Review: Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask

Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask

Who doesn’t want unclogged pores and clear skin? Which is why on a whim I picked up the recently launched Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask. Let’s not faff around and get into.

Within the pack you get two pods and a spatula for application, so with each pod as a single use from one purchase you either get two uses or can use the mask on a pamper night with a friend. The two pods are a great way to get multiple uses out of the product especially as a peel off which can start to ball up with exposure to air, it also helps break down at the cost at £2.00 per mask it lines up with what you can expect to

According to the Soap & Glory website the mask promises to: “Just like you, this peel-off mask is totally hard pore. Liquid gel transforms into the lift-off paper strip to smooth, purify and remove all gunk and junk (including blackheads) in one go – it’s so a-peeling! Our multi-tasking mask is power-packed with 10 amazing ingredients including: Kaolin and Bentontie Fine Clay Powders to help absorb excess oil; White Willow Bark to help oil skin; Vitamin C to boost tired Complexions; and scented with exotic tropical fruit.”

“OOO its pink!” the only thought that came into my head as I peeled back the foil of my first pod to try the item for the first time. I don’t know what I was expecting but I wasn’t expecting the brightness of the pink but I love it anyway and it makes it a bit more fun, not quite The Crème Shop level of fun no Pandas, Racoons or Penguins here but you don’t get the same luxury of these possibilities with a peel off mask.

The pack comes with a spatula which is a great idea but I just didn’t seem to get in with it as it is simply too small, making the application longer, more messy and fiddly. In the end I just chucked it and went for the back to basics option of using by hands to apply and I think it just provided a more through and even application of the mask. The mask itself has a thick gloopy textured which weirdly reminded me of PVA, like back in the primary school days where you’d cover your hands in PVA, wait for it to dry and peel it off, ah simpler times.

The thicker texture does mean you can really feel it on your face but it doesn’t bother me too much and it makes you feel like you are doing something good for your skin. After application, you are meant to apply and leave it for 25 minutes by this point it should be fully dry and you can peel off the mask in one go. I must admit it took a lot of will power for me to wait the 25 minutes, as I tend to peel off these types of masks in small sections as each part dries but I wanted to give the mask a proper go. After about 10 or 15 minutes, the masks started to peel around my mouth as it had full dry and as I was talking drinking although it didn’t touch the mask itself it did mean the mask once dry started to peel away from the mouth making it slightly uncomfortable but I persevered. After about 20 minutes the mask had mostly dried, and started to feel tight, letting me know it was almost ready. After 25/30 minutes there was a small patch that hadn’t quite dried, which I think is where I may have accidently applied it that but thicker but the mask was tight and the loosening section around my mouth and nose had started to get pretty uncomfortable so I just had to take it off. To my amazement the mask did in fact peel off all in one, with the exception of the small still non-set area which I had to remove separately.

Soap & Glory What a Peeling Peel Of Mask Pot

Examining the mask afterwards, you can tell that its pulled something out of the skin and my face felt so much clearer. I really enjoyed using this mask and loved using the second pod two as my skin has been slightly problematic the past two weeks, and I feel like this has really helped with the improvement of it. I always wonder sometimes with the Soap and Glory skincare, but these masks definitely feel work it. The pack of two pods is £4.00 from the likes of Boots, making it £2.00 for mask which in reality is a really affordable price especially for a single use mask that really works. Also, if you are apprehensive Boots regularly has offers on Soap & Glory so wait for something that works for you. I’m even tempted to pack a pod with me when I go away later in the year so I can keep on top of my skin while travelling.

Have you tried any of the new Soap & Glory masks, let me know in the comments as I am curious to try more.

Gwen

xx

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Review: Garnier Skin Active Matcha & Kaolin Mask

Garnier SkinActive Match & Kaolin Mask

I simply cannot resist trying yet another face mask, whenever I see a mask I am curious about that is highly affordable I just pick it up. I’ve loved the Garnier Skin Active Masks and other products I have tried in the past, in fact I always have a Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (review here ) on hand so I thought trying another product in the range. So how did I get on with the Garnier Skin Active Matcha & Kaolin Mask?

The Matcha & Kaolin Mask is part of Garnier’s range of new clay mask and promises to: “A new generation of face mask combining Matcha Tea and Kaolin Clay in a creamy-clay texture that purifies for refreshed, mattified and clean skin. Proven Effectiveness: Immediately: Impurities are removed and skin appears mattified. Long-lasting: effectiveness: skin appears purified as if rebalanced.”

