Unsung Beauty Heros

unsung beauty heros

These are fairly common in which people talk about all of the stuff people rarely talk about but are amazing products, so I thought I’d tell you mine. All of these are all things we’ve heard about before where we hear how celebrities apparently use them and we’re never sure if they do. So today I thought I’d tell you about the ‘mundane’ product which I feel as though are essential to my makeup/beauty routine.

Sudocrem

A nappy rash cream to most this is essential in my house, when we were younger my mum would use it on burns, bad cuts etc. due to its antiseptic properties. So it is a great product to have in your first aid kit as it treats practically everything, just read the side of the tub if you aren’t sure. My main use for it is dry skin, I get horribly dry and cracked elbows. Sudocream is the only thing that doesn’t make them sting and the anti-septic nature will do them some good and really hydrates and treats the dry skin.

Some people sware on using Sudocream for treating acne and spots, which it even names on the side of the tub. I have tried it once or twice but as I am so inconsistent using it once one day and then not again for weeks I was never going to change anything.

Bepanthen

Similar to Sudocream, Bepanthen is traditional a nappy cream, thick and moisturising. After first getting this for healing my tattoo it is a great product, aiding the heeling of skin and deeply moisturising. I use this on dry skin as well as sudocream as sometimes it just depends what is to hand.

Bio-Oil

On the slightly more expensive side of these products, although none are that expensive bio oil is meant to be one of those miracle oils. It is meant to fix scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin and dehydration. At this point I have only used it to remove stretch marks caused by puberty and to get rid of scars, I have to says with persistent use (it still works sporadically it just takes much longer) it really does reduce the appearance of scars. I would say that it removed them completely but I know results might vary and to some they might still be visible, but I doubt they would be noticeable to anyone who didn’t know they were there.

Baby Oil

Sadly I don’t currently have a baby oil but in due time I probably will, my main uses of baby oil are shaving related. First and foremost you can use it to ‘dry shave’, don’t have time to re-shower but need to shave your legs just slather them up with baby oil and go. It leaves your legs beautiful by feeling silky and smoothly shaved, also they smell absolutely amazing. Also if you don’t have any nude tights but want beautiful looking leg just use a touch a baby oil for lovely looking legs with a slight dewy look.

Other uses that I haven’t personally tried include a cleanser/makeup remover, I keep thinking of trying this but I don’t like the oily feeling on my face. They can also be used to clean makeup brushes but I’m happy with baby shampoo but I will totally use this method in future.

 

Anti-bacterial Hand Gel

To me this is essential with makeup application, there could be any number of germs on your hands or and number of oils on your face, so before and after each time I use my hands I just use a bit of hand gel. It is even more important if you are touching up on the go, god knows what you’ve come into contact with over the course of the day.

Facial Wipes/Baby Wipes

Baby wipe or facial wipes are always great, whether to fix mistakes or wipe your hands clean they are a great staple. You can also use them for makeup removal, maybe not the best method but it’s not a bad way to go. I always like to take my makeup off as soon as I get in from work but sometimes I am feeling way too lazy I simply grab a wipe and use that. I tend to come back later to do a proper routine but they are so nifty. Don’t bother with anything expensive, any baby wipes or facial wipes will do my favourite are Tesco everyday value wipes.

So what are your less talked about beauty favourites? What unassuming product could you not live without?

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Faces of the Week: Part Two

So here is part two of my weeks’ worth of faces/makeup looks, with some variation I hope. It is more variation than I’d usually do in my zombie like morning state, and I just pick up the same things in the same order. It is the weekends where I like to mix things up that little bit more but it can depend on what I’m doing. On Saturday I went out for lunch with some friends so in order to make it an even week I thought it might be nice to round the week off.


thursday make ft urban decay, rimmel, sleek, bareminerals

Thursday

Thursday from the get go was not a good picture day with no time and bad lighting I get stuck with a god damn awful picture but I can’t really take one at the end of the day. So we had to make do with a bad angle and everything.

