First time I was introduced to the website Beauty Crowd was last year when I was sent the Yoso brand items which you can read here. I decided to do a little buy the other week as Beauty Crowd stock brands that we've seen consistently on American blogs and the prices were more than reasonable. It was like taking a trip into Boots.

I've wanted to try Milani for quite a while now and I decided to try their baked blush first, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, one of the most popular shades! To me this can be used as a highlighter as well as a blush, I think the finish is nicely reflective for that task as it contains very small specks of gold running through it.
Although with a light hand and sweep it could finish off on the cheeks if preferred. A gorgeous peach - coral tone with a slight pink undertone. I believe this is one of the most popular blushes due to the fact it can flatter a range of skin tones.

LA Girl first came to my attention with their concealers that the majority of people adore but their LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints have been compared to being dupes for the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, all these thick, highly pigmented palm sized lip products just remind me of a copy of the last company that's released one, Sleek MakeUP (pout paints), OCC (lip tars), these products to me are ideal for when you want to create a new and unique lip colour.

L.A Girl Says: Making their much anticipated debut, Glazed Lip Paints give the intensely pigmented appearance of a lipstick, with the ease and glossy finish of a lipgloss. Glazed collection includes 18 of the most sought-after, trendsetting colors this season while providing long lasting, hyper glossy, ultra rich color to lips. Extreme bright colors cool and nourish lips with vitamin E and peppermint oil.
I decided on these two colours Whimsical & Elude. Whimsical is an orchid shade with a blue undertone while Elude is a nude peach with a beigey undertone. When squeezed out I don't get any gushing or splatting out, it feels pretty controlled as the liquid pours out the tip. I apply these with a lip brush for best application. They don't feel sticky or heavy. They give a nice sheen which I would put down to the Vitamin E and the peppermint oil isn't overbearing nor heavy but present in the scent. Honestly if you already own other products like this from other brands these probably won't be such a wow factor and most likely be thrown in the drawer after a couple uses. If you're new to the lip paint's then these are perfect place to start if you're on a budget.

Freedom Pro is the new makeup collection from Adam Minto who is the creator behind Makeup Revolution another purse friendly and good produced brand. Launched in June 2015 I decided to grab a few bits. Some of my favourite budget lip products from last year have come from Makeup Revolution so I have the same hopes for Freedom Pro. Freedom Pro Melts in Melts Up,  Just Do It and Melts D-Ream. Out of the 3 the one that disappointed me the most was Just Do It. I wanted this shade terribly and for it to work but it didn't work out for me. It's an indigo The colour drags from sheer to a goop of blue. It doesn't spread as well as the other colours, leaving me to wonder, did I get a bad batch or is the blue just that damn bad? Even with the swatching I had to go over it a few times and really swipe around the tube to try grab a good amount of colour and build on it, it just doesn't grab to the sponge tip applicator. It's stickier than the other two..it's just a dud! D-Ream is described as a nude brown, it reminds me of an 90s brown. Melts Up is a medium toned pink, which is very wearable, both of these are creamy and apply well with one swipe, removing these I noticed they left a stain.

The last item is the Freedom Pro Correct Palette, I have another corrector palette which is more high end and I love it. Sometimes you can get lucky and find alternatives that don't cost as much and I'm hoping this might be one. There are 6 colours.
Freedom Pro says:
Yellow: Use to equalise blue undertones, sometimes found on the eyelid or under eye area.
Lilac: Use to add radiance to dull skin.
Green: Use to balance redness, mainly found around the nose or around blemishes.
Peach: This peachy shade is great at helping cancel out green tones.
Brown: Use to conceal blemishes on darker skin tones or as a contouring cream on lighter skin.
White: Use to brighten or to highlight key areas of your skin such as the top of your cheekbones.

I can't speak on it too much as I've not used it but I definitely will be doing so and giving it a separate review as I think this needs one. My initial impression on the palette is you get 6 grams worth of product, white isn't a colour I normally see in corrector palettes, the white can be used to brighten areas, brighten areas that have been concealed that's too dark and used to highlight as a reflector. The peach in this palette, it's very pink on appearance but I can't say much else until it's tried and tested!

Let me know your thoughts on the products, have you tried any of these brands or items?

Beauty Crowd Haul.

There was a new brand I was introduced to some months ago called  YOSO. They have a selected range of beauty products such as a 3 step deep cleansing system (will show at a later date), a compact cleansing device and the two products below that I'm going to review today.

YOSO Trim £17.99
I make no shame that facial hair is something I can take or leave it but I mostly take it away and this has become a quick and easy removal of facial hair whenever required. My friend has even got herself one, it's that necessary lol. Of course there's been no accidents, friction burns - no problems just hair free where-ever it needs to be done. Sometimes I do in-between and above my brows but mostly it's my upper lip. It's quick to whip out and remove hair without needing to go through the whole razor process. Great for the price and easy to keep clean, I make sure I clean it off after every use. This is something I highly recommend.
Included in the box is the trim pen and a hygiene brush (batteries not included).

