A latest lip care product from Palmers are these FlipBalms, quite simply the lids flip and slide back for usage and you slide it back and it clicks back in place. I don't think I've ever seen a flip top dispenser like it before, the first few times opening it my nail did cut through the balm.

The colour coded FlipBalms are: Pink "Juicy Watermelon", Green "Creamy Coconut" & Orange "Ripe Mango". Palmers describe it as an ultra moisturising formula, I'd have to agree, it's very moisturising and it gives a nice clear sheen to the lips with a subtle hint of flavour to them that I can lightly smell as I inhale after application. All of them are made from pure Cocoa Butter & Vitamin E, soften & soothe dry lips. Free of nasties : No Parabens –No Phthalates –No Petrolatum –No Gluten. I love how they smell, I did find the scent to be more potent when it was first opened and even in the packaging I could smell the scent slightly but it either starts to lose the scent after being repeatedly opened & used or I've become accustomed as I do still smell it. Plus if I lick my lips at any point it's not an unpleasant taste - but keep in mind, even if they smell appetizing - it's not food! I've liked wearing these over the past week, easy to find in my bag and it works.

Have you seen these? Interested in trying?

Purchase: Palmers FlipBalm £4.99 each


Samples.

Palmers FlipBalm - How Do You Flip?

When I was asked to try Fry's Food (that originates from South Africa!) for 7 meat free dinners, I jumped at the chance. I'm more of a 2% pescetarian (no meat but fish) but that's becoming a thing of the past as I rarely eat fish. What I do find is a lot of replacement meals contain eggs for protein, making them vegetarian friendly but not vegan. Brands have moved towards having vegetarian & vegan options but ever so slowly. Fry's have a good range selected foods can be gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian & vegan. I was sent Braai Sausages, Rice Protein & Chia Nuggets, Quinoa & Cilantro Falafel Burgers, Protein & Chia Stir Fry Strips, Soy & Flaxseed Schnitzels, Traditional Burgers & Curry Pie.

Curry Pie
The puff pastry on this was flaky but crisp it tasted bakery fresh. The filling in this particular pie was overflowing and for me that's what it lacked, to be able to cut into it and an overflow of gravy and filling. It has a peppery aftertaste amongst the spice the curry aroma reminded me of a traditional chip shop, pie & chips. It wasn't my favourite!

Ingredients : Pastry(57%): wheat flour, vegetable oil(palm), salt).
Filling(43.7%): Vegetable protein (soya), onions, potatoes, peas, modified starch, sunflower oil, spices, flavourings, salt, tomatoes, ginger, garlic.

Braai Sausages
*pause* As I remember how ab-so-lu-te-ly frigging gorgeous this sausage was. I've tried other brands and this one hands down - wins. There's 8 in a packet and dinner become lunch and dinner again because I couldn't get enough of these sausages. One sausage is 66 calories, if you're counting.

Ingredients : Vegetable protein (14%) (soya), Wheat vegetable oil (Sunflower seed), wheat flour (Gluten) Wheat fibre, Potato starch, Modified starch, Flavourings, Spices (3%) (contains Sulphites), Sea salt, Gelling agent (carrageenan, Colour : Caramel IV

Protein & Chia Stir Fry Strips
At first I was unsure how I was going to cook these, what was I going to do...Fry's say this can be used in wraps, in salads or in any dish to replace chicken. Wrap it was. Another thing surprisingly good, I seasoned these and fried them until they was crispy on the outside, the inside was soft. I could imagine this in a stir-fry or chow-mein of sorts as welcomed & necessary addition. It was marinated in a salsa sauce...I'd love to find a good sticky sauce to pour over these.

Ingredients : Water,soyprotein, sunflower oil, wheat protein (gluten), potato starch, rice protein (2%), wheat flour, maize starch, chia seeds (0.5%), yeast extract, emulsifier (methyl cellulose), sea salt, garlic, marjoram (>1%), sage (>1%), mustard seeds, turmeric, black pepper, ginger.

Traditional Burgers
*and another pause* Just taking a moment to remember until my next order arrives...with a very similar taste to the sausages, I tried these before the sausages and of course wasn't sure what to expect - I gave a few bites to meat eaters who were in absolute shock at how good these tasted and that it wasn't meat - ah see meat free can be delicious & moreish.

