Superdrug Haul.

So I nipped out for a Mothers Day card over the weekend and accidentally ended up in Superdrug and filled a basket with bits and bobs I needed to stock up on.

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Simple: Kind to Skin range.

I have always liked Simple products and have used them a lot in the past, so when I realised I needed a new moisturiser I decided to see what products they had available. I spotted these products straight away (I’m not sure how new they are but it’s the first time I have seen them!) and I decided to give them a try. I really like the packaging – they feel more high end than other Simple products and the bottles really are beautiful. They seem quite durable and I know they will survive getting knocked around in my make up bag.

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Now, the moisturiser is lov-er-ly!! It’s not too thick and has a really silky consistency. It soaks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave your face feeling damp in any way. The scent is nice and not too strong, a little bit of product goes a long way and my skin already feels less dry and tight after only 2 days of use. I think I will definitely be repurchasing this in the future! I picked up the BB cream because I wanted something lighter than my full coverage foundation to wear during the day now the weather is getting better. This comes in a universal shade and when I first saw it, I thought it looked very orange. Once blended into my face however, it really matches my skin. It does give me a bit more colour than my foundation and so my skin looks more sun-kissed when I have the BB cream on – perfect for Spring/Summer. Again, this is something I think will become a permanent feature in my make up collection! Last up is the Illuminator. This offers SPF protection and is supposed to give your skin a nice dewy look. It contains multi-vitamins and light reflecting minerals and I applied it over the moisturiser. My make up went on beautifully and blended really nicely onto my skin after using this!

Tea Tree Oil

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I originally nipped in to Superdrug to get a tea tree product to help get rid of a nasty spot that has appeared in the middle of my forehead. It’s actually very rare that I suffer from spots but this monster wasn’t moving! I got a tea tree stick and some blended oil – and I’m happy to report that this under skin beast looks to be shrinking- hurray!!

Bits and Bobs

T-Zone Pore Strips. Supposed to unclog blackheads on your nose. I have used strips lots of times before but not this particular brand. Had a go with them last night and they didn’t really do much!

V05 Dry Shampoo. I’m usually a Batisse girl, but now I have highlighted hair I can’t use their brunette spray and I don’t like how grey the other sprays tend to come out. So I tried V05 because I have heard it’s more transparent. I’d agree with that. There is still some grey powder but it’s much more easy to brush in and hide than with Batisse.

Cotton Pads. I went for oval one this time because they seem bigger than the usual round ones I get so I’m hoping I will use less at a time!

MUA transparent lip liner. I’m really rubbish when it comes to applying lip colour. I’m not one of these people who preps and powders and lines before I put on lipstick but with me recently purchasing a bolder colour for spring I thought it might be wise to invest in a lip liner!

And that’s my little haul! Have you used any of the above products or have maybe done some similar reviews? Leave me a link in the comments! Thanks – L x

Products:

Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream £5.99 (on offer at time of blog post)

Simple Perfecting BB Cream £5.99 (on offer at time of blog post)

Simple Protecting Moisture Cream £4.66 (on offer at time of blog post)

Superdrug Tea Tree Blended Oil £3.29

Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick £3.29

T Zone Nose Pore Strips £3.49

MUA Academy Lip Liner Clear £1.00

VO5 Plump It Up Dry Shampoo £1.77 (normally £3.59)

Superdrug Cotton Wool Oval Pads £1.89

Topshop Matte Lip Bullet: Could This Be Love?

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So this morning I have a little purchase to share with you –

Topshop’s Matte Lip Bullet in the colour Could This Be Love? 

Last night I went shopping with my little sister for a Mother’s day present. She is a huge beauty fan like me, so we went on our usual hunt for amazing beauty products to coo over. We always pay a visit to Topshop – I just love their make-up, especially their lip products and this will be the 5th lipstick I will be adding to my collection from their store. Now usually, I wear nude colours on my lips. In fact, my sisters have a running joke that I can spot the exact same shade of lipstick no matter what brand I am purchasing from because they say that all the lipsticks I own are the same shade (I can assure you they are not!), I just like a nude lip. Anyway, with the hint of spring in the air, I decided I wanted to be more adventurous and purchased a bright, bold colour to start wearing when the weather gets a little warmer and after a few swatches, I settled with an orange, a colour I never thought I would go for!!

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Could This Be Love? is a matte shade but I can say it is really creamy and not as drying as other matte lip products I have tried. It is super pigmented, like unbelievably so. and if you want to, you can easily build the colour. The formula is so intense that I really struggled to remove the colour from my lips using make up remover, so I know it is going to be a good one to wear when you want something to last all day long. Once applied, I didn’t really worry about the colour coming off – it sort of dries to your lips and stays put!

The colour itself is beautiful – a sort of burnt orange. I recently had some blonde highlights in my hair and I think the colour really compliments those – before that I had really dark chocolate brown hair and I don’t think the colour would have suited me then! It bright and fun, but not too in your face and as I said before, you can build the colour to make it as bright as you want. I tried to apply a god coat for the pictures so that you can see it better.

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I wore the colour from the shop and continued to walk around shopping for about an hour or so with it on and at first I felt a little self- conscious and worried whether or not it looked okay, but I think that is just because I am not used to wearing something so bright! Once I got home and looked in the mirror -I fell in love with it all over again!

At only £8, I think it is a really good one to have in the collection and you find it at topshop.com

Happy Saturday!

L x

LUSH products review… Part One!

