Organic & Botanic Amazonian Berry Protecting Day Cream Review

Although I’m not a vegan myself I quite like using vegan products, generally the ingredients are a lot more natural and it’s always nice knowing that you’re not using part of an animal as part of your skincare. Organic&Botanic are but one of many vegan skincare brands and when they contacted my asking if I’d like to try one of their products I immediately said yes, here’s my thoughts.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for PR purposes as usual all opinions are my own.
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The Organic&Botanic Day Moisturiser comes in this apothecary style glass jaw and is packaging in a friendly cardboard box. The packaging reflects the natural ethos of the brand however, this is a very expensive day cream at €67.00 which equates to £58.00.

In addition to being vegan, this product is also free for parabens and harmful preservatives. It claims to shield the skin from environmental stress and aggressors to keep the complexion looking radiant.

ingredients vegan
Annoyingly there isn’t an ingredient list which doesn’t bother me so much but may bother people who actively avoid specific ingredients. Active ingredients in this cream are Elderflower to nourish the skin, Aquarich to form a film of moisture on the skin and Vitamin E to moisturise and soothe the skin.

The first thing that I noticed about this cream was that it smells absolutely incredible. It has a strong berry scent like a smoothie, I know a lot of people may not like that but I actually really love it. The cream itself is a thin, white cream that feels quite lightweight on the skin. It isn’t as rich as some creams but that means that there isn’t a sticky residue left behind. It does seem to moisture my skin keeping dry patches away and it doesn’t break me out which is a bonus. I’m not sure how much this defends against the environment, that is something that I’m skeptical about as it doesn’t seem to contain any SPF to protect against UVA and UBV rays however, it does moisturise and I do think the thinner formula means that it’s suitable for daywear.
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Overall I do like this and would use it but I wouldn’t repurchase as I do think that it’s very expensive for what it is. I don’t mind investing in my skincare but £58.00 is a lot for a jar of moisturiser even if it is 50ml. I think I’d be more likely to repurchase if the price was lower as it’s not affordable for a lot of people. Having said that, I did like this and I would probably give some of their other products a try if I did have the cash. I’m not sure if I would recommend this as I do think that the price is off-putting to people who may be new to the brand but if they did start to do samples to try then I’d recommend you give one a go to see what you think.

The Organic&Botanic Amazonian Berry Protecting Day Moisturiser is available here for €67.00. Other ranges include Mandarin Orange and Madagascan Coconut.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you use vegan products and if you’d give this moisturiser a try.

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love_nina

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Hair Products I wouldn’t Repurchase #2

I’m extremely picky when it comes to haircare products I have to say but that’s mainly because my hair is such a damn pain to deal with. Naturally it’s very fine but it’s also very wavy so it can end up dry, it can end up frizzy and if I straighten it, it can end up as flat as a fart. I’m constantly trying new products trying to tackle my hair into submission but with every good product comes a bad, here are the products that didn’t make the cut for me (har har har.)
Alberto Balsam Shampoo and Conditioner
alberto balsam
I used to swear by these as they were cheap and cheerful but I’ve since really gone off of these. The Juicy Green Apple scent was my go to but it just didn’t work turning my hair greasy on the roots and dry on the ends and my boyfriend had the same problem. We then switched to the supposedly moisturising Coconut version which again dried out our hair. I’ll be avoiding these in future and picking up something that works a little better.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray
dove oxygen moisture
This really fell flat for me (ha) and quite literally at that. I found that although this saturated my hair with mist it didn’t really seem to do much. It did thicken at first but it couldn’t hold and therein was the issue. This is marketed at fine, flat hair but I think it needs to have more hold.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Mythic Olive Weightless Nourisher Balm
garnier mythic olive
This was absolutely horrible. This not only weighed my hair down and left it sticky (imagine as if you’d poured shampoo into your hair then not washed it out) but it dried my hair out like crazy. My hair looked worse after using this than it did before and I was absolutely astonished, I really didn’t like this.

Lee Stafford Frizz Off Keratin Blow Dry Spray
lee stafford keratin
I had high hopes for this as it claimed to smooth down flyaways and tame frizz which is exactly what I needed but once again this let me down. This left my hair wet and sticky feeling and then it dried crispy leaving my hair with this awful crunchy texture plus it didn’t do a thing to my flyaways or frizz.

