Category: Opinion

Product Review – Eylure ‘Volume 101’

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So I am a self-confessed fake lash addict, and I’m not afraid to admit it! Whenever I’m dressing up or going out, or just wanting to make some sort of effort, I whip out the fake lashes and flutter away. I’ve tried a range of brands and glues, but Eylure still remain my favourite by far – I’ve always found them easy to get on with and not had any issues with them… until now.

First of all, I would just like to say this isn’t an “attack” on Eylure – I love them as a brand and I love their products, but I always aim to be honest with my opinions when reviewing items, and today will be no different; an honest review is what I shall give.

I was heading out for the night with a group of friends and so grabbed a pair of Volume 101 lashes, happy with my choice and in a bit of a rush so not paying too much attention… the lashes were full, long and curvy – exactly what I was after. I rushed home to get ready – did my hair and makeup, then left my lashes to last (as I usually do). It was when I opened the box I noticed there was no adhesive included (which anyone who uses Eylure knows is usually included). Perplexed, I looked at the box and the lashes again, and then rolled my eyes; I’d picked up pre-glued lashes – of course there was no glue!

I applied the lashes as instructed, but to my dismay found that it just wouldn’t stick – the glue was not tacky enough and it just kept pinging off my eye as soon as I blinked! I never have too much patience with applying lashes so I gave up on my left and moved on to my right. This lash went on a bit better, though it took a fair amount of negotiating to get it to stay in place (and quite a lot of holding down too!). It still didn’t look very “natural” though and I had to tp up my eyeliner more than usual. Nevertheless, the lash was on.

So I went back to the left eye.

Once again I struggled to get the lash to stick at all, and the more I tried the less it stuck – over half of the glue strip was not sticking and the lash just kept falling off my face! Now I was running late to go out, feeling frustrated and standing in my living room with one eyelash on and the other by my foot on the floor, for the 100th time…

Usually, I have lots of mini pots of adhesive lying around, but in my quest to get rid of my hoarding habits when I moved house, I had chucked them all out (score 1 for hoarding). So annoyingly, I had to pull the lash (which had stuck) off my eye and again top up my eyeliner, before heading out… completely lash-less.

Overall, I was just frustrated – the lashes themselves were lovely, but the issues with the pre-glue were awful, and it’s safe to say that I would not buy these again just for the faff it caused, and for my overall disappointment. I have to ask, what is the point in having a pre-glued product if it is not going to stick, and you need to find your own glue to actually get them to stick?? Definitely not something I would be willing to try now on purpose.

I love Eylure, and I will continue to purchase their products, but I will be avoiding the pre-glued range (and making sure to read the packaging before buying!).

I’d love to hear if I am the only one who has had this issue!

On a more positive note, I will be posting a new video in the next few days, for a more glamorous look – perfect for a night out! Keep your eyes peeled for that!

 

Much love!

Roben x

Boutique of Molly – Laila Dress | Product Review #OOTW

So today’s post is a little different – we’re going to do a product review or the Laila dress by Boutique of Molly!

The sun was back (temporarily), which means cracking out the summer wardrobe whilst you still can.. (#loveBritishsummer), and what better way then bringing out the florals to keep that summer vibe alive?

For anyone which knows me, I am a tad bit of a dress-aholic (come rain or shine!), and so I was absolutely thrilled to pieces last week when I came home from work to find my Boutique of Molly package had arrived, containing my new Laila dress! As soon as I opened the package I couldn’t to wait ’til the weekend to try it out (and had my fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine to remain!) It’s truly stunning, and really got me in the summer mood.

Thankfully my wish came true, and we got that bit of British sunshine so I was able to wear my beautiful new dress. The first thing I noticed, was the fit of it – it clung to all the right places, and avoided all the bits I wanted to hide! I’ve got a very pear shape body, so a dress cut like this is perfect for me – it emphasises the smallest part of me (my waist), and flows out over my hips effortlessly so as not to accentuate them… and as an added bonus it enhanced my cleavage!

