May Collective Haul

May Collective Haul

After a month off in April I am back with another monthly collective haul, once again with some of the goodies I picked up this month. So lets not beat around the bush and dive in.

May Collective Haul - Collection Extreme Eyeliner & George Matte Foundation

ASDA: I think Asda has to be one of my go to locations these days for basics as its so close to work and I can easily pop in or the way in or way home, it’s a trip to town these days for the likes of Boots/Superdrug so its definitely my go to. This month my liquid eyeliner dried up and in search of a new one I decided to give the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black 2.98), I’m been trying it out recently and a review should be up in the next couple of weeks. I also feel like I need to try some more George makeup as you never know what gems you may find, so what I thought I would try the George Matte Foundation with Shine Control & Chamomile in Warm Ivory (£3.00) the colour seemed a good match and I feel like it will be good as we get into summer. I’ve posted my review of the George Matte Foundation earlier this week which you can find here.

May Collective Haul - The Body Shop Lightening Drops

The Body Shop: Recently I have been struggling with getting foundations to match even the ones I repurchase and have worked for years, I need to really look into some alternative brands and options but I don’t want what I have to go to waste. I’ve considered the The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening (£10.00) for ages but haven’t had a huge need, so I finally gave in and will post a review once I’ve tried it out properly.

May Collective Haul - Kiko Milano Nail Varnish

Kiko Milano: Finally, I needed a new nail colour to go with my outfit for a work colleagues wedding reception, so I felt my best option was Kiko and I wasn’t wrong. I picked up the Kiko Milano Power Pro Nail Lacquer in 55 Coral Rose (£3.90), a perfect match to my dress and I love these nail polishes easy to apply and long lasting.

So sorry for this short post for this month’s collective haul, I really picked up bugger all this month. Fortunately, I’m waiting for one or two items to be delivered and I have to go and buy a new straightener this weekend so June’s collective haul should be more exciting.

Gwen

 

Review: George Matte Foundation in Warm Ivory

George Matte Foundaton in Warm Ivory

As the summer quickly approaches we are all looking to have a fresh looking and matte face all summer long. I regularly pick up essentials in Asda, as the shop is close to work and one of the most convenient for me to pop in, so I thought I would try some of their own brand makeup to see how it stands up against other brands to see if they have any hidden gems.

The George Matte Foundation with Shine Control & Chamomile in Warm Ivory promises to be “Lightweight matte foundation for ultimate shine control. Blends in to the skin effortlessly for eve coverage and natural look.” So how does it shape up?

George Matte Foundation with Shine Control

With simple packaging, it’s nothing exciting really I personally think it’s got that slight sun cream vibe but all in all its not bad. The packaging is easy to use, and should be secure so ideal for travel and to pop into your makeup bag when travelling. Overall I do no mind the packaging, it’s nothing special but feels like a supermarket brand and there are much better packaging from other brands at this price point for example Primark’s PS Beauty range has beautiful packaging for a similarly low price point. This may be simply because I am not the target audience and there is not need for the packaging I like to see, I feel like there is a value in making aesthetically pleasing packaging when looking to expand and create a following for a product range.

I find there is often a fine line between a lightweight foundation and a BB cream, leans towards the side of a BB cream. I’ve tended to apply this with my fingers as I find it works better than a brush or a sponge, and works into the skin easily. This foundation is fairly mind boggling when you initially squeeze some out and start to apply to your face, you expect it to be a high coverage offering but it’s really the opposite. As you rub it in to blend it, it dramatically sheers out. Like I mentioned before I would liken it more to a BB cream and just little more than evening out the skin tone and any blemishes will require concealer.

I think this may be great for the summer, the colour is a great match and will be great for the lazy summer days when you want something but nothing much. A spot of the George Matte Foundation, spot of bronzer, mascara and a lip balm and you will have a perfect light no nonsense, makeup look for the summer. Unfortunately, unlike most foundations these days, especially light wright foundations, this offers no SPF protection so ensure you use another product to make sure your skin is protected from the sun.

All in all, I don’t feel like this is a bad product, but it is not a foundation is a BB cream with no mattifying properties than I have noticed. So, if you want a pale and lightweight BB cream, for only £3.00 at Asda I would recommend picking this up. However, if you want a light weight mattifying foundation, I suggest you look elsewhere.

Gwen

5 Tips For Productive Blogging

5 tips for productive blogging

We all have a slump with blogging, once and a while and sometimes you need to push through and get back on it. All in all I have never hated blogging but sometimes you hit a wall and find it difficult to create new posts. So seeing as I have just got out of my rut, I thought I would share what has worked for me.

