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The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid & Matte Lip Liquid // Review and Swatches!

Hi guys!  How are you?  Getting excited for Christmas?  I know I am!  I’m opening my beauty advent calendar every day and it’s so exciting 🙂  But that’s not what today’s post is about.  Today I’m reviewing The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid and Matte Lip Liquid lippies for you!  Hang about for hand and lip swatches, plus a review of how long each one lasted on the lips.

The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid and Matte Lip Liquid on a pink background with pretty pink props

The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid and Matte Lip Liquid (R)

I picked these beauties up when I went to The Body Shop Christmas event, where they launched their Play for Peace campaign.  I’d seen swatches on their Instastories and the magpie in me needed to get my hands on them!  I chose the Metal Lip Liquids in Plum Titanium and Fuchsia Chrome; and the Matte Lip Liquid in Tokyo Lotus.

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The Body Shop – A Compassionate, Cruelty-Free Christmas Collection!

Hi everyone!  If you like your Christmas vibes to start in November, you’re in the right place!  If you don’t, then sorry about the last few posts but it seems to be all about the festive events at the moment.  My second Christmas event of the year was with The Body Shop!  Bear with me, because there’s lots more to this than just Christmas fun!  

The Body Shop Makeup

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to The Body Shop Christmas Preview at their Briggate store in Leeds.  We all met up at the shop and I made the most of arriving a little early by having a good old browse of the makeup!  I’ve been dying to swatch the new liquid lipsticks but don’t get into town often.  I wasn’t disappointed… they’re gorgeous!  The Body Shop have brought out a new range of Metal Lip Liquids in six shades.  I swatched most of them and they are all beautiful – opaque, metallic and so pigmented. 

Shop display of The Body Shop liquid lipsticks

Metal & Matte Lip Liquids

There was a 3-for-2 offer on, so I treated myself to two of those and a matte lip liquid.  I chose Fuchsia Chrome and Plum Titanium (gorgeous on and lasted amazingly well when I tried it out!)  In the matte, I chose Tokyo Lotus.  Sadly in my first test, this hasn’t lasted very long on the lips.  I’m planning a full review post soon though, so keep your eyes peeled!  I also grabbed a Honey Bronze Drops of Sun – a liquid bronzer.  I’ve got a Kat Von D foundation that’s way too light for me, so I’m planning to use it for that.  The Body Shop girl who helped me with the makeup was equally as obsessed with makeup as me!  It was really helpful to hear her tips and recommendations (use the metal lipstick as eyeshadow, for example!) 

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Multi-Tasking Skincare // Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone!

Hey guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re doing well…or better than me at least!  Safe to say I’m not dealing with the current heatwave in England very well!!  If you’re a regular over here, you’ll know that I am a proud Dr Botanicals ambassador.  They very kindly send me a product once a month, which I test out and report back to you guys about (along with a discount)!  I’m not being paid for my reviews and all opinions are totally honest and completely my own!  This month’s product is a great multi-tasker, the Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone.

 

Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone Review Outer Packaging

Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone (in Outer Packaging)


Who are Dr Botanicals?

Dr Botanicals are a 100% natural UK skincare brand, who use no parabens.  Even better, they are completely cruelty-free and vegan-certified!  They are based in London and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking with the latest science.

Dr Botanicals use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe these can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I really like that they use 100% natural ingredients.  It’s very easy to claim to be a ‘natural’ brand, however most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no harmful preservatives in any of the Dr Botanicals products.

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BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder // Review!

Hey guys!  I hope you’re feeling well and ready to enjoy your weekend.  Today, I’ve got a review of of BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder.  What on earth is that?  Read on!

This product was kindly sent to me in order to review, but all opinions are honest and entirely my own.  This post is not sponsored and I am not an affiliate in any way.

 

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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)


Who Are Benz and Blanc?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this post where I visited BENZ and BLANC in Leeds.  I had my teeth whitened and we managed to get them 10 shades whiter!!  Well I’ve kept in touch with the lovely owner of BENZ and BLANC, Paul.  He got in touch recently to tell me he’d actually launched his own product – his first one.  I am so pleased for him, as he’s only been open since September 2016 and he’s doing really well so far!  If you know Leeds, BENZ and BLANC are on the top tier of the Corn Exchange (it’s beautiful in there!)

Paul told me that he wanted to bring his own product to market, which is excitingly part of a three step system!  That’s why you’ll notice there is the number 2 on this product.  Parts 1 and 3 are on their way, so watch this space.

BENZ and BLANC have worked with UK suppliers to ensure that this product supports UK businesses.  The charcoal teeth whitening powder is made in England, which is something that is really important to Paul.  The packaging is also made here.  I think that’s great – the UK economy needs all the help it can get!!


What Is Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder?

Charcoal has been used for centuries in medicine and studied by many dentists.  I have definitely noticed it becoming more of a ‘thing’ in the last year or so.  I wasn’t even aware of charcoal teeth whitening powder until last year but now it seems to be everywhere!  It can also be known as active carbon.  

Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been “activated” to increase it’s absorptive properties.  Some choose to use activated charcoal instead of fluoride, since long-term fluoride ingestion can potentially have harmful effects on your body.  It can also be handy if you want whiter teeth, but your teeth are too sensitive for chemical whitening procedures.

