Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Eye Mask Review

crystal collagen gold powder eye mask review

Something I have been researching a lot and trying to get into is eye care. I haven’t really paid much attention to my eye area or given it any TLC. Which is funny because I suffer from dark circles and I have deep set eye bags. So I have been looking at different products to test out. I started with the Simple Eye care roll on which I found to be crap tbh. It didn’t help. Then I was using this YSL Youth Liberator serum which was really good but the full size product is a bit too steep for me. I was using the sample size lol. I’m all about budget skincare products so please let me know if you have any recommendations!

So onto today’s post…

Whilst browsing Amazon, I came across the Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Eye Masks from Gold Mask and decided to try those too (I picked up their face sheet and well, check out my review for that here). Again they had good reviews and a bargain deal- 10 pairs for £2.28!

Shipping was excellent; quick and free and I was really excited to try these! I must say after using them I am not impressed at all! Here’s why

Another product with the claims! This eye patch says it will moisturise, rehydrate & regenerate our eye area, relieve chronic fatigue, diminish fine lines, wrinkles & crowfeet, minimise eye bags &fade dark circles remarkably (lol). It improves elasticity & firmness

Again the product is soaked in excess ‘serum’ and you are directed to leave on for 30 mins then wash afterwards. They are not reusable btw

Experience

Ermm no. I have now used 5 packs ( half of what I got) and I noticed it would start to sting and feel slightly itching after 5 mins. Note I do not have sensitive skin. I will say they fit quite snug around the eye area and do not move around or slip once in place.

crystal collagen eye patches

Love

Sarah

Even after your 100th mistake, there’s no condemnation

Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Facial Sheet Mask Review

crystal gold collagen mask review

Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing great! Summer 2016 is here whopppp! So in the summer, I like to take my skincare game up a notch and do more face masks to keep my skin in good condition over the warmer months. Before I get into today’s post, check out my previous posts on face masks!

Multi-masking ft. Superdrug & Avon

TT Beauty Charcoal Detox Brightening Face Sheet Mask

I have been into the face sheet masks trend lately and I really wanted to experiment with different brands and types. I went to Amazon and picked up one of the bestselling Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Facial Mask. The reviews seemed really good and they sold it in great values packs so I decided to go for it. I got 3 for £2.74.

Whilst browsing I came across their Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Eye Masks and decided to try those too since I am starting to pay a bit more attention to my eye area lately. Again they had good reviews and a bargain deal- 10 pairs for £2.28! – review to follow soon!

Shipping was excellent; quick and free and I was really excited to try these! I must say that after using them I am not impressed at all! Here’s why

Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Facial Mask

For starters, it claims to do too many things, i.e. instant lifting &firming, moisturizes &rehydrates, whitens &illuminates, enhances face slimming & sculpting, activates cellular regeneration, collagen synthesis, skin pH balancing, soothing &anti-inflammatory and combat biological &sunlight skin aging! A whopping 16 so called benefits! FYI- when it says whitens its really brightening and evening out the skin NOT bleaching! I’m NOT trying to bleach this melanin!

You apply the mask on dry skin after cleansing and leave it on for 20 to 30 mins, followed by your normal skin routine

Experience

 

LOL. I mean I knew for £2.74 it wasn’t going to do all that but this is a joke lol. I haven’t tried a lot of facial sheets but the ones I have tried didn’t come in water. The ‘serum’ it comes in looks so much like water. The holes are cut wrong and too big, so it didn’t fit me properly. Its super slippery too, it wouldn’t stay in place and it kept sliding down lol so I couldn’t wear it for 30 mins! Infact when I wore this mask, it lasted for 5 mins! Trying to type and wear this mask is a myth! The only way I could have kept it on for that long was if I lied down! It also doesn’t say which part you put on your face so I played the guessing game each time.

crystal gold collagen mask review

After taking it off and the serum dries my face feels normal, just like when I dry my face after washing it and before I put on moisturiser. It doesn’t feel soft or moisturised.

I didn’t experience ANY of its 16 benefits. The only thing I can say I noticed was it’s quite cooling and left my face slightly cool- that wasn’t even on the list of benefits lol!

Verdict– Don’t waste your £2.74 lol. 1/5 (1 point because it’s a bit cooling and shipping was quick), I have used all 3 and no results. I don’t know if its travel friendly either, although its flat it’s also quite big which I found weird because most masks come folded which make it really convenient to travel with.

