#EveryHueIsBeautiful – Diversi-Tea Part 2

Who remembers when I joined forces with the lovely Charlotte from Memoirs and Musings to discuss diversity in the beauty industry? A lot has happened since this post first went live so Charlotte and I have joined forces yet again to discuss the current state of the beauty industry. Are the voices of WoC really being heard? Is blackfishing degrading? What should brands be doing in order to be diverse? No table has been left unturned in this post and we also want to hear from you too! Use the hashtag #EveryHUEIsBeautiful to get involved.

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How can upcoming/new brands champion diversity?

For brands to champion diversity, I believe they must admit that there is a lack of product and service offerings for people of colour. A problem can’t be addressed without admitting there is an issue. WoC have such a high spending power so why aren’t we being catered to? I recall seeing a thread on Twitter where one WoC was at the airport and needed foundation and she couldn’t find her shade. When she enquired about more shades, she was simply told that ‘that was all they had’. Experiences like this are very frustrating mostly because most brands that we adore are susceptible to such behaviours. Where will the line be drawn?

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Market research is also an issue. I don’t think brands should be solving a problem like a lack of diversity internally. I think that they need to adopt a proactive approach to finding out what they should be doing to be more inclusive. NYX are a good example of this. They recently partnered up with YouTuber Alissa Ashley on the Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation range. Even though it has received its fair share of criticism, NYX are going out of their way to make sure WoC are represented. As a former Marketing professional, I also feel that brands should make use of focus groups. Find some WoC, ask them what they would like to see in shops and gain an understanding of who they are. Marketing should be a constant force, especially in an industry that is as competitive as the cosmetics field. Storytelling is also something that brands are starting to introduce, and this helps customers feel like they do matter!

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What are your thoughts on the ‘blackfishing ’scandal?

One of the things that shocks me the most about blackfishing is that these influencers have been able to get away with this for so long! The likes of Emma Hallberg reek of deception. The fact that all of these ‘blackfishers’ have modified their appearance to look black is terrible. Hallberg claims she tans very quickly but she lives in Sweden and European countries don’t experience prolonged periods of warmth. You can clearly see from her before and after photos that there is a difference in colour between her face and her body. Black women have struggled to find beauty in their complexion and their hair. We are finally being represented thanks to ground-breaking influencers such as Jackie Aina and Patricia Bright but our culture and our features are being monetised by nonblack women, who perceive our culture as some sort of trend.

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Cancel Culture: To be or not to be?

Cancel culture is simply intensified hype. The cancel culture can be toxic and unhelpful. I feel like the cancel culture is started by one person and before you know it, everyone else has adopted the same way of thinking. The rise of social media has made it harder for people to think for themselves. It seems like everyone wants to follow the crowd. Do you remember when Dove, Shea Moisture and Nivea were cancelled, the latter in particular? Nivea were under fire for the launch of a skin lightening cream back in 2017. There were so many calls for people to boycott the brand because of this. Did you know that the word Nivea is taken from the Latin word ‘Niveus’ which means ‘snow-white’? so it was only a matter of time before the brand decided to cash in on the skin bleaching craze. Unfortunately, a lot of brands will cash in on the insecurities of WoC which is why I wasn’t surprised at the news that Blac Chyna has joined forces with singer Dencia’s brand Whitenicious to endorse a new skin lightening cream. WoC are a force to be reckoned with so it is important that we don’t give in to such ideals. We shouldn’t give energy to anything that encourages us to divulge into self-hate and pity. I don’t stan for cancel culture, but I do believe an open mind and willingness to educate yourself as a WoC is key. It is your right and it is your responsibility.

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Can controversial brands redeem themselves?

No, I don’t believe that we can. In our society, news travels like wildfire, so when I go to my Twitter feed and I’m seeing swatches of Tarte’s newest foundation with just two or three shades that would be deemed suitable for WoC, I feel so uncomfortable. We buy your eyeshadow palettes, we buy your lipsticks, we even buy your overpriced highlighters, but you can’t get it right when it comes to our foundations? It is 2018 and Black, Asian and Latina women shouldn’t be asking why they aren’t represented. If a brand doesn’t cater to us, we must be aware of this. I would encourage any woman to use a product that doesn’t accentuate her beauty and make her feel good too because that’s what makeup and skincare is all about really. What was it a wise man once said about going where you are celebrated and not where you are tolerated? Just some food for thought…

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If I had a brand of my own, what three things would be at its core?

