All posts for the month February, 2015

New Perfume 007 for Women

Published February 26, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

I have always loved the bond films since I was a child. The exotic locations, mysterious encounters and of course James Bond.

A couple of years ago, they released 007 aftershave for men. It smelt great but I always wondered if they would release a womens version, as the male version was so popular.

My wish has come true. I would like to introduce 007 for Women.

007 Perfume

                007 Perfume

007 for women captures the heady power of the bond woman.

‘Dark yet feminine ingredients convey an air of thrilling intimacy. An initial burst of spicy black pepper enveloped in rose milk ignites an intriguing paradox of danger and sensuality. Alongside this, the instantly attractive, familiar fruity character of blackberry is combined with the feminine softness of white floral jasmine. The rich and sensual oriental signature is driven by black vanilla and tantalizing white musk, with a touch of elegant cedarwood.’

I was very lucky to receive a bottle of this new perfume to try.

The marketing says that the smell is charismatic, intelligent, feminine and dangerously seductive.

Well that ticks all my boxes. hope it lives up to it.

The bottle is very interesting and tactile and really suits the feel of the perfume. The dark glass and diamond cut pattern create a kaleidoscope effect.

It is very difficult to pinpoint the scent, but have to say it is gorgeous. It is a delightful mix of floral, fresh, woody and spicy. I always like something a little different and this perfume is that.

It contains black pepper, black vanilla, white musk, fresh bergamot, sweet blackberry,warm cedarwood, soft gardenia and jasmine.

If you like the Liz Earle perfumes, especially no 15, then you will love this new frangrance.

Once the perfume has settled, a couple of minutes after spraying it on your pulse points, it lasts all day.

I have already had people ask what I am wearing. It is a great daytime perfume, which can also be worn at night if you do not like really strong heady ‘going out’ perfumes

I am so glad that it is an Eau de Parfum rather than an Eau de Toilette. Which means it has a higher percent of perfume oil, so is a stronger more long lasting scent.

If you do not like a strong scent, they have brought out a shower gel, which leaves a lovely soft version of the scent on your skin.

So now you can be a glamorous sophisticated Bond girl

This perfume is available in the following sizes

30ml Eau de Parfum £25

50ml Eau de Parfum £30

75ml Eau de Parfum £40

150ml Shower Gel

(prices taken from the website)

Top Perfume Tips

Most people just spray perfume on their wrists. But did you know that there are other pulse points

centre of the neck, behind the ear, behind the knee

Skin Type – Have you found that scent lasts on some people more than others? It may be because of your skin type. People with drier skin will find that perfume dissipates more quickly than those with a more oily skin. So if you have dry skin it is worth investing in an Eau de Parfum for a longer lasting scent.

If you dab a small amount of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on your pulse points, where you are just about to spray your perfume, then the smell will hopefully last longer as it helps the skin to absorb the scent.


Chemotherapy Hair Care and Cold Caps

Published February 19, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

Everyone assumes you lose your hair when you have chemotherapy.

With certain chemotherapy drugs you can use a cold cap. The principle behind this is that it freezes the hair follicles on your head, so that the chemotherapy drugs can not get to them and make the hair fall out. It only works on your scalp hair, not your eyelashes or eyebrows (as you can see from my previous post)

I was advised to wet my hair before putting on the cold cap. Some people spritz their hair, but I dunked my whole head in the sink. I wanted to make sure that every hair follicle was soaked.

When they say cold cap, they mean cold! It is absolutely freezing. It  hurts for the first 10 minutes, but do not take it off. Just grit your teeth, it does get better. After about 10 minutes your whole head goes numb and it stops hurting.

The cold cap saved about 3/4 of my hair! The hours of being hooked up to the cold cap were certainly worth it.

Having sheets of ice on my hair did not do the condition any good so I had to change my normal hair care regime. I found that the following was the best shampoo to use


protein shampoo            protein shampoo ingredients

(pictures from Amazon – Global Cosmetics)

with Keratin & Argon Oil

This gentle cleanser is free from sulphates and parabens to make it kind to your hair and scalp. Argan Oil nourishes the hair, locking in moisture. Frequent use will improve the strength and elasticity of you hair and reveal its natural beauty. Who doesn’t want a little luxury and beautiful glossy locks every day?

