Monday 25 May 2015

The Righteous Butter vs The Righteous Butter Body Lotion♥

The Righteous Butter has to be one of the most popular body butters out there, as well as one of Soap and Glory's most popular items. I hear many people rave about it, and I must admit, it really is great. Alongside it is the Righteous Butter Body Lotion. I own both, and really love both of them, therefore thought I'd compare the two.

Perhaps one of my favourite body butters ever. It's intensely moisturising, minus the greasiness. It leaves your skin feeling super smooth, as well as smelling delicious (Did I add how gorgeous the scent is?! It smells like marshmallow!) It contains shea butter which is sure to leave your skin in good condition. It is a butter, meaning it is a little heavier on the skin, therefore I prefer to apply it in the evening and go into my pyjamas! The packaging of it is adorable - the pink is sure to catch anyone's eye! Whenever I'm wearing this, people always say how amazing it smells! Also, a bonus for people with dry skin - it helps with any dry patches of skin! The odd few times I've had dry patches of skin, this has helped with them.

This is a lighter formula to the butter. It has the same scent as the Righteous Butter so still smells gorgeous! I have a mini size one as I got it as a gift, although, there is a larger size one available. It is lightweight but still feels moisturising at the same time. I feel this one is more wearable for during the daytime as it isn't as heavy at the other one. I love using this on my legs and arms, and it leaves them feeling silky. It isn't oily nor greasy in anyway, which I'm so glad of!

Which is best for dry skin?

Definitely the Righteous Butter!

Do you need to use a lot each time you use them?

Not at all. They're both really rich!

Roughly, how long do they last for?

I reckon that; the mini size of the Righteous Butter lasts between 4-6 months, the full size Righteous Butter lasts between 7-12 months and the mini Righteous Butter Body Lotion may last about 2-3 months. Of course, it depends on how often you use them too.

I've been through many Righteous Butters because I adore them. I think I have to say that I prefer the Righteous Butter to the body lotion, mainly because I would rather use a butter to a lotion as I feel it works better on my skin.

Have you tried any of these two? Which do you prefer?

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Monday 18 May 2015

Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit♥ || Collab

With such a variety of makeup brands and products out there, it's hard to pick out just one makeup item. If you've just got into makeup, it can be quite daunting to find some good quality products. I've picked out my favourite drugstore makeup items to share with you, whether you're new to makeup, or just looking for some new products. 

For face makeup, I wouldn't exact say it's essentials for a full coverage foundation. Of course, you can get light coverage BB creams and CC creams, but they aren't always necessary. If you feel like you need to cover up a few problem areas, I highly suggest the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This is great for using on spots, or redness. It's creamy yet covers up everything.

For us people who have been blessed with oily skin, I'd recommend using a powder. I've been using the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. Not only does this hide shine, but it also sets any other makeup you may be wearing, such as the concealer. There's a translucent one, as well as one's with colour.

Eye makeup is either a hit or a miss. You might find an eyeshadow which looks stunning in the pan, yet is very chalky and not pigmented. It can either make or break your whole makeup look. A natural eyeshadow palette which is pretty, and inexpensive, is the Barry M Natural Glow Eyeshadow Palette. The colours in this are gorgeous, and can create multiple eye looks. It even comes with a lovely blush shade too.

Something every makeup brands sells is mascara. If I could only wear one makeup item, it would be mascara. It just defines your eyelashes, making them look longer or thicker. I've tried many, some great, and some not so good. One I recommend is the Maybelline Volum Express Colassol Mascara. This makes your eyelashes look great, and the wand is phenomenal. 

I know for sure that I absolutely love lip products; lipstick, lipgloss, lipstain, the lot. There's just loads of different formulas, colours, brands and everything in between. For lip balms, I must say the Maybelline Baby Lips. These are a balm and tint in one. I have the shade Pink Punch, and it gives a slight hint of pink. I used to love this at one point, then never bothered much with it but have been loving it lately. It's not extremely moisturising, but it keeps your lips from going dry.

Some days, I feel like wearing lipgloss. I like the Barry M Lip Gloss Wands. Mine is a light pink colour, so looks natural. They're not sticky at all, and give a nice shine. They smell sweet but not sickly. Mine has hints of glitter, but when wearing it, you don't tend to notice it. To be honest, they're great!

Something that hit the blogging world a few years ago, and everyone went crazy, is the Revlon Lip Butters. I actually adore these! I bought one ages ago, but wasn't keen on the shade, so I decided to give them another shot, except, buy a different one. They have great colour pay off, as well as feel hydrating! They're like a lipstick and lipbalm in one. I have the shade lollipop, which is basically the colour of the packaging, but it's a stunning pink/berry colour and looks great with natural eyes.

