The Body Shop facial mask duo review.


Hey there! So its been a while since ive done a review, and im sorry about that its what happens when things just get a bit busy! im really hoping to keep on top of things more now, cross your fingers.

Anyway, i wanted to talk about this mask duo i got at Christmas, because i have completely fallen in love with both of them! I got the body shop our finest facial mask duo £32.00 and was super pleased, having wanted to try the updated body shop face masks for a while.

In the duo you get the Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask & the British rose fresh plumping mask. These type of masks are for sure my most used, a classic mud/charcoal one and a gel texture one. The face masks retail for £17.00 each so you dont save a massive amount buying them together but if you are gonna buy both anyway you might as well and it does also make a brilliant gift like how i got mine as its in a lovely box.

So lets start with the Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask


Years ago, i tried the original glam glow mask and though it isnt worth the price tag (in my opinion) at all, it was still very good. Well, this mask gives it a run for its money for sure in my opinion. It is a classic mud mask, with the charcoal showing through in its colour, it also has the trait that glam glow is known for, it has bits of mud and such in it, so it isnt smooth in texture. Its easy to apply and you dont need a tonne to cover your face, and then you let it do its thing! it begins drying pretty fast, much faster than i expected it too, but while its drying you can really see it working! it also feels lovely and cooling on the skin, i do find though that the downside to this is it can be a bugger to get off! it is a real bitch to get off, its one that is best removed in the shower honestly, and you need a flannel for sure because it comes off in flakes and generally is a nightmare, but personally for me its worth it i really like it.

The British rose fresh plumping mask is another one right my ally, especially over the past year or so ive gotten very into using gel texture hydrating masks. And honestly one of my favourite things to do is to use a clay/charcoal mask then use a hydrating gel mask afterwards. And this is a really nice one, its not overpoweringly rose scented which is important because if it was too strong it would be annoying to use! but its not, its very gentle and cooling and hydrating. it also comes off very easily, which is always nice!

So yeah, all in all i really like this set of face masks, ill be sad when they run out and hope to pick up some more soon!

Cath x

My Current Favourites January/February 2018.


Hey there! so i haven’t done any favourites in a….(remembers 2018 favourites) well ok, i haven’t done current favourites in a while so i thought i would show you and talk to you about some of my current favourites at the minute.

Beauty

 

So, beauty! have to be honest, i thought i had more beauty favourites than this, but those that i have i do really like a lot!

B. multi acid retexturising facial pads £5.99
I bought these exfoliating pads just before Christmas and i have almost used up the whole tub which tells you how much i like them! i love acid exfoliators  but they can often be on the pricey side, these are really budget friendly but still work really well and have really been keeping any dry winter skin problems at bay.

The body shop facial mask duo £32.00
(Himalayan charcoal and British rose).
This is kind of cheating because its 2 products, but i did get them together so it does make sense too! i got these for Christmas, and i have really fallen in love with them, the charcoal one reminds me an awful lot of glamglow that i tried many years ago now but it doesn’t come with its price tag! it makes my skin feel super clean, but not stripped, its just a really good way to make sure theres no yuck in my skin. The rose one is also lovely, its hydrating but also surprisingly cooling on the skin and ive found it really soothing, perfect for the colder months. I really rate both of this, highly suggest you give them a try, and i hope to try some more from the body shops face mask range soon!

MUA pixel-perfect multi blush in pink blossom £3.00
Ill admit that ive kept a lot of my makeup very much the same, but a product that i bought just before Christmas that ive really been liking is this MUA blush. When i ordered it i thought it was going to be a very light pink/purple blush, maybe with a tiny bit of shimmer but nothing over the top however it turns out to be pretty much non-pigmented. However, i have found that the shimmer it contains is really fine, and the tiny bit of pigment makes it work really well as just like a brightener really. I use it on my cheeks, forehead nose and chin and i like that it lifts everything, but i dont look super instagram glowy, i just look a little bit more alive.

