Monday, 17 February 2020

£1 Hair Mask You Didn't Realise You Needed💕

Hair masks aren't something I tend to use all that often. I won't lie, I would say I'm lazy when it comes to my hair - don't bother with hair treatments, heat products or anything. Literally wash it, dry it and straighten it, that's all. Occasionally I dye it, but only dark brown - ends up not looking much darker than it actually is which is frustrating. However, on one of my many visits to Savers, I thought to myself "I'll treat my hair for a change"! I went all out with this £1 hair mask, and let me tell you something - I love it.

Argan Oil Hair Mask || 99p - one thing I've always said on this blog is to never underestimate cheap, budget beauty products, and this is one of them! I'm pretty certain I've seen a range of this Argan Oil products, which is why I ended up opting for this one over the other available masks. I felt that for 99p, a 220ml tub was pretty damn reasonable, and now that my hair is shorter, I shouldn't need as much product. I was right - I only need a small handful, and even at that, I could get away with less as it's quite a thick yet creamy formula. I wash my hair, then apply it, and I feel it just glides into my hair. Normally I just apply it, tie my hair into a bun and leave it in for 5-10 mins before washing out. It smells really nice, I expected it to not be overly pleasant, I won't lie, due to it being argan oil, but it exceeded my expectations for sure; I can't quite pin-point a scent. 

What I often find with conditioners and hair treatments is that they can be challenging to thoroughly wash out; no matter how long you rinse, there's always leftover product which result in your hair becoming greasy quicker. This being said, it's one of the main reasons why I only apply hair treatments on the length of my hair and completely avoid the roots. I like to rinse my hair for a good 1-2 minutes when washing this out as I like to ensure every last remaining product is properly removed. As soon as I wash it out, it leaves my hair feeling silky smooth, as if it gets to work almost instantly as I don't leave it in for all that long. But, the real reason why I love it so much is because it makes life easier for brushing my hair. Sometimes when I brush my hair after washing and it's still wet/damp, it has the tendency to have tugs and noughts, but when I use this, it makes my hair much more manageable and I don't feel the need to brush quite as harshly. Definitely makes a difference that way. Following blow-drying, my hair doesn't feel too dry and dehydrated, and when you touch it, it does noticeably feel softer.

I try to use this once a week if possible to keep my hair in the best condition possible. If I knew it'd leave my hair shiny and as soft as it does, I would've started using it earlier - especially for the price of £1! I know for a fact it'll be a hair mask I repurchase, and might even look into their other hair products too - a girl got to keep her hair looking slick always!

xx

Monday, 10 February 2020

The Body Shop Himalayan Face Mask💕*

I love face masks. I've tried lots of different ones and I've never settled for one. It's not because I haven't found one I love religiously, but instead, I like trying out new options and exploring the world of face masks a bit further. However, one brand's face mask I haven't ever tried is The Body Shop. I've tried their scrubs, body lotions etc, but never their masks. So, I was intrigued when this little tub of joy arrived through my letterbox.

Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask* || £18 for 75ml || In the past, I've tried charcoal face masks, and when I say they're weird, trust me, they're weird - mainly because they can be difficult to remove and then I'm stuck with a face mask on my face. So, when I seen that this Himalayan face mask was charcoal, I was low-key hesitant. It has quite a strong scent, and to me, it's quite a minty scent - the scent and texture reminds me of the Lush "Mask of Magnaminty" mask! As the scent is so strong, I feel that it may not be ideal for sensitive skin.

It has quite a thick formula, you don't really need all that much when applying, meaning the tub will last quite long. It is textured, so it feels quite odd. It's described as being a "tingling" face mask, and it's absolutely correct: it feels effective whilst on the skin, not in a burning sense but definitely a tingling effect. It doesn't take that long to dry - less than 10 minutes - and you know it's dry as it feels hard and tight on the skin, and also appears "light green" in colour. As soon as warm water touches the mask, it washes off instantly - almost in a smooth, creamy way, but mess-free at the same time.

After washing, I follow up with a cleanser and toner before moisturising. It leaves my skin feeling super soft and looks radiant. My skin definitely feels clean as it removes any impurities in the skin and absorbs excess oil. I know it's a face mask I'm going to try incorporate at least once a week.

xx

*PR Samples

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

The Real, Honest Truth - eBay False Lashes💕

2019 was the year I ventured into false tan; so for 2020, I discovered the world of false lashes. I wore some for my birthday last year, but my friend put them on for me. So, for NYE, I thought I'd go all out and treat myself - 45 minutes later, I finally had a pair of lashes on. I would've fallen into the novice category of false lashes - by no means am I an expert now, I'm still learning - but I bought Eylure lashes from Savers as I didn't mind paying £2.49 for a pair. I've had a fair few designs by Eylure since, but after discussing eBay lashes with my friend, I decided to order a pack - after all, if they're crap, it's only a matter of a few pounds lost.

