July Favourites

How has July gone so quickly? It feels like Christmas should be just around the corner. July has been full of new products and loads of reviews, so be sure to check out all the different things I have been checking out here. Anyway onto what I have really been loving.

Olay Radiance Illuminator

I won’t dwell on the first one as you can read the full review here but I am madly in love with the Olay Complete Radiance Illuminator. A perfect everyday moisturiser leaving glowing skin on its own and it sits easily under makeup.

For some bizarre reason I stopped using the Collection Lasting Finish Concealer in Fair, opting for the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer. This month I started using this again and I cannot think why I used anything else, thick, creamy and pigmented you only need the one concealer.

Everyone has probably picked up one of the relaunched or new Benefit Brow products in a magazine this month well I picked up the Benefit Gimme Brow in 5 Deep with Glamour. I initially thought it would be too dark but I have naturally dark brows so it ended up being a perfect match. I love the effortlessness of the Gimme Brow and the tiny brush makes it far superior to similar products making it easy to apply and work your brows to how you want it.

We all hate chapped lips any time of the year and this next one is my current on the go favourites the Boots Essentials Spearmint Lipsalve. It’s so fresh, smelling like spearmint polos it’s like a quick pick me up but it leaves a hydrating and comfy layer on the lips that I cannot get enough of.

I have finally got the hang of this growing my nails out now, not great but I’m getting there and now with longer nails I need to manage and shape them and that’s where the QVS Sapphire Nail File. I randomly picked it up due to its low price and it turns out is amazing, quick and effective. So to pair with my nice longer nails I am using the Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer in 303 Beige Chrome, a classic simple shade which can be worn at all occasions and time of year. I just haven’t stopped wearing it.

Olay Beauty Fluid

My final favourite is the Olay Beauty Fluid, I love my body butters but something all you want is something light and hydrating that soaks in very quickly. Light in sent, super creamy it works into the skin easily and dries within minutes so you don’t need to worry about waiting around just rub it in and go.

Let me know what you loved in July in the comments, and my next post will be up on Tuesday.

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Free Calender Desktop Wallpapers

So the other day I was creating some calender desktop wallpapers for my personal and work laptops and thought they were cute so I would share them with all of you lovely people. They are by no means perfect, I am no creative person by a lot of means by career is as a Data Analyst but I thought they were too cute not to share.

Any way here is something a little different with my desktop backgrounds featuring a calendar for each month, all are free to download and just do as you please with them I just thought I’d share as I often find it difficult to find these sorts of things especially ahead of time.

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Let me know what you think and if you would like these sorts of things in future as I kind of enjoyed making these, maybe something slightly more beauty or blogging related. I also have tried playing with some organisation type ones in the past so let me know if you are curious for more desktop backgrounds which are made to be cute and practical.

Fingers crossed you should just be able to click on the image and it will download, if not just do the usual right click trick or let me know. Anyway enjoy.

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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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July Favourites

July Faves

I cannot believe how quick this year is going? How is it August already! July has been a really good month starting with a holiday in Cornwall and ending with me starting my first graduate level job it is completely insane. So I am back with my favourites for this month as I found some new loves and rediscovered some others.


july faves ft body shop, bareminerals, sleek and pixi

Beauty Favourites

I’ve been loving face makeup lately and really started putting effort into a full look again, so after taking it travelling and falling in love with using it properly I’m loving my Sleek Face Form Palette in Light. I love Sleek products and this is a great do it all product and I have more effort into contouring it at the moment, the only thing I don’t always use is the blush which leads me into my next favourite. I love my bareMinerals make up and this month I have especially being loving my bareMinerals Blush Luminary Blush in Sunwashed Berry. This is more of a rosy blush than I usually go for as I opt for more of a coral toned pink but I’m loving the change. It’s such a long lasting and light weight blush and I cannot imagine I will stop losing this anytime soon.

I love pink toned neutrals, with my favourite palette being my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but to conserve space when I went away I took the Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz and I haven’t stopped using it since. Filled with pink and plum shades it is right up my street, for a simple low key look I’ll just use the lightest shades but you can easily build up a variety of looks.

Although I love my TRESemme Shampoo and Conditioner every so often I get a really dried out scalp (TMI maybe), my sister when she gets it uses medicated shampoo which smells awful. I instead use The Body Shop Banana Shampoo and Conditioner and it works really well, I’ve written a full review for it here. So my dry scalp is going and I have beautiful banana smelling hair, very summery.

Finally a nice summery scent from Elizabeth Arden in Sunflowers, I got a bunch of travel sizes last summer as I wasn’t as keen on this initially but this spring summer I have really fallen in love with it. A little goes a long way with this one and it lasts all day which is ideal really. So I just put a little dot on my wrists and behind my ears then I am set for the day which is great really.


Non-Beauty Favourites

I rarely do non-beauty favourites as I don’t always have enough to say in this regard but this month there are one or two things that I have really being loving.

 tour de franc july favourite

My TV favourite this month has been the Tour De France, which ran pretty much the entire month from the 4th right through to the 26th and I wanted it live most days for the first two weeks before starting my new job. This year has been amazing with the closest competition for years with the biggest names in cycling, plus an amazing effort made by the British cyclists. With Froomes historic win and amazing performances for all 10 British cyclist with a record 8 finishing it’s been a good year and hopefully we can move away from any negativity.  As the final day rolled round I opened a bottle of wine and ordered a take away thoroughly enjoying the whole thing.

 

 So I got my car this month and for my first solo drive I grabbed a CD which just happened to be Twin Atlantic The Great Divide. I saw them finally last November and putting this it just brought all the amazingness back, I haven’t bothered to take it out of my car yet I just happily drive along listening to this great album.


So what have your guy being loving this month? I love reading favourites which means I absolutely love this time of the month as it helps you really discover new products as if they are someone’s favourites it’s a great recommendation.

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