With people a little worried about the new changes that will occur on March 11th that revolve around the news of the EU ending the sales of cosmetics that are tested on animals. MAC Cosmetics only test on animals where it is required by law, within the UK it's banned but of course we know that in China that's not the case. We can rest assure that our products aren't tested on animals on a whole it's still a company who believe in animal testing, for some that can be a full strike out, for others it's a bly as it's not tested here.

Any company who has the wording along the lines of..

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.

It's only when a country has animal testing requirements. Guess there's the loophole? For me it leaves me on the fence, more on the side of, not bothering to buy from them. Is it okay to buy from a company that believes in animal testing as long as in your country it's not tested?

Ohh my head & heart. Do you compromise your beliefs or stay head strong?

When required by law..

BirchBox £10.00 + £2.95 p&p* 

Since September when JolieBox joined forces with BirchBox this month was the first time they decided to take the next step and become BirchBox UK. The New York based company was founded by Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna to help women discover beauty products, first launched in September 2010 it now has 300,000 customers worldwide. I never was a JolieBox subscriber so the vibe of JolieBox skipped past me and now with it being BirchBox it's a new vibe completely.

You can view a range of brands that BirchBox will be working with to give you products you may love or hate, without spending the full price before hand. So what was my first impressions of BirchBox?
This was my box contents, I loved my box. Seriously, everything was new and fresh to me! Well besides water spray lol but it was still a fabulous box in my opinion. Here's a run down:

Beauty Extra : Eyelash Curler, these BirchBox inscribed curlers were a nice touch, can never have enough curlers. I still have my first curlers that work fine, the rubber still yet to break 3 years down the line. I will probably put these in my emergency / out & about kit.

Korres Guava Shower Gel : *inhales deeply* sweet smelling, refreshing and soothing in one *exhales*. This contains wheat proteins and aloe vera, great benefits for the skin. It's free of parabens, mineral oil, silicones, synthetic dye and there's no animal ingredients - free of animal testing!!  but it does contain Sodium laureth sulfate, ugh my hate.
Full size 250ml from £7.50

Nick Chavez Plump N' Thick Leave-In Thickening Mist : Not used this yet, my hair is in need of a wash though *itches scalp* This is meant to give you visible volume (eat your heart out 60s Bridget Bardot's hair) I think I will try this in my next blow out to see if I can get some volume and bounce! - Stay tuned.
Full Size £13.90

Vichy Thermal Spa Water (limited edition) : First off, what a purdy bottle. It certainly beats my other water bottles. How can I describe this besides yess it's spa water, that's enriched with 15 minerals, you can use this multi-purpose product as a toner, set your make-up or just if you face needs a bit of freshening up, spritz yourself cool.
Full Size £7

Gerda Spillman Bio Fond Cream Foundation : Even in the container, you can tell this is a nice creamy foundation, not sure if this shade will be mine but time will tell, when I bite the bullet and look fab or drab. It's blurb says it offers great coverage and sets to a powder finish. Apparently used on movie sets, hello Hollywood, or Elstree studios.
Full Size £20

EBOOST Natural Energy Booster : Simply mix with cold water and drink. It's a natural, rich in nutrients  no crash tonic, good for those needing a boost during a loooong day. Maybe I should of drank this, this week - crashed and burned every night so far this week.
20 sachets for £20.99

There's something for everyone in this box, makeup, skincare, hair even those who like energy boosting drinks. Not a bad box at all.

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

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Skin Chemists - Venom Mask £115*
Whenever you hear venom, you straight away think, poisonous, dangerous and omg, how can anyone use that on themselves. These venom products contain absolutely no venom from a snake. Of course using real venom would do more harm than good. The anti-wrinkle effects are not a permanent effect, so the venom product would need to be used often for the results you desire. As the skin starts to age it can start to lose it's plumpness and of course the dreaded lines on the face.

If It's Not True Snake Venom, What Is It & What Does It Do?
It's key ingredient is the synthetic protein fragment (Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate) also known as 'Syn-ake'. Syn-ake mimics the peptide from the Malaysian Temple Viper. Syn-ake acts in a similar manner to a peptide in snake venom which causes respiratory paralysis and death in mice, on our skin it supposedly blocks some receptor and keeps muscles relaxed. This is supposed to smooth out your wrinkles.

