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Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

Go cruelty free with Beautiful Movements

Go cruelty free with Beautiful Movements

This month I’m partnering up with Cruelty Free International and Beautiful Movements Cosmetics to help educate my readers all about animal testing on cosmetics, and to promote the ‘Go Cruelty Free’ pledge. Did you know that 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel tests for cosmetics? And almost all countries still allow animal testing for cleaning products. Countless rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats suffer and die worldwide in routine animal tests for the ingredients that go into deodorant, lipstick and washing up liquid. But it doesn’t have to be this way; animal tests are being replaced with quicker, cheaper and more reliable non-animal methods and companies can use ingredients which are already known to be safe. One way to help the fight against animal testing is to only buy make-up from brands that carry the ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo. It’s the only globally recognised guarantee that a brand has made a genuine commitment to ending animal testing for its products. You can sign up to take the...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Makeup | 4 comments

2True Cosmetics launch new UK website – plus 10% discount

2True Cosmetics launch new UK website – plus 10% discount

To help celebrate the launch of 2True Cosmetics’ new UK website they sent me this collection of make-up goodies to try out. I’d never heard of the brand before, but found out that they are a budget brand whose products are available at Superdrug (sadly not my local store). With prices starting at £1.99 for a nail polish or a black mascara their competition are other budget brands such as Makeup Revolution, W7 and MUA. I was sent a total of 9 make-up products and I’ve been using them for the past couple of weeks, and I have to say that I’m really impressed so far… 2True Fast Dry Colour Quick Nail Polish* – I’m going to start off talking about these cute nail polishes as I think they’re great. Shade 21 is a bright peppermint green and Shade 23 is a pastel blue and they go so well together as you can see from the image below: The brushes inside the bottles are flat making it easy to apply the...

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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

KISS Cosmetics – Beyond Limitations Mascara

KISS Cosmetics – Beyond Limitations Mascara

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of KISS Cosmetics before as they only launched a few weeks ago. They’ve been working really closely with beauty bloggers here in the UK to get their opinions and ideas on everything from developing packaging to finalising lipstick colours, I think this is a great idea as beauty bloggers are experts in this field and they’ve generally tried hundreds of different make-up products. KISS Cosmetics will be predominantly lip focused, so far the 4 products that they’ve launched are a Lip Scrub, brightly coloured KISStick lipsticks, shiny Lip Vinyl glosses and Locked Lips top coat. However on Thursday 28th May KISS Cosmetics are due to launch their next product, Beyond Limitations Mascara*, and I’ve been lucky enough to be one of the first people to try it out! Beyond Limitations is a paraben-free black mascara which aims to define and lengthen lashes. The brush is quite large and it’s flat along the bottom and curved along the top…. KISS Cosmetics call it ‘turbine shaped’...

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Makeup | 4 comments

MeMeMe – Lip Glide in English Rose

MeMeMe – Lip Glide in English Rose

It’s only a couple of weeks ago that I reviewed a selection of eye and brow make-up from MeMeMe, today I bring you their new Lip Glide chubby pencil in English Rose*. Available in 5 different shades Lip Glide is a long lasting, ultra-high pigment lip pencil with a matte-velvet finish. English Rose is a pretty rose mid-pink shade, I really like it as it’s not too bright or sugary. The colour feels soft and smooth on the lips, it’s not as sheer and glossy as I usually like, but it certainly doesn’t make the lips feel dry or wrinkled like some matt lipsticks can do after a couple of hours. You can see from the swatch image above that the finish is quite matt, and it is very highly pigmented, but being quite a natural shade of pink it doesn’t look too bright when it’s on the lips. I really like this lip colour, and being in a chubby pencil format it’s much easier to apply than a...

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Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

MeMeMe Cosmetics – Eye & Brow Make-Up

MeMeMe Cosmetics – Eye & Brow Make-Up

My experience of MeMeMe Cosmetics in the past had been a bit hit and miss… I really liked the Eye Inspire Mono Eyeshadow in Mirage that I reviewed in 2013, but I wasn’t keen on their Cherub’s Blush Cheek & Lip Tint and found it messy and difficult to use. But when I was awakened by the postman on my birthday in March, I was very happy to find that MeMeMe had sent me a selection of eye and brow make-up for my birthday! A very welcome treat indeed and totally unexpected. So, what did I think? Read on to find out, there were 3 products: MeMeMe Dark & Divine Mascara* – it’s very rare that I find a mascara that I love so I didn’t have very high hopes with this one, but I’m pleased to say that it’s really great. The brush is very thin with tiny plastic ‘bristles’ and it’s so easy to get it right down into the roots of the lashes, to coat the...

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

Beautiful Movements – Concealer Powder

Beautiful Movements – Concealer Powder

Now I must admit that I have actually reviewed this product – Mineral Concealer Powder from Beautiful Movements – before, but that was in conjunction with their Prime & Create Mixing Medium and I didn’t get on with it too well back then in 2013. Fast forward 2 years and I now use this concealer most days, albeit in a different lighter shade and on its own without the Mixing Medium. Beautiful Movements used to be known as BM Beauty and one of their co-founders is stunning ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt. Beautiful Movements are a natural cosmetic brand and their products are free from parabens, animal products, synthetic dyes & fragrances, neither are they tested on animals. Mineral Concealer Powder is exactly that, a powder concealer made from minerals, but despite being a powder it blends really well and takes on a slightly creamy consistency once it settles on the skin. It comes in a little pot with a sieve inserted inside the top which is a welcome addition to...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Makeup | 2 comments

MAC – Lash 20 & Duo Adhesive Review

MAC – Lash 20 & Duo Adhesive Review

These are my favourite false lashes and they’re Lash 20 from MAC. I’ve been wearing these for a few years now (well, not this actual same pair!) whenever I have a special event to go to – usually weddings, parties and Christmas. Lash 20 is a bit different from your usual falsies as they’re only a half lash really, designed to wear on the outside half of your lashline. This makes them a bit easier to apply as there’s not as much of them to position, and they give a beautiful black sweeping lash effect – but they don’t look too artificial. As with all of MAC’s false lashes, Lash 20 come packaged on a white plastic tray, in a little clear perspex sleeve which keeps the lashes safe and protected when you’re not wearing them. They don’t come with any lash glue, so I use MAC Duo Lash Adhesive which you have to buy separately. It’s not cheap, but it’s quite a big 14g tube and lasts for...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Bath & Body, Makeup, Random, Skincare | 2 comments

Cruelty Free Beauty

Cruelty Free Beauty

Back in the 1980s there were very few well-known cosmetic brands that didn’t test their products or ingredients on animals in some way. Fast forward to the 2000s and things had come a long way… awareness about cruelty free cosmetic was high, many high street brands had become cruelty free, many other brands professed to be cruelty free (even if sometimes their parent companies did still test ingredients on animals) and lots of small independent brands had sprung up offering natural, organic and cruelty free products. On 11th March 2013 a European Union (EU) ban on animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients came into force. This means that companies are not able to animal test new cosmetic products and ingredients that will be on sale in the EU, however they can still sell products in the EU that have been tested on animals in the past. Companies can also still animal test cosmetics that are sold outside the EU (and the animal testing must be done outside the...

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