Take Your Glow To the Next Level with Match Stix Shimmer SkinSticks by Fenty Beauty Rihanna

Monday, 20 November 2017

I used to go crazy on makeup, makeup trends and latest makeup products but ever since I got into green beauty (mostly skincare) I never really care about those anymore, after all, having a clear and healthy skin means a lot more than just piling on tons of makeup to me, but that being said, I am still into natural, minimal but glowy look so today, I want to share with you my current makeup finds that have completely changed my makeup game, and yes, I'm sure you have guessed it from the title, these Match Stix Shimmer SkinSticks from Fenty Beauty that is created by the talented singer Rihanna are everything and beyond. 

Now Fenty Beauty is not a green makeup brand by no means but I just had to get these sticks because they all look gorgeous plus the packaging is so pretty and easy to travel with. They are magnetic which is a good surprise, pretty top-notch-quality weighty but fit in nicely in my makeup bag. They have no scent which I appreciate, and I just love how versatile these are. They can be used on cheeks, lips and/or eyes depending on the shades. I purchased two which are Sinamon, a gorgeous cinnamon bronze shimmer, and Starstuck, a lovely iced-out pearl shimmer that looks beautiful on all skin tones. 

These shimmer sticks are easy to use, blendable and last pretty well on my normal to dry skin, but as eyeshadows, they do crease on me even with a primer, so what I do is apply a normal primer first, then a cream eyeshadow base and top off with one of these, this way, they last all day long without creasing. I haven't tried these on my lips yet and I don't think I would because of the shades plus I just think with lipsticks, we better off wear ones that are made with natural ingredients since we always lick our lips, well I do, but it's up to you, and I'm sure these would look gorgeous on the lips regardless. 

(Starstruck and Sinamon)

(Sinamon and Starstruck)

I use Starstuck as my cheekbone highlight mostly and it just makes my skin look so healthy, dewy without that disco ball effect unless I keep layering, and that's the thing I love about it because you can control how much you want on your skin depending on the occasions and mood. As for Sinamon, I use it to "contour", it's also gorgeous as a blusher if you are into that bronzed look, and it's beautiful as an eyeshadow, that shimmer is simply to die for, and I love that it has a red undertone to it, perfect for my light to medium with a slight yellow undertoned skin. 

(Sinamon on my eyes with a cream eyeshadow base)

(Starstruck on my cheekbone and Sinamon on my cheeks, eyes and a little on my nose)

As I said, these are very easy to use, what I do is, apply directly from the bullet, then blend out with a soft brush, like the Real Techniques contour brush, it blends out beautifully and doesn't "disturb" my foundation either. Once they are on, trust me, you don't feel a thing. These are light as air! 

If you can't tell already, I'm obsessed with these, they are worth the hype and money so go get yours! 

Poppy's Natural Skincare

Sunday, 12 November 2017

I don't know if you guys have remembered but I got a hand butter from October's Skin Organics Beauty Box, and I immediately fell in love. It is from Poppy's Natural Skincare who is one of the best natural skincare companies that hand makes products by using some of the finest natural and organic ingredients for all skin types, and people who love clean beauty products, like me. 

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on some of her best selling products so you get an idea of how they perform and whether they are worth purchasing or not so let's start. Just so you know that you get 20% off of your first purchase on Poppy's website so, if you are interested just enter POPPY20 at checkout. It works on all her products and it's a great deal in my opinion. FYI, I have nothing to do with this code, I don't get commissions at all, it's just something I thought you might like so feel free to use it. 

I think I'll just start with the product that got me hooked in the first place which is her Super Moisturising Organic Chia Seed Hand Butter. This stuff is amazing. It smells nice, it hydrates my hands well, sinks in fast and I have been using it all over my body as a body butter as well. And that mousse texture though, so light, so "fluffy", such a pleasure to use. If you are looking for a good hand cream that can be used all over the body, this is it! 

(see how quickly it sinks in? It gives a very subtle glow which I like)

Another favourite of mine is her Super Nourishing Organic Face Oil with Chia Seed and Rosehip. I guess I'm really into her Chia Seed products as this is another hit for me. It's very nourishing and absorbs quickly, not oily, not heavy so it's excellent for people who have normal/combo skin, even oily skin can benefit from it as it doesn't feel heavy nor look shiny. Chia Seed is one of nature's most nutrient super foods that is full of antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids, that is known for enhancing skin's elasticity, stimulating cell turnover, strengthening capillaries, and protecting against free radicals so your skin appears luminous, healthy and youthful. I'm really diggin' her chia seed line. Highly recommend if you have never tried any chia seed infused products. 

