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3 July 2015

Freedom Makeup Pro Bare Lipstick Collection

Freedom Makeup Pro Bare Lipstick Collection
Freedom Makeup Pro Bare Lipstick Collection
Freedom Makeup Pro Bare Lipstick Collection
Freedom Makeup Pro Bare Lipstick Collection

I've mentioned several times on this blog that I'm not a lipstick person. I'm not even a lipgloss person. The furthest I go when it comes to lip products is an unscented, non-coloured balm, but that was until I discovered nude lipsticks.

I've featured a couple on the blog this year and I was recently sent some lipsticks from the Freedom Makeup Pro Bare collection* so thought I'd chat about them today.

Freedom is a relatively new brand, created off the back of Makeup Revolution, which is one of my favourites! The intention is to provide professional quality makeup for budget prices. Each lipstick from the Pro Bare collection is £1. Yes, just one little pound. I'm not joking.

I rather love the nude shades in this collection and they range from pretty peach to beige, perfect for someone like me who has rather pale skin and is a bit nervous of dark and bright red shades. On application the lipsticks are a little thin and not hugely pigmented but a few coats does seem to fix this. I opted for a pink shade in the pic above and as you can see, it's ideal for creating a 'barely there' make-up look.

Overall I really like the whole collection, there's a nice little range of neutral shades, which are right up my street. This is definitely the type of collection you should pick up if you want to ease yourself into wearing lipstick more often. A great starter kit.

Have you tried the Freedom Makeup Pro Bare collection? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

*I was sent these lovely lipsticks as PR samples.
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1 July 2015

Budget beauty treats: Dirty Works Cucumber Eye Pads and Buff Your Stuff Body Scrub

Dirty Works Cucumber Eye Pads and Body Scrub

There seems to be a bit of a pre-bedtime routine theme running on the blog this week. Today I've decided to feature some more products that I've been loving at bath time on a Sunday evening.

I spotted the Dirty Works Cucumber Eye Pads* on a couple of blogs and I was so intrigued about them. I don't really suffer from puffy eyes or bags (at least I don't think my bags are too big!) but it's always good to give that area a little treat. The pads themselves are pre-moistened with soothing cucumber & aloe vera and come in sealed packets, perfect for popping on when you're in the bath. They're super soothing and cooling too, you can make them even more cooling by popping them into the fridge before use as well, perfect for the hot weather.

I've never tried anything like this before and it was a bit strange and tricky not to open my eyes. I definitely wouldn't recommend opening your eyes, even a bit as you'll definitely get the cucumbery juices in them, not that they stung too much though!

After using the pads I felt like the area round my eyes felt really soft and soothed. They're ideal if you've had little sleep the night before or are particularly stressed out and puffy. I'd definitely recommend as a little Sunday evening pick-me-up!

The Buff Your Stuff scrub* is also another cute, cheap and cheerful product I've been using for a couple of weeks now. I particularly like using the scrub on my legs before shaving to counteract shaving rash. The scrub itself contains sweet almond oil, which smells amazing and helps leave my legs feeling lovely and soft. The only thing I would say is that I'd prefer it is had more scrub beads in it. I feel like it needs more when I rub it in, I like to really feel the 'scrub' over my skin if that makes sense.

Overall I'm pretty impressed with these two products. They're the perfect purse friendly beauty treats and are easily available in your local Sainsburys!

Have you tried Dirty Works' products before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

*This post contains PR samples.
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29 June 2015

Blissful bath time

Bath products
On a Sunday evening there's nothing I like more than a bubble bath. Since late last year I developed a problem with sleeping on a Sunday night and I don't really know why or where it came from but I think it had something to do with that 'back to school/work' anxiety thing that everyone gets.

So, in a bid to get myself to sleep of an evening, I developed a bit of a calming/relaxing routine, starting off with a lovely bath. A relaxing bath doesn't just mean tons of bubbles, oh no, I like to really use lots of lotions and potions in my bath water.

I usually start off with the bubble bath, maybe add a bath bomb or bath melt and some kind of bath oil. I recently ran out of one of my fave Noble Isle bath oils so have been using the Weleda Wild Rose Cream Bath* as a substitute and I really love it. 100ml of the good stuff will cost £12.95, which isn't too pricey as you only need a little bit for each bath, meaning you really get your money's worth here. Despite coming in something reminiscent of a medicine bottle complete with clicky lid, the cream is really yummy and nourishing on the skin. The blend of rose, jojoba and oil leaves the skin feeling really soft so there's no need for an after bath moisturiser at all.

Having a bath is also about de-stressing after a hard week and getting ready for a new one. I find Lavender scents really help with the calming process and as well as my lavender bath oil I've been loving a bit of the Argan+ white Lavender De-Stress Bath Soak*. Lavender is widely known as a scent to help you get a peaceful night sleep so I fill my bath with the stuff! Not only is this bath soak completely de-stressing but it also produces lovely skin softening bubbles thanks to its Argan Oil and Aloe Vera contents.

After stewing in a bath that's half cream/oil and half water, I like to get out and continue the relaxing pre-bedtime routine with a bit of the SenSpa Talc Free Natural Body Powder*. This stuff really takes me back to being a kid and having talcum powder literally smothered all over me after a bath. The SenSpa powder is actually talc free but contains a fusion of lavender, patchouli and geranium essential oils, which make it super indulgent and softening on the skin. The key ingredient for me in this one is the lavender...can you see a theme ocurring here?

After this I feel completely relaxed and ready for the land of nod. Developing a pre-bedtime routine has really helped me and for the past few months I've slept really well on a Sunday evening. Just writing this post has made me desperate for a bath!

What's your pre-bedtime routine? What products are your bathtime favourites? Let me know the comments.

*I've been lucky enough to be sent these products as samples to use as I see fit.
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