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PMD Beauty skincare gadgets have had a firm place in my skincare routine for the past couple of years. However, when it comes to owning multiple skincare gadgets, I definitely feel like you end up using some more than others and one of the devices I have stuck to using is the PMD Clean. So I was obviously excited when got the opportunity to try out the latest PMD Clean device, the PMD Clean Acne RRP £209* which is described as a smart facial cleansing device that uses SonicGlow™ Technology ensuring a deep, daily cleanse. The PMD Clean Acne also utilises blue light therapy treatments for mild to moderate acne.

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You may have read my Spring Skincare Haul which featured the original PMD Clean* back in April and I've been using it ever since. But PMD have recently released an updated version which is rechargeable and also contains a more advanced massaging head on the back of the device as opposed to the original version. You can choose either from the Rose Quartz or Rose Gold options and I decided to try the Rose Quartz option, purely because I'm really trying to get back into crystal healing and I thought it was a good way to reintroduce crystal healing into my life by adding it into my skincare regime. 

The original PMD Clean which I've loved using for months retails for £89 but as expected because of the added functions the PMD Clean Pro it's priced between £135-£165. Both options feature their ActiveWarmth Facial Massage Technology which helps your skin to absorb products better by using the combination of heat and vibrations. The SonicGlow Technology breaks down dirt and oil from the pores at 7,000 vibrations per minute whilst operating at a perfect frequency for your skin to lift, firm and tone the skin.

The Rose Gold option which is available in Teal, Navy and Berry has an Activewarth Pad made out of anodised aluminium which radiates a soothing heat and encourages products to penetrate the skin more deeply. 

The Rose Quartz option which is only available in the Blush colour also has an ActiveWarmth Pad but it is made out of pure Rose Quartz. Consisting of elements which include magnesium, iron, oxygen, the stone helps to reduce inflammation (which I definitely suffer with!) and also tension. 

Like the original PMD Clean the cleansing brush has 4 different settings -
Mode 1: Gentle Vibration, Mode 2: Intense Vibration, Mode 3: Gentle Pulsation
and Mode 4: Intense Pulsation. Also like most other cleansing brushes the silicone is odour resistant, anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and waterproof which makes it an ideal skincare device. It's also suitable for all skin types. 

So how have I been getting on with the PMD Clean Pro Rose Quartz*? 

I've been using the cleansing brush the same way as the original PMD Clean* so I apply my cleanser to my face first as I find that it works better than directly applying it to the device and then I wet the brush and put on either Mode 1 or Mode 2 and then I start using it on my face using circular motions. I do find that using a facial cleansing brush does help my skin and I feel like it really does make my skin feel super clean and refreshed. 

Then if I choose to use the Rose Quartz on the back then I'll pop it on (there's a separate button on the back for this) and wait for it to heat up - it doesn't take long. It doesn't get hot, it's more of a soothing warm feeling which I really like. I've actually used it on it's own after cleansing when I've got a tension headache a few times and I find that it does help for that too. Obviously I don't used it for a prolonged amount of time because it's not made for that but it's just an added bonus I've found works for me. After cleansing I've then been popping on either the Pixi Glow Tonic Serum* or the True Skincare Organic Balancing Safflower and Basil Facial Oil directly onto the Rose Quartz and then massaging the product into my skin. I sometimes put either Mode 3 or Mode 4 on for this to help the products sink into the skin but I'll be honest, I tend to forget about the pulsation settings so I only use them if I remember they're there haha. I'm also slowly getting into using anti-ageing products as I'm 25 and I've started to notice some small fine lines forming (~sob~) and I feel like the massage function of the device is going to be great for when I apply anti-ageing serums and oils more often. I'm basically kind of in denial about the signs of ageing but I also need a kick up the arse and start properly looking at anti-ageing products that work well before I wake up one morning to find that I've got a line resembling The Nile going across my forehead lol.

Overall I really like the PMD Clean Pro Rose Quartz*, I think it's really stepped up from the original but I still really like the original and the fact that it does still have a 2-in-1 function with the massager on the back. I think if you don't have the money to splash out over £100 on the new and improved PMD Clean then I'd still say go for the original PMD Clean RRP £89 because it really is great. But if you do have the money and like the sound of the ActiveWarmth Technology function of the PMD Clean Pro and the fact that it's rechargeable unlike the original and that it comes with a little travel case then I'd say opt for one of the PMD Clean Pros instead. Either way, I highly recommend PMD Beauty in general because I've tried various different beauty tools from them over the past few years and they've all been fab. So well done PMD Beauty for making another amazing device that my temperamental skin actually likes!

