Monday, 1 September 2014

Review: Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil in Love is Blonde

The Archery Brow Tint and Pencil is my first delve into Soap and Glory makeup, recommended by the wonderful blogging world. Before buying this I had only tried brow powder to fill my brows, so I was excited to try this double ended pen with a brow tint on one end and a crayon style pencil on the other. The brow tint is designed to fill sparseness in the brows and the pencil goes over the top to sketch the perfect shape. The formula contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extract to nourish and condition the skin. I bought the shade Love is Blonde (there is also a shade called Brownie Points) and this cost £10.00.

I find Archery really easy and simple to use, which to be honest is what I want from a beauty product on a daily basis. The felt tip end for the brow tint effortlessly releases colour into my brows without having to apply any pressure; I apply in light, feathery strokes, which gives a really natural finish. I then go over the tint with the coloured pencil, which doesn't upset the tint underneath but shapes the hairs and sets them into place. Love is Blonde isn't the perfect colour match as the shade is more ashy than my brows, but it does actually blend in really well. The wear time is impressive - around 8 hours, then fading quite gradually and evenly.

Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil fills a big gap in my small stash of brow products and so is a very welcome addition. I think £10.00 is good value considered it's a double ended product and how long it lasts on my brows. It's perfect for a natural, everyday makeup look or those "no makeup" makeup days. Find it online on the Boots website here.

Have you tried the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil? What are your favourite brow products?

Beauty Bird xx


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Love Me Beauty Box August 2014

Not too long ago the postman arrived with this month's Love Me Beauty box. As always there is three "menu" options to choose from and I picked Menu One. Let's take a look at what this included...

 Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in "You're Toast" 1.2g - £14.49 (full size)
A 100% natural, mineral based loose powder that is strictly cruelty free. Featuring a creamy texture, these highly pigmented powders are easily blendable and can be used wet or dry, to easily take your look from subtle to dramatic.

This is a new brand to me, which have bases in both England and Australia. The pot is tiny for the price, however the eyeshadow is 100% natural, which unfortunately you tend to pay a premium for! The colour is seriously pigmented so a little goes a very long way and it feels buttery soft. The shade looks quite bronze in the pot, but is more gold toned on the skin. Something I will definitely get use out of.

A La Carte Smudge-Proof Eyebrow Definer in "Blonde" 1.2ml - £23.00 (full size)
Precision, skinny tip pen for painting in individual hairs. Water-based and smudge-proof for eyebrows, eyeliner or semi-permanent body art.

Unfortunately this shade is not going to be suitable for a lot of people, although if you have very light brown hair you may be able to make it work. Again another pricey product, but this brow ink did not budge from my hand when I swatched it and tried it to rub it off (without water).

Oriflame Ecocollagen Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream 15ml - £16.95 (full size)
Powerful, lightweight Ecollagen eye care, the first to be enriched with Plant Stem Cell extract to help stimulate collagen production and re-plump wrinkles from within. Also addresses dark circles and puffiness.

My current eye cream is nearly at its end so I was glad to see this in the box. However calling it a "cream" is a little deceiving I think; well I was surprised to open it and find it has a rollerball application anyway! It claims to do some powerful things, so I look forward to trying it.

Mirabella Lip Luster Liner in "Bashful" - £10.50 (full size)
Easy to blend and layer, with Aloe Vera to keep lips soft and application comfortable. The long wearing shiny finish creates the perfect base for lip gloss formulas.

Another previously unknown brand to me, Mirabella are an American brand. Bashful is a pretty, lilac toned pink with a faint hint of shimmer and a very pigmented, creamy formula. I don't really wear lip liner but Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie said that this works really well under MAC Creme Cup, so I will be keeping it to pair with my favourite lippie.

I do admit I wasn't too excited about this month's box initially, but Love Me Beauty have treated us with four full size, high end products that ooze quality, so I'm more pleased with it than I thought I would be! The products are worth a massive £64.94 in total, with the box only costing £10.00 plus p&p, so a very worthwhile buy.

To find out more about Love Me Beauty or to order your own box, you can visit their website here.

What do you think of this box? Have you tried any of the brands included?