Available in 300ml & 1 Litre sizes

It is a protein rich very gentle shampoo. It does not contain Sulfates or parabens  so does not bubble up much, but does very gently cleanse your hair. I used this once a week with tepid water. I did not need to use a conditioner after using this protein cleanser. My hair was lovely and soft .

I did not use a brush on my hair, just used my fingers to gently tease out any knots. It did not get very knotty, as I cut it to shoulder length just before I commenced chemotherapy. I cut it as I assumed that I would just wake up one day and find all my very long hair on my pillow, so I wanted to soften the blow.

This was before the possibility of keeping my hair by using the cold cap was explained to me.

It is worth giving the cold cap and a gentle hair care regime a go

It worked for me

The cheapest place I have found it is on Amazon (Global Cosmetics)

300ml £7.49 (free shipping)

I have no affliation with this product or company. I wanted to share what worked for me

Meme Box – Special #67 Blackout Review

Published February 19, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

“Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of the industry, Memebox is determined to deliver the enchantment of discovery through effortless experiences, at prices you’ll never say no to. ….Order from Memebox only when you want to, as often as you want to. In addition to our box series, Memeshop carries full-sized products featured in previous Memeboxes, offering easy access to Korean cosmetic trends”

Blackout Review

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Black is still the new black! If intensity is your game, take the challenge with this Blackout Box. Say bye bye to Miss Plain Jane and turn up the drama in your beauty routine with this Black Box! Packed with all things beauty and black that you can imagine, you’ll be surprised at how much intensity this awesome box brings.

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This box contained the following items:

B&Soap Black Block 85g $24

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Product Description: A black bar soap made from nature’s complexion clean-up crew — charcoal, rosemary, and olive oil. It gets to the bottom of skin’s cloudy, clogged pores to clear the way for smoother, softer, and brighter-looking skin. Formulated for combination to oily skin, this handmade charcoal soap absorbs debris and impurities while the rosemary extracts act as a natural antibacterial agent to detoxify pores without irritation.

How To Use: Create a lather using hands and massage the foam all over the face. Rinse off with lukewarm water.


Review: Reading the ingredients for this soap was very interesting. Full of spot busting natural  additives. When you use it, it creates a lovely creamy lather in your hands, which I then massaged into my face. You can smell the charcoal, but that is actually quite nice. It left my skin feeling clean and clear without stripping it totally of natural oils. A great soap to use in the morning when you wake up.

Honest Clinic Black Hole Spot 10ml $26

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Product Description:  This night care gel contains a special A+BHA complex – the perfect balance of AHA and BHA components – formulated by Honest Clinic to gently melt away excessive dead skin cells and impurities from both inside the pores and the outer surface of the skin.  It effectively treats acne and blemish spots with just a single application while brightening up darkened, uneven skin tone at the same time.

How To Use:  Take a small amount of the formula and place it over troubled spot just before going to bed. Make sure it doesn’t go on non-problematic area of the skin as it could result in reddening.


Review: I do not normally suffer from spots, but one appeared on my forehead, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try this product. I put it on just before bed.It said to apply it only on the spot, not the surrounding skin, so I knew it would be power packed. It feels very cool when you apply it and dries quickly. There is a slight medicinal smell but that fades very quickly once applied. When I woke in the morning the spot had really gone down and was a lot less red. I normally just dab spots with tea tree but will be using this spot treatment from now on.

Tosowoong Black Head Nose Pack x8 $6

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Product Description: Formulated with Moroccan lava clay, charcoal powder and volcanic ash, this blackhead removing nose pack is entirely made up of natural ingredients and the black color of the patches comes from actual charcoal powders.  It’s gentle on the skin yet effectively draws out stubborn blackheads from your nose

How To Use:  Cleanse and wet your nose with water.  Remove the film from the pack and place the smoother side of it over your nose.  Wait for 15 minutes until the pack is entirely dried.  Then peel it off from the edges, gently as it is pretty sticky and may stimulate the skin

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Review: I have used many varieties of pore strips, but never black charcoal ones. There is always something satisfying about seeing all the blackheads on the strip afterwards. This one has the added charcoal which you can smell when it is on your nose. It is not unpleasant, but you can definitely smell it. I am not sure if the charcoal did anything, but these were very effective pore strips. These were very easy to use and did the job well. The pores on my nose were super clean afterwards.

