Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream 

       Hey guys, I briefly spoke about this CC Cream in a recent blog post but since I love it so much, I’ve decided to do a full review on it. Never heard of Arbonne? The company is similar to Avon, products are sold online but delivered to your door and sold through Independent Consultants. All Arbonne products are gluten-free, vegan and allergy tested.

The CC Cream retails at £31 and is available in four shades – Fair, Light, Medium and Dark. Up until 3 weeks ago, I religiously used my NARS foundation and would never look at any other base for my skin. Although, I started Arbonne and a friend recommended it to me, this CC Cream is amazing! I haven’t worn foundation once since I bought it. Crazy, right?!

On Arbonne’s website, the Cream is described as creating a healthier looking complexion with a lightweight coverage which builds to conceal blemishes, dark spots and minimise the appearance of pores. I originally bought the shade Light, although as I’m a fake-tan junkie, the shade Light was a little too light for my skin (when I have fake tan on). I then bought Medium which is perfect for my skin. When my tan starts to come off and my skin is a little more pale – I use Light but to be totally honest, if I had NO fake tan on (which never happens) I think my shade would be Fair which is crazy. But overall, because I wear fake tan everyday – my shade is Medium (confusion over).

I don’t think the product is sticky at all and feels super velvety. You only need a small amount (I use one pump – see picture 2 above) as it blends into the skin so nicely. I use Arbonne’s makeup primer before I apply the CC Cream and they work great together. When I first started using the Cream, I applied with my finger but now I prefer the finish I get when I use my Real Techniques Buffing brush. One layer of product is perfect for me because I prefer to have a light coverage unless I’m going on a night out. The pictures below show you just how flawless it makes my skin look. I think it looks super dewy and doesn’t my skin look glowing? The CC Cream has become my holy-grail base because it’s so easy to apply and lasts all day long. Unlike my foundation, it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and overall, it feels like I’m wearing nothing on my skin at all!

You can buy the CC Cream here for £31 or you can sign up as a Preferred Client and receive 20% off all year round, you’ll then get the Cream for £24.80. If you’ve tried the Cream before, let me know what you think of it!

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L x

  

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Everyday Makeup 

  
Hi all, I hope everyone is doing good.

I thought I would do an updated post on my current make up that I use everyday. I never really change up my make-up unless I’m feeling adventurous or a product runs out and I’m forced to buy something different.

I finally decided to buy the new Nars foundation, it’s called the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, what a long name haha. To be completely honest, I can’t really see that much of a big difference in comparison to Nars Sheer Glow, I used Sheer Glow for about 3 years and wanted to try the new one. The only thing I can tell you at the moment is that it is a lot more water-liquid based – it will run off your hand because the formula is so thin so make sure you put it onto your face using a brush, otherwise it will just look wet and clumpy. I got my normal shade Santa Fe, I do think I should have gone a shade lighter because the formulas are very different so I would recommend having a look at the shades at a Nars counter before buying your normal Sheer Glow shade. I bought mine online so I couldn’t do that, unfortunately. After I apply my base, I use Maybelline Anti-Age concealer in nude to conceal my under-eyes, I usually blend it into my skin using a Real Techniques beauty blender. I use Benefit Hoola bronzer but I forgot to include it as it was in my bag, haha. For blusher, I use my beloved Nars Orgasm blush which I have been a fan since forever! On my eyes, I use L’Oreal Super Liner in black, I’m definitely a fan of a winged liner and this is perfect for achieving that. For mascara, I use Lancome Grandiose mascara which is amazing for lengthening and volumising my lashes. My brows definitely need to be worked on because they’re so thin (karma will get the lady who ruined my brows lol). I use Benefits Brow Zings palette in medium, it’s lasted me at-least 2 years so it’s definitely worth getting your hands on. When I’ve applied the product to my brows, I add some brow gel using Brow Drama by Maybelline, just to set them in place.

