20 June 2018

An evening with Umberto Giannini


I have always tried to fight against my naturaly wavy, kinky locks by means of products or heat appliances. It’s only as I’ve got a little older that I’ve tried to work with my hairs natural texture and in turn actually come to realise it looks more me than when I try and squeeze the life out of my hair with straighteners. 



 When Umberto Giannini invited me to their event in Birmingham to celebrate their new Curls Are In range I absolutely jumped at the chance! It’s all about creating styles you’re proud of whilst working with the hair texture you already have. 

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 The evening was filled with laughter and talk of new products (with a few cocktails and nibbles thrown in!) I even got to take my best friend along which made it even more wonderful that I got to share the experience with her. 



It’s wonderful when you’re able to meet a fellow blogger who you’ve followed for some time and interact with them - Hi Jasmine, I’m talking about you girl! I met so many great people and we talked about our passions and ideas, it was such a creative space filled with love. I also met so many new bloggers and even people I will continue being friends with moving forwards, that’s what makes these evening so special so thank you UG for gifting us new connections and friends. 






 The highlight of the evening for me was definitely having my hair consultation, followed by a restyle with Umberto Giannini brand ambassador Anastasia Stylianou. She works her natural hair fantastically and used texturising products along with a curling barrel to create movement in my hair. 


My recommended picks from the evening have to be the beach care shampoo and conditioner, which contain coconut oil and shea butter to restore hairs moisture (they worked a treat on my dry bleached locks!) The mermaid hair volume mousse is a lightweight, almost whipped mousse that adds volume and texture to hair without leaving a crunchy residue - and it smells divine. Did I mention all the UG products are also vegan? What’s not to love! 
Find the range online here and in store at Boots 
  


23 May 2018

Lash & Line Love with Pixi Beauty


 This summer, my makeup vibe is all about my eyes teamed with a natural, glowing complexion. Think Meghan Markle.. She is my absolute makeup icon right now. Glowing complexion with a focus on the eyes. 

Pixi Beauty is top of my list when it comes to skincare and their makeup range is no exception. I was fortunate enough to receive some picks from their makeup collection including some beautiful eyeliners and lash products too. Here we go! 

 




Endless Silky Eye Pen in:

Rose Glow | £12 (a beautiful metallic rose gold shade)

Cobalt Blue| £12 (a vibrant, electric blue shade) 

Matte Mulberry | £12 (A deep brown shade with a slight burgundy undertone) 

Velvet Violet | £6 (A punchy purple shade) Find the collection here


Waterproof? CHECK. Silky? CHECK. Bold? CHECK.

 

These are simply the best eyeliner pencils I have ever used. In my experience, I find that a lot of eyeliner pencils really have the tendency to pull against my eyes and aggravate the sensitive area, particularly if I want to run it along my top lash line too. The application of these pencils is seamless and requires minimal effort. I glide them along the upper lash line and sometimes will smudge it out in the bottom lash line also for a more dramatic look. Matte Mulberry is most definitely my go to shade, it’s softer than black but still adds a subtle definition. Brown liner is a win for blonde girls! These liners also come available in22 different shades. 



Extra Eye Bright Liner | £12 | Find it here


This product is an absolute little life saver for those mornings where I am feeling particularly sleepy and dark around the eye area. It is an intensified version of their normal Eye Bright Liner to deliver an even brighter, whiter look to the eye. I simply run this in the lower rim of the eye and bring it down slightly in the inner corner for an instant awake look. This can also be used around the lips as a highlight to create the illusion of a fuller pout! 





Black Lacquer Lash Primer | £15 | & Large Lash Mascara in Black |£14 | Find them here


The last time I used a lash primer was possibly when I was back in school and it was white, leaving my lashes clumpy which at the time was the look. These days I prefer my lashes to look legthened but still quite natural. I was quite sceptical of the lash primer initially because of past experiences with the white clump creating primer. This primer is the complete opposite. Packed with vitamins A and C plus added panthenol which is great for conditioning lashes. The comb applicator really helps to define lashes and comb the product through, leaving a great base for mascara or a more natural look to wear alone.  

