Mini Beauty & Skincare Haul!!!

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‘Ey up!

I don’t do this all too often however it is my birthday month and I’m certainly allowing myself to splash out a bit more than normal, you’re only 21 once! Sadly. So to start off my ‘buying loadsa STUFF’ month, I did a mini Boots haul. They had 3 for 2 on both Maybelline products AND all facial and skin care products. It’d have been rude not to right? I’ve had my eye on a bunch of this stuff for a while but never got round to buying it, but me and a friend had a nice day out in the city centre last saturday and mooched round some shops. You know those ‘mooches’ that turn into walking out of the shop with ten more items than the one or two you expected to walk out with. It was one of them. And I loved it.

I bought some other bits and bats, some clothes and shoes too but I’m going to do them seperately otherwise this blog will go on foreverrrrrrrrrrrrr.

SO. The first thing I just had to get my hands on was the Lash Sensational by Maybelline. I’ve heard soooooo much about this product and seen so many ‘first tries’ and reviews, all of which have astounded me. So I needed to get some for myself. This mascara has absolutely lived up to it’s name. My lashes have never looked so good, not ever. They’re separated perfectly, they’re about as long as my arm, last all day and it’s only £7.99! This product beats probably about 90% of the high end mascaras you pay triple the price for. Honestly, you can’t fault this, it’s amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone!

Moving on to the one and only – Soap and Glory. I LOVE THIS BRAND! They do some unbelievable products, for such reasonable prices. I’ve wanted to give the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub a go for a while. It’s full of natural ingredients such as, “organic cupuaçu, bananas, almond and honey extracts”. It also has this gorgeous smell of maple syrup too. Nom! It smells so good you just want to eat it! Because the scrub grains are almost like sugar granule size I use it every day to give my skin a good buff on an evening. It’s only £8.00 too!
The other product I got from here was the Rub Your Nose In It pore refining masque which was £11.50. It’s supposed to be applied to your T-zone to help reduce the size and appearance of pores and aid in the reduction of excess oils produced on and around your T-zone. I’ve been looking for a new interesting masque now for a little while, so I figured I should give this one a whirl. Why not. It’s also got a pepperminty smell which is interesting, it feels quite cold and refreshing on your face which is lovelyyy. As it’s a first time buy I can’t really say all too much about it, so I’m going to keep using it for the next week and do a follow up review on it, so keep an eye out for that one!

As we’re on facial skin care, I also purchased another first time buy. One I haven’t seen before, although I may just be slightly blind. The Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser which was £4.99. I’m umming and ahhing about this product at the minute and I shall tell you why. Firstly it’s a really bizarre texture when it comes out of the pump, it almost begins to separate in your hands a bit like jelly. It’s weird. Secondly after about 45 seconds of rubbing it into your skin it feels super cold and begins to sting. Now, I’m not really on board with this, because initially when it felt like that, it’s worryingly similar to feeling like you’re having a bad reaction to it, so instantly I wanted to get it off my face. Turns out I wasn’t having a reaction to it, that’s just how it feels. So I stand by my comment: It’s Weird. Due to it’s weirdness I’m going to give it a test period of about 2 weeks to see how it does and if it makes any difference to my skin at all, then it’s review time!

Back on with the make-up! I bought the Maybelline Line Refine Expression Kajal Liner in Black. I’m used to the Master Drama, I absolutely adore that eyeliner it stays put longer than any waterline eyeliner I’ve ever known in my life! However, on a sad, sad note, they had none left *sniffsniff*. So I figured why not give this one a go instead. It’s not as thick upon application BUT, it sits strongly on your waterline and hangs about for quite a while and considering it’s £1.50 cheaper, I’m okay with that until I get my hands on some more Master Drama!
I also got myself another Baby Lips, but this one is the Dr Rescue one. So lets see if it’s any different shall we! So far the only difference I can tell is that when you put it on it’s got a menthol-y kick to it, so no fast head swishing or running or moving around much in the cold, you may experience mental issues due to being convinced your lips are going to freeze off. You get used to it though. I think… Other wise I’m going to use it daily for the next week or so and see if it makes a difference to my original Baby Lips Maybelline brought out. I believe a comparison blog is in sight. This balm from the Baby Lips range is slightly more expensive than the basic ones at £3.49 as opposed to £2.99, so not by much!

Finally, a polish purchase. You can’t leave with out a new one. Well, I can’t anyway. Do I have a problem??? I’ve got a similar colour to this Rimmel polish before from this Salon Pro line however this one is slightly darker. I love the colour I put it straight on when I got home and the quality is amazing! It’s application is fab and it lasts very well. I saw some other gorgeous colours in this range aswell. And it’s only £4.49…
God help me.

