REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Another ridiculous name in attempt to make a product sound fancy and scientific. I’m onto you, skincare companies. This mask retails at £32.00 for 50ml on the REN website, and the description states:

“A blend of Glycolic, Lactic, Citric and Tartaric Acids, sourced from extracts of Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Lemon and Grape, work with Papain from Mexican Papaya to deeply exfoliate, decongest and purify the skin thereby smoothing skin texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Omega 3 and 7 nourish, soothe and repair the skin to ensure skin remains calm and soothed.”

Application

This stuff is bright yellow! And really slimy. Unpleasantly slimy. I put it on and immediately wanted to wipe the yellow mucus that was now covering my face. But I resisted and gave it the ten minutes it advises.

The Drying

I don’t know if this mask is supposed to dry, but it didn’t. It continued to feel like I had been the victim of the Ghostbusters’ slime for the entire ten minutes.

Removal

Thank God this was fairly easy to remove. A gentle wipe with a hot damp flannel did the trick. It feels like it should have dried and been a peel-off mask, but it’s not (I checked).

Aftermath

Immediately afterwards I didn’t notice any difference. It seems like all that repulsion at my own face was for nothing. I went and made myself a consolatory cup of tea. However, after a couple of minutes, my skin started to feel really tight and fresh. I looked in the mirror and the slime attack had miraculously evened my blotchy skin tone!

Overall

Okay, so if you can get past the weird grass/medicinal smell and the disgusting slimy texture, this is actually a really great mask. I wouldn’t use it more than once a week because I can see that it might dry your skin out if you overuse it, but my skin looks and feels really great. The blend of acids (that sounds terrifying) helps to get rid of any dead skin and leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft. It also did wonders for the pores on my nose, and after just one use I can totally see a difference. At £32.00, this mask is extremely expensive, however I would be more inclined to spend the money on this than on the Glam Glow Youthmud mask

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Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Review

Yes, ‘tinglexfoliate’.

So a friend of mine recently gave me some free samples from her work, and amongst them was a 5g sachet of this face mask. Now a 50g tub of this stuff retails for £49.00 on the Glam Glow website which lasts about 10 uses (that’s £4.90 per application!) I guess what I’m trying to say is that this stuff is expensive, but I’ve heard amazing things about the brand so I was really excited to try it out.

This particular mask contains volcanic rock, french sea clay and active green tea leaf. Fancy.

 

Application

It got a bit of an odd consistency for a face mask, it’s very gritty and there was a bit of fall out but all in all I loved the exfoliating element of this mask – it was like a whole two in one deal. And 5g is just the right amount for one application, so no shortfall and no wastage either.

 

The ‘Tingle’

Okay, I know this mask was supposed to ‘tingle’, but MY GOD. It burns. Really burns. And I don’t have a problem with sensitive skin on my face, so it’s extremely rare for this to happen. It burned so much that I had to resort to sticking my face out of the bathroom window to cool it down. This sensation only lasted a minute tops, but from a mask that’s supposed to make you feel like you’re in a spa, I was feeling far from relaxed with my head out of my window and a towel on my head for all my neighbours to enjoy. The burning went away, but the embarrassment will stick with me forever. 

 

The Drying

This is always my favourite part of a facemask, the part where your entire face is dry and you can’t even move your mouth. I get bored easily, so having an element of ‘this is cool, I can’t raise my eyebrows’ is always entertaining for me. And this mask did not disappoint. My face felt tight within three or four minutes. 10/10 for rock hard faceness.


 

Removal

This mask was surprisingly easy to remove with a hot damp flannel, and the exfoliating effect actually felt really nice. My face was a little pink, but I’m putting that down to the hot flannel.

 

Aftermath

OH MY GOD my face was tight. But tight in a ‘I feel ten years younger and ten times more glamorous’ way. I could not stop touching my face. It’s like it temporarily irradiated all of my pores and blackheads and imperfections, and I totally agree with its claims that it gives you ‘instant camera ready skin in 10 minutes’. I’ve never used a face mask that made my skin look and feel that good before. 

