Beautaniq Beauty Review

What’s more fun than testing new makeup!? This time round, I’m testing out a load of goodies from Beautaniq Beauty – a cruelty free and vegan beauty brand that focuses on plant-based, natural products.

Beautaniq Beauty were find enough to *gift* me a whole host of their products and I’ve had so much fun testing them all out! The products range from skincare to makeup and are all in the cutest packaging!

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Nourish + Hydrate Sheet Mask

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The Nourish + Hydrate sheet mask is for sheet mask lovers everywhere who need a little pick me up. It contains bamboo extract to provide long lasting hydration and helps to replenish collagen; lotus seed to strengthen the skin’s barrier and helps to improve texture; hyaluronic acid to leave skin firm, plump and supple and finally niacinamide to improve elasticity and help your skin to retain all this lovely moisture and hydration.

If you are someone who likes a mask with a lot of juice (and who doesn’t!?) then you will LOVE this. The fit is probably a bit on the bigger side, but it means that your jaw can get in on the action too! It left my skin feeling really hydrated and plump and was a great base to put skincare over the top. It was a bit tacky after the juice had dried down, but once you apply more products it’s not an issue. I’m not a great lover of sheet masks, but this did make me feel as though my PM skincare routine was applying more smoothly and it left my skin feeling softer and plumper than before.

Guardian Angel Eye Mask

Okay these are easily the cutest things that Beautaniq Beauty make. They are under eye patches that are shaped like angel’s wings – look how cute they are! The patches are infused with with a whole host of fab ingredients.Β The cucumber extract contains ascorbic acid aka vitamin C to make the skin glow, but also helping to soothe irritated skin and reduce any swelling or puffiness around the eyes. Rose extract also has anti-inflammatory benefits, while green tea works to promote DNA repair to keep skin looking fresh and to fight the signs of ageing. Finally Hyaluronic Acid leaves skin firm, plump and hydrated.

You can wear these either way (aka the circular part near the nose or on the outside towards the ear) and they are nice and thin so they’re easy to move around. They left my under eye area feeling really soft and full for hours afterwards!

Nourishing Mascara

I really like that this came in a wooden tube rather than having a plastic wrapper. There is still a bit of waste, however at least it would be recyclable. The tube looks like a bigger version of the blush/glow serums, which is pretty unique for a mascara! This is quite a natural mascara that doesn’t quite give me the definition I’m looking for. My theory is that when you take the mascara wand out of the tube that product gets stuck to the top and bottom of the wand, but tends to miss the sides (where you’d tend to apply to the eyelashes). It may be that my one is a little dry, but when I apply it to the lashes, it’s as if there isn’t really any product on the wand. I would have to use another mascara on top of this to get my desired fullness.

Fill + Set Brow Gel

The idea of this brow gel, as the name suggests, is to fill in, thicken and tame the brows. It’s a really light, water-based formula enriched with Aloe Vera to keep brows locked in place without any flaking or fading throughout the day. The brow gel comes in blonde, brown, black and clear, so there should be an option that works for you. This is actually the first tinted brow gel that I’ve ever tried but I found it pretty easy to use. It has really good, even pigment that was not patchy in the slightest. The brush is nice and small so it can get to all the fine hairs and can get a really good sharp tail on the end of the brow. I do tend to use a clear gel afterwards to get the line super sharp on the tail but the tinted gel is capable of doing all the heavy lifting.Β  I went for the shade blonde and it is a pretty good match for my hair colour. I do think there is a definite red tint to it that is worth noting, but I noticed this more as my brow dye wore off (and probably where I was applying it more to my skin rather than the brow). Like most other tinted brow gels, I think it really helps to have some brow to start with, whether that means you have quite thick brows or you dye them so they actually show up. The first time I used this I was so chuffed with the result, but as the dye on my brows began to fade, this got harder to use! I don’t put that down to the product because I can’t even see the hairs to draw them on! If you’re new to brow gel/have no eyebrows (like me) then it may take a little time to master tinted brow gel, but overall the effect is fab! You will probably need to add in a few hair strokes with pencil, but it definitely does what it says on the tin.

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Butter Lip and Cheek

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These are a dual purpose lip and cheek product that will give you beautifully bitten lips and flushed cheeks with just one product. I got the shade Cocoa Rose, which is a gorgeous pinky nude shade. The formula is a little on the dry side for a balm which made it a bit of a long and repetitive process to apply it to the lips, however the dry formula would probably benefit the cheeks more. However, a major perk is that I think this product would last you absolutely ages because I’ve used quite a bit and I haven’t even made a dent in it!

