Mask Time September 2018

Hey there! so last month i wrote about this brilliant face mask subscription box called mask time that i was sent to review and i was lucky enough that they sent me the a box this month as well!

Mask time is a monthly subscription box, full of korean sheet masks, plus a little added skincare extra every month. You can choose the glow starter box (which is the one i have here) which is £9.95 and for that you get 4 sheet masks and the skincare extra, or you can go for the glow setter box which is £24.99 and contains between 8-10 sheet masks and the skincare extra. Mask time is a brilliant subscription box if like me you love doing face masks a lot, its so handy! its very interesting to see all these new interesting face masks, plus in every box you get to learn a korean word which is a lovely little special touch.

This months box is all about soothing your skin and healing any irritation summer may have left.

Anyway shall we look at what masks i got this month?


I love the packaging of korean sheet masks they look so interesting, they have marketing down for sure!

Aool pore & spot care mask rp £3.50 – they have managed to make a spot look cute! anyway, this mask uses ulmus davidiana root extract(which google tells me is a small tree) as it is brilliant for boosting the skins hydration levels, and it is also anti-inflammatory & photoprotective! (helps protect against the sun). this mask also contains pueraria lobata root extract (this seems to be a flower in the pea family) which helps brighten and lighten pigmentation caused by acne scarring etc. i havent used this one yet but i will be soon! i do have my fair share of scarring so it sounds perfect for me.

Dr. plus banana milk mask rp £4.00 – oh boy! so this mask is meant to smell exactly like banana milk, which means i am actually going to pass this one onto my mum because i actually really dont like the smell of bananas, buts thats ok because my mum loves it. So the milky essence helps to balance water content in the skin helping it retain moisture, and lactic acid helps reduce pigmention (lactic acid is an acid exfoliater  i spoke about earlier this week!) acne and sunburn if you have managed to get a bit burnt.

Proud mary ceral pore mask pack rp £3.95 – has soon as i saw this mask i was curious, chestnuts? but indeed, chestnuts! so chestnut extract is meant to help improve the texture of the skin, while you have peppermint leaf extract giving a cooling sensation and helping to balance oils with lavender extract to help combat bacteria healing any open spots you have and helps prevent new ones!
A pieu icing sweet bar sheet mask watermelon rp £3.00 – this mask caught my eye as soon as i spotted it, icing? ice lolly? face mask? what?, but, this mask contains deep sea water to soothe and moisturise and watermelon extract which is rich in vit c, amino acids and lycopene, which cleanses the skin, exfoliates and promotes cell regeneration! i have used this mask and it was lovely, my skin really drank it up and it felt very nice and soothing on the skin.


The skincare extra this month is a little sample of plustem UV perfect block essence, which is spf 50. There isnt much english on the packet so i cant tell you much! but spf makes sense, this box is all about repairing any damage you did in the summer, last thing you want to do is do more damage!

Overall im really happy with this box, mask time continues to impress me i really like everything ive seen from them!

Cath x

I was sent this free of charge to review, this does not effect my opinion.

My wax melt obsession & haul.



Hey there! so something a little different today but something i hope to show you all regularly! So back in the spring i posted in a beauty group im part of if anyone could recommend orange scented products, because i was finding that scent seemed to help calm my anxiety. I had a load of suggestions, and one of my friends suggested wax melts, especially the wax melt company bramble wax.

So after a lot of debate (i am not good at making choices!) i bit the bullet, and ordered a wax burner, tea lights and a large box of melts from bramble wax. And months down the line i regularly get a big box of wax melts! i am a complete convert to wax melts, and have indeed found that they help my anxiety a lot, i love a lot of the scents but i have a few favourite scents that i fall back on when my brain is really loosing it.

Bramble wax is a small family run company, you can find there etsy shop here and there facebook page here. All of there waxes are soy based, themed around various pop cultures (movies, books, games, music etc) they also do fortnightly menus of limited edition scents. Normal wax shot pots contain around 35g and cost around the £2 mark (some are £2.10) they do some scents in bigger sizes, and custom pies if you really have an all time favourite!

