Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Hero Project Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost Review

I have recently been using Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost from The Hero Project.  
The Hero Project Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost Review
It's a clear oil free moisturiser which can be applied morning and night, by itself or before your day and night cream.  It's a gel formula which is fragrance free and absorbs into my skin quickly without leaving a greasy residue.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth with no dry areas. 

The active ingredients are multi-moleculer Hyaluronic Acid and Panthenol (Vitamin B5).  It contains No Parabens, No Sulphates, No Alcohol, No Phthalates, No Mineral Oil,  and it's Vegetarian-friendly and Vegan-friendly. The company is also against animal testing.

Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost is suitable for all skin types and ages.  It costs £19 for 30ml.

The Hero Project is a British Beauty company whose mission is to rid us of our beauty clutter and replace it with the best beauty products that really work.  I do like the ethos of this brand as they aren't just bringing out loads of new products, they are building up their products gradually.  They have 4 products at the moment so it's very much based on quality not quantity.   I'm currently trying out their VIT C-30 Ultra Brightening Serum so will post a review soon.


*I won this product in a blog giveaway but the opinions are my own

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Colourpop - Free International Shipping - Limited Time Only

I've posted about a couple of my Colourpop Hauls recently (Part 1 & Part 2), so I thought I would give you a heads up that for a limited time only (not really sure when it ends), Colourpop are offering free international shipping on orders over $50, or pay $4.99 for orders up to $49.99.  If you subscribe to their mailing list, you can also get $5 off your first order.  Be quick though, as this offer is only on for a limited time.  If you are ordering from the UK, remember that you may have to pay a customs charge before you receive your parcel.
One of my recent Colourpop Hauls
This is a great offer if you are looking to make your first order with Colourpop.


This is not a sponsored post

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Colourpop Haul Part 2

Here's part 2 of my Colourpop Haul (you can find part 1 here). I bought quite a few eye shadows and also some eyebrow products.  Here's the eye shadows that I bought.
Colourpop Haul Part 2 Eye Shadows & Blush
Apologies, I haven't swatched them yet, but I will list the shades below starting with the green at the top and moving clockwise.  They were all $5 on the Colourpop website which is an absolute bargain:

Flower Shop - a beautiful metallic green shade.
So Quiche - a dark metallic gold with purple glitter.
KathleenLights - a gorgeous metallic copper colour.
Blaze - a dark bronze with gold and silver glitter.
Wattles - a beige pink colour with a little shimmer.
Vanity Fair - this is brown with a gold shimmer through it.
Hanky Panky - this is a matte beige which is a perfect base.
I Heart This - this one is a silver taupe and is so easy to wear on its own (the reason this looks well used is that it was all broken up when it was delivered, so I had to press it back into place). 

The blush in the middle of the photo is Prenup which is a lovely plummy pink colour and cost $8.

I also bought some brow pencils (Dope Taupe & Bangin Brunette) for $5, a brow colour (Dope Taupe) for $5 and a creme gel liner (HoneyDude) for $5.
Colourpop Haul Part 2 Brow Pencil, Brow Colour & Creme Gel Liner
Swatches from Left to Right: Brow Pencils in Dope Taupe & Bangin Brunette, Brow Colour in Dope Taupe and Creme Gel Liner in HoneyDude
The brow pencils work a treat and even though the Bangin Brunette is darker, if I use a light hand it works fine.  The brow colour didn't really work well for me as it just wasn't the right colour and was a little too heavy, but I have always preferred brow pencils to gels and pomades, so I am happy to part with this.  I use the HoneyDude gel liner on my waterline to brighten and widen my eyes.

You can't really go wrong with Colourpop for the price, so I was really happy with my haul.


