Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Dr Botanicals Skincare

Hey guys,

For the last month I've been busy testing a new moisturiser and facial oil by the brand dr botanicals.

This brand is all about those plant based ingredients plus they are vegan, cruelty free and boast some pretty impressive claims that will make all the difference to your skin.

I've been using the Anti-Oxidising Daily Radiance Moisturiser and Neroli Restoring Facial Oil. 

First off the packaging is very sleek and classy. It's basic but effective. It gives the overall vibe of a luxury item and the bottles are sturdy. No cheap flimsy jars here! 

The Anti-Oxidising day cream had a gel/cream hybrid texture. Think of a water based product and you'll understand what I mean. It was lovely in the skin and soaked it practically straight away!

                               anti-oxidising radiance face cream

One thing I did notice is that it left a kind of matte finish to my skin. Normally after moisturising I get a dewy finish till its soaked into my skin so it was surprising how this didn't.
This isn't a bad thing per se but something I wanted to mention.
I found after daily use my skin started to look brighter, although it wasn't the best on my dry patches, I still love the overall look of my skin.

The Neroli facial oil was unlike any oil I've used! I'm a big fan of adding oil to my moisturiser or foundation. Again as I'm suffering with random dry patches I find oils can add that bit of deeper hydration and also make up application is smoother.

                                    neroli facial oil

This oil was lovely, I used this first then applied the moisturiser once it had sank into the skin.
It did make my skin look plump and lifted so it's a winner for me. I will note that this left a slight tacky feel to my skin so I would recommend using a cream after. 
These two together worked great. They perked up my lacklustre skin tone and played well when I wore makeup. Also they will last you a while especially the oil as you only need a few drops.

I'd say these particular products would be good for those with combo/oily skin as my dry patches didn't improve much.

I love how natural these are as well, it's so important to have a good skincare regime especially with weather changes and just day to day getting older.

We can buy all the expensive foundations we want but if we neglect our skin at a base level, it doesn't make a difference how much we spend on makeup. 

Want to try this brand? Check them out here or on LookFantastic and let me know what you think!

Much Love,

Bex X 

*these items were gifted to me but NOT by lookfantastic. They are just the easiest place I could find who stock dr botanicals but feel free to google other stockists. As always all opinions are my own and I'm 100% honest.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

Hey beauts,

I'm so excited to talk about this palette! I know it's been out for ages and everyone and his dog raves about it but I only got it for my birthday and it took me ages to start using it, so sue me I'm late again! Haha.

flat lay of the zoeva cocoa blend palette with spectrum brushes

It's a warm toned palette with 10 pigmented shades in a few different finishes. Matte, satin, glitter, and metallic shades offer up many different possibilities to create some makeup magic! 

                                close up of the shadows in the zoeva cocoa blend palette

This palette blends like a dream! You can build up the pigmentation and adding layers doesn't give you a choppy finish so it all looks seamless no matter how much you add. 

Below are some brush swatches using a flat shadow brush that I cleaned after each use. I swiped my brush three times.
I decided to channel my inner Stephanie Nicole (check out her YouTube channel here) as a finger swipe will show more pigmentation thus not giving a clear reflection of how they will play on the eyes.

brush swatches of the zoeva cocoa blend palette
The top row in the first picture is L-R in the palette but the bottom row in the second picture is R -L (I had a senior moment when I used my opposite arm. Lol) 

The first two shades look none existent but fear not my friends, it's more as they match my skin tone.

Bitter Start - matte bone shade which is perfect for my pale face to set my primer.

Sweeter End - a shimmery taupe shade with a slight metallic finish. This is great as inner corner highlight or added into of a cream base to make it pop more.

Warm Notes - metallic cranberry which is stunning! With is being a metallic I find it better to pat it on the lid to build up the intensity.

Subtle Blend - Metallic bronze. Another fabulous lid shade. It's earthy and looks fab on the lid.

Beans Are White - Dark brown matte. I love this shade to deepen up the crease and add smokiness to a look without the harshness of a black. It blends like a dream which is great for such a dark shade.

