My German Goodies From Reify

Hello beautiful people! I hope you are all well. I know I am with all these lovely goodies to try out! Myself and Reify did a beauty swap last year, you can read about what I sent her here, and what she sent me here and here.

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Reify is a German beauty blogger. Her content is amazing, her pictures are beautiful and she’s a such a lovely person. So if your not a follower of her blog, I suggest you go and do that now! You can check out her blog here.

I meant to sent Reify a box of goodies as a surprise around Christmas time, but i got so busy I didn’t have the time to go shopping. It seemed like she had the same idea, because after Christmas she sent me a message asking if I had moved. We’re just lovely people aren’t we? So this is out belated Christmas! I think I’ve rambled on enough now, I’m sure you want to get down to what I got!

Artist Hair Celebration Night Repair Leave In Hair Mask

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Reify said that she spotted this in the drugstore and it reminded her of the overnight hair mask that i had sent her. I love hair care products, I rely on them alot with my hair from all the bleaching. I love the colour of the packaging too! I can see why she spotted it because it really stands out. Can’t wait to try it out!
Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair BB Beauty Balm

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This is a 7 in 1 hair enhancer with rich omega oil. Another product I’ll get good use out of! I’ve always seen Schwarzkopf products in the drugstores in the UK but never actually brought any, so this is a good opportunity to try out a new brand! The 7 benefits of this product are:

1. Intensive repair & hair structure rebuild
2. Split end prevention
3. Easy Combing
4. Shine
5. Bounce & vitality
6. Rebalances hydration level
7. Weightless effect

From what I can tell of the ingredients it contains Keratin, which is my new best friend lately!

Bebe More Melt Away Foaming Cleansing Mousse

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This stuff smells amazing. It’s a Cleansing mousse with Papaya milk and precious Jasmine flower water. It melts away even waterproof makeup and leaves a wonderfully fresh feeling  on the skin. This product is also paraben free which is what I love to see on products. I haven’t used a cleaning cream for ages to remove my makeup after running out. I tend to remove it with makeup wipes and then Micellar water, so this will be a lovely change for my skin!

Syoss Keratin Hair Perfection Instant Oil-In-Cream Repair Mask

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I got this in my beauty swap with  Reify. You guys know how much I loved this stuff. My hair never seems to grow because it always snaps off from bleaching it. My hair dresser actually noticed that it had gotten longer, and as soon as she said it I saw it for myself. My hair is still getting longer even though I ran out of it a while ago. You can read my review about it here. Reify saw how much I loved it so she sent me another!

Alverde Natural Cosmetics Intense Lip Balm Pomegranate Shea Butter

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This is going straight into my handbag! At work we have heaters on and it dries out my skin and lips, so I always carry around lip balms. I really try and take care of my lips. I make it a habit of putting petroleum jelly on my lips ever night before bed to leave my lips soft for the morning. This stuff smells so amazing. It’s infused with plant oils and aloe vera to intensely nourish and smooth out lips.

Fenjal Cream Bath Oil

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How sexy is this bottle? I love bath products. Nothing feels better then having a good soak at the end of a long day. This bath oil claims to nurture the body and soul. It contains 82% natural, valuable soya oil. It provides intensive care for the skin, leaving it feeling silky soft with a long lasting protective film.

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick in 360 MATTraction

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Reify said that she thought this would suit me, and I do love a good red! She said that the formula seems to be great, and I have to agree with her. The shade has the slightest hint if pink in it which I personally wouldn’t of brought because I seem to buy the same shades of red conatantly.. But it really suits me!

So that’s everything! Reify has really spoilt me again. I can’t wait to try everything out properly.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Let me know!

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Syoss Oil-In-Cream Repair Mask Review

I got this in my beauty swap with Reify. I’ve never used any sort of Keratin product in my hair, so this was a new experience for me.

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Instant Keratin Boost for 100% strength & Repair hair structure deep inside the hair cell
Smoothes the hair fiber for 100% suppleness
Nourishes the hair intensively for 100% gloss without weighing

Application
As I don’t speak German, and the bottle was all in German, I kinda winged it! Reify left me a note on the bottle saying it needs to be taken off straight away. So I just soaked my hair and applied it to the ends. I worked it in and washed it off, and then carried on with my shampoo and conditioner.

Review
I’ve been using this for a while now, and even my hair dresser noticed how long my hair had gotten since she had seen me last. I find that my hair never really grows, because it always snaps off. You never notice when your hair grown yourself, but my hair dresser did. My hair does seem more elasticated, when brushing my hair and i get a small knot, it bounces back instead of breaking off. All the claims this product deliver, except I didn’t really see any difference in the glossyness of my hair.