If you would like a full review on any of these products, if I haven’t already done one just let me know! You can buy the products here:

Nars  All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer
Maybelline Brow Drama
Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Benefit Brow Zings
L’Oreal Superliner
Nars Orgasm Blush
Topshop Panda Makeup Bag 

L x

Kylie Jenner Inspired Lip

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I’ve caved again and bought some more lip products inspired by Kylie Jenner (shock horror)! I was looking to buy this particular lip pencil from MAC a couple months back but it was completely sold out. I managed to finally get my hands on it last week and I think this might be my new favourite lip combo. I was initially planning on wearing the lip pencil all over my lips and just wear it as a lipstick but the lady at the MAC counter showed me Brave, a lipstick to go along with it. The lip pencil is in the shade ‘Buerre’, don’t ask me how to pronounce it ’cause I still have no idea, haha. I just call it brrrr, simple. I’ve already reviewed on my blog (here) the more nudey shade that Kylie likes to wear, this combo is the more pinky lip she likes to wear or at least it’s fairly close. The pencil costs £12.50 and you can buy the lipstick for £15.50. I love this look because it’s not too in your face or bold but you can definitely tell you’ve got a little colour on. I plan on wearing this lip look soon with a smoky eye and I think it will look really lovely. Both colours have pretty good staying power, I only normally have to touch up my lips maybe once or twice but I don’t mind that all. I haven’t been able to get a photo (in good lighting) apart from this one but hopefully you can see how pretty it looks on the lips.

You can buy Beurre & Brave online at Debenhams!
Take care guys

L x

Lancôme Grandiôse

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I never really take the time to invest in expensive mascaras, simply because I can’t normally afford it. But this time, I thought just do it (for once). This Lancôme Grandiôse is definitely pleasing to the eye and it definitely does amazing things to your lashes! It costs £24.50 from Debenhams which is 100% a lot for a mascara but it’s definitely worth it. The packaging is what caught my eye, I think it looks so luxurious and stunning. I don’t use an eyelash curler, ever and this mascara is the reason why. It curls your lashes after one application, for me – a good mascara is one that makes my lashes look super duper long and gives them more volume and this is what this Lancôme mascara does.

When I first saw the applicator, I was a little worried because I thought it might have been difficult to use but it’s so easy and you don’t get too much product on the brush. When I apply this mascara with two coats – my lashes look longer and a lot more fuller. Although, I don’t apply mascara on my bottom lashes (just a personal preference) so I couldn’t tell you how easy or difficult to apply the mascara is because the shape of the brush is a little different to most wands but I can’t imagine it being overly difficult. Because the brush is pretty small anyway, it’s so easy to get into the inner corner of your lashes without the product clumping and it will stay put all day – there’s nothing worse than spiderweb lashes, right?

In terms of removing the mascara, it does take a little longer for it to budge but if you use a good make-up remover and cleanser, you’ll be fine. I really do love this mascara for the way it looks and also how it makes my lashes so much longer and fuller.

If you’re interested in this mascara, you can buy it here.

L x

Nivea 3-in-1 Cleansing Water

So, to this day I still have never tried the Bioderma Micelle solution just because I don’t know how to get my hands on it without having to spend £18 for something so simple, maybe I’ll crack one day but this is my substitute to the Bioderma. I bought the Nivea Daily Cleansing Milk around a month ago and I have been loving it so far. Retailing at £3.69 from Superdrug – I think it’s a bargain. According to the website, the cleansing water cleanses your skin, removes make-up and moisturises your skin all in one step and is said to combat redness, tightness and dryness which I would say it does.

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The product is free of colours, parabens and perfume which is always a bonus. In a regular sized bottle, you will recieve 200ml of product so it will definitely last you a month or two, to apply the product you only need the tiniest amount – just apply the product onto a cotton pad and massage into your skin, avoiding contact with your eyes. When I’m removing my eye-make up I just rub onto my eyes in circular motions for about 10-15 seconds and repeat on the other eye, if the product goes into my eyes – it doesn’t sting so you don’t have to worry about that but of course don’t just apply it straight onto your eye. I love the packaging, it’s very simple and basic but I think it looks really expensive, the cap is easy to control and you don’t waste any product because you can dispense however much product you wish. I definitely think this cleansing water is worth a try, especially with it’s cheap price tag – you won’t be losing out if you’re not the biggest fan and it definitely won’t break your bank.

