Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

I love hot cloth cleansers, in fact the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser is quite possibly my holy grail and all time favourite cleanser. I also really like the Superdrug Vitamin E skincare range, it’s cheap and cheerful delivering results without breaking the bank. Both the Vitamin E Eye Cream and the Vitamin E Hydrating Mist are products that I’ve completely used up so when I spotted the Hot Cloth Cleanser I decided I just had to try it, here’s my verdict.

The packaging is pretty basic for the Vitamin E range but in honesty that’s fine with me as I’d much rather the product inside be good. It’s not often I see a cleanser inside a squeezy tube but I actually like this as it means that I can cut it open and get all of the product out when I’m closing to use it up. The cleanser and a muslin cloth are all housed inside a box which does feel more luxurious than a simple bottle. One thing I love about this range is how it’s so affordable – this costs £4.99 for 200ml of product.

Superdrug describe this product as the following:
Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser is suitable for removing dirt and makeup whilst providing gentle exfoliation. Easy to use tube and reusable muslin cloth. Dermatologically approved. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Rich in natural Vitamin E.

One thing that is a nice addition is how Superdrug’s Vitamin E range is cruelty free so if you are a vegetarian or vegan then you can comfortably use this product. It doesn’t claim to be paraben free however, I can’t spot any parabens in the ingredient list. Having said that, unfortunately alcohol and fragrance are present though my skin hasn’t experience any irritation even around the eye area.

Ingredients
Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Alcohol Denat., PEG-35 Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Inositol, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B), Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F), Biotin (Vitamin H), Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Citric Acid, Coumarin, Linalool, Buthylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Disodium EDTA.

Though I don’t want to promote the use of fragrance in products this does smell nice with a clean, lotion smell. The texture does feel quite rich, it’s a very thick cream, even thicker than the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser however, once you massage it into the skin and then use warm water it feels luxurious.

The formula is gentle on my skin and very effective at removing makeup without leaving my skin feeling stripped, it manages to remove some of my heavier makeup products such as full coverage foundation, mascara and eyebrow pomade though I do need to make sure I use enough as it doesn’t spread as easily due to the texture.

Overall, I do like this, it’s a pleasant cleanser and is so much better than the budget would suggest. I think if you have wanted to try the Liz Earle for a while but can’t or don’t want to spend the £14.00 then you should definitely check this out. Also if you are a hot cloth cleanser lover like myself, give it a whirl, you may be pleasantly surprised!

The Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser is available from Superdrug for £4.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried the Vitamin E range, also what are your go-to cleansers? I’d love to know!

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L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Review

As someone who is in desperate need of a haircut, I’m well aware that my split ends are getting a little bit mental now and that I need to get them fixed. I’m yet to actually get to the hairdressers so I was looking forward to trying this “split end sealer” from L’Oreal. I’m well aware that no product can glue the hair back together permanently, but if there’s a product that’s going to make my hair look less frizzy then I’m all about that. Here’s my thoughts on this offering from L’Oreal.

I have a little sample sachet that I got in a magazine. I don’t have too much to say about the packaging since this is a sample but looking at the pink and orange colour scheme it does make me think of summer. This is a fairly affordable product at £5.99 at 200ml, interestingly enough it also has 150 ratings on Superdrug with an average of 4 and a half stars.

The product is described on Superdrug as the following:
Does the appearance of split ends and hair breakage make you feel like you need a haircut? Say no to cutting your ends! Discover the Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream. Its conditioning formula is enriched with a cocktail of Keratin, Vitamins and Castor Oil. It helps to reduce the appearance of split ends and reduce breakage from brushing*. *Instrumental test vs classic shampoo on bleached hair.”

The ingredients list is also as follows:
Aqua / Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil / Castor Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phenoxyethanol, PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Triethanolamine, Trideceth-6, Polyquaternium-4, Dimethiconol, Limonene, Panthenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Carbomer, Geraniol, Potato Starch Modified, Citronellol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum / Fragrance.

