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Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - Youth Liquid Peel

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

I remember way back in the winter when I brought something from The Body Shop and the lady tried to sell me the Youth Liquid Peel. She demo-ed it on my somewhat reluctant hand. I have to say after the demo I was quite intrigued, the product makes clumps of dead skin on the surface of your skin and my hand did definitely feel softer. The lady in the shop kind of said it was an exfoliator and in a way I guess it is. 
Product clumping

Anyway, well over a month ago I dragged my boyfriend into The Body Shop and then remembered about this product and showed him it, we both wondered whether it was just a massive gimmick. Like if they put high amounts of alcohol in the product and this evaporated quicker than the rest, you would be left with little clumps of product. We decided to bite the bullet and buy it and see what happened.

Now, I'm still in two minds whether this is a gimmicky product. Tristan used it on his nose the other day and the colour of the peel went a lovely dirty grey odour, so to me that must work right?! I've used it on my face once a week, and it's quite interesting and some places do definitely create more clumps like on the jawline and on my forehead. So I do think it does it job, but....

Two full pumps as instructed

I do have a few issues with this product, using two full pumps like instructed to on the back of the product is a hell of a lot product. It's like loads. And if you're using this 2-3 times a week, again like instructed on the back of the product, this isn't necessarily cost friendly. On the front of the product it says 'with 3 plant stem cells Edelweiss from Italian Alps, Sea Holly & Criste Marine from the Brittany Coast'. Now on the ingredient list they've kept it all scientific and haven't put in bracket these plant cells as their normal name which makes it difficult to see how far up the list these three ingredients are. On the bottle it doesn't actually say what the plant cells do. For me I like to know why things have been put into a product. 

The Body Shop Liquid Youth Peel

The cost of this is £18.00 which isn't too bad, but then again I would imagine if you're using it as instructed this would only last you a matter of weeks. 

I do think this product works, but I also think it's one of those examples of 'people like to see dirt or excess to believe a product is working' ( similar to shower gels massively foaming to make you think you're getting super clean when in reality all those foamy bubbles are actually drying the skin), which is why I'm in two minds with this product.

Have you tried this product? What did you think of it? Let me know! 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Lush Cosmetics Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

I am awful for exfoliating, always have been and hopefully won't always will be. However a few months back I decided to buy myself a new scrub. I was in lush with a basket half full and I thought wellll, whilst I'm here I'll just try this one.

When I first used this product it was far too harsh for my face, and I kind of left the product on my bathroom side for a few weeks. In the end I mixed it in with my cleanser and found that this worked so much better than previous attempts. Going forward I would throughly wet my face and rub the product between my fingers for a few seconds to buff the salt down a little, before scrubbing my face. For me I found this worked the best.

When using Lush's Ocean Salt scrub your skin instantly feels smoother, softer and brighter. So it really does what it says in the tin. To be honest I haven't tried this on my body. I think this is because I was in the mind of buying a face scrub at the time it and didn't really click that I could use this for the body too. 

If my skin is ever feeling dull, I'll just use this scrub to brighten it up again. Lush Cosmetics Ocean salt contains Lime extract to help brighten the skin, avocado butter to help to soften and of course sea salt to scrub and clean.

A word of warning if you have ever had a bad night with a tequila slammer, this product may not be for you, the citrus smell combined with the salt, can leave you feeling a little nausea.

Have you ever tried Ocean Salt? If so let me know, or alternatively have you got a favourite scrub that you think I should try? 


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Summer edit

I have never done a Summer Edit post so I thought; I’m going to dip my toe into that pool of Summer Edits. I have complied a small list of products that I think you need in your life for summer.

Liz Earle Bronzing Fluid.

I love this product. With the bronzing fluid you can mix this into moisturisers to give you a lovely natural looking summer glow. You can also apply it under your foundation to achieve a beautiful dewy finish. And also apply it like a bronzer - I think this is my favourite way of using it this year. 

Since coming back from holiday I don’t want to completely change my foundation, but I also quite like having a lighter foundation to act as a bit of a t-zone highlight. Once I have applied my foundation I take a stippling brush, apply a little product and on the back of my hand stipple the product around to get an even distribution to on the brush and then apply it to the areas which would naturally get tanned. This keeps the your makeup base looks really nice and glowly and also natural. Liz Earle's Bronzing Fluid is definitely dewy, but not glittery. If you prefer a more matte look, the Benefit Dew the Hoola is an excellcent shout.

