Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review: May Beauty Face Masks

A couple of months ago the lovely May Beauty sent me a package with some of their Incredible Face Masks that are designed to remove blackheads, oily skin, acne and dead skin. I had never tried anything like this before so I was exciting to see what kind of results I would get as I had been having a lot of skin problems and couldn't find anything that was agreeing with my sensitive skin.

When the package arrived I was super excited to see that May Beauty had not only given me five face masks to try, but they had also included a applicator brush and a handy little guide book. The booklet includes loads of information about living a healthy lifestyle and tips on how to get healthier looking skin. I found this really useful as it highlighted that some of my skin problems could have been down to what I was eating.

I waited till Sunday and my usual pampering session and applied one of the masks. The formula is a thick, gooey, black liquid that was really easy to apply and spread evenly - especially with the help of the May Beauty brush they also sent. After about five minutes of it being on I could definitely feel it doing something as it was started to create a hardening sensation on my face.

Initially, I panicked as I have had a really bad reaction to a Forever Living face mask before and I was worried it was going to happen again, I decided to give it a couple more minutes and the strange sensation went away, so I left it for the recommended twenty minutes.

The mask is designed to be super easy to peel off, so I started to peel off little bits but it left me in absolute agony. I could see the dead skin that the mask had removed, which was actually pretty cool to see (even if it is a little bit gross!). As I have really sensitive skin so I was expecting it to hurt, but even after I had got the whole mask off my face hurt for hours. When the redness and pain had gone away, my skin actually felt amazing and I could tell that it had made a huge difference, I just wasn't sure if it was worth the pain.

Over the last few months I have been using them and I have to admit that the pain is a little bit more bearable each time, so I think it is just the initial shock of my skin going 'oh my god, what are you doing to me?' before it starts to get used to the process. My skin is feeling so much better than it was a couple of months ago and it has definitely reduced the amount of blackheads I used to get.

Have you tried the May Beauty face masks? What did you think? 


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Review: Zeo Carbonated Soft Drinks

If you follow me on Twitter you will probably know that me and Adele are organising a blogger event this September - the West Midlands Blogger Meet. We have launched a new and exciting blogger events group where we will be holding events across the country, particularly in places where there are not typically any meets.

Part of organising the event has meant getting brands involved so that we can introduce them to the lovely bloggers attending and I am excited to announce that one of the brands that we will be working with is Zeo, who kindly sent me some samples to try before the event.

Zeo make delicious, lightly carbonated fruity drinks that come in six different flavours. I was lucky enough to be sent the Peach and Grapefruit, the Zesty Lime and the Blood Orange and Citrus flavours*. The lovely people at Zeo recommened I chill them before drinking so as soon as I got home I popped them in the fridge and waited patiently for them to chill!

I have never tried lightly carbonated drinks before but I can honestly say that Zeo have 100% converted me. I hate the bloated feeling that you get from fizzy drinks but love the taste, so Zeo drinks are the best of both worlds.

I think out of all three my favourite was the Zesty Lime, as it tastes just like a non alcoholic Smirnoff Ice. The lime flavour is not to strong or tart and it's so refreshing, especially as I had it on a really hot day! I was worried the Peach and Grapefruit would taste strongly of grapefruit but it was really sublte and the peach flavour was absolutely amazing. My least favourite was the Blood Orange and Citrus, but only because it reminded me a little of orange squash which is something I never drink, other than that it was still really refreshing.

I am really excited to work with Zeo on the West Midlands Blogger Meet and I would like to thank you so much for getting involved. Has anyone tried Zeo yet? I'm dying to try the Cola flavour next!

Lots of love, 

Kirsty Leanne xx 

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

International Box Swap: Dallas, USA

Just over a month ago I joined a Facebook group for people looking to take part in International Box Swaps for makeup, stationary, food and souvenirs. I posted that I was interested in a makeup/beauty swap with someone from America and within a few days I had secured a swap with the lovely Jessica from Dallas, Texas.

We had to fill out quizzes to get to know each other better and to give more information on what we wanted, then it was time to shop! I bought Jessica lots of makeup and beauty items that she wouldn't be able to get from America and she did the same for me with products/brands I couldn't get here. We both mailed our packages off on the same day an last week mine finally arrived!

When I home and saw the pretty blue paper Jessica had wrapped the box in I almost squealed, I was so excited to see everything she had sent for me! She wrapped up and numbered every gift inside and even included a cute little note about how nice it was to get to know each other over the last month. I think that is one of my favourite things about the swap - I've made a new friend! 

So, first of all Jessica sent me some amazing blushers. A NYX High Definition Blush in 'Summer' and a Milani Baked Blush in 'Luminoso'. The NYX blush is quite a bright pink, which is something I am not used to but I told Jessica I wanted to try more of so I am dying to give it a go! The Milani however is something I specifically requested and I am so happy she was able to get one for me. It's quite a subtle shade, but it looks absolutely amazing and has already become my new favourite.

