Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review: Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream

When the Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream was released not too long ago, I knew it was right up my street; I'm obsessed with hand creams and I adore the two Antipodes products I already own (the Divine Face Oil and Aura Manuka Honey Mask). So when the lovely Laura from CSI Beauty Blog so generously offered to send me one of hers as she had got two free from a website deal, I jumped at the chance.

The Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream comes in a 120ml tube with pretty pinky-purple (or purpley-pink?!) packaging. It is fragranced with wild blackberry and South Pacific hibiscus flower and enriched with super nourishing ingredients including avocado oil, macadamia oil, calendula oil and Vitamin E. Antipodes say, "This captivating and velvety cream will leave your skin dewy and fragrant, and free from oily residue". The only downside is that this retails at £29.00, although I have found it for £24.99 from the website Lucy Rose here. It is advertised as suitable for all skintypes. 

To be honest, I only had to use it once to fall for the Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream hook, line and sinker. The scent is just divine; light, fruity (but not too much) and the epitome of summer. It lingers for ages after you've used the cream too. What you have is a rich but not heavy, seriously creamy formula that absorbs quickly and isn't greasy or oily. It isn't the most intensive formula but it leaves your skin hydrated and smelling beautiful. Thank you Antipodes, because this is just joyful to use (sorry, I couldn't resist).

If you love your hand and bodycare products, then I'd highly recommend the multi-tasking Antipodes Joyful Hand and Cream. Yes it is expensive, but I promise it's worth it. 

Have you tried this product? Are you a fan of Antipodes?

Beauty Bird xx


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Love Me Beauty Box April 2014

Another month brings another Love Me Beauty Box - a delivery I very much look forward to, even though I know what products to expect! April's edition certainly didn't disappoint, with four fantastic products - three of which are full size. I chose Menu Three this month, so keep reading to find out why!

 Betty Hula Secret Wonder Oil Rollerball 10ml (full size, worth £6.25)
Suitable for all skin types, this oil boosts the skin's natural moisture barrier to promote radiance, whilst the rollerball works to encourage circulation through gentle massage.

Models Own Nail Polish in Fuzzy Peach (full size, worth £5.00)
Models Own nail polishes glide on smoothly and are hardwearing and long lasting. Brighten up your fingertips with "Fuzzy Peach" this Spring and Summer.

Neal and Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo 250ml (full size, worth £11.50)
Designed to cleanse hair, leaving it fresh, full of shine and ready for styling. An infusion of silk and milk proteins combine to boost vital moisture and reduce flyaway hair. Liquid shea extract delivers brilliant shine.

Redken Colour Extend Conditioner 25ml (sample size, worth £0.99)
A conditioner for colour treated hair to resurface the cuticle for a smooth, vibrant finish. Detangles and provides protection from fading agents while restoring colour vibrancy.

The differences between the three box menus on offer was the shade of nail varnish and the type of Neal and Wolf product. I've eyed up the shade Fuzzy Peach on the Models Own website many a time, so it was envitable I would choose Menu Three. As soon as I received the box I just had to get the polish on my nails! It's a very bright peach that leans towards true orange and looks beautiful in this sunny weather we've been having. The Neal and Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo was also my first choice, so I was really happy to see it in this box. It has the same gorgeous scent as the Harmony conditioner I have and I can't wait to use it. I'll be saving the Redken Colour Extend Conditioner - a brand I haven't tried before - for next time I have my hair highlighted. I can see the Betty Hula Secret Wonder Oil Rollerball being a bedside table staple - it has a lovely fruity-with-a-hint-of-citrus scent, isn't greasy, absorbs quickly and makes my skin feel super soft and moisturised. It's meant to be ideal for stretch marks, scarring, dry skin and sunburn.

Also in the box was two sample sachets of Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil and a £25.00 voucher for Hello Fresh, a website that delivers boxes of step-by-step recipes and fresh ingredients to your door.

For just £10.00 plus postage I seriously recommend getting your hands on this box - you don't have to sign up to a regular subscription, so can just purchase it as a one off. Menu Three is worth £23.74 so there's savings to be had!

What do you think of this month's Love Me Beauty box? Have you tried any of the products featured before?

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains a PR sample. This does not affect my opinion of the product.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Very Easy Nail Art - The Dotty Accent Nail

I love nail art, but to be honest I'm not the best at it and I don't tend to have the patience to spend ages practicing. So whenever I fancy doing something a little more than block colour or a glitter top coat, I revert to the dots. I think dots really do equal easy but effective nail art and you don't even need any special nail art tools or pens either.

In this case I used Maybelline Color Show in Lavender Lies as the main colour, then decided to make the accent nail pop from the purple using Barry M Matt White. For the dots I poured a little of the Maybelline nail varnish onto some kitchen roll and then dipped the end of a kirby (hair) grip into the varnish to then dot directly onto the nail. Just doing this on the accent nail means it takes no time at all. However if it hadn't been late at night when I did this, I may have done some white dots on the purple nails too. There are so many colour combinations that could be done for this, so it's nail art that doesn't get old either.

Are you a fan of dotty nails? What easy nail art do you love?

Beauty Bird xx


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Review: Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Rich Russet

I decided that I needed the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Rich Russet after it was mentioned in a Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup collaboration video. Although I have enough eyeshadow shades that fall into the neutrals category, I don't have anything in my stash quite like this as a product.

For £4.99 you have an eyeshadow that you do basically "paint" on, as it has a long spatula type applicator for applying the product directly onto the lid. I assumed it was a liquid formula as it's quite wet, however Rimmel say it's a cream formula. I swipe the applicator across the middle of my lid and then blend it out with my fingers. The eyeshadow dries very quickly, so you don't want to hang around with this one! The Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint also applies and blends really well with a suitable eyeshadow brush - I use the Becca Extra Small Polishing Brush 55. 

The shade Rich Russet is just a beautiful, sparkling, bronze-brown shade. It's extremely pigmented but as mentioned, it can be blended out easily enough before it dries, which makes it more sheer, then built up on top if you want the colour stronger. The wear time is approximately 6 hours without a primer and 8 hours with a primer before the colour begins to fade, with no creasing in sight.

There are four other shades in the range (Golden Bronze, Slate Grey, Mercury Silver and Manganese Purple) but Rich Russet is personally my favourite of the bunch. I highly recommend giving these a swatch and adding one to your own eyeshadow stash - I can't stop reaching for my Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint right now! I'd love to see some more shades added to the range in the future.

Have you tried any of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paints?

Beauty Bird xx


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Review: BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Treatment

Having naturally very off white coloured teeth that I am quite conscious about, I have tried a mountain of whitening toothpastes in the past. However I have never tried a whitening treatment before - I guess I'm just too nervous to try them. The BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Treatment seemed quite a friendly option though, so I was excited to give it a try.

The BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Kit is a little kit that comes with a 30ml bottle of their daily toothpaste, an LED accelerator and a BlanXometer scale of teeth shades. The toothpaste contains a patented ingredient called ActiluX, which binds microcrystals to tooth enamel and is designed to destroy the organic molecules reponsible for staining the teeth. ActiluX is activated by light, so it can keep recharging and working to protect the teeth throughout the day. The LED accelerator intensifies this feature. The BlanX toothpaste is also designed to keep gums healthy and moisturised. The formula does not contain any peroxide, abrasive silicon, SLS or parabens. The BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Kit claims to make teeth up to four shades whiter in two weeks and for this, costs £15.99 (it can be bought in Boots or online from BlanX direct here). 

I used the BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Kit for just over two weeks (until the toothpaste ran out). I used the toothpaste twice a day, followed by the LED accelerator for a minute or two. A little button on the accelerator turns on the blue LED lights and then you place the plastic, curved end against your teeth, resting your lips around it to keep it in place. This doesn't produce tingling or any kind of sensation and it doesn't feel uncomfortable in the mouth. I also used it a couple of times a week for an extra 5 minutes, which is recommended. The toothpaste itself is blue in colour and it took awhile to get used to the SLS free formula - it really doesn't foam up at all.

Unfortunately my teeth didn't lighten by four shades, however using the BlanXometer I would say they have improved by one shade, which is definitely better than nothing. I have another tube of BlanX toothpaste from a Love Me Beauty box, so I will keep trying it and use the LED accelerator a bit more often to see if there's any further improvement (thankfully the batteries are replaceable when they run out). But in my opinion the BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Kit is more of a quick fix - so would be good if there's an event for occasion coming up you want to look perfect for. Unless of course you are happy to use the LED accelerator daily! It can be a pain when you're in a rush, but I would definitely carry on using the toothpaste daily.

Have you ever used a home whitening treatment? Have you used any of the BlanX range before?

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains a PR sample. This does not affect my opinion of the product.