Blush Serum

I got the blush serum in the shade sunset and it’s a gorgeous pinky-orange shade – just like the sky at sunset! If you are familiar with the Glossier Cloud Paints then this is probably what they are most comparable to. The blush serum comes in a little tube, just like the cloud paint and a little bit goes a long way! You could apply this in so many different ways – with your fingers, a sponge or a duo-fibre brush – depending on your preference. I personally prefer to apply this with a brush to get a light flush rather than something more pigmented. When you squeeze the product out the tube, just like any other product in this form, it is quite easy to squeeze out too much. You only need the tiniest bit to get a great colour, so be very sparing! If you do find yourself squeezing too much out, it’s quite easy to scoop it up and put it back in.

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Glow Serum

This glow serum is a really intense liquid highlight. It is a cool-toned bronze shade that, for me, would be a little too dark as a traditional highlighter over makeup. However, the way I like to use this is as a base highlight – that is underneath my foundation to give my skin some serious glow! One thing worth mentioning is that, like the blush serum, this has some serious pigment, so use it sparingly! I tend to wear quite light-medium coverage base products and my foundation still completely covered the bronze colour while still leaving the glow. If you’re using an ultra-light coverage base product, you will probably resemble a bronze statue rather than a glowing goddess (hey, if that’s the look you’re after, then go for your life). If you are medium-dark, you will probably really suit this as a traditional liquid highlighter but if you’re paler then it is a great base glow.

Overall I really enjoyed trying all the products from Beautaniq Beauty! Their packaging is super cute, their shades are gorgeous and their skincare is fab!

If you’re interested in purchasing from the brand, you can find them at the Beautaniq Beauty website or at Birchbox!

Xo

*Items kindly gifted by the brand, but opinions are my own x

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I Dew Care Vitamin C Review

Vitamin C is an ingredient that everyone should have in their skincare routine, and it couldn’t be any easier to add in with an array of fun new Vitamin C products from I Dew Care!

I Dew Care are a K Beauty inspired brand that works out of the US. They exude positive vibes and just feel really cheeky and fun! They were kind enough to send over 2 products from their new Vitamin C line – The Bright Side Up serum and the Saw You Dew moisturiser. Their new collection is really vast – it contains a mist, serum, moisturiser, cleansing balm, lip oil and lip mask.

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Right off the bat, the packaging for these products is absolutely gorgeous – the bright, nearly neon colour scheme that is present throughout the entire Vitamin C range is perfect for products that brighten your complexion! All the products that have lids also have this cheeky winking smiley which is also the initials for I Dew Care!Β img_5212_facetune_06-09-2019-22-36-54

Bright Side Up Serum – 30ml – $25.00

img_5924_facetune_29-09-2019-14-58-01This Vitamin C serum is a 30ml bottle of pinky-red goodness – it includes grapefruit extract to reduce the visible signs of ageing, even skin tone and boost radiance. It also contains vitamins E and B5 to condition the skin, relieve dryness and increase hydration.Β It has a soft scent that smells quite fruity, which I guess is the grapefruit! The consistency is described on their site as a ‘jelly serum’ and I can totally understand why. It isn’t one of those annoying serums that runs between your fingers when you squirt it from the dropper. It is certainly a liquid, but it does have a thickness. It’s almost gel-like but a touch thinner whereby it stays put when you apply it to your hand. When applied to the face, it feels really hydrating, spreads very easily and leaves no feeling of tackiness. There is no tingling sensation afterwards and it sinks into the skin very quickly.

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In my bottle, the dropper isn’t the best and it takes a few squeezes to get an amount to cover the entire face. I’m not sure whether that is because I have a dodgy dropper or whether the consistency of the serum is a touch too thick for the dropper, but either way I’m happy to just keep at it until I have the amount I want.

Most importantly, it hasn’t caused my skin to break out. In fact, when my skin broke out while testing another product, I feel like it was this product that helped to calm it down. I can’t really say that I’ve noticed my skin looking any brighter (mainly because I rush through my morning skincare routine as fast as I can to move on to makeup), but I can feel that my skin feels soft and smooth after use and it doesn’t feel tight.

It’s probably my favourite vitamin C serum that I’ve tried – the non-sticky texture, the lovely smell and how it leaves my skin feeling after I’ve applied this makes it an absolute winner in my eyes!

Saw You Dew Moisturiser – 50ml – $29.00

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Okay, so I nearly died when I opened this moisturiser – that is no exaggeration (lol of course it’s an exaggeration – can you imagine? Death by moisturiser). Anyway, I have never seen a texture so beautiful in my entire life, and that one is no exaggeration. When you first open this up, it is like WATER. Basically, this moisturiser is a water-like gel on top of a cream. A really cute spatula comes with this for you to mix it all together before applying it to your skin. It is a little bit heartbreaking to mix it together and lose the amazing gel, but the texture post-mixing is lovely too. It becomes a lot more like a traditional cream moisturiser, but is still very light (below). It contains lemon extract and vitamin C to lessen the skin imperfections and signs of ageing while also boosting radiance and protecting from environmental aggressors.

 

The formula is very thin – it would be a great moisturiser for summer, oilier skin and as morning moisturiser. I have dry skin and this still sets me up perfectly for the day. It sinks in quite quickly and doesn’t leave a feeling of heaviness or greasiness on the skin. Like the serum, it does have a slight scent that smells a little bit like lemon but it is really pleasant and isn’t too noticeable. A little bit goes a long way so you don’t have to pile this on to get the result you’re after.

I have absolutely loved testing these products out! I was so excited when the brand reached out to me – they have a really positive, colourful, fun vibe that definitely translates into their products. If you’re looking for budget-to-mid range vitamin C products then this is definitely a brand you should consider. You can find I Dew Care at Memebox or at Ulta if you’re in the US.

Remember, if you’re using vitamin C product, please always apply a good SPF!

Xo

*Both items gifted from I Dew Care

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BYBI Beauty Brand Review

BYBI Beauty is the natural beauty brand that’s making a difference. They’re a cruelty free, vegan brand, with sustainability on their mind and eco-friendly packaging.Β I was lucky enough to be gifted some products from BYBI Beauty – their famous Babe Balm, Strawberry and Bakuchiol boosters.

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Babe Balm

This is described as an ‘all-round dry skin saviour’, but it is also the ultimate multi-tasker. It can be used in a multitude of ways, from a lip balm; to a cuticle lotion; a tattoo healer; a nappy rash calmer; a makeup remover; a brow tamer and even a dry nose soother!

It is quite a thick balm and I was a little unsure how I would use it to begin with. It isn’t quite your everyday moisturiser because it is a bit too thick, but it does make a cracking lip balm and a great moisture hit when your skin is really suffering!

My favourite way to use this is by pairing it up with the strawberry booster. I love doing this with thicker products to make them thinner and a bit easier to apply. I squeeze out a pea sized amount of the balm, before applying 3-4 drops of the oil and mixing it together with my fingers. I’ve started doing this as a little treat to myself on the weekends and it leaves my skin feeling great. It’s worth nothing that because both products are quite thick that they don’t really dry down, but that’s not an issue for me when I’m not planning to leave the house. Before using it the first time, I had some flaking and dryness around my nose, and after applying my little concoction, it had totally cleared up and felt amazing!

Strawberry Booster

I am such an oil addict. They are easily my favourite type of products because I really feel as though they are the product that makes my skin feel the most soft. I am always ready to add a new oil to my collection! This 100% Cold Pressed Strawberry Seed Oil is supposed to be a great to soften your skin while improving moisture for dry, flaky and sensitive skins. The boosters from BYBI are designed to slot in with the rest of your routine, so you can just add a few drops into your moisturiser or serum and away you go. I prefer to apply it like I would an oil, which is recommended for more intense moisture boost. It is a fairly thick oil that does sit on the surface of the skin for quite a while, which isn’t an issue for me as I only use my oils in the night time. I actually prefer thicker oils because they deliver a better result in terms of softer skin. However, if you were to use a lighter hand, it sinks in pretty quickly. This has been great for getting rid of any drier patches of skin for me and feels really great on my skin, and even better in the morning.

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Bakuchiol Booster

This was the product that I was most excited for. Bakuchiol (Bah-coo-chee-ol) is on everyone lips at the moment as it’s a natural, plant-based alternative to retinol. As someone who has been wanting to explore retinol for a while but has been a little nervous, this seemed like the perfect product for me to test out. BYBI (as far as I am aware) was the first major brand to launch a bakuchiol oil, way before the super ingredient became fashionable.Β It stimulates collagen production and helps to improve your skin condition, all while being gentler than retinol! If you’ve ever tried retinol, you might have had some irritation, sensitivity, dryness or even breakouts. Another massive plus with this is that you can use it morning AND night because it isn’t photo sensitive – AKA it won’t cause any harm to your skin if you use it in the day time. Still, always remember to wear your sunscreen as you would anyway. This is a 1% strength Bakuchiol in olive squalane so it feels really nourishing and spreads very easily. It is a thinner consistency to the Strawberry booster, but again, it depends how much you put on as to how quickly it absorbs into the skin.

Since I was sent these products I have completely used up all of the Bakuchiol and Strawberry Boosters and have since repurchased them both. I wish the oils were a little bigger because 15ml for an oil lover doesn’t get you too far! However, they are so reasonably priced that repurchasing isn’t a problem at all – the boosters are Β£12 each. I’m really interested to see the long-term benefits of the Bakuchiol Booster on my skin – I’ve been using them for about a month now and I’ve not seen too much just yet, but I’m in it for the long haul!

