Clear Skin in 7 Days?! Magnitone Lucid Review

Wednesday, 29 April 2015



A few years ago the beauty world went nuts for facial cleansing brushes, with the launch of the Clarisonic, but due to the hefty £200 price tag they were never really something I considered. I have very sensitive, acne prone skin, so I was always worried that a tool like this would just make the problem worse or cause a reaction. However, when I heard about the Magnitone Lucid and it's purse friendly price tag, I thought it would be worth giving it a go, and let me tell you, I am so glad that I did. The Magnitone Lucid comes with a '7 day promise' - the brand promise that your skin will be softer, brighter and clearer after only 7 days of use - sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. I've been so impressed with this product and definitely saw a huge difference in my skin after just 7 days, but more on that later. 

Before I get in to what the product actually does and the results it gives, lets talk about the packaging. I went for the Pixie Lott version, which is limited edition, however the Magnitone Lucid also comes in a range of pretty colours for those of you who don't fancy bright pink. The brush also comes complete with a little pink Pixie Lott headband too, which I think was a really nice touch. This brush also comes in a Pixie Lott branded box, complete with everything you need for the brush - instruction manuals, chargers and a little cap to place over the brush head when you're not using it. 


The design of the Magnitone Lucid is something I really love about the product. Magnitone have made what was once quite a complex device into something thats simple and user friendly. As this is a travel version of the original Magnitone Pulsar, it's super light weight and compact, so it's really easy to slip into an overnight bag or suitcase if you're jetting off anywhere nice (lucky you!), and it also fits into the palm of your hand really nicely. The brush also comes with a wireless magnetic charger, making the brush itself completely waterproof so you can use this in the bath or shower - genius! You just charge up the little magnetic clip and then pop it on to the bottom of the brush, it really couldn't be easier, and once charged the brush lasts over two weeks, again making it perfect for taking away with you. 

One thing which always put me off cleansing brushes was the amount of different buttons and settings they had, as I'd never know which setting I should be using and what would work best for my skin. I also believe that beauty should be simple, and Magnitone have really hit the nail on the head with this one. The brush has just one button, which you use to turn the brush on and change the settings. You just press it once to turn it on to deep clean mode and then press the same button again to put the brush into sensitive mode. Personally, I prefer to use the sensitive mode as I do have quite sensitive skin, and I find that it is deep cleaning enough for me. It's also worth pointing out that Magnitone recommend only using the sensitive mode for the first couple of days, just while your skin gets used to the new sensations and you don't over exfoliate. 



So, how does the Magnitone actually work to better cleanse your skin? The idea behind the Magnitone Lucid is that it works to cleanse the skin more effectively than hands alone, as it can really get deep into your pores using its 10,000 pulsed oscillations (vibrations to the less technical among us) per minute to remove any excess gunk (for want of a better word) which may be lingering in your pores and causing spots. The brush can be used with your regular cleanser too, which I think is a definite benefit as the last thing I want to do is be swapping the cleanser it's taken me years to find!

Along with deep cleaning your pores, the brush also works to gently exfoliate the skin. I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to exfoliating my skin, and using harsh apricot scrubs had left my skin a little over-exfoliated, so I really love how gentle this brush is, yet it achieves the same, if not better, results. The brush also has a built in timer to ensure that you don't over exfoliate your skin, which I think is super handy. The timer is set to one minute, so when you turn it on it will start vibrating for 20 seconds, then stop for a second so you can move on to another area of your face. Like I said, I do think this is a great idea but some days I do find it hard to stick to. You know your skin better than anyone else, and some days you just need a little extra or a little less in some areas. 

After using my Magnitone Lucid for 7 days:


Now, on to the exciting bit - the results! As you can see from the picture above, my skin is looking pretty darn clear, especially for someone who has suffered with acne for the past 12 years! This photo was taken after just 7 days of using the Magnitone Lucid, and I can happily say that my skin has continued to clear up (apart from a couple of days after I stupidly fell asleep with my makeup on - it happens to the best of us!) and I really couldn't be happier. Since using this I've stopped using scrubs and exfoliators all together, as using the brush has really improved the feel and texture of my skin. Before, I had tonnes of little bumps under my skin and spots left right and centre, which have all vanished thanks to this little skincare miracle. 

I've been using the brush in the shower most nights, as I find it's just easier to use as it can sometime spray water a little bit, with my Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser and find that it works a treat. I first massage the cleanser into my skin with my hands, then gently run the brush over my skin in circular motions to work the cleanser into my skin and gently exfoliate. At first I was worried about how this would react with my sensetive skin, but I can happily say that I had no problems in that department, and as you can probably tell I'm in love with this little brush. In fact, the results were so good that even my Mum went out and ordered one after seeing the dramatic change in my skin. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x


Tips For Successfully Selling On eBay!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015




When it comes to selling my unwanted items (mainly clothes and collectables), eBay is my go to. I don't really like Depop and blog sales have never really worked wonders for me, and I like the protection you get from selling and buying on eBay. I've gotten quite good at selling on eBay in the past couple of years - sometimes even getting more for an item than what I originally paid - and along the way I've picked up a few tips that seem to help items sell better, so I thought I'd share them with you today!

1. Have your auction end on a day when people are likely to be online

I often see a lot of eBay auctions ending at like 3pm on a Wednesday, probably because thats when the seller has listed the item and most listings last exactly a week. However when you think about it, who is really online at that time? A lot of people will be at work, Uni or school so won't be around for the end of your listing, which is usually when the bidding wars commence. Now I am aware that people set maximum bids, etc, but there's still a lot of eBay users who love the thrill of a bidding war. So In my experience it's always best to have your listings end on a Sunday night, as this is when most people are active on eBay. 