The material of the Laila dress is really soft too, as well as having a bit of stretch in it – perfect for when you’ve had a desert too much (something I do more often than not!). The bright pink and purple flowers are really eye-catching, but not too in your face – the perfect balance to get you noticed, but pointed at!

This really is a wonderful dress, and definitely going to be an icon of my summer this year – bring back the sunshine so I can keep on wearing this!!

For more clothing from Boutique of Molly, make sure to check out their website here – they’ve got some gorgeous pieces available ready for the summer, and at great prices too!

Check out my #BOMselfie below, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for my newest video being uploaded shortly…

Lots of love

Roben x

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Dr Lipp – Original Nipple Balm for Lips |Product Review

It’s with great apologies that I post this product review – I had this all written out and ready to go months ago, and thought I had uploaded it… but checking through last night I realised that wasn’t the case and it seems to have got missed! So absolute apologies for that!

Dr Lipp sent me their wonderful creation which is ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ to try out, and I was completely amazed with what you can do with it!

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‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ – yes, that’s right Nipple Balm – it’s one of them titles which the 14 year old in me giggles at inside whenever I say it out loud; it just doesn’t sound natural for me to announce I’m using a nipple balm on my lips! It’s also one of them names which makes people do a double take (good marketing their guys!) – so it tends to stick out in your head. But don’t be put off by the name – this little beaut of a product is actually awesome for more than what you might be thinking…

Lip Balm – This is the most obvious use – using a product which says in the description ‘for lips’, but I just wanted to explain how marvellous this little gem is. The texture of the product is very much like nipple balm (being a mother, I have had the joys of having to use this) …I presume this is why it has it’s name! But this isn’t a bad thing – nipple balm is silky smooth and glides on easy – it has a soothing touch to it and is a brilliant barrier; which is exactly the case for this lip balm. When you’ve got the product on your lips feel hydrated, and completely protected – like having a drink is not going to wash the product off so you have to keep reapply every 5 seconds (let’s face it, we’ve all had that kind of lip balm before…). If you’re like me where I suffer from having dry cracked lips on a daily basis, then this is a little tube of miracle that you need to try out!

Lip Gloss & Primer – Due to the high shine of this product, it makes for a perfect long-lasting lipgloss! Simply apply over the top of lipstick (or naked lips) and get a glossy glow to your look! The best thing is how little of the product you have to use for this, which means your little tube will keep on lasting! You can also use the balm before applying lipstick as a great primer – it flattens out any flaky skin so that when you apply your lipstick on top it glides on with ease.

Eye Shine & Glitter – Yes, eye shine! You must be thinking I’m mental, but this product is absolutely fantastic for changing a look and jazzing it up! Apply your eye make-up as usual, then put a small amount of the Nipple Balm for Lips on top, and you get a complete new look (perfect if you are going out straight from work – changing the look from a day to evening in an instant without having to remove make-up or carry round a million products to do so!). If you want to sparkle up your eyes, this is also the perfect product to do so – layer on a small amount of the Nipple Balm for Lips, then pad on any eye glitter – it instantly sticks to the balm and holds for a good duration of time. As an FYI, this is exactly what I did for the picture in my header of the website!

Cheek Shine/Highlighter – If you want to add a bit of shine to your cheekbones to give that highlighted effect, this product is great. Again, a small amount ages a long way, so only the tiniest needs to be applied.

Sore Patches – I know, I know, attractive right? But let’s face it, we all get sore or itchy patches on our faces sometimes and it’s a nightmare when you do (particularly if it then makes red blotchy patches…). I’ve used Dr Lipp’s Nipple Balm for Lips when I’ve had a cold and my nose got sore from constantly blowing it (you know that red raw look I’m talking about..) – it really soothed the skin and stopped the irritation; at times like that, it’s best to keep the skin around your nose hydrated so it doesn’t dry out and get so sore… which is exactly what the balm did! I’ve not had to try myself, but from what I’ve heard, you can also use this product on dry/sore patches of skin, and of course, on nipples themselves when they get cracked and sore.

