Friday, 17 January 2020

Pop Beauty Permanent Pout - New Shades! Review + Swatches

Pop Beauty is a brand that has been around quite some years, but isn't a brand I have had much practice with, even though I have heard good things, particularly from American YouTubers. However, when I got back from holiday in Orlando, a large shiny pink package had arrived, and inside there were two plastic glasses and nine lip products, all from Pop Beauty.
I still have no idea how I received them as I wasn't aware that I was on their PR list, however I was thrilled to finally be able to try out the brand. The nine lip products I received are from the Pop Beauty Permanent Pout collection, which consists of 15 shades, of which six of these are brand new. Permanent Pout comes in a chrome tube, and you can see the colour of the actual product through the tube, which I love as it makes it so much easier when you are looking for a specific shade in a morning.
The applicator is a slim sponge tip, which makes application a doddle, and the formula feels really quite velvety, yet lightweight on the lips. Now if you are wanting a lip product which lasts the whole day through, then this is the one, and they don't call it Permanent Pout for nothing! The formula dries down pretty quickly into a matte finish, but without giving you that lined, wrinkly effect that some matte lip products can do. You actually have to remove this lip product with makeup remover, so that goes someway of explaining how long-lasting this lip colour is.
The six new shades available are;
* Butter Babe - A peachy nude
* Berry Boost - Raspberry Pink
* Coral Crush - Pink-toned Red
* Pink Tutu - Natural, medium Pink
* Plump Peach - True Peach
* Red Velvet - A sumptuous dark Red
The top three sellers in the existing collection include;
* OMG Violet - A bright plum purple
* Poppy Pout - Warm Coral
* Razzle Rose - Mauve Nude
Swatches: Left to Right: Butter Babe, Berry Boost, Coral Crush, OMG Violet, Pink Tutu, Plump Peach, Poppy Pout, Razzle Rose, Red Velvet

The Pop Beauty Permanent Pout costs just £8.00, which for the amount of product you get and the longevity of wear, is absolutely amazing. My favourite shades from the ones I have been able to try out has to be Butter Babe, Plump Peach and Poppy Pout for everyday, and I think OMG Violet and Berry Boost will be so much fun for Summer!

You can find the Pop Beauty Permanent Pout online at Pop Beauty here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*These items were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Five Revolution Skincare Products You Need To Try

Okay, so it has been a couple of weeks since my last post, so I thought I would explain where the heck I've been. Last year, I uploaded a blog post at least once a day, every single day for the whole of year - over 400 posts. I love blogging, and if I it was my full-time job, I would be over the moon, but it isn't and I do have a full-time job. I was struggling towards the end of the year to make sure I had content every day, and so this year I have decided that I will be posting less frequently. I am hoping to post 2-3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and some weeks there may be more. In December I went to Orlando for 2 weeks, which was so much fun, and then I arrived back on Christmas Eve and got straight into Christmas. I then gave myself 2 weeks away from blogging, so that I could come back fresher than ever.
Today's post is all about skincare, because unless our base is well-hydrated and looked after, no amount of makeup is going to sit as well on the skin. Revolution was a stand-out brand for me last year, they always have the latest trends in both skincare and makeup, and are super affordable, yet very effective. So, I am starting the year off introducing you to five Revolution skincare products you simply must try out.

Over the past couple of years, I have really focused on my skincare, and it really does make a difference - I get comments now from people saying how good my skin looks, which is something I never used to get. My makeup looks more flawless, and it lasts longer. At least once a week, I like to take time out and have a long bath, and apply a face mask as I find it really relaxing and it helps keep me calm. I received the Revolution x Jake Jamie Moisturising Face Mask in a goody bag from the Glamour Beauty Festival towards the end of last year and it is great for this time of year to add moisture into the skin. The two main ingredients are Cocoa and Oat, and so yes, this does smell of chocolate and is very yummy! The Oatmeal helps to gently exfoliate the skin, ridding it of any dead skin, to leave a nice clear, smooth base, and the Cocoa Butter helps to nourish the skin and add moisture. You get a 50ml jar of the mask, which is such a good amount for the price of £8.00, and this is going to give you plenty of uses. The jar is also glass, which I love as it always feels a little more boujie. In this crazy world that we live in, we may think we don't have time for a little pamper, but this mask takes just 10-15 minutes to work, so even if you are more of a shower person, pop this on before you get in the shower or bath, enjoy a little relaxation and the mask will do all the work.
A key skincare product which I only religiously included in my skincare routine the last couple of years is a serum. Many people have their own opinion on when to use a serum, but personally I prefer to apply it onto the skin after toning and before moisturising. This is because the serum is more highly concentrated and includes stronger ingredients, so it is better to let it sink into the skin first to reach the lower levels of the skin, before applying a moisturiser which is usually more targeted to the top layer of the skin. The Revolution 3% Vitamin C Radiance Serum* is an ideal all-rounder serum, especially if you haven't used a serum before. The 3% Vitamin C Serum is perfect for boosting radiance if you suffer from dull skin, and Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is known to help skin regeneration, so it is going to help skin to refresh itself. Revolution do have a 12.5% Vitamin C Super Serum once your skin has gotten used to having that application of Vitamin C. You get 30ml of product for £8.00, which is such good value, as the majority of serums do come in a 30ml size, except they are often at least triple the price of this one. I like to take a pump or two of the serum and press it into the skin, wait 3-5 minutes and then apply a moisturiser.
Facial mists and priming sprays are big news, and I find them so useful and multi-functional. The Revolution Superfruit Replenishing Essence Spray* is fortified with the extract of blueberry, which we all know as the queen of antioxidant foods, and helps the skin to fight environmental damage and support the skin's barrier. This Essence Spray smells incredibly fruity, without being overbearing and its replenishing formula instantly brightens and invigorates the skin in seconds. As I mentioned, sprays like this can be used in a variety of ways, so you can use to it prime the skin, set your makeup, use as a skincare product as a part of a routine, or apply on the go when your skin needs freshening up. A tip for the warmer months, is to keep this kind of a spray in your fridge and then spritz it all over the face to cool you down and add some moisture. This bottle includes 100ml of product for just £6.00, and there are four other sprays available for skin that needs nourishing, skin that is sensitive, blemish-prone skin and skin that needs a little energy boost. 
Back on to the Serums, because even if you don't have the time every week to exfoliate and apply a face mask, taking 30 seconds to apply a serum, really can make a difference. 2019 saw the rise of CBD, and it was everywhere, and with good reason, we saw it introduced into skincare products. The Revolution CBD Super Serum* is a super-strength formula which has been formulated with a high level of Cannabis Sativa Oil and Cannabidiol, the Cannabis derived ingredients that are loved for their nourishing skincare products. This extra-strength serum will help to moisturise, soothe and calm dry skin, and so I would say this is for a sensitive, drier skin. There is also a higher percentage of Hyaluronic Acid within this formula, which we all know by now is first class at locking moisture into the skin, to keep it well-nourished and hydrated. As with the Vitamin C Serum and any other serum, I recommend applying a couple of drops to the skin, pressing it in gently, and allowing it to soak in for a few minutes before applying your moisturiser.
As the start of a new year is all about detoxing, I wanted to include the Revolution Pink Clay Detoxifying Mask*. So if your skin has had its fill of cold weather, too much alcohol and naughty food, then this is the mask for you! Also, if you wear a lot of makeup, this mask is great for ridding the pores of any congestion. The Pink Clay Mask is formulated with Seaweed extract and Witch Hazel to help moisturise and soothe any problematic areas, to draw out any impurities and absorbs oil to give an overall healthier complexion. It is the prettiest pink colour and smells very fresh, but again not overbearing as sometimes skincare products that are too strongly scented can be a little off-putting for me, but this is a delight. Just like with the Jake Jamie Mask, you just need to apply to the skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. The Pink Clay Mask costs £8.00 and you get 50ml of product, and will definitely get your skin off to a great start for 2020.
You can find Revolution online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*Items marked with an asterix have been gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

December Favourites 2019

To end the year, I am bringing you my December favourites, some of the products I have been loving this month...
Starting with skincare, we have the Mudmasky Leave-Me-On Winter Mask (35 Euros for 40ml), and I received this in a Glossybox. You don't get a lot of product for the money but it is a really good mask, and because it is a winter mask, it is protecting, moisturising, ultra-repairing and nourishing, so it really does help the skin out during these colder months. Even though it says mask, it is more of a moisturiser in the sense that you apply a thin layer in a morning and then leave on the skin without rinsing off. The results of the mask are really good, but I do think you should get a little more product. You can find it online at Mudmasky here.
We then have the Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion (£19.00 for 100ml), which I took on holiday with me this month. It is a really deliciously scented rich body lotion that contains peach milk extract, shea butter and orange blossom wax and helps protect the skin against the cold weather as well as heating and air conditioning. The Moisture-Rich Body Lotion has a nice lightweight texture, so that you don't have to be waiting around before you can get dressed, but it still feels very luxurious. You can find it online at Clarins here.
Something else I took with me to Orlando is the Rituals Soothing Hand Balm (£9.90 for 70ml) as my hands have been so dry this season, and I thought with being in the pool a lot on holiday, that I would need something a little extra. This Soothing Hand Balm is infused with Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil and smells and feels incredible, the texture is like velvet and it too sinks into the skin really quickly, as I hate it when you get a hand cream that takes ages to dry as we are using our hands all the time. You can find it online at Rituals here.
I had been wanting to try out the Smashbox Photo Finish Minimize Pores Primer (£28.00 for 30ml) ever since it was first released as I have terrible enlarged pores, and so I was over the moon when it was in my Glamour Beauty Festival goody bag! I am so in love with this primer! I do love and have tried some of the other Smashbox primers, but for me personally, this is such a winner. It is an oil-free, mattifying primer and it really does help to blur out my pores, which also reduces the appearance of them and this has definitely been a favourite this month. You can find it online at Smashbox here.
Whilst I was at the Glamour Beauty Festival, I also picked up the The Ordinary Serum Foundation (£5.70 for 30ml) as I was wanting something with a light coverage for during the day on holiday and even though I use sunscreen on my face, this also has SPF 15, so it is nice to know that it has my back in the sunshine. You really cannot go wrong with The Ordinary products, they are such good value, yet have such concentrated skincare ingredients within the formulas. This foundation comes with a pump applicator, and it is a very fluid formula, so just be aware of that when you first use it. This gave me a slight bit of coverage and kept my skin super nourished throughout the day. You can find it online at The Ordinary here.
A couple of months ago I wanted the Harvey Nichols gift with purchase as it was incredible value, and so one of the items I picked up to qualify for it was the Chanel Le Volume Ultra-Noir Mascara (£28.00). It is a pricey product, there is no doubt about that, because it is Chanel. But I do love a luxury beauty item, and I have been really impressed with this mascara. It doesn't have the traditional bristle brush applicator, which I tend to prefer with more high-end mascaras, and this coats my lashes individually to give a much darker, refined look to them. You can find it online at Harvey Nichols here.
Another item from my Glossybox that I have been using a lot lately is the Kandi Cosmetics Pre Glow Up Mist (£20.00 for 120ml). I hadn't heard of the brand previously, which is what I love about beauty subscription boxes as you get to try things that aren't always on your radar. This beautiful rose-gold shimmer mist works as both a primer and a setting spray and adds a delicate glow to the skin, and as our skin can get quite dull at this time of year, this is perfect for banishing that. You can find it online at Kandi Cosmetics here.
I have quite hooded eyelids and a lot of the larger false lashes don't look great on me, but when I was at the Glamour Beauty Festival, the lash brand Velour were giving free lashes away and they also applied them for you. I tried out the Velour Luxe Faux Mink Lashes in the style Sunshine & Whispie (£24.00) and they are so beautiful, even on my eyes. They have lots of little individual lashes that then go into fans, and so they don't look 'too much' yet definitely make such a difference. I find the lashes themselves super lightweight and comfortable to wear too. They can also be reused up to 20 times, which makes them such good value - you can't beat quality lashes. You can find them online at Boots here.
Something fairly new I have been loving on my lips lately is the Revlon Kiss Glow Lip Oil (£8.99). There are seven shades available and I wanted them all as the colours are stunning, but opted for Nuditude as it is great for everyday. As these are a lip oil, I didn't expect hardly any coverage, but these blow all other lip oils out of the water! They have such good colour and coverage to them, and they are not at all greasy or oily on the lips, meaning that they are so comfortable to wear and you get colour and nourishment at the same time. You can find them online at Boots here.
I have been painting my nails a lot lately as I cannot afford to keep having gel polish applied, and a colour which I think is so beautiful for this time of year is the H&M Nail Polish in Witching Hour (£3.99). It is a kind of dark petrol green shade, and such a unique colour to most green nail polishes I have come across. The bottles are super cute and the polish looks lovely and glossy once it has dried down onto the nails. You can find it online at H&M here.
I hope you all have an amazing night tonight and I wish you all the best for the New Year!

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx