Archive, October 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Subculture Palette

T.K.Max has never been a place where I can find hidden gems. I know many people who can venture in and leave with lots of little treasures and find wonderful items and then there is me, whenever I pay a visit I always seem to leave empty-handed. However! The other week my luck changed when I wondered in for a quick look and I stumbled upon the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette!

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The packaging of the palette had no information about what shades or colours could be found inside its contents so I had a sneaky little look and instantly fell in love with the most perfect autumnal palette I have ever stumbled across.

Colours such as Edge, New Wave, All Star and Adorn scream Autumn and I feel the shades such as Axis, Rowdy, Untamed and Electric will carry you into the Festive season beautifully!

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Another selling point for this palette to me personally was how many matte shades are found inside, with 11 of the 14 shades being just that. I find that recently a lot of brands seem to go big on the amount of shimmer contained in a pallet and nobody thinks about the more wearable matte colours anymore which is needed to create a good base.

So far I have used all three shimmer shades of Cube, Adorn and Electric all which are beautiful (especially the latter) alongside Dawn, Mercury and Untamed. All of these colours are incredibly pigmented and seem to blend well which I was a little worried about if truth be told. The only downside is there seems to be a lot of fallout when I swirl my brush around in the pan but I can live with that in all honesty.

I am mega excited to use the colours Edge which is a perfect mustard colour and highly pigmented when I swatched it on to my arm, Roxy which again was highly pigmented and a beautiful warm peach colour, New wave which is another yellow shade but this one is more orangey in tone and All Star which is a beautiful berry red and I think it will pair beautifully with Mercury which is a warm tone gray colour.

I can not wait to see what wonderful grunge like looks I can create with this palette over the upcoming months and in the lead up to spring / summer next year. Let me know if you have this palette and what your favourite shade combinations are.

 

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Archive, October 2018

Lush: Rudolph Jelly Face Mask

There is no denying that I don’t love a good face mask, and Lush do some of the best face masks on the market. I have previously reviewed both their Bunny Moon and The Birth of Venus masks and I found them both to be fantastic so I was quite excited when I discovered Lush had added a new jelly face mask to their festive range.

This new face mask is named Rudolph and contains orange and cocoa powder to both help tone and brighten your complexion. Also the combination of these ingredients mean that this mask smells exactly like a Terry’s chocolate orange but not in a overpowering sickly way.

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I found the texture of this mask is similar to the Bunny Moon mask as it has a very creamy consistency once it is worked into a paste. Due to its smooth texture I found that it glides onto my skin quickly and with minimum effort meaning you can apply this mask within seconds with no fuss whatsoever.  I have been leaving the Rudolph facemask on for around 20 minutes and I have been pleasantly surprised on both occasions with how the mask / my skin doesn’t have that horrible tight feeling that many masks cause after they have dried out. Nope, I am still able to move my facial features when wearing this facemask without feeling like my face is turning to stone.

Once I come to remove the Rudolph facemask I have noticed it tends to dry a little bit like liquid latex and I am able to peel parts of the facemask off my face. It is an oddly satisfying feeling and I don’t feel as if I am damaging my skin in doing so. However, if the idea of peeling a mask off your face is not appealing then don’t worry, I have also found that you can remove this mask with some warm water and a face cloth.

After removing Rudolph my skin does look brighter and feels both firmer and smoother. Also, I have noticed that the following day when applying my makeup my foundation glides on and stays in place better throughout the day.

Crunch time though, will I buy this face mask again? Yes, yes and another yes! I am actually slightly devastated that this face mask is going to be an exclusive product and not part of the main line as I feel this is the best Lush face mask I have used to date, and you know I have tried out quite a few! Fingers crossed it will freeze well as I feel come the end of 2018 I will have stockpiled enough tubs of this face mask to last a fair few years!

