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 ūüôā

 

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 Р200ml Рavailable here:

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

 

Quick Update :)

Just to let you all know, I have just started doing youtube videos which I will try to post on here.

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Favourite Nail Products!

Favourite Nail Products:

Hi guys, so I thought I would just do a quick post on what nail products I use on a regular basis regardless of what colour I’m painting them. Here is a round up of the base, quick dry, top coats and any other sort of nail care products that I always have to hand. I don’t pretend to be hugely qualified in nail knowledge but for photoshoots I do like to keep mine in good condition and a nice length.

 

 

Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat:

 

 

This is just a really nice, inexpensive, quick drying base coat. Works really well, doesn’t let any of the colour i’m wearing stain my nails and dries really quickly. This is available on the highstreet in Superdrug/Boots and larger supermarkets with a make up section. It’s also under ¬£10 yay!

 

 

Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat:

I absolutely love this stuff, leaves my nails nice and shiny and the colour lasts so much longer without chipping. Typically this lets my polish last a good 4/5 day without a single chip and that’s pretty good going for me! This is more expensive than my other recommendations but to me, if it works well then it’s worth the money. I believe this one is around ¬£14 and available from Essie’s website or Boots.

 

 

Revlon Liquid Quick Dry:

 

 

I’ve done a full review on this product and it’s definitely a staple for me now. If you’re impatient like me and often find you smudge your nail polish having not waited long enough for it to dry this is AMAZING. This dries your nails in about 90 seconds and is only ¬£6.49. It’s available on the highstreet from Superdrug, Boots or larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.

 

The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil:

 

 

I don’t have particularly dry or problematic cuticles but I regularly use this oil as it’s hassle free thanks to the pen/brush applicator. Keeps your nail area looking healthy and moisturised, plus there’s a gentle rubber cuticle pusher on the lid. Two in one yay! This is available from The Body Shop for ¬£7.

 

Revlon Liquid Quick Dry

 

 

What is it?

A liquid, brush on oil that dries wet nails in less than a couple of minutes.

 

The Review

This product is a life saver for me, I like to paint my nails but I’m also very impatient when it comes to letting them dry for long enough. It’s easy to use and absolutely amazing!

Just paint your nails as usual and apply your top coat, allow this dry for about 30secs just so it’s not super wet and lightly brush on the Liquid Quick Dry.

This is a a runny liquid as it’s a fairly thin oil so you do not need to really push the brush as you brush on the product. I find that roughly three, quick, light strokes coats the nail and after about 90secs it’s completely dry and has no effect on the polish’s ‘natural’ finish.

 

Worth the Money?

A nail technician at a photoshoot the other week used it on me so of course, if it’s good enough for a pro then this stuff definitely is worth the money!

It works really well and is hardly an investment buy at ¬£6.49 – compared to some of the other ones out there from brands such as OPI it’s an absolute bargain.

This product is widely available on the highstreet from places such as Boots and Superdrug and most larger chain supermarket with a make up section:

http://www.boots.com/en/Revlon-Liquid-Quick-Dry_1247711/

 

Clarisonic Mia – FULL REVIEW

 

 

What is it?

A deep cleansing skin brush that cleans deep into pores. I have the lavender one, however, other colours are available.

Initial thoughts?

I use this as instructed by the booklet that comes with it, it does come with the clarisonic cleanser but I prefer to stick to my lovely Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as i know that this works for my skin.

I first remove my make up with a combination of a wipe and eye make up remover, or Bioderma and some cotton pads. This is IMPORTANT ‚Äď the clarisonic mia (and the other clarisonics) are for CLEANSING the skin and are not designed for removing make up. Other than that, I’m sure no one wants a discoloured brush head if they can help it!

After removing my make up I then apply my cleanser to my face evenly, wet the brush head, turn it on and move the clarison mia over my skin gently in circular motions. It will turn itself off after 1 minute.

You are advised to use the brush for 20 seconds on your nose and chin area, 20 seconds on your forehead and 10 seconds on each cheek.

The Clarisonic ¬†Mia is hassle free and easy to use and I love the fact it’s travel friendly because its small and the charger is small too – no big cradle like its bigger counterparts!

The Results?

