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I really love the brand Benefit and think their cosmetics are generally pretty good, so I was excited to try this product when I was on the lookout for a new primer. The Porefessional makes some strong claims, it aims to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines and wrinkles, help makeup last longer on the skin and also contains vitamin E which is supposed to protect the skin from free radicals.
The is a nude colour cream which applies to the skin beautifully, it glides on and makes my skin feel super soft and smooth. It does appear to minimise pores, although I can't comment on the wrinkles aspect as I haven't developed any yet at 23! The cream provides a great smooth base for foundation, it makes it apply evenly and I would agree with their claim that it gets the makeup to last longer, my foundation last for the majority of the day when I combine it with this primer.
As this cream has a nude colour to it, I am not sure how well suited it would be to darker skintones, I have fairly pale skin and it seems to blend with my skin despite not matching perfectly, but I am unsure whether it is made to blend to any skintone or not, it would definitely be worth trying this out at a Benefit counter before committing to purchase this product as it does retail for £23.50 which is a hefty price tag, although you only need a tiny amount so a tube will last a few months in my experience.
If you are searching for a good primer I would recommend giving this a try.
I am a huge fan of having candles burning during the colder months, I love the typical spicy winter scents, so this candle was perfect when I smelt it in the shop! I was lucky enough to get one of these candles for Christmas and have really enjoyed burning it since then.
This candle is incredibly strongly scented and smells of cinnamon, clove and orange. The cinnamon and clove are particularly strong and are the perfect embodiment of Winter, hence the name of the candle! The scent gives my room a lovely aroma, making it feel very cosy, the scent permeates the room even if the candle isn't lit which is a bonus for me as it shows how well perfumed the candle is, making it well worth the price. The first time the candle is burnt it needs to be burnt long enough for the wax to melt all the way to the outer edge of the glass, this will ensure that when the candle is burnt in the future it burns down evenly without creating a well in the middle of the candle.
The candles retail for £20 in the white company shop and on their website, occasionally you can find vouchers to get up to 20% off in the store which are a bonus as they take the candle down to £16. The candle has an estimated burn time of 28 hours.
I like using highlighters when I wear makeup and had heard this particular Mac product spoken about online by beauty bloggers. I usually wear powder highlighters (with the exception of Benefit's High Beam) which I find easy to apply, but thought it might be good to try a new liquid highlighter as well to compare.
The Mac strobe cream is a white highlighter with a pearly pink tone to it, which is of relatively thin consistency. In order to apply you simply squeeze a very small amount out of the tube and then using my ringfinger I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. It's important to ensure only a small amount is applied, a little goes a long way with this product and too much will make the effect a little bit too much! A small amount gives a nice dewy highlight which is subtlety noticeable when the light hits it. This gives a nice natural highlight, there isn't any glitter, only slight shimmer, so it doesn't give a disco ball effect!
In terms of longevity this highlighter does last a good amount of time, although I have noticed it can fade a little after a few hours, however it fades evenly so there doesn't end up with any patches being highlighted whilst others have worn away.
This product can only be purchased from a Mac store or the online Mac website, it costs £12.50 for a 50ml tube, which I think is quite good as this tube will last me years as only a tiny amount is needed! I would recommend trying this product if like me you are a little obsessed with cosmetics and highlighters in particular!
I decided to try out a new moisturiser which would be cheaper then some of the higher end moisturisers I usually use. I have combination skin and suffer from some oiliness and blemishes, so picked this up as Clean and Clear promote themselves as being geared towards spot prone skin, moreover this moisturiser claims it provides adequate moisture to the skin and actively helps prevent spots and blemishes.
I have nearly used this all up and can say that it has been a mixed experience, I would agree that this provides adequate moisture to the skin, plus you only need a small amount of the product which means that it is quite economical and you get a good amount of use for the price of a tube. I have found that a tube of this will last just over a month if used twice daily, costing only £4 this is a great price.
Unfortunately I haven't noticed that this has any affect on whether or not I develop any spots or blemishes, however there is always a possibility that the spots I have are a result of hormones in which case there isn't a lot that can be done to prevent them.
Overall I would recommend this moisturiser, as even though it doesn't prevent blemishes and spots for me I think it works well at providing moisture to the skin, it sinks in quickly and doesn't leave any residue or shine, so for the price I think its great.
I am a fan of most of the soap and glory products I have tried in the past and having heard several people talk about this body wash online I decided to give it a try.
