Wednesday, 13 June 2018

7 Drugstore Sheet Masks All Under £5 Tested and Reviewed

Best Drugstore Sheet Mask UK
This year there has been an explosion of Drugstore Sheet Masks coming to the market from Poundland to Primark, Simple to Aldi. So today in the 3rd post from my #drugstoreskincareweek series I'm sharing with you 7 New Drugstore Sheet Masks that are all under £5!
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sheet Mask Review
1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Recovery Mask £3.50 
The Hydrogel Recovery Mask is a two-piece gel mask which you leave on for 15-30 minutes. It claims to be an intensely hydrating and cooling mask that is infused with Hyaluronic Acid.

This was actually really easy to apply because it came in two parts and while on the face it felt comfortable, cooling and hydrating. Afterwards, my skin felt smooth and refreshed, however, I didn't feel this was an overly hydrating mask as per the claims. I left this on for 15 minutes but I think I would probably try this one again and leave it on for the maximum 30 minute time limit to see if it was any more hydrating. Nevertheless, this is an affordable and convenient pick me up mask.

Garnier SkinActive Charcoal Sheet Mask Review
2. Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask £2.99* 
This Black Charcoal mask is well saturated and infused with ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Black Algae Extract and LHA. The SkinActive Mask is supposed to be pore-tightening, purifying and hydrating and to me, it certainly felt hydrating and refreshing while it was working its magic. I left this on for the required 15 minutes and afterwards my skin felt slightly taught, glowy and hydrated. I much preferred this to the Blue Garnier Moisture Bomb version I reviewed last year and I have to say this was one out of three favourites.

Primark Holler and Glow Sheet Mask Review
3. Primark Holler and Glow Holler Back £3 
If you've seen this fun brand at Primark then you'll know there are endless interesting looking sheet masks to choose from to target different concerns. This gold holographic mask is aimed to hydrate the skin and I have to say this was my favourite visually, however, I did feel this felt the most papery compared to the others I tested. Nevertheless, this was still very saturated and it smelt pleasant too. On the skin I found this to be hydrating and refreshing and although I did have a bit of trouble with it sticking to my lip and chin area, overall this definitely made my skin feel and look hydrated.

Aldi Sheet Mask Review
4. Aldi Lacura Moisture Complex Sheet Mask with Green Tea Extract £1.99 for 2 
The new Lacura Moisture Complex Masks come in 3 different scents including Green Tea Extract, Chamomile and Pomegranate and the best part is you get two for £1.99! The Green Tea Mask includes Hyaluronic Acid and Moisturising Serum and aims to intensely moisturise and refresh the skin as well as help it feel balanced and pure.

Again this is a well-saturated sheet mask that you leave on for 15 minutes. Initially I found this a little harder to apply as there were no slits to help it fit your face snugly and I have to say this did smell a bit odd too, but afterwards, my skin felt balanced, hydrated and moisturised which is always a bonus.

Poundland Sheet Mask Review
5. Poundland Derma V10 Hydrating Vitamin E Woven Face Mask £1 
Poundland do sheet masks I hear you say! Oh yes and spoiler alert this was one of my favourites! The Derma V10 Mask is a hydrating Vitamin E Mask infused with Aloe Vera that claims to hydrate, moisturise and improves the skin's texture.

Upon application the mask is well saturated and super soft to the touch, it's also lightly scented. I left this on for 15 minutes but you can leave it on for up to 20 minutes. On the skin, it felt beautifully refreshing and hydrating and after I had removed the mask my skin felt so smooth and moisturised.

Simple Rich Moistue Sheet Mask
6. Simple Rich Moisture Sheet Mask £2.99
This kind to skin mask has no harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes or colour and helps condition dry and dehydrated skin. When applying the mask I do advise taking extra care as it is very delicate to the touch and can stretch a little because it is so thin. However, this mask is divinely soft to the touch, refreshing and felt just like a second skin! I left this on for the required time of 15 minutes and afterwards my skin felt nourished, soft and smooth and this was definitely another one of my firm favourites!

