The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask Review

Hello beauties! I hope you are all good. So I’ve had this mask in my draw for a few months from one of my many The Body Shop Hauls and only recently got around to using it. I actually got this as a free gift from The Body Shop because I took out one of their loyalty cards.

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This cleansing mask for all skin types warms on contact with wet skin. It leaves skin clean and revitalised.

Application
Use after cleansing and toning. Wet skin and apply a generous layer to the face, avoiding the lip and eye areas. Leave for five minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Use once or twice weekly after cleansing.

Review
This clay mask is very thick and heats up as soon as your start massaging it into your wet face. The heat is a lovely sensation, even on those warmer summer nights! Just think how awesome it would be in the winter! Reminder to myself, buy some more for the winter if I run out!

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The heat doesn’t last forever and cools down after a while. The mask doesn’t drys, which I prefer because I find its harder to remove masks when they dry to your skin, and sometimes leaves me with dry patches!
After five minutes I removed it with warm water. It removes so easily, as I had expected. My skin felt fresh and cleansed after. The only downside is that it did dry out my nose a little bit, which is a bit dissapoining. I know this mask isn’t made to keep your skin hydrated, but it certainly made my skin feel cleansed.

Conclusion
I wouldn’t advise using this if you have very dry skin, as it would dry it out even more. For my oily bit it complete stripped the oil from my skin. So if you have combination skin like myself, make sure you have a good moisturiser to use after for those pesky dry areas! I used The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask after because it’s quick to use so didn’t take up too much time using another mask.

Check out this mask on The Body Shop website HERE

Have you used this mask? What did you think? Let me know!

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Urban Veda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish Review

Hello beauties! I hope you’re all well. I actually brought this Facial Polish with my Birchbox points. It’s features in my post What I Spent My Birchbox Points On. I currently have £30 worth of points in my account, so if you have any ideas on what I should use it towards, let me know cause I’m having alot of trouble deciding!

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Naturally formulated to Ayurvedic principles to brighten and balance skin tone, our creamy Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish gently exfoliates while antioxidant-rich superfruits support cell renewal, revealing a youthful, radiant complexion. Skin softening botanicals aid skin’s natural barrier function and infuse the epidermis with phytonutrients to guard against moisture loss and support skin elasticity.

Application
Apply to wet face, massage using gentle circular movements, and rinse with cold water for a complexion and circulation boost.

Review
I’ve really enjoyed using this product. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and I’ve been loving every day! With a delicate floral scent, I found this exfoliator delightfully refreshing. I use it a couple of times a week, and it really revives my skin. This exfoliator contains microbeads which gently exfoliate the skin. It isn’t too harsh on your skin at all, which i find some exfoliators can be. After removal, the product leaves the skin feeling hydrated, clean and very smooth. It contain Ayurvedic principles, which helps brighten and boot the skin bringing your skin back to life. It also contains skin friendly ingrediants that you want in a facial polish such as Licorice, which is used to help even out your skin tone. The ingredient that I notice the most and that springs to mind is Tumeric. Tumeric is an active ingrediant in skincare that helps many things such as acne, tackling wrinkles and dry skin as well as removing dead skin,  all of which can be seen when using this. This really has been my best friend during the winter. I don’t like to use exfoliators everyday, but when my skin is in need of a boost, this is the product I reach out for!

Conclusion
Would I use this again? Defiantly! It’s so cheap at £8.99 for a 125ml tube which lasts ages by the way! You only need a pea size to get to work on your face! I’m really ibtreeged by this brand now and look forward to trying some of their other products! You can check out their website here, along with this amazing product!

February Birchbox First Impressions

Hello beauties! I hope you’re all well. So this month’s Birchbox felt quite heavy, which i always love! I know you tend to get more samples with Birchbox, but they have been great lately with their samples sizes!

