Friday, 30 January 2015

Mr Nut Case

I am totally in love with my new phone case from Mr Nutcase

Their website is so easy and simple to follow, it only took about 5-10 mins to create my new case online and order it. It arrived in only two days and I was so impressed that it could be made to my specification and delivered in such a short space of time! Especially as there was free shipping :)

It was easy to design as there are lots of templates to choose from. You can then import pictures from Facebook, Instagram or your PC. I chose all of mine from my Facebook and opted for all photos of myself and my other half in the shape of a heart as you can see below
As well as importing pictures you can change the background colour and add words or clip art. I chose not to add these as didn't want it look too "busy" but it would have been great to add text if your design had less pictures or was just one larger photo.

I might get another one printed :)
Sarah x

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Puff off

I always love new releases, especially from Benefit! The new puff off is a smoothing eye gel that eliminates puffiness as the name "puff off" states.


It's so easy to apply and I absolutely love their design of the "ironing" tip that irons out puffiness and fine lines.


This is a fab product to use in the morning under your make up. When you first apply it you can instantly feel the cooling sensation and it makes you look far more awake! Great if you have had a late night or need extra help in the morning! 

It glides on effortlessly and soon soaks into your skin leaving a fresh and wide awake appearance under your eyes.

This product is going to be launched throughout the UK on the 31st January so I feel super lucky to be sent this to try before it is even released! 

It has a massive thumbs up from me. The packaging is great, it's easy to apply but most importantly it actually works!

Sarah x

Sunday, 25 January 2015

My new favourite mascara

I was lucky enough to be sent a mascara from my friend Heidi that she really wanted me to try. Heidi is a fab makeup artist and has started selling some great products. She was telling me about this new mascara she's been using and it sounded so good I wanted to try it too!


For me, there is ALWAYS the want and need for longer looking lashes. This mascara has made mine look crazy! They honestly look longer and thicker than my lashes used to look when I had eyelash extensions.

The best thing about this mascara is it's natural based and the fibres are 100% green tea fibres. It is suitable for contact lens wearers and doesn't smudge on your glasses! It is simple and easy to use. It comes in a case which is great to keep the products together in your bathroom cabinet or in your make up bag.


You can see in the first picture I have no eye make up on, in the second I have normal mascara on that I wear daily and in the third picture I am wearing this amazing mascara from Younique.

It is applied as a two step process where you use the transplanting gel and the natural fibres. The gel attaches the fibres to your lashes to give them an amazing false lash effect look! It is great as you build it up with each coat, so if you require more on the outer corners then it is easy to achieve.

You can buy it online here for £23 and it is really worth it! 

Sarah x

Friday, 23 January 2015

Colorsport Smokey Eyes & Perfect Brows Kit

Colorsport products have been around for a while, I used to use their eyelash dye when I was a lot younger but I never really had a chance to try any of their other products. I was very excited when this kit* arrived at my house :)

I am trying really hard to grow my brows back as I plucked them way too much when I was younger and with my wedding in six months I want to look my best! I couldn't wait to try this product.



The set itself is so cute. It includes three powders, a mirror, tweezers, an angled brush and a blending brush. It is perfect to carry around in your bag or to have in your bathroom cabinet. My eyebrows are all over the place. I haven't plucked them in months as I am trying to grow them so it is hard to shape them and make them look nice without having to pluck at them. Using these products was so simply and easy and I managed to make my eyebrows look very bold and It worked well with the brows I currently have without having to reshape them with tweezers.

You can see my results below:


My look was created by using a mixture of the two darkest shades. Some days I fancy natural brows and other days I go for a bold look, so with this kit you can mix the colours and easily achieve whatever look you are going for. I will definitely be buying some of their other products to try!

Sarah x

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Border Biscuits

I don't usually blog about food but I have decided I want to branch out into this field as before now I have only really focused on beauty and fashion, I also have a passion for sweets, chocolate and biscuits!

I have a few packs of Border biscuits I have tried recently that I want to share my thoughts about. I wasn't too sure what kind of pictures to post? Pictures of the packets? Biscuits on a plate? Me eating a biscuit? Haha.


The first ones I tried were the raspberry and white chocolate bliss. These are pleasantly crumbly. the sweetness of the chocolate is balanced well with the tartness of the raspberry. I could easily sit and eat the whole pack at once! These are sweet but not sickly.


Next up were the yogurt, cranberry and pumpkin seed crumbles. My favourite thing about these are they are advertised as "Made with 43% oats, yogurt, fruit and seeds" so they are healthy for me but still taste great! The biscuit is very crisp and I love the contrast in textures between the cranberry and pumpkin seeds. Topped with slightly sour yogurt, a perfect blend!

