Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Contouring Makeup Brush




My very first contouring makeup brush


hey girls and guys, I have my first contour makeup brush a few years too late but yay i have one.
I want to show you because  lets just face it some of us if not all have things on our face that we aint 100% happy with and obvs surgery is not cheap and is not the best way to deal with it sometimes.

Many celebs such as kim kardashian contour  their face when doing their makeup many people do it unless you know what that person looks like without makeup no one will really know you contoured your face and just think your wearing makeup.

contouring is pretty the in thing in the makeup industry everyone wants to look like kim kardashian or another celeb but in reality I think the media should be posting before and after pictures of celebs as its affecting the way we see ourselves in the mirror each day.

Anyway it is good to talk about what we are not happy with with our bodys its good to talk be open rather than lie and act like we are all perfect because nobody is perfect not even models or celebs we are all human and should learn to love ourselves a bit more and help each other to love our bodies etc.

So What I Am Not Happy With?

I am not 100% happy with my nose so obvs a nose job would not be ideal 1 because of the costs involved and 2 because surgery can make things worse complications, or ending up with a nose much worse.

Anyway as some of you beauty addicts know there is contouring where you use makeup to highlight areas of face to attract the eye to them and darken areas to hide them using shadows. contouring is like photoshop in a way but easy to do although i'm still new to contouring as I am still learning i have included some pictures of the brush I used and pictures of my makeup.




Introducing My Contour Brush


The contouring brush I used which can be brought from amazon its where I brought mine.
I really love the brush it feels so soft and gentle and looks pretty hot for a makeup brush.
Yep thats right I called a makeup brush hot I am weird like that.

Heres a Few Pictures of the brush so you can see it in its glamorous glory.






BRUSH SELFIES












Makeup You Say?


Even though back in school I gained an NVQ in makeup and nails my brain has been rusty for while now they call it baby brain when you have kids anyway in other words I am not as good as doing makeup as I would like to be but anyway practice makes perfect right?

I love changing my look since the blue hair I found my makeup don't take as long 
the blue Hair seems to be very complementing for some reason.

Anyway below is a few photos I took of my makeup bare in mind I am still need to doing contouring and using this wonderful contouring brush and need to get myself a decent contouring makeup kit as I used just foundation and bronzer etc to contour my face which does kinda work but not as good as a proper contour kit.




MUGSHOT

Excuse the brows growing them
so when I next get them done can get better shape
(Bare In Mind I Am Still New To Contouring)
I am still new to contouring and need to get myself a good contouring set
As for this I used foundation and bronzer and blusher.
Hopefully with more practice and with the right makeup I can get better at doing contour.




Overall Review

Overall I really love the contour brush I just need to get a decent contour makeup kit to go with so I can get better results anyway the brush is lovely and soft and pretty decent it comes in a plastic thing inside the box which is very hygienic also inside my box was a leaflet with a link to a website which gives tips on how to contour etc which will be helpful to a few people who are new to contouring.

Anyway I wont keep you any longer just a quick post to show you my new contour brush.
Know loads of you beauty addicts love a good makeup brush its my first contouring brush so would be good to try others to see if they are just has good or not.




Thanks for reading
Love hugs and kisses
caroline






Do you contour your face?
What contour kits are your faves?
what contour brush do you use?


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Thursday, 9 April 2015

AROMA WORKS SERENITY OIL REVIEW


AROMA WORKS SERENITY OIL REVIEW





Hey my lovelies, The warmer weather is slowly coming now yay,
Been loving this sunshine hoping it lasts.
Anyway Today I have a product by aroma works which is amazing
for your skin especially if your skin is dry like mine.

Serenity Body oil 100mls
(Aroma works sent me this in return of a honest review)


A Bit About the company



Aroma works is a company best known for their aromatherapy products
Skincare range with creams and oils and home range with the candles.
Aroma works was founded by Jane Hibbert, whose love for essential oils 
and purity stems back to her teenage years, when her pocket money was saved
to buy and experiment with the best essential oils.




First impressions


I was impressed with the box but a bit shocked when i opened it wasnt expecting loads of samples as well as a full size product, I decided to only review the full size one purely because i can use it more and get a better idea on what its like to use on my skin.
I will list a few of the samples I received tho so you can get an idea on their other products.


About The Product.




