Friday, 15 September 2017

Australian Bodycare Skin wash | Review

Skincare is super important to me and I just love trying out different skincare products and 'Australian Bodycare' is a new brand to me and I was very happy to give this a whirl.  This product contains tea tree oil which has to be on of my favourite ingredients as it smells gorgeous and it has brilliant properties such as it deep cleans the skin and kills bacteria. 

I have tried other tea tree oil products before such as the body shops tea tree foam cleanser and I just loved it as it refreshed and cleansed my skin beautifully. I first remember using tea tree oil when I got my belly button pierced many years ago now haha.
austrialian bodycare review
 Australian Bodycare has been a leader in tea tree oil products since 1992 and has a variety of high quality different products including; lotions, creams and balms. I contacted them to see if they were cruelty free and vegan and they confirmed via tweet that they were both, happy days! 🌱🐇

The packing of this is nice and simple with a lovely blue background and bold writing with the name of the brand and also the info of the product. Since this is a daily facial wash I like to use this in the morning to refresh my skin and oh my goodness the scent of the tea tree is just out their and clears the air and helps wake me up. The texture is quite thick but its very easy to apply and I just apply it like my usual skincare products.

Australian body care skin wash review
I really like this skin wash as it helps keep my skin clearer especially round my nose as thats the area my of my face that I tend to get spots but since using this its reduced the amount I have. My partner enjoys using this too as he works in the gym so he likes to have his face looking fresh and clean, he actually wants me to repurchase this as he finds it non drying and very long lasting too. 

Prices for this start at £8.25 for 100ml and comes in various different sizes, for more info on this product and more products from 'Australian Bodycare' click here.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

First Impressions | Healthista Products

I was kindly emailed a couple of months ago by 'Healthista' but unfortunately for me it was held in London and I can't really travel that far especially with short notice but the kind people at 'Healthista' decided to send me some of their products to try out to see what I thought of them and me being on a fitness journey I just jumped on the opportunity. 

I will give you all a little insight on what Healthista is all about and basically a feel good website that has info on various subjects including; health, happiness, fitness, sex + love and also looks. On the website they also have a shop which has lots off different health food including their own which is protein, supplements and health foods. I was kindly sent the following products but I have only tried two of them because I like to have a vegan/dairy free diet, I gave the other one to my partner. The products include; lean vegan diet chocolate and night food. 
healthista product review
Seeing as this is a first impressions post I will give you a brief destruction of the products and my thoughts on each of the products so far. To see what I think of them fully then the blog post for that will be in a couple of weeks because I want to use all the products up to give them my final verdict. 

healthista lean vegan protein
 Healthista Lean Vegan Chocolate - £24.99 
This is a nutritionally balanced vegan food supplement which can help assist weight-loss. It is made from pea, rice, hemp and sunflower powder. This can be taken as a shake or in food like porridge, smoothie or anything you like really.

I just love how this tastes very nice and how very different from other protein powders that I have tried in the past, it has a nice spicy element to it that kinda reminds me of a gingerbread man/cake. I am not a big fan of drinking protein shakes I prefer to put them on food and this works wonderfully well with soy milk and porridge! Its so warming and I defiantly recommend it.

healthista night food
Healthista Night Food - £18.95 
This is an antioxidant blend with a calming blend of chamomile, lemon balm, cinnamon and ginger. All of these ingredients help support the nervous system, balance blood sugar and  also help promote relaxation. 

This tastes very nice but I can't personally drink it just as it is as it has quite a strong taste for me. I think il try it with my own cereal bars soon. 

I will be posting more and more fitness posts in the near future and also on my Instagram so follow me on their for updates. 

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Barry M Coconut Infusion Flamingo | Review

Flamingos as you can tell by my blog name are something I love and if you came to my house you would understand how much! I have pretty much flamingo everything from cushions, throws to cups; yep flamingos are a big part of my life because I just love them.

It has been many months since I last bought a nail paint because to be honest I didn't wear it as much as I usually do but that all changed when I went shopping. I spotted a Barry M makeup counter and this nail paint stood out to me and can you guess why? Well of course.. its called 'Flamingo'.
barry m coconut infusion flamingo
Flamingo is a beautiful coral pink shade and its also got a lovely glossy effect to it too. The coconut infusion is defiantly something worth mentioning; its enriched with anti-oxidising  properties with strengthening benefits of hexanal and also vitamins A and C which help repair and replenish nails.

