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Blurring the lines between lipstick and lip gloss, Matte Pigment Gloss has already become a favorite of makeup artists, blogger and fans. These 16 bold shades provide rich, intense color in a flat finish for all day wear. The long wearing formula goes on as a high pigmented liquid and dries to a flat matte finish. Leaving lips colored in gorgeous velvety perfection that last and lasts.

Allow me to introduce you to my favourite liquid lipstick… Even though it’s the first liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried, I’m reluctant to look elsewhere. First and foremost, it’s cheaply priced and the wide-range of colours are exquisite!

L.A. Girl is an American cosmetics brand that releases products that you’d find in the high-street. Put it this way, if L.A. Girl was to come to the UK, it’d be in Superdrug next to MUA or Seventeen.

Although I’ve yet to try any of their other products, I’m hooked on their Matte Lip Pigment Gloss‘. I’ve got 6 shades out of the 16 – and am addicted. Being honest, of all the 6 shades I have, I’ve only tried Dreamy and Frisky… Why? Because I like to use up every last drop before I move onto the next!

Having said that, the two which I have tried are awesome. They are non-transferrable [which to me is a massive win because I’ve spent my whole life smiling with stained teeth], long-lasting and the colours really do make your lips pop!

Next time you’re looking for #lipsperation, choose L.A. Girl!

One of my favourite product ranges has to Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix. This stuff is a miracle worker on my skin…

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Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Deluxe Cream [RRP: £19.95]

A nourishing moisturiser to provide a “second-skin” anti-ageing shield, helping reduce the look of lines + wrinkles through skin hydration. Bee venom works in synergy with wheat proteins to help plump + tighten appearance of skin, restoring a healthy, youthful-looking complexion.

This is one of my favourite creams ever. I used it when I was on holiday in Switzerland, last year and the smell takes me right back! What does it smell like? Honey.

Anyway, this isn’t a scent blog – so I’ll get back to discussing its benefits… The Deluxe Cream is a thick cream that glides on the skin seamlessly to reveal plump, tight skin and restores a healthy, youthful complexion.

I noticed that in just one use my fine lines appeared reduced. Before you ask, no this isn’t something I say about every product I use. If I do, it’s only because it’s true!

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Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Eye Night

 A rich + stimulating eye cream to defend against the look of fatigue. Nip+Fab brings you Bee Venom which is the latest anti-ageing active for younger looking skin. This will target your eye area to brighten and reduce the look of tiredness.

If you’re looking for a thick eye cream that covers the look of tiredness, Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix Eye is the one for you… It’ll focus on brightening the eye area, eliminating dark circles in the process. Like the Deluxe Cream, this too smells like honey!

This is my go-to Nip + Fab eye cream and I wear it only at night [as advised]. I personally love the thickness of it, although it may not be to everyone’s taste. I wake up every day with rejuvenated eyes that look as though they’ve had 40 winks. I don’t want to seem like I’m repeating myself, but this too glides on really well…

Alternatively, if eye creams aren’t your jam you should check out Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix Eye in the form of a gel…

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Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask [RRP: £9.95]

An advanced performance gel mask combining bee venom with 3D express lifting effect technology. Wrinkles appear visibly smoother + skin feels firmer for the appearance of a more lifted facial contour.

Okay, so a lot of products are called things that are far-fetched… I mean, let’s face it – who’d have thought that a “Lifting Mask” could actually lift our face as though we’ve had plastic surgery?!

This lifting mask, in the form of a gel, doesn’t claim to give us a face-lift. Instead, it  promises to tone our face, and make our skin feel firmer. What’s more, similarly to all Nip + Fab products, there’s an added bonus in the fact that our wrinkles and fine lines will appear visibly smoother.

I’ve tried this for almost a year now, and I can vouch that it does exactly what it says. I’m not joking when I say that it’s like gym for the face…

There are two ways of wearing this cream, either as a 15 minute mask or an intense sleep-in treatment. I always use it as an intense sleep-in treatment. I lather it on [in thick layers] and leave it to seep into my skin. When it’s all absorbed, I sleep and wake up the next morning with a glowing face and shapelier facial contours.

