Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Trying out Soap and Glory make-up

I know Soap and Glory has been a big blogger favourite for years but aside from the packaging I just didn't get it. I tried a few bits when I was given gift sets and I was just never really wowed by them. I did love the scent of the Sugar Crush Shower gel and the scrub is great too but I've generally stuck to Lush for my bath bits.

I picked up their Archery brow pencil on a whim and it's now my go-to brow product. But that is where my love for Soap and Glory make-up grounded to a halt . I never really tried anything else.

Well fast forward to this weekend when I needed to pick up a new Archery, and I see an offer that was too bloody good to ignore! 


What was that? Spend another FOUR POUNDS and I get another 3 full sized products to try -it was a no brainer!

Starting with the products I actually paid for - Archery (£10) is a dual ended brow pencil with a liquid brow tint tip on one end and a pencil on the other. It makes filling in my brows so easy and I love it. 

I always need a black liner so I picked up a Smoulder Kohl (£5.50) which is so pigmented and easy to apply. 

Then I received  a cute little gift set containing three products which is great as I now get to really try out a few more bits from the Soap and Glory make-up range. They are all products that can achieve a natural look and are great for pretty much everyone to use. I hate when you get a free gift with colours I would never use. 

So the three products are-

Glow All Out A luminizing highlighting powder (£11)
This is a product I would have picked up alone. I'm loving a bit of highlight lately! It's beautiful powder with a very fine shimmer to it so it's perfect to use all over the face or just on the cheekbones. It's a lovely soft peach and gives a lovely natural glow.


Sexy Mother Pucker lipstick (£9)
A beautiful lipstick in shade 'Love and O-Beige'. It's such a gorgeous nude shade and so so creamy! I've been wearing this every day since I got it.


Supercat Black liquid liner pen (£6.50)
This is another liner with great pigment. I go through phases with liquid liner, I'm either wearing it every day or I don't other for months. I can feel it creeping back into my every day routine already.

A quick bit of maths has shown me that this set is worth £26.50 so it's really worth picking up. For me it's perfect as they're all products I'll definitely use.  Soap and Glory - you have converted me! I'd love to know what else I should try. 


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

2017 Holiday Favourites

If you've been following my Instagram you would have seen that I've been away having a lovely break in Kos, it was absolutely wonderful and just what I needed after a stressful start to the year. 

Packing for holiday can be tricky, I'm fine with clothes, I tend to live in bikinis most of the time I'm away anyway but it's remembering all of the toiletries and every day items. Aside from my shoes my toiletries are the heaviest items and ones I worry about when sticking the weight limit. -A nice little tip, take a child with you, they get the same limit and don't need half as much stuff! Mason's bag had a pair of wedges and all of my hair products. 

I wanted to share a few of my holiday favourites that made my life a little easier while away. Some are essentials I use every day but there are some others that are perfect for travelling. 



First is the Venus Snap portable razor, I admit I thought this was a total gimmick when I first saw it but the case is really handy for travelling and I actually found  the shorter handle easier to manage. Even though the blades are the same as my usual Venus razor this seemed to give me such smooth legs. I picked it up when it was on offer for a fiver, normally it's about £10. 

When my body started to tan I complimented it with the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess dry body oil. Adding a couple of drops of this to my skin in the evening gave me a real glow. You can see it in action here.

I applied the Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Body Butter afersun every night after exposing my skin to the sun all day. The smell is amazing!

Which leads me on to this fragrance. Any Bronze Goddess fans need to get their hands on a bottle of this Next Summer Sun perfume. It's really similar and a small bottle is only £6!



I found a bottle of Bumble and Bumble Colour Minded UV Protective Polish in my stash of unused products and decided to throw it in my case and I'm glad I did. It keeps waves defined while filtering out UV rays so was great for days at the pool and getting rid of frizz when I attempted the beauty look. 

I absolutely love Pop Bands -they come in a huge range of colours and they don't give your hair any kinks.  I had my hair up most of the time on holiday (a first for me, I usually hide behind my hair so this is a huge step!). They even look great just worn on the wrist too!

