Brand Focus | Nude by Nature

Nude by Nature is an Australian mineral make up brand that recently came to the UK. The brand recently launched it's Eye Collection and I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to attend the event! 

Filled with cocktails, canap├ęs and some wonderful people, the event gave me the chance to familiarise myself the brand and to get a sneak peak of new eye collection, which, as you'll be able to see yourself, is gorgeous, and I was lucky enough to be able to take the collection* home!

The colours are inspired by the Australian colour palette, capturing beautiful shades from the skies, sands and the sea, and are formulated with active natural ingredients such as Australian Kakadu Plum which is known for it's Vitamin C content, Candelillla Wax and Pro Vitamin B5. Not to forget, the collection is packaged beautifully in gorgeous rose gold packaging. 

How stunning is the new collection?!

Natural Illusion Pressed Eyeshadow - Available in 12 shades

Natural Illusion Eyeshadow Trio in 01 Nude, 02 Smoky and 03 Rose
Allure Defining Mascara - Available in 01 Black and 02 Brown

Definition Eye Liner - Available in 01 Black and 02 Brown

Natural Wonders Eye Palette
Shimmering Sands Loose Eyeshadow in 01 White Sand, 02 Coral Sand and 03 Rose Sand
Pro Eye Brushes - L-R : Blending Brush, Base Shadow Brush, Angled Eyeliner Brush and Smudge Brush
Contour Eye Pencil - Available in 6 shades.

I still can't over how stunning the collection is, and I'm so excited to play around with the products first hand. If you're interesting in checking out the brand yourself, Nude by Nature is available on ASOS, Feel Unique and in Debenhams. 

Disclaimer : This post contains PR samples. Anything marked with a * was either sent or gifted to me by companies to try out and possibly review. I only accept products that I think I will use, and that I only mention things that I would actually recommend to you. All opinions are 100% my own.

IIAA | Trick or Treat

Earlier this month, I attended the Beauty Blogger Awards at Olympia Beauty, and while I was there, I came across the International Institute of Anti-Ageing (IIAA), which is a company that I've personally never come across before. Since discovering the company and learning about them a bit more, I've been really impressed by what they do and what they represent. The brand stands by their #FeedFortifyFinish philosophy, and believe that the journey to having flawless skin starts from within. 

The International Institute of Anti-Ageing consists of three brands; the Advanced Nutrition Programme, Environ Skincare and Jane Iredale Mineral Make Up, and they were kind enough to send me a surprise package* this Halloween to introduce me to their brands and to celebrate the festivities. 

The parcel was beautifully packaged and felt SO autumnal. I almost didn't want to unwrap it but I couldn't resist at the same time. As I began to unbox the packaging, I was so pleasantly surprised to discovered the treats delicately packed with cosy blanket and a bobble hat to match - how lovely is that?! 

I unravelled the blanket to discover two boxes; one labelled 'Trick' and the other labelled 'Treat' and opened them both to discover goods from the three companies under the IIAA brand, which aptly represent the #FeedFortifyFinish philosophy. 

Starting with 'Feed', there were two skincare supplements from the Advanced Nutrition Programme (Skin Omegas+, a blend of Vitamin A and Omega 3 + 6 & Skin Vit A+, a mixture of Vitamin A and D) which I'm really looking forward to trying out. As I've always said, skincare is super important and I totally believe that regardless of the products you use on your skin externally, what you put into your body has a massive effect on the way your skin looks and feels. 

To 'Fortify' the skin, I was treated to the Hydrating Oil Capsules and Peptide Cream from Environ Skincare. The oil capsules are formulated to treat the skin with Vitamin A and Vitamin C overnight, and the Peptide Cream is designed to repair and protect the skin from signs of anti-ageing and every day wear. 

Finally, there were a couple of products from Jane Iredale to 'Finish'; the PureLash Extender & Conditioner, to protect and strengthen the eyelashes, and the Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in the shade Forever Peach (which just looks like the perfect Autumn -and Halloween!- shade to me).

I'm really looking forward to giving these products a go and embarking on my 'flawless skin' journey. As I mentioned, the IIAA and the brands that lie within the company are new to me, but I admire them for what they stand for, and I'm excited to see how my skin benefits from using these products. I'll keep you posted with how I get on :)

Thank you IIAA for sending me this halloween surprise!

P.S Are you familiar with the Advanced Nutrition Programme, Environ Skincare of Jane Iredale & have you tried any of their products? If so, what did you try and what were your thoughts?