Tigi Bedhead Joyride Texturising Balm
tigi joyride
I really liked Tigi Bedhead as a brand so I was really excited to try this but again it was another awful product. This dried out my hair and made it sticky and frizzy, they say texture I say no thanks.

Umberto Giannini Rock ‘N’ Roll Hairspray
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I’m yet to find an Umberto Giannini product that I actually like. All of them seem to have this horrible smell plus they all make my hair sticky and crunchy. What is it with bad hair products doing this? Needless to say I tried two products from this brand and didn’t like either so I’ll be avoiding them in future.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments which products let you down.

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love_nina

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Melon Shimmer Review

I reviewed one of the Estee Lauder lipsticks a week or so ago and I mentioned that the formula was quite dry and thick, however, that was a different range. This is a lipstick that I received as part of a free gift when I purchased two Estee Lauder products and the formula is very different, here’s my thoughts.
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This is a sample/deluxe sample of the lipstick so the packaging is different to to the usual gold boxy style. Melon Shimmer (or is it just Melon) is this bright coral shade that’s a great one for summer. This retails for £22.00 on the official Estee Lauder website.

Starting with the formula of this and it’s literally the complete opposite to the formula of the Sculpting Envy Lipsticks. This feels a lot thinner with a more slippery formula. The finish is classes as a shimmer but it’s not glittery like the name may suggest. It’s a creamy satin that shines in the light. I prefer this formula over the Sculpting Envy formula but sadly this isn’t quite right for me either as I find that it sits on the lips and highlights any dry patches on my lips and looks quite strange on me. It seems that the two Estee Lauder lipsticks that I own are two extremes with neither being quite right I think if the formulas were combined we’d have a perfect middle ground!
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The colour is definitely not for the faint hearted, it’s a neon coral so I do think that you have to be brave to wear this. It’s strange because I don’t usually have a problem with wearing bold purples yet I actually felt a little shy to wear this as coral isn’t a shade that I usually go for. I do think that this is quite a pretty shade but I don’t think it suits me very well.
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I can get away with brighter lipsticks as I do have neutral undertones to my skin but I think this definitely is a little too much on me simply because I am quite pale. This did wear away relatively quickly and I found that it looked a lot better if I patted it into my lips to tone it down. Overall this was a nice lipstick but I think that it’s not my kind of thing, the formula could be improved and the colour isn’t something I would choose for myself at all. I personally wouldn’t repurchase or recommend but it all depends on your personal taste.

The Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Melon Shimmer is available here for £22.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you’re a fan of the Estee Lauder lipsticks, I know that they do have a wide fanbase.

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love_nina

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Asian Beauty Wishlist #2

Asian Beauty is something that has really interested me ever since I really started to get into beauty in general. Something about their adorable packaging and innovative concepts always stood out to me as something unique and it always helps that the quality of the products are often amazing. In light of this, I wa sbrowsing on YesStyle (a UK supplier of asian beauty products) and I thought it would be fun to put together a little wishlist…
asian beauty wishlist
1) Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks #4 Strawberry Fleur
I love floral printed products such as this and this actually reminds me of the Anna Sui rose blushers but at a much lower price. The shades in this are absolutely gorgeous and I think that if you blended them together they’d create the perfect spring cheek.

2) Canmake Highlighter #1 Milky White
It’s very difficult to find white or silver highlighters in the UK as the majority of them tend to be golden tones or very pink toned, but silvery whites can look really ethereal and pretty and I really love them so this looks right up my street.

3) Etude House Dear Darling Water Tints
I’ve been really into my cheek and lip tints of late, I’ve been using Benefit’s Benetint but I’m keen to try as many as possible and these ones look great. I’ve tried a few products from Etude House before and although they can be pricey they’re always lovely to use.

4) Etude House Zero Sebum Drying Powder
I have combination skin and my chin always ends up breaking out in large red spots so this is a concept that really intrigues me. Sebum is actually the oil that the skin produces and in excess it causes spots so I think that this powder could potentially be groundbreaking.

5) Missha The Style Jewel Star Eyes #6 Lovely Chocolate
I’ve been drooling over these Missha eyeshadows all day they’re simply stunning. These appear to be loose or at the very least intensely pigmented eyeshadows and the swatches look flawless. I imagine that these would have a lot of fallout but just look at that shimmery goodness!