I purchased this from Gold Mask on Amazon

See you soon with the Eye Masks review! It should be interesting lol

Love Sarah

Exalt God above yourself . xx

Top Skincare under £5

A good skincare regime will help you put your best face forward- healthy, radiant and well moisturised! Prepping your skin before makeup does a lot to ensure your makeup looks its best, no matter how many high end products you use!

Don’t fall for the hype! Your skin care products do not have to cost an arm or a leg. I have found as long as you have a good routine (cleanse, treat, protect and moisturise) you can get away with using drugstore stores which can give you the same or dare I say better results! Research is key when trying out skincare products, whether it’s a well-known brand or not, make sure you read as many reviews as possible or speak to a professional. For optimal results, make sure you are buying products for your skin type e.g. only buying products for normal/combo skin types if that’s your type.

I have for you 16 great skincare products under £5! That’s 16 products covering a lot of categories like creams, makeup removers and treatments. I have included all the products I have used and you will have reviews in my review index, so much sure you check them out!

top skincare under £5

Face Wash

A staple in your skincare routine to wash away make up residue, dirt etc. a good one will gently cleanse your face without stripping it of its oils. I have tried loads but my top 3 are:

Garnier Pure Active Anti Black Head Deep Pre Wash, £4.28

Simple Refreshing facial Wash £3.39

Simple Triple Action Face Wash, £3.75

 

Day cream

After your morning cleansing, it’s a good idea to follow with a light day cream with SPF to help protect from the sun and provide moisture and hydration underneath your makeup. Try these budget friendly picks

Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF 15, £4.99 Waitrose

Superdrug Vitamin E SPF 15, £2.99

Night cream

They say night time is when your skin renews itself. A rich night cream is perfect for providing optimal moisture and aiding in that process. Make your beauty sleep go further with these night creams

Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream, £4.99, Waitrose

Nivea Rich Regenerating Night Cream, £4.35 Superdrug

Toners

Essential to balancing skin pH and removing any makeup residue.  My picks are

Simple Pore Minimising Toner, £4.79

Formula Daily Care Toner, £3.50 M&S

Makeup removers

This is probably one of the most important steps in your skincare regime. I have included wipes in this post but feel free to check out my micellar water post for great drugstore alternative and under £5

B.Pure Micellar Water Cleansing Wipes, £1. Superdrug

Garnier Simply Essentials, £2.99 Superdrug

Face masks

Perfect pampering treats. There are face masks for a wide range of problems: dry skin, blemish prone, detox etc

Garnier Pure Self Heating Sauna Mask, £1.29 Superdrug

Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask, £3.99 Superdrug

Masker Aide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask, £5. M&S

Exfoliators/scrubs

Deep cleansing for brighter clearer skin. These are perfect and within budget too

St Ives Apricot Scrub, £4.19 Boots

Garnier Pure Active Exfoliating Scrub, 2.33 Amazon

 

Phew! That was a lot. The drugstore has tons of effective skincare products. Don’t knock it off till you try.

Did I miss your favourite drugstore brand? Let me know below

 

Glossy Box Review

I have been eyeing Glossy Box for a while now and I am so happy I finally decided to get it for my birthday! The thing with beauty boxes is, it’s a 50/50 chance you will like the products you get. Been a #woc I am very sceptical of some of the products I will get, especially the makeup shades. Will it be suitable for my skintone? And I am aware they ask you to fill out a beauty profile but do they REALLY take that into account? Etc

Back to Glossy Box, the May Box focused on beauty essentials for travel. I got 5 products and a mini snack too!

glossy box review

Contents

Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection SPF 30 – £5.99 from Boots

Revlon Ultimate All in one mascara- £9.99 from Boots

Absolute Velvet Lippie- £4.93 from Absolute

Ceptaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Bee Good Plump & Firm Moisturiser

Worth- £20.91

Glossy Box monthly subscription- £10 plus p&p

Overall thoughts

Do I think it’s worth it? Yes! You get a lot for the price you pay for the box. I believe I got a lot of mini sizes because the box focused on travel but I think Glossy Boxes have at least 1 full size product. Even so the mascara and lippie are full sized products and worth almost £15! I am really happy with the contents too, I have been searching for SPF for my body (atm I use my ultra-sun hand cream which has SPF for my legs and body lol) so the Hawaiian Tropic comes at a very good time, plus it’s been really sunny here in the UK lately. The Revlon mascara is new, and I am happy to have got the full size for so much less! The Velvet lippie feels very nice on and smells nice BUT the shade is totally wrong for my skintone, it’s very chalky on me so I would either use it as a topper of find a good lip liner for it. Ceptaphil cleanser I will definitely use as my new travel cleanser and I have the Bee Good moisturiser in full size although I haven’t started using it yet. All in all I am very happy with my very 1st Glossy Box!

