Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Invisibobble: The Traceless Hair Ring | Review

Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring
Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring

Hello lovelies! Worried about those nasty kinks in your hair? Well fear no more, I have found the answer to kink free hair. It comes in the form of the Invisibobble. Long gone are the hair ties and kinks in my hair. Say hello to beautiful, soft, straight, kink-free locks.

 The Invisibobble is described as a 'traceless hair ring' which means that it will not leave a imprint or kink in your hair at all and boy does it work wonders. Funnily enough they remind me a little of old telephone cords.

 I have quite thin, short hair and I am always throwing my hair up in a ponytail or topknot to keep the hair out of the way and hair ties always seem to leave a dreadful kink in my hair every single time I remove them which I just loathe. They also pull on my hair and leave me with dreadful split ends. As you can imagine, it's not the best look.

Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring

The Invisibobble come packaged in a set of 3 in a variety of colours. I have been using them non stop since I purchased them from Boots(see my Boots haul here) and I am in love. I know it's not the most attractive looking hair accessory but I can see past that as it works brilliantly. I wrap the Invisibobble around my hair at least 3 times and it doesn't pull or tug on my hair and it slides out with ease without pulling any hair out or causing me pain. It also stays put in the hair, no more of that loose hair business so you don't have to keep putting your hair back.

When I remove the Invisibobble after a long day I put it away and it pings back to it's original shape and size as it's quite stretchy and flexible, it's pretty much like a spring. I don't see myself using another hair tie anytime soon, they're amazing.

You can purchase the Invisibobbles online here from Feel Unique for £4.95, not bad eh?


Have you tried the Invisibobble before? If so, what are your thoughts?

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Illamasqua Easter Hunt Haul

 During the 5 day Easter weekend there were soo many sales going on online and I just couldn't resist it when I seen that Illamasqua was having a little Easter hunt going on, on there website. Each day there were 40% off certain products such as blush, lipsticks and eyeshadows. You had to hunt down the shades that were priced down in each section. It was so much fun and I picked out a few little goodies too which saved me so much money in the long run. 

I haven't tried anything at all from Illamasqua before but I have wanted to for the longest time so the Easter hunt sale was the perfect opportunity to get things starteeed. I am so happy with what I got. I only received these on Wednesday afternoon and haven't tried anything out yet but I am looking forward to using them. At the moment they are packed into my muji storage, happy days.
Illamasqua Easter Hunt Haul
Illamasqua Easter Hunt Haul
Illamasqua Easter Hunt Haul

Nail Polish in 'Harem'
Okay so I wasn't expecting to pick up a nail varnish but I just absolutely love this shade. It's the most gorgeous bright purple, it actually reminds me of the Barry M Berry Ice Cream Nail Paint but a slightly more expensive version. The nail polishes are normally £14.50 and I got this for just £8.50 so how could I resist eh? I can see myself using it a lot this Spring/Summer.

Powder Blusher in 'Hussy'
I have wanted this blush for sooo long and I was so excited to see this in the Easter sale hunt. I was thinking of getting another blusher in the shade 'Lover' but decided against it. It's described as a bright candy pink but I'd say it's more of a slightly coral to pink toned blusher. This blusher was £12.00 in the sale so I saved £9.50, isn't that great?

Lipstick in 'Immodest' 
Surely you know my obsession with lipsticks by now. I'm forever purchasing them and I can't seem to stop it. This is the first lipstick that stood out for me when I was searching through all of the shades. It's the most beautiful vivid pink shade and I don't really have a pink lipstick that's as bright as this. I imagine it would look great with minimal makeup. Every lipstick I purchased was £10.00 down from £18.50 and I bought 3 of them, oops. I'm so terrible with saving money. The sad thing is I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

Lipstick in 'Flare'
This was second in the lineup of Illamasqua lipsticks that I purchased. You can't really tell very well by the picture but it's a striking bright orange shade and I absolutely love it, although I am a little bit afraid that it won't suit me. I have been wanting a orange lipstick for a while so this seemed like the perfect time to purchase one. This one was also just £10.00. 