 

 

Archive, October 2018

Current Skincare Routine

Settle down with your favourite beverage and slice of cake because today post is a bit of a long one, but first up I feel I need to write a disclaimer. I haven’t really got the foggiest when it comes to skin care products, I don’t get this whole serum thing nor do I own thousands of products. I have owned a fair few products over the years that don’t agree with my dehydrated combination skin at all and cause acne breakouts that would rival any teenager. In fact I feel my skin often forgets I am now 28 and not 14 years old and it constantly throws acne my way on the daily, so much so that I was once told by a Clinique employee that my skin was in such a mess their products would never work and I should probably go see a doctor. I went home and cried.

However, recently my skin has been playing ball and has cleared up dramatically which I think is partly due to the skin care products I am currently using as well as cutting out dairy from my diet. So what am I using? Here we go.

Morning Routine

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On a morning I have been using The Body Shops Vitamin E gentle face wash followed up with both the Hydrating Toner and the moisturizer Cream from the same range. Since I have been using these three products from the Vitamin E range I have noticed the redness in my face has dramatically improved! Also the moisturizer is both lightweight and fast absorbing which is wonderful and also leaves a non greasy / shiny base meaning that it is the perfect thing to apply to my face before I apply my makeup in the morning.

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Furthermore, before I apply my Kat Von D Lock it foundation I give my face a quick spray with the PIXI makeup Fixing Mist which contains both rose-water and green tea. This is quite a pricey product at £16 however I do find that it helps to hydrate my skin and stops the foundation from being sucked into any areas of dry skin that I may have. Also I am barely through 1/3 of the bottle after 4 months so it does seem worth the money in the long run.

Tada! Morning routine is done!

Night Time Routine

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My night-time routine has a few more products thrown in for good measure, as you would expect. I swear by Lush’s Ultrabland cleanser and I use this every night as a makeup remover as soon as I get home. I just gently massage a small amount of this all over my face (I end up looking slightly like coco the clown as all my foundation, eyeshadow and lipstick mix together) and then use a warm damp cloth to remove all traces of makeup from my face. The best part of this product is that due to the almond oil, rose-water, beeswax and honey that is found in the ingredients list, this cleanser won’t strip your skin of its natural oils and defences but will remove all traces of make up! Fantastic!

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After removing my makeup I switch up my toner and use PIXIs Glow Tonic which removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin looking healthier. It also contains no alcohol so this toner doesn’t dry my skin out or aggravate it like other toners have done in the past and I have also noticed a visible reduction in the size of my pores since using this product.

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This is where my routine changes on a night depending on how my skin is looking and feeling. 9 time out of 10 I tend to just go straight for my No7 Protect and Intense Advanced night cream which is quite a thick moisturizing cream and it feels incredibly hydrating on my skin.

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If however my skin is feeling really parched and is looking very dull I will pop on another No7 product. This one is the Heavenly Hydration Moisture mask which is a combination of a gel / cream that is meant to hydrate, lift and brighten your skin. I very rarely use this product as a mask though and instead I just apply a thin layer to my face before I go to bed and I always wake up the next day with healthier, plumper happier skin. What more do you need?

(I did get this mask in a christmas gift set a while back and I think it has now been discontinued and replaced with No7 Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask). 

And that is that! Somehow this little routine I have had for the past two months has dramatically changed the appearance in my skin, leaving it softer, more toned and healthy looking and a lot less angry red with crazy acne. I am not sure if this post will help anyone find new products or help with your skin needs but here it is in any way! Please let me know what your holy grail skin care product is to see if I can find some more gems to add to my collection.

 

 

 

Archive, October 2018

Empties: Summer 2018

So here is a new little thing I thought I would do.  Rather than post my monthly empties or monthly favourites I thought I would just start a new series where I post what products I have used up through the previous season and how much I liked or disliked them. I know, the clue is in the title, however it may be a long post so grab your favourite drink some snacks and get settled cos here we go.

Skin care

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First up I want to talk about the Pixxi Skintreats Glow Tonic and Rose Tonic that I discovered this season. Both of the bottles I have used up are the 100ml sized ones which I used in the evening (glow tonic) and in the morning (rose tonic) for a more gentle cleanse. I have seen a dramatic change in my skin since using these products and I will purchase them again but in the bigger bottle’s next time so they last a little longer.