There are many many many more other uses for Dr Lipp’s ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’, and so many benfits from using it – if you want to read more about the product then head over to Dr Lipp’s website.

Overall, I was super impressed with the ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ – the packaging is awesome and so pretty! (Simple things, I know!), it’s fabulous for lasting you ages, and there are so many ways you can use it! Plus, it really helped my dry lips!

10 out of 10 for Dr Lipp!

Lots of love,

Roben x

 

 

Butter London – Product Review!

So I’ve been extremely fortunate and been sent some lovely samples through from Butter London – a fantastic brand I’ve been wanting to try for ages! They sent me 4 items in total – 3 fabulous matte lipsticks, and 1 liquid eyeliner, to which I have made another video to show the amazing products (the video is at the bottom of this post!).

I’ve been playing around with ideas for a while now, and wanted to write a small piece on how lipstick colours can change a look in an instant – using the same brand, and style of lipstick, but just changing the colour. Using the 3 lipstick colours I was sent by Butter London I’ve now been able to do this – I’ve started off with my make-up already applied, and literally just gone through applying the different lipsticks… you’ll be surprised the difference it makes! Using pink-ier shades lightens the face and gives a gorgeous daytime look (especially the ‘Macbeth’ shade Butter London sent!), whereas a more rose tinted shade makes great for an early evening look. For a more sultry, late-evening look you can transform your whole look with a much deeper shade of red… keep reading to find out my thoughts on the shades Butter London sent me…

 

Lipsticks

Matte Lipstick ‘Macbeth’ – This is the first shade I apply in the video – it’s absolutely fantastic! It has great tone to the pink, and the vibrancy of the lipstick is outstanding… it almost has a neon/luminous look to it? The lipstick glides on effortlessly, and it’s claim to being ‘long lasting’ is 100% on point – I’ve trialled this beautiful shade out at work to see if it rubs off easily, yet despite various drinks (hot and cold), and food eaten throughout the day (I’m not ashamed to say I constantly eat – there’s always some form of snack in front of me!), the lipstick stayed on, only needing a top up once (and this was around 3pm, so pretty good going!). The ‘Macbeth’ shade is absolutely perfect for people with pale skin with a cool undertone (such as myself) – it really draws attention to the lips without making you look deathly white or with yellow-tinged skin. As an added bonus point, this colour really brought out the whiteness in my teeth (which always goes down with me!). This shade, out of the 3 I received is most definitely my favourite!

Matte Lipstick ‘Loved Up’ – If you’re looking to go out for dinner, pop to the cinema, or going on a date, this beautiful shade is immense. Again, easy to apply, a wonderful matte finish, and superbly long-lasting (even more so than the ‘Macbeth’ shade!) – you really can’t go wrong with these lipsticks. ‘Loved Up’ is a redder shade which really can change up your look – whether you want to jazz up your daytime look, or you’re heading out for the evening this colour is definitely going to make your look more striking!

Matter Lipstick ‘Ruby Murray’ – This was actually the first out of all the samples that I tried out – I was heading out for the evening and I thought this would be ideal to test out.. my findings revealed that the lipstick withheld all night with just the one slight touch-up! I was super impressed, and to top it off, I was complimented throughout the night how great my make-up was and asked where I got my lipstick from! It certainly is a show stopper, and the deepness of the colour gives such a sultry, sexy look. Best of all, the ‘Ruby Murray’ shade didn’t make me look ridiculously pale (as I have found with previous darker shade lipsticks) – the cool undertone to the red complimented my skin, and I had real confidence when wearing it. Once more, this was easy to apply and super long lasting!