Masque Bar Rose Gold Sheet Mask Review
7. Masque Bar Rose Gold Foil Sheet Mask £4.98*
The most expensive of the bunch this foil sheet mask claims to nourish and hydrate the skin and contains Witch Hazel Water, Soy Bean Extract and Mushroom Extract.

I did love the fact this was Rose Gold, however, this was quite a rigid mask to apply and consequently, I found it hard to shape around the face. The mask was drenched in a very watery liquid and smelt a bit chemically which I think was due to the Witch Hazel, but while on the face it did feel hydrating despite it not sticking to my chin! I left this on for the maximum time of 20 minutes and I have to say my skin did feel and look smooth refined and glowy afterwards.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

ALDI Skincare Pamper Routine + Testing Primark KPOP Skincare

Aldi Lacura Skin Care
Let's talk about Aldi Skin Care, I discovered Aldi's Lacura line properly at the start of the year and I've been hooked ever since! So today in this second #drugstoreskincareweek post, I wanted to share with you my Pamper Night Time Routine using skincare products all from the Lacura brand. I'll also be testing out two products from Primark's K Pop Collection which I shared with you in my Primark Beauty Haul Video here.
PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
1. ALDI LACURA CAVIAR FACIAL CLEANSING WIPES - First off I removed the majority of my eye makeup with the Aldi Caviar Wipes, then I went in with my favourite Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser over the eyes just to make sure I had got rid of everything properly. I then gently wiped away the cleanser with a warm flannel.
Aldi Caviar Facial Wipes

2. ALDI LACURA MUD TO FOAM CLEANSER - Next I used the Charcoal Mud to Foam Cleanser that I did a First Impression on a few months back here. I adore using this to remove my face makeup as it's wonderful at really deep cleaning the skin.
Aldi Mud to Foam Cleanser

3. ALDI LACURA HOT CLOTH CLEANSER - Once I've rinsed off the Charcoal Cleanser I then go back in with the Hot Cloth Cleaner all over my face. You can just use your fingers to massage the product in for a few minutes but if you've seen my recent Morning and Evening Skincare Routine here then you'll know I love using the Lidl Silvercrest Cleansing Brush as it really does help my skin feel super clean and smooth.
Aldi Hot Cloth Cleanser
4. ALDI LACURA CHARCOAL CLEARING MUDMASK - When I'm having a pamper night I love to do a clay mask, I used the Lacura Charcoal Mudmask which was also in my First Impressions Video that I've linked above. To apply this I used one of the Primark Mask Brushes which came in a set with a spatula, this is such a wonderfully affordable and hygienic set if you're not a fan of dipping your hands into pots. Speaking of Primark I also decided to try out the KPop Cooling Gerbera Eye Pads too, I kept the eye pads in the fridge beforehand so they were nice and cool when I went to use them.

UPDATE: I've been through several packs of these Eye Pads since I used them in this video and I'm obsessed! I've been using them every morning when I wake up while I meditate to de-puff and awaken my eyes. The pads are actually soaked in this beautiful serum that really hydrates and brightens the eye area and the best part is their only £1.50 for 3 sets!

Aldi Glamglow Dupe
5. PRIMARK KPOP DREAMY LIPS SCRUB AND MASK - After 10 minutes I washed off the mask and I decided I would test out the Primark KPOP Lip Treatment also. This is a Two-Step treatment. Step One is the exfoliating part which I used before I went in with all my other skincare products.

6. ALDI LACURA DAILY CLEANSING PADS - Next I ran one of the Lacura Glycolic Pads all over my face and neck, I've mentioned this before but these are a great dupe for the Nip & Fab ones.

7. ALDI LACURA MIDNIGHT POWER EYE CREAM - After this, I applied the Lacura Midnight Power Eye Cream all around the eye area.