Like any clay mask you work it into your skin, leave for 10 minutes and wash off, it had been a while since I’ve used a clay face mask so was apprehensive that I may find it way to heavy on the skin but I was pleasantly surprised. Compared to clay masks I have used in the past this was light but build-able to create a thick layer, the texture in the hands not to dissimilar in texture and consistency to the George Matte Foundation that I reviewed the other day. Which meant it was comfortable on the skin, and I found it comfortable to wear and get on with everything else I was getting up to while testing it out. It also has a lovely subtle fresh scent, close to green tea but nothing overpowering and I’ll definitely call it fresh than anything definitive.

Despite covering with a reasonably thick layer, I found that it tried in about 5 minutes or so but I ensured I kept it on till it was completely dry all over, as I forgot to track the time exactly but I imagine it would have been at least 10 minutes. Initially this mask felt really comfortable but as it dried it got really tight, making it uncomfortable but it definitely gives you the impression it’s working.

Afterwards my skin felt cleaner and clearer, but in the hours and days after the actual condition of my skin was no different. So, I’m not 100% sure its done anything, although in general it feels like and way enjoyable to use which is all you want from a mask. Also, I do not have oily skin I have the odd oily patch but in general my skin is dry so this may not offer the same benefits to me that it might offer to someone else.

I picked up the Garnier Skin Active Matcha & Kaolin Mask in Primark for £1.00, but it is available from a wide range of stores including Superdrug and Boots selling for between £1.00 and £1.50. All in all, these are always worth a shot as everyone’s skin is different and an affordable one time use mask is always a great option in my opinion. Let me know in the comments what your favourite masks are, I cannot wait to try some more out.

Gwen

DIY Pamper Jar Inspiration

So today I thought I would do a quick post about a small gift I did for I did for one of my best friends from university. I’ve seen these jars all over the place and thought I would do it myself, this isn’t a DIY per say but this is what I filled it with and how I wrapped it all up.

DIY Pamper Jar - Kilner Jar

I was so long to find this pink Kilner jar on offer, and I built it all up around this jar. It’s a really great size and I knew she’d find a use for it in the future whether within her passion for baking or for general storage.

The next thing was to fill it up, wrapping each thing in cute stared tissue paper so everything that is in there will be a surprise. I started off with two Soap and Glory travel sized items, a body scrub and the old favorite righteous butter. A perfect pairing for travel or just to try. I then went for a load of little treats from a Foot Pack, Aussie hair mask and a selection of face masks. Finally to finish off the jar, I packed in 3 nail polishes two beautiful shades of purple and a glitter top coat. All small items that I knew she’d love and appreciate and I think that’s the joy of the pamper or treat jars that you can do whatever you want with them.

I found the cute star tissue paper in the card factory and this pink and white bag in the pound shop. I just feel like they really finish the whole gift off, it looked so cute and she loved the gift.

So have you ever made up one of these jars, what would you put in it and would you make this for a friend?

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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.


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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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Mega Empties Part One

Mega Empties Part One

This is the biggest empties post I have ever done with a grand total of 25 items overall (between the two posts), it just seems like everything has ended as a massive collection. I’ve kept putting this off as the mini reviews can take a little bit of time but my empties are taking over my life so I thought I would just have to bit the bullet and get it over and done with. It is also so big that something that was going to start off as one post has now become two as there is just so much stuff, so today we’ll cover make up, Skincare and some random bits and pieces. Part two which will cover Bath and Body as well as hair which will be up next Friday.


Makeup

L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation Rose Ivory

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in R1 C1 Rose Ivory: My first issue with this is you cannot tell when this is used up and a lot of product seems to go to waste which is a shame, I was half way through my face when it ran out and had to take it off and start again so you probably always need a back up. I liked this foundation and its nice to have such a good colour match especially at the drugstore but I think due to being up able to judge it running out I think its something I would consider repurchasing but I’ll see what else is out there and possibly come back. Major bloggers bug now as I have to see what else is out there.


Skincare

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Superdrug Superfruits Exfoliating Mask: This is the first time I’ve tried and exfoliating mask surprisingly and I really enjoyed it my skin felt amazing after. Also with a mix of raspberry, cranberry and blueberry it just smells amazing I will definitely pick it up again.

Superdrug Yoghurt Smoothie Mask: This is one of my favorite Superdrug face mask it smells sweet and subtle and just perfect for any time of year and any occasion. Also with cocoa butter it is really nourishing to the skin and as I have to odd dry patches it works wonders at hydrating the skin.