7 Pair False Eyelashes Set || Set 6D02 || £2.99 - At that price, it equates to rough 42p per pair of lashes, and I can't complain at that price. There were so many different types of lashes - some longer than others, some more natural, some extremely dramatic and the list goes on. I opted for 6D02 because they didn't look too extreme, but damn, I was taken by surprise. They are extremely long and extra, but I love it! They don't feel like tacky plastic and certainly don't look as cheap as they were whilst on either. I felt that the band was quite long too, so I had to trim the lashes so that they would fit across my lash line as well - not necessarily a bad thing! Looking at them, I thought that they'd feel heavy on my eyes, but in actual fact, they're so lightweight I actually forgot that I was wearing any.

As I used Eylure lashes in the past, it's just the Eylure lash glue that I use to apply these, and it does the job. Perhaps my skills have just improved significantly, but I found application with these super easy! It only took me 2-3 attempts per eye - that's good for me. Because they're so long, I did struggle to put on my eyeliner and top up my eyeshadow, but this is just a minor inconvenience. When I apply them, I stick the middle part down, leave for about 15-30 seconds before fixing the ends, allow to set for around 1-2 minutes then curl them to ensure my natural lashes blend with them before coating both my lashes and the false ones with mascara. I wouldn't say that the lash band is overly noticeable due to being on the thin side as sometimes, the band can be thick and take away from the lashes themselves. They last super well too! I wore the same pair for the 3 nights I was in Dublin, and they stayed on all night, every night whilst out - and it was super windy one night, my friend and I were paranoid we hadn't glued them properly and the wind would take them off! I did fear that maybe they'd only last the one use, but they looked like new lashes each night! 

Here's some photos from two nights wearing the same pair of lashes. They're dramatic and super long, but I love it - I feel so extra! Honestly, for the price, I cannot get over them. And, you're able to reuse the same pair a few times before needing to bin them, so I think this little palette of lashes will be lasting a while. I know for a fact that I'll be trying different designs and styles in the future!

xx

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Skincare Routine 2020💕*

It's been a while since I last did an in-depth, updated skincare routine! My products of use have changed slightly, with some newbies and some oldies. I used to be right into my skincare, then I started slacking, and now that it's 2020, I want to have that glowing skin back, so I've forced myself to get back into my old ways and love my skin again.

Beauty Formulas Cucumber Scrub || 99p - One of my many finds in Savers: never underestimate the place, I find some right bargains! In terms of a facial scrub, I don't use them on the daily; I just use some soap to wash my face, but a face scrub 2-3 times a week.  Some facial scrubs I find can be quite harsh on the skin - they feel extremely gritty and sore - but this one is the opposite. It's gentle on the skin, yet feels effective at the same time. As it's cucumber, it's very soothing and beneficial on the skin. It lathers up surprisingly well for a facial scrub, and I love how smooth and radiant it leaves my skin. Definitely recommend it - so go have a nosy in your local Savers! I hadn't ever heard of the brand "Beauty Formulas" but I certainly want to try more of their products.

Garnier Natural Rose Cleansing Milk || £2.49 - I absolutely love a good cleanser, especially if it's a milk based one. The Garnier one I have used before, in conjunction with the rose toner, and I loved it, so when I decided to get a new cleanser, I immediately opted for this one. The scent is beautiful - floral, as the name would suggest - but the cleanser is designed for sensitive skin so it wouldn't irritate it too much, especially as it's not overpowering and is rather delicate. It has quite a thin formula, so I find that only a small amount, about the size of a 10p coin, is all that's require. I use it alongside my PMD.

PMD Clean* || £89 - I've never used a facial brush, so I was extremely excited to try this one by PMD! I've read a lot about PMD, so was intrigued to see if they're worth investing in. It has a total of 4 vibration modes, and which one you select depends upon the thorough cleanse you wish for. I tend to choose either option 1 or 2 as I feel it works best with my skin. I won't lie - the first time I used it, I felt dizzy. It was the weirdest sensation ever across my forehead, but after that, I never noticed this apparent dizziness. I apply the cleansing milk after washing my face, then use option 1 or 2 to help "work" the milk into my skin, then rinse it off using warm water, and oh my - I can't express how fresh, glowing and healthy my skin looks, plus it feels super soft and all round amazing! It's waterproof and suitable for all skin types, so I can't recommend it enough. If you feel you have a problematic area, PMD recommend spending up to a minute using the brush purely on this one area as it helps improve the issue. Recommend for people of all ages with all skin concerns as it's not too harsh whilst using.

Boots Fragrance Free Facial Toner || £1.50 - I feel a toner is an essential product for finishing off a skincare routine as you really feel the benefits of it as soon as you use it - it helps to remove any final traces of dirt, oils and impurities, close the pores as well as tighten them. For me, it leaves my skin feeling super fresh and cleansed. Use it before moisturising to prepare your skin for the final product. I've tried a fair few toners, but always end up repurchasing this one because I find that it works the best, and the price is purse-friendly too. It's fragrance free, meaning it'll work for all skin types. I've never had any problems with this toner, and it's one my skin likes (ie doesn't break me out, cause redness etc) therefore will keep repurchasing. Boots also do a cucumber version of their skincare range too if you're looking for something different!