So I’m starting strong with the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer which I’ve only just started using this week but I am really getting a feel for it and definitely enjoying it, not sure it beats the fix and perfect primer by Rimmel London but it’s very good. I then did my faithful trick of mixing my slightly too light Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light Porcelain and my Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory. This gives me a much better colour and using it with a damped P.S. Love Egg Makeup Sponge, this just makes everything look simple and effortlessly. To cover up my spots I used the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain, while hiding my every growing dark circles with Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory.

I felt like doing a bit more with my makeup, breaking out my Sleek Face Form Kit in Light for the first time this week, I love using it but cannot always be bothered with the effort. I only did a light touch of contouring with focus on the cheeks, and a small dabble of highlight which is mainly on the cheeks. Instead of using the blush within the palette I used my BareMinerals Lumminary Blush in Sunwashed Berry a beautiful pinky rose which just mixed it up slightly more and make it all more less shimmery which I wasn’t feeling. In any areas which needed setting I just used a light dusting of the bareMinerals Mineral Veil which is just perfect and leaves your skin looking amazing.

A bit of a high end makeup eye, although my Urban Decay Primer Potion is something I use daily and would never be without. I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, instead of doing something wow I used the matte shades to make an understated look as its for work I didn’t really want too much. Using Burnout as my all over the lid shade and adding a touch of definition with Nooner in the outer corner and in the crease. I used Strange in the inner corner just to open my eye up a little bit and used Blackheart as an eyeliner using a slanted brush. I do think Blackheart was a little harsh for this look and I would have been better using Darkside as the eyeliner but you live and learn and that’s what makeup is all about. Then once again I finished it up with my bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara, which despite is narrow brush which I normally don’t go for it really works at opening it up as you can really get in there.

I just wore a nice neutral pick lip gloss, just to keep things simple using my Purminerals Lip Gloss in Twilight. Also as this came in a set it is such a good size to put in a purse or a handbag and this is by far my favourite one in the set as it is so wearable with every single look.


Fridays Makeup ft rimmel, MUA, Urban Decay

Friday

By Friday I had somewhat given up doing a simple look and just grabbing a lot of my go to items, its Friday after all where you are more focused on the weekend than the Friday at work.

A bit repetitive but I really wanted to get a good feel of the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer, pairing this again with my L’Oreal True Match Foundation is Rosy Ivory and I think I need to repurchase this foundation properly. My lasting finish foundation is great but I don’t always want something that heavy but I don’t know if I want to try something new or not, beauty blogger problems. Then just back on my duo concealers again, I am thinking of simplifying to a duo use once again but for now I’m still using the Rimmel London Lasting Finish and Wake Me up Concealers.

This day I wanted a light glow more than anything so I just used my stippling brush to dab on a little bit of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Cream in 001 Touch of Peach, which just adds a small hint of shimmery glow rather than any sort of colour to the skin. I then mixed it up a bit using my MUA Pressed Powder is Shade 01, not my favourite as the colour is sometimes a bit off yet this day it seemed to work.

I feel like I’ve been fairly repetitive with my makeup choices this week, although I have slightly varied the looks as once again I found myself reaching for my No7 Mini Eyeshadow Palette and the BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara. Yet I did manage to mix up the lips reaching one of my pricier items, I love my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volutpe Shine in 7 Rose Infinite I really ought to use it more as I am so scared to use it and waste it willy nilly. Overall it wasn’t a bad look though.


Saturdays makeup ft urban decay, bodyshop, collection

Saturday

On Saturday I went out for lunch with a few friends from home, as well all celebrated graduating University and starting the next chapter in each of our lives. People who I have been through school with since reception and it’s interesting to see how far we’ve all come and all the different directions we’ve taken.

So I started with all faithful Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer a deeply hydrating primer which really refreshes my face and keeps my skin now. Then in my drier patches or those where my makeup simply disappears I also used the bareMinerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer, which is an amazing primer but as I only have a super small bottle I try to save it for special occasions or when I really need it. I really mixed it up today finally reaching for my Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Foundation in 102 Natural Ivory, I’m really not as keen on it as my other foundations and it takes a lot of work as it tends to look cakey and drying. By using a damp egg shaped sponge and a lot of blending but you can get a really nice look, but I won’t repurchase.

The for concealers and setting I used the same ol, same ol a mixture of Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain and Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory.