Inclusivity – If I had a beauty brand, I would ensure that inclusivity would reign supreme. I would want every woman to feel like she was represented. Also, I’d like any campaigns I launched to reflect this.

Storytelling – As mentioned earlier, I think storytelling will become even more of a craze in 2019. Brands are starting to realise that pictures and pricing strategies just won’t cut it. Moving the customer’s mind has now become just as important as moving their purse strings.

Quality and Affordability – These two go hand in hand. There’s nothing worse than buying an affordable product that you were really excited about, only for it to fail to live up to your expectations. Any product affiliated with my brand would do exactly what it says on the packaging. I’d also take different skincare needs and requirements into consideration too.

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When the swatches for Tarte’s newest foundation were revealed earlier this year, it ignited a huge discussion about representation for WoC in the beauty industry.

To conclude, I believe that there is still a long way to go in the fight for diversity. What about Fenty Beauty you may say? Well, cosmetics brands for WoC existed way before Fenty did (Iman, Black Opal etc) and part of the brand’s ability to revolutionise the beauty industry was due to the fact that it was endorsed by one of the world’s biggest pop stars. Attitudes need to be changed, differences need to be welcomed, voices need to be heard and the needs of WoC should be catered to as part of it being the norm and not because of pity.

 

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Has diversity in the beauty industry improved since our last post?

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In ways, yes. I’m seeing more brands, influencers and people champion diversity and inclusivity. However it still feels like a daily battle. But I’m glad brands are listening to their customers and willing to evolve. One example that stands out is Make Up Revolution expanding their shade range in their concealers and foundations, and they are not only affordable, they’re available online and in-store.

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Swatches from Make Up Revolution’s foundation range Credit: Playful Pennies

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However, there is still a long way to go. I will look at a brand’s page knowing fully well they have a diverse shade range but the models and influencers they repost are of one spectrum. As someone of colour, I’m not sure how this makes me feel entirely. It makes me wonder who is making the decisions internally. Why aren’t we being included?

The same goes for finding products in store. I was at Heathrow Airport recently picking up a couple of bits before my flight and not wanting to spend a lot, I headed to Boots. Whilst I was not after any complexion products, I couldn’t help but notice how BAD the shade range was. The only Maybelline shades stocked were Caramel and Cocao. People of colour do not come in two shades and not all of us want to head to higher end brands like Mac or Nars whilst travelling because we might already be on a budget.

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Which influencers are using their position to make moves in the industry? EG Jackie Aina with Two Faced or Alissa Ashley with NYX.

Jackie Aina and Alissa Ashley are definitely the two that come to mind. I’m sure there are other examples but I probably don’t follow them… Alissa Ashley’s collaboration with NYX saw a foundation range with 50 shades (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop). No fifty shades of beige here. What I loved most about the range was that there were a range of undertones in pale, medium, dark and deeper shades. Having personally tried the foundation, I’m really impressed and I was happy when picking my shade of having at least 4 or 5 to pick from. Best of all, it was only £15.

However, I do need to get something off my chest that’s been bugging me about the whole influencer world, cancel culture and a little hypocrisy. I see brands take bloggers on once-in-a-lifetime trips and experiences week after week and some of these influencers are very quick to ‘cancel’ other brands because of their lack of shade range, yet they accept a trip with another brand that is notorious for not being very inclusive? Something doesn’t add up here.

Whilst a press trip may not particularly be for a complexion product,  Can you separate your thoughts on a brand’s inclusivity if they’re offering you a once-in-a-lifetime experience?

Your beliefs need to align with your morals, but again I do see both sides of the spectrum.

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#TrippinWithTarte – Some of YT’s most popular influencers have gone on trips that have been paid for by beauty brands. Notably, MakeUpShayla is the only influencer of colour in this group.

When it comes to foundations, what’s one thing you think brands are failing to do?

I can’t just stick to foundations, so I’m going to make it a little wider.