I have been using this for about 10 weeks now and I have to say I have seen a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels. I first used the ‘sensitive’ brush head that comes with the Clarisonic Mia when you purchase it and this seemed to work for my skin, however, I did some research and others have found that switching to the ‘normal’ brush head have resulted in even bigger improvements to the skin.

After discovering this, as my skin isn’t super sensitive I bought the ‘normal’ brush head about 3 weeks in and boy did it make a difference!

Having said this, I thoroughly recommend that if you do purchase this item as I did, you use the ‘sensitive’ brush head for a couple of weeks first as your skin may well respond very well to it. Other than this, the ‘sensitive’ brush head is gentler and is ideal for getting your skin adapted to being cleansed in this way.

My skin is clearer, brighter and softer and just generally looks far more healthy. I think this product is perfect for anyone  who loves a deep cleanse and wants to look after their skin or for those of us with more problematic skin as this product really does cleanse beautifully without irritation or redness.

 

Worth the Money?

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not cheap – it costs ¬£120 … BUT … If your skin is something that makes you feel insecure because you have problems with it then I firmly believe it’s worth every penny.

Even if your skin is ok but you constantly wear a lot of make up and need a thorough clean or you like to really take care of your skin this is ideal.

If you can’t afford it why not chuck it on your birthday/christmas list? That’s what I did ūüėČ

Accessorize 3D Glitter Polish

 

What are they?

These are glitter nail polishes that come in a good range of colours. They contained small, finely milled glitter and some larger glitter in a different colour.

The Review

The colour I have is called Dream and is a gorgeous bright medium blue with bigger chunks of purple glitter. After 2 coats the colour was even and solid, after 3 it looked amazing!

Now three coats may seem like a lot but I did 3 thin coats and the joy of this polish is that it dries VERY quickly. A good even coverage can easily be achieved with just 2.

My gorgeous blue glitter mani lasted me a whole week without chipping (I used Sally Hansen’s Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top coat) which I thought was brilliant.

Here’s what it looks like on my nails :

 

Worth the Money?

All polishes by Accessorize are £4 each which I feel is a real bargain! These are definitely a good purchase if you love the glitter polishes by OPI and alike but refuse to pay the price tag of around the £10 mark for a single polish.

A wide variety of colours are available and the price is great for the quality of the product.

These are available from Accessorize shops and online.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

What is it?

This is a cream cleanser made from natural ingredients that promises to gently remove every day grime and make up from the face, including eye make up.

The Product

I ordered this product along with several others on the recommendation of a make up artist I was working with regularly. I had been using a cleansing milk and toner from Lancome and although that genuinely worked for me I needed something that was less expensive and just as effective.

As soon as my package arrived I was already impressed with the information booklet and Product Guide included, as well as this I also received a free 50ml sample of their Instant Boost Skin Tonic (a gentle floral toner) and everything was beautifully packaged in tissue paper.

The starter kit came with 100ml of the cream cleanser and 2 muslin cloths all in a pale blue zip up bag (very handy for storage and travel).

I have to say I expected big things from this cleanser and was not disappointed. I wear a full face of make up (although, a natural look) for work, unless i’m shooting and this includes waterproof mascara as I spend a lot of time on the tube. This cleanser took everything off first time.

The instructions say to cleanse once, pat dry and then cleanse again. I followed these instructions¬†and my face had no trace of make up whatsoever. Not to mention it didn’t irritate my skin or my eyes even when removing my eye make up.

I have been using this product for nearly¬†4 weeks now and¬†although I have fairly good, even skin anyway, even I can see a difference. I’m only 18 and so occasionally still get minor break outs of spots and these¬†have dramatically reduced in frequency and severity. My complexion is brighter and where I would normally have slight redness in the areas prone to break outs, these have completely disappeared!

 

Worth the money?

Yes! Every single penny. And so is the Skin Boost Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser! (but more on that later).

This is an absolute must have for me now and I love the fact that all the ingredients are natural and responsibly sourced. If you’re nervous about spending ¬£14.25 for the starter kit (100ml product and 2 cloths) then why not purchase the 30ml tube that comes with 1 muslin cloth for only ¬£5.50?

You could even check out their ‘Travel and Try Me’ kits ūüôā go on, I promise you won’t regret it!

The products mentioned can be purchased from Liz Earle’s official website http://uk.lizearle.com/