Thursday, 29 August 2013

••• Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel and Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream •••

Official Website: LINK

Today I've these Ginvera generous samples kindly sent by the company itself for me to review. I've always wanted to try Ginvera and finally got an opportunity. The products I've received are two of their best selling and popular products: The Marvel Gel and BB Cream. Now lets be more knowledgeable about the company and the products:

About Ginvera

Ginvera was found 20 years ago by Dr Tor Lam Haut, LD Waxson is the pioneer manufacturer beauty and body care products in Singapore. They are known for providing value for money while selling quality products to its consumers.

Ginvera Green Tea Marvel: Available to purchase HERE £19.95 60g

Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel works by specifically targeting the cornfield skin layer, dissolving and removing the dead skin cells on the top most epidermis layer. This gentle yet effective exfoliating action zeros out blackhead thoroughly and painlessly and helps remove layers of dead skin.

Some Benefits of this product
Clear, Fresh Skin in 1 minute.
Perfect skin for your beauty cosmetics
Deep cleansing of pores
Skin looks and feels younger

Use daily on dry face with dry fingers, Squeeze a sufficient amout and dot on forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and neck. Massage about one minute. Rinse off with water / facial cleanser.

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream:Available to purchase HERE £18 for 25ml or £26 for 40ml

Some highlights of this product
Natural and flawless coverage for all skin tones
Provides all dat hydration for soft supple skin
Reduces formation of wrinkles and fine lines
SPF30 PA Protecting you from harmful UV rays
Replace concealer, foundation or powder

To apply after daily facial care. Simply squeeze an adequate amount on your finger and tap gently on your skin for even coverage, Suitable for all skin types.

 Product Swatch
 Product used on my face 
Green Tea Marvel Gel used straight after BB cream swatch to take it off

My thoughts

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream
First of all, I love the smell of the BB cream (a bit like Estee Lauder products), it has got a lot of lovely ingredient which makes the product so special and harmless to use. As you can see from the picture above, it's settle on my face quite nicely despite of having Ivory skin tone. It's definitely not heavy on skin but doesn't provide full coverage which most BB creams doesn't so I used concealer on top. 

Ginvera Marvel Gel
I can say this is one of the best exfoliating gel I've ever used. Previously I was using dermalogica, Soap & Co which I found was doing the job but since I've tried Ginvera's Marvel Gel, I've instantly fallen in love with it and made a decision to purchase a full-size product.Reason why I'm loving this product so much is because, it it doesn't smell, hoovers out your pores so it lets your skin to breath. It also works well with make-up as you can see from the picture. 

Overall, I think I found my new love in terms of skin care products. I love this product and very impressed with Ginvera products.

What do you think of Ginvera products? please feel free to comment down below :)

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

••• Beauteco Beauty Box August 2013 •••

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Hoola everyone, today I've my Beauteco box to review for you all which I purchased last week after seeing how lovely this month's box is and I couldn't help but subscribe back again. This is my second box and I'm indeed very happy with what I've received. Without a further do, let's have a look at the contents:

As you know, unlike other beauty boxes, with Beauteco Box you have the opportunity to choose your own box from a menu of 3. I went for Menu 3 as I wanted one of the product which was not in the other 2. Other Menu contains very similar product too, normally Beauteco Box includes 1 or 2 different product variety. The fact that, the box always contains natural products is a bonus :)

The contents:

Arran aromatics lavender and tea tree facial wash (Full Size 100ml) 
Remove daily environment impurities with arran aromatics lavender and tea tree facial wash. Its traditional, non-drying formulation contains naturally exfoliating loofa and the deep cleansing action of tea tree and lavender extract to remove a revived complexion.

As soon as I opened to smell the product I could spot the fact that This product contains a lot of good ingredients. I love any product that contains Tea Tree and reading this ingredient on the packaging, it excited me a lot! I'll definitely be giving this product a go once I run out of my current Estee Lauder Foaming cleanser.

S5 Purity Serum (sample size 10ml)
Targetedbreakout control tratment for blemish prone skin with rain forest bio-actives to reduce the appearance of blemishes and pores for a clearer complexion.

