Review: Instant Whites 7 Day Teeth Whitening System

Don’t we all wish we could have blinding pearly whites? Well, I have tried out quite a few teeth whitening products in my day and I thought it was about time I shared a new one with you and that is the Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System.

(If you prefer to listen than read, there is a video link below, scroll down!)

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I am a big fan of this product. It is so easy to use and just hassle free. I have used this for the last 7 days and do feel like my teeth have gotten noticeably whiter. I even had someone complement how white they are! If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is!

I have used other systems before that have left me with aching teeth and little difference in shade, so I am pretty cautious of new whitening products. I went into this trial thinking I probably wouldn’t like it, or end up with sore gums, but I was wrong. Instant Whites didn’t give me sore gums or aching teeth and I saw a difference in my teeth pretty quickly.

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This system can be used on literally any type of tooth (dentures, veneers, etc.) and claims to achieve up to 9 shades whiter. Now, I think you probably have to start out with pretty yellow teeth to get those results, but hey, I’ll take even 3 shades!

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All you have to do is push the cotton swab down until it is full of the teeth whitening solution and then rub it on your teeth for 10-20 seconds per tooth, rinse with warm water and done! Whiter teeth! It even says you can notice a difference after the first use. I am not sure if I could, but my teeth weren’t looking too, too bad to start with.

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Instant Whites did send me this product to try out, but I wouldn’t be singing its praises if I didn’t think it was worth it. I really do love this product and will be using it again in the future, for sure.

Here is my before and after shot (please excuse the poor quality of the before)! I didn’t get a massive difference, but it is still definitely noticeable!

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If you are up for a teeth whitening challenge, you can pick these up in Boots or online here for £30.

Let me know what your teeth whitening go-to is in the comments below!

Until next time gang,

xx

B.

 

 

 

Beauty Without Cruelty: Brand Review

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. It’s snowing where I am right now if you can believe it! What a better time to do a review post than sitting at home warm and snug away from the cold of the snow?!

The post: brand review. The subject: Beauty Without Cruelty.

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I found this brand because, as you guys know, I love cruelty free, vegan products when I can find them, and this brand caught my eye. The whole ethos is based around cruelty free cosmetics, how cool is that?! I have tried out a few of their products (all vegan) and wanted to share them with you! Let’s get to it!

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Concealer: The first thing I tried was the cream concealer pencil. I have to admit, I wasn’t totally sold on the idea of this product, but when I tried it, it quickly became my favourite of the bunch. It’s really soft so it goes on easily, which is good for under eyes. I actually love using this product as a highlight, so it’s perfect to brighten under the eyes and give the cupids bow a lift. I’ve found that it’s light coverage, but using it as a brightener is perfect!

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Foundation: As you know, I don’t wear foundation that often because I hate the feeling of having something all over my face. We may have found a solution. This foundation is a slightly more liquid-y formula in comparison to my other foundations, but I like it because it is so weightless. I don’t feel like I have something caked all over my face, in fact, I don’t feel it at all! It is light to medium coverage as well so its good for days that you want to just give a nice, subtle even skinned, natural look.

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Powder: The translucent powder is also something I see myself using quite often now. You get a good amount of product and I like using this to set the foundation and concealer. Again, it doesn’t feel like I have anything on my face, so I am a fan! I also really like the packaging of this product, doesn’t it just look pure and natural?

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Eyeliner: The soft kohl pencil is exactly as I’d expect, nice and soft so it’s really easy to apply. It isn’t waterproof, so it can smudge easily, so be aware of that, but I’ve been using it to just enhance the lash line and it looks nice. I have this in the colour Walnut so it is great for getting a really natural look. I’ve even used it to contour! No complaints from me here!

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Mascara: The first thing I noticed about this was the applicator brush. It’s this cool kind of wave cut out, which just looks edgy! This mascara is quite soft and feels nice on the lashes. I often get eye infections and have to be extra careful about keeping my eyes clean. The fact that this mascara is vegan, and has natural ingredients makes me so much more comfortable using this product as opposed to another less natural product. It doesn’t offer a lot of curl, but when I give my lashes a good pre-curl it tends to hold up quite well and it defines the lashes, so it is great for a no-makeup makeup look.

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Lips: BWC also have a range of lipsticks. This one is in the colour Pomegranate and it is a pretty bright pink. It is really pigmented and it has a nice finish on the lips. I would caution, that they are very pigmented, so the colour might end up being a bit different than you expect from the pictures on the website. I like that the main ingredients in this are natural oils (like jojoba and caster seed oil), so I feel better about wearing this lipstick knowing that it’s a natural product.

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Hair: I also tried out the Rosemary, Mint and Tee Tree shampoo and conditioner. When I saw this scent on their website, I was so excited because mint anything is going to be a favourite of mine. I also really love tee tree since it has healing properties, and of course rosemary, mmmm, three of my favourite scents rolled into one! You guys, these products have such a strong smell. When I opened the box, I was immediately hit with the smell of rosemary. It was great. After using these two products, my hair felt so light and soft. I also just love of the feeling of a conditioner with mint because of the cooling effect on the scalp!

