…damn that’s a lot to review. I was off sick from work when the postman delivered the goodies from the amazing PR team behind St Moriz. Cheered me right up.

That was a few weeks ago now, and I’ve been using all of the products non-stop. They are simply gorgeous.

We all know about St Moriz, it’s the cheaper rival to St Tropez. They’ve recently launched four new products, including a new mitt, gradual tanner, tan primer and the one that piqued my interest – the Insta-Grad. Yep, instant tan whilst the gradual one develops underneath.

St Moriz Insta-Grad Tanning Mousse

Absolutely loving this, I’ll be having to get some more soon. Had my concerns about developing into a tangerine over a few hours, but it just didn’t happen. Using the new mitt, I applied all over. It does come out rather dark, but it went on really smoothly and blended out to a dark-ish but still natural tan – the perfect colour for me. You can see a picture below of one leg done – absolutely shite photography by me, but you get the picture. It dries really, really quickly with no greasiness or stickiness, which on the one hand is great, but also means you have to work quite quickly to ensure you get everywhere evenly.

St Moriz new 2018 mitt and insta grad tanLegs one tanned and one plain st moriz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t transfer much, even onto our white bedsheets! The product comes off in the shower, leaving behind a lighter, golden tan which I’d say lasted me a good couple of days. I’ve been using it every weekend since. 10/10 would recommend.

St Moriz Professional Golden Glow Moisturiser

So, I’ve been using the gradual tanner in the week. It gives a similar shade to the washed off Insta-Grad I mention above. It’s perfect for everyday as it’s moisturising too, and I don’t feel like it’s too much for work either. I’m going to squeeze some out into a 100ml bottle for when we go to Thailand to boost my golden glow.

St Moriz Exfoliating Skin Primer

Again, pretty much in love. I use this in the shower about twice a week to stop that weird self-tan orangey build up. It’s got quite fine particles, which suits me fine as some of the coarser ones irritate my skin. It smooths the skin’s surface to create the perfect base for new tan.

I am really enjoying ALL of the new products. Side note: they all smell amazing too and don’t have a weird biscuity smell I seem to find in many of my other tans. I really would recommend, and at less than £10 per item, you’d be silly not to.

I’m now looking forward to flashing my legs in summer, knowing they’ll look naturally golden and glowing, thanks to St Moriz. Let me know if you’ve tried it!

 

KNOW Cosmetics images - lip pen, lipstick sealer, lip plumper, brow pencil and concealerThere’s a new cosmetics brand over here in the UK. KNOW Cosmetics have come across the pond to the UK and you can now pick them up in Superdrug.

I was sent No Bleeding Lips, No Thin Lips, No Dark Shadows and No Bare Brows…and am pretty impressed.

Unfortunately, at the moment I can only see the concealer on the Superdrug website, but the rest of the products should be online soon!

No Bare Brows £15


The No Bare Brows Kit is a 4-in-1 product, containing a brow pencil, taming wax, brow brush and pencil sharpener. Gotta be honest and say that I thought ‘universal’ was a bit of a stretch for the brow colour – it’s definitely on the darker side and I had to be quite careful not to give myself slugs. However, it’s really, really smooth and buildable, and adding the clear wax on top just added to its longevity. If you need a comparison, it goes on so much smoother than Benefit’s Archery. I accidentally went to sleep with my make up on after a heavy night (BAD MOVE) whilst wearing the brow kit, and the sistas were pretty much perfect in the morning.

 

No Bleeding Lips £15


I’ve only recently started wearing lipsticks on the reg, and am having a grand old time figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t. A reason I shied away from bright / dark or actually, any kind of lip colour was because I was so nervous it was going to go all over my teeth, or smudge. I’ve pretty much solved that issue with the product sent from the gods, Lipcote. KNOW cosmetics actually do a sealing top coat too, but I’ve not tried this.

But there’s nothing like a little bit of extra security, right?

No Bleeding Lips is applied around the lips, to stop feathering and bleeding. Simply twist the pen up, and apply before your normal lip routine. It went on really smoothly, and worked like a dream – so if you’re one for bright reds, this is definitely one for you.

KNOW Cosmetics images - lip pen, lipstick sealer, lip plumper, brow pencil and concealer

No Dark Shadows £15


This light-diffusing concealer offers medium coverage, is waterproof and is free of minerals and parabens. Unfortunately, this shade was too dark for me! PIZZAZ has yellow undertones and I would need the rosier tone called WOW. Although I couldn’t wear it, I did try it out anyway to check consistency and how well it blended. I did actually like the formula! If I could have a lighter tone, this would have been fine.

 

No Thin Lips £15


So excited to try this one! I’m a sucker for lip plumping tricks that don’t involve needles. This one actually worked, too. It reminded me of the Soap & Glory Mother Pucker gloss I used to use religiously. I used it straight on my lips on a night out and there was a difference in size, although Will couldn’t tell (but he is just a boy).

