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.

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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

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Review: Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray – Matte Finish

Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Setting Spray Matte Finish

We all want our makeup to last, whether is for a night out, long day or ensuring it withstands the heat/weather we all want to stay looking perfect all day. I am always on the hunt for a budget friendly setting spray and with an offer on a Boots a bit back, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new. The Barry M Mist & Fix Setting Spray comes with two finishes either Matte or Dewy, personally I prefer a matte finish which is the one I will be reviewing here today. So, what’s the verdict on the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix, Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish?

First and foremost, the packaging a topic I usually start with as its always the first thing that attracts you to a product and really makes a huge difference to what you think of it. I must say I find the packaging for the setting spray a little lack lustre, the spray bottle itself is what you’d expect so it’s not where I am disappointed. Within a few days, the label started to peel off, a thick tacky label which is unattractive and makes me want to hide the bottle away. I am aware the aesthetic is very much Barry M but it’s made me realise that other brands such as Primark make a much more sophisticated and more aesthetically pleasing item for the same price point.

There’s no hidden tricks, with these products just a simple mist on the face and your makeup should stay all day. This product has a nice light mist which isn’t too wet or too big droplets which will affect the integrity of your perfectly applied makeup. What I will say is the spray does not spread too far so you need to make the effort to spray round your face opposed to two pumps and your gone. For the budget end through I rather make the effort to ensure coverage rather than have a non-light mist so I can deal with the compromise for such a low price point.

Now the most important thing, did it keep my face matte and my makeup last all day? The result, well kind of. I don’t tend to have an issue with oiliness so the fact my face was still matte at the end of the day wasn’t a huge surprise but I am currently preferring a matte finish to a dewy one, which influenced my decision process. As for the long-lasting effect? It was somewhat there, I did put it properly to the test trailing it on a hot day, and one of those days at work where I never seemed to sit down at my desk for any longer than 5 minutes. Both occasions my makeup held reasonably well, staying reasonably well but it was clear that my makeup had started to wear away on my forehead and some other spots. A full-on day or heat, just isn’t in this products capability and I think I maybe expected a little too much of it. Where I am really finding a love for this setting spray though is when wetting by brush before applying powder based products it just adds something extra to the colours and the staying power of what I wear so it will be put to good use.

Unfortunately, the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray, Matte Finish didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Let me know in the comments which setting spray I should try next, I’m looking for that holy grail item so I cannot wait to hear your opinions.

Gwen

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Review: Freedom Brow Duo in Medium Brown

Freedom Medium Brown Duo Brow Powder

This review has sat waiting to be written for a few weeks now, I’ve been putting it off for no reason other than laziness. I think you may have seen this in one of the last few months’ collective haul, so I have managed to get some use out of it and fully ready to write a full review up. So how have I found the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Medium Brown?

I will admit now although I love to fill my brows with powder, this is the first time I have actually brought an actual brow powder. The Freedom Duo Brow Powder seemed like a perfect first attempt as the two colours were both cool shades that could be used independently or mixed to make the ideal brow shade to suit my hair colour.

The duo comes in a nifty little compact, that you never would guess was so affordable as it looks sleek as well as been well made and durable. I also love the fact there is a little mirror, I’m not sure it is really practical and I don’t know who tops up their eyebrows on the go but it is so nice to have and makes the whole compact feel more expensive.

Now for the actual product, the freedom brow duo actually comes in a variety of shades, and I found the medium brown not only suited me most but had the largest contrast between the light and dark shades covering a wider range of shades if you mix it. If I am feeling daring I could wear the darker shade on its own but on a day to day basis I mix my brush across both the colours to make my perfect brown shade. I just apply with an angled brush to neaten up my brows and fill them up, I’m by no way a brow professional but it just gives them that little bit more umpf and make me look more put together with minimal effort. The most amazing thing is that, despite only been a powder I have found that my brows stay all day, even when my other makeup starts to fail in the heat.

If you want an affordable brow option, something easy and affordable or just want to try something new, I would definitely recommend checking out the Freedom Duo Brow Powders there is a shade for everyone and even at full price its only £3.00 so you have nothing to lose.

