25 August 2014

PapayaGold Paw Paw Balm


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Every now and then you try a product that swiftly becomes one of your favourites and your left wondering how you managed without it. This is exactly how I feel about this product. I was sent this a while ago by the lovely people at papaya gold and I have been using it pretty much everyday since.

Paw paw balm from PapayaGold* is a clear gel like product that can work miracles on a number of complaints, such a releiving dry chapped lips, smoothing sunburn and even deeply moisturising parched dry patches of skin to leave skin feeling silky smooth.

So what exactly is paw paw balm?

Papaya Gold say:

PAPAYAGOLD PAW PAW Balm, enriched with Bio Active Manuka Honey 20+, is a topical balm that soothes, relieves and moisturises dry, sensitive, chaffed and irritated skin and dry chapped lips. Apply regularly to skin and lips as required. Can be used by people that are prone to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Also suitable for children.

The enhanced formulation combines the benefits of Australia’s tropical Paw Paw fruit, further enriched with New Zealand’s bioactive Manuka Honey with a 20+ grade. Farmed at altitude from the Nectar, Manuka Honey’s healing properties have been celebrated for centuries. Manuka Honey with a grade of 20 and above is considered therapeutic and has been hailed “miracle” honey by researchers at Cardiff University.
Paw Paw (or Papaya) contains the enzyme Papain which helps to lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns and cuts; it can even reduce inflammation in certain diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


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It comes in a 25g red tube, which is perfect for popping in your bag when out and about. I have been taking this everywhere with me for use on my lips and soothing mosquito bites. The texture is similar to petroleum jelly yet not as dense and is a lot better for your skin .

I am amazed at how versatile this product is. I have used it on burns, as a barrier cream when dying hair and to moisturise my knees and elbows before tanning. This is one of the reason's it is growing such a cult following including celebs such as Holly Willoughby
I suffer with dry lips on and off and this has become my go to product for leaving my lips soft and smooth. It is without doubt one of my holy grail products and will be stocking up so I can have it on hand all the time. I really cant recommend this highly enough. It costs £5.99 for a 25g tube and is available online at http://www.papayagold.co.uk/ as well as at Superdrug and Boots.

What products are on your holy grail list? What products do you use to relieve dry skin and chapped lips? Will you be trying paw paw balm?

Lots of Love,
Laura x




20 August 2014

Makeup Revolution - Disappear till tomorrow palette

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Make up Revolution is a bargain brand I'm loving more with each product I try. The latest product I have tried is this gorgeous palette called Disappear till tomorrow.

This palette has a total of 16 shades, 14 of which are eye shadows and two shades for the eyebrows. The colours on the palette are a range of glamorous shades in matte pearl and shimmer finishes. The shades are perfect for a variety of looks especially smokey eye looks. You don't get much of each shade but they are quite pigmented. Even the mattes which are the least pigmented shades, only take a couple of swipes to become opaque.

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Shade 1 is a soft warm off white with a pearl finish.
Shade 2 is a warm toned light pink with a pearl finish.
shade 3 is a warm based light caramel brown with a matte finish.
Shade 4 is a smokey warm toned light taupe shade with a strong shimmer finish

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Shade 5 is a medium warm brown in a matte finish.
Shade 6 is a light copper with a strong shimmer.
Shade 7 is a medium antique gold with a shimmery finish.
Shade 8 is a medium bronze brown shade with a pearl finish.

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Shade 9 is a dark bronze taupe with a strong red shimmer.
Shade 10 is a dark brown/ grey with a strong shimmer finish.
Shade 11 is a dark brown/black with a golden sheen to its pearl finish.
Shade 12 is a Silver Blue with a strong shimmer finish.

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Shade 13 is a Silvery white with a high shimmer finish.
Shade 14 is a dark brown with a golden bronze shimmer finish.

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The last two shades are intended to be used for eyebrows.
Shade 15 a cool golden blonde.
Shade 16 a cool dark ash blonde.

Overall, I really like this palette. The shades are really beautiful and I would without doubt use them all so it is a real bargain at only £4.00. Anyone who loves a smokey eye look, should definitely give this palette a go. You do get slight fallout with some of the more shimmery shades but that's the only fault I can find. The palette can give you endless looks and it is really compact so you can easily slip it in your bag, lessening the need for lots of palettes on your travels.

Have you tried any of the Make up Revolution palettes? Which bargain eye products would you recommend? Which of the above shades do you love?

Lots of Love,
Laura x
14 August 2014

Cindy-Lou Manizer - Review and swatches

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Described as a soft peachy- pink highlighter. I'd describe it's as a soft peachy colour with a rose gold sheen. Its very similar in terms of formula to its sister product Mary- Lou Manizer. It's silky and soft to the touch, almost like butter rather than a powder.

