Weekend Pamper session – In:Fused Coffee & Coconut Scrub

  

Hi guys! For this weekends pamper session I decided to dig out a product that I have had a couple of months, but for some reason kept putting off using. 

This is the coconut coffee scrub from Infused body.com. This retails at £18.99 for 200g of product. 

In:fused coffee scrubs claim to be detoxifying scrubs that will help with cellulite, stretch marks and eczema. I don’t suffer from eczema but do have the odd stretch mark and some cellulite that could do with some attention before summer really kicks in. Coconut is also known to help with this aswell so this coffee scrub sounds just what I need right now. 

The packaging of this I think is great, it is in a resealable gold bag, like you would expect coffee to come in. The bonus of this being it helps with keeping the product fresh. 

The only think I did find was that it was a bit tricky to get in with wet hands. This is no biggie though as you can always decant the product in advance, before  getting your hands wet. 

 
As you can see the product looks just like traditional coffee, texture wise it feels very gritty. 

The smell of the scrub itself is my favourite part, I’m a bit of a coffee fiend anyway. If you were feeling a bit groggy in the morning have no fear as this will certainly wake you up. I can’t say that you can really smell the coconut, but then I guess the scent of coffee is naturally stronger: 

To use you simply dampen your skin and then rub in the scrub. After leaving it for 7-10 minutes you then rinse of with the help of your normal shower gel. I stuck with the theme and used a coconut scented shower gel.

Please don’t be horrified by the nasty pic of my leg, let’s just say you do look at bit of a mess covered in all that coffee. 

 
 I do feel moisturising is essential after using this as I felt the coffee dried my skin a bit. This could just be me though, I used to work in a coffee shop and my hands would always feel dry from working with the  coffee. In this case though It wasn’t anything some dry oil spray couldn’t fix.

My only major niggle with this scrub is the mess it makes, put it this way I wouldn’t use it after I had just cleaned the bathroom. 

  
When it comes to  reducing the appearance of cellulite and stretch mark it’s to early to tell whether this has had any effect. My skin did feel smoother, in terms of it effectively removing dead skin though. 

As I like the smell so much I will continue to use this. I’m not certain whether I would rush out and purchase this, mainly due to it’s price tag.

What I would like to so is have a go at creating my own coffee scrub. If you have any recipies please share in the comments section. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

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Make-Up Revolution Mermaid vs Unicorns Palette – First Impressions

Now this is one I’ve been eyeing up for a little while. What with Superdrug having a 3 for 2 offer on all cosmetics at the moment, well it would have been rude not to! Excuses, Excuses! 

  

Basically I caved, I do not need any new eyeshadow palettes, but those pesky offers meant I couldn’t resist getting my sticky mitts on this one. 
  The Make-Up Revolution Mermaids vs Unicorn Palette is priced at an amazing £4. You can get one for yourself  either direct from the Make-up Revolution  website or from Superdrug. 

As part of the redemption palatte  range, this is made up of 12 shimmery shades inspired by mermaids and Unicorns. You are invited to choose a side, are you a blue green mermaid or a darker purple and navy unicorn? 
  
As you can see from the swatches the colour range is stunning. 

Notable shades for me have to the shade 6 a true azure blue shade.  This is far less shimmery than the others, but still packs a punch. 

 

Secondly  the 10th shade (3 from the end), a super metallic navy. It’s just stunning. 

 

The following look is one I created using the first three green shades and the cranberry colour second in from the left above. Sorry it’s a poor description, there are no shade names or numbers. Probably the only negative I can think of for this palette. 

  
  
 

I found the eyeshadows themselves  very easy to work with. I didn’t have any problems with fallout or lack of blend-ability. The quality is amazing considering the price. 

   If your after experimenting with colour this is a great palette to start with. I’m looking forward to having a further play and creating some more looks. 

Have you tried this particular offering from Makeup Revolution? What did you think? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

P.S don’t forget you can find me on bloglovin.