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If you've been reading my blog for a while then you've probably seen me talk about the PMD Clean devices on my blog before. I'm a big fan of the PMD Clean and I find it really helps my skin, especially if it's playing up. So when I found out that they have released a PMD Clean for the body called, you guessed it, PMD Clean Body* I obviously said yes when I was asked I wanted to give it a try. 
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I'm personally a big fan of skincare tools, I know they're not for everybody but I do think the majority of them do what they say they claim they'll do. So in today's post, I'm going to be talking about the PMD Personal Microderm* as well as PMD's recently launched Recovery Anti-Ageing Collagen Sheet Masks* which have been specially formulated to use after the Personal Microderm or after using the PMD Clean/Clean Pro. 
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I’ve reviewed quite a few PMD Beauty devices on my blog over the past couple of years which you can check out here. In today’s post, I’m going to be reviewing one of their latest releases, the PMD Wave Pro RRP £119* which is described as an advanced skin spatula that extracts, infuses, and lifts using SonicGlow™ Technology and EMS to leave skin glowing and radiant. I’ve also got a 30% off discount code which can be used on selected products on the PMD Beauty website to share. So stick around if you want to know my thoughts on the PMD Wave Pro and/or if you want to bag a 30% discount. 

I don't like my lips at all, well especially my upper lip just because I think it's a lot thinner than my bottom lip and it's looks weird. But in general, I think my lips are a little bit too small for my round, moon-like, chubby face in all honesty. I don't want full on fish lips or Kylie Jenner lips but I just want a little bit more of a plump look going on. I do own a few lip plumping products and I love the Colourpop Satin Liquid Lipsticks because I find they somehow make my lips look plumper but none of the current options I use last very long.

I was really excited to receive the latest release from PMD which is the PMD Kiss Lip Plumping Device*. The PMD Kiss is a pain-free, anti-aging device which (you guessed it) plumps your lips. It uses pulsating vacuum technology and comes with "Smart Lip Plumping Serum".

It also states it will increase your lip volume, boost collagen production and reduce the look of lip wrinkles.

Inside the box you get the PMD Kiss device, the Smart Lip Plumping Serum, 2 'Plumping Tips' (one small, one large - depending on lip size and desired look) and also a USB charger. The PMD Kiss also comes with a 1-year warranty.

It's a simple device to use - it has two "Smart Treatment Speeds" -

1 - Standard Speed - Ideal for a quick plump
2 - Low Speed - For a more intense, targeted plump

I personally use both depending on what kind of look I'm going for and/or how long I want my lips to look more plumped than my natural lips.

How to use -

All you have to do is apply the Smart Lip Plumping Serum only clean, dry lips and then pop the Kiss on, place the plumping tip firming and directly onto lips to create a tight seal (for suction). 

For best results use Kiss in 4 sections -  left and right upper lip and left and right lower lip - You should let the Kiss pulse 10 times on each section of your lips. You will hear the Kiss working as it kind of vibrates and ticks (which I'll admit, is kind of a downside if you're the first one awake in your household in the morning and you don't want to wake everyone up, it's kind of a shame it doesn't have a silent setting or something like that but oh well, it's not the end of the world). 

I really like this device I can honestly say it's completely pain-free and causes no discomfort either. It's a great option to use if you don't want to go down having lip fillers (or if you're scared of needles) and I do think it's worth the RRP £125. I tend to use the smaller Plumping Tip because I find that's the one which works best for me. Another fab thing is that it only takes around 2-5 minutes to get plumper lips depending on the look you're going for. I would say my lips stay plumped for around 8 hours for me and then they slowly go down to their normal, natural size. I definitely feel a little more confident about my lips when I use the PMD Kiss. I haven't used the device for 6 weeks yet, so I can't say whether or not the device does actually help to increase your lip size for a longer time as the box and website states but I will keep you updated on my social media which you can follow me on below. 

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I’m really trying to be more mindful when I buy products this year and also really consider what I'm sent via PR for potential feature and reviews to reduce my plastic waste. I’m also trying to stop spending money on things that I don’t really need when I already have similar products already in. So with it being the new year and because I've been bored out of my mind whilst being stuck in the house I’ve decided to switch up my skincare routine a little. I recently spent an afternoon sorting through my skincare stash and I pulled out some products which are either almost empty, I want to give another chance as well as a few products which are probably expiring soon, so I guess you could say I’ve kind of ‘shopped my skincare stash’. So in today’s post, I’m talking about what's in my current routine and how I’ve been getting on with them. 

A Beauty & Lifestyle Haul

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I thought I would do a little beauty and lifestyle haul of things that I’ve picked up or received recently. I definitely want to do more posts like this on my blog just to add a bit more variety to my round-up style blog posts as they usually tend to be just beauty focused. So I hope you enjoy reading about my little haul of things I've got recently.
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In today's post, I’m sharing 10 gift ideas which I think would be perfect for any beauty lover in your life this Christmas. I’m mainly focusing on main gift ideas but I’ve also included some stocking filler ideas too. Also, the gifts that I’ve featured in this post start from just £5. 

