SOAP AND GLORY – Scrub Your Nose In It Product Review

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Holaaaaaaaaaaaa!

I’ve been trying out this product as a first time buy for just over a week now and felt now is a good time to give you all a review. I find the first week of using a new product is a good time for noticing if it’s actually beginning to make a difference to your skin. And if so, is it living up to it’s name or reeeeeealllyyyyyyyyyy taking its time?

Well why don’t you let me tell you!!

What it does:
This product is quite interesting. It’s not your usual masque by any means and applies very thinly .In my opinion this masque is definitely more for day to day use as opposed to a good deep clean once or twice a week.

Scrub Your Nose In It is made to thoroughly remove the dirt from your pores, clear away excess oils, then help to reduce the size and appearance of pores. However it is solely for your T-Zone only, no where else. Or so the packet says. I wanted to try my whole face anyway, see what happened.

The Product:
So, the masque itself is the standard greeny/grey colour, however MUCH thinner than the usual oily skin/deep T-Zone clean type masques. When applying it, there’s a general gritty feel to it. It’s not a horrible feeling, just unusual and you can see, what I believe are exfoliating (nothing is mentioned about these alien gritty beings on the packaging) grains. Once applying a good layer to your T-Zone, you’re supposed to leave it for ‘a couple of minutes’, apparently, then wash off. However it’s not dry in such a short time so I leave it on for about 5-7 minutes until completely dry, then wash off with a sponge. Also, major thing, it’s got a MAJOR menthol/minty thing going on. It smells strongly like spearmint and when you walk around with it on, or if it’s cold, which it certainly is here, you feel like you’ve wiped toothpaste all over your face whilst prancing around the north pole. IT’S COLD!! It’s not unpleasant, it’s just cold!

My Overall Opinion:
So. I must say I strongly approve of this product. Even though it makes my face feel like it’s in the Arctic whilst the rest of my body is in the bathroom. As an all rounder its pretty impressive. It lives up to it’s name and I’ve noticed a big difference after only using this product for just over 1 week. Although in my personal opinion I would leave it on until completely dry/until your face is immovable, then remove. for me doing it this way it has worked very quickly. Although I must say I haven’t tried leaving it on with out it drying. To me that’s just wrong though, masques are supposed to render your face mud-monsterish and unusable for the next 5-10 minutes. Also in regards to quicker, more noticeable results I would definitely use this every day, I use mine after my Biore deep cleansing wash on a night, so my skin has a good long time to repair. One thing I will say! On the packaging you are advised to apply moisturiser after use. You must, must, must do this as the Scrub Your Nose in it dries your skin out quite drastically and you don’t want dry skin, you want healthy skin. After using mine everyday for over a week now the container barely looks like it’s been touched, which leads me to believe this product will last a little while, which is an added bonus. Finally, one thing I need to mention. As I said earlier I used this all over my face for this time to test to see if there was any difference between the affect it had on my T-Zone as opposed to the surrounding areas. I have noticed the affect of reducing appearance of pores has been equal all round. On the flip side, the reduction of oils has only been noticeable on my T-Zone, not really anywhere else. So to be honest, it’s worked fantastic for me as an all over the face masque. It’s reduced the appearance of my pores all over my face and reduced the oils in the areas where it’s most needed. What a winner!

Price: £11.50     Brand: Soap and Glory     Buy Again?: Absolutely 100% I’ll be buying this again as soon as it runs out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and it’s been a little sprinkle of inspiration for your future purchases!

See you all Thursday!!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint Review

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Hey Guys!!!!!,

Today I really wanted to do a review on my experience with trying out Barry M’s Gelly Hi Shine Polish.

The Barry M brand is definitely one of my favourite drug store/low cost nail polish ranges and man do they have some different styles on their shelves! Every time I go to the shop I see they’ve brought out a new type of polish range. I love their variety of colours and they have an amazing choice of glitters and effects polish, so as you can imagine I was very excited to try the Gelly polish!

The Gelly Hi Shine range boasts “Hi shine Gel effect Nail Paint provides an extra glossy finish”. So upon standard basic expectations I was hoping for a lovely, extra shiny, extra glossy, strong looking polish. Something that looks very similar to the appearance of gel nails. After all, it is called ‘Gelly’ Hi Shine. And I certainly got…

*DrumRollPlease*

NONE OF THE ABOVE!
Nothing.Nill.Nought.Zero.DIDDLYSQUAT!

This polish range, is exactly the same as any other Barry M polish I have ever used. Ever. There is no difference between this Gelly Hi Shine range and his bog standard nail polish range. In complete honesty this is actually a lot worse.

