ANTI – HAUL

So I thought this would be quite a good post to make as I’ve seen a lot of my favourite YouTubers have anti-hauls of products that they are not going to buy. The anti-haul trend started with YouTuber Kimberly Clark who basically made videos of beauty products that she had no desire to buy. The layout of this post will probably be a bit more boring as I don’t have any pictures of the products as I don’t want to buy them but I hope you enjoy this post!

All companies that still test on animals

It’s now 2017 and there’s still a large amount of companies that will put animals through excruciating pain just to make money on their products mainly due to wanting to sell in the Chinese market. I’ve completely changed my makeup collection to be cruelty free so brands like Benefit, L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, MAC and many more will have no place in my makeup bag.

Mink Lashes

Sticking with the cruelty free theme to remind you all that Mink lashes are not cruelty free at all. The minks might not be killed for their fur but they are kept in incredibly cruel conditions in battery cages just for the production of their fur. There’s nothing that annoys me more when companies like Huda Beauty sell their Mink lashes as being cruelty free when this is just not the case as Minks are not friendly animals and the only way to get their fur is by keeping them in these horrific conditions.

Morphe Products

I keep seeing Morphe palettes everywhere and they do seem to be quite reasonably priced however after watching Stephanie Nicole’s very informative video on the brand I feel like it is quite shady. I also don’t trust influencers who have discount codes with Morphe, I understand that they need to make money but I feel like they are just saying the product is amazing due to being given money from Morphe themselves. I just don’t have a good feeling about the brand, I feel like the focus is mostly on influencers and gaining publicity than their products.

Kylie Cosmetics

I’ve never bought anything from Kylie Cosmetics and I don’t see myself buying from them in the future. I feel like the products are overhyped and to be honest all you are doing is paying for Kylie’s name. I’ve watched some YouTubers review the products and have commented on the poor customer service that is associated with the company, this just strengthens my point of the company not actually caring about the customers but mainly just caring for profit. I read that Kylie’s products are very similar to that of ColourPop’s where the price is a fraction of the $29 that Kylie charges. Both Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop are American based brands where if you’re buying internationally will be subject to expensive shipping and customs fees. My advice would be to save yourself a bit of money and get the ColourPop alternative as their products are amazing for the price!

Huda Beauty – Textured Shadows Palette – Rose Gold Edition 

I’m sure a lot of you have seen the mixed reviews that this palette has been given throughout the beauty community. It’s a very expensive palette, retailing at £56, and I really can’t spend that money on a palette that has mixed reviews and that doesn’t stand out from the crowd. I feel like the colours are so similar to that of the Modern Renaissance palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills and I’m so in love with that palette that I have no need to buy one that is £56. I’m also not a fan of the textured shadows having to be applied with your fingers because if you’re paying this amount of money you expect the product to perform well with a brush, if you’re going on a night out you don’t want to use your fingers to apply your makeup. I feel like the palette is so overpriced for what you’re actually getting.

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m so over brands coming out with countless collaborations with celebrities. I feel like they’re more interested in the exposure that comes with the celebrity’s fan base rather than the actual product. The palette is actually very pretty but not pretty enough for me to fork out £45 on it. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative I would recommend the Sleek highlighter palettes and the Makeup Revolution contour palette which is only around £3.

I’m sure they’re will be more to add to this list as the months go on with more makeup releases and controversies. I hope you enjoyed this post as it’s a wee bit different that usual.

Until next time,

Nicole x

ANTI – HAUL

REVIEW – Nip + Fab skincare

I’ve been doing a lot of reviews recently as I’ve no control over my spending and if I write about what I’ve bought on here then it doesn’t seem as bad! Nip + Fab was a brand that caught my attention after my favourite YouTuber Jamie Genevieve reviewed their ‘Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads’ and her skin looked amazing so I had to try them. Currently Superdrug has selected Nip + Fab products half price which pushed me to finally trying out their products and I’m so happy that I have!