Beauty Bird xx

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


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Beauty Things I Don't Do...

I was inspired to do this post after reading a similar one by Kia from MAKE me UP. I can often be a creature of habit when it comes to beauty; I stick to what I know or feel comfortable with and as a result am not often that adventurous. Here's a few beauty things that I just don't do...

1. Bronzer
I just haven't yet gotten into bronzer and the whole contouring thing; I apply my beloved blush and some highlighter and I'm good to go cheek wise. I think what puts me off is that bronzers are often either too dark or too orange, which isn't a good look for a super pale gal like me. I also can't buy one off the high street because generally high street powders contain talc and for me talc equals breakouts. (This means I miss out on The Body Shop Honeycomb Bronzer, which looks like the ideal shade - sob.) If you can recommend an affordable bronzer for pale skin from a natural brand, please let me know in the comments!

2. The Red Lip
I have zero red lip confidence. I do have a couple of red lippies that I've used for fancy dress outfits (it's not the same when you're dressed up as someone else - right?), but I'm not even sure that they're the right shade for me! I'm also a little paranoid that a bold lip makes my thin lips look even smaller, so I just to tend to avoid.

3. Bright Eyeshadow
I don't think bright eyeshadow will ever be "me". All my single eyeshadows and palettes are neutrals in varying shades, formulas and finishes. I once won a Technic eyeshadow palette full of bright neon shades and I ended up passing it onto a friend - after 6 months of having it I'd hadn't even swatched it!!

4. Fake Tanning
By this I mean proper tan as opposed to gradual tanning lotions, which I will use. This is partly me being lazy - I really can't be bothered with it. Plus I won't use fake tan on my face as I'm too worried about breaking out from it. I've basically come to the conclusion that for me being pale and proud is the way forward - I'll just take the edge off it with a gradual tanner in the summer when I need to get the milk bottle legs out!

5. Waxing
I have to be honest - waxing SCARES me. I'm sure it's not really that bad... but hand me a pain-free razor any day. Maybe if I had it professionally done by someone trained I would be converted, but I'd rather use the money it would cost on something else... You can tell I'm not really convinced here!!

What beauty things do you avoid? Are you with me on any of the above?

Beauty Bird xx


Sunday, 24 August 2014

3 Natural Products for Blemished Skin from Green People

I was initially introduced to the brand Green People by the lovely Ana from Ana Goes Green - they're a natural skincare and makeup brand that pride themselves on creating products that contain a large percentage of active natural and organic ingredients. I already use their Pressed Powder and Gentle Cleanse and Makeup Remover (review to come), so I was really excited to try 3 products from their anti-blemish range.

Green People Foaming Face Wash 100ml - £10.95
"An anti-blemish face wash for daily use that gently cleanses skin without drying and helps to prevent and reduce blemishes."
Containing no SLS or alcohol, natural ingredients in this cleanser include Witch Hazel, Clary Sage, Green Tea and Aloe Vera. With a pump dispenser, this is different to any other foaming cleanser I've tried as it actually dispenses as a foam, when usually you add water to create a lather. The foam is very light and turns to a clear liquid as you massage it into the skin. For this reason I find the Green People Foaming Face Wash works best for me as a morning cleanse; it's not heavy or thick enough to remove a day's worth of makeup or impurities. It feels fresh and clarifying without being stripping, giving me a good start to my skincare routine. To be honest, I haven't really noticed any significant improvement to my breakouts, however when you wash it off I think the effect that a cleanser can have is minimal.

Green People Day Solution 50ml - £14.95
"A light moisturiser to support healthy skin flora and balance oil."
Key ingredients in this moisturiser include Willow Bark, Rose Geranium, Shea Butter, Pineapple, Chamomile and Aloe Vera, which together hydrate skin and tackle breakouts at the same time. I use this in the morning after toning, using the pump to dispense a small amount of moisturiser; being of a medium consistency you don't need to use a lot otherwise it can feel a bit heavy. Being suitable for all skin types, I love this works equally well on my oily t-zone and on my normal to dry cheeks. It's very hydrating yet I notice a definite reduction in oiliness at the same time, which I think is the key to the anti-blemish aspect of this - it's helping to prevent them in the first place rather than reducing them. Instead I find it does help to calm and soothe my breakouts and overall leaves my skin super soft.

Green People Zap and Clear Serum 10ml - £10.95
"An instant spot clearing serum with strong anti-bacterial action."
To zap spots, the Zap and Clear Serum contains ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Black Willow Bark, Rosehip, Chamomile and Tea Tree. I apply this clear gel directly onto my congested areas as needed; usually after toning and before using any other products, so I get the full benefits of the ingredients directly onto my spots. As it's free from alcohol or any other harsh ingredients, it doesn't dry out my spots (and the skin around them) like traditional treatments; it works much more gently. Of course this does mean that the improvement to breakouts is much more subtle and gradual, however whenever I use this there is a noticeable difference to redness and inflammation. I think the Zap and Clear Serum would be a great product for sensitive skins as it does really seem to calm the skin without irritating whatsoever. 

In summary, these three anti-blemish products from Green People won't perform miracles if you add them to your skincare routine, but they will make subtle but noticeable differences. (Please note that I have extremely troublesome skin, so the differences may be more pronounced if yours isn't so unstable!) I would especially recommend them if you have easily irritated skin, because the natural ingredients work much gentler and in harmony with the skin. You can take a look at the full range on Green People's website here.

Have you tried any of Green People's anti-blemish range? Are you a fan of natural products for targeting skincare concerns?

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains PR samples. This does not affect my opinion of the products.


Friday, 22 August 2014

The British Tag

I saw this tag on Lily Pebbles' YouTube channel - it seems to be more of a YouTube tag, but I loved it, so I've decided it to do it on a blog post. I have a cup of tea in hand, so without further ado...

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
I try not to drink too much tea, but I have one or two cups every day. I have half a sugar, which is very specific I know, but I just can't make the step to no sugar. It just doesn't taste right! I absolutely love a good cup of tea.

2. Favourite part of your roast?
It probably depends where I'm having the roast, but usually it's either the yorkshire pudding or the roast potatoes. My other half's Mum makes the nicest, fluffiest yorkshire puddings, but my friend in Cornwall makes the best, crispiest roasties ever. I also love roast parnsips and courgettes. Ok I'm seriously craving a roast now...

3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
Ooh that's difficult, but I think it would have to be Malted Milks. Followed closely by Custard Creams and Bourbons!

4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
I'm not sure about this one... I do like a nice afternoon/cream tea, you know where you have scones and those little finger sandwiches, though I don't do that very often. Does a cider down the pub count?!

5. Favourite word?
Again this is something that didn't instantly come to mind, because I don't really think about where the words I say come from. I quite like "the bees knees". I say "bugger" quite a lot, which I think is very British!

6. Cockney rhyme slang?
I don't use or know much cockney rhyming slang, but the one I do is "Jack Jones", which means "alone" - as in "I've been sat on my Jack Jones for an hour!".

7. Favourite sweet?
To be honest I'm not too fussed on sweets (I'd rather have biscuits!) but I do like fruit pastilles!

8. What would your pub be called?
It would have to be named after my dog - she's a Springer Spaniel called Daisy, so perhaps The Daisy Inn or something more traditional sounding like the The Springers Arms.

9. No.1 British person?
One famous person that came to mind instantly was David Jason. I grew up watching Open All Hours and Only Fools and Horses with my family and later on A Touch of Frost. I still watch Only Fools and Horses repeats on Sky now and they never get old! He's a great actor. Also I have to mention Ant and Dec - my favourite TV duo!

10. Favourite shop?
Well shop wise it has to be Boots for everything beauty! For affordable clothing and accessories I love Primark and New Look.

11. What British song pops into your head?
It may be obvious and cheesy, but The Spice Girls! Every time I read or hear this question all I can think is, "I tell you what I want, what I really, really want..."!

12. Marmite.
I'm guessing the question here is do you love it or hate it... and I hate it! It smells horrible and looks like tar. Yuck.

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag - if you decide to do this, whether you live in Britain or just love all things British, then let me know and leave your link below!

In the meantime, I'd love to hear your answer to my favourite question in this tag - what would you call your pub??

Beauty Bird xx