Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick Review & Swatches (*)

I have a serious love/ hate relationship going on with liquid lipsticks. I love how they look and how some last longer than normal lipsticks but I hate how they can tend to crack/ flake after 15 mins of wear and can dry out the lips giving that prune like appearance.

However, I'm determined to find the perfect liquid lipstick that has more pros than cons and so my search continues!

After a week or testing I think it's safe to say that the Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipsticks are in the running of being at the top of liquid lipstick favourites. The colour pay is pretty impressive as it gives a full, vibrant and matte finish. As long as you don't rub your lips together (which i did with #6432 Knockout) for 10 minutes after application is gives an even finish that feels comfortable, lightweight and velvet soft. The colour doesn't bleed, is transfer resistant and looks highly pigmented.


#6432 Knockout (result of rubbing lips before 10 min drying time)

However, similar to most other liquid lipsticks in my search the 'long-lasting coverage' isn't quite as long-lasting as I'd like. With the careful consumption of food there's no need for reapplication but any hot drinks that pass the lips... it's gone, (see #6423 Muse) leaving behind a ring of colour. I know liquid lipsticks aren't indestructible but I did hope for at least 50% of the pigment to be left rather than 0%.


#6423 Muse (colour pay off after drinking a hot drink)

With 11 shades in the range my favourite from the 4 that I received is #6423 Muse as pinks and corals are my go to lip shades. The other shades are slightly too dark and 'vampy' for my skin tone but they'd look amazing on tanned or darker skin tones. The darker colors also need a little more care upon application. 

#6427 First Lady

So what would I rate the 'benefits' out of 10?
Extreme Wear - 6/10
Transfer Resistant Performance - 9.10
Vibrant Matte Finish - 10/10
Intense Colour - 9/10
Weightless & Ultra Thin Film - 8/10
Active Moisturising Ingredients - 7/10

#6431 Noblesse

All in all I think I'd definitely buy the Lord & Berry Timless Kissproof Lipsticks in other shades but with the knowledge that reapplication is necessary.

Beki Xo

(*) As part of this review I was gifted the Lord & Berry Kissproof Lipsticks however all opinions are my own
Blackberry Lavender Gin Fizz Cocktail (*)

My preferred garnish in a G&T is always something from the herb family although it’s very much dependent on the gin. I prefer most gins that have a floral, fresh or fruity taste than those that are more bitter or spicy.

A G&T to me is a crisp and light drink so for my next cocktail recipe I wanted to create something fresh and vibrant. Something that tastes like a pot of fresh berries sat next to a blooming summer bouquet. So using my favourite fruit infusers (Junip Organics) I came up with the ‘Blackberry Lavender Fizz’. It took me a while to get this right as at first I wanted to create a  blackberry syrup but then I realised this would overpower the lavender and be a little too on the sweet side so I stripped it back...

Blackberry Lavender Fizz Cocktail Recipe:

1 Handful fresh raspberries
3-4 Ice Cubes
50ml Gin
20ml Junip Lavender fruit infuser
Fever Tree tonic
Lemon & lavender for garnish

Muddle 1 handful of blackberries in a cocktail shaker and add 3-4 ice cubes

Add 50ml of gin and 20ml of Junip lavender fruit infuser into the shaker and shake until misty

Using a strainer pour into glass and top with tonic

Add a garnish of lemon/ freshly washed lavender and serve

Beki Xo

(*) As part of this review I was gifted the Junip Organics Lavender Fruit Infuser however the recipe and all opinions are my own
Bruschetta 
Algio E Olio Pasta
Raspberry Sorbet
Vegan Food Menu at Vapiano Manchester (*)

Last week I was invited to Vapiano in the Corn Exchange to try out their menu. I’ve previously been before but since going plant based I’ve not paid them a visit so I was intrigued as to what they had to offer for vegans.

