If you’re looking for a golden highlighter that’s easy to apply, a drugstore brand and a cream product and not powder then continue reading this post. The Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Gold Light (what a mouthful) fits the bill perfectly if you’re looking for all of the above.
Priced at £9.99 you get a large highlighter which is easy to glide across your cheeks but not really anywhere else but you could always use your finger or a brush… Admittedly I find the packaging rather underwhelming and basic compared to other highlighters on the market.
The product is a gorgeous colour and buildable to create the desired look, I also like to use it as a base for powder highlighters to make a more intense glow.
Revlon also do a pink toned highlighter in the shade Pink Light but I haven’t tried that one, let me know in the comments if it’s worth picking up.
Overall I would recommend this highlighter if it’s on offer, whilst I do really like it I think £9.99 is a bit pricey when you can buy highlighting palettes for cheaper.
The Ultimate All-In-One Mascara by Revlon claims to feature five lash transforming benefits in one tube, this is instead of singularly buying one of the other mascaras they currently have on offer such as the Ultra Volume etc…
You might be wondering what the five extraordinary benefits are, well I can tell you it creates volume, length, definition, lifts the lashes and has an intense colour.
There are currently three shades to choose from which are Blackest Black, Blackened Brown and Waterproof Blackest.
The ‘Power Mini-Brush’ is the smallest mascara wand ive ever used, I thought it would be difficult to use at first but it isn’t actually that bad! The oval shaped wand makes for an easy application, the only downside for me is the mascara formula itself is quite a wet consistency (similar to the Maybelline Lash Sensational).
I definitely think the mascara delivers on what it promises but in terms of the intense colour I wouldn’t have really looked out for it had I not known it makes a difference. Yes its black but I don’t see how its any different to another black mascara…
What are your thoughts on Revlon’s new Mascara collection?
Introducing the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask! One of three new masks introduced by the skincare experts, as well as the detox mask you can also purchase the glow mask for dull skin and the purity clay mask for oily skin.
One of the things I love about this mask is the charcoal properties that draw out imperfections which is one of the main reasons I purchased this one over the glow mask, I also have the purity mask which I will leave for another review.
My preferred way of applying the mask is with a makeup brush as ive heard it can be quite messy otherwise, I just purchased a cheap one from Poundshop and surprisingly it hasn’t ruined! Only a thin layer is required which means plenty of applications to be had.
Like any mask it goes on for around 10-15 minutes, its also gentle enough to be used 2-3 times a week which is a bonus as I love weekly face mask. I can comment that the mask can be messy to remove but its less messy with a warm wet flannel/cloth and it is a quicker method of removal.
The mask always leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh and I would fully recommend it to anyone who’s curious to try it.
Currently the mask is on offer for £5 (introductory) and will go up to £7.99
The brand 7th Heaven formally known as Montagne Jeunesse have always been a favourite of mine when it comes to face masques. When I knew they were going to be at The Clothes Show (2015) I just knew I had to grab a goodie bag and I was not disappointed! Amongst the goodies was a self-heating Hot Chocolate masque which ive never tried before.
The masque itself smells like chocolate orange without being overpowering, you apply this onto wet skin and can immediately feel the warming effect.
Ive tried this masque out twice and the first time it didn’t really feel that warm for very long, the second time I made sure my skin was wetter and I did notice the difference of the warming effect lasting longer.
One problem I find with this masque is that is doesn’t really dry, it stays the same (slightly runny) consistency throughout the 15-20 minutes process, it does however, look exactly like the masque on the packet which often enough it doesn’t really match!
I still have a few sachets of this masque so I may try it again in the future but from first impressions it wasn’t an instant hit.
Having focused on make up posts for a while I thought I’d mix things up a little and talk about this wonderful hair masque by Superdrug. I absolutely love hair masks/masques and own various ones by Tresemme and Herbal Essences. As you know haircare comes at a cost and today’s masque comes with an affordable price tag.
The Coconut Water & Coconut Oil Masque or known on the website as “Hydrate & Shine Conditioning Masque with Coconut Water” smells amazing! The Pina Colada scent is enticing enough to buy it and it works wonders on your hair.
This particular own brand product is part of the more premium range in Superdrug in comparison to some of their basic/essential products. There is also has the additional shampoo and conditioner to match this range but I haven’t tried these just yet.
The masque claims to hydrate the hair and leave it shiny, like any other masque you leave it on for around 2 minutes, if you have the time you can also leave it on for 10 minutes for a more intense conditioning treatment.
The product itself is not a thick consistency and works it’s way through the hair really easily with a small application going a long way.
Afterwards my hair smelt amazing and felt really soft, I cant really comment on the shine effect as I didn’t notice a massive difference but perhaps teaming it with the shampoo would have a better effect.
One of the latest trends in the world of mascara towards the end of 2015 was ‘velvety soft’ lashes, first on the market was Max Factor with their Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara and then came No7 who launched the Velvet Lash Mascara on Boxing Day.
This mascara claims to add volume which feels soft and luxurious on application, now I for one don’t tend to touch my eyelashes throughout the day so I am uncertain on why the concept was needed, however, I do love volume when it comes to my mascara.