This product was the reason why I chose to go for Menu 3 as I've quite a few blemishes appearing on my skin currently, along with using Estee Lauder Night repair, I need a proper product which is targeted for Blemishes only and this product would probably be the answer.

Melvita Body Milk Rose (Sample Size 30ml)
The light, fresh, silky body milk provides all-day hydration for the skin. Thanks to a blend og rose floral water, rose seed milk and wild rose petals, Use daily on the entire body to refresh and replenish the skin, and for an immediate feeling of comfori.

I have an extremely dry skin and no product has worked wonder for me so far. I am not normally a fan of rose smell but this product doesn't smell too strong so I'd definitely give this a try and see if it's hydrating enough for my skin. The size of the sample is very generous too :)

Last 2 products and certainly not the least are 2 make-up items by Load and Berry:

Load and Berry intensity Lipstick ( Full size)
Absolute intensity is a satin finish lipstick that glides on silky, nourishing lips with karite butter, rice bran oil and vitamin e. Its formula of highly concentrated color from the first sweep, while maintaining a  sensual texture is blissfully like a second skin.

The packaging first of all, feels like an expensive product and the writing looks a bit like Boby Brown product. I couldn't find out the price as it doesn't state on their UK website however I found their 

Load and berry Kissproof Lip  Colour Blosson (Full size)
A long lasting yet creamy and soft lip pencil that is lightweight yet densely pigmented. This water-resistant formula has nourishing properties and is soft enough to be used as a liner and a lipstick.

I can see why this product can be used as a lipstick despite being a lip linner as it's so soft and creamy and the shade I received is called Blossom and its beautiful. I have never heard of Load and Berry before and the product being in a Beauty Box which focuses on natural products is a cherry on the cake.

Overall, I love love love my Beauteco Box this month and the fact that they included 2 make-up products in their natural/organic box was a bit of unexpected. I shall continue being a subscriber :)

Don't forget, the NARS giveaway is still on for a month
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

••• Lipcote Review •••

Lipcote! yes, it's popular and known by many of us but guess what! Even though it was included in one of your Glossbox box last year, I never actually tried this product and Lipcote has kindly send me one to review. So here goes my little review on this product today on my blog:
Available to purchase in Lipcote Official SiteBoots, Superdrug from £3.69 to £3.99

About Lipcote

Lipcote is an award winning lipstick sealer that is the secret of lasting kiss proof lipstick! From a girls night out, Wedding or hen do, to a red carpet and cat walk event by the make of professionals, this Brit brauty cult classic, made with natural ingredients is the ultimate make up tool no self confessed lipstick fan should be without!

How to apply?

Applying this product is pretty simple! It's a liquid based product that has brush application which is like a nail polish applicator. Your sweep the brush on to your lips after applying lipstick and then it locks the product for long lasting. You can apply two coats to help preventing your lipstick to fade. 

My little tip:
After applying your lipstick, use a tissue lightly tab onto your lips before applying the Lipcote and it will stay for the longest possible time.

What do I think?

It absolutely does what it says
Some people may not be very keen on the smell however, it's a very minor thing compared to its effectiveness.

Overall, I swear by this product and it's fabulous for a night out as this helps Lipstick holding in place. I recommend this product to everyone and will be buying one more of these to keep in my handbag as well.

Myself with Lipcot on :)

Have you ever tried a Lipcote before?
What do you think?
Share your views down below:

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

••• Birchbox UK August 2013 Instyle Edition •••

Birchbox August 2013

I've just received my Birchbox around 10mins ago and couldn't help myself but write a post about it.
Birchbox have partnered with iconic magazine instyle for the August 'Instyle Edit' Birchbox.

