Sunday, 21 June 2015

Bounce Energy Balls

I'm very much the type of person who likes to snack and more often than not this means crisps and chocolate or generally stuff that just isn't very healthy for you.
I came across Bounce Energy Balls a while ago and didn't really think I'd like them but with the exception of a few of the flavours I love eating them as a snack or as a quick breakfast food.
They are mean to provide you with a quick burst of energy and they are all made of natural ingredients, no preservatives and are gluten free.

Tastes like chewy peanut butter but I found the texture of this a little dry.

Cashew & Pecan
Another favourite, tasted like toasted pecans and had a really nice, soft chewy texture.

Cacao Mint
I love the taste of this one but a disliked the texture, the chocolate bits in it are super hard and I felt like I could have possibly broke a tooth on one!
Coconut & Macadamia
My personal favourite! This one is delicious tastes like toasted coconut and as the nicest texture.

Apple & Cinnamon
Hated this one, it was way too spicy from the cinnamon and I could barely taste the apple.

Spirulina & Ginseng
Okay but didn't really taste of anything, it looked kinda cool though because it's green.

This one tastes just like marzipan but obviously a lot healthier, this is probably going to be the one that most people will like.

You can find Bounce Energy Balls on the Bounce Foods website or at your local Holland & Barrett.

Friday, 19 June 2015

New Product Launch: Chanel Les Beiges Summer 2015

So finally Chanel new bronzy summer collection is here and as usual it will be super popular because these kinda colours suit everyone.
While most of the collection is permanent a few of the items are limited edition which means you have to snap them up mega fast before they sell out.

First up are three new shades of the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder, while one of them is just an addition to the main line (shade 25) the other two are limited edition and have a cool stripy effect going trough them.
I predict these will be popular and will sell out first.

#25 -  an addition to the main line of Les Beiges Powders 
Mariniere 01 - this will work on really fair, pink skin tones as a all over powder 
Mariniere 02 - your standard warm bronzer, actually goes on quite dark so maybe better suited to medium skins

(top to bottom: #25, Mariniere 01, Mariniere 02)

Then there's the new Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick which have replaced the current line of cream blusher. While these look pretty I probably wont be able to use them as I'm oily and cream blushers don't tend to last on me.

#22 - a orange coral
#21 - a warm mid tone pink 
#20 - a warm bronze with golden shimmer

Then you have another brand new product in the form of the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm which is essentially a tinted version of their Rouge Coco Baume. 
It's one of those lip treatments that barely give you any colour but make the lips look better somehow.
Sadly it's not permanent!

Then we have two new shade of lipgloss to had to the lineup, both are nice, natural shades and should suit everyone.

#204 Rose Tendre - a pretty ballerina pink
#206 Beige Star - a pinky beige nude

Last but not least we have 4 new nail polishes that are meant to give you that polished, very chic, groomed look.

#665 Beige Rose - a milky warm pink, reminds me of strawberry milkshake, lol
#659 Beige Pur - a sheer yellow based beige
#661 Precious Beige - a mid tone pinky beige
#663 Lovely Beige - a darker more brown toned nude, perfect for darker skin tones

Me wearing Beige Rose, for me this is the star of the collection! 

Chanel Les Beiges Summer 2015 it's counters today or can be purchased of the official Chanel website.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Foundation Friday: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

I've never been a fan of tinted moisturiser because usually I see little point in them as they don't provide enough coverage, disappear half way trough the day and despite making me look like a grease ball don't actually moisturise my skin all that well.
The main thing that intrigued me about Bare Minerals version is the fact that it's a gel cream which made it sound like it would be more suited to a combination skin type and that it was meant to have more coverage than your standard tinted moisturiser.

The first thing I noticed was the impressive range of shades, most tinted moisturisers will come in light, medium and dark and we all know that is not enough to cater for every skin tone. 
I ended up choosing the shade Ginger as I want to be able to wear this when I'm away on holiday but because of the sheereness of it I can also make it work for me while I'm pale. 