Lipstick in 'Over'
Last but not least in the lipstick lineup is the shade 'Over' which is a bright coral toned lipstick. I admittedly have more pink lipsticks than I have any other shades and I wanted to bring more coral toned lipsticks into my collection so this is where this lipstick comes in. 

Overall I am sooo happy with what I purchased and I can't wait to try them all out.


Have you purchased anything from the Illamasqua Easter Hunt?

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Friday, 25 April 2014

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser | Review

The Bodyshop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser
The Bodyshop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser
 
Over the last few weeks I have been trialling a few products(which you can see on this post here) including this, the Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser. As someone with acne prone/oily skin I am instantly attracted to the body shops tea tree range. I have tried a number of products from their range including their foaming cleanser, face mask, toner and more which I was hugely impressed with so it felt right that I tried this out too.

The packaging is just a basic green squeezy tube that contains 30ml of product. I find that the squeezy tube packaging works great for me as I can squeeze out as much product as I like without wasting any.

The scent is of course Tea Tree, it's not a muted smell but not intense either. Once applied after a few minutes you can't really sense the smell. I have used the tea tree pore minimiser as a primer and on a few occasions when I applied this I found that the product had developed into an almost weird texture and it started peeling off, it was soo strange. I have to say I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it, sometimes it just works for me and sometimes it doesn't do the job it claims to do.

On the positive side, when it works for me it primes and mattifies the skin leaving my face shine-free and my foundation lasting longer throughout the whole day which I love. I also find that it leaves my face feeling fresh and energized and feels so soft and supple. It doesn't do anything at all for my pores. I don't have like reallly big pores, I find they look fairly normal sized but I haven't noticed any of my pores minimising when I've used this unfortunately.

On the whole, I'm not entirely sure about how I feel about this product. It doesn't do anything for my problematic skin and sometimes the texture isn't the best. Maybe it's my skin, I don't know. I have to admit I am a little disappointed about the tea tree pore minimiser as I love the rest of the tea tree products I've tried by the body shop.

I personally wouldn't purchase this again as I find the texture isn't the best for just 30ml of product at the price of £9. If you'd like to try it out yourself and purchase it you can get it online here.


Have you tried The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser?

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Beauty Products on Trial #2

I have decided to make Beauty Products on Trial a regular thing on my blog as my first post was quite popular. I guess you could call me a shopaholic, I am always looking for the next best thing in terms of beauty products and I am always trialling and trying out new products. Today I thought I would share with you the products that I am trialling at the moment and give each product a little review and tell you my first impressions.

Beauty Products on Trial
Beauty Products on Trial
Beauty Products on Trial

Sleek Blush by 3 in Pink Lemonade
I have wanted this ever since it was released. I was hoping to receive it for my birthday but I didn't get it(boo!) so I purchased it a few weeks later. Isn't it just the most beautiful palette? I am very much a girly girl and mostly wear corals and pinks on my cheeks to give me that healthy glow so this seemed perfect for me. I have used this just the once or twice so far as I haven't had many reasons to wear makeup at the moment but boy do I love it. It contains 2 powder blushes either side of the palette and a cream blush in the middle. I'm not much of a cream blush gal but I can't wait to try this one out, all the shades are just gorgeous. As always each blush has great pigmentation and looks really great once blended in.

Monu Brightening Boost
Oh my, I think I am in love with this product! I think this is the first time I've really loved a product after just the first or second use. I have applied this under my daily moisturiser in the morning and evening and I have seen a great difference to my skin, I am so impressed. It gives my skin an almost luminous, glowing effect that I really quite like. On the one time I used this I applied my makeup afterwards and it made my face look very healthy. I can imagine this being a staple in my skincare routine this spring/summer. I will have a full review up sometime in the next few weeks so keep your beady eyes out for that.

Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz
I only purchased this little beauty a few weeks ago(you can see my Boots haul here) and I have been using it daily, both day and night and I am loving it so far. I must admit I have seen a great difference to my skin. I use this after cleansing and it gives my face an instant refresh and closes up all the pores and tightens my face a little, not to a great extent though. I just love this. Keep your eye out for a full review over the next week or two.

