Friday, 29 August 2014

Memebox - Cutiepie Marzia

My first experience of Memebox came and I have to say I'm hooked. Beautifully presented and the contents are stunning.

They say : 
Gently guiding your discovery, Memebox offers the utmost freedom by steering away from traditional subscription-based programs. Order from Memebox only when you want to, as often as you want to.

Each month, we team up with style icons to curate special limited-run Superboxes featuring each collaborator's favorite items - keep an eye on these, they sell out fast. 

Just like our Collaboration #2 with CutiePieMarzia. CutiePieMarzia's beauty and lifestyle channel is filled with adorable moments and we're sure you'll fall in love with her right away. Marzia's box is packed with some of the most darling items we have ever seen - including an entire set of Snow White eyeliners.

- Snow White : Eyeliners
- L.vida : Nail polish 
- Gelee face mask
- Étude house : Sharpener 
- Princess : Lip & Cheek tint
- Baby face :

Nobody knows cute better than Marzia does - we hope you love her box of beauty goodies as much as we do! 

Snow White eye-liners 

These liners firstly, are beautifully packaged. It has what looks like, a stubborn Snow White on the cover. The tin within has the same art work. Then contains 5 neutral liners. They are amazing quality plus do not come off easily. So they are perfect for waterlines.

As you can see the colour payoff is superb and no smudges at all. They are truely worth investing in. 

Étude house sharpener 

This was an extra perk which can sharpen large and small pencils. Really useful and very cute. Good extra with the pencils.

Princess cheek & lip tint 

This cute little cheek and lip tint, has a crown in the middle. It's a duo tint which I'm saving for winter, as this is when I really need cream products. So this will be within my winter must haves post. 

Baby face products 

Babyface products are in my top 3 when I purchase from Korea. The packaging is very cute, however the products are hydrating which again is perfect for my skin. I'm just going through the last of my current primer before I review these.    

Gelee face mask

Now I admit was very strange. It's almost like a mix, of jam and jelly on your face. It's not unpleasant. I was kindly sent some water expanding face masks, i'd expand the mask then cover with gelee. This made sure the product didn't slide.

L.vida Nail polish

This polish is beautiful with a little bow flower for decoration. I haven't had the heart to open it as yet. It's too cute. 

So this was my first experience of Memebox. I'm addicted too Korean beauty boxes now as they are more exciting. Plus the products are packaged beautifully and innovative in what they do.
I'm now more into purchasing Korean products, so more reviews to come.

* Do you like Memebox ? Are you subscribed to any UK boxes? *

Monday, 25 August 2014

Hawaiian tropic

Hawaiian tropic is a well known and established brand. Known for there suntan lotions that has added skincare. So I am reviewing the Silk hydration and Shimmer effect lotion. 

They say : 

Discover the Hawaiian Tropic range of indulgently protective Sun Lotions, Tanning and Protective Oils. As well as the variety of luscious and soothing After Suns and Lip Care. Our ingredients have been carefully chosen for their skin benefits, to make your skin look and smell delicious. 

The UVA & UVB protection means you can enjoy the sun, whilst knowing you're protected against ageing (UVA rays) and burning (UVB rays). Our signature tropical scent awakens your senses, giving you that holiday feeling all year long.

------- Silk Hydration --------

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 10 is a protective sun lotion with luxurious moisturising ribbons, that will pamper your skin like no ordinary sun cream. The crème ribbons are infused with natural silk proteins and glycerine. Too hydrate skin in the sun for 12 hours, wrapping your skin in continuous moisture to help prevent it from drying out. 

- Unique Protective Sun Lotion, with 12 hour hydrating ribbons (180ml bottle)
- Contains natural silk protein and glycerine
- Lightweight feel, nourishing antioxidants, tropical fragrance
- UVA/UVB protection
- Low protection
- Water resistant

As well as nourishing antioxidants, it’s the perfect combination of your essential daily moisturiser and high quality sun protection. So is easy to apply and leaves a luxurious, silky feel on the skin. The transparent bottle means you see the coloured hydrating ribbons, so you'll be able to check how much you have left. A beautiful glow will last longer with a healthy Sun Protection routine. 

This is a beautiful sun tan lotion. It's been given a fresh and innovative new look. The water proof lotion is within a bottle you can see. The stripes have skin protectants and kind to skin ingredients. I found this sun tan lotion to be creamy and easy to apply. We didn't have much sun, so trying the lotion was my main area of the review. I really love this sun tan lotion, plus I would recommend this to anyone whom is looking for a reliable Sun tan lotion. 

--- Shimmer effect -----

Hawaiian tropic - Shimmer effect sun lotion (180ml bottle). Containing light-reflecting mica minerals, to highlight your skin tone with a subtle shimmer. 

