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ELF Makeup Review

Like a lot of us, I have recently been on a mission to find quality make-up products that are not tested on animalsI thought it would be hard, but it’s a lot easier than I imaged. Brands such as Too Faced, Kat Von D and The Body Shop are all animal friendly and don’t test their products on animals. I recently found that ELF don’t test on animals either, so I thought I would purchase some of their products and test them out.

I have previously used a few of ELF’s products before as they used to have a small boutique in Cardiff which was great. All of their products are reasonably priced, but as they don’t sell their products in any stores near me, buying online makes it that little bit harder. After finding out that they had a Spring Sale on, I decided to buy a few of their products and hope for the best.

I must admit that some of the products I ordered were slightly disappointing. Mainly because I had picked the wrong shade in some of the concealing products, but also the lip glosses I purchased were a bit too sticky for me. With that being said, there were some products I absolutely loved.

 

 

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ELF Blemish Control Face Primer

Out of all the products I purchased, this was definitely my favourite. I have used this product every day since receiving it and I am so impressed. As someone who suffers with problematic skin, I was intrigued to see if this product would live up to its name. Not only is it a great primer that keeps your make up in tact, but it has also left my skin looking much clearer than usual. It’s not a heavy primer which leaves your skin feeling very light and fresh.

 

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation – Light Ivory

This foundation is a buildable full coverage foundation, which is perfect for an evening look. When used with the Blemish Control Primer it can be very long lasting. One thing to note is that the foundation leaves you with a matte finish. I love a matte texture, but if you have dry skin I’m not sure if it would work as well.

 

ELF Made for Matte Eye Shadow Palette

I am so pleased I purchased this palette! I think I have used it everyday since purchasing it. It has the perfect nude tones which can be worn for any occasion. The shadows are very pigmented and like the foundation, stays put all day.

 

ELF Prism Eye Shadow Palette

The second palette I purchased is full with beautiful shimmery shadows. I have used some of the lighter shades as highlighters as they give the perfect glow. Like the previous eye shadow palette, these shades are so pigmented. I can’t get over how amazing these palettes are considering as they cost less than £10 each!

 

ELF Highlighter – Moonlight Pearls

As always, I couldn’t test out a makeup brand without purchasing one of their highlighters. This champagne toned highlighter was only £5! The pot is quite small, similar to a single eye shadow pot, which can be very handy for travelling. I love the tone to this highlighter and like many of ELF’s products, it feels really light on the skin. I have been using this as my everyday highlighter and it’s definitely worth the money.

 

I am really pleased that I purchased these products from ELF. Not only are they a great brand for not testing on animals, but their products are reasonably priced. If you’re looking to try out a new brand, then I would definitely recommend you purchase some of ELF’s products.

Have you tried any of ELF’s products before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the brand x  

 

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Australian Bodycare – Anytime Balm Review

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You may have previously read my review on the Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Skin Wash which I absolutely loved, so I was keen to try out another one of the their products.

If you didn’t get a chance to check out my review I will give you a quick introduction to the brand. Australian Bodycare is a company which uses Tea Tree Oil in it’s products in order to clear the skin from any harmful bacteria. They sell many products skincare products ranging from cleansers to moisturisers, which all aim to leave our skin feeling the best it possibly can.

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I recently decided to try out their Any Time Balm. This multi-purpose balm is aimed at relieving dry or chapped skin, lips, cuticles and nails. 

The product is super easy to use as you just need to warm the balm in your hand and apply to affected area. As with most of the products there is a strong Tea Tree scent to the balm which I find incredibly refreshing.

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I have mainly been using this product on my hands and lips and I am really impressed with the result. The Tea Tree Oil in the product leaves your skin feeling really soft and refreshed, along with filling the area with moisture. This product has been a blessing through these cold months and I am so pleased to have been able to try it out.

The product comes in a 30 ml tub which is perfect for carrying around in your handbag or pocket. It’s a really handy product to have and I definitely recommend you check it out.

