Wednesday, 26 February 2020

StyleTone: Thoughts on the January Unboxing Edition ♡

When I first moved to the Netherlands, StyleTone was the first ever subscription box community I joined. I recently decided to treat myself to the New Year edition since I had previously unsubscribed from StyleTone! I'm super excited to unbox it since it contains gorgeous cruelty-free and often full-sized products. The StyleTone box contains 5 products in total which are a combination of makeup and skincare items. Since the second box is on it's way, I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on the first box of the year.

The first item that I unboxed was the Beautaniq Beauty Guardian Angel Revitalising Eye Gels.  It was simple packaging which contained one pair of eye gels that are super easy to apply.

It's designed for tired eyes which helps with concealing dark circles and puffiness. Made with cucumber green tea, rose water and hyaluronic acid, the product hydrates and brightens. Definitely a go-to before makeup application!

The next product I received is the Emité Makeup Precision Eyeliner. It is a  black liquid eyeliner that is both smudge-proof and waterproof. The product is highly pigmented and lasted an entire day out, even in this gloomy weather we're experiencing here in the Netherlands!

To be fair, I'm not sure if this item is a hit or miss for me. I don't often wear eyeliner, so I will likely give it to a friend but because it is smudge and waterproof, I also feel inclined give this product the green light. 

The next item is the Manna Kadar Glo Shimmer Lotion, which is a hydrating universal liquid highlighter. I love Manna Kadar products and this was no exception.

The product is easy to apply, not glittery, suits all skin tones and has a pastel pink sheen to it. When swatched, it has high pigmentation, great consistency, and sheer formula. My favourite thing about this product is that it is for both your face and body. 

The fourth product that I unboxed is the Hikari Matte Bronzer in 'Laguna Beach'. At first glance, I thought it was a blush (to be honest, I will probably use it as such) but it's a matte bronzer. 

Though an absolutely stunning product, it was a bit disappointing because it didn't suit my skintone. When swatched, it was a bit chalky but after wearing it for a day out, I changed my mind as it's actually very long lasting with a subtle glow to it. I'm not sure if I'd reach for this product though, it seems to be better suited to those with a fairer skin tone.

The fifth and final product of the StyleTone box was the Skin Tonic London Rose Mist. I absolutely adore rose water face mists so this was another favourite in the bunch! 

Rose water is great for your skin because it helps to combat redness, brightens the skin, can relieve headaches and also controls excess oil - perfect for those with oily skin like me! Rose water is also an excellent toner and relieves symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema. It's an all-rounder really, as it also helps to keep pores clean.

Let me know what you thought of today's unboxing! Are you subscribed to StyleTone or any other subscription box?

Love, Miah

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

How One Ukrainian Woman's Handmade Vintage Lingerie is Inspiring Every Body

I recently came across LAL couture via Instagram and simply had to reach out to Alina, the fashion designer behind the lingerie brand based in Ukraine. LAL COUTURE stands for Love Alina Logvinova, named after the owner and fashion designer of the brand. LALCOUTURE is currently based in Kharkiv, Ukraine. 

 LAL COUTURE has some of the most stunning designs I've come across and I adore the fact that the designs are handmade and celebrate all women's body types. This is especially true since orders are made to size, so no two pieces are the same. Alina was inspired to design garments due to a need for creativity, rather than a big thoughtful process and calling. During our interview, Alina mentioned she needed to add more creative thinking and actions to her life and as a result, began to sew in all of her spare time. She started with show dance garments, switched to clothing and now she's designing lingerie. 

Alina shared with me that 90% of her pieces are handmade by herself or her seamstress - even the hats are hand decorated! The most popular items are lingerie sets, with styles like 'Audrey', 'Susan' and 'Vanessa' quickly selling out. Alina is currently working on visual presentation updates and keeps her Etsy shop updated, as this is where she sells her handmade designs and interacts with customers. Even on her Instagram, it's clear to see that women of all shapes and sizes love her vintage lingerie designs, bodycon dresses, bodysuits, and vintage clothing, all of which Aline sells through her Etsy shop.  

