Belif Herbal Skincare (*)

In the short, Belif is a Korean based brand who use herbalists original formulas and combine them with modern cosmetic science. Belif products use natural and active ingredients and can be purchased from Napiers.net


Fudge Matt Mineral textures creative styling dust - Fragrance Direct (*)

You’ll be surprised to know that although I have thick hair I’m always on the quest to find root boosting products to save my poor hair from teasing. Due to the length and thickness (oh hello!) of my hair my roots get weighted down whereas the rest of my hair has volume.

I’ve never actually come across styling dust before but it’s supposedly been around for a while and quite a few men tend to use it. But it’s only recently that the product has been re-awarded its hype badge and more popular brands are creating their own versions.

I chose Fudge’s version of the styling dust (being a brand I know and love). The product itself is set to amplify your roots whilst absorbing excess oils to create a matt effect. I’d describe it as a cross between hair spray and dry shampoo all compacted into tiny flakes of dust.

To use to product you need to part your hair into sections where you want added volume and shake the styling dust across the parting much like a salt shaker. Then all you need to do if rub the product in to the root and the dust will grip and immediately boost the hair by taking hold almost like a hairspray would. The great thing about this product is the ease to style your hair by scrunching and ruffling to add texture and position.

Although it is similar to a dry shampoo/ hairspray it doesn’t leave any powder or sticky texture and lasts all day. The Fudge Matt Mineral Textures Creative Styling Dust is definitely worth a purchase to boost your roots with having to back comb the hair and would work wonders on shorter styles.


Beki Xo
Bag-Primark, Tshirt-H&M, Rings-Ebay, Heart/Plain Midi Rings-PrettyAndBling, PinkyRing-RegalRose, Hat-RiverIsland, SilverBracelet-Etsy, WoodBracelet-Market, SkullBracelet-ClairesAccessories, Skirt-Selected(Asos)

I'm going to have to start a hat collection. This little beauty has (yet again) attached itself to my hair roots and will only let go if i purchase a newbie. I've stumbled across quite a few hats but unsurprisingly not all of them suit my face shape... why is it so hard to find the perfect hat shape? If River Island did this number in khaki, burgundy and camel I'd of swiped them off the shelves in a crazy hat lady manor shouting 'they're mine, they're all mine' before rightly being removed from the store.

I've taken a liking to the boho trend. Fringing seems to of hit the shelves for autumn/ winter and its great for adding texture and movement to an outfit. I went on a mini shopping trip last week and four out of the five items i purchased had fringing - i just cant get enough *breaks into song*.

EBay has yet again pulled me in and after selling quite a few things i decided to have a sterling silver ring haul in which i purchased all of the above and more. I'd love to get my hands on some gold plated stacking rings and midi rings but they're just so expensive for the amount I'd like, so much so i'd probably have to sell the whole contents of my wardrobe.

I picked up the fringed necklace in the Miss Selfridge sale and turned into a giddy kipper when i found it was reduced from £35 to £8, major bargain of the week! Its a big statement piece and helps to immediately create a boho vibe which is great for all the plain tee's i own. The duffle style bag was also in the Primark sale for just £5... Oh the times when everyone was baffled by a Primark sale yet with the increase in pricing the sale cost probably brings the prices back down to what they use to be!

Beki Xo
Sally Hansen’s Spray-On Shower-Off Hair Remover – Fragrance Direct (*)

Darn you hair growth!

I’ve tried many types of hair removal creams, lotions and potions but most of them are applied awkwardly and messily with your hands. This (for me) continuously results in product waste, a messy bathroom floor and a weird squeaky texture left on my palms.

That’s when I spotted this little gem. A 3 minute in-shower spray on hair removal treatment all bottled up in an aerosol can.  Not only is it a bonus that you wait for just 3 minutes in the shower as opposed to 5-10 minutes standing like a starfish but you're not left with your finger prints feeling as though they've been dissolved away by typical hair removal creams.

I wouldn’t really use any product to remove hair on my arms as I’m pretty fair haired but for the purpose of swatching without any awkward camera positions and eye raising shower shots, I’ve tested it on this area.

The can is super easy to use with a small push on the nozzle that you aim on the required area (for me - legs) and can apply in the shower before turning the water on. It disperses a small dusting of cream that is a visible white color which helps to see that you've ensure you've covered the whole area evenly.

