Younique Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palettes

When I began my Younique makeup business, I was sent a makeup kit for new Presenters. Inside it is a huge array of samples and full sized products including the amazing 3D Fiber Lashes which Younique are best known for. But another product which I’m a big fan of which is included in the New Presenters Kit is the Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette. If you’re a fan of the Naked Palette by Urban Decay, you will love this… 

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The Younique Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette

Younique is still a very new and relatively unknown makeup brand. Those who have heard of it usually think of the 3D Fiber Lashes but they also offer a comprehensive collection of high quality makeup and cosmetics, of which it’s possible to build an entire makeup kit. Younique currently offer three different Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palettes – numbers 1, 2 and 3. Palette 1 contains warm, neutral tones, Palette 2 contains cool tones with black and silver shades and Palette 3 contains cool tones with pink and purple shades. The palette which I own and am reviewing today is Palette 1.

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There are three different palettes available

As I’ve come to expect with Younique products, the packaging for the Addiction Shadow Palette is lovely. It comes in a high quality box with a magnetic closing lid that contains a large mirror. Like the 3D Fiber Lashes, this product would make a beautiful gift. There are seven different shades, all with fun ‘mood’ names like ‘Elated’, ‘Chipper’ and ‘Zealous’. The shadows are pressed and contain a large amount of product. Due to the amount of product the palette contains and the large mirror, the palette is slightly larger than some other palettes I have come across but is still small enough to be able to store comfortably in a makeup bag or drawer. 

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The palette has a magnetic lid containing a good sized mirror and seven warm, neutral shades of matte, semi-matte, pearly satin and metallic shadows

The colours in this palette are warm, neutral tones which would compliment any eye colour. Younique themselves say that the colours in all three palettes are inspired by the desert sky. The finishes are matte, semi-matte, pearly satin and metallic so there are colours suitable for both day and evening wear. All of the different colours coordinate and compliment each other really well so you can have fun and experiment with different looks. I have very light blue eyes and I love the way darker tones of chocolate and taupe contrast with them. There are lighter highlighting and transition colours and darker colours to create a beautiful smokey eye look. Whether you use a brush or an eyeshadow applicator, the shadows go on to your eyelids velvety smooth and are really easy to blend. Some cheaper, lower quality pressed eyeshadows that I have tried have a tendency to drop flakes down your cheek as you apply them but that certainly isn’t the case with the shadows in this palette. The colours are buildable and can be applied dry for highlighting and shading or you can add a drop of water to make them more intense for outlining and contouring eyes. 

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A fellow Younique Presenter wearing colours from Palette 1 

I applied eyeshadow from this palette first thing in the morning along with my other makeup. I usually apply some translucent face powder to my eyelids before applying eyeshadow to prevent creasing but for the purposes of this review, I left them bare. Although the shadows are solid and can be built and shaded as such, they go on with a creamy smooth texture like a cream shadow. Twelve hours later, the colour hadn’t creased or faded at all and still looked as fresh as when I first put it on. In actual fact, I fell asleep wearing it and it still looked good the next morning! So it’s really long-wearing! Like all Younique products, the shadows are hypoallergenic and made from natural, mineral ingredients that are gluten, paraben and carcinogen free. Younique products are also cruelty free. 

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Colours from Palette 1 – Elated, Sincere, Brassy, Chipper, Swanky, Forthright, Zealous

This palette is a luxurious, premium product and is not a cheap purchase. However, as a makeup investment it is definitely worth it. The packaging is gorgeous, the colours are beautiful and long wearing and there is a good amount of product so it will last you a long time. Younique are an online only brand available from authorised Younique Presenters only. If you would like to treat yourself (or a friend) to this beautiful palette, please click here (currency can be changed in the top right corner). 

Until next time, stay beautiful x 

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

In my last post, I talked about the natural based, American makeup brand Younique and how I’d been so impressed with the company and it’s products. To follow on from that, as promised, I’d like to introduce you to their best selling product – the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. This is the first Younique product that really took off and the one which most people think of when they think of Younique. It is also the first product I was introduced to in the Younique range. The UK newspaper The Sunday Times declared it ‘The World’s Best Mascara’ and it’s even been given away in goodie bags at the Golden Globe awards. Here’s what I think of it…

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Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. My first experience with Younique products

Younique is an American online only brand whose products are available to purchase from the website of independent representatives known as ‘Presenters’ so this is not a brand you will find on your local high street. As part of their agreement to represent the brand, Presenters are also not allowed to sell on other websites such as ebay so if you’re tempted to purchase from there – beware, your product is highly likely to be counterfeit… 

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The product is beautifully packaged in a gift-like box

Like many people, when I was first introduced to the 3D Fiber Lashes, I’d never actually heard of Younique so had no idea what to expect. I’ve never been someone who is loyal to one or two brands so I tried it with an open mind. The product has patents pending and claimed to boost the thickness and volume of your lashes by up to 400%. Not so great if you like ‘natural’ looking lashes but if like me you love the look of false lashes or lash extensions, this sounds fantastic! 

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The patent pending formula can boost lash volume by up to 400% (and more if you add more layers!) 

