Smells Like Peaches?!

I must’ve been living under a rock all my life because I only found out about Too Faced cosmetics at the beginning of the year.. I know right, what am I doing?

I was walking through Debenhams and was attracted to the Cute pinky peach colours and my eyes fell upon the magnificent colours of the Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette. LORD I couldn’t cope.

Sooo, I didn’t hesitate and went right into the queue to purchase it. Yay. When I got home I went straight into opening it and my whole room filled up with the smell of peaches. I mean, I heard al about the ‘scent of peaches’ on the new Too Faced makeup range, but I thought it would be subtle, but it definitely was not. NOT SUBTLE AT ALL!

I swatched all shadows and was surprised by the pigment in all of them; the metallics are stunning!! I’m in love with the stunning pinks and I love using the shade Luscious as a highlighter around my eyes, and it especially looks like perfection in the inner corners of the eyes and just below the brow bone.

The shadows are really pigmented but I’ve only actually applied the pinky and brown tones as I haven’t really known what to do with the darker tones.

I don’t really have any faults for the palette cause it worked really well, the pigments were really good, and the smell of peaches was refreshing. Also the packaging is slightly heavy and you know that it’ll last better than other palettes as it used a metal casing, but it’s just gorgeous. HOWEVER, the smell did kind of get a bit intense after like 10 minutes and it did give me a bit of a headache but I am used to it now so it doesn’t bother me anymore, but just be aware that once you open the palette and use it the smell might stick with you for a while after you close it!

It is the first Too Faced product that I have bought (I’m late with everything!) but it certainly won’t be the last! If you have it then let me know how you get on with it!

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ABH: Subculture Palette

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Okay, I know that this eyeshadow palette has been at the heart of criticism lately, but I really don’t see why. After hearing so much about it I honestly needed it in my life (yes, despite all the negative reviews). I just couldn’t stand not having those colours in my life!!! I didn’t buy it straight from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website because the delivery would’ve been very expensive as I’m based in the UK, so instead I purchased the palette from Cult Beauty, a UK based beauty website.

It took 4 days before the product arrived and when I opened the beautiful packaging and gazed upon the colours I was automatically IN LOVE. After getting the perfect Instagram picture I proceeded to test it out. I wasn’t in too much of a rush so I took my time sampling all the colours and the first thing I noticed was the fall out. Yes, there was a lot of powder that came off the pressed down product and I wasn’t swirling the brush around, I was just tapping it. So I understood why so many people were stressing themselves out BUT to me, fall out isn’t the end of the world, and it definitely doesn’t ruin the product. HOWEVER, I sure as hell wasn’t going to start panicking until I saw what the colour pigment was like in these babies.

I was shocked I WAS SHOOK!!! Never have I ever had an eyeshadow palette that had pigment so intense! It’s a thing of dreams. As soon as I saw the pigment I completely forgot that I cared about the fall out.  The mattes were amazing, the metallics where gorgeous, the glitter based colour (electric) was beautiful, but subtle (however I don’t mind subtleness because TBH I’m a subtle kind of gal, but after I wet the brush and applied electric again it was more pigmented so no worries!). Don’t even get me started on the shade cube. OBSESSED. That inner corner of my eye has never looked so fierce!

The key is dabbing the brush into the product SOFTLY then patting the brush to get rid of some of the loose powder, that way when you apply it to your eyelid it’ll be so much easier to use.

When it came to the blending, I didn’t find a problem. Although, I haven’t used the darker colours yet so the blending might be more difficult with those. Blending out darker colours is usually a challenge, so tip #1: START OF SUBTLE AND JUST PACK ON BIT BY BIT.

Overall, I honestly 100% LOVE THE SUBCULTURE PALETTE. It was worth my money and I definitely do not regret buying it. I was so worried that I’d hate it after listening to all the reviews but decided that I was going to decide for myself whether it was something that I would like and I did. I love it.

MORAL OF THE STORY: think for yourself! Yes, reviews matter, of course, but if the product (whatever it may be) is something that you are really liking and wanting to buy then buy it anyway! If it doesn’t work out for you then well, life sucks, but you’ll get your money back and you’ll know that it wasn’t meant to be because you personally tried it rather than taking someones opinion but if it does work then brilliant! YOU BE YOU, no matter what. 

TESTING: Award winning cosmetics!

So as some of you may know, I recently interviews the leader of an award winning cosmetics brand, so I thought that I might try some of their products! I tried out the Made For Face Discovery set, which brings 5 products in the box.

  • Daily Radiance Facial Cleansing Balm (facial cleanser)
  • Refresh and Clarify Facial Toner (floral skin toner)
  • Daily Rejuvenating Facial Oil (rose & vanilla face oil)
  • Brightening Facial Exfoliator (rose & chamomile gentle face scrub)
  • Daily Replenish and Protect Facial Moisturising Balm. (nourishing moisturiser)

Because it’s a small set each product olds 10ml, which may not seem like a lot but trust me, it’s plenty. I’ve been using the set for a month and a half and it’s lasted me this long; you only need a tiny bit on your finger and it’ll spread easily over your face.

When I was interviewing Amanda Barlow, the managing director of Made for Life, she told me that a little bit of product would go a long way, and honestly, she wasn’t exaggerating with that comment! It really does go far, especially with the oil and balm, you only need to dab the product on your finger and presto! You’re done!

Because they’re all infused from flowers and natural ingredients, the products smell absolutely amazing!!! Applying something on your face has NEVER felt so good! Unlike the majority of other facial balms, creams, oils, and toners, you don’t get that awful chemical smell when applying it.

