Janina Ultra White Teeth Whitening Range

When I was 18, I finally got braces after years of hating my smile, covering my mouth in every single photo and generally so self-conscious of how I looked. When they came off two years later, I was finally a confident smiler. Now more than ever, I take pride in the appearance of my teeth and try to take the best care of them. When I was asked to review the Janina Ultra White Teeth Whitening Range for National Smile Month (15th May-15th June), I couldn’t say no. Read on to find out how I got on!

The Janina Ultra White Teeth Whitening Range consists of 8 products and I was sent the Sensitive Toothpaste and Maxiwhite Whitening Strips to try. The range has a unique, clinically proven low-abrasive formula thanks to being free from hydrogen peroxide and contains the Whitening Patented Bromaine Complex, a combination of natural fruit enzymes such as pineapple and papaya providing us with the safest option for whiter teeth.

Janina Ultra White Sensitive Toothpaste* |
I’ve been using this twice daily since I received it and the difference it has made to my teeth is astonishing. I don’t think I’ll ever use another toothpaste again! It may be a little bit more expensive than my usual toothpaste but it’s worth it. Janina suggest using this twice daily for 3 minutes and for the best results avoid using mouthwash or water to rinse afterwards as this will allow the formulation to work even longer. I found this quite difficult at first as I’ve been using mouthwash religiously since the day I got my braces on 7 years ago but I’m now used to it! I have very sensitive teeth and I’ve also noticed it has reduced significantly since using this toothpaste.

Janina Maxiwhite Whitening Strips* |
I was so excited to use these as I’ve been wanting to try similar products for ages (such as the Crest 3D Whitening Strips). This is a 7-day system, to be used twice a day. However, I opted to use them over 14 days, once a day as this fitted in better with my routine. Each packet contains a mint-flavoured strip for the upper and lower teeth to be used on dry teeth for 30 minutes after brushing. I found the lower strip more of a pain to work with, it would constantly slip around and take a while to stick, whereas I never had any problems with the upper strip. Upon removal, it would leave a tacky film on the teeth which was the only downside to these strips, I couldn’t stand the feeling. However, a quick brush or rinse soon removed the gel to reveal a whiter smile. I wouldn’t say the results are amazing but my teeth are definitely a lot less yellow and brighter.

You can buy these products and the rest of the Ultra White Range here at Boots. I’m tempted to try the Whitening Trays next!

What are your favourite teeth whitening products?

Laura x
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*This post contains products sent to me for review purposes. All views are my own.

Naturelle Cosmetics Royal Coffee Scrub

Naturelle Cosmetics are a natural, family-owned cosmetics brand who strive to bring us the purest products from certified organic farms across Europe. A couple of weeks ago, they kindly sent me their Royal Coffee Body Scrub in Cinnamon Vanilla* to try.

I adore coffee and I can’t start my day without a cup (or two..) and I can’t get enough of the smell either, why does it smell so good!? Anyway, I’ve read a lot about the benefits of using a coffee scrub from being a fab cellulite banisher to leaving the skin silky smooth and so, I couldn’t wait to give it a whirl.

The Royal Coffee Scrub contains a number of different organic, natural ingredients from the seed powder of Arabica coffee to avocado and jojoba oil and comes in many different scents, I was sent Cinnamon Vanilla which as you can imagine, smells amazing!

The coffee scrubs contain a lot of benefits for your skin and I have certainly seen a difference since I started using it. Dry rough areas such as the knees and ankles are less scaly and much smoother and my skin looks a lot brighter and less dull. I use this whilst showering (I obviously turn it off first!) and apply in circular motions for a minute or two then I rinse it off which leaves me with super soft skin!

I can say that this is really messy. So, you have to give your shower a good rinse afterwards, it gets everywhere! You also have to make sure you’ve rinsed it off yourself properly too as it’s quite easy to miss parts! But other than that, it’s a great scrub that delivers all the goods and has quickly become a vital part of my showering routine.

You can buy it here for £9.95.

Have you ever used a coffee scrub?