Vapiano has a unique ‘fast restaurant’ concept whereby you’re each given a chip card to personally order your food at the different food stations and watch it being made right in front of you. It can be a little awkward once you’ve gotten your drinks and sat down to then individually disappear off, queue at the food station of your preference and then receive your food at different times. However, the idea does make it easier to request for your food to be tailored to you, whether you’re gluten intolerant, vegan, have a spicy palette or hate coriander and that unsociable 10 minutes whilst you individually order and receive your food is forgotten when you see and taste how fresh your dish is. 
The chip cards also makes splitting the bill that much easier.

So since veganism is becoming more popular (hurrah!) restaurants have started to label vegan options similar to how they do gluten free or vegetarian and Vapiano is one of them!
Their vegan options include:

Starter
Bruschetta
Olives

Soup
Tomato soup

Pasta
All Arrabbiata pasta (spicy tomato and garlic)
Pomodoro (spaghetti & tomato sauce)
Aglio E Olio (garlic, chilli and parsley)
Ratatouille (Mediterranean veg in tomato sauce)

Pizza
The dough and tomato base is vegan so just request no cheese
Salad
Mista (mixed leaf and veg – request vegan)
Mista Piccola (mixed leaf, cherry tomato & carrots – request vegan)

Dressings
Balsamic
Lime-chilli
Raspberry-maple

Dessert
Raspberry sorbet
Lemon sorbet

Specials
Pumpkin Soup

It was exciting to choose from a menu that not only had vegan options available but also other options I could tailor to be vegan without feeling awkward. For the starter I had the tomato bruschetta, for main the Algio E Olio pasta (which I asked to be extra spicy as well as having the ability to choose my favourite pasta shape) And for dessert, although there wasn’t an array of vegan options I was happy there was at least 1 or 2 and opted for the raspberry sorbet which was delicious!

The food was fresh and full of flavour, the atmosphere was relaxed and with so many vegan options available as well as having the ability to tailor vegetarian dishes to make them vegan, I’ll definitely be back. 

Beki Xo


(*) A part of this review I was gifted a complimentary meal at Vapiano however all views and opinions are my own.

Dog Friendly Cafes, Bars & Restaurants in Manchester 

There's many things I love about Manchester but as a dog owner one of them has to be how dog friendly the city is (aside from the pesky Metrolink *shakes fist*). Most cafes, bars and restaurants now accept dogs but now shops and convenient stores are also allowing our little four legged friends to wander in too.

I'm always to tweet a place and ask if they're dog friendly so I thought I'd round up as many eateries and drinking spots I could think of and pop them into a dog friendly list/ map.

I'm going to be keeping the list and map as up to date as possible by adding any newly discovered dog friendly places along the way so keep checking back!


Coffee Shops

PORTER AND COLE - 124 High St, Manchester M4 5JY

EZRA & GIL - 20 Hilton St, Manchester M1 1FR


FOUNDATION COFFEE - Sevendale House, Lever St, Manchester M1 1JB


TAKK - 6 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF


ZIFERBLAT - 23 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW


SECOND CUP MCR -  Arndale Centre, 100 Corporation St, Manchester M4 3AG


ANCOATS COFFEE COMPANY -  9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill St, Manchester M4 5BA


NORTH TEA POWER - 36 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LA


THE KOFFEE POT - 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE


SUGAR JUNCTION -  60 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG


ALABAMA'S - 10 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN


ANCOATS GENERAL STORE -  57 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester M4 5AB


Pizzeria's 

RUDY'S -  9 Cotton St, Manchester M4 5BF


PLY -  26 Lever St, Manchester M1 1DW


CRAZY PEDRO'S (dog friendly until 7pm) - 55-57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ


Bars


BREW DOG - 35 Peter St, Manchester M2 5BG


ODD BAR - 30-32 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1ER


THE GAS LAMP - 50 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BW


LOST IN TOKYO NQ -  8 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DN


DUSK TIL PAWN -  Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1FB


THE WHISKY JAR - 14 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

SEVEN BRO7HERS - 3 Blossom Street, Manchester M4 5AF


PORT STREET BEER HOUSE -  39-41 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQ


NIGHT AND DAY CAFE - 26 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN


NO1 WATSON STREET - Great Northern Tower, 1 Watson St, Manchester M3 4EE


Bars & Restaurants 


CANE AND GRAIN - 49-51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA


TARIFF & DALE (upstairs only) - 2 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FN


KOSMONAUT - 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF


PEN AND PENCIL - Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ


BLUU - Smithfield Market Hall, Manchester M4 1BD


YARD AND COOP - 37 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW


THE ABEL HAYWOOD - 38 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ


V-REV VEGAN DINER - 20-26 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN


ALBERT'S SCHLOSS - 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR


TROF - 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU


THE WHARF - 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester M15 4ST


SOUP KITCHEN - 31-33 Spear St, Manchester M1 1DF


COMMON - 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW


THE OAST HOUSE - The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AY


COTTONOPOLIS - 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE


THE REFUGE - Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA


EL CAPO - 12 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF


ELNECOT - 41 Blossom Street, Manchester M4 5AF

Gourmet Restaurant 

NORTHERN SOUL - 10 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN


Pubs

THE SMITHFIELD MARKET TAVERN - 37 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ


TIB STREET TAVERN - 74 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG


THE ANGEL - 6 Angel St, Manchester M4 4BQ


CROWN AND KETTLE - 2 Oldham Rd, Manchester M4 5FE 




Know of a dog friendly location that need adding to the map? Tweet me @smocktofrock

Beki Xo
The Body Shop's NEW Vegan Clay Foundation Review

The term vegan is being thrown around like a confetti and that's certainly not a bad thing.

Although some people will say it's become a 'trend', if it means that you're making people more aware of an industry by educating them, then to hell with it, it's a trend. But the fact brands are now stating whether something is 'vegan' is incredible helpful to making that lifestyle easier.


The Body Shop has always been loved for being a cruelty-free brand but more recently they've introduced labeling certain products as 'vegan' - hallelujah!

I've been slowly switching my makeup over to cruelty-free/vegan products which isn't easy as we all have our trusty favourites but it's fun testing out new makeup and It's a weight off of my shoulders knowing the product hasn't been tested on animals, nor includes animal products.


So what's new? The Body Shop have recently launched their new Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation. I spotted their tweet on social media the day it launched and rushed to buy it.

It's a lightweight foundation that contains tea tree oil to help promote clear skin as well as having oil absorbing properties.

Consistency 

The formula itself is similar to any other liquid foundation. Although it's a 'clay' product it has a medium consistency.

Colour

I spent about 15 minutes in the shop trying to find the perfect tone. My skin is more of a cooler shade with a slight yellow tone so I opted for the 'Tamerza Dune 026' shade which does looks quite dark and orange toned at first but on application becomes a lot lighter and blends into your skin tone more. So the one thing I would say is swatch! Don't go off of the colour of the tube.

Coverage
The coverage I'd say is more of a medium to full coverage foundation. It's really easy to blend with a sponge and can be buildable to get more coverage. My skin has been quite clear recently with just the odd blemish but it does really help to cover those pesky red marks!

Look

The foundation is said to leave a matte finish although for me it still left a natural glow (My skin type is dry/combination) even after setting it with a light dusting of powder, which don't get me wrong I Iove. 

Feel
The foundation does feel incredibly light weight and doesn't feel oily or drying.

Longevity
I love this foundation but It doesn't 100% love me. Although promoted as being for 'all skin types' I'd say it's oil absorbing properties work a little too well on my dry areas. On first application the foundation blends in nicely but after a few hours I noticed it becoming patchy on my nose (a dry area) and a little too oily around my forehead and chin. With a little powder touch up in the day the rest of my face makeup was fine but the patchiness on my nose was hard to touch up as I'd have to remove it all and start again. I have however started to apply more primer to the end of my nose and this has helped the longevity. 

Overall I'd say this product is a must buy for those with an oily/ combination skin type but if you have really dry skin I'd opt for The Body Shop's nude or moisture foundation. 