SEVENTEEN Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in 'Pink Bronze' 
I bought this about a month ago now and I have used this a few times now. I use the shimmer brick as a highlighter and apply it along my cheekbones and blend in to give my face a lovely glowing effect. I absolutely love it, I can see myself using it a lot this spring/summer. It might just replace my beloved MAC soft and gentle.



Have you tried any of these products?

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Monday, 21 April 2014

The Best Eye Makeup for Your Eye Colour

As a young teenage girl I experimented a helluva lot with every possible colour under the sun. You name it, I've worn it. If you could see me 5 years ago while I was at school you'd honestly let out a huge laugh. I sported a nice black eye makeup look which I thought looked pretty bad ass at the time but looking back now I honestly think it was the worst makeup mistake I could've possibly made. Oh how I wish I had a picture to show you all so you could have a laugh at my expense. 

Anyway a few years ago on one of my little lazy days I scoured the internet for hours looking up on what shades suit my eye colour and I came across a makeup colour wheel and found it super helpful.

It is so so important to consider your eye colour when deciding on what eye makeup to use. If you use the wrong eye makeup colour it can look quite harsh and doesn't make your eyes stand out at all.

To my knowledge the best possible way to find the best eyeshadow shade for your eye colour is to have a look at the colour wheel. The opposite shades to your eye colour on the colour wheel are the shades that will work best for your eye colour.


The Best Eye Makeup for your Eye Colour


Green Eyes

This is my eye colour. If you take a look at the colour wheel you can see that red toned colours will compliment my eyes the most. You can pair green eyes with pinks, burgundys, purples and you can also wear browns with a red undertone. I find that the most dramatic shades to use on my eyes are purples and burnt orange shades. Antique and Nocturnelle from MAC are great examples that you can pair with green eyes.

Blue Eyes 

Again, if you take a look at the colour wheel you can see that warm orange toned colours will work well for those gorgeous blue eyes such as gold, browns and greys. To make your eyes look more dramatic you can use bulging bright purples or bright pinks if you wish.

Brown Eyes

If you have beautiful brown eyes then you're lucky, this is the most versatile eye colour. A huge variety of colours will suit your eye colour very well. To make those eyes pop you can use blue, green, purple or browns.

Hazel Eyes 

Hazel eyes are absolutely beautiful, they are brown-green with lovely flecks of gold or grey.  To make the most of this gorgeous eye colour use green, browns and golds, they really bring the eyes out.


I hope this helped you out! Check out the colour wheel to find out what colours compliment those beautiful eyes and make them stand out.
 

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

My Skincare Routine

As someone that has oily/acne prone skin I find it incredibly difficult to find products that don't break me out or exacerbate the problem. I always do the four basic steps; cleanse, tone, treatment and moisturise although on those lazy days I slack with my skin routine completely and sometimes just do the cleansing and treatment without the moisturiser and a toner, oops.

I do tend to change up my skincare every so often, maybe every 3 months or less as I always like to try new products out but I have been using these products for the last few weeks and they have been working wonders for my skin.

I thought I would show you the products I use both day and night in my skincare routine with mini reviews about every product.
 
My Skincare Routine
My Skincare Routine

I have been using this for so long now, I first purchased it 2 or 3 years ago and I've been repurchasing it ever since. I always use this cleanser first to remove all of my makeup including my eye makeup too. It's very gentle on the skin and you can use it no matter what skin type you have.

I have been using this cleanser for the last 6 months, maybe more and I absolutely love it, I've repurchased it so many times. I always double cleanse and I always use this one after using the Olay Cleansing Milk. It makes my face feel automatically refreshed and does a great job of getting rid of any dirt and left over makeup on the skin.

This is a new addition to my skincare routine, I have been using it for a few weeks now and I have noticed a great difference to my skin after I use it. I spritz this onto my face  after I've rinsed off my Body shop cleanser and sometimes throughout the day whenever my skin needs an instant refresh or pick me up. I just love this!

This is my second purchase of this and I can't imagine my life without it. As I have acne prone skin I always rely on this to clear up those random breakouts. I have a full review on this beauty here if you'd like to know more.

