See You in 2017

Cristina Alonso


Just a quick post tonight, as although I’d love to continue posting over the festive period I feel as though it is not possible this year with all of my plans. It’s a shame but at this time of year its important to spend time with your loved ones so this seems like a much better idea.

So I just want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Take the time to look back on 2016, spend time with others and look forward to 2017.

All the Best,

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Review: Primark PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink


For someone that a few months ago rarely wore lipstick I have gone completely lip product mad with posts recently, I think it’s just a new-found freedom of actually enjoying lipstick for once. I have been embracing the bold lip recently with the likes of the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copehagen and San Paulo, but I really wanted another everyday colour and while looking at Primark’s beauty section I stumbled across this beauty the PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink.

The foiled box makes in scream luxury or at least not budget beauty, but unfortunately this is where it stops. If done well the lipstick packaging would be amazing but its cheapness can make it seem more like it belongs at this sort of price point. The tube is design in such a way that you press the bottom and it pops out for you to use it, once you’ve applied it you simply click it back in and your lipstick is safe and secure with the lid not coming off in your back. Unfortunately most of the time I have to try a few times to get it to stay in, which is nothing more than a pain in the arse if I’m honest. This could of worked so well but unfortunately it feel short.

The actually product however is a completely different story, it’s a perfect every day pink that really can work with any makeup look with a little bit more to it than your standard nudey pink. This shade of pink is by no way ground breaking there is loads similar on the market it’s a case of finding a formula you love at a price point you are comfortable with at the end. The lipstick itself glides on easily, with a good level of pigment making a simple sweep over the lips all you need to look great. Its also surprising comfortable, the previous primark lipstick I’ve tried was a matte lipstick and although super pretty was very drying. With vitamin e in the formula, this lipstick is moisturising and comfortable meaning you can reapply to your heart content or wear day after day without sacrificing your lips.


How does it last you ask? With my current stint into the matte lip creams, my heart sank slightly when it had somewhat faded after 3 hours but realistically this is how long I expect a standard lipstick to last especially at work where you are drinking or snacking ect. However transfer is minimal and it fades opposed to cracking off, leaving a pretty pink stain so you don’t necessarily have to put up with obvious wear. This means you do not need to worry about always reapplying, and you could even do a quick and simple no mirror application if you were worried. It layers well, athough you don’t need this for colour in initial application it layers up just was as application on clear lips so you don’t have to worry about patchiness.

I’ve actually fallen in love with this lipstick, its just a shame about the packaging. I’m in two minds to recommend it as it’s a beautiful, affordable and comfortable lipstick but the packaging is a bad finish. It just depends if you can deal with the bad design as it is only £3.00 after all, so maybe there is nothing to lose.

If your curious about other Primark Beauty items or the PS Pro range itself I’ve recently written a review of the PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect which you can check out here. Well worth a quick read if you are into affordable beauty or Primark.

Gwen xx



Review: H&M Coconut Water Face Mask


The winter weather, indoor heating and a general tendency towards dry skin means at this time of year my skin always needs a little bit of extra help. In steps the H&M Coconut Water Moisturising face mask, which is the start of my dabbling in the H&M beauty range so here goes nothing.

The face masks all come in these little pods and are priced at £1.99 each, which realistically not too bad. There were a few options for each skin type and I am dry combination so I picked up two, the Coconut Water Moisturising Face Mask and the Raspberry Lead Peel Off Mask (check out my review here). The H&M website  describes this mask as “Coconut water with rich cocoa butter and shea butter, this coconut water mask will leave your skin feeling moisturized and soft to the touch”. As I suffer from dry patches of skin especially at seasonal changes, this seemed like a great option due to the shea butter which is always a love of mine for dry skin. The little pod has about two uses in it and after using I managed to decant it into a little pot and used again a week later. This may also seal up fine with cling film so at around £1.00 per use it works out similar to a number of other products.

So did it live up to its expectation? I found this one a little off to begin with, it’s like applying a thick heavy moisturiser that work quite work into the skin so you give up and leave it me. Over the course of the next ten minutes or so it soaks into your skin, no longer leaving a white layer just sitting on the odd patches, then you simply was off the finally bit and you’re done. It some patches my skin felt a little greasy but where my dry patches are my skin felt moisturised and happier. It you have deeply dehydrated skin then use all over, but I think from now on this is best used when multi-masking focusing on the drier areas.

