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10 years of The Sunday Girl



On January the 1st, I celebrated 10 years of The Sunday Girl so although this post is a tad late, it is only fitting that I hit publish on a Sunday.

Initially this site was set up as a joke. My sister was staying over and I was waiting up to purchase the Nicki Minaj Pink Friday lipstick...what a throwback that is! I was working on a beauty counter back then, as such not only was I blowing all my wages on cosmetics but boring everyone near and dear with my constant chatter of new beauty products. I think at one point I even attempted to memorise every shade of MAC lipstick...what a sad little life you lead Jane.

Whilst watching Two and a Half Men and eating cheap, takeaway pizza (this post is highly scented by the delicate pong of nostalgia), my sister floated the idea of creating my own beauty blog. Admittedly I had no idea what that was nor how to really go about it but after a few google searches later, the very first incantation of The Sunday Girl was live. To say it was rough around the edges is an understatement; in fact it wasn’t even called “The Sunday Girl”, instead “The Crazy Bitch Beauty Gazette”- so professional and absolutely a play on a line from said, earlier mentioned Two and a Half Guys episode.

I later changed the name to Adrienne Adores after some gently persuasion from a PR (turns out brands don’t want to work with a blog that’s got the word “bitch” in the title...who knew) before settling on The Sunday Girl and as they say the rest is history.

Ten years is a long time, the entirety of my adulthood and in this instance the longest serving role I have ever had. Some days I can't quite believe that this little site provides me and income and other opportunities. I'm not great with giving nor following advice but if in any capacity you have ever dabbled with the idea of digital content creation, I say do it. It has changed my life for the better and for that I will be forever indebted to the old and dated platform that is Blogger.

Beauty blogging and the industry has changed all beyond recognition in the last 10 years and as such I’m not really sure what the future holds...then again, who does? What I can say for certain is that I am so grateful for everyone who reads this site and engages with my content on any platform. Thank you for sticking around and not only do I hope that 2021 is kinder to us all but I hope the next 10 years are filled with love, happiness and some of the fondest memories possible.


Thank you again, Adrienne x
  • Sunday, January 10, 2021

10 years of The Sunday Girl

10 years of The Sunday Girl



On January the 1st, I celebrated 10 years of The Sunday Girl so although this post is a tad late, it is only fitting that I hit publish on a Sunday.

Initially this site was set up as a joke. My sister was staying over and I was waiting up to purchase the Nicki Minaj Pink Friday lipstick...what a throwback that is! I was working on a beauty counter back then, as such not only was I blowing all my wages on cosmetics but boring everyone near and dear with my constant chatter of new beauty products. I think at one point I even attempted to memorise every shade of MAC lipstick...what a sad little life you lead Jane.

Whilst watching Two and a Half Men and eating cheap, takeaway pizza (this post is highly scented by the delicate pong of nostalgia), my sister floated the idea of creating my own beauty blog. Admittedly I had no idea what that was nor how to really go about it but after a few google searches later, the very first incantation of The Sunday Girl was live. To say it was rough around the edges is an understatement; in fact it wasn’t even called “The Sunday Girl”, instead “The Crazy Bitch Beauty Gazette”- so professional and absolutely a play on a line from said, earlier mentioned Two and a Half Guys episode.

I later changed the name to Adrienne Adores after some gently persuasion from a PR (turns out brands don’t want to work with a blog that’s got the word “bitch” in the title...who knew) before settling on The Sunday Girl and as they say the rest is history.

Ten years is a long time, the entirety of my adulthood and in this instance the longest serving role I have ever had. Some days I can't quite believe that this little site provides me and income and other opportunities. I'm not great with giving nor following advice but if in any capacity you have ever dabbled with the idea of digital content creation, I say do it. It has changed my life for the better and for that I will be forever indebted to the old and dated platform that is Blogger.

Beauty blogging and the industry has changed all beyond recognition in the last 10 years and as such I’m not really sure what the future holds...then again, who does? What I can say for certain is that I am so grateful for everyone who reads this site and engages with my content on any platform. Thank you for sticking around and not only do I hope that 2021 is kinder to us all but I hope the next 10 years are filled with love, happiness and some of the fondest memories possible.


Thank you again, Adrienne x


This year has been odd to say the least and I know for many - if not most - what we would all deem to be a normal Christmas isn't quite on the cards this time around. However, if you do chose to mark the festive season this year in the form of gifts under the tree (or perhaps more realistically in the back of a Royal Mail van), then may I walk you through a few beautiful, indulgent and oh so coveted gifts by Temple Spa.

