Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Urban Decay afterglow - Aura Highlight

Urban Decay have released three powder highlighters, and as you'd expect, they're gorgeous.  Finely milled and aiming to give a glow rather than just powdered shimmer.

Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter isn’t your average highlighter; Urban Decay took the time to finely mill the powder until it was just right. The result: a lightweight (yet luxurious) feel and a super-soft, creamy texture. 

Afterglow Highlighter goes on sheer and blends easily. Use a little or a lot; the wearable formula always applies beautifully, no matter how much you build it. And the shades are suitable for any skin tone. Afterglow creates a glowy, strobed effect that lasts all day—and never leaves just a powdery dusting of shimmer. It’s even infused with light-diffusing pigments to enhance and perfect the skin. 

There are three shades available; Sin is a glowing peachy white gold. Fireball is a glowing coral and Aura is a stunning ice pink.  I've been using Aura, If your skin is pale and you find many highlighters too golden, you'll love Aura - it's an almost icy, cool toned, duochrome pinky/opal colour, it contains no glitter, just a gorgeous ice pink glow.  It is lovely & pigmented, but if applied lightly it'll give you a beautiful subtle glow, or apply it heavily for a more obvious strobing effect, perfect for a nice out. I already have my eye on sin...

Available from  Urban Decay  For £19.00.

Which shade are you lusting after? 

Monday, 18 July 2016


A fab new device that could take the strain out of exercises undertaken by millions of women after they give birth. Innovo is designed to be strapped to your upper thighs, this £249 gadget is a discreet way of giving a workout to your pelvic floor muscles – the cause of a little talked-about and embarrassing problem which affects more than five million British women!

The Innovo – developed by Irish firm Atlantic Therapeutics – comprises straps inside special shorts that house conductive pads which are secured around your upper thighs. These are connected to a small controller which can be worn around your neck to allow more movement, it delivers a mild electric impulse to the nerves that run down the front of your leg and branch up into your abdomen. This causes the pelvic floor – a sheet of muscles that supports the bladder and urethra – to contract 180 times during a 30-minute session, strengthening the muscles to improve your symptoms.

I have been testing Innovo for the past 12 weeks as I'd recently become a new mum fir the second time and thought I'd give it a whirl, as I'd been rather lax with my pelvic floor exercises!. The whole set up is extremely easy and straight forward... But the first couple of uses were quite fiddily, the pads are extremely sticky and stuck to everything they touched, but once I'd got them into position, I could sit and watch TV, read a book or cook my evening meal for thirty minutes, the sensation is a bit like mild pins and needles - not painful in the slightest and has to be built up, as I thought I'd be clever and ramp it up on my first go and nearly fell over! Ha lesson learnt! It's extremely easy to control and as the timer is on a cord you can pop it around you neck and forget about it, so much better than doing a million manuel pelvic floors! - who has time for that?!..I started to notice improvement around my 3rd-4th week of using Innovo 4-5 times a week, after the full 12 weeks I was impressed with the results.

A great little gadget, a little pricey but in my opinion it is worth it as the benefits and outcome will change some people's lives, no more embarrassing situations and giving you your before child body back. I can now sneeze with the knowledge I no longer have to cross my legs!! 

If you'd like an Innovo of your very own you can pick one up from www.Restore the Floor.com for £249 or 6 instalments of £41.50.

Disclaimer: I am a member f the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not been paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunlight

I already love cover fx foundation drops, they give great coverage and the flexibility to add to any of my cream products to get a flawless finish, so when I received their Custom Enhancer Drops it enables you to add a highlighting or bronzed effect to your favourite beauty products or, when used alone, create a striking radiance or sun-kissed glow to any liquid cosmetic or skincare product, such as foundation, primer, serum, and moisturiser. the product can also be used alone or even on top of powder, creating a stunning highlight or sun-kissed tint, it is also buildable the more drops you use the more luminosity I was beyond excited as I love a great highlight and when I tested this I fell in love! 
Custom Enhancer Drops are formulated with a high concentration of pearls that produce a lit-from-within glow without appearing too glittery or overdone. Leaving you with a beautiful, camera-ready lustrous finish. Available in 6 global shades 4 illuminators and 2 bronzers.

Available for £34.00 from all good beauty stores.

Which shade will you be rushing to buy?

Urban Decay Naked Skin - One & Done - Light

For the past week this has been my go to foundation, it gives a lovely natural finish, you can wear as a tinted moisturiser or build up for a full coverage base, it lasts all day, keeping my pores at bay!.. With Urban Decay's Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector, you'll get the benefits of skin treatment and protection with the coverage of a sheer foundation. One step and you're done.

