Saturday, March 29, 2014

REVIEW | Mask of Magnaminty

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty - Face and Back Pack 125g // £5.25
Since trying out a sample of Lush's Love Lettuce Fresh Mask [see my review here], I wanted to see what the other fresh masks had to offer! There has been a lot of hype on YouTube, particularly in the US, about Lush's Mask of Magnaminty and naturally I had to see what it was all about! 

This is the only Lush face mask that is not a fresh face mask. Which means you don't have to keep it in the fridge, which is a huge plus if you travel a lot. It comes in the standard Lush black pot packaging, with the date of when it was made on it - which is also a lot longer then the fresh masks too! 
As you can see from the picture above it has a very thick, lumpy consistency but applies very smoothly and without worry to the face. When applied it also feels very cooling (due to the peppermint) and dries pretty quickly, 10-15mins. Once dried, you exfoliate with water to remove it, this leaves your face smooth and silky. The peppermint is just enough to feel cooling on the skin but not enough to over power your senses is something that I love about this product, so don't let that put you off!

It leaves your skin looking a lot clearer and moisturised - it literally drinks this stuff up! I use this one to two times a week and I have really noticed my skin look a lot brighter and glowing than before I started using it. 
What are you favourite Lush face masks? Have you tried Mask of Magnaminty?
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Friday, March 28, 2014

REVIEW | Pond Institute Eye Contour Cream*

Pond's Institute Eye Contour Cream* // £7.99

Since turning 20 a whole month ago now, my god I feel so old. I have decided to start getting serious about skin care, despite the fact that I am still mistaken for 16. In any case, I was sent this Eye Contour Cream by Pond's which isn't a brand I have heard of before, so I was eager to give it a go!

On first seeing packaging it immediately seems like something I want to put on my face. The simple packaging with clear text and instruction, with no false promises! Just simple and clean. It does come in a little tube which does mean it comes out quite quickly, but if your careful it works just fine. I also like the fact that its nothing fancy and lightweight, unlike other heavy potted eye creams.


'Pond's say that using this will result in 'skin with velvet-like texture' with Vitamins E; for hydration, Pro-Vitamin B5; to help restore and soften the eye contour skin, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter; protect, nourish and calm the skin.' 

To apply this you simply gently massage in with your finger tips around the eye contour area. Now when I first saw this I was like err? what is the eye contour area stupid sophy. But I worked out it just meant around the bits where you would normally highlight the eye area. I find this really does work to leave the skin around my eyes feel nourished and moisturised. It definitely works to leave my bags looking less prominent after nights out or work, which is a huge bonus too! The skin itself feels so smooth and soft, so for £7.99 I would say this product is a winner.


As you can see it has a gel like texture for an 'eye cream' but this is very cooling and helps sooth the eye area. I find a little goes a long way with this product and I need a pea sized amount to apply a good amount to each side. 

I will definitely continue to use this eye cream until the very last drop and then buy some more as I think this is the perfect light eye cream for someone with young skin to start using. It is a lovely product to put on morning and night and has made me look at eye creams in a new light. 
What are your favourite eye creams? I would love to try out some more!
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

REVIEW | Sleek Blush in Rose Gold

Sleek Blush in Rose Gold 926// £4.49
I'm not one of those people that wears a lot of blusher. In fact until I started blogging I didn't own a single blushes that didn't come with a palette. I have always stayed away from blusher cautiously, terrified of ending up looking more drag queen then natural flushed. However, I pushed through my fear and started myself off with some MUA blushers (you can see here) and I have been lusting after Sleek's Rose Gold ever since. But for some reason I'd just bypass it every time. Not to worry though, my sister had heard me mention it 400 times and got it for me for Christmas - thanks Lauren!

 
This is my first time trying out a sleek powder product and just like the lipsticks WOW aren't they pigmented. For £4.49 it really is a steal, and you are getting great quality for your money. I am so happy that this is now in my makeup bag and I don't think it will be leaving for a very long time. Like the name suggests it is a peachy pink with fine gold shimmer running throughout it, which leaves you looking very healthy and awake!
applied straight onto natural skin.
What I love most is about this product is how versatile it is because of its gold reflects running through it. For example if I am tanned I like to use it as a highlight/blush combination as it makes you look really glowing and sunkissed. Whereas if I am particularly pale and use a light hand, it gives me the perfect 'I've just been outside in the cold, so my cheeks are naturally pink' look. I could not recommend this blusher enough and if you haven't already GO BUY IT.