L.A. Colors 3d blush contour kit – Bargain!! 

So, I have to confess to having a little bit of an obsession with contour kits. I seem to have gathered quite a few over the past couple of months.

The latest addition to my collection is this little kit by L.A. Colors priced at a crazy low price of £3. I purchased mine from Beauty Crowd.

I have to say I am really pleased with my purchase, and have been reaching for this over other contour blush kits that I own.

 

L.A Colors 3d contour blushAs you can see the kit contains a contour and highlight shade and a blusher. As a nice touch each is embossed with it’s function if you needed an extra guidance. It is available in twelve different shades. The shade I have is Hottie.

I’ve swatched the kit for you below, it really is very pretty. The contour shade is very unique, it has an almost red brick type quality.

As these are very pigmented a gentle hand is need with application, fortunately though they blend out nicely with a good blusher brush.

 

L.A colors 3d contour blush kit - Hottie

L.A. Colors HottieThis is the make-up look I have been creating using this kit. I really do like the warmth the pinky red tones give to my face.

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These little kits really are worth a look,  they are such a handy all in one kit, ideal for travel. At £3 I wouldn’t be stressing about it getting lost or damaged.

Have you tried anything from L.A Colors? I have my eye on glazed lip paints Here.

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Take 3 Beauty Samples – Burberry, Maybelline & Yours Truly Organics

Hi guys! I’m Back again with another edition of ‘take 3 beauty samples’. This month I’ve managed to gather together some pretty awsome samples. 

  Two of which are products that I have really wanted to try out, but could not justify a purchase of right now. That’s why I am so excited to get my hands on these samples. 

First up is Maybelline’s dream flawless nude foundation £ 8.99.

 

 Since this appeared on the shelves a few weeks ago I have really wanted to give this one a whirl. Who doesn’t want second skin foundation? 

This claims to be a an ultra lightweight and finely textured foundation, whilst still providing full coverage. There are seven shades available though I can’t quite work out what shade this is. All it says is 21. 

So what’s my first impression?

Umm, I’m really on the fence with this one. It really is a lightweight foundation, and does provide good coverage, in terms of colour that it’s anyway. I had a huge red spot on my chin, and it has neutralised the redness completely. Where I have an issue though is I can see every single bump and imperfection through the foundation. Weirdly though this has not translated into Camara as in this picture below my skin looks amazing.  

This is literally just the foundation, no concealer or powder.  

 

Basically it’s left me confused, I can’t decide whether I like it or not. In fact it’s made me want to go and my it now as I feel i need to trial it some more. Doh!

 If you want to see a finished face with this foundation, this next picture is a very basic one using, Mac mineralised skin finish in sterio rose, rollerlash mascara and the Burberry lipstick. 

Moving on to sample number two, this is Burberry kisses hydrating lip colour in the shade sepia. I can’t quite still believe I got this as a free sample. It as to be up there with one of the best samples I’ve ever had, I got this through their recent twitter campaign. 

 

The quality of the packaging is just stunning, check out that embossing on the bullet as well. Great attention to detail Burberry. 

  In terms of the formula, this glided on easily. I did expect it to feel a bit more moisturising than it does, particularly as the name contains the word hydrating. Fortunately it doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the lips. 

I put this to the test with a hot cup of tea shortly after applying, and it didn’t budge. No manky lipstick marks on my mug, so a big thumbs up there! 

 

 Shade wise this is actually very close to my natural lipstick colour. The swatch looks quite sheer, but on my lips anyway, this is not the case. It’s a perfect my lips but better shade, one I would be happy to have for everyday use. 

  

As you can see from this pic I’m very pleased with how it looks. I’m considering having a peek at the other shades on offer and making a purchase as I’m quite impressed with this one Burberry. 

The last sample is from Yours truly Organics, and is their fix me repairing serum.  This sample I recieved in this months YouBeauty discovery box. 

 

Hmmmm, this was just weird. The serum was a lot runnier than expected, and left a sticky film on my skin. Not a feeling I liked at all, so had to use a different serum to get rid of that dry sticky feel. Yuck! 

