What’s in my travel skincare bag – then v now

A year ago, before I packed my suitcase and went on a weekend away to Brighton, I wrote a post about what travel skincare I was taking with me on my trip. Well now I’m doing the exact same thing for another trip down to the seaside this weekend. So I thought I’d look back at what I was taking last year and if things have changed or stayed the same or if there was something I used that I wouldn’t touch now.

Makeup Remover | Garnier Micellar Water v Garnier Micellar Water and Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover

Snap! I’ve used this product on and off (but to be fair more on than off) for the last five years. It dissolves base makeup like no other and is just the pick me up I need when I’m feeling a little bit sorry for myself (AKA hungover). The only problem is that it’s not fab at taking off my eye makeup, which is where the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover comes in. It means that I can take off the tonnes glitter I put on my eyes on Saturday night a lot easier.

Cleanser | Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Sample v Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Mini

As you can see this, is the same. Although I’ve upgraded to an actual pot of the product instead of just using the sample. This isn’t the cleanser I use on the daily (I’m using the Saturday Skin Rise and Shine Cleanser) but I am still a big fan and it does the job.

Eye Cream | Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream v Clarins Eye Contour Gel

The Body Shop Eye Cream is one that I used for a long time. It’s not bad but I’ve used some better ones since. I’m currently using the Saturday Skin Eye Cream (which I do like) but it’s in such a big bulky tub that it would take up a fair bit of room so I’m taking the Clarins Eye Gel. I REALLY love this one. I’ve used up a few applications of this mini during my Paris trip last year and it’s the most hydrating eye cream I’ve used. So watch this space as I will probably purchase a full size soon.

Serum | The Ordinary Rose Serum v Pixi Rose Caviar Essence

Last year I put a little bit of the serum I was using (The Ordinary Rose Serum) into a mini serum container to take with me. I can’t say I’m a fan of this product anymore. It’s a bit too greasy and didn’t sink in properly into the skin. Unlike the serum I’m using at the minute which is beautiful. It’s like water and gives my skin a big hit of hydration. It’s what my skin needs right now as it’s really dehydrated and sinks into the skin in no time.

Lip Balm | Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com v Glossier Mango Balm Dot Com

As you can tell, I love a balm dot com. So much so that the one I’m taking on this year’s trip is the new mango scent. They’re easy to wear and moisturising – big fan.

Moisturiser | The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream v Nuxe Nuxellent

With both of these products it’s a case of ‘use up what you got in your beauty advent calendar’. The Body Shop one is a hit with me though. A really straight forward, hydrating moisturiser that doesn’t get greasy or feel like on your face. If you’re in the market for a no frills bronzer then I definitely recommend this. Now, with this Nuxe product I think it’s a moisturiser but I’m not 100%. But because I’m taking the Pixi serum, if I don’t like it it doesn’t matter that much because I’m still get the hydration boost I need.

Extras

Pixi Glow Tonic | I love this product and don’t ever want to be without it so I’ve decanted (is that the right word?) it to bring with me. Fab!

I’m not taking a hand cream this time. I do use one every night (The Body Shop Shea one) but it’s not a necessity and I can do without it for a few days.

What’s your favourite travel skincare product?

Shaking up my makeup stash for spring

Spring is here! Daffodils are blooming, baby lambs are baaing and the sun is starting to shine for that little bit longer in the evening. As with probably everyone, I like to give my makeup stash a shake up each time a new season rolls around but especially in spring. I love going from dark colours and full coverage to bright and airy bases. Bring on the sunshine!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I love it when I’m just that little bit more tanned and I have no idea why I don’t give myself bit more of a glow. So I feel like I might start using a gradual moisturiser more often. Anyway that’s a bit off topic. What made me think of this was when I used my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Alaska the other day, I really liked the way it looked at the bit of extra colour it gave to my skin. I’m going to tan up and move this into my daily stash. It’s probably right on the cusp of how dewy I’m willing to go but I do like the light base this gives. Another glow giver that I like to bring out in the spring is the Pixi Glow Booster in Peach Glow. I don’t usually use it all over (bit too sheeny for me) but I like to put it on the tops of my cheekbones just for a bit of added something.