2. Think about the time of year

This may seem like a simple one but it's often something that people forget. Its so important to remember what kind of items that people will be shopping for at this time of year. For example, if you have an old prom dress that you want to sell hang on to it and list the item around April/May time, as this is when the majority of users will be looking for prom dresses. Again, if you have summer items to sell, sell them during summer as this will gain you maximum interest in your items. 

3. Create a useful description

Again, this may seem obvious but the amount of times I've been interested in buying something and the lack of description has put me off is quite shocking. I don't mean you have to create some award winning advertising copy, but including all of the relevant information is really important. For example, if you're selling a dress, it might be useful to include how long it is in cms, how many times its been worn and if its from a smoke and pet free home, as these are things which a lot of eBay users find important. A useful tip I use when creating descriptions is to look at something similar (or the same item if you can find it) which is selling really well, and using the information they shared in their description, as its clearly working! 

4. Use neat and informative pictures

The one thing that usually sells me an item on eBay is the pictures. Make sure that you include pictures of the boxes, labels, size, full length, close ups, etc if you can, as these will show buyers that there's nothing being hidden (e.g.: snags in clothes, etc). Also, when selling clothes, please iron them! Even though everyone knows its been used, it shouldn't look like you've just dragged your jumper out of your laundry basket and taken a photo. I think this also shows that you've taken good care of the item so its likely to be in better condition - it only takes 5 mins and makes a huge difference! 

5. Headings and Key Words

Just like any other search engine, eBay uses SEO to weight the items which are most relevant to peoples searches. Naming your items using key words that buyers are searching for is really important. I always think its important to include the brand name, name of the actual item and the size in that order, as often people are searching for brands more than anything. For example, I would name something: Topshop Dress Size 12, as this is likely to then show up in searches made by buyers who would actually be interested in your item. Putting the size in may limit the amount of searches it appears in, however it will lead you to buyers who are more interested and likely to buy your item  - there's no point advertising a size 12 to a size 8 as they just won't be interested!

6. Start the auction as low as possible

I've always found that when selling on eBay, the items which start off a 99p tend to sell for higher amounts than those which start off at a higher price. It's worth doing your research and knowing the value of the item your selling (and also researching what others are selling for on eBay) but with clothes, 99p tends to rack up the most interest. It's simple really, people want a bargain, and they're probably not going to put in a starting bid of £15 for your used H&M jumper, but 99p  - sure, they'll have a go because it's not a lot to lose! Then eventually (usually in the last 30 mins or so), a bidding war will commence between potential buyers and you can sit back and watch the price shoot up. This isn't true for all items, as with everything - you win some, you lose some - but generally, starting lower generates increased interest in your items. 

Happy Selling!

Becky x x

Foundation for Night Time? | Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment Review

Monday, 27 April 2015

Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment Review

Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment Review

Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment Review

Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment Review

Hello Beauties! After my recent post on the Cohorted Beauty Box (which you can see: here) a lot of you were asking questions about the Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment - and rightly so, it's a bit of an odd one! - so I thought I would do a post on the product to clear it all up. 

So, what is it exactly? It's essentially a tinted overnight mineral treatment which supposedly replenishes the skin while you sleep, so you wake up with the 'famous Bare Minerals glow', kind of like a mineral foundation that you're supposed to wear overnight. Here's what Bare Minerals say:

"This concentrated powder formula replenishes skin while you sleep so you'll wake up to the famous bareMinerals luminous glow. It dramatically reduces the appearance of pores, evens skin tone, and improves the skins texture. This treatment instantly diffuses imperfections for a range of complexions. And rest easy, it won't come off on your pillow."

For as long as I can remember, I've been lectured on how I should always remove every last trace of makeup before going to bed, no matter how tired/drunk/lazy I'm feeling, and I generally stick to this rule (okay, so I fall asleep occasionally - I'm only human!). In fact, I rather enjoy the process of removing my makeup as it makes my skin feel fresh and gives it a chance to breathe, so to be told that this product was essentially a 'night time foundation' was a little odd to say the least. I was also a bit worried about trying this as I do have acne prone skin and usually leaving my makeup on overnight is just asking for a breakout. Nevertheless, I gave it a go...

Firstly I'll start off with the shade range. I received the shade 'light' in my Cohorted Beauty Box which I expected would work well for me, as I have quite a fair complexion. I applied this all over my skin and let it settle in, then went downstairs to watch a bit of TV before bed, however when I bumped into my Mum on my way down her first reaction was 'what's happened to your face?! It looks like you've got jaundice!'...Thanks, Mum. This foundation is certainly an odd colour, it's very yellow toned and wears kind of like a mask. In fact, it looked so bad on me that it kind of defeated the point of wearing foundation to bed, which I assume is to look better? I think without all of your other products applied on top (which I definitely don't recommend!) it will just look awful on anyone. 

Like I expected, wearing to foundation to bed when you're completely sober is not the nicest of feelings. I felt like I was going to bed without washing my face, and when I woke up I felt and looked dirty. I have fairly oily skin so the foundation had gone a bit cakey and oily on my skin, it had also rubbed off the sides of my face where I'd had my head on my pillow and just generally looked a mess. I definitely didn't wake up with the 'famous bareMinerals glow', more like I'd rolled in wet sand. Also, this stuff dries your skin out like crazy. When I removed it all (yep, you've got to add makeup removal to your morning skincare routine) my skin was so dry, tight and generally uncomfortable and it took my skin a few days to get back to normal. 

As for the claims of it not coming off on your pillowcase...not true. I had some lovely orange looking streaks on my white pillowcases. They did come off in the wash and luckily didn't stain, but I don't fancy having to wash my pillows everyday just for messy, dry skin. 