You're required to wait just 3 minutes before showering it off and revealing Sally Hensen's removal magic. I usually end up waiting an extra minute than a product suggests, just to make sure that any extra pesky areas will be targeted. However to review this product correctly I waited the recommended time of 3 minutes and boy 'o' boy was I impressed. The cream itself worked a treat and left my legs feeling super smooth (squeaky clean kind of smooth) without any patchy areas nor dry skin which shaving can leave.

The only downside to this product is the typical hair removal cream scent. There is no pretty floral or fruity smells to mask its odour. However its bearable and pushing that out of the beauty equation this product is a hair removal genius. In basic terms... an easy to use hair removal product, minus the mess and time wasted standing like starfish...

Beki Xo
Thierry Mugler Alien – Fragrance Direct £25.99 (*)

I’m pretty picky about perfumes. There’s only one sweeter smelling scent in my collection and even that’s not of the floral, sickly sweet note. I favour more for deeper, seductive woody scents that some people may call their 'night' scent'.

I’ve had my eye on the Thierry Mugler Alien perfume for a while after stealing a couple pumps from a friend and spritzing myself with its ‘out of this world’ contents. I’ve always bought perfumes in full size and so when it comes to throwing one in my handbag I struggle to decide which is the lightest and less awkwardly shaped for lugging around.

But this little dark gem is perfect for even the smallest of handbags and last a lot longer than its 15ml contents looks. Its scent is head strong and bold. It contains, notes of white amber and cashmeran wood (musky component) all rounded off with a tiny drop of sunny Indian jasmine. Heavenly.

The style of this bottle completely portrays its contents. A dark precious stone mined from another world with sharp claws protecting its mysterious deep purple hue contents.  

My favourite thing about this product is its lasting scent that ever so slightly changes from being powered by sweet jasmine to cashmeran wood after a few hours.  Obviously our senses befriend the scent and it appears to fade but after receiving compliments later on in the day and getting the slight wave of scent every now and again its definitely a scent that'll stick around. 

Beki Xo
Elizabeth Double Density Mascara - Black (*)

I’ve been through my fair share of mascaras and I very rarely stray for my 2 favourites that lengthen my lashes. However I’ve never found mascara that will add volume to my lashes without clumping or flaking.
I’ve had my eye on the Elizabeth Arden Double Density mascara for a while now after seeing the popularity and stir it caused in the bloggersphere. A medium sized bristled brush that works to thicken and separate lashes without smearing or flaking off – bingo!

This sleek black and gold tube is what mascara is all about. I usually spend a good few coats on my lashes to individual separate and lengthen them. However with this product I used one swish of the brush per each angle around my lashes and was left with a long, thick and natural curled lash without any corner splodging, Time saving genius.  

The consistency is (as Goldilocks would put it) just right. It isn’t too thick that your lashes are left balancing clumps of mascara nor too watery and the brush doesn’t tug at the lashes which some applicators can do.
The great thing about this product is with 1 coat it already leaves a natural thickened lash to define the eye but for a bolder look it’s great for layering up without flaking! There’s nothing like brushing on the second layer and ending up with the 1st layer flaking off into your eye. Ouch. it’s also worth mentioning that this mascara is approved for even sensitive eyes.

Its usual price RRP is around £22 but from Fragrance Direct you can snap it up for a beauty bargain at £6.99!

Beki Xo
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I haven't really ventured out of my style stakes at all this Spring/Summer. I'm still throwing on maxi skirts and t-shirts in wait for Winter to to dig its little fury heels in so I can throw my purse at jumpers, boots, scarves and knits! 

I'll admit as soon as the sun comes out i struggle to pull anything together and nothing jumps out at me in-store. So I've been pulling out my old favorites and spending half my life on eBay. Its ridiculous how obsessed I've become with selling and buying on that darn addictive site. However its a great place to find non 'in fashion' items or items you've imagined and are in hope that some wonderful person has already created them somewhere across the globe. And why is it that PayPal money feels more like board game money as though it isn't yours but you've free reign with it?

Some great key words to type into eBay are  'celebrity inspired' or 'designer inspired' its ludicrous how many lookalike products are available to buy for super cheap. 

Due to my current addictive streak on eBay I'm thinking of making a regular Wish List post on the blog. Let me know what you think! 

Beki Xo

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