They are all my drugstore favourites which are ideal for a makeup starter kit. I've tried many items from the drugstore, but these are the ones I like most. This post is a collab with Alana, who will be posting her collab on Wednesday.

What products are in your ideal makeup starter kit?

Monday 11 May 2015

A Skincare Routine For Oily Skin♥*

Oily skin can be a nightmare to handle. I have an oily T-Zone, and it can drive me insane. I've tried everything possible, I mainly look out for oily skin products, but they tend to not work with me. However, I've been trying out a few products which help keep oils at bay.

In the morning, all I do is wash my face with the Skin Therapy Sensitive Face Wash* (which actually isn't pictured above, must have forgot about it). It is fragrance free, and just cleanses your skin, leaving it smooth and clean.

I use a few more products in the evening as there may be dirt or makeup build up throughout the day.

Before any skincare routine in the evening, it is essential to remove any makeup you might be wearing. Micellar water is exceptionally good at removing everything, I reviewed the Garnier one here. Anything that removes makeup is all that's needed, but it's best you don't skip this step.

After doing so, I wash my face with the Skin Therapy Tea Tree Face Wash*. I like this as it contains tea tree, which is good for oily and spot prone skin. It feels cooling on the skin, and very refreshing. It does have a scent, which doesn't bother me much, but it might not be good for sensitive skin.

Once my skin is nice and clean, I take a cotton pad and use the Skin Therapy Dry Sensitive Toner*. This just removes any excess makeup or dirt. This is one of my favourite steps as I find it quite soothing. Again, it's fragrance free, and just does the job.

The Skin Therapy Dry Sensitive Cleanser* just finished off the cleansing part for the skin. This closes the pores, blocking any dirt from entering. I use a cotton pad again and just wipe it all over my face, focusing mostly on my T-Zone.

On my nose, I use the Skin Therapy Blemish Serum Tea Tree*. The only reason I use this over my nose is because I often suffer from spots there, and by using tea tree, it helps dry spots out. It's a thick yet runny consistency and is quite moisturising. It doesn't leave you feeling oily, and isn't drying either.

For moisturiser, I use my usual, the Boots Essentials Fragrance Free Moisturising Cream. If you've read my blog for a while, you'll have heard about this before. It's not too thin, thankfully. It's quite moisturising. Sometimes, I get strange dry patches on my forehead, and this just keeps them from getting too flaky. 

I've been doing this for about a month now, and it has been helping my skin. There's days where I'm feeling lazy, tired or cannot be bothered, but I know it needs done. 

Is there any good skincare products for oily skin that you've tried?

* PR samples

Monday 4 May 2015

Worth The Hype? - Hollister Body Sprays♥

Hollister body sprays. I remember years ago, everyone had them and they were everywhere. Everyone raved about them. I didn't own any until February, when I went shopping with Emma and we just happened to have gone into Hollister to have a look. We were astonished when we discovered they were only £5 each, yes £5, instead of the RRP of £11 (they were selling them off as they were bringing out new packaged ones). I jumped at the chance and bought two, I couldn't choose between the two. But the real question - are they worth the hype?

If you've been a reader of my blog since it started, then you'll remember I reviewed the Hollister Silver Strand Beach Body Wash and Lotion here. I absolutely loved the scent, so I grabbed a body spray version. Crescent Bay is one which is adored very much, and a lot of people I know own it - whenever someone sprayed it, I was always asking them what they were wearing.

Crescent Bay is a light fruity scent. It has notes of watermelon, poppy and sugary woods. I love spraying this on days where I don't feel like wearing a over-powering perfume and just want a light, girly scent. Personally, I wear this on warm, Summery days as watermelon reminds me of Summertime as it's a typical Summer fruit. I'd describe this one to be very sweet but not too sickly.

Silver Strand Beach is my Summer scent. It has notes of sparkling mandarin, mango and coconut. It literally reminds me of a beach. It's quite a citrus scent, and it's stronger than Crescent Bay. Even though the notes in this are fruits, it isn't too fruity, surprisingly. On days where it's warm and sunny, I will reach for this. I've obviously used it, but I've been keeping majority of it for the Summer, and days where it's warm as this is perfect!

Are they worth the hype though?

Well, I think these are ideal for an alternative to perfume or for a lighter scent. They have cute packaging, although, it's now changed (the new packaging is a similar idea to Victoria's Secret body sprays). I think they are lovely products, and I'm glad I got two of them on sale but I don't know if I would pay the full price for them. Once sprayed, you can smell it on you, and you can do for a few hours at least. I mainly spray it on my neck and wrists.

I would recommend these to anyone looking for a light Summer scent!

If you're looking for a long lasting perfume, I suggest you check out their perfumes.

Have you tried any Hollister body sprays? Do you think they're worth the hype?

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