Your first impression of this product is the packaging. It comes in a lovely box – almost like a gift box (it would make a great last minute gift or stocking filler), within which you will find a handy travel sized pouch containing the product itself. Another thing that I like about the packaging are the clear viewing panes along the side of the tubes so you can see how much product you actually have left. I’ve never come across a mascara with this before so it’s a neat touch. 

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Not false lashes – 3D Fiber Lashes

Many people refer to this product as a mascara (which given that you apply it like mascara is an accurate description) but I would say that it is more of a ‘false lash effect system’. The product consists of two ‘mascara’ tubes – one containing transplanting gel and the other containing the dry 3D fibres (the product is ophthalmologically approved so don’t worry, they are safe and are suitable for contact lens wearers). The only difference to applying this mascara is there are three steps involved.

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Inside the box is a handy travel pouch for keeping the tubes together in your makeup bag

Firstly, make sure your eyelashes are completely clean and free of any residue from any other mascara or cosmetic products you have been using (this is important to get the best out of this product as any grease and grime left over on your lashes mean that the product won’t adhere as well – or look as good). Apply a few coats of the transplanting gel first for the fibres to adhere to. Then apply the fibres over the top which will grab on to the transplanting gel and build volume and add length. Finally finish off with more coats of the transplanting gel to seal the fibres. So it’s actually very easy apply and not a great deal different from applying regular mascara. Keep going until you have created your desired look. You control how much or how little you apply and where which is why you see a variety of results in photos. Depending on how heavily you use it and how many coats you apply, it will typically last 12-18 weeks. Another option is to apply 3D Fiber Lashes over your regular mascara. This helps to build volume and is a great way to transform your look from day to night. 

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Loving my 3D Fiber Lashes. You can build layers until you have created your desired look 

As I mentioned earlier, both parts are applied just like mascara so it’s really easy to do. A good tip is to make sure you only work on one eye at a time and don’t start your other eye until you have finished the first. Once you have finished, the difference is remarkable and your lashes look long, volumised and dramatic. Once applied, it is very long lasting (the above photo was taken 14 hours after I first applied it) with no flaking or residue. The ‘mascara’ is really easily removed with soap and water or a good quality makeup remover (Younique recommend using their Shine Makeup Remover Cloths). I have been really pleased with the results of this product and now use it as my regular mascara. I’ve tried other volumising mascaras such as Too Faced’s ‘Better Than Sex’ and Urban Decay’s ‘Perversion’ and this product beats it hands down. 

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The tubes contain viewing panes so you can see how much product you have left

One of the main selling points of Younique makeup is that it’s hypoallergenic, mineral based and uses natural ingredients. It’s also cruelty free and gluten free. Unlike many other mascaras, 3D Fiber Lashes is free of fragrance, dyes, parabens, latex, sulfates, PABA, BPA and nano-particles. There is also a 14 day money back guarantee if you don’t like the product – not many brands offer this! The mascara contains collagen which is used to boost the appearance of the length and volume of lashes. It also contains other natural ingredients such as beeswax (which is good for holding an eyelash curl and makes mascara formulas last longer), carnauba wax (which has water resistant properties) and 100% natural green tea fibres. This is great as so many other mascaras and eye makeup products contain harmful carcinogenic ingredients which are absorbed into your body (eek!). It also contains Younique’s ‘Uplift Serum’ to help nourish and condition your eyelashes and promote healthy lash growth and doesn’t damage your eyelashes unlike falsies. 

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3D Fiber Lashes allow you to easily recreate the effect of false lashes and extensions

As a natural redhead, I have light blonde eyelashes so mascara is probably the most important makeup product I wear and the only one which I refuse to leave the house without (I look like I have no eyelashes without it!) so the fact that this ‘mascara’ is water resistant is great. I can go swimming, exercise or go to the beach without having to take it off! If you like the false lash look then you are going to love this product. It’s beautifully packaged, contains quality, natural ingredients and really frames your eyes and makes them stand out. And it is so much easier (and cheaper) than applying good quality false lashes or extensions. As I mentioned earlier in this review, Younique are an online only brand available from authorised Younique Presenters only. If you would like to try the Moostruck 3D Fiber Lashes for yourself, please click here (currency can be changed in the top right corner). 

Until next time, stay beautiful x

Ogx Argan Oil

You may recall that I recently wrote an article about argan oil and how it can benefit your hair. Following on from this article, I have recently been using argan oil products from one of the most popular brands in the UK. Here’s how I’ve been getting on with it…

I’ve been using three products from the Ogx range – Extra Strength Hydrate + Revive Argan Oil Of Morocco shampoo, the matching conditioner and Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil. Ogx products are easily available from many large retailers such as Boots and Tesco so you should have no problems finding them in shops. I have used Ogx products in the past, some of which have had fantastic results and others which haven’t really suited my hair. So I wasn’t really sure what to expect with these products. 

