Review: Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask Blackheads and Blocked Pores

Hi guys! Welcome to another review!

This week I’m reviewing the Quick Fix Facials mask. So I have used a few in the range before, and this one is a new one for me so I thought I’d review it!

This one is the Blackheads and Blocked Pores Mask.

On the back, it says the 3 main ingredients to help this is Pink Rose Clay, Glycol Acid, and Pomegranate extract all designed to cleanse and decongest the skin, balance uneven skin tone, and antioxidants to encourage radiant skin.

Opening it up, it smells like roses, which is amazing as I am such an old lady when it comes to my rose scents!

So the instructions say to put a generous layer onto damp skin and leave on for 5-10 minutes, and massage onto problem areas. I do so and then mosey around for 10 minutes scaring the neighbours. I then wash it off and moisturise, and I feel like my skin is lighter! I wear a very heavy foundation and also like a matte look, so my skin is usually crying out for moisture a lot of the time, so this mask is perfect to rebalance my skin.

I would recommend, and any of their other range is really good also!

I give it an 8/10!

T xx

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Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser! I am on a mission to try primers at the moment, as its summertime and my face is greasier than Danny Zuko’s hair (amirite) so I picked up this one as I have seen this for a few years and thought I would try it out!

So squeezing it onto my fingers, it has a clear vaseline type consistency. I put it on my face, and it did make my face extra smooth, putting a layer over my skin (which primer is meant to do obvs). I put the last of my Kat Von D foundation on over the top (see link to review below) and put powder on and the rest of my makeup and went out into the day. So I work in a place that is usually warm and has air conditioning, plus I run around all day. I also have deep scarring from picking my face as a teen (don’t do it kids) and it did smooth it out somewhat, but more my lighter scars that my deep ones. It did keep the oil off until late afternoon (didn’t apply powder after the first time) and my skin remained soft and supple. I would recommend it to normal skin people with light blemishes, as it will keep the oil at bay for awhile but eventually if you don’t powder it will come through. However I will wear it on makeup free days to pretend I have amazing skin like Neve Campbell obvs.

I would say that the Soap and Glory pore minimiser is better for you if you are a greasy girl, however this one is great for the girls who have normal skin and light grease.

Have you tried it? How did you get on?

T xx

PS Here are the product reviews linked below!

Kat Von D Lock it Foundation: Review

Review: Soap and Glory – The Fab Pore 3 in 1 Oil Control Serum

GLOW Fashion Edit.

If you are like me, you watched GLOW’s ten episodes if not at once, then over a pretty concentrated time period. Party of Five and Ru Paul’s Drag Race got shafted for this show and it did not disappoint. The music, the storyline, the graphics were PURE perfection.

Not watch it yet? Heres a hypnosis.

Its 1985. Ruth Wilder (played by Alison Brie) is an actress who wants better roles. She auditions for a professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or Glow. She is immediately at odds with the director Sam Sylvia (played by Marc Maron) as she overacts in the ring. Also underlying tension is the fact that Ruth unknowingly slept with her best friend Debbie Egan (played by Betty Giplin)’s husband – this underlies the series and ultimately forms the main storyline (I ain’t spoiling nothin for nobody).

I decided to scour one of my favourite websites, ASOS for ideas as they did a GLOW feature not long ago but I wanted to check out and form my own edit for the girl who wants a touch of GLOW. (Not sponsored by ASOS but I do love free stuff. No? Okay.)

So here is the main promo image from the show:

GLOW-TV-Show-Cast

JUST LOOK PEOPLE.

I want all of the outfits PLOIZE.

So what I picked is a selection of my fav products from ASOS that fit the genre of this. I WAS going to do a blog on summer fashion but it got shoved to the side for this, who cares.

Lets get STARTED.

The Leotard.

I love a good leotard. The girls in the show wear them HIGH but if you are not feeling that throw on some denim cutoff shorts and a light jacket for day. Plus the shoes featured later.

Here is my pick from ASOS:

glow fashion leotard

This is super 80’s and super cute, and the model even has great 80s hair. Its a great colour and easy on the wallet. Get it HERE

The Vest Top

So this vest totally has it. The cropped effect, the retroness of the lettering, and how effortless it looks with – you guessed it! – cutoff denim shorts.  This is good for when you are doing the sports. That’s how you say it right? Get it HERE

glow fashion vest

The Shoes. 

glow fashion shoes

You can’t go past the adidas superstar 80s premium trainers for your trip to the 80s. Super comfy, super cool, and keep them shoes clean for that fresh look. Pair with your leotard and your denim shorts and you are good to go to the roller disco. Get your kicks HERE

 

Lets get into the hair and makeup. I only included two products with this as this is all you need to evoke the 80s. First up is ….

