Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening Mask Review

Hey dolls! I'm back after a short unplanned hiatus due to a hectic work schedule at the moment. I've recently moved offices and I'm now working from a conservatory three days a week to do my day job. Within the space of a month, I've tanned an insane amount before I've even gone on holiday! Now let's just get one thing clear, I'm not a someone who chases the sun. I'm the exact opposite. I spend my time trying to avoid being in direct sunlight for lengthy periods of time. I just don't tan well and despite being Indian, I burn really easily too.

Unfortunately my naturally tanned skin (thanks Indian genes) doesn't go a lovely golden brown. It just looks very dirty and uneven; so this new tan that I have acquired was not a pleasant surprise. I've been on a mission to remove it and so I raided my beauty stash for something that would help lift it and brighten my skin tone. After frantic searching and some spring cleaning, I came across the beauty that is - Wild Rose Instant Brightening Mask by Korres.

Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening Mask Review

According to Korres an instant brightening effect is immediately visible from the first application.
Now the sceptic in me always scoffs slightly when products claim to have an instant effect from the first use.Is that even actually possible? Well it turns out that the the main ingredient is Wild Rose oil, a natural source of vitamin C. If you know your vitamins, you know that Vitamin C is fab for significantly repairing marks on the skin and improving fine lines. Other ingredients include a complex of herbal extracts which targets skin discolouration whilst adding brightness and radiance to the skin at the same time. I must admit, this all sounded quite promising. I did do a little bit of research on the ingredients and was also pleased to see that it's free from paraben's, silicones, Propylene Glycol and Ethanolamines. Happy days!

The mask is described on the packaging as "A pure white mask for a clear and radiant complexion, suitable for all skin types". I wasn't sure if 'pure white' was a technical term in the beauty world that I had missed or just a description, but as soon as I squeezed out a little bit from the tube, it turns out it was just a very accurate description. The mask isn't too thick so it's very easy to spread across your face. In terms of consistency it's like a thick (white) sun tan lotion. In some ways it reminded me of Sudocrem too(!)
Generally I'm not a fan of rose scented products so I was a little bit worried about how this might smell but a quick sniff was enough to reassure me that I need not worry. The mask has a very faint floral smell that doesn't linger.

Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening Mask Review

The instructions are very simple, apply to dry skin and wash off after ten minutes. I must admit, the mask was quite difficult to get off. Initially it just felt like I was spreading the white stuff all over my face and it wasn't coming off but then with the help of a muslin cloth it was a lot easier. I have quite large pores and found that it was getting stuck in them, particularly around the nose. It did take longer then it would take me to remove any other of my masks but there's something quite satisfying about it. I generally don't do masks unless I have time anyway so it's not too much of an issue for me. I wouldn't recommend using the mask if you're in a rush.

So did I get an instant brightening result? *drum roll* The answer is....yes BUT I'm not sure if it's just because the mask is so white and there is still some whiteness left on from it or if it's something more scientific, either way my skin looked brighter which is exactly what Korres had claimed.

Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening Mask white Review

I've used this mask 4 more times over the period of a month and every time I've used it I've fallen for it a little bit more. I feel like it's not irritated my sensitive skin in any way and perhaps due to the extra scrubbing trying to remove it, it has actually helped to brighten up my face.

The Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening Mask is available to buy from Look Fantastic here. Priced at just £7 it doesn't seem at all expensive, however it's worth noting that you do only get 16ml. I just about managed to squeeze out 4 uses and this was me using it quite sparingly. I am keen to keep trying the mask to see whether the brightening results do continue and if it will help my hyperpigmentation in the long run. For now though, I'd still recommend that you give it a go if a little extra lift in your skin tone is what you're after.

Bamford Haybarn Spa & Afternoon Tea At The Berkeley Hotel With Farfetch

This year in particular, I feel extremely blessed with some of the opportunities that have come my way. Through all the perseverance with my little space on the internet, I've had the opportunities to meet some great people/brands and experience some amazing things. Last Thursday was definitely one of those days where, with huge thanks to Farfetch, I got to visit The Berkeley Hotel for a massage & afternoon tea.

I'll be honest with you, recently I've been quite selective with the events that I do go to due to my anxiety being quite high. However, having exchanged a few emails with one of the lovely PR girls at Farfetch a couple of times, I was so pleasantly surprised at how friendly she was that I found myself immediately accepted the event invite.

