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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Review I Miners Cosmetics Strawberry Tin o' Tint


Miners Cosmetics have recently added a strawberry flavoured tinted lipbalm to their Tin o' Tint range. There are already six other delicious flavours available including Cherry, Watermelon, Vanilla, Pink Grapefruit, Cocoa Bean and Mango. 

The basics at a glance:

Packaging: Colourful round tin
Designed for: The lips
Consistency: Glossy balm
Scent: Strawberry
Size: 12 g
Price: £2.99
Available from: Miners Cosmetics

Miners Cosmetics Strawberry Tin o' Tint Tinted Lip Balm Swatch
Miners Cosmetics Strawberry Tin o' Tint Tinted Lip Balm Swatch

Miners Cosmetics Strawberry Tin o' Tint Tinted Lip Balm on my lips
Miners Cosmetics Strawberry Tin o' Tint Tinted Lip Balm on my lips

Miners Cosmetics Tin o' Tints are tinted lip balms that are designed to 'tint 'n' care'. This is an eye catching product that's inexpensive and performs well. The colour payoff is very good for a tinted lip balm and it leaves a soft red tint and a subtle shine on the lips. The smell is fresh, fruity and delicious. In fact, it really does taste good enough to eat (although I wouldn't recommend doing that!) It has a smooth feeling on the lips and is perhaps a tad on the greasy side for me but I can forgive it that because my lips always feel comfortably moisturised when I'm wearing this. This pot also contains a generous 12 g of product which makes it great value for money. 
 
Miners Cosmetics Strawberry Tin o' Tint Tinted Lip Balm
Miners Cosmetics Strawberry Tin o' Tint Tinted Lip Balm

 This is a good product to wear on an everyday basis because it's casual and low maintenance. While this may not be one of the best lipbalms on the market per se, I do think it's one of the best and most enjoyable lipbalms around for the price. I will continue to enjoy using this as we move into the colder months because this type of thick, vaseline like lipbalm is especially good for creating a barrier layer and protecting lips from the elements which can be a problem during Winter. 

 I've also tried the Miners Cosmetics Cherry Tin o' Tint (review here). 

Do you enjoy wearing tinted lipbalm?  

Hanna xox

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Review I MEME Superbox #43: A/W 2014 Makeup

MEME Makeup Superbox #43 2014 FW Colors

MEME Makeup Superbox #43 2014 FW Colors

MEME Makeup Superbox #43 2014 FW Colors

MEME Makeup Superbox #43 2014 FW Colors

MEME Makeup Superbox #43 2014 FW Colors

This is my second Memebox and it's another good one! This is the Meme Superbox #43 and it has really hit the mark for me. It's an all makeup beauty box based on the latest Autumn / Winter 2014 makeup colour trends. 


Memebox is a Korean non-subscription beauty box service that offers a wide range of themed beauty boxes containing the most popular and on trend Korean brands and products. This Meme Superbox #43 costs $23.00 and international shipping is $6.99 which represents great value for money as the products inside the box are usually of a much higher value than the cost of the box itself. For example, this Meme Superbox #43 contains a massive seven full size makeup products worth a combined total RRP of $77. Perhaps not surprisingly, this Memebox is currently sold out.

This Meme Superbox #43 is one of the dreamiest beauty boxes I've ever tried. The makeup is all beautifully packaged, very well pigmented and the Autumn / Winter theme is perfect for revamping my outdated summer makeup routine. 


A couple of brands feature more than one product in this box. Although this may restrict the content variety of the box a little, I personally think that it offers a good opportunity to cross sample a wider range of products in order to get a better feel for the brand itself overall. In particular, the DD'ell brand looks to offer professional quality makeup and the Witch's Pouch makeup line looks to be fun and spooky, making it perfect for Halloween which is coming up soon!

Witch's Pouch Love Me Blusher 07 Sexy Swan 11g RRP $14 

This blush is certainly something that I would have chosen for myself. It's a beautiful and well pigmented peachy coral shade with a pearly shimmer. The texture is velvety soft and blendable. The packaging is adorable as well as practical and the little brush is super soft so it's actually one brush I will get some use from unlike most other brushes that come with a makeup product! This shade appears a little bit more coral toned on my actual cheeks and a light hand is all that is needed with this densely pigmented blush which gives great colour pay-off. 


Witch's Pouch Love Me Blusher 07 Sexy Swan 11g rrp $14
Witch's Pouch Love Me Blusher 07 Sexy Swan 11g RRP $14
Witch's Pouch Love Me Blusher 07 Sexy Swan 11g rrp $14 Swatch
Witch's Pouch Love Me Blusher 07 Sexy Swan 11g RRP $14 Swatch

Witch's Pouch POPO Lipstick Burgundy Wine 19g RRP $12 


This is another product from the Witch's Pouch brand and its a deep berry lipstick that swatches more of a blood orange red on my hand but looks like a dark, slightly brownish red on my lips (think 90's style red lipstick). The packaging is cute and feels strong making it great to throw in my handbag for reapplying on the go without worrying about it breaking. I think this lipstick will be a nice one to wear when I'm looking for a non typical and slightly demure red shade. 