Ingredients : Vegetable protein (16%)(soya), wheat glutenVegetable oil (sunflower seed) Potato starch, Maize starch. Wheat fibre(Gluten)Flavouring, Wheatflour (gluten,/b>, Spices (Sulphites), Sea salt, Thickener (cellulose extract), Onion. Mustardpowder - Colour (CaramelIV)

Quinoa & Cilantro Falafel Burgers
I like falafels, especially spicy ones. Although this isn't a good one the mixture of the Quinoa with the falafel burger is almost undetectable for me. This was one of the first things I tried and didn't mind.

Ingredients : Water, chick peas (33%), onions, sunflower oil, sweetcorn, garlic, Quinoa (1%), cumin (1%), ground coriander, fresh cilantro (0.6%), sea salt, bicarbonate of soda, mint, black pepper (0.5%), parsley.


Rice Protein & Chia Nuggets
I haven't had nugget in years so the memory is fairly non existent but I'd say the filling and outer crumbs say enough and taste moreish, this would be amazing for children who have a different diet and don't want to feel left out, there a good side addition to a meal and bite sized.

Ingredients : Water Soy protein, Sunflower oil, Gluten free coating (25%), (Rice flour, Gram flour, Maize starch, Salt, Paprika, Pepper) Potato starch, Rice Protein (2%), Emulsifier (Methyl Cellulose), Sea Salt, Rosemary, Marjoram, Sage, Chia Seeds (0.5%) Yeast Extract, Garlic Mustard Seeds, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Ginger

Soy & Flaxseed Schnitzels
My first experience with a Schnitzel and another positive, it was delicious inside and filling with seeds on top the taste combination was nice and it was different to have but I enjoyed the crumbs with the inside which reminded me of the nuggets slightly above.

Ingredients : Water, soy protein (27%), sunflower oil, wheat protein gluten, wheat flour, potato starch, maize starch, flavours, flaxseed oil (1%), emulsifier (methl cellulose), fresh cilantro (1.3%), flaxseeds (1.3%), onion, sea salt, sunflower seeds (0.5%), yeast extract, coriander, mustard, sulphites.

Overall views, I couldn't be more pleased with the Fry's range. It's introduced me to other food choices, different versions of sausages and burgers and converted me to the brand. It's pretty easy to remove fish from the diet with alternatives to eat, I felt satisfied and full, it doesn't make me feel bloated or energy draining which is a positive and it gave me other things to try in the kitchen.

I wished they had more in-store stockists or stockiest that have a full range. I don't live in a cosmopolitan area so things appear more scarce to get which leads to online shopping - not a bad thing but it would be nice to be able to go out and pick up whenever I felt but for now it's not to be and I've made an online order at Goodness Direct who have a huge range of Fry's and my new order just come along yesterday!

Purchase: Fry's

Samples.



Meat Free For 7 Days With Fry's.

...Hair not face.

Besides my trusty denman d3 brush, I've never ventured into other brushes. Maybe I feel like I'm cheating and being unloyal, it's the curly & straight hair brush. Wet or dry. Blow drying or dry brushing. Well I temporarily fell out of a monogamous relationship with D3, here's 3 I'm giving the run down on.

Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly Hair
When something has such a hype around it, I rarely bother because I side-eye but Tangle Teezer has been on the market for a while and beloved by many. There's obviously more to it, for so many to speak on the brushes. I think mostly I didn't bother because there's no handle, it's palm held until using one you realise it's not so bad. First time using it on my dry wavy/curls they were brushed out, my curl pattern is naturally very loose has always been, loose, fine but medium density, they can vary from 3A/3B mixture to sometimes 3B/3C after a couple days it becomes more defined. When washing my hair it's basically straight with a slight body wave so I don't get much knots or tangles but I do detangle my hair before washing. I've used this in the shower - which I love, really gets to the scalp and glides through but it's still gentle. I feel no tugging while my hair is wet or dry which is a good thing the bristles are longer and more stronger than the original to make sure that it caters for curly strands...

Purchase: Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly

Wet Brush (original)

I've tried with this brush on several occasions and I just couldn't love it. I use it on wet hair after I've washed and conditioned, with conditioner in & mostly rinsed out, I will go from tip to root or should I say, try and go from tip to root. The bristles are very soft and flexible which is great, it's delicate but when I'm trying to brush it through it's like trying to brush hair with a palm, it just glides on the surface and nothing. Until I tried it again, my hair had just come out of french braids from the day before & I use the wet brush to detangle my hair and saw a difference - strange huh? Ever so gently, glided through the hair and took out any suspected tangles, I used it in the shower before product, during product and afterwards and it helped to distribute product without tangling. I had my doubts but I'm pretty much satisfied. Any wet brush lovers?...

