Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Bio Glow Productsđź’•

Years ago when I used to receive beauty sets upon sets for Xmas and birthdays, my shelves used to contain numerous body scrubs, which I'd use fairly religiously. Then, as I got older, I started slacking (I feel I keep saying this in all my blog posts, but it's true, self-pampering really did fall out the window, but it's back!!) and now, I love a good body scrub. I mainly rely on them for my fake tan; to exfoliate and prep my skin beforehand, but also to scrub it off and remove it afterwards. I sometimes struggle to find the right balance with scrubs though - some are too harsh, whereas some are ineffective and do nothing. It's a case of trial and error, but I've eventually found one that's budget friendly, and does the job. Alongside this, I've found the ideal companion for it - a body lotion - which ensures you keep your skin in tip-top condition.

Bio Glow Apricot and Rosemary Face & Body Scrub || 99p - although I can't find it online, it's most definitely stocked in Savers - I've bought it that many times I would know!! I never use it as a face scrub so can only give the verdict for it being a body scrub. To me, it smells like a peach yogurt! It contains small "gritty" pieces which gently exfoliate my skin yet still act effectively - you know it's done a thorough job. It doesn't feel harsh nor leave any red marks indicating that it's too severe on the skin either. One tub does last a while as I feel I only need a small amount each time - but focusing more on my knees, wrists, ankles and elbows if I intend on fake tanning. It washes off easily, and my skin instantly feels smoother and exfoliated, without feeling dehydrated in the slightest. Due to the strong scent, it may not be ideal for sensitive skin incase it irritates the skin, but for normal/dry skin, there shouldn't be any problems!
In terms of using with gloves, I love! The ones I use I got from Morrisons for £1, and they're decent quality - not too thin and fit my hand perfectly. I thought that combined with the scrub, it may feel quite rough on the skin, but it's not really - just a bit more intense compared to using the scrub solo. If it's for removing tan, you can legit see it coming off your skin, so the gloves are essential for quick tan removal! Is there anything this scrub can't do?

Bio Glow Cocoa Butter Moisturiser || 99p - Because I love the scrub so much, it only felt right to expand into the range and buy the body lotion! Looking at the moisturiser, it honestly looks like a tub full of yogurt - so, at first glance, the formula looks thick and creamy. However, it's not as thick as I initially thought - it's actually quite thin, almost water based. Therefore, resembles more of a body lotion formula than a body butter. I adore the scent, it's  cocoa butter but not your typical scent - it does smell like cocoa, but almost a bit toned down and sweeter at the same time? As it's a thin formula, I don't need a lot at all, and my skin literally soaks this up instantly, and with that being said, doesn't feel greasy or heavy on the skin; it's very lightweight and feels smooth on the skin. I love how smooth it leaves my skin feeling, and when I wash it off, it feels milky, so I know my skin is well nourished and hydrated. I especially like using it after exfoliating just to treat my skin - slather on some of this and you're a literal goddess.

All in all, I love this combo! I wish I could find more bio-glow products online but I'm struggling, so I guess it's time to have a long nosy in Savers next time I go!

xx

Monday, 18 May 2020

Lockdown Doesn't Mean Unstylishđź’•*

With the days of lockdown continuing, and no where to go, its no wonder people are turning to their pyjamas and comfy clothes. But, who said comfies cannot be both comfortable AND fashionable too? I know for sure I like to be both! Have you ever stumbled upon Femme Luxe? Not only do they have some gorgeous clothing, but their loungewear collection is equally as fashionable! I spent a good while flicking through their website cause they have such a good selection that it took me a while to narrow down my choices!

Dark Grey Cuffed Joggers* || £14.99 || RRP £27.98 || I won't lie, joggers aren't something I own in my jammas or loungewear, but when I seen the selection on Femme Luxe's joggers collection, I was shocked; so many pretty colours, different styles and all look super comfy. These greys joggers are a bit different to what I own or would ever wear, but I'm obsessed! They're oversized on me, meaning they look slightly baggy, but that just means maximum comfort, right? And they have pockets!! I own a few jammas which mimic joggers and they don't have pockets, so when I seen these joggers had pockets, I was low-key buzzing. There is a draw-string hidden on the inside of the elasticated waistband and they also have a cuffed hem at the ankles. They're perfect for lounging about in, but also acceptable to wear out in public too - your choice whether to dress them up or down! Cute casual or comfy casual, whatever your preference may be. If you fancy something a bit more colourful, there are a total of 16 other colours to pick from!

