Thursday, 30 July 2015

Boots | Botanic "Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm" Review

Everyone is obsessed with Hot Cloth Cleansers. They're one of the most efficient ways to take off your makeup. I find them really therapeutic too. I love the feeling of getting rid of all the makeup/gunk off my face. Whether it has been a long day or I'm just back from working out.  I do find, however, Hot Cloth Cleansers can be quite pricey, and there haven't been too many cheaper alternatives until now...

Boots Botanics range is a range I've grown up with so when I saw the Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm on offer in Boots the other week. I'm coming to the end of my all time Favourite Merumaya Hot Cloth Cleanser and wanted to give this a whirl. It was under €7 so I dropped it into my basket and hopped for the best. Being entirely honest I hadn't read any reviews online or anything so I wasn't influenced by anything other than the price.
It comes in a nice neat package that is nice and light - so perfect for packing on holiday. It's solid at room temperature, but it melts in your fingers. Once applied your face looks like a grease ball. I like to rub it in for a few seconds before wetting my Muslin cloth with some warm water and then I like to see my makeup disappear. It removes my makeup with absolute ease. I do remove my eye makeup with a specific eye makeup remover first, however. As much as it removes all my makeup I'm a bit funny and like to double cleanse so I remove the rest with some Micellar water.

I can't recommend it enough - it's 97% organic and contains a blend of various oils including lemon peel oil, sweet almond and jojoba seed oil as well as rosehip. The main oil in the cleanser is Olive oil - but it really does work and it smells lovely too. If you're looking for a skincare treat, but don't want to break the bank and still want that indulgence feel then this is the product for you! It was 50% off when I picked it up (The offer is still on!) but it normally retails for €12.99. Still an incredible bargain if you ask me! This product gets a big thumbs up from me! 

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush Review

Another beauty post from me today! Sorry, I've been sporadic with my posting with my new job it's all a bit hectic at the moment, but I'm pushing through. Blushes are one of my favourite things to buy and test out. When these babes landed in my post box I was thrilled. Being honest I always kind of skip over Max Factor in terms of makeup, I think all Irish teens had a run in with Max Factor's infamous Pan Stick..
I tested out three shades, but I do believe there are 6 in the range. I was sent "Nude Mauve","Seductive Pink" and "Gorgeous Berries". They are quite similar to the Milani Baked Blushes that have been taking the states by storm for quite some time! My first thought on the packaging was good. It's nice and compact and the lid isn't too hard to open, I find half the time I'm fiddling trying to open a product - especially if I've fake nails on! It doesn't take up too much space in your makeup bag either - which is always good!
I got the perfect mix of colours, one I'd used for a very natural look, one for when I want a bit more colour to my  cheeks and the third if I'm going out on the town! As they're multi-tonal pigments they blend effortlessly giving you a gorgeous flush of colour no matter what colour you chose. I use my Real Techniques blush to apply and it's literally a dream to blend - you only do need a little bit of product however!
Nude Mauve*: A gorgeous golden shimmer, perfect for when you only want a little bit of a colour. If you're looking for a nice natural look then this is the blush for you. If you've a nice tan you could also wear it on your cheekbones as a highlight! As it's a marbled effect, once swirled it leaves a gorgeous soft glow on your cheeks. What was at my first initial thought my least favourite became my favourite almost instantly! 

Seductive Pink* I'm a huge fan of pink blushes. The majority of blushes I own are pink, and this was the one I gravitated towards first. It's a lovely natural pink colour with a subtle shimmer to it, which highlights your cheeks beautifully. A little swirl of your blush brush is all you need as these Creme Puff Blushes are really pigmented, so don't go overboard or you'll end up looking a bit cray ladies. 

Gorgeous Berries* On first inspection I loved this, it's right up my street. My coworkers all loved it too, and was their favourite out of all the bunch! It's a beautiful berry colour, again with a nice subtle hint of a shimmer. I find this blush is definitely an evening blush or it would be more subtable for Winter. It's still absolutely gorgeous though, I'm just not used to having a darker colour on my cheeks! 
Overall, I'm really impressed. The blushes are priced at €11.49 each and I'd definitely fork out for them again! I really want to see what other colours they have in their collection!

You can pick 'em up in Boots!

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Lady Voluptuous London | Phoebe Dress

My gorgeous friend George, who I'm sure a lot of you know as Fuller Figure Fuller Bust has recently designed some amazing dresses for Lady V London. Her clothing line is called Lady Voluptuous and it has a style for everyone, whether you love a good bodycon dress or a nice flared skirt!  She's designed some amazing dresses in sizes 16-32 and it's amazing! A lot of plus sizes stop at a size 24, but George was adamant that she wanted to be as inclusive as possible and I couldn't be prouder.

The Phoebe Dress stood out to me most. I gravitate towards flared skirts more as not a fan of Bodycon dresses (But the Ursula Dress is UHMAZING). It's probably to do with my lack of any sort of bum though! My style varies a lot on my mood. Some days I want to rock converse and ripped jeans, but some days I want to dress up to the nines and the Phoebe is the dress for that occasion.  I absolutely love this dress, it was love at first sight. They have an awesome selection of colours, but for me it was between the Cream Pink Rose Floral or the Pink Flamingo. I, of course chose the floral though - so predictable!

 I ordered the 16 and it fit like a dream. I'm between a 14 and a 16 and the 16 fits well on my boobs. So if you do have a larger bust I'd say size up! They have so many gorgeous prints too. The quality is superb. It has been my first experience of Lady V and I'm so impressed. The dress is really well made and even comes with a little petticoat to give the skirt that bit of flare. I love the sleeves. I don't mind my arms, but in general I like a little cap sleeves. The sleeves are nice and loose so if your arms are bigger they'll fit comfortably. There is a little bit of stretch in the dress, which sits in and hugs you in all the right places. I haven't felt so confident wearing a dress in a long while. As I've mentioned I absolutely adore the pattern, it's so "me" and I feel so prim and proper in it.  I got a similar dress made in Vietnam with a white background and pink flower design, so it's definitely a print I love!
Overall I think it's an excellent venture that George has embarked on. You can tell how passionate she is about it, and all her hard work has paid off. Priced at just under €75 I found them extremely reasonable. The quality is excellent and the fit is second to none. I feel so fantastic in this dress, something I am struggling with lately as a lot of my clothes are too big and I just don't feel nice in them anymore. I only wish I could wear this dress every day! If you're after something more every day the Lyra dress is amazing. It can be worn for so many occasions and it would be the perfect wardrobe staple. My first taste of Lady Voluptuous has been fantastic and I'll be definitely picking up a few more pieces! 
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