Loreal elvive phytoclear intensive scalp scrub.
This is one of those items that you pick up on a whim and end up really falling in love with. I picked this up in poundstretcher, Not really thinking too much about it but wanting to try a scalp scrub as i do feel that hair dye build up can really cause havoc with my scalp sometimes and boy am i glad i gave it a go! it looks like a body scrub, but what you do is wet your scalp/hair, and then massage this into your scalp really paying attention to the trouble spots, i made sure to go along my hair line and behind my ears too. It feels super cooling but didn’t irritate my scalp at all, then i just rinsed it out before using shampoo & conditioner, it rinses out pretty easily, but i wouldn’t overly worry because any bits that dont get rinsed out are shampooed out without issue. The end result is a really clean, smooth scalp/root area, and ive had less of an itchy head for sure! i just hope i can find it again.

Cleaning


Flash bathroom cleaner spray £1.00
Ive mentioned before that ive been hinched and i really enjoy cleaning, so i thought i would add my favourite cleaning product of the moment into these posts! At the minute it just has to be the flash bathroom spray, easily the product ive re-bought the most, i love this for cleaning my bathroom, either if its at the weekend all over my bath etc or a quick mid week sink clean, it leaves everything super clean and shiny without much work and it also smells so good!

Watching


Critical role
What ive been obsessed with watching lately isnt a new thing for me, but i still adore it. I have been watching critical role since october 2017, i caught up with the first campaign a few days before the second one started and ive been watching campaign 2 on Fridays/Saturdays without fail since. If you dont know what critical role is, critical role is a live streamed dnd game played by various voice actors. Its an amazing show, and since Christmas ive been re-watching campaign 1 and its made me love it even more. Campaign 2 has had some really jaw dropping juicy moments lately and ive been completely gripped!

Listening


Amaranthe 
It was a few months ago now that a couple of my friends introduced me to the Swedish rock band Amaranthe and that has been the only thing on my spotify ever since. I really love how different they are, with 2 lead singers, a man and a women and there lyrics are also amazing. One of my friends that got me into them saw them this week and i am so very jealous!

alright, thats my current favourites, what are yours right now? let me know!

cath  x

 

The body shop scrumptuous cleansing butter.

The body shops camomile sumptuous cleansing butter £10.00 has been out a while, they brought out a range of cleansing products under the camomile range. The butter was the first balm on the market that wasnt super high up there in price that i knew of, and ever since i first tried it ive been pretty hooked.

I reviews the no7 nourishing cleansing balm here back in september, explaining how much i loved it as a basic staple balm and thats basically where i stand with this one too. this one is a little bit lighter in texture but thats it honestly!

They call it a butter and honestly thats a great way of describing the texture of this, its like a butter the minute it touches your skin it begins to melt down into an oil. It removes makeup without any issue, the toughest of makeup the most layered on will melt away without much problem.

Its very gentle too, even if it gets in your eyes it doesn’t sting or hurt in any way. It doesnt dry out your skin at all but its easy to remove, ive tried some balms that leave a oily or even slightly sticky film on the skin but this one comes off completely clean.

Honestly i wish i had more to say about this but it really is just a really good easy to use balm cleanser!  you also dont need very much so it lasts quite a while too, and of course its from the body shop so its cruelty free, and this product is also vegan so it ticks all the boxes too!

I would highly suggest to anyone that they give this a go, its a great cleanser and not one i want to be without.

Cath x

Black Friday Haul.


Hey there! so first off i know i posted saying im back then disappeared for a week, this time complete lack of pictures and the lack of light to take them was my issue but i finally got some! so ive been waiting to post this because ive been waiting for everything to arrive, and in the end i was just going to do a part 1 and a part 2 haul but thankfully the items i was waiting for turned up!

So i went a bit crazy on black friday, i still dont really understand why we have black friday when we dont have thanks giving but at the same time im not gonna turn down a bargain! i did get some christmas shopping done, but i got some me shopping done too, so lets get to it shall we?


So the first order i made was with the body shop, they had 40% off everything and i couldnt resist! i bought the camomile sumptuous cleansing butter £10.00, ive used this a few times now, gone through 2 tins! i really like it but dont tend to buy it so this was high on the list to pick up. Next because generally if caroline hirons suggests something i want it, so i got Oils of life intensely revitalising cleansing oil-in-gel £12.00 that she mentions in her body shop brand overview! having used it a few times now, yes it is a lovely cleanser! full review coming up. Finally, i picked up the satsuma hand cream £5.00, the hand creams from the body shop are well known for being really good! and my favourite scent of all time from the body shop is satsuma, so this was a no brainer really.


