l have found myself reaching for the Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration face mask from Avon pretty regularly over the past few months. It doesn’t smell of anything in particular and doesn’t have an exciting face mask colour, but it promises hydrated skin and it definitely delivers on that front! The mask has an olive oil base which is a fantastic moisturiser. The mask glides onto your skin and, after around 15 minutes, leaves your skin feeling unbelievably silky. The smooth and moisturised feeling lasts for a few days after use which I love! I think this should be a winter staple for everyone!
The Botanicals Lavender and Tea Tree body lotion is absolutely gorgeous. It has a beautiful, subtle scent, which on its own would be enough to make me love it, but it is also a great moisturiser. It is really soothing which is down to the aloe vera and keeps my skin feeling hydrated all day. It takes a minute or two to sink in but it worth the wait! The body lotion costs £14.75 for 100ml which is on the pricy side but it really is a fab moisturiser, so if your budget will allow, I would recommend giving it a go!
Recently, I have been wearing the Eye of Horus Amethyst Eye Pencil fairly regularly. I like to wear colour eyeliners as I find them a lot less scary that coloured eye shadows. The amethyst pencil is dark enough that it isn’t over the top bright but it also has a nice shimmer when it catches the light.
I like that the pencil also has a smudging tool on one end which means you can tone it down and make the colour look less severe. The consistency of the pencil is wonderful, it glides on easily and smudges well using the tool. It lasts longer than most pencils as well, at least a whole work day or evening without needing topping up.
I have also, for the first time in my life, found a black liquid liner which actually works for me. Usually I find that black liners look too harsh as my skin is quite pale. I like that the Liquid Define Eyeliner is not as pigmented as a lot of liquid liner. I guess that lots of people won’t like that but I think it is really good as I can build up as much or as little as I want. I think the nib of the eyeliner is also really easy to use and I have even managed to get almost matching flicks using it! The formula is quick drying and doesn’t smudge easily, even with my runny hayfever eyes.
You can buy both eyeliners for £17 each and the eye pencils comes in a few other colours if you are not too keen on the purple version.
I have been taking a break from nail varnish recently in the hope of strengthening my nails and repairing some of the damage done by my almost constant nail varnish wearing. To help me along the way, I have been using the Sally Hansen Miracle Growth Serum.
I didn’t want to spend loads of money on a treatment I wasn’t sure would work but I was lucky enough to find this for just £4.99 on Amazon. You apply the serum to your nails using the pipette. It has the texture of a thick gel so doesn’t run all over your nails. It stays sitting nicely on your nails until you rub it in over your cuticles and nails themselves. I have been pretty impressed with the serum. After using it daily for a few weeks, my nails are definitely stronger and the ends are less flakey. I have also noticed that they are growing faster and my cuticles are looking a lot less dry. You can use the serum right before applying nail varnish as well which means that your nails stay in better condition under the colour. Definitely a product that works and I would have been happy if I had paid full price!
I very rarely stray from neutral eyeshadows but this e.l.f. Little Black Beauty Book Palette looked so pretty and was not expensive at all so I thought I would give it a go.
So far, I have only really used the pink shadows over my entire eyelid as they are pretty subtle. The other colours I have only been brave enough to use along my lash line to give a pop of colour. I have quite small eyelids so I don’t find that dark/bright colours over my entire eyelid really work for me. I have also found with the pink colours that they tend to crease after a few hours wear. It’s not all that noticeable with the pale colours but I imagine would look a lot worse with the brighter colours! I have been enjoying experimenting with this palette and think the bright colours are great for summer. You can buy it online for £8.
Over the past few weekends I have got a fair amount if use out of my Kalme Day Defence which has SPF 25, although being in the North East of Scotland I don’t think we have had quite the same heat as most of the country!
I cannot stand having normal sun cream on my face, it smells too strong and makes my skin look awful – really greasy and shiny! The Kalme Day Defence is specifically for your face but I also use it on my neck, chest and/or shoulders depending on what I am wearing that day. On days when I am not in the office, I always use it, even if it looks overcast. It feels no different to any other face cream but means I am able to enjoy any unexpected sunshine without worrying about burning! I am very pleased with the Day Defence and hopefully I get lots more use out of it before the sunshine disappears for the year!
You can buy this product from Skin Shop for £19.95. It is suitable for sensitive skin so should be ok for everyone to try!
