Hi all! Just a quick one from me today to share an awesome summertime product that I was recently sent for review.
Now the weather’s heating up I thought it’d be the best time to talk to you about SmartSun, a site that talks all about how to stay safe in the sun and the brand that produced the awesome SmartSun Wristbands I was lucky enough to test out earlier this week.
We all know how hard it is to remember to reapply SPF throughout the day when the sun is shining but popping some on in the morning isn’t enough – you’d be surprised how quickly you need to reapply when it’s as hot as it is this week! This is where the SmartSun Wristbands come in – just wear one while you’re in the sun and it’ll turn beige when you need to reapply SPF, and pink when it’s time to stay out of the sun.
I tested mine out yesterday and I was surprised how quickly my band turned beige – I definitely wouldn’t have reapplied SPF for another hour or so, so it was a really handy guide to help keep me safe from too much sun exposure.
These bands would be a fantastic idea if you’re heading to the beach or on holiday, or even if you’re heading to a festival where you might be too preoccupied to remember to reapply your sun screen. You can order the product through Amazon and it’s just £4.99 for 5 bands.
For more information about SmartSun head to their website, Facebook page or Twitter.
I’m a dry-skinned gal and, lately, a dehydrated skin gal too, so I was super excited to find myself opening a tube of this lovely stuff on the morning of my birthday. I’m a big fan of face masks but I find a lot of them dry my skin out further, so I’d had my eye on this one for a long time.
I always find the Christmas period quite disruptive to my skincare routine. Eating rubbish food, staying up later than usual, forgetting to drink enough water and bombarding my face with tonnes of new beauty products meant it was really in need of a little pick me up. Enter, the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask – the perfect thing to rehydrate your sad, winter skin.
This applies like a pretty standard face mask, it’s white with a lotion-like consistency and smells absolutely gorgeous, just like apricots. I left this on for a little over the suggested ten minutes and then rinsed my face as usual. I noticed straight away that my skin felt suppler and much more hydrated – usually after a face mask I have to moisturise quickly to stop my skin drying out but my skin already felt lovely and plumped up after using this. Fast forward a few days and I still noticed the effects – even my pesky dry as the desert forehead is in tact!
I’ve read a few times that just wiping off the excess and leaving this on overnight is a great intensive treatment (although you could always buy the overnight version if you so wished!), so I’m planning on trying that out soon. I’ve used this three times so far and each time I’ve loved the way my skin feels afterwards – I haven’t had any breakouts at all and this definitely has a place at the top of my face mask basket.
If you like the look of this one you can purchase it from Boots stores or online for £23.
Have you tried the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask before? If so, what did you think? If not, would you like to?
Highlighters could well have been my most purchased product of 2014. At first I was a bit intimidated by them but after realising how they can make my dry skin look glowing and radiant I jumped fully on board and proceeded to get my hands on as many different formulas as possible.
One of the most recent additions to my make up cabinet is budget brand Make Up Revolution/I Heart Make Up’s Goddess of Love Baked Highlighter. I fell in love with this as soon as I saw the product pictures on the brand’s Twitter feed and added it to my wishlist straight away. Lucky old me, I unwrapped it on my birthday and proceeded to test it out at the earliest available opportunity. Now I’ve had the chance to try it out a few times I thought I’d share my thoughts.
First up, the design of this product is gorgeous. This baked highlighter comes in a heart-shaped box and, while this isn’t great for travelling, it certainly grabs my attention when I open my make up drawers to pick out my products for the day. Also, it’s huuuge! Even if I used this daily I doubt I’d ever get through it – the whopping size makes the tiny price tag of £4.99 even more impressive.
It’s a gold, champagne colour that looks subtle and beautiful when applied to the cheekbones, centre of the nose and cupid’s bow. The fine particles mean it’s suitable to wear during the day, as you don’t have chunks of glitter on your face (which I’ve seen before in budget highlighters – not pretty!) and it also doesn’t cling to my pores – PRAISE BE.
So you can see how it looks on the skin, here’s an action shot:
If you fancy picking this one up for yourself (and if you’re in the market for a budget highlighter then I really think you should) it’s available for £4.99 from the Make Up Revolution website or select Superdrug stores.
In my never-ending quest for mermaid hair I try to do as little as possible with it. I don’t faff around with too many products or too much heat and both things help to keep my hair in good condition. However, a side effect of this is that I’ve been using pretty much the same products on my hair for months and months…and I think my hair’s getting sick of the routine. It’s started to look a little lacklustre lately so I was really excited to open a couple of haircare products on my birthday, specifically the Jason and the Argan Oil (best name ever? I think so) solid shampoo bar and American Cream conditioner from Lush.
I’m a big Lush fan (aren’t we all?) but I’ve actually never tried anything from their haircare range, though I’ve heard lots of good things about their shampoo bars. Still, I wasn’t convinced that this little bar would hold together long enough to get more than a couple of washes out of it…Fast forward a couple of weeks and I’ve used this every time I’ve washed my hair and it’s still almost as big as it was when I unwrapped it!
So, how did the products do? When used together they revitalise my hair and leave it soft, silky and shiny – the three s’s I think we’re all after when it comes to hair. They also keep my hair in better condition for longer, as I can now go an extra day without washing it, which is great news as wrangling this mane in the shower is right up there at the top of the list of beauty maintenance I hate. Well, it’s below washing my brushes, of course, but still.
As is customary for Lush products they both smell absolutely incredible. The shampoo bar smells like Ro’s Argan Oil Body Conditioner (or Rose Jam shower gel) and the conditioner is a rich scent of vanilla, strawberries and a tiny hint of Parma Violets – the two lots of scents together make my hair (and bathroom) smell aaaa-mazing.
If you’ve got some leftover Christmas money and you’re looking for a couple of haircare heroes to whip your hair back into shape then I absolutely recommend both of these products. Brilliant value for money, you can buy Jason and the Argan Oil (£5.75) and American Cream (£8.95 for 250g) from Lush stores or the Lush website.