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What's in my Handbag | River Island Edition

What's in my Handbag | River Island Edition

I have seen What's in my Handbag blog posts around the internet for years now! I have been blogging for over 4 years now and I have only just thought wahey lass why don't you do what's in your handbag post, even though my bag hasn't got anything particular fun inside. 

I currently have 2 handbags; one is from New Look and the other one is my River Island handbag which is usually the everyday handbag I use most days. I took a picture of what's inside my bag at the moment but I put in the list below some other things that could be in their more often than not. 
What's in my Handbag | River Island Edition
Inside my Handbag 
  • Chewing Gum - I like to have some in my bag as when I have lunch out, I like my breath to be fresh afterwards. 
  • Mobile Phone - I carry this everywhere of course LOL. I like to listen to music outside when I am walking and also for it to count the number of steps I do daily.
  • Loose Change - Whenever I get to change some manages to fall in my bag, I am so clumsy lol. 
  • Badge/s- My brother collects badges and whenever I go out I keep a lookout for them. He has nearly 20,000 badges now in his collection. 
  • Purse- Always a must for my handbag, my brother in law bought me this nightmare before Christmas purse last year and has been my go-to purse ever since
  • Endless Lipsticks- When I apply a lipstick in the morning I tend to throw it in my handbag so I can reapply later. 
  • Sanitary Towels - My periods are unpredictable so I like to be ready, so I always carry at least 4 pads in a mini bag in my handbag. 
  • Padlock- I don't really use this much now but this is for my gym locker while I'm at the gym.
  • Tissues- Colds, tears or whatever you never know when you need a hanky.
  • Keys- Hopefully, forget these LOL! I need these to get back into my flat.
  • Hand Sanitizer - These are so handy when out and about! Perfect for getting rid of unwanted bacteria. 
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Mel x 

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Kit Star Brushes | Review

     
Kit Star Brushes | Review

This post contains PR/gifted items, no paid content. All opinions are my own
When it comes to makeup, I sure know that a good makeup brush can make such a difference in creating and finishing a makeup look. On my mission of trying new brushes that work well for my makeup routine Kit Stars Brushes sent me some of their base & eyeshadow brushes to try out. 

Kit Star brushes are made from either natural or vegan bristles. The handles are weighted and look stylish with their glossy black and golden design. They are hand made and honestly, they are literally a luxurious made brush with an affordable price to everyone! Prices start at just £6 and the highest product being a respectable £15. 
Kit Star Brushes | Review
Kit Star Brushes | Review
I tried the following brushes 

Eye brushes 

  • N30 Small Tapered Blender - Perfect for definition & contour on the socket. I also like to add a pop of highlighter to the inner corner on my eyes. 
  • N31 Tapered Blender - Similar to the previous brush, just slightly bigger, for adding definition. 
  • N32 Shader - Perfect for applying the right amount of product to the eyelid! Packs pigment effortlessly!
  • N33 Micro Pencil - Perfect for smudging a smokey liner, adding small amounts of concealer for definition, this small brush is quite handy.
  • S41 Short Angle - Probably the best eyebrow brush I have ever used, perfect brows easily! It's firm yet flexible.
Kit Star Brushes | Review

Face brushes 
  • N1 Powder - This applies powder like a dream! It's so soft and applies perfectly. 
  • N2 Shaping Veil - Perfect for using with highlighter and sculpting. 
  • N3 Blush - The blush brush applies blush with ease on cheekbones, love how soft it applies the blush. Can be subtle or built up. 
  • S4 Base Polisher - Perfect for use with liquid, powder foundation and also creams! A very versatile brush. Now my day to day foundation brush.
  • S40 Easy Lip - I like to add definition to my lips with this easy lip brush. Since it is soft and curved you get the shape you want easily. 
Below is a video of me creating a glam look with the Kit Star brushes, click below to watch the video!
I have to say I am super impressed with these makeup brushes! They are firmly placed in my makeup brushes jars now.

Want to know more about the brand? Check out their website for more about them and their products 

Have you tried Kit Star Brushes before?
Mel x

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Glossybox August 2019 | Review | Birthday Box

Glossybox August 2019 | Review | Birthday Box

Glossybox has just launched their august beauty box and my goodness everyone, they haven't disappointed at all! This months box theme is birthday because of course its Glossybox's birthday, so let us unwrap the box and get this party started, shall we?

The box design is an explosion of pink and sparkles! It has a sparkling design that is like cake icing so you get the party vibes even just looking at the box which is a nice touch! This month's products are birthday party inspired.