P.S. if you want to try them all, feel free to check out Nip + Fab’s website where you can purchase the whole range [including the body moisturiser] for £35.00.

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The Ann Chery Caffeine Cream helps to reduce the appereance of cellulite, stimulates circulation and increases the levels of molecules lipolytic fat burning effect. this caffeine cream helps achieve a flat belly helping eliminate stretch marks while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

I want to begin by saying no this isn’t liposuction in a bottle, neither is it a quick fix to a long-lasting problem…

I love this cream because it’s relatively cheap [if bought from the right place] and actually works. At first, I bought it because it was $6.89 on eBay [compared to other places online where it cost a fortune] and people were ranting and raving about how good it is – giving it 5*****/4**** ratings.

 

Anyway, it arrived – all the way from America – and I have been testing it out for two weeks [the length of time says it’ll take for us to begin to notice a difference].

 

Let’s begin with a little description of the cream… Ann Chery’s caffeine cream helps flatten our stomachs, eliminate the look of stretch marks whilst reducing the appearance of cellulite. This caffeine cream aids us in achieving the perfect silhouette “in as little as 2 weeks” because it’s made using the finest ingredients and extracts.

 

According to WaistShaperUK, the best and most proven way of getting results is to lather this cream underneath a waist trainer of some sort. Having said that, this cream is not restricted to the just the tummy  area, it can also be applied on your arms, back or legs for reducing the look of cellulite.

 

My result? I’ve got to admit that I don’t have much cellulite so I wasn’t expecting it to work. But, I’m pleasantly surprised with the way my very little cellulite has diminished. It’s literally gone. I tend to apply this cream before wearing my waist trainer – when I’m off to the gym – and I sweat buckets afterwards. If it works for me, I’m sure it’ll work for you…

 

The ingredients in this cream are as follows:  water, paraffin liquid, stearic acid, propylene, glycerin USP, triethanolamine, ginkgo bilbia extract, equisetum arvense extract, citrus lemon fruit, camellia sinsis leaf, caprsium fruit, hedera, caffeine, methyslalycite, CI191410 CII16185 CI 42090 may contain fragrance.

 

P.S. I find that this is the safest and best way to lose weight because taking pills, protein shakes and weight-loss teas are not the best option!

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Facebook is good for one thing and one thing only – friends sharing tasty recipes direct from food websites. Yesterday, I came across a pretty delicious recipe of pan-fried bananas with cinnamon sugar! The moment it blessed my newsfeed was a moment I’ll never forget… I instantly got up and made my way to the kitchen to check if I had the ingredients to make it. Luckily for me, I did!

 

I followed the video recipe to a T and I’m sharing it with you now. But, it’s pretty darn easy, to the point where it got me wondering why I hadn’t thought of it before. What will you need? A pan, a cooker, some ripe bananas, butter/oil, ground cinnamon and granulated sugar.

 

Start by placing your clean pan on the hob and switching it on to a medium heat.. While you wait until it warms up, peel and chop as many bananas as you want to use. Once the pan is hot enough, add oil or butter to the base to stop it from sticking. Then, transfer your chopped bananas into the pan.

 

Now, here is where it gets interesting because there are two ways of doing this next bit… Either sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar into the pan with bananas OR wait until the bananas are golden brown, remove them from the heat, leave to cool, and then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar when ready to serve.

 

I couldn’t wait to try them so I added the cinnamon and sugar in with the bananas so that the flavours could “immerse” – nothing to do with impatience, okay?! Next time, I’ll try it the other way by leaving the bananas to cool before adding the cinnamon sugar. Either way, it’s delicious!

 

So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve got the ingredients, and you love sweet but healthy fruit desserts, get making!

 

Again, everyone does it differently – some even add honey. You can add anything from honey to Nutella, do it in whichever way you like because every tastebud is different.

 

Although I am more than happy with the LUSH collection that I already own, I can’t help but want more… It’s like I’m addicted to the brand and its products. Here are some of the stuff which LUSH sells but I need!

