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!

Thanks for reading, let me know if you’ve tried any other products!

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Top Beauty Products for Spring

Spring has finally arrived which is probably my favourite month as it’s not too cold or hot! The weather recently has been a bit mixed in England, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start bringing out the more spring-y beauty products!

NIVEA DAILY ESSENTIALS: TINTED MOISTURISING DAY CREAM

IMG_20160328_210714This is one of my main and favourite products from Nivea and one that I buy every year for the Spring/Summer period.I love how it’s not even from a ‘makeup’ brand but rather a widely known skin brand which many people are familiar with. This particular cream is a light tinted moisturiser which is always a good alternative from thicker foundations (which I never wear but there are many who do) and not only is it universal in that it is suitable for all skin types/tones, but it has an SPF of 15 which is ideal for the odd and unpredictable sunshine here and there like in the UK currently, and for the eventual summer period, especially when it’s not blazing hot but you still want some skin protection. It applies like a typical daily moisturiser and not only feels just as light on the skin, but the slight pigmentation gives you a beautiful and natural glow, especially when your skin is hit by the sun. Great for those summer selfies 😉 The price is also great and super affordable at less than £3.65/50ml and is currently on sale at Superdrug for less! It’s definitely worth buying for this year!– http://www.superdrug.com/Nivea/Nivea-Visage-Tinted-Moisturising-Cr%C3%A8me-50ml/p/462942?singleResultSearchPage=true

COLLECTION DIVINE WATERPROOF LASH MASCARA    IMG_20160122_190434

This mascara is only £2.99 and is a cheap, lash defining mascara which is most importantly WATERPROOF which is definitely required for the upcoming heat! Check out my full review on this from last month: https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/review-collection-divine-lash-waterproof-mascara/

 MAYBELLINE BABY LIPS

And finally… baby lipss!! I remember last year when these were the obsession throughout summer by many. Though it is a love it or hate it product, I love the fact that it’s a fun packaged lip balm with an amazing smell and tint, with the feeling of ultra moisturisation in hot, sticky weather! My favourites are Pink Punch and Cherry Me 😀 They are usually £2.99 each.

 

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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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Bushra x

 

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 – A 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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Bushra x

 

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 – This 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

 

FACE MASKS : Montagne Jeunesse vs Quick Fix Facials | REVIEW

I absolutely love face masks as whether they are being used as a treat after a long week, or as a means of fixing up your skin, they are so much more deep cleansing and effective than an everyday face wash. I tend to use face masks at least once a fortnight, but try to do it once a week as suggested! The main face masks I’ve tried are the Montagne Jeunesse face mask sachets and more recently, have tried the Quick Fix Facials, a tube of 100ml of face mask. They are all available at Boots!

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks: £1/15ml  –  http://www.boots.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=11051&Ne=ManufacturerName|&DM_PersistentCookieCreated=true&langId=-1&categoryId=174849&storeId=10052&cannonicalUrl=en/Beauty/Skincare/Face/Face-Masks/&N=mfName_ntk_cs%253A%2522Montagne%2522|

I’ve been using these masks for a long time and first wanted them because of the fact that they were a one time use and so I could pick different ones each time as opposed to one type of face mask in a tube. Each face mask could actual20150706_131511ly be used twice as I found once I began using them! There are several types of masks they offer – the mud pacs and the peel off masks. The peel off ones are intended to be easier to use but I personally found them hard to peel off at times, and so prefer the mud masks, which are simply applied like a facial wash, left for 10-15 minutes and then scrubbed off, rather than peeled off. I found that the mud pacs also felt far more deep cleansing and actually felt like it was making a difference to my skin – it felt softer and more cleansed! The texture varies from different masks, from a gel like substance to an exfoliating one. For £1 these are great and they smell amazing! There are a range of different scents, so whether you prefer mint or fruit, there’s one for everyone! My all time favourite one which I use all the time is the hot chocolate one! It smells good enough to eat, however it also has a self heating element to it, so you actually feel it heating on your face as you apply it which really makes a difference to the texture of the skin! You can see it here: http://www.boots.com/en/Montagne-Jeunesse-Melted-Chocolate-Hot-Chocolate-Pore-Cleansing-Sauna-Masque-15g_1392667/