Starting with the smell of this I’m actually not keen on it despite the added fragrance. To me it initially smells almost sickly sweet and then it has an almost smokey undertone which I’m just not massively keen on.

The consistency of this is like a thin lotion, it feels like it has silicon within the lotion which I’m guessing is what essentially sticks the hair together. As well as silicon  I have also noticed that this product contains a lot of alcohol which I’m surprised to see in a product that is supposed to hydrate the hair.

The results
This is described on the sachet as a leave in conditioner so you can apply this onto wet or dry hair. To test this I actually applied this to dry hair as my split ends were more obvious, I then dried my hair with a hairdryer since it advises using before heat to really see how this affected my hair.

Before applying this you can see that I definitely have split ends (don’t worry I’m planning a haircut soon!), I simply brushed through my hair to get rid of any knots or tangles before applying the product.

I applied this by taking the cream and then dragging it through the lengths of my hair, focusing on the split ends. I used my fingers to distribute the product evenly, my hair felt very weighed down with product and looked quite straw-like and crispy in appearance.

After using my hairdryer my hair dried and felt much more lightweight and less crispy and coarse. I did also brush my hair once it was dry and found that there was slightly less fall out, my split ends were still visible but reduced.

I think that as a short term fix this does help to reduce the appearance of damaged hair but I would definitely recommend giving your hair a quick blast with a hairdryer after using this to make sure it doesn’t make your hair look crunchy. Personally, I’m not hugely keen on this, I have products that deliver similar results and I found the smell off-putting, I did also feel that the product claims were way too out there. The way that this was tested was on bleached hair and was compared with shampoo before brushing to see how much hair broke off. In my opinion this doesn’t prove that hair is repaired nor does it prevent the need for a haircut so I definitely don’t agree with the claims.

Having said that, I do find that unlike some other frizz-tamers, this doesn’t ball up or leave any white smears in my hair so that is definitely a positive, but in my opinion this product is a little melodramatic, doesn’t do what it promises and is not going to leave your hair healthier than if you have a haircut – plus the results won’t be permanent! Personally, I wouldn’t purchase this myself and as a recommendation I’d only recommend in a pinch if you are due a haircut and need something to minimise any frizziness until that point.

The L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream is available from Superdrug for £5.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this product and what your thoughts are on split-end sealers. Personally, I don’t believe in them but would still like to try the Fudge Urban one since it likely smells nice!

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Lipstick 101: Choosing Your Perfect Lipstick

Ahhh good old lipstick, I don’t know about you, but some sort of lipstick is a must have for me, it ties together my looks, allows me to transform my makeup to edgy, natural or bold and it generally gives me a confidence boost. When I first started using makeup I remember feeling a little overwhelmed at lipstick, too many times I tried lipsticks that were completely the wrong shade for me or that had a formula that didn’t work for me. Now I’m older and wiser (kind of) I thought I’d put together a handy guide on finding your perfect lipstick.

Shade
First of all you need to consider the perfect shade for you. Think about when you’re going to wear this lipstick the most, is it going to be reserved for special occasions? Do you want something vampier for a night out? Or are you looking for an everyday shade? Whatever you choose, it needs to be something that you feel comfortable with otherwise you likely won’t wear it. When I was younger I used to gravitate towards bold shades so purple was a staple for me, now that I’m older and I’m a working professional my most used shades are nudes and pinks. I also remember that when I did used to wear a lot of bold shades I was generally happy to wear bright purples and pinks, at one point I bought an expensive bright blue lipstick and instantly regretted it as I never wore it!

