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

MAC Viva Glam 2 review

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Hey Lovelies!

I recently had a bit of a splurge at the MAC store and ended up with a couple of new lipsticks to go with it. My bad. I specifically picked from the Viva Glam range, the colours are beautiful, very unique and are really really pigmented. I did a review on the other Viva Glam lipstick I bought, which you can have a nosey at here. You’ll notice as before, they hardly went all out with the names of the products, which I’m not too excited about, as MAC usually have some pretty awesome names for their lippy’s but hey ho I guess.

Onto the actual product! This shade is such a pretty and interesting nude shade. It’s definitely not like any I’ve ever come across before. As I mentioned previously, this range is almost matte. They are at first glance but at different angles, this cheeky shimmer pops out and gives your lips so much more dimension and body. It’s very clever, must say!
Colours wise, well, there’s hints of nude beige, pale pink and a very very slight hint of metallic lilac, which I believe is what gives the light shimmer to it. The swatches are below…

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As you can see in the shade it’s quite dark, almost a deep nude/pink. Then more towards the light it’s got a light shimmer of lilac/pink-ness. It’s a very interchangeable shade, you can wear it with a lot of different looks, the pinks and nudes make it very adaptable. This lipstick is also super pigmented, so it applies very smoothly and although it sits quite thick on your lips, it looks very light weighted. It’s build-able too, so you can wear it quite thin and have a very calm, more nude look or apply it thicker and go with more of a darker,stronger look, which works great with dark eyes.

The only problem I have with this lipstick is it can be quite hard to get used to at first. When I first bought it, I really struggled to put it with quite simple day to day looks because of it’s unusual shade. I also found it difficult to put with really dark eye make up because your lips almost looked a bit dead. So at first sight, this lipstick can be a bit of a weird one. But once I started experimenting and trying it with different looks, clothing, hair do’s and general make up, you start to realise that this is actually an incredibly versatile lipstick.

Out of the two I bought I have to say I do prefer Viva Glam 1, but I thick my adoration for dark reds/purples is just beyond any human explanation, so I will accept the biasedness of this opinion. Although if you’re one for the nude shades, I definitely recommend that you give this one a go and try it out!

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Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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LOTD: Simple Day to Day Look & Winged Liner

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Hey m’lovelies!

Today is LOTD day, and this one is my easy peasy, day to day make up that suits everyone. It’s quick to do, so it’s great for on the go, in a rush, early morning make up AND great for giving you some extra time in bed! I wear this look for work a lot, but the great thing about it is, you can doll it up with different lipsticks, some extra liner on your water line and some stronger bronzing and blush effects. BUT today, it’s super simple day (kind of like my brain at times).

So on my face I have:

  • MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer under my eyes and covering blemishes
  • MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation in NW15
  • Benefit’s Boing in shade 2, under my eyes to even out and add to the coverage
  • MAC’s Studio Finish Powder in NW18
  • Benefit’s HOOLA Bronzer lightly under my cheek bones, around my temples and lightly on my jaw line towards the back
  • MAC’s Melba Blusher very lightly on my cheek bones

On my Lips:

  • MAC’s Viva Glam 2 from the Viva Glam collection

On my Eyes:

  • Burnout from Urban Decays Naked3 Palette, only on my lids
  • Maybelline’s Eyestudio Drama Gel Liner in Intense Black, I have applied this in more of an inward curve shape as you can see. I haven’t stuck with the typical cat eye winged liner, I think for tired eye’s this can really wake them up and give them great shape and body. I have lightly extended past the edge of my eye creating about a 2cm length wing, which I have brought under my lower lashes too, to widen and waken the eyes.
  • Maybelline’s Rocket Volum Mascara

And that’s it!

Honestly, this takes me between 5-7 minutes to do on a morning if that. It’s a great time saving but beautiful look, it doesn’t look like it’s taken such a short time which is an awesome little trick to keep up your sleeve!

Ways to edit the look slightly:

You can cut the gel liner out and go for a deep/dark shade which covers your whole lid instead, this looks just as gorgeous. Keep OR remove the gel liner and add in some eye liner on your water line. Or change up the shade of lipstick to make it into a bit more of a subtle occasional look, with some reds/purples/deep pinks.

Hope you liked this guys, let me know if it saves you any time like it saves me, I love it!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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My Night Time Skin Care Routine

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Aloha!

So today I wanted to share with you my updated night time skin care routine. I will be doing a morning skin care routine later in the week so I can compare the difference in the two and why it’s important to use different products at different times.

My night time skin care routine is pretty simple and to make it even better, all products are drug store products and mostly relatively cheap too! Yay!