 

Overall

This mask is expensive. Too expensive. Not even a few hours of having a softy soft face can justify paying that much money for a tub of mud. But if you’re suddenly in the mood to spend an obscene amount of money of skincare, go for it, just be prepared for the burn on your face as well as the burning of a hole in your pocket.

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“Your Hair Looks Like it’s on Fire!”

So last Wednesday, I decided I was completely sick of being blonde and sent a picture of a girl’s hair I had seen on Instagram to my hairdresser, and by Friday, after three hours in the salon, I was a redhead once more.

Whilst at university, my hair was red, brown, black, platinum blonde, green (accidentally), red, orange, red and then blonde. I’ve been that same shade of blonde for three years now, with the exception of a few temporary Bleach London experiments with pinks and purples. And lately I’ve not been feeling myself, and I’ve been remembering a time when I had confidence flowing out of me like nobody’s business. And it’s when I had red hair. Soooo…

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My hairdresser is incredibly talented, and made the experience even more exciting/terrifying by turning me away from any mirrors or reflective surfaces from the moment she rinsed the dye out, so I had no idea what it looked like until she had cut, dried and styled it. And if that wasn’t enough, Bizzaz use completely cruelty-free Paul Mitchell products. Amazing.

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It’s okay to be completely obsessed with my own hair, right? I’ve not felt this good in a long time. I finally feel like me again. Everything is falling into place: I’ve moved into a lovely new home with one of my oldest friends, I’ve just secured an amazing new job at the University of Exeter with an actual salary, I’ve been working on my music, and my hair is ON FIRE. Life is good.

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Aleena at Bizzaz, you are a magician. My hair is stunning and I absolutely love it. If anyone wants to change up your look and have a total hair transformation, go to Bizzaz in Exeter. Even if you don’t live in Devon.

Brows On Fleek

IMG_5775.JPGSo unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, if you’re into beauty you’ll know that Benefit have finally launched their new brow range last week! It includes some old favourites that have had a bit of a makeover, and some brand new products. All of these are available in more shades than ever, perfect for people like me who struggle to find a perfect brow match.

Now although Benefit are classed as a high street make up brand, their products aren’t exactly cheap, so instead of breaking the bank and buying all 9 products, I settled for 4, 2 of which are already firm favourites in my daily make up routine.

I also bagged myself a lovely free passport cover and two free mini benebalms when I ordered online with Boots!

First up, my all time favourite brow product: Brow Zings (RRP £24.50)

FullSizeRender (1).jpg“Three steps to amazing brows… this pocket-size compact includes everything you need!”

Yes, this product is pretty expensive, but I have to remember that in over a year of daily use, I’ve actually not even come close to using up my old one.

I went for shade 2, which is suitable for people with darker blonde hair. I was debating going for shade 1, because my hair gets a lots lighter in the summer, but I’m so glad I went for this one after seeing the shades in store (1 looks a little too warm for my hair colour!)

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Firstly, I love the packaging. It looks completely different to the old Brow Zings, and I’m all for giving old favourites a little revamp!

Inside you’ll find the much-loved wax and powder, as well as a new and improved mirror, the handy pair of tweezers, and two brushes that fold out and clip together to create a longer handle to give you more control – this attention to detail is what sets Benefit apart from other brands.

Brow Zings is perfect for everyday brows, especially if, like me, your brows are extremely sparse and patchy, left over from the over-plucking phase of the early 2000s (RIP eyebrows).

Next up, Gimme Brow (RRP £18.50)

FullSizeRender (7).jpg“Poof… fuller-looking brows magically appear! This brush-on gel contains tiny microfibres that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition.”

Another firm favourite of mine, I was recently introduced to Gimme Brow when a Benefit make up artist approached me in my local Boots and asked if she could try a few products out on me. I was so impressed with this fibre gel, not only does it hold your brows in place all day (mine have a habit of being extremely unruly without it!), but it actually has a thickening effect, making it seem like you have hairs where, in my case, there aren’t.

