Monday, 21 March 2016

Review | InstaNatural Argan Oil*

Oils, something I would never hate thought would have become an everyday item in my skincare and haircare routines 4 years ago. I had never heard of oils being used except in massage but I honestly can't live without now. I've recieved a few products from InstaNatural across the last 12 months but the 100% Organic Argan Oil has been one of my all time favourites.

InstaNaturals 100% Organic Argan Oil

I was sent this item to review and leave my honest response on Amazon and it was a good review. 100% oils tend not to smell amazing, this is because there have been no added scents to hide the pretty basic smell. It smells quite nutty but it is bareable; my mum doesn't notice the scent so I think I've just got a luxury noise that's lived its life with added scents and flavours. I am tempting to add a a few drops of lavendar oil to make it smell slightly better!

InstaNaturals 100% Pure Certified Organic Argan Oil

It comes with a screw cap and the pump separate, this really helps to ensure no leakage on shipment. You can keep the screw cap if you'd prefer to use it on your skin and would need a larger amount but the pump cap works for little miss clumsy here!

InstaNaturals 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil

I've used this 4oz bottle since last September (2015) and it is still going strong as I use it twice or three times a week on dry hair as I found it is a bit too heavy for my hair. It has really helped to be part of the revival of my bleach destroyed hair from Summer 2014, my hair was fried and still growing out and through and I did not touch my hair with dye for 18 months till the end of last year. It helped me along the way to keep my hair soft and shiny with my new ombré.

I highly recommend the brand and have tried a few other products from them too! I really want to try out a face serum next, what have you tried?
Toodle pip till next time! xxx

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Mother's Day with Ocean Loans*

We all known times can get tough very quickly, I got made redundant on the 22nd December and it's been really quite tough since. I am self employed but with college and still a small start up business I do find some weeks scraping the barrel! I didn't want to think about it that it was my brother's and dad's birthday and Mother's Day all within a few days of each other when I'd had a rather quite few weeks of work and have a car on finance!

This is where Ocean Loans stepped in! I got £50 to spend and enjoy with my mum and not worry about the finances! It was nice to go out for dinner, we choose Frankie's and Benny's for somewhere relaxed and we could go just the two of us, and not have to worry about choosing the cheapest item on the menu! I had a Mac Stack Burger and my mum had New York Chicken. I didn't remember to take a picture before, but we certainly cleared the plates!

Frankie and Benny's

Plus I wasn't worrying about trying to keep the bill under £20 I got to have a dessert, I choose to have a mixed ice cream and mum had some sort of sundae! It really shows you have more fun when you're not worrying about the bill as I ate mostly everything whereas normally I'm so pent up I don't relax to enjoy my meals. Please excuse the photos it was very very dark!

Frankie and Benny's Desserts

Sanctuary Spa With Love Gift

With £20 still to spend I got Mum a gift from Boots. She always loved Sanctuary Spa since I was little and it's something I always recommend to people looking for gifts for their mums or woman in their life! This is the With Love Gift Set and I have to say I'm disappointed they have flown off the shelves and they look amazing! It contained all full size products and is worth £45 and I got it for the bargain of £19! She absolutely loved it and really wasn't expecting anything else except the meal as she knew my brother was useless and I'd taken her out for dinner! It was great to see her have a nice day as it was the first Mother's Day where she didn't have her mum :(

Sanctuary Spa Moisture Burst Facial Wash 5 Minute Theraml Detox Mask Velvety Hand Cream

Sanctuary Spa White Lily Damask Rose Wash Foaming Creamy Bath Soak

I'd love to say a huge thank you to Ocean Loans for being there when I needed them and I'd love to share with you if you're struggling at the moment and need a little to tide you over then head over to their website and check them out to see if it'll suit you to not have to worry about your finances for a special treat day.

Toodle pip till next time! xxx

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Review | Lime Crime Velvetines

Oh my goodness, I have come across such wonders. Lime Crime Velvetines are not a new product by any stretch of the imagination, however they are new to me. I have heard all of the stories about the scandals but response will be, use Paypal. There are currently 22 shades in the Velventine collection and I proudly own 8 of them. I ordered 4 of mine directly through Lime Crime before Christmas when they had a free shipping to the UK over $50, roughly £30, that included taxes and customs so no nasty costs at my end, then the further 3 on their Valentines Day free shipping deal and I bought another from a lady on one of the makeup selling groups I'm in on Facebook.

Lime Crime are PETA verified vegan and Leaping Bunny verified cruelty free, which is amazing for not only the animals but gives vegans and cruelty free advocates a chance for amazing makeup!

Lime Crime Velvetines

I currently have Buffy, Faded, Shroom, Polly, Riot, Beet It, Salem and Jinx; my brother kindly paid for Riot and Jinx for my Christmas presents and I love my collection. I also own a Perlees lipstick but that'll be for another post. Teddy Bear and Cashmere would be my next to get but 8 is a lot for now! They stock currently at £14.05 (please note varying exchange rates!) on Lime Crime direct, who cover your taxes within the shipping cost and you can pay via PayPal for payment protection or Love Makeup in the UK where it is £13.95.

Lime Crime Velvetines Buffy Faded Shroom Polly Riot BeetIt Salem Jinx Swatch

I'll describe them from left to right in the swatches. Buffy is described as a buff nude. For me it's a true neutral nude, and is really flattering when paired with a bright eye or a neutral look.
Faded is described as a light mauve colour, it's a pale lilac pink to me. I like this shade as it's wearable yet slightly alternative. Lime Crime is known as being a bit of an out there brand but they still do stock many everyday wearable shades suited to all!
Shroom is described as a 90s brown, I'd say light, slightly yellowey brown. That doesn't sound very flattering but when I wore it, I loved it.
Polly is one of my latest shades only receiving last week. It's a proper pink and I find it quite a simple shade really. I think this one would suit most people!