Serenity body oil 100ml key ingredients are lemongrass,neroli,geranium,coconut oil and evening primrose oil which are really good for your skin keeping your skin soft and feeling young.
Not only is the oil really great for your skin the aromas are amazing to help you unwind and destress, as mentioned it reminds me of being in a spa unwinding and relaxing like you see on the movies, you know the one the spa that makes you want to be there face mask on feet up and forget all your troubles whilst you're sipping a nice glass of champagne.




What I Think Of Serenity Body Oil?


I really love the product for a luxurious oil that costs £32.50 to buy.

When using the oil you can feel how pure the oils are and they do feel a lot better compared to other oils on the market the scent is also amazing reminds me of being in a posh spa.
you can use this oil in your own home when doing your daily skincare routine and feel amazing when doing in with the amazing aromas and how delicate the oils are you can get the best.
even though £32.50 maybe a bit steep for some people on a budget it is a money saver when you think how much you would spend in a posh spa for someone to put these oils on your face.




What I liked about the product


I really loved how lovely the oil made my skin after using it.
from the first use I started to feel a big difference in my skin.
The oil doesn't feel cloggy like other oils do and the balance was spot on for me.
The smell of the oil made me feel great and helped me to unwind and relax.


I also love the packaging of the product the little box the oil comes in is a very nice touch.
the ingredients and directions to use the oil was very clearly listed on the box.

What I didn't like about the product.
There is not much i didn't like as it was truly a luxurious product throughout.
Although i do feel other people might think the price is abit steep.
But since trying this myself i can say it is worth every penny for the quality you are receiving.





Where I think aroma works could improve!
Nothing to do with the product, but the aroma works website itself I feel wasn't as great to look through as other sites so for customers trying to buy might find their website an issue to use.
the aroma website on the computer kept taking me to the mobile one.
But when i scrolled to bottom to find desktop site it was a lot better.


I think aroma works needs a sleek website for mobile and desktop.
Because their products are very luxurious I feel a website to match their products is needed.






Overall review



Overall I am suitably impressed with the super fine quality of the oil I tried,
Not only did it leave my skin feeling soft and moisturised it made my skin smell great too.
The aromas really was uplifting made me feel relaxed and calm.
I am not to keen on their current website the mobile site on desktop is not very appealing although the desktop one is a lot better i feel it doesn't really do their amazing products justice.
website aside I cannot fault aroma works I am tempted to buy their candles and other home fragrences as well as I do love a good candle and aromatherapy which is great for your mind the scents are amazing.

A few other products aroma works sell are the following



Small Candles
Medium Candles
Large Candles
Reed Diffusers
Electric Diffusers
Room Mists
Essential oils
Signature Range
Duo Box
Bath Oil
Body Oil
Christmas Candle



Moisturise
Anti-aging
cleanse-tone
serums
facial oils
exfoliate
eye care
body care
masks
handcare
men range


You can follow aroma works







Thank you for reading
Lots of love and kisses

Caroline

Have you tried aroma works products?

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Blue Hair





Hey girls and guys a personal post here for a change, 
which is great as its been a while since i have had a break from talking about products .
Has some of you know who follow me on instagram I have a new hair colour.

For ages now I have sworn never to go brown my natreal colour is brown although alot of people say brown suits me its not for me and I am a lover of being blonde as it makes me feel great about myself.

Anyway I have had a made crazy moment and jumped head first (excuse the pun)
I have dyed my hair blue it still needs a few more touch ups etc but its blue.
The roots are still abit weird as I need to bleach them and put blue on top.

Talking of blue At some stage will show you a blue hair chalk I got at the beauty event.
Will let hubby or chloe Test it on their hair as its washable they won't have permanente blue like me.


Thought I would show you all what I have been up to today!
I be back soon as currently testing some products for you.


mellor and russell hair dye


Hope you all have a wonderful easter.
Speak to you all very soon.

Lots of hugs kisses, and chocolate bunnies

Caroline



Bring me more smurfs !!


Have you ever done anything crazy with your hair?
What's the craziest colour you have gone?
what do you think of blue hair?

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Its Not Coffee


Crio bru Cocoa beans review
Hey guys and girls, hope you are all well and enjoying the easter holidays.
Have you been up to anything nice? anyone not eating chocolate for medical or diet purposes?
If you can't eat chocolate why not treat yourself to something else, spa day maybe.

Anyway Todays review is something, tasty, luxurious and it's not coffee.
You may be thinking am I mad, am I sick?
Well I am mad and crazy but I am not sick.
So those of you who follow me on instagram, and my facebook page may know,
I have two bags of cocoa beans which I have been enjoying with the hubby.