Boots Fragrance Free Moisturising Cream || £1.50 - I used to believe the myth that if you have oily skin, you shouldn't moisturise.. if I could tell my younger self, it'd be to ignore that! I now love moisturising my skin. I like to use one that has a fairly thick consistency, which is why I opt for this Boots one. Although it's kind of on the thick side, it feels very lightweight and non-greasy on the skin: my skin soaks it up fairly quickly. It's enriched with vitamins and anti-oxidants, so it's also friendly on your skin. I like how hydrated it leaves my skin, and helps lock in all the goodness from the previous steps. As it's fragrance free, I think it'd work really well on all skin types, especially dry skin due to it's thick formula. I love slapping this on both morning and night as I don't need to wait around for a while waiting on it drying.

I'm really glad to have got back into the swing of things in terms of skincare. I have noticed that my skin looks healthier, and I haven't had many, if any, break outs this month. Additionally, I have started drinking more water and green tea, and eating more fruit too, so perhaps combining this with a skincare routine has worked wonders.

xx

*PR Samples

Monday, 20 January 2020

A Makeup Remover Stick?💕

I go through phases where I pay carefully attention to my skin and how I remove makeup as I do the whole works; micellar water, toner etc. Then, other times, I'm really lazy and just use a wipe. In general, there's no in-between. I didn't intend on buying a makeup remover stick, but when I was buying items from MUA in Superdrug, they had a deal and the stick was a "free gift". So, here we are. Let me tell you all about it.

MUA Pro Base Makeup Remover Stick || £5 - So the idea behind this stick is that it helps dissolve your makeup, making the removal process quicker and easier. I will be brutally honest and admit that it is quite messy. Perhaps I just haven't found a solution to use it properly yet. All I do is scroll the stick up and in circular motions, wipe across my face, dampen my hands and work the remover into my skin. However, when I wash it off using a wet face cloth/flannel, it does actually remove all traces of makeup really well, including foundation and mascara. Yes, it removes eye makeup so no need to worry about it irritating your eyes.

One thing I do hate about this product is the way it leaves my skin feeling after using a cloth to remove - it feels extremely greasy, and almost waxy in a sense. Therefore, I find I need to use a face wash of some sort to remove the excess greasiness, but this also throughly cleanses my skin too. However, after washing my face properly, it does leave my skin glowing, radiant, and feeling clean and soft. It is more time consuming than using other makeup removers, such as micellar water. If I'm wearing a full face of makeup - which would include foundation, contouring etc - sometimes I carry out the routine twice, just to ensure that I've properly removed everything. But, I find I often end up with foundation and other makeup all over the stick, which is a bit disgusting as it builds up rapidly. This means that I'm essentially spreading bacteria across my face, so maybe I need to find an alternative way to use it. Apart from that, it does remove the makeup quite well, and for the price, I can't complain.

All in all, it's not a bad product. It does have a few cons, but I can deal with them as it does serve it's purpose and works well. As I said, I can't complain too much as it is only £5. It'd be ideal for perhaps travelling as it's small therefore wouldn't take up much room in a case/bag.  If you're looking to try a new makeup remover, give this a shot! You'll be surprised.

xx

Monday, 13 January 2020

The Verdict: Primark's £2 Nails💕

I am NOT a nail person at all. Back in 2012/13, I used to love doing nail art, but since then, I very rarely even bother painting them. I've never have acrylic or gel nails or anything, but for NYE, my dress was a literal princess dress - pink and glittery - so I wanted to get matching nails. Knowing absolutely nothing about nails and not wanting to pay a fortune, I ended up in Primark. I was completely unaware at how many different styles existed; metallic, matte, square, rounded. The list goes on. In the end, I picked up their "Precious Jewel Nails", purely because they were girly, I liked them and thought that they'd be a perfect match for my dress.

In the pack, there are a total of 4 different designs of nails (seems I was a dafty and forgot to show the 4th design in the picture!). It came with a varying range of sizes too, meaning there will be a design of your choice to fit each finger too. Being the organised individual that I am, I settled on a certain set and decided to start gluing them down. The glue I used was just a Primark one - at 60p per pack (containing 2 bottles of glue), I wasn't sure how well it'd go.

The applying process was actually a lot easier than I expected. For my first time applying nails, I did a not bad job, in my opinion. One or two were maybe squint or over the cuticle, but I could deal with it. I decided to apply glue to both the back of the nail and my actual nail, just to make it easier to glue down. I applied them the night before NYE, purely because I wanted to make sure the glue had plenty of time to dry etc. I did struggle to work with them at first, even for simple things such as typing. They were long, but not ridiculously too long in my opinion. They looked rather elegant and helped elongate my hand too.