For more info, please visit Glossy Box

 

 

My Summer Beauty Essentials

It’s getting sunnier these days so it’s time to switch up your makeup and skincare routines! If you are looking for some new products to try, take a look at my summer beauty essentials for inspiration for your next shop! Let’s get started!

Makeup

face

My favourite foundation atm is the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra! It’s so lightweight, looks amazing on and has medium coverage! The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation is lightweight too and dries to a semi matte finish. I would probably use the BodyShop for everyday/casual looks and the Lancôme for special occasions.

I swear by these two primers! My pores become enlarged in the summer and these two work together to help minimise the appearance and control oil! BodyShop InstaBlur is GREAT for reducing pores and helping makeup stay longer and the MUFE Step 1 Mattifying Primer is great for leaving a matte finish!

For my summer highlighters it has to be Benefit Sunbeam and the Highlighting Dome from the BodyShop!

I also like this Coral Blush from Bagsy Beauty

 

Perfume

perfume

Summer ready perfume! These slightly smell the same but they are sooo good yo! lol

 

Skincare

skincare

My skin care routine is very simple and stays the same pretty much all year round. The only new thing I will be doing is using a different moisturiser which will be the Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. I will also be alternating between my Vitamin C Face Spritz, which leaves a dewy finish and the Avon Makeup Setting Spray, which dries to a natural matte finish.

 

Lipsticks

In the summer, I like to mix up my lip colours and finishes. I especially like to use sheer lip balms that have a hint of colour like these ones from Bare Minerals. They are sheer but leave your lips soft and moisturised, perfect for no makeup looks.

bare minerals

 

I LOVE Sleek lipsticks! Really affordable and very pigmented and lots of shades for everyone! Mystic looks amazing in the summer on WOC and Rioja Red is a great alternative to Mac’s Ruby Woo.

sleeek

MAC Lipsticks are the very first high end makeup products I bought and still love! Every year it’s my tradition to get a new one for my birthday! (haven’t decided on which this year), these are a few of my fav colours for the summer!

mac lips

I hope you guys found some new products you like or discovered we share some fav products! One thing I forgot to add is my face soap which is be none other than my African black soap straight from Ghana!

Reviews for most of the products mentioned can be found in my Review Index, make sure you check it out!

Let me know your fav summer products!

Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mineral BioPlasma Mud Mask Review

dr organic dead sea mineral bioplasma mud mask

Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask, what a mouth full! I have been using this mask for the last month and I can finally bring my review to you guys on it! I received this in my February You Beauty Box (Read my review and the other products I got).

Let’s talk about the details of this product. It is free from a lot of chemicals including parabens, SLS, fragrances and harsh preservatives. It also contains a LOT of bioactive natural and organic ingredients like oils e.g. spearmint, wild mint, bitter orange leaf etc, it also has dead sea mineral salt, aloe vera leaf juice and kelp extract. It has clinically tested bioplasma- arginine ferulate. Basically a bunch of really good ingredients. The texture is smooth and smells a bit medicinal to me. It comes in a standard size of 100 ml.

It also says it stimulates new cell regeneration, removes excess oils and impurities whilst penetrating deep into the pores of the epidermis. It has anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits. They recommend you use it twice weekly.

Experience

I didn’t exactly know how the bioactive ingredients would work until I actually used it. After cleansing my face, I apply a thin layer and leave that on for 10 mins. I noticed each time I used it, I felt a slight sensation on my skin. I could actually feel it working. As the mask dries this sensation goes away which was how I knew it was time to wash it off (it doesn’t say this on the pack btw)

After washing it off, my skin feels slightly tender, just slightly but it also feels soft and smooth and my pores appear greatly reduced. My skin doesn’t feel dry or tight afterwards either. (I have normal to combination skin).