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You can check out BWC here:

Website US             Instagram US             YouTube          Website UK         Instagram UK

A big thank you to BWC for sending these products my way!

Overall, I am impressed with this brand. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed using these products. If you are looking for a cruelty free, vegan brand, this one is worth giving a try. Have any of you tried the Beauty Without Cruelty products? If you have, what did you think? Let me know if you have any suggestions of brands to try!

Until next time gang,

xx

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Review: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

Hello everybody!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! On Saturday I headed over to Sephora and bought the new Velvet Matte Skin Tint in the colour Finland light 1. I promised in my video yesterday that I would do a  reivew, so here we go!

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My first impression of this tint was that a little goes a long way and so far that is pretty accurate. I wont be using this as an all over coverage, since it’s a tint, but today I put this all over my face and I like the finish. It goes on smoothly and evenly, but I think my favourite aspect of this it is so weightless!! I have had this on all day today and I don’t feel like I am even wearing makeup! Massive bonus!

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This has medium coverage for me and since I normally don’t wear all-over makeup, this is perfect! I love that it has SPF 30 as well because I always need the sun protection! It’s also so easy to blend and it looks really natural. I mean can you see a line in the picture above? I cant! This has an instant air brush effect, I mean, who doesn’t want that?!

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See how it does the job covering up my dark circles and redness? I’m very happy with that!

If this looks like something you might love, you can find it here!

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The finished look using the Velvet Matte Skin Tint.

Overall, I am very pleased with this product so far and only have positive feedback for you guys. Have you tried this yet? If you have, let me know what you think.

xx

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Tanya Burr Nail Polish: Duvet Day

Hey guys!

Happy Sunday! What did everyone get up to this weekend? I tried out the Dominion Cinema last night and it was AMAZING! Think couches, recliners, foot-stools and free Pringles….I totally recommend you try it if you are in the Edinburgh area. I also looked  through some old drafts that I never ended up publishing and decided that I would share this one with you today.

A few months ago (4 to be exact) I bought the Tanya Burr nail polish in Duvet Day because I had only heard great things about it and needed to check it out for myself. I normally go for either pail pinks, wine or black for my nails but I really liked this shade and thought it would be a nice light and bright addition to my normal nail colours. I love the packaging of Tanya’s polishes as they are just a little different and it’s so nice to support the blogging/youtube community!

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Overall, I really do like this shade and it’s great for the price! I did find it chipped fairly  quickly, but I am not careful with my nails, so this isn’t too unusual for me (ugh!) But come on, the colour is pretty perfect for a relaxed and casual day!

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What did you all think of Tanya’s nail polish range? Have you tried any of the other colours?

Hope everyone has a great week!

xx

 

New Found Loves: Lip Colours

Happy October everybody!

I cannot believe how fast this year is going! I feel like it was January yesterday. With the transition to winter, I really wanted to get some new lip colours, so over the weekend, I threw on my trusty flats and walked my way up to Superdrug, with a quick stop in H&M. I went with the intention of getting some nice, Kylie Jenner inspired, dark lip colours and ended up coming out with a couple dark and a couple light. I wish I had gotten a picture of my hand when I left the store because after trying literally every single dark (and some light) shades, I had absolutely no space on my hand at all. It was like a lipstick mosaic! It was worth it though, because I have ended up with 4 colours that I am absolutely in love with!

The first one I picked up was this Dark Chocolate stick from Max Factor. It is a really lovely dark brown colour with a slight reddy undertone. Its not so dark that it makes people do a double take but it just a really nice cozy look, perfect for the cooler days.

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The next one I picked up was actually on accident. Im sure you can guess that I watch YouTube, and I know that Tanya Burr has her own cosmetics line (you go girl!) , but for whatever reason, I just havent bought any of her range, until now. I found myself in front of her stand in Superdrug because I have heard a lot of good things about her nail polish and wanted to pick up Duvet Day (but it was all out!) So I started checking out her other products and ended up grabbing this lip gloss in the shade Lunch Date, and I love it! I am not really a lip gloss fan because they tend to be a bit more sticky, but I really like this colour. Its subtle and classy and it is a great go-to for everyday.

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I also stopped in at H&M (with no intention of buying make-up mind you) and picked up this colour as well. I know I had the intention of getting some really dark shades, but I don’t really have any nude shades either, so this one kind of jumped out at me, and it was on sale so I thought “oh go on…it can’t hurt…” I’m looking forward to wearing this on days that I have really focused on my eyes and want a more subtle look for the lips.

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The final colour that I got was this one by Maybelline. This one is definitely my favourite so far. It is the shade I have been waiting for. It goes on really matte which I don’t like, but it has a gloss end to liven it up a bit. The best thing about this colour is that it literally does not move from your lips. I’ve worn this a couple of times now and I put it on in the morning, eat, drink, touch my lips, kiss, etc and at the end of the day, I still have to scrub my lips with makeup remover to get it off. Its amazing! As of right now, this is my favourite lip colour I own.

