I've used a few products from Time Bomb & have quite liked the products so far I've tried. Therefore I'm always happy to try more from the brand and these instantly got my interest because who doesn't like to have a brighter complexion. I do, my skin sometimes can look dull, I like to have a a glow happening and that for me happens when my skin is bright & clear.

INSTAWOW Sparkling Facial Mask 50ml - RRP £39.00

Product description.
Instawow Sparkling Facial Mask is a self-foaming, deep cleansing and energizing instant treatment. Effervescent actives go deep down to bubble up makeup, dirt, and debris, clarifying pores and leaving skin remarkably tighter. Energising citrus extracts boost and brighten skin’s inner luminosity while humectant-rich glycerine delivers instant nourishment and moisturisation. The results…an inner glow and outer gleam.

Who is it for?
Dull & dry skin.

Ingredients.
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Benzyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysilicone-11, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Xanthum Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogentated Castor Oil, Sodium Chloride, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Benzoic Acid, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Capryl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Ascorbate.

Experience.
I like a good face mask, I've tried many - mud, balm, sheet - you name it but never one that fizzes. Got to love a product with a twist. It’s a gel consistency with a self-foaming action that helps to get rid of skin debris, tightens and helps to brighten the face, giving a glow. 4-5 pumps onto a clean face, avoiding the eye area and I can feel this working as soon as it touches my skin, it turns into a fizzy cream but no stinging or irritation it begins to disappear which is when using my fingertips, I gently massage it into my skin before rinsing off after the 5 minutes. Afterwards the skin has a bit of brightness to it this is because of the citrus extract, which gives a brightening boost. A facial in a bottle!


COMPLEXION COCKTAIL with a shot of B12 100ml £24.50

Product description.
Complexion Cocktail with a shot of B12, formulated with high levels of Vitamins B12 and B3 plus Brown Algae, jolts skin’s own energy production into high gear. Formulated with Centella and Ginseng, this potent concentrate improves micro-circulation for better skin tone and enlivened color. A powerful blend of 12 Amino Acids and two types of Hyaluronic Acid replenishes skin’s surface layers and helps retain moisture for immediate visible plumping.

Who is it for?
Dull skin

Ingredients.
Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Dmdm Hydantoin, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Zinc Pca, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Pca, Arginine, Sodium Lactate, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Aspartic Acid, Pca, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glycine, Alanine, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Serine, Asiaticoside, Cyanocobalamin, Valine, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Niacinamide, Ergothioneine.

Experience.
Sometimes those restless or late nights can catch up on us especially if we have a succession of them – for me, it only takes one night! When my skin hasn’t been blessed with a sun kissed glow, it can look very lacklustre and needs a pick me up. Brown Algae is used to soften and smooth the skin, with antibacterial properties, it’s an antioxidant also. It also helps hydration, amino acids within algae helps fatty acids fight inflammation and possibly firm and renew tissue. B3 is normally listened as niacinamide (love B3) which helps get rid of discolorations and enhances the skin's barrier. It’s a good anti aging product.

Overall.
These would be good all year round but especially during A/W for me when there is less sunlight, the skin can look duller and lacking off pep. I really like the effects of the INSTAWOW, especially when it's rubbed into the skin and washed off afterwards and I continue with my skincare. My skin actually looks brighter and feels smoother. The Complexion Cocktail I think over time will give greater benefits due to the ingredients.

Have you tried anything from Time Bomb before? Interested in any of the above?

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Time Bomb INSTAWOW & Complexion Cocktail.

Today is National Kissing Day so why not treat yourself to pillow plump soft lips? Being a convert of the PMD brand after using their PMD Personal Microderm Microdermabrasion, I was intrigued with being able to try their new and latest offering “PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System”. Aside from when people were injuring themselves by doing ‘The Kylie Jenner challenge’ and even slight mishaps from professionally lip fillers themselves.

