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Bio Alga Night Cream First Impression

I was sent a free pot of the night cream for an honest unpaid review.  

Nat-ul is a natural cosmetics online store with a Knowledge Hub. We have access to some of the finest natural products from across the globe. Through us we will be distributing these products in the United Kingdom. We believe people should make informed choices about their beauty routines without being hit heavily in the pocket. There is a world of amazing natural products, which can take our bodies on a journey to embrace and connect with nature. We at Nat-ul want to help you on this journey. This is why we passionately promote natural ingredients and beauty products. Nature has so much to offer and we should respectfully make use of its assets. Our mission: To provide and promote natural cosmetics without compromising on affordability.
(Taken from their Facebook page)

BIO ALGA Regenerating and smoothing night cream, Face creams, Ava, Nat-ul £11.99

The product sent to me to review is the Bio Alga natural smoothing night cream with Q10.
The site states that the cream is :A strong concentrate of active substances. Contains nourishing complex of algae and Coenzyme Q 10 + Ralong with supporting vitamins C and E. Combats free radicals, supplies cells with oxygen, removes toxins, deeply and intensely moisturises and delays skin aging process. The cream activates protective mechanisms, strengthens elastin and collagen fibers. The skin regains its smoothness, elasticity and a young, healthy look. Existing wrinkles are shallowed and the process of creating new ones is delayed. Intense, nourishing night cream for all skin types.

My Review

First of all this is a very good sized pot to be sent to review.  Thank you to the company.  They were very fast with postage and sent me two small sample sachets as well.  On their business card they state free samples for every purchase, that’s a bargain.

Anyway, I tried this Friday and Saturday night.  My skin is combination, very dry on the cheeks and chin but oily in the T zone.  Normally when I wake up in the morning my skin looks a little rough…..Being a new mum sleep is rare haha, and with this cold weather coming in I am breaking out in spots and looking dry.

On application I found the cream cooling and refreshing, it did leave my skin feeling tacky but that’s normal, I find this happens with night creams.
In the morning I found my skin to feel and look hydrated, and definitely smoother to the eye.  I also found the cream helped with my dark circles (Bonus).  I am going to keep using this product, but I am very happy with it so far, I normally find it hard to get a cream that fully hydrates my skin so well.

The price for this is very reasonable.  The site also offers free delivery over £25.
Fantastic price and quality for organic and natural products.

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*Blogtober day 7*My Makeup Revolution Haul – Includes The New Petra Palette

Hello lovelies.
Now I have seen Revolution Makeup EVERYWHERE, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.  I am always looking for good makeup that doesn’t cost the earth, and heard fantastic reviews of this brand and thought why not give it a go.
I haven’t done any first impressions yet.  May have had a few quick swatches but will need to test these over time.  But from what I can see I am pleasantly surprised.
Because I spent over £30 I received a mystery goodie bag for free, which I will show you below.

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My main purchases included –

Revolution Lace baking powder – £5

Revolution conceal and define Concealer in shade C4 (Need a shade lighter next time as this matches my skin tone) – £4

Revolution pro lipstick collection in Nude – pack of 5 – £7

Revolution Conceal and Define Full Coverage Foundation, shade F4 (my perfect shade, descriptions are so accurate) – £9

Revolution X Petra eye shadow Palette – £12

Bringing the makeup to a grand total of £37 

I really really wanted to try this palette designed by Petra, as well as the new foundation.  What attracted me to this palette over the others was the mixture of matte neutral shades, with the pop of colour.  Not all the shades are matte some have shimmer but just the right amount.  For £12 that is a bargain.  From a few swatches I have done, they are highly pigmented and very creamy.

Now for the mystery bag

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I received –

  • The revolution colour correcting palette.
  • Contour and light palette.
  • Contour shades from Freedom.
  • 2x lipsticks – 1x Revolution and 1x Freedom.  (Great for me starting a lipstick collection).
  • And last of all a Sili sponge “not a sponge”.  Not overly keen on this never tried one before so I had a quick go and found it left my foundation streaky.