If you’ve tried this cleansing water before, let me know how you got on with it.
You can buy the product from Superdrug or Boots.

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Lauren, xx

Zoella Beauty

When I found out Zoe was bringing out her own beauty range, I was so so excited (way more excited than a 20 year-old should be). I bought these products for my little sister who is 12 years-old – no doubt I’ll be using them too, duh. I’ve yet to buy one product because it was sold out, when I went online to buy them (I clearly wasn’t patient enough to wait until they arrived in stores) most of the products were sold out so I had to buy certain products from FeelUnique and Superdrug.

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I absolutely love the products and how they’re so Zoe, you can tell she put so much into these products and I personally think they look amazing and they’re so sweet. In the range there are 5 amazing products and also 2 make-up/pencil cases available to buy.

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Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion (160ml) – £5

Beauty Soak Opera Bath & Shower Cream (490ml) – £5

Beauty Fizz Bar (200g) – £5

Beauty Let’s Glow Candle – £5

Blissful Mistful Fragranced Body Miss (45ml) – £8

Zoella Eyes & Guinea Pig Beauty Bag – £8

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I think the products are so reasonably priced, especially considering a lot of the people who will buy them are young children. I personally love the beauty bags, I think they’re so cute – I might have to buy one for myself. The products all seem to be very appealing to the eye and I think they would look so cute sitting in your bathroom or on your make-up table. The Fizz Bar seems pretty cool because it’s just like a bar of chocolate and you can break off one piece at a time which means you’re not wasting any. I’m so excited about these products and I’m looking forward to buying more when they run out (I’ll probably use them more than my sister, haha). The products are all so creative and they definitely don’t break the bank so try and get your hands on some of these amazing products if you can. Well done Zoe!

The Zoella Beauty range is now available to buy here and here. Enjoy!

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Lauren, xx

L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil

Last month when I visited my hairdresser, she used this L’Oreal oil on my hair and when I seen her applying it, I was a little hesitant of the outcome because my hair doesn’t normally get on well with hair oils but surprisingly, this one seemed to work great.

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When I opened my Glossybox this month, inside was a little sample bottle of the Mythic Oil (hardly a sample, to me it’s pretty big). The bottle contains 45ml of product and because it’s an oil, you don’t need a lot so I know it will last me until Christmas, at least. According to the website, the oil is “suitable for all hair types, enriched with avocado and grape-seed and the oil will leave your hair feeling smooth and shiny.” That I agree with, at first I was a teeny bit worried about trying the oil myself because you know what hairdressers are like – they always do everything 10x better, don’t they. In the past, I tried Moroccan Oil and my hair was absolutely disgusting afterwards – it looked like I hadn’t washed it in 4 days and felt horrible to touch,  that’s the reason I’ve never tried hair oils since.

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To apply the product you just simply add a small amount to wet hair, brush through your hair and blow-dry as you normally would. I don’t have long hair but my hair is very thin and I feel that this product absorbs into my hair easily and makes it feel more hydrated as well as softer and shinier. This will probably sound strange but even though it’s an oil – it doesn’t feel oily, if you get my gist. I hate when I use a new hair product and I can still feel the excess on my hair after I’ve dried and straightened my hair. The oil retails at £13 and above, depending on where you buy from, the full size bottle contains 125ml so it will be sure to last you forever.

If you’re interested in buying the hair oil, you can purchase it here from Feel Unique with free delivery!

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Lauren, xx

Frank Coffee Scrub

Get Naked. Get dirty. Get rough. Get Clean.

