January and February Beauty Saviours.

Hi all. Can’t believe we are about to start March?!?!? I am just willing the next couple of months to go quickly. I finish work in April and I’m just going to enjoy being pregnant for the third and last time and finally spending some time with my kids and husband. I feel I have been a little absent since Christmas.

Anyway onto the products….apologies for lumping Jan and Feb together but there are some goodies!!!!

  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Body Buff. £21.00
  • I felt we needed a sunshiney product for this miserable January. Things don’t get more sunny than this body scrub. For starters it’s yellow. Really yellow. Turmeric yellow….you might need to give the shower a little wash down after using….but it’s worth it. You can either use it on wet skin as a scrub or put it on dry skin and wait for 10 mins…like a mask. If you go down the mask route, defo lock yourself in the bathroom….don’t walk round the house naked like a weird, gritty, yellow monster. After washing off, all that miserable winter skin is gone and you are all glowy and smooth.
    • Pick Glow Tonic. £18.00 for 250ml.

    As a self confessed product junkie, I am definitely guilty of sometimes over-doing the whole skin care routine. I remember having a bit of a game changing facial when I was in my mid twenties and the therapist basically told me off for piling my sensitive skin with too many products in the hope one of them would rid me of spots. This was back in the day before hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and retinol became the beauty buzz words. As a mum of two with a third on the way, I am an advertisers dream. If a product promises younger looking, glowing skin, it is snapped up. Around Xmas time, I decided my poor skin needed a break. It, like myself was stressed, spotty and miserable. Since January, I have pared it down. Just a cleanse, tone and moisturise….like the good old days. No peels, no heavy duty serums and only a once a week face masque. Going cold turkey is miserable for the product junkie in me, but my skin is breathing a sigh of relief. It also makes it much simpler to work out which products are working and which aren’t.

    The Pixi Glow Tonic is an game changer. A product that definitely lives up to the hype. Gentle enough to use twice a day, not too harsh and people have commented how good my skin looks. Completely brilliant. Mums, dads, people with no work/life balance….this is the product you have been waiting for!!!

    • Weleda Skin Food. £11.20 Amazon.

    Stressed? Who me???? Cue wide-eyed look, tearing at hair, slightly like Bertha Mason locked in the attic. Actually, right now, the thought of being locked in an attic sounds heavenly.

    Right now, it is the Thursday of half term. I am currently 20 weeks pregnant with my third child. This pregnancy is ridiculously stressful as I lost a pregnancy at this stage in August 2018. This week has been spent rushing into work to rehearse Merry Widow which opens next week, rushing home to spend some time with the kids then rushing back to work to either do Akhnaten or Boheme. Stressed is not the word. I am Bertha Mason. I feel like I am juggling too many balls and dropping all of them. My skin has taken a total battering. Make-up on, make-up off. I am getting through a serious amount of cleanser and wipes.

    When my skin gets stressed and tired I get horrid, little bumpy spots around my jaw line. It’s hard to resist the compulsion I had as a teenager to just barter them with products that ultimately are going to make it worse. This is where Skin Food comes in. Just cleanse, tone and put this stuff on. It’s pretty thick so a tube will last a while. I think you can also get a lighter version. It smells slightly medicinal…which helps to convince me that it knows what it’s doing. None of your pink, flowery smells here!!! I’m currently storming into work, letting it work its magic…already I can feel my jaw-line-enemies retreating.

    Seriously, busy, stressed people….buy it!

    • Omorovica Balancing Moisturiser. £85.00.

    Yikes!!! I have to admit that when I was gifted this product I had no idea it was quite so expensive. I definitely do not have the cash to spend £85 on ANY product but if I did I would buy this without question. It smells AMAZING. Beautiful lavender which immediately adds to the luxury factor. I can honestly say that I look forward to putting it on just because of the beautiful, calming smell. As a day time moisturiser it keeps shine at bay, keeps my foundation clinging on and clears up my spots. My skin looks tons clearer and the dreaded pores look smaller. I am also wearing it at night but sealing it with a bit of facial oil for an added hit of moisture.

