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Friday, 25 July 2014

Beauty Product Empties #1

With beauty products taking up a vast amount of my storage space, I have found it extremely satisfying and rather detoxifying to finish up a handful of beauty products! I have been trying to make my way through my beauty stash and use up the products I already own, before going out and buying something else (as I will admit, I probably have enough body butter, shower gel and face masks for myself, sally, dolly, polly and molly!). So today I have a beauty product empties post for you! And now I can finally chuck away all of the above and start collecting what is effectively my rubbish all over again, for my next empties post! 

1. MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist £5.00
I ran out of my much loved MAC Fix+ and thought I would give MUA’s version a go and I wasn’t disappointed. I must say that in terms of keeping your makeup in place this spray does pretty well, it defiantly gives MAC a run for its money. It doesn’t break the bank and didn’t dry out my skin. Word of caution though, if you use too much, your makeup will run off your face and go patchy. 1-2 sprays is plenty! I’m undecided whether to buy this one again or return to a MAC counter! 

2. Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh 48hr Protection Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant £2.99 
I get through cans and cans of deodorant and I must say I’m not a loyal brand user and buy whatever is on offer! And this time round I opted for Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh 48hr Protection Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant and I must say I the brand I had heard so much about didn’t live up to my expectations! As an anti-perspirant it did the trick, but as a deodorant I’m not so sure! I’m not a smelly individual, but this deodorant smelt funky. I have since switched to something else! 

3. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash £6.50
The sugar crush range from Soap & Glory smells simply divine. I’m obsessed with the body butter and now obsessed with the body wash! This body wash has the most intoxicating citrus scent! It can be used in the shower and bath. You only need a couple of pumps and it is so moisturising. I was a little sad when this bottle ran out. And I will certainly be running back to Boots to pick up another!

4. Superfacialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask £8.99
This quick fix clay mask has been featured a handful of times here on British Beauty Addict. Undoubtedly the best clay mask on the hughstreet! Highly recommend. Read the full review here.

5. Rituals Fortune Scrub £7.00
Is it just me or are magazines upping their game when it comes to ‘freebies’? This cream scrub came free in a magazine a few months back and it went straight into my bathroom. The gentle exfoliant smells a little zesty, but isn’t in the same league as Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush range, it is more subtle and you could say a little more luxurious. I enjoyed using the scrub and would consider buying it, however I have a few others I need to make my way through first!

6. Superdrug Deep Action 2in1 Detoxifying Cream Wash & Mask £2.59
Another product that has worked wonders for my skin. It didn’t take me long to head back out to the shops and repurchase this bargain of a face wash! Read the full review here.

Do you collect your empties? 

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Advertise On British Beauty Addict // August

Today I have something a little different, I’m talking ads. As I have now finished University (graduating tomorrow!), I will be accepting advertising again here on British Beauty Addict! I’m now taking adverts for the month of August. Below you will find a breakdown of the cost and what is included.

For £4.00 you get the following:

  • A 219×126 pixel ad in the sidebar for one month, running from the 1st, till the last day of the calendar month.
  • Two group #FF on Twitter in the month of August.
  • 100 word (max) advert about you/your blog accompanied by your blog header, to go under my ‘Meet My Advertisers’ post.
There are only 10 of these spaces available for the month of August and advertising spaces come on a first come, first serve basis. Please be aware that payment is taken via PayPal. 

If you are interested in advertising here on my blog, please do not hesitate to contact me at: 

Thank you! 
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Worth The Hype? Escentric Molecules 01

Escentric Molecules 01 has to be one of the most talked about perfumes and one, which at the time, I had to have. I love perfume, in fact, I’m a bit of a perfume hoarder and like to keep the boxes and bottles after use... why you ask? Well, I’m not all that sure myself! And although Escentric Molecules 01 it’s a firm favourite of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Daisy Lowe, I must say it isn’t a favourite of mine. 

Escentric Molecules 01 is described to ‘smell so good, every man, woman & child in a 5-mile radius will wanna know your secret. Remember the old Impulse ads? This is even better.’ and that the scent has a subtle, velvety, woody note which will meld with your natural pheromones, vanish, then re-surface after some time, making it totally individual and personalised to the wearer.Well I beg to differ!

I don’t dislike the fragrance, its inoffensive and subtle and smells rather like sandalwood (well once the alcohol scent wears off anyway). But I wouldn’t rave about it. It also fades relatively quickly and then completely disappears. And I’m aware that your not necessarily meant to be able to smell it on yourself, its more about the effect it has on others, which in my case is non existent! I had read a lot of rave reviews and in all honesty, I was expecting to be stopped in the street to be asked what perfume I was wearing and for men to fall at my feet (well not literally, but you get me!). I wore it on multiple occasions in the hope that it would live up to my expectations, but unfortunately it never did! Funnily enough one of the most complimented fragrances I own, is actually Victoria Secrets Coconut Passion Fragrance Mist, which may I just add, you can buy three bottles of, for the same price as Escentric Molecules 01! 

Overall I have never been so disappointed with a beauty product and I wouldn’t repurchase it. I would actually much rather buy an Impluse body spray! So beware! If this perfume is something your considering buying,  to avoid disappointment, I recommend you try it before you buy it! 

Have you tried this perfume?
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Monday, 14 July 2014

Rio Nail Art Pens // Review & Giveaway

The internet loves nail art. There are hundreds of Pinterest boards filled with the most incredible nail art designs, along with a handful of Intsagram accounts and not to mention my favourite nail art blog One Nail To Rule Them All, which is written by Alice and features some of the most pretty and creative designs. And although I’m a lover of nail art, I must admit I haven’t attempted it myself in a long time. But gone are the days of nail art being just for 9 year olds and the 90’s! So when I got contacted and asked if I would like to give the Rio Proffesional Nail Art Pens a go, the 9 year old in me couldn’t say no! 

The Rio Nail Art Pens Kit (classic)* comes with six shades of polish and each polish has a 2-in-1 dual action detailing pen and a fine line brush. You also receive a nail art brush, step by step DVD and nail art instruction with a chart of designs. You get a lot for your money! Also, on the bottom of each bottle there is a little pin which can be used to unblock the detailing pen (and I must say, I initially thought this was to be used to create more intricate designs... I’m such a numpty!). 

Overall, I was so impressed and presently surprised with how easy they where to use and control - although a little patience and a steady hand wouldn’t go a miss. The polish comes out of the detailing pen with a gentle squeeze and I  can’t fault the fine line brush. The DVD came in handy (pun intended!) and is brilliant for beginners, as it shows a step by step guide on how to do the basics. 

I instantly went online in search for some nail art inspiration and as I work at a Zoo I decided animal themed nails would be very appropriate! And I’m so happy with how they turned out, even if there was a couple of failed attempts! And it’s fair to say I have fallen back in love with nail art again - I love how creative you can be! But as they say practice makes perfect! 

Now, on to the exciting part of this post! Thanks to I have new and unopened kit to giveaway to one lucky person! Unfortunately due to mailing restrictions this giveaway is for UK residents only. Please read the terms and conditions below before entering: 

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