Plump up that pout: Lip Voltage The Powerhouse review

Friday, 27 February 2015

It feels like everyone’s always talking about Kylie Jenner’s perfect pout and whilst there are plenty of tutorials out there on how to overdraw your lips, there is another option! Don’t worry, I’m not encouraging anyone to go and have lip injections but instead use Lip Voltage The Powerhouse* by DreamWeave & Co.

This lip-plumping product claims to plump up the lips and leave them looking fuller for twenty four hours. I’ve recently been putting it to the test, so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you!

To use the product, you simply apply it like you would a lipgloss and then use your finger to rub a little over your cupids bow. You’ll then feel your lips start to tingle. This is apparently to circulate the blood flow to the lips and open the pores for a quicker penetration. I made the mistake of applying WAY too much the first time and had to remove it from my lips, as I couldn’t bear the tingling. Since then I have only been applying a thin layer and the tingling isn’t uncomfortable in the slightest.

I really thought this product would be a gimmick but I’m pleased to say that it definitely plumps up the lips and makes them look fuller! I wouldn’t say mine stayed that way for twenty four hours but when do makeup products ever live up to these claims? I also really love the glossy effect on the lips. Instead of applying it as a treatment as part of your skincare routine, you can use it as a lipgloss or apply it over a lipstick – the choice is yours. It has a really refreshing minty scent, though I wouldn’t recommend licking it off your lips because your tongue will not thank you for it!

The ingredients: 

Line Fill – A Spanish formulation that restores the loss of volume in the lips
Volulip – Extracts of Peptide Hydric Sphears and Hyaluronic synthesis formulation (oh god too many big words for me – basically it makes the lips look smoother and has anti-ageing properties)
Maxi Lip – Gives a 3D effect
NG Shea – Rebuilds and restores the lips while improving natural hydration

The product is not tested on animals.

Whilst I did find that the lip plumper gave me a fuller pout, I also noticed it was a little drying on the lips, so I’m not sure the NG Shea ingredient (a new grade of Shea Butter) worked for me. Having said this, the problem was resolved with my trusty Body Shop lip balm.

At £25 this lip plumping treatment isn’t cheap but if you’re after a Kylie Jenner-style pout, it might be worth the money. Whilst it’s definitely cheaper to overdraw your lips, there’s always a risk of overdoing it or them looking uneven. With the Lip Voltage The PowerHouse you can achieve the results you desire with minimal effort! I'm planning on doing a 'current every day makeup' post in the next couple of weeks, so you'll be able to see it in action.

The Lip Voltage The PowerHouse is available from 

 Is this a product you'd be interested in trying? 
*PR sample

China Blue Shoes Dr. Martens competition

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Grey jumper - New Look // Longline white shirt - New Look // Black ripped knee jeans - New Look // Black backpack - Topshop // Ear cuff - Topshop // Ring set - Topshop // Crackle Suede Dr. Martens - China Blue Shoes

You may or may not know that as well as running Seek My Scribbles, I also blog for China Blue Shoes, a shoe company based in Dublin. On the blog you'll find a wide range of fashion-related content from Steal Her Style posts to Street Style round-ups.

China Blue Shoes is one of the major stockists of Dr. Martens and just last week they launched a competition giving you the chance to win a pair of their 8-Eye Boots. All you need to do is either create an outfit post featuring a pair of docs you already own or make a collage showing how you'd style a pair, like I have above! Feature it on your blog & tweet it to @ChinaBlueShoes and you'll be entered into the comp.

If you don't have a blog, you can simply send your picture or collage to

The competition is open to everyone in the UK and Ireland and closes on 9th March 2015. The top five entries will be featured on the China Blue Shoes blog and the winner will get to choose a pair of 8-Eye Dr. Martens to keep!

The full details of the competition can be found here - I recommend you have go and have a quick read so you know all of the T&Cs. We're all really looking forward to seeing your entries!

Are you a fan of Dr. Martens?
Disclaimer: The collage above is just an example. It does not count as an entry as I blog for China Blue Shoes.

Instagram love.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Lush Magic Wand bubble bar // Thomas // Me and Mum at Strictly Live // My favourite coffee cup
Barkley // Date night with James // Mini Eggs (so pretty) // Valentine's selfie
Valentine's chocolates (from James) // My Valentine's dress // Lip Voltage (review coming soon) // Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail (my favourite cocktail!)
In the past Instagram was something I could either take or leave. I just wasn't really into it. However over the past few weeks it's become my latest obsession! I love checking my feed to see all of the amazing pictures people have been uploading and I also really enjoy snapping and editing my own photos to share. I think the thing I love about Instagram is that it's so aesthetically pleasing. Even if it is an edited version of people's lives, I'm all for the beauty of it.

I take the majority of my Instagram photos on my iPhone 6 (the camera is SO good compared to my old iPhone 4) and I tend to edit them using either VSCO Cam or by changing the brightness etc. using the in-app settings. I like to take a variety of different snaps, so if you want to see pretty makeup, cute animals, outfits, cocktails and the odd selfie, feel free to give me a follow!

Are you a fan of Instagram?
There's still time to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick!

Get the glow: My favourite highlighters

Friday, 20 February 2015

For me, spring makeup looks are all about beautiful glowing skin and since the new season is just around the corner, I thought I’d share two of my favourite highlighters for getting the glow.

First up we’ve got The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter. This is a pink toned liquid highlighter that can either be applied under your foundation or on top. As the name suggests, it gives the skin a lovely radiant glow and looks oh-so-pretty blended over the top of the cheekbones.

