Rosy Cheeks

By now it’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with Lush, and one thing that I love is that every time you bring back 5 (clean!) empty black pots into store, they give you a free Fresh Face Mask of your choice.

After storing up my pots, I decided to try something new, rather than opting for my usual BB Seaweed, I thought I would try something new and picked up a pot of Rosy Cheeks.

The day after a party, and on an unpleasantly muggy day, I was eager to try out this soothing mask. Because these are fresh masks, you keep them in the fridge, and the cooling sensation was very welcome feature.

Although Rose Petal Infusion and Rose Oil are amongst the ingredients, the mask has a very light, fresh scent, a relief for someone who isn’t overly keen on floral scents.

Another active ingredient is Calamine Powder. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I distinctly remember my mum smothering calamine lotion on me when ever I caught the sun or had a particularly bad patch of childhood eczema, so I already knew that this was a fantastic ingredient for soothing the skin and calming down redness. I often get patches of redness in my cheeks, particularly on a warm day (or after a couple of drinks), and have found that the mixture of the mask coming straight from the fridge and the Calamine Powder help bring that redness down instantly.

Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll find the drying down of a face mask weirdly satisfying, and you won’t be disappointed! After about 10 minutes this mask has dried down, but not in a flaky way, more of a tacky layer where you can still actually move your face (a bonus in my book).

It only takes a couple of splashes under the tap to remove this, and I would recommend using cool water – after all, you don’t want to undo all that cooling straight away!

After wiping the mask away, my skin feels soothed and refreshed, the redness has left my cheeks and my usually very uneven skin tone is much less blotchy. This mask gives a matte finish, which is something I really enjoy as I tend to have a very oily T zone. It also works in removing leftover makeup residue if you’re as rubbish as removing it as I am!

I’m so glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and tried something new. I can be pretty fussy with face masks, but Rosy Cheeks is definitely going to become a regular in my beauty regime!

Jessica

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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 Glossy Box!

A couple of day ago I received my first ever Glossy Box! It’s a monthly subscription Beauty Box that usually contains 5 travel-sized beauty products, delivered to your door! There are various ways of paying for it (the longer you sign up for it, the cheaper it becomes), but if you pay monthly it’s £10 plus £3.25 P&P. So they can send you the products right for you, you fill in a short survey including questions about your skin tone, skin type and hair colour, so, for example, you can avoid being sent a concealer three shades too dark!

IMG_4723.JPGThis month’s box was all about getting the glow back into your look: “If you’re as fixated as I am on giving skin back the glow that winter stole, then your search ends here.”

IMG_4724.JPGFirst of all, I was really impressed with the packaging. The actual box itself came in another box to stop it getting bashed about in transit, and even this outer box looked lovely! When I opened the parcel up, I was met with a simple, elegant pink box with the Glossy Box logo on. Inside this, wrapped in pink tissue, tied with a black ribbon and nestled in black shredded paper were the six products, as well as a note from the Editorial Director explaining what was inside, and a £10 discount voucher (minimum spend £50) for an online store called Zalando.

Luxie Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush 504 Full Size (Worth £10.42) 

— “This angled brush is specially cut to hug the curves and contours of your face, making it perfect for all your contouring, highlighting and strobing needs! Simply pat it into your chosen product and sweep along your cheekbones, down your nose and along the jawline for a beautifully sculpted face.”

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I was kind of annoyed with myself when I saw that the box contained a contour brush, because I just bought one last week! Oh well, I guess you can never have too many make up brushes, and I can use one of my brushes for bronzer and the other for highlighting. I love the pink handle of this brush, the bristles are very soft, and it’s cruelty-free which is always a bonus! My only issue with this brush is that the handle feels a little bit cheap, it’s made out of a very light plastic, and I tend to like brushes that are slightly more weighted.

Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream Travel Mini (Full Size £29.99)

— “Working to fade the look of discolouration and dark spots, this clever cream goes above and beyond evening out your skin tone. How? It hydrates, exfoliates and smoothes the skin to leave you with a healthy, glowing complexion. Suitable for all skin types, you can apply it to cleansed skin both morning and evening.”

