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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 .

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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 

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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

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Juvia’s Place The Saharan II Palette Review

In this post, I’ll be reviewing the Juvia’s Place Saharan II palette.

I purchased this palette around a month ago from Beauty Bay because I’ve heard so many vloggers and bloggers mention Juvia’s Place palettes and how amazing they look on women of colour. I’ll share pictures of the swatches, the palette itself and the look I created. (Please be kind because when it comes to eyeshadow application, I am not a connoisseur. I probably struggle just as much as the majority of women out there do!)

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The Juvia’s Place palettes were specifically created with women of colour (WoC) in mind and this is why I really wanted to do this review.

At first, I was very skeptical about purchasing a eye shadow palette for £20. I definitely read some reviews beforehand and I’d advise any of you who are interested in this product to do the same.

As you can see from the swatches, all of the shades in this palette compliment darker skin tones beautifully. The palette comprises of a combination of metallic, duo chrome and matte shades. I assume that the matte shades should be used as transition shades (something that helps to merge colours together) and the others shades are meant for the lids only.

What I love about this palette the most is that the shades are highly pigmented. A little really does go a long way, so don’t expect to run out of a certain shade anytime soon. I find that with two-three light strokes with a eyeshadow brush, I am able to get a very good coverage so take it from me, less is more.

As mentioned earlier, I’m not amazing at applying eyeshadow but I found it very easy with this palette.With Moroccan inspired influences, the rich patterns will have you feeling and looking like a goddess.

Below is a picture of the look I created. I used the shades Nomad and Fez.

Pros: all shades are easy to apply, not a lot of product is needed to get a good amount of coverage, nice variety of colours which compliment darker complexions, highly pigmented shades, fingertips can be used to place product on lids, good value for money.

Cons: pricing may be an issue if you aren’t crazy about spending a little bit extra on a eye shadow palette but on the other hand, because a small amount of product is needed, this is a product that will last for quite some time. When it comes to makeup, everyone has their preferences: its either high street, in between or premium. Always wear makeup that makes you look and feel your best.

Personally, I’m very glad I went ahead and bought this palette and I’m actually very tempted to buy another one! If you’ve used any other Juvia’s Place palettes, please feel free to drop your recommendations in the comments section below.

The Juvia’s Place Saharan II palette is priced at £20.00 and can be purchased from Beauty Bay.

I hope you have enjoyed this review. I enjoy hearing from you all so please let me know what you think. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and tell your friends about my space.

Kel xo 

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Matte Battle: Which of these Topshop lipsticks do you prefer?

As you are all probably aware by now, I’m a huge lipstick fan. I love experimenting with different shades but my only requirement is that any lipstick I use HAS to have a matte finish. As I have oily/combination skin, matte lipsticks draw less attention to it, so if you have oily/combination skin, matte lipsticks are the way to go.

I was sent three lipsticks from Topshop to try out and I must say I was very impressed.

The three shades I received were Inhibition, Depth and Beguiled.

(Swatches – from L-R: Depth, Beguiled and Inhibition)

I’m just going to share my opinion on these lipsticks with you before I show you the pictures:

My personal favourite out of the three is Inhibition. I’m obsessed with pink lipsticks. I own about twenty, I swear. I love how pigmented the colour is and it really compliments by complexion. I’d love to hear from you as to which shade you prefer.

Generally, I like that the lipsticks aren’t glossy and they are long lasting. I always test lipsticks by how they look once I’ve finished eating the messiest lunch/dinner lol and this one barely budged at all. I was so impressed. At £8 each, you are getting your money’s worth because you don’t need to apply a lot of product in order to get full coverage. Inhibition is perfect if you want to start using bright lipsticks or you like the colour pink. Beguiled would be more suited to the ladies out there who love to stand out and make a statement, however, I would recommend that if you do decide to try Beguiled and Depth, you use a lip liner first. I actually don’t own a lip liner so I found it very difficult to perfectly apply all the shades. Other than that, I would definitely recommend these lipsticks to all the beauty junkies out there.

(Left to right: Depth, Beguiled and Inhibition)

Pros – matte finish, good value for money, nice packaging, formula, colour is pigmented

Cons – not 100% easy to apply, some shades more bold than others

Topshop Long Lasting Lipsticks can be found on their website and are priced at £8.

I hope you have enjoyed this very short but sweet review lovelies. Please feel free to comment and let me know which shade is your favourite, I just love hearing from you all. Don’t forget to like and subscribe and tell your friends about Kelle’s space.

Kel xo

 

 

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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.

