Face Masks Review! | Superdrug & Lush

Nothing calls summer relaxation like face masks. I bought quite a few from Boots, Superdrug and Lush but thought I’d share my thoughts on Superdrug’s own brand of face masks (Orange and black lava & sugar and spice) and Love Lettuce by Lush:

Superdrug’s own masks: I tried two of their masks – the orange and black lava mask and IMG_20170628_120817the sugar and spice self heating masks. Both left my skin feeling extremely soft even without moisturiser. The first one (orange and black lava) gave me an uncomfortable burning sensation for a few minutes and then stopped, and so I wouldn’t personally use that one again but it did have a great smell and I liked how it hardened into a clay consistency after a few minutes as when washing it off it felt very refreshing and my skin felt exfoliated. I definitely preferred and really loved the sugar and spice self heating mask. It was more of a sticky, jelly like texture with an amazing smell of caramel and Mediterranean clay as well as being of a mild caramel colour. I absolutely love the self heating element; it was one of those masks you could easily fall asleep in. I kept it on comfortably for 15 minutes and to be honest did not want to take it off! It left my skin extremely soft and smooth!

Lush: Love Lettuce – I can never decide which mask to buy from Lush so tried this one after a sales assistant recommended it. It has quite a rough texture with a very earthy smell which I really liked as a change from the more fruity/artificial smelling facial masks out there! I kept it on for 15 minutes without any discomfort and the whole way through it felt highly refreshing and I had that feeling of it really working on my face. After removing it the effects were amazing – it was a strong replacement for an exfoliator and left me with very radiant and healthy looking skin. Can’t go wrong with Lush!

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No7 Beautiful Skin Collection Review

Today marks 3 years of blogging with WordPress! :0 Coincidentally I’ve decided to review Boot’s (British pharmacy) own No7 ‘Beautiful Skin’ collection for all you skin lovers out img_20170113_175706there! This was reduced to only £7 after Christmas, and includes five of their skin products in sample sizes. I’ve never used No7 Skincare but definitely focus more on skincare that makeup, so had to try it! You can view it here: https://www.boots.com/en/No7-Beautiful-Skin-Collection_1893012/

No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm (15ml):

I mainly bought this set because I wanted to try an eye balm for my dark under eye circles. In this set you’re given the full size for only a fraction of the price! It is a very soft gel which I use under my eyes before bed, and it’s definitely soothing. It has mixed reviews on the website and I can see why. While it applies without irritation for me at least, I haven’t noticed any major difference. Maybe this could change after weeks of usage; I’ll have to see. However, for the retail price of £12, I most likely won’t purchase it again.

No7 Beautiful Skin Day/Night Creams (25ml) each:

I definitely thought the full set was worth buying just for these! 25ml is quite generous considering the full sizes are 50ml and they were highly moisturising, especially the night cream. Like the eye balm, it was very soothing and comfortable on the skin, especially as I have quite dry skin.  It really helps with hydration, leaving me with baby soft skin and the day one also has an Spf of 15! They left no irritation in comparison to other creams, and they definitely seemed tailored perfectly for their title – beautiful skin.

No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator (15ml):

This is perfect to compliment your daily facial wash. I use Neutrogena’s Spot and Stress Control facial scrub on a daily basis, and now use this once/twice a week in addition which reveals smoother and brighter looking skin as it claims, especially as you use it over a couple of weeks. You can definitely notice it’s effects as it leaves you with beautiful skin even without any moisturiser afterwards!

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion (30ml):

I don’t usually use cleansing lotions to remove makeup. I’ve tried a couple but didn’t find them convenient with removing it. This one was incredibly soft and moisturising on the skin, while aiding in removing makeup. It’s great on the skin, but I found it slightly stung as I attempted to remove eye makeup in comparison to skin makeup. It wasn’t a major problem, but it is the same problem I have with a lot of them and so for the original retail price, other than the fact that it doubles as a great moisturiser, I wouldn’t say it’s much different from less pricier ones!

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RIMMEL SCANDALEYES RELOADED MASCARA REVIEW

I haven’t posted any reviews for a while on anything and so here is one on the NEW mascara by Rimmel London – ScandalEyes Reloaded, a spin off of their Scandaleyes collection. Currently, they are being promoted in Superdrug for £4.99 instead of the original price of 6.99, which is where I got mine from. img_20161015_203815

There are two different types available, the orange packaged one in ‘Black’ or this one in ‘Extreme Black’. It is quite pigmented, with visible effects in the volume and definition of your lashes after a few coats, as it can build up quite easily. The slightly tapered brush allows you to get into the roots of your lashes, and the inner lashes. It is quite liquidy at first because of the pigmentation but it does dry quickly on your lashes, and is reasonably easy to take off even just with water. It claims to last for ’24 hours’, which I haven’t tested as I don’t wear any makeup that long, but I have found that it lasts quite well without the need to re-apply which I never do throughout 6-8 hour days, and it still looks great!

