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

 

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

What i got for christmas 2018.


Hey there! so, i hope you all had a brilliant Christmas, so i really enjoy what i got for Christmas/birthday videos and blog posts so i thought i would show you what i got this year! Of course, please remember that i am not in any way bragging, im just simply showing you what i got, which i am of course very grateful for.

In my stocking –
Its a tradition that myself and my mum buy the gifts for eachothers stockings and then open them up together in the morning.

So, inside this years stocking i got –
various shower gels.
sweet clementine candle.
blackberry soap.
santas belly shower jelly from lush.
cat face makeup bag.
tweezers.
nail oil.
pore strips.
false eyelashes.
snowman shaped blending sponge.
This is me, the greatest showman quote plaque.
sugar skull shopping bag.
harry potter colour changing lipsticks.
black tourmaline bracelet.
black cat and moon earrings.
feather earrings.
black cat earrings.
sticky notes.

Mum went a bit over board! though to be honest, so did i. we have gotten to the point in our household that things never fit in the stockings!

Next up, is what my brother got me, he really surprised me and i was in shock! with the help of my mum, he got me a hamper of various beauty gifts.

So in the hamper was the soap & glory the pink-credibles gift set, the baylis & harding christmas set, a christmas candle in a giant bauble and wrapped to the side was a giant golden snitch bath bomb & a crookshanks lip balm!

Bless him,he really wanted to do something special and he very much did.

Last, but by no means least is what my parents got me.

So my mum asked me for a list this year, normally she never does but she finds it difficult to not buy from brands i may already buy a lot from myself! so i wrote a list this time, on the list i had “lush & the body shop”. and as you can see, she did so! she got me the lush snow fairy gift set, the body shop facial mask duo himalayan charcoal & british rose and the body shop hoilday hand cream set. we then have a baylis & harding sweet mandarin & grapefruit gift set.

Finally, the urban decay elements eyeshadow palette, oh i almost cried! i had mentioned it, but mum had told me weeks ago she couldnt find it, which was fine obviously, but the week before christmas, she found it! she couldnt not give it to me, its stunning and i cant wait to play with it.

So there you have it! what i got for christmas 2018, i hope you all had a brilliant time, i had a very calm family christmas watching a lot of films!

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