What Skin Needs Hydrating Facial Serum Review

I really love using facial oils and serums on my skin, as someone with combination skin who is prone to dry patches it’s important that I keep my skin hydrated, today I’ll be talking to you about a facial serum that I’ve recently tried, I really like it and I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts, I hope that you like this post.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for PR purposes all opinions are my own.

What Skin Needs is an Australian skincare brand. The key ingredient is Plantolin which is a patented herbal extract that heals and rejuvenates the skin. What Skin Needs uses a combination of natural ingredients to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity in order to help the skin to naturally regenerate itself.  This product in particular aims to soothe, hydrate and repair rough and damaged skin.

What Skin Needs describe the Hydrating Facial Serum as the following:
A perfect blend of vitamins and plant extracts to create a light, non-greasy formula combined together to create an easily absorbed facial serum with superior hydrating and skin cell renewal properties. The potent formula penetrates the skins deeper layers leaving you with healthier, younger looking skin. Hydrating Facial Serum is functional skincare for: scarring & pigmentation, hydration & nourishing, skin balancing and skin cell renewal.”

The white packaging contains a pipette dropper which is used to dispense the product. I actually really like this, the pipette means that you can easily control the amount of product that you want to use rather than a pump which could dispense too much product.

The product has quite a herbal/earthy scent but unlike some brands which I’ve tried this scent is quite pleasant it has quite a lemony scent that actually reminds me of honey and lemon cough sweets, (Stepsils anyone?) whilst that might not be for everyone I quite like it and I appreciate that this doesn’t contain additional fragrance.

The texture does feel like I’d expect from an oil/serum it’s fairly runny however, it sinks into the skin very quickly so you do need to work quickly. What really does interest me is that unlike a lot of skincare products once this sinks into the skin it doesn’t leave behind any residue or tackiness.

So how does it leave my skin? I’m very impressed, my skin feels a lot softer and smoother, it defintiely feels hydrated and I’ve noticed that some of my blemishes have cleared up too. In terms of the product claims I would agree that this does deliver the intended results, whilst it’s probably too early to measure how well my skin is regenerating from what I’ve seen so far it’s doing what I need it to without any irritation or sensitivity. Personally I would recommend and repurchase this and I will be taking a look at the rest of the range.

The What Skin Needs Hydrating Facial Serum is available here for £17.99.

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 facial serums and which ones you like to use, I’ve used a fair few and this is definitely up there as one of my favourites!

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Products I’ve Used Up | Empties #23

It’s been a while since I’ve done an empties post and as a result I’ve gathered up a ridiculous amount of used up products. I’m sure you know the drill by now but just in case you’re new to these parts today I’ll be talking about the products I’ve used up and if I’d repurchase them or not.

Haircare
Head and Shoulders Instant Dry Scalp Care Shampoo
I’ve been using Head and Shoulders for a while now as it’s one of the only shampoos that both myself and my boyfriend can use. This does the trick plus it smells like hazelnuts.
Repurchase? Yes.

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo x2
Batiste are my go-to for dry shampoo although I really want to try Colab because I’m fed up of white cast with Batiste! The tropical scent smells like coconut, since getting my haircut I’ve noticed that it gets greasy a lot now for some reason so I’ve managed to use up two cans of this.
Repurchase? Already have.

Skincare
La Roche Posay Serozinc
I really liked using this toner, it stopped my skin from getting too oily and did a great job at keeping any excess oil and blemishes at bay.
Repurchase?
Yes.

Nivea Soft Moisturising Tube
My go-to moisturiser, I’ve used up countless tubes and pots of this and I really do love it, at the moment I’m using up one by Organic and Botanic but I would ge this again.
Repurchase? Yes.

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner
Sadly I didn’t quite finish this as I was using the La Roche Posay but the scent has changed on this so I’m throwing it out just to be on the safe side. This did feel quite refreshing on the skin but I’m not sure how much it does as a toner, I would use this again though.
Repurchase? Not at the moment.

Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream
I got this in a promotional set after buying two Clinique products. I didn’t mind this eye cream but it didn’t seem to really do anything for my eyes, my texture, dark circles and puffs were still there.
Repurchase? No.

Salcura Bioskin Zeoderm Moisturiser (sample)
This wasn’t bad at all, I think this will be particularly good for sensitive skin plus it had a sweet lemon scent which I quite liked. At the moment there’s other moisturisers I’m using so I don’t think I’ll repurchase this but I’d use it again.
Repurchase? No.

Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Cream Wash (sample)
This was okay, it removed my makeup but I didn’t really find anything about this to be particularly noteworthy so I don’t feel the need to rush out and buy this.
Repurchase? No.

Dermo28 Eye Complex Eye Treatment Wrinkle Reducer (sample)
I’ll have a full review up on this this week, for now I’ll tell you that this has a strange texture and whilst it did make me look more awake I’m not sure if it’s something I need.
Repurchase? No.

