Review: Napiers Starflower Sensitive Skin Cream

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Starflower Cream

This one I’ve had for months and really I should have done a review for it a while ago but kept using it and so it was never in my review pile which I was taking photographs. Not only have I used it for myself but I’ve also used it quite a few times for other people when I was doing their makeup and it’s fantastic!

Basics: Cruelty-free, UK brand 

Gentle, moisturizing (obviously) and it sinks in quite quickly which is perfect if you’re doing someone elses makeup, though I’ve found it’s more effective if it’s massaged into the skin rather than just lightly slapped on, though to be fair you could say that about most creams.

Contains Starflower, Chamomile, Chickweed and Sweet Almond oil

Its got what I would describe as a slightly silicone-y feeling (but it doesn’t actually have any in it’s ingredients) and it feels quite thick when you first apply it. Napiers describe it as “soothing, cooling moisturiser for dry, itchy, sensitive skin” and it’s good for all of those. Not as fast-acting for me as Aloe Vera gel when my skin is irritated, or Embryolisse but effective non the less.

Swatch

Apart from it’s moisturising and calming properties I’ve found it’s really quite amazing as a face primer! Especially on younger skins. One thing I think might put people off this though is the smell, I personally like herbal smells, but I know some people can’t stand it, so if you’re one of those people this cream might not be for you, or at least not to be used for your face.

You can get this here (**)

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Micro Review: Superdrug Anti-Ageing Hand Cream

Superdrug Hand Cream

Apart from the fact the Superdrug range of products are cruelty-free they’re also very kind to your purse. I’ve tried out most of their sachet face masks (which are really good btw and I will get around to reviewing all of them) but today I wanted to talk about one of their hand creams.

Basics: Cruelty Free | Suitable for Vegetarians + Vegans | £1.49 | 75ml

The smell is nothing special (reminds me a little of Dove soap actually) and it has a silicon-y cream texture which is on the thick side compared to most of the hand creams I have tried. If you’re looking for something luxurious and smelling like a basket of tropical fruit this is not for you.  But if you just want something cheap and cheerful then this is one I think you would like.

You can get this here

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Review: Lush Cupcake Facemask

Might not be the best face mask to have if you’re craving chocolate, you might end up licking your face, but this is one of the Lush face masks that I consistently forget how good it is. Being a bit of a chocolate addict it’s pretty hard to put this on my face without wanting to eat it off.

“Linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse”

It’s marketed as a mask for teenagers and like all the Lush face masks (apart from Mask of Magnaminty) it needs to be kept in the fridge since it has no presevatives, and so has a limited shelf life.

Though this is marketed towards acne prone teenagers I don’t think anyone with severe cystic acne or sensitive skin would appreciate this one too much, it is quite exfoliating and I’d imagine that when your face is sore and sensitive the last thing you want on your skin is something which is even mildly abrasive.

Basics:

  • 2.1 oz
  • £5.95
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • 4 week shelf life

Lush recommend removing this with warm water but personally I don’t like to do that. What I normally do it wait till it’s dry and then just rub it off my skin, washing off the little bits I’ve missed when most of it’s rubbed off. You would think that this would actually be rougher on your skin than using water but it’s actually much gentler, well at least for me.

One thing I would recommend you do if you try this is to mix a little filltered water with it to make the consistency less like batter, I’ve found it varies from batch to batch. Some are very thick and heavy and others are mixed perfectly.

Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc,Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint,Sandalwood Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute,Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, *Limonene, Perfume

My skin reacts quite funnily to this. With my combination skin you would think a mask that’s aimed towards oily acne prone teenage skin would make my skin quite dry. But it actually leaves it quite moisturized and I’ve noticed that my skin seems to produce more oil after using it (in a regulating kind of way), which for me is perfect as with the autumn/winter my skin always starts moving on the dry side.

Overall my experiences with this mask is that it’s very good at regulating my skin. I would not recommend it for anyone who has dry or very sensitive skin. Its really great for cooling your skin and redness, but bear in mind that the peppermint oil can be irritating for some people. So if you’re not sure then just ask for a tester at the Lush store :)

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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Review: Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

I don’t know if i’ve mentioned this before but this is hands down my FAVORITE face mask! While there are many other masks that I love to use this one is the one that I can be sure will help my skin no mater what the problem is. While garlic is the primary ingredient in this, thankfully it does not smell of it.

