Whiter teeth naturally/Carbon Coco

Correct me if i’m wrong in saying everyone aspires to have a beautiful, white, bright smile! I’ve tried whitening toothpastes and whitening kits, which were a complete waste of money. The only thing that actually worked was a trip to the Dentist’s office, which came with a whopping price tag.

I’ve been researching different ways, in which i can achieve or should i say maintain, whiter teeth, if i’m being honest, my teeth are pretty decent, thanks to my Dentist.

Now i happen to see a few Youtubers review this natural teeth whitening kit, made of activated charcoal and i was quite intrigued. According to their reviews, some were pretty pleased with the results.

I was lucky enough to receive the same teeth whitening kit from the company called Carbon Coco, who are Australian based. What really stood out to me was the fact that this is a natural way of getting whiter teeth, they are vegan friendly, i’m not a vegan but i have lots of friends who are, and they are also cruelty free.

In using this teeth whitening treatment, you are meant to see results within 7-14 days. I’m on day 1, so i’ll be tracking my progress. If this indeed works, you’ll be the first to know!

They claim that it’s gentle, yet effective in detoxifying the mouth and removing stains that may have been caused by coffee, tea or other coloured drinks. It’s also meant to keep bad breath at bay.

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The kit comes with a toothbrush, the activated charcoal powder, whitening toothpaste, tongue scraper and a storage bag.

Usage: Dip toothbrush into powder, making sure it’s well coated. Brush teeth in circles for 2-3 mins, then rinse. After brushing with powder, brush with whitening toothpaste for more or less the same time. Repeat twice daily for 7-14 days for results.

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Day 1

Did i see any results after one use? Maybe just a little bit, but then again, my teeth were in a fairly good state to begin with. I can only tell if it really works if i continue using it for the recommended period.

Let the testing begin! Have you tried this kit or anything similar? What are your thoughts? Thanks for reading. Here’s the link to their website, do check them out!.

https://carboncoco.com/

Love,

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GWA (Girl With Attitude) makeup look + review

Hey everyone, hope you’re all well.

You know i love to share my new and not so new discoveries with you right? Hey sharing is caring! Ok so this brand i’m about to tell you about isn’t very popular as far as i know, however they are quite good. The first time i came across this makeup line was in a store in the UK called Savers, if you know me then you’d know i go where things are pretty inexpensive.

Ok so lined out in the makeup section of this store were some of the most beautiful lashes i’ve ever seen, and the packaging was very nice as well. What do you know, i have about ten pairs of lashes in my basket, why not? haha, they were £2.99, i wasn’t gonna pass up those great offers. To cut this story very short, i basically fell in love with their lashes, so i was very keen to try out the other products in their line. Here we go!

This is how it happened, one fine day, i was scrolling down my Instagram Timeline and saw this brand again, this time, they were advertising their eyeshadow palettes, so i went onto their page and was amazed at how beautiful and well presented their products were, so i went straight to their website and ordered a few bits.

I was away at the time, so i can’t say how quick their delivery system was, but all i can say is, the packaging were to die for! They have put some thoughts into every single detail. Even if the product themselves were crap, you’d definitely be sold based only on how they looked, so magical!

I loved everything, from their eyeshadow and highlighting palettes to their matte liquid lipsticks! Oh did i mention they were also vegan friendly and cruelty free? Oh yes, and also affordable!

 

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Here are the claims for both palettes:

*Ultra pigmented

*long wearing

*Velvety smooth

*Cruelty free

The eyeshadow palette was £9.99 and the highlighting palette £11.99. As for the liquid lipsticks they claim they are:

*Ultra pigmented

*Long wearing

*Matte finish

*Non transfer

It also smelt like peaches, insert smiley face 😉

So far i can say their claims are true, i’m a happy camper!

Here’s the look i came up with.

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Hope you liked the look, feel free to check out the tutorial, linked below. I’ve also done a swatch of the palettes as well, so check that out whilst you’re there! Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

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Rimmel stay matte liquid lipstick review

As a Drugstore liquid lipstick i am actually impressed. Rimmel came out with 15 shades of their stay matte liquid lip colour, ranging from nudes, pinks to very dark shades. The collection has a wide selection of shades that’ll compliment any skin tone.

I picked up 5 shades and i’m quite happy with my choices. I’ve tried numerous Drugstore and high end liquid lipsticks and end up tossing them to the side!

