Favourite Products of 2018 – Skincare.

Hey there! so i really wanted to do a post on my favourite products from 2018, i was just going to do makeup but then i thought i had loved skincare so much i didn’t really wanna do that,so ive split it off into two! in a few days you will get my post about my favourite makeup from this year, but this one is all about my favourite skincare. Its gonna be a long post, so lets get too it!

1st cleanse – The body shop scumptuous camomile cleansing butter.

This was a toss up for me because i have gone between 3 the whole year, but i think this cleansing butter wins for me. Its not greasy and it removes easily but it works so well, removing makeup or not!,I adore this cleansing balm, and i dont think that will change any time soon!

2nd cleanse/morning cleanse – Soap & glory peaches & clean deep cleansing milk.

This was extremely easy for me, i had a few years ago used and loved it but had moved on to different things. Im so glad i went back to it this year as i do not plan to have it leave my life again! its not drying, but it has a bit of a zing to it, its perfect for me.

Scrub – Loreal paris smooth sugar glow grape face and lip scrub. (Not shown).

I am so sad that i dont currently have this but im waiting to see it on offer! these came out this year, and ive tried the kiwi and grapefruit one and the grapefruit one is the best by far. I always thought that sugar scrubs would be too much for my face but actually they work really well and i loved how smooth this made my skin feel.

Face mask – Garnier pure active gel matcha detox green tea face mask.

This really has been the year of the face mask for me, i really like using them! i found this garnier face mask early on in the year and im really glad i did. Its clay based, but very cooling and not drying at all, its a really nice refreshing clay mask that makes your skin feel smooth and clean.

Acid – Revolution lactic acid & hyaluronic acid serum.

This was a tough choice to be honest, because i didn’t use much acid this year! ive only just started using acid again in its traditional toner form over the past few weeks. But i then remembered that i used this serum til it is basically empty and it is acid! i really like how gentle this is, my skin this has gotten slightly drier and more sensitive this year (im growing up, eek!) and even though this is helping at resurfacing, its also hydrating and that helps a lot.

hydrating spray – B. hydrated hyaluronic acid spritz. 

This was the year that i got very into hydrating sprays and this was the spray that started it! over the summer and the awful heatwave, i would cleanse, spray a lot of this then use a light gel and call it a day and this was enough hydration! i really enjoy this, its not needed of course, but its a really nice extra level of hydration.

Serum – Hyaluronic acid.

So im kinda cheating here because i haven’t got a brand for this has ive used a few over the year, but my no1 serum “thing” for sure has been hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid has found its mainstream fame this year, and theres good reason why. I found it a really nice, easy serum adding light hydration that really felt like it worked, i need to get some more, soon!


Oil – Revolution skin nourishing CBD oil.

Revolution brought out there own skincare range this year, and of course i was all over it! CBD oil hit the headlines a lot this year but i haven’t really seen it much in skincare, though i dont know why! this is really lovely, super hydrating and gentle, a staple for my night time skincare.



Day cream – loreal paris hydra genius aloe moisturiser.

I have really struggled finding a day cream that i like this year much at all, but the one i enjoyed the most was for sure the loreal pure genius, gel textures are for sure the way to go and i think i may pick up some more of this soon!

Night cream – Soap & glory speed plump overnight moisture mousse.

Again just like the peaches & clean this is something ive loved and used in the past but had wondered off to other things. I am so glad i got back to it! its a lovely, quite rich but not heavy moose.

So there you have it! my favourite skincare of 2018, what was some of yours? let me know!

Cath x

Sales Haul from boots.


Hey there! so, im sure im not the only one that always looks forward to shopping the sales at boots after Christmas. They always make all of there gift sets half price, so what ive been doing the past few years is saving up my boots points all year and using them in the sales and thats exactly what i did this year too!

This year the plan was to go to boots on the Friday after Christmas, however i knew i wasn’t likely to find all the harry potter bits i was interested in so on boxing day i ordered the bits i wanted online first. The other 2 items i got was in store, to be honest i think like a lot of us we get there and very quickly think “you know, this is a lot of the same!” a lot of the really good sets are already gone at this point. Though saying that i am pleased with what i managed to grab!


So, the harry potter stuff! I ordered the hedwig and scabbers lip balms, i got the crookshanks lip balm at Christmas so i wanted to complete the set! these little lip balms are so cute, the lip balm inside is just a waxy very basic product but to be honest you dont buy these for the product! I also got the hedwig hand cream, i love hedwig as im sure most lovers of harry potter do so i wasn’t saying no to this. The last thing i ordered im a bit meh about, it was this hufflepuff makeup bag, now i am a very proud hufflepuff but i thought this bag was more yellow than it actually is, its actually really gold and i am not a fan of anything gold at all really! but even so, its hufflepuff and it wasn’t that pricey so im sure i can find a use for it.


The two sales items i got in the store itself i am very pleased with, the first item being i think my favourite that i got in this boots haul over all (sorry hp!). I got the real techniques brush crush set, now i have seen the brush crush brushes and thought they are beautiful but they are so pricey! but this set was half price from £30, so £17.50! i had originally picked up an original real techniques brush set but the minute i saw this i had to have it.


The final little thing i got is this ghost night bauble, this was a last minute thing i picked up at the til but im glad i did! ghost night is actually the perfume my nan wore for ages (she doesn’t really wear perfume these days). But the dark moon shaped bottle is still sat on her dressing table, and it makes me think of her. Inside is a mini little bottle of perfume, and a tinted lip balm that doesn’t smell of the perfume but of something else, something sweet but i cant put my finger on it for the life of me!

im really pleased with what i managed to pick up, i think the brush set is my favourite though of course i cant help my harry potter heart.

