Friday, 13 February 2015

Transformulas Lip Volume: beauty without surgery

Ever since Kylie Jenner started posting the infamous big lip selfies, it seems that plumper, fuller and bigger lips are the thing to have. Granted there is debate as to whether Kylie has one killer makeup artist and unbeatable combo of lip liner and lipstick, or she has in fact had a little surgery to help plump those lips. 

Transformulas lip volume claim to offer 'beauty without surgery', which is a pretty bold statement but if it works then i'm all for having plumper, larger lips! The lip volume is essentially a 10ml tube of 'gloss' that aims to hydrate, plump and define your lips resulting in a fuller and smoother appearance. 
The wand applicator picks out just the right amount of product and it is the perfect consistency, glossy and hydrating yet not sticky in the slightest. The main concern I had was about the whole tingle aspect, I'm a bit of a whimp and plumping lip glosses in the past have left me with watery eyes and frantically scrubbing my lips to get it off! I have to say, Transformulas is a different experience. I'd call it a cooling effect rather than a tingle, it's gentle but you can feel it working - definitely not a painful or annoying sensation. 

Transformulas suggest applying lip volume every day (3x) for a period of 30 days; this 10ml tube should be enough for a 6 week supply! Now, I can't vouch for the 30day results as quite frankly I can't remember to apply a product 3 x a day, but I have used it very regularly. In terms of results, the immediate effect directly after applying lip volume is a smoothness and uber hydrated look and feel to the lips, which ultimately does give the illusion/effect that your lips have become somewhat plumper. The plumping effect is especially noticeable if you apply the gloss just outside of your lipline, and again this makes lips look fuller and hydrated. 

The RRP is £29, although you can find it from various online retailers so it's worth checking the prices as they vary from anywhere between £10 - £25 depending on where you purchase the product. Would I buy it again? Yes, I probably would. It's not something I feel the need to use daily, but when you want that extra little something it certainly works it's magic!

for more information, check out Transformulas' website  

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy range 2015

smoky poppy body shop showergel butter perfume review

smoky poppy bodyshop review

Tomorrow marks the release of the new and limited edition Smoky Poppy range at The Body Shop, inspired by warm and spicy fragrances, with a floral and oriental twist. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on some products from the range and they have quickly become staples in my skincare/bodycare collection. 

A classic favourite from The Body Shop are the shower gels, they are a little bit more expensive than your standard showergel but the quality is on par with high end and more expensive brands. The Smoky Poppy showergel is black (grey) in colour, which is a little bit strange but don't worry - you won't be left with grey skin! The winner for me has to be the Smoky Poppy body butter, which is a smooth, luxurious and you guessed it ... buttery consistency! It literally melts into the skin like butter, leaving you feeling moisturised and nourished without leaving too much of a greasy residue behind. The scent lingers for a good amount of time, making it feel like that little bit extra of a treat for your skin. Combine this with layering the Smoky Poppy eau de toilette and you've got a fresh, spicy and warm scent that will keep you smelling beautiful all day. 

The Smoky Poppy limited edition collection is available from 4th February in stores and online at with prices ranging from £4 - £14. So, if you're on the lookout for a new scent, check it out! 

Monday, 26 January 2015

5 inexpensive beauty gifts under £5

budget beauty gift ideas
Buying gifts for beauty junkies can prove to be quite expensive, so here's a quick round up of five pretty awesome beauty bits that come in at £5 or less. Everyone loves a beauty bargain, so if you can buy a great gift (or treat for yourself) and save a few pennies; it's a win-win!  

Ebay is like a gold-mine for beauty treasure; you'll find thousands of korean beauty sellers aswell as cute beauty accessories like this skinny cosmetic pouches in a sweet floral print for less than £1! My favourite and most recent ebay beauty buy are these gorgeous lipsticks that are a relative steal at £1.99 a piece and come in a range of soft pinks, corals and soft reds. The ornate packaging and cute pastel bullet make them a lovely little gift and the pigmentation and formula are actually pretty good (standard wear time of a few hours, soft, hydrating and packed with colour). 

