I know it's weird right?

I stumbled across MSmask Wow! Peel Off Lip Stain whilst I was hunting down the perfect long lasting lip colour. I wanted something that I could wear throughout the day that didn’t add a thick ‘layer’ of anything to my lips but lasted long enough for it to wear off nicely throughout the day. 

I scrolled through an insane amount of lip stains, sticks, gels, liquids, felt tips and serums before I stumbled across a ‘peel off lip stain’ that labelled itself as a ‘lip stain waterproof tattoo’. My instant thought was that peel off temporary tattoos (from what I can remember) stick around for quite a while before having to really scrub them off, so for under £2 (on Amazon UK) I thought I'd give it a try!

The product itself is very popular in South Korea and comes in a range of 6 shades from a light pink to a deep dark red. It has a squeezable, angled applicator that allows you to apply the sticky gel product straight to your lips without any additional tools. However, I prefer to use a lip brush as it creates a neater line around the lips. Below you’ll see I’ve applied the first shade with the applicator and the second with the brush so you to see the difference. 

Before you apply the stain you need to make sure your lips are clean and free from any products or oils. It also advises that the product should not be applied to very dry or chapped lips as it could not only sting but the out come could be patchy as the product does settle into the lip lines.

The consistency of the stain is incredibly sticky so when applying it's best to squeeze the amount into the corner and drag it across the lips. The applicator on the end of the tube is quite large so although it makes it easier for applying the product evenly (the thicker you apply it the longer it takes to dry) it's a little tricky to get that neat outer edge. Be sure to have a makeup wipe handy in case it drips onto the skin or your hands as it does stain quickly!

Once you've applied the lip stain you need to leave it for approx 5-10 minutes to let it dry fully. I tend to finish my makeup or faff with whatever I need to do in this amount of time. You can usually tell that it's dry by stretching your lips in which the stain should 'roll down' the lip slightly.

I read countless reviews that said the peeling of the stain was painful but I'm not sure if they left it on for too long or if their lips where cracked before hand as it easily and painlessly peeled off of my lips.

I love the colour pay off of the stain. It's incredibly pigmented and although applied unevenly has left a faded line around the outer corners of my lips, which with a lighter pink shade would look incredibly natural. As for it's waterproof claims it doesn't transfer onto cups of coffee when drinking however does slowly fade throughout the day... which was exactly what I was looking for! To remove the product it's best to use an oil based makeup remover as i previously tried to remove with a makeup wipe and my lips still retained some colour.

Out of the two shades this has to be my favourites. It's a little brighter and more natural so to show you another way of applying it I used a lip brush...

It's so much easier using a lip brush as you only squeeze out enough product to fit on the brush and therefor don't risk product wastage, the product dripping onto your clothes or too much product being applied to the lips.

As you can see by using a lip brush you're able to create more of a neater and bolder liner of stain around the outer lips. So I guess if you're looking for a more natural lip you could using the tube applicator but if you're wanting a more dramatic or solid line then use a lip brush.

As soon as you've peeled off the product the stain is dry and you're ready to go. Just remember to check your teeth as from what you can see the stain can transfer during drying.

I personally think these products are great! Although their application may seem a little novelty it really helps your lips to soak in as much product as possible. Yes, they're a little messy and my finger tips were a little stained (without using a lip brush) but they're only under £2. And considering that price you can forgive their messy application as you rectify this by using a lip brush. 

I'm incredibly impressed with the longevity of the stain as well as the high pigmentation and evenly distributed colour. It doesn't dry out the lips and feels incredibly comfortable to wear, almost as though you're not wearing anything. The outcome feels very much high end and against a lot of reviews I personally had no stringing upon application or pain when peeling it off. 

The only negativity (aside from the application) I have of this product is that it is a stain so if you accidentally get it on your clothes... it isn't much fun.

Beki Xo

My Top 5 Healthier Shop Bought Snacks

I’m no nutritionists and I know that an apple may be healthier than a snack packaged in a wrapper by a bunch of people sat around a table. But some of us need something a little more than just a piece of fruit and convenience plays a big part in that.