I bought these products with my own money

Saturday, 17 September 2016


Here's a quick run down of the products that I have finished recently.
Bath & BodyWorks Amber Blush Fragrance Mist.  One of my favourite scents from B&BW. I always pick some up whenever I am in the USA.
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Velvet Body Milk.  I got this in a perfume box set at Christmas.  I love the perfume, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy this body milk again.
Gatineau Melatogenine Essential Skin Corrector.  This was only 15ml and I didn't see any noticeable improvements to my skin so would not buy again.
The Skin House Aloe Water Mist.  I think I got this in a MeMeBox.  It was no better or worse than any other water mist I have used.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask.  I like that these come in individual pods for 1 application as I can take them on holiday with me.
Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Stretch.  This product loosens and lengthens curls.  I bought in from a drugstore in America, so probably would not buy it again.
Maybelline Dr. Rescue SOS Nail Balm.  I liked this product and you can read my review here.
Ojon Rare Blend Tamer.  This is one of my must have products for taming frizzy hair.  Read my review here.
TIGI Bed Head Urban Anti-Dotes Resurrection Shampoo* and Conditioner*. This is for weak and brittle hair that needs an intervention.  It was nice to use and left my hair feeling nice and soft.  It smelled lovely as well.
Fountain The Phyto-Collagen Molecule Dietary Supplement.  I bought this when there was a great offer on before Christmas.  I didn't notice any difference to my skin, but that could be because I only used it for a month and it probably would take longer than that to see a difference.  I would buy this again if there was a good offer on.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.  This was a nice cleanser, but not amazing, so would probably not buy again, but would try out other products from the range.
Clinique Custom-Repair Serum.  This was only a 10ml sample, so not enough to judge whether it makes any difference to my skin.
SeeBy Chloe Perfumed Body Lotion.  This is another product that came in a perfume box set, so I wouldn't buy it, but I do like the actual perfume.
Bliss Aloe leaf + Peppermint Foot Patrol AHA Exfoliating Softening Cream.  This is a nice rich cream that I put on my feet overnight and it left them feeling soft and nourished.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.  This is one of those cult products that I always feel slightly underwhelmed about.  That being said, it works fine as a primer before makeup.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.  This is another cult product and at first I wasn't too fond of it, but I persevered and I actually really like it now. It leaves  my skin feeling clean, but without drying it out.
Neal's Yard Organic Almond Oil. I used this on my nails and cuticles, but I would prefer a bottle with a more controlled dispenser as I managed to spill half the product on the carpet when I knocked the bottle over.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner.  Does the job, can't say anything bad about it.
Sephora Ginseng Sleeping Mask.  I like the fact that it comes in a pod, so it's easy to travel with. There's enough in the pod for 1 application for 2 people.
Finally, there is a couple of foot packs that I bought from the pound shop Argan Oil Deep Moisturising Foot pack and Tea Tree & Peppermint Deep Moisturising Foot Pack.  I wouldn't bother buying either of them again, as I did not see any difference to my feet. I also used up 3 sample sachets, but can't really comment on them, as there's not really enough product to form a valid opinion.

I'm really happy with how many products I am getting through at the moment. I just need to make more of an effort to use up my stash of samples.

I bought these products with my own money unless marked with *.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Conditioner & Leave-In Conditioner

The Shea Moisture range always catches my eye whenever I browse a drugstore in America and now it’s available in Boots it's much easier for those of us in the UK to get hold of.  Of course it’s cheaper in the US, so I decided to buy some of the Jamaican Black Castor Oil range while I was in Florida.  It's free from parabens, sulphates, phthalates, paraffin, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colour, DEA and there is no animal testing and it's great for curly hair.
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Conditioner & Leave-In Conditioner

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo with Shea Butter & Apple Cider Vinegar
The shampoo is a dark brown colour and is a runny consistency.  It smells like sugary vanilla, but it’s not overpowering or overly sweet.  It lathers up very easily and does not leave my hair feeling all tangled, which some shampoos do.  The shampoo removes build up whilst moisturising the hair.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Growth & Restore Conditioner with Shea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin
The conditioner is a pale brown colour and it's thicker than the shampoo, but not too thick, so it comes out easily using the pump action top.  After using both the shampoo and conditioner from this range, my hair is definitely less tangled and knotty and much easier to brush through.  It also helps to eliminate frizz and so my curls look more defined after using my usual styling product.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner with Shea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin
If my hair is feeling particularly dry, then I will use the leave-in conditioner which is a thick, creamy substance that you scoop out of a tub.  You only need a small amount to work through your hair and again it makes it much easier to brush through and leaves my curls frizz free.

I love all 3 products from the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil range and they are suitable for natural, chemically processed, colour treated or heat styled hair.  They are available to buy in Boots, Superdrug and HQHair.  They are available at Ulta and Walgreens in the USA.