The scent of this body wash is divine, it is a very sweet lime scent. The body wash contains lime oil, kiwi juice water and a veggie oil added in to help soften the skin. I would definitely say this body wash is moisturising, it makes a lovely creamy foam which softens the skin and leaves it smelling amazing. I cannot adequately explain how much I love this scent, it is one of those 'I could eat it' smells! I would say however that if you aren't a fan of sweet scents then steer clear because this is very very sweet.
As with all Soap and Glory body washes, this product comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser, which I love as it makes it so easy to get the shower gel on to my loofah without accidentally squirting out too much, as I often do with flip top lid bottles! Each bottle contains 500mls of product, which will last around two months in my experience. This body wash costs around £7 but can often be bought on three for two offers with other Soap and Glory products. Soap and Glory can currently only be bought from Boots.
I would highly recommend trying this product if you get the chance. It is a really lovely body wash and well worth a go.
Copella juices are made on Boxford farm, located in Suffolk. Copella make a wide range of different pressed juices, however the one I enjoy the most and will be reviewing today is the simple apple variety.
Available in 250ml, 330ml, 750ml and 1.5 litre bottles, this is a lovely refreshing juice which contains one of your five a day in a single serving. The juice is housed in plastic bottles which are fully recyclable and once opened they maintain freshness for around a week before needing to be thrown away.
The juice itself is made of pure pressed apples, this is definitely not a 'from concentrate' juice, as such it has a slight texture to it, it's not pulpy but it isn't completely smooth either. The juice is sweet but not overly so, it's perfect for me as I don't like apple juices which are either really sweet or sour. This is the perfect medium in taste.
Copella juices aren't hugely expensive, but they do cost more then the from concentrate or supermarket own brand juices. It's worth looking out for special offers though as supermarkets seem to regularly have Copella juices on some sort of price reduction or multibuy offer.
My usual brush cleanser of choice has been the Mac cleanser, however in an effort to save some pennies I bought this alternative from ELF to see if I could get similar results at a cheaper price. The ELF brush cleanser cost me around £3.50 whereas the Mac cleanser retails for significantly more.
So, how did it perform?
The first thing I have to note that I like about this cleanser is that it comes in a spray bottle. This makes the application so easy as you simply spray onto the brushes and then wipe the brushes on a cloth to remove excess makeup and then allow them to air-dry. The cleanser contains alcohol which means that it kills off any bacteria, which can help stop you inadvertently putting any germs onto your face which could cause blemishes. One downside to this cleanser in comparison to the Mac one is that it has a strong alcohol smell, which can be a little off-putting, but does go away once the brushes have dried.
The cleanser does an effective job of removing the makeup from brushes, however once they have dried it can leave the bristles a little dry, it doesn't really have any kind of conditioning element as other cleanser do.
So, overall I give this a 3/5, it gets points for being cheap and for removing makeup, however it doesn't keep my brush bristles conditioned enough which I need as I have a few expensive brushes which I need to look after. I would say however that this is a good disinfectant cleanser, as such I will use it until the bottle runs out but I will alternate it with other cleansers in order to maintain the condition of my brushes.
I am a huge fan of Soap and Glory products and enjoy trying out the many different options they have for bath products! One of my friends bought me this shower gel for my birthday and I have thoroughly enjoyed using it. Each bottle contains 500ml of product and can be bought in Boots for £5.50 a bottle.
This shower gel has the signature soap and glory scent, which is a lovely fresh fragrance which I love, it isn't too overpowering and leaves a subtle fresh scent on the skin. The shower gel has an inbuilt moisturising lotion, so it's essentially more of a shower cream, although it still lathers very well. It is both clarifying and helps keep moisture in my skin, so it allows me to skip moisturiser if I am in a huge rush in the mornings, although I usually like to follow up by using the soap and glory body lotions as well.
The shower gel comes in a pump bottle which I think is really convenient and allows me to disperse a few pumps rather then accidentally squirting a large amount of product onto my loofah, which I usually end up doing when I use flip top lid shower products! I find that this gel lasts me well over two months and as such is a really affordable product.
Overall I would rate this 5/5!
In the colder months I adore having a candle burning whenever I am in my room, I love the glow they give and the scent they infuse into my house. I like burning Christmas scents especially, including those which some might consider a very sweet scent, which this candle definitely is!
