Frank Original Coffee Scrub

Thursday, 12 June 2014
























"Get naked. Get dirty. Get rough. Get clean"

Its not often that I get this excited over a beauty product, let alone a body scrub. But this one right here is a game changer. It has already achieved holy grail status after just a few uses and I can't see that changing any time soon! Every girl needs this in her shower. Let me tell you why...

To those of you reading that are thinking what the hell is Frank? Frank is an Australian brand that has created all-natural coffee scrubs for your body. It exfoiliates and targets skin conditions such as cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, acne and psoriasis. The ground coffee beans are a natural exfoliant to get rid of dry skin while caffeine present stimulates blood flow. This scrub also contains cold pressed almond oil to deeply moisturise you skin, as well as linoleic and oleic acid to promote skin healing. 

Whilst the packaging isn't much to look, at as soon as you open the bag you get this deliciously rich coffee scent with a hint of orange. Its nothing like I've smelt before. The actual scrub itself look like dirt which I'm guessing comes from the ground coffee in it.

When it comes to application its a bit of a messy ordeal. My shower cubicle looks an absolute state while I'm trying to put it on my skin. Frank advise to use two small handfuls to do your entire body which I think more than covers it. I put a light sprinkle onto parts of my body and buff it with circular motions. Its feels really invigorating on the skin and is quite a rough exfoliant but not too rough that I would irritate my skin. For the best results you can leave it to dry on your skin and wash it off after ten minutes, I am super impatient so I've only ever left it on for around five.

When you come to wash the scrub away, your left with a slightly oily residue from the almond oil which makes your skin feel amazingly soft and hydrated. My skin has never felt so smooth and moisturised at the same time. If you're the type that hates that feeling on your skin you can use a shower gel afterwards.

Frank literally brings my skin back to life. It feels so soft and moisturised. I particularly love this for my knees and elbows which always seem to be drier areas. I've even used this scrub on my face and it's never broken me out and makes my skin glow. 

I think it's safe to say I've fallen in love with Frank. The scrub is amazing and the brand in general whole is super cute with their humorous slogans and marketing, and as if it couldn't get any better they are also 100% vegan too!

They two other scrubs available one with coconut oil and the other with cacao which are a few dollars more expensive, but I will definitely be trying them after when I've run out which won't be too long at all.

Frank original coffee scrub is available for $14.95 with shipping to the UK for $6.45 from their website
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MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer | Atomic

Tuesday, 10 June 2014






MUA are a brand that I'm not very familiar with in terms of trying out their products. They are an incredibly affordable beauty brand found in most Superdrug stores with quite a vast range of products. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I judged this brand on their prices...A £1 lipstick surely can't be amazing right? 
A few weeks ago I found myself eyeing up their Velvet Lip Lacquers £3 from the new Luxe range from the brand (generally the products are meant to be of higher quality and have nicer packaging). I had previously read a really positive review by Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie and I had to try one out for myself and get a bit more familiar with MUA!

I wanted to start with a little nag about the packaging. Whilst I really love the look of the frosted tube of this lacquer and the simple black lid and gold writing, am I the only one that finds the card board outer layer pointless? If I was MUA I would have skipped this to save the paper or housed it in an actual box. The chunky outer packaging cheapens the look of the product and looks quite messy on the shelves. As you can see mine is slightly ripped and bent and this was the most intact one I could find in my store.

I decided to go for the shade Atomic of the five shades on offer. I would Atomic describe as a bright orangey red shade. This shade to me epitomises summer and will look absolutely amazing with a bit of a tan. This shade certainly isn't for the faint hearted as it super bold and almost neon. 

The doe foot applicator makes it super easy to apply to the lips and you get crazy pigmentation from just one swipe. The trick with these lacquers is to apply in thin layers. When I applied it for the first time I applied way too much which meant it didn't really set and ended up being a sticky peeling mess. Thankfully I've had much better luck since then! It sets to a beautiful matte finish which isn't too stiff or powdery and lasts literally all day. I can eat and drink without having to touch up unless I'm eating something really oily. As with most matte lip products it will cling to dry patches so make sure you exfoliate before application and keep your lips moisturised! I do notice some feathering around the edge of my lips after a few hours but if I usually always wear lip liners with most lip products to avoid this. To remove it at the end of the day you definitely need an oil based cleanser or makeup remover or you'll be there for quite some time scrubbing away!

Having never tried anything from the brand before I didn't have very high expectations but the quality of this Lip Lacquer has really impressed me. The pigmentation is phenomenal, has great longevity of wear and the shade is absolutely stunning. Yes the packaging could be better but for £3 I think they've done the best they could! I will be checking out the other super bright shades in the range and hope they come out with some deep berry shades for autumn and winter!

The MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer's are available from Superdrug for £3 each

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