Overall, I hated this product. So much so that I couldn't even test it out for the normal month I give to test a skincare product out - it would have ruined my skin too much. I think there's a reason why nobody sleeps with make up on, and I honestly can't think of a time when I would want to sleep with my makeup on. I enjoy giving my skin a chance to breathe and as for not wanting to take your makeup off in front of a boy (the only reason I can think of for wanting to sleep with your makeup on), I'm pretty sure he'd be more scared of your face when wearing this....jaundice isn't a good look on anyone. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x


 *Post contains PR samples

Makeup Revolution 'Death By Chocolate' Palette Review

Sunday, 26 April 2015



I know, I know, yet another neutral palette...what can I say, it's a problem. Today I thought I would go over the 'Death By Chocolate' palette by Makeup Revolution in case you were trying to decide which chocolate palette to go for from the three. If you'd like to see my reviews of the two other palettes in the range you can do so here and here. 

Much like the other palettes in the 'Chocolate' range from Makeup Revolution, the packaging for this palette is fairly chunky. It has the 'melted chocolate' design, which I guess it supposed to mimic the look of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, but really this has ended up just being way too bulky and it kind of unnecessary, but for the price I can look past the packaging. Again, this palette contains 16 shadows, two of which are highlighting shades which are slightly bigger than the other shades. 



If you're struggling to see the difference between this palette and the 'I Heart Chocolate' palette, then you're not alone, they are quite similar. I'd say the only difference is that this palette is slightly more cool toned and contains more taupe shades than the previous palette, and a few more darker shades. The formula for this palette, and all of the other chocolate palettes from Makeup Revolution is amazing. They're all highly pigmented, buttery soft and easy to blend out - basically everything you'd look for in an eyeshadow. I really don't have any complaints when it comes to these palettes (apart from the packaging, but thats a minor issue) and I think they're lovely additions to anyones collection, with lots of variation and wearable shades - so good luck choosing just one! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x


*Post Contains PR Samples

Makeup Revolution 'I Heart Chocolate' Palette Review

Thursday, 23 April 2015



A little while ago I reviewed the Naked Chocolate Palette over here on Lipgloss & Lashes, and since then it's become one of my most used palettes. However at the same time as receiving the Naked Chocolate palette, I also received the 'I Heart Chocolate' and 'Death By Chocolate' palettes, so I thought it was about time I showed them the love they deserve over here on the blog. Today I'm going to be talking about the 'I Heart Chocolate' palette and then on Sunday I'll go through the 'Death By Chocolate' palette, so if you're choosing between the two then hopefully this should help (or make the decision even harder, who knows!). 

Let's just start off by stating the obvious, this is a blatant rip off, or shall we say 'dupe', of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. Honestly, I don't really know how Makeup Revolution get away with all of their copies, some of them are just so similar. So as you'd expect, the palette is laid out exactly like the Too Faced palette and similarly, contains 16 shades ranging from mattes to satins and shimmers. I really like how the palette contains such a good mixture of shades and finishes, as there's just so many looks you could create with this. 

The palette contains two highlighter shades which are larger, a range of browns, golds, olives and a light pink and a purple. I'd say for the most part the formula of these shadows is spot on. The shimmers in particular are excellent - they're soft and buttery, blend out like a dream and fall out is kept to a minimum. However, some of the lighter matte shades are a little less pigmented so take a couple of layers to really build the colour up. For me this isn't an issue as I rarely wear matte shades however if you're a matte lover I could see how this would be a problem. 



Overall I really like this palette, the formula is generally really good, it contains a good range of shades and is one of the best (along with the whole 'chocolate' line from Makeup Revolution) neutral eyeshadow palettes I've tried from the drugstore. This will only set you back a mere £7.99 which I think is a brilliant price for the quality and number of shades you get...the only real downside? It doesn't smell like chocolate like the Too Faced palette does!

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

If you've been reading my blog for well over a year now (love ya!) then you might have noticed that the Naked 3 palette is something which I've actually reviewed before. However, when I was going through my collection the other day I realised that I should probably update that review, as some of my opinions on the product have changed, and honestly I'm way better at writing reviews now than I was a year ago! When I first published my review of the Naked 3 palette I was besotted. I'd just received the palette when it first came out (yes, I was sad enough to pre-order it) and instantly fell in love with the pretty rose gold hues and dreamy formula, and while I do still love those two things, I'm just not as in love with it as I once was. Don't get me wrong, it's a stunning palette, but it's not one I reach for regularly and I definitely don't think it's a need to have product, for me anyway. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review Swatches

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review Swatches

As with all of the Naked palettes, this one contains 12 shades ranging from light to dark, with a mixture of shimmers, satins and mattes - basically anything you could ask for in an eyeshadow. Also, the formula for these shadows are like nothing else, buttery soft and easy to blend, these shadows are like a dream come true. However, I have to say, I much prefer the darker shades in this palette such as  Liar, Factory and Mugshot as they're a little more mauve/taupe based compared to the more pink based lighter shades which I find a little difficult to pull off. 

Which is the main reason why my opinions on this palette have changed. I do still love how pretty it is and all the good stuff that you get with an Urban Decay palette, but I think I initially got sucked into the hype with this product and didn't really think it through. I can't quite bring myself to either sell or give away this palette as I do still reach for it from time to time and I guess it's still a good range of shades to have in my collection...but in all honestly, I haven't used this in months. I think the shades in the Naked 1 and Naked 2 are much easier to work with and the neutral golds and browns work so much better with my complexion, so this palette is often sat gathering dust in my draws. 

If you're a rose gold lover and know that these kind of shades work for you, then by all means go for it, but if you're slightly unsure about the shades I think there are loads of amazing dupes for this on the market now, so it might be worth giving them a go first. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x


Simple SEO For Bloggers

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Simple SEO For Bloggers

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and the sun is still shining where you are this week! At the weekend I asked on twitter what kind of 'blogging tips' you'd like to see, as I'd quite like to start posting some helpful posts in amongst all of my beauty posts, and by far the most requested was SEO techniques. I will admit that I'm not an expert when it comes to SEO, but I have picked up a few tips in the two years I've been blogging, along with what I've learnt from Uni and working in social media. 