 
Be it small tokens of affection or a large showstopper, there truly is a gift for everyone and every budget - not to mention that all of the gifting items come presented in the most divine packaging, saving you the fuss and additional cost of gift wrap!



I think 2020 will go down in history as the year we all squabbled over anti-bacterial soap and hand gel. Admittedly I have had my fill of soap to last me this lifetime and next but if someone you know has only just renovated their bathroom (or is simply very house-proud) then the Temple Spa Dream Stones Aromatic Soap Bars (£16) is a lovely and dare I say, rather thoughtful gift. This set contains three, elegant bars of triple milled soap - all of which are laced with skin-softening and mind-relaxing ingredients, including botanical and essential oils. 



Maybe soap isn't quite what you had in mind but rather something that your loved one can relax and unwind with come night fall? This year I suggest skipping the bath salts and dated body sets that line the Supermarket shelves and bestow a bottle of Temple Spa Restitude Relaxing & Comforting Bath Luxe  (£19/300ml) upon the weary on your "to buy" list. This beautiful bath elixir has been created to not only produce a cocooning mass of frothy bubbles to soothe aches and pains but is complimented by a luxurious fragrance that melts away stress and worries. 



The showstopper? Temple Spa Bon Voyage Spa Whenever You Are Collection (£25)- as the name suggests this is a bumper package of all the products you could possibly need to create your own little haven in the comfort of your home. From shower essentials such as shampoo, conditioner and shower gel to indulgent treats such as calming skin balms, you'll find it all neatly presented in this gift set.



Other gifts for the nesters amongst us include the luxurious Temple Spa Warm Welcome Spa Aromatic Diffuser (200ml/£38); a showstopper that instantly scents any room it resides in with warm, woody, spicy and seasonally appropriate notes of Juniper, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Patchouli. For those that prefer a little ambience alongside a home fragrance, there is the Temple Spa Warm Glow Spa Aromatic Candle (200g/£25). A woodland inspired candle both in design and scent that not only provides a glorious glow once lit but fills the entire home with crisp, uplifting yet altogether warming notes of Grapefruit, Bergamot and Orange to name a few.



What do you buy the person that has it all? Lip balm. No seriously, everyone needs a lip balm and who amongst us can truly say that they have enough lip balms to see out the season of Winter? Exactly. A great little kit that is handy in more ways than one is the Temple Spa Read My Lips Gift Set (£19). Inside a reusable pouch is three, pocket-sized products to ensure that chapped lips are a thing of the past. From an exfoliating lip scrub to a deeply nourishing lip balm and even a tinted yet protective lip colour, it is all inside this nifty little kit.



Skincare, in my opinion is what Temple Spa do best and they have a great range of gift sets that will be suitable for just about all skin types and needs. The Temple Spa The Great Defender (£30) is a fantastic introduction not only to the brand but SPF in general; this little green box contains a full sized Temple Spa SPF30 Protecting Moisturiser and SPF 30 Protecting Lip Balm. 



The gift you might want to keep to yourself? The Temple Spa Absolute Truffle, The Creme de la Creme Skin Collection (£65). A back-to-back, bumper selection of Temple Spa, Truffle award-winners that offer not only rest and relaxation, in one neat little package but a pretty stellar skincare routine too. From a radiance boosting moisturiser, eye cream, a face serum and even a face mask - you'll find it all within this kit and then some. Heck, it might even have you forgetting that Spa's once existed.

This is just a small selection of the gift sets and self-care products that Temple Spa have to offer, to view the full range please click here - link.



  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Christmas Gifting Ideas with Temple Spa



This year has been odd to say the least and I know for many - if not most - what we would all deem to be a normal Christmas isn't quite on the cards this time around. However, if you do chose to mark the festive season this year in the form of gifts under the tree (or perhaps more realistically in the back of a Royal Mail van), then may I walk you through a few beautiful, indulgent and oh so coveted gifts by Temple Spa.

 
Be it small tokens of affection or a large showstopper, there truly is a gift for everyone and every budget - not to mention that all of the gifting items come presented in the most divine packaging, saving you the fuss and additional cost of gift wrap!