Ignoring how dry my hands are and the fact my tan is hella dodgy (I just can't tan them and they just don't take tan either?!), look how pretty they are on! I just kept looking at them, admiring them.

Now, the real question. How well do they last? So, I left on NYE with all 10 on, by the time I got to my friend's house, one of them came flying off as I shut the car door. Leaving the house with only 9, I then came home with 6 in total - 3 managed to snap off whilst I was out. Perhaps this isn't a fault with the nails - if I used different nail glue, maybe it would've been a different story. But, they looked pretty, I managed to get some nice pictures of them and they didn't break the bank. So, for future, I will definitely be buying more Primark nails, but just buying an alternative glue.

In terms of removing, I had to take them off on NYD because I was working the next day and wouldn't be able to operate the screens with my nails, so took them off. I cut them down - or what was left of them! - filed them and they simply peeled off as easy as anything.

All cons aside, they were nice nails! If you're looking for some pretty designs that won't break the bank, get yourself to Primark.

xx

Monday, 6 January 2020

Brand Focus: Beauty Bay💕

Having disappeared from blogging from a while, I fell away from beauty trends too. Meaning, I am EXTREMELY late onto the bandwagon here in terms of trying out Beauty Bay. But, I caved in after seeing how cheap their own branded products were, and considering how good the reviews were, so I decided to treat myself to one or two (in my case, 5 haha) items. It's only fair to say, I wish I tried out their makeup sooner.

Beauty Bay Identity 42 Colour Eyeshadow Palette || £25 - Although it retails at £25, I actually managed to grab this palette at £12.50, an absolute bargain! This breaks down to 30p per eyeshadow when I bought it, damn. Even at £25, it means each eyeshadow equates to 60p! The palette comes in "sections", suggesting that each shade has it's own purpose. This is quite a smart idea as it's broken into the following section: base, transition, crease, liner, pop and glitter. I don't follow any of these (rebel), but their ideal and handy if you're perhaps new to eye makeup as it's a bit of a guide. There's such a variety of colours in the palette, and that's why I chose it too. I liked that it wasn't just reds or golds, but instead, had a diverse range of colours. Additionally, it's a combination of mattes and shimmer shades too rather than being just one. Taking both of this into consideration, it means it's extremely versatile - you could create various looks using just this palette. On the last note, let me discuss pigmentation. Oh my goodness, I'd heard that they ooze pigment, but I didn't realise quite how light handed you had to go in with your brush. Even a slight tap with your brush and the colour payoff is unreal. Love, love and LOVE.

Beauty Bay EYN Fiery 16 Colour Palette || £11.50 - Originally I had seen the EYN Fiery Matte 9 Colour Palette (£6.50), but I ended up with the 16 colour palette instead because it included an addition 7 colours for only £5 more, plus there are shimmers in the ones I opted for too. But, can we just appreciate the beautiful, warm hues! I've really been into reds, oranges and warm browns for my eye makeup, so when I found this palette on Beauty Bay, it was practically a match made in heaven to be honest. Much like the previous palette above, it's super pigmented, so a light hand is all that's required! It doesn't have quite as many shades as the last palette either, meaning it's a lot smaller. This means that if you're on the go or doing your makeup at yours friends (which I try avoid because I will take over your whole room trying to get ready and always forget something), it wont take up much space in your makeup bag. Perhaps going to be my go-to palette of 2020.

Beauty Bay Ethereal Bouncy Beam Multi Use Highlighter Palette || £12 - I was adamant I was getting one their highlight palettes because they just scream Anastasia Beverly Hills at me, but for a fraction of the price! I was tied between two, and I sat lusting over them both for ages before settling for this one. And boy, am I glad I chose this one. Each shade is different, even though they appear kinda similar in the photo. Some are blue toned, others more white with warmer undertones. And the glow! I use a fan brush to apply, I don't even need to reapply a few layers to achieve my desired glow because it just glides onto my skin so effortlessly and leaves me looking like a highlighted queen. I apply it in the usual part of my face - cheekbones, under my eyebrow, top of my nose and my cupids bow. It's been my go-to highlighter palette lately, because no matter my eye look, I find that this palette has got a highlighter which will compliment my eyes, and that's a big winner in my books. Sometimes highlighters can look "chunky", leaving a big stripe of "glitter" across your face, but this glides on so smoothly that I haven't came across this issue.

I do not know what rock I've been under, but I've only just discovered liquid eyeshadow. I didn't know anything about them nor had tried them, so naturally, I ordered two of them from beauty bay. They had a few to choose from, but in the end I went for "Peach Quartz" and "Opal". I really do wish I discovered these little gems sooner, because damn - eye makeup has never been easier!

