Friday, 28 March 2014

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Face Mask

Hey guys!
I tend to stay away from face masks because I have super sensitive skin which means I like to stick to the few tried and tested products that I have which I know don't irritate it but I heard about this self heating, deep pore detox mask from Soap and Glory and thought I would see how it goes..
I read a lot of reviews on this product before I bought it, firstly to see if anyone else mentioned that it seemed to break them out and then generally, if people thought it was any good!

Directions state to rub a 'grape sized' amount of the mask onto your face, wet your hands with water and then rub the mask into your skin until it turns blue and heats up. Then leave it on for 5 minutes and wipe off with a warm cloth. 

The mask blends out really nicely on your skin and has teeny-tiny exfoliating beads in it. Once you wet your hands and rub it in it definitely heats up, to me it goes beyond a warm sensation to feeling actually quite hot but this literally lasts a few seconds until it turns blue and then quickly cools down. During the 5 minutes I leave it on, it then starts to feel really cool on my skin, the way products with peppermint in them make your skin feel. I then wash the mask off as opposed to using a wash cloth like the directions suggest because I find it easier and like I said, since my skin is sensitive I like to make sure it's all removed from my face. I was disappointed to find that it no longer comes with a little sponge to use to wipe it off like it used to do before it was repackaged. 

As for unblocking my pores, I'm really not sure. At first, after the first few times I used it, I felt like I was seeing a difference but now having used this many times, if there is any difference in my skin its a very little one! It does leave your skin feeling soft and clean though which is nice and it's a nice addition to use on a pamper evening.

This mask sells for £11.50 but at the time of this post it is currently £7.67 on the Boots website.
Have you used this mask? What did you think?

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Nails Of The Week

Hey lovelies, I snapped some picture of the nail polishes I have been wearing lately and thought I would put together another #NOTW (nails of the week) post! 

First up this week was Cajun Shrimp from OPI which is an orange-y red colour. I'm really not a fan of coral nail polishes but Cajun Shrimp leans more on the red side although it's definitely not a straight up red!

Next up was Utopia by Models Own, which I don't think really goes well with my skin tone but is a lilac/nude colour and pretty none the less!

I then borrowed Embarca-Dare Ya by OPI from my mum, an maroon/gold duochrome polish. This one was tricky to get a picture of which showed the true colour of the polish. You can see from the picture at the top that it looks slightly darker than this picture, which I would say is more true to life.

Finally, I wore Fuchsia by Barry M which was another polish which was incredibly hard to get a true picture of. Fuchsia is slightly darker than the picture shows both in the bottle and on the nail.

What have you been wearing on your nails recently?

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Friday Favourites

Happy Friday! 
I wanted to share another five products that I have been loving recently with you.

Lush Dirty Springwash Shower Gel
If you saw my Lush haul then you would have seen that I recently picked up this shower gel because of the peppermint scent it has which smells amazing (I keep randomly opening the bottle just to smell it). I've been using it since then and just can not get enough of it.. I still wish I picked up the bigger bottle.

Umberto Giannini Dazzle Shine Spray
I have very dry hair and find that that can leave it looking very dull.. I spotted this while I was in Boots a couple of months ago and decided I would give it a go just to try it out. I didn't expect much from it but I spray a little bit of it on my hair after I'm done with straightening it and I feel like it actually does make my hair look shiny and less dull, it also smells really good.

Dead Sea Spa Magic Age Response Eye Cream*
Now that I'm in my mid-twenties I'm trying to take better care of my skin. I've been dabbing a little bit of this eye cream under my eyes and on my eyelids once a day but as with any eye cream, I can't really make comment on how well it works in terms of wrinkles as right now I'm just using it as a prevention product. It has a subtle floral smell which is nice and it feels good on your skin, it also dries quickly which is an added bonus for me. Although I can't comment on how well it works as such, I can say that general I really like it.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner
I picked this up while I was France which is just a clear lip balm but it's the most luxurious feeling lip balm I have ever used. It's thick, stays on your lips and just feels amazing. I've finished this tube though now, so at the moment I'm trying to dig out the last little bits of it because I don't want to be without it!

Tweezerman Travel Size Tweezers
I had heard so much about these tweezers but at £12.50 (for the travel size ones) I put off buying them. I use tweezers to shape my eyebrows myself at home but it is a job that I despise doing so finally with hopes these might make that job easier for me, I decided to go for it. To be honest, I couldn't see how these could be 'so amazing' like everyone kept saying they were but they proved me 100% wrong. Not only do they grab onto hairs easier than any tweezers I've used before but they also pull the hair out easier which I've found causes less pain. I find that even though these are the travel size ones, that they're perfectly easy to hold and use. I regret not buying these sooner because they make the tedious task of doing my eyebrows so much easier!

Earlier favourites:
January Friday Favourties
October Friday Favourites

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Lush haul + thoughts!

Hey guys! Okay, let me apologise first of all for the shoddy picture above. I meant to take another one after realising I wasn't pleased with it but I completely forgot and started using the wrapped products, so we're stuck with it! Awkward positioning of products in photos aside though, I recently made a trip into Lush and picked up a few goodies.

Normally, I would not spend £11.50 on a shampoo but Big was a product I went into Lush deciding I wanted to try after hearing so many good things about it. Washing my hair with it for the first time was definitely interesting with the big chunks of salt that the shampoo has in it but it lathered really nicely (more than I expected it to), smells really good and left my hair feeling clean and soft. 

I also went in there deciding I wanted a new shower gel and so I spent the next 5 minutes sniffing them all.. Once I realised this was a peppermint scented one, my choice was made. I love peppermint scented products and this stuff smells amazing. I do think £4.50 is a lot considering its a small bottle though.

I've been really into exfoliators recently and if you like the more gentle type of exfoliation then I think you would really like porridge soap. It contains oats which gently buff your skin while the soap lathers and cleans it. It smells good but can be a bit messy. For reference, the chunk I got cost £3.60, although I'm not sure if you can tell exactly how big it is from the picture.

Since this is a salt scrub maybe it should have been obvious but please learn from my mistake and do not use this on your legs after you have shaved them because it hurts. Like hell. I think Rub Rub Rub should come with some kind of warning like I have seen on other scrubs because it felt like I was rubbing little pieces of glass into my skin. I figured I wasn't the only person who experienced this and after having a look online a lot of people mention stinging, so if you're about to use this for the first time, be weary! Anyway, this scrub smells good but it has a pretty watery consistency and at £8.95 per tub I'm not sure how long this is going to last because to get the kind of scrub that I like, I have to use huge handfuls of it. Pretty disappointing all round really.

Sugar scrub is a product that is meant to work on cellulite and buffing the skin by boosting circulation. I used this on my legs and found it be an extremely abrasive scrub which unless used with a gentle hand kind of hurts.. I looked down to find that my leg was actually bleeding! I again had a look online at what other people thought and read lots of comments about this leaving scratches on people's skin or making them bleed, so this is another product you need to be careful with. However, it smells good and when used gently also feels good and I actually really love this product. I got four uses out of it before it finally crumbled up which I don't think is bad and my skin was left feeling so soft after each use. Next time I'm in Lush I will be picking up a couple more of these, I love them!

What have you been picking up from Lush recently?

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