Thursday, 5 May 2016

Flowers from Tesco

I received a money off coupon to purchase any bouquet of flowers, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Although I rarely get them, I absolutely LOVE flowers! They make me smile when I enter a room and although I don't have a very good track record, I really enjoy the 'looking after' process ie watering, getting rid of dead leaves etc.

When I went to my local Tesco to purchase some flowers, I didn't realise just how much choice there was going to be! There were small bunches, huge bunches, brightly coloured flowers and slightly paler coloured ones - something to suit every taste and budget. It probably took me a good hour or so of browsing, picking some up, putting them back, choosing different ones until I finally settled on a gorgeous Easter bunch for £7.

As you can see, the flowers are mainly shades of yellow and purple - sorry but I have no idea exactly what type of flowers they actually are, but if anyone knows, feel free to comment and put me out of my misery lol They came wrapped in yellow tissue paper as well as a sheet of clear plastic to help keep them in tip top shape and there was also some food to add to their water attached to the bottom of the bouquet .....very handy!

Apart from how gorgeous these flowers look, I was amazed at how long the actually lasted. I placed them in a glass vase (I personally believe that using glass helps prolong the life of the flowers although have no proof that this is fact!), and although I had to trim or pick out the odd dead one, they lasted a good 4 - 5 weeks before they all needed to be chucked out. I changed the water daily and used the food they provided and definitely got my moneys worth!

Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tesco for their gorgeous and extensive range of flowers. Go on, brighten up your day with a lovely bouquet, or if you're feeling generous, why not treat your loved one and see their face light up.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

FNUG Nail Polish in Fnuglista from My Pure

I received FNUG Nail Polish free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Firstly, I must apologise for the state of my nails in this pic. For some reason, as soon as I decide to review nail polish, my nails get a mind of their own and start fighting me by splitting or getting dry, hard skin around the cuticles etc - not a very pretty sight but please bear with me!

I'm a massive fan of this brand and how easy it is to apply, as well as the very generously sized brush it comes with. I've tried many of the shades available from FNUG in the past, but this is the first that isn't a solid colour. As Spring was coming in, I opted for this really pretty pinky blue colour called Fnuglista. It's difficult to tell from my pic but it kind of paints on pink, but has a slight bluey hue here and there. It also looks a little sparkly when the light catches it certain ways which I loved.

This went on with ease, as I expected, and dried within a couple of minutes. I only applied one coat but you may wish to add more for a stronger colour result. As my regular readers will know, I often struggle with polishes as they really don't take kindly to any form of housework/dish washing, but FNUG usually manage to withstand these tasks and out perform many other brands. I did however find that this wasn't the case with this shade. Two lots of dish washing and the colour began to fade away from the outer edges of my nails - not what I expected at all! After this, I decided to remove the nail polish from all fingers and reapply but this time using a top coat afterwards to try and maintain the colour. This worked a treat!! Once week later and although there was very slight chipping on certain nails, I still had pretty good coverage ....YAY!!

I personally loved this shade and would definitely buy it again. There are plenty more shades to choose from if this isn't for you so pop over to the My Pure website and have a gander.

FNUG Nail Polish in Fnuglista is available to buy from My Pure and costs £12.00 for an 8.5ml bottle.

Benecos Natural BB Cream from My Pure

I received this Benecos Natural BB Cream free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Those of you who regularly read my blog will know that I'm a huge fan of BB creams, so when I noticed this on the My Pure website, I decided to give it a try! I usually opt for Medium shades but the pics online made this look like it may have been a wee bit too dark for my skin, so I opted for Fair instead.

This particular BB cream is an 8 in 1 and contains Acai Berry, Hyaluronic Acid & Shea Butter which together are said to:
Even Complexion - Light reflective pigments & nourishing oils smooth the skin
Corrected Complexion - Tinted pigments even out the complexion concealing redness
Calming - Pomegranite seed extract soothes sensitive skin
Mattifying - Absorbent powder absorbs superfluous oil
Nourishing - Jojoba oil, shea butter, olive oil and acai oil from certified organic farming nourish the skin
Anti-oxidant - Acai oil and hyaluronic acid provide an anti-oxidant effect, and protects skin from free radicals and ageing
Moisturising - Hyaluronic acid moisturises the skin
Feels pleasant - Acai oil improves the skins elasticity

I have pretty dry skin so tend to exfoliate, then pile on the moisturiser before applying any BB/CC creams or foundation. I often find that this gives me a good base and makes it easier to apply make-up. This didn't work out quite as planned with this product as it didn't seem to want to rub in at all. I tried in vain to get rid of the swirly marks it left on my face but to no avail. I ended up wiping it all off and starting again ...this time without applying moisturiser first! Success!! This seemed to do the trick and I managed to get a decent coverage without any streaks, although my skin did feel quite dry. I got the idea that the BB cream was in some way reacting with my moisturiser making it impossible to apply.
This has a really fresh smell which is pretty overpowering but it's only noticeable for the first few minutes after application, after that it simply fades away.