8. ALDI LACURA GREEN TEA SHEET MASK - I then went in with one of Aldi's newest products the Lacura Green Tea Sheet Mask. There are actually 3 different scents to choose from and all of them come in a duo pack. I left the mask on for 15 minutes and afterwards, I massaged the remaining serum from the mask into my face and neck.
Aldi Sheet Masks
9. ALDI LACURA CAVIAR NIGHT CREAM - Once the serum had sunk into the skin I wanted to add an additional cream on top to sandwich in the moisture. I decided to use the Caviar Night Cream which I have a review on coming up on the blog next week.
Aldi Caviar Day and Night Cream
10. ALDI LACURA MIRACLE CREAM - Finally to finish I applied the Step 2 Part Lip Mask from the Primark K POP Sachet onto my lips and then I added a little of the Lacura Miracle Cream to a few blemishes I had.
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Friday, 8 June 2018

Primark Beauty and Skincare Haul #drugstoreskincareweek

Primark KPop Beauty
Last week over on the PPB YouTube Channel I dedicated a whole week of videos to Drugstore Skincare. You guys know how much I'm already obsessed with anything skincare whether it be high end or drugstore, however, the drugstore has come a long way since the days of your basic Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser, that's why I wanted to share with you some of the best finds and new products available from the drugstore. So without further ado let's kick this series of posts off with a good old Primark Beauty Haul!
 
PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
1. PRIMARK ROUND COSMETIC PADS 50p
2. PRIMARK ARGAN OIL OVAL COTTON PADS 90p
3. PRIMARK 2PK HAIR WRAPS £1.50
4. PRIMARK TRAVEL BOTTLE SET £2
5. PRIMARK EXFOLIATING CHARCOAL GLOVES £1.50
6. PRIMARK GEL EYE MASK £1.50
7. PRIMARK 2 PK FACIAL MASK SET £3
8. PRIMARK 7th HEAVEN OVERNIGHT MOISTURE MASK 90p
9. PRIMARK BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL K POP COOLING GERBERA EYE PADS £1.50
10. PRIMARK FOAMING BUBBLE MASK WITH PEACH AND GREEN TEA 80p
11. K POP DREAMY LIPS 2 STEP LIP SCRUB AND MASK £1.50
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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Pixi Lash and Line Love - Pixi Mascara and Pixi Eyeliner Guide

Pixi Lash Line Ink, Pixi Extra Eye Bright Liner, Pixi Eye Define Waterline, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen, Pixi Large Lash Mascara, Pixi Lash Primer
It's safe to say Pixi are at the top of their game when it comes to Lash and Liner Products. Today I wanted to share with you and give you a rundown on a few of their most loved eye products. So here's everything you need to know about Pixi's Lash and Liner Line...
LINER
Wheather you're a winged liner fan or you love a pop of colour on the eyes, Pixi has got you covered with their wonderful selection of eyeliners to enhance, shape and brighten the windows to the soul.
PIXI LASH LINE INK £12
The Lash Line Ink comes in two shades, Black Silk and Velvet Cocoa. Use this finely pointed felt tip liner to create the ultimate lash flick or dot between the root of the lashes to enhance the lash line and add definition. Lash Line is long-wearing, paraben free and smudge-proof.

Shop Lash Line at the following online retailers Pixi Online, Look Fantastic* and HQ Hair*.
PIXI EYE DEFINE WATERLINE £12 & PIXI EXTRA EYE BRIGHT LINER £12
These are the perfect pairing for tight lining, defining and brightening the eyes. Both are waterproof and have a fine tip so that you can line the upper and lower waterline with ease.

The Pixi Eye Define Waterline comes in black only and can be used on the upper rim of the eye to create the illusion of longer lashes or to define the lower rim if you want a more dramatic look.

The Pixi Extra Eye Bright Liner comes in Nude and Extra Bright (pictured above). This is a great one for making the eyes look brighter and more awake. It can be used in the lower waterline and inner corners of the eyes.