I think it’s the perfect highlighter for fair complexions that suit cool toned products. It’s so easy to work with and I love the fact you can apply it two different ways to get the look you want.

If you prefer powder highlighters, then take a look at theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. A bloggers’ favourite, this champagne toned highlighter is perfect for achieving a warmer glow. Again, this highlighter is so easy to apply and as with the Body Shop’s liquid highlighter, you’ll find that a little goes a long way.

I recently featured the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter in a 'Inside the Beauty Bag' post on Jess' blog - be sure to check it out to find out what other products I use on a daily basis!

The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter - £12.00 // theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer - £17.50

Whether you’re in the market for a cool toned or warmed toned highlighter, these are both excellent picks for achieving a beautiful springtime glow.

 What’s your favourite highlighter? 
Enter my giveaway for your chance to win a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick!

Limited Edition Twig + Dot Bloomin' Luvly Candle

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Bloomin' Luvly Twig & Dot candle - £15.00*
This beautiful limited edition candle by Twig & Dot has got me well and truly ready for spring. Inspired by a trip to the flower market, the Bloomin’ Luvly candle* features top notes of bergamot, cassis and grapefruit, floral heart notes of pink peonies and base notes of cedarwood and vetivert. It’s the delicate scent of a blooming garden on a crisp spring morning.

Described as a fragile, fresh and elegant, the Bloomin’ Luvly candle from Twig + Dot is perfect for those who love delicate floral scents. What I love about this candle is that it’s not only floral but also sweet. Whilst it’s not an overpowering scent, it’s definitely long lasting as it remains present in the room long after you’ve blown out the candle.

Twig & Dot’s hand poured luxury candles, which are made from a blend of soy and mineral wax have an average burn time of 30 – 40 hours. At £15.00, I think they’re very reasonably priced and I love how the simple, yet sophisticated packaging gives them a real high-end look.

If you’re looking to welcome spring into your home a little early, Bloomin’ Luvly will make the perfect choice of candle. Even if floral scents aren’t for you, Twig & Dot have so many unique scented candles that you’re sure to find one you love.

Have you tried a Twig & Dot candle before? 
*This item was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
Enter my giveaway for a chance to win a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick of your choice!

Mess-free face masks

Monday, 16 February 2015

I don’t know about you but I’m not a big fan of messy face masks. Anything that is a pain to remove or messes up my sink is a real no no these days! With this in mind, I decided to put together a post featuring three mess-free face masks so if there is anyone out there like me (I hope there is) you can try these too.

First up we’ve got The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink in Moisture mask. The wobbly texture is a little odd but it’s lovely and cooling on the skin. I love how hydrating this face mask is and the fact it remains clear on the skin. Once you’ve let it sink into the skin, you simple tissue off the excess. No mess!

Next up is the Skin Purifying Masque* from Ark Skincare’s Age Prepare range. This face mask clears up the skin and leaves it feeling silky smooth.  It's ideal for getting rid of excess oil and I find that it really calms my skin and reduces the appearances of blemishes. You simply apply a thin layer to your face, leave it on for about ten minutes (it goes a translucent white colour) and then rinse it off with water. Simples!

Last but not least we’ve got the newest addition to my face mask collection – the Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Face Mask*. This is an anti-ageing face mask that is designed to nourish and renew the skin. It dries a translucent white colour and is super easy to remove, so there’s no mess in the sink. 

Since I started putting together this blog post, I’ve been looking into Manuka Doctor a bit more and now I’m not so sure this is the face mask for me. Apparently it contains bee venom (supposedly great for combatting signs of ageing), which sounds super scary but that isn’t what bothers me. It’s the process they go through to get the venom that bothers me.

After watching this video and reading a few posts about harvesting bee venom it seems like whilst the bees don’t die (they get to fly away afterwards) the process could be deemed a little stressful for them. Manuka Doctor say they harvest the venom ethically and that no bees are harmed in the process but I’m still not sure I agree with it. I was going to re-do the photos and just take it out but then I thought I might as well tell you what I think about it and leave you to make up your own minds! 

You can currently get 40% off The Body Shop orders and 15% off at Look Fantastic (which stocks the Ark Skin Purifying Masque!)

See my full review of the Ark Skincare Age Prepare set here.

What’s your favourite face mask?
*PR items sent for review

The Netflix Tag

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Image credit - We Heart It

No idea who started the Netflix tag but I’ve seen it on a few blogs now and knew I had to do it myself! Can anyone actually remember life before Netflix?!

What are your favourite shows to watch on Netflix?
The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, The Office, Sons of Anarchy…the list goes on!

What are you currently watching on Netflix?
I’ve just caught up with Fresh Meat so I’m now in search of a new series to watch. I tend to watch Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries over and over again though.

If you could have any series, old or new put on Netflix, what would it be?
The O.C! I’ve seen it already but I’d like to watch it again. Oh and Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice – again I’ve already seen them (still watching Grey’s) but I’d like to re-watch them from the beginning.

What is your one peeve about Netflix?
When it asks you ‘Are you still watching [insert TV show here]?' Thanks for making me feel guilty that I've wasted my day Netflix …and yes I am STILL watching it.

What are your essentials for a perfect night in with Netflix?
Pyjamas, plenty of snacks and James! I love lazy Sundays together.

Recommend one series or film for someone else?
I can’t just pick one so... The Originals, Sherlock, Sons of Anarchy, White Collar, The Office (US) – there’s something for everyone there!

Check out my Best Shows to Binge-watch on Netflix post for more recommendations.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my answers to the Netflix tag!
 I’m not tagging anyone in particular but feel free to come back and link me to your post if you decide to do it too! 
PS, Happy Valentine's Day <3