Disclaimer : This post contains PR samples. Anything marked with a * was either sent or gifted to me by companies to try out and possibly review. I only accept products that I think I will use, and that I only mention things that I would actually recommend to you. All opinions are 100% my own.

Paul Mitchell Colour Repair Range | Review

Haircare is something that has always been important to me, and finding the right products to cater for what your hair wants and needs isn't always easy. It's almost like 'kissing a few frogs until you find your prince', and in terms of haircare, that's something that I have struggled with.

 Just to give you a backstory, I have normal to dry hair, which has been coloured and often tends to lose moisture. I was on the hunt for something that would help to protect and repair my troubled tresses, and while maintaining the colour and giving it the love that it needs.

That's where the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Colour Repair* range stepped in.

Paul Mitchell were kind enough to send me their Ultimate Colour Repair range to try out and the range consists of the Colour Repair Shampoo, Conditioner & Triple Resist Heat Resistant Spray, which I've really been enjoying so far. Specially for coloured hair, the products are formulated with Quinoa, which has reparative properties and helps to lock in colour while strengthening and adding shine to the hair. 

I didn't know too much about quinoa or the benefits that it can have for your hair, but after doing a bit of research, I discovered that quinoa is high in amino acids and is a great source of protein for the hair. It penetrates the hair cortex and forms a protective shield around the follicle, which helps to retain moisture and lock in colour. The range is also sulphate and paraben free, provides UV protection and helps to make the hair soft, shiny and easy to manage. 

I've really enjoyed incorporating the Ultimate Colour Repair range into my haircare routine. For the last few weeks, I've been using the shampoo, followed by the conditioner, and then I've been spritzing the Triple Resist spray into my damp hair and using it before I do any styling. The Triple Resist is a dual-phase spray that consists of two layers. The top layer works as a heat protect spray which protects the hair from excess heat damage, and the bottom layer contains the Quinoa Repair Complex, which helps to add shine and lustre back into the hair. The spray gives the best results when it's been properly mixed before use, so remember to shake well before you spritz! 

Overall, I've really been enjoying the Ultimate Colour Repair range and am surprised that it's the first of Paul Mitchell products that I've tried! I find the my colour has been looking bright and vibrant, and overall my hair has been softer and more manageable for longer.

Paul Mitchell is a salon quality brand, so the products are priced at a slightly higher price point than the high street (the shampoo is priced at £17.50, the conditioner and heat protector spray at £17.95) but the results and the current condition of my hair speaks for itself, so it gets a thumbs up from me! 

Have you tried the Colour Repair range or anything else from Paul Mitchell? What were your thoughts?

Disclaimer : This post contains PR samples. Anything marked with a * was either sent or gifted to me by companies to try out and possibly review. I only accept products that I think I will use, and that I only mention things that I would actually recommend to you. All opinions are 100% my own.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation | Review

When my everyday foundation started running low and #YoursTruly campaign rolled around, I was totally on board for trying out the L'Oreal True Match Foundation. 

The range consists of 23 (yes, I'm being serious!) affordable foundation shades suitable for warm, neutral and cool tones across the spectrum. This is huge considering that the high street foundation market is notorious for having a lack of shades to cater for all types of different skin tones. So when L'Oreal launched the new shades and paired it with a campaign and stories from '23 of the most influential and inspirational people in the UK', I was all over it.

After heading down to Boots and swatching to my heart's content, I decided to go for Shade 4.W, as modelled in the campaign by the lovely Amena, which turned out to be the perfect shade match for my skin! 

The foundation is light, fluid, buildable and blendable. It's everything I look for in a good foundation. I generally have normal to dry skin and I love that the True Match is non-cakey and doesn’t cling to dry patches. In terms of the coverage, I'd say that that this depends on what you're looking for from your foundation. The formula blends and builds very well, so whether you prefer a more sheer and natural look, or you'd like a fuller coverage, it's easy to achieve without the foundation looking cakey. 

Another observation that I had while using this foundation is that it has tiny flecks of gold sparkles within the formula. These help to give you an overall glow (without making your face look shiny), but they're very subtle and you can't see the specks of glitter when the foundation is on your face. Having 'that glow' is majorly on trend at the moment, so it's nice to see that L'Oreal have incorporated that into the formula.

In terms of price, the L'Oreal True Match Foundation retails at £9.99 and is easily available across the high streets and online in places like Boots and Superdrug. You can find it here.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this foundation and it's so nice to see a brand bringing out so many different shades to suit so many different skin tones. L'Oreal are celebrating diversity and I love them for that! 

Have you tried the True Match foundation yet? Did you find a shade that's right for you and did you enjoy using it? I'd love to know your thoughts!