The texture of the product is very lightweight and almost feels like a mousse, it applies nicely with fingers even though I personally prefer a brush and while it sheer it does even out my skin tone enough that I don't need additional foundation over the top. 
The finish is what I would describe as natural, it looks like skin but more perfected and radiant but without looking greasy.
The main reason why I love this product though is because when I remove my makeup at night my skin texture seems to have actually improved. There's no dryness or flaky patches and my skin actually looks more radiant.

Here's what they say:

Treat your skin everyday with a powerhouse of skincare benefits infused with a naturally radiant colour in one easy step.
A multi-tasking genious, this lightweight, skin-quenching gel cream smoothes on effortlessly with just the right amount of coverage. instantly your complexion reveal a dewy, healthy glow.

  • Marine botanicals to help hydrate and replenish thirsty skin.
  • Mineral electrolytes to help energise the skin.
  • A select antioxidant that helps to defend your skin's appearance againt enviromental stressors.
  • Non chemical SPF30 PA+++
  • Lightweight sheer to medium coverage.

Here are the shades:

  • Opal 01 – for the fairest porcelain skin with cool tones
  • Vanilla 02 – for light skin with neutral tones
  • Buttercream 03 – for light skin with golden tones
  • Suede 04 – for medium skin with cool tones
  • Natural 05 – for medium skin with neutral tones
  • Ginger 06 – for medium skin with golden tones
  • Tan 07 – for tan skin with neutral tones
  • Spice 08 – for tan skin with golden tones
  • Chestnut 09 – for dark skin with golden tones
  • Sienna 10 – for deep skin with neutral tones

Water (aqua/eau) Coconut Alkanes , Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Squalene, Trehalose, Isostearic Acid, Glycerin, Silica, Agar, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Melilotus Officinalis Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinoglycan, Polysorbate 60, Cellulose Gum, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Succinate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue retail for £26 and is available in 10 shades.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Mr. Bean Coffee Bean Scrub

It's no secret that I absolutely love a good coffee so a scrub made of the stuff sounded like a match made in heaven. Once again I stubbled upon this on Instagram and decided to get a couple of bags and see what the fuss is about.

Mr. Bean Coffee Scrub is a mixture of roasted ground coffee, himalayan pink rock salt and coconut oil that will scrub away dead skin cells while improving skin tone and texture and targeting cellulite while leaving behind a layer of moisture, so quite an impressive claim from Mr. Bean!

I ordered a bag of each scent, one mandarin and one coconut and I will say that my initial thought was "£13.95 for a bag of coffee is expensive, this stuff better be good" but the ordering process was quick and easy and my products where with me in 2 days, so shipping is super fast.

I love the packaging, it looks like actual bags of coffee rather than something you would be using to scrub your body with and they are re-sealable so the product wont go off.
The instructions tell you to rub a large handful of scrub over your wet body using circular motions focusing on problem areas then leaving the coffee to dry for 5 minutes before rinsing.

I used my usual shower gel first to clean my body then turned off the shower so the water wasn't running and let my body dry off slightly as I didn't want to dilute the product. I found that using large handfuls of the stuff wasted a lot of product so instead I would just dip my hand into the bag of coffee and use what was on there.

First things first, this product is messy! There was coffee ground everywhere which is to be expected, if you have a white shower you might want to be careful because it might stain.
The second thing I noticed was the smell, like coffee but slightly burnt with an hint of chocolate and orange (I used the mandarin "flavoured" one) I'm not gonna lie it was making me hungry.

The texture of the product is somewhat disappointing, I would have preferred it rougher (that's what she said, haha, lol) and I found the product melted into my skin quite a bit but once I rinsed of the residue my skin did feel super soft and the lovely patches of dermatitis on my arms had disappeared so I am impressed.

(all in the name of research, lol)

I also used it on my face and was terrified that it would break me out but the next morning my skin looks bright and glowing!
Did it work on the cellulite? I've used it once so I think it's too early to tell but lets be honest any kind of scrub is going to help with the appearance of cellulite because it's getting the circulation going, so yes it probably will help quite nicely but I will update this post once I've used the product more.