Green Lipstick!

glow fashion lipstick

I know, its a bit tricky to pull off green lipstick. However, I am in LOVE with Illamasqua’s Apocalips Lipstick, it is so nice and muted, and really taps into the vibe of GLOW, and is much like the lipstick that Ruth wears in a scene. Get it HERE

Last, but not least, the main event of the 80’s was HAIRSPRAY. Everyone teased their hair and held it up to dance the night away with hairspray. I’m including my fav brand of the moment, Lee Stafford and his hairspray in this one as the bottle is hot pink and fits with the theme and the product is great! Get it HERE

glow fashion hairspray

Thats it folks! Let me know how your 80s summer is going and if you feel the GLOW. Find me on the social media links below and lets talk about the show and the scandals!

T xx

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Review: Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo

Hi guys!

So this week I am reviewing the Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo!

I popped into Poundland for a look and found this on the shelf. Naturally being a new product magpie I bought this and his Kiss of Colour in Pink (review to come).

So my verdict on this – IT IS AMAZING.

The back of the can says to hold from about 16cm away onto your root area then rub the powder with your fingers. I did this, and then started to work on the product. It went on really well and didn’t actually leave a powder for me to rub in, but I massaged the roots and then brushed up my hair. It really made a big difference to my hair, compared to another one I had used earlier. It really have it more volume and had a nice scent. I styled my hair and then went out for the day. Over the day I did hair checks and my hair kept really nice and not oily, yet still remained shiny and bouncy. It also has a nice scent as well, and my husband also used it and it really worked on his hair too!

Overall I’d give it a 10/10, would highly recommend to everyone!!

T xx

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Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream

Hi team!

So this review is in a two part series of the everyday moisturisers I use, and the first one is the Simple Vital Vitamin Day cream.

I first got introduced to Simple when I came into the UK, and had tried a few of their products, but make the jump to using their moisturisers a year or so ago which I wanted to start taking my skin seriously. I have slight eczema around my nose, large pores and scars from pimples, and slight wrinkling starting to appear. So I started a proper skincare routine and flagged these two products to use first to see if I could see a difference.

So the product says that it has 3 vitamins, no artificial perfume or colour, and SPF protection, with hydration for 12 hours.

The texture is like softly mixed cream, and melts into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. My skin felt plum and hydrated and very soft!

I layered it up with my makeup and went to work, and it worked with my foundation well, as my foundation is matte and powder based, so it still managed to keep my skin hydrated though that.

I also find in the winter it really works hard for your skin. Here in Edinburgh, the wind, rain and snow have a huge effect on my skin but the cream seems to calm it down and stop any redness or any rawness. I find i just have a rosy glow.

So  I would rate this product 10/10 and am a lifelong user now!

See Part 2 of my everyday moisturisers next week!

T xx

Im 31 and I have a 90’s Obsession. (Clothing)

Hi team!

So this weeks blog is about the 90s and its clothing. Oh my word. Hoooooow amazing was the style. I’m including the 2000s in this too because I won’t let them get away with it either.

Here were my fashion idols in the 90s.

Aaliyah

Britney

The Spice Girls

They were all very different and I wanted all of their wardrobes, and their abs, holy moly!

I am going to list what I wore in the 90s, please chime in if you wore these too!

Matching tracksuits (maroon, and a green set)

Body glitter

Cherry lipgloss

Green or blue mascara

Roll on perfume (those tiny little ones)

Sparkly Butterfly clips (the tiny ones)

Glitter Slides (shoes)

Hoop earrings (when you were old enough to wear them obis)

A nose stud

A tongue stud

 

I want to hear more of these so do comment below.

So I was a massive dork in the 90s but it was so fun to be one! You did your hair up, put body glitter on, your roll on perfume on, and your cherry lipgloss and you were ready for school. Life was so much simpler then. I feel that I want to bring body glitter back in a big way too.

I loved the crop tops, the US themed merch (Chicago Bulls, etc) high waisted jeans, chokers, piercings, and whatever JLo was doing at the time was totally my aesthetic. I was definitely a pop girl in the 90s, but since this trend has come back around I still love the pop stuff, but LOVE the grunge stuff – plaid, band tshirts, holey tshirts etc. I love that this trend has come back and own so much of it, and it really lends to my style. I even do Space Buns (hairstyle) when I am going out and want to feel fly.

What did you wear, what do you wear now from the high street offerings of 90s style?

T xx

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Barry M Flawless Colour Correcting Primer – Review

You know what? Barry M is one of the best drugstore makeup lines out there. When I came to the UK I was drawn like a magpie to their nail colours (makeup in general is very expensive in New Zealand) and then when it came time to bump up my makeup I pretty much grabbed everything as it was a good price point for me to learn with. I went through a couple of primers and then tried this one.