** This post has spoilers, so if you don't want to know what's in the box please don't read on**
Glossybox August 2019 | Review | Birthday Box

Inside the August Glossybox 

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe
You could get one of the following; Angelic rose, Ritzy champagne, Boujee coral or Fearless which is a gorgeous purple shade.
I just had to get this months box when I found out they were a Huda lip product inside! Nothing says party more than this beautiful glossy and shimmery lip strobe!
FULL-SIZE (RRP £17.00)

FURR. 
Rose Gold Lash Curler
It has been years since I last used lash curlers, so getting there is a real treat! These curl your lashes in 10 seconds! Can't wait to get party-ready lashes with these curlers.
FULL-SIZE (RRP £15.00)

Wilkinson Sword OR Imperial Lather 
Quattro for Women Razor / Amber Oil Moisture Foam
Now I love having soft legs by shaving my legs but I can't say I am the biggest fan of this one because I have tried this before and didn't work well for me. Plus I am unsure about razors in beauty boxes are quite a lot of people don't shave or wax etc. I kinda hoped I would have got the moisture foam but hey it's not a bad box.
FULL-SIZE (RRP £6.00)
Glossybox August 2019 | Review | Birthday Box
Bang Beauty 
Felt Tip Liner 
I just love eyeliner so this is a huge win for me yay! I have used it a couple of times already and I love it so far!
FULL-SIZE (RRP £15.75)

BeautyPro 
Eye Therapy 
BeautyPro products have appeared in a few boxes now, they haven't let me down yet, so will have to give these a try.
Deluxe-Mini (RRP £1.65)

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Lush Deep Sleep Bath Bomb | Review

Lush Deep Sleep Bath Bomb | Review
I have had my eyes on this bath bomb from Lush for a while now as for me it has some witch/magic vibes to it which I just love! The first thing you will notice about Lush Deep Sleep is that it's not like the usual baht bombs at Lush, this one is wrapped with biodegradable muslin cloth and string.

This bath bomb is designed to help you get a better night sleep with its blend of lavender, chamomile and neroli oil. The blend infuses kinda like a tea bag in the water.

 First things first, I dont sleep amazingly and some nights are worse than others when getting a good nights kip, so giving this a try was something I thought that would be worth it to get a comfy and relaxing sleep at night time.
Lush Deep Sleep Bath Bomb | Review
 First things first, I dont sleep amazingly and some nights are worse than others when getting a good nights kip, so giving this a try was something I thought that would be worth it to get a comfy and relaxing sleep at night time.

Below is the list of ingredients. The ones in green are natural ingredients and the grey is safe synthetics. Lush is a cruelty-free brand and Deep sleep is also vegan-friendly too.

Ingredients
Sodium Bicarbonate Citric Acid, Lavender Flowers, German Chamomile Flowers, Lavender Oil Chamomile Oil, Lavender Absolute Neroli Oil, Water (Aqua) Dipropylene Glycol *Linalool Perfume Colour 17200, Colour 42090

As you can see by the ingredients that this bath bomb is very floral based with dried flowers inside it too. Once I opened up the muslin you could actually see the dried flowers inside which for me added more good vibes to deep sleep. 

As I usually do with my bath bombs, I pop this under warm running water. I love how deep sleep infuses into the bathwater, it doesn't infuse with the water fast, it slowly does during the bath which I think is a rather nice feature. The bath went into a lovely lilac purple and had some of the dried flower petals floating around. It smelt like I was sitting in a lavender filed, gorgeous! Not only was the smell lovely but also rather relaxing too. 

After my bath even though smelt like lavender I decided to use the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion and Feather & Down pillow spray also to see if they could help me have a better nights sleep. I did feel a tad bit more relaxed in bed, but as for sleeping better hmmm I am unsure about that because some nights I sleep like a brick and others im stirring till 3am. Using these 3 I slept at a decent time of just after midnight so I am happy with that. 

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Lush Deep Sleep Bath Bomb | Review
Where can I purchase Deep sleep from?
Lush stores or on their website here 

How much does it cost?
£5.95 


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July Beauty Favourites: Here comes the sun!

Following on from Junes Beauty favourites post which was based on products I liked using in the month which seemed to be like every season rolled into one. I really thought maybe July would have been sunnier and actually like summer but my goodness it has rained days more than they have been the sunshine. I think we had a few nice days without they being rain but apart from that, its been a damp summer for sure. 

 My July beauty favourites are totally based on the warmth, occasional sunny days and the torrential rains we keep getting. One day of summer is really not enough, right?

Are you excited to read about my choices? Check them out below. 
July Beauty Favourites: Here comes the sun!
My July Favourites 

Makeup Revolution - Re-loaded Iconic Division Palette
I just love this palette for a fair number of reasons! Firstly being it is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, next to its only £4 and lastly, it's very similar to the ABH Subculture palette.

