$61 – warehouse.co.uk
$61 – warehouse.co.uk
$48 – mango.com
Hello my Lovelies!!
The body shop always has amazing deals on their skincare lines, I’m such a fan of their tea tree line for when my skin is being a bit hormonal and more on the oily side and recently when I was in store if you spent over £20 on skincare you got a choice of a free product. Out of the options available I went for the Warming Mineral Mask as I’m a sucker for clay based masks.
The mask is a light greyish in colour and really easy to apply. The directions do state for it to be applied to wet skin however I would recommend only a slight dampness as with kaolin based products too much moisture does tend to make them slide off the skin. What I enjoyed about this, is that when you apply it, it gets hot. And I mean HOT! I was shocked about how warm this got as I applied it to my skin. It means to open up your pores and get the clay way down deep in your skin and the hot temperature only lasts for about 5 seconds and then it feels normal.
My skin definitely felt tighter after using it, and drop dead clean. My moisturiser absorbed into my skin like nobody’s business, that is usually what happens after I use this clarifying mask. It does a nice job of drawing out impurities from my skin.
A Little Advice:
Now, this is not a product you want to overuse, because over scrubbing with it might give you breakouts. So make sure you use it only once or twice a week max. I always yearn to use it more after I see the results, but somehow I’ve managed to control my urge. I know that using it can be easily addictive, but you can’t go crazy with it!
Here’s a quick description of the main ingredients, if you’re like me I always need to know what I’m actually putting on on my skin and why it’s in the product.
Kaolin Clay – helps control shine. Deeply cleanses, drawing out impurities from the skin, it is a mineral to help restore the skins natural balance.
Wild-harvested seaweed – is renowned for its conditioning and hydrating benefits, while its non oily nature makes it particularly suitable for normal to oily skin types.
Zeolite – releases heat on contact with water, providing warming sensation on skin that helps draw out impurities.
Overall, I like this mask and will definitely use it up. I don’t know if I would repurchase because the Body Shop has so many masks that I want to try. But it definitely lessens any oil I may have, and helps control shininess for the next day. While I don’t always have a problem with oily skin, I like to not have to worry about shine in my t-zone. I love that it gets as hot as it does but be warned, its hot. It is a little drying though, so if you have really dry skin this might not be for you. For anyone with normal, combination or oily, I would recommend this.
What masks are you loving at the moment?
So looking through many blogs I kept seeing this tag pop up and i could resist having a go. There’s something fun about taking part in tags and I love reading other bloggers answers. Now, with brew in hand, let’s get on with this tag!
1. How many cups a tea do you have a day an how many sugars?
I would say an average day would be four or five. I need to have one when I first wake up or I simply won’t be able to function till 11 o’clock, even if I have no time for breakfast, a cuppa will have to go with me in a travel mug. It’s also a must have for a brew bed which I know makes no sense, caffeine before sleep, but I don’t feel settled without one. Other than those two I just have one whenever I need a little pick me up. I’m a simple milk and 2 sugars or a builders brew as my mum would say although I can be picky for certain types of tea bag, if you offer me twinings you will be my new favourite person. As you can tell tea is pretty important to me.
2. Favourite part of your roast?
Well I’m a vegetarian so don’t really have a traditional Sunday roast however I do love yorkshire pudding when they’re full of gravy and buttery mash potato.
3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
I don’t dunk! Biscuits are supposed to be crunchy, there’s nothing worse than soggy biscuits in my opinion!!
4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
Moaning about the weather. Then using the weather as an excuse to curl up on the couch and watch a good film or read a book, with a cuppa of course.
5. Favourite word?
Thats a hard question! I say indeed all time, which I think is British? Also, chuffed if I’m happy at something.
6. Do you know any cockney rhyme slang?
Not really, as a Scot we have our own random words we use instead. I can only think of ‘Apples and Pears’?
7 .What is your favourite sweet?
I’m going to have to go with Jazzles, they always bring back memories of getting a pick n mix from Woolworths when I was little and filling a bag with them since they are really light!
8. What would your pub be called?
The Black Swan maybe? I dunno, it would be some form of Animal.
9. No. 1 British person?
The entire cast of Harry Potter.
10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
I can’t go into town without going into John Lewis. Let’s face it, they have everything in there and more often than not I will find myself wandering around picking things out for my imaginary home, it’s like walking through Pinterest!
11. What British song pops into your head?
Wannabe – Spice Girls, not sure how that represents Britain though lol
No, no, no, no, no, no, just no! Absolutely no. It’s so wrong. Eurgh. No!
If you’re British, then consider yourself tagged! If you’re not British, then why not make up a tag for your own country? Go on, you know you want to!
One of the many perks of being a beauty therapist is to get one of your friends from work to paint your nails when you have a gap in your column. This usually involves bargaining and trading such “I will do your nails if you wax my legs or give me a spray tan” so really everyone’s a winner. For this week I chose shellac ‘Gotcha’ with ‘Locket Love’ on my ring finger. I love this bright pink and can’t wait till the winter months when I can go full out glitter nails for Christmas parties.
