Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Get Midsummer Ready with Pixi

This is the time of year when they are many concerts, weddings and outdoor festivals going on. I was meant to be going to a Diana Ross concert this month but for obvious reasons, all concerts and festivals right now have been postponed or cancelled. But since we have none of them just now doesn't mean we can't get midsummer ready right? Pixi have you sorted so you can still enjoy festival style makeup. 

Pixi was very generous to gift this gorgeous belted bag with some festival-inspired goodies inside. Inside is a mixture of products which I will tell you more about below!

Monday, 6 July 2020

June Rewind | 2020

This is the first post like this I have ever done on my blog but I have decided to have a little bit of a change to add a little more dimension to my blog. These monthly rewind posts will have a mixture of subjects including fashion, what I've been watching and blog posts during the month.

Lockdown is on day 10290.... well it might as well be because I have lost count on how many days now. June was a super fast month for us all which is funny because jump back to April it seemed to last forever. Lockdown is taking some adjusting too but we are doing our best for sure.

(outfit 1 details: Shein Top in 1XL SKU: vest180423704
New Look Jeans - old had a few years
Scooby-Doo Converse)
(Outfit 2: Hat - Primark, Had a few years now
Shein Dungerees SKU: swjumpsui01190709049
Top - Primark )
(Outfit 3: Top - Found in a charity shop
Pants - Zara Basics)
What Happened in June
  • We completed our homeschooling journey! My goodness, that was a journey and a half but we made the most of it. We are still going to be doing some lessons during the summer too. 
  • My brother in law got a new kitten called Nero! He is a ginger tom and he's lush! 
  • I got some Scooby doo converse shoes! I am a huge fan of scooby doo so I'm super glad to have these. 
  • I got some new house plants and also some of my homegrown strawberries ripened! Super happy with them. My tomato and cucumber plants are growing so well. 
  • My mum is awaiting test results and damn I am worried. Time is taking ages
  • I haven't read as much as I would like and i have lost the book I have nearly finished.
  • We went to the park a few times during the month to make the most of the weather, obviously, socially distanced though.  

Goals for July
  • Read more! I fell short in June but I did manage to read more than the previous month which is a plus. 
  • Finishing decorating my flat. I have done a lot of decorating so far. So far I have nearly finished my kitchen, living room, kids rooms and my own. I need some finishing touches and that will be it.
lab with pride flag

Blog Posts

Until next time Mel x 

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Just Arrived: Pixi Retinol & Jasmine Collection

Yay, another collection has come out from Pixi! This time it is the Retinol & Jasmine Collection! I know they may have had some products in their range before but now they have added a few more products to add to their range! 

Now I know the hype is real about retinol in the beauty world but I am going to be completely honest with you all, this is the first time I am trying retinol-based products.  All I know about retinol is that it's an amazing antiaging product that should be used in a skincare routine as it has many benefits including reduces fine lines by increasing collagen production

Since it was the first time I was trying retinol I was a bit on the fence as its something new in my skincare routine plus its an active ingredient. But saying that I was more curious to see if it works for me. I am 30 in a couple of months so I am changing up my skincare routine a little bit. 
The Retinol range from Pixi looks like a great start point ( like myself) for anyone who hasn't tried retinol yet or has used stronger retinol and wasn't keen on it. This range is gentle and effective with an entire range to help you get through the day. 

Retinol Jasmine Cleanser (RRP £18) - This cream cleanser is infused with jasmine, ceramides, antioxidants and also a touch of retinol. It helps remove impurities, clean the skin and leave the skin feeling smoother. Can be used AM or PM depending on your preference. For me personally, I have been using it in the evenings. 

Retinol Tonic (RRP from £10) - This was one of the first products in the range released last year I think. I love over Pixi tonics so this one fits into my routine nicely.  This has a unique time-release of retinol which helps rejuvenate the skin throughout the day. The jasmine flower helps to heal and soothe. Can be used AM and or PM. I personally like using it PM ( I use something different in the morning). 

Retinol Jasmine Lotion (RRP £24) - This lightweight yet milky lotion is deeply moisturizing. It contains retinol (obviously lol), jasmine oil to soothe and also peptides to help renew and firm. Can be used daily but don't forget to use SPF after applying this as this doesn't have any. 

Retinol Eye Cream (RRP £22) - This cream is formulated to improve elasticity, smooth and protect the delicate eye area. This has retinol, peptides to firm and also a kick caffeine which depuffs and energises

In the collection, they are 2 oils. One is a newbie and the other you may be familiar with. Since I haven't tried any retinol-based products they are both new to me

Jasmine Oil Blend ( RRP £26) - This has been available for a while now but this was the first time I got the chance to finally use it. This beautiful oil blend helps skin recover from the loss of moisture and dullness. It contains jasmine flower which heals and balances, Evening Primrose which boosts circulation and hydrates and finally grape seed oil which helps promote collagen restoration. Can be used AM and or PM. 

Overnight Retinol Oil (RRP £26) - This is the newbie to the range. This exquisite oil helps to improve skins plumpness, reduce fine lines and pores. It contains retinol, peptides to firm and ceramides which provide time-released moisture. As you can see by the name its a PM product.

So that is the whole collection. Check out the entire Pixi Retinol collection here where you will find out more info on each of the products. I will give a full review on each product one I have used them all so keep a lookout for future blog posts on them. 

Until next time Mel x

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Thursday, 18 June 2020

Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask Review

When it comes to face masks I must say I am very partial to using them a couple of times a week ( even more so now we are on a lockdown) My skin is normal to combination and sometimes can be a little on the oily side so i need something to help give my skin a little bit of a detox every now and again.

I have tried my fair share of face masks over the years but when it comes to a pink clay face masks I think I have only tried one prior to this one. This pink clay mask was kindly sent for me to review from Alya Skin
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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Lush Nana Shower Gel | Review

lush nana shower gel

Hello, everyone!
It seems quite a while since my last Lush blog post. I think the reason for that was I took a break shopping there because I felt I was being rhetorical as they weren't many new releases at that time and I just didn't feel up to it either, nothing to do with the shop but rather me not wanting to go out to my nearest shopping centre.  I decide to go back for some goodies as they were new releases and you guessed it, 2 weeks after we had the lockdown. 

So I have tried a fair few Lush shower gels and each one of them i have loved. I decided to give Lush Nana shower gel a try as I have seen so many positives on it online and to be honest yellow is one of my favourite colours so I thought why not eh? 

Sunday, 31 May 2020

A Skincare Self-Care Package from Antipodes

Hello everyone! 
At the start of lockdown, I was very fortunate to get a lovely email from Antipodes asking me if I would like a self-care package. I jumped at the chance as I love skincare products and being honest I felt a bit low at the start of lockdown as they have been so many changes during this uncertain time. They sent me some of their new products as well as some older favourites too. 

When the box came it was so tiny I found they may be only a small gift inside but nope, they was two skincare products and two lipsticks. Inside was the new Antipodes Baptise h20 hydrating gel, also new was the Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye cream. Lastly, they were two healthy lipsticks in the shades in Queenstown Hot chocolate and Forest Berry red. 

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