  1. Make notes when inspiration hits. If you sit and force yourself to come up with ideas, they won’t come. I make notes when the inspiration hits, either on your phone, notebook or in my case I always carry my planner so I have a section in the back I dedicate to blog idea and I have a note book for review notes and inspiration. Just don’t force it and capture what you can.
  2. Set time aside. I am one of those that makes notes all the time, so when it comes to writing my actual post I can string together all my notes and don’t have to worry about writers block. Saying that I always make sure that I set aside a specific time or day for getting my writing, photo taking and editing or scheduling done. If I don’t plan the time I spend most of my time saying to myself “oh I’ll finish it later”, but never do. I often find Sunday morning or a Thursday evening are some of the times work best for me, find a time that works for you and regularly stick to it you’ll work better than the ad hoc approach.
  3. Have a plan. I am a big planner and organiser and this is key for me with blogging as well as everything else in my life. In terms for my actual blog I strive from scheduling, I aim to post every Tuesday and Friday, so I note out the date that I will post on for any given month. The last two slots of the month are always dedicated for a collective haul and a monthly favourites and the rest of my posts get built up from there finding a balance for content with what I want to write and what I can commit to that month.

As well as a plan for content before I sit down to work on my blog I like to list out everything that needs doing, even into the smallest tasks. Each post has similar things that need doing but I find that if I write it out one by one I feel more accomplished at the end of my blogging session and I ensure nothing is missed. Added bonus of list writing you don’t waste the first 45 minutes doing nothing but getting distracted.

  1. Dress for success. I am aware this sounds weird, but I’m going along the lines of advise you often see for working at home so why not blogging. When I used to have a blogging day I used to dress super slouchy, sometimes even in pjs but instead of been comfortable to write I just found myself demotivated wanting to do nothing. So stay in your normal clothes if you are planning to blog in the evening, or if you are having a blogging day then, get ready for the day like you do the rest of the time. Trust me it will be worth it.
  2. No pressure. At the end of the day though, don’t pile on the pressure. It may be good to commit the time to write and compose content for your blog but if you aren’t feeling up for it don’t do it. If you pressure yourself into creating content you will won’t necessarily make good content. If you aren’t enjoining it or it is stressing you out, simply take some time out.

So those are my tips for how I ensure I am a productive blogger, let me know in the comments how you try to be a productive blogger.

Gwen

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Review: The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub

The Body Shop Cream Exfoliating Body Scrub in Vineyard Peach

Nothing says summer like smooth skin and subtle fruity fragrances, I think The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub is a product that thoroughly sums up summer. I picked this up in the sale with the additional 40% off back at the end of March and it’s taken a little while to get round to this review, if you want to see what else I picked up at the time you can check out the haul here.

Over the years I have tried a large variety of body scrubs from the Body Shop as well as others, so I know what sort of products I feel work best for my skin. The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub promises to:

This gently exfoliating body scrub smells like freshly picked peaches. It lifts away dead skin cells and leaves skin peachy-soft. Lifts away dead skin cells. Stimulates skin surface microcirculation. Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother”

I know people like to use scrubs in slightly different ways, I am a work into dry skin kinda girl rubbing it all over before getting in the shower and washing it off. I tend to find over everything else this is the most effective way to use a body scrub, as you can really work them into your skin. The Vineyard Peach Body Scrub is cream based opposed to more of a sugar scrub or gel based formula I have tried in the past from the body shop but I am no stranger to cream based scrubs themselves. I really enjoy a cream based scrub as I love the finer particles in these scrubs without the density of a sugar scrub.

The Body Shop - Vineyard Peach Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub

Overall I really enjoy this scrub fine enough to work into the skin, but not super dense that its workable. I love how my skin feels after using it and the peach sent is light and simply delightful. I’m loving this and if you are looking for a new scrub I highly recommend checking it out, especially if it is the sale.

Review: PS Dark Circle Reducing Sunflower Eyepatches

Primark PS 4 Dark Circle Reducer

I’m starting to think I have a slight obsession with trying out loads of the Primark PS range, so far I have had a pretty good experience with most Primark beauty products and this latest one the PS Dark Circle Reducing Sunflower Eyepatches. I’ve used eyepatches in the past, and love them as they are so refreshing and feel so nice on tired eyes.

I have to admit that I do not have the biggest dark circles, I go get the occasionally as well as bags under my eyes but they are nothing a bit on concealer can’t deal with. I just thought I would share how these compare to similar products on the market.

