Front Cover Mini Lipsticks are the perfect size for me as I have never finished a whole tube of lipstick. I’m not good at remembering to apply it throughout the day and only put it on a couple of mornings a week. Seeing as the tube was pretty small and the price is low (just £4), I thought I would try a colour I would never usually go for if I was buying a full sized tube. Strawberry Glaze is a really bright pink which I do like but am not convinced it really suits me! I’ve been wearing it on top of lip balm to tone down the colour a bit! I’ve noticed that because there is no shimmer to the lipstick, it shows up any flaws like dry skin on my lips. I’m glad I’ve tried the colour and think the range is a great way to try out new colours without committing to a full sized tube.
Last year I bought the Lovea Pink Clay mask from MyPure which was fantastic. My skin has been feeling a bit dry recently so I decided to give the yellow clay mask a go instead as it’s suitable for dry skin. I had really high hopes for it, so was very disappointed when the first time I used it I came out in an allergic reaction! I had to throw the whole tube in the bin! I’ve had allergic reactions to a few products over the last couple of years but can’t figure out what is causing them. I will definitely be sticking with the pink clay from now on!
The HD Brows palette has been around for a while now and I’d heard great things about it so thought it would be worth trying. I’ve got very blonde eyebrows that you basically can’t see unless I use something on them. I rarely do that as most eyebrow products are too dark and just look wrong on my eyebrows! I really like this palette as the two brown shades seem to acutally suit my colouring and don’t make it look as though I’ve drawn my eyebrows on. The lightest shade is only slightly darker than my natural eyebrow colour so I use that the most often to give some definition, with the white shade which is the perfect highlighter to make my eyebrows pop a little. I do occasionally use the darker brown on my eyebrows but I tend to use it more as an eyeshadow. Personally, I am really bad at doing the whole smokey eye thing but I can see the black being good for that. The palette is available in three shades: ‘Bombshell’ for fair hair and skin (I have this one), ‘Vamp’ for medium hair and skin and ‘Foxy’ for dark hair and skin. It costs £19.96 and is available online.
I’ve tried a few Yes to Cucumber products before and they have always been pretty good and reasonably priced. I got this cleanser from MyPure (they have updated the website recently and it’s so much better now!) for £8.99. It doesn’t actually say on the website but it’s a gel cleanser which I don’t normally buy. I don’t think I would have gone for it if I had known! I don’t really know what to say about the cleanser, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either. It feels soothing on my skin when I’m using it but afterwards my skin doesn’t feel any different to usual. I don’t think I will buy this cleanser again but am glad I tried it.
Gamila Secret Beauty Bars are a range of 100% natural soaps made in Galilee, Israel. They are made from cold pressed olive oil and a selection of herbs by Gamila, who was taught to read nature with her hands and senses by her blind father. There are a range of 10 different soaps which are suitable for different skin types. I have the Soothing Geranium version which is for combination skin. The second I opened the box I fell in love with the bar – the smell is just gorgeous! Having the bar open in my shower makes the whole room smell lovely! The soap itself is also really good – I’ve used it on my face as a cleanser, as a body wash and as a shaving cream. At £21 per bar I don’t think it’s the sort of soap I would buy often, but I think it would make a great gift for someone or a nice treat for yourself! You can buy the bars from selected House of Fraser stores on their website.
L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam is the latest cleanser I’ve tried. I had it free at Christmas time when I ordered a load of presents from L’Occitane but it would usually cost £18.50 for 150ml.I was told once when I had a facial that I shouldn’t use foaming cleansers as they can make skin feel dry and tight if you already have dry skin. I’ve noticed with other foaming cleansers that my skin does feel tight after using them but I haven’t had that with this one. It smells nice and fresh and really feels as though it cleans my skin thoroughly. The bottle says that the cleansing foam is suitable for all skin types and for every day use.
Sun cream – This year I’m trying the Piz Buin sun cream which can be applied to wet skin so will be good for using after a swim. I’ve also got the Oriflame Sun Zone Lotion for Face and Body which I plan to use on my face as it’s not quite as oily as the Piz Buin!
Insect repellent – I usually get horribly bitten on holiday (unless I am with my blonde sister – all the bugs love her!) so always smother myself with insect repellent. I used Ultrathon last year when I was in Kos and barely got any bites so have decided to use the same brand this year. I hope it works as well!
Deodorant – Everyone needs a good deodorant, especially when it’s hot and sunny. I am taking the Sure Maximum Protection with me which is twice as strong as most deodorants and doesn’t smell too strong.
UV protection for hair – My hair does not like hot weather! The sun dries it out completely and makes it even more frizzy than usual. I am really excited to use the Tints of Nature’s Seal and Shine Leave-In Conditioner which smells amazing and as well as being a conditioner also has UV and chlorine protection.
Foot file – To keep my feet looking smooth I am taking an S-Ped foot file. It’s a much better shape than other foot files so is easier to use.
Nail varnish – As you know I am addicted to nail polish. I tend to use a pale colour on holiday so that it’s not too obvious when it chips. This year I’m taking Models Own Indian Ocean which I got from Littlewoods. It’s a gorgeous colour and perfect for summer!
Shower gel – I love the new range of Radox shower gels! Coconut Kiss is my favourite scent but Berry Burst and Cherry Blast are lovely too.
Just before Christmas I wrote about the Lanolips 101 Ointment which is the best lip balm I have ever used in my whole entire life. Lanolips have a range of lip balms perfect for summer which have a hint of colour as well as SPF 15. They are available in 5 shades: Apples, Rose, Dark Honey, Sunshine and Rhubarb. I have Apples which is quite a scary looking bright red. It actually applies a much more pinky red on your lips which I think suits me better than bright red would! You can build up the colour to make it more obvious if you want as well. I love that it feels just like a lip balm and doesn’t dry my lips out at all. It also lasts longer than I thought it would – I think I’ve managed to keep it in place for a whole morning before the colour fades. You can buy the Lanolips Lip Ointments here for £7.99 – I’d totally recommend adding these to your summer makeup collections!
I’ve mentioned how much I love Aldi beauty products before and this week I have been trying out some more of the range – I haven’t been disappointed! The first product is the Lacura High Balance Night Cream. I have only actually used one night cream before – the Angela Langford Rest & Regenerate Night Balm. I liked that one but it was quite heavy and took hours and hours to sink in so made me look very greasy! The Aldi version seems to have the same moisturising effect on my skin but sinks in fast so I definitely prefer this out of the two. It costs just £3.99 which is a bonus.The next two products I have tried are the Lacura Cleansing Milk and Toner. The cleanser isn’t the best one I have ever used but for 99p I think it is great and will definitely buy it again. The toner also costs just 99p. I’ve said before that I don’t really notice any effect from toners and this one if pretty much the same as every other toner I’ve tried. This is the only product I wouldn’t buy again from this batch of products.My favourite out of this batch of Aldi products is the Lacura Perfecting Primer. I haven’t used a primer before, mainly because they always seem to be expensive and whenever I have tried samples they seem to make me look shiny, even though they say they can be worn without foundation. This one is only £4.99 so I had to give it a go. I love it! Recently I have noticed I have more open pores on my cheeks than I used to have but this primer actually makes them almost disappear. It has a mattifying effect so there is no shine meaning I can use it without foundation if I am in a rush in the morning. I think the packing makes it look like a much more expensive brand than it really is.
What do you think of the Lacura range?