No7 beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser is something my mam has had lying around her room since christmas and I asked her if I could nab it. It is quite a nice cleanser and feels thick and creamy in texture and applies well. I didn’t actually use this as the way it is intended when you pop a hot cloth over your face and relax long enough for your pores to open (I’m a busy working full-time mother when am I meant to find the time for that?) but I did enjoy using it as a second cleanser once my make up was removed on a night. Yes I would purchase this but to be honest I might just hold out until Christmas to receive it in a No7 gift set.

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Lush’s Jelly face masks! I have done individual reviews of these in the past (remember my face mask friday series?) which I will link if you want further info. I quite like these jelly mask’s if truth be told, and although I am not keen on 1000 millihelens  I would buy Bunny moon and The Birth of Venus again.

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Lastly for skin care is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic cream moisturizer. My god this stuff is amazing! My skin felt firmer and softer and looked more plump and healthy when I was using this tiny little sample pot as a night cream. It also smelt wonderful and relaxing compared to other moisturizers which can smell a little chemical. However, as much as I would LOVE to purchase the full size of this product and add it into my face care routine I can not justify spending £70 on a 50ml jar, so unfortunately it is a no from me.

Hair Care

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Tiny little hair care section here as I am always swapping and changing my hair care products so I never actually end up with many empties. The Banana body shop hair mask though is a product I would buy again for the smell alone! This product smelt like banana milkshake and felt very creamy in texture when I was applying it to my hair and it left my hair feeling replenished and rehydrated (aka my hair looked less like that of a witch who lives alone in the woods without a hairbrush).

The Batiste Dry Shampoo in cherry is one I am hit and miss with. I probably will buy this again out of convenience however I much prefer the Lush dry shampoo and I think I will continue to invest in that instead of this product.

Shower / Bath

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Good god there is probably a few bath bombs and bubble bars here that I have used over the past few months but have no evidence or memory of what they were. One lot that I have photos of so I will mention is the new Lush shower bombs. I purchased one of each of these to try them out as I was quite excited to how they would perform in the shower, especially as an alternative to shower gel. However, I was highly disappointed in every one of these products from how they crumbled upon removing them from their box to how badly they performed in the shower. Big N-O from me.

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Snow Fairy Body conditioner is not a product I was rushing to use but seeing as Lush’s Christmas products are now available I thought it was about time I used up last years stash. Surprisingly I really liked the scent of this after years of disliking most of the snow fairy products in general and as a body conditioner it meant I applied it in the shower, washed it off and wallah no need to moisturize as I already had done so. Yes I will buy this again but probably in a bigger tub this year.

Rub Rub Rub Shower scrub is up there as one of my favourite lush products so it is a no brainer that I will buy this again. I think I will buy another 665g tub as it has lasted me a lot longer than the traditional 250ish gram tub and I full recommend you try it for yourself as it is a gentle body scrub that leaves you feeling wonderfully clean.

Make up

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This should be named make up that made it into the empties pile and not straight into the trash can. Foundation wise I have both Bobby Brown’s skin long-wear weightless foundation and MACs pro-longwear nourishing waterproof foundation. Both excellent foundations however due to both companies testing their products on animals I will not be buying these foundation again now that they are empty.

There is also an Urban Decay Naked skin weightless complete coverage concealer here which is a decent concealer but I am currently using the Kat Von D concealer and I will admit I am way preferring that one for how well it sits on my skin, so this is an unsure if I will buy it again or not product right now.

Urban Decay Perversion waterproof fine point eye pen (not pictured) is another product I used up this season but it ended up straight in the bin. As good as this was for applying my winged eyeliner I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the pen tip from the start. Again I am currently using the Kat Von D Tattoo liner so I will see how well that works and if it outperforms this eyeliner then I won’t be changing back.

 

 

April 2018, Archive

Lush April Haul

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Just like uploading a new post, it has also been quite a while since I last placed an order with Lush. In fact, I think it was when the Valentine’s day products launched way back in January! So I think it is safe for you to assume that I went a little mad, but not too over the top. I also tried to steer clear of the seasonal products, however I did pick up two Golden Egg bath bomb melts and a Cream Egg bubbleroon to try out.

