Sunday, 31 May 2015

Beautycon London

Last Saturday was undoubtably one of the best days of my life as myself and my best friend Ellie headed on a 12 hour round journey from Cornwall to London for Beautycon. Beautycon is an event bringing bloggers, youtubers and viewers together in what can only be described as a giant, pink, sparkly beauty bonanza. The event has been running in America for the past few years and has always been on my bucket list, so when I saw that the event would be travelling across the pond to London I text Ellie immediately and we jumped at the opportunity to get our hands on some tickets.

The event was held at London Olympia and was packed full of things to do and see. There were several companies present including Liz Earle and Benefit who were handing out goodies, providing free makeovers and delicious refreshments. But of course, most people were there for the panels and meet and greet opportunities with some of the biggest YouTubers and Bloggers.

There were so many great panels being held throughout the day all focusing on different topics. Although you could hear and see the panels from around the room, Ellie and I decided to go and sit in the audience for two of them.

The 'Beautiful Inside and Out' panel was all about body confidence and how to feel beautiful, Youtubers including Essie Button, Lily Pebbles and ViviannaDoesMakeup were amongst the panelists and there were some really inspiring thoughts shared. Louise (aka SprinkleOfGlitter) was meant to be up next but at last minute was unfortunately unable to attend, however the wonderful team of 'Gleam Girls' set up an impromptu Q&A session which was so fun to watch and it was great to see a load of our favourite people on one panel!

The best part of the day was getting to meet some of my favourite Youtubers and Bloggers, it was so lovely to not only get pictures but everybody was so genuine and engaged in conversation too, it really made the day much more personal and memorable.

Ellie and I decided to go to 2 specific MeetUps, first was Tanner Zagarino and Teala Dunn. These were the only American YouTubers we got to meet so it was really lovely to talk to them about their time over this side of the pond and not surprisingly the accents became a topic of conversation.

Next up we went to meet FleurDeForce, EmmaPickles and HelloOctoberXO. Ellie and I were both in awe over how beautiful Fleur is and she is such a genuinely lovely lady too, she made time for both a picture and selfie and we had a lovely conversation about clothes after she complemented my outfit - I'm still trying to get over the fact that Fleur wanted to know where I bought my outfit from when she has the most gorgeous wardrobe ever - such a huge compliment!

I then went up to Emma (Emma Pickles) who greeted me with a hug and said 'you're so small and cute' which turned me into a flustered mess, she was so sweet and we had a lovely little chat, also can we just take a moment to appreciate her flawless make up, I was in awe! Suzie from HelloOctoberXO was equally sweet and also greeted me with welcome arms. I am still coveting her gorgeous H&M dress and I think I'm going to have to head in to town this week and pick it up. It was so nice to not only get photos with them both but to have the opportunity to have a genuine conversation with them.

One of the most exciting parts of the day was bumping into people walking around, Ellie and I spotted both Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo) and Niomi Smart walking around and they were both kind enough to stop, giving us chance to have a little chat and photos. My height certainly got the better of me when standing next to Sam and in that moment I forgot the pain in my feet and was so grateful I opted for heeled boots, even though she was still towering above me! Unfortunately we couldn't stay talking for long as more people started crowding around however it was really nice to get the opportunity to meet both Sam and Niomi as neither of us had expected we would get to meet anybody just walking around!

We then met Lucy and Lydia! If you follow me on Twitter you will now how much I love these girls, I definitely find them the most relatable as we are so similar ( I genuinely think I may be their long lost triplet) , so when Ellie and I spotted them amongst a crowd of girls we rushed straight over. Both Lucy and Lydia greeted me with a huge hug which only made me cry (oops) and after telling them how far we travelled they made sure to make the journey worth it speaking and laughing with me and Ellie for ages about Disney and our trip to DisneyLand. They were both so genuinely lovely and just as bubbly and fun as they are in their videos which was so good to see!

I couldn't resist including that picture, look how happy and cute they both are! They seemed so genuinely happy to meet and talk to everyone! Better still, we caught them at the end of the event when we had to leave early and managed to say goodbye with another hug, it was the icing in the cake!