Delicate Acidity - Shimmery brown shimmer with a slight berry fleck. This is a vampy shade and perfect to add some sexiness to a look ;) 

Infusion - Matte dark brown with a gold glitter. This is fab! Whilst the glitter tends to blend away on the top lid, smoked under the bottom lash line or used to deepen a cut crease it's perfect! 

Freshly Toasted - warm matte brown. I love this colour! It's perfect to deepen the crease and is a stunning shade. 
Used with substitute for love it's one of those shades you can put all over the lid for a quick smoky eye.

Substitute For Love - light brown with a bit of shimmer. This is a great transition shade. It's easy to build to your desired intensity which is perfect and doesn't look choppy or messy whilst building up the colour.

Pure Ganache - metallic gold. This is literally like liquid gold! I don't know what else I can say to express how bloody awesome this shade is! 

                 cut crease selfie by bex from bubblybex3 using the zoeva cocoa blend palette

I created my very first cut crease using this palette and it was perfect. As it was a new technique for me I was very happy the shadows were so soft as they practically did the job for me! 

Want to see how I did this look? Check out my video here.

Overall if you're on the fence about getting this palette then I'm here to say go and buy it! 
Worth the £18 in my opinion and if the shades are those you'll get use out of then you have no excuse not to try this beaut of a palette.

I got mine from Beautybay here. What do you think of this palette?

Much Love,

Bex X 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

October weigh in...

Hey guys,

Well it's the start of October and I'm pleased to say I lost 6lb in September!!! This brings my total to 2st 9lb! Yay! Only 5lb away from 3st which is crazy! 

I've had a funny month. Hormones all over the place and the urge to eat hit me harder this month and whilst I wasn't tucking into greasy take aways, I had a lot more of the naughtier good foods.

Exercise is still something I need to improve on! Big time! That being said I'm not over stressing about things. It took me years to get this fat, I can't change every bad habit in a few months. 

'Strive for progress, not perfection'

Speaking of progress. The pictures below are taken from two different thumbnails on my YouTube channel. The first one was in May and the second is September!
Small differences like this make me more determined to carry on! 

Anyway here's to another good month! Let's hope October brings me to the 3st mark!

Keep smiling guys!

Much Love,

Bex X

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Chop'd Manchester

Hey guys,

I was lucky enough to visit the new Chop'd salad bar in Manchester and they did not disappoint!

The premise of Chop'd is to *build a better salad* and the idea was born from the question, would I feed my child this?

The first Chop'd salad bar opened in London at Christmas time to admittedly some ridicule over who would eat salad especially when it's cold but 12 years later and with numerous shops around London, Chop'd has reached Manchester! 

Guys this place is amazing. The shop itself is light, airy and has a comfortable vibe. With a build your own counter and fridges packed with grab and go salads it's perfect for people on a health kick to those on the minutes.


The staff I met were very knowledgable and I like that they can tell you where the fruits, veg and proteins come from. Plus it's real produce with no added nasties. An apple is an apple and a tomato is a tomato. Good right?


I got to make my own salad creation and I was mega impressed with the selection! Think bigger than some wilted iceberg lettuce and soggy cucumber. Chop'd serves rice, pasta and cous cous, roasted veg to chickpeas, many more veggies and a variety of meats and cheeses! Add in nuts, seeds and herbs plus a variety of dressings and and I was spoilt for choice!


Prices are reasonable and even if you add extras it's not going to break the bank. Plus you will not need an afternoon snack once you've stuffed yourself full with a large box of goodness! Believe me! I was full after half a box!

To show how yummy my salad was. I had to wrestle my 11 month old nephew away from stealing my falafel pieces and the smoked salmon because people it was amazing.

Oh and this Savse Super Blue drink was delicious! Filled with fruits and veggies it was a naturally sweet drink with no added sugar! Winner.

Want to check Chop'd out? It's on Cross Street in Manchester! Go, order and enjoy. You can thank me later.

Let me know if you've visited Chop'd yet and what you think!

Much Love,

Bex X