Irum Cosmetics review

Hey babe,

long time, no see! Life has been pretty hectic the past month! First I had my holiday to Paris and then straight away moved back to uni for my third and final year! So I have been pretty damn crap with my blog, apologies huns x

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Livin’ my best life in Paris

 

I am back with a skin care review! The lovely team at Irum cosmetics reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in receiving their clay mask and argan oil, obvs I said yes, who doesn’t love organic, vegan skin care! As I was hashtag gifted these products, I’ll start off by saying all views, opinions, shit puns are my own and are in no way influenced by the brand.

As a gal who wears a shit tonne of makeup daily and also has the life motto of ‘you’re only as good as your base’, it’s important for me to have amazing skin and by extension, amazing skin care. So I do have pretty high standards when it comes to what I put on my face, I’ll let you read the rest of the review to see how I got on!

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Pure & Organic Green Clay mask powder

Contains 100g of Product

  • No added chemicals or preservatives
  • Ingredients: 100% Pure Green Clay – Bentonite
  • Vegan
  • Not tested on animals

As the mask comes in powder form the packaging was perfect, the jar seals securely to prevent any nasty spills and is safe to shove in an overnight bag if you’re travelling. I also love the design, it gives me severe holistic/morrocan vibes, which is perfect for an organic, vegan and natural treatment.

I followed the instructions on the jar and mixed a tsp of clay with some water to create a paste. I actually do all masks that need to be mixed at home into a mixing bowl made for hair dye and use one of the brushes to slap it on my face because I am super lazy. The paste was a really nice consistency, not too runny and not too thick which made for a really nice application. As soon as the mask was applied to my skin it felt so cooling and refreshing, the smell was mild and not overpowering which is a massive plus from me, if you have read my blogs before you’ll know how much I complain about strong smells in products. After about ten minutes the clay started to dry and oh my god did it dry, I looked like a Gian Lorenzo Bernini sculpture, circa 1446.

 

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pardon Shrek x

After waiting the full twenty minutes I washed it off with warm water and a muslin cloth to make sure there was no residue or any in my hair-line because I am dense and often miss it. My skin felt like a dream, so soft but very tight. I have normal skin which has the odd stint of dry so I do everything I can to keep it moisturised, you will definitely need a moisturising product after the mask although it does say it is for all skin types. My skin was noticeably less textured, so if that is something you suffer from I think this mask would be great for you. The website claims that it can help battle acne but as I am not someone who suffers from spots or acne, I can’t comment on that however, it could be worth a try?

My overall thoughts are that I really cannot fault this mask, it felt luxurious to apply, made my skin feel amazing and as its vegan, totally guilt free. The mask retails for £7.99 (which I think is so affordable considering how amazing the product is) and is available on the Irum cosmetics website.

Irum Argan Oil

Contains 100ml of product

  • Not Tested On Animals
  • Alcohol & Paraben Free
  • No added chemicals or preservatives
  • Ingredients: Argania Spinosa Kemal Oil

The packaging for the argan oil was again, like the mask, really gorgeous. The bottle is so sturdy so I have no fears popping this in my wash bag to take away with me. Argan oil is pretty self-explanatory, you know when to pop it into your skin routine however I used this EVERYWHERE. Cuticle oil, ends of my hair, the new stretch marks that have popped up on my arse just for bants, on my legs after I shaved and even as a primer with some of my more dry foundations. I have been bathing in argan oil for the past three weeks and I refuse to turn back. It can feel a wee bit greasy on application but it melts into the skin pretty sharpish, so that feeling doesn’t linger. I have recently bleached my hair so my ends were feeling a bit like sad but I have washed my hair, applied some oil to the ends and then slept in it a few times now and its made a world of difference.

Overall I feel like I have found a new holy grail, using the oil after the mask was the perfect combination and my skin has been so glowy. It is the perfect product to keep my skin hydrated and soft as we go into harsher winter weather. The product retails for £18.75 and is again, available on the Irum cosmetics website. The oil is a tad more pricey than the mask but you do get so much product, I can see it lasting ages.

