*New brand alert!* Ninni Skincare

Who is Ninni?

We are a skin care company with a modern take on skin care. We believe that, if given the right tools and knowledge, each and every one of us is capable of customising our own skin care according to our needs and preferences. As a new company, we’re evolving every day and strive to surpass our own and our customers’ expectations – always. (Excerpt from the Ninni website)

When I was contacted by Katarina from Ninni I was super excited! As I am a great believer in products that offer natural skin care, with a choice of ingredients and scents!😍 

She was kind enough to send me two moisturisers (one day time product and the other being a night time  one) I was quite overwhelmed at the sizes of the bottles because for sample testing, they were a decent size!👍🏽

So the packaging of the product is very basic (but not at all cheap looking) Two sturdy, white plastic bottles (50ml of product in each!) with a PUMP! Yes a pump! which makes the bottles super hygienic and easy to use😀 The bottles are easily labelled too (so no morning or evening muddle ups!) Due to the pump, you can never squeeze out too much or too less, which is great for non wasting of the product. 


The day cream consists of Lemon and Rosemary (smells amazing😄) It is lighter in consistency to the night cream. The night cream is made up of Lavender and Chamomile (another beautifully scented product) The smells, I should add are not overpowering and they did not linger, once absorbed into the skin.

My morning and evening routine usually consists of cleanse, tone and moisturise. However in the evening I do like to add a facial oil before my moisturiser. I have been using the Ninni moisturisers for roughly two weeks now and I love them! 

I have quite sensitive skin which is acne prone annnddd combination! (Oh the joys!😒 I know 😂) So I am very reluctant to change up my skincare (as you know I am a Dermalogica devotee🙌🏽)  But the Ninni moisturisers did not break me out or irritate or my skin. 

Would I repurchase the Ninni products? Yes I would! I am a huge fan of natural products and someone who is quite passionate about skincare, these products work very well!

So if your looking to change up and hydrate your winter care routine, naturally. Give Ninni a go! 

Have you tried the Ninni brand? If yes what are your thoughts? 

To purchase Ninni products please head over to http://instagram.com/ninnicby

*Please note, these products were sent to me by Ninni Skincare but the opinions are solely my own*

Thank you Katarina @Ninni for your patience and sending me such amazing creams x

❤…Sabina

📦February Birchbox 2016!📦

Ok I know I know it’s the 1st of March! And I’m super late with my review! (Sowiee) but I had to show you the goodies I recieved in Feb, as it was awesome! So if this post doesn’t want to make you subscribe to this goody box, then I don’t know what will😉😍

Oh my this month Birchbox has defo outdone itself for me! All the products were gorge and fitted my profile perfectly!
  

This months theme was based on ‘shine bright like a diamond’ which celebrates all ways that we can add that extra bit of sparkle in our everyday lives!

Cochine Hand and Body Lotion –  £19

Mum and businesswoman, Kate Crofton-Atkins brings the magic of Saigon through fragrance into our home through the power of Cochine. With a background in skincare from L’Oreal Kate knows a thing or too about the beauty industry and has created a brand which is now stocked all over the world.

A truly luxurious sample of a body cream! It glides and melds into your skin beautifully. The smell is that of fresh blossoms and this was a generous sample that lasted well into a week! The cream is not too heavy or light, perfect for those with dry skin.

  

Would I repurchase this product? Yes! as I have sensitive, dry skin and this did not irritate me at all! 

https://www.cochine.com 

Ole Henriksen – Truth Serum Collagen Booster £47

Ole Henrikson is a Danish skin cosmetician and owner of skincare products, living in the United States.

This little baby is packed full of vitamins to give your skin a much needed dose of the good stuff! I have to be honest and say I haven’t really used it long enough to say that I’ve noticed a difference 🙈 (as I’ve got a cupboard full of facial oils at the mo!) But the times I have used it, I have to say it’s nice, light and non greasy (which is a bonus if your oily skinned like me) On the directions it does say that you can use it twice a day but I like to layer my products at night, as that’s when I really amp up my skincare benefits!

