motives foundation

If you’re looking for a mineral foundation that’s liquid but dries matte, Motives Liquid Powder foundation by Loren Ridinger might just be the one for you!

I’m very picky with foundations, I buy a lot of them but hardly ever stick to any… 🙈

My favourite foundation for the longest time was Cargo Cosmetics’ HD Picture Perfect. However, now that I have Motives, I don’t look back…

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Tell me more about the Motives Cosmetics brand

Motives Cosmetics was founded in 2008 by Loren Ridinger, a multi-faceted entrepreneur and influential figure for women empowerment.

Owned by parent company, Market America, Motives Cosmetics is a luxury cosmetics brand created with everyone, on any budget, in mind.

Loren’s purpose was to create high-quality, custom-formulated cosmetics that enhance true beauty while helping to nourish the skin.

If you want a comparison: Motives is sort of like Avon in a sense that you can become a brand representative. But, also Rodial (which has an affordable skincare and cosmetics sister company called ‘Nip + Fab’)

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My favourite thing about the Motives foundation

There are a lot of things that I like about this foundation…

🌟 The fact that it’s made of minerals, is natural and doesn’t irritate my skin.

🌟 The way it sits (& feels) on my skin…

🌟 The look of it! It’s not cakey and doesn’t look like I’m wearing a mask.

🌟 I’m also obsessed with how although it dries matte, a natural glow still shines through.

🌟 The fact that it has SPF 15 in it… There’s literally no reason for to me to apply sunscreen separately!

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The best way to wear the Motives foundation

I’d start by cleansing, moisturising and then rubbing a primer into your skin before applying this foundation.

When applying, I prefer using a brush, but you’re welcome to use a beauty-blender or hands. If you use a brush too, remember to clean it regularly!

In terms of primer, I’d recommend the Motives one. It’s nice and silicone-y, giving your foundation a smooth base – literally gliding on. Honestly, these two products go together like a match made in heaven!

My final step would be applying a setting spray, again I went with Motives’ one.

As an acne and blemishes sufferer, I prefer No More Shine. However, there’s also 10-Years Younger to choose from!

Setting spray is important at the best of times, but even more-so now, for avoiding the transfer of makeup to our masks… Although, having said that, makeup probably isn’t the best idea when we have to wear masks outside anyway!

Are you searching for tips on how to cure lockdown acne? I gotchu!

Have you tried this foundation – or are looking to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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shop small

I’m back with another ‘shop small’ post, and again with FairyMoonCandlesUK. This time, it’s the turn of ‘Enchanted’ (a bestseller)!

Yep, I am obsessed – but also: it was a gift from the wonderful Pandora, (as a thank you for my previous review of ‘Guardian Angel’).

Tell me more about FairyMoonCandlesUK

FairyMoonCandlesUK is a small business operating from Manchester, England. It’s owned by Head-Fairy Pandora! 🧚

All products from this Etsy store are handmade by Pandora herself, organically sourced, vegan and eco-friendly.

What does FairyMoonCandlesUK sell?

The clue is in the name… FairyMoonCandlesUK produces and sells a variety of scented soy wax crystal candles. 💎🕯

With Valentine’s / Galentine’s / Self-Lovingtine’s Day around the corner, this would be the perfect gift! 🎁

Tell me more about the ‘Enchanted’ candle

‘Enchanted’ is a lavender scented rose-quartz candle. As I’ve mentioned previously, rose quartz is the stone of unconditional and universal love…

The aroma of lavender is nicely potent, but soothing. You can keep it open in your room as you sleep. 💤

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What’s the packaging of ‘Enchanted’ like?

The ‘Enchanted’ candle came packed in the same way as ‘Guardian Angel’ (the citrine candle I bought las year).

It arrived wrapped in gift paper, tied securely with a cute bow. Also, the bubble wrap underneath (protecting the candle) is biodegradable – so that’s a plus. 🌎 ♻️

In terms of the candle itself, it was identical to ‘Guardian Angel’ in the way it’s presented, inside a metal pot with a transparent plastic lid, showing off the stunning candle.

Let’s talk about the aesthetic of ‘Enchanted’

Like ‘Guardian Angel’, the silver sequins, mini raw clear quartz pieces and dried rose petals are a standard – joined by a light dusting of lavender and a rose quartz statement piece. 🌹✨

I hugely regret lighting my ‘Guardian Angel’ candle last time! So, I’ve learned my lesson.

What’s next on my FairyMoonCandles list?

I’ll continue to shop small with FairyMoonCandlesUK (and other Etsy stores).

