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Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

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I was recently given the opportunity, by Lookfantastic, to review a product from the Elemis range – their Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.  Elemis is a brand that I constantly hear a lot of positive things about, but before this I had never used any of their products, so I was keen to give it a go, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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When I first received the cleansing balm, I was immediately impressed by the generous size of the product.  The pot is very large, and contains 105g of balm, and comes with a delicately soft cleansing cloth.  I can’t say the packaging is anything special, but its simplicity is bang on trend.

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According to the Lookfantastic website, Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is meant to ‘dissolve make up, dirt and oil from your skin’, as well as ‘deeply cleanse, smooth and hydrate your skin, leaving you with a glowing complexion’.  The balm has a brilliant yellow colour to it, and is made up of a mixture of active natural oils, including starflower, elderberry and optimega, as well as rose and mimosa waxes.  On top of this, the balm is scented with calming lavender and chamomile, and it really does smell absolutely beautiful.

The key ingredients work as follows…

  • Padina Pavonica: A powerful anti-ageing active.
  • Elderberry Oil: Firms and plumps your skin.
  • Starflower Oil: Maintains the skin’s moisture levels.
  • Optimega Oil: Improves skin hydration.
  • Mimosa and Rose Flower Waxes: Softens and comforts your skin.

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The balm also has an incredible texture which is soft and waxy, and is an absolute pleasure to use as it feels so luxurious.  It glides onto the skin effortlessly and massages in well, and as you rub the wax warms gently for an intense cleansing experience.  It’s easy to use too – all you do is massage a generous amount of balm into your face, neck and chest, with moist fingertips.  You can then leave it on for a few minutes for deeper relaxation (this would be lovely during a pamper session in the bath), or wash it straight off using the cloth provided.  I find it’s best to use the cloth when warm and damp, not soaking wet, as it makes it easier to remove the balm without making a drippy mess.

After use, I found that my skin felt slightly tight which worried me a little, but after a few minutes the tightness faded and my skin felt gorgeously soft, clean and refreshed, and looked far less dull.  I have sensitive combination skin on my face (oily T-zone and dry cheeks), and the balm seemed to balance my skin, hydrating the dry areas whilst lessening the oil, and it didn’t cause any irritation at all, so it’s ideal for all skin types.

Overall, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm gives a wonderful cleansing experience and feels like a real treat every time.  The huge pot means it will last for ages too, so the £39.50 pricetag is worth every penny.  If you’d like to try it yourself, it is available here from Lookfantastic, and postage is FREE on all orders, worldwide.

Naomi x

*This Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm was sent to me by The Hut Group/Lookfantastic for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Snakebite

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If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in the world of beauty blogging it’s that Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes are extremely popular, so much so that reviews of the palettes seem to take precedent over the brand’s single eyeshadows.  So, when Lookfantastic gave me the opportunity to try an Urban Decay eyeshadow, I was intrigued to find out whether bloggers are missing out on a little gem in choosing palettes over singles.

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Urban Decay’s range of eyeshadows features 68 shades in every colour you can imagine, all of which have fun, creative names.  From nudes and browns, to blues, pinks, purples and even black, there’s something for everybody, so if the combined shades in the palettes aren’t for you, you can pick and choose the singles and build up a personalised collection of colours.

The shade I received is called Snakebite – a bronze brown with a slight shimmer which is ideal for day wear on its own.

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I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging (as long as the product inside lives up to it), and Urban Decay’s new design eyeshadows are definitely pleasant to look at.  The shadow comes encased in a silver-toned circular pot which looks very chic, and is apparently inspired by NYC subway tokens – a brilliant cultural touch.  Even the textured purple box is lovely!

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The eyeshadow itself has a velvety soft feel which translates onto the skin for a flawless, smooth finish.  When I first used Snakebite I was slightly worried that my eyeshadow brush wasn’t picking up much of the product, but when I applied it I was pleasantly surprised.  The eyeshadow is very highly pigmented, so what looked like a little went a very long way, and it didn’t take much to build up decent coverage.

The only issue I have with the eyeshadow is that the powder sits quite loosely on the brush, meaning it makes quite a mess with the excess falling onto my cheeks during application.  However, this is easily sorted with a quick sweep of a spare clean brush!

Here’s how the eyeshadow looks on the skin…

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Perhaps the biggest test of a good eyeshadow is how long it lasts, and Urban Decay’s eyeshadow lasts an impressively long time.  The first time I wore Snakebite I wore it without an eyelid primer, yet it still lasted all afternoon with no fading, and it didn’t gather in the creases or smudge at all.  I just love that you can wear this eyeshadow without having to worry about touching it up throughout the day!

