Happy Saturday everyone! There is no better feeling than not having to work on a weekend, and for me personally it doesn’t occur very often so I’m embracing every moment. One of the bonus’s of being away from blogging for … Continue reading
My oh my! It seems like forever since I’ve blogged, and I’ve most certainly missed it. I’ve had such a busy past few weeks, with work and various other things and I’ve just felt too exhausted by the end of most days to even think about getting my laptop out. It hasn’t seen the light of day for soooo long! But I’m back and have loads of products I’ve been using lately ready to review!
I thought I’d ease back into things with a nice little selection of May favourites…I know I’m a little late with it now being the second week of June, but what the hey!
Liz Earle – Cleanse and Polish
It would seem I’ve caved and jumped onto the beauty bandwagon and have completely fallen for this little gem. I never wanted to spend a silly amount of money on something I wasn’t sure would work for me. Having really quite sensitive skin when it comes to fragrance and scents in facial cleansers I was very weary. As a result I instead took advantage of a free sample in a magazine and annoyingly I was sold. Despite it’s fragrance it hasn’t irritated my skin at all (although I did initially suffer from a slight break out) and it leaves it feeling deeply clean, nourished and soft. I’m now making my way through my first 100ml bottle but I think I’m still going to keep an eye out for a cheaper alternative.
Garnier Intensive 7 Days – Soothing Gel- Cream
I’ve really been enjoying this recently as my skin has been especially dry and irritated on my arms and legs. The gel-cream consistency of this means it’s really moisturising but doesn’t take forever to sink into the skin, and so means no waiting around for ages to get dressed after applying straight out of the shower. It’s also non-greasy so leaves my skin feeling silky smooth without leaving it all slimy and uncomfortable. It’s also got a really refreshing scent, so an added bonus!
Gilly Hicks – Calla Bluff Body Mist
Fresh, fruity and the closest I’ll get to a beach this year. This body mist is just divine with the fresh scent of pineapple it’s just really invigorating to use and refresh your skin. It’s long lasting through the day and it’s so nice when you just catch a whaft of it every now and again. Admittedly, it is pricey at £10 a bottle but, a little goes a long way and it seems to last forever in the bottle too! I’ve had this bottle for about 2 months now (maybe even longer) and I’ve only used about a quarter, despite wearing it almost every day. Definitely my scent of the summer!
L’oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Sparkling Shampoo
I’ll admit, the sparkly nature of this shampoo is what first drew me to it and I wasn’t completely expecting it to do anything for my hair, but I have been pleasantly surprised. It’s lightweight formula means it doesn’t weigh down my annoyingly thin locks and I’ve even noticed I’m not having to wash my hair quite as often as it doesn’t make my hair goes greasy quickly. I can’t say I’ve really noticed that it makes an almighty difference to the shine of my hair as I don’t really suffer from dull hair no matter what shampoo I use so the glitter aspect is definitely a gimmick rather than a shine breakthrough for me personally. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this though.
Charles Worthington – Front Row Heat Defence Spritz
I recently rediscovered this in my collection after recently having my hair cut after months of it being pretty damaged I thought it best to try and take care of it as best I can and keep it healthy. This spray leaves a lovely texture to my hair, without feeling sticky and weighed down. It also gives a little extra volume, stopping my locks looking overly flat when I’ve straightened them to death. The smell is a little ‘hair-salony’ (technical term!) but it does the trick and I’ve really been enjoying it.
L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Sahara Treasure
This neutral golden/mink shade has been perfect for my everyday make-up look. It’s so easy to apply, as it glides effortlessly onto the lid and is really easy to blend. It’s really pigmented too so a little goes a long way. It’s staying power is also amazing, which is perfect for me for a long day in work, with very minimal creasing by the end of the day (especially awesome considering I don’t use eyeshadow primer) The little compactor in the packaging is also great for keeping the loose powder formula less fiddly and less messy to use. Beautiful!