thumbnail_IMG_2894In total I bought 3 of their products that cost me £23.85 on the special offer. I would say that Nip + Fab are drugstore but leaning more on the high end side as normally their serums would cost around £20, with their most expensive product retailing for around £25. Now I don’t mind paying a wee bit more for skincare if it’s cruelty free and it actually makes a difference! I bought the ‘Glycolic Fix’ pads both the daily and night tubs and also the ‘Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum. You get 60 pads in each of the tubs and then 50ml of product in the serum. I have really oily skin with some dry textured skin just below my eyes at my nose so despite being an oil slick most of the time I do like my skin to be moisturised. I have been trying these products out for the past 3 weeks which I feel is a fair time period to give them their chance as it takes your skin around a month so I feel like it’s a good time to check in with you about my new routine. I will be sticking to this routine for a couple more months to see if these products do improve the appearance of pores.

thumbnail_FullSizeRender-2First of all I think the tubs with the pads are very well designed as they are thick plastic which is perfect for travelling and will also prevent the pads drying out. It may be a bit strange but I prefer the smell to the night pads to the daily ones as I feel they smell less chemically. I would advise everyone to actually read the instructions on the night pads as you only use them from once to three times a week instead I was using them every night just like the daily ones and was wondering why my skin was a wee bit sore! The night pads has a higher strength of acid which targets the oily and spot prone areas so you could imagine the drier areas on my face were dying! The daily pads have acid in them but a smaller percent and they also have blue daisy in them which helps to calm and sooth the skin after use. After just one use of each I could feel a huge difference in my pores as my skin was unbelievably smooth and bright. However it can be said that some skincare products have ingredients in them to give the feel of nice, soft, untextured skin but I will continue to use them for the next few months to see if they are actually helping. So far I would say that the pads are the best skincare purchases I’ve made in a long time!

The ‘Dragon’s Blood Plumping Serum’ was a bit of a meh product personally as I don’t really feel like it’s making a difference to my skin. Don’t get me wrong it is a lovely serum that lives up to its lightweight claim but I don’t feel it gives me the moisture that it claimed to do. I feel like my favourite moisturiser ever is Lush’s Imperialis and I don’t think anything will ever compare to that. I know that this is a serum and not a moisturiser but it claims to give moisture to dehydrated skin but I have oily skin and if it doesn’t provide me with hydration then I’m doubtful for what it would be like for dry skin. I am currently using it as a primer and it works very well on the skin before I apply my foundation however it usually retails at around £20 which is a bit much for a primer for someone on my broke student budget.thumbnail_IMG_2943-1

Unfortunately the ‘Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum’ did not live up to what I thought it would be and I won’t be repurchasing. The pads have been unreal since I’ve used them and I’m looking forward to seeing further improvements in my skin!

until next time,

Love,

Nicole x

 

REVIEW – Nip + Fab skincare

The face mask everyone needs in their life

Everyone loves a bit of Lush and I’m no exception. I’ve been so amazed by their products, their charity work and their ethos. Lush stands for human rights, animal rights and environmental projects to name a few. They are also a 100% committed to ending animal testing and their ingredients are all suitable for vegetarians with loads being vegan friendly too!

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I love the fact that this is both a face mask and an exfoliator. You leave it on for the 15 minutes to gain the benefits of the ingredients for softer skin. Then rub the mask in to have the coffee grinds gently exfoliate the skin.    

Now, I have far too many favourite products from Lush, I’ll probably do a post on them soon, but the Cup O’ Coffee face mask is definitely up there in the top 5! It’s an exfoliation mask made with ground coffee, cocoa extract and vanilla to name a few, it has such a lovely coffee smell which I could understand as being too much for some people. The coffee ingredients definitely have a wakening effect just like freshly made coffee! I bought the 150g tub, which costs £6.95, a couple of months ago and with using it once a week, there’s still just under half of the product left. 

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All of the ingredients in this face mask are natural with the exception of perfume which Lush describe as being a gentle perfume.  

My advice would be that if you want to use this mask then I would suggest that you do so on a hair-washing day as it can get pretty messy. It isn’t an easy mask to take of when you try and take it off over the sink, it gets all over the place and in your hair, and it’s not a good sight. Putting the mask on say 15 minutes before your shower to get it settle for a bit and then message it off making sure the coffee grounds exfoliate your skin. I would image the best time to use this would be in the morning before work or school as the coffee will make you feel more awake however I’m too lazy for that carry on in the morning! 

