Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

I’ll admit it, I’m a skincare hoarder. I particularly enjoy trying new cleansers and I seem to be developing quite a little collection! After I fell in love with The Body Shop’s Chamomile Cleansers, I couldn’t resist picking this one up and giving it a go.

This cleanser has quickly become my favourite for morning skincare. It has a super creamy texture which feels so nice to apply to the skin, and isn’t foaming like I was worried it would be. The phrase ‘deep cleanse’ can sometimes go two ways, and luckily this one doesn’t lean towards being stripping or leaving you squeaky.

It has a scent which really forces you to wake up – it smells exactly like refreshers! (You know the sweets I mean?) This may be a little scary to those who are sensitive to scented products. I will add that it doesn’t smell artificial, which it wouldn’t be as the product is 100% natural, but more like the combination of plants in it’s formulation have resulted in such a delicious coincidence. There is also a very gentle tingling and cooling sensation when removed, particularly if there is a breeze or waft of air. So ‘refreshing’! It really does help on those groggy mornings or if your skin is feeling a little bit too heavy.

I’ve also found it really helps to prevent my excessive oil production. Sometimes when a cleanser or product does this, my oil glands really push back and a few hours or days of use later it’s worse than it ever has been before. Not with this, it simply seems to slow down oil production and keep you a little less shiny throughout the day. It seems like a super-product for oily skinned gals like me.

It does a good job of removing face make-up but make sure to keep it away from your eyes, it stings a lot. Learn from me on that one! It would work much better as a second cleanse or how I like it, in a morning.

I feel as though the product will last forever, only a tiny amount is needed at each application and the bottle seems huge  – which is a plus in my eyes! There’s nothing I hate more than when a product I love seems to disappear as I sleep.

Have you tried any of the Burt’s Bees skincare? What do you recommend? Anything you suggest to keep away from? Let me know in the comments below!

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Remember Those Cheap Sachet Masks? Well…

superdrug face mask

I’m sure everybody can remember those Saturday night sleepovers as a kid, where you wore pajamas and watched crappy films and chatted all night. I bet you also remember masks such as the ones above (x, x, x) being involved more often than not. As we grow older and become more knowledgeable of skincare – what’s good for our skin, what isn’t, what works and what doesn’t – we often find ourselves reaching for products which start to hurt a little when you pass over your card to purchase. “£60 for a face mask?! Well, if it works…” and we begin to distrust what costs  pennies to buy.

I don’t think this is a bad thing. I agree that an increased price tag often results in increased results, but should we step away from what is easily affordable so quickly?

I was in Superdrug picking up a couple things when I passed in front of the sachet face mask stand. It was quite a nostalgic feeling that passed over, and for 3 for £2 deal on I couldn’t resist picking a few up.

The first one I tried was the Chocolate Orange Self-Heating Mask, which filled me with dread the second it opened. Deep brown oozed from the tear in the packet and an overwhelming chocolately smell filled the room. I debated for a few seconds whether I was going to put something which looked more like a snack than a cosmetic onto for my face, then decided to go for it. It gently warmed as I applied it to my skin and felt very comfortable to wear with absolutely no tightness. As I washed it away I didn’t notice much difference, a little softer feeling sure, but nothing that blew me away. But for £1 the added softness seemed worth it. The real surprise was by morning, I suffer with redness on my cheeks and my face looked distinctively more even toned as I looked into the bathroom mirror. The severity to changes from meh to bad, so it could be put down to coincidence – but my skin looked the most even  in tone it had in years – not bad for a quid!

Excitedly I gave the Yoghurt Smoothie Mask a go, which looks and smells exactly like some sort of fruity yoghurt. This sat on my skin and it’s super sloppy texture had me worried it was going to fall off my face and onto bedding or carpet, but instead it began to dry down a little. When rinsed away my skin felt very soft, very smooth and lightly hydrated – with my pores looking a little bit tightened. This is probably my favourite from the bunch and actually beats other short-stay moisture masks I have tried which are many, many multiples of the price.