Once you have an idea of your colour it’s time to drill down into the categories, generally I find that there’s main colour families which include:

  • Reds
  • Corals
  • Oranges
  • Nudes
  • Pinks
  • Berries

Undertones

(Left: Makeup Revolution Barbie is Jealous, Right: Kiko Cosmetics Luscious Cream 514)

I think undertones are where most people tend to get a little confused but the undertones are the base colours that decide the shade of a colour. Look at the above photo, both are pink lipsticks but are very different. The shade on the left is a blue based pink so it’s very cool in tone. The right shade is more red based, even though it’s a pink it’s more red toned. My skintone is pale but with neutral undertones, since my skin is olive, the blue based shade doesn’t look as good on me as the red based tone.

Ultimately, you should choose whatever colour and undertone makes you feel good however, if you want to play by the rules then look to your skintone. If your veins appear bluer then you have cool undertones whereas if they appear more green you have warm undertones – a mixture means that you have neutral undertones.

The undertones of your skin will affect how your lipstick looks on you. For example, cool toned nude lipsticks have been particularly popular of late, now I don’t particularly like brown lipstick anyway but I do like brown eyeshadows. I found that cooler toned brown eyeshadows that were grey toned browns and taupes looked very ashy on my skintone and since I’m also pale they made me look ill. Mid-tone browns and warmer toned browns look much better on my skintone and I prefer them.

For lipstick for me it varies, I love mid-toned pinks and pinky toned nudes for everyday as I find that nudes that learn too far warm or too far cool don’t look good on me, so your undertone doesn’t necessarily restrict you from wearing different shades, if you like it and it makes you feel good then wear it!

One last tip for finding a lipstick that is your perfect match is to aim for a shade that is one to two shades darker than your natural lip colour.

Finish
There’s lots of different types if finish which again can restrict the sort of lipsticks that you might choose to wear. Plenty of people for example hate matte lipsticks as they can be drying, uncomfortable to wear and they are stiffer. Others, hate the sticky feeling of a gloss and want something entirely smudgeproof – others want the best of both worlds and that’s fine too!

These are a few different lip products from my collection, I don’t have every single formula simply because there’s certain formulas that I prefer to wear, I’m also going to exclude lipsticks like frost and glitters for now.

The leftmost shade in the image above is Maybelline Magnetic Magenta, it is a comfort matte formula so it’s primarily matte as you can see however, it doesn’t have that intense drying feeling that a lot of matte lipsticks provide so it leans ever so slightly towards being more satin.

The next shade is MAC Rebel, this has a satin formula so it’s not as dry or flat as a matte lipstick but it’s also not incredibly glossy or wet looking either, it has just enough slip to feel like your lips are slightly moisturised, this is probably the most common formula.

Next we have the Kiko Luscious Cream Lipstick in 514 cream/glossy formula, these lipsticks are like satin lipsticks however, they are glossier in texture, they tend to have more movement and are more prone to smudging, the payoff is that they are much more hydrating feeling that satins and mattes.

We then have the whipped velvet formula (Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Goa Magnolia) these tend to be in certain lip cream products such as the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams. They are not very liquidy and tend to be similar feeling to a comfort matte but with a lighter formula and an almost mousse-like texture.

Next is the traditional liquid lipstick such as the Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit pictured above. Since I’d just applied this it hadn’t dried down yet, these usually feel very wet and then they dry down to a very matte almost powdery finish. They tend to have good longevity however, a lot of them do feel very drying.

Lip liners are not lipsticks at all really however, the revival of the 90s lip and Kylie Jenner’s makeup trends have led a lot of people to use lip lines as lipsticks. They tend to be great for precision and they also tend to not move around too much. They do have a tendency to fade fairly quickly and can be quite drying as they’re meant to hold lipstick in place. The one above is the Essence Long Lasting Lip Liner in Sweetheart.

Finally we have a gloss such as the Nyx Intense Butter Gloss in Spice Cake (pictured above), these again are not lipsticks however, over time glosses have become available in more shades, different formulas and can be very pigmented in the cases of lip lacquers and lip stains. Glossy finishes are very wet looking and don’t tend to stay put for very long however, they can be much more comfortable and don’t dry out the lips.