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With it being February, this boxes theme is love! It goes way beyond being limited to one day for valentines day, they’re talking about the things we love the whole month through. This month’s box contains skin saving creams, beautifying hair treatments, and a make up brand that they are very excited about. So lets get to what I received!

London Butterflies Whipped Body Cream

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We pay plenty of attention to the skin on our face, but often forget about the rest of our body. Thankfully London Butterflies has exactly what your limbs need. Packed with nourishing ingredients like jasmine, starflower and almond oil, it sinks in quickly to rehydrate the skin and leave it super soft. Plus, the ultra indulgent scent has been specially created to relax both your body and mind.

I’d love to be able to comment on the smell of this, but I can’t smell a thing at the moment with this horrendous cold. However, I’ve tried a little bit on my hand and it soaked into my skin so quickly, I was quite impressed! And it’s a pretty decent size too! It’s a 30ml sample which I will get a few uses out of. The glass jar is very nice and it feels expensive. Full size is 170ml for £37.

TheBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen

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This two-in-one lip and cheek stain gives us a natural, understated flush and helps us get out the door faster! The gel formula looks dark in the tube but delivers a sheer tint. The tinted gel leaves a lasting stain on lips and cheeks. Since it’s water-based, it has a longer setting time than most quick-dry stains, which means it won’t leave any unsightly streaks behind as long as you take care to blend well. Use a single coat for a subtle look or layer it on for a more visible (yet still discreet) hue.

I’ve always stayed away from cheek stains. I don’t know why i just don’t like the idea of them. I’m trying to stay away from pinks with my blusher as I feel warmer tones suit me more.. But I’m looking forward to using this as a lip stain! This is a 1.2ml sample. Full size is worth £10 but doesn’t state how big a full size is.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner

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Everyone has that forward-looking friend who can push them to take a style leap. We feel that way about fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. Having already proven her mettle as the creator of a high-performance makeup line, she’s breaking new ground with these playful yet stylish liners. These creamy pencils glide on velvety-smooth, and the smudge-proof formula lasts all day. In on-trend shades like rose gold and shimmery brown, they’re helping us push the beauty envelope—and the results are nothing short of eye-opening.

I’m so glad I got the black Eyeliner and not the silver. I’m not much or an experimenter with coloured eyeliners. I’ve got a stock pile of eyeliners to try out so it’s probably gonna take me a while to get to this one. This one is very creamy which I look for in an Eyeliner. This is a 0.3oz sample and looking on Birchbox website a full size is 0.04oz so not far off full size! Full size is worth £11

Liz Earle Beauty Co Botanical Shine Shampoo

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Taking the same approach to hair as she has to skin, Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo can be used on all hair types. Containing over 89% natural ingredients, the shampoo promises to cleanse and nourish hair in the same way as a traditional shampoo without any nasties.

I have only experienced Liz Earle skincare products, so when I found out this was a shampoo, I was immediately interested. If their shampoo is as good as their skincare products, my hair in for a treat. This is a 50ml sample. Full size is 200ml worth £10.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

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A highly concentrated, oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance. What it is formulated to do: Highly concentrated with naturally powerful Viniferine, this satiny serum reduces the appearance of existing dark spots such as acne marks, scars, and damage revealing a brighter, more even complexion. What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates – Phthalates

I have a few serums to get through but this is the first serum sample I’ve encountered in a tube which surprised me when I read what it was. I used a little on my hand and the only way I can describe it is a watered down moisturiser. Obviously I haven’t tried it properly yet to have a full opinion, but I did notice how quickly it sinked into my skin. This is a 10ml sample. Full size is 30ml worth £45. I think it’s a pretty good size considering full size is 30ml!

Vita Coco Coconut Oil (lifestyle extra)

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Vita Coco, the company who first brought us delicious tasting coconut water, now brings to our shores its own brand of 100% Organic Coconut Oil. Cold pressed from Organic coconuts, 100% raw and extra virgin, this new addition to the Vita Coco Family is the perfect cooking oil and goes a long way to rescuing dry skin and hair – that’s why people swear by it!

