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6 Secret Santa Ideas (£5 and under)

Hi everyone welcome back to another Blogmas post! These days a big part of Christmas is gift giving and wether its in work, school, among friends or families, secret santa is becoming more and more popular. My works keep it to a £5 limit that way if you get someone that you hardly know then you don’t have to rattle your brains and spend weeks wondering what you can get them!

I will pick 3 presents you can get a man and three a woman just incase you get either this year! Anyway lets get started..

MEN

  • Joke present- if the person you pick for secret santa this year is someone that you know you have a laugh and joke with why not pick a novelty present.
  • Shower gel/deodorant set- BORING but SAFE, especially if you get someone that you don’t know that well, or that smell (we all have that one person in work right?).
  • Chocolate/Sweets- if you’re really struggling then get a cardboard box wrap it up and fill it with their favourite sweets, because everything looks more put together in a box right?

WOMEN

  • Fluffy socks and hot chocolate- If you don’t know the woman you pick then this is a really safe option. Primark sell fluffy socks for £1.50 so two pairs of them and some hot chocolate and you’re good to go!
  • Soap and glory- I got this last year for someone, they do a couple of sets for £5 and these look way more expensive that £5, every woman loves a pamper right?
  • Joke present- Inside jokes in families, friendships and work places are forever going so joke related presents will never fail!

I hope this helped some of you out this Christmas! Thanks so much for reading..

Melissa

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Bourjois Holiday Collection – Influenster

This month I was chosen to receive a Vox box from Influenster. If you have never heard of it, it’s an app where you review products and gain points then some people are sent PR samples!! In a nutshell it’s a great idea. I was randomly picked to be sent the Bourjois Holiday collection, I was so happy as I love there products so getting them for free was a bonus.

In total I was sent 8 full size products they were the following

Healthy Mix Foundation

Healthy Mix concealer

Push up mascara

3x Rouge Velvet lipstick

Smokey stories eyeshadow palette

Blush in shade 34 Rose D’or

I have tried 7 out of eight products so I will do a quick review on each of them on this post!

I have used healthy Mix foundation years ago and it is not as I remember I was shocked at how much coverage it had! Despite not being my colour I mixed it with a bit of Clinique and the coverage is amazing! I’ve found it stays on all day too giving a dewy look all day!

I love this mascara, I am a mascara addict hence the name of my blog. This is a little tricky at first but it gives you lovely long separated lashes!!

This palette is the only item from the collection I am yet to try. I am however petrified to try out purple!

I have been dying to try this out for so long! Gutted I didn’t get it sooner it is so soft on the skin and such a beautiful natural Rosey pink! However I am terrified of dropping it as it looks like it would crumble….

I am so shocked with the staying power of these lipsticks! The pigmentation of the lipsticks is amazing I think I would only wear 2/3 colours as one is a little too brown for me but I’m so happy. They apply so smooth and they don’t drag on your lips!

There we go so that’s what I got in my Vox box! I hope you enjoyed seeing this let me know your favourite Bourjois products! Thank you for reading!!

Melissa

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POPBand London – Review

Hello, I am trying to get back into the swing of blogging again as I have became so lazy. I also need a hobby besides shopping at the moment as I am now SKINT. About 4 months ago in my Love Me Beauty subscription box I picked one of the POP bands hair ties not knowing what to expect. I have heard such good reviews about these hair ties but do they really work?

These hair ties are supposed to be kind and gentle to your hair, I can confirm this 100%! I tend to buy my hair ties from Primark and get 50 for £1 which is amazing but if I wear my hair in a pony tail all day I do start to get a headache. These pop bands do not hurt my head or pull any of my hair out when I pull the hair tie out, which is something that I dread when having my hair up all day.

Not only are pop bands kind to your hair/head, they look a lot cuter that your average black hair tie on your wrist. I am someone who always has a hair tie on their wrist.

They don’t just do hair ties they also sell hair bands and shoe laces, so perfect for you active folk out there.  I am yet to try anything other than the hair ties but I am sure I will have to invest soon, If you have tried any then do let me know in the comments below!

The designs are something I feel as if they are KILLIN! They have your essential colours i.e. black, nude and brown but they also sell glittery bands and CHRISTMAS designs yes thats correct they have christmas designs available! Down below I will include some of my current favourite designs!

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SkinKissed Vitamin C Serum Review

Hello everyone I hope you have all had a lovely week and a very relaxing Sunday. Today’s blog post is another skin care post, lately I have been investing into my skincare more than my make up as it is so important to look after your skin.

Since I started high school (many years ago now) I suffered from acne, dark circles and hyper pigmentation in certain areas of my face. I think I speak on behalf of so many young girls out there in saying that this can really ruin your confidence levels, especially as a young teen.

I just turned 20 this year and I am still suffering from all the above so you name it I have tried it! With my skin being oily too, I have found a lot of products to be to harsh or oily for my skin. A product I have recently discovered in the SunKissed Vitamin C Serum, many serums I have used before I have found to be very oily and sticky! So after reading glorious reviews and doin countless research I gave it a go!