About the device

The Kiss is an anti-aging lip treatment - handheld device, that uses patent pending Pulsating Vacuum Technology to safely plump the look of lips in 3 minutes, with results that last 3 – 5 hours. It works alongside PMD’s Smart Lip Plumping Serum. Continued daily use boosts collagen that increases the look of fullness, fades the appearance of lip lines & wrinkles and revitalizes natural lip colour.

What’s in the box?
Kiss Device.
Smart Lip Plumping Serum 5mL/.17 OZ.
2 Changeable Kissers (Small & Large).
USB Charging Cord.

It has a '2 Smart Treatment Speeds'
1 Standard Speed – for a quick plump
2 Low Speed – for a more intense, targeted plump.

Smart Lip Plumping Serum Ingredients:
Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polyethylene, Beeswax, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Squalane
, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Powder, Benzyl Nicotinate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Behenyl Behenate
Tribehenin, Phenoxyethanol.

Within the ingredients there are mostly silicones & waxes. Beeswax & Candelilla Wax which can help replace beeswax within products – but this contains both. It helps moisture loss, so you’ll find it within such products such as lip balms. Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride help to mimic the skin’s natural lipid chemistry. Lipids form our natural skin barrier which holds moisture. Sodium Hyaluronate is derived from hyaluronic acid (which is used in fillers such as Restylane) it has all the same benefits but it’s more easily absorbed & can penetrate the skin and hold water makes it a good ingredient for anti-aging. Menthone Glycerin Acetal is what gives this product its cooling effect. Dipalmitoyl hydroxyprolin is based on plant-derived hydroxproline (collagen) that helps against aging skin.




My Experience

How to use:
Before first use – charge The Kiss. It’s got a USB charger and needs to be charged for 2 hours max. You’ll see the 4 stationary red lights turn green once fully charged. As this comes with 2 changeable plumping tips small & large – the small is already on my device so I swapped it over for the large.

Making sure my lips were clean, free of makeup, lip balm, food whatever – kiss ass clean! I would then apply the cooling serum onto my top and bottom lip. It gives a sheen and the tingling takes a moment to kick in but it’s gentle.

Switch on the device by pressing the circle button on the front - press once for standard speed and twice for slow speed. Placing the plumping tip firmly & directly onto my lip it will create a tight seal and begin suction. Use The Kiss in 6 sections on the lips, you'll hear and feel it working. It gently pulls at that section of the lips allow it to pulse 15 - 20 times on each of the 6 sections.

The first time (14/6) I didn't notice much besides very rosey lips. I was pretty disappointed but as I have 8 days of continuous use, I want to see if there's a difference as days go on...
The one thing about the smart lip plumping serum is that it's somewhat moisturising but after using the system my lips need more balm. The lips over the week they would look a bit more rosey still, my lips didn't look as wrinkled. Some days it'll look more plump than others. The suction is quite gentle I find, it's not like a full on vacuum sensation that when you move the lip plumping system off that the seal pops, it's extremely gentle but you can feel the squeezing on your lips. It gives a slight plumping to the lips which is nice to have if you want to give it a little gentle plump. It would be interesting to see the results on someone who doesn't have as much plumpness in their lips as I do but I do think it's an easier & safer way to give the lips a kissable appearance.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you see a difference?

Purchase: The Kiss £125
Exclusively at www.currentbody.com

Sample.

PMD Kiss - Lip Plumping System.

Have you ever been told Chocolate is good for your skin? I always use to hear it caused breakouts but in-fact it helps your skin, okay well dark chocolate. Flavonoids found in dark chocolate protects skin from the sun's UV rays but don't go skipping on your sunscreen. So on that retrospect it makes sense that the world has the first beauty functional dark chocolate that's spent 10 years being researched & approved by Cambridge Chocolate Technology scientist. Esthechoc.

