Saturday, 9 May 2015

Introducing Younique

So today I want to try something I've not done before; a brand focus. I have been using Younique products since January and thought it about time to share the love on the blog. 

Younique products are all cruelty-free, naturally based and free from parabens or any harsh chemicals.

There are a selection vegan friendly and gluten free products so something for everyone and the quality is fantastic! 

Younique's mission is to uplift, empower, validate and ultimately build self-esteem in women around around the world through high quality products that encourage both inner and outer beauty and spiritual enlightenment while also providing opportunities for personal growth and financial reward. 

My top three products without a doubt are the precision pencils, touch cream foundation and fibre lash mascara. Here's why:

Precision Pencils. There are fifteen colours all together; 5 lip liners and 10 eye liners. The pigmentation is amazing, they are unbelievably creamy and so go on like a dream and they are completely smudge proof. Need I say any more? I have 8 in total and rave about them to anyone that will listen. The sharpener (purchased separately) also sharpens them to a round tip rather than a point which is much gentler on the skin. 

Touch Mineral Cream Foundation. This foundation is a delight. I use the shade Organza which is the second lightest colour and it's a great match for my skin. The most amazing thing about it though is the coverage - it's fantastic but doesn't look cakey at all. The packaging comes with a sponge separated from the product with a clear plastic lid which I enjoy and there is also a decent sized mirror. Perfect for throwing in your handbag! While it does come with a sponge and Younique do make a foundation brush I find this applies better with a buffing brush from Real Techniques or Bare Minerals. 

3D Fibre Lash Mascara. I'll admit I was dubious before I tried this - will it work? will I hate it? Will it be messy?  Clumpy?  Fibres all down my face? Irritate my eyes? The answer to all of these questions (except 'will it work?) was of course, no! The transplanting gel and green tea fibres are so easy to use and actually do look great. I personally think some people can go a bit OTT with it but I find it the perfect replacement for falsies and the ingredients nourish my lashes - fab.

And so that was a brief introduction to Younique! 
Find out more and shop the brand HERE.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Polish & Repair

Training as a beauty therapist and working a lot with nails when I got the email asking if I'd like to review some nail polish that doesn't just look good but does good for your nails too I jumped at the chance!

I can do other people's nails but never my own, typical! Also how old and wrinkly do my hands looks? Great. 

So Micro Cell products - 'nail recovery with a hint of glamour' -  have recently entered the UK market after being best sellers in Germany and specialise in restoring the health and vitality of your nails. 

The first little bottle I received is Nail Repair. This is developed specifically for soft, brittle nails and is supposed to strengthen and prevent splitting or tearing, accelerate growth, activate the rebuilding of protein molecules in nail layers and connect the layers of nails to strengthen the body of the nail. Pheww, a bit technical that last bit, eh? Well as much as that sounds it really does work! 
I was a little bit dubious about it all to start with but I have been really pleased the the results, especially the speed at which this works. You're supposed to put one coat on one day and repeat the following day with a second coat and then on the third day remove with Nail Repair Remover (which I don't have) and repeat this process over two to three weeks. It also recommended to use as a base coat once a week so this is what I have been doing for about four weeks now except for with normal acetone-free nail polish remover. My results? Stronger, longer and much healthier nails! Seriously, they have been growing much faster and not breaking. I do a lot of horse riding so my nails often split or break but I've had none of it, especially the last couple of weeks. I'm very pleased. 

Finally Colour Repair. I'm so happy to have been sent the shade Raspberry Kiss (a red wine/purple colour) as it's something I would have chosen for my self. It goes on nicely and gives the nail a nice shine but watch out as it chips really easily without a decent top coat. I love the idea that my nail polish is treating my nails rather than weakening them so I think I'll definitely be investing in a few more colours - you can view the whole range on the website here

Overall I highly recommend the brand and with a range of other products from cuticle oil, through nail files to hand cream to choose from I can see the brand taking off very soon.