YouTube Videos Catch Up

I recently got back into YouTube videos and I have been absolutely enjoying the creative process. Of course, a few things have changed but I am catching up and loving it. I realised I have not been sharing some of my videos on the blog. I usually share a video when I have a related blog post but I don't have one for these videos. Instead,  I will leave links to the videos below and hope you enjoy it. I would also greatly appreciate it if you could subscribe to my channel here. Thank you.

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Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush Review

I was very kindly sent the Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush* back in April and I was excited to try it out because I had heard many good things about it. I already owned another electric toothbrush which I loved so was keen to see if a new one will win my heart or make a difference to my oral hygiene. Right, let's get started....

Brand Overview
Ion-Sei is a Japanese- German brand who have developed the Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush drawing inspiration for the design from Japanese Culture and Organic Lines. Ion-Sei describes their electric toothbrush as one which uses a patented technology which controls plaque and bacteria from forming in the mouth. This is achieved by utilising the electric brush's integrated UV (Ultraviolet) LED light and Titanium Dioxide bar which basically repels the bacteria and plaque from sticking to the teeth and gum. I was very interested in this description and was very keen to try it out myself. They claim you can use this toothbrush without toothpaste but I always prefer to use toothpaste for cleaning my teeth.

The packaging is really great and you can tell that a lot of thought went into it. Firstly, you get two brush heads (one with soft bristles and one with hard bristles) and I like this as it gives you a choice on what bristles you prefer. I personally prefer the hard bristles for my teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to opt for the one with softer bristles. It also comes with a stand for the tooth brush and this stand also contains the charging port. It really does look pretty in the bathroom in its stand. You also get a USB cable for charging the brush and two charging heads; one with two pins (EU) and one with three pins (UK). I think this is so thoughtful because it means you can use your electric toothbrush when you travel.

Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush Design
The brush in itself has a good grip which is essential when using electric toothbrushes. There is a power button which turns on the brush and it goes straight to the first speed. There are three speeds (Sensitive, Standard and Deep) in total with the third speed (Deep) being the fastest. The speed selections are illuminated whilst in use. At the bottom of the brush are three charge lights which show you how much battery is left and a reminder for when to recharge. These lights are also illuminated when the brush is in use. I love how easy it is to clean especially underneath the brush head where some toothpaste residue could hide over time. The brush head does not rotate rather it utilises sonic vibrations (roughly 31,000 strokes per minute sonic vibrations) and this helps in keeping the teeth clean and repelling bacteria and plaque. It has a timer which beeps every 30 seconds which helps in reminding you to switch to the next section of your teeth and it stops after 2 minutes.The packaging says to fully charge the battery once you receive it which I did and I have not had to charge it since April and I think that's incredible. My former electric toothbrush needed to be charged at least every 2 weeks.

My Experience
As already mentioned, I have used electric toothbrushes for a good number of years and it has been the same brand. Most of the electric toothbrushes I own have a rotating round head so I was curious to see if my teeth will be better off with a different design. Initially it took me a little while to get used to the new design especially the bristles and the sonic vibration design. Now, I am so used to using it and I feel my teeth definitely feel cleaner and well taken care of. I like that the longer bristles means I can reach a wider area of my teeth in a shorter time. The only thing is I personally feel it is slightly more difficult to reach some harder-to-reach areas such as the inner corners and this is the only advantage as far as I know that a round bristle head has over this bristle design. The second brush head has a slightly tapered end which helps but not as efficient (in my opinion) as a smaller rounder bristle head. However, the bristle feels firm and they are not worn out despite using it for a few months now. It is recommended to change the brush heads every 3 months so I will be repurchasing a new set of replacement heads soon. As with every electric toothbrush, it does make a noise whilst it is in action and this noise increases depending on what speed mode you are in (the loudest is the Deep mode/fastest speed). I personally don't mind because brushing my teeth does not take a long time.  I love brushing my tongue with the Ion-Sei Electric toothbrush because it does such a great job. Overall, I would say my teeth definitely has that squeaky clean feeling after every use.

Cost // Link //£129.99
For such an efficient toothbrush, I am sure you can imagine that it is quite expensive. It retails for £129.99 and it can be purchased from the Ion-Sei website here and other retailers including Amazon and John Bell Croyden. It also comes in two colours- Day White (the one I have) and Lake Blue. You can also purchase replacement heads on these websites listed above. If there are any discount codes going on, I will update this post with them in case you wanted to purchase this brush.