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This is a tiny tube! The packaging of this is a bit plain and boring, and I wasn’t overly impressed the appearance. However, I’ve just used it for the second time and it feels amazing on my skin. It sinks in almost immediately, but it leaves a cool, soothing sensation for a long time afterwards! (I applied it about an hour ago and my face is still feeling refreshed!) I’m not entirely sure how a cream can “exfoliate”, but it certainly feels hydrating and I can see how, after time, it could help to smooth your skin. As for evening skin tone, I’ll have to use it for a little bit longer to be able to tell if it would help with that!

Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum Travel Size (Full Size £28.81)

— “Infused with honey and propolis (two of nature’s most potent antiseptic and antibacterial ingredients made by bees), this light and luxurious serum replenishes and protects the skin, leaving you with a glowing complexion day after day.”

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At first I thought this was an eye cream, as the packaging looks exactly like one, but on closer inspection I found that it is a ‘facial serum’. I’ve never used a serum product on my skin, so this is a new one for me! I love products with honey in, they do absolute wonders for my skin so I’m really excited about this one. It’s a lovely, silky smooth products that glides really nicely onto your skin. The tiniest amount goes a long way, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it makes my skin look when I use it underneath my make up, as it suggests.

-417 Catharsis Vitamin Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner Travel Sizes (Full Sizes £16.89 Each)

— “The combination of Dead Sea moisture balancing minerals, energising vitamins and essential oils in this duo ensure your hair is left super gleaming, hydrated and lustrous. Apply the shampoo to wet hair and rinse, then apply the conditioner and leave on for 5 minutes.”

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I’m always very apprehensive to try out new hair-washing products, because I’m so in love with my Seanik Shampoo Bar and Big Solid Conditioner from LUSH, but I was intrigued by the Dead Sea minerals in these. I used it this morning for the first time, and I have mixed opinions about it. They’re both extremely watery and thin formulas, and they don’t really have any kind of smell (isn’t half the joy of a shampoo and conditioner the amazing smell?!). However they rinsed out really well, and I was able to comb through my hair really easily when it was still wet. My hair feels really soft and pretty much frizz-free (which is pretty impressive on my curly hair), but it’s definitely not as volumised as it is when I use my normal shampoo and conditioner bars. I definitely prefer the conditioner to the shampoo, and I’ll use them again but it wouldn’t be something I’d consider re-purchasing, especially at £16.89 each!

Collection Speedy Highlighter in 01 Pearl Sheen Full Sized (Worth £3.99)

— “Fancy drawing on the cheekbones of your dreams? Well, this crayon delivers makeup artist-worthy results in a few simple swipes. Simply glide across the tops of your cheekbones, brow bones and above the cupid’s bow and gently blend using your fingertips or your Luxie Brush.”

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Being relatively new to highlighting, I’ve only ever used a liquid one – I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a crayon one! I am so impressed with this. The shade is perfect for my skin tone – it’s a lovely pearly champagne-pink, and it blends out beautifully. I wouldn’t use the Luxie Brush as it suggests to blend it out, because it’s much quicker and easier to just use your fingers! I’m definitely going to be switching out my liquid highlighter for this one!

Overall I’m pleased with the products in this box. The Luxie Brush alone is worth more than the price of the box, so it’s a definite thumbs up on value for money. The fact that you can personalise your profile to make sure you get the products right for you is a great feature, and it’s always nice to get a surprise in the post every month! You can also complete feedback surveys about the products on the website, and earn points (Glossydots) towards getting free boxes!

If anyone’s interested in giving a Glossy Box a go, you can use my refer a friend link below 🙂

https://www.glossybox.co.uk/referal?CI=MzAyMDEx

Enjoy!

Jessica xXx

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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

February LUSH Review

About a week ago I ventured out in the horrible weather with my sister to my favourite LUSH store to add to my ever-growing collection. I had done a little bit of research before I went, and made a list of the products I was interested in, some of which I ended up purchasing, and others which I did not.