Next on my list is FairyMoonCandleUK’s Moonlight candle (including Moonstone), followed by Sweet Dreams (featuring Amethyst). I also plan on re-buying ‘Guardian Angel’ at some point too!

Pandora, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. Wishing you a successful & prosperous 2021! ✨

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bath-bombs

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so I’m starting the celebrations early by trying out Lush limited-edition bath-bombs.

I bought four, one of which I’ve used loads of times before – because I just love it!

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Lush Love Boat

Love Boat’ is my all-time favourite, limited-edition Lush bath-bomb. Every year, I’d get one and set sail (in my own bathtub).

Regarding the aesthetic: its blue & pink hues, together with the hidden yellow are just perfect, blending together to make the softest, most dreamy purple.

Now, for the fragrance: it’s very citrusy thanks to the addition of sweet organic orange oil and Sicilian lemon oil. But, I particularly like the twist coming from the rose oil.

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Love Me Do

Love Me Do’ is one of the newer Lush limited-edition bath-bombs… Upon first impressions, it reminds me of Deep Sleep.

Like Deep Sleep, it includes lavender oil – but the difference is this one’s rose-heavy, as opposed to just lavender.

I love, ‘Love Me Do’ mainly for its backstory… Lush included only the finest of Pakistani roses – sourced from its regenerative buying project in Pakistan.

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Love Locket

Love Locket’ is yet another new limited-edition bath-bomb, but this one’s even more special because it’s a three-in-one!!!

Sort of like the concept of Russian Dolls, this is a giant heart locket – with mini hearts hidden under the lock (which – by the way – is a mini detachable bath-bomb). You can opt to use this all in one go, or spread it out across three baths.

It you’re a Lush aficionado, the best way to describe this is it’s identical to Yummy Mummy (a line of limited-edition products celebrating Mother’s Day). In other words, this bath-bomb’s top notes are strawberry and geranium.

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Heart Beat

Lastly but by no means least-ly, this limited-edition bath-bomb is ‘Heart Beat’.

Now, if you’re looking for a product to compare it to, think: Rose Jam. It’s pretty much the bath-bomb version! Yep, you guessed it – like most before it, this one also smells like roses!

Aesthetically, it’s beautiful… Bright pink with gold hearts… What’s not to love!?

Which is my favourite?

They’re all lovely… I cannot choose!

🌟 Roses are my favourite flowers (and there’s rose aplenty in each) 🌹

🌟 Citrus is my favourite fragrance, particularly in Lush products – hence why I’ve loved Love Boat for the longest time! 🍊 🍋

🌟 ‘Love Locket’ is so unique in its aesthetic. 🔒❤️

🌟 …and Heart Beat is perfect thanks to skin softening cocoa butter… I came out the bath with smooth, glistening skin!

Have you tried any – or thinking of trying them? Let me know in the comments section below!

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The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

I’ve had the acne spots/scarring and skin blemishes of a pubescent-teen a lot longer than being a pubescent-teen actually lasts…

Way before Covid, I remember being in Selfridges about to throw major £££ at a high-end brand to treat them, when a lady stopped me to recommend I go to Deciem’s The Ordinary instead.

In that exact moment, I felt so many things… Awkward for myself being in that position, sorry for the salesperson, but also thankful to lady who recommended The Ordinary.

The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

You might be pleased to know that me and my purse left Selfridges (because I was too cringed out to stay in the building), heading to Oxford Street’s Top Shop (where The Ordinary had a stall). Honestly, that’s when my life (and face) changed, and my bank-balance breathed a sigh of relief! 😅

I’ve always heard of The Ordinary, but I didn’t realise it could work so well for me. The fact that its products are highly potent scared me a bit… All I could think about was “What if they cause my skin an adverse reaction!?” Well, thankfully they didn’t.

The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

What did I buy?

🌟 Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

Salicylic acid is gentle (and a must for those who suffer from skin blemishes). Even though it’s a charcoal mask, I’d still advise you to use it sparingly. My recommendation would be once or twice a week, as overusing can irritate the skin.

🌟 Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Niacinamide is a type of Vitamin B3 which combats acne, soothes inflammation and brightens the skin. With the addition of Zinc, this also helps regulate oil production, and getting rid of the excess.

🌟 Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

This is a light, topical moisturiser which is packed with azelaic acid. In layman’s terms, azelaic acid is a kind of good bacteria that our bodies naturally produce. Its properties include: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and even prevention of build-up in our pores.

🌟 Retinol 1% in Squalane

As a squalane cleanser, this product is gentle but effective when it comes to removing makeup, pollution, dirt, and impurities. It also leaves the skin looking clean, clear and smooth to the touch – perfect for getting rid of skin blemishes.