Firstly, you’re provided with this expectation, that this polish range is going to provide you with a much shinier, ‘Gel nail’ appearance with arguably the look of a higher end, higher quality polish. But it’s not. It looks just like the original Barry M range, if not, a bit cheaper. Why, I hear you ask? Well, do let me explain…
When applying this polish the first layer goes on like watered down nail varnish, kinda like the ones you got in those cheap £3.00 polish sets from a brand you’d never heard of when you were about 7. It takes it’s sweet time to dry, then the second coat goes on just about as bad as the first, so on you go to your third, (when it’s dried that is). Once onto your third coat, the most times I’ve tried it, it generally looks pretty poor by this point. The reason being is simply because you have to put so many layers on due to the polish being so thin, that by the time it appears the colour it’s supposed to be, it has this really thick layered polish look, but somehow still manages to look thin. Like that polish you had once that got super thick because you’ve had it forever, and took to it with nail polish remover to thin it out and clearly over did it (don’t use nail polish remover to thin nail polish by the way! It seriously damages your polish and causes it to separate, not thin. You can buy nail polish thinner from a lot of drug stores or Sally’s, it’s a more gentle, tailored treatment for thickened polish).
Not to help the matter, it’s more expensive than the standard polish AND it chips with in about 5 hours of wearing it. I don’t mean a small chip either, I mean half your bloody nail! It doesn’t last two minutes and I’ve tried this with 3 different top coats, still with no change.

I genuinely find this polish range categorically pointless, except the colours. There are some beautiful colours, but they should bring them out in the original Nail Paint range and sack off the Gelly Hi Shine range in my opinion. It’s painfully thin, no shinier than their other polishes, looks horribly thick when finished, chips like there’s no tomorrow and takes a life time to apply due to the mass of layers you have to put on to attempt to make it look less like a streaky mess! Why bother?!

I am 100% super disappointed with this range from Barry M (just in case you couldn’t tell) to say I was so excited to try it. I certainly won’t be purchasing it again and in honesty, do not recommend wasting your money on. Although I do recommend every other range of his, as the others are faultless.

I hope this was helpful to you guys, I know it’s been a bit of a slate-fest but I strongly disapprove of people trying to butter up and entise people into spending money on a product that you wouldn’t waste the money on yourself, especially following a bad experience with it.
I hope you’ve all had a fab start to the new year, well not so new any more I guess. It’s March already!!!
See you Thursday!
Love&Hugs
Roobes xxxxx

My Drugstore Makeup

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Hello lovelies!

Today I’m going to do my drugstore make up face essentials (i.e. what I carry round in my make up back for touch ups!) I love every single one of these products and the reason being is that they are about half the price yet equal quality to high end products, for brands like MAC, NARS and Bare Minerals.

Firstly I have to mention the concealer I use which I STUPIDLY ran out of and binned before I took this photo (and sorry but there’s no way you’re going to get me trailing through any bins for that girl!), the one I use is Maybelline’s Pure Mineral Concealer. It doesn’t wipe off or get thinner as the day goes on, it just stays the same. As you put it on it’s a good strong coverage and I know you will understand what I mean by that it doesn’t apply a shade darker than stated on the tube when you buy it, like some cheaper concealers can do. It’s exactly the shade you expect and it works to a much higher standard than you would expect for something affordably priced from your local drug store.

Following that is the No7 Stay Perfect foundation, this has beautiful coverage and gives that dewy finish that looks so natural, I actually prefer this without any powder because it just gives the appearance of flawless natural skin.

I apply a thin layer of GOSH’s ‘Precious bronzer pearls’ to under my cheek bones, I say a thin layer because this particular bronzer has a slight shimmer to it so you don’t want to apply too much or you’ll look like your inner greek goddess statue is coming out.

Following my bronzer I apply Maybelline’s ‘Expert Wear’ compact blush. I really like this, because like most Maybelline products it doesn’t just stay there for a couple of hours before it smudges and looks like you’ve left your make up on from the night before. It sticks around for a good 7-8 hours. I love Maybelline, what can I say.

So for my eyes, yes I’m about to preach some more about Maybelline so just bare with if you’re having issues, I use Maybelline’s Rocket Volum’ Mascara, with their ‘Eyestudio Drama Gel Liner’, nice and thinly above my upper lash line and then again Maybelline’s Master Drama Khol Liner. All of the above stay on all day for a minimum of 12 hours, minus the khol liner, that’s about 5 hours on one layer, call me a liar if you like but you wont when you’ve tried it! Seriously, I have never and will never buy high end eye make up products when you have Maybelline at such an affordable price (maybe on eye-shadows – but nothing else!) Finally to finish with my eyes I use my GOSH palette, to be honest, I have probably bought about 7/8 of their eye-shadow palettes and each one has been as good as the last. The stay on strong for about 8 hours minimum and blend BEAUTIFULLY! Out of the one above I like to put on the peach base and blend the mild brown shade from the outer corners inwards, very pretty and very subtle.