A dark chocolate that delivers two of the most powerful antioxidants - Astaxanthin, a strong anti-inflammatory substance (6000 times stronger than vitamin C!) and cocoa polyphenolic epicatechins which significantly improve skin biomarkers (i.e. increase of oxygen transport in plasma, microcirculation and lymphatic capillaries condition.). With 70% cocoa and just 38 calories per chocolate bar, guilt-free chocolate bites but also it's meant to deliver! 7.5g of this product has the same amount of the antioxidant astaxanthin as 300g of wild salmon as well as cocoa flavanols equivalent to 100g of normal dark chocolate

Esthechoc Beauty Chocolate Creator, Dr Ivan Petyaev says: “It works by delivering these high power molecules to your blood so that they reach the skin and underlying tissues simultaneously. Once there, they improve the physiology of the skin. Put simply it delivers the benefit from within... We’re using the same antioxidant that keeps goldfish gold and flamingos pink.”
Because of Esthechoc's efficiency which lies in the combination of two main bioavailable active substances and a unique patented production technology, the choco's components are resistant to the stomach acid and it's not metabolized in the liver, it goes directly through the lymph system and thoracic duct to the venous angle and from there directly to the tissues. It has been scientifically proven that after 3 weeks of use significant parameters have been improved:

Reduced oxidation damages related to inflammation by 79%
Increase of oxygen saturation tissues by 47%
Improvement of oxygen saturation of skin by 87%!
Esthechoc bars are vegan, diabetic-friendly and suitable for all skin types.

My Experience
I think I need more...I noticed breakouts were actually reduced during my menstrual cycle as those are the times I tend to get spots. So I decided to begin this after my last cycle until the next one and as my cycle is like clockwork (ok it was at the time of this trial). Menstrual spots happen not just on my face, sometimes I might get a few on my chest or back and those didn't appear. I'm never normally a fan of dark chocolate but to be honest, one small square a day was nothing compared to the benefits I was getting from Esthechoc. I think it's quite revolutionary, sometimes I wonder is it a placebo effect but I don't think it is. My skin was improving a lot to the point I was more confident to wear light coverage foundation (look here serum foundation only). It was an encouraging reminder to myself that it's not just topical skincare but what goes into the body that helps our skin as well as genetics - unfortunately as I'm getting older I can't be as carefree as I was 10 years ago regarding my skincare.

What do we think? Is Esthechoc something you'd consider for better skin?

Purchase: Esthechoc Cambridge Beauty Chocolates


Sample.


Esthechoc - Beauty Chocolates.

In celebration of the first anniversary of the new gel couture collection 💅 essie are releasing 12 new shades!! The colours range from delicate whites, creamy + sheer pinks, bold reds, berries and blues and eye catching reds and orange finishing off with rich gold and greys with finishes of shimmer, sheer, pearl and crèmes.


SEE THE FIRST COLLECTION OF ESSIE GEL COUTURE HERE

Here are 3 from the line that I was kindly sent:

Inside Scoop - a sheer tea rose pink with a slight blue undertone (sheer)
Style Stunner - a bright orange with an underlying red (crème)
V.I.Please - a deep, berry violet hinted with red (crème)

Out the trio, I think I'd kill Style Stunner. I don't have many orange hue nail polishes therefore it would be a nice addition to the collection and a change up for the tips.

It seems that the UK only have 5 / 12 shades available on Boots & Superdrug? Inside Scoop, Sizzling Hot, Style Stunner, VIPlease and Front Page Worthy. Whereas I have read that Canada is getting 6 shades but if you’re really interested in getting the full collection ellagray is stocking the entire Gala Collection.

What shades are you rockin' at the moment?

Purchase: Superdrug // Boots


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Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish – Gala 2017 Collection.

Dove. The scent is one of familiarity, one I adore. Therefore, creams from Dove are always welcomed. This new range from them is called the ‘Nourishing Secrets’. One thing that isn’t a secret is skincare from certain areas in the world is bomb, so simple and at the same time have you feeling luxurious. With hair, body wash & care products inspired from Japan, India, Central America, France and Africa. They’ll be something within this collection to suit anyone, from looking at the bottles they have included oils and butters into their body lotions & cream.

