Friday, 30 January 2015

PROTO-COL Miracle Balm | Review

             My skin tend to get really dry in the winter, that's why I love to use a lot of different moisturisers and balms to keep my skin hydrated and moisturised. One product that I have been really loving lately is a Miracle Balm from Proto-Col.
       Proto-Col is a British brand that's been on the market for 10 years and is well known for their collagen hydrolysate technology. They have quite a big range of skincare products, cosmetics and nutrition.
      The balm I'm reviewing today comes in a 20ml glass pot. It contains beeswax and orange oil which makes it smell super sweet. It works perfectly on dry skin on elbows, heels, lips as well as on burns, bites and stings. I've been using it the most on my lips as they can be really chapped when it's cold. I also like to use it on my elbows, feet and knuckles. It's a light and non-greasy balm and you have massage a small amount of this balm into the skin. As it's really light, I tend to use more than I should, as it's barely visible on my skin when I apply it and I feel like I don't apply enough. That's why I apply just a little bit more and it really does hydrates my skin, but especially my lips. It makes the areas of my skin that's been dry before, very smooth. It feels so nice on my skin. I always keep it on my night table so it's always out when I need it. I like it that much, that I wish I had two so I could keep the other one in my bag and use it when I'm out. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Have a cuppa in style | Bombay Duck London

           Hello, cuppa lovers! Lately, I've been seeing many online shops selling this one gorgeous China mug, that I fell in love with instantly. The picture of it kept popping on my timeline on Twitter and the more often I seen it, the more I wanted to get it. I wanted to buy it for weeks. I finally bought it a few days ago. 
      It's a mug with an alphabet letter on it. Different letters have different polka dot colours on the mug (lilac, aqua or fuchsia). I was happy that my letter, which is K, has fuchsia polka dots on it. It looks really adorable. I really love the shape of it and the combination of gold, white and pink put together. 
    The letter, the edges and the handle of this mug are gold so it looks very nice and elegant on the white mug. It comes in a beautiful, pink, round gift box, that's why I think it would make the most perfect birthday present, as well as Valentine's Day present etc. I'd love to be given one myself, but I decided to treat myself with it instead. 
I got it from Bombay Duck London, but there's many other stores that sell it as well. 
     Do you know when you adore some stores so much, you wish you could buy everything from it? This store is just like that. Check it out, you might fall in love with it, just like I did. 
    The mug itself costs £9.95 yet you have to pay £3.95 for the standard delivery or £9.50 for the next day delivery which is a bit ridiculous. I got it with the standard delivery, making it over £13. I think it's a bit pricey for one mug, but it's absolutely gorgeous, so it's worth it.

 Alphabet Spotty Mug - £9.95 

Right, I'm off to enjoy a nice cup of coffee in this lovely mug :)
Kinia xoxo

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Collection- Lip Butters Range

        The best way to cheer ourselves up during this, well not the best and not so colourful weather is to put a nice lipstick on! I'm one of those girls who feel instantly better when I'm wearing a nice lipstick!
         Lately, I've been loving these 4 lipsticks from Lip Butter range from Collection. I'm a huge fan of lip crayons, and there are quite a lot of them on the market right now. A lot of them are very pricey but if you would like to try affordable and good quality ones then you should definitely go of the ones that I'm reviewing today. 
           In this range you can find 2 nude colour ones and 2 bold ones. My OCD tells me to start from number 1-4 but I decided to review them by shades, from lightest to the darkest one, so I'm going to start with the lightest one.
           As you can see from the pictures, nude lipsticks are my favourite and I used these ones a lot. The lightest lipstick in this range is number 2 and it's in shade "Cappuccino". It has looks like a light brown colour but it's beige on lips. I think it's such a great colours with pink under tones. I love using this colour when I go for darker eye makeup. 
         Another nude is number 3 in "Vintage Rose". If you do swatches on hands than it might look very bright and bold, that's why I'm always skeptical about doing swatches on hands, yet I did them as the colours look so nice! (P.S. In my opinion, the best way to do swatches is to apply lipstick on your finger tips as it's the same colour as your lips). This colour is probably my favourite colour from this range. If I want to put a lipstick on but I don't want to go for anything bright, then this shade is perfect. It gives your lips some colour, yet looks so natural. It's a gorgeous peachy shade, and looks very subtle on lips. 
       Time to talk about (as I call them) the bolds! One of them is a super bright pink, number 1 in "Popping Pink"! I absolutely love pink lipsticks but I don't wear them often enough. I really love this colour and any pink lipsticks really, but I'm often not brave enough to wear them...especially in the winter time, that's why I'm keeping this one for summer. It's a neony colour, super bright and very pigmented. If you don't want very bright lips then you can pop a bit of this lip butter on, and just smudge it all of over lips. This will give you some colour but it won't look extremely bright.
        Last, but not least is the darkest shade number 4 in "Perfectly Plum". It's a dark plum lipstick. I love plum lipsticks more than red ones, so If I want to look very elegant and to wear a bold lipstick, I usually go for plums. It's actually more of a cherry plum than purple. Its such a warm colour. I think it would look great on any skin tone. Every girl can rock this colour! This is yet another bold lipstick that I don't wear often enough. I tend to wear them for special occasions. 
        Each of these lip butters cost only £2.50 and you can buy them here! Such a huge bargain for such good quality and long lasting lipsticks. The whole range would cost you only £10.00, which is less than you would pay for 1 from a different brand. 

Hope you enjoyed my review! 
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Kinia xoxo

Monday, 12 January 2015

Yours Truly Organics

        Welcome to my first blog post of 2015 (I definitely need to blog more often)!
Today, i'm reviewing 4 skincare products from a brand that I've never tried before. Those products are the only products from this organic brand (they are available in different sets on their website as well as individual) which is called Yours Truly Organics. Their products are perfect for people with oily skin type, just like me, as well as people who struggle with acne.
These products come in glass, transparent bottles, so you can clearly see how the product looks like and it's easy to see how much product you've got left in the bottle.
Each product have a pump, which I like as I'm not too keen on squeezing bottles to get the product out, however I think I'm going to have a bit of problem getting the last bits of one of the products out as it's a cream and a lot of it will stay on the sides and pump simply won't reach those places to get the whole cream out the bottle, therefore I'm probably not going to use the whole product. I'm pretty sure that their packaging used to look different, so the bottle I have are brand new and in my opinion they look so much better and more neat than the previous ones! 
            Let's start with the product I use as first, which is the Take it Away Gel Cleanser. I usually use this product after I take my makeup off. I don't use it everyday though, just a couple days a week, even though it says on the packaging to use it twice a day. I love taking care of my skin and using great products but I'm a bit lazy and I don't like to spend too much time on it. In my opinion, using it 3 times a week is enough, especially if you use other products as well. To use it all you have to do is pump a bit of this product on the palm of your hand and use it with warm water. Apply it on your face and neck! I think that it's a really great product, it feels so nice on skin, and gets rid of the dirt on your skin quite well.
          Next product I use is a Balancing Toner. I really love this one! You can either apply it by   spraying it on a cotton pad and then apply it on your face or you could do the same thing I do, which is spraying it directly on to your face. I find this way more refreshing and it feels really nice on my skin and it balances the pH of the skin. 
         After cleaning my face I use the Fix Me! Repairing Serum which comes in a little 30ml bottle. I use this product in the morning and in the evening, always before applying the Face Balm. It's a light gel, which feels a bit watery, but it spreads nicely on skin. I've seen some reviews about this product and some people have said that it feels too "wet" on the skin, but for me it's a perfect consistency as it feels very light on your skin, especially if you use a lot of different products, then you don't want to feel like you have layers of creams etc on your face. This product is suppose to smooth, tighten and repair your skin and it does it all! My skin is really smooth now, but of course you'd have to use all these products to make your skin really soft and smooth not just this one, but it does it's job. I really like that it's not a heavy product. 
        The last product is Face Base - Face Balm which is medium consistency, not too heavy, not too light. It's a great, non-sticky balm which highly moisturises the skin. It also can be used a makeup base. Moisturisers can be often very oily and even though I have oily skin, it works perfectly with my skin and makeup that I use. Some of it's ingredients are a extracts from a Pea and a Daisy Flower which brightens up the skin and helps to improve elasticity and regulate sebum. I think that it's a really good moisturiser, and the bottle is pretty big so it will last you a long time. 
P.S. this product is a Janey Lee Grace 2014 Platinum Award winner for the best face balm, so it's definitely worth trying!!

I hope you enjoyed my review!
Kinia xoxo