Being by Sanctuary Spa Salted Caramel & Macadamia Body Scrub Review

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.

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Benefit Hoola Bronzer Review

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.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Swatch

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.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub Review

Sugar Crush is my absolute favourite scent by Soap & Glory and for a long time now I’ve been meaning to try the body scrub. I’ve already tried the body butter and body wash which I love!

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush

This 50ml is from a gift set, I’m not 100% sure if you can buy this separately but if you can the travel size items cost around £3; the full size is 300ml and costs £8. The packaging is simple and stands out and comes in the form of a screw top pot.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Scrub

The scrub smells fresh and divine, it’s a mixture of brown sugar, sea salt, lemon and sweet lime. It is thicker than other scrubs I’ve used but it isn’t a problem as it still glides on the skin and a little goes a long way.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

After use my skin felt soft, there was no irritation and it wasn’t drying. The scrub isn’t harsh so it can be used frequently but if you want a deeper exfoliation then you may want to try the Scrub ‘Em and Leave ‘Em body buff.

I would definitely recommend giving this a try and picking up Sugar Crush gift sets, there’s no better scent!

Pregnancy Skin Care Favourites

As the title suggests this post is all about the skin care products ive been using throughout pregnancy and have found quite useful. Currently I’m at 38 weeks and desperate for my little man to arrive! There are quite a few brands out there that cater specifically for pregnancy and ‘bump care’ but I have been using products that are suitable for everybody.

 

First of all is the shower products and if like me you have those sluggish days sometimes you just want a quick pamper and with the following products you can have just that.

Shower Products

A lifesaving product is the Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor, with its huge soap block around the blades it makes it quick and easy to shave without having to mess around with shaving gel etc.. I personally loved this product before pregnancy but I’ve appreciated it a whole lot more since! You can get it in sensitive which is pictured above or there’s a pink handled razor which I believe is shea butter. You can buy the razor heads separate so there’s no need to throw the whole thing away after use.

Body Scrubs: This isn’t really a necessity but for some soft exfoliation (especially when you get a dry bump!) then I’ve found Boots Extracts and Sanctuary Spa to be really gentle on the skin. My Boots scrub is actually a festive one from a few years ago but you can find a whole range of scents in store/online, it doesn’t feel like your traditional scrub and is quite soft to touch and doesn’t feel harsh on the skin or have harsh scrubbing particles in it.

The Sanctuary Spa Moisturising Butter Scrub is also a firm favourite of mine, it’s again a gentle scrub but without the need to moisturise after use, which when you get to the latter stages of pregnancy is a great thing. The only issue I have with the packaging is it isn’t very sturdy and can feel flimsy at times which makes it awkward to get the product out.

Finally a product I’ve only been using since pregnancy is the Nivea In Body Shower Moisturiser,  with this product you use your usual shower gel then step out of the water to apply the shower moisturizer to then wash it off and believe me your skin ends up so soft! The best way to use the product is to use as little as possible otherwise it can feel a bit greasy.

 

By no means are these products intended to help with common pregnancy issues such as stretchmark’s etc… they are just products that I found have made life a lot easier!

Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator Review

With so many skincare products on the market its hard to choose which brand to go for, what you may need in your daily routine and how often you should use the products in question.  

Well the Sanctuary Spa CLEANSE Radiance Exfoliator is perfect for all skin types, the gentle scrub reveals “smoother, brighter & healthy looking skin” or so it states on the tube and I have to agree that the product is great!

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I’ve only ever used body scrubs by this brand so when I received this mini facial scrub (15ml) in a Christmas gift set last year I was excited to give it a go. Whilst admittedly it isn’t the most attractive looking scrub it smells gorgeous and left my skin feeling soft and wasn’t drying.

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The scrub is gentle enough to use 2-3 times per week and as stated before its fine on all skin types, I have combination oily skin and I haven’t found any problems with it.  

On the back of the packaging it does state that the product is not tested on animals, however, there isn’t the leaping bunny logo and it does not state whether it is vegetarian or vegan friendly so you would have to check the ingredients carefully before purchasing.

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The full size bottle (100ml) usually retails at around £10 and can be purchased from Boots or the Sanctuary Spa website. The only criticism I could have for the exfoliator is that the packaging of the trial size does not match with the full size bottle, so if you were to forget the name for it and went out looking for the matching packaging then you could miss out or buy the wrong item.

Overall I would recommend this product, a little goes a long way so its sure to last which therefore makes the £10 price tag worth it.