The eyepatches come in a pack of 4, initially I was apprehensive that with the foil packet that they would be all in one packet but fortunately it contains two foil packets meaning you can get two uses. The whole pack costs £1.00, so at only £0.50 per use. All you need to do when you want to use them is to peel them off the piece of plastic and place them under your eyes. The general instruction to leave for up to 20 minutes, I tend to wait 10 to 15 minutes as this is sort of my limit. I do not find it comfortable pass this point simply because of how heavy it feels and you are aware they are there.

These eye patches are so cooling and refreshing, making you feel more refreshed and gives you a small piece of feeling pampered without the price tag. Considering the price tag, and I am never fully convinced by these products I doubt this is going to be your answer to dark circles there are probably better actions. Still when you feel tired, drained and just want a little TLC I’d really recommend them as they make you feel less tired and just like you’ve done something for yourself.

So all in all I don’t think they will fix your dark circles, but they are nice to use and these are so inexpensive if you want to give eyepatches a go and look ridiculous.

Gwen

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Review: The Crème Shop Slow Down, Skin! Sheet Mask

The Creme Shop Slow Down, Skin!

Doesn’t everyone want to be a panda? No just me? Oh well I’m still going to write this review, of the totally fun face masks. I’ve tried two other Crème shop face masks before one of which you can see the review for here, I’ve previously tried the Drink Up Skin which I loved and I got to be a penguin while the racoon was Wake Up Skin a refreshing and moisturising mask where you get to be a racoon.

This time it’s the The Crème Shop Slow Down, Skin! Sheet mask, where I get to enjoy been a panda. Which promises to: “Can’t bear aging skin? Boost elasticity and structure with this silica-rich mask. Infused with bamboo extract, this panda rebuilds timeworn skin in no time.”  By no means to I have aging skin really at 23 it’s important to moisturise and take care of my skin but I do not need to focus on anti-aging yet, I mainly want to see how this compares to the others how it feels on the skin. Once again I think these masks are so fun to wear, it just adds a little bit of fun to wearing a cartoon style sheet mask.

The Creme Shop Slow Down, Skin! Sheet Mask

The mask is a perfect size and shape for the face, with gaps for the relevant facial features. I find unlike other masks that the Crème Shop definitely have a shape that is a more ergonomic fit and is way more comfortable and simple to arrange on the face. I’d say the sheet appears cloth like, although I am not sure 100% what these are made of out of the many I’ve tried they are some of the most resilient being easy to unfold and use. There’s no doubt that I enjoy a Crème shop mask but these are not hugely moisture adding, leaving more of a tingling feeling and not an enjoyable one. Although this came in a pack of 3, after trying the first mask I have passed them on personally I just didn’t enjoy using the mask so knew I wouldn’t use them. I had such a positive with the other two masks that I couldn’t wait to use these ones but really just didn’t enjoy them.

All in all skip these and try the others I mentioned previously, or the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask those I love. Let me know which masks you like in the comments, as I always love a good mask.

Gwen

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Review: The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptious Cleansing Butter

In a world of beauty and skincare, I feel like there is an every growing world of cleansers. I may be late to the party as I am aware that cleansing balms and cleansing butters have been around for a while but I have yet to try one. I have heard endless good things about The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review, so let’s see how it stands up to my expectations and if it worth checking out.

According to The Body Shop website, the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is meant to:

Cleanse and nourish your skin with our rich cleansing butter. A luxurious way to remove every last trace of make-up, while purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, leaving it soft to the touch.”

The Body Shop Sumptious Camomile Cleansing Butter

This is one of those cleansers where you apply and work into the skin directly before using a damp face cloth or muslin cloth. The first night I used this was a major test, as I’d been to a theme night bringing out the old emo makeup, loads of black eyeliner and layers of mascara this was a proper test for a cleanser. It seems with this a little goes a long way, working a little bit onto my skin the balm turned into an oil dissolving the makeup as it went. Within minutes’ my face became of mishmash of oil and black streaks but at least it was coming off. It’s probably due to my inexperience with balm and oil based cleansers, but it felt so oily and heavy on the skin I was absolutely desperate to wet my face cloth and finish off removing my makeup.

Every time I’ve used this I’ve been impressed, I’ve needed nothing more than this to remove my makeup so you don’t need a second cleanse. Its gentle on the skin, effective and well worth giving a go. I am not necessarily a huge fan of the oiliness but that is definitely a personal preference as I love a cream based cleanser. I’ve used it on bare skin and to remove makeup, and I have to say it wins for makeup removal hands down if I want a bare face cleanse I am sticking to micellar water.

If you love something oil/balm based, want something gentle on your skin or just want to try something new I would suggest you give this a go. At £10 from The Body Shop, find it here, its a reasonable price and with a little going a long way you can definitely get you moneys worth.

Let me know your favourite cleansers in the comments, I always want to try something new.

Gwen

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