Eyeliner

Matte Eye Liner in ‘Union Jack Black’ – I think this was the product I was most excited by when I received the samples – I love a good liquid eyeliner, and I love trying them out! I have to say though, this was perhaps actually the more disappointing item out of the lot – maybe because I had such high hopes for it? But either way, it wasn’t my favourite. The eye liner itself was easy enough to use, and the shape of the body of the eyeliner made a good grip and easy to hold – the colour also gave good coverage… when it worked. The main issue I had with this eyeliner was that it ran out so quickly! The first 2 times I used the liquid liner it was perfectly fine and I was quite happy with it… but every use after that the product became less dense and I found myself having to reapply several layers to get a half decent coverage. This was a bit frustrating – it was fine if I had lots of time to do my makeup, but on the occasions I was in a rush (which in my case, is 9 out of 10 times!) it was a bit tedious to keep having to build the colour up. On a positive note, the fine point to the eye liner allows you to get a really sharp flick to your wing!

 

Overall, I was very impressed with Butter London’s products – all of them were super easy to use, and the range of colours which are available on the website are superb! Although the Matte Eye Liner didn’t quite meet up to my expectations, the Matte Lipsticks went above and beyond, which certainly made up for it! I was so pleased with the longevity of the lipsticks and how little I needed to top them up to last throughout the day, and the colours were absolutely beautiful.

I will certainly be adding Butter London to my shopping list, and I can’t wait to check out some of their other ranges!

Make sure to check Butter London out here – http://www.butterlondon.co.uk

 

My next few posts are going to be focusing on brighter colours as we start to transition from spring to summer (even if it doesn’t feel like it right now!), some tips on how to get a spectacular smokey eye, and how to achieve some film inspired looks!

If there’s anything in particular you would like me to cover, just give me a shout @RobenBeauty on either Twitter or Facebook or comment below!

Lots of love,

Roben x

Affordable Doesn’t Mean Bad Quality – Make-up Tutorial

Unfortunately I think budget make-up now has a bit of a stigma to it – people just presume that because something is a bit of a bargain, it must be rubbish; they think the mascaras are going to be clumpy and unusable, foundation is not going to blend and just comes in an array of orange-tinted colours, and lipsticks will rub off just by looking at them… I, of course, completely contest this.

Admittedly, if you went back a few years, you most probably would find this the case – after all, the stigma didn’t come from nowhere! Budget make-up used to be just that – budget. But times have changed, prices have changed, and the overall quality and choice of affordable make-up has changed too – it seems like the only thing that hasn’t changed is our views on it!

As you all know, I do love a bit of MAC, Studio 10 and the like, and I do tend to use these products in my videos – they are of a higher price, but also of fantastic quality! However, I also do use high-street priced products, as well as more affordable options; and it was after I made my video and review on the Stargazer products, that I received some requests from fans in regards to more products which Stargazer produce as well as enquiries as to “what other affordable brands were out there” which I would recommend using. This got me thinking, and I therefore decided the best way to show an array of products and brands would be to create a make-up tutorial not only showing what to use, but how I would use them to create a soft, simple, everyday look.

Below, you will find my latest tutorial which shows me using products, all of which are under £8! Let’s have a quick look at what I used to create this look;

Foundation – £4.00 – For this I used Stargazer’s Pro Foundation – this is a really great product that I’d recommend to anyone wanting a foundation that goes on super easy and is at an extortionately great price – just £4!!! Better yet, this range from Stargazer is really good for anyone with pale skin (like myself), as there’s a good choice of different light shades to choose from.

Setting, Highlighting & Contouring – £7.99 – If you’ve seen my very first post about contouring, then you’ll know that I used to use eye-shadow as I found other contouring kits too heavy and generally unusable… however, I’ve recently discovered the gorgeous Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit by Barry M (in Light-Medium), and I absolutely love it! It comes with highlighter, bronzer and contour powders and it so easy to apply! This is the most expensive product I have used in this video, but it is still a bargain at just £7.99!

Blush – £6.50 – For blush I actually used a product from Avon called True Colour in Cedar Rose, however this product is currently not available any more (which is shocking because it is amazing and has been an old faithful of mine for some time now!) – there is however, a close alternative for this by Avon called Ideal Luminous Blush (in Peach) which is just as good, and still affordable at £6.50.