    Really beautiful product. Unfortunately, I don’t think my maternity pay will allow me to repurchase but I can dream.

    Anyway, until next month. Thank you for reading. X

    December Beauty

    Well tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and to be honest I am well over the Crimbo Limbo. It’s a funny old time of year isn’t it??? I am well happy to kiss goodbye to 2018 which in many ways has been a bit of a shitter but I am a little scared of what 2019 will bring. I mean January?!?! What is that month about?!?!? Does anyone like January?!?!?

    My hopes for 2019???? A cure for my crater like open pores and maybe just maybe I will embark on some Botox. Maybe. I’m not sure. Maybe .

    • Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask. £39.99

    There has been a ton of hype surrounding this product. By hype I mainly mean that each and every time I log onto FB the adverts come up practically begging me to buy it. My husband calls me an advertisers dream. To be honest, if a product promises to reduce my pores then it’s bought.

    As ever, I embark on products like these completely believing that it will change my life. I’ve now been using it 2-3 times a week since October. The little pot has lasted really well, mainly I think due to the brush you use to paint it all over your face. I bloody love the ritual of using the brush over my face…..the lack of mess is brilliant. The mask tingles a bit and dries very quickly. The flannel/sponge thing takes it off beautifully and my skin looks glowing and clear after removing. Are my pores reduced???? So, having become a bit of a product queen in the last couple of years, I wonder if the open pore holy grail exists. Maybe I am actually needing a miracle. After using this, my pores aren’t massively reduced but this is a bloody good mask that leaves my skin feeling thoroughly cleansed and looking lovely. I will continue my quest for the grail but I have a feeling I will definitely repurchase this product.

    If there was any product that has changed my 2018 it is hyaluronic acid. I wish I had discovered it years ago, maybe I would still look like a 16 year old. So, over the past few months I have used 3 bottles of hyaluronic acid serum. Hands down the best was Pestle and Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum £36/30ml. The consistency of this was the thickest out of the three and therefore the product just felt more substantial. I used it twice a day and my skin immediately looked plumper, more refined, glowing and felt like velvet. The Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid Serum £15.49 for 60ml, although being really good value was my least favourite. It seemed to work well but for me, the consistency was just too thin and watery. That being said, for those among you who like a product to be pretty much immediately absorbed, this could be the one for you. For me however, I like to feel that I am getting a little more bang for my buck.

    The Viola Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid is the cheapest of the bunch at £6.85. Although cheap, I have been really pleased with this product. Skin feels hydrated and looks plumped. The addition of Vitamin C has helped to fade the pigmentation I developed in my last pregnancy. Nice consistency too. I mean for £6.85 I can’t really complain!!!

    Right off I trot to walk the dog. I am trying to do more daily exercise to avoid getting back on the anti depressant wagon. Not 100% sure it’s working but I’m going to persevere.

    I hope you all have a great night tomorrow and a fabulous, wrinkle free, clear skinned 2019.

    November Beauty

    Where the hell has November gone????? It seems like Bonfire Night was yesterday. This month has been utterly crazy and the image of me on a hamster wheel definitely springs to mind. We have opened 3 shows in the last month and at the moment we have shows every night. As a self confessed product whore, I have to say I feel a little make-upped-out and I would definitely benefit from 3 consecutive days of not smearing it all over my face. Anyway Christmas is coming and during that happy time when everyone is piling on the glitter and shimmer, my poor husband is going to have to gaze at my make-up free face….poor bastard.

    • Patchology Flashmasque.

    I was really pleased to receive these sheet masques from Patchology which is a company I had never heard of but stock in Space NK. You can buy them individually for £8 or a pack of 4 costs £28. The great thing is that each masque targeted a specific problem and the BEST thing is that they claim to work in only 5 minutes. This is perfect for me as sheet masques and I usually aren’t the greatest of mates. I very rarely (never) make time to just lie down with a masque on for 15 mins so a 5 min fix definitely had me intrigued.