Topshop Nails – Adrenaline & Razzmatazz
After reading so much about these around the bloggersphere before they were even released, as soon as they arrived in my local store I snapped them up straight away and haven’t left them alone since! Both, with incredibly eye-catching holographic glitter, add just that little something special to my nails. I haven’t braved using either on all of my nails, out of fear of it taking a century to remove, but I’ve regularly been using them on my ring fingers with solid colour all all other nails. Simple but cute! I’ve found Adrenalin looks great with Essie’s Fiji and Razzmatazz with Barry M’s Berry Ice Cream.
So there we have it! Have you used any of these products? What did you think, and what have been your favourites over the last month?
Thanks for reading! x
Here’s a little haul of some bits I’ve picked up in Superdrug over the last 2 weeks, I feel like I’ve picked up a good few bargains lately so just wanted to share.
Original Carmex Lip Balm (Not pictured sorry)
I’d never used Carmex before now, but have heard so many good things about it via the ‘beauty blog-a-sphere’, so when I saw it on offer, plus 50 bonus beautycard points I thought I’d give it a try. It certainly lives up to the hype, leaving my lips really moisturised and feeling healthy. The formula seems to be pretty much identical to the Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner because the smell and texture is exactly the same, my only concern is that the taste and smell will start to turn on me after a while (as I found with the Blistex pot). The plus-side however is that these pots always last for ages so you definitely get your money’s worth.
Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream
On offer for 89p at the time I bought it so an absolute bargain. I has a pearlised apperance and texture and the smell of ‘star flower and pomegranate’ is to die for!! Because it’s a shower cream as apposed to a gel, I’m hoping it’s going to be really moisturising on my skin and I’m really looking forward to using it. I also really love the packaging, the bottle is lovely and sleek and the graphics are also really pretty.
Garnier ‘Simply Essentials’ Cleansing Wipes
Another bargain buy at £1.49. I’d never used these before but thought I’d give them a try as they were significantly cheaper than my staple Simple Cleansing Wipes. They have zero perfume or colours and have been great for removing my eye make-up. The only thing I have noticed with using these wipes is that my eyes do seem to be quite sensitive to them, as I’ve noticed them watering quite a lot after using them. This could just me having to adjust to using something new, after using Simple for so long. They do leave my skin feeling lovely and soft though 🙂
Superdrug Cotton Wool Buds
An everyday essential, and not very exciting but I wanted to pass on a little tip when looking to buy some. Always check out the baby care aisle first for them because they are so much cheaper than the one’s you will find in the cosmetics aisle. Plus the little purple bunny on the front is just too cute 😉
Superdrug Simply Pure Refreshing Toner
Another product I’ve not tried before but thought I’d give it a try. I’ve neglected toner in my daily routine recently, so thought it was time I started using it again, even though I’m still not entirely sure what toner is meant to do for your skin. Still, I’m interested to see if I notice any difference.
Superdrug Eyelash Curler & Blusher Brush
Another first for me (it’s becoming a bit of a theme in this post!), as I’ve never owned a pair of eyelash curlers before but again I thought I would give them a try. I didn’t want to spend a lot so I got myself some cheap own-brand beauties. The thought of using them has always sort of scared me, as they don’t look the most welcoming of contraptions, but I am intrigued to see how much difference using them makes to my lashes. I also picked up a cheap blusher brush to use with the next two things I’ll mention. As I’ve always used cream blush and applied with my fingers I’ve never really had the need for a brush so I thought it would come in handy.
MUA Powder Blush – Shade 4
I had to get my MUA fix on a trip to Superdrug, so picked up this blush for £1. I really wanted to try out a more pinky toned blush and this has a nice shimmer to it so hopefully will add a bit of glow to my complexion.
MUA Professional Mosaic Blush – English Rose Shade 3
Must have a thing for blush at the moment, saw this and really liked the mix of colour and think it would be great highlight also for my cheeks, really looking forward to trying it out and think it was about time I got into a new shade of blush after using Topshop’s Nugmeg Cream blush religiously for ages!
That’s the lot folks 🙂
Thanks for reading! x