FullSizeRender (8).jpgThere are only 3 shades available in this product, so I apprehensively went for shade 1 thinking it would be a little too light, but actually it’s almost exactly the same as the old light/medium shade I normally use.

You can use this product on it’s own (I tend to do this when I’m going to the gym and don’t want to wear make up, but don’t want to look like an alien with no eyebrows!) or over the top of something like Brow Zings to set your brows in place.

Thirdly, Ka-Brow! (RRP £18.50)

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“Brush on rich, wearable colour! This cream-gel fills, sculpts & defines brows… and comes with a custom built-in brush.”

A brand new product from Benefit is Ka-Brow! This is a brow cream gel, often referred to as a ‘pomade’. It looks exactly the same as a gel eyeliner, but is a much creamier consistency.

A little of this goes a long way, and it’s great for creating natural brows. You can also build on this for a more bold, dramatic look, perfect for a night out where you want everyone to envy those brows!

FullSizeRender (4).jpgThe brush pulls out the top, and attaches to the lid to create a longer handle, which is again a lovely little detail that makes the product that much more special.

At first I struggled to get any product out, but once you warm it up a little with the brush, it becomes a lot easier to apply and glides onto your brows like a dream.

I went for shade 2 again, and I’m really looking forward to playing around with this product!

Lastly, Goof Proof Brow Pencil (RRP £18.50)

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“Presto… everyone’s an expert with this super easy brow-filling & shaping pencil. Fast, full & natural-looking brows magically appear thanks to the glide-on formula, soft colour and goof-proof tip.

Now in my opinion, almost £20 is absolutely extortionate for what is essentially, an eyebrow pencil. However, this seems to be one of the new favourites amongst Benefit fans, so I thought I would give it a go, as I had some Boots advantage card points to spend, so I added shade 2 to my basket.

I love that on one end is a spoolie brush, because my eyebrows tend to go a bit werewolf-y and need a bit of taming before I apply my brows.

FullSizeRender (6).jpgThe pencil end is a thick, slanted pencil. The pointed end is for definition and the wide, flat side if for filling in your brows. It’s a nice, soft pencil, which was a relief, as a lot of brow pencils are so hard that they’re impossible to get any pigment out of!

First impressions? It’s extremely quick, so fantastic if you’re in a rush or just having a bit of a lazy make up day, but I’m not sure it’s worth £18.50, as I can’t see it lasting a very long time.

I’m completely obsessed with the look of packaging of these products – the theme and designs are unlike any beauty products on the market right now and they really stand out on your dressing table. One thing I would say is that some of them feel a little bit cheap and plasticy, something I wouldn’t expect for such high quality products.

The increase in shades available is something I’ve been most excited for about this range, and they don’t disappoint! There’s even a handy guide on the Benefit website on which shade would suit your hair colour. There’s a shade for everyone from platinum blondes to people with jet black hair. However, I would have liked to have seen an auburn/copper shade – I’m sure there’s a lot of red-headed ladies who will need to test out a couple of shades before they buy these products!

As usual with Benefit, they’ve provided handy guides on how to use each of the products, something which I’ve found extremely useful, especially with Ka-Brow!

Overall, I’m really impressed with the new products, and eventually I’d love to get my hands on the rest of the range!

Let me know what your favourites are from the new Benefit Brows range!

Jessica xXx

 

New Things Are Happening!

The past couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy, so I apologise for my complete silence on this blog! So many things have been happening, so I thought I’d give you a quick update!

IMG_5453 (2).PNGFirstly, and most excitingly, if you hadn’t already guessed from my Twitter and Instagram (or had me bang on about it to you in person) I have a new job! I’m going to be spending my summer working for the University of Exeter in the accommodation office as an Accommodation Office Administrator. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s basically a Student Advisor specialising in accommodation. I’ll still be working part time in the pub (I’ve grown quite attached to it and the spare cash will be nice), but I’m so excited to have a normal Monday-Friday 9-5 job for the first time in my life! XD The only problem is, my wardrobe consists of jeans, trainers and black work shirts, so I’m going to have to get a some ‘office appropriate’ clothes!
13072880_474319639434427_6832856377466583397_oSecondly, I’m in a play! I’m going to be a busy bee this summer! I’ve been cast in Sun and Moon Theatre’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona as Lucetta, so all my spare time is currently being used rehearsing and learning lines (one reason I haven’t blogged in a while!) It’s one of Shakespeare’s first plays, and a lesser known one too, but we’ve given it a bit of a modern(ish) twist by setting it at a university in the late 50s/early 60s. I’m absolutely loving the rehearsal process (it’s been a while since I’ve done some theatre!) and I can’t wait to watch it all come together. If you want to come and show your support, we’re showing on:

  • 11th June at 4pm at the Cygnet Theatre (Exeter)
  • 23rd June at 7.30pm at The Queen’s Theatre (Barnstaple)
  • 26th June at 2.45pm at The Queen’s Theatre (Barnstaple)
  • 6th August at 12pm at The RSC Dell Open Air Theatre (Stratford-Upon Avon)
  • 6th August at 3pm at The RSC Dell Open Air Theatre (Stratford-Upon-Avon)

You can also like Sun and Moon’s facebook page to keep up to date with everything!

IMG_5430I spent my weekend in Birmingham with my family. Not only was I celebrating my new job and Ben’s (my sister’s boyfriend) birthday, but most importantly we all went to the opening night of Made Up, the two woman show that my sister is starring in. It’s on at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre until Saturday, and then it’s going on tour until June 11th. I might be biased, but it’s fantastic, and I’m extremely proud. If you fancy seeing my sister looking like an alien, an old woman and many more in the space of 70 minutes, here’s a link where you can find all the dates 🙂

IMG_5302Next I thought I should touch on my Vegan Challenge. A lot of you have been liking my Instagram posts about it, and asking me how it’s going, so I thought I’d answer everyone on here. It’s going amazingly well. It’s been so much easier than I thought it would be! I’m absolutely loving trying out new recipes (I’ve discovered quinoa and it’s changed my life) and I’ve taken much more of an interest in food now that I have to actually think a bit more about what I’m eating. It’s also really helped my lactose intolerance. Before I would often ignore it and eat that bar of chocolate or have that slice of cake even though I knew it wouldn’t be good for me. Now I’m being forced to find alternatives, and it’s really opened my eyes to the dairy-free alternatives out there. As for whether it’s going to be a permanent change? I’m not sure yet. I’m just over halfway through my challenge and I’m yet to make up my mind, but needless to say I’m loving being vegan for now! Alongside being vegan, I’ve also been really getting into the gym. I joined my local Anytime Fitness and I’m (slowly) starting to enjoy exercise again. It’s a good job, since I’ve got my Race for Life 10km in two months!

Phew, that’s all for now! I promise to be better at blogging from now on, and  I’ll have a new beauty-related post up soon!

Jessica xXx

Rimmel London Super Gel Review

A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for some new nail varnish colours for Spring, when I found the new 2 step Super Gel polishes from Rimmel London. I was really impressed with the range of colours, and loved the idea of being able to give myself gel nails at home without having to spend a fortune and use UV lights.

I bought three colours: Bare Hug (pictured), New Romantic and Cocktail Passion, along with the step 2 top coat.

I’ve been testing out the polishes for the past two weeks now, and have tried all three of the shades I bought. They apply quite nicely with no streakiness, and two coats is enough to get a lovely strong colour. They also dry relatively quickly, which is rare for a gel-style nail varnish. I also really love how thick the brush is, meaning it’s a really speedy application.

However, they chip incredibly quickly! Now I’m a full time Bartender, so my hands spend a lot of time in and out of sinks, and I’m constantly cleaning and exposing my hands to various chemicals, so at first I thought this was the reason for the poor staying power. However, I recently had four days off, where I spent the majority of my time writing and doing various bits of admin (and as far away from chemicals as possible), and they still only lasted a maximum of 4 hours chip-free! Not only that, but after removing the colour with my regular, nourishing nail varnish remover, they left my nails feeling extremely dry. I can honestly that these polishes are the worst for chipping I’ve ever used (and I’ve tested a lot over the years), and at £5.99 each, they’re not exactly cheap! I’m so disappointed, and I definitely expected more from Rimmel, a brand that’s known for having really fantastic nail varnishes.