  • Constantly invite the same influencers on press trips (it’s getting a little stale now).
  • Only respond to expanding their shade ranges when they’re called out.
  • Not have POC on their social media teams who understand the colloquialisms to use online.
  • Not feature POC on their social media or if they do, it is infrequent.
  • Keep releasing seemingly *new* products which are really just the same old palette with a couple of new shades. Instead, there should be a focus on fan faves, or older products.
  • Sending huge PR boxes to influencers at the same time. Why not stagger it? Or why not send it to loyal customers? Not only that, does it really make sense to send an influencer the WHOLE collection? Why not a couple of shades or key pieces? OR ask them what they would like to receive?

What’s your dream beauty collaboration and why?

This is a very very hard one BUT I’d love to collaborate with NARS. Its the one brand that I generally love all round. My only gripe is that it’s expensive and every time I need a new concealer, I wince at its £24 price tag. I’d love to curate an affordable line for them. *speaks into existence*

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Are there are beauty collaborations you are looking forward to this year?

I’m not gonna lie, I’m trying to save my coins in 2019 and as I’ve mentioned it feels like brands are releasing the SAME products. So I’ll be shopping my stash in 2019 and reliving my old faves!

Thank you for reading guys! Clearly, we had a lot to say about this issue so if you would like to get involved, use the hashtag #EveryHueIsBeautiful on social media.

Do let me know what you think about this most and whether you’d like to see more of this on the blog.

Also, don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe!

Kel xo

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Superdrug Vitamin C Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done a product review and I’ve been meaning to do one for ages. Recently, I’ve discovered the importance of Vitamin C in my skincare routine. If Vitamin C isn’t a part of your skincare routine, you are missing out. Vitamin C products were the most searched for products in 2017 according to The Telegraph . Vitamin C brightens and smooths skin. In addition to providing the skin with a more youthful appearance, Vitamin C has also been credited with removing dark spots and discolorations on the skin.

I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for about a year now and all the ones I have used were bought from Amazon . I find that the serums that are thicker tend to work better and faster but of course everyone is different, so some of you may disagree. Serums can be quite pricey in general so when I heard that Superdrug had launched a range of Vitamin C products, I was so excited. Accessibility and affordability? What more could a girl want? I’ve used the Superdrug Vitamin C Booster  and Superdrug Vitamin C Eye Cream  for about two weeks now and I feel that this is the right time to tell you my thoughts…

Superdrug Vitamin C Booster 

Superdrug claim that their Vitamin C Booster will detoxify your skin and leave it softer and brighter than before. I definitely noticed a difference in my complexion after a few days. Was it significant? No, but I liked that my skin looked more radiant. My skin did also feel softer after a couple of applications. I never apply serums on my skin without my moisturiser as I feel that’s how they work best. If you want radiant skin without having to wait, I would definitely recommend this product. At £4.99, it’s a steal compared to most Vitamin C products on the high street (which are a lot more expensive). As for reducing or removing my dark spots, I noticed a slight evening of my skin tone and that was it. If you follow me on Twitter, I’m always looking for dark spot remedies so I wasn’t totally satisfied with the outcome but I will continue to use this product.

The Superdrug Vitamin C Booster is priced at £4.99 and is available in stores and online.

Superdrug Vitamin C Eye Cream 

A high street Vitamin C Eye Cream is perfect and I was really excited to try this product. Unfortunately, it hasn’t done anything for me. Superdrug claim on their website that it will detoxify the skin but the reason why I bought this product was for the ‘brightening’ claim which is very clear to see on the packaging. My eyes are quite puffy right now and it hasn’t reduced them significantly. I like the roll on applicator and the fact that the product absorbs into the skin easily.

The Superdrug Vitamin C Eye Cream is priced at £4.99 and is available in stores and online.

Thoughts

There is a demand for Vitamin C as a beauty product – it has so many amazing benefits. What concerns me about both products is that Vitamin C isn’t one of the first 6 ingredients (on the booster it’s the 6th and on the eye cream it’s the 18th/19th). I do think Superdrug should label the product as infused with Vitamin C and not Vitamin C. In order for any product to be truly effective, the main ingredient ( in this case, Vitamin C) needs to be one of the first six ingredients listed on the packaging. I think this is definitely a factor as to why I haven’t seen any outstanding results as of yet.

If you fancy a quick skincare fix and you don’t have a lot of skincare issues, then these products would be perfect for you.

Have you used a Vitamin C product? Would you use a Vitamin C product?

As always, I love to hear from you all so feel free to leave a comment.

I hope you have enjoyed this review.