BB Cream against my skin
All rubbed in
I was definitely right to opt for the Fair shade in this case as it was an almost perfect match for my skin tone as you can see from the pics above. Once applied correctly, the BB cream provided a good base for me to apply eyeshadow etc and gave coverage lasting the whole day - I knew this by the colour of my cleansing wipe when I took it off before bed! It also gives a matt finish which is ideal if you have greasy skin or don't like the shine that often comes with foundation etc.

Overall, I would recommend this for it's excellent coverage and staying power, however if you suffer from dry skin on your face, it may be best avoided.

Benecos Natural BB Cream comes in a 30ml tube and costs £9.95 from My Pure. It is available in Fair or Medium shades.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Forever Living Products

I'm not sure how many of you will be familiar with the Forever Living brand, but they pride themselves on offering natural products made with Aloe Vera, which have known health and beauty benefits.

The range of products they provide include:
Nutritional Health Drinks
Personal Care
Skincare - Beauty & Skin Defence
Sports, Performance & Mobility
Weight Management
Animal & Home
Cosmetic & Beauty Products

I was lucky enough to receive a box of goodies to try over a 48 hour period in return for some honest opinions, of course I accepted!

In my sample box was a whole host of beauty goodies including face wash, shampoo/conditioner, face mask, various moisturisers, facial scrub, deodorant and toothpaste. I also received a few books containing information about the products and the prices, as well as a short questionnaire.

Here's a better look at the products......

Firstly, lets talk moisturisers. There were a few to try and as my skin can often feel irritated after bathing, these were the first to be tested. Each of the moisturisers did exactly as they should but as well as give my skin a much needed drink, they also soothed any itching and worked well over the drier areas like my knees, shins and elbows. One of the creams seemed to absorb straight into my skin which left me a bit unsure as to whether it was working, but a couple of hours later and I could feel the silky smoothness of it on my skin. The shampoo and conditioner left my hair super shiny and feeling really soft and clean. It was also tangle free which is always a bonus. The deodorant came in a nice chunky tube and despite my initial hesitation, smelled really nice indeed! The face mask has 2 parts which you mix together then apply to your skin with a brush. It comes out pink and again, smells really lovely. You have to follow the instructions and lie still without disturbance for around 30 mins while it does its thing. Be warned, if you even try to smile whilst this is on your face, you will struggle - it sets pretty rock hard but not uncomfortably so. I did struggle a little getting it all off but once I did, my skin had a new found freshness and felt more youthful. Even my dry skin seemed to diminish ...definitely worth the money for this one! I also loved the facial wash as it lathered up really well and felt nice upon application. It was easily rinsed and left my skin feeling clean as a whistle. Now then, down to the toothpaste. This was the most difficult to try as the thought of tasting Aloe Vera just didn't appeal at all - despite it claiming on the tube to have a minty taste! Eventually though, I relented and used it. Personally, I seriously struggled with the taste. There is a definite mintyness, but I felt that it was overpowered by the Aloe, however, it did do a really good job of cleaning my teeth - they felt squeaky clean afterwards.
All of the products come in really good sized bottles etc compared with similar on the market.

Check out some of the fantastic products available from Forever Living and if you're interested, get buying!!
If you're interested in a business opportunity in selling these products, please get in touch with the very lovely Natalie Swinbank via her Facebook page.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Inika Lip Liner Pencil from My Pure

I received an Inika Lip Liner Pencil free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I don't wear lipstick too often but have been experimenting a bit more with colour etc lately and noticed that with some of the darker shades I tried, I had the classic 'bleeding' effect which I hated. Rather than go back to my clear gloss, I decided to try a lip pencil and see if that made any difference.
I saw this Inika one on the My Pure website and as it had the choice of 4 different colours, I though I'd give it a shot.

The best part about this particular liner is that it comes complete with it's own sharpener so you're guaranteed to never be caught out with a blunt liner ...perfect!

There are 4 colour options available, Sugar Plum, Moroccan Rose, Nude Delight and Safari. I opted for Safari.

This liner has a really gorgeous silky feel and glides over the lips with ease and precision. The colour remained even and I found that it was suitable to use with varying shades of lipstick. It was long lasting and also worked well being used to colour the full lips giving them a nice matt finish - adding a touch of clear gloss will give them a high shine!

As I mentioned earlier, one of the things I loved about this was that it comes complete with a sharpener built into the lid so there's no need to carry anything extra. I would however like to throw a little caution your way. I noticed that I had to be really careful when replacing the lid as one tiny twist started the sharpening process, even when it wasn't needed! For this reason, I decided it was far safer for me to keep it in the box before placing in my make-up bag to ensure I didn't waste any. This however was a minor hiccup and not one which would stop me from buying more in the future.

Overall, I would certainly recommend this and look forward to hopefully seeing more colour choices in the future.

You can purchase any Inika Lip Liner Pencil from My Pure, at a cost of £13.50 each which may seem a little pricey, but you do get value for money as a little goes a really long way!