    • Milk Peel.
  • This contains coconut and soy milk to moisturise, and soothing papaya, grapefruit and pineapple enzymes. Don’t let the word ‘peel’ put you off as it is suitable for sensitive skin. I really liked it. Skin looked glowy and felt moisturised after use and literally only 5 minutes!!!!!! There is tons of product on the masque so afterwards you can rub it in. I did it last thing at night and my skin looked great the next day.
    • Soothe
  • Contains aloe vera and cotton seed extract to calm inflamed skin and a lovely combination of lavender, rosemary and sage to soothe irritations. I kept thinking when I was using this that it would be wonderful straight out of the fridge onto sunburned skin .
    • Hydrate
  • So, as a bit of a beauty junkie I am slightly embarrassed to say that my discovery this year has been hyaluronic acid. How had I not used it before??? Shaming. Anyway if something contains it, I buy it. This masque is full of it and vitamin B5. I probably kept this on for about 15 mins: mum of two, full on job….I need all the help I can get right?!?!? Immediate results after using to the point that I almost felt tempted to take my primark pjs off and go out on the rave. Came to my senses pretty quickly but my skin felt like a baby’s bum (a clean one) and looked dewy and healthy.
    • Illuminate
  • Contains Licorice and grapefruit seed extract. Probably my fave out of the bunch. Honestly these masques are saturated with product to the point that they drip…really lovely. Skin looked glowing and hydrated after use and I actually had some comments!!!!
    • Skin Brilliance and Skin Revive by Beauty & Go. £3.99/bottle.

    When I was asked to review these drinks from beautyandgo I admit to being a little sceptical. Would it be different than all the other ‘healthy’ juices out there??🥤🥤🥤🥤🥤🥤

    I think maybe they might be. I tried REVIVE and BRILLIANCE. Both tasted good, particularly having been in the fridge but BRILLIANCE tasted of Turkish delight which was particularly lush.

    They contain ingredients such as collagen, vitamin C and hyaluronic (honestly this stuff is everywhere at the moment) and aim to hydrate and combat wrinkles.

    Ok, so I only had two and the idea is to have 1 a day but I am definitely going to pop into Boots on my way to work and grab one of these instead of my usual Starbucks.

    Defo worth a try.

    • Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation. £14.99.

    I frequently use Nars, Clinique and Mac foundations and this foundation stands up to any of these brands. I work in the theatre and this foundation lasted for a whole rehearsal and a show. The coverage was great, didn’t sink in my pores and made my skin look glowy and radiant.

    • Max Factor Radiant Lift Concealer. £9.99.

    I loved the colour and consistency of this concealer. It was light enough not to sit, clogged in my fine lines but also did a great job at concealing my dark circles. My issue is with the applicator as I think it is imprecise and really wasteful. I have been using this concealer for a week now and already the tube is almost empty.

    Thanks for reading this month and ask for some Hyaluronic Acid serum from Father Christmas.

    October beauty

    Hi all and welcome to November! Buble time is a’comin! I completely adore this time of year! I love a berry/red lip, I love a foundation with more coverage and I adore the fact that people walk around with normal colour skin and not looking like Oompa Loompas. It truly is the most wonderful time of year!!!

    Anyway onto some products…..

    • Nourish Probiotic Multi-Mineral Repair Mask. £22 for 30ml.

    Brilliant. Another mask for a lazy mum in that I can wear it over night. It basically works its little mask bottom off while I attempt to have a night of uninterrupted ZZZZZZZs. It smells of lavender and roses and my skin which often feels a bit tight and sensitive feels lovely when I wake up. No sensitive tingles. According to the blurb, it boosts collagen and diminishes wrinkles which as a haggard mum, I am totally on board with.