I got the green one for redness, and there is a purple one for brightening your complexion.

Now I was intrigued on combining a primer and a colour corrector, so I got the green one and proceeded to try it. The consistency is like hand soap, a little tacky (which gave me confidence as a primer) and it was VERY green. I smoothed a pump full on my face and worked it into the skin. As a primer – great. As a colour corrector…not so much. It didn’t do much to my pimples or redness around my nose, but it did prime my skin fantastically ready for foundation!

In conclusion (sounds so formal) I recommend just springing for a colour corrector and a primer separately. Its a great idea, but it really doesn’t work in this case. Id be happy to try a new formula if they ever put it out, as this would be my dream product!

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Review: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

Hi team, welcome to another review! As always, not paid, not given any fancy houses in Greece, etc etc…

So growing up, I hated my eyebrows. I thought they were way too thick, they were fighting with my eyes to fit onto my face, (heck, they were most of my forehead), and it definitely wasn’t the fashion to have them in the early 00s.

So in the last few years we have seen a resurgence of the EYEBROW. Cara Delevingne started the return with her amazing eyebrows in her Burberry campaign, and since then we have heard all about them, from them being on fleek, to full news articles about them. So for girls with thick eyebrows like me, I was pleased as its now given me a catalyst to look after them and be proud of them!

I was on the hunt for a product to find a product that essentially could make my eyebrows look full and awesome. I got a good eyebrow technician to tidy them up, and then set out from there. I do not pencil my brows, and I don’t want to spend ages on them. I just want a product that helps me talk with my eyebrows (which if you know me in real life, I am quite prone to a suggestive eyebrow lift or a lifted eyebrow like oh no you didn’t etc)

After going through a couple, I was recommended the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara. It comes in 5 shades, and I got the Chocolate shade.

So I applied it one cold morning and it was like the sun came out! This brow mascara is the da bomb.com (more 00s lingo).

The wand is great, the application and product is smooth, and it just gives that much more shape and depth to my brows. I am really impressed and think this will be a ride or die product for me.

10/10 for me!

Get it HERE:

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara, £5.50

T xx

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Review: Clinique Superbalanced Foundation

Hi guys! So to preface this review, I have not been paid by Clinique to do this review, its just that I want to rave about this foundation!!

So I have mixed skin. I have dry parts and super oily parts. At work the air con, heat, and general crazy environment means that I can fry an egg on my forehead by the end of the day with the oil I’ve accumulated. I carry a beauty blender and a tray of translucent powder around in my bag to blot blot blot, which frankly, my bag has enough crap in it! Previously I had used Moisture Surge from Clinique, and it was great, but then I stopped using it and made the mistake of going to a cheaper brand. Result? Oil Central. You should always spend money with a good brand. Not £6.99, Taryn. So I had had enough, I went to the Clinique counter in Debenhams. I know the manager there a bit, so just laid it straight out that I had heard about Superbalanced and she proceeded to take me through the process of matching my skin. She gave me benefits such as it puts moisture into my dry parts and mattes up my oily parts, and then gave me 10 day trial (amazing) and gave me the most important tip of all: Wear it on a day off, at work, and on a night out. This will put it through its paces. I have worn it through these and am pleased to say it really works!! Work was the tough contender, but it came through, and instead of my oil giving me a slick look, it managed my make my skin glow! All in all, I would give this a 9/10, its really good and will stick with you through thick and thin! Will be buying again!

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What foundations are you using? Any recommendations for me to try?

 

T xx

Review: Swamp Queen Palette

Hi team!!

So I was very lucky to get the Swamp Queen eyeshadow palette for Christmas, and was excited to try this baby out!!

Background: Swamp Queen is the creation of Tarte Cosmetics, and a Youtuber named Grav3yard Girl. She is amazing and wacky and awesome – I definitely recommend watching her!! Anyway they did this amazing collaboration, and I have always heard Tarte have a great reputation for cosmetics, so I was excited to try the two in one!

So it has 9 eye shadow shades, a bronzer, a blusher, and a highlighter.

There are lot of browny and purply tones to mix and match which are amazing for a day time look and then darker tones to smoke it up for evening. I use big baby, haunting and uncommon pretty much every day, and blush with does this thing really work!

The packaging is adorable and so the quality of the makeup is great, my makeup brushes aren’t the best unfortunately so I can’t get much colour on them so I have to keep building colour but with colours such as man cat and dogman even with a crappy brush it gives you great colour pay off!

The highlighter is an icy white and I just use it on my eyebrow bone, and the blush gives me a pink glow although you have to use it sparingly as the colour payoff is amazing!!

All in all, I would give this 7 stars out of 10. I want to try more Tarte cosmetics after this definitely after trying this product!!

 

Have you tried this palette? What do you think?

T xx