The brush is quite large with a concave shape to contour to the eye, I don’t have a problem with the size of the brush but some people may prefer a smaller wand.
It delivers length and volume which is a big win for me and if you curl your eyelashes it would look amazing. It also doesn’t look clumpy which again is a big pro factor.
It comes in the shades Black of Black Brown and costs £13.50
Superdrug’s range of own brand products are a firm favourite of mine (see past reviews) so I decided to try out to more masks from their squirty bottle range. The Superdrug mask sachets are also a great purchase and come in different scents and are for different purposes and skin types.
I picked up the masks up on the offer 2 for £3.50 , the Aloe Vera is for normal or combination skin whilst the Dead Sea Mud mask is for normal or oily skin. The bottles are great to use if you aren’t a fan of the sachet varieties, personally I like both but sometimes the sachets go to waste…
This mask is green in colour and is a creamy consistency, the smell isn’t overpowering which is always a good sign. It doesn’t come out too thick but you could always layer up the mask if you wished too… I found the mask left my skin really soft and I would use it again.
Dead Sea Mud
The first thing I noticed about this mask was its smell, it smells like the shower gels aimed specifically for men but this shouldn’t put you off… the mud is a grey colour and again doesn’t come out too thick. My skin felt quite warm to touch after the mask was removed and slightly red in places.
Both masks have a take off time of 10-15 minutes.
A Friendly Warning
Product reviews on the Superdrug website state that some of the consumers have had reactions to both of these masks and have experienced red blotchy skin.
The bottle suggests you test a small patch before using it fully but if you have sensitive skin I’d personally give it a miss.
Are blackheads and blemishes the bane of your life? or are you a sufferer of oily skin? If these problems affect you then try giving Deep Action a try! The range is part of Superdrug’s own collection and are great for skin problems with a small price tag to make them even more desirable.
Each pots contain around 40 pads and the scent isn’t too strong which makes them perfect to use each morning and night. The pad has two sides, a ‘rougher’ edge which you use first and then a ‘smooth’ surface and instantly you can see any dirt which has been removed. These are similar to the Clearasil pads you can purchase but I personally are not a fan of those as I find them to be quite greasy feeling at times, I never have that problem with these pads.
At first use I was shocked at how much dirt the pad had picked up! I don’t necessarily have bad skin but recently it had been oily and a few blackheads had appeared but within a week or two of using these pads daily I’ve found that my skin has vastly improved. The product states it is not for sensitive skin and just like all Superdrug branded products it is cruelty free and suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians.
The pads are usually BOGOF for around £2.70 (or below) and often found at half price. It just goes to show that own brand products can meet the expectations of the high end products.
Admittedly I’d never been in a Lush store until yesterday afternoon, ive seen so many blogger reviews about the products so decided to have a browse for myself. The sales assistant that greeted me was so nice and helpful whilst I explained I was looking for a product that tackled stressed and dry skin that has developed recently due to work and university.
I picked up two of the tea tree ‘Toner Tabs’ as we all know that tea tree is great for tackling troublesome skin, the tabs go into a bowl of hot water with you placing your face over it for a steam clean, the left over water can be stored in a spray bottle to create a toner mist for up to one week.
I was nicely given a demonstration of the Cupcake face mask and a sample pot to take home and try which I thought was a lovely touch as it saves you from diving in and buying a product you may not like, this turned out to be true in my case as I wasn’t really a fan of the texture but it has left my skin lovely and soft!
The product itself reminds me of a mashed up chocolate muffin so the name is appropriate! Although I have only a sample sized pot I found that after one application I still had plenty left over for at least one more application.
Another product demonstration included Ocean Salt, I instantly fell in love with this product as it instantly cleared up a dry patch of skin on my hand that had been caused overexposure to heat at work. This face and body scrub smells gorgeous and doesn’t feel harsh on your skin like some scrubs can do and best of all it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge like I know the mask pots have to be.
Although the product is expensive, I have found it to work instantly and it has the recommended use of 1-2 times per week, I also think that the colour is another factor that makes the product great as it is instantly eye-catching and appealing unlike the Cupcake face mask.
Sinful Moments dry shampoo is part of Superdrug’s own brand collection and is currently bogof priced at £1.99.
The product claims to refresh hair between washes but so far after a couple of uses I just find that it leaves hair looking rather shiny instead of refreshed… it smells really lovely and the scent lasts which isn’t a bad thing as I’d say its a floral scent but im not too sure and the website doesn’t state it!
Another advantage is unlike some dry shampoo brands you don’t end up with grey/white hair as it doesn’t have the powder consistency, it’s literally just like spraying hairspray but there is no sticky residue etc.. and of course you can either rub it in with your hands or brush through it.
I think the packaging stands out but quite honestly it did remind me of one of those colourful hair dye sprays but overall I think it is an acceptable dry shampoo if you don’t like the powder based ones.
I probably would recommend this if you like having shiny hair but if you do use it when your hair is becoming greasy then it does add onto this look which is a big disadvantage!