A very handy thing you can do which is what i do is open up a open box, it lasts for a month and it basically means that any orders you make in that month can go into that box up to 2kg (about 36 shot pots). i tend to do this every month, and am always very happy i do so! filling it with refills of my favourites, and limited editions scents as well.

So, has you can see above i had a rather large haul arrive, this was my first haul in a while as with the heat of the summer i haven’t really been burning too much plus they did have to close for a few weeks due to the heat! i am sorry about the not perfect picture, the sun made them look great but isnt obviously very good for them! anyway, haul.

yes same picture again, but just so that its easier for you too reference. 

going from top left –
Barkhang monastery (sample).
Let down your hair (heart string).
Rainbow splash (bramble snap).
Headmasters officer (shot pot).
Ruby slippers (limited edition).
Glass slippers (shot pot).
Cosmic jellies (limited edition).
x2 Leeloo (shot pot).
Peek at you (shot pot).
rapsicle (shot pot).
Peach perfect (limited edition).
Sun and moon (shot pot).
Life of pie (limited edition).
Flash A-ah (limited edition).
Time of my life (limited edition).
Romeo loves Juliet (limited edition).

As you can see, a fair few waxes! now as i said i bought them because i was finding smell was helping with my anxiety and i can hands down say these have really helped. My anxiety is a continuous problem im fighting and anything that helps calm me even a little is good, and these have for sure, some of my favourites are leeloo & hundred acre honey and they are my go my head is a mess help scents.

Honestly i couldn’t suggest wax melts enough, and bramble wax is a brilliant brand to go with if you want to get into them! i plan to show you my wax hauls from now on and i hope you enjoy!

Cath x

Obsession ultimate marble brush set.



Hey there! so a couple of weeks ago i was looking around for a brush cleaner, for years ive been fine just using a cheap shampoo or the vanish soap bar but for whatever reason i just couldnt get my brushes clean anymore. It didnt matter how much time i took over each brush they were not getting clean! so i thought i would pick up a brush cleaner to see if that helped.

I looked in the revolution sale because of course i hoped i would find something cheap! And i did there solid brush cleaner was £3, but then i spotted this set, it would normally be £60 but for £15 i would get a collection of those weird toothbrush like makeup brushes to try, a sponge (a silicone blender that i knew i wouldnt touch) and of course the brush cleaner. It felt like a no brainer, so i of course picked up the set, the obsession ultimate marble brush set £15.00 being the one in question.

So first off, the brushes are odd but cool! they are pretty soft but that does also differ depending on the brush. For example the big one is the most densely packed, so isnt quite as soft as the smaller ones but none are tough or scratchy.

I have too say, the big one applies foundation very quickly and without streaking etc! its a bit weird to use but once you have figured that out, and there is a learning curve that comes with all these brushes you are good to go and it does apply foundation really well! the other ones are all good for varying cream products, i do tend to go for cream products with these! i also found the small one with a rounded tip worked super well for lipsticks, score!

Next up, the sponge is well a sponge! its not the softest nicest sponge ive used, but it is a very pretty looking sponge that works very well.

So we get to the reason i bought the set, the brush cleaner! has i said, i was really struggling to get my brushes to be clean, and i hoped this would help, and thankfully it did! just not quite enough, but it did help! basically you wet your brush, swirl it in the soap until you get a lather going then swirl it in your hand or on a brush cleaning mat and rinse until clean. i did find that it got most of my brushes clean, cleaner than they have been in ages! the only downside was that a few of my brushes, i think around 2 just wouldn’t get quite clean, but that could just be that they are too far gone however this brush cleaner did help a bit with them! it also did really well on sponges too. One thing i did find was that sometimes you will have to rinse the actual soap itself has all the brushes with different colours go in there you get some interesting lather! but thats not really a problem.