Extra Considerations
These are the little extras that you may wish to consider. There’s now even more formulas to delve into such as shimmer lipsticks, frosty lipsticks and metallic lipsticks. These can be much harder to wear and don’t always sit well on the lips but when done correctly like MAC’s Angel can be a nice way to sculpt the lips and add more dimension.

If you are wanting to extend the wear time of your lipstick you can get lip sealants such as Lipcote which contains a lot of alcohol but saves on touch ups.

Price
The phrase “the more expensive the better” does not apply to every lipstick, I’ve tried some fantastic lipsticks from the likes of MUA for £1.00 and then I’ve tried some more expensive ones like YSL so it really depends on the type, shade, finish, brand and packaging. If you are looking for some recommendations here are some that I like to use.

Drugstore
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet (liquid lipstick)
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams (comfortable lip creams)
Topshop Lipsticks (fab satin lipsticks)
Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipsticks (budget everyday lipsticks with glossy finishes)

High End
Illamasqua Lipsticks (quite dry but excellent staying power)
MAC Lipsticks (a variety of shades and finishes)

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what lipsticks you like to use and some of your favourite formulas and finishes, I’d love to know.

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Beauty Brands That Don’t Excite Me

Whoa what’s this? A controversial post coming right up! I’ve seen this tag-style post floating around on Youtube and blogs and personally I love writing and reading buzz posts like these. Beauty has now been a passion of mine for years and I find that now there are so many products that have exploded into the beauty industry, competition is tough and brands are now forced to really push the boundaries with creativity and innovation  – which I find very exciting! Here’s ten brands that I personally find a little dull and never really gravitate towards – I hope that you enjoy this post.

Disclaimer – This is just a fun post with my opinion, it is of course subjective so please don’t be offended. That said, if you do have any recommendations from these brands let me know in the comments, I’m happy to be proved wrong!

1) Bare Minerals
I know Bare Minerals have released a lot of products that have gained a lot of hype but honestly? I can’t actually recall a single Bare Minerals product that has made me want to buy it and they’re completely absent from my wishlist. A lot of Bare Minerals products are powder based and as someone who used to have quite dry skin this never really appealed to me. Since then, I feel that the brand has somehow phased into the background.

2) Clarins
To be honest I’ve never been a fan of Clarins, I think their perfumes smell awful, their packaging and even their beauty counters look boring and the skincare products that I’ve tried were heavily fragranced and just didn’t work for me. Clarins in my mind, has to be one of the most boring brands, again they’re not on my wishlist and nothing stands out to me. The only collection I remember looking pretty was a floral collection they did for spring and even then, I didn’t want to buy any of the products.

3) Clinique
I do feel that Clinique are better than Clarins, I like their Redness Solutions primer as well as their Cheek/Lid Pop range which is adorable. Aside from that, their foundations are not inclusive for pale skin and are all extremely orange on me, I also find that a lot of their other products just don’t inspire me. I didn’t like their Lip Pop lipsticks nor their skincare products. That said, if Clinique continues to innovate with ranges such as their Crayola range, Pop range and Chubby range they are moving in the right direction.

4) Elizabeth Arden
The only Elizabeth Arden product I’ve ever heard people talk about is the 8 Hour Cream and when people discuss it they mention it as a holy grail. I’ve tried plenty of body moisturisers so for me, this just isn’t enough. Again, the makeup from Elizabeth Ardens looks bland to me and their skincare is quite often ridiculously expensive. Just a pass from me I’m afraid.

5) Estee Lauder
DOublewear is my holy grail foundation and I do have the Bronze Goddess perfume but aside from then we have another brand that just doesn’t stand out to me. I always get particularly put of as a lot of the makeup artists there in my local stores are mature ladies who have a lot of heavy makeup slapped on. I do think the Estee Edit was quite cool but again there were few products that actually interested me. 

