skincare

Boots Ingredients Rooibos Sheet Mask

Would you believe I have a mask drawer? Have a variety of mask types, mainly for hydration but I think I have a mask for every skin scenario! I love sheet masks as I find them especially good for my dry skin.

Boots Ingredients Rooibos Sheet Mask Tasha's Face energising and revitalising

The Boots Rooibos sheet mask promises to be “energising & revitalising” and my dry skin does need extra help revitalising. The question is, would extra hydration with a simple hyaluronic mask be enough or do I need the extra boost from the rooibos? Let’s face it, “energising & revitalising” is quite vague!

 

“Rooibos” means red bush and you might have heard of it from the tea. I drink rooibos tea because it doesn’t have caffeine and I don’t put milk in my tea. You can also get different flavours. I have to say, my love of the tea partly persuaded me to buy this mask.

 

Instructions are to cleanse, apply, relax for 15 minutes then massage in the excess.

 

The mask itself was soft and easy to apply and it stayed securely on my face. It was a good fit but was quite close to my eyes (it says to avoid contact with eyes which was tricky). My poor child couldn’t figure out what happened to his mummy. He didn’t know whether to laugh or run away!

 

The mask looked a little yellow but I think (and hope) that was because of the “red bush”.

 

The pack says the colour may vary due to the natural ingredients. Depending on what you would call natural, I recognise water, glycerin, grapefruit extract, and orange flower extract. It contains added fragrance. Other ingredients are in the photo and “aspalathus linearis extract” is the red bush ingredient.

Boots Ingredients Rooibos Sheet Mask Tasha's Face energising and revitalising

The mask felt cooling on my face to the extent of being a little chilly but it was tolerable for the 20 minutes I kept in on. Afterwards I massaged the excess into my face and used the serum from the packet on my neck. I didn’t need to moisturise my face with anything else which was a pleasant surprise.

 

My face had more colour to it once I had removed the mask. I have no idea if the rooibos in there slightly darkened my skin (I’ve never put the tea on my skin before!) or that my skin looked healthier thanks to the hydration boost. Either way, my skin was energised and revitalised, just as promised. The healthy look lasted until I went to bed so not particularly long-lasting. I think this mask is best for a quick boost before going out.

 

I am intrigued about the colour aspect. Maybe I’ll buy one more to see if it has the same effect. If it does, then the Boots Rooibos sheet mask will probably become a repeat purchase because my complexion becomes so sallow in the winter and I need all the help I can get!

 

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The Bel Age Anti-Ageing Health and Beauty Show 2016: More about the talks

bel age anti ageing show doterra immortelle blend essential oil
doTERRA Immortelle anti-ageing blend – you can see the oil on my hand where I have been testing products!

Well, I did say that the talks were my favourite part of the Bel Age Anti-Ageing Show! Here’s a bit more about them.

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*Black|Up SPF 25 Protective Primer

Black|Up SPF25 protective primer in the glass raindrop bottle
Black|Up SPF25 protective primer in the glass raindrop bottle

I want to start off by saying that I love the bottles that Black|Up primers come in.  To me they look like glass raindrops – so pretty!

This Black|Up SPF 25 Protective Primer is difficult to review. Yes it gives a smooth base to apply my foundation.  No it does not matify on me, but my nose is so oily these days I doubt there is a way to control the shine. The reason it is difficult to review: how do I test whether my skin was adequately protected? There hasn’t been any sun for a start and if there was, I am not prepared to risk burning myself to prove the SPF works (or doesn’t for that matter)!

The thing is, I like it and I’ll tell you why.

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Keziah Connections 2016 February & March

Fancy flower cocktail with the Iman Cosmetics goodie bags
Fancy flower cocktail with the Iman Cosmetics goodie bags

Continuing from my previous post

February 2016  – Angie Greaves and Iman Cosmetics

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Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07 - not my nude by gorgeous all the same.
Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07 – not my nude but gorgeous all the same.
Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07
Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07
Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07
Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07

Black|Up is a brand aimed at darker skinned women. I was sent a sample of this Black|Up nail lacquer in NVAO07 or just 07 and I have chosen to share my thoughts with you. It’s always been difficult to find nudes suitable for brown skin; I do love the pinky-nude colour but it is not my nude.

Black|Up have a selection of 10 shades of nail lacquer – three colours which flatter brown skin and seven nudes so I’m sure there will be a nude for everyone. As you can see, 07 is definitely not my nude but it will be for someone! What I was hoping was that although it is not my nude, it would still come up as a flattering shade against my skin. In general, I can wear nearly all shades of nail polish but when it comes to brown, sometimes they just don’t look that good on me. They might make my skin look sickly or I sometimes just look silly. So, as this is aimed at brown skin, I had high hopes.

Well, I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was very impressed! I love the square shape of the lid and the bottle and the brush is a good thickness to enable you to do the three-stroke painting method. That’s the proper way to paint nails, when I can be bothered! The consistency of the nail lacquer is just right – not too thick and not too thin. I found that two coats was plenty to get even coverage.

As for the shade itself, it is very flattering on me. It’s a gorgeous red-toned brown which looked surprisingly good on my very, very short nails. It reminds me of the outer shell of Galaxy Minstrels – yum! I actually started to grow my nails just so I could do this shade justice!

