Glossy box June 2016 first impressions!

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It’s that time of the month again, here’s my first impressions on what I received in my glossy box. This month’s box is highly practical for the summer months which is great, but to be honest not the most exciting.

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Ladival sun protection spray Spf 15 £19.99 from boots

This sun screen spray protects against four types of UV rays as well as being non-greasy, water resistant and free from perfume it’s suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin. I always need spf for my children as well as myself but it’s a shame it’s factor 15 and not a 30 as I always use high protection. Practical product that will be used but not the most thrilling.

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Dr Bruyere after sun lotion monoi  £9.48 from derriere.fr

On the skin theme after sun is nice touch, the tube is rather small but is beautifully presented and again will come in handy. The cream is enriched with vitamin E as well as Monoi (gardenia petals soaked in coconut oil) which sounds incredibly fancy so I think I’ll enjoy using this.

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Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff  from origins.co.uk

Super small tube of eyecream, which I can’t see being the full size as its priced at £20. This little cream contains coffee beans, panax ginseng and optical brighteners. To be applied around the eye area every morning to reduce dark circles and help reduce the appearance of bags and puffiness. Even though it’s small as you only need a tiny amount I imagine you’d still get a good few uses to decided if this product is worth the investment of the full sized.

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Spa To You Konjac Sponge £6.99 from spatoyou.com

This is by far the most unique random item in the glossy box, it’s made from the natural fibres of the Konjac which is a porous root vegetable from Asia! I have to admit I opened the packet straight away to have a feel, the sponge comes dampened and feels really different from your average sponge, soft and squishy are the words jumping to mind. I’m looking forward to playing with this as apparently it’ll leave your skin clean and unbelievably soft.

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Emite Makeup Lip & Cheek Tint £12.50 from emitemakeup.com

I adore lip and cheek tints, especially in the summer but I do have a huge supply and don’t really need any more. The packaging is mammoth it’s like a big chunky mascara rather than a slimline liptint. I like the ombre fade on the packaging as you can see the colour within the tube. Still looking forward to playing with this because products such as these are handy for my handbag on the go.

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Aussie Hair Care 3 minute miracle reconstruction deep conditioner £1.09 from aussiehair.com/uk

Last but not least is the bonus product, happy with this one as I LOVE Aussie products and so does my bleached curly hair! Hair treatments are always welcome in my house so this will be used pretty quickly, shame it’s not bigger but not the end of the world.

As you can see, practice but nothing massively exciting. The sponge is cool but not something I would of bought for myself. I’d love to hear what you thought of this month’s glossy box, did you feel the same as me? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Becca xxx

Makeup trends – Non-touring?!

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Recently one of my favourite YouTubers Wayne Goss posted a video about “Non-touring” in short, it was hilarious. The past year has all been about contouring, this year it’s strobing, now apparently the new “hot” thing is Non-touring. Which is….drum roll please…. basically doing nothing!!!! I couldn’t tell if this was a joke or not so I got Googleing.

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After some research I was astounded to find out that non-touring is a REAL THING. There were an abundance of makeup tutorials on YouTube, articles in magazines and even models raving about this ‘new look.’

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Non touring is apparently about summery light ‘no makeup’ makeup, using a light coverage dewy foundation or bb cream with a dust of bronzer, blush and a touch of highlight.

(So basically go back two years before you felt the social pressure to Sculpt out those cheek bones and highlight like a blind woman possessed, you now have permission to use your old simple makeup routine.)

In theory yes I love this look as for years it was my makeup routine as well as everyone else I knew growing up lol. It just really tickled me that someone out there decided this look needed a name, a strong name, something bold that would be the next trend..and that name is “Non-touring”?!!!

It sounds like people have had enough of the many extra steps to a routine that contouring and strobing are weighed down with and are going back to basics. Which is great! It’s such a quick and easy look and as summer is round the corner you don’t wanted to be caked with layer and layers of product melting all over the place in the heat.