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The products I didn’t end up buying were:

  • Herbalism – I still really want to try this, but I didn’t want to buy two facial cleansers and the shop assistant recommended I try Ocean Salt
  • Full of Grace – I’m still fascinated by the concept of this (a solid facial serum) but I’m worried it contains a little too much oil for my combination skin
  • Yummy Mummy and Prince Charming – I was really hoping I would like the smell of one of these because I still haven’t found a LUSH shower gel I like, but I wasn’t overly keen on either of them

I’d still love to give Herbalism and Full of Grace a try, so I’m not ruling them out just yet, and I’m still determined to find a shower gel that I really love the smell of!

Seanik (£5.95)

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This first product is a re-purchase. I reviewed Seanik in my January LUSH Review, and since then I’ve only fallen more in love with it. It has completely changed my haircare routine, just like I hoped it would, and I can’t see myself ever going back to liquid shampoos!

My hair usually goes limp and frizzy the day after I wash it, but after using this for a few weeks now, I’ve found I can leave longer between washes (which is much better for the health of your hair as it isn’t constantly being stripped of its natural oils) and my hair stays shiny and full of volume. I often find that after a couple of weeks my hair ‘gets used’ to a shampoo, and it stops having the same results as it did in the beginning, but Seanik continues to make my hair beautifully big and soft!

12654637_10153996086495337_2479310045446046492_nThere are loads of shampoo bars on offer at LUSH, but Seanik is perfect for my hair type, and I’m really starting to notice a difference in the overall condition of my hair. It’s helping me to really embrace the natural texture of my hair, plus I’ve found that it helps my colour last longer! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different shampoo bars LUSH sells, my advice would be don’t be afraid to ask for help! The shop assistants are there to give you advice and they really know their stuff.

The reason I re-purchased it now isn’t because I had used my first one up, but because I’m going to be travelling around a bit soon and I wanted a spare one to keep in my wash bag!

Big (£5.95)
IMG_3458Since using a shampoo bar, I’ve been wanting to try out a solid conditioner, so I picked up Big. I chose this one because it’s supposed to be good for hydration and volume.

Being honest, the first few times I used this I was struggling to get any product, as it was quite hard. After 4/5 uses, it did start to soften up, and I got used to the texture, so my advice with this one is to persevere!

My favourite thing about this is it’s great for concentration on a particular area that needs a bit of love, for me it’s my ends, as you can just rub the bar straight onto your hair. It leaves my brittle ends incredibly soft and hydrated, and you can even use it on dry hair for a little bit of extra shine on those days in between washes.

I am still using a conditioning mask once a week (currently it’s the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter from The Body Shop) for an extra splash of moisture, but I am starting to love this solid conditioner as much as my shampoo bar. I really want to try out the Jungle bar next, as it’s meant to be great for taming wild hair.

Ocean Salt (£7.95/120g)
IMG_3460I’ve been using Dark Angels as my daily scrub, and although I absolutely love the texture and the amount of exfoliation you get from it, I cannot stand the smell of it. Charcoal and Sandalwood are not a nice combination, in my opinion. So when I went into LUSH, I asked the shop assistant if there was anything with the same amount of texture but without the smell, and she recommended this!

This contains vodka*, limes and grapefruit oil and smells like a mojito! I absolutely love the way this smells, it’s perfect to wake you up in the morning.

If you’re like me and you’re a big fan of layers of mascara and eyeliner, it won’t remove your eye make up, but it does leave your face feeling clean, soft and refreshed, and you can use it all over your body if you wanted to!

I was advised not to use this every day because the salt content may dry out my skin, especially in the winter, so I’m alternating between using this and the remainder of my Dark Angels (which is lasting forever!).

*If you’re not keen on putting vodka on your face, it’s also available in an alcohol-free version.