The benefits of Venom (Syn-ake):
  • Helps to smooth wrinkles and fine lines
  • Delivers intense moisturisation into the skin 
  • Give more volume and fullness to the face 
  • Protects the skin cell structure 
I was sent a few pieces from the Skin Chemists range and I'm going to start with the Venom Mask. Retail price is a bit steep at £115 it is a luxury item for some of us. This masks has a light perfume scent, not overbearing, a little sweet. The colour of this is a white more pearlescent appearance, texture is solid.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethiconol, Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsequioxane, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Polyquaternium-55, Trideceth-6, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum, PVP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Biosaccharide Gum-4

What Do Some Of The Ingredients Do? 
Ethylhexylglycerin is considered a safe ingredient and also used as a replacement for the ever controversial parabens but it can cause irritation to the skin. Skin Chemists do suggest that with this product and do have sensitive skin, they urge you to do a skin test 24 hours before behind the ear.
Sodium Hyaluronate helps to absorb and store moisture within the skin. Cyclopentasiloxane is the ingredient that helps to fill in wrinkles. It binds other ingredients together, providing a silky shiny appearance to the skin while helping to retain water but letting your skin breathe. Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsequioxane gives the skin a velvety after feel to the skin.

So let's do a little before and after picture session - completely bare faced moi, so you can see the full effect.
Picture Proof?

Application, Process & After Thought
You start with clean, dry skin begin to apply avoiding your eye area and leave on until dry. Wash off well with warm water.
I find it dries within 6-8 minutes tops, as it dries there's no tightening effect or a drying feeling. With those benefits it was a comfortable experience and I have even forgotten it's even on my face.

My skin looked a little brighter. The fact that it does seem to brighten my face and there are ingredients that do help fill in any fine lines / wrinkles that might appear is properly a positive.  I don't have any wrinkles so I cannot comment on the wrinkle, fine lines effect in the few weeks, I've used it.

So this is the product that has been reportedly liked and intrigued celebrities such as Tulisa, Amy Childs and one half of the Dolce & Gabbana duo Stefano Gabbana and could also be yours.

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Skin Chemists Venom Mask

Sleek Aqua Collection £7.99 & £4.49
The first palette of 2013 from Sleek, hot off the heels of the Sparkle 2 palette at Christmas and the edition of felt tip eyeliners and addition of more lipstick shades, we now have the Aqua collection. Ready for Srping, Sleek are releasing the Lagoon i-Divine palette, Mirrored Pink Blush and Deep Waves Nail Set. The inspiration is of course the sea, mermaids, tropical and mythical beings.

Mirrored Pink Blush, this shimmery but silky fine pink that is aimed to suit all skin tones. I think it would be so beautiful on a golden look, oh I'm seeing it all in my mind. Highly pigmented as always and will give a lustrous shine to skin. Onto the swatches.

Top Row : Sassea, Deep Water, Reflection, Emerald, Oyster
Middle Row : Black Pearl, Pink Jewel, Sand Dollar, Underworld, Sea Shell
Bottom Row : Night Sky, Ariel & Mirrored Pink Blush

There's some nice high shine, shimmery colours. Black Pearl is a smokey pearlescent finish, so it's not pure black. Even the matte coral named ARIEL! My favourite, got my favourite Disney character. Sand Dollar a shimmery shell shade, Emerald sea green and Sassea is a beautiful aquatic blue.

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Sleek Aqua Collection


Today I have something a little different, well I say a little different as this is a blog of everything goes. I was honoured to be selected by InStyle as one of their blog elites *beams*. We was asked to recreate one of their videos with our own twist. You can watch the original Instyle video below. This task, recreate a braided updo.

My hair is at an awkward length right now for up-dos but fear not, ye ol' stubborn mule here found one that works for shoulder length hair.

Reverse French Braid, Ballerina Bun

It's effortless from the front, turn around and it's gone from effortless to oh wow! Now let me tell you, this was a first time try and by God, it wasn't easy but I have this thing where I won't quit until something is broken, aching, tears have flow or blood has been drawn.

What you'll need
Bobby Pins
Hair bands
Hair spray
Hair Donut (optional)
Extra hair (optional)

Some suggest to do this on second or third day hair, mine was second day hair.

What I did
I parted across where I wanted the French braid to start and end. This way I didn't continue to gather hair and keep going. Tie the front part of your hair where your bun will be to keep it out the way.