Back to my always trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I don’t think I will ever replace with another brand but its lasted me well over 6 months and shows no signs of finishing. I created my eye look used the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette basic the look around the more orangey shade Trick, I’m really pleased with how it ended up. Then to finish up I just used lashings of bareMinerals Flawless Defination Mascara, which gives my eyelashes a really voluminous and defined look.

On the lips I using probably my favourite lipstick of this year in the form of Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 08, I just think it works for so many occasions and seasons. Definitely an inexpensive makeup collection staple. To amp it up a bit I used the bareMinerals Shimmer Glaze in Diamond Glaze to add beautifully glossy full lips, it has a lip plumping element in this lip gloss which tingles for quite a bit but doesn’t hurt as much as other ones and I like the finished look.


So that was my week in makeup looks, what are your go to products? Also what is your work makeup like, do you put the effort in or are you always reaching for the same products, let me know in the comments below.

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Faces of The Week: Part One

I thought it would be fun to do like a week in workwear type thing, but I have no tripod or anyone to photograph the outfits and I’m not much of a fashion blogger. So I thought I would do a faces of the week, showing what type of makeup I ware for work each day. So you can get to see a variety of work suitable makeup looks, I also thought this would inspire me to use more of my products as I try to create 5 slightly varied looks.

As I started writing it up, the length of the post seemed to get ridiculous as I think I might waffle too much but then I also suck at cutting things out. Luckily I am planning to go out on Saturday night so I can put three days here and three days in a follow up post on Tuesday. I hope you enjoy.


Mondays makeup ft ps love, rimmel

Monday

I also start with a decent base, I’m back on using my favourite moisturising primer Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer it is definitely more moisturising than priming but it is a good strong base. As my core foundation, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain, is slightly too light I mix it with Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream in 31 Ivory, an Ivory which is by no means Ivory but a great foundation, so I mix them just to gain the right colour. I also use my P.S. Love Egg shaped sponge to apply and blend as I feel as though it offers the smoothest blending. To cover up any dark circles and spots I used my Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in 010 Porcelain, a great heavy duty concealer which takes quite a bit of blending but once you get the hang it, it’s a decent concealer.

I’m currently trying the pretty Maybelline Color Show Blush Em! Which just adds a small touch of flush as it isn’t quite as pigmented as I maybe would have liked but it’s workable and it just needs building up. Then finally to set my makeup I use my bareMinerals Mineral Veil, a beautiful light translucent powder that sets up doesn’t look cakey.

I always prime my eyes, not all of my eyeshadows require it but I do it just in case to simply ensure they last all day. My favourite eye primer is the Urban Decay Primer Potion, just a little bit goes such a long way. To create Mondays eye look I used my MUA Luxe Pretty Edgy Eyeshadow Palette, I started with Bow all over the lid, building up definition with a touch of Flounce in the crease and finishing it all off with Antique as an inner corner highlight to finish off the look. To finish off the eyes I just use the P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara, which add volume and good curl to the lashes. It is also similar to the Benefit Roller Lash just much cheaper so it is worth picking up.

I finished up with a pinky berry type lip, which as a high shine crayon adds more of a wash of colour opposed to something more heavy duty.  I like these types of colour but definitely prefer them that are sheerer, so the No7 High Shine Crayon in Statement is perfect.

As well as the P.S. Love Egg Sponge the other tools I used was my trusty Cosmopolitan Blush Brush, my favourite powder brush which I only use with my mineral makeup which is the bareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush. The final brush I used was the best double use brush the bareMinerals Tapered Shadow and Crease brush, which is super useful as you only need one brush.


Tuesdays Makeup ft No 7, bareminerals and urbandecay

Tuesday morning never feels quite as bad as waking up at the same time on a Monday, I mean I only get up at 6:45 it isn’t exactly the worst. I started Tuesday with a new primer to me as my last primer ran out which seems to start of this running theme of brands. I am finding with drugstore primers I am preferring the more moisturising primers and the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer is no exception thick and creamy it creates a smooth base for my face, and I really enjoy the feel of it on my skin. Although I am using a sample version of L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory I have had it before and I’m considering buying a new one as soon as my current foundation runs out. Although I have a love/hate relationship with this depending if my skin is going through a dry patch or not. I also used two concealers this time using the Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer in 010 Porecelain for spot and blemishes while I used the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer to brighten up and conceal my under eyes. I’m a total sponge convert with applying my base stuff, I am definitely considering trying out the Real Techniques sponge if anyone has tried it let me know what you think of it.