Headings

Never underestimate the importance of a good heading. While I do think it's lovely that you've got your favourite song lyrics as the title of your latest outfit of the day, it's not really relevant and unlikely to get your post showing up in google searches, or at least searches that are relevant to your blog. Think about it this way, while you may love the line 'Darling I'm a nightmare dressed as a daydream' (this one has been used to death), if you were searching for an outfit for a wedding, for example, you probably wouldn't type 'Darling I'm a nightmare dressed as a daydream' into Google. You'd probably search for something like 'outfits for a summer wedding', and so really you should be naming your post something along those lines. Think about what you would search for if you wanted to find your post and make sure that the heading of your post is relevant to the content of your post. 

Images

People often forget about images when it comes to SEO, but they are so important. For example, when I'm searching for a review of a MAC lipstick, I'll head straight to Google Images to look at swatches, and find my way to a review that way. To make sure your images are SEO optimised, add 'alt tags' to the image. To do this, you simply upload your image to your blog post, then click on the image. A little blue bar should appear under the image (or next to the image, depending where you click) and it should have a 'properties' button on it. Click on this and it will bring up a screen with 'Title Text' and 'Alt Tags'. Similarly to the point I made about headings, name your images and tags as things that you think people will likely to be searching when they are wanting to arrive at your blog post.

Create a Custom URL

Whenever you write a blog post, Blogger will automatically generate a URL for that post, based on the title of the post. However sometimes when your title is a bit cryptic (if you must use song lyrics) or maybe a little too long to fit into the URL, you may want to change it to something a little more Google Search friendly. Again, when changing the URL think of something simple, that people are likely to be searching on Google. To change your URL, simply click on the 'Permalink' button on the right hand side of the screen when editing your post and change the settings to 'Custom Permalink', this will then allow you to create your own URL. 

Updating Broken Links

Google wants to send its users to high quality websites, which means that sites containing broken links or links which lead to 404 Errors will be penalised in terms of SEO. An easy way to check for broken links on your site (this is completely free) is to use this website: 

http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/broken-links.php 

All you need to do is to type in the URL of your blog and it will go through and check every single page on your website for broken links. When it's found a bad link, it will tell you why the link is bad (e.g.: leading to a 404 Error page) and also the page which the link was found on, making it super easy for you to go through and either remove the bad link or update the link. 

Add a Blog Description

Another simple thing which you can do to improve your SEO, is to add a blog description. A blog description is the little blurb that comes up under your page in Google which tells searchers a little bit about the website and is also a great way to get some key words out there.  To add a blog description, simple go to Blogger, then go to settings on the left hand side and click on 'search preferences'. At the top of this page it should say 'Meta Tags' with a little box which says 'description' underneath. All you need to do is click edit, type in your chosen description (choose something relevant and informative about your blog) and save. 

Hopefully this post has been helpful to you if you're looking to improve the SEO of your blog, or cleared up a few things you were struggling with. If you'd like to see more of these posts or want advice on anything specific then please let me know in the comments below and I'll get to work!

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

How I Cleared Up My Skin

Monday, 20 April 2015




Last night I tweeted a picture of my naked face (shock horror) and said how happy I was that my skin was finally very nearly almost clear. I've mentioned my battle with acne on here before and shared a few tips, but a lot of you said on Twitter that you'd like to know what products/routine I used to clear it up, and with the 140 character limit on Twitter (damn you!), I thought it might be easier just to do a post on here. Firstly, a little bit of background info...

So for those of you who don't know, I got acne when I was about 12 and throughout my teens it was quite severe and never ending, and I mean this literally...12 years is longer than some murderers get in prison, yet I wasn't let off for good behaviour, no matter how well I treated my skin. As I've gotten older, so the last two to three years, my acne has eased up significantly, but it was still quite bad and starting to develop into adult acne, as I'm almost 22. However in the last couple of weeks I've really managed to clear my skin up and seen a significant improvement in the overall condition of my skin. I still have very large pores and some red patches on my skin which are scars from where I had acne previously, I'm quite lucky that these aren't raised or sunken in scars, so they can be easily covered up with makeup and hopefully these will fade with time, but as you can see my skin is nowhere near perfect.

Needless to say, this is just what worked for me and may not necessarily work for you, as everyone is different after all. Also, just a little bit about my skin type before I start as I always find it useful to know how similar my skin is before reading these types of posts. I have oily, dehydrated skin which is also seriously sensitive to most products, which means that I can't really use any of the products specifically targeted to acne as they either burn my skin or dry it out which in turn, causes more spots. 

Coming Off The Pill

I've been seeing my doctor about my skin since I was about 13, which was when it really started to get bad, and after trying every form of topical treatment and antibiotics there was out there at the time with no luck, my doctor suggested that I go on the pill. I was about 15 at the time, which I know is a little early to go on the pill for most, but really I had no other options left if I wanted to clear up my skin through medication. I started off taking Celeste which is one of the better pills for skincare concerns (I also took it to help my severe migraines which are caused by hormonal fluctuations), and my skin did improve while taking Celeste. However, due to medical reasons I had to stop taking Celeste and transfer to a different pill with different levels of oestrogen which was when the problems started happening. My skin didn't instantly get a lot worse, but during the last 6 months I started to notice that when I wasn't taking the pill during my 'week off' my skin dramatically improved, then when I started my next pill packet I would develop painful cystic acne, so I knew something wasn't right. I went to see my doctor about this and he suggested that I trailed coming off the pill and seeing how it affected my skin, and I'm pleased to say that it's made a huge difference. Not only has my skin cleared up but my migraines have decreased, which let me tell you, is a huge relief. 

