“Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser is formulated with a unique energising complex and infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extracts to help revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone.
Enriched with nourishing Cocoa Butter, this rich and creamy formulation melts into the skin and cleanses away make-up and impurities, whilst also providing gentle exfoliation, leaving skin feeling renewed, soft and ultra clean.”
Although this product does not have a fancy ingredient in its’ title, it is part of the collection so I went with it – and I love it! It is super gentle and leaves my skin feeling moisturised, but somehow also removes every single trace of makeup. HOW!? I don’t need to know. All I need to know is that it works, and it is – in a word – lovely.
“Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish is formulated with a unique energising complex and infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extracts to help revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone. Enriched with Blueberry Seeds and Fruit Acids, this polish exfoliates dead skin cells, helping to refine skin’s texture and clarify skin discolouration for an ultra smooth, luminous complexion.”
I am a big fan of exfoliators and have tried countless different ones. The Brightening Micropolish is gritty enough to satisfy my need to scrub, but also not sharp or OTT. It melts into the skin and leaves it silky smooth.
“Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic is formulated with a unique energising complex and infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extracts to help revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone. Highly concentrated in Glycolic Acid, a powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), the refreshing tonic also refines pores, retexturises the skin’s surface and smoothes fine lines, providing a brighter, healthier and more youthful complexion.”
We have a winner. I have to say it would actually be difficult to pick a favourite from this collection, but the ****** is the cherry on the top. Yes it has Glycolic Acid in the title, but it genuinely feels like it is actually making a difference. A word of warning, if you have gone a bit crazy with exfoliating or have any open “sores” on your skin then this will sting. But personally I like that as it makes me feel like its’ working – a bit weird I know. I love this, and regardless of what else comes my way I will continue to use this daily.
“Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel is formulated with a unique energising complex infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry Extracts to help revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone. With Glycolic Acid, a powerful Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) and a Fruit Acid blend, the refreshing gel formula also refines and retexturises the skin’s surface, providing a brighter, more youthful complexion.”
To finish off the routine, this is bang on. I didn’t actually see the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream which I now have (and also love!) but these two products paired together are literally what dreams are made of. To start with it feels a little “tight”, but this loosens as my skin drinks it up. The Glycolic Overnight Peel sinks into the skin so beautifully.
Overall it is safe to say that I am obsessed. Not only has this collection been a wonderful introduction into the world of skin care ingredients, but it works! I am in love with every single product and it instantly made a different to my skin. After one use my skin looked brighter, more hydrated (less old!) and my pores actually looked smaller. I am 100% a fan, and I won’t say that I will repurchase these products because I already have. Thank you Superdrug!!!!
So about the actual foundation. Starting with the packaging, I am in love. A lot of the the tutorials I watched pointed out that as the actual container is made of glass it isn’t particularly travel friendly. As I really don’t stray very far from home this is not a problem for me and I think the glass makes it look more expensive and classy. The other down side to the packaging is that it doesn’t come with a lid. The pump does twist to lock, but if you are a regular traveller I can see why this would be unnerving – a bag covered in foundation is never a pleasure. Again as I don’t travel this is not an issue for me and to be honest I would probably end up losing the lid anyway.
Shade wise these are spot on. I went with Light 50 and Light 70 – one for “with fake tan” and one for without. The yellow undertones are perfect and to be real the photos of a swatch don’t really do that justice (I’m just not quite sassy enough yet to put pictures of my face on the internet!) But the undertones and shades are pretty much bang on as described so you can choose a shade online with confidence.
Application – fabulous. I have tried applying with both a beauty sponge and a brush and both work brilliantly and there isn’t really any difference that I can see. The consistency is in the middle for me, not too runny and not too thick. It instantly makes me think I’m not going to be a cake face, but also that it is actually going to do something. The coverage!? Dang! This stuff means business. That being said a sheer layer is perfect for that “no make-up make-up” look, but build this up!? Mate stop! It covers everything.
The other important thing to me is how long a foundation lasts, or at least how it wears. I am happy for a foundation to fade in a natural way, but if it starts going patchy or flakey then it’s a no from me. I work outside so it is a pretty harsh test for any base product to be honest, but this does not dissapoint. It didn’t oil up, it didn’t dry out, there has been the odd “sink” into fine lines e.g. smile lines but this is normal for me and this was only towards the end of the day (approx 9 hours) later – plus a little blot and these dissapeared and I could have easily gone on for the evening. Overall, I may have found my soul mate, and if you travel I personally think just put it in a clear bag if you’re nervous about the packaging – totally worth it.
Colourpop No Filter Matte Concealer
“Our full coverage concealer was formulated with soft blurring pigments to give you a creaseproof, matte finish. No filter needed.”
As far as the shade range for this concealer goes it pretty much mirrors the foundation selection. There is again the “Find Your Shade” option and there are 30 shades to choose from – all with detailed descriptions on skin tone and undertones.
The packaging is pretty standard for a concealer with a doe foot applicator (lid included this time and actually reminded me of a paddle rather than a doe foot). I chose the shades Fair 08 and Light 10 – again the undertones and shades were exactly what I was expecting and brighten/conceal perfectly pair with the foundation and the swatch pictures still don’t do this justice.
Application wise this honestly goes on like a dream. The consitency is perfectly creamy, again not too thick and no too runny. It covered up just enough to make my skin look “healthy” without looking cakey. Blending this out was ridiculously easy too. I tend to use my fingers, but I did test this with both a sponge and brush for the purpose of this review and had pretty much the same effect. On a side note, these to together and like ying and yang. The blend together beautifully.
Staying power again was pretty impressive. This did settle into lines a little quicker than the foundation, but this was mainly smile lines – what can I say I’m clearly just a smiley person! And as with the foundation with a little blot from my finger and these dissapeared and it continued to look flawless.
This concealer makes me think of a concealer/undereye illuminating love child. It’s not shimmery or anything, but it somehow brightens and makes me look like I’ve had a 3 week holiday and rested the entire time.
So overall!! I feel like I am starting to sound like a broken record, but in my honest opinion I love this collection. I also have the Colourpop No Filter Loose Setting Powder (which is GLORIOUS!) and the Colourpop All Star Prep & Set Duo (review to follow – keep your eyes peeled!) and the whole brand just works together like a dream.