How will I help your skin?

• Plums and hydrates dry and dull skin

• Removes any acne on your skin

• Reduces wrinkles, fine lines & blemishes

• Leaves your skin feeling soft & fresh again

• Makes your skin look young again

•  The perfect base for your makeup

How does it work?

Main active ingredients contain: Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid  + Collagen

Each one of these ingredients carry powerful benefits which are designed to help you achieve healthy and natural looking skin.

Why use skinkissed serum?

• 30-day money back guarantee if you are not pleased with my results

• Carries very powerful and high percentages of active ingredients

• Contains no oil, so you will not experience any skin breakouts

• Leave a nice fresh fragrance on your skin

Never been tested on animals

My Opinion/Results

I have not put this stuff down since getting it, and I find that very rare to say with a skin product especially serums. Unlike most this does not feel oily on my skin something that I really look for in a product, the consistency is very smooth and sinks into the skin quickly not leaving that sticky feeling.

It states on their website that the serum works well as a base to your make up so I decided to give this ago too. Works GREAT as a primer makes applying cream products such as concealer and foundation so easy as they just glide so nicely around your face. Really does help to keep my make up on all day long, as well as this it also has really helped the condition of my skin when I remove my make up. Usually my skin is really dry and looks so tired when I remove my make up at night, however when I use the skin kissed serum as a primer I am finding it very soft and radiant.

The picture on the left below is me on the first night of trying out the serum, my skin was very lifeless, dark under eyes and a lot of hyper pigmentation. The picture below on the right is me now, about a month later. I can easily see a difference in my skin, overall I think it looks a lot my radiant and “plumped”

The Skin Kissed Serum is £39.95 HERE . However check out there page on amazon as they have been having some AMAZING offers on there recently CLICK HERE to visit SkinKissed on Amazon. For 20% off your whole order use the code melissaljonesx-20

Thank you so much for reading this review.

Melissa

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Sleep Mask – Review

Hello, I haven’t blogged much lately as I have been so busy with work. I love The Body Shop and especially their Tea Tree range so when they brought out a sleep mask I couldn’t resist!

How do you apply it?

To apply this mask I have been been using a flat foundation brush that I always use for normal face masks. I always make sure I clean the brush before and after use. The Body Shop do an application brush too!

How does it feel?

Like all Tea Tree products I personally find they can tingle if you have open blemishes. The product does do this but not uncomfortably more tingly only lasts a few seconds. Then the mask is a little sticky for about 5/10 minutes until it soaks into your face. Once it’s all soaked up in your skin my face always feels fresh and clean! The actual mask it’s self feels like jelly and you do have to brush it around your face to blend it in as it is a little clumping when you first apply it.

My results

I never ever see much improvement from any skin care I always take a picture before and never see any result however I have with this! I took the “before” selfie on the 24/08/17 and today when I took the “after” selfie is the 29/08/17 so in one week I have seen such a result! I have been using this every night not sure on how often you’re supposed to use it but I have had no trouble using it everyday.

As you can see in the above before and after pictures my blemishes and redness have reduced dramatically in the short period of time!

Do I recommend?

100% if you are someone like me that suffers from oily and spot prone skin then this is definitely a product to consider it retails at £12 and you only need the slightest bit so it will last a while!

Thank you so much for reading hope this blog post helps at least one of my readers out!

Melissa.

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Soap And Glory PORE REFINING MASK – review

When I saw these on Soap and Glory’s Instagram I could not resist so I was straight to boots and picked up the Pore Refining Sheet mask. Recently sheet masks are blowing up and every brand is bring out one or five different types.

I have oily skin, with blemishes and very dull skin so I am always looking for a mask that doesn’t leave my face oily!

I have to admit when I first opened the mask I was highly disappointed, it was soaking wet. I found it difficult to separate as it kept sticking and slipping out my hands, after separating the mask I popped it on my face to find it did not fit my face at all. It just didn’t fit the sides of my nose and my cheeks.

HOWEVER….

Despite the disaster so far, I wore the mask for 15 minutes like the instructions tell you. At first it tingles a little when you first apply the sheet to your face like a toner does sometimes, not uncomfortable more refreshing!  The mask has a fresh and fruity scent to it but not over powering, nor irritating to the skin!

After taking the mask off I dapped my face with a cotton pad just to get the excess product off my face.

My face 1 hour later is still soft, moisturised and my pores have reduced in size RESULT!

Would I buy this again?

YES. Really loved the result of this product, certainly the best sheet mask I have tried would recommend it over some of the other well known brands in Boots. Let me know your favourite sheet masks and thank you for reading!

Melissa

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Have you seen my 3 latest posts?

Hello just reminding you all that I am uploaded everyday this week still, incase you missed them here are my last few posts…

DISNEY DAY 6   

Featuring Universal studios and helicopter over Orlando.

DISNEY DAY 7 

Featuring Orlando FC ‘soccer match’ and crazy golf.

DISNEY DAY 8

Featuring Disney’s magic kingdom and parade