Since being gifted these products, I’ve also bought all the remaining boosters in the range (Buriti, CBD and Blueberry). I’ve been really impressed by the boosters so far and they’re the perfect addition for any oil addict! Once I’ve tried these out a bit more, I’ll post a review on them.

BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster, Babe Balm and Strawberry Booster

BYBI has quickly became a brand that I really like and really trust. They have a real cool girl vibe about them, but their sustainable approach to beauty has completely won me over. They are the ultimate modern beauty brand – giving their customers efficacious products, at a reasonable price, all while being kind to our planet. If you’d like to check them out, you purchase them at their website,Β Boots, ASOS, Feel Unique, Naturisimo.

Xo

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Dr Botanicals Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask Review

Are you searching for the perfect mask to hydrate and replenish your skin? Have you tried loads of masks to no results? Well this might be the one to change the game for you!

Dr Botanicals reached out to me to try out their new hydrating mask, and I couldn’t say yes quick enough! They areΒ one of the world’s top vegan brands, who are cruelty free and focuses their formulations around all natural ingredients. For the environmentally minded among us (and you should all be environmentally minded), Dr Botanicals’ packaging is not only recyclable but also made up of recycled fibers.

They sent over their Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask for me to review and share my thoughts. This 10 minute mask promises to hydrate, nourish and revive your skin with an all natural formula! As someone with normal-dry skin, this sounded right up my street! Before I get into the review, can we just take some time to admire these beeeeautiful photos that I took (I’m so proud of myself)

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The two key ingredients here are cocoa butter and coconut oil. Cocoa butter is great for smoothing and moisturising the skin and coconut oil is high in fatty acids and antioxidants that restore, hydrate and protect the skin. This is supposedly suitable for all skin types, but I know a lot of people have some serious reservations about coconut oil in products. If you are a bit concerned about that, then this may not be the product for you. Another quick note on the ingredients, if you check out the ingredients list, alcohol is listed pretty high up. DO. NOT. PANIC. In case you aren’t aware, there are good and bad alcohols in skincare, and this is one of the good ones. It contains cetearyl alcohol which is a fatty alcohol and particularly benefits those with drier skin. Paula’s Choice (which is a great source of info on skincare ingredients) confirms that this is a safe ingredient for alcohol haters, as fatty alcohols do not pose a risk for sensitive skin.

So I opened it up and had a play! The texture of this is surprisingly thin for a nourishing mask and it has very little scent. The first time I applied this, I felt the need to apply quite a thick layer on in order to get maximum hydration/nourishment as it was so thin. It did dry down which surprised me and it left my skin feeling a bit tight before I washed it off. When I removed it after my first trial, I didn’t feel any noticeable difference to my skin. I was pretty disappointed but… I didn’t read that you should apply a thin layer… Let this be the lesson!

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!

Ever since, I have applied a thin layer and have left it on for 10 minutes. I could tellΒ instantlyΒ how smooth and soft my skin was as I was washing it off. I literally could not stop touching my face afterwards! I have quite smooth skin anyway, but the softness absolutely blew my mind! It didn’t leave any feeling of tightness or feel the need to moisturise my skin straight away – I was quite happy to sit stroking my baby smooth skin for a while. It really does deliver on hydration and nourishment! What’s great about this mask is that it’s quite small so it’s easy to travel with, the results are fast and it’s easy to apply (and not too messy!)

Dr Botanicals doesn’t use any preservatives in their products so this only has a shelf life of 3 months. That might not sound like a very long time but it’ll be pretty easy to get through it in that time as the mask is only 30 ml.

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Overall, this little mask is a powerhouse! If you’re on the lookout for a hydrating mask that leaves your skin feeling like it’s had a tall drink of water, a long night’s sleep and 5 weeks off. Basically, your skin feels amazing afterwards! I often find that masks don’t do too much for my skin, but the results were instant and undeniable with this one! This little mask is super affordable at only Β£9 – bargain!

If you’d like to try this out and save 30% on your order on the Dr Botanicals site, use code 30HANNAHΒ at checkout! I’d really appreciate it!

Xo

*This product was gifted by the brand in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Evy Technology Daily 30 SPF Mousse Review

As your resident pale gal, I NEED to protect my skin from UV rays, especially in the summertime when I’m starting to spend more time outdoors. EveryoneΒ knowsΒ by nowΒ Β (or at least should know) that SPF is an absolute must all year round, but as we approach summer, sun protection becomes even more important.Β EVY Technology were kind enough to gift me their Daily 30 SPF Mousse to review, so here are my thoughts on it!