Kel xo

How To Put On Lashes: For Beginners

I’ve been meaning to create this post for ages because whenever I’m out and about, at least one person will ask me how I apply my lashes. If anyone told me last year that I’d know how to apply lashes independently, I would have laughed in their face!

It is actually quite easy to apply lashes but it will take a few attempts before you get it 100% right so don’t give up! In this post, I’m going to share some lash application tips with you. I’m not an expert, these are simply some things that have worked for me, that’s all.

Lash bands are everything – I find it easier to apply lashes that have thick lash bands. When the lash band is thick, I feel like I’m able to have a firmer hold on the lash. I do struggle with lashes that have thin bands. So for first timers, I do recommend buying lashes with a thick band. Kiss Cosmetics sell some lovely ones. I’m not affiliated with the brand in any way, I just think their lashes are awesome. If you missed my review, you can check it out here.

Mirrors – In order to apply lashes, you need a mirror. Even the pros can’t apply them without one. Personally, I prefer to use the mirror in my room to help me. I can’t hold a compact mirror with one hand and apply a lash with the other. My poor coordination skills won’t allow me to do that. You may find this works better for you as well. Stand close to a large mirror in your bedroom or bathroom, tilt your head up slightly and then place the lash just above your lash line.

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Getting your lashes to stay put – This is the hardest thing to do. I’ve seen so many comments from beauty enthusiasts who have given up because of this. If you have tried to apply the lashes before, make sure you remove any glue residue. Also, place the lash where you want it to go (without glue) before you actually put it on (with glue). This will help you because you’ll know exactly where you want it to be. Lastly, I try to hold the lash at either end (separately) for about 10 seconds. After that, I don’t touch them, I just wait for them to dry (approx 3-4 mins). It’s important to let your lashes dry so try not to touch them as they are drying.

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Style does matter – I would definitely recommend researching different styles before you buy lashes. Also, do take your face shape into consideration. There are styles that have been made specifically for a certain face shape. In addition to this, you can always look for reviews on lashes that you may be interested in. Sometimes reading or listening to the views of others can help you make a choice.

Patience is a virtue – As I said in a earlier point, you’ve got to be patient. If it’s your first time wearing lashes, don’t try and apply them when you’re in a hurry because you will probably get it wrong. Take your time, use a good amount of glue (not too much) and ensure you can see what you are doing properly and I’m sure you’ll be applying lashes in no time!

My favourite lashes are from Oh Your Lash – I’m wearing style 901 Silk Lashes. If you do see anything you like on the Oh Your Lash website, then use the code ‘KELLE15’ for 15% off your purchase.

As always, I love to hear from you all and I do hope you have found these tips useful.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer them.

Kel xo

My Energy Essentials

Hello lovelies! I’m back! In this post, I’ll be reviewing three amazing, energy boosting products that have become an important part of my diet.

My ‘Energy Essentials’ give me the strength I need to get through the day.

The first product I’m going to review is the Indigo Nutrition Super Vital Powder. This powder comprises of superfoods – superfoods are foods that are rich in nutrients. Thanks to this product, I’m now able to integrate superfoods into my diet. According to the packaging, the powder boosts the immune system. It’s perfect for a pick me up and all you need is half a teaspoon, so it will definitely last a long time.

Instead of relying on sweet treats, I decided to seek an energy boost the natural way and it was the best decision I ever made. One thing I would advise is that this powder should be added to smoothies or juices. I wouldn’t recommend adding it to food as it may not compliment the taste. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and I’m really impressed. I plan to add a extra teaspoon every day until my body gets used to it. Another benefit is that all ingredients are natural: Acai PowderBaobab Powder and Beetroot Powder all contain high amounts of Vitamin C.

The Indigo Nutrition Super Vital Powder is available from the Indigo Herbs website and prices start from £5.99. Click  here for more information.

Next, I’m going to introduce you all to the Indigo Nutrition Organic Supergreens Powder. I’m a keen consumer of vegetables. My faves are broccoli, sweetcorn and asparagus but sometimes with such a hectic lifestyle, I may completely forget to have a side of my favourite veg on my plate. Like the vital powder, it is 100% organic. The only difference is that it’s rich in Vitamin B. As for it being a mood enhancer, I have to see because I haven’t noticed any changes yet. Although you can add it to your smoothies, I use it in my stews. Even though the powder is bright green (yes, just like Kermit), it doesn’t change the colour of the stew. I’ll add that I used this when I made tomato stew so I can’t vouch for dishes such as curry, for example, so start with a small amount and then slowly progress to the recommended 1/2 a teaspoon.