Superdrug Purifying Cucumber Peel-off Mask: I love peel off masks as I just feel like they fully clear out your skin. This cucumber one from Superdrug was really refreshing and felt really nice.

Superdrug Tropical Peel-Off Mask: Final mask I promise, I always buy sachet masks and I react funny to mud masks and I like to mix up my face masks. This one smelt like pina-coladas need I say more really.

Skin Therapy Normal & Combination Skin Lightly Frangrance Face Wipes: Why did Tesco stop doing there everyday value own brand wipes? I used to love those wipes these were the replacement and cost twice the price (okay from 50p to £1.00 isn’t a lot but its the principle), but these are a dud. They feel nice on bare skin if you feel a bit oily and you want a quick clean and cleanse but for removing make up they are too dry and do nothing. They are especially useless for removing eye make up so I’m on the search for a new inexpensive makeup wipe for lazy days.

Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches ‘Sunflower’: I threw out the box but I have the sachets you you can have a little glimpse, you get four goes within a pack. I’m not convinced how well they work but they feel really refreshing and really wake you up so I’m enjoying them for now. I’ll definitely pick up some more at some point.

Superdrug Deep Action Pore Cleansing Nose Strips: Are there any good ones of these? These seemed like a little bit of a dud and didn’t really do much and it always came off clean which it shouldn’t as I have loads of blackheads on my nose.

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Cleansing Milk and Hydrating Toner: I received this in a swap from the lovely Danielle, it was like a 10 day treatment a long with mini moisturizer which I still haven’t finish they last way longer than that as a little goes a long way and they smell amazing well worth checking out if you can get your hands on them


Fashion Nails and Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

Other

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Perfume Sample Size (3.7ml): So I recived this last summer in a set with several other Elizabeth Adren Samples which you can check out here to see what else I got here. They last ages and are great for travel, this is the first one I’ve finished and I was unsure initially about this one but on hot or sunny days it was a nice and refreshing scent. I think now I would repurchase and these sample size was great to fully discover what you like and what you don’t.

P.S. Love Fashion Nails: These were a super cute owl design which I wore to london zoo for my 21st birthday, I love the primark nails they stay on really well and only cost £1-£1.50. These were on sale for 50p so how could I say no. Although the primark glue is alright I much prefer to buy my own elegant touch glue which is awesome and lasts ages

Phew we made it through the mountain of rubbish that I’ve been hording in my room. I’m now about to fill up the recycling with all of my junk. . . .

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xxx

Review: The Body Shop Rain Forest Moisture Hair Butter

the body shop rain forest hair butter

Hi Everyone,

Another review for you guys today and its hair related this time, something where I tend to stick with what I know and love but the other day I ran out of my TRESemme hair treatment mask which has lasted me ages, and thought I’d try something new. I then popped into The Body Shop Outlet to pick up a few things and saw these, I picked up the smaller sizes as hair masks seem to last ages.

the body shop rain forest hair butter

I’ve tried it twice since I brought it and I think I have learnt how best to do it as a lot of the reviews online said oh it disappears as you rub it in and oh it leaves you hair sticky with a residue. The first time I used loads like I usually do with a hair mask smothering the ends of my hair and kept it in for the 5 minutes and like the instructions says. This left my hair feeling awful like I hadn’t fully washed it out although I know I thoroughly washed it out which was really weird. So I made sure when I washed my hair I used a clarifying shampoo to make sure it was fully clean.

The second time I used it I literally used the amount of 2p added a small bit of water and ran it thoroughly through my hair and brushed it through with a wet hair comb before clipping all of my hair up on the top of my head. This time I left it for twenty minutes while I did some household chores, then washed it out. I had no remaining residue although initially my hair felt no differently however, once dry it was a lot shiner and looked better, it just didn’t feel any better.  Which is a major disappointment especially for a body shop products which are usually amazing that this was so-so, I will continue to use it as I hate for these things to got to waste but I would’t repurchase it or recommend it to a friend.

I don’t agree with the reviews on the body shop website, you just have to use it in a different way to other mask masks its much thicker and stickier. It smells amazing and I love the thicker texture of the hair butter thus feeling much more substantial than most other hair masks but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. So leave The Body Shop for all of its other amazing products and I love the other hair ranges too like the banana shampoo but if you see this just skip it and spend your money on something else.