Rub Rub Rub (£8.95/250g)
IMG_3452“Spring into softened skin with floral jasmine, sea salt and fresh lemon juice”. Now I’m not normally a massive fan of jasmine in anything, but it’s very subtle and complements the other scents really beautifully.

You can use it on wet or dry skin, depending on the level of exfoliation you’re looking for, and you can even apparently use it as a shampoo for a massive volume kick (which I haven’t tried yet but I’ll keep you posted!)

I love the consistency of this, and a little goes a long way because it’s jam packed full of salt for a luxurious scrub. Speaking of luxurious, I do think it’s a little on the pricey side, so I’m not using it every day.

One thing that I’m really excited about is that although I’ve only used it 3 or 4 times, it’s made a huge difference to the Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms. This is a skin condition that’s basically like permanent goosebumps, and they can be red or, in my case, white in colour. They’re nothing to worry about, and they’re extremely common in young women (hurray for hormones) and people with eczema (hurray again), especially during the winter when your skin is naturally more dry, but I’ve never found a product that has worked as well on them! My arms has gone from being bumpy to almost completely smooth and I could not be more happy about it.

Love Lettuce (£6.75/75g)
IMG_3465.JPGI know, I know. I couldn’t wait to have five empty pots and get my Fresh Face Mask for free! I just love this product so much, and when I smelt the lavender fragrance in the shop I couldn’t resist!

The Love Lettuce mask is amazing for balancing out the skin’s natural oils, which is perfect for people with oily or combination skin like myself. It’s also incredibly exfoliating, and I find it really helps with blackheads.

Because it’s fresh, you have to keep this in the fridge to stop it going off, which also means that it’s extremely cooling and refreshing for your face.

It such a lovely weekly treat for my face, and not only does it smell incredible, but it leaves my skin glowing. If you’re a LUSH virgin, I would definitely recommend starting off with a face mask and maybe a bath bomb or two!

Not a massive haul this time around, but I really did my research before I went, and I made sure to get advice from the LUSH staff, who are always fantastic and really brighten up your day. Shout out to the lady in LUSH Exeter who helped out me and my sister, and gave a free soap to an adorable little girl who was very excited!

Jessica xXx

 

 

Get Ready With Me!

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In this blog I decided to do a step-by-step ‘Get Ready With Me’, showing you how I take achieve my daily make up look. This is the kind of make up I wear every day, it’s really versatile and perfect for someone like me who wants to make as little effort as possible- I know it sounds like a lot when you break it down like this, but it normally takes me about 30 minutes to do. Every product shown here (apart from the two Lush ones) were bought from Boots, and the majority of them are extremely affordable, with the exception of the Benefit products. I should also say I’m not sponsored by any of these brands (but I wish I was!)

Before I apply my make up, I cleanse and tone my face with LUSH’s Ultrabland and Tee Tree Water. These are great for removing any leftover make up residue and they help to balance the skin’s natural oils. I’ve been unwell this week so I’ve got a bit of a breakout on my forehead, so the antiseptic properties of the toner water are really good for helping calm that down.

IMG_2496I then moisturise my face with Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser SPF 15 (£4.35/125ml). This has a great, non-greasy texture and absorbs really quickly into my skin.

I also use Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm (£3.65/15ml). This is soothing and cooling under the eyes, which are a definite problem for me.

 

IMG_2581IMG_2590I think it’s really important to use a primer before applying your make up. I currently use Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer (£5.99/30ml) which is bright purple! It sinks so quickly into my skin and leaves it really smooth. It contains hibiscus which is great for an even skin tone, and is a great base for keeping your make up looking fresh and lasting longer. It also helps to reduce the appearance of pores.

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IMG_2607Next I like to use a BB cream. I swear by Rimmel London BB Cream Matte in Light (£6.99/30ml). I have quite an oily T zone, so this is great for mattifying. You can wear it as a base for foundation or alone. It’s SPF 15 which is fantastic for protecting the delicate skin on your face from UVA and UVB rays. It claims to minimise pores, even skin tone, mattify, control shine, smooth, sooth, conceal dark circles, help prevent blemishes and provide all day coverage.

