Balance Me

A few weeks ago, I went to an event for Balance Me thrown by Glamour UK.  It was an evening with freebies and treatments, a chance to buy some products and really get to know more about the brand.  Balance Me is a brand I didn’t know tooooo much about, having only used their lip salves ( the rose otto is beautiful).  I had a fantastic hand and arm massage using the Rose Otto Hand Lotion and then a Skin Assessment.  I was put under a little tent and had my skin observed under a UV light to show all damage and blemishes.  All in all I was shocked by what I was told.  The results were so good and needless to say- the therapist commended me for my use of eye cream! #beautylessons The goody bag was packed full of lovely gifts to try and I was even chosen at random to win £50 worth of products to use on their site; that means heaps more reviews!

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The products in today’s review are some of the nicest cleansing products I have used for a long time.  The Cleansing and Smooth Face Balm and Radiance Face Wash really made my skin glow, even after the first use!

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I always need a good scrub as I have
Combination skin.  I get really dry patches on my nose but can have an oily t-zone at times.  I used the tiniest amount of this cream based wash and did my entire face.  The are small beads in this face wash that are great for exfoliation  and don’t feel too harsh on your skin.  I do have a Magnitone cleansing system but I felt it was better to use my hands with this wash.  Just rinse your face with warm water after use.  I felt my skin was really clean and had a lovely natural luminous look.  I especially like the there is a transparency with Balance Me products- this is 98% natural (as shown on the packaging) whereas other products in the range are 100%.  I find that by being honest with me as the consumer it really helps to build my trust in the brand.

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The Radiance Face Balm is again a really lovely product.  I am all for balms in my beauty regime and regularly use the Elemis Beauty Balm.  I used this as a substitute for a few days and I noticed that this does an even better job and for a fraction of the cost.  My skin was really supple after use.  I love any product that gives you a spa like finish in the comfort of your own home and this one does that 100%.  This can be used as an overnight mask as well which I found really useful.  I applied a thin layer all over my face and just massaged it in.  In the morning used a warm cloth to remove and I noticed that my skin left feeling hydrated but without an oily residue.

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Thanks to Balance Me for these fantastic products, there will definitely be more soon.  There are so many good products in the range that I don’t know what to choose!

(Nearly) All Black Everything

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Jacket, Top and Jeans: Zara | Bag: Vintage | Shoes: Forever 21 | Scarf

I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of black jeans for 2 years. 

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It has taken that long to find something that fits just right, that’s has style without being too much, a good hard wearing fabric and I have finally found them. Zara to the rescue again! I have found that rather than buying petite jeans for my little legs, I can buy cropped jeans for people with regular lengthen limbs haha. They fit my leg perfectly and have a fantastic fit. 

I’ve gone back to my old ways recently and have really been wanting a pair of super huge gold hoops.  There is nothing more impact full than a big pair of simple gold hoops.  For now, it’s the bigger the better!

Retail Therapy

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Leather Jacket and Jeans: Zara | Top: ASOS | Bag: Vintage | Heels: Matalan

There is nothing like shopping.  I love it. Days when I feel a little low, I tend to whip out my card and go on a mini spree.  In my eyes, retail therapy is good for the soul.  New things bring us joy! I love the memes that say “Retail Therapy should be covered by my health insurance”.  I whole heartedly believe in this and I feel we should be picketing outside parliament to make it so!

…OK that may be a bit much, but who wouldn’t love it to be real?!

Beauty review: Magnitone Skin Cleansing System

I was recently introduced to the Magnitone Pulsar Facial and Body Cleansing System.

I am prone to a breakout here and there and I find that facial brushes help to lower the amount of breakouts, so when I found this product, I jumped at the chance to use it.

This product is fully waterproof, making it easy to use in the shower; to cleanse your face takes 1 minute (suits my lifestyle perfectly!); there is a body brush, allowing to have great skin all over; it works with all cleansing products; and it helps to increase blood flow to the skin, giving you a better complexion.

I love the softness of the brush on my skin and how quickly it removes makeup. This product really works wonders. My favourite setting is the PulseLift Massage Mode. After using twice a day, I noticed how my skin looked brighter and even more plump.

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The body brush is slightly larger and has its own setting. I would prefer if the body setting was slightly longer as it operates on the same system as the normal cleansing cycles, however, once a cycle is complete (1 minute) you can just restart!

On my arms and backs of my thighs this worked really well. Even on areas of dry or rough skin like elbows and knees, this softened and prepped skin for moisturisers and oils.

This product is great for daily use. There is a charger case available to buy on the site for £19.99, which is great considering you can just charge your Pulsar and take it on holiday with you. I have left mine off charge for just over a week and it is still going strong!

It is a mid range priced product at £129.99 but it is 100% worth the investment. You will be using this for years and your skin will definitely be grateful! :)

Time Travel Is Real

“People work around you and next to you and the universe waits for the perfect time to whisper in your ear, “Look this way. There is someone in your life right now who may end up being your enemy, your wife, or your boss. Lift you your head and you may notice.

