Barry M has recently released two new mascaras: Showgirl Extra Volumising Mascara and Showgirl Extra Lengthening Mascara. I decided to get the first one, since I am always looking for a huge volumised lashes. To be honest, I haven't planned to even buy it, but there was a recent offer when you spent over £7 on Barry M make up, so I decided to give it a go. I absolutely love the packaging - very sleek, smooth and fun. This mascara has a long, thin brush with a slight curve at the end - so it's perfect to grab all of these lashes in the corner of the eye. It makes very easy to apply the mascara too. Just like with every mascara, I waited a couple of weeks for it to dry a little to give it a proper spin (otherwise I find formula too wet) and I must admit it passed the test. I was a little hesitant, because I am not a fan of Barry M mascaras, but this one is amazing - just look how it lifted my lashes! Also, I haven't suffered from any fall out and it stayed put entire day without any smudges. I am very impressed!
I've only ever tried Burt's Bees lip balms and I absolutely love them (Mango and Pink Grapefruit flavours are my firm favourites), so I excitedly jumped at the chance to try out more products from the range. I went to Burt's Bees 'Hive' pop up store in Seven Dials not so long ago and learnt quite a bit about the products and ranges - do you know they have shampoo and conditioners - and they smell absolutely gorgeous too!
Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream* - took all of my make-up off without scrubbing and is very soothing and gentle to the skin. Even though it really does the job it says - deep cleaning - it doesn't strip your skin at all, so you can forget about this feeling of tightness and dryness. Smells very refreshing too and has a nice, creamy texture.
Burt's Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash* - this is truly amazing, so refreshing with a beautiful scent that lingers on the skin. I am planning to save it up for summer though, because it gives me a 'cooling effect' and at the moment I am really not a fan of shivering after shower.
Burt's Bees Hand Salve* - one of the classic products and a great, intensive moisturiser, packed with natural ingredients that offer healing benefits for tired and hard working hands. I especially like to apply it to my cuticles and can't wait to try it out on dry patches I sometimes get on my hands during winter.
Next on my list to buy are two hand creams: Beeswax & Banana Hand Creme and Almond & Milk Hand Cream - I've tested them out at the event and they smell absolutely amazing and good-enough-to-eat!
What is your favourite Burt's Bees product?
I am quite picky when it comes to face masks (you can read about my favourites here and here) - it has to by hydrating, not too harsh and above all - effective. I was very excited to try Masque Bar offerings - the brand comes from Korea which has a high status of skincare gimmicks. Masque Bar offers affordable at-home experience of salon-standard solutions. You can get them in Boots, RRP £9.99 for the pack of three masks. There are four types to choose from - depending on your needs and skin type:
Masque Bar Anti Wrinkle Sheet Mask* - collagen-infused facial sheet mask that contours to your face to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hydrate your skin, leaving it feeling soft and looking refreshed.
Masque Bar Brightening Sheet Mask* - helps minimize the appearance of dark spots and various pigmentation irregularities for a more even complexion.
Masque Bar Anti-Blemish Mud Mask* - soothes irritated skin and bumps while helping control excess oil.
Masque Bar Pore Refining Crème Mask* - minimizes the appearance of pores for a more refined and even complexion.
My personal favourites are definitely Brightening Sheet Mask and Anti-Blemish Mud Mask - both are suited for my skin and leave it smooth and radiant. I was particularly surprised that the latter hadn't dry out my skin, so I didn't get that awful feeling of tight skin afterwards, the formula is really gentle.
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure is not something I would usually go for. I like these Revlon crayons, but in more outlandish shades like hot pink and orange, and with different finishes - balm stain and matte. But this sleek and shiny packaging somehow drew me in and I couldn't resist. I own few nude MAC lipstick shades which I love (Creme D'Nude, Creme Cup and Myth to name a few), but none of them gives me this lustre finish. This shade goes perfectly with a smoky eye and if very easy to wear. The shimmer is quite big, but you don't feel it on the lips. It glides in the light beautifully and I have been reaching for it on a daily basis. The only minus is that the staying power is almost non-existent and I have to keep re-applying it literally every two or three hours.
Have you tried any Revlon Lacquer Balms?
I have never tried Bodhi & Birch products before, but heard nothing, but praises about their performance. The brand is known for eco-luxury bath, body and skin care to awaken your mind, indulge your senses and enlighten your skincare ritual. The products incorporate the healing powers of nature and traditional botanical remedies too - you really get the best.
Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa Hydrating Toner* - it is very calming and infused with delicate floral waters of Damask Rose, Orange Blossom and Camomile. It's suprisingly hydrating too, just as it claims - perfect for normal/dry skin - and leaves my face refreshed and ready for moisturiser. I also use it as a facial spritz and for setting my make up. This toner is part of the Rosa Rosa Special Edition Skincare Set - all profits from the sale of this set go to Breast Cancer Care charity to help support those affected by breast cancer.
Bodhi & Birch Ylang-Ylang Incensa Bath & Shower Therapy* - it is without a doubt one of the most luxurious shower/bath products I've ever used. The scent is absolutely amazing with a sensual blend of Ylang-Ylang and Atlas Cedarwood, spiked with fragrant Honeysuckle, Neroli and Pink Peppercorn and it lingers on a skin for a long time - I love using it on the weekends as a relaxing treat.
Have you tried Bodhi & Birch products?
You know this feeling when you want to get this beauty/make up/skincare product for a long time, but everyone keeps telling you it's crap and not worth buying, but you buy it anyway? Well that was the case with me and Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains. Despite vast majority of the reviews saying that they are not worth investing into, I absolutely love the shades selection and the simplicity of the packaging and decided to get them anyway. I spent quite some time pondering which shades to choose reading reviews and comparing swatches. I've finally settled on these three: Rio Rush, India Intrigue and Parisian Passion and from the whole bunch they seemed to be most pigmented and praised in blogging community. Rio Rush is a light and bright pink shade, India Intrigue is a slightly darker pink with a tiniest hint of berry and Parisian Passion has a deep plum shade - perfect for autumn. I must admit that all claims were true and they are not as pigmented as they look, but give a really nice shine to my lips and are surprisingly moisturising.
Have you tried any of these?
Last week I was lucky to have an amazing experience of making my own face cream with Trilogy. Trilogy is a New Zealand skincare brand which contains only the finest natural ingredients in fresh formulations. I haven't tried anything from the brand before, but I am really intrigued by it and also how eco and animal-friendly it is.
At the event, I was given a mixture of products and actually couldn't believe it that in few minutes I had my very own pot of face cream! I started with sniffing the mixture of essential oils (that reminded me of some fat, yuck!) which included Trilogy's famous Rosehip Oil. Then using a syringe I added 13ml of warm water. Next step was mixing water and oil together and as you may know it is not easy. I used syringe and sucking the oil and water in and out over and over again, so it merged together. Of course it is all done mechanically in Trilogy factory. I didn't want my face cream to be watery, I like it to be on a thicker side, so I added 13ml of water, but going 2ml more would make it more runny. After few minutes of doing the hard work I've noticed that the two ingredients merged and I found myself with having a pot of my face cream! Then came the very last part of adding a drop of fragrance oil, it was very herbal, so I decided to get a very small drop since I am not a huge fan of herbal scents.
All I have to do now is to keep my pot in a cool and dark space (sun may separate the oils) and use it in my night-time skincare routine. I absolutely love it! It feels very fresh and makes my skin feel nourished and hydrated when I wake up in the morning. When I will finish my pot, I can always repurchase Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream since I was basing my work at the event on this hero-product.