Oh EcoTools how I love thee. You will know from my last post how glorious their brushes are and how much I love them. Eco Tools, as a company, are a breath of fresh air

Cruelty free, tree free paper and 100% Vegan. I think Vegan items are becoming more and more prominent in the industry. People are beginning to slowly realise the effect killing animals (whether to eat or use for medicine or cosmetics) is having. Animal Agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions more than the combined exhaust from ALL transportation! I’m being dead serious. Things are getting out of hand. It has recently got me really thinking about the food I am putting in my mouth and the products I put on my skin. So in light of this I thought I would try out their Bath and Spa range because I really do love a good pamper and I thought- Could these products actually stand against those that everyone loves so much that are harmful to animals and are destroying our world. Lets see.

Eco tools Bath & Spa

So this is their Konjac Facial Sponges, they are a real fave of mine. They are naturally cleansing and refreshing for your face. It is a hard like sponge that softens when wet. Totally eco too- made from vegetable fiber, plus 100% Vegan. Konjac sponges are the Japanese secret to flawless skin. The sponge acts as a gentle exfoliator, rubbing off dead skin cells in the most delicate manner. The extra soft texture means that its ok for anyone to use,  babies included! At just £5.09 it is a real bargain. Remember though don’t leave it one the side to dry, make sure it is hung! I love the texture of this sponge, I have only ever tried one other Konjac sponge but this is definitely up there at the top.

Eco tools Bath & Spa

I then thought I would give the new Cleansing Mitt a go. It is a real in between or coarse and soft material that when wet molds to the shape of your hand. The slight abrasive material gives a really good clean of your face without being too harsh. This lovely mitt is only £2.54! Like seriously for that price I would quite happily buy a truck load. They are really handy for a quick wipe over or a full on skin care routine. I think they are quite durable too. I think it is very unlucky they would rip or break and the quality suggests it will last a while.


Eco tools Bath & Spa

Muslin Polishing Cloths. Now when I see the word Muslin I instantly think of a baby. These wonderful cloths are designed with organic cotton to remove dirt, oil and makeup for fresh and revived skin. You simply use your normal cleanser and use this cloth wrung out from warm water to make it slightly damp and wipe the cleanser off. The pureness of the muslin helps cling to all the dirt and really take it out of your pores. I think with these its a much softer approach to the cleansing mitt and I wasn’t a huge fan. I think a flannel can do exactly the same job, however, I will perserve and update this if my feelings change. They are however only £5.09 for two.

Eco tools Bath & Spa

Eco tools Bath & SpaFacial Mask Mates. Now when I received these I was like WTF, but actually it makes so much sense and is actually genius. Whenever I put on face masks I loose half of over my hands, half has dribbled down my arms and the rest is either in the sink, on my neck or in my hair. So what better way than to apply it with … well a makeup brush! It is mess-less. And then taking it off well that is another kettle of fish. That really does go everywhere. So it would be so much easier to use a small sponge (no soap required) right? Eco Tools have provided just that. Just rinse and air dry afterwards. These sponges are also great to use with your cleanser during your everyday routine to remove dirt, oil and makeup.

Eco tools Bath & Spa

Eco Tools offer a super soft organic cotton Relaxing Sleep Mask. I love these for one main reason. FLYING! I love flying but I can never sleep on flights. I once flew to Australia and there was not one minutes kip in the whole 26.5 hours! I find that with a soft sleep mask I can at least get an hour or so. The thickness shuts out all light and makes it really easy to drift off. I will definitely be taking this with to Italy this year. At just £4.24 you are getting a easy cheap sleep mask.

Eco Tools’ Bath and Spa range gets a ten out of ten from me. It delivers exactly what is required and the quality of products really does stand out.