Eyebrows – £4.99 – I used my old faithful for my brows; this is a fabulous little kit from BeautyUK called the ‘All-in-one High Brow Definition Kit’ which I’ve always managed to get on with. It comes with 3 shades (which blend together well so you can match most hair types), as well as a highlighting creme to further define your brow shape. Whether I’m going for a softer look, or a dark brow look I can guarantee I will achieve what I’m after with the High Brow kit from BeautyUK – it sincerely is worth the price!

Eye-shadow – £3.99 – Now this is a tool I’d advise everyone to have in their make-up kits; an eye-shadow palette is perfect when you want a good array of colours (some of which you wouldn’t necessarily want to fork out a fortune for if you are only planning on using once or twice in a blue moon!), they’re also great ways to create new colours/looks by blending with branded products, and they just allow you to be creative without the cost! I bought my palette off of ebay (from a China store with free delivery), yet everyone is none the wiser once the product is applied to my eyes. This is a definite essential for anyone, and totally worth the price (and the wait… because shipping from China can mean a few weeks before receiving the palette!).

Eyeliner – £1.00 – I love these eye-liners with a passion! MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner’s are just £1.00 and are perfect for top ups in your handbag as well as applying first thing. They come in a fantastic range of colours, and best of all every eyeliner comes with a pencil sharpener integrated in to the lid of the pencil so you never have to worry about a blunt point! I used the Jet Black eyeliner for this look, but I have various other shades stocked up – at just £1.00 it makes sense to have several options!

Mascara – £4.99 – For mascara I used L’Oreal’s ‘Miss Manga’ Volume Mascara – this is quite a light mascara so great for every day looks, and best of all it doesn’t clump up! I bought this from Tesco’s for £4.99, however I have seen this for sales in drugstores for £9.99 or even up to £12.99, so make sure you shop around to get the best price!

Lip Liner – £1.00 – Another MUA product, and once again priced at just £1.00! Just like the eye-liners from MUA, the lip liners come in a selection of colours (I used ‘Red Drama’ for this tutorial), and also come with the sharpener in the lid of the pencil. Once more, this is an amazing product from an equally amazing brand, and at such a cheap price!

Lipstick – £7.50 – Another product from Avon; the Ultra Colour Bold Lipstick in Coral Burst – I absolutely love this colour, and it best of all I have found this lipstick to be long lasting (without needing to top up on a regular basis!).

I hope you’ve found this post helpful, and has given a bit more clarity to the fact “affordable” doesn’t have to be “cheap and nasty”. Please click on the link below to see the tutorial of how I applied the above!

Look out for my next post, where I will be showing some quick, simple looks to try out!

Lots of love,

Roben x

Aroma Works – Amazing skincare without the nasties (Product Review)

It’s a bit of foundation knowledge that looking after your skin is an absolute essential when it comes to any kind of beauty routine. My main suggestions for this are usually sleep well, eat right, and drink plenty of H2O (see my previous post for more info on this)… but what else can we do to look after our skin? After all, you only have to walk in to anywhere that sells make-up and you’ll find shelves lined with cream after cream – each claiming to be the next best miracle to cure any impurities! But what to choose and where from?? It can all get a bit confusing sometimes!

I have my select favourites of creams and potions, as does any girl, however I’ve never been quite so impressed when it comes to skincare as I was when I discovered the joys of Aroma Works. Initially recommended through a friend due to their delightfully smelling candles, I then discovered their range of skin care products and just knew I had to try some! After sending me an amazing selection of samples before Christmas, Aroma Works has changed my view on skincare products altogether – having only just finished the samples to try out their each amazing qualities, I am now an oil based fan.

OIL??? I hear you say, and yes indeed – oil. At first, I must admit, I was dubious of the idea – I don’t have particularly oily skin myself anyway, but I certainly didn’t want to start making it that way! Yet I was pleasantly surprised when the facial oils did not sit on top of my faced like I originally feared; they did not make my skin appear greasy or shiny, and my pores did not feel clogged up or heavy… in fact, my skin felt the complete opposite! My skin was soft to the touch, it felt refreshed and hydrated, and the soft aroma the oils left had people asking me what new perfume I had on (for yes, these wonderful oils are also scented!). After one use of my first trial oil, I simply could not get enough and I found myself using the oils on a regular basis – particularly on days where I was makeup free, where I could let my skin breath and remain feeling fresh.

So let’s take a more indepth look at what I received…

Serenity Body Oil – A delightfully smelling oil which is just perfect to use after getting out of the bath and drying off – I know for myself that sometimes when I get out of a shower or bath my skin can sometimes feels tight and dry, so this miracle wonder worked perfectly for me! Best of all, a little goes a long way with the body oil so you don’t need to use a ton for the desired effect. With lemongrass, neroli, geranium and coconut, it smells divine, and your skin feels wonderfully smooth.

Purify Body Oil – Another body oil perfect for when you get out from bathing/showering and want to keep your skin naturally hydrated! This time with a mix of cypress, geranium and lavender, which are a perfect mix to help soothe any aching muscles (particularly if you are lucky enough to have someone use this wonderful oil as a massage oil – it does wonders!).

Nourish Face Serum Oil – Quite frankly, my favourite product out of the entire range. This beauty really helped me when my face felt dry and tight, but also gave me an extra boost when my skin felt normal – it genuinely makes your skin so soft to touch, and I felt so much more hydrated after using it. As an added bonus, this facial serum also helps to fight the signs of ageing!

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Nourish Purity Eye Cleanser – This is a little bottle of magic! Containing Jojoba and chamomile, this wonderful little product not only removes your eye make-up in a soft and gentle manner, but it also makes the area around your eyes feel soft and doesn’t leave them feeling aggravated (I’m sure I’m not the only girl whose eyes are sore after removing make-up!). I was pleasantly surprised with this, and again, a little goes a long way.

Nourish Body Brilliance Exfoliate – Surprisingly, this is actually the product I got on least with – despite being an exfoliant, I found it to be a little too rough for my skin (which is delicate at the best of times). Despite this, it smells gorgeous (lavender)!

Anti-Ageing Absolute Face Serum – Mask – As you all know, I love a good anti-ageing potion or lotion! Despite only being in my twenties, I stick by the fact that prevention is better than cure! I may not be able to see wrinkles disappear and the like, but I love the way anti-ageing products make me feel – and this little beaut makes me feel incredible! Soft to touch when you apply it, and even softer once its absorbed! You can use the face serum one of two ways – either before using a face cream, or to leave on overnight to soak in; I tried the latter, and my word did my skin feel amazing in the morning!

Inspire Aromatherapy Body Wash – I love a body wash – to the point I have too many in my bathroom and they’re all kind of squeezed on to my shelves! So safe to say I was excited when I saw I had a body wash from Aroma Works – It smells fresh (less like perfume like the rest of the range, and more citrus-like), and is just really invigorating! It does what a body wash does, but it is just so lovely!

Balance Cleansing Face Wash – This was a a great product to use after the body wash and before the facial oil – it’s got a really subtle scent to it and just feels really gentle on your skin. Definitely a product to use as a combination with the other products in the range.

Overall, my experience with Aroma Works was an extremely positive one – not only have I now got plenty more products to work in to my skincare routine, I also have a new opinion on oils and the wonders they can do for you! I’m so glad that I’ve been able to get involved with their products and will most definitely be stocking up (especially the Nourish Face Serum Oil!) – make sure to check out their full range here!

Until next time!

Lots of love,

Roben x

 

 

“Beauty” – Let’s Have A Reality Check

It’s a common misconception that beauty just revolves around make-up and how well it is applied, when in reality beauty is a just a perception – most importantly, that perception must come from ourselves; the best make-up artist in the world could apply your make-up for you, but if you don’t feel beautiful you’ll never believe that you are. It is for this reason, that I believe to achieve beauty you must build yourself up from the inside out, and through which means looking after yourself.

