June Empties!

Today let’s talk a little about the products I used up in June and there is a few bits and pieces this month. Like most of my fellow beauty addicts, I have quite a bit of makeup, skincare and haircare products. For that reason I try to use as many as possible before buying more, that was my big aim this past month! Plus I was running out of space to put all the products, ah the struggles.

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So let me take you through these products and whether I liked, or didn’t like them.

Sukin oil balancing and pore refining facial scrub: I reviewed this range in my last blog post so I won’t go in depth too much, but let’s just say I love the product and it really did reduce my pores

Be Fresh makeup remover wipes: I do not hate, nor love this product. Does it remove my makeup? Well yes, it does but it leaves my skin feeling like it needs to be cleansed and washed which can be a bit frustrating if I just want to take off my makeup and go.

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Moving on, I finished quite a few body shop products and samples that I had laying at the bottom of my bathroom draws.

Body butter: I love The Body Shop’s body butters, they almost always smell amazing and really hydrates the skin. I was disappointed with the frosted cranberry body butter, the scent was overwhelming and very powerful which was not something I enjoyed, however, the mango scent was just right and I loved slathering it over my body

Frosted cranberry shower gel: much like the body butter, the shower gel was way too overpowering for me to enjoy using it. However, I do enjoy the formula of the Body Shop’s shower gels

British Rose Body Scrub: I loved this product, it smelt amazing and had fine grains inside the shower gel like formula which exfoliated the skin and left my body feeling smooth and smelling incredible.

Himalayan Charcoal Mask: My lord, this is the best face mask I have ever tried. It removes dead skin cells and unblocks my pores while leaving my skin glowing and purified. Better yet, it does not break me out and actually removes pimples that are arising. Would highly recommend this face mask.

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Maybelline Super Stay Concealer: This was definitely one that was disappointing, while I used it all I would not repurchase again. I usually love Maybelline products but this was a definite flop. I could not put it underneath my eyes as it would make it look cakey and crease so easily, not to mention the oxidisation that occurred. I used this product on spots I had, but other than that I would use a different concealer to actually conceal and brighten up my under eyes, nose, chin etc.

19692146_10212960787445084_1692053371_nCetaphil Cleanser: I received this in May’s bellabox and surprisingly it lasted me 2-3 weeks. At first, I disliked this product as it felt like it was gliding over the top layer of skin and not actually cleaning my face. I then used it with a facial puff and I saw and felt definite improvements. It cleansed my face well and while I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself I would recommend it to anyone who has sensitive skin.

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La Roche Posay Micellar Water: I used this product every morning to remove the dirt that built up on my face throughout the night and it left my skin feeling refreshed, clean and soft. While I didn’t test it out for makeup removal I would definitely purchase again to quickly and easily cleanse my face of a morning.

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Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo: Last but not least is this beauty. I loved this product so much, not only did it remove excess oil from my roots but it smelled incredible! I will definitely be repurchasing this product again. The only recommendation I have for those with dark roots is to make sure you rub it into your hair well or it will leave a white residue that obviously isn’t very flattering.

 

That’s all for this months empties, you can purchase goodies that appeal to you by clicking on the links for the selected products. I hope you all have a fantastic day and I will speak to you all soon!

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BodyBlendz Oats Oats Baby Review

Happy Monday all, its the beginning of a new week and I’m here to tell you all about a fantastic product I have discovered! The company is called BodyBlendz and they a range of authentic scrubs which include a variety of goodies from the ground. For example, the Oats Oats Baby ingredients include arabica beans, sea salt, fine oatmeal, virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil and last but not least jojoba oil. There’s no product in there that I would be afraid of putting onto my skin which is fantastic!

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This here is the packaging for Oats Oats Baby and I’m obsessed with how sleek it looks! Better yet, I can bring the scrub into the shower with me and not be afraid of the packaging getting damaged or having it seep into the bag because of the materials they have used in their packaging!

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Now, you’re probably wondering, OK but how/where do I apply this scrub well you take a bit of the scrub out of the bag and apply it either all over your body (which includes the face). Otherwise, you can do what I do and 2-3 times a week I’ll apply the scrub to my stretch marks and  acne scars on my face to help reduce the appearance of these (plus leave the area feeling smooth and fantastic!)

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If you struggle with stretch marks and are looking to reduce the appearance of them I’d highly recommend BodyBlendz products. I notice immediately when I step out of the shower that my stretch marks look a lot less red and less noticeable. On the left you will see a before shot, on the right is an after shot.

I know the pictures aren’t the greatest of quality but its so hard taking photos before you jump in the shower and just after especially when you’re trying to get a good angle of your hips/tops of your legs!

 

If you decide you’d love to try these products out head over to BodyBlendz and check out the range of scrubs they have available. Psst! If you use the code SAVEBIG and subscribe to their monthly subscription service (where you pick your own scrub!) you’ll receive your first month FREE and can cancel anytime after 3 months!