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Coalface

A gentle soap made with antiseptic rosewood, sandalwood, and absorbent charcoal that can be used on the face and body. Sandalwood oil gives this soap a distinctive earthy fragrance. Charcoal is known for its absorbency, while liquorice root softens the skin and rosewood oil has antiseptic properties. It’s gentle enough for your face, but you can use it all over your body. Simply use as a soap and wash the day off.

This soap is targeted at people who suffer from acne-related breakouts. It’s ideal for those who wish to change from using normal liquid cleansers as it comes in the form of a soap.

However, don’t be alarmed because this isn’t going to dry your skin out like normal soaps do… In fact, this is a hydrating, preservative-free facial cleanser that works to balance out the oils, making it perfect for combination to oily skin.

Powdered charcoal absorbs excess sebum and acts as a mild exfoliator, while rosewood and sandalwood oils reduce redness and clear up blemishes. Use Coalface daily for clear, balanced skin.

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Grease Lightning

Grease Lightning is a powerful combination of ingredients that will nip any breakouts in the bud without upsetting the skin around them. We use an infusion of antibacterial and antiseptic rosemary, thyme and tea tree, as well as antioxidant-rich grape juice and witch hazel, which is astringent and anti-inflammatory and is said to soothe redness. This product is ideally applied when you feel a spot is about to erupt – prevention is better than cure.

Grease is one of my favourite films of all time, and Grease Lightning is a title of one of the songs in the movie… So, imagine my delight when I heard that LUSH has a product called exactly that?! Okay, I understand that Grease Lightning isn’t the best name for a skincare product but LUSH are very creative with names!

To my surprise, Grease Lightning has nothing to do with oiliness. Instead, Grease Lightning is a spot treatment that acts as a prevention mechanism from breakouts.

Apparently, the best way to use this product is after cleansing and toning… Just dab a bit of this gel on-top of the spot and leave it to soak in. Once soaked in, you’ll notice that the redness will begin to fade. Many reviewers have praised this product for helping to get rid of the spots and not leaving marks where they used to be.

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The Sacred Truth

Revive your complexion with ginseng and ginkgo leaf to boost blood circulation, whilst honey, yoghurt and free range eggs leave skin soft and moisturised. Wheatgrass is full of nutrients to feed your skin, whilst the enzymes in fresh papaya will strip away dead skin, helping to give you a gorgeous glow. Smoothe a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes and let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.

I’m going to be straight with you and say that most face masks don’t work on me… I’ve tried many that seem to do nothing but break me out even more! In fact, I’d even go as far as to that I 100% believe that I developed acne through the use of a face-mask. Having said that, I trust LUSH to break the curse and prove to me that not all masks are bad for my skin.

The Sacred Truth is one that I’ve heard a lot about… Apparently, it’s an anti-aging face mask that helps to soothe, hydrate, and enhance the complexion as well as brighten skin restoring its youthfulness.

Ingredients: HoneyGlycerineKaolinTalcFresh PapayaSoya yoghurtBentonite GelOrganic Evening Primrose OilLanolinFair Trade Shea ButterExtra Virgin Coconut OilFresh Organic Free Range EggsYlang Ylang OilRose AbsoluteLavender OilRosewood OilFresh WheatgrassOrganic Ginseng Root Powder, Green Tea Powder, Ginkgo Leaf Powder, Bee Pollen*Benzyl Benzoate*Citronellol*Farnesol*Geraniol*Limonene*Linalool and Perfume.

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Cosmetic Warrior 

A gentle and balancing fresh face mask with antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic working together to cleanse. Fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin, whilst free range eggs tighten its texture and antimicrobial honey leaves it soft and moisturised. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

If you’ve got acne-prone and/or sensitive skin you should definitely consider buying this product.

Cosmetic Warrior is the only mask which promises to “combat troublesome spots, cleanses and cools the skin” but delivers [as fas as all the reviews which I’ve read are concerned].

Apparently, it clears out your pores and draws everything to the surface. So, don’t use it on the night before a special occasion incase you wake up to find breakouts that’d been trapped under your skin.