The Indigo Nutrition Organic Supergreens Powder is also available from the Indigo Herbs website and prices start from £6.99. Click here for more information.

Overall, I’ve had a really good experience with both of these powders. They are a welcome addition to my diet and I look forward to my body reaping more benefits in the near future. They are also reasonably priced so you’d definitely be getting your money’s worth.

If you ever sit at your desk and just anxiously wonder how you’re going to get all your work done, then the Indigo Herbs Brain Power (Pulse Point Roller) is for you. I apply the oil on my pulse points (temple, wrists and at the back of my neck), I also inhale it a few times a day. My mind instantly feels alert and I feel a lot more focused. The ingredients are 100% natural and the blend of oils including almond, lemon and eucalyptus provide such a soothing effect. The scent is sweet, refreshing and so invigorating.

The Brain Power (Pulse Point Roller) is available on the Indigo Herbs website and is priced at £4.49. You can find more information here.

This post is a collaboration between myself and Indigo Herbs. All views are my own.

Have you ever tried any products from Indigo Herbs? If so then, don’t forget to join in the conversation using #IndigoHerbs.

Kel xo

I’m Hosting An #AMAFeed This Weekend

This Saturday at 8pm, I’ll be hosting my first AMA (Ask Me Anything) feed.

An AMA event is a online platform where anyone can raise awareness of the things that they care about the most. As you know, I’m very passionate about all things lifestyle, wellbeing and beauty related, I will be answering questions in those areas but feel free to submit any other questions you may have too.

All you need to do is submit your questions here.

Please use the link I have provided above to submit your questions and I will be answering them on the AMA site – I’ll also share the answers on my Twitter page.

Kel xo

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Revlon Realistic Shampoo and Conditoner Review

In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Revlon Realistic Shampoo and Conditioner. The Revlon Realistic range isn’t affiliated with Revlon, the cosmetics brand. A company called Amka Health and Beauty have licensed the Revlon Realistic name from the brand.

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As some of you may know, I have been natural for just over a year now. I decided to stop relaxing my hair because I wanted to see how well it could grow in it’s natural state. I do relax my edges from time to time though (call me a relapse relaxer if you will), so I couldn’t wait to review this fabulous range of natural hair care products.

Every product in the range contains Black Seed Oil. Black Seed oil is a certified beauty staple: it has numerous benefits for the hair, skin and nails. The promise of the entire Revlon Realistic range is that it will strengthen the hair and eliminate breakage. Of course, time will tell if the products actually do the latter, but so far so good…

Strengthening Shampoo 

As soon as I looked at the packaging, I saw that the shampoo is sulfate free and I was glad because shampoos with sulfate dry out the hair and the skin. I can’t help but mention the packaging again because subtly luxurious about it. The shapes aren’t too overpowering and I also like that there is a clear description of what the shampoo does. 

The shampoo has a strong consistency. I didn’t have to use lots of it to get a good amount to wash my hair with. I noticed my hair felt softer immediately and it didn’t tangle (as it usually does). Also, this shampoo does an amazing job at leaving hair moisturised and fresh. My hair was revived and had a natural looking shine that I haven’t seen in ages.

I’ve been using this shampoo for about three weeks now and will continue to do so. One thing I struggle with greatly is shedding – sometimes when I wash my hair, I feel like I’ve lost half of it, but I can honestly say I have experienced minimal shedding with this product. A bonus is that the black seed oil smells absolutely amazing! Herbal who? 

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Conditioner

As I don’t relax my hair, conditioning it is a VERY important part of my hair regime. I expect a conditioner to soften and strengthen my hair really. I was impressed with this one because it is very thick, so I didn’t need a lot of product to cover my hair. It did have a tingly feeling which was quite pleasant because that’s how you know the product is working. I’m also crazy about the smell. This conditioner smells amazing – I couldn’t stop smelling it! It was very fruity and sweet so I guarantee you that my hair was smelt super fresh after I had dried it.