I’ve been obsessed with both of these recently, you’ve already seen the bareMinerals Mineral Veil yesterday and to add to this, I absolutely love my bareMinerals Luminary Blush in Sunwashed Berry. I only used a small pop of it for this days look simply to keep it simple and subtle next to my bright coral dress for the day. For both of these I use the bareMinerals Flawless Face brushes one big one small, the set came with the brushes and I have found that the bareMinerals are definitely the best brushes for mineral makeup.

Since last October when I first tried and then became hooked on the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I have no idea how good eyeshadows perform on their own. Yet all of my eye looks look perfect and last all day, like the neutral eye look I created with my No 7 Mini Eyeshadow Palette using a mixture of colours from the top row and using a darker one from the bottom as eyeliner. To apply the eyeshadow I used a Wilko Eyeshadow brush to apply the colour, a Body Shop Eyeshadow Blender Blush to blend out the crease, and the Body Shop Slanted brush to line the eye. Then as my mascara I used the bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara, which really opens the eyes and I absolutely love it.

Due to the bright coral of my dress I also wanted to play down the lips too I simply dabble a bit of my Rimmel London Keep Calm Lip Balm, no harm in keeping my lips hydrated.  I also used a touch of my travel size Elizabeth Arden Pretty which is just a really girly scent.


Wednesday Makeup ft no 7, bareminerals, loreal

On Wednesday I wore the same bases as I did on Tuesday, there are only so many bases a normal person has and these were still on my dresser top as I needed to photograph Tuesday’s makeup still. At 7am I am too lazy to put too much thought into it, if its’ there I will use it. So I feel as though there is no point mentioning the base again. The only switch up was I used the Purminerals Blush in Armour which is a reddy bricky type colour and it was nice to wear for a change as it’s such a simple blush and I rarely get the use out of it so it was nice to switch it up

Once again I started my eyes with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I don’t think I will ever go without it apart from with cream eyeshadows. Once again I reached for my No7 palette probably because it was out and made another simple natural eyes. It has become my go to palette for work looks as you cannot go wrong with it really especially using just the top line. This may or may not be appearing in my monthly favourites. I then finished my eyes off with the P.S. Love Lift and Curl and Mascara.

For my lips I used my all-time favourite lip liner, the Rimmel London Exagerate Lipliner in 063 East End Snob a typical and beautiful Kylie Jenner lip colour. I wrote a review for it earlier in the year which you can read here, this is my third one now, it is pretty much a staple in my collection now. Then over the top I used a P.S. Love Gloss Stick, I initially hated this when I brought it super greasy and it is so I would never wear it on its own (see review here). However, when placed over the matte lipliner you don’t feel it or not so badly as the matte lip liner is slightly on the drying side.

Despite being in a zombie like state of not enough sleep, I am super pleased with Wednesdays Look.


So those were my makeup looks for the first half of the week, super simple because no one at 7am can be bothered with too much effort? What are your key daily products for creating a makeup look for work. The post for the second half of this weeks makeup will be up on Tuesday.

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Eating Better

Eating Better

So I’ve being trying to eat better, get fit and lose weight. As well as making an effort to exercise despite not always feeling like it due to now working I’ve being making a stronger effort to eat better and just look after myself. After all a big part of losing weight and feeling better is eating better and these are some of the things I’ve been doing, all little steps which can make big changes to your life. I also feel like there are easy things to do which are inexpensive and so easy to do even if you work full time.

 

Drinking More Water

I am definitely one of those who is guilty of buying a lot of fizzy drinks or drinking a lot of fruit juice, fruit juice is definitely the worst offender as it is loaded with sugar and I drink way too much of it. So I have a 1 litre bottle which I refill and try to drink 1-2 bottles a day, as well as other drinks in order to make sure I am staying hydrated. It’s recommended if you are feeling hungry between meals to try drinking something first as sometimes the hungry feeling is a sign on being dehydrated, so don’t always grab a snack between meals trying drinking. Another thing you can do is mix up the water, instead of buying shop flavored water which can be filled with sugar do it yourself. Add fruit, mint leaves, cucumber etc. just anything to mix up the taste and keep you interested. There is a trend with doing things like lemon water, which it is meant to have all sorts of health benefits which I am not sure how tried and tested they are but it has a fresh citrus flavour and its rather refreshing well worth giving go.

