I’ve never been a big tanner. When I was at uni I didn’t fake tan for a night out and tinted Garnier moisturiser was as adventurous as I got. But last year I decided to give the bronze glow a go and fell head over heels in love with the new tanned me. I’ve not got to the point where I crack out the tan for a random Wednesday at work but if I’m going out (not very often) or heading somewhere fancy (also not very often) then I get my tan on. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my love for the products that make my glow possible, and trust me when I say they are beginner friendly – because I am very much a tanning beginner.
Earlier this month I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and what better way to spend it than binge watching a load of shows! After Stranger Things was ticked off my list (although I still have a few episodes of season two to get through) I gave QueerEye a go on Netflix. WHY HAVE I NOT WATCHED THIS BEFORE! People transforming other people’s lives with some sassy comments thrown in, yes please. I think part of the reason I hadn’t watched this before is because I’d heard it was emotional and, to be honest, I didn’t want to be a sobbing mess. In the end I really didn’t care less and I managed to hold it together most of the time, I did find myself ugly crying at one point but I blame the bottle of prosecco I’d enjoyed at home by myself – wow, I really know how to live. Next up on my Netflix spree was The Good Place. I’d heard about this before, can’t remember who from, but thought it would be a good ‘easy watching’ kind of show. Safe to say I got totally sucked in and cannot wait for the third series to come out! If you don’t know what it is, it’s about group of people who have died and are in ‘The Good Place’ – basically heaven – and what they get up to. I don’t want to say too much because it’ll spoil it, but episodes are only 23 minutes long and it doesn’t take much concentration to get what’s going on. You’ll end up speeding through it.
Something I wasn’t overly keen on was the Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack Eye Cream. Although I really like the cute little pot and the hydration it gave my eyes, it also made them sting like nothing else. They’d start to water before I went to sleep and I’d wake up with quite (incoming TMI warning) ‘gunky’ eyes. Nothing too concerning so I did use it all but looking back it didn’t quite work for me.
What’s your favourite product to use at the moment?
I needed to get some new shampoo and conditioner and I wanted to try one of the new Garnier scents. I’m not 100% sure what my hair type is but I felt that it could probably do with some nourishment so the Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Milk and Macadamia was the one for me. Garnier was on 3 for 2 when I snapped these up (and they’re still on 3 for 2 so go troops go!) so I bought the shampoo, conditioner and the hair mask. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to take better care of my hair and hopefully the hair mask will give my hair some TLC. Also it smells amazing! Another product I needed to stock up on was micellar water. I’ve been using the Simple Micellar Water for a few months but when I saw the 700ml bottle of Garnier Micellar Water was on offer for £5 I had to get it. It’s huge! And it came with a free makeup bag! Win, win, win! I’m a big fan of this micellar water and it’s definitely top of my list along with the Simple one so I’m glad to have such a big bottle.
Now onto things I really didn’t need but that I’ve been eyeing up for a little while. First up is the new (at least I think they’re new) Being Sanctuary Spa Body Butter and Bubble Bath in the Salted Caramel and Macadamia scent (I must be having a real macadamia moment). I’m a huge fan of sweet, cake-y scents and this is as sweet and as cake-y as they come. I’ve not had a chance to try the bubble bath yet but I’m seriously impressed with the body butter – it’s thick, hydrating and doesn’t leave me feel super sticky. They were £10 each, which for me is a little on the pricy side but the packaging makes it feel good quality and I’m impressed so far with the product inside. Last but not least in this haul are two new masks by Soap and Glory. I really excited when I saw Soap and Glory were releasing sheets masks because I’ve become a bit obsessed with them in recent months. Every time i go into Boots and Superdrug I seem to walk out with one – I really should learn to buy in bulk! I went for the Puffy Eye Attack Eye Mask, because I’ve always wanted to try out an eye mask, and The Fab Pore Pore Refining Mask, because all of the sheet masks I’ve tried have been for dry skin but this one is for oily – exciting!
What’s your favourite bath product – bath bomb, bubble bar, bath salt? I’d love to know!
So I had a massive, well massive for me anyway, splurge in Boots yesterday. I have double points all month because it’s my birthday and I just had to take advantage of it! I’d just like to give a little shoutout to my bank account, I’m sorry but it just had to be done.
I was in need of concealer replacements so I picked up another of my Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light. You never realise how much the sponge absorbs product until you compare it with a new one. I’ve not bought a tube of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair in about 12 months and I have no idea why. I love this concealer and it’s such a bargain. My massive impulse buy of the trip was the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Max Lip Colour in 002 Virgin. This is such a weird concept. It’s a pointed sponge applicator on a spring that dips into a powder at the end. It’s very pigmented and from the little trial run I’ve done it’s not that drying which you’d think it would be. I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts on this one. Another lip product I picked up was the Maybelline Baby Lips Lips and Cheek in Innocent Peach (Maybelline is on 3 for 2, quick run to Boots now!). The shape of the product resembles the EOS lip balms but the product feels pretty much the same as the original Baby Lips. Feels nice on the lips and when I try it on the cheeks I’ll let you know. Last of my Maybelline purchases is the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit in Light/ Medium. This has been out for a while now and although I’ve been eyeing it up I never thought that I needed contour until yesterday. It seems very warm toned but I’m yet to try it on my face so I’m hoping that it works out quite well. The highlight is very subtle and I think it will work well for everyday. Soap and Glory now and I’ve heard good things about the Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner, especially for lasting power. I having a black line in my waterline so I’m really excited to use this. When testing it on the back of my hand it’s really pigmented but also super soft so it won’t scratch my eye out! I feel head over heals in love with the Soap and Glory Love At First Blush Stick in Pink, Pop and Pearl when I first swatched it. It’s a cream blush stick with a heck of a lot of shimmer and I bet it will look amazing on my cheeks. Finally, and I’m super late to the party with this one, I got the Real Techniques Core Collection. I’m most excited to use the buffing brush and the contour brush but for just over £20 for four brushes I think that it is actually quite a bargain!
Keep posted in the next few weeks because there may be some kind of first impressions coming your way soon!
|L-R: 002 Virgin, Contour, Highlight, Superblack, Pink Pop and Pearl, Innocent Peach|
The other day I did the best pamper session I’ve ever done. I felt as clean as a whistle and totally relaxed so I thought that I’d share my tips so that I can pass on that feeling of total calm. Without further ado let’s get straight into it!
First up I cleanse my face and I do this quite a lot. Meaning I’ll take my makeup off with the Garnier Micellar Water and then wash my face two or three times with the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Cleanser, and when I’m doing this I’m giving my face a little bit of a massage. I love using pore strips because they make my nose feel as clean as clean can be. I use the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel ones, which they now do a two step one with a pore closing cream. I wet my nose first, then apply, wait twenty minutes and then pull it off to reveal whatever disgustingness is hiding inside my face. It really does the job and they’re quite inexpensive. Next up, a face mask! My face hates me at the minute and I have so many nasty spots so I went for the Origins Out of Trouble Mask in the hope that it would help me out. I simply applied it over my face and neck and waited for 15 minutes then washed it up (just like a normal face mask). Now, stop, shower time. Apart from washing my hair I went the whole hog. Scrubbed, buffed and super duper clean. I had a great time. When I got out I slathered myself in the amazing smelling Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream. I love moisturising and making my legs feel and smell amazing! Finally a spot of nail painting. I filed, buffed and painted them with the Topshop Nail Polish in Threadbare. It was the last little finishing touch of an amazing evening.