There is an offer on the card : Subscribe to INSTYLE today and get 12 issues for Just £11 which is less than £1 an issue. Quote: 220C

 Packaging: Instyle themed Birchbox, Birchbox bag and magazine

The contents:
  • Montibel.lo Gold Oil Essence
  • Molton Brown Ylang Yland Body wash
  • Bluemandarines Skinlife Energetic Cellular Cream
  • Gerda Spillmann Make up primer
  • Laqa & Co. Lip Pencil
  • Lifestyle Extra | Propercorn
  • Beauty Extra | Birchbox Gel Mask

Montibel.lo Gold Oil Essence | Sample size received 30ml.
Argan and amber oils nourish, strengthen and protect, while adding shine. Rub between hands and apply from mid-lengths to ends. Start light and build up. I'm not sure if I would use this product as I already have oily hair and it doesn't say if it's suitable for all hair types. 

Molton Brown Ylang Yland Body wash | Sample size received 30ml.

Newly reformulated, deliciously scented body wash from this British heritage brand. Apply to wet skin, massaging to lather it up, before rinsing thoroughly. I've always used Molton Brown shower gel as I simply am a fan! I haven't tried Ylang Ylang one so excited to try :)

Bluemandarines Skinlife Energetic Cellular Cream | Sample size received 10ml
A light peptide-packed cream which brightnens, refreshes and protects skin. Use your fingertips to massage into skin after cleansing, AM and PM

Gerda Spillmann Make up primer | Sample size received 10ml
Ensure that your base lasts and lasts with this moothing primer. Apply after your moisturiser and let it sink in before applying foundation. I love receiving primer in my beauty box and especially a travel size as I could just simply put it in my handbag. I love Gerda Spillmann and have tried some of their products before, I therefore am also excited to try this product.

Laqa & Co. Lip Pencil | Not sure if it's a full size item as it looks quite small.
A moisturising lip pencil perfect for day to night, in two hot summer colours. Trace your lip line first and then fill in. Voila-a gorgeous summer pout.The colour I have received is in Wolfman. The colour looks lovely but not really suits my skin complexion. But nice to receive a make-up product in beauty box. 

Lifestyle Extra
Propercorn | 90p
A gourmet guilt free snack that comes in a range of yummy flavours. Upen the bag and enjoy ideal for  picnics or on the go snacking. I was too greedy and ate the popcorn straight away. It was sooo nice and I have to keep on buying more haha.

Beauty Extra 
Birchbox | Gel Mask
This gel filled mamsk cools the eye area and decreases puffiness. Pop it in the fridge overnight and use first thing in the morning.

What do you think of Birchbox August? 
If you want to sign up, click HERE then we both get 50points each to spend in their e-shop :)

Also, don't forget my NARS beach lover giveaway is still on 
click HERE to enter.

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Friday, 9 August 2013

••• Flavourly Food Box •••

Flavourly Box. Webiste :
Get the best gourmet goodies delivered directly to your desk or door monthly with!

For the first time ever, I'm writing a post on FOOD! yes you read it right! It's called Flavourly and a new Food subscription box. I read a blog about this company and found a fantastic offer of £10 off my First Order so I couldn't help myself ordering one for only £4.99!

I ordered last week and the box reached me within 4 working days! When it arrived, I was so delighted as it was heavy and well presented, a bit like Beauty Boxes. I only received the box yesterday and have only tried 3 of the products so far so I am unable to comment much on other items.

 Menu card (what's in my box?) Total item received 12 

I was a little worried to receive anything non-vegetarian and i decided to throw it away if I receive any! But..but...but....but!! Everything I've received, they're all suitable for vegetarians which is a big thumbs up for me! However, I'm unsure if that's going to happen every month and in which I case, I'll be emailing them to confirm. Now lets have a look at the contents:

  • Trotter's Independent Condiments ( Uncle Allan's Chutney) Inspired by a great uncle#s recipe, this traditional chutney is made from dates, sultanas, apples and onions with a workiong after taste from a pinch of cayenne pepper- Definitely to be used with some nice oatcakes and rice. I am a big fan of chutneys and this product was definately so me! Taste different as I've never tried any chutney with Dates and Sultanas in it. Love it :) 
  • Sun Dried Tomato paste by Olive Branch: Having working with small farmers around Greece to bring you the best flavors the country has to offer. Olive branches Mezze range is ideal for dipping, marinating and to use as condiments for BBQs.