In fact, Milky Bath bubble bar and Cream Egg bubbleroon were the only two bubble making products I purchased this time which was a little out of the usual as I have always preferred my bubble baths to my bath bombs if truth be told. Milky Bath bubble bar just smells so clean which I know may sound a little stupid seeing as it is bubble bath but it just hasn’t got that heavy sickly scent some bath products often have attached to them. Cream egg on the other hand has a heavy peppermint fragrance that is very uplifting and I recommend you pick one of these little bubbleroons up to try from your local Lush store before they disappear for good.

After falling in love with Butter Bear bath bomb at Christmas, I decided to grab a Butterball bath bomb which has the exact same scent and moisturising properties as its Christmas counterpart. This little bath bomb is quite the steal coming in at just under £3, and it pairs fantastically with the Milky Bath bubble bar mentioned above.

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Whilst scrolling through the bath bomb section of Lush’s webpage, I came to the conclusion that it would be a crime not to add these two adorable products to my basket. Not only do they both look and smell amazing, they have also both produced beautiful bath art when I have used them in the past. Although if truth be told I have a suspicion that Rocket Science  will be a dud as every time I pick this little guy up he is so soft and crumbly, however he smells fantastic! Like those blueberry sour laces you used to be able to get from your corner shop as a kid which also (fun fact) used to be my favorite sweets ever! Yellow Submarine on the other hand is more topical and fruity fragrance rather than overly sweet. Some people say the scent of this bath bomb reminds them of lemon sherbet sweets but personally this reminds me of Malibu and pineapple juice, which yes may just indicate that I have a bit of an alcohol problem.

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Over and Over on the other hand actually reminds me of lemon sherbet’s as it has that sweet but almost sour citrus fragrance going on. The top orange layer is actually a coating of bath oil which made my skin feel lovely and soft when I last used this, and the bath art this product creates is mesmerizing as it rolls around spewing out vibrant yellow, orange and pink colours into the surrounding water. I know spewing isn’t the prettiest word to use here but trust me this bath bomb is amazing.

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Guardians of the Forest. What can I say about this? It has a wonderful complex woody, slightly spicy fragrance going on. The first time I purchased this product I was taking a bit of a gamble if truth be told as I had never used products like Tramp or Grass and I wasn’t 100% sure I would be keen on this product at all but I fell in love instantly. It is however, a really difficult product to describe so I will firstly say it slightly reminds me of lord of misrule but less peppery, which is strange as I don’t think they have any ingredients similar at all, and secondly I would suggest trying this product out for yourself as it is so different to all the other citrus and sweet-smelling products you can typically find in store.

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Lastly I decided to grab two products from the bath oil section. I have no idea what a bath oil is really, I imagine it’s something you pop into the bath and it will melt due to the heat of the water? I’m not sure… but at £2.50 a pop I thought why not find out? I picked up Furze which smells beautiful and very earthy. It also slightly reminds me of, and it sounds weird, when you walk into a garden centre greenhouse on a warm summers day. I also decided to purchase Cloak of Invisibility obviously because of the Harry Potter reference, however I am not so sure if I am keen on the fragrance of this if truth be told but I am still looking forward to trying it out.

And that is that. Would you like to see some posts about these products similar to the ones I uploaded back in October with a brief summary of how these products perform in the water? If so let me know in the comments section below! Also let me know what products you are currently using and loving from Lush this month.

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Archive, February 2018

Origins Original Skin: Retexturizing Face Mask with Rose Clay

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Two weeks back I decided to run poll over on my Instagram stories and asked what product you guys wanted to see me feature in my next Sample Sundays post. It is safe to say that the Origins retexturizing mask with rose clay was the clear winner with a whopping 83% of the votes!

I decided with it being a face mask that I would give myself a week out from these mini reviews to see how well my skin reacted to this product, especially given that the sample size was generous enough to give me three applications with a small amount left for a fourth.

