Tuesday, June 28

Latest in Beauty - The Glamour Summer Edit

Latest in Beauty have teamed up with Glamour Magazine once again - this time delivering a box filled to the brim with a collection of holiday must haves. The Glamour beauty editors never fail to disappoint and this lust-worthy collection of holiday essentials comes in at only £20 (free postage) with a whopping £104 value. The box contains: 

- Grounded Chocolate Orange Body Scrub
- Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
- St Tropez Self-Tan CLassic Bronzing Mist
- Ladival Sun Protection Spray SPF30
- Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil
- Aurelia Miracle Cleanser and Bamboo Muslin Cloth
- Wow Mask Luxury Facial Mask 

There is something from every section of the beauty department in this box, with a mixture of well known brands to some new discoveries. I have been dying to try the grounded body scrubs and this chocolate orange one smells good enough to eat. I love the formula of the Revlon Matte lip colours and although this shade is a bit too pink for me, I love the rest of the range so I will be picking up another one next time I'm in boots. I love trying new skincare bits so these will be perfect for travelling and the Wow mask promises amazing results so I can't wait to give it a try. 

The showstopper of the box and my main reason for purchase is the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray which retails at £19 for the 75ml bottle: basically for an extra £1 you  can get everything else as an added bonus. I have heard so much about this stuff but with the hefty price tag I've always steered away from purchasing. Now that I've tried and tested it out, its safe to say I've fallen in love and I'm sure a full sized version will be purchased very soon! 

I think the Glamour editors have delivered as always and I am already excited to see what their next colloboration has in store. Pick up the Summer Edit box here - you would be stupid not to.


Tuesday, June 14

Primark Beauty Haul

Primark beauty is something that I have never really delved into until recently. On a recent day trip to London we passed by the Tottenham Court Road store and I couldn't help but have a little wander around. Although it may seem like I went a bit overboard there was so much more that I wanted to try but couldn't get my hands on! I would recommend visiting earlier in the daytime as by the time I got there in late afternoon a lot of the stuff had been opened and ruined but I still managed to pick up a fair amount. 

I will start with the make-up items which I managed to find including three lip liners, two eye liners, a lip pencil and strobing crayons. At only £1 I found the lip liners were quite creamy and long lasting however the shade range is not very adventurous. The lip crayons are so pigmented and creamy, leaving a slight glossy look to the lips. Again the shade range is not great but I love this deep red that I picked up. I am not usually very big on liner - especially in such bright shades, but when I swatched these in store I just couldn't leave them behind. They are incredibly pigmented and so easy to blend, perfect for adding a pop of colour or to accentuate the eyes. Finally the three pack of strobing crayons which is my favourite item out of the entire haul. Highlighter has fast become my favourite and most used item but I am yet to try anything in crayon form. When I saw these I snapped them up without a second thought and although I haven't used them yet I can't wait to give these a real good go as for £3 these could be a real game changer.

I picked up a makeup bag to pop my daily makeup in as my current one has seen better days - this one is so easy to clean and perfect size for storing everything in. Next up I got a couple of packs of their metallic temporary tattoos because you never know when you`re going to need these. I love the gold pack more than the silver as I think the colours really stand out and I can't wait to use these over the summer. For me a Primark haul wouldn't be complete without a pair of their stick on nails: this time I picked up this pointed matte sky blue pair which I am keeping for my next holiday! The gorgeous rose gold necklace is the perfect little addition to any outfit and I can't stop wearing it - its safe to say my rose gold obsession isn't slowing down any time soon!

Finally I picked up a couple of perfumes. I wanted something small to chuck in my handbag and carry round with me so I picked up this small bottle called dream from the till. This is quite a sensual, sweet scent that doesn't linger for too long. I was over the moon when I saw that Primark had started stocking rollerball's as I find these perfect for nights out, and chucking in overnight bags instead of taking giant, bulky bottles. I decided on two shades Coachella and New York which are both light and fruity, perfect for the day time and perfect size for chucking in a clutch for a night out. The last item I picked up in the perfume section was this fragrance stick which I have to say is so disappointing! This barely left any scent on the skin, even after applying several times and although I think the concept is good the product itself isn't worth the money whatsoever!

So, that's everything I picked up and what I thought. Have you tried anything from Primark's beauty range recently?

Tuesday, June 7

Sanctuary Spa Cleansing Oil

Sanctuary Spa is a brand that I have never really explored but have only ever heard good things about. I am really into my indulgent products at the moment and I when I walked past the stand in boots I couldn't help but stop to have a little nosy. After some research I discovered that Sanctuary Spa are actually one of the leading brands in the UK for their facial oils and indulgent body care. They describe their products as 'Spa in a jar' - created with their spa therapists, they are packed full of rich butters, precious oils and their iconic fragrance. I really like the idea of oil cleansers and I have only ever tried one in the past which I hated the scent of, so I decided to pick up their Ultimate Cleansing Oil to try as my current cleanser is about to run out.  

Cleansing is the first and possibly the most important step in any skincare routine. Even if you don't wear make-up everyday you still need to wash your face as it would have accumulated dirt and dust which you do not want to clog up your pores. You especially should not sleep with make-up on as I have learnt that you age two days for every night that you leave your makeup on...TWO DAYS - nobody wants that! This oil is designed for all skin types and is described to 'melt away daily dirt and make-up in moments'. You apply one to two pumps to dry skin and massage into the face before adding water which emulsifies the oil turning it into a milk. I spend a few minutes really massaging this in which is amazing for the skin as oils are so nourishing. Afterwards you rinse away and this leaves your skin soft, clean and glowing without that sticky, greasy residue. The scent is so subtle you almost can't notice it but its a very fresh, citrus smell which is very relaxing.

I was amazed at how fast this oil works, melting away my make-up pretty much instantly. The oil breaks down the make-up so much quicker and there is no taught feeling or dryness afterwards, you skin feels so nourished and healthy. The cleanser is infused with a special blend of four oils which is so gentle on the skin yet so effective. It effortlessly removes the daily grime and impurities leaving your skin incredibly clean and fresh. Plus its only £12 for 150ml which will last you a decent amount of time as you only need one pump per use. I've been using mine everyday for the last three weeks and it barely looks like i've used it at all. 

Have you tried a cleansing oil before? 

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