I have to apologise in advance that this post is probably going to be a long one. And I know some of you have been waiting for this one – sorry for the delay! If you have been a reader from the beginning you might already know that I recently ‘discovered’ LUSH and their products. Obviously, unless you have been living under a rock, you will have heard of this company and I was no different. In fact, I have often been into their stores but never actually made a purchase until recently. I think the main reason for this is that it can be more than a little overwhelming when you first walk into a LUSH shop, and despite their helpful staff, it can be hard to find something you actually want and will use. Nowadays, their stores are always super busy, so I would recommend going during a less busy shopping period if you want to be able to browse and discover products in your own time.

Anyway, after reading about how amazing their products actually are I spent some time on their website, reading up on what things are used for and what ingredients they contain. I placed an order and since then I’ve become hooked. At the moment, I am trying a variety of their products so that I can decide which ones I love and want to become a staple item in my beauty collection. That’s a good thing for you guys because I have lots of them to review for you! So here goes…

 

Bath bombs/melts & Bubble Bars

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These products are used in your bath and are designed to leave your skin feeling really silky and smelling beautiful.

You’ve Been Mangoed Bath Melt. (£3.35) I really liked this bath melt. It smelled really fresh in my bath and I came out feeling happy and bubbly. I would recommend this is you are a morning bath person – it’s not one that relaxes you ready for bedtime. It includes avocado butter in its ingredients and have to admit that my skin felt really smooth and almost moisturised after I used this.

Floating Island Bath Melt (4.35) This is the first bath melt I used and I have to say I prefer it’s scent over all the other bath melts they have available at the moment. It uses cocoa and almond butter and I usually enjoy anything which uses these ingredients. It froths slightly as it melts into your bath and turns the water a milky colour, which I didn’t mind at all. I felt super relaxed and afterwards I got into bed and had a really good night’s sleep. Again, my skin felt soft and in really good condition when I stepped out of the tub.

As you might notice in the pictures I have also purchased Mmmelting Marshmellow Moment Bath Melt but I haven’t had chance to try it yet. I’m really looking forward to using it because it smells A-MAZING – just like a real marshmellow!

Yuzu and Cocoa Bubble Bar (3.65) If you have never used one of these before, a bubble bar is basically an alternative to using traditional bubble bath. You crumble these under the tap as it runs and they produce lots of lovely scented bubbles to preserve your modesty while you bathe! This one is really fresh and yummy and can be split up – I think I managed to get 3 baths out of it! I like the scent but can’t say it did much for my skin.

*I did also purchase the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar which was a limited edition for Valentines Day. I have used it once and reckon I can probably get another 2 uses out of it. I won’t fully review it because you can’t get it any more but I have to say it turns the water a gorgeous purple/ink colour which I LOVE!!! I also think the product itself looks really cool – it reminds me of the Groovy Chick merchandise for all of you 90’s kids out there!

Next on to shower stuff…

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Prince Charming Shower Gel (£4.75) Again, this one was limited edition for Valentines day, but if you’re super quick you might be able to grab a bottle. I know all I seem to be talking about is how stuff smells but really, LUSH stuff always smells so good! This is also lovely – quite fruity and girly. It lathers well and basically works as a shower gel should. I can’t say that there are really any benefits to using this over a drug store gel other than it’s all natural ingredients. I like it, it’s nice but I wouldn’t say it is anything special.

You Snap the Whip Body Butter (£6.50) Okay, this thing is weird. It smells like a really strong sweet my grandma used to have as a kid, almost like Blackcurrant Liquorice. It’s a cross between a scrub and butter so it exfoliates your skin and the butter and oils used to create the bar are supposed to leave the skin feeling smooth, which I suppose it does. Now the downside. This thing is messy! It seems to melt really easily so I only manages to get 5 or 6 uses out of it which doesn’t feel like very many to me. It’s also black and it does end up all over the shower, so I had to spend a good 5 mins rinsing everything after each use. It was nice to try but I won’t repurchase this.

Rub Rub Rub (£8.75) I initially bought a pot of this scrub because it is so versatile. It can be used on dry skin as a really coarse exfoliant. It can be used on wet skin for a more gentle scrub and it can be used to wash hair and stimulate your scalp. I first used it on dry skin and it did a wonderful job – but I would warn you, my floor ended up covered in salt so make sure you stand in the bath or shower so you can easily clean up afterwards. I used it before shaving my legs and it seemed to help reduce shaving rash which was good. I tried using the scrub in my hair and was surprised to find it lathers really well like traditional shampoo. I have heard salt is good for giving you hair texture but I hated the way it made my hair feel once it had dried so didn’t use it for that purpose again. I did continue to use it about 3 times a week on wet skin as a scrub and liked it. I will definitely repurchase this one in the future.

Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser (6.75) This is most certainly my favourite product by far!! I absolutely adore the way it makes my face feel after I have used it and I have to admit that although it does not completely remove the blackheads lurking on my nose, it does try its best to get rid of them and I haven’t yet met a product that works as well as this does. I love that it is fresh, love that it is natural and the pot is the perfect size so none has gone to waste before it hits the sell by date. Perfect! This one is going to stay a firm favourite in my beauty collection.

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I have realised that this is going to become a super long post if I do not stop now! So I’m going to make this a two part thing. I still have a few products to review including 3 face masks, dusting powder, shaving soap and a moisturiser! I promise to get the second part up in the next few days, I hope you look forward to it!! In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to share your opinion on the above products, please leave a comment below!

L x

*For more information or to purchase anty of the products listed above visit http://www.lush.co.uk. This post is not a PR post – all purchases were made with my own money and lush have not asked me to complete these reviews.