Finally. Lips. I had a long old discussion with myself about the best product however clearly wasted my time as I couldn’t come to a conclusion so had to put two on. On the upside, one is a gloss and one is a lipstick so that’s okay, right?! There is my beloved Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon – see the review in more detail here in Orange Punch. This is really hydrating, long lasting, strong lip crayon that gives a beautiful glow and gloss to your lips and fits with nearly all make up styles. Secondly I have Barry M’s LP165, this applies and glides very easily and looks slightly glossy on your lips. It looks lovely with one layer and stays on for quite a while, although is prone to disappearing off your lips and decorating your sandwiches and cup rims to another level, it does often need a new application. However purely because of it’s appearance and stunning colour this has to be one of my drug store faves!

And that’s just about it! If you’re looking for an opinion of drug store make up brushes BUY GOSH! Honestly no word of a lie they rival my MAC brushes. Just saying.

Hope you enjoyed this, it was especially for girls like myself who have to pay all the household costs out themselves with not much left to treat yourself with at the end of it all. Unless you class the more expensive version of your supermarkets own brand as a treat, in which case, go wild! (don’t worry you’re not on your own, I have a party when I see the reduced section hoarding a bunch of expensive stuff for a quarter of the price, it instantly becomes a case of – so how much space do I have left in my freezer? Never mind I’ll cram it in some how!)

Love&Hugs

Roobes:) xxxxx

 

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Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon Review

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Helloooooooo!

Recently I felt a little deprived of a make up shop so I popped into my local Boots store and came across these little beauties (there was a 5th colour but it wasn’t something I’d wear so I settled for the other four instead…). These are absolutely gorgeous! From left to right we have ‘Peach On the beach’, ‘Plum Russian’, ‘Red Sunrise’ and ‘Orange Punch’. The lovely thing about  all of these colours is that each one is totally in season and really emphasise your lips. They’re the thickness of a lipstick with the appearance of a lip gloss.

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The colours as above are from left to right

These lip crayons are just amazing, the colour is the kind which you can build up so you can have a very light, transparent colour, or with a few more layers have a colour with much more depth and strength. So you can actually get quite a few different shades out of one crayon. They have a well sharpened point on them also, which makes the definition of your lips much better and easier to achieve, I usually apply it like a lip liner first then fill in.
On top of that they stay on for AGES, I usually put mine on around 8am before work and it’s still going strong around 3pm, even after I’ve had my breakfast, lunch and countless cups of coffee. Then to add another wow factor, they have worked wonders for my dry lips, which I honestly wasn’t expecting to happen, as I saw these as more of a glossy crayon, that moisturising lip crayon, but really, who can argue!

To be brutally honest with you I have zero issues with these I find them one of the best buys I’ve ever come across in a drug store, I absolutely love them! They are £7.99 each but NEWS, Boots are doing a 3 for 2 offer on them so get yourself there! I recommend these to every single person that walks in my path, they’re phenomenal. I’ve been very impressed with a lot of Bourjois’ new products lately to say I wasn’t all thumbs up about their lipstick on my previous review. Oh how the tables have turned!

I hope this was of some help and inspiration to you, especially with the festive season coming up, present buying galore!

(I just painted my nails and I’m doing a terrible job of letting them dry. Why does it take so long?! Does anyone else have this issue or am I just the most impatient human on the planet…?)

 

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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No7 Rapid Spot Rescue review

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We all have spots, imperfections, blemishes, redness and uneven tones on our skin, no one is perfect and no one has completely clear skin. Sometimes, though, we wish we did have perfectly clear skin. So when those spots and imperfections make an appearance, they’re not planning on leaving all too soon which is the most annoying thing, which is why it’s really handy to have a reliable serum to help them on their way.

I first bought this serum about 3 years ago, it’s on it’s last legs but that’s a whole load of time it’s lasted me, it cost me about £12 from Boots. The formula is quite thick and clear. Once you apply it you know it’s hit the right place, as it does sting quite a bit, it’s a weirdly nice kinda sting though. I just pat it onto the area until any excess has gone. I find it tends to work best on broken skin (so to put it bluntly once you’ve had a whole bunch of fun popping your spot). Redness clears incredibly quickly and the swelling of the area reduces as quick too. The spot itself I find tends to have gone with a couple of days of use, usually once in the morning before make up and once on a night before bed really works for me.