The Body Shop Rain Forest Moisture Hair Butter is available in 50ml and 200ml, priced at £3.00 and £8.00 respectively at The Body Shop.

So have you tried The Body Shop Rain Forest Hair Butter’s what did you think of them? What hair butters/masks are you loving as I really want to try a new one.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

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Impromptu Mini Haul

mini haul

So I popped down the road to pick up something for my parents for my sisters birthday from the shopping centre which is half outlet shops, half regular shops and as always I could not resist buying  a few pieces.

superdrug face mask & colab dry shampoo

Superdrug

Superdrug Purifying Cucumber Peel-Off Mask: I’m completely out of face masks and I just thought I’d pick up a few of the sachet ones as they were 3 for 2. I love peel of masks as my face always feels so clean afterwards and I picked cucumber as I wanted it to be fresh feeling afterwards. Available from Superdrug for £0.99.

Superdrug Tropical Cocktail Peel-Off Mask: Another peel off mask but this time its a fruity variety but its absolutely lovely. I think this is definitely more of multi-tasking mask rather than a relaxing type day as its more zesty but great for a little bit of TLC regardless. Available from Superdrug for £0.99.

Superdrug Yoghurt Smoothie Mask: This is my perfect pamper treat it a lovely hot deep bath, a couple of youtube videos and it is pretty much a perfect night in. I’m really looking forward using this at the weekend after my final coursework deadline. Available from Superdrug for £0.99.

Mini Colab Dry Shampoo in New York: This was actually something I needed and I’ve been curious about the colab range but thought I’d pick up a mini just in case I don’t like it. Also it lasts me ages even just a mini because I use it so infrequently but I excited to try a clear dry shampoo. Let me know what you think of the colab dry shampoos if you have tried them before and what you think off them.

The Body Shop Minatures

The Body Shop Outlet

Yes I have a body shop outlet a 10 minute walk away from my student house and I absolutely love that fact. In body shop outlets they tend to have most of the usual range as well as some discontinued stuff and just a general array, the best thing about it is all the miniatures (you’ll see some of them below) so when I book my holiday I’m going to stock up on a few simply because they smell delicious. Anyway how the outlet body shop works is some stuff is normal priced while other bits are reduced but the big discounts are from making multi-buys. Save 30% when you buy two, save 35% what you buy 3 and save 40% when you buy 4 or more so if you pop in to buy one thing you’re better to pick up another little something that’s cheap then you make major savings. Anyway on to my mini haul.

The Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream: This was a repurchase as I’m running out of the one that lives in my bag. This is the smaller size as even though the massive one is better value for money this is a much better hand bag size which is when I tend to use it out and about on the go. Also this smells absolutely amazing, it reminds me of bake well tart so absolutely delicious. I am aware they now have hand cream in all the favours which have the same silky feel put I prefer the more subtle comforting smell of the almond one and I think I will continue using it for years to come. Available from The Body Shop for £5.00.

The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter for Dry Hair: So this is essentially a hair mask which smells divine and I am so excited to give it a go at some point. Once again I have gone for the smaller 50ml pot which will at least last two washes and with the 40% of was only £1.80 anyway so what you’d pay for a sachet hair mask anyway. The reviews seem mixed so I’m highly interested to find out more about it. Available from The Body Shop for £3.00.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner and Vitamin E Cream Cleanser (60ml): Two more travel sized options but I have loved these when I’ve used these in the past and with trips in the summer and travelling for job interviews I thought it would be a great idea to pick up some miniatures so my skin care routine doesn’t have to suffer when I’m away. Available from The Body Shop for £3.50 each.

As I brought 4 items I managed to save 40% this costing me only £9.00 instead of £15.00.

So what little bits have you picked up recently? Have you picked up any bargains recently?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Empties #4

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A new month and a new bunch of empties, as the pile has been building up so I thought I might as well get round to posting it.

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Bath and Shower:

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub: I both love and hate this simultaneously and it mainly stems from the smell some days I love it as its invigoratingly citrus and refreshing, and other days I just find it way too much. It feels great on the legs and I think my skin is so much silkier after finally getting into a skin care routine, so I use this 2/3 times a week and it works well. Although I’m currently trying out the body shop body scrubs I won’t repurchase this immediately but one day in the future its highly likely I will.

Soap and Glory Orangasm: Another Soap & Glory purchase that I got at the same time as the body scrub, I went for both of them as citrus smells to keep me going and wake me up a bit on the winter mornings when I didn’t want to go to lectures. There isn’t much to say more than its a creamy shower gel that does its job, nothing special I’ve liked others more. I love the bottle though as it’s a pump top so quick to use and you don’t pour out too much so a winner there. I think it was worth trying but I doubt I’ll ever repurchase this.

