Look Fantastic have introduced a ‘Discovery Collection’ and invite you to “Find Your Holy Grail”: My mini haul includes two of the Discovery Collection bags plus their Birthday Edit (Sept) Beauty Box. Have I discovered a NEW brand collection Holy Grail? What products were in the Birthday Edit box? And what do I really think of my Look Fantastic mini-haul? Read on to discover the answers …
The first Discovery Bag I hauled had me sooo excited because it contained a range of products by Kevyn Aucoin. I have coveted his range for so long, but, being a high end range, I didn’t want to splurge only to find that I didn’t like or get on with the products. It’s almost as if Look Fantastic knew that this often prevents us beauty adicts from taking the purchase plunge and put these discovery bags together so that we can take that leap, bag a bargain and (hopefully) fall in love range we’ve been dying to try! The concept of these discovery bags is pretty much genius and the price points vary according to which bag you choose. My Kevyn Aucoin bag cost £36 and for that I received:
A beautiful Makeup/Toiletries bag in grey, embelished with the Look Fantastic Logo (See above photo)
Each of the Look Fantastic Discovery collections arrives in the same style and colour bag. I think LF missed a trick here! Personally, if each of the collections came in different a coloured bag, I probably would have bought more than two. The bags are fabulous, sturdy, will hold a lot of products and look, well . . ., fantastic! I haven’t actually tried any of the products yet as I want to do a First Impressions blog, so look out for that post soon. (Very soon, I AM excited) However, for now, here is what I can expect from the products. The Expert Mascara I am really looking forward to trying as it has a ‘two sided’ brush that arches the top lashes AND defines the lower ones – lush lashes await me, apparently. The eyeliner is said to be ‘foolproof’ which is encouraging as my eyeliner is not always on point. What’s more this liner can deliver both natural or dramatic looks. As it creates believable definition, I really (REALLY) wanted to get my hands on the Sculpting Powder and still cant believe that I have one in my collection! The powder is cool toned and matte, I have swatched it (couldn’t help myself) it felt lovely and soft – which tells me it will blend out beautifully, and is matte. The Glass Glow is, according to LF, “radiant skin in a bottle” and an “illuminating highlighter”. I have to say, having looked at it, it looks like quite sparkly lip gloss, to the extent that I am wondering if LF made a mistake in their description. I will let you know how that works out in my First Impressions Blog. Finally, the Molton Gems Lip Gloss has a moisture rich formula, and whilst the red tone will take me out of my lip colour comfort zone (although I have been experimenting recently – I included a red lipstick & liner in my Shopped My Stash – October products.) BUT, it’s Kevyn Aucoin – I’d wear it whatever colour it was!
The Look Fantastic Beauty Box cost £15 (although if you subscribe and sign up for 3, 6 or 12 months the price of the box comes down accordingly) and includes a FREE copy of Elle magazine (worth £4.50) plus (usually) 6 products (often leaning more toward skincare, but can include any beauty products) and is advertised as always being worth in excess of £50. In this Birthday Edit I found:
A Bubble T Bath Bomb Fizzer (Full Size, £4.99)
Pixie by Petra Glossy Lip Plumper (Full Size, £12, Shade-Honey Sheen)
Molton Brown Orange & Bergamont Bath & Shower Gel (100ml, £10)
Caudalie Premier Cry Eye Cream(5ml, £16.35)
Oskia London Renaissance Cleansing (35mls, £14)
Sleek Eyebrow Stylist (Full Size, £6.49, Shade Dark Brown)
Elle Magazine (Full Size, £4.50, Sept., Issue)
TOTAL OF PRODUCTS IN BOX: £68.33
In celebration of their 5th Birthday, LF not only curated this lovely Birthday Edit (which at £15 for over £60 worth of products plus the magazine, is an absolute bargain) but they also collab’d with Bubble T to produce a lovely, LF special, birthday Bath Fizzer! I used this product a couple of days ago and it’s lush. It fizzed in the water like a Catherine Wheel on bonfire night: spinning round and round in the bath until it had fizzed out, which took some time! The smell reminded me of a cake shop, which was kinda cute as it was made to celebrate LF’s Birthday, but its deliciousness made me hungry! The packaging is now in my ‘Empties’ basket ready for my November Empties blog (if you missed my October Empties you can catch up here) so I’ll be revisiting this product soon. Haven’t got round to playing with the Lip Plumper from Pixi by Petra or the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist as yet, but I’m out for dinner later this week and plan on breaking them out then. Hopefully the Pixi’ll plump up my pucker and make my lips look A-maze-ing and the Sleek will up my brow game! The Molton Brown smells soooo good, foams up really well and leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean. Caudalie is a new range to me, I have heard of them, but not experienced any of the products as yet. I’m going to bring the Caudalie eyecream into my Skin Care Shopped My Stash for December along with the Oskia Cleansing Gel, which is described as an illuminating vitamin cleanser, so they both sound perfect for Christmas skin preparations. I’m very happy with this edit, it’s great value for money as there’s a really good selection of different products!