However, be prepared to stink while wearing it because it’s packed with garlic and free-range eggs. Other ingredients include: KaolinFresh Green GrapesHoneyCornstarchGlycerineTea Tree Oil*Limonene and Perfume.

If you do go ahead and purchase this, make sure you use it in 3 weeks because that’s when the ingredients will go ‘off’…

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Fresh Farmacy

Every ingredient is carefully selected for its gentleness on the skin, with chamomile, elderflower, calamine and lavender; this is nature at its kindest. In order to make this soap gentle enough to use on your face as well as your body, we took out some of the soap base and replaced it with beautiful essential oils: chamomile blue oil is soothing on the skin; lavender oil calms the mind; tea tree oil is a mild antiseptic and rose absolute is good for restoring balance to the skin.

Here’s another facial-soap that I’m eyeing up… This one is the one you should turn to when Coal Face has done its job… Once all your spots have gone, it’s a good idea to give Fresh Farmacy a go!

Fresh Farmacy is a calming soap-cleanser that cleans, refreshes and calms your skin down preventing further breakouts. It’s creamy on the skin, produces a nice lather, but not overwhelming.

This cleanser features Calamine PowderPropylene GlycolChamomile DecoctionElderflower DecoctionRapeseed Oil and Coconut OilGlycerineSorbitolSodium Lauryl SulfateSodium StearateWater (Aqua)Lavender OilChamomile Blue OilTea Tree OilRose AbsoluteSodium ChlorideEDTATetrasodium EtidronateSodium Hydroxide*Limonene*Linalool and Perfume.

It’s not just skincare stuff that I’ve got my eye on… Oh, no! I’ve also got my eye on almost all of their bath and lip products. But, it’ll take me forever to write them down. Here are a few from my selection:

Yes, these are all exclusive to LUSH as part of their Valentine’s Day collection, so get yours while you still can!

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Hi, I don’t think I’ve properly introduced myself yet… I’m Miamii, a Broadcast Journalism graduate with a passion for blogging. I discovered my talent at University, as part of a module all about maintaining blogs! At first, I was interested in technology and became a critically acclaimed tech-blogger, landing a role at T3 and a technology consultancy.

Now, I’m a beauty blogger and PR consultant with a whole host of journalism experience ranging from interning at many regional and national publications including Closer, Heat and Ealing Gazette.

Prior to starting a WordPress, I use Blogger – or Blogspot as it’s most commonly known… Having said that, WordPress wins the Best-For-Blogging award, hands down!

When I’m not blogging or working, I’m either horseriding, in the gym or eating. I like to shop and go to the cinema often too.

Alright, well, that’s enough about me… I look forward to getting to know YOU!

– Miamii ♡

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Finally, a tool for fuller, healthier-looking lips without the injections or chemicals.  Small enough to carry in your makeup bag, simply use the Lip Enhancer before applying your lipstick or lip gloss.

Here is something that is an essential tool to any make-up bag. Fullips Lip Enhancer is my favourite way of getting naturally pouty, plump lips in seconds… All the way from America, but available on eBay, Fullips costs a mere $14.99 – compared to the price of injecting our lips with fillers.

Essentially, it’s a plastic cap [which comes in three shapes] that you place on your lips and suck into until it sticks. Once it sticks, you’ll start to feel a pulling sensation as though your lips are being suctioned. Leave it on for 15-30 seconds and then release by placing one finger in between the cap and your lips — viola!

If your lips are still not as pouty and plump as you want them to be, you can perform the action again, keeping it on for longer until you get your desired effect. However, the longer you keep it on for the likelier your lips are to bruise.

Once you’ve got the lips you’ve always wanted, you can go ahead and apply your gloss or lipstick straightaway. Don’t worry though because the plumpness lasts for hours after using Fullips.

I own a Fullips Medium Oval [as seen in the picture above]. Fullips Medium Oval can be used vertically or horizontally to target both or just the one lip. I’ve tried this product out and can officially say that it actually works without damaging your lips. I’m not going to lie, it takes a while to get used to – but once you get used to it it’ll become a staple in your make-up routine.