So, what are my go to shop bought snacks you say? Well for when I’m needing to curb my sweet tooth, give my body some energy or simply want a guilt free snack, these are my favourites…

Gluten, wheat and dairy free natural cereal bars made entirely of natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts so vegans can rejoice. I love these bars for when that sugar cravings kicks in and all you want is a family sized bar of chocolate. They also have a huge variety of flavours but my favourites are; Gingerbread, Bakewell Tart, Cocoa Delight, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Crunch and CafĂ© Mocha. The texture is a squishy, chewy consistency similar to dates (which is a main ingredient) however for those who don’t like the taste of dates I can assure you there isn’t a whiff of dates in site!

Bounce Energy Balls
Bounce Energy Balls have come under fire in the past as although they’re super high in protein and fibre, their sugar content has had nutritionist’s eyes rolling. However I find them perfect for times when you need a major energy boost or if you’ve missed lunch and need to grab something on the go as they’re incredibly filling. The gluten free and vegetarian balls are little pockets of energy rolled in tastiness with incredible flavours. My favourites? Coconut & Macadamia, Cacao & Mint and Apple & Cinnamon.

Bear Pure Fruit Yoyos
Yoyos are a baked, dried fruit roll made entirely of fruit and vegetables (well there’s a surprise!). They have a firm yet chewy consistency that make the perfect snack for when you’re craving that that bag of gummy sweets.

Urban Fruit Strawberries
Urban Fruit Strawberries are simply baked strawberries with a dash of apple juice to keep them sweet. They’re what I like to call the ‘au natural’ Haribo sweet. The chewy, small pieces make the perfect snack in between meals as well as keeping those pick ‘n’ mix cravings at bay if you’re after something to nibble on at the cinema!

Yushoi Snap Pea Rice Sticks
The Japanese inspired baked savoury snack that should come with a ‘moreish’ warning because they’re incredibly addictive. If you’re after a healthier ‘bag of crisps’ that has a little more crunch, flavour and as far from a boring rice cake as possible… these are the No1. They’re simply snap pea’s baked in rapeseed oil and seasoned with one of their flavours… salt, sweet chilli & lemon, Soy & Balsamic Vinegar, Smoked Salt or Szechuan Pepper.

Beki Xo

Pineapple Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe ft Hoxton Gin (*) 

A while back I promised myself that when I finally moved into my own home, I’d start a gin collection and learn more about this clear spirit I’d been drinking for years and officially crowned my favourite tipple.

So when a message from Hoxton Gin popped into my inbox about a gin (1 week after I’d moved into my home) I immediately replied to see if I could get my hands on the first in my collection! Why not start the ball rolling already?

Hoxton Gin has a large number of botanicals and flavours that consist of coconut, grapefruit, juniper, iris, tarragon and ginger. Firstly, I’d never tried a gin that contained coconut *insert heart eyes emoji* and secondly just look how stunning the bottle is!

I was recently taught by a gin-enthusiast that in order to really taste the botanicals contained in a gin (try and say that without sounding like a dick) you need to take a sip of it straight... Hoxton Gin is like no other gin I’ve ever tasted, that’s definitely not a bad thing and something that Hoxton brashly shout about. “Warning Coconut & Grapefruit” which upon taste definitely top trumps any other ingredients! Some gin-lovers will shake their heads at the rum like taste but Hoxton have broken the traditional rules and made something very contemporary and slightly ‘hipster’ which I'm in love with.

When it came to creating the cocktail I wanted to throw the trendy taste of coconut and grapefruit into something classic  and with the flavour of a classic Pina Colada in mind I created the Pineapple Gin Fizz.

Pineapple Gin Fizz Recipe:
100ml – Pineapple juice
50ml – Hoxton Gin
10ml  – Lime juice (squeeze of 1/4 lime wedge)
25-50ml – Club Soda
1 sprig - mint (for garnish)
1 handful - Crushed ice

Add the pineapple juice, gin and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake Senora.

Pop over the strainer and pour the contents over crushed ice 

Top with club soda and garnish with a wedge of lime and/or sprig of mint.