The Sukin selection of goodies have already found their way into my daily routine, as I am road testing them now (and for the rest of this month) and will be telling you all about each of them, in a full review, at the end of November, after 30 days of use, in Shopped My Stash – November. (For my Skin Care Shopped My Stash October please click here.) But here’s a bit of a sneak peek of what you (and I) can expect. I bought the Sukin Discovery Bag from LF because I have used, and really loved, their foaming cleanser and wanted to try more of their products – and thanks to this bag I’ll be trying:
Sukin Signature Cleanser (50ml) – removes makeup, cleanses and nourishes the skin
Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub (20ml) made from kale,spirulina and parsley, buffs away imperfections.
Signature Mist Toner (50ml) an alcohol free, multi-purpose skin saviour.
Signature Moisturising (50ml) one of Sukin’s cult products, it helps to protect your complexion’s moisture barrier.
I was very impressed with this bag as it offers an almost complete skin care regime, from one brand, for just £12 and so far, I am really loving how it’s working on my skin.
So, that’s my Look Fantastic Haul, I’m very impressed with both the products I received AND the value for money. I love the concept of the Discovery Bags as you can really get ‘up close and personal’ with a variety of brands (there are 7 bags to choose from at time of writing) through these bags, I hope they continue to add to this range, and if they do I will, no doubt be placing another order. With regards to the Beauty Box, again lovely range of products and I like the idea of the magazine being included and if you don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription you can buy a ‘back box’ instead. Then there’s the Look Fantastic web site, which has a vast array of beauty products where you can add your favourites to your collection.
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As a blogger I know how hard it can be to come up with good ideas for new content to keep people coming back, (Today an idea kinda fell into my lap though 😉) and as a YouTuber, James Charles is obviously aware of this too. In his latest social media announcements, beauty influencer and guru James Charles excitedly let the world know that his upcoming Reality Show, developed in partnership with YouTube and BGM (Brian Graden Media), was a NEW, fresh idea and that the show will be hosted, executively produced and judged by Charles himself. As ideas for content go, has he nailed it or is this just another ’bout in the fight for clout’ within the American beauty community? A community that seemingly spins on a drama sixpence? Here’s my hot take …
Aside from being an iconic makeup artist and a star of social media, James Charles can often found at the epicentre of controversy or playing one of the lead roles in the soap opera that is the American Beauty Community. He has made some arguably MEGA mistakes, blaming them on either his age, his lack of experience or mental health issues. However, with the help of his team, a few ‘tearful’ apology vids, new merch, another collab and increasingly zany content (An example of how ‘ZANY’ would be the recent ‘Rapping My Makeup Routine’ upload- I shit you not and THAT masterpiece has 1.3M views), even when Charles’ subscriber numbers were dropping faster than a sailor-on-shore-leave’s bell bottoms, he managed to bounce back, apparently unscathed, with his business in tact! Charles, unbelievably not only sucessfully side-stepped the new social media trend of ‘cancel culture’ but, despite the ‘haters’ and the loss of a number of previously close friends, he now has 16.3M subscribers, a net worth of £9 million, and from his, not-too-shabby, mansion in LA, has been planning this new reality show for over 3 years. But, let’s get a little context and perspective here: Charles also stated that he’d been working HARD on his NEW mini-palette and accompanying brush collection collab with Morphe for over a year and yet these so called NEW releases were exact, but scaled down, copies of those him and Morphe originally launched. Erm … How hard, James? How much work does it really take to produce a re-work of an old, existing idea?