L’Cret Hair Colour Keeper Treatment Shampoo 300ml $42

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Product Description: A must have treatment shampoo for those with dyed hair. The colour keeping blend of sunflower seed, babassu seed oil, panthenol, and silk protein protects the hair from fading in colour or UV bleaching, while delivering rich nutrients for a healthy moisture and oil balance.

How To Use: Lather well and massage into scalp and hair. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Ingredients: water, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerine, potassium cocoyl glycinate, cocamide mipa, cocamide dea, sodium chloride, butylene glycol, polyquarternium 7, polyquaternium 10, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed extract, argania spinosa kernel oil, orbignya oleifera seed oil, fragrance, panthenol, disodium edta, citric acid, sodium benzoate, hydrolzed silk, methylchloroisothiaz olinone, methylisothiazolinone, ci 15985


Review: No sulfates!! Hooray!! This shampoo has a lovely fresh herby smell. When I first saw the shampoo I was slightly worried about a black shampoo, but luckily it was only the bottle that was black. Looking through the ingredients it sounded like a nourishing gentle shampoo. Even though it does not contain SLS it still lathered quite well. It was very easy to wash out and left my hair feeling fresh and clean. I had recently coloured my hair and there was no noticable colour fade, so this shampoo will hopefully make my colour last longer.


This is a well curated box and am glad there was no black eyeliner included ( I am drowning in those). They are all products that I will use so this was great value at only $19

Boxes and individual products are available at

Chemotherapy Skincare

Published February 15, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2014 I started the gruelling slog of 8 rounds of chemotherapy. Most people have heard about the sickness you get with chemotherapy, but no one talks about the other side effects.
When I was on Tax (chemo) my skin became ultra sensitive. It hurt even to touch it.
Through my work I decided to give the following a go

Eve Taylor Ultra Soothing Cleanser 200ml £18.49


Description: A rich, creamy cleanser with soothing Oatmeal and conditioning Camellia oil.

Gently cleanses as it nourishes and calms ultra dry or irritated skins. Benefits: Deeply nourishing and hydrating to leave skin feeling soft and supple. May be applied as a 5 minute mini masque to reduce areas of redness. Skin is instantly soothed whilst being gently cleansed.

Skin type/condition: Ultra dry, hyper sensitive, severely dehydrated or irritated skin

Key ingredients: Oatmeal, Camellia Oil, Aloe Vera.

Review: My skin was so compromised, I was not sure it would be able to handle any product. It calmed down all the redness and left my skin feeling soft and supple. Unlike the red inflamed, tight stretched skin that I had before.

As soon as I put it on my face I felt instant relief. It felt so nice and cooling on my raw face.

When my skin was feeling very tight and sore, I left the cleanser on for 10-15 minutes as an emergency mask.

I finished with a few drops of Eve Taylor pure Jobjoba oil. A natural plant oil that is very similar to the skins on secretions. I also used this natural oil on my finger and toe nails. It kept them looking good, with no flaking or breaking. Although it did not stop the rings. But these disappeared from the nails a couple of months after finishing chemotherapy.

Everyone could not believe how good my skin was considering the amount of chemotherapy I was having.

This very simple routine worked so well for me

The cold cap saved most of my hair but not my eyebrows /eyelashes

Available from Eve Taylor

I will be adding more information about haircare and other health products I found useful

Check back in the next week

Meme box – Special #59 Scrub 2 Review

Published February 14, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

“Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of the industry, Memebox is determined to deliver the enchantment of discovery through effortless experiences, at prices you’ll never say no to. ….Order from Memebox only when you want to, as often as you want to. In addition to our box series, Memeshop carries full-sized products featured in previous Memeboxes, offering easy access to Korean cosmetic trends”


Scrub 2 Review

If you liked our first Scrub Box, you’re definitely in for a treat with this Scrub Box #2! Polish, retexturise, and resurface the skin by blasting away debris on the skin’s surface for a head-to-toe glow! Once the surface of the skin is polished and renewed, the skin will be ready to soak up more nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, and lock in moisture for younger, smoother, and more radiant skin!   Scrub-a-dub-dub deep down into the skin to get that lit-from-within, rosy glow! In this world of ever-changing beauty trends, it’s nice to know that clean, supple, and glowing skin will always be “in!” 