Both Liners are available from Pixi Online, Look Fantastic* and Marks and Spencer*.
From Left to Right Velvet Violet, Matte Mulberry, Rose Glow and Cobalt Blue
PIXI ENDLESS SILKY EYE PEN £6 - £12
This versatile and long-wearing gel eye pencil comes in a whopping 22 very wearable shades. The Silky Eye Pen is budge-proof, smudge-proof and waterproof. Use any of the pencils to line the lash line, add brightness to the inner and outer corners or enhance the eyes with a pop of colour on the lower lash line. I love using Matte Mulberry and Cobalt Blue in the water-line to enhance my green eyes and smudging Rose Glow onto the lower lash line if I'm going out at night.

Here's a rundown of each shade name,
1. Black Noir
2. Matte Nude
3. Rose Glow
4. Icy Citrine
5. Jewelled Pewter
6. Black Blue
7. Black Cocoa
8. True Teal
9. Deep Plum
10. Sage Gold
11. Copper Glow
12. Slate Grey
13. Velvet Violet
14. Cobalt Blue
15. Opal Overcoat
16. Graphic Greige
17. Oyster Glow
18. Bronze Beam
19. Black Tulip
20. Glimmery Black
21. Matte Khaki
22. Matte Mulberry

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil is available from Pixi Online, Cult Beauty*, Marks and Spencer* and Look Fantastic*.

MASCARA - We all have a specific specification when it comes to mascara, but you can be re-assured that Pixi has a well thought out selection of lash products that can help you achieve lash goals in no time at all!
Pixi Black Lacquer Lash Primer £15
The Pixi Lash Primer to me is like a magic wand that helps you to achieve the ultimate long lashes! This multi-functional primer can be used alone for a more subtle lash look or team it with your favourite mascara for the sky's the limit lashes! I actually love using this as a sandwich product in between my normal mascara as I find it really helps to lengthen and separate the lashes perfectly.

Pixi Lash Primer can be purchased from Pixi Online, Cult Beauty* and Marks and Spencer*.
PIXI LARGE LASH MASCARA £14
Large Lash Mascara comes in two shades, Best Brown and Bold Black shown above. This mascara as the name suggests, helps you achieve large, lengthened and volumized lashes thanks to it's full bristled brush and thick non-clumping formula. It's also buildable, water resistant, fragrance and paraben free.

I especially love this mascara teamed with the Lash Primer for the ultimate full lash look.

Large Lash Mascara is available from Pixi Online, Look Fantastic* and Cult Beauty*.

Watch my demo on how I use the lash and line products over on my Instagram here.
*These products were sent to me but as always all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Spring/Summer Nail Polish Trends and Colours 2018

Nail Polish Trends 2018
When it comes to nail trends this year it's all about colour, think 70's shades, feminine pastels and mouth-watering brights.

Today I wanted to share with you the three biggest trends as well as the Top 10 Nail Polish Shades for Spring and Summer 2018...

EARTHY TONES

1. ALMOST MAUVE
Option 1 - Nails Inc. Picadilly Terrace
Option 2 - Essie Take Me to Thread
Nails Inc Picadilly Terrace
2. NILE GREEN
Barry M Molten Metal Holographic Flare*
Barry M Holographic Flare
3. BLOOMING DAHLIA
Option 1 - Essie Stones 'N' Roses*
Option 2OPI Got Myself into a Jam-Balaya*
Essie Stones 'N' Roses
O.P.I Got Myself into a Jam-Balaya

BABY DOLL

4. PINK LAVENDER
Option 1 - Essie French Affair*
Option 2 - Similar to French Affair OPI Mod About You*
Top Coat Option - Nails Inc. I Dream in Rainbow 
Essie French Affair
Essie French Affair with Nails Inc I Dream in Rainbow
5. RAPTURE ROSE
Barry M Acai Smoothie
Barry M Acai Smoothie
6. PALACE BLUE/ULTRAVIOLET
Option 1 - OPI Show Us Your Tips*
Option 2 - Leighton Denny The Heiress*
OPI Show Us Your Tips
Leighton Denny The Heiress