Beki Xo

Disclaimer: As part of this blog post I was gifted the Hoxton Gin however all opinions and the recipe itself are my own

The Perfect Nude Lip With Lord & Berry (*)

I was previously introduced to Lord & Berry makeup products a while back after receiving a lip crayon in my monthly Birch Box (which I sadly miss and need to sign back up to again!). I was completely obsessed with it, wore it all the time, lost it and as always totally forgot about it… typical.

So when I received a little email from a PR company asking if I’d like to collaborate I was more than happy to say yes (as I lusted over my long, lost lip crayon).

Nude lip shades have always been a pain in the arse too find. Am I right ladies? They’re either too brown, too pink or not nude enough, so when these little babies were posted through the door I was dubious. However as soon as I popped on the Lord & Berry Lip Crayon in shade Intimacy, I did a little happy dance. I’d finally found the perfect nude lip that goes with my new (ish) ash blonde hair and light-medium toned skin (that’s obviously not ‘new’).

The perfect semi matte nude lip

To create this I used the lip liner pencil in shade ‘Bare’ to outline my lips and prime the base. I probably could have left it at that as the liner is highly pigmented, has a creamy texture and nicely sets on the lips without being too comfortable. But I didn’t want that full matte look so I popped on the nude lip crayon in shade ‘Intimacy’. This has an incredible creamy texture which when first applied appears ‘wet’ but soon settles nicely on the lips (without sitting in the creases) creating a more plump, semi matte finish.

What I love most about this lip crayon is not only the fact it’s easy to use in a rush or if you just want to quickly top up without the use of a mirror but the longevity is pretty impressive for a crayon. After eating or drinking it does begin to fade but does so evenly without leaving that awkward patchy look.

The glossy nude lip

Again with this one I used the same nude liner to line and prime my lips. I then swiped on the highly pigmented gloss in shade ‘Tan Nude’. The gloss itself has a creamy, non-sticky texture that again lasts quite a while even for a gloss. After eating/ drinking it does begin to fade but with a quick ‘lip smack’ it becomes evenly applied just a little lighter.

I’d describe these shades as a nude base with mainly brown undertones with a hint of rose pink. Even though the shades are named differently they appear (when swatched) to be the same shade just in different forms.

I think it's safe to say that I'll now be starting my collection of Lord & Berry lip products!

Beki Xo

(*) Disclaimer: I was sent the Lord & Berry lip products in exchange for a review however all opinions are my own

Bag - Marc B (*) , Dress - Newlook, T-shirt - H&M, Shoes - Topshop, Watch, Newlook, Hat - Dorothy Perkins, Necklace - Primark OOTD ft MarcB Bags + Life Update

The Button Down Dress ft Marc B + Life Update 

So, this month has been a little crazy. I’ve been moving into my new house and so blogging took a bit back seat whilst I ticked off house work, recharged my batteries and waiting for the Wi-Fi to be installed. To be honest, although having no Wi-Fi was a little inconvenient (especially as we have no TV) it was nice to have limited access to a world I get sucked into on a daily basis.

I managed to take a good week or so off, although after then I was itching to get back into my blogging routine. So I wrote down my ideas, took some photos and started planning a handful of up and coming posts. On one occasion (throughout these past few weeks) = I did manage to upload a blog post as I took full advantage of free Wi-Fi in the infamous Yard & Coop restaurant in Manchester. Even though I did feel a bit of a d**k whipping out my laptop straight after a lady recognised me from my blog…

But now I’m settled into my home and I have a connection to the internet, I’m feeling incredible inspired to change my style of writing on the blog. I want to make it more ‘me’ and stop overthinking my punctuation and grammar because I’m a blogger not a writer and I prefer to read things in the style of how a person speaks, so why am I not doing that?

On a side note of buying my first home, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying scrolling to death through Pinterest, buying all the home furnishings and generally creating the home I’ve always wanted. We’ve also been spending more time exploring, going on spontaneous walks and finally managing to grab an opportunity for an outfit post!

I’ve been wearing this button down maxi dress to death. It’s so damn comfortable and paired with a t-shirt looks effortless as I throw on boots, sandals or flats (although I’ve begun to realise that flat shoes aren’t the most comfortable for my arched feet).

We were popping into town and as the weather couldn’t make its mind up what it was doing, so I needed a bag that I could throw everything into. I remembered I had the Marc B Angel Pebble Grey shopper bag which I was kindly gifted by Marc B and thought that it was the perfect opportunity to for its first outing.

