Thursday, 30 January 2014

Review: Kiko Dark Heroine Face Brush

Hey everyone,
I ordered this face brush in the sale at Kiko and I cannot recommend it more. This double ended brush is a great multi-use brush and retails at £15.90 but was on sale for £7.90. This brush was part of the ‘Dark Heroine’ Collection which is now being discontinued, and it has only just gone out of stock, so you might still be able to find one in store!
The smaller end is perfect for contouring, I apply my bronzer with this brush and then blend it out with my Real Techniques buffing brush for the perfect contour. The smaller end of this brush is incredibly dense, probably the most dense brush I own and it just works amazingly well. I’ve been looking for a good contour brush for ages and this is the one for me, I love it.
I use the larger end to apply blush, but it would also be great for applying powder. Both ends are ridiculously soft and I’ve experienced no shedding in the weeks I have been using it. This brush is amazing and makes contouring so much easier and also applies blush beautifully.
I honestly can’t say how much I love this brush and can't wait to try some more of Kiko's brushes now! They are quickly becoming one of my favourite brands and especially I love their limited edition ranges and the Dark Heroine range is definitely my favourite yet!
Thanks for reading!
What do you think of Kiko?
Emily :) x

Monday, 27 January 2014

Big Haul: Bomb Cosmetics

Hey everyone,
This year I’ve really got into Lush and their bath bombs etc, but I’ve never really tried another brand so I decided to buy some products from Bomb Cosmetics to see how they compare. I used my Christmas money and got lots of different products to try out :)
I tried to pick products from all the different ranges as the choice is massive, this way I could see which ranges were my favourite for when/if I decide to repurchase anything :)
Here's what I ordered:
Queen of the Nile Whoopie Blaster
A Whoopie Blaster is described as a doughnut shaped Bath Blaster but with a generous squirt of pure butters to nourish and condition the skin, all handmade with pure essential oils. I picked Queen of the Nile which is described as a woody, floral fragrance and it smells really good even through the cellophane! This is huge, 140g and costs £2.99.
Pineapple Expressed Bath Blaster
This is just a regular bath bomb, it was so hard to pick just one with 51 different types to choose from, so in the end I picked three, this one being the first. This smells really good, a lovely pineapple scent with hints of lemon and orange too. Pineapple is one of my favourite scents and I just loved the design of this one. This cost £2.09 and is a massive 160g!
Sweet Cherry Pie Blaster
This is another from the Bath Blaster range and is called 'Sweet Cherry Pie', again its 160g of product, but costs a little bit more at £2.29. This smells amazing, cherry is another one of my favourite scents and this just smells incredible, cannot wait to use it!
Coconut Mushrooms Tinned Candle
I got this because coconut is another one of my favourite smells but sadly this is not a nice smell at all. It doesn't smell coconutty and smells slightly like playdough, I will definitely never use this which is such a shame because it was £7.99 and burns for 45-50 hours which is great! I want to try another one but don't really want to spend £7.99 again incase I don't like it again!

Chilla Vanilla Cleansing Shower Butter

This was quite expensive at £7.99 a tub, but it is huge with 320g of product. This is semi-solid at room temperature and you use it as you would a shower gel but it moisturises at the same time. I loved the idea of this and think it will last me absolutely ages. This is vanilla scented with slight caramel undertones, like a tub of ice cream :)

Pina Colada Pout Polish Lip Scrub

I bought this as I haven't tried many lip scrubs and absolutely love my Lush one, so wanted to see how this compares. Sadly it smells awful so there's no way I will be putting it on my lips! Such a shame as it would have been a cheaper alternative at only £2.49 per pot.

Juicy Pineapple Intense Lip Treatment

I bought this because I absolutely love pineapple flavoured things and the name intrigued me too, being an 'intense' lip treatment. Plus, you can never have too many lip balms. This smells and tastes amazing and for £2.49 it was pretty cheap, the choice of flavours was pretty big and I'd love to try some of the others! I really like this lip balm, its so light on the lips, gives a glossy finish and it just tastes incredible!

Vanilla Trifle Bath Blaster

This was the last of the three Bath Blasters that I picked and I picked this one because I love vanilla scented things. This smells amazing, its vanilla with hints of rich custard, cream and caramelised sugar. This one is another large one, 160g and costs £2.09, which I think is so reasonable.

Ripple-licious Butter Loop

How sweet is this?! I think this is such a great design and I like that its only small. This is 30g and costs £2.24. A Butter Loop is a doughnut-shaped slow fizzing bath bomb that releases its cocoa butter (the blue bit in the middle) as it melts. This smells incredible, its a lovely fruity fragrance and there are four other Butter Loops in the range with all different colours and flavours. Butter Loops are just one type of Bath Melt available.

Purple Passion Bath Creamer

There are 43 different Bath Creamers in the bath melt range, so a huge amount to choose from, in the end I went for Purple Passion. Bath Creamers are made from pure cocoa and shea butter and essential oils, they gently melt releasing nourishing and deeply moisturising butters to condition your skin. These are small, only 30g, Purple Passion costs £2.09 and smells amazing - a really nice fruity scent!

Crazy Chic Bath Mallow

A Bath Mallow is another variation of Bath Melt, and the designs are amazing! They cost £2.24 for 30g of product and they look good enough to eat. Crazy Chic is quite a floral scent, its not as nice as some of the others but its still nice, perhaps a little bit stronger than the others. This is a bath melt, so makes your skin super soft.

Coconut Creme Bath Buttercup

This is yet another variation of Bath Melt that Bomb Cosmetics do and there are eight different Buttercups to choose from costing £2.20 each for 30g. Coconut cream has a super sweet scent but still very coconutty, its a nice scent, but not my favourite. Again this is for softening the skin and doesn't work like a bath bomb that fizzes, it just gently melts realising nourishing butters for the skin.

Free Gifts

I have no idea why I received three free gifts but it was a very nice surprise to see on my receipt '+ 3 free gifts'! I'm not sure if its because I spent over a certain amount or whether they were just being nice! But its a really nice touch and I love when companies give you a little free gift in with your order.

Christmas Pudding Bath Creamer

I have no idea what this is, I'm assuming it is a Bath Creamer from the Bath Melt range, just because of its shape and size. The Christmas range is no longer on the site so I'm not sure, but if it is a Bath Creamer it would retail at £2.09. This is a more subtle scent and I really can't describe it, but it is very nice!  

Snowflake's Chance Bath Blaster

This is one of the 160g Bath Blasters from the bath bomb range and would usually cost £2.29. This is another one that smells amazing, sort of florally and its nice and glittery too :) I would have definitely picked this myself so I'm really impressed with this free gift! 

Honey Beach Handmade Soap

Lastly, I also cannot find this on the site, is this Honey Beach soap, which going by the other soap slices would usually be about £2.49. I don't use soaps, I prefer to use shower gels, so I might not get much use out of this. It smells gorgeous though, it smells like popcorn! :)

I am so happy with my order and everything was reasonably priced and I can't wait to see how they compare to my Lush bath melts/bombs. I definitely recommend heading over to the site because the range of products in phenomenal. You can find Bomb Cosmetics here!

This is just a first impressions kind of post, I will do a review post once I've tried the products out properly. First Impressions are so far very good apart from a few items that weren't to my taste in regard to their scent!

Thanks for reading!

Have you tried Bomb Cosmetics before?

Emily :) x

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Review: Paul and Joe Body and Hair Mist & Whale Make Up Bag Asos Exclusive (Currently On Sale)!

Hey everyone,
One of my buys from the Christmas sale at Asos was this 60ml Body and Hair Mist and free whale patterned make up bag as part of an Asos Exclusive. I had wanted this for a while at full price £11.50, so when it went into the sale for £7, I ordered it straight away. This is still available for that price, here on Asos. I have never seen a hair and body mist before, I’ve used body mists for years and I really like them, so was very intrigued by the idea of a multi-use mist suitable for hair too. The free makeup bag was a bonus too! I love Paul and Joe and especially love their gorgeous prints on their makeup bags and other products.
For £7, I think this was a good little bargain! I love the cute little whale print on the makeup bag and the hair and body mist is a decent size for the price especially for a high end brand.
The hair and body mist contains 60ml of product and comes packaged in a thick cardboard box embossed with lillies around the top and bottom of the box, which is simple but adds a little something to the packaging. The product itself being a mist, is obviously in a spray bottle but comes with a lid that is very sturdy, so if you were to carry it in your handbag, I'd be very surprised if the lid came off in your bag, which is something that really annoys me with some spray bottles!
As a body mist, this is lovely. Its hydrating, sinks into the skin almost instantly, is neither sticky nor greasy and smells gorgeous. As a hair mist applied to dry hair, this adds a natural shine, doesn't weigh down the hair and also doesn't make the hair appear greasy in any way either. I'm so impressed with this as both uses are equally impressive, which is great. This is perfect for keeping in your handbag, it leaves a lovely scent on the skin and hair too which is a bonus.  
The free makeup bag is lovely too. Its made from a plastic coated material inside and out, perfect for wiping away any makeup stains. Its such a pretty print and it just reminds me of the sort of first handbag you would get as a four year old child, haha. Inside is a little pocket and the bag itself is spacious enough for my everyday makeup.
So, overall for £7, I am really impressed with this and it makes me want to try more Paul and Joe products! I love the brand and they have the most unique packaging I have ever seen.
Thanks for reading!
What do you think of Paul and Joe Cosmetics?
Emily :) x

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Birchbox January 2014

Hey everyone,
Birchbox have really impressed me in the last few months, I was so shocked when they included the Laura Mercier products and have since stopped wearing foundation and now use Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturiser instead, something I never ever expected, being someone that wears medium-full coverage foundations. So they have introduced to me to one of my new favourite products and changed my whole perception on foundations vs tinted moisturisers now.
I knew Birchbox were including a Benefit product in this month's box which is another high end brand that I absolutely love. This month's box was another excellent one with some amazing brands included. This month's theme was 'Tiny Tweaks', which focuses on making small daily changes that will make a big difference by the end of the year. I love this theme, its perfect for January and I definitely intend to start improving my skincare routine this month.
Here's what was in the January box:
Delarom Acquaconfort Mask
I've never heard of Delarom before but I absolutely love hydration masks. They are essential for my super dry skin, especially in the winter months. This is described as a smooth hydrating mask to nourish the skin and restore suppleness and vitality, you apply to dry skin, leave on for 5-10 minutes and wipe off. This is a 15ml sample and 50ml retails at £24, so quite a generous sample size!
Benefit's Porefessional Primer
I absolutely love Benefit and one of my favourite products is their Porefessional primer, I use it every day. It blurs the pores and makes them less visible and creates a smooth, velvety base for your makeup. It also has a semi-matte effect which is perfect as my skin is quite shiny. I find this hydrating, not drying in the slightest, it does have a relatively hefty price tag but it lasts so long! This is a 7.5ml sample and full size (22ml) retails at £24.50, so its another generous sized sample and its perfect for popping in your handbag for touch ups.
Premae Anatomy Nutrients Instant Renewal Body Oil
I haven't tried many products from Premae, but I did attend an event at the Premae HQ, and I tried and tested some beautiful products and they really are a great brand. This is described as 'cardio in a bottle' and claims to moisturise, tone and detoxify the skin and is meant to be particularly good for reducing cellulite. This is a 20ml sample, full size (100ml) retails at £9.50.
Rodial Glamtox Night
I have never tried any Rodial products, due to their extremely high cost. This is a 15ml sample with full size (30ml) retailing at £90! I couldn't believe it, but I have looked on several sites and the price and size is the same, that means this tiny sample is worth £45, wow. I have extremely high hopes for this product, but even if it changes my skin completely, there's no way I can afford £90 for 30ml of cream. This is described as super-hydrating and claims to smooth the complexion, reduce pore size and plumps fine lines. I am extremely excited to try such a luxurious product.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
This is another very well known product, that I haven't tried, although I do have some samples somewhere that I completely forgot about. This is described as a hair saviour and claims to strengthen, nourish and protect breakages. This is a hair mask, you work this through damp hair, leave on for 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition as normal. This is definitely a popular product and I am going to try this out tonight to see how it works for me! This is a 20ml sample, 150ml is £27.50.
Birchbox Eye Mask
This is the lifestyle extra included in my box, I have received this before months ago and without even mentioning it to Birchbox they emailed me apologising for sending me a duplicate product and gave me £5 worth of points to spend in the e-store - amazing customer service! This is a cooling eye mask, you keep it in the fridge and it soothes and relaxes the eyes.
Overall, I am ridiculously impressed with this box, I didn't quite realise the value of the box, with one product being worth £45 on its own! I love this box so much and think it is 100% worth £12.95. If you are interested in signing up to Birchbox, using my link will get you £5 to spend in the e-store, so click here if you want to sign up and receive this wonderful box!
I'm going to have a lovely pamper session tonight with all these amazing products.
Thanks for reading!
What do you think of this month's Birchbox?
Emily :) x