Thursday, 24 October 2019

Glossybox Advent Calendar 2019 Review and Photos *Spoiler Alert!*

Glossybox Advent Calendar Contents 2019
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Although we are still in October it seems that Christmas is also right around the corner with the shops already filled with decor, gifts and everything in between. Quite honestly I'm still in Autumn mode and currently obsessing over Starbucks PSL in any form, Autumn leaves and decorating my house (which btw you can see my 2019 Autumn and Halloween House Tour here). However the release of the 2019 Beauty Advent Calendars has got me a tad excited for Christmas only because I see this kind of Christmas themed gift acceptable as generally you can start opening an Advent Calendar on the 1st December. Long story short when the 2019 Glossybox Advent Calendar arrived on my doorstep I couldn't not share this with your guys! So if you're intrigued to what's inside and if it is really is good value for money, read on!... *Spoiler Alert*
PRICE
The advent calendar is £80 for non-subscribers and £70 for Glossybox Subscribers. The calendar contains 25 Skincare and Beauty Deluxe and Full Size Products worth £370!

Use the code LAURAS20 for 20% off your first regular monthly Glossybox using the link here*.

Included in the Beauty Calendar is a booklet with every product listed inside, what size you will recieve and how much it usually costs.
GLOSSYBOX ADVENT CALENDAR CONTENTS 2019

  1.  NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette FULL SIZE £16* 
  2. Chloe Nomade Eau de Parfum 5ml DELUXE MINI worth £7.20*
  3. Glossybox Blending Sponge FULL SIZE £10 
  4. Nudestix Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil in Mystic FULL SIZE £20.50* 
  5. The Body Shop Hand & Nail Cream in either Mango, Strawberry, Almond or Shea Butter FULL SIZE £5 
  6. LUXIE Inc Medium Angled Brush FULL SIZE £9.50* 
  7. LASplash Cosmetics Wickedly Divine Eyeliner in a Rose Gold Glitter FULL SIZE £12.60* 
  8. MUA Pro/Base Primer Oil with Gold Flaskes FULL SIZE £4 
  9. Mitchell & Peach Flora No.1 Bath Oil DELUXE MINI 15ml worth £8.05 
  10. Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit FULL SIZE £4.99*
  11. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) In-Shower Styler DELUXE MINI 30 ml worth £5
  12. Winky-Lux Uni-brow FULL SIZE £15 
  13. Dr. Dennis Gross Professional Grade IPL Dark Spot Concentrated Serum DELUXE MINI 7ml worth £23*
  14. 3INA The Cream Eyeshadow in Light Brown FULL SIZE £12.95
  15. Curaprox BE YOU Candy Lover Toothpaste DELUXE MINI 10g worth £3.10 
  16. Nude by Nature Touch of Glow Highlight Stick DELUXE MINI 5g worth £9*
  17. Rituals Ritual of Sakura Body Cream DELUXE MINI 100ml worth £8.41*
  18. Dr. PAWPAW Original Clear Balm DELUXE MINI 10ml worth £3.95*
  19. Avant Skincare Pro-Intense Hyaluroic Acid Illuminating Day Cream FULL SIZE £98*  
  20. Barry M Blusher Quad FULL SIZE £5.99
  21. Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant DELUXE MINI 13g worth £17.50 
  22. Kat Von D Tatoo Liquid Eyeliner DELUXE MINI 0.2ml worth £6.18 
  23. Steve Laurant Cherry Lip Tint FULL SIZE £17.33
  24. Nails Inc Golden Days Ahead FULL SIZE £11
  25. Tarte Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette FULL SIZE £40 - 

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The Ordinary L-Ascorbic Acid Powder Review and Photos

The Ordinary Vitamin C Powder Review
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I think it's safe to say that The Ordinary have become pioneers within the skincare industry paving the way we look and what we use within our skincare routines. At first glance The Ordinary looks like an over the chemist brand where you have no idea what the ingredients mean let alone what it's supposed to do for your skin!? However, I think over the past couple of years we have become accustomed and even more knowledgable on ingredients, terminology and the benefits of these now very accessible and affordable skincare ingredients.

Last year I did a review on my first wave of products from The Ordinary which you can read here. This year I've been testing out the popular Vitamin C Powder otherwise know as L-Ascorbic Acid Powder. Now I've already touched on why Vitamin C is so beneficial for the skin in several videos over on my YouTube Channel here and so I won't go into too much detail but today I wanted to share with you everything you need to know about the Vitamin C Powder along with my thoughts...
WHAT DOES THIS DO?
This potent Vitamin C Powder can aid in brightening, reducing the signs of ageing and even the skins tone.

PRICE
The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder retails for an affordable £4.90 for 20g of product.

PACKAGING
The jar in which the powder comes in is a UV Protective glass jar so that it can preserve and prevent the powder from going off. This also has a mini spoon included in order for you to measure out the best amount for you personally.
APPLICATION
Spoon a tiny amount of the powder (I would say half to a quarter spoonful depending on if you've used Vitamin C before) onto the palm of your hand and mix in with your daytime or night time moisturiser or another treatment as suggested (excluding EUK 134 or Niacinimide). I would recommend using this either in the daytime or evening mixed in with a face lotion as it has a lighter texture that works better than thicker creams. On a side note, you may experience a slight tingle when using this powder so if you are new to Vitamin C I would start with a very small amount and build it up slowly.
LONGEVITY
6 Months once opened.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
There are many forms of Vitamin C now available within the skincare market but this has to be one of my favourite ways to apply it purely for the fact that it's so customisable with just about any other treatment and can be incorporated into your daily skincare routine with ease. This 100% L'Ascorbic Acid is impressive considering the price point and I've definitely noticed my skin has looked brighter and more even since using this product. Overall I can't get enough of this powder because of the price, accessibility and it's powerful anti-ageing properties, so much so that this has and will be a staple within my skincare cupboard and routine.

I award the Ordinary L-Ascorbic Acid Powder a 4.9 out of 5

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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Foreo Luna Mini 3 Review, Demo and Photos

Luna Mini 3 by Foreo
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Foreo are a Swedish born beauty tech brand specialising in high-end beauty devices. Founded in 2013 Foreo is short for 'FOR EVERYONE' and can be found worldwide in over 10,000 stores. Now available within the Foreo family is the Luna Mini 3 which I have been putting it to the test over the past month and today I wanted to share with you my final thoughts on the Foreo Luna Mini 3 as well as some tips, benefits and a live demo that you can watch in my initial First Impression I did below...
PRICE
The Luna Mini 3 comes in 5 gorgeous colours and retails for £139. It also has a  2-Year Warranty and a 10 Year Quality Guarantee.

WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
The device is available directly from Foreo here and Cult Beauty here*.
PACKAGING
The Luna Mini 3 comes boxed and includes a charging device, a sample sachet of the Foreo Serum, basic instructions and as I mentioned above a 2-Year Warranty and a 10 Year Quality Guarantee. The device itself is lightweight, compact, 100% waterproof and quick drying plus it can be used up to 400 times on a single full charge. Finally one extra feature I love about the Luna Mini 3 is the fact you don't need replace or worry about buying additional brush heads which is always a bonus!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The Luna Mini 3 by Foreo is a wonderfully effective and gentle facial cleansing brush designed to be used post workout. It's a great addition to your daily skincare routine especially after a workout because it can help remove sweat, oil and dirt to reveal smooth, glowy and softer skin.
The Luna Mini 3 can be connected to the Foreo App where you can adjust your preferred and personalised settings. There is 12 adjustable T-Sonic intensities as well as the new Glow Boost Mode which allows you to do a quick 30 second cleanse on the go if your short for time.
HOW TO USE

  1. First things first, whether you've used a Foreo device before or you're compleatly new to this then I would recommend downloading the app so you can connect your new Luna Mini 3. The app is easy to use and provides a wealth of information including a help line if your stuck and an easy step by step guide on how to use.
  2. Once your connected your ready to go and if you're new to the Foreo family and you're not familiar with this kind of cleansing device then I would also first suggest navigating to the HOW TO USE page. 
  3. Once your happy with how it all works then you can either press START to cleanse your face with the original mode or you can press GLOW BOOST to do a quick cleanse.
  4. If you choose the standard START mode it will first take you to the another screen where it shares with you the TIME IN SECONDS that you are wanting to cleanse for as well as the INTENSITY. You can change either one of these to suit your needs on the home page in SETTINGS.
  5. If you opt for the GLOW BOOST mode you can also change your TIME IN SECONDS and INTENSITY in SETTINGS too.
  6. If you're opting for the standard cleansing mode there is also a MIRROR MODE option in the top right hand corner so you can see yourself while cleansing if you don't happen to have a mirror to hand.
  7. Finally once you've selected your cleansing mode on the app there is a step by step guide while your cleansing on where to use the Luna Mini 3 on each part of the face.
If you would like to see a more in-depth and live demo on how to use this then I would recommend watching my original video up above or here.
Whilst testing the Luna Mini 3 Foreo very kindly sent me the Foreo Micro-Foam Cleanser (Gifted) and the Foreo Serum (Gifted) to use in conjunction with the device. Here's an example of how I slotted the products and device into my morning skincare routine, but of course everyone has a different type of routine so please use this as a loose guide whether you use 3 or 10 products within your routine.
  1. Return from the gym, shower and then use the Foreo Luna Mini 3 with the Foreo Micro-Foam Cleanser onto damp skin. (I choose the cleansing mode depending on how much time I had in the morning but the Glow Boost mode I tend to use on days when my skins in need of a more deeper cleanse).
  2. 2nd Cleanse
  3. Glycolic Acid
  4. Tone
  5. Essence
  6. Foreo Serum
  7. Eye Cream
  8. Moisturiser
  9. SPF
Foroeo Gentle Micro-Foam Cleanser £39.90 100ml
Foreo Serum £48 30ml
OVERALL THOUGHTS
I've been using this for over a month now and I have to say I'm impressed by not only how efficient this is but how it's made my skin feel and look. I love how compact and lightweight this is plus it's better for the environment as you don't need to keep replacing the brush heads. The battery life is also  impressive as I still have 3 out of the 4 bars of battery left. 