Beauty Firm Rubbing Jelly Scrub 60ml $7


Product Description: This cute jelly scrub features a super skin-smoothing blend of argan oil, apricot seeds, and panthenol to gently polish, smooth, and moisturize dry and callused elbows and heels. It features a silicon jelly bristle pad to gently yet effectively loosen up dry and callused skin surface to reveal younger, brighter, smoother skin.

How To Use: Turn the jelly brush to “open”, squeeze out the scrub formula, and massage over heels and elbows.    Rinse the jelly brush thoroughly after use.

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Review: When i looked at the box i assumed it is going to contain a little tube of scrub. I was very wrong. The packaging of this product is great. I love the little silicone tentacles. They really help to distribute the product and aid in exfoliation. It reminds me of the Eve Taylor Cleansing Brush which I love.

It smells really lovely fresh and fruity. It is a clear gel with little bits of apricot seed. I am not sure it is rough enough to deal with feet, but it is great for the rest of the body. I know it says elbow and heel scrub, but I also used it on my thighs. I love the applicator.

It left the skin smooth and felt like it stimulated the circulation as well. Great product.

Ddung Family Peeling Gel 120ml $18

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Product Description:  A facial peeling gel enriched with aloe vera leaf, grapefruit, centella asiatica and chamomile extracts for soothing and smoothening (smoothening??) out the skin.  It will exfoliate away excess seburn, impurities and dead skin cells to reveal clearer, brighter and silkier complexion.

How To Use: Gently massage the peeling gel over clean face, rolling away dead skin cells and dry patches with your hands. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

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Review: When I first saw the packaging, I was instantly put off. It looks like it is aimed at 5 year olds.   I gave it the benefit of the doubt and opened it up. I instantly wished I hadn’t. It smells of glue, and not in a good way. I took a deep breath and squeezed some out. It was an opaque gel, that when rubbed into the skin starts to collect in little bits. My hand did look brighter after application but the smell and packaging really put me off. I will not be using this product ever again. This wins the award for worst product ever received in a meme beauty box.

Pure Smile Jewelry Scrub Amethyst 100ml $10

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Product Description: Pure Smile’s sweetly scented body scrub is made from black sugar, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, glycerin and also amethyst powder extracts for cleansing your skin of any impurities and maintaining it silky smooth and healthy.

How To Use: Gently massage the body scrub onto wet skin for couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water


Review: This pleasant gel had a slightly floral scent, but nothing too overpowering.  It was gritty without being too rough. More like caster sugar than granulated sugar. It feels very moisturising, with an almost glycerin  texture. After using this scrub my skin was left bright and moisturised. There was no need for a separate moisturiser.

ProYou S Special E/B Creamy Peel 50g $48

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Product Description: Let this creamy gommage exfoliator erase away all dead skin cells, blackheads and sebum piled up in the skin. Its extremely gentle to skin and works to softly roll away the skin impurities as cellulose exfoliates roughened skin texture. It will leave skin feeling much softer, smoother and brighter.

How To Use: Gently massage the creamy peel formula all over clean face. Rinse off with lukewarm water. 

Key Ingredients:  allantoin, punica granatum (pomegranate)  fruit extract, ficus carica (fig) fruit extract, codonopsis lanceolata (bonnet bellflower)  root extract, natto gum, jojoba oil, carica papaya  (papaya) fruit extract, centella asiatica extract, chamomilla recutita flower extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, polygonum cuspidatum (japanese knotweed) root extract,  rosemarious officinalias (rosemary) leaf extract, scutellaria baicalensis (Baikal skullcap) root extract  

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Review : This looks such a high end product, I was very happy to receive this in the box. Looking through the ingredients list I noted lots of natural extracts which I was very happy with. It has a very clean smell and feels like a luxurious cream. I can not detect any granules in it. It would be great for sensitive skin.

When you rub it into your face, it feels like you are rubbing in moisturiser rather than a scrub. After adding water it turned into a milky lotion. My skin was left feeling fresh and radiant. Which was quite a surprise as it really did not feel like it was doing anything.