  

Would I repurchase! No ☹ at £47, that is a hefty price tag! Yes I’ve not used it long enough but I like my Dr Organics Morrocan oil which is less than that price! Maybe it’s a matter of opinion but I’m sticking to what I know👍🏽

https://www.olehenriksen.com

The Balm Cosmetics – Fratboy blush £15.50

A sassy, classy fun make up brand that is based in San Francisco. (Sounds similar to benefit!) A high quality make up brand that lets you be fun, flirty and amazing! 

I love The Balm Cosmetics! I currently own 4 products from this brand! (A winged liner, two lippies and of course Mary Lou Manizer) Unlike Benefit, I like this brand better as their quality is second to none. Every single product I own from this brand, I absolutely love😍 and this sample of ‘Fratboy’ was no exception!

Yes the sample is small but true to birchbox’s word, the blush/eyeshadow is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. The product is not shimmery and applies matte. Once applied it does not budge or slip or slide anywhere!

  
Would I purchase the full size? Oh yes! This colour looks fab on my NC42 skin (made it all radiant and alive😀)

  
https://www.thebalm.com

Derm Eyes – Makeup Remover Wipes £9.50

One in every three women suffer allergic reactions or incompatibilities between their make-up and contact lens. And they don´t know what to do. For these women Derm Eyes has created optocosmetics, a solution using high quality, 100% natural active ingredients.

This allows them happily to use make-up which cares for their eyes. It is a product inspired by nature thus ensuring both beauty and health. Whether you have problems with your make-up or not, open your eyes and enjoy a new cosmetics created to care for you both inside and out. (Excerpt from Derm Eyes website)

Now I for one do not like using makeup wipes to remove my eye makeup. I like using my garnier eye makeup remover with a cotton pad and I’m done! 🙈

So to see the Derm Eyes makeup remover wipe in my Birchbox, made me a little sad😒 HOWEVER….. I tried the wipe and I absolutely loved it!! It took off all my waterproof eye makeup as well as my base (actually literally everything) The fabric was super soft on my skin and it did not irritate me! (Super sensitive skin here!) It did not really have a smell and face felt squeaky clean👍🏽

Now this product is specifically geared to remove eye makeup however, I used it all over my face lol (the wipe was massive😉) and when I repurchase I would still use it all over my face (why not hey? If it’s good for my eyes, I’m sure it’s ok for my face😁)

PS no pic of the product as I used it up lol but please do check out their website you will find it on there 😄

http://www.dermeyes.com

Loc One and Done Shadow Stick in Perfect Cents – £8

An exciting launch by birchbox! Their very own in house makeup brand! So what can we expect from this shadow stick? Up to 11 hours of creaseless, waterproof colour in one handy stick! This formula has been designed to eliminate the use of extra faff such as brushes, blenders and primers! 

  

One sweep of this stick all over my eyelids and blended with a finger and I was good to go! The formula is highly pigmented and lasted for ages! I also used it as a inner corner highlight and it was gorgeously bronzey but not overly ‘discoey’. 

This was a rather generous full size product, that I throughly enjoyed using! Can’t wait to see what other makeup Birchbox has in store for their line! Well done Birchbox 👏🏽

Check out my insta  https://www.instagram.com › glitterglosglo

To see how I used the LOC shadow stick!

 https://www.birchbox.co.uk

Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush – £7.99

Spectrum Collections is a cosmetics brush brand who specialise in boldly designed makeup brushes, applicators and tools, where vibrant colour palettes are teamed with expert design. Spectrum Collections aims to be a trusted and recognised brand amongst professional artists and makeup lovers alike.
All of Spectrum Collection’s brushes are hand finished, vegan and animal friendly – composed of the highest quality synthetic hair, ensuring the brushes are not only beautifully soft, but also a compassionate choice. 