As for the Ghassoul Clay which is made of Morrocan Lava Clay that is rich in minerals, and it's good for improving skin textures, reducing redness etc. I mean it's nice in terms of purifying my skin and makes it clearer, but it's a little uncomfortable when it's on my skin as it pulls and makes it really tight which I have never experienced any masks like it. I guess it's working while it's "pulling" but it's really hard to move my face, in fact, I couldn't move my face at all. I have 3 pictures here to show you how "different" this mask is so the first one was freshly applied, the second one was after about 3 or 4 minutes so you can already tell my skin was much tightened, and the third one was after 6 or 7 minutes I guess, and I couldn't even close my mouth as it pulled my skin back so much, and my mouth just opened naturally. It's very different but I do like the result it gives. My skin looks clean and clear. It's such an interesting product but I don't know how I feel about it. 

Last but not least is her Super Hydrating Organic Lip Balm in Liptastic Lime Burst. You all know I love citrusy scented products and this one smells so refreshing but I have to say it is not a product I'd purchase. It's an okay lip balm but it's no Nuxe Reve De Miel, you know what I'm saying?! I have to keep applying during the day, it just disappears quickly, and I'm not crazy about dipping my fingers in the pot all the time so this is a miss for me. 

All in all, Poppy's Naural Skincare gets a solid 4 out of 5 from me. I mean she makes some of the loveliest products on earth like the Chia Seed Hand Butter and Face Oil. If you want to try her products these two are definitely worth spending money on. 

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How to - The Wild Mix Blue Camo Mask

I don't know about you but for me, mixing my own face mask is rather fascinating so today I'm going to show you how to mix the Blue Camo Mask by the Wild Mix

Now the Wild Mix is an UK based all natural skincare company that makes relaxing and effective skincare products by using minimal, organic and fine ingredients. I was kindly offered this Blue Camo Mask which is good for cooling down sensitive skin as it contains gentle and mild ingredients like Coconut Powder, French Lavender Oil, Blue Chamomile Oil, Cucumber Extract and of course Kaolin clay. I have been testing this mask for the past week, and let me tell ya, if you have dry/sensitive skin, this is your gem, that Coconut Powder makes it really hydrating, and so smooth, I'm loving it but I have to say the scent is a tad too potent, it's nice but I wish it could be a little mild. 

Let me show you now how to mix this mask at home, it might seem like a lot of work but trust me, it's rather easy so the first thing you want to do is: 
  1. get a big bowl and pour the whole clay from the jar into the bowl as this is our base ingredient. Then, 
  2. open the Coconut Powder and add it to the clay and mix. 
  3. Add the Cucumber Extract to the mix and stir well. 
  4. And finally, add the Lavender and Blue Chamomile Oils to the bowl, and because these are oils, you really need to stir well by pressing the back of the wooden spoon against the bowl, so you press and stir to the point that everything is mixed well and no major lumps are to be seen. 
  5. Don't forget to pour the whole thing back to the glass jar and close well, and now your mask is ready to use. 

You can use this mask once or twice a week or as often as you need because it's gentle enough. To use, you just add a few drops of water and mix it into a paste, or you can DIY it by adding honey, yogurt or use rosewater instead of plain water, this way, the mask is much more nourishing and nutrient. 

So there you have it, simple steps of mixing the Blue Camo Mask. Fun huh?! 

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1001 Remedies Must-Haves

Monday, 6 November 2017

Well, hello beauties, this week on Elaine's beauty reviews is all about natural skincare and wellbeing remedies that would make you feel and look better so, let me introduce you for the very first time - 1001 Remedies, who was born in the birthplace of aromatherapy - France, and makes the most beautiful products combining a Moroccan herbal heritagea French unique scientific savoir-faire and a touch of Parisian "je ne sais quoithat are not only good for our skin but also good for our health, so without further ado, let me show you my most loved product from the brand - PURAIR

This is basically a room spray but it's an aromatherapy room spray that is 100% from natural origin based on a blend of 19 organic essential oils for purer air. I wish you could smell this baby through my blog, OMG, it's such a gorgeous wintery scent that is refreshing, spicy and uplifting. It has Cinnamon Essential Oil that will reinforce our natural immunity with its strong antiviral and anti-bacterial properties, Peppermint Oil that adds a touch of freshness, Ravintsara which has anti-microbial properties, will purify our environment and envelop our home in a protective shield allowing us to breathe a cleaner air and Eucalyptus Oil which is a great source for protecting our bodies against cold and flu thanks to its antiviral properties. This is not just your normal smell-good room spray, it's also a good product for long-term health benefit. 