Next up in the shopping there was two products i really didn’t wanna buy but needed! im all about the budget makeup and the bargains generally but there are two products i cant live without and they are on the pricier side! and of course because sods law, they ran out at the same time. So when i found that look fantastic stocked both of the things i needed and had 20% site wide i knew what i was doing! i picked up my go to eye primer the nars cosmetics pro prime smudge proof eyeshadow base £20, and my favourite foundation ever estee lauder double wear stay in place foundation in shell £32.50, in the end i saved £15 ish in total on the two along with free shipping, not bad id say!


i actually picked up some new nail polishes, now i have to be honest i dont actually buy new nail polishes very often! and its safe to say i have a type, purple and glitter! but with the ones i use the most now discontinued im on the hunt and i spotted some interesting ones from nails inc, and with 30% off why not! so i got the nails inc dirty unicorns hot to trot nail polish £11 first off, this was what made me make the order in the first place! i spotted my friend the lovely nail blogger enigmatic rambles swatch the colour rainbow hooves and after that i had to have a look at the rest! doing some browsing i then came across the life hack collection, in the colour bossing it £11 and knew that had to go in my basket too! in the end it was just above £15 for the two and im happy with that!


Last but by no means least i treated myself in the beauty bay sale, i went back and forth over this choice for ages! i wanted to really treat myself in the beauty bay sale considering 30% off makes a number of things much more in my reach. In the end after a lot of browsing and questioned i bought two things, i got the violet voss the rainbow palette £28.oo, i am so excited about this! i always struggle with eyeshadow palettes because so often theres colours i wont use in there, and i have wanted to try violet voss eyeshadows for ages but all her palettes never really appealed and then i spotted this and god damn is it cool! i cant wait to try this out. The other thing i picked up is the peter thomas roth meet your mask kit £22.00, i havent been able to buy pricey skincare for years now but ive wanted to try so much! ive adored face masks lately and so i thought i would finally bite the bullet and try out a selection of the peter thomas roth face masks, i am very much looking forward too!

So there you have it! the damage i did on the black friday sales, i did a fair amount of damage but i really enjoyed it, and got some great deals so im ok with it really!

Did you join in on black friday? lemme know!

Cath x

Happy Halloween! Dark mermaid halloween makeup.


Hey there! Happy Halloween! so once i knew i wanted to do a Halloween makeup look for Halloween the hunt was on to figure out what kind of look i wanted to do! i reached out and asked on instagram, twitter and facebook and i had the suggestion dark mermaid come back. I really like this idea so off i went! i actually ended up doing this look twice, i did it on Saturday but i really wasn’t happy with how the look or the pictures turned out so i tried again on Monday and im much happier with this one!

I hope you like this too, happy Halloween!

Eyes –

Revolution brow tint in dark – go to brow product.

Bourjois 24HR eyeshadow primer.

Imagic flash palette using black – as an eyeshadow base.

Revolution single eyeshadow in touch me – to set my primer and base.

Revolution Pro regeneration trends mischief mattes using poison and shrine – i used poison as my first crease colour, and then shrine was more directly in my crease.

Sleek divine ultra mattes V1 brights palette using sugarlite and dragonfly – i found the colours getting muddy so i used these to brighten the colours up.

Revolution eyes like angels eyeshadow palette using aqua dream – as my lid colour.
Maybelline master ink matte liquid eyeliner in charcoal black – i did a heavy wing, i didnt plan too! but i did.

maybelline total temptation mascara in black – even when i wear lashes, i still pile it on!

Eyelashes from ebay.

Face –

Obsession whitener drops, max factor facefinity foundation in light ivory, freedom ghost whitener, revolution liquid highlighter unicorn elixir, revolution haunted liquid highlighter in envy and imagic flash palette the blue – ok, so my “foundation” was a right old mix! i basically kept mixing until i got what i wanted, in the end for some reason in some pictures i look much bluer than others! it gets the effect across though, and that was all over my face, neck and chest.

Elf HD setting powder – to set everything!

Revolution Pro regeneration trends mischief mattes using poison and shrine – i used a stencil i got from a mermaid kit from tescos, but fishnet tights work well too! and then i basically just went all around my face and picked random spots on my chest, i also shaded/contoured my chest a bit, and blended the scales in so they didn’t look so placed.

Revolution ultra cool glow highlighter palette using the green – i sprayed my brush with a setting spray before i picked up the powder and then i went wild! pretty much all over my chest, cheekbones, nose, chin, cupids bow, under the brow, inner corners, everywhere!