I always have a spare bottle of this in my skincare drawer, it comes in handy in so many ways. I use this on spots around the jawline and neck area as it does a great job of reducing inflammation and getting rid of those ugly acne scars.

My Skincare Routine
 I love this moisturiser, it's great value for money. It makes my skin feel amazingly soft and provides a great base to glide on my foundation.

This is a new addition to my skincare routine. I switch between this and the Olay moisturizer depending on how I feel on the day. The GinZing moisturizer smells absolutely divine, it reminds me of Terry's chocolate orange. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft and also gives my skin an extra boost making it look luminous.

My Skincare Routine

My #1 exfoliating scrub is this, the St Ives Blemish Fighting Scrub. Although it claims to fight blemishes I quite frankly don't think it does that at all but it's great for sloughing off all the dead skin on my face. It makes my face feel so soft like a babys bottom. I have a review on this product here if you'd like to know more.

Skincare Routine 

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask
I don't want to say too much about this face mask as I will have a review coming up on this soon. I use this face mask on those days that my face feels overally oily. After using this I noticed that the oil had reduced and my face felt fresh and clean without any dryness or tightness.

My #1 face mask ever I have to say and I've used so many. This is without doubt the greatest skin saviour for those days you get those unexpected breakouts. You know what I mean? One minute your skin's in great condition and the next you get random spots popping up on your forehead, chin, even beside the nose and near the jawline(they're the worst!). I can't rave about this face mask enough. If you'd like to know more check out my review on it here


What does your Skincare Routine consist of? What are your favourite products?

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Aussie Miracle Recharge Take the Heat | Review

Aussie Miracle Recharge Take the Heat
Aussie Miracle Recharge Take the Heat

A few weeks ago I was browsing through my local Boots and Superdrug store looking for the Aussie Take the Heat leave in spray and it was nowhere to be found so I went on the hunt for a new heat protector and lo and behold I found one in the form of Aussie Miracle Recharge Take the Heat Conditioning Spray

Okay, so I don't stray far on the haircare side but I can't fault any of the products I have tried before hence why I decided to go for something in the Aussie hair family. 

Aussie Miracle Recharge Take the Heat is a lightweight conditioning spray which you can spritz onto your hair to protect your hair from the heat such as hair tools like curling irons, straighteners, hair dryers and from the sun, obviously. You can spritz it into either wet or dry hair, whatever you prefer. I tend to use it after I've had a bath/shower or after washing my hair. I only spray it from the middle of my hair to the ends, not from the roots as I found it can make the roots feel a little too greasy so bare that in mind. 

Apart from that it is such a dream to work with, it's got the most divine scent as all Aussie products do and it most definitely does the job. I find that after using this spray it leaves my hair feeling amazing, it detangles my hair and gets rid of frizz leaving my hair with soft, nourished locks. It also gives your hair a lovely  healthy looking shine and puts a little bit of 'oomph' into the hair. That's great news for my very fine, short hair. I give Aussie a massive thumbs up, yet another product I am impressed with. I highly recommend this product to anyone.

 You can purchase this in your local Boots or Superdrug store or on Boots online for just £4.49.

Have you tried the Aussie Miracle Recharge Take the Heat Spray?

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Giveaway | My 100th Post!

Yes, it's the big 100! My 100th blog post. When I first started my blog I honestly never thought I would get to this point. I had a million things running through my head at the time and so many questions. Who would want to read what I write? What am I gonna write about? Well here we are 100 posts and 236 bloglovin followers later. I have no idea why I doubted myself.

Starting a blog was something I had wanted to do for the best part of 5 years and I am so glad I did it(eventually!) so thank you to all of you who have followed and supported me from the start of my blog Beauty Division.

I thought the perfect way to mark my 100th post milestone was with a Giveaway! I am giving one of you lovely ladies a chance to win a Rimmel Color Rush Balm and Rimmel 60 seconds Nail Polish of your choice.

Rimmel Giveaway

Terms and Conditions

My Giveaway is for UK residents only. If you are under 18 then please ask your parents for permission before entering. 

The Giveaway is not sponsored and the prize will be purchased and sent off to the winner by myself. All you have to do to enter my Giveaway is enter all of the required steps below in the Rafflecopter.