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XIP is a company that has been formed by Makeup artists and industry experts to create a range of beautiful products that will help all woman enhance their natural beauty. If any of you saw my post about XIP a few months ago you will know I totally fell in love with them.
The products are just so clean-cut, to the point and of such quality. It so nice to meet a company that is in it for the product rather than the profit.
So after my mascara review, I just had to try some more of their products. So I sat down and had a thought- what do I need in my life. Now we all know about my love hate relationship with my brows so what better way to try their Eye and Brow Palette (for starters) and of course- concealer. I think a concealer can say a lot about a company. If they can’t get their concealer right there is no hope for them. I thought I would pick up their Sculpting Palette and their Pearl breeze Concealer plus a Sculpting cream brush for good measure.

So… brows. I will be totally honest, upon looking at it I was apprehensive. I actually sat down and said to my ‘you can do this’ like it was some hurdle to overcome (haha). 6 shades, 3 stencils and 2 brushes. They have you covered. The palette makes doing your brows super super easy. I found the shades for your eyes blended really well and didn’t crease too easily throughout the day. I think a good eye primer will help it stay on a little longer too. The brow shades were a little dark for me but blending them out with a little cream and the brush worked wonders. The stencils helped me hugely too. The shades are not massively pigmented but for brows I do think that’s a good thing. Nobody wants slugs.

Next we have their Golden Touch Sculpting Palette (aka the Concealer palettes)which can be used to conceal, highlight and contour, It really is super easy to use. There is a video guide on how to here. I combined this with the super soft Sculpting Cream brush. (Which is absolutely amazing for the job!) I was really dubious about the cream palette. I don’t know why it is just normally something I wouldn’t go for. However, the creamy actually applied to the brush really well, you didn’t have to gouge at the creams for them to come off onto the brush. I think I can only use around 3 shades from the palette as being super pale any dark comes our really dark. The creams seem to be quite long wearing. They are not massively pigmented but they are enough for contouring and highlighting.

The Pearl Breeze Concealer is a liquid concealer. It is in click tube that when clicked increases the amount of concealer in the brush. You do not need much at all. The liquid is quite highly pigmented and covers surprisingly well. It is available in two shades. One has yellow undertones and one has pink undertones. The concealer has been created with a real unique formula enriched with Marula Oil. ‘Marula Oil is an all-natural, cold pressed, highly nutritious, very light textured oil. It is naturally soothing, fast-absorbing and suitable for all skin types.’ However the oil doesn’t make it feel greasy. It dries in a matte finish and sits on the skin so well under foundation. I may have just fallen in love a little! I don’t say this often but I have only ever found one truly amazing concealer and I think XIP are 100% on par with it! It’s a tough call to choose but by god it is good. I would definitely use this concealer over the palette for concealer, but like I said the palette is amazing for highlight and contouring but that may just be that I am comparing it to the Pearl which is a lot more pigmented, I guess it is just preference here.

XIP, I feel, haven’t had enough coverage in the media, their products are amazing! Why haven’t you tried them yet?! Quality, reasonably priced and they actually work. They are really good products! Like really good. I don’t think there is barely anything I would change about XIP products, maybe a lighter shaded brow palette but that’s it!

If you would like any of these wonderful products, head over to their page where you can purchase them all. XIP-professional.com

Have you tried XIP products?

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Spacemask

Spacemask

Spacemask

The one and only Spacemasks! I have been waiting to try these out ever since they were in production and they have finally found themselves on my door mat destined for my tired eyes. So Spacemasks are not face masks nor are they sleep masks. They are a relaxation eye mask which will help you recover and reenergise.

From the moment I opened the packet I know I was if for a treat. The Mask contains a thing layer of encased iron filings. I know that sounds weird but when presented against oxygen molecules in the air the mask begins to heat. Don’t worry this isn’t going to burn your face off. It simply warms up to give your eyes that ‘I’m in bed and it is sleep time’ feeling. Twin this with a little infused Jasmine and this mask really does take you to a different dimension.

I will be totally honest (as always) the mask does look like a sanitary towel, with two loops. Simply hook each loop over each of your ears and allow the mask to work its magic. Lay calmly for 15 minutes and, I kid you not, your eyes feel like they had have an 8 hour sleep. The smell isn’t that potent which means you are not going to start sneezing or have irritated eyes and skin. It is just enough to make you feel super chilled.