The oil is so easy to apply. You only need a tiny drop on your fingers, and apply starting at your chin and massaging it upwards using circular motions. So easy and smells divine! I’ve been applying some onto my lips too, and its been making both my skin and lips feel so soft! I like leaving this on through the night as its basically like a moisturiser! Normally my skin can get slightly greasy around my nose but somehow the oil has helped stop it, which is weirdly ironic!

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I’ve been applying the floral skin toner by using a cotton pad, and then I softly spread the toner around my face, making sure that I definitely apply it on my T zone.

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The brightening facial exfoliator is diffused with rose and chamomile, and you can really smell these ingredients when you open the small pot. I really like how you can actually see and feel the ingredients. I like to apply this on my T zone to give my that brightening look. After applying it softly make sure to rinse off using lukewarm water. I leave it on for 5 minutes just to allow the product to actually diffuse into the skin.

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This cleansing balm is so nice to apply! Because the balm is quite creamy you just need to dip your finger in softly then dot it around your face and that’ll be enough to massage it all over your skin. Rinse it after with lukewarm water. Similar to the exfoliator, I like leaving it on my skin for a few minutes just to make sure it goes into my skin.

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I’ve been applying this before any makeup just to make sure that my skin is protected. This product is very similar to the cleansing balm as it has the same texture so it’s also very easy to apply!

I’ve been using the products in my nighttime routine and ever since I started applying them I have been able to notice the difference in my skin; it feels so much softer and some of my acne scars have disappeared and others have reduced in redness. It honestly has given me great results that I wasn’t really expecting! I’ve never been one for caring too much about my skin because I stopped believing that products could actually work after trying something and having it fail miserably each time. However, I think that age is definitely a strong component for caring, because ever since I turned 20 I have been noticing my skin more and I have started properly taking my makeup off each night and doing my skincare routine. I understand that sometimes taking your makeup off and putting creams on, etc, can seem really annoying, especially when you’re in a ‘can’t-really-be-bothered mood’ but skincare is important, and that’s something I am beginning to truly understand now. As you grow up your skin needs more help to keep itself nice and perky so you need to start giving it the help it needs to stay healthy.

I also bought a soothing muscle balm and a skin solve balm which helps with problems like eczema. I used the muscle balm so much during one of my exams because after writing soo much my hand was aching badly so the balm did really help soothe it!

As I just mentioned, finding the right product for me has always been a stressful thing; sometimes the product would smell too chemically and make me feel sick, other times they would make my skin break out instead of helping it improve so I quickly gave up all hope. And it wasn’t until I interviewed Amanda that I changed my mind. Hearing someone talk so passionately about their product can have a huge influence on you. She talked about how natural and organic her products were and why they were so. Not only was I able to hear what she had to say but also I was lucky enough to be shown how the products are actually made. The products all go through a special process to make sure that they’re all perfectly made.

The process starts by cold pressing the herbs and flowers (crushing them softly by pestle and mortar) – this releases all the natural properties. After doing this, the crushed ingredients are placed in large jars, which helps to maintain the purity of all the organics. The oils for the infusions are then poured over the botanicals which then makes sure that the properties are intensified which is why a little really does go a long way when applying!

The ingredients stay in the jars for 28 days in order to allow full diffusion. After the blend has been done, they separate the product by hand pressing and filtering it at least 3 times in order to create the pure clean oiled infusion, and finally adding the finishing oils and ingredients to create the finished product. All the bottles, jars etc are created by recycling so its helping the planet as it’s created! It’s a win-win!

This Made for Face Discovery set costs £27.00 but you’ll get 15% off if you use the discount code FALMOUTH2017!! These are the first facial products that have honestly made a difference and I truly believe that it is worth the money! Trust me, it’s definitely worth it! They’ve got tons of other products too so why not follow the link below and see what you can find?!

Here, take a look! https://www.madeforlifeorganics.com/products/gift-shop/boxed-discover-face.

GETTING TO KNOW AN AWARD WINNING SKINCARE!!!

 

Hey guys! So a month ago I visited The Made for Life Organics foundation where I had the incredible opportunity of interviewing Amanda Barlow, Managing Director of Made for Life Spiezia Organics and Founder of the Made for Life Foundation Charity. They offer 100% organic skincare and wellbeing products. Because I am doing a Journalism degree at Falmouth University, I thought that this would be a great experience for future reference and Amanda was kind enough to give me the opportunity. I posted a ‘preview’ of my interview and here’s the full thing! Hope you like it!

I was so nervous on the day because this would be my first ever proper interview with someone that I didn’t know, and was professional and successful. The pressure was on. My boyfriend Rory drove me, and helped me film the interview, so having him there was helpful and very calming. Bless him.

I wanted the interview to be a monologue by Amanda, in order to give her the total focus and it shows how Amanda built the company into the brand that it is today. It shows the commitment that her and her team have towards keeping it an ethical and organic brand, the amazing collaborations they’ve had, and the relationships that she has with her team.

After the interview, Amanda and her team decided it would be a lovely idea to give buyers a discount when using the code ‘FALMOUTH2017’. This code will give you 15% off any order at checkout, so please take full advantage of this opportunity! Her products are simply divine and have beautiful textures- I’m planning to give a review on some of the products I have very soon, so keep an eye out!

Meeting Amanda and her team was very inspiring, because she knew what she wanted and strove to achieve it. That sort of dedication and commitment is extremely admirable and it left me wanting to make a difference.

Follow the link to browse through their products and if you see something you like then don’t forget to use the discount code!!! —> https://www.madeforlifeorganics.com