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It’s that time of the year again and I’m back with my annual Christmas gift guides! In this gift guide, I’m going to be sharing some main gift ideas and I’ve got a mixture of beauty, homeware, tech, and cosy clothing as well as a couple of practical gift ideas too. 

I'm back again with a "New In Drawer" blog post. These seem to get a lot of views so I'm guessing a lot of you like to read these. Again as always, I'm not writing this post to brag in any way and etc - It's just to show you what things I've picked up lately or have been sent lately that I'm either liking/hating or looking forward to trying out. Also a kind of sneak preview of any upcoming blog posts or reviews too!

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Hair Oil*
I actually have the review of this going up on my blog later this week so I don't want to spoil it but I was kindly sent a few of Lee Stafford's latest releases last month - you can read the review of the AirDry range here but I thought I'd just pop this CoCo LoCo hair oil in here anyway because I'm really trying to find some new 'hair staples' ready for the Autumn/Winter (once I find a few new staples, I'm definitely going to do a blog post all about them).

Rimmel Radiance Brick - 01 
I'll be honest I picked this up because I kept seeing it on my Instagram feed and it just looks so pretty. It's a shimmery kind of bronzer but you can also just use the highlighter on it's own too. It isn't very pigmented but I prefer that because I'm so pale, I like products that you have to build up rather than a full on muddy looking bronzer with one swipe. Even though it's not very pigmented I would recommend it if you're looking for a drugstore bronzer.

Salon Science Thickening Serum*
I was sent some products from Salon Science a few weeks ago. I've never heard of the brand before but I was intrigued about their products when I received the email about them. I've now tried out all of the products I was sent apart from the Thickening Serum so I'm looking forward to giving it a go and seeing if it thickens up my thin hair. Review blog post coming soon of the products I was sent!

Garnier Micellar Gel Wash
I got this last month because I'm such a huge fan of the micellar water, I pretty much use every time I remove my makeup without fail. So why wouldn't I like the gel wash? Even though it does state you can use it for eye makeup removal, I did try it but it stung my eyes, unfortunately. But I do like it as a normal cleanser, it foams up really well and it smells quite nice too. I will definitely be repurchasing.

Primark Primer Water
I picked this up in my latest Primark Haul because I'd seen so many people rave about primer water in general so I thought for £2 it's not breaking the bank and I was just intrigued. I've got to say... I'm completely sold. It works so well as it's general use as a primer but it's also great to use if your skin just needs a refresh in the day - with or without makeup on. It also smells lovely and it's oil-free which is always a plus when you have oily skin. I definitely would say to pick this up and give it a try because it's a new favourite of mine now.

Essence Highlighter Palette*
I was very excited to receive my first 'proper' PR package from Essence. It was a box full of essence makeup, sweets and balloons and etc - you can read the blog post all about it here. One of the products which I received in the parcel is this highlighter palette. I'm already a fan of their highlighters and the rainbow one is one of my favourites but this is great, there's 3 shades to choose from and they all work well with my pale skin tone. Plus the packaging is cute too.

The Balm Eyeshadow Palette Sample
I finally got around to ordering my first Pick N Mix from Feel Unique last month and I chose my 5 items and this one of them I decided to try out. I've got to say I'm really unimpressed. I know it's a matt, dark eyeshadow shade but it isn't very pigmented at all and it's fades really quickly. I'm glad I didn't go out and buy the palette, to be honest.

PMD Kiss Lip Plumping Device*
I was very kindly sent the latest device from PMD which is the PMD Kiss. I don't really like my lips just because I think it's because I have quite a round, chubby face, it makes my eyes and lips look small (well that's what I think anyway). So I was really excited at the chance at trying this device which safely and naturally plumps your lips without any pain. With continued daily use, it claims that your results will last longer and after 4-6 weeks you lips will stay looking fuller from the increase collagen production. I have only used this a few times so far but I can definitely see and feel a difference after I use the device. Obviously there will be an in-depth blog post all about it coming soon.

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I thought I'd do another skincare haul as my last one seemed to go down really well and I really like trying out new skincare and talking about which products I got on with and which ones I didn't like or get on with. In this post there's a mixture of both products and skincare devices and the majority of the products are glow-giving, skin clearing products hence why I've called this post a Spring Skincare Haul. 

