Unicorn Cosmetics – omg.

A few weeks ago, I had an instagram DM from Unicorn Cosmetics (www.unicorncosmetics.co.uk) asking if I’d like to try some of their products out and see what I think. I nearly died, I love Unicorn Cosmetics, it’d have been an honour (and nice and easy because I have a lot of their things anyway, MASSIVE fan girl).

I’m pretty much like a child in a toy store with makeup brands, so when asked what I’d like to try specifically ‘anything and everything’ seemed the way to go. I have no chill.

What I didn’t expect was the mass parcel that I received with an entire set of unicorn horn brushes, extras, mermaid brushes and eyelashes. I could have wet myself at this point. The owner, Mel said she was glad I liked them, HOW COULD I NOT?! This brand, even if we look at individual products that they sell, are so well thought out, so beautiful and well made they’re an absolute dreamboat for all makeup users, whether you’re 7 and playing pretend, 24 (like myself) and magpie to beautiful things, or 52 (like me mam) who just thinks they’re wonderful creations.

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Things of beauty are all well and good, but there’s no point if they don’t do what they’re meant to. No shit, these are the best brushes I’ve ever used. The only ones I’d possibly not buy again would be the mermaid ones (photo: far right) because the handle is made from silicone which makes it super flexible. For me, (not a trained professional) I found I was wiggling the handle a bit too much for my makeup application to be the sheer precision I liked, the unicorn handle ones suited me a treat.

Let’s talk pricing – because that’s the most important thing -aye?
– Purple mermaid brush – ‘Delphie’ £17.99
– Pink mermaid brush – ‘Korali’ £10.00 (currently on sale)
– Original Unicorn Brushes set – 10 pieces £45.00
– Unicorn brush ‘Pro 015 Cream Dream’ – £7.99 (currently on sale)
– Unicorn brush ‘Pro 048 Multipurpose’ – £6.99 (currently on sale)
– Unicorn eyelashes ‘Clementine’ – £9.99 (faux silk lashes)
– Dragon eyelashes ‘IceFyre’ – £9.99 (faux silk lashes)

You can buy these directly from their website http://www.unicorncosmetics.co.uk or from Beauty Bay.

So as brushes go, these are super affordable. The 10 piece set including the diamond bag for £45 are a steal in terms of quality and quantity. You’d be hard pushed finding a set as good with as many brushes elsewhere. But let’s talk about elsewhere for a second, because I’ve seen so many imitations of unicorn brushes now, unicorns based items are currency at the moment so you have to make sure you’re buying the right things.I abhor imitations, I think it shows a great lack of creativity on your own part. Unicorn Cosmetics are the originals and the best and that’s all I have to say on the matter.

My skin is super sensitive so the brushes being hypo-allergenic really works for me, they’re something you can buy and not have to worry about whether or not they’ll break you out. They’re handmade from synthetic taklon hair so they’re super, super soft and flexible AND pastel rainbow coloured. I love them. Have I said I love them? Everything is cruelty free and the Unicorn Brushes are even vegan-friendly and they also stock a vegan range, they’ve got you covered. The big brush kit comes with an accompanying detail sheet which gives you the number of all the brushes and what they’re best used for, which is super helpful. Particularly if you’re not totally au-fait with what every single brush does. And let’s be honest, who is?

Should you be a professional MUA, you can join their Unicorn Pro scheme and receive a massive discount. Also if you sign up to their mailing list you get 15% off your first order.

To be summer & festival ready, they’re recently launched face and body jewel stick-ons and body glitter and I don’t think any festival go-er would be complete without it. (Or really good Friday night party, or trip to the local supermarket – depends how brave you want to be).

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Let’s talk eyelashes. The packaging on these really got me because they’re just so different and cute. Can you imagine walking into a shop and seeing these? You’d be a moth to a flame. I think in the makeup world, you definitely do judge a product on it’s packaging because that’s partly what you’re paying for too, right? And these don’t disappoint. The only thing I’d point out is that they don’t come with glue ( for me, that’s normal now but it was the first question I asked when I got my first pair of not-high-street lashes) however, they do sell glue on their website for £2.50 so you’d may as well throw some of that in your basket too. If you’re in the market for some new lashes and want to go all in, you can buy 8 pairs for £59 whereas if you’d buy them individually it’d be £80, and that’s money, ladies and gentlemen, you can spend on cocktails.

In short, I love Unicorn Cosmetics. I’d rate the Unicorn brushes a solid 10/10. The products and the brand itself are wonderful, because I think they shows massive creativity in the makeup industry which sometimes can be a bit uniform (black handled brushes with a silver rim, anyone?)

They’re an amazing gift for either your make up loving mate/daughter/partner/sister/treat yo’self. They’re undoubtedly going to make someone’s day and make them feel special, because you feel sparkly just using them, let alone what glorious creation you make with them on your own face. Buy them and you can thank me later.

Let me know what you get!

Love,

Ruby x

 

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Estee Lauder my life

When I was in my early teens, my perception of Estee Lauder was that it was an old lady brand. Quite literally, my gran for her 70th birthday went to EL for a make up consultation and bought all of her products from there. So it never really crossed my mind to even look at it, I always walked by the make up counters in Boots and Debenhams because it wasn’t on my radar.