- Advanced UVA/UVB protection
- Water resistant

Rich, creamy formulas infused with an exotic blend of flora and fruit extracts provide your skin with optimal coverage. Formulated with Hawaiian Tropic's patented SunSure Technology, Shimmer Lotions are tested in natural sunlight and contain fewer chemicals. 

I do love the smell of this product plus, the inspired packaging. In certain lights it will shimmer and this also is the same when on the skin. It offers a lovely shine and glisten to golden skin. Fantastic if you want to bring out your natural tan. Healthy glow when autumn is approaching. It is the best aftersun to add hydration and something to boost your tan. So if your having a late sunny holiday, pick some of this up to prolong your tan. Really beautiful product, with exquisite results.  

*Always wear SPF to cover for UVA/UVB rays, have a factor that is correct to your skin.* 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Shishedo - Ultimate power concentrate

So I was lucky enough to be picked for this Shiseiso trial. I have to just use this product for 4 weeks then report back to Shiseido HQ.

They say :
 The ultimate serum for enhancing skin's multi-defensive power against signs of aging, environmental factors and daily stress. Day by day, your skin becomes smoother and more resilient. Your complexion appears to glow with more radiance. It works with your skincare to boost the benefits, for women of all ages

How to apply : 
Apply morning and night after cleansing and softening the face. When using other serums, apply Ultimune first to enhance the benefits of the following treatments.

So the product was sent in a beautiful red bag with a ribbon securing it. Inside red tissue paper, with the Shiseido name printed on it.  So if your looking for a hydrating product to indulge in, then maybe try this at your nearest counter. I'm of dry/normal skin and this has been a pure joy to use. I found it kept my dry areas hydrated and not irritated. I found this product was just as effective as the under-eye shields that shishedo make. I would say shishedo has not as yet disappointed, plus it's probably the only high end products I would invest in. So have a wander on launch too trial this lovely addition to the shishedo family.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Eucerin - Eye Makeup remover & 3 in 1 Micellar fluid review

Eucerin is a brand I stumbled upon when I tried a sample of cleansing milk and moisturiser. It's a skincare brand that's very proud of its 100 year history. I am reviewing 2 products from the new "Dermatoclean" range. Many thanks to Eucerin.

They say :
The skin is one of our most important organs, as it protects us against the environment, gives us our appearance and sense of touch. Eucerin is the dermatologist-recommended skin care brand based on honest skin science. It sustains and restores healthy skin and gives you the confidence of a healthy radiant skin.

Through working with dermatologists and using advanced technological expertise, Eucerin ensures reliable and highly effective product innovations on highest dermatological standards. By choosing active ingredients and requiring clinical proof, Eucerin is synonymous for excellent product quality and the combination of effectiveness and superior skin tolerability.

Eucerin is the one skin care brand that delivers a holistic “dermo-cosmetic” approach. Backed up with more than 100 years of Beiersdorf research, Eucerin enhances outer beauty, inner serenity and self-confidence. Delivering visibly healthier, radiant skin, Eucerin® is the a brand that stands for medical skin science. 

My skin story 

So my skin is basically a mixture and as I say can be as pesky as a bug. It can change daily and as I have a long history of being dehydrated a lot. It's safe to say that my would be my acillies heel of things I need to improve upon. Now there is a history of psoriasis in my family, both my mother and fathers side. I can have flare ups in extreme stress and if I'm ill. It tends to be mostly dry in winter, then in summer it will go to a more balanced state. So I will gravitate to more water based skincare with serums. As I find the hydration before helps my moisturiser work better. It's why I like Eucerin's formula for my winter regieme. Plus summer the cleansing skincare is fantastic and hydrating. 
 Eucerin's website has an amazing wealth of knowledge of most skin complaints. How to avoid the common factors and what to do when you know the time your most prone. Press the image to be taken to the dry skin information.

Eucerin DermatoClean Range Review's

They say : 
Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Facial cleansing products help skin to breathe. Thorough cleansing is the first step in effective skincare. It is scientifically proven that, when skin is well cleansed and moisturised it is better able to absorb oxygen.

The Eucerin DermatoCLEAN range of cleansing products offers a complete solution for all skin types and cleansing needs. An innovative combination of nature-derived active ingredients works to remove make-up effectively from the skin while helping to maintain its natural moisture balance. Skin cleansed with Eucerin DermatoCLEAN is clean, soft, soothed, refreshed and prepared.

---- Make-up remover ----- 

 Eye Make-Up Remover : thoroughly removes eye make-up and impurities, while keeping skin's own natural moisture level in balance. The eye area is clean, smooth, calm and fresh.
Clinical & ophtalmological tests prove very good skin & eye compatibility. Suitable for contact lenses wearers.  

