Brand Profile: Lisa Junius

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Hi Team!

So this week I am talking about one of my favourite artist, Lisa Junius!

Lisa is a 25 year old artist from Luxembourg who creates fantastical art pieces. I found her on Instagram and was attached to her work immediately. It has such a simplicity and a beauty to it that really resonates with me. While Lisa studied in art, she drew and painted, and found her voice. She also likes to experiment with different textures, hence you will find everything from ceramic to enamel, to sweatshirts in her online shop. She is limitless in her creativity, and I am always wanting to know what it next in her art journey.

She tells me ‘I try to not focus too much on finished work, if it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or a ‘favorite’. When I finish a piece, I begin another thing immediately – often even before I finished. It’s part of my process to create, without thinking too much about the result. Because I think often that is what’s blocking an artist, it’s pressure.’ I definitely agree. There is nothing worse that try to take a photo or write under pressure. Anything that blocks your creativity also blocks your voice.

There are some exciting things coming up for Lisa, who is starting work on a picture
book and also outdoor sculptures. Plus at the end of August she is releasing a Tarot Deck
filled with her illustrations, which I am definitely going to get my hands on!
She really captures something for me, and I hope she does for you too. Here are a few of
my favourites from her – some you can purchase in her Etsy Shop which I will link below.

 

Here are all the details you need to follow Lisa:
T xx
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Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream

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*Update September 2018 – I have moved onto a Soap and Glory Microsmoothing Creme (review to come) not because I found anything wrong with this cream, but because my skin changed and I wanted to change with it! However I still love this cream and applaud Simple for all they do – I do have their micellar cleansing water to try so look out for that! In the meantime, read my review below!*

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 plump 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!

T xx

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Review: Swamp Queen Palette

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*Update September 2018*

Hi guys! So I published this awhile ago, and it’s always fun to revisit old blogs. I am stilla huge fan of Grav3yard Girl and this palette is still my day to day eye palette – I’m still obsessed! Read one of my very first makeup reviews below!

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

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Review: Soap and Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator

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Hi team!

This Monday I am reviewing yet another Soap and Glory product (they don’t pay me, I just love the product) and today’s one is the Beauty Sleep Accelerator – Night & Flight Moisture Miracle.

This is a fabulous night cream. I am a fan of a day and night cream, with night creams being my ultimate favourite. And because I go on long flights home to New Zealand, this means this product is perfect for me, as I do the full face cream and hand cream and water cocktail to keep my skin looking great when I land, as that Jet Lag hits me haaaaaard.

I love that Soap and Glory have gone beyond the bath range and focused on skincare. People can be very particular and loyal to their skincare, and there are many types of skin and skin issues out there, so people take finding a brand that suits them seriously.

BSA (I will now refer to the product as this) has ingredients like night blooming cactus flower, peach, and rosehip. The smell is incredible.  Definitely very peachy and juicy, and I always get my husband to smell my face as soon as I put it on as I feel everyone needs to smell this smell! Delicious.

I pop it on after washing and toning my face, and let it sink it in before applying my eye cream. Overnight it gets to work, moisturising, firms skin and repairs. I used to have a horrible patch of dry skin between my eyebrows that has since vanished, the red parts around my chin have faded, and my eye lines, though minimal at my age, are being kept at bay. Think of this as a big drink of water for your skin. Now imagine it on a flight.

On an airplane, they never bring enough water around, you are in airconditioned airports and planes, and doing your normal skincare routine is usually out the window as you have to squeeze into the smallest bathroom, and have to do it quickly so there isn’t a huge queue tutting at you when you hop out looking like your gorgeous self. On a plane, I would still wash my face (or use wipes), tone if I can, and then pop a generous amount on to set in. Pop some eye cream on, put on your face mask, perhaps some lavender oil into those funny pillows you give you, and I guarantee you you will wake up looking better than those air attendants that always manage to look great at 3am.

The other great thing about this cream is that you can use it during the day too. If your skin is going through a dry patch, pop on a mask, tone, then pop the cream on. It will push moisture into your face and by days end, you will look and feel fab.

I can’t say enough about this product – it really is a treat in my nightly skincare routine, and if I could take a bath in it, I would!

T x

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Review: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Hi guys!

This week I am talking about a great cleanser that was given to me by my mother in law for Christmas, but because I had a backlog of masks to get through, it wasn’t until recently that I started using it.

The Liz Earle Cleanser and Polish and Hot Cloth cleanser contains Cocoa Butter, Rosemary Extract, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Hops Extract and Beeswax (save the bees!).

The smell is very rosemary, and there is a definite herbal aroma when you are adding heat to it. It has very creamy texture to it and feels great on the skin.

I usually don’t use a facecloth as part of my skincare regime, but after the heatwaves, or if I feel like my makeup is melting after a long day, this is a great way to boost your face and get the blood pumping around it again.