Primarily this mask is fantastic for acne break outs, but it’s also great for dry or irritated skin

As much as I love garlic for how quickly it kicks acne’s butt, I would rather not smell of it. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the best one with description when it comes to smells, but I would describe this as a creamy smell. The smell reminded me so much of creamy oats I was surprised there wasn’t any in the ingredients.

One of my favorite things about this mask, apart from the fact its amazing for my skin, is the texture. I HATE those thick drying cement texture some masks have where you have to scrape it over your skin. The texture for this is a bit like porridge.

Ingredients: Kaolin, Fresh Green Grapes, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey, Cornstarch, Glycerine, Fresh Garlic,Tea Tree Oil, Limonene, Perfume

But what I normally do with any of the Lush face masks is first spray my face with mineral water, and then apply the mask. That way I use less of the product and I really do enjoy massaging it into my skin, personally I’ve always found the mask to be more effective that way.

I think if you have an allergy to tee tree (or essential oils in general) then this might not be the mask for you. My skin can change at the flipp of a hat depending on my mood from oily to super dry, and no matter what state my skin is it always leves my skin feeling moisturised, refreshed and with slightly less redness and acne.

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

So glad to finally be filming these after weeks of making props and planning! I will be starting this series off with Lust, and for each tutorial I thought I’d put a little definition at the beginning of each tutorial, so it’s clear the character I’m trying to convey.

This weeks tutorial is Lust 

The funny thing is that half the makeup I used was very appropriately named for this. Illamasqua’s ‘Throb” nail varnish, or the ‘Scandalous’ blush from Sleek.

And before I get people asking where I bought the lace ears, I already have a tutorial for them here. The rest of the outfit was pretty simple, lace bolero, feather boa, a black wig and then the longest fake nails you can get your hands on and paint them a bright red.

Concept?

The concept for this is probably the simplest out of all the looks I’m going to do. Red is a colour that is associated with Lust quite a lot so it really was a no-brainer to use a lot of that colour. For all of these looks I’m going to have a different colour glow in the background, each colour representing a different sin. So red for Lust, gold/yellow for Greed exc.

Oh and before I forget…I’ve put all the full sized images of these up on my Deviant Art. A few people have been asking me to make my pictures available as prints, so for those of you who are interested I have made prints available for them on my Deviant Art :)

Hope you like the tutorial :)

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Skin Care Favorites: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

I’ve got two sets of skin care products: the ones I use everyday and the products that I use when my skin is playing up, this products being for the latter. For everyday Enzymion is my moisturiser, but when ever I get sick or stressed my skin dries up like a prune and that’s where this cream is a God send.

The basic gist of it is it turns dry, dehydrated skin into plump, glowy skin in a matter of minutes. So you can see why it’s a favorite of models and makeup artists. For me this isn’t a product that I can use as a permanent moisturiser because it’s so rich! When my skin is super dry it’s perfect, but if I use everyday my face looks like I’ve dumped it in olive oil.

I love this cream for putting moisture back into my skin fast!

When your skin is feeling really dry and ou put this on at first it can feel quite annoying like it’s just a layer of heavy cream sitting on your skin, but give it a few minutes and your skin just drinks up. I don’t really know how to describe the smell of this one, it smells….creamy?

I bought this one at IMATS a year and a half ago but you can get this cream on ebay or gurumakeupemporium, my favorite being ebay of course haha! I don’t think very oil skin types will like this one, more for dry and combinations skins. This is also a great foundation primer for your skin, especially if makeup has a tendency to dry out your skin. 

Basics:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Made in France
  • Contains Mineral Oil
  • Great for FAST moisturisation (is that a word?)

Mineral oil is an interesting one because I’ve never had any problems with it, it seems to vary from person to person. For some people it breaks them out like crazy, and then for other people, like myself, my skin seems to love it. If your not sure then maybe get a tester? The last thing you want to do it splurge on this only to find your skin hates it.

