Bravura London for Facial Scarring.

Heyyy, I thought I would let you know my first impressions on the skin company ‘Bravura London’ that specializes in treatments such as chemical peel solutions. This brand was recommended to me when I asked if anybody had any tips to get rid of facial scarring that has built up over the past eight years or so for me personally (photos below with and with and without makeup)- yep, I need more than a little exfoliation! I had never heard of Bravura at first and then after some research on their Facebook page and the website that I will link below, it was not hard to find many good reviews, ‘before and after’ photos, as well as a whole bunch of celebrities that can testify the benefits to using these products. It’s fair to say that I was quickly persuaded and purchased two bottles of the chemicals; glycolic (2%) and salicylic (10%) and an application brush. Coming to a total of just over £20, I thought this was simply amazing value for money if they actually work, and I have previously paid £100 for six sessions of chemical peels and I believe that this is the same product they used but in a smaller concentrate.

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So after reading through the instructions and advice provided with the products, I have alternated between the two chemicals every other day and have repeated this 3 times so far, concentrating on the areas with the deepest scars for now. The liquid resembles a gel and is easy to apply and is pain free except a little tingle now and again in certain areas which is just a very slight itchy sensation. I haven’t experienced any after effects except a tiny patch of dry skin which didn’t even show under my makeup and although I’ve only used the products a handful of times, I can already see a small difference in my skin so I will be definitely be continuing with my routine. So far, so good for Bravura London and hopefully this will be the solution that will give me the confidence to go out without any foundation on once in a while! Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products and what you think?

Thanks for reading!

Lauren x

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A ‘Beauty-ful’ Christmas; NYX & Other Picks

Hellooo! I realise that I’m a little slow on the uptake since we’re almost half way through January but I thought I may as well share a few updates/reviews on some beauty gifts that I got for Christmas since I was going to to another NYX haul post anyway…

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Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit; ‘Diaphane’
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Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick; ‘Sandstorm’ & ‘Soft-Spoken’
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#4 / #7
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Dark, Bold & Smokey brush set
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‘Almond’ roll-on shimmer
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Dewy finish setting spray / ‘Sex Bom’ eye shadow pallette
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Dark, Bold & Smokey brush set

As of yet I haven’t had a chance to use the ‘Sex Bomb’ or ‘Nude on Nude’ eye shadow palettes properly but I literally LOVE everything that I have tried so far! The roll on eye shimmer is the quickest, easiest product to apply to your eyes, ever. It take zero effort (which is a god send as I’m not the best at doing make-up to start with) and the best thing is that it looks amazing either as a subtle day-time look or built up with other products for a heavier, more glamorous eye. I tend to just roll and dab with my finger when I’m in a hurry or use the fattest brush (shown on the far right) to pat and blend, easy, easy, easy. I also love the ‘almond’ colour and intend to purchase more of these in the near future!

The ‘dewy’ setting spray seems to be working great for me as I’m quite active at the minute and don’t really top up my make-up when I’m working so it helps that it stays in place for longer- although if you’re after a real dewy finish, I would not recommend this. I was dubious at first as I would have personally chosen the matte if it wasn’t a gift, due to my oily skin, but it really doesn’t seem to make a difference in that respect.

I actually chose the shades of the suede lip creams myself  and surprise, surprise, they are two fairly neutral shades to add to my collection (not planning to stop this pattern anytime soon either). The pigments are true to what they look like in the tube and again, I love this type of product as they aren’t sticky like the glosses and glide on easily. One little negative is that they need to fully dry otherwise they just slide off, understandably if you have at least one coffee every morning like me, I suppose.

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If you’ve never tried a tangle teaser brush, you’re missing a trick. This particular one by ‘star’, which I believe you can pick up at hair and beauty wholesalers (although you may need a trade card in some cases) is so gentle on my hair even when it’s been in a messy bun and needs a good sorting out. I am still getting used to using the wand on my short hair, not just this one but curling tools in general- if anybody has any tips for styling short hair with a ‘waver’ wand, please share! However, this one is easy to use as far as curling wands go as it has very good heat and safety settings. I was lucky enough to get both of my favourite perfumes for Christmas also, Dior’s ‘Poison Girl’ and YSL’s ‘Black Opium’, although I also received an  extra one which is a variation of the poison variety; ‘Pure Poison’. The first two are very sweet just how I like them and the last is a little more musky which is always nice to change with. The Calvin Klien set came with a thong, boxers and a sports bra and they are just so comfortable but just to warn- these are quite small fitting as I am a size 12 and my sister was advised to buy these in L/XL and they fit nicely so I would at least go for the size up! Last but certainly not least, I’m not going to lie that I was a little bit chuffed when I got two new diaries as I absolutely love being organised, planning, writing and making lists (explains why I chose to do my degree in events management!).

Thanks for reading, feel free to let me know what you think if you got any of this stuff too!

Lauren x

A ‘Beauty-ful’ Christmas; NYX & Other Picks

D.I.Y COFFEE SCRUB

Hi ! I’ve been seeing coffee scrubs posted all over Instagram and Pinterest for a while now, and have been wanting to try it out myself as it claims to have positive effects on scars, acne and cellulite (let’s not judge until we’ve tried it). Obviously I don’t expect it to work miracles but after researching the the individual purposes of the ingredients I can understand why it is supposed to work;

ground coffee– for reducing any swelling and redness and has toning properties

sugar– for exfoliation which increases blood flow

extra virgin olive oil– an excellent moisturiser

cinnamon– because it smells so damn good.