Ingredients: roasted ground coffee beans, himalayan pink rock salt, demerara sugar, organic cacao, cold pressed coconut oil, vitamin e oil.

You can find Mr. Bean Coffee Scrub on the Mr. Bean Body website and it retails for £13.95

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Micellar Water's, what are they and when to use them?

Miscellar water as grown in popularity over the past 2-3 years and while you used to have to get it shipped over from France it's now readily available from your local Boots or Superdrug and every brand does one.

Essentially miscellar water is a a mixture of micro-droplets of oil suspended in water, they tend to be very gentle on the skin while removing make-up quickly and effectively without  stripping it of it's natural oils.
However they are a make-up remover and not a skin cleanser in my opinion.

I'm seeing a lot of marketing jargon selling these as a complete, one step does it all skin cleanser and they are not, they are perfectly fine to be use to remove the bulk of your make-up but not to cleanse the skin, only an oil or balm will do that. They are also great for tidying up any makeup mistakes as they wont leave an oily residue behind.

So yes, use them at night but not on their own, don't use them in the morning because there's no point! 

Do you have to buy Bioderma? 
No, not really, it's expensive and they all pretty much the same. My favourites are the Garnier and Simple one's and they are a tiny fraction of the price and work just as good.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Jaclyn Hill Favourites Palette by Morphe Brushes

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Jaclyn Hill, she's one of the few youtube makeup artist who's opinions I trust, she seems really genuine and her blending skills are flawless.
When I saw that she had designed her own palette with Morphe Brushes I knew I had to have it!

The first lot of palettes had sold out but I managed to get my hands on one from the second round and I'm so glad I did, this has become my "go to" palette of choice and I've not put it down since I got it just a little over a month ago.

(no flash)

(with flash)

For starters I'm shocked at the quality of these shadows, they are comparable to MAC if not better! They are super smooth and buttery and the pigmentation is out of this world, even the mattes are amazing and they blend so well with minimal effort. 
I also love that most of this palette is warm shades and those are my favourite kinda colours, there the occasional pop of green and purple but the rest is all warm browns, oranges and cranberry's. 

The palette itself feels kinda cheap, not gonna even try and deny that fact but it's thin and lightweight so easy to store and travel with.

(1st row)

(2nd row)

(3rd row)

(4th row)

Sadly this palette is no longer available however all the shadows are available in single form and retail for $2 on the Morphe Brushes website.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Foundation Friday: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

I was in duty free earlier this year when I came across this little wonder product, a 15 hour wear foundation that is meant to be hydrating something which you don't see very often as long wear products are usually marketed to an oilier skin.
I picked a bottle up (along with a couple of other bits) not really expecting much of it but I love this foundation!!!

What do they say: 

Hot studio lights usually mean lots of complexion touch-ups-but not anymore! Stay picture-perfect for a full 15 hours with our breakthrough long-wearing formula, developed to withstand intense on-set conditions. Skin is hydrated and shine-free, while imperfections are blurred with light-diffusing spheres. 

• Buildable medium-to-full coverage
• Water, sweat, humidity and transfer resistant
• Oil-free, and helps control oil

(this is shade 2.2)

This is like Estee Lauder Double Wear but for more combination/dehydrated skin. It gives a complete full coverage look without looking heavy or thick and my skin still looks like skin.
It also doesn't accentuate any flaky patches or any un-even texture which is  a big plus.
One pump does my entire face and it blends easily, doesn't dry down too fast and leaves a flawless, luminous satin finish that lasts all day.
This is now my "go to" foundation for when I want my makeup to last but not look like I'm wearing tons of product.

The shade selection is not great for me, the 1.2 is too light for me and the 2.2 is too dark and too yellow however the two mixed together work perfectly.

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation comes in 16 shades, retails for £28 and is available from the Smashbox website.