June Beauty Roundup

July 27, 2015

That time of the month has finally arrived, and I don’t mean THAT time of the month. I mean the time to share and talk about the beauty products I have tried and added to my beauty regime this month.

Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara (*) – Definitely one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried. The wand is shaped like a a cone (it looks like a tiny Christmas tree) and is perfect for applying the product from the inner to the outer lashes effectively. The mascara product is quite liquid but thick at the same time and a single application is generous enough to make your eyelashes pop out like you’ve put on some fakes. I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to try a new type of mascara.

Nail polish additions – I can’t resist a nail polish bottle. It’s a real problem for me, I admit it. We have been through this before but in case you missed it last month, here is a photo of the extension of my problem. These cute Nails Inc bottles have been the latest additions to my collection and I found them in TK Maxx. TK Maxx is great for a bargain and the beauty products on offer are no exception.

ARTDECO (*) – I have to admit that I didn’t know this brand existed until I was sent an email offering a couple of samples to try. With a name like that, I was sold immediately, as I love anything Art Deco! My ignorance of the brand is due to the fact that only now they are launching in the UK, despite going for 3o years already in Germany! For this reason, Art Deco are offering a 30% discount on all sales from the website on their most emblematic products. You can find them not only on the website but also at Debenhams. I have tried the Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat (seeing that I love my nail polish, this is great) and the High Precision Liquid Liner (great for my and both work really well


Veet hair removal cream (*) – The eternal battle against body hair is very real and relentless – and I seem to end up talking about it all the time but who can blame me? The bloody hair seems to keep growing, regardless of how often I try to convince it that it’s one of the most inconvenient things ever. I am experimenting with permanent hair removal but while more permanent results are not achieved and it’s the Summer, there has to be a way of getting rid of unwanted hair, effectively. You see, although there is a whole feminist movement towards a more natural look – kudos to the ladies who do it – but I am not one of them and I can’t bring myself to do it. Regardless of the reasons why, I am partial to not sporting werewolf legs when I’m out barelegged in the Summer. Hair removal cream is a great way of achieving smooth skin and avoiding making it feel like it’s been tended to with a lawnmower, which unfortunately has been happening all too often when I shave. This time I tried a Veet product, their hair removal cream from the Natural Inspirations range. This particular product contains grape seed oil, a by-product of winemaking (there’s a lot of wine cosmetics on this post, it seems, I sense a trend!) that helps with controlling the moisture on the skin, which is always a concern, maintaining the skin healthy and not dry like the Saharan desert. As far as hair removal creams go, this particular Veet cream does it’s job properly. All you need to do is apply it on the areas you need cleared of hair, leave it on for no longer than 10 minutes and scrape it off with the help of the spatula that’s included in the package. Wash any remaining residue in the shower and you’re good to go!

InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream (*) – Stretch marks – the tiger stripes of anyone who has ever lived. This is the slogan I would use if I was trying to promote stretch marks to anyone but as they’re not really something you can sell or that anyone would get willingly, I have to save my copywriting skills for something else. For now I will just talk briefly about this InstaNatural cream I have been given to try. As you may have seen in previous beauty roundups, InstaNatural is a purveyor of organic and natural skincare products, avoiding those pesky chemicals that no one really likes. This product has to be one of my creams – it has a fresh scent that reminds me of cucumbers and isn’t an imposing fragrance, unlike some other InstaNatural products. Its creamy mousse leaves my skin feeling very soft and even, which in itself is a great improvement in my book.

InstaNatural Cellulite Cream(*) – Cellulite is another thing that everyone gets but nobody wants. InstaNatural are now promoting their new cellulite treatment cream, enriched with all those ingredients that have been proven to help deal with the appearance of cellulite: caffeine, retinol, vitamin C and B5, cocoa and shea butters, as well as anti-oxydants. I have tried it, not only because it should improve the appearance of my ever expanding thighs, it should also help with keeping the skin firm. The cream has an unusual texture and colour, which I can only attribute to the fact that it’s all made with natural ingredients. It spreads well and is easily absorbed by the skin and it can be used in all sections of the body that can develop that cellulite orange peel aspect. I have started using it mostly on my thighs and I’m hoping that by continuing the treatment, it will improve their look. I haven’t been using it for long but for now, I can say that my thighs feel firmer and better hydrated.

DHC Resveratrol Range (*) – Once again DHC, the Japanese beauty brand that I have grown to love, has launched a new and incredible line of skincare products, the Resveratrol Range. “It is often claimed that red wine is good for you and whilst quaffing too much can make you feel less than rejuvenated, a key ingredient found in your glass of Merlot can make you look just that – rejuvenated.  Resveratrol is a highly potent antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes and when applied topically, it improves tissue elasticity, supports the skins natural moisture barrier and protects against environmental damage.  Resveratrol is also a phytoalexin, one of 600 microbial compounds produced by plants to protect them from adverse conditions including UV rays.  In lab studies, it has been shown to promote the Sirtuin ‘longevity’ gene.” Did I hear this right? Resveratrol is red wine for your skin, which in my book, can only be good. Well, not quite but almost. There seem to be a lot of products these days that contain substances that are obtained from grapes, and these are no exception. It comes as a lotion, cream and essence which is pretty much like a serum. I have tried it a couple of times and my skin felt fresh and moisturised and it’s easily absorbed.

Coastal Scents – I saw these reviewed recently and it got me curious, the eyeshadow pans cost less than $2 and are highly pigmented. Had anyone ever ordered from their website?

All items marked with (*) have been received as samples, words and opinions are my own. 

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