In terms of packaging, it comes in beautiful little holographic boxes, which read "Living my Best Light". The actual packaging of the liquid eyeshadows resembles a lipgloss, so be careful you don't mix them up!! They have a dofoe applicator, which can be a bit awkward for applying on the eye - I recommend brushing some onto a smaller brush to fit your eyelid better.

Beauty Bay Liquid Crystal Eyeshadow - Peach Quartz - Looking at this product, you'd expect it to be quite orangey, warm toned. I feel as though I've been lied to because in actual fact, it's definitely not - it has to fall under the pink category in my eyes! For me, this isn't an issue; I do prefer it. On my first use, I applied it onto my eye with no base eyeshadow, but I found it to be quite sheer, so I used a few layers. However, upon my next use, I quickly applied a pink eyeshadow from the first palette (Identity) before using this, and it made a massive difference. It gave it something to "stick to", and it almost helped enhance the pink base (which was my desired achievement). The opacity was completely different, but I decided to use a second layer purely to ensure it popped and was as glittery as possible: it was for NYE after all! Between applying layers, I like to let them "dry", just so that when applying the next layer, I don't smudge or ruin the previous layer. I have blue eyes, so this pink really helped them pop. I'll insert some photos below of me wearing it so you can see how beautiful it is on!


Beauty Bay Liquid Crystal Eyeshadow - Opal || £6 - so I had originally bought this shade for NYE, with the previous shade being a "back up" second option, this one unfortunately didn't match my dress as well, but that being said, doesn't mean I don't dislike it! It's a beautiful light/baby pink, but with silver undertones. Much like the previous one, I apply it on top of eyeshadows just so I can wear it at its fullest opacity. I like to wear this one with a glossy pink lip and a cool toned highlighter as it helps it to pop. But, it's a shade that could be worn with a variety of makeup looks on many different skin tones too - being pale and this having a silver undertone, it really compliments my skin but would still look as beautiful on a darker skin tone too!

I don't have many photos with it on, but you can see the silver on my eyelid - well, that's this beauty. I decided to pair it with a red crease and red lip as I was wearing a red dress later on.

The thing I love most about the liquid eyeshadows is the fact that they don't smudge or crease, and they last for hours. They've made my eye makeup much quicker and easier - colour on my lid, work some into my crease, apply the liquid eyeshadow and voila! Simple yet effective.

As mentioned, I wish I'd tried Beauty Bay sooner. Their products are of such an amazing quality for the price. It's free delivery over £20, and it arrived within a matter of days too. I know for a fact I'll definitely be using the website and treat myself again!

xx

Friday, 20 December 2019

The Return💕

Now, this feels weird. To be sat down, actually writing a blog post for the first time in god knows how many months. Scrolling back, it turns out I've only shared 11 previous posts throughout 2019. Jeees.

Where have I been?

Ha. Good question. I'm now in my last year of college, so I'm putting my everything and more into this year, therefore I'm very preoccupied with that. Additionally, I work majority of weekends too, and trying to also find the right balance to squeeze in a social life is very, very challenging. Additionally, I sadly experienced my first heartbreak, leaving me with a lot of spare time, which I've decided to fill with blogging related aspects as a distraction.


Source: Source

I started blogsallbeautyy in 2014 as a way to fulfil my passion for writing. Slowly over time, that passion has been put on the backbench due to other commitments, almost forgotten about in a sense. I've been treating myself lately to some new makeup pieces to cheer myself up, but also because I wanted to venture into the world of BeautyBay, and it reminded me of the days when I used to get excited over new makeup. Something in that excitement almost relit an old fire in me and inspired me to start blogging again. I find writing therapeutic, and want to be able to enjoy that passion again. A distraction from life.

My proper blogging schedule will begin as of January, and it will be the same posting schedule as always: Mondays at 5:30 pm GMT. It will take me time to build up a following again - perhaps I'll still have loyal followers who will return - but I will get there!

I have quite a few ideas in mind. It will remain solely as a beauty blog, but with a few more (hopefully) fashion posts too as I've numerous fashion pieces I'd like to share. I'll be more active on social media too (follow me on Instagram and Twitter) so keep an eye for some behind the scenes and general updates. 

Unfortunately there won't be any Christmas related content this year (I know, breaking traditions!) but as of January, I'll have some new, exciting and fun posts to share with everyone! 

Blogsallbeautyy is making a comeback. And it's big - watch this space!

xx

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Michael Buble "By Invitation"💕*

If you were to name any celebrity, the chances are very likely that they'll have their own beauty range, more specifically, a perfume or aftershave. So it was no surprise when I was asked about Michael Buble's beauty range. A lot of people tend to overlook celebrity perfumes, but I was intrigued to see what he had to offer.