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The brand

EVY Technology are a Swedish suncream brand that is specially developed for those with sensitive skin and active lifestyles. Their products are recommended by dermatologists and the Vitiligo Association and is gentle enough for those with sun eczema, sun allergies and albinism. It’s a great option for those who are sensitive to conventional types of suncream as EVY’s formula is hypoallergenic and very gentle. They have a really wide range of sun products, with SPFs ranging from 10-50, tan activators, after sun and a daily repair mousse which is specifically targeted towards sensitive skin types. Their products are safe for children, with some products specifically targeted towards kids.

Unique?

IMG_0023The reason this SPF is so unique is because it is a mousse. Think the mousse you’d steal off your mum for your hair (was that just me?) – it’s just like that.

They have a patented formula which offers the user the best protection out there! Forming a protective barrier, it enhances your skin’s natural defences. Rather than just sitting on the surface of the skin like ‘normal’ sunscreens do, the mousse penetrates through the top layer of the skin and offers superior protection to UVA and UVB rays –Β SoΒ a single application lasts up to six hours. It doesn’t need to be applied as regularly as ‘normal’ suncream and is actually wind, water, salt, chlorine and sweat resistant.

This means that is doesn’t rub off as you’re living your life – whether you’ve just come out of the sea, sweating it out or toweling off and one bottle lasts twice as long as other suncreams. For these very reasons, EVY is loved and relied on by a whole host of elite sports teams – from long distance sailing teams, the Swedish cycling federation and volleyball teams.

Daily UV Face Mousse

I was sent the Daily UV Face Mousse SPF 30 to test out, so here’s what you need to know:

  • With its lightweight formula, it doesn’t clog pores and works to prevent any irritation and inflammation caused by makeup.
  • It is packed with vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid and collagen.
  • As it enhances your skin’s protective barrier, it helps to counteract pigmentation and premature aging from the sun and pollution
  • It’s perfect for under makeup or post shaving.

My experience

Give the bottle a quick shake before use and turn it upside down so no extra gas comes out. The brand recommends a golf ball size amount for your neck and face. When you first pump it into your hand, the mousse is very airy, voluminous and actually pretty solid/dense. Once you start to rub it into your hands, the mousse loses a lot of it’s volume, becomes a lot more liquidy and rubs into the skin very smoothly. It leaves your skin feeling really nice – it is certainly not a matte finish, but with glowy skin that feels ever-so-slightly tacky. As it has that glow/tackiness, it would make a really great base for makeup. After it sets down more, it leaves the skin feeling really smooth and silky. I’ve found with some sunscreens that it can feel a bit tingly/prickly and this does not happen with the EVY one. This dries down pretty quickly (probably within 5-10 minutes at the absolute most) and doesn’t leave that wet, sticky feeling where your hair get stuck to your face – thank goodness!

Just a small word of warning – don’t get too pump happy! Don’t hold the pump down for as long as you think you need otherwise you’ll end up with a massive amount of product that will probably go to waste. In an attempt to use it all up, you’ll probably end up looking like some sort of yeti (like me). You can always squirt a little bit more out, but you can’t put it back in! This is the typical less is more approach – build it up bit by bit.

If you are a SPF rookie and still think back the sticky suncream that your mum used to slather all over you, this couldn’t be further from it. It goes on so easily, isn’t sticky at all and dries down really quickly. It doesn’t leave a feeling of oiliness on the skin so is your perfect primer before makeup. This would be a great SPF option for someone who is just adding SPF to their routine or someone who has been scarred by conventional suncream.

Despite lasting 6 hours, I don’t think I would leave it that long before reapplying my suncream, mainly because I’m paranoid and don’t want to risk getting burnt. It would be really interesting to test out the longevity of the protection, but I don’t think it’s worth getting burnt to test it.

Final thoughts?

This is a major win for me! It is one of the nicest feeling SPFs I have tried on my skin and doesn’t leave any tackiness or any silicone-smooth feeling. I wore this out in the sun at the weekend and I felt safe and didn’t get burnt. I got burnt elsewhere on my body that I missed with this (doh!), but this offered me great sun protection in areas that I alllllways burn (shoulders). Because this is a different/fun way of applying suncream, I think it would be great for kids who hate the stickiness of conventional sun protection and will encourage them to apply it more thoroughly and regularly.

You can purchase the EVY range at the EVY website, Selfridges and Space NK (among other places!)

Xo

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SAMAYA – The Ayurvedic skincare brand to balance mind, body and soul

I was recently introduced to the wonderful world of Ayurvedic skincare through. Have you heard of it before? It stems from Ancient Indian medicine and is rooted in the idea of achieving balance in your life… and your skin! Get ready to hear all about it and one of the leading companiesΒ  – Samaya.