I do love a good versatile product, but this is a weird one! On the packaging it says Eat it, Wear it, Swear by it. That got me interested! Even with this horrendous cold I can smell the coconuts, I did want to eat it! This is one of the vets lifestyle extras I’ve ever got. I’m so excited to try it out in all of its aspects!

So that’s my February Birchbox! I’m so happy with everything. Everything was a very good sample size and the lifestyle extra made it! I’m gonna get use out of everything which is always a bonus with these beauty subscription boxes. I’m actually looking for another box to subscribe to, so if you have any other suggestions of boxes to try (I already have Glossybox and you beauty  discovery box) let me know!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Birchbox, use my referral link and each of our accounts will be credited with £5 to use in the birchbox shop!

What did you get in this month’s box? Have you tried anything from my box? What did you think? Let me know!

What Exactly Are Serums?

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Years ago, I remember not having a clue what serums were. I used to date a guy who’s mom worked on Harley Street and used to get loads of samples of serums and other products. Boy do I wish he was still around! But anyway.. There is a big difference between moisturisers and serums, and I don’t think alot of people know those differences or the benefits of adding serums to your daily skincare routine. So I thought I would do this post for those people that might not be too sure. Serums have become increasingly popular over the last few years and continue to remain so.

So what is the difference between moisturisers and serum?
Anyone that has used a serum will know that the big difference you first notice is the consistency. Moisturisers tend to be thick and creamy, where as serums are light, fast absorbing liquids. Another difference which isn’t so easy to spot (unless you look at the ingredients and understand them) is their active ingredients. Serums are specifically designed to penetrate and treat various skin conditions, such as redness, dehydration or lack or firmness, wrinkles, dark spots or to brighten the skin. Moisturiser will only penetrative your first layer of skin, where as serums nourish your deeper layers. Serums are designed with smaller molecules to easily penetrate all three layers of skin, and deliver potent doses of active ingredients, such as vitamins and antioxidants. They are pretty much designed to give results. Moisturisers have larger molecules, which means they can only penetrate the first layer of skin, allowing them to only hydrate and seal in moisture.

So what are the benefits of serums?
The main reason for wanting to use a facial serum is to get added nutrients into deeper layers of your skin that a regular moisturiser is not able to reach. There are many serums that are specially designed to battle your common beauty complaints, you just need to pick the right one for your problem! Alot of people who have oily skin prefer serums to moisturisers because serums are very lightweight and don’t have the thicker, heavier ingredients. Another great thing about serums is that you don’t need to change your current skincare routine, they are easily incorporated. You also don’t need to use alot. Serums can be expensive due to active ingredients being more expensive then thickeners, but when applied properly, a container of serum should last months. Many brands come in pump bottles or have medicine dropper applicators to dispense just the tiny amount you need.
So how so I pick the right one for me?
There are so many choices of serums these days for all different skin conditions, but the most important thing is to keep in mind your skin type, whether you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin. You need to sit down and think what problems you want to work on, and find products that contain ingredients to combat these issues. For aging, you need products with antioxidants, retinol which is commonly referred to as vitamin A. Some skin serum ingredients are useful in fading dark spots, so you need to look out for Hydroquinone if that’s your problem, and for dry skin, look out for hyaluronic acid which is a natural protein used to absorb moisture and reduce edema, promotes resistance to compression of the cells. The key is consistency with any skincare product. Try a serun for a month before giving up on it. It can be trial and error, but eventually you’ll find the best face serum for your needs.

So how do I apply serums?
If you have dry skin, apply the serum while your skin is still damp. This will help lock in as much moisture as possible. If you have sensitive skin, wait 10-15 minutes after washing your face before using your serum. When your skin is damp, applying a water bases product is more likely to lead to irritation with sensitive skin. Allow your skin to completely dry. After applying your serum, you can apply your staple moisturiser.