The only redeaming quality I can think of is that it’s an organic product. I won’t be purchasing this one as I just plain hated it. Sorry guys!

NOTD – Rimmel London 60seconds super shine nail polish – Instyle Coral

Today I have for you a high street nail polish that has impressed me some what. This is the 6O seconds super shine polish from Rimmel London. 

 

 

I received this in a goody bag that I was lucky enough to win at  Scarlett Londons #SLBloggerbash. Thank you to her for organising and hosting the event, and also to Wynsors world of shoes, who provided this prize. 

Anyway’s a slight digression there. I have the shade Instyle Coral, this as suggested is a super bright and shiny Coral, that has an almost luminous quality to it. It just screams summer at me. This one is going to look fab with a tan, I just know it. I shall be reaching for this particular polish a lot this summer. 

As the name suggests this is a quick drying formula. We are talkng touch dry though, I wouldn’t suggest trying anything to adventurous after 60 seconds, otherwise your going to ruin you mani. 

The drying time of this particular polish is quick enough that I would reach for this over others if I was in a hurry. 

Due to the quick drying properties of this formula you do have to work fairly quickly, otherwise it can get a bit tacky. Not a huge problem, but worth mentioning.  

Another plus point for me has to be that this has a wider brush, it just makes application easier. That’s a personal preference though. 

As you can see from the picture bellow one coat have a fairly opaque coating.  

 

I used two though as this helps my mani to last longer. 

Priced at £2.99 this really is a good purchase, it’s worth baring in mind also that the major retailers such as Boots and Superdrug will often have this on a 3 for 2 offer. 

What do you think of this colour? DO you have any suggestions for other shades to try on the range? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Lord & Berry Bronzer in Sunny – one for us fair girlies

Hi guys! Today I thought I would share with you a bronzer that I have been showing a lot of love to recently. This is saying something, as I usually cannot be without my Benefit Hoola Bronzer. This though has been doing the job in it’s place quite nicely. I may even go as far as saying I actually prefer it. Yup, that’s a big claim!

 

 So what is it about it that I love so much?

If you a fair girl, like myself, then it can be difficult to get the balance between creating a natural glow and a more obvious bronzed look. Most bronzers  just leave me looking orange, not the look I’m going for. I’m also not a fan of anything shimmery,  the shimmer just defeats the point of trying to create a natural glow. It’s just too obvious. 

 

 This is where Lord & Berry’s Sunny bronzer is perfect for me. This translates on my fair skin as a very natural looking hint of colour. There is not a hint of orange to be seen. Further more the formula is super matte so there’s no tell tale sparkly residue. Another point worth mentioning is that there is no hint of chalkiness or fall out either. 

I use my real techniques finishing brush to apply, sweeping over my cheeks, temples and forehead in the shape of a  3.  I then take the brush down the middle of my nose, as that is an area that would also naturally catch the sun.  

 Whislt it’s true that the Hoola bronzer has the required matte quality it’s just translates a tad to dark when compared with The Lord & Berry offering. Basically This is a better match for my skin tone. It’s also a few quid cheaper, priced £18 from Look fantastic. 

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you have a darker skin tone this particular bronzer probably is too light for you. I could see it leaving you disappointed. For fair skins girls like myself though this is one worth a look. 

Have you tried Lord & Berry’s Sunny bronzer before? What did you think? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

You Beauty Discovery Box – A budget friendly beauty subscription

Hi guys! Yesterday was one of those days that I get all excited about. It’s that time of the month again. No! I’m not talking about escaping another month without being preggers again, no it’s that time when a delivery man comes with a little package just for me. 

I’m a bit of a sucker for a good old beauty box, I’ve tried plenty of them in the past. That’s probably how I’ve ended up with crap loads of black eyeliners. It seems to be the generic easy thing to include. When It comes to beauty boxes this is usually my tell, one to many black eyeliners and I’m bored.  That’s probably why I’m a bit of a beauty box tart, if I’m tired of one particular subscription, I’ll jump ship and switch to another. That is how for now, my subscription box of choice, is the YouBeauty discovery box. This is priced at  a very reasonable £7.99 a month including shipping fees. 

