Lanolips 101 ointment review

Lanolips 101 Ointment

As you will know if you read my review of the LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub a few days ago, I often suffer from dry lips. I always like to carry around a lip balm in my bag to beat the dreaded chapped lips. I first discovered Lanolips 101 Ointment about nine months ago while working in beauty PR. A colleague of mine swore by it and kept a tube on her desk at all times. That was enough motivation for me to pop into Boots for a little beauty supply stock up on my way home from work!

I love the packaging of this product, the tube is a really lovely baby pink colour with the cutest little sheep logo. It is the perfect size to pop in your handbag or keep in your pen pot at work (I do both!) I opted for the original version, but they also have tinted versions available in boots if you want to add a splash of colour to your pout.

I find that the consistency of the product changes with the weather, in the winter it goes quite solid and you have to give it a good squeeze to get the product out. If it is more solid you just need to rub the ointment between your fingers before applying. In the summer however, it is quite soft and can be easily applied without needing to warm it first. You only need a small amount of product, it is very thick but applies well to the lips.

Lanonlips 101 Ointment is 100% natural which a know is something that a lot of Beauty Bloggers are conscious about. The product is made from 100% pure ultra medical grade lanolin so it is very safe for the delicate skin on your lips. For those of you wondering what lanolin actually is, a wax secreted from sheep skin. Yes, that does sound a little bit disgusting, but the properties of it are amazing, it can hold 200% of its weight in water, keeping your lips hydrated. I’d also like to point out that despite Lanolips being produced from lanolin, it is a cruelty-free product and it is no different from drinking milk or wearing a woolly jumper. Lanolips is so good simply because it is almost identical to our own natural oils so it can imitate their functions.

With this in mind, you really need to know that his product can be used for more than just the lips! Lanolips is truly a multi-purpose balm, something that is currently all the rage in the beauty industry. You can use it to sooth chapped nipples during pregnancy, relieves a sore nose during a cold, helps with nappy rash, calms eczema, repairs cracked heels and much more!

I really love this lip balm, it keeps my lips from getting dry and I use it in conjunction with my LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub on a daily basis as part of my beauty regime. I have a few of these little beauties (one at work, one in my handbag and one in my make up bag) so that I always have one on hand! If you want to give Lanolips 101 Ointment a try, you can get yours from Boots £11.22.

LUSH Mint Julips Lib Scrub review

Mint Julips Lip Scrub from Lush

One of my pet peeves is having dry lips. Unfortunately for me, this is something that I regularly struggle with. Sometimes it is caused by the weather and other times by super matte lipsticks (MAC RiRi Woo, I’m looking at you…). So to solve my dry lip woes I decided to head down to my local LUSH store and pick up the beauty blogger favourite, the Mint Julips lip scrub. While the concept of a lip scrub does sound a little bit daft – my mum laughed when I told her about it!! – this is actually pure genius.

The scrub is made with the natural ingredients, caster sugar, organic jojoba oil, vanilla extract, tagetes oil, peppermint oil and limonene. This gorgeous concoction smells (and tastes!) amazing. It is exactly like mint choc chip ice-cream. The sugar gently buffs away dead skin cells from your lips leaving them soft looking and feeling and visibly plumped. The oils can then penetrate the new layer of skin to re-hydrate the lips.

Mint Julips Lip Scrub from Lush

Now, I mentioned earlier that Mint Julips not only smells like heave, but also tastes like it too! That’s right… you can eat it! Seeing as the main ingredient is caster sugar, and the rest is all natural, it is perfectly safe to eat the product. This means application is incredibly simple. You simply dab your finger into the pot picking up a small amount of product. I prefer to lick my lips first – I don’t really know if it matters, but my reasoning is you wouldn’t put a face scrub on a dry face – then gently scrub my lips with a small circular motion. As soon as you feel that you’ve scrubbed enough, simply lick it off! So tasty and so convenient!

If minty chocolatey goodness is not your cup of tea, never fear, Lush also stock this scrub in Popcorn and Bubblegum flavors. Popcorn is not my favourite scent, but the Bubblegum smells wonderful. Overall, I really recommend the LUSH lip scrubs for anyone who suffers from dry lips. There is a lot of product packed in the pot so they last for ages, but I know when mine runs out I will certainly by repurchasing. You can get your hands on your own from LUSH Cosmetics stores or their website for £5.50 for a 25g tub.