A gentle high end product with noticable results.

Tonymoly Gold Black Sugar Mask 100ml $7

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Product Description: An effective facial exfoliator formulated with nutrients from black sugar, gold andhoney extracts. Use occasionally to cleanse away excessive dead skin cells, oil andskin impurities piled up in the pores to make skin sensitive and troublesome. This facial mask will work wonders to bring back the suppleness and healthy glow to yourcomplexion.

How To Use: Spread the mask evenly over wet face after cleansing and gently massage into skin. Rinse off after 10-15 minutes.

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Review: I have always loved Tonymoly products (as you can see from previous reviews). There was no detectable smell with this product, which was a shame. I was expecting a caramel type smell.

It was really gritty and sticky, almost treacle like. It felt like you were getting a really good exfoliation with this Scrub.  It is quite rough so I was a bit dubious about using it on my face. But when you start scrubbing with it, it starts to melt into your face. So my initial reservations were blown away. This left my face bright and fresh.

It has actually become my go to scrub.

I have just ordered another one for when this runs out.

Pureplus+ Skin Freyia Foot Peeling 20ml x 2 $12

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Product Description: Peel away with a pair of translucent foot peeling masks that within 3-4 days after application, start to gradually peel off dead skin cells from your feet and voila – the softest and smoothest feet you have always longed for!

How To Use: Wear the foot peeling pack on both feet after cleansing. Soak your feet in the gel for around 1.5 hours then wash it off gently with soap. Dead skin will start to peel off within the next 3-4 days and all would have shed within a week.


Review: As soon as I saw this box contained a foot peeling mask, I was so excited. I have heard wonderful things about them transforming your feet.

When I opened the packet I was slightly concerned that they would not fit my big size 8 feet. But once they were unfolded, I was pleasantly surprised. I would guess they could fit up to a man’s size 10 at a push.

I cut the boots in half as instructed, and put my feet in them, fastened the tape and relaxed. Do not even attempt to walk around with these things on. It feels like you are walking on a water bed.


After waiting the desired time, I removed the boots and rinsed off the remaining liquid. I did not notice any difference in my feet immediately after.

Now I just have to play the waiting game to see if they work. You have to wait 3-4 days before your feet start peeling.

Update: I totally forgot i had used these. A few days later i woke up and looked down at my feet and i was like ‘ what on earth has happened to my feet!’ Then i suddenly remembered i had used this foot mask and my heart rate returned to normal. While the peeling is going on , i would suggest wearing socks as your feet will peel quite drastically. They worked very well. My feet are lovely and soft. These are now on my shopping list.


This box contained a great selection of scrubs in a range of texture and strengths. Some of which have become must haves.

All products available from

Meme box – Scentbox #6 Sweet Shop Review

Published February 14, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

“Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of the industry, Memebox is determined to deliver the enchantment of discovery through effortless experiences, at prices you’ll never say no to. ….Order from Memebox only when you want to, as often as you want to. In addition to our box series, Memeshop carries full-sized products featured in previous Memeboxes, offering easy access to Korean cosmetic trends”


Sweet Shop Review

“Can’t get enough of your favourite sweet treat?  indulge your senses with our decadent, deliciously scented and cute as a button Sweet Shop Scentbox! This too good for words Sweet Shop Scentbox offers you scrumptiously scented beauty treats that will leave you smelling like yummy sugar crystals and sprinkles! Satisfy your sweet fix with his 100 percent calorie free and 100 percent delightfully and deliciously scented Sweet Shop Scentbox!

Pure Smile Jewelry Scrub Glitter Sugar Scrub 100ml $8

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Product Description: Pure Smiles sweetly scented body scrub is made from black sugar, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, glycerine and also diamond powder extracts for clearing your skin of any impurities and maintaining it silky smooth and healthy!

How To Use: Gently massage the body scrub onto wet skin for couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water.


Review: This is the second Jewelry Scrub I have received and was very happy to get another one. This pleasant gel had a slightly floral scent, but nothing too overpowering.  It was gritty without being too rough. More like caster sugar than granulated sugar. It feels very moisturising, with an almost glycerin  texture. After using this scrub my skin was left bright and moisturised. There was no need for a separate moisturiser

Hello Everybody Vita Berry Shampoo 220ml $23

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Product Description: This spa vita shampoo is supercharged with 10 berrycomplexes that gently cleanse and repairdamage without stripping colour, wilting perms or drying out hair. It deeply penetrates into eachlock of hair to reconstruct each individual strand of hair from the inside out to rebuild and resurface hair, leaving strands strong, healthy, smooth, shiny and fully restored.