I applied it to dry skin, all over my face and eye area, and a bit on my neck. I then used the cotton cloth that it came with (really soft) under the hot tap (not too hot mind) and then wiped it off. My skin instantly felt really refreshed (due to the eucalyptus oil) and felt really moisturised, clean, and plump. I do a rinse of the cloth with the hot tap and then press the whole cloth on my face to get a further boost of warm to get the pores open further, and then tone and moisturise. You can use it morning or night, but I like to use it at night to melt my makeup away and have my skin receptive to my night cream.

This product has won over 125 awards, and it’s not hard to see why. For only £16.50, this is a cleanser that I will be sure to keep in my regime to keep my skin fresh and moisturised.

Head to the website here to get your hands on some.

Have you tried it?

T xx

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Are My Music Tastes Too Out There?

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Hi team!

So I thought I would write a blog on my most played songs, and what they mean to me. You may notice ones that you love yourself, or ones that you might not know of! Either way, I love to get to know people through music so this is the best way to get to know me!

  1. Life Like Weeds – Modest Mouse
    This band was introduced to me and I fell in love with the music instantly. I was very lucky to go and see them in concern in Glasgow with a fellow minded fan and it was great to see the musicianship on stage, as they tend to be a revolving unit. This is from my favourite album from them, titled ‘The Moon and Antartica’.
  2. Ernie – Fat Freddy’s Drop
    Being from New Zealand, I was there when this album dropped, and you could hear nothing else all summer. It is the start of an album that would go on to dominate all Kiwi summers, even to this day, and also spread across the world, earning them a firm following. It really switches something inside of me, and makes me instantly go back to Kiwi summers.
  3. The General Specific – Band of Horses
    I was introduced to this band by someone who liked country, but knew I wanted something a bit more current. This song is a country romp, and is off an amazing album, my favourite by the band. Its uplifting and a great singalong.
  4. Sit On My Face – Monty Python
    Well the reason this probably made it up high on the list is that it’s short, sweet, and hilarious. You just can’t help but sing along to the ridiculousness of it all.
  5. Invisible Man – Queen
    I don’t understand anyone who doesn’t like this. It is so of it’s time, has a great video, and is just another example of why Queen are amazing. I have a deep back catalogue of Queen and while they came out with some amazing stuff, some of their songs are batshit crazy (see the song Body Language for an example).
  6. Sun It Rises – Fleet Foxes
    This song kicks off a great album – I put it as country/folk but it’s so well done. I was introduced to this band by a friend and went and bought all the albums, however this is the favourite album and song for me!
  7. Jamming – Bob Marley
    You can take the girl out of New Zealand…this was and still is a staple at many a party in New Zealand, and its definitely a summer song and a classic.
  8. For Tomorrow – Blur
    This is ultimately a sad song, but it’s also quite chilled and I like Blur’s more laidback songs – I do like the loud ones but I appreiciate these 100% more. It’s a great sold song and never gets a skip from me!
  9. Motherlover – The Lonely Island
    This is a cracker – I really enjoyed the Lonely Island album and thought they did a really good job in the genre they are in. This song is super catchy and I love the video.
  10. Read My Mind – The Killers
    I love the Killers, and have all of their albums. This makes it hard for a favourite, but I am glad it is this one. Read My Mind is a really chill song, and and great to sink into and clear your mind.

Tell me your favourites in the comments, I’d love to hear them!

T xx

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Currently Skin Products I am OBSESSED by!

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Hi guys!

So there have been a few items that I have been using since I had my Dermapen treatment (blog linked at the end) , and they have all been working a treat on my skin and keeping it glowy and pretty. Plus in this season, it’s very important to keep your skin looking fresh.

  1. The Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum. This has been a game changer for my skin. It really makes my skin glow and brighten up, and feel healthy. I used it for about 3 weeks in total, and it made such a difference on my skin, I definitely noticed it when my bottle ran out! Get a tester at your nearest Dermalogica stockist and read my blog here.
  2. I am obsessed with Soap and Glory, and their Soap & Glory Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask & Peel and it has been so good for my oily skin. It helps you with oily skin, declogging pores, and with spots. They recommend that you use it twice a week for 3 minutes if you want to freshen your skin and give it a boost or 15 minutes once a week to give a deeper clean. Shop here.
  3. Another Soap and Glory Product – the Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Miracle. It really has done well as a night cream so far, and I can’t wait to take it on a flight to see how it works, as I am a huge moisturiser on flights. This smells like melon, and gets right down in the skin to plump it up and make it look great when you wake up! I definitely recommend. Shop here.

What have been your current favs? Message me on the socials or comment below so I can have a nosy.

T xx

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I got LVL Lash Lift and now I am a Princess!

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Hi guys!

*this treatment was provided for me, so I will give an honest review*

So I recently had a lash lift, and let me tell you, I think it changed my life! Let me tell you all about it.