 

Prepare and Plan Ahead

From meals to snacks always plan ahead to ensure you don’t get lazy and binge on the stuff you shouldn’t, if you know what you are going to make for dinner you’ll be less tempted to order a take away. Make something you are going to be excited to try or eat as it means you won’t be tempted by the things you shouldn’t. I’m also making more of an effort to prepare lunches for myself, such as my favourite pasta salad etc. basically if you prepare it you will eat it and you’re less tempted to eat something else.

Also think careful about snacks or lunch additions, I love fruit and yogurt. So I get a low fat yogurt tending to be the big pots and cut up a bunch of fruit then I separate it out each day for lunch. I’ll cut everything up at the start of the week so I don’t slack if everything is laid out and prepared in the fridge all I have to do is pick it up in the morning and there is no effort or thought needed at all when all I am thinking about is going back to bed. I like to have to make as little effort as possible in the morning, this just means I have tasty things to enjoy. Also before I go to bed I sort out everything I need for breakfast such as filling up the kettle, putting my coffee granules in my mug and laying out my breakfast. I am good at being organised, and this is an area in which I needed to improve in order to get into gear.

Don’t be Afraid to Try Something New

Sometimes finding a new food or retrying things you never used to like can be eye opening and really prove to be fruitful so don’t be afraid to try something different. I’ve discovered a taste for Moroccan dishes, and are opting for choices with a lot of flavour which makes me excited to eat dinner and try new dishes. Try new fruits or new combinations of food, you have nothing to lose really if you don’t like it you never have to eat it again. Also if you are cooking your own dishes you have more control as to what does in it and there are plenty of blogs and websites out there to help you find healthy and delicious websites.

Make Small Changes

Like I said before it is all about the small changes, so I thought I’d outline the small changes I’ve made in an effort to be healthier:

  • Reducing the amount of coffee I consume: At one point I managed to get up to 5/6 cups of coffee a day which de-cafe or not it is still an awful lot of coffee. I still drink coffee but it is mainly one to start the day and then one half way through the morning. This is a huge change for me, swapping out coffee with flavoured green tea or water makes a huge change. I also feel better which is probably because I’m more hydrated.
  • Cutting down on sugar: This goes hand in hand with the coffee one and it is reducing my sugar intake, often I added sugar to my coffee which can add up to a lot of sugar throughout the day. It took a while to get used to, adding more milk to my coffee initially. I’ve saved a lot of sugar by doing this which is probably an awful lot better.
  • Eating breakfast: I’m not a huge breakfast person but I decided that I needed to make a proper effort as I am now working full time and need to last till lunch. I tend to opt for something small though or go for a smoothie, just something to keep me going for lunch time. This is definitely something that I need to work on a little bit more but I will get there.
  • Swapping in healthier snacks: I used to grab chocolate or a cereal bar whenever I was hungry but I’ve started to make much more of a conscious effort to be healthier swapping in fruit. I enjoy fruit so I don’t know why I didn’t snack on fruit more anyway, plus my place of work has a fruit delivery twice a week so loads of fresh goodies so that I’m not tempted by anything else.

Treat Yourself Every so Often

Don’t forget to treat yourself if you deprive yourself too much you will find yourself binging when you do eat stuff. So every so often allow yourself chocolate or a glass of wine, also if you are going out for a special reason eat something you want rather than the ‘healthy’ option on the menu. This does still mean you need to make a conscious effort most of the time but every so often you don’t have to.

So there are a few of the things I am going to make more of a conscious effort to eat better and be healthier in general. What do you to try and live and a healthy lifestyle?

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Weekend Pamper Kit

Weekend Pampering

At the end of a working week we all want to kick back and relax, and pamper ourselves after working so well. So I put myself a nice little box of goodies to allow me to sit back and relax in order to start the weekend properly.