I bought these products with my own money

Saturday, 10 September 2016

SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review

I was recently sent the SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit* to try out. I do love wearing nail polish, but as I have weak nails and do a lot of things that tend to make nail polish chip or break my nails I never get to wear it more than 2 or 3 days at a time before it is all chipped and looks a mess. I was really thrilled to get the chance to try  the SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit to see if it really worked.
SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review
 SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review
It's fairly easy to use and doesn't take that much longer then applying your normal nail polish.  First file and lightly buff your nails and wipe them clean with the Gel Cleanser, then apply a layer of the Gel Primer to nails and air dry.  Mix equal parts of the Polish to Gel product from the kit and your chosen nail polish together in the dish provided.    Then apply a thin layer of the mixture to your nails and cure them for 30 seconds using the LED lamp from the kit, then apply another coat of polish and cure for 30 seconds and then seal in the colour with the Polish to Gel formula and cure for 15 seconds. The LED lamp flashes at 15 seconds and switches off at 30 seconds. Finally wipe off the moisture layer using the Gel Cleanser and lint free wipe.  The whole process was easy to do and actually dried my nail polish much quicker then when I apply my fast drying top coat.  I was comfortable straight after the last cure to do things using my hands without the risk of chipping or smudging my polish.

I did find that when mixing my nail polish with the Polish to Gel formula that it did come out a slightly lighter colour, so you may have to apply 3 coats of your polish, but this was probably more noticeable because I decided to paint one hand using the starter kit and the other just using the nail polish with a base coat and top coat in order to compare how long they both lasted.

I was very impressed with the results and will let the photos below do the talking.

Day 1 
SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review
Day 1 - Left: Using Starter Kit / Right: Nail Polish Only
Day 5
The nails using the starter kit are still looking great, but the ones just using the nail polish are starting to chip and look messy.
SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review
Day 5 - Left: Using Starter Kit / Right: Nail Polish Only

Day 8 
My nails using the starter kit are still looking good.  If I was being really picky I would say one nail has a very small chip which isn't noticeable in the photos. My nails where I haven't used the starter kit are very chipped and a couple of the nails have broken at the tips and are a bit ragged. Really at this stage I should take off the nail polish as it looks very messy on one hand, but I am going to keep it on for another couple of days to see if the ones using the starter kit start to chip at all.
SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review
Day 8 - Bottom: Using Starter Kit / Top: Nail Polish Only

Day 10
The nails using the starter kit have 1 nail which is starting to chip but overall still look great.  My nails on the other hand are very badly chipped.
SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review
Day 10 - Bottom: Using Starter Kit / Top: Nail Polish Only
SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review
The only nail chipped using the starter kit
To remove this polish you just need to buff your nails to break the top coat seal and then soak your nails in acetone nail polish remover for 5 minutes and then gently push the remaining polish off the nails with the removal tool that's included. This was easy to do and unlike other gel polishes that I've used when my nails were really weak after removing the polish my nails weren't damaged.

I am very impressed with the SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit. It lasted 10 days which is great and was easy to apply and remove.  It kept my nails looking smart and professional and would be great to use when going on holiday. My nails haven't broken since using the starter kit which is very unusual for me.  I am really glad I got the chance to try out this kit as it really works and makes nail polish last much longer.  I think this would also make a great birthday or Christmas gift if you know people who love painting their nails.

SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit is currently available for £49.99 at Boots.  That is expensive, but considering how much gel nails cost at a salon, I think it's a good deal.


*I was sent this product to review but the opinions are my own

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer & Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick

Kat Von D Beauty will be available in the UK for the first time at Debenhams on 13th September 2016, so I thought it would be a great time to review the Kat Von D products that I already own.
Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer
One of the products that I purchased on my last visit to America was the Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer in Medium.  It looks like a concealer pen, but it's not as creamy as a concealer.  It’s easy to apply to the eyelids and then pat shadow onto it and it definitely increases the staying power of my eyeshadow and prevents it from creasing.  I have oily eyelids, which added to hooded eyelids, means that if I apply eyeshadow without a primer, it’s guaranteed to make me look like I have panda eyes in a very short period of time and cream eyeshadow inevitably ends up creasing pretty quickly.  The Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer holds the eyeshadow in place, although I haven't tested out it's promise of 24-hour waterproof wear, as lets face it who wants to wear eyeshadow for 24 hours. 
Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer
I picked the medium shade which is probably a little dark for me, but I have no need of its ability to correct darkness and discolouration on my eyelids.  The eyeshadow covers up the primer, so it doesn’t really matter if you go for the medium or light as far as I am concerned.