Lush Butterball Bath Bomb: Out of a load of Lush bath bombs I got given this is the only one I could use as its the only one I’m not allergic to. So it did nothing special to the water but smelt amazing and it gave off like a oil in the water so your skin feels silky and hydrated after using this delightful bathroom. At one of the cheapest lush do and one of the very few I can have I’ll definitely have. Let me know your lush favourites and what I should try next in the comments below.

Ted Baker London Bath Foam: My sister got me a Ted Baker set for Christmas and this was in it, the bubbles were lacking but it smelled amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed my few baths with this.

Skincare:

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter: I’ve had this for ages but it took me a while to get into remembering to use it plus in winter after a shower I just want to get dressed. I’ve loved using this though creamy and thick, as I know the texture varies between the different ‘flavours’ of body shop body butter. This is one I’d recommend but overall I love the body shop body butters so try one of the many ones.

Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Gentle Eye Make Up Remover: This was initially picked up on a whim and I’m so glad I did. This has a thick creamy texture, simple put on a cotton pad and hold onto your eye for a few seconds and the make up comes away so easily. Although with the blogger bug I am not repurchasing and constantly trying new things I can see myself repurchasing it again in the future.

Real Nature Face Masks in Avocado, Green Tea and Acai Berry: I received these mask in a beauty swap with the lovely Danielle from Just Add Mascara, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed using them. Espeially as unlike some paper/cloth masks they actually stay on your face so I could pretend to pamper myself with a mask while stressing over university work.

Tesco Everyday Value Facial Wipes: Sadly I couldn’t find these the other day when I went shopping in Tesco as I endlessly repurchase them, even with the price increasing from £0.35 to £0.50 for 30 (still a bargain). I love using these on lazy days to to correct mistakes when putting on make up and they work just as well or better than the more expensive kinds. Hopefully they aren’t gone for good but they are well worth looking into.

Make Up

Gosh Classic Velvet Touch Foundation Primer: The quest for the perfect drug store primer is never done, I do like this silicon matte finish primer. It didn’t feel drying and extended the life of my make up but at £13.99 a pop I just wondered if there was better for less so the quest continues.

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer in Naked 1: This is great for cancelling out dark circles and working its magic under the eyes. It’s less of a concealer and more of a illuminate so if you want to add this to your arsenal keep another concealer for blemishes ect.

 Other:

Carex Complete Sensitive Hand Gel: This will always turn up in my empties as I always have at least one hand gel in my bag at anyone time, any of these work so it doesn’t matter what you go for. Really I just think its good to always have one.

Airwick Blackberry Fig Candle: I love candles but I hate finding ones that smell amazing in the pack but don’t kick out an awful lot of smell. However as a air freshener candle it kicks out a lot of scent without been too overpowering. I don’t know how to describe the smell (useful I known) but I’ve brought a few of these now and just give it a sniff if you see it in stores.

So that’s the end of another huge empties, I rather do a big lot to make it more worth it than post like 3 or 4 empties regularly and it fits nicely under my bed so no worries there really. So it might be a while before another one of these although I’m coming to the end of a number of make up items so we will see.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xxx

DIY Pamper Box

So its my best friends birthday today and I thought I’d show you all the cute little DIY pamper box I made for her. These as DIY Pamper Jars as gifts have been floating all over youtube and the blogosphere. So I thought I’d show you my own take on the box.

You Will Need:

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A box; tissue paper; ribbon and embellishments;

and all the pamper bits you want to use.

Step One:Place a Layer of tissue paper in the bottom of the box and loosely up the side how neat you wish to do this depends on what effect you want.

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Step Two: Wrap up all of your goodies, add extra embellishments or make them all different colours I just chose to keep the whole thing simple with just purple tissue paper.

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Step Three: Arrange your box, depending how much you’ve got and the size of the box can really cause a difference in the time this can take. Mine only all just fitted in so it took some doing, if you have extra space just pad it out with additional tissue paper.

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Step Four: Close your box, and begin to decorate. I used a 2m length of ribbon and wrapped it round before sticking on a pretty decorative box. And there you go simple but a great personal gift.

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Hope you liked the simple but adorable DIY  gift idea if I do any more I’m sure to let you know. However I thought I’d go into a bit more of what I got and how you can get ideas as to what to put into your box. If you’re not interested please press like if you liked the DIY and I’ll be back in a few days.