I always start with make up wipes, duh, to remove all of the make up from my face (I love simple cleansing wipes they’re so gentle on your skin). Making sure I get right up to my hair line, neck, under my jaw line and around near my ears. But make up wipes will only remove about 80% of your make up, they don’t do the whole job. I also use No7’s eye make up remover, just taking two cotton pads on leaving them over my lashes whilst I remove the rest of my make up, this way it wipes my eye liner & mascara off super easy! So I make sure I finish it off by cleansing my skin thoroughly to get rid of the excess make up, then wiping with a face towel. As you all probably know, I love my Cetaphil, it’s soap free so does no moisture draining damage to your skin and is super gentle on all skin types. Using a separate towel keeps germs to a minimum, this way you’re not spreading germs from the rest of your body and/or your hands all over your face.

Then I cleanse again. This time massaging my face with my hands and using my facial massager to help bring the blood and lymph to the surface of my skin. By doing this you’re skin is aided in quicker repair, looks healthier, aids in control of redness and blemishes and helps your skin look fresher and more supple. Washing off again with my sponges and wiping with my face towel. Did I mention I wash with cold water on a night? This helps keep your skin nice and taut.
*make sure you keep your sponges clean or they will just spread germs! I put mine in boiling soapy water and it works a treat!*

I finish off with my T-zone cream from No7, this is great as my skin does get really quite oily around my t-zone, but this product keeps the oiliness in check with out drying out or damaging my skin. It also helps to keep redness and blemishes away and really reduces large pores. My skin actually feels softer and more moisturised after regular use. And if I have any spots that need worrying about, out comes my No7 Spot Rescue. I’ve done a review blog about the Spot Rescue Gel which you can check out here. This stuff is amazing, it gets rid of even the worst spots in a maximum of 2 days, leaves no dryness or flakiness at all! One dab of this on your spots and they don’t stand a chance!

I don’t moisturise the rest of my face on a night, as personally too much moisturiser on my skin tends to cause me to break out. Especially when you’re face is squashed against a pillow on a night and disallowed air for your skin to breath whilst it sweats away and gathers dirt. Yum! All the more reason to regularly change your bed sheets and keep your hair out of your face on a night. I always tie mine back. It has hugely reduced me breaking out on my forehead and getting spots on parts of my neck.

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Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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MAC Viva Glam 1 Lipstick – Review

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Heyeyeyeyey!

Hope you guys new years have set off positively, mine has been interesting. Yes already. The wonders of the world I live in. I shall explain all on #SundayFundayCatchUp tomorrow…

SO I wanted to do a review on this MAC lipstick I bought the other day (with the vouchers I had in the back of my purse from last Christmas which I had forgotten about. MWHAHAHAHAHA!), when I popped out to the shops with my mamma. I originally went to get Ruby Woo & Kinda Sexy, neither of which they had in stock. An impossible sin I know. So I ended up with this one and another, which the review is coming soooooooon.

One down side is that their marketing team either had a day off or had a total brain fart on the day they were labelling the Viva Glam collection. The names Viva Glam 1, Viva Glam 2 etc is not exactly up to MAC’s normal standards of product naming abilities. But hey ho, everyone needs a day off right?! But otherwise, all is well on the horizon…

The swatch is below:
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When I was in the shop I was asking one of the girls there for a hand choosing a really gorgeous deep red colour. She immediately picked out this one and described it the only way I think it can be: A Super Vampy Red. Honestly when I put it on and look at the lipstick I’m like lost for any form of descriptive words other than ‘vampy’.But it really is. It’s a very deep, thick dark red, with some slightly browny purple undertones, which really accentuates your lips making them look as full bodied as ever. It’s matte, sort of. It’s matte but with a slight sheen to it, so it’s almost matte, which sounds a bit odd. Is that odd? It’s a bit odd. But awesome!

Due to it’s matteness (sort of matteness), it can tend to dry out your lips a little bit. So after you’ve worn it, put a good layer of lip treatment on it, whether it’s a balm or Vaseline or whatever takes your fancy. If you wear matte a lot, keep your lips moisturised, matte lipstick likes to think it’s a dehydrated fish, so balm up!

This specific shade looks beautiful with lots of dark eye shadow tones and a nude/beige blush. Or on a more day to day look, with thick winged eye liner and black liner on your water line, keeping it simple but gorgeous.

Regardless of your hair colour, how pale or dark your skin is, your eye colour, clothing style that day, this lipstick will work. Trust me. It’s so adaptable and works all round. It may be dark, and more for what some may wear on an evening when you’re getting all dolled up, but personally I love shades like this and wear them whenever I can, so go for it, be a bit more daring and whack it on for the day. You’ll turn heads I promise!

Seriously go out and buy yourself some. This is my favourite lipstick I’ve ever owned hands down.

Hope you liked this review guys, let me know what you think!

 

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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