6) Kiehls
Ah Kiehls, the skincare brand that everyone loves to love. First of all to me the packaging is boring. I’m really done with this whole minimalist trend, white and black isn’t interesting or inspiring and it doesn’t stand out to me at all. Give me some colours, an interesting font, some images not the same repeated branding. I have only tried the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and to be honest? I didn’t like it. I probably should try more products from this brand but in my mind I’m a little bored.

7) Makeup Revolution/Revolution Beauty
I know a lot of people love Makeup Revolution and that’s fine they’re probably the least boring brand on this list but I don’t know I just never get excited for their launches. They have a lot of products and I have tried a decent amount from the brand, there’s some nice gems but then a whole lot of flops coming from this whole mimicking high end brand trend. I get that the products are “good for the price” but for me I find the same with the likes of Collection, ELF and MUA, I want more from such a global brand.

8) No7
On the whole, No7 are a nice brand, I like their nail polishes, I’ve had a lovely lipstick from there plus a lovely cream blusher. It’s just that the brand is boring. To me, the don’t offer anything that I can’t get from other brands, plus when they went on and on about their shade matching I still found their palest shades to be far too orange on me. No7 aren’t a bad brand by any means they just don’t really interest me.

9) Origins
Again, a brand that is raved about in the community and to me Origins are “okay” but that’s it, for the price they’re just average. I tried the GinZing Eye Cream which was average, I also tried three of their face masks; Clear improvement irritated my skin, Out of Trouble didn’t do anything and Drink Up Overnight Intensive was nice but nothing groundbreaking so I gave it away. For me, that’s four products, none of which that have blown me away so sorry Origins, but I’ll pass.

10) Revlon
Ah Revlon, I love the high street but this is one brand that never EVER grabs my attention. All of their cult products are just “okay”. Revlon has been around for years and as a company makes a lot of money so really I think that they need to step it up. Their mascaras look dull to me, the Colourstay Foundation is average and their lip products are nice but again nothing groundbreaking. I’m still seeing the same products at the Revlon stand that were around when I first started blogging four to five years ago some come on Revlon step it up! Make something new and interesting that people have to shout about.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on these brands, do you agree? Do you disagree? Let me know!

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Products I’ve Used Up | Empties #31

My last empties post was on April 23rd and I’m writing this ahead of time on the 9th of June, today’s post is going to be a long one because I’m binning 30 products! Most of these are products I’ve used up with a couple of declutters in there, it’s going to be a long post so grab a drink, settle down and if you make it until the end you are a trooper!

Haircare
Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist
This was okay, I wasn’t overly keen on the smell but it seems to work as I didn’t notice my hair getting particularly damaged from using a hairdryer and my straighteners on a regular basis.
Repurchase? Possibly.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner
I’ve used these before and I have repurchased, I do like this range however, I like to mix up my shampoos and conditioners.
Repurchase? In the future.

Colab Fruity Dry Shampoo
I like Colab a lot, I bought this after trying the original. It was okay, it didn’t quite feel as effective and I think I prefer the original scent to the fruity one. The packaging is adorable though.
Repurchase? Possibly.

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Batiste used to be my go-to until I discovered Colab, I’d probably use this in the future if I needed a dry shampoo and there was no Colab around, I’m not in a rush to repurchase though.
Repurchase? Possibly.

Skincare
Natural Sense Cotton Pads

I was given these by my partner’s mum, they were okay but they didn’t absorb very well and were a tad scratchy, I’m not sure where they are from.
Repurchase? No.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
My holy grail cleanser, I don’t exclusively use this but I do always go back to it, this does a particularly good job of keeping my face hydrated so it’s a good one for the colder months.
Repurchase? Yes.

Beauty Formulas Cucumber Clay Mask
This is my second tube of this and I’ve had to throw it as I’ve had a while and think it may have expired. I do like this however, it’s not something I feel like I absolutely must have.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist
I picked this up on a whim and it’s actually a lovely product. Great if you have normal to dry skin, it smells lovely and is perfect after a cleanse for freshening the face or in a morning. It’s not an essential but definitely a nice to have.
Repurchase? Yes.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
At first I wasn’t fully sold on this, it does smell strongly of rose which I’m not keen on however, it is a good cleanser, particularly when my face is oily.
Repurchase? Yes.