Hydra Genius

I find that in summer, my normal moisturiser is just a little bit too heavy; Hydra Genius doesn’t over load the skin. But is like a little holy grail of hydration, which lasts for hours (72 hours according to L’Oreal). It also sinks in really well, which is a plus for the people who do not have time to wait for all their lotions and potions to sink in (or all you lazy people who prefer an extra 10 minutes in bed). The texture of this is quite like a gel, which you can use with or without a serum. The Hydra Genius comes in normal/combination, combination/oily and dry. I also love that the Hydra Genius gives a lovely healthy looking glow.

Nars Orgasm Blush

At the moment I'm all over the blushes that have a bit of a highlight in them. Nar’s Orgasm is just the perfect blusher for 'that' blusher-highlight product. This is a peachy pink shade with gold highlights. You do only need a tiny amount of this, it is definitely best to light with this product and build up. This shade is a little more pink than I would normally go for, but I think it is perfect for summer.

Maybelline Brow Gel

In summer I love the natural look, and when it comes to brows, its hard one to place, because while the trend of fuller brows is most definitely still in, its hard to match your level of brow thickness to the level of makeup you wear each day. For minimal effort makeup looks I love to use the Maybelline Brow Gel in Dark Blonde to neaten out my brows and also add a bit more definition with a light swipe of colour. I believe that Maybelline do about 3/4 shades which are all quite ashy. They also have a clear brow gel too.

Clinique Self Sun

I am a pale girl, and while I love being pale I do like to have a glow and tan. Sometimes fake tans are a little too much for my day-to-day life. I have found that the Clinique Self Sun is great for a light tan; something that looks really natural doesn't smell of biscuit and doesn't transfer on to sheets. With Self-Sun, you do not need a tanning mitt but you do need to thoroughly wash your hands after application. I would say the finished result of the tan, is more of a base tan look, which, for me is fine.

Lush Scrubee

Lush brought this product out as a Spring/Mother's day line, but thankfully they've kept it on as permanent line (You do not know how badly I’ve been trying to ration my Scrubee, because I thought it was limited edition). The Scrubee is extremely hydrating thanks to Cocoa Butter and Honey.  The Honey also gives this product a lovely scent. The Scrub part is made up ground almonds and Coconut shells, this is a gentle yet effective product to give the best of both worlds (whilst packing in the fun factor as well). I’m honestly the worst for body moisturising and exfoliating but Scrubee can sit in my bathroom and I can exfoliate and moisturise whilst in the shower. Although this is probably anall year habit I should be adopting, this product is perfect for me in the summer months to keep my legs in tiptop condition.

Have you got any favourite go to Summer Products? Let me know by commenting below! 


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Stepping outside the box with Jord Watches and Competition Time!

I love being a little different and straying outside the box when it comes to fashion, I thoroughly enjoy finding unique pieces and when Jord Watches* offered to collaborate with me I took up the chance immediately, because let face it wooden watches, definitely stray out of the box. 


Jord kindly sent through a unique watch of my choice which you can check out here and I really love the grey and bronze tones in it.  I like how this watch is quite a statement piece but is also blends in well with whatever I’m wearing. Whilst this is definitely not what I would call a feminine piece it does, however, make you feel like you’re on top of the world. It does have quite masculine vibes to it, but I think this piece is easily wearable for ladies. The mens watches are similar to the womens watches but slightly bulkier.

I thoroughly think that watches make the perfect gift, whether that is for a birthday present, graduation present or for something like father's day. The Men's watches are suitable everyday wear. I know how hard it is to find a gift for my Dad so something like a watch feels like a meaningful gift. The recipient will always remember a being given a watch as a gift and from the event in which it was given.

Theres also a cheeky competition going on with Jord watches, you can win $100 gift code to use on the Jord Watches site! Any one who enters will also win a $25 gift code. So really this a win win situation!

Just click here to enter! the competition will run until 25 June 2017! After that you will have until 24 September 2017 to use the code.

Unique Watch

*Contains Pr Sample. All views are my own.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Lush Rosie Gift Box

After my boyfriend commenting on the Lush 'Rosie' Gift Box pretty much every time we went into Lush (ok, me dragging him to lush (whatever)), and after every single discussion ending in, Im definitely going to buy that box. I got it for my birthday way back in March.

I know that we are well past march now but I still really wanted to give an insight into the box for you guys.

First off the wrapping paper is to die for, I love it. I also love the Rosie tag on it, although I do believe the font of the Rosie has been changed. But I am pretty happy with what I got inside the box.

