Kiko and Autograph Haul

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I’m a serious nail polish addict. My favourite brand at the moment is Kiko. I did a full review of Kiko nail polishes here. Their nail polishes are super long lasting and come in a great range of colours. Just make sure you use them with a base coat or they will turn your nail yellow.

This time I got four shares- red (shade 239), violet (243), Tiffany blue (389) and a chocolate brown with bits of gold glitter (373). They were about £3.50 each.

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I also got one polish from L.A Girls in a rusty, shimmery gold/orange/light brown which I thought would be perfect for Halloween and autumn. Below a simple stamping nail art using L.A Girls nail polish.

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I also got Kiko’s powder eye shadows in a stick in a shimmery taupe shade. It’s called Eyecatch Look, shade 116. It’s super easy to apply but unfortunately it creases on me.

The final product I bought is Autograph’s cream eye shadow in Russet. I saw this in A Model Recommends favourites video and decided to try it. I am a big fan of cream eye shadows. It’s a fantastic product and I will do a full review soon.

NARS Killing Me Softly Palette Review

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I’m probably the last person to jump on the NARS blush bandwagon. I’ve heard so many people rave about NARS blushes over the years but never bought one. It’s probably because the two most popular shades – Deep Throat and Orgasm, in addition to having the most ridiculous names ever, have a lot of glitter in them. Every time I tried to swatch them on my hand they looked too sparkly. I didn’t think I would be able to wear them.

Killing Me Softly palette came out back in September and I thought it would be a good way to try a couple of NARS blushes. It was only £30 and you get 4 colours and 10g of product. I say ‘only’ cause NARS product are usually quite pricy. From the top right corner in a clock-wise direction: Albatross, Orgasm, Outlaw, and Gilda. Albatross is a pearl highlighter. Orgasm and Outlaw have some glitter in it and Gilda is a matte coral- peach colour.

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In artificial light

I have to say I’m completely converted and in love with NARS blushes. They are so pigmented and so long-lasting. I usually wear Gilda with Orgasm on top – it gives the most amazing wash of colour and a healthy glow. It’s the first time I’m wearing a blush with so much glitter in it but for some reason it doesn’t look to sparkly once you have it on. It just gives this amazing healthy look to your skin. I finally understand why they called it Orgasm: it does look like afterglow :D. Nonetheless, Deep Throat is still a ridiculous name for a blush. Unless it makes you look like…

I think it’s a very good palette with a blush for every occasion. Adding a highlighter makes it even more practical: you can easily transform your daytime look into a glamorous evening look.

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Orgasm, Outlaw, Gilda and Albatross

If you prefer something with warmer colours there is a second version of this palette called Adult Content: it contains Zen, Miss Liberty, Desire, and Deep Throat. Desire is a very pale pink with blue undertones that I don’t think would go well with my skin tone (yellow undertones). Zen is a natural looking blush that can double as a bronzer and Miss Liberty is another highlighter. It’s a very versatile palette but I prefer the coral and peachy tones of Gilda and Orgasm.

UPDATE:

I tried wearing Outlaw today and I was surprised how lovely it looked. I’ve never used such a dark blush. I guess I was just worried that it will make me look really weird and would wash me out. But it turns out it doesn’t look scary at all. It’s actually a nice, wearable colour.

Regener8 Skin Regenerator: first impressions

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I received this product from Chemist Direct – a UK-based website that sells a variety of beauty and skincare products, health supplements, perfumes, toiletries and electrical items (link here). They kindly sent me this product to review.

It’s a natural food supplement formulated by pharmacists and nutritionists to help repair and heal skin from within. It works for scars, stretch marks, ageing and dehydrated skin. It has a unique blend of hydrolysed collagen, seaweed, vitamins, minerals and botanicals. I was interested in this product mainly because of the collagen. While I don’t have wrinkles, at 32 I have noticed that my skin isn’t as firm as it used to be.

One package contains 60 one-a-day capsules. They are quite large and I really like that the capsules are clear and you can see the ingredients inside. It costs £29.99 and you can purchase it here.

