Thursday, 30 June 2016
Originally I was going to buy the Soap and Glory Facial SPF or even The Body Shop Vitamin E Facial SPF but both were nearing £20 and I didn't really want to spend that much. So I tried the Superdrug SPF30 Facial SPF and it did not work for me. It was greasy, clogged my skin and broke me out. So I quickly passed that on and mentioned it to a colleague and she recommended me this Hawaiian Tropic one.
This is a thin moisturiser feeling cream that is very lighweight and easy to work into the skin. It doesn't leave a white cast on the skin once you've rubbed it in and once it's settled into the skin it doesn't feel greasy or pore clogging. It is oil free and non greasy so it's perfect for people who have oily, combination and even sensitive skin.
I really like how this feels on my skin and how it works well under my make up as well as on it's own. I use this as a moisturiser, after my serum and it leaves my skin feeling soft, protected and it even looks slightly corrected. And by that I mean my redness looks diminished and not so obvious. I always allow it to sink in before I apply my make up and I have no problems when I start my routine.
I always believed that SPF's were drying on the skin but this one isn't and I can touch my face a good five or six hours after I've applied it and my skin still feels soft and moisturised without feeling clogged or greasy. I always make a point of double cleansing my face if I'm wearing make up or making sure I give my skin a good clean if not to make sure I get this all off because even though it doesn't clog pores I don't want to risk it when it comes to sleeping and overnight. But so far I haven't had any issues with this and I don't see any arising with future use.
If you're looking for a Facial SPF then I highly recommend giving this one a go. It's lightweight, easily absorbed and doesn't break the bank. At £5.99 a bottle this won't break the bank if you're looking for something for this years' holiday or even just to protect your skin at home and it will last a long time as a little goes a long way. Sure the more expensive ones are just as good but if you're working to a budget then give this a look.
Have any of you tried this? Or have you got another budget recommendation? Let me know in the comments.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
So that's it for my Top 5 Beauty Products of 2016 So Far. What have been yours so far this year? Do you have any recommendations for me to try? Let me know in the comments.
Monday, 27 June 2016
So that's it for my Monthly Favourites. What have been your monthly favourites? Let me know in the comments.
Thursday, 23 June 2016
The premise of this product is that it's a shower gel in jelly form which means you don't necessarily need a loofah or sponge. It claims all you need to do is wet your skin, squeeze a bit onto your hand and then rub it into your skin. The jelly will turn into a foamy lather as you massage it on your skin and then you just rinse it off like you would any other shower gel. My favourite thing about this product apart from the smell is the fact that this actually comes out like a jelly. It's not a thin runny consistency that runs down your arm, it's a thick jelly substance that you have to really work at to turn it into a lather.
I can't say for sure if it works better or does anything extra special over any other shower gel but it does leave skin feeling clean and smelling great. It definitely isn't a product for everyone and if you're a big fan of using sponges in the bath or shower to get a really good lather then definitely don't look at this product. I've used it with my hands and with a sponge to see if it does create a really bubbly almost foamy lather and it doesn't. Stick to Soap and Glory's regular shower gels or body washes for that.
At £5.50 for a 250ml tube it's not as expensive as some of their other shower gels but it is a product that has a sort of required taste. If you're not bothered by body washes that are overly bubbly and foamy on the skin then this is for you. It still cleans well but without being over the top. And if you don't like the Sugar Crush scent then it also comes in their original Clean On Me scent as well. But if you do like your showers to be over the top foamy and somewhat a bit more luxurious then this is not for you.
Have any of you tried this? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
So that's it for my Summer Lip Edit. What are you favourite lip colours for summer? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments.
Sunday, 19 June 2016
The first time I applied this to my lips it was very sheer and didn't become opaque no matter how many times I swiped it across my lips. However the second time I used it I lined my lips beforehand with a liner and then applied it. This time it did go on more opaque than before but it did seem to move around when I went back over it. As it's a tomato red shade it was very obvious where it moved as there was a lighter patch in the middle of my lip. However patting a bit more colour over the top helped disguise that.
Intially it didn't feel ultra dry on the lip and my lips didn't feel parched or ridiculously dry but as time went on I could feel it drying my lips out and highlighting any particularly dry patches. Transfer wise it wasn't the best and a could bit of it transferred from lips to my coffee cup when I was drinking which meant any slightly streaky patches were obvious after one drink. A little bit of it did gather in the corner of my lips after I drunk but it was easy to wipe away without disrupting the rest of the colour.
I did reapply this just to see how well it reapplied over colour that had been worn for a few hours. It went on smoothly and didn't ball up on the lip but because it's a matte finish lip product it furthermore highlighted the dry patches the existing colour created/drew attention to. It's a nice lip product, not too thick, not too matte but it can be drying and I personally feel think that the product inside the packaging is a bit too small for the size of the packaging itself. If you want a lip product to just throw in your handbag for touch ups this is fine but if you're looking for a good matte lip crayon then I recommend checking out the Revlon Colourburst Matte Crayons.
Have any of you tried this? What did you think? Have you got any lip crayon recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments.