Now I understand that this form of treatment isn't for everyone, but I just thought that I would share my experience, as if you too were put on the pill for skincare reasons years ago and are no longer seeing the benefits, it may be worth talking to your doctor about coming off the pill. However, this really is something you should talk to you doctor about - don't just take my word for it! 

Skincare

Over the past 6 months I've also been making some changes to my skincare routine. I'd like to point out that I didn't just completely revamp my skincare overnight, my skin would have totally freaked out had I done that! Instead, I changed one product at a time, as that way my skin could adjust to the new addition and also if I had a reaction, I'd know exactly what product had caused it. Firstly I strted with my cleanser. Instead of using harsh cleansers targeted specifically at oily or acne prone skin, I swapped to the Simple Gentle Foaming Cleanser which also has added moisturisers. I know a lot of skincare guru's are completely against foaming cleansers, however I find that on my oily skin they work really well for me and this one seems to work well with my sensitive skin, without drying it out or causing irritation. It's not a fancy cleanser with tonnes of scientific claims, it just does what it says on the tin which is what I really like about the product. 

Alongside this cleanser I've also been using the Magnitone Lucid which is a cleansing brush, and I'd say that this brush alone was 80% the reason why my skin has cleared up. I'll be posting a full review of this soon once I've tested out all of the different modes, etc but for now I've just been using it on the sensetive mode to cleanse and gently exfoliate my face every other day. I've seen a dramatic improvement in my skin since using this, and the difference was noticeable after using it for about 3 days which is just amazing. It is a little expensive, but I can see it lasting me a good couple of years and when it comes to my skin I don't mind paying for products that work. 

I haven't really found a toner that I like at the moment, so I've been skipping straight to moisturiser. The most recent addition to my skincare has been the Bioderma Hydrabio Sérum Moisturising Concentrate. I did a full review of this about two weeks ago, so just skip back a few posts to see that, but it essentially is a light weight moisturiser (so it won't clog up your pores or leave you feeling like a greasy mess) which targets deep within your skin to produce moisture and also lock in moisture at the surface. It really is an amazing product and it's perfect if you have dehydrated skin like myself. Ive found that since my skin has been better hydrated, its been producing less oil and has therefore been a lot clearer. 

Obviously, this is just what worked for me and it may not have the same results for you, although I really hope it does! I've seen a lot of videos on this subject saying that you should go out in the sun and use harsh acidic products to 'dry out your skin so the spots clear up' and I honestly would really recommend that you don't do that. It may take slightly longer to do it the gentle/hydrating way but your skin will thank you in the long run and will feel so much smoother, softer and generally happier if you don't dry it out like the sahara - trust me, I've been there! 

I'd also just like to point out that the photo above is unedited so that you can see what my skin really looks like now. You've probably noticed that I rarely (read: never) post pictures of my face without makeup on and it took quite a lot for me to be able to post these. I know my skin isn't perfect and I seriously need to get my brows done, but these were taken pretty much as soon as I woke up (hence the pyjamas) so you know, what you gonna do. Unfortunately I don't have any 'before' pictures as my acne made me so self conscious that there's literally about 5 years of my life where I'm not in any photos at all. I really regret this now as I feel that there's so many memories that I didn't capture with people who are no longer with me, but thats what acne and bullying can do to someone I guess. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Best Budget Blog Designs

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Hello Beauties! If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you'll know that I'm a big advocate of the fact that you don't have to spend a fortune to have a successful blog. In the past I've done a couple of posts on how to blog on a budget, mainly centred around the content you can produce as a blogger on a tight budget. However, today I wanted to share some Blogger and Wordpress templates/designs that are all really pretty, but also really inexpensive. I hate to admit it, but first impressions really do count in the world of blogging, and your design is one of the first things readers see when they click on your link, and I'd hate for anyone's content to be dismissed because they don't have the money for an expensive design, so here are my top picks for a cute but affordable blog design...

Before I start I'd also just like to point out that I'm not being paid/gifted anything to promote these designs, these are just some I've come across while searching for my own design. Also, the Wordpress designs are a little more expensive as generally, it requires more skill to produce a Wordpress design...sorry Wordpress users! 

Bioderma Hydrabio Sérum Moisturising Concentrate Review

Thursday, 16 April 2015


Hello Beauties! I'm sure by now you've all heard of the French skincare brand, Bioderma, they shot to fame after their famous micellar water became a cult classic, however their skincare range really doesn't get the publicity and credit that it deserves. Sure, their micellar water is amazing, but how often do you hear about their other products? A while back I had a couple of Bioderma mini samples included in my Escenutal order and after trying out a load of different products, I fell in love with the moisturising concentrate from their Hydrabio range and couldn't wait to get my hands on the full size version. 

I'll go through some of the science-y stuff first and get that out of the way, because while it may be a little boring to talk about, it's also really important (when it's actually true, not just a load of marketing babble!). Bioderma say that this is the first product with Aquagenium, which is a patented biological complex that stimulates the skins cellular capabilities, re-training it to generate in depth, and to lock in on the surface, the moisture essential for its balance. Bioderma also claim that the patented natural D.A.F (Dermatological Advanced Formulation, apparently) complex raises skins tolerance to everyday pollution, stresses and the cold, leaving it intensely hydrated. 

Now that all of our brain's are suitably fried with all the science babble, I'll get on to the actual review. I know that I talk about my oily skin a lot on this blog, so you're probably wondering why I would need such an intense moisturiser. Well, although my skin is very oily, it's also seriously dehydrated, which then leads to even more oiliness, it really is a viscous circle. The dehydrated side of my skin is something that I've been wanting to tackle for a while now, but finding something that hydrates my skin without breaking me out, irritating my sensitive skin or making me feel like a greasy mess is no mean feat. After trying hundreds of products, I've come to the conclusion that this  moisturising concentrate from Bioderma is the only thing that will save my skin. 