I will definitely continue to use this product again as I’m very impressed with the results. My hair does feel and look stronger and I’m looking forward to seeing the difference this range will make to my hair in the coming months.

The Revlon Realistic Strengthening Shampoo is available from the Revlon Realistic website and is priced at £6.99.

The Revlon Realistic Strengthening Conditioner is available from the Revlon Realistic website and is also priced at £6.99.

Can I also say that I’m also loving the Edge Control in this range. It’s clear, it leaves no residue and it has a long lasting hold too. This gel keeps my edges in place for the whole day (even during that temporary heatwave we had in the U.K). I’m really impressed. It does a much better job than the Pink Oil gel that I originally use on my edges (this is how you know I’m a 90’s baby hehe).

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The Revlon Realistic Edge Control is priced at £5.99.

All of the products mentioned can be purchased from the Revlon Realistic website and you can also find your local stockists by entering your postcode here.

 My overall take? I think there’s always room in the market for natural hair products and I’m glad that the Revlon Realistic range is in existence. It’s affordable, chic, does what it says on the packaging and is perfect for all Afro hair types too! What’s not to love? 

I hope you have enjoyed this review. Have you tried any products from the Revlon Realistic range yet? What did you think? 

Here are some reviews for those of you who are considering using the range.

Kel xo

Sukin Purifying Facial Masque Review

In this post, I will be reviewing the Sukin Purifying Facial Masque.

I am aware of the Sukin brand. I’ve used their moisturisers before and I find that the natural ingredients did wonders for my skin. When I received the mask, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed the minute I checked out the ingredients: aloe vera, rosehip oil, koalin clay, Vitamin E…all of them have endless benefits for the skin and even hair.

My verdict

I have to say that I was really happy with this face mask. Usually, I use my Neem and Turmeric Mask or my Bentonite Clay/ACV (self made) mask, but I’m glad I got the opportunity to try it out. The mask itself isn’t heavy, it’s very light and easy to apply.

I didn’t experience the tightness you usually do with other clay masks which was another bonus. You don’t need a large amount of product to cover the face and you will feel a slight tingle in your face within minutes (it’s nothing to be concerned about, it’s just the mask working its magic).

After 15 minutes, the mask starts to dry and by that time, its penetrated into your skin. The first time I used the mask, I left it on for 15 minutes but the second time I used it, I left it on for an extra five-ten minutes. When I removed the mask, I noticed that my skin looked refreshed, renewed and much brighter than usual. I’d definitely recommend this mask, especially if you want a quick pick-me-up for your skin after a long week. It’s important to remember that your skin needs to de-stress and detox just as much as your body does.

Pros: mask contains natural ingredients, minimal product is needed, dries really quickly, price, packaging.

Cons: tingling sensation may be off putting if you don’t use face masks a lot.

Overall, this purifying mask has really worked wonders on my skin. First of all, I love that its pink (because I’m super girly) and second of all, it doesn’t crack like other masques do, it literally feels and looks like all the amazing ingredients have sunk into your skin. I would definitely recommend this product.

The Sukin Purifying Facial Masque is priced at £10.15 and is available to purchase at Feel Unique .

Harley Street Skincare Review

In this post, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on the fabulous range of Harley Street skincare. Harley Street Skincare is an award winning British skincare brand that was formulated on London’s Harley Street. The brand claim to use the best products from nature and science to treat your skin by age and concern.

I will be reviewing four products from the range: Oil Free Moisturiser, Pore Minimising Mask, Renewal Lotion and the Exfoliating Cleanser.

I’m going to start with the Oil Free Moisturiser. As I have oily/combination skin, using an oil free moisturiser is a must for me. I was a bit sceptical at first because this moisturiser is lightweight but it really did adapt to my skin’s needs. It felt soft, moisturised, hydrated and I even noticed that my complexion was radiant (thanks to the Vitamin E). In order to get good results from this product, I’d say you definitely have to apply it twice a day. This moisturiser also contains sweet orange, melon and hydrolysed silk: it’s a concoction of powerful and skin enhancing ingredients.

Pros: feels really good on the skin, lightweight, long lasting (minimal amount of product needed), leaves skin looking radiant, adapts to skin’s needs.

Cons: price, tingling sensation when first applied (but this does stop after a few minutes.

HSC’s Oil Free Moisturiser is priced at £30.00.

