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Yello'. Yesterday I was surprised to see the next edition of TheVeganKind Beauty Box arrive. Vegan beauty products wahey! Let's just get straight into it.

Mmm. Fresh! Great for all skin types including sensitive skin. The botanical soap this is made from is sourced from the Himalayas, with organic aloe vera which is great to calm your skin from any irritation, Geranium which is cooling and peppermint which gives another fresh, cooling sensation. Definitely one for the morning.

There's no parabens, no sulphates, no petrochemicals and no unnatural ingredients within the Zk'in range, they're cruelty free and vegan. The 4 sample sachets I received were, softening cream cleanser, line smoothing serum, rejuvenating moisturiser and a brightening & hydrating masque. I think I will give these a try tonight.

This serum has highly concentrated antioxideants to help the skin against environmental stress with green tea extract that helps against premature aging. Organic red grapes help to protect against sun damage. The serum carries a rich amber colour that comes from the level of EGCG's from the organic green tea & white tea, I have to say it smells like a lot of fruit when it's pumped out, quite pleasant.

This smells like...fizzers or parma violets..maybe even love hearts..Listen it smells like sweets. Been a long time to differentiate but that smell is just so nostalgic. The lip balm is made with fine jojoba oil and shea butter and it's got a fragrant organic hibiscus flavour (that smells like retro sweets) The shade I got was Tropical which is a berry tone that gives off enough tint to be happy.

Y'all saw me coming right? How they going to include a highlighter in this. Hello! Me lover of bronzers and highlighters, squealed like a pig at this. I've got a good few gold highlighters and so welcome Wild Witchery to the family. It comes in a lip balm screw bottom, it's handy to just pop into a make-up bag and go about yours. It glides on beautifully and will suit so many skin tones. Can be used on your cheeks, eyes, body and I'm sure this has a cocoa scent! Either that or I'm hungry.

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TVK Beauty Box #3

Friday, May 22, 2015
I decided to purchase these for a Summer wedding last year and I had used the MAC Face & Body previously and noticed how quickly it separated. I was given the advice that I should put them in the fridge to keep it from breaking down so quickly. Great tip but who has a spare fridge to store their make-up in. As much as I loved their F&B at the time, I couldn't justify the investment. MUFE Face & Body kept coming up from other make-up artists as recommendations especially for Spring and Summer make-up and weddings. I ditched it and gambled with the MUFE Face & Body instead and I'm pretty glad I did.

The shades that I have in my kit are :
Colour: 6 Medium Beige-med skin dk pink/beige tone
Colour: 12 Caramel-dark skin yellow tone
Colour: 18 Camel-med-dk skin yellow tone
Colour: 24 Golden Beige-med-dk skin deep beige tone
Colour: 26 Dark Beige-med-dk skin beige tone
Colour: 38 Pink Porcelain-pale skin pink tone
Colour: 44 Coffee-dark skin red/yellow tone
Colour: 46 Cognac - dark skin beige tone
Colour: 48 Ebony-dark skin deep pink tone
- In the above picture they are in their number order to how I've written it so you know - Keep in mind their bottle numbers are not in chronological order to the shades tone, which is confusing. #3, #32 and #34 are shades I need to get 100% those will be more for those with a similar complexion to me.

Pros
- Shades go from yellow to pink
- Water-resistant
- Slightly dewy
- Pump
- Most shades will match skin-tone without mixing
- Doesn't transfer as much as other foundations I've used
- Colour range is good for medium to darker complexions
- Doesn't separate as quickly as its MAC counterpart
- Great for light to medium coverage
- Buildable for desired coverage
- So far seems to be good for most skin types.
It's so thin, it's a gel / water consistency so the bottle does need shaking up before use as it does separate but when it's just sitting around. Once shaken up, it's fine. You might get the odd gel ball. I use this with a beauty blender or the Real Techniques Buffing Brush lightly and then go over with the blender to smooth it out. You just get a smooth, light finish. Foundation isn't meant to mask the skin, any imperfections you feel you have, use concealer and pin point to cover them. What I adore about this is it allows skin to look like skin with a sexy,dewy finish. Even though I feel you can find a shade to match a skin-tone I did mix slightly when I used this the first time. My friend was a bridesmaid and I decided to use this on her, now she doesn't do the foundation thing, so for me it was perfect feedback. First day of Summer and it was hot. When mixing it needs to be mixed well and worked on the skin quickly as I find it does begin to dry quickly. It worked amazingly and she was happy, yesterday she said it made her want to add to her make-up now lol so if it's got a non wearer wanting to wear it, it's doing the job of being second skin. What made it even more better was that there was no SPF but I made sure the moisturiser and primer gave her skin the protection and there wasn't any issue.

