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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray

Earlier this year, L'Oréal finally unleashed their best selling and ever hyped setting spray - L'Oréal Infalliable Pro Set and Spray Make Up Extender Setting Spray within the UK/I.R.E; a mouthful to say but a great budget option none the less. What may have slipped under the radar due to the L'Oréal fuss, is the slightly cheaper but just as great, Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray - I guess the first "dupe" is always going to be the one that generates the most attention? A shame really when this a wonderful option that will save you a few pennies to boot too.

The Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray may not have the slick appearance of the L'Oréal nor Urban Decay setting sprays for that matter, but I urge you to look beyond the white and red bottle. One of the most important aspects of a setting spray - formulation aside - is how the product is dispensed; ideally you are looking for a super fine mist that evenly coats the skin without drenching the complexion, all of which the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray delivers and with ease. Simply hold the bottle of the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray at arms length, close your eyes and mist on the skin - it really couldn't be more straight forward.

Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray

As you may have noticed, most setting sprays do tend to be infused with various vitamins and skin saving ingredients so that they not only set make-up but also act as a skin treatment too? This is not the case with the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray, to be cost efficient Maybelline have stripped back the ingredients to the bare basics. As such no, the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray won't deeply hydrate, nor protect your skin against the elements but it will lock your make-up firmly in place. Which is really all most of us will require from a setting spray - if you want skincare like benefits surely you turn to skincare products?

Yes, the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray is fairly basic but it does all it claims to and a little more, all the while being oil free and comfortable to wear. As you'd expect, Maybelline's first setting spray does just that - it sets your make-up in place without changing the finish or colour of any product it is sprayed over. Admittedly this is not a claim that you will find on the side of the bottle or general marketing bumph, but I have found that this gentle mist, does a great job of keeping oil at bay, and without further dehydrating my skin to boot. If you really struggle with oily skin (and/or perhaps live in a balmy environment), you can substitute the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray in place of your normal primer for a little more grit before make-up application. Not only is Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray completely translucent but it is weightless, breathable and generally a joy to wear. I can't think of a better budget option.

Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Setting Spray £6.99/75ml via Superdrug - link.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream Review and Swatches

Instagram has a lot to answer for, mainly our ever dwindling bank accounts and certain make-up obsessions; one such being the perfect glow. Yes glow - shimmer and glitter based products need not apply because now we crave a finish far more sophisticated and dare I say camera ready finish - a real life filter if you will. The newest promise of social media ready skin comes via The Body Shop in the form of The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream line; a range of three, light infusing skin bases that promise radiant skin as well as an even skin tone in one quick step. Perfect not only for close ups but also the warmer weather in general.

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream Review and Swatches
The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream Review and Swatches

Not only has the finish of The Body Shop Instaglow CC Creams been created with Instagram in mind but the packaging is very "Insta" friendly too. The super glossy, metallic-come-pastel hued tubes certainly photograph well and look great in any photo grid, as well as being utterly practical. The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream range features soft, squeezable tubes complete with a needle point nozzle for ease of use - a gentle push will release a small amount of product, all without leaks, spills and waste.

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream Review and Swatches

Rather than offering a one shade suit suits all approach - which seldom, if ever works all that well - The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream collection offers three shades: one each for light, medium and deep complexions. Much like any CC Cream, the The Body Shop Instaglow CC Creams do somewhat adjust and adapt to compliment your natural skin tone; it is recommended that if you are between shades, that you select the lighter of the two options - it will be more flattering and of course, easier to work with in terms of blending into the skin.

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream Review and Swatches

Above is all three shades and then Peach Glow, swatched and blended out - as you can see it is more creamy than radiant.

So far, so good huh? Well that is until you factor in the glow element - the one aspect that seemingly sets this product aside from every other CC cream - and realise that it is lacking. There is next to no sheen, let alone high definition glow to make this product a contender for the Instagram crown. As a base product, The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream range will somewhat brighten and even the skin tone out, all without emphasising enlarged pores and fine lines, complete with a comfortable, lightweight and breathable texture (and an SPF20). The glow factor may be lacking but don't write this CC cream off just yet: it is not only easy to apply, buildable and long-wearing but add a light dusting of setting powder, and you have an ideal everyday base for the Summer.

Sadly The Body Shop Instaglow CC Creams won't have you disregarding your favourite highlighter just yet, but they do offer a quick and easy, brightening base, that could be the perfect fuss-free addition to your Summer make-up bag.