Overall, from packaging to product this little eyeshadow oozes quality and I really, really like it.  If you love the Urban Decay palettes then I’d highly recommend you try the singles too!  You can find the full range of Urban Decay’s gorgeous little eyeshadows here at Lookfantastic, and they cost £14.00 each.

Naomi x

*This Urban Decay Eyeshadow was sent to me by Lookfantastic/The Hut Group for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Big Birthday Giveaway WINNER

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Last month, to celebrate my 23rd birthday and my blog’s 1st birthday, I launched my Big Birthday Giveaway.  I teamed up with Lookfantastic to offer one lucky winner a highly sought after Urban Decay Naked Palette, and the time has finally come for me to announce who will be receiving this amazing prize!

The response to the giveaway was incredible and by the time it closed it had received more than 2000 entries from all over the world!  So, thank you so much to everyone who entered – I really appreciate your support, and thank you too to Lookfantastic for donating the palette.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for.  The WINNER of my Big Birthday Giveaway is Entry No. 94, which belongs to…

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Chrissie Lea

Congratulations Chrissie!  I hope you enjoy your prize.  Please contact me at bewitcheryblog@gmail.com with your address to claim your prize.

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who entered – I wish I had a prize for all of you!  If you still want the Urban Decay Naked Palette, it is available here from Lookfantastic for £36.00, and for a limited time, if you buy 2 Urban Decay products you will receive a free Supercurl Mascara.

Keep an eye out for another exciting giveaway coming soon!

Naomi x

Real Techniques Blush Brush

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On my mission to find affordable but high quality make up brushes, I was recommended Real Techniques by several different bloggers.  After doing some research and seeing how highly praised they are, the Core Collection and Starter Set went straight on my birthday list, and I was lucky enough to receive both sets for my birthday (I’ll be reviewing these at a later date).  On top of this, the wonderful Lookfantastic were also kind enough to send me a Real Techniques Blush Brush, which I will be reviewing in this post.

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Real Techniques’ Blush Brush has everything I look for when choosing new make up brushes.  Firstly, it has a long handle which is made from light aluminium with a grippable base, so it is easy to use and gives you ultimate control.  It also has a widened, flat base so it can stand alone, which makes for simple storage.

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The bristles are cut by hand and are tapered, which is great for contouring, but the rounded bulk of the brush makes applying an even sweep of blusher easy.  I find that the brush picks up just the right amount of product too, so you’re left with a flawless, well blended finish.  Most importantly for me, the bristles are made from synthetic taklon so the brush is vegan and cruelty free, but unlike some synthetic bristles they’re also incredibly soft.  They feel amazingly plush and luxurious on the skin and don’t cause any irritation, which is always a bonus for those with sensitive skin like me.

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Though I’ve only used this brush for blusher so far, I think it could be quite a versatile brush.  I’ve seen other reviewers say they use it for bronzer too, as well as powder foundation, which I may put to the test.

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I really couldn’t be happier with this brush, and I can’t recommend it highly enough – it makes the whole process of applying blusher effortless, and it really lives up to (maybe even exceeds!) my expectations.  Real Techniques brushes are extremely high quality for the price and they’re now my go-to brand for brushes.  I have my eye on the Foundation Brush next!  This Blush Brush has an RRP of £12.89, but it is currently on sale on Lookfantastic.com for £9.99.  A serious bargain if you ask me.  If you’d like to see Lookfantastic’s full range of Real Techniques brushes, just click here.

What do you think of Real Techniques’ products?

Naomi x

*I was sent this Real Techniques Blush Brush by The Hut Group/Lookfantastic.com for review purposes.  All thoughts expressed are honest and based on my own experience.*

Big Birthday Giveaway: Win an Urban Decay Naked Palette! – CLOSED

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Last Thursday was Bewitchery’s first birthday, and today is my 23rd birthday, so to celebrate these two special days and to say thank you to my lovely readers, I have teamed up with Lookfantastic to bring you a very exciting giveaway prize…  An Urban Decay Naked Palette!  The Naked Palette features twelve beautiful, neutral eyeshadow shades, a Good Karma Eyeshadow brush and mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original.  I’m sure you’ll all agree that this highly sought after palette is my best giveaway prize yet, and I’d like to thank Lookfantastic for donating it!

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To enter, please click on the link below, and you will be taken to an entry form where you can earn as many entries as you like!  Please note that to enter you must be a Bewitchery subscriber.  To subscribe to my posts, please click on the ‘Follow’ button under the ‘Follow Me’ section in the sidebar.  If you are not a WordPress user, you will need to enter your email address first.  Thanks!

WIN AN URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE FROM LOOKFANTASTIC!

