I'm not one to exaggerate but I firmly believe you could pack the bags under my eyes and go on a 10-day, all-inclusive holiday with them. For the last few weeks I have been so tired and stressed which is really noticeable under my eyes. I look permanently tired (and feel it!) so I decided a little treatment is in order. 

Under-eye masks have been so popular recently as an aide to reduce puffiness and swelling as well as moisturising and even promising to reduce signs of ageing so I decided to hunt some down to try for myself. I actually picked this box up at TKMaxx, of all places. I hadn't heard of the brand before but I liked the results they were claiming to offer so I decided to purchase the Spascriptions Brightening Under-Eye Pads.

About the Spascriptions Brightening Under-Eye Pads:
"Spascriptions Brightening Under-Eye Pads is a powerful facial treatment designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. Our unique blend of ingredients contains Vitamin C which is a strong antioxidant with light whitening effect. Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis and activates skin cell regeneration. Glycolic Acid helps transform dull lifeless complexions into youthful skin that radiates!"

The idea of these under-eye pads is to place them under your eyes on a cleansed face then sit back, relax and enjoy the results. The directions suggest you leave them on for 15-20 to get the best results, as well as using them 2-3 times a week. Within the pack you get 5 eye treatments, with each treatment containing a pair of under-eye masks. I was so excited to try these eye masks so I cleansed my face like usual one evening, lit a relaxing candle and got ready to apply a pair.

As soon as I ripped open one of the packets, I knew they were going to be wet as it squirted me in the face (har har). Don't get me wrong, I thought these eye pads were going to be full of moisture but in reality, they are just soggy wet. The eye pads were stuck together within the packaging to begin with so I tore the rest of the packaging open to get the other pad out but it obviously wasn't in there. When I separated the pads from one to two I saw just how thin these pads actually are. The photo on the packaging makes the look as if they are really thick, comfortable and soothing on the face but in reality, they are thin and soggy. 

I applied them like the packaging suggests and then tried to sit down and relax but they started dripping and sliding off the face after a couple of minutes of wear and I actually found it hard to relax with them on, let alone wear them for 20 minutes. I was expecting so much from these and was so excited to try them but in reality, they don't really do much, let alone brighten. I like that they don't have any noticeable smell to them but that is about as far as it goes. I didn't experience any difference in my under-eye area at all, although I do believe that might change with regular use. Overall, I am still really interested in the under-eye masks/pads as I think they can really improve the look of the under-eye area as well as be incredibly relaxing to use but I didn't find these relaxing at all. They were slimy, wet and slide off the face before you know it! 

What are your favourite under-eye masks?


Review | Spascriptions Brightening Under-Eye Pads

A few weeks ago Benefit were giving away their Goof Proof Brow Pencil to celebrate their new eyebrow range. Itching to try a few products from the new range, I put my name forward and here I am, with my own little Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in a sweet sample size. I love Benefit for readily giving away sample sizes of their products for people to try as I love being able to try a mini-sized version of something before I commit to buy the full-sized version. Thank you, Benefit!

About the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil:
"Presto…everyone’s an expert with this super easy filling & shaping eyebrow pencil. It features a custom, non-sharpen “goof-proof” tip, soft colour and a glide-on formula for easy & fast brow filling. Comes complete with built-in blending spoolie-brush and signature Tips & Tricks!"

When I was born I was blessed with strong eyebrows. I'm now 22 years old and I have never had my eyebrows done which I think is pretty good going, considering. That said, I do ever so lightly fill them in with the Collection Eyebrow Kit which I have had for so long I couldn't possibly tell you which year I purchased it in. Whilst I like this little Collection Eyebrow Kit, I was really looking forward to trying the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil which I managed to get in Shade Two, Light.

The full-sized Goof Proof Pencil comes double-ended with the pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other, although the sample size just comes with the pencil. This eyebrow pencil is available in 6 different shades with a really handy colour match guide on the Benefit website to help you choose which shade would be best for you. I have brown/dark blonde hair and I find that Shade Two is perfect for me.

The Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil comes in the now standard silver packaging which is fully retractable for ease. The pencil itself is angled slightly to improve application, which makes it incredibly easy to apply as the width of the angled side is the same width of the average brow (apparently) but I do find the angled side incredibly easy to brush through the eyebrow. It is also incredibly useful to use this angled side of the pencil as a guide if you wanted to 'draw your eyebrows on' without going too over the top.

I really like the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil as it is fills in your eyebrows incredibly easily with just a few light brush strokes. The pencil is very light and soft so when you fill in your eyebrows it isn't as if you were drawing them on with a Sharpie - you get a really soft and natural looking brow. Paired with the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel, your eyebrows will be definitely looking their best! I find that this eyebrow pencil stays put all day long and does not budge at all. Whilst I really enjoyed using the Goof Proof Brow Pencil, I really want to try a similar product, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz which is slightly cheaper.


Review | Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in Shade Two

With an old post declaring my love for Victoria's Secret perfumes and fragrances, it is no wonder that my collection of all things VS is ever growing. The Bombshell perfume is definitely one of my all time favourite scents and I am yet to find a body mist that I don't like. A recent trip to my nearest Victoria's Secret store with a £25 gift card in tow was a very exciting prospect and I knew I wanted to get another perfume. After smelling each one twice, I decided on either the Victoria's Secret Noir Tease perfume or the Victoria's Secret Heavenly Perfume. Completely torn between the two, I asked to purchase both and sadly my choice was made for me - both were completely sold out - typical!