By Invitation* || 100ml || - So at first glance, the bottle is quite simple, but I think that the overall aesthetics are rather pleasing, especially for the small price tag. Not evident in the photo, but I actually managed to crack the lid due to it just being plastic, but I don't find it to be a massive inconvenience. The bottle is quite thin, meaning it's not too bulky to throw into your bag to carry on the go, or for travelling with. Minus the lid being broken, the bottle itself is fairly sturdy. Of course it comes packaged in a box, which I never managed to photograph as I think I've thrown it away, but it's just a basic box which reads "By Invitation" across the front. And before anyone asks - I wouldn't class myself as a Michael Buble fan, so I wouldn't have bought the perfume purely for this reason.

Similarly to any other perfume on the market, it's formed of three different notes. The top notes include red fruits and bergamot, heart notes being lily, elegant rose, wild jasmine and spicy peony, followed by the base notes being sandalwood musks and vanilla praline. Looking at the blend of notes, it is evident that it's definitely a floral based perfume, with a hint of fruity notes throughout too. It's quite a unique, distinct scent to describe. I know for a fact that it won't be one for everyone as it is different, but I like it (and I'm not just saying it cause I've been sent it. I do genuinely like it). It's one that I wear on a daily basis (work, college etc) as it's versatile enough to wear whenever and wherever, and I can easily replace if I run out of as it's not going to break the bank. Additionally, when I wear this to work, I have honestly had customers complimenting it and asking what perfume I'm wearing! Which, on a separate note, is something I've noticed - it lasts for bloody hours! I find that with a lot of "cheaper" perfumes, the scent tends to fade really quickly and you need to keep topping up, but this one exceeds expectations.

I guess all I can say is that I've been pleasantly surprised by this, and it has actually taught me "never judge a book by its cover" - as it was Buble's perfume, I wasn't expecting anything overwhelming, but I really do like this perfume. I have a few "daily basis" perfumes which I switch between, but I somehow find myself always reaching for this one!

xx

*PR Samples

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Egg Face Mask?!💕*

I go through phases where I'm obsessed with face masks and own numerous different types, then won't use them for months on end. And there's no in-between. Lately though, my skin has been playing up - breaking out and oilier than usual - so I figured I'd try out this mask I'd been sent out to review. And it was an interesting experience.

Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask Pore Tightening* || Set of 5 || RRP £22.50 - so although I didn't get sent a set of these, it was this exact mask I received and I can't seem to find the individual one online. But nonetheless, it's the same thing. So it's an egg based face mask, which is designed to tighten your pores and help oily skin (it combats the oils). It's an actual sheet mask as opposed to a liquid-based mask, and let me tell you - oh my goodness the difficulties I had just to get it on! So I took it out the packet, and tried unfolding it, but because it's coated with the face mask, it kept folding in on itself and closing. Eventually I got there, and it had gaps for your eyes, nostrils and mouth. I then smoothed it out at the edges just so there were no gaps etc. Then, I waited..

20 minutes later or so, I decided it was time to take the mask off. With it being a sheet, I knew it wouldn't dry like a usual mask, but I felt that it still felt "fresh" - I expected the sheet to start creasing, drying or do something! But no, it didn't. So I peeled it off, and my skin was coated in face mask. Me thinking I was being smart decided to leave it and hope that my skin would soak it up. However, it didn't - after about 10 mins or that, I was left with a greasy layer on my skin that just felt uncomfortable. I had to therefore wash it off so that my skin felt somewhat clean and fresh again, before continuing onwards with my skincare routine.

Despite this, I felt that my skin looked radiant and refreshed. It did look glowy, and this is down to the egg white and vinegar combination that works well on your skin. I don't know if it did necessarily help tighten my pores, but it did dry out a few spots on my face so I guess it helped my skin to an extent. They have got other face masks and general skincare products available, so I'm intrigued to these!

xx

*PR Sample

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Get That Tropical Vibe On💕*

One of my favourite scents is coconut. There's something about coconut scented body lotions that I'm obsessed with. As soon as I smell it, I'm instantly transported to a tropical island in the Summertime, smothered in suncream. Well, let me tell you about these two Shea Moisture's "Virgin coconut oil daily hydration" range.

Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Body Wash* || £10.99 - infused with coconut milk and coconut oil, this fair-trade friendly body wash is one to leave your skin thanking you. One thing I realised when using is that it's of a thin consistency, almost on the runny side, meaning you don't need much as it lathers up really well, creating a thick and bubbly foam. It has a really strong scent too, and it's one which is clearly noticeable on your skin after you come out the shower. Reading up on the website, it says you can use it as a bubble bath, however, I haven't ever done this as I'm not prone to taking a bath, I prefer a shower. It leaves my skin feeling ever so smooth and I love how clean my skin feels too. It doesn't feel harsh on my skin either, meaning it feels relaxing to use.

Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Body Lotion* || £10.99 - I find that body lotions tend to be quite thin as opposed to a body butter which is on the thicker side. However, this body lotion has completed change my mindset. Considering the packaging its in, and that it's a body lotion, I was rather surprised to find it has quite a thick consistency, leaning towards a butter. A little goes a long way where this is concerned. Also, it doesn't leave a greasy feeling and I've found my skin absorbs it rather quickly too. In terms of scent, it's identical to the body wash, and is really strong too, with a lasting impact. It leaves my skin not only smelling lush, but also in tip-top condition as it feels extremely soft. If I have any dry patches of skin, I apply a small amount of lotion and within a few days, it's back to it's good ol' self. It's a winner really. And, as I don't need a lot of lotion, it means this bottle will last me a lifetime, but the only downfall - when it begins to run low, how will I get the remaining product out? As with a body butter, it tends to be in a tub. Anyways, besides the awkward packaging, I highly recommend this lotion!

I didn't realise until I wrote this review that Boots not only stocked these two products, they also have a whole array of products from this line too! They even have a shampoo and conditioner which I'm intrigued by, as coconut not only works wonders for your skin, but also your hair...

xx

*PR Samples

Monday, 17 June 2019

Yet Another Bath Bomb💕

I am hands down a shower over bath person, but don't get me wrong, I do like to treat myself every so often to a pamper and have a bath. When I do, I like to have a bath bomb. I'm not exactly a bath bomb snob, I will use every brand there is. One brand I do love however is Bomb Cosmetics. They're a brand I've used for many years, and somehow still to this day end up with their products.

Unfortunately I never caught the name of this individual bath bomb as I was too eager to use it, however, can we take a minute to admire it? It's absolutely beautiful in colour and overall design. The gorgeous purples work well together, including the glitter layer too, all topped off with a little flower. Cute, right? Although it was given to me as a present, I know that bomb cosmetics are the cheaper alternative to lush. We all love lush, I am partial to using their products from time to time, but it is on the pricey side, so it's nice to have other items to use which aren't half as expensive.

When I dropped it into the water, it wasn't long on dissolving at all. It turned the water a slight purple hue, however, it was messy. And when I say messy, I'm referring to that glitter layer. It looked pretty at first in the water cause it was all sparkly, but when I came out the bath, it had A. stuck to my skin like mad despite me showering too and B. was all over the bath. It was everywhere. You know the mess sand makes? Well, it was like that, just purple. With that issue aside, I haven't any problems with the bath bomb itself. It smelt gorgeous, and was rather soothing too. It resulted in my skin feeling silky smooth, and it also smelt really nice too.

I haven't been let down by Bomb Cosmetics, as I expected. Their bath bombs are always exceptional and I'm yet to try one I don't like. I haven't ever tried any of their other products (they have soaps, bath and shower gels, body lotions.. the list is endless) but I could imagine they'd be just as incredible!

xx

Monday, 3 June 2019

My New Die Hard Foundation💕

When I buy foundation, it lasts me a life time. Mainly because I don't wear it often, so I very rarely need to replace it. However, when I do, I just buy a relatively inexpensive one because I know I'll not need it often - typically I only wear foundation on nights out, or special occasions. However, for my birthday, I figured I would buy a new one as I fancied trying out new makeup, as well as replace a few of the necessities. I own a vast number of products from MUA Cosmetics - I love their low price tags and high quality products - and when I went to their makeup stand in Superdrug, they had 1/3 off deal, meaning their items were virtually costing me next to nothing, so did some stocking up.

MUA Pro base Long Wear Matte Finish Foundation || RRP £5 - Let me introduce you to my new favourite foundation. As I've mentioned umpteen times on this blog, I have fairly oily skin, especially on my t-zone, and when I wear makeup, the oil tends to shine through or fade quickly. Therefore, I find myself buying products which are advertised as being "matte". Additionally, I always need to find a foundation pale enough for my skin - sometimes the palest shade isn't quite pale enough. Retailing at £5, but reduced to £3.33, I was instantly drawn towards this foundation, for the reasons mentioned above. And I can tell you something - I don't regret buying it. In fact, I can't stop raving about it! In the end, I opted for shade 120, and I was actually pleasantly surprised to see the vast variety of shades available, especially for a budget foundation!

Rather than having a pump, like most foundations, it comes with a "spoon" style applicator, which is more ideal for both application as you have more control, as well as when you're running low as you won't be wasting the remaining product. Furthermore, it comes in a glass bottle, which gives it a fancier finish and perhaps sturdier too if you need to travel.

When applying, I either apply some directly onto an area of my face, or makeup sponge, then blend with a damp sponge. I find it blends really well with a sponge, and to ensure my finish is truly flawless, I tend to buff my skin with a foundation brush too. In terms of coverage, it took me by surprise. I expended it to be quite low, however I'd say it's more of a medium coverage, with potential to go right up to full coverage if you build upon layering. Speaking of layering, sometimes I apply a bit more on my t-zone area as this is my most problematic area, but I've never experienced any sort of caking, the coverage still looks airbrushed and smooth. Although it has a good coverage and is matte, it doesn't feel heavy on the skin; definitely more on the lightweight side of things.

