Saturday, 16 August 2014

Review: Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Products

When the Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix range dropped through my letter box, I was intrigued. I don't have wrinkles (yet) or fine lines, but I'm always up for some preventative methods and anything to keep my skin looking younger for longer is A okay in my books. I was initially quite apprehensive, as these contain legit bee sting... yup, you read right- bees venom! I had visions of my face coming up all red and puffy and hurting, a lot. I'm not sure I want to go that far for beauty. However, the feel really luxurious and comfortable on the skin- in fact you can't even tell they have bee venom in them at all! All the benefits, minus the pain- good work Nip + Fab.
*Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Eye Cream
*Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe
*Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix  Deluxe Body Souffle
*Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix  Lifting Mask
Nip + Fab is a brand I've used and trusted for a long time so I was excited to try their new range. According to the internet, the bee sting: 
 controls the facial muscles, increases blood circulation gently plumping out and firming the skin. Also fills and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles it also contains 
Propolis Extract: this is a resinous substance harvested by bees on flower buds and it is a great skin healer, anti-oxidant and antiseptic properties. It also contains a substance which helps improve and retain skins moisture, meaning this range isn't just for people who are after its anti aging benefits. 

Applying the products to my skin, I found them to be thicker, in general and take a little bit longer than my other moisturisers to sink in. However, my skin feels smoother, firmer and much more hydrated, so I am happy for the extra drying time- if this is the end result. Over all, I love this range, and despite the somewhat garish packaging (although relevant when it comes to the bees!) I'm more than happy to incorporate these products into my everyday skin routine- its love.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Outfit: Mint & Pleather

Here is the second look from my 'Back to School/College Outfit Inspirations' Lookbook. It features my favourite skirt of the moment, which always gets a lot of compliments when I wear it out- my Glamorous pleather skirt in a mint green. I'd always toyed with the idea of getting a pleather skirt in black, back when they were 'in Vogue.' but I think this bright mint green is much more 'me.' I've been pairing it with pastel, statement necklaces and sandals or comfortable converse, like I am here.
Tee: Next
*skirt: Glamorous
Shoes: Converse
*Necklace: OASAP (similar here)
What did you think of my lookbook? If you'd like to see more videos like this, please subscribe to my channel and if you are feeling generous, maybe even leave me a little comment and press that 'like' button. Finally I wanted to say that I have been shortlisted in two categories for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014. I'm completely astounded and so grateful to each and everyone of you that nominated me! If you'd like to vote for me, you can vote for my blog (The Camera's Lying) under 'Best Established Fashion Blog' and my youtube channel (TheCameraLiesBeauty) under 'Best VLOG.' You can vote here!

Amy x

Friday, 8 August 2014

Review: Michael Todd Skin Defender Facial Cleanser & Pearl and Silk Facial Mask

*Michael Todd Skin Defender Facial Cleanser
*Michael Todd Pearl and Silk Facial Mask
Today I'm reviewing two products for you, which I save for 'special occasions..' Those Sunday pamper nights complete with chocolate, Netflix and a long bubble bath. Enter my Michael Todd mask and cleanser. I like to start my little pamper routine with my Michael Todd Skin Defender AHA Creme Facial Cleanser. The pump applicator is easy to use and the brand aesthetic, Michael Todd's products have is something I really rate- I love the purples! Its a very creamy, thick consistency which blends in nicely to the skin and almost feels slightly oily to the touch. Once washed off my skin feels smooth and soft, not greasy or dirty. It has a pleasant, sweet scent to it and is over 60% organic. Its been super gentle on my skin, despite the AHA content (which I am a fan of, anyway). AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a skin rejuvenating product which work by penetrating the skin, much deeper than any other product. 

Next up, the Peal and Silk Facial Mask. It applys like a dream in a lovely smooth consistency. It feels cool and tingly at first, before setting hard- so try not to smile or laugh with this bad boy on! The pearl element of the mask basically turns you into an iridescent silver alien whilst wearing the mask, which gave the postman a fright when I opened the door to him, with it on! However, once its washed away my skin feels velvet smooth, which lasts a long time. The pearl extracts also give your face a healthy glow.

You can receive 20% off Michael Todd products, simply buying through this link, or directly through the product links above- no code needed!