Monday, 31 March 2014

Tanya Burr Lipgloss Review...

L - R Aurora, Picnic In The Park, Paradise Island
Tanya Burr launched her range of lip glosses and nail polishes back in February so I am a little bit late jumping on the bandwagon here! However Feel Unique currently have 25% off all of her products so it was finally time for me to test some out. 

I'm sure most of you reading this post will know exactly who Tanya Burr is but if not, here is a little background information. Tanya Burr first started YouTube around 4 or 5 years ago and has since become a pretty well know celebrity in her own right. Her YouTube channel gets around 5million views per month and her 1.89million subscribers love to watch her makeup tutorials and monthly favourites. She's often seen on the front row of fashion shows and has made a massive impact on the beauty industry. It was only a matter of time before Tanya would be creating her own products. Teaming up with eyeCandy, Tanya has created a range of lip glosses and nail polishes at affordable prices. Each product has been uniquely named by Tanya herself, all of which have a special meaning to her. The lipgloss Aurora is named after her favourite Disney Princess, Sleeping Beauty, such a nice little touch.

Moving onto the products themselves, I ordered 3 of the lip glosses. Aurora, a beautiful cream finish gloss thats a gorgeous every day colour. Picnic In the Park, a really pretty pink and Paradise Island, a bright purple gloss with specks of glitter. All 3 glosses are beautiful and have a lovely texture. I love the packaging of the glosses and the smell is amazing. They smell like sweets but aren't at all sickly, and the pigmentation of each gloss is great. They are almost like a gloss stain as they last for ages. I am seriously impressed as I knew I would be and they are so affordable at only £6.99 each. There are 12 shades to choose from so there will be a shade for everyone. All of the products are available from Feel Unique or Superdrug. 

Monday, 24 March 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review...

Urban Decay are renowned for their Naked collections. First came the original palette that everyone and their dog seemed to rave about. After watching a few of Tanya Burr's tutorials using this palette I thought about buying it but never actually got round to it. Then the Naked 2 palette was launched, in my opinion it didn't look too dissimilar to the original palette so I wasn't overly fussed. But then came the launch of the 3rd palette, Naked 3! Now this was something to get excited about. It was completely different to the first 2, pinks, shimmer, rose golds, every single shade looked delicious.

There are 4 glitter shadows, two of which are super glittery, Dust and Buzz which you don't get too much colour payoff from. I find it best to dampen these shadows before applying to get a better result. Then there are two matte shadows, Limit and Nooner. Both are dusty rose shades, Limit being the lighter of the two and requires a bit of build up. One is a satin-matte shade, Strange. Although not a strange colour at all, this pink vanilla shade works well with all the other colours. Then the rest are a mix of shimmer and satin. As always the quality is amazing but you do get a bit of fall out with these.

I think a lot of different looks can be extracted from this palette. Keep things soft and pretty by using the left hand side of the palette or create something a bit more dramatic with the colours on the left. Mugshot and Factory are two of my favourites shades to create something with a bit more depth. Whats also great about this palette is that it seems to suit all skin tones and eye colours. I think I will be using this palette a lot for future bridal makeup. It's hard to go too full on and I think a lot of people will be goo-ing and gah-ing at any look you choose to create.

The palette is £37, however it does contain 12 shades, a double ended shadow brush (which is actually pretty darn good) and 4 samples of the Urban Decay Primer Potions. It's available at Debenhams, House of Fraser or online.

Let me know if you have any of the Naked palettes and which one is your favourite. I am really tempted to purchase the original palette now that I have fallen in love with this!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Rituals Fresh Fig & Rice Milk Whipped Body Cream...

One of my new years resolutions was to take better care of my body. Get fit, lose weight and look after my skin. I'm pleased to say that I have generally stuck to it! I am eating a lot better, no more snacks or greasy takeaways, I have started up my running again and I treated myself to some luxurious body care products.

This may sound really grim but I never used to moisturise my body. My face, of course but the rest of me, too much effort! I can be extremely lazy at times. But something kept on nagging at me to start doing it and I kept on hearing so many raves about different body creams. There was of course Laura Mercier's offering, Almond Coconut Milk and Fresh Fig Creme both smell amazing! And Soap and Glory also have a great range to offer. But I had first heard about Rituals when Fluer De Force posted a review on her blog about the Honey Touch body cream. Fluer said that she was obsessed by this, her review made me want to buy it instantly.

So I went onto Feel Unique to have a snoop. Bearing in mind I hadn't ever smelt any of Rituals scents I didn't really know which one to go for (they offer quite a variety!) Do I go on Fluer's recommendation or do I try something different? I love the smell of anything that contains fig so when I saw the Touch of Hammam Ultra Rich Whipped Body Cream with Fresh Fig & Rice Milk I thought perfect, that's the one for me. I also nabbed the Hammam Delight Foaming Shower Gel Sensation in Fresh Eucalyptus and Rosemary so I could smell extra delightful!

The cream itself is rather gorgeous, I can see why Fluer became so obsessed with it. The texture is quite thick but when applying in onto the skin it sinks in beautifully. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and the smell, well I just love it. It lingers for ages and when I apply it just after my evening shower I can smell it wafting around my bedroom (and my PJ's smell gorge).

The shower gel is pretty lovely as well. It has a totally different smell, really fresh and minty. I squeeze one big pump onto my hands, it first appears as a gel and then when you rub your hands together it turns into a foam. It really lathers up so a little goes a long way, I can basically scrub my whole body from head to toe with 2 pumps. I actually look forward to my showers now so I get to use these two products.

The whole Rituals range is available from Feel Unique. The body cream is £17 for a 200ml tub and the shower gel is £8.50 for 200ml. Have you ever tried anything from the range? I think I will definitely be buying the Honey Touch body cream once mine is finished.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm...

So if you have been following my blog for a while now you probably already know how long I have been dying to try the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, (what a mouthful). I had already been using Clinique's Cleansing Balm for about 6 weeks and was loving that but the Emma Hardie balm was still lingering around in my mind. I convinced myself that I needed to treat myself so I ordered mine from Feel Unique. £34 lighter (I know, big treat for moi) I was happy that I was finally about to try the skin product that everyone loves!

When it arrived I still had over half the tub left of my Clinique balm so I thought I would finish that before trying my new purchase. Overall the Clinique balm lasted around 4 months, which I thought was brilliant and I seriously loved how it removed all of my makeup and how it made my skin feel. At only £21, the Emma Hardie balm had a lot to live up to in my eyes.

First of all this balm has a very different texture. It's much more oily and has quite a strong scent. It's a pleasant smell and reminded me of the type of massage oils you find at Spas. It's seriously relaxing massaging it into the skin and I literally apply it all over my face, even on my eyelashes and lids and haven't experienced any irritation. I then take a wet muslin cloth and wipe everything away. I do find that I need to use more of this than the Clinique balm to remove every single trace. Sometimes I have to repeat the process twice if I have been wearing quite a bit of makeup that day. Something that I didn't have to do with Clinique.

The balm itself contains moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E which helps minimise the appearance of open pores. It also contains orange, neroli and mandarin oils that work to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin. I have very dry skin and it leaves my skin feeling comfortable, clean and fresh. I don't find that it necessarily hydrates my skin so I would recommend moisturising afterwards.

Since using the balm I have had quite a few break-outs on my face, especially around the chin area. I'm normally pretty lucky when it comes to spots, don't get me wrong, there has been the odd occasion where I get a belter but I never seem to have break-outs. I don't know if it's because of the balm but I didn't experience this when I was using my Clinique one. It does an excellent job of removing makeup but that's all I find it does. My skin doesn't look replenished or glowing afterwards (something that a lot of other bloggers have found it does for them) so I personally think it's a little too heavy for my sensitive skin. I have read a lot of reviews on this product and haven't found a bad one yet, apart from the lid breaking and the packaging being generally a bit rubbish. I just don't think this is suited to my skin as well as the Clinique balm. When I'm finished with this I don't think I will be re-purchasing. The Clinique Balm stole my heart and I'm looking forward to buying it again. It's cheaper, doesn't have a scent (which I personally prefer when it comes to skin care), probably lasts longer and I feel is better for my skin. If you would like to read my review on this product click here.