Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Vampy Lipsticks

(Left to Right - Diva, 107, Viva La Glam V, Rio Rio, Magnetism)

Hello! The berry shades are now taking the place of the peachy pinks in my current make up routine and I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you.

MAC Diva - This is a deep burgundy red that has a matte finish. It is creamy in application but I've found it to be quite drying on the lips but a lip balm on top can solve this.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss - 107 - This is a deep berry shade which most people and their dogs own or know about. It is the perfect autumn shade and has great staying power and is not at all drying.

MAC Viva La Glam V - This is definitely a MLBB (my lips but better) shade and I can imagine it works well on all skin tones. It is quite a sheer colour with a slight glittery appearance. In the tube it looks more brown but it is pink when swatched. 

Topshop Lipstick in Rio Rio - Rio Rio is a beautiful red shade with orange undertones. This is my go-to red lipstick and it's such a lovely colour. It is matte and extremely pigmented. It is not drying and has great staying power.

Illamasqua Magnetism - Magnetism is a deep raspberry pink which is creamy in texture with a glossy sheen. 

What is your go to lipstick for autumn?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Autumn Nails

(Left to Right - Basil Street, Copper, Mystic, Potion, Teal, Black Multi Glitter) it is now officially autumn and everyones getting in the mood for the colder months and the coats are coming out, so has the autumn-coloured nail polishes. Here are my current favourites and the ones I've been turning to lately. 

Nails Inc - Basil Street - This is the perfect nude nail polish that applies like a dream. I have done a full review of this here.

Barry M - Copper Glitter - This shade reminds me completely of autumn. Coppery gold with hints of glitter - what's not to love?

Topshop Matte Nails - Mystic - I love matte nail varnishes and this deep berry shade is gorgeous. It looks so good on the nails and is perfect for the colder months to add a pop of colour without it being too bright.

17 Nail Polish - Potion - This is such an interesting colour. In the bottle it has a dark green/teal outside and is lighter green on the inside. When painted on the nails it makes me feel like a mermaid, and it looks different in different lighting which I love.

Barry M - Teal - I love this deep teal colour. It has a slight shimmer to it but looks lovely on the nails.

Barry M - Black Multi Glitter - I love a good black nail polish. I think it looks so sophisticated and I like the little bit of glitter in this.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Granny Takes a Dip

Granny Takes a Dip is a psychedelic bath bomb, that is scented with ginger, pepper and lemon. It costs £3.25 and the lemon oil aims to pep you up and boost your mood whilst the ginger and pepper are warming.

It is such a lovely bath bomb. From the minute it touched the bath water, the water was filled with colour and was beautiful. It was quite a slow bath bomb and it was quiet, but I enjoyed watching the colours develop in the bath and it was different to any I've used previously. As it contains ginger, I thought the strong may be quite strong but it was not over powering, and the smell did not linger as long as I thought it would.

I enjoyed using this bath bomb but was slightly disappointed that it did not leave my skin feeling soft when I got out. But for a nice, relaxing, extremely colourful bath it did the job. The bath bomb is pretty big too so it is completely worth the money and can even be broken up for separate baths.

Have you tried this bath bomb? What's your favourite bath bomb from Lush?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Soap & Glory Heel Genius Review

Hello and sorry I haven't posted in a while! I've been super busy with trying to sort my life out and figure out what I want to do now university is over so my blog kind of slipped down the pile..but I'm back! I thought I would review this Heel Genius by Soap & Glory as I have quite mixed feelings about it... 

All I've seen about this product is rave reviews - it has left people with such soft and moisturised feet but I don't know if it is just me but I just can't get along with this product.

Personally, I don't like the feeling of moisturiser on my feet. Yeah I know, it's good for my skin but I just don't like it. I had this bought for me and before just putting it to the side I thought I'd actually give it a try. My first finding was that it made my feet feel quite slimy which was horrible as it didn't seem to soak into my skin very fast.

Soap & Glory advises putting this on and then sleeping in cotton socks whilst it soaks in overnight. I cannot sleep in socks so this wouldn't work for me but going to bed with feet that are slipping around is also a no-go. I tried putting it on during the day and then wearing socks so I could take them off at night but I just didn't really see the benefits.

