Wednesday, 24 February 2021

The Revolution Eye-Brightening Trio

 I suffer from naturally dark under eyes and so when a new product comes on the market to eradicate that, I am always down to try it! Revolution have three brand new products to help combat dark circles and brighten up the eye area. There is the Revolution Eye Bright Illuminating Under Eye Concealer, the Revolution Powder Bright Brightening Pressed Powder and the Revolution Eye Bright Concealer Brush.

The Revolution Eye Bright Illuminating Under Eye Concealer retails for £8.00 and packaging-wise, reminds me of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, except this one is in pink chrome packaging and is a lot cheaper! There are fifteen shades to choose from and I opted for the shade Light which is for light skin tones with a neutral undertone. Usually I will go for a pink undertone but more for foundation than anything else. The Concealer features a fluffy flocked sponge applicator and so you can apply it directly onto the skin and I am obsessed with this formula! It is lightweight, yet has a flexible buildable coverage and it works a treat at concealing under eye circles, along with blemishes and redness. The concealer has a delicate illumination to it to brighten up the area and the formula contains Vitamin C which is also great at brightening dull skin. This is definitely my go-to under eye concealer now and I do prefer it to recently-released The Ordinary Concealer. 

To set the Concealer in place, the brand has released the Revolution Powder Bright Brightening Pressed Powder (£8.00). The packaging on this product is very clean and simple and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. This finely milled pressed powder can be used on both the under eyes and all over the face to both mattify and highlight, removing any unwanted shine whilst still brightening and keeping foundation and concealer in place throughout the day. Once I have applied concealer to the under eyes, I then dust lightly with this powder to further brighten the area and keep the product locked in place. It is such a fine, delicate powder, especially for a pressed powder and doesn't settle into lines or pores and it really does amaze me how bright and more perfected my under eyes now look.

Revolution are not a brand that do things by halves, and so of course they have even brought out a brand new double-ended brush, the Revolution Eye Bright Concealer Brush (£6.00). On one end of this pink metallic brush you will find a fluffy angled brush head and on the other, a tapered sponge head which imitates the precision of fingertips to make it easier and quicker to apply your concealer and blend to perfection. I usually blend my concealer with a Beauty Blender, but it is often too large to get right into the inner corners of my eyes, and so this is revolutionary for me! As well as the under eye area, this brush is also great for the small areas around your nose, lips and brows!

You can find Revolution online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

pmd Clean Body Smart Body Cleansing Device Review

 There are so many electronic facial cleansing devices around at the moment, but did you know you can also get them for the body? Welcome, the pmd Clean Body Smart Body Cleansing Device* (£145.00) which I have been super lucky to have been trying out recently.

Now, more than ever antibacterial properties are big news when it comes to taking care of our skin. Loofah sponges and other body care products can harbour such things as dead skin cells, fungus, bacteria and even mould when not cleaned and replaced regularly. Regular sponges and washcloths which you can wash regularly are great for cleansing the skin but not exfoliating it and ridding it of dead skin cells.

The pmd Clean Body comes in a variety of colours to choose from and I went for the navy blue and gold option as I love anything blue - the colours obviously don't have any effect on the product itself, but it is always nice to have a choice. This device uses 7,000 vibrations per minute and breaks down dirt and oils on the skin, whilst also lifting, toning and firming the skin. It is made from silicone and is therefore odour-resistant, antibacterial, hypoallergenic and waterproof.

There are four modes on the device: Mode 1 gives a gentle vibration, Mode 2 gives an intense vibration, Mode 3 gives a gentle pulsation and Mode 4 gives an intense pulsation, so you can really change things up depending on your skin type and area of the body you are using it on. The pmd Clean Body is rechargeable and so you don't have to worry about batteries going flat or anything like that and it also features a travel lock that you enable or disable by holding the power button for three seconds. 