Now, before I spill any more tea a word to, and about, the Sisterhood aka James Charles’ followers, aka stans, aka Sisters, aka subscribers, aka fans. Undeniably the Sisters ARE a loyal bunch who gun for anyone (and that would now presumably include me, despite the objective opinions in this blog) who dares to say anything remotely negative about their God-like-guru. Yep, the Sisters load their weapons with ‘cancel culture’ and shoot from the hip at those who express anything other than hero-worshipping support for Charles. Obviously this kind of fan loyalty is nothing new: in the sixties we had Beatle Mania, in the 90s help lines were hurriedly set up to offer support to Take That fans when the band split up. Now, in an era when ‘FAME’ has taken on a different meaning and made a new home for itself on social media platforms, not to mention fame being an easier to realise, reachable goal for those with very different, or even no, talent, ‘fan’s have a wider and varying stage from which to choose their idols. The historical and hysterical loyalty has, however, not changed at all. So, the passion with which the Sisters stand by Charles is completely understandable. However, given that the average age of Charles’ Sisterhood is 14, their naivety could be a key factor in their allegiance. Older fans would’ve no doubt been disgruntled by the high costs of Charles’ proposed ‘meet and greet’, his merch, his palette and so on. Older fans may have been somewhat perturbed by the Coachella incident, the Westbrook v Charles debacle, the kiss and tells and other dramas involving James Charles. The kids who look up to him, however, simply go to their parents for the cash to buy tickets/merch/collabs, don’t necessarily have a grip on the severity of the alleged Coachella cock-ups, probably don’t watch or relate to Ms Westbrook, and lack the maturity to judge the kiss and tell. These kids live in a time, and spend hours watching content, where drama and tea are ‘the norm’. So, despite the Sisters now undoubtedly having me on their ‘hit-list’, I do completely understand why my name may appear on said list. We ALL need something to believe in, someone to look up to, someone to love. For the Sisters that something and someone is James Charles. Their passions and staying firm in the support of who ever these kids decide to idolise should be encouraged, they are a right of passage!
Ok, having hopefully placated the Sisters, what do we know about the show?
The show has the working title ‘James Charles Instant Influencer
It’s set to debut in Spring 2020
Episodes will be released weekly directly on Charles’ YouTube channel – FOR FREE!
YouTube is funding the four-part series
As of yesterday the ‘audition’ process began with US residents, over 18 years with an active YouTube Beauty channel being invited to submit their applications, showing off their makeup skills by 21st November.
The selected six contestants will participate in various beauty challenges, in front of guest celeb judges, beauty industry moguls and Charles himself, in LA.
Then show executive producers will be James Charles and his manager, Jake Walsh and co-produced by BGM.
The winner will receive $50,000 and some very useful, money can’t buy exposure.
The show will also give viewers a ‘true’ insight as to how the US Beauty Influencer Community actually works
Charles is super excited and proud to be the first person to do a series like this!
Hold the bloody phone and shut the makeup case. What was that last point? A first? Oh right, so, Simon Cowell has never exectutively produced and judged anything that could be referred to as a reality, competition type show then? I am sure Mr Cowell will be thrilled when he learns that someone has taken his show formats (X-Factor and [insert name of country here]’s Got Talent) into the beauty arena, and tickled pink that someone is so impressed by Simon’s job titles that they have bestowed them upon themselves. And I … OOOP!
Being resident in the US Charles can be forgiven for overlooking a little thing we Brits call ‘The beeb’ (aka The BBC) and their particularly well-recieved BEAUTY COMPETITION show entitled ‘Glow Up’. That series had guest judges from the beauty industry and set the contestants various Beauty challenges each week. Just a minute, this all sounds extreemly familiar. And I … OOOP
In their article ‘James Charles to Host YouTube’s First Beauty Influencer Competition Series…’ Variety’s Todd Spangler even acknowledges that Charles is “… launching a ‘Project Runway’ STYLE reality competition show….” For those who may not know, Project Runway is an American show that invited talented fashion designers to showcase their skills by competing in a series of challenges. Am I the only one who can see a theme here? ‘Project Runway’ is an apple, ‘Glow Up’ a banana, ‘X-Factor’ is a damson, ‘Britain’s/America’s Got Talent’ is a papaya and I’m really sorry to be the pedantic pin that bursts Charles’ “It’s a FIRST” bubble, but ‘James Charles Instant Influencer’ is an orange. Ergo they are all fruits on the branches of the tree that is ‘Reality Competition Show’! Those branches are all very similar, and ORANGES are not, in point of fact, the only, unique or first, damn fruit!