Nourishing Secrets Invigorating Ritual Body Lotion with Avocado and Calendula extract 400ml (Purchase £6.00)
From Central-America, with love.
Central American women are known for strong hair and supple skin

Ingredients:
Aqua,Glycerin,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Dimethicone,Glycol Stearate,Stearic Acid,PEG-100 Stearate,Palmitic Acid,Petrolatum,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract,Carbomer,Cetyl Alcohol,Collagen Amino Acids,Cyclopentasiloxane,Disodium EDTA,Glyceryl Stearate,Glycine Soja Oil,Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil,Isomerized Linoleic Acid,Lactic Acid,Methylparaben,Parfum,Persea Gratissima Oil,Phenoxyethanol,Potassium Lactate,Propylparaben,Sodium PCA,Stearamide AMP,Tocopheryl Acetate,Triethanolamine,Urea,Citronellol,Geraniol,Limonene,Linalool,CI 77891

Within the 32 ingredient list, the key products are listed:-
11th Calendula Flower Extract.
18th Soybean Oil.
19th Sunflower Seed Oil.
23rd Avocado Oil.

Calendula Flower Extract is a great skin conditioning ingredient, it helps to promote skin healing and repair making it good for skin that is dry and sore. Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A, which also helps premature aging, Vitamin E and linolenic acid may help against premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to UV. Being a natural skin brightener it can help reduce the appearance of scars, while helping the production of collagen leading to real good skin regeneration - goodbye dull skin.

Avocado Extract is an amazing fruit to have within your diet and skincare regimen. It helps protect against free radicals which can contribute to the environmental damage that happens to our skin, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.  Also provides you with Vitamin C which is good to help the skin look bright and youthful as Vitamin C is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen which we need to keep our skin firm. Vitamin E, another skin antioxidant that helps fight (premature) aging, can also help reduce the effects of UVA & UVB radiation.


High in oleic acid which comes from omega-9 fat, it helps regenerate damaged skin cells, reduce facial redness and irritation so if you suffer from dry skin frequently – get some Avo in your diet and on your skin.  

Nourishing Secrets Restoring Ritual Body Lotion with Coconut oil and Almond milk 400ml (Purchase £6.00)
From India, with love.
"Inspired by Indian rituals based on coconut oil, turmeric and almond milk"

Ingredients:
Aqua,Glycerin,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Dimethicone,Glycol Stearate,Stearic Acid,PEG-100 Stearate,Palmitic Acid,Petrolatum,1,2-Hexanediol,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Carbomer,Cetyl Alcohol,Cocos Nucifera Oil,Collagen Amino Acids,Cyclopentasiloxane,Decylene Glycol,Disodium EDTA,Glyceryl Stearate,Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil,Isomerized Linoleic Acid,Lactic Acid,Methylparaben,Parfum,PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Pentylene Glycol,Phenoxyethanol,Potassium Lactate,Potassium Sorbate,Propylene Glycol,Propylparaben,Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil,Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract,Sine Adipe Lac,Sodium PCA,Stearamide AMP,Tocopheryl Acetate,Trideceth-9,Triethanolamine,Urea,Coumarin,CI 77891


Within the 43 ingredient list, the key products are listed:-
15th ingredient Coconut Oil.
21st Sunflower Seed Oil.
33rd / 34th Sweet Almond Oil & Extract.

Coconut Oil a natural antibacterial and antifungal ingredient it penetrates the skin better than other oils. The antibacterial property is the lauric acid within coconut oil – fact the only other natural substance high in lauric acid is in breast milk. Coconut oil can reduce facial wrinkles, premature aging, protection from the sun due to the natural SPF 4. Let’s face it Coconut oil has been talked about until the death and resurrection and death again about how great it is/

Sweet Almond Oil / Extract is a highly potent antioxidant vitamin and regular application of the oil can protect the skin from oxidative stress and UV radiation damage. Enriched with vitamins E, A, and B it seals in moisture into the skin and improves absorption. The vitamin E & fatty acids in this oil help to reverse and prevent signs of aging. It'll help the skins renewal and help against sagging, acne, psoriasis, and eczema prone skin.