The Balm Say:
An all-in-one essential, this smart shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter is tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. The light-reflecting peachy pink hue adds a splash of color to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids, while illuminating your finest features.


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Like Mary - Lou it is quite expensive at £16.00 yet a little really does go along way. So this will last a really long time. Its also extremely buildable so can be used to create a variety of looks. I personally use it most as a highlight its peachy shade creates a light pretty colour to my cheekbones as well as a subtle shimmer.

One of my favourite things about Cindy -Lou is it durablity once applied it will last and last on your skin with the same vibrancy as when applied, till you remove your makeup at night, which I'm sure you will agree really is amazing.

I think it will be flattering to most skin types although the peachy hue might not show up to well on darker skin yet it will still leave a natural glow to the skin. On fairer skin types it may look slightly too dark in the pan but with a light hand. you can definitely make this shade work for you as its so blendable.


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The only issue I have is that because the powder is so soft and buttery it smashes in the pan with the slightest knock so not one for taking on your travels. However overall this really is a beautiful product and I love this. You really need to play around with it to make it work for you. Its stunning and I would without doubt recommend this to any one who wants to add a bit of radiance to their complexion.

Have you tried this? Which highlighter do you use? Do you own any of The Balm products? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

11 August 2014

DermaOil Skin Repair & Anti Stretchmark Oil


Dermaoil - Skin Repair - Anti stretchmark - Oil - body oil - anti ageing - scars - stretchmarks - skintone -review - swatches

I like many of us suffer with stretch marks. They really affect my confidence when wearing bikinis or shorts in the summer. So I when I was given this to try by chemist direct*. I was over the moon as I have tried so many different potions and lotions to help improve the appearance of my stripey thighs.

Dermaoil Skin Repair & Anti-Stretch mark Oil is a topical specialist skincare product for anti-ageing, scars and stretch marks.Contains breakthrough ingredient Collageneer, which is clinically tested and proven to be effective in anti-ageing skin treatment. Intensely moisturising for rehydration of the skin, body and face. Free from wheat, preservatives, colourings, yeast and synthetic fragrances .Dermaoil is suitable for all skin types.

The packaging is clean and the oil comes in a clear bottle with a white label on it. It is really like a high quality product.The oil itself, reminds me of Bio oil but is quite a lot thicker in texture and has a much nicer scent.The scent has a citrusy almost orange scent but isn't so strong that it would interfere with your other body products. I can have quite sensitive skin to highly perfumed products,so the fact that it's free from synthetic fragances is a massive bonus and I didn't have any reactions to the oil.


Dermaoil Skin Repair & Anti Stretchmark Oil is proven to increase the firmness and elasticity of skin. Containing Collageneer, a patented active ingredient derived from lupin seeds, Dermaoil is clinically tried and tested to help reverse the signs of ageing and stimulate the production of collagen. The intensely moisturising, 100% active ingredients nourish, firm and rehydrate thinning and wrinkled ageing skin. 

In addition to its anti-ageing benefits, Dermaoil can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Effective on both old and new scars and stretch marks, Dermaoil works to alleviate the discomfort associated with healing scar tissue. Massaged into the skin twice a day for a minimum of three months, Dermaoils rehydrating properties can help minimise the appearance of blemished skin on the face, legs, breasts, stomach, hands and arms.

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The oil is quite thick and rich. Although it is quite thick it is absorbed easily by the skin, and leaves the skin feeling softer immediately. I have been using this religiously for the past few months and can say I have noticed a slight improvement on my redder stretch marks but the most noticable difference was on the older silvery stretch marks. They have faded and look a lot less visible. I found that on areas with older stretch marks my skin felt quite papery and thin but using this has really made this less of an issue. Overall my skin feels hydrated and smoother.

Use Dermaoil Skin Repair & Anti Stretchmark Oil for:
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Anti-ageing
  • Rehydration of the skin
  • Acne
  • Pregnancy stretch marks
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Sun damage
  • Hand, nail and cuticle treatment

Derma Oil can also be used for a long list of other skin problems and although I cant vouch for all of them I would really recommend giving it a try as I really have noticed a big difference on my stretch marks and a general improvement on the quality of my skin. I will definitely be buying some of this now I have finished the bottle as I hope the improvements will continue with further use. You can get your own from ChemistDirect for £10.99

Have you tried DermaOil? What do you use to reduce the look of stretch marks or are you lucky enough to not have any? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below!

Lots of Love,
Laura x