I don’t know why I try and fall in love with cream products every year, but each spring without fail I’ll add some sort of stick product into my daily makeup routine. So, here we are, with the Collection Speedy Blush in Cheeky now in my everyday stash. As stick products go I really like this one because it’s not greasy, not too firm and the right amount of creaminess. It’s also a great colour and I can build it up to the right amount of ‘flush’. I’ve shared my love for the Dior Addict Lipstick in Tout-Paris before loads of times, but there’s a reason why it’s one of my favourite products, especially in the spring. It’s a bright pink which goes on sheer so is amazing at jazzing up an everyday face. It’s also very moisturising and when the weather starts to get warmer this is just what I want. I can see myself getting to the end of this soon and it upsets me so much! Any recommendations for moisturising lipsticks that are pink and sheer would be much appreciated!

Last year I picked up the Fig Fiction Perfume from & Other Stories in the sale and instantly fell in love. To me it’s springtime in a bottle and I’m all about it. It’s not overly floral and really fresh. To me it just smells of the outdoors, like when you go on a long walk and smell of grass. It gives me such good memories of last year (bought it on a friends weekend in Oxford and every time I spray it it reminds me of Countryfile Live) and I’m obsessed.

What’s your favourite beauty product for skin?

If I could only pick three lip products

My lipstick preferences have definitely seen a huge change over the years. In my sixth form days I was obsessed with the felt tips that stained your lips all sorts of weird colours, then I was all about anything that looked like a crayon and if it was orange, even better. I went through a phase of wanting matte lips dryer than the sun (as I think we all did) and then if it was a product I couldn’t apply it in under two seconds then I didn’t want to know. I was looking back at old blog posts (because your girl is running out of ideas – please help) and came across one from pretty much a year ago on what products I would choose if I could only have three and it made me think about how my preferences can change in just a year. So here’s my updated options if I could only pick three lip products to use for the rest of time.

LMX Matte Lip in Cupid | I’m a big fan of everything about this product. The colour, the texture, the smell (it smells like vanilla). It’s the perfect level of matte for me, drys down but doesn’t suck all the life out of my lips, and it doesn’t matter if you go over some bits to get an even coat. The applicator is big enough to give the coverage but small enough to be precise. I also love this colour because it’s pretty much my lip colour but brighter. This on top of the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk is my go-to evening out lip of choice.

Dior Lip Glow Hydrating Colour Reviver Lip Balm in 001 | Last year on my list was the Dior Addict Lipstick in Tout-Paris and although I still love that one, if I had to pick between that and the Lip Glow, I’d go with the Lip Glow. It’s so easy to wear, just slap it on and go, and it’s really comfortable on the lips. It goes quite pink on my lips but because it’s so sheer I like how it looks. In the summer this is perfect and I’m excited to crack it out on the daily again.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect | This one is very new to me but I’m already 100% obsessed with it. It’s moisturising but has a lot of pigment to it so is the perfect everyday product for me. The peachy-nude shade goes with my makeup on most days and I love it. The formula is fab and I think it makes me want to try other shades.

Dior Lip Glow | LMX Matte Lip | Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G

If you could only pick three lip products what would you choose?

Beauty Haul | Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced and Nip + Fab

I’ve said this already recently but I need to stop spending money on beauty. But then again there’s so much I want to buy! One shopping trip later and I have a nice selection of products, some I’d planned on buying and others that were more of an impulse buy. I’ve given them all a go over the last week so here are my first impressions and how I’m feeling about them so far.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara | I love this mascara, it’s really good. Back in the day I wasn’t a fan of a plastic brush but now it’s definitely what I’m drawn to when I want to pump up the volume. This one gives me length and volume and doesn’t flake off or end up down my face at the end of the day. If you’re in need of a new mascara and haven’t tried this one before I definitely recommend it.

