The Best High Street, Summer Foundation. ♥

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

♥ Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum - £10.99 - available here

Summer is nearly upon us, and with warmer weather promised in the next few months, I thought I'd prep you early for those lovely, warm summery days by telling you about a high street foundation I reach for religiously during the Summer months. I'm sure you've all heard of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum before, it's the sister foundation of Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, which has rave reviews flying around the interwebs, but this little beauty is often wrongly pushed aside and least favoured of the two! However I much prefer the serums formula to the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation's formula, it's absolutely amazing and definitely my preferred base during the warmer months and holiday season. If you love having, healthy, radiant, glowing, dewy (without the added grease) skin, with a foundation that offers fab coverage, you'll love this beauty. Here's what the fuss is all about...

This foundation is one of those foundations that tick all the boxes for me. It behaves exactly how I want it to, and does everything I crave for in a foundation. Stays put all day long, doesn't cling to dry areas, gives me a lovley, healthy glow, and offers buildable coverage.

The foundation is gel based, and claims to give the skin a 16 hour healthy boost of radiance, even complexion, and an instant anti-fatigue result. It has a vitamin enriched formula that promises to make your skin glow, and provide even coverage with no mask effect. I totally agree with this description. Although I'm not sure about the 16 hour claim, read more below...

The consistency of this stuff, is much better to that of the Healthy Mix Foundation which is a lot thicker. This beauty has that perfect in-between consistency, it isn't too thick nor too runny and the gel formula makes it really simple to blend into the skin, it glides on like a dream with the help of my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It comes with a handy pump function, which makes application simple and easy too as you can dispense just the right amount you need.

Coverage is most definitely buildable. I'm not going to lie and say this is the best high street foundation for coverage, because it isn't but that isn't it's main purpose. The results aim to provide a lovely, light, healthy glow for up to 16 hours, but the added bonus is that the coverage is quite good, as usually foundations that add a lovely dewy finish aren't great coverage wise. However with this beauty, you can apply one coat of this stuff and any spots or blemishes are covered, imperfections are erased, and you instantly look fresh and healthy, with an added lovely glow, although you probably will still want to add concealer to any spots. Your skin looks clear, and even with no redness. It's a really beautiful finish and offers great coverage. However if you do want that little bit more coverage, don't be scared to build up the foundation to your desired finish, as it doesn't turn cakey in the slightest, nor does it look unnatural, I'd say 3 coats tops before it starts to look a little odd though.

Review - Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster ♥

Sunday, 21 May 2017

♥ Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster - £20 - available here

As you all know, I'm a real fake tan kinda girl. When March rolls in and I've spent the winter months looking rather pasty and pale, there is nothing I love more than slapping on a bit of fake tan, to make myself look and feel so much better and healthier. In my opinion everyone looks better with a tan, as long as you don't look like you've rolled around in some Wotsits and resemble any of these sorts of fake tan disasters you're good.

 Over the years, I've loved applying fake tan but one thing up until recently, that I've always struggled with is getting my face tanned, to the level that my body is, without breaking out, looking greasy or orange. There are plenty of products on the market that suggest they will tan your face, whether it be your usual tanning products, or products specifically created for tanning the face. But I'm gonna be honest and say none of them have ever worked for me, up until now. I've tried many facial tanners, from well known brands and they've either broke me out, been far too heavy for facial application, or just looked super unnatural. So for years I've just been wearing a darker shade foundation after I've applied my fake tan. Not the prettiest or most flattering of sights if I'm wearing any make up. My body has always looked a lovely shade of tan brown, and my face looked like Casper the ghost. Not a look I'd recommend at all.

After seeing a poll on Twitter about what everybody else does when it comes to tanning their face after applying fake tan to their body, I realised I wasn't alone in this whole tricky face tanning situation. I did a bit of research online and found that lots of people seemed to be raving about the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster. I'd never even heard of it before but decided to look into the product in more detail. It claimed to provide all the benefits of a self tanner, without the drawbacks. However it wasn't an actual tanner per say, rather it was a liquid you could adjust the dosage to create your own made to measure results. To gain a lovely tanned complexion, you had to  add 1 to 3 drops of this stuff into your regular day or night moisturiser and you're basically a tanned goddess. It had rave reviews across the interwebs and before and after pics seemed really fab!

Ok so I needed this in my life, asap. It sounded so interesting! The only drawback was that it was £20 for a tiny 15ml bottle. However, yolo and all that?

Ok, now time to hear my thoughts on this unique and interesting stuff. Not to spoil the review, but it is honestly amazing, and thanks to this stuff, you can now have the most beautiful, glowing, golden and healthy face with no fuss. You're welcome. 

♥ Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster - £20 - available here

The formula is a self concentrated which means you simply cater the effect of this stuff yourself by adding between 1 to 3 drops of it into your regular moisturiser depending on how tanned you'd prefer to be. Clarins claim you should use one of their moisturisers to see the benefits of this stuff, but I use my regular Body Shop Vitamin E moisturiser and still get amazing results!