Witch's Pouch POPO Lipstick Burgundy Wine 19g rrp $12 Bullet
Witch's Pouch POPO Lipstick Burgundy Wine 19g RRP $12 Bullet

Witch's Pouch POPO Lipstick Burgundy Wine 19g rrp $12 Swatch
Witch's Pouch POPO Lipstick Burgundy Wine 19g RRP $12 Swatch

YADAH Angel Lip Tint 02 Red-Wine Gromwell 24g RRP $8 

This lip tint is a red berry colour which is very on trend this season. Lip tints offer more longevity than other lip products so this is a great low maintenance option for days when you don't have time to keep reapplying lipstick. The packaging is a little childish but it has a certain appeal nonetheless and the doe foot applicator is an easy, non-messy and hygienic way to use the product. I must say, this does have impressive staining capabilities as I swatched this on my hand, took a photograph and then wiped it off about a minute later and it had already thoroughly stained my hand! (See the before and after pictures below.) 

YADAH Angel Lip Tint 02 Red-Wine Gromwell 24g rrp $8
YADAH Angel Lip Tint 02 Red-Wine Gromwell 24g RRP $8
YADAH Angel Lip Tint 02 Red-Wine Gromwell 24g rrp $8 Swatch
YADAH Angel Lip Tint 02 Red-Wine Gromwell 24g RRP $8 Swatch
YADAH Angel Lip Tint 02 Red-Wine Gromwell 24g rrp $8 Stain Swatch
YADAH Angel Lip Tint 02 Red-Wine Gromwell 24g RRP $8 Stain from swatch

DD'ell Illumination Eye Shadow 15 Shimmer Green 2.2g RRP $11


This DD'ell eyeshadow is a lovely green shade that is almost multidimensional as the pearly shimmer catches the light so well and it has some silvery turquoise undertones. The formula is soft, pigmented and blendable. This may sound like a French brand given the name (DD'ell means 'for her' in French) but naturally, it's another Korean makeup brand. The packaging is practical and more grown up looking than some of the other brands and products in the box. Green isn't an eyeshadow colour that I typically use very often but I do feel that this one is a wearable shade, even in the daytime, and green is a festive colour which is spot on given that we are now fast on the approach towards Christmas. 


DD'ell Illumination Eye Shadow 15 Shimmer Green 2.2g rrp $11
DD'ell Illumination Eye Shadow 15 Shimmer Green 2.2g RRP $11
DD'ell Illumination Eye Shadow 15 Shimmer Green 2.2g rrp $11 Swatch
DD'ell Illumination Eye Shadow 15 Shimmer Green 2.2g RRP $11 Swatch

DD'ell Stay Forever Gel Eye Pencil 06 Twilight Purple and 08 Garden Light 1.2g RRP $14 


These eyeliners are two more products from the brand DD'ell. I really like gel eyeliner pencils as they tend to be smooth, creamy and well pigmented. These look like twist up eyeliners but they're actually of the traditional sharpener variety. These glide smoothly but they do need warming up on the back of my hand first and then it's easy to build up a strong pop of colour using a light hand with no dragging on the delicate eyelid skin. They're definitely a cut above most of my other non-gel pencil eyeliners. They do last a long time too, especially if you set them with a little eyeshadow. They have good pigmentation and once again, the shimmer effect is very on trend for the 2014 A/W season.


DD'ell Stay Forever Gel Eye Pencil 06 Twilight Purple and 08 Garden Light 1.2g rrp $14
DD'ell Stay Forever Gel Eye Pencil 06 Twilight Purple and 08 Garden Light 1.2g RRP $14
DD'ell Stay Forever Gel Eye Pencil 06 Twilight Purple and 08 Garden Light 1.2g rrp $14
DD'ell Stay Forever Gel Eye Pencil 06 Twilight Purple and 08 Garden Light 1.2g RRP $14
DD'ell Stay Forever Gel Eye Pencil 06 Twilight Purple and 08 Garden Light 1.2g RRP $14 Swatches

Shara Shara Fairy's Perfume Nail Polish VL01 Lilac Bora 65g RRP $4

This is a bit of a novelty item as the packaging has an ornamental look and it's a scented nail polish that does smell far more pleasant than most typical nail polishes. It's another shimmery formula and I do feel that this is more of a purple shade rather than a true lilac as the name would suggest but it's a pretty colour nonetheless. The swatch below is just one thin layer of polish and as you can see, it's already opaque so this pretty little polish does pack quite a punch!


Shara Shara Fairy's Perfume Nail Polish VL01 Lilac Bora 65g rrp $4
Shara Shara Fairy's Perfume Nail Polish VL01 Lilac Bora 65g RRP $4
Shara Shara Fairy's Perfume Nail Polish VL01 Lilac Bora Swatch 65g rrp $4
Shara Shara Fairy's Perfume Nail Polish VL01 Lilac Bora Swatch 65g RRP $4

This Meme Superbox #43 is packed full of fun and interesting on trend Korean makeup products. I will be enjoying playing with these over the next few months and if there is anything you would like to see a full review of, please let me know! 