Instantly blurs imperfections and evens out skin tone for beautifully perfected, ultra definition skin. (Naked Skin One & Done gets the job done so well, there's no need for foundation.) UD's high-tech, weightless formula provides all-day wear and feels amazing. But the best part is how it transforms the look of your skin! Light-diffusing spheres instantly help make flaws seem to disappear. Over time, pores look smaller and skin appears noticeably firmer and more radiant. And the broad range of easy-to-match shades covers a wide spectrum of skin tones.

This is one product everyone needs in their make up bags this summer, it is beautiful, it's weightless,forgiving to  flaws and just leaves you looking fresh faced with a slight glow from within!

Available from Urban Decay for £25 in six beautiful shades, I'm in shade Light.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Urban Decay Ruby Rose Collection - #Lipstickismyvice

Urban Decay have released a HUNDRED! lipsticks old and new, with Ruby Rose as the face of the launch, I was very excited to be sent five stunning shades from the collection, I just knew they were going to be amazing and as you can imagine with 100 lipsticks you'd have lot's of beautiful shades and finishes to make your little hearts flutter! 

The Vice Collection combines everything from new shades to cult favourites you thought you'd never return and several shades which were inspired by other lip products, Eyeshadows and Eye Pencils.

Encased in their iconic Urban Decay packaging, vice lipsticks come in a beautiful gunmetal bullet-like casing with a gold base the stamped lettering adds a little something extra. In true Urban Decay style, each lipstick also features the embossed UD.

The five shades I received are -

BackTalk - is a Comfort Matte finish and is described as being a mauve/pink nude lipstick with cool undertones, I'd say it had a slight satin finish, certainly a shade that anyone can wear. This is my pick of the bunch as I'm more of a neutral lip lover - sorry! 

714 - this shade was originally released in the Gwen Stefani collection, it is such a stunning shade. With a Mega Matte finish, 714 is bold, it is bright and it is described as being a medium-dark red with warm orange undertones, it is a stunning shade and I did enjoy wearing it.

Firebird - is a cream finish and is described as being a deep fuchsia with cool blue undertones which just gives it a perfect finish, due to the blue it brightens teeth making them look whiter, this is my favourite bright shade and again was in Gwen's collection.

Pandemonium - is a Mega Matte finish and is a very dark, almost red toned purple which has a satin finish.  I'm on the fence with this one, it is definitely out of my comfort zone! But the lipstick itself is highly pigmented and lovely to apply.

Big Bang - is a metallized finish and is described as being a bright pink sparkle shade. It is a raspberry pink shade with quite subtle, cool undertones and it has a light pink micro-glitter which reflects amazingly in the light. A gorgeous sparkly lippie that feels comfortable on your lips, I couldn't feel any glitter particles, this is one pretty looking shade. 

At just £15 a lipstick and with 100 shades to choose from there are shades for everyone whether your mood is looking for bold brights, Vampy or subtle neutral shades, they are available in 6 different finishes, 
  • Mega Matte — super intense matte
  • Comfort Matte — their creamiest matte
  • Cream — the original creamy luxury formula
  • Metallized — cream with a high level of pearl pigments
  • Sheer — a punch of colour, with a sheer, shiny finish
  • Sheer Shimmer — slightly transparent finish with floating pearl and a smooth texture.
Urban Decay have been on fire this year and have released lot's of great new products, I have a few new releases from the Naked skin range which I'm currently putting to the test.

What will you be running out to buy from the Ruby Rose collection?


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Lookfantastic June 2016 Beauty Box #LFJETSETTER

The June #LFJETSETTER Box is full of beauty treats perfect for popping into your hand-luggage this Summer. All in travel sizes, unlock the essentials for whiter teeth, beautiful skin and a glowing tan in your Lookfantastic Beauty Box this month.
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A great bonus to the box! 

Tan Organic Self Tan Oil  £24.99/100ml
The first beauty product in the box is TanOrganic self tanning oil.  I've heard great things about TanOrganic - you apply the oil to freshly exfoliated skin and can expect the results to last for around four days. I'm excited to see how an oil rather than a cream works, so am looking forward to trying this out!

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturiser £32.95/50ml
With 98.83% natural ingredients - with 12% coming from organic farming, certified by Ecocert - this is a skincare product that I'm excited about! It's full of vegetable oils (such as Sesame oil and Sweet Almond oil) and is marketed towards all skin types. For me, this will be a great introduction to a new natural and organic beauty brand, this is a very generous 22ml sample size.

Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream £49/15ml
I love seeing Caudalie products in Look Fantastic's beauty boxes, I have loved all the products I've tried from this brand, such quality, Described as being a wonder cream, it helps to improve and correct dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and dullness, leaving your eye area looking younger and brighter. Silver, copper and iridescent pearlisers visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles by 
illuminating the skin to give the illusion of bright and radiant skin. I know I will enjoy using this 7ml 
sample size. 

Spa Magik Beauty Balm - in Natural £13.50/50ml
This BB cream offers "light tinted coverage" with a shade that's most suited towards fair skin tones. The formulation is very creamy and easy to blend, but the colour is very sheer once applied to the skin. I do like using lighter bases during the summer, I will see how this compares to my other BB Creams.

Mr Blanc Tooth Whitening Strip £24.99/14 strips
These whitening strips are designed to be applied for 30 minutes (not suitable for pregnant women) I'm looking forward to trying these as I have tried the Crest strips before & liked them, everyone loves a pearly white smile. I'm sure many people will be excited to see these included in this month's Look Fantastic beauty box - I love that you get three to try.

I haven't tried any products from Cowshed, I'm always happy to receive a hand cream  as I think they're useful to have around and I tend to use them pretty quickly, it's rich and hydrating without being too thick. However, the fragrance is unlike anything I've smelt before! It contains essential oils of Grapefruit, Coriander and Cinnamon.

Korres Basil LemonShower gel  £8/250ml
Korres shower gel has a lovely summer fragrance! I love citrus scents. The size of the sample is perfect for a weekend away, but wouldn't be enough to last you through a week of holiday.

Another great box in my opinion, lot's of big name brands and a selection of lovely, useful products! I'd love to see more make up in these boxes.

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

It was one of the most anticipated sequels of the decade, Urban Decay Naked 2 follows in the footsteps of the Naked palette, (straight up - the world's best-selling palette of all time). This Urban Decay eyeshadow palette is filled with 12 pigment-rich, taupe and greige neutral eyeshadows, including FIVE EXCLUSIVE NEW shades. Feast your eyes on shades ranging from pale to deep, matte to sparkly. This collection lets you achieve many neutral looks, smoky dramatic eyes, and everything in between. Let's just say there's a whole new way to get Naked! The case has an art-school inspired look with hinged lid taupe metal with embossed chocolate brown artwork. It's smooth, modern and cool to the touch - a real tactile experience. Plus, palette also features a double-ended, cruelty-free Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush (exclusive to this palette). 

  • Shade Descriptions:
    - Foxy: Cream Bisque Matte
    - Half Baked: Golden Bronze Shimmer
    - Bootycall: Cork Shimmer
    - Chopper: Copper Shimmer W/Silver Micro-Glitter
    - Tease: Creamy Pale Brown Matte
    - Snakebite: Dark Bronze Shimmer
    - Suspect: Pale Golden Beige Shimmer
    - Pistol: Light Grayish Brown Shimmer
    - Verve: Oyster Shimmer
    - YDK: Cool Bronze Shimmer
    - Busted: Deep Brown Shimmer
    - Blackout: Blackest Black Matte.  

  • The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is much more cool toned than the original Naked palette, and it contains a wider selection of lighter shades which I love as I feel it’s more flexible to use on lot's of different looks, I definitely love this palette, but my heart steers more towards the warmer, more bronze Naked palette as those colours tend to make my blue eyes pop. But this is such a beautiful palette as I love that it contains three matte shades; all of which are staple shades you could use for any and every makeup look.. a highlight or base shade, a crease shade and an eyeliner shade. You also have the the gorgeous shimmers and the stunning glitter of chopper to create many different looks. My favourite shades from the palette would have to be; Half baked, Chopper and YDK although I honestly love every single shade. I love using this palette as the weather gets warmer and it just looks perfect with bronzer and a neutral lip.

As with all the Naked Palettes this is available for £38.50 from Urban Decay.co.uk 

Which is your favourite Urban Decay Palette?

