Review: Alpha-H Liquid Gold (and Limited Edition Rose Version)

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I was planning on doing this review of both of the versions of the Liquid Gold I have from Alpha-H and then realised that the Limited Edition Rose version isn’t available in many places. I’ll leave it in because I did find it still available online (£37 for a 100ml bottle here) and it might be available ion various online stores in other countries so might be worth knowing if it’s worth searching for over the original version.

Liquid Gold is an exfoliated, or I find it works as one, with glycolic acid. It’s quite strong and works in the same way as products like the Pixi Glow Tonic where it uses chemicals to exfoliate and remove dead skin rather than a physical scrub. The original version is available in a lot of places and the price various from £30-£40 for a 100ml bottle, though £33.50 seems to be the most common price. As it’s stronger than a lot of other similar products it’s recommended you use it once in the evening every two days, rather than twice a day as the Glow Tonic recommends. I’ve had the original for a while and I got the Rose version in an advent calendar but I haven’t got round to giving them a proper try so was interested to see how they’d work compared to other similar products I’ve tried.

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Review: Pur Fully Charged Mascara

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I got this mini tube of Pur Fully Charged Mascara from the Marks and Spencer’s Summer Beauty Box. I do like having these mini sizes when it comes to mascara as I don’t think I’ve ever actually got to the end of a mascara before it’s dried up and these are great to throw in your bag for touch ups. This is a 4g tube but the12g costs £17.50 on the Marks and Spencer website (if it gets back in stock) and the Look Fantastic website and the general design and wand seem to be the same, just a shorter version in this one.

It claims to be magnetically charged, which seems to come from the charges in the particles that react with each other and attracts the mascara to the eyelashes. I wasn’t sure how much I believed in this so was definitely interested to see if there was any way to see this in action and if it would be any different to a standard mascara. Pur cosmetics are cruelty free and vegan friendly.

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Review: REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash

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Ren is one of those companies that’s I’ve had a few products in Beauty boxes and liked so when the Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash I was happy to try something new from them. This is a 100ml bottle but the full size 300ml costs around £22 on the Marks and Spencer website. It’s definitely at the higher end price wise when it comes to body washes so I was interested to see how it would compare to cheaper products I use. This body wash is cruelty free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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My Favourite High SPF Lip Balms

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I always seem to have dry lips, it doesn’t matter what the weather I need some kind of lip balm to stop them from getting worse, though in a recent declutter I realised I was down to my last one. With the recent weather I’ve been using a lot of products with higher SPF in them, including lip balms. As I got two in the recent Marks and Spencer’s Summer Beauty Box it seemed like a good time to post about my three favourite high SPF lip balms. When I say high I’m going by the categories on the lip balms and all of these have an SPF of 30.

I’ve always tried to use lip products with SPF in them in the summer, it seems to make sense if you’re covering your body with SPF to do it to your lips too, but a lot of them with the higher coverage seemed to fall flat when it comes to being a lip balm. I’ve tried so many that didn’t help with the moisturising and left me feeling like I had to reapply it every ten minutes or that left my slips feeling oily or tacky, but these three stand out to me as good at what I want them to do.

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Review: Lush Sakura Bath Bomb

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The Sakura bath bomb is one of the older ones from Lush in the current range, I think they’ve been around for the past ten plus years I’ve been buying from them. It’s supposed to be a light blossom scent and has obvious salt crystals in it as you can see from the look of it on the outside. It’s a fair sized bath bomb, though I think it may be smaller than it used to be but that may be me remembering wrong. It costs £3.75 so standard for a Lush bath bomb, and it does actually work ok for two baths if you can separate it into two pieces.

I have to say I do love the colour mix in this with the turquoise and pink along with the white, it’s one of the more subtle bath bombs in the range but an old favourite so I was happy when my sister got it for me for my birthday as I haven’t had one for ages. It reminded me that I should probably go back and revisit some of the longer running products I used to love rather than just sticking with trying all the new things when they come out.

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Review: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

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Mascara is not something I am low on at the moment, especially black mascara, so I’m going through the ones I have and trying them all to see which to keep and which to get rid of. Most of these are sample sizes and this Eyeko Black Magic Mascara is what I’d call a travel size at 4ml so useful for a handbag and big enough to get quite a few uses from. It came in the Marks and Spencer beauty advent calendar last year and you can see my first impressions post here. I’ve not tried much from Eyeko but I’m a fan of their liquid eyeliner pen so I was looking forward to seeing how this mascara compared.

