March Favourites

I’m a little bit late with this post, but better late than never and I’ve got a great selection of products for my favourites this month. I know I don’t do this every month but I’ve really been enjoying using so many things this month that I just felt that it was a must. So, here goes nothing…

Soap & Glory ‘Clean on Me’ Clarifying Shower Gel

This little beauty has been in my collection for a long time but only recently have I come to using it religiously. It’s beautifully creamy consistency leaves my skin feeling so lovely and soft after use and the smell is just delicious! The built in body lotion means my skin feels nourished and isn’t left feeling tight and dry. The best is that you only need a small amount to get a very generous lather, so the massive 500ml bottle lasts ages!

Soap & Glory ‘Girligo’ Body Moisturising Mist

This is the perfect partner to the ‘Clean on Me’ shower gel. Again, a little goes a long way and after you’ve showered this gem just adds that signature S&G scent to body to leave you feeling fresh and moisturised for longer. I’ve loved using these two products together all month and will probably continue the routine for a while to come.

Soap & Glory ‘Peaches & Clean’ 4 in 1 Deep Cleansing Milk

A bit of a S&G heavy month, this was a new find for me this month. I’d been looking for a new cleanser to try for a while which wouldn’t leave my skin feeling dry and tight, and this seems to be the one for me! I’ve been using after removing the majority of my make up with facial wipes and it removes any excess foundation brilliantly and leaves my face beautifully soft, fresh and clean It’s not broken me out and also doesn’t dry out my skin at all. The smell is also delicious!

Simple Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream

This is an old faithful for me and something I use daily and will never get bored or tired of. It nourishes my skin perfectly meaning my skin is replenished through the night and soft and supple when I wake up in the morning. It also great for tackling stubborn dry patches around my nose and forehead.

Lynx Attract for Her

I’m quite surprised I haven’t seen more about this product around the blogosphere. I have to admit I was dubious about it, thinking it was just another gimmick, an excuse for Lynx to advertise more skantly-clad women throwing themselves at men. That, and also the fact that I hate any scent of Lynx for men. Having said that, when I smelt it out of curiosity in the shop my mind quickly changed. The scent is very fresh and feminine and just really pleasant to wear. It stays on your skin and clothes for a long time as well, which for body spray I find is quite rare. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and just a little tip, it’s much cheaper in Superdrug than in Boots 😉

Dove Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena

One of the best deodorants I’ve ever used. It lasts for hours and hours, leaving you feeling clean and fresh and the smell is to die for! I’d say you definitely have a good deodorant on your hands when you can still get bursts of the scent throughout the day.

Tangle Teezer

I’ve only had this January and now I don’t know what I would do without it! I have very fine hair which is easily damaged through brushing so a product that claims to prevent damage to your hair and doesn’t tug and pull at the hair was something that certainly appealed to me. I’ve found I have a lot less hair falling out while brushing since using this and a lot less effort is required to remove those stubborn knots in my mangled mane. As an added bonus mine is purple and sparkly… it’s the little things!

17 Peep Show Mascara – Brown/Black

I bought this an an emergency mascara when I realised I’d completely forgotten to put mascara on on my way to work one morning. I bought it as it was the cheapest I could find in Boots in a brown shade. I really wasn’t expecting much from it at all but I have been so impressed with it I’ve used it everyday since. It doesn’t clump or flake, stays put all day and separates my lashes effortlessly giving great length. I’ve also been loving Topshop’s Lash Catcher Mascara when I’ve been feeling like a black liner and mascara combo 😉

Topshop Kohl Pencil – Saddle

My ultimate eyeliner pencil!! A beautiful brown with a hint of shimmer, it’s creamy consistency means it easy to apply and easy to blend. As you can probably tell from the size of mine in the picture this gets a hell of a lot of use and I’ll be stocking up ready for when this is all gone. I don’t think I’ll use any other eyeliner ever again this is definitely my staple item and at only £4 it doesn’t break the bank either.

Natural Collection Powder Blush – Peach Melba

A subtle peach which gives a healthy and cute flush to my pale complexion. It suits my skin tone and hair colour really nicely. It’s really easy to blend and a little goes a long way. You also get a great amount of product for your money at only £1.99. A really pretty shade and perfect for the spring/summer season.

Yankee Candle Lip Balm – Christmas Cookie

I had absolutely no idea these existed, so when I saw them on eBay I couldn’t resist buying one as a self confessed Yankee Candle junkie. Not only does this smell delicious (one of my favourite scents!) it’s really moisturising on the lips and leaves that nourished feeling for a good few hours and even when the majority has worn off it still leaves your lips lovely and soft. The balms also contain SPF 15 which is an added bonus. The cute packaging in the form of a mini jar is also really cute! As far as I know you can’t buy these in the UK but i bought mine here from a UK Seller on eBay. They currently have a few different flavours for sale too.