It could also be argued that the FIRST show on YouTube that gave viewers the inside scoop on what life as a Beauty Influencer is actually all about was the very recent collab between Jeffree Starr & Shane Dawson (the latter very much being a NEW beauty influencer) in ‘The Beautiful World of Jeffree Starr’. A fact that didn’t escape the followers of Charles, Starr & Dawson on Twitter as many took to tweeting their own observations & opinions regarding the Starr & Dawson series and its similarities to Charles’ proposed show. Nor did it go under the interwebs’ radar that Charles decided to make this annoucement on the very same day as Jeffree Star was celebrating his birthday. And I … OOOP! (The next blog in the ‘My Hot Takes On …’ series, will probably focus on the Dawson/Starr series, and will be uploaded, if and when Shane Dawson adds the muchly anticipated final chapter).
Last but not least, James Charles’ show will not be a first for YouTube either as I discovered today on the interwebs: YouTube have already funded other collab type shows with various other influencers. And I… Ooop.
Enough, I have made my point. Regardless of these points, I will, like countless others tune into Charles’ new series when it starts in Spring, and I do wish him well in his endeavours, because if nothing else, whilst I have maligned him for taking an existing idea (already evident in numerous forms) and Charleserising it/them, he should be applauded for his enthusiasm, his determination and entrepreneurial ‘reach for the stars’ attitude. Admittedly his lack of experience in social relationships has led to a number of friendships being lost, seemingly never to be rekindled, and as he strives onwards and upwards to achieve his self-set goals, Charles will probably loose a few more pals, as his self belief knows no bounds, and is bolstered by an undeniable, if sometimes misplaced in credit terms, creativity. If it’s done right, however, Charles will doubtless arise from the show he’s set to executively produce, as the influencer with a heart of gold who gave a micro influencer a chance to become much more. Opinions regarding the shows’ success will depend on whether you ‘stan’ with or ‘stand back’ from the man himself.
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Pumpkins & skin care. What do they have in common? I picked both last month. 😉 In this second part of Shopped my Stash October, I’m sharing my makeup picks with you and reviewing each product after using them as my ‘go to’ throughout October. Stash shopping is a great way to use products, especially those you don’t reach for very often, (or newer ones that you haven’t got round to really trying), it also gives you a chance to get to know the products. Shopping your stash can also save you time – last minute invite to go out-out, a weekend away – whatever the occasion, with your stash shopped and bagged, you’re only a mirror away from being ‘good times’ & beauty ready!
Primark’s competitively priced PS Primer Prep and Perfect promises to illuminate the skin, which it did through the foundation, but it lost some of the luminosity once setting powder was applied. It felt quite moisturising though and did provide a more flawless base for my makeup, by blurring my pores and imperfections. Overall, for just £3, this proved to be a very ‘servicable’ primer which gave my skin an added layer of moisture/protection as the weather became colder. Without setting powder, the ‘glow’ was more evident, but that did lessen the wearability of my chosen foundation. Easily lasted the month, as a little goes a long way!
I feel liked I’ve primed you for some budget beauty products (and very, veree cringe inducing puns), and it doesnt get more budget than this foundation. A pound?! For what (surprisingly) turned out to be a great buy! Poundland’s Makeup Gallery has a complete range of makeup and each product is just £1! The foundation is well named: it is greatly gorgeous and fabulously flawless thanks to its smooth, easy to apply consistency and fullish coverage. Non-drying on the skin, I didn’t find it settling into any of my problem areas (dry patches, pores, fine lines) and the only negative I (eventually) found was wear longevity: it held up great for about 5 or so hours, before starting to breakdown and ‘fade’. Setting powder helped increase wear time, as did finishing spray. To be honest I didn’t expect this foundation to be up to much, but it proved me wrong.