 The mascara features my favourite kind of brush – oversized and able to sweep through every lash creating a lengthened , lifted look to lashes that doesn’t look clumpy and doesn’t leave residue after being worn for hours. Both of these products are my everyday pairing and I honestly think they work perfectly together. When removing I don’t have to use a heavy duty eye makeup remove, a simple micellar water will do the job or a mild face wash. 




Eye Define Waterline | £12 |& Lash Line Ink | £12 Find them here


Eye define is a handy little retractable, waterproof liner which is smudge free but gentle upon application.  It’s literally a no brainer for your upper or lower lash line and createsa bold effect. 

 Lash Line Ink does exactly what it says on the tube.. lines those lashes with a perfect ink line that is ideal for teaming with a cat flick or even to hide fake lash lines (my preference!). It’s waterproof formula means it won’t move all day and night which is definitely my preference when I’m wearing a liquid liner. 


12 May 2018

Antipodes Skincare Review


Antipodes is a Green Beauty Brand that uses a highly innovative and scientific approach to its skincare. A brand that uses the highest quality ingredients sourced in New Zealand along with raw super-fruit extracts to ensure the very best formulations within their skincare. I was fortunate enough to receive a skincare regimen from Antipodes designed for drier skin types (I should add they do skincare for all skin types). 

 

About Antipodes:

 

·  Vegetarian Certified skincare 

·  Products that support production of collagen, elastin and antioxidants 

·  Sold in 13 countries 

·  Winners of multiple beauty and health industry awards for performance

 

 

Here are the products I received



Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £31 75ml | Find it here


There is nothing I enjoy more than applying a face mask after a relaxing, hot bath. This mask is thick in consistency but easily worked with and spreads easily across the skin. As my skin is most definitely on the drier end of the scale, Manila Honey is definitely something that works todeeply hydrate my complexion. After throughly cleansing, I applied a thick layer across my face and down my neck, before laying back and enjoying the scent of the mask. The vanilla pod really gives it a sweet scent combined with the zesty orange smell. I used this as my perilous was due and the Manuka Honey worked wonders clearing up my hormonal breakout on my chin (I get it without fail each month). 


To add to its wonderful-ness, it comes packaged in a recyclable aluminium tube and 100% biodegradable cardboard from sustainable forests.

 


Hosanna H20 Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum | £30 for 30ml | Find it here

Due to my drier skin type, it’s imperative I use a serum prior to a moisturiser or facial oil to ensure maximum skin hydration. Once my skin is cleansed and toned, I use the dropper to apply this to my fingers before I use a patting motion across my face and down my neck. The technique I use is a light slapping method – believe me it works. Upon first using the serum, the colour left me a little unsure. It is a similar colour to foundation and has quite a strong scent. The scent for me is pleasant, I can smell the Vinanza Grape and I think the mamaku black fern is what I can possibly smell most, as it’s a smell I’m not familiar with.  The grape extract helps protect and build skins resistance whilst the mamku black fern assists with cell renewal. After using this my skin feels noticeably plumper, and the fine lines near my mouth far less visible! I have experienced no reaction with this product either and it seems to agree with my sensitive skin type. 



Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream | £38 for 60ml| Find it here

Every evening before bed, the final step to my routine is to apply a heavy-duty face cream to ensure my skin is hydrating whilst I’m sleeping. As my final step, I like to apply this thick, luxurious cream to my face and down my neck. The formula does take some time to sink in to skin but not sticky and the results that follow are awesome. When I wake up he next morning my skin still feels soft and plumped. The smell is very fresh, with added ylang ylang and sandalwood it’s very pleasant. My skin doesn’t appear red after use like it can with some creams, infact it feels calm and simply nourishing. 
 I can see why this cream was The Green Beauty Bible Award winner! It’s by far the best night cream I have used and is similar to the Origina Avocado night mask. 

Next on my shopping list is the eye cream from Antipodes. We need to shout about this brand more, they give amazing results and their ethic is spot on. 
 


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