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.

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March Favourites

march faves ft nivea

So I missed my favourites month due to work load ect. so I skipped it, so this is a slightly combined monthly favourites as I am writing this slightly earlier than usual, as today I have just got back from an Easter Break. Hopefully I’ve had a good time and you’ve followed my adventure on Instagram, but it’s been a good month tons of seeing friends, my birthday and time away.

No 7 Pop & Glow Cream blushL'Oreal paris volume million lashes

Two of my biggest makeup favourites this month have already been mentioned on my blog but I still really love them first up is the L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes. I reviewed this initially in January and you can find the full review here , but I cannot get over how good my lashes look every day. If you have not tried this out yet I highly recommend you head straight to an L’Oréal Counter. My second I featured in my previous post which was my ‘Go To Makeup Look’, the No 7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush in Classic Rose, which just keeps me looking fresh faced and dare I say flawless.

A big love this month has been hand creams, I have a small body lotion in my purse and the pretty Ted Baker one on my desk and work. My favourite hand cream however has been the Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream, a subtle smell and it smells similar to a lot of other Nivea products probably closest in smell to the night creams etc. but most of all they are highly moisturising.

I’m finally back on the oval cotton pads and have been loving the ASDA Skin Systems Oval Cosmetic Cotton Wool Pads, these are really well made and don’t end up tearing apart. Also no more using loads and loads of cotton pads, if you haven’t tried these yet highly recommend trying out oval pads. I’ve also been loving the Boots Essentials Cucumber Creamy Cleanser and Toner I have been using them every morning and evening and my skin looks and feels so much better because of this. They are super affordable too which is great.

So that’s a little insight as to what I have been loving this month, hope you all had a great March and a lovely Easter weekend. I will be back on Friday with a peak into what I got up to on my Easter break.

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Unsung Beauty Heros

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These are fairly common in which people talk about all of the stuff people rarely talk about but are amazing products, so I thought I’d tell you mine. All of these are all things we’ve heard about before where we hear how celebrities apparently use them and we’re never sure if they do. So today I thought I’d tell you about the ‘mundane’ product which I feel as though are essential to my makeup/beauty routine.

Sudocrem

A nappy rash cream to most this is essential in my house, when we were younger my mum would use it on burns, bad cuts etc. due to its antiseptic properties. So it is a great product to have in your first aid kit as it treats practically everything, just read the side of the tub if you aren’t sure. My main use for it is dry skin, I get horribly dry and cracked elbows. Sudocream is the only thing that doesn’t make them sting and the anti-septic nature will do them some good and really hydrates and treats the dry skin.

Some people sware on using Sudocream for treating acne and spots, which it even names on the side of the tub. I have tried it once or twice but as I am so inconsistent using it once one day and then not again for weeks I was never going to change anything.

Bepanthen

Similar to Sudocream, Bepanthen is traditional a nappy cream, thick and moisturising. After first getting this for healing my tattoo it is a great product, aiding the heeling of skin and deeply moisturising. I use this on dry skin as well as sudocream as sometimes it just depends what is to hand.

Bio-Oil

On the slightly more expensive side of these products, although none are that expensive bio oil is meant to be one of those miracle oils. It is meant to fix scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin and dehydration. At this point I have only used it to remove stretch marks caused by puberty and to get rid of scars, I have to says with persistent use (it still works sporadically it just takes much longer) it really does reduce the appearance of scars. I would say that it removed them completely but I know results might vary and to some they might still be visible, but I doubt they would be noticeable to anyone who didn’t know they were there.

Baby Oil

Sadly I don’t currently have a baby oil but in due time I probably will, my main uses of baby oil are shaving related. First and foremost you can use it to ‘dry shave’, don’t have time to re-shower but need to shave your legs just slather them up with baby oil and go. It leaves your legs beautiful by feeling silky and smoothly shaved, also they smell absolutely amazing. Also if you don’t have any nude tights but want beautiful looking leg just use a touch a baby oil for lovely looking legs with a slight dewy look.

Other uses that I haven’t personally tried include a cleanser/makeup remover, I keep thinking of trying this but I don’t like the oily feeling on my face. They can also be used to clean makeup brushes but I’m happy with baby shampoo but I will totally use this method in future.

