Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara Review

As its now party season I will be reviewing various products that become particularly popular at this time of year. Basically all beauty products come into their own at party time…………..or do they? I will be reviewing some key products in the lead up to Christmas, first up mascara.

Now I have very pale eyelashes, if I don’t have any mascara on I look like I literally don’t have any eyelashes so I need something with a little more umph to help define them. I have used a mascara by Soap & Glory before and loved it, so I thought I would try their new high definition collagen version.

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I have used it twice now and think its the best mascara I have ever used so far, it not only helps define and boost the look and thickness of my eyelashes (probably due to the collagen in it) but it also helps to add a little curl to them too.

You can buy it direct from Soap and Glory’s website for £10.50 or for the same price its also available in Boots (which means you can earn your Advantage points when you purchase it). I think just over £10 is a fair price for a high quality product that certainly delivers on what it says on the packaging.

I’d love to know what mascaras you use and what you would recommend!

L xx

 

Christmas Gift Guide – For Her

Christmas Gift Guide for her

 

So I have vowed to get all my Christmas shopping done within the next 2 weeks (if possible), I hate leaving it to the last minute. If you buy your gifts in plenty of time I find more thought can go into it as you don’t feel you are having to grab whatever is left. Now we all spend different amounts on people so I thought I would put these gift ideas into sections according to budget.

First up the gifts for the more thrifty of us!

£30 and under

Gifts for her under £30

  1. Power bank keyring – £8.95
  2. Liz Earle Christmas Cleanse and Polish Gift Set – £20.75
  3. Ted Baker Jillie Bow Make-up Bag – £27.00
  4. Alphabet scented candle – £6.00
  5. Make-up set by Stila – £30.00
  6. ICE London Duchess Pen – £23.00

£30 – £50

Gifts for her under £30 - £50

  1. Michael Kors iphone 6 cover – £45.00
  2. Kate Spade 17 month Organiser – £30.00
  3. Selfridges Mini Treat Hamper – £45.00
  4. Kurt Gieger Purse – £50.00
  5. Joules Festive Christmas Jumper – £49.95
  6. Hotel Chocolat cabinet of Chocolate – £50.00

Splurge!! (totally unrealistic but fun to see what is on offer!)

Splurge

  1. Tiffany Pendant necklace – £245.00
  2. Louis Roederer Cristal Limited Edition – £18,000.00
  3. Alexander McQueen Leather Bag – £1,095.00
  4. Gold Decorative Fortuny Tapa box – £530.00
  5. Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Headphones – £281.45
  6. Creme de la Mer Lifting and Firming Mask – £155.00

I hope you like my gift ideas and found it useful, next to come will be a gift guide for him!

L xx

 

Dry Shampoo Review

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As you know I have just come back from 2 weeks in the sun and one of my most used products on holiday is dry shampoo.

I like to use it during the day as I like to wait until the evening to wash my hair for when I go out. I have tried the most popular make Batiste but have always found it to produce a lot of white powder in my hair, now this is usual for dry shampoo products but I wanted to find one that wasn’t quite so bad so this year I thought I would try another brand.

This particular brand of dry shampoo is by the make ‘Girlz Only Haircare’ and I have to say I was quite impressed. It didn’t produce as much white residue in the hair and was very easy to massage in once applied. What I also particularly liked about this product was the smell, it was gorgeous but not too overpowering.

I purchased mine from Tesco and they are currently selling a 150ml can for only £1.50

I will continue to use it as I have got into the terrible habit of washing my hair every day and this can be very damaging for your hair, I want to try to wash it every other day and with the help of this dry shampoo hopefully I will be brave enough to leave the house knowing it doesn’t look too greasy!

Have you ever used dry shampoo, and if so which brands would you recommend?

L x

Autumn Wish List

As much as I love summer I am thoroughly enjoying the fact that it is now officially Autumn. Time to get the winter clothes out, long sleeved tops, scarves, and boots.

I love the colours of Autumn, so this also requires changing my nail polish shades too. Plum is my go to shade at the moment, such a rich and warm colour.

Here are some picks of my favourite nail polishes in this shade:

Max Factor Intense Plum – £4.99 – Superdrug

Essie Bahama Mama – £7.99 – Boots

Barry M Plum – £3.99

And here is my wish list for this season, some staple items for my wardrobe are needed this year.