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Celeb makeup artist Renee Sanagoo spoke Marie Claire describing the look as “spanx for your face” “you know your wearing it, but no-one’s suppost to see it.” Interesting simile, took me a while to get it but I see where she was going with that. Celebrities such as Gigi Hadid and Kendal Jenner seem to agree. Here’s my version of the ‘no makeup’ makeup Non-touring!

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I hope this blog made you smile and you can see the humour in Non-touring! I’d love to hear in the comments below what you think of this ‘new’ trend, does it need a name? Do you like the name? What else would you call it?

Becca xxx

JEFFREE STARS A HYPOCRITE?!?!

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Here on online beauty community there’s nothing better than a little bit of YouTube gossip, and have I got something juicy for u.

If you haven’t been living in a cave for the past few weeks I’m sure you’ll have heard about Jeffree stars recent Snapchat about Kylie Jenner and her lip glosses. In the Snapchat Jeffree Star was demonstrating how the Lipgloss wands almost fan out even though they’re brand new, he then went on to describe the product is “janky” and said Kylie Jenner “half-assed” it. He also said “no offence to her but these a f*cking garbage” before dramatically throwing them in the bin. This created huge drama with many others agreeing about the poor quality of the Lipgloss wand, bearing in mind they cost £18 it’s really not exceptible. At the same time wow that’s throwing huge shade Kylies way and I’m sure the snap chat effected the sales of the Lipgloss as Jeffree star is huge in the online beauty community and people really value his opinion.

Recently a relatively small YouTuber called rockyroadkill made a video called “Jeffree star cosmetic skinfrost DISASTER” in the video he explained how on the day of the skin frost highlighter pre-release at dragcon he drove for 3 hours then waited in line for the highlighter in the shade King Tut. He then goes on to say how he opened the highlight to look at himself in the mirror when the pan of product “fell out and f*cking broke” he’s “not mad at the company” and tried patching it up himself then attempted to review the highlighter but you could really tell the excitement had gone for him. He still said “these highlights are everything” and went on to talk about how Jeffree is “a thousand times prettier in real life” and how he was going to email the company as he was not mad at Jeffree or Jeffree Star cosmetics he simply wanted a new one. I think his video was fully justified, you could you tell how much he adored Jeffree and his products but was just disappointed in what has transpiered after purchasing the highlight.

This is where it gets good, Jeffree leaves a comment on rockyroadkills video which he deleted swiftly after.

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*shocked face* I then re read it…*shocked face* again! I was pretty much speechless to be honest which is a rarity for me. Rockyroadkill was being honest about the product, he was actually really nice about the whole thing, he could of easily made a video ranting and raving but he didn’t.

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Jeffree star, I watch his channel and have heard many good things about his cosmetics…. But in this sinario I thinks he’s wrong. Sorry Jeffree don’t hate me! You can’t give out huge criticisms of other people’s products and not take critism back, nothing is ever perfect amd things do go wrong, it’s life. Maybe he lashed out in anger and once calmed down deleted the comment? Although it’s been deleted it seems many people screen shotted the pic and it was easy for me to find after a quick Google search.

What do you think? Was Jeffree being a hypocrite or do you agree with his comment? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Becca xxx

Elf HD Under Eye Setting Powder Review

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I’ve been meaning to blog about this product for some time, it’s the Elf Cosmetics HD under eye setting powder. Usually when I do my makeup I use what ever setting powder I’m using that day under my eyes too. I’ve not tried a specific under eye powder before and to be honest, I couldn’t see what was so special bout it! Until now….

This powder is amazing! It sets my concealer all day long, it massively reduces creasing and also smooths out and brightens my under eye area. The pot in teeny tiny but I think it’s going to last for ages as you only need a small amount. It is a loose powder but comes with a sifter so it’s not as messy as it could be, it also comes with a tiny brush but I prefer using the Elf Flawless Concealer brush as it’s still small but nice and fluffy. It’s priced at £4.50 which I think is very affordable as it really makes your skin look beautiful I was so happy with it. I’m fully converted and now use it every time I wear makeup!