After their impromptu Q&A, we managed to meet Lily and Anna who were also so sweet. The first thing Anna said to me was 'I love your hair' which is still making me smile now, it was such a surreal experience being complemented by some of by biggest influences! Again we had a nice little chat before getting pictures, Ellie and I were overjoyed that we got to meet Lily and Anna as we knew we would have to leave early to get home and so wouldn't be able to get to their meet up, they even wished us a safe journey home!

The whole day was just so surreal as Ellie and I kept saying how weird it was seeing these people we watch through the computer in real life. It was so heartwarming to see that every single person we met was so genuinely lovely and down to earth, they really made time to talk to us which made the whole day so unforgettable. To make the whole day even better, all the people we met then went on to tweet, like and favourite and social media posts which truly was the cherry on top.

Hopefully BeautyCon will come back again soon because I will certainly be attending and I would recommend it to everybody else!

Becca x

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Skin Detox with SlenderShake

2 weeks ago I took part in the Blogger Hub Twitter Party and was sent a SlenderShake* 14 Day Detox plan to try out. SlendertoxTea is a company providing both tea and shake detox plans which have many health benefits including increased energy and metabolism, improve digestion and is therapeutic to the skin.

I firstly want to point out detoxing is commonly associated with weight loss and this product is designed to assist weight loss and bloating, however I intentionally did not use it for this purpose, I am perfectly happy with my weight and body and do not believe that the weight loss plan was necessary or beneficial for me. However, I have been using the SlenderShake for its skin nourishment and energy benefits and these are the areas I will be focusing on in this review.

The SlenderShake has been designed as a meal replacement so I have been drinking it every morning for breakfast, the instructions state to mix one scoop (provided in the pack) of powder with 150ml water, I tried this the first day and found the consistency to be too thin and sweet so I opted to replace the water with milk, this made for a less sickly and much thicker, traditional shake consistency. I also added fruit such as blueberries and raspberries on a few occasions which was delicious and really enhanced the flavour. Whilst on the subject of flavour, this shake is absolutely delicious, it is mainly acai berry with subtle tropical mixed berries however the only way I can describe it is like strawberry but 10x fruitier. When simply mixed with milk it forms quite an unappetising mink-y grey colour but once you get past the unsightly nature the taste definitely makes up for it!

As for the benefits, I definitely felt an improvement in my skin all over, my face cleared up however I have also been using a new skincare routine with Sebamed and Magnitone which may be the reasoning for this. Additionally, I suffer from keratosis pilaris (affectionately referred to as Chicken Skin) on my arms and legs, after a few days I noticed that my KP was beginning to clear up and my skin was feeling much softer. In terms of increased energy I decided to test this out through the most tiresome period of the year - exam season. I can't say I noticed a dramatic difference but I certainly felt more awake throughout the morning. My big downside to this product was that it did not fill me up and I was in need of a snack by 9am (I was drinking it at around 7am) which is especially disappointing for a meal replacement.

Overall, I would recommend this product however at £21.99 for a 2 week plan I don't think I would immediately jump at purchasing this at full price. The taste and skincare benefits certainly exceeded my expectations and I have heard many positive reviews in terms of weight loss, so if this is what you are looking for I'm sure it would be worth the try!

Have you ever tried a skin detox? What worked best for you?

Becca x

// Items marked with an (*) have been sent to me for review however as always all opinions are 100% honest and my own //