Laura x
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Lipstick Collection | Part Two

Back in April, I shared Part One of my lipstick collection. As my collection is rather large, it had to be split into two.. so today, I bring you Part Two of which consists mainly of liquid lipsticks and showcases my NYX Soft Matte obsession.. one range I just can’t stop adding to! Enjoy.. it could be a long one!

Lipstick Collection | Part Two

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour |
Going by the name, you’d expect these to be a matte formula. Unfortunately, they are far from it but as I like the shade, Devotion, I still wear it every now and then. Plus I really like the packaging! If only they were matte..

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush |
As you can tell, I really like my matte lipsticks. I’m gonna be honest, I’ve only worn this once! I don’t know why as it’s a lovely shade and formula. I definitely need to start wearing it more.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in Perla, Patina and Serenata |
I love these liquid lipsticks! I certainly recommend these to anyone who’s looking for a new range to try, these are amazing. Whilst I bought this mini set of 3 because I saw Patina on someone and fell in love with how it looked, it’s actually Perla that is my favourite, a gorgeous dusty nude-pink. Read my full review here.

Lipstick Collection | Part Two
Lipstick Collection | Part Two

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Antwerp, Ibiza, Milan, Istanbul, Stockholm, Addis Ababa and Manila.
Yes, I’m obsessed with these. I have said it many a time but they are the most comfortable formula and have a sweet scent that I can’t get enough of, they are a dream to apply as they glide on so effortlessly and as the name would suggest they are super creamy too. My favourite shade at the moment is Stockholm, it’s a great nude-mauve shade that has a touch of peach to it and it’s perfect for summer.

Lipstick Collection | Part Two

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? What are your thoughts?

Laura x
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The May Makeup Bag.

Instead of doing the usual monthly favourites, I thought I’d switch it up a little (as I’ve been doing with my makeup!) and start sharing my monthly makeup bag contents instead. So what’s been in my makeup bag during May? Well, a mix of old and new favourites really! Read on to find out what I’ve been wearing…

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation | 
I just can’t get enough of this foundation, it really is the perfect base! As I mentioned in my full review, it’s a very light but buildable base that gives a gorgeous natural, dewy finish. I’m obsessed.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation |
Another foundation favourite but unfortunately as it’s so sheer, I have been unable to wear this on its own lately (thanks to chin breakouts!) so it’s been more of a touch-up foundation for whilst I’m at work, thanks to its compact sizing. Although the Bourjois Healthy Mix is usually very long lasting, recently due to hot weather, it’s been slipping off the skin quite quickly (boo!) so Nude Magique has come in very very handy!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | 
I’ll warn you now.. expect to see this concealer featured in every one of these posts in the near future. Because I can’t get enough! The coverage is like nothing I’ve seen before, it’s incredible. I also adore the flawless finish it gives and the fact it stays put for hours!! Totally worth every penny!!

Benefit Erase Paste |
Not so much now but before I got Shape Tape, I was using this as a base before I applied the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I found it gave Lasting Perfection more lasting power like something to ‘stick’ to and enabled a more immaculate finish.. well, as immaculate as my prominent under eye area could get, let’s be honest..

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer | 
I’ve recently put my favourite Champagne Pop on the back burner and opted for more toned-down highlighters like the Mary Lou Manizer. Even though it’s pigmentation isn’t as bold as Champagne Pop, it still packs a punch and gives a gorgeous luminous sheen to the cheekbones.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder | 
I used to wear this bronzer all the time and I’m not sure why I stopped! This powder is perfect for us pale girls who are a bit terrified of bronzers as it’s light and easy to work with! It’s divided into two shades both of which are ideal when mixed together to give the appearance of more radiant skin and subtle bronzing. I always apply this in a 3 shape with my Real Techniques Bold Metals 103 Angled Powder brush as it’s extra fluffy so it picks up just the right amount of product to be swept across the face.

