BEAUTY: Cleansers on Trial.

* This post includes Pr Samples * 

In order to switch up my skincare routine a bit I've been trialing a few different types of Cleansers recently. I've always opted for the Hot Cloth Cleanser variety, however  I knew there were others on the market so it was only fair I gave them a test run too.

As mentioned in a previous post discussing my Skincare routine I purchased the Sanctuary Spa Ulitmate Cleansing Oil  from boots over my usual Soap and Glory one. As I said before it works really well at removing my makeup combined with a flannel soaked in warm water. Even getting rid of stubborn mascara! After continued use I can confirm that I am a big fan of the oil cleanser.  Not only does it work well at removing any makeup from my face. It leaves my skin feeling really nourished and soft! I find with an oil cleanser you can use a small amount of product each time you wash your face. By applying it to dry skin, then combining the oil with water extends the product making you less likely to use too much per cleanse. I've had my bottle ages now and it's still going strong. So cost per use wise it's a really good investment in my opinion. If you havent tried an oil cleanser before then I highly recommend you give them a go. They remove everything! 

Next up I have a Yes to Cucumbers daily Gel Cleanser*. I haven't used a gel cleanser before so wasn't sure what to expect. You wet your face with warm water, then apply the gel cleanser to it and massage it in to remove all makeup. I feel that gel cleansers work the best with a cleansing brush though to be honest. Whether you have a hand held manual one like this one from The Body Shop or an electrical one like the Magnitone or Clarisonic. I tried it with my Magnitone and I personally felt that I got a better cleanse pairing it with the tool rather than using my fingers to massage it into my skin, so that is something to bare in mind. (Although different methods work for different people) It is a really affordable product at £6.99 which you can purchase from Boots or ASOS.

Finally I've been trialing out the Temple Spa in the beginning deep cleansing melt*. A balm cleanser with a bit of a difference as it has exfoliating beads in it. You apply it to damp skin, then with circular upword movements you gently massage it in. The exfoliating beads will gradually disappear leaving you with a really nice scented balm to continue cleansing your face with. This product feels the most luxurious of the 3, given that its presented in the glass tub too! With a very Spa-like feel to it, you can also use this cleanser as a deep nourishing mask if your skin is feeling particularly dehydrated. Just massage it in but leave for 30 mins before washing off. I do like that this has a two different uses as it is on the more pricey side. After continued use my skin did in fact feel very nourished. I felt like I was having a mini pamper sesh every time I used it to be honest! It's one I would recommend if you fancied a bit of a treat. It works really well at removing all my makeup and I go off to bed feeling like I've given my face a bit of TLC in the process. 

I think for everyday use my favourite would have to be an oil cleanser, its probably the quickest and most efficent type of cleanser that removes my makeup as well as leaving my skin feeling great. A balm cleanser is nice for a slightly more Luxe experience in my opinion, so I wouldn't rule that one out! Gel cleansers I dont think are for me. To  be honest they just remind me a bit of regular face wash if Im honest. Nothing too special, but like I said they do a great job combined with some form of facial brush! 

Have you tried any of these  types of cleansers before? 

Much love, 

BEAUTY: Revlon Colorstay First Impressions


Surprisingly I haven't really delved into the brand Revlon before! Despite being a 'drugstore' brand I don't usually find myself gravitating towards their stand at all when I am browsing Boots! I would say that it is one of the brands I put on the higher price scale when it comes to affordable makeup. It's not high end, but the prices are slightly more than the likes of Rimmel or Barry M for example. 
Of course the 3 for 2 deal was on in Boots (When isnt it running?) and I was on the hunt for some new base makeup, I figured this would be the appropriate time to give a new brand a try. While stood inbetween the aisles I used the website Findnation to work out what shades would be best fit and got browsing the Revlon shelves.

Now I had heard that this foundation was a good alternative to the Estee lauder Double wear but at a fraction of the cost. I do love ELDW, and go through phases of wearing it. It's brilliant for a full coverage base, so if the Colourstay foundation could give me the same results at a fraction of the price I would be one happy bunny. The foundation comes with a pump which I believe only got introduced in the past couple of years. I dread to think how much foundation I have wasted in the past by pouring out too much. So the pump applicator gets a thumbs up from me. The foundation comes in a good selection of 13 colour shades, You should be able to find your shade easily. I was able to find my shade & decided to purchase it in oily/combination as my skin is having a bit of a moment right now! The foundation is normal consistency. Not too thick at all. I only use probably one full pump across my face and that provides me with more than enough coverage to make me happy. It's not as full as ELDW, however if you do like it fuller, there's no reason why you couldn't put another layer on over the top. By the end of a working day my makeup still looks pretty good so i'm happy with the longevitiy of the coverage, it seems to diminish slightly on my chin but not so much that I think 'oh god my makeups gone from my chin!' The price of this foundation is really reasonable ans similar to others from the drugstore. Even though its not exactly the same as my beloved ELDW, it still is a really good medium to full coverage foundation which isn't cakey and does the job. I'd probably repurchase! 