Nip and Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask | Gonna be real, this isn’t what I wanted. I should have taken a picture of the thing I wanted to buy to make sure I got the right one but I didn’t, so here we are. I wanted to get a full size of the serum that I got in my Glossybox Advent Calendar but forgot it was the serum I wanted and picked the bottle that looked the most like the smaller size. Mistake, but hey ho I’ll just need to pick up another bottle of the real stuff at some point. Anyway I’m not mad about it but after a couple of uses I really like this product. It’s very much like the serum but doesn’t sink in as quickly. It says you can use it as a ten minute mask or overnight and I think it’s going to be more of an overnight thing for me. Giving me an extra boost of hydration.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish in Fair | Look at this. It’s so stunning. After my Laura Mercier powder finished about 12 months ago I’ve never really found anything that’s stuck so I thought I’d give something a little bit high end a go. I can’t give it a proper review but so far so good, I’m really enjoying using it. It’s so soft and buttery and does a good job of setting my base. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m getting on.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect | I have a couple of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks and although I liked them back in the day, they’re a bit drying and I don’t get on with the formula anymore. So I thought I’d give one of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G ones a go because they’re a creamier formula. I was also in the market for a peachy nude so Bitch Perfect was the perfect option. I am IN LOVE with this. Like seriously. I’ve used it everyday since I got it and it works with pretty much everything. I think it’s going to be my new favourite.

Starlight, Satin Sheets, Pink Sand, Pink Wink, Sunny Bunny, Tropic Like It’s Hot, Bitch Perfect

Too Faced Natural Face Palette | I’ve been looking for a face palette for a couple of years but nothing has really jumped out at me. Usually the shades are a bit too dark for my pale skin. But this one from Too Faced is probably my perfect palette. The shades can work day to day, with the Sunny Bunny bronzer being a fab match, but then I think it will also be fab when I’m a bit more tanned on holiday. I’ve put it to the test over the week and I’m obsessed. The formula is fab, the highlights are gorgeous and they just work so well.

Face masks, bath bombs and glasses of prosecco | How I relax and chill out

I love a pamper session. It’s what I live for.

For me, a bath is the ultimate pamper session, especially one where I go ‘all out’. What I mean by that is bath bomb, face mask and hair wash. I start off my running the bath (obviously as it’s the most important part) and putting in some bubbles. At the minute I’ve been using the Molton Brown Muddled Plum Bath and Shower Gel, which is fab and smells amazing, but I usually just use whatever shower gel I have at the time because they work just as well as actual bubble bath. Then I light some candles, and there is a specific number I like. I do one big one (usually a Yankee Candle) for the corner of the bath with two tealights next to it. Then I do two more tealights on my bath bar (more on that in a minute) and then another two on the windowsill. If I’m really really fancy I’ll light another big one across the room. Seriously though, the more candles the better.

Then goes in the bath bomb of choice. I’ve been loving these little tea bags at the minute (which I mentioned in my January Favorites post) but I also really like the Yorkshire Soap Company bath bombs and obviously the ones from lush. Anything that smells fruity or sweet and preferably turns the bath a cute colour. 

Now, the best part about my baths is the bath bar I have that my dad made. There’s space for two candles, my laptop, glass of water/cup of tea and a glass of prosecco. It means I don’t have to lug a chair in when I have a bath and I just have to lay back and relax. Also my new bath pillow that I got for Christmas makes everything even better. The type of video I watch varies, from episodes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Endeavour or random YouTube videos. Same with drinks. A mid afternoon bath comes with a giant mug of tea but an evening soak definitely needs prosecco or wine (with the bottle by the side of the bath, obviously).

If I’m going all out with the face masks I’ll take a triple approach. First I’ll do a pore strip to get rid of all the dirt out of my nose. At the minute I’m using the Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips and they’re really good and do the job. For the 30 minutes that’s on I’ll do two more masks. First I’ll go in with a spot clearing one, my one of choice at the minute is the Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask which is pretty good and works best when I focus it on my oiliest areas / single spots. Then I’ll use either a sheet mask or my trusty Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Face Mask (read my full thoughts here). Anything that gives me moisture it a winner for my final face mask.

A good pamper session ends by moisturising my body and then doing my skincare. At this time of year I love a thick body moisturiser and the Body Shop Shea Body Butter is my current go-to. In the summer I also love the body yogurts from the Body Shop because they’re just that bit thinner for when it’s hot.

What’s your favourite pamper product?

Why I’m obsessed with glitter and my favourite options

I love glitter. Right that’s it, see you in the next post. No, I just thought that I’d share my love for the sparkle in a blog post, along with my favourite glitters and the way I find best to apply them. Enjoy this sparkly post!

The Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow in Gold Goddess is actually magical. I got it for Christmas the year before last and it’s changed the game when it comes to glitter. I do love a chunky glitter with plenty of sparkle (I mean look at all the shade options I have) but there wasn’t something I could use for a sheer wash of sparkle that wasn’t just a shimmer eyeshadow. With this you can dab a bit on and blend it out so it’s ‘barely there’ – or as barely there as glitter can be – or keep layering it up for something that really packs a punch and looks amazing. Also there’s no need for glue and it is potentially the easiest thing in the world to apply. I have no idea why I don’t have more shades of this because I’m 100% in love with this product.

I searched high and low for the Revolution Pressed Glitter Eyeshadow Palette after one of my friends tagged me in a post on Instagram last year. It was nowhere to be found and I had to fill the hole with some of the individual magnetic ones. BUT I was very surprised and extremely happy when my fab friends gave me this as part of my birthday present. Thanks friends! I mean look at it, it’s a glitter lovers dream! I have the Hot Pursuit palette. I’m yet to have a proper play around with all of the shades but Inflamed is something pretty special. It shifts green and pink in different lights and is like something I’ve never seen before. I love this formula. Because it’s pressed it’s easier to work with than one that’s in a pot. I still use a glitter glue (the one from NYX is my go-to) and it stays put. Safe to say, I’m in love with this palette.

My picks for what I’d class as ‘traditional glitters’ come from Revolution and NYX. Yes, they have the potential to spill all over the place but a little tap into the lid and a swirl of the brush should contain it. I have the Revolution Glitter Bomb in the shade Last Dance, a really nice bright pink and the NYX Glitter Brilliance in Copper, a sheeny red copper. Both solid options, easy to work with and with a dab of glitter glue they stay all night.

On New Year’s Eve I decided to go all out with the glitter and put it in my hair. I picked up a little tub of the Go Get Bio Glitter in the shade Sea Glitter- biodegradable which is always a win – and it has a mix of large chunks and tiny specs. After a lot of googling I ‘attached’ it to my head with hair gel and hairspray. I put the gel onto my hair and then scooped up the glitter and sort of patted it onto my head with not much precision and a lot go hope, then sprayed it with hairspray. I really liked the look of it and it pretty much all brushed out of my hair and into my hairbrush the night after. My hair was really crispy though after all the gel and spray but I think it was worth it.

Naked Heat vs Revolution Iconic Fever

For my birthday a couple of weeks ago my cousin gave me the Revolution Re-loaded Iconic Fever Palette. Safe to say I was very pleased (any eyeshadow is legit my number one) and I was excited to dig in, especially with the mattes because a one wash brown matte eyeshadow has been all I’ve been wearing recently. After about a week I started to realise that this is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise but beside a few extra shades I’d say they were identical. Because I love reading posts about dupes and watching videos of people testing different products on half of their face I thought I’d put both of the palettes to the test by recreating the same look with a different palette on each eye. Here’s how I got on.

First, I swatched all of the eyeshadows from the Naked Heat Palette and then found the matching one from the Revolution palette. Most of the Revolution eyeshadows were very similar, if not the same, as the Urban Decay ones. Not just in colour but also in texture. They’re not quite as buttery smooth but for the difference in price they’re not that dissimilar. One shade that is noticeably different is Lumbre. The Urban Decay shadow is a light peach with some gold shifting shimmer but the Revolution ‘equivalent’ doesn’t have as much of a sheen and is more of a copper (and to be honest I prefer the Revolution one). Overall I’m very impressed with how similar the shades are.

Left swatches: Urban Decay | Right swatches: Revolution

When testing both palettes out, I wanted to use as many eyeshadows as possible – so I did. I started out with Chaser (light matte brown) all over the lid and then Sauced (warm matte brown) in the crease. I did notice that Sauced was slightly darker and a bit more pigmented but with a little bit more work I managed to get the Revolution shadow up to the same level. I then went in with Low Blow (orange matte brown) through the crease but focusing on the outer edges. The Urban Decay shade was darker again than the Revolution one when one the eyes but I worked a bit more and managed to match them (ish). Finally (because I clearly used every single matte eyeshadow in my crease) I went in with He Devil on the outer corners. These shades were very similar and performed pretty much identical. Now moving onto shimmer! After putting some concealer on my lid (Maybelline Eraser Eye in Light) I went in with Scorched. When I swatched these on my arm there was a noticeable but difference, but on the lid they look exactly the same. Everything from the colour to the sheen is spot on! I ended by using Ember along the lash line (exactly the same) and He Devil under the eye. Stepping back I thought they looked exactly the same and to look at you wouldn’t notice or know that two different palettes were used.