Thursday, 16 June 2016
This oil comes in a pump and two pumps is enough to do your entire face. It's very watery and thin feeling for an oil but changes into a milky consistency when you apply it to the skin. It works well to break down and remove any base products you have on and you can see that as you work the oil into the skin but it isn't something I'd use on my eyes even though it says it can be used on eyes, face and lips. It comes away easily as well with a wet flannel or muslin cloth and there won't be a trace of make up left on your face.
Too begin with I felt this left my skin a little bit greasy after I used it but I did trial it as a second cleanse to begin with. However as a first cleanse this doesn't leave skin feeling greasy as there is obviously no other product for it to grab onto after you've removed your make up. If you do want to do a double cleanse and put this in your routine then I suggest using this first and then going in with a milk or a balm cleanser as that will wash off any residue left on your face as well as any make up or general dirt.
It claims to work on all skin types but I'd be a bit wary if you have sensitive skin. So far it hasn't caused me any problems but if you have very sensitive skin then this may irritate your skin. I do enjoy using this oil but it still doesn't beat my Soap and Glory Cleanser or my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm. If you know that you already like oil based products or facial oils in general then I definitely recommend trying this for yourself. If you have extremely sensitive skin or skin that disagrees with oils then I'd say give this a wide berth. There are other brilliant cleansers on the market that don't have any oil in them.
So that's it for my review. Have any of you tried this? Yes? Did you like it? Or do you have budget cleanser recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
This is the only film I've been excited to see this year. I'm a massive Marvel fan and try to see each new release in the cinema and this was no exception. If you haven't seen this, then Civil War is a continuation of both The Winter Solider and Age Of Ultron. In it you see Captain America (Chris Evans) butt heads with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) over whether The Avengers need to be monitored or not. Throw in Cap's old friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and everything literally goes to shit. They're once dsyfunctional but working family is torn apart as Cap works to keep Bucky alive whilst Iron Man would like nothing more to bring him to justice. It's packed full of action, brilliantly choreographed fight scenes and witty one liners. If you've been a fan of Marvel for a while then this next installment in the Captain America Series won't disappoint you.
This year I've been on a mission to drink less fizzy and start drinking more water, juice, smoothies etc. And before this year I wouldn't go near a smoothie even if it was a flavour I'd love. That's until my best friend Jasmin introduced me to Naked Smoothies. And since then I've been a little in love with these smoothies. They come in four flavours and each works to help your body in a way. You have one containing cranberry and raspberry, one that has blueberry, one that has mango and one that has kiwi, spinach and celery. The mango flavour I've stayed away from as I can't stand mangoes but the other three I have drunk in abundence. Yes even the one with Spinach. Instead of being lumpy and bit like smoothies I've tried before these are smooth and delicious. I can happily drink one of these a day and not only do they curb my need for fizzy drinks, they hydrate me and suprisngly make me feel fuller which means I eat less. Another yay for me. If you haven't tried these then I highly recommend you do.
Now I know that this favourite may not be to everyone's taste but I have put it in. This year Primark have released some absolutely cracking sunglasses. Most years I just replenish my Ray Ban-esque sunnies from there but this year I haven't brought a single pair in that style. No I've been won over by these designer looking numbers which look a hell of a lot more expensive than they are actually are. I think I paid £2 a pair for these and I love how they just complete an outfit. They don't sit too low on the face that you have a massive gap between the top of them and your eyebrows, they don't slide down your nose because they're pretty much plastic and they certainly work as a good shield for your eyes in this now warming weather. I have more that I'd show but I don't want to ruin some style/fashion posts I have planned for July. Keep your eyes peeled though if you're looking for more, they could be appearing on here soon.
When it's come to snacks so far this year I've only got one that I'm constantly eating. Chocolate Raisins. Now I know a lot of you may be pulling a face at this but I think they're delicious. I don't care where they come from, I don't care how much I pay all I care about is how scrummy they are. One to two handfuls of these are enough to give me a little pick me up and get me through the day. I've gone through countless packets of these already and no doubt go through countless more before the year is out.
I know. I know. I'm a bit late to the bandwago with this one but hey at least I got there right? Back in March I watched Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour and fell in love with the album. I already had a good number of tracks off 1989 but thought it was about time I completed the album. Some of my favourites include, New Romantics, I Know Places, Welcome To New York and Wonderland. There's just something about this album that always gets me in a good mood after I've listened to it and many a day I've used it to help me get through tasks that would normally drag by.
So that's it for my Non Beauty Favourites of 2016 so far. What have been your favourites of the year so far? Let me know in the comments below.
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Overall I like these lip liners, they're not harsh or scratchy. They're highly pigmented and opaque in one swipe but there is just something missing in them that isn't missing in the Loreal or Maybelline liners I've reviewed recently. They're nice and have a wide colour selection but they're not one of my most used lip liners and I don't find myself reaching for them as often as I should.
Have any of you tried these? Did you like them? Or do you have a lip liner recommendation for me? Let me know in the comments.
Thursday, 9 June 2016
Before I tried this I was using the Clearly Youthful Booster Serum and had been for a while but had noticed it didn't give my skin the same results as before. So when I brought this I gave it a go the same day and by gosh could I feel the difference. My skin felt instantly boosted, hydrated and smoothed. And when I applied make up after applying this there was no issue with my base balling up or going streaky, it went on smoother and easier than ever. As time has gone on my skin has felt smoother, softer and dare I say plumper. This is perfect in the mornings before apply my make up as it gives skin an instant hydration boost and a wake me up. I'm definitely going to be buying another bottle when this one runs out.
Have any of you tried this? If so what did you think? Or did you have a serum recommendation for me? Let me know in the comments.
Sunday, 5 June 2016
They come in two scents/flavours, Coco Loco and Berry Good. Coco Loco contains both Coconut Oil and Camellia Oil whilst Berry Good contains a mixture of Raspberry and Pomegranate. Both of these are considered lip treatments but Berry Good has a pinkish red tint to it that give lips a hint of colour as you wear it. I personally chose Coco Loco over Berry Good as the scent was as overpowering for me.
The results from these weren't right away but after a few wears you could see the difference. My lips looked smoother, felt softer and didn't chap as easily. However this was something I had to wear continuously as it didn't work as well on my lips if I'd worn lip balm for a day instead of this. If you can handle the feeling of wearing an oil every day then this is definitely a product for you but if like me you'd prefer to wear a lip balm occasionally then maybe steer clear of these and try a different lip balm/treatment.
Overall this is a nice product but it's not one I'd rush out and repurchase when it's finished. It works well and my lips did see a difference but sometimes I'd prefer to wear a lip balm and that affects how this works. If you're a big fan of oils in general then this product would be right up your street but if you haven't tried an oil before I'd approach this with caution.
Have any of you tried this? What did you think? Have you got any lip oil recommendations? Let me know in the comments.
Thursday, 2 June 2016
If you're more of neutral nail girl then I think this polish would be right up your street. Elderberry is a grey toned blue shade gives neutral nails a quirk. Whilst it's not as stand out as brighter shades such as Guava this does make an impression as well. If you want to try a colour but are not interested in big standout shades then this is a good shade to choose and makes a change from brown or grey shades.
Looking for a coral shade but can't find a good one? Then try In A Flash from their Speedy Quick Dry Collection. With a hint of white that gives this shade an almost pastel look. And the orange to this is more of pinky orange than a satsuma orange. With a flat square brush this is one of the quicker nail polishes and does dry as quickly as they say. Two coats will give you an opaque finish and will really make the colour pop but not in that fluorescent way that some orange shades do.
Now if there is one colour I love to wear in the summer, it's white. Especially when I have a tan, white nails can just a look that extra oomph it needs. Cotton is a straight up white, no hint of cream or pink. One coat can be streaky but two coats is a bright opaque colour with a glossy finish which only intensifies when you add a top coat. It's not so pretty when it starts to chip but I definitely don't mind redoing my nails with this colour when they look so good afterwards.
Next is one of Barry M's newer releases and it has some pretty shades for summer in it. This is Bikini from the Coconut Infsuion Range and it's one of Barry M's more insteresting shades. It looks lilac in the bottle (try Prickly Pear if you want a lilac) but when it's on the nail it has this almost nudey pink tone to it that really stands out. With the same brush as the Speedy Quick Dry's these are easy to use and dry ridiculously fast for a non quick dry polish. Plus you get the added benefit of these containing Coconut Oil and Water to help hydrate and condition the nail as you wear them.
The last shade is Guava and it's by far one of my favourite shades out of all of Barry M's polishes. A deep turquoise/aqua shade this is opaque in one coat and popping with two. It's a bright shade that definitely stands out on the nails and will catch people's eyes but because it has a darker hint to it, it won't be too over the top and give that nail that weird look that some extremely bright shades can do. It also has a high shine finish that when it catches the light just gives the nails that extra something that will gurantee you some compliments.
So that's it for my Top 5 Summer Polishes. What are your Top 5? Are any of them the same as mine? Or do you have a colour recommendation for me? Let me know in the comments.
When you first put this on your face it will just sit there but when you start to rub it into the skin the heat from your finger will melt it and it'll turn from a balm to something akin to an oil. That oil will break down any grime, dirt or make up on your skin and sometimes you'll even see it become the colour of your foundation as you work it into the skin. Water can be added to it to give it a bit more of a foam to it and is easily washed away with warm water and a flannel or muslin cloth. Afterwards you're skin will feel clean, soft and make up free. This is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and doesn't contain any nasties that will irritate the skin.
Personally I like this for a second cleanse. It's not that it doesn't work well to remove my make up but I find that my Soap and Glory Cleanser has a bit more oomph in it that works well to lift make up off the skin. This is good for removing any leftover make up and general dirt from the day. It leaves my skin feeling soft and I don't have to worry about it harming my skin when it's playing up like some cleansers have done before. I'm definitiely going to be repurchasing another pot of this but I'm also considering picking up a bottle of their Camomile Cleansing Oil as well. Let me know in the comments if you want me to review it or not.
Have any of you tried this? Did you like this? Or did you have another product that worked better? Let me know in the comments.