The bag itself is incredible spacious as I filled it with my regular items plus sunglasses, a light jacket, an umbrella and a parcel I needed to pop to the post office for! But the size isn’t too bulky and structured enough to keep its shape. Just like every Marc B bag the inside is lined with the infamous leopard print material, 1 zip pocket, 2 slip pockets for your mobile phone and an additional outer zip pocket. My favourite feature about this bad is the length of the straps, they're not that awkwardly short length that means passers by become victim to your elbow as it protrudes outwards.They sit comfortable half way down the ribs to give you enough space to swing your arm in and the strap over your shoulder with out a struggle. The outside of the bag itself has a washed out pebble grey appearance which I first fell in love with. I’ve never owned a grey bag as I typically opt for black or brown with the odd autumnal colour in between so I’m pretty excited I now have this in my collection!

Beki Xo

(*) Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted a bag by Marc B to review however all opinions are my own. 
Sukin: Super Greens For Your Skin (*)

We’re constantly been told that super greens are incredibly nutritional for our body and the higher the intake the more benefits we will gain. But as well as consuming those small group of greens from the algae and cereal grass family, what about applying it?

Sukin Skincare has been my favourite natural, cruelty free, carbon neutral, chemical free, vegan skincare brand *intake of breath* ever since I discovered their natural range over a year ago. Their products have always agreed with my skin, helping to clear and alkaline the surface. So when the Sukin team told me they have a new range, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it!

Their super green skincare range contains natural ingredients such as acai, goji berry, liquorice extract and baobab. The nutrient dense product aids the promotion of healthy skin by helping to brighten and plump the skins surface as well as leave it feeling fresh with a hint of cranberry. 

Detoxifying Facial Scrub
The scrub contains natural micro jojoba beads and ground bamboo to offer skin a gentle but deep polish to remove dirt and impurities. It isn’t too harsh on the skin but still offers a penetrative scrub that removes dead skin and helps to smooth the surface. The product contains a blend of kale, spirulina, chlorella and parsley to detox whilst pineapple, licorice and lime help promote a clear complexion. Although the scrub contains a rainbow of vitamins and minerals the burst of cranberry provides a more refreshing scent. I’ve been using the scrub on a daily basis and it’s perfect to give your skin a burst of energy in the morning, leaving it feeling detoxed and smooth.

Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser
Similar to the whole range, this product has a refreshing cranberry scent but offers a more nourishing set of antioxidants to moisturise the skin. With added ingredients such as goji berries, rosehip and avocado the facial moisturiser helps to promote a brighter, healthy looking complexion. My favourite benefit about this moisturiser is that it is crammed full of raw nutrients that my skin instantly drinks up upon application. It also leaves the surface of my skin incredibly smooth and fresh without any extra oils or grease, so it’s perfect for priming my skin before makeup.

Detoxifying Clay Masque

The product itself contains kale, spirulina, parsley and chlorella to offer a super green blend of ingredients that help to detox the skin and provide a healthy glow whilst avocado, baobab and goji berry aid in penetrating deep into the skin to nourish and hydrate. The clay has a thick texture that upon application spreads out evenly and comfortably sits on top of the skin. What I love most about this product is not only does it leave my skin feeling more plump but it’s also non-drying to it’s not only great for sensitive skin but it’s super (green) easy to remove!

Nourishing Chia Seed Oil
We’ve all heard the great benefits of popping a sprinkling of chia seeds in a smoothie, on some yoghurt or over your salad but this little bottle of oil reaps all the benefits for your skin. Containing a natural source of omega 3 and 6, antioxidants, phytonutrients (plant chemicals that benefit human health) and amino acids, chia seed oil is the richest botanical source of natural fatty acids. Providing a punch of energy boosting power, chia seed oil helps to prevent premature skin aging by speeding up the skin’s natural repair system. You can use the oil twice a day and it doesn’t leave a greasy feel however I prefer to use it as overnight face oil, simply because it can get to work on my skin overnight and I’m left with baby soft skin in the morning. It also comes with a pipette applicator so there's no product waste or messy skincare use!

Beki Xo
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