When I asked Alina what her favourite items were that she's ever made, she said that she simply couldn't choose - every piece is a part of her and her vision. She loves them all and adores seeing the items she's made on her customers, as every single one of them has helped to create a story for that item.

Alina has only recently started collaborating with bloggers and influencers and aims to observe the result of the collaboration in sales. She considers that to be her major metrics, so if you're interested in collaborating with her, messaging her via Instagram is the best way to go about it. What I loved most about talking to Alina is discovering that she doesn't have a particular brand that inspires her, nor has she made a vision board on Pinterest. Her visions and ideas are all thoughts inspired by architecture, traveling around the world, natural color combinations and seeing new horizons. 

For more updates on Aline and LALCOUTURE, be sure to follow her on Instagram. To shop gorgeous sets made to size, visit Alina's ETSY account. 


Saturday, 1 February 2020

CariPro™ Toothbrush: Review & GIVEAWAY ♡

When I was little, my teeth were one of my absolute biggest insecurities. It was only after I got braces that I really started learning about everything that truly goes into oral hygiene. From learning about which foods stained my teeth to adjusting my toothbrush at just the right angle to make sure my mouth was really as clean as it felt, I became obsessed with dental hygiene. Most people dread a trip to the dentist, but personally I never truly minded it. Of course, I was brushing my teeth daily, experimenting with various mouthwashes and trying out different toothbrushes.

Dentists had always recommended electric toothbrushes to me and I've never owned one. Instead, I opted to brush manually and later moved on to a bamboo toothbrush because I was leaning towards living a more sustainable lifestyle. Recently, my bamboo toothbrush was getting a little too old to use and coincidentally, the lovely team at Smile Brilliant gifted me with a CariPro electric toothbrush. I had never used an electric toothbrush before and when I received the box, I was super happy with it. 

The box contained:
  • A waterproof *CariPro Toothbrush which contains five brush settings, a timer and wireless charging dock
  • 2 brush heads with a tongue scraper
  • 2-year warranty and an instruction manual
  • 1 wireless induction charging dock 

The CariPro has five different brush settings; gum care, sensitive, massage, clean and white. The toothbrush has a soft touch grip and is waterproof. I love that the charging dock it comes with is wireless and that the toothbrush will stay fully charged for up to an entire month.  As for the settings, I like using the gum care settings as I don't floss nearly as much as I should and the cleaning setting also makes my mouth feel super fresh!

Now, if we compare the CariPro to bamboo toothbrushes I've tried in the past, there's a lot to unpack. The CariPro is waterproof while bamboo brushes easily splinter if not taken care of. Of course, bamboo toothbrushes are manual while CariPro is electric - this is neither a pro nor a con for me, but in terms of hygiene, most electronic toothbrushes tend to be better since they also remove stains and clean more efficiently. 

Dentists also recommend that both toothbrushes need to be replaced every three to four months. This is the only real question mark I have here, as bamboo toothbrushes are mostly compostable (the bristles and the metal fillings which keep the bristles of the brush go straight into landfill). 

The CariPro, on the other hand, replaces the head while the remainder of the toothbrush needs to be recharged. It's not a hit or a miss for me, but in terms of an eco-friendly lifestyle which I often aim to endorse, there are some things to consider. Most electronic toothbrushes can be recycled (minus the head), while bamboo toothbrushes are of course compostable. Circling back to sustainability, I would opt for a bamboo toothbrush as it is slightly better for the planet. However, in terms of dental hygiene, the CariPro wins hands down.

If you own a CariPro electric toothbrush, post a picture and tag me @miah.keleigh and use '#smilefearlessly' for a chance to get featured!

What did you think of this review? Do you own a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush? Let me know in the comments! 

Love, Miah

Along with Smile Brilliant, I'll be giving a lucky winner a CariPro Toothbrush of their own, valued at $119USD!

To enter, you must be following @miah.keleigh and @smilebrilliant.  


If not entering the giveaway: discount code is miahkeleigh20

*The CariPro was gifted to me by Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own.