Purchase:Wet Brush

OOOH That's Nice - Kent Brushes

The name is from the reaction from testers, says it all right? This distinctive brush moves backwards and forwards and from side to side and moulds to the shape of your head shape for a more therapeutic experience. The other unique point about this brush is the soft moulded nylon quills they massage & stimulate the scalp for healthy hair growth. Soft natural bristles style, clean and nurture your hair. Giving it natural shine & body. I find because the brush is flexible there's not much tugging but any little tangles it untangles them gently and effortlessly I was quite surprised. I found a few of the natural bristles would shed but not all the time and not by a lot. The massage element is gentle, it's not one of those vigorous scalp massages so don't expect that but it's one to try...

Purchase:OOOH That's Nice


Have you tried any of these brushes? Interested?

Samples.

The Brush Edit.

I've got a few green lipsticks, cream, matte, make my own but during a ColorPop shop binge, it seemed only right to get Dr.M. Not your average everyday lipstick, probably not for the faint hearted but I love, the tone is described as a deep blackened green. It's an emerald green leaning more on the teal side giving a green fit for royalty. Now I do find this shade to be extremely dry and it can set into the lines of the lips but I don't fear that. I used a lip brush to apply it carefully around the mouth, while accentuating the cupid's bow before filling it in. I think for anyone wanting to venture into a green shade, this could be a friendly shade. Another shade discovered, unusual & loved.

Another thing I have tried again with this look was the ESQIDO Companion Long Lasting Bond - latex free - lash glue, which so far I'm extremely pleased with and now couldn't imagine another glue to use but that'll have it's own feature.

Have you been loving any lip colours lately?

Get The Look


Face
Nivea Post Shave Balm (Primer)
NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12%
LA Girl Pro.Conceal Yellow, Orange & Green (corrector)
EX1 Delete Concealer (under foundation)
Mehron Celebré HD Cream Foundation "Eurasia Fair"
Bobbi Brown BBU Palette "Warm Natural" (concealer)
NARS "Laguna" (bronzer)
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator "Gilded Honey" (Highlighter)
MAC Mineralize SkinFinish "Soft & Gentle" (Highlighter)
RCMA No-Color Powder (Setting Powder)

Brows
ColourPop Brow Pencil "Jet Set Black"
GOSH Defining Brow Gel "004"




Eyes
MAC Paint "Bare Canvas" (base)
Peaches & Cream "Kim" (lid)
ColourPop "Flutes" (crease)
Makeup Geek "Cocoa Bear" (outer v)
Pat McGrath Labs "Gold 001 Pigment" (lid)
Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner "Infinity" (liner)
Rimmel ScandalEyes "Nude" (waterline)
Benefit They're Real "Black (mascara)
Esqido Mink Lashes "Unforgettable"* (falsies)
Esqido Companion Long Lasting Bond - latex free* (lash glue)

Lips
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip "Dr M"



Some of these products may have been sent to me for review.

ColourPop Dr.M

This gorgeous kit from ASOS comes in it's own little bag, with a full sized Laguna bronzer and liquid Super Orgasm illuminator. I do have Orgasm in a cream stick and we know Orgasm was that blush! Laguna is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. While Super orgams is a peachy pink with a gold glitter.
I don't notice much shimmer if I'm honest but I know it's not 100% matte, being that this is a good bronzer for more fairer tones, I find for me who is a more olive, this works amazingly in it's subtly & being able to be built up as it enhances tones and gives a light contour. If you want an impact, it needs to be built upon. For something daily and more natural - this is one to reach for. It's finely milled so it fills lines & pores to give a smoother appearance, leading to a flawless appearance. Alongside with the Super Orgasm Illuminator, which I found I didn't need to use a lot and I dotted along the higher points for a light highlight it gives a metallic finish.

Purchase: NARS ASOS Exclusive Laguna Bronzer & Highlighting Kit FREE Mini Illuminator


Samples.

NARS Laguna Bronzer & Highlighting Kit.

Good Full Stop Chocolate & Orange Bar
I like chocolate orange but unfortunately for me with dates and raisins it's a strikeout for me but my nan likes those fruits and with a mixture of dark Belgian chocolate it's a rich and tasty treat to have. She put this in her bag to eat during Church incase hunger striked lol.

Foods of Athenry Chocolate & Raspberry Cookie
In #TVK29 this company was first introduced and I have never before or since tasted a better cookie. This isn't an exception, it's a large vegan & gluten free cookie treat that I could eat again & again...A highlight in this month's box.