Organic & Botanic Amazonian Berry Moisturiser
I was sent this for PR, the berry scent is lovely and it is a very cooling cream however, I feel that it could be more hydrating, it also could be a little strong for my face sometimes leaving it a tad sore. This is very expensive at £50+ so I wouldn’t repurchase.
Repurchase? No.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
I picked this up since my skin has suddenly become more oily than dry, I love this, I do think it could be a tad harsher on spots however, I used this as a light moisturiser and it helped to balance my skin.
Repurchase? Yes.

Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream Mini
I didn’t really like this, the smell didn’t appeal to be, it felt heavy on the eyes and I didn’t see a massive difference. I actually much prefer my Superdrug Vitamin E eye cream!
Repurchase? No.

Vichy Mineral 89 Sample
I love Vichy as a brand but I didn’t expect this product to blow me away as much as it did. I’ve never used a plumping product that actually worked and this instantly lifted my face, hydrated my skin and added glow. I’d definitely buy the full size.
Repurchase? Yes.

Makeup
Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter

I love the Born Lippy’s from The Body Shop but this left a white cast and I wasn’t keen on the scent either.
Repurchase? No.

Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle
I love this stuff, it really helps my nails to grow which is great since they snap off! I already have another one of these.
Repurchase? Already have.

ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Teal
For the price this was really good, it also lasted ages before drying out, I probably wouldn’t purchase the teal shade again but I’d try the black.
Repurchase? Maybe the black one.

L’oreal Telescopic Mascara
One of my favourite mascaras, I have repurchased this however, I’m considering looking at some waterproof mascaras as I do have watery eyes and this does end up smudging throughout the day.
Repurchase? Already have.

L’oreal True Match Foundation
One of my favourite high street foundations, I like this for weekends, the only trouble is that it wipes off and transfers really easily and the longevity of it is very poor.
Repurchase? Probably but not yet.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation
My go-to foundation, I have since purchased another couple of bottles, one of which I’ve nearly finished. This stays on my face all day – so far it’s the only foundation to do so. The downside is that it is quite expensive.
Repurchase? Already have.

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker 3D Matte Lip in Berry Much
This is really affordable at £3.50 and it had a lovely texture and formula, I don’t think it is as matte as it makes out but for the price there’s no complaints. I don’t think I’d purchase this shade again though as I don’t wear as many purples now.
Repurchase? No.

Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit Mini
This is a declutter, my sister gave my this and I do already have the full size. My issue with the mini is the formula is entirely different, it’s much thicker, much more drying and the shade is slightly different.
Repurchase? Not the mini.

Nyx Lip Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt
Another one from my sister, neither of us liked this. I found this to be exceptionally drying which just isn’t something I want now there’s so many liquid lipsticks available.
Repurchase? No.

Sleek Brow Kit Brush
I’ve worked my way through the wax side and am using the powder side from ym Sleek Brow Kit, it did have two brushes, this one was for the wax however, it’s old and has shed a lot so time to go!
Repurchase? I’d repurchase the brow kit.

Bodycare

Dove Caring Handwash in Fine Silk
I really like this handwahs, not only does it smells great but it leaves the hands silky soft as the name would suggest, it made washing my hands a pelasure.
Repurchase? Yes.

Superdrug Crush Body Spray
This was okay, it had a citrus scent but bordered upon the sort of air freshener smell. Not bad but there’s other body sprays I prefer.
Repurchase? No.

Jeanne Arthes Amore Mio Forever EDP
This was a gift, it’s a really affordable perfume that smells delicious. Citrus scents aren’t usually my sort of thing but the combination of notes in this is divine.
Repurchase? Yes.

Nivea Cashmere Moments Shower Cream
One of my favourite shower products, it smells absolutely amazing, feels very luxurious on the skin and leaves my skin extra soft.
Repurchase? Yes.

Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel
This was okay, I liked the smell but it’s not as moisturising as the Nivea and that is a tad cheaper.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant in Floral Touch x2
My new go-to deodorant, this smells lovely and doesn’t irritate the skin.
Repurchase? Already have.

Phew there we have it, a whole lot of empties, I’m thinking I should do these more frequently and cut down on post size next time! I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know what you’ve used up yourself recently in the comments!

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The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream Review

Only in the past few years have I become a hand-cream devotee, what was once a sticky product that left my hands feeling greasy has quickly become a handbag stable, grabbed in the office to combat dry skin and sore hands. I’ve tried a small selection of handcreams ranging from L’Occitane to Crabtree and Evelyn, so I decided it was time to give The Body Shop a try…

The packaging of this is a little odd in my opinion, the squeezy tube is fine but the lid is a screw on lid yes it’s very flat with not many threads so it can be a little fiddly, particularly when you’ve just applied the hand cream and have slippery hands! I can forgive that though since this is £5.00 for 30ml so is fairly reasonable in price.

The Body Shop describe the Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream as the following:
Perfect for on-the-go hydration, don’t leave home without this handcream. Infused with pink grapefruit oil, the light, gel-cream formula absorbs quickly, helping to soften and protect the hands. Moisturises hands. Leaves hands & cuticles silky soft. Convenient travel size. Community Trade shea from Ghana.

The first thing I’m going to comment on is the smell, I usually love fruity scents but I often find the scents from The Body Shop to be hit or miss, for example the Strawberry scent and the Coconut scents are both extremely synthetic smelling and sweet so I’m not keen on those. I picked up Pink Grapefruit hoping that it would be a zestier, tarter scent than some of the other fruity scents but unfortunately, I find this to also smell synthetic and to have quite a soapy scent to it rather than the mouthwatering fruity scent I was hoping for.

I was also surprised to see how lightweight and runny the formula was, I don’t particularly love thick, heavy creams but at the moment my hands are drying out in the heat so I feel like I need something nourishing, this is cooling to the touch and fairly fast absorbing but I do find that it does have a greasy slip to it, I also find that once absorbed it isn’t quite as nourishing as I’d like, it gives me some temporary relief but it doesn’t feel like it truly penetrates the skin and fully moisturises like other hand creams I’ve tried. As a result, I found myself reaching for this over and over and getting through it quite quickly.

Here is the ingredients list:
Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Polyacrylate (Film Former/Viscosity Increasing Agent), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Pentaerythrityl Distearate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Cetearyl Glucoside (Surfactant), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Myristyl Alcohol (Emulsifier/Emollient), Stearyl Alcohol (Emollient), Citrus Reticulata Oil/Citrus Reticulata (Satsuma) Oil (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colour), CI 14700/Red 4 (Colorant).

I’m pleased to see the inclusion of so many oils and butters but at the same time, I see lots of fragrance and at least two types of alcohol which could explain why this isn’t as nourishing as I’d like. Having said that, I didn’t notice any allergic reactions though my skin doesn’t seem to be quite as sensitive on my hands as it does on something like my face.

This isn’t a terrible hand cream by any means, but I’ll be honest I prefer other hand creams from the likes of Soap and Glory, Crabtree and Evelyn and L’Occitane over this, as I just feel like it doesn’t do enough for my skin.

As for the product claims, it does soften and moisturise slightly though I’m dubious about the protection since it doesn’t contain SPF. I also didn’t notice a difference to my cuticles and if this does contain Shea butter I personally couldn’t tell.

Overall, this was just okay, there wasn’t anything particularly notable about it other than the scent which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I do like The Body Shop and I would give their Almond Milk and Honey scent a try but for this particular hand cream I don’t feel like it is anything special so I wouldn’t recommend or repurchase.

