29 June 2016

Different Uses For Coconut Oil | Skincare and Haircare

Vita Coco Extra Virgin Coconut oil beauty health and skincare uses

Vita Coco extra virgin Coconut oil beauty health and skincare uses

Coconut oil has been all the rage recently, with bloggers and vloggers alike singing its praises. There are just so many uses for it, all of which are organic too providing you use virgin or extra virgin coconut oil. From eating, health, beauty and skincare uses, I think everybody needs a tub of this in their cupboards. Below I have made a list of great uses for this amazing oil, feel free to leave some of your own suggestions in the comment section below. 

Cooking: Instead of regular oil, use coconut oil instead to cook with. Use it to quickly fry and cook a variety of foods in a shallow frying pan for a healthier meal. 

Shaving: Not have any shaving cream? Just lather this coconut oil on your legs for a smooth finish, moisturising your skin as you shave!

Dental Care: When I first heard of oil pulling I was completely confused as to what it was. Now after some research I have understood what all the fuss is about. Simply pop a teaspoon of oil into your mouth for 15-20 minutes, which I like to do as I shower, and then spit out. Continue with your usual brushing routine as usual. This has so many amazing benefits including whitening our teeth and stabilising loose teeth, both of which really appealed to me because of my guilty sweet-tooth!

Make-up Remover & Cleanser: Remove stubborn make-up by putting a bit of oil on a cotton pad and wipe over your face to remove your make-up and moisturise your skin whilst cleansing it at the same time. 

Overnight Serum: Recently before bed every night I like to use coconut oil on my face instead of a night cream. It moisturises your skin and even pigmentation for a brighter complexion in the morning. However, some people have reacted badly by doing this so please do a patch test before applying it all over!

Eye Cream: Apply under eyes just before bed to fade dark circles and moisturise the sensitive area. 

Face Scrub: Mix oil with sugar and a little lemon for a brightening face exfoliator to use once a week for clearer skin. 

Body Scrub: Exfoliate your body by mixing adding sea salt to the oil, as well as any of your favourite scented lotion if you wish. Not only will this get rid of dead sin cells but it will also moisturise your skin for longer than a regular body lotion. 

Body Oil: After a hot shower, simply moisturise some oil onto your body for softer skin.

Hair Mask: After washing your hair, apply this from the nape of your neck downwards and wash out after 10-20 minutes depending on your personal preference. You can use this on its own (after shampooing) or after using your regular conditioner for a deeper treatment.

Leave-in Conditioner: Alternatively, just apply this to the tips of your hair for healthier looking locks. 

Lip Scrub: Add salt or sugar into some oil, and apply onto lips in a circular motion. For better exfoliation, use a soft towel to really get rid of the dead skin on your lips. Do use a lip balm on top though as your lips may get a little puffy.

Hand and Nail moisturiser: Simply rub a little bit of coconut oil in between your fingers and moisturise gently into your cuticles for healthier and stronger nails. Rub the rest of the oil all over your hands and put on some cotton gloves as you sleep for thorough overnight moisture 

Overnight Moisturiser: For beautifully soft skin, add to your hands and feet at night time, then put on some cotton gloves and cotton socks. Come morning time, you'll instantly be manicure and pedicure ready.

So there you have it! That is quite a list, but if you have anything to add, feel free to share. I hope this inspired you into purchasing coconut oil and using it for things you never even thought of!

26 June 2016

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation | Review

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation Review

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation | Review

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation swatches and Review

Whenever someone asks me to recommend a foundation for them, the first one that comes to mind is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. This was the first ever foundation I started using after seeing Essie Button constantly using this, and to this day it is still my go-to base for everyday wear. It also apparently contains vitamins that tackle fatigued skin, but honestly I'm not sure 100% sure this claim is true! I understand that the lightweight formula doesn't block pores as much as a heavy-duty foundation would, but I don't think it can fade dark circles or anything like that. It can make them a look a ton better though, which is what we want from a foundation anyway! 

Product Description (what they say)
Give your skin a boost of radiance with a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula for an even complexion and an instant anti-fatigue result!
Its fresh and instant blending gel texture blends and glides onto the skin for an even, natural finish with no mask effect. Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are smoothed and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours.
Made from vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula with litchi, goji berries and pomegranates.