Since using this, my skin has looked better all round. Not only has this product banished that horrible tight feeling that comes with dehydrated skin, but it's also been looking a lot clearer and a lot less oily. I knew that some of my oiliness was coming from the fact that my skin has been dehydrated so I expected this to clear up, but I didn't expect it to also clear up some of my acne, which was clearly being caused by my dehydration to some degree. 

The moisturising concentrate has a thin, almost gel like consistency, which sinks into the skin immediately without leaving any greasy residue, so it's perfect for oily girls (or guys) like myself who want to hydrate their skin without feeling like they've been deep fried. 

Overall, I seriously love this product and can see it being a staple in my skincare routine for months, or years, to come. This little product will set you back around £18, which I don't think is a terrible price when you consider how much of an improvement the product makes and compare it to what some brands charge for these kinds of products. The best place I've found to purchase this in the UK is from Escentual, they seem to have the best prices for french skincare and makeup brands and are usually my go-to for these kinds of products. You can find the product on Escentual here

I've slowly been giving my skincare an overhaul recently, so expect a few more skincare type posts coming your way over the next few weeks, as I'm finally at a stage in my life where I can say I'm happy with my routine and it's really working for me! 


Lots of Love,

Becky x x

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The Cohorted Beauty Box | March 2015

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and enjoying this amazing weather we've been having, hopefully it will continue on into Summer! If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you'll know that I've been subscribed to Birchbox (another monthly subscription service) for about a year now, and really that's as far as my experience with beauty boxes goes. I'm always a little doubtful of whether they're really worth the money, as honestly I'd usually prefer to just go out and buy one product that I actually want rather than receiving loads of sample sizes that either don't work for my skin or are just things I'd never normally buy. However, Cohorted have recently released their own version of the 'beauty box' which looked quite exciting, so when they contacted me to ask whether I;d be up for trialling the service, of course I said yes. 

Unlike other beauty boxes, the Cohorted beauty box isn't a subscription service, so if you're a bit strapped for cash one month, you don't have to worry about paying for a subscription and can just go without for a month, which I think is a great idea, as some months I don't really want a beauty box as I do other months. However, these are pretty limited in numbers and tend to sell out pretty quickly, so you really have to be on the ball with this if you do want to receive a box. The box also only contains 4 products, which doesn't sound like a lot compared to other beauty box services, however you're more likely to get a full size product with Cohorted, so I'm happy to receive a bit less in terms of numbers. 


The first product I received was the Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment, which is basically a mineral foundation which you wear a night and promises to give you a rejuvenated, bright look when you wake up. It's a bit of an odd product and personally, I just couldn't get on with this. The thought of wearing foundation at night is a bit alien to me and I prefer to give my skin the chance to breathe, not to mention the orange stains I now have on my pillow case! I received the shade 'light' which I believe was the shade that everyone received, so there hasn't really been much consideration into skin tone/colour in this months box, but I guess that's the risk you take when ordering these beauty boxes. This was a full size product which is currently on sale for £45.00, so although I didn't end up loving the product, I'm happy that this box gave me the chance to try it out as it is quite an expensive product. 


The second product I received, which is also a full size product, was the Sleek Highlighter Palette in Precious Metals. This palette comes with three cream highlight shades and a bronze highlight shade which is a powder, along with one of those useless little brushes. I was really excited to receive this product, it's something I know I'll get a lot of wear out of, but maybe wouldn't have picked up on a mooch around Superdrug, which is what I like about these beauty boxes - they introduce you to things you may not have previously considered. This retails for around £8, so not a hugely expensive product, but it definitely adds up when you think about the value of the box all together. 


The product which I was most excited to receive was the Too Faced Exotic Colour Eyeshadow in Copper Peony, which is a beautiful coppery rose gold colour, and one which I know I'll get a lot of use out of. Too Faced are one of my all time favourite brands, they can really do no wrong in my eyes, so when I saw this little eyeshadow poking out of the box an excited squeal may have escaped. The eyeshadow is gorgeous and the quality is amazing (I much prefer this to my MAC shadows). The colour is intensely shimmery, buttery soft and highly pigmented which is everything I look for in an eyeshadow, why did I not try these sooner?! Again, this was a full size product, which would have set me back £13 had I bought it separately. 


The only sample size product I received in this month's box was the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. I don't really mind that this was a sample, because I'll still be able to get a couple of week's worth of wear out of this unlike some samples I've received in other beauty boxes. I haven't got round to trying this yet as I've got mascara samples coming out of my ears at the moment, but I can't wait to give it a go once I've used up some of my others. 

Overall, I think this was a brilliant beauty box. Unlike other beauty boxes, it contained mostly full size products, from well known high end brands, and it also contained more makeup than skincare which I prefer, as usually the skincare I receive is targeted at dry/mature skin which isn't much use to me! The box does cost £19.99 so it is a little bit more expensive, but completely worth it in my eyes. One thing to watch out for though, you do have to pre-order these boxes because, as I said, they sell out pretty quickly. In fact, the pre-order for May, June and July's boxes are going live tonight at 6pm so get in there quick!

Lots of Love,

Becky x x



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Burberry Kisses Lipstick in No5 Nude Pink Review

Tuesday, 14 April 2015





Hello Beauties! Now, this is a review I never thought I'd be publishing here on Lipgloss & Lashes. I love my high end makeup as much as the next person, however the likes of Burberry is a little out of reach for the likes of me, so when I was sent a free sample by the lovely Lily (check out her blog: here) as part of Burberrys new lipstick launch campaign, it was fair to say I was a little excited - Thanks Lily! 