So let’s fast forward to 2015 and I’m at university in Bangor, Gwynedd and I’m milling about Debenhams and due to the lack of counters in there (sorry Menai Centre) I have a gander at the Estee Lauder counter. Quite frankly, I was shocked at how fantastic the products were. I’d heard whisperings of Double Wear foundation but that was it really. The ad campaign was ran by Kendall Jenner, the colours were poppin’ the range was diverse and high quality – it was aimed at me and my generation, but without the puns and gimmicky products. Instantly fell in love.

Staples in my make up bag for EL are the Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (£21) and Pure Colour Envy lipsticks (£27) I’m too embarrassed to tell you exactly how many of these I have, we’ll just settle for over 10. My favourite one at the moment, (at the moment being the key phrase because it changes like the wind, sweetheart) is 410 Dynamic, which is an English dusky rose.

After moving back to the Midlands my nearest counter is Estee Lauder in Debenhams, Merry Hill. I’ve religiously paid pilgrimage whenever I’m in the inTU Merry Hill Centre and, of course, like any good beauty girl picked up their Christmas bundles which are an absolute steal, annually.

My current favourites in EL are the Pure Colour Envy sparkle liquid lipsticks, particularly shade Limo Lights (£17) as they work perfectly on their own or as a lipstick topper, you need to be fast with this shade though because whenever I’ve been in, it’s never in stock. (sad face)

Recently, I was lucky enough to meet Estee Lauder’s Global Make Up Artist, Alan Pan. He was hosting make overs in Debenhams, Merry Hill as part of his UK tour. I had to be there. So I was.

(I’d like to take this point in my blog to thank all of the ladies at Estee Lauder, Merry Hill Debenhams for organising this and inviting me)

Alan gave me such a beautiful look, starting off with skincare because and to quote him, ‘skincare is key, you can put makeup on any face but if the skin isn’t good, the makeup won’t be good’.

He used:
Perfectly Clean multi action foam cleanser/purifying mask (£24)
Radiant Energy Lotion Intense Moist (£44)
Advanced Night Repair serum (£55)
Pore Minimizing Skin Refresher (£47)
Daywear Moisturiser (£26)
Daywear Eyecream (£26)

For my makeup, the stand out pieces used for me, were the Double Wear foundation in shade 1CO Shell mixed with Advanced Night Repair serum to make it lighter and the Pure Colour Envy Shadow Paint in shade Midnight Fury which we used as an eyeliner.

Whilst I was there, the lovely ladies suggested I booked in for their new Paris Facial, and I love a facial, so how could I say no? The first trial facial is free and then after that the facials are £30 which is redeemable against EL skincare products afterwards. It’s pure common sense then, that if you were in the market for some new skincare products you’d book yourself in for what is essentially a free luxury facial and grab your products at the same time.

I was a bit unsure of what the facial would consist of and where it’d be, as they’re based slap in the middle of Debenhams beauty hall. However, they have a lovely side room, exclusively for Estee Lauder which is like a spa treatment room, except kitted out with Estee Lauder from top to bottom. Heaven.

I talked through my skin concerns with the Beauty Consultant and we picked out some products that we thought would benefit my skin type the most.

The whole facial lasted around 30 minutes and as a trained beauty therapist, my facial and massage was top notch. I felt completely relaxed and definitely not in a large, busy department store.

We used:
Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm (£38)
Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment (£68)
Revitalising Supreme Plus Anti Ageing Exfoliator (£41)
NightWear Plus 3 minute mask (£35)
Advanced Night Repair Serum (£55)
DayWear moisturiser (£26)
DayWear Eye Cream (£26)

The Debenhams Merry Hill Estee Lauder is one of only 5 counters in the country which can offer the Paris facial, which I would thoroughly recommend and one of even fewer which has it’s own treatment room. To book in you can contact them via instagram (@beautyrevealed8) or in store. Seeing as these facials have only recently launched, they’re going to be super popular, so I’d hurry if I were you.

Let me know what your favourite Estee Lauder products are and if you’ve booked in for a Paris facial too!

Love,

Ruby x

Summer skincare goals

Hello!

A little while ago I was sent an ENORMOUS package of skincare from the gorgeous folk at Murad (I’ve never met them, but when I picture them, they all have perfect flawless skin). This is following my consultation I had with Murad in Debenhams, Bullring about how I can best utilise my skincare regime to boost my skin. My main concerns were pigmentation and hydration. And since then it’s been sunny for like 5 minutes, so sun protection too.

I’ve saved my PR unboxing on my instagram stories so if you’re as nosy as me you can catch up on all my excitement on @birminghambab

It looked a lot like this:

 

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(Quite clearly, I have zero chill).

I want to specifically take time to thank Murad Skincare for sending me such a generous package, particularly Miriam for all their support and kindness!

All of these opinions are my own however, and I’m not about to lose my loyalties to the truth.

So! Let’s get started.