Have you tried any of the LUSH lip scrubs? How do you cope with dry lips? Which flavour do you prefer?

Nivea Daily Essentials Mini Haul

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, Express Hydration Primer

A couple of weeks ago I popped into Boots on my lunch break to pick up a new oil-based eye makeup remover to remove my NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara that I bought at Olympia Beauty more efficiently. Being a little bit strapped for cash right now I wanted something low end but still a decent brand so I ended up browsing the Nivea shelves. When I saw that Boots are currently doing a 3 for 2 deal on their skincare ranges I decided to try out a few other products too! I ended up buying the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover and Express Hydration Primer.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover

I have always found that oil-based make-up removers are great for dealing with tough and pigmented cosmetics such as mascara and liquid/gel eye liners. Unlike other products that I have tried, just a few swipes will remove heavy duty makeup and leave your skin refreshed and nourished. I do really get on with the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, it removes all traces of my eye make-up with just a couple of cotton pads whereas before it took about 4 cotton pads per eye!! I love the actual composition of the product as the densities of the liquid and the oil are different they separate which is pretty cool looking (inner geek alert!). The formula is suitable for all skin types, and I found that even with my skin verging on the oily side, the use of oil on my face didn’t break me out or leave my skin feeling greasy. My only complaint is that it does sting if you get it in your eye so it isn’t as gentle as I’d like it to be, but seeing as it isn’t a fancy high-end skincare product, I can get over this! I liked this product as it does the job well and for just £3.59 it is a bargain, and I recommend it to beauty lovers on a budget.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

When the weather gets cooler and the seasons turn I often find that my skin gets a lot drier due to the cold air outside and the use of central heating. To combat my dry areas of skin I switch my normal moisturiser with a night cream as I find that the intense moisturisation banishes my dry skin and makes my makeup look much nicer and not at all flaky! I had never tried out the Nivea Daily Essentials Night Cream before, but as it was in the 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

The cream is very thick and heavy and so it does take a while to sink in. I’m impatient when I have to get ready for work at 5.30am and don’t like to wait around for my moisturiser to absorb so unfortunately I found that my foundation slicked across my face and looked horrible the first time I used this! Not good. However if you have the patience to let it sink in, it is wonderfully hydrating and a good base for your make-up. I wouldn’t recommend this for those with oily skin though. I have combination skin, so I only use this cream on days when my skin is starting to look or feel dry, and I never apply it on oil prone areas such as my forehead. I also do use this cream for its intended purpose as a night cream, and I think that it is very nourishing and hydrating. Given the whole night to soak into the skin, I found that I woke up with refreshed looking skin that did feel softer and it has helped to banish dry areas.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

Now I am going to admit something … I have never used a primer before. Its not that I couldn’t be bothered, I just didn’t know what to pick. I have read countless reviews, but I have been reluctant to buy one in case it doesn’t work for me and it is a waste of money. So as the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer was in the Boots 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go and dip my toes into the world of primers. I was surprised at how thin this product is. Usually the primers that I have swatched at various beauty counters have had a thicker consistency. I have to admit that I don’t think this primer is all that. It is okay, but I didn’t really notice much of a difference in the appearance of my make up. If anything I would say that this is essentially a thin mosturising lotion. While it is good for those with oily skin, I don’t think that this helped the dry areas of my skin.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

It is hard because I don’t have any other experience of primers that I can compare this product to, but I’m sure that Beauty Bloggers would not rave about them if all primers were similar to this product. Personally out of the three products from the Daily Essentials range, this would be the one that I would drop.

I do really like the Eye Make-Up Remover and the Night Cream though and I am sure that I will repurchase them in the future. You can get hold of all of these Nivea products from Boots, where the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream is £4.35, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover is £3.59 and Express Hydration Primer is £4.99.

Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo by Eyestudio

Beauty Bloggers have gone mad for the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo eyeshadows since their release and I have been dying to get my hands on some! This weekend I finally took the plunge and indulged myself in a couple of the gorgeous shades on offer as Boots are currently running a 3 for 2 offer on Maybeline products. I had my heart set on purchasing ‘Metallic Pomegranate’, ‘Everlasting Navy’ and ‘Pink Gold’. However, ‘Pink Gold’ was completely out of stock…so I settled on a different well hyped product in the beauty blogging world… Babylips, and that is a review for another day!!