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(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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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

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How I Look After My Crochet Braids

Hey guys, welcome to my space.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about how I look after my crochet braids. Since I decided to stop religiously relaxing my hair almost two years ago, crochet braids have been a Godsend. There are so many different styles to choose them and they are very easy to install (check out YouTube tutorials) so here is how I look after mine (with some words of wisdom to making your crochet braids last as long as they can)…

1) Try not to tie your crochet braids up all the time

2) Ensure your cornrows are small-medium size so they can keep your braids in place for longer

3) If you are a crochet braid newbie, look for hair from brands that comes with a loop or has ‘suitable for crochet braid’ or something along those lines on the packaging.

4) Feel the hair! Just like you would do if you are buying weave, open the packet and feel the hair to determine whether it’s good quality or not. Always feel the hair before you buy and read reviews too!

5) When you go to sleep, keep your braids down. Try not to sleep with them tied up as this can create tension which may leave you with a headache.

6) If you are doing crochet braids for the first time, use a mirror. I’ve been doing this for almost two years now and I still use a mirror.

7) Oil your scalp! I have bought a bottle which comes with a nozzle and I’ve put my favourite oils in it (olive, castor and jojoba) and I oil my scalp twice a week. Braids and a itchy head are a irritating combination so look after your natural hair while it’s in its protective style.

8) Research different styles and decide what will work for you. You may want curly hair crochet braids or Senegalese twists. Whatever you decide to do make sure you are happy, especially if you are getting them installed by a hairdresser.

9) Try not to be too forceful with your braids because as time passes, the cornrows will loosen and they won’t be able to hold your braids. So if you do want to tie your braids up, make sure you don’t do it too tight.

10) Buy an extra pack. So if 5 packs per head are recommended, buy 6. You may actually decide to go for a more fuller look so having an extra pack will stop you making another visit to the hair shop.

11) Treat your crochet braids like you would a weave. Don’t put too much spray or leave in conditioner on them because the hair will get tangled. Just use a small amount no more than once or twice a week.

I hope these tips have been helpful and feel free to share any that you may have.

Kel xo

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Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse and Brow Pencil Review

Hi guys, welcome to my space!

I have another product review for you. This time, I’ll be putting two products from Revlon’s Colorstay collection to the test: the Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil and the Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse.

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Honestly, I have to say that this brow pencil is one of the best I have come across in recent years. I love that it comes with an angled tip. This made filling in my brows so much easier. The pencil bares similarities to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. Another thing that I love about the pencil is that its buildable. When you are doing your brows, always apply any product with light, soft strokes and then increase application when you are happy with the shape you have created. It was so easy to add more product and the spoolie really spread the product evenly. Some spoolies that come with brow pencils/products aren’t all that great.

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Lastly, this product left my brows looking very sculpted and natural at the same time. Cleaning my brows up with concealer was so much easier too and again, that’s thanks to the angled tip. I would definitely recommend this product to you guys, especially if you have shapeless/sparse brows and you are looking for a brow product that is going to stay put throughout the day. Also, at £6.99, you are getting your money’s worth. In order to make it last as long as possible, I would say try to avoid pushing too much of the pencil upwards because there is a risk of the pencil breaking, so just use the bit that you need.

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The Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil is available to purchase from Superdrug and is priced at £6.99.

Now I’m going to talk a little bit about the Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse. I was sent two shades: Dark Brown and Soft Black. I tend to stay away from black pencils and pomades when it comes to my brows because if I take a picture, my brows will look pretty dark so I can’t imagine what they would look like if I used black brow products.

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I really liked the mousse. It was perfect for setting my brows and gave them a bit more colour. I liked that you have to twist the top of the pencil in order to get the product out so again, I’d advise that you twist just enough to get the product that you need. As you can see from the pictures, my brows are a lot fuller, sculpted and defined. I will definitely continue to use both products together on a daily basis (sorry, ABH! I’m moving on for a while) and on make up free days or when I’m going to the gym, I’ll apply the brow mousse because my brows are quite sparse. From afar, you wouldn’t think I had any and also my right brow grows a lot faster than my left so I’m having to constantly apply castor oil to them before I go to bed. Price wise, £7.99 is a good price to pay for a product that is long lasting. If you have fuller brows, you can apply this product by itself for a bit more definition.

Brow Pencil

Pros – angled tip (which speeds up brow application), good value for money, easy to apply, perfect for sparse and shapeless brows.

Cons – possibility for pencil breaking if it is twisted upwards too much.

Brow Mousse 

Pros – gives brows a fuller more defined look, good value for money, also makes the brows look natural.

Cons – it’s only available in four shades.

The Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse is available to purchase from Superdrug and is priced at £7.99.

I hope you have enjoyed this review.

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