Firstly, here is what you need to know about Ayurveda. Based on ancient Indian principles, it is a system of holistic medicine that has been practiced for millennia. The aim is to help achieve samadosha or ‘perfect balance’ in all areas of your life and it is becoming increasingly popular in the West because it’s an effective, natural way of healing. It all comes down to the idea of harmony – having the mind, body and soul in balance – and when these are out of balance then our health and wellbeing can be affected.

The heart of the matter comes is all about finding your dosha – this is the name for the energies that rule each person. Generally speaking there are three types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha has a set of physical and emotional traits. Usually one dosha rules a person, but sometimes a mixture of two or even all three can govern each person. When our dosha is balanced (mind, body and soul), it manifests itself in beautiful skin. However, when there is an imbalance, then it is for all to see in our skin.Β 

SAMAYA SKINCARE

Samaya is an award winning Ayurvedic skincare brand that is storming the industry. It has won so many awards in the industry and has tongues seriously wagging. Before I saw this brand on Instagram, Ayurvedic skincare was certainly a new concept to me. However, after researching it more and taking the Dosha quiz on their website, the results sounded as if they had been made for me! Not only did it sound like my skin, but the personality traits were pretty bang on too! My Dosha result was 50% Pitta, 30% Vata and 20% Kapha. Generally speaking, sensitive skin types sit within Pitta, dry skin types fall into Vata and oily skin tends to be Kapha. Here is what my description was for Pitta. Does this sound like you?

“Well-proportioned and compact build, with a focused mind and a love of order. Confident and passionate, enjoying challenges. Prone to anger and impatience when out of balance. Benefits from gentle skincare as skin can be sensitive and irritable, susceptible to wrinkles, sunburn and inflammation.”

If you want to find out your skincare Dosha, then click here!

Samaya were kind enough to send me their Pitta Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil* to review. As I mentioned, the Pitta range is targeted towards sensitive skin types who are susceptible to wrinkles, sunburn and inflammation. Although I’m quite young and don’t really need an anti-ageing oil, the properties of the ingredients in the oil span so far beyond a typical anti-ageing product. To me, this oil is the ultimate multi-tasker!

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Let’s take a look at the ingredients. Although the oil is marketed as an anti-ageing treatment, the ingredients offer a multitude of amazing properties that include anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, healing and collagen producing:

Jasmine Flower Extract – Mood and energy boosting, helps to balance moisture levels, soothing for body and mind, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Lotus Seed Extract – Anti-inflammatory, zinc and anti-ageing enzymes that repair damaged/sensitive skin while soothing and calming the mind. Can be beneficial for acne prone skin.
Spilanthes Acmella (Paracress) Flower Extract – Known as ‘Nature’s Botox’, it is known to instantly relax facial tension and reduce the appearance of lines, UV damage and blemishes.
Neem Oil – Promotes skin healing while helping to reduce itching and roughness. It can achieve a more radiant complexion by neutralising damaging free radicals.
Shatavari Extract – Traditionally used in Ayurveda. Used as a tonic for female health concerns and to reduce stress. It also has rejuvenative properties that contribute to a more youthful appearance.
Gotu Kola Oil – An anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing herb that helps to fight chronic skin conditions by repairing damage to the skin.
Saffron Extract – Gives natural radiance as it helps to reduce pigmentation. Also has mood enhancing and aphrodisiac properties and can be used in a tonic to improve general health.
Tumeric Root Oil – Heals the skin barrier while protecting from free radical damage.
Feverfew ExtractΒ  – A cooling and anti-inflammatory herb that is great for Pitta skin types. Also good at calming emotions.

The ingredients certainly walk the walk, and the oil definitely talks the talk. It is absolutely lovely. It smells very lightly of Jasmine, which sometimes I can find a bit unpleasant and overpowering but it’s so lightly scented that it doesn’t bother me at all. Jasmine supposedly has mood boosting properties and can even reduce anxiety levels, which is probably why I feel so calm after using it. The texture of the oil is not too thin and not too thick. It doesn’t sink in straight away, nor does it linger on the skin and feel really sticky. In my eyes, it is probably the perfect consistency and made my skin feel really plump the following morning! Depending which moisturiser I use underneath, there is sometimes some pilling, but honestly I think that is more on the moisturiser than the oil. If you are an oil lover, then I think you will adore this – regardless of your skin type (or dosha!)

The whole Samaya experience was one of pure luxury. When my package arrived, it came in a beautiful bag and the bottle in a stunning cardboard cylinder. While I’m not usually a fan of excess packaging, as all of it is recyclable I’m not going to grumble. The whole vibe of the brand makes me feel very calm? Maybe it’s a combination of the beautiful logo, the pale colours and the gorgeous packaging, but it just brings such a fantastic feeling of relaxation.

