February Favourites

I know its a little bit late but here are my favourite products that i’ve been loving throughout February…

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First up is the amazing Roller Lash by Benefit! This is a sample that I got from Elle magazine this month, when I heard about it being a free gift I went out and looked everywhere that sold magazines for one as it was flying off the shelves very quickly! Before this new mascara I did use the They’re Real by Benefit but always thought there was something I didn’t quite like like but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. But now i’ve tried this one i’ve noticed it lasts longer on my lashes, is less clumpy and much easier to take off.

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The next two products go hand in hand, St Tropez Bronzing Mousse and Soltan Beautiful Bronze Exfoliating Sponge. As its coming into spring and the days are getting longer and slightly more mild, skin starts coming out! So this means it’s time to slap on a bit of colour so I look less like a sheet of paper. As anyone that applies fake tan knows exfoliation is key for a natural looking tan, so before applying it I step into the shower and do a complete exfoliation of my body from top to toe. This exfoliation sponge does the job perfectly without feeling too harsh on my skin.

St Tropez fake tans are (in my eyes) the best fake tan you can buy, it may be a little on the pricey side but its certainly worth it! It doesn’t streak or go orange and develops into a lovely colour that can be darker if left on a lot longer. It lasts a good amount of time and even longer if looked after.

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White teeth is something that I am constantly thinking about and wanting. I’ve tried numerous teeth whitening products and are always left disappointed. When I heard about a lot of people using the Coco White brand, I instantly wanted to try it out for myself. Coco White works by using natural coconut oil to do a technique called ‘oil pulling’ to make your teeth whiter. They come in a few flavours, mint, lemon and vanilla, and come in a tube that is to be used once a day. You cut open the tube and swish the coconut oil around your mouth from 5 to 15 minutes (I thought this was a lot to begin with too, but if you do it whilst your busy doing something else the time quickly flies by!) Straight away, within a few days I began to notice a difference and so did the people around me, who complemented me and asked what product I used. It also made my teeth feel super clean!

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I used to use these a while ago but stopped for some reason, but have now rekindled my love for them. These Eylure Pro-Lash Individual Eyelashes are AMAZING! I get the Fine to Full packet in black as I love being able to build them up to however I like them. I like to put them on and wear them day to day and then add a normal set of eyelashes on top when I want a more extravagant look. They can be a bit tricky to put on but there’s a knack and you just have to get used to it. I use the specific individual eyelash glue as this is super strong and lasts ages!

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Last but not least the Aldi moisturising creams that I have recently reviewed (here). As promised I am doing a quick update to see how it’s going now that I have been using them for about a week and a half. I have been religiously using them day and night to see them at their full potential! After this time, I have noticed that they are still working well with my skin and I haven’t had a reaction to them like I do with some face creams. They keep my face nice and hydrated throughout the day (and night) and stop it getting dry. They are not greasy or heavy so work well under makeup too. I’m so pleased that I found these and for only £1.99!!!!!! I am definitely going to be using these everyday!

So these are the new products I have been using and loving this month. I hope that this post encourages you to try out these products on here, (make sure you let me know how you get on if you do!)

Thanks for reading x

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£1.99 day and night cream – Review

Theres not a lot more that I really enjoy doing then browsing through other blogs and gaining inspiration (and a bit of jealousy!) Other than outfit posts, I love to read reviews on products. Quite often I will look online for reviews of a product before I go out and buy them (if only I did this every time I would probably save myself a lot of money, but hey ho!) So whilst I was out shopping today I picked up some new face creams and decided to try them out and review them on here.

Now, as I have mentioned before on another blog post, during the winter months I get terrible dry skin. I think its a mixture of the cold wind and central heating that affects my skin making it dry out so much. So whilst I was grabbing a few bits and pieces in Aldi (yes you read right!) I picked up a day and a night cream to try out. My mum has been using their face creams for quite a few years now (I often pinch some when I run out of my stuff, and have noticed they are good) and always raves over them, so I decided that today was the day I buy myself my own pots (your welcome mum!)

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Firstly I tried out the day cream, I popped some onto my face and rubbed it in, left it a few minutes to really sink in, then put my makeup on top. My makeup sat well on it, with no signs of foundation slipping off because of the moisturiser, it also stayed on really well throughout the day. I also noticed that the dry spots on my face where already less visible after just using it once!