Sarah x

*PR sample

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Zuzka serum

As you have probably realised by now, I LOVE trying new products. I was very excited to be offered the opportunity to try this serum by Zuzka.


First off, the bottle is pink, so that is a great start! After taking off my make up before bed I then started to pat this serum onto my skin. 

I am always finding my face needs extra moisture this time of year. I applied a small amount all over my face and it left my skin feeling very fresh and hydrated, the product itself is very light to use. I hate the feeling when you apply thick serums and creams and you feel greasy and this was the total opposite. This product had such a lovely feel when applying and even though it felt like I hadn't applied anything it made my face feel so soft and moisturised.

I find it is so nice after a stressful day to come home, take your make up off and apply something to freshen and moisture your face. This is one of my new favourite products and it makes you feel so relaxed and fresh after applying it. You can also apply your usual cream after this has soaked in, but for me I feel like this gives me enough moisture so I wouldn't need to use a cream as well.

As well as face products Zuzka also offer a wide range of body products and make up. I am currently sat here lusting after the majority of their products! Please check them out here.

Sarah x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Nanshy 4 in 1 makeup blending sponge

I always apply my foundation with a brush so I was very excited to receive this Nanshy sponge through the post to try out! I was very impressed how simple and easy it was to use. 


The design itself is so easy to hold and I love the flat surface at the top of the sponge, this is great to apply foundation on the nose and around the eye area where you want to pay extra attention to. It felt soft as I was using it against my face. 

It provided excellent coverage and it was easy if you needed to apply more product to certain areas (I always find I need more coverage on my nose and chin). I have quite sensitive skin on my face and I found this product great to use, it didn't drag like some brushes do, it just glided my liquid foundation on effortlessly.


More information on this product can be found here and I think this sponge is great value for money at £5.95 as most foundation brushes cost a lot more than that! I love that Nanshy are 100% Vegan and cruelty free and they have a massive range of make up tools on their website.

I will definitely be using this sponge again!

Sarah

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Smooch cosmetics

I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of Smooch products to try. I wanted to share my thoughts with you and let you know how I got on.

The lipstick is shade Popping Pink
The blusher is shade Sweet Cheeks


Usually I am not a massive fan of blush but this one is great as you can almost mix the two shades on your brush depending on the intensity of colour you require. It is easy to apply and has a lovely shimmer to it in the light.


The lipstick I tried was a beautiful shade of pink, it almost glided on my lips, slightly creamy and the pigment was amazing after just one coat (for bright lipsticks I usually apply two or three coats!). I am a massive pink fan and the lipstick survived dinner so both products were great in my eyes :)

Sarah x

Friday, 16 January 2015

Gelicity

I was very intrigued to try this foot product. It is the theroputic foot treatment* from a company called Gelicity. In the box there are three treatments.

Each treatment consists of two sachets The first is the one that turns the water into a green gel and the second that then turns the gel back to water.


I began by filling a container big enough to fit my feet in with water. I decided to sit on the side of my bath whilst soaking my feet as didn't want to move the container and risk spilling it as I am a very messy and clumsy person!


Once the first sachet was in it felt really strange as it turned into gel. After the initial feeling it became very relaxing and smelt minty.


After ten - fifteen minutes I decided to turn the gel back to water with the white sachet and get out and dry my feet. The below picture was taken during my relaxing foot treatment and as you can see it really does turn to gel!


After drying my feet then felt so soft! I don't often suffer from dry skin on my feet but the odd patch I had seemed to have softened up :) I have two treatments left and will definitely use this product again.

You can buy the product online from www.gelicity.co.uk

Sarah x

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

BD Trade Secrets

BD Trade Secrets is a brand sold exclusively at Tesco throughout the UK. It was originally created in the late 90's but is now back with a look, new formulas, new products and new shades.

I have a variety of BD Trade Secrets products I have been trying out, so I thought the best way to show you was to only use these on my face and not use any other brand at the same time.


Products used:
Mattifying base foundation in Ivory 1
Brow definer pencil in Brunnette
Va Va Boom volumising mascara in Boom Black
Velvet powder cheek colour in Fresh
Velvet cream lipstick in Designer


First off, the foundation was a perfect match, it was easy to apply with a brush and worked great even without a primer. I LOVE the brow pencil, it is quite a dark brown, I usually find some browns that have almost a red undertone sometimes look too fake but this one is brown, almost black with no harsh undertone and very easy to use. I believe that this pencil is great to create a natural look. The mascara is applied with a cylindrical brush, you can see the brush in detail on the link above. It was great to use and I really felt that it managed to cover all of my lashes, even the smaller ones in the corners.

I feel that the lipstick and the blusher really complimented each other and worked well together. The lipstick looked very natural and made my lips look healthy. The blusher was easy to use and added a lovely hint of colour to my face. The whole look is very soft and great for everyday wear.