I think 2020 will go down in history as the year we all squabbled over anti-bacterial soap and hand gel. Admittedly I have had my fill of soap to last me this lifetime and next but if someone you know has only just renovated their bathroom (or is simply very house-proud) then the Temple Spa Dream Stones Aromatic Soap Bars (£16) is a lovely and dare I say, rather thoughtful gift. This set contains three, elegant bars of triple milled soap - all of which are laced with skin-softening and mind-relaxing ingredients, including botanical and essential oils. 



Maybe soap isn't quite what you had in mind but rather something that your loved one can relax and unwind with come night fall? This year I suggest skipping the bath salts and dated body sets that line the Supermarket shelves and bestow a bottle of Temple Spa Restitude Relaxing & Comforting Bath Luxe  (£19/300ml) upon the weary on your "to buy" list. This beautiful bath elixir has been created to not only produce a cocooning mass of frothy bubbles to soothe aches and pains but is complimented by a luxurious fragrance that melts away stress and worries. 



The showstopper? Temple Spa Bon Voyage Spa Whenever You Are Collection (£25)- as the name suggests this is a bumper package of all the products you could possibly need to create your own little haven in the comfort of your home. From shower essentials such as shampoo, conditioner and shower gel to indulgent treats such as calming skin balms, you'll find it all neatly presented in this gift set.



Other gifts for the nesters amongst us include the luxurious Temple Spa Warm Welcome Spa Aromatic Diffuser (200ml/£38); a showstopper that instantly scents any room it resides in with warm, woody, spicy and seasonally appropriate notes of Juniper, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Patchouli. For those that prefer a little ambience alongside a home fragrance, there is the Temple Spa Warm Glow Spa Aromatic Candle (200g/£25). A woodland inspired candle both in design and scent that not only provides a glorious glow once lit but fills the entire home with crisp, uplifting yet altogether warming notes of Grapefruit, Bergamot and Orange to name a few.



What do you buy the person that has it all? Lip balm. No seriously, everyone needs a lip balm and who amongst us can truly say that they have enough lip balms to see out the season of Winter? Exactly. A great little kit that is handy in more ways than one is the Temple Spa Read My Lips Gift Set (£19). Inside a reusable pouch is three, pocket-sized products to ensure that chapped lips are a thing of the past. From an exfoliating lip scrub to a deeply nourishing lip balm and even a tinted yet protective lip colour, it is all inside this nifty little kit.



Skincare, in my opinion is what Temple Spa do best and they have a great range of gift sets that will be suitable for just about all skin types and needs. The Temple Spa The Great Defender (£30) is a fantastic introduction not only to the brand but SPF in general; this little green box contains a full sized Temple Spa SPF30 Protecting Moisturiser and SPF 30 Protecting Lip Balm. 



The gift you might want to keep to yourself? The Temple Spa Absolute Truffle, The Creme de la Creme Skin Collection (£65). A back-to-back, bumper selection of Temple Spa, Truffle award-winners that offer not only rest and relaxation, in one neat little package but a pretty stellar skincare routine too. From a radiance boosting moisturiser, eye cream, a face serum and even a face mask - you'll find it all within this kit and then some. Heck, it might even have you forgetting that Spa's once existed.

This is just a small selection of the gift sets and self-care products that Temple Spa have to offer, to view the full range please click here - link.



Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review

With bamboo make-up removing pads, quickly becoming the norm for many of us, you may be on the lookout for other reusable cleansing methods? If so, you may be interested in the rather cute but beyond practical Cleanzi Mitt.

Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review

As pretty as the physical Cleanzi Mitt happens to be, I urge you to look beyond this and don’t fob it off as a novelty product. Rather this is a clever cleansing aide, that will quickly becomes a staple in many daily routines - so much so, that after a week of trial, I do find myself a little lost without my Cleanzi Mitt when it is in the washing machine.

Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review
Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review

The Cleanzi Mitt is fairly multi-purpose and offers dual cleansing options; one side is constructed of a soft, micro-fibre material to offer gentle yet effective cleansing and the other, is a slightly rougher in texture pad, to help exfoliate the face and neck. Now Cleanzi do not market their mitt with the intention of using it on the body, nor do they claim that it is great at removing self-tanner but curiosity did get the better of me. I can gladly report that not only does it leave the skin feeling soft and supple but it removes even the toughest of fake tan stains.

Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review

For me the biggest draw to the Cleanzi Mitt is it’s size, sure I use and enjoy Bamboo Pads but I have to use several per cleanse which quickly amounts up. With the Cleanzi Mitt it’s a one-and-done type of scenario meaning I don’t have to route around my bathroom for several pads, wipes or face cloths. As an added bonus the Cleanzi Mitt is machine washable and will remain as good as new for up to 350 washes too.

You can find the Cleanzi Mitt £13.95 via Amazon - link.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Cleanzi Mitt Review

Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review

With bamboo make-up removing pads, quickly becoming the norm for many of us, you may be on the lookout for other reusable cleansing methods? If so, you may be interested in the rather cute but beyond practical Cleanzi Mitt.

Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review

As pretty as the physical Cleanzi Mitt happens to be, I urge you to look beyond this and don’t fob it off as a novelty product. Rather this is a clever cleansing aide, that will quickly becomes a staple in many daily routines - so much so, that after a week of trial, I do find myself a little lost without my Cleanzi Mitt when it is in the washing machine.

Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review
Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review

The Cleanzi Mitt is fairly multi-purpose and offers dual cleansing options; one side is constructed of a soft, micro-fibre material to offer gentle yet effective cleansing and the other, is a slightly rougher in texture pad, to help exfoliate the face and neck. Now Cleanzi do not market their mitt with the intention of using it on the body, nor do they claim that it is great at removing self-tanner but curiosity did get the better of me. I can gladly report that not only does it leave the skin feeling soft and supple but it removes even the toughest of fake tan stains.

Cleanzi SkinbySam Cleansing Mitt Review

For me the biggest draw to the Cleanzi Mitt is it’s size, sure I use and enjoy Bamboo Pads but I have to use several per cleanse which quickly amounts up. With the Cleanzi Mitt it’s a one-and-done type of scenario meaning I don’t have to route around my bathroom for several pads, wipes or face cloths. As an added bonus the Cleanzi Mitt is machine washable and will remain as good as new for up to 350 washes too.

You can find the Cleanzi Mitt £13.95 via Amazon - link.

Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review

Somewhere along the line, I temporarily became a little snobbish towards high street brands and stopped paying attention to dare I say it - budget beauty launches. I partly blame lockdown, not being out and about, meant I mostly just bought and therefore used, tried and true products. Over the last 6 months purchases of this nature in general, have been sparse and frankly my interest did somewhat wane; it simply felt wrong to spend a lot of money on such frivolous items, when financially things weren’t great for 99.9% of the population - myself included.

Said guilt has somewhat dissipated and I have been into Superdrug at least twice since lockdown restrictions were lifted (bear in mind I live in Scotland). In a way, it was nice to just fritter away a little of the day pouring over new launches but at the same time, I was conscious that I don’t need to try everything new and shiny. However with Winter now knocking on our doors, I’d be doing the beauty world a disservice if I didn’t sit down and share a few thoughts on the Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm.

Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review


Now that it is getting colder outside, you may be starting to re-think your current skincare routine? It is always around this time of the year, that I reconsider what I use to cleanse (and of course moisturise) my face, favouring more nourishing options. Previously I had been using a CeraVe Cleanser and as good as it was, I found combined with the suddenly chilly weather, with each passing use, my skin was beginning to feel tight immediately after rinsing clean. As such, I knew it was time to switch to a cleansing balm and with Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm sat pretty in the wings, there really was no time quite like the present.

Although described as a cleansing balm, the texture of Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm is more akin to a cleansing milk; it is a light, loose, liquid not a firm balm. In a way this sort of adds to its charm, not to mention ease of use. Sure it’s not as luxurious as say the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm but it doesn’t pretend to be, nor is it remotely close in terms of price. Due to the liquid-like texture, it effortlessly glides onto the skin, feeling both calming and moisturising. To remove you simply wipe clean with a hot flannel, taking off all traces of make-up, dirt and grime. 

Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review


Admittedly the Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm is targeted at dry skin types, however I’ve been using it fairly consistently for a good few weeks now and it has not caused my typically oily/acne prone skin any issues. If anything, I find it to be rather comforting on my often stressed out complexion. I also must vouch that it does entirely live up to the “no clogged pores” claim, as well as not resulting in dry or tight skin.

Rather annoyingly, Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm are a tad vague in terms of describing what each core ingredient within the product does but the heavy hitters are: Vitamin E (an antioxidant that helps strengthen the skin barrier), Vitamin B3 (helps to retain moisture) and Pro-Vitamin B5 (helps to smooth and soften the texture of the skin). There is also the addition of the rather ambiguous “caring oils” which really is open to interpretation to what they may be?

Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review
Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm


Now here is where I do have to be blunt in stating that you must remove every scrap of the Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm, each and every time you use it, as it contains a fairly decent amount of Petroleum (the third ingredient overall). If any traces of such ingredient is left to fester on the skin you will break out sooner or later. As previously mentioned, I have experienced no issues with this balm whatsoever but I am diligent in the removal process. 

Is Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm my all time favourite cleanser of its type? In a word no. I however, truly do believe you would be hard pushed to find a better cleansing balm suited to weather beaten skin.

 Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm £3.99/150ml - link.

  • Monday, November 16, 2020

The £3.99 Balm Cleanser for Winter Skin Needs

Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review

Somewhere along the line, I temporarily became a little snobbish towards high street brands and stopped paying attention to dare I say it - budget beauty launches. I partly blame lockdown, not being out and about, meant I mostly just bought and therefore used, tried and true products. Over the last 6 months purchases of this nature in general, have been sparse and frankly my interest did somewhat wane; it simply felt wrong to spend a lot of money on such frivolous items, when financially things weren’t great for 99.9% of the population - myself included.

Said guilt has somewhat dissipated and I have been into Superdrug at least twice since lockdown restrictions were lifted (bear in mind I live in Scotland). In a way, it was nice to just fritter away a little of the day pouring over new launches but at the same time, I was conscious that I don’t need to try everything new and shiny. However with Winter now knocking on our doors, I’d be doing the beauty world a disservice if I didn’t sit down and share a few thoughts on the Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm.

Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review


Now that it is getting colder outside, you may be starting to re-think your current skincare routine? It is always around this time of the year, that I reconsider what I use to cleanse (and of course moisturise) my face, favouring more nourishing options. Previously I had been using a CeraVe Cleanser and as good as it was, I found combined with the suddenly chilly weather, with each passing use, my skin was beginning to feel tight immediately after rinsing clean. As such, I knew it was time to switch to a cleansing balm and with Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm sat pretty in the wings, there really was no time quite like the present.

Although described as a cleansing balm, the texture of Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm is more akin to a cleansing milk; it is a light, loose, liquid not a firm balm. In a way this sort of adds to its charm, not to mention ease of use. Sure it’s not as luxurious as say the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm but it doesn’t pretend to be, nor is it remotely close in terms of price. Due to the liquid-like texture, it effortlessly glides onto the skin, feeling both calming and moisturising. To remove you simply wipe clean with a hot flannel, taking off all traces of make-up, dirt and grime. 

Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review


Admittedly the Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm is targeted at dry skin types, however I’ve been using it fairly consistently for a good few weeks now and it has not caused my typically oily/acne prone skin any issues. If anything, I find it to be rather comforting on my often stressed out complexion. I also must vouch that it does entirely live up to the “no clogged pores” claim, as well as not resulting in dry or tight skin.

Rather annoyingly, Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm are a tad vague in terms of describing what each core ingredient within the product does but the heavy hitters are: Vitamin E (an antioxidant that helps strengthen the skin barrier), Vitamin B3 (helps to retain moisture) and Pro-Vitamin B5 (helps to smooth and soften the texture of the skin). There is also the addition of the rather ambiguous “caring oils” which really is open to interpretation to what they may be?

Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review
Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm


Now here is where I do have to be blunt in stating that you must remove every scrap of the Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm, each and every time you use it, as it contains a fairly decent amount of Petroleum (the third ingredient overall). If any traces of such ingredient is left to fester on the skin you will break out sooner or later. As previously mentioned, I have experienced no issues with this balm whatsoever but I am diligent in the removal process. 

Is Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm my all time favourite cleanser of its type? In a word no. I however, truly do believe you would be hard pushed to find a better cleansing balm suited to weather beaten skin.

 Olay Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Balm £3.99/150ml - link.



Is there anything cuter than mini beauty products? I think not, especially in regards to mini MAC lipsticks: the sweetest, dinkiest little products around that are deceivingly practical and come in a wide array of shades including all the cult favourites such as Velvet Teddy and beyond. If that’s not enough, there’s an entire range of MAC mini’s waiting to be discovered, regardless if all your summer entails is a brisk stroll around the park, let alone an exotic holiday.