 

Anti-bacterial Hand Gel

To me this is essential with makeup application, there could be any number of germs on your hands or and number of oils on your face, so before and after each time I use my hands I just use a bit of hand gel. It is even more important if you are touching up on the go, god knows what you’ve come into contact with over the course of the day.

Facial Wipes/Baby Wipes

Baby wipe or facial wipes are always great, whether to fix mistakes or wipe your hands clean they are a great staple. You can also use them for makeup removal, maybe not the best method but it’s not a bad way to go. I always like to take my makeup off as soon as I get in from work but sometimes I am feeling way too lazy I simply grab a wipe and use that. I tend to come back later to do a proper routine but they are so nifty. Don’t bother with anything expensive, any baby wipes or facial wipes will do my favourite are Tesco everyday value wipes.

So what are your less talked about beauty favourites? What unassuming product could you not live without?

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Faces of The Week: Part One

I thought it would be fun to do like a week in workwear type thing, but I have no tripod or anyone to photograph the outfits and I’m not much of a fashion blogger. So I thought I would do a faces of the week, showing what type of makeup I ware for work each day. So you can get to see a variety of work suitable makeup looks, I also thought this would inspire me to use more of my products as I try to create 5 slightly varied looks.

As I started writing it up, the length of the post seemed to get ridiculous as I think I might waffle too much but then I also suck at cutting things out. Luckily I am planning to go out on Saturday night so I can put three days here and three days in a follow up post on Tuesday. I hope you enjoy.


Mondays makeup ft ps love, rimmel

Monday

I also start with a decent base, I’m back on using my favourite moisturising primer Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer it is definitely more moisturising than priming but it is a good strong base. As my core foundation, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain, is slightly too light I mix it with Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream in 31 Ivory, an Ivory which is by no means Ivory but a great foundation, so I mix them just to gain the right colour. I also use my P.S. Love Egg shaped sponge to apply and blend as I feel as though it offers the smoothest blending. To cover up any dark circles and spots I used my Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in 010 Porcelain, a great heavy duty concealer which takes quite a bit of blending but once you get the hang it, it’s a decent concealer.

I’m currently trying the pretty Maybelline Color Show Blush Em! Which just adds a small touch of flush as it isn’t quite as pigmented as I maybe would have liked but it’s workable and it just needs building up. Then finally to set my makeup I use my bareMinerals Mineral Veil, a beautiful light translucent powder that sets up doesn’t look cakey.

I always prime my eyes, not all of my eyeshadows require it but I do it just in case to simply ensure they last all day. My favourite eye primer is the Urban Decay Primer Potion, just a little bit goes such a long way. To create Mondays eye look I used my MUA Luxe Pretty Edgy Eyeshadow Palette, I started with Bow all over the lid, building up definition with a touch of Flounce in the crease and finishing it all off with Antique as an inner corner highlight to finish off the look. To finish off the eyes I just use the P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara, which add volume and good curl to the lashes. It is also similar to the Benefit Roller Lash just much cheaper so it is worth picking up.

I finished up with a pinky berry type lip, which as a high shine crayon adds more of a wash of colour opposed to something more heavy duty.  I like these types of colour but definitely prefer them that are sheerer, so the No7 High Shine Crayon in Statement is perfect.

As well as the P.S. Love Egg Sponge the other tools I used was my trusty Cosmopolitan Blush Brush, my favourite powder brush which I only use with my mineral makeup which is the bareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush. The final brush I used was the best double use brush the bareMinerals Tapered Shadow and Crease brush, which is super useful as you only need one brush.


Tuesdays Makeup ft No 7, bareminerals and urbandecay

Tuesday morning never feels quite as bad as waking up at the same time on a Monday, I mean I only get up at 6:45 it isn’t exactly the worst. I started Tuesday with a new primer to me as my last primer ran out which seems to start of this running theme of brands. I am finding with drugstore primers I am preferring the more moisturising primers and the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer is no exception thick and creamy it creates a smooth base for my face, and I really enjoy the feel of it on my skin. Although I am using a sample version of L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory I have had it before and I’m considering buying a new one as soon as my current foundation runs out. Although I have a love/hate relationship with this depending if my skin is going through a dry patch or not. I also used two concealers this time using the Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer in 010 Porecelain for spot and blemishes while I used the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer to brighten up and conceal my under eyes. I’m a total sponge convert with applying my base stuff, I am definitely considering trying out the Real Techniques sponge if anyone has tried it let me know what you think of it.