What under eye setting powders do you use? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Becca xxx

Why is honey good for your skin?

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Honey is everywhere right now in skincare, little indie homemade brands are popping up left right and centre. These companies are so important right now to “support the bees” but what is so great about honey and why is it so good for your skin?

Honey is actually antibacterial! It’s great for helping spots disappear as well as keeping them away. I personally noticed this myself after a recent break out, my skin recoverd a lot faster than normal and my spots looked less angry.

Honey is clarify for the skin, by opening up and unclogging pores, which in turn helps keeps spots away leaving your face clean and fresh.

Honey is also highly moisturising, it sooths irritated skin and give your skin a glowy look to it. Since using a honey based serum and moisturiser I’ve not had any dry patches and my skin is looking healthy and bright.

The last main property in honey is it’s packed full of antioxidants which makes honey a natural wrinkle cream!! Antioxidants are great to prevent wrinkles as they promote cellular repair and healing.

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Thankfully if you don’t like the idea of rubbing pure honey all over your face there are many creams and concoctions on the market right now to boost your skins honey intake without the sticky mess. Two companies I can highly recommend are hey honey and bee good I’ve been using several of their products and they’re wonderful.

If you did like the idea of using pure honey there are hundreds of home made facemasks you can make to keep your skin looking beautiful!

Becca xxx

Korean makeup haul!

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I’m very excited to share with you my recent Korean makeup haul from yesstyle. I bought these products with my own money and have been waiting, for what feels like an eternity, for them to arrive! I will be reviewing each product individually so this is just a quick blog on what exactually I have ordered.

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This item was the only item I actually intended to buy lol. I have watched and read so many people try out the new “peel off lipstain” i couldnt help but jump on board to lol. This pack is the “my lip tint pack” and comes with 6 shades.

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I love a good eyeliner so was drawn to these super waterproof liners in black and bronze. I swatched them on my arm and within seconds they set, I have a video up on my Instagram showing me rubbing over them with zero smudging. Think these will be fantastic hoping to test them out at the weekend. The packaging is also adorable, there’s a really cute snow white with attitude on the lids!

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Simple liquid liner, the formula looks super black and the brush is perfect  for winging out.

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Black head nose strips are sooo much fun, I love seeing all the gunk come out! I know it’s discusting but you have to admit it’s really rewarding and anyone who says it isn’t is lying.

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This adorable little panda is an under eye brighter. I’ll be honest with you, it could of been any product and I think I would of still bought it!!! This packaging is just too cute. The product itself looks pretty white so am curious to see how it looks under makeup.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be testing lots of these little monsters out amd will be posting pics on instagram! I already started testing the lipstains, I’m planning on using one each day and reviewing them next weekend. It’s going to be an interesting read, if you are curious do subscribe to my blog and you’ll receive an email notification when it’s up!

Becca xxx

TESS HOLLIDAY WAS FAT SHAMED BY FACEBOOK

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Tess Holiday is one of the most famous plus size models right now, she was recently signed by  Milk Model Management making her the first plus model of her size to be signed by a main stream model agency. Its amazing! I think she is absolutely stunning and her confidence is something to be admired. She also started the #effyourbeautystandards movement on instagram

Recently Tess modeled for Cherchez la femme to promote a feminist body positivity event called ‘feminism amd fat’. She really is the perfect face for this kind of event as Tess herself is a body positive activist. Said company applied to have an advert which included this photo (shown above) on Facebook ads. There response was awful, in fact I’ll add the whole Facebook reply down below.

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Wow I really could go on about this all-day long! Firstly, health and fitness policy?! The ad is to promote a body positivity event!!!!!! Big, small, short or tall everyone has a body and this event is to promote self positivity and loving yourself regardless of your “so called” flaws. Showing an image of someone who hasen’t got the “perfect” body but is still beautiful and happy within herself is inspirational, not something that could make someone “feel bad about them selves” as quoted from the letter.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to refere to ANYONE as “extremely undesirable” is nothing more than nasty and narrow minded. Sorry, Jenny from Facebook but it’s true. The fact Facebook won’t run ads with “close up of muffin tops, where the over hanging fat is visible” is also mind boggling and hugely implies that there is something wrong with muffin tops. I know many women who are a healthy weight, even under a healthy weight and they have muffin tops, from child birth or weight changes muffin tops are pretty common to women over 21!