The giveaway is open internationally to those aged 18 or over, and will run for four weeks.  The giveaway will close at midnight GMT on 14th March and a winner will be chosen at random and contacted on 15th March.  You will then have 48 hours to claim your prize and message me your postal address so that I can post the palette out to you asap!  If the winner does not respond within this time I will choose another winner.

Good luck to all who enter!

Naomi x

Jurlique Rose Essentials

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With only a week left to go until Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a gift idea with you which puts a luxurious twist on the traditional bunch of red roses – Jurlique’s Rose Essentials.  If you have a beauty-obsessed loved one to buy for this year, or even if you want to treat yourself to a pampering session, then Jurlique’s rose scented skin care products are ideal.

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The Jurlique Rose Essentials set contains three luxe rose scented products, and they come packaged in a beautiful gift box, which definitely makes this set a pleasure to receive!  Once you remove the red and gold cardboard wrap, the box you are met with looks like a gorgeous gold treasure chest, patterned with delicate roses and leaves, which fits the Jurlique tagline perfectly – ‘Your gift of beauty to treasure’.  It is even sealed with a sticker that looks like a lock, which makes the set feel that little bit more special, and builds the anticipation as to what you will find inside.

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The three products inside the box are wrapped with red tissue paper, and the gold ribbon and embossed brand logo all add an extra touch of luxury.  The products are a 100ml bottle of Rosewater Balancing Mist, a 300ml bottle of Rose Shower Gel, and a 150ml tube of Rose Body Cream.

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Here is a brief review of each product to give you an idea of what they are like…

Rosewater Balancing Mist

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Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist contains Rose Essential Oil, Marshmallow and Aloe, which combine to form a hydrating mist which improves and balances skin tone.  I like to spray this on to my face after a long day, as it refreshes tired skin and, unlike some mists, is delicately moisturising so it doesn’t dry your skin out or leave it feeling greasy.  The packaging the mist comes in is very plain in contrast to the gift box, which is slightly disappointing as I like a bit of colour, but the glass bottle makes it look and feel a bit more impressive than if it were plastic.

Rose Shower Gel

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This pinky orange coloured shower gel contains a mix of natural essential oils, and like the mist leaves your skin feeling fresh, and extremely clean.  I usually use shower creams as normal gels sometimes dehydrate my skin, but Jurlique’s Rose Shower Gel is actually quite moisturising, which is lovely, and can be used all over the body.  The lather that one pump of this gel gives is impressive, and a little goes a long way.

Rose Body Cream

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The Rose Body Cream is my favourite product in the set.  It is enriched with Jojoba Oil, Shea and Cocoa Butter, so as you can imagine it is intensely moisturising, but it is also a lot lighter than some body butters.  The cream doesn’t sit on the skin making a greasy mess either, rather, it is easily and quickly absorbed and is very kind to the skin.  I suffer from dry hands so have been using this as a hand cream, and so far the results are good, and my hands feel a lot softer!

All three products have a very sweet but authentic scent of roses, which is reminiscent of an English garden on a summer’s day (how corny and romantic!)  It’s a very feminine scent, and isn’t at all overpowering, so the products can be layered for a long-lasting, gentle aroma.

This whole set just oozes quality.  The products are all generously sized and feel amazing on the skin, and the packaging is incredible.  The Jurlique range is a bit of a splurge (products start at £10 each, ranging up to around £30), but sometimes these things are worth it, right?  You can view Jurlique’s range of skin care products here, at LookFantastic.com.  Or, if Jurlique isn’t for you or your loved one, LookFantastic also stock a wide selection of other Valentine’s Gifts, including Nails Inc Bling It On Leather & Skulls, which I reviewed here.

Naomi x

*This Jurlique Rose Essentials set was sent to me by LookFantastic.com/The Hut Group for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

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I have long, straight hair, but despite my efforts to keep it looking sleek and smooth, it always tangles into straggly knots at the first sight of water, wind or my pillow!  I have tried many things over the years to keep it neat and tangle-free, and after experimentation with various hair products and brushes, I think I finally have the answer…  The Tangle Teezer!

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I have heard many good things about Tangle Teezer over time, so when I was kindly gifted a Tangle Teezer Compact Styler by LookFantastic a few weeks ago, I was keen to give it a try.  The Compact Styler is a smaller version of the original Tangle Teezer, so it is the perfect size to carry in your handbag or overnight bag for gorgeous hair on the go.  The Teezer I received is Gold Rush – a stunning metallic gold colour on top and black on the bottom, and it is ergonomically shaped to fit snug into the palm of your hand for easy grip and use.  It also features a secure click-on cover to protect the brush teeth whilst you’re out and about.

