5 December 2016

Super smooth skin with Dr Bragi Bio Marine Exfoliant

So over the course of the week Iv been trialling this rather lovely facial scrub from the brand Dr Bragi. If you haven't come across them before Dr Bragi is a science led brand that focuses on skincare technology specifically marine enzyme.

The brand is one actually one man Dr Jon Bragi who is one of the worlds leading enzymologists. He has studied the effects of the enzymes for wound healing and arthritis and then he moved onto dermatology and thats when Dr Bragi was created.

These super charged marine enzymes do a whole host of good things for the skin
  • Refines skin surface reducing appearance of fine lines
  • Improves skin texture, firms and smooths
  • Removes dead cells and skin impurities
  • Calms irritation and redness
  • Protects the skin by removing harmful microorganisms
  • Hydrates the skin
The brand currently contains 5 products (check out my previous review of the Intensive Treatment mask), the facial scrub (Bio Marine Exfoliant) comes in a 50ml tube and contains fossilised diatom algae and witch hazel. This scrub is targeted to get rid of stubborn dead skin cells and excess oil. The inclusion of the rather fancy sounding algae supports collegen production...essentially regular use is meant to zap impurities and nasty blackhead and improve overall skin tone

So to the scrub itself, its fragrance free but does have a mildly clinical smell to it, you only need to use a small amount as the scrub is very fine in texture. The main difference with this scrub from others is you actually use it on dry skin and not damp.....was slightly worried that it may be too course on dry skin but actually found it was quite gentle. If you do have overly sensitive skin i would suggest using it with water. 

After application you then simply rinse off with water as usual.....skin felt immediately squeaky clean and fresh...surface is super smooth giving you a perfect base for make up. I did find that my skin felt dry quite quickly so i would advise application of a moisturiser or serum straight after.....it just so happens i had a few sachets of Dr Bragi Age Management Moisturiser so swiftly applied a couple of drops to finish off.

My overall complexion look refreshed, clean and felt smooth. Because of the slight drying effect afterwards i would say that I wouldn't perhaps use this on a daily basis, perhaps once or twice a week. The addition of the serum at the end provided the perfect base and gave me a super smooth finish. 

Overall this is a great little exfoliant especially if you are suffering from spots or blackheads. Its at the higher end of the price range at £25 for 50ml however a little does go a long way so the tube will last. 

http://www.drbragi.com/




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15 October 2016

Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows

Lord and Berry Seta Eyeshadows

Now i have to admit Im a bit of a sucker for coloured eyeshadow......blues, greens, purples.....you name it Iv worn them all, so when I was asked to review some of the funky colours from Lord & Berry's Seta range i jumped at the chance!!

So if you havent come across Lord & Berry they are a Italian fashion house that basically regards makeup as a glamour fashion accessory. Even though they are a mid price range brand, their products have a high end feel and look which is sleek and very appealing.

Now the Seta range of eyeshadows is extensive......with colours ranging from Valentine pink to Molten Black, it covers a huge spectrum. The eyeshadows come in single round pots......each individually boxed.

Lord and Berry Seta Eyeshadows


I tried 4 colours from the Seta range which were:
luxurious-lime - pastal lime colour
Sumptious - a deep purple colour
Green Fairy - an almost grey/green
Peacock - lovely turquoise blue

Lord and Berry colour swatches

The shadows are really soft and easy to apply but most importantly really blendable making it easy to combine different colours. Pigment is quite light meaning that you can layer colour to make it darker and more intense and some have a slightly iridescent effect.

Staying power is quite impressive and i found that they don't crease like you tend to get with some eye shadows. 

Prices vary for these, from about £8 - £12 depending on where you order from. 

Overall im really impressed with the range, love the single pots however It would be fab if they sold them as sets as well. The colours are bendable and have enough staying power to take you through the day.

Check out the full range at http://www.lordandberry.com/ 


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31 August 2016

The Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream

Hydrating Day Cream

My review today is for a hydrating day cream from an Australian skincare company called The Jojoba Company.

Starting in 2008 the company farmed their own Jojoba, and with their passion and growing knowledge of the product they sought to create a skincare range that was 100% natural.

The brand today has a huge array of skincare products which are all infused with natural and organic ingredients from all over the world.

For those of you that don't know, Jojoba is basically a golden liquid wax which is made from the jojoba bean.Research confirms that Jojoba mimics the skin’s natural oils and penetrates deep into the skin layers and it is also similar to the protective wax produced by human skin.