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box May 2016 #LFHelloBeautiful

With the signature Lookfantastic teal, the packaging for the May Beauty Box is bold and beautiful. Full of little details like metallic embossed text and pops of pink, we know that #LFHELLOBEAUTIFUL will make you smile! Whilst makeup is a whole lot of fun, we know that gorgeous skin and hair can make you feel incredible, every day. So, this month, the #LFHELLOBEAUTIFUL Box is all about beauty products to give you glowing skin and glossy locks. With incredible brands, a full size product, new releases and cutting edge skincare technology, this is a box you won’t want to miss!
Inside the box -
The Wet Brush (Full size) painlessly removes knots and tangles from hair. Featuring thin, strong and flexible Intelliflex™ bristles to glide through any type of hair, the detangling brush has SofTips™ to massage the scalp and stimulate circulation at the follicle. It's Firm enough to banish knots yet flexible enough to be kind to your hair and scalp, the bristles are designed to bounce back to their original form after every stroke, which helps to reduce hair breakage and damage. The versatile hair brush can also be used on dry hair, wigs and extensions. I love these brushes I only had the squirt for travelling, so am happy to have a full size as my daughter's hair is past her waist and bath times can be a nightmare without this brush! Just wished I'd got a pink one, but I won't complain! 
Liftactive Moisturiser – I adore Vichy products and this 15ml pot is a great sample size. This moisturiser has been specially formulated to firm and tone the skin. Specifically targeting signs of fine lines and wrinkles. So if you are all about radiant, plump hydrated skin this would be the one for you!
Decléor – one of 3 products in the box, I received the Decléor Intense Nutrition Cream which contains cranberry plant oils, argran and avocado to nourish and protect the skin. This sounds lovely and soothing and they say its great for giving tired complexions a boost.
IOMA Optimum Moisture Cream – I've not heard of this brand before, but it sounds lovely - you get a 7 day supply of individually packaged samples for you to try, This day & night cream is enriched with PA Reviviscience which strengthens the skins natural barrier against environmental aggressors & Osmhydran which helps your skin hold on to moisture. its protecting & hydrating. Ideal for dull dehydrated skin. Perfect for travel as they are small enough to pop in your overnight bag.

REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial – An overnight treatment which combines Glycolic and Lactic Acids to brighten and refine the skintone. It exfoliates, revitalises and delivers hydration, so its a great all round mask. This mask is really good, it really brightens my skin when it's feeling a bit bleugh!

UNIQ One All in One Hair Treatment – This contains 10 benefits that will help your hair look and feel amazing. To name a few it promises to help improve shine, give heat protection, detangle, promote smoothness & it has UVA and UVB filters. Perfect for Summer haircare product. I recieved the coconut scent and it reminds me of holidays!
Eve Lom Cleanser – This is a sachet with a muslin cloth included. This pioneering beauty balm was first introduced to the beauty industry 29 years ago, so it is a cult classic & very much loved balm cleansers. It is suitable for all skin types, that decongests, softens and leaves a highly receptive base for your beauty products to work with, This is one of my faves.
Overall am I impressed with this months, lots of great brands - considering the brush is £11.99, it has paid for the box on its own a d the other items will all be used by me, some old favourites and some new products to try, I'm a happy girl.
Discover new beauty treats each month with the Lookfantastic Beauty Box subscription, subscribe now to ensure you never miss out on a box. The best part? Not only do you get amazing products each month, but with our new subscription options, you can pay MONTHLY and not upfront! Now there's no reason to resist temptation anymore.
Simply choose your payment option, and we'll supply you with a delightful Beauty Box each month. Sign up for our 3, 6 or 12 month subscription options, and take advantage of our fantastic savings detailed below:
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Cover FX custom cover Drops In N20

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops can be mixed with anything liquid. These revolutionary drops feature Flash Fusion Technology, as soon as you drop, the solution flashes off leaving behind the pure pigment, weightlessly transforming your favourite beauty product in the palm of your hand. Transform and customise your oil, silicone, or water-based beauty products to your perfect level of coverage – from a sheer tint to a total coverage foundation.
Just drop into your favourite skincare, tinted moisturiser, or foundation and mix together using your fingertips to blend. Transform your product into your perfect level of coverage - everything from a sheer tint to a total coverage foundation. 
1 drop = sheer coverage
2 drops = medium coverage
3 drops = full coverage
4 drops = total coverage
You get 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz 
I am really mpressed with this product as you can use as a tinted moisturiser to a full cover foundation, easy to apply as can be mixed with any cream product, I love mixing mine with my daily moisturiser for a day time look and with my primer for a full cover long lasting night time look, it really is something else! One drop covers my whole face and I am able to go without concealer, it is a concentrated pigment so a little goes a very long way, perfect for holidays as you could mix with your face spf for cover and protection - perfect.
Available from most good online stores for £36.00, the come in lot's of great shades suitable for all skin tones.
Have you tried Cover FX?