A huge thanks to Irum cosmetics for sending me these goodies, let me know in the comments if you try them out, which I really recommend you do!

 

 

 

 

Saving ££ with Derma V10

Hello my angels I am back at it again with a skin care review! Let me start off with the most boring of disclaimers but necessary, I was gifted these products but this post is not sponsored and my opinions, as always, are my own and are in no way influenced by the brand.

Face masks are probably my favourite part of my skin care routine, often after a bad day applying a face mask is quite therapeutic and can feel like I’m washing all the crap from the day away with it. So when Derma V10 got in contact with me asking if I would like to be sent their clay mask range I was like is the Pope Catholic?

My first impressions upon receiving the masks were erm dupe alert?? Hello L’oreal Pure Clay Masks? The packaging was the first similarity I noticed, alongside the different colours? flavours?! themes?! I don’t know! But the L’oreal masks used to be a firm favourite of mine, so I was more than intrigued to see if these face masks, which were a fraction of the price, were in any way similar.

I was kindly sent three types, the red algae to brighten, the charcoal to detox and the eucalyptus to Purify. They each contain 50ml of product, which apparently will last up to 10 applications and each has the same application technique, apply to a cleansed face for 10-15 minutes and remove with warm water. Here on the beauty edit, I love a simple skin care routine.

Derma V10 Clay Mask With Eucalyptus

Derma V10 claim: Our rich creamy clay mask with added Eucalyptus extract penetrates deep into the skin leaving skin purified and smooth. Also contains Vitamin E and Honey to help nourish, soothe and moisture the skin keeping it soft and supple. 

The green mask was the first that I tried and the first thing I noticed was the smell. I am very sensitive to smells and often even slightly fragrance products can set me off with a headache that is difficult to shift. The fragrance wasn’t so strong after I had applied but it wasn’t my cup of tea, although the smell was in no way unpleasant, it was just a tad much. My skin after the application did feel incredibly smooth, babies bum kind of vibes. I had no irritation and my skin was actually going through a very sensitive spot, so I was really happy because even my most gentle products were making me flare up.

Derma V10 Clay Mask with Red algae

Derma V10 claim: Our rich creamy clay mask with Walnut Shell exfoliates the skin while the added Red Algae soothes and brightens the skin’s surface. Also contains Vitamin E and Honey to help nourish, soothe and moisture the skin keeping it soft and supple.

Erm, is it just me or did they say the same thing about the last mask…? That is a bit lazy but oh well, it’s not all about the description! This mask was my favourite, although it isn’t one I think I could use as regularly as the others due to it being an exfoliant. The Walnut shell was a great, my skin felt so soft afterwards and I could visibly see the effects it had on my pores. It had a similar smell to the others but this time I was ready for it and It didn’t give me a shock.

Derma V10 Clay mask with charcoal

Derma V10 claim: Our rich creamy clay mask with added Charcoal penetrates deep into the skin absorbing impurities and removing excess oil. Also contains Vitamin E and Honey to help nourish, soothe and moisture the skin keeping it soft and supple 

The past few years has seen a rise in the hype of charcoal in the beauty community hasn’t it? For good reason too! Charcoal is a bit of a paradox, it just doesn’t sound right but it is great for cleansing and toning the skin. I personally think this mask is great, my face felt so fresh and clean, which is all you can really ask from a face mask, right?

These masks retail at £1.99 EACH! Combined that is less than the price for ONE of the L’oreal masks. I would be lying if I said the L’oreal had any significantly better qualities! I also believe they will last over ten uses, I have used each of mine a good 4/5 times and have barely hit the halfway mark!

Often in the beauty community we can sucked in my anti-ageing/anti-wrinkle/will turn back the time and you will be a 19-year-old, size 8 goddess. The reality is there are very few products that can even scratch the surface of those claims, at the very most, we should be asking for something that makes our skin feel smooth, cleansed and relaxes us. Which these face masks definitely do. As I said, sometimes a face mask is more about the feeling of looking after yourself than it is about turning back the clock and looking like you did in the late noughties.