🌟 AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Probably my favourite product, this peel is a deep-exfoliant which helps fight off skin blemishes and improves radiance. What’s more, is it helps the appearance of our skin’s texture, gradually reducing the look of fine lines. Pretty much an all-rounder!

Putting it bluntly, The Ordinary’s AHA 30% is a strong solution. So, a little goes a long way. I’d recommend using it no more than once a week.

🌟 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil or 100% Plant Derived Squalane

As you’ll come to realise, your skin will start to dry out when practicing this regimen. I guarantee you’ll be reaching for the oils in no time. When you do, give The Ordinary’s soothing rosehip or nourishing squalane a try.

The thing I love about both of these is that they’re 100% organic… They’re raw and filled with nutrients. My preference? I’d say rosehip.

The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

My beauty routine for clearing skin blemishes:

Below is my morning regimen:

  • Cleanse (Squalane)
  • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • Suncream (I use Kheils)

Below is my evening regimen:

  • Cleanse (Squalane)
  • Retinoid serum (three times a week)
  • Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (optional)
  • 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil or 100% Plant Derived Squalane
The Ordinary Cleared Up My Skin Blemishes

How this regimen improved my skin blemishes:

I don’t know what it is, but seeing %s and types of acids included on the label/packaging is always a major worry. Looking back, that was probably what put me off in the first place…

However, I was very pleasantly surprised by how gentle they were on the skin (when used carefully).

Honestly, they dried my skin out quite badly, but I suppose that’s what needs to happen for the acne to stop. I went from “OILS FOR DAYS!” to “dry skin AF”!

But, you get your skin under control, you’ll be able to move onto other product lines.

Have you tried The Ordinary? Let me know in the comments!

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pukka love

In the lead up to February 14, I intend to be spread the ‘love’ with posts like these…

I don’t want to tease you any longer, so let’s get straight into discussing ‘Love’ tea by Pukka!

It all started when I read that ‘Flower Power’ by Clipper (Cupper in Germany) was a great tea for clearing the liver, detoxifying the body and giving skin a radiant glow… After finding that out, I got hold of some!

pukka love

I loved it so much that I went in search of a tea that had the same benefits (to form a comparison post) and as if by magic, ‘Love’ by Pukka came into my life. I was very happy about this, because it fit my Valentine’s Day theme perfectly!

Although ‘Flower Power’ has hibiscus, chamomile, lime-flower and elderflower… ‘Love’ has chamomile, elderflower, lavender, licorice, limeflower and marigold. As you can see, the only ingredient missing from Love is ‘hibiscus’ – which I believe is easy to get hold of as a separate tea.

FYI: studies have proven that two herbal, vegan and organic teas a-day never hurt nobody… The worst that’s happened is they needed to empty their bladder a lot more than usual!

What are the said benefits of drinking ‘Love’ tea?

lavender

Lavender and chamomile are known to be relaxants. They calm the mind, and promote better sleep.

rose

Rose is associated with radiance, and leaves skin hydrated and moisturised – hence why it’s used in beauty products. It’s also supposed to be soothing.

elderflower and lime-flower

As you’ll notice, elderflower and lime-flower both featured in Clipper’s Flower Power – which claimed to detoxify the body and cleanse the liver, while also boosting the immune system.

marigold

Lastly [on the ingredients front], liquorice and marigold have great anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

My verdict on Love tea

Honestly, I’ve only drank it twice (in two days), so I’m in no position to give a full review of its effects on me personally, but – what I will say is this: I’ve felt less bloated (PMS) – and with each sip, I fell in ‘lovethat little bit more…

A tip that I’d give those who are wanting to try it, but have a sweet tooth: pop a teaspoonful of honey/sweetener in, as it can be bland on its own. I opted for a spoonful of lavender honey (to enhance the flavour), and it did the trick.

What are the differences between ‘Love’ and ‘Flower Power’?

Honestly, not much. They are both quite bland without honey (no offence), use similar ingredients, and have the same sort of said benefits…

They’re also both floral in taste. Obviously, the only clear difference is one includes hibiscus, and the other includes marigolds, liquorice and lavender – so the taste just slightly varies.

Which is my favourite?

I’d have to say I’m a lover not a florist… Although, I would Love to open a florist when I retire. 💐

Love wins.

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guardian angel

May your 2021 be filled with self-love, and self-care… Start it with some Etsy gifts… ✨

If you loved my small business post, I’m hoping you’ll love this one!