Later on, just before bed, I removed all traces of my makeup and slapped on another layer but this time of the night cream. This one is slightly heavier (like all night creams), but doesn’t feel too weighty, or greasy. It sinks in quickly just like the day cream and leaves my face feeling nicely moisturised. When I woke in the morning my face was feeling a lot less dry than it has been recently and I know this is due to this cream. I really like this moisturiser and can tell it will help my dry skin out a lot as I can already see this from just two applications!

HOWEVER, this is your one and only warning and if it happens to you its your own fault! If you get this in your eye it is super stings! Think bright pink eyes and tears rushing down your face uncontrollably!! I didn’t think to take a photo of that awful moment but I’m sure you can all image that beautiful face!

But other then that, this cream is perfect for my skin in these winter months. It hydrates but isn’t greasy or super thick and I highly recommend it to everyone, especially since it costs £1.99 a pot (no that is not a typo, it really costs just £1.99!!), so you can’t really go wrong! I am planning on doing a later update as to how it’s going with my skin after using it a few more time so look out for that (will probably be in my February favourites)

I hope this post has inspired others to either go and try out these creams for themselves, or to write their own reviews on other products. If you do try it out and write a blog post, have already tried them or have been inspired to write your own review post about a different product, please leave a comment as i’d love to see/hear what you guys think about this cream too!

Thanks for reading x

Zuzka – Product Review*

Recently in the blogging world I have been hearing a lot about the brand Zuzka. Which has made me really want to try their products out. Zuzka Natural Beauty is a company that sells hand made natural cosmetics made from organic herbs and flowers. They stock everything from facial creams, masks and serums to body scrubs, lotions and shower gels, as well as 100%pure mineral makeup that even provides SPF15! DSC_0380 I think this is such an exciting brand not only because of the variety of products they sell but also because of the ethical considerations they take when manufacturing their products. They provide products that suit all skin types including: Acne prone skin, Oily/ problematic skin, Sensitive skin and Mature and Allergy Prone Skin. They show they go to great lengths to make sure their products are skin friendly by using organic ingredients sourced from the UK. Zuzka are against animal testing and ensure their suppliers conform to this as well. They also consider the environment by using minimal packaging. I have been in contact with Susan from Zuzka who sent me some trial size products to try out. I received a trial size Royal Gold Nourishing Day Cream for mature/ dry skin and a trail size Caffeine and Keratin Stimulating Conditioner for fine/ falling hair. To begin with I tried out the Royal Gold Nourishing Day Cream. Now this product states that it is for mature/ dry skin. Throughout the summer months of the year my skin is not very dry. However, when the winter months kick in, the wind tends to blow the moisture out my skin, leaving it quite dry, so this product is perfect for me at this time of year. It has a lovely clean smell with a hint of something sweet. I first tried it out on freshly washed skin, it has a light texture so sinks in quickly and doesn’t sit on the skin or leave a greasy finish like a cheap moisturiser. DSC_0456 I then tried it another day but this time applying it before my makeup routine. I always make sure to give my moisturiser a few minutes to sink in before applying my makeup because i feel that it sits a lot better. I noticed that my skin does look a lot less dry with this even with makeup on top. Next I tried the Caffeine and Keratin Stimulating Conditioner. This is for fine/ falling hair, now i don’t have fine hair (in fact its super thick) but my hair is lacking in shine, can look really dull and is quite damaged after years of heat application to my hair. Having caffeine and keratin both in a conditioner makes me really excited and I already know its going to do my hair wonders! Again it has another fresh, clean scent with a touch of a floral scent, I love it! It says on the bottle that it contains a strong herbal infusion to stimulate hair growth. Brightens and leaves the hair incredibly soft, now I love the sound of that! Anything that helps my hair grow, makes it shiny and soft is right up my street! DSC_0450 The instructions say to apply after washing and to massage small amounts into every inch of your hair and rinse well. Now usually I try not to put conditioner on the roots of my hair as I feel it plays a part in making my hair greasy quickly. However, I stuck to the instructions and did exactly as I was told. And I am amazed! It is a light conditioner but I can almost feel it working while its on. It has made my hair feel really moisturised and silky smooth and left a lovely smell in my hair. I feel that because it is such a light conditioner it hasn’t made my hair feel greasy at all! Overall, I am so pleased with the products I have tried by Zuzka and will definitely be purchasing more products from them in the future. I am most interested in their makeup and makeup brushes which I am planning to try next. You can purchase all products at: zuzkanaturalbeauty.co.uk Thanks for reading, and as always feel free to comment or make any suggestions. x