Iridescent cosmetic white/green glitter – i then grabbed this super pretty glitter and pretty much did the same that i did with the highlighter! minus cupids bow and eyes.

Lips –
MUA luxe velvet lip lacquer in splash – all over the lips.

Revolution haunted liquid highlighter in envy – i patted this in the centre of my lips then blended outwards.

Iridescent cosmetic white/green glitter – i then basically did the same with the glitter too.

I am so happy i re did this! because i like this version so much more than i liked my first one, it really proves that sometimes its worth trying again!

I hope you enjoy, and have a happy and safe Halloween!

Cath x

Revolution conceal & define full coverage foundation.


Hey there! So, erm shiny things are really annoying to photograph aint they? because this was a bloody nightmare! but worth it, because this is the foundation everyone and there mother has been talking about lately, the Revolution conceal & define full coverage foundation £9.00. Revolution have been on fire, they are releasing new products every week at least! when they brought out this foundation to match there very popular concealer in the same range (that they brought out in supersize at the same time) it hit youtube and blogs in a wave.

I knew i wanted to try it, but decided i would wait until i wanted to make a revolution order to try it. Glad i did because there halloween range came out a few weeks later!

This foundation is meant to be a creamy, comfortable formula with a buildable coverage and sets to a demi-matte finish. It comes in 24 shades, its a pretty wide range but of course it could always be better! I got the palest shade, F0.5 which is fair with pink undertones.

I thought it would finally actually be pale enough for me, and it is pale enough for sure, but i actually think it might be slightly too pink! rare for me, because i am pink toned, but it does pull a tiny bit pink on me.

Considering the price, the packaging is really nice! a glass bottle with a giant doe foot applicator. I haven’t had a foundation with this kind of applicator before, i like it but i am scared every time i pull the wand out that its going to splatter everywhere!

First off this foundation is pretty high coverage! you dont need that much of it, and it covers any discolouration, dark circles and most spots in the first coat, i only needed to build it up slightly on very annoyed spots etc and it does build up very easily.

I would call the finish it gives more of a matte finish than a demi matte finish honestly. Even though i did set it, because i always test any foundation the way i would wear it, it really didnt need it when first applied at least.

I tested it out two slightly different ways on my combo/oily skin, first time i used the smashbox photo finish primer and then i dotted the foundation onto my face using the applicator and blended it out using a sponge (i used the real techiques sponge). It blends out very easily, sponge is for sure the way to go with this, it blends quickly and easily without any fuss really!

I then set everything using my elf setting powder, applied contour/blusher/highlighter as normal and left it be. i wore it for about 7 hours this day, i wasnt doing a whole lot, mainly sat at my pc, however it was put to the test with some kitchen dancing! at the 2 & 4 hour mark it still looked exactly as it had (minus my glasses marks). However by hour 7 my nose was rather oily and at least some of the foundation on my nose was gone for sure, the foundation around my mouth and nose had faded too and i was shine city! however for 7 hours, i have seen worse wear for sure, but it wasnt perfect.

Next time i tried it, i was very brave for me because if i have to go out normally i would always wear my estee lauder double wear. It honestly scares me to wear anything else! but i wore this foundation going to therapy last week. I started it off the same, smashbox photo finish primer but this time i used the soap & glory one heck of a blot primer on my nose, i then used the foundation applied in the exact same way as before. I did use concealer this time for under my eyes, the matching revolution conceal & define concealer mixed with a bit of the foundation and whitening drops as its a bit dark for me, that went on completely fine. Then i set everything with my elf setting powder, and applied my contour/blusher/highlighter as normal, however it was at this point i noticed my nose. It looked awful, very cakey and powdery, so i removed the foundation just from my nose alone, then reapplied the smashbox primer, foundation and powder and it was fine, so this foundation for me at least is one of those that needs a silicone based primer or its dry cakey city.

I was wearing this foundation for maybe 3 hours? but this time i was moving around, though not very much! just like, getting in the car, going up stairs etc. once home i tried on some dresses, and while this didnt make me sweat it did heat me up a bit! i looked in the mirror at this point and saw that the foundation had sort of oxidised? it was odd, but it was looking even pinker than it had before! my glasses situation was also really bad, now my glasses are in dire need of replacing so they dont really stay in one place anymore but pretty much were ever the glasses had touched even a little bit the foundation was gone, and there was a tiny bit of caking on my chin but nothing really noticeable.