You can change the amount of each ingredient you use, depending on how exfoliating/moisturising/thick  you want your scrub. I used; 3 heaped tsps of coffee, 3 tsps sugar, 2 tsps cinnamon and about 3 ‘glugs’ of olive oil and then realised this wasn’t enough when it came to applying, so make sure you don’t skimp if you want to keep the skin on your face !

I was going to have a shower while this was on my face anyway and got a little carried away, applying it to my whole body. It felt a little strange at first but after getting used to the sensation it was a lovely experience, especially on the elbows and legs I found! I now get why this is good for blood circulation and reducing cellulite (along with healthy eating and exercise of course-maybe I should work on those first…)  as the scrub feels quite spikey but nice and I couldn’t believe how soft my skin was- reaaally soft. I know some people use this on damaged hair so I may as well give this a try too at a later date!

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Overall, I would probably make this again if I was having a good pamper session, its quick, cheap and easy to make and the only con for me personally was all of the cleaning up afterwards (I got it up the walls and everything)! Thanks for reading-

Lauren x

 

 

 

D.I.Y COFFEE SCRUB

BIOTIN TABLETS FOR HAIR & NAIL GROWTH

Hello! So basically, I was watching Leanne Lim Walker’s ‘How to grow your hair & nails longer fast’ Youtube video that she made in response to all of the questions about how she grows her hair and nails long and healthy, as you may have guessed. Since she looks so amazing and I am so gullible (desperate), I went to purchase some immediately. Holland and Barret is the place that she recommended and so off I went to the Intu Metrocentre store and got 2 bottles of the ‘1000’ strength tablets that were currently on offer for half price at £6.99 each! They also had some of the 300 strength ones in the penny sale but I think I need all the help I can get to be honest.

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As you can see my hair is layered and the longest section falls just above my bra strap, which may not sound mega short to some people, but after wearing different forms of extensions for around 8 years, not going to lie but I feel a lil’ bit like a boy! I don’t particularly mind my current length as such, although I would prefer my layers to grow out to the same length for a thicker look, but my barnett could definitely do with some extra TLC after all of those glues and beads I used to use for longer locks!

The back of the bottle advises that you can take 1-2/day but doesn’t specify how long you should be using the product before you will notice a difference. I will personally be taking two a day, starting from today (27.11.16), and since there are 100 tablets in a bottle I should be getting over three months worth. Depending on how noticeable the results are, I will maybe post an update in about 6 weeks to give them some time to kick in. Fingers crossed! Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried Biotin or something similar!

Lauren x

BIOTIN TABLETS FOR HAIR & NAIL GROWTH

FIRST IMPRESSIONS- NYX COSMETICS

Hi! So, I’m not quite sure why/how I’ve reached November 2016 and not tried any NYX make-up (I know, right?) especially since I’ve heard nothing but positive things about the ‘budget brand’. I think people are referring to it as this because some of the products are amazing dupes for the pricier Kylie range, especially the lip glosses, etc. However, I think I might finally be down with the kids now, as I purchased a few things from the Boots store in Eldon Square in Newcastle…

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‘Matte but not Flat’ liquid foundation, ‘Sculpt and Highlight’ face duo visage (almond), ‘Cosmic Metals’ lip cream  (08 speed of light), ‘HD Studio Photogenic’ finishing powder.

Firstly, I opted for this foundation in particular as I have been using the Maybelline ‘FIT ME Matte + Poreless’, which is great for my skin that is generally quite oily (the joys), as it does what it says on the tin- mattifies and reduces the look of my pores and scarring. I was pleasantly surprised that the NYX foundation does much the same thing but I personally find that the same amount goes further on my face and is slightly more buildable- and all for a couple of pound extra at £10. I chose a light/medium cool tone as I have yellowy/olive undertone to my skin and I love how true the pigments are so I will be purchasing more shades in the future!

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The Highlight and Contour duo stick is very much like having two contrasting concealers-which is a positive as they are easy to apply for someone that is fairly new to the contouring game, plus there is a little example photo on the box which demonstrates where to use the different shades for the best result. I find that the darker shade is harder to blend as I’ve tried with both my fingers and a brush, however the highlighter is great for around the eye area and does seem to brighten it. For some reason it hasn’t shown up in photos too much which tells me that I’m probably not applying enough- note to future self!

The ‘HD’ finishing powder is very fine, pure white powder which claims that it does not affect the colour of your foundation, even if you have darker skin. However, I mentioned earlier that my skin and foundation is usually yellow toned, after applying this powder my skin definitely has a chalky/talc powder sort of look (maybe this is why my contouring doesn’t show up too well). This being said, it also does mattify and set your foundation and I will still be using this powder either just in the ‘highlight’ areas or for paler make-up looks!

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Last but not least, the ‘Cosmic Metals’ lip cream- I would firstly describe more as a gloss as it has that sticky feel and I find it slips out of place even with liner on. However, the pigment is amazing and this particular colour gives an orangey, reddish, bronzy effect, which is actually something that I would prefer on my eyes (I’m pretty sure people actually use this for a metallic eye)! Overall, great product for those who are more daring with their make-up, whereas I think I prefer/suit a more natural look so will stick to dabbing this onto my eyelids for a more subtle bronzed feel.

On an end note, I personally think that these products are a great buy for the price and quality and I literally cannot wait to get back to the Boots store in Newcastle and pick up some of the lip lingerie’s, eye shadows and more foundation! Thanks for reading-

Lauren x

FIRST IMPRESSIONS- NYX COSMETICS