 

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Amphora Aromatics Review

 

After recently discovering a new organic and locally based brand, I was so excited to test out some of their products. Amphora Aromatics have more than 30 years’ experience in creating amazing aromatherapy products. They use high quality ingredients from independent producers around the world, which is definitely reflected in their products.

The company prides itself in creating high quality products, yet still being able to sell them at a reasonable price.

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The first product that I am obsessing over is from the essentials collection is the Sandalwood and Palmavosa Moisturising Face Lotion. One of the reasons why I love this face lotion is that it’s incredibly light on the skin. The refreshing fragrance is the perfect scent to get you ready for the day. 

I’ve been using this product for just over a week and it’s a huge impact on my face. I love using it in the morning as it’s the perfect base to apply my makeup, or to simply leave my skin feeling refreshed. It really does protect your skin from the cold winter months and leaves it feeling silky smooth.

 

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The second product I tried out was the Sleep blend from their Aromatherapy Blend collection. Amphora Aromatics have six new blends, all of which are 100% pure. The range includes Sleep, Energise, Revive, Focus, Relax and Festive. They can be used in diffusers or burners to help promote relaxation and well being.

These oils are priced at just £7.50, which is incredible value for money. 

I tried out SleepComforting

“A relaxing and balancing blend of Juniper, Patchouli and Lavender gently soothes you to sleep. Comforting and warming Orange, Marjoram and Howood help combat insomnia by working to calm restlessness and anxiety – promoting peace and tranquillity. “           www.amphora-retail.com

Like many of us, I spend most of my week stressing out at work and drinking way too much coffee for my own good. Unfortunately this is regularly reflected in my sleeping pattern. With this in mind, I was excited to try out this blend and see if it would make a genuine difference to my routine.

Not only did this help me have a incredible nights sleep, I felt much more relaxed and stress-free in the evenings. This product definitely helps you chill out and it’s something I will be continuing to use for a long time.

If you’re looking for some natural and locally sourced products, then I definitely recommend you check out this brand. They’re based on Cotham Hill, Bristol or you can find them online at www.amphora-retail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now Is Your Chance: A 30-Day Guide to Living Your Happiest Life Using Positive Psychology.

Now Is Your Chance: A 30-Day Guide to Living Your Happiest Life Using Positive Psychology

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If you’ve vowed to start 2018 by being as positive and happy as you possibly can, then I would definitely recommend you give this book a read.

Usually self help books don’t appeal to me as I seem to have a pre-determined view of them being extremely boring and not something that I would interested in. But after hearing so many great things about this book, I was definitely impressed.

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One thing that I absolutely love about this book is that fact that you only need to read a chapter a day. It’s the perfect for your journey to work, or even on your lunch break. Each chapter gives you a new challenge to follow, allowing you to gently bring the tips and values into your everyday life.

I would recommend you keep a notepad handy whilst reading this book as it’s very interactive and it definitely keeps your brain awake. It encourages self worth and really helps you remember to think positive and enjoy your life to the full.

This book alone has definitely gave me a new outlook on life and you can definitely see an improvement in your own thoughts just through the first couple of chapters. 

If you’re thinking of picking up a new book, then I would definitely recommend you check this one out.

 

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Avène Cleanance Anti-Blemish Routine

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Avène Cleanance Anti-Blemish Routine.

As I am coming up to my 23rd Birthday, I didn’t think that I would still be constantly battling against blemishes on my skin. Unfortunately acne isn’t just for teenagers, as much as I would love that to be true. 

So as always I have been searching for a product that would not irritate my skin and ensure that it would stay squeaky clean. As you can probably tell I am somebody who loves to wear makeup, so even though I have finally found a foundation that does not cause me to constantly breakout, it’s important that I pair this with a decent skincare routine in order to maintain a clear face.

The products in the kit all contain Avène Thermal Spring Water, which I have heard incredible things about. If you have sensitive skin like myself, then this kit is something that may be able to help you out.

I have tried using Avène skincare products before and I have always been impressed with them, so I was excited to try out the Cleanance Anti-Blemish Routine Kit. It features three products which you have to apply both day in night in order to see results. Sounds a lot of effort right? Well it is definitely worth it.