The new 'Burberry Kisses' range of lipsticks is said to be customisable colour for your lips, as the moisturising formula allows you to build the colour up from sheer to very pigmented, depending on how you like your lipstick. The formula is buildable, moisturising and lightweight on your lips, which is really important when your wanting to build up your makeup to achieve a higher coverage. The lipsticks all contain a rich blend of pigments, shiny polymers and are enriched with Burberry's signature blend of teas, lavender and rosehip (although this does not affect the scent so don't worry if like me, you hate lavender!). 

The shade I opted for was 'Nude Pink 05' which, as the name suggests, is a beautiful pink nude - and possibly my perfect lip colour. Anyone who knows me, or has been makeup shopping with me, knows I love to rock a pinky nude lip, and the sheerness and buildability (is that even a word?!) of this lipstick makes it perfect for me. I think that when nude colours are a little full on they risk giving the impression of 'foundation lips' which trust me, isn't a good look on anyone. The nude pink colour is the perfect 'your lips but better' shade for me, adding a little hint of pink, but still being suitable for everyday or workwear. I'm already getting through this little lipstick at speed though, it's now become my everyday 'go to', replacing MAC's Creme Cup and Lovelorn, which have been firm favourites of mine for years now. 

And I couldn't end this review without talking about the packing, right? The lipsticks come encased in a beautiful shiny grey metal packaging with the subtle Burberry print across the lid and Burberry inscription across the bottom of the lipstick. The packaging also has a magnetic close which I think is just so sleek and classy, there's just something about that clicking sound (please don't tell me I'm alone on this one!). 

Overall, this lipstick was love at first use. If you think MAC lipsticks are the ultimate, you seriously need to try these lipsticks from Burberry and watch yourself be proven wrong. I'd say if you're a fan of the MAC Lustre finish lipsticks, then you'll absolutely love these as they are a lot more moisturising on the lips, a lot like the Lustre finish lipsticks. These are a little pricey (which kills me a little, I alway hate when I fall in love with high end products!) at £25, however not as expensive as I was expecting, making it a lot easier for me to talk myself into buying the full size product. 

Lots of Love,

Becky  x x


The Best Drugstore Foundation...Ever? L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation Review

Monday, 13 April 2015



Hello Beauties! I hope you're well? Today I wanted to share with you an amazing foundation I've been trying recently. I picked up the L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Foundation from Boots after watching countless first impressions on YouTube, all raving about how amazing the foundation was, and I have to say, I haven't been disappointed. 

Firstly, lets get the packaging out of the way. The foundation comes in a plastic tube, as oppose to the regular glass bottles. I won't lie, it's not the prettiest looking foundation in my collection but it gets the job done and I found it useful towards the end of last month when I was travelling a bit as it's so light and compact. Instead of a pump the foundation has a thin squeezy applicator (sorry about my shocking description there, I have no idea what it's called!). I actually really like this applicator as you can really control how much you want to use and make sure that none of the product is wasted. 

Anyway, on to the actual product. L'Oreal claim that this foundation is a medium weight foundation that gives you a full coverage, long lasting matte effect. I can't really vouch for the 24hr claims as honestly, who wears their foundation that long?! Certainly not me. However, the others I do have an opinion on. Like the packaging says, this foundation is definitely a medium weight foundation. It's not a thin and runny foundation like some of the liquid to powder ones out at the moment, but it's certainly not as heavy as the likes of MAC Studio Sculpt, I'd say it sits somewhere right in the middle and actually feels really lightweight once blended into the skin. As for it's full coverage claims, it definitely delivers on these. This foundation covers everything I want it to including breakouts, redness and dark circles and I felt less of a need for concealer when wearing this foundation. 

I'd say that the foundation was more of a semi-matte than a full matte foundation though. It does take all shine away, but unlike most matte foundations, it doesn't dry out my skin or leave it looking chalky and powdery. I think the finish and the lasting powder is really what impressed me about this foundation. I have seriously oily skin and this foundation did not budge for hours, where others melt off within about 3 hours. 

The only problem I have with this foundation is the shade I got. I picked up Vanilla which is the second lightest shade, as when I swatched it in the store, it was the perfect match for my skin. Even when I first applied it to my skin it looked perfect, however once the foundation has set, which takes about 30 seconds, it does darken slightly which made Vanilla slightly too dark for me. This isn't the biggest issue for me, as I do usually get the lightest shade in any foundation, so I can just head back to Boots and pick up the lighter shade. However, at the moment I'm making the most of this one by mixing it in with my MAC Matchmaster Foundation. Actually, I'd say if you were a fan of the Matchmaster foundation, then you may want to try this one first as it's a pretty good dupe for half the price. 

Overall, I love this foundation. I'm a bit of a makeup snob, especially when it comes to foundations so for a drugstore foundation to seriously wow me, it has to be pretty amazing. When it comes to long lasting oil controlling foundations from the drugstore, I'd choose this one over the infamous Revlon Colourstay any day. I just wish that L'Oreal would bring over the matching powder and setting spray that they have in the US. If you'd like to try this for yourself (and I seriously recommend that you do), it's available from Boots for around £7.99 - bargain! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Cliphair Hair Extensions | Review

Thursday, 9 April 2015




Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well? If you follow me on social media or you've been reading this blog over the past couple of months, then you'll know that in February I cut a lot of my hair off and went for the 'lob'. Predictably, this resulted in me crying that I looked like a boy before eventually coming round to the idea of shorter hair...but in those two weeks where I was absolutely distraught over the state of my hair, my hair extensions came in handy to say the least. Again, if you've been reading this blog for a while then you'll know that I'm a big fan of the Dirty Looks Hair Extensions, but recently I've also been trying out some from Cliphair. 