Fairly freshly launched is the new MAC Fix + Vibes Setting Sprays (£12): 7 new varieties, all with various scents and almost aromatherapy-like benefits. I am tempted to purchase the other 6 offerings within the range but as I only have one face, I settled on MAC Fix + Calm. As you can imagine, it is fairly gently scented and aims to help the user relax as well as setting make-up and/or refreshing the complexion. In my opinion, it almost reminds me in terms of fragrance as ringing close to fabric softener? It’s not awful but in hindsight, I’d probably pick a different option - maybe something more fruity? Regardless, it’s great to see brands embrace the ideal of wellness alongside cosmetics.



One of the products a lot of people seem to find intimidating is MAC Strobe CreamI get it, it’s one of those beauty items that’s everyone seems to love but very few, tend to explain how they use it. In essence it is a liquid-come-cream highlighter but a subtle one at that, it delivers more of a glow to the skin for a radiant finish rather than a blinding flash of light. To use, you can apply all over the face (and body), to targeted areas, use with or without make-up and of course mix it into all manner of bases. If you still aren’t completely sold, then snap up a mini MAC Strobe Cream  (£10)(I have the shade Pinklite) and then decide if it is for you. Heck even if you are a fan and want to try a new shade, then the mini option is also for you as a little goes a long way.



The MAC product I’ve never really understood? MAC C-Thru Lipglass (£12), just about every person I know adores this milky-almost-transparent nude hue and yet I’ve never quite been nearly as enamours as everyone else. I’ve popped it in my online basket several times only to wuss out at the final hurdle, that was until I found it in mini form. Now that I’ve tried it, I’ll admit that it is a nice enough shade but I’m still not completely enamoured and doubt I’ll reach for this often. That’s the beauty of the mini sizes, it’s a lot easier to use them up (especially the items you aren’t fully sold on) to avoid product guilt.


Due to the bulky packaging of MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara (£12) it doesn’t exactly appear to be mini but for those that are regular travellers, rest assure it is a fairly compact 4g in weight and more than complies to the TSA flight requirements. As a mascara it pains me to say, it is fairly average but does deliver a good level of volume and is ultra black. If you have good natural eyelashes you’ll probably enjoy this more than those amongst us with fine, straight lashes.



And now we circle back to the ever admired and collected MAC Mini Lipsticks (£10). For the longest time I’ve been meaning to try the MAC lipstick shade Please Me but as I’m so fickle - and frankly need another pink lipstick like a hole in the head- I decided that a mini was the only way to go. Frankly given the recent price hike within MAC lipsticks (£17.50 each) this may be the way forward. I’m pleased to say (geddit?) that MAC Please Me is a delightful, dusty rose hue that works wonderfully both as a lipstick and a cream blush.

There’s a lot of MAC products that have been given the mini make-over treatment, sadly foundation and cheek products have yet to make such list but here’s hoping one day they join the ranks.



  • Friday, September 04, 2020

MAC Minis - Overview



Is there anything cuter than mini beauty products? I think not, especially in regards to mini MAC lipsticks: the sweetest, dinkiest little products around that are deceivingly practical and come in a wide array of shades including all the cult favourites such as Velvet Teddy and beyond. If that’s not enough, there’s an entire range of MAC mini’s waiting to be discovered, regardless if all your summer entails is a brisk stroll around the park, let alone an exotic holiday.



Fairly freshly launched is the new MAC Fix + Vibes Setting Sprays (£12): 7 new varieties, all with various scents and almost aromatherapy-like benefits. I am tempted to purchase the other 6 offerings within the range but as I only have one face, I settled on MAC Fix + Calm. As you can imagine, it is fairly gently scented and aims to help the user relax as well as setting make-up and/or refreshing the complexion. In my opinion, it almost reminds me in terms of fragrance as ringing close to fabric softener? It’s not awful but in hindsight, I’d probably pick a different option - maybe something more fruity? Regardless, it’s great to see brands embrace the ideal of wellness alongside cosmetics.



One of the products a lot of people seem to find intimidating is MAC Strobe CreamI get it, it’s one of those beauty items that’s everyone seems to love but very few, tend to explain how they use it. In essence it is a liquid-come-cream highlighter but a subtle one at that, it delivers more of a glow to the skin for a radiant finish rather than a blinding flash of light. To use, you can apply all over the face (and body), to targeted areas, use with or without make-up and of course mix it into all manner of bases. If you still aren’t completely sold, then snap up a mini MAC Strobe Cream  (£10)(I have the shade Pinklite) and then decide if it is for you. Heck even if you are a fan and want to try a new shade, then the mini option is also for you as a little goes a long way.