How To Use: Massage throughout wet hair. Rinse thoroughly.

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Review: This smells amazing. The strawberry scent fills the bathroom when you wash your hair. It is delicious. The light pink gel lathers up well considering it does not have any SLS in it.

The ingredients are listed below

Water, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Onsen-Sui, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-75 Lanolin, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-22, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Butylene Glycol, Buteth-3, Laureth-3, Laureth-5, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Tributyl Citrate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Aristotelia Chilensis Fruit Extract, Empetrum Nigrum Fruit Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Sodium Benzotriazolyl, Butylphenol Sulphonate, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 14700, CI 17200, CI 15985, Fragrance.

It leaves your hair feeling clean,soft and bouncy.

Everyone in the house has started using it. It makes the hair smell of sweet berries and I like the fact it does not contain any SLS

This is the new family shampoo. They also do a matching conditioner which I will be purchasing shortly.

Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 5g $12

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Product Description: Scented with a delicate strawberry, peach or cherry fragrance. Hope Girls Tinted Lip Balm is both a lip tintand a lip balm. While the co enzyme Q10 and shea butter formula deeply nourishes your chapped lips, the lovely pink tint will stain your lips with a long lasting colourful radiance.

How To Use: Apply the tinted lip balm with your finger and blend it into your lips.

Review: I was a bit worried about the colour when I first saw the pot. I got the peach one and thought it might be a bit too orange for me. Luckily it is more of a red orange, so suits my colouring. It feels very moisturising and smells lovely and fruity. The colour is buildable. It can go from very sheer to a lovely pop of colour ( as in the swatch pic ). I am pleased with this product and the cute little pot will easily fit into a pocket or purse.


Pure Smile Choosy LipPack Shining (white pearl and pink pearl) 3ml x 2 $5

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Product Description: Enriched with collagen, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and honey. The Choosy Lip Pack Shining editions deliver abundant moistureand nutrition to your lip easily and quickly. The hydrogel adheres tightly onto the lips and offers a cooling and soothing effects to chapped stressed out skin as well.

How To Use: After toner application, place the lip pack over the lip. Rest for 5-30 minutes, remove the patch, and pat in the remaining essence on to your lip.

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Review: I have never seen these mask before and was intrigued. When I opened the packet, the lip mask came in a small plastic packet so that none of the essence was lost. I had to lay down when I had the mask on, as it does not stick. Cue lots of laughter and picture taking from my daughters.

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I left the mask on for 10 minutes. It was very pleasent, with no fragrance or taste that I could detect.  The mask itself is very silky.

I did not notice much of a difference to my lip area after I removed the mask. This might be because my lip area is already hydrated from all the lip balms I use.

Summary: I think it was good value for money and will use all these products.

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Cushion foundation cream

Published February 11, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

I am so excited that Lancome are launching a new cushion foundation in a variety of shades. If like me you find the original Korean brands a little bit too light for your skin tone, this is fantastic news.

It is retailing for approx £30.

The best selling Korean cushion foundation is made by IOPE and is on sale at Roseroseshop for $30 which is approximately £20, but you do have to wait for that to be shipped from Korea.


I was introduced to cushion foundation creams a little while ago. They glide onto the skin, leaving it dewy and fresh.

When you apply the foundation with the pad it feels lovely and cool on the skin.

They look different to a normal foundation compact.

The lid lifts off to reveal the foundation soaked cushion. You sweep the pad over the cushion, to pick up a small amount of the foundation liquid. Then blend the pad over your  face, working from the centre outwards.

Of the ones I have tried, I would say that the coverage is light/medium, although they do seem to be slightly buildable. They are very quick and easy to apply. Applying it with the enclosed sponge, helps to give a light, almost airbrushed look.


As with all make up applicators, remember to wash them on a weekly basis to keep them free of dirt and bacteria. You can buy special cleaners, but I have found a gentle baby shampoo to be just as effective.