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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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Skin Care Routine (Oily Skin)

Hello again, I posted on my Instagram last week about my skincare routine and a lot of followers were really interested in what products I use. So this Sundays post is going to be my daily/ weekly skincare routine, for oily/acne skin type. I have never had great skin since I was about 13, I feel like these products that I am using at the moment are the only products that have give me any results…

Obviously its going to be different for everyone and these products are not guarantee going to work on your skin. However if I help one of you thats a start I guess…

Monday Morning– Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Monday Evening– Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water

Tuesday Morning- Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Tuesday Evening- Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water

Wednesday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)  

Wednesday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply L’oreal Detox mask and leave on for around 15 minutes.

Thursday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Thursday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask (leave on all night).

Friday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Friday Evening –  Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water.

Saturday Morning- Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Saturday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water.

Sunday Morning – Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Sunday Evening- Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply a face mask depending on condition of skin.

As you can see reading through I try to take a break every couple of days from using Tea Tree oil, as too much can strip some of the natural oils in your skin. If I am having a particularly bad skin week then I will increase the amount of detox masks and tea tree products.

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November Love Me Beauty (Monthly Subscription)

Hello, this week has gone quick how is it Wednesday, like every month I am going to share what I have received from my love me beauty box. Unfortunately I was so disappointed with this months edit, so I have actually cancelled my direct debit for next month. All the new items cost 100+ credits (you have 60 per month), and I wasn’t willing to pay more for their new edit. I did however have a lot of referral credits so I decided that I would spend them all this month and cancel. If next months edit is good I think I will join again but who knows…. If you are signed up to subscription services then let me know!

First Item I picked out is the custom coverage buffing brush by Eco Tools, I do own this brush already but I want one to keep in my boyfriends and one to keep at home as carry my brushes back and to is a nightmare.

Next I picked up the Enhancing Eye Set also from Eco Tools, I never spend much money on eye brushes as I am not the best at eyeshadow. However these are great for traveling as they’re double sided.Next item I picked, was another brush from Eco Tools which is the Skin Perfecting Brush, I am desperate for a new contour brush and this one looked really firm. Now stepping away from the make up brush madness, the next item is an eye cream by Caudalie. I have never tried an eye cream before and want to know what all the fuss is about before I invest into an expensive one! I have terrible tired looking eyes and this cream is supposed to be energising to I am hoping to see some result. Next item is a make up item by So Susan Cosmetics, and it is a highlighting pencil. Now I picked a highlighting pencil out last month and am still yet to use it but I love the colour of this one and just couldn’t leave it there. I am hoping it is going to work perfect on the inner corners and brow bone! Another Caudalie product now, but this time its a Radiance Face Serum. I am currently using SkinKissed and am loving using a serum in my day to day routine. However I am wanting to try a different serum now as my face is so dull with no make up.  (any tips please leave in the comments)Back to the make up, I picked this up I think 2 months ago in a Love Me Beauty Edit and I am LOVING IT. I am such a sucker for a good lip gloss and this girls/boys, if you love a nude lip then you need this gloss in your life. Buxom is a relatively new brand but they now sell it in Debenhams!!  This Perricone MD Facial wash really intrigued me, I have never tried a face wash that is not a cream/ gel before so I am so interested to try this out! It is citrus as well so I am hoping that it will help out with my dullness in my skin!  

There we go then so that (could be my last) Love Me Beauty haul, If not then I will see you around the same time next month, who knows I might try out a new box in December, so let me know what boxes you all get!!

Thank you so much for reading…

Melissa

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October Favourites

Its November that means its nearly bonfire night, its time for way to many hot chocolates, the christmas films will make their debut on TV and it is nearly time to celebrate Christmas! This year has gone way to quick but after booking New York for next may I am so excited to get into 2018.

Anyway into my October Favourites, now I don’t remember the last monthly favourites I have even posted. Purely because of the fact, I haven’t really been loving anything lately. However last two months I have been trying out/buying all sorts of new and old products and I cannot wait to share with you guys what I have been loving!