Verdict– it’s really bio active and does what it says on the tin! The sensation I feel lets me know its working and the combination of ingredients is really good for the skin. All masks are good but mud masks are great for the skin, it detoxifies and draws out all the toxins and impurities leaving your skin refreshed and clean. I definitely recommend incorporating mud into your skincare regime. This one is great because it’s organic and free from nasties. The mask is NOT tested on animals and suitable for vegans or vegetarians.

Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask is priced at £8.99 and available from Holland & Barret.

Why not try multi-masking with this and a selection of your favourite masks? Read all about multi-masking here

Love

Sarah

 

 

Top Drugstore Blushes

I love drugstore makeup! The drugstore actually has some pretty good brands and products that are excellent value for money! Blushes are one of those makeup products that can add or take away from your whole makeup look. For women of colour, we have to choose colours that compliment our skintone without making us look ashy or like a clown.

My top 3 picks for drugstore brands that make a range of colours and are very affordable are Sleek, Barry M and Elf Cosmetics. Between them they have so many colours which are really pigmented and are budget friendly! I have swatched the blushes I own from these brands so you can see them against my skintone.

Sleek Blush by 3 palette priced at £10.00, Individuals priced from £4.49

sleek blush by 3

 

 

I love Sleek Blushes because they are really pigmented. In my picture, I only used one swipe! These palettes are also great for travelling, it has a large mirror and a shimmery shade which can be used as a highlighter! The Sleek website frequently has offers going on, be sure to sign up for the newsletter. I bought all of mine in a sale!

Available from Sleek

Barry M, £4.99

Barry M blush 4

I fell in love with this blush after I saw it on one of my girls! A little goes a long way with this blush! Many a times I have been heavy handed and ended up looking like a clown! It’s very affordable too.

Available from Superdrug (if you hurry, Superdrug has a 3 for 2 offer on all makeup!)

Elf baked blush, £4.50

Elf Rich Rose

Even though it’s a blush, I like to use it as a highlighter most of the time. It looks really nice on WOC. I like to apply this wet by spraying my brush with Mix Plus or the Vitamin E face mist from the BodyShop. This gives it a radiant glow and makes it pop! Excuse the packaging, I have had this for the longest time! Elf cosmetics have a lot of affordable makeup so you definitely have to check them out!

Available from Elf

Other honourable mentions

City Colour Cosmetics

Makeup Revolution

MakeUp Academy

Milani

What’s your drugstore blush?

Rihanna Makeup?!

rihanna

Beauty lovers and Rihanna Navy everywhere, hold your coins, Rihanna is coming out with a makeup line! If you haven’t heard Rihanna’s beauty line, Fenty Beauty is the newest addition to her belt in the beauty industry. We all know about her perfumes right, which I totally LOVE ( Rihanna Nude is out of this world and just when I thought I have found my to go perfume, she hits me with Rihanna Rogue- mm only perfume I have repurchased twice! Lol). Her collabs with MAC was pretty much sold out in 2 secs lol. Ok, maybe not 2 secs, but you get my point (I still want to get my hands on THAT Pleasure Bomb lipstick that was sold out everywhere kmt) Anyway…

According to WWD, she’s struck a deal with LVMH to launch Fenty Beauty which will be hitting Sephora in the fall of 2017 (we will make it through guys)! Although we don’t know which products it will have exactly, we can guess it will have an array of colours (her lipstick game is goals really). David Suliteanu, chief executive officer of Kendo says “Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a beauty rocket ship that will appeal to a huge and diverse global audience, We are aiming for the stars”

I am really hoping for shades that suit a variety of skin tones and highlighters pleaseeeee, to be honest anything lol.  No information yet regarding price points (fingers crossed it doesn’t empty our bank accounts OR sells out within a few minutes, gurl!)

P.S we hope for a hair care line too, her hair is GOALS, like serious lifetime GOALS.

Yasssss

Are you excited about this release? Let me know in the comments below!

Phot Credit-  Vulture

 

 

 

Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish Review

naturally radiant brightening mirco polish

 

A lot of stores nowadays have their own product lines ( Did you know NewLook has a full makeup line? Yes, read about it here) so its no surprise Superdrug has invested in it’s own skincare line ( they have a makeup line too). I picked up the Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish a while back and I am finally bringing you a review. Let’s go

The polish is supposed to awaken your natural glow, refine and smooth your skin. The main ingredients are Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extract which is supposed to revive and even out the skin tone. It also has Blueberry seeds and Fruit acids for exfoliation.