I think the reply from Facebook is so sad, it really is a disgrace. No one is saying “go put loads of weight on its super healthy” but everyone has the right to feel comfy in their own skin and this photo screams that right and who are Facebook to decided whether people should see this or not? She’s not naked, she’s not having Sex with an animal, she’s not molesting children so really how could this photo possible offend?

Facebook later did apologise, after the reply went public might I add, that this was an error and that the photo could be publishes as an ad. Too little too late Facebook.

It’s no secret that I am a bigger girl and have had my struggles. There is no point in hating yourself until your “perfect” as that day will never come. Life is about excepting who you are inside and out and these sorts of events are so important in the world right now. There is pressure everywhere to be a certain weight, do your make up a certain way, dress a certain way, the falsness of a virtual reality has taken over real life and showing photos of real people, no matter what their size, is cruital. I’m going to stop here as honestly I could go on and on. I’d love to hear your comments down below on what you think of this whole issue.

Becca xxx

May 2016 favourites!

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It’s that time of the month again when I think back to my favourite products I’ve been using this month and what I would recommend, here’s my quick round up of what I’ve been loving!

Purse perfumes

I love these little guys, they fit in any size bag I choose to use that day to freshen up while I’m out an about. I’m currently using the scent “cherish” from Avon in a spray bottle priced at £3.50 and “modern muse” from Estee Lauder in a roller ball priced at £20.

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L’oreal cushion foundation

I wrote a big old blog about this little gem, it’s converted me to glowy foundation! It’s so quick amd easy to apply, it has good coverage while still looking natural. There really is something magic about the formula I highly recommend it. If you would like to read more about what I think of this foundation, click here!

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Honey serum and moisturiser

Honey is huge in the skincare world right now, I’ll soon be blogging about all the benefits honey has, as I think you’ll be suprised just how good it is for the skin! I’m loving Hey Honey good morning honey silk serum, even though its travel size I’ve been using it for weeks and still have product left. A little goes a long way and it feels gorgeous on the skin. Using the serum with beegood Plump And Firm Moisturiser has been my secret weapon. The moisturiser keeps my skin hydrated throughout day and feeling super soft. My skin has been looking great since using these products (apart from a recent break out caused by a new face wash, the review for that is here!) my pores look smaller, my skin texture is looking much more even and less red, and my breakout is disappearing noticeably quicker than normal. Go team honey.

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Younique eyeshadow palette

No one could be more suprised than me for liking this one!!! (detailed review here) The palette has a beautiful selection of mattes and shimmers, I love the shade range as I didn’t have to reach for any other palette to complete my look. They blend beautifully, super pigmented and were honestly a delight to use.

I’d love to hear in the comments below what your monthly favourites have been. Did you like any of the products I mentioned?

Becca xxx

Avon Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex Skincare Review

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I’ve been eying up some of Avon skincare lately, as I love a few of their products I thought I’d take the delve and try their Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex self foaming face wash and gentle 3 in 1 scrub. The face wash is currently priced at £3.50 for 150ml and the scrub is £3 for 100ml. Super affordable and really generous in size.

Changing your skin routine can be pretty scary, you never know how it’s going to effect your skin and as it’s on your face for all to see the thought can be quite daunting. Especially for a beauty blogger who’s face is always on show.

Both the face wash and face scrub are:
Soap free
Suitable for sensitive skin
Allergy tested
Free of parabens or dyes

On paper they looked great, really affordable, clean looking and easily replenishable. The first time I used the face wash it was quite disappointing, you pump out the product which is already foamy and apply directly to the skin. I found I needed to use quite a few pumps for there to be enough product to really lather it up. I also didn’t get that fresh clean feeling afterwards, I actually felt a tad greasy which I couldn’t figure out if it was an hydrating product within the wash or if my face wasn’t actually clean. Not a good start.