Did you pick anything good up in the boots sales this year?

Cath x

no7 nourishing cleansing balm.

Hey there! So in my boots haul last week one of the things i picked up was the No7 nourishing cleansing balm £13.00, as a lot of products were on 3 for 2, and i was very interested in trying a different cleansing balm! i do love a good cleanser, especially a budget one.

This cleansing balm promises “radiant and healthier looking skin in 1 week”, with No7s tri-vit complex and grapeseed oil. It is what i would call a rather “basic” cleanser, but you know at least its not full of mineral oil!


As you can see, its in a nice big pot and it looks like your normal balm cleanser, waxy but put a little pressure on it and you can scoop some up. The cleanser feels really buttery as soon as you pick some up, it feels silky and really nice to touch, not gritty in the slightest! It smells clean, it does have a smell but its just clean and fresh not really over powering or annoying in anyway for me at least.

It melts super quickly in your hands and it feels really nice on the skin, its got plenty of slip to it and you can easily massage everything off. Makeup wise, it removes everything no problem but a lot of mascara would likely need a different remover, but i tend to do it that myself all the time anyway, i wouldn’t use this on my eyes unless i had too but i feel the same about every balm or oil cleanser. It doesn’t leave any residue when removed with a warm flannel (it comes with a muslin cloth but no thanks).

Honestly this is a pretty short review but i dont have much more to say! this is a really nice, staple balm cleanser that is one of those cleansers i can see myself keeping in my stash at all times. I would highly suggest giving it a go next time theres a sale or offer on!

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

The Pre-birthday Pamper Haul.


Hey! so, if you read my post on wednesday you would of seen that my birthday is coming up on the 14th. Now, im not the biggest fan of my birthday these days at all but im trying to make the most of it this year, be grateful of what you have right?

Anyway, because of this i already knew id be spending most of the day with my friends playing the new world of warcraft expansion, i had planned to spend some time in the morning with my family but thats changed when my mum has had to take an appointment that morning due to finding out that she has cataracts. So after having a think i thought you know what? why dont i have a really good pamper on my birthday morning? So this of course meant that i just had too buy some new goodies to do this with…obviously.

originally i had thought about ordering from amazon because i hadnt really bought pamper stuff from them before and thought it would be cool but i quickly found the hidden p&p thing they do! so instead i made 2 orders, one from boots and one from superdrug because they had different offers on and i couldnt get soap & glory from superdrug!


FYI i will ask you forgive the pictures, these were taken before 12pm (shocker i know) and because of this you got the sun high in the sky and my shadow getting in the way!

So, from boots the first thing i new i would pick up was the soap & glory sugar crush body scrub £8.00, now i really love a good scrub, i am the queen of exfoliation i love it, i bought a new pair of exfoliating gloves on the tesco order and then i had to pick a body scrub. I knew i wanted this one but i kept holding off because its more than i would normally spend on a body product, but honestly? why not! its my birthday, this is my favourite one ive used, the grains are sugar & macadamia grains but the best bit is that its not in oil so you dont get that annoying layer on your skin and its not made with salt so it doesnt sting my very sensitive legs! and it smells amazing.

I love a good hair mask, and the garnier ultimate blends range of face masks are a personal favourite, ive tried a few of them now and im slowly making my way through the range! i went for the ultimate blends maple & caster oil hair mask treatment £4.99 this time, it sounded good to me basically! and i know how good caster oil is at helping with hair growth and im always for that.

I then got 2 nail bits, to be honest i doubt i will actually “do” my nails on my birthday but i saw this as an excuse to get some proper nail oil that isnt from the pound shop and finally get something ive wanted for a while!
So nail oil wise i went for the barry m cuticle oil £3.99, not heard much about it or tried it yet so lets see! The other item is the sally hansen instant cuticle remover £6.95, now i have wanted to try this product for so long its not even funny! Ive seen anna (the anna edit on youtube) mention it a lot, and a few other people too but i always felt i couldnt justify it. turns out i just need to feel sorry for myself!

Right lets move onto superdrug! i didnt mean to buy 4 products from each place but i did!

Anyway first up i picked up a new mask to try, now ive had a few masks come my way over the past week or so (dont worry ill be showing you soon!) but i still of course picked this one up. Again, big face mask fan! So i picked up natures alchemist balancing clay face mask £6.99, honestly i thought this was more of a classic clay or mud mask than it actually is, but thats alright! i have been in the market for a quick mask to use for a while too.

Next up, i love a good detox shampoo to help clean any dye or product build up from my hair and scalp so i went for the toni & guy cleanse advanced detox shampoo £6.49, im pretty sure i used this before years ago and really liked it so im looking forward to using it again!

Ok so hands up, the next item isnt really just for “pampering” ive just developed a little hydrating facial mist problem ok? I spotted the natures alchemist hydrating facial mist £5.99 and had to give it a go, specially as it was on offer, and yes im fully expecting to be someone with 5 different facial sprays in the fridge next summer.

Still with me? good! now last but not least we have the o’keeffe’s lip repair cooling £4.25, now i wanted to get a new lip balm, and when i spotted this one was on offer i thought why not! i bought the o’keeffe’s working hands hand cream for my mum and it seems really good at helping her really dry caretaker hands, and i bought the foot cream that is also working pretty well on my feet from hell so why not! ive worn it a few times now and the cooling effect is nice,but i cant say much more than that yet!

alright, there you have it! well done if you made it this far, do you have pamper sessions on your birthday? let me know!

Cath x