Overall, the volume and longetivity of the look is the perks of this mascara, though it is quite liquidy which can smudge if you’re not careful!

 

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SUMMER BEAUTY RECOMMENDATIONS!

Summer’s here – at least for now in the UK! There was a major heatwave recently with the hottest day of the year here! Many girls don’t like the idea of heavy layers of makeup on their face during the heat and so here are 5 of my super affordable, drugstore makeup buys for this summer! All available in Superdrug with links below 🙂   This post, like all others are never sponsored and all opinions are my own  🙂IMG_20160722_153142

1) Collection: Colour Lash Mascara in ‘Clear’, £1.99

http://www.superdrug.com/Collection/Collection-Colour-Lash-Mascara-Clear/p/932560?singleResultSearchPage=true

This is a great alternative to your daily black/brown/coloured mascara which can not only mess up in the heat, but feel quite thick on your lashes. This is an alternative which is lighter, clearer, uplifting and also conditioning for your lashes!

2) Witch: Naturally Clear Concealer – £3.79

http://www.superdrug.com/Witch/Witch-Naturally-Clear-Concealer-Natural-2g/p/75825?singleResultSearchPage=true

I’ve never heard of this brand until recently, when I found this stick concealer online, which I love as they’re more convenient for me. It’s got quite a small shape which makes it good for getting under your eye, and quite pigmented, too, so great at covering up blemishes/redness far better than some other stick concealers out there!

3) Nivea: Daily Essentials | Tinted Moisturising Day Cream – £3.65

http://www.superdrug.com/Nivea/Nivea-Visage-Tinted-Moisturising-Cr%C3%A8me-50ml/p/462942?singleResultSearchPage=true

I love, LOVE this product for summer and have been using it for years! I have been using Nivea’s day creams throughout the year, though this one is great in the sense that it has a slight tint suitable for all skin types which gives you  an extra glow, without the need of anything extra AND has an SPF15! Perfect for summer!

4) Baby Lips: 17 Grapefruit Zing | Limited edition – £2.99

http://www.superdrug.com/Maybelline/Maybelline-Lips-Baby-Lips-Pop-Art-Grapefruit-Zing/p/700311?singleResultSearchPage=true

I use babylips so often, as they provide great moisture to the lips, with many having a beautiful and effortless tint to accommodate. This one is limited edition with an AMAZING smell and beautiful pink tint! They are also the exact same price for the ones that are not limited edition! Great to quickly put on during summer!

5) MUA Pro Base: Prime and Conceal in Green – £2

http://www.superdrug.com/MUA/MUA-Pro-Base-Prime-%26-Conceal-Correcting-Cream—Green/p/408502

I’ve heard amazing things about green concealers so naturally had to try one! Not only is this one super cheap, but SO creamy and therefore so easy to apply! It’s great to reduce redness as you can easily put on as much as you want to suit your required level of coverage. There are also loads of other coloured concealers available in this range on Superdrug’s website to suit your blemish type.

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‘No Makeup’ MAKEUP LOOK under £10!

It’s clear that in busy day to day life, especially in college/school/uni, lots of us want to go to school with minimal makeup to look fresh and awake, without looking like we’re going to a circus. So I thought I’d share this simple and affordable look I’ve been wearing for the past few weeks!

FACE

Moisturizer is key rather than a foundation! Any will do; I usually wear Nivea’s Day Cream! The concealer used as part of this look is MUA’s Hide and Conceal in Natural which is super creamy and has great coverage for under the eyes/blemishes and is only £1- http://www.superdrug.com/MUA/MUA-Hide-and-Conceal-Concealer-Natural/p/590952

To set the concealer, I use Collection’s Pressed Powder which again has quite full coverage and is only £1.99 – http://www.superdrug.com/Collection/Collection-Pressed-Powder-17g-Candlelight-1/p/236780

EYES

For the eyes, I find that less can often be more. I simply used some white eyeliner by MUA for £1 (http://www.superdrug.com/MUA/MUA-Intense-Colour-Eyeliner-Snow-White/p/233914?singleResultSearchPage=true) and curled my lashes, before applying Collection’s clear mascara for £1.99 (http://www.superdrug.com/Collection/Collection-Colour-Lash-Mascara-Clear/p/932560?singleResultSearchPage=true) which is a better alternative to switch to from time to time as it has the benefit of strengthening your lashes and keeping them healthy, while uplifting them.