Gwen

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Review: Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner

For years I swore off liquid eyeliner, I loved the look of it but after finding it fiddly for ages I just gave up. About 18 months ago I got the L’Oreal Paris Super Liner in a little set free with purchase at Boots it sat there for a while but finally I thought I’d give it another go. Now I absolutely love a little touch of eyeliner on a simple makeup day or jazzing it up for a night out. So as a newer item to my makeup routine, I thought I would try something new and at the affordable end and that’s when I picked up the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner.

The Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner is described on the Boots Website as: Be bold, bright and beautiful! These fast-drying versatile felt tip pens give your make-up look an instant burst of colour. Easy-to-apply felt tip nib for all day wear.”

I always comment on the packaging but realistically there is not much to say about this one, simple black packaging with silver text. Elegant and simple, just what’s needed. The liner pen is slightly thicker than a standard pen, but is comfortable to hold in your hand and provide enough control to get the line you want. I personally prefer a felt tip liner, for a liquid eyeliner as I just feel as though they are the easiest for beginners especially and is the easiest for straight application. All in all, nothing special but perfect for getting the job done.

The liner itself is a true black, deep and dark no need to work about a streaky grey tone you will have a true black liner. Although personally I find it difficult to differentiate and angle to change the line thickness, if you have more skill than me it may be possible for you to alter the line thickness. This is purely a skill thing, something I do not have must I can manage a variety of thickness so it theoretically should be possible.

Finally lets cover longevity? I haven’t put it to any extreme tests but I’ve worn it all day from 7am till evening as well as for a night out and have yet to run into any major issues. It stays put all day, no smudging or transfer looking as good as it did when you first put it on. One thing I will say is it takes a little bit of effort to come off but a good cleanser, or hold on a micellar soak cotton pad on for a few seconds and wipe away.

All in all I think this is a perfect budget eyeliner, blackest black and easy to apply and long lasting. No matter if you are new to eyeliner or just fancy trying out something new, this is one to try.

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: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

From 12 months ago never really using a NXY product to becoming pretty certain that at some point my entire lip collection may become NXY products, is insane. The big part of this is the fact NXY launched in Boots during the summer of 2016 before making it a much more accessible brand in the UK. I am yet to try any other products in the NXY line but this is my third NXY Soft Matter Lip Cream.

This time I selected a more natural colour, the others I have are very different you can see my reviews for the other two on my blog. I’ve previously tried the deep red/ vampy shade Copenhagen as well as a bright-ish pink called San Paulo. This time I picked up a natural but deep-ish shade, so carry on if you wish to find out how I got on with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes.

I have to say until now I never understood why people complained about the Soft Matte Lip Creams the previous two I have had are absolutely amazing this one left me wanting more really. Although more comfortable on the lips than Copenhagen and San Paulo, the staying power really isn’t there. Within hours the colour is patchy and faded and this occurs even when I am not eating or drinking, where the others last with minimal wear on the lips. I found myself reapplying every two hours and it is simply a pain compared to the others. Fortunately with these been a more natural colour, and the staining properties I have found that it probably doesn’t look quite as bad as some of the others when it fades.

NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream Lip Swatch

The lesson learnt here is to simply that this line is clearly hit or miss, I’ve had two excellent ones, while Cannes has proved to be so-so. The product is not necessarily bad but compared to what I know this line can be I am disappointed. This is simply a case of checking out reviews and reading about before had to check how these once compares.

Gwen

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Review: George Tint N Pout Tinted Lip Oil in Barely There

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So much for only buying what I need in 2017, I’ve fallen victim to another impulse buy this month. However, I have never tried a lip oil before and while picking up bits for dinner I could not resist buying an everyday lip oil.

The George Tint N Pout Tinted Lip Oil in Barely There, promises to “Nourish & Moisture Lips with Marula Shea Butter” which seemed like a great combination to me as you get the benefit of a light lip colour while adding moisture and keeping your lips hydrated. There are 3 colours within this range 01 Barely There the colour I picked here, while the other two I cannot find the shade names online but there is a brighter coral pink as well as a more berry colour so there is a nice but small collection.