In conclusion honestly this is a pretty good foundation! but its just not perfect, it may be my skin type or the way ive tried it that causes those issues who knows! and the issues i had really are not a big deal, if i still wore makeup everyday this really would be a perfect everyday foundation i think, but because i dont and i need a foundation that basically doesnt cause me anxiety its not quite there, very close however!

have you tried this? what did you think?

Cath x

What Makeup Means To Me.

Hey There! So, i think a lot of people would of rolled there eyes at the title of this post, but bare with me. Even in this day and age people can be so judgemental about makeup and peoples love of it, but for me makeup really has been so much more than just cosmetics over the years.

The early years.

Ive always loved makeup, from the moment my auntie got me a red heart shaped play makeup case when i was 5, i loved playing and messing with it. But it didnt play any kind of bigger part in my life than that at this point.

For years i did a small amount of makeup, powder, lipgloss, shimmery light eyeshadows that kind of thing, and always painting my nails!

But on my 14th birthday i asked my mum if she could help me choose a mascara, she helped me pick a brown one because im naturally ginger and it set me off on a massive makeup journey that year. By my 15th i was wearing full heavy smokey eyes daily.

The teen years.


From that moment that i tried out coloured mascara for the first time i was very hooked, i wore it daily and i quickly went from wearing just mascara daily too foundation, concealer, powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara daily! this was also when my style went very goth/emo so of course enough eyeliner to put my chemical romance to shame was part of my uniform at that point.


My teen years where tough for a lot of reasons, my mental health issues became a real problem at this point and makeup for sure became my safety blanket. I would have a fit if it wouldn’t go right, i would get really frustrated when no one seemingly understood why makeup was so important. Too me, it was how i expressed myself, it was my identity, it was my trademark and the idea of not having that really upset me. It became a way that i coped, sometimes even re-doing my makeup a few times a day, It was extremely important to me and this was were makeup really got its importance for me. I wouldnt leave the house without it, when i started to volunteer and such having to do less makeup than my normal 50 tonnes of eyeliner wasnt something i was very happy about! I still managed to get away with more makeup than i think they wanted me too!

Growing up.

Getting my first job, i very quickly got my makeup routine down so that it was enough that i was comfortable, but it was quick (for me!) and i could do it at 6 in the morning if needed. Not wearing makeup wasnt an option still, but i knew exactly what i was doing now, these few years where i worked for sure was where i started to feel happier in myself and comfortable with the makeup i wore. I still wore it as an expression of myself, but it wasnt quite so much the comfort blanket it once was anymore.

Twenties.

And then my anxiety and the like barrelled back into my life full speed and things changed for me again. Makeup was my comfort and one of the ways i felt confident enough to face the outside world, it was my armour and the way i showed who i was. The worse my mental health has gotten the more ive lent on makeup as a way to feel ok, its a way i cope, its a way i calm down.


its also been a way ive reached so many other people, how ive made friends and been a part of amazing communities, doing youtube & blogging over the years has been amazing and not something i would ever want to stop, since coming back to blogging ive been reminded how much i love it.


But of course, due to it being so important to me its been a source of anxiety as well. My anxiety will tell me i dont deserve to have the makeup i do, or to play with it. It will tell me im no good at it, or that i shouldn’t even bother. I go through stages, and it sucks because i wish i could just have an easy relationship with something that i love so much.

As you can see, makeup as meant many different things to me over the years, but one thing thats been a continious theme is that its an expression of who i am. The smokey eyes, the purple, the glitter, its all me and thats my favourite thing about makeup, it can be so very personal and no one does there makeup quite like anyone else does.

Cath x

Current favourites.

Hey there! so i havent done monthly favourites before, and i think its a little outdated these days! however, i felt like showing you what im enjoying lately, and i think ill do these posts randomly just when i have things to show you! i have 3 skincare, 2 makeup, a wax melt, and some music too! so lets get started.

First up we have a wax melt! i mentioned wax melts a few weeks ago, and in that haul i picked up the rainbow splash bramble wax £5. I have had the shot pot of rainbow splash and i love the smell, so i grabbed the bramble snap and im so glad i did! its so nice just being able to grab a chunk and pop it in the burner, and its bramble wax so of course it smells amazing, its meant to smell like fruit chews and honestly id say its fruitier than that!