Finally is the Manuka Honey Peel-Off Mask, I must admit this was purchased on a novelty basis. Peel-off masks are just so fun! I don’t know how they’re managing it with these masks but they actually look and smell exactly how they are named, even the texture is exact. The smell of honey was pretty strong, and the running-yet-sticky texture slightly difficult to work with and apply to the face. However, it did leave the face feeling softer and very hydrated (but not greasy) and managed to suppress those little tiny spots, reducing their redness and aggravation.

I think that with more expensive products you can find results with more of a wow factor, but what is available for cheaper can sometimes do great things – without the hefty price tag. If your skin is in the need of a little boost one day, maybe have a look at what’s available in your local drugstore for a fraction of the cost, you might be surprised as what they can achieve.

Do you still use sachet masks? What’s your favourite one? I’m inspired to try more so leave me comments below!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

New in from Urban Decay is a concealer which promises to be super lightweight and natural but build-able to full coverage to hide ‘even your most scandalous flaws’. As someone with a fair few of them dotted around my face, including scars, redness, spots and dark circles, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on one.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review

I picked up the shade light warm, which has yellow tones. The yellow tones within the concealer help to cancel out any blue in your undereyes and fight a fatigued look, making you look a little brighter.

I find there is no noticable smell and it doesn’t irrate my usually sensitive eyes.

The packaging to be gorgeous, a simplistic design with a glass tube (I think? It may be plastic but if so they’ve fooled me), which feels very luxurious, even though the price tag doesn’t break the bank in comparison to some other options out there. I also love the applicator, which is shaped to fit perfectly around your eye and is super flexible, bending to the contours of your face.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review

The first layer of this concealer on the under eye leaves you looking naturally brighter and more-awake looking, and as appropriate with the name ‘naked’ doesn’t scream “I’m wearing make-up!”, but rather that you have never missed an hours sleep, well, ever. It covers up red blemishes and spots amazingly and leaves you with naturally beautiful skin. It has a fairly matte finish which ensures me this isn’t going to slip away if your skin is on the oily side. It is wonderfully blend-able and a thinner consistency than other concealers at a similar coverage level.

Of course, this concealer also promises ‘complete coverage’. I have very deep and dark eye circles which are worse than the average person (I’m almost sure I was born with them) and I didn’t manage to build it up to a level where they were completely covered, before I started panicking about wasting product,  but in it’s defense I have never come across a concealer that can achieve that. I don’t think you’d be able to achieve a heavy, completely flawless and full coverage look with this concealer, but especially as we move into Spring and Summer I find a more natural look to be beautiful. It did manage to fully cover any blemishes I had, however. No matter the amount I applied it did not crease or settle into fine lines.

This concealer has quickly become my everyday favorite, it offers the perfect level of blemish and dark circle coverage while still looking fresh and natural, as well as being packed full with anti-aging ingredients to protect your under eyes – it’s something I will refuse to put down until I’m scraping out the last traces of product. Even then, I can predict I will be repurchasing.

Have you tried this concealer? How did you feel about it? Do you want to try it? Let me know in the comments below!

February Favorites 2015

feb favourites I don’t have a whole lot to show you in this post as not many products have particularly stood out to me. Firstly, of course, we have the Benefit Roller Lash – which I’m sure practically everyone rushed out and picked up the sample of in Elle. I actually have felt myself feeling less and less impressed with this mascara, but it has still been my staple throughout the month and I would purchase full sized. It grips your lashes unlike any other I have ever tried! Next is my L’Oreal Touch Magique Cncealer – which is very yellow toned and brilliant for undereyes and is super blendable and smooth looking. In an attempt to save my skin from the harshness of winter, I’ve been exfoliating with the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub, which has 3% glycolic acid and a few beads to help take away any dead skin. When used in collaboration with the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask, you will be left with beautifully fresh, smooth and renewed skin. And finally, I’ve been looking Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in the shades antigone and desinvolte. Despite their bright colour in the tube, these apply very sheer and glossy, giving your lips a beautiful tint.They apply so smoothly and don’t show my currently very dry lips.  I’m not one who goes OTT with my lip colours and when you’re bored of your nudes these are a perfect alternative. I apologize for the weird shine on one of the lids! What have been your favourite products in February? Let me know in the comments below, if you have your own post feel free to link it!