So all in all i really liked this set, its quite a bargain! im glad i picked this during my need a brush cleaner/buy all the things spree lately.

Cath x

Acid Toning – why do it & my favourites.

Hey there! so today i wanted to chat to you about acid toning, why it can be a very good step in your skincare routine & my personal favourite acid toners!

Before i begin however i will just state that i am no expert, i am not trained and this is just what i know from my own research and trail and error! if your ever concerned, you should of course always ask a professional.

It is also very important to know that if you acid tone you must wear an spf during the day! you should be wearing one regardless, but with acid toning its even more important.

If you havent really heard much about acid toning before you have likely read the word “acid” and been a bit freaked out! when acid toning first became a more mainstream thing everyone had the same kind of reaction, myself included until you learn a bit more about it.

So acid toning is using a toner or pre-soaked pad that contains a gentle AHA or BHA acid in the normal toner stage, and what this does is it gets to work on the skin eating away at dead skin without using very harsh scrubs etc. It also kills off bacteria extremely well so its very good for spots, and helps to fade scars over time as well.

Theres 3 main acids you will find, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid. glycolic and lactic are AHAs, and salicylic is a BHA, whats the difference? well according to the paulas choice website here AHAs work on the skins surface and are water soluble were as BHAs work down into the pores as well and are oil soluble.

Generally, salicylic acid is seen as the one to go to if you have a lot of issues with spots, blackheads etc as it really helps with that. Lactic acid is rather gentle and not irritating and best for those with sensitive skin, glycolic acid is the one most people know about and the one i use the most, it is the staple of acid toning!

So, when do you use these? well you can use them morning or night, or even morning and night! but personally i mostly use at night and only use in the morning if i feel like i need the boost. This is the first step on your skin after cleansing, and then after this you follow with a skin hydrating mist to start the hydration process.

So, shall we get into my favourites!

These are the 3 i currently use, though i will also list in a second some honourable mentions! i will say, all the ones i use are glycolic based, that is just what i go for personally and is the most commonly found.

So first up is the Lacura daily cleansing pads £4.95 for 2 packs of 60 pads, i could only find the double packs online but as you can see for the price its very affordable! they are a very obvious dupe of the nip + fab pads (mentioned below) and honestly i cant tell too much of a difference between the two! these contain glycolic acid mainly, and also some fruit acids though they are way farther down the list. The way i use pads like this is i buff over my skin with one side then i flip it and go again, i also will buff and spend longer on spots and areas of concern, these are my go to acid toner id say.

Next is actually the only liquid acid toner ive tried, the Freedom Glycolic radiance toner £6.00, now this one is meant to be a dupe for the pixi glow tonic, i havent tried the glow tonic but i like this one! ive had a few bottles of it now on and off and its a really good budget toner if you would rather soak your own cotton pads, again it is glycolic based, the only thing that puts me off using this sometimes is that it can leave the skin feeling a little sticky, i spray straight after so it doesnt matter too much but its just something to be aware of!

Lastly we have the Superdrug Naturally Radiant glycolic acid daily cleansing pads £5.99, now these are basically the same as the lacura or the nip + fab, they are glycolic based with fruit acids much farther down the list pre-soaked pads.  Theres not much i can say about these that i didnt say about the lacura ones! these are pretty much the same in almost every way.

So those are the 3 i am currently using, the first one i used and still often my go to are of course the nip + fab glycolic fix exfoliating facial pads £13.59. They are slightly up there in price but almost always on sale somewhere! they also now have an “extreme” version (they are not too much stronger dont panic) a sensitive version and a salicylic acid version as well so theres something for everyone there!

Of course there is the famous pixi glow tonic £18.00, it is again up there in price, but if you dont know were to start and can afford a little bit more you are not going to go wrong with this at all!

Mainly when it comes to acid toning, i would say have a look around and go for what you think suits you, try some things out and have fun! i honestly love acid toning its something i brought into my skincare years ago and im very glad i did.

Cath x

Expensive Products That Are Worth It.


Hey there! So as you might have noticed, i am all about budget items, i havent been able to work in 6 years and even when i did i worked in childcare, and if you know what the pay is like in childcare you know it aint great!

So my whole life i have basically been on a mission to have the large makeup and skincare collection i love, without 6 credit cards and a loan. However, has time has gone on i have found four products that i am willing (i wouldnt go quite as far as to say happy!) but i am willing to pay out for because for me, nothing comes close.

You will see a theme here that all the items are base items, they are items that are the foundation of your makeup or what makeup goes onto. For me personally i have always found that what id call “colour cosmetics” so your eyeshadows, blushers, lipsticks etc cheap is fine, but the stuff that goes onto needs to be reliable and work well.

Now i know theres good dupes for all of this! However for me, these products last me a long old time, sitting there only to be used when i leave the house, and as an agoraphobic that doesnt happen very often!

Anyway shall i stop rambling and show you the products im talking about?

The Smashbox photo finish foundation primer £26.00 is a cult classic, ive been in the blogging/beauty world for many years now, and this is one of those products you saw everywhere around the 2009/2010 mark! its the classic silicone based foundation primer, for me i find that i need a primer with a bit of slip if im using the foundation coming up in this post and this primer is perfect for that. Combined with said foundation my base takes a lot to move and trust me its tested!

The other primer i can not do without is the Nars Smudge proof eyeshadow base £20.00. I can very vividly remember buying my first eyeshadow primer, the urban decay primer potion in the old annoying bottle packaging a week after my 17th birthday. I had been ill, i had a panic attack on the train and i looked awful! but i was bound and determined to get my hands on that primer, bare in mind this was 2009 so eyeshadow primers werent as common as they are now! and i used urban decay eyeshadow primer potion for years, it worked very well on my very oily hooded lids, until it didnt. I dont know what happened, i dont know if they changed the primer or if my eyelids changed but my makeup started creasing within an hour. At the time i was very into watching the anna edit (although she was vivianna does makeup at the time!) so i bit the bullet and ordered this, and honestly im very glad i did!

My lids hate makeup, they are very stubborn but with this eyeshadow primer anything i put on top isnt moving until i remove it and that frankly is some kind of witchcraft, i approve!


Next up is the foundation that everyone knows, of course! its the estee lauder double wear £33.50, now it took me a while to try this foundation but honestly for a very long time foundation was the biggest issue i had. I am very pale, somewhere under 10 years of black hair dye i am very ginger so i have that to work with, my skin is oily/combo, with makeup sucking pores and hormonal spots (thanks PCOS) and a fair wack of scarring. And of course we have my hot flash having, hot blooded self who has extreme anxiety, i needed something that was bullet proof! and this foundation does it, i wear the palest shade of course, shell and its pretty much spot on, sometimes i do add a drop or two of something like the NYX total control drops or the obsession whitening drops but i can also wear it alone fine! this stuff will not budge, with the smashbox primer underneith & applied with a sponge it looks matte but not cakey and it takes some serious stuff to make it move! my holy grail, go to always.

lastly is the latest product to be added to this list and thats the estee lauder double wear stay in place concealer £24.00, now i bought this the last time i double wear because i had a gift card so i wanted to treat myself. I had a good look with my mum and the lovely women on the counter (shout out to estee lauder girls by the way, they have always been a delight and able to deal with a stuttering nervous mess perfectly) and i went for this in the end to go with my foundation. I have it in C1 light cool, which is almost perfect, i tend to mix it with a tiny bit of white concealer if im using it under the eyes just so i get that slightly brighter effect but other than that this stuff is perfect, it will not budge, my under eyes are naturally very creasy so it does crease a little but the actual product doesnt go anywhere! the coverage is also of course brilliant.

Phew! thats a lot of words, so there you have it, do you have any high end products you always buy?

Cath x