As you can see I’ve gotten quite a bit of use out of it, and while it’s not the cheapest product it will last a white and does a fantastic job! One thing though is if you haven’t exfoliated in a while this wont be as effective. Also you don’t need much at all. A 2p sized blob will easily cover your face without a problem, and if you don’t want something as intense one of my favorite trick is to spray my face with Breath of Fresh Air and THEN apply the cream.

That way you need a lot less cream (probably a 1p size) and can have a bit of fun massaging it into your skin.

You can find it here

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Review: Tropic Organic Elixir Oil

Disclaimer: Items provided for review.

Anything made in the UK, especially beauty products, is practically an endagered species so when Tropic Skincare wrote to me asking if I wanted to review this product I very enthusiastically said yes, and…I’ll admit it. The bottle design was also a huge factor for me. I mean look at it! It’s so beautiful!

“The ‘hero ingredient’ is Moringa Oil, derived from the ‘Miracle Tree’. Boasting 1,700 antioxidants and enriched with natural Vitamin C”

When I opened the bottle, even though I have a horrific sense of smell, the smell reminded me so much of the smell of oil paints. Definitely not the best smell for a facial oil. Since it contains Pomegranate oil (one of my favorite smells) I was hoping it would smell like that, but it wasn’t the case.

They recommend to use this just before you sleep, which is the only time you could use it really owing to the smell. The oil is also surprisingly thick, for some reason I expected the oil to be runnier, but it turned out to be a good thing as the cap doesn’t have a rubber band between the glass bottle and the metal lid so it does leak a little unless it’s kept upright.

Basics:

  • £30.00
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Make in the UK

The lid is so small it’t not really possible for it to pour out easily and the oil is quite unusual, feels like a ‘dry’ oil if that makes any sense. If you store it upright the slightly leaky lid is not a problem, but when it arrived obviously it was lying down flat and when I took it out of the packet I could feel oil around the edge of the cap.

The claim of this oil is to “improve skin elasticity, giving noticeably smoother, more supple and youthful skin in just 4 weeks”. Given I’m only 21 the youthful thing wasn’t really going to show up on me, but I did try it out over 4 weeks to really test it’s claims and see if it made a difference.

 Ingredients: Kiwi Seed Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Natural Vitamin E and Moringa Oil.

To be perfectly honest I didn’t really notice a difference with this oil other than being moisturising.  It didn’t really do anything remarkably different (or at least nothing that I could notice for my skin) and though I have a dreadful sense of smell the oil paint smell of this is one that I really cannot stand.

Would I recommend this product? No not really. I didn’t find it really made any significant difference to my skin, the expensive price and slightly faulty lid (though admitedly a beautifully designed bottle) would not make me purchase this. It’s a decent mosturiser if you like oils like myself, but frankly I didn’t find it to be worth the money.

For the website here

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Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath Nails

I was hoping by this point to have at least one of my Seven Deadly Sins looks up. But thanks to an incredibly slow postal service several props still haven’t arrived, which is incredibly annoying given I ordered all the props weeks in advance.

 Wrath: love of justice perverted to revenge and spite

My idea for these was to portray something cold and spiteful, so the salt to imitate ice and the clay to make the scorpian’s stinger.

And of course because I’m a rhinestone nut I just had to put a red rhinestone underneath to make it a little more interesting.

I had originally hoped to make the nails actually look like a scorpian’s tail, but about 3 melted nails later I realised I couldn’t do it, so I went for this idea instead.

Hope you like the video :) 

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The Best Suncream Ever?

(Disclaimer: The SPF 10 was sent to me by MelanSol)

I’m no good with the sun, as much as I love it, and as rare as it is to get any sun in England, I got my dad’s skin instead of my mums and my skin just does not agree with it, I always get burnt and end up looking like a lobster.

Part of me should be quite impressed with myself because getting sun burn in England is an achievement in itself. I actually took these pictures over 6 months ago after I’d come back from holiday in August (2012). There didn’t seem much point in blogging about a sun cream with winter coming up, so I decided to wait till now to write about it. 

