It’s been a while since I’ve posted so what better way to start a new year than with a new post.
As part of the 2019 Festive range Rich Plum has became a firm favourite of mine from The Body Shop. This lightweight hand cream could be purchased separately (£5) or as part of the festive sack gift set (£16).
I’m not usually a hand cream fan as I hate it when they feel greasy but this one sinks in instantly, has a lovely smell and a little goes a long way.
It’s the perfect size to keep in your bag, there’s a wide range of scents to choose from and its cruelty free, I’m not sure if it’s Vegan as it doesn’t say so I’ve inserted a photo of the ingredients.
My hands don’t get overly dry so I can’t comment on if it’s good for very dry skin but it does leave my hands feeling lovely and soft.
It’s currently half price in the sale so check your local store!
What’s your favourite range in The Body Shop?
As someone who isn’t too great at filling in their brows I’ve finally managed to find the perfect product and it’s only £3!
The Precise Brow Pencil by Revolution is perfect for filling in sparse brows with its tiny nib and the spoolie comes in handy too.
Currently my eyebrows look patchy where I’m trying to grow them and with this pencil I get a perfect even look which doesn’t take too long to do.
Currently on the Superdrug website you can only get the shades light, medium and dark brown which is pretty poor but maybe you can get more shades in the store?
I love how quick and easy the pencil is to use, it’s super affordable, vegan and cruelty free.
Body scrubs play an important part in any skincare routine and I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try.
I absolutely love Sanctuary Spa so thought I’d give Being a try to see if the sister brand is just as good.
There isn’t much of a scent range to choose from for this brand although they do have a wide range of products such as mask, butters and bath bombs etc…
For £9 you get 250g of the body scrub, mine is Salted Caramel & Macadamia which I have to admit is an interesting choice of scent.
It’s not overpowering with salted caramel definitely coming out on top but I do prefer fruity scents or the classic Sanctuary Spa scent.
The scrub itself had a waxy texture and is that fine you can barely feel it scrub. It did leave my skin feeling smooth but I prefer a deeper scrub which you can feel working.
For £9 I would say it’s more on the pricey side as there are better scrubs on the market you can for a similar price or cheaper.
The brand is cruelty free and a lot of the products are Vegan which I believe this one is.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….
Superdrug kindly sent me some gift sets to review for their Blog Squad and first up is the Impulse Sparkle and Shine Gift Set which is exclusive to them.
This set retails for £10 and comes in a large disco ball which you’ll either love or hate. Personally I think it aims it more at a younger market.
Inside is four of their full size 75ml body sprays including: Hint of Musk, True Love, Tease and Very Pink.
The sprays usually retail for around £1- £1.99 so really you are paying slightly extra for the packaging.
I think the gift would make a great present idea for a Secret Santa.
There are more Impulse gift sets available catering for different price ranges.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer is a holy grail product in the beauty community and I have finally had the pleasure of trying it. I have a miniature version that came free in Elle magazine.
The full size bronzer is £25.50 with miniature trial sizes being £12.50.
This is a fully matte bronzer which has great pay off without being too pigmented or orange/cool toned. It is the perfect shade for me and looks quite natural when blended into the skin.
I was never really much of a bronzer fan before but ever since having this product I have used it consistently and absolutely love it. As Christmas is coming up the Hoola Bronzer is in quite a few of the Benefit gift sets which are worth checking out.
If you have pale skin there is now a Hoola Bronzer Lite which may be better suited for your skin tone.
Revolution has recently launched its Halloween 2018 collection and I for one could not wait to pick up some pieces.
Beautiful Darkness retails for £6 and features a mixture of gorgeous shimmers and mattes. Can we all take a moment to appreciate the spooky packaging?
Something ‘new’ I’ve noticed about the layout of this palette is the larger pans for the transition and matte highlighter shade which a lot of people will appreciate.
Out of 12 shades there are only 4 shimmers but they are absolutely stunning when applied with your finger, I tried with a wet brush but it didn’t pay off as nicely.