I’ve been obsessed with both of these recently, you’ve already seen the bareMinerals Mineral Veil yesterday and to add to this, I absolutely love my bareMinerals Luminary Blush in Sunwashed Berry. I only used a small pop of it for this days look simply to keep it simple and subtle next to my bright coral dress for the day. For both of these I use the bareMinerals Flawless Face brushes one big one small, the set came with the brushes and I have found that the bareMinerals are definitely the best brushes for mineral makeup.

Since last October when I first tried and then became hooked on the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I have no idea how good eyeshadows perform on their own. Yet all of my eye looks look perfect and last all day, like the neutral eye look I created with my No 7 Mini Eyeshadow Palette using a mixture of colours from the top row and using a darker one from the bottom as eyeliner. To apply the eyeshadow I used a Wilko Eyeshadow brush to apply the colour, a Body Shop Eyeshadow Blender Blush to blend out the crease, and the Body Shop Slanted brush to line the eye. Then as my mascara I used the bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara, which really opens the eyes and I absolutely love it.

Due to the bright coral of my dress I also wanted to play down the lips too I simply dabble a bit of my Rimmel London Keep Calm Lip Balm, no harm in keeping my lips hydrated.  I also used a touch of my travel size Elizabeth Arden Pretty which is just a really girly scent.


Wednesday Makeup ft no 7, bareminerals, loreal

On Wednesday I wore the same bases as I did on Tuesday, there are only so many bases a normal person has and these were still on my dresser top as I needed to photograph Tuesday’s makeup still. At 7am I am too lazy to put too much thought into it, if its’ there I will use it. So I feel as though there is no point mentioning the base again. The only switch up was I used the Purminerals Blush in Armour which is a reddy bricky type colour and it was nice to wear for a change as it’s such a simple blush and I rarely get the use out of it so it was nice to switch it up

Once again I started my eyes with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I don’t think I will ever go without it apart from with cream eyeshadows. Once again I reached for my No7 palette probably because it was out and made another simple natural eyes. It has become my go to palette for work looks as you cannot go wrong with it really especially using just the top line. This may or may not be appearing in my monthly favourites. I then finished my eyes off with the P.S. Love Lift and Curl and Mascara.

For my lips I used my all-time favourite lip liner, the Rimmel London Exagerate Lipliner in 063 East End Snob a typical and beautiful Kylie Jenner lip colour. I wrote a review for it earlier in the year which you can read here, this is my third one now, it is pretty much a staple in my collection now. Then over the top I used a P.S. Love Gloss Stick, I initially hated this when I brought it super greasy and it is so I would never wear it on its own (see review here). However, when placed over the matte lipliner you don’t feel it or not so badly as the matte lip liner is slightly on the drying side.

Despite being in a zombie like state of not enough sleep, I am super pleased with Wednesdays Look.


So those were my makeup looks for the first half of the week, super simple because no one at 7am can be bothered with too much effort? What are your key daily products for creating a makeup look for work. The post for the second half of this weeks makeup will be up on Tuesday.

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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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Prepping for Holiday

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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?

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Review: Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream

rimmel 9-in-1 bb cream

As summer approaches we all start to think about lighter coverage foundations making us look flawless yet without it feeling too heavy. One approach is to follow the BB trend which I’ve always loved the idea of but I’ve never found one in a light enough shade most others been too dark in a light shade when I have a ‘tan’ it was nice to find something that is much lighter. So when I found the very light shade in the Rimmel London BB creams I was so excited, plus they have 3 different types of BB creams the one I selected to try is the 9-in-1 BB cream. The Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream promises to prime, moisturise, minimise the appearance of pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and protects with SPF 25. Some tall orders for a BB cream so how well does it achieve these.

Rimmel 9-in-1 cream

The first promise it makes is its priming ability and I find this an odd one to judge as I do not anything to compare it to as a primer makes a solid base for foundation and allows it to last longer. It does last well throughout the day but I feel as though the primer is hard to test so it is sort of added for the sake of it, they might of well of simply said long lasting. The mositursing claim is similar, it may not dry out my skin but I would not call it really moistursing, I’d definitely still put one on before hand. Yet with a moisturiser been central to any skin care routine and it not being a drying bb cream I doubt anyone would notice.