Left: Revolution | Right: Urban Decay

I tested the wear time of both eyes throughout the day to see if the cheaper palette didn’t last as long as the pricier one. There was no difference. None. At all. I am so impressed with how the Revolution palette holds up. It more than delivers on colour and wear time. The only thing that’s a bit different is pigment and the eyeshadows take a little bit more working with but nothing that’s going to majorly set you back. When one is £42 and the other is £4, it’s crazy how similar they are.property

Skincare picks, capsule wardrobe and new scents | February Favourites

Ah February. How you’ve flown by. But seriously, after the three decades of January I can’t believe how quickly this month has passed. I’ve had a lot of birthday fun and we’re ending on this great sunny weather. Who could ask for more?! In the middle of the month I was struggling to think of anything to add to my favourites but after my birthday I have a fair few to add to the list – with some I’m still giving a bit more of a test run which no doubt will feature in next month’s post. So without anymore fluffing up, here’s what I’ve been loving this month:

I have an item of clothing in my favourite this month – shock horror! This is rare because as much as I spend £50 a time on makeup and skincare I won’t spend £20 on a pair of jeans I desperately need. It makes so sense but anyone I’ll get back to the point. I have An Edited Life to thank for this buy. Last month I bought myself a black cord pinafore dress because I needed something to go with a load of colourful jumpers I had in my wardrobe and in the spirit of creating a capsule wardrobe I thought this would be a good bet. I’ve become fully obsessed with it. I wear it most days to work with a polo neck jumper underneath or just a normal jumper with some black tights and black boots. So easy, I just pick a jumper and it works together. Also I wore a stripey t-shirt with it the other day when it was a bit warmer and I was totally into that as well. An all round great purchase that I’ll be getting more and more use out of in the weeks and months to come.

Something I’m equally as obsessed with is my Aquarius necklace from Topshop. It’s delicate gold necklace with my star sign in a circle and I wear it a heck of a lot. I was lacking a delicate necklace and this has filled the slot perfectly.

I’m having a real skincare moment at the minute and it’s all hydration based. Although my skin is quite oily I think it’s also pretty dehydrated so I’ve been trying to use lots of products that will give it a boost but not clog my pores. The Nip and Fab Dragons Blood Plumping Serum (which I got in the Glossybox Advent Calendar) is perfect for that kind of thing. My skin drinks this up and it drys in about five minutes. I love it. In a morning I use that and then just before I use foundation I put a couple of pumps of the Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops Beauty Elixir to brighten up my face and give a boost. These two together are a dream team!

Let’s talk about the shea butter scent from the Body Shop. I’ve never had this one before and I don’t know why I’ve missed it for this long. My mum got me one of the sets for my birthday and it’s definitely become one of my new favourite scents. It’s so warming but not too sickly sweet and I’m all about it. I’ve also fallen back in love with the Body Shop Body Butters again. There’s nothing better than slathering a thick, deliciously smelling cream on after a winter shower.

For Christmas, my gran got me a load of these bath tea bags and they are an actual miracle. They let me have a wonderful smelling bath without the mess! I usually just put one of these in when I start running the bath (let it infuse you know) and then go in with the bubbles nearer the end. Once I’m ready to get in, take the bag out, give it and squeeze and done! I love all bath products but these are a bit more fun (also love tea so is very fitting).

Recommended by a friend: The Body Shop British Rose Mask

I love taking beauty recommendations from friends. Not only do you know that it’s probably going to be pretty good, because they wouldn’t recommend anything rubbish, but also it’s usually different to the hyped up products you read about on blogs and see on instagram. I thought I’d start off a mini series about all the products my friends have raved about and that I’ve loved as well. Starting off is something I had my eye on but actually took the plunge and bought because I spotted it when going through my friend’s beauty stash and she said she loved it. It’s The Body Shop British Rose Plumping Face Mask.