Fast forward to last week when I found one of them in TKMaxx for less than half the price in the VS store. Yeap, it was in TKMaxx! How could I possibly refuse?! Available in two sizes in the Victoria's Secret store, either 50 ml or 100 ml, I bought the Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Eau de Parfum in a 50 ml bottle for £24.99, which is a hell of a lot nicer on the bank balance than the original £47.99 I was going to pay for the same sized bottle.

About the Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Eau de Parfum:
"The ultimate flirt: seductress meets coquette in this boudoir-inspired fragrance with a touch of lace, fishnet and a hot pink atomizer. Fragrance type: Warm. Notes: Black vanilla, frozen pear and blooming gardenia. Includes twist-on cap for traveling."

Let's immediately talk about the bottle. I can see why it would not be to everyone's tastes but I do think it en captures Victoria's Secret as a whole brand in one perfume packaging. It certainly stands out on the shelf, that's for sure! When you first open the box and find the perfume within, the pump isn't intact with the bottle and instead there is a plain black twist-on cap which is suitable for travel. I immediately put the pump together with the bottle and found that the box then became useless as the pump and the lace netting is so big that it doesn't fit back in the box. This isn't much of a big deal and I suppose this is why you get given a travel cap but I don't see why they just didn't make a bigger box for it to save the hassle of it all. 

This is the first perfume I have owned which has the old-school atomizer to release the product with. When I see these types of perfume bottles, I immediately think of old Hollywood films with glamorous ladies in their boudoir's spritzing perfume all of themselves glamourously. Whilst I don't have the same poise and grace as those ladies, it is quite the novelty using the hot pink pump to release the product with. I find that it works just as well as the push-down perfume top we are all used to, although I do think the hole the product comes out from is slightly smaller than usual.

The Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Perfume smells absolutely divine. Whilst I find it very hard to describe scents, I would say this wasn't a light scent, nor is it a deep, night time scent either. It smells a mixture between floral/musk without being overpowering, sweet or nauseating. I have worn it for a few days now and each time I have been complimented on it which is rather flattering. Someone asked me if it was the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume so if you like that then you may like this too. The bottle definitely en captures the scent perfectly. 

The next time you are in a Victoria's Secret store then you definitely need to sample this perfume. It smells so wonderful, although you may just have to take my word for it! I think we have learnt two things from this post - one, Victoria's Secret continue to produce wonderful scents and two, your local TKMaxx store may be selling your favourite perfumes for half the price so get down there!


Review | Victoria's Secret Noir Tease Eau de Parfum

All the way back in February I went to America for a little holiday and bought so much make-up that I genuinely forgot what I had purchased. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I found a whole stash of un-used, un-loved make-up shoved into a bag in a cupboard in my bedroom, it was like Christmas! Inside the bag was a whole load of NYX products which I know we can get quite easily in the UK now but at the start of the year, we still had to fly to the US to get our NYX fix.

Can it be considered a gift if you bought something for yourself, forgot about it then rediscovered it again? Inside the bag of goodies was the NYX Wonder Pencil in Light. I remember buying this as there was a whole display on this product saying how wonderful it was and how whilst it was just a pencil, it had multiple uses. Because I wanted to see for myself what it was like and because I hadn't spent quite enough at that point, I bought the Wonder Pencil in the shade Light, although there were two other shades within the range.

About the NYX Wonder Pencil in Light:
"Wonder Woman meet the Wonder Pencil; the essential pencil that fulfills all of your beauty desires. Conquer 3 critical make-up tasks with one product: CONCEAL flaws and blemishes with creamy precision; LINE your lips against lipstick bleeding and fading; and BRIGHTEN your eyes along the water line. Will wonders never cease? Not with the Wonder Pencil in your bag!"

So the idea for this nude pencil is that it can brighten the eyes like an eyeliner, it can line your lips like a lip liner and it can conceal blemishes, just like a concealer. It claims to do quite a lot, but does it work for all three of those jobs?

Let's start with the packaging and what you see is what you get. It's a nude pencil and it looks like a nude pencil. You can sharpen it with a sharpener, it has a lid - what more do you want?! I first tried the NYX Wonder Pencil by using it for the job I expected to use it for, which is brightening the eyes. Gone are the days of using a stark white eyeliner within the water line to brighten the eyes, it's all about the neutral eyeliner now. The pencil is really smooth to apply and doesn't tug or pull at the skin. It is hard to describe it without saying that it feels just like the usual, standard cosmetic pencil - but that is just what it is, although maybe slightly creamier. It is easy to apply in the waterline and it does brighten the eyes considerably - perhaps even more than the white pencil we are all guilty of using!

The next role this pencil claims to fulfill is that of a lip liner. The idea is to use this pencil to sharpen up a messy lipstick application or to use it in preparation to blur away the lip line so you can overdraw the lips, if that was your thing. NYX also state you can use the pencil as a concealer to cover blemishes and whilst I can see why they say this - after all, the pencil is creamy enough - I don't think it should be used for that. Whilst is does cover very light blemishes, if you want to cover any spots or dark circles then I would recommend using your usual concealer instead. I have found another purpose for this multi-use product which is to clean up a messy eyebrow application and to highlight the brow bone.  It helps to create a clean and sharp arch underneath the eyebrow and because it is in pencil form, it means you can be much more precise with it than if you were using a brush.

I am slightly torn on this product. Whilst I like that it has multiple purposes and it could be good for travel where you have limited space, I don't know why you would want to use a nude coloured pencil to cover up your spots with - just use your usual concealer. What I do like this product for is brightening the eyes and cleaning up messy make-up applications as you can be really precise with it. Whilst I like this pencil, I don't think you really need a multi-purpose nude pencil as let's not forget - it is just a nude pencil after all!


Review | NYX Wonder Pencil in Light

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