PRECIOUS METALS – WORTH THE HYPE?

Sleek Precious Metals Review – Is it really worth the blogging hype?

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I maybe late on the band wagon – but hey at least I’m there! Sleek have been doing a mental offer recently, two items for £10 in most Superdrug stores so how could I miss this opportunity!? I have been scouring the Internet for the precious metal highlighting palette review ever since this little beauty came out. And now I’ve managed to bag myself one! But, is it really worth the hype?

I say hype… In the blogging world I feel like there has been a hell of a lot of hype surrounding this palette but my sister actually tried this when it first came out and wasn’t astounded by it so maybe that’s one reason I didn’t jump on it straight away (another being, I’ve been so skint lately ha!) anyway that said, this offer made it hard for me to resist. Let’s jump right in…

precious metals highlighter review

I swatched them to show you how Pigmented each pan is. From top to bottom swatches: antique bronze, Renaissance gold, Royal gold and platinum. 

sleek precious metals review

precious metals highlighter reviewFirstly, how beautiful is the packaging!? The metallic casing looks chic and expensive. I love where Sleek are going with this product it looks much more high end but keeping to a high street budget. The pans included are platinum top left, Royal gold top right, Renaissance gold bottom left and antique bronze bottoms right. All of them are cream products except the antique bronze powder in the bottom right. I have used the platinum highlight to strobe my nose length, cupids bow and to highlight underneath my brows. The staying power of this palette is good, I use a fixing spray after I’ve finished my makeup so this also might help if you do find the product sliding around. But I find if I apply it with my beauty blender in patting motions rather than sliding motions I don’t have this problem anyway.

precious metals highlighter review

100% worth the hype! It gives a gorgeous buildable highlight which you can easily control. You’ll be a shimmering fairy in no time with this product! My favourite in this palette has to be the platinum, I think it’s incredibly versatile and not like any other highlight I’ve found so far! What’s your favourite from this palette? 

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WHAT’S THE CRAIC WITH ARBONNE?

 

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Today I’m bringing you a skincare review…except this is a very exciting one as I have tried and tested five products from the Arbonne range. I was contacted by the lovely Maimie Yelland an Arbonne consultant to try out one of their skincare ranges for myself. I told her I have fair and dry skin and that I wouldn’t necessarily say my skin is sensitive to many products. Maimie recommended I try out the FC5 Moisture Fresh Complex range.

THE BRAND

Arbonne is a Swiss ultra-premium brand and the products are botanically based, Vegan Certified, pH correct, Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist Tested, Certified Gluten-Free, Kosher Certified, Drug Free and Cruelty-Free. They claim to have no hidden nasties! Sounds good right? So I delved in to try these products out for myself.

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Arbonne Cleanser Review

FC5 HYDRATING CLEANSER FRESHNER 
For a Cleanser I usually use the Soap & Glory – peaches and cream. I’ve been using this for a good three months now so to break away from my usual routine – I was a little bit apprehensive to say the least! Nevertheless, I gave it a go. After taking my make-up off at night I took a small amount of the hydrating cleanser and I massaged it into my face in circular motion, ensuring my whole face was covered. I then left the cleanser on my face for a couple of minutes before heating up a clean flannel in a bowl of steamy hot water. I then placed the flannel over the top of my face and pressed gently to remove the cleanser. Once I had done this my face felt refreshed and rejuvenated. The consistency feels quite thick and feels extremely moisturising on the skin. I like to apply my cleanser in this way as it gives you a more intensified feeling of cleanliness after a day of heavy makeup. I have no idea why I was apprehensive because I genuinely feel like this could be my next full time cleanser! I rate it a 9/10 and recommend it especially for dry skin types.

Arbonne Day Lotion Review

Next up is the NURTURING DAY LOTION DAY WITH SPF 20. I have tried a number of different day creams and I tend to prefer a creamy consistency to moisturise the skin. I have a lot of dry areas that need constant rehydration. For me, this day cream was very thick, moisturising and can easily be used before priming your skin. This product is SPF 20 which is great to protect you on an everyday basis. I give this a 7/10.

Makeup Primer Review - Arbonne

ARBONNE MAKEUP PRIMER

I also tried the ARBONNE PRIMER which funnily enough reminded me of the Benefit the PoorFessional Pro balm primer, although I loved the ARBONNE primer more than the Benefit one. For me the Benefit primer becomes quite bitty in texture and separates as you apply it, leaving an ugly residue which isn’t a good base before you apply foundation. This was different, it was easy to apply to the skin and left a smooth, soft, silky base ready to apply a full face of makeup. I also noticed that the primer made my foundation stay on slightly longer than it normally would without the primer. Because of its thick consistency it smoothed over fine lines, blemishes and spots nicely. Overall I give this Primer at a whopping 9/10.

Arbonne Hydrating Eye Cream Review

HYDRATING EYE CREAM – I am quite naughty when it comes to eye cream and I don’t usually include an eye cream in my skincare routine. I know, I know its bad please don’t shout at me 😄 I just don’t have the time to be putting three or four products on my face before I go to bed! Busy lifestyle and all that. It will probably catch up with me! Having said that this eye cream was a great consistency. It was thick, creamy and nourishing for those pesky under eye areas. The next day after prepping my eyes with this product : it reduced my tired looking eyes and my skin felt hydrated. I give this product a 7/10!

Arbonne Night Cream Review

Finally the MOISTURISING NIGHT CREAM. This, again had a very thick consistency (I’m guessing because this range is particularly good for dry skin the formulas are thick and creamy bases). I love an extra creamy night time product, you’re asleep for around 8 hours and those 8 hours are vital for rejuvenating your skin to prepare you for the next day ahead.  I give the night cream a 9/10.

Thanks for reading my Arbonne review. I haven’t tried these products before but I will be making future purchases. I love that the brand are vegan certified using only beneficial healthy ingredients it’s definitely one you should try too!

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5 simple steps: how to organise your makeup bag to have happy, healthy skin.

Guest post by Zara Lewis

Why not declutter your makeup bag to become a beauty friendly zone?

Everybody knows the importance of using eco-friendly products which are good for the health of our planet, but what about our own health? With every aspect of life being practically ‘poisoned’ with genetically modified food, artificial ingredients, and synthetic products, it is extremely difficult to live a truly healthy life, but that doesn’t mean we should not try. Eating clean we can manage, but what about makeup?

Clean up – seriously!

Throw everything out – on the table, of course, and wash the empty bag (hand wash if necessary, and throw in washing machine if not).  While the bag is drying, take a good look at everything you have spread all over the table or counter. Anything that leaks or looks broken should leave your makeup bag immediately. Old mascaras which are dry already? Old foundations even though you have new ones? More than 3 eyeliners? Out with them and good riddance! Six packages of eye shadows that fall apart and smell funny? You should switch to organic eye shadow instead, it’s much healthier and easier to use. Dirty old makeup you seldom use is the perfect place for bacteria to grow, and you don’t want that on your face, do you?

Make your own lip balm

Make your own lip balm DIY

We all have a lip balm in your makeup bags, but we seldom look at the labels. If you want to steer clear of chemical-ridden lip glosses and lip balms, make your own using only four ingredients:

  • Mango or cocoa butter (2 tablespoons)
  • Virgin coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Beeswax, shredded (2 tablespoons)
  • Vanilla extract (1 tsp)

Mix all ingredients except vanilla in a mason jar, and place it in water which you slowly heat so that oil and wax melt. Once melted, add vanilla and pour into lip balm containers.

Forever Living Aloe Lips Skin Care Review
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Protect your hands

We tend to forget about our hands until they become dry and itchy, and then it takes them long to recover. Many women choose to carry hand moisturisers in their bad, but not in their makeup bags, so when the change handbags it stays forgotten. Find a healthy hand moisturiser that supports skin’s natural moisturising factor which is perfect for staying hydrated and well protected.

Stay (healthily) covered

By using primer, foundation, bronzer, and highlighter you are definitely clogging your pores and damaging your skin (not to mention clogging your makeup bag as well!). So try swapping them for a healthier option and try mineral foundations instead. Not only are these natural and extremely good for all skin types, but they cover our skin wonderfully and give it a health glow. Today you have much more foundations on the market and you can choose loose powders, tinted moisturisers, and liquids.

