March Favorites 2015

March Favourites borjois soap and glory origins urban decay burts bees

There’s been a whole lot of favourites this month, I’ve seemed to pick up and fall in love with almost everything. There’s are the few which have completely found themselves to be can-not-be-without in March. I actually don’t know how I did without them before.

Starting with the couple of skincare (kinda) products I’ve been loving, the first has been Origins GinZing Eye Cream which promises to brighten, depuff and reduce dark circles. Anything which can make me look a little bit more awake is something I will fall in love with! Although I haven’t noticed much difference dark circle wise, this refreshing little tub definitely helps to make me feel more awake and ready for the day by soothing my sleepy little eyes. I’m a big fan of Origins anyway so I knew this wouldn’t disappoint. The next thing I’ve been loving is this Burt’s Bees Lip Balm which does an excellent job at hydrating my super-dry lips.

Soap and Glory has been a brand which I’ve been a little confused on. I love their body care, hated their ‘sexy mother pucker’ lipgloss and absolutely could not live without their eyebrow pencil – but I decided I wanted to explore some more of their make-up line. The first which took my fancy was the Solar Powder as the two shades help you to create your own perfect shade which is, really, a necessity for me and my pale skin. It’s not too warm either which means you can use it to gently contour as well as bronze. The next I picked up was the Peach Party Blush which has multiple shades you swirl together to make a lovely peach. I’ve adored this blush as my make-up has transitioned into more springy shades – but be warned it is very shimmery/glittery and you need the lightest hand. It wouldn’t be too difficult to turn into a peach disco ball!

I’ve also been loving shade 02 from the new Bourjois Rogue Edition Aqua Laque which is a beautiful, ultra- hydrating nude gloss which is perfect for those days you don’t really want any super noticeable lipstick. I’ve also been enjoying the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder which is much more lightweight than my previous powder choices, allowing a more subtle look which still allows your natural luminosity to shine through, but keeps oil at bay. It can be reapplied over and over and never seems to get cakey, which is perfect if you’re like me and have some spectacularly oily skin.

And finally my absolute favourite product this month, this Urban Decay Concealer which is absolutely amazing, you can see my full post on it here. It has been used every single day this month and it can not be faulted.

What have you been loving this month? Feel free to leave your March Fave’s post linked below if you have one!

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!

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!

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

The Beauty Flash Balm promises to be a little bit of everything all in one – a lightweight moisturizer, a mask, a primer. This super hyped little balm was supposed to cure all your skincare woes in, well, a flash.

This heavily floral scented, peach coloured gel promises to add radiance, brighten, tighten and give you a youthful glow.

At first I wasn’t really sure what to do with this product, I was worried about using it as a primer as it’s super watery texture had me convinced it was going to cause my make-up to slide off my face. And it was such a hugely hyped product, and I had such a tiny bottle, I didn’t want to slap it on my face for a mask – worried if I loved it I would lose it, much too quickly for my liking. It sat in my drawer not getting much attention, then I realised I just needed to dive in and give it a go.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

As a primer, I found it very hard to just apply a thin layer and leave it alone. It’s texture reminded me of many day moisterisers I have used and so the urge to massage the product into my skin was huge. If you allow it to sit on your skin, it makes your foundation glide on top, preventing it from sinking into lines, pores or clinging to dry patches, and seems to prevent any cakeyness. It also adds a more dewy look to my usually pretty matte foundation, which I welcomed.  I found it didn’t make my foundation last any longer. I feel like it could work well between your usual primer and before foundation, but I have never tried this.

As a mask, I found it was slightly moisterising, but it’s biggest effect was in the smoothing and plumping area. It made my skin look younger (I’m only 18, so please take that with a pinch of salt!) and a tad more radiant. But overall I found it pretty… bluh. It did work, but not to the extent that other moisterising/plumping/smoothing/radiance masks have done before, and I didn’t notice a tightening effect what so ever.

Overall, it’s a good product. Not great, I like it as a primer, but the idea of using it as a mask seems like something extra the marketers threw in, with the product itself not been specially formulated to act as one. It may have been, I just don’t feel like it doesn’t act like one. I probably wouldn’t repurchase, although I have enjoyed using it before my usual make-up routine. With such mixed reviews out there you may find this product to be a must-have, and a hugely important step in your routine – I just feel as though there’s something out there better suited for me.

Have you tried the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm? What did you think of it?