Finally, moving on to the situation of the fact that this is SO easily accessible in America and I am in the UK, fear not!! I take full advantage of any friends or relatives that are holidaying in America (like I said I like my home comforts and don’t particularly travel) but there are now UK options! Colourpop do ship to the UK and they offer free global shipping over $50, but you will have import fees – full details can be found here.
“Snow Cladonia, which stays green even during severe Siberian winters, contains Usnic Acid, a unique active ingredient which works to actively restore skin cells and effectively slow down the ageing process. Natural Vitalayer® gives your skin a smoother texture and improved elasticity by boosting the production of Hyaluronic Acid which deeply moisturises the skin and reduces wrinkles. Anti-ageing SYN®-AKE and SYN®-COLL complexes regenerate skin cells and stimulate collagen synthesis, renewing the glowing appearance of youth. Wild Harvested Siberian Ashberry Extract and Organic Wheat Oil beautifully soothe and heal the skin.”
This product is literally perfect for every day use. It melts into the skin and dries down really quickly still leaving the skin super moisturised. There is no greasy residue, and it doesn’t become oily throughout the day either. It is a beautiful base to wear under make up, I only have good things to say about this product!
“The powerful formula of this serum contains concentrated active ingredients from various Siberian plants for enhanced effectiveness. The Snow Cladonia Extract contains the rare Usnic Acid, which works to actively restore skin cells and effectively slow down the ageing process. Snow Cladonia, which stays green even during severe Siberian winters, energizes and helps the skin to resist the external stresses that can negatively effect it. Extract of Wild Harvested Siberian Dwarf Pine is a wonderful antioxidant, protecting skin from external impacts, while Organic Chamomile soothes and calms the skin. Natural Pentavitin® improves skin’s smoothness and protective barriers, preventing dehydration and flaking. SYN®-AKE is an excellent hydrator and wrinkle eliminator, which gives your skin a natural healthy glow. Within just a couple of weeks of continued use, the serum minimizes wrinkles, leaving your skin looking radiant and noticeably younger.”
So although this is technically a serum, I have also used this product on its own with nothing underneath before bed, and it soaks into the skin (you can literally feel it working!) and wake up with beautifully hydrated skin. An absolute winner!
These two products as a duo are the ideal staple items in anyones skin care routine. They are simple and stunning. Considering my skin is definitely not looking its best at the moment, a day cream that can keep me looking presentable throughout the day at the moment and a serum for overnight to make my skin look like its actually being taken care of is a miracle in itself! The main point here though is the difference in my skin already is amazing, and that is just from using two products from this collection! I can’t wait to try more!!
The Snow Cladonia collection, along with some other products, has also just been launched in Holland & Barratt stores!
I first came across Urban Veda in a Cruelty Free Beauty Box – this was with their Radiance Body Scrub – and was instantly on their website. I loved it, and couldn’t wait to try out more of their collection. They are not your average skincare brand, they combine the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with a modern 21st century twist.
“The Urban Veda ranges are designed to be suited to different skin care types which in the principles of Ayurvedic medicine are associated with ‘doshas’. This is the Ayurvedic term to describe the physical and emotional tendencies in our mind and body.”
What’s Your Dosha?
If you’re anything like me when I first saw this I had absolutely no idea, but fear not! They have a “questionnare” that will tell you this, and then you’re off!! Of course because I am never simple I am mix (Tri-Doshic) and they have kindly sent me a combination of products to try out. So let’s dive in!
“Originating 5000 years ago in the Himalayas, Ayurveda’s holistic health and wellbeing system is based on the therapeutic properties of plants. Brimming with plants rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients, our products are uniquely formulated to help maintain skin’s natural balance. Our key ranges help to harmonise environmental factors, to purify, soothe, revive and add radiance. We believe in the value of nature and source natural, fresh, and pure ingredients to create our holistic products. All our packaging is recyclable, and our bottles are made out of post-consumer recycled plastic. Recycling is like Karma, what goes around comes around. We’re proud of our sourcing provenance and all of our cartons are Forest Sustainability Certified. Belief in the value of nature means valuing plants as nature intended- all of our products are free from Genetically Modified ingredients, and none contain parabens, artificial colours or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS). All of our products are certified as ‘vegan’ by the Vegetarian Society. As a holistic brand we don’t, and will never, test on animals.
Inspired by the principles of Indian Ayurveda, lovingly manufactured in the UK”
Daily Purifying Facial Wash
Neem + Botanics RRP £12.99/150ml
“Our Daily Purifying Facial Wash has been naturally formulated to cleanse and purify oily and acne-prone skin. The key ingredient is Ayurvedic cold-pressed neem oil. This is an excellent antibacterial and antiseptic tonic to help treat blackheads, in addition to reducing excess sebum, breakouts and toxins.
Infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients to minimise pores and reduce shine, Purifying Facial Wash is perfect for treating spots and mattifying oil-prone skin. This Ayurveda-inspired purifying cleanser is packed with clarifying witch hazel and astringent quassia. It also contains antiseptic tea tree and refreshing eucalyptus to cleanse congested skin.
Purifying Facial Wash has a natural, uplifting and refreshing scent. It is a detoxifying cleanser which gently removes makeup and also balances an oily t-zone for a healthy, clear complexion.”
This cleanser makes my skin feel SO clean! It’s strange because it almost feels squeeky clean, but so soft at the same time. It removes any and all make-up and leaves nothing behind. It smells delicious, I have nothing but good things to say about this product!
Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish
Sandalwood + Botanics RRP £13.99/125ml
“Gently buff away dead skin cells with our Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish. Supporting healthy skin cell renewal, Soothing Facial Polish is the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin.
Enriched with calming sandalwood, this gentle facial scrub exfoliates delicate skin with the natural mildly abrasive exfoliant of pumice stone.
With healing and detoxifying geranium, hydration-preserving palmarosa and harmonising ylang ylang, this cooling facial exfoliator balances and de-stresses aggravated skin.
Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish is specially formulated for the most sensitive skins, nourishing, hydrating and protecting as it deeply cleanses the pores.”
Even though this is not technically in the same collection as the Daily Purifying Facial Wash I feel like they are the perfect cleansing duo. The teeny weeny grains in this are so gentle and – as the name suggests – soothing, but this product gives such a gorgeous glow and makes my skin feel 10 years younger! Who doesn’t want that!? Plus it smells incredible!
Radiance Day Cream
Turmeric + Botanics RRP £18.99/50ml
“Soothe uncomfortable, tight dry skin with our turmeric-infused Radiance Day Cream. Lightweight yet deeply hydrating, this vitality-enhancing moisturiser helps to brighten your complexion and is designed for those with dehydrated, dull and lack-lustre skin.
Enriched with brightening turmeric extract and anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic herbs and botanicals, this natural day cream keeps skin hydrated all day long. Improve signs of hyperpigmentation and lock in moisture with this blemish-fighting blend of natural ingredients. Radiance Day Cream envelops your skin in softness with its luxuriously creamy texture and indulgent formula. It also contains Ayurvedic arjuna extract which has been clinically proven to moisturise and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
This is the most expensive out of the products I have tried from Urban Veda (so far!) and I have to admit I can 100% see why. This is life. This has the prefect balance of being hydrating enough without being overly greasy. It manages to keep any oils away throughout the day making it perfect for under makeup or just to wear all day without turning into a grease ball. It has a lovely light scent and soaks straight into the skin. Literally stunning.
Reviving Body Wash & Reviving Body Scrub
Rose + Botanics RRP £12.99/200ml
“Add a touch of luxury to your shower or bathing routine with our nourishing Reviving Body Wash. Skin conditioning plant extracts help to gently yet effectively cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils.
This hydrating and creamy body wash is specially formulated to respect your skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH level. Cleanse and refresh dry skin with this enriching shower gel – hydrating rose damask, moisturising evening primrose, soothing geranium and repairing rosehip work in synergy to nourish tired and mature skin.
Lather up with our SLS-free formula and drift away with the delicate natural scent of rose and jasmine. A gentle and enriching body wash helping to restore suppleness and promote skin repair.”
“Support healthy skin cell turnover with our exfoliating Reviving Body Scrub. Microbead-free, we instead have used natural milled peach seed powder to gently slough away dead skin cells, revealing smooth, fresher-looking skin.
Massage in using circular motions to boost circulation and improve the appearance of the skin. A gentle formula which won’t strip your skin of moisture, our Reviving Body Scrub is a shower essential for silky smooth skin.
Replenishing rose damask, essential fatty acid-rich borage and regenerating pomegranate work in synergy to leave skin feeling soft, clean and cared for. The perfect blend of omega-rich botanical extracts to pamper dry, tired and mature skin.”
This pair are a match made in heaven. They have a stunning scent and gently cleanse leaving the skin so soft and silky! I say gently cleanse, I have used these before applying fake tan and it was perfect! It removed any traces of old tan or dead skin and gave the best smooth base!
Soothing Body Lotion
Sandalwood + Botanics RRP £14.99/250ml
“Soothe uncomfortable, tight dry skin with our fast-absorbing sandalwood-based Soothing Body Lotion. Heavenly hydrating, this body moisturiser is specially formulated to calm, care for and protect dry skin.
Enriched with irritation-relieving myrrh, blemish-healing orange, hydration-preserving palmarosa and harmonising ylang ylang, Soothing Body Lotion is a treat to the skin and the senses.
Inspired by the ancient principles of Ayurveda, this calming concoction helps to de-stress aggravated skin and helps to diminish the appearance of redness and inflammation. This gentle formulation helps to smooth and soften delicate and sensitive skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated.”
Here I have, completely unintentionally, left my favourite until last. (I say my favourite but I wouldn’t actually want to have to choose between any of these). It may be the scent – as with the Exfoliating Facial Polish from the same collection I am obsessed with this scent! But aside from that, for someone who is not normally that excitable by body lotions, I am in love with this. It is heavy enough to deeply nourish the skin, but soaks straight in without leaving any residue behind. It may just be me but I also feel super glowy after using this! Its just heavenly.
So! Overall, I think it is safe to say regardless of which collection will suit your skin type and lifestyle these products will not let you down. They aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but they have a ridiculous amount of gift sets and trial sized products to get you started. I love the concept of what Urban Veda are doing here and what they stand for, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of their collections to try!
I have to admit, when I first saw these products on Beauty Bay I immediately fell for the packaging. So darn cute! But, because they are SO affordable, I honestly wasn’t expecting much from these other than looking cute. But low and behold! I am still shook! These have gone above and beyond my expectations, so why!? Let’s find out!
“MISSLYN is on a beauty mission and is ready to carry you off to the fabulously colorful world of cosmetics. We will make your everyday life a little sweeter with our new beauty favorites, for mesmerizing makeup looks and guaranteed good vibes! Fall head over heels with the snazzy designs, radiant colors and trendy textures and jazz up your makeup with ease! Whether you are going for a sun-kissed, shimmery or matte complexion – Misslyn has all the absolute must-haves all you beauty babes will need, which will give your makeup look that sweet something!”
Beach Please! Bronzing And Contouring Powder
“In a retro, pop art palette, Beach Please! Bronzing And Contouring Powder is available in a range of complementary colours. Suitable for defining the cheekbones, use sparingly as a contour powder or all over for a subtle bronzed glow.”
Treat Me Sweet Powder Blush
“In a retro, pop art palette, Treat Me Sweet Powder Blush is a velvety, buildable blusher available in a range of flattering shades. Ensuring a natural and flawless finish, apply as desired to the apples of the cheeks for a long-lasting and intensely on-trend look.”
So starting with the shade range, each of these comes in 6 shades. Each. 6 blushes… 6 bronzers.. how many brands have 6 shades of blusher to choose from!? I have the bronzer in “Vitamin C!” and the blush in “Let’s Dance Mango Tango!”Also, some of the shades seem to be almost “crossover” shades like a browny blush and a warm bronze. Genius! In terms of choosing shades, Beauty Bay has done fantastically with their descriptions. Each shade explains its’ undertones and shade, which is SO helpful when buying products online.