First Thoughts
My first impression of the product was neutral purely because.
I knew I love hot chocolate etc but have not tried 100% cocoa beans before,
so kept an open mind to how I thought and expected them to taste.
The packaging on both bags of cocoa beans look simple but effective design.


Cavalla

Hubby holding the cavalla


What the website says
Product Description
Flavor Notes Of Coconut And Cinnamon Found Naturally In Premium Cocoa Beans From Ivory Coast

Winding along its western front, the Cavalla River gives shape to the exotic Ivory Coast. The surrounding agricultural area is dotted with small, family-owned farms that produce the very best African cacao. The dark, earthy-toned beans are carefully hand picked and dried naturally by the sun to enhance the full-bodied chocolate flavor, which hints of dark spice, coconut and cinnamon. These incredible natural flavors come to life when you brew a cup of Cavalla, made from 100% pure, perfectly roasted cocoa beans.


What I think of cavilla



First of all I opened the bag and smelt it smelt really lovely like chocolate which smelt very tempting and shouting out at me like try me I am good sort of smell.
Anyway me and hubby put some in our fresh coffee press added water and waited for it to brew.

After about 10 mins we poured it into our coffee mugs and the smell was divine.
Then we both decided to take a sip for us both we felt it tasted a bit bitter which according to my cocoa bean drinking friends this is normal for cocoa to taste because its rich and a product that's luxurious and more of a treat then a drink you drink all day everyday.

Little secret
Tip for making it taste less bitter and more enjoyable
Add a splash of milk and some sugar

Where to buy Cavalla
You can buy cavalla here on Crio Bru website


Coca river


What the website says about coca river
Product Description

Flavor Notes Of Green Bananas And Blackberries Found Naturally In Premium Cocoa Beans From Ecuador Rising on the flanks of equatorial volcanoes, the Coca River winds through an emerald paradise in southern Ecuador until it feeds into the mighty Amazon. A village close to the Coca River, in a valley called Vilcabamba, is famous for the longevity of its people, many living more than a century. Nurtured in the black soil of this valley and the rich humidity of the cloud-covered rainforest, the Ecuadorian cacao bean produces the chocolatiest Crio Brü. This smooth, sweet and nourishing drink is accented by a perfumed floral scent and lovely floral tones, including a dominant green banana note, blueberries and jasmine.



What I think of coca river


To be honest it tasted pretty similar to cavilla, rich and bitter, and smelt like fresh chocolate.
so my views on this are the same its more of a luxury than a daily drink so ie one a day or special occasions if you are not keen on bitter taste although you can add milk if required and sugar to balance out the flavour and take the bitterness away. 

Little secret

Tip for making it taste less bitter and more enjoyable
Add a splash of milk and some sugar

Additional Information


Made from 100% pure, perfectly roasted cocoa beans with no additives
Less caffeine than decaffeinated coffee
Gluten, Dairy & Soya Free
Only 10 calories per serving and 0 sugars
4,516 IU antioxidants per serving

Overall Review




I really love the idea of 100% cocoa beans although I am not very keen on the bitter taste.
Although this is suppose to be normal with pure cocoa beans it wasn't for me.
Although I have found a way I like to enjoy mine I add 2 sugars and a splash of milk which works well for me and my hubby as we found this helped with the taste probably because we are used to drinking coffee with sugar and milk in also.


But I must add The best thing about Crio Bru cocoa beans are the fact that they are not only 100% pure they contain less caffeine than decaffeinated coffee which is great for those of you who can't sleep due to too much coffee like myself.

Gluten dairy and soya free meaning great for those of you with allergies to these things.
Also great for those of you who are trying to cut down on calories has there is only 10 calories per serving and 0 sugars.


So overall I am pleased with crio bru and will continue to drink it but will add milk and sugar to mine as mentioned I am not really one for a bitter taste but each to their own.
I am also going to look for some recipes to bake with the cocoa beans which will be great.
I love a spot of baking and so does my hubby he makes the best chocolate cake.
Talking of baking and recipes heres some right here on the crio bru website.

How to contact Crio Bru?



Thank you for reading
caroline




Have you tried crio bru cocoa beans?
Which ones are your favorites?
Do you bake using cocoa beans?

You can find out more about crio bru here on the crio bru website