This is another two that seems odd it will mattify and brighten, two things that never normally appear together. I am aware that brightening is more about the colour than the finish but if I wanted a brightening bb cream I would go for one that had a dewy finish but it definitely has more of a brightening colour with the yellowish undertones. I would say it is somewhat mattifying but without oily skin I find it interesting.

I also don’t feel as though it does minimise pores but this is one that is always debatable. On a positive note however, it definitely covers and to an extent conceals. Although you may still need some concealer it really evens out the skin tone and is a really light base. I’ll let you judge the cover and conceal factor from the pictures below. Apologises is advance for the hair, I have very little time with exam at the moment so I’ve done my blog pictures on a free afternoon between washing my hair and doing more revision. 

My face with nothing on at all with uneven skin tone and blemishes. Not a good skin day.

My face with nothing on at all with uneven skin tone and blemishes. Not a good skin day.

just rimmel bb cream

So here I am with just the BB cream by skin tone is evened out and the blemish on my chin diminished. Only slight colour round the eyes due to sleepless nights due to revision and serve hay fever.

Finally just a natural but full face of make up with the Rimmel BB Cream as a base, not bad if I do say so myself.

Finally just a natural but full face of make up with the Rimmel BB Cream as a base, not bad if I do say so myself.

The BB cream itself has a thick creamy texture that you fully need to work into the skin with your hands in order to have a smooth even coverage. A little goes an long way and you barely feel like you are hardly wearing anything at all, and it just really creates a natural look and a great base. I think I may use it more and more as summer gets underway.

Rimmel Base Comparisons

I decided to a little a little comparison between the colour of this bb cream and my Rimmel London Lasting Finish Full Coverage Foundation,as can be seen above. The clearest difference is the undertone the Lasting Finish Foundation having more pinky to neutral under tone while the BB cream has a yellow undertone which reflects the claim of brightening. The undertone should not worry you though I have a pink under tone and I do not feel as though it looks wrong on my skin tone. As it can be seen both are thick, pigmented and could go forever.

I will definitely be using this loads over the summer months and may even repurchase it next summer as it finally a bb cream in which the colour is light enough for me to wear. Its creamy and everything I wanted, so well done Rimmel for a great bb cream even if it doesn’t meet every claim it is still a great product.

Rimmel London’s 9-in-1 BB Cream is available in the likes of Boots and Superdrug, as well as other Rimmel London stockists for £6.99.

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Gwenllian Branwen

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Mega Empties Part Two

Mega Empties Part Two

So I had way more empties then it seemed reasonable so my empties got split between two posts,if you wish to see make up and skin care empties check out my other post here. This post with cover bath body and hair. So lets get going so I can finally chuck everything out.


bath and body

Bath and Body

Shea Butter & Peppermint Deep Moisturising Foot Pack: I have no idea what brand these are as my mum picked them up from body care but I also like the ones from home bargains. These work so well on dry cracked feet and are mess free simply stick on the booties and leave on for 15-20 minutes while you so something else. I’m endlessly buying these as they are amazing especially as summer is coming up and you’ll have your feet out more and more.

Gingko Biloba Intensive Rejuvenation Foot Pack: I love foot packs as you can tell, as more and more come out I’m just trying all the different ones out and I haven’t found a bad one yet

Wilkinsons Fruits Rhubarb and Vanilla Fragrance Explosion Bath Bomb: I’ve been curious about these bath bombs for a while as they are so inexpensive and smell great in the packet so seem way better value for money. So they make the bath smell amazing but that seems to be it they don’t change the colour and don’t do anything spectacular to your skin but they are still nice to try and I thoroughly enjoyed using it just to try out but I’m not sure if I’d try again although they are only around the £1.00 mark.

Sanex Sensitive Shower Gel: I don’t know if they still sell these in the same packaging but I will always buy the sensitive version as its my favorite scent and always feels nice on the skin. I cannot think how to explain the smells but its simply sweet and nice. They last ages and well worth trying out.

Radox Nourish Bath Soak with Ginger and Shea Butter: This was the most amazing nourishing bath soak ever my skin felt so smooth and nourished as it did after using this. It didn’t have that many bubbles but I feel like sometimes bubbles aren’t important if it leaves your skin feeling amazing afterwards. It’s also so soothing and relaxing after a long day so perfect with a few candles and a good book (or a text book, the joys of final year). I may repurchase it but I’m never loyal to bubble baths/bath soaks and like to mix it up but I may rebuy it at some point I definitely wouldn’t turn it down.