Right onto the makeup! First off the E.l.f HD setting powder £7.50, now i bought this a while ago but have only started wearing makeup regularly again over the past few weeks, and this set powder is lovely! i used to use it years ago back when elf was in the uk the first time around. its very fine, easy to buff away and keeps everything matte! big thumbs up from me.

Oh mascara, we all want the perfect one dont we? i wouldnt say this is my perfect one, but the soap & glory thick & fast mascara £10.50 is really doing it for me right now! it makes my lashes look full and long, matching the dark purple eye i like doing perfectly, it doesnt flake or smudge and is easy to remove!, it doesnt hold a curl sadly, but ill take everything else for that!

First up in my favourite skincare right now, is the no7 nourishing cleansing balm £13.00. i picked this up in a haul a few weeks ago and god i love this cleansing balm! its so good, i reviewed it fully here but if your looking for a good basic in the best way cleansing balm check this out!

I bought this speed plump miracle moisture mouse £14.00, now i know i used this a while ago but it had been a while! trying it again, i really like it. Its a very interesting texture, like a oily mouse, its hydrating and feels lovely on the skin.

Finally for skincare, we have the Revolution skin mild skin exfoliator 5% lactic acid & hyaluronic acid £6.00, this month i tried a tonne of the revolution skincare products, and i love all of them but the lactic acid has really stood out for me as a really gentle exfoliating option.

Ive been really back into musical soundtracks at the minute, this video from west end live introduced me too the musical six, i fell in love with it very quickly! its a really quirky fun soundtrack that can be found on spotify.

Along the same vein, i have been a watcher of carrie fletcher for a while, and shes currently in the west end production of heathers,i hadnt heard of heathers until she got the part but now oh wow its so good! again, the full soundtrack (not sung by carrie sadly) is on spotify.

So thats what im enjoying at the moment, id love to hear what your loving right now!

Cath x

The Discontinued Woes.


Hey there! so if you have been into beauty for a few years at least you will know that feeling when you go to buy one of your holy grail products and you suddenly cant find it anywhere, you look all over the internet and you see those words “discontinued”.

For some reason, i seem to be plagued with this, the minute i find something i really love it gets discontinued! the other side of this problem i have is that i often buy discounted makeup either online or in poundland etc and quite often once you have found these things once they are hard to find again, and its so frustrating!

So i thought i would share my woes, and show you some of the products i really wish were not discontinued!

First up we have my nail polish problems, for some reason i always really like nail polishes that are either limited edition or get discontinued once i find them!


This is a ciate nail paint pot, the bottom says the colour is “cant be kinky” though after i did some googling the original is actually called “can it be kinky”, i bought my first bottle of this in TKmaxx. Its a really deep deep purple it basically looks black on the nail but its part of the nail varnish combo ive done for a while now! and annoyingly, i found this second bottle on ebay but since then i just cant find any, i think the “can it be kinky” was limited edition, and i found “cant be kinky” because it was default due to the typo! i am really sad that i cant find another bottle of this though.


This rather sad looking bottle is Revlons scented nail polish in grape fizz, i adore this super glittery purple nail polish topper, however it was discontinued years ago. I tend to feed my addiction through ebay and i just cross my fingers i can do that for a while yet but i have my doubts!


Finally in the nail polishes we have the maybelline superstay nail polish in purple reflects. I originally bought this off of fragrance direct and i adore it, what i tend to do is do a coat of cant be kinky, then a coat of purple reflects topped off with a coat of grape fizz. However its not sold on fragrance direct anymore, i can at the minute still find it on ebay but of course thats not gonna happen forever.

Please nail polish companies stop discontinuing pretty purple polishes!

Oh makeup, i have had so many discontinued problems its funny at this point, i always fall in love with a product that then gets discontinued!

First up is the maybelline dream matte powder in rose nude, this powder, oh this powder! it was part of the dream matte range and was in boots, superdrug etc for a while. I love this powder, its very soft it matches my skin perfectly and keeps me matte without caking! what more could you need, but sadly i ran out once, went to get some and it was gone so for years afterwards i started buying it on ebay, it seemed to still be sold in france of all places so i was buying a lot of powders that i couldnt read! it took a while but in the end i just cant find it anywhere anymore and im so sad, it was such a good powder i dont know why it was discontinued!