The candle smells exactly as it sounds like it should from the name, Christmas Cookie, incredibly sweet and with a strong vanilla and sugar scent which makes the candle smell almost edible! The scent of the candle is incredibly strong and can permeate through my entire room within ten minutes of lighting the candle, which I personally love as I like a noticeable scent when I enter my room with a candle burning. The wax is so strongly scented that it will even lightly scent my room when it is not lit.
The candle can be bought in several different sizes, I opted for the standard jar which is one size smaller then the candle pictured above. It cost me around £7 and I bought it from a Clinton Cards shop, however the Yankee candles can also be bought from many online retailers. The candles last a long time and the average burn time for my medium size candle is around 25 hours, which I would definitely say is correct.
I love Yankee candles and this scent in particular is very yummy and makes my room smell divine, 5/5!
I am a big fan of the VO5 range of hair products and one of the recent shampoos I used was this 'gloss me smoothly' version.
The shampoo retails for around £2 for a bottle, which I find reasonable as the shampoo will last around a month as you only need a small amount to obtain a good lather. The shampoo itself is a pearly white colour with a light fresh fragrance, which you apply to the lengths of the hair. The thing I love about this shampoo is how easily it rinses out, I never find that it leaves any residue in my hair and you don't have to spend a long time working to rinse it out either. The shampoo states that it helps to banish frizz and unlock shine for sleek glossy hair. I have found that this shampoo does seem to stop my hair being frizzy and does leave hair soft and smooth.
Overall I give this shampoo a 5/5, I have no problems with it at all!
I am a big fan of the Soap and Glory range and quite often will pick up a couple of products to try when they are on 3 for 2 in Boots. One of the products I selected was the fab pore hot cloth cleanser, which I thought could potentially be a dupe for the more expensive Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser.
The cleanser comes in a squeezy silver tube with a pink screw top lid, it also comes with a white muslin cloth with pink trim. The cloth is fairly soft, although not quite as soft as my Liz Earle cloths, however I am not overly bothered by which cloth I use. It is simple to get the cleanser out of the tube, simply squeeze a blob out of the tube and then apply with fingers to the face! The directions state that it is best to massage this product in for one minute and then allow it to sit on the skin for a further minute before washing off with the muslin cloth. The use of the cloth gives gentle exfoliation to the skin whilst also ensuring that all traces of the product are rinsed off the skin.
The cleanser itself is great at removing make up and I even use it on my eyes, although be careful not to get it into your actual eyes as it will irritate them! The cleanser contains sweet almond, orange and lavender oils which not only give it a lovely scent, they make it a moisturising product also. The cleanser needs to be followed up with your normal moisturiser however as it will not be sufficient enough alone to give enough moisture. The product is great however at making me feel like my skin has been thoroughly cleaned and I am pleased with the results it gives.
I will give this product 4/5 as it was great, however the use of the strong essential oils does mean it can make my skin feel a little irritated on days when it is being particularly sensitive, which the Liz Earle cleanser does not do. To be fair to Soap and Glory they do give a warning on the back that the use of oils in this product may mean it irritates sensitive skin, so at least they are open about it! Otherwise, great product for days when my skin is a little more robust!
I don't normally like to buy into collections which have a celebrity name attached to them, as I feel that they can sometimes be lower quality products which rely on the 'celeb name' to attract buyers! I do however follow verious beauty blogs and so many people raved about this Kate Moss collection of lipsticks for Rimmel that I thought I had to at least try one, which soon turned into 5! I bought three shades from the original releases, in shade 01, a deep red, shade 05, a dark pink colour and shade 03, a beige nude colour. I have since bought two more shades from the newer released shades, which are shades 107 which is a plummy wine red and finally shade 110, a bright orangey red!
The original line of lipsticks from the collection are housed in black lipstick tubes, with the signature of Kate Moss embossed on the lid in red, however the newer released colours are in red tubes with the name embossed on the lid in black. The packaging for these lipsticks is fairly standard and doesn't really look as elegant as higher end brand lipsticks, but it is however sturdy and the lid clicks into place firmly meaning it doesn't come off when I keep them in my handbag.
The lipsticks themselves all have a slightly glossy finish, although after wearing them for about an hour or so they do become slightly more matte and if you wish to keep the glossy finish you will need to apply a lipgloss over the top. The lipsticks wear very well, they are very pigmented and the colours last for around two hours before they start wearing off, however they wear very evenly and leave a stain on the lips so they don't look patchy. If you eat or drink, they will wear away quicker, however it is easy enough to simply apply some more of the colour. The lipsticks are fairly moisturising and I find I can wear them without an accompanying lipbalm and my lips don't dry out, which is a bonus for me as I hate wearing lipsticks which dry my lips out!
The lipsticks retails in most drugstores and supermarkets and can often be bought on offer. They retail individually for around £5.99 which is a really reasonable price considering how well I think they perform. I give them 5/5!
I am a fan of Starbucks, mostly because I enjoy getting the seasonal flavored syrups in my coffee! Starbucks do several Christmas seasonal lattes, one of which is the Toffee Nut latte which is my second favourite, my first of course being the gingerbread latte which I previously reviewed. Getting a Christmas latte from Starbucks signals the start of the festive season for me!
I always get my lattes with one shot of coffee and with soy milk, they generally end up being quite sweet, especially once you add toffee nut syrup to them so if you are not a bit of a sweet tooth then this wont be for you. If however, you like sweet coffee, are a fan of toffee and nut flavors then I would highly recommend trying this. The syrup does give the coffee a very strong toffee taste, generally the baristas will put nutmeg on top to give it a warm nutty flavor also. The best thing about this is that Starbucks also release the red Christmas cups around the time they start serving these drinks, which just adds to the Christmas feel.
I really enjoy this coffee, however if you are watching your calories then be careful as the syrups do pack some extra calories in them! I don't think the toffee nut syrup comes in a sugar free version, but to lower the calories of the coffee overall get skim milk and don't get any cream on top!
Otherwise, enjoy! 5/5!
Whilst on holiday in the states I took advantage of the fact that Sephora sell smaller trial size bottles of products for reduced prices, allowing me to test out some products to check that they work with my skin and do their job before laying out a big sum of money for the full size product. One of the products I was excited to try was this Bliss face wash, which is a two in one cleanser and exfoliator.
This facial wash claims to leave skin soft and fresh and contains rose hips, chamomile and passion flower, which all combine to give it a really light fresh scent as well as working to calm the skin. The chamomile has antiseptic properties and the passion flower works to soften the skin, with the rose hip promoting tissue regeneration and can work to help with hyper-pigmentation and scarring. The cleanser also has exfoliating polyethylene beads which lift away dead skin cells.
So, with all those good ingredients does the face wash live up to its claims? I would say it does, but the results aren't outstanding in comparison to cheaper brands. The beads in the wash do help maintain soft skin but I worried about the negative affects of exfoliating daily with this wash, as the beads are a little gritty. The wash did leave my face feeling very clean without feeling dry or tight, it also helped to maintain clear skin and I feel it minimised breakouts, however it didn't seem to help with any hyper-pigmentation and as someone who suffers with redness I didn't find that the chamomile did much to calm this.
Overall I was happy with this face wash, but as the full size retails for £18.50 I am not sure I would repurchase it, as I think there are suitable cheaper alternatives, such as the Liz Earle Cleanser which I could use instead. I would also prefer to exfoliate with a separate product as I think it can be counter productive sometimes to over exfoliate.
I would give this product a 3/5.
I bought this palette after watching someone on youtube talk about its similarity to the Urban Decay 'Naked' palette, which was a beautiful palette of neutral eye colours which I had purchased previously. I love my Urban Decay palette, but it retails for around £35 pounds and at just £4 in Superdrug, the MUA palette was another great option which meant that if I used up the Naked palette I didn't have to outlay another chunk of money as I could use my MUA palette.
The MUA brand, which stands for make up academy, is sold in Superdrug and is a very affordable range of makeup which sells a wide range of different products. One of the products which stands out the most from the line, in my opinion, are their eyeshadow palettes. They retail at very low prices, between £4-£8, with the 'Heaven and Earth' palette retailing for £4.
The palette contains 12 different neutral shadows, including some light champagne colours, some mid tone and darker browns, as well as some golds and taupe colours. The palette is very similar in tone and theme to the Urban Decay palette, which was a great start, but my concern was whether the shadows would stand up to the same quality levels as the Urban Decay shadows. Luckily, the answer was yes! The colours in the MUA palette are all very well pigmented and when applied with an eyeshadow primer underneath, they all last a long time, meaning I can wear them all day with either minimal or no touch ups at all! The shadows blend well and you can create many simple or smoky intense looks with this palette. It really does stand up well in comparison to the Urban Decay palette, the shadows from MUA are a little less creamy and soft, which means they can need a little more work to blend overall, but I think they still blend very well!
Overall I am really happy with this palette and would definitely purchase shadows from MUA again and would recommend that anyone who loves neutral eye looks should check out this palette.
5/5 for MUA