These lovely little eyeshadows really remind me of the MAC Paintpots, and considering they only cost £4.99 each (or cheaper if they are on offer!) it is a great cheaper alternative for anyone who is strapped for cash.

I love that the shadows are very buildable, allowing just a gentle swipe of colour, or something really dramatic. I like to use mine as a base and then blend other shades into it. I think that ‘Everlasting Navy’ is the perfect foundation for a blue smokey eye and it has become a go to product.

I have also used them as eyeliners, and I have to say that they are wonderful as they add a gorgeous splash of colour and they last all day without smudging or creasing. Perfect for girls who are always on the go.

I apply the cream shadow with my fingers, and gently swipe it onto my eyelids using a small amount at a time. I did find that it sets quite quickly so I wouldn’t hang around too much before blending the cream outwards.

As you can see, these colours are both very pigmented, and it really doesn’t take a lot of product to get a strong colour. They are both quite shimmery as well which I love for a night out to create a dramatic look with a girly edge.

For just £4.99 I think that the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo is a steal and I will definitely be investing in more colours. You can get yours now from Boots, who are offering 3 for 2 of Maybelline Products or Superdrug who are offering buy one get one half price.

L’ANZA KB2 Hydrate Shampoo and Detangler

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Hair care is an important part of my daily routine, and while I don’t use many products on my hair as it gets greasy very quickly, I have found that a good quality shampoo and conditioner really does make a difference to the look and feel of my hair. For the last month I have been trying out the Hydrate Shampoo and Detangler from the L’ANZA  KB2 Keratin Bond range.

Now Autumn has well and truly arrived, and Winter will soon be on its way, it is a really important time to invest in some high quality hair care products. The drop in temperature means that we are not just having to reach for our chunky cable knits but it is essential to update not just your wardrobe but hair care routine too. The colder Autumn air is very drying and leeches moisture from the hair, and putting on the heating is very drying too. With all the moisture being lost from our hair it is important if you want your locks to look luscious you need to replace this lost moisture.

The L’ANZA KB2 range can actually fight the effects of environmental damage using a Keratin Bond 2 Complex that  replaces and strengthens the keratin proteins in the hair. It simultaneously uses a luxurious range of botanical ingredients that are enriched with vitamins to revitalise and hydrate dry and damaged hair.

The Shampoo and Detangler smell amazing and really remind me of Aveda products. After applying the shampoo my hair felt instantly cleansed as it lathered quickly and I found that even a small amount was enough to work all the way through my thick, long hair. The Detangler is essentially a conditioner, so don’t expect your hair to be completely knot free! As my hair is so thick I find that it gets knotty really easily and usually a Tangle Teezer is the only thing that can smooth my mane! However the Detangler seriously improved the condition of my hair and eased out some of the tangles in the shower due to the conditioning properties of the product.

Overall I really think that the L’ANZA KB2 Hydrate Shampoo and Detangler has improved the appearance of my hair and I think I have suffered less split ends and hair breakage in the month since I have been using these gorgeous products. If you are interested in updating your hair care routine, you can get your hands on the Hydrate Shampoo for £15.35 and the Hydrate Detangler for £16.50 both from Look Fantastic.

Have you used any L’ANZA products before? Would you try the KB2 Hydrate range? What is your Autumn hair care routine?

Original Sugar Nail Art Review*

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You may remember my post in September about my visit to Olympia Beauty, here I met a lovely lady called Rebecca, who is not only one of the UK’s leading nail artist, but also works for nail art brand Original Sugar. Rebecca was kind enough to let me sample a few of the Original Sugar hero products so I could tell you all about them.