It seems that maybelline is quite the culprit in discontinuing things because my next product is also maybelline, its the maybelline colour tattoo in timeless black. This is a really annoying one! i have really hooded oily eyelids so i really need to use an eyeshadow primer and then a long lasting cream shadow too, and a few years ago i found that the colour tattoos finally came in a matte black! perfect! but they last so long that when i went to buy another it was gone from superdrug etc. I ended up finding it on fragrance direct, however when i went back to reorder its gone, im hoping i can find it somewhere else or find a good replacement.

Finally, this is the oldest discontinued item i can think of, and its the 17 va va voom eyeshadow palette (obviously i dont use this anymore!). This eyeshadow palette was a limited edition gift with purchase around 9/10 years ago! this palette was what started me using purple eyeshadow on a daily basis, the purple in this palette was my thing, and when i used up the purple in the palette i got, i started buying them on ebay, i did this for years! i had a collection of 17 palettes all with the purple gone or almost gone and the other colours all untouched. It took me many, many years to start finding different purples  that worked for me, but now looking back this was actually a really bad eyeshadow!

I cant be the only one with discontinued woes, what favourite product of yours got discontinued? any suggestions to replace my discontinued products?

Cath x

Boots bonus points offer haul.

Hey there! so a week or so ago boots had a offer on because it was the 21st anniversary of the advantage card, so they were doing 21 points per pound spent! yes please! you had to spend over £60. But lets face it that isnt exactly a hard thing to do! i had a couple of things i needed, but the rest i picked up because i wanted to try them and/or thought they would be good for the blog, so here it all is!

So first up is all the face, body and hair care that i picked up! this is where i spent my bulk, ill be honest.

i picked up two bottles of the zingy mango and papaya shower gel  75p, i am very fond of cheap good smelling shower gel! but so is everyone else that shares my bathroom, so lots of bottles it is.

Nail polish remover £1, because well i needed it.

boots smooth care hair removal cream £3.49, because same reason.

i picked up two skincare products from soap & glory, ive tried both of these before but a while ago now! i picked up the soap & glory peaches and clean deep cleansing milk £8.00 and the soap & glory speed plump overnight miracle moisture mousse £14.00. The cleansing milk was my go to morning cleanse and second cleanse for over a year years ago, and i am so happy to have it back! its a wonderful cleanser, feels lovely on the skin but has that extra zing to it. The mousse has a lovely almost butter like texture to it, and sinks in so well, im glad to have these back!

I grabbed another tube of the garnier skin active matcha detox face mask £5.99, this is such a lovely face mask for when you want a deep clean for your skin. my skin is stressed and hormonal right now and this mask felt wonderful on, its cooling and feels like its doing something, maybe it doesnt but it feels good! and my previous tube was down to the last drops.

Garnier ultimate blends coconut oil treatment mask £4.99, how many of these have i had in blog posts now? i love these masks.

No7 nourishing cleansing balm £13.00, thanks to the hashtag #carolinehironsmademedoit and the skincare freaks facebook group my skincare obsession is right back into swing! i tend to swing between makeup and skincare, skincare it is at the minute, i was doing the 3 for 2 items thing and i spotted that this was one of the options and scooped it straight up. always looking for good budget balm and oil cleansers!


so onto the makeup i bought! the masqd sponge was a free gift when you buy kind of thing, will be interesting to try.

i spent ages looking at various makeup items, always going back to NYX as i so often do! they have this really cool gothic looking collection at the moment but after looking at everything i just knew i had too much like it or i wouldnt use it. I got my heart set on a blusher, and then i spotted this and i was sold, its the NYX ombre blush in codebreaker £9.00, a really bright purpley pink mixed with a purple.

I needed a new black pencil liner so i picked up this one from NYX  the slide on eye pencil £6.50, ive only swatched it but its very creamy!

finally, if you have followed beauty news for a while you would know that boots own brand 17 was discontinued a few months ago. But i found that some of there items were still on the website with a very heavy discount! I was very excited to find that the 17 staytime concealer in extra fair was there, for 90p! so i picked up three of them, obviously.

I also spotted a shadow for £1 in purple, so i couldnt leave that now could i?

Anyway thats everything i picked up! ive been spending a lot lately, i need to rein it back a bit, she says!

Cath x