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IMG_2656I’m always changing up my foundation. The latest one that I’m loving is Maybelline Superstay 24H Foundation in 05 Light Beige (£8.99/30ml). It’s a really affordable, medium coverage foundation that lasts all day without transferring or rubbing off. It doesn’t crease too much around the eyes which is one of my pet peeves, and I don’t have to keep powdering throughout the day. This is great if you’ve got combination skin like me: it controls shine but doesn’t dry out my skin. It’s also a really good match for my skin tone, which is rare because I’m so pale!

IMG_2684IMG_2727The next product I’m loving at the moment is the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer in Light (£7.99). This is a great buildable, non drying concealer that you can use for dark circles, blemishes and basic highlighting. In my opinion, it’s a bit on the pricey side for a concealer, but you only need a little bit so it lasts for ages.

IMG_2746IMG_2767Now I’m no expert in the whole ‘contouring’ craze, but the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette in Light/Medium (£6.99) is great for novices like myself. I usually only use the bronzer in this palette, because I prefer to use a liquid highlighter. It’s a subtle colour and blends well, while providing buildable colour. And it gives me cheekbones! Hurray!

IMG_2791IMG_2808I’ve used the same blusher for ages now: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Soft Ciolour Blush in 020 Pink Rose (£3.99). It gives me a lovely, natural tint to my cheeks and it blends really nicely. I naturally get quite flushed, so I tend not to use a massive amount of blusher, but this just adds a nice bit of colour.

IMG_2816IMG_2839Next: the brows! I was relatively late to the brow game, but now I feel completely naked without them. I’m naturally quite fair, and my eyebrows are very patchy. The two products I use are Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit in Light (£24.50) and Benefit Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel in Light/Medium (£18.50). These products are quite expensive, but I absolutely love them, and after trying what seems like hundreds of brow products, they’re the closest match to my natural colour. The Brow Zings has a pigmented wax for shaping, and then a natural-shaded powder for setting. I then use the Gimme Brows to add fullness and keep the hairs in place. It’s also waterproof which is great- no one wants their brows running down their face when it rains.

IMG_2849IMG_2863I prefer a liquid highlighter, so I use Rimmel London Good To Glow Highlighter in 001 Notting Hill Glow (£4.99/25ml). You only need the tiniest amount of this, and it’s really good for people who want a natural glow. I use it on my cheeks and brow bone to add a bit of dimension and radiance.

IMG_2886IMG_2901When I want a little extra coverage, I like to use Max Factor Facefinity Compact in Porcelain (£10.99). This has SPF 15 and can be used alone as a powder foundation. I use a light dusting to mattify my make up and add a bit more coverage. It doesn’t dry out your skin, and if I do find I need to sort out excess shine on my face later in the day, a little bit of this sorts it out really well.

IMG_2927IMG_2938Moving onto eyes now. I’m not a bit fan of eyeshadow (mainly because I’m not very good at it!), but I do like to sweep a little bit across my lids before applying my eyeliner. For this I use Revlon ColorStay Shadowlinks in Oyster (£2.99). This adds a touch of sparkle and is a non-creasing powder. It also acts as a primer for my eyeliner and stops it smudging onto my upper lid.

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IMG_3004IMG_3018I’ve done the same eyeliner flicks since I was 16, and I’m really picky about the products I use. I’ve been using The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner in 01 Black (£9) for years, but it’s such a pain to get hold of. They only ever seem to have it in brown in store, so I normally bulk order it online which ends up getting pretty expensive. Last week I decided to try out the new Maybelline Master Ink Matte Liquid Eyeliner in 10 Charcoal Black (£4.99) and it exceeded my expectations. Not only is it almost half the price of The Body Shop one, it’s pretty much a dupe for it! The pen is slightly different, but it’s a nice fine tip that’s perfect for winged liner. It’s a long-lasting colour that doesn’t crack like a lot of liquid eyeliners, and after a particularly bad anxiety attack last week, I can now tell you it’s cry-proof!