Weekend pamper kit

I always start with a nice deep relaxing bath, using some bubble bath as I have to have loads of bubbles. So I’m currently using the Wilko Fruity Black Cherry Bath Foam, it’s a beautiful deep cherry scent which is more comforting than fruity and I personally find it so relaxing. Sure Lush products can be delightful but sometimes it’s nice but deep black cherry scents and a mountain of bubbles. I then light a candle, which I’m using this Primark Blackcurrant and Forest Plum Scented Candle which simply set the mood. Once I’m done I blow it out and relight it later to where ever I move to in the house. I then add a face mask which I am currently using Soap and Glory The Fab Pore which I reviewed on Tuesday, which you can check out on my page here. I then stick on some youtube, which I balance my laptop safely away from the bath obviously. Sometimes I’ll grab a glass of wine or a hot chocolate, especially in winter, and sit back and fully relax.

I’ll wash of the face mask at the appropriate time frame but I will just happily lie in the bath for ages. When I get out I make sure I moisturises with The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter, before putting on a dressing gown and heading downstairs. I crack open a chocolate bar or any type of chocolate I brought myself for a little treat and turn on the tv, sometimes I’ll watch a movie otherwise it’s just plain ol TV. To keep my feet lovely and pampered I use my Argan Oil Foot Pack, I love foot packs even if they look weird they do such wonders for my feet. I also like to take the time to paint my nails, I love layering up my Ciate nail polishes but don’t always do it as it is fairly time consuming. I start with the matte pinky/nude/white shade, Ciate Paint Pot in Doll Face, before layering the pink iridescent shade, Ciate Paint Pot in Members Only. It creates a beautiful and subtle nail look which I adored for ages.

If it’s being a particular long hard week I may even order takeaway, or buy a load of junk food and have a mini buffet.

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Review: Soap and Glory The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Mask & Peel

Soap and Glory the fab pore 2-in-1

I’ve wanted to try a proper face mask for a while but with it being a while since I tried a non-sachet face mask as I’ve had a few bad reactions to some in the past. I’ve been wanting to try the Soap & Glory The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Mask & Peel and it was on offer in Boots so I took that as a sign to buy it. I brought this mid-July and after using it for a while I know feel as though I can now make a full review on it.


Soap and Glory, fab pore 2-in-1

The Packaging

The box reflects the usual Soap and Glory packaging with a pin up/ 1940s girl on the front, which as I’ve said before it’s not my personal taste but it fits in with the rest of the range. Then like a lot of the skin care it comes in a crisp white matte packaging, a beautiful tub with the logo embossed on the lid, a style I much prefer. The product is a good size and the tub is sturdy, the only thing is a lot of skin care around this price point is in glass packaging which is slightly more luxurious


What does it promise?

According to the Soap & Glory website this mask promises to:

“Infused with SUPERFRUIT™ YUZU and Soap & Glory’s super-active secret weapon, PORESHRINK-R™, this deep cleansing facial treatment is a must-have for any girl who wants to see less of her large pores. Use once-a-week for maintenance (unclogging pores, spot prevention, and face detoxing), or twice weekly if you’re battling breakouts. Guaranteed to give exhausted skin its fresh back. Genius in a jar!”


How to use it?

There are two ways in which you can use this face mask, depending on time you can use it for a deep clean or a quick refresher. You need to massage the fab pore into the skin, with a focus on the T-zone working it into the skin in order to sort it all out. If you are clog prone it just simply leave it for 5 minutes for a quick refresher or if you would like a more deep clean leave for 15 minutes. Rinse well and the use a moisturiser or treatment cream to finish off, to ensure you skin stays hydrated after a deep clean. It recommends to use the mask 1-3 times a week, which problem varies on how you wish to use it, certainly with a deep clean you would only opt to do it once a week.


soap and glroy, the fab pore 2-in-1 mask and peel

The Verdict

I love the feel of this mask feeling smooth and air whipped (in my opinion), with the obvious exception of the tiny microbeads which disappear as you work it in. It just feels amazing on your fingers. It’s also one of those where you can put a thick or thin layer on depending what you prefer really. So how did I find it?