LIPS

For the lips, I just applied some Vaseline, before adding a Revolution lipstick (super cheap and amazing drugstore brand I discovered recently, with similar pricing to MUA) for £1. – http://www.superdrug.com/Makeup-Revolution/Makeup-Revolution-Amazing-Lipstick-Nude/p/975494

And voila! That is the finished look! The grand total comes to…. £6.98 – way under a tenner! It’s unfortunate that I forgot to take a picture 😦 But let me know if you use any of these brands and what you think of em 🙂

PS – All opinions are my own and are not, or have ever been sponsored by any of the brands you see

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REVIEW: Collection Divine Lash Waterproof Mascara

For today’s post I’m going to do a quick review on this super affordable waterproof mascara by Collection which I’ve been using on its own for the last week, available at Boots or Superdrug (I got mine from Boots!) for £4.99 at it’s retail price, though I bought it on sale for £2.99.

For a start, the packaging is quite elegant for it’s pricing, and I loved the black and gold contrast. This specific mascara is intended to be waterproof, though there is also one especially for volume, from the same range with the same format. The wand wasn’t what i expected. I expected a larger wand simply because of the packaging but I actually really like it as it’s got very small bristles which are perfect for extending your lashes as they can get in between them well. I found that the application with a few coats is quite good at making your lashes look longer without looking like you’ve got much on. It also deepens the colour of your lashes well in my opinion, which give them a bit more definition.

As for the waterproof side of it, it is pretty much what it says. During this week I happened to be chopping onions which was a great test to see if they are indeed waterproof and from judgement I can say that there were no visible smudges or indication that it wasn’t waterproof. It can be tough to remove if you’ve applied a few coats so I guess the waterproof side works!

Overall, I think that although it is not one of the best to give ultra volume, considering I was looking specifically for a simple, cheap waterproof mascara, I think the quality is in line with the price. It’s a great, everyday mascara and I assume the volume version would be just as good and specialise in volume, rather than waterproof like this one!

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My Daily Skincare Routine!

Tonight I thought I’d do a post simply highlighting all the products I use throughout the day on my skin, as well as what I use occasionally. I’ve been lucky enough to not have ever had any major skin breakouts, and these products are drugstore and affordable, yet are the secret behind what I have been using for years!

 

NEUTROGENA FACE WASH: £3-4/150ml I remember this brand being my first ever face wash in ‘pink  grapefruit’ and I have always used this brand to this day! It lasts ages, and I love the fact that there are micro pearls which ensure your skin is genuinely being cleansed properly and stripped of pores/blemishes. I always use this first thing in the morning to simply refresh my skin and after I’ve removed any makeup at the end of the day to fully cleanse it and strip it of any impurities from throughout the day.  Click here to see my full review last year on them!

NIVEA DAY AND NIGHT CREAMS: £3.99/50ml I use loads of products by Nivea as I find they are extremely moisturising considering I have really dry skin at times but are also so affordable! When I was younger I used to always use their trademark blue tub, and it’s kept my skin so soft, yet now use the day and night cream simply because of the SPF benefits, and extra qualities which are helpful for teenage skin, such as skin balance and intense moisturisation.

NIVEA EXPRESS HYDRATION PRIMER: £4.99/50ml I love, love, LOVE this cream! I initially bought it as I’d never really used any for of ‘primer’ but have found it to not only be great underneath makeup for a smooth, sheer application, but just on its own for smoother, clearer skin! A pea sized amount is enough for your entire face and skin, and it has become a part of my daily routine.

SIMPLE KIND TO SKIN TONER: £2-3/200ml After removing any makeup, I always use a toner to remove any excess and to balance out my skin complexion over time. It definitely has worked over the past few months and I especially love the Simple toner as it is genuinely kind to your skin! It literally feels like water, considering I have sensitive skin, and has worked way better than any other toners, such as Garnier which I find irritates my skin.

VASELINE: £1 This is a lifetime favourite which I not only find works every time on dry lips, but I also coat it onto my lashes after showers or before bed as it apparently strengthens/lengthens lashes, and I also smooth it under my eyes inwards to reduce sagging bags over time and dark circles!

And finally, on occasion, usually once a week, I’ll use a face mask, typically from Montagne Jeunesse to fully hydrate my skin after a week of college/environmental influences. Click here for reviews on the ones I use!

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Bushra x