I've been wanting to try out the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser RRP £18 for a while so I decided to pick it up after using up some of my cleansers and I honestly love it so much. I wish I had bought it sooner! It smells kind of like baby powder - very fresh and clean if that makes sense and it really does leave my skin with a healthy glow after using it which still blows my mind each time I use it. It contains Glycolic Acid like the the classic Pixi Glow Tonic which I love already. Because it's a mud cleanser, it really does feel like it lifts any impurities and also calms my oiliness down a little too. I definitely want to pick up the Glow Mud Mask soon so I can see how well they work together. I do have a basket full of face masks though right now so I might wait until I've used some of those up first.

I've always had an issue with larges pores and blackheads but just recently they've gotten worse for some reason and it's literally making me feel so self conscious when I wear little to no makeup so I picked up the My Clarins PORE-LESS Blur and Matte Stick RRP £15 and wow, I'm so disappointed I threw £15 at what I can only describe as an overpriced lip balm. You barely get any product and it doesn't do nothing for my pores, it just makes my skin feel soft so I might as have just used my Elf Primer which is less than £10. When you think of Clarins you automatically think that the product will 100% work but not in this case. The only good thing I can say is that the packaging is cute and it smells like fresh strawberries which is always nice but that's about it.

First of all I love the packaging of the Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Unicorn Transforming Clay Cleanser RRP £7.99* it's so cute! But then again, Yes To always hit the nail on the head when it comes to their packaging designs, don't they? The clay cleanser is fab as it changes from a pink colour to a yellow colour to tell you that it's thoroughly cleansed your skin which I love! It smells super fruity and it's a great cleanser to use first thing in the morning to wake up your skin a bit. It is a little difficult to get out the tube as it is a clay formula and I have seen other people say the same but other than that it's a great product and would highly recommend it if you're in the market for a brightening, glow-giving cleanser that's a bit cheaper than the Pixi offering.

I've never tried anything from True Skincare before but I was kindly sent their Organic Balancing Safflower & Basil Facial Oil RRP £13.50* which is available from Holland & Barrett. I'm really getting into using facial oils now, I use them probably 2-3 times per week which is a big deal to me as I used to be really scared of them due to me having an oilier skin type. I talked about a recent facial oil discovery in this post and although it's a great facial oil, it is on the pricier side so the £13.50 option from True Skincare is a lot more friendly to my bank balance and it does just as good of a job. I would still repurchase the other high-end priced facial oil as I do really like it but it would be more of a treat to myself. I love the smell of the True Skincare Safflower & Basil facial oil and it kind of reminds me of something used in a spa. It leaves my skin feeling so lovely and hydrated but I know it's not going to block up my pores with it being a thin consistency. My skin looks much more hydrated and glowy after using it and also feels more plumper too.

The Dermalogica Prisma Protect spf30 RRP £58* is definitely something I need in my life right now. I know you should wear spf daily but I am a bit lax in that department which I know is so bad. However a lot of my base makeup products contain some sort of spf so I know I'm always covered a little but it could be better. When the #skinfluencer email came through about the new Prisma Protect I was so excited to try it out! It's basically a multi-functioning light activated moisturiser which contains spf30 which gives you a natural but nice looking glow as well as obviously protecting your skin and hydrating your skin too. It claims to provide a broad spectrum defence whilst preventing future signs of skin damage and my skin seems to really like it which is obviously great. Sometimes with spf I do find that it can break me out in certain areas but this hasn't. It smells really fresh and lovely and I've used it as a base for my makeup alone with no primer and found it works well that way too. So if you're in the market for a spf then I would recommend it.

Whenever there's a new Glossier release I do tend to pick it up as I'm a big fan of Glossier in general and I was really intrigued when I saw the Milky Oil Makeup Remover RRP £10. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is one of my all time fave cleansers so I obviously snapped up the Milky Oil. Unfortunately I wasn't blown away by it, whilst it does do a pretty good job at removing makeup I feel like it's overpriced for what it is. My go-to Simple or Nivea dual makeup removers work just as well with the same concept, if not better and they are a fraction of the price. I would say that the Milky Oil is a good one if you're travelling but other than that, I wouldn't say it's a must have from Glossier if I'm being totally honest. However I do always recommend the Milky Jelly Cleanser!

Another product I picked up from Glossier is the Super Bounce Serum RRP £24 which contains Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5. I picked this up for when my skin goes through dry patch spells and it does work a treat for the dry areas. However I did notice that if I use it for more than 3 days, it seems to give me small little spots under the skin on my forehead and chin area which is a bit odd. But it is a nice product overall and I do still use it. It's got quite a milky consistency which I really like and I think if you're someone who suffers with a drier skin type then you will probably love this. Also the packaging is on point!

Lastly are two skincare devices which I've been using recently. The first is the Blackhead Vacuum Remover Device RRP £8.19 which I picked up on a whim from Ebay and guess what? It actually works. It's a bit gross and let's just say it's not for the faint-hearted because you can see the actual blackhead being sucked out but I find it quite fascinating and a bit therapeutic too which I know sounds kinda weird haha! I do only use it once every week or so because it does leave some redness in the areas you've used it. I also think I went a little overboard when I used it for the first time because I was left with what I can only describe as tiny love bite marks on certain areas of my face, so just a warning to not keep going over the same area over and over again. But other than that I'm really impressed with it.