                         -Amy Poehler “Yes Please”

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Duster: H&M | T-Shirt: Primark | Jeans: Zara | Mules: Forever 21 (Possibly the most comfortable shoes in the world!) | Bag: ASOS 

Beauty Review: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Bronzer

I love being bronzed all year round.  Not fake tan brown, but more golden, sun kissed brown.  Unfortunately,  I don’t live in somewhere sunny like Los Angeles or Dubai where I am able to maintain the kind of colour I love so I have to have products to help me achieve it.

I have been on the search for a bronzer that ticks all the boxes for a while.  I have used Nars, MAC, Bobbi Brown and even the high street brands like Sleek and Maybelline…boy that’s a lot of bronzer.  However most of the time these products fall from grace pretty quickly.  They are either, too dark, too matte, too shimmery or they have no staying power.

Last week I tried the Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Bronzer and I think my life has been changed forever.  I know that can come across a little dramatic, but it really has made putting on my make up all that much easier.   

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This bronzer is the best of both worlds, it gives radiance without shimmer and a matte effect without being flat.  There are small gold and pink tones woven into the the bronzer which gives your skin a lovely warm tone.  People with skin tones like mine will definitely benefit from this as us ladies with mixed heritage often tend to have quite yellow undertones – this bad boy bronzer eliminates all of that.

I literally use just enough to cover one side of the blusher brush (my brush of choice is the Real Techniques Blusher Brush) and swipe in large and swift circular movements to get a naturally bronzed finish. 

All Tied Up

Embellishments are still a big trend and I love how cute a little embellishment can make a plain white shirt so much better.  Office wear can be so drab so I like to bring in a little bit of personality at times.  As my office is quite casual, we can get away with jeans and smart trainers, but I refuse to fall into the trap of not bothering when it comes to work.

White shirt, jeans and courts makes for a simple yet classy look. I added a little knot in the shirt to allow this my style to show through. That’s the outfit sorted, now it’s time to do some actual work!

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Coat: H&M | Shirt: Primark | Jeans: Zara | Heels: Matalan | Bag: Vintage

Beauty Review: Lipglam

I love to multi task.  Even now, I am sitting at my desk at work, checking emails, drinking tea and writing this review.I am quite a busy lady, with lots going on and have been described as being quite “pew pew pew”, which to this day still makes me giggle like a child!  I guess the point I am trying to make is that I need products in my life that can keep up with me.  I like to know that I can have one product to do multiple things in my make up bag.

I recently started using Lipglam, primarily a lipbalm for a few weeks.  As a lipbalm it is great.  Very smooth and soothing, especially as my skin is going through that weird transitional period between Winter and Spring.  The product contains Argan oil and it states that it lasts up to 8 hours, which I found especially useful. I did try this out not only as a balm but as a lipstick primer- as a result I no longer put my lippy on without it!  It acts as a barrier and reduces that awful staining some darker (especially red) lipsticks can give you and gives the finish a lovely satin effect rather than glossy.

I did have a read up on Lipglam when writing this review initially as I wanted to know the ingredients.  Not only did I find what I was looking for but also- it does a myriad of other things! This product is the ultimate multi tasker! I used this as a cuticle oil…amazing; as a balm for rough skin…amazing: and even as a seal for split ends, which was also AMAZING!

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I have never used a product that is so versatile and is such a bargain!

have a lovely long weekend everyone,

Bianca xx

Casual Glam

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Jacket: ASOS | Shirt: New Look | T-Shirt: Primark | Tuxedo Leggings: Zara | Pumps: H&M | Bag: Vintage

Last week was so long and as a result, I boycotted doing anything until the late afternoon on Saturday morning.  It was a day of PJ’s and catching up on Tivo.  At the point where I really had to get dressed, I really couldn’t be bothered to be in heels so opted for comfort. 

I decided on clothes that got me as close to wearing PJ’s as possible and this Tee, leggings and shirt combo whilst comfy, was so simple it bordered on boring. 

Chuck on some bling, a feather jacket and a dark berry lip…bye bye drab!

Roots and Rituals Haircare

I went to Bloggers Fashion Week about a month ago and was speaking to the creator of Roots and Rituals Haircare products. I have been looking for a product to treat my dry and frizzy curls- bringing my hair back to its natural glossy state. She urged me to try one of her kits as the all natural products would definitely make a difference for me.

I love the fact that the hair oil is 100% natural and contains no artificial fragrance, silicones, mineral oil – its main ingredients are coconut, olive and avocado oils which penetrate the hair shaft to provide deep nourishment. Once I used the product I realised what she meant about the smell. As the product does have a strong smell, but that is because it is totally natural. It is quite pungent but I did notice a big difference in my hair after the first use. I used a few handfuls as I have a lot of hair and then used the heated hair towel.

This is the best part of the experience as it turns your weekly hair treatment into something a lot more special. I put on the towel for 35 minutes and the heat allowed me to get relaxed and fall into a spa like experience, all from the comfort of my own home. Bonus!

After the treatment I used the hair mask, which I combed through my hair and allowed to soak in for 10 minutes and then washed as normal.

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The end result was super silky curls. I normally have to use a whole load of product to get that much definition nit this was phenomenal.

Have a look at their site and buy yours here