Like many people I’m a huge fan of YouTube. It’s my go to for checking out whether a certain product is worth buying, how to do a certain craft, or even just to see what people have been buying that month. There’s a few channels I’ve been religiously watching lately, so I thought I’d share them with you. (Just click on their channel name)
I found Hermione’s channel a few weeks ago and I’ve been binge watching her videos since. She’s does DIY, organisation and home décor. I find her channel really inspiring, and I’m looking forward to trying some of her DIY’s at some point. One to check out if you’re into crafts and home décor on a budget!
I stumbled upon Vicky’s channel by accident when I’d just left YouTube to run one day, and I’m so glad I did. Vicky mainly makes craft and budget store (such as Poundland etc) haul videos. I love that she can find little bits and bob’s in the pound shop and turn them into beautiful home décor pieces, and I’m also super jealous of how she finds such good bargains. She’s also a really lovely lady, so pop over and say hi!
If you want make up brand reviews which are honest, Steph’s channel is for you. She’s really down to earth, funny, and always gives her honest opinion on brands, which is great if you’re like me and want to see what a product is like before you buy. She also does some fab tutorials, and her contour always looks flawless. Which I am very jealous of.
I found Laura’s channel via Vicky’s. Laura also films craft video’s and craft hauls, which I love and again I get quite jealous that she manages to find such lovely things. I also really enjoy Laura’s plan with me videos. They inspire me to do more with my own planner, and her spreads are so creative and pretty.
Jones’s channel is so upbeat and refreshing. She’s mainly a beauty based channel (she does vlog too so check those out) and films various hauls, testing videos, and beauty challenges. My favourites are the testing make up videos, especially the drugstore ones. It encourages me to buy brands I never would have thought of buying. She’s also from Doncaster like me which is pretty cool.
That’s my favourite YouTubers for this month, let me know who yours are in the comments, or if you have a YouTube channel leave the link and I’ll check it out.
(*This sample has been sent to me to review, however all my thoughts are my honest opinion)
I was recently contacted by my friend Abbie, who is working with the brand Peachy Fox to ask if I wanted to review some products from them as they are a fairly new brand. I chose the eye cream as I’m always on the hunt for something that might banish my under eye bags.
Peachy Fox is a new skincare brand, retailing on amazon at the moment, which uses all natural and organic products and is cruelty free. You can check out their website here.
First off I really like the simplicity of the packaging. It looks sleek, clean and a lot more expensive then it is. It also comes with a little pump which I find to be a lot more hygienic for skincare products rather then just sticking your fingers in a pot. You get 30ml of product, and only need to use maybe half a pump for both eyes, so it’s going to last a while.
I’ve been using this for about a week now and can safely say I’m a big fan! I’m really fussy with eye creams, I hate ones that go tacky or are too watery. The formula and texture of this one is just right for me, it’s thick but not too thick, and really sinks into the skin. My eyes can get quick dry and sore, but this is keeping them moisturised and hydrated. I haven’t seen much of a difference in my dark circles yet, but the bags under my eyes seem a lot less prominent than they were before, so I’m hoping in time my dark circles will be.
You can purchase the Peachy Fox Marine Collagen Eye Cream here, it retails for £12.99 and for the quality and the amount of product you get (you really don’t need to use much) I think it’s a pretty good price.
I’m really looking forward to their future realises, and trying some more products from them.
Let me know if you’ve tried their products and what you think!
Since I’ve not done a skincare routine in a while, and I showed a few of these products in my last beauty haul , I thought I’d do some mini reviews on them. This is slightly L’Oréal heavy, it’s not a sponsored post (I wish!) I’m just really loving their skincare at the moment.
Taking my make up off:
To take my make up off I’ve been using the L’Oréal Micellar Water and the Simple Kind To Skin Eye Make Up remover. The Simple eye make up remover doesn’t take all my mascara off, but its gentle on the eyes which I like.
I really loved the L’Oréal Pure Clay detox face mask, so when I saw they had brought it out in a daily face wash I had to try it. So far I haven’t been disappointed, it’s really gentle on the skin, and leaves it feeling really fresh. I use the KIKO scrub a few times a week, because my skin is dry and sensitive I don’t like to over exfoliate it. The beads in this are tiny, which means it isn’t harsh on the skin at all, and leaves your skin feeling really clean, without irritating it.