Conclusion
Will I buy this again? I certainly will if I can find it anywhere! I’m really impressed with this. When i saw my hair dresser, the first thing she said to me how my hair has grown more then usual, so that’s enough reason for me to want more!

Astor BIG & Beautiful BOOM! Volume Mascara Review

I received this in my beauty swap from Reify. This is one of the items I asked her for, I loved the packaging and it sounded too good to be true.. Check out what else I received in my beauty swap in my Part 1 & Part 2.

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Big & Beautiful Boom! mascara delivers up to 10 times more explosive volume in a snap thanks to its exclusive over-sized “One-Coat Brush” and unique creamy amplifying and beautifying formula infused with plumping collagen. Lashes look lusciously large and flirtatiously full from the very first coat. If looks could kill, these excessive lashes would be deadly…

Review
Mascara is one of the things I will put on everyday when i leave the house, I couldn’t leave without it! I love the nylon bristle wand on this mascara. They help separate your lashes, so you don’t get those horrible clumps. The one coat formula helps with the clumping too, I find when you put a couple of coats on with mascara, it can clump and flake alot. Not with this. It also makes them look fuller and longer, I haven’t got the best eyelashes in the world, this comes from constantly wearing fake eyelashes a couple of years ago (don’t do it girls, only special occasions!) so this really helps me. I wouldn’t say my eyelashes were 10 times more explosive, but it really does make a difference. I love the packaging too. I never really comment much about packaging, because I’d rather comment on the product then what’s the product is in, but I just love the gold! It makes it feel expensive! The Astor marketers have really realed me in! I’m such a sucker for packaging.. I’ve been using this for about a month now and and 9/10 times I wouldn’t get black smudges under my eyes.

Conclusion
I’m so glad that i picked this item for Reify to get me in our swap. It’s no benefits They’re Real, but it’s a good alternative! The only thing that let’s it down is on occasions I’ll get smudges under my eyes, but that’s only 1/10 times. Everything else I love about it! I need to find somewhere on the Internet I can get another now..

What’s your favourite mascara at the moment? Have you tried this mascara? What did you think? Let me know!

Beauty Swap Goodies part 2

Welcome back! If you haven’t already check out my part 1 of my Beauty Swap with Reify you can check it out here! Let’s get back to what I recieved..

Treacle Moon Body Lotion

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These smell amazing! They are gonna be so useful when I go to Reading Festival on Wednesday! You don’t smell the best when your at a festival, but I’m gonna smell amazing with these! They are a convenient size too for traveling. My favourite out of the three has to be My Coconut Island. I literally couldn’t stop smelling myself with all of them!

Balea Chamomile Hand & Nail Balm

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This hand and nail balm is the perfect size for my handbag. It has chamomile extract that gives your hands soothing moisture. This is gonna come in handy when the weather changes soon.

Schaebens Dead Sea Mask

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I love these packet’s of face masks. They are so ideal when you fancy a pamper day. I’m gonna try out one of these the night before I go to ready to get my skin in tip top shape! The mit algen is a seaweed mask and the intensive reinigung is an intensive cleaning mask. Think I might use the seaweed one for before and the cleansing one for when I get back! Check out my full review of these face masks here.

Alverde Mint Bergamot Shower Gel

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I do love a good smelling shower gel! With organic bergamot-water, organic lemon extract and mild surfactants this shower gel gently cleanses without drying. Vegetable glycerin and moisturizing factor wheat-based support the moisture balance of the skin, and sea salt stimulates and revitalizes the skin. Can’t wait to try this out!

Dresdner Essence Bath Products

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These bath salts smell divine. I like how they have a little tiny hole in the top right so you can smell before you buy. This sample is called Kornblume Baumwolle which translates into Cornflower Cotton. This sample is for dry and sensitive skin, it gently maintained with cotton extract and shea butter. Precious avocado oil and an intensive care complex pamper the skin noticeably.

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This sample is called Wasserlilie Reismilch which translates into Water Lily Rice Milk. The subtle fruity accents of water lily and rice milk is refreshing like a beautiful summer day. Valuable rice protein and an intensive care complex pamper your skin and protect it.

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I love bath bombs. This bomb has fruity-fresh note of melon combined with an aquatic pinch. The bomb stimulates the senses and makes for a refreshing body sensation. A special intensive care complex of avocado oil, allantoin and wheat protein prevents drying of the skin and promotes its natural regeneration.

Kneipp Bath Oil Collection

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I love bath oils. They make your bath feel more luxurious. This is a lovely little collection I can’t wait to try out! Formulated with the purest natural plants and herbs in the form of concentrated essential oils, Kneipp Herbal Baths nourish the body while relaxing the mind. There are 6 oils which are Entspannung pur meaning Pure relaxation. Tiefen entspannung meaning Deep relaxation. Mandelblüten hautzart meaning Skin delicate almond blossoms. Kuschelbad which I’m not totally sure on, any help? Glückliche Auszeit meaning happy break and Stressfrei meaning stress free.