No7 Tawny Rose Lipstick 

Looking for a lipstick with a satin feel? Then look no further, No7 has an amazing collection of Moisture Drench Lipsticks from gorgeous pink shades to beautiful plums and everything in between.

One of my favourites from this collection is the shade Tawny Rose, a nude pink colour with a lasting finish. The shade is perfect for those out there looking for the perfect nude lipstick which isn’t brown.

No7 Tawny Rose Lipstick

As you can see from the image it is a much loved lipstick… What No7 offers is a moisturising lipstick with intense colour and a satin/semi-satin finish.

Of course all products from this brand are hypo-allergenic so perfect for those with sensitive skin.  

No7 Tawny Rose

As ive already mentioned the lipstick has a lasting feel so you don’t have to worry about it coming off easily if you have a drink. It costs £9.95 and is currently on a 3 for 2 promotion.

Have you tried any of the Moisture Drench lipsticks?

No7 Velvet Lash Mascara

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.

No7 Velvet Lash Mascara

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.

No7 Velvet Lash WandThe 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  

Soap & Glory: Three Times Butter

Welcome back Soap & Glory fans, today’s post consists of the cute trio of butters set. Included in the set is the classic The Righteous Butter, a signature Soap and Glory piece, Sugar Crush and Smoothie Star.

Soap & Glory 3x Butter

The set was part of the Christmas collection for Boots and originally retailed for £8, it’s now on the half price sale if you are lucky enough to bag one in-store.

The packaging is quite quirky and girly and is great for a gift or to keep for yourself.

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The butters are the miniature (50ml) so are perfect for testing out before committing to the full size or for travel.

My favourite scent is the Sugar Crush which is lime, Smoothie Star smells like almonds and The Righteous Butter is scented with their Original Pink scent.

What’s your favourite body butter?

 

Soap & Glory: It’s The Whole She-Bang

Philip Colbert the designer of Rodnik collaborated with Soap and Glory to create ‘It’s the Whole She-Bang’. The design inspired by Pop Art features all over the large bag filled with popular Soap and Glory goodies.

The Whole She-Bang BagI managed to purchase the bag from Boots on the Star Gift other, after a lot of deliberation I finally took the plunge as I’d never actually used the brand before.

The bag includes 9 items for head to toe beauty…

The Whole She-Bang

What’s in the bag?

  • Scrub Of Your Life
  • The Righteous Butter: Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion
  • Hand Food
  • Heel Genius
  • Peaches and Clean: Deep Cleansing Milk
  • The Righteous Butter
  • Thick and Fast Mascara
  • Sexy Mother-Pucker: Rose and Shine

As you can see there’s a great selection of full sized products (minus the make up).

For my first real experience of Soap and Glory I am pleased with all the items minus the Sunkissed Tint but that is because I don’t use any fake tan related products.

I fell in love with the brand and cant wait to try more things in the future!

 

 

Boots Boxing Day Sale Haul 2014

The annual Boots Boxing Day sale consists of 50% off all Christmas gifts and Fragrance sets, this mini haul will show you what I managed to pick up for some great prices!

Cute or What Bath BagCute or What Wash Bag

I managed to get this cute wash bag set for £6 which includes a body wash, body butter, bubble bath and a small body puff. I picked up one of these last year which featured a fox bag, I love the consistency of the animal theme which changes each year.

Cute or WhatCute or What: Bath Fizzers and Lip Balm Trio

Continuing with the Cute or What brand I managed to pick up a trio of bath fizzers with a kitty design and a lip balm trio for £2.50 each. This is a great price and will make lovely gifts so it’s worth picking them up!

Fearne Bath CollectionFearne Bath SetFearneBath Set

A firm favourite of mine this year is from the Fearne Cotton collection. This set cost £5 and features a body puff, body butter, body wash, body scrub and a hand lotion all packaged neatly into a little drawer inspired box. The packaging for this looks great and the productshave a ‘musky aroma’ scent which is subtle yet smells amazing.

Sanctuary Spa Little Bag of TreatsSanctuary Spa: Little Bag of Treats

The final gift I picked up was this stunning little Sanctuary Spa set which is held together in a floral silk bag. The contents include a bath puff, body wash, body lotion and a body scrub. This set looks quite elegant so again it would make a great gift and best of all it only cost £4!

Sanctuary Spa BagHave you picked up anything from the Boots sale?

*Images taken on HTC Desire 610