The Cliphair Double Wefted Full Head Hair Extensions are made from 100% Human Remy Hair, which is the best kind of extension hair, not only is it cuticle correct but it also has a natural shine to the hair, which helps it to blend in with your natural hair. There are 8 pieces in the set with three clips attached, two 4 inch wide wefts with two clips per weft and 4 two inch wide weds with 1 clip attached, meaning that theres more than enough to do a whole head, in fact when I clipped them in I found that I had extra pieces left over which I didn't really need to use. The wefts also get ever so slightly thinner towards the bottom too, which I think helps them to blend into your natural hair and avoids that 'fake' look that you can get with some extensions. 

The clips on these extensions are also super strong. They come across as a little stiff at first and you do have to press them down quite hard to clip them into place, but once they're in they aren't moving anywhere, so you can rest assured that you won't be leaving trails of hair everywhere! The only problem I had with these extensions was that they were the wrong colour match for my hair. I have medium brown hair, which has some lighter bits running through it, meaning that my hair is almost impossible to match (although I did manage this perfectly with Dirty Looks). I opted for the Medium Brown shade in these and I was surprised to see that they were quite red toned when they turned up, making the extensions really noticeable when clipped into place. As these are 100% human hair they can be died which is what I will have to do, although as I don't die my hair, matching a die up is proving to be quite difficult! 

Overall, I do really like these extensions, but for me, I still think I prefer the Dirty Looks HK hair extensions, which are also slightly cheaper. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

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BD Trade Secrets Vital Skin Longwear Foundation | Review

Wednesday, 8 April 2015



Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well? Today I have another product review for you all from the BD Trade Secrets range, exclusive to Tesco. Recently, I've been trying to incorporate some more 'budget friendly' product reviews after receiving a lot of requests, and I think this foundation is excellent quality for the price and definitely something worth checking out at the drugstore. 

Firstly I'll start off with the shade range, as this is something I always struggle with in more budget friendly foundation options. The Vital Skin Longwear foundation comes in 6 shades, which doesn't seem like much, however I found it really easy to find my match. I have shade 2 which is the second lightest shade and it's the perfect match. Usually I have to have the lightest shade and still find it's too dark/orange on me so it's nice to know that if you're paler than me (I wear NW13 in MAC) you might be able to find your shade. However, after looking at the range, if you have darker or olive skin, the shade range is a little limited which is a shame. 

This foundation has been compared to MAC's Studio Fix foundation, and I can definitely see some similarities, and I'd even go as far as to say that this foundation is slightly better than Studio Fix (and half the price). Firstly, the foundation is a lot thinner than Studio Fix, it's by no means a thin foundation but it's not as thick and tacky.  I find that this foundation blends in well and gives a medium coverage which can definitely be built up without the product caking on your skin, which is always good to know incase you're having a bad skin day and need the extra coverage.

The foundation sets pretty quickly on your skin, leaving a semi-matte finish. It's by no means a matte foundation, but it does take the shine away from your face without drying out your skin, which is a problem I often have with matte foundations. I find that this foundation still lets the natural texture and glow of your skin shine through, but it does take away the oily/greasy look that I always seem to have.

The only problem I had with this foundation was with its 'long lasting' claims. I found that when I applied the foundation in the morning (around 8am), it had started to melt off my face throughout the afternoon (around 2/3pm) which I wouldn't say was that long lasting. I do touch my face quite a lot and I do have the problem of oily skin, so maybe on normal or drier skin types it is long lasting, but if you've got oily skin like me and forget to keep on top of your powder then this will start to slide off your face.

Overall I do really like this product for an 'everyday' foundation as the finish and coverage are lovely, not to mention the shade range is amazing for a drugstore foundation. I usually have to take the lightest shade which is often still too dark, but with this product I have shade 2 so anyone who is paler than me (around NW13 in MAC) should be able to find a shade that matches their skin tone in shade 1. However I wouldn't rely on this foundation on days when I know I won't have much opportunity to touch up and when I really need my makeup to last.

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

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The Best Drugstore Lipgloss? | Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss in 'Shy Beauty'

Tuesday, 7 April 2015




Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and rested after the long weekend, no matter how depressing it was getting up for work this morning! If you're a lipgloss gal like myself, then you may want to pay attention to todays post. For years now I've been on the hunt for the perfect lipgloss, I even came close a few times (theBalm's Balm Shelter glosses are amazing but the colour range is so limited!), but I think I've finally found a lipgloss that ticks all of the boxes and its a complete drugstore bargain. 

Admittedly, I'm a bit of a makeup snob, there's nothing more I love than a bit of a splurge on the likes of MAC, Nars and YSL, so when Essence sent me a collection of their products to try, I was a little dubious to say the least. However, I've been pleasantly surprised with some of their products, with the real show-stopper being their XXXL Nude Lipgloss in 'Shy Beauty'. Shy Beauty is a lovely pale pink colour which goes extremely well with MAC's Cremecup Lipstick and other pinky nudes, in fact I'd say that this lipgloss is a dead ringer for the cult classic, Turkish Delight Lipgloss by Nars (a favourite of Kim Kardashians, need I say more?). 

Aside from the colour being lovely, the formula was what really won me over with this product. Finding a non sticky lipgloss is like finding a needle in a haystack, so when you do eventually stumble across one it's like you've struck gold, and thats exactly how I feel about this lipgloss. The gloss glides on smoothly without ruining the lipstick underneath, it's completely non-sticky and it's surprisingly long lasting. Well, as long lasting as a lipgloss can be. It comes with a doe foot applicator which is slightly softer than your regular doefoot applicator which is something I really like about the product as it feels a lot nicer to apply than some of the higher end glosses I've tried. 

Overall, I'm head over heels for this gloss and I've been wearing it on a daily basis for the past couple of weeks, which is pretty unheard of for me. This particular gloss is from the 'nude' collection, which is a collection of about 4 or 5 glosses all in gorgeous nude colours which are perfect for everyday wear, next time I'm near a Wilko I'm definitely going to pick up all of the colours that take my fancy - at only £2.80 it would be rude not to! 

What are your favourite lipgloss brands?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

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