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

xx

Review: H&M Coconut Water Face Mask

hm-beauty-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

Whats in My Swim Bag?

Slight variation on the “What’s in my Bag?” thing, this time with a focus on keeping fit and exercise. Early every Sunday morning, I go swimming at the local pool and just swim lengths non-stop for at least an hour, it’s a highly enjoyable form of exercise and I find it so refreshing. So I thought I’d show you what I take in my bag to the gym, I always find gym kit type stuff interesting because it allows you to see if there is something you’re missing or you can better packing ideas. I cannot use a lot of gym equipment due to a malformed muscles, requiring a personal trainer ideally if I wish to use such equipment which is not in my budget at present so I enjoy jogging and swimming.

 

Anyway onto my swimming bag, I use this large Drop Dead Tote which has a cute Egyptian theme to it and I received it as an 18th Birthday present using it daily for sixth form and university. Heavy books and too much stuff is usually loaded up and doesn’t look to bad, I still occasionally use it for shopping due to the size but my day to day bag is slightly more business professional appropriate. It has several pockets and its large size is ideal for swimming as it can hold so everything I need.

First up I have the Large Bath Sheet, this is a really old large towel as I rather have something which doesn’t matter as much for swimming due to chlorine. Also it is large enough to keep you covered, and dry your body and hair without becoming saturated. Although I take a plastic bag to put my wet towel and tankini in afterwards, just so the bag doesn’t get wet although it doesn’t usually get past the towel let alone into the bag. I usually wear my Tankini Freya under my normal clothes when I go, and pack underwear for afterwards but I’m not going to show that in this post. I’m aware Tanikis might not be the best option but they work for not I need and this have proper underwired built in bras which provides the support and hold I need as being busty although next time Bravissimo etc. have a sale I may invest in a costume.

Obviously after a swim you need to shower and get off all of the chlorine etc. Sometimes I refill my travel sized TRESemme shampoo and conditioner bottles which I am using at the time but I thought I’d try something different picking up some bigger bottles to keep in the bag (promoting my laziness). So I have Vo5 Revive Me Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, which although aren’t as good as my usual TRESemme so won’t switch these strip the hair but unfortunately don’t add the moisture back ideal for stripping the chlorine but you have to ensure you use a leave in conditioner or hair oil too. There a good size bottle though and a good price as I brought them at pound land. I often find what body wash I use irrelevant as long as they clean so I have Nivea Crème Coconut Shower Cream at present, it’s rich and creamy and smells just sweet and sublte. Two more hair bits in the bag, one is hair bobbles to keep my hair mostly up while swimming and to help my tie it up and brush it out afterwards I have my trusty Tangle Teazer. For afterwards I have 3 pretty self-explanatory items first and foremost my Sanex Sensitive Deodorant, got to keep B.O. at bay after all. Then to re-add moisturise into my face I always have a trusty The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter although this always switches as well as the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser (Travel Sized).

Finally I just have a Primark Purse from Summer 2014 which has held up amazingly well still looking pretty much brand new, jammed packed with slots and places to put everything it’s so damn handy although the back section only holds receipts. There’s also my mass of keys and keyrings which despite seeing somewhat ridiculous they are so simple to find in a bag.

Yeah so that is what is in my swim bag, what is in your swim bag/gym kit let me know in the comments below? Also let me know if you know any good products for dealing with chlorine.

Sign Off

Prepping for Holiday

glamorous-and-gorgeous-slc003-pamper-yourself-3003234-0-1329343680000

Of course we all want to look our best while on holiday and I for one am no exception, of course as mentioned I’m only going to Cornwall but as my only holiday this summer. So this is how I make myself beautiful for holiday.

Smooth Legs ft body shop, laura ashley, gillette

Shave and moisturise:

For summer we all want silky smooth skin, especially having beautiful soft silky legs as what else feels that amazing. So to start with I will use and exfoliator such as The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub Gelee, which smells so good you could almost eat it. This just removes any dead skin and really sets you up ready for shaving. Then onto the shaving using plenty of Satin Care Pure and Delicate Shave Gel paired with my Gillette Simply Venus Razor in order to achieve a close shave. If I want to be more thorough like I do when going away I tend to do this I will shave

In the sink so nothing gets missed and then jump back in the shower, usually using this time to use a hair mask so it’s not wasted or pointless. In order to keep my skin smooth I’ll use a body butter after shaving, I will always try to use a body butter daily but if all else fails I will use it after shaving. At the moment I am using the sweet floral Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Body Butter, which is a nice break from my usual fruity Body Shop Body Butters.

fake tan ft johnsons

Even out skin tone

The week before coming away Christ it reached 35C back home however, when the sun comes out I still wear jeans/leggings or more often than not maxi skirts. So My legs and chest tan easily even with a high factor sun block but my legs are super pale so in order to rectify this I cheat. I am awful at traditional fake tan so I tend to opt for a gradual moisturising tanner although this is best when moisturising before still, at the moment I am using the Johnson’s Holiday Skin Lightglow Body Lotion. It may take longer to get the tan but its subtle and looks a lot more natural as you have more control.

Hair ft TRESemme, Body shop & tangle teezer

Silky Smooth Hair

About once a month I will use a hair mask depending on my hair condition but before going on holiday I will use a hair mask without fail. I’ll start washing my hair as normal with my trusty TRESemme Salon Silk Shampoo, just to ensure all the dirt, grime and grease is all removed. I’ve tried other shampoos but nothing leaves my hair as fresh and clean as TRESemme. Then I will pop out the shower squeeze my hair out, brush it through with my Tangle Teezer and even towel a lot of the excess moisture out. I will then take a small amount of The Body Shop Rain Forest Moisture Hair Butter  (read my review for it here), a little goes a long way with this one and I work it on my hands before thoroughly running it through the mid to ends of my hair. After running through my hair I will clip my hair on to the top of my head to keep the conditioner off my back. I then leave it in for 25/20 minutes which is longer than it usually says but it is definitely worth it. During this time I will do something else such as shaving my legs or some face exfoliating, basically using the time effectively.

Pretty Nails:

I like to keep things simple with my nails just one simple and pretty colour for my time away so it isn’t a huge amount of effort. I am using one of my favourites for a while which is the Barry M Speed Quick Dry in Eat My Dust, this is a beautiful pastel blue and I am so in love with it. I have used this with both my hands and feet as I’m so in love with it, a quick drying but long lasting nail polish.

There are some other things I may do but haven’t done this time such as a face mask or some foot TLC it just varies as I don’t always have what I need to hand. So what do you guys do before going away? Do you take the time to prepare of do you just decide it doesn’t matter your on holiday?

sign off

Twitter Instagram Contact Me ♥

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

Have you tried the

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