The fact that I absolutely love the Rose Jam Bubbleroon and The Rose Jam shower Gel meant that this would be a winner for me.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon

I love this product, partly because of the smell, partly because it crumbles so well into the bath - Don't you find with some Lush bubble bars are a little on the hard side - I’m not sure if this has something to do with using them when they are 'less fresh' or not?! The Rose Bubbleroon also has chunky glitter on it something, which I like, as normally lush use quite fine glitter. Rose Jam Bubbleroon also has the cute feature of having a jam layer in the middle of the product. In terms of essential oils in the product, there is Rose oil - to balance, Cocoa butter that softens, Lemon oil to cleanse and uplift and Geranium oil to tone the skin. All in all it smells relaxing and I do think my skin feels softer after using this product.

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

Something I did not know about this product. And now I think about it, it’s fairly obvious I was using this product incorrectly. You’re meant to apply this and wash it off, not apply and leave it. However, even when I 'applied to leave' it worked beautifully. Ro's Argan oil Body Conditioner contains Argan oil as an anti-oxidant, Goji Berry oil and Cupuaca butter to soften, and also again the Rose oil.

Jason and The Argan Oil Solid Shampoo Bar

I am yet to try this product as I still have 'Honey I washed my hair' on the go (a product which I adore) I am really excited to start using Jason and the Argan oil Shampoo bar as it'll be an interesting switch to my go to. I am slightly concerned that this shampoo bar may be a little to heavy on my hair but as I'm pretty much a full-blondie now. It may benefit from the extra oomph of repairing and anti-oxidant oils packet into this bar.

Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb

A bath bomb I haven’t tried. I am really looking forward to this bath bomb and hope it gives off a lovely show, as it contains rosebuds in it. Along with Rose oil, Jasmine and Geranium, which all help to tone, balance and scent.

Rose Jam Shower Gel

I am so so happy that this is included in this box set as you can only get this shower gel at Christmas. It has a thicker texture to some of the other shower gels at lush, which I prefer.

The only down side to this box is that it is £25.50 and with all the contents added up individually comes to roughly £21.85 (granted you can't buy the body conditioner in 45g tubs) I think this is a little cheeky as normally I tend to find that Gift boxes knock off a little bit of money, or do a super duper exclusive product inside, and whilst yes Rose Jam Shower Gel is an exclusive product it will be back in September (unless of course Lush discontinue it) and also you do get the body conditioner in there too, but I do think if you asked for a sample from Lush they would happily provide a little pot for you.

Have you tried this box before? If so let me know your thoughts. 

Space mask Review*

You know when you spot something on the old social media, and you just think, what is that. Well I got this feeling with Space masks* the brand had been floating around on my Instagram for a little while, they kindly offered if I would like to try a Space mask. I obviously jumped at the chance. I did wait nearly a week before I could use it, this was because I wanted to test Space masks out on a Sunday when I’m most likely to be tossing and turning about the week ahead.

Basically Space masks are an eye mask that are meant to help to relax and soothe you into calm state. I suppose this depends on how stressed you are, I mean some people may use it for 15 minutes and just feel relaxed, others (i.e. me) fall straight asleep and wake up 8 hours later with dribble marks down their chin, wondering if they have missed the Monday morning alarm.

The great thing about this mask is that they are heated; the iron inside the mask reacts with the oxygen in air, which slowly heats up the eye mask relieving tension around the eyes. There is also jasmine extract in the mask, which helps to soothe. If I am honest I couldn’t really smell the jasmine, and I don’t know if this intention or not. I think I am used to a 'Lush Cosmetics Jasmine' - which is a lets pack as much scent into this as impossible. The mask stays heated for 15 minutes and my last thought before I fell asleep was ' I wonder if this thing actually works'. And it does.

The only way I can describe what this mask feels like is a bit like when you're sunbathing and the sun is all nice and warm on your eyes and then you fall asleep in the sun. 

This product is perfect for everyone and anyone, it's also a nice novelty too which I think people would enjoy using, just because it is that little bit different. You can check out Space masks here. I think I will definitely try the eye masks again. I want to see how I sleep without a alarm set, whether they work in helping to relieve a hangover (anyone out there who cannot sleep with a hangover will know my pain) and just as a general product to add to my pamper routine.

Have you tired Space masks? If so how did you get on with it?

All items received from companies, will be clearly marked with an asterix (*).  All opinions are 100% my own. I will not be compromised or affected by any brands/people involved.