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OPI Go Exotic Collection Review

OPI Go Exotic Collection Review
If you remember, a while ago I said I was going on a spending ban, that unsurprisingly ended quite soon after it began. In my defence retail therapy cures exam stress like nobodies business! Also what I have to show you today did not break my spending ban as I won this at a charity quiz night, who knew my random knowledge would ever win me makeup! 
OPI Go Exotic Collection Review
The prize I won was this OPI Mini's travel exclusive set: the Go Exotic Mini Collection. The set contained six mini summery OPI polishes. Now I personally love the small bottles mainly because I have so many different nail polishes and I will never get through the big bottles unless I really really like the colour. These mini bottles allow me to paint my nails many different colours of the rainbow without feeling like the polish will go to waste if I dislike the colour, or don't use it enough.
OPI Go Exotic Collection Swatches
The colours in the set are all quite summery and will, I imagine, get a lot of use during the next few months. All the shades are warm toned and will be versatile and add colour to any outfits.
OPI Need Sunglasses?
OPI Need Sunglasses? is a bright canary yellow, it has a glossy finish with no iridescent shimmer or glitter to be seen. This is definitely a statement, attention grabbing polish, not for those who prefer the more understated manicure.
OPI Salmon Sand
OPI Salmon Sand is a neutral grey beige polish, a much more everyday wearable alternative to Need Sunglasses? It's not exactly a salmony colour in my eyes, I would have thought that it would be a pinky colour but hey, it's a nice colour nonetheless.
OPI Hawiian Orchid
OPI Hawiian Orchid is the only polish with a slight iridescence to it. The light purpley pink has a blue shimmer to it and it is one of my favourite colours in the set. I'm not usually a pink wearing girl but this I'll make an exception for.
OPI Go Exotic Collection Swatches
L - R
Need Sunglasses?, Salmon Sand, Hawaiian Orchid
OPI Hot and Spicy
OPI Hot and Spicy appears to be a red toned orange in the picture above however, in real life it is a bright coraly orange. Another bright shade but one that would not look out of place in summer.
OPI Koala Berry
OPI Koala Berry is one of the more all year round colours. The dark hot pink has a light berry resemblance depending on the light. While this is a very summery colour, it would not look inappropriate in autumn either.
OPI The Thrill Of Brazil
OPI The Thrill Of Brazil is your typical dark pinky red. This could be worn in many a situation. Paired with a red lip, to add colour to an outfit, the possibilities are endless.
OPI Go Exotic Collection Swatches
L - R
Hot and Spicy, Koala Berry, The Thrill Of Brazil

Overall this set is a very useful travel exclusive. Picking this up in duty free, (along with some nail polish remover if you haven't packed any,) would leave you with the perfect selection of nail polish options for your holiday. And even better than that you won't feel bad about buying so many polishes as they are only miniatures.

What are your go to summer nail polishes? Have you tried any of these?

My Oil Pulling Experience

**This post was written over a number of weeks during the lead up to my Prom to fully capture the whole of my oil pulling journey**
Oil Pulling Review
Oil pulling; I can hear you sighing already, not another post please! If you aren't familiar with oil pulling basically put it is the new 'in thing'; a way to brush your teeth and detox your mouth using coconut oil - hence the name oil pulling. I have to say before I get into the post: I am in no way an oil pulling specialist nor a health care professional who knows a lot about the subject, therefore my findings are from my own research and testing. 

My teeth are not particularly nice in my opinion, by nice I mean white. I am a Diet Coke addict and drink waaaay too much causing my teeth to stain a horrible yellowy colour, gorgeous I know. I have prom coming up on June 19th and with all the photos I'm desperately trying to whiten my teeth. Traditional whitening toothpastes have never seemed to have much of an effect and whitening strips scare me, so I turned to oil pulling.

My step mum came home from a yoga and all things natural type workshop with a goody bag which contained a pot of Sister & Co. Coconut Oil. She kindly let me use it for my first oil pulling encounter. The suggested method for oil pulling is as follows:

  1. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth
  2. Swoosh around for 20 minutes
  3. Spit out into a bin or bag
  4. Rinse out your mouth
  5. (Optional) Brush your teeth as normal

Personally a tablespoon is loads more than I can put in my mouth, I use half a teaspoon to a whole teaspoon depending on how brave I'm feeling that day. At room temperature coconut oil is a solid  and after popping the oil in your mouth it takes a couple of minutes to melt and become a liquid, (before it does melt I must admit the feeling in my mouth almost makes me gag, I'm really not selling this to you am I...) Anyway the swooshing around for 20 minutes is probably going to be the longest 20 minutes of your life so I suggest occupying yourself: check your emails, browse through twitter, have a shower, go on YouTube, play the piano, anything that will occupy you. Once your 20 minutes is up (or any amount of time depending how long you can hold the oil in your mouth,) I'd set a timer so you're not holding it for any longer then necessary, spit it into the bin. Not the sink as it might solidify and block the drains apparently, I cannot confirm nor deny this though most people indicate that it will. I like to drink a glass of water to rinse out my mouth and also to rehydrate myself as my mouth has been producing saliva for the last 20 minutes which I selfishly spat out, eww I know!