The PMD Clean Silicone Facial Brush RRP £89* which is available in 5 different colours is something I've been looking at potentially buying over the past few months because I do have a small silicone facial brush from SENSSE which I love but sometimes when I'm having a bad pain flare up I find it hard to hold just because sometimes I get what I can only describe as overtired tired, shaky arms during/after a flare up. But I recently got an email about trying out the PMD Clean so I obviously said yes! and I received the Blush with Rose Gold colour option which I think looks really pretty. It claims to deep cleanse and also provides a way to lift, firm and tone problem areas for a more youthful glowy appearance. It also comes with a one year warranty too. The one thing which I'm still not 100% sure about with the PMD Clean is the fact that it's not rechargeable like most skincare devices are nowadays. It has 4 modes - Mode 1: Gentle Vibration and Mode 2: Intense Vibration should be used for cleansing and then Mode 3: Gentle Pulsation and Mode 4: Intense Pulsation should be used for the anti-ageing concept of the device. You can also use the back of the head of the device to massage in serums or oils. I do find that the silicone cleansing brush works better with gel cleansers rather than any sort of clay cleansers but I've found that with my other smaller silicone cleansing brush too. Overall I do really like the device, I find it works well and I do always feel like my skin has had a good deep cleanse when I use it and obviously I find it easier to hold and use when I do have the weird achy, shaky arms during/after a bad pain flare up.

Have you tried out any of these products/devices or have you got your eyes on any of them right now? Also if there's any skincare products you would like me to try out and review on my blog let me know in the comments and I may pick them up.

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Magnitone are kind of one of my go-to brands for any sort of skincare tools. The just know how to make skincare and body tools properly and don't slap a big price on them once they are released. I loved and used their original Barefaced facial cleansing brush that much that it actually burned out in the end lol! So when I got the opportunity to try out their new XOXO Micro Sonic Soft-Touch Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush*, I said yes please, obvs! I opted for the Aqua colour but you can also pick it up in Pink too and it retails for £40.

I know I've recently talked about trying out the PMD Clean cleansing brush which I do love but the reason why I decided to try out the Magnitone XOXO is because 1) it's travel friendly and 2) I love that it has 3 different sections to use on your skin. The three textured zones are designed to combat oiliness, ease dryness and also provide a massage effect. It's also USB rechargeable and the PMD Clean isn't (which I feel let's it down a little tbh). 

The purpose of the tool is that it clarifies and balances the complexion. It's also create with antibacterial PurO sillicone bristles and the brush delivered 8000 Micro Sonic Pulsations per minute. It should help to unclog pores of bacteria, impurities and also excess oil which helps to prevent breakouts. It also have 8 speed settings to customise your cleanse and it's 100% waterproof.

Although my skin has been a nightmare lately (stress and hormone related) I have been loving the XOXO. It makes my skin feel extra clean and refreshed and I do think it's helped with my blackheads, particularly on my chin and forehead. I feel like the top section of the brush works the best on blackheads, just for reference. As always with any sort of silicone cleansing brush, I tend to opt for gel cleansers just because I personally think they work best with silicone brushes. So I've been using either my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and NEEK face cleanser with it. Overall I think it's a great silicone cleansing brush  and I would recommend it if you're on the lookout for a silicone cleansing brush. It's one of the cheapest ones on the market too.

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I did one of these posts last month and it seemed to go down really well. I'm not writing this blog post to brag or "show off" at all, I'm really grateful for any products or items I get sent from brands. I'm planning on trying to do one of these blog posts every month because I personally really like these kind of posts or youtube videos because it's interesting to see new product releases and let's be honest, I just like being nosy (lol). Here are some things I've bought or received this month that I'm either going to review on my blog soon or just liking/excited to use.

Leighton Denny Light & Dark 'Discovery Selection' EDP 5ml Sprays*
I will be doing a full detailed blog post about these soon but I just wanted to mention them in this post. The pretty packaging alone sells these to me, they are very eyecatching but not over the top. The 4 EDP sprays are all very different (in a good way) and I love that you can layer them together and make a 'fragrance cocktail'. Keep a look out for a full review soon!

Soap & Glory "The Rushower" Dry Shampoo
I think this is a pretty new release for Soap & Glory and I was intrigued to try it out. I've only used this a few times so far and I really like it, it does the job and if you're a fan of the Original Pink scent from S&G then you'll love this because it's the same scent (which happens to be my favourite scent from S&G too!). As always I love the packaging too. I literally don't think there's an S&G product I own which I don't like the packaging of.