Topshop Brow Palette | 
The first product I’ve ever hit pan on! Yes, really, my first. Thankfully, I still have a lot more product in the palette to use as it would seem Topshop have now discontinued these fabulous little palettes. I’m gutted. Honestly, nothing makes my brows look as good as the wax and powder featured in here. It’s also such a quick and easy way to do my brows in the mornings, it takes me less than a minute.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara | 
This Smashbox mascara is my current go to as it gives my lashes a whole load of length, definition and volume. I need to get my hands on the full size version!

MAC Brave | 
At least once a week or more, I will wear this lipstick, it’s my absolute holy grail. No matter what season it is, it’s such a wearable warm, rosy pink shade. Paired with Soar lip pencil, it’s even better! I’m addicted.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Perla | 
If you’re looking for a new liquid lipstick, I recommend you give Stila’s offering a try. Along with the Kat Von D Everlasting lipsticks, these are the best formulas on the market. Comfy to wear, long lasting and an amazing range of shades. Perla is my favourite, a gorgeous pale dusty pink.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm |
Yes, I’m still obsessed with these lip creams! And Stockholm is my new favourite shade, a gorgeous nude-mauve with a hint of peach. It’s a great summer shade and I’ll be wearing it all season long!

What makeup have you been wearing in May?

Laura x
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Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | Worth the hype?

Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer is the must have beauty item on the scene right now and it’s selling like hotcakes, every 26 seconds to be exact. And when a product is so popular, I’m likely to pop it in my basket without any second thought. So, is it worth the hype?

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | Worth the hype?

I’m a concealer hoarder, I have about 20 in my collection right now. It’s rather ridiculous! But, when you have the most visible under eye bags like myself, it’s a vital, makeup essential. I can’t live without my concealers! My holy grail is the Collection Lasting Perfection, one I thought could never be beaten until I got my hands on Shape Tape!

The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer comes in 15 shades (unfortunately, QVC seem to only stock 6!) which is brilliant as I rarely ever see such a wide range of shades for concealers. As there is nowhere in the UK to swatch these before purchasing, I was a bit unsure on what shade to go for and as this was my most expensive concealer purchase yet, I didn’t want to buy the wrong shade. So, I tweeted the lovely people at Tarte and they replied straight away with some advice so away I went and bought the shade, Light.

I usually go for the palest shade in concealers as I’m as white as a ghost. But Tarte’s advice made sense, they told me to go for Light if I had pink undertones which I do rather than opt for Fair. If you have fair skin without the pink undertones, Fair is probably your best option. I’m glad I tweeted Tarte as Light is perfect for me. If you ever need advice on their products do give them a tweet!

In terms of coverage, this concealer is insane. The first time I put it on I was blown away, I know that sounds silly when it comes to makeup but honestly, it really blew me away. Whilst it may be full coverage, it’s a very lightweight, creamy formula. It can crease a little after application but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed and it stays put through the day with minimal touchups which sometimes aren’t even required! It’s the perfect concealer for those of us with dry skin. I would say the finish is more satin than matte. It really makes your under eye area look flawless which is something I thought I’d never be able to achieve. On blemishes it is also amazing, I had a rather horrendous breakout on my chin recently and after using Shape Tape, they were barely noticeable.

In terms of the packaging, the wand applicator is rather big. Something I was a little unsure of at first but honestly, it doesn’t make much of a difference. I find you get just enough product to give you an immaculate finish. If you order from QVC, you will also receive the Quickie Blending Sponge which isn’t all that great, I didn’t like how it applied the concealer. Instead, I blend it with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge which is waaay better.

I was a bit wary of spending so much on a concealer but I’m happy I did and I will continue to repurchase this as I don’t think I could live without now and although Collection Lasting Perfection may be a whole lot cheaper this definitely beats it. But I will always have a Collection concealer in my makeup bag because I’m a hoarder

You can buy the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer on QVC for £28 but they have very limited shades. For more shades, you can buy straight from the Tarte website for a little less at £19 but you may encounter custom charges, so be aware of that.

Have you tried this concealer? What are your thoughts?

Laura x
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