For a Beautiful Body – The Body Shop Body Polish

body shop satsuma body polish

 

What is it?

A body polish available in a wide range of scents containing small round beads for getting rid of flaky skin/dry patches gently but effectively.

 

the body shop satsuma body polish

 

The Review

This is great for before self tanning as it’s more like a shower gel polish. It doesn’t leave any kind of residue on the skin so ideal for fake tanners! It contains small round beads that when buffed into damp skin, exfoliate away dead skin cells and flaky patches gently but effectively whilst the the liquid foams up beautifully leaving you clean, smelling gorgeous and smooth. This product is affordable and available in lots of other fruity OR floral scents so there’s something for everyone. I went for fruity and got the Satsuma scent 🙂

 

Worth the Money?

Yep. As usual, The Body Shop hits the mark with this product. Affordable, works and smells yummy. What’s not to like?

£10 for a big tube – 200ml – available here:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/bath-body-care/body-scrubs/satsuma-body-polish.aspx

 

Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Eyeliners

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What Are They?

Glitter gel eyeliners to add a bit of sparkle to your look.

 

The Review:

I originally bought the silver colour for my auntie as she was going to a silver themed party. As she didn’t use it, she gave it back to me so I decided to put it on over the liner I already had and it looked so pretty!

The first thing I noticed is the nice, fine brush on the applicator, it made applying the product easy and went on nice and neatly. The second thing I noticed was how pigmented the liner was.

My past experiences with other high street brands of glitter liners have not been very positive as I find that you get a lot of clear gel liner and perhaps a few specs of glitter – hardly the lovely solid glitter line you buy the product for.

These liners however, are beautifully pigmented and give you the full line of glitter. Not only this but it lasts a long time too and after wearing it a few more times, it easily lasts a good 6/7 hours on me.

Anything past that I cannot comment on as I haven’t worn it for longer but it looked exactly same as when first applied after that length of time, AND, without any glittery fallout falling onto my face.

The colour range is great and I now have 4 shades, a silver (Hustle) , a gold (Funk), a black and silver (Rock Chick) and a bright purpley blue (Shake It Up!).

Here are the colours swatched for you

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Worth the Money?

These retail for an amazing £2.99 each and are readily available on the highstreet in places like Superdrug and Boots.

If you ask me, these are an absolute bargain and so pretty on the eyes.  Affordable, gorgeous, readily available and an excellent shade range – what’s not to like?

You can also find these dazzling liners on the Collection website:

http://www.collectioncosmetics.co.uk/eyes/eye-liner/glam-crystals-dazzling-gel-liners.aspx

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

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What is it?

A foundation setting powder that mattifies the face and helps prevent oiliness. Claims ‘up to 5 hours natural shine controlwith natural minerals’ and ‘helps minimise the appearance of pores’.

The Review

I discovered this product through a youtube beauty guru and had been looking for something to replace my MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural –  not that I don’t like it anymore – just that it is expensive, even though it lasts a long time.

I purchased the colour 005 Sandy Beige and when I tried it over my usual foundation routine for the very first time, I was thoroughly impressed. Although it didn’t add any extra coverage (incidentally this is something I don’t really need) it glided on beautifully.

It has a very light, smooth texture on the skin and such a natural finish that although it is mattifying (and it does this very well) I feel it’s barely detectable on your skin, lacking that sometimes common ‘cakey’ look.

Although I was impressed with the initial application, the real test would be how well, and how long it controls the oil for. To my surprise, as the packaging suggests, it did last the full 5 hours on me and even after that I didn’t feel it had worn off so badly that I HAD to reapply. I suspect on very oily skin it could last a little less, perhaps around 3 or 4 hours but I am so impressed with this product it has actually completely replaced my MAC powder.

I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and much prefer the more natural finish. The only issue I can see anyone having with this is the colour selection.

There are only 7 shades and they are all for light skin tones apart from the ‘Transparent’.

I know that sometimes transparent/translucent shades can look ashy and unnatural on darker skin tones and as I’m not of that colouring I can’t comment on whether this shade from Rimmel does have this issue or not.

Worth The Money?

Absolutely, for £3.99, a natural finish and the product delivering on all of it’s claims, this has replaced my MAC powder. If you can get great products for less that work just as well then why not?

This product is readily available on the highstreet in Boots and Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets with a make up section and online:

http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/face/stay-matte-pressed-powder

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (combination/oily skin)

 

 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Combination/Oily) in 150 Buff

 

 

What is it?

A natural, satin finish foundation with medium but very buildable coverage.

 

The Review

I am absolutely in love with this foundation!

Ok so I’m not new to it at all, I had just been trying other things recently and decided that seeing as I’m quite oily in my t-zone (especially as im on and off the tube all day for work) that as summer is approaching I cannot possibly continue to use my beloved Nars Sheer Glow.

Having used the full bottle the first time I purchased this foundation last year I decided to repurchase and having been wearing it for the last week or so, I can’t imagine why on earth I ever stopped.

This foundation comes in a HUGE variety of shades with both warm and cool tones (i’m wearing 150 Buff and wear MAC NC15 fora reference) and is a good, affordable replacement for Mac’s Studio Fixing Fluid as it boasts many of the positive qualities affiliated with the well know foundation. It also comes in two types: normal/dry skin and combination/oily (i purchased the latter).

This foundation feels lightweight on the skin and I had forgotten just how well it covers despite this. I would say this is a medium coverage foundation but very buildable. Although a thin layer covered what it needed to, on application of a second think layer I personally found that I had no need for concealer at all!

This foundation wears well and gives a flawless, natural, satin finish for hours! I also found that even though my cheeks are quite dry, the combination/oily foundation kept my oily t-zone at bay (without any powder) for several hours without making my cheeks appear dry yay!

This foundation is easy to apply, just be aware that it dries quicker than most so you want to blend with a stippling brush or sponge (or whatever you prefer but I like those best) as you apply it.

 

 

Now, having said all this I do have a couple of points to make about the packaging…

Yes, the packaging is sleek and it does feel more expensive to have a screw top glass bottle but my issue with it is exactly that. It is a screw top glass bottle.

I can just about live with the glass bit as I have yet to experience a bottle smashing in my suitcase (I travel in and out of London every week for work) but the screw top is a bit of a pain.

As we all know, the danger with having no pump is that at some point you may well knock it over while the bottle is in use, not only that but it is a LIQUID foundation and comes out quite quickly and as with most liquids, is quite runny. This of course could get very messy and the outside of the neck of the bottle tends to get covered in foundation on a regular basis … a little unhygienic.

A pump would be much more efficient than our own unsteady hands at delivering the correct amount of foundation,

Worth the Money?

Despite the screw top? Absolutely! If you get that fed up with it decant it into something with a pump and your messy little problem is solved 🙂

I purchased mine from Superdrug for £11.99 but it is also available at Boots and most large chain supermarkets.

Alternatively order it from Revlon’s official website http://www.revlon.co.uk/#/1