You can only do this with your head forward, FLIP IT FORWARD! Say hello to head rush, arm and shoulder workout.

Starting at the nape of your neck, section three hair strands with your fingers.

Begin a French braid, instead of overlapping pieces on top, they pass underneath.

With each section you do, make sure you keep an consistent and even tension, don't do the next section until you are 100% sure. You want the braid to look consistent and secure.

Once you've reached the desired peak, I continued to braid the rest of the hair until the end and tied it.

Take out the front piece now taking my ghd dressing brush, I began to smooth out the front part of the hair, smoothing it backwards, I take a hair band once happy and tie the plait and front piece together on the top of my head.

Now take out the plait. If you are not using additional hair, continue to do your bun, how you chose.

I am adding hair to get a bigger bun.

& there you have it. You can even braid the bun, try a fishtail braid - mix and match braids :)

Now here's your chance to be involved with #instyleyourway

You can do your own braided up-do of choice, this could be anything you choose!! Tweet this picture to @instyle_uk with the hashtag #instyleyourway and I will pick my own winner, the braided updo I love the best, wins a fantastic InStyle Best Beauty Buys goodie bag, this includes some products from their hall of fame, Moroccan Oil, L'Oreal to Dermalogica Skincare and Barry M nail polishes!!

I've created a pinboard on Pinterest for any of you looking for some inspiration, check out the '#instyleyourway braid updo' board

So what are you waiting for, get braiding, tweeting and sharing.

Good Luck :)

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Glossybox Valentines Day Box* £10.00 + p&p

I've quite liked the last few Glossyboxes, unfortunately and bad blogger me, didn't share them due to my sporadic blogging. There were more products that I hadn't used yet compared to those I have and got in boxes already. So I had high hopes for this Valentine's box

Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream £25 for 50ml full sized product in box
This is a French brand created in 1947 that specialises on nature and keeping clear of harsh chemicals and additives. Giving even sensitive skin types a chance to feel good. With Raspberries being rich in water, glucides and minerals it's said to be good to make your skin feel soft and hydrated.
Ingredients: Raspberry, Watercress and Imperata Cylindrica Rhizome extract, Derivated from sugar, Hydrating Agents.

Helen É Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Coral £8 for 3.5g full sized product in box
This lipstick is a delicate more wearable everyday colour. Very moisturising and nicely pigmented. This would be a company I'd be more interested in trying more of. There's 21 colours in the collection, varied from neutral to vibrant, creamy to pearl.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat The Blues in Pearl Pink £5.50 for 12ml full sized product in box
I didn't like the brush that's included with this tint, reminds me of a stiff brush that's had any kind of paint inside that's dried in the middle but the outer brushes are not affected. I found the product itself a little drying on the skin the colour can be built upon. Gives a nice dewy, glow.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclome- Thicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzophenone-3, Polyacryalmide, C13-14 Isoparafin, Laureth-7, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta [+/- Ci 77491, Ci 77891, Alumina, Mica] Or Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Peg-8, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylparaben, Methyl- Paraben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Car-Bomer, Cetyl Alcohol [+/- Mica, Silica, Ci 77891, Ci 77491, Ci 16035, Ci 19140]

Narciso Rodriguez for Her L'Eau £23 for 30ml; £46 for 50ml; £66 for 100ml sample
This was included in a box already, it's a very feminine smell but would of rathered a different scent.

Micabella Cosmetics - Mineral Blush Powder £34.95 for 9g sample
Mineral blush, I don't use mineral blush as much but I'm quite liking the shade of this, would be great once the sun appears for a sunkissed look
Ingredients: Mica, Sericite, Black Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide

Are you interested in this months Glossybox?

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Here's a few more pieces from Sothys, who are a Paris based company since 1964. Sothys do not test on animals. That's right, animal cruelty free!! The two products that I have are a gloss and an eyeliner, both of which surprised me.

Sothys Gloss has to be one of the most pigmented and non sticky glosses I've come across as of late. This Radiance Gloss is available in two new shades, Glossy Prune and Bordeaux Light*, Bordeaux Light is the colour I have and used above. All this is packed in a 7.5ml bottle, it has a foam-tipped applicator.

Active Ingredients : Anti-Ageing and Anti-Pollution derived from Vitamin E, setting polymer and allantoin.

Ultra Glossy, non sticky and transparent colour that allows the colour to shine through.