Rimmel says that the colour “last for up to 14 days” – how they can claim this I have no idea!

In my opinion, these polishes are great if you’re looking for a pop of gorgeous, shiny  colour on a night out, and I’ll definitely be using them again for that reason, but don’t expect them to last any longer than the night! So if you’ve been looking for an easier and cheaper alternative to a gel manicure that has the same staying power, I’d advise looking elsewhere!

Jessica xXx

March Favourites

If you’re anything like me, you can’t believe it’s already April either! It seems like only a couple of weeks ago I was in front of the fire in a big baggy jumper with my family celebrating Christmas, and now I’m digging out my floral skirts and sandals. Madness.

Recently I’ve been trying out a lot of new products, some which I love and some which I hate, so I thought I would do a quick post about the products I was loving in March!

Make Up Storage

IMG_4824.JPGMy old, clear plastic make up storage was looking a little bit sad and cracked, and I had run out of space to store everything, so I thought I would treat myself to an upgrade! I searched for ages to find something that I liked, but I finally found this on Amazon for £20.99 (the price has since gone up to £22.49 since my purchase). It said it would take around 3 weeks to be delivered, but I actually received mine around ten days after I purchased it which I was really impressed with! It’s absolutely enormous, with 8 compartments and 3 long drawers – plenty of space to store my cosmetics and more! I posted the picture of it on Instagram and not only did it very quickly become my most liked post ever, I also had 6 different people asking where I got it from! If you’re curious, here’s the link!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

IMG_4876.JPGThis is the one product that all British Beauty Bloggers/Vloggers rave about, and I finally remembered to pick one up in Boots about a week ago. Straight away, I could see why people love this product! I got mine for £3.99 (RRP £4.19) in the shade 01 Fair – I was a bit worried at first that even though I’m very pale it would be too light for me, but it’s absolutely perfect. I struggle with awful dark circles under my eyes, and I’ve been trying to find something to help for ages and this really does the job. I apply it over my foundation in an upside down triangle shape under my eyes and blend it out with my miracle complexion sponge and it just brightens up those really dark areas amazingly. It’s great for small blemishes too, and it isn’t cakey or drying like a lot of drugstore concealers.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob

IMG_4869.JPGI’m a big fan of Beauty Blogger/Vlogger Meg Says, and she recently mentioned in a video that this was one of her favourite lip liners, and since we have similar complexions, I thought I would give it a go and I was not disappointed. It glides onto your lips so well and its a beautiful nude-pink colour. It’s great as a base for lipstick, or it looks lovely on it’s own with a bit of lip balm or gloss over the top.

*If you want to check out more from Meg Says, here’s her Youtube and Blog!

Rimmel London Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 08 Rossetto

IMG_4874.JPGI am obsessed with this lipstick. Pretty much every time I’ve gone out for the past month, I’ve been wearing this shade. It goes great over the top of the Eastend Snob lip liner, and it’s a stunning nude-pink shade. I’ve never really tried out nude lipsticks, as I tend to like my statement reds, but this has me completely converted! I’ve had so many people complimenting me on this and asking where I got it from, so I had to mention it in this post! I’ve not really been a fan of Rimmel lipsticks in the past as I’ve found them to be quite drying, but this one has a much more creamy formula than the others I’ve tried, and it has really great staying power. I can’t recommend this highly enough!

American Cream Hair Conditioner

IMG_4309Of course I had to mention something from LUSH! I love this stuff! Not only does it smell absolutely amazing, but it always leaves my hair feeling soft, and frizz-free without being weighted down, and it’s perfect for defining and controlling wild curls like mine! If you’re new to LUSH hair products (or just LUSH in general) and you’re a bit unsure of using a solid conditioner or you’ve been put of by the strong smells of some of the products they have on offer, then I would definitely recommend American Cream as a great gentle but effective conditioner to try out, perfect for LUSH newbies (you can always ask for a free sample if you’re not sure and the staff at LUSH are more than happy to give you one!). I wrote a whole blog post on this conditioner at the beginning of March, which you can check out here!

