Soap & Glory: Scrub Your Nose In It!

26.5.16





One of my favourite beauty regimes of the week is exfoliating my face. There's nothing quite like literally scrubbing away any grime and dirt that has lodged itself into your pores and feeling thoroughly cleansed after. I tend to mix up my scrubs, purely because I use them quite sporadically and just like to try different brands. I've only ever tried one Soap & Glory skincare product before - and because we had quite the love affair, I popped Scrub Your Nose In It! in my basket.

The pore refining formula uses products like micro mud, clay and fruit acids to help dissolve pore clogging dead cells, purify the skin and absorb excess oils on the skin. My skin feels so fresh after I've given it a good once over with it, albeit a little tight, but no more than any usual cleanses or washes leave me. You apply a pea sized amount of this on your t-zone, massage in circular motions and leave on for 2 minutes. I've not come across this method of leaving the scrub on before, but I quite enjoyed it. As this happens I always a feel a very cooling, almost menthol sensation come across my t-zone and I feel this may be why it makes me feel so clean.

I was concerned that the ingredients in this (being quite acidic ) may flare up my eczema around my eyes and nose but thankfully I haven't had an outbreak since using it. And perhaps my favourite thing about the product? No plastic! I panicked when I purchased is as the microbead element hadn't even crossed my mind, but after researching the product I'm happy to say it's all natural. And they don't test on animals!

Bearing all this in mind, I may actually repurchase this scrub; no eczema flare-ups, no cruelty, no plastic microbeads. Soap & Glory - you've got a good'un here!

Have you tried any Soap & Glory skincare? A. xo

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dipbrow Pomade

24.5.16





My first Anastasia Beverly Hills product was always going to be something related to brows, and it was a tough choice between the Pomade and Brow Whiz. But because I don't usually have the best relationship with brow pencils and the like - I opted for the Pomade.

The shade I got was taupe as my natural hair is quite cool toned. In hindsight, I would have been better to go for the medium brown shade due to some hair changes - but the my colour error doesn't make me love the product any less. The product comes in a little pot, and I use my Zoeva winged liner brush to apply it. The pomade is a creamy, buttery product that applies like a dream with incredible pigmentation, and using a thin brush with it means my brows are perfectly precise every day. I've used this every day since Christmas and there's barely a dent in the top layer of product so, although maybe a little more expensive that most brow products, is well worth the investment.

The longevity and value for money in this product has seriously impressed me and I'm hoping it's not too long before I can invest in some more ABH! Up next on my list is the Glow Kit - have you got your eye on anything? A. xo

So Eco: makeupbrushes.co.uk

22.5.16







I'm usually one for consistency when it comes to my makeup brushes - with Zoeva and Real Techniques being my one stop shops. But, when makeupbrushes.co.uk contacted me about trying out a new brand of eco brushes from SoEco, I was quite intrigued. Of the sizeable selection on offer, I decided to try the SoEco Blush brush*, and the SoEco Finishing brush*. The company were also kind enough to send me the SoEco Eyebrush kit*, so really - all my bases were covered!

The entire range of brushes have been developed using sustainable materials from PEFC and all the packaging is 100% recyclable. The ones I've received are incredibly soft and could be compared with the texture of my Zoeva collection. Of my two 'base' brushes, the Finishing is my favourite. The duo fibre ends mean that just enough product is lifted and and dispersed across the face for a light setting. The blush brush has much more rounded finish which makes it lovely for applying on the apples of the cheek, however because it's quite large I sometimes look a bit like a doll! Rosy cheeks alert.

As for the Eyebrush Kit - not only does it cover eyeshadow tools, but has a spoolie (which is meant to be for mascara but I use for brows) and an (official) lash and brow come. The angled liner brush isn't quite thick enough for my cat eyes, but I love to use it for a more smudgy liner look. And though the eye shading brush is large, its perfect for sweeping your base colour all over the lid.

All in all I'm very impressed with the quality of the SoEco brushes, and it's always good to know they're environmentally friendly!

With makeupbrushes.co.uk offering FREE 1st Class Delivery on their products you can order brushes from the comfort of your home and have them the next day: uh-mazing. Make sure you keep up with them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to ensure you're up to date with all the offers!

Do you use eco brushes? Or are you a little wary? A. xo

Products marked with a * have been kindly gifted for me to review, but all opinions are my own - I got your back. 

MAC Stone.

19.5.16




MAC lipsticks. We all know and love them, and although my collection is definitely not as vast as others, I'm happy with it. A few reds, a few purples and obviously Velvet Teddy. But - my latest addition has pretty much outweighed my love for all those that came before.

Stone is described as a muted greyish taupe brown and comes with my favourite matte finish - although not as matte as Ruby Woo, so no need to worry about the dreaded flaky lips. I had been lusting after the shade for ages, so when I got it as a Christmas present I was delighted! It really flatters my pale irish skin, and it's a subtle step into more edgy makeup which although isn't for everyone - I love.

If you're after a brown lip this could be the perfect introduction for you. Although it's definitely more an autumnal shade, I can definitely see myself rocking this through the summer months!

What's your take on brown lipsticks? A. xo

TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer.

8.5.16




When you read a-lot of blogs or watch a lot of YouTube content sometimes you can't help but pick up on products that are taking the beauty world by storm. Most recently for me, this has been TheBalm's Mary Lou Manizer. Everyone who's anyone seemed to be raving about this wonder product, so I knew it was about time I got my hands on it.

I was having trouble sourcing it initially so I eventually had to pop a little Feel Unique order in to get my hands on it - and I am SO glad I did. The highlighter is the most gorgeous champagne shade that looks so natural on the cheeks. Sometimes my biggest problem with highlighters is that they have a lot of pink or purple tones in them, which I find can come across quite obviously when they're applied The neutral hues in this make it perfect for everyday wear and I sometimes find myself dusting it all over my face as a setting powder, for that all over glow.

I use my Zoeva 129 Luxe Fan brush to apply the product in all the usual places - cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupids bow and brow bone - and it makes my life so much easier. I think a decent highlighting brush is well worth an investment if you love a good glow! And who doesn't?

I am forever getting compliments on my glow and highlight when I wear this, and I've barely even made a dent in the pan! Sometimes products that are raved about don't live up to expectation - but this one definitely does.

Have you ever tried TheBalm's products? A. xo