed to an acne prone person like myself. They are comfortable and VERY discreet which I adore. I also like that its an overnight treatment, meaning you can try to fix while you sleep.

For now, I think ill stick to my current skin care routine and try dream dots again (out of the pack I received, as I don’t think I would repurchase them myself) when I have a more severe spot and see how it performs.

I hope this review has helped you if you had heard of dream dots or not before. And if you’ve made it to the end then well done for getting past my bad skin photos! YOU ROCK!