MUA Immaculate Collection Pallette

I’ve been getting a lot of use out of this this month and experimenting with brighter colours to get me out of the habit of constantly only using my Heaven and Earth Pallette. The pigmentation of the colours in the immaculate collection is amazing. They do not crease and stay put all day even without the use of primer beforehand. My most reached for shades have been Number 15, a pale green/teal shimmer (helps bring out the blue in my eyes) Number 20, a matte white for brightening my eyes and great for blending with darker colours so as not to look so heavy and Number 14, a beautiful copper shimmer for a great neutral look with a hint of glam!

So, those are all the products I’ve loved this month (told you there were a lot!) What have you been enjoying this month? Have you used any of the products I’ve mentioned, what did you think?

Thanks for reading! x

What’s The Story…Soap & Glory – Thick & Fast Mascara

Earlier this month on Twitter I was really excited to see that Elle Magazine were going to be giving away a free Soap & Glory Mascara with their March issue. I’m not one to usually buy fashion magazines, simply because as much as I love how beautifully shot most fashion photography and advertising is I don’t like the idea of spending £4 on something full of adverts and about 5 pages of actual writing. However, because I had heard so many exciting things about the new Soap & Glory cosmetics range I was more than willing to buy the magazine in order to try one of the products which retails at £10 for a reasonable about of money, and at least if I didn’t like it I knew I would only have spent £3.95 on something rather than a tenner.

So, first impressions were that I loved the size of the wand and if you read my blog often you’ll know for me when it comes to mascaras, the bigger the wand the better. It is a really big application wand, and admittedly wouldn’t be for everyone as I know a lot of people do find larger brushes hard to work with, and they are quite easy to make a mess with. The size of the brush for me though wasn’t an issue.

I found the mascara really easy to apply the first time I used it, and I really liked the way it glided through my lashes, and I could see a noticeable difference in the volume of them. However, when it came to the second time of using this mascara I noticed when I removed the wand from the tube, the formula of the mascara had become extremely thick (I suppose as you would expect from the name) and gloopy with all the product forming at the end of the wand and then spilling over the side of the tube when you try to put the wand back in.
The application of the product to my lashes also seemed to get more tricky, with it clumping my lashes together rather than adding volume and thickness to them individually. With that I was left really disappointed by this mascara and the formula has now really put me off using it which is a shame because the first time I used it I was really happy.

So I don’t know what has caused this change in application, maybe something has happened to the formula when reacting to the air getting into it, or perhaps I’ve just had a dud tube?  Has anyone else experienced this change in application after a few uses? Let me know!

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara is available from Boots stores and online and retails for £10

Thanks for reading! x

No.7 Extravagant Lashes Mascara – Products I Regret Buying!

This was one of those impulse buys when I had a £5 off No.7 voucher, saw something new in their collection and was curious to see what it would be like. Admittedly I’d never really bought anything from the No.7 range before so I didn’t really know what to expect, but I chose the Blue shade just to try out something new that I wouldn’t normally pick up seeing as I wasn’t having to pay full price for it.

Thank goodness I hadn’t paid full price for it, because in complete honesty there is nothing about this product that I like. The first thing that put me off about it when I first opened it was the overpowering smell! I don’t know if maybe I got a bad batch or something but I’ve never smelt mascara like it. It actually smelt of fish, and I even asked my Mum to smell it just incase I was imagining it, but she had to back away when I put it towards her. Really foul! So that wasn’t a great start.

The next thing you notice about the product is the actual size of the brush…fair play it is HUGE! They didn’t have a sample out in the shop when I bought it, so I really didn’t know what to expect but I’m pretty sure it was bigger than my own eye! I tried to use it but just could not get to grips with it at all. It didn’t glide nicely through my lashes and would only catch to certain ones, and the ones it did catch it would leave them clumpy and all stuck together. It was just plain awkward and fiddly to use. I don’t know whether this is something I was doing wrong, or whether because I have quite small eyes it just made it awkward for me but I’ve never really had any problems with big brushes on mascaras before (my regular mascara is Max Factor False Lash Effect, afterall!)

Another con to add to the collection, (but my own fault really on this one) is the colour. I was in the mood when buying this to try something different than my standard Black and Brown, so when I saw the blue I assumed it would be a nice perhaps subtle Navy colour…WRONG! The colour is really quite vibrant and when I put it on I did feel a bit like Pat Butcher…really awful!

All in all I really regret buying this, the only upside I suppose is that I didn’t spend a lot of money on it. It was still on introductory offer at about £7 at the time and so with my £5 off I did only pay around £2 and I don’t even think it was worth that! I never have used this mascara since, and don’t think I ever would.

Have you tried it out and had a different experience? If so please let me know, maybe I was going wrong somewhere. I would be interested to know though if it is supposed to smell like mine did. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know (“,)