Our unique product range targets a niche within the industry, and presents the opportunity to provide a vibrant range of alternative brushes, that translate as an extension of the vibrant colours used and loved by makeup fanatics. (An excerpt from the Spectrum website) 
My my my when I opened my Birchbox this was the first thing I saw, a full sized spectrum collection brush! and I was sooooo happy!! (I defo galloped around like a unicorn lol) 

I have used this brush a numerous times to set my under eye highlight and let me just say it is ah-ma-zing! The handle is nice and solid. The bristles are super soft and for 7.99 your are so not getting a bum deal, believe me! I love the quirky colours the brushes come in and they feel like and look like quality! 

  

Will I be repurchasing some more?! Hell yes! I am going to look at some of their complete brush collections and see what they have to offer!

http://www.spectrumcollections.com

And that wraps up my Birchbox post! Did you recieve your February box? If yes, did you like it as much as I did? I can’t wait to see what March has in store and I promise I will try not to leave the review so late! 🙈

❤️….Sabina


 


Bloggers Fave- The Body Shop Blog Event!😄

Hey guys👋🏽

Here’s a review of my first blog event at The Body Shop! So I was invited along by my local Body Shop at the Highcross, Leicester. The theme was based around their new product launch ‘Drops of Youth’.

I love the revamp of the Body Shop! It wasn’t somewhere I use to go, as I am not a fan of their body butters 🙈(there I said it lol) The other thing that draws me to my local Highcross branch is my lovely skin care expert Laura! If Laura says it’s a fab product it defo is a fab product as she takes he time in researching her ‘skin’ passion. So I met up with Laura and she Introduced me to the new range, which is fab for the Winter!

  

 Now in the Winter we all love to give our skin some tender loving care due to the central heating, cold air and crazy high/ low temperatures! (If you live in the UK you will know what I mean😒) and to help your skin The Body Shop has launched their new skin care! DROPS OF YOUTH!

 
(A hand picked colllection by Laura for my own skin type) 

 
The products are based on their star ingredient PLANT STEM CELLS! The cells have been sourced from the harshest environments (as that’s where all the exceptional radiance, boosting cells live!) The three plants cells that have been used are Criste Marine, found on the Northern Brittany coastline. Sea Holly from the sandy shores of Soutern Brittany and Edelweiss from the high mountains of Italy. The plants cells have been packed into four Youth Enhancing product and they are –

Youth Essence Lotion £14 – A lotion that cleanses and helps skin absorbs moisture

Youth Cream £20 – Launched by popular demand! A light velvety air-whipped cream to moisturise the skin.

Youth concentrate serum £25 – A treat for the skin! Made with 98% ingredients of natural origin, that will enhance the smoothness of younger looking skin.

Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask £24 – An overnight replenishing mask (stated as Body shops top seller!) that will give you bouncier skin!

Drops of Youth Eye concentrate £19 – A firming concentrate for smoother looking eye contour.

This range claims to tighten pores,will give you smoother lines and bouncy skin!

Laura explained the origins and use of each products and she did a little skin demo on my hand and oh my the products are so velvety and smell gorge! My hand felt clean, light and smooth😍

    
   

From the product demo I decided to opt for the eye concentrate (as fine lines are beginning to show! Yes! 👎🏽) Bouncy sleeping mask and the youth concentrate serum. I am pretty happy with my Dermalogica cleansers, hence I opted for serums and masks.

I have been using the eye concentrate for about a week now and I love how cooling the gel is on the metal ball at the end of the tube. It’s dries to a nice matte finish, which then sets as a good base for my concealer. I only do this step in the morning and at night I apply a heavier eye cream.

  
The serum, I have been applying before my oils of life revitalising oil blend (full review on the oil coming up soon! HINT love the stuff😍) and it applies and soaks into my skin like a dream! This step is only done at night as that’s when I prefer to layer my skin products. During the day, it just feels too heavy for me. 