6) Missha M Prism Blending Ball Blusher #01 Pink Glow
I’ve always admired the Guerlain Meteorites Highlighting Pears but let’s be honest as beautiful as they are they’re blooming expensive! This seems to be the next best thing, affordable blusher pearls straight from the east.

7) Missha M Perfect BB Cream
I really need to actually get some of this, a friend of mine used this on me a while ago and I fell straight in love yet I never actually get around to purchasing it. This is a seriously beautiful BB Cream with just the right amount of coverage and radiance. I need it in my life.

8) Missha The Style Sheer Fluid Highlighter
I love liquid highlighters but I definitely don’t need any more, I have quite a few in my stash from Nars, Benefit, MUA, Sleek and Seventeen but this just caught my eye and like usual I’m trying to justify owning another highlighter.

9) Ottie Aurola Marble Blusher #02 Glam Pink
Luckily we do have a few marbled blushers here in the UK from the likes of Hourglass and Max Factor but I adore marbling on beauty products and this one looks as beautiful as ever.

10) Tony Moly Panda’s Brightening Eye Base
It wouldn’t be a true asian beauty wishlist without at least one Tony Moly product right? As someone with eternal purple circles under my eyes I’m really intrigued by this brightening product, plus if it doesn’t work the packaging is adorable.

That concludes this wishlist, do you enjoy asian beauty? Which of these products would you try? Let me know in the comments and if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button.

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love_nina

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Empties #17

It’s that time again where I go through all of my rubbish and talk you through the products that I’ve used up – the things I do for this blog eh? I’ve not used up as much recently but that means that this post will be short and sweet for a change!
empties
Haircare:
Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Aussome Volume: I didn’t like this at all it didn’t work very well as a dry shampoo and left my hair feeling sticky with product. The nozzle on this has actually broken/become blocked so even though there’s product left I can’t use it.
Repurchase? No.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Mythic Olive Weightless Nourisher Balm (Sample): Sadly this was another hair product that I absolutely hated, I did a full review on this but it left my hair sticky and horrible and made it incredibly dry.
Repurchase? No.

Bath and Body:
Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb: I love this it smelled absolutely gorgeous and transformed my bath into an ocean of colour and glitter, it also left my skin incredibly soft.
Repurchase? Yes.

Lush Sex Bomb Bath Bomb: Another great bath bomb, this one was a lot more florally but I loved the rose petals that floated round the bath and again it left me feeling soft and silky, I would use this again but there’s others that I prefer.
Repurchase? Not at the moment.

Lush Lovers Lamp Bath Bomb: I did like this, the hearts were cute and it had a soft, powdery scent, I do prefer other scents and this was limited edition so I probably wouldn’t repurchase.
Repurchase? No.

Givenchy Hot Couture Eau De Parfum: I wasn’t a massive fan of this, the scent was a little too mature and sophisticated for my tastes, I know that some people love it but it just wasn’t for me.
Repurchase? No.

Lady Gaga Fame Eau De Parfum: Again I had a little of this that Rachel gave me, I really liked this even though it’s not my usual scent and I would repurchase.
Repurchase? Yes.

Charlie Pink Body Spray: I love this, it’s fruity and sweet and great for freshening up on the go, this is one of my all time favourite body sprays.
Repurchase? Yes.

Impulse Secret Smile Body Spray: This appears to be discontinued which is a shame because I really liked this fruity scent, another great one for on-the-go.
Repurchase? Yes.

Skincare:
Derma V10 tech Solutions Eye Roll On: This was sent to me last summer and although I did like the rollerball concept I prefer an eye cream simply because it’s more nourishing under the eyes.
Repurchase? No.

Nails:
Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in Decadent: I did really like this duochrome nail polish it was a beautiful rich violet shade that had a blue shift. Sadly this has been discontinued and I do have a lot of purple nail polishes so I won’t be repurchasing this.
Repurchase? No.

Superdrug Acetone Nail Polish Remover: This does the job and it’s budget friendly, I’ve already repurchased this.
Repurchase? Already Have.

Makeup:
Urban Decay Anti Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion: I really like this it works like a charm at priming my eyes and the anti-aging formula is my favourite of them all.
Repurchase? Yes.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Although this mascara did the job and lengthening my eyelashes, the small brush meant that it took a lot longer to do my eye makeup and I prefer something that’s a little more defining.
Repurchase? No.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (Sample): I didn’t think I’d like this but it blew me away, I loved the medium coverage, lightweight formula and dewy finish.
Repurchase? Yes.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation (Sample):
I absolutely love this foundation it has a beautiful coverage and it works well on my dry and oily skin. I’d definitely repurchase this.
Repurchase? Yes.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and feel free to link me to any empties posts you’ve done.