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So once again I got this sample in with my Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Campaign Beauty Box that I purchased and reviewed back in October and I was very excited to receive this product as I have only heard good things about the Origins skin care range. My first impression of this mask was that it seemed incredibly thick in texture when I first squeezed it out of its tube, however once applied to my skin it spread out quite thin and wasn’t relatively heavily like I have found some clay masks to be in the past. As it settled onto my skin for the first five minutes I could feel a cooling and almost tingling sensation but again this isn’t as intense as I often find some of these clay masks to be (looking at you The Body shop  Himalayan Charcoal mask).

Back when I uploaded my haul in October I said that this mask doesn’t smell floral like you would expect, however I was 100% wrong! Once applied to my face the rose / lavender like fragrance was quite potent, but as the mask dried the fragrance did began to mellow out and it reminded me greatly of one of Lush’s fresh face masks called Rosy Cheeks which unfortunately broke out my acne prone skin like crazy so I will admit I was a little worried about how my skin would react to the Origins mask.

Needless to say I was worried over absolutely nothing as per usual, and my skin was left looking radiant and glowing but not in a weird greasy way, in fact my skin looked mattified rather than shiny and also felt soft to the touch. I will however admit that my T-zone area did feel slightly tight but not as uncomfortable as it usually would after a heavy clay mask. Another thing I noticed after using this face mask was that the redness in my cheeks and around my chin area had reduced after the first use and my pores also dramatically reduced in size. Due to only having a sample size of this product I was unable to use it regularly so the redness soon re-appeared after a day or two, however I think if this was incorporated properly into my skin care routine this product might actually end up benefiting my skin in the long-term.

Now the important part, would I purchase the full-sized version of this face mask? The answer is Yes! Although it is quite pricey at £26.50 for an 100ml tube I must admit that in the small period of time I have used this product I have seen a difference in the appearance of my skin. However, you can also get the purify, hydrate and glow set priced at £15 which contains three 30ml face masks, one which is the rose clay mask featured here as well as two other best-selling masks from the Origins range.

Archive, January 2018

Let The Good Times Roll Fresh Cleanser

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I think it is safe to assume that everybody has a draw full of products that they have received from various online orders that very rarely see the light of day. I know I have. In an attempt to use up the ridiculous amount of samples I have stashed away in my room, I have decided to write a small review for each one that will be uploaded on a Sunday. Sample Sundays! God aren’t I clever at this name game. Face mask Friday, Sample Sunday, whatever next? Anyway, hopefully this will get me into a routine to post more regularly as I know I am AWOL a lot of the time.

So first up!

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About two weeks back I received a small sample pot of ‘Let the good times Roll’ fresh cleanser from Lush. I won’t lie, this is a product I have never even looked at never mind contemplated buying, but I was quite excited about testing it out all the same. The first thing that hit me when I opened the little tester pot was the wonderful buttery caramel fragrance that smells good enough to eat. The second thing that I noticed was the colour and texture of the product both looked and felt a lot like raw cookie dough (I know, I refer to everything as food sorry).

So, what I have been doing is taking a small pea sized amount of this cleanser into the palm of my hand and adding a small amount of water to create a paste like consistency before applying the product to my face. This cleanser has a sort of gritty sand like texture that exfoliates any dead skin cells from my face as well as cleaning the dirt from my pores. Seeing as this is a little bit more harsh compared to the ultrabland cleanser I use daily, I have incorporated LTGTR into my nightly face time routine instead, and use this product roughly three times a week.

I have noticed that after using LTGTR my skin was feeling softer and looks brighter but not that horrible shiny clean sort of look a lot of exfoliators can cause. Also, the redness in my skin has calmed down since I have been using this product and my skin feels a lot smoother and less oily.

Due to the above results I have purchased the full-sized version of this product which costs £7.50 for an 100g pot, however considering the tester pot has lasted me two weeks I know that this pot will last me well over a month if not longer. Lush also state that this product is vegan meaning no animal products are used within it at all! Which is another bonus!

Have you tested out ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ face and body cleanser? If so what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below.