Make up

First of all a foundation which is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation, I will hold my hands up I usually shy away from Clinique’s foundation as I never think they will have enough coverage and be too light on my skin. NOT THIS ONE!! I have oily skin with blemishes I rather not be on show and i’ll tell you this foundation hides it all. I do find if I don’t powder it can get a little oily but what foundation doesn’t?

Second make up favourite is the NYX dark circle concealer, now this isn’t really going to hide that huge red spot on your chin, but if you’re anything like me and have bags under your eyes this is a life saver! I love the creamy consistency of the concealer and it lasts forever too!

Skin

I rave about the body shop in any post I know, but their skin care has been the only thing to ever work on my skin. So one of my skincare favourites this month has been The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask, this stuff is AMAZING! You apply it before bed on all your problem areas then night morning there is a noticeable difference in your skin!

Second skin care favourite this month is the Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish, ok I know I am late to the party… This stuff is great, I wouldn’t say it actually does anything to the condition of my skin but it also doesn’t cause any break outs or reactions! This stuff gets every little bit of my  make up off at the end of the day!

MISC

My first random favourite is POPBands London, these have been life savers recently. I sleep with my hair up and they’re the only hair tie that doesn’t leave that huge kink in my hair the next morning, with starting the gym recently too they’re great as I can take my hair out knowing I wont need to style my hair after my work out so I can go straight to work. (Blog Review of POPBand London here)

Next favourite is the Sims 4 since I was about 12 I have been an anti social teenager who played on sims for countless hours of the day! A week ago I bought The Sims 4 after being highly disappointed over sims 3 and I am totally hooked, even my boyfriend is. In my opinion nothing will ever beat The Sims 2, but The Sims 4 is 100% better than The Sims 3!

TV

I have watched WAY too much TV this month and I have no idea where I have even found the time. Instead of writing about each show/film heres a list and where you can watch it!

  • Bridget Jones Baby – SKY or on DVD (Do not understand why she fancy’s Mark Darcy EW!)
  • Eastenders- BBC Iplayer
  • Designated Surviver  – Netflix

There we go so that is all for my October Favourites, I hope you have enjoyed this posts. Let me know what you have been loving in the comments below!

Thanks

Melissa

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Battle Of The Micellar Water’s

Hello again. We are now into September and shops are starting to get their Christmas items sent in and there big fluffy coats (fur coat on my list this year!). Over the last year or so I feel like the skin care world has exploded there’s micellar water for any problem out there. All the options out there both high end and drug store make it very difficult to know what’s worth the hype and what’s just a load of rubbish.

My skin is Normal/Oily and I suffer from spots on my skin, mainly just hormonal and stress. I will be doing a short write up about my experience with each product and also rating them out of 10. Obviously the opinions are my own so you might like the product I dislike, but I thought sharing my opinion may benefit some.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 

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I went through a period of repurchasing this item every time I emptied the bottle. I wouldn’t say it does anything for my skin that actually benefits my skin in anyway, although it does remove my make up. However I do not think it’s the best for removing eye make up it is a very dry (if you can get a dry water). Although for you guys with oily skin out there this water would be great as there isn’t any oil, and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily like some make up removers does.

I would give this a 7/10.

Price: I think the price of the micellar water is very reasonable; it is always on offer in one drug store or another! It also lasts a while too, I always think getting the bigger bottles is worth it!

 

Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

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I only bought this once, so for me that does say a lot. Like the Garnier water I don’t think it did a lot for my skin, I remember it being a lot more gentle than most Micellar Waters I have tried. I think if you suffer from sensitive skin then this one is calling your name, for me I wear a lot of make up daily so I need something with enough power to get every little bit off my skin!

I would give this a 6/10

Price: I always find simple products to be quite expensive, on boots website it is £4.95 at the moment which for a make up remover I find a little pricey.

 

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water Combination & Sensitive Skin 

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Despite the fact I haven’t bought this one as much as the other Garnier water (pink), I do think this one is one of my favourites. Unlike the other micellar waters I find that this one is much better at removing eye make up. I love the feel it gives my face after using it, makes your skin feel very refreshed! However I don’t think if your skin is very dry then it may dry your skin out a little bit, but it does work in my favour. I do although find I need to moisturise a lot more when using this.