Hair gets really dry after days in the sun and in the pool or sea. I always take a conditioning treatment with me to use a couple of times. They do a travel sized Aussie Miracle Moist which is such a great deep conditioner and it means one less massive bottle to carry!

Hair driers in hotels are always so rubbish (WHY THOUGH?!) and who wants to be under a hair drier in 30 degree heat anyway? I popped in my Sleep Rollers after a shower and my hair dried naturally in no time giving me volume without the need of any heat styling. 


For a moisture boost I used the L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water every morning and evening. It's nice and lightweight and really hydrating. I posted about this in more detail here

Even though I was using sun protection each day I still needed to look after my skin so I took along the Origins Drink-up-Intensive mask and popped that on my face before bed on a couple of evenings. It works at rehydrating the skin while you sleep so is nice and easy to use.

I popped in a bottle of the Avene Thermal Spring Water spray. It's a gorgeous light mist that is really refreshing on the skin. 


You can't go wrong with Lancome Hypnose so I picked up their waterproof mascara to take with me. It didn't budge all day and didn't feel dry or clumpy like a lot of waterproof formulas can. 

Each day I wore the La Roche-Posay Anthelios factor 50 BB cream which gave just the right amount of coverage I needed without the need for foundation which I find far too heavy on holiday. My face is a completely different colour to the rest of my body so I can safely say it kept the harmful rays at bay! Excellent sun protection!

I didn't actually need these as I got a fair bit of sleep but I took along some Optrex eye drops so I was prepared for any red-eye mornings after too many cocktails.

I didn't need a whole bottle of nail polish remover so the Elegant Touch nail polish remover pads are perfect if I needed to remove any chipped nail polish. 

I always have my nails painted but I don't want to have to be worrying about them chipping. One year I took 10 nail colours for a 2 week holiday to Cuba (a tad excessive!) but this year I stuck to just the one. The Barry M Sunset nail paint in Peach For the Stars is a beautiful coral and the Sunset range give a gel-like manicure you can achieve at home. There are swatches of the whole range here.

I'd love to know your holiday must haves! Let me know in the comments or over on social media!


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

 As you might have noticed on my Instagram I've just come back from Greece and while spending all day in the sun and in the sea was absolutely wonderful the elements soon take a toll on my skin. 

I was using my La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Factor 50 BB cream on my face and that kept me fairly protected from the sun but my skin needed some hydration.

Like I do on all holidays after a long day at the beach I'd head back to the hotel for a shower and then cover myself in Aloe Vera gel, it's just second nature to me to apply something moisturising after sun exposure. While the gel is great for my body it's just too  heavy for the face. 

I picked up the L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water thinking it would be a  great lighter alternative and perfect to use on hotter days where I don't want anything too heavy on my face.

 I admit I was originally sucked in by the packaging,  I am all about the mint shades and the glass bottle makes it feel like a high end product even thought I bought it on offer in Boots for £6.66! 

Now don't let the name fool you, although it is 'Aloe Water' it has a slightly thicker consistency to what's inside our Evian bottles. It's almost like a lightweight serum, thicker than water, less thick than a moisturiser.

One pump  gives you enough product to cover the whole face - I've heard some people say they find it a bit tacky when they first apply it but I haven't found that's the case, I can only assume it's because they are applying a little more than they need to. As it is such a thin consistency a little goes a long way. 
 It sinks into the skin quickly and leaves you with toned and hydrated skin. I've used it in place of my usual moisturiser in the morning and evening on my face and neck.

We all know Aloe Vera is wonderful for the skin with it's anti-inflammatory properties. Another ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid which sounds scary but it helps to retain over 1000 times it's weight in water within the cells of the skin.
It increases hydration, is great at repairing collagen and can improve the appearance of scarring too.


As Hydra Genius it is so light and absorbs to easily I've found it perfect to use under make-up as I can apply foundation almost instantly. So it's been perfect to continue use now that I'm at home. 

This 70ml bottle retails at £9.99 but I'm yet to see it sold at full price. Everywhere seems to have it on offer at the moment so it's the perfect excuse to pick one up.

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