I am far from an expert on bronzer. Hoola by Benefit is actually the first bronzer I have ever used. I was a bit worried that I would make myself look ridiculous by applying too much of it or not applying it the right way, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to use. (I did have to watch a couple of videos on YouTube before I attempted it as I literally had no idea where on my face to put the bronzer!) I have been using the little brush that came with the bronzer and I think it is good as it picks up a small amount of colour at a time so I can build up the colour gradually. I also like that the bronzer isn’t shimmery as I think that would be less forgiving for a bronzer newbee! All in all, I am pleased with the bronzer. It gives me a bit more colour but doesn’t look like I have gone overboard! If you want to try Hoola you can buy it for £23 online or in Boots, Debenhams etc.
I have fallen completely in love with a set of products from Baldwin & Co! Baldwins is one of the largest suppliers of medicinal herbs, essential oils and natural products in the UK and was first established in 1844. I have been using the Green Tea & Frankincense Exfoliating Facial Scrub, the Pomegranate, Bilberry & Rose Rejuvenating Day Cream and the Harmonising Bath Oil.
Green Tea & Frankincense Exfoliating Facial Scrub
This scrub is, I think, the thickest facial scrub I have ever used. You need literally the tiniest amount and when it is applied to wet skin it spreads out over your whole face. The scrub has bamboo particles, rounded nut granules and birch bark extract as the scrub part and also has moisturising candellia wax beads. The combination of these ingredients gives the scrub a gorgeous smell – sometimes I just open the tub for a sniff even when I am not planning on using it! I have been using the scrub a couple of times a week but it is gentle enough to use more often if you need to.
Pomegranate, Bilberry & Rose Rejuvenating Day Cream
Again, this face cream is really thick and you only need a very small amount. It also smells amazing, I love the smell of rose and the other ingredients give it a more unique smell than just plain rose. The day cream is suitable for all skin types and contains kiwi seed oil and blackcurrant on top of the pomegranate and bilberry, which help keep your skin soft. It also features a blend of honeybush, green and white tea which contains anti oxidants to protect skin from free-radicals. I am never really sure what this actually means but I gather it is a good thing!
Harmonising Bath Oil
You can probably guess what I am going to say about this… It smells fantastic! A blend of lavender, marjoram and geranium which is perfect to help you relax after a long day. I love it!
I am so glad I have discovered Baldwins. I much prefer using natural products so am looking forward to exploring their website a bit more. I often find that natural products are quite expensive but these are a really reasonable price, £8.49 for a 60ml tub of the scrub, £11.95 for the moisturiser and £7.39 for 100ml of bath oil.
I suffer from pretty bad hay fever throughout the summer and one symptom I have is itchy skin. I get itchy patches on my chest and arms and also have extremely itchy eyes. Recently, I was sent some Cardiospermum Gel from Skin Shop to try out.
I have got both the one designed specifically for eyes and the one for the rest of the body. I really like the body one. It is so cool and soothing to apply, and even though the effects don’t last very long, it still feels really nice not to be itchy for half hour or so. It does calm down very itchy patches quite well and takes out the majority of the redness, but it doesn’t totally get rid of itching so don’t expect a miracle cure!
I am not such a bit fan of the eye gel. It has the same effect as the body version but I find that it is no better than the Simple Revitalising Eye Roll On which I have been using for a while now. The Simple version is nicer to apply as it has a roller ball applicator which feels even more cooling than the gel. I also find that the Cardiospermum eye gel leaves a sticky residue which I am not too keen on. If you suffer from itchy skin, I would definitely recommend giving the body gel a try but am personally not sold on the eye gel version. You can buy both products from Skin Shop, the body gel for £9.95 and the eye gel for £6.95.
The Velvet Cleansing Milk is my first foray into the Sampar range. I love a good cleanser so was excited to try this one and I although it has some flaws, I do really like it. The texture of the cleanser is thick and smooth and it has a wonderful smell of roses. It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated but I do find that it isn’t great at removing makeup, especially eye makeup. It breaks it up a bit but I tend to end up with big black rings around my eyes where the mascara has just spread. I’ve been using either a facewipe or a bit of eye makeup remover to get the majority of my makeup off first, before applying the cleanser. The scent is quite strong so might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I really do love rose scented products! If I didn’t like the smell so much then I think this might end up being one if those products I never get sound to finishing because I am lazy on prefer my cleanser to also remove makeup, but I love it so I will definitely be using this one up! You can buy the Sampar Velvet Cleansing Milk from M&S for £26 for 200ml.