IMG_3053IMG_3164Being fair-haired, my eyelashes are really blonde, so I’m obsessed with mascara. My all time favourite is the Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black (£19.50), which I currently layer with Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara in 1 Very Black (£7.99). I start with a coat of Maybelline, then Benefit, then Maybelline and then Benefit. I also use the Benefit one for my bottom lashes. It might seem crazy to layer them like this but I’ve been doing it for years and it’s become a habit!

IMG_3120To make sure my make up stays in place, I use the Maybelline Superstay 24H Setting Spray (£6.99/75ml). This is lightweight, quickly absorbed and refreshing and extends the wear of your make up. I’m one of those people who used to use hairspray (yes, hairspray!) to set my make up, so I’m so happy to have found an affordable setting spray that actually works!

 

To take this look from day to night, I can simply add a red lip. I start off with EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Vanilla Mint (£6.50) which smells incredible and leave my lips lovely and soft.

IMG_3177IMG_3190I then like to line my lips. For this look I used Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in 540 Hollywood Red (£3.99) – they do one in the same shade as the lipstick I use but I’ve run out! This is perfect to prevent the colour of your lipstick bleeding into your skin, keeping a nice clean line for your lips.

IMG_3206IMG_3217To finish off, I use my absolute favour lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 547 Pleasure Me Red (£6.99). I’m completely in love with this formula and the colour, and I currently have three of them (one for my make up stand, one for my handbag, and one for emergencies!). It’s a creamy, moisturising lipstick that gives a fantastic, bold, long-lasting colour that I find really suits my complexion. So if you ever see me out with red lipstick on, 9 times out of ten this is the one I’m wearing!

So there you have it! These are the products that I use every day, and I love every single one of them! Thanks for reading!

Jessica xXx

January LUSH Review

I’ve recently become absolutely obsessed with LUSH. I love not only their products, but their ethics. I’m no vegan, but I love the ethics of LUSH, so I’m totally up for supporting a brand that not only refuse to test on animals, but that talk about it so proudly.

So here are the products I’ve used/been using over the past 8 weeks. I’ve decided to rate them out of 5 in terms of:

  1. Smell
  2. Texture
  3. Effectiveness
  4. Value for money
  5. Overall rating
Ultrabland

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I had heard so much about this product, so it seemed silly not to give it a go. This is actually my second pot, and I can honestly say it’s changed my entire skin care regime. You only need to use a small amount, and I use it in the mornings to make sure my makeup has a clean base, and most evenings to remove my makeup. I now find I hardly ever use facewipes (apart from the rare occasion I’ve been out drinking and need a quick way to take my makeup off that doesn’t involve standing upright), which I’ve found is not only better for the environment, but much better for my skin. I have combination skin, which means my T zone can get really oily. Before I tried this product I thought it was completely ridiculous to use an oil-based product on my skin, but it actually helps to balance my skin, stopping it producing excess oil that it feels it’s lacking. This has become a real staple in my routine.

Smell 3/5

This product doesn’t really have a smell, so it’s difficult to give this a fair rating. It’s not amazing: a little reminiscent of play doh, but it’s not unpleasant. It’s just average.

Texture 4/5

Ultrabland is so silky and soft on your skin. It can sometimes feel a bit greasy, especially if you’re using it to take your makeup off rather than applying to bare skin, but overall it feels lovely.

Effectiveness 5/5

I think I’ve made it clear by now how much I love this product. Since first using it about 8 weeks ago, I’ve seen a real difference in my skin. It’s less oily, less dull-looking, and my gigantic pores have shrunk dramatically.

Value for money 5/5

The first pot I bought was the 45g one, which is £7.50. Now that I know how amazing it is, I’ve moved on to buying the bigger 100g pot for £11.95. In 8 weeks, I’ve got through the 45g pot and about a quarter of the 100g pot, which saying that I use it every day (and often twice a day), I’d say a little goes a long way!