It is available in 6 shades, yet I have heard from many people that they don't cater to their paler skin. Being of an Asian origin, I didn't have a problem finding the right shade but I can understand why for some it would feel limited. 
Packaged in a lovely, sleek glass bottle, the foundation itself didn't disappoint. The formula is gel-like that blends into the skin to give off a lovely dewy finish. If you guys know me at all, you probably know that I adore a dewy and glowing skin. It offers medium coverage but I found that you can easily build it up and it won't end up looking cakey at all. Whats more, I adore the pleasant fruity scent which makes a lovely change from other foundations. 
If you have dry or dehydrated skin like me, this is perfect! I used to fear wearing foundation because whichever one I used, it would crumble on my face as I applied it especially because I didn't wear loads. But with this, I can just dab a small pump of product under my eyes, around my nose with particular focus on the centre of my face where the light hits for a healthier glowing look. 
For the summer, I love wearing just this foundation alone, but for a higher coverage and a more toned down, semi-matte finish I simply powder my face to set it all in place to last the entire day which it sure will do. 
Thats all for now then folks! Have you tried the Healthy Mix Serum or do you prefer another foundation which you deem worthy enough to be your holy grail drugstore product? Feel free to comment below. 

19 June 2016

Quick Fix Facials Brightening Peel Mask | Review

Quick Fix Facials Brightening Peel Mask | Review for dull and uneven skin

Quick Fix Facials Brightening Peel Mask | Review for dull and uneven skin

After searching the shops for a good, budget-friendly face mask, I came across this one from Quick Fix Facials at my local Boots store and it appealed to me straight away. 
There were loads of varieties available, including: 
Calming Clay Mask
Exfoliating Scrub Mask
Charcoal Mask
Mega Moisture Gel Mask
Anti-Blemsih Mud Mask
And the one that I opted for: Brightening Peel Mask

They come in quirky bright colours and you are likely to find one which best suits your needs. I felt  my skin needed a nice pick-me-up, something that made me look and feel refreshed for the long hot summer days. It felt so dull and I think the winter weather really took its toll on my complexion. My dark circles and uneven skin colour seemed even more prominent. So I decided to give this mask a shot.

Its not the easiest mask to apply and the product was actually a thicker gel-like consistency than I expected which meant you needed quite a bit of product to cover the entire face. However, I figured this can only mean good things as once it was on it dried pretty well after leaving it for around 10 minutes. Then came the fun part: peeling it off. I'm one of those people that finds peeling things quite satisfying (Was it just me or did anybody else used to put PVA glue on their fingers just to peel it off when it was dry?) 

Straight away, I could feel a difference to my skin. My face felt plumper and my skin honestly looked a little brighter and evened out. Even my mum noticed that something about me looked different, which is really saying something! I love doing this on the days I don't feel like wearing any make-up because it gives me the confidence after feeling fresh-faced and having a somewhat brighter complexion. 

I haven't used it in a about a week and my skin has begun to look a little dull again so I guess it needs to be a regular application, like anything, to properly work.

I have to say though, at just £4.99 it was money well spent. I hope the product lasts for a while as it was a little smaller than I expected (100ml) but I can't wait to try out the other masks in the range!

15 June 2016

Soap and Glory Eye Primer | Review

Soap and Glory Eye Primer | Review

Soap and Glory Eye Primer | Review

Soap and Glory Eye Primer | Review

I have been on the hunt for a drugstore eye primer for a while. I stumbled across this Soap and Glory It's About Primer eyeshadow base whilst browsing around my local Boots store. I've not heard anything about it within the blogging community but I thought its worth a try to see how it is. I am already a huge fan of Soap and Glory, including their skincare but I've only jut started to get into their cosmetic range (I've previously review the Thick and Fast Mascara which you can find here). 

It comes in 2 colours: Smokey is a nice light grey colour great for smoky eye looks like the name suggests. I chose the shade Bright Light as it looks like a simple cream colour that I hoped would brighten my eyes while keeping my eyeshadow in place. The packaging itself is pretty cute and simple, fitting in with the look of the whole range. It has a nice doe-foot applicator that makes it easy to apply to the eyelids without making a mess unlike the tubes which can become a bit of a nuisance for some people. 

