Beauty Focus: Natural Lipsticks

Natural lipsticks are having a bit of a moment. Industry experts all over the world are hailing this new beauty phenomenon. Millions of women apply lipstick every day but many aren’t aware that the majority of lipsticks contain harmful ingredients such as lead. Lead is a neurotoxin and can be dangerous even in small doses. According to Health Line, lead can cause mental and physical impairment.

However, lead is actually not listed as an ingredient on lipsticks so it may be hard to identify which lipsticks have it and which ones don’t. If you do decide to adopt a conscious approach when choosing a new lipstick, here are a few reasons why you are doing the right thing:

1) Safe to use – natural lipsticks use herbal products which make them completely safe for use on the lips

2) Paraben free – it has been reported that parabens can cause hormonal imbalance in women

3) Lead free – as mentioned earlier, lead has been linked to mental and physical impairment so you won’t need to worry about any exposure to the metal when you are eating or drinking

4) Healthier lips – because of the natural ingredients, your lips will look and feel healthier and they will be deeply hydrated too – that’s an added bonus!

5) Not tested on animals – the components of natural lipsticks are actually not tested on animals. Commercial lipsticks are tested on animals unfortunately.

These are some pretty amazing benefits right? So, that’s why I was really excited to try the new 100% natural lipsticks from Burt’s Bees! In addition to the 18 stunning shades, each lipstick is made from natural ingredients including moringa oil, beeswax (community sourced), mimosa flower wax and raspberry seed oil.

I was sent three shades: Doused Rose, Russet River and Orchid Ocean.

(L-R: (513) Doused Rose, (533) Orchid Ocean and (532) Russet River)

Thoughts

If you are after a long lasting natural lipstick, then this is the one for you. It’s easy to apply and I can honestly say that my lips felt soft and hydrated throughout the day. As you know, I tend to prefer matte lipsticks but I’d happily consider using natural lipsticks instead. My only con is that I wish the shades were more pigmented but other than that, I would definitely wear Orchid Ocean and Russet River during the week. Doused Rose is a bit too light for my complexion.

(Orchid Ocean)

(Russet River)

(Doused Rose)

The Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipstick is available to purchase from John Lewis, Boots, Feel Unique, Burtsbees.co.uk and Look Fantastic and is priced at £9.99.

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Oily Skin Tips

Today, we are going to focus on oily skin.

Now oily skin is something that many women deal with on a daily basis. If you have oily skin, you may have enlarged pores, a dull, shiny or thick complexion or blackheads, pimples and other blemishes.

Oiliness can change but that’s dependent on the time of year or the weather. Things such as humidity, stress or hormonal imbalances can make oily skin worse.

Here are five things you can do to control/manage oily skin:

1) Cleanse, tone and moisturise: these three things are so important if you want good skin, especially when managing oily skin. Toning can minimise pores and clear away excess dirt, leaving you with a smooth and glowing complexion.

2) Water, water, water: if you want amazing skin, drink water. Drink as much water as you can. Water rectifies the over production of oil in the skin.

3) Exfoliate: exfoliating removes excess skin and according to Via Buff, people with oily skin types should exfoliate every single day. I use an amazing exfoliating scrub from St Ives.

4) Eat clean: this is tricky (I find this challenging myself) but it’s so important to eat clean. There are so many articles that advise you on the right foods to eat for oily skin and also, which foods you should avoid. It is possible that you may be eating a particular food that is making your skin oily.

5) Use products for your skin type: one of the biggest faux pas some women make is that they use products that are not suitable for their skin type. Ensure your skincare products and cosmetics are oil free (with a matte/semi matte finish for foundations).

I hope this post has helped and feel free to share any tips you may have when it comes to stopping that shine!

Kel xo

20 Lessons I’ve Learned As A Single Woman

In this post, I’m going to share all the lessons I have learnt during this period of single-dom. I think that there are so many negative connotations that come with being single but it can actually be (and has proven to be) a very transformational period in a woman’s life. Contrary to what society may think or suggest, choosing to be single or being single for a long time doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you or that you’re picky…

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1) The first few months as a single person WILL be challenging (do not listen to anyone who tells you they will not be).

You will cry, you will smile, you will experience a multitude of emotions all at once.

2) Understand that you are embarking on a new journey and you will need to get to know yourself again, no matter how self assured you feel.

3) It really is better to be alone and happy than to be unhappy in a relationship. If you are not happy, walk away.

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4) A relationship should be your safe haven. Any relationship you are in should serve and honour you. If it doesn’t, you need to leave.

