The best beauty products for our recent heatwave 

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I don’t know about you guys but this heat is too much for me. I feel like I am slowly melting, my inner core is melting. Everything is melting. But one thing that doesn’t need to have a meltdown is your beauty routine.

Just recently I’ve been reviewing a lot of skincare products for ReallyRee, and coincidentally many of them have been natural products. I am fast becoming an advocate for nature. So the latest is Urban Veda and I just thought this purifying skin wash and polish will be perfect in this weather. The tee tree and mint makes them ultra refreshing, and they decongest the skin.

I also love the Hawaiian tropic dry oil, it really makes me feel like it helps accelerate the tanning process (although the spf deffo isn’t high enough for this weather, I tend to layer this with sun cream). It’s so important to remember to wear protection – just because we’re in England doesn’t mean we won’t burn. This oil is relative cheap and moisturising, plus it smells like coconut & guava!

Carmex has always been one of my faves when it comes to lipcare, I suffer from chapped lips and the hot weather can make this worse. Their lip balms are so affordable and seem to last forever. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a carmex pot?

Make sure if you wear any make up or lip balms that they also contain spf. Burned swollen lips will not be attractive.**(Not a cheap alternative to lip fillers)**

Happy tanning guys!

Primark mermaid glow highlighter – a cult product for £3.50 

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I urge you one and all to stop wasting your money on expensive highlighters! I know the struggle; they look so attractive and shiny, but this highlighter from Primark ticks all the boxes. It ensures that you look like a real life mermaid, if ever there was one! 

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Firstly, it is only £3.50, so not really a huge investment. The highlighter also comes in other colours, should you not prefer a shiny white mermaid metallic look. 

It is ultra pigmented! In comparison to my Urban Decay highlighter (I have the powder highlighter in ‘Sin’), I can’t say there is much difference in quality. The Primark highlighter has longevity, I have been wearing it for around two weeks now; and everyday it stays put for the entire day. I know this because on my way home from work, I happened to just catch my reflection in glass and my cheeks were shining to the high heavens. Of course I smiled to myself. 

The next time you visit Primark be sure to grab one of these – if there’s any left. Sure, the packaging is rather basic maybe compared to more expensive highlighters. But you know what, I like it. It’s simplistic and it does the job, pretty darn well may I add. 

[Perhaps not the best pic to show off the highlight, but it’s there glowing away if you look close enough] 
[…Andddd swatch 😍, you can really see the high pigmentation here] 

Summer 17 skincare essentials – L’Oréal fine flowers review 

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I really do love a good skincare product. Even though I’ve got tonnes of skincare stuff coming out of my ears, I still shamelessly end up buying more. When I saw L’Oréal’s new fine flowers range on special offer in Boots, I really had no choice but to buy the milk and gel cream wash. 

L’Oréal is such a unique brand in that their product design is always so effortlessly classy – but yet their prices are fair in comparison to what else is on the market. Despite their good pricing, the quality is never compromised. 

Fine Flowers Milk 400ml – The cleansing milk advices you to sweep it across your face morning and night, in order to cleanse and remove make up. However, I found the milk is so soft, that I often find myself using it as a moisturiser. It smells lush, and 400ml? You’d be mad not to invest – 400ml will probably last me the entire year! 

Fine Flowers Gel-cream Wash 150ml – Both products are marketed towards dry and sensitive skin, and they both are very delicate to the skin. The face wash is free from soap and alcohol, and promised to cleanse your face without drying it. And it does just that. 

Overall review: 

I’ll be totally honest, initially I bought these products because they were so pretty. I was thinking gosh, they will look great in some Instagram flat-lays 💅🏻 

However I’m so happy I did invest, they are both great value products that deliver excellent results. I’m particularly impressed with the milk; I have very temperamental skin which is often dry, sensitive AND greasy (my skin seems to be fighting itself from within, even though I’m 24 it has not calmed down). But this milk really soothes my skin, it’s an absolute essential for Summer ’17. 

I mean, who doesn’t want softer skin!? 

Do we really need activity trackers / fitbits? 