All enteries will be carefully looked into and if any incorrect or incomplete enteries are found then they will be removed from the Giveaway straightaway. I do not tolerate any accounts that are made to enter giveaways or 'fake' enteries.

The winner of the Giveaway will be contacted via email or twitter(or both). If I don't have a reply within 48 hours I will pick a winner by random.


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Barry M Nail Paint Picks for Spring/Summer

I am completely obsessed with Barry M Nail Polishes. I have collected so many in a short period of time. I can't go into a Boots or Superdrug store without browsing through the Barry M polishes and 'accidentally' picking another one up. They all look so enticing and so so so beautiful the way they're all laid out on the Barry M counter. So many rows of stunning, vibrant shades of nail polish with various different finishes and effects. 

I admit I am not very experimental when it comes down to nail art or glittery polishes. I like my nails to look simple, vibrant and 'out there' so I always seem to steer clear of the nail polish effects polish but I'd love to experiment with them more. Lately I have been opting more for the basic Barry M Nail Paints than anything else.

I have a roundup of my favourite Barry M Nail Paints that are absolutely perfect for this Spring and Summer. 

Barry M Nail Paint Picks for Spring and Summer
Barry M Nail Paint Picks for Spring and Summer

Berry Ice-Cream is a beautiful purply/lilac shade which looks almost pastel like which I absolutely love. It takes at least 2 to 3 coats until it looks completely opaque because it looks quite sheer once you apply the first coat. This polish would look great on pale or tanned skins. Unfortunately I can't tan(boo!) so I'll be whacking out the fake tan this Spring and Summer.

Peach Melba is a lovely orangey/peach shade that I absolutely adore, it's in fact one of my favourites. You can apply 1 to two coats of this polish for a pastel like sheer finish or 2-3 coats of it until it's completely opaque. This shade I imagine would look great on olive/tanned skin tones and also light-fair skin tones too.

Mint Green is a really soft pastel green shade which is yet again another one of my favourite polishes. This is the definition of Spring right here! Pastels are so on trend right now. If you're not into wearing pastel clothing then why not pop this little beauty on your fingertips? 

Pink Flamingo is actually the first Barry M polish I ever bought. It's a vibrant and striking pink polish that looks amazing on tanned skin. I wore this polish through most of the Summer last year and the beginning of this year and loved it. It is one of my most loved polishes.

Matt White is a basic white polish that would look great all year round and gives a lovely fresh, clean look. You'd have to use at least 2 coats of this polish to get a fully opaque look. If you're not into very bold and 'out there' shades then I would recommend you try this out for the Spring/Summer. You never know, you just might like it.


What are your favourite Barry M Nail Paints for the Spring/Summer?

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Boots Haul #1

It seems that haul posts are becoming a regular thing on my blog lately over the last few weeks. Oh dear! I am not at all good at saving money nor can I resist a good ol' sneaky peek on Boots website, even when I have no money. Why do I torture myself?

Anyway, after a long few hours of browsing through the site I ended up with a couple of things in my basket and headed for the checkout button and within a few days I had received my box of goodies. I have already started getting some use out of a few of these and I'm super excited to try out the rest of them.

Boots Beauty Haul
Boots Beauty Haul
Boots Beauty Haul

I have been running out of my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ so I had to purchase another. I can't do without this beauty, it is an absolute skin saviour for those with acne prone skin. I have a review up on this product here if you want to know more about it.

I have short, thin hair and I really struggle to put some texture and 'oomph' into my hair. I came across soo many rave reviews about the L'Oreal Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray so I had to add it to my basket. I am really looking forward to trying it out.

The Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz was a little bit of an impulse buy. It happened to be in the save up to 1/2 price skincare section and I added it to my basket. I have been using this in the morning and before I go to bed over the last few days and I am lovinggg it.

Last february it was my birthday and I was really hoping to receive the Sleek by 3 Pink Lemonade as a gift but I didn't(cry face) so I decided to pick it up and I am so happy I have it. It is honestly so beautiful, I'm in love! I really can't wait to use it.