Favourite Bloggers!

There have been two bloggers I’ve been really into the past month. The first is my good friend Reanne Kingdon, who if you follow me on Instagram is one of ‘The 3 Blondes’ 🙂 She has the most wonderful writing style, and you can tell that she’s really passionate about it. Not only is she a great writer, but she’s a photographer too, and her work is absolutely stunning! Her WordPress blog is relatively new, so do pop over and show her some love here 

I thought I would also give a shout out to a blogger whose posts I’ve been loving the past month, and that’s Healthy & Psyched. I’ve been obsessed with her vegan recipes, and she’s given me loads of ideas to help get around having to be dairy-free because of my lactose intolerance (her post about non-dairy milk alternatives was particularly helpful). Her recipes always look absolutely delicious, and I’m psyched (pardon the pun) to give some of her smoothie bowls a go! Even if you’re not a vegan, you can still find inspiration for healthy and delicious meals.  Check her out here 🙂

I can’t wait to see what new things I discover this month, and if you have any products you want me to try out and review or things that you recommend, please do share!

Thanks for reading!

Jessica xXx

March Cosmetics Haul!

Spring is finally upon us, so I went out in the sunshine to update my make up and skincare collection! I had a load of Boots advantage card points to spend, so I didn’t have to part with too much of my (very hard-earned) cash. I’ll be posting individual reviews for the Bourjois products once I’ve tried them all out, so stay tuned for those!

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  1. Ultrabland from LUSH. This is my favourite cleanser, and I used it every morning to clear away any oil or dirt, and every evening to remove my make up.
  2. Mask of Magnaminty from LUSH. I wasn’t hugely keen on this product when I first used it, but the more I’ve used it, the more I’ve grown to love it. It smells amazing, and I used it about twice a week to help keep spots away and my complexion clear.
  3. Simple Kind to Skin Light Moisturiser. I absolutely love this facial moisturiser, and I find it’s perfect for my combination skin, keeping the dry patches moisturised while not leaving an oily residue.
  4. Metal free hair bands from Superdrug. I’m always losing or breaking hair bobbles, and as my hair grows it’s getting more and more important for me to just tie it up and get it out of my way!
  5. B. Blusher/Contour Brush from Superdrug. I needed a new brush for contouring and this one was on offer so I decided to give it a go! It’s Superdrug’s own brand and I’ve never used their brushes before so I’ll keep you updated on what I think of it!
  6. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush. This is the only dry shampoo that I use, so I always stock up when I’m out in town. It’s amazing at getting rid of any oil build up on your ‘in between hair wash’ days, and it adds volume without leaving your hair feeling stiff and crunchy.
  7. Imperial Leather Sherbet Lemon Shower Cream. I needed a new shower gel, and this one smelt incredibleI cannot wait to use this!
  8. Bourjois Bronzing Powder in  shade 51 Light. This is the first Bourjois product I picked up (I’ve never used any of their products!) I’ve heard really good things about this, and as the weather gets warmer I like to have a bit more of a bronzed look to my make up. It contains cocoa powder and does actually smell like chocolate!
  9. Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Sheer Matte Liquid Lipstick in shade 04 Ravie En Rose. I swatched what seemed like a hundred of these in Boots! This is the first one I picked up, and it’s a lovely light, coral-pink shade. It feels really light and is a buildable colour, perfect for Spring!
  10. Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finish Liquid Lipstick in shade 07 Nude-istThis is a gorgeous liquid to matte shade, perfect to take a make up look from day to night!
  11. Maybelline The Eye Eraser in shade Light. This is my favourite concealer. I used it to cover blemishes and dark circles, and also as a highlighter.
  12. Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation in shade 51 Light Vanilla. I get bored of foundations pretty quickly, so I thought I would try one from Bourjois this time. It was the lightest shade they had so it’s lucky that I’m not any paler!
  13. Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara in shade Ultra Black. Now I love my Benefit They’re Real! mascara, but it’s pretty pricey, so I’m trying to find a mascara that I get on with just as well.
  14. Bourjois Blusher in shade 41 Healthy Mix. I’ve been wearing the same blusher for about 3 years now, and it’s really time for  a change. I was staring at blushers for absolutely ages before I finally settled on this coral/pink shade. I thought it would go really nicely with the Ravie En Rose liquid lipstick which is a similar shade.
  15. Set of 3 nose studs/rings from Accessorize. These speak for themselves really. I want a new nose ring that wasn’t going to turn my nose green like ones from Claire’s, so I was pleasantly surprised to find these in Accessorize!