YOSO Lash £15.99
Honestly!? This was very hit & miss for me. Only because I had to get a hang of them, coming from standard metal curlers there was an adjustment. It's got an indicator once it starts to warm up, the indicator is at the top of the comb a faint purple mark that turns pink, it's not a hot pink but you can certainly tell the difference in the colour. I just feel to see if it's become warm to use. I was a apprehensive about using it at first being that it is heated and eyes are delicate but it doesn't get so hot that you end up burning yourself. These heated curlers give you more of a natural looking curl than metal eyelash curlers that can give you that kinked lash look which to be honest sometimes I don't mind that look, my lashes last longer. These were something that I had to become adjusted too as the 3 points of the eyelashes - inner, centre and outer need separate attention. Once you get the hang of it within 20 seconds both your eyes are done and looking natural and alert. I'm not sure if I prefer these over my  metal curlers as of yet.
(batteries not included).

Let me know what you use for your lashes or for a quick trim?
Do these interest you?

YOSO Trim & YOSO Lash Curler.

I've trialled a few skin devices and today I'm going to start to add this at home Microdermabrasion Rejuvenate System from DermaTx. The Rejuvenate cream is designed for normal to sensitive skin types. I'm going to see how my skin looks within 2 weeks and then after a month using this twice a week after cleansing at night giving the skin a chance to heal during the night as my body rests.

What is Microdermabrasion?
It's the physically exfoliation of the top layer of the skin, giving us smoother and younger looking skin. Helping to smooth out wrinkles, shrink pores and to also get rid of pigmentation. The crystal in the cream buff away the top layer of the skin using the microdermabrasion sponge. DermaTx treatment creams contain the same professional grade corundum crystals that are used in clinics to perform this procedure. If you are wondering the difference between microdermabrasion and regular exfoliation is that the microdermabrasion uses smaller grains that are also stronger than your regular exfoliation.

Microdermabrasion Benefits
– Lactic acid accelerates skin cell turnover and stimulates collagen production
– Antioxidants encourage skin rejuvenation and provide anti-ageing benefits
– Polishes away dead skin cells to reveal healthy skin with a brighter and radiant glow
– Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and minimises pore size
– Improves skin tone and texture to reveal healthy looking skin

The DermaTx Microdermabrasion Rejuvenate System contains
DermaTx Microdermabrasion Rejuvenate Cream 75ml (3/4 month supply)
1 x electronic hand held device (requires 2 AA batteries)
1 x device holder
1 x cleansing brush head
1 x exfoliating foam/sponge head

DermaTx Microdermabrasion Rejuvenate Cream Ingredients
Alumina, Aqua (Water), Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-8, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Lactic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, BHT, Citric Acid, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Sodium Citrate, Maltodextrin, Beta Glucan, CI 77891.

Caution: Do not use on Rosacea, active acne, open sores, irritated skin or other dermatological skin conditions.

I'd love to know if you've tried an at home microdermabrasion or had it done professionally? If not is this something you'd consider?

DermaTx Microdermabrasion Rejuvenate System £59.00

DermaTx Microdermabrasion Rejuvenate System

After the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection, which was really just whatever! I decided to trust their original collection once again, which never fails and targets the one makeup craze that so many love - Contouring & highlighting. This 3 piece comprises of a sculpting brush, fan brush & a setting brush.
I contour and highlight using either creams or powders - sometimes both. I think these 3 brushes are brilliant for the task. 2 of the brushes are available separately yet in this set you get both and a set exclusive.

· Sculpting brush: features a wide, angled head specially designed to help create defined contours.
This brush is quite dense, it can pick up a lot of product due to this fact, the product just stays on the tip of the brush, if necessary tap off the excess. Then buff out the lines to soften it up. Remember dense applicator – dense application.
· Fan brush (set exclusive): softly sweeps on powders + whisks away any excess makeup for an even finish. I adore fan brushes, they are wispy enough to just brush onto the cheeks or cheek bones. This brush out of all my other fan brushes might be my most wispy as it fans out to the top, there's barely any hairs.
· Setting brush: the key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter. Another favourite that I couldn't do without. I use it to put my powder for my under eyes, down my nose and also for my highlighter. It's just the perfect size.

Have you got this sculpting set?

Real Techniques Collection Edition Sculpting Set £20.99

Real Techniques Sculpting Set

Soon to be Summer. If we're lucky the weather will get warmer and with that can bring humidity, for me that means leaving behind most powder formula and replacing those with creams.

Once upon a time, I was scared to wear blush, the thought of wearing blush intimidated me as I saw a lot of people wearing blushers in a manner that I didn't like so I stayed away until I realised, it can complete a nearly beat face. Now I love blush but I have quite a great deal of powder blush so I'm building up the cream blush section of my drawers.

Enter Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush. I don't have much of an opinion of Revlon as a brand but these were recommended and I believe these are a staple in the credible and talented make-up artist Lisa Eldridge's kit.