I applied two coats of 'Flamingo' to give it this opaque effect but it did look enough at one coat but me being me, I like to be sure. I did not apply a top coat to this because they look beautifully glossy without it but if you want them to last a little extra I would recommend using a glossy top coat.
barry m coconut infusion flamingo
They are 19 shades to choose from in the coconut infusion range and this is the second one I have bought and each of them I have loved. They are long lasting and are lovely and glossy as well. I am so tempted to get  the rest of them in the range because they all look fab. These cost £5 each and I think they are great value as the above points above. 

Barry M is Cruelty Free and this nail paint is also Vegan too. 🐇🌱
https://www.barrym.com/cruelty-free

More info on the coconut infusion range
Here  

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Cafe Strange Brew, Glasgow

Since moving to Glasgow I have been to many cafes and restaurants! The amount of Vegan options available here is just amazing. Not only does Glasgow have vegan themed restaurants/cafes other restaurants and cafes also cater for vegans so its much easier to go out with friends.

Cafe Strange Brew opened its doors in Shawlands, the Southside of Glasgow in late 2015 and every time me and my partner go past it in the car its always busy, to the point in which there is a queue outift! We wanted to know what all the fuss was about and to see if they had any vegan options and if they were actually anything Strange...... 
cafe strange brew glasgow
I walked to the cafe which was simple to get to if you know Shawlands well, its literally next door to the coop. Parking is literately behind the shop or in the Shawlands arcade which has 2 hours free parking. Inside the cafe it has a good amount of tables to choose from and also a clipboard menu with all the food options on it.

The staff were honestly some of the best staff we have seen at any cafe, they were helpful and made you feel at home. While sitting down we were very impressed by the menu as it has many things that many cafes don't offer, it also has Vegan options, " Hallelujah" and not just salad, lots of yummy food and drinks. It took us ages too actually choose what we wanted because everything sounded lovely. 
cafe strange brew glasgow
When I finally chose i went up to order our food and drinks which were; soya matcha latte, vegan strawberry and peppercorn cake and also leek and potato soup. It took about 10 minutes for all of our food and drinks to arrive and when it did we were so bloody impressed! EVERYTHING looks amazing and almost too good to eat and drink. The soya matcha tea was perfect and it had a tea cup design on it, 'how cool is that?'. The cake was spicy and omg it was just delicous with the matcha latte.

I very impressed with Cafe Strange Brew and we defiantly understand why sometimes they are queues! Its because they are so darn BRILL! We will be returning thats for sure and would recommend it to anyone visiting Glasgow, Southside.

Cafe Strange Brew
1109 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow
G41 3YG

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Too Faced Melted Metals Lipsticks | Review

too faced melted metals lipsticks
I just love lipsticks without a shadow of a doubt but finding a premium cruelty free lipstick can be a bit of a pain if you haven't done your homework beforehand. I have done some digging and found out that lots of different products from Too Faced are not only cruelty free, they are also vegan too. With those thing in mind I couldn't believe my luck when I seen a bunch of different products from too faced in my local TK Maxx including these Melted Metal Lipsticks! I couldn't believe my luck when I found a variety of different shades and I managed to get; Jelly and Bunny.

Too Faced is  Cruelty Free company, for more info click here 
These lipsticks are also vegan friendly 🐇🌱

Packaging
Sometimes when you go to TK Maxx a lot of the products boxes have been broken or the products themselves have been swatched, which is a real shame. I was lucky because by the looks of things I got their just after they put out new stock so the boxes were in perfect condition and were exactly as you would if you bought them out of Debenhams.
too faced melted metals vegan
Texture
For me they are more like a lipgloss rather than a lipstick but they are very pigmented. They aren't sticky and are very smooth once on the lips.

Scent
These had a delicate and sweet smell which isn't overpowering. I think its quite pleasant but i don't think it will be everyones cup of tea.
Application
too faced melted metals review
How long they last?
To be honest they did last for as long as I was expecting, I think they lasted about 2 hours. I know 2 hours doesn't seem long but the main thing for me is that they didn't go drying or patchy and reapplication is a breeze.

My thoughts
Even though they didn't last too long I still love both of these lipsticks! Firstly because they are beautifully pigmented and shiny and they also have a nice scent to them too. I do think they are a little overpriced at £19.50 but I am glad I got them for an affordable price in TK Maxx.


Pros

  • Beautifully pigmented 
  • Lots of different shades to choose from 
  • Easy application
  • Nice scent 
  • Gorgeous packaging 
Con
  • Don't last long
Price and Where to Buy
Prices for this, I personally got these for £4.99 each in TK Maxx. They are also available in Debenhams for £19.50 in the link here. 