These liquid lipsticks claim to be-

Kiss-proof

Waterproof

Touch-proof

12 hr wear

Lipsticks can get very messy,  especially when you kiss someone say on the cheeks or you drink from a bottle or glass, most of it comes right off! How annoying is that? Now these bad boys from Rimmel won’t do that, once they are properly dried, they are locked into the lips and won’t go anywhere for up to 12 hrs. Mind you, i haven’t worn them for that long so i couldn’t say for sure if that’s the case, but i do know they are indeed smudge proof . There’s also the discomfort to contend with when it comes on to some liquid lipsticks, they often times leave your lips dry and looking blotchy, i haven’t experienced this with Rimmel, so i’m delighted.

Pros-

Affordable

Long lasting

Not drying

Great pigmentation

Cons-

Some goes on patchy

You’ll need about 2-4 coats(depending on how intense you like it to be)

Takes about 45 secs to a min to dry completely matte

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This shade is called ‘Heartbeat’- A beautiful cerise pink.

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This one is ‘Blue Iris’- A deep purple with blue undertones.

I do have three more which i swatched and reviewed on my channel, so be sure to check it out, the link will be provided below.

They retail for £5.99, and i got mine from Superdrug in the UK, however i’m almost certain you’ll be able to get your hands on them from any beauty store.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Love

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Morphe 25A palette, worth £19?

Hey there lovelies!

To add to my growing makeup collection, i’ve purchased another Morphe palette. I have been a big fan of Morphe ever since they were highly spoken about by a lot of beauty influencers on social media. Don’t get me wrong, i don’t always buy everything they rave about, a particular product has to really grab my attention for me to spend money.

Browsing on Beauty Bay, I came across this palette that looked like something i’d most certainly enjoy using, now Beauty Bay i must add is one of my favourite online makeup stores, i  always end up purchasing even when i’ve said to myself i’m only window shopping, yea right! Haha.

Of course i quickly grabbed this palette as things on Beauty Bay go so fast, ‘you snooze you lose’. It has been my ‘go to’ it consists of some really gorgeous warm shades, that are perfect for everyday wear or any occasion for that matter. I can never have too many neutral palettes as i always wear them more than i do bolder more vibrant shades.

This palette has 25 shades, ranging from taupes, beige, browns, golds to blacks. Basically you get a decent selection of warm tones.

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1st row

The first row swatched ok, i use the beige  shades for my brow bone highlight. If you’re going to use on the lids, then you’ll definitely have to build them up.

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2nd row

I don’t care much for the second row, it’s my least favourite in the palette. I don’t know what exactly i’d use these to do, but i’m sure they can also be used as lid colours. They aren’t as pigmented either.

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3rd row

The third row again was just ok, let’s just say the first three rows in this palette were not the best.

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4th row

Now the fourth row is my absolute favourite, just look at how pigmented these shades are! The shimmer or foiled shades are hands down the best in the palette. They are super pigmented, smooth and blend like a dream.

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5th row

The fifth row wasn’t bad either, the shades are pigmented as well.

My overall thoughts on this palette, i would say it is definitely a mixed bag! The first three rows weren’t up to much.

Is it worth £19? In my opinion not really, Morphe has other palettes which have 35 shades, and some have amazing pigmentation selling at £22, now that’s a better deal. I guess it comes down to a matter of personal preference.

Here’s a look i created using this palette, i have to say i really loved the outcome!

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Thank you for indulging me.

Love,

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Glow on a bugdget-highlighting palettes

Hello friends, welcome back, it’s been about a week since i last blogged but sometimes we need to step away to reflect and gather our thoughts.

Ok so i’ve been playing around with different highlighters that are more on the affordable side, i’ve often times stressed that you don’t have to break the bank to look good, and in this case i’m speaking about makeup.

I picked these up a few months ago, so i can safely give my honest opinion on them. Let me start off with the LivBeauty Shine Bright palette, mind you i’m not familiar with this brand but i must say i have no regrets testing it out.

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It has 6 shades, which are pretty much beige, rose and hints of champagne. This palette is perfect for light to medium skin tones, but also dark skin friendly. The beauty about highlighting palettes are that they double up as eyeshadows so if you think that some of the shades may not pop very much on your skin tone, no need to toss it to the side, just sweep them across your lids and you’re good to go.

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So as you can see in this swatch, it can also work on dark skin tones. Beautiful shades that are very nicely pigmented and soft to the touch. Very travel friendly as well as it’s lightweight and easy to store.

 

This one from Revolution is my favourite! I think it suits my skin tone better as it has a very lovely warm golden shade that always seems to compliment any skin that is dark to deep dark.

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Eight beautiful, pigmented, soft shades that range from gold, rose pinks, champagnes to beige. Now this palette is definitely suited for most if not all skin tones. The golden shade at the bottom right is the one i always gravitate towards, sometimes i like to mix it with the other shades. Another travel friendly palette.

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I have not been able to put this palette down since i purchased it, Revolution has some amazing highlighters that are super affordable and are of great quality. I have another highlighting palette from Revolution as well that i also love.

All i can say is, these two palettes are truly winners, you get so much for a small price tag! I know a lot of people are big fans of the more high end ones but honestly these measure up in my opinion.

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Do let me know what your favourite highlighters or highlighting palettes are and also if you’ve ever tried these before. Thanks for stopping by.

Love

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Battle of the setting powders

I started using setting powders as a part of my full face makeup routine about five years ago. This is after learning how to properly do so from watching a few Youtube videos and  taking makeup classes. The first one i used was the Ben Nye banana powder, then i moved on to using the Fashion Fair and Sascha Buttercup. I liked all of them, they have individual qualities that work well for my skin tone.

How to use setting powders-

After applying concealer to the areas you wish to highlight, use the powders to set and lock concealer in place so it doesn’t budge, some people like to bake, this simply means they leave the setting powder on for a little longer, say about 10 minutes, which should result in a creaseless, flawless, more long lasting finish. They can also be used as an all over face powder. A brush or sponge can be used for application.

Sascha Buttercup setting powder-

This has become a popular sensation in the makeup world. It claims to blend naturally,  gives an all day matte look, with no ashy flash back. Suitable for medium to deep skin tones. It is finely milled, easy to work with and gives a beautiful finish, when used to set concealers. One of my favourite setting powders to use.

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Ben Nye Banana powder-

Now before Sascha came along, Ben Nye took us by storm! Every beauty guru raved about this product and as an avid makeup lover, i decided to jump on the bandwagon. This powder is much lighter in colour than the Sascha buttercup powder which is more yellow. They are both said to be finely milled.

It claims  to give a smooth finish, when used to set concealers in place or even when used  as an all over face powder. It won’t clog pores and it also reduces shine. It is great for warmer skin tones or when a warm based highlight is needed.

I’ve heard that this powder gives flashbacks but i haven’t experienced that. What i usually do after dusting off the excess setting powder is to go over that with my all over face powder, making sure that everything is seamless, leaving no harsh lines on my face, then i’d spritz my face with some setting spray to reduce the look of any ashy, cakey ,cast like look.IMG_0894

 

Fashion Fair setting powder-

Described as a sheer translucent powder, that is smudge resistant, water proof and fragrance free. It can be used to set concealer in place as well as an all over face powder. Suitable for most skin tones. I really like this setting powder, when used on fairer skin tones it gives a beautiful and  flawless finish.IMG_0899

There are a few more setting powders on the market that i’m very keen on trying out. The Laura Mercier, Airspun and Rcma, i’ve heard great reviews on these so i’ll have to see what all the fuss is about.

What are your favourite setting/all over powders? Any recommendations?,

Until next time, stay beautiful!

Love,Shaunz xo

Winter Lipstick picks

Here are my Winter lipstick picks, these are what i’ve been wearing lately. The finishes are perfect for this season as they aren’t drying.

This is  Colourpop lippie stix called ‘Ellarie’

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This is LA Girls matte pigment lipstick in ‘Dreamy’, paired with Nyx lip liner in ‘Cocoa’

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Milani Lipstick in ‘Malt Mocha’ also paired with Nyx Lip liner in ‘Cocoa’

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Maybelline vivid matte lipstick in ‘Possessed plum’. It claims to be of a matte finish but i’ve waited a few minutes for it to dry matte and it didn’t!

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Colourpop lippie stix in ‘Creature’

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These are quite affordable lipsticks that will suit most budgets! From your deep wine shades to neutrals, you’ll be sure to like them, they  look amazing against any skin tone.

Love, Shaunz