Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick

Review | Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipsticks

I’m so excited to be writing this post as I was lucky enough to be sent all 12 shades of Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipsticks! I am part of a programme called Influenster where if you have a blog, YouTube channel or you’re a social media influencer then you can sign up. You answer surveys, review your favourite (or not so favourite) products and participate in competitions to earn badges! The more badges you have, the more likely you are to receive a ‘VoxBox’ or be featured on the site. So back to the lipsticks!

Penclic R3

Penclic R3 | Is It Worth It?

I was kindly sent the Penclic R3 to test out and I think it deserves a review.  You’re probably wondering ‘what the hell am I looking at?!’ and when I was first approached I thought the same. The Penclic R3 is a total rethink to the regular computer mouse we have all used for years however with the pen-like design it is meant to protect you from RSI (repetitive strain injury) and give you a little more control of your cursor. Another bonus is that right and left handed people can use the same mouse just by changing your mouse settings in your control panel.

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk

I have been using the Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk for quite some time now and it has quickly become one of my favourite ways to remove makeup at the end of the day.

I love how this cleanser comes with a pump so you can’t use too much product, you only need two pumps which is more than enough to cleanse and refresh your skin. It starts out as a cream, but once mixed with a little water it becomes more like a cleansing milk. It does remove makeup well until it gets to mascara.. When I first used it to remove all my makeup I still had a light layer of mascara still on my lashes, but I’ve got into the habit of removing my eye makeup with another current favourite which is the Nivea Daily Essentials Extra Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover before taking the rest of my makeup off.
For a good value cleanser, it has a lovely sweet scent which isn’t overpowering, I always find that Soap & Glory get their scents spot on with their products and it is one of the reasons why they have quickly become one of my favourite brands.. Not only that, but my skin has never felt or looked so good! I have tried out a lot of cleansers over the years and this is the full package. With other cleansers I’ve tried in the past, they either caused my skin to break out, dry out or make it oily, however, this cleanser has only done good things to my skin! It’s highly moisturising, unclogs pores, evens skin tone and keeps oil levels at bay. I’ve barely had a serious breakout in the past three months and for my skin, that’s pretty good!
So in short..
Pros:
  • Has a pump, can never accidentally use too much
  • Cleanses skin thoroughly 
  • Smells great
  • Moisturising 
  • Great value for money (Boots – £8)
Cons:
  • Doesn’t remove mascara well, extra step needed
The pros weigh out the cons completely, definitely worth a try if you’re on a bit of a budget.
I have a lot of posts to get done this year.. So welcome to the first of many! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Years.