Overall Thoughts
I have absolutely enjoyed using the Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush and I still use it everyday. I think it definitely keeps my teeth and tongue clean. I love the design of the toothbrush and how practical it is. I will definitely recommend it if you are shopping for a new toothbrush. I just wish it was sold a bit more widely like in Boots and Superdrug but I am glad it's on Amazon. I am sure over time they will be more widely available in other retailers. Have you tried the Ion-Sei Electric Toothbrush?
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Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

I recently wrote about the Pat McGrath Mini Lip Fetish Lip Balm Trio (review here) and I mentioned I also purchased the Eye Ecstasy Palettes during the sale. I actually purchased the Sublime palette in a previous sale and then got the Subversive palette in this recent sale. I also filmed a YouTube video so you can see the eyeshadow palettes clearer. You can watch the video above or here. It would also mean a lot if you subscribed to my channel here.  Right, let's just jump into the review.

I have to say the first time I received the palette I was a little underwhelmed by the packaging because it looked slightly different from what it appeared like on the website. Now that I have used the palettes for a little while, I realise that the simple packaging is actually realistic and it has grown on me. It comes in a small white plastic packaging  and there is no mirror. I do prefer palettes that have mirrors because it is easier to use nevertheless I don't personally think it is a deal breaker. The packaging has the PML brand embossed on it. The palettes look like they will be perfect for travelling due to their compact size. As it is a white plastic palette, it could get messy over time but it can be wiped clean with a wipe and if you want to be extra (like me), then you can use an oil based micellar water for a deeper wipe. All Pat McGrath Lab (PML) products come with sequins in the outer packaging which appears to be the brand's signature so you have to be careful not to spill them all over the floor.  The palette has the name of each eyeshadow at the back of the palette. Each eyeshadow weighs 1g and there are five eyeshadows in each palette.

Quality/ Pigmentation
I had heard so many god things about PML eyeshadows and how pigmented they were so I was looking forward to testing these palettes out. I have to say they did not disappoint at all and I daresay they exceeded my expectation. They are well pigmented, easy to apply and last all day. I tend to use eyeshadow primers for all my eyeshadows but I feel you can skip eyeshadow primers and still get great results. There are some fall outs from the shimmer shades but nothing too terrible. The eyeshadows swatch well both on your hand and on the eyelid (most importantly). You can use your finger or a brush to apply but I prefer using an eyeshadow brush. They have a cream infused powder finish and I think this is why they are very pigmented and lasting power.

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Sublime Eyeshadow Palette //Link // £22 (On sale for £11)
This was the first PML Ecstasy Palette I purchased and I have absolutely love using it. PML describes the Ecstasy palettes as a curated collection of 5 cult classic shades with hues and texture that apply in a single saturated swipe. The eyeshadow shades in this palette include: Sinful (gold metallic), Gold Nectar (golden bronze metallic), Sextrovert (bronze metallic), Illicit (deep brown matte with  gold sparkles) and Corruption (bronze duo chrome). The names sound so naughty but I love them. There are four metallic shades and one semi-matte shade. I already mentioned this earlier but they are all incredibly pigmented and such a joy to use especially if you are so fed up of underwhelming eyeshadow shades. I chose this palette because I love warm toned palettes and I could incorporate it into my everyday looks. Each time I use any of the eyeshadows, I always get compliments. I think this is a perfect palette if you are looking to try out PML eyeshadows. My favourite shades to use are Sextrovert and Gold Nectar as they are flattering on my complexion. Some people may be able to pull off an entire look with just this palette but I can't so I dip into my other palettes for a warm crease colour and brow bone highlight. Other than that, it's still a perfect little palette.

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Subversive Eyeshadow Palette //Link // £22 (On sale for £11)
I was initially drawn to this when I made my first purchase but eventually settled for the Sublime palette so I was delighted when the sales came back so I could purchase Subversive. Similar to the Sublime palette, there are five shades in the palette and they include: Lapis Luxury (turquoise metallic), Gold Standard (metallic 25k gold), Crimson Fire (ruby metallic), Blue Blood (burgundy sheen) and Synthetica (sparkling purple metallic). I actually thought blue blood was the gorgeous blue/turquoise shade in the palette but alas! it's not. The palette has four metallic finishes and one sheen finish. These eyeshadows are super, super pigmented and I am totally here for it. Synthetica has some fall out but it is very manageable and not messy. With this lovely jewel toned palette, you definitely need some other eyeshadows to create a full look but I don't mind at all. I love colour and all the shades in this palette are right up my street. I can't decide on a favourite colour from this palette because I love them all.

