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: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

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This week I am talking about the Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream Moisturiser!

So I use the Simple range for my every day moisturisers, because they work on my skin and achieve what I want out of a moisturiser. I’m fairly new to using a night cream, but as I get older I am realising the importance of looking after my skin and keeping it looking healthy.

So the Simple Night cream says it has two vitamins, and 4 skin loving ingredients. The consistency is like a jar of mayonnaise, a little thick and gloopy, but when you smooth some on (and you only need a little bit) it goes on creamy and does leave a slight sheen, making your skin look glowy. When I wake up in the moment my skin is a little oily, but I feel that my skin is looking well and has no reactions whatsoever.

Overall I would give this a 10/10!

Have you tried either of my everyday moisturisers? Let me know what you think!

T xx

Have a look at my other reviews!

Review: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Cream

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

Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

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Review: Kat Von D Lock it Foundation

Update: September 2017

Hi guys! So i have now finished the bottle – this lasts a long time as you don’t need much, and there are few things to update since my previous review

  • Keep your moisturising game strong. I found sometimes it did get a little flaky on trouble patches on my face. 
  • It did start to move if I got really greasy or touched my face so definitely keep it topped up with powder over the day. 

Other than that, it was really good and I definitely still recommend it!

On my quest to find the perfect foundation I decided to try the Kat Von D lock it foundation! I did some research and while there were some retractors, there were a lot of complimentary reviews from fellow oily skinned girls that raved about the coverage and the no transfer finish! So I decided to purchase it and test it for myself.

Normal primer on – I use Barry M Primer – its not too bad but I will take any recommendations! Then I opened up the bottle (it is SO beautiful it makes me want to show people on the bus like a crazy person) and put a pea sized amount in my hand. I am so glad I didn’t get more, as it was super covering!! I usually have issues with cakinesss around my nose and top lip but this really was not too bad on that factor. I didn’t put any setting spray or powder on to see how it would work, and then headed off to work where there is strong air con and heating, so it really would be put to the test as most foundations I use melt under this environment. 4 hours in, I popped upstairs on my lunch break, checked the mirror, aaaaaannnnd – Amazing. Only a little bit of oil popped through, it gave me a luminescent glow, as opposed to oil slick. I decided not to powder and left it for another 3 hours, when I was on my break. It hadn’t moved! It was all still pretty much dry and the oiliness hadn’t gotten worse! I usually have dry spots on my chin but it didn’t show them up, and the ghastly pimples that had sprung up a few days previous were all covered – I had put concealer on redundantly really!

All in all, I am so pleased with this foundation – I will do a follow up review with this once I have finished my bottle!

Purchase it HERE

T xx

 

Here are some of my other reviews!

Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

Review: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Cream

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

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Review: Hello Kitty Instax Camera

Hi team! Welcome to my review on the Hello Kitty Instax Camera! So I wanted an instant camera, and started to have a look through all the brands. Fuji Films I have used a lot of for film projects and their products are great. I spotted the Instax Mini 8, which comes in many colours, and then I spotted the Hello Kitty version, created for the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty and was sold. It also came with a close up lens, a selfie mirror – which is two more features that the standard Instax doesn’t have – a Hello Kitty Strap, batteries (2xAAs) and special Hello Kitty photo paper, its just the cutest.

So I got a good deal on Amazon, and bought two packets of plain photo paper as well because I want to save my Hello Kitty ones for me and my niece as she is OBSESSED.

Unboxing this was so much fun. It comes in the cutest box, and you see the camera as soon as you open the lid. Let me tell you, it is big. But it is easy to grip onto when you are taking pictures.

It is really simple to use. The button on the right hand side pops out the lens and turns it on, and the left hand button takes the photos. It also has five settings – Home, Cloudy, Sun, Very Sunny and Hi Key (which makes everything softer and lighter). It also shoots from 60cm to 2.7 metres. You can also purchase close up lenses or coloured lenses.

You load the photo pack into the back, clip it in, and then do a random snap to get the back of the pack out, then you are ready to shoot.

My first shots were of my shelves in my bedroom with my trinkets, and then a selfie of me. They recommend under any circumstances do NOT shake the picture while it is developing, as it will mess things a bit, so just set it down and watch it happen.