What I think

It smells really good and will give a gentle lather but for a polish I am really disappointed with it. I thought it would be more ‘gritty’ as a polish and also because it claims to have exfoliating properties. It’s very mild to me, almost like a face wash. I found my Garnier Pure Active (review) to have more exfoliating beads than this and that’s just a wash.

The reason it took me a while to do this review ( I picked this up in August last year) is I simply do not reach for it as much. I have used it on and off till now and I am yet to see my skin’s glow awakened from this lol. Its ok as a wash, my face feels cleansed afterwards but I haven’t really experienced any of its claims yet.

For anyone interested, it’s suitable for vegans and vegetarians. It’s not suitable for sensitive skin types.

Verdict- it’s an ok wash, slightly disappointed with it however. I was looking for something like the Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion but this is nothing like that! You can pick it up if you want a cheap and cheerful face wash. It’s almost always on offer in Superdrug which is when I got mine ( it’s currently on offer, buy one get one free)

Priced at £4.99 from Superdrug

Let me know your fav face washes

Shea Moisture’s #BreaktheWalls Ad

shea moisture breakthewalls

 

Ok, soo I was browsing on YT for inspiration as I usually do and I came across the Shea Moisture #Breakthewalls ad. If you haven’t seen the video watch it below

So the whole idea is basically saying get rid of the ethnic aisle in the beauty section. Here in the UK you get the ethnic aisle too and it’s usually African American or Asian hair products there. The whole Ethnic Aisle debate had gotten some pretty mixed reviews: on one hand, people say it makes it easier for them to locate the products they need ( the products are usually from ‘black hair care brands’) and on the other hand people say it’s not really needed, beauty is beauty.

In my personal experience, it’s only very recently I have begun to see these ‘black hair care products/brands’ in places like Superdrug, Boots and even Asda and Sainsbury’s. For me it was always a trip to the ‘Indian shops’ for any products I was searching for because 1. I knew it was available and 2. It was cheaper. And even if that particular shop didn’t have it, I was bound it find it somewhere else i.e. in another Indian shop.

What do I think of the Ethnic Aisle?

I can illustrate my thoughts on this with the milk aisle of a supermarket.

There’s just ONE aisle and a whole lot of different types of milk there. Skimmed, semi-skimmed, goat’s milk, soya, even “milk free” milk. I’ve never been to a supermarket with a whole milk aisle or a semi skimmed milk aisle and I think that is simply because there’s no need to put an effort into specifically marketing any one type of milk because it’s standard (Standard definition: used or accepted as normal) procedure to cater to the different tastes of milk. Now the only reason a shop would see the need to specifically market something to it a select group of people is if that shop considered that group or those products outside of the norm or not standard.

So when I go down a beauty aisle and find all the standard beauty products there, but I have to go to a whole other aisle for “ethnic” products, intentionally or not I think this shows that the shop doesn’t consider ethnic beauty as part of the norm or as standard and thus has to create a new aisle to contain such products. The same way I feel about plus sized clothing. Not the clothes/sizes themselves but when brands advertise it. It should be THAT way ANYWAY. Why should you stop making clothes at a certain size? Are there no other sizes? Why would you make foundations and stop at a certain fair shade? Are there no other skintones? If I have to think twice about getting my foundation shade or clothing size at certain places then what does that say?

That’s saying (subconsciously) that those shades or clothing sizes are the STANDARD (accepted as normal) of beauty or fashion and what happens if you don’t fit into that criteria? You’re not pretty? And who sets the standard of beauty if not the individual themselves?

 I think more and more consumers ( in my case Women of Colour) are beginning to realise their voice and taking action, just to say we are included too #weareINtoo. I have seen a lot of people start their own product lines, social media campaigns, start their own business etc to address it *claps yasss HUNTY* and I think mainstream companies/media are SLOWLY beginning to latch on.

I say get rid of the ethnic beauty aisle or world foods aisle because not only do we know you carry it now but more importantly:

ALL BEAUTY IS STANDARD

*drops mic* lol

I would like to hear your thoughts!