I also got a pack of the Invisibobbles in white, they come in a pack of three. It was yet again an impulse buy but for £4.75 I couldn't resist. The majority of the time I have my hair up and I get really horrible kinks in it so this is a saviour.

I'm sure you have more or less heard about this face mask millions of times, the Soap and Glory No Cloggs Allowed Super Self Heating Deep Pore Detox Mask. Phew, what a long name. Another impulse buy(shock!) but I had seen a lot of positive reviews beforehand. I am face mask mad lately, I can't wait to try it out.

Last but not least is the Garnier Micellar Water. I was telling myself to steer away from the micellar water hype, it lasted until very recently when I spotted this in the save up to 1/2 price skincare section on the Boots website. I still haven't tried this out yet, it's a change from my normal cleanser.


Have you tried any of these products?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

My Acne and Accutane Experience

My Acne and Accutane Experience

 Today is a different kind of post sharing my experience with you about my suffering from acne and my accutane experience. This is going to be a bit of a slightly long post so brace yourself if you're reading this.

I have always suffered with really horrible acne-prone skin since I turned 15 years of age and I still suffer from it 5 years on at 20 years old. I used to have quite good skin, I'd have the odd spot here and there but nothing bad to speak of up until I turned 15 and started wearing makeup. Do I blame this? No! I only started wearing makeup because I was at that age that I wanted to really start experimenting with makeup and I wanted to feel and look good. I'm sure everyone has been insecure with themselves or their looks one way or another, name me a person who isn't.

First came the lipgloss, then the mascara, then the eye makeup and then the foundation came along and popped itself into my daily makeup routine. Since then my makeup obssesion escalated and here we are now, a good 5 years later.

I have tried so many products over the last 5 years for my acne that it's pretty impossible to name them all but for those I can remember I have tried Freederm, Clearasil, Witchazel, Tea Tree Oil, Benzoyl Peroxide based products, Erythromycin and so much more. Some of these worked for me in some way or another but not for long and some didn't work at all. Admittedly I wasted quite a lot of money on products for my acne-prone skin, some of which made my acne worse.

My acne was mild-moderate acne, I had pustules and papules and acne scarring but I never ever suffered from cystic acne(thank god!). My self confidence was sooo low when suffering from it. I felt unattractive and horrible and the only time I felt confident was with my makeup on.

At an all time low I rang up the doctors and got an appointment and they referred me to a dermatologist who had recommended 2 treatments, a topical treatment or a tablet and I chose to take the tablet. This came in the form of Isotetroin, also known as Accutane or Roaccutane. It is quite a strong tablet that has so many side effects including joint pains, vomiting, nausea, allergic reactions, stomach pain, liver problems and in worse cases suicidal thoughts.
  
I took 2 of these pill form tablets every day for 5 months and I did suffer from a few side effects such as joint pains, liver problems and dry skin. I had to be taken off the accutane for at least a month until my liver had sorted itself out but eventually over the 5 months my acne cleared up and scarring was reduced soo much. When you're on an accutane course you have to go back to the dermatologist every month for pregnancy tests. This is because accutane can cause serious harm to the baby and can cause birth defects if you're pregnant.

After I finished the course I felt confident and soo much better about myself, my skin was finally clear and I was sooo happy until come October(3-4 months later) and my acne came back. I still suffer from acne now, admittedly it's not as bad as it used to be, I do have breakouts and I do have scars but it's soo much better than it was 5 years ago so that's positive. I did have pictures on my phone from day 1 to the end of my treatment but unfortunately it broke, it's lost forever(enter cry face).

I urge any of you before going on accutane to think hard about the side effects, it can cause long term damage and can potentially threaten your life. Although it works for some people it may not work for you. You either stay clear of acne for a few months and face another 5-6 month of taking another course or you stay clear for a long period of time. It really depends on you and your body. Is it really worth it? 


  Have you tried Accutane? If so, what was your experience?

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Origins Clear Improvement Mask | Review

Origins Clear Improvement Mask

If you have seen my beauty products on trial #1 post(here)then you may know I have been trialling a few new products over the last few weeks including the hugely popular Origins Clear Improvement Mask. It was my first Origins purchase(shock,horror!) but I had to purchase it after so many rave reviews about it and boy am I glad I purchased it.

