Thursday 24 April 2014

Corsica Gel Flip Flops from Beach Athletics

I was recently sent a pair of Corsica Gel flip flops in black from Beach Athletics free of charge, in return for an honest review.
Packaged flip flops

Individually wrapped for hygiene purposes

Bottom of flip flops

I was extremely impressed with how my flip flops arrived. Not only were they sealed in a clear plastic bag, but each flip flop was individually wrapped in plastic which meant I knew they were hygienically clean. They also came with a handy little hanger (as shown in pic) which I personally loved's the little things that please!

Packaging unwrapped
Once removed from the plastic wrapping, I couldn't help but have a good old feel. These are truly fabulous. They are slightly more weighty than regular flip flops, although not what i'd class as 'heavy' .....i'm guessing this is due to the gel cushioning. The white strap bits which sit over the feet are very flexible, although they don't feel flimsy in the slightest. They are made with polyurethane (PU) which gives them great memory characteristics and offers supreme comfort due to the gel foot-bed. They also have a very durable sole.

I often struggle with new flip flops, especially the bit which sits between the toes as it often rubs and causes irritation. These however, are completely different to anything I've ever tried before. The material is so soft and flexible, that it sat snugly between my toes and didn't cause me any problems at all. I had no red marks or itching and after a while, I even forgot that it was there!
The gel foot-bed provides optimum comfort and I have to say, you'd think these were 'made-to-measure' as they fit so comfortably ....and I don't say that often, especially about flip flops! I wore them for a whole day whilst doing a bit of shopping, housework, pegging out washing etc and they were amazing. I managed to keep them on my feet without struggling and my feet remained comfortable from the second I put them on until the moment I took them off.

Overall, I absolutely love my new flip flops and will definitely be sporting them during the summer months ....if we get some sun anyway! I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing these and would highly recommend them to anyone who fancies some flip flops but without the usual pain and redness that normally goes with them.

Corsica Gel Flip Flops are available to buy from Beach Athletics and cost £23.00. They are available in sizes 4 - 7 ( I received my usual size 4 and they fit perfectly so the sizes are pretty accurate). Why not check out the other ranges available while you're there, you won't be disappointed!

You can also follow Beach Athletics on Twitter ...don't forget to say Hi! :)

Friday 18 April 2014

Laid Bare Tantastic from My Pure

I was sent a bottle of Laid Bare Tantastic from My Pure free of charge, in return for an honest review.

Tantastic is has no synthetic content and is said to give 'a tan that not only looks natural, but is natural' and 'works with your natural skin tone, with no orange hue' so I decided to put it to the test.

This didn't come with any instructions, so it was pretty much just guess work. First, I made sure my skin was fully exfoliated and I moisturised dry areas such as knees, the day before I used it.

With lid removed

Now, here's where I made my first mistake ......I completely removed the lid and poured what you can see into my hand! I then proceeded to spread this over my legs making sure I had even coverage and being especially careful around my knees and feet. I had far too much cream in my hand and it was way more than enough for both legs. I personally wasn't too keen on the smell as it had a familiar 'fake tan' tinge to it.  I quickly washed my hands, making sure to clean under my nails before replacing the lid. It was at this point I noticed a tiny hole in the very top of the lid which opened when the lid was fully closed .....

I discovered that if you use this tiny hole to disperse the cream, you get a much better amount and alot less waste.

I found that the cream took quite a while to absorb into my skin, but that may well be due the amount I used! I waited for at least an hour before dressing. I didn't notice any real difference until I got out of bed the next morning, although I do wear trousers most of the time so hadn't kept checking progress.

After using Tantastic
I have a medium skin tone and during the winter months, my skin generally looks drained and pale. Tantastic gave me a nice colour, although much darker than I expected .....again, this could be due to the huge amount of the product I used!!
I did still notice a few patches over my knees where the colour appeared a bit deeper, but after a quick scrub, they blended in well with the rest of the my legs.
This is a progressive tanning product, so the more you apply, the deeper the colour, I found that this one application was enough for me and after around 4 days, it had fully washed off leaving my natural pale colour behind.

Overall, I was reasonably impressed with this product, although did find it a little messy and far too smelly. The end result was quite pleasing and I did feel more confident with a bit of colour.

You can purchase Laid Bare Tantastic from My Pure at the reasonable price of £6.00 for 125ml.

Monday 14 April 2014

MADARA Sunflower - Golden Beige Tinting Fluid from MyPure

I received a bottle of Madara Sunflower Golden Beige Tinting Fluid free of charge, in return for an honest review.

The packaging for this is quite simple, although I wouldn't expect anything else, and there's a small circle on the front to give a rough indication of the colour chosen. Inside you will find your 50ml bottle of tinting fluid which is suitable for all skin types.

Once you remove the outer lid, simply press down and the tinting fluid appears through the small hole as shown in the above pic. The size of the hole is perfect in enabling you to dispense just the right amount, so no need to worry about over doing it!

This particular tinting fluid is available in 2 shades, Moonflower Rose Beige and Sunflower Golden Beige. I chose the Golden Beige as this is the closest to my natural skin tone.

Although I'm a huge fan of foundation creams etc, they do tend to feel a bit weighty on my skin and seem to clog my pores as well as occasionally causing minor irritation. This however was an absolute pleasure to wear. It's extremely lightweight and blends in well to give a nice, even skin tone whilst still allowing the skin to breathe. It covered my blemishes extremely well but didn't leave me with that 'caked in make-up' look at all looked and felt extremely natural! The ingredients help deliver a natural look and give skin a lovely glow as well as keep it hydrated.
Unusually, I didn't need to reapply this throughout the day either as it held in place well which was a blessing as it gave me more time for other activities and still had me feeling confident at the end of the day. It was very easy to clean off using face wipes and didn't require any scrubbing at all.

Overall, I would highly recommend this tinting fluid, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin and are looking for something light and breathable that looks natural whilst hiding any redness or blemishes.

MADARA Sunflower - Golden Beige Tinting Fluid costs £23.00 from MyPure which I think is very reasonable, especially since a little really does go a long way so 1 bottle should last a while!

Friday 4 April 2014

And now for the lucky winner .....

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A huge congratulations to Jodie H on winning a 10th Anniversary edition of How to Catch a Star and a poster ...well done!!

Many thanks to all who entered and sorry you didn't win this time but do keep a lookout for future competitions & giveaways.