Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Body Shop: Blue Corn 3in1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask

Oh my goodnesssss, I have no idea why I haven't tried out this mask before. I bought this a couple of months ago when I was going through a bit of an obsessive mask phase, but pushed it to the back of my drawer in eagerness to try out some GlamGlow and Origins goodies first - completely forgetting I had this until a few weeks ago and I am SO happy that I have rediscovered this little beauty and here's why...

Packaged in a secure, compact little tub the Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask by The Body Shop not only deep cleanses, but also exfoliates and moisturises all at the same time! - resulting in extremely clean feeling, smooth, soft skin. I have followed the guide lines and only used this mask on a weekly basis and the transformation it has had on my skin is immense. I suffer with blackheads on my nose and some clogged pored on my chin and using this mask, over time, slowly but surely helped eliminate those stubborn little menaces and voila! I now have nice, even skin  and would recommend this mask to anyone that is seeking a hardy rejuvenating scrub that's not only affordable, but really does work. What I also love about this mask is that it sucks out excess oils as well as those nasty impurities, but doesn't leave the skin feeling parched or tight afterwards which has really helped maintain a balance across my combination skin. I wouldn't however recommend using this scrub if you have sensitive skin or if you're like me, on those days where your skin just doesn't want to be messed with, as it can sting and start to burn the skin - which obviously isn't going to do much good for your skin! 

At £10 a 100ml pot I'd consider this product a bargain, as, whilst the pot might look deceivingly small, the consistency of this mask is fairly thick, yet easily spreadable and so will last a long long time. If you're not sure though, I'd definitely pick up a sample in store and see what you think first just in case it isn't the one for you - The Body Shop have such a wide range of masks for a reason, and I am just so happy that I found this one as its my favourite out of all the ones I have tried yet and I only wish I had discovered this sooner! I have to say it really does compete with my higher end masks, and has made such a significant difference to my skin that I don't think I'm going to be swapping around masks for quite a while yet! 

Have you tried out any of The Body Shop's masks? What's your favourite?
Hannah x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

My Top 5 Berry Lipsticks

(Left to right: YSL Rouge Volupte 7 ; Revlon 383 Rich Raisin Frost ; No.7 Cranberry SPF15 ; MAC Capricious ; Mavala 510 vieux rose)

YES. It is finally that time of year where I can whip out all my berry lips again and match them with a coppery, gold, overly sparkly eyeshadow and everything else Autumn invites. I absolutely love a berry lip and without a doubt they are by far my favourite type of product to wear on my lips, so today I thought I would write a post showing you, and talking about my top five berry lipsticks and why!

YSL Rouge Volupte '7'  - This was the first high end lipstick that I ever owned, bought as a present from my mum and to this day it still remains to be my most favourite lipstick of all time. As I've said in previous posts, I have yellow undertones in my skin and have very light brunette hair and so a deep, warm colour is what best suits me, but I'm not exactly confident enough to wear a full on vampy lip. I particularly love this one, not only because of its gorgeous packaging (I mean, come on. 10/10 YSL!) but because of its unique, seriously creamy, almost mousse-like texture. It just makes the lipstick a dream to apply and so is perfect for those days where you want to wear something pretty, but also something that can be easily touched up on the go with without even requiring a mirror.

Revlon '383 Rich Raisin Frost' - As you can see from the swatches above, this lipstick from Revlon actually comes up a little more orange than the rest (at least, on my skin tone) which I think is very unique for a berry lip. I never have the confidence to wear a full on orange lip as I think they're just a bit too bold for my comfort zone, so I love that I can wear this, moisturising, long lasting lipstick that gives that discrete edge and still feel comfortable whilst wearing it. Also, this lipstick has a very finely milled sparkle running through it and so it feels a lot more glam on the lips than its not-so-impressive almost Chanel inspired packaging has to offer.

No.7 'Cranberry' SPF15 - WHY DO MORE PEOPLE NOT TALK ABOUT NO.7 LIPSTICKS? Oh my goodness I absolutely adore everything about this lipstick, and so many others from No. 7. This is my all time favourite 'drugstore' lipstick and I definitely see this as a staple in my lipstick collection for a long long time. The colour pay off is a lot deeper than my other berry lips, but doesn't look too drastic against my usually pale skin at this time of year. I also love how its very buildable, which I feel is something that I miss from my other berries. It glides on perfectly, hardly needs touching up throughout the day and despite it not being a matte, and more of a thick, moisturising formula, I find that the colour sticks very well and would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to check out a more affordable berry lipstick!

MAC 'Capricious' - Out of all the MAC lipsticks in the world, I had never heard of this one until I discovered it myself and I really can't see why. Have you ever heard of 'Capricious?' Similarly to the YSL, this lipstick from MAC has a beautifully creamy texture, but doesn't hold that same mousse-like luxury feel that its higher end rival does. Although, what I like most about this lipstick is its versatility. I've worn it with vino, berry and red lip liners underneath and it manages to transform any look into a warmer, more put together one. In terms of its lasting power, I find this to be the least favourable, as I have to touch it up quite frequently, but perhaps this could be down to the fact that this is what I reach for on a night out where I'm eating and drinking more? Most probably. But one thing I do know for sure is that this lipstick is seriously overlooked by all the MAC lovers out there and deserves a lot more attention!

Mavala '510 Vieux Rose' - Similarly to MACs 'Capricious' lipstick, I don't think I've heard anyone ever talk about this lipstick either, or even Mavala itself in fact. Mavala lipsticks not only boast a beautiful colour range, but also a strong ethic that we should protect our lips, regardless of whether the weather is sunny, windy, hot or cold, which I think a lot of people neglect, particularly outside of the colder, winter months. Within each lipstick there are scrumptious botanical extracts including shea butter which keeps your lips soft and plump all day long, alongside aloe vera which smooths and regenerates, both protecting and hydrating the lips throughout the day. The Mavala lipsticks also contain a high percentage of vitamin E which also help to protect and reform your lips to a healthier state, so I tend to reach for this lipstick particularly in the winter months purely because it does make such a huge difference to the condition of my lips, whilst making them look fabulous of course! Similarly to the Revlon's 'Rich Raisin Frost' lipstick, 'Vieux Rose' encases very tiny notes of shimmer, and so makes the lips look a lot more plump and healthy which I am extremely grateful for as during this time of year my complexion can quickly appear dull as the day progresses. Finally, despite its seriously moisturising texture, this lipstick's colour applies sosososo SO flawlessly, laying a perfectly even coat of strongly pigmented colour across the lips which really does stay all day, without all the fuss! (ps. does anyone else think that its packaging looks a little like a miniature spaceship? or is that just me...)

I hope you enjoyed getting to see and hear more about my favourite berry lipsticks! Do you have any that you'd recommend? (You can never have too many berry lipsticks in my book :P) Eeee can you tell that I'm excited that Autumn is now here?
Hannah x
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