Jessica also got me one of the NYX Illuminator in 'Ritualistic' which is a lovely gold sheen. I have used this a couple of times and I really like it, it's absolutely huge compared to any highlighters I have bought here too!

I asked Jessica to get me a couple of lip products as I am obsessed at the moment and she definitely didn't disappoint me! The one thing I specifically asked for was a EOS lipbalm so she got me the Vanilla & Mint flavoured one which smells gorgeous! The lipsticks she got were amazing too, a deep pink Milani one in the shade 'Naturally Chic', an lovely nude from Essence called 'Oh So Matt!' and a bright pink NYC Butter Stick in 'Candy Buttons'. I really love the shade of the Milani lipstick and it smells like watermelon!

My International Box Swap also included some awesome eye products, one of which I am now completely obsessed with so I am going apologise in advance if I don't shut up about it. First, I got a Wet 'n' Wild Eye Shadow Trio in 'I'm Getting Sunburned' which is a lovely set including a gorgeous gold shadow I am dying try.

The other product is the Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Natural. I. Love. This. Palette. Seriously, it has everything you need included 10 nude shadows (quite similar to the Naked palettes), primer, eyeliner, mirror and a little booklet showing you some really cool looks to create. I'd never actually heard of Hard Candy before speaking to Jessica, but I have already looked at every inch of their website and built up a wish list.

Finally, I was sent some peanut butter Oreos (YES!) and some mint tea from Trader Joe's. When I was living in America Trader Joe's was the nearest store to me so I practically lived in there, so it was so lovely to see something from there in my package!

Thank you so much for being an amazing swap partner Jessica, I can't wait to swap again! Has anyone else ever done anything like this? What country would you swap with?

Lots of love, 

Kirsty Leanne xx

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Art Therapy - Does it really work?

The latest craze that has taken Twitter by storm is adult colouring and it has been taking over my timeline the last few weeks. Colouring in is said to be relaxing, soothing it apparently helps to relieve stress - this definitely made me a a little curious. I first heard about it a couple of months ago and I was dying to get started but there so many different adult colouring options out there (magazines, books, postcards) that I didn't know where to start.

In the end I decided on subscribing to Art Therapy magazine, meaning I would have a four weekly magazines delivered to my door at the end of the month. I was super excited to start getting my magazines but after a couple of weeks I hadn't had any delivered, just an email explaining they had an over whelming response and they would be with me shortly. 

A few weeks ago (after two months of waiting) I have finally had issues one, two, three and four delivered along with the free gifts that come with them - a giant poster, a portfolio and a pencil storage box. 

Each issue comes with a selection of either pencils, markers or metallic pencils to add to your collection and includes plenty of tips and tricks to help you get started. Each magazine also has a selection of different designs, including a colour by numbers and mini 'sketch pads' for when you're in a hurry, for you to colour in based on a different theme each week. You can even tear them out to store in the free portfolio when you've finished them.

I have to say I am a little bit addicted, I love taking half an hour or so to myself and sitting down to colour. It feels so unbelievably therapeutic. I don't think I have the patience to sit there for hours on end shading and cross hatching, but a little bit every now definitely helps me to wind down after work. The designs are absolutely stunning and there is no better feeling than looking at a finished design that you've put hours into completing.

I am well and truly on the Art Therapy bandwagon and I have already been looking at some Millie Marotta and Johanna Basford books ready for payday. Have you tried colouring as a form of relaxation? What did you think?


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Review: The Budget MUA Luxe Highlighter

I love a good bargain and when I spotted the New MUA Luxe Highlighter Stick in my local Superdrug store I had to pick one up - despite being on a spending ban. I actually haven't been able to find a budget highlighter I am 100% happy with yet but I thought it could have been down to the fact I was mainly using ones that are powder based.

A couple of months ago I did my first ever MUA Haul and I got quite a few of their products but I wasn't really blown away by anything, but as this was the first highlighter stick I had ever seen under £5 my curiosity got the better of me.

The packing is actually okay. It's a nice gold shimmery colour with gold writing, which definitely makes it look like a high-end highlighter. It's quite small too, so super easy to fit into my handbag for much needed top ups in the summer.

As you can see the highlighter is a beautiful yet subtle shimmer that is absolutely perfect for summer. The formula is the only thing that let the highlighter down as it is a little bit too smooth to apply, making it look quite shiny. I found that lightly dabbing the highlighter onto my fingers and then onto my face fixed this slightly, but on extremely humid days it was pretty much doomed from the start.

One thing I have been loving using this highlighter for is to create an ombre lip. I dab a little bit in the center of my lips after I have applied my lipstick and it creates a lovely ombre effect, without having to use lip liner or more than one lipstick.

Overall, it's definitely something I will wear on a day to day basis and for £4 - that's not bad at all. It's definitely not the perfect budget highlighter, but I feel like I am getting warmer. See what I did there? ;)

Have you tried the MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer? What do you think? Are there any highlighters you would suggest I try next? 

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