I would give this an 8/10

Price: Very much like the other Garnier water, its always-on offer somewhere. So the price does jump about a bit, always shop around if you are thinking about purchasing this.

 

Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Caring Micellar Water Dry Skin

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Now I know what you’re thinking I don’t have dry skin… Buying this one was a total fault however it has worked in my favour, this one removes my make up better than any micellar water I have ever bought! It is a little oily but nothing too harsh for my oily skin, think it really helps removing my eye make up especially mascara! I am on I think my 4th bottle of this stuff and am yet to find something that matches up to it.

I would give this a 9/10

Price: I think that this product is the best price wise. It is usually around £2/3 for a large bottle (400ml) Savers, Boots and pound worlds always have this Micellar water in stock and it’s always on offer!
Thank you so much for reading this post it was a long one, let me know your favorite miceller waters I have a couple on my “to try list”.

 

Melissa

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Primark Beauty – is it worth it? 

Hello! Now a subject everyone is curious of is Primark and their venture into the beauty world! They are selling everything these days from pore strips to nail varnish and I am curious myself to know what everything is like, so let’s get started.


First thing I wanted to get my hands on are the PS nose pore strips, these were jut £1 for 4 strips!

BRILLIANT! These pull everything right out, I’ve used all sorts of brands when it comes to pore strips and these are by far the best, stomp all over Sephora Pore Strips! The only downfall is they do hurt to peel off and they leave a little white residue around you nose. However it does come straight off with water!

I have tested so many pore strips recently and these are the best by far.

9/10


Sili Sponge, something that everyone is raving about at the moment so for £2 I had to test it out! Used it today for the first time with my foundation. I think these are defiantly not a product for a make up newbie as they are quite difficult to get to grips with.

You need next to no foundation when using these babies as they will smear the littlest bit of foundation all over your face. I would say for someone who has a little more time when doing their make up then its a great way of saving on foundation as a little goes a long way.. However you still need to blend it out with either a brush or beauty blender!

6/10


If you read my blog then you will know that I love a good highlight, so when I saw these for £3 I just couldn’t leave them there! I never usually go for crayons I am more of a powder gal but who knows if I don’t try right?

After some testing these have become my best friends when doing eye make up looks, they look amazing on the brow bone and also on the inner corners of the eye!

8/10


Sticking to the same pattern, another highlighting stick the colour is very pinky and at the moment I am loving a pink highlight.

The only thing I am finding with stick highlighters is that they require a little more effort than you usual powder ones. As you do need to blend them in after you have swiped them over your cheek bones etc.

8/10


Can’t say no to nude colour nail polish am I right? I could not leave these colours there they are gorgeous 1 mauve pink a 1 nude/purple and 1 creamy colour.

I work in retail so it’s quite hands on meaning nail varnish doesn’t last very long on me because I am constantly using my hand. However I am bloody loving these I think for the price of them you cannot go wrong they last around a week for me just like all nail varnishes.

The pigmentation in the colours is great too. I usually have to do around two coats like I do with all nude colours, so I am impressed.

9/10

Brushes! I think with brushes you can either fail or win there isn’t an in between, as I was strolling round the make up I stubbled upon a small sale section and was instantly sucked in!

I bought a couple one from their trolls range and the other set was just a normal set of brushes. I can happily say I am impressed, for the price of these you just cannot go wrong I would say if you are new to make up and want some cheapy brushes just to have a play about with then these are for you! Also really good for your handbag save taking out your expensive brushes as there is nothing worse than either losing or breaking an expensive brush!

Something that has become my everyday favourite from Primark. Sounds very silly as they’re only cotton pads but I really like the size of these not just the size of the pad also the amount you get in them as I do use 2/3 a day to get off my eye make up. For 90p you cannot go wrong when boots and other drug stores are charging £2 ish for this size and many.

 

Let me know if there are any Primark beauty products that you are loving in the comments! Thank you for reading don’t forget to follow!

Melissa

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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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