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With life moving at an increasingly fast pace, as we are heavily consumed by a rapid online world and on demand services. Activity trackers are a great, convenient way to set fitness and health goals on the go. 

I think though, if we scratch beneath the surface there is something solemn about the fact that we now rely on technology in order to set goals. We pay, and download apps to remind ourselves to do basic things like drink water or walk. But technology is also innovative at making our lives easier, and as earlier mentioned with life beginning to move at such a rapid pace. This is the reality of our future. 

I was recently bought a Micheal Kors’ activity tracker (as pictured), it is a stunningly pretty bracelet with a neatly inserted battery (barely visible). It works via Bluetooth and an access app that you have to download. 


So what does it actually do? 

Because it’s on your wrist it tracks your steps, meaning you can set personal goals. (My personal best for the moment is 2,890 steps in one day which I’m told is despicable, most people aim to walk 10k steps a day??? #needtogetactive) 

It tells you how many miles you’ve walked per day, and how many calories you’ve burnt. No, that does not mean you can have an extra dessert per week. 

You can also set other health related goals, such as how many glasses of water you aim to drink per day – and how many hours of sleep you want to get at night. 

But I found myself asking, doesn’t our iPhone already do these things for us? Personally I don’t get the necessity to have 3 or 4 different apps which all have the same purpose. I guess though, because people have financially invested and be wearing it on their wrist; perhaps they are more likely to stick to their set goals? 

With the access app you can also control your phone, you can set it up through the control settings so that you can answer your phone with the tracker etc. Rather cool I must say, albeit just another function I couldn’t work out how to use as I’m tech thick. 

Overall review of Micheal Kors’ activity tracker; 

I found setting the tracker up rather user friendly, and relatively easy. Even for a techy no brainier useless blonde like myself. (I’m not going to admit that my mum had to insert the battery for me, that didn’t happen). 

All you really need to get started is the app, and your Bluetooth switched on. Yes those last 4 words burnt me too. That burnt bad, for anyone with an iPhone this is sacrilege. My battery life is probably about 2 hours so with Bluetooth switched on permanently, make that 20 minutes. However, the tracker still tracks your activity even with your Bluetooth off. You just need to switch it on to view your results via the app. Thank goodness. 

At the moment I am still finding my way on the app, I’m certain there are even more uses for the tracker which I am totally unaware of. Moreover, overall I would say that the tracker is a good investment. In particular the Micheal Kors’ / or fashion ones alike – they double up as a pretty bracelet / fashion accessesory. So it’s damn cool that they are also activity trackers. 

I think even if you only bought this item purely to wear as a bracelet it’s worth the money, the fact you are also able to control your phone and set personal goals is amazing. And it isn’t too expensive either. 

I’m sure every 20 something Londoner will be sporting one in the near future. 

Overall score – 8/10 

Easter special – The three best bargain beauty buys for Spring 

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First of all, I would like to wish you all a lovely Easter. If, like me you are avoiding chocolate like the plague this weekend, I know the intense internal struggle sister. 

But, if you can’t eat chocolate and naughty treats then at least indulge in some beauty retail thez 😍- because there’s always a valid reason to treat yourself.. 

As you know I’m a complete product whore, and have recently starting writing beauty reviews for reallyree.com (hurrah more products – for free)! So I have put together this cute list of ultimate Spring buys, at the moment I am obsessed with cute little unknown brands that don’t cost the earth. Anyone can go into Selfridges and buy a Tom Ford lipstick for £57 and say it’s amazing. But sometimes there is beauty in the unknown, exploring and promoting independent brands. This is also how cult products are found, often accidentally. 

Here’s my pick; 

1. Something for the skin, Dr Manuka CC cream SPF 20, £7.99

Because I’m a firm believer in preserving and loving the skin your in. Everyone who’s anyone has seen Dr Manuka products all over the beauty industry for probably the best part of the last 6 months. I have been so anxious to try the range, so when I spotted the Cc cream in my local Superdrug for £7.99 I could not resist. 