I found this makeup remover was calming in the summer and was so gentle. My eyes did not get irritated with the rubbing and removal of my eyeliner. It's a gel liner usually and then a pencil in my waterline. So it is an remover I would say will be good for sensitive skin. Not being drying at all and has a hydrating feeling, when you have put a full and heavy face of makeup on. I really like this makeup remover. Plus it really does last as you don't need much to remove stubborn makeup.

--- 3 in1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid --

 3 in1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid : is a convenient facial cleanser, eye make-up remover and toner, suitable for sensitive skin. It contains a very effective yet extra mild cleansing complex and nature-derived actives.
Your skin is perceptibly clean, cleared and refreshed
• Your skin can breathe and is optimally prepared for moisturisation.

This has got to be my holy grail of morning and evening skincare routine. It is my first step I do as soon as I wake up, as it's refreshing. Also I need to wipe my face and neck area, as I just feel uncomfortable and my skin is dirty from the night. Especially in these humid nights where we all sweat and you just get sticky. I would usually use a cleansing solution but found that I didn't get rid of that sticky feeling fully. 

So the first time I used this 3 in 1 micellar fluid, I could not believe how much dirt this removes. I only need a bit on a flannel, then use this in gentle straight rubs to lift the dirt. Plus the evening is surprising how much your skin accumulates, then you do your routine and it's just quite disgusting. I couldn't believe how much my previous cleanser was missing, no wonder my skin was feeling unclean in the morning. I will highly recommend and repurchase this cleanser. It's fantastic and I don't think any product will top this, as my skin is feeling really healthy in this routine. So I better get stocking up. 

Eucerin's new 3 in 1 cleansing fluid is just amazing and this is for all skin types. I feel oily skins will really like this, to get rid of oily buildup's and to freshen up. I can't praise this product more other then say it's here and staying. Even the makeup remover is cooling and doesn't irritate my skin. I wouldn't go as far as to say its something new and exciting on the market. However if you struggle with finding skincare for your skin, then I would recommend Eucerin. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Sainsburies - Boutique makeup line

Now when I found out sainsburies was releasing a makeup line. I honestly didn't hold too much hope for the quality of the makeup. Until I saw whom had created and read further, then was kindly sent samples to consider. So here's my rundown to the new Boutique line. 

They say : Boutique is set to transform the way women shop for their make-up bag essentials. From nail polishes, lipsticks, lip gloss, eyeshadows to accessories, Boutique has been created by a collective of professional make-up artists. In early 2011, we approached Jo Saville and Sophia Price, established make-up artists, who with a wealth of beauty product experience helped create the perfect collection of colours which marries high pigmentation, easy application and brilliant staying power. Boutique shades feature fun, tongue-in-cheek names such as Grass Is Always Greener,Tickled Pink and Cat Got The Cream, designed to put a smile on the face of female shoppers often overwhelmed by beauty fixtures.

Sophia Price, Boutique Make-Up Ambassador: "We’re experts in understanding the diverse make-up needs of women and this insight coupled with Sainsbury’s understanding of their customers formed the basis of the Boutique range. which means we’re confident that every colour and product is what Sainsbury’s customers will want."
Jo Saville, Boutique Make-Up Ambassador"Boutique was created for the everyday woman, but as a result of testing the products  we found industry insiders were choosing to include the products in their make-up kit because of their fantastic quality."
Range of Lipstick colours 

Colour pallets, pigment strength, formulation, finish and longevity are all set to go head-to-head with the leading cosmetics brands. Blind product testing was carried out by 58 industry professionals, and the outcome resulted in over 90% of the beauty panel recommending Boutique.

Selection of the New range from Boutique 

So as we can see I was kindly sent 2 eyeshadows, a lipstick and lipgloss. The packaging is basic black with the boutique logo. It is nicer for the lipstick and gloss, as the quality is not cheaply done. The eyeshadows packaging I'm not sure of, as I have so many single that I depot for space. This would have been unique to see them, either slot or click on top of each other. So you have a stack of shadows rather then singles all over, maybe it will be evolved or changed in time. Otherwise I'm quite impressed initially for a newly released brand. 

Eyeshadows Review : Blaze of Glory and Turn a Blind eye 

Now this was where my mind was slightly blown, as I am a eyeshadow fiend. I collect palettes also tried many brands, so I really do want quality in not only pigment. So texture was soft and I expected a gritty texture for the shimmer. They were smooth and my goodness I was bowled over with the swatches. The pigment is intense, there is no dimished colour when blended also. So these 2 shades really are quality shadows. 

Blaze of glory looks like a simple gold but it's mixture of taupe and gold. Really beautiful shimmer to it and blends out lovely. It gives different colour flecks in the light and the shimmer is not chunky. It's comfortable to wear, pack on and blend. 