This product is great for if your busy on the go all the time, rushing from flight to flight or even simply to nurse a hangover. Actually it works particularly well when you are nursing a hangover. The warmth from the mask radiates to your head banishing that headache too (I found). After using just one of these masks I felt like I wanted to sleep for the rest of the day. Im going to try using it next time just before bed and I think it would help make me drift off super quick.
Note the mask warms very very quickly when opened so make sure you are ready to relax straight away.

As you can guess I will be stocking up on these. They are great value for money too- a box of 5 for only £15!! That’s only £3 each! They have actually been featured in Tatler Magazine and are their no.1 product to aid sleep and relaxation. You can Buy yours here.

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I love May. The Peonies are finally here, the evenings are so much lighter and the days are slowly starting to get warmer. May’s Birchbox has hit the mat with a theme ‘All In The Detail’ in a beautiful Marble draw box. I am a sucker for marble and having seen so many hints about the amazing products your could receive in the box I was so very super excited. The marble box with pink draw compliment each other nicely, it is so nice having the draw box back rather than the lid box, I do much prefer it.

So, if you didn’t already know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service. Each month, when you subscribe, you will receive 5 wonderful beauty items from well-known and upcoming brands. Occasionally you may even see a lifestyle item too! The company offer a choice of subscriptions. A rolling monthly subscription of £10 a month plus £2.95 P&P, 6 month subscription for £60 plus P&P plus free shipping on your first box or a 12 month subscription for £100 plus £2.95 P&P which means you get 2 boxes free. Also receive a free Benefit They’re Real! eye trio when you join Birchbox today! simply use code REAL at the checkout. OR Receive £5 off your first box using this link.

– Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting- I so wanted to like this product. Having chose the Vanilla/ light shade I thought it would go with my complexion. The shade is quite unique but that is a good result, I just didn’t feel the eyeshadow was as highly pigmented as I would have liked and it hung in the increases very easily even with primer.

– Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara- So upon opening this mascara I found the wand to be very big for my eye, literally the length if longer than my eye meaning I had to take great care upon application to prevent me stabbing myself. However, I was shocked. Do not apply too much pressure and you get a fantastic not clogged coverage. I really like this mascara. It does smudge easily so I will not be wearing on a teary day but as an all rounder I am very impressed. For now I am using it as my go to mascara.

– Whish Firming Body Cream- The scent of this cream is not that pleasant. I would say it seems strongly of Green Tea but I guess that’s personal preference. The product itself is a great texture and really nourishing. It also didn’t leave a greasy feeling on my hands like so many of them do. I think the full size bottle at £27 is a little overpriced but the quality is very good.

– Skin79 Clean On 2 Step Nose Pack- I was quite excited to try this out to be honest. I have strong pores on my nose so I thought what a better way for a good clean! Well, you know those YouTube videos where it hurts to rip off the face masks…. that was me. It quite literally feels like you are waxing your nose (maybe worse). I did like the cooling gel patch for step 2 as anything that was soothing could have cured the burning life feeling. Having said that my nose did feel super soft after and it did clean my pores a little. Would I buy again- probably, I just wasn’t expecting the pain the first time but now I know what to expect I maybe would purchase.

– Kueshi Hair Mask Shine & Volume- This hair mask was super nourishing the first time I used it. On the second application a few days late I found it left my hair really greasy. This may just be my hair type and I will persevere again in a week or two. It smells really yummy though which is always a bonus.

I must admit when I first received the box I spent all day sulking. There was such a good choice of what you could have received this month and I just felt I got the leftovers- what everyone else didn’t get/want. The products inside are ok don’t get me wrong but the box as a whole I felt, personally, was disappointing and could have been a lot better. Where was the Laura Mercier or the Beauty Protector? I also received the wrong product info and product that was actually on the sheet I received I would have loved but never mind. Hopefully, next month will see me singing their praises like usual. Maybe it was just me expecting great unrealistic things.
I just didn’t really feel that the theme ‘All In The Detail” was suitable for this box at all.