The MAC product I’ve never really understood? MAC C-Thru Lipglass (£12), just about every person I know adores this milky-almost-transparent nude hue and yet I’ve never quite been nearly as enamours as everyone else. I’ve popped it in my online basket several times only to wuss out at the final hurdle, that was until I found it in mini form. Now that I’ve tried it, I’ll admit that it is a nice enough shade but I’m still not completely enamoured and doubt I’ll reach for this often. That’s the beauty of the mini sizes, it’s a lot easier to use them up (especially the items you aren’t fully sold on) to avoid product guilt.


Due to the bulky packaging of MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara (£12) it doesn’t exactly appear to be mini but for those that are regular travellers, rest assure it is a fairly compact 4g in weight and more than complies to the TSA flight requirements. As a mascara it pains me to say, it is fairly average but does deliver a good level of volume and is ultra black. If you have good natural eyelashes you’ll probably enjoy this more than those amongst us with fine, straight lashes.



And now we circle back to the ever admired and collected MAC Mini Lipsticks (£10). For the longest time I’ve been meaning to try the MAC lipstick shade Please Me but as I’m so fickle - and frankly need another pink lipstick like a hole in the head- I decided that a mini was the only way to go. Frankly given the recent price hike within MAC lipsticks (£17.50 each) this may be the way forward. I’m pleased to say (geddit?) that MAC Please Me is a delightful, dusty rose hue that works wonderfully both as a lipstick and a cream blush.

There’s a lot of MAC products that have been given the mini make-over treatment, sadly foundation and cheek products have yet to make such list but here’s hoping one day they join the ranks.



REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

For all those like myself who do not live in the vicinity of a Selfridges store, let alone London this post may not be for you - unless you enjoy the digital version of window shopping that is. If you do however find yourself blessed with a London postcode, grab your face mask and hot-foot it down to Selfridges, Oxford Street and witness the Ren Clean Skincare Pop Up Shop in person, which runs until October.

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

Right now Selfridges are doing some wonderful things as part of their Project Earth Commitment which includes the REN Clean Skin Pop Up Shop, featuring wonderfully effective skincare products, all of which are constructed using sustainable and recycled materials. REN are doing some wonderful things for our skin and planet, and as such have pledged to be a zero waste company by 2021 - as such every single REN product will feature packaging that is not only recycled but recyclable too, with many lines offering a reusable/refillable solution too. If that doesn't make you proud to use and recommend REN products, I'm not sure what else will.

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box
REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

Exclusive to the Selfridges Project Earth Commitment x REN Pop Up is the REN limited edition beauty box - which is also in collaboration with Silken Favours too. Inside the utterly stunning marine illustrated box (Silken Favours handiwork, completed with a recycled bow) you will find: three full sized REN skincare products, two mini items and one deluxe sample, beautifully combined with a Silken Favours, Seahorse drawstring wash bag. The box itself will set you back £115 but the contents are worth £153 so that's an appropriate saving of 25%!

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

Each of the products selected to be within the REN x Selfridges Project Earth Commitment have been selected for their groundbreaking ingredients, technology and/or packaging. Let me quickly run you through the contents are their star qualities:

- REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic; 7 skincare benefits in a sustainable 100% recycled plastic bottle. A wonderful, Vegan toner that is great for exfoliating the skin and creating a radiant complexion.

- REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream; a hydrating, night cream that helps to reduce discolouration (including those pesky marks blemishes leave behind) whilst you sleep at night. Again this is Vegan and when bought in full size the cap is constructed from 100% recycled plastic and the jar is completely recyclable too.

- REN Clean Clear Jelly Oil Cleanser; one of my all time favourite cleansers that has been clinically proven to remove SPF, pollution and even waterproof make-up without stripping the skin. The packaging is of course sustainable with the tube being constructed of 50% recycled plastic and the cap 100% recycled materials.

- REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream; this is a world first and the packaging of such wonder cream (more on that in a minute) is your chance to experience REN Infinity Packaging - packaging that has been completely broken down to make something new and should you then recycle said bottle, it will once again join the chain. Pretty amazing and something I hope becomes the norm. As for the cream itself, with all the skin issues such as irritation and chaffing that facial coverings are resulting in, REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream is a wonderful barrier to sooth, calm and moisturise.

- REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30; zero shine, zero chemical filters, and zero waste thanks to the recycled tube and cap. A great, mattifying facial sunscreen that my oily skin really enjoys, I find this makes a great base for make-up too.

- REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash; a wonderfully relaxing addition to any shower, the mineral rich formula helps to soothe and restore tired muscles (great for after the gym), whilst the recycled packaging that is sourced from discarded plastic bottles does its bit for the planet.

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

Sadly this is an in-store exclusive to the Oxford Street location but you can purchase all of the items inside separately should you wish. Fingers crossed there will be more REN Beauty Boxes and that they will be more accessible next time around too.

REN x Selfridges Project Earth Commitment Beauty Box £115 via Selfridges, Oxford Street, London.



  • Wednesday, September 02, 2020

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

For all those like myself who do not live in the vicinity of a Selfridges store, let alone London this post may not be for you - unless you enjoy the digital version of window shopping that is. If you do however find yourself blessed with a London postcode, grab your face mask and hot-foot it down to Selfridges, Oxford Street and witness the Ren Clean Skincare Pop Up Shop in person, which runs until October.

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

Right now Selfridges are doing some wonderful things as part of their Project Earth Commitment which includes the REN Clean Skin Pop Up Shop, featuring wonderfully effective skincare products, all of which are constructed using sustainable and recycled materials. REN are doing some wonderful things for our skin and planet, and as such have pledged to be a zero waste company by 2021 - as such every single REN product will feature packaging that is not only recycled but recyclable too, with many lines offering a reusable/refillable solution too. If that doesn't make you proud to use and recommend REN products, I'm not sure what else will.

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box
REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

Exclusive to the Selfridges Project Earth Commitment x REN Pop Up is the REN limited edition beauty box - which is also in collaboration with Silken Favours too. Inside the utterly stunning marine illustrated box (Silken Favours handiwork, completed with a recycled bow) you will find: three full sized REN skincare products, two mini items and one deluxe sample, beautifully combined with a Silken Favours, Seahorse drawstring wash bag. The box itself will set you back £115 but the contents are worth £153 so that's an appropriate saving of 25%!

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

Each of the products selected to be within the REN x Selfridges Project Earth Commitment have been selected for their groundbreaking ingredients, technology and/or packaging. Let me quickly run you through the contents are their star qualities:

- REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic; 7 skincare benefits in a sustainable 100% recycled plastic bottle. A wonderful, Vegan toner that is great for exfoliating the skin and creating a radiant complexion.

- REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream; a hydrating, night cream that helps to reduce discolouration (including those pesky marks blemishes leave behind) whilst you sleep at night. Again this is Vegan and when bought in full size the cap is constructed from 100% recycled plastic and the jar is completely recyclable too.

- REN Clean Clear Jelly Oil Cleanser; one of my all time favourite cleansers that has been clinically proven to remove SPF, pollution and even waterproof make-up without stripping the skin. The packaging is of course sustainable with the tube being constructed of 50% recycled plastic and the cap 100% recycled materials.

- REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream; this is a world first and the packaging of such wonder cream (more on that in a minute) is your chance to experience REN Infinity Packaging - packaging that has been completely broken down to make something new and should you then recycle said bottle, it will once again join the chain. Pretty amazing and something I hope becomes the norm. As for the cream itself, with all the skin issues such as irritation and chaffing that facial coverings are resulting in, REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream is a wonderful barrier to sooth, calm and moisturise.

- REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30; zero shine, zero chemical filters, and zero waste thanks to the recycled tube and cap. A great, mattifying facial sunscreen that my oily skin really enjoys, I find this makes a great base for make-up too.

- REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash; a wonderfully relaxing addition to any shower, the mineral rich formula helps to soothe and restore tired muscles (great for after the gym), whilst the recycled packaging that is sourced from discarded plastic bottles does its bit for the planet.

REN X Selfridges Project Earth Pop Up Shop and Beauty Box

Sadly this is an in-store exclusive to the Oxford Street location but you can purchase all of the items inside separately should you wish. Fingers crossed there will be more REN Beauty Boxes and that they will be more accessible next time around too.

REN x Selfridges Project Earth Commitment Beauty Box £115 via Selfridges, Oxford Street, London.



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