The packaging is simple; the thin black tube is simple but hits the mark it is not too bulky and will fit in most makeup bags it. It’s actually really slim and I can fit this in my purse itself, it is a decent sized purse but it’s nice to know how easily it can fit. The applicator is the standard doe foot applicator, which is my preferred type of applicator for these kind of products as it provides accurate and easy application. So, nothing outstanding for packaging, but it doesn’t need anything more.

In all honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect the mixture of never using a lip oil and with no research and little exploration into the George makeup range, I felt as though I had a perfect blank slate to truly look at the product for what it is. I felt immediately apprehensive upon opening the product, resembling a gloss and seeing glitter I wondered what I had got myself in for despite expecting a more glossy texture the glitter really through me off. I used to love gloss but in reality its sticky, greasy and often unpleasant on the lips for any period of time. Thankfully although the lips look glossy and feel a tiny bit greasy over the course of 5/10 minutes the product dries almost completely. And the glitter? Pretty much non-existence, phew! I was really dreading that. I love the fact the glossiness doesn’t necessarily last and its only a short while of unpleasantness.

As for the colour when you initially put the product on it mainly resembles a clear lip gloss, just emphasising your natural lip colour. As it dries the colour really develops and you end up with a really pink lip, still natural looking but the “barely there” statement is no longer true you become aware and its noticeable that you are wearing a pink lip colour. So if you were looking for nude, this is not it sadly but the colour is nice it’s just not what you’d expect for this product. Your lips become stained with a pretty pink colour, that you don’t have to worry about as the colour will stay all day.

All in all I am glad I tried this, it adds a little bit of moisture to the lips nothing life changing but if you want a no makeup day it’s a little more interesting than lip balm. Its also worth keeping in mind that colour develops over time but all in all its not a bad product.

Let me know what your experience with lip tints or lip oils are and would you recommend them?

Gwen

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Review: Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara

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I don’t know if it just me but I am always looking for the perfect mascara, something which does everything in one. I’ve found several mascaras I like but I’ve not yet found one I truly love. With Revlon’s promise of an all in one mascara I simply could not resist. So how did I get on.

According to the Boots this mascara is described as: “Introducing the holy grail of mascaras, the Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara features 5 lash transforming benefits leaving no lash behind, allowing you to achieve: Volume, Length, Definition, Lift, Intense Colour. It’s all about the brush: The revolutionary small but mighty Revlon Power Mini Brush has a hollow core, designed to maximise the amount of formula to the lashes, as well as a unique mini oval shape for easy application, which reaches and covers every lash to create an intense and unbelievable length lash look.”

I love that Revlon really simplified their mascara range, and you now know exactly what you are getting. I love this new flatter mascara tube, with the shape of the lid it’s so simple to unscrew and no more endless twisting even if you’ve got slippy hands.

The brush for this mascara is so small, initially I thought it was a little bit too small however I have ended up loving it. The small brush is amazing, the small size allows you to really work into the base of the lashes giving you a fuller voluminous looking lash easily. The small plastic bristles let you coat lashes in small areas at a time really making sure you coat each individual lash and you can really build it up.

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This is fast becoming my new favourite mascara, allowing you to have softer full lashes with one coat right up to big bold lashes once you’ve added a layer or too. It’s not too bad price wise, with it been £9.99 its definitely higher end of the high street prices but by no means expensive. Next time you need a mascara I would definitely give it a try.

What is your current favourite, drug store/high street mascara? Or just your favourite mascara I would love to know.

Gwen

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Review: P.S Pro Illuminating Primer

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I feel as though I am slowly getting back into the swing of things but it’s taken a while to just sit down and make myself write when there are so many other things that need doing. Still one of the best ways to get back into it is reviews, straight forward with a clear plan.

In 2016 I reviewed another Primark Primer, which I really enjoyed but once again I always have to be on the look our for another Primer. To mix things up in 2017 I felt like going for brightening my skin with an illuminating primer, so here is how I got on with the PS Pro Illuminating Primer which is a “Sheer illuminating base gives skin a natural glow”.