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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation & Serum | Review

kat von d lock foundation review
I have been a big fan of Kat Von D for a fair few number of years now, even well before she had a makeup line back when she was on LA Ink. When her makeup line came out in America I was thrilled and was sooo tempted to try the makeup but they did not deliver to the UK at that time which was a little disappointing but I always held hope that it would eventually land in the UK and thankfully it did when Debenhams announced they were going to stock Kat Von D!  

Kat Von D Beauty is Cruelty Free with plenty of vegan options, more info on Peta here 🐇

When they made a Kat Von D counter in Debenhams in Glasgow, I just couldn't wait to see the makeup counter! The counter itself was very easy to find as it is designed beautifully with a gothic twist with lots of mirrors and counters showing a variety of different makeup they have to offer from lipsticks to makeup brushes.
kat von d foundation and primer review
Packaging 
Beautiful. It is just perfectly designed and I think it compliments Kat Von D as its designed with tattoo design writing on the box and also on the bottles of the primer and the foundation too. The box is very thick so if you decided to keep the box "like myself" then it would last a long time if taken care off. The bottles also feature an airless chamber which prevents contamination and keeps the foundation fresh. I love how the bottles look like glass and the pumps are covered with mini covers which look like royal seals.  The seals on the bottles can be taken off simply and put back on again after each use. 

Texture 
The Hydrating Primer 
The primer is milky white in colour and it comes out of the bottle with a pump action. The primer itself is very light as its water based meaning its very easy to apply onto the skin. It has a nice feel to it and it has a silky matte finish.  

The Foundation 
This was much thicker in texture than the primer but it came out the same was as the primer, it comes out with a pump action and even though it is thicker it still has a silky feel to it. 
kat von d foundation and serum review uk
Application 
The Hydrating Primer 
I used 2 pumps which gave me about a peas size amount each time and I applied it to my skin with my fingers and massaged into my skin like I do with my usual facial moisturisers. Once applied to the skin it took only a few minutes for it to dry ready for the foundation. The primer which is water based has high-tech polymers which minimise pores and give the skin a smoother finish for the foundation. 

The Foundation 
I am always a bit hesitant using my premium products as I don't like using them too much because of the price so I was hoping application with this foundation would be ok and thankfully I only needed 2 pumps of the foundation to give my face a full coverage finish. I applied the foundation with my trusty and most favourite makeup sponge ((Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge)) which help put this foundation on effortlessly. I love the way this foundation makes my skin look dewy with a subtle glow, wish I bought this foundation so much sooner!

Scent 
The Hydrating Primer 
This has a delicate scent which I can't put my finger on what it is is but it does smell lovely and is not over powering, its delicate and matches perfectly with the foundation. 


The foundation 
Thankfully this had no scent at all. I am not a fan on foundations with too much of a scent.
kat von d foundation light 44 cool review
Do they last though? 
I can honestly say that the combination really impressed me so much! I went to wedding last month and the wedding was a whole day event and my makeup stayed in place.... even with me dancing and the weather being very hot. I took it off when I got home after the wedding and I can honestly say it looked pretty much the same as it did when I left earlier that day. I was kinda reluctant to take it off because my makeup was still slaying but you know skincare is very important so I had to take it off "boo".
Kat Von D Foundation and Primer swatches

Pros 

  • Medium to heavy coverage : For me personally I like a heavier foundation and find this one the best one I have tried so far.
  • Easy to apply: Even though this is a heavier foundation it applied like cream and blended pretty quickly, which is fab!
  • Dewy, Matte finish: I just love the finish, it makes my complexion look smooth and a nice glow to it too.
  • Sublime packaging: I am one of those people who just love the packaging on products just as much as the products and these ones win hands down. 
  • Long lasting: The combination of the primer and the foundation is just perfect, they defiantly compliment each other to help the foundation last all day.
  • Primer works well with foundation and on its own: Even on no makeup days this primer feels amazing on the skin, it smoothes my skin and feels lovely. 


Cons

  • Can feel heavy: On a normal day it feels fine but on those warmer days it can feel a little heavy but nothing too much just something I thought I should mention. 
  • Expensive: I know they aren't the most expensive on the market but for me I will be using them for special occasions and weekends haha. 
Price and Where to Buy
Kat Von D - 'Lock-It" Hydrating Primer // £24
Kat Von D - 'Lock-It" Liquid Foundation 30ml // £27

Both on sale on the Debenhams Website and also in some Debenhams round the country. 

Do you have any Kat Von D makeup? What are your favourites? 