    • Beblesh BB Cream £20.50

    I have mentioned this brand before, but it is such a staple in my make-up bag that I think it deserves another mention. As a result of sleepless nights and too much wine, I need something to keep foundation on, smooth wrinkles, cover pores, works as a concealer and give me a glow. This stuff ticks all the boxes!

    • Bourgeois Rouge Fabuleux. £8.99

    I feel I often review face masks so I was really chuffed when Boots sent me this product to review.  I received Bohemian Raspberry which is exactly the kind of colour I like. Pretty close to my natural lip colour…darker than a nude. The lipstick contains Marula oil which makes it really moisturising. It goes on very smoothly but dries almost to a matte. The colour lasts for ages!!! The downsides….for some reason, its really tricky to get the lid off. Maybe I am going through a particularly weak phase but honestly its a total bugger. Also the taste of the lipstick is kind of weird-not horrible just not nice. Strange to say, but I think I would like it to be a little perfumed. Anyway, that would definitely not put me off buying again. once you find a shade you like, you stick with it right???

    • Liquid Blender Cleanser. £16 for 150ml.
  • A few months ago I wrote a review for a lip exfoliator and I think this review is going to be in a similar vein. Yes, this product works and works well. It smells of lavender which is lush and it certainly got my brushes clean. However, I cannot justify spending £16 on a product when baby shampoo works just as well. I would like to add that you can’t use baby shampoo to exfoliate lips….in that case a toothbrush does the job. 😂. Anyway if you have £16, buy it. It works!!!
  • Thanks so much for reading.
  • August Beauty. Hit, miss or maybe

    Top month of products in August. All HITS and 1 MAYBE.

    HIT

      Dr Organic. Aloe Vera Skin Lotion. £7.50
  • I think this has to be the product of our summer holiday. I packed it for our trip to Lanzarote and during the trip I noticed it went crazy quickly. My husband was the culprit. What you should know about my husband is that he is very low maintenance. He has literally no skin care regimen and still has skin that is baby soft and lime free. This is a man who gets a pot of Nivea for Xmas and he thinks it is posh. He often goes for months without a haircut. Vain he is not so when he told me that he thought this moisturiser was the bees knees I felt I had to take note. His reasons???? It’s really thick and moisturising and really soothed sunburned skin. After a few skin cancer scares on his side of the family, fear of sun burn is major for him. He felt that if he put this moisturiser on at night after he had a bit too much sun, his skin felt soothed and in the morning the redness was gone. He was right. The cream feels very thick and luxurious and a little does go a long way. A definite hit from us!!!
    • Dr Dennis Gross alpha beta medi-spa peel. £34 for 4 treatments. £61 for 8.

    Firstly I want to say that I had a free sample of this.I originally put this product in the maybe category. £61 is punchy….but at 37 should I be forking our for expensive products if they do the job?? Two days after using I have placed my order. This is a definite hit!!!!!

    This product was really easy to use. Firstly you wipe the pad (which looks like a make up wipe covered in foundation) all over your face. This pad is the acid concentrate. It smells slightly like bananas and lemons. Strange combo. It makes my face feel slightly tingly but not uncomfortable so. After 3-5 mins you apply the firming peptide milk.

    Immediately after use, skin looked brighter and pores appeared tightened. I read a brill reviewer by a lady who cut the pads in half so she got double the amount. This could easily be done as the pad was heavily saturated with the fluid and also it is only a weekly application.