The 2nd Kat Von D product that I bought was the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick.  This matte liquid lipstick is the perfect dusky pink colour and even though it's a matte liquid lipstick I found it easy to apply, it doesn't instantly suck all the moisture out of my lips and leave them looking like a wrinkled prune (believe me, some matte liquid lipsticks do have this effect on my lips).  The lipstick stays on my lips for a decent length of time, although it does disappear after I have eaten. Overall, I love the consistency and application and it's a great colour.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick

I can't wait to check out the Kat Von D Makeup Collection when it comes to Debenhams.

I bought these products with my own money

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Colourpop Haul Part 1

Colourpop is a brand that is all over the internet and I have been desperate to get my hands on it for ages.  When I finally managed to place an order (or 2 or 3), I was so happy.  Here's what I ordered:

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip Haul
From Left to Right: Frick N Frack, Dopey, Spritz & Echo Park
I was so happy when Colourpop brought out the Satin Lips as I have to admit that I find Matte Lipsticks hard to wear.  In the end I ordered, Frick N Frack, Dopey, Spritz and Echo Park.  Whilst they are easier to wear than the matte lips, they do still have a matte finish.  When you order online, just looking at swatches, then it's not the easiest to judge whether a colour will suit you. Unfortunately Frick N Frack is too dark for me, Dopey is slightly too grey toned, Spritz is nice, but is just a little too light for me and Echo Park is the best for my skin tone being a darkish nude. They are all really nice colours and consistencies when they are swatched, just not quite right for my skin tone.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Haul
From Left to Right: Lumiere 2, Bianca & Clueless
I knew I would be taking a risk ordering the Ultra Matte Lips as I have quite dry lips, so tend to shy away from anything matte, but for $6 I thought it was worth taking a chance.  I'm glad that I did, as the colours were much better for me than the Ultra Satin Lips above.  Yes, you have to prep your lips before applying the Ultra Matte Lips, but the staying power makes it worthwhile.  It's so nice not to leave lipstick marks on glasses and cups all the time.  Lumiere 2 is a dark, dusky pink, Bianca is a dark nude and Clueless is a cross between the other two, a nice dark nudey pink.

Colourpop Lippie Stix Haul
From Left to Right: Croquet, Hype Girl, Polite Society, Lumiere & Contempo
Colourpop Lippie Stix were my favourite out of all my purchases.  They are easy to apply, they don't dry out your lips and the colours were pretty much all fab.  I really wish that I had bought more.  They are an absolute bargain at $5.  I bought Croquet, a lovely sheer pink, Hype Girl which is a pale nude colour.  This was the only Lippie Stix that did not suit me.  Polite Society is a lovely coral shade. Lumiere was my absolute favourite.  It's a deep pink colour. Finally, Contempo is a perfect dusky pink shade.  I also bought the primer, which works wonders under the Ultra Matte Lips.

Colourpop Lippie Pencils - $5
Colourpop Lippie Pencils Haul
From Left to Right: Dopey, Lumiere, Contempo & Brink
Finally, I bought some Lippie Pencils.  I bought Brink, Contempo, Lumiere and Dopey to match the the lipsticks that I bought.  I think I must have lost the Brink lipstick as it's not included in this lip haul, but I like the lippie pencil so it's a shame I can't find it.  Contempo and Lumiere can be worn on their own or with the matching lipstick and they are both great shades of pink.  Even though the Dopey Ultra Satin Lip did not suit me, the lip pencil in the same shade does not seem to have the same grey tinge to it, so I will keep this one as it's a nice dark pink shade.

Overall, I am pleased with my haul and it's a shame that not all the shades I picked suited me, but for the price it's worth taking a chance on ordering them based on the swatches that are available on the Colourpop website.  I will be posting the 2nd part of my Colourpop haul soon, which will include eyeshadows, a blush and some eyebrow pencils.

What Colourpop products do you recommend?


I bought these products with my own money