I’d like to introduce you to Pandora’s FairyMoonCandlesUK, a small business on Etsy that do incredible scented, soy wax candles that are vegan and eco-friendly.

Those of you who know me, will know I love candles – even though I used to have an irrational fear of matches or flames! Emphasis on “used to”. 😂

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Pandora at FairyMoonCandlesUK hand-makes the most beautiful scented candles, filled with sequins, dried rose petals and healing crystals (another passion of mine).

Etsy Gifts: What is the ‘Guardian Angel’ candle?

The ‘Guardian Angel’ candle (pictured above) has a beautiful citrusy-lemon 🍋 meets ginger scent which I love! It’s very refreshing.

Also, it comes with pieces of clear quartz and citrine planted in the wax. Simply sublime… You’re welcome!

If lemon isn’t your thing, there are other varieties that are just as stunning. All types can be found here.

Oh, and – another thing that’s important is: customer service… Well the service I received, together with communication throughout shipment (and post-delivery) is second to none. Really, really fab.

Also, something unexpected arrived with my delivery – a free crystal gift as a little thank you for shopping with FairyMoonCandlesUK. That was an incredibly sweet touch.

Tell me more about the ‘Guardian Angel’ candle

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Now for the packaging, very well wrapped. It came gift-wrapped in soft paper and securely fastened with a very neatly tied bow to match! The fairies pulled out all the magical stops… 🧚‍♀️

What others think of the ‘Guardian Angel’ candle

I gifted this candle to my boyfriend’s mum for Christmas, he passed on her message: “she absolutely loves it! Super lemony, gorgeous too, thanks!

My mum gifted a couple to her friends: “how unique! It’s very authentic.” / “it’s lovely, thank you! The stones in there are a great touch.” / “it goes perfectly with the decor [the recipient owns a beauty salon]”

I gave one to my mum too who lit it on the first day she received it, as she couldn’t wait another minute! 😭❤️

My next purchase will be for myself, one that I won’t light as it’s simply too stunning to light.

Thank you Pandora, your products are amazing.

I will be shopping with Pandora at FairyMoonCandlesUK throughout 2021, and I highly recommend her handmade pieces!

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angel nova

This is my review of Thierry Mugler’s Angel Nova, a Christmas gift from mumzie

‘Nova’ is Latin for “new”. And, that’s quite fitting as it’s a NEW perfume which I’ve added to my collection.

Common! Let’s talk some Angel Nova ‘scents’

  • Top notes: Raspberry & Lychee
  • Heart notes: Damask Rose 🌹
  • Base notes: Akigalawood & Benzoin

Damask Rose’ is a rose from Syria – and a sustainably sourced ingredient, which is inline with Mugler’s innovative approach to fragrances.

My review of Mugler’s Angel Nova

This Angel Nova perfume truly is me in a bottle… It’s the perfect mix of fruity and floral… I know generally it’s either or… But, when the two scents combine in the right way, like this one does, just wow!

‘Angel Nova’ is not overpowering in the slightest… Personally, I’d wear it at night and during the day. What I’m saying is: I’ll wear it to my living room for a night out in Tier 4 Lockdown, but also on a trip down Co-op.

And now for the packaging… It’s refillable, #result! Eco-friendly and irresistible!?! What more could you ask for?

Also, I just love the design of the bottle. (Glass if I’m not mistaken?) “Nova” also refers to ‘supernova’ (stars), hence the shape… It’s great, perfectly fits in my hand – with good grip.

I’d give this 10*s if I could… It’s from my mum, and is just perfect.

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christmas hamper

Whattup, blogosphere!? ❤️

Today’s post is a little late in the game, but whatever! 😫

How was your Christmas!?

Hope it was awesome, even if forcibly a little different to ones we’re used to!

🚨 If you spent it alone to protect your loved ones from Covid-19, you’re a superhero and deserve every gift forevermore! 🚨

Mine? A recurring sport injury is back which meant I was ‘hoppin’ 🐰 around the Christmas tree 🎄 as opposed to ‘rockin’… But, I was grateful to spend it with my household – who still managed to make it special nonetheless.

Oh, and as far as presents go, while everyone seemed to either be getting pregnant, engaged or receiving Michael Kors gifts, I bought myself a Ninja Foodi Grill and a Christmas hamper from Etsy (store: PixieParlourHealing).

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I had myself a little self-love Christmas, y’all! ✌️

The Christmas hamper I ordered was a limited edition, so unfortunately it isn’t in stock right now.

The purpose of this post I guess is to distract myself from the aches and pains by sharing details of its contents with you (in case it’s something you’d like to get yourself or someone special next year)!