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The first step is to cleanse the face using the Cleanance Cleansing Gel. Apologies for the half used bottle, but I thought I would need to try it out before attempting to review it. I have now been using the product for several weeks and I can definitely say I have seen improvements. The box states to use this cleansing gel both day and night which I have been doing after removing my makeup for the day.

After using the cleansing gel, my skin feels squeaky clean and helps to remove any excess oil. I also love how gentle this product is on your eyes. I wouldn’t recommend you try and put the product directly on your eyes, but if you accidentally splash some into your eyes it isn’t the end of the world.

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The second step is to use the Cleanance MATMattifying Toner. This product should also be applied both day and night, using a cotton pad. The box states to apply this on your t-zone, but I apply the product to my whole face.  This toner helps to mattify your skin and I have definitely seen a reduction in my pores since using this product. You can feel your skin tightening after just one use which is incredible.

 

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The last step of the routine is to hydrate and target. The Cleanace Expert – Emulsion is a light cream which is applied to your face before applying any makeup. This product leaves your skin feeling matte and it also makes the perfect primer.

Again it is recommended to use this product both day and night, which I have been doing over the past few weeks. The results have been incredible and I have seen a reduction in the redness of any current blemishes, along with no new breakouts.

I will continue using this product as I am very impressed with my results. It is worth taking the time to apply the products twice a day, so if you’re looking to update your skincare routine then I would definitely recommend you trying out this kit.

 

 

 

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Barry M – In the Glow Body Oil Review

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After returning from my summer holidays, I am devastated to see that my tan has started to fade away. Although it has not left me completely pale, I have been looking for a product which keeps the little bit of tan I have left looking healthy and natural.

Whilst browsing several reviews I saw great recommends on bronzing oils. I’m sure most of you have heard of Estee Lauder and The Body Shop bronzing oils, which seemed to be the most popular and reviewed oils.

As these oils can be quite pricey, I decided to look for a cheaper alternative. After searching my local Boots for a budget version, I came across In The Glow by Barry M. At £7.99 this product is less than half of the price of many other well know oils so I jumped at the chance to try it.

My main worry when trying out this oil was that I would end up orange, or that it would transfer on to my clothes straight away. But after applying the product and leaving it to dry for a good 5-10 minutes, it didn’t budge at all. I was also impressed with the fact that it didn’t give off a horrible scent, which is always a bonus.

I was confident enough to wear a white top after using this product and it did not smudge on to my clothing at all. The oil dries perfectly and gives you an extra glow without covering you in glitter.

 

If you’re looking to try out a cheap bronzing oil then I definitely recommend you give this one a go!

 

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Chanel Ombre Première Eyeshadows

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I recently visited the Chanel counter in Boots and was lucky enough to try out the new Ombre Premiere Eyeshadow Collection. The collection features two new textures, cream and powder, both with a long lasting effect. There are 24 shades in the collection, with multiple finishes, including matte, metalic and satiny.

When I arrived at the counter, the regional makeup artist for Chanel greeted me and introduced me to the new range. She then began matching up the colours best suited to my skin tone and eye colour. As I have greeny/blue eyes, she was looking to match me with a colour that would make my eye colour pop and brighten my eyes.

 

We decided to use both textures using a layering effect in order to create a soft smoky eye. The shades she picked were Sable 28 and Desert Rouge 36 in the powder range, along with Pourpre Profond 810 and Scintillance 804 in the cream range.

I was amazed at how pigmented the shadows were and I love the way the cream and powder eyeshadows blended perfectly.

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The look was completed with the Le Gel Sourcils Eyebrow Gel in Transparent 350 and the Imitable Intense Mascara in Noir 10.

I am in love with the new range and I was so impressed with my finished look. The product did not budge all day, so I was happy to invest in this amazing range.

It didn’t take long to apply these products and I would feel comfortable in this look in both the day and night.

The shades are incredible and I would definitely recommend you try out these products.
xox