The packaging is stunning – the box is beautiful and fits the bottle perfectly inside it, and the bottle is a really unique design that I haven’t really seen before. It uses a pump rather than a dropper, and the top part is curved to perfectly fit your finger. The pump can be a little stiff, but it means that there are never any accidents. Despite using every night for over a month, I still have so much product left (even though I absolutely douse myself in it).

The oil is free from parabens, sulphates, synthetic colour and fragrance, silicones and mineral oils among other things. Phew! Suffice to say, if you are buying from Samaya, you know that the products are ethical, natural and good for your body (and values!)

I would absolutely love to try more from this brand. Each of the three ranges are comprised of a cleanser, an exfoliant, anti-ageing cream, anti-ageing oil and a supplement. Honestly, they are all calling my name so loudly, but I’m really interested in trying the supplements next. I have absolute faith that all the other products will be as absolutely fantastic as the oil. Using this product is definitely one of those instances where skincare becomes self care. An stunning oil made with amazing ingredients that nourish the mind and soul leave you in a state of pure relaxation and balance; that lifts your mood and gives you beautiful skin.

What product would you want to try from the brand?

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*The Pitta Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil was gifted to me from Samaya in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.Β 

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil Review

I recently got the chance to try out the Noni Glow Face Oil by Kora Organics as a part of Space NK’s N.Dulge loyalty program. The brand is coming to Space NK very soon and I was selected to give it a go ahead of time! I’ve been testing it for a little while now, and I have some thoughts…

The brand

Kora Organics is the skincare brand of model Miranda Kerr. The range is mostly vegan and not tested on animals, but on Miranda herself. I really like the vibe of the brand – from doing some research on their website they use really natural, multi purpose ingredients that are energised with Rose Quartz, which is believed to carry a soothing energy to promote love and acceptance.

Packaging

The packaging of this is beeeautiful. The bottle is glass and super sleek. However, the best part by far is the fact that the pipette sits very tightly in the opening of the bottle, which means if the bottle is undone and falls over, there is no spillage (I tested it)! If you’re paranoid about spilling your oils or just plain clumsy, there is no need to worry with this one!

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‘The Juice’

The Noni Glow Facial Oil contains rosehip oil, sea buckthorn oil and pomegranete oil, along with noni fruit extract.

  • Noni fruit when applied to the skin is known to be a great moisturiser and reduce the signs of ageing
  • Sea buckthorn oil contain antioxidants and helps to repair damaged skin, soften the appearance of scars, blemishes and wrinkles.
  • Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants, omega 3 & 6, vitamins A & C and has anti-inflammatory properties. It softens sun damage, pigmentation, scarring and other environmental influences that can lead to signs of aging. Great for all skin types
  • Pomegranate oil has an abundance of amino acids, antioxidants and vitamin C and improves your skins protective barrier by providing deep moisture. It promotes a more radiant looking appearance while also protecting against environmental aggressors.

Application

The oil itself feels lovely. It is quite light and doesn’t feel heavy at all on the skin. It doesn’t sink in straight away but it doesn’t sit on the skin for ages either. Even though the website directs you to apply this before moisturiser, I apply it after. I have mixed it in with a few different moisturisers too and it feels absolutely beautiful when you apply it.

Results

Consumer research on their website report that many people noticed brighter, more even toned, bouncier, less imperfect, healthier looking skin within 4 weeks.Β I haven’t seen any noticeable differences in my skin. I was expecting some visible results, but nothing of the sort happened. Maybe this is because I haven’t been testing it for long enough (I’ve been applying once a day for almost 2 weeks)Β but I would have hoped to have seen increased radiance, which most people saw after 1 week. What I have noticed is that my skin is not as nourished and soft the morning after when compared to my squalane, rosehip and Midnight Recovery oils. More notably, I didn’t get the same glow that Miranda apparently gets the morning after she uses this.

I’m not necessarily disappointed in this oil because the experience of applying it is so positive and my skin feels so good when I do first apply. However, this was not life changing for me. I’m going to continue to use the oil to see if there will be any long term results, but I would consider using this in conjunction with one of my other oils to get softer skin by morning. I would have really liked to wake up with glowy skin, but I can find these sort of results in other products.

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Bali Body Review – Is it pale girl approved?

If you’re a pale girl like me, the thought of fake tan might make you feel a little nervous. Flashbacks to secondary school fake tan mishaps may plague your mind when you think of fake tan, but is that all in the past now? Is there a fake tan that does perform well for pale girls like us?