Cons
- Glass bottle
- The smell
- Price
- Colour range doesn't offer that much for lighter complexions
The glass bottle I feel is a con because when it's in my case I keep thinking any drop, nudge, movement and these glass bottles knocking together is going to cause a break and heartache so far, anytime I've moved my make-up case about it's not happened just a warning for those butter fingers. I remember I kept being told about this smell, which did make me think any scents could cause irritation to skin and just a unpleasant feeling to anyone using it. I personally don't have any issue with the smell, it's not overpowering to me but it's just a word of warning to those smell sensitive. Per bottle it's £27.00 which could be a con for some. You get 50ml and I don't find much needs to be used and it's a dual product. The shades for lighter complexions don't seem to be as varied as for medium to darker complexions from what I've seen.


And now that MUFE has launched in Debenhams online and currently in the Oxford Street flagship store you can grab it easier if you're around there. For me it makes no difference shopping on Guru Emporium (where I did get these) or Debenhams. 50ml / £27.00

Make Up For Ever Face & Body.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The 90s revival has taken over the last couple years although it's still going strong it seems we're going back a little further the 70s / Boho Chic is coming back around. You'll go through stores and see a lot of floral print, flares, tassels and drop shoulder tops. Let's not forget the beauty side of it all! Nails Inc has got this sorted with three nail polishes that are from their Boho Luxe collection, your nails can have the boho festival vibe.
I decided to try Portobello Crescent and I wasn't disappointed it's a clear polish with flecks of a mix of peach, hot pink and grass green particles, put over a nude nail polish base, I just used a light pink. Others available are Primrose Hill Walk & Notting Hill Lane.

Portobello Crescent £15.00

Manicure Monday - Nails Inc. Portobello Crescent.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Late night scouring on eBay normally leads to purchases and last month that purchase was 16 lip 'glosses' / creams from M.N. Menow Generation II. Mainly the source of these lip glosses are from China, you can find them on Aliexpress, eBay and most likely Amazon too but the cheapest I've found has been on eBay (here), prices varied on aliexpress but none the less, I thought, I purchase one of these from other companies for at least £13 a pop so why not gamble order 16 and get my monies worth and some, at 99p or £1.00 for one (colours sometimes varied on the 1p difference) what could I really lose, besides £16 lol. There's not a great deal of variety with the shades, a lot of reds and pinks with different undertones. The colours I went for are numbered, no names so make up your own I suppose.
Description
Finish : Matte
Size : 4.4ml
Waterproof

Pros:
Good longevity - roughly 4-5 hours.
The Cost.

Cons:
Hard to remove (might be a + too).
Can be sticky.
Cheap packaging (printing rubs off. Eh it's 99p).
I'd describe that this is a velvet matte liquid. The sponge applicator for these are thinner and longer than others of this nature. For me it doesn't make a difference but I know some prefer a longer stem to a shorter & vice versa.

Application :
I tend to leave my lips to near the end so I will always make sure there's no flakes or dryness. Keeping lips exfoliated gives lip products more life and chance.
Apply a lip balm before so the lips are moisturised.
Dab some off if there's any left by the time it gets to the lip stage.
If you feel you need a lip liner, apply one but with this applicator tip being smaller it always more control and also dispenses off the right amount on the sponge so you don't have to worry about getting too much on the tip.
Don't rub the lips together. Leave to dry for about a minute.

As it begins to dry matte there might be some dryness, I've read you can dab some lip balm onto the top but I've never experienced drying that's so uncomfortable for that need as the drying begins to wear off as the time goes on. My only issue might be that the when it dries, more so into the inner part of the lips it starts to crumble when the lip juice gets to it.