Makeup
Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer
I’ve raved about this primer ever since trying it and I’ve used it on a daily basis so it’s no surprise that I’ve used this up. This is great for dry or sensitive skintypes as this is very cooling and nourishing on the skin.
Repurchase? Yes.

New CID Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Tint in Strawberry Souffle
I’ve had this for a while now I did actually like this as both a blusher and a lip tint however, I found that I didn’t use this as much as other products and I’m pretty certain that this will have expired so I’m binning it just to be safe.
Repurchase? No.

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer in Charm Offensive
For someone who isn’t a fan of glossy lips (I’m not a huge fan of the texture) this was quite nice and I did really like the colour. Again, I’ve had this for a while and I think it is close to expiring so just to be safe I’m binning it.
Repurchase?
No.

L’oreal Telescopic Mascara
I really like this mascara and I frequently name it as one of my favourites. I really enjoyed using this and again I was blown away with the results.
Repurchase? Yes.

Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer
I didn’t think I’d get along with this but actually it’s very good at separating the lashes, it also makes for a great bottom lash mascara.
Repurchase? Yes.

Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty
My holy grail lipstick, I’m sad to use this up but it was fantastic. I’ve spoken about this so much but it’s a beautiful cool-toned pink that’s perfect for daywear.
Repurchase? Yes.

Rimmel London Lip Liner in East End Snob
I didn’t think I’d get into the whole lip liner hype and whilst I’m not one to overdraw my lips I really enjoyed using this, it’s quite creamy but it stays on for a very long time. It’s alos very budget friendly.
Repurchase? Yes.

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm
I’ve not quite used this up but I just don’t like it, it doesn’t have any sort of flavour or scent and it doesn’t seem to hydrate my lips or do anything really. I have a lot of lip balms so I really don’t need this plus I’ve had this for ages.
Repurchase? No.

Bath and Body
Impulse Be Surprised
I quite liked this, it’s not my favourite body spray but it did smell quite nice and it was great to refresh myself on the go. 
Repurchase? 
Yes

Lush Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream
I loved this, this is a little pricey for a shower cream but it smells fantastic and it leaves my skin so soft. I really want to try Dirty Springwash next but I’d definitely use this again.
Repurchase? Yes

Nails
Sinful Colors Nail Junkie Nail Polish
Although this is a beautiful shade I don’t tend to use glitter polishes so sadly this has gone gloopy. I don’t think I’d get much use out of this if I got it again.
Repurchase? 
No.

PS Love..Nail Polish Remover Pads
These did remove nail polish but they also left my hands feeling greasy, although they’re a nice idea I used this up quickly so I think I’ll stick with regular nail polish remover.
Repurchase? 
No.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and what you’ve used up lately.

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Viktor and Rolf BonBon Eau De Parfum Review

I love sweet scents so it’s no surprise that Viktor and Rolf’s BonBon was on my “to try” list for a very long time before I finally bit the bullet and picked it up. I’m not going to lie this perfume is very expensive so if you prefer fragrances that are a little more budget friendly then this one won’t be for you. If you have had your eye on BonBon for a while though here’s my thoughts and if I think it’s worth the money.

BonBon is packaged in this beautiful, decadent looking box with a bow design and a plastic emblem of the Viktor and Rolf logo. I actually bought this on my 21st birthday and I have the 30ml. As mentioned above this is expensive with the 30ml being priced at £52.00, the 50ml at £73.00 and the 90ml at a whopping £96.00. This is undoubtedly high end and is the sort of fragrance that I would wear for occasions.

The perfume notes are as follows:
Top Notes: Mandarin, Orange, Peach.
Heart Notes: Caramel, Jasmine, Orange Blossom.
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Guaiac Wood, Sandalwood, Amber.

Starting with the scent, I can’t really smell the top notes when I apply this, to me this is a very sweet (but not sickly) scent with the main note to my nose being caramel. This scent reminds me a lot of the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture scent so if you’re a fan of that you will probably like this. Although the woody notes and fruit aren’t instantly detectable and recognisable I think that it’s those notes that transfers this into a warm sweet scent that isn’t too sickly or synthetic.

The longevity of this is also very good which I would expect from the price tag. I can spray this in the morning and it will last for the majority of the day especially on my skin. Usually if I spray this in the morning (and by spray I mean spray in front and walk into it) the scent lingers on my clothes throughout the day.

Whilst this is a very nice scent I do think that for what it is, it is very expensive. To be honest there’s a lot of similar scents out there and this does remind me a lot of the Juicy Couture perfumes, whilst the scent and longevity do deliver this isn’t a scent that I think is particularly unique and I do feel that you are paying for the packaging and the brand more than anything else.