I only have 3 of the shades Pinched, Flushed (discontinued - I have back-ups) & Coral Reef. The other I would like to pick up is Charmed. They look very out there in the pots, like whoa! As you can see when swatched (each swatch has about 2 - 3 applications) it's sheer, as it goes downwards, the colour itself is pretty sheer so it's buildable.


Pinched light peach / apricot with slight shimmer. It is the lightest shade available. Even on the inside of my arm it was hard to show up, so probably good for those with fairer skin. Although you could use it as a base and go over with a powder blush to give it more of an intensity.
Flushed bright fuchsia great for all complexions especially darker skin tones you could get such a nice pop with this after building it. Yet it's good for all skin tones.
Coral Reef bright orangey coral. Definitely for those with a warmer complexion than a cooler one.

Cream blush can be more natural in the sense that it gives you more of sheen / glow and it becomes skin like. It's easier to use very little than too much at once. You can blend and build with these to get your desired pigmentation. Applying with fingers is great as the warmth of the fingers warms the blush and when it connects with the skin it melts in. I like to blend out edges with whatever I just applied my foundation with to get rid of the edges or this stipple brush from Crown. However you like to apply your cream blush is ideal, as it's your preference. I like to do it after my foundation then continue onto the rest of my face such as powdering. As I said before you could pair a cream blush with a powder blush for more longevity or intensity with the colour as the powder has something to adhere too. Cream blushes can also be used for glossy lids or as a lip stain, so you've got a multi-use product. I'm quite happy with these you can pick these up in Boots Revlon PhotoReady™ Cream Blush or for cheaper on eBay.

Are there any cream blush fans out there?

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Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush

I knew Sk:n did skincare but for some reason or another I just didn't really take it seriously, saying that I have previously used their SPF 50 and Aloe Vera Gel after having Laser Hair Removal treatment. When I was sent a collection of their skincare, this one I started to use immediately.

I've got two other spot treatments and one I love, love, love which is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but also this one will continuously get a repurchase. I was amazed at how well this worked. I don't suffer from acne but I get the odd hormonal spot here and there, this month I broke out a bit more than I have in a while but this spot lotion is always heaven sent.

It says to use it in the morning but I like to use it at night. Giving the skin a chance to heal during the night as I sleep, instead of in the day, where I'm staring at it every 5 minutes.

Washing my hands and making sure my hands are clean (which is a given any day) I will cleanse my skin, tone and before moisturising I will use this. I will either squeeze it onto the Q-tip and apply or just squeeze it directly onto the spot and gently dab it onto my troubled area. Making sure it's dry before moisturising.

This month I had a spot on my chin, it hadn't come all the way up yet, was red and under the skin. I applied this and the next morning it had got rid of the redness and the spot had formed a white head, I treated it in the morning as I wasn't going anywhere or wearing make-up. By the next day the white head had gone and the spot, gone but I continue to make sure the area is kept clean by applying aloe vera gel or honey.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), SD Alcohol 40-B, Glycolic Acid, Methyl Gluceth-10, Polyquaternium-37, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, BoswelliaSerrata Gum, Panthenol, Glycerin, Allantoin, GlycyrrhizaGlabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bisabolol, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oligopeptide-10, Lauryl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol

It does cost nearly £16 for 15ml but if you don't get spots that often, it'll last you. It's small and discreet so you can keep it on you during the day or travel with it. If it works the money isn't an object, well if you've got it.

Sk:n Intense Spot Lotion £15.75 15ml

Sk:n Intense Spot Lotion.

For the last couple of weeks I've been using a couple new items when it comes to post-shaving the pubic area. It's one area that I'm forever having to work on, it's neck breaking and a cirque du soleil act, besides the rules we already know, such as use a brand new razor, the more blades the better (I tend to lean towards men razors for that), unscented shaving foam to eliminate irritation there's a few other things that can be done.

Scouring the internet I found a hair softener, if you ever find the hair when it grows back is a little coarse which prevents you from shaving as quickly as you'd like. Using the Soften Her exfoliating disc daily really does help to keep the hair soft and I've had less growth irritation and ingrown hairs since I've started to use it. The discs are hypoallergenic, reusable and disposable. I'm still using the first pad (you get 3 in a pack) it's still got a good amount of use in it. Reminds me of a more gentle grade sandpaper, yeah sounds crazy but it works. Used once a day, be gentle with it and use it in counter clockwise and clockwise motions and continue to move it along the skin don't use it on the same spot for too long.
ETA : The Soften Her discs can be used on your arms and legs also.

The Inhibitif Hair-Free Intimate Care* is a gel that helps the appearance of hair to slowly grow back. You only need a small amount of the intimate area of your bikini area and allow to dry before putting on your clothes. You only need to use it once a day so whenever you feel comfortable. I tend to do it nightly as that's when them pesky hairs decide to want to grow quickly like I didn't spend an hour removing it. Within 8 weeks you should see a difference, within a couple weeks or so I've already started to notice that it's possibly working for me. Let's see afterward the couple of months or more so when the tube is finished.

Have you tried either product?


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

Soften Her, Bikini Line?