The downsides for me on glosses like this is that they irritate your lips – I mean, that’s how they work. Sometimes I can’t be dealing with that faff. Also, it is a GLOSS. My hair gets stuck in glosses, I worry I’m a throwback to year eight, and I don’t feel like the product worked as well over a colour. Overall though, if you’re wanting a little bit of a boost, this is perf.


Have you tried KNOW Cosmetics before? I’d love to know what you think!

Read more reviews here.

Missguided is dangerous. I’ve got the app and the website in my bookmarks page; and with its very generous flash sales, I’m practically keeping the coat hanger market afloat singlehandedly. Our new house came with beautiful, massive fitted wardrobes, and Will better watch out; I’ll be encroaching on his space soon.

With celebrity collaborations including Amber Rose and Jourdan Dunn, the brand also opened its first ever standalone store in Westfield Stratford last year.

Now, Missguided has managed to top the fragrance charts with its debut scent, Babe Power.

The perfume sold out in less than three hours on its release and became the top-selling fragrance in-store. At only £28, it’s much more accessible to those on a budget – it’s a very decent size too.

As reported in The Evening Standard, speaking of the scent’s success, Sanjay Vadera, CEO of The Fragrance Shop, said: “Missguided Babe Power has shot to the top of our best-selling luxury fragrances and is our fastest selling scent at launch.

Considering the success of the fast fashion industry, we knew it would be popular, but we never envisaged the effect it would have on sales.”

“Babe Power gives customers an entrance point to a more accessible luxury and it has been a runaway success. 

Our stores up and down the country have reported customers snapping up the fragrance.”

What I thought
Designed with ‘strength and femininity’ in mind, Babe Power has top notes of grapefruit and sour cherry, a heart of orange blossom and base notes of vanilla, candy floss and amber crystals. 

The scent isn’t exactly subtle! It’s quite strong and sweet and I felt a little overbearing wearing it to work, although it was quite nice to get little whiffs of it all day and know that the perfume was still ‘working’ (does anyone else get that, where you can’t smell it anymore?). However, it was absolutely perfect for a Saturday night out in town – a perfect addition. The packaging is really cool, too – rose gold and in the style of a drinks can. Top marks.

You can find it on the Missguided website, Superdrug and The Fragrance Shop.

*UPDATE [January 2018]*

This post continues to get rather a lot of attention, months later. Unfortunately, soon after I published this post, I stopped using the products. My hair felt greasy a LOT quicker, but at the same time – like straw? It became much more flyaway too.

Whatever was going on, I wasn’t loving it and I wasn’t prepared to stick it out for longer hair…! I’ve got no one to compare to so I don’t know if this is just me – but my hair pretty much went back to normal once I switched back to my original shampoo.

I wouldn’t recommend it.

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As you know, I love a new shampoo, and I’ve been using Roots Double Effect Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner for a good couple of weeks now.

Roots is represented as a brand new hair-care range designed to help keep hair healthy and fight the impact of ageing for both men and women, and is launching in the UK from August 2017. Roots is the “first and only hair-care brand that helps prevent hair loss and increase hair growth whilst simultaneously addressing second, additional hair complaints such as dandruff, sensitive scalps and oily hair”.

Vegan friendly, paraben, sulphate and cruelty free, Roots allows you to “take charge of hair loss whilst ensuring that your hair’s needs are well looked after.”

I had my majorly long hair cut about three years ago and have loved the change – I won’t grow it that long again but I would like a LITTLE extra length – anything that can help me out is a bonus.

First impressions, both the shampoo and conditioner leave my hair feeling really clean which is always a plus. I have also been using the Intensive Spray for an extra boost too (it smells divine!). The first time after I washed my hair with the shampoo and conditioner, I let my hair air dry. This way, I could get a sense of how my hair felt after using the products, without any additional products in my hair. And I have to say, my hair did feel super soft!

In terms of hair growth, the product information for the conditioner is as follows:

– Hair growth conditioner that stimulates stronger, thicker hair growth, with active 1% Procapil

– Paraben free, sulphate free. Vegan friendly, cruelty free and naturally derived ingredients.

– 23% hair increase in males after 4 months of use. +55.1% hair increase in females after 4 months of use

The science behind, dermatologically tested Roots, is a unique formulation with the key ingredient Procapil, which has many proven benefits including rejuvenating and feeding the hair follicle to prevent hair loss for both men and women. I can’t say for definite if I’ve spotted any real extra hair growth yet – but I’ll keep you posted.

The only thing I found a bit annoying was how fiddly the lids are – the lid comes away completely from the product, with another smaller flip top lid inside. Because of this (and the size of the bottles) I found I was dropping lids all over the place when I used it.

Really nice amount of product for the price too. Give it a go!

The full range is available here.

 

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