PMD - Personal Microderm*
Again I'm not going to go into full detail about this because there will be a detailed review blog post all about it in about 2 weeks but I was very kindly sent a PMD device earlier this month and I've used it 3 times so far, I've been told to use this once a week for a month before I write my review about it. I don't want to spoil my review so I'm keeping it hush for now.

Technic Mega Lash Waterproof Mascara*
So spoiler alert but next week there will be a blog post about testing the new Technic range and this is one of the items I received in the package. I'm a huge fan of Technic products and I love how affordable they are. The last time I did a collaboration post with Technic (which you can read here) I received the original Mega Lash mascara which I was a huge fan of and I compared it closely to my all time fave - Maybelline Lash Sensational. I've got to say the waterproof version of the Mega Lash mascara works even better for me, it seems to hold a curl for a longer amount of time and plus the metallic teal packaging is gorgeous.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Clay Mask
I picked this up in one of my recent orders from The Body Shop because of the 40% discount, because I'm a huge fan of the Tea Tree range I've tried so far. I still haven't got around to using this yet because I'm using a LUSH fresh face mask mostly right now because they go out of date so quickly (so annoying!) but I'm really looking forward to trying this mask and hopefully it works well for me like the rest of the range I already own.

Soap and Glory Love At First Blush
This has been sitting in my "New In" drawer for ages. I've finally got around got around to using it and I've got to say, I'm not loving it. It's a little too sparkly and glittery for me. I know some people may like that but I don't because I feel like I look like a disco ball when I'm wearing it lol and obviously having oily skin, it makes me feel more paranoid that I look shiny. At least it's pretty to look at for now.
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Earlier this month I received an exciting package from Essence with a variety of their Matt vs. Shine lipsticks. As you may know already if you have read my previous posts about Essence, I love the brand as a whole, they're super affordable, easy to pick up in Wilko (in store and online) and best of all they are cruelty-free! 

Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss 

First up is the Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss, they both smell lovely - kind of like a sweet, cake scent. They are just £2.30 each and I would say they are quite similar to my favourite lipsticks which are the NYX Soft Matte Lipcreams. They do move around a little but not too much, you do need to reapply a few times throughout the day but it's totally worth it for the price and the fact that there are so many gorgeous shades to choose from. I received 04 Ready, Set, Impress! which is a bold, red shade which if you read my post about some of my favourite makeup looks then you'll know that I've been wearing minimal makeup with a red lip to give it a pop of colour and this works so well for that look. I also received 02 Beauty, Approved! which is the perfect, everyday nude shade. I've been wearing it quite a lot since I received the package, it applies beautifully and feels almost like velvet and it actually suits my pale skin nicely too.

Shine Shine Shine Wetlook Lipgloss

Lipglosses are usually at the bottom of my list when I'm looking for new lip products just because I prefer liquid lipsticks because of their staying power and I find most lipglosses are really sticky. But if you're looking for an affordable, non-sticky formula which glides on well then I'd definitely recommend these from Essence. There's also a wide range of shades to choose from and they are only £2 each which is a complete steal. They also smell nice, similar to the Matt Matt Matt Lipglosses. I received a pretty, everyday nude named 10 Dress Up Our Lips! which I would say is very similar to the Matt Matt Lipgloss in the shade Beauty, Approved! but in lip gloss form. I also received the shade 09 One-Woman Show which is a bright pop of pink, which I think is more of a Spring/Summer shade for me personally. It's definitely an eye-catching shade.

Sheer and Shine Lipstick 

I also received a Sheer and Shine Lipstick in the shade 07 Sparkling Miracle priced at £2, which comes in pretty packaging and it's a subtle kind of everyday shade. It does contain some glitter but it's nothing over the top and it's just a nice shade to wear if you're going for a natural kind of look or new to wearing makeup.

Matt Matt Matt Lipstick

Lastly in the package I received is a Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in the shade 08 It's a Statement and it's definitely got the right name. It's a statement lip for sure, it's a deep purple-red shade and perfect for the upcoming Autumn/Winter months and I really like it. I only found out that I love a wintery, purple lipstick last Winter because I used to kind of shy away from darker shades because I think my lips are too small to pull off a dark lip but I'm definitely going to be wearing more statement lipsticks this year because now I have my PMD Kiss* to plump them up for hours. They stay on well too and they are only £2.30 each.

L-R - It's a Statement, Sparkling Miracle, One Woman Show, Dress Up Our Lips, Beauty, Approved! and Ready, Set, Impress!