TUTTI FRUTTI

7. CHERRY TOMATO
Essence Red Hot Chilli - Wilko
Essence Red Hot Chilli
8. ROSE VIOLET
OPI Cancun Fiesta
OPI Cancun Fiesta
9. ARCADIA
Essie Naughty Nautical*
Essie Naughty Nautical
10. LIME PUNCH
Option 1 - Barry M Lemonade* (see video above)
Option 2 - Essie Chillato* (see video above)
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Monday, 14 May 2018

Glossier Body Hero Oil Wash Review and Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream Review

Glossier Body Hero Review
Last year Glossier* launched Body Hero* consisting of the Body Hero Daily Oil Wash and the Body Hero Perfecting Cream. Glossier is all about individuaity, glowing skin and you, and Body Hero is inspired by just that - it's skincare but for the body. So here's everything you need to know about this Hero duo...
Price
The Body Hero Daily Oil* retails for £15 for 250ml of product and the Body Hero Perfecting Cream* retails for £18 for 250ml. You can also purchase the pair together here* for £28 saving £5 which also qualifies you for free delivery too!
Packaging
I think Glossier have it down to a T when it comes to packaging and the body hero duo is no exception. The shower oil comes with a convenient pump and the body lotion is housed in a hygienic tube.
Application
Body Hero Oil Wash - The body oil is blended with 7 beautiful oils including, Grapeseed, Orange Blossom Neroli Blend and Coconut to name but a few. You can find the full list of ingredients here*. It's also paraben, soap and cruelty-free, as well as vegan, hypoallergenic, gynaecologist and dermatologist tested.

I particularly love this kind of oil to milk formula because they are wonderfully efficient and moisturising at the same time. Oil body washes also don't lather up like a conventional shower gel would, but don't be put off as an oil formula is much more conditioning, nourishing and kind to the skin overall compared to a regular shower gel or foam.

Upon application, the oil wash turns from a silky oil into a moisturising milk and honestly it's such a pleasure to use each morning as it feels so luxurious and moisturising on the body, plus it smells oh so divine like it's a spa day every day!

I find two pumps is sufficient for the whole body.
Body Hero Lotion - The lotion also has a fantastic mix of ingredients including the Orange Blossom Neroli Blend, Prickly Pear Extract and Cactus Flower Extract to moisturise as well as Light-Reflecting Particles to give you a beautiful subtle glow. As per the Oil Wash, this is also cruelty and paraben free, hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.

Upon application the consistency is much like a thick butter, that doesn't feel oily or sticky whatsoever. The lotion for me felt super smooth to the touch and sunk into the skin more or less straight away. This also compliments the shower oil so beautifully with the same Orange Blossom Neroli scent.

Afterwards, my skin felt super hydrated and I could notice a beautiful subtle pink sheen and a tiny bit of sparkle that glistened in the sunlight. I say subtle as it is exactly that. I could only really notice it when my skin was in bright and direct sunlight.

Overall the more I've used this pair over time the more I've noticed how soft my skin has become, which is always a bonus!
Longevity
The beautiful scent doesn't last all day, however, I definitely recommend layering the Body Oil, Body Cream and even the Glossier You Perfume* which I have reviewed here, for maximum longevity.

Both products have a 12-month shelf life.
Overall Thoughts
I'm in love! The Body Hero duo for me is everything that Glossier stands for, glowy skin, simplicity and performance. As you guys know I have reviewed a few Glossier products now which you can check out here and for me, Glossier are very sure of who they are as a brand and who their customer is and stands for. You can tell that every product they release is well thought out, tested and priced right and everything is always simple, easy to use and suited to anyone and everyone.

The Body Hero duo is a wonderful addition to the Glossier line but if I had to choose I would say the Daily Oil Wash is definitely my favourite, however, I do like how both the cream and oil work well together as a perfect pairing. Price wise I would take the plunge and save yourself £5 and the delivery charge with the duo so that you can really experience their body line as a whole.

So if you love kind to the skin body products that smell divine and help your skin stay hydrated, glowy and soft then this could be the duo for you!

I award the Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash a 4.8 out of 5 and the Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream a 4.7 out of 5.

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