The photo is a credit card size, perfect for sending to people and having in your wallet. I intend to send these to people for their birthdays, and commemorate great events, starting with one of my good friends weddings.

I am in love with this camera, it is so easy to use, and I am keen on letting my niece and nephew have a go so they can start looking at taking photos and making memories in a different way. I am also looking forward to putting it into my friends hands and watch them try and figure it out. It really makes me smile and I will definitely be using it in my blogging pics too, so thats also an excuse!!

 

T xx

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

Hello fellow greasy girls. As this blog is published after lunch UK time, swipe your T-Zone and tell me how much you get on it. Enough to fry an egg? Read on…

So I am a growing fan of Soap and Glory. As I get older and the bags under my eyes get bigger I am now getting to the point where I am trying to freeze my face and skin without getting all the Botox. So when I saw this range at my local Boots I had to pick up some. I need a primer that is going to works hard, and since this one claims to Mattify, Prime, and Refine, I invested.

So on the back, it tells you that you can use it alone before moisturiser, or under makeup as a primer. I will probably only use it under makeup, and I am currently working with Kat Von D’s Lock it Foundation (Review here) which is great, but does still give me a slight sheen. So I squeezed out a pea amount onto my hand (its pink!) and then smoothed it into my T Zone, let it dry, then applied my makeup as usual. My day consisted of working in a store under hot lights and air conditioning, so I need my foundation and primer to work together as a team to make sure I am not a greasy face lady halfway through the day.

It performed pretty well! I was quite impressed! I had a day of running around and lifting things and generally sweating it out, and it seemed to cope pretty well. I didn’t feel that my skin was overproducing oil to combat the product, as my skin tends to do with some brands, it seem to be doing alright with it.

So I would give this a 8/10 – I hate any kind of sheen and it did give me a slight sheen but I think to a normal person it’s a lovely glow (I hate glow, I love a matte face).

Have you tried it? Tell me what you think!!

T xx

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Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

Review: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Cream

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

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Review: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Cream

Hi team!

So this weeks review is on the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula cream!

My skin is thirstier than a bae. For real. I have tried so many different brands but my skin vacumns them up and pretends they aren’t there. It was very annoying as I want a glow to my skin on my body (not my face, heaven forbid) but it’s really hard to find a product. I reached for the Palmers product as it claimed to do (of it’s many points)

  • provides 24hr moisture
  • softens and relives skin
  • smooths marks and scars
  • paraben free

So i opened it up, and it smells like cocoa, but very very faintly. It is fragrance free but obviously the cacao extract shines through.

It is light yellow, and is quite thick but goes into the skin with ease. It also gives you a sheen to the skin that is really nice and doesn’t feel too chemically. It is also a animal testing free, and is good for sensitive skin.

I would rate this one 8/10 – I would like it to be even more moisturising than it is, but then I’m greedy for some shine on my lacklustre skin.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

T xx

Ps If you liked this check out my other reviews!

Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream

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Edinburgh Festival: Stella Graham

Hi guys! So this was meant to come to you on Friday but its the festival and I have been out and about! I did a blog on my picks of the festival (Edinburgh Festival: A Kiwi girls Guide to the shows to see!) – give a look, but for this blog I am going to focus on a lady called Stella Graham!

Stella is come Coventry, and is one of the funniest people I know. She often comes to the festival to do her comedy show, and works hard at her craft. This year she is up here for a few shows during the festival that are well worth it! Here’s a blurb about the show, entitled: Rage Against the Unclean.

Ever felt your inner volcano explode at the sight of a motorway middle lane driver, or had an office job so boring you applied to join the North Korean Circus? Then this is the show for you. Coventry born Stella Graham is like a pressure cooker, barely keeping the lid on her rage, with hilarious consequences.

If you like a comedian who is quick with the punchlines and just an all around nice person, go see Stella! Click the link to find out dates! And its FREE!

Stella Graham – Rage Against the Unclean

T xx

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

PS – Read my other reviews here!

Review: Soap and Glory Kick Ass Fake Awake Dark Circle Concealer

Review: Clinique Superbalanced Foundation

Review: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

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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