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Today I’m going to review the newest hype that’s been going around recently – rubbing coffee over your body. Sounds weird, right? The coffee scrub is packed with 200g of sweet almond, orange and apparently lots of other good stuff. According to the website, the scrub will target cellulite, stretch marks and other skin conditions by using roasted and ground robusta coffee beans and it will also smooth your lumps and bumps with brown sugar and sea salt, moisturise and tone your skin with cold pressed sweet almond oil and use vitamins and minerals to work wonders from the outside in and to top it off, make you smell good with its orange essence. The coffee scrub costs £11.95. There are also two other scrubs which are available to buy online, they cost £12.95 and £13.95. Each scrub is distinguished by a colour – pink, blue or purple. Each scrub targets the same areas but each one has different ingredients.

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I’m not a fan of coffee so you can probably imagine how groce I thought it was to be rubbing it on my body. The packaging is really simple but in a funny way, I really like it. I think it’s really basic and not to OTT. To apply the product, you’re supposed to take a handful of the coffee and rub it into your skin, you can apply it on areas you wish to combat. At first, I just used it on my face, chest and arms. Let me tell you, your bath or shower will be covered in coffee afterwards – so make sure you wash if off before your mum notices and wants to kill you, haha. Use circular motions to apply the product onto skin and leave it for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards, wash it off like you would normally wash off shower gel, for example. If you have oily/combination skin, you should use a light body oil to remove any excess oil. I guess the most important thing for me was how my body felt afterwards. In my opinion, I didn’t feel a dramatic difference buy my body did feel moisturised and hydrated. I’ve used it twice now (you’re only recommended to use it twice a week) and so far, I think it’s okay. Noting spectacular but maybe I just need to give it more time. If I see any changes, I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
If you’re interested in buying Frank, you can purchase it here.

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Lauren, xx

Jumped on the Glossybox Bandwagon!

I finally decided to buy into the Glossybox obsession. I think it’s such a cool way of trying out new products every month for such a great price. I thought I would share what I get sent each month and then afterwards, if I like the products – I’ll review them here on my blog.

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1. Highlighter
The first product is a Highlighter from Kryolan for Glossybox which retails at £12.95 (4.5g). The product is a versatile and lightweight cream with a velvety shine finish. To apply the product, simply dab across cheekbones, cupid’s bow and browbone.
Kryolan Cashmere Highlighter (£12.95)

2. Day Cream
This SPF 30 Hydra Sun Defence Day Cream is said to be the perfect base for BB creams and foundations. The full size costs only £5.99 (7ml). When applying this product, apply a small amount onto clean skin and if you’re in direct sun, re-apply every 2 hours for a flawless finish.
Hydra Sun-Defence Day Cream (£5.99)

3. Fragrance
This Lalique L’Amour fragrance is a crazy £67 for the full size bottle (50ml). Pricey, huh? The fragrance has top notes of rosebuds laced with fresh bergamot, white floral notes and a musk base note. I’ll keep you updated on what I think of this fragrance.
Lalique L’Amour fragrance (£67)

4. Hair Elasticizer
This is the product I’m most excited about, I really enjoy trying out new products for my hair (especially now that I’ve finally had it dyed – no more roots). The full size bottle retails at £38 which does seem pretty steep. When applying, before you shampoo your hair – apply to mid and the lengths of wet hair and cover your hair with a towel or shower cap, leave it to do it’s thing for 20 minutes and follow with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine. This product is thankfully suitable for all hair types.
Philip Kingsley Hair Elasticizer (15.00)

5. Nail Polish
This mini nail polish is by Yves-Rocher and the full size polish retails at £3.60 per bottle. Application is self explanatory – this shade is part of a palette of nude shades. I’m not normally a pink kind of person when it comes to nails but I can see this shade being muted and really pretty!
Yves-Rocher Nail Polish (£3.90)

6. Hand Cream
This Figs & Rouge hand cream retails at £6.95 (full size) and can be applied onto hands as often as possible. The hand creams from Figs & Rouge are enriched with shea butter, natural antioxidants and algea extract. The hand cream softens, nourishes and thoroughly pampers hands throughout the day.
Figs & Rouge Hand Cream (£3.95)

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