A little bit of advice: exfoliate your lips and the surrounding area before you use this tool to reveal smoother, softer lips. Oh, and, please wash it before and after use! #BeHygienic

For more information about Fullips, watch this video. It’ll give you insight into the company’s background and shows you how to use the lip enhancer because moving images speak louder than words, right?

Finally, I give Fullips 5***** because since turning to it for help, I cannot see myself completing my lip-look without it.

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My Fullips result

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I’ll perform a much needed, intensive cleanse of your digestive system to help achieve the results you want. I’ll leave you feeling energised and motivated to reach your goals.

Last year, I wanted to lose weight desperately in time for my holiday. I tried everything from eating healthy, weight loss tablets and the gym but nothing helped – so I tried Bootea as a last resort.

Although teatoxes generally get a lot of bad press, that doesn’t stop the big names in showbiz from endorsing them. Yes, they can be damaging to our bodies in the long run… But, if you stick to the guidelines and don’t overdo it – they can be really helpful!

One thing to note about teatoxes is that there are plenty out there, all of which claim to do the same thing i.e. shift the weight. Each teatox has its fair share of pros and cons, today I’m focusing on Bootea’s.

Let’s begin with a bit of background into the brand… Bootea is a British health supplements company that strives to promote an active, healthy and balanced lifestyle. It’s one of the very few firms that discourages its customers from going on a diet, as it believes that the best way to lose weight is to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

According to the website, Bootea uses only the most natural of ingredients for our bodies. All of its ingredients are pure, natural and preservative free.

As with even the most herbal of products, there are always going to be some side-effects. Bootea’s side-effects include nausea, vomiting or prolonged diarrhoea.

The aim of Bootea is to give you the boost you need to get back on track with your healthy eating and active lifestyle. The ingredients used in our teas have been used for centuries for health and wellbeing purposes but it is only now we have finally brought all these unique ingredients into one perfect, rounded product. Teatox is a fancy word we use to describe the way the body goes through a natural process of elimination, by removing unwanted ‘toxins’ & built up waste matter, from your body via the lungs, kidneys, bowels and skin.

Okay, so each box includes two types of tea – a Daytime Detox to be drunk in the morning, and Bedtime Cleanse to be drunk at night.  The pyramid-shaped teabags seemed to be of high-quality and included first class ingredients.

Daytime Detox includes: Chinese Oolong tea, mate leaves, ginger root, fennel seeds, lemongrass, dandelion leaf, ginseng root, gotu kola leaves, nettle leaves. Bedtime Cleanse on the other hand includes: Senna leaves, peppermint leaves, fenugreek seeds, liquorice root, burdock root, hawthorn leaves, valerian root, psyllium seeds.

REMEMBER: the Daytime Detox has ingredients which assist you to reach your fitness goals [including caffeine] while Bedtime Cleanse acts as a laxative, cleansing your colon from the inside [excluding caffeine].

The way it works is, you should drink a Daytime Detox every morning and a Bedtime Cleanse every second night (starting on Day One). Pour a cup of nearly boiling water over the teabag/s and let it infuse for 3-5 minutes before drinking – this’ll also help it to cool down too, of course!

In terms of taste, Daytime Detox is no different to your bog-standard green tea while Bedtime Cleanse reminds me of pure peppermint tea. However, if green or peppermint tea aren’t sweet enough for you, Bootea recommends adding some natural sweeteners.

Okay, let’s talk effects! Although, being honest, I didn’t get much of an energy boost [as stated on the website] from Daytime Detox, I did feel lighter and less hungry after drinking it. As far as the Bedtime Cleanse is concerned, I spent a lot of time in the toilet the morning after – so I guess the laxative part is true to its word.

Did it work? Yes, I can actually say that together with a healthy lifestyle, I managed to lose 10kg in 14 days. Would I do it again? Probably, but not straight afterwards as that isn’t recommended.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can purchase it from Holland & Barrett or online costing £19.99.

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My result with Bootea