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Soap & Glory Skincare

I popped into Boots a few days back for a quick mooch around and came out with half of Soap & Glory’s skincare range.. Oops, all I can say is I’m thankful for Boots points! I ended up getting two cleansers, a moisturiser, eye serum, blemish treatment and a face mask. I will most likely do a more in depth post about each product once I’ve been using them for a month so I can give a better opinion on everything.
The Ultimelt’ Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser – £10
First off, the only product from the range I knew I wanted to try.. Before I was using the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, but at £26 it is a little on the expensive side. I’m trying to find a cheaper alternative and I think I might of found one. I’ve used this once so far to remove my makeup and my skin has never looked so clear! It doesn’t really smell of anything which is a bonus, I’m not overly keen on scented thick cream cleansers. I always use a toner after cleanseing which usually gives away if a cleanser is good or not, there wasn’t a single trace of makeup left! I think this will be one to repurchase time and time again, plus it’s only £10!
Peaches and Clean’ Deep Cleansing Milk – £8
I would suggest this cleanser if you’re more on the lazy side. Literally just need to slap it on, wipe it off then go to sleep.. Perfect! It’s another cream cleanser even though it’s meant to be a milk, however, it’s not as thick as the cleanser above. Again, I got amazing results, removes all traces of makeup and moisturising. I’m not sure if I would repurchase this at the moment but we’ll see how it goes.
No Clogs Allowed’ Self  Heating Detox Mask – £11.50
This is by far the strangest thing I have used, I’m not sure if I like it or not.. The results are amazing my pores were clear and barely visible, any blemishes I had faded and it left my skin feeling soft and fresh! I’m just not sure how I feel about the self heating side of it, I’ve never used a self heating mask before so I wasn’t sure what to expect and I’m still on the fence about it. It doesn’t get ridiculously hot, almost feels like someone is blowing a hair dryer in your face with the heat setting on, so nothing uncomfortable. I love it for the results alone, we’ll work on the heat thing!
For Daily Youth’ 6in1 Multi-Active Moisturiser – £12
If any of you have been with me for a while, you will know that I am a firm lover of the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer and I still am, however, this is on the same level of love! It’s a lightweight moisturiser which doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky, only incredibly soft and hydrated. It has a subtle peachy smell which I love and so far I haven’t found that it breaks me out in any way unlike some other moisturisers.. Definitely another one for the repurchase list!
You Won’t Believe Your Eyes’ Tired Eye Brightening Moisture Serum – £12.50
I hate my under-eyes with a passion so I am forever trying out under-eye products, I was surprised to find three little rollerballs to apply the product which is brilliant for bringing puffy eyes down. The serum is quite silky feeling on the eyes and doesn’t go sticky once it starts to sink into the skin unlike many other products I have tried. I’d say it’s very similar to Simple Kind To Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On with how it goes onto the skin and works. The results are perfect, my eyes are brighter, smoother and the suitcases have gone from under my eyes.. Love it!
Dr Spot’ Super Strength Breakout Clearing Gel – £8
I have only used this a handful of times, but in all honesty, I haven’t noticed much of a difference in my blemishes. It might be because the blemishes I have at the moment are more hormonal than anything so that could be a factor, but I will keep using it twice a day and hope it works! It’s an almost watery gel formula which spreads easily, the only thing I have noticed is it makes my skin drier than usual with these types of products which isn’t ideal. As it stands I doubt I’d buy this again, but things could change.
So that is everything I got from Soap & Glory for now, I will most likely buy more and maybe try out some of their makeup too.. What’s your favourite Soap & Glory products?

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The Body Shop

Recently I’ve been feeling brave with trying out new skincare products because my skin has been pretty bad the past few months due to travelling and a few other factors. A friend recommended I tried out some of The Body Shop products so I bought a few of their recommendations and I’ve been using them for a while now so I thought I would give each a little review.