Would I repurchase? Probably not. Whilst this is a nice scent and it doesn’t disappoint in quality the price is just too much for a fragrance that doesn’t stand out to me as much as it should. If you do have the money to spare and you are looking for a high end perfume with a sweet scent then I do think you will like this but in my opinion this isn’t something that you absolutely need to have it is a luxury more than anything else.

The Viktor and Rolf BonBon Eau De Parfum 30ml is available here for £52.00.

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 Viktor and Rolf fragrances, if you like the sound of BonBon and if you would spend that much on a fragrance.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic Review

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows and I do own several palettes however, when I came across the shade Tonic I couldn’t resist picking this up! Although I do wear a lot of neutral makeup I love experimenting with colour and this duochrome was too pretty to resist, here’s why you need it in your life.

The Urban Decay eyeshadows are definitely what I would consider high end at £15 per eyeshadow however, I do also love the formula of the shadows and I’ve always found them to be buttery, pigmented and longwearing. Tonic is a lavender duochrome that has a metallic finish and shines blue in certain light.

The Urban Decay eyeshadows are quite compact with a little flip up lid and rounded packaging, a fun fact is that if you push the shadows underneath you can actually pop them out of the casing should you ever wish to get them into a custom palette.

As mentioned above, Tonic is a beautiful lavender duochrome that has a beautiful blue sheen to it. This is quite a metallic looking eyeshadow but don’t think foil or heavily creased, this applies smoothly and easily to the lid and can be built up to your desired intensity.

The swatch on my finger and this swatch on my hand just shows how pigmented this eyeshadow is. I didn’t actually use any primer on these two swatches so this is pure pigment that you see on my skin. I find this shade to be incredibly brightening and it is such a pretty shade for spring even for daywear. I actually wore this all week to work and felt fantastic whilst doing so.

The longevity of this is also really good on me, I put this on at half six in the morning and whilst it had faded slightly it was still visible on my lids when I got home at around half seven so there’s serious longevity there. In these photos and for work I do wear this over a primer (specifically The Body Shop Instablur Eye) so bear in mind that if you don’t use a primer or any sort of eyeshadow base then this may not last as long on you.

Overall, I’m so pleased with this shade, it is absolutely stunning and I don’t have anything else like it in my collection. If you do wear shades like this or even if you fancy delving into more colourful shades then I’d highly recommend that you pick this up it really is stunning and I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

The Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic is available here for £15.00.

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 this eyeshadow and which Urban Decay shadows are your favourites, I love quite a lot of them!

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Benefit Dandelion Blusher Review

If there’s one product that’s been on my wishlist since I first started blogging it’s the Dandelion Blusher from Benefit. I’m a huge fan of blusher be it cream or powder and this pretty petal pink is something that I’ve wanted to get my hands on for so long! Thankfully, my boyfriend was kind enough to get me the Benefit Real Cheeky Party Set for Christmas one year and Dandelion was inside! I’ve been using this all week and I have to say it’s lovely.

Usually housed inside a pale green box, Dandelion comes with the product and one of Benefit’s Kabuki brushes. I have this in a set so I don’t have the original packaging but I will admit it’s gorgeous. Benefit’s blushers retail for £24.50 and Dandelion is marketed as a blusher but can also be used as a brightening powder.

Benefit describe Dandelion as the following:
This sheer, ballerina-pink face powder takes your complexion from dull to radiant. Sweep it on cheeks as a soft blush or dust it all over face as a brightening finishing powder. Hint of shimmer. Buildable color. Soft, natural-bristle brush included.

Described often as a perky pink I will say that I don’t actually notice any shimmer, to me this instead creates a glow that instantly perks up and brightens the complexion. In terms of colour this is a very muted shade, I think Benefit are pretty apt when they describe it as a ballerina pink, it’s a very soft, pale pink which translates naturally onto the skin, you can of course build this up if you choose.

This feels incredibly soft to the point where it doesn’t actually feel like a powder on the skin. I personally find this incredibly easy to work with. Although it is pale I don’t think it’s pale to the point where you could use it as a brightening powder, there’s definitely some colour there. I like to wear this high on the apples of my cheeks and it just provides a wonderful girlish flush that I can’t get enough of.

Overall this is stunning and I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of this for spring. I would definitely recommend this especially if you have pale skin, I would also repurchase this as it ticks all of my boxes. Now to get my hands on Dandelion Dew the liquid version…

The Benefit Dandelion Blush is available here for £24.50.

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 this, what your favourite Benefit blushers are and which ones you recommend, I definitely have my eye on Galifornia!

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Outline Nail Art Tutorial

Although I’m definitely not a nail technician (and I’m too lazy to do nail art on myself) I absolutely love creating nail art on nail wheels even if I’m not very good. Today I have quite a simple tutorial for you so you can create outline nail art. I think that this looks great especially with pastel nail colours, I hope that you enjoy this post.