This mask definitely feels more worth it than the Raspberry Leaf mask I tried previously, its deeply hydrating and offers multiple uses. So if you are a sufferer of dry skin, next time you’re in H&M looking at leggings and cute clothes why not pick this up too.

Gwen xx

Review: Primark PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect


I am a self-confessed primer junkie, even when I find one that I love I always seem to always want to try the next time. The only exception is the Nivea Daily Express Hydration Primer which I repurchase on a regular basis as its an affordable moisturising primer. So as usual I was in Primark and check out the newish PS Pro makeup range, and when I saw a primer I found it hard to resist.

I’ve tried several items from Primarks Beauty Range in the past, which I have linked past posts at the end in case your interesting in knowing what else they offer and how it shapes up. Overall I have tended to have a number of successes, only one complete miss and a few that are just okay. So I had no hesitations in picking this up, they offer a number of primers in the new PS Pro range and I picked up the PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect.


The packaging is really stepped up on the pro range compared to the “standard” beauty items, the little cardboard boxes everything comes in and the attention to detail makes it feel more luxurious even though it’s all very affordable. The only thing that is slightly odd is the pristine white box with silver foiling to then have a black tube inside, I feel as though a black foiled box would of look a little more cohesive but it still looks attractive. Tube design

Initially I was apprehensive when I squeezed it out for the first time and it’s a nude colour, unsure if it would just look orange but as it worked into the skin it seemed to disappear not leaving any trace on the skin. It works into the skin easily making it feel smoother, half way between a silicon primer and a cream primer it leaves the skin feeling smoother although it doesn’t look a huge amount smoother or poreless.

Makeup sits well on top of it, laying smooth and flat making your face look smooth and perfect. I haven’t done a thorough longevity test unfortunately but the makeup lasts from getting ready for work in the morning, to after dinner in the evening looking almost as perfect as when you put it on so around 11/12 hours which I feel is more than enough time. I don’t know how it would shape up in a serious test but I’m genuinely impressed with how well it stands up.

Would I buy it again? Maybe but it’s not a stand out primer for me, sure it stands up well but so do a number of Primers out there on the high street these days. I recommend you check out Primark’s beauty range when you are in store as there are some real gems. If you are curious where to start you can see some more of my Primark PS Reviews on my blog whether you want a general overview of a range of products here (LINK), see an amazing matte lip colour here  or one of my favourite affordable eye shadow pallets here.

Gwen xx

Review: H&M Beauty Raspberry Leaf Face Mask


I’m not one who spends a lot on face masks when there are so many budget options to try, with mixed reviews I have not yet tried the H&M beauty line. However when my friend recommended the face masks I thought why not, with a face mask I feel as though I had nothing to lose.

The face masks all come in these little pods and are priced at £1.99 each, which realistically not too bad. There was a few options for each skin type and I am dry combination so I picked up two, the Raspberry Leaf Peel off Face Mask as well as the Coconut Water Moisturising Mask for Dry Skin (review coming shortly). The H&M website  describes the mask as “A rich raspberry mask that gently peels away dead skin cells to leave your skin fragrant and soft to the touch”, I love a good peel off mask, it always make me feel like my skin is clean and fresh.

So how did it shape up? The pod is a nice touch, easy to open and nowhere nearly as messy as a pouch offering easy access to the mask. The mask is thickish but you can work it easily on the skin just be sure to wash your hands afterwards to remove any residue. I’d say the pot contains two applications, unfortunately even when trying to keep it air tight this the peel off masks goes into a dried jelly near enough overnight. Share with a friend or apply thickly otherwise the pot will go to waste. Although I love the idea of two uses out of the pot it did not prove to be practical in this case, which is a shame and is a mark against repurchasing this.

With a light sweet fruity fragrance, it’s a refreshing scent, so not unpleasant to use. Depending how thick you apply the mask it takes around five to ten minutes and it peels off easily, no mess and your face feels clean and clear afterwards. I am unsure as to if it anything my skin felt cleaner and clearer but it didn’t appear to pull much out.

Its nice to use with a vibrant colour, delicious scent and it kind of works but so do the many sachets you can buy from various brands at around 89p and with these you’re not wasting half of it. Overall if you want to try it go ahead but its nothing special and you won’t miss out by looking elsewhere.

Gwen xx