The Cleansing Brush – £10.00 (in-store exclusive)
Up until now, I was using any cleanser I had to hand and a face cloth to wash it off afterwards.. This was fine when I was using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Cleanser however once it was gone I noticed I was getting little dry patches again, I knew it wasn’t the cleansers I was using because they’ve never caused any problems to my skin before so I thought it must be the cloth and I was right! In the back of my mind, I wanted to get some sort of cleansing brush and I almost bought a Clarisonic brush. After reading many reviews saying that some of the brushes are quite harsh, including the sensitive ones it put me off getting one.. I discovered this little gem out of the blue on a shopping trip with a friend and there we both were, exploding over how soft this brush was! Seriously, next time you‘re near a Body Shop just pop in and touch this brush.. You may find it as difficult to leave behind as we did. 
Since using the brush my skin has improved and it’s almost back to normal which leads me to the next product which is the cleanser I have been using..
I haven’t used any products with tea tree in since my mid teens as it didn’t react with my skin all that well, so I was a little nervous to give it another go. I am pleasantly surprised with how well it has worked with my skin. I really love the smell of this cleanser, to me, it smells like candy canes and since using it my skin has improved dramatically. I usually use this once a night after I remove my makeup for a deep clean. It makes my skin feel much fresher, although I’ve stopped using this one for a little while as I have a lot of partially used cleansers so I’m trying to use them all up. I’ve been using this one when my skin starts to flare up and I also bought the night cream version..
There’s not much more I can say about the lotion that I already have for the cleanser other than it does exactly what it says on the bottle. I’ve always had a few scars on my chin from previous breakouts, but now you can barely see them and under makeup, they’re invisible so if you have acne scarring or anything I definitely recommend it! It’s a very hydrating formula which doesn’t vanish within a few minutes and your skin doesn’t start drying out almost instantly, every morning my skin has felt so soft and has a healthy glow.
This is quite possibly the best daily moisturiser/primer I have used in a long time! For a good few years, I have sworn by the Nivea Daily Essentials Hydrating Primer, but this blows it out the water! It helps my makeup last all day, has a lovely orange smell, brightens and smooths onto the skin perfectly.. I don’t care that you get 30ml for £15 as it’s worth every penny! I know I’m going to end up with the whole range before long.. 
I’ve never been too much of a fan of face masks, I’ve always hated the tight feeling as it’s drying out, however, I have never tried one like this. It doesn’t harden, make your skin feel tight or have a horrid smell like a lot of the masks I have tried in the past. It is a mask that cleanses, polishes and moisturises in one simple step, the oats act as a gentle exfoliator whilst the honey conditions your skin leaving it refreshed and soft. I’ve been using this once a week, usually a Sunday when I know I’m not going to be doing all that much and plan to have a little Netflix binge!
I have tried many different eye creams and gels but nothing has made a huge impact with my undereye problems until I tested this out. It isn’t specifically for anything such as fine lines or dark circles, however for me, it has improved the skin around my eyes, help plump out any annoying little lines and since using this my dark circles have faded too. It doesn’t have any smell whatsoever and a little really does go a long way! I’ve used it morning and night for the past three months and I’ve barely made a dent in the pot.
I know I’m going to be getting a few more bits from The Body Shop soon and I’m excited to try everything out, I’m sure my bathroom will look like a mini store by the end of it! What are your favourites?

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Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

A little while back, I went a tad crazy in Boots and bought quite a few beauty items, one of which being the Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer (£11.99). This is the first proper primer I have used in a very long time and I must say I am impressed with the results!
It’s a lovely velvety soft texture that just smooths onto your skin like a dream and doesn’t stick to any dry patches or roll up into little balls, unlike a few primers I have tried in the past! No matter how lazy I am feeling with my makeup routine, this always makes my skin appear flawless and helps my makeup to look fresh throughout the day.
I am already on my second bottle of this primer and I can see it always being in my makeup collection because I cannot find any faults with this product. If you would like to see what else I bought then you can watch the beauty haul I uploaded on my YouTube channel here!
Just a short and sweet little post as I want to get into blogging again because I do miss it but work is still all over the place but I WILL find some time in my hectic schedule! Thank you so much for all the support and patience you have had with me recently, you’re all little stars!

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PIEBOY Urban Bobble Beanie Hat

Earlier this year I was contacted by PIEBOY asking if I would like to be sent one of their hats to review, now me being a bobble hat lover it was a no brainer! I have been meaning to write this post months ago but I have a few things to deal with and I took on a second job, so my time has been limited.. Better late than never right? 

About PIEBOY

PIEBOY was started by two students at the University of Manchester with the common thought that their University Apparel lacked style and needed something more quirky and cool to wear during a long day of lectures. So the pair created a prototype of their first bobble hat, which is now called the ‘Varsity‘ hat and set up a stall outside of their University. To their surprise the Manchester sold out in no time, everyone went crazy for it including local celebs. PIEBOY quickly became a recognised brand and many other Universities wanted to be a part of it! Within a year the brand became the first independent brand to be sold within University stores, 31 stores in total and the number is still growing! PIEBOY have now branched out into the fashion world by offering two collections… PIEBOY Urban and the limited edition PIEBOY Original.
My thoughts

