Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Superfood Bakery Raw Bliss Balls




Superfood Bakery Raw Bliss Balls* - £6.99

I love baking sweet treats at home but I also like to watch what I'm eating. Places like Pinterest are full of healthy baking recipes where cakes, brownies, bars & balls are made up with all sorts of expensive superfoods. Buying separate bags of things like chia seeds, cacao nibs, lucuma, maca & baobab powders can really add up. I've dabbled in making my own protein bars before & have personally spent loads of money on these kinda things. I didn't even like half of them! FYI cacao nibs are the devil & people who say they taste nice in porridge are liars. Superfood Bakery have made things much simpler with their affordable & easy healthy baking mixes. They have created a range of products that not only taste good but help you to feel good about yourself. I won this bag of their Raw Bliss Balls mix in an Instagram giveaway & I really liked the idea of their company. I'm lazy & often reach for boxes of Betty Crocker instead of making my own cakes from scratch so it's great that I can now do the same with healthier snacks too.




The Raw Bliss Balls are packed full of healthy ingredients to give you lots of energy. They're ideal to eat after a workout or as a mid-afternoon snack. They're also incredibly easy to make. In the bag you get a mix of desiccated coconut, milled flaxseed, organic gluten-free oats, ground almonds, raw cacao powder, chia seeds, organic puffed amaranth, cinnamon, vanilla powder & baobab powder. Then all you have to do is add some kind of syrup, coconut oil & water. I used Vita Coco Coconut Oil* & The Groovy Food Company Agave Nectar. I just wanted to try the basic recipe first but you could add all sorts of stuff to make them extra special or boost the protein content. Things like nut butters or dates would work really well in the mixture. All you have to do is mix everything together & roll it into balls before popping them in the fridge. You can also dust them in cacao powder or roll them in some more desiccated coconut to further enhance the flavours.




Once chilled, the balls are ready to eat! You can keep them in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for 3 months so you can always have healthy snacks in your kitchen. Each mix makes about 15 balls so the cost per ball is actually very reasonable & they're a lot more affordable than picking up similar ready-made offerings from Bounce or Deliciously Ella in the supermarket. The flavour is a blend of chocolate & coconut. You can obviously tell that they're healthy snacks but they still taste delicious & they're a lot of fun to make! Superfood Bakery also make cookie & pancake mixes so I can't wait to try them out. Ocado recently started stocking their products so you can now order a pack along with your weekly shop. Do you prefer baking healthy or indulgent treats?


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

August Favourites



Dermasuri Rice Milk Brightening Face Exfoliator
My mum knows all about my addiction to trying out new exfoliating products & she kindly bought me a couple of Dermasuri products for my birthday. This gommage style gel gently creates rolls when massaged onto damp skin. These rolls lift away dead skin cells, polishing the skin & leaving it feeling baby soft. It's a very similar product to the Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel but it uses rice milk as the key ingredient instead of green tea. Rice milk has been used for centuries in Japan. The enzymes in rice milk have brightening properties & it's a beauty secret of the Geisha to keep their skin smooth underneath their heavy makeup. This exfoliator also features hyaluronic acid & vitamin E to keep the skin hydrated & nourished. The gel is so gentle on the skin but it still manages to remove all those dead skin cells. It's fascinating to see & rolling them off your face is incredibly satisfying! If you want to move away from using face scrubs but your skin is too sensitive for acids then this would be a brilliant alternative.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
After testing out a million different actives from The Ordinary I decided to buy a few more of their hydrating products. I really like Trilogy's Rosehip Oil but the cost has increased quite a bit over the past few years. The Ordinary's Rose Hip Seed Oil is about half the price & yet it manages to do exactly the same thing. Funny that! Rosehip oil is truly wonderful stuff. This lightweight facial oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid & provitamin A. Like most oils it helps to moisturise the skin but it is especially good for those with acne-prone or oily skin types. I use it underneath my moisturiser at night & it really helps to combat scarring, fine lines & blemishes. It brightens & evens out my complexion whilst keeping it well hydrated. It can also be used to treat stretch marks & wrinkles. I'd definitely recommend picking up a bottle of this oil, it's yet another triumph for The Ordinary.

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation in Pale
Despite being a huge fan of NYX Cosmetics, I'd never actually tried any of their foundations before. I started seeing so many people using this foundation on YouTube & the whole custom coverage thing really intrigued me. The consistency of this foundation is very thin & watery but the coverage can be built up as you continue to add more drops to your face. It's very buildable & blends like a dream, giving my skin a flawless finish. I ordered this online so I didn't get the chance to swatch it first & the shade Pale is actually a bit too light for me! The colour might not be quite right but it has a really nice pale yellow undertone much like NARS Siberia. I was previously using NYX's Pro Foundation Mixer in White to lighten up any foundations that were too dark for me but I now prefer to mix in a bit of the Total Control Drop Foundation. It lightens, adds more coverage & corrects the undertone so it's perfect for creating a custom foundation that I love.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
I seldom buy traditional lipstick bullets anymore but I will always make an exception for Charlotte Tilbury. Her Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk is one of my favourite lip products of all time. It goes well with so many lipstick colours & also looks gorgeous worn on it's own. When I heard that she was turning the shade into one of her Matte Revolution lipsticks I knew I had to get my hands on it. This medium nude pink is the ultimate MLBB everyday lip colour. It matches the colour of my lips exactly making it easy to fake a fuller pout. I love the Matte Revolution formula which is matte but not flat; lightweight & hydrating. I don't find the lipstick to be as long lasting as the lip liner but the two products pair together beautifully. They're a must-have duo for anyone who likes nude pinks.