My absolute favourite shade is Dead Rose, my swatches don’t do this palette justice but it is a gorgeous Red shimmer. Poison is also a gorgeous green/brown shimmer whereas Corrupted is a beautiful gold that needs building up.
The back of the box on my palette did have a few spelling mistakes for the shade names but that isn’t really an issue for me and might have been from a bad batch but it really doesn’t effect the palette overall.
As always the shadows are pigmented, buildable and had no fallout for me.
This palette is cruelty free, Vegan friendly and currently 3 for 2 on Superdrug.
We can all admit that when it comes to cleaning makeup brushes we would rather avoid it for as long as possible…
I spotted this interesting looking Unicorn cleaning pad in Primark for £1.50, it’s a rubber cleaning pad with all sorts of different areas to swirl brushes around.
I teamed it up with the Revolution Brush Cleaner and simply swirled my brushes around and pad and it worked a treat!
I found with the dotted area it worked best for eyeshadow brushes whereas the centre of the unicorns face worked great for larger brushes.
I have brushes from different brands which worked fine without losing any hair, it worked fab with flat foundation brushes and even removed dark eyeshadow colours.
At first I wondered if it was just a gimmick to play on the popular unicorn trend but it is a great accessory to get hold of and does the job perfectly.
The only ‘bad’ thing I found was that every so often it needed washing to remove excess product before resuming to brush cleaning and it did stain slightly once I’d finishes but for £1.50 who cares.
If you’re looking for a cheap and affordable way to clean your brushes then I would recommend checking out the Primark cleaning pads.
As stated in a previous post I picked up a couple of mascaras to try out from Primark costing the small price tag of £2 each. The final mascara to test is the PS Lash Contour which claims to give a 3d curl, length and mega volume.
This mascara has an interesting wand which I haven’t really seen before from any other brands and it’s a plastic brush which I personally prefer.
I’m going to be totally honest here and say I was not that impressed by this mascara, I know it’s only £2 but I found the formula incredibly dry so it wasn’t easy to build up.
I liked how the mascara looked but I wouldn’t say it gave mega volume, it did give a curl as stated but I feel it would have been much more better if it wasn’t so dry.
If you want to try any Primark mascaras I would say to maybe consider the other ones available first.
Primark beauty is cruelty free!
Kat Von D beauty has been around for 10 years now with one of the holy grail products being the Tattoo Liner pen, I don’t tend to buy high end products but I have recently picked up some bits from the KVD range.
The tattoo liner retails for £17 is waterproof, super black and easy to apply.
I love the brand packaging as it makes a statement and is different to what you usually see from brands.
This shade is called Trooper Black which is a deep black eyeliner which is what you want and doesn’t need layering up to get the colour pay off.
As you can see it has a fine nib which makes it really precise to create your desired look and the pen is comfortable to hold. I am not the best at eyeliner but with this pen it makes it a whole lot easier to create super quick wings.
Whilst the pen is waterproof and doesn’t smudge it is easily removed with makeup wipes which I was worried about being an issue as some waterproof products take ages to remove.
As a whole I really like this product and believe it is worth the hype!
If you read my May Favourites post then you’ll know that I’ve been loving the Delicious Destinations body mists. The body mists come in a range of different scents and retail for £3.99 for 100ml (currently £1.98 on offer).
“Take a walk through the jungle where wild exotic fruit notes are tangled with tropical & enticing oriental floral tones”
For a 30ml of Gucci Bamboo you’re looking at around £49, for a 100ml of Jungle its around £3.99 at most.
Funnily enough there are no notes of kiwi or palm leaf in Gucci Bamboo which I find strange so they may share other notes not mentioned on the Jungle bottle but to me personally they smell so similar and I’d much rather pay £1.98/£3.99 instead of splashing out £50.
A great thing about the body mist is that it does tend to last well on clothes and is small enough to keep in your bag to spritz throughout the day, as it is cheap anyway it does not matter how often it gets used where as I don’t tend to overspray Gucci.
Does anybody else think its a good match?
Let me know any dupes you know of in the comments below! 🙂
*Available at Superdrug