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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Coco and Eve Hair Mask

I am all for any product that makes my hair look and feel luxurious and glossy. So when the Coco and Eve hair mask kept popping up on Facebook, I gave in and decided to make a purchase. 

For £34.90, I was expecting incredible results and I have to say, I wasn't left disappointed. 
Watch my video review here

Packaging
The Coco and Eve packaging is so stunning. It's sleek with great pops of colour. It's boxed well and looks well made. It arrived in three days so I didn't have to wait long. 

What do you get?
For £34.90 you get the hair mask which is a 212ml tub and a tangle teezer. I also received two hair bobbles from Cult Beauty but I'm not sure you received these if you purchase from the Coco and Eve website. 

The results
  • 5 in 1 treatment
  • Restores dry damaged hair
  • Improves hair texture and shine
  • Hydrates and deeply conditions
  • Treats split ends and tames frizz
  • Transform your hair in only 10 minutes
My review
This hair mask is divine. The smell is incredible, fresh and long lasting. It's super easy to apply and makes your hair feel weightless and glossy. I couldn't recommend it more. 
It definitely tackles the frizz, but I'm not sure whether it treats split ends as I haven't used it enough to confirm this. The texture of my hair feels wonderful and I haven't had to wash my hair in three days. Which for me is amazing - I usually end up with greasy hair after two days. 

I have tried a variety of hair masks, none of which have given me the same results as this one. I am so impressed. 

I do think the price of the product is rather expensive, however it's a good quality product that works so I would definitely recommend. Overall, I'm super pleased and will be purchasing again after this one runs out. 


Taken from the Coco and Eve website
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Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Lash Lift Procedure


Yesterday, I decided to go and get my eyelashes lifted. It's something that I have considered before but never took the leap to get it done. That was until my friend Natalie was looking for people to practice on as part of her beauty course. 

I honestly have been amazed by the results. I have quite long natural lashes, but to get them to lift and look amazing always ends up with me battling with an eyelash curler and layers of mascara. After 45 minutes on Natalie's beauty table, my lashes look revitalised and longer than ever. 

Swatch test
Before I had the lash lift, I had to have a patch test of the products that were going to be used. This test was done a week prior to my appointment, but if you have sensitive eyes it is recommended that you have your swatch test done 48hours prior to ensure you have no allergic reactions to the products. 

Preparation and cleansing
I was asked to lie on the beautician table face upward with my head resting on a neck pillow. I then had my lashes cleaned with eye makeup remover and cotton pads to ensure there was no excess mascara left on my lashes. Then my lashes were cleansed with a protein remover pad to ensure no oil residue remained on my lashes before my treatment could begin. 

The process

Firstly, under-eye pads are applied over my lower lashes. This is to ensure that your lower lashes are protected and do not get caught in the lifting procedure. The pads are really comfortable and do not damage your lower lashes. 

Once your lower lashes are covered, it's time to start the treatment. Curled shields are placed on your eyelids. These come in three sizes, small, medium and large. The larger version is for a more subtle lift and the smaller for a more intense lift. I had the medium applied to my lid.

With the shield in place, the technician will apply a thin layer of bonding gel to the shield and then using a small metal tool begin to press the lashes to the bonding gel. This is quite an unusual feeling and can feel slightly scratchy but not painful at all. This takes around 5 minutes to do. 

Once this is done, a lifting balm is them placed on the lashes. This balm breaks dojwn the disulphide bonds in the hairs that determine your natural lash shape. By breaking down your eyelashes, the beautician can then manipulate your lashes into forming a new shape.

A lifting balm is then placed on your lashes for around 15 minutes to create the perfect lift. As my lashes are very straight, this really works amazingly to give me a great look.  

After the lifting balm is removed, another cream is applied to repair the bonds in your lashes. This enables your lashes to stay in the new structure that's been created. This is left on the lashes for around 10 minutes. 

The final treatment which is completely optional is tinting. As someone who always wears mascara, this was a great option for me. Tinting of the lashes just intensifies the colour giving you a natural intense eye look without having to wear mascara - perfect for people on the go and amazing for fair-haired people. The tint is left on the lashes for around 5 minutes. 

Now your lashes should have taken on their new shape. The technician will then remove the pads and brush through your lashes to get rid of any excess. Then a moisturising serum is applied to your lashes to nourish them. After this, your treatment is complete. 

Aftercare
A few tips that Natalie gave me:

  1. Your lashes cannot be subjected to steam or water, avoid hot showers, sauna, swimming, dishwasher etc. for the first 24hrs. 
  2. Try not to rub your eyes for the first 24hrs
  3. No mascara for 24hrs
Always go to a professional to get this treatment done. Do not try this at home and be sure to always do a patch test before having any chemicals applied to your skin. 
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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick


When a product has been hyped up so much, I cannot help myself, I just have to try it. Makeup Revolution only went and dropped a full coverage foundation, so the one question on everyone's mind is - how does it compare to their conceal and define concealer?

So how does it compare? Well, it's pretty amazing actually. If you're looking for an affordable, full coverage foundation then this is the one for you. 


It's super easy to apply, feels smooth on the skin and works well with the conceal and define concealer. It lasted around 5 hours before my t-zone started to get a little oily. However, the coverage is actually incredible. I wanted to test it properly, so decided to use the foundation to cover up my tattoo. 


The one negative thing I did find is that it accentuated my pores which weren't great. But I believe that with the right primer, that could be fixed. 


Overall, I really like it. I would definitely recommend this foundation. I don't believe that this isn't the best foundation for someone with oily skin. If you did want to try it, I would suggest using a good baking powder. 