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Fair Squared Fair Trade Skincare | Review

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well? 
Skincare is a very important part of my daily routine so I was super happy when Fair Squared sent me these 2 amazing products "Rich Body Lotion in Coconut" and "Coconut Body Scrub" and I was very eager to give them a try because I absolutely love the smell of coconut.

Fair Squared is a fair trade company that sell a variety of skincare, haircare and even condoms! All of their products are cruelty free and vegan. One of the things I love about this brand is that they tell you where about the fair trade products are from with lots of interesting and worth knowing information.
Fair Squared Products are 
  • Fair Trade Natural Cosmetics ( Fairly Produced Ingredients)
  • Nature ( Naturally Produced)
  • Vegan ( No Animal Products)
  • Halal ( No Alcohol)
  • Cruelty Free ( No Animal Testing)


Coconut Body Lotion 
The packaging on this is very nice and simple and has a very handy pump top which makes it easy to get the moisturiser out of the bottle, each pump gives a decent amount of product and I used about 3 pumps to cover all the areas I needed and it soaked into my skin relatively quickly without any greasiness. The texture was very smooth and is very similar consistency to palmers coconut body lotion which is smooth and silky too, it helped my skin feel softer after a week of using it and it reduced how dry some parts of my skin were.

Application was simple enough too do with its simple pump action top and as I said above just 3 pumps was enough. The scent wasn't overpowering as a matter of fact it was the opposite of a lot of moisturisers I have tried before it has a delicate scent of coconut which is fab as sometimes overpowering scents can be a put off.

The fair trade ingredients in this are fair trade coconut oil from Sri Lanka and also fair trade olive oil from Palestine.
Coconut Body Scrub 
It has been ages since I had tried a body scrub before so trying this was such great fun! This is an exfoliator with coconut flakes that helps to gently buff away any dry skin and at the same time moisturise the skin. The packaging is the same as the above but it a jar form, the lid is simple to remove with a screw top and the texture is very unique il give it that! It kinda reminds me of fruit compote with all the bits inside of this. 

I applied this by scooping bits up at a time to parts of my body that get the driest which tends to be my elbows, knees and also behind my neck, one decent size scoop was enough for all of those areas and after applying and removing in the shower it did make a difference and my driest areas aren't as dry as they once were, I best remind myself to do this at least once a week haha. As above this had a very nice delicate coconut scent and has the same fair trade ingredients as above. 

Price and Where to Buy?
At the moment Fair Squared is only available online at Fair2.me which can be listed here. 

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Lush Metamorphosis | Review

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well?
For me bath times are more of a hobby rather than to get clean because me and my partner just love lush baths and I have explained why in a recent post. I have tried many different bath products over the years and I think it is the novelty of it that makes me buy them and the reason I say that is because I love watching them create different effects, colours and smells in my bath. 

I recently got myself a mini haul of bath products I haven't tried before and they are 'Yellow Submarine' and the one this post is about it 'Metamorphosis' and they are both quirky and nice to look at bath bombs so lets see how they got on shall we?

lush metamorphosis bath bomb
This is a very unique looking bath bomb and it totally reminds me of the death star wars, anyone else thing it does? I had some very big expectations of Metamorphosis because it looks very different from the usual bath products from lush and it had a lovely scent too, so as you can guess I was super duper excited to give this a whirl. 

Key Ingredients 
Black Pepper Oil 
Cinnamon Leaf Oil 
Myrrh Resinoid  

lush metamorphosis bath bomb
I was very keen to fill my bath up with warm water because I was so excited to finally put this in my bath because I was hoping it would be super colourful inside giving a lovely display but sadly for me personally it was a bit of a let down, if you click on my youtube video below you will understand why because to be honest it doesn't look nice at all and not only that it makes such a big mess of the bath after you finished with it too and its not exactly the easiest to clean off either unfortunately.

I was excited to try it but wow it surprised me at how disappointing it was for me and my partner, it wasn't as fragrant as we were expecting and the display wasn't what we were expecting either so this has to be our most disappointing product we have tried so far. I don't like being negative at all but you know I like to be honest with you all because thats me I like to be honest and I would rather know if someone felt the same way about a product that wasn't up to scratch. 

Even though this looked amazing, I can't deny that, I can't see myself buying this again especially as it cost an eye watering £4.25. I am looking forward to trying more lush products in the future though.

Lush or Leave?
sadly it has to be leave

Rating
2 / 10 





for more info on the ingredients and Metamorphosis check the lush website below
*Here*

What have you bought in Lush lately?
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Monday, 5 June 2017

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub | Review

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well?
In the spring and summer I like to take a little extra care with my skincare because my skin gets quite dry and irritated if I don't take extra care of it, so I try my hardest to keep on top of it and with my lips I tend to wear a balm when needs be and also a lip scrub before lipstick or whenever my lips feel dry and I have loved lip scrubs before including Lush's bubblegum lip scrub which tastes amazing and leaves my lips feel so blooming smooth and moisturised. 

Lush has a variety of different lip scrubs;  Popcorn, Bubblegum, Honey and the one I got in my recent haul from lush is called Mint Julips. Lip scrubs have a variety of different benefits and they are good for exfoliating dry and chapped lips, giving lips an even texture. They cost £5.75 which I think is pretty amazing because I still have mine which I bought at Easter last year and its still going strong and works wonderfully.
lush mint julips lip scrub review
The packaging on the lip scrubs is all the same with the glass and hard plastic top and the only variation that is on holiday editions such as Christmas, Valentine's Day etc can have a different colour of label just like Kiss lip scrub which is a pink label rather than the lush label.

Ingredients 
Caster Sugar 
Caster sugar is a very fine sugar and dissolves very quickly on the lips, its perfect as a gentle scrub to remove dead cells and brilliant at moisturising lips.
Organic Jojoba Oil
This is a liquid wax which comes from cold pressing seeds from jojoba scrub, the benefits of this is hydrating the skin.
Vanilla Extract 
This is one of the scents of the lip scrub and we all know how lovely vanilla can smell in cakes, perfumes and other makeup products. Vanilla is one of the most expensive spices after saffron.
Tagetes Oil 
This is from the stems of a plant called the mexican marigold (also known as T.minta) This is a natural preservatives that preserves cosmetics, perfumes and also flavouring foods too.
Peppermint Oil 
Has many benefits and has been used for 10,000 years but not only that it has a beautiful smell which is very refreshing.
Limonene
This is colourless or a pale yellow and helps uplift fragrances to give them that extra smelling power that we all love from lush.

lush mint julips lip scrub
How to use
Put a generous amount on fingers tips and apply to the lips, I then like the pucker my lips together so my lips are covered in the lip scrub and that way I can feel the caster sugar actually exfoliate my lips. I usually do that for about a minute and either just lick it off (it tastes lovely!) or I just wipe it off with a wipe and it comes off very easily.

Once the lip scrub is off lips are moisturised and exfoliated and you can leave them be or it can be the perfect base for a balm, gloss or a lipstick too.

My thoughts 
I love the minty freshness of this lip scrub and it also has a subtle chocolate taste too which is very pleasant and reminds me of after 8s which reminds me I need to get some more snacks I am quite peckish ahah!! Even though this is amazing and will continue to use this as it is the bees knees at moisturising and exfoliating, the bubblegum one is still firmly my favourite.

More info below
Lush Julips Lip Scrub - £5.75

Have you tried a lip scrub before?

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Lush Summer Haul

Hi Lovelies 
It has been sooooooo long since I went to Lush and the main reason being is I have tried most products ( well over 50 products) If you want to see what Lush products I have tried over the years I have put them all in my product directory. I am hoping to actually try the Kitchen Exclusives which are only available online and in Londons Oxford Street, I am going to order them soon hopefully when I get a chance to see what I want to buy but you know I really wish they would put them around the country rather than just one Lush shop and it's not like I can go to London that easily because I am a busy mum of  3 and I live in Glasgow and London is over 400 miles aways. They are so many kitchen exclusive products I want to try BUT I really like seeing things before I buy them if you know what I mean. 
lush summer haul
 What I bought
Modfather Bubble Bar ( RRP £3.95) vegan
This bubble bar is in the fathers day collection and is shaped like a bullseye with the bright colours of blue, red and white. It has a very nice smell which is very citrusy ( Brazilian orange oil) I can't wait to try this and the main reason I bought it is because it smells lovely and you can't go wrong with a lush bath they are heavenly.

Mint Juleps Lip Scrub ( RRP £5.75) vegan 
I bought this because I just loved the bubblegum lip scrub which I bought last year and that has nearly finished now so I needed a replacement. I wasn't so keen on the kiss lip scrub as the sea salt made it quite bitter so I wanted something to replace that. I had a smell of all of the lip scrubs and this one won because it has a very fresh minty smell which reminds me of after eight mints.

Kerbside Violet Solid Perfume (RRP £10.00) vegan 
I finally have this! YAY! This perfume has been on my wish list for a long time and now I finally have it. Not only is this a new perfume for me it's actually the first time I have tried a solid perfume, I have only tried spray and oil perfumes before so this will be a first for me.
lush mini haul

I am looking forward to trying all of these products and I will be writing a full review on each one of them in the very  near future so keep an eye for those posts.

Have you been to Lush lately?

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Barry M Crush | Review

Hi Lovelies 
It has been such a long time since I last did a blog post about a nail paints, which is a bit not like me because I have so many nail paints in my collection and it would be great to show you them all ( hopefully in the near future when I get the chance). Todays #NOTD is a matte nail paint from Barry M and is a beautiful autumn burgundy shade.

 I don't usually wear matte nail paints because somehow quite a lot of them don't work out well for me even if I use the right top coat and base coat. I had my fingers crossed this one would be much better then the ones I tried before. 
barry m crush review
 Barry M is a cruelty free company that sell lots of different nail paints and makeup alike. They also have a clear labelling system of whats vegan and things that are have this label on them like this one. Crush is vegan friendly.

Crush comes in a 10ml bottle and costs £3.99 on the Barry M website but if you like to save money like me they are usually on offer in Superdrug on a  3 for 2 offer every now and again.

As much as I want to love this nail paint, I can't say it was completely brilliant because it was probably one of my least favourite nail paints I have tried from Barry M. I put on a matte base coat and waited for that to dry then applied a layer of crush on it and it was VERY streaky and quite thick to apply too. It didn't get much better once I applied another coat, it still looked very streaky but another coat didn't look like it would of fixed it so I decided to put a glossy top coat on top of it instead and that helped it a lot and it looked so much better.

I didn't like the matte effect because it looked a little too streaky for me ( might work for others) but it did look better after the glossy coat I applied on top of it. I have worn it for a few days now and it looks pretty good with no chips on them so far.
barry m crush matte review

Barry M products are available in Boots, Superdrug and also on the Barry M website which a link is below ( for more info on product)
here

What is your favourite nail paint? 

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Dr Botanicals Facial Oil | Review

Hi Lovelies 
When it comes to skincare I remind myself of the women in the film 'Death becomes her' the film about 2 women who are rivals who both take a immortality treatment. I rival none one like the film but I do take a lot of care when it comes to my skincare and the more natural the skincare product the better. I have tried so many Dr Botanicals products such as their advanced overnight masque which is so dreamy on my skin, its thick and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised every morning after I use it. 

This facial oil is cruelty free and also vegan certified and is made for  so many uses including; dry skin, fine lines and nourishing skin. It is also 100% natural and free from parabens and harmful preservative free. The oil has 3 active ingredients and they are blackcurrant seed oil which helps to nourish and strengthen the skin, wild plum which has some amazing skin properties to fight signs of ageing and also sea minerals which help improve vitality of skin cells. 
dr bonticals facial oil review
How to use it
With serums I like to put them on before I put my moisturisers on, sometimes I will put this on twice a day depending on how my skin feels. This serum is very thick but sinks into the skin quickly to give a nice radiant glow. 

Why use a serum?
Well it's totally up to you if you want to use one but for me its upped my skincare regime as it gives it that extra push with the extra nutiruents if you know what I mean. 

dr bonticals vegan
My Thoughts
Me and my mum actually tried this facial oil together followed by the advanced overnight masque, before applying these though I would recommend removing all makeup and cleansing your face as its best to use any skincare products on makeup free face.

My mum actually loved the combination of both of these products and its actually made her think more about skincare because she hasn't used skincare products for a long time because she doesn't like using unnatural ingredients products so these are just perfect for her.  She commented and said it made her skin feel more softer and more radiant.

The oil is thick and you only need between 3-4 drops to cover the entire face and neck, its best to wait a couple of minutes before applying a moisturiser so the serum has a chance to skin into the skin. It has a nice delicate scent which is quite refreshing especially combined with other Dr Bontaical products. 

If you want to treat yourself to this facial oil I have a MASSIVE discount for you guys and the code is FRUITYBLOG which reduces from £67.50 to only £19.99

Dr botanicals facial oil

Melissa x
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Monday, 10 April 2017

Models Own Chrome Red | Review

models own chrome review
Hi Lovelies
I just love painting my nails and my all time favourite shade to paint my nails has to be red, for me its very bold and makes me feel so much more confident and its very much like red lipstick for me as it's so bright and reminds me so much of retro glamour. Do any of my fabulous readers/bloggers feel that way about red? Models Own are a brand I have heard about for a few years now and I remember first hearing about them when I first started blogging almost 3 years ago now. Fast forward to now I still use the brand and still buy from the brand now. 

I remember first seeing small amounts of Models Own nail polishes in River Island a fair few years back and now the shops are dotted around the country ( they are shaped like giant nail polish bottles) Not only do they sell nail polishes they also sell other products such as makeup, brushes and skincare. 
models own chrome red
models own chrome red review

Models Own Colour Chrome Collection
This collection is inspired by liquid metal so they all have that effect and in the collection they are 10 shades in this collection in a variety of different colours. They all have a shiny foil finish. Shades in the collection include chrome silver, chrome copper, chrome mauve, chrome cerise, chrome turquoise, chrome grey, chrome gold, chrome indigo and chrome rose.

Application 
It has a very easy to use brush and it gave the right amount every time for each nail without the need for re-dipping more than once for each nail. It looks quite nice with one coat but for more opaque look I would 100% recommend 2 coats for more intense look. The drying time is pretty good too and for each nail was under a minute so I would recommend having 15 minutes of time for your nails so you can have time for them to dry and of course the application.

packaging - 5/5 love the vibrant chrome red
application - 5/5 a breeze, saved me time 
texture - 4/5 make sure not too much on brush or 
it can be quite thick textured, 
pigmentation - 5/5 love it, defiantly like chrome red
 long lasting? - 4/5 lasted 3 days looking vibrant, before
chipping.
scent - 3/5 like a standard nail product
price - 5/5 very fair price at £4.99

My thoughts 
I actually liked this quite a lot and it sure stands out when you wear it. I have wore this a few times since I purchased this a few months ago and I still love it. It has a decent lasting time before chipping but I am sure they must be a top coat out there that will help this nail polish show its full long lasting potential. I am very tempted to get more of these especially chrome mauve and turquoise.

Have you got any favourites from Models Own?

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Lush Lovestruck Bubble Bar | Review

lush lovestruck bubble bar review
Hi Lovlies
How adorable is this Lush Bubble bar from Lush? This bubble bar is called Lovestruck and is from my Valentine's Day Haul and I have only just got round to using this because I didn't want to use it because you know, its just too cute! I only used it because my partner said we should try this one before we buy anymore Lush products so yes that won.. MORE LUSH always wins for me haha.

Lovestuck is bubble bar and it cost me £4.25 which is a bit whoa for a bubble bar but it could possible be used more than once if you like to mix different bubble bars up for a lush bath. I decided to use this whole since I was sharing bath with my partner at the time. It is in the shape of an Emoji and the this is one with hearts for eyes, I tend to use this emoji for food or makeup ahah.
lush lovestruck bubble bar
First Impressions
What's not to love about this bubble bar? Lovestruck is beautifully bright with a lovely smiley and bright heart shaped eyes. If you like using emojis than this is perfect for you because it looks so cheeky to me. Its also a decent size for using more than once and also as I said above for mixing different bath products, I have still to do that but I need to in the future.

Fragrance 
For me the first scent I could smell was citrus and I wasn't sure of the rest until I looked on the Lush website for confirmation, so Il write them down here. Sicilian Lemon Oil, Geranium Oil and Petitgrain Oil.
lush lovestruck bubble bar in bath
Ingredients 
Cruelty free & Vegan 
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Conflour , Sicilian Lemon Oil, Geranium Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Cintronellol, Farnesol, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200 and Colour 47005.

 My Thoughts
I just LOVE bubble bars because I enjoy crumbling them under warm running water, you see all the lovely colours and bubbles are much more intense this way. As soon as I put Lovestruck under the tap and crumbled it delicately in my hands it felt soft and easy to squash, as soon as it hit the water the bubbles actually came before the yellow. They smiley mouth and heart shaped eyes were the first too go and the combination of them both made the whole bath orange to start with. Once the whole bubble bar melted it turned my bath bright yellow exactly like an EMOJI LOL.

This was a lovely bubble bar and the fragrance was pleasant enough, me and my partner stayed in the bath for ages because the smell was lovely citrusy scent. We talked for ages about so many things and I think this was a factor for us. It was also moisturising and felt soft on the skin.

For more on Lush Lovestruck bubble Bar click below
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Monday, 27 February 2017

Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub | Review

lush the kiss lip scrub
The Kiss?...

Hi Lovelies 
Lush make some absolutely spectacular products from bath products, skincare and makeup and so far I have just loved all of their lip scrubs I have tried. I was pretty much sold on this lip scrub because I just loved the name 'The Kiss' and it matched quite nicely with the Valentine's Day collection, not only that inside of it has little hearts which is darn cute. ( they are edible too).

Lip scrubs are literally a must have to anyones makeup collection, they are great for keeping your lips soft and moisturised and another reason is they make matte or liquid  lipsticks last that extra bit longer. I remember applying liquid/matte lipsticks before using a lip scrub and it was so much dryer and cracked and looked dry before long, lip scrubs took care of that and keep my lipsticks looking smooth and easier to apply. 

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Lush the kiss lip scrub review
First Impressions 
I just had to get this because I love pink and the fact it had red hearts inside just made 'switch on' in my brain to actually get this. I love trying different seasonal products because they aren't available all year round. I didn't not want to get this incase I regretted not giving it a try. 

Fragrance
This lip scrub 3 essential ingredients which are; Sicilian Mandarin Oil , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter and Fine Sea Salt. Now I wasn't sure once I got this home if these ingredients would go together well, I waited till I tried it to give it my full verdict.

When I opened the lid the first thing I could smell was the Sicilian oil which was had a nice sweet element to it. Inside also was bright pink with lots of red fine salt hearts.

Ingredients
Vegan 
Caster Sugar, Sunflower Oil(Carthamus tinctorius), Fine Sea Salt, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Red Edible Hearts and Soft Pink Glimmer Lustre,(Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium carboy methyl cellulose, Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Potassium Aluminium Sillcate, Colour 16255), Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus Noblis), Almond Essential Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Amara), Cornflour (Zea mays). Geraniol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 15850:1

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lush the kiss lip scrub reviewFinal Thoughts
You know something I honestly don't like giving bad reviews because honestly I really love about 95%of Lush products. I will give you the good points about this but I will give my honest opinions on why this isn't my favourite too because you know something I like to be honest with my readers. 

The Good; As with all lush lip scrubs this is very moisturising and a little bit goes along way with this.

The not so good for me; Now I have tried this a few times and I do love the Sicilian mandarin oil but once you get the salt heart on lips, it doesn't taste very pleasant (my own personal opinion). I honestly can't say I like the combination unfortunately and either does my partner.

Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub £5.75

Have you tried a Lip Scrub before? What is your favourite?

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Lush Cupid Bath Bomb | Review

lush cupid bath bomb review
Valentine's Day is a day which is very much like marmite you either you love or you don't and me for one am not a fan to be honest. I am not saying that I don't love my partner its just we have certain times of the year we like celebrating and for us Valentine's Day is always so busy everywhere or booked and not only that he works a lot too. We have some days dedicated to going out together for events, meals or just movie nights in having a loving cuddle.

 hen why the heck did I buy the lush Valentine's Day collection do you ask? Well I'm a sucker when it comes to Lush holiday collections and this collection is so freaking adorable especially with the fact they have a unicorn horn and lots of love heart themed things. I bought a few gorgeous products in my Lush Valentine's Day Haul so it you want to see it give that wee link a click to see what amazing things I bought.

lush valentines day
Now I must apologise for the quality of the photos of cupid in the bath, I had to use my phone camera as my camera needed to be charged. I will be remembering next time as I love showing you all the true beauty of Lush products.

First Impressions
Because valentines is all about love I just had to get this as its shaped like a love heart with cupids bow. I have to admit I just think its just adorable and the smell goes perfect with it too. The heart is pastel pink like candy and the arrow is a lovely hot pink.

The price is a decent price of £2.95 which is fair since it is not as big as a lot of the other bath bombs in Lush. 

Fragrance
As I said above the scent is just GORGEOUS! It has a lovely sweet fragrance and the 4 key fragrances in cupid are Persian Lime oil, Bergamot Oil, Violet Leaf absolute and Rose petal powder.
lush cupid valentines day collection
Final Thoughts
After I filled my bath with lovely warm water I dropped this into the bath gently and as soon as I did that this beauty started to slowly fizz and release white and pink in all directions until it started swirling. Usually bath products melt or fizz away quite quickly but this was the opposite this is a slow melter with lots of soft foam bubbles that feel lovely on the hand.

I went in the bath with my partner and we both noticed how beautiful the smell of the violet and other scents went together so nicely, it reminded us both of the retro and still one of my favourite sweets parma violets. Once in the bath this was still melting showing us how gorgeous the swirls of hot pink and white went together, I think it took about 10 minutes to completely melt and even then I helped it a little by squashing it.

After getting out the bath I smelt exactly like this and the smell of violets stayed on my skin until the next day which I just love about lush products. One thing I know and I do is when I have a lush bath I tend to do more skincare things like wear a face mask and put lots of serum on my skin and body moisturiser. 

If you like sweet smelling Lush products then yes this worth buying, its also quite nice display if display is one of the reasons you buy lush products.

Available online and instore.
Lush Cupid Bath Bomb // £2.95 

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