Anyhow guys that’s it for my mini Boots haul. I’ll be doing quite a few review/follow up blogs on these purchases as there are quite a few first time buys here, so I’ll be letting you know my very honest opinion on these as always.

I hope you’re all well! Don’t forget it’s mothers day soon for those of you out there with a sieve brain like yours truley!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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My Winter Skin Care Must Haves & Skin Care Tips!

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In the picture above you see a rather large pile of ‘stuff’. This pile of ‘stuff’ is so important for me to keep on top of using during the winter season. Why? Because throughout winter your skin goes through the freezing cold of the outside to the warmth of your house when you get in. It gets hit by wind, cold temperatures, rain and snow, then you get inside and instantly hit it with the heating, hot water and rubbing it dry with towels. Due to all your skin goes through during this time of year it’s SO important you take your best care of it. But not just your face, your body too.

You need to make sure you replenish the moisture in your face as the quick mixture of temperatures can really dry it out. But it’s so important to make sure your skin is clean and clear first! There’s no point rubbing moisturiser into dirty skin, all hell will break loose! So once you’ve removed any make up, make sure you cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove any excess, one make up wipe only does half the job, cleanser does the other half. I find soap-free cleansers are the absolute best. Soap holds Alkalis usually in the form of sodium, which can cause damage and reduce moisture in the skin, so it’s best to steer clear of it on your face. Especially in winter!

With the elements hitting you’re skin as they do this time of year, anyone who’s anyone is prone to dry skin, even the oiliest of skin (trust me on that one). Dry skin, if not ex-foliated properly can become a hoarder or bacteria and cause problems with your pores, so it’s key to make sure you’re exfoliating probably every other day. Or use a gentle exfoliator lightly every day.
Ex foliating is quite abrasive and rough against your skin obviously, so it’s so important you moisturise afterwards, otherwise it’s not going to benefit the appearance of your skin at all. Arguably the dry skin will just come back worse, become tight and crack. What I find helps, as your T-zone is quite oil prone still, is to continue to keep up with your T-zone cleansers/lotions, to help your complexion even more thoroughly.

One awesome trick I regularly use is having a face massager (you’ll see in the picture it’s the weird pointy thing on a stick). I use this some nights with my cleanser on, as massaging the skin helps bring the blood to the surface, increasing the repair-ability of your skin tissue. So it’s a big help with dry/cracked skin and spots too.

Now with your body. We often wrap up like crazy in the winter, which can mean our skin is very hot, a bit sweaty and doesn’t have much time to breath. So it’s incredibly important you give your skin a super deep clean when you jump in the shower on an evening. I like to use a thick creamy body wash, as it’s so relaxing and comforting. Or if I’m in the bath, a creamy bath gel with a refreshing scent is always a winner! You also want to make sure you’re skin is on top form in the winter, as it’s not always used to being that warm and tucked away under layers upon layers of clothes, so exfoliating is important here too. Just not as often, I usually do a couple of times a week maybe three times, but use a scrubbing mitten to help buff my skin too. Also, don’t forget you’re feet! They have it the worst and they’re working continuously, so make sure you’ve got a strong foot scrub to hand and you should probably use that a little more regularly!
As before, once you’ve ex-foliated you MUST moisturise, otherwise you’re simply doing further damage to your skin and it’s going to begin to find it difficult to rep,air itself. Dry skin = itchy skin. That’s a difficult one to recover from if you don’t begin to moisturise quickly.

Finally, don’t forget you’re hair!!! With this one, I wouldn’t wash as often, as the natural oils will help protect your hair. I’m not saying walk around like a grease monster, but don’t be washing you’re hair for the sake of it. When you do wash it, apply some conditioner to the bottom 3/4’s once you’re out of the shower to aid in protecting. Or, use a decent hair masque, which is made for helping build up strong hair and use it a little more regularly than usual. I use mine every 2 weeks in this weather. Try and avoid drying your hair too thoroughly too, it just dries it out more.

From above, my top products for winter are:

  • Body Shop’s Vanilla Spice Soap Free Shower Gel
  • Aqueous BP Moisturiser Cream
  • Cetaphil Soap Free Cleanser and Moisturiser
  • St Ives Apricot Face Scrub
  • Body Shop’s Facial Massager
  • Origins Ginger Body Scrub
  • Origins Grapefruit Shower & Bath Gel
  • Shuropody Foot Scrub & Cream
  • Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque

I hope you guys enjoyed this and found some interesting & helpful tips hiding in there and wishing you all an amazing start to 2015!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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