  

To be honest I have not been trailing the sleepy, bouncy mask for long. As I am so lazy at doing face masks🙈 However this mask is a doddle as you just apply it like a night cream and go to bed with it! Even then I’m moaning lol. But I do love the smell and texture so will defo get back to you and let you know the results. I love how the masks comes with a little spatula so you are able to apply the correct amount. I probably would only use this once a week as that would be a personal preference for face masks.

 

 At the event I was also given a little goody bag with other body shop skin care samples. Hopefully I will get round to trying some of those and letting you know how that goes. 

  

For reference I just wanted to state that I have combination skin with a quite oily T Zone (with a few breakouts and acne scarring)  Laura did say the range was suitable for all skin types and I would say that rings quite true as I had no adverse effects such as breakouts or ‘extra’ oily. 

And that wraps up my Body Shop Bloggers Event! Thank you to Laura my skincare expert and to Sally the fab store manager at the Leicester Highcross branch for making me feel so welcome!❤️

If you would like further info or would to try the ‘Drops of youth’ range, please go to 👇🏽m.thebodyshop.co.uk to find your local store!

Have you tried the ‘Drops of youth’ range? If yes, what are your thoughts?

*Disclaimer* please note these products were purchased from my own money (except the sample goody bag)  All the opnions and pictures are solely my own, unless otherwise stated!

❤️….Sabina


📦 November Birchbox! 🎁

Come with me guys and let’s unbox my November goodies and see what Birchbox has to offer this month! Ready, steady, birrcchh! 🤓

What is a Birchbox? Well it’s a monthly sub box where you receive 5/6 samples of either skincare, makeup or beauty accessories with one surprise beauty bonus thrown in by the Birchbox team. (For more deets check my sept posting!) or http://instagram.com/birchboxuk

This month Birchbox has teamed up with Skinnydip London! Launched in 2011 by Lewis Blitz and brothers James and Richard Gold. A concession brand that has gained momentum by placing themselves in leading stores such as Selfridges, Nordstorm, Asos and Topshop. Skinnydip is loved by many celebrities by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Millie Mackintosh and Zoella! Take your pick from a fun range of iPhone cases, bags, headphones and travel accessories with over 350 different styles!

skinnydiplondon.com
  

1. Lord & Berry – Silhouette Lip Liner £9

In 1992 an Italian fashion house, Lord & Berry (L&B) decided to revolutionise makeup. They wanted to signify makeup through fashion e.g. Swipe of a lipstick or a flick of an eyeliner coining terms very similar to an ‘it’ bag or those ‘Louboutin’ shoes!

Their innovative and modern textures were recognised and appreciated by makeup artists worldwide. The brand has gone from strength to strength in developing their eye, lip and face products plus bi-annual collections.

This innovative lip liner has defo lived up to their ‘modern’ ethos. I have only come across two brands with neutral lip liners and that is Urban Decay (UD) and now L&B. This lip liner is in a pencil form, clear with no hint of colour at all.

  
This lip liner has been designed to stop your lipstick from ‘bleeding’ and to make it last longer. Now if you have been following my blog you will know that I am a massive lipstick fan! So to receive a product like this in my Birchbox is like Christmas to me 😍 I already have the UD one so I thought I would compare both.

  
To wear dark lips you have to have a nice, smooth, lined mouth. When I wear a dark lip I always find that it bleeds more easily than my neutral ones so I’ve been using these neutral lip liners to tackle this problem. 

  

The UD one defo has more ‘slip’ than the L&B one. UD one is also more pricier than the L&B one (a difference of roughly £7/8!) Performance wise I actually preferred the L&B as its a little stiffer and doesn’t ‘melt’ as you apply it on your lips. The L&B one was also easier to sharpen and both gave my lipsticks longevity. Both were pretty good at stopping the lippie from bleeding, however I did prefer the L&B one due to it not falling apart everywhere! A defo repurchase 👍🏽

  

www.lordandberry.com

2. Living Proof. No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream £21

Born in the heart of Cambridge, England this brand was founded by world class biotech scientists and beauty experts. The brand has one simple ambition: to challenge conventional wisdom to solve your toughest beauty problems. With over 45 awards to date and patent formulas, this brand literally wants you to turn heads!
 