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The products are beautifully packaged 

Amongst other ingredients, all products contain argan oil (please refer to my previous article to find out more) and the shampoo and conditioner also contain silk proteins. These are known to increase hair’s elasticity and shine. So the products themselves contain good ingredients and the description on the bottle says that they will ‘intensely hydrate and lock in moisture to give hair a second chance at silky perfection’. Great! I have really dry, heat damaged hair so I need all the help I can get! 

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The main active ingredients are argan oil and silk proteins 

The products themselves I think are really attractively packaged. The bottles are chunky, nicely designed and have a premium feel. They are certainly the sort of product you’d be happy to display on a bathroom shelf rather than shoving in a cupboard out of embarrassment (this is what I do with my husband’s giant bottle of supermarket value shampoo!) The shampoo and conditioner themselves are a nice, pearly white colour and have a sweet smelling fragrance. Some people will love the smell but personally it wasn’t really a scent that appealed to me. The shampoo itself is quite a thick formula and is easily worked into a lather. I have long hair and even a small amount went a long way. 

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The shampoo is easily worked into a lather 

For me, the conditioner had a slightly more pleasant smell than the shampoo. The formula is quite runny and slightly more ‘watery’ feeling than other conditioners that I have recently used. However, after rinsing it out  I could feel a big difference. Even when wet, my hair felt really smooth. The final step was to use the Extra Penetrating Oil before blow drying. Again, like the other products in the range it is beautifully packaged. Before blow drying, you apply a small amount to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. It is quite a rich oil and a small amount goes a long way. 

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The conditioner had a runnier consistency than the shampoo

After blow drying, I was really impressed at how soft and silky my hair felt. My hair is fine but has quite a wiry texture, almost like fine fishing line so it was definitely a big improvement. It didn’t leave my hair greasy like some hair serums and it added a nice shine. You can also use the oil on dry hair too to lock in moisture. 

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Like the other products in the range, the oil has lovely packaging

After using all three products together for several weeks now, I am really pleased with the results. Other Ogx products that I have used haven’t really been suitable for my hair and I’ve been a bit disappointed with the results but definitely not this time. My hair is soft, shiny and silky and that’s what we’d all like our hair to be isn’t it? The products are not the cheapest out there but they contain quality ingredients and a small amount goes a long way so although expensive compared to some other high street brands, I think they are good value for money and worth trying (sometimes Ogx products are available together in multi-buy offers so keep an eye out for those). 

Until next time, stay beautiful x

Boots Essentials 3-Minute Clay Mask

Recently, I’ve been using the Boots Essentials 3-Minute Clay Mask on my face. Here’s what I think of it…

The 3-Minute Clay Mask available from Boots (current price £1.50) is suitable for all skin types and as well as clay, also contains cucumber extract. Clay masks for the face have been around since ancient times and a quick glance at the ingredients list for this mask shows that besides water, it’s other key ingredient is kaolin clay. Kaolin clay is known for it’s cleansing and detoxifying properties. It is found in a number of skincare products and is known to deeply cleanse the pores, enhance blood circulation and contains nutrients which are good for the skin. So far so good.

The other notable ingredient in this mask is cucumber extract. When we think of face masks, we often think of women lying back with slices of cucumber on their faces and over their eyes. There is a good reason for this. Cucumber is believed to reduce puffiness under the eyes and it soothes, cools and cleanses the skin. So with key ingredients like this, I had high hopes for this mask…

The product itself comes in a neat, 50ml tube and is small enough to be easily stored in a drawer or makeup bag. The packaging design is simple and is ‘cucumber coloured’ although the mask itself is more of a chalky white colour. To apply the mask, firstly you must cleanse your face whichever way you normally would. Make sure you wear a headband or tie your hair back to keep it away from your face. Then the mask can be massaged onto your skin avoiding the thinner, more delicate skin around your eyes. If you have ever tried your hand at working with clay, you will be familiar with the distinctive feel of it on your skin and this mask is no exception. But it spreads easily and has a pleasant, fresh scent of cucumber.

Once you have applied it, you only need to leave it on for three minutes to work before it can be removed. I left it on for slightly longer and waited until the clay had begun to ‘set’ and began to feel dry to the touch (approximately eight minutes). When the mask was on my face, there was a reassuring ‘tingling’ sensation. I like to think that it’s the product working it’s magic. Like any face mask, I would recommend applying it when your husband is not around. Mine exclaimed ‘what the hell?!’ and couldn’t stop laughing at me when he saw me with clay smeared all over my face. To remove the mask, the quickest way is to wipe away with damp cotton wool. You can use your hands to rinse it off too but it will take slightly longer (and is messier). I always like to splash my face with cold water after rinsing it off to help close pores (cold water acts as a natural toner for skin).

Afterwards, my skin felt really clean, smooth and refreshed. When your skin is still damp, I would recommend moisturising afterwards as it can leave your skin feeling a little bit dry but moisturising after cleansing should already be a habit for you. For normal skin, this mask can be applied once a week but if you have oily skin, you would probably benefit from using it twice a week. I have been using this mask combined with other skincare products for several weeks now and I haven’t had any adverse affects. My skin has felt clear, clean and smooth. We all have different skin that reacts in different ways to different products but I think that considering it’s low price, it is worth trying out.

Until next time, stay beautiful x