Monday, 18 May 2015

Summer Skin with Magnitone Lucid

Cleansing brushes have been on the rise over the past couple of years but with the launch of the Clarisonic at £200 they haven't always been in everybody's budget. That's where the Magnitone Lucid comes into play, retailing at £69.99 (or £55.99 with the coupon code below) it claims to leave your skin feeling clearer, softer and brighter in just 7 days. I have always been sceptical as to whether cleansing brushes actually work so this week I have been taking the Magnitone 7 Day Challenge to see if it lives up to my expectations.
So how does it work? The Magnitone Lucid is powered by 'Active Electromagnetic Technology' creating 10,000 pulsations every minute, rapid vibrations are sent to the skin unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells. There are two modes of power, regular and sensitive, ensuring its gentle enough for all skin types. One of my favourite parts of this little device is the built in timer. The machine runs on a 1 minute cycle and beeps every 20 seconds ensuring you focus the right amount of time on each area of the face for a thorough cleanse.
You can use this cleansing brush with any cleanser making it perfect if you have a favourite, the brush simply acts as a deep cleanser and exfoliater enhancing your current skincare regime. I am currently trialling the Sebamed Clear Face Range so have been using it with the Cleansing Bar. Due to the bar formation of this cleanser I have been applying it to a wet face and then going in with the brush to thoroughly cleanse and enhance absorption. I have been using it daily on sensitive mode both morning and evening however the more powerful mode would be appropriate for a one off cleanse.
After 7 days I have certainly noticed a big difference. My skin has always been quite problematic and with the addition of exams it has been breaking out recently, but my Magnitone has definitely improved the overall condition. After the first use my skin was much smoother and visibly brighter and 7 days later it is much clearer. I suffered quite badly with large pores and blackheads which have been considerably reduced with my daily cleansing. I have still been experiencing a few breakouts however no where near as bad as before, I am going to continue using daily as I think in a few weeks I can reduce this even further.
One of the best features of the Magnitone Lucid is the charging system. I can get quite geeky when it comes to technology so when I saw this cleansing brush is charged magnetically I got very excited! The 'clink' charger is magnetically attached to the handle and plugged in to a regular socket (it even comes with a travel adapter), this ensures the system is 100% waterproof perfect for use in the shower! I put the device of charge for the recommended 15 hours and after a week of use it is now where near dying - in fact I've read that many people can go for months without needing to charge it!
Now here's the exciting bit. The lovely people at Magnitone are giving my readers 20% off any Magnitone Lucid, just head over to their website by clicking here and enter the code 'RebeccaH20' at checkout.
The Magnitone Lucid is available in 4 gorgeous colours - Plush Pink, Aqua Green, Dazzling Blue and Sunshine Yellow - of course I had to get mine in pink, much to my parents disapointment as it doesn't fit with our bathroom's colour scheme! You can also purchase accessories including different brush heads such as a body brush and sensitive brush.
I would highly recommend the Magnitone Lucid to anybody looking to improve their skincare routine, I was truly sceptical at first and now I genuinely can't imagine going without using it daily. Do you think you're going to be trying it out? Or if you already have one, what do you think of it?
Becca x
// *This product was sent to me by the lovely people at Magnitone as part of the Bloggers Hub Twitter Party however as always all opinions are 100% honest and my own! //


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sebamed Clear Face - First Impressions

With exam season kicking off next week my already problematic skin is becoming even more temperamental, so when I returned home to a package from Sebamed I could hear my skin breathe a *metaphorical* sigh of relief.
Sebamed is a skincare and haircare brand which has a particular focus on creating products with a pH value of 5.5, the same as our skin, you can read more about the science and importance of using pH 5.5 products here.
The lovely people at Sebamed kindly sent me a selection of their 'Clear Face' range to try out which included the 'Cleasning Bar'*, 'Deep Cleansing Toner'* and 'Care Gel'*.
I have been using all 3 products morning and evening for just over a week and have certainly noticed some changes. During the first 5 days of use my skin completely broke out, something that is completely normal when you change skincare routine. As annoying as it may be, this is actually a good sign as it means the product is getting to work at clearing out all the dirt buried in your skin (yuck, I know!). Im now on day 9 and my skin is beginning to clear up and it has definitely reduced redness, so hopefully in a few weeks I will start seeing some major changes.
I'm going to continue with this routine for the rest of the month and will have a post up shortly after showing my final results. I will also be looking at the individual products in more depth so if there is anything you want to know leave a comment down below or contact me via my social media.
Becca x

// Items marked with an (*) have been sent to me for review however as always all opinions are 100% honest and my own //