Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May Favourites

Eeeee well it's June tomorrow. How did that happen? Summer is well and truly upon us now isn't it?! I know I haven't blogged properly in a while, but I've been loving the same products on a daily basis for a good couple of months now.

I absolutely fell in love with the L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub back in February and I've literally used it every day since. It's still going strong too so great value for money - #bonus. It's marketed as a foam wash, which I can get on board with as it's gentle enough for every day use. It's so light and creamy but with exfoliating beads that actually do something without feeling too harsh on my sensitive skin. This is the first face wash I've used which doesn't make my skin feel tight and uncomfortable after use. It's really changed my skin for the better and I will certainly repurchase.

A brand I've only recently discovered since it blew up on my twitter and bloglovin' feeds is Deciem's The Ordinary Skincare. If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know I'm a massive fan of facial oils. I absolutely cannot do without one in my skincare regime. I've tried many oils, but The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is definitely one of the best ones I've tried so far, not to mention one of the cheapest. I've been applying it once (heck, sometimes twice) a day and have noticed a visible improvement in my skin. It absorbs really quickly and doesn't leave a greasy film behind like some oils can.

I'm not usually one for thicker, matte bases, but I decided to give the L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation a try and ohhhh man. I was blown away. I've read mixed reviews on this as it does definitely depend on skin type, but I really love the finish it gives. It's full coverage without looking too flat, lasts really well and still leaves behind a healthy glow.

One I've been meaning to try for the longest time is the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer*. I was very kindly sent this one from the Limited Edition Pixie Collection available in Superdrug. Why haven't I tried this sooner? It's amazing! It covers any dark circles, brightens and blends like an absolute dream! I even worn this without foundation one day in areas where I felt I needed it and it really held it's own. Will certainly repurchase this!

Who doesn't love a Benefit boxed blush? They're just my favourite. Their newest release is the GALifornia Blush. It doesn't disappoint. It's the most beautiful coral pink glow that I'm sure will suit most skintones and is perfect for this time of year. Oh and on a sidenote, it's the nicest packaging I've seen in a long time.

What have you been loving recently?

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Tropic Skincare | An Introduction

Well hellooo! I know, it's been a while. I solemnly swear to get back into blogging and social media.  Although I do feel like I've said this before. Anyway, I was lucky enough to be able to trial some gorgeous new skincare from a brand relatively new to me, thanks to a friend who is a brand ambassador, so I thought I'd write a post on them. I mean, how cute is the 'borrow box?'.

Tropic Skincare (or Tropic, as it's better known) is a vegan-based beauty brand founded by one of the contestants of The Apprentice 2010; Susan Ma. Susan was in fact the only ever non-winner of the show who managed to get 50/50 investment from Sir Alan Sugar. Founded in 2007, it's currently the fastest growing beauty brand in the UK. I've been trialling a selection of skincare and I've been really impressed.

Now I love a good serum. Anything that gives my skin a good boost I'll take it in a heartbeat. This serum is full of the good stuff. Chlorophyll, kale and maca root extracts deliver essential vitamins to the deeper layers of the skin. It's oil based, which is great for my dry skin. It's pricey though, at £42 a pop.

Some other products that have impressed me in the range are:

Tropic Skincare Good Skin Day Resurfacing Serum. £42 - this left my skin looking and feeling so much brighter and smoother the next morning.

Tropic Skincare Deep Hydration Cooling Soothing Mask. £16 - I chose to use this as an overnight mask (a thin layer), and washed it off the next day. My skin felt softer and smoother.

Tropic sell such a wide range of products, including foot scrubs, body scrubs, shower gels, gift sets, false tan and even makeup!

Thanks so much to Andrea from @thelittlenailhouse for letting me take The Borrow Box home for the weekend. I've really enjoyed trying these new products.

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