Saturday, 30 July 2016

#MELTBOX: Emily Victoria Candles

I was contacted recently by the lovely Emily from the company Emily Victoria Candles to try out her new monthly wax melt subscription box, the #MELTBOX*. Emily Victoria Candles is based in beautiful Cheshire where they hand pour all the wax melts and reed diffusers on a daily basis. The MELTBOX is a fabulous subscription to get a taste of all the great scents she creates ...

Each MELTBOX contains 9 highly scented soy wax melts in adorable packaged tubs, and everyone's first month also gets a free wax burner (tea lights as shown above not included). It costs £10 a month including (UK) delivery and the subscription can be cancelled anytime.

July's MELTBOX contained the following scents:

Blueberry Muffin
Strawberries & Cream
Summer Grape Vine
Thai Lime & Mango
Bermuda Traingle
Waterlily & Jasmine
Get up & Glow
Green Tea & Lemon

I love it when melts come in these little tubs because they are so easy to use exactly how much you want. You can use the whole thing up in one go for a powerful throw in your room, use half for a more subtle scent or mix and match your favourite scents to create a whole newbie.

Go check out Emily Victoria Candles lovely website and why not signed up to Augusts #MELTBOX while you are over there! Let me know your favourite wax melts at the moment in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by. 
Karen x
JinksyBeauty x

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

July Favourites: Beauty & Lifestyle

It's been a while since I have done a favourites post, so there a a few things I want to share with you that I have been loving for the month of July. It is mostly going to include beauty items but I do have a few lifestyle bits and bobs to chuck in to share with you also.

Makeup ...

Nyx Butter Gloss: I have been so in love with Nyx cosmetics recently since its launch at Boots, but especially loving the Butter Gloss. I find they have great pigmentation, make my lips look plump and aren't at all sticky. I definitely want to expand my collection on these guys, so let me know any must have shades that I need in my collection. 

Benefit Cosmetics Brow: Now these new Benefit brow products aren't something I have actually tried out yet, but the month of July brought us amazing freebies from Benefit Cosmetics in the UKs magazines. So I have so far enjoyed gathering a few of their newbies and look forward to trying them all out. I now also have the goof proof pencil in a darker shade to add to my collection.


ITSY Nails: I'm always somebody who has something on my nails, I personally like to always have a colour or some sort of polish on my nails or I don't feel complete. So I'm always up for trying out new products to me. ITSY Nails* is a brand I hadn't heard of before and if I haven't had my gel nails on I have been using these. They are a DuraPro gel effect polish that come in a variety of shades. My shades from left to right in the above picture are Ooo La La, City Girl and Drop Red Gorgeous. I have been switching between the light pink and lilac which you may have seen if you follow my snapchat (jinksybeauty), and will definitely use the red more in the Autumn/Winter. Available here

Jamberry: Jamberry is a type of nail wrap that adds a beautiful pattern to one or all of your nails, they can really be used as you wish and make a fabulous fashion statement on your nails. I received my sample from the lovely Justyna from Stylish Nail Wraps UK, she has a lovely online shop or you can find her on Facebook and Instagram. I loved mine on my ring finger to add a different look to my nails, definitely recommend checking them out. 


Heaven by Deborah Mitchell: I received this product sample through The Bloggers Hangout which they recommended for my oily skin. It's the Heaven Peppermint Clarifying Hydrogel that can be used to Tone, Moistures and Prime the face. I have been using this during the hot humid days to cool my face and add moisture, aswel as a primer before my foundation. I've really enjoyed using this and feel it's sinks right into the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and hydrated. I have since received some more Heaven products after attending the BloggerTikiParty event, so look out for that post when I have fully tested them out. 

Sarah Chapman: Another luxury skincare brand I have been using during the month of July is the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Rapid Radiance Cleanser. I purchased this with my Birchbox points after reading amazing reviews on several websites. I use it as my second cleanser after removing all my makeup with a previous one, as this states not to use by the eyes. I love the scent and texture it leaves my skin, and love to leave it for a few extra minutes as an intense mask. 

Masque BAR: Sticking with the theme of masks I have tried out a fair few masks in the month of July, as you may have seen in my Loreal Mask post. But I have been also loving mainly sheet masks, with Masque BAR being one of my favourites. Even though the sight of me in sheet masks may scare my kids (I run around the house after them), i find them to really make a difference to my skins look and feel. 

