Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Battle of the beauty blenders - The Original Beauty Blender

This one was my very first blender, so it seemed like a good place to start.

First impressions
I don't really understand the price. It's the most expensive at £16! Yep, you heard me £16. A bit much for a little sponge right?

Generally, it did do a really good job of blending it all in smooth and streak free, unlike using a brush where you have to be careful with streaks. At first using a sponge is a little odd but wet it!! It makes the dapping a lot easier/better and then you won't lose product in the sponge. The Original Beauty Blender does go nice and squidgy when wet which is great for dabbing. For me did the job and I was impressed, not amazed but impressed because I wasn't expecting much in the first place.

My overall rating for this blender would be 7/10. I still use it, not as much but because it's a bit smaller, I use the pointy end for my concealer.

I wouldn't rush to the shops for this one and personally at this price I wouldn't buy it. (luckily mine was from a Birchbox) The price just doesn't justify it for me. It's good, but it's not £16 good.

Have you tried it? What did you think?


The other blender reviews will be up in the new few weeks so stay tuned for the low and middle end blenders next! I'll be posting them all here so keep your eyes peeled!

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Battle of the beauty blenders

Now I have a good variety of beauty blenders, I've been putting them through their paces to see which is best and worth the money or if there's no difference at all.

The contenders are.. 

The Original Beauty Blender - here
Real Techniques sponge
Wilkinson's blender

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Stay tuned for the reviews and verdict!


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Favourite fragrances

A keen lover of shaking things up in my perfume collection, I thought I'd share the perfumes I'm currently using and some that are on my list to try next.

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My scents tend to change from season to season and day to day. Currently, I've refound love for the good ol' JLO Glow scents, the Miami Glow (the gold one) reminds me soooo much of holidays. Then my sweet scents Benefits Maybe Baby, Britney's Fantasy and Fcuk Friction (for when I want a more musky scent) and surprisingly it's lasting forever.

Scents on my list to try next..
I've been looking at the new L´Occitane fragrance* range inspired by the South of France. They even have cute packaging. For me, particularly the fruity Cherry Blossom roll on has caught my eye. Although, they come in a spray/solid/roll on I think I'd prefer a roll on perfume to a normal spray one as I usually spray way too much, plus their smaller so easy peasy to pop in your handbag and perfect for work or even to travel with, no more perfume spills in your suitcase. They do a Rose scented one too! Who doesn't want to smell like roses, right?

Do you like to try new scents or stick to a particular fragrance? Or if you've tried any of the scents from the new L'Occitane range? Also have you tried a roll on rather than a spray? If so let me know if you prefer them.


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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Staying safe in the summer

The summer, I think has begun? The weather doesn't know what it wants to do from one day to the next. BUT when it's sunny it's sunny! So better stay safe.

I was a loyal Ambre Solaire buyer until my recent discovery.. So I thought I'd share what I found.

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What SPF really means
So, did you know the SPF rating (the 15/20/30 ect) on the front just protects you against the UVB rays (mainly being burnt).

What is UVA
The UVA rays which are just as harmful in terms of ageing, cancer ect.. are displayed (normally) on the back of the bottle in a circle with stars. The highest star rating is 5, with the best protection.

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The official speel
"UV irradiation in the form of UVA is associated with skin ageing. UVA affects the elastin in the skin and leads to wrinkles and sun-induced skin ageing (for example coarse wrinkles, leathery skin and brown pigmentation), as well as skin cancer. UVA can penetrate window glass and penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB. UVA protection in a sunscreen will help defend the skin against photo ageing and potentially skin cancer.

UVB is the form of UV irradiation most responsible for sunburn and has strong links to malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma risk (types of skin cancer). A sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor) will help block UVB rays and prevent the skin from burning, and by extension damage that can cause skin cancer."

^British Association of dermatologists

The Ambre Solaire I'd always used only had 3-4... out of 5 isn't bad but isn't great either.

The best one to use
Finding out the above, I went on the hunt! I've looked at a lot of big brands and didn't find any with 5 stars.. But did find the Aldi one has 5 (the highest protection). The cheapest in this case seems to be the best, surprisingly.

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It's also worth checking the expiry life on the sun cream you do have, most only last 12 months.. Which may seem a bit wasteful when you've only used a tiny amount of last years, but after 12 months the SPF and UVA protection wouldn't be the same.

Did you know about the UVA rating system? What do you normally use? Let me know how many stars it has! I'd love to know if any others have the full 5 stars.