Quick Fix Facials: £4.99/100ml – http://www.boots.com/en/Quick-Fix-Facials-Mega-Moisture-Gel-Mask-100ml_1360898/

After months of using the Montagne Jeunesse sachets, I decided to try something different. The Quick Fix Facials have a range of products for different skin types (I bought the one for dry and thirsty skin) and the fact that they are 20150706_131458100ml means you can use the tube of face mask for at least 10 quick five minute facials, as the product claims. This is great for people who don’t have as much time on their hands to go through the whole procedure of having a face mask on for 15 minutes, as this one can simply be used in the shower and more regularly (at least every 2-3 days) without any problems, whereas the Montagne Jeunesse ones are recommended to only be applied at least once a week for best results. I found the Quick Fix Facials were far more consistent as I wasn’t switching out different types of face masks as with Montagne Jeunesse, however I did find that it did make it more of a chore rather having fun with them as the same one each week was a bit monotonous. However it did feel very exfoliating and had a thick texture, which I applied to my whole face which made it feel cleansed and soft, serving the same function as the other face masks. It works out cheaper due to the fact that at least 10 applications works out at less than half the price of one Montagne Jeunesse sachet! The smell wasn’t as rich as the sachets, and it smelt slightly minty and quite neutral, which wasn’t necessarily a ‘bad thing’, unless you’re like me and enjoy having different scents each week!

VERDICT: Although the Quick Fix Facials are intended to be easier to apply and long lasting due to the amount of applications one tube at £4.99 offers, I find that the Montagne Jeunesse ones are far more fun packaged and the huge variety makes it more exciting to choose and try different ones! They also smell far more rich and have a wide range of scents and therefore appeal to more people! I would recommend Quick Fix Facials for those of you who would rather use one face mask quickly and regularly, but for those who want to keep it as more of a treat at the end of the week, with a burst of different scents, Montagne Jeunesse is the one! 😀

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Bushra xxx

Stila: One Step Illuminate Review

Stila isn’t a brand I would usually purchase from, but was sent to me as I won a giveaway by the beautiful Amena – check her channel out – https://www.youtube.com/user/Amenakin 🙂stila one step illuminate

Stila, being a high end makeup brand, was one that you would expect quality from. And so this lived up to it’s name. Rather than being a cakey foundation, this was a serum which really awakens and brightens your skin, evening out and correcting your complexion. The formula contains three bronzers: pale pink, champagne and kitten, all required for it to warm, highlight, brighten and as the name suggests, illuminate your skin. The idea of it being ‘one steps’ means you get all of the typical things you’d do to your skin, such as bronze and highlight, in one application.

I liked how it was a pump as it made it less messier and more easier to apply. What I thought was great about it was the fact that it was a great alternative to a foundation, which I’m not a huge fan of. I’d say my skin is naturally quite clear, and so there is no need for foundation, yet there are days where I would like my skin to have that extra glow (eg. at special occasions!) and so this is the perfect alternative. Having looked at the website, I assume this is to be used as serum and primer before foundation, though it looks great on it’s own, in my opinion! If your skin is quite clear anyway, then this is beautiful on its own.

The actual serum is such a great mix of champagne and pink tones, which really balances out your skin. It instantly lifts your skin and gives it a really flawless finish. I have wore it a few times without any other makeup just to see how it looks on its own, and I’ve immediately had people comment on how glowing my skin looks, and even better than usual, despite it being the only product on my face.

Overall: A great product with added skin benefits:

  • Reduces imperfections
  • Improves skin texture
  • Minimizes pores and diminishes the look of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Hydrates, balances and nourishes the skin
  • Controls oil production

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