The product itself is really light and quite creamy, making it easy to apply as it just glides over the eyelids nicely without leaving it sticky or greasy. It leaves quite a nice dry finish, which I found quite surprising but I actually liked it. What I didn't like however, was the lack of opaqueness. It didn't even out the skintone or neutralise the lid which I was expecting from an eye primer to give me a clean base for my eyeshadow. Instead if gave off a little shimmer, which I personally despise especially when going for  matte look. I would usually apply eye primer under the bottom lash waterline too but with the shimmer in this, it just looked odd and make my eye make-up look a little messy.

I feel like it did prolong my eye makeup but not drastically. Soap and Glory usually hit it on the nail with their products but I'm not exactly a massive fan of this one. Its not surprising that its dropped in price, going from £8 to now £4 at Boots. I guess if your looking for something cheap to stick on your lids with not much other expectations, you can really go wrong with a few pound. But for me personally, it lacked all the things I look for in an eye primer: opaqueness, matte finish and lasting power.

08 June 2016

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser | Review

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser | Review

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser | Review

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser | Review liz earle cleanse and polish dupe

I am all for trying out new skincare products, especially when they are suitable for dry skin like mine.  The Bee Good Cream Cleanser has become my new favourite. Not only is it affordable but it really does work. 

All packaged in this cute little white tube, the product is easy to use without any of the fuss of a bottle or pump. The formula is thick and creamy, with a lovely fresh and floral scent that isn't to harsh or overpowering. The texture actually reminds me a lot of the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, and I find it even gives the same result too. At a slightly cheaper price, I'd say this is definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a gentle cleanser to do the job and cleanse your skin well. 

I particularly like to use this product for removing my makeup and any dirt left on my skin at the end of the day. I just apply it to dry skin, rubbing it into my skin in circular motions. Then with a damp muslim cloth I just wipe away the product, rinse my face and moisturise. It makes my skin feel fresh and lovely, without drying it out or leaving that tight feeling afterwards.

Check it out here, where you can buy it for £11.50/100ml.

05 June 2016

New Maybelline Buys | Concealer, Eyeshadow and Lipstick

boots haul maybelline Age Rewind Concealer Collectionlipstick color tatto eyeshadowmaybelline Age Rewind Concealer Collection Lasting Perfection concealer review

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze review eyeshadow pot

A trip to Boots has to end with a few make-up purchases, especially with a 3 for 2 offer on - who could resist? I was particularly happy with all of my purchases and have already gotten some good use out of them.

First of all I darted around the store to the Maybelline stand to purchase their Age Rewind Concealer. After trying out the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, I was quite disappointed as I found the consistency too thick and drying for my skin. So I was on the hunt for a new concealer that was light and brightening for under my eyes, to cover those late-night Netflix sessions. Trying this for the first time, I instantly loved the it and - although I was quite surprised by the small size of the actual product - I would say it is a really good quality drugstore face product that is light in texture but provides sufficient coverage. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze cream eyeshadow potMaybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze eyeshadow pot mac paint pot dupe

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze eyeshadow review and swatches

The next thing that caught my eye was the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze. As I already had the Rose Gold one (full review here), I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with this shade. It makes for a great base that can be easily built upon to wear on its own or with another shade to compliment it blended in the crease. 

Of course, I couldn't forget the lips and so I bought one of the Color Sensational ones. I'm not suite sure what drew me to this shade but I absolutely adore it. I was surprised it suited my olive skin tone but when applied with a light-hand, it looks gorgeous for every-day wear to brighten up the face. It is a gorgeous colour and I look forward to finally getting the courage to wear it as a bold lip, which I think would look great in the summer. The formula is great as it applies really nice and creamy, whilst having a good enough lasting power to run some errands in throughout the day. 

So there you go. These are my recent Maybelline purchases, have you tried any of these products? Also, what other products do you recommend? Maybelline is such a great brand but there are still so many more things of theirs that I need to try!