I tend to apply this before bed, as it does take a while to develop. I've never tested applying it in the morning and wearing it throughout the day, as it develops, so I can't tell you the exact time it takes to develop, nor does it state how long it takes on the packaging. However it does take a good few hours, at least. So it's not an instant tanning product. However it does come with a useful note of instructions that tell you exactly how to apply this stuff, which is perfect if you haven't used it before and I would really recommend following those instructions as it makes application fuss free and simple.

The formula is lightweight, and grease free, it doesn't dry your skin out nor does the tanned results make you look orange. The liquid you squeeze out of the small bottle, is literally just a liquid that you mix in with your normal moisturiser. You don't have to compromise having hydrated skin with this beauty, and it doesn't break you out. I've had no spots since using this, which is a massive deal for me, as I've always found it tricky when tanning my face with other tanning products as they always seem far too heavy for my skin and tend to break me out.

My Soap & Glory Bath Time Favourites. ♥

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, or you read my blog often, you'll know I am the biggest Soap & Glory fangirl, ever. I'm constantly posting photographs of Soap & Glory's make up, bath, or skincare products on my Instagram, and you'll often peep a little bit of Soap & Glory in random blog photographs, somewhere in the background too. Oops. Whether it's their packaging, or their amazing quality products, that instantly tick all the boxes for me, I've always been obsessed. Ever since I was a a teenager and I fell in love with their beautiful, bright, bold packaging on a trip to Boots with a few of my friends, I've been hooked. I know a lot of you love and adore Soap & Glory just as much as I do, so I thought I'd do a somewhat little series featuring my favourite Soap & Glory products. As much as I love them all, I had to narrow it down, and only a few products have made the cut, which means they're pretty special, and at holy grail level. Todays post will feature Soap & Glory's shower/bath products and my next one will feature my favourite Soap & Glory make up products. That way if you're a Soap & Glory virgin, you can read what all the fuss is about, and if you're a huge fan like me, you could possibly try something you haven't used before, and fall even further in love. Without any further ado, here are my favourite Soap & Glory bath and shower time products, the ones I reach for when I want a real treat, after a long day, and a beaut pampering session that will leave me feeling brand new.

♥ Soap & Glory 'The Righteous Butter' Moisturising Cream £10 - available here 

This little beauty has always been one of my favourite beauty products to use when I really want to feel good. It's often one I'll reach for after a big pampering session, and a lovely soak in the bath. As well as when my skin is feeling extra thirsty, and needs added moisture pronto. It's a rich, highly hydrating moisturiser, that offers a rich, creamy texture and instant hydration and moisture that lasts all day long. 

It comes in a large size 300ml tub, packaged in, the ever so beautiful, signature Soap & Glory, = pink, bold and vintage inspired packaging. The tub lasts me a fair while, at least 8-10 months, as I apply once a week as a weekly treatment. I do this because the cream has a very rich, creamy texture. My best advice with this beauty is to apply just a little bit at a time, you'll know what I mean if you've tried this before, the formula is amazing and you don't need to use tons of this to notice the instant difference in your skin, a little really does go a long way. 

When you apply this, it absorbs into your skin instantly despite the thick, creamy consistency, and doesn't feel heavy or greasy to wear on your skin. You are left with amazingly hydrated skin, with added moisture that lasts for days. I apply this like I said, when my skin is lacking moisture and needs a real pick me up. This banishes any dryness instantly and leaves you with baby soft, silky skin. 

The scent of the butter is amazing, it's quite strong, and is described as packed full of leafy greens, Bergamot and Mandarin, with fruity and floral notes throughout as well as soft, and sexy musk. I have to agree that this is a very distinct scent, if you catch a whiff of it, you'll instantly know it's a scent that belongs to the Soap & Glory family. I can't describe it any better than that, it's just a really gorgeous, beautiful, unique scent that lingers all day long once you've applied. It leaves you smelling absolutely LUSH for hours, and I can still smell this gorgeous stuff in the morning if I've applied it overnight and I can still smell it lingering all day long. It's an added bonus, as you're not only left with amazingly hydrated skin, but you smell good enough to eat. What more could you ask for? Luxury in a tub and it also makes me feel really good. 

♥ Soap & Glory 'The Scrub of Your Life' Body Scrub £7 - available here 

This is that exfoliator that I will never not be able to have in my life. I'm a real fake tan lover, so a decent exfoliator is an absolute must in my collection. Over the years, I've tried many body exfoliators, but none quite compare to this beauty. Again, classic Soap & Glory packaging, it's right up my street, very pink, pretty, bold & vintage inspired. It ticks all my packaging boxes! 

The product comes in a 200ml squeezy type bottle, which I find really handy as you can dispense exactly the right amount of product out, easily, with no waste. 