As I always say when reviewing or writing about Essence products, you can't go wrong with them. If you're on a budget but fancy picking up some new makeup or if you're wanting to go cruelty-free but on a budget, I'd definitely say start with Essence. 
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I’m back again for another year with my Main Gifts and Stocking Filler Ideas Gift Guide, I’ve made sure to include a variety of gift ideas, however, there are a lot of beauty gifts featured as I decided not to do a stand-alone beauty gift guide this year just because I'm behind on content. However, if you’re looking for more gift ideas then you can check out my post about 12 Gift Ideas To Add To Your Christmas Wishlist

Yes, weird title I know... I thought I'd show you my haul of skincare products I picked up whilst having, well, kind of a meltdown over my skin at around 2 am in the morning towards the end of last month. My skin has been a lot better since using my PMD* which you can read about here, but I had probably the worst hormonal break out I've ever had when Aunt Flo was due/in town.  Even whilst trying to hide it with makeup I was struggling, the makeup wasn't sitting very nice on my face and the spots and bumps were still showing through really bad and I just felt horrible and my confidence was at rock bottom and just ugh basically. So I did a "little" haul the night of the meltdown and also in the following days so I thought I'd do a post to show you what I got. 

LUSH Just To Clarify Jelly Face Mask

Since seeing the new jelly-based releases from Lush I've really been wanting to try out the face masks. I decided to pick up Just To Clarify which contains papaya juice, bamboo stem, grapefruit and bergamot oils and fresh orange juice. I felt like it's the one which would work for my skin the best. I haven't really seen any reviews for this jelly face mask and everyone seems to be reviewing and talking about the other jelly face masks so I kind of bought this blindly. I've only tried it once so far but I am going to do a review of this face mask in the next few weeks just to put my two pennies worth in, just in case anyone else is thinking about trying out the mask.

Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Vitamin C Facial Wash
I don't think I've ever tried anything from Soap and Glory's skincare range (I don't really know why either). I tend to just stick to what I know from Soap and Glory like Clean On Me Shower Gel, The Righteous Butter and so on. But I thought I'd try this - I love its 3-in-1 concept and that it states it's suitable for all skin types. I also really like that it smells nice too and not clinical scented like some other hyped up cleansers. I really like this and it's definitely one I'll be repurchasing.

Superdrug Natural Radiant Glycolic Toner 
I was going to pick up the Pixi Glow Tonic that everyone seems to love right now but whilst browsing Superdrug I came across this and I thought it sounded kind of similar to the Glow Tonic but with a cheaper price tag at £5.99. It's highly concentrated in Glycolic Acid (AHA) and it states that it refines pores, retexturizes the skin's surface and smoothes out fine lines. It also states it will provide you with a brighter, healthier and more youthful complexion (which is the same as what Pixi Glow Tonic states it will do for you) again I may do a kind of review/dupe kind of blog post soon. 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Complete Cleanser
I also picked up this in my haul along with the Glycolic Toner above, I think they are both new to the range because I've never seen them before and I do already own a few products which I love from the Naturally Radiant Range. I didn't really need yet another cleanser but I know I do like the range and there was an offer on which was Buy One Get One Free so I thought why not? It's a foam cleanser, which I didn't realise until it arrived but you only need about two pumps and you have more than enough for a good cleanse. It smells so nice and it really refreshes my skin and it does give off a lovely glow.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ 
I picked this up because I wanted to see if it's worth the hype, this is definitely one of the most talked about products that people recommend if you have spot-prone skin. It is pretty pricey at around the £16 mark but I did pick it up on LookFantastic for just over £10 whilst it was on offer. I'm going to do a "Worth the hype?" kind of review about it soon, so keep a look out for that if you're interested in what I think about it. 

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray
Along with the Effaclar Duo+, I got this Serozinc Spray, it is the travel size version just because I wanted to try it before I jumped in the deep end and picked up the full size which is £10. This was also on offer and I think it was around £3. It's to spray on after cleansing just to kind of tone your face and also mattify and it's aimed at oily, spot prone skin so I thought I'd pop it in my basket and try it out.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter
Along with the Pixi Glow Tonic I was going to pick up the Double Cleanse too, but because it's on the pricier side at £24 and I don't know if it would work for my skin, I decided to pick up this instead for £10 and it's basically like a buttery-balm which melts into an oil to use to take off your makeup. It smells lovely it's really gentle and it kind of makes my skin feel like I've had a facial. I really like that you only really need to use a small amount for your whole face too.

So there's my most recent skin care haul! Have you picked up any skincare products lately which are new to you? 

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I know I'm always talking about beauty products and tools on here so I thought in today's blog post I'd talk about something a little different which is beauty treatments. In this post I'm going to be talking about three beauty treatments that I'm very tempted to try for the first time at some point this year and why I want to try them.

