Sunday, 12 July 2015

Beauty Blender Cleanser Dupe ALERT!


Hello there! I thought I'd get into the swing of things and make a return with a dupe product, which I think many of my lovely readers will  find rather useful! I'm a regular user of this amazing makeup sponge called the 'Beauty Blender' (let me know if you would like a review). Many makeup junkies love and use this sponge religiously for a flawless foundation and concealer application.

The beauty blender has become part of my everyday makeup routine, it makes my makeup go on flawlessly and I love using it to blend my concealer for when I am highlighting and contouring my face. The annoying thing is having to clean it - regular brush cleanser and baby shampoo doesn't seem to clean out the product it absorbs and then you can't really use your sponge as effectively. 

Up till now I have been purchasing the original beauty blender cleanser in liquid and solid form, its the only cleanser to effectively remove all dirt from my sponge. For some reason though the liquid version of the cleanser is always sold out and so I have been purchasing the solid version - in my opinion I find the solid runs out quicker than the liquid but both clean equally and effectively, perhaps apart from ingredients and formation I find there is no other difference in terms of cleansing.

This week when I went over to clean my brushes and sponges it slipped my mind to repurchase the cleanser for my beauty blenders.... Now how do I clean them?! They really needed a wash. I started to look online for next day delivery options but the two places I conveniently buy from were out of stock for the liquid version.....And I feel like the solid version is working out more and more expensive considering how quickly I was getting through it...*sigh*

On the hunt for value for money I looked for dupes online and only came across 'Dr Bronner Magic Soap' - but guess what? You can't even easily find that in the UK ! US only and under 5 dollars! Back to the drawing board...I want something I can buy tonight so I have fresh clean beauty blenders for tomorrow! I thought about the ingredients that go into a solid cleanser.... 


I then considered what goes into regular soap....I looked at the ingredients in Simple Skin soap bars, Imperial Leather soap bar, Cheap everyday soap bars, Dove soap bars and you know what ... the ingredients are so so similar! Here is the ingredients for Johnsons baby soap bar which I picked up from Tesco as my new choice of cleanser for my beauty blenders...


There are differences in the ingredients between the two products...But some of the bases such as: Sodium, Aqua, Glycerin, Tetrasodium Etidronate are all either Surfactant (compound that makes up detergent in order to remove dirt), Humectant (compound in the form of moisturiser used in cosmetics to retain moisture), Solvent (a solid, liquid or gas able to chemically dissolve another substance) or Sequestrant (acts as a detergent/substance removing deposits and occupy the water). 

On this basis I went ahead and attempted to use the baby soap bar to clean my beauty blender and it did exactly the same if not perfect job of completely deep cleaning my beauty blender sponge. I am really surprised how well it worked and I immediately knew I would not ever be repurchasing a beauty blender cleanser in solid or liquid form! To further seal my decision...here's why...

Original Beauty Blender Cleanser Liquid 28g: £14.00-£16.00
Original Beauty Blender Cleanser Solid 150ml: £12.00-£13.00
Johnsons Baby Soap 4 Bar Pack 100g each : £1.00-£1.25

The price is astonishing and I shamefully paid it for well over a year! You live and learn and I can't stress enough to my lovely readers, please please don't buy the original cleanser it really isn't worth the price tag considering the basic ingredients involved that you can easily find in cheap everyday soap cleansers! If someone even said to me what about it being anti-bacterial? Guess what? Buy a soap bar with anti-bacterial action! My next purchase will also be a soap bar from Simple Skin they do the anti-bacterial version so its a win-win situation!

I cannot believe how Johnsons Baby soap bar cleaned my sponge and I guess the added honey is a bonus too, there is no irritating scent left behind but more like a fresh baby! My sponge is soft like new, the quality isn't affected either and it works just as well wash after wash! I have a couple of beauty blender sponges; one to blend my foundation, one for concealer, one for contouring and another to apply powders. Concealer absorbed into the sponge in particular is harder to remove and the baby soap bar did a tremendous job of cleaning it all out, so it's even able to remove the most stubborn makeup product. 