  • RosterB Coffee Co (London Blend Coffee): Just like London, this blend produce an elegant looking dark brew with luscious chocolaty flavors. A royal partnership is formed between this distinctive earthy aroma and its bitter sweet undertones to provide coffee lovers with a velvet rich European taste. Hmm, interesting!
  • Hodmedod's Great British Beans: These british frown split dried fava beans are delicious, healthy and a great source of vegetable protein. They're very easy to cook and don't even need soaking. The beans become softer as they're cooked and are perfect for soups, stews, curries, dips, falafel and more. There is a little recipe book inside and I'm keen to learn how to make tasty dish with it. 
  • Pulsin Raw Chocolate Brownie: An indulgent snack for a healthy conscience. Pulsin have rebuilt the brownie concept by introducing healthy ingredients to give a great taste without the guilt and their raw choc brownies contains no added sugar, wheat, dairy and eggs.
  • Handmade Oat cake Company: Handmade from a small artisan producer in the bustling city of perth, these handmade traditional Scottish oatcakes and made using all-natural ingredients- perfect for dipping or eating with cheese!

  • Mixed flavour Olives by Oloves: Available in four delicious flavours. One I received is with Lemon and Garlic. I have received 2 sachets of 30g. This is ready to eat trat with no pits and no liquid, just pure healthy goodness and of course- a little love in every olive.
  • Gregor's Dressings : An exceptionally tasty dressing, marinade, glaze and dip which is perfect for salads, meat, fish and vegetables. Free from all additives and preservatives, Gregor's original Umani dressing & marinade can be used for a variety of culinary purposes.
  • Goody Good Stuff: An all natural, meat free alternatives to traditional gummy in sour flavour. I am a not fan of soured sweets so I tried one packet and will be giving the other one away. Received 2.

  • Tea pigs Everyday morning brew tea x2: A perfectly balanced blend with a malty, zesty, rich strengths. 

Tea made of Teapigs

As you can see, I've already tried this product and I quite liked it. As I'm a tea drinker, and therefore I normally look for stronger flavoured tea and this is not that strong but it's OK with morning breakfast.

Overall, I have really enjoyed receiving this box and delighted with the contents. Therefore I would definitely continue with them for next month. 

What do you think of Flavourly box?
Will you be subscribing?

..and thank you for reading this post :)

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

••• Papier Paudre Powdered Paper Review •••

Papier Poudre (also known as blotting paper)

Papier Paudre Official Website

Hello my lovely readers, today I've a little unusual yet could be one of your essentials to own one of these products by Papier Paudre which was kindly sent to me by the company to review.

About the product:

The original since 1903
The natural ingredients of Lehcaresor Papier Paudre have absorbent qualities for cleansing the pores, lifting oil, dust and dirt from the skin, and soak up excess oils to keep your face looking fresh and natural, removing shine and leaving a trace of delicately scented powder to an instant matt finish to make up.

Available in 3 colours: White, Rachel and Rose 

Each booklet contains 65 sheets and perfect for handbags! This is an inexpensive way of keeping your face out of excessive oil and dirt free. I have very dry skin however, some part of my face near my nose area is oily and I've been looking out for an item which clears up oil/shine but do not take away any make up I'm wearing. This product exactly does what it says! 

I have tried this product a few time and was really surprised to see the amount of dirt and oil I was gaining while I was out by simply tabing the product on the face (in my nose area especially). Eventhough they come in different colours, they hardly ever smells of anything which means, the product is suitable if you're not a great fan of putting smelly products on your face, I certainly don't like putting anything on which I can smell of anything.

The product really soaks in oil and the layer of powder conveniently adds a touch of powder to the oily areas and removes the shine instantly. This product is perfect for oily skin types as the last thing you would like to be doing is apply lots of pressed powder on your skin. However, this also suited my dry skin and I highly recommend anyone to atleast try one booklet and I'm sure you'll fall in love like I did :)

This was my review on Papier Paudre blotting paper, what do you think?
Will you be buying some?

Don't forget, My NARS Beach Lover Giftset giveaway is still on, enter: HERE

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