Aside from the grossness off the process of oil pulling it seems to have some very likeable health claims. (Not all of which are proven and not all are believable.)

  • Whitens teeth
  • Detoxes the body
  • Reduces headaches
  • Clears the skin 
  • Better oral hygiene
  • Aids hangover recovery 
  • Less jaw pain
(I won't be able to confirm or deny the hangover recovery benefit as I am 15 and dislike the taste of alcohol, everyone says this will change.)

In all honesty I despise the taste and texture of coconut so why I'm trying this may be a mystery to you, however, after a few minutes the taste and texture subsides, it isn't pleasant but it is bearable, and if it has results a little unpleasant taste is well worth it. If you can't bear the taste, other oils can be used, sesame being one of them.

I'm warning you now, the photos belows are gross, my teeth before, during and after the oil pulling, but it is the best way to show results accurately, so do forgive me! If you're not interested in the photos of my teeth I suggest you scroll past quickly and get to the diary part of my post.

Oil Pulling Results
As you can see my teeth did indeed get slightly whiter along the way. There wasn't much change after 7 days but by 14 they were visibly whiter. Until putting the photos together I did not realise how much whiter they were as my eyes couldn't pickup that much of a difference.

Day 1 - I tried half a teaspoon this evening and I thought I was going to be sick. It was the most horrible experience. Luckily once it melted it became bearable though I ended up with about a quarter of a teaspoon because I had to spit some out. I had a shower whilst oil pulling which took up 10 minutes of the time, I spent the next 10 on YouTube to help the time pass. My jaw did start to ache at around the 15 minute mark so I stopped swooshing quite so vigorously.

Change Noticed? None.

Day 2 - I managed a whole half a teaspoon - go me! This time it was as soon as I got up. Again it wasn't pleasant, I tried to make it melt as quickly as possible, which I managed by chewing it almost. Today I used my 20 minutes to tidy a new blogging zone. The time did pass quicker and it became easier to swoosh. My mouth felt very clean once finished, though I definitely needed a large glass of water after; I was so thirsty.

Change Noticed? Very clean feeling teeth.

Day 3 - Half a teaspoon for ten minutes today, yeah not very impressive. I didn't have much time because I forgot to oil pull whilst in the shower. Oops... 

Change Noticed? None. (Probably due to the 10 minutes.)

Day 4 - Today I went down the route of microwaving beforehand. Because I microwaved I managed a whole teaspoon, yes you read right; a whole teaspoon! Microwaving the oil made the whole experience so much easier, no gagging required. The 20 minutes flew by, I can thank The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for that. 

Change Noticed? Clean feeling again. Potentially slightly whiter. 

Day 5 - I microwaved again and the time flew, probably because I was in the middle of an ever so fun biology past paper. But my jaw didn't hurt and my teeth again felt really clean!

Change Noticed? Clean feeling again.

Day 6 - Microwaving is the way forward, today I managed almost a tablespoon. I had a shower whilst pulling. A tablespoon started off okay but by 10 minutes my mouth was nearly overflowing, but I persevered. By 15 minutes I had to spit half of it out. I managed the whole 20 still, it is definitely becoming easier to do.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 7 - Another 20 minutes in the bag, showering definitely helps pass the time, also watching My Week With Marilyn, (FYI amazing film,) made time fly.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 8 - Microwaved again, a whole teaspoon. Watching FIFAWWC Germany v Ivory Coast game, where Germany won 10-0, was definitely taking my mind off the swooshing. So the 20 minutes felt almost non existent.
Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 9 - Another 20 minute swooshing in the shower. It does get easier.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 10 - I'm still going, oil pulling does seem to be making my mouth feel nicer, cleaner. Microwaving is the only way I can stand large amounts but that seems to fine to me.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 11 - Only 10 minutes today, bad Beth, but in my defence I was revising till really late and then only had a short ish shower before I went to sleep.

Change Noticed? None noticed.

Day 12 - Back to 20 minutes again today. My jaw has definitely got used to the swooshing, the taste has become more bearable, though I am still not a fan of coconut.

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

Day 13 - This is the only time so far that I didn't oil pull so far. I was back really late and had to go straight to bed. Oops.

Change Noticed? None noticed.

Day 14 - I managed to do a little over 20 minutes today thanks to my deep cleansing hair mask. So now both my hair and my mouth feel exceptionally clean!

Change Noticed? Clean feeling.

After this I started getting sloppy, basically put I didn't have time to oil pull I was busy. This summed up my experience to be perfectly honest. Does it work? Yes it slightly whitens teeth and makes my teeth feel clean. But do I have time to oil pull and do I remember to oil pull? No I'm busy, I have other things to remember, and cleaning your teeth takes a fraction of the time, maybe without the whitening results, but I can live with that. Maybe I'll give it another go soon, or maybe I'll move on to the next craze. we'll just have to wait and see.