The box promises that the Illuminating Primer:

“Gives skin a natural glow without looking greasy. Creates a soft-focus appearance to veil the look of fine lines and pores. Preps the skin for a luminous flawless makeup application. Can also be applied over makeup as a liquid highlighter for normal/combination skin”

I have to say I love the look of the PS Pro range packaging the matte primer had a matte black squeeze tube while this one has a lovely white satin packaging, it’s just that thought into the outside looking smart and reflecting the packaging. In this case the packaging directly matches the product when you squeeze this onto the back of your hand the white cream has this sort of radiance to it, it is not quite glitter but you can see the illuminating products. This is not an instant wow my face is beautiful and illuminated but this adds a radiant glow to your face and looks great in the right light.

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Depending on the foundation you put over the top, you can see the illuminating properties underneath. Yet if you use a heavier coverage you cannot really tell and the primer offers minimal effect. If you want a true illuminating effect is beautiful over the top of foundation using a small amount just adds a glow to the skin, it’s a great long lasting highlight. So actually, if you want a lovely budget liquid highlighter I would totally recommend it.

So as a primer purely as a base, makeup does sit nicely on top of it but I did not feel as though it added longevity and in dry patches my makeup still broke up. This may be the time of year I have chosen to test this as my skin is dry at the moment. I feel as though other primers offer more with smooth skin finishes or a moisturising base.

Overall if you want a primer I’d say maybe look elsewhere but if you want a liquid highlight this is actually a great product and I would definitely pick it up. The PS Pro Illumination Primer is available from Primark for an affordable £5.00.

 

Gwen

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Empties #16

So I’m back and what is a better way to do it than with the good ol faithful empties post, the bag was just getting in the way so it seemed like the right sort of time to do a new post. So what have I used up in the past few months.

The Crème Shop Drink Up, Skin! Sheet Masks: In case you missed my review on these masks, I love these masks, so hydrating and fun. Would I repurchase: definitely!

Boots Simply Sensitive Gentle Micellar Water: Who doesn’t love a good micellar water, the lazy girls dream product. This was gentle and refreshing, I really enjoyed using it you can find my full review for it here . Would I repurchase: yes.

Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Facial Toner: These appear up in a few empties posts, I love these for removing makeup and simple skincare. I always repurchase these time after time, as they are great to have as part of an affordable skincare routine. Would I repurchase: yes.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer: Just another empties with another wake me up concealer, a great brightening concealer. Would I repurchase: yes.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: I switched out my ol faithful wake me up concealer for the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and I have to say I don’t know why I stopped using it while the wake me up mainly brightens the lasting perfection concealer hides everything. Would I repurchase: yes.

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Super-Blur Imperfections Eraser: When I swatched this in Boots and was amazed, then when I ended up actually using it this actually sucked. On top of that it ended up being done so quickly it’s insane, so this was a complete dub another soap and glory makeup item I am unimpressed with. Would I repurchase: definitely not.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob: This is my all-time favourite lip liner, a perfect your lips but better colour I always have one on hand and it’s the only lip product I’ve ever repurchased. You can see it on with swatches in my review here. Would I repurchase: always.

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub: We all love a body scrub and with a sugar scrub texture it definitely scrubs and clears up skin cells well but I have to say the scent is underwhelming. Unlike other Body Shop scents it is barely there and I don’t expect this from their products, so maybe pick up one of their other ones. Would I repurchase: Unlikely.

The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel: who doesn’t love a nice smelling shower gel? This is still from my birthday goodies in March, I’ve just got to wait until Christmas to stock up on more body shop products. Would I repurchase: yes.

Nivea Crème Coconut Shower Cream: I’m not sure there is ever much to say about a shower gel but this one smells amazing and is a nice change. Would I repurchase: why not.

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The Skin Systems Cocoa Body Butter: this was picked up on a whim in Asda when I saw it was super cheap on offer and im so glad I did. It’s thick and creamy but soaks in quickly and I love the smell of cocoa butter, a pleasant sent that’s not too over powering. Would I repurchase: definitely.

 So that’s everything and into the recycling they go, never forget to recycle. So have you guys used or tried anything good recently let me know in the comments I love to try new things.

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