The Box and Decorations:

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I brought all of these bits from Card Factory so they are all fairly inexpensive, usually they have loads of pretty boxes but at this time of year its hard to find a huge variety so I went for silver glittery box while the purple ribbons and tissue paper is because those are my best friends favourite colour. You can stay simple like this or go for all sorts of fancy embellishments just to doll it up and make it something special.

Gift Ideas One: Gift Sets 

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These bits I picked up in boots half price gift bits in the sale, things like these mean you can get great gifts for a fraction of the price so your money can go further. The Champneys Moisturiser was only £2.00 and the Candle set was £6.00 basically great value for money and were great additions to my pamper set. Sometimes you can split up gift sets for multiple gifts or you can simply take them out and repackage them so they look so much nicer. These two I kept in their respective packaging as it was cute and worked for what I wanted.

Gift Ideas Two: Travel Sized Items

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Travel items are great for these sorts of things, any minis or sample sizes as you can pick a variety especially if you aren’t sure what they like or want to give them a taste of something you’ve loved but don’t now if they will. Therefore they are such a good idea and you can find them everywhere for a variety of prices and are well worth looking into especially as you can get more and it looks like more despite been less.

Gift Idea Three: Make Up/Nail Varnishes

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A bit of beauty is a great thing to slip into any pamper kit and if you aren’t sure exactly what they like nail varnish are a good way to go as you can just pick some pretty colours. I find people are more likely to experiment with pretty colours on their nails than they are to go out of their comfort zone with make up. So stick to fairly safe but pretty neutral tones, or go for pretty nails stuff.

Gift Idea Four: Sachets Yes or No?

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Do you include sachets in these types of things and I think it depends what it is? Hair masks, face masks, and foot packs sure one off items that are a bit special and I think you can. I also think it makes a difference as to what the size of the potted/bottled version against the sachet as if they potted version is too big then there is no point buying the full one. Basically weigh it up in your own head as to whether you think it is worth it.

Hope these gave you a few ideas and if you try this out let me know I’d love to see what your DIY Pamper Boxes look like.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Winter Pamper Essenitals

It’s got to that time of year when the nights are closing in, its getting darker earlier its freezing cold and all in all you just need some good TLC, here are what I consider essential for pampering yourself this winter.

I’m not a big fan of a lot of the Lush Products I just tend to find them over powering and over priced and would much after fill my bath with bubbles and a subtle comforting smell rather than one that bowls you over and after 5 minutes I feel sick and dizzy due to just too much smell. However, I feel like I am somewhat alone in this thinking? Although dont get me wrong I love other lush products it’s just the bath bombs ect I find overpowering.

So my first up pamper essential is a lovely deep bath filled with tons of bubbles, it just totally allows you to escape. I’m a huge lover of Radox bubble bath and have done ever since I was a kid. My current favourites is Radox Nourish Bath Soak with Ginger and Shea Butter, not only really relaxing but after you’re skin feels so soft and silk too. While indulging in a lovely hot bath I like to set the mood with a candle, my go to scent is Vanilla suitable for every occasion but there is something about Wilkinsons Fig and Black Pepper Candle I just cannot get enough of. Also with a candle you can turn off the lights, get in the bath and close your eyes and pretend you’re not in a cold student house in a shower/bath and just think about whatever you want and escape.

How can it possibly be a pamper session without a face mask, these do tend to vary on mood. If I’m wearing one while watching tv I prefer a peel off but in the bath I feel like the self heating ones feel like true pampering even more. Also at this time of year I find that Superdrugs Chocolate Orange Self Heating Mask just hits the tone of christmas and comfort really.

I’m more of a music listener in the bath and just put on an acoustic playlist rather than reading so as much of me as possible, basically anything by my head/hair is in the water and fully relax. So just close my eyes, sit back and relax for essentially as long as possible.

Once I get out of the bath I’ll put on a pair of comfy pjs (usually my boyfriends), a pair of slipper socks and sit down either to watch tv or do a bit of online window shopping. Along side this a hot chocolate is must, I just go for bog standard Cadbury instant hot chocolate but make it with almond milk instead of normal milk, the slight nuttyness is just amazing.

Occasionally I’ll paint my nails, or basically all the lovely girly pampering bits I don’t normally get to do.

What is your winter pamper routine/essentials?

Love
Gwenllian Branwen
xox