 Oddly enough the first time I used it I opted for the deep cleanse the first time I used it, which for some completely odd reason seemed like the most logical choice. So I took a little bit out on my finger tips and massaged it into my face, following the directions on the box and paying particular attention to the t-zone. It starts with quite a bit of microbeads which as you work it into the skin appear to disappear or ‘pop’. Then I simple left it on and went to go and do something else. The mask will dry completely in the 15 minute time period but unlike other masks it doesn’t feel drying on the skin which is a pleasant change. To take it off I simple ran a flannel under warm water and took it off making small circles, rinsing occasionally. The best way I can describe the freshness you feel is, is like that fresh intake of breath you take after eating a strong mint, which is an odd sensation as it takes a while to get used too. Regardless of any odd feelings, it did leave my skin feeling a lot smoother to the touch as feels fresher and cleaner. I have definitely enjoyed it and I can see a clear difference in my skin especially on the first day or so.

So on to using it for the short time period of around 5 minutes. Once again it does a similar thing leaving my face feeling clean and fresh, but obviously not to the same extent. This is defiantly my fault for trying the longer first and in comparison my skin does feel smooth and clean just not as clean. Just another thought I mentioned previously about it not feeling drying on the skin, this appears to be a terms of thickness thing. If you so a thin layer it is definitely drying and tight but this is definitely a personal preference thing and takes nothing away from the results given by the face mask.

So I don’t think I would bother with the 5 minute mask again, but using the 15 minute mask once a week will fit in a lot better with my lifestyle as I am not going to spend ages on a skincare routine in the morning/evening I choose one that is simple and effective as I just want to chill when I get home on a evening. While 15 minutes on a Friday Night or at the weekend is much better fit my life. That’s the thing with skin care and face masks although you do need to make time for it pick products and a routine that works for you. I think this had made a difference to my skin but trialing it in a period where I wouldn’t suffer it form breakouts in general has made this difficult, but in general my skin feels nicer.

I do think it’s a good product, and definitely worth picking up on offer to see about repurchasing I think wait to see when it’s done, depends if I decided to try something new. I don’t get the name the mask and peel thing seems a little bit off for me as there isn’t really a peel aspect to it but hey its up to them.


Have you tried the Soap and Glory The Fab Pore Face Mask? What are your favorite face masks?

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Collective Haul July

July Collective Haul

I’ve picked up bits and bobs throughout July and I’ve tried to keep stuff aside to keep everything for the haul but obviously you don’t always manage. So here’s a collection or random bits I picked up throughout July.


Poundland Haul ft. Pampers, Maybelline and L'Oreal Paris

Poundland

I love poundland for picking up bits and pieces, I am yet to try their own brand items but you can some great branded products for cheap. Some of the brands it’s discontinued, items that aren’t available in this country or just the initial packaging in the foreign packaging. So first up I picked up the Maybelline Color Show Blush ‘em! I have no idea what shade this is but it has a proper pink shade and then more of a coraly pink shade which is beautiful. The only thing I think is a shade is that it is only half the packaging as there is a brush in too, but it’s such a lovely colour and only cost £1.00 so I can’t complain. I also picked up the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Nail Polish in 505 Wild Purple, I’ve always wanted to try the Color Riche polishes but something always stops me. I love this type of purple polish, so I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of this.

I also got a car in July, so you will see a theme in which quite a few bits reflect this. I always think wet wipes are a must have, as you can clean up spills and mess as well as freshen up. I picked up a pack of Pampers Natural Clean Fragrance Free Wipes, I always opt for baby wipes as they are much kinder to the skin, and I thought the £1 for 64 wipes wasn’t a bad price although sometimes with stuff like poundland you need to be careful as you could get stuff cheaper elsewhere but this didn’t seem like a bad price.