That is a bit of a controversial term as everybody has their own reasoning as to what ‘looking after yourself’ actually entails, but here are my thoughts on it…

Eat right – this doesn’t mean I only eat salads and have a low cal diet – I’m more than a confessed chocoholic, I enjoy carbs on a regular basis, and I never say no to a pizza night with the girls! It just means, make sure you’re diet is balanced – if you start restricting yourself of food groups, you’ll soon find yourself craving the stuff you should possibly be eating less of and you’ll just end up crashing. Eating right means having your 5-a-day, giving yourself protein and carbs to energize you for the day, and give yourself that occasional treat – we all need something to look forward to right?

Drink water – lots of it! Admittedly, when I was younger I used to avoid water on its own like it was the plague – nowadays I drink as much as I can in a day because I actually feel the benefits of it – my skin clears up, I feel healthy and refreshed, and it helps to curb them cravings sometimes when you just don’t need them!

Keep active – when I say this, people automatically think I mean “go to the gym 5 times a week, take up running daily and do 20 press-ups every morning”… it doesn’t. Keeping active can mean going for a walk in to town rather than driving, go swimming with friends or family, or taking up a new hobby like horse-riding, or dance classes once a week – anything which gets your heart rate up is keeping you active, and sometimes it’s not best to just throw yourself in to some high intense work out sessions, because if your body isn’t used to it, you’ll find yourself burning the candle at both ends and just crashing out. Start small, and make changes which fit you and your lifestyle – just because the girl down the road can fit in 5 gym sessions a week, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to with the commitments in your life; there’s no point beating yourself up about it, just adjust an active lifestyle around your world and your life, and start with a positive attitude.

Slow down – take some time out now and again; we all have our own individual stresses in life, and it’s easy to get caught up in rushing ourselves around, pushing ourselves for the next greatest things, and beating ourselves up when we don’t get things right… it’s human. You’re human. That means we can’t take on the entire world in one day – pace yourself, whether it be at work, at the gym, on your new diet, whatever it is – and give yourself some credit! Positivity goes a long way, and we all need a bit of a pat on the back to realise just what we have accomplished already.

Sleep! – most probably, the most important element of anyone’s routine! Everyone’s heard of the saying “getting your beauty sleep”, and there’s a reason for it! Our body needs sleep, and burning the candle at both ends is not going to help. Take the time to unwind and relax yourself before going to bed – particularly if, like me, you struggle with sleep at the best of times; look after your sleep hygiene; cut out drinks an hour or so before bed (and especially no caffeine!), refrain from looking at screens before going to bed (that means phones as well as tvs, and ipads!), and be careful of initiating stimulation of the brain by doing tasks like reading (which will encourage the mind to wake up). Try to be aware of what you do in bed as well – creating habits of doing other things in our bed other than sleeping (and sex – which apparently helps the sleep process), can create bad relations… sometimes we need to re-train our mind how to get to sleep again – but it’s most definitely worth it! After all, nothing beats waking up from a good night’s sleep and getting that feeling of being able to take on the world!

So they are my key pieces of advice to anyone asking me about a “beauty routine” – start with the fundamentals, not the cover-ups; rather than using that cream & concealer to cover up dark circles under your eyes, get some well needed sleep and keep hydrated – you’ll soon see them disappear!

However, I realise this is all much easier said than done, and I am by no means saying that I tick all of them boxes everyday – just like everybody else, I have my own life stresses and situations which means I can’t become a lifestyle saint, however, I do try to the best of my ability to do so as much as I can – and the results show.

As you may already be aware, I love my make-up and my creams and oils and all things apothecary, and I do take supplements and vitamins for that extra boost, therefore these things also enhance beauty – but that right there is the key word: enhance. Everybody is beautiful in their own way, and all of these products which I love so dearly, are merely there to enhance what beauty already exists – not to create it.

Beauty positivity is an awesome thing, and I urge you all to try it – start with the basics, feel the improvement in your self esteem, and then enhance yourselves as you see fit – you’ll be amazed how great you can feel!

With this in mind, my next product review coming is for Aroma Works – they are a wonderful brand with an amazing range of natural products that I can’t wait to tell you all about! Keep tuned to find out more!

Lots of love

Roben x

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