Throughout the colder months, I love to wear beanie hats! Simply because they keep me nice and cosy and they pull an outfit together. I usually go for black hats because I was never brave enough to step out of that comfort zone, however, I decided to choose the burgundy Urban beanie as I was obsessed with burgundy throughout winter13. 
Okay, so let’s start with the main reason why I love this beanie… The bobble! Unlike a lot of bobble beanies its a mix of two colours, which in my opinion is better than having a solid coloured bobble. The hat itself is quite thick without it looking like a tea-cosy when you wear it. I haven’t been able to wear it recently because it’s been quite warm here for a change, so it’s been sitting in my wardrobe feeling unloved! I’ve been thinking of a few outfits that I could pair this with but you will have to wait and see until England cools down for some outfit posts!
In conclusion, I think PIEBOY beanies are extremely well made, reasonably priced and I cannot wait to wear my beanie in the autumn/winter!

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Review | Braun Silk-épil 7 Epilator

I have been itching to write this review however I thought it would be best to wait a month or so, so I could test it out properly! Now ladies, the dream of having totally smooth legs is no longer a dream! I have been shaving my legs since my early teens and I could never get super smooth legs, so I decided to try a different hair removal process and turned to epilation. Even the word ‘epilator‘ sounded a little scary to me but I bit the bullet and just went for it! I have had my eye on this epilator for quite some time but no matter how many Google searches I did, I couldn’t find a decent review on this particular epilator.

In the end, I bought the Braun Silk-épil 7 SE7681 Epilator with the 5 attachments…

So far I have used the efficiency, massage and shaver cap and I‘m really liking them! The shaver cap is miles better than my current shaver that I have had for quite a few years. It actually gives a close to the skin shave without scratching your skin as you go, which is what mine used to do all the time! Maybe I just needed a new shaver but meh! As for the epilator heads, as this was my first epilator I did stick with the massaging cap for quite some time until I felt brave enough to try out the efficiency cap and in all honestly, I didn’t notice a huge difference between the two. I mean both do hurt a bit, but you get used to it after a while and barely feel it. I haven’t been brave enough to use the epilator on my underarms or bikini area yet, however, I will most likely give it a go at some point.

Now let’s get onto the main attraction! The epilator itself…

A great feature with this epilator is that it has a pivoting head which goes to the contours of your legs so you can get every last hair! Another thing I love is the Smartlight, it’s an extremely helpful feature as it shows up every hair in the epilators path so you can be sure to get every hair. It also has two-speed settings and the slower of which is good for beginners as it can ease you into the feeling the hairs being plucked out by the tweezers.

You also get a travel bag, cleaning brush and pre-epilation wipes (forgot to take a picture of them! How professional!)

Like I said, when I was looking for reviews on this epilator I couldn’t find any detailed reviews, so I wanted to write a post on every detail I can just in case someone is in the same position as me… What I really wanted to know was what it felt like and if it was painful or not. The only way I can describe how it feels is like getting a small static electric shock, just multiple times. As for is it painful? I didn’t think it was, the only times when it did hurt was if there was a hair that was slightly thicker than the rest, however, it all depends on your pain threshold. I am quite the weakling (a Nerf gun bullet bruises me!) but I didn’t find it painful enough that I needed to stop. It really is a case of once you get used to the feeling, you take no notice of it. However, if it gets too painful for you then epilate in the shower or bath, as this model can be used wet or dry. It helps to relax your skin and soothe any pain.
You can buy this epilator from quite a few different places such as Boots, Superdrug and Amazon, however, I bought mine from eBay… Don’t worry it was brand new! I bought it from the shop Best Brands UK which is partnered with P&G. I paid £64.99 as opposed to the £129.99 price tag from Boots. I don’t think it is on offer anymore with Best Brands UK, however, I know there is an offer on Boots’ website where you get 10% off when you spend over £45 (as of 03/04/2014).
If you have any more questions on epilators then feel free to ask below.

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