The length of the brush means that you can reach behind you to cleanse and scrub your back and there is also a handle at the base of the device to be able to hang it up in your bathroom or shower. The Clean Body comes with three different attachments - the Silverscrub, Polish and Relax heads. The Silverscrub is a small loofah that contains silver, making it antibacterial and is gentle but exfoliates well, staying nice and firm even when wet. The Polish is an aluminium oxide exfoliator that gently buffs away dry skin and dead skin cells to leave the skin feeling super soft and smooth and I found this great to use on the dry skin of my feet too. Thirdly, the Relax attachment is the body massager and due to the vibrations and pulsations of the device, you can massage yourself with it, which is amazing for the top of the back, neck and shoulders especially.

Yes, the pmd Clean Body is expensive, there is no getting away from that, but in comparison with other electronic devices of this nature, it isn't unfairly priced whatsoever and this has honestly made such a difference to the way I take care of my skin and how much better it looks and feels now.

You can find the pmd Clean Body Smart Body Cleansing Device online at pmd here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This item was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Monday, 22 February 2021

The Ordinary Concealer Review

 When skincare and beauty brand The Ordinary released their foundation a couple of years ago, people went crazy for it! I personally haven't tried it as I do like to get matched for a foundation and hadn't had the opportunity. However when I saw The Ordinary Concealer had been released, I knew I had to give it a whirl!

The Ordinary Concealer costs just £4.90 for 8ml of product which reflects the excellent prices of the brand as a whole. There are a whopping 36 shades to choose from, which for a concealer and for this price point I find very admirable. The Concealer comes in a little black tube with a small applicator nib, so you can control a small amount of product per use.

I opted for the shade 1.0P which is for Very Fair skin with pink undertones, and I don't have Very Fair skin, but I do have quite fair skin at the moment and so I opted for this one as I do need something with pink undertones so this seemed the best option. As it is a full coverage concealer, I did wonder whether it would be quite thick and heavy, but it is in fact the opposite. The formula is lightweight and melts into the skin really well. It definitely has good coverage, but the one thing I found on me personally, was that it did settle into lines a little at first, but once I continued to blend that didn't seem to be as much of an issue.

Therefore, I would suggest that if you have younger skin, this would be amazing for you, but if you have more mature skin, I would maybe skip over this if using it for under the eyes. However, if you are using it for blemishes and redness on the skin, I would highly recommend giving it a whirl, especially for the price!

You can find The Ordinary Concealer online at Cult Beauty here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Why You Should Be Wearing Ultrasun All Year Round

 Being brought up in England, we are mostly taught to apply sun protection in Summer, and even then most of us don't do it on a daily basis, just when we are sitting out and sunbathing. However, whatever the weather, we should be wearing sun protection every single day. During the colder months, we are of course dressed in jumpers and jeans, so our body doesn't always need sun protection, but our face definitely does.

The Ultrasun Face SPF 30* (£22.00 for 50ml) contains an advanced combination of lamellar broad-spectrum SPF30 protection with GSP for Infrared protection, titanium dioxide for blue light protection - which features in mobile phones, tablets and more, and Ectoin. Ultrasun Face SPF 30 comes in a handy pump bottle so it is easy to use and small enough to carry around with you. The formula is super fast-absorbing and there is no greasy residue left on the skin after application. It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive as it is free of fragrance. As well as sun-protection, the Ultrasun Face also has some skincare benefits to it; keeping the skin moisturised and nourished and reducing the appearance of sun-induced ageing such as lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. So not only is the formula protecting you from the sun, it also helping to make the skin healthier. You only need a small amount to be applied to the face, neck and décolleté and I apply mine after my usual skincare routine whether or not I am going to be applying makeup.

 More than ever, we have recently not been wearing as much makeup. I certainly haven't, because it transfers onto my face masks and I just don't have anywhere to go where I need to wear makeup. However, I still like to have a slight bit of colour and so tinted moisturisers have been my go-to during Lockdown 3. The good news is that the Ultrasun Face Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30* (£26.00 for 50ml), is available in just one shade, however it is blendable to your own skin colour and so there is no worry about finding the right shade for you. The Tinted Moisturiser has the same sun protection and skin nourishing ingredients as the original Face SPF 30 and so there is no need to apply both. As it is a tinted moisturiser, it doesn't add a tonne of coverage, but it does add some warmth to the face and so I can go out of the house and not look super pale due to the lack of a Floridian holiday last year! 

It doesn't matter whether it is Summer or Winter, I always get dry lips, whether it be from the cold and wind or the hot sunshine and air conditioning. The Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30* (£8.00 for 4.8g) is the perfect addition to my daily skincare routine. This little tube of joy protects against sun, wind and cold weather to provide the lips with intensive care and moisture. It is water resistant (so you can take a drink whilst wearing it) and fragrance free, so once again perfect for even sensitive skin. Just like with the Face SPF 30 and Face Tinted SPF 30, this protects against both UVA and UVB, and is super quick and easy to use. After all, the lips are one of the first parts of the face which start to show age, and so by protecting them with this Lip Protection, we can avoid that Dot Cotton look!

You can find Ultrasun online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

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

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Awebox Monthly Subscription Box February 2021 + Discount Code!

 I absolutely love a monthly subscription box, whether it be beauty, food, accessories or more, and luckily Awebox combines all of these things plus many other options. I was recently very kindly sent the February 2021 Awebox* and just had to show it off...

Awebox comes with many different options, starting with the amount of products you want to receive - you can do either a subscription or a one-off box, and then you choose 4 choice, 5 choice or 6 choice. In the six choice box, which I have here, you will receive around 12 fabulous products and items and you can choose six categories from the below;

* Chef's Corner
* Women's Beauty
*Men's Grooming
* Nail Care & Polish
* Vegan Snacks
* Protein Snacks
* Gluten Free Snacks
* Sweet Treats
* Beer
* Vodka
* Gin
* Whisky
* Candles & Home Fragrance
* Stationery
* Dog Treats & Toys
* Cat Treats & Toys
* Coffee
* Tea
* Chocolate
Or you can be completely surprised.

I think it is amazing that not only do you have such a wide variety of options, but that you can choose for yourself, but then still get a surprise in the product itself. The options I chose were Women's Beauty, Sweet Treats, Candles & Home Fragrance, Stationery, Cat Treats & Toys and Chocolate. 

My box arrived packed full of goodies! I also noticed that many of the items were from small businesses, which I think is amazing that they are getting supported via this subscription box, and it also enables you to try new brands and products. The first items I received were three beautifully-illustrated greetings cards by Millie Moth (£2.95 each), and they are blank inside which is great as sometimes you need a card at the drop of a hat and these are lovely as either greetings cards or even if you want to keep in touch with someone via letters.

For the Sweet Treats option, I received a box of Mr Stanley's Fudge Ahoy - Creamy Caramel and Sea Salt Butter Fudge (£6.99) - absolutely delicious! Prior to receiving this brand in my Awebox, I hadn't come across it before but they are made in England and I will definitely be checking them out for other flavours to try.

For my gorgeous cats Daisy and Millie, we received some Kelso and Titch Meaties Meaty Treats (£4.00) and a Green & Wilds Eco Cat Toy Mouse (£5.95) - super cute! My cats absolutely love their usual treats but when I give them something a little fancier, they cannot get enough! I think it is great that I get to give the cats a little something too. The Green & Wilds Toy Mouse is recyclable and durable, plus the added bell on the string will drive them potty! Daisy is 11 and Millie is 6 but they both still play with toys as if they were still kittens.

For the Women's Beauty category, I received two fabulous products. First up, is the Kushboo Sweet Orange & Clove Soap (£6.50), which I hadn't come across either until Awebox. This is a 100% natural vegan soap which smells amazing and contains sweet orange essential oil to keep the skin nourished and has a formula that is kind to skin, even sensitive skins. The packaging is pretty too and it is completely sustainable and plastic free.

The second Women's Beauty treat I received is the Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Nourishing Hand Cream (£29.99). I have tried and loved Dr Botanicals before, but I hadn't previously tried one of their hand creams. You receive a full size of 50ml and it has a sweet design on the packaging too. The brand as a whole is vegan friendly and their products are made in the UK. I think this is the perfect time of year for a nourishing hand cream as the weather is still pretty cold here in England.

For the category Chocolate, I received two full-sized bars of Guppy's Chocolates York chocolate (£2.30 each). I received Dark Chocolate Hazelnut and Feuilletine and Milk Chocolate Orange and Honeycomb and I honestly don't know which to choose first! They both sound incredible. I live not far from York and I didn't even know there was a chocolate brand their other than Rowntrees and Terry. So it is so great to be able to learn and discover such a lovely brand.

The final product I received was from the Home Fragrance & Candles option and it is the Shearer Candles Amaretto Biscotti Tin Candle (£8.00). This reminds me of a bakery or a coffee shop with that almond scent of Amaretto and the creamy crunchy Biscotti - I cannot wait to be able to go to a coffee shop again! This candle gives up to 40 hours of burn time, which is really good for a smaller candle but I do prefer smaller ones over large jars as then I can switch them up more often. Such a lovely inclusion.

The total worth of this Awebox was £74.88, and if I had bought this as a one-off box at £34.00, I would be saving a whopping £40.88! How amazing is that! Not only would I have saved money but I also got to try so many lovely products and brands that are new to me.

You can receive 10% off your first box by using the discount code AB10 at checkout and clicking on the link to Awebox here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This item was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Friday, 19 February 2021

No7 Radiance+ 15% Vitamin C Serum Review

 Throughout 2020 I tried a lot of No7 skincare products out, and I found that they really helped my skin, and so I was super excited to see they had released a brand new collection, which includes the No7 Radiance+ 15% Vitamin C Serum.

The No7 Radiance+ 15% Vitamin C Serum* (£20.00 for 25ml) comes in a glass bottle with a glass pipette, which I finds really helps to control the amount of product you are using with each application. The formula is clear and gel-like and not at all greasy or oily, so you don't get any leftover residue once the product has been pressed into the skin. There is a slight orange scent to it, but not anything overwhelming, which is great for more sensitive skin types.

The Serum is enriched with 15% Vitamin C and is a fast-absorbing formula that revives the complexion and helps to brighten and firm the skin throughout the day - perfect for dull, dry winter skin. I found that after just the first couple of uses my skin was brighter and more glowy, which is definitely the quickest result I have had with this kind of product.

After continued use, I found that the Serum reduced the appearance of my uneven skin tone, which is something I suffer from a lot due to large pores and just in general. I also found it super easy to slip into my skincare routine - after cleansing and toning the skin, I dispense a few drops into the palms of my hand and then press into the skin to get the most effective results. This is a product which is only to be used once a day, and I personally prefer to use it on an evening, as I find products work better when left on throughout the night without anything else being applied over them, such as makeup, but you can use either morning or night, it is completely your preference.

Overall, I find this Serum to have made a huge difference with my skin, and it not just looking brighter, but also feeling smoother and it keeps my skin well-nourished against this cold weather we are having at the moment. I find the price very comparable to other brands, and you only need a small amount per use, once a day, so this will last you plenty of time. Boots often have offers on the No7 skincare and cosmetics line too, so you will probably find it cheaper than its original price tag.

You can find the No7 Radiance+ 15% Vitamin C Serum online at Boots here

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

* This item was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks Review + Swatches

 I have nearly always been a lipstick over lipgloss kinda gal, and even more so throughout lockdown - nobody wants a sticky, gloopy mess on their face coverings! I was recently very kindly sent some lipsticks from Antipodes, the Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks* to try out and of course I wanted to share my thoughts with you all.

Especially during the height of Winter and Summer, my lips tend to get very easily dried out, and therefore I am always more inclined to choose a moisturising lipstick formula, which is where this particularly Antipodes lipstick comes in handy. There are twelve beautiful shades to choose from, and here I have a selection of stunning corals, pinks and reds, perfect for all year round!

The Moisture-Boost formula has been created with ingredients that are not only safe and natural, but so healthy you could almost eat them - which is actually what it says on the lipstick tube! In the past, there have been so many rumours about certain lipstick ingredients being harmful, and so it is refreshing to see a formula that is completely safe to use.

Key ingredients include pure plant oils of avocado, evening primrose oil and calendula, which are renowned for their conditioning and soothing properties, helping to prevent the lips drying out. The formula is also certified vegetarian by the UK Vegetarian Society and Antipodes as a whole is committed to repurposing, reusing and recycling, including using recyclable boxes made from 100% biodegradable cardboard derived from sustainable forests as well as glass bottles, aluminium tubes and printing with 100% eco ink from vegetables. This is brand that not only cares about the consumer, but also the world as a whole and this is super admirable.

The shades I have here are South Pacific Coral - a sweet everyday coral pink, Dragon Fruit Pink - a gorgeous vivid pink to add a pop of bright colour to the lips, West Coast Sunset - a smoky orange-red, and Forest Berry Red - a wild and warm-based true red, perfect for all year round. The colours apply true to the lips, even from just one swipe and as soon as they are applied to the lips they are really comfortable, lightweight and nourishing.

Top to Bottom: South Pacific Coral, Dragon Fruit Pink, West Coast Sunset, Forest Berry Red

The Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks retail for £20.00 each and you can find them online at Antipodes UK here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

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

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

I Heart Revolution Cookie Collection Review & Swatches

 Last month saw the release of the I Heart Revolution Cookie Collection, comprising of seven new bath fizzers and four new eyeshadow palettes - all cookie themed of course! As we have come to expect with I Heart Revolution, these products are super fun and colourful and of course, excellent value.

The I Heart Revolution Cookie Bath Fizzers* retail for £3.50 each, which in itself, for such a good-sized bath fizzer, is excellent value. There are seven scents available - Bubblegum, Cranberry, Ginger, Oatmeal and Raisin, Red Velvet, Sugar Cookie and Tropical. They all smell divine and look like large cookies, so you could definitely get around three baths per fizzer. Each Fizzer comes packaged singularly, which also makes them a really lovely and affordable gift for someone, or even a gift for yourself. The Bubblegum Bath Fizzer is pink and white, and each fragrance has a different colour relating to their scent, which fills your bath water with glorious colour. You could even try mixing and matching the scents! 

The I Heart Revolution Cookie Shadow Palettes* retail for £6.99 each and there are four colour options to choose from. Birthday Cake contains soft pinks and neutrals with a pop of lilac, Chocolate Chip holds neutrals, deep browns and olives, Red Velvet has reds, burgundies and warm browns and Triple Chocolate contains all the chocolate and caramel browns you could need. Each palette holds nine shadow shades, a large mirror on the inside of the compact and a fun, squishy cookie shape on the front of the lid. All four palettes contain a mixture of mattes and shimmers, and all include such a variety of shades that you can create multiple eye looks with them. Formula-wise, the shimmers are creamy and one-swipe situations and the mattes are pigmented and also slightly creamy, which makes them super easy to blend. The only thing that would make these even better would be if they actually smelt of the cookie they were named after! As with the Bath Fizzers, the Shadow Palettes also come individually packaged in cookie bag-type packaging ready to gift.

The I Heart Revolution Birthday Cake Shadow Palette

The I Heart Revolution Chocolate Chip Shadow Palette

The I Heart Revolution Red Velvet Shadow Palette

The I Heart Revolution Triple Chocolate Cookie Palette

You can find the I Heart Revolution Cookie Collection online at Revolution here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

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