The scent is honestly to die for. Again, like most Soap & Glory products it has a very unique scent that makes it easy to instantly know it comes from the Soap & Glory collection. I really love this about Soap & Glory products. The amazing scent is described as a combination of strawberries (delicious), rose, jasmine, peach, and fresh bergamot and Mandarin. It's a very fresh, fruity scent that honestly smells good enough to eat. It's quite a strong scent, as with most Soap & Glory products but I love and adore that about them and it's nothing too overpowering. 

The texture of this exfoliator is quite thick and pasty, but again like with many Soap & Glory products a little goes a long way and you don't need to use tons of this stuff to reap the benefits. The thick consistency of this gorgeous stuff means it doesn't slip and slide on wet skin, while you are getting ready to apply which I've found with other watery exfoliators. The formula contains small beading that makes it easier to remove dirt, however the beading doesn't feel too rough against the skin but instead leaves you feeling refreshed. 

This is an exfoliator I use on a weekly basis, as it does the job of removing dead skin, old fake tan and general dirt and grit perfectly without being too harsh on my sensitive skin. It's the only exfoliator that can remove any clustered, patchy, old fake tan without scrubbing for hours, or without being left with red, blotchy skin. It removes dirt with no problems at all, and leaves my skin feeling ridiculously soft, smooth and refreshed. Best thing is, it's basically two products in one as it lathers like a shower gel, meaning you can skip the shower gel and just use this gorgeous stuff instead. Added bonus! I apply this by squeezing a small amount onto my hand, and using some exfoliator gloves like these, I then go onto rub in circular motions and it does the job perfectly. 

♥ Soap & Glory 'Hand Food' Hand Cream £2.50 (travel size as shown above compared to lipstick, full size £5) available here

If you're anything like me, I hate having dry hands and I have to apply something to my hands regularly to keep them hydrated, or it bugs me. I know a lot of people like to just use a regular body moisturiser for their hands or your facial moisturiser after you've applied it, to keep hands hydrated, however I really like using a specific hand moisturiser as it doesn't feel like it's too heavy on my hands, or like it's not very hydrating. One of my all time favourite hand creams is Soap & Glory's  'Hand Food' it's a classic, I love the name, dreamy scent and the beautiful packaging. Best of all I love how it leaves my hands feeling smooth, nourished and hydrated.

The scent is typical Soap & Glory, it is packed full of feminine goodness, with a combination of strawberries, vanilla, and floral and fruity goodness. Like with all of the products mentioned today, when you grab a whiff of this, you know it's Soap & Glory and the scent lingers for a good hour on your hands after you've applied, if not longer, so it's like applying a dab of perfume but with the added bonus of having lovely, moisturised hands too.

The first time you use Hand Food, you will be surprised to know you get instant, visible results, with long lasting hydration, chapped areas, and dryness banished. You are left with smooth, moisturised and well nourished skin that just feels and looks amazing.

A little goes a long way as the creamy texture is quite thick. It's perfect because you don't need to use tons of this to see results. It smoothes into the skin like a dream, and the squeezy tube makes it effortless to add moisture and hydration to your hands. The cream instantly absorbs into your skin, and you aren't left with any annoying grease or residue, just a beautiful scent and lovely, well moisturised skin. 

The travel size option of this gorgeous stuff is perfect to fit inside your handbag and to carry on the go! I'm always doing this and then applying fresh top ups on the go to keep my hands looking and feeling amazing. I simply can't live without this stuff. 

♥ Soap & Glory 'Clean on Me' Shower Gel £6.50  - available here 

This beautifully fragranced Shower Gel with built in body lotion, is the perfect cleansing companion. Not only does it leave your skin feeling well cleansed and refreshed, but it also leaves you with silky soft, smooth hydrated skin once you've applied. 

The shower gel is packed full of Soap & Glory's signature scent, which I'm obsessed with. Once you smooth the luxury shower gel into your skin and rinse away, the scent stays put, lingering for hours. I adore the creamy texture of this shower gel, it feels very luxurious to apply. It's my go to shower gel that I use daily, and the pump function makes applying this stuff a dream as you can dispense just the right amount, without having to waste any product. 

It doesn't leave my skin feeling dry, chapped or irritated, instead moisturised, soft and smooth. I still apply a lotion to drier areas when I've used this, but if your skin isn't very dry you could skip this step as the shower gel in itself is highly hydrating and moisturising. 

You can purchase this gorgeous stuff in a 500ml bottle (which lasts me at least 8-10 months) or in a handy travel size 100ml bottle, which is perfect for holidays! I just can't get enough of this stuff and it's a shower gel that I feel so lost without. 

I hope you've enjoyed todays post.
As you can tell, I'm slightly obsessed with Soap & Glory. My other Bath Time and Pampering Session favourites are Ted Baker and LUSH products. What are your favourite products to use during Bath time or when you're in need of a full on Pampering sesh?

I'll be posting the second part to this Soap & Glory series, featuring my Soap & Glory make up favourites, very soon. So keep your eyes peeled.

Have a lovely day,

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