There are currently lots of discount codes floating around the internet if you fancy giving Memebox a try. I also have this one below to share with you which gives $5 off any order until 30th September. 

XEPQPR 
 
MEME Makeup Superbox #43
MEME Makeup Superbox #43

You can see my Memebox Special Skincare #9 review here

Are you tempted to try a Memebox?

Hanna x

 


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review I Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Lipbalm Kit

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry


I do enjoy a good lipbalm but this is the first time I've ever had the fun of making my very own DIY lipbalm! I used this Make Your Own Kit from Sweet Cecily's which allows anyone to make 5 all natural lipbalms from scratch. It comes complete with all the necessary ingredients as well as some adorable little lipbalm tins, each with it's own customizable sticky label. 

This Make Your Own Lipbalm Kit from Sweet Cecily's is more than just a fun DIY beauty project or a great gift idea as you actually end up with 5 gorgeous all natural lipbalms that remind me a lot of the LUSH Cosmetics ones. Like a lot of girls, I've tried too many lipbalms but over time, I've come to realize that my favorite ones usually contain natural ingredients such as oils, butters and waxes. I like these types of lipbalms best because they always feel very moisturizing on my lips and to my delight, this strawberry lipbalm kit contains plenty of rich and naturally moisturising ingredients. 


Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry

The outer product packaging has an authentic and slightly handmade feel to it but the overwhelming impression is still that of a well thought out and polished design. It consists of a brown cardboard box with a large sticky label on the top and the Sweet Cecily's branding and logo printed on the front side. While the packaging may be simple, sturdy and environmentally friendly, it's the personalized name printed on the sticky label that makes it feel so much more special than just another brown recyclable cardboard box but of course, we all know it's what's inside that really matters! #innerbeauty

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry


Inside the box, there is a selection of ingredients, tins and labels. All of the contents are visible through transparent packaging that is clearly labeled and hygienically sealed. On the inside of the box lid, there is a straightforward list of instructions to follow that I found smoothly guided me through the enjoyable process of creating these DIY lipbalms. 

This is a picture heavy post, but I've captured the step by step process of making my DIY all natural lipbalms at home below. 

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 1: Heat up a clean and empty heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 2: Add the Shea Butter
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 3: Add the Beeswax
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 4: Add the Cocoa Butter
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 5: Let the ingredients melt
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Ingredients melting
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 6: Add the Almond & Calendula Oil
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 7: Mix all of the ingredients together
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 8: Remove the bowl from heat and add the strawberry flavour
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 9: Mix all of the ingredients together
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Step 10: Transfer the lipbalm mixture into the tins and leave to cool down and set. 
Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
All of the empty lipbalm ingredient packets
The process of making these lipbalms was fun and hassle free. My finished lipbalms ended up looking a bit lumpy but this was entirely my own fault. I stopped to take a photograph half way through spooning the mixture into the lipbalm containers and in that time, the mixture started to cool down and set. So, that's the main piece of advice I would offer based on my experience: Spoon the mixture into the lipbalm containers quickly or else the mixture may start to set, giving your finished lipbalms the appearance of an uneven surface.

As for the usability of the finished lipbalms themselves, they're very moisturising and soothing. It's nice to know exactly what's in them and these are packed full of richly nourishing and natural ingredients rather than petroleum by-products.

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
The finished DIY lipbalm
The blank sticky labels are a lovely feature as you can decorate it however you like. Perhaps you could create a design based on the seasons, a memorable occasion or you could even personlise it to make an extra special gift for somebody else.

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
My lipbalm label design

Sweet Cecily's Make Your Own DIY Natural Lipbalm Kit in Strawberry
Very happy with how my homemade lipbalm turned out!

This Make Your Own Lipbalm Kit is available from Sweet Cecily's in four different varieties: Strawberry, Orange, Spearmint and unscented. The lipbalm kits retail for £15.95 which works out at £3.19 per tin of lipbalm. As I said earlier, the finished product does remind me a lot of the LUSH Cosmetics lipbalms but those ones retail for £5.75 each so this kit not only provides a great way of having some creative fun but it's also pretty good value for money too. And with five lipbalms to go at, there is plenty to share with friends and family. I've already given one away to my sister and I'm saving a couple more to use as stocking fillers. Sweet Cecily's also have a Make Your Own Body Scrub Kit and a Make Your Own Face Mask Kit which seem very tempting too!

Sweet Cecily's have just launched their new website to showcase some of the latest additions to their product line and to celebrate, they're offering free UK shipping on all orders until the end of September. Simply enter the code: LAUNCH2014 at the checkout.  

Have you tried to make any of your own DIY beauty products yet?

Hanna x

 


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