It may just be the way I am - I really don't like the feeling this product gives me but it may work much better for those with dry/flaky feet but it just isn't for me. I think that if I really need the extra moisture on my feet I may just stick to normal moisturiser rather than this. 

Have you tried this product? Any other products you would recommend that may change my mind? 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tiny Tea Review

Hello lovelies! So I recently bought the 14 day Tiny Tea Teatox and I thought I'd share with you how I found it. 

THE PRODUCT - This tea is designed to nourish and cleanse your digestive system. This cleanse or 'teatox' will assist with easing bloating, increasing digestion functionality, improving skin clarity, reducing weight, increasing energy levels and alleviate issues associated with food intolerances. This tea is formulated with Chinese medicinal herbs and is the only herbal cleanse on the market that does not produce a laxative effect. 

DELIVERY - The delivery for this was very fast, with it arriving in a few days after ordering. The 14 day teatox cost £20 and there was an additional postage cost.

PACKAGING - I was very happy when I opened the box and saw this super cute package inside! It is a cardboard box with cute pink prints on it and the packets of tea are also really pretty.

INSTRUCTIONS - You are advised to drink 3 cups of tea a day to help carry out the cleanse. They are to be consumed 30 minutes prior to eating but can also be drank 30 minutes after eating. It is advised to steep the tea bag in boiling water for 5-7 minutes.

TASTE - I found this to have quite an earthy taste, which isn't that bad but wasn't my favourite. It is not a sweet tea, and if you don't like the taste of tea I wouldn't really recommend it. It is suggested that you can add honey and/or lemon to it which I found to make it taste much better and actually quite nice. 

MEAL PLAN - The YourTea website provides an optional meal plan that you can find here. This provides a list of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 14 days whilst you carry out your teatox and if you choose a longer one I guess you would repeat meals. I personally didn't follow this plan as I thought it may be a lot of work sticking to these meals and instead I just stuck to my own healthy eating plan. 

TIMING - YourTea advises drinking the tea 30 minutes before or after eating. This made me much more conscious about eating times which I guess is a positive. I had to plan what times I would be eating so that I could have my tea half an hour before and so on. Some negatives of this is that I found it quite awkward to stick to, especially if I had to go out somewhere or I was out for lunch, I'd have to come home and catch up later which wasn't the best. I also found that it was difficult to drink in the morning. Having this before my breakfast left me feeling hungry whilst waiting 30 minutes but having it after my breakfast just made it feel quite pointless but that might just be me. I chose the 14 day option, but there is also a 28 day option. I thought the two week option was perfect and personally I think it would be hard to stick to for longer than I did. 

SIDE EFFECTS - On the YourTea website it says that you can experience minor skin breakouts or an upset stomach for the first few days, due to the nature of the cleanse. I did not experience any of these personally so I am lucky but I have seen that some people have. 

RESULTS - I found that I had a much flatter stomach after drinking this. I didn't realise that my stomach was actually bloated and it helped to reduce this really well. I also had much clearer skin and so much more energy. It does not cause weight loss by itself but assists it and having all this energy meant I was more active and enjoyed going to the gym more. I did lose weight and I felt my stomach was much flatter. I also experienced a huge reduction in cravings for bad food whilst drinking the tea and didn't feel that hungry during the day. I didn't gain the weight that I'd lost when I stopped which was really good and it's just left me feeling much better.  

OTHER PRODUCTS - The tea I tried was directly aimed at weight loss but YourTea makes a lot of different teas with different properties depending on what you want the tea for. This includes Her Tea, Man Tea, Anti-C Tea and others you can see here.

I'd definitely recommend this to others if you are looking to lose weight or maybe just reduce bloating and help your digestive system out a little bit. I was lucky that it helped my body and I didn't experience any of the side effects but everyone is different and just because it worked for me doesn't mean it will work for everyone so please remember that. 

Have you tried tiny tea or any other type of weight loss tea? Do you think it's worth it?

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