I love this stuff and I’ll be honest, I literally have nothing bad to say about it at all. It’s an absolute must for your beauty&skincare cupboard and is no where near as expensive as some of the higher end brands which in my opinion will either do exactly the same or not work as well. It’s lasted me ages and I’m not one to be blessed with good skin, I have larger pores here and there, my T-Zone gets really oily, I get trapped oil in my skin, I get redness, I get black heads and I certainly get spots WE ALL DO. Your skin is not something to be ashamed of, it doesn’t define you, it doesn’t make you who you are and it doesn’t make you a better or worse person. Honestly, no body, absolutely no body has perfect skin and no body is clear of all of the above, so if someone wearing more make up than your local drug store decides to look at you or treat you differently because you might have a couple of spots here and there or you might have a few patches of uneven skin tone or redness, let them, but see their reaction when you tell them to take of the mask they’re hiding behind.

Be proud of your skin, one of the only times it’s nice to hear this: we’re all the same 🙂.

 

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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Prescriptive’s Mini Lip gloss review

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So I must be honest, I didn’t really know much about this brand until I got these as a present from my dad. But still when I looked them up, their site wasn’t much of a give away, there seems to be a limited amount of products, which are quite expensive, however it’s gleaming with good reviews, so I guess I just had missed out on the news letter. I gave these a try as I was quite intrigued at this point I must say, here’s what they had to offer.

This is a mini case with 10 different shades of gloss, all of which are great for different looks, seasons or dressing up or down, which is nice to see. I hate it when you get mini’s or anything and it limits you to a specific palette of colours, it’s hardly giving you much of an insight. Upon application these are quite interesting. The gloss is quite thick and very high shine, it’s a strong formula which stays put for a seriously long time, I’ll put this on for work and still have to take a make up wipe to it when I get home! What’s more is it doesn’t smudge, wear badly or thin in any strange way throughout the day, it just stays put as a good strong, pretty gloss.
I have also found with these Prescriptive’s glosses, which can be difficult to find with other brands, that the colour in the container is the colour that goes onto your lips. For example you could get a nude beige colour in the bottle which applies a nude beige gloss to your lips, as opposed to a nude beige colour in the bottle that applies a transparent gloss with a slight hint of beige colour to your lips. Very annoying.
These all have a slight glittery shimmer to them which I like as it adds more dimension to your lips and makes them look fuller and plumper. Along with the fact that the gloss is quite thick too.

The only downside about this gloss, is that it’s quite sticky, which means when I’m wearing it I need to wear my hair up or there can’t be any wind what so ever, which is always a tough one. It doesn’t look sticky at all and your lips don’t have that tar feeling when your mouth is closed, but if your hair blows onto your lips, beware, it may never come off.

Overall 8/10 solely not 10/10 because of the stickiness. These were a fantastic find and I’d definitely buy them again and possibly try other products of theirs.

Hope this was of some help to you all, let me know what you think! If you liked this review check out my other make-up/hair/nail reviews here!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxx

 

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Super Cute & Easy NOTD

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I had a boredom moment of nail inspiration yesterday (no idea where it came from), but it produced this, which I think is a lovely simple yet, eye catching design. I love teals and golds together anyway so god knows why I’ve never thought to do this before but here it is!

I started with a base coat, I use OPI’s nail envy because my nails are crap, they break at any opportunity, which is why I’m using a strengthening based one. Once dry, apply one coat of No7’s ‘So Neat’, once dry apply your second coat. Do this on all nails except your ring finger nail, on this one you’ll need a coat of No7’s ‘Sunbeam’ and again once dry apply your second coat.
Now you’ve applied the base’s on all fingers except your ring finger apply one coat of No7’s ‘In the stars’ to create a shimmery effect, then on your ring finger apply 1 coat of Barry M’s ‘Yellow Topaz Glitter’ polish, when dried add a second. Make sure the nail is completely covered in glitter, so the ‘Sunbeam’ base is barely showing.
Apply any top coat of your choice to seal in your design and there you have it!

For me this look is gorgeous throughout all seasons, especially spring and summer. To change it up a bit and make it fit the fall season a little more you could swap the blue for a khaki green, or to make it more wintery swap the gold glitter nail for a silver glitter nail for a colder look.

Here’s the other colours I applied:
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Hope you enjoyed this guys, let me know what you think!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxx

 

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