The 16th came around quickly and I have to say I wasn't prepared for the amazing day ahead of me. I had picked out an outfit the night before featuring my beautiful ted baker high tops and then when I woke up in the morning I suddenly thought, hold on, you're going to The Berkeley, there's going to be a smart casual dress code. A whole new outfit change later; crisis averted.

I got to the Berkeley hotel quite early and I'm not going to lie, I already felt pretty swish as I walked up to the concierge desk. It's a grand hotel, no doubt about that. I made my way up to the spa and waited for the others to arrive and once 6 of us had made it up, I realised that this was all of us. Four bloggers and two PR girls. Definitely not what I was expecting but I loved that it made such a nice change. A small intimate group meant that we'd get the opportunity to talk to each other properly and enjoy the experience a whole lot more. Exciting stuff!

Bamford Haybarn Spa:
Laurren had sent us an invite earlier that week telling us that we were going to be treated to a massage and although I knew this was what I was in for, I didn't expect to receive a full on spa treatment. The receptionist explained that we would have a 25 minute treatment and were able to use the pool, sauna and steam room too. How amazing!
We got into our robes and slippers and were assigned a masseuse before being taken into a treatment room. I want to say my masseuse was called Carla but I was so overwhelmed with my beautiful surroundings that I can't be too sure it was. Either way she was so so nice. Carla let me get comfortable and then had me sample three different oils to find one that I liked. I went for the one that smelt of Jasmine and she explained that it was the perfect choice for me because it would help calm the body and uplift the spirit.

The massage, you guys, the massage! I don't think words could do it justice, it was that good. If there's one thing you do this month you should definitely go and get yourself one. It was literally one of the most relaxing things I have ever experienced and I'm not usually a fan of strangers touching me.

After leaving the treatment rooms, the girls and I headed off to relax by the rooftop pool with our mint tea's and got to know each other (and our blogs) a little bit better. We talked in great deal about Farfetch and their vision for the future. Farfetch is a British e-tailer that stocks products from 400 independent boutiques from around the world. Since starting up in 2008 they've literally gone from strength to strength and by the sound of things they're only going to get bigger and better.

Farfetch have also very recently started stocking beauty products on their website and for those of you who are into quality beauty & skincare products this is big news. It was great to hear just how far Farfetch have come in such a small space of time, so if you're into serious fashion - watch this space.

After our little chit chat we went back downstairs for afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea.

The fashionistas afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea:
If you've never been to the fashionista-inspired afternoon tea, are you really a fashion blogger?
This place had been on my list for SO long and when I found out that we would be having afternoon tea here I could not be more excited!

The Collins room has been newly refurbished and let me tell you, it's a bloggers dream. Cute crockey and peonies on every single table, it's like they knew we were coming! Plus cake, all of the glorious cake. We'll get to that in a minute though...

We started off with a selection of sandwiches and a tea of our choice (which could be changed at any time). I opted for the Blackcurrant and Hibiscus tea as I was after something sweet. Initially I intended on changing teas to try out a few but it was so good that I continued drinking it all the way through! I had completely forgotten to mention beforehand that I would need the vegetarian option but the staff were really accommodating and it was no bother at all. I was pleasantly surprised that the vegetarian sandwiches were more than just cheese and cucumber too.

After our round of delicious sandwiches it was time for the good stuff.
The legendary afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea is inspired by all the latest catwalk designs and is transformed every six months to keep up with the new season trends. This season they feature some of S/S16's runway favourites including Prada's handbag, Manolo Blahnik's red polka dot stiletto and Heidi Klein's halter neck bikini. I tried all three and each of them were truly delicious, if i wasn't so stuffed I definitely would have devoured the lot.

Whilst we enjoyed the tea & treats, the 6 of us talked some more and it was so good to be able to speak freely about the industry with people who just got it. We spoke about expectations vs reality, blogging goals and pet peeves when working with brands. And of course, no good conversation is complete without a discussion of the Kardashian's!

All in all, it was the perfect event. Farfetch were represented so well and I met some amazing bloggers too. A huge heartfelt thank you for such a wonderful day. If you're thinking of visiting The Berkeley hotel yourself, I highly recommend it. A fantastic experience that will definitely leave you wanting to go back again, I know I will be!

You can also find out more about Farfetch and browse their selection of independent boutiques here.

Where is your favourite place for afternoon tea?

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette - Light Medium

Dark circles are the bane of my life. Unfortunately for me, they've started getting more prominent over the last 5 years and now I'm at a stage where if I don't cover them up someone will definitely ask me if I'm feeling OK or if something is wrong or even worse tell me that I look really sick/tired. 

Due to being South Asian, dark circles are very hard to get away from. They're hereditary so it's not always down to lack of sleep or water. For me I think my sinuses do play quite a big part in it too and having really thin skin doesn't help either. Tis the hand that I've been dealt so I'm not on the hunt for some correctors and concealers.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette - Light Medium
For a long time I've just got by by doing an OK job of covering them up a little bit, but in all honesty I had no idea what I was doing and I worry that they look really awful. Then yesterday, since I was feeling really lazy and didn't want to get out of bed,  I spent hours watching makeup tutorials to find a method of concealing that would work for me. By the end of the day I was well equipped with all the knowledge on colour correcting and beauty blending to erase that under eye baggage. 

Since I was still in my PJ's and there was no way that I was going to go out to buy some new products, I decided to test out the Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette that I had bought a good few months ago and never really got round to using. I'm always a bit unsure about Makeup Revolution (I mean, why is it so cheap??) but for £6, I would be insane not to have at least tried it. Even if I got a few uses out of it I'd be happy with that. 

Having dug the palette out again from my makeup stash, I gave it a good old inspection first. On first impressions I actually loved how the palette looked. It's a shiny black case which admittedly takes a bit of work to pop open. This isn't a bad thing at all though because if I'm carrying my makeup around, which I often do, I don't want it to be coming open in my bag. Inside, there are 8 pans that look really creamy and quite shiny and there is a mirror in the lid of the palette. The high shine does worry me a bit as shiny under eyes aren't always a good thing but I thought I'd give it a go before I judged it. On a quick side note, it really bugs me when makeup palettes come with a crappy mirror inside a palette because they're just useless but Makeup Rev have used an actual mirror as opposed to some cheap reflective stuff so very impressed!

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette - Light Medium

I grabbed my concealer brush and swiped at the pan with the most orange pigmentation, to start colour correcting. They don't have names so I can't tell you which shade it is but it's the one at the bottom right. The creamy concealer melted as soon as it was touched and came straight on to my brush so this really excited me. Now for the real test though, how well would it sit on my face?
As I brushed it on to my face it did transfer well initially but as I used my brush to pat it on it was coming back off my face and on to the brush. Clearly this wasn't going to work for me so I tried using a damp beauty blender instead. I still had the same problem and it was getting increasingly frustrating.

For the purpose of this review I persevered though and a good twenty minutes later I had corrected and concealed my under eyes. As I had suspected earlier, it was extremely shiny under my eyes so after a couple of minutes, I decided to put some translucent powder on to matte it out a bit. Huge mistake! As soon as I took a brush to my under eye area the product started sliding around my face again. In the end I just did the best that I could and waited to see how well it lasted.

I continued on with what I was doing that day and after about an hour I went to see how well it was doing. I looked in the mirror with the best lighting in the house and my goodness my makeup looked awful. There was so much creasing that I looked ten years older than I do and the product that was on my face just wasn't thick enough to stop the darkness from showing through.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette - Light Medium swatch

I was so horrified with the makeup that I didn't take any pictures. I did want to show you just how awful this palette is at covering any blue/purple darkness you might have under your eyes so I've used the palette to conceal the veins on my wrist. You can easily see in the picture above, that even after about 5 layers of the darkest shade over my wrist, doesn't help to cover the blue veins at all. The colour just shows through. Sadly this was the same case for under my eyes and so I won't be purchasing this again.

Perhaps if you have barely noticeable dark circles, this product may work for you but for us girls who have serious suitcases under our eyes it's a no no. Make Rev's Ultra Cover and Conceal palette does not cover or conceal my dark circles. Oh dear.

What products do you use to cover and conceal?

