Wednesday, 18 March 2015

American Beauty Bits...

My Dad is fortunate enough to visit the states on business from time to time and when he does, I send him across a shopping list.

Tarte Tartelette

                     Tarte Tartelette 

Tarte 'Tartelette' eyeshadow palette:
Tarte is not widely available in the UK and it's a shame as their products are amazing. This palette is a new release of theirs and contains 12 eyeshadows in a range of different neutral shades. In addition,there are also some dark shades which will be perfect for smoky eyes.

                   Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleansing Oil

Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil:
I spotted this doing the rounds on some Youtube channels and it had great reviews. I have never tried anything from this brand before so I'm excited to try this out.

                   Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Works Hand Soaps:
I love these hand soaps as they smell incredible. There is also a huge availability of scents as well. Like Tarte, I wish these were available in the UK too.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Under the Microscope: Make-up Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Spray...

There is nothing worse then spending time perfecting your make-up and then for something to ruin it all in a split second. This is where a fixing spray comes in handy. I have been using them for at least 2 years and they do make a difference.

Recently, I was contacted by Make-up Revolution to try out their new Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray. This spray,as the name suggests, is a fixing spray for make-up and it also reduces shine for a matte finish.

I must say that this spray is pretty good for the £5 price tag that is attached to it.My make-up can slide off on certain points of my face during the day (mainly oily areas) and then I have to touch-up. However, with this spray it doesn't slide off. It has even passed the 3-gym-class-in-a-row sweat test. Impressive. There is one thing I'm not too sure about and that is the smell. Some of the fixing sprays I have used before have a nice, non-chemical smell to them...this one not so much.

Have you tried any fixing sprays before?

Friday, 13 March 2015

Real Juice Reboot round-up...

A few weeks ago, I completed a 21 day Real Juice Challenge in association with Philips, Madeleine Shaw & the Body Coach, Joe Wicks. The aim of this challenge was to show how easy it can be to have just one juice a day. For this challenge, I was provided with a Philips Viva Juicer, recipes and all the ingredients that I needed and then it was game on!

Real Juice Reboot

The 1st week of the challenge were recipes set by Madeleine Shaw. These recipes were mainly vegetable based and surprisingly quite nice. Each of the 7 recipes actually made a huge amount of juice which sometimes, especially in the case of day 1, was a little too much! I generally liked the majority of these recipes with my favourite being 'Beat the Bloat' which was incredible.

Real Juice Reboot
Week 2 recipes were creations from Joe Wicks. Now, compared to week 1, these were more fruity and more up my alley. The amounts made were much smaller and I felt that the purposes were more suited to my lifestyle ie Pre and post-workout. My favourite from this week was 'The Early Bird'.

Real Juice Reboot

The final week of this challenge consisted of recipes from a mixture of bloggers. Most of these tasted pretty decent. However, there was one that I had to substitute slightly as Sainsburys did not stock Dragonfruit when I required it. Instead, I used a Papaya which tasted pretty good. My favourite from this week was 'Tropical Tipple'.

Overall, this challenge was easier than anticipated. Making a juice every day took me literally 5 minutes from prepping to juicing. I think that I actually spent longer cleaning the juicer (dismantling, washing etc) than making a juice. In addition, I also noticed that one of the benefits for me of juicing was that my skin was so much better than normal as well as finding something healthy that I enjoyed doing.