With that foundation I could’ve got away without wearing concealer, and some days I did, but at other times we all need a little extra help, and that’s where a good concealer becomes your friend. However, Conceal and Define and Gorgeous Flawless weren’t bezzie mates, they just didn’t gel. I’ve used this concealer before with great results, but on top of my £1 foundation it looked cakey, obvious and disappointing. Eventually I learnt to use the concealer more sparingly than I would normally, which did improve the look of my undereye area a little, but I still struggled to set it with powder, without it becoming too dry. I would still recommend this concealer, as I haven’t had issues before and have used it with a variety of other foundations.
Avon is a brand that is pretty much ignored by beauty gurus and influencers, so I picked 3 different products to see if I’d get a clear idea of why this is the case. The rrp of Mark magic is £8, but this price does vary and it is often on offer too. This is a quite finely milled, white (translucent) finishing (setting) powder, and with a light dusting it’s game, set and match! After a month of frequent use, this powder has become my new secret weapon! It wears well, gives make up a soft focus and feels like gossamer on the skin. Is this why beauty gurus don’t acknowledge Avon – they want to keep the good stuff for themselves? I love this powder, if you haven’t tried it yet, give it a swirl, I’m sure you’ll love it too.
This concealer is very much a liquid, it’s not watery, but it is wet, it stays wet for a while and with that in mind, I pulled this in as an eye primer. Rule number one in makeup, there are no rules – just guide lines. Have to say this choice and use was a stroke of beauty genius! This stuff really works as an eye primer. I tried setting with powder before applying shadow, the result, a less defined, smoked out look, but without setting it down, colours are truer, more vibrant and the hold is brilliant – improving the lastability of the eyeshadows and giving a more dramatic finish. What’s more, this takes me another step nearer to concluding my makeup hypothesis that either beauty influencers are missing a trick with this brand or don’t want to share it’s brilliance with us.
I do love a good finishing/setting spray, not only to keep my look in place but also to refresh my makeup after a few hours wear. One thing that sets this apart from other drugstore sprays is, that like some of its higher end cousins, Revolution Pro Supreme Hold, kinda ‘melts’ your makeup into your skin, so your makeup looks more ‘natural’. It’s none sticky, has a fine mist, it certainly increases wearability and is great for refreshing your makeup too. I applied this after applying foundation, powder, blush, bronzer etc ( basically, all my face products) and then again after applying eye make up (before mascara/false lashes) & lippy and found this double use worked wonders.
Rachel Leary is a UK YouTuber/Beauty Influencer who recently released her ‘Goddess on The Go’ (£10)and ‘Ultimate Goddess’ (£15) palette collabs with Revolution. I bought Goddess on The Go as it has great autumn vibes, I love the colour story and includes not only 9 eyeshadows, but a contour shade, a beautiful rose-gold blush, a glowy bronzer and a gorgeous champagne, highlighter (all of which can double up as eye products). I really loved using this pallete, the eyeshadows blended really well, were pigmented and gave endless possibilities for different eye looks, with both neutrals and pops of colour. The contour shade is pretty much universal as it is buildable (fairer skin beauties need less, medium to dark skin tones would need more) and great for creating definition. The rose-gold blusher is totes lush, usually I rely on my highlighter to add a glow, but the blusher’s healthy shimmer gives a natural ‘been out for a walk among the autumn leaves’ effect which I loved. The bronzer is warming and would suit most skin tones and the highlighter is great for defining all the high points of your face. This palette is fab for travelling, home use, playing, experimenting and creating endless autumn looks. Give this pallete a go and give yourself an autumnal-goddess glow!
From the off this product was a little disappointing as I was expecting volume, high impact, magnified lashes (given the claims in its name) but it lacked the impact I was looking for. I suppose for £2 I might’ve been expecting too much, but then companies shouldn’t give products claim names that they don’t live up to! With several applications I did get more volume, BUT, I had to be careful not to overdo the layers as it became clumpy. This product also felt quite dry, so I tried dropping the tube into a mug of hot water, and this did improve its texture and performance a little, but, this is usually a trick I save for fave mascaras that I’ve been using for a while to rejuvenate them (try it – it works!). Overall unimpressive, I shan’t be buying this particular mascara again in the future, but will give MUA’s other mascaras a go to see if they are an improvement on this one.