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The consistency is quite thick and you don’t need a lot as it covers really well. As you can see it is full of coffee grinds that help to exfoliate the skin. 

I have oily skin in the T-zone area, normal cheeks and slight dryness in the under eye area so you can image the struggle I have with trying to find a product that works in all areas. Cup O’ Coffee is honestly the best thing I’ve used on my skin, it helps keep the oils at bay, keep my cheeks soft and takes away the dead skin from the under eyes. You don’t need much product at all and I’m still shocked at how much I’ve been using it and how much I have left!  

I would encourage anyone to try this product, as it’s just perfect. It combines the two of my loves – coffee and skincare, no wonder it’s a 5 star rated product! 

love,

Nicole x

The face mask everyone needs in their life

Lush Haul

img_2599So I promised myself that when my student loan came in this month I wouldn’t spend it on unnecessary stuff yet here we are with a post on all the things I bought from Lush. I told myself that I needed to revamp my skincare routine due to not looking after it as well as I should’ve when I was in Malta, so I suppose the spending was justified! I spent around £53 including postage and packaging. Some of these products I’ve used before and had to get again, some are products that are raved about by YouTubers and I had to try for myself. I apologise for the poor quality of the following pictures x

 

 

 

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Imperialis facial moisturiser (£13.95/45g) – this is a repurchase as I first used this a couple of years ago and I loved it! I have oily /combination skin and was having trouble finding a moisturiser that didn’t make my t-zone even oilier. It is very lightweight which I find to be perfect for oily skin and it is there to balance and brighten your skin. It is suitable for all skin types so I would definitely recommend if you do not know your skin type or new to Lush moisturisers.    
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Tea Tree Water (£4.50/100g) – this is another repurchase and a firm favourite of mine! I either use this sprayed onto a cotton pad to take off my makeup or just sprayed straight onto the face as it feels so refreshing. Tea Tree is antibacterial so it will keep your skin clean and clear. This was probably one of the very first products I bought from Lush like 6 years ago and I’ve not got a bad thing to say about it. I could not recommend this enough to anyone who was oily or spot prone skin.
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Aqua Marina (£7.25/100g) – when I was looking to buy a new cleanser I was aiming to buy Herbalism but unfortunately it was out of stock so I decided to try this. It has seaweed in it which is supposed to absorb any extra oils on the face. There’s also Irish Moss in it which apparently helps to add extra minerals to the skin. The only thing that’s putting me off is the smell, to me it smells a bit like hair dye but I’ll give it a try.
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Cup O’Coffee (£6.75/150g) – I have heard and seen so many amazing things about this mask! I usually buy the wee fresh mask but they need to kept in the fridge and only last around a week. This has a longer shelf life and has coffee beans in it for extra exfoliation. I’m probably most excited to try this!
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Veganese (£9.95/250g) – I’m a bit more harder to please when it comes to the hair products from Lush. I have really thick frizzy hair and I feel my hair needs a lot of conditioner but the prices of the conditioners are a bit on the dear side. I thought I’d give the conditioners a try again as said it would have your transformed into a ‘more manageable mane’ which is what I’m needing in my life. It also claims to make you hair soft and helps to calm and sooth your scalp.
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Jason and the Argan Oil shampoo bar (£5.95/55g) and Square Tin (£2.95) – I love the shampoo bars from Lush! I bought one for going to Malta and it lasted the full 4 months I was abroad, honestly unreal. I do find that the square tins are better as the actual shampoo bar tins are too small for the bar to fit in it. I would recommend buying a tin with it as you’ll get more uses out of it. The shampoo bar claims to give you shinier and softer hair but it smells like rose jam so that’s what sold me! 

Hope this post was a bit helpful as I can totally understand that choosing stuff from Lush can be a wee bit overwhelming due to the choice available.

Until the next post,

Nicole x

 

Lush Haul