One thing I’ve noticed about this when looking for it online is that there seem to be different brush versions. Some may be bad photographs when showing the shape but they’re available in a skinny and normal brush, both the same price. The full 8ml tube is £16 on QVC UK or £19 from the Marks and Spencer’s website, which seems to be the standard price. It claims to be waterproof and add drama and curl and the standard wand has a curved shape that’s supposed to match the shape of your lashes, which I think is a nice touch but does mean you can only really use it one way.

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Review: Pür Correcting Illuminate and Glow Primer

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I have to admit that I’ve not always been a fan of primers as an added step in my beauty routine. I’ve tended not to use one, though one of my favourite foundations is a mix of powder foundation and primer mixer, so when I got the Pür Correcting Illuminate and Glow Primer in the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar last year I didn’t have high expectations for it. I’ve heard of the brand, I think I may have tried something from them before, and it’s all been good so I did want to give this a proper go.

As it’s an illuminating primer it does have an aspect of shimmer to it, though I’m not sure exactly which of the Illuminate and glow primers it is, they have ones aimed at specific skin colour issues, I think it’s the summer one. It isn’t available in Marks and Spencer’s any more but I did find the full sized 30ml ones in Look Fantastic for £24 and Beauty Bay has the full sized tube for £22.50. There are also a lot of the mini sized 10 ml tubes, like the one I have, floating around on eBay if you want to find one to give it a go.they do also seem to come up as cheaper per ml so it may be worth having a look round on there.

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Review: Sleek Makeup Gleaming in Gold i-Divine Eyeshadow palette

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This eyeshadow palette review may be shorter than my normal ones, which might be a good thing! The Sleek Makeup i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Gleaming Gold was a limited edition palette and I’m pretty sure it was available exclusively in some of the 2017 Sleek Christmas gift sets, though I have seen it popping up on eBay so it may be available if you’re lucky on there.

There are twelve eyeshadows in this palette and it’s the standard Sleek Makeup layout with the twelve round pans and a large mirror. They’re all shimmer this time and a range of golden based colours, from an orangey copper to a light champagne colour. There isn’t an official price for this but, going by the cost of other Sleek palettes, I’d guess it’s around £8.99. Looking at this, as first impressions, it seemed like this is one of those palettes you use with another, as everything is shimmery and sparkly, I was expecting to use it now and then and dip into it for a gold colour to add to a look.

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Review: Sleek Makeup i-Divine Diamond Decade Eyeshadow Palette

sleek-i-divine-diamond-decape-palette-1Last year Sleek Makeup celebrated their tenth birthday and released their Diamond Decade i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette with a mix of silvers, blacks and pinks. They say that the pink is their signature but, for me, when I think of the old Sleek palettes back when I first started buying them the matte black is the thing that stood out for me as being above the competition. It wasn’t always the best but I have a couple of the early palettes where the black is better than any others I’ve tried so I was happy to see a matte black included. You can find it on the Boots and Sleek websites for £8.99.

There are twelve eyeshadows in this and there’s a mix of finishes with two that I would call true matte, one that’s almost matte but has a duochrome hint to it and eight that are shimmers of various descriptions (though one is a matte base with glitter in really). The palette sort of has three sections of colour with four pinks, four silvers and four blacks, though one of the silvers is more gunmetal. It’s definitely an unusual mix of colours to me and not one I’d really go for normally.

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Review: Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion

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This may sound like an odd thing to get excited about, but when I first saw this in the list of products in the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar I was really looking forward to trying it. I think that the Ameliorate brand in general is pretty new, it’s still in the new products section on the M&S website, so this Transforming Body Lotion is a relatively new product. It claims to help rough, very dry skin and was specifically formulated original for skin with keratosis pilaris (skin that looks like permanent goose bumps, which I have, though I’d recommend google for the science behind it) though I didn’t realise that until looking it up now. I was intrigued to see how this would work for me and, although I haven’t used it for the four weeks it recommends because I had the mini size, I can definitely see the difference when I stopped using it and wanted to get this post up as soon as possible really.

Their own website has a range of products, I think they all have the formula in that helps rough and dry skin. Marks and Spencer has the full range, including the exfoliator, body wash, hand cream and non scented version. I think I’m going to be getting the set they have to try the others before going for a full sized one. The Transforming Body Lotion itself is also available from Boots. They all cost the same, £22.50 for the 200ml tube, so it’s just personal choice as to who you choose to buy it from if you want to give it a go.

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