5) Don’t be afraid to reevaluate your standards. Know what it is that you want and don’t settle!

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6) Your circle is everything! Surround yourself with people who support and uplift you.

7) You will have times where you will reminisce and wonder if you made a mistake. Don’t beat yourself up when this happens, it’s natural to miss what you once had especially if you were in a long term relationship. Be thankful for the times you spent in your union and the lessons it has taught you.

8) You are single because you are supposed to be. Enjoy this period! Work, smile, eat, have fun, do what makes you happy!

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9) Don’t let the opinions of others influence your choices. Just because you have been single for a while, it doesn’t mean you need someone special in your life. You make decisions that are right for you and no one else.

10) Exes will try and come back into your life. This in inevitable. Stay strong, remind yourself of why you had to leave that particular situation.

11) Comparison is the thief of joy. Run your own race. Things may not seem amazing now but everything is coming together for your good.

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12) Don’t feel like a failure because things didn’t work out. It may be hard to accept but everything happens for a reason. If that’s where you were meant to be, things would have flowed effortlessly.

13) Don’t deny your emotions. If you’re not ok, that’s absolutely fine. We all have moments when we aren’t ourselves. It’s life.

14) Keep your head up, look forward and smile.

15) Don’t settle! Don’t settle! Don’t settle.

16) Affirmations are everything, especially if you are finding it hard to lift your mood. Affirm that you are worthy of love and other positive self talk. Remember that you attract what you magnify.

17) Everyone who shows you attention isn’t worthy of your time.

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18) Your time, energy and space are SO precious. Invest carefully.

19) Treat yourself! Don’t be afraid to treat yourself. Get your hair done, take yourself out to eat, go and watch your favourite film. Do the things you enjoy! Learn how to enjoy your own company.

20) Own this moment in your life. You don’t owe anyone any explanations.

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Over the past year and a half, I have learned so much. I can honestly say that I haven’t taken this period in my life for granted. One thing I would advice single women (and men) to do is have an open mind. You have to love yourself before you can truly love someone else. Don’t be afraid of this season. One day, you will look back and you will be grateful for this period in your life.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

For those of you who are struggling to move on from a breakup, I created this thread on Twitter about a year ago which you can view here.

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Kel xo

My Self Care Saturday

Hi guys, in this post I’m going to be telling you all how I practised self care this weekend. It is so easy to get caught up in work and other commitments that we forget to take some time out to look after ourselves – we are all guilty of this. Self care is essential. It is something that you provide for you. In order to practise self care, you need to be able to identify your own needs and take the necessary steps to meet them. The result? You will feel more confident, productive and happier!

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I booked a spa treatment last month but wasn’t able to get an appointment as all weekends were booked. Fortunately, I was able to get a 2 hour slot yesterday. I went to Montcalm Royal London House, which is in the City (not too far from Old Street). I hadn’t been to the spa since I went to Amsterdam, so we are talking 3/4 months. I had the most amazing body massage. In addition to this, I used the sauna and steam room (twice) and the jacuzzi as well. This brief retreat was needed so I am so glad I was able to go. In 2018, I vow to have a spa morning once every 2-3 months.

 

When I left the spa, I was very hungry because I didn’t have breakfast before I left, so I walked to The Breakfast Club but there was a queue outside and I hate waiting for a long time to eat food, so I went to Bills instead. I had a lovely green smoothie, scrambled eggs on toast and a salad. When it comes to restaurants, Bills are a favourite of mine and not because their calamari is pretty amazing, I just love the atmosphere and the staff are always really friendly and helpful.

Once I’d finished, I went back to my area and got my eyebrows done. On the subject of perfect brows, the struggle is real. I’m still applying castor oil to them every night so hopefully the left one will have a growth spurt (the hairs are quite sparse).

So that was my Self Care Saturday! 

What do you do to practice self care this week or this weekend? I’d love to hear from you all.

Kel xo 

Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio -Review

Today, I’m going to be reviewing the newest additions to Topshop Beauty. I’m going to share my thoughts on the brand new Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio with you all.

I’m going to do this review a little differently, I’m going to share each product claim on the Topshop website and then I will share my opinion. This is because I have reviewed lipsticks on IKS before and I don’t want to repeat the same things over and over…

The three shades that form the trio and the lipsticks that I will be reviewing are Tale (light pink), Lovelorn (dark pink) and Lure (hot pink).

Claim: Easy on the go colour

Opinion: When it comes to lipsticks, I’m obsessed with pinks and reds. Those are the two colours I tend to go for.

