The Body Shop Oils Of Life

There’s something really special about doing a nightly skincare routine just before I go to bed, it’s not only beneficial to my skin but also helps make me feel relaxed and ready for sleep. I’ve been using various products from The Body Shop for years and until recently I have been using their Vitamin E Night Cream, which is light enough through the warmer months. I was after a deep, hydrating over night cream that doesn’t clog up my pores and came across The Oils Of Life range, I decided to give the Sleeping Cream a try.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Range Sleeping Cream

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream is a deep hydrating over night cream that get’s to work on your face, neck and decollete. It’s packed with 3 precious seed oils and 7 essential oils from around the world, this cream helps to repair and restore your skin  while you sleep.

The 3 Precious Seed oils are:

Rosehip oil – rich is Omega 3 and 6

Black Cumin oil – high in antioxidants

Camellia oil – rich in nutritive oleic acid

The Powerful Blend Of 7 Essential Oils:

Lavender Oil – known for it’s calming properties

Rosemary Leaf Oil – helps to improve the skins tone

Geranium oil – boosts the skin’s radiance

Orange Peel Oil – revitalises the skin

Lavandin oil – stimulates collagen

Majoram Leaf oil for it’s fragrance

Roman Chamomile Oil – for it’s calming properties

When I first got this I thought it was going to be rather oily, instead it’s a light, creamy gel like consistency and the most gorgeous fragrance that almost made me feel like I was in a Spa treatment room. Naturally I did wonder if I’d be able to use this as I have sensitive skin, luckily I had no reaction what so ever. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping cream had quite the opposite effect, the essential oils helped calm down any redness I had after cleansing.

After applying my usual serum I’ve been gently massaging this into my face and neck every evening so the cream could work over night. It absorbs in really quickly, not like some heavier creams that take ages and seem to sit on top on my skin. This one didn’t feel sticky or greasy afterwards and definitely made my complexion look more radiant, I love the soothing feeling it had on my skin.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

The following morning I woke up with super soft, hydrated skin, which also looked plumper. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream had completely got rid of any dry patches and evened out my skin tone, basically anything that makes me look as though I’ve had a full 8 hours sleep will always get my vote.

I’ve been using this cream for a few weeks now, my skin feels more nourished and looks more radiant that it’s done in a while, it will be perfect for the colder months when I need something a bit more intense than my normal night cream. Massaging it into my skin is such a wonderful experience and combined with the gorgeous smell of essential oils that do actually work makes me want to use The Body Shop Oil’s Of Life Sleeping Cream night after night. I’d definitely recommend it, plus it’s suitable for all skin types including oily and combination skin. It’s reasonably priced at £29.00 for an 80ml tub and it will last quite a while as you don’t need to use too much.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

I can’t wait to try out some more of the Oils Of Life Range from The Body Shop. You may also like to read My Skincare Routine where I also talk about thier Vitamin E range.

Have you tried this range before? What’s your favourite night cream?

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Glossybox Review

If you didn’t already know, the October 2017 Glossybox has an extra special theme and this month it’s Unicorns Vs Mermaids! I was secretly hoping mine would arrive in the unicorn box as there are two different designs, they cost £10 each plus postage and packing and it’s filled with amazing products that will definitely brighten up a dull Autumn day.

So you can safely say I was over the moon when I opened up the packaging and found which design I’d been sent and you can be sure that I’m keeping the box for storage in my office, regardless of what’s inside. Anyway, onto what products came with the October Glossybox.

Mermaids vs Unicorns Glossy Box

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette

Full Size – RRP £4.00

Makeup Revolution is one of my favourite drugstore brands and this palette is absolutely gorgeous, it’s possible to create so many different looks with these 12 vibrant colours. Perfect, as I’m still attempting to be slightly more adventurous with my makeup. Each shade is highly pigmented, the powder has almost a creamy feel and blends in really easily, I’m pretty sure as with most of Makeup Revolution eyeshadows this one lasts well too. It’s got to be worth every penny.