Longevity after Application
This lasted on my lips roughly an hour and half before having to reapply. I had to apply it more on the centre of my lips than the outline.

Overall Thoughts
I actually really like this gloss, what I think makes me like it so much is due to the fact it's non sticky! That's important. Also the Vitamin E benefits gives me the comfort in knowing it's moisturising my lips and of course how pigmented it is.

Graphic Kohl Liner, shade noir. Of course keeping it timeless with the colour. It's the only colour available. 1.36grams it's a long black and a gold cap that fits in with the Sothys colour scheme. The actual product itself is so soft! Omg, very soft and smooth application giving a matte finish but a velvety feel.

Active Ingredients : Jojoba oil - this is what gives its soft touch but how cool is that to have that within the eyeliner, jojoba oils properties I live by. Micronized powders allow it to smooth onto the skin easily.

Longevity after Application
I used it on the inner rim of my upper eye and inbetween my lashes and liquid liner. Sometimes when I do this with other liners, my eye gets itchy, like the pencil and liquid disagree but this was soft, glides on and doesn't irritate me. I haven't used it on my waterline so I couldn't say how long it lasts on there.

Overall Thoughts
Jojoba oil, soft, easy to use and doesn't irritate me. I would say that I'm not sure if I would pay £16 for one if I'm honest. Although I don't personally get through all my make-up as it's not in everyday use I'm on the fence price wise.

The gloss shade is so rich and beautiful, that I didn't want to play anything down. I wanted something a tad dramatic but my lips and eyebrows to stand out.

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

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Ambi Fade Cream 

About Ambi Skincare Fade Cream
Effectively and safely fades unwanted dark marks without changing your natural skin tone. They say when used as directed results can be seen within as little as 2 WEEKS! Once you the normal skin tone has been restored you can discontinue use. They come in two different skin types, normal and oily.

Active : Hydroquinone 2% (skin bleaching agent)
Octinoxate 2% (sunscreen)
Inactive : Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Betaine, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Metabisulfite, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, PEG-16 Soy Sterol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein

The Dangers of the Ingredient Hydroquinone
While doing my research on the active ingredients, I came across some articles on Hydroquinone. The percentage of 2% is the over the counter dosage available without a prescription. Some dermatologist prescribe Hydroquinone. I also read that it's cytotoxic (meaning it attacks cells)research has shown that this agent has potential cancer-causing, DNA-altering properties Dermalogica once used this ingredient in a product in the early 90s but since 1994 stopped using it. Hydroquinone is actually banned within the United Kingdom and EU, this is still on the market in the US as it's not currently illegal.

One third of the population is allergic to the product. This is a highly controversial ingredient.

Hydroquinone is said to prevent the production of melanin which gives the skin it's colour, it's vital that melanin protects the skin from UV radiation but by preventing this the skin will then over compensate producing the melanin causing a darker patchier appearance.

Here are some of the potential harmful effects :
  • It damages the elastin strands in skin causes premature aging and weakening of the skin
  • It can cause neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system
  • It can damage your liver
  • It increases the risk of the development of skin cancer from UV radiation

Does it work?
Yes it does work, it's helped to lighten up some of my dark spots but I actually stopped using it once I noticed the skin at the top of my nose was starting to shed, remember when you would use an eraser and you had all the left overs that shedded, that was that. Stripping away layers of skin.
These pictures were taken 16 days apart. From the start until present :

While I haven't found anything that has been written in gold to these claims it's still scary and even though it's being debated, is it worth the risk for a few imperfections? I don't think so and have discontinued the use.

This is a Johnson & Johnson product, J&J are not cruelty free, dare I say more. 

Ambi Skincare Fade Cream

Broadway Nails ImPRESS "Over The Moon" £8.99*

Before Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady GaGa, WAH & more were making false nails 'the thing to have' the only time I'd know of someone having press ons, they were on your girls with the bad attitude ready to finger snap you to death.
Of course having that desire to being any of those, I toyed with press ons from in high school, I use to bite my nails, yucky, yes but oh well. Does anyone remember nail piercing? What was the deal there, seriously.

Applying your own nails involved that tacky glue, forever was I prying my fingers apart. Once I had left high school I went to get them done professionally, Nathan my effeminate nail technician the process started, making sure the nails were clean of anything, filing, applying tips, filling them in, blah blah blah.