Poundworld Car Haul

Poundworld

Another pound shop now, you can pick up some great bargain. Both of these are for my car. First up is a Little Trees Bubble Berry Air Freshener which smells amazing, really sweet and fruity. I just wanted a cheap air freshener initially incase I decided I didn’t want one. I also picked up Go Auto Cleaning Windscreen Cleaning Pads, which included a microfiber pad and a chamois pad which will sort out most of my car needs.


boots soap and glory

Boots

I popped into Boots Mid-July and managed to stop myself from looking at makeup as I really want to use up some of the stuff I have at the moment before buying anything else. I did however want to get some new skincare/face mask and when I saw Soap and Glory skincare had money off I couldn’t resist. I managed to control myself and ended up picking up only one mask, settling on the Soap and Glory The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Mask and Peel which was £6.66 down from £10.00. I am planning to write a review of it shortly so keep your eyes peeled.


primark Haul

Primark

I also brought some clothing from Primark which you can check out here. If you were unaware I have started a new job and got a car which I am trying to avoid mentioning but when all my purchases are mainly based around these things its hard not to. I own a ceramic hello kitty travel mug with a silicon lid which I love but it isn’t the most practical so I picked up a Travel Mug from Primark home. With a sturdy screw on lid and a flip lid I can take a coffee or even cold drinks such as fruit water, smoothies ect to work with me or even drink when I am stuck in traffic. There are loads of cute designs, I just went something simple, available from the Home department of Primark for £3.50.

I also picked up a replacement P.S. Love Egg Makeup Sponge, my other one is on the way out and is stained no matter how much I try to clean it. Yet at £1.50 I don’t mind getting a replacement I’ve had the previous one since Febuary so if you want to try these shaped sponges the Primark one is a great option. Finally from Primark I picked up a candle, I’ve brought quite a few in the past not this scent though as it smells absolutely divine. It’s the Blackcurrant & Forest Plum Candle it’s one of the large ones and is meant to last up to 30 hours which isn’t bad. It also comes in a beautiful plum glass holder which I will probably use after for decoration/storage as it’s a good size and purple is both me and my boyfriend’s favourite colour.


So yeah those are the few bits I picked up over the course of July, I like doing a monthly collective haul although if it’s a big haul I think I will still do it separately. I will be back on Friday with a weekend pamper kit.

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Empties #7

empties

I never know how to start an empties post its like ‘hey everyone look at my trash!’, it is an odd premise but always insightful. The only difference between us and huge ass youtubers and beauty bloggers is that we tend to pay for everything ourselves or have limited money, we tend to use everything up no matter how much we like them but it is still useful to find out what people think of items.


Skincare

Skincare

Superdrug Tea Tree Skin Care Exfoliating Cream Wash: This is something that I tend to use once or twice a week, or as and when I remember just to thoroughly clean my skin. It is quite scratchy and rough so I think next time I’ll go for one with the exfoliating beads in that is less rough.

Balance Me Daily Essentials Pure Skin Face Wash: I got this with a free with a magazine and I have been thoroughly enjoying using it daily, but the full  size product is £16.00 which as a student feels like an awful lot for a face wash. It feels amazing and really cleans the skin but the price is off putting.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads: I do love using facial pads as a quick but effective way of clearing up and dirt and build up on the skin, I’m all about the corner cutting. This was nice to use really cleansing and clearing and I’d recommend them if you can pick them up at a good price although I think they are probably better value for money across the pond than here in the UK>

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water & L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfecion Cleansing and Perfecting Milk: I’ve grouped these two together simply for ease, both amazing when paired together and when used individually. Both all of your make up with minimal effort and leave yous skin feeling clean and fresh, I love having a quick but effective make up removal method. I have loved using both of these and I will definitely make sure I will come back to these in future although I am currently using the Ganier Micellar water. I’m definitely a micellar water convert.


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Body

I Love Strawberries and Cream Refreshing Body Spritzer: Although I love perfumes there is something nice about still using body spritzers, with a fruity light fragrance which is great to throw in your bag if you need a refresher throughout the day. Also sometimes you don’t always want a heavy perfume so these can be great, also they come with plastic packaging so it is ideal for travel and are worry free.

Macadamia Oil Extract Foot Pack: I love trying out new foot packs as I find them one of the best ways to deal with dried and cracked heal. There is very little difference between any of the foot packs I’ve tried but with them only costing £0.99 per pack it doesn’t matter what you pick up. I highly recommend picking up a foot pack or two especially as it gets into sandal season and you want your feet looking there best.


So that’s another empties over a done with, slightly smaller than usual but I don’t want too much crap building up.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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