 

 This particular subscription service works a little bit different to some of the alternatives out there. Each month a menu is provided that you choose two items from, you will then receive a few extra little promotional treats. This usually includes a food item and a small beauty related sample. 

The April box has been themed organic and natural. As the theme suggests features products that are all from natural ingredients. To see the full menu range you can have a look here.

My choices though were;

Our tiny bees lavender hand balm & beeswax lip balm duo – worth £11.90

 

 I’m really excited to try out the lavender hand balm. I love anything to do with honey and beeswax so I’m hoping this works a treat. It’s also one of my favourite fragrances, lavender. I know some people think that’s a bit of an old lady smell but I find it really soothing. 

I don’t actually need any lip balm at the moment but its in such a cute tin and was included with this pick. 

Scentered sleep well therapy balm £14.50 

 

This product I’m looking forward to using. Most of the time I do get a goods nights sleep but on the odd occasion that I’m stressing and can’t sleep I turn to lavender scented products, usually in the form of pillow spray. This though is a bit different as you can apply it to your temples and wrists. 

As well as the typically relaxing lavender scent it also includes chamomile, palmarosa, ylang ylang and ho wood. 

The extra goodies included this month were a 15g sample of linwoods milled flaxseed cocoa and berries, I think I’m going add this to a smoothie. 

 

 The other item is a 10ml sample of yours truly organics fix me repairing serum. Im going to have to decant this into a little travel pot as it’s in sachet form. 

This is supposed to help with reducing inflammation from blemishes. I’ll be trialling this one this week as I have some post monthly blemish scaring that need some TLC. It will probably feature as part of my take 3 beauty samples this month, so if you want to see how I get on don’t forget to follow so you don’t miss my review. 

In total the value of my box was £26.40 without the extra samples. This is such a great deal considering it costs just £7.99 a month. This is great if you are on a budget, but want to try a beauty box subscription. 

This is the third month I have had a you beauty subscription and I have to say I’m really enjoying it. The brands included tend to be a bit different to other boxes out there. Im also yet to receive another bloomin eyeliner. Though as I get to choose what’s included it will be my own fault if I do. 

Have you tried you beauty discovery box this month? What did you pick? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Dreamworks Home review – One for the kids, and RiRi fans. 

 

 Hi guys! So yesterday I took the kids to the cinema to see Dreamworks latest offering ‘Home’. 

Home is based on the book by Adam Rex The True Meaning of Smekday, with the voices of the main characters being provided by Rihanna, and Jim Parsons, better known as ‘the Big Bang theory’s’ Sheldon Cooper. So I was expecting some sas, and plenty of laughs. I wasn’t left disappointed, Home is funny, features great music (thanks to Rihanna), and was surprisingly heartwarming, with a story that focuses on making friendships and understanding and learning from those that are a bit different from us.  

‘Oh’ , played by Parsons is a misunderstood, clumsy Alien exhiled from his race the Boov, after having one to many mishaps. 

The Boov are a nomadic race, who whilst on the run from their Alien enemies, have decided to make Earth their new home. Not without consiquence though as the Boov relocate the entire human race to Australia. This is all except for ‘Tip’ Tucci, who gets separated from her mum, and left behind. 

Whilst ‘Oh’ is on the run, he and ‘Tip’ meet.  What ensues is an adventurous trip to reunite Tip with her mum, and a race to stop the Invasion of Earth from the Boov’s destructive enemy. 

Parsons brings ‘Oh’ to life in such a funny endearing manor, whilst Rianna provides plenty of sas to her role as ‘Tip’. As you watch their unlikely friendship develop this will leave you feeling all warm and mushy inside. From an adult perspective If that’s not your cup of tea, then this film is not for you, as it focuses heavily on friendship and understanding. Kids though will love the slapstick humour, music and feel good theme. Fortunately I love a bit of Mush so I was a happy customer. 

I may also find myself downloading the soundtrack from iTunes, as I’ve had a quick peek and it really is great. It features original music from Riannha, J-lo and more. 

Have you seen ‘Home’? Did you love it or hate it?

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Lush bunch of carrots reveiw – probably my most favourite ever lush product!

Hi guys! 

Today I have for you a  rave reveiw of what is probably my most favourite lush product ever! Big claim, I know. This is the bunch of carrots bubble bar, priced at £5.95

 

Not only is the bunch of carrots bubble bar visually cute, but it smells AMAZING, creates loads of bubbles, and is also good value for money. Let me tell you more. 

Bunch of carrots is different to a lot of Lush’s other bubble bars as it is reusable. Unlike the traditional bubble bar that you crumble under running water you can swirl this in, or just drop one carrot in the running water like I did, it will begin to dissolve and create tonnes of bubbles.  

   

As you can see your bath will develop into a gorgeous fragranced, orange coloured bath, with loads of bubbles. A full bath used up half a carrot, so you are going to get six baths out of this. Not bad for £5.95, when you compare to price of some other bubble bars.  

 

The fragrance as I said before is AMAZING!! This is thanks to the inclusion of buchu, lemon and grapefruit oils, it’s a very fruity uplifting fragrance, perfect for when you need something with a bit of feel good factor to it. This is definitely one for easing a grumpy day!  

 

I discovered, by accident of course, you can also pretend to be Olaf, from Frozen, if the need should take you. Ha ha! 

I shall be grabbing myself some back ups of this before Easter as it’s a limited edition product. I do not want to be without this one. 

Have you used any othe the Lush Easter products yet? What are your fave’s? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Take 3 Beauty Samples – The Lush Edit

Hi guys! So I’m back again with another edition of ‘take 3 beauty samples’. This month is dedicated to Lush as I had a fair few samples kicking around that deserved to be given a whirl. 



The three samples I picked to use were ‘yummy mummy shower gel’, ‘herbalism’ and ‘yummy mummy body conditioner’. 

So what did I think?

Yummy Mummy Shower Gel – £4.75 for 100gms 



The colour of this is gorgeous, it really reminds me of one of my favourite sweets Palma Violets. 

This has a sweet floral scent to it thanks to the inclusion of tonka and geranium oil. I can’t say of heard of tonka before, as far as I was aware it was a brand of toy cars, that’s what you get for having boys, ha ha! Still I liked the smell of it and do actually want to get my hands on some before Mother’s Day. (I think it’s limited release for the occasion).

Herbalism – £6.75 for 100gms



I have to confess this is not the first time I’ve used this, but it’s a sample, so I’m not cheating I promise. I wanted to include this as I actually really like this, I was recommended it by my sister, and to begin with I thought she was mad. It’s such a unique product in texture, and I wasn’t overly fond of the smell. You take a small peice of the herbs and wet it, once rubbed in the palm of your hands it forms a creamy lather, but still retains the scrubby bits. It can be used on both the face and body. 



First impressions aside, and after giving it a fair go though I will hold up my hands and admit I was wrong. I’ve actually grown to like the smell, for want of a better description, it smells clean. I have found it has really helped to reduce my breakouts, both on my face and back. Yuck sorry, over share!  Any way, I shall definately be purchasing this in the future. 

Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner – £19.95 for 240gms 



This is one of those hybrid shower gel/moisturisers. It’s smells soooo good and did leave my skin feeling nice. 

The issue for me with this though is the price, it so freeking expensive. I have used other far cheaper body conditioners in the past that work just as well, so I can’t justify the expensive. 

If you don’t mind the price tag though it smells Amazing!!

So that’s my first impressions of this months beauty samples. 

Have you tried any of these items? Do you have any Lush recommendations?

Bye for now, Katy 🙂