So that’s everything I think to need to know! If you would like to know more, and I have an answer, I’ll do my best to answer you!

What serums do you use? Let me know!

How tea tree oil diminished my spider veins

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I kind of discovered this totally by accident. I’ve looked into how to remove them before, but never thought of natural remedies. I’ve suffered with spider veins around my nose for a long time. It’s the main reason I wear foundation. I’ve always been very conscious about it, and I’ve even looked into lasertherapy to have them removed. Lasertherapy was always going to be the last resort, but I have looked into products like Skin Doctors Vein Away Plus, but they haven’t had very good reviews, and when people say it has worked, it’s been over using the product for a very long time.

So what are spider veins?
Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue. They can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin.

So what causes them?
There isn’t really one reason, there are many reasons. It tend to develop as we age and our skin and blood vessels become less elastic. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and menopause are thought to provoke their development, which is the reason why women are more prone to them than men. You can also inherit a family tendency to the problem. Other causes include too much sunbathing, exposure to wind or extreme temperatures, cortico-steroid medicines and radiotherapy. Jobs that involve prolonged standing may aggravate the condition, but they don’t actually cause it.

My mom had spider veins, so I’m assuming I have them because she did. I started using tea tree oil because i was having a really bad break out that I wanted to control. I had a spot right on the end of my nose, I looked like Rudolph. So I was pretty much applying it around my nose and on my nose. I noticed after using it a week that my spider veins started to diminish. They haven’t gone all together by all means, but they certainly are much less noticeable then before. I only wish I had taken a before before to show you the difference, but I don’t tend to take pictures without makeup on!

It should come as no surprise that tea tree oil is a powerful ingredient that’s shown to help treat spider veins. Aloe vera and tea tree oil can be used together to successfully help combat varicose veins. Research has revealed that they help control inflammation, swelling, redness and discomfort in cases of mild to moderate varicose veins. Other essential oils can also be used for spider veins, such as lemon, lavender, rosemary, cypress, neroli and chamomile oil. You will want to make sure to have a good carrier oil with which to mix these, such as jojoba or almond oil.

I hope this helps out someone else that suffers from spider veins. I’m currently using a superdrug own brand tea tree oil spot stick, and it’s been working fine for me!

Do you suffer from spider veins? Do you have any other natural remedies? Or do you use tea tree for any other skin problems? Let me know!

January You Beauty Discovery Box First Impressions

Hello beauties! I hope you are all well. So I got this year’s first you beauty discovery box through the post the other day. I was really looking forward to receiving it because of one product in particular!

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This month’s box is committed to banished the January blues, through the power of hand picked nourishing and revitalising edit of beauty and skincare products. In the spirit of new year new you month, each product in their January box has been selected for its dedication to fixing rather then changing, all in the hopes of making you feel and look better.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm & Overnight Recharge Night Cream

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A powerful duo that has got everyone tweeting! Marumaya’s Cleansing Balm and Overnight Recharge Night Cream duo first takes the chore out of cleaning and then ensures your skin is thoroughly moisturised and restore whilst you sleep. That’s two exclusive and pioneering formulations, taking the skincare industry by storm.

I’ve always wanted to try some of their products so this was a perfect oppuritinty grab some samples! I see them around all the time when I’m having a shop and I’ve always been interested by their products. Can’t wait to try them out!

Boutique Nail Varnish – Away With The Fairies

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Set to transform the way women shop for their makeup bag essentials, boutique nail polishes have become must have additions. This easy to wear shade with the everyday woman in mind, is the ideal feminine shade to compliment your outfit, whatever the weather.

I always love trying out new nail varnishes. My nail varnish collection is quite big at the moment.. But I felt that from their shortlist I wouldn’t really use much else, or I already had! This is a lovely colour. The other colour was quite dark and I have too many dark nail varnishes so I thought I would go for this spring looking colour.