Remember you can receive a free Benefit They’re Real! eye trio when you join Birchbox today! simply use code REAL at the checkout. OR Receive £5 off your first box using this link.

Glossybox UK May 2017

Glossybox UK May 2017

Glossybox UK May 2017

Glossybox UK May 2017

Glossybox UK May 2017

Glossybox UK May 2017

I feel like I am starting a fresh this May. A lot of things I feel need to change in my life right now and I think May is the time to do it. Helping me along my way this month is May’s ‘Back to Basics’ Glossybox! For me, right now, this theme is so spot. Let’s strip it all back and start at the basics. Whether it be my makeup, my blog or my home life… it is all about stripping it back to the original basics.Sometimes you need to strip back certain things to re-see the beauty or to kickstart what you did at the beginning. This is especially try when it comes to things like skincare. We all love a good toner, moisturiser, serum etc. but, sometimes, you just simply need one item- maybe the one you used right at the beginning.

If you are new to Glossybox then here is a little info. As you have probably gathered Glossybox is a beauty subscription service. Each month, it delivers a wide and varied selection of 5 beauty treats that include niche, high-end and emerging brands. I love this because you can get some good old faithful products yet try some things you would never normally buy. The latest trends are taken into account with every single box to bring you reusable and stylish boxes full of beauty essentials. There are 4 different ways to subscribe to Glossybox starting from as low as £9.50! Choose between a monthly rollover box (cancel any time), a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month pre paid subscription.

May’s box for me certainly is back to basics. It is a very ‘plain-Jane’ basic box BUT that is a good thing. We need those basic items to create a masterpiece. Picasso didn’t create art without a brush and Mozart did learn music without an instrument.
This months Glossybox sees a variety of beautiful products. Here is what I received;

– Dr Paw Paw Soothing Balm- I love Dr Paw Paw products! You can quite literally use this product on any part of your body including your hair (yes i am being serious). From taming fly-aways to nourishing your cuticles to blaming your lips… this product has you covered. This is 100% natural too and will forever be on my makeup table! Honestly you have to try it to be as wowed as I am!!!

– Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet- My love of Caudalie will always be strong. Their products defy everything I believe about skincare and are just simply at the top for me. Everything about this product is loveable. The smell, the consistency, the way it soaks int he skin so easily, the freshness… everything. I would bathe in Caudalie if I could. This sorbet like moisturizer is not greasy at all and is simply perfect for the spring weather.

– Scrub Love Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub- Activated Charcoal is THE thing at the moment. (Last week I went out and had it in a cocktail weird I know). Combine it with a Coffee Scrub and you have pure perfection. This body scrub comes packed full of antioxidants plus aloe-vera and avocado which soothes the skin and fights against impurities. I think the scrub is a really good quality product that does exactly what it says, however, I am going to be honest- they need to change the smell. The scrub as a whole was great and I would highly recommend but I wasn’t over keen on the smell.

– Girl Meets Brush Makeup Brush- This is quite a soft bristled brush that I cant really fault, it is great for blending eyeshadow and feels like it will last quite a while.

– Ruby Blush- An everyday Blush is a must for me. I much prefer blushes to bronzers. My skin is super pale as you all know so a slight pinky splash is always welcome. This blush was quite orangey but with a bit of a tan I think I could pull it off. It seems to be quite well pigmented and blends very well. If i put the tiniest amount on I may be able to get away with wearing it now but I guess it is just another excuse to book a holiday.

This box saw two products I have already seen in other boxes in the past, but this is a good thing. They are great products and sometimes a free re-fill is just what you need. overall I totally loved this box- back to basics.. yes… but they are good basics. There is a great range of full- size and travel-size products in the box and I feel Glossybox have really sat down and thought what are the basics every girl needs and they kind of hit the nail on the head. The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the smell of the scrub but other than that the box was pure perfection.

New customers in the UK can receive their first GLOSSYBOX for only £5 (+P&P) when they subscribe and use the code GB50 at the checkout. As a special treat this month every box contains a £50 jewellery gift card too. Subscribe here today.

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