The palette has 15 pigments of mustard, deep greens and nudes inside which includes mattes and shimmers. I love using them all especially blending the shimmers with the mattes, perfection!

Kat Von D 'Metal Crush' Extreme Highlighter in GammaRay
I got this for my birthday last year and it has been used so many times since then! If you love extreme glittery highlighter then you will love this one for sure. This is gorgeous rose gold and my goodness a little bit of product goes a long way ( not like that's a bad thing, but something to keep in mind for sure)

I like to use this on my cheekbones, brows to define and also cupids bow. It lasts all day and when the sun shines or light hits my face you can see the shine/sparkle, divine!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Pink Passion
I found this blush palette a few months back in TK Maxx for £15 and ever since then it has been my trusty favourite when I go visit my mum & family for a few days. It has a nice trio of pinks that I think are wonderful and suits my makeup looks.

The compact itself is lovely too as it had a convenient mirror inside so you can take it with you in your handbag too which can be handy!
July Beauty Favourites: Here comes the sun!
Beauty Bakerie Setting Powder 
I found this in the January Sales as I have heard so many positives on the Beauty Bakerie brand, that I was excited to give the brand a try, they sure never disappointed! I never used to used setting powders because I thought they were unnecessary but this changed my mind, this helps set my makeup and keep it in place all day long.

W7 Princess Potion Face Primer Drops
I really wanted to try the Fasali Unicorn Essence but for me, the price is a little steep at £50. I found this W7 Princess potion face primer for £5 in the range and ever since then I have used it whenever I want my foundation to look dewy, love it.
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An Introduction to a Pro-Age, Cruelty free and British Brand Ark Skincare

An Introduction to a Pro-Age, Cruelty free and British Brand Ark Skincare
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I am sure many of you will know that I am a huge skincare fan by now, so I won't bore you all with that.  The amount I know about looking after my skin has definatly broadened over the years by reading books, blogs and watching programmes about skincare. I was kindly sent by the fabulous people at Ark Skincare to try out some their age protect range. 

Their age range has age-specific products; Protect is for Teens to 20s skin ( which they sent me as I am 28). They also have Defend which is for 30-40s skin and finally Defy which is for 50 plus skin. I love they have age-specific products because let us be honest with ourselves our skin does change through time but we do want to take care of it the best we can with the right products for us right?

Ark Skincare is an award-winning natural, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly brand that has so many good things to point out that I will try my best to tell you them all! Their products contain bioactive natural ingredients, highly effective antioxidants, lipids and vitamins. Now with all that good stuff in them, they also ensure that their products are FREE FROM parabens, SLS, mineral oil, S.D alcohol, Formaldehyde and artificial colours and fragrances. 

Beautiful skin at every age
(Ark Skincare)
An Introduction to a Pro-Age, Cruelty free and British Brand Ark Skincare
First up I am going to talk a little bit about their Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser RRP £25 (200ml) The first thing I gotta say about this cleanser is.... thank blooming goodness it has a pump! Omg, the amount of cleansers I have tried that you need to squeeze and you end up either making a mess or having too much product is ridiculous, so high 5 Ark Skincare lol!

This is a soap-free cleanser has been designed for younger skin in mind. It is rather smart as it balances oily and dry areas of the skin, leaving the skin clear and comfy. The ingredients work in harmony, il explain how by telling you their ingredients and benefits. Watercress, Nettle and Horsetail are potent herbs which reduce excess sebum and balance the skin. Then we have Oat Amino Acids which wash away skins impurities gently without damaging the skin.  Lastly, we have White Tea anti-microbial and protects skin from radicals.

I really love this cleanser, firstly I just love the smell, it has a lovely fresh herbal smell that smells natural.  The cleanser is a little thicker then most cleansers I have tried but for me, it makes it easier to work with. I simply wash my fash in the sink with warm water then apply this generously on my face gently in a circular motion, then wash off with warm water. It's best to dry the skin with a soft towel.  I love this cleanser so far as my skin feels rather refreshed after using this. I do think the price of £25 is very fair considering you get a decent amount of product, it works and it smells gorgeous!

.Next up we have the Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiser RRP £35 (50ml) When I first got this I had no idea on how to actually use it but then I worked out opening the lid that it was a pump-action product and you get the right amount of product each time, clever! Not only does it give the right amount of product each time but it also acts like a vacuum so no product is waster.  The vitality moisturiser offers the perfect level of hydration for younger skin. It is rich in anti-oxidants and contains an anti-pollution system which provides daily protection from the urban environments, which is good for me because I live in the busy but fabulous Glasgow. 