You may notice castor oil within the ingredient list but it’s only PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (It is also used to help other ingredients dissolve in a solvent in which they wouldn’t normally dissolve.)but it’s actually a petroleum based chemical, it’s natural in a way but not natural in the way we would identify it some sites say it's good but some say it's toxic but I’ve read not to use it on injured or damaged skin.


Nourishing Secrets Replenishing Ritual Body Lotion with Marula oil and Mango butter 400ml (Purchase £6.00)
Nourishing Secrets Replenishing Ritual Body cream with Marula oil and Mango butter 250ml £5.80
From Africa, with love.
"South African women have used marula oil and mango as part of their beauty rituals for centuries"

Ingredients:
Aqua,Glycerin,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone,Glycol Stearate,Stearic Acid,PEG-100 Stearate,Palmitic Acid,Petrolatum,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Carbomer,Cetyl Alcohol,Collagen Amino Acids,Cyclopentasiloxane,Disodium EDTA,Glyceryl Stearate,Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil,Isomerized Linoleic Acid,Lactic Acid,Mangifera Indica Seed Butter,Methylparaben,Parfum,Phenoxyethanol,Potassium Lactate,Propylparaben,Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil,Sodium PCA,Stearamide AMP,Tocopheryl Acetate,Triethanolamine,Urea,Benzyl Alcohol,Benzyl Salicylate,Hexyl Cinnamal,Limonene,Linalool,CI 77891

Within the 32 ingredient list, the key products are listed:-
18th Sunflower Seed Oil.
21st Mango Butter.
27th Marula Oil

Mango Butter is a skin softening, soothing and moisturising ingredient. While helping fight against dry skin, eczema and dermatitis. Protecting the skin from UV radiation. Rich vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants, which helps plump the skin & firm it.

Marula Oil increases the smoothness of skin. Antioxidants such as Vitamins C & E, helps renew cells and resisting damaging effects from the environment. Also is an advanced protection against photo-aging free radicals, builds collagen and provides antioxidant protection. Which means younger looking skin. It can help reduce redness and deeply hydrates. Heals, moisturises and improves skin elasticity.

I know why they do these oils and butters so far down on the list because they do have to make these products affordable, the fact they come in 400ml bottles and I know organic oils and butters are faaaar from cheap to even buy in small quantities for my backside let alone for mass production plus Dove you sure love Sunflower Seed Oil. It’s rich in rich in nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, K and E, used effectively against inflammation & general irritations of the skin. Vitamin E is an emollient that traps moisture and keeps skin hydrated along with the glycerin in these – you’re sure to keep moisturised. Vitamin A helps protection from sun damage and free radicals. The Omega-6 aka as linoleic acid is found within this oil and it helps with cell development, eczema, acne and scarring. Within all these lotions it does have Isomerized Linoleic Acid (which is an end product of linoleic acid. During the process one molecule is transformed into another molecule but they have exactly the same atoms but a different arrangement) it’s a thickening agent and emollient.

Reading the ingredients for these, Glycerin is the second ingredient meaning that it’s a product that is going to draw moisture towards your skin keeping it moisturised for longer. But it also contains parabens, carbomer and lactic acid (which I’ve always read to have a carbomer free lotion to mix lactic acid into otherwise it breaks it down but maybe with all the added preservatives it may prevent it – hey I don’t know, it’s not a watery product so probably works) which is amazing to keep the skin smooth by increasing the skin cell turnover and keeping us hair removal addicts, free of ‘strawberry legs’ if those are a concern.

Have you tried anything from the Nourishing Secrets range? If not what would you like to try?


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Dove Nourishing Secrets.

TVK June's box is all to prepare us to be Summer ready in our tummy. There's some new discoveries that TVK found and some high favourites featured. As always there is a recipe card included and Ellie from @kindstateofmind on IG, has shared her recipe for Vegan Pizza Buns 🍕 . As always 10p to every jUNE box that is sold goes towards a charity/campaign this month it is HART Wildlife Rescue.