Pink Off Shoulder Loungewear - Blake* || £18.99 || RRP £39.98 || I couldn't resist this super cute matching set when I seen it, pink is my favourite colour after all! With that being said, there are numerous other pink loungewear sets available to choose from. I went with this one because it's slightly different; I was a fan of the off the shoulder idea. The top is slightly cropped, but this doesn't bother me - I think it looks good with the neck design! I love that it's a matching set, it's the ultimate girly loungewear! It's made with super soft material meaning they're extremely comfortable to sit around the house in. They have cuffed hems at the ankles, however I found I had to go up a size to get them to fit properly on my legs. Apart from that and now I have the perfect size, I am in love with these! If pink isn't your colour, it's available in another 6 colours - a great variety!!

Camel With White Stripe Off Shoulder Loungewear Set - Shani* || £20.99 || RRP £39.98 || I am really liking this stripe trend that going on at the moment - and I'm not one for trends normally! That's why I instantly wanted and needed this loungewear set! I also think this camel colour is so pretty and complimentary on everyone too, which is forever a winner in my books. Another set from their off the shoulder collection - seems I'm following this trend too then?! - and it's another stunner. I feel that even if it was all camel colour, no white stripe, it'd still look great. But in my opinion, the white stripe adds an essence of style and sass. It's pretty much the exact same set as the previous pink one, so I won't ramble on too much. It's also made of the same material so it's comfortable and guaranteed to keep you cosy warm on those miserable lockdown days too. Also available in another 3 colours if the camel colour doesn't take to your fancy!

As I previously mentioned, there are many, many other loungewear sets if you don't like the look of the above (although I'm a big fan!). For the days I'm not working, I am living for these sets as they're comfy yet stylish - so come on, what you waiting for? Treat yourself to a new, trendy loungewear set during lockdown!

xx

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Monday, 11 May 2020

Live in The Lightđź’•*


If you're an avid reader of my blog, you'll probably know by now that I am a big lover of trying new brands. Whether they're small, independent brands or large-scaled, well-known brands, I'm all for it. I'd never heard of Live in The Light until their PR got in touch with me. After having a nosy through their website, it was clear to me that they had a large selection of products with varying scents too! I settled for trying three of their items; a body butter, sugar scrub and facial mist. But their stock doesn't stop there; they also have vegan handbags, haircare, makeup and much more!!

Whipped Body Butter - Mango and Peach* || £9.95 || First things first, this genuinely smells like a yogurt. As the name would suggest - mango and peach - it's super fruity and sweet, but I personally love that. It's a fair-trade African and cocoa butter, blended with organic Moroccan argan oil to help nourish and hydrate your skin. It's a hydrating body butter for extremely dry skin, including eczema, psoriasis and sun-damaged skin, but also dry hair and thin nails! As much as I love the scent, the formula is quite messy. When you look at it, it looks like your typical body butter, however when you begin moisturising it into your skin, it melts in a way and becomes quite greasy, which I did NOT expect at all. It took a few minutes to dry into my skin, which I can deal with, but the results are totally worth it; it leaves my skin feeling so soft and thoroughly moisturised. I decided to lather my legs in it one day after shaving and boy, I can totally recommend doing it! The only thing is that the tub is smaller than I expected, but not to worry!

Sugar Scrub - Wild Cherry* || £14.50 || Although there were a few sugar scrubs, I instantly decided to try this one because of the cherry scent - and it's absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, same can't be said for the products itself in my opinion. I had a bit of a disaster with it. I've had a hit and miss with sugar scrubs in the past but did have high expectations for this one. First things first, I found it way too waxy and greasy. It left my bath a bit slippy which I was not a fan of at all. And, when it came to washing off my skin, it just wouldn't? I had to scrub my skin with soap to wash it off. I am rather annoyed that I didn't like this product more, but hey ho, it is what it is! Despite saying that, after drying my skin, it left my skin soft, but it was a bit too messy for my liking.