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love_nina

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Lady Gaga Fame Eau De Parfum Review

Long term followers of my blog should clutch onto their chairs before reading this post because…I’m finally found a floral fragrance that I like! Anyone who has followed my blog for a long time may know that usually I’m really not a fan of floral scents. I firmly plant myself in the fruity/sweet category of perfumes and it’s rare that I stray from that path unless I’m giving a new fragrance a try, but I’m hooked onto this beautiful scent and it’s none other than Lady Gaga who has enticed me…
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Fame is Lady Gaga’s first fragrance and it is the only fragrance out there that is black in colour that turns invisible once airborne. Seeing as I have used up the bottle of this I did also decide to include a stock image to show you what a full bottle looks like. As you can see the black fragrance is house in this oval shaped bottle with a plastic, golden claw lid.

Fame follows an unsual pattern when it comes to the fragrance itself, rather than have specific notes it combines different accords with a “push-pull technology” that mixes the ingredients, although this is classed as a floral scent it does have sweet and fruity elements to create something very unique.

The different perfume notes within the accords are as follows:
Belladonna, Orchid, Jasmine Sambac, Honey, Apricot, Saffron, Incense.

When I first spray this I get a fruity hit which I think is definitely the apricot and then when this settles down I’m left with a sweet and slightly smokey scent. This isn’t something that I thought I’d like but this perfume is actually very nice and my boyfriend likes it too.

Overall, I’m impressed with this, I didn’t think I’d like it but this has really grown on me over the past few weeks and I’m glad I had the chance to try it. I’d definitely recommend giving this a sniff in store if you get the chance and who knows I may just have to get myself another bottle since Rachel gave me the leftovers of hers!

The Lady Gaga Fame Eau De Parfum is available here for £32.00 for 50ml.

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love_nina

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Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil in Kontrol Review

Last year one of my all time favourite lipsticks had to be Illamasqua’s Kontrol, it was the first product by Illamasqua that I ever fell in love with and I’ve been having a love affair with their products ever since. I was kind enough to be given this eyeliner by a friend which made me incredibly happy as you always know that you’re winning in life when you can match your eyeliner to your lipstick…here’s my thoughts.
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The Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil is this sleek pencil eyeliner in a blue violet shade. Kontrol is one of the most unique shades I’ve ever come across in makeup, it’s a blue toned purple that can look almost grey in some lights, it’s definitely different which is always appreciated by myself! I’m not sure how much this cost originally but the Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencils retail for £16.00 on their website so I can’t imagine that they deviated too much from that figure.

There’s things that I like and dislike about this product, sadly because this isn’t retractable there is product wastage which is a shame because for the price I’d like every last bit of eyeliner please! One thing that I do really like is the drier formula of this, it’s soft enough to use on the waterline but the slightly drier formula of Illamasqua’s cosmetics means that the longevity is vastly increased. Unlike creamier eyeliners this stays put and doesn’t feather, crease, smudge or run.
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I
 think that this liner is’t an exact match for the lipstick it definitely seems slightly brighter and more red toned that the lipstick but it is still a beautiful shade and we do have to take into account that this photo was taken in natural daylight. You can see from this photo that there’s a very clean line with no smudges.
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Sadly I think that this particular eyeliner has been discontinued which is a shame because it’s one of the few eyeliners that I could wear on my waterline and on my tightline as an eyeshadow. I think that once you do build this colour up like I have on my eyelid that it is a very similar if not an identical shade to the lipstick.

Overall, I do like this, I do have another one of these eye colouring pencils in the shade Debonair which is a beautiful sky blue so I’m looking forward to trying that out, if you do prefer a retractable or creamy formula Illamasqua have since launched some new eye products namely their Sketch Sticks and Slick Sticks, there is still some shades of the eye colouring pencils available also. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase this simply because I do find it a pain to sharpen it and I have lost some product already but if you are looking for some coloured eyeliners that stay put then I would point you in the direction of this range.

The Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencils are available here for £16.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the Illamasqua eyeliners, I definitely need to give the Sketch Sticks and Slick Sticks a try!

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love_nina

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