Utan: This overnight tanning creme for the face was something initially I thought I wasn't going to get any use out of when I received it in my Glossybox, but I decided to give it a go. The first night I didn't see much difference at all to the colour on my face but after each night of use it added a natural tanned look that I was happy with. I think it helped the fact that I had tanned the rest of my body with the No7 tanning mousse, so it all tied in nicely. 

Merumaya: Merumaya is a beautiful skincare brand that not only shares amazing products but a fab message. They have created a hashtag to help give every man and women a boost - #beautyhasnoage! They want to share the love and make everybody feel great, inside and out. I think they are so fabulous at sharing this great feeling and strongly recommend you checking out their amazing products and great mentality for life. You can get one of your own Limited Edition bags* to help remind you each and everyday that age is just a number, we need to feel great in ourselves and help give everyone a boost when they feel they need it. Check it out here where you can purchase the bag or you can currently get it free if you spend over £50. Merumaya also have a fabulous Summer Sale going on right now! I adore the sound of the Pure Radiance Mask and the Spot Treatment.

Grounded: When I first spotted Grounded coffee scrub on a random Instagram post I thought it looked amazing, I was even more excited when I spotted we was going to be stocking it in Boots (where I work!). This beauty product is one of my favourite new things to try out. It's a really gritty feeling texture that when applied and left on the skin works to improve the softness and get rid of all them dead skin cells, perfect for a pre-tan treatment. I got mine in the Coconut scent*, which is beautiful and really adds to the luxury of this product. They also do other scents and additional products, with the face scrub being something on my WishList. Check them out here. 

The English Soap Company*: Now if I thought to myself about bars of soap they really just remind me of the older generation to be honest. But these beautiful vintage wrapped and stunningly scented English Soap company products are just gorgeous. Each one is packed with rich shea butter to add fab moisturisation to the skin while bathing or showering. They have so many amazing scents, you can check out their website here if you wish. 


Savse: I'm such a fussy eater and drinker so when it comes to trying out new things like that, it's a little challenging for me. I have recently tried out the Savse juices and smoothies. For me personally I much preferred the juices, especially the Apple as the smoothies are a little thick for my picky palette.

Dragonfly Teas: Now drinking tea for me hasn't happened since I was a little girl, I used to be obsessed with tea and then all of a sudden I didn't like it anymore. But now all 'the thing' is fruit and green teas. So I tried out these Dragonfly teas* which were lovely, I did have to leave them to cool down a lot before I felt like it was right to drink them but I'm sure everybody enjoys theirs differently. Check them out here. 

Delicious Alchemy: After awhile with out a cooker (the last one blew up), we have been trying our hand at some Baking. I adore Tanya Burrs baking book that I got recently and have been making some great successes with that. One that didn't really go to plan was the Delicious Alchemy Brownies*, it's of no fault to the company but purely to myself and my baking skills. Unfortunately I had never baked brownies before and these didn't really turn out looking the best as I either didn't put them in the right sized tin or didn't cook them long enough. BUT ... They tasted great! Haha

Reading: I have recently been trying to make more of an effort to make some me time, some chill out time. So to do this I have been doing some reading and purchasing a fair few books (to add to my Book/DVD Billy book cases from IKEA)! I find its one of the best things to try and stop my head from spinning around and around with my own world and puts my imagination onto something else, which leads me on to my next self help :) ...

Colouring: I'm literally obsessed with colouring, either with my daughter or in my own adult colouring books. So when I received some beautiful colouring postcards from Johanna Basford and a stunning The Time Garden colouring book at the BloggerTikiParty I was thrilled to say the least. I really do find this helps me, it lets me concerntrate, chill out and just generally love spending time on these.

Kitsound DAB Radio: And last but certainly not least, infact one of my favourite favourites is my beautiful Jive DAB Radio* from Kitsound. This piece of gorgeousness is living in my conservatory and has been used rather a lot of late, it's so fab that you literally just hit one button and my favourite radio station (Capital FM) is playing. I adore that it tells me what songs and artists are playing because I can then add my favourites onto my iMusic. It looks so pretty, sounds incredible and I'm generally so happy with it, great addition to the household, a must for everybody. Check them out here. 

Annndddd....that's that for my extremely long favourites post. Well done if you got to the end and thanks so much for sticking around. 
Speak soon. Karen x JinksyBeauty x

Spectrum Collections Brushes: My favourite yet ...

If you have followed me on my social media accounts for a while you will know I have become obsessed with the company and amazing brushes from the incredible Spectrum Collections. I have always loved the look of their products and started my craze when I received a brush in my Birchbox one month. I thought the originality, design, quality, everything was just perfect. So I started my Spectrum brush collection!