Victorian Facial Mist - Lavender and Rose* || £15 || I had one of the Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Facial Mists years ago, and I love how it left my skin, so I was intrigued to see how this one lived up! Although it's a facial mist, it has 3 purposes; traditional toner, refreshing mist or hydrator. Personally, I've only tried it as a refreshing mist cause I felt my skin was a bit dried out from all the warm weather we've been experiencing, and it just helps my skin feel refreshed and hydrated. I haven't used this much, but I will be publishing a separate blog post all about it, putting it to the test to discover how well it performs all 3 purposes!!

I've really enjoyed trying out these products! Although I wasn't a big fan of the body scrub, doesn't mean someone else wouldn't like it either! I recommend giving the brand a check because their products smell good enough to eat.

xx

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Monday, 4 May 2020

Trialing InVogue False Lashesđź’•*

Now that I'm finally coming to terms with lashes, I'm more than willing to try out some new, different styles and brands! That's why when the PR over at In Vogue asked me about trying their lashes, I was delighted! I couldn't get over the wide selection they had either, all which fell into the categories of volumise, glamourise and naturalise, as well as individual lash extensions! There's a lash style available for everyone, and the packaging is pretty cute too, which also includes a small lash glue too.

Invogue Volumise False Lashes #7* || £3.99 || Trust me, I cannot WAIT to try these lashes, but I don't want to waste them just being in the house so I'm waiting until lockdown is finished and I can finally go out again! I love how dramatic and extra these lashes are, they're super long and dark, so are definitely going to be noticeable. Although I haven't tried them, I can already tell they'll live up to their name of volumise!

Invogue Glamourise False Lashes #10* || £3.99 || The first of two glamourise lashes, but these I haven't worn yet. These are interesting, cause they look like normal lashes but then appear a bit more wispy, textured yet natural towards the end. What I like is that they don't look cheap and plastic either, but the extra long lashes at the ends really help to make your natural lashes appear longer and fuller, helping to enhance your eyes. They state that they help provide you with a medium volume and length, so nothing too dramatic.

Invogue Glamourise False Lashes #9* || £3.99 || The other pair of the glamourise lashes, this time a pair that I've actually worn! They look super long and extra, but once applied, they're not too extreme, they actually look really pretty on! They are so lightweight despite their length, and I feel that they'd be suitable for most eye shapes, and any eye look too; whether it be bold or more chilled. I find that I don't need to cut the lashes either, that they actually fit my eye shape really well! I may have only worn them in the house for trialing purposes, but I cannot wait to wear these on a night out! They flare out slightly towards the end, which is very complimentary as it helps accentuate and elongate your eye.

I decided to wear them with quite a full on makeup look (I had a red/deep burgundy liquid eyeshadow from Beautybay I was desperate to try!) but I reckon it'd work well even with a more toned down eye look.

Invogue Naturalise False Lashes #21* || £3.99 || Again, a pair of lashes I've worn, and to be honest, a pair that have really taken me by surprise! When I initially seen them, I didn't think they'd have that much of an impact as they're "short and natural", but damn, I was wrong - I am obsessed!! Although I said they're natural, they still help to enhance your eyes, bringing you extra length and definition to your natural lashes. 

Here, I chose to pair them with a basic winged linger and red lip, and the classiness was unreal! I didn't want to take them off cause they were so pretty.

One of the main reasons I love these lashes is because they're so lightweight! Sometimes some lashes can feel heavy and tiring on the eyes, but with these, it didn't even feel like I was wearing any. They have an extremely thin lash band, and the application process was super quick and easy - I managed to get them first time! (That's an achievement for me, trust me). I am happy to inform you that they are cruelty free, and vegan friendly! The lashes come with their own glue, but I prefer to use my own glue. For me, invogue lashes get 10/10!

xx

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Monday, 27 April 2020

Testing More Argan Oil Hair Productsđź’•

I used to be so good at treating my hair when it was long. Then, after I got the chop, I got lazy. However, I've decided I want luscious, shiny and healthy hair again, so started buying new items. If you cast your mind back a few months, you might remember me reviewing a hair mask and raving about it (read here), and as I was so impressed by the mask, I figured I'd branch out and try a few more of the Argan Oil products - at their inexpensive price tag, it'd be rude not to.