What are favourite nail colours at the moment?
So September really flew by, I’m still convinced it’s only August. However, I’m excited for October. We get cooler weather, pretty leaves, and I don’t feel as guilty over wanting all the pumpkin things. I will not apologize for my #WhiteGirl-ness during the fall months. Anyway, September is wonderful and I enjoyed some wonderful things. Here are my favourites from last month.
Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub
With the weather getting cooler this often leads to my lip being a little on the dry side, so this has been a savior for me. The scrub smells delicious, a mixture of strawberry bubblegum and candy floss; a scent that certainly smells good enough to eat. It makes my lips feel beautifully soft and moisturised and removes dead and dried skin, instantly improving the look and feel of my lips. I tend to use it first thing in the morning and use a balm after so it the moisturising oils have a chance to absorb before applying my lippy for the day. This is a must have for those who love a dark matte lip for the autumn season.
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel
I’m a huge Elemis fan, it definitely is one of my favourite brands to work with in the Spa and this is my go to exfoliator. Unlike traditional exfoliators instead of using beads or grains to remove dry skin, this uses natural fruit enzymes from papaya and pineapple to gently smooth and brighten the skin. This makes it perfect for me as I can be sensitive to facial scrubs. Also the papaya scent is so lovely and fresh, nearly every client I use this on will comment on it and usually end up purchasing it after their treatment for the smell alone.
Urban Fruit – Strawberry
Now if you are already a fan of dried fruit, then try Urban Fruits, it is definitely one of the best I have tasted and contains no nasties, no added sugar or preservatives. If you are new to dried fruit the Mango and strawberry are a great place to start. If sweeties and fruit came together they would produce this! It really is the yummiest healthy snack for those of you with a sweet tooth and perfect to pop in my handbag to stop me from craving chocolate.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Last month I finally got around to watching the Divergent movie and I loved it so thought I should get a head start on the next film and read the books. I have just finished Insurgent and am about to start Allegiant and so far I’m really enjoying the series. I will say that for Divergent I did actually prefer the book to the movie, although Theo James definitely made it a close competition.
Since I’ve finally graduated I so glad to have the extra time to read and would love to hear some book suggestions for you guys.
A few years ago I was watching Ellie videos and I read a comment that said something like “You like her music, but there comes a point in your life where you actually understand it”- it kinda stuck with me after all these years– and now I can say yes– that person was so very right. I thought I understood her music back then– nope– now I do.
What are your favorite songs at the minute?
So for the last few weeks I’ve been trying to eat healthier as I’ve got a few parties and my graduation coming up so I want to look and feel my best. Every morning I start my day with oatmeal or granola and I’ve definitely noticed my energy level going up. The problem with working in the beauty industry is that you get irregular shifts so its difficult to establish a set eating routine. I pick and snack during my shifts as your breaks and lunch really depend on what your client column looks like that day so I need to start snacking on healthier options rather than crisps and sweets. I discovered these Nakd bars when I was having a nosey in Holland & Barrett’s Penny Sale and I’m hooked! There’s so many different flavours to try so theres something for everyone. My favorite have to be the Cashew Cookie or Rhubarb and Custard.
I’d love to hear if you have any healthy tasty snacks I could take to work!
So for my very first post I thought I would go to one of my favourite shops Lush and check out the new products for Halloween this year, I happen to have a friend work in the Edinburgh Branch who was more than happy to have a chat to me knowing full well I would end up taking half of them home. They have quite a few new products for this season as well as some favourites making a return from last year. These are the ones I ended up walking away with 🙂
Lush Fairy Ring Soap (new) £4.10 per 100g – For me this product stole the show, just look how pretty it is, I don’t think I could bear to cut this one up. The scent will take you to the bottom of the garden and away with the fairies, it does have a strong earthy mushroom smell mixed with Jasmine and ylang ylang which you will either love or hate.
Lush Pumpkin Bubble Bar (new) £3.50 – This is the perfect bubble bar to add a bit of sparkle to a cold Autumn night. It looks gorgeous and smells even better. I was slightly disappointed at first that it didn’t smell like pumpkin but its energizing blend of juniper berry, lime and grapefruit oils was more than enough to make it a winner in my eyes.
Lush Wizard Bubble Bar* (new) £3.25 – How cute is this? I think you can tell I’m a sucker for cute products. This shimmering bubble bar turns your bath a lovely blackcurrant colour, With a crackle of popping candy, the energizing tangerine oil and purifying juniper berry and fennel essential oils, the Wizard banishes stress and helps you recover. Perfect for those occasions when you’ve over-indulged
So those were my picks from this years Halloween range to tide me over until the Christmas products come out and I can get my hands on Snowfairy. I would love to hear what your thoughts on this years Halloween range were and what your fave lush products are.