You can purchase the Derma V10 masks at Amazon, Fragrance Direct and the Range. All retailing from £1.99

Do yourself a favour, pour yourself a large glass of vino and put a face mask on. We all deserve it. Thanks for reading and thank you to Derma V10 for getting in touch with me, what an amazing first year my blogging experience has been, being contacted by brands is truly an amazing feeling! Love you loads and loads and loads!

No more poreblems!?

I am that bitch. I never get spots, my skin isn’t textured and I have normal skin type.

                                  BUT!

 there is a but! I’ve got some poreblems.   ( not apologising for the pun)

If you have read my blog before you will know that I always use a pore filling primer like the NYX Pore Filler because I have rather large, large, large, LARGE, pores on my cheeks. Not my nose, just my cheeks? is this normal? help a sister out? Anyway, I always seek out products that claim to reduce the appearance of those pesky holes in the face nobody asked for but for some reason the vast majority of us have received. Nothing has ever really worked, occasionally I will see a difference on the first use but then after that, the magics gone and I am once again … porous?

That was until I discovered my ultimate pore tackling combo. I am actually getting a bit sicky at the word pore now but there is nothing synonymous for me to use so we will just carry on. Does anyone else have any words that just gross them out??

GAME CHANGERS

I went into TK MAXX with my sister – with no intentions of spending any money but here we are… again – saw that they had Nip n Fab skin care in. I didn’t know much about Nip n Fab, was it high end? was it drug store? what’s the craic?

My sister told me she had received the Glycolic Instant Fix Mask in one of her subscription boxes and recommended it to me. (If you watch my insta hauls you will know I purchased this about a month ago so I have given myself a long time to test these out, just so I can see the long term results)

I also picked up The Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot and The Viper Venom Micro Blur fix, which is a primer. I tried the primer out a few times but I was not sold, it did nothing for me. I’m not going to lie but I can’t even remember why I didn’t like it, I just remember it looking like a sack of shit.

The two other products on the other hand, have become holy grails.  Combined these two products are like cheese and crackers, Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend, 2008 and dream matte mousse!

*heart eyes*

I use the face mask about three times a week. Normally I will cleanse my skin, jump in the bath to open up it all up a bit and then put on a thin layer on, for the recommended ten minutes, washing it off with warm water – If you have sensitive skin I would recommend doing a patch test because it can be a bit spicy!

Here are the main ingredients and what they claim to do:

      glycolic acid: retextures + resurfaces. Reduces appearance of fine lines + wrinkles 
evermat&trade: minimizes pore size, reduces shine, refines skin tone 
amino acid: skin brightener, helps fade age-spots, improves clarity + evenness of skin tone 
glycerin: moisturises, revives + helps restore skin suppleness

From my experience, I really have to agree. I’m only 24 so I can’t really speak for wrinkles but my fine lines are reduced and my pores are so minimal now. I would say that it can sometimes feel a bit on the dryer side straight after but that is when I move in with the rest of my skin care routine.

The Viper venom shot I use in both my morning and evening skin care routine. The product says you can add to moisturiser or serum for a blurring effect of applied straight to the skin as a concentrate. I personally apply it straight to the skin and my skin does look flawless and blurred.

Nip & Fab Claim the ingredients:

5x concentrated Syn®-Ake: smooths and softens
soft focus powders: mattifying + instant blurring effect

tightening complex: immediate lifting effect

 Does what it says on the tin. 

These two products have CHANGED my skincare routine game up and by extension my makeup because you are only ever as good as your base. Both of these products are available on the Nip & Fab website and I believe both are in the sale!

Thank you for reading my angels, as always let me know in the comments what you think! Also a quick word to say I know my posting has been all over the shop recently but hopefully I will be uploading every Wednesday and Sunday as of next week!

Love you! Bye!