Alterra Conditioner

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This weekly conditioner smells amazing, and why wouldn’t it? It contains the best quality raw materials, extracts of Aloe Vera, Organic Pomegranate and Organic Acacia flowers nourishes the hair, moisturizes and gives your hair a major boost.

Guhl Depth Structure 1 Minute Cure Concentrate

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This is a restructuring mask which protects against split ends and hair breakage. It repairs your hair from scratch and leaves your hair shiny from root to tip.

Udo Walz Repair Construction Hair Mask

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This hair mask is enriched with liquid keratin, to give your hair more strength and structure. I’ve never used a keratin product before so I’m curious to know what the benefits are!

Swiss O Par Hair Treatment

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I’ve never seen conditioners in little sachets like this before! I got sent three sachets of this. Kiwi obviously translates to kiwi. Lotus sandelholz translates to Lotus Sandal and kirschblute translates to Cherry Blossom.

Syoss Instant Oil In Cream Remedy Mask

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Again, I don’t know alot about keratin products but I’d love it if someone could tell me more about it. I looked on the Syoss website to find out more and they make these claims for this mask.

Immediate Keratin boost for 100 % strength & structure repair deep within the cell
Smoothens the hair fibre for 100 % suppleness
Intense nourishment for 100 % shine without weighing down

Balea Professional Repair Hair Oil

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I love using hair oils. They make my hair easier to brush after washing because my hair always gets knotty if I don’t treat it probably when I’m in a rush. The intensive formula with rich oil complex nourishes severely damaged hair – without weighing it down. There’s nothing I hate more then products weighing my hair done, when you have thick hair like I do you try your best to keep it as light as possible, so I’m pleased to see its lightweight!

I also got a post card from Reify thanking me for the project and hoping I enjoy my products. How sweet!

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While typing this up I was chomping on a lovely Milka chocolate bar that was in my box of goodies! It got me through having to type it all up twice ordeal! So that’s my part 2 done! Reify again did an amazing job on the hair care, skin care and bath product side! Such an amazing mixture of products. They will all get used up! I’ve got alot of samples to get through! This has been such an amazing thing to do. I’m happy to have done it and that Reify joined in! I’ll probably do another one in a couple of months time if anyone would be interested. But until then, I have all these beautiful products to get though! I’ll do some reviews of these too, including items from part 1. I encourage all of you that have commented saying that this is such a cool thing to do to just do it for yourself! It’s so much fun, you won’t regret it! Thanks again Reify.

Beauty Swap Goodies part 1

Hello beauties! This is the post you have been waiting for! I’ve already wrote this out once and it took me forever, including the part 2,and it just decided to delete itself! How annoying… So anyway it’s taken me forever to do this. If you don’t know already, I did a beauty swap with a blogger from Germany called Reify. While doing this swap I’ve also had the pleasure of getting to know Reify too, she’s a lovely girl and if you haven’t already checked out her blog I suggest you do! You can check out here Reify’s post of what I got her. I’ve decided to do this in two parts. The first part will be makeup products and the second will be skincare, hair care and bath products. So let’s get on to what I received shall we?

Ebelin Professional Precision Makeup Sponge

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I originally had a beauty blender version of one of these. Unfortunately, I left it in the box it came in while it was wet and it started to grow bacteria, ew! So anyway I had to throw it out.. It’s like Reify read my mind or something! These things are awesome, the pointed bit is to get in to those hard to reach places like the corner of your eye or around the creases of your nose. The flat side is for areas like your cheeks and forehead and other not so hard to reach places.

Catrice Prime & Fine
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This lightweight and longlasting primer minimises shine and reduces the look of pores. I’m forever in the need for primers to help me with the Pore situation on my nose, I’m excited to see how this fairs up to the benefits POREfessional primer.

Catrice Prime & Fine

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This is another primer for an instantly refined, smooth and softer skin appearance. It makes pores and lines invisible. Whenever I try primers that are supposed to fill my fine lines I’m always dissapointed so I’m excited to see if this is any different.

Rival De Loop Young Eyeshadow Base

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I’m really into my eyeshadow primers at the moment. The one I have at the moment is a stick applicator so I’m glad this is a pot as the stick one can be quite annoying! This primer prevents settling and leakage of powder eye shadow in the crease and lasts for several hours.

Terra Naturi Matte Mono Eyeshadow

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This is a lovely brown shade which is what I’m into. I’ve never been one for crazy colours, always nudes!

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The colour pay off is great too, that was literally one stroke. It didn’t need topping up to make the colour look more vibrant.

Manhattan Eyemazing Effect Eyeshadow

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This long wearing crease proof  eyeshadow is in an innovative velvet touch texture. This can be used dry for a subtle look or wet for a full colour impact look.

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The colour pay off is really good too. The shade I received is called Rosy Wood which is perfect for a smokey eye effect.

Manhattan Eyemazing Eyeshadow Cream

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I haven’t actually used cream Eyeshadow for ages if I’m honest. I don’t really remember why. Probably because I used them as a kid and they always smudged everywhere. But this long lasting cream eyeshadow is smudge proof.

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The colour pay off is always going to be good with cream eyeshadows, and it really is smudge proof! A minute after applying this to my hand I wiped my other hand over the top and it didn’t budge. The first shade is called Chocolate Kiss and the second is called Naughty Nude.

Essence How To Make Nude Eyes Makeup Box

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I love the packaging  of this palette! This is one of the items that I asked Reify specifically for. It reminds me so much of benefit products with the cute packaging.

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Inside it has its own little vanity mirrors which is always handy. The lid stays closed from what I think is a magnet.

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Behind the mirror are these cheat sheets on how to make nude eyes for day and night looks.

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The colour pay off is impressive too. I’m just in love with this palette! So glad I picked this one.

Manhattan Trio Effect Blush

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This two blush and one highlighter trio can be used mixed or solo. It has a exceptionally velvety soft consistency for a bright and fresh looking complexion.

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I love the two blush colours too. So lovely and the colour pay off is brilliant. Not too over the top but not too suttle . The highlighter gives off a radiant glow. This palette is called Cherry Cocktail.

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick

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I love these colours. I think when people pick Lipsticks out for me I’m more daring, but when I pick them out for myself I’m always going for the safe options I know suit me. I love how the colour of each lipstick runs through the middle of the tube too so you can pick out quickly which one you want

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The colour pay off is great too. And they are quite nourishing! From left to right we have On The Catwalk , Coral Calling and Natural Beauty. My favourite at the moment is the Coral Calling. Never had a coral shade before.

P2 Pure Colour Lipstick

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This super lightweight formula lipstick provides long-adhering and intense color gloss. It also prevents color running in the fine lip lines.

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This shade is called Kärntnerstrasse. It’s a lovely shade and quite nourishing too.

Manhattan Perfect & Creamy Care

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I picked this out for Reify to get me. The creamy consistency gives a rich colour without drying out your lips.

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The colour I picked out was 95D. It’s quite a minimal lipstick. Not too glossy but not completely matte which is what i want for the day time.

Astor Soft Sensation Lipcolour Butter

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This lip butter delivers the color and wear of a lipstick, the moisture of a balm and the shine of a gloss, it’s the ultimate all-in-one for lips in the most convenient format. I do love a product that can do it all!

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The colour I received is called Loved Up. This stuff smells amazing! So much so I was almost tempted to take a nibble! I wore this out yesterday after I received my box and it hydrates, comforts, smoothes and soothed my dry lips.

Astor BIG & Beautiful BOOM Volume Mascara

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This mascara delivers up to 10 times more explosive volume in a snap thanks to its exclusive over-sized “One-Coat Brush” and unique creamy amplifying and beautifying formula infused with plumping collagen. Lashes look lusciously large and flirtatiously full from the very first coat. This is one of the product I asked Reify to get me. I love the big brush and I hope it does itself justice! Read my full review of this product here.

So that’s it for part one! Literally everything will get used here, Reify has done such an amazing job at picking out products suited to me! Part 2 is available here.

My Beauty Swap With Reify

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This is the first beauty Swap I’ve done. I’d read alot of other people’s posts about them and wanted to get in on the action! So after posting about how I was interested in doing a swap, Reify showed her interest! She is a beauty blogger from Germany. Go check out her blog! She posts about make up and skin care products. We exchanged emails and gave details on what we were interested in receiving. We set a budget (which I went over, oops!) and went shopping!
I didn’t realise how much was available world wide, so it was a bit of a challenge to start off with, but Reify gave me a list of things that are available to her over in Germany, which made it alot easier. We have some amazing make up brands here in the UK that I’d never really appreciated much before, Like MUA, Revolution, Gosh, Collection.. They are so affordable and are great quality! I didn’t want to post what she is receiving, hence the blurry picture with the items turned over, because I want it to be a surprise! I’m sending a of mixture of make up, skin care products along with a hair mask I’ve used before and loved! And also a little treat I hope she will enjoy!
I’m really excited to post my box of goodies, just got the finishing touches to do first! I’ll let you know what I receive from Reify.