So a lash lift entails straightening your lashes at the root, and then tinting the lash to give it a darker look. The whole process is so relaxing, I felt I went to sleep! I had my tint put on first, which I love a blue/black tint to keep my lashes really dark and not put on mascara unless I want Disney Princess eyes (who doesn’t, really). I was then put in a nice relaxing room, with soft music playing, and lay down on the bed. As my eyes were closed I obviously couldn’t see what they were doing, but they explained it to me as I was having it done. They taped my eyelashes back and my bottom lashes down with a soft tape, and then put a lifting balm on to start straightening the lashes. This sits on for awhile to work its magic, and then a volumizing fix is applied to the lashes to make them look AMAZING.

Once that is done, I hopped up and had a look. and WOW. My lashes came halfway out of my face, and were so curly, I looked like I batted my eyes in cartoons. I love them! The other great thing is that you don’t need to worry about mascara, therefore if you are a sufferer of hayfever this is great as you can rub your eyes or your eyes can water and it wont be an issue. No more panda eyes.

The lash lift lasts for 6-8 weeks, and the one I had cost £50. It’s a great solution if you don’t like false lashes also, as it is just your natural lashes. I have not worn makeup a lot since I had them but I feel like I am done because of these lashes. I definitely recommend them if you just want to enhance your natural lashes.

Have you had your lashes done this way? Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Review: Dermapen!

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Hi guys!

*This treatment was given to me for free, and so I wrote this honest review.*

So this week I am reviewing a treatment I had, called Dermapen.

Never heard of it? Neither had I until this year. I had a little read about it, and was very surprised about what it does.

It’s a form of collagen induction therapy where there are micro-needles that go into the skin – this is so collagen produces – repairing scars, reduces hyper pigmentation, and renews tired skin. The Dermapen is moved over the skin in a vertical angle.

So the first thing the therapist does was clean my face and prep. She then started the procedure. As much good as I can say about the procedure, it does hurt. It’s needles at the end of the day, so its not overly pleasant. She went over all of my face, over my scars and enlarged pores, and even got rid of a couple of thread veins in my nose.

After the procedure, your skin is bright red and feels like a bit of a sunburn, but they put on a cooling mask and some retinol for you to cool the skin, and keep it hydrated, as it will start to peel in the next 24 hours as the old skin sheds. You can’t wear most makeup straight after or for 24 hours but mineral makeup is okay.

I found a few hours after that my skin started to glow with the oil coming out of my skin. After a week, I definitely noticed my skin had a definitely glow to it, and my pores and scars were looking reduced. This is only after one session, and you can have one every 4 to 6 weeks, and as many as you like, depending on the severity of your skin. A lot of acne sufferers have this procedure to help reduce scarring.

After 4 – 6 weeks of healing, my skin looks great. My makeup goes on better, I am less oily (you know this oily girls journey) and it’s almost like my skin has been given a reset button. Even the crease between my brows has reduced a little bit.

I definitely recommend this procedure to everybody, as it can fix so many issues, like rosacea, fine lines, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, dull skin, and more!

I had this procedure done at Yuu Beauty, in Edinburgh but there are many branches of Naturalaser over the UK that do this as well! Look them up and get yourself booked in.

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T xx

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Review: Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum

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Hi team!

This week I am reviewing the Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum. Mouthful huh?

 

I got sent this from Dermalogica, and it contained a week worth of serum to try. I have just finished it and I can really see a difference! So here is a bit about the product.

The serum is the latest product from Dermalogica, and it is a serum containing Vitamin C which is a natural skin brightener (so eat and drink more Vitamin C!) along with salvia hispanica oil (from chia seeds), lactid acid which promotes cell turn over, and sophora japonica, which is a flower extract, which helps with oxidative stress. Dermalogica say that when put against their competitors, it performed three times better.

It’s main purpose is to brighten, firm, and defend, so that is what I put to the test.

I applied this product both day and night, and often didn’t wear makeup (I am not customer facing a lot) so I could really see how it worked on my skin. My skin doesn’t overly have many issues, but it does get dry in places, and I don’t currently have a serum in my skincare routine which apparently is a big no no especially if you have dry skin. Serum is applied after toner and before moisturiser to lock in moisture to the skin.

So over the week, I started noticing that my skin definitely was brighter. I have oily skin, but due to having a Dermapen treatment (more on this in another blog) this has been combated so I could really see how the serum worked. It sunk into my skin well, and was very lightweight. It wasn’t greasy or anything, and it actually gave off a orange smell, but a quite natural one, not overpowering at all.

The firming part is coming along, I think if I used it for more than a week I would see more firmness, and the defence part of the serum will show itself after using the product for awhile also, as it’s more of a long term game.

Overall, I really like this product. It goes for £81.50 but if you calculate that as two uses each day over 10 weeks, the bottle will cost you just over a pound a day. It’s not too bad considering!

What serums do you use? Did you try this product? What did you think?

T xx

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