Beki Xo


Infused Ice Cubes ft Junip Organics (*)

If you’re a gin enthusiast like me then you’ll be just as excited about what I’m about to introduce you to. See the thing is, when you start collecting gin and creating cocktails you begin to realise that garnishes can make a huge impact on bringing out the flavours of the botanicals in the spirit.

So when I recently stumbled across on Instagram account for natural fruit infusers I jumped at the chance to work with them.

Junip Organics launched  this year (2017) creating a product that (I think) fills a gap in the market. Their all-natural and organic fruit infusers add a squeeze of flavour into your glass of water, a hint of extract into baked goodies or for me an extra little something in my G&T. Made from hand-picked fruit, herbs and spices there are no additives, no added sugar, no artificial or unhealthy ingredients. Their products simply add a squeeze of nature into whatever you wish.

The Junip Organics infusers range from berries to herbs to wild plants and classic flavours like vanilla and strawberry.

Of course I chose flavours that I’d typically use as garnishes in gin because think about it… I can add the flavour of a garnish without having to pop to the shops. So when I’m wanting a spontaneous cocktail or a simple G&T (although garnishes look pretty) I can ‘pimp it up’ by adding a few drops of the Junip Organics infuser and voila!

My next thought after choosing those flavours was creating ‘Infused Ice Cubes’. Something fun or what some people would call ‘Pinterest worthy’ that can look pretty in your G&T, add a little something extra to glass of water or spice up a jug of punch.  For me I wanted to add fruit, citrus and herbs that not only matched the flavours but complimented them. So with the Basil infuser I added strawberries and basil leaves, with the Rosemary I added rosemary and lemon peel and with the blueberry I added just the berries.

The flavours of the infusers are intense yet soft and natural. They pack enough punch to infuse but not over power so I only added half water, half infuser to the ice cube tray.

Once popped into a G&T (or any other drink) the ice slowly melts, releasing a subtle flavour and dispersing the garnishes. It’s almost too pretty to drink!

Beki Xo

(*) Disclaimer: As part of this review I was gifted the Junip Organics infusers however all opinions are my own

The Battle Of The Purple Shampoos
(Photo above is Fudge Clean Violet Toning Shampoo)

There are a serious amount of purple/violet shampoos on the market, some with better results than others and some with not any results at all. But after scouring the internet to find the best, these are the 3 products that consistently popped up.

Pro:Voke Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo


KEY INFO: This is probably one of the most popular, well known products on the purple shampoo shelf. The formula itself is sheer lilac with a medium gel like consistency. The purple tones of this shampoo are more diluted than the ‘twice a week treatment’ as it is for daily use and colour care. However the product can aid in maintaining blonde hair in between deep toning treatments.

TREATMENT: The shampoo foams up nicely upon application however I do find that it strips the moisture from my hair and after rinsing it out my hair feels coarse and dehydrated. After slathering on a conditioner and rinses it out my hair feels back to its silky smooth self. I just wonder what damage the shampoo could be causing by drying my hair out beforehand.

RESULTS: The effects of this shampoo are evident after blow drying as it looks to of neutralised some brassy tones. However, for me my hair doesn’t appear any brighter or more toned but that could be because the daily shampoo is more diluted.

VERDICT: This product did dry my hair out after application however it did recover and regain hydration after I slathered on the conditioner. The effects of the purple shampoo were noticeable after blow dry however it didn’t have a great impact on the tone and brightness of my hair even though it did aid in ridding some orange tones. For a budget purple shampoo under £4 I’d definitely recommend the brand Pro:Voke however I’d opt for their normal shampoo/ conditioner and not the colour care range.  

REVIEW: Not the best purple shampoo from the Pro:Voke range, would recommend their normal brightening shampoo and not the colour care as it is quite drying.

Charles Worthington Colour Enhancer Violet Shampoo


KEY INFO: This product is aimed towards cool blonde tones that need extra care to stay vibrant. Before I picked up this shampoo I read mixed reviews on the result but thought I’d give it a go. The formula itself is quite weak with a very pastel lilac shade (for those who don’t know the darker the purple pigment the greater the neutralising results) but I couldn’t see this until I’d purchased the product which retails at £5.99.