From now on I'll be using the money on a lipstick instead! But for me by far finding the baby soap bar at such a cheap price is just unbelievable, I won't be returning to the expensive option and it even works a dream for my makeup brushes - I gave those a whirl in the soap bar and it cleaned the brushes better than liquid baby shampoo! If you try the baby soap bar out do leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts...for now I know pricey doesn't always mean better!

Johnsons Baby Soap Bars are the new Beauty Blender Cleanser DUPE!

Dyno x

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Vintage Nights Inspired Outfit for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas - Rose.Rabbit.Lie

Vintage Nights Inspired Outfit for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas - 'Rose.Rabbit.Lie'
I had the pleasure of creating a style board for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, the vision behind the post was to plan an outfit for a night out at the 'Rose.Rabbit.Lie. A modern supper club that blurs the line between restaurant, bar, club and live entertainment.'

 How would I get dolled up?  A vintage theme was the basis, but I decided that incorporating elements of vintage nostalgia adds a touch of further interest to an outfit. For me 'black' is my go to colour, the options for a black outfit are endless yet I believe each one can mark its individuality - and that is what I set out to do.

I love the seductiveness of lace, I adore the cut outs on clothing pieces as it show cases my daring side. I own a pair of tattoo print stocking/tights and these just add such a sexy gothic look! Paired with a pretty and girly lace bra and panty we all know what 'happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' for that extra touch after a night out.

So here you have a sexy little number underneath for the night, a gorgeous lace skirt for the evening paired with a cut out cute top, I decided to add a touch of fur with a cape coat this oozes classy glamour to my chosen outfit. Paired with a iconic shoe from Christian Louboutin, it is sure to turn heads with that red sole and matching red lipstick. 

My personal preference for jewellery is statement bangles, nothing beats a wrist adorned in gold bracelets on one arm and on the other a vintage Chanel black and gold cuff bracelet, for an evening I prefer to choose jewellery as oppose to a watch - watches to me can be very corporate and I prefer to leave this for day time glamour. Tear drop earrings and a small choker style necklace.

To further my vintage touch I've chosen a statement handbag from Louis Vuitton, there is so much history behind the brand and this monogram print, it was only right to add this to complete the look I was going for. This is an outfit I would wear and choose for a dinner, clubbing, a bar and to enjoy the nights entertainment. 

This outfit to me is like nothing else, it's alluring, fascinating and seductive for a night out at the 'Rose.Rabbit.Lie', bringing an enigmatic reception if I was to walk in to an even more mystifying Rose. Rabbit.Lie at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

A luminous scent of Chanel Coco Noir spritz all over me complete with my vintage theme, I have added a sensuous masquerade mask to give a provocative feel to my outfit for the night - I'm quite sure I would fit into the SHOW!

"A touch of vintage inspiration, gothic, sultry, lace and racy a perfect combination for the one who wants more. An outfit created that I would wear myself for a night out at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Rose.Rabbit.Lie. A modern twist of luxury items which complement my love for the simplicity of black - lace, fur and a touch of masquerade mask for that seductive and secret look for the night." - Dyno

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Christian Louboutin - Beaute Loubooutin - Rouge Louboutin


I had quite the anticipated wait when I found out that Christian Louboutin was coming out with a beauty product. From the second I saw a clip of 'something beautiful is coming' I checked day and night just to see what was going on. 


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Questions: BEN NYE LOOSE POWDERS


My most popular blog post has been about Ben Nye Loose Powders which I blogged about here. I thought I would create a completely separate post where you guys can leave a comment/question below and I will be able to easily respond back.

This is because the post was written such a long time ago and since I've had so many emails that I haven't been able to keep up with them or reply to some. If you were one of my readers that didn't get a reply I am so so sorry. But please feel free to post a question and I will for sure respond here.