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream £14/25ml each - link.




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Summer 2016 Woodwick Candles Review

Slowly but surely candles have become ridiculously expensive, I mean I enjoy luxurious home décor but when it feels like you are burning ten pound notes suddenly the scent of fig doesn't seem all that appealing. As much as I enjoy, own and purchase Yankee Candles it is nice to step away from the norm every now and then, and embrace lesser known but equally as affordable and wonderful brands. If you have yet to try Woodwick Candles, my gosh are you in for a treat; you'll wonder how you ever survived without the comforting crackling wood sound in the background, and of course the rich welcoming aromas too. Summer may not be the season of the humble candle but my two recent fruity Woodwick acquisitions might just change your mind.

Summer 2016 Woodwick Candles Review
Summer 2016 Woodwick Candles Review

As you can most likely see, each Woodwick Candle features a wooden wick hence the name. Now this isn't some delightful novelty feature rather this enhances the whole home fragrance experience, and adds a certain warm and ambience that other candles lack. You see once lit, each Woodwick Candle crackles and flickers away in the background much like a roaring fire, or in the case of Summer a beach bonfire or even a BBQ grill. I find that the scent somewhat dictates where your imagination will take you in terms of sound; light, fruity notes - the beach at night, deep, intense fragrances - a traditional log fire.

Summer 2016 Woodwick Candles Review
Summer 2016 Woodwick Candles Review

So if you want to turn your home into a tropical paradise there are two fruity Woodwick scents you need to try - heck if you are feeling particularly fancy you can burn both at the same time for your own at-home oasis. If you enjoy bright lemon scents that are sharp, zingy and not overly sweet then you need to try Woodwick Candle in Lemon, it is so uplifting and perfect for chasing away any weekday rain clouds. Now on paper, I didn't think that Pineapple would translate well into a home fragrance scent but it is nothing other than spectacular. It is a sunny, sweet fragrance that reminds me of fruit salads and ice pops - it truly couldn't be perfect for the warmer weather be it for day or evening use.

You can find both of the aforementioned Woodwick candles via Love Aroma store for £17.99 each - link.




5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try

A good mascara is like a bus, you wait for one to come along and then all of a sudden a whole gaggle shows up. If you have been searching high and low for a great, affordable mascara that adds an abundance of volume to your lashes, look no further because I have found no less than five wonderful options that will suit every need and budget.

5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try
5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try

Gosh Rebel Eyes Mascara £6.99 via Superdrug - link.
As a huge fan of Benefit's Rollerlash Mascara but not so much the less than oily skin friendly formulation (spoiler - it smudges), I have been forever on the lookout for an alternative and found it in the aisles of Superdrug. Gosh Rebel Eyes Mascara is a great, long wearing, light formulation that gently coats each eyelash, thickening as it goes. If that is not enough, the spoon shape and moulded brush features tiny hooks, to gently grip each lash, stretching and curling as it goes for an eye opening effect. It doesn't smudge, it doesn't flake and it contains Sea Buckthorn to continuously condition and protect the eyelashes - Benefit who?

5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try
5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try

Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara £9.99 via Boots - link.
If a no frills, truly volumising mascara is all you desire then stop what you are doing and order a tube (or two) of Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara. This mascara is the perfect choice if you already have naturally long eyelashes - it is lighter than light, yet gives the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes in two quick coats, three for a false lash effect. The large, natural brush may not be the best for applying to the lower eyelashes but it is perfect for teasing and pulling, longer lashes to their full potential without being harsh. If like myself you have small eyes and/or straight eyelashes, I do recommend you skip this as the large brush can be a little messy and not really suited to your needs.

5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try
5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try

MUA Eye Define Volume, Nourish & Care Mascara £3 via Superdrug - link.Oil enriched mascaras are everywhere at the moment and every much a welcomed addition to any beauty bag, as not only do you gain thick, black lashes but also a daily conditioning treatment too. MUA Eye Define Volume, Nourish & Care Mascara features avocado oil to gently nourish and protect the lashes; meaning with daily use, you may find your eyelashes are stronger and less prone to fall out. As a mascara MUA Eye Define Volume, Nourish & Care Mascara does all it says it will on the tin (or tube), it evenly coats every lash root to tip, adds a little volume and is comfortable to wear. As someone with oily skin, I did find that around the six hour mark I had to wipe away the odd smudge on my brow bone, but other than that I can not complain.