GranoVita Vegetable Pâté
First time I had Pâté was about 9 years ago - wasn't vegetable mind. I quite enjoyed the texture even though I didn't know what to expect so revisiting the Pâté memories but vegetable in this box was interesting. Opening the can, the smell reminded me of vegetable soup. It's made with vegetables, spices and herbs and has palm oil in. Pâté can be used for sandwiches, add to pasta sauce, mushrooms & peppers, spread on toast or eat alone.

Smooze Fruit Ice
Now these take me back, I remember having similar fruit ice as a child and the cardboard use to get wet from the ice and saliva lol - memories. But I guarantee these are no doubt a lot better. I got a coconut + mango fruit ice pack, made from fresh coconut milk and mixed with tropical fruit juices and purees. Nothing says Summer like a delicious and thirst quenching fruit ice like these
- Definitely another highlight this month

Green People Sun Lotion SPF15
This has 3 layers of natural sun protection: UV filters, antioxidants & sun tan accelerator -( last one I need ). It's important no matter your skin tone to wear sunscreen, the sun doesn't discriminate. I try with any product I'm wearing to at least have SPF in even though it can cause notorious flashback but if I want to hold onto 'beige don't age'...This sun lotion increases collagen and also contains antioxidants to help prevent UV damage while helping you tan 25% times faster. Squeezing this to smell, gave a scent of relaxing Lavender but if it's not your favourite scent, it doesn't linger. Key ingredients include Aloe Vera, Avocado, Green Tea & Sunflower, such an interesting mixture.

Hoots Cheese and Onion Multigrain Snack
Hoots I've tried before but it was the Pickled Onion in #TVK11 & Salt & Pepper in #TVK22, so it's nice to see a familiar brand but with a different flavour. Nice and crunchy, although this one didn't seem as crunchy as previous ones, those had my sensitive teeth feeling delicate lol, not that it stopped me eating the packet. The cheese & onions wasn't overbearing with either flavour or smell.

Purchase: TheVeganKind £10 +p&p


Samples.

TheVeganKind #32

After reviewing a previous blackhead face mask, I needed one that was tube ready instead of sachet. Off to eBay I went & came across Shills. A company that's been on the scene for a while and it was very budget friendly at just over £2, this could be good or bad thing. It contains carbon - you may of seen people on YouTube lately doing a D.I.Y blackhead mask using glue + activated charcoal, don't let them put you off - and it's good to remove blackheads, fine hairs, dirt & dead skin.

Ingredients
Activated charcoal (bamboo charcoal), oat extract, grapefruit, vitamin B5, rosemary extract, calendula extract, vitamin A, vitamin E, citrus skin Extract.

As mentioned several times before,I have combination skin - oily & normal (sometimes Winter, dry) but it's controllable but one thing I have noticed is in the last few years, I've started to get little blackheads on my nose. I find masks like this helps to eliminate them temporarily. I will use a brush and apply it all over my face, being careful of my nose ring (facial piercings people - beware) I leave it to dry for about 30 minutes, you can see when it's dry as it becomes more matte in texture and the face gets more tighter. I find a corner to start peeling, normally from under my chin - it's recommended to peel from the chin up but I have also done it from the forehead down.

The results are, a face free of oil, pretty smooth and clean feeling & no blackheads. Simply moisturise afterwards and I rejoice in clean skin. I think if you have sensitive or dry skin, this mask might not be the best as it's going to irritate. All other skin types may benefit especially those who have large, congested pores, blackheads or want to eliminate oil.


Purchase: UK Seller : Shills Purifying Blackhead Mask £2.24
Chinese Seller : Shills Purifying Blackhead Mask £1.95

The £2 Face Mask.

I, for years have been devoted to oils. Every year there's a new miracle oil & superfood but to be honest, oils have always been amazing, it's what you're looking for in an oil & how to get the best out of it for you. Throw out the myth or any thoughts if you have oily skin & think it's going to be the worst choice of your life because it's not. Oil loves Oil. I have combination skin, oily & normal, sometimes dry (definitely not dehydrated, I'm a Camel). I've been lucky to have the chance to be sent a few oils this year all of them I've never used before.

You see during my oil venture I've used Jojoba, Almond, Papaya, Coconut, Carrot, Apricot, Black Cumin (hair), Castor - for the hair too, Argan, Grapefruit, Grapeseed, Hemp, Olive Oil, Peach Kernel, Vitamin E...& I'm probably missing a lot more off that list, I love to experiment with oils for my skin & hair but an oil that has escaped me was Rosehip Oil. Rosehip oil is good for all skin types and as mentioned before even oily, it helps regulate natural sebum production. If you've got skin concerns such as wrinkles, scars, burns, stretch marks, pigmentation, dry & sensitive skin, sun damage, acne & acne scarring. This oil can be brilliant for you.

Benefits
- A natural source of Vitamin E, which is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant.
- Calms & hydrate dry and sensitive skin.
- Protects skin cells from sun damage.
- Essential fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9 - helps repair and regenerate damaged skin tissues.
- Natural source of Vitamin C, skin brightening, anti-ageing, anti-oxidant ; helps to improve pigmentation and restore the skin tone. Also helps protect skin from the sun.
- Fights against premature anti-ageing & improve skin texture thanks to the natural source of antioxidant lycopene. Also Beta-carotene helps prevent free radical damage, responsible for skin ageing.

Amelia Moss, they were so kind to send me a Rosehip oil but also Rose water, I had tried rose water before but I'm sure it was for cooking and wasn't pure.

From my own experience, I was amazed at how it reminded me of more a dry oil the way it's absorbed into the skin very quickly, doesn't sit or make me look like it's a new place they can strike oil. I like to apply it after a cream moisturiser if necessary or use alone, which is mostly how I use it. Since stripping back my skin care & using purely oils my skin has been thriving, I do feel diet can come into it as well as just good skincare. Since using this in rotation with another oil previously reviewed it's helped diminish any pigmentation, I know how any pigmentation mark on my skin can become quite dark but I'm extremely surprised how light in appearance it's become even from when the spot was going down and started to scar. That started to sell me even more. Amelia Moss Rosehip Oil comes with a dropper which makes it easier to control. I used my dermaroller for my cheek & applied Rosehip Oil afterwards and if you've ever used a dermaroller you'll know the skin is healing & repairing itself and can get a little dry - Nope, not with this! Adding the rose water as a toner has been a welcomed addition, it's a relaxing but quite enhancing smell on the senses. Doesn't dry out the skin and any irritation it calms while helping remove bacteria & decreases inflammation. With a lot of the same properties as Rosehip oil I find it more gentler but effective than other toners. Other great uses, eye brightener, makeup remover, drops in the bath, use after shaving (male or female), add rose water in a travel spray bottle and refresh your makeup or skin throughout the day.

Have you tried Rosehip oil or Rose water before?

Purchase:Rosehip Oil £20, Rose water £12

Samples.

Amelia Moss Rosehip Oil

While waiting for a few Morphe sold out palettes, I decided to get these travel ones instead: 12NB Natural Beauty & 12S Soul of Summer. To see if I liked the texture & longevity.

Both of these are a 12 eyeshadow pan with a mixture of shimmer and matte shades. The packaging is matte black plastic, thin & lightweight making it easier to travel with. These palettes have talc, mineral oil and parabens within the ingredients, which are not the best ingredients. Puts me on the fence as I try to avoid paraben products when possible. If you don't mind for that kind of thing and want to try Morphe eyeshadows, see my opinion below.
The Soul of Summer palette, is a mixture of metallic & shimmer. They're buttery in texture. If you love shades like this & shimmer, you'll be satisfied, without a doubt it's one swipe finger pigmented. As pictured while doing the swatches it didn't need a primer for it to adhere too, of course a white base will no doubt make it even more pigmented. The shades are mostly earthy/warm toned shades with golds & bronzes, with a thrown in a pewter shade for variation. I find that there is some fallout, so ensure you tap the brush when patting these on and blend the edges. I probably didn't need this palette, most shades reminds me of another palette I've already got, cough* UD Naked?

A neutral & night palette, Morphe 12NB Natural Beauty Palette reminds me of a Veluxe finish with neutral shades to deep reds. The first 5 shades of the palette are light & I find a little chalky, they could be good transition / blendable colours but without a doubt these needed a white base for the colour to be noticeable. The other 7 are not as bad, they're darker in pigmentation. I find this palette is fluid as it's got the ability to transition from shade to shade, very complimentary for an everyday look. I use the warm brown - orange undertone 7th shade, 9th shade a matte milk chocolate brown & 10th is more a warm medium matte brown frequently.

They're beautiful to look at which goes without saying & I pull out these palettes frequently but I seem to only use a couple shades to pull the look together. The longevity is pretty good, they hold up throughout the day. As I mostly use these as a transition, crease or lower lash line, I can't say how they really work on the eyelid. The purchases wasn't a need and I'm sure I'll have the palette for quite awhile so I don't see a repurchase anytime soon.

Have you tried anything from Morphe before?

Purchase: Natural Beauty Palette & Soul Of Summer Palette £11.95 each.

Morphe 12NB Natural Beauty Palette & 12S Soul Of Summer Palette.