Another Avon product included in my stash picks to not only complete my various October eye looks, but also to help determine a conclusion to the question ‘why do influencers overlook Avon products?’ Quite simply this product glides on, has a rich creamy texture, a little added sparkle, comes in a great range of shades, is pigmented, pretty much stays put (and yet you can blend/smudge it out), can be used to line and define the eyes either on the lash line and/or on the inner rims and gave good, all round repeat performances! I was so impressed that I now have this product in several shades! I still don’t understand why influencers don’t use Avon products, all I can say is I shall be trying more from their range in future!
My second eyeliner pick was from Primark in the shade ‘Wide Awake’ (A nudish/fair skin tone shade) to use on the water line. This too went on like a dream, it did help the eyes to look more open (as this kind of shade does), it complimented the face and shadow palette shades and didn’t cause irritation (My eyes can be a little sensitive to some eyeliners when I use them on the water line), the only down side was that I did have to re-apply, as the colour (and effect) kinda washed away after a while. My eyes can be quite watery some days (especially out in the autumn winds/cold), but if you have drier eyes then you may find the staying power is better. That said, for £1 we can’t expect it stick around as long as a more expensive eye liner, can we? I didn’t- but I was still impressed overall.
Despite my reservations regarding Beauty Pie themselves, I am objective and have to admit that this lip liner is lovely. It is easy to apply, either on the lips or when overdrawing, has a creamy consistency that doesn’t drag or skip, stays put, helps keep lip colour locked in and the shade (cowboy nude – I also have the corresponding lipstcik) and formula is one of my favourites! This lip liner wears well and I didn’t need to re-apply (it even survived eating/drinking) I just wish Beauty Pie was a better, more transparent, company with improved customer services etc.
Yes, Lipstick Queen is more higher end than any of the other budget beauty picks in this Shopped My Stash, but I wanted to road test this product ( I have it in the shade Blooming Blush) as I received it in a Beauty Sub box (so I didn’t pay full price) and hadn’t come across this brand before. I also picked this out as I felt it complimented the palette colour story. Out the gate this lipstick’s formula is rich, feels lux and is easy to apply straight from the bullet or with a lip brush. The colour and texture are both lush and I have to say I loved it, but, it didn’t have the staying power I expect from a lip product with a £22 price point. Not an ideal product if you’re off on a dinner date or going out for drinks as eating and drinking makes this lipstick disappear! As Lipstick Queen has such a buttery texture it doesn’t stay put with the help of Lipcote either. In fact, it kinda ‘balled up’ shortly after applying Lipcote (This lip-colour-locking sealer is great for mattes and non creamy formulas though), making it look worse than its ‘natural wear-off’. It’s wear off was really disappointing, but the fact that my lips felt moisturised, I loved the colour/formula and it has a lovely sheen, had me working through this problem and re-applying as needed, not ideal, but necessary if you want some wear from this lipstick.
My second lipstick pick from my stash was this berry red shade to switch up my autumn look with a bolder pop of colour. Unfortunately, when I tried to price checked, it was flagged as currently out of stock, but I decided to go ahead and include a review regardless. I think the Freedom Pro Lipstick Retro was £1.50 when I bought it a couple of months ago, and it’s in the shade ‘Dated’. This, like most lipsticks in the reds colour spectrum, certainly had staying power, was creamy in application and pigmented too. More of a berry/autumn colour than a true red, but rich and statement making all the same. This Freedom lippy complemented both the ‘Red Velvet and ‘Pucker Up’ eyeshadow shades & added dimension to the blusher from the palette. A bit out of my comfort zone colourwise (I have a preference for nudes, peaches, and other more muted lip colours) but that’s another reason I picked it out, and it gave my looks a sense of fun too and I enjoyed wearing it.