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Monday, March 10, 2014

The View from The Shard


Isn't it the loveliest day outside? Spring is finally on the way, and thank God because it has been a long ol' winter! Now as many of you may know, if you follow my blog/twitter/instagram, it was my birthday last Friday and today I want to tell you all about my present from Chris' mum. I received tickets for Chris and I to go up The Shard and this is something that both Chris and I have wanted to do for AGES

If you didn't know, The Shard is the highest building in Europe at the moment! With the 360 view of over 40 miles - which is incredible to see. It is also twice the height of any viewing platform in London and is a must see if you are making the trip on holiday or a day out!

I warn you this post is going to have an alarming amount of photos in - you have been warned.
a few snaps of Chris and I getting cocktails before at a Bar that looked upon The Shard
All these photos where taken on my iPhone as the camera kept picking up the reflection on the glass which was really annoying. But these pictures don't even do it justice on how amazing London looked!
Our tickets were booked for 7:30pm, which was amazing because it meant the whole of London would be dark and lit up for the night! It also meant that you could see for miles, I loved how you could even see how the thames flows through the city.
HMS Belfast - look how tiny it looks from 306m!
         
At The View from The Shard there are 3 floor open for viewing purposes 68, 69 and 72. The top floor was my favourite as it had an open roof that was touching the clouds and you could see the 'point' of the Shard. You also got a true sense of really how high up you were!
Aerial view of London below us, it all looks so tiny and irrelevant. 
& a quick selfie in the lift down (that went 40mp/h and you had to get two lifts!).
I had such a blast going up The Shard and would definitely go again - maybe in the day time to see the difference! I would say it is a must see for anyone visiting London, as it is nice to see the city without all the hustle and bustle around you. It also means you can see everything in one go - perfect!
You can book tickets here if you would like to go yourself! 
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Friday, March 07, 2014

Ciate Cuticle Tattoo Transfers

photo taken from http://ow.ly/uhGha
A week or so ago I was browsing the Cosmopolitan website, like I normally do when I am bored, and I came across an article about the new Ciaté Cuticle Tattoo Transfers that will be launching on ASOS in March. They will be around £10 each which will include '10x Cuticle Tattoo Sheets in 5 designs' - such a great deal! If you are someone like me who likes the idea of tattoos but is way to indecisive to get one and not get bored, these will be really cool to play around with.  

They even sound really easy to apply, they are like the fake tattoos you used to put on as a kid! All you need to do is:
1. Select and carefully cut out your design, ensuring the size suits the cuticle. 
2. Peel away the clear plastic backing. 
3. Place sticky side down into position above the cuticle. 
4. Soak the backing paper with water, press and hold for around ten seconds. 
5. Slide the backing paper away to reveal your transfer tattoo.
It's as easy as pie! If pie is easy ... I've never really understood that saying.  

I think these will be perfect for jazzing up that midweek manicure that hasn't got much going on, with either just a accent nail or a full set. They look so much fun and cannot wait for these to come out, for just £10 they won't be breaking the bank for the amount of manicures you'll get out of them!
What do you think of these? Would you try them?
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

GIVEAWAY | Canvas Design [CLOSED]

Hello everyone, HAPPY PANCAKE DAY. I feel like it has been a long time since I sat down and wrote a post. This last week has been really busy with my birthday, but I also have been really sick which sucked! So as an apology for my absence, I thought I would run a little giveaway.

I absolutly love photography and always have, even when growing up. But we all know getting a nice print can be a little on the expensive side. So when I was approached by Canvas Design UK to do a review on a free print (which I will do when I go back home to Hertfordshire); to give a discount code for my readers;do a giveaway, I was ecstatic! I have always wanted one of these canvases as they do look really nice on the wall, and I know a lot of you will do too. Because of this Canvas Design have given me a 15% discount code for all my readers to burden the blow!
+ free delivery!

Now on the the bit you have wanted to know about, the giveaway

What will you win?
1 Canvas Printed Photo of any size up to 40x40, with any image of your choice!
This is such a great prize as a print of 40x40 costs around 60 pounds and even with the free shipping its a pretty hefty investment in a photo don't you think?

onto the boring stuff...
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
  • You can enter through the Rafflecopter widget down below, please be honest because I will be checking every entry. 
  • UK ONLY
  • Make sure you leave your email down in the comments so I can contact you if you win.
  • The winner will be contacted 48 hours after they have been randomly selected.
  • The giveaway will run from 04/03/14 - 18/03/14.

I hope you enjoy this giveaway as much as I do and I can't wait to see who wins! 
GOOD LUCK
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