So here are my oil pulling findings, I hope this helps if you are thinking of starting. If you already oil pull, how do you find it? Do you have enough time? Or is it just a novelty?

Skincare Purchases

New Skincare Purchases
So my Prom was Friday! So a couple of weeks ago I decided to go on a little skincare mission to try something new out. Superdrug had a couple of offers on so I thought I would take full advantage and picked up these three.
Nivea Double Effect Makeup Remover
The first thing I needed; an oil based makeup remover. Probably quite a strange must have however, I was planning to wear one of the Rimmel Apocalips range, which you may know, do not budge for anything, so I needed a makeup remover which would be able to take it off at the end of the night! This Nivea Double Effect Makeup Remover does exactly that and doesn't leave a horrible oily residue on my lips or face.
Nivea Express Hydration Primer
This purchase was less of a must have, more of an impulse buy as it was on offer. It's the Nivea Express Hydration Primer, I'd never been a big user of Nivea though my mum swears by their products. I love the smell of all Nivea products, it's fresh and uplifting. The product itself is not great for me as a primer. While it is incredibly hydrating, my makeup does not sit well upon this, it breaks up almost, therefore I'm planning to use this as a moisturiser for days when I'm not wearing makeup.
Simple Kind To Skin Smoothing Face Scrub
Finally I decided to try a new facial scrub, I currently use the Botanics one but sometimes find that too rough so, as my skin gets on with Simple skincare, I thought I would try their Simple Kind To Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub. I'll report back on this when I've had time to try it!

So there are my latest skincare purchases, I hope you liked the post. What were your latest skincare buys? Have you got any recommendations for me?

A Fresh Start For Summer

New Blog Design
Before I start this post I want to apologise for the last few weeks as my posting has been irregular to say the least. Anyway this is because I have been in the midst of my GCSE's. Overall I worked out I had 20+ hours of exams in total and unsurprisingly have spent the last month or so revising like a mad women. But as of 3pm today I shall have finished all my exams and to celebrate this my blog has received a shiny new design and there will be a summer themed giveaway happening very soon! If you have suggestions of what summery things I should giveaway, just say!

Now the shiny new design was purchased over on Etsy and the header I made myself on photoshop and I rather like it. I'm not usually partial to a pop of colour but I thought this template looked better than minimalism. Now if you've been a reader for a while now, you'll know my blog design has changed many a time over the last few years but I must admit I'm rather happy with how it is now and imagine it will stay this way for a while!

There are a few new features on MissCosmeticBlogger now and I thought you might like to hear a little bit about them!

First up there is the new 'Prom' tab, after enjoying planning my outfit for Prom, (but leaving it to the last minute,) I thought I could help others out. I'm planning to create a checklist, a million wishlists and plenty of makeup posts!

You also might have seen that a 'Gift Ideas' tab pop up over the last  few weeks and if you were wondering it is where all my gift posts are going in case you're in need of inspiration!

So that's what's new, I hope you like the new look, don't forget to tell me what you think and give me suggestions for a summer themed giveaway!

Get That Golden Goddess Glow

Products For a Golden Glow
So summer seems to be here at last, as I write this we're in the middle of a mini heatwave in the UK, it is a rare occurrence so I have found my shorts and I am wearing them before the sun goes. Anyway it's around this time that magazines show us bronzed beauties lying on exotic beaches. Now this post can't help you with the exotic beaches but it can help you get the golden glow associated with it.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal
First up I have the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (£33) which I received in a Glossybox. This Skin Perfector is gorgeous; it has a liquidy consistency and can be blended so easily to give a flawless sunkissed glow. I like using this as a highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones to fake apparent radiance, (that a pale girl like me only usually gets when she reflects light and blinds those around her.) I have also used it as a primer and mixed it into my foundation if I'm looking for a dewy finish to my skin.
Benefit Sunbeam
Here's a product for those more sunkissed than me! Unlike Benefit Highbeam, which is a pearly highlighter, Benefit Sunbeam (£19.50) is much more golden toned. For those naturally sunkissed or who tan easily, this will add a beautiful glow to your face when dabbed over the cheekbones.
Rimmel Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch
More of a drugstore option is the Rimmel Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch in 004 Shimmering Sand. This is part of Rimmel's Wake Me Up Range, the foundation is amazing! There are two shades in the range but for this post, Shimmering Sand is the best as it's golden. It describes itself as a mousse though I would say it is more liquidy, it reflects light and seems similar to the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector above.
Glow giving products
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector, Benefit Sunbeam, Rimmel Instant Radiance
SEVENTEEN Shimmer Brick
Finally we have a stunning product which caters for all skin tones. This is the SEVENTEEN Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze*. This has four amazing shades of bronzy golds. The lightest makes a beautiful highlight on the cheekbones, and the others swirl together to make a bronzer. The second shade would make a nice highlight for those with darker skin tones. If you want a more detailed post I have one here.
SEVENTEEN Shimmer Brick Swatches
What are your favourite products to get a golden glow in the summer? Any of these on your lists?

Weekend Wants #4

Weekend Wants #4