Unfortunately, I find the pink lipsticks in this trio way too light for my complexion. If I wore them again, I would definitely have to mix them with a darker lipstick and as I have said in previous posts, I don’t really make such an exception unless I’m going on a night out. I define easy on the go as colours you can wear on any day and at any time. Personally, I felled that all three shades are more ideal for evening/night time wear.

Claim: Precise application

Opinion: I wasn’t able to apply the lipsticks precisely but on the other hand, a little bit did go a very long way. With some lipsticks, you do have to put on a lot of product before it looks like you even have anything on but I didn’t have any concerning application issues with this one. Size wise, the lipsticks are a little bit long in width compared to the usual size of a lipstick so this may take some getting used to. If I had to give the application process a mark out of 10, it would be a 7.

Claim: Soft, blendable formula

Opinion: I think the formula of this lipstick is soft and it has moisturising properties too. The finish was definitely soft-matte and it was really easy to blend.

Claim: Dewy finish

Opinion: The finish wasn’t 100% dewy. The lipsticks do have a subtle sheen though. Having oily/combination skin, I don’t like my lipsticks having too much of a dewy finish so I like that the finish isn’t too shiny. I’d definitely recommend this lipstick if you have oily/combination skin.

Claim: Vivid colour

Opinion: All of the colours are vivid. I also like that they are highly pigmented. My only issue with the colours in this lipstick trio is that they are not inclusive enough. I don’t think Topshop Beauty have actually tested this product on women with different complexions. Lure is my favourite shade because I feel that it definitely suited me best. Lovelorn and Tale would look amazing on fairer or olive complexions. On a positive note, this is a gift kit and it is the first Lip trio that Topshop have produced so hopefully they plan to add different shades to the collection very soon.

Pros: value for money (you can buy one lipstick for £5 or three for £15), packaging, perfect for evening wear, formula, blendable, soft matte finish

Cons: colours aren’t totally inclusive, finish not completely matte.

Top: Lure

Middle: Tale

Bottom: Lovelorn

Conclusion

I love the packaging of this product and I love the look of the product itself, the lipsticks have a very sleek and attractive look which is a bonus. However, the colours are not as inclusive as they could be. I say this because light pinks don’t necessarily compliment a variety of complexions. If Topshop do plan to add more lipsticks to this collection, then I recommend they carry out some consumer research. Women all over the world go to Topshop and they will come across Topshop Beauty. We should live in a time where a woman can visit a department store or cosmetics shop and feel like she is being catered to.

The Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio is priced at £12.50.

I hope you have enjoyed this review.

Do feel free to leave a comment or feedback.

I’d love to hear from you.

Kel xo

Superdrug Three Minute Formula Hair Removal Cream Review

Hi guys,

Today I will be reviewing Superdrug’s Three Minute Formula Hair Removal cream. I’ve been looking for a new hair removal cream for a while now because every time I pop to my local Boots/Superdrug, the 99p Nair sachets I have a fondness for seem to be sold out.

So when I saw that Superdrug had a decently priced alternative I was eager to try it out. Whenever I buy hair removal creams, I make sure that they have been formulated for sensitive skin and contain natural ingredients. I was glad to see this cream contains an extract of aloe vera and rosehip oil.

My thoughtsI really liked the texture of this cream. It was really soft, smooth and very easy to apply. Also, it had a very pleasant smell. Most hair removal creams tend to have an overpowering scent that fills the bathroom within a second but this one has a very lovely smell.

Another thing that I like about this cream is that within three minutes, the hair on my legs was ready for removal. This was very impressive because it does do exactly what it says on the packaging. With most removal creams, you need to leave them on your legs for 7-10 minutes before you start the hair removal process. My skin also felt very soft and even a few hours later, it’s still as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

I will definitely continue to use this product (I bought two packs) and I would recommend it if you want to minimise the hair removal process. It really is good value for money.

Pros: value for money, hair was ready for removal in three minutes as promised, soft and smooth cream made for easy application, cream comes with spatula which facilitates hair removal, contains aloe vera extracts and rosehip oil (both of which are very kind to skin)

Cons: I think the packaging could look better. I know that Superdrug own range products have a simplistic look but for such a good product, a bolder design with a bit of colour wouldn’t be bad.

Superdrug’s Three Minute Formula Hair Removal Cream is priced at £2.99.

(There is currently a 2 for £5 offer on selected Superdrug hair removal products)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review.

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Kel xo