The first treatment I want to try is Semi Permanent Make Up which seems to be all the rage right now, particularly for brides-to-be and their bridesmaids. This is because it means if you cry on your wedding day (which I'm sure most people will do) or if you're heading abroad and to a hot country for your wedding or honeymoon then you don't have to worry about your mascara or foundation running or melting away. The idea is for the semi permanent makeup to enhance your natural beauty whilst giving you a flawless finish. You can also opt for a more glamorous and bolder look if preferred too. Semi permanent makeup aims to help to define eyes, lips and also enhance your eyes by using very fine and natural strokes with hypo-allergenic pigments. Another few pros about this is that you don't have to worry about touching up your makeup throughout the day or have to deal with the big bridal rush on the morning of your wedding either. 

However the reason why I personally would like try out semi permanent makeup is because I'm going to be attending a wedding myself in a few months time and yes, I'm one of those people who cries at every wedding I go to. I also want to try out semi permanent makeup because it would make my life a little easier. As most of you probably already know, I have chronic back and pelvic pain and on days when my pain is really flaring I sometimes get the shakes in my hands because the pain has got that bad, which as you can imagine is tricky when I'm trying to do things such as applying makeup. So I just feel like it's one less thing to worry about and then if I do feel unwell on the actual day of the wedding then I can focus on making myself feel better and ready for the day ahead and also know that my mascara isn't going to be running down my face 20 minutes in either. So it's kind of a win-win.

If you do happen to want to try Semi Permanent Makeup then it's best if you get it done at a professional and trust-worthy clinic like GgBrows which is based in Surrey/Kent border with a direct line from London Bridge and Victoria and is the UK's leading Ombre Artist and SPMU (Semi Permanent Makeup) Training Academy. GgBrows specialise in Ombre Eyebrows and the Ombre Brow is where there is a soft diluted colour at the front of the brows at around 20% gradient which goes through to an 80% gradient in the arch and tail which then gives a soft, fluffy finish behind the natural hairs and it can last for up to three years as it is a cosmetic tattoo (if aftercare is carried out correctly). It is applied using a needle to place pigmented granules beneath the upper layers of the skin and this gives you the pigment or the "makeup" effect you want. 

If you're already in the beauty industry then you could apply to GgBrows Beginner Semi Permanent Makeup Course which includes a generous sized kit and the most innovative machine on the market right now. Did you know that a Semi Permanent Makeup Artist who is trained to the highest standard can earn up to £100k+ in their first year? So if you're thinking about learning another treatment then the training course is definitely worth the investment. GgBrows students are always taught in small classes of no more than two students at one time and they are 100% focused on their students success. The training is spread over a two month period on average and you also learn about marketing too as Georgie (Director of GgBrows) creates a marketing plan with each student so then after the course is complete each student knows how to brand themselves, manage their social media accounts and have at least a six month promotional strategy plan on how they are going to get business and fill up their appointment book. They also offer ongoing support too!

You can also visit GgCosmetics for non-surgical procedures where they specialise in Dermal Fillers. This includes lips, smile and marionette lines, nasolabial folds, deep frown/forehead lines and acne scars. On average the results should last between 6-9 months. They have two injectors who have both been through years of advanced training. Georgie is a cosmetic injector with over 8 years experience in the aesthetic industry and Nurse Rachel has been specialising in the aesthetic industry for several years and has done several advanced training courses to perfect her knowledge and also her techniques. So you're definitely in safe hands with them! Both work with a wide range of products and are able to tailor procedures to each individual client's needs. If you are already in the advanced beauty industry or planning to start training then you find SPMU machines and other products you will need at Cosmedics-Supplies where they also offer free UK delivery on orders.

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Something which I've been debating on having for a while now is a LVL Lash Lift because as I've said before on my blog I have such rubbish eyelashes. They are short, straight and even if I've curled them or use a special curling mascara they just flop within about 20 minutes. I have been using growth serum mascaras a lot lately which has definitely improved both the length and the strength of my lashes but I keep forgetting to apply it at night before I go to sleep. Whenever I see someone who has recently had had a LVL Lash Lift I'm immediately envious of how lovely their lashes look. The procedure is pretty quick (around 40 minuntes) and is supposed to be painless as it just involves the use of a serum to straighten your natural lash which makes them look curled up and then your lashes are tinted which creates the appearance of mascara. It lasts between 6-8 weeks so it lasts a good amount of time and can cost between £25-£45 depending where you go.

The third treatment I wouldn't mind trying is microdermabrasion which is effectively a facial in which fine crystals and a vacuum are used to remove dead skin cells on the face which should leave your face looking refreshed and glowy. It can help to reduce minor skin blemishes and fine lines too. I have used the PMD Microderm before which is basically an at-home microdermabrasion system which works well and I still use it here and there but I wouldn't mind having it done at a salon to see and feel the difference of having it done professionally.

What beauty treatments do you want to try?