So what you want to do is spraying in the morning when you wake up to really give yourself an energy boost, and spray again in the evening on your pillow and sheets to relax so you fall asleep easily. You can also get the travel size to spray whenever and wherever to refresh and kill unwanted bacterias. I'm obsessed with this stuff and I don't think I could live without it now. Definitely a must-have from the brand for all household. Just be aware that if you have babies that are less than a year old, please do not spray in their presence. 

Next goodie is something that I've never thought I could benefit from it but I have, and it's the Treasure Oil by 1001 Remedies, that is made with 100% certified organic Argan Oil. Now I have tried so many good Argan oils for the skin in my life but never in a million years that I have loved any Argan oil like this one, not on my skin but on my hair. For those of you who don't know, I have greasy/fine hair that is lack of volume all the time so the last thing I want to do is putting on oils but this one is a pleasant surprise. I normally leave it on for an hour then wash off with shampoo, and there's just something about it that makes my hair shiny but not greasy, full of life, and I don't feel it weighs down my hair at all. So now treating my hair with this oil is part of my weekly pampering routine. I do it once a week and my hair has never looked healthier! A must-have if you have dull, damaged hair and troubled roots. 

(It absorbs instantly, see, doesn't even look shiny)

Last but not least is the Magic Skin Repair Gel that is made with 14 organic active ingredients such as Aleo Vera, Myrrh Oil, Rock Rose, Helichrysum etc. to gently smooth away skin blemishes and imperfections. Now, I have pretty normal skin, and I don't get blemishes very often so I can't tell you how well it really works in that area, but I would say though, it soothes and cools down the skin instantly because of the Aleo Vera, and I love how refreshing it smells, kind of like the room spray minus the spicy note. 

It is recommended to use on spots and blemishes or anywhere that you have imperfections so you really shouldn't use it on your entire face. It gives a matte finish and I really just like how refreshing it is. You should know that all 1001 Remedies products are free from paraben, chemicals, and conservatives so they are very safe to use, but the Magic Skin Gel does have a high alcohol content so if you are trying to avoid alcohol in your skincare routine perhaps this is not a product for you. I would recommend a patch test (dab a small amount at the back of your ear) as all of their products are essential oil based so if you are sensitive you should really test them out before use. 

So there you have it, gorgeous products from the brand, and for me, the room spray and the Argan oil are absolute must-haves so if you want to try something from 1001 Remedies, starting with these two would be a great idea, trust me, you won't be disappointed. 

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Sukin Skincare Picks

Sunday, 29 October 2017

If you have been following me for a while, you'd know that Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner is one of my all-time favourite toners as it is calming, it's hydrating and it's refreshing. I have gone through several bottles of it, and I will continue using it. It's one of those no fuss, simple yet effective skincare products that I love. So, I thought why not explore more of Sukin, and I've picked up 3 of their best selling products to try and boy do I have a lot to say! 

Micellar waters are one of those products that I don't think I can ever live without. It's just the best product to use in order to remover the majority of makeup before going in with cleansers. So I've picked up the Sukin one and I have been loving it. I can't say it's as good as my beloved Bioderma (I mean nothing will probably ever replace the position of Bioderma in my heart) but it's pretty good and I really like how gentle it is. It's made with Aloe Leaf Juice, Cucumber Extract and Chamomile to really sooth the skin so it's perfect for someone who has sensitive skin. It does, however, has alcohol in it but it's all the way down at the bottom of the list so I wouldn't worry too much. 

And for those of you who are not familiar with Sukin Skincare, it's an Australian all natural brand that is affordable and effective. I love how simple the packaging is so we don't end up spending our hard working money on the unnecessary. 

And speaking of being simple, the Sukin Cream Cleanser is probably one of the best cream cleansers I've tried. Again, it's simple but works brilliantly as my second cleanse. I use this in the morning as well to really wake me up and just bring back the moisture as well as cleansing whatever skincare that's left on my face, and I obviously use it as second-cleanse to sooth and really clean the daily grime. I love the light smell, I love how gentle it is, and I love that it doesn't strip my skin but adds moisture and that gorgeous glow. I don't recommend using it as a makeup remover just because it doesn't remove makeup as well as an oil-based cleanser does but as second cleanse, it's brilliant! 