Extras

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I have so many samples of different teas I don’t know what to do with them! I think I might have to give then to one of the girls at work because I don’t really like tea. But I’m really interested in trying out the Dove youthful vitality hair cream. I’m always up for trying out new hair products. I’ve had a gift card from hello fresh before and never used it. They put new recipes on each week and you choose which one you want to try, they sent you the ingredients and a how to cook guide, and they send it to your door step! I’d love to try it because I want to eat healthier.

So that’s what I got in this month’s box! Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Let me know!

A Soapy & Glorious Christmas

Hello beauties! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I remember saying to a few of my friends last year that no one ever gets me anything Soap & Glory for Christmas, even though it’s all over the shops around Christmas and it’s something i love.. Well this year I got some! And by some.. I mean alot! This post is just gonna be a run down on each box and what they contain and a description of each product. Reviews will be up when I get around to using them! I’ve got a lot to get through!

Your Own Sweet Lime Gift Set

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A gorgeous giftable barrel of Soap & Glory’s take-anywhere-sized Sugar Crush Body Wash, Body Scrub, Body Buttercream and Hand Cream – all in our mouth-watering, freshly squeezed lime fragrance – plus a bonus, super smoothing Body Polisher.

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Sugar Crush Body Buttercream smells gorgeous! This utlra-rich body buttercream is loaded with shea & cocoa butter, almond & coconut oil and a super-refreshing double-citrus whammy of uplifting lime oil and smoothing lime tree blossom extract.

Sugar Crush Body Scrub is a brown sugar scrub with a fruity lime fragrance that blends sweet lime oil and almond oil with macadamia grains and glycerin from smashed brown sugar.

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Sugar Crush Body Wash is a lovely citrus body wash which leaves you energised, revitalised and fresh. It also features Cool Capsules to cool and refresh, radiance boosting Kiwi Water Juice and their super creamy M Suds moisture boosting Base with skin conditioner.

Sugar Crush Hand Food is a Soap & Glory bestseller, an indisputable winner, and everybody’s favorite hand cream. This rich, non-greasy hydrator comes in a limited-edition, mouth-watering sweet lime scent. Purse-sized for maximum moisture portability, it leaves hands soft, smooth, and soothed.

The Soapremes Gift Set

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Soap, in the name of scrub…!  When the waterworks are on and things get steamy, take a break and luxuriate in this delectable collection of shower and skincare treats. Slathering it on never felt so good.

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Clean On Me Shower Gel is a very popular pick amongst the ‘love-to-scrub-up’ club, this scrub has a bonus, built in body lotion, so you can get clean, smooth, sexy skin simultaneously.

The Scrub Of Your Life is thick, foamy and fantastically fresh, it’s satisfyingly stuffed with just the right ratio of scrubbing beads for the ultimate body scrub experience.

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The Righteous Butter is a smooth, creamy, and velvety intense body lotion. With skin softening shea butter and aloe vera to attract moisture, some folks think it’s a bit addictive!

Cosy Socks are so soft. It’s just what is needed now the weather is getting colder. They keep my feet toasty.

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Heel Genius Foot Cream is a soak-in foot mask marvel that smoothes and softens while you sleep.

Hand Food Hand Cream is a super-silky gorgeously-scented non-greasy hydrating hand cream featuring fennel and lotus flower extracts, which leaves your hands super smooth.

Soaper Heroes

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This gorgeous little gift box includes travel sizes of Soap & Glory’s bestselling products, including Girligo™ scented moisturising body mist, The Righteous Butter™ body butter, Flake Away™ body scrub, Clean On Me Skin™ softening shower gel, and Hand Food™ hand cream.

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Girligo Body Moisturising Mist has been said that sensible men have been driven to dizziness by this moisturising scented mist.

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Flake Away Body is a Scrub is a superhero strength skin smoothing body exfoliator with shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar. Its a spa strength dry skin body scrub.

So thats all my Soap & Glory gear i got this Christmas! I think I’ve got enough to last me for half the year! What did you guys get for Christmas? Let me know!