Velveteen in ‘Black Jack’

The Velveteen Range consists of four different seasonal colour collections, which is great if you like to swap your nail colours to match the  season. I tried out Velveteen in ‘Black Jack’ and I was excited to try out this product as I had seen similar products in the shops but always thought that I would just make a mess of it! However this was so simple to apply and it is a really easy nail art look for every nail or even just statement nails if you want to mix up your textures.
To apply the Velveteen, I firstly used a base coat, then applied a black nail polish (I used Barry M in ‘Black’) to make sure there was a good depth of colour. While the polish was drying I poured some of the Velveteen into a small plastic bag ready for dipping! I then coated my nails in a layer of top coat and immediately dipped my nail into the bag. I gave it a little shake around to make sure all of my nail was coated. When I removed my finger from the bag it looked a little messy, but this was easily solved by wiping the skin around the nail with a damp piece of kitchen towel to remove the fluffy Velveteen that had settled there.
Image of Original Sugar Velveteen nail swatch
I think that the Velveteen is a really good way to add some texture into your nail art and would look great either on all nails of as a statement nail to contrast a high shine black polish. I think Velveteen works particularly well for this time of the year as it looks quite cosy and comforting, perfect for Autumn!
When I first saw the bottle of Foil I wasn’t very impressed as I imagined it to be like putting kitchen foil on your nails.. However when I actually took a piece of it out of the bottle I realised I was very much mistaken! This is not at all like kitchen foil, but instead more like silver leaf. It is very thin, soft and delicate. There is many different ways to incorporate the foil into your nail art, but I chose to tear some into tiny pieces to create a delicate pattern on top of black polish.
As with the Velveteen, I applied a base coat and two coats of black polish, then a layer of top coat to place the pieces of foil into. I used some tweezers to tear up the foil into tiny pieces and carefully apply them to the nail using very little pressure to add them to the top coat layer. When I was happy with the design I added another layer of topcoat to seal the foils in.
Image of Original Sugar's Silver Foil
I thought that this was going to be my least favourite of the four products, but actually this was my favourite in the end, and I will definitely be using this again in my nail art projects. I think that this looks like a silver leopard print pattern, or similar to rhinestones. It was really easy to apply so I think that this is a great product for a newcomer to nail art to try. I really recommend this lovely product, especially as it comes in ‘Gold’ and ‘Bronze’ too!
I have tried caviar nail art beads before and the think that used to really frustrate me is that they are not colour safe so you can’t apply a topcoat to keep them firmly in place and prevent them all falling off in less than 24 hours! The last time I used a product like this I ended up having to wash my hair wearing plastic gloves as my hair snagged painfully in between the beads (ouch!). I vowed never again…until I met Rebecca, and she told me that the Original Sugar Bullionaire beads are much better, and for two very simple reasons: they are smaller and so they look more delicate, and lastly, but most importantly they are made of glass which contains the colour on the inside thus you can put as much top coat as you please on them and they are completely colour-safe! Hallelujah! 
Image of Original Sugar's Bullionaire Beads
To apply Bullionaire, once again I used a base coat, followed by two layers of a nail polish in a similar colour, I used No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in ‘Foxglove’. While the nail polish was still wet and with a plate underneath my hand ready to catch the mess, I gently poured the Bullionaire beads over the nail and then lightly pressed them down to secure them. Make sure your whole nail is covered and there are no beads hanging of the edges of your nails. You can then cover the beads with a layer of topcoat to make your mani last longer.
I loved the colour of these Bullionaire beads and I am so impressed that they are colour-safe so your mani will last a lot longer than other caviar bead products. There are ten gorgeous fruit inspired colours on offer so you are guaranteed to find one to match your outfit. Perfect!
Image of Original Sugar's Bullionaire Beads Nail Swatch
I am a big fan of anything glittery so I was very excited when I saw the bottle of Confetti! The colour ‘RSVP’ is a bright red which instantly made me think that this is the perfect nail art product for Christmas nails! The Confetti range is available in four other colours, ‘Big Day‘ a white glitter, ‘Celebration, a gold glitter, ‘Hangover‘ a blue glitter, and ‘25th‘ a silver glitter. All of which wold be the perfect accessory to add a touch of sparkle to your outfit for a special event.
Image of Original Sugar's Nail Confetti
Now I didn’t do a great job of applying the Confetti to my nails… in fact I made a bit of a mess with it! But next time I think it will be easier to apply. You apply it in the same way as the Bullionaire beads, but the glitter sometimes overlaps onto the skin as they are quite chunky pieces! As I was pressing the glitter into my nail polish I didnt notice these pieces until after it was firmly set in place.. woops! So next time I use Confetti I will be sure to check the glitter looks neatly position before pressing it into place.
The only this I didn’t like about Confetti is that unfortunately it isn’t color-safe and you can see in the image below that the red has come off some of the glitter flecks. However I would probably use Confetti for a night out where I was just wearing it for that night, so I wouldn’t really need to use a top coat on the product anyway!
Image of Original Sugar Velveteen, Foil, Bullionaire and Confetti Swatches
Overall I really liked these lovely nail art products from Original Sugar so I would recommend them to anyone who is a fan of nail art and wants to try using some textures on their nails to create an interesting look this season. I think they will be a fantastic compliment to any outfit with the upcoming Christmas Party season, and they would also make great stocking fillers. (I really need to stop thinking about Christmas now!)
If you want to try out these lovely Original Sugar products you can purchase them from their website, where Velveteen retails for £4.95-£5.95, Foil for £3.50, Bullionaire is £5.95 and Confetti is £3.95. Each bottle will arrive inside a lovely little Organza bag. You can also find plenty of information on the website to learn how to apply these products to your own nails and follow step-by-step guides to create some amazing nail art.
What do you think of the Original Sugar Nail Art products? Which is your favourite? How would you wear them?

