GLAM GLOW || GRAVITY MUD FACE MASK REVIEW

14.6.17



A few weeks ago I entered a Instagram competition on the Glam Glow page to win the Gravity Mud and the limited edition Gravity Mud face masks, I wasn't expecting to win but I did and I wanted to review the face masks on here! Despite receiving these for free I still tested them out exactly the same I would any other product and I'll share with you my honest opinion. I really wanted to try out Glam Glow products and in particular the Gravity Mud face mask for a long time but I was put off by the price because lets not kid ourselves,  £40 for a face mask is quite steep and a lot of the reviews that I saw online were sponsored posts in which no one ever said anything bad about the product.

Let's start off with a little summary and what the product claims to do. The Gravity Mud claims to firm and tighten your face and deliver a visible face lift. It is powered with Teaoxi Marshmallow and Liquorice Leaf which help with the loss of elasticity in the skin. I tried out both the original Gravity Mud and the limited edition Sonic the Hedgehog version and both work exactly the same, the only difference is that the limited edition version is blue. I really like the fact that the face mask comes with a brush as it really allows you to distribute the product evenly across your face, I did try to apply the product with my fingers just to see whether I got the same results and I definitely prefer the brush because of how easy and mess free it is.

I think everyone has heard of how good the face mask smells and yes I agree it smells divine, like a pina colada. With that being said I think that people with uber sensitive skin are going to have a problem with that. If you follow my blog you probably already know that I have sensitive skin and products that are overly perfumed don't really agree with my skin. I did have a few issues when I first started using this. When I first applied the mask and when it started to sink into my skin I did feel a little tingle, so keep in mind that if your skin is extremely sensitive you will probably experience worse tingling or burning. The tingle did fade away after a little bit and it wasn't very uncomfortable to the point where I felt that I could not leave the product on my face. After the second, third, fourth etc. time I experienced no uncomfortable sensation so that kind of makes me think that my skin was just getting used to a new product but I wanted to mention it because I know it could be a big issue for someone with super sensitive skin.

Despite being a mud mask or being advertised as one this is a peel off face mask which is kind of strange because when I think of a mud mask I think of a clay based mask that has to be washed off. I typically steer away from peeling masks because they tend to irritate my skin but I strangely enjoyed this type of 'peel' because it wasn't painful and too clingy. When the mask dries down it becomes very elasticated and when you peel it off it pulls away form the skin with no trouble, hence why I have no problem putting this on top of my cheeks as it doesn't pull the skin around the eye which I usually find quite painful with peel masks.

As for the results, I really cannot complain because my face always feels fresh and really clear after using this product. The mask does not get rid of spots or acne (keep in mind that it doesn't claim to do that) but it leaves the skin looking really glowing and smooth. I have tried and tested this face mask a lot and I can say that over time my skin started to look more plump and healthier. As I mentioned at the beginning the face masks claims to give you a face lift, honestly I don't think that any cream or serum or even face mask will give you an effective face lift, however I do notice that my skin feels a lot firmer after using this and the contours of my face are more prominent. Overall this does get a thumbs up from me and if you're looking for a nice face mask which will make your face appear more plump this might be the mask for you. I would repurchase this despite the price tag because I know that it truly works and I do enjoy the novelty of a silver mask, if you want to try any of the Glam Glow face masks I did see that they sold smaller 'sample' sizes. I think that I'm going to get the thirsty mud and the youth mud because I have heard some good things about them but again I don't think I would risk it and get the full size straight away because everyone's skin is different and reacts to products differently.

Let me know if you have tried any products from Glam Glow and if you like them because I'd really like to know what your experience with them was!

Dominika xx



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NIP AND FAB MAKEUP || REVIEW

10.5.17




Nip and Fab are a well known skincare brand with some iconic products like their glycolic acid face pads which FYI are fabulous! So as soon as I heard that they're coming out with a makeup line I knew that I had to get my hands on some of the pieces. Overall they offer quite a decent range of products for a new line and they're only available at Superdrug but I'm sure they are going to start rolling out new products and expanding soon.

I only picked up a few things form the collection as I didn't really know what to expect and I didn't want to waste my money. I picked up the blush palette which was £8, the eyeshadow palette which features a lot of cool toned neutrals £10 and the concealer as I wanted to try at least one skin product which was £8. Also, they were on a 3 for 2 offer so I got a really good deal. Before I get into the products that I tested and if they're any good I'll give you a quick overview of the whole collection. Let's start with the base, they offer three primers one being a primer water another a blurring primer and the third is marketed as a water based primer infused with vitamin E. They have one foundation that comes in 10 shades which I'd say is a pretty good selection although they do cater more towards lighter skin tones. With that being said they do have two mixers, one really light almost white and one darker which allows you to darken or lighten your foundation colour. There's 3 contouring palettes in different shades and a highlighter palette which has some really nice shades, although when I swatched the highlighter palette in store it seemed a little bit powdery and chunky. Next, they have 6 concealer shades and 4 colour correcting shades in the same formulation as the concealer, I wanted to pick up the yellow shade as it looked like a great colour for under the eyes but unfortunately they were out of stock. They also have a travel palette which comes in 2 shades and has a bronzer, highlighter and blush. They have ten liquid lipsticks which swatched really nicely in store and five lip liner shades. For the eyes they have a standard black mascara which the appearance of didn't wow me enough so that I picked it up but who knows it might be great, they have a few khol eye pencils and eyebrow pencils, a liquid eyeliner and last but not least the eyeshadow palette.


First of all let's start with the eyeshadow palette as I'm pretty sure most people will want to know whether its any good or not. Like I said before it is a cool toned neutral palette but it does have a few warmer tones so I think it would be suitable for anyone. It features 12 shades ranging from lighter 'all-over the lid' colours to transitioning and defining colours as well as a few shimmers. The shadows perform well but some better than others, which isn't such a drawback considering the price point. The lighter shades are definitely more powdery and have more kick back but its nothing you can't work with and if you tap off your brush you're good to go. All in all they are quite smooth and easily blendable. The shimmery shades are also smooth and not glittery, they're more of a subtle glisten rather than a chunky glitter. I have not tried these wet with a fixing spray but I think they would perform quite well. Overall, I think this is a good neutral palette that can be used for a multitude of looks and take you easily from day to night. My favourite shades in this are 'suede' because its a great transition colour, 'camel' as its great for all over the lid before I start any look and 'in vogue' when I want to darken things up.

The blush palette features four shades, cocktail, flamingo, whisper and velvet. Similarly to the eyeshadows this is a good palette if you want a few blush options but don't want to spend heaps of money. I think that the colour selection is really well put together as it will carry you through different seasons and looks. Cocktail is the lightest pink in the palette which looks great with minimal makeup looks and is perfect for the spring months. Also, if you're a fan of layering blushes like me its really nice to go on the center of the cheeks as a brightening colour. Flamingo is a more coral/ peachy shade that would look really gorgeous with a warm toned smokey eye or a coppery eye look. All of the blushes have a slight shimmer in them, nothing super crazy but it gives a healthy glow to the cheeks rather than a straight up matte blush. Velvet is by far my favourite, only because its so easy to throw on. Its a very neutral nude shade which honestly goes with any look that you're rocking, if I don't know what blush to go for I usually go for tones like this because I know it won't clash with anything else that I'm wearing. And lastly we have whisper which is the darkest of the four shades. This is a more mauve shade which would look awesome in the colder months but also with purple eye looks, this is the most daring out of the four blushes but I'd say its still really easy to wear.

Last but not least, I want to talk about the concealer. Originally I wanted to get the yellow colour correcting shade from the range but it wasn't in stock at the time so I went for shade 10 from the normal concealer range. I really really enjoy this concealer! No joke this has become a staple of mine in my makeup routine. I like this because its high coverage and not cakey, you don't need tonnes of it to cover a pimple or redness. Also I really enjoy this because its blendable, it goes onto the skin and blends out really nicely on top of your foundation or whatever you are wearing. It doesn't drag or smudge out and it doesn't patch, also it doesn't take off the product that you already have like some concealers do. And last but not least it dries down! I don't like concealers that stay looking wet and feel like they are going to slide about my face if I don't set them with heaps of powder (even though I set my concealer every time). I am definitely going to pick up the yellow shade when they have it in stock because I enjoy the formula of this a lot.

I also wanted to mention the packaging very quickly. Don't expect some super fancy and sleek packaging with these products. I think that Nip and Fab are able to produce these products at a low price point because they skip out on fancy packaging. Don't get me wrong the packaging isn't terrible its thin and sturdy and see-through which I like because I am able to look at the product but at the same time you can tell that its not amazing quality plastic, never the less the products are nice so its not the end of the world. And that sums up my review of Nip and Fab makeup. Have you tried any of their makeup? If you have let me know what you think in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you. Personally I'd really like to try out the liquid lipsticks because when I swatched them in store they felt quite nice and there was a very nice pinky/nude shade that I liked the look of.

Dominika  xxx



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THE ORDINARY SKINCARE | WORTH THE HYPE?

19.4.17





In my previous post I mentioned that I found some fabulous skincare that really helped to clear my skin when I used it in conjunction with the magnitone face brush, not to say that these don't work alone because they do but I got better results using the two together as I feel that the face brush was cleaning my skin and all of the serums I applied after had a better chance of working their magic on my skin. 

The skincare brand that I want to talk to you about today is The Ordinary, I feel like everyone knows about this brand now as every beauty blogger has mentioned it in one way or another. The biggest asset of this brand is the price of their products. Honestly, you are really getting your moneys worth when buying pretty much anything from them as everything is about £6 and I think the most expensive serum that they have is a little under £15. Which is amazing as most brands that use the same ingredients charge more than triple the price sometimes. I ordered quite a few things from them as I couldn't really decide and in all honesty I just couldn't say no for the price. I ended up picking up Niacinamide 10% with Zinc 1%,  Hyaluronic Acid 2% with B5, Alpha Arbutin 2%, Vitamin C suspension 23% with HA spheres 2%  and the two strengths of the Lactic Acid only because I had a delivery mishap as they sent out the wrong item but were kind enough to replace it with the original strength I ordered and let me keep the wrong one that they sent out. 

If you have no clue what some of these products are or how you use them and what their benefits are, don't worry. The Ordinary has a really helpful regiment guide, it tells you exactly what product to use in what order and which product combinations don't work together. Also, they have product combinations that target different things, so lets say that your skin is dry and dehydrated they recommend the hyaluronic acid the squalane and natural moisturising factors. Additionally, if you need to find out what a particular product does and what its uses are they have clear and detailed product descriptions under each product, so you'll know exactly what every product is meant to be used for and what it targets. 

Now, let's get onto the products I tried out. First and foremost I saw the biggest changes in my skin with the hyaluronic acid serum. I have quite dry and dehydrated skin and I found that my skin looked more radiant and healthy because it was properly hydrated. I'm not going to lie I was a little bit sceptical about the quality of the ingredients that are in the serums because of the low price and thought that I would see very small changes if any, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I started using these products. The hyaluronic acid serum is my favourite out of all the products that I ordered and I have been using it with no exceptions every day. I will 100% repurchase once I am done with this one to make sure that I am never without this product.

Next up the lactic acid serums. I have both the 5% and 10% strengths. I originally just ordered the 10% one but when I opened my package I saw that I was sent the other one instead. I emailed the company and they resolved the issue very quickly, so no harm done and at least I know they have good customer service. I prefer the 5% serum as it's not as harsh on my skin, I'm not quite sure what I was thinking ordering the 10%  as I have sensitive skin. So what it does is basically chemically exfoliates your skin, it reaches deeper than any scrub. I do find that this helped to clear up the small spots on my face that I was suffering from but it did also dry my face out so the hyaluronic acid serum was a must for me after using this. I only use this once a week or even less than that sometimes as I do find that its a harsh product and I don't want to put my skin through something that it can't handle.

I picked up the alpha arbutin serum because I researched that's it's really good for any redness and it helps with pigmentation issues. I have some redness on my cheeks left from breakouts. I can't say this completely got rid of everything because that's not the case but I have been able to see a slight difference in the colour of the discolouration on my face. I haven't been using this serum as much as I have the others so it's maybe my fault that I can't see a lot of results with this, overall though I can see a slight change so I'll try to use it regularly and maybe then I'll have better results.

Niacinamide is something I have never heard of before but it has completely changed my skincare! I remember watching a Youtube video and hearing about the amazing properties of Niacinamide. Its basically meant to shrink your pore size and I do struggle with that on some parts of my skin, especially on my nose and cheeks. Again, I'm guilty of not using this to its full potential but I can see a difference in my skin. It is very minimal when I look at it but I can tell when I'm applying my makeup as my foundation doesn't sink into my pores anymore, my foundation just looks flawless and uber smooth. Last but not least is the Vitamin C suspension serum. I think that this is the product that I saw the least changes with but this might be because its not suited my skin as I have read reviews of people who really swear by this stuff. For me, it didn't do what I wanted it to do. Its meant to be a brightening cream which helps with the overall appearance of the skin and brightness, honestly, I saw more radiance and plumpness in my skin with the Hyaluronic acid serum so I think I will stick to that but perhaps I'll incorporate it into my skincare another time and give it another shot.

And that concludes my review of The Ordinary! Let me know if you have tried out any of the products from this brand and if you love them or not. I know I definitely do and they have become a staple in my skincare routine. I will definitely be repurchasing my beloved Hyaluronic acid serum and I have also been eyeing up their Glycolic acid toner which looks amazing.

Dominika xx


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