The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Body Butter: This was one of the Body Shops Christmas scents and as its vanilla i wanted it, I received the set as a gift from my boyfriend parents. It was lovely and it is a shame that it was only a Christmas scent as I prefer this to the regular vanilla scent.


haircare batiste and tresemme

Hair

TRESemme Smooth Salon Silk Shampoo and Conditioner (both 900ml): These have lasted absolutely months and they are my all time favorite shampoo and conditioner I barely use anything else as they leave my hair feeling super clean and amazing. They do smaller bottles but the bigger ones are better value for money especially as I stock up on when they are like 2 for £5 or half price which is always possible simply due to how long they last you can always wait for the right offer. I like the other offers but salon silk is by far my favorite great quality and amazing value for money.

TRESemme Colour Revitalise Colour Protection Treatment Masque: I’ve had this for ages but being a 500ml tub it just never stops going its just so good. I don’t know if they still do this one so I’m going to keep an eye out for it.

 Batiste Dry Shampoo Travel Sized in Blush: I’ve had this since last summer, tending to opt for the travel sizes as I rarely use dry shampoo, this smells really nice and batiste always do great dry shampoos. I have discovered that dry shampoo definitely works best putting it in the night before but then it depends why you are using it.


candles

Candles

Matalan Vanilla Sugar Candle: I love vanilla candles and this one from matalan was amazing kicking off loads of scent which was a really sweet vanilla. The only issue I have with it is that it doesn’t burn evenly so a lot of the candle is wasted which is a shame.

Primark Pineapple and Ginger Candle: I’m still undecided on this scent as I don’t know if I like it or not as its very different to what I usually go for but these smaller candles are only £0.80 so it wasn’t a waste. I don’t think I will repurchase it but it was nice to try something new.

Primark Sweet Berry and Patchouli Candle: I loved this just a lovely berry scent which is more subtle rather than over powering, it looks pretty with the little top and everything it is well worth trying out if you go to primark.

Phew I’m done, no more empties at least for now and hopefully not for a while. What have you been trying and loving at the moment.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

February Favourites

feb faves

It’s that time again February favourites and I found it really hard to come up with a list of favourites this month so tried to take note of what I’ve been reaching for again and again this month to come up with my list.

The Body Shop Lip Butter Mango: With chapped lips being common place in winter due to extremes of hot and cold lip butter is a must, and this one is simply delicious. I tend to use this at the end of the day at the end of my skin care routine but I’ll use it more if my kinds need a little bit more TLC.

The Body Shop Body Scrub in Blueberry: I love the blueberry scents and I wanted a softer scent than the Soap and Glory scrub but that worked just as well and this definitely does. This is one of those body shop scrubs that looks like jam and smells amazing, it doesn’t taste amazing though my boyfriend tried it. I use this every couple of days and my legs feel so soft and silky. I’m loving it although the blueberry scents are limited edition so once it runs out I’ll stock up, if I can’t I’ll try a different scent in this range.

Benefits Roller Lash Mascara:  This is the sample version I got free with Elle this month and I love it, I’m still debating over buying the full version of it as I cannot justify spending £19.50 on a mascara especially as I use it up in a few months, anyone else think this? I love it, it adds amazing curl but I’m a student and work part time it’s 3 hours wages. I can justify on spending more on long lasting products like eye shadow especially a naked palette where it can create so many different looks with. Anyway enough rambling what do you think?

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Lyche: I’m one of those girls that always has to have my nails done but I cannot always be bothered to constantly touch my nails so this nude has been my go to. I love the Barry M Gelly formulas they look amazing and go on so easily and look amazing.

Umberto Giannini Miracle Worker with Argan Oil: I’m loving hair oils at the moment, they are keeping my hair silky and in amazing condition at the moment. I have three hair oils on the go at the moment but this is the one I’ve been reaching for most often although I guess hair oils in general should be a monthly favourite.

Bonus Favourite: Lilies

So as we all known February meant Valentines day and my boyfriend brought me two bouquets of lilies to mix together my traditional favourite of while lilies with the prettiest pink ones too, I love it.

So not much make up this month as its either stuff I am still trailing or are just my go to stuff that I am always loving. What have you been loving in February and what are you looking forward to in march?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox