Thursday, 22 September 2016

12 Beauty Advent Calenders 2016













Hello Beauties,

I hope you are all well. So I am going to talk about beauty advent calenders, I love chocloate as much as the next person. However to wake up each day during the festive season to a little makeup treat sounds divine. These beauty calenders are very popular and some sell out immediatly, so make sure you sign up to the waiting lists or pre order if you can. So on here I have hand picked 12, I have ensured they are suited to all budgets. Beauties, if you find a better price, please do let me know, thank you in advance.


Kiss Cosmetic Calender



Price - £5
Available from - Now
Purchase from - Wilko
Contains - 1x0.5 gold pencil, 1x 0.5 black pencil, 1x0.5 lip pencil,2 piece toe separator set ,1x bronze/ blush brush, 1x3g bronzer, 1x3.5g blusher, 1xpencil sharpener, 1xnail sticker, 1x nail stencils, 4x1.5ml nail varnish,1x2g mini eye palette, 1xsponge applicator, 1x nail jewels, 2 piece cuticle stick, 1x2.8ml mini mascara, 3x7ml mini lip glosses, 2x emery board. 




Flutter Beauty Calender




Price - £8
Available from - Now
Purchase from - Superdrug
Contains - 8 x Eye Shadows, 4 x Lip Glosses, 4 x Lip Balms, 4 x Eye Applicators , 4 x Lip Applicators.




Technic Cube Beauty Advent Calendar




Price - £10
Available from - Now
Purchase from - Superdrug
Contains - This compact cube is filled with 24 cosmetic goodies





Dirty works Advent Calender






Price - £10
Availible from - November
Purchase from -Sainsbury
Contians - 24 goodies




W7 24 Cosmetic Treats, Countdown To Christmas Advent Calendar

                                      
W7 24 Cosmetic Treats, Countdown To Christmas Advent Calendar

Price - £18.96
Availible from - Now
Purchase from - Amazon
Contains - 10 x W7 Nail Polish, 3 x W7 Lip gloss, 1 x W7 Foundation, 1 x W7 Mascara, 3 x W7 Mini Lipstick, 3 x W7 Glitter pot, 3 x W7 Eye shadow



Benefit 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calender




Price - £34.50
Availible from - 14/10/2016
Purchase from - Benefits
Contains - the POREfessional mini, they’re real! mascara mini, benetint mini , posietint mini, they’re real! remover mini, it’s potent! eye cream mini, lollibalm mini, hoola mini, dandelion mini, BADgal lash mini, highbeam mini, lollitint mini


M&S Advent Calender



Price - £35.00
Availible from - 10/11/2016
Purchase from - Marks and Spencer
Contains - 24 products from Neals Yard hand cream to Ren day cream, this is a mega wow!



No 7 Beauty Calender


Price - £39.00
Availible from - TBC sign up to get notified on the Boots website
Purchase from - Boots
Contains - Goodies worth £151.95 wow! 


Asos Advent Calender




Price - £50.00
Availible from - Now
Purchase from - Asos
Contains - 24 goodies from skin care to make up.




Look Fantastic Beauty Secret 2


Price - £70.00
Availible from - 1/11/16 Pre order now to avoid disappointment
Purchase from - Look Fantasic
Contains - Over £300 of beauty products, this sold out very quickly last year and was a massive hit with all.




Clarins Advent Calender




Price - £95.00
Availible from - October
Purchase from - Clarins
Contains - 24 delightful skin care and beauty products




Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar.


Price - £150
Availible from - October
Purchase from - Charlotte Tilbury
Contains - Some full and mini size products, if you love high end makeup this is hands down the best Advent Calendar in my humble opinion. 




So what do you think? I love all of them and if I could I would purchase every single one. I hope you liked my little list.

If you had to choose one calender from above which one and why?

Till next time stay beautiful inside and out,

Babbling On x



Monday, 5 September 2016

Mask Monday

Hello you beauties,

I hope you have all had an amazing summer, it went way to fast for my liking. Mimi is back at school and I am back to work.
So I was having a chat with my cousin Aysha and we were discussing face masks. We came to the conclusion with the best of intentions we never really get round to doing them as often as we would like. I have quite a few masks at home as does Aysha, so we agreed that every Monday we will apply a face mask. As we are doing it together at our own homes we decided to take selfies to prove that we have indeed done it. I would love for you all to join in on Mask Monday, think of the incredible skin we will all have. Just taking around half an hour each Monday for some me time. It may be the start of the working week, but hey what a gorgeous way to start it. When you feel good, everything feels better.




On Mondays I will share a DIY facemask, today the mask is for dry skin.

Over on Instagram is a little video showing  how to make this mask.

Video link for Dry skin mask

Oats, honey and yogurt mask




I love this mask as most of us will have these ingrediants already in kitchen cupboard.


Ingrediants
One tablespoon of oat bran or oats
One tablespoon of honey
One tablespoon of yogurt
One teaspoon of olive oil

Method
Place all the ingrediants in a bowl and stir well. Apply to a cleansed face, and leave it on till it is dry, normally takes around ten minutes. Wash your face using circular motions as the oats will now act as an exfoliant. Dry and apply a good moisturiser or better argan oil if you have it. With the oil heat up in your hand and pat it on. You can store the rest of the mask in a sealed container in the fridge for around a week.

The benefits of this mask
Oats behave like a natural exfoliant, thats why ensure to use circular motions when rinising. This will help get rid of any dry and dead skin. It will unclog pores and aid in less breakouts. Your skin will look brighter and more radient. Many of us have probarly used oats in bath when our children get chicken pox, it helps soothes the skin. So all in all a winning ingrediant.

Honey is a fantastic moisturiser, it will helps skin stay hydrated. If you suffer from dry skin you will know how important this.

Yogurt contains lactic acid, this makes the skin super soft and for dry skin that is just what is needed.

Olive Oil tops this mask by adding more moisturise to the skin.

It feels so good when you apply it, really cool and soothing. The skin feels so hydrated and smooth after.

I would love to hear from you, if you use this mask and how you get on with it.




If you do not wish to do a DIY mask, you can buy them. So many places now stock and sell masks, from the pound shop to large department stores. Supermarkets also stock them so you can pop one in the trolley next time you are out shopping. I have masks from all of the above retailers, budget friendly and omg I have blown my budget. I have also purchasaed masks online. I will be doing reviews on my masks. So here they are, have you used any of them?








So you beauties, are you up for Mask Monday? I would love to see your selfies and the best one will win a mask. So what are you waiting for? Go get masking and get ready for fabulous skin. 

Till next time my beauties, stay beautiful inside and out x







 


 





Monday, 25 July 2016

Chemical Peel at Skin Philosophy Barnes




Hello, you beauties! I hope your all well and loving this glorious weather we have been having lately. So I want to talk about my visit to Skin Philosophy based in Barnes. The clinic prides itself in tailoring treatments for the individual in question. So I was rather excited about the prospect of having a tailored made treatment that suited my skin requirements.  The Clinic is based in Barnes, I drove in and found parking opposite quite easily. I love that, no parking dramas.

I walked in and was greeted by a lovely receptionist, I then met Annalouise Kenny. She is the managing director at Skin Philosophy, she is classically pretty with amazing skin. She gave me a warm welcome and we commenced into a side room so she could start my consultation.






I was given a questionnaire to do, then both Annalouise and I went through it. Lately my main concern has been very dry skin and I have been super paranoid about fine lines. My remit to Annalouise was "I want my skin to stay forever young, like vampire skin" She gave me some everyday tips to help dry skin and preserve the elasticity in our skin.

1. Water and we are not talking 6 small glasses a day, its like all day every day. Water is what keeps our skin plump and hydrated. This will preserve our skin and give us a healthy glow.

2. SPF SPF SPF the sun ages our skin, and being of Asian origin I just assumed my makeup is enough. Wrong always wear sun screen under makeup to protect your skin.
3. For dry skin use hydrating creams and for fine lines products with a high content of Retinol A. This will safeguard your skin from further wrinkles and reduce the apperance of fine lines.

My lovely friend Annie had a consultation and a chemical peel. She has oily skin, so if you do, please head over to see the do's and the do not's for oily skin at Musings of a Makeup Junkie





I was then ready to find out about the egg like contraption, that I noticed as soon as I stepped into the room. This is a facial scanner machine that maps the face and gives a full in depth analysis of the skins health. It takes multiple high resolution images of the face and underlying layers of skin. The naked eye can not see this microscopic detail. It then puts images on to the computer.



Annalouise and I went through each section, pores, wrinkles, spots, sebum and skin tone. My biggest problem dehydrated skin, that I knew already, but to see it on a screen with figures for what it should be hit home. I also have a lots of pores on my nose and forehead. Miracloulosy my wrinkles are way below what they should be for a person of my age. I have been paranoid for so long and this analysis finally put to bed my fear. I have been considering Botox for a while. Annalouise told me that I do not need it just yet and to up my skincare regime, to preserve my skin and combat aging. For me personally seeing images really helped my self esteem, I now know what the issues are and have a solution to resolve it. Annalouise then recommended a treatment plan, starting with a superficial chemical peel, upping the intensity for the next 2 visits. Then needling. Click on the links so you can read about both treatments in depth. Dermaquest Skin Peel and  Medical Micro Needling Pen






I was then ready for my treatment, I was led to my room. The clinic is a tardis it goes on and on, array of treatment rooms, all painted in white, it has a feeling of peace and tranquilty. I loved my treatment room, large, airy and lots of natural light.


I got comfortable and my superficial chemical peel commenced, it lasted for half an hour. I have done a small video so you can see, exactly what takes place. I was so relaxed and nodded off a few times. As it was a very light chemical peel I didn't have no after care to worry about. I didn't wear makeup for the next 24 hours and I do this after every facial that I have. Chemical Peel Video

It is coming up to a week since I had the chemical peel and all I can say is WOW. My skin looks amazing to the point I haven't worn foundation since the treatment, first time in decades. My light pigmentation has all but vanished and I feel confident within myself. This is something I didn't expect, I thought maybe it will improve my skin but I wasn't prepared for the new found self esteem.




I have also started using these products recommended by Annalouise, I will do a post in a few weeks time to let you know how I have got on. So far so good and they are available to purchase from Skin Philosophy. I would like to thank the team, for being so attentive, knowledgeable and welcoming.


To have a complimentry skin analysis and consultation -

Email - info@skinphilosophy.co.uk
Web - http://skinphilosophy.co.uk/
Tel - 0208 3929411 

Would you have a chemical peel? 

Till next time my beauties, stay beautiful inside and out x

Sunday, 17 July 2016

#Lipstickismyvice


Hello you beauties!

I hope your all well and enjoying your weekend. So today I want to tell you about Urban Decay's Vice lipstick collection. They launched over a 100 shades last month and with 6 distinct finishes. I am a huge fan of Urban Decay and have been mega excited about the lipsticks.


I know I always go on about packaging, it is so important me. This is a good indicator to what the quality of the product it holds.These cases are super sexy and I adore the debossed wording. It gives it an added luxury factor.

Video Swatches of Lipsticks , here you can see the lipstick on my lips. The 6 finishes are cream, comfort matte, mega matte, metallized, sheer and shimmer. I am loving mattes these days so for me my favorite is the mega matte. The formula for all the lipsticks is quite hydrating and nourishing. Urban Decay have created a matte that leaves my lips feeling super soft.


The colour for each lipstick despite it's finish is very pigmented and long lasting. The 5 above that I tried are a mixture of bright bold colours to softer neutrals. From the pictures below you can see some of the colours and some of the finishes. These 5 are from Wende's top ten list, Urban Decay's co founder.

714 MEGA MATTE

BACKTALK COMFORT MATTE

BIG BANG METALLIZED

FIREBIRD CREAM

PANDEMONIUM MEGA MATTE

To buy these stunning Lipsticks head over to Urban Decay they are priced very reasonably at £15. 

So which finish and colour do you like best?

Till next time stay beautiful, inside and out x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Scrub Love




Hello you beauties!

I really hope your all enjoying your Sunday. So today I would like to tell you about this organic, fair trade, Rainforest-Alliance Approved and ethically sourced coffee scrub made in the UK, phew quite awesome credentials.  I love products and brands that use natural ingredients, in my mind and reality it feels so much more beneficial, healthier and wholesome.

So the one I used is their Original Lovin' Coffee Body Scrub.