I’m a big fan of Murad. It’s a sort of in between brand because it’s pricing is luxury/high end but it has a very scientific-factual no nonsense feel, which I quite like. You feel like you’re using something that’s come from a laboratory and is designed to work, over say, just look pretty on your shelf. Talking of #shelfies, if you’re into minimalism, you’re going to be in to Murad.

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From the City Skin collection I have:

  • Overnight Detox Moisturiser (50ml/£60) This is my favourite product that I was sent to try. It comes in a fancy pump and I apply it liberally before I go to bed and I wake up with princess pillow skin. I think that this is THE product which has made the most difference to my overall complexion. The product contains a lot of vitamin C and uses plant stem cells to neutralise pollutants. Who knew.
  • Age Defence Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (50ml/£55). It’s an every day sun cream to you and me. It’s just won the 2018 Image Beauty Awards and I can see why, it’s lightweight and 100% mineral. It also protects against blue light, pollution, UVA, UVB, Infrared and bell bottom jeans*. (*probably). It does smell like sun cream, which is weird, I don’t know what I expected but it keeps reminding me every day that I’m not going on holiday which is a bit of a bummer. I haven’t frazzled to a crisp over the past few days though which is a clear sign it works. However, and this is a big however, it’s a small bottle for £55 and the instructions say to use a lot, so I’m not entirely sure that this is the best suncream at the moment. I’ll have to look into it more.
  • Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (50ml/£60). This girl is thick. Large and in charge. Not only does she hold moisture all day, but also protects against UVA/UVB with her SPF 30. This is the type of moisturiser that when you get to 40 you’d wished you’d started using earlier in your twenties. You probably should get this one.
  • Intensive-C Radiance Peel (50ml/£55). Now. This peel promises exfoliation, smoothing, hydration and an instant brightening to the skin. It uses glycolic acid so it does deliver. I use it once a week and it is a bit sore/stingy I can’t lie so just be aware of that when you use it. However, as my mate pointed out it does say peel so what d’ya expect? It’s a milky liquid that dries clear on your face over the space of about ten minutes and then you wash it off. It makes me go a bit pink, but I do genuinely feel so clean after it and my skin is super smooth.

From the Age Reform range I tried:

  • Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (30ml/£65). This is such a dramatic name for a product it makes me giggle a little bit. In a nutshell, it’s a hydrating serum. I love it, I target it to problem areas on my face and use it just before my main moisturiser. I find it helps my moisturiser sink in more and keeps my face glowy all day. If you’re after a natural glow, this is the product for you.
  • Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel (4 pack/£40) You’d use one of these once a month. It’s a two step face mask and we all know I LIVE for a face mask. The first part is essentially a cotton wool swab stick which you swish all over you face which contains lactic and glycolic acid which exfoliates your skin. The second is a traditional sheet mask containing hyaluronic acid, aloe extract and vitamin B3 which helps moisturise and minimalise lines on the face. I actually think they’re a steal for £40 for 4 because you have 4 months worth of product where the results are more than what you’d get in a facial. It’s worth it.

Other:

  • Hydrating Toner (180ml/£26) Again, this is a strong favourite. I’ve been using toners for a really long time and up until about a month ago I couldn’t tell you what purpose they served. Since I’ve introduced the use of acids into my skincare regime it’s important that the pH levels of my skin are as normal as possible to maintain a healthy skin (quite obvious really). To do this, the toner restores my natural pH through moisture and antioxidants so my skin is ready for the essence and moisturiser I’d use after. I love that it comes in a spray bottle. Literally anything at this point which reduces the amount of cotton pads I burn through is a blessing. It smells cute too.
  • Invisiblur Perfecting Shield (50ml/£80). This is the product that I wanted to like the most as I’d heard the most about it and to be totally truthful, I just didn’t ‘get it’. The unique formula of mushroom peptides (I’m dead serious) is used to reduce the appearance of lines, improve the texture of the skin and be used as a primer for makeup. It does feel like a thin veil across your face, and I can totally understand how this would be beneficial for more mature skin, but for me it just came out as a primer and well – I wasn’t overwhelmed. Definitely one for your mam and her mates, I’m not the target audience.

I’ve been using exclusively Murad skincare for just over 2 weeks now. My skin is glowing. Here’s a shameless selfie of how clear and sparkly it is:

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We’re going to ignore the glaringly obvious gap in my eyeliner. For having better skin I’ve completely knocked off using foundation. Most days I’ll only wear a CC cream. Previously, I had quite bad redness and mini-breakouts on my cheeks and that’s virtually gone completely.

In all honesty, I’ve always had rather problematic skin, not with acne or anything like that, but with severe dehydration. My face is super dry (eczema prone) and super sensitive to anything. The skincare that I’ve been doing has settled my face and I feel like I’ve found a rhythm with the products that will be easily, and actually enjoyable, to continue to use.

I’m not an expert though, by any stretch of the imagination, even if you stand far away and squint. So I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a consultation or even just a quick chat with a skincare specialist at a Murad store/stand. They’re easy enough to find in big Debenhams’ or by using their online tool: https://www.murad.co.uk/personalized-skin-care/

Please let me know if you guys try anything out from Murad and what your thoughts are I’m always interested to know how everyone else gets on!

Summer ready skin, here I am.

Ruby x