Monday, 27 July 2015

Lush Fresh Face Mask 'Cupcake' | Review

Today I'm doing a review of Lush's 'Cupcake' Face Mask, as I'm sure you gathered from this post's title.

'Cupcake' is aimed towards oily teenage skin so I thought it would work well for me, seeing as I have combination skin. Lush claim that the mask cleanses, tones, softens and moisturizes the skin, so I had high hopes!

It's described as chocolate heaven which I really didn't get to be honest. Now the main ingredient is cocoa butter and powder (along with rhassoul mud, linseed and fresh mint), and the colour is chocolaty, but I expected it to smell like chocolate or something which it definitely does not! It has a fairly strong smell that I have no clue how to describe! I have mixed opinions on the scent, it certainly wouldn't be my first choice and I can see why some people would really be put off by it; I personally don't find it that offensive and can get past it.

I love the packaging of all the Fresh Face Masks. The little black round pots are very simple, and considering they have to be kept in the fridge, they're the perfect size to take up minimal space! Also the pots have all the info on them that you could possibly need, so if you've been sold it in the shop and have forgotten some of the details you were told, there's no need to worry.
Okay so I applied this onto dry skin, left it for 10 minutes and then removed it using warm water with a flannel. It applied easily and felt like it was gently exfoliating my skin due to the grainy texture and bits of linseed in the mask. It removed easily once dry but my flannel did need a good rinse after!

A couple of days after using the mask for the first time I did break out, but I'm assuming that's just because it was cleansing all the gunk from my skin. Once that cleared, my skin was so clear and soft. I found it calmed the redness in my skin and did make my T-zone less oily. I think when I use it again I might just apply it to my T-zone as that is my main problem area.

You can get Lush's 'Cupcake' Face Mask for £6.50, which I think is such a great price for such a fab product that does actually work and has I'd say about 6 uses. Oh and it's vegan!

Once I've used up this pot I will definitely be repurchasing this product, and I highly recommend it for oily/combination skin.

Thanks for reading xxx

Friday, 24 July 2015

OOTN | Girls Night

So the first week of the holidays has been named 'fun week' by my group of besties. This involves meeting up every day and doing something together. Yesterday involved us going out for dinner to a new restaurant that's just opened in our area. It was a really lovely evening with good food and of course even better company, so I thought I'd share what I wore. My outfit was very simple and in my opinion perfect for a summer evening.
Top- New Look
Shorts- Hollister (Similar)
Shoes- Primark (Similar)
Jacket- River Island (Similar)
Bag- Nica (No longer available)

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Cancer Research Pretty Muddy

In my Catch Up Post I mentioned that earlier this year my brother's girlfriend text me asking if I wanted to do Cancer Research's Pretty Muddy Run. Seeing as I've been desperate to complete a Tough Mudder for the past three years, I couldn't turn her down! So we signed up, set up our Just Giving page and began training...

When I say began training I went for A run :) When I was 12 I used to love cross country but I stopped because I didn't find time to do it. However now I genuinely feel like I've caught the bug again and plan to continue running.

Anyway so after having 'trained' the big day arrived and we trekked an hour away from where we live. We arrived at the park where it was being held to see a swarm of pink- what's not to love?! There were loads of different stalls set up and music blasting. We set up our picnic blanket, gave my brother a quick photography lesson and then headed off for a huge group warm up, army style!

So the run was 5K and had 10 obstacles including tunnels, tyres, cargo nets, hurdles, a giant climbing frame and more! Some were harder than others but all of them were so much fun and I was so proud that we completed the entire course and finished together.

When we finished we were given our dog tag medals along with so much needed water! And of course I used most of this to try and rinse of some mud before the journey home (by the way, it took me two showers to get rid of all the mud!!).

I want to thank Cancer Research for putting on such a brilliant event. It was so well organised and I really enjoyed the whole experience. If anyone would like to donate it would be really appreciated, as it's for a brilliant cause so we can all beat cancer sooner, no matter how much you are able to give. You can donate on my Just Giving Page.

Thanks for reading xxx

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Maybelline Super Stay Nail Polish | Review

Today I'm going to do a review of the Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Polish. I don't think I've ever done a specific review post, so let me know if you like seeing reviews!!
Okay so first off I have 5 of these nail polishes in the shades Divine Wine, Berry Stain, Pink in the Park, White Sail and the base and top coat, Crystal Clear. In my opinion all of the colours apply really beautifully. The brush is flat and fairly wide, quite similar to the Essie brushes. This makes application of the polish quick as it literally takes two strokes ( perhaps a third just to neaten up the edges!).
R-L: Crystal Clear, White Sail, Pink in the Park, Berry Stain and Divine Wine
Their formulation is great too. They're nice and thick meaning you can get away with just one coat but if you're a perfectionist like me you'll go for the second. They dry relatively quickly, but what i would say is be very careful when you're nails are touch dry, seeing as the polish is so thick it's so easy to get those tiny indents from reaching into your bag etc. They apply evenly and smoothly, with a shiny finish whilst giving an almost gel appearance. However like any nail polish claiming to have a gel finish- it's faaarrrr off the real thing! Honestly I've stopped acknowledging every brands claims of 'gel-finish'.
These polishes last very well on me. In general I do struggle with finding nail polish that doesn't chip after a couple of days- I think it's washing my hair that does it, does anyone else find this?! Anyway the seven day claim I so nearly achieve as I can get five to six days, which for me is a bloody miracle!
Additionally they're really affordable at £4.49 each and they're always on offer, and I mean ALWAYS! My mum use to only use the Estee Lauder nail polishes, but she says she actually prefers these, and considering they're £10 cheaper she's not complaining...
My only complaint with the Maybelline Super Stay polishes is the colour range in the line. Online there are loads but in store there never seems to be much choice even when fully stocked. Even then quite a few, that are available, don't really appeal to me.
Overall these nail polishes are brilliant quality and affordable and I intend to buy more (of those that do take my fancy). You can buy the Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Gel Polishes here.
Thanks for reading xxx