Utilising pure bee venom and manuka honey, the Cc cream delivers an exotic feel for very little money. I decided to stop wearing foundation a while ago – this is my new must have product. You can wear it under make up or alone – it gives radiance to skin, an even coverage (although very light and natural), and has a colour correcting formula. 

Plus it helps to fight ageing, the bee venom promotes skins elasticity. AND it has SPF 20. Is there anything this product doesn’t do for the skin!?

2. Lashed out; Amazing shine 100% human hair lashes in 110, £1.99 

Absolute bargain of the century, discovering these lashes in a back street store in west London was deffo one of my genius moments. They are so cheap I can probably afford a different pair every day of next year. 

Amazing quality (100% human hair), a good range of styles. I have opted for no. 101 which is natural yet glam in my usual whispy style. 

3. Highlighter on fleek; Technic get gorgeous highlighting powder in pink, £3 

The cheapest and best highlighter ever. Put it this way, against my UD highlighter this one is much better value. Ignoring the price tag, it is simple to apply, very pigmented and gives a lovely glow. The best dupe ever. 

Have a lovely, glowing Easter guys 🐣💗

Two major reasons why you need a lip mask for your pampering Sunday 

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Sunday is supposedly the day of rest, the day we get to do all those things that we neglect the rest of the busy working week. Quite often we can use Sundays to pamper ourselves. Have a lovely relaxing bath with candles, face mask on. Lip mask on? What? I hear you call, lip mask?? 

Yes. It’s a moisturising mask which you leave on your lips for up to 15 minutes, using powerful natural ingredients it rehydrates lips and leaves them looking plumper and younger. I tested out Sephoras rose water one. Of course, we don’t have Sephora in the U.K. So it’s Amazon to the rescue. 

Here’s why you need one;

1. Alternative treatment 

Although the lip masks have received mixed reviews by beauty bloggers alike, I really believe they are a staple item in our beauty routines. Why neglect our lips? Especially in the winter months where the weather can really take its toll. Plumper, younger looking lips can really enhance our overall aesthetic. After all, why is everyone obsessed with lip fillers? Exactly. If you can get similar results from natural products, it’s a win win sitch. 

2. Replenishment 

It’s a perfect excuse to have a pampering session. And what better way to feel disgustingly narcissistic than to sit back with a clear sheet over your lips, like the queen of beauty treatments. Glass of wine in hand. 

The mask contains natural ingredients guaranteed to moisturise lips, and after the 15 minute wait you moisturise excess product in. It leaves your lips feeling brand new. 

It’s important to remove dead skin cells and rehydrate your lips at least once a week, and the mask can really become part of your regime. Plus it smells divine. I’m not quite sure how I resisted the urge to not to eat it (I hadn’t eaten all day don’t judge me). 

Have a wonderful pampering Sunday everyone! 

Illamasqua hydra veil, hydra money, hydra good? 

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Illamasqua is one of those brands which make their products just look so very appealing. Everything is so classy and monotone. I want it all 😍. 

So I was thrilled to receive their hydraveil primer / moisturiser / gel as a birthday gift, because at £32 a snap, I doubt I would be buying it myself. 

Is it worth the buck? 

The presentation of the product is beautiful. It’s in a bowl with its own spoon, this makes for an easy application. But illamasqua recommended scooping the product onto your hand first, and then putting onto your face with your fingers. 

It’s a gel as opposed to any traditional mousturisers which are creamy. I do like the gel concept, it’s different, and in this instance I do feel wonderfully luxuriant as if I’m putting fresh caviar onto my skin *flicks hair*. 

The consistency of the gel is initially a bit grainy, but once you rub into your skin it does become as smooth as honey (not so sticky, mind you). It did feel very refreshing upon application and it did make my skin soft. But I’m disappointed to say that it didn’t make a huge difference to my make up or appearance of skin. Like, for that price tag I would expect to be blown away by the difference. 

It does make you feel luxurious, but in terms of product effect – it’s a little lacklustre in my opinion. I get a better, or more noticeable result from products which are half the price. 

Sorry illamasqua, it may be hydraveil but it isn’t hydrabrilliant

Overall score 7/10