Outside of the gold mine that is Ebay, there are tonnes of discounted cosmetic websites and one of my go-to sites is Fragrance Direct. Here I found the infamous Urban decay Naked 3 palette dupe from w7 for a bargainous £4.99 and a huge collection of full size essie nail polishes for about £2.50 a piece - a steal considering they are £7.99 each in Boots! Another great site for picking up some beauty gifts is Feel Unique and this bumper pack of face masks is the perfect pampering prezzie at £5 for five individual face masks. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

101 Beauty Blog Post Ideas // titles

101 beauty blog post ideas tips

  1. A look inside my current makeup bag 
  2. Holy grail makeup products 
  3. Where to find beauty bargains 
  4. Shop my stash 
  5. Products used up/Empties 
  6. Monthly favourites/Current favourites 
  7. Everyday makeup tutorial 
  8. Top 5 products under X £/$/€ (currency of your choice!)
  9. How I started my beauty blog
  10. Behind the blogging scenes 
  11. Things I wish I knew before starting my beauty blog 
  12. How to use twitter for blogging 
  13. New product review 
  14. Old but loved product review 
  15. Travel beauty essentials 
  16. How to create a natural look 
  17. One brand tutorial 
  18. Top 3 drugstore finds 
  19. Top 3 luxury beauty buys 
  20. How to find the perfect foundation 
  21. Products I didn't like/regret buying 
  22. Products worth the hype 
  23. How to clean your makeup brushes 
  24. Makeup collection 
  25. How to store your makeup 
  26. This or that beauty tag 
  27. 10 beauty products I couldn't live without 
  28. Beauty repurchases 
  29. The perfect red lip combo 
  30. Skincare routine (morning) 
  31. Skincare routine (evening) 
  32. Hair care routine 
  33. Lipsticks you need to own 
  34. Makeup staples that everygirl needs 
  35. How to create a basic makeup starter kit 
  36. Makeup do's and don'ts 
  37. Giveaway/Competition 
  38. Beauty blogs you should be following 
  39. Current favourite beauty reads 
  40. Bedside table beauty staples 
  41. A day in the life 
  42. Beauty blogging basics: tips for beginners 
  43. Share your expertise (e.g HTML coding or photography) 
  44. Beauty Blogger interviews 
  45. Mascara: The good, the bad and the ugly 
  46. Budget beauty products worth purchasing 
  47. Haircare staples 
  48. Evening makeup tutorial 
  49. How to create the perfect smokey eye 
  50. The lip product addict tag
  51. Drugstore dupes 
  52. Latest drugstore releases 
  53. Fragrance review 
  54. Bath & Body review 
  55. Fragrance wish list 
  56. Luxury beauty wishlist 
  57. DIY hair mask 
  58. DIY beauty storage 
  59. Essential makeup brushes for beginners 
  60. How to find the right foundation shade 
  61. Tutorial: Contour & highlight 
  62. New beauty releases of the month 
  63. 7 things I couldn't live without 
  64. Beauty tips for makeup beginners 
  65. Makeup trends 
  66. Multi-use products 
  67. Savvy Beauty advice 
  68. Top 3 eyeshadow palettes 
  69. Beauty gifts under £10 
  70. Luxury beauty gift guide 
  71. Top three hair products for dry/oily/frizzy hair 
  72. Nails of the week 
  73. Basic nail products every girl should own 
  74. A day in the life 
  75. unisex beauty products
  76. How to get rid of spots/acne
  77. The no-makeup makeup look 
  78. Beauty secrets passed down 
  79. Best apps for beauty bloggers 
  80. Online shopping discount codes
  81. How to apply false lashes for beginners 
  82. Tips for shopping at the beauty counters 
  83. How to plan your blogging schedule
  84. Current beauty trends 
  85. Beauty seen on the catwalk 
  86. Products you would repurchase over and over again 
  87. Cult beauty products: Yay or Nay? 
  88. Beauty subscription boxes
  89. Top 5 mascaras 
  90. 3 beauty products worth buying under £3/$3/€3 
  91. At home spa treatments 
  92. DIY face mask 
  93. Beauty hauls & recent purchases 
  94. Travel beauty and skincare essentials 
  95. Beauty swap 
  96. Recommended Reads: Beauty blogs you need to bookmark 
  97. Makeup decluttering 
  98. How to tell when your makeup is 'out of date' 
  99. Top tips for running a successful beauty blog 
  100. Things I wish I knew when I started a blog 
  101. Seasonal beauty trends