Glossy Box October 2017

Kawaii Enterprise Brush Cleaning Egg

Full Size – RRP 7.99

I already have a larger brush cleaning egg but anything that saves me time on this weekly chore is always a winner, even better as it comes in pink. I think this one would be perfect for eyeshadow or medium sized face brushes, especially if you haven’t got many to clean. As with my other brush cleaner I wouldn’t use it on my makeup sponges, I’d worry they’d split. These brush cleaning eggs are extra gentle and do get your makeup brushes super clean, I simply use a tiny amount of baby shampoo with mine. It’s such a handy tool to have.

Glossybox October 2017

Lord & Berry Magic Brow Pencil

Sample Size

I don’t have that many brow products and was excited to see this pencil inside this months Glossybox. It came in the shade Brunette but mimics the natural colour found in your brows. It’s super pigmented and really soft, making it easy to apply. I think this one will get so much use in the coming months.

Glossybox October

Beauty Bang Cream Colour

Full Size – RRP “20.00

This is one of those products that is designed for practically everything from a blusher, highlighting cheek bones and as an eyeshadow or lipstick. It’s so simple to use, just by dabbing it on with your finger tips and applying the colour where ever you want it. I think this shade will make a stunning highlighter and a really neutral lip shade, perfect if I’m in a hurry but don’t want to go completely bare faced.

Glossybox October 2017

Sleek Creme To Powder Blusher

Full Size – RRP £5.99

First of all, let’s ignore the fact that I am the world’s most clumsiest person and ended up putting my finger through  the blusher as I was taking the plastic wrapper off ready to take this photo. I’m not a great fan of cream blushers but this one feels so silky soft and easy to blend with a makeup sponge. The shade is absolutely stunning and I’m sure I’ll be using it for both both day and evening looks.

Glossybox October 2017

This has to be probably my favourite Glossybox ever with such a cute, colourful theme, plus this month there are four gorgeous full sized products, how fab is that? There are a couple of new brands for me to try and two that I already adore almost every product they have. You can also get your hands on an embroidered sweatshirt for £29.99 from their website, but you’ll need to be quick as there’s only a limited supply.

Glossybox is a monthly subscription box which costs £10 per box, plus postage and packaging, each month there is a different theme. I can’t wait to see what the November box will include.

Have you tried a beauty subscription box?

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konjac sponge

I’d seen konjac facial sponges on the market and was excited to try one, especially the ones from The Konjac Sponge Company. They have a range of different ones for different skin types and have released their Mythical Creatures Collection. They are quite clever little cleansing sponges as you don’t need any other product, the sponge does all the work.

I have to admit, I’ve tried a cleansing sponge from a beauty subscription box a while a ago and wasn’t that impressed with it.  But the one I received from The Konjac Sponge Company was a totally different story.

konjac sponge

These sponges are made from 100% vegetable fibre and not only kind to your skin but also completely biodegradable so they’re kind to the environment too. Each box is fully recyclable and comes with a cute little hook to make it easy to hang up while your sponge is not in use. This is such a brilliant idea as it means your sponge can dry out completely before you next want to cleanse your face. I think the Mythical Unicorn looks adorable hanging in my bathroom, the collection also includes a dragon and a mermaid which are designed for specific skin types. How fab is that?

The sponge is made from the konjac plant root which is packed with loads of benefits to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best. It gives your skin a deep cleanse, removing any dirt and grime, gently exfoliating to give your complexion a wonderful healthy glow. The sponge is even soft enough to use around the delicate eye area yet still be effective and also helps to reduce any puffiness. This konjac sponge is my skins new best friend and I’ve been using it as part of my daily cleansing routine for a few weeks now. I have extremely sensitive skin, so you imagine how pleased I was that the sponge didn’t cause any reaction at all, my skin feels so soft and smooth. A couple of people even commented on how glowing my skin looked and that was after I had started using the konjac sponge!

konjac sponge

It’s such a simple tool to use as it works so well, cleansing and exfoliating all in one, without leaving your skin feeling dry or tight.