    • Chanel Bronzing Make-up Bass. £40
  • Thanks to Beauty subscriptions and my job it is very rare I buy my own products. I realise this makes me very lucky but it does often mean that in trying to use up what I acquire, I often wear colours that don’t particularly suit me. Bronzer is definitely one of them. It takes bloody ages to use up bronzer and the one I own is a particularly dark shade of brown. Because of this I have used it very sparingly and as a result, it has now been in my make up bag for 3 years. Imagine my joy when I opened my case from holiday to find it had cracked and I had no choice but to throw it away. Hallelujah!!!! I quickly Googled ‘Best bronzer’ and this product came up. Yup the price was punchy but remember I haven’t bought a bronzer in at least 3 years so I thought I’d treat myself.
  • This stuff is superb!!!!!!! I bloody love it. Best product I have used in years.
  • Firstly I would say that the colour is deceiving. It looks quite dark but is light when you put it on so you can build it up. I use a powder brush and although the consistency is between a gel and a mousse, the brush doesn’t get clogged like it does with a foundation. The colour is beautiful and warm and looks so, so natural. I also love the texture….no more broken powders in my bag. On the skin it feels really light and finish is matte but not in anyway heavy. It even covers my broken pores.
  • Buy buy buy!!!
  • Maybe

    • L’Occitane Precious Cleansing Foam. £19.00
  • Lovely product and it seems to last for ages. The foam feels quite thick and substantial which is great as I often find foams a little thin. On contact with water, the foam becomes lovely and creamy. Even though it is perfumed it doesn’t irritate and my skin doesn’t feel tight after use. My only reservation is that it’s a little expensive.
  • Anyway until next month.
  • Thanks for reading .
  • April Beauty. Hit, miss or maybe.

    Hi all. I’m massively pleased we have finally reached the end of April. The control freak in me has struggled with the confused weather. Whilst loading the washing machine this morning I mused on the contrasting dirties….scrappy tops and jump suits from last week, jumpers and joggers this week. What worries me is how much people use the term ‘heat wave.’ Was last week really a ‘heat wave’ or was it…..summer?????

    Not a bad beauty month. 2 HITS, 2 MISSES and 3 MAYBES.

    HIT

    • Skimono Total Conditioning Foot Mask. £9.99

    I pride myself on the fact that if I’m wrong I will hold up my hands and admit I’m wrong. I WAS MASSIVELY WRONG about this product. Having not had a miss in my March beauty post I was pretty certain this product would be a definite miss for April. I mean who honestly would pay £9.99 for a product that probably works just as well as Vaseline and a pair of bed socks?????? ME! The answer is ME. This stuff is TREMENDOUS. My feet weren’t in a that terrible a state but I defo had hard skin on my heels and around my toes. 30 mins with this beauty my feet honestly looked like I had just had a pedicure. This stuff is the bomb. I apologise for prejudging!

    • Skin Chemist 24 hour aqua repair facial serum. £39.99

    I really loved this product and have noticed a difference since I have started using it. Firstly I like the fact that it is a gel serum and not a liquid. It absorbs really quickly and has a scent that I like. Secondly I really think it helped with my fine lines. Working in theatre where I constantly seem to be putting make up on or taking it off this really does feel like a treat for the skin and one that I wouldn’t hesitate buying again.

    MISS

    • Janina Ultra White Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. £7.67

    The very fact that today my 4 year old told me her favourite colour was yellow because it is the colour of my teeth make this product a massive miss for me. I have been using this toothpaste for about 5 weeks now but it is obviously not doing a thing. Also if this toothpaste gave me a Pamala Anderson smile I could forgive the little grey dots of toothpaste that are flecked all over my bathroom but it doesn’t so I don’t. Slow hand clap Janina.

    • Skyn Iceland. Glacial Facial Wash. £19.50

    I don’t want a face wash that feels like I am pouring acid into my eyes. Who in all honesty has the time to cleanse AND use a separate eye make up remover?!? Not me but if you use this stuff you have to. Get it into your eyes and it cocking hurts. Also face felt all tight afterwards. Fail from me.

    MAYBE

    • Janina Ultra White Extra Strength. £10.95

    So this is the more expensive version and so far, so good. Not yet at Pamala’s dazzling smile stage but so far signs seems promising . No annoying flecks of toothpaste over my bathroom too which is an added bonus. Teeth defo seem a bit whiter. Husband used it this morning and told me it tasted of pineapple. Obviously his tastebuds are more sensitive than mine as I struggle to taste the papaya and pineapple enzymes but even if I did if this works, it’s a small price to pay for a brighter smile.

    • Vegan by Dr Botanicals. Bergamot and Poppy Seed Smoothing Body Exfoliating Bar. £19.90

    I was lucky enough to receive this soap in a beauty box and it was going to go straight in the HIT category until I googled the price which seems pretty steep to me. It is a lovely soap and I love the fact that you can use it on your body and your face but bloody hell it is still a soap. Something I would be chuffed to bits to receive as a gift but not going to buy for myself. Dove still gets my vote.

    • Scent Republik Scent Stik. £4.95

    Okay so maybe not one for the sophisticated adults amongst you but for future stocking fillers for your 11 year olds it’s a definite must. Great packaging and easy to apply. Basically this is a pen with the scent infused so you just doodle all over your body. The reason this is a MAYBE is that I did feel that the nib was a little scratchy.

    There are three scents to choose from:

    Whoosh- raspberry, strawberry and cassis.

    Fab- rich praline, sweet vanilla and mandarin.

    Chill- marine aqua, apple blossom and citrus.

    Probably not the demographic they were aiming for but my 5 year old loves them!!

    Anyway that is all until next month.

    Thanks for reading.

    March Beauty. Hit, miss or maybe

    Before jumping in with this month’s products I think it is important that I clarify my headings. Hit-with products in this category they are things I think are absolutely wicked. I may put in products that I have posted about before….this is basically a bullying tactic by me to convince you of the severe hittyness of the hit. Miss – these are products that are pants, crap, rubbish and are things no one should buy. Maybe – these are products which aren’t necessarily bad, but are things that aren’t really suited to me.

    Hit

    • Flexitol Heel Balm. £5.99

    OK, OK this is not a glamourous, bathroom display product but neither is scaly hobbit feet and this stuff will defo banish feet from the Shire. It’s thick stuff. Smear it on at bed time, put on a pair of those not sexy but oh so comfy bed socks and your feet will be delish by morning .

    • Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum. £29.99

    This is a really lovely serum that provides results immediately. Firstly , the smell is gorge. It’s one of those really happy, uplifting citrusy scents. It’s a really light texture which you could also use as a primer. It sinks in really quickly and feels like a real treat, particularly when dealing with the crazy weather we have been having the last month. Buy it. It’s brill.

    • Rosalena Rock and Rose Facial Oil. £42.99

    Oooooooh bloody hell this stuff is lush. My skin laps it up like my mouth laps up Cadbury’s fruit and nut. It smells amazing….rose, geranium and Jasmin. It contains only good things…no chemicals. Prickly pear oil to encourage collagen, evening primrose oil to help with ageing and grape seed oil to leave skin hydrated. My skin looks brill. Radiant and feels plumped.

    • Oils of Life. The Body Shop. £30

    The only downside of this product is it’s stupid name which sounds like something from a kid’s adventure cartoon. Could they honestly not come up with a better name?!?!

    Anyway, name aside, this is a really lovely facial oil. I use it at night after a serum and my skin definitely feels nourished in the morning .

    Maybe

    • Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion. £4.00 for a 10ml ‘shot’ or £28.00 for 100ml

    I began writing this post just after I had poured my ‘shot’ of potion into the water. Immediately I could smell the peppermint and my sinuses felt clearer. I had also been for a run today and my legs felt invigorated after this bath. Why it is only a maybe is because I am a lady who likes her bath bubbly. I don’t really want to feel invigorated after a bath, I want to feel moisturised by tons of luxurious bubbles.

    • Korres White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser. £15.00

    This seemed to do the job. My make-up came off effectively and my skin wasn’t tight afterwards. I thought it was really nightly scented and £15 is quite a lot to spend on a cleanser in my opinion.

    Quite a positive month all in all. No Misses and a few hits that I will definitely buy again.

    I hope you all have a lovely Easter.