I ambled across these lip pencils whilst doing an Ali Express haul in the summer, and thought at that price for twelve liners they ain’t going to be up to much, but I was curious and ordered them regardless. I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived, nicely packaged and in a useable array of colours, but having used most of them since, they actually ARE a real bargain. Obvs, I needed a red lip liner to go with the Freedom lippy, so I pulled shade 10 into my picks. These lip pencils have fab staying power, glide on, are soft (on the downside, if you press too hard the liner tip will break off), pigmented and can be used as a long-lasting-all-over lip colour, for a ‘true’ lip line or an overdraw. They do need sharpening when they break or lose their point (I prefer retractable pencils as a rule, but I have a good sharpener and do make allowances for some products), and are very impressive especially given the ultra-low individual price (Seriously folks less than 25p each????!!!). My advice – get these and save yourself some serious coin!
At only £2 Primark’s PS High Shine does what it says on the tin! Can be worn alone or over lip colour: I didn’t use this over Lipstick Queen as that already had a shine, but it looked good over the Freedom lippy. I have used it over other lip products too, so I can confirm this is a good, budget beauty buy! Its non-sticky formula provides all the shine you need, it comes in a variety of colours (I had clear), is fairly long wearing, and gives the appearance of fuller, moisturised to the max, lush lips.
This was, if I say so myself, (and more by luck than judgement 😉)a fabulous (budget) shopped my stash, with a pick of products that went and worked well together, giving me lots of different looks, with autumnal vibes that I was more than happy with. The three stars of this October show were:
The £1 (£1!? Still can’t get over that!) foundation from Poundland, so useable, gives great coverage and yet it’s so inexpensive
Rachel Leary’s x Revolution collab, beautiful autumn colour story and the products themselves were great
The unbelievably priced Pudaier Lip Liners
Hope you enjoyed this Shopped My Stash, that you’ll will come back to check out Part III – Hair Care AND November’s Shopped My Stash too. I’m already working with my November picks and will upload the three part reviews of Novemeber’s SMS in early December. If you missed SMS October Part I (Skin Care) click here to catch up. Thanks for reading, I welcome comments and if you enjoyed this blog please like and subscribe for more posts on all things Entirely Beauty related.
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Hello again, hope you’re having a great weekend and this latest blog is useful. Thanks for reading, I do appreciate it and I would love for you to subscribe, like and comment too. In this blog we’re exploring my October empties – products that I’ve used up – with a quick review and ‘rebuy or a ‘goodbye’ on each. This Empties includes Hair, Bath/Shower, Sheet and Eye Masks, Personal Hygiene, Skin, Fragrance, Hands and Makeup products. If you want the low down on these products, then either read on or scroll to those you want to know more about.
The John Frieda was a Lux Mini (50ml) I received in a sub box, a 250ml full size retails for £5.99, which, in my world, is quite expensive for a hairspray as I use a lot of the stuff. I did like this product, formulated to give shine and hold for blonde hair, which it did and both the shine and hold lasted until I brushed it out. Sheer Blonde smells nice too, but, the price puts me off, so it’s a GOODBYE, sorry Mr Frieda.
In contrast the Ferne McCann spray cost just £1 for 200ml from Poundland (There’s quite a range of FM beauty products, all exclusive to Poundland and she designed them herself) I preferred the fragrance of this to the other two hairsprays I emptied, as well as the price. With added pro vitamin 5 (which is moisturizing, soothing, healing and has regenerating properties) it’s available as either Firm or Extra Firm, comes in a lovely pink packaging, smells very pleasant, held my styles really well and wasn’t sticky. This is my favourite of the three hairsprays, and I will RE-BUY!
Harmony have been making hairspray since Wilma Flintstone’s time (or thereabouts, anyhoo it’s a long while, for sure) and it has conditioning ingredients, up to 24 hour hold and smells like, well, hair spray, but the best feature of this product is the micro fine spray which doesn’t drench the hair in product. That said, this £2 for 200ml hair spray claims to be non-sticky, I didn’t find that to be the case, therefore it’s GOODBYE!
Finally, for Hair Products, my 38ml mini Coco & Eve Hair Masque was sufficient for two treatments on my mid-length hair. The full size (212ml) comes in at £31.40, which would give you treatments-a-plenty! This products smells absotutely wonderful, lux and lush, I loved the fragrance and the fact that my hair smelt so fab after use. This coconut and fig hair mask restores dry and damaged hair, giving it great texture and shine as it conditions and nourishes. The first time I used it I left it on for about 10 minutes and the results were great. The second time I actually massaged it in (after shampooing) then plaited my hair, left the masque on overnight and rinsed it out in the shower the next morning – incredible results, and that lovely fragrance lasted so much longer, this treat is a much wanted RE-BUY!