How To Use

  • Rinse well before use and make sure the sponge is completely wet.
  • Massage in circular movements across your skin, especially on any problem areas. Although you don’t have to use any extra products I preferred using mine with a small amount of my normal cleanser.
  • Rinse the sponge thoroughly after use and gently squeeze out any excess water.
  • Hang it on the hook to dry out completely and it’s ready for the next time you want to use it.
  • Vegan and Cruelty Free registered

It really is as easy as that and I would definitely recommend these sponges to anyone who doesn’t want to spend too long on their beauty routine. It feels a bit strange at first, almost like you’re holding a blob of jelly in your hand but believe me it works!

These sponges are meant to last up to 3 months but should probably replace it if you notice yours starting to break down before then.

konjac sponge

Why you’ll love these konjac sponges:

  • Super easy to use
  • Affordable at only £10.99
  • 100% konjac and free of any dyes or additives
  • 100% biodegradable and Eco friendly
  • Suitable for everyone, even those with extremely sensitive skin
  • They also have ones available for use on your body

Honestly, what more could you want from a cleansing sponge? If you would like to have a look at the rest of the range from The Konjac Sponge Company, head over to their WebsiteTwitter or Instagram pages.

Have you tried a cleansing sponge? How did you get on using them?

*This product was sent to me in return for a review, but photos and opinions are my own
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barry m lip kit, nyx lipstick, sleek lipstick

For me, buying a new lipstick every Autumn is like being back at school and buying new stationery, I get super excited at all the new season shades and have to pick up at least one for my makeup collection. There are some amazing lip products on the market right now, I’ve found a few that I’ve seriously been loving over the past few months, and as Autumn is well and truly underway I’d thought I’d let you have a peek at what lipsticks I’ve been using.

For everyday I’ll apply NYX Lip Liner in Nude and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Monogamous which is a beautiful warm toned browny nude shade, so it’s absolutely perfect for everyday wear. This lipstick gives an incredible creamy finish and is super easy to apply, it just glides on so nicely and took just one coat to give my lips a beautiful wash of colour. I’m seriously impressed with how long the lipstick lasted, only having to top up once through the day. It feels super nourishing on my lips due to it’s moisturising formula.

I’m also obsessed with Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Allure which is a stunning metallic plum shade. I fell in love with the original Barry M Matte Me Up Lip kit, so when I saw they brought out a metallic version I knew I had to get my hands on one. I’ve been using the shade Allure quite a lot over the past few weeks as it’s perfect for day or evening. These lip kits are amazing, the applicator makes it easy to apply and the colour just glides on, it doesn’t feel sticky or cling to any dry areas and the colour lasts pretty much all day. The lip kit is such a bargain at only £6.99!

I enjoy wearing a bolder lip colour and this season I’m just loving NYX Butter Gloss in shade Red Velvet, it’s perfect for Autumn. This is a more comfortable liquid lipstick in the most amazing, creamy moisturising formula. My lips always feel super soft and hydrated after using this lipstick, it’s a bit like having a highly pigmented lip balm which is just what I need in the colder months. The sponge applicator makes it easy to apply as the colour just glides on and it lasts pretty much all day. This has to be one of my all time favourite lipsticks!

For Autumn I simply love wearing Sleek Matte Lipstick in shade Russian Roulette, it;s just the most gorgeous deep berry red shade. It applies nicely with just one coat, although I do wear a lip liner to stop any bleeding. It is super pigmented and dries ever so quickly into the most beautiful silky matte finish. Oh my word, once this stuff is on your lips, it’s on for the day, there wasn’t even the slightest bit of colour left behind on my coffee cup! It’s budge proof! I have to physically take it off with makeup remover!. For a matte lipstick, I was pretty impressed that it doesn’t dry out my lips or stick to any dry patches which is fabulous. So if you’re after a lip product that has amazing staying power and still looks as good at the end of the day as when you applied it in the morning, then you need this lipstick in your life!