Considering it's only £5, I have to say, it's my absolute, hands-down, favourite foundation. I just feel that regardless of the occasion, it's a versatile foundation and never does me dirty, unlike some. I've worn it when I've had photos taken with flash and never experienced any sort of flash-back. Also, it doesn't oxidise and go orange-toned throughout the day or night either. It also lasts well on my skin. I prime, apply this, set with powder and spray with setting spray, and I'm good to go for hours! Somehow, it just doesn't want to budge much; I don't experience the patchiness like some foundations and it keeps the oils at bay for that bit longer too.  


Just incase I haven't won you over enough yet, it's also vegan friendly, talc and paraben free, and formulated with vitamin e too!

xx

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

YSL Black Opium Floral Shock💕

You cannot go into Boots and not spray at least one perfume - with their wide selection, it would be rude not to. One perfume I have lusted over for as long as I can remember is YSL Black Opium, and for Christmas, I received the Floral Shock edition. Although I hadn't smelt it, I already had high expectations.

The bottle is near enough identical to the original; the only difference being that there's some pink glitter at the bottom of this version, which I believe works well because it's almost linking the name of the perfume to the bottle itself (pink, floral, you get me?). In my opinion, the bottle is quite light too - nothing worse than heavy, bulky bottles as this makes it impossible for packing if you're taking them away. In terms of aesthetics, I think the overall design is beautiful and rather pleasant on the eye, and it looks amazing sitting on display.

Let's talk scent.

The main notes include black coffee, citrus and white musk - a bizarre yet brilliant combination that works well. It's one that I wish you could smell whilst reading this post so you could understand it's beauty. I would describe it as being a sweet, floral and powering scent, one which is sure to make a statement as its so bold. It's meant to provide you with an "irresistible shock of sensuality" - a dominant, sexy scent. Personally, I'd say it's more of an evening scent than a day-time wear, but of course I wouldn't object to wearing it at any time of the day. in terms of lasting power, this ain't budging. It's such a strong, long-lasting scent which you certainly don't need to top up on. I wore it on Christmas Day, and when I woke up on Boxing Day, I could smell it on my bedsheets and duvet it's that strong!

I love it. It may be pricey but I am truly thankful for such a beautiful gift because I'm clearly obsessed with it. I received the 90ml version and I know it'll go a long way, but its also available in a 30ml and 50ml bottle too.

G'on, treat yourself!

xx

Monday, 20 May 2019

How About Some Day-Tox?💕*

Face masks really help in life. Minor inconvenience? Face mask. Stressed? Face mask. Skin breaking out? Face mask. I do love a good face mask, and although I don't do them overly regularly because I simply forget to, but whenever I do remember about them, my skin is always eternally grateful. So, you could imagine when a PR email arrived in my inbox asking if I'd be interested in trying out some face masks.. eh, yes please?!

Daytox Peel-Off Mask || RRP £20.00, on sale at £13.33 - Peel off masks I love, but very rarely use. No idea why. So, I was intrigued to this one. The description describes it as being a deep cleansing face mask, which helps absorb any extra sebum, reduces impurities and helps to try prevent blackheads from arising. The only peel off's I've ever used are individual packet ones, never in a tube, so I wasn't entirely sure how much to use in one use. When I went to use it, I read the tube and realised it's a charcoal face mask - which I've heard mixed reviews on. It applied evenly, and I didn't find it to take too long to dry. However, removing it was a different story. It was near impossible to peel - it kept flaking off in tiny pieces, which meant I was trying to peel it off for ages. I swear it took less time to dry than it did to peel. In the end, I gave up and just washed it off. Thankfully, it came off with ease doing this. This is probably the only fault I've came across with this face mask, because it left me with smooth and refreshed skin - it looked as though I'd just had a facial. I left it on until dry, which was around 20-30 minutes. Apart from being an issue removing, I throughly enjoyed using it, and I'm sure my skin also benefitted from it too.

Daytox Clay Mask || RRP £20, on sale at £18 - Clay masks I tend to use because I love how clean my skin feels post-use. The tube describes the mask as being a deep cleansing treatment which helps neutralise stressed skin and removes any impurities whilst smoothing the skin, and leaves you with a radiant complexion. I found the mask to have quick a thick and creamy texture, one which didn't apply overly thick nor take long to dry. It doesn't dry right solid, like I expected with it being a clay mask. It washes off as soon as the water hits it, and I love how it leaves my skin - it's super soft and also feels really clean too, which in my books is a winner. I didn't need to leave it on too long, it'd say maybe 20 minutes max. This one is definitely a hit in my books.

Generally speaking, I do love both these face masks. Over the trial period, I've noticed myself using face masks more regularly, and it has been beneficial as my skin has worked well with both the face masks. Although they're on the more expensive side, they're absolutely worth it as I adore them!

Go on, treat yourself.

x

*PR Samples
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