When I first got these I swatched them like I have below and they were on my arm for hours, upon going to the bathroom that night to wash - could I for the life of me get the bloody swatches off my arm? Elbow grease and body wash isn't industrial enough for this job. Use an oil based make-up remover or an oil (I used EVOO) to remove the lipstick and remove all traces of it.

To see how one of these look on the lips, see Wednesday's make-up post where I was wearing #16 on the lips

Sometimes you've got to think, can you complain much for what you get price wise?

Conclusion
I'd be happy enough to pay 99p or £1.00 for these, especially if they start to develop more of a colour range it'll be so much better as much as I love my red, pinks and purples having the option for more outlandish colours is always nice. The delivery from China was fast also being I ordered them on a Friday night and got them around 8-9 days later. and that was 7-8 days earlier than the estimated delivery date. No complaints here.



Do these take your interest? Have you tried these? Let me know below!

M.N. Menow Generation II Long Lasting Lip Gloss

Friday, May 15, 2015
I've been slacking on the make-up looks as of late but with some more lovely Esqido lashes in the lash drawer needing to be used I decided that it was important to share a look using them. I decided to start off with Lashmopolitan. I had not the slightest what kind of look to do and just winged it as I went, started off smokey but then I didn't want to pair it with the usual pale lip, so this purple was ideal to give a pop on the face.
These are full in volume, started off with a criss cross before going into a thicker long wing that gives an elaborate eye. Love the distinctive style of these. With lashes that are thick, you can tend to look tired and eyes droopy but I never experienced that with these in the slightest. These mink lashes are 3 - 16mm in length, easy to clean off afterwards and pop back into the box. Look out for the next look using more of the natural lashes you see on the left above.

Make-up Details

FACE
Illamasqua Matte Primer
Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Foundation - Tan
Graftobian Hi-Def Glamour Crème Corrector
Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation - Sand
Ben Nye Banana Powder
theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade - Ebony

EYES
MAC Paint in Untitled
Stila Cosmetics Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette Mind
Ellis Faas - Light in Antique Silver
Illamasqua Precision Gel liner.
TooFaced Lashgasm Mascara
Esqido Mink Lashes - Lashmopolitan*.
LIPS
Me Now Generation II in #16


Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

Laid Back Silver Streak

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By now you should know the two things besides make-up that I love our perfume & candles so when I was contacted by Birch & Brook London to review their candle I was more than happy to say, Yes Please! I know some people don't mind paying for a luxury candle but my trick with them is to burn them for roughly 5 - 10 minutes, blow them out and you'll have the aroma still around you in the room to relax you.

I was sent two candles their Library and also the Festival travel candle.

Library candle has oriental and woody notes:
Top Guaicwood, Patchouli
Heart Cinnamon, Clove Bud
Base Cedarwood, Moss

It's warm and and with the woody notes I can see why it's called library, burning this while reading a book on an afternoon or evening, especially like the time I'm writing this now, it's overcast but I can still see some of the sunset. Burning this next to me while typing this up, gives a feeling of wanting to be in a wood cabin ha! It's truly a beauty.
"A time-yellow page is turned; A clock ticks. Sunlight glances through a high window and another world calls...."

Moving onto the travel candle, Festival. Probably my favourite out of the two if I was to pick. My goodness, more and more of this please.
Festival candle has floral and woody notes:
Top Bergamot, Lily, Mandarin
Heart Patchouli, Rose, Orange Blossom, Jasmine
Base Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Leather

Flipping beautiful. I love to burn candles all year round, yes it's more cosy in the later months of the year but it can't be faulted to use this one whenever and to even burn this during an evening get together outside with friends and having this burning. It'll put everyone in a relaxed vibe. Who knew a candle could smell so divine.
"Rich, exotic scents drift over sun-warmed grass. Tassels and features rustle in the wind as Hedonism beckons."

Have you tried Birch & Brook candles before?

Library Scented Candle £36.00 x Festival Scented Travel Candle £18.00

Birch & Brook London Library Candle.

Monday, May 11, 2015