Next, I’m going to talk about the Pore Minimising Mask. I was so excited to try this product because I’m always looking for the latest pore minimising craze: whether it’s 99p strips from Savers or the £60 Invisiblur Perfecting Shield. At £30, this is well priced considering the fact that it does what it says on the packaging. I noticed that my pores were minimised after the first use and my skin isn’t as shiny as it used to be. My skin feels healthy and smooth.

Pros: leaves pores minimised instantly, well priced in comparison to other premium pore minimising products, leaves skin feeling smooth, removes dead skin, can be used with Oil Free Moisturiser.

Cons: contains crushed diamonds so if you have sensitive skin, be cautious (although they are finely ground).

HSC’s Clean Tech Pore Minimising Mask is priced at £35.00.

The Clean Tech Renewal Lotion promises dramatically clearer, smoother and more luminous skin but honestly, I have to say that I haven’t noticed this as of yet. However, the promise of reducing hyper pigmentation has kept me committed to this product. I have noticed a slight reduction with my dark spots but I’m still continuing to use lemon essential oil every night before I go to bed. I do hope that in time, this lotion will completely remove my dark spots and make my skin a bit more clearer than it is.

Pros: reduces dark spots, lightweight formula, contains glycolic, and salicylic acid.

Cons: didn’t really notice any changes in the condition of my skin, however, I will continue to use the product to see if things change over time.

HSC’s Clean Tech Renewal Lotion is priced at £35.00.

Lastly, I’m going to share my thoughts on the Clean Tech Exfoliating Cleanser . Now, I have made no secret of the fact that I am committed to my St Ives exfoliating scrub but I really like this cleanser. Even though it contains silica beads, it felt really soft as I massaged it gently on my face. In order to get the best results from any exfoliator, I would recommend using it two to three times a week. I’ve been using this one three times a week and my skin is clean, soft and hydrated. What more could a girl ask for?

HSC’s Clean Tech Exfoliating Cleanser is priced at £30.00.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the Harley Street range of skincare. I love that all products in the range contain natural and scientific ingredients.

To find out more about the Harley Street Skincare range, click here.

Have you used any products from the Harley Street skincare range? What were your thoughts?

Kel xo 

Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection Review

In this post, I’m going to be reviewing one of the newest lash additions from Kiss Cosmetics.

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kiss lashesThese gorgeous lashes are called Midnight.

Now, I love lashes but applying them is such a struggle for me. I just can’t get it right.

I am so pleased that these lashes were very easy to apply and overall, I’m quite happy with the way they look. If I could have done anything differently, I would have trimmed them a little bit because they are a bit long but I don’t mind.

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So, these lashes have a mink effect design. Mink lashes are free from processing and they are favoured by lash enthusiasts because of the soft, comfortable and natural look they give.

On the packaging, there are some claims about this product. So I’m going to share each claim with you all and give my opinion:

Knot free lash band – The lash band is medium sized so if you are thinking about purchasing these lashes, don’t apply a lot of glue to the lash. A small amount is perfectly fine. I’d say just ensure that you hold the lash until the adhesive dries completely. I used the Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive. It contains biotin and a blueberry extract and its latex free too.

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Weightless volume and curl – As with all lashes when they are applied, it took a bit of time to adjust to the size. They did feel heavy at first but after a few seconds, I had even forgot that I had them on. As far as volume is concerned, if you don’t like the heavy look, trim them before you apply them. I really like the curl of these lashes though – they have a very glamorous look and feel.

Soft and seamless – I agree with the brand’s claim that the lashes are soft and seamless. You know with some lashes, by the time you apply them, five hairs have fallen out already and the band seems really weak but that has not been the case with these lashes. I’m very impressed with the quality.

Reuseable – On the packaging, it is claimed that you can reuse the lashes up to ten times with special care. I’ve only used them twice so far. All you need to do is ensure you remove the glue residue (using your fingers) and rinse them with water afterwards.

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Pros – good value for money, lashes are easy to apply, knot free, weightless feel, good amount of volume

Cons – lashes may need to be trimmed (if necessary), adhesive sold separately (Lash Couture collection)

The Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection is now available in Superdrug and all lashes are priced at £7.99. Click here to check out the collection – I’d love to know which ones are your favourite. 

Do drop your thoughts and comments below. I always like to hear what you all think of my product reviews.

Kel xo