This recommendation came at the perfect time because I’m trying to look after my skin a bit more and provide a little more moisture in my routine after years of using oil stripping products. I already have the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask in my collection (back to the oil stripping) so I was already a fan of the Body Shop face masks. The formula is like a jelly which is easy to scoop out (I normally take a lump off with my fingers) and rub it into my face and a bit down my neck. It isn’t a face mask that drys down and it doesn’t change colour when it’s ‘done’ so you kind of have to work out what works for you in terms of how long you leave it on your face. The instructions say five to ten minutes and ten is where I usually go (maybe a smidge longer if I’m in the bath relaxing).I feel the effect instantly with this mask. When my friend was telling me about it she said her face felt plumped and smooth as soon as the mask came off and I have to agree. My face feels smooth, it looks bright and I’m totally in love with it. I haven’t noticed it break me out either which is a massive win because I’m seriously prone to random spots. 

I use this pretty regularly twice a week and it’s something I reach for when I’ve had a bit too much to drink (*cough* last weekend *cought*) or when I need to a boost of moisture. If you’re in the market for something that peps your skin up then I would 100% recommend this and it’s definitely my favourite mask I’m using at the minute.

What’s your current top recommendation?

Putting Aldi beauty products to the test

I didn’t expect a quick trip to Aldi would prove so exciting for me as I entered with nothing and left with a handful of products which were the definition of an impulse buy. I’d heard of the Aldi beuty products and theur ‘dupes’ a few months ago and never really gave them a second thought. But when I spotted a few of them in the middle aisle of doom I had a real urge to give them a go.

I picked up the Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask – dupe for the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment, the Lacura Aloha Bronzer – dupe for Benefit Hoola Bronzer, and Lacura Snapshot Ready Foundation Primer – dupe for Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.

Before I got going with testing everything I wanted to see if the bronzer was similar/the same as Hoola. I don’t have the full size but I’ve got a mini that came free in a magazine a couple of months ago. As bronzers go they’re pretty similar. The Hoola one is slightly more brown and the Aldi has a bit more of a warm orange tinge, but nothing that’s too offensive. Pigment wise I’d say that Hoola is slightly more pigmented but only by a tiny bit. Not much separating the two.

Left: Hoola Bronzer | Right: Aldi dupe

My first impressions of the makeup products weren’t bad but they also weren’t amazing. The primer was very solid and it was a bit hard to rub into my skin so I ended up rubbing it into my fingers and patting on the parts of my face which get oily during the day, my nose, chin and forehead. The bronzer comes with this cute little brush, very much like Hoola, so I thought I’d give that a go. When I swatched the bronzer on my hand it was quite light so I went in heavy handed on my first go. Big mistake. This is a pretty pigmented bronzer, or at least on my skin tone, so I started off with an stripe down the side of my face. Not a great start. But when I blended it in and did the rest of my face I quite liked it. It’s the right amount of warmth and isn’t too dark for my very pale face. Not the easiest bronzer to work with as it took a bit of blending but not too shabby.

I’ve never tried the Glam Glow face mask that this Exfoliating Mud Mask supposedly dupes, but if you have the Himalayan Charcoal mask from The Body Shop then I’d say it’s very similar to that. When I applied it the only difference I noticed was the colour and the size of the exfoliating bits, they’re a lot smaller in the Lacura one (my guess is because it’s billed as an actual exfoliation mask. I first tried it on my nose and my chin as they’re the parts of my face that get the most oily and would benefit from a mask like this. I applied a thin layer and left it for five minutes (instructions say between five and ten so I thought I’d go lower for my first go). It dried down like a normal clay type mask and it brought out my pores which I’m guessing is a good thing as it looked like something was working – me showcasing my lack of skincare knowledge here. When I took it off a gave myself a bit of an exfoliation before getting rid of the rest with a flannel. Everything felt alright but I did notice that a couple of spots appeared on my chin later that night (could be a coincidence but thought it was worth mentioning). After reading a couple of reviews loads of people were saying that if you have sensitive skin the stay clear of this because it can do some damage, which might be something to bare in mind. I have to say that over the next few tries I had noticed that it was stinging a fair bit on my nose when I applied it, so I washed it off straight away because I don’t want it to be burning my skin!

Overall there were hits and misses. I think it’s going to take a bit longer to test out the mask but it’s not terrible. The exfoliating part is good but when it burns your skin, that’s not ideal. The bronzer is pretty fab for everyday. Not streaky and nicely warms up the face. The primer is a funny one. I like how it works on my nose but any other area, even my chin which is just as oily as my nose, sucks the life out my skin. So it may be a nose primer but not used for anything else.