Origins Clear Improvement Mask is made from white china clay and charcoal. Origins claim that the active charcoal in the mask acts like a magnet to draw out all the impurities and dirt that is lurking suspiciously underneath the surface of the skin and also unclogs the pores. I suffer from acne prone/oily skin so this sounded really appealing to me.

The packaging is just a basic see through squeeze tube which is great, you can control how much of the product you'd like without wasting any of it.

Origins Clear Improvement Mask
Origins Clear Improvement Mask

 The Origins Clear Improvement Mask is a greyey/blue colour but it has a perfect consistency, it's not too thick but not too slippery or thin so it's easy to apply onto the skin which is what you would expect from a clay based face mask. I only apply a minimal amount of product onto the face and leave it on for a good 10-15 minutes for it to dry.

Origins instructs that you can use it at least once a week or as often as needed, depending on the state or condition that your skin is in. I myself suffer from acne prone/oily skin and I only use it at least once or twice a week. For preparation of the face mask open your pores with a moist warm towel or flannel and layer it onto the skin and rinse well after it's dried.

It dried really quickly on my face which I was impressed with. Most face masks I've tried in the past take at least a good 4-5 minutes before it dried but this dried on the skin within maybe at least 2 minutes. When it has dried onto the face it does feel a little tight but it doesn't feel uncomfortable at all, it just feels natural and it actually feels like it's doing something and getting rid of the yucky stuff under the skin.

Origins Clear Improvement Mask

 It can tend to crack a little if you move your mouth but it doesn't make you feel like your skin will tear. Have you ever had this feeling when you're wearing a mask? Well, I'm sure you know what I mean. Here's a few pictures of me with the Origins Clear Improvement Mask on to give you a good idea of what it looks like on.

Origins Clear Improvement Mask

I rinse it off with cold water to close the pores then use a flannel to get the remaining product off. After I had rinsed it off I noticed that my face felt much tighter and softer and my god did it feel good, it also felt like a weight had been lifted off my skin, phew, such a good feeling. My face also looked evened out and even though it still had a little bit of redness there it had reduced.

I highly recommend this face mask to anyone suffering from acne prone or oily skin like myself, it works wonders. I must warn you that it does bring those under the surface spots to the surface so prepare yourself.

You can purchase the Origins Clear Improvement Mask from Origins here for £25.


Have you tried the Origins Clear Improvement Mask?

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

My April Beauty Wishlist

As always every month I have a roundup of products that is on my beauty wishlist at the moment. I have so many on my wishlist at the moment that it's virtually impossible to pop them all onto this one wishlist post this month so I've picked my top five.

You can take a look at my March Beauty wishlist here if you would like to know what was on my wishlist last month.

April Beauty Wishlist

It's no secret that I have a huge obsession with lipsticks, MAC lipsticks in particular and I have a few shades on my 'to buy' list at the moment. The two shades that are on the top of that list are the shades 'Morange' and 'Impassioned'. The shade 'Morange' is completely out of my comfort zone being a bright Red/Orange and 'Impassioned' just looks sooo pretty.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight 
I am absolutely loving Marc Jacobs fragrances at the moment especially my beloved Daisy eau so Fresh so when this was released I was soo excited. When I went to my local Banburys store I just had to spritz this on my wrist and my god, it smells so fruity and just gorgeous so I will have to purchase it soon.

I am looking at expanding my makeup brush collection and I haven't got many eye makeup brushes and these seem like the perfect ones. I've seen them raved about on various beauty blogs and I've seen nothing but positive reviews so I will be purchasing these soon.
 
I came across so many posts on Kate La Vie blog featuring this little beauty and she has raved about it sooo many times that I've decided I really want to give it a go. I have sooo much trouble with redness on my face and I am hoping that this will help even my face out ready to apply my foundation. 

Okay, so this is slightly more expensive than any other beauty brush sets I have seen but my god do they look beautiful. I love the variety as this set includes both face brushes and eye brushes and the rose gold detail on the handle just looks lovely and so so so appealing! Can you blame me for wanting these?


What's on your Wishlist this month?
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