Overall rating 17/20

Overall, I am completely in love with Ultrabland, and I can’t see myself liking another cleanser more any time soon. It’s amazing. Try it.

Dark Angels

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Having used a few charcoal-based face masks before, I knew that it was a great (if unusual) ingredient to use in skin care products. It’s especially good for unclogging pores, and Dark Angels is no exception. I use it every morning in the shower, and I always feel like I’m getting a really deep clean.

Smell 0/5

It’s sad, but I really have to mark this product down on the smell. I know charcoal isn’t the nicest smelling thing in the world, but other charcoal products I’ve used have managed to mask the smell a lot better than Dark Angels does. Some mornings the smell is very over-powering. It supposedly has sandalwood and rosewood oils to give it an ‘earthy’ smell, but I’m really not a fan. The only saving grace is that it doesn’t leave a smell on your skin, so you only have to stomach it for the 30 seconds you’re using it for.

Texture 4/5

I’m always on the lookout for really good exfoliators, and I’m often disappointed in the roughness of the products I buy. Dark Angels does not disappoint on this front. You take a tiny piece and add water, making it into a paste, and it turns into this amazing, gritty exfoliator that feels like it’s actually doing something.

Effectiveness 3/5

I do love it, and I always feel like I’m getting a deep clean from it, but it doesn’t remove residual eye makeup as well as other exfoliating cleansers I’ve used. My skin always feels really lovely and soft after using it, so it must be doing something!

Value for money 4/5

I paid £6.95 for a 100g tub, but you can also get it in a 250g tub for £17.35! I’ve been using this product every day for three weeks now, and I think I’ve used around a quarter of my tub, so a 100g tub would last me around 3 months (which is about the time it expires anyway).

Overall rating  11/20

I do really like this product, it was something that I’d never even heard of at Lush so I thought I’d give it a go. I haven’t noticed a massive difference in my skin, and although I love the amount of texture in it, I don’t feel like it does a lot more than my normal face wash. Maybe if it had a better smell I’d be more inclined to re-purchase, but for now, I’m on the fence.

Mask of Magnaminty

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I think I first learned about this product after watching a video from ‘Beckie0’ called ‘TOP TEN LUSH PRODUCTS!’ In this video, she advises you to buy the self-preserving mask which contains honey, over the not-self-preserving which doesn’t, so that’s what I did! The mask is tailored towards people with breakout prone skin, which isn’t really my skin type. I’ve never really struggled with acne, but I do get the occasional ‘face demon’ as grav3yardgirl would call them, so I thought this would be a useful product to have on hand for those occasions. I’m actually wearing it right now!

Smell 5/5

I am completely obsessed with mint-smelling products, and this is no exception. It’s packed full of peppermint oil, and when I was in the Lush Exeter store with my sister buying this, I kept going on about how it smelled so good that I could literally eat it. I love it.

Texture 3/5

Now I love exfoliating skin washes, but I struggle to like the texture of an exfoliating mask. I like the traditional thick face masks that go hard after 5 minutes so you can’t move your face. I don’t know what it is, but I always feel like the less you can move your face, the more a face mask is doing. Which is obviously completely wrong but I can’t help it!

Effectiveness 2/5

I don’t know if it’s because I just don’t get that many breakouts, or it’s just not suited to my skin, but I honestly haven’t noticed that much of a difference in my skin. I’ve used it about twice a week for three weeks, and it does leave my skin feeling soft and refreshed, but it hasn’t really made a difference to my face demons.

Value for money 3/5

I bought the 125g pot for £5.75, and you can also get a 315g pot for £9.95. I feel like even though there are mask I prefer from LUSH, for the right person this could be really good value for money. To be honest I’d pay that much just to be able to smell that glorious peppermint smell.

Overall rating 13/20

It’s a nice mask, and my skin feels amazing after I’ve used it, but I think I’ll be trying out another face mask next time more better suited to my skin type, rather than repurchasing this one.