5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try
5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try

Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara £3 via Wilko - link.
Cheap, cheerful and super soft; if you are tired of heavy, weighty mascaras that pull down your lashes, with dry, prone to flaking formulations, you need to try Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara. The tapered style of the Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara means you can easily capture even the smallest of lashes, for a natural, full lash effect with next to no effort. I will say that out of all of the mascaras featured within this post, this offers the most subtle approach making it a great, everyday choice or the ideal option for blending real eyelashes in with a strip of false lashes. Although Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara may not be waterproof, it does not smudge, smear nor flake, and can withstand a little rain shower too.

5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try
5 Volumising Budget Friendly Mascaras To Try

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara £4.99 via Boots -link.
If ever there was a mascara to be considered the best all round option of all time Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. This iconic pink and green tube (I have the limited edition NYC version hence the black lid but rest assure it is normally green) will forever be a staple of mine and many, many others as it always delivers. The natural fibre, long and thin brush, quickly grips all sizes of lashes, adds both length and volume, coupled with a lightweight, survive all weather conditions formula. To try it, is to love it - trust me on this one.

Is there any other budget beauty mascara that I should add to this list, or try out for that matter - hook a gal up!






Monday, May 23, 2016

The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette Review

Budget friendly fragrance is so, so hit and miss, and normally the latter if we are being entirely honest. The problem seems to be that the more affordable fragrances are either sickly sweet and aimed at pre-teens or reek heavily of alcohol; there seems to be no real middle ground. Typically I do gravitate towards more expensive eau de toilettes and eau de parfum's because I know what to expect and do feel that when I spend more, I get more. However for every rule there is an exception and for the world of discounted fragrance that happens to be The Body Shop, notably the new The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette.

The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette Review

Now this is not a criticism as I personally more than enjoy coconut and general beach-y inspired scents, be it tropical and fruity, or milky like a sunscreen, but they are the norm and almost expected come the first sign of sunshine. What is often ignored is bright, exotic and warm floral scents - fragrances that are reminiscent of a walk around a warm location at night, with a soft breeze trailing the aroma of any night time blossoms and a general carefree attitude. Admittedly this is not the easiest thing to bottle but The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette has seemingly managed the impossible.

The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette Review

The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette is perhaps best described as a bold, and all together green-come-sharp floral scent - this is not your usual, gentle summer fragrance launch, this has a lot of body and will stick around for hours after application. Weirdly The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette does contain fruity and soft notes such as bergamot, orange, coconut and vanilla but they are not at all prominent, even on the dry down. Rather the real stars of this fragrance show is the floral notes of tiare flower, frangipani and ylang ylang.

It's green, it's floral, it's fresh, it has plenty of staying power and it is a different spin on the typical Summer ready fragrance - you need to try The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette, especially if all you do is dream of going on a tropical getaway...I mean don't we all?

The Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare Eau de Toilette £18/50ml - link.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 Review

Isn't the season of Summer just wonderful - warm weather, if you are lucky a trip or two away and perhaps less layers of clothing (a girl can dream huh?).What is not ideal in balmy conditions is an oily or dehydrated complexion, and the struggle of finding a suitable moisturiser to quench without overwhelming. Well ladies and gentlemen, I present The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 - your Summer secret weapon, regardless of your skin type and needs.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 Review

I don't really have much to voice in regards to The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 packaging, it is fairly simple, travel friendly and due to the opaque tube and in-built pump function it is sterile and super easy to use. I mean can you really ask for more? Not for £14 you can't...well you can but I doubt it will be found easily.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 Review
The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 Review

The first thing that made me stand up and take notice of The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 was the texture - the light weight, milky emulsion substance is not only great for oily complexions but anyone who enjoys a lighter-than-air consistency too. The other bonus of this being so light in texture is that it absorbs super quickly, and settles to an almost powder like finish (that is comfortable to wear), making it the perfect base for make-up application or general oil control - before make-up or not.

Now don't let the fact that this is a light fluid based moisturiser fool you, it is deeply nourishing and loaded full of important and skin boosting ingredients such as: antioxidant properties to protect against free radicals and general environment damage, Biofermented Hyaluronic Acid for continued moisture. This is of course along with Vitamin E to plump, refine and offer a little anti-ageing benefits. If that is not enough, The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 also features broad spectrum UV protection to ensure the skin is protected on all fronts.

The next time you visit The Body Shop make sure you add this to your basket and thank me later.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30/50ml £14 via The Body Shop - link.






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