I’ll keep you updated of the Bourjois products! I’m so excited to try them out!

Thanks for reading!

Jessica xXx

American Cream

Although I really love my Big solid conditioner from LUSH, I thought I’d give the American Cream hair conditioner a go, just to mix things up a bit! I bought the smallest bottle, which is £4.75 for 100g, but it’s also available in a couple of bigger sizes too. I thought the small one would be perfect to try it out, and because I’m going up to Derby for a couple of days and it’s a really handy travel-size.

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The conditioner contains honey water, fair trade vanilla, fresh strawberries, organic orange and sage and lavender oils. It’s designed to ‘leave your hair gorgeously soft and smelling sweetly’.

First impressions are that I really like the smell – I was worried that it was going to smell overpoweringly of strawberry, which is one of my least favourite scents, but it’s actually a lovely vanilla scent, with a hint of strawberry coming through.

It’s a lovely, thick and creamy consistency, but it doesn’t leave my hair feeling weighed down which is often the case with thicker conditioners. It spreads really nicely through my hair, and I like to concentrate it on the ends which need the most moisture. 

Something that I’m really impressed with is the amount of shine it gives my hair! As you blonde readers will know, it’s often tricky to get your hair as shiny as those with darker hair, and it can often feel really soft but still look a bit dull. American Cream has brought my colour out and made my hair look beautifully healthy! 

All in all I really like this conditioner, and I’ll definitely be purchasing a bigger bottle next time!

Jessica xXx

Herbalism

It’s pretty clear by now that I’m completely in love with LUSH, and I particularly love trying our their face scrubs and cleansers. This time I picked up a tub of Herbalism!  It’s described as ‘a herbal combination of nettles and rosemary to balance and cleanse the skin, with almonds and rice bran to gently exfoliate’. It’s priced at £6.95 for 100g, and although you can get it in a bigger size, I don’t think I’d be able to up a bigger one before the use by date!

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It contains ground almonds, nettle, rosemary and rice vinegar extracts, chamomile blue oil and sage oil, all ingredients that are meant to soothe and cleanse the skin, and, as with the majority of LUSH products, it’s made with 100% natural ingredients.

First impressions are that I love the colour – it’s a brilliant, bright green! It also has a fresh, herbal smell – I can really smell the rosemary and sage coming through which is light and refreshing.

IMG_4316IMG_4319Like with a lot of the LUSH cleansers, you take a chunk of this product and mix it with a little water in the palm of your hand to create a paste, and then use it on your face and body as required. I love the control this ‘paste’ method gives you over how thick the product is – sometimes you want a really intense cleanse, and sometimes you just need a little lift!

Herbalism leaves my face feeling unbelievably soft and nourished, and is actually really lovely to use if I’m having a shower in the evening, as the herbal smell is very relaxing. The one thing I will say is that whilst it can remove base make up, it won’t remove eye make up, so it’s best to use something like Ultrabland (reviewed here) either before or after to properly take your make up off.

It’s a lot less grainy than other exfoliators I’ve tried from LUSH, and although I love a good, concentrated scrub, this will be nice for those days when my face needs something a little bit more gentle. It’ll be perfect to alternate with my Ocean Salt scrub, which you can read my review of here.

Let me know what you think of Herbalism, or if you’d like me to try out any other LUSH products!

Jessica xXx