Avocado and Peach Lipids are rich in vitamins A, C and E as well as Omega 9 fatty acids which help keep skin hydrated and soft. Olive Oil penetrates the skin deeply to effectively hydrate and regenerate skin cells. Panthenol is a form of vitamin B that soothes irritated skin and plumps fine lines.

This has a lovely refreshing natural smell and the moisturiser itself as you can see by the photo above is very thick, so you can see that a little will go along way. It melts and blends into the skin effortlessly leaving skin feeling hydrated and soft. It costs £35 which is a good value for the amount you get and a little goes a long way. I would get this again for sure.

Finally, they sent me a  Pre Cleanse & Make-up Remover which was a sample size bottle to give a whirl. This is a wonderful product as it is a pre cleanser and also a makeup remover. I haven't tried it yet but it smells nice, I am looking forward to trying it out.
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I have to say I am very impressed with the products I have tried from the brand! They stand for great things such as having the right products as we age and also being cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. I am looking forward to trying more from the brand. 

Want to know more about the brand? Check out their website for more about them and their products 


Have you tried Ark Skincare before?
Mel

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Triyit Discovery Club | Summer is here | Unboxing & Review

Triyit Discory Club | Summer is here | Unboxing & Review
Yay, I was excited when I got matched with another 'Triyit Box' I just love trying new products that could very well become must-have products! I didn't get matched with their last campaign which looked amazing by the way but I have loved passed boxes that I have tried. 

Triyit is a discovery club in which you could be matched with a box of products you can try for free as long as you fill in surveys and tell them your thoughts on them. You never know what the products are until you open the box when you get it delivered, its a complete surprise!

Let's see what's in the 'Summer is here' Triyit Box 
Triyit Discory Club | Summer is here | Unboxing & Review
As you can see from the picture above its mostly snacks, drinks and random product which are the tissues. I will explain a little more about the products below each products photos below. 

I also have a youtube video of me unboxing the box which is also near the bottom of the page. 
Triyit Discory Club | Summer is here | Unboxing & Review
Retro Corn 
 Rhubarb & Custard and Italian Stallion 
I just blooming love popcorn, it's one of my favourite snacks ever, so getting these made me happy. Each bag is under 100 calories which can make them an ideal snack. The rhubarb and custard flavour is made from crushed sweets and the other flavour contains tomato and basil, yum!

All the flavours are vegan-friendly and gluten-free. 

Rating: 5/5
Triyit Discory Club | Summer is here | Unboxing & Review
Starbucks 
Doubleshot Espresso 
As I said they were a well-known brand in the box which I am sure we all know, Starbucks! I have been a big fan of their coffee shops for years and occasionally I do buy their ready-made drinks from supermarkets. This has 2 shots of Starbucks of espresso in every can and its the same coffee you would find in their coffee houses. 

These are also fairtrade ethically sourced coffee. 
Rating: 5/5
Triyit Discory Club | Summer is here | Unboxing & Review
Carabao - Energy Drink
Green Apple
Carabao is an energy drink I have seen in the supermarket but never got round to trying, I usually got Monster or Redbull. This drink has a nice fruity apple taste and gives an energy boost. It contains only 63 calories per can and has half the sugar of Redbull. 

Rating: not tried yet, will update this. 
Triyit Discory Club | Summer is here | Unboxing & Review
DRGN 
Tumeric Superdrink
I love the design of the can of this drink. I am not sure I will like this drink as I have tried similar drinks like this in the past but weren't for me but saying that I am open-minded. This drink has superfoods, vitamins with electrolytes and contains no caffeine & nothing artificial. 

These also contain natural citrus and spring water

Rating: not tried yet will update when I do. 
Triyit Discory Club | Summer is here | Unboxing & Review
The Cheeky Panda 
Bamboo Pocket Tissue
Wasn't expecting a packet of tissues with the box but they are very welcome because you never know when you need them when your out and about, especially when you are out with a cold or hay fever. These are sustainable, hypoallergenic and 100% natural bamboo. 

These are vegan-friendly.
Rating: 5/5 

Here is a youtube video of me unboxing the 'Summer is here box! I would appreciate if you subscribe to my channel. 

I love this box, it has a nice variety of products from brands I know full well about and also some that I would love to try more of in the future. I am not disappointed with anything in the box. I love retro corn the most since popcorn is one of my favourite snacks. 

Is this campaign as good as the last box I tried back in February? Yes, I would say so because I love everything in this months box. 
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If you want to be on the list for upcoming boxes then check out the Triyit website which has more info on how to join and also more info about them. 

Did you get the 'Summer is here' Triyit box? 
Mel x


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