I’ve only started using this product recently so I will do a full review once I finish the entire package. In the meantime, here is some additional information about the ingredients and how they work from  Chemist Direct website:

  • Peptan promotes younger looking skin, improves skin moisture level, improves skin smoothness, prevents formation of deep-winkles & improves skin suppleness
  • Seaweed is packed with vitamins & minerals that help repair damaged skin cells
  • Zinc aids in collagen production, decreases free radical activity, helps prevent the growth of bacteria and reduces inflammation
  • MSM assists with the formation of keratin, collagen and elastin–compounds essential to skin health and flexibility
  • Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties that enable faster healing of wounds & burns
  • Vitamin A enhances cellular growth and promotes healthy skin cell development
  • Vitamin C is an essential component of collagen and helps maintain skin’s elasticity and flexibility
  • Vitamin E enhances collagen production, increases skin elasticity and reduces scar or stretch mark visibility
  • Calendula has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that promote skin healing
  • Lavender has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which attack bacteria causing acne infections
  • Rosemary tones and firm skin
  • Chamomile may help calm the inflammation and irritation associated with acne

How to make your dark circles disappear completely! Best full coverage concealer and application tips

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I haven’t posted in a while. Things have just been a bit hectic lately with work and I’ve also been travelling a lot. On the plus side, I have a lot of favourites and discoveries to share with you guys.

A couple of weeks ago, I promised Amy that I will post a review of a new concealer I’ve using now for a couple of months. A concealer that is BETTER than Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection. It is probably the best thing since sliced bread.

It is Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Makeup Foundation. Now bear with me: this stuff really works even though it’s not actually a concealer.

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It works for two reasons:

1) It’s maximum coverage foundation – which means that a small amount of this product can cover tattoos as well as even the darkest under-eye circles. As much as I love Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, it never fully covered my dark circles. If yours are less dark, it’s still a great concealer. But if you feel you need to put a lot of product to fully cover your dark circles – try this product foundation instead!

2) Because it’s a foundation when you use it as a concealer your under-eye area is the same colour as the rest of your face. That means that you won’t look as if you sun tanned in goggles.

You need only a small amount of this product to cover your circles. It doesn’t look cakey, it doesn’t crease – it’s simply perfect.

How to apply it so it stays on all day

Now, if you are going to wear it for more than 8h per day, which is what I do most days, here is a little tip on how to make it last all day. I believe this was one of the youtube gurus who I’ve learned this from and have been using this trick everyday.
1) Spray some of Urban Decay’s All Nighter on a make-up sponge applicator and apply it under the eye before makeup.

2) Then apply the Double Wear foundation or other concealer. I powder it lightly with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder.

3) Finally, spray a bit more of the All Nighter and gently apply it over makeup under the eye.

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No retouching – how it looks when you first apply it

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A bit later in the day – still perfect

This will prevent creasing and your concealer will look fresh all day long. It’s about £28.50 for 30ml. One tube will last you a very long time.

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray Review

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Mac’s Fix+ on steroids.

I love Urban Decay make-up setting sprays. I use them every single day: all nighter to set up my under-eye concealer and de-slick to set up my make-up. So when I heard about this new prep spray infused with vitamin B6 and antioxidants, I was very excited. It also had amazing reviews on makeupalley.com.

The spray absorbs oil, minimizes pores, and reduces redness. It hydrates and softens the skin and prepares it for make-up. As always with Urban Decay, there are no parabens, sulphates and phthalates. I have been using it as prep spay but apparently you can also use it to refresh your makeup during the day, as you would with Fix+.

Immediate results: I got it about two weeks ago and have been using it every day. So far, I’m not wowed. Personally, I don’t see the difference. It’s a nice product but it’s doesn’t give the same kind of effects as de-slick. Basically, it doesn’t make a difference to how my make-up holds throughout the day whether I use it or not. Or if it does it’s barely noticeable. It’s lightly scented, which is a bit of a change when compared with de-slick and all-nighter. It’s a nice scent and I quite like it. The packaging is lovely.

Long-term effects: it’s really hard to tell at this point. My skin has been looking quite good since I started using the product. It certainly doesn’t break me out and I think in the long-term it might make a difference.