Overall Thoughts
I am so pleased I was able to get my hands on the PML Ecstasy Palettes and I am very impressed with them. I am even more delighted that I got them for £11 each and I hope the sale is still on when you read this post so you can purchase it if you like the palettes. I will definitely recommend Sublime if you just wanted one palette you could use everyday but if you want something different and exciting, I will highly suggest trying out the Subversive Palette. Of course, nothing beats having both of them because you will enjoy using them. Have you tried the PML Ecstasy Eyeshadow Palettes? Let me know in the comment section below.

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette Review + Swatches

I am such a big fan of Urban Decay Naked Palettes (well, almost all of them) and I remember longing for and eventually purchasing the Naked 3 Palette. Since then, I have purchased Naked Heat (my absolute favourite palette), Naked Cherry and Naked Honey. When I saw that they had launched the Naked Ultraviolet Palette I was excited because I love purple so much but I was apprehensive about some shades in the palette which I thought won't suit my complexion. I watched quite a few reviews , checked out swatches and I knew I wanted it. I was emailed a 15% discount code from Cult Beauty  and the rest is history. I also filmed a First Impression + Swatch video on YouTube which you can watch here. I will be filming a tutorial using this eyeshadow palette soon. It will mean a lot to me if you subscribed to my channel here. 

The packaging of the newer Urban Decay Naked Palettes are so dreamy and incredibly well made and the Naked Ultraviolet is no exemption at all. The packaging is made from really durable plastic and the front design is so gorgeous. I already said I love purple so I was naturally drawn to the packaging. Inside the palette, you get 12 eyeshadows weighing 0.95g each and I love that the names of the eyeshadows are written inside the palette. There's a dual ended brush which is good quality although I prefer to use my regular brushes. I also love that you get a mirror in the palette which is helpful when applying these eyeshadows. I have not traveled yet with this palette but judging by how durable the recent editions of the Naked Palettes have been, I am sure it won't be a problem.

Urban Decay describes the Naked Ultraviolet Palette as an eyeshadow palette with 12 vivid purple and peachy neutral shades ranging from satin and matte to shimmer and metallic finishes. The names of the eyeshadows are:
Trippin (matte beige),
Mind Slip (peach matte), 
Dazed (metalic sheen),
Hacked (matte brown/plum),
V.R. (sparkly/shimmer metallic),
Lucid (holographic sheen),
Optimized (lavender matte),
Warning (pinkish purple metallic),
Cyber Punk (sparkly/shimmer metallic),
Euphoric (luminescent sheen),
Purple Dust (shimmer metallic), 
Digital (sheen).

All the purple shade as expected are well pigmented and look great on my complexions and will possibly look the same (or even better) on deeper skin tones. Mind Slip and Trippin are reserved mainly as my brow bone highlight or inner eye colour. These two shades don't show up properly on my lid and to be fair, I never go for these kind of shades on my eyelids. Hacked is the only crease colour (in my opinion) in this palette and it has a lot of fall outs. It's not very pigmented on my complexion so I had to go in a few times to get a reasonable colour pay off. It did get better with more use so I am wondering if it was just the initial layer of the eyeshadow. Lucid and Optimized were the shades that made me apprehensive about purchasing this palette as I felt they won't work well with my complexion. Now that I have played around with this palette, I think I can work around them.

Actually Urban Decay recommend using Lucid on top of other shades as it adds a holographic luminescent finish to any shade. Lucid is really a pretty colour when you use it this way. Optimized still remains my least favourite shade because it does not look great on its own on my complexion but it works well as a transition colour for the deeper purple shades in the palette. My absolute favourite shades are Warning, Cyber Punk, Purple Dust and Euphoric. They are so well pigmented and just look flattering against my complexion. Lastly Digital is great for a nice smoky look or to add a nice smoked out effect in the outer corners of the eye.

Cost// UK Link //US Link // £43/ $49
Urban Decay Naked Palettes have never been cheap and the Naked Ultraviolet retails for £43. I was waiting patiently for a reasonable discount code but the most I got was 15% off from Cult Beauty so I eventually paid around £36 for it. I can't wait for the 40% off discount from Urban Decay UK which they held last year because I want to try out the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded. I would highly suggest using a discount code when and if you want to purchase this palette.

Overall Thoughts
I personally love this palette and I am so glad I purchased it. I got loads of compliments when I used this palette to create the look in the pictures above. Is this a must have palette? I would say No. It's a great palette but if you want to splurge on an Urban Decay Naked Palette, I will highly recommend the Naked Heat or Naked Honey. If you are a purple lover like me, a massive yes to purchasing this palette because you'd love it. Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette? Let me know in the comments section below.
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