What always put me off, of press ons, something attached to my nails using a sticker, yeah cos as rough and busy bodied as I can get, those nails will not withstand an hour.

imPRESS have 36 designs to chose from, with easy application.

How to prep
Remove anything you have on your nails using a nail polish remover
Using the nail prep that is supplied with your imPRESS, rub across your nails
Before application, find the correct size for each of your fingers, put them in order so you can make the application more precise and faster. - this also helps with the longevity of keeping them on as the press ons have had full contact with your natural nail.

How to apply
Each nail has a tab, this is the end for your cuticles.
Peel off the strip and press down from center and then the sides to make sure it's adhered to your nail bed.

This is meant to give you 7 days wear. I got 5 before they started to loosen and drop off. I would wear these again being that they are easy and quick but right now I'm more interested in growing and strengthening my own.

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*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

imPRESS Nails - Over the Moon

I Care About You BUT I Care About Myself More! 

This is the month of love, doesn't matter if you are single, it's still a time for you and your other single girls to get together and do something. Don't fall into that thinking that it's only a couples day. Case in point, I've been in two relationships where the guy didn't believe in Valentines day, therefore, just another day for me with a boyfriend.

While on Twitter this morning I saw Jamie London Boy tweeting about cheaters. I had to put my two cents in ( I sent another tweet saying, I was 12 before he replied ) : -

My very first boyfriend Daniel was a childhood best friend of my now best friend Darrel and I thought Daniel was the best looking boy since I discovered a kaleidoscope. As 12 year old's do, their friends go ask the boy, would you go out with so//so this was no different. He took me to the Youth Club Valentines Day dance ... well we walked together got their and dispersed into our cliques.

The following Monday was Valentines day, what day? To me that meant nothing and Naomi ( girl in my class ) knew that and had made me a card for him using those airbrush design kits and that was my gift to him, his to me was a card, box of roses and quality street. Sweet and it seemed he was excited for Valentines.

During break his friends told me, he had cheated on me down the park with another girl, so what do I do? March into the cafeteria and break up with him in front of a room load of people. Drama queen yes, did he deserve it, hell yes. In Spanish I gave the chocolates to the class and when I returned home, burnt his card because throwing it away wasn't good enough. *cues Usher, Burn*

He cried, had his friend call me to take him back. Had my friends call me to try change my mind but even then, I didn't want to get into this pattern of taking back a cheater. 12 years old, young and it's not serious but to me, I am serious and didn't feel I deserved someone like that. His cheating actions were mature, what he did whilst cheating was beyond a 12 year olds mind.

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ghd air £99.99*

Since November when I got my hair cut and styled, I've not used heat on my hair. That's a long time for me, adjusting to life with curls is a new lesson, so much has changed since the days of me just combing baby love into my hair and going. One thing I've had to learn is trying to get my hair to remember it's natural state, keeping it curly as much as possible begins right after it's been washed.  So curly girls this is aimed at you but can be for any of you ladies who are interested :)

Heat on the hair when used correctly and sparsely isn't as terrible as everyday use. GHD Air is the latest weapon in my hair appliance arsenal so in the last few weeks I've tried this out wanting to see the condition of my hair after use. I have a hairdryer that hasn't got so much use but it includes a diffuser and similar features, I really wanted to know would I achieve curls without a diffuser?

ghd air is a 2,100w motor hairdryer, exactly the same as the one I currently have. ghd says that the body style of the dryer allows us to cut the time spent on our hair. The advanced ionic technology locks in moisture, allowing shiner, soft and less frizzing. There's two nozzles included 65mm for precision drying, I would recommend this for blow outs and 85mm for larger sections, this is the one I use for an all over drying session. This has a 3m cable, very long which is handy, I may have plug sockets coming out of my ears in my bedroom but I like to move around a lot while drying it. 2 speed settings, medium and max, three heat settings, cold air, medium heat and maximum heat and we cannot forget the cool shot button. I was a little disappointed to find out there isn't even a ghd diffuser but I do remember reading they were coming out with a attachment that allows you to attach your diffuser, I do hope this is something that will come out soon. For faster styling it can be used without the nozzles too.

Ease of Use
Have you ever used a hairdryer that's slightly heavier than your last and you feel like you've had a workout? This wasn't one for me, maybe my workouts are helping but there wasn't a struggle. There was no accidental button switching occurring while I was holding it but changing the speed or heat while holding it is easy.

