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. 
 


6 May 2018

Festival Vibes with George at Asda


During the summer months, I love a complete switch up of my wardrobe and makeup look. Everybody loves a good festival (I mean, unless you’re me and you cry if you’re stuck in a tent, in a muddy field) and even more the style that festivals bring. Every year, I see people looking absolutely INSANE at Coachella and it gives me so much inspiration to create looks. 

 On Monday 7th May George at Asda release their new Mexicana range and everything looks so perfect for summer and festival season! 
 I was kindly sent this embroidered tassel blouse from the range (complete with cute pom-poms!) and so into it. Teamed with a pair of denim cut offs and a cool fedora hat, this is a simple but cool outfit. It’s such a relaxed fit and the material fits losely across my body. I opted for a size 12 as it’s a little oversized. Tucked into shorts or even used as a beach coverup, I think it’s a key piece for my summer wardrobe. 
 Find it here for only £20

 
George at Asda not only stock some awesome clothing but they also have a makeup range (I had no idea!). I was lucky enough to receive a few pieces from there range including eyeshadow, loose pigment, liquid lip, highlight and baked blusher. 








 My makeup look below was created using all five of the products above. I used the blue shadow to smoke on my lower lash line, but found it worked best when I wet my brush beforehand to deliver a brighter pop of colour. Possibly my favourite product of the entire collection is the highlight stick as it delivers a swipe of sheen as opposed to glitter. A swipe along the top of cheekbones and down the centre of my nose works so well to catch the light. The pigment could be used as a highlight also as it’s a super pretty rose gold shade but my preference was again using a wet brush and packing it across my lid. It really complimented the blue shade well. The metallic lip was actually surprisingly comfortable to wear and didn’t dry my lips out. The final touch was the baked blush that just added a rosy glow to my cheeks! 
 Note: I added the face tattoos and gems I had from a sheet last summer and you can pick them up in Primark or Claire’s. 




I hope you enjoyed my post and don’t forget to check out the Mexicana collection here


26 April 2018

Rimmel Sunshimmer Tan Review


I definitely am a lover of tan, anything that is going to minimise the risk of damaging my skin but leave me looking sunkissed gets a thumbs up from me. There have been numerous types of tan I have tried from mousse to oil and there aren’t many formulas I haven’t tried. What can I say – I forever want to look like I have spent two weeks in Bora Bora!

 

Rimmel London Sun Shimmer range is the most recent tan to make it into my extensive collection and I was lucky enough to receive three of their tan formulas.




Sunshimmer Lotion With Chia Oil Medium/Dark | RRP £8.99| Find it here


I am definitely confident with using tanning mousse as that is usually my go to formula. So I was quite intrigued to use the lotion and did initially think I was going to make a right old mess with it. Alas, I squirted a dollop onto my tanning mitt and got to work using circular motions against my skin. 

 Now this formula looks scary, it’s thick and dark. As I worked it into my skin I noticed how hydrating it felt (that will be the chia oil!). 

 My only gripe is the instructions aren’t completely clear. It doesn’t explain whether you can wear this overnight or when it needs to be washed off on the back of the bottle. From what I’ve tried and tested this is a gradual tanning lotion and I applied it twice a week. It left my skin soft and quite naturally golden (I had so many compliments from people in the office!). 


Below is an image before and after the mousse when applied the night before and showered off the next morning 


Rimmel Sunshimmer Self Tan Mousse Dark 150ml | RRP £7.99 | Find it here


As my go-too formula, I definitely find mousse easy to work with. Pump out onto a mitt and you’re good to go. However I did think the lotion was actually more moisturising for my dry skin. 

 

 I like that there is a guideline colour to work with and I can get a good idea of where to apply the product. The smell isn’t offensive and was actually quite pleasant. The tan was applied before bed and as normal I wear long sleeved thin, cotton pyjamas to ensure minimal stained sheets. The next morning I showered and was left with a beautiful colour with no streaks. Nobody could feasibly make an error with this tan, it really is foolproof and will last upto 7 Days!



Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan Dark Matte| RRP £6.99|Find it here



I’m not the biggest lover of instant tans. I think they can get quite messy and the possibility of rain with an instant tan concerns me. This instant tan can be used on face or body, leaving a lovely glow. My preference for this product is to use it as almost a liquid bronzer all over my face before applying makeup. Tan products like mousse or lotion tend to look patchy on my skin, so this is ideal as it can be applied with instant effects. 


Let me know which Rimmel tan is your favourite! 

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