*PR Sample

Ambermist Instant Tanning Mousse and Perfection Brush*

Image of Ambermist Instant Tanning Mousse and Perfection Brush

I was a bit of a latecomer to the world of fake tan, only trying it out for the first time last year after I was persuaded by my permanently tanned housemate to give it a go. I have to say, after I had gotten over my fear of looking like a wotsit and actually tried it out, I really loved the end result. My skin looked much healthier and I felt that I could ditch my opaque tights and bare my usually milk bottle white legs! So when Ambermist contacted me about try out out their Instant Tanning Mousse and Perfection brush I was really excited to put them to the test.

To prepare my skin for the tan, I exfoliated my whole body in the shower paying particular attention to drier areas such as knees, elbows and ankles. I then used a body butter to hydrate my skin ready for the tan. I normally use a mitt to apply my fake tan because it allows for an even coverage, it is quick and it stops you from getting orange stained palms. But this time I was given the very interesting Perfection Brush to apply the Instant Tanning Mousse. I was slightly daunted by the prospect of using a brush as I am clumsy so I was worried about getting streaky legs.
I applied a pump of mousse straight onto the brush and buffed it into my skin in circular motions. I used lighter swipes on my knees, elbows, feet, hands and face to prevent too much colour in these areas. I found that the brush was great for applying the tan to my hands and feet in particular, which normally is an area prone to mistakes as a mitt does not give a gentle enough application to blend the colour into the skin. The brush was also great to use on my face as I could blend the tan into my hairline. The only issue that I had with it was that a few of the bristles came out sticking to the tan, but this might just be because it was the first time I had used it. I really liked the way the tan applied using the brush though and I will continue to use it instead of my mitt because of the more blended application. You can also use the brush for contouring of the face and body which is really interesting and something I am going to try on my face.

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As for the tan, it is similar to St Moriz as it comes in the pump bottle, however I found that it was more pigmented and one pump of the mousse went a long way so I think you get good value for money with this product. The colour itself is perfect for my skin tone and I feel that my tan is natural looking. While it does have the fake tan smell, I can only smell it when I sniff my skin before I washed of the guide colour, so I don’t think the scent is much of a giveaway either.
Upon application of the mousse, there is a guide colour so you can tell where you have applied the product and avoid over applying it. This tan can be left to develop for about 8 hours before showering it off to leave your skin naturally golden. However, you can also apply makeup on top of the tan and go out with it still developing as you have an instant tan due to the guide colour, which is great for people who are busy like me! I am really impressed with the formula of the tanning mousse as it is paraben, alcohol and cruelty free and has an aloe vera gel base so it is great for sensitive skin.

I applied the fake tan 5 days ago now and the colour is still there and showing no signs of wearing off just yet, which is great. I will definitely be applying it again this weekend and I think that this might just have become my new favourite tanning product.

Image of Ambermist Instant Tanning Mousse

I really love this product and I recommend it for both fake tan users and newbies too, and especially the brush for people who are worried about streaking. You can get hold of yours now from the Ambermist website, where you can purchase the Instant Tanning Mousse for £10 and the Perfection Brush for £14.95. Happy tanning!


*PR sample