This months box has 6 items of food to discover & indulge:

Goupie Salted Sticky Toffee.
Chewy chocolate with a crunch that makes you want more. Hand-made in Kent to a recipe that has been within the family for over 50 years, this is their newest edition that was voted in by their Groupie Groupies (okay I love that lol) on social media. After TVK shared this in their LE Easter Box - it's now being shared to us all in the lifestyle box.

Metcalfe's Sweet and Salt Skinny Popcorn.
Who doesn't love popcorn, no matter what time of year it is? But popcorn in Summer is ideal as it's light and can be a healthy snack! I love sweet and salted popcorn so seeing this is love.

Bounce Foods VLife High Protein Ball.
Nutritious, balanced and convenient snacks. Within the box there's 1 of 5 new flavours to try. I received Cashew Peanut. Mmm 'Deez Nuts'. Chewy protein, fat and carbs mix that are meant to help you keep going.

Chewsy Chewing Gum.
This is the only 100% natural and sugar free chewing gum in the UK and it's only made with 5 natural ingredients. Ruling out aspartame, artificial flavours or sweeteners, preservatives or plastic gum base. Chewsy Gum is gluten, soy, dairy free & non-GMO! This gum is totally biodegradable and makes it better for the plant! With three flavours available - Peppermint, Lemon and Spearmint - I got the lemon flavour.

Sunsoul Raspberry and Elderflower 100% Natural Energy Drink.
Using ingredients found in nature it delivers the boost we need to feel our best. This drink delivers the alertness and mental energy we need without refined sugar and calories - the only sugar found is from the fruit. It's formulated with guarana, baobab and kola nut to give prolonged energy!

Harpers Candles Cut Grass Candle.
Just as I'm finishing off burning my Harpers candles - yes even heading towards Summer, candles are still being burnt - and what? They smell undeniably good. This scent is surely going to make us think of lazing around in a freshly cut park, picnics and just good ol' Summertime fun!

Purchase: TheVeganKind

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TheVeganKind #44

For a while on The Ordinary website, you may have noticed the section that said Colours – coming soon. In April, it was revealed the 25,000-people waiting list could now exhale and get their hands on the upcoming release but unfortunately since they received orders of more than 250k in the first week of launching and ran out of pumps and at the moment can’t fulfil order immediately, I made an order on 2nd May and didn’t get my order until 27th May but there was an email saying that they were trying to get orders out as quickly as possible. When you’re the hot shit on the streets, everyone wants a piece!

There’s no denying I’m a DECIEM product whore and The Ordinary has taken centre stage with my skincare routine but now make-up? When I hear a primary skincare brand is then going into make-up, I think hmm? but with their affordable prices and how well their skincare is, it's worth a try?
I hate blindly going online to choose shades – yes I know there is the store – but I didn’t do a bad job. I decided to purchase the Serum Foundation with SPF 15 and Coverage Foundation with SPF 15. Their range has 21 different shades and they’re divided into different tone options, cool, warm and neutral.
1 for fair to lighter tones.
2 for medium tones.
3 for darker tones.

Each category is then categories with a second digit from 0 to 3 to indicate depth.

A letter is added to the shade code to identify the undertone:
P (Pink) R (Red) indicate cool undertones for lighter and darker shades.
N indicates a Neutral tone; Y indicates a Yellow undertone.

Example, 1.2P is Light with Pink Undertones & 3.0Y is Medium Dark with Yellow Undertones.
They have a foundation guide here, that can help you out.

The Packaging.
30ml transparent plastic bottles with a lock pump, which you turn to the left to lock and right to open. I like that the bottle is transparent as I've got some foundation that don't have transparent packaging making knowing when you're running out a nightmare but thankfully it's not something I encounter often. The design is travel friendly

The Ordinary Serum Foundation - 2.1 Y (Yellow Undertones) Purchase £5.70
Lightweight medium-coverage…that offer moderate coverage that look natural with a lightweight serum feel
Dare I say, it’s going to be me summer favourite foundation – or just a foundation for those days when I want something light and still offers me a smooth foundation. I don’t mind full coverage but I don’t feel my skin needs full coverage to begin with. I’ve worn this now about 3-4x and can never fault it, the colour match is amazing for me right now as I’m tanned so I’m thinking if this tan doesn’t keep up I may have to think about getting the 1.2 Y – as my tan begins to fade and I start to transition back into dull life in A/W. The fluid is light; you can hear how much more fluidity it has just when the bottle is being shaken, we all hear how tinted moisturiser, BB & CC creams are good alternatives but I think those are a thing of the past for me; I apply with a beauty blender and it seamlessly goes onto the skin, now I don’t know what I was really expecting, I read serum, hear how light it is but it gives quite a good coverage that feels moisturising at the same time. It looks & feels like second skin and gives me good wear time. I tried it with and without primer but I found either way worked okay. The one thing is though it says medium coverage don't expect it to conceal any blemishes or dark circles - those I still had to tend too but that's not a problem.


The Ordinary Coverage Foundation - 2.1 Y (Medium Yellow Undertones) Purchase £5.90
Higher pigment levels than the serum foundations but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy makeup look
First time I tried this I was overwhelmed with the colour, I sat and said to my friend 'erm this is looks a little dark for me!' - was having a real eek moment and even in the bottle it looks darker than the serum which it should as it's more pigmented and gives a higher coverage. But after it had time to settle it didn't oxidise but seemed to settle into the skin better although I feel I'd go down a shade in this regardless. I don't feel caked and I didn't have anything settle in pores if I primed. In regards to coverage, my dark circles were concealed okay but I still did a little correcting/concealing for a brightness so I didn't look so flat. Dark spots also still needed spot correcting but not as much but there's something that isn't making me love it like the serum at this moment. Little on the fence but it may change as I wear it more....

- Note: I paired these with either The Ordinary High-Adherence Blurring Surface Smoother and Primer or High-Spreadability Fluid Primer.

Swatches
The inside of my arm is considerably lighter than other parts of my arm & body bar my backside but it gives you an idea of how the texture appears on the skin...
As you can on my face I did swatches of both and blended them in and once worked into the skin it looks even and smooth.


Have you had the chance to try The Ordinary Colours yet?


I also have to point out within the ingredients it has Bismuth Oxychloride which for some is an issue as it can cause reactions to their skin so do please read the ingredient list. Besides all that it is cruelty free and vegan - whoop whoop!

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The Ordinary Colours Review.

My hair has grown considerably in the past year, I've been faithful with the trimmings cos the hair needs it once in a while but I think my hair although disguised with dark brown dye, is still reeling from the damage after being blonde. Until the end of summer last year my hair was behaving but since it's started to act up so I'm always game for trying more hydrating products. When I saw the email about Hairapeutix, I was intrigued as it's for hair extensions but it can be used on natural hair and within a week promises more manageable and softer hair - real or faux.

It's a pre-poo, so it's applied before you shampoo your hair, I do pre-poo's often, it's something within black culture we're use to, hot oil treatments etc so it's nothing out of the ordinary for me. This packet of 2 sachets are more than enough for the hair as it's only applied to the mids and ends but I run left overs around my back where it can also get dry.

The great thing about this treatment is the ingredients - all natural: Coconut, Olive, Almond, Avocado and Amla Oil with a natural vanilla fragrance - all ingredients I already have within my home lol but having it mixed up already is handy. Coconut oil I stopped using because it's comedogenic meaning it clogs pores - they say if you use extra virgin and not regular you won't have that issue but I only use EVCO...hmmm. Using the first packet, I did get a spot on my hairline around the back of my head but it went down but that's not the products fault.
I've been alternating my hair from curly and straight since December, my hairs benefiting more while straight than curly at the moment, it gets way too dry while curly at the ends no matter what I do, which is a bummer – thankfully no heat damage – using just an oil was working well in my hair but not while curly.
As it's used on dry hair, it's even better for me to opt in on the sleep overnight option as my hair while straight is 100% oils only it's nothing for me to smother my hair in the treatment and just put up in a bun. I then the next day wash my hair as usual and deep condition regardless cos my hair needs that too but in addition to that going back to the last The Vegan Kind beauty box, I was surprised and pleased to see this Noughty Intensive Leave-in conditioner. As soon as I saw it, I remarked that it looked like a previous brand that I had used and worked so well in my hair, natural, zero nasties - free from parabens, silicones, sulphates, petrochemicals and vegan but it was taken off the market. I looked at the last brand after still having an old product of theirs and noticed it was a KMI brands product, yes. It had been rebranded and back on the market and I can safely say, the rebrand wasn’t a bad move because the products are still A*.
After my little Columbo detective work the sweetheart at KMI Brands contacted me offering me to try the range again, I choose the Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Shampoo & Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Conditioner which are 97% natural curl-defining products, their key ingredients are Sea Kelp, Irish Moss and Avocado Oil. I’ve heard of the benefits of Avocado oil, not yet used it in its virgin state but I was intrigued by the other two ingredients.

• Sea Kelp – Rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals such as B complex vitamins, high in Vitamin K, iodine, magnesium, zinc and calcium.
• Irish Moss – Another rich in vitamins and minerals Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, and iodine, it soothes the scalp, conditions the hair, enhances shine and protects the hair fibres.
• Avocado Oil – Vitamins A, V, D & E, protein, amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium and folic acid. It’s good for moisturising dry, brittle and damaged hair.

I didn’t find the shampoo to be stripping but it cleansed the hair well and the conditioner has a good slip to it that when I used my curly tangle teezer through my hair it brushed through with the ultimate ease. I would then squeeze out the excess water and use the Noughty Intensive Care Leave-in Conditioner and put it in the AQUIS hair towel (which is amazing) as it helps to absorb the water without drying the hair out, no friction and zero frizz.
Just a moment...take time to appreciate the zero frizz as the hair dries...

While the hair is still damp, I apply my hair cream and oil, then diffuse. I’ve had the best hair week, my hair has stayed hydrated, soft and defined curls right up until the next wash day, very unusual. I kept my hair mostly in loose buns on top of my head but it seemed to work and I would just apply a little cream on the ends to keep them moisturised and to prevent them getting dry and breaking.

The range is affordable, coming in at £6.99 each it's a lot cheaper than other brands I've used and with it being available in Superdrug, handy for me to pick up too. While Hairaputix starts from £5.99.One less thing to stress about 😏

Have you been using anything lately that's made your hair happy?

Purchase: Noughty Haircare
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Purchase: Hairaputix


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How I Got My Curly Hair Back

Essie have released a new collection ‘Wild Nudes’. 
Adding four new permanent shades to their core collection 💅

What I found interesting about this collection is that it has the word nudes in the title but it’s anything but nude. See Nude in terms are shades that are within skin tones which is a wide range as skin tones themselves are a whole colour palette – are you seriously one toned? As much as we would love to be even and one toned it’s never fully there, so we are looking at whites, pinks, yellows, beiges and browns to give us the nude palettes. Whereas Neutrals are rain-cloud grey, khaki, beige (and yes even black).

bare with me: apricot tone with grey cast
exposed: mossy green with a slight white overcast
clothing optional (hero shade): lighter sienna brown
winning streak: dark purple with a greyish tone

I’m loving that after some nail breaks in late March that my nails have grown back and I can indulge in all that essie are offering right now, especially this collection – that I love, I was surprised with the shades because they are neutrals and the wild nudes title works if you think about it. I’ve been wearing bare with me for a minute now but I’m feeling to switch over to exposed or winning streak ( to be honest I can’t decide). The formula and finish is very opaque, that I only needed 2 coats for bare with me, the formula is slightly thick but not gloopy or too runny. The finish you get such a beautiful shine even without a top coat it’s unreal.

What are you loving out of this collection?


Purchase: bare with me, exposed, clothing optional, winning streak

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essie Wild Nudes Collection.