Cleansing wise my skin looked more radiant after only a few days and overall it feels cleaner and softer. I did stop using this for a few days in-between the month just to see if my skin would feel any different and it did! My skin felt rougher texture wise and not as smooth, so now I know for sure that I couldn't live without this device within my everyday skincare routine. 

One thing I will say is although this is designed for a post workout cleanse I don't think you necessarily have to use it just for after the gym, you can slot this into your regular morning routine or even use this within your evening routine in conjunction with your second cleanse. 

Finally the thing I love most about the Luna Mini 3 is the fact it gently cleanses my face without pulling or tugging and it's not as harsh on the skin compared to other cleansing brushes. The app is tremendously handy too which makes this altogether a fantastic cleansing device to help take your skincare routine to the next level! 

I award the Foreo Luna Mini 3 a 4.9 out 5

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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil Review and Photos

Clarins Blue Orchid Oil
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Clarins has always been one of those classic french brands I've known about for years but that I've only ever dipped my toe into a handful of times. The cult Beauty Flash Balm* was always a staple in my makeup bag when I was younger and now I thought it was about time I discovered more from for me, this sometimes over-looked chic, french brand...
The Blue Orchid Oil has been at the top of my skincare wishlist for a good few years now until I finally took the plunge and treated myself to this luxurious Face Treatment Oil. I've been using this for over six months now so I thought it was about time I shared with you my thoughts on this...

THE COLLECTION
Clarins have three facial oils that make up the collection that aim to target different skin types and concerns including,
  1. Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil for Dehydrated Skin.
  2. Clarins Lotus Treatment Oil for Oily/Combination Skin.
  3. Clarins Santal Treatment Oil for Dry Skin.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
All of the oils are made with 100% pure plant extracts and can help hydrate, rebalance and nourish the skin. The Blue Orchid Oil is specifically designed to target dehydrated skin and help hydrate, tone and revitalise the skin. Key ingredients include the Blue Orchid to revitalise and Hazelnut to help nourish and soften the skin. 
PRICE
  • Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil 30ml £34
  • Clarins Lotus Treatment Oil 30ml £34
  • Clarins Santal Treatment Oil 30ml £34
PACKAGING
All of the oils come boxed with an additional informative leaflet located inside of the box. The oil itself comes in a glass pipette bottle which makes it easy to drop out how much you'll need each time.
APPLICATION
You can apply this both in the mornings and evenings, personally, I prefer using this at night as the last step of my skincare routine. Now you guys know I love doing my 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine so I apply 2-3 drops to the face and neck after my night-time moisturiser. Another way Clarins suggest applying the oil is to toned skin that is still damp, so whichever way you prefer just remember to pat the oil into the skin gently.
WHERE CAN I BUY IT 
Clarins, John Lewis*, Feel Unique* and Debenhams*.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
This is one of the most beautiful and luxurious oils I've ever used, the smell and feel of this oil is stunning. For me, this left my skin feeling glowy, hydrated and totally pampered and every time I use this I totally see a difference in the way my skin looks and feels afterwards. Now I'm aware this is a little on the pricier side however this lasts for ages as you don't need much and I actually think this is a reasonable price point based on the pure plant extracts and how well this performs. So if you're looking to uplevel your skincare routine and your skin is craving moisture, radiance and nourishment then this could be the oil for you.

I award the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil a 4.9 out of 5
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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Revolution Skincare Review & Photos - Revolution Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid


Revolution Superfruit Extract, Revolution Niacinamide and Zinc, Revolution Quinoa Night Peel and Revolution Hyaluronic Acid
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You guys know I've been a fan of Revolution Beauty since the early days. This brand is constantly evolving with a plethora of new launches and brand expansion meaning you can now shop everything from makeup to skincare, hair to body care. Now you know skincare is where it's at for me these days, so I was honoured to be able to try some of Revolution's Skincare Line which I have been testing since the start of the year, so here are my thoughts...
THE COLLECTION
There is now over 40 products to choose from within the collection including everything from Serums, Essences, Moisturisers, Oils and Masks. Revolution do a great job of categorising everything with regards to product type, concern, skin type, ingredients and benefit on their website here* so you can easily navigate throughout the pages to find what will be best suited for you personally.

