Friday, 29 August 2014

Human + Kind Wash Off Facial Cleanser,

After months of using a rather stripping cleanser which kinda reminded me of Fairy Liquid (FYI, it was the Eucerin Purifying Cleanser*, and I recommend you steer clear of it), I was on the market for something a little more gentle.

I've been using the Human + Kind Wash Off Facial Cleanser* for the last few weeks... and it's been something of a welcome change for my poor complexion.

Human + Kind is a beauty range which uses natural ingredients, does not use animal-testing methods and is suitable for sensitive skins.

The Wash Off Facial Cleanser has a luxurious, creamy formula enriched with soothing aloe vera, cocoa seed butter, rosehip seed and marigold oils... all of which are wonderful for the skin.

Whilst the cleanser says it can take off makeup, I haven't really found that as I wear a fair bit. I think it's much better as an AM cleanser, with heavy duty makeup removal (waterproof mascara and the works) left to a good ol' balm.

The product has some rather chic packaging and comes with a deep-cleansing cloth... I have to be honest and say I wasn't too taken with this... instead, I massage a small amount of product into my wet skin, and remove it with a flannel, rather than the cloth supplied in the box. For gel cleanser addicts, it doesn't form the most satisfying of lathers, but I guess that's probably down to the stripped-back ingredients list... and to be frank, it doesn't need to lather, as it does its job perfectly well. When I use the cleanser first thing in the morning, it leaves my complexion feeling really clean, without feeling stripped (as most wash-off cleansers seem to do)... I actually think it leaves my skin looking soft, plump and nourished! I've found it really gentle but effective at healing breakouts (both old and active ones) without aggravating them.

It's been formulated to suit all skin types, and I can vouch for it working a treat for a combination skin type, like mine.

I love this company's ethos of using natural ingredients as far as possible... and being a very proud bunny mama, I'm really pleased to be using a quality product which hasn't been tested on any of my little ones' furry friends :-)

Human + Kind Wash Off Facial Cleanser is priced at £14.95, and available at Big Green Smile. 
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I'm Not One to Kiss and Tell...

... well, not normally anyway.

Cheeky have just launched their new Kiss and Tell Lip and Cheek Tints, and I'm sorta obsessed with them.

At the moment, there's 2 shades for you to have a play with: Bed of Roses (a bright rose pink), and Flare Play* which I've been testing out this week.

It might not look so tempting in the pan (hello scary bright red), but I pinky promise that it actually comes out as a gorgeous peachy-coral shade, and can be used on both the cheeks and the lips as I did, above... us girls just love a multi-tasker.

The product is housed in some pretty cool, kitsch packaging, and the tint itself is enriched with beeswax, Carnauba wax and Castor oil, all of which act to hydrate the skin and leave a healthy, dewy finish to the cheeks. The tint can be a little drying on the lips, but it's nothing a little lip balm lovin' can't solve.

You can apply this with your fingers, but I've taken to using the Real Techniques Stippling Brush with it, taking off excess product on the back of my hand before lightly stippling onto the cheeks. The product blends beautifully, and leaving a gorgeous, glowy finish. I've found some cream blushes to be seriously difficult to work with as soon as they're on the skin, but the tint doesn't set too quickly, leaving plenty of time to blend it out... or in my case, slap on even more.

The Tints aren't available online quite yet, but keep your wits about as they'll be going live soon... but if you're London-based, you can pick up them up at the Cheeky Parlour in Shoreditch....  I might just have to make a little trip to London to get my hands on the other shade.

Cheeky Kiss and Tell Lip and Cheek Tints are priced at £10.00 each, and will be available at very soon.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir.

The Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir* is a new release from John Frieda, and claims to tame even the frizziest of manes, making it up to 50% healthier and smoother, thanks to its key ingredient of Argan Oil. The product can be applied to wet or dry hair, and you're advised to use 1 pump through the lengths for the best results.