TREATMENT: The shampoo foams up nicely and contains guarana (seed of South African tree containing caffeine) which helped to hydrate my hair and make it feel incredibly soft. So much so it felt as though I could have easily skipped the conditioning stage but being an inbuilt routine I didn’t!

FINISH: Of course as the purple/ violet tones in the shampoo were quite weak the formula didn’t really make a great impact on my brassy tones. It did slightly help to cool them down but wasn’t able to brighten, tone or completely rid any warm tones.

VERDICT: This product may not be the best for those who are in desperate need to tone their hair and instantly remove brassiness. However due to its hydrating properties and milky violet tones it would make a great daily shampoo to use in between deep toning treatments such as the Fudge Clean Violet Shampoo below!

REVIEW: Formula is too milky for a strong purple/ violet shampoo, doesn’t tone or really remove any brassiness however would be perfect for daily use in between deep purple shampoo treatments as formula leaves hair incredibly soft.

Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo


KEY INFO: This is one of my favourite purple/violet toning shampoos. It is a little more expensive than your high street brands at £10-£13 however the deep purple pigment and the strength of this toning shampoo means a little goes a long way and you only need to use it every other to every third wash. So you’re basically paying extra for the strength and concentrate of the product.

TREATMENT: You only need small amount of this product and be careful not to flick it all over your bathroom wall as you massage it in as the purple can sometimes stain. But the thick, deep purple shampoo foams up nicely and once massaged in you can leave this on for around 10 minutes (as advised). However I have previously left it on for longer to get a brighter more white tone too my hair, but if your hair is already a very light blonde be careful not to leave it on too long as it could take in too much product and have a purple hue (which personally I think looks great!).

FINISH: After using this treatment alongside a regular colour care conditioner my hair feels really soft and it is evident even when damp that the pigment has removed any brassy tones and left a brighter, cooler blonde. The only negative I found with the Fudge shampoo is as it’s quite concentrated the shampoo took to my darker roots and did lighten them so I now only use it from the mid-section down.

VERDICT: This shampoo is basically a fully loaded salon quality toner. It removes all traces of brassiness from the hair, leaves a cooler more ash tone and works its magic in just under 10 minutes. If you’re looking for some serious results and want a deep treatment to give you that then definitely opt for the Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo.

REVIEW: The perfect toning shampoo to remove any/all brassy tones leaving a silky smooth, cool blonde salon quality finish. A little goes a long way so this shampoo will last you a while as only required in between washes to every third wash.

Beki Xo
Strawberry & Basil G&T Ice Lollies

I’ve probably got a 4 hour window to post this before the weather turns to shit but who needs the sun as an excuse to have G&T ice lollies?!

Although a simple cucumber gin and tonic is pretty refreshing on a hot day, cocktail season is here and something sweet, tart, earthy and alcoholic (being the main thing) creates the perfect twist on your usual strawberry ice pop.

Making the ice lollies is pretty simple as long as you don’t go to town on the alcohol bit (which I’ve had to restrain myself from doing) because we all know alcohol doesn’t freeze.  If you do pop a bottle of gin in the freezer and it goes slushy it’s because the water in it has frozen but the alcohol hasn’t…

So what do you need? Aside from ice lolly moulds…

Strawberry and Basil G&T Ice Lollies (per lolly)
25ml gin (single shot)
1-2 basil leaves
2-3 strawberries  (1 for garnish)
Top with tonic

How to make it? (Multiply the below by how many moulds you have)

Add 25ml of gin to a cocktail shaker
Pop in 4 strawberry halves and 1-2 basil leaves depending on their size
Use a muddler to bash the ingredients together and release the flavours
Shake the cocktail shaker and strain into the ice lolly mould
Add a slice of strawberry and a tiny sprig of basil
Top with tonic

And it’s as simple as that! To make your classic G&T ice lolly it’s even easier. Pop in 25ml of gin into the mould, add a slice of cucumber and top with tonic!


Beki Xo

 
Next PostNewer Posts Previous PostOlder Posts Home