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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

The key to using charcoal to whiten your teeth is leaving it on your teeth for a few minutes.  Don’t just quickly brush and run (as tempting as that is!)  Leaving it on for a while helps absorb colours and bacteria from your teeth.  Charcoal is also really effective at caring for your gums (perfect for me, as my dentist recently told me mine are receding a little bit – boo!).  This powder isn’t a replacement for regular teeth-brushing; it’s an additional step you use to help whiten the teeth.


How Does It Work?

To use the powder, you simply dip your toothbrush into it.  I dampen mine a little first, to help it pick the powder up.  You don’t need much powder at all, a little goes a long way!  Then gently brush over your teeth, spreading it evenly but concentrating more on the front teeth.  Word of warning: this is not going to be pretty!  You will pretty much look like a dirt-eating zombie.  But only for a few minutes!  

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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

Leave the powder in your mouth for a few minutes to work its magic, then you can brush it away.  In my experience it takes a few good rinses to get all the powder out of your mouth.  Another word of warning: if you’re clumsy like me, it can be a little messy in your sink!  I have quite shaky hands so I drop it all over, but it’s fine – give your sink a good swish out and it doesn’t stain at all 🙂 (it probably whitens it, haha!)

It’s best to brush your teeth as normal, and then use the powder after brushing.  It’s recommended to use the powder once every other day or so, but depends on your needs.  As it’s so gentle and natural, you can use it as required really.

The BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder is 100% organic, 100% natural and also vegan, which is a great plus in my mind.

Overall, I really like this powder for its gentle whitening effect.  It’s a little messy to use but easy to clean up and doesn’t make my teeth feel uncomfortable or sensitive at all.  It’ll also be handy to help my receding gums, hopefully!


Where You Can Find It

The powder is available here and in-store (Leeds Corn Exchange).  There are two sizes of the charcoal teeth whitening powder, to appeal to everyone:
 
30g is £9.99 – but on offer at £7.99 until 1 March!
 
15g is £6.99.
 
Also, I have a little sneaky exclusive for you… BENZ and BLANC are launching a mint version of the charcoal powder in March, which will cost £7.99 for 15g.  The regular one has no taste at all, so it’s fine, but mint fans will enjoy this fresh new version!
 
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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

Paul also told me that a proportion of the profits will go to Operation Smile, a charity he has worked with since opening.  The charity raise money so that dedicated volunteers can repair childhood facial deformities.  They also advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families.

I think that’s really nice, as he’s a small business owner and it’s not easy to give away profits when you’re starting out in business.  But Paul is a lovely guy!


Have you ever tried activated charcoal teeth whitening powder?  How did you find it?  Let me know in the comments!

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Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream Review Discount Code

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream // Vegan CF Skincare Review

Hola!  How are you?  I hope you’re well and enjoying February – the month of love!  Whether that’s romantic love, or just learning to love yourself, I hope February is a great one for you.  If you read this post, you’ll know that I have just become a Brand Ambassador for Dr Botanicals!  I’ve had such a lovely response to the news, so thank you very much 🙂  So this is my first review as a Brand Ambassador – and it starts with the gorgeous Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream!

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream Review Discount Code

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream

Love Your Body This Valentines

You may remember this post, where I reviewed two other products from the Moroccan Rose line.  I absolutely loved them, and am still using up the last bits of those two products now!  They really do go a long way.  I was excited to try something else from the Moroccan Rose range, as I love the scent.  

Dr Botanicals chose this product for February as their theme for the month is “Love your body this Valentines”.  I suppose as a gift (to a loved one, or yourself), it’ll last longer than actual roses!


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Kat Von D Makeup KVD Makeup Reviews

Trying Kat Von D Makeup (KVD)!

Hey guys!  If you’re into makeup, you’ll probably already know that Kat Von D Makeup is finally available here in the UK (about time!)  Kat Von D Makeup stormed the makeup world in 2008, and has been raved about all over YouTube and beauty forums for the last few years.  I’ve been dying to get my hands on some to try!

Kat Von D Makeup KVD Makeup Reviews

Kat Von D Makeup Minis

Getting Kat Von D Makeup in the UK

Kat Von D Makeup is now available to buy from Debenhams, in store or online.  It is pretty pricey, but the general consensus is that it’s worth it for the quality of the products.  I was a bit reluctant to shell out a lot of money for something I’ve never tried, until the perfect solution came along!  Love Me Beauty celebrated the launch of Kat Von D Makeup in the UK by making mini KVD products available in one of their monthly bags.  If you haven’t heard of Love Me Beauty, check out this post.  Basically, they are a monthly beauty box (or bag!) but you choose all the products yourself.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette // Review!

Hey guys!  I’ve been meaning to do this post for a little while.  I know what you’re thinking… there are already about 250,002 reviews of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette online.  Why do we need one more?  Well the reason I’m putting in my two pence worth is that I seem to have a different opinion to everyone else!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette


The Price

I umm’d and ahh’d over getting this palette for such a long time.  It looked beautiful and the deep red and pink colours were right up my street!  The YouTubers were raving about it, and everyone I knew who had got their hands on one seemed to love it.  Once I finally decided to buy it, it was of course out of stock everywhere (this palette was hard work to get hold of!)  When it finally appeared back on Cult Beauty I decided to go for it!

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