If I’m honest I much prefer the L’Oréal detox mask to this one. This ones ok, but I can’t keep it on too long as it starts to itch. It’s ok for now but I’ll be going back to the detox mask as soon as this one has run out. The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is a lovely product to use on a “pamper” night, and leaves your skin feeling really soft. The main reason I don’t use this every day is because I’m slightly lazy, and I prefer my cleanser and toner to be the same brand.
Cleanse and tone:
I think this might be my favourite cleanser and toner combination ever. My skin was really dry and breaking out before I started using these, so when I spotted them in sainsburys and saw they were formulated especially for dry and sensitive skin I thought I’d give them a try. They’re really gentle on the skin (are you sensing a theme here) and smell divine. I’ve also seen a lot of improvement since I introduced these into my skincare. I think the product size is really generous as well for the price I paid.
Surprise! another L’Oréal product. They are killing it with the skincare at the moment. I picked these up after I bought the cleanser and toner to see if they would work well with them and so far so good. The day moisturiser is more lightweight then the night one and absorbs really well. I like the fact the night time one is a little thicker, so it can really sink into the skin overnight. Since I’ve been using these I have far less dryness on my skin and my face feels a lot less “tight” after showering too.
I’m not too sure why but my blog seems to have a major issue with uploading the images of the eye cream I use, but currently I’m using the Simple eye cream for daywear. It’s not my favourite eye cream I’ve ever used, but it’s gentle on the eyes and leaves them feeling hydrated.
And that’s my current skincare routine! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products and what your must have skincare items are!
I hope you’ve all had a fab start to your bank holiday weekend. I’ve not done a beauty review in so long, and I’ve recently bought a few bits, so I think I’m going to do a few over the next few weeks, starting with the Freedom Pro Studio Brush Bath.
I spotted this on the Superdrug website when I was browsing, and for only £7 I thought it was worth giving ago. I’m super lazy and hate cleaning my brushes, so I was hoping this might make it a bit easier and encourage me to do it more often.
I was really surprised when I opened this by the amount of product you get. The tub is huge! The packaging is nothing special, but who needs fancy packaging for cleaning your brushes? This also smells amazing. Some brush cleaners I’ve used have a really chemically smell, which lingers on your brushes, but this one smells like apples.
So here’s a before of some of my brushes. They’re pretty dirty, and have a build up of product on them. The worse one is definitely the brush I use to apply liquid foundation, so I didn’t really have high hopes for that one.
And here’s an after shot. I’m so impressed with this brush cleaner! Bar a few stubborn foundation stains, which I’m pretty sure have just become part of the brush, every brush is clean. It was really easy to use, just swirl the brush in the soap, swirl on your hand then rinse well. Cleaning the brushes didn’t really use up much product either which I’m surprised about, so I think this will last me a long time. At £7 this is a steal, and a brilliant way to clean your brushes, if like me you hate doing it.
The only thing is that some of my eye brushes are a little out of shape now. But to be honest I think that’s probably my fault for swirling them a little enthusiastically.
Let me know if you’ve tried the Freedom Brush Bath, or if you’re planning to!
This isn’t really a haul as such as I’ve had some of these items for a few weeks and have already used a few. But since I’ve built up a little collection, I thought it would be fun to show you guys what I’ve bought recently.
Lets get the most boring thing out of the way first! I bought these randomly as my skins been pretty rubbish recently, and I thought the tea tree might be good for it. I’ve hardly used them though as I always use make up remover and cleanser. Not too much to say about these, face wipes are face wipes!
I spotted these in Sainsbury’s recently and thought I’d pick them up, again as my skins not too great at the moment and I wanted to try some different skincare. These are new releases from L’Oréal. I’ve been using the cleanser and toner for a few weeks now and I love them. They smell amazing, and are really gentle on the skin. I haven’t used the face wash yet as I’m finishing another one, but I’m sure I’ll like it as much as the other two. These are a 3rd off at Boots at the moment!
The pure clay washes are another new realise from L’Oréal, and I picked the black one up because I loved the black pure clay face mask. I’ve not used this one yet as I’m using up another face wash. I decided to try the purity mask this time instead of the black one, and I wish I’d picked the black one up. This one isn’t too bad, but it does irritate my skin a little if I leave it on too long. These are also on offer in Boots at the moment with a third off.
I’m not 100% sure on the price of this as I can’t find it on the Boots website, I think it might have been on clearance. I bought this with the idea that I could use it under my eyes. I’ve not really being using it long enough to say if its made a difference. The serum itself feels nice on the skin, really hydrating and absorbs well, but it has an odd smell. It doesn’t smell like grape fruit like I expected and it’s a strange colour, like a yellowy fake tan colour. Thankfully this absorbs and I don’t have a patchy fake tan face!