I will also be updating the post in the next few days and will repost it as new, I have a few other things to add which I've learnt over the past year whilst using Ben Nye Powders.

If there is anything you would like me to include in the post, leave a comment below and I'll address it.

Dyno x

Current makeup situation


You know what I like about my title? It's going to update my lovely followers on where I am 'Currently', my 'Makeup and the whole 'Situation' !!!

Come say hi because I'm about to bring some fun and life back to 'dynopupbeauty'.

I pretty much still wear the same makeup - not much has changed but the technique sure has! I think it's gotten better! Here's a look I've worn in all it's glory!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Zara Items for Sale

In the last couple of days whilst I was re-organising my wardrobes I came across all these cute Zara shoes I have that just don't get worn. Why? Over the last year I've noticed my shoe size has changed going from a size 4 to a 3.5 and so my shoes are fitting a lot looser. I know there are plenty of Zara lovers out there so I decided I was going to sell some of the shoes I have. I just don't wear them anymore. Two pairs are completely brand new and the rest have only been worn once max twice.

Holla at me if you want any more info: anum.a.blogspot@gmail.com
All prices are final, Paypal only, £3.00 postage in UK.
International Buyers welcome, postage to be added.



Zara black studded slingback with gold spike detail - Size UK4/EURO37/US6.5

Condition: BRAND NEW with tags
Season: Spring/Summer 2013
Price: £39.99




Zara red pointed court shoe with ankle strap and studs on front - Size UK4/EUR37/US6.5

Condition: BRAND NEW with tags
Season: Fall/Winter 2012
Price: £39.99




Zara gold jewel studded ballerina with spike - Size UK4/EUR37/US6.5 SOLD

Condition: WORN ONCE without tags
Season: Fall/Winter 2012
Price: I paid £59.99 selling for £45.99





Zara black silver jewel studded ballerina with spike - Size UK4/EUR37/US6.5

Condition: WORN ONCE without tags
Season: Fall/Winter 2012
Price: I paid £59.99 selling for £45.99





Zara Basic Vamp Heel Shoe Burgundy - Size UK4/EUR37/US6.5

Condition: WORN ONCE without tags
Season: Fall/Winter 2012
Price: I paid £29.99 selling for £19.99





Zara Nude Crystal Studded Pointed Shiny Ballerina Flat - Size UK4/EUR37/US6.5

Condition: WORN ONCE without tags
Season: Fall/Winter 2013
Price: I paid £79.99 selling for £59.99





Zara blue jelly sandal with jewel detail - Size UK4/EUR37/US6.5

Condition: WORN TWICE without tags
Season: Spring/Summer 2012
Price: I paid £29.99 Selling for £19.99



Dyno x

Ummm...I'm Alive

Ok I disappeared for a couple of months but how many times have i come back with a post and been like "I'm here to stay bla bla!" ?? Shameful (SMH) So today without any excuse or promises I'm just gonna go with the flow and we will see what happens!

First up all is well and how are you all?


I still have my black hair no changes from when we last spoke and I've just been practicing my makeup application techniques. Do however look forward to some posts as the beauty side of things have still been in full swing !!! As you can see :)


Dyno x

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Give Away Time!!!

Hello my lovelies, I hope you are all well! I had so many pleasant comments and messages plus emails regarding my hair care post here - I thought why not have a give away with two of my favorite products!

I have bought a bottle each of Coconut Oil and Almond Oil as a treat for you guys. Read below to see what you have to do if you want to win these!


1. You must be a follower of this blog, my Twitter and Instagram: @dynoprettypup
2. Comment below - 'Enter Me' and 'Why you should and want to win this'
3. And finally - 'What you would like to see featured on my blog'

A winner will be chosen with the best comment or feature suggestion - whichever one I like the best! Very simple and no random number pickings - just whoever catches my attention the most!

Good Luck!

Dyno x