WHAT DO THE PRODUCTS DO?
I am going to be covering four products here on the blog that as I mentiond I have been testing out since the start of the year, below is a breakdown of each product.
  1. Revolution Superfruit Extract* - A Primer and Serum in one, this skin friendly serum hydrates, replenishes and brightens the skin thanks to it's delicate irridecence and Blueberry Extract. 
  2. Revolution 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc* - Primarley this serum aides in refining pores and blemishes thanks to one of my favourite ingredient Niacinimide. additionally the Zinc is wonderful for dry skin as it helps calm and soothe. 
  3. Revolution Quinoa Night Peel* - This radiance enhancing serum with Vitamin B gently sloughes away dead skin to reveal smoother and brighter skin. When using this product an SPF is recommended. 
  4. Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid* - This mild exfoliator can aid in smoothing out the skins texture as well as leaving the skin looking plump and feeling hydrated. An SPF is again recommend when using this product.
PRICE
- Revolution Superfruit Extract 30ml£10 (Vegan, cruelty free, alcohol, paraben, oil and gluten free).
- Revolution 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc 30ml - £6 (Cruelty free, vegan, oil, alcohol, paraben, gluten and fragrance free).
- Revolution Quinoa Night Peel 30ml - £8 (Vegan, cruelty free, paraben, gluten, oil and fragrance free).
- Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid 30ml - £6 (Vegan, cruelty free, alcohol, gluten, fragrance, paraben and oil free).

PACKAGING 
Most products come in an informative box which tells you everything from what it does, how to use it and when to use it.

HOW TO USE
You can also watch my intial first impression I linked above for live demos on each.
- Revolution Superfuit Extract - Use in the mornings before makeup as a primer or incorporate into your evening skincare routine after cleansing and toning and before moisturiser and oils. I find 3 drops is best for the whole face and neck. This smells amazing and reminds me of summer and holidays! The serum gives the skin a lovely luminous glow as well as being a great pick me up for reviving tired skin. For me this initially felt taught on the skin upon application, however I absolutely loved this paired with a moisturising cream or lotion on top. It's also a wonderful layering product if your a fan of the K-Beauty skincare routine like me.

- Revolution 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc - Use in the the morning or evening. I personally loved using this in the morning after cleansing, toning and essence, and before eye cream and moisturiser. Also a side note if you're using Vitamin C too, I would use both products on alternate days. I recommend shaking the product well and applying 2 drops onto the face and 2 on the neck. This has a very similar consistency to the Lactic and Hyaluronic Acid which means it sinks into the skin right away. Overall this felt comfortable on the skin with no irritation.

- Revolution Quinoa Night Peel - It is recommended to use this in the evening only 1-3 times a week. As this is a peeling serum you can slot it in after cleansing and toning, and before your regular serum, moisturiser or both. The consistency of this is quite watery upon application however, this sinks in straight way and left my skin feeling and looking soft and smoother. I use 3-4 drops for the whole face and neck.

- Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid - Apply this in the evening onto the face and neck daily. Use right after cleansing and if it is too strong Revolution suggest diluting the exfoliator with another product until your skin gets used to it. This again has a thinner consistency which sinks into the skin straight away. Initially it does feel slightly tacky to the touch but nevertheless it feels comfortable and doesn't irritate my skin. The next day my skin felt and looked visibly smoother. I apply 3-4 drops for the whole face and neck.

LONGEVITY
- Revolution Superfruit Extract - 12 months once opened.
- Revolution 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc - 12 months once opened.
- Revolution Quinoa Night Peel - 12 months once opened.
- Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid - 12 months once opened.

WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
RevolutionBeauty*, Superdrug, Beauty Bay* and Ulta*.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
Revolution have gone and done it again with another successful add on to thier brand! Honestly I have to admit when I first heard they were coming out with a skincare line I was dubious as skincare is a very hard thing to get right with ingredients that not only work but are what they say they are on the packaging. Revolution are an affordable and accessible brand and I did wonder how they would pull of a collection that is at the right price point with such premium ingredients, but hey they did it again and that's why they still continue to stay at the top of my list for that reason. Overall I've been impressed with what I've tried so far and now I'm keen to discover more...

I award the Revolution Superfruit Extract a 4.8 out of 5
Revolution 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc a 4.9 out of 5
Revolution Quinoa Night Peel a 4.7 out of 5 
Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid a 4.9 out of 5.

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Revolution Superfruit Extract
Revolution Niacinimide and Zinc
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