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream is available from The Body Shop for £5.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried the Pink Grapefruit range from The Body Shop. I’d also love your handcream recommendations so please leave those in the comments, I’ve heard that the Zoella range is pretty good!

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Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara Review

I love a free sample and a while ago one of my friends sent my a Chanel sample via So Post and I got a mini Chanel Mademoiselle fragrance as well as a sample of the Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara. This is actually the first Chanel product I think I’ve tried, the brand in my mind is the creme de la creme of high end and is one of the pricier brands out there so £25 on a mascara is a little steep for me for a product that won’t last long. Despite this line of thinking, I have always wanted to try some Chanel products so I’ve really enjoyed using this for a full week, here’s my thoughts.

I have a deluxe packaging so the packaging is different ot the full size, this cute sample it in a tube that looks like a squeezy tube but is in fact more rigid, I love the iconic monochrome theme with the packaging and it’s so easy to transport. Of course the full size is much more luxe, a weighty looking tube with drop shadows to highlight the dimensions, gold banding and a not so sweet price tag of £25.00.

So what is this mascara aiming to achieve? Boots describes the Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara as the following:

A mascara that focuses on the essential. Length, curl, definition, volume and care: it provides just enough coverage to intensify the expression of the eyes and reveal their every dimension. Application is made easy with the intuitive brush and creamy texture. The longwearing formula does not run. A paraffin wax with elastic properties to lengthen lashes. Two film-forming agents that coat the lashes and define the curve that is created by the movement of the brush. A combination of four waxes with nylon microbeads to thicken lashes. A lupin extract derivative to nourish lashes. Hydrophobic agents to resist humidity, perspiration and sebum. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.

When I first opened this tube I noticed the typical mascara smell, this doesn’t seem to have any fragrance but it just has this universal mascara scent. I did also notice that the formula feels very dry to the point where as I was applying this it did lean towards feeling almost crumbly and it was a tad flaky. So, if you do enjoy a very wet feeling mascara then this won’t be you, with this it’s dry all the way.

I was indifferent towards this brush, I do love plastic brushes for separation and length but thick fiber brushes like this one are great for layering on coats for full voluminous lashes. I did feel like the handle was very short which led me to really sitting close to the mirror to work with this, having said that once I curled my lashes I found that this helped to hold the curl and even without curling, this mascara is great for really getting into the roots of your lashes to provide root to tip lift.

I was surprised by this, usually I find that mascaras are either length or volume but this managed to combine both, I had a lot of volume at the roots of my lashes and then that coveted flutteriness at the tips with zero clumps. I did also find that unlike a lot of wet mascaras this didn’t transfer all of my eyelid when applying like usual so great start.

(Before: Naked lashes)

(After: Wearing Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara)

Whoa look at the difference! I really feel like this gives me a full lash effect, I even purposefully avoiding lining my tightline and found that the mascara made that look more defined as well, very very impressed.

Onto the downsides, of course the cost is a factor especially given that mascaras expire within 3-6 months so need to be replaced often. I also found that throughout the day this did run a little at my outer corners leaving behind some minor smudges (though not as bad as my usual smudges). Finally the formula is very dry which is fine but it can be a tad flakey and I do think that if you didn’t use this up one opened it would dry out to the point of being unusuable so it is an everyday mascara.

Aside from that, I’ll admit I’m very impressed, my top mascaras are the Benefit They’re Real and the L’oreal Telescopic and I think this is definitely up there,. In fact I used the L’oreal today and was slightly disappointed at the results after using the Chanel for a week…I’m not sure if I’d repurchase or recommend based on the cost but if you have the cash to spare it’s a decent mascara and definitely one for me for those treat yourself times!

The Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara is available from Boots for £25.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this mascara and what Chanel products that you would recommend! I’ve opened Pandora’s Box now so I can see myself trying more…

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