Lime Crime Velvetines Buffy Faded Shroom Polly Riot BeetIt Salem Jinx Swatches

Riot is a red brown, I was worried at first it wouldn't work for me as I'm not a great fan of brown toned reds rather than blue toned reds however I love it. Most comparable Marsala, last year's colour of the year, it's my grown up colour haha!
Beet It is described as a deep berry pink and it's spot on! Berry colours look great on my pale skin and I think it'd be great as a quick simple eye liner flick and berry lip as it looks put together and can transition between daytime and nighttime looks.
Salem is described a true brown. It is the second darkest I own and was most drawn to buy it because of KathleenLights wearing it in the linked video. I've only been brave enough to wear it once so far as I've missed key wearing season but next Autumn I'll make sure to rock it more!
Finally, Jinx is an eggplant (aubergine to us Brits) shade. I also got inspiration from my favourite Youtuber of all time Brittany Balyn on how to wear this shade. She's amazing and wants me to have my hair pastel colours to coordinate with this lip.

Lime Crime Buffy Velvetines Wand

The wands slightly vary between the different velvetines and I'm trying to work out if it's newer design to have a shorter doe foot or it is just random between the shades. Buffy and Shroom have the shorter doe foot as shown above and the rest have the longer applicator. I don't really see the difference between the application of either wand.

Lime Crime Faded Velvetines Wand

I do find I need to use a lip liner to aid me with my wobbly hands but it is not needed for longevity or ease of application, I'm just shaky somedays. The velvetines last me a good 4 hours if I eat oily foods or I've had it last 10 hours before when my lunch hasn't been super oily or anything! They don't transfer onto cups or food or my boyfriend but they will remove some of the colour if you rub your fingers roughly against your lips.

Have you got any Velvetines? Toodle pip till next time! xxx

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Empties | January and February

It's that time again, the start of the month clear out of all the empty bottles and pots I've had hanging around much to my family's confusion!

Superdrug Vitamin E Oat Scrub Origins High Potency Night A Mins Make a Difference Plus Burt Bees Deep cleansing cream Simple rich mosituriser

Skincare was my biggest clear out for the months, I really wanted to empty my skincare drawer so I could reorganise it into better more accessible ways and to use up lots of products that I have had hanging around for ages. A mixture of high end and drugstore, let's hit the high end first. Both of my Origins mosisturisers I have been holding onto to last as long as I could as I loved them and they are so expensive. Origins High Potency Nit-A-Mins is a mineral rich mosituriser that is suited to combination/dry skin which mine definitely is during either the Summer or that time of the month! It's thick and creamy but soaks in quite fast. When I tried to use it a few times I wasn't sure if it was the moisturiser or another thing but definitely most suited to those 2 times of the month. Origins Make-a-Difference Plus+ is my all time favourite night cream. I love the scent and the way it applies, it is a super rich and I did a full review here! I used up a large sample of the Burt Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream too, I really wasn't sure on the scent but I used it willingly, I don't think I will repurchase this however I think I'd love to try the Orange Essence Cleanser.

Superdrug Vitamin E collection has taken my love by miles! I'm currently using 2 of the moisturisers from the range and once I crack through my rest of my skincare I'll be sticking to this range from now on! It's so affordable with the average price being about £2.99 for the products. Superdrug Vitamin E Exfoliating Facial Scrub contains bits of oatmeal as well as grains to help exfoliate yet mositurise the skin to ensure it's smooth and soft. It does get a bit messy with the oats but it's nothing a quick rinse of the sink can't solve. I can't praise the collection enough. Another drugstore mosituriser would be the Simple Rich Moisturiser, I've praised it a lot of the time but I don't find it rich enough for night creams for my dry skin so I used it up throughout the day time. It's lightweight yet nourishing but I think it really has been pushed back by Superdrug - however if you prefer bottles to pots, this is for you!

Avon Winter Rose Bubble Bath Wilko Kiss Face Foam Wash

Christmas still was hanging in my bathroom with Avon Winter Rose Bubble Bath, I always have loved Avon bubble baths and will always purchase them. It smelled lovely and created lots of bubbles, nothing more I can say really! Kiss Face Foam was mentioned in my Winter Skincare Routine; it wasn't too harsh on my dry skin, it just evaporated/sunk in very quickly. Unfortunately Wilko don't stock the whole range anymore but parts of the Kiss range is still available instore and online.

Simple Micellar Water Essence The Lash Curler Mascara Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter

My other Simple empty was the Simple Micellar Water, I liked this but it's not as good as my Garnier one but I'm currently on the hunt for a cruelty free alternative (Simple are, the parent company Unilever is not) - might have to give Superdrug a hunt as Superdrug own brands are 100% cruelty free! Soap and Glory Sugar Crush range reminds me so much of my boyfriend and I first getting together as it was bought for a holiday where we bonded the most; Sugar Crush Body Buttercream is thick and fresh and amazing for mornings or summer! 

Blanx Intense Stain Removal Toothpaste* was sent to be as a natural way to whiten teeth. I loved the toothpaste and wrote a more in depth review here! It works well and has a nice flavour to it, I'm currently using the Classic White toothpaste* and I love it too! My final empty is a long loved product, Essence Mascaras are brilliant and my friends couldn't tell the difference between them and Benefit mascaras except they're animal and bank balance friendly! The Lash Curler* was sent to me as part of the £10 challenge and I was really sad for it to run out, I'm currently using Essence Get Big Lashes* with has more of a bristle brush that The Lash Curler* but I love them both so much! 

What have you used up so far in 2016? Toodle pip till next month! xxx