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I hope everyone had a good start to the week. Until next time lovelies!

Who Doesn’t Like to FeelUnique…?

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today is an exciting day because my FeelUnique order came a’knocking on my doorstep! This is the first time I have bought make-up on the internet…I’ll pause for a second while shock wears off…I really like to see the product and the size before buying typically, but I have to be honest, no matter how hard I fight it, the age of the internet has caught me in its big ole claw and here I am online shopping and blogging. Anyway, lets get to the make up!!

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Now, since the Naked Smokey pallet has just hit the UK, I know that this choice may not be too popular because…..I got the Naked 3 pallet! And I am really happy about it. I went on with the intention to buy the Smokey pallet, but my practical side kicked in and I love the colours (and I can wear them to work, like, everyday…not so much with a smokey eye). I know this is nothing new but how pretty are these colours?!

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I also got the Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer. I am not someone who typically wears a primer because I don’t even wear foundation on a day-to-day basis, I just don’t like the feel. I do, however, do my darnest to keep the cover-up on under my eyes. Due to this, I have been meaning to get a primer for so so long now and I love Benefit so here it is folks, my new primer. Ta da! It feels like it will have a nice skin feel and will be nice and light, just what I am looking for. I also have to mention the packaging….uh, how cute is that?!?! Of course, I will let y’all know what I think of the product in a few weeks time, but for now, has anyone used it? What are your thoughts??

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Lastly, and I am so excited about these bad boys, I got the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. I have been meaning to try these for about 2 years (I know….yikes…) I always hear good things about this range but just haven’t gotten around to trying it yet, so I am so stoked that I finally can hold these babies in my hand. I think we all know what I will be doing tonight….face wipin’!

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Also, as a little bonus because I spent so much money, FeelUnique threw in two little samples. I chose the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum for myself and a little sample of the Jean Paul Gaultter Ultra-Male for my boyfriend as a little surprise (at 0.02 fl oz I really know how to spoil my man :p). Not a clue what it smells like, I’m waiting for him to give it a try first. Anyone try this out yet?

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Again, let me know what you guys think of these products and let me know if there are any other products you think I should give a go! I always love hearing about what other people use!

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Lottie London Brush Set First Impressions

Hello everybody!

So I have developed a really spendy habit of walking myself up to the St. James Centre during my lunch break for some light shopping. I normally end up searching through the makeup and forgetting to actually eat lunch (not recommended! ha).  During a recent Boots and Superdrug raid I came across the new Lottie London line as I was perusing the shelves. I wasn’t intending to buy new brushes but I saw these and thought “oh hello pretties!” I mean look at them…how cute are they?! And I love how the tips of the brushes match the handle colour. Genius. So I decided to give them a go and thought I would share my first impressions with you in case you too are enticed by ultra cute brushes 🙂

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The concealer brush: Ok, so the first brush, and the one I have used the most is the concealer brush. It is just he right size for me to dab out the dark circles under my eyes or the redness around my nose. The brush is really soft as well so its really nice for those sensitive areas!

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The foundation brush: I’ve been pretty pleased with this so far. I love the colour of this one, so that might make me a little biased….but  doubt it. Again, it is so soft and blends really well, so while some of my brushes (like my bare minerals brushes) leave my skin feeling like they have been slightly assaulted, this one is jut soft that I actually enjoy the blending and frankly, that is a breath of fresh air.

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Excuse the clearly worn in brush…but what can I say…I’ve been using it a lot..! 🙂

The crease brush: This one is a little textured and is great for blending eye shadows to soften up a look and to add some contrast in the crease. I’ve not used this one as much as the others but I think it will come out more on the weekends when I actually focus on doing some killer eye looks.

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The angle brush: I’ve used this one for doing more of a smoky eye. It’s good for lining the eye with a shadow and I think this is going to be my smoky eye go-to brush, especially for lining the lower lashes. Also, another favourite colour!

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The powder brush: It’s so big and fluffy, every time I pick it up and have to stop myself from pulling an Agnes “IT’S SO FLUFFY!” from Despicable Me.  I have used this one for powder a couple of times which I like as its just a nice big brush so all over face is ideal. I do think I’m going to start using this with my bronzer though to get a very soft kind of sun kissed look. I think the big and fluffy will be ideal for adding a little bit of all over colour.

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Overall, I am pretty darn happy with these brushes. I really like how they look and they are just fun to have in my brush pot. I am a huge fan of the fact that they are totally animal friendly. So far they seem to good quality for the price and I’m happy with the purchase. Right now I don’t think I can say they are the same as some of the high end brushes but I don’t expect them to be at their killer price. I am really happy that I decided to try these out and certainly recommend giving these a try! Happy hump day all! Hang on a couple more days ’till the weekend, we can do it!

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