The newest lipstick in my collection is one by GOSH in the shade Amethyst, which is a beautiful frosty purple shade, you do have to apply a couple of coats as it’s quite a sheer finish but it looks so pretty on that I have to give it a mention. It feels comfortable to wear, it’s incredibly moisturising and last for quite a while before you have to top it up during the day.

If you’re in a hurry the a chunky lip crayon is just the thing as they are a lipstick and lip liner in one. I’ve chosen Rodial Suede Lips in shade Big Apple, it’s just the most gorgeous deep pinky plum colour, perfect for day wear, without being too in your face. I found this lightweight chunky lip pencil so easy to use, it glides on smoothly, gives a beautiful matte finish and is incredibly long lasting. The colour is highly pigmented and feels really comfortable to wear as it doesn’t dry out my lips, for a matte lip product it’s actually quite moisturising.

And last but not least there is the Barry M Lip Liner in shade Mulberry which I’ve been using before applying a couple of my lipsticks. It can be quite difficult trying to find a lip liner which isn’t so hard that it doesn’t drag the delicate skin on my lips. This lip liner from Barry M is just perfect, it has a really velvety soft texture, but not too soft so you’ll still get a nice precise line and not too hard that you’re scratching every bit of skin on your lips.

What’s your favourite lip product for this Autumn?

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boohoo makeup

I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard BooHoo had launched their own makeup collection and I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. Scrolling through the website I came across so many gorgeous products from other brands including W7 and Technic, but I decided to pick up a few items from BooHoo’s own cosmetics range and put them to the test.

The BooHoo makeup includes eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks and lip kits, a setting spray, primers and highlighter palettes. They also have a set of four rosegold oval makeup brushes and a set of two beauty blending sponges! Here’s what I bought and my first impressions.

boohoo makeup, boohoo liquid lipstick, boohoo primer, boohoo highlighter

The first product I tried from my BooHoo makeup haul was the Illuminating Primer. This is quite a thin liquid, it applied well and was easy to blend, giving my complexion a healthy dewy glow. The primer felt really comfortable to wear over the drier areas of my skin but sadly it accentuated the large pores around my nose area.

The Highlight Palette is simply gorgeous, it’s set in rose gold packaging and at only £6 you’re getting a real bargain. The powders are incredibly soft and blend beautifully, the shade on the right has to be my absolute favourite. The glow that came off this little beauty matched a couple of my more expensive highlighting palettes!

boohoo liquid lipstick

I’m still very much in love with liquid lipsticks, especially in a good nude as they go with everything, for any occassion. I chose a pack of three liquid lipsticks from BooHoo which included a nude, pale pink and darker pink. Unfortunately the packs don’t have a shade written on them, but I really loved the raspberry pink colour. The liquid lipsticks applied really nicely with an easy to use applicator, the colour dried quite quickly into a stunning matte finish. It lasted pretty well, just not quite as long as I’d hoped but for £8 you’re getting three liquid lipsticks so I won’t complain.

The lip kit I chose was in the shade Pink. The liner applied really nicely without dragging my skin but the lip shade did feel a bit sticky and took a few coats to build up any colour. I’m going to keep this one in my bag for emergencies. at £4 it doesn’t matter too much if I lose it after one too many glasses of wine on a night out!

boohoo eyeshadow palette

The BooHoo Makeup Collection has a choice of three eyeshadow palettes, Smokey, Bronze/Nude and Colourpop and these have to be my favourite products from the whole range, I have the Colourpop palette with a mix of pinks, purples and nudes eyeshadows, perfect for any time of day, the bottom 4 shades are absolutely stunning! The powder is so soft, the shades have a high pigment and they’re easy to blend. The eyeshadow palettes cost £10 and with eight shades you do get a lot for your money.

Overall I think the Boohoo cosmetics range is a good budget brand if you’re just starting out in makeup or you don’t really want to spend a lot of money out on products. The range is also cruelty free.

I’ve also recently made a shopping trip to pick up some new clothes for Autumn and if you’d like to see what I bought then I’ll leave the link here.

Have you tried anything from the new BooHoo Makeup range?

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