You will need:
A base and top coat of your choice – I’m use the Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Growth Treatment.
A nail polish of your choice – I’m using the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Regent Street
A black nail art pen or thin tipped polish – I’m using the Seventeen Nail Art Pen in Black

Step One:
Paint your nails with your chosen base coat and wait until fully dry.

Step Two:

Paint your entire nails with your chosen colour of nail polish and allow to dry fully before moving onto the next step.

Step Three:

Using the black nail art pen/thin tipped polish create an outline around the entire nail. Usually I’d go thinner but at the top of the nail I actually slipped so had to make it thicker!

Step Four:
Once everything has tried seal your design into place with your chosen top coat.

That is it for this tutorial, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of this design and if there’s any other nail art that you’d like me to have a go at (I’d probably butcher them though!)

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White Magic LOTD

I love experimenting with colour and now that it’s spring I’m really feeling those pale pinks and purples. Today I have for you a simple LOTD, this is quite easy to achieve and I love how brightening and fresh this look is. I was actually inspired by white witches for this look so things like Glinda from the Wizard of Oz, I hope that you like it!

Note: In order for you to actually see the blusher I did have to increase brightness and saturation, please not that the lipstick isn’t as bright as it looks in this photo!

Eyes
Body Shop Instablur Eye Primer:
I’ve almost used up this eye primer and whilst the texture is silicone heavy and therefore quite dry and crumbly feeling, this does a grea job at smoothing my eyelids and providing an even base for my eyeshadows. I have also noticed that my eyeshadows tend to stay in place whenever I use this.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic:
I’ll be reviewing this eyeshadow at the end of the week but a little spoiler is that I love it! This is a beautiful purple duochrome eyeshadow which shines blue in the light I absolutely love it.
Rimmel London Waterproof Kohl in Nude:
This is a staple in my routine, I wear this on a daily basis on my waterline just to disguise any redness and brighten my eyes.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer:
Concealer is a must for my hideous dark circles and the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer does a great job of disguising my undereyes without looking too cakey.
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara:
I do like this but I’m also slightly on the fence, whilst I love the very black finish, longevity and how this lengthens and volumises the lashes, this does clump if you’re not careful so if you prefer your lashes to be very feathery and separated this probably isn’t for you.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark:
I’ve almost used up the wax in this kit and it’s been a loyal brow product. This does a great job at filling in and shaping my brows and the colour match is great for me, I really like this.
Benefit Gimme Brow:
Brow gel isn’t a product I ever felt that I needed but I like how this tints my brow hairs and allows me to create a full yet natural appearance, the shade works for me and this is easy to use and doesn’t make my brows turn crispy.

Face
Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer:
I’ve raved abut this primer so much but it really is great especially when my skin is on the drier side. This hydrates and soothes the skin plus it makes my skin look extra dewy.
L’oreal True Match Foundation:
I love this foundation for when I’m staying at home or I don’t need crazy longevity, this has a beautiful dewy, satin finish and it just glides onto the skin. I apply this with a damp makeup sponge.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer:
I’ve only discovered this recently but it’s a really nice bronzer. I like how this is completely matte, I like to use this for a light contour but it can also be used all over the face, plus Benefit have just brought out a lighter shade!
Benefit Dandelion Blusher:
Another discovery that will be reviewed this week. I’ve wanted to try this pretty pink blusher for a while and it definitely delivers. This is on the pale side so even the palest of people can wear this, plus you can build it up. This is very subtle but you can just about catch it on my cheeks.
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Pink Shimmer:
One of my favourite highlighters, this is a budget friendly cool toned pink highlighter than just looks stunning on the cheekbones. I usually prefer to be subtle with this but if an Instagram worthy glow is your thing then you can get that too with this.
Max Factor Creme Puff Powder:
I tend to prefer my skin to be dewy however, I like to set my makeup with a small amount of this powder particularly on the areas where my makeup tends to fade quickly. I like this because it doesn’t go cakey or cling to dry patches.
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray:
I will admit this doesn’t seem to increase the longevity of my makeup but I’m determined to use it up. This does feel very refreshing on the face plus it gives me a little extra dewiness that makes me look like I’ve just applied my makeup.

Lips
Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob:
A popular dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Liner, this Rimmel dupe is stunning. This has a creamy formula and wears completely matte. I don’t move my lips too much when wearing this but it is more comfortable than a liquid lipstick and the colour is beautiful.

Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty:
My holy grail lipstick I adore this cool-toned pink and the formula is incredibly long-wearing. This is incredibly comfortable on the lips and offers a beautiful satin finish.

So there we have it, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products. Also if you’re not already please feel free to follow my blog on WordPress or Bloglovin.

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