The part that surprised me the most, was how well this lasts! Working outside means my “no makeup makeup” doesn’t seem to last throughout the day, and while this does fade slightly by the evening it is 100% still there and looking good. It doesn’t break apart or go patchy, and it looks so natural!
I honestly haven’t got enough good things to say about these products, and they have set a very high standard for the rest of the collection! I can’t wait to try more!
The first product I wanted to try was the W7 Photo Shoot Foundation.
“Photoshoot Foundation is a creamy foundation with a full coverage.
The foundation has the staying power of up to 16 hours and is your go-to “budge-proof” base!”
Sounds dreamy yes? And to be perfectly frank, it is just that. Dreamy. The consistency of this foundation is bang in the middle – not too thick and not too runny. It is super easy to blend and yes – it is pretty full coverage! I tend to steer towards light to medium coverage as I fear the dreaded “cake face” that may accompany a fuller coverage foundation, but this was a pleasant surprise! I wouldn’t say it blanks everything out, but it kind of airbrushes the skin and blurs away imperfections.
The finish I would refer to as a satin-matte. It isn’t dewy, but also not completely flat. It keeps a slight sheen to it that keeps your skin actually looking like skin – just flawless skin! I do finish with a powder around areas that I tend to get a bit oily and they sit absolutely fine on top. And does it last 16 hours? Actually I have no idea, does anyone need makeup to last that long!? But it definitely lasts me a good 8-10 hours which is plenty long enough for me to keep makeup on my face.
It does have a slight scent to it that I can’t quite pin down, but it isn’t strong and I really don’t mind it. The only thing I don’t like about the W7 Photo Shoot Foundation is the packaging. When I say packaging I don’t mean the literal packaging, I actually love the frosted glass with the black (super chic). But, the application method behind this I do find a little tedious. It is just a bottle really, so no doe-foot applicator or even a pump. This can make getting the product out a little long winded, but then it does apply beautifully to the skin. And for the ridiculously affordable price of £6.95 I really am not complaining! A pump or something would be the cherry on top, but even so this is an awesome foundation that has not let me down!
“Offering lightweight yet buildable coverage in 24 skin-true shades, this versatile foundation is designed to suit every skin type and tone. With an oil-free yet creamy and comfortable formula that dries down to a long-lasting, demi-matte finish, it won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dry patches. Housed in a luxe glass bottle with a jumbo doe-foot applicator for greater control and less waste, this foundation offers highly pigmented coverage that can be layered or diffused to suit your look. Swipe on and blend out to ramp up the coverage for a ‘real skin’ finish that diffuses blemishes and uneven skin tone. Or let your complexion’s natural character shine through using a small amount with a damp beauty sponge for veil-like coverage.”
So starting with the packaging, it really is almost too much to handle. Literally the grown up version of the concealer, it still has the rose gold details and even a doe-foot applicator! I know some may think using a doe-foot to apply foundation may not be the most sanitary, I personally don’t have an issue with it as concealers are in this format anyway so I don’t really see a difference. It is a fairly decent size (0.8fl oz/23ml) and at £9.00 is super affordable.
On to the shades. There are 24 – yes,24 – shades to choose from. This part was pretty easy for me as I already have the Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer (Full Review & Swatches) so was able to match to that. But if this is new to you, they have detailed shade descriptions to help. I was intrigued to see whether the shades are identical to the concealers, which they pretty much are. This matches me perfectly – although when I have a tan (fake, obvs) it will probably be slightly too pale – something I didn’t think about when matching to my usual concealer.
F0.5 – For fair skin tones with a pink undertone F1 – For fair skin tones with a neutral undertone F2 – For fair skin tones with a yellow undertone F3 – For fair skin tones with a cool undertone F4 – For light skin tones with a pink undertone F5 – For light skin tones with a golden undertone F6 – For light/medium skin tones with a neutral undertone F6.5 – For light skin tones with a yellow undertone F7 – For medium skin tones with a neutral undertone F8 – For medium skin tones with a warm undertone F8.5 – For light/medium skin tones with a yellow undertone F9 – For medium skin tones with a peach undertone F10 – For medium skin tones with a golden undertone F10.5 – For medium skin tones with a warm golden undertone F11 – For medium/dark skin tones with a peach undertone F12 – For medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone F12.5 – For medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone F13 – For medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone F13.5 – For medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone F14 – For dark skin tones with a cool undertone F15 – For dark skin tones with a red undertone F16 – For dark skin tones with a warm undertone F17 – For deep dark skin tones with a neutral undertone F18 – For deep dark skin tones with a warm undertone
The application is great, as you would expect from a liquid foundation really and the doe-foot doesn’t really alter anything – although it does actually help avoid mess! Blending wise this was SO easy. It just melts onto the skin and blends out beautifully but still keeps the coverage (I prefer the finish using a beauty blender). I wouldn’t say it is completely full coverage, but still full enough that I probably wouldn’t wear it every day and more for occasions or when I want flawless looking skin (it has a gorgeous satin/matte finish). I would say a medium to full coverage, but it is buildable so if you want to cover everything you can.
Overall, I geniunely love this foundation. Everything about it is exactly what I hoped for. The coverage, the finish, even the packaging. This has got to be my favourite collection from Revolution – just a powder to finish it off now please!?
It really is quite difficult not to get over excited when looking at the range of shades! The pigmentation is bang on and they blend like an absolute dream. These make it super easy to create every day natual looks but the brighter options look so stunning for a more “full on” look. I can’t quite put into words how in love with these I am!
So these were the last additions to my rapidly growing collection, and they are just as awesome as the rest. Not as much of a range as with the eyeshadows which would be expected but the pigmentation and blendability (not sure that’s a word) are just stunning. They have such a natural finish but are so buildable and just look fabulous.
The palettes are almost as exciting as the shades themselves! There are quite a few colour options to choose from and various sizes. Again super affordable (£2-£8) and actually look rather chic! The shadows (bought as singles) “pop out” of their original packaging and easily “pop in” to the palette. A really handy feature is that the backs of the palettes are open, so you can still read the colour names.
So overall there really aren’t enough good things I can say about this whole collection! Such beautiful quality for such an affordable price! Just a word of warning – these are addictive!
If you have watched Sophs’ YouTube vidoes you will know that a highlighter palette was a must, and she definitely didn’t hold back! Again I have already included this palette in another review (click here for Full Review). Literally every shade is gorgeous, and any shades that are too light/dark to use as highlighters for your skin tone work fabulously as eyeshadows too!
Revolution X Soph Extra Spice Palette
OK, so now onto the new stuff. This palette is so freaking pretty! The shades are in some way bolder than the previous palette but are still so wearable.
This paired with the tones of the first palette make the absolute dream team. The shade Cookie Dough is by far my favourite transition/crease shade I think I have ever used! Lakes is a stunning khaki tone and combined with the rose gold shimmer called Dreams these instantly grabbed my attention, but literally all of the colours are just beautiful.
I love the reversed colour scheme used for the packaging, with the rose gold lid and pale pink writing (opposite to the first palette) and this one as with the first includes a full mirror. As always with Revolution eyeshadows the pigmentation is incredible, and at just £10.00 it really is too good to miss!
Revolution X Soph Lipsticks
Soph plus lipsticks just has to equal nude shades right? Exactly right. There are 3 shades to this collection and i am in love with every single one! The packaging is as cute as you could imagine, with the frosted pink bullet and rose gold lid. Also, these are £4.00! It’s madness!
Syrup is the lightest shade of the three and is a stunning pale nude with a brown undertone that looks so natural and elegant.
Cake is more of a rosey nude, and fortunately is my perfect “my lips but better” shade!
Fudge is the darkest shade and is a gorgeous rich brown nude.
Overall, I think it is safe to say I am obsessed with this collection. Even though I do have a fair amount of other palettes I genuinely think that for a beginner these palettes together are everything you would need to create SO many looks. Combining these eyeshadows with the popping highlight shades and beautiful nude lipsticks this collaboration is just absolutely genius! Congratulations Soph – you nailed it!!
Saaf Skincare is a brand that I came across through Nature’s Dream and was instantly drawn in by their beauty! The packaging alone is so stunning and looks so “spa like”. The products look so luxurious but are actually very affordable! Saaf Skincare are certified Cruelty Free, Organic and Vegetarian with the majority of products also being Vegan certified. Could it get any better!? Let’s find out and get pampering!!
“Saaf Pure Organic Skincare brings together the very best of naturally active and ethical ingredients to produce a wonderfully luxuriant skincare range that protects, heals and moisturises, to reveal naturally beautiful and radiant skin.
Active ingredients help to keep skin looking younger and more supple and, by not adding water to bulk and dilute the formulations, the Saaf range of serums, balms and oils remain at their most effective and pure. Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Beeswax, Safflower Seed Oil, Black Seed Oil, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Mandarin are just some of the ingredients found in Saaf’s products, all chosen for their skin and hair enhancing effects.”
Saaf Pure Face Cleanser & Exfoliating Cloth
“A luxuriously purifying, balancing and soothing face cleanser suitable for all types. Gently removes impurities and make-up whilst exfoliating, rejuvenating and moisturising the skin.”
This cleanser is simply beautiful. Just to look at it is so darn satisfying and makes me feel calm! But deeper than that, this cleanser is so gentle and moisturising that I wasn’t convinced it would be removing makeup – but fear not! It removed literally everything giving such a deep clean, but also left my skin feeling like it had already had a full on facial! The texture of this initially looks and feels like a wax, but it melts into the skin feeling more like a buttery balm. Combining this with the included Exfoliating Cloth is just a dream. I love a good face scrub, and using a cloth is so much cleaner, quicker, easier and feels SO nice on the skin! This gives a soft exfoliation that doesn’t feel sharp or gritty, it just leaves skin glowing! This whole set is £24.99 which I think is very affordable for both products – plus Saaf also sell the Exfoliating Cloths separately in packs of 2 for £4.99.
Saaf Complexion Boosting Face Serum
“Decongest, balance & improve the tone of normal to oily/combination skin with this rich facial serum. Balance oily skin, clear breakouts, smooth away blemishes, and improve skin tone and texture.”
So this is literally the product I have been waiting for. I love the idea of Face Serums but as my skin is ridiculously that of combination (it changes daily!) any serums I have tried in the past have either been too heavy, too oily, too greasy, too thin etc….. THIS however, is perfect. The consistency is literally bang in the middle – not thick but also not watery and runny. It feels so luxurious on the skin and actually soaks in. No grease! I use this before going to bed and in the morning my skin is so hydrated and plumped – I am completely in love! Luckily for me this product is also pretty affordable at £19.99 – but it will last for such a long time!
Saaf Eraser Body Oil
“Nature’s correction fluid in a bottle, this impressive toning and smoothing oil is a skin-saving formulation. Calm irritated and itchy skin, promote healthy skin renewal and keep skin supple and smooth.”
OK so this is where my life changed (well that sounds dramatic but it kind of is…). I can tend to be on the lazy side when it comes to moisturising my body – I absolutely love bubble baths and body scrubs, but once I’m out the bath I usually forget to follow it all up! Until now! Obviously I initially first used this to try it out when it arrived, and I’ve used it pretty much every day ever since. It feels like pure luxury on the skin and leaves it feeling like silk. It soaks in beautifully (again, no grease!) and completely evens out the skin tone giving the most gorgeous glow! While this is on the higher end of pricing at £24.99, this bottle is huge! As with the Face Serum a little goes a very long way so this will last for ages.
So overall, I think it is safe to say I am obsessed. The Saaf range as a whole is on the smaller side currently with 8 products – but I cannot wait to try more of their collection! All three of these products still wow me every time I use them (which is pretty much every day now!). Another point to mention is the scent of these products!! It is beyond amazing. I can’t really put it into words, but it smells like a “sweet spa” – as in spa like but not chemical or perfumed, and sweet but in a soft smokey way. (Safe to say I’m not the best at describing scents…) You just have to smell it to know what I mean!!
To top this all off, regardless of their sheer beauty in every way, Saaf Pure Skincare is one of the world’s most accredited skincare ranges.
Certified Cruelty Free by Cruelty Free International
Approved by The Vegetarian Society
Certified Organic by the UK Soil Association
Saaf’s Oils & Serums are proudly Vegan Society Registered
“My main focus is turning old items into beautiful, Eco friendly soy wax candles. As an absolute animal lover, these candles are cruelty free and vegan friendly as they are made from 100% soybean oil. My cheeky companion, Kevin Bacon likes to help with my candle making – she can be such a rascal for the scented ones! I have a lot of ideas, and almost all of my products are unique and one-of-a-kind so please watch this space for more as I’m still quite new to this and just getting started setting up my shop!”
Vintage Bone China Tea Cup Candle
This – regardless of anything else – is simply beautiful. An absolutely gorgeous set that is so stunning it could just be a display piece. That however would be a huge waste! This candle smells absolutely incredible before it is even lit! Such a gorgeous and understated floral scent that literally fills the room instantly. (£6.00 – £8.00)
Soy Wax Pot Candle infused with Lavender and Amyethyst
So this is an interesting one, not only is it in a super adorable plant pot (decorated with a bow no less…) but this opens a whole new door to crystals and their benefits. This amazing little plant pot contains a hidden amethyst stone within the wax – a powerful and protective stone that has many healing properties. “It guards against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love and protects you from all types of harm.” Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety.. the list goes on. On top of that (as if that isn’t enough!) it smells absolutely divine! (£6.00)
Soy Wax Vintage Tin Candle
As if these candles couldn’t get “unique” enough – this is just genius! I received the “Valda Pastilles” tin and it is so darn cute! (£6.00)
This candle also features wooden wicks – Filthy Candles description below:
“Valda Pastilles” genuine vintage tin, transformed into a beutiful, eco-friendly soy wax candle with two wooden wicks. When burning your wooden wick, you will hear that old familiar crackling sound of a campfire as the flame breaks apart the pieces of the wood that make up the candle wick. Even without any scent in the wax, your candle will give off a light wood-burning scent. These wicks are longer lasting; that can contribute many romantic nights of sitting around a faux fireplace. (please allow a few seconds to hover your flame over the wick for it to really catch)”
So! The incredible Filthy Candles has a stunning Etsy shop – full of unique and beautiful candles. (I know – I’ve use the word beautiful a lot but that is literally Filthy Candles in a nutshell!). Another thing I feel I just have to bring up is the packaging. While these candles are not boxed or individually packaged, the whole package (for delivery) included cards along with a ridiculous amount of real petals! The scent just from opening the box was amazing!
The care, passion and love that is clearly behind this whole brand is absolutely mesmerizing and I am so happy to be able to get behind it!
Maui Moisture Claims: “Rich coconut oil is blended into this creamy gentle *collection along with papaya butter and plumeria extract. It helps detangle, defrizz and define your curls while enhancing softness and body for shiny, bouncy curls, coils or waves.”
So I will admit this was one of the first curl specific collections that I used in the beginning of my curly journey, before I properly knew how to manage my curls – so the finished results on my hair weren’t all that different to look at. What was instantly different however was how my hair felt. My hair loves to tangle so in the past I have had to use a ridiculous amount of conditioner or even constant hair masks to try and work through it. But literally straight away – and just with the shampoo – my hair felt nowhere near as tangled as it normally would, and following with the conditioner my fingers practically glided through my wet hair – this was impressive!
A little further down the line and I have tried different techniques on managing my curly hair, and I must say this magnificent duo still remains my go to combo on wash days. My hair is left so clean and soft, but not heavy or weighed down – and most importantly of all it feels moisturised and tangle free!
The scent of this collection is absolutely amazing. A mix of buttery scents and coconut, it is like a tropical haven! I have recently added the Maui Moisture Curl Quench Coconut Smoothie – and so far so good – very good. It takes this process to a whole new level and enhances the beautiful scent that lasts in the hair for days (unless your styling products are strongly scented in which case make sure they get along!).
The other thing I love about the Maui Moisture Curl Quench Collection is the price. Compared to other curl specific products this range is SO affordable! Both the shampoo and conditioner are priced at £8.99, and there are also regular offers and promotions to keep your eye out for. That being said, these bottles are pretty decently sized so depending on how often you wash your hair these should last a good while!
Overall, I really can’t find any negative points about this collection. The only thing that would improve it would be to add in a hair mask or some styling products, but as a wash day collection these will remain in my go to products for the foreseeable future! Just gorgeous!!
So! Once you have found your shades the fun really begins! The first amazing thing about these beauties is the packaging. Slightly “fatter” than typical concealer packaging but I love it! Plus this allows for the mega doe foot applicator which is honestly epic (and for some reason ridiculously satisfying to look at….). This combined with the rose gold detailing I think the packaging in general is pretty perfect.
I have the shades C0, C2 & C6. While it may seem like quite a jump between C2 & C6 these are actually my perfect shades depending on whether I have fake tanned or not! And as with their foundation stick I just mix them together when I am somewhere in the middle. I also picked up the white mixer just in case and this is SO stunning! I tend to like my concealer to look as natural as possible on a day to day basis, but when I am doing more of a full face of makeup mixing C0 with C2 lightens everything up to cover and highlight under the eyes.
Of course it doesn’t really matter what the packaging is like (or shouldn’t anyway..) and it comes down to the actual product. Thankfully, this concealer is genuinely beautiful. The application is a dream (again, super satisfying using the giant doe foot!) and the consistency is so creamy. As far as coverage goes for me it is bang on. It is fairly full coverage, but doesn’t completely blank everything out. It blends out beautifully – I just use my finger – and doesn’t crease or break up throughout the day. If you are looking for a concealer that literally covers everything then this layers up brilliantly. I wouldn’t necessarily go with more than 2 layers of this as it may start to look a bit cakey, but it is really easy to build up. It does dry down fairly quickly so bare that in mind too.
Overall, I am obsessed. At £4.00 – yes, £4.00, the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer is absolutely genius. It is so easy to customize the coverage of this and the shades match perfectly. Even when building up the coverage it still looks natural! It really is just fabulous – more please!!!!
“Our rose hip moisturiser contains high levels of vitamin A, C & F which is helpful for cell and skin regeneration. Made with essential oils and 100% pure ingredients this rose hip moisturiser feels rich and beautiful on your skin. Rosehips have one of the highest vitamin C content of plant sources along with lycopene which is also the most efficient oxygen and free radical quencher!”