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Taming Frizzy Hair

I have naturally curly hair which has a tendency to frizz more often than not.
It has taken me years to figure out how to tame the frizz, and sometimes my hair will still defeat everything and come out looking like a hay stack.
Every woman with curly hair will tell you it’s not easy….. Yes it may look nice but what you don’t know is:
You can’t brush curly hair once dried, humidity is not our friend, it tangles ALL the time, and no you can’t touch it (your hands will get caught).
One thing I have learnt is curly hair costs, to get that defined curl look.
Below is what is working for me right now, however every person is different so please consider that.

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Taming the frizz

Products used

Garnier ultimate blends coconut oil.
Moroccan oil Repair shampoo, conditioner and texture spray (won this as a giveaway).
Amika Bombshell blow out spray (not full sized, received in June Birchbox)

My steps:
1 – shampoo hair twice.  That’s right twice, first time is to wash out the dirt the second is to actually give your hair some scent and volume.

2 – Conditioner – apply good amount from root to tip,  then brush your hair with the product in to ensure every strand is coated.  Then massage your scalp.  Always leave conditioner on for at least 2 mins and then rinse.

3 – Never ever rub naturally curly hair dry with a towel, this causes more frizz due to the friction.  Gently dab the hair.
I then brush my hair again straight away.

4 – I then apply hair oil from the mid section of my hair to my tips, using a patting/squeeze technique, again reducing friction.

5 – I then apply the Amika texture spray to my damp hair, this helps my curls to perk up and not dry flat.  Do not brush hair again after this step.

6 – Allow hair to air air dry. I know some people like to use a diffuser on the hair dryer but I find with my own hair, I have to let it dry naturally.  Hence why I do my hair the night before.

7 – The following day to add some lift to my bed hair I will then add some texture spray.  Then grabbing my hair from the tips i scrunch my hair up to intensify the curls. And then add some more oil to the tips.

And there you have it my recently found out anti frizz steps.

Everyday Makeup Products

Makeup as a new mum is a challenge.  To tell you the truth if it was just me, and Craig wasn’t around, I probably would never wear makeup out ( so time consuming, no new mum has time for that :p).
Most days I cuddle my baby boy in pj’s and no makeup, I am a lazy girl at heart, don’t judge me.
So when I finally decide to go out and dress up, I put on the same makeup look, boring I know but it works for me.
Below I have also added links so you can check out previous posts for these products.
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Every day quick makeupMy Makeup consists of from base to finish-

1- Always moisturise (I forgot to add the cream here but I lately using Nivea face and body).

2- L’Oreal True Match Foundation in shade Rose Ivory ( Those of you who have been here a while know this is my holy grail).  For a quick look I do not use concealer, this foundation covers well.

3- Set it all with Airspun translucent powder.   Available on Amazon, great when you’re on a budget as I have not found a better powder for the same price.

4- Bit of contouring with the Kat Von D shade and light palette which is very well loved and I have hit pan…….. in desperate need of a new palette please comment below.  (I am on a budget now though :/).

5- For blush I have been using Benefits Galifornia.   Bought this over a year ago, I use it all the time and I still haven’t hit pan.  It is a gorgeous pink that you can build on.  A little goes a long way.

6-  Highlight, Sleek highlighting palette with 4 shades.  This is another holy grail product I will definitely purchase again it is stunning.  Again i have hit pan on this product.  Can you tell it’s well loved by all the fingerprints :p.

7- Finally the eyes and brows.  Lately I have been using the Benefit BAD gal BANG mascara , a fantastic product.  I received this in my March Birchbox pot a while ago, and definitely intend to buy the full size tube once used.
And for brows I received the Fill and tame brow mascara in brunette, again I got this in my April Birchbox 2018- Cath Kidston special edition.