FYI, all Sukin products are free from Sulphate and Paraben, and they are good for all skin types

Lastly, I have been enjoying the Sukin Anti-Pollution Facial Masque. I bought it because it claims to balance the skin and the bamboo charcoal that's in it, is good for absorbing the excess oil and bringing out the gunk, and I have to say it works! It doesn't dry out my skin which is a good surprise, and it really does what it says on the tin, and my skin looks smooth, even and bright after. 

Just so you know, you should put this on wet skin instead of dry, and I just leave it on for as long as possible, like I do with all masks. A little "mask trick" if you are new to skincare: if the label says to leave it on for 10 minutes you should really do it for at least 20 to make it effective, apart from those AHA or BHA masks. Try, you'll really see the difference! 

So there you have it, my quick review of some of the best Sukin skincare products. I really just love how affordable and simple they are but still manage to work on my skin so big thumbs up for that! 

Have you tried anything from Sukin? Thoughts? 

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box - October Edition

Monday, 23 October 2017

Well, I think it's time to open another Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box together! Who's with me?

For those of you who don't know, Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box is a UK based beauty company that sells only green beauty products which I absolutely love, and I adore that each and every box contains not only skincare products but also body and hair so we are covered from head to toe. It's really easy to order as well, you can either subscribe to their monthly service which I believe it's £21+ £3.95 for shipping, or simply buy off a particular month just to try out, and if you really like it, you can then pre-pay a 3 or 6-month service which will also save you a little extra money. 

So this month's theme is Autumn Glow which contains 4 full-size clean beauty products plus 1 deluxe sized and 1 sample, and all of which are designed to give you that gorgeous glow we all desperately want and need! It also comes with a card that explains all the products in details and the ways to use them. 

Upon opening the box, the most intriguing item has to be this nicely wrapped product that has a little lavender on it. I mean how pretty is it! It's a Radiance Facial Oil from Mono Naturoils. I've never heard of this brand before but it is described as Sunshine in a Bottle which sounds absolutely lovely and makes me want to try it straight away. I love the dark glass bottle, I love that it is infused with 12 different botanical oils to give the skin an instant boost and a healthy glow, I also love that it is Crystel infused to give us a positive and warm energy that promotes joy and happiness. I mean I haven't tried it yet but by the sound of it, I'm feeling pretty positive so, stay tuned for the review. This retails for £44. 

It also comes with a cute sample of their Radiance Face Cleanser & Mask which is not launched yet so again, I'll let you know how it goes. 

Another item that I'm dying to try is this Botanical Facial Steam by Southsea Bathing Hut. Look at it! Isn't that beautiful?! It has a strong smell of chamomile which I love because chamomile is excellent for soothing the skin, it also has Lavender which is good for deep cleansing, Rose that is well known for purifying the skin, and Marigold which is good for repairing. I'm really liking how it sounds and cannot wait to steam my face with it. It retails for £5. 

Next up we have a multipurpose natural balm by XO Balm. It comes with a little spatula so you don't have to dip your fingers in which is very thoughtful. It's good for the skin, body, and hair for nourishing and protecting purposes. It doesn't have a smell to it which is good for sensitive skin peeps. This is going into my bag as we speak because I can never have too many of these balms especially now the weather is dry and cold. It retails for £12.50. 

I've just opened this Poppy's Super Moisturising Organic Chia Seed Hand Butter and OMG, it smells so good like flowers. I love the moussey texture, it reminds me of Monty's Glow Face and Body Cream which I adore, and it does feel very moisturising (hence the name) and I love the glow it gives as well, very subtle and not greasy at all. It retails for £10. 

The last item in the box is a nourishing body balm by The Wild Mix. This is a deluxe sample sized product valued at £13. However, you can't get this size at their website but you can certainly buy either 60ml or 120ml priced at £26 and £38. This balm is claimed to give a long lasting hydration to the skin and apparently a little goes a long way as well. It can also be used as a makeup remover which is very interesting. I'll definitely try it out and report back. 

So there you have it, the October box by Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box. I love that you get a great variety of products this month, and I love that they all live up to the "GLOW" theme so definitely check it out if you have dry skin, or you just want a bit of that healthy glow. The total value of this particular box is £84.50 so you are definitely getting your money worth. If you are interested in knowing how they perform on the skin, make sure to follow me for future updates! 

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