I am hooked. I don’t usually like to pay more than £10 for my nail polishes (these are £12.50) but I do like this formula, and I love that there is a shade out there tailored just for me. A trip to my local Black|Up counter to get my actual nude is definitely due. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy wearing this gorgeous chocolatey brown – how could I not?

Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07
Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07
Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07 - I love the box!
Black|Up Nail Lacquer in 07 – I love the box!

I was sent a sample of this product and I have chosen to share my honest opinion of it with you.

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Black|Up Two Way Cake in TW01

Black|Up Two Way Cake in TW01
Black|Up Two Way Cake in TW01
Black|Up Two Way Cake in TW01
Black|Up Two Way Cake in TW01

I bought Black|Up Two Way Cake because I was looking for a powder to set my Benefit cream concealer and Bobbi Brown cream foundation sticks. The Bobbi Brown powder I bought with the foundations was too pale for my summer skin.

I went to the Black|Up counter in Debenhams as I had tried some products and learned about the brand at Keziah Connections and liked it. Plus the products are aimed at women with my complexion so it only made sense to try a base product from Black|Up.

The sales assistant pulled out shade TW01 but I couldn’t believe I was at the 01 end of the shade scale. I thought I would be in the middle as with other brands I tend to be at the darkest end (yes I know that’s ridiculous, but true). I tried a darker shade and it was too dark. I did the natural light test and the lighter shade was the one.

The compact comes with a mirror and a sponge which I use when I’m out and about but when I’m first applying my makeup, or there is enough space in my bag , I use brushes to apply it. I like to use the Two Way Cake to set my under-eye cream concealer using my Real Techniques setting brush and to combat oiliness on my T-zone using my Real Techniques duo finer face brush.

I find it the coverage too light to be a foundation on its own and I haven’t tried it wet. It doesn’t matter to me though. The fine powder is perfect for setting my makeup without making it look caked on, even under my eyes. That’s what I wanted so I’m very happy!

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Perfect Pair: Black|Up Perfect Matifying Primer and Black|Up Matifying Fluid Foundation

Black|Up Perfect Matifying Primer and Black|Up Matifying Fluid Foundation
Black|Up Perfect Matifying Primer and Black|Up Matifying Fluid Foundation

A few months ago I was delighted to receive samples of the Black|Up Perfect Matifying Primer and the Black|Up Matifying Fluid Primer in my Keziah Connections goodie bag. The primer is a Black|Up bestseller.

I have recently started wearing primer on a daily basis. I used to wear it only when I was going out to increase foundation wear time then I decided it was worth the extra step in my morning routine to apply it.

I have used the Perfect Matifying Primer applied with both my fingers and a flat foundation brush, with my Bobbi Brown cream stick foundation.   The primer creates a very smooth canvas ready for the cream foundation and makes my foundation last longer but it doesn’t mattify. Perhaps the oils from the foundation and from my own face are just too much for any primer!

Then I tried the primer, applied with a flat foundation brush, with the the Black|Up Matifying Fluid Foundation. Now, these were clearly meant to be together! The primer ensured that I only had to use a tiny amount of foundation as it produced a very smooth base for the liquid to glide on. The liquid is also lighter than cream. My foundation stayed put all day and I stayed matte.

I shouldn’t be surprised as products within a range and even a brand are designed to work together, a bit like shampoo and conditioner. It’s all down to science. For more thoughts on the foundation, click here.

Well, the bottom line this: the Black|Up Perfect Matifying Primer and Black|Up Matifying Fluid Foundation really do make the perfect pair!

 

(Edit: I’m not sure it is oil free but it feels like it.)

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*Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue

Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue

When I opened up my post from Black|Up to see this Volumizing and Lengthening mascara in Bleu, I was very excited! I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara and it’s been a long time since I have used a coloured one.

I know someone who wears a very, very natural look but her mascara is always blue. The blue really makes her brown eyes pop. When I saw this, I wanted to try it for myself and then Black|Up gave me the perfect excuse. I want my eyes to pop too!

I knew what was inside because of the image on the packaging. That’s really helpful so you don’t leave the shop with the wrong shade which I have done a couple of time. Despite that, when I first opened the mascara, I was taken aback by just how bright it was. Could I really wear in the daytime or to work? Would I look too eighties? It is a bold, bright blue in the tube which comes up well on my black lashes.

Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue packaging
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue packaging

One coat works well for a flash of blue so for me I had blue tinted black lashes. That wasn’t good enough for me. I wanted high impact bright blue lashes which I got with two coats. The colour really did make my brown eyes pop and I found it was easy to wear in the daytime. It actually makes a good alternative to black.

The brush is a traditional bristle brush with different length bristles to grip all of the lashes. The mascara performed as promised; it added length and volume. It lasts all day without flaking and is comfortable to wear.

Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue - look how bright it is!
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue – look how bright it is!

The Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu is a good all-round product and the blue colour makes it just a little bit more special. I got the pop I wanted! Can we have some more colours please? I would love it in a rich, amethyst purple!

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Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue - look how bright it is!
Black|Up Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara in Bleu/Blue – look how bright it is!

 

*I was sent a sample of this product and I have chosen to share my honest opinion of it with you.