Benefit BAD gal BANG mascara review

Hello all my beauty lovers, welcome back.
I have been meaning to review this mascara for a while now.  I received this as part of my March Birchbox samples.

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All I can say is that I am in love.
This is only a sample size, the full sized mascara retails for £21.50

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This mascara also comes in a travel size and retails for £10.50

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Benefit product details from their site:

BADgal BANG! 36-HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!
*instrumental test on 21 women

  • Smudge-proof, water-resistant, volumising mascara
  • 90% saw dramatic volume**
  • 94% said it instantly lifted lashes**
  • 92% said it lengthened lashes**
  • ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength

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The coverage this product states to give is real.  The only problem with my sample is that it doesn’t remove as much product from the wand like the full sized product does.  I think that this is a design problem with the sample, making it cheaper.  This just means I need to scrape off the product from the wand to make sure my eye lashes are not too thick.
But wow overall my eyelashes are voluminous, well coated, and my eyelashes have never looked clumpy.
A little goes a long way, I have put on this mascara everyday since March and I have loads of product left 🙂 which is awesome.
I will definitely be spending my pennies and buying the full sized product when this one runs out.

 

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June Birchbox review – why am I cancelling?

Hello all, welcome back to another Birchbox review, and my last Birchbox review. Lets jump straight into it.

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First of all I liked the tin idea.   At least with a tin I know it will last longer than the normal boxes and it is re-usable.  However I DISLIKED the design, it is so old fashioned.  The design is for their 5th year Birthday, but not pretty compared to the other boxes I have received.
Lets dive into the products.

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Whittard of Chelsea tea bags x3

Yep tea bags,  I don’t even drink tea so this was a waste.  In my profile when I complete my likes, dislikes and preferences no where did it state do I want tea in my box.  I bet this is because it’s a UK box – STEREOTYPES!!
There were 3 flavours:
1- Earl Grey
2 – Mango & Bergamot
3 – Lemon & Ginger

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POLAAR sun cream – retail price £25

Another product that I didn’t really need, I will use it as it is sun cream but not needed as a sample.  Sun cream is so easy to purchase why spend £25 on it :/
I am turning into  a negative reviewer, but when I spend money for samples and I get two products so far that I won’t really use…… WASTE

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AMIKA Bombshell blowout spray – retail price £14.99

Okay I received 2 hair products again this month,  I don’t even use them all.  This is a common complaint online that I see, makeup products are less and less where as there is always loads of hair products….
However I did try this texture spray the other day for my ponytail and it was very good- used on dry hair.  I probably would buy the larger version.

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Benefit – POREfessional pearl primer – RRP £27.50 full sized.

YAY beauty products, and a good one.  I have wanted to try this primer for a while but refused to pay the full price.  I was sent a tin tiny sample size which is good enough.  I do like it under my makeup, it smooths out dry skin and dry spots – leaving my makeup after application flawless.

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Number 4 Jour d’automne smoothing balm – RRP £24.50

I have tried the balm when my hair was dry due to me having naturally frizzy/curly hair.
It worked well, but really smells like men’s lynx body spray :p weird but it works.

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Ella Eden eye shadow – RRP £12.99

Very nice creamy eye shadow, no fall out and very shimmery.
I use this in the centre of my eyelid for a highlight.
May even be good to use as a highlight on the face, see the swatch below.

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I have tried this box for the last 4 months, however I have decided I no longer want to spend £12.99 a month on this box.
I get loads of hair products and rarely get makeup products like promised.  Each month I am slowly becoming disappointed.
My profile was always updated so that products should match my needs however I never felt Birchbox paid attention to it.

This month was the last one I wanted and I have now decided to cancel my subscription.

Will I look into other boxes HELL YES! However next time I am going to research into a lot more depth to get the best price for my money.
Leave your thoughts below.

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Links to my previous boxes:

March Birchbox – first time buying

April Birchbox 2018- Cath Kidston special edition

May Birchbox 2018