Autumn Collage

Fringe cardigan – Next, £38

Camilla check blanket scarf – Accessorize, £19

Green jeggings – H&M, £12.99

Semi precious stone necklace – Accessorize, £8

Suede ankle books – Marks & Spencer, £55

Shoulder bag – H&M, £12.99

I hope you feel inspired by some of my choices, lets embrace this slightly chillier weather and get out there in our Autumnal shades!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

So this is definitely one of my favourite beauty products of all time. There is nothing more frustrating than buying a product and finding out it doesn’t live up to expectations.

The good thing about this particular product is it exceeded my expectations!!

Its the Cleanse and Polish by Liz Earle, this product has been around for nearly 20 years and the ingredients of this haven’t been changed since it was first launched because it works so well, they haven’t needed to change it. Its also won numerous beauty awards and I can see why.

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QVC – Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

So essentially its used to take off your make-up. You don’t need to wet your face before you apply it, just massage a small amount into your face and neck, its really creamy in texture, most variations/sizes of this cleanse and polish come with what they call a ‘hot cloth’ basically a piece of muslin cloth. You don’t need to leave the cleanser on for too long, make sure you moisten your cloth wringing out any excess water then simply use it to wipe off the creamy cleanser.

Now I have dry, sensitive and slightly oily skin, so a challenge when it comes to finding the right product. Whenever I normally wash my face and pat dry with a towel within seconds my face starts to feel tight and dry and I have to apply moisturising lotion immediately, but with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish I don’t need to moisturise afterwards. The first time I used it I couldn’t believe how well it worked AND how soft my skin felt. It removes all your make up (even waterproof make up).

Its not the cheapest cleanser you will find on the market, but I believe its worth spending the money on something that really does work, and something I often comment on in my blogs (because its important to me) is A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!

QVC sell this and often have offers on that you won’t find anywhere else (they also do a 30 day money back guarantee just in case you don’t like it). Click here to see the range that they sell.

Anyway I will stop raving about this now, but if any of you use this yourself I’d love to know what you think.

Self tan time!

Ok I have finally given in, its time to start thinking about making my milk bottle legs (and other pale bits of me that will be on show) ready for the summer. I have used self tan before but found it quite tricky to use, can be patchy and streaky, so for the past couple of years I have been using moisturising lotion that has self tan in it. I have very pale skin so find it a little more subtle and I don’t tend to get streaks or patches.

My self tan item of choice for this summer is Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion by Dove.

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I can honestly say that so far its coming out tops, it has a lovely scent, doesn’t seem to streak or be patchy and a little seems to go a long way!

Another plus to this is its currently half price in Tesco, reduced from £5.00 to £2.50, click here for the offer. The last self tan I used was very expensive, I thought by paying lots for something then the product would be the best but over the last couple of years I have bought cheaper self tans and I can honestly say they do just as good (if not better a job) than the fancy expensive ones.

So if you are currently using a self tan I’d love to know which brand and what you think as its always good to compare.

I might even be brave enough in a few weeks and post some before and after pics too!

Products I’m loving

I always think its brilliant when I buy a product and it actually does what it says on the tin (which isn’t always the case) so my latest excellent find is some hair conditioner by Garnier. At the moment it seems to be on offer in quite a few supermarkets, I only paid £1.94 for it and its a 400ml bottle.

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First off you don’t need to use lots of it, secondly……I love the smell, its fresh but not too overpowering. And once I have dried and styled my hair I can really see the difference, its much more shiny than it usually is and it has far less tangles when I am combing it. I find any moisturising product that has some kind of ‘butter’ in it seems to be the best as it seems to last a long time rather than just disappear into your skin or hair.

I’d love to know if you have any particular favourite beauty finds at the moment.

Finding a good body moisturiser

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Like a lot of people I suffer from dry skin and no matter what the time of year it seems to be the same, its either due to being in the sun or in the winter its due to exposure to central heating or cold wintry days. I have been trying to find a body moisturiser that lasts i.e. works all day for a long time and finally I have found it! To be honest its been right under my nose the entire time, its The Body Shop Body Butter.  I have bought Body Shop products for years but never thought to try the body butter out choosing to pass it by on the shelf and buy my trustee shower gels instead. The body butter I have been using is the blueberry one and I can honestly say the smell isn’t too sickly sweet.  I apply it in the morning after my shower and at bedtime my skin is still as moisturised as it was over 8 hours ago. Another plus point with this product is a little goes a long way. The 200 ml pot costs around £13 so its not the cheapest moisturiser out there but if it does the job well then in my mind its money well spent!  (They also do a 50 ml pot for £5). The 200 ml Blueberry butter is currently on their site with 50% off too. There are quite a few different ones to choose from, here is a link to their site The Body Shop Body Butter  So why not give it try, I want to use mine up quickly now just so that I can try the other varieties!