What is included in the hamper?

  1. A mulled wine bathbomb (pictured)
  2. A mulled wine candle (pictured)
  3. A handmade bauble filled with dried flowers, mini healing crystals & gold leaf
  4. One sachet of Twinings’ Turmeric, Orange & Star Anise tea
  5. A candy cane
  6. Mystery healing crystal

Let’s start with the little things, because: it’s all about the finer things in life.

christmas hamper

Candycane: Minty, as expected. Extremely Christmassy. A ‘sweet’ touch.

Tea: this is now my favourite flavour tea. Just yum.

Mystery crystal: Very intuitive. I received an ‘apatite’ crystal at a time when I’ve been suffering from inflammation in the knee.

Bauble: looked rustic and handmade, which I loved. Very unique. It was filled with tiny crystals, dry petals and gold leaf – simply stunning.

Okay, now for the pieces de resistances (plural)…

christmas hamper

Mulled wine bathbomb: usually I’d never cheat on Lush, but, dare I say that this was better.

It felt as if I was bathing in Santa’s house! 😂🎅

Another thing, there were bits of gold leaf floating around with me, so I fully felt those Beyoncé vibes! I. Stan. A. Queen! 👑

Mulled wine candle: of course I lit the matching candle that came with it [which smelled like a glass mulled wine with edible flower petals mixed in] while bathing, and – to put it simply, perfection.

My verdict on the Christmas hamper

My “Christmas bath with candle trimmings” left me relaxed AF! It led to the best sleep I’ve had in while…

All in all, a 5* hamper, I’d definitely buy again (when available).

In the meantime though, I’ll be checking out other hampers on the PixieParlourHealing Etsy store.

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plant-based

Another day, another blog post… I’ve pre-written and scheduled this one, for the first time ever… Who do I think I am, Zoella!?!?

Anyway, here it goes…

Enjoy! Follow. Like. Subscribe. Do it!

You guys seem to love all the plant-based vegan posts, so allow me to introduce or re-introduce you to Naturtint, my forever go to vegan-box dye!

Reasons why I love Naturtint: it’s so good, leaves my hair healthy, feeling soft and looking shiny… It also doesn’t damage the hair, and is easy to get hold of (if you live near a Holland & Barrett – which I think is why God planned for me to live in this current abode).

Anyway, let’s get back to the ‘post’ at hand… Naturtint.

Tell me more about this plant-based hair dye

ICYMI: Naturtint is plant based, and packed with a lot of goodness! It’s ammonia-free, meaning less risk on the chemical reaction front.

Disclaimer: I’d still recommend a patch test just to be sure other ingredients don’t react.

I was born with brown hair & a red tint (which appears when out in the sun).

After bleaching my hair blonde the first time a few years ago, Naturtint was my saving grace!

My hair was literally as flimsy as an elastic band. If it wasn’t for Naturtint, I honestly might have had to shave it all off! 😱

My verdict of this plant-based hair dye

I covered the bleach blonde with dark brown, using this range. It made my hair feel healthy instantly and look incredibly shiny.

However, being someone who’s addicted to change, I bleached it again (balayage) a couple of years later.

After my hair started fading into brassy tones, relied on this to dye it back to brown. (Yes, I know about purple/blue shampoo, but it’s damaging)

To be honest, all I wanted was to get rid of my dark hair, so the greys didn’t look so contrasting when they started popping through! But, I also wanted a colour that was dark enough to cover my greys too… I thought it was impossible until now.

As per my old interchanging-self, I did balayage again towards the end of COVID lockdown, but this time it went brassy very, very quickly. Like, I’m talking within days!!

As I didn’t want to get rid of the hard work that my hairdresser done, I chose this dark blonde/very light brown dye to cover the brassy bits and it worked a treat.

After a little research, I found out that I can use it as an all over colour, covering my roots too.

So, ya gal is now GOLDEN CHESTNUT! OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE ORDER, NOT EVEN ‘DIS-‘!!! 😍

Fab. F-A-B.

Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts.

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After 28 years of living on planet Earth, I have found the Holy Grail of primers!

I can’t shut up about how amazing this primer is. It makes for a flawless base, leaving my skin smooth and glowing both after and before makeup.

It revives tired and dull-looking skin, and is the perfect wake-me/pick-me up.

Did I mention how much I love that this product makes my skin feel soft, smooth and glowing even after makeup removal!? It’s genuinely amazing.

I’ve always been a fan of The Body Shop, it was my go-to beauty and skincare store since I was a teen so I’m glad it’s still maintained its great quality!

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