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The teeth of the brush are soft and pliable, but also extremely strong, so they flex to the shape of your head for comfortable brushing.  As you can see in the picture, they alternate in length, with every other row having longer teeth which burrow deep in to your hair to reach every tangle with ease!  The styler can be used on both wet and dry hair, and the results you get really are quite incredible.  I mostly use this on dry hair throughout the day, but it’s great for sorting out post-shower tangles too.

As I’m sure many of you know, brushing out tangles can be painful, and what makes the Tangle Teezer special is that it is absolutely painless!  Every time I use it I am amazed at how easily it moves through my hair without pulling or tugging, whilst effortlessly removing all  tangles, leaving nothing but beautifully soft locks behind.  And it’s quick too!  It also works on tough tangles…  My fiancé has very curly hair which knots up easily into tiny little dreadlocks.  I managed to convince him to let me have a go at his hair with the Tangle Teezer, and though I wasn’t expecting positive results (metal combs have failed to detangle his hair in the past), I was astonished to find that it works just as well on his hair as it does on mine!  He didn’t moan about it hurting much either, which has to be a good sign!

Just to give you an idea of the results the Tangle Teezer can give, here are some pictures of my hair before and after a quick brush…

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Pretty good, right?

I don’t think I could be without a Tangle Teezer now I’ve tried it.  It’s a quick and effective way to give hair a smooth appearance and long-lasting shine in just a few painless brush strokes.  What’s not to love?  I might even invest in the larger size to keep at home, so I can carry this little Compact with me at all times!

If you like the look of the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, it is available to buy now from LookFantastic.com, and costs an affordable £12.25.  You can check out their full range of Tangle Teezers here!  LookFantastic offer FREE worldwide delivery on all orders too, which is a fanastic deal.

Naomi x

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*The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler was sent to me by The Hut/lookfantastic.com for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Nails Inc Bling It On Leather & Skulls

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2013 is set to be another big year for textured nails, and the latest trend is the unusual leather look.  Nails Inc recently launched their Bling It On Leather & Skulls set, and it has been causing a big buzz in the world of beauty.  I am always keen to try out new and exciting nail effects and I was really intrigued by this when I first heard about it, so I was very pleased to be sent a set to review, from lookfantastic.com.

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Bling It On Leather is available in Black or Tan (which is the shade I have), and the set contains a 10ml bottle of Leather Effect polish, four skull embellishments, a 3g bottle of nail glue and a cuticle stick – everything you need to create gorgeous, stand-out nails!

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The nail polish shade in the tan set is called Soho Mews, and is a lovely caramel brown colour, tinged with orange.  The polish itself is very creamy and highly pigmented, and I found it only took one coat to achieve an opaque, even finish.  However, I applied two coats as the instructions suggest.  Getting the leather look is very simple, as the polish does all the work for you.  Like a crackle varnish, Leather Effect goes on glossy, and before your eyes it develops a leathery textured, matte finish in just seconds.  Once the effect has formed, the polish is also completely dry, which is really quite impressive.

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If you wanted to dress the Leather Look down for work or day wear you could stop there, but the set also contains four skulls which would be perfect for an evening look.  The skull embellishments are made of a gold coloured metal and are studded with tiny crystal gems.  They’re actually surprisingly detailed and beautiful for a nail embellishment, and give the leather effect a glamorous yet rocky edge.  The instructions say to pick the skulls up with tweezers, before applying a small amount of the glue to the corners and centre of the skull before placing it on to your chosen nail.  If you’re careful, you won’t make a mess with the glue, and the skull will stay put.  If you’re extra careful, you can remove the skull before taking the varnish off and use it again!

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The final look you get with the leather polish and skulls is one of beauty.  If, like me, you do everything in your power to keep your newly painted nails glossy and smudge-free, the Leather Effect may take some getting used to, but it really does look like leather and the colour is stunning!  Here are two swatch photos to show you how fabulous this look is.

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Without skull, to show the Leather Effect.

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With skull.

The only downside to the Leather Effect is that it soon chips.  To keep the matte finish I didn’t apply a top coat, and within 24 hours the varnish had chipped.  However, if you change your varnish regularly this shouldn’t be much of an issue, and if you’re wearing it for a night out then chances are you’ll be removing it within a day anyway.

If you like the look of Nails Inc Bling It On Leather & Skulls, you can order it now for £19 (with FREE worldwide delivery) from LookFantastic, in the classy shade of black – a worthy investment for fans of chic nails and current trends!  LookFantastic also stock many other nail brands, including O.P.I, Essie and Butter London.  To view their full range, visit here!

Naomi x

*This Nails Inc Bling It On Leather & Skulls set was sent to me by lookfantastic.com for review purposes.  All opinions expressed in this post are honest and my own.*

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