I hope this helps! You can watch my review here
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Thursday, 8 March 2018

#PressforProgress

First of all, what does #PressforProgress even mean? Well, for International Women’s Day, a theme is created that we can collectively get involved in.

Since the Hollywood scandals erupted in the media, gender parity has been more exposed than ever before. Whilst it’s common knowledge that gender equality won’t happen overnight, the movement to push forward and progress for the equal rights of women is more prominent than ever before.

Women around the globe are marching together. We are unified for one cause. 
That cause being – US.

International Women’s Day isn’t a day just for feminists. It’s a day for advocacy and support. It’s the one-day where we can really share the successes of women, no matter what age or race etc.

For me, #PressforProgress means knowing where I stand and fighting for where I want to be. As a career driven woman, it’s important for me to strive to be the best I possibly can be, to lead a life I can be proud of and to confidently be heard and know that my opinion is respected.

It’s also about being involved in a movement that’s much bigger than myself, bigger than any person, organisation or country. Bringing people together – not just women, everyone together, collectively to make progress in an initiative that’s been holding women back since the dawn of time.

The more voices heard. The closer we are to succeeding. It would be great to see in my lifetime, a better more equal society for women.

Remember, empowered women, empower other women! Let’s #PressforProgress together. 
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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

I'm all for a natural glow. If I can find a product that helps me achieve that look - I'm loving it forever.
When I think about Charlotte Tilbury, I automatically think high-quality beauty products. There has only ever been 2 or 3 products within her collection that haven't been right for me. So, when I discovered the Hollywood Flawless Filter, I knew it was either going to be a big hit or a major flop. Fortunately, it's a winner for me. 

According to the Charlotte Tilbury website, Hollywood Flawless Filter is a revolutionary complexion booster. It's essentially a primer with the glow of a highlighter. Allowing you to create the perfect radiant look. 


I personally love any makeup product that enhances my natural look without having to wear foundation. Which is why I decided to purchase this product. 


First impressions

The Hollywood Flawless Filter cost me £30 with a £2.95 shipping fee. It took around 8 days to arrive - I think it would have come earlier if the weather was better. 

The packaging as always is stunning. Charlotte Tilbury doesn't skimp out on the quality. Everything is sleek and very Hollywood glam, down to the envelope that contains your receipt. 



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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation


I love the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - what beauty blogger doesn't. It's the most raved about concealer ever. So, when I found that Tarte Cosmetics were launching a foundation, I was so so excited! 

However, as soon as they launched with only 18 shades, the negativity put me off from buying it for a while. 18 shades is such a limited number, especially when every other brand is creating more than 30 shades. I felt disappointed that the brand neglected to create a product that catered for all skin tones. 

It's quite surprising and sad as there are so many customers missing out. Although Tarte has revealed they are releasing more shades, we are yet to see the proof in the pudding. 

I'm not one to get pulled into drama, which is why I decided not to be influenced by others opinions. I made the decision to buy the foundation to review it.



Review 
The packaging is great. Really easy to apply - the applicator is amazing. It looks like a larger version of the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. 

In my honest opinion, this is a great foundation. It's the perfect shade for me. Long wearing, easily blend-able and soaks into the skin well. You can create both a light and full coverage look. The foundation is very build-able but not cakey on your skin, providing a seamless natural complexion.

It doesn't work well with the Shape Tape concealer in my opinion, I found that it creased easily underneath my eyes creating an extremely unflattering look. A part from that, I love it and would definitely recommend it. Lets just hope they create more shades. 

You can watch my review here.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette

Known to the beauty community as the ultimate wedding palette. I have been waiting to try this since it leaked online a few months ago. As soon as it launched on the UK website, I ordered it. It took around four days to arrive. Which is standard shipping. 

Packaging
The packaging is the same as Modern Renaissance and Subculture. Sleek, well contained with a velvet feel casing. One thing I have to say is that I really dislike the colour of Soft Glam. I know it's meant to be a light gold but to me it just looks beige. Beige is beyond dull and not really a colour I would have personally selected. However, that's just a vanity thing, a personal opinion and reflects nothing on the palette itself. 

First Impressions 
Okay, just stare at the picture for a few moments... WOW right! I am seriously loving this palette. The colour combination is perfect. I am a warm tone girl. I love warm tone shades that not only compliment my skin, but can also be worn every day. I like the versatility of the palette and it's very easy to go from day to night with this one just by adding a metallic finish. 

Shade Descriptions -
Tempera: Ultra-matte velvety beige
Glistening: Iridescent gold with a hint of pink reflect
Orange Soda: Ultra-matte pastel peach
Rose Pink: Rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue
Sultry: A hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown
Bronze: Metallic gold bronze
Mulberry: Ultra-matte mulberry
Dusty Rose: Ultra-matte dusty lilac
Fairy: Multi-dimensional light gold
Burnt Orange: Ultra-matte deep orange 
Sienna: Ultra-matte earthy brown
Rustic: Ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown
Cyprus Umber: Ultra-matte dark coffee 
Noir: Ultra-matte deep carbon black


I found that there is quite a lot of fall out when using the shades. They are super soft so it's to be expected. This didn't bother me to be honest. However, I would recommend doing your eye makeup before you apply foundation.  

The shades are so pigmented and a little goes a long way. I would advise lightly dabbing your brush rather than swirling which I know many people do. It will only make your brush pick up far too much product meaning you either can't blend very well or waste the products - let's face it, why would you want to do that!  

First Beauty Creation
I'm loving this look! You can watch my tutorial on how to create it here
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