So to the product i tried - The Hydrating day cream is a high performance active moisturiser with antioxidants, silk peptides and Siberian Ginseng. 

Full list of goodies as follow:
Pomegranate - helps promote the skins elasticity
Green tea - very calming on the skin
Olive leaf - soothing, calming
Beta glucan - encourages collagen production
Vitamins B & E - antioxidants
Siberian ginseng - visibly firms the skin
Silk amino acids - firming proteins

Its designed as a light daily use moisturiser that helps to prevent against environmental effects on the skin. The cream comes in soft touch tube with a rather nifty pump action dispenser which can be a bit tempremental. The cream is very light..not overly enamoured with the fragrance, but its not that strong so doesn't really bother me.  Cream sinks very easily into the skin and is in no way greasy after application.

You can immediately feel an effect after application. Skin feels very smooth and hydrated...and with all the natural ingredients there was no irritation after usage. The cream comes in a 50ml tube, with prices varying around the £20-22 mark.

For a light but high performing daily cream this does the job. Their range is really appealing and there are several stockist in the UK including Amazon, Holland & Barrett as well as their own UK based website.  

*Many thanks to Sparkle PR for allowing me to trial this lovely product x








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21 August 2016

Bold colours with Everglaze Extended Wear nailpolish

Nail polish range from Evergalze

So today I reviewed a series of nailpolishes from the Everglaze range from China Glaze. The Evergalze range is an Extended wear version designed for strength, stamina and shine. 

The range has a huge choice of colours and I tried out 3 of them including their active top coat.

Now on the website it states you should apply 2 layers of the polish, which i have to agree with. On my first application the colour wash is very sheer and if you like your colours bold i would say 2 maybe 3 coats would be need to gain the desired colour. 

Drying time is fairly standard - i left it at least 5 minutes before adding on the top coat, which goes on very easy with no colour drag. 

Colour wise/final finish (from left to right): 
Royal Satin: Lovely glossy plum colour with a nice iridescent effect, my favourite overall 
Active Top Coat: Provided a nice shine and finish to the nails with good easy application
Tomato -Tomatoe: A vibrant almost fluro red shade, does need a few coats to get a good solid colour
French Press: An iridescent light brown/grey colour - again this one needed a few coats for the desired colour.

Staying power
So i tried these varnishes firstly without the top coat and then with it. 
Without the top coat I was seeing chipping and wear literally the next day which was a bit disappointing
With the top coat wear is greatly improved however by about the 3rd day i was seeing slight chips appear plus the top coat was starting to peel and wasn't looking as super glossy as it did on the 1st day.

Overall I wouldn't have classed these as extended wear polishes - the initial colours are sheer so need layering and I would have expected them to last longer than 3 days before wear was noticeable. That said the colours once layered were nice and as an everyday polish these did the job. I do love the vast amount of colours in the range and at about £9.95 they are are not overly priced. 

You can view the full range at the China Glaze site and  if you head on over to Nail Polish Direct you can currently grab them for a bargain price of £6.95 each.

Thank you to Sparkle Pr for allowing me to try these samples x



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1 August 2016

Grab a hint of summer with Monsoons Rose Gold Perfume


Rose Gold is a perfume made by high street retailer Monsoon - launched back in Nov 2015 it goes up against alot of decent high street competition however this one is priced slightly higher to reflect the brand at £24 for 30ml compared to the others which tend to come in under £15.

So is it worth that extra money? 

Rose gold comes in a sleek, fairly standard looking bottle cased in a rather nice looking gold and white box. The fragrance is one id label as 'safe'.....i.e pretty much most people would like the fragrance, its not overpowering by any one element...its a warm, flowery fragrance with a slight musk hint to it. An easy to wear everyday fragrance that can easily transition to a night out. The 30ml bottle is also the perfect handbag size.....and mine is in there already. 

Do i think its worth the price tag?...well Monsoon is a pretty credible fashion brand with clothing at the higher end of the price range so i think the price correctly reflects that brand image. Its not  a 'break the bank' price and you can't really go wrong with this fragrance.....very easy to wear, and leaves you smelling pretty damn nice!!

The fragrance comes in 3 sizes 30ml  Approx, £24,  50ml Approx £29 and 100ml for approx £35. A perfect summer fragrance - if we ever have one!!!




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