Sarah x

*PR samples

Monday, 12 January 2015

Sniffy Wiffy

So today I want to tell you about this fab website www.sniffywiffy.com who offer toiletries with a difference. Each product is handmade and includes information on how to check for breast or testicular cancer. I opted to try the aloe and cucumber scrub, and I could smell it even before I opened the box it arrived in!

The scrub itself was delightful to use, it had a fine but powerful grainy texture to it and I tested it out on my legs in the bath, they honestly were left feeling smooth and silky after I had dried. The scrub is available in a crazy amount of scents, you can find out more here! The great thing about this scrub as it left a slightly oily feeling to your skin afterwards so it felt even more nourished and soft :)


As you can see above, the label on the tub is a self examination guide to help you check for breast cancer. Girls, this is very important that you check your breasts regularly! The label is very detailed and you can see a digital copy of it here.

I think this brand is great as it can help both men and woman (obviously I opted for the female tub!). For every product sold the company actually donate a proportion to charity, If you want to know more about what charities and find out more about Sniffy Wiffy please visit this page of their website.

I recommend that you make a purchase from this site, whether its for yourself or a loved one!

Thanks again Sniffy Wiffy for leaving me smelling great and feeling soft :)

Sarah x

Friday, 9 January 2015

John Lewis

When you think of John Lewis, beauty isn't always the first thing that comes to mind. For me, I used to just think of homeware and electricals. When I need to buy a beauty product I would usually look in the average pharmacy/beauty store or shop online. Most of us overlook the fact that John Lewis have a MASSIVE range of high end beauty products in store and online.

Available to purchase online is a vast range from perfume to mascara to hand cream etc. They stock some of my favourites : Clarins, Molton Brown, Urban Decay and Liz Earle. They also offer some great exclusives online here. I have recently acquired these great products from John Lewis and I just love what a great variety of products they have to offer.


A few weeks ago a friend of mine visited the Kingston branch and told me how amazing their beauty department is, so in a few weeks time I am going to check it out. Everyone knows I am a sucker for shopping and anything beauty related so I really need to see the store for myself.

I had a quick look online and the store looks enormous! Look for yourself here. They have a Clarins spa which sounds amazing, as well as a Blink brow bar, so who knows, I might have a treatment or something whilst I am there :)

I will let you all know what I think after visiting the Kingston branch and in the mean time check out the website and treat yourself!

Sarah x


Monday, 5 January 2015

Lilash giveaway

I have recently been trying two new products in the attempt to grow my eyelashes and eyebrows. I will be posting a full review after 6-8 weeks. I started using both products on 23/12/14 and I can see a difference already! My brows are thicker and my lashes are definitely a lot longer! Before and after pictures will be included in my review. 

Most of us are victims of overplucked eyebrows or eyelash loss due to the overuse of false lashes. If this describes you then please read on! 

Lilash and myself would love to give two of you a chance to win this fab set:


The set includes both products and a beautiful mirror. I will be hosting two giveaways, one on Instagram and one on Twitter so enter both to increase your chance of winning!

Twitter, look out for my tweets as below and retweet them:

RT and FOLLOW @sarahTRADEMARK and @LiLash_Official to win this amazing eyelash and brow serum set!

https://twitter.com/sarahtrademark/status/552734451172909057

Instagram, follow the instructions underneath the picture. 


1 Follow @sarahtrademark
2 Follow @lilashofficial
3 Repost/regram the image with the hashtag: #iwantamazingeyes 

http://instagram.com/p/xjVRZYtN14/

Please note this giveaway is open internationally. I will choose a winner at random and then pass on the details to Lilash who will ship the prize direct from their warehouse. 

I feel so excited being about to offer these products and being able to share the results with not just one but two lucky people! 

Sarah x

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Insitu

One evening I came across a company on twitter offering a service where you can design your own product. I was very intrigued and wanted to know more!

The website is www.insitucosmetics.com and you get to choose from the following options:

 
 
 
 
I chose a cocoa body scrub with 24hr hydration to use at night. It is so easy to select the options and the best thing (apart from the fact you can customise your product to suit your needs) is that when it arrives it has your name on the bottle! I think this is such a lovely feature and really makes you feel special!

As you can see above, the bottle of body scrub* arrived in a very sparkly filled box and included a body puff and a couple of freshen wipes. I think this would be a great present for a relative or friend especially as you can design the product and have their name on it!
I chose the night time option as I always love a bath at night, not too sure what would have been different if I chose the morning version?! The first time using this product I was amazed by the scent. I thought I had walked into a chocolate factory! The scrub is very fine and I much prefer these types than the harsh scrubs you can get. The product foamed nicely and left me smelling like a little chocolate drop :)
Sarah x