“Lavender & honey moisturiser good for revitalising dry or damaged skin. A classic blend of soothing lavender and healing Cornish honey combined with anti-ageing evening primrose, nourishing wheat germ oil and Vitamin E. Our moisturiser is gentle, antibacterial and perfect for calming and restoring the skin.”
“Calendula is a popular skin healing herb and known for its gentleness. Calendula’s healing qualities can be beneficial for slow healing wounds, burns, eczema & inflammations on the skin.”
As a lover of lip balms, I couldn’t wait to try this. And wow – my lips are literally loving life. You can genuinely feel the quality of this lip balm, and it gave my lips moisture and softness that lasts. The consistency is more of a waxy balm than the traditional twist up sticks, and I love it. The jar is the perfect size for popping into a handbag, and at £3.50 for the amount of product and how long this will last it is so affordable!
Both of these moisturisers are just beautiful. I love “general” moisturisers that are not for specific areas, just for wherever needs a little TLC! I am tending to use these in my night time skin care routine, and I am loving the results. My skin feels so soft – and actually youthful – which is always a winner! The scent of these are what I love probably a little bit too much… The Rosehip 100% reminds me of a spa, and the Lavender & Honey is such a relaxing scent – they both smell so luxurious I feel pampered before I’ve even used them! These are £5.95 each, but at the time they had a promotion in store of 2 for £10.00.
I love jars as packaging, not only are they recyclable but I tend to reuse them for other things – they make great candles if you’re into making your own!
So on top of the Eden Projects already incredible and inspiring approach, they are taking the same approach into beauty products – and beautiful ones at that!
As I then use styling products suited to my curly hair (Wave Hello Taming Cream is now one of them!) I use the serum right at the end when my hair is almost dry – and wow. It doesn’t weigh hair down at all. I scrunch this into my ends and the finish it gives is stunning. It perfectly defines, smooths any flyaways or frizzy bits and gives amazing shine, and I use it again between washes each night before going to bed to prevent any frizz that may occur during sleep!
The obvious best part (other than everything I have just raved about!) is Noughtys’ commitment to not just being Cruelty Free, but their products and ingredients in general. “All our gorgeous products are packed full of goodness, vegan-friendly, contains no parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals or silicones and of course we don’t test on Bambi, Skippy or Lassie.” They have an entire page on this called “Bunnies Unite!“.
On top of this, they are so affordable! The Shampoo & Conditioner are priced at £6.99, and the mask and serum are £8.99. Depending on where you purchase from, there are also offers and deals so keep your eyes peeled! Currently you can buy direct from Noughty, Ocado & Superdrug – but they have also just confirmed they will be launching on Feel Unique before the Summer! There is a range literally for everyone, so go ahead and find your Noughty side!
“Northern Black Cleansing Butter transforms into a silky cleansing milk when in contact with water, gently and effectively cleansing the face. Charcoal absorbs impurities and cleanses pores, Organic Linen Oil is both nourishing and softening. Organic Oils of Siberian Pine and Altai Sea Buckthorn, combined with Wild Rhodiola Rosea leave skin enviably soft and resilient. Skin is clean and supple, revealing a radiant complexion.”
I LOVE this cleanser. Partly becuase the consistency reminds me of Nutella, but mainly due to the fact is a ridiculously beautiful cleanser. Removing makeup is effortless, and it leaves skin actually feeling hydrated rather than stripped. The Black Cleansing Butter comes with a little spatula to scoop out the product, and I just warm it in my hands and massage over the face – literally all makeup is removed instantly and my skin feels so soft! I use a small dollop (pictured) and this is enough to cleanse my entire face – then remove with a flannel or wash cloth. The scent is on the sweeter side, but still has a slight floral undertone – and I’m pretty sure i can smell a hint of chocolate too…. Either way it is heavenly. Not overly fragranced or perfumed, but enough to entice me to keep randomly smelling it each time I’m around the bathroom!
Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing
“Featuring highly absorbent activated carbon to draw impurities from deep within the skin. Enriched with unique and powerful wild harvested herbs and berries from Northern Siberia. Natura Siberica’s Northern Soap will leave your skin super clean and sparkling.”
Super duper clean and sparkling! I actually leave this cleanser on as a sort of face mask, and you can literally see it working! The Northern Soap comes with a “sponge” as an applicator, and it is brilliant. Damp the sponge, and the product slides out and onto the skin like butter. The sponge does dry like a brick afterwards so it does need to be damp, but this application is fabulous! My skin feels so clean and detoxed after using this, but still soft and hydrated. I follow with the Royal Caviar Collection and these 4 products combined is amazing. A black face cleansing mask may look a little scary if the doorbell rings, but the results are astonishing. My often dull complexion and combination skin looks so radiant and healthy. And for the scent – wow. I actually make excuses to smell this as often as possible. I would say marzipan, but it’s actually sweeter – like a bakewell or a battenburg. It is beyond words – it takes me to a happy place.
There are 6 products in the Northern Collection, all unique in their own way and all pretty affordable. There are products for every skin type (as mentioned I have combination skin that can be sensitive, and tend to have a dull complexion if that is anything to go by), and they’re not just black – there are white options too! The Black Cleansing Butter is priced at £17.99 and the Deep Facial Cleansing Soap is £12.00. Because of their unique formulation and application styles they last for such a long time. As unique and unusual as this collection may be, these products are so addictive.
Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation has just reinforced the brands wonderful reputation, and this is yet another new product from them to become a definite favourite of mine! Well Done Makeup Revolution!!
“A rose gold surprise, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between four shimmer shades, pale pink, rose pink, dark rose gold and dark rose brown, plus a matte rose brown. Create a radiant glow with the light and medium rose gold highlighter duo.”
This miraculous egg is packed with stunning rose gold eyeshadow shades, with a matte warm chocolate to blend out the beautiful shimmers. The dark rose brown shimmer is a tone that is rare and beautiful, it is a stunning crossover between bronze and rose gold and looks incredible. The other three shimmer shades are equally as amazing, and bringing all of these shades together is a match made in heaven! There is also a beautiful soft beige highlighter and a bright glowing champagne to compliment. Just looking at the shades together in the “egg” brings up so much excitement for those glowing rose gold makeup looks. Absolutely gorgeous!
I Heart Revolution Surprise Gold
“A golden surprise, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between three matte brown shadows, one light, medium and dark, plus two stunning shimmer browns. Get a golden glow with the two highlighters included, a yellow gold and soft bronze gold.”
The leading role in this particular egg goes to the blinding yellow gold highlighter. It is beyond a winner! Such a rich tone of gold, it gives a radiant sunkissed golden highlight without leaving a yellow cast underneath. It’s genius! This is paired with a stunning – actually almost rose gold – highlighter with a bronze subtle sheen. The eyeshadows in this keep to a more neutral colour palette, with three matte shades to build up a stunning soft brown look. The shimmers are quite different from eachother, but blend together beautifully to give a smooth gradient effect. The darker of the two is more of an olive toned brown, while the lighter keeps that rose glow to pair perfectly with the highlighter.
I Heart Revolution Dragon
“A surprise fit for a dragon, comprised of five mini egg eyeshadow shades. Pick and mix between three shimmer shadows, a fiery red, a gorgeous gold and a beautiful bronze, plus two matte brown shades. Including two warm and cool highlighters.”
This egg is simply gorgeous – and probably my favourite if I had to choose one. The rich eyeshadows include beautiful red tones in both a matte finish and a gorgeous burnt toned shimmer. The other copper and gold shimmers show this off beautifully, and the soft matte brown blends these out like a dream. Surprisingly, the highlighters are more neutral toned, both a simple champagne with one warmer tone and one cooler tone. With the bold eyeshadows, these subtle highlighters make this collection all about showing off those beautiful burnt fiery shades.
I am sure it is now obvious that the packaging for these palettes is in the form of eggs. However, said “eggs” are so shiny and mesmerizing I love having these out on show – all the time! Luckily the 3 I chose fit together perfectly and I am actually able to make a display out of them!
Their size makes them perfect for travelling, and although they are plastic they are super strong and sturdy. The colour pay off is incredible, so pigmented and easy to blend. The highlighters are not over the top allowing you to build them up to the intensity you are looking for, and they sit well on top of foundation – although I would suggest using a powder before applying to make the blending process even more seamless. But! These eyeshadows really are just something else. The colour collections are perfect and every single shade is wearable for so many different eye looks. You literally only need the egg!
Another fantastic bonus to these is that they are priced at £5.00. That’s actually cheaper than buying an Easter egg – and I know what I would prefer!!
I am so excited to be collaborating with LivOliv and have chosen one of their gorgeous Gift Boxes to dive into! There are 2 variations of gift boxes depending on which size of nail polish you would like, and for this review I have the 10ml Version priced at £29.99. Individually, the nail polishes are £8.99 for a 10ml bottle – although if you are wanting to try out various shades there are also 5ml options for just £4.99! The Gift Boxes include 3 nail polishes of your choice, along with a hand cream (usually £7.50) and cuticle oil (usually £3.99) – again both of your choice! The value of this gift box is incredible, and being able to completely personalize its’ contents is amazing!
LivOliv breaks down its huge selection of shades into categories, and as I am obsessed with all things bronze I chose my 3 colours from the Brown & Copper selection.
The application of these nail polishes is an absolute dream. They are the perfect consistency – not too thick making it difficult to get a smooth application, but also thick enough to have complete control. The pigment is beautiful, and 2 coats gives a stunning full coverage finish. Another thing that I love is the drying time! I am quite an impatient person when it comes to drying nail varnish, but these polishes dry within minutes making it super easy to apply a quick second coat and be done! The shine of these are incredible, and LivOliv also has Top and Base Coats (including a Matte Top Coat!) along with a Nail Polish Thinner to replace the ingredients that evaporate when older polishes become a little “tired”.
Hand Cream and Cuticle Oil
For my Gift Box I chose the Sweet Orange and Rose hand cream, with the matching Cuticle Oil with Rose Oil. Starting with the hand cream, the packaging is so chic! It comes in a twist top tin and looks so elegant. The consistency of this is on the thicker side, and feels intensely nourishing and luxurious. The scent is exactly as imagined, a subtle sweet orange undertone with a feminine rose fragrance to top it off. Delicious! Because of its thick consistency a little goes a very long way, so it really will last for ages. It soaks into the skin beautifully, leaving hands soft and moisturized but not tacky or sticky.
The Cuticle Oil with Rose Oil is a new favourite in my beauty routine which is a welcome surprise. I am usually one to forget about using a cuticle oil, but this smells so delectable it is so addictive! You can see the results instantly with this, and the results last. It makes nails looks so healthy and genuinely cared for, and melts into the cuticles leaving behind a stunning glow and subtle rose scent. The packaging of this is genius, a “clicker” style brush that makes application so easy and clean – no mess or product wastage!
I am so happy to have found LivOliv. The quality of their products is just incredible for such an affordable price. They also stock natural handmade soaps from Lucy’s Soap Kitchen which look so indulgent!
I am beyond impressed with all of the products I have tried so far, and their shade selection of nail polishes is ridiculously brilliant. There is literally a shade for every occasion or style – I can’t wait to build up my collection!
Welcome to Belles Bunnies! Cruelty Free Cosmetics! Belles Bunnies is first and foremost a source for cruelty free cosmetics. As a hairdresser and salon owner for over 10 years, I have now been fortunate enough to follow my life long dream and make the career change to work with animals. However after discovering just how many brands still test their products on animals, I began a mission of changing what I use and who I buy from to make sure none of the cosmetics I use were tested on animals or would I be supporting the brands that still do – but this was harder than it sounds! Trying to find out which companies test on animals became quite a challenge, and while there were some sites offering information lists of cruelty free brands these were primarily brands sold in America or Europe, and trying to get hold of these was a task in itself!
So! I decided to set up Belles Bunnies with cruelty free brand lists and products, along with product reviews and much more based on brands and products that can actually be found easily in the UK. I know I could have done with this info when I was transitioning, so I hope you find some of this this helpful, and please feel free to comment, make requests or ask any questions!