Keep your brushes in order

Sleek Makeu Brushes review
Photographed by Imogen Howkins

It doesn’t really matter whether you use natural or synthetic brushes or what brand name is written on the handle, the most important things is to keep them clean. If you are worried about using too aggressive chemicals which might get stuck between bristles, you can use simple ingredients which are more than effective: dish soap and olive oil. Mix two liquids together and work wet brush into the mixture, rinse thoroughly while gently squeezing so that water reaches every bristle, and leave to air dry (handle should be higher than bristles). If you use sponges, wash them with soap at least once a week.

MAKEUP BRUSHES WHAT TO BUY

Decluttering your makeup bag is not easy, especially if you are a beauty addict who is in love with every single one of her eyeliners, lipsticks, and nail polishes, but you have to draw a line somewhere and get rid of things you no longer use. Don’t forget that consistency is the key – keep your makeup bag clean and your skin healthy, clean up the clutter which will inevitably show up at least twice a year, and make sure you only use products that are not past their expiration date.

Guest post by Zara Lewis.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SKIN?

Forever Living

I love hunting round for amazing skincare, and I love testing out different brands to see what suits my skin type and of course to help anyone else who’s looking for new options too 🙂 I have combination skin, I have dry areas, but throughout the day some areas on my face tend to get quite oily. So what happened to my skin as a result of this skincare…

Sonya Nourishing Skin care review

 FOREVER LIVING is a brand I’d heard of before but never tried so when they got in touch with me to try out a few things I thought I’d give it a go! One of the products was from the ‘Sonya’ brand, infused with the goodness of aloe and vegan certified I was happy to try this Aloe Nourishing Serum. The other product being the Forever Aloe Lips with Jojoba.
The Aloe Nourishing Serum(£34.69) is a day and night serum. I applied this after applying my toner, morning and night. The scent is a fresh citrus smell, very lightweight and pleasant. I wouldn’t say the scent is too overpowering for those of you who don’t like perfumed creams but the citrus scent is definitely noticeable. I have dry skin, especially on my chin, upper lip and nose. This serum contains White Tea extract which is suppose to keep your skin looking younger by protecting it from damage. Researchers believe that the antioxidants reduce oxidative stress to the skin.When I applied the cream I found the product took well to my skin leaving little excess product – my skin seemed to suck in all the nourishment! The packaging is very simple, nothing special but perfect for sitting amongst other products in the bathroom.
Forever Living Aloe Lips Skin Care Review
The Forever Aloe Lips* (£2.99) lip balm is super moisturising. I seem to get dry lips after using a lot of lip  care products so this was a real test to see if this product actually did any good..And, Product did good! I was amazed because usually after using some popular big branded lip products I’ve found my lips to be in a worse state after using a product, but not with this one! I’m left with super hydrated lips and the scent is a very subtle, sweet smell. This product is definitely worth the affordable price!

 

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DRAMATIC SMOKEY EYES: BRONZE & BROWN

Dramatic Smokey Eyes: Bronze & Brown

Dramatic Smokey Eye Makeup Look with two lip colour options (because I’m WAY too indecisive)

Smokey Eye Nude Lip

Dramatic Makeup Look

Dramatic smokey eye look

Dramatic Makeup look

 

Dramatic Smokey Eye

Smokey Eye Makeup look
EYES: MAC Amber Lights  
EYES: URBAN DECAY 24HR PENCIL EYES:
EYES: MAKEUP REVLOUTION PALETTE
FACE: MAC STUDIO FACE & BODY
BROWS: BENEFIT SPEED BROWS
CONTOURCONTOUR & DEFINE
EYES: SEVENTEEN BLOW OUT
HIGHLIGHT: MUA UNDRESS YOUR SKIN
CONCEAL: MUA PRO BASE

 

Dramatic Smokey Eye Makeup Look

I love this dramatic smokey eye look. It’s neutral and bronze tones look subtle but for me, the Purple Urban Decay colour on the water line makes this look extra sassy. I LOVE the Makeup Revolution palette which I used, super pigmented, and at £4 you cannot go wrong! I finished the makeup look with 2 options of lip colour, a berry toned colour which was by Seventeen in the colour ‘Rich’ and a nude colour which was also by Seventeen in the colour ‘Just A Fling’.

 

In the comments below:
Which lipstick do you prefer? The nude or the berry?

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