Since the weather is finally getting nicer now seemed like the perfect time to blog about suncream

I came across this brand around 2 years ago. I’ve tried quite a lot of sun cream brands, but I always end up not using them because there is something in them that always irritates my skin like crazy and makes me break out like mad.

The big selling point at least for me, personally, was that this this is a natural suncream. I’m convinced that the reason most regular sun creams make be break out is because of the sheer amount of chemical crap in them, not to mention the safe for eyes and lips part.

Basics:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Reef Safe
  • Biodegradable
  • Made in the USA
  • Safe for application around eyes and on lips

In the past when ever I’d put regular brands of sun cream remotely near my eyes they’d always gotten swollen and irritated, I have had absolutely no problem with this cream.

Also if something is not “safe” to put around the eyes or lips I’d rather not slather it all over my face. The eyes and the lips are some of the first places that are likely to wrinkle and be severely damaged by sunburn, so why not protect them along with the rest of the face?

How long did it take to arrive?

It was shockingly fast to arrive! Normally I have some quite bad experiences when I order products from the States but I this arrived in exactly a week. I’ve bought things in England which have taken longer to arrive so I was very impressed, and I was really happy that I didn’t get slapped with Import tax, but I might have just been lucky.

The consistency reminds me a bit of the Skin 79 BB creams a bit (if any of you have tried it you know what I mean). It has quite an odd light beige/yellowy colour, once you’ve blended it in it leaves a slight white tinge which disappears after about 20 minutes.

I really got to try this out thoroughly when I was on holiday

Everywhere that I applied it held up marvelously, except like a genius I missed a small spot on my forehead and got horrifically burnt, and by horrifically I mean sunstroke, blisters the whole nasty package. Memo to self…next time cover every little spot and wear a hat!

The packaging is not exactly the most glamorous packaging ever but to be honest in this case I’m not really bothered, I’m just happy I’ve finally found a sun cream which I didn’t react to.

When I bought these I got the SPF 30, 20. I’d written to MelanSol asking if their products were cruelty free and they were kind enough to offer sending me the SPF 10. Normally I use the SPF 10 if I’m going outside and for England that protects my skin just fine, but the 30 holds up perfectly in more extreme sunny conditions and quite a few times I’ve used it as moisturiser as well.

You can get this product HERE

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Review: Lush Sex Bomb

If they’d called this one Gun’s and Roses I’d get it, but Sex Bomb? For something that looks and smells like this it seems like a bit of a gimmick. Oh Lush, you and your product names! Not quite on the level of NARS though (thank goodness!) Lush don’t you dare get any ideas!

“This ballistic is packed full of every sensual, relaxing oil we could find. Clary sage, jasmine and ylang ylang, blended into a classic musk base”

Like with all the bath bombs I never use them in one go. As soon as I photograph them I like to break it up into fourths to try so as to get as much use out of them as possible. Some bath bombs break really easily, but this one? So hard to break! I felt like a deserved a medal when I finally managed it.

Lush do seem to have a thing for adding little things into their bath bombs. I can’t remember which bath bomb it was (I think it was Dragon Egg?) where they added a blob of glitter in the middle (which made me itch like hell by the way). The paper rose in this one was cool at first, but a soggy rice paper ros pink pulp floating around you in the bath like some kind of mucus jellyfish is not terribly appealing.

Basics: 

  • £3.20
  • Vegan (synthetic musk)
  • Cruelty Free

I think, like most Lush products, some people will find the smell terribly off putting. I ADORE sweet and floral smells, but I think because of the musk in this one some people will think it smells a tad “old lady-ish”. The smell of this one is particularly strong (even for Lush products).

I can’t really place why but I don’t like the smell of this one, I think it’s the quite heavy musky smell that put’s me off.  When you pop it in the water it turns it a bright pink which I loved! With some of the bath bombs I’ve found the smell doesn’t really linger, not the case with this one, my bathroom (and myself) still smelt of it even that day after.

Too bad it left my bath a lovely shade of pink too! 

Overall I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing this bath bomb. Not terribly fond of the smell, the mucus flower or the pink stain it left on my bath tub.

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