Hair Condition
Most important part to me. I put my products in while the hair is damp as I don't like to dry my hair without products in, I put in a anti-frizz serum from the mid length to ends and my curl enhancing cream. I don't overload my hair with products before drying just enough that the hair isn't dry. If anything needs adding afterwards I have more chances of doing that. I even got others to feel my hair after drying and the responses were the same it is soft. Hair kept lightweight and didn't feel dried out which can happen even when I put products in. Maybe the ionic technology locked in the moisture instead of losing it. I do need to put more moisturiser in my hair the next morning though. Once it's dry, I apply more to the top to prevent any halo as you can see in the last picture, this is before the coconut oil is applied.

Overall Thoughts
This does get very hot. Hence the warning sign on the nozzle, good move. Always leave it to cool off before attempting to remove, I accidentally touch it and ouch ow, wow! It's expensive at £100 for a hairdryer, I guess you are paying for what you get. I do enjoy that I can use heat without feeling that my hair is dried out, it's not an every wash routine to use this as I don't want to expose my hair to, too much heat. I do find the front of my hair is a little bit more harder to get curlier and they do say, don't touch your curls while drying as this promotes frizz so ghd PLEASE, hurry with this diffuser attachment as it would be ideal.

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review by ghd. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

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Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make Up Compact £24.99*

Never being 100% fond of mineral make-up, tried it once and meh. I'm not sure what it is about mineral make-up that doesn't jump out at me but I'm always interested to try. Having never tried Pür Minerals I was very intrigued by how it would hold up. Pür Minerals have some bold claims on what this pressed mineral compact can do. I've hardly worn make-up since last year, feels so foreign on my face now but I've been wearing this for over a week just trying to get a feel for the product on my face, the brush.
  • Smoothes away wrinkles and the appearance of lines
  • Balances uneven skin tone
  • Plumps, lifts and firms the skin's appearance 
  • Clinically proven to correct, prevent and interrupt your skin concerns 
  • SPF 15
Golden Medium. The colouring is a little lighter than I would of desired but this is always the gamble with a brand never used before and everything is done online. I have trouble with shades regardless, I'm a combination of colours. When I first applied it, it did look more like there was a film over my face due to it being a bit lighter but once buffered in, wasn't as bad but still light. I might get away with it in the colder months.

This came with a chisel brush, it's very dense. With any powder usage I find that most times the brushes take more of the powder than what ends up on your face. The brush isn't the softest but it does help to mill the pressed powder down into a loose powder, making the application a lot more easier. Using circular motions evenly blend it over your face. I wouldn't make it a favourite brush it's very firm and I have to remind myself that I'm not trying to exfoliate my skin with it.

Product & Application
With the SPF 15 this prevents sunburn, while the ingredients are there to help your skin rather than cause outbreaks. Since using it, I've not experienced any break-outs. My skin lately has done a reverse where I've been quite oily and very dry, it's now the other way round, on the dry parts it does need a bit more buffering as you don't want any powder sticking. This is a no mess mineral powder. The first time I really tried mineral make-up was from ELF and it was a loose powder came in a sifter jar. Messy and more product on my brush and clothes even after a tap. Didn't like how my face look coated, 4 years later I'm thinking pressed powder, ok. The brush is designed to mill the product down into a powder, so I'm thinking here we go, mess. Well no, no mess, brush to face, and no need for a bib.

Handbag friendly, a solid, hard casing that closes well. Doesn't take up much room and there is no fret of anything of course spilling or breaking, once this is closed, it's closed.

Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Boron Nitride, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Silicate, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mannitol, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Dextrin, Ferulic Acid, L-Lactic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Silica, Thioctic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Ceramide 6 II, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Vitis Vinifera/Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Maltodextrin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Skin, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, L-Glutathione, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrated Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aqua, Glucosamine HCI, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Magnesium Carbonate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarine (CI 77007)

Who Is It Good For?
Mineral make-up is good for those who aren't fans of liquid or prefer lighter application on a daily basis. This is very light-weight and for someone who has dedicated their entire make-up life with liquid it's an adjustment. I'm still not 100% sold on minerals if honest. They suggest a re-application of every 2 hours. For those who lives vegan products, paraben free and gluten free products, this is your love.

I think if I got the colour more correct I'd find this a good product for first time mineral make-up users or even dedicated ones.

Did I fail to mention, this is cruelty free!!! Yippee!!

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*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make Up