Argan Oil Hair Treatment || £1 - Years ago, I used a Lee Stafford hair treatment RELIGIOUSLY. I loved it, and unfortunately, after it ran out, I never replaced it nor bought a new one. But, when this hair treatment at £1 caught my eye, I instantly knew I had to add it into my basket. The hair mask leaves my hair feeling super nourished, so I had high expectations for this little treatment. I decided I'd use it on my hair after washing (before blow drying to really let the treatment sink into my hair) on the days I don't use the mask. As it's an oil, I only use a small amount because I don't want to apply too much and make my hair greasy. I ensure to only apply it in the length of my hair, completely avoiding the roots - so, from the nape of the neck down pretty much. My hair is thick, so can get tangled whilst damp, so when I brush it, this oil makes this process a bit more bearable as it almost acts as a detangler. After I dry my hair, the ends where I applied the oil are left feeling smooth and silky, and looks healthy too! I love it!

Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave In Spray || £1 - I bought this from Savers, however, the website is currently closed so I can't link you up. I've tried various heat protectors over the years, but always like to change it up a bit. This one smells nice; just the same as the rest of the range. I don't tend to use much heat on my hair apart from blow drying it, and occasionally straightening it. I think my favourite thing about it is that after using heat on my hair, it doesn't go static, which is a common problem I have, especially after straightening. It does leave my hair protected so feels a bit healthier and looks shiner, and in general, it's a not bad product for the price!

I know there are even more Argan Oil products out there, so I need to get my hands on them too to fulfil the whole range! So far, at £1 a go per product, I'm hooked!

xx

Monday, 20 April 2020

A Tanning Routineđź’•

Fake tan is something I never ventured to trying until last year. By no means am I an expert - if anything, I'm still an amateur with the whole world of tan and I'm still learning. I've only used St Moriz (it was in deal on Superdrug then discovered it's cheap in Savers, and I refuse to spend a lot on tan) but I've recently tried a different one from them and figured I'd share it with you all.

St Moriz Tanning Mousse Dark || £2.79 - Being a pale, Scottish burd, buying a dark tanning mousse is perhaps a risky game when all I'm using to is a light-medium mousse. But hey ho, let's WING IT.

It claims there's instant colour - definitely true. It claims it's fast drying - I'd say so. It claims streak free - well, if you're me, then to an extent, yes (I'm getting better at avoiding streaks!) The fact that it's instant colour rather than gradual makes life much easier as you can quickly identify the spots that require more attention and extra tan. Initially, I'd bought this one as I was looking for a new, darker tan for New Years, but didn't want to pay a hefty price nor have to apply numerous layers either. So, here we are...

When it dries, it dries pretty dark, and at first I did panic as it was NOT expected. However, after you wash the first layer off, it calms down a bit to a beautiful, golden tan, and doesn't look orange nor overly fake in the slightest. The scent also disappears too, but as I said, this didn't bother me much in the first place. It doesn't transfer much - I've read reviews where people say their bedsheets end up covered in tan, but this isn't something I've experienced (yet!) I find that I don't need to do too many layers with it - typically, I do two layers (over two days) just to ensure it's even. Of course, you could apply a few if you're after a darker tan! I don't tan my face, therefore I can't comment on how well my skin takes it. I ensure to shave and exfoliate at least the day before I tan so that the pores aren't open/fresh skin is exposed to the tan, and this helps it to apply evenly. Additionally, after shaving and exfoliating, I apply moisturiser in the areas I struggle to apply tan on/where the tan sticks badly, ie elbows, knees etc.

Velvotan Self Tan Applicator Original Body Mitt || £3 || I did buy this originally from Savers, but with their site down, I'm unable to link you up to this exact one I'm afraid. But, one of my favourite things about Velvotan mitts is how cute the designs are, as well as how inexpensive they are - so they don't break the bank when you replace them! They're the only tanning mitts I use, and I personally love them. I'm always guaranteed to be left with a seamless, gorgeous, mainly even tan once it's dried. They don't rip easily and aren't harsh on the skin either. I'll continue to use Velvotan mitts till the day I no longer tan!!