Overall: I like this product and will definitely continue using it. It’s not a holy-grail product for me. While I don’t think I could live without de-slick, this product is just nice. It reminds me of Mac’s Fix+, just much better. I really like the idea of a prep spray and have often used de-slick underneath makeup to make it last longer. I like the fact that this spray hydrates the skin and has skin nourishing and anti-aging ingredients. Overall, it’s a good product, it’s just isn’t as amazing and groundbreaking as other Urban Decay sprays.

1 Year Anniversary

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Youngforgood is one year old!

Due to work commitments and other ‘life’ stuff I have been somewhat MIA lately and haven’t been posting as much as I should be. Still, I just wanted to take a moment to list some of the things I really loved about blogging this year (in no particular order):

  1. London Beauty Bloggers meetups. Organised by lovely Rebecca from Biteablebeauty these meetups are a great way to meet other beauty bloggers and enjoy a night out in London. I met some amazing girls and shared a few laughs. It’s nice to be a part of a community and it keeps me motivated to continue blogging.
  2. Wonderful bloggers I found on wordpress. I met a couple of really cool people through commenting on each other’s posts. An honourable mention to Kareen from Ziba a fantastic blogger and a genuinely nice person.
  3. Products! I’ve learned so much and tried so many new things thanks to all of you and your blogs. From new beauty discoveries to great new cooking recipes. For example, back in January I read a post on how to make an overnight coco and berries porridge and loved it so much I have had it for breakfast EVERY DAY since then. I can honestly say it changed my life J.

I’m also very thankful for all the feedback I received this past year and in general for all the great things I experienced as a result of having a blog. I hope to blog more next year and take more time to read other people’s blogs. I think with blogging, like with so many other things in life, you get as much out of it as you put in and I definitely have more to offer!

iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Kit

Note: this product was sent to me by the distributor.

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Verdict: good but not brilliant. Won’t be repurchasing as there are more attractive and less expensive options available

I used Crest Whitestrips in the past and while it’s a great product and it worked very well, it’s a bit difficult to find in the UK. So I was very excited to hear about a new whitening product that is available at Boots across the UK.

iWhite is a professional teeth whitening kit for instant results: it’s safe even for sensitive teeth, removes stains and whitens teeth to up to 8 shades whiter. It comes with 10 read-to-use trays that you can use for both lower and upper teeth and it whitens both the front and the back of teeth. I used all 10 trays.

Here is what I liked about the product:

• First of all, it is safe and I didn’t experience any pain or sensitivity. I heard this tends to happen with Crest Strips. iWhite didn’t irritate my teeth, gums or tongue.

• It did whiten my teeth, although not as much as I hoped it would.

• I like the fact that I can buy this product at Boots. It costs £29.95 in Boots (currently on offer for £19.96) and for £24.99 on beautybay.com. The problem with Crest Whitestrips is that you need to import them from the US or buy on eBay, especially if you’re after the version for sensitive teeth.

• It’s quick to use. You put the trays in and leave them for 20min. Each tray is vacuum-packed and easy to open.

What I didn’t like:

• I was surprised by the fact that it didn’t whiten my teeth more. I suppose I would work better if I used more than one package but that works out a bit expensive. I took a ‘before’ photo and was going to take an ‘after’ photo as well but the camera didn’t pick up the difference in shades. • I don’t like the packaging. It’s really messy. I’m not a fan of trays in general and prefer strips. With iwhite the product spills from the trays before you open them. You need to use a toothpick or something else to distribute the product evenly in the tray. In addition, a lot of the product stays in the packaging and not on the tray. I think the manufacturer should really come up with a better of preparing the trays. That was my least favourite thing about the kit.

• The box is half empty – only half of the box contains trays. I hate when companies do this: make the packaging twice as big to trick you into believing that you’re getting more for your money than you really are. It’s a cheap trick and so old it’s almost embarrassing for companies to use it nowadays.

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You can see the product spilling out if the tray

 

Overall, it’s a nice product. I feel it’s a bit too expensive for what it does. I didn’t feel it whitened my teeth as well as Crest Whitestrips and it’s about the same price. Perhaps if it was less expensive it would be a more attractive option. However, I really like the fact that it’s so easily available. The product does work and if you can’t be asked to look for Crest strip it might be the right choice for you.

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