I used a pea sized amount of this product before my blow dry. It has a nice texture, no stickiness and a pleasant smell. The product claims to make your hair frizz free, humidity proof and sleek. I admit the product did just that! My hair looked sleek until my next wash, which was a bonus. However I like a really volumised blow dry (fine hair problems 👎🏽 ) and this product gave no volume to my hair at all but the product does not claim to give my hair volume! So that is a plus point! However due to my preferences, I will not be repurchasing (will stick to my big blowout spray by sexy hair) This product a defo worth a try though!

www.livingproof.com

3. Cowshed. Cow Pat Hand Cream £8

  
Discover a range of award winning bath, body and skincare products. Since launching in 1998, they have expanded locations worldwide! Whilst their names are playful, they take their formulations very seriously. With scents to enhance your mood and textures that really make a difference. 

My hands are awful in the winter and if you read my winter essentials post it will say just that! I love moisturising hand creams, with a hint of scent but this hand cream smells strongly of lavender and geranium. Scents that I don’t mind in small amounts but it’s very heady for me in this handcream 😷 It’s beautifully moisturising but I can’t stand the smell! Will be sticking to my E45 hand cream. If you don’t mind strong scents go for it! Sorry Cowshed 😔

www.cowshedonline.com 

4. Delarom. Creme Acquaconfort £34

With over 40 years of experience in aromatherapy, aromachology and phytotherapy this  is the science behind Delarom. A skincare brand created by the Benet family, previous owners of decleor and darphin. All of delarom products are 0% paraben. 0% phenoxyethanol. 0% mineral oils. 0% silicone. 0% animal origin ingredients.

  
This cream is beautiful! And sure does feel very luxurious however when I used it, it made my skin more greasy?? Strange as it says that it is ‘suitable for all skins’ Even when my makeup was applied on top, it made the shine come through very easily (usually with my dermalogica skin smoothing cream this does not happen!) The texture was nice and light, even the smell was pleasant. Aloe is big in this cream which would be fab for your sensitive types but I will not be purchasing the full size 🙁

www.innovabeaute.com>delarom

5. Pure and light organic. Revitalising Facial Exfoliation £25

Pure and light organic is a philosophy on how one should approach life. Agnes Donazey (founder) ethos and beliefs is to make you feel peaceful, lighter and radiating from within.

I have to be honest here guys, this is the only product from the Birchbox that I have not tried 🙈 This is because at the mo I have so many exfoliaters (courtesy of Birchbox) that I do not want to consistently change, as too many changes irritate my sensitive skin. However I love the packaging and smell so will give it a try some time later.

  
https://www.pureandlightorganic.eu

6. L.Erickson. Grab and Go Ponytail Holder £11.50 for a set of 15

Founded in 1997, this Washington based hair accessories company is determined to make your hair look super polished. The brand has a wide range of headbands and ponytail holders. These accessories have been loved by Alexa Chung and Ashley Greene!

  
Mmm it’s a hair bobble guys that’s all I can say 🤐 don’t really have much to say on this product as it doesn’t really interest me (sorry) I would have preferred to have received the headbands! I did try these out at the gym but my hair is too fine, so I have to wrap the band round a few times! It did not hold my hair well in the band 👎🏽 I understand this was a Birchbox treat but this treat was not for me 🙁 and it’s a little pricey for me as well.

https://www.franceluxe.com

And that concludes Novembers Birchbox!

I’m not really sure how I feel about the last two Birchboxes, as I seem to receive lots of skincare and would really love more makeup! I am defo considering the glossybox (missed the Nars edition! Damn) but will hold out for the Christmas Birchbox and see how it fares as the packaging looks awesome!
Did you like this months Birchbox? If yes what was your fave product? 

Till next time my loves 💋

Happy Reading X