And, that's pretty much it! My tanning routine isn't complex, nor does it occur all that often (only for special occasions/nights out). I find that the tan tends to last at least a good 4 days before going patchy, and it's at this point that I'll exfoliate it off with a pair of exfoliating gloves and body scrub.

xx

Monday, 13 April 2020

Glitter Face Masksđź’•*

Hands up who loves glitter?! It's impossible not to. It's sparkly and pretty, and available in so many colours. I couldn't believe it though when these face masks from T-Zone came through the door. A GLITTER face mask? Surely not! But, oh yes. And how smart of them indeed.

Zone Glitter Peel Off Mask Silver* || £2.99 || I wasn't quite sure what texture to expect. A peel off but with glitter? But, it's just your typical peel off face mask consistency (fairly thin), but the glitter, in my eyes, resembles microbeads. I find that there's a lot of face mask in the one packet; even after I apply, I find myself having leftover mask in the pack. I left it on for 10-15 minutes roughly (until I felt it was totally dry) before removing. And, boy it was dry. The pain I felt trying to remove this mask was on another level. My eyes were streaming like mad! After I finally got it off, it was totally worth the pain. My skin felt incredible; pores felt unclogged and excess oils stripped. It didn't leave it irritated, despite being a nightmare to remove, but instead, looked healthy and fresh. The mask claims that it draws out impurities, which I felt it does. It's enriched with strawflower and firming centella asiatica extract which helps keep the skin looking vibrant and glowing. It's for all skin types, but I feel is probably best suited, in my opinion, to oily to normal skin, as I feel that it'd perhaps be too harsh on dry skin when it comes to removing. 

T-Zone Glitter Peel Off Mask Black* || £2.99 || When I first seen this packet, I originally thought "charcoal face mask" - I've had some messy experiences with these in the past so panicked! Unlike the last mask, I purposely didn't leave it on as long. This time, I left it on for 5-10 minutes, so that the majority of the mask was dry. I only applied a thin layer, and was left with mask in the packet again. Rather than peeling off, I decided to try an easier method - using my Beautybay cleanser (read more here) and my PMD electronic facial cleansing brush (read more here). This made it a bit easier to wash off, and I didn't have to experience the same pain as before. It didn't impact the mask in a negative way because it still was clearly effective on my skin: I can't begin to explain how smooth my skin felt! Not only this, but my pores looked more refined and my overall skin looked glowing and radiant. Again, it's suitable for all skin types but same as the previous mask, I'd say oily-normal skin purely for the reason that it's tough to remove.

T-Zone, once again, have produced some fantastic products. Slightly disappointed with the glitter (I expected a lot of glitter but it was more like sparse microbeads), but the face masks themselves worked wonders with my skin. 

xx

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Friday, 10 April 2020

A Face Mask For Under £1?đź’•

There's not many face masks I haven't tried. I have my favourites, of course, but I also like branching out and trying new, different ones too. One of my favourite body scrubs is by the brand Bio Glow, and I'm also a fan of their body lotion, so when I seen that they did a face mask, I just had to get it to try!

Bio Glow Clean Skin Orange Peel Off Mask || 99p || Yes, you read that right: it's less than £1! Sure, sometimes I can be a bit skeptical about bargain beauty products - can they actually prove to be effective if they're as cheap as they are? But, fear not. I had high expectations for this mask due to trying products by the brand in the past. I don't tend to use peel off masks that often, but nonetheless, went ahead with it anyways. As it's in a tub, I felt I had plenty of control over the application process. It's quite a thin consistency, so I felt I didn't need too much - I only use a thin layer of face masks anyways. It's an orange mask, but in terms of scent, I don't feel that it's overly strong anyways - I was expecting to be hit by the overwhelming scent of orange, but no. This didn't bother me but I know for some people scent is a big thing, especially when it comes to sensitive skin. As I only had a thin layer on, it didn't take too long for it to dry either.

The peeling process was actually really simple and pain-free. With some peel off masks, I find it comes off in lots of tiny sections and feels as though it's ripping my skin off with it, resulting in some watery eyes! But, this one came off with ease and didn't feel sore when peeling off. To ensure it was removed fully and no excess residue was left on my face, I rinsed my face with warm water. The mask claims to unclog pores, removes dirt and impurities from the skin, leaving your skin silky, supple and fresh. This, I feel, is a pretty accurate description of the mask. My skin did feel super clean after use, and I could tell the mask had been effective. My skin was soft to touch, and to look at, appeared radiant and glowing. Sometimes some masks leave your skin feeling too tight, making it itchy, but this one thankfully doesn't have that impact on the skin.

I follow up by lathering my skin in a rich moisturiser to help keep it in tip-top condition. I really like this mask, it's one that you could probably use within your skin care routine without it being too harsh on the skin (not a daily routine, I'm talking more 2-3 times a week!) It's also cruelty free and vegan friendly, so what more could I say to try convince you?

xx

Monday, 6 April 2020

Testing Beautybay's Skincare Rangeđź’•

In the last few months, I have discovered the wonders of BeautyBay. I quickly became obsessed with their eyeshadow range (read more here) then one day, got an email to inform me that they had introduced their own skincare range. You bet I was all over that - and ended up buying a fair few items from them. After all, they were affordable too!

Super Jelly Cleansing Gel || £6.50 - The formula of this is slightly different to other cleansers I've used in the past: normally they are milk based/creamy, however this one is more of a gel and on the thicker side. Used with or without my PMD beauty brush, I love how fresh and radiant it leaves my skin. If I have foundation on, I use this to melt and remove the makeup from my face and it removes the last, final traces really well. I have found that 2-3 pumps is the perfect amount, so the bottle will last me a while. It doesn't foam up as such, but it does leave my skin feeling clean and hydrated too! 

Acid Trip Exfoliating Toner || £6.75 - As it's an exfoliating toner, I thought it might work really well for my oily skin, keeping excess oils at bay! The name "acid trip" did kind of nerve me a bit too, but after researching deeper, discovered: there are a few forms of acid-based exfoliants. These all work on different layers of the skin. A combination of AHA (glycol and lactic acid) help to refine, brighten and even the skin tone, and PHA (gluconolacctone) helps with leaving the skin softer and smoother. It does have a scent, one I can't quite describe other than being clean. I like this toner because unlike many, it actually feels beneficial: as if your pores have been closed and skin tightened yet refreshed. It doesn't make my skin feel too tight and itchy either.

Skinhit Soothing Serum || £5 - Very rarely do I use a serum, normally I just use a moisturiser and I'm good to go. However, I thought I'd treat my skin a bit more this year. Typically, I apply it after moisturiser, and truth to be told, I'm not entirely sure if that's the right or wrong thing? The idea of this serum is to help reduce the levels of sebum produced as well as the appearance of pores to provide you with a clearer complexion. It is made with niacinamide which is a skincare ingredient which prevents the build up of sebum, and copper which helps aid oil control. As a result of this, I felt it was ideal for my oily skin! So it comes with a droplet style applicator, and usually drop 2 drops worth onto my fingers. It looks as though it'll be quite oily and greasy, however, when applied to my skin, it's the complete opposite: super light-weight, almost water based too. It takes next to no time for my skin to absorb it too. I only use it at night, and when I wake up in the morning, my skin looks glowing and feels incredible too! 

Thirst Trap Rich Moisturiser || £7 - No offence to beauty bay, but the first time I smelt this, I thought of Walkers Ready Salted Crisps... sorry!! But now, all I smell is wholeness and goodness: almost like wheat or oatmeal or something?! Looking at it in the tub, it looks as though it'll be a really thick formula, but it isn't, and I kind of prefer that. I only need a tiny amount and it covers my entire face. Much like the serum, it doesn't take long for my skin to absorb the moisturiser, and when it does, doesn't leave me looks like a shiny, greasy mess. Instead, I look hydrated and moisturised. When I apply it, it doesn't even feel as though there's anything on my skin, therefore know it doesn't clog up my pores either. It would be suitable for any skin type, but especially dry skin. 

Skin Fixer Clay Mask || £7.50 - I love face masks. I always find the clay masks effective cause when they dry, they feel tight on the skin, so you know that the effects will be noticeable. This one has a thick consistency, but doesn't take long to dry - I apply a thin layer. It does have a scent, but nothing overly strong; it's rather natural, a bit like the moisturiser. Although it's a clay mask, when it washes off, it feels really creamy, like a cleanser. After, it leaves my skin looking healthy and glowing, and super soft too. I have oily skin, and it helps to keep the excess oils at bay. It's designed for oily, dry and combined skin, so no matter your skin type, it's ideal. It's not harsh on the skin, as sometimes I find if I accidentally leave my mask on too long, it almost burns my skin, but not with this one. After using, I follow up with using the cleanser, toner, moisturiser and serum to complete my skincare routine. 