I purchased rather a lot of my Spectrum Collection pink brushes with my Birchbox points and then brought an additional turquoise set when I attended the BeautyUK show in Birmingham earlier in the year. I have been using my Spectrum collection brushes on a daily basis and have now swapped out my Real Techniques brushes for them as I love them so much. 

I'm now super lucky to have the Siren Spectrum Collection brushes* as my newbies and I love them so much ...

This gorgeous, colourful yet classy Siren brush set is a 12 piece luxe set that can be purchased all together with the gorgeous iridescent sushi brush roll, or as two separate sets of larger facial brushes and smaller brushes. Each brush is hand finished and has the most beautiful metal holographic effect to each brush.

The five larger brushes include:

A01: Large Powder brush
B01: Buffering Foundation brush
C02: Flat Contour Brush
C04: Angled Powder Brush
A05: Precision Blush Brush

The seven smaller brushes include: 

B03: Precision Buffer Brush
A06: Large Fluffy Shader Brush
B04: Angled Blender Brush
B06: Tall Tapered Brush
A17: Angled Brow Brush
A15: Lip Liner Brush
A19: Fine Detailer Brush

I'm so impressed with these brushes and recommend to anyone to get one or two to see the quality for yourselves or to get one of their amazing brush sets, trust me you won't regret it. 

I also adore the look of their Marbleous range which as you can imagine is a beautiful white marble design with additional rose gold accents. Spectrum Collection also have some amazing new brushes coming out for the Autumn/Winter range, I was lucky enough to be invited to their launch for this new range and can't tell you how gutted I was that I couldn't attend (or you would have be inundated with picture's from the event and the gorgeous range!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember to stay tuned to my Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (username jinksybeauty) to see more from me. 

Thanks again. 
Karen x JinksyBeauty x 

Friday, 22 July 2016

New in Beauty: Loreal Pure Clay Masks

As a face masks addict I just had to try out all three of the new Loreal Pure Clay face masks, especially as they are only £5 each introductory price (RRP £7.99). I was so shocked when I saw the price tag, I definitely though they were going to be a little bit more expensive than that being in a glass jar and each having 10 full face applications.

Each pure clay mask has three pure clay ingredients of koalin, montmorillonite and ghassoul combined with an additional ingredient per mask to achieve different results. Depending on how much oil your skin excretes depends on which mask is right for your skin type. I have extremely oily skin and have found the. All to work for me in different ways. 

Pure Clay Purity Mask: this is the mint green coloured mask which is the best for oily skin. If you tend to have oily skin, this is the one for you. I have extremely oily skin and found this to work wonders, even makes my skin feel slightly dry straight after using. These masks all act really fast, and can be removed after 5-10 minutes. During the time this mask is on its gets super tight on the skin, which I love but it may not be for everyone, I couldn't barely smile! This mask is mattifying and purifying as it combines its clay with a Eucalyptus extract. My skin definitely feels instantly better, clean and the thing I love the most is that my makeup sits better and lasts longer on my skin. Massive bonus for me. 

Pure Clay Detox Mask: the black detox mask mixes its clays with charcoal as I'm sure you can tell by the colour. Charcoal is amazing at drawing out them impurities in the skin, detoxing and deeply cleansing + clarifying. This mask again was amazing on my oily skin, I have always enjoyed using charcoal based products. I didn't feel this did as much to my skin as the purity but it still had lovely refreshing and smoothing results. Definitely still worth at try and may work best out of all the new masks for your skin type. 

Pure Clay Glow Mask: last but definitely not least this mask is best for anyone with dry, dull, bumpy skin. The glow mask mixes its clays with Red Algae extract and has a completely different texture than the previous two masks. It contains beads that you can really feel while applying to the skin which help with its exfoliating actions. It helps to smoothen the skin, make it feel softer and brightens in its appearance. It definitely does all that, and still worked for me even though I'm of oily skin type. This is one I would use every so often to help give a boost of brightness to me skin. I'm lucky that I can get away with using all three masks so I'm super happy.

I highly recommend checking these masks out and at least picking one up to see how you get on with it. So head over to Boots right now to snap yours up and let me know how you get on and which is your favourite. Remember the best thing about these masks is you can multi mask! So if you have certain areas that require one treatment and others somethings else, you can place the mask exactly where you need it. Makes for great mask selfies!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this post was helpful to you.
Karen x
JinksyBeauty x
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