The scrub did feel like it did a good job, it wasn’t harsh on my skin and I felt nice and smooth afterwards. The products have a light fresh snell which was quite pleasant and wasn’t over powering.

After using these products for around 4 days I woke up to the worst break out I have had in forever, on my forehead were teeny tiny under the skin pimples but on my chin were 3 gigantic beasts that are impossible to cover up and are currently building their own town on my face. I’m not hormonal or due on and the only difference was using the face wash and scrub. Soooo disappointing, I could take or leave the self foaming wash but i really liked the face scrub.

I now had the dialema of, do I continue to use these products and hope nothing else erupts or do I quit before it gets worse?! After discussing out my options with a close friend (hey tanya I know you’ll be reading this!!!) I think I answered my own question, I know this is what caused the end of my months and months of balanced skin so why would I continue to use it?! Skin care is such a personal thing as what can be someone holy grail cleaner can be someone else’s face demon magnet. Sadly I have not continued to test out these product as I don’t want to risk any more spots, they are driving me crazy already and adding to the collection is not my idea of fun. It feels like such as waste as there is still so much product left so I will be passing them on to a friend, hopefully they’ll work better with her skin than they did with mine!

Have you tried out these products?! How did your skin react?! I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Becca xxx

Rimmel Renew Sheer and Shine Lipstick Review

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In the summer I love tinted lip balms and sheer lipstick, well I love them all year round really, but especially in the summer! They’re a great way to keep your lips moisturised with a pop of colour,  they’re quick and easy to apply too, the ultimate lazy lip colour.

When I saw rimmel had released Renew Sheen and Shine lipstick I just had to pick one up. On the boots website they’re described as:

“Rimmel London Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine Lipstick, a moisturising lipstick with a translucent, luminous, vitamin-enriched colour.
This gloss-in-a-stick moisturises lips, giving a radiant touch of juicy colour and energising shine.
Added SPF 20 helps protect your luscious lips from the harmful effects of the sun.”

Sounds right up my alley! They are priced at £6.49 and currently Boots are doing buy one rimmel product get another half price. It is avalible in 6 shades, I ordered mine online and went for the bright pink shade “pink rules.” I tend to go for calmer shades but was interested in how pigmented and “luminous” a brighter sheer lipstick would look so I stepped out of my comfort zone. The packaging is so cute, the bright pink see through lid almost glows and against the silver base it’s visually appealing.

I was not expecting the pigmentation and colour this lipstick gives off!!! Here’s a swatch on the back of my hand, it stained after I wiped it off too which I was pleased at as I love products that stain. It means even if I don’t have time to reapply my lipstick they’ll still be some colour there.

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When applied on the lips it felt slick, smooth and balmy, the colour pay off is crazy, really bright and very noticable. I was worried it would slip about and stray onto my face and teeth but I was suprised after application when it stayed put. As I’m not a really bright lipstick person I was still very aware it was on my lips which wasn’t the best feeling but is definatly an issue within myself lol. Here is what the lipstick looked like on.

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As you can see for a sheer lipstick it’s not overly sheer. One thing I found rather annoying was trying to get the line neat and tidy around my lips, it was impossible, where it is so glossy and balmy it wasn’t playing the game!! I don’t think it would be hugely noticable to the average person but it felt very noticable to me.

I think people will either love or hate this product, on the plus side it’s bright and summery, colourful, so comfy on the lips and it still does have a ‘sheer’ look to it and leaves an awesome stain. On the downsides you still need a mirror to apply it even though it’s technically a tinted lip balm, you cant do a nice crisp lip line with it and because it’s sheer it’s more patchy and wears off ever so slightly patchy through the day. I will continue to use this product as do like the colour pay off and it leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated but I’m finding it hard to decide how much I actually like it, I think I can see both the pros and cons and hopefully over time i can make a full on decision!! I’d love to hear in the comments below what you think of this product?!

Becca xxx