I haven't been let down by the Beauty Bay skincare. Their makeup range continues to impress me, so I knew that their skincare would be top of the range too. I've only got a selection of products, there are more available too. Go on, treat yourself and your skin!

xx


Monday, 16 March 2020

A Coconut Micellar Waterđź’•

One of the best products I've found to remove makeup is micellar water. I've always trusted the Garnier one, but over the years, have branched out to trying other ones too. A brand I've always been intrigued by is Yes To Skincare. Back in the day when I used to spend hours watching YouTube and reading blogs (when life was easy), I remember everyone talking about Yes To, but somehow never managed to get my hands on their products. Last time I made a Beauty Bay order, I stumbled upon some Yes To skincare products, some of which were in the sale, so I grabbed a micellar water of theirs since I had recently ran out of my Superdrug one.

 Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water || £6.25 || There were a few different micellar waters available, but the coconut one did draw me in the most. I love anything coconut scented, so this one just had to be. I was really intrigued to the pump on it, and it's actually a lot easier to use than I first imagined. It ensures that I don't use too much cleanser but still provides me with enough. At first, I was a bit hesitant cause I thought it'd sting my eyes with it being coconut scented, but it doesn't bother them at all. I find it removes my makeup thoroughly, but I always double cleanse with another cleanser, followed by toner too.

It claims that it's ideal for dry skin, and I must admit, although I don't have dry skin, I could see how it'd be beneficial because it doesn't feel dehydrating nor cling to any areas. It feels very natural, almost resembling water in a way. It doesn't feel harsh or irritating on the skin; instead, it's very gentle and soothing. Thankfully, it doesn't leave that horrible greasy residue that some removers can use, and my skin does feel clean after using (I just continue my skincare routine though cause I'm obsessed, lol).

All in all, it's been interesting trying a new micellar water. I'm always intrigued by them; see how they differ from each other, if there's one better than the rest etc. It's been a nice introduction to Yes To, and I think I want to try some of their other products. Their range seems interesting, with some of the scents they have; tomato, cucumber and so on. I managed to grab this at a bargain half price of £3 and don't regret it.

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Monday, 9 March 2020

Expanding On My Impulse Body Mistsđź’•*

Never over-estimate a body mist. I feel that people think of body mist and are immediately transported back in time to around 2014. Don't let your mind trick you. Remember Impulse? Well, they're still a brand, and in fact, they're actually creating some bomb-ass products at the moment. Sure, I love my perfumes, but as a top up throughout the day, body mists are my go-to, especially the Impulse ones. At £6 a go, and so many scents available, they're ideal for putting into your bag for when you're on the go. Oh, and did I mention that they're super easy to get your hands on too?

Tropical Beach + Espresso* || £6 || I don't know what it is, but I'm always immediately drawn to this one. Perhaps because the scent reminds me of holidays and Summer (not that we experience that here in Scotland...) It is a combination of coconut (my favourite) and espresso, but also a hunt of patchouli as well. It is on the sweet side, but it's not too sickly sweet - it's one I could never get bored of. It's quite a strong scent, so does last for some time. 

Purple Petals + Smoky Sky || £6 || Maybe I'm being biased by liking this one as it is infused with jasmine, white gardenia and nectarine. Although looking at the blends, you'd assume it's a floral scent: wrong. It's actually the opposite, it's sweet and somehow really nostalgic? It's one of those scents that if someone else was to spray it, I'd instantly recognise it! It's interesting that Impulse compare it to a city haze as it's not what I'd put it with. To me, it makes me think of Saturday nights, getting ready to go out with friends; a desirable and empowering scent. 

Fizzy Apple + Festival Fields* || £6 || The most unusual and fruitiest scent of my collection! The name definitely sums up the scent: fizzy apple. With a blend of citrus, apple, freesia and vanilla, each blend is noticeable and combine together to create a beautiful, summery yet fruity scent. I'd describe it as being a fresh and crisp scent; a happy and energetic one too. It's actually quite strong, and does last probably the longest out of the 3!