Tea Tree Water

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I bought this because I’d seen it on my sister’s bathroom shelf, and was totally curious.  It’s described as ‘antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial’ and is basically a toner. I love that it’s in a spray bottle, it makes it so easy to use, and reduces the need to use cotton wool to apply it to your face. You can literally just spray it a couple of times on your face and that’s all you need. I use it every day after cleansing with Ultrabland.

Smell 3/5

I wish this smelled more minty! Or at least citrusy, since it’s got grapefruit in it. It’s got a kind of medicinal smell to it, but it’s not overly strong or unpleasant.

Texture 5/5

It genuinely feels like your just spraying a bit of water on your face, and it sinks in so quickly. I can start applying my moisturiser pretty much immediately after spraying this because it just goes straight into your skin.

Effectiveness 4/5

I have noticed a clear difference since using this. I often suffer from red patches on my face, and it really calms them down immediately. It also helps to control the oils on my T zone, which is always a plus for me.

Value for money 4/5

I bought the 100g bottle for £4.50, and it’s also available in a 250g bottle for £8.50. It’s a bit more difficult to tell how much you’re getting through, and I feel like it would be very easy to use it all up very quickly, depending how liberal you are when you spray it on your face. I tend to use about 4 sprays each time I use it.

Overall rating 16/20

I’ll definitely be repurchasing a toner water from Lush, and I would love to try one of the others they have on offer. The Tea Tree Water has completely replaced my Body Shop Seaweed Toner. It’s just so much less faff, and I’m all for products that reduce the amount of time I have to spend on my skincare routine.

Seanik

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For ages I’ve wanted to try a shampoo bar. I’ve heard so many good things about them, and I’m notorious for buying shampoo, getting halfway through it and getting bored and buying something different. My shower is littered with half-empty bottles. Seanik contains seaweed, sea salt and lemon to give shine and volume, two thing which my hair often lacks, so I thought this would be the perfect one to try out first!

Smell 3/5

I did smell a couple in the store that smelled amazing, so this had a lot to live up to. It’s a nice, subtle smell. I can smell the lemon in it, and the hints of jasmine, but it’s not over-powering.

Texture 4/5

It’s tricky to give this a ‘texture’ rating, so I took into consideration how well it lathered which I was pleasantly surprised with. It’s literally like a bar of soap, you can either rub it in your hands to work up a lather and then apply that to your hair, or rub it straight into your hair for the same effect.

Effectiveness 4/5

I’m definitely a shampoo convert, and I now totally get it when beauty bloggers say that they wouldn’t go back to liquid shampoo. It leaves my hair soft, shiny, and I have noticed a difference in volume.

Value for money 5/5

I have a feeling this bar is going to last me ages, and I paid £5.95 for it (and £2 for the reusable tin to keep it in). £5.95 might seem like a lot for a little shampoo bar, but I’ve been using it for 3 weeks and it hasn’t got any smaller, so I think it’ll last me ages! And if you think about it, you spend about £4 on a bottle of shampoo that probably doesn’t last as long.

Overall rating 16/20

I’ve been completely won over by this little shampoo bar, and I can’t wait to give some of the other ones a go! I’ve not tried any of the solid conditioners yet (I’m trying to use up all the random bottles I have scattered around my bathroom), but I’m definitely open to giving one a go.

So overall, I’m loving the products I’ve purchased recently from LUSH. I’m totally in love with the brand, and I fear it would be very easy to spend an awful lot of money in there! One thing I love is that if you’re not sure on a product and you don’t want to buy it and run the risk of hating it (they’re not cheap!), they’re happy to give you little sample pots to take away and try before you buy. Another helpful hack is that once you’ve used up five tubs or tubes (unfortunately the spray bottles like Tea Tree Water aren’t included), you can take them into store and get a free fresh facemask! It’s a great incentive to recycle, but please make sure you rinse your pots out first, as apparently it’s not uncommon for people to bring in mouldy pots… Not nice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog: I’d love to do more beauty-related posts and maybe even some YouTube videos, so watch this space!

Jessica xXx