Bath and Shower | Avon Bubble Bath | Lacura Muscle Relief Bath Soak | Radox Shower Gel | Rituals Foaming Shower Gel | Dr Organic Bath Oil |
Avon Bubble Bath (1000ml £2.50) is a regular purchase for me, this was the first time I tried Bubble Gum fragrance but I loved it! For best results pour a couple of capfulls under running water and agitate the bath water with your hands to create lots of lubbly jubbly bubblies. The fragrance of this one is sweet, it does smell like bubble gum, but isn’t over powering and I think it’s a bargain, so yes, a necessary RE-BUY!
Lacura Muscle Relief Bath Soak in Black Pepper and Ginseng (750ml) cost just 65p is an obvious dupe for the more famous Radox brand. This is more of a foam than bubbles, but it does soften the water, turns it a lovely pink colour and seems to ease muscles too (but then a bath with almost any product in it will do that), however it is nicely fragrance and I enjoyed using it, but I did prefer my Avon Bubble bath so it’s GOODBYE Lacura.
Dr Organic Rose Otto Bath Oil is a different bath experience, combining an uplifting & sensual fragrance it helps relieve stress and energises too. There are lots of good ingredients in this one, it’s bioactive, and the oil disperses in the water to lock in moisture and provides an aromatheraputic, heavenly bath time experience, which I love, love, love – obvs a RE-BUY!
I also loved Rituals Holi Moley Foaming Shower Gel, the gel transforms into a wonderfully, skin softening foam, the fragrance (flamingo flower and pink grapefruit) it totes to die for, and feels sooo luxurious yet is ONLY £6.90 for 150ml. If you havent already realised from this excitedly positive mini review, yes, it’s a RE-BUY.
Radox Feel Revived Shower Gel (250ml £1) does exactly what it says on the bottle – this stuff revived a very sleepy me in the mornings and left my skin fragranced with delicious lemon grass and manderin, which reminded me of an orange soft-centre choc. On a more practical note it has a flip up hook so you can hang it up, and on a magical note it leaves you feeling like your shower is actally a tropical, holiday destination, so it’s gotta be RE-BUY!
When it comes to sheet masks I have quite a collection so I won’t be re-purchasing any of these at the moment, there are so many on the market too: regardless of your skin type or needs, you will find one that suits you! Let’s face it (no pun intended) masks are much of a muchness with regard to use and functionality, but I DO love using them as part of my skin routine. If my skin is dry I choose a hydrating mask, if I feel my pores are clogged then I use a detox one, but that’s what I love about masks, if you have any skin problem, there’s a sheet mask that’ll help. What’s more you can pick them up for less than a pound or try something more high end. Of the sheet masks pictured, my absolute fave was the Nutura Advacado, which was deeply nourishing, a little more expensive than your average mask (£4.95), but worth those extra coins! What’s your favourite sheet mask? Let me know in the comments. Also, if you have any questions about any of the sheet masks I used, please drop me a comment, I’ll be happy to help. For now, it’s GOODBYE to all these sheet masks because I currently have so many more in my collection!
Before I get cracking with this category of empties, I KNOW, deodorants are not usually the fodder of reviews, but, we all use ’em (hopefully!) in one form or another, I do like to be different and this is ENTIRELY BEAUTY.COM, not Entirely-but-there-are-products-I-WON’T-talk-about-Beauty.Com 😉
Firstly, Lacura Active 48hr Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray (250 ml 65p). This one doesn’t tend to mark your clothes, lasts all day, is readily available in Aldi supermarket, smells lovely, is great for sensitive skin (I even used it after shaving) and costs so little that it’s a bargain right? That’d be a resounding NO. This product shouldn’t be in my empties cos it’s NOT EMPTY! In fact it’s half full but the spray simply stopped working, which was damn frustating, so, and despite all the positives – GOODBYE!
Next up is Nivea Black & White invisible original Anti-Perspirant Protection (250ml £3.29). This nifty, pleasantly fragranced deo is designed to protect your clothes, leaves your underarm feeling soft, is dermalