Tropic Summer goddess shimmering body oil

Beautiful, glowing, healthy looking skin is in! I’ve been using this Tropic shimmering body oil and it makes my skin look amazing. It gives just the right amount of shimmer, without the sticky feel that some body oils give and it has a very lightweight feel on the skin. Who needs body oils that weighs down the skin? Not me!

It contains bourbon vanilla, virgin coconut and golden jojoba oils, which are natural oils designed to give your skin a rejuvenated , youthful and healthy look.

Not only does it have a subtle yet divine smell, it is made from 100% natural ingredients. Suitable for all skin types too.

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Shaken

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How to use;

Shake up content in bottle as it separates when not used. Then apply as much needed to the skin, the choice is yours!

I haven’t been able to put this oil down, it is absolutely amazing, i kid you not! This will be a Summer staple for me, especially when the sun is out. The only downside is, it is a limited edition product.

What is your favourite body oil?

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Forever Flawless-Diamond infused Vitamin C Booster

Hello beauties, a very happy and bright new year to you all! My first post for 2017, it feels like it’s been forever since i last posted on here. I’m back and i would love to share something that i picked up a few days ago with you.

After the holidays my skin was looking quite dull and lifeless, and to be honest i expected it to be that way as i’ve over indulged and i allowed myself to do so as it was the holidays, i’m sure some of us can relate haha. Time to whip that skin back in shape, refocus!

I’ve seen this skincare line floating around and i was never that interested until one of my friends purchased one of the products and raved highly about it, even then i still went on my merry old way, especially when she told me the price, my jaw dropped!

I’ve mentioned numerous times that i have problematic skin so i’ll do almost anything to get it looking right, so i decided to have a look into this skincare line. I went into their shop and had a browse around, i was soon greeted by a very friendly, courteous young lady who asked me what i was looking for so i told her my skin’s history.

She pointed me to what she knew would work for my skin type. She also made mention of her skin saying that she has suffered with acne in the past and using the product she’ll be introducing me to worked wonders for her. She was very knowledgeable and genuinely keen to assist me, so i was immediately sold.

As soon as she mentioned the price, i was ready to run out the front door, haha. She assured me that it will work and not only does it work, it will last about a year or more. How could i pass up on that? She also offered me a free facial and some other bits that made my shopping experience worthwhile.

Let me introduce you to the product i speak of!

Price $150usd

Forever Flawless Vitamin C Booster is formulated to nourish the skin with super anti-oxidant Vitamin C for younger, fresher and healthier appearance. In addition to Vitamin C, this boosting serum contains generous doses of extra fine diamond powder, Vitamin E, aloe,seaweed extract and other natural botanicals to correct dark spots, prevent skin discolouration and battle premature again.

They claim that within a few weeks of regular use, the skin will improve from inside out, appearing more radiant, firm and supple.( Information provided by Forever Flawless)

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My thoughts

I’ve been using it for just a day and i like the way my skin feels and looks after use. It has a pleasant smell and it’s also light weight, with a creamy consistency, not too creamy. The mere fact that one of the key ingredients is diamond powder i was even more interested to give it a go.

They reckon a little goes a long way, just a couple of pumps for the face and neck should do the trick, twice daily.

Very expensive stuff but i’m hopeful that it’ll somewhat help my skin, so i guess i’ll have to wait and see and i’ll be back to give you updates. Have you heard of or tried this product or any other from the line? Let me know if you have.

Have a great day!

Shaunz xo

 

 

Lush face and body mask

Hey guys,

I’ve found that lately i’ve been into trying different scrubs and mask. It’s a plus when they are made from natural ingredients and aren’t tested on animals. Now i know a lot of you are familiar with the brand Lush, as they are definitely cruelty free and all their ingredients are very much natural.

I popped into their shop and as usual that lovely aroma hits as soon as i stepped through the door, it’s almost impossible to leave without picking up a few bits! As i browsed around, i spotted their face and body mask, there was a wide variety but i had to grab the one made from coffee. I must add before i get any further that i love coffee, one or two cups a day is just right for me, any more than that and i’d be quite jittery, i digress! I quickly put the mask in my basket along with a few bath bombs and made my way out of the store before i ended up with a hefty bill haha.

Of course i tried it as soon as i got home, it has an awesome smell of coffee not in the slightest way overbearing, if you’re a coffee lover, then you’ll find this pleasant. I can assure you that this is one of the best ways to pamper yourself in the privacy of your own home without having to pay an arm and a leg.