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Evening Skin Care routine

hey girl hey,

To be honest with you, I’m probably not the best person to come to with advice for skin care because I don’t have problematic skin! I’ve never had spots, pigmentation problems, scaring or excessive dryness and i’m never oily! Saying that, my skin care is generally preventative against ageing, I’m starting now dolls, you won’t be catching me with early crows feet! I tend to use affordable products with the odd exception and I am by no means a dermatologist! This is just what works for me!

Step 1, I remove all of my makeup with micellar water, it goes without saying, you know the deal.

Step 2, I use my vanity planet brush with a tiny bit of cleanser on it just to get rid of the excess makeup that might be clogging up my pores. Brushes like these are fairly inexpensive and I think I got mine with an affiliate code but you can get similar ones on Amazon. I use the silicon head on mine and never touch the exfoliating heads because they’re too harsh and I prefer a manual exfoliation anyway. If you have dry skin I would suggest skipping the cleanser and just using the brush as the combination of hot water, cleanser and brush can be harsh on your skin, drying it out. Also this garnier cleanser is fab, I also use it in the morning just with my hands and it leaves my skin fresh.

step 3, TONER! you have no idea how many people I know that do not tone! If you have oily or acne prone skin you need to use a toner, it helps shrink your pores and maintain your skins ph balance. I use this garnier one because its inexpensive and does the job, I just apply it with a cotton pad and one does the trick.

step 4, The Moroccan Rose Superfood by Dr Botanicals is just amazing. If you have dry skin I would suggest anything with rose water in it but if its really bad and you’re willing to spend some pennies this is just perfect. The smell alone is so good and I can’t recommend it enough. Ive mixed this with foundations to get a bit of a dewy look and it works so well. Just do a little dot on your forehead, cheek bones and chin then push it into the skin. Don’t rub it in you literally want to just press it. Like I said its pricey at 55 pound but there are so many alternatives to this, however if you do want to splurge I couldn’t recommend this enough.

Step 5, This isn’t too everyones taste but if you’re like me and you want to prevent the wrinkles you’ll not be getting for another 15 years then this is for you. I use The Ordinary Retinol in Squalane. Retinol affects gene expression (so how your genes send genetic instruction), enhances your collagen production, removes texture and helps even your skin pigmentation. I’d start off on 0.2% as your skin needs to build tolerance and avoid sensitive areas like the corner of your mouth and anywhere near your eyes. Start using once every 3 days and then build up until your skin has a daily tolerance. I do this on my evening skin care routing and apply it the same way as my Moroccan Rose Superfood oil.

step 6, Moisturiser obvs! Honestly I feel like moisturisers for me are not a big deal, I really do pick up whatever I see in superdrug because I don’t need one for a specific problem but I do avoid any with fragrances or preservatives (quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea and bronopol). P.s Do your neck?! You’d be surprised at how many people don’t do their neck!

WEEKLY

twice a week I use lush cup of coffee as a mask and then exfoliate when I’m rubbing it off, I have been for about two years and I still get shocked at how soft my skin is after.

Once a week I use a garnier sheet mask right after I tone, honestly is it a fad? i dont know? but it makes me feel nice and pampered so I’ll keep doing it!

Every sunday I lather my face and hair in coconut oil,I feel like everyone knows the score with coconut oil, if you don’t know just get to know. It is a natural anti-bacterial and and anti-fungal (incase this is something that interests you??)it also smells like a fucking dream and its so cheap.

TIP- I don’t know if this is useful or not but if you do have a skin care routine that is a different to mine or you don’t know what order your products go on, you need to be going up in density with your products. So start off with your lightest product and work your way up to your heavier products!

ALSO! silk pillows. It sounds odd but a silk pillow will do wonders for your skin and hair. It helps retain moisture, reduces split ends and tame your bed head. Its science or some shit. Look it up if you don’t believe me!

So that’s my skin care, is it long? or is that normal, I have no idea! Thanks so much for reading and I hope it was some help to you? If not I hope you enjoyed just having a good nose! Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these or if i’m doing something wrong and need to change it! Also let me know if you’re interested in my morning routine which is slightly different!

love you loads and loaaaads
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