Bali Body kindly sent over their Self Tanning Mousse and Mitt for me to review. Let me start by saying I am extremely pale. I am that one friend that everyone compares their tans to knowing that they’ll look super brown next to me. I don’t tan naturally because my skin burns really easily, so when Bali Body approached me about their Self Tanning Mousse, I was so game for trying it!

img_6373_facetune_10-02-2019-17-46-31-1The brand

Bali Body is an Australian tanning brand whose products are made in their hometown of Melbourne. Their products are vegan friendly, formulated using natural and naturally derived ingredients and only tested on ‘Bali Babes’.

Application

I was actually really nervous to apply this the first time because I’ve never used self tanning products that require a mitt before. The mousse is very light and airy and the mitt is very soft and velvety. The mousse is slightly scented, but it’s not like traditional fake tan that you can smell as soon as you open the bottle. I applied two pumps straight onto the mitt and started at my ankles and did long sweeping motions upwards. The mitt ensures that the application is streakless and consistent over the whole body. I did two pumps for each side of my leg. To give me the best idea of the colour, I decided to only tan one leg (it’s winter, I can get away with it!) The instructions on the bottle were super clear, which made it really easy for a self tan virgin like me to have some tanning success! The instructions say to wait until you’re fully dry before getting dressed so I was prepared to be stood around naked for 30 minutes. However, it dried really quickly – not too quickly that it was drying as you were still applying, but within 5 minutes of finishing you are totally dry. Because it dried so fast, it meant that the application was really quick and there was no mess. Any issues that I had with the application was 100% down to me being a first time mitt tanner (I somehow managed to miss my entire bum, but my legs looked banging).

The second time I applied it I decided to apply it to my entire body (including my face). I had to borrow my boyfriend to make sure that I had got everywhere and hadn’t missed a chunk like last time (I somehow managed to managed to miss my entire bum cheek lol). There was absolutely no patchiness or streakiness and while you could tell that I was tanned, it didn’t look unnatural at all. I applied one coat one night, and another the following day, leaving it on for about 4 hours each time. The colour layered really well! The only areas where I looked a bit orange were on my feet, ankles and on my wrists. The colour on my face, which I was a bit worried about, looked fab!

The colour

Bali Body says that the base colour of this product is green, which at first sight sounds quite terrifying and like you might emerge as Princess Fiona. HOWEVER, they go on to explain that as it has a green base, it means that it colour corrects pink toned skin and will work well on fair skin. It’s absolutely true that most people with fair skin have cool undertones and have a lot of redness to their skin and traditional fake tan can just look orange. The colour is absolutely brilliant for fair skin – it gives you a golden glow that does indeed correct any redness.

L: Tan after 2 hours, R: Tan after 5 hours (just before I showered it off)

As you can see, the colour looks pretty natural in both (disregard the dark patch on my knee, you can see I have redness on my other knee too). I left it on for quite a long time but I think the colour in both looks great! While there is a clear difference in colour to my non-tanned leg, it doesn’t look very false. The colour correcting aspect of this mousse is DEFINITELY there and I love it! I have a lot of texture on my legs (I have Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and legs) and with that comes a fair amount of redness that caused me a lot of embarrassment when I was younger. However, this totally corrected it and gave me such confidence.

Durability

For starters, the tan didn’t come off on bed sheets (which I was worried about) or on my clothes/towels. It stayed exactly the same colour for daaaays, even when I was trying to exfoliate it away. It did start to fade around the 5 day mark, but I was exfoliating so I could prep my skin for another clean application. It also didn’t develop a smell like most fake tans do after 8 hours or so.

How is it different to other fake tans I’ve tried?

  • No obvious smell after
  • Very quick drying
  • Not orange (!!!!!!)
  • This one shade is suitable for all skin tones
  • Long lasting
  • Natural looking

Is it pale girl friendly?

100% yes. I was a bit doubtful that it would be at first, but I will give this the pale gal approval. Because you have to wash it off in the shower, you can control how dark you’d like it to go. On the bottle it also says that if you’d like a deeper colour that you can reapply once the first layer has dried down. If you are extremely pale or would just like a very subtle tan, you could leave this on for an hour or two and still have a healthy glow. I left mine on for five hours (sort of by accident, curry was calling my name) and the tan was still very realistic on me. While I like being pale, there was something about being so tanned that gave me a real confidence. I’ve been strutting around the house showing off my tan to my boyfriend like 24/7! Bali Body’s social media may be full of very deeply bronzed girls, but rest assured it works beautifully on pale skin too.

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OverallΒ 

As someone who burns like a crisp whenever I go into the sun, Bali Body Self Tanning Mousse is definitely something that I will be using again – especially during summer or for a special event. I always feel a bit more confident when I’m tanned, maybe just because it’s a bit of a different look for me, and to be able to replicate it artificially without any damage to my skin is a major plus. The tanning process was so much more painless than I had imagined, the colour is perfect and it’s really boosted my confidence!

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