So onto my thoughts: well, the oil itself is great. One pump is certainly not enough on my long hair, so I've been using 2-3, and smoothing this through my wet tresses before moving onto blow-drying. It is quickly absorbed, and leaves my locks really soft and glossy. I personally find it too heavy to use on dry hair, and if you make the mistake of applying a little too much... well let's just say there's a pretty fine line between frizz-free and oily.

Whilst this product is undeniably lovely, I'm a big fan of cutting the chase and using a pure, natural oil on my thick hair rather than a product which is 'enriched' with one. But if your hair is too fine to take oils in their natural form, this John Frieda product is a gem.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir is priced at £9.99 and available at Boots.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Liners.

I picked up the Black and Nude Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Liners a couple of weeks ago... "waterproof" though? Questionable.

Whilst I can't deny the creamy, pigmented formula of these is pretty lovely, without a smidge of pulling or tugging during application, I've actually been pretty disappointed by these eyeliners... because in the waterline, they are certainly not waterproof, and I don't think they're particularly long-lasting.

I've tried applying the black liner in the upper waterline (this is called tightlining and is a great trick to create thicker looking lashes), then waiting a little while before applying the nude pencil in the lower one, but I've found that, without fail, the black liner transfers to my lower waterline in the space of a few blinks.

As an alternative for tightlining, the L'OrĂ©al Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza is actually waterproof and long-lasting, plus it dries quickly without a hint of transfer upon blinking... and as for the lower waterline? I rather like the colour of the Nude liner, and haven't seen  anything like it amongst other budget makeup ranges, so I'll continue to use it until I find a suitable (...and cheap) alternative... even if I do have to top it up every so often.  

Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Liners is priced at £3.99 and available at Boots.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger #2.

Ahhh... beauty bloggers.

We have you guys believe we are constantly glamorous, and always preened and primped to perfection... and it's all a big fat lie.

Maybe I'm not speaking for all of us here, but sometimes I think we lull you all into a false sense of security about how we live... because, truth be told, if you turned up at my house at 5PM on a Sunday afternoon, you would find it very hard to believe I write a beauty blog whilst I'm sprawled on the sofa in front of a DVD boxset, makeup-less, pyjama-clad and with Hob-Nob crumbs down my front.

Today, it's time to dispel the myths... I've already done a post like this before, but there are plenty more sins for me to confess, I assure you.

1. I pick my mascara off my eyelashes when I'm concentrating hard (e.g. during an exam)... it's pretty gross.

2. I'm a massive fan of the 'shower mani-pedi' - this is where I paint my finger and toenails rather carelessly, then leave daily bathing to take care of the bits of messy dried polish on the surrounding skin. If I'm reviewing a nail polish on the blog, I will do this, then take photos of my nails looking all spick and span so that you guys think I've done them perfectly... now you know that is not the case.

3. I only discovered blusher when I turned 20, and went without it for many years before that... funny, because now I wear too much of the stuff. It's a problem I've blogged about, but have no intention of changing, despite my Dad's frequent comment of, "Ambi, there is a lot of pink stuff on your cheeks." Nice.

4. I'm a big believer in letting your skin breathe whenever possible, along with being confident in your own bare skin, and I actually prefer not wearing makeup where I can get away with it... I posted a bit of a ramble about going makeup-free earlier this year if you fancy a read.

5. For every coiffed-to-perfection photo (like the one above), there are plenty of not so great ones...  case and point:

The perils of zhuzh-ing your hair whilst working against the camera's self-timer.

6. People often assume that because I write a beauty blog, I am great with hair and able to create lots of fancy 'dos... I'm actually rather useless with styling hair, and a fishtail braid is about as fancy as I get.

7. Whilst many beauty bloggers will write amazing posts about how they store their makeup, I live in shame about how I store mine; thrown haplessly into overflowing makeup bags, drawers and boxes... and no, I do not own a single piece of Muji storage.

8. The first thing I notice about another girl is her eyebrows.

9. "If nothing else has worked, smother it in coconut oil," seems to be how I solve most beauty issues these days.

10. I love that my hobby of beauty blogging is worlds apart from my University degree... believe me, it makes for some interesting reactions when I tell senior doctors what I do in my free time! 

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