When you are buying the foundation you may as well try the concealer too! I hadn't heard much about the concealer so I really was going in blind. I ended up purchasing it in the lightest shade from the 5 shades available, usually a safe bet as I am quite pale skinned anyway. Similar to the foundation is it promoted as a full coverage concealer which will be undetectable. Sounds good to me! As first impressions go I was surprised to find that the concealer is quite thick in consistency which isnt what I was expecting. I thought it would be a lot thinner, because of this I personally found it quite hard to work with. Rather than it blending in seamlessly and hiding any imperfections I found that it just kind of sat on the top of my face and wouldn't settle, which as you can imagine was rather annoying. After quite a bit of blending with my brush it evenutally would blend in, but it took some time - Not great if you are in a rush! Considering I really liked the foundation I was dissapointed to discover that the concealer doesnt work for me. It's just a bit too full coverage/on the thick side for me personally to use. I've found myself reaching for other concealers in my collection rather than this one. I would rate the Collection Lasting perfection concealer over this one, the bonus being that its about half the price of the Revlon one. Sorry Revlon but your colourstay concealer isnt for me. I wont be buying again. 

A couple of months ago I saw various beauty vloggers/bloggers feature the new Mascara offerings from Revlon. They'd all talked positively about the different mascara so I decided that when I needed a new one I'd give one of them a go. I like to have long and volumised lashes so I opted for the mascara with the blue lid - Which no surprises here, is the volume and length version. Each of the mascaras have different wands to help achieve different looks. I don't like plastic wands, i prefer those with bristles so I was happy to see this one was the latter. Filled with high expectations I was keen to start using this mascara but god I was dissapointed... I really don't like it! I find the wand doesn't grab my lashes at all dispite being a bristle style one. I was sad about this because looking at the wand, I would have thought it would, and give me some epic volume. I found that the product doesn't really go on my lashes and give me the desired look I crave. I might have picked up a dudd, I don't know. But at £9.99 I don't particularly want to pick up another incase I just get the same result. As first impressions go I feel like I've been duped by all the others bloggers and vloggers who sung it's praises! Has anyone else tried this mascara and found the same? If you think I bought a dudd then let me know and MAYBE ill go pick up another to give it a second shot. 

Have you tried any of these products from Revlon before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Much love 

BEAUTY: My Highlighter Collection

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I don't believe that I have ever posted a full makeup collection blog post in my 5.5 years of blogging, however I have talked about topics relating to it, for example my How I condensed my makeup collection post received positive feedback. Looking around for inspiration for a blog post, I began looking through my collection, noticing that I seem to have accumulated a nice little selection of highlighting products. Now I know there are many bloggers out there that love a good highlight, so I figured why not share the ones I have with you and my thoughts. I do have to start off with a bit of bad news though, two of these are now discontinued so you will not be able to get your hands on them. Sorry about that!

I have a selection of cream and powder highlighters, but I do favour the powders in general. I tend to reach for cream products more in the summer months, I'm not too sure why I think it's just habit because that's when i usually buy them! Hence why I don't have as many (But there's always room to add more)  Starting with 1 of the discontiniued ones I am afraid, & That is Dior Amber Diamonds. I remember the beauty blogging world going crazy for this highlighter. I eventually bought it from another blogger in their blogsale. Feeling pleased as punch as it had hardly been used. A golden finely milled pressed powder suitable for all kinds of skin tones, no wonder its a firm favourite with beauty bloggers! I don't tend to reach for this one that often, however now I've taken it out to photograph I may give it a little more attention! Following that I have my latest addition to my highlighter collection & that is the Becca 'Champagne Pop' highlighter that they collaborated with Jaclyn Hill on. This too is a gold shimmer, finely milled and well, it's just perfection. Originally this was going to be LE, but now its part of the permanent line. So go buy one now.

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Next up I have a classic from MAC. The Mineralise skinfinish in 'Soft & Gentle' a favourite for many. This beautiful shimmer powder gives you the most gorgeous highlight. It looks like it could be quite glittery in the pan, but it doesnt transfer that way on your skin. This is one I will always repurchase that's for sure! Everyone went crazy for the balm Mary-lou Manizer in 2015 and I can see why. It's a more yellow toned highlighter but still lovely. Finely milled and super smooth to apply. Love it.  To finish off I have another MSF from MAC, this time it's Lightscapade. This is a lot more subtle thant the other highlighters I have in my collection, I knwo some prefer to use it as a illuminating powder instead, similar to the Hourglass powders. Regardless, it's beautiful to look at in the pan anyway! 

Moving onto Creams. I only have a few, starting off with NARS Multiple in cococabana, A very silver toned highlight that blends very easily for a beaut shimmer on the cheeks. Perfect for the paler skin girls out there! This does come in a liquid form which I am very keen to try out! A similar product to this would be a cream colour base in 'Pearl' by MAC, I decided to switch shades up and purchase it in Hush instead which is a lot warmer. again this cream product is really easily to apply with your fingers and blends well. I can see why it's a popular choice for MUA's kits. Finally another discontinued product I am afraid (And one that could possibly be past its best!) Do you remember Jemma Kidd Cosmetics? The light as air foundation?! Well did you get your hand on the dewy radiance creme? This is it. As you can see from the photos I have hit pan but haven't used it in a while. It's a warmer tone than the NARS one, so one definitely to reach for if I've got a bit more tan going on (fake or real!)

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As you can see I have a good mix of highlighters in my stash. I will admit, there are a couple of them that don't get used as much these days, so they will have to go on rotation in order to receive attention! I would say that my ultimate favourite would be MAC's Soft & gentle. The truth is in the pudding when it's the only one I have actually repurchased before! Despite having 8 different highlighters in my collection, if you think there are any that I would love, let me know in the comments and maybe I'll look into buying it to try! 

Do you have any of these products? Do you have a favourite or is there one you would you like to try? 

Much love,