Turn a blind eye is also looks to be a pinky shade, however it's darker purplely shade. Again with tones of taupe and bronze. I was amazed with this shade and how intense the pigment was. I would have loved to see, if the matte shades are the same quality. However the shades with some shimmer are not chunky or uncomfortable. 

Review of the Lipstick and Lipgloss

So the lipstick "Don't rest on your coral" is beyond stunning. It's a deeper shade of coral which is so pigmented. The lipstick feels lovely on lips being very moisturising. It's glossy so I had to do a base, blot then apply a second layer. The shine of the lipstick does go when eating or drinking. However the pigment does stay on the lips, it's a perfect handbag lippy for on the run. Really lovely formula of lipstick. 

The Gloss I couldn't see the name as the packaging and see through sticker made it really difficult. I don't usually use lipgloss as I use Creamy lipsticks. Gloss on top just makes my lips feel heavy, plus I don't tend to like the sticky feeling. This gloss I found was a lovely colour and I would use this alone. However I found on swatching the gloss, it looks like it's separating from the colour almost. This then makes you want to blot the excess off. So it's not a great formula for me or my experience of gloss. It is probably why I don't wear gloss more. 

Overall I will admit I wasn't expecting much from the line being its new. However it's been made with experience and you can see with quality. The quality of the Eyeshadows and lipstick are amazing. I would Definatly try more of these shades and I'm intrigued to see the matte shadow quality. The Gloss is not something I would use and it's just not my go to product. I'm planning to see if my Sister in law would like to try this as she wears gloss, to see her opinion. I'm really impressed with the range. 

Below are the Nail polish range and above is all the Lipstick shades. 

The range of Polishes by Boutique

Simple skincare

Simple is a well known and respected brand. Known for its motto "Kindness to skin" which also includes anyone with sensitive skin. Reliable and always a brand you can turn too if your skin needs, hydration to cleansing.

They say ; Simple® was born in the UK in the 1960s and was the first skincare brand to formulate a product that contained no colour and no perfume; designed to care for sensitive skin.  Simple have been the experts in sensitive skin since launching. Staying committed to our philosophy, as our product range has grown. To be the UK’s No.1 Facial Skincare brand.

 We don’t want to overcomplicate things, we believe good skincare should fit around you. We've pioneered a kinder approach to skin. We really understand skin, plus the everyday challenges it faces. Skin deserves only the kindest care.

Protecting moisture Cream

They say ; Regular use of a moisturiser is essential, to boost skin hydration levels.
Our special blend of moisturising goodness includes Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Sunscreens etc. This helps to moisturise, soften and nourish the skin. Our Protecting Moisture Cream is a perfect blend, to help to defend your skin against the environment. Keeping it replenished all day long, even sensitive skin types.

After using this as my daily moisturisers and also I found it calms my skin. When im having a day where my skin has more need for hydration. This is perfect as it absorbs at a rate, so I don't need to keep adding layers. It will protect and calm my skin. Plus a little goes a long way, especially considering its a cream. 

Illuminating radiance cream

They say : Instant radiance boost, infused with multi-vitamins, skin loving ingredients and light reflecting minerals for immediate natural radiant looking skin with UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection. Perfect even for sensitive skin.

I really found the illuminator was a good base. Whilst it was great as a primer and added a great base. It was not really noticeable in other ways for me. If your using natural makeup with just the illuminator, it will give a more alive glow to the skin. Full makeup will mask the glow it's trying to give. 

Blackhead eliminating face scrub

They say ; Spotless Skin (Blackhead Eliminating) Face Scrub is the perfect blend, of antibacterial and cleansing to remove dead skin cells and impurities. Our blend of antibacterial and cleansing contain's Zinc PCA, Chamomile, Witch Hazel. A natural anti-bacterial, which helps to absorb excess oil and fight spots and blackheads.

I am lucky not to need oil absorption. I will use it however when my skin is dry, I need to remove some flaky areas. It would be no more then 3 times a week if I needed too. As scrubs need too be used with care. 

 I have my 1 day each week, where I will use a treatment and this scrub to really clean my skin. I'm very lucky in that water and coconut or natural light soap, is all I've needed. However as I'm getting older, I am finding having a good skincare regime plus more is needed. I would probably use this more in the winter, when my skin is at its driest. On using I have found that it doesn't irritate like some scrubs I've tried. However this is all relative to how hard you use this product. I will rub very gently to protect my skin under the dry layer. This is I think advisable with all scrubs. I would have this as a regular scrub as it does what I need it for and is affordable. 

I'm always impressed with Simple products and never let down. I love Simple wipes for travel and when I'm in hospital, I feel they really clean my skin. So I'm not surprised that the quality was as good. Simple are trusted and they make affordable quality skincare. I really enjoyed these products. 

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