Bluebird Tea Co. Earl Grey Crème Solid Perfume
I am still obsessed with Bluebird Tea Co's delicious tea blends. In fact I have a whole kitchen cupboard filled with their tea bags & loose leaf teas! Earl Grey Crème is one of my absolute favourites & I repurchase it constantly. Their award-winning blend of classic Earl Grey tea with creamy vanilla is truly delightful & I love to indulge in a cup of this to get me through the mid-afternoon slump. When I placed my most recent order I noticed that they had started selling solid perfumes inspired by some of their most popular teas. I simply had to add the Earl Grey Crème one to my shopping cart! Although it doesn't actually smell like tea, the solid perfume is still beautifully fragranced. The scent has been influenced by the tea, rather than being a exact replica of it's aroma. The blend of vanilla & citrusy bergamot is wonderfully fresh & zingy. It's packed full of natural essential oils, balms & butters and was created in collaboration with Flowery Whiff. It feels quite moisturising & lasts a really long time on the skin. Basically if you like zesty citrus scents, you'll love this solid perfume!


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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours



Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours in Pink Bliss, Blush, Pink Blink, Rose And Shine, Pitch Black
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours* - £5.99

As someone who can never be bothered to reapply makeup throughout the day, I am a huge fan of matte liquid lipsticks. I recently received some of these new Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours from Rimmel & I couldn't wait to put them to the test. Rimmel have dabbled with liquid lipstick formulas before with their intensely glossy Provocalips & their demi-matte Apocalips Lip Velvets. Although I liked both of those ranges, neither were exactly what I was looking for in a liquid lipstick. I prefer a fully matte finish & as these lip colours are part of Rimmel's iconic Stay Matte range, I had high hopes for them. There are 15 different colours available & I received five of them. I was really impressed with the shade range as it can be difficult to find neutral pink shades in a liquid lipstick formula. It's also good to see crazy colours like black, blue & grey from a drugstore brand. If only these had come out when I was a teenage goth!

The overall quality of these lipsticks is superb, I'd say they're actually on par with my beloved Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks. They have a lightweight, mousse-y texture that glides onto the lips so smoothly. The lipsticks dry down quickly & once set they are completely transfer-proof. They last such long time on my lips & don't smear or smudge at all. I find that I can mostly eat & drink like normal with them on, they only fade a bit from the centre of my lips if I eat a big meal. The formula is comfortable to wear & doesn't dry out my lips. The flattened paddle wands make for easy application. The only real downside to these lipsticks is that some of the colours can be quite streaky. It's not a problem with the pink shades as you can build them up but the darker colours need a bit of finessing. Another thing I wanted to mention is that they have a slightly weird scent, it kinda reminds me of a bonfire. The smell goes away as soon as the lipstick has dried so it's not a big deal but it still struck me as slightly odd. Anyway here are my swatches of the five Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours that I received...

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Bliss
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Bliss
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Bliss
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Bliss

Pink Bliss is a punchy nude pink with a hint of coral. I was surprised by how bright this looks on my skin tone but I actually really like it. It's a fresh & uplifting colour that also brightens my mood.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Blush
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Blush
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Blush
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Blush

Blush is a soft rosy pink colour. I'm always drawn to colours like this when buying regular lipsticks & it's nice to finally own it in a liquid lipstick formula. I think this colour looks really nice on my skin tone & I find myself reaching for it a lot as an everyday pretty pink shade.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Blink
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Blink
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Blink
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Blink

Pink Blink is definitely my favourite colour! This is almost a MLBB shade on me. It's a warm toned dusky terracotta pink & I think it suits me really well. I tend to go for true pinks like Blush so I probably wouldn't have bought this one on my own but I actually love it so much! Out of all five lipsticks, I've worn this one most often. It looks fab with a warm eyeshadow look & I love to pair it with my Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lip liner for some extra dimension.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Rose And Shine
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Rose And Shine
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Rose And Shine
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Rose & Shine

Rose & Shine is a deep rosy pink shade. I don't normally go for pinks like this anymore but Rose & Shine is fairly muted which makes it a lot more wearable as an everyday lipstick. It certainly looks better on me than I thought it would! The colour is very bold & I feel like it would work well on many different skin tones.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pitch Black
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pitch Black
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pitch Black
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pitch Black

I really love that black lipstick is so easy to find on the UK high street now but I can't help but be slightly disappointed in this colour. When I first got this in the post, the fluffy part of the applicator wand had actually fallen off! I originally swatched it with a lip brush but then Rimmel very kindly sent me another one. Unfortunately I think the swatches I did on Instagram with the lip brush actually came out better. Pitch Black is terribly patchy & hard to build up to full coverage. It took about three coats to get it to look like this & that obviously didn't feel great on my lips. If you're looking for a super pigmented black liquid lipstick, I'd highly recommend getting Jeffree Star's Weirdo instead.

Overall I think that these matte liquid lipsticks are a fantastic new product from Rimmel. They come in a range of bold, vibrant colours, they're easy to apply & they're incredibly long lasting. The pinks are truly gorgeous & I find myself reaching for them all the time. The black wasn't up to par with the rest of them but don't let that put you off the other colours. The formula is brilliant & they only cost £5.99 each! These are easily the best drugstore matte liquid lipsticks I've tried & I'll definitely be buying a few more for myself. Which is your favourite colour from this collection?

I received these products free from Influenster for testing purposes.


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