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 Рbeautiful 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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‘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 ūüė¶ But let me know if you use any of these brands and what you think of em ūüôā

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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LUSH REVIEW: Old Father Time Soap!

Today’s post will be on the Old Father Time soap which I bought on the Boxing Day sales where some soaps were half price and so this one cost around ¬£2.50 for about 150g – total bargain! It is one of their Christmas

specials for this year and it definitely is one of the most beautiful and coolest soaps from the few I’ve purchased from Lush in the past year, and so I have been using since I purchased it. It’s hard to keep away from Lush!

Price: £3.50/100g РA bargain for what it offers!

For a start, although this is not to do with the soap itself, there’s something so satisfying and appealing about Lush’ paper packaging of each individual product!

As always, Lush’ bar of soaps are always such a nice feeling, with an amazing formula, often smothered in natural ingredients which is a plus. This one is 100% vegan, with natural ingredients such as coconut, rapeseed and rosewood oil, which seems to make application all the more soothing and perfect for sensitive skin, leaving your skin so soft! I feel like it has an instant calming effect, especially after a long day which I’ve found as a common asset of all¬†Lush soaps! This scent is very herbal and festive, with sweet undertones. it’s unlike most soaps which are usually either quite fruity/zesty or overly herbal which I don’t really like so this is the perfect compromise!

This particular soap looks amazing! In terms of looks, which attracted me initially to this soap over others, it looks phenomenal, unlike a typical soap. It’s infused with a sort of mystical look, with a blur of colours. It has tones of blue and green swirling over each other with golden blocks, and an imprinted sun on the other side of the soap. It’s almost a work of art; it’s very creative!

It’s no surprise this isn’t available all year. It’s one of the best! I would definitely recommend it!

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Beauty/Skincare Favourites of 2015 Under ¬£5!

So another year has almost come to an end and once again has flown by so quick!¬†To sum up the year in terms of some of the products I’ve continuously used throughout the year and found most beneficial, here are some of my top¬†beauty favourites, all bought under ¬£5 and so are all very affordable:

 

These are both by Nivea, available from most good drugstores and are part of the Daily Essentials Collection. They are the Sensitive Night Cream and the Express Hydration Primer and cost around ¬£3-4.¬†¬†These have been used throughout the year and have kept my skin soft and smooth with their formulas. The night cream is used before bed and helps with redness and dryness whereas the hydration primer can be used as a ‘day cream’ on it’s own or underneath makeup. I use it for both and have found it to be better than the actual day cream as it’s very sheer and such a small amount is needed for the whole face and neck!

 

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SOAP AND GLORY: THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER – This cost ¬£3 and is great after the shower and has such a smooth and thick formula with an amazing scent! I actually bought this on Boxing Day 2014 and the review was my first post of 2015! Since then, it’s been a fave. ¬†For a full review click here: ¬†https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/soap-and-glory-the-righteous-butter-review/

 

20151228_115725QUICK FIX FACIALS – These are sold as a ¬†wide range in Boots (UK drugstore) for ¬£4.99 each ¬†so you can choose according to your skin type. I have dry skin so bought this one. They are designed to be used as a gel on the face and washable in five minutes so are very convenient if you don’t have the time for a full face mask. It says it can last 10 applications but for me it has lasted many¬†more! It is ideal to use regularly! For a full review on this with other face masks click here:¬†https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/face-masks-montagne-jeunesse-vs-quick-fix-facials-review/

AVON SUPERSHOCK GEL EYELINER: This eyeliner by Avon cost £3 and has been my favourite and I have found it to be way better than pencil or felt top liners. It simply lasts much longer and the application comes out bold with one line, as shown in the swatch, without the need for going over it.

 

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MUA HIDE & CONCEAL РThis concealer by MUA is only £1!!! It is applied in an easy stick form and I have found this to be far more high in coverage than some higher priced liquid concealers. There are only 3 shades to choose from but at £1 its a bargain and perfect for students. You can see other MUA concealers, including the felt tip and liquid ones in my review here: https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/drugstore-eyeliner-review-collection-vs-mua-d/

 

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NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR GENTLE EXFOLIATING FACE WASH – Neutrogena have some of the best face washes in my opinion, with something for everyone and all under ¬£5. This one was on sale at ¬£2.50 and retails at ¬£3-4. I’ve used the Pink Grapefruit one before too, and it was just as good. I use it every day and it has kept my skin free of any major spots or blemishes! Check out my full review on this amazing product –¬†https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/review-neutrogena-visibly-clear-spot-control-face-scrub/

Thank you for reading, these were just some of many great products I have discovered this year. Let me know what products you’ve loved this year and don’t forget to like, follow and share if you enjoyed for more!

Bushra xx