Upping My Beauty Game Haul

Hello hello! I've been blogging on and off for a little while due to a few other really exciting projects in the pipeline, but I'm finally back to regular posting - yippee!
So the strangest thing just happened to me, I received a text from Barclays telling me my card was being investigated for fraud. They had detected unusual activity and were getting ready to block my card. Barclays then sent me a text with a list of recent transactions and asked me to confirm if I had made those purchases. In a panic, I jumped out of bed and switched the light on to see my phone better. It turns out that I had in fact made all of those transactions. I was spending so much that it had been picked up by their fraud team...whoops..

You're probably wondering what exactly have I been going crazy with? Well a bunch of stuff really, and of course I will be sharing it with you all but first I want to show you all the new beauty bits that I've picked up this week. I'm so sick of my usual eyeliner and foundation that I wear every. single. day. that I've decided to start investing in some new bits that will hopefully help to change up my look a little bit.

Upping My Beauty Game Haul

Garnier Micellar water - Before I wash my face, I have to take off the bulk of my make up. Otherwise it just seems like I'm spreading it around my face and not fully cleansing. I've previously tried cleansing oils, creams, you name it really and I've given it a go at least once but most of them leave my skin feeling dry or oily. Nothing comes close to how great micellar water is. I use it pretty much every day so I had to restock with the bigger bottle this time.

Lush Angel's On Bare Skin:
I've already written a post on how great this cleanser is (read it here). I regularly go through tubs of this because it's one of the few cleansers that help gently exfoliate my face and body without leaving any residue. It smells pretty great too!

NYX Photogenic HD Concealers

I did go a little crazy with my concealers. My dark circles are getting worse over time and since I'm South Asian and prone to get them, the only real thing I can do about them is to find something that really covers them up. I've been watching A LOT of Youtube videos to help me find a way that really works for me in concealing those pesky circles.

Ingot: Without a doubt, one of my favourite makeup stores is Inglot. The quality of their makeup and the customer service in their stores are second to none. The staff are so helpful and friendly and there is no pressure to buy their products either which always helps! I decided to go get colour matched today as I've tanned quite a bit and I also wanted to try out their concealer. 
I was told to by a shade 1-2 shades lighter than my foundation colour so we decided shade 91 worked best for me. 

NYX Photogenic HD concealer:
Hallelujiah! A huge NYX counter is now open in Stratford Westfield. I did go a tiny bit crazy and bought two HD Photogenic concealers. One in green and the other in shade 'light'. I'll be honest I haven't heard too much about them but I'm loving the idea of using a green concealer under my eyes. because I have parts that are red base, and parts that have blue/purple tones.

NYX Set It Don't Fret It Powder

NYX Set It Don't Fret It:
I really think this powder should have been called "Set it don't sweat it", don't you think? I had recently seen so many people recommend this powder over on twitter that I had to try it out for myself. I've been using the MAC translucent powder for a little while now and although I haven't had any problems with it, I haven't been entirely wow-ed by the product either. I decided to buy this in the shade light instead of translucent, to see if it makes much of a difference. I'm really hoping this lives up to the hype!

NYX Sculpt & Highlight:
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a contour novice. I haven't a clue what I'm doing when it comes to contouring and because I've got such a small round face, I feel like it never quite looks right on me. Still I'm still determined to give it a good go and when I saw that the woman on the packaging was South Asian and had a round face I had to pick one up. Chiselled cheekbones, here I come.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream:
I tried and I tried to walk away but I just couldn't resist. Even though most of the lip creams had been raided and the shelves were pretty sparse, I couldn't help myself when I spotted 'Cannes' sitting all alone on a random shelf. I took it as a sign and had to snap it up. This is the only item that I've already tried out and let me tell you, it is dreamy! I love the consistency and how full it makes my lips look; such a pretty shade too.

Instant Effects Lip plumper:
My sister told me about the lip plumper from instant effects a couple of weeks ago and ever since then I've been google searching and Instagram searching images of before and after pics. Some of the pics show no difference but some look so amazing that I had to try it out for myself. Since I'm so scared of getting fillers and I really really want bigger lips, I'm hoping this will be a pain free alternative that will give me exactly what I want without the pain or hassle.

And that's the end of my beauty haul. I have yet to try out pretty much all of the products but I'll definitely them all separately and let you know what I think.

Have you tried any of these products? What were your thoughts on them?