In all honesty, I love all 3; I couldn't pick a favourite. They're all very different to each other, and I like carrying them in my bag for handiness. I've received compliments whilst wearing all 3, and once you smell them for yourself, you'll realise why!! There are more body sprays available too, so there's something suitable for everyone.

PS: Don't forget to read about more of their body sprays here.
xx

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Monday, 24 February 2020

IT Cosmetics Pillow Lipsđź’•*

My love for trying new lip products out has never faded out over the years. You can never own too many reds or too many nude shades either. Some undertones work better with different makeup looks, and different formulas are required sometimes! It was so surprised I was ecstatic when IT Cosmetics got in touch with me to try their new Pillow Lips Moisture Wrapping Lipsticks*. I was absolutely spoilt for choice with the colour selection available, and to top it off, each and every one of the colours are available in both a matte and cream finish!

I opted for 3 shades: Stellar, Vision and Like a Dream. I absolutely adore the packaging of the lipsticks: it really does match the name as it resembles a pillow in my opinion. They retail at £20 per lipstick, which for me, is quite a splurge. There is a strong scent of peppermint, but after applied, it isn't noticed.

Shade: Stellar || Looking at the lipsticks, the matte and cream versions are practically identical - to avoid confusion, I still keep them in their boxes, which are just plain white. They are a vibrant, striking red colour with some blue undertones. I, personally, outline my lips firstly with a red lipliner (just whatever I have to hand, I don't own many) before applying this just to avoid smudging and uneven application (I want to avoid the dreaded "bleeding" where the lipstick is a bit of a mess!). I find that they apply very similarly in terms of formula, regardless of the fact that one is matte and the other cream - it's the lasting power and finish that differs. The cream version has more of a shine, providing you with a glossy red lip, whereas the matte version is the complete opposite. If I'm wearing red, I like it to be bold and a block colour (because it's empowering and I live for that), however, when I wore the matte one out the other weekend, I found myself having to regularly top up as it was beginning to rub off and fade. Apart from that, its a gorgeous red lipstick that applies so well and would suit a variety of skin tones, as well as work with a lot of makeup looks. It's a classy red, so regardless of whether your wearing a natural or full-on makeup look, it'll tie it together well.

Shade: Vision || Oh how years ago, I'd never have went near nude lipsticks, now I can't get enough of them! I already own a few nude lipstick, varying in formula, so I was glad to have the same shade in both a nude and matte lipstick; I like to wear nude lipsticks for casual makeup looks, but also for more glam looks too. I really like this shade though. It's quite a warm toned nude, almost on the pink/peach side. As a result of this, it would suit a variety of people; it's one of those versatile nude shades. Again, both formulas are creamy and application is a lot easier with these due to it being lighter in colour. They don't smudge much, but I would recommend carrying if you're intending on going out for the day/night just to top off - because it is so creamy, even the matte (they aren't drying at all), it will rub off. For a nude shade, it's rich in colour too, but I love it.

Shade: Like a Dream || At first sight, I thought "oh, a pretty berry colour, my A/W favourite". However, when I apply it, it reminds me VERY much so of MAC's "Diva": a much loved lipstick by me, so I was excited to try it to see the comparison! (For those who don't know MAC Diva, it's basically a deep plum matte lipstick). When I apply it, I am very wary as I don't have a lipliner so a steady and light hand is the way forward as it is super pigmented. Thankfully, I somehow avoid making too much of a mess, but if I do need to clean it up, it doesn't stain too much and will come away easily. I wore this one day when going for lunch and ordered curry (duh!), but the lipstick didn't smudge all over my face! It came off slightly so needed a top up, but survived my food nonetheless. I know it'll be a staple during Winter/Christmas. So basically, if you love the shade Diva but hate the fact it's matte, then perhaps the gloss version of this lipstick is your desired lipstick!

Overall, I love these lipsticks. I like having the option of wearing matte or cream too. The cream is as it sounds on the tin, and the matte isn't overly drying in the slightest either - it's actually quite creamy for a matte. The colours are super vibrant due to oozing pigment, and as already mentioned, the colour range is great. There's definitely something out there for everyone!

xx

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