Now this mask has a thick consistency, with coarse coffee grounds that will ensure that your skin is properly exfoliated.

To apply it, i wet my hands a little, took out a generous amount a few times and distributed it all over my body, from my face to my feet. I had to keep wetting my hands as it gets a bit dry and it needed water to help it go onto the skin better. I was quite gentle as it is coarse. After smoothing it all over my body, i then left it on for 10 mins, they recommended  you let it sink in for 10-15 mins. Washed it off, which i have to say was a very messy job, as the coffee grounds got everywhere!

Let me just tell you how smooth and baby soft my skin felt, oh my goodness. This mask is amazing, even the day after my skin still felt soft, supple and rejuvenated. I really do like it and i’m planning to try a few more of their mask.

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Here you can tell i’ve been really enjoying this mask. Have you tried any of Lush’s face and body mask? What are your thoughts? Do let me know, thanks for stopping by.

Shaunz xo

Estee Lauder Double wear foundation- Thoughts

Happy Friday beauties,

I wanted to touch briefly on one of my all time favourite foundations, the Estee Lauder Double wear. The importance of having a great base is that it gives your makeup an impeccable finish.

This foundation claims to have a staying power of 15 hrs, with a natural finish. It is lightweight and has a comfortable feel, and will withstand heat and humidity. It also won’t clog the pores, smudge or change colour.

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My thoughts, as i’ve been using this foundation for a few years, i think i’ll be able to give my honest opinion. The coverage is superb, you can go from medium to full. It blends in very easily and evenly into the skin as mentioned above, giving a beautiful finish. It does last a very long time, without needing to touch up. Perfect for oily skin that may have blemishes, as it does manage to cover up those imperfections very well. It has SPF 10 so it surely will protect your skin whilst wearing it.

They have a wide variety of shades to suit every skin tone. I’d say it’s a bit on the pricey side, £31 but worth it. I’ve never bothered to repurchase any other foundations but i did with Estee Lauder, because it works so well for my type of skin. It is basically everything i look for in a foundation. The only con is that it doesn’t have a pump, which makes for a messy job, as you’ll either have to pour the product onto a brush,sponge, the back of you hand or a spatula, which maybe hard to contain sometimes!

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What i’ve done is applied my foundation, a few small drops, use my flat top brush to buff the product into my skin, making sure that the neck and hair line are not left out. Then i used my Mac mineralise skinfinish powder in dark deep to set the foundation in place, as i have oily skin and setting the foundation will make it stay put!  I’m wearing the shade Sandalwood, which is a perfect match especially in the Fall or Winter months, not so much for Summer as that’s the time i get a bit darker, so i’d have to mix a little drop of a darker foundation with Sandalwood to achieve my shade.

Overall i give this Estee Lauder Double wear foundation a huge thumbs up! Have you used this foundation before? If you have, what are your thoughts?

Love, Shaunz xo

Cover FX natural finish oil free Foundation

Happy Monday guys,

I was on the hunt for a new foundation as it was time to replenish the stock. I don’t know about you but i like to do my research on most products before i take the plunge especially if it comes with a hefty price tag! Now this foundation has gotten about 4.5 stars, and was talked about as being one of the best on the market, suitable for oily skin, so naturally i would want to test it out for myself.  Before i jump into what i think, here is the description provided by Beauty Bay. Might i add this foundation isn’t new, it has been around for sometime now.

Description

“Cover Fx natural finish oil free foundation is a water based, liquid foundation that provides hydration, and you can achieve sheer to full coverage. It is designed to give a natural looking, soft finish and provides buildable, long wearing coverage. It is deeply moisturising, paraben, fragrance, mineral oil and talc free. It is suitable for all skin types.”

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My thoughts

Whilst the description might be true, this foundation did absolutely nothing for my skin! I wore it one afternoon and i wasn’t very impressed. Let me add this shade was a little too dark for me, but that didn’t bother me one bit, that can be adjusted.

Pros

Wonderful coverage- As little or as much needed

Wasn’t heavy on the skin

Not too thick of a consistency

Wide range of shades

Cons

Made me very oily, a few hours wearing it, i looked like i was dipped in fat! haha

Has an unpleasant smell

Quite pricey

I know what you’re thinking, the pros outweigh the cons, that is true but for me, once a product claims to be great for oily skin and it really isn’t, all bets are off! I thought to myself, maybe i needed a better primer, so that is what i’ll do next. I won’t throw this foundation out, it was too expensive, at a price of £34, i’m going to make it work some way, somehow.

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After application

You might not be able to see that it is slightly darker, but i assure you it is, great lighting makes everything better, haha. The coverage is super and doesn’t feel cakey or heavy.

In conclusion, i think it would’ve been an awesome foundation, if it hadn’t made me so oily, everything else, except for the scent was great! I suppose if you have combination or normal skin this would work. Let me know what you guys think. Have you tried this foundation before?

Shaunz xo

Activated Charcoal

I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about activated charcoal and of course i did some research just to get more insight. It is used for a host of things including whitening teeth, treating body odour, relieving discomfort from insect bites, treating alcohol poisoning, treating  acne and so on. However today i’ll be focusing on the benefits of using activated charcoal on the skin.

According to my research, it is quite effective at controlling acne, as it absorbs oils and toxins on and below the surface of the skin, therefore leaving the skin smoother. It is mostly recommended for oily skin and should be used sparingly, say 1-2 a week. Individuals with dry skin are urged to stay away as it might dry out the skin even more. It is also great at minimising and unblocking the pores. Here’s a bonus for us who wear makeup, it is a great makeup remover!

Now i decided to try this product out so i picked up a facial scrub, i guess this is my way of testing out the product without committing too much. I have tried this once and it actually did make the surface of my skin smoother. I’m not saying anything new here as that’s what scrubs are meant to do right? Activated charcoal, comes in soap or mask forms as well, but for now i’m trying out the facial scrub. It is also available in different brands, this one is from Beauty Formulas and i got this from my local shop, Savers.

Application

After cleansing my face, i left it wet, applied the scrub all over my face and neck in circular motions. I do this for about 30 secs, or until i was satisfied that the product was soaked into my skin, i then washed it off and pat my face dry. It was that easy!

Usage

Preferably 1-2 times a week, as using it too much can take away the skin’s natural oils. If you have dry skin, i wouldn’t encourage you to use this, as i mentioned above, it may make your skin even drier. Make sure the skin is cleansed before using.

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I think this will be a part of my skin routine, so i’ll make sure to keep you guys updated, i might try other brands as well. Let me know if you’ve ever used activated charcoal, i’d like to know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by

Love, Shaunz x

 

 

Taking care of my skin

 

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Hello beauties,

I cannot stress enough the importance of skincare. I at least try to do my routine once a week or at times when my face needs extra tlc!

The tea tree nose strips and the facial mask are my two secret weapons to achieving a somewhat healthy looking skin.

The tea tree nose strips, i’ve raved about on an Instagram post a few months ago is totally worth my £1. This product is undoubtedly one of the best things at getting rid of those pesky whiteheads, blackheads and other impurities on your nose. Here’s the full low down on this product;

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It contains tea tree  and witch hazel which have long been known for their antibacterial properties. They aid in the treatment of acne, moisturises and refreshes the skin, draws out other impurities, and eliminate excessive oil, leaving the skin feeling and looking invigorated.

Now this nose pore strip has been my saviour, it does indeed lift the impurities off my nose. What i do is wet my nose, this is so the strip stays in place. Peel the strip off of the plastic on which it came, position it onto my nose as the picture shows. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then gently lift it off. Result! You can actually see what’s been lurking  as soon as that strip is pulled off. This can be done 1-2 times per week.

I discovered this product at a shop called Savers Uk, the best part is, it was only £1!. I stocked up of course.

 

 

Another product which has been a major part of my skin care routine are facial masks. The market is oversaturated with  different types of facial masks but you’re guaranteed to find one that works for your skin. They all have one goal and that’s to keep your skin in tact!

I got this from my local drugstore it’s from the brand 7th Heaven. I’ve picked up different ones but this is the one i’ve been using lately. Sometimes my skin looks a bit dull and rough, it needs to be looked after and i’m not always in the position to go get a facial, so i use this mask.

Here’s what i do. Thoroughly wash my face first, apply mask, leave it on for 15 minutes, wash it off with warm water, towel dry, then apply my moisturiser of choice. My face looks rejuvenated. At a very small price tag of £1, that cannot be beat.

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These are just small ways in which you can  help to fight pre mature aging, blemishes and other skin problems. Doesn’t always have to break the bank, even though it’s a great feeling getting a professional to do the job.

If i add anything else to my routine, i’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, check out these two products i’ve mentioned, especially that nose pore strip. It’s definitely Shaunz approved.

Shaunz xo