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

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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!