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
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