I recieved the scrub in a cute cardboard envelope, little touches like this impress me. I believe if the packaging has had so much thought, the product inside would have had more. 
I started using the scrub as recommeneded 3-4 times a week. I have been suffering with very dry skin, pigmentation and ingrown hair. So I was very keen to see if this scrub would deliver. 




ROAST ORGANIC COFFEE
PINK ROCK SALT
SWEET ALMOND OIL
VITAMIN E
SWEET ORANGE OIL + VITAMIN C
ORGANIC ORANGE PEEL

Roast Organic Coffee
Ground coffee is nature's finest exfoliator. It’ll buff away dead skins cells without damaging the delicate new skin underneath. A high caffeine content in our fresh grinds stimulates circulation, to promote healing in problem areas.
PINK ROCK SALT
Pink himalayan rock salt is a natural antiseptic, so helps to reduce inflammation as it scrubs away dead skin cells.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil is a natural hypo-allergenic - so it’s safe for all skin types. The naturally high levels of vitamin A, B and D help seal in moisture. and even skin tone.
Vitamin E
Extra helpings of vitamin E block free-radicals from the skin, reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Sweet Orange Oil + Vitamin C
This natural anti-inflammatory and detoxifier will reduce red spots and nourish your skin in the process. Extra vitamin C will brighten your skin even further.
Organic Orange Peel
Orange peel’s high antioxidant and citric acid content brightens and evens skin tone, while gentle stimulating circulation.



Before
Now you know the benefits of the scrub, but does it work? I hear you ask.
So here is a picture of my arm, one month ago. You can't really see the dry skin, however you can see the pigmentation, scarring and a few ingrown hairs. I had also just come back from holiday so had a bit of a tan that made my pigmentation look worse. 


I am not a coffee drinker but adore the aroma, the scrub smelt so yummy. I applied everywhere and relaxed for 5 mins just scrubbing my body. Then rinsed off, after the first scrub I was hooked and have looked forward to the days I was going to exfoliate again. It isn't time consuming and so worth it as I felt like I had shed old skin.

After
One month on I have hydrated skin, less pigmentation and my scarring has faded. I highly recommend this product it is available to purchase scrublove.com I now want to try their Coconut and Mint scrubs. Will let you know how I get on with them. One last thing, the scrub comes in a resealable pouch, that didn't work for me so I store my scrub in a mason jar. 


So which scrub will you go for, Coffee, Mint or Coconut?

Till next time stay beautiful inside and out.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hill Glow Kits Swatches and Reviews



Hello you beauties,

I hope your all well and in good health. So today I wanted to talk about these incredible Glow Kits by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I am fortunate to now own all three of the kits. I have stayed up at night, set alarms, had dreams,  woken up and placed orders at 2a.m. These metallic powders have me under their spell. 


My first one was The Gleam, my uncle kindly bought it over from America for me. I did hound him endlessly and didn't really leave him much choice, I just had to have them as soon as I saw them. I haven't been disappointed, from the packaging right down to the pigmentation of the high lighters it is perfection. I don't know how I did my makeup without them. I wear this under my eyes above the cheeks, on my nose and basically anywhere I want a glow. 

The other two I purchased from Cult Beauty and they are also available on Beauty Bay


The Gleam Kit


Hard Candy – Mood-changing golden peach with a pink pearl reflective finish
Starburst – Rush of cool pink with an iridescent finish
Mimosa – Radiant golden peach with a metallic finish
Crushed Pearl – Glimmering pink and silver with a crystalized chrome finish
That Glow
Sunburst – Bright, luminous gold with a metallic finish
Bubbly – Rose champagne with a pearlescent finish
Golden Bronze – Sultry, warm bronze with a gold-flecked finish
Dripping in Gold – Lavish gold with a vivid, reflective finish
Sundipped
Bronzed – Amber with a penny metal finish
Tourmaline – Warm taupe with a rose gold finish
Summer – Luminous sand with a white gold finish
Moonstone – Radiant quartz with a pearl finish

The pans on these palettes are quite large and do last a while, due to the fact that they are highly pigmented as seen in my swatches above. I believe these palettes are priced correctly for the amount and quality of product one gets.

I have fallen for the luminous look, and seriously cannot go back to not having "that glow though"

So my beauties which one do you like best? Gleam, That Glow or Sundipped?
Till next time stay beautiful inside and out x