I spotted these brushes on Amazon when I bought my new dressing table and I thought they’d look really pretty on it. They had good reviews so I thought I’d give them a go. The brushes are actually a lot nicer than I expected. They are really soft and fluffy, not as dense as some drugstore brushes, but they’d be great if you were just starting out with make up, and for the price the quality is brilliant. My only complaint with these is the gold bottoms sometimes fall off. I haven’t used these yet as I’m trying to keep them nice for my “What’s on my dressing table” post. If you want to purchase them, you can find them here.
I re-purchased this powder from Wilkinson’s, because I’m clumsy and dropped my other one and it smashed. This is a brilliant powder for setting under the eyes, £3 is an absolute bargain!
I love my Revlon Colourstay foundation, so I thought I’d try these two and so far I’m loving them both. The primer is creamy and absorbs really well, and the concealer is really brightening. These are buy one get one half price in Superdrug at the moment.
As you can see I have a little obsession with L’Oréal at the moment! I really wanted to try the foundation as I’d seen a lot of good reviews online, and so far I’m really impressed, it’s totally full coverage and lasts well. I purchased the eye paints out of curiosity (and it was 3 for 2), I haven’t worn them yet, but they look like they’ll be pretty for nights out (not that I go on many!). The brow gel is a repurchase because I love the first one, it’s such a quick and easy way to do your brows. The brown liner I bought for a more toned down day look, and the grey I just wanted to try as an alternative to black all the time.
I’m a big fan of the colour tattoos, and I think these are new additions. I bought them on a buy one get one half price at Superdrug, and I think these will make great bases for everyday wear.
How beautiful are these colours? Perfect for spring/ summer every day looks. I love Sleek eyeshadows and this palette is so highly pigmented too. Sleek is on offer at the minute at buy one get one half price in Boots.
I’ve never tried any of the Sleek Lip VIP’s before, but this colour was so pretty I had to buy it. Its a lovely understated red-nude-pink colour. I’m quite looking forward to wearing this one.
I went off MUA for a bit, but I’ve recently watched a video on YouTube reviewing these products so I thought I’d give them a go, and they were discounted in Superdrug which was a bonus! The primer is meant to be good for filling in pores which I need in my life, and I’ve never tried a cushion product before, so I’m interested to see how the highlight turns out.
My skins looking pretty red at the minute so I decided to try this green colour corrector to cancel it out. I have a Barry M one which is far too green and even when I blended it out, it makes me look ill. This one seems a much better match for my skin tone thought so fingers crossed!
The Six Shade Palettes are a new product from MUA, and for £3.50 I thought I’d give it a try. The shadows aren’t as pigmented as the sleek ones, and they are a little chalky, but they seem buildable and for the price its not a bad deal.
And the final buy! This really pretty nude lipstick from Make Up Revolution. I thought this would be a pretty shade for wearing everyday, and I’ve actually not tried Make Up Revolution lipsticks recently.
I feel like this blog post has taken ages! It’s hard work blogging about beauty! Let me know if you want any more indepth reviews on any of the products, and if you’ve bought anything new recently.
I’m going to Go Ape tomorrow with Dan, wish me luck! Hope you all have a nice weekend.
I haven’t done a make up review in a while, so this is long overdue! Today I’m reviewing the MUA Luxe Velvet liquid lipsticks.
In all honestly, I really went off MUA for a while, I tried one of their Luxe Whipped Velvet lip gloss, and I didn’t like it at all. The formula and pigment wasn’t great, so I was a little sceptical about the Luxe Velvet liquid lipsticks, but I figured for £3 each it wasn’t a huge waste of money if I didn’t like them, and Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on so I could try a couple of colours.
I didn’t have high hopes for these, but it turns out they’re pretty good! I’ve worn a few colours, been out for dinner and drinks and only had to top them up once. I bought three colours first, then went out and bought two more. They have loads of shades to choose from, the packaging is pretty and looks more expensive then it is. The formula itself is smooth and applies really well, it also has a very sweet smell, which I quite like. Apologies for the bad lighting on these swatch photos, with it being the middle of winter I’m struggling to get good photo’s!
So overall I’m pretty happy with these, if you’re looking for a budget alternative liquid lipstick, I’d really recommend these. For £3 you can’t really go wrong.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, and which is your favourite colour!