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‘Monster Ball’ Bath Bomb Review

After a long hiatus to focus on university and work commitments I am back and ready to be posting regularly. What a better way to bounce back from a stressful period of the year then telling you about a product that was relaxing and therapeutic.

22834391_10213947709957530_2036819795_n If you don’t recognise this product it is one of the Halloween themed bath bombs from Lush Cosmetics which is called ‘Monster Ball.’ As somebody who is obsessed with bath bombs how could I pass up the opportunity to have a monster-filled bath that is pink!

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As you can see ‘Monster Ball’ turned the water into a mixture of vibrant colours which looks incredible. I love the little bubbles as well as it reminds me of a bubbling cauldron which is a perfect fit with Halloween. Although it is aesthetically pleasing did it have any other amazing properties? I’m glad you asked because yes, yes it did!

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The bath bomb had a sweet but not overpowering scent to it which led to an even more enjoyable and relaxing experience. Also like most of Lush Cosmetics bath bombs, it was moisturising and left my skin feeling well nourished and hydrated. Perhaps the best part was not having irritated skin or other body parts. I’m sure you ladies have had an experience that left your legs irritated, or maybe an irritation that led to an uncomfortable bathroom experience (we’ve all been there). However, not this product! The only negative I found was it was quite crumbly which wasn’t a big deal as I put it straight in the tub.

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Lastly, as your bath bomb works its magic it simmers down to a vibrant purple colour with glitter and who doesn’t love a bit of glitter to spice up their nightly routine.

 

Thank-you for reading, catch you all very soon. xoxo

Oval Brushes Review

Happy Monday lovelies, I hope you have a great weekend and are ready for what this week holds for you. Today I am reviewing the oval brushes by Simple Glam Girls. I bought the 10 piece set which includes all the brushes pictured below. 20120722_10213091008660533_272120180_nThere are oval brushes for all different aspects, whether you want an eyeshadow brush or a brush to apply your foundation, this set has it all. Personally, I don’t get a lot of use out of the eyeshadow brushes as I don’t like using those kinds of brushes on my eyes however, I quite regularly use the foundation, concealer and contour brushes.IMG_6175Above is my favourite brushes for the Oval brush collection. They apply my foundation and concealer beautifully and leave my face looking flawless, even better than when I use a beauty blender or normal foundation brush. Not only does my makeup look more flawless but it also is much easier and quicker to blend out. What more could you want right?

Now you might be thinking, these brushes sound great I should buy some for myself or maybe you’re thinking that you would love to try maybe one or two brushes. Either is completely fine, if you head over to Simple Glam Girls website you can access the oval brush sets or the oval brushes individually. Additionally, you can score yourself 20% off their entire site using my code ‘elegance’.

Comment down below if you use oval brushes or have been eyeing them off for some time.

Bellabox June 2017 Review

In today’s blog post I will be reviewing last months winter wind-up bellabox. This was my third ever bellabox and I was really impressed with the products this month. All the products I received were nourishing and moisturising, just what I needed for winter. 20046215_10213089332858639_1351081148_n

Firstly, I was so happy to receive the Goldwell just smooth 60-second hair colour treatment. I love treating my hair and not only does this product smell amazing but it makes my hair feel so soft and smooth. I use this beauty once a week and focus particularly on the ends to hydrate those pesky strands.

The Nivea creme is another super hydrating and moisturising product that I love putting on those dry spots and cracks that I get on my knuckles, elbows or even my knees. I love that it comes in tin form so you can use all the product up instead of having leftovers and wastage at the bottom of a bottle.

Nutraplus anti dryness lotion is one I keep in my bed side table and apply to my hands every night before I go to sleep. It keeps my hands moisturised and even better, the formula is not greasey. I really dislike hand lotions that make me feel like I can’t do or touch anything afterwards, but this bad boy certainly doesn’t provide that feeling.

20067890_10213089332658634_797190254_nThe next product is the beautiful Rimmel lipstick by Kate Moss that I received in the shade 130. It is a creamy lipstick in a beautiful shade that is long-wearing and very hydrating on the lips. It is a lipstick I am so happy to have added to my ever growing collection.

20136454_10213089332698635_1919833466_nLast but not least is the nourishing chia seed oil by Sukin skin care. As some of you may know, I love this brand and this product is no exception. I apply this product at night time before my moisturiser. I do this to create a hydrating base that will last me all night long. In the morning I ensure to cleanse my face and remove this excess oil so I am not oily throughout the day. If you’re looking for a hydrating oil to add to your skin care routine I would highly recommend this one.

 

That’s all for today’s blog post if you’d like to sign up for your first bellabox or even gift a friend click here. If you use the coupon code ‘welcome10’ you can receive your first box for $12.95 and every month after that it will be $17.95. These prices include shipping and each month you will receive 5+ products.

So why not sign up today!

Comment down below if you enjoy subscription boxes or if not, why not?

Best skin care products I’ve EVER used!

Welcome back all, I want to start by apologising for the lack of posts since creating this blog. Life, uni and work got in the way but I decided that was no excuse, so here I am reading to give you the 411 on the best facial care products I’ve ever used!

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As a teenager I suffered from oily and acne prone skin, unfortunately, that has carried through to my adult life. However, with the oil balancing range by sukin skincare I have noticed a massive improvement. Not only has it reduced my oiliness immensely but it has assisted in controlling my acne, which is as much as I could want!

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Now that I’ve given you an overall of the products let me tell you about the products individually, especially the pore refining facial scrub. I know what you’re thinking, ‘pore refining’ yep I’ve heard of those products before, none of them worked so I’m not wasting my money on this one. I’m here to tell you, that this product actually works. I’m unsure how, whether it’s the perfect blend of all natural ingredients or just simply magic but my pores look better than ever. I’m very textured on my cheeks and with this product, I have seen massive improvements. No, my fellow textured beauties, my pores are not gone but any improvement is a win in my book.

 

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Of course, what’s a skin care range without a little moisturiser? Now, it’s supposed to be a mattifying facial moisturiser, is that the case? Well, I’m not 100% sure. I use this moisturiser of a morning before I apply my primer and rest of my makeup. My makeup definitely starts off looking very matte, but is that the work of the facial scrub, moisturiser or primer? Who knows, but I believe they all work well in conjunction to provide a lovely base. An aspect I love about this moisturiser is that a little goes a long way. I made the mistake of pumping too many times and it took a long time to rub it all into my face, but hey that means I can apply less and have it for longer!

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Australian beauties, you can find the whole sukin skin care range at your local Priceline or Chemist Warehouse otherwise you can head online to their website and they retail for around $12-15 each. International beauties, you will have to wait for shipping to become available from the Sukin web page. Remember lovelies, this brand is all about providing “skin care that doesn’t cost the Earth” and is cruelty-free and natural.

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Have any of you tried this product or plan to check it out? Let me know in the comments or head on over to my Instagram page and DM me! Hope you all have a lovely rest of the week, where ever you are in the world and I’ll talk to you next time xo

 

Sukin webpage: https://sukinorganics.com/

Kylie Cosmetics BUY or BYE

Kylie Jenner. One of the most well-known cel18554420_10212481955434583_79672733_nebrities of our current generation. Many know her from her controversial family and their reality show ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’ But in recent years the 19-year-old has taken the makeup world by storm with her own brand known as ‘Kylie Cosmetics.’ Never before had I used any of her products but the hype got the best of me so I had a tiny spending spree.

 

Shown is my Kylie haul, so I bought a matte lip kit, a velvet lip kit, two lip glosses, an additional lip crayon and a kylighter. I have tested these products out to give you guys an understanding of her products and decided whether or not they will or won’t work for you.

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I bought the kylighter in the shade French Vanilla and never had I had so many compliments on my highlighter! It’s extremely buildable and personally, I will build it up until aliens from Mars see me. Unlike other products, I don’t find the kylighter to be chalky and it certainly does not emphasise any marks or pores I would prefer to keep hidden. For me, this product is a MUST BUY – its high quality and I would consider it an affordable product at 22 USD and approximately 30 AUD.

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Next up is the matte lip kit in the shade Maliboo. I love this product when I’m not in the mood to reapply throughout the day but still want excellent coverage. The lip liner is super creamy and super easy to apply. The liquid lipstick itself is beautiful but very very drying. If you have sensitive or dry lips I would not be buying this product. For me, I had to apply lip balm underneath the product so avoid it feeling dry and uncomfortable on my lips. While I do enjoy this product and will be using it again in the future I would probably not buy it again in future.

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Second last product for today’s post is two glosses, Posie K and Candy K. I love reaching for these products on days when I want to add a lovely shade to my lips along with a nice shine. These items aren’t sticky but are extremely comfortable and wearable on an everyday basis. The applicator is the only downside for me, unlike other liquid lipsticks, the dofer is in the shape of a rectangle which makes it harder to actually apply to the lips. Overall, the product for me is extremely affordable and definitely a must BUY.

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Last, but most certainly not least, is the velvet lip kit in the shade Harmony. This product had me shook from day dot. The lip liner is the same as Maliboo, super creamy and super easy to apply. Now the liquid lipstick, dayum. It’s creamy, long-lasting and super pigmented. It feels so lightweight and comfortable on my lips that I often forget it’s there, but sure enough 5 hours later – it’s still there looking as good as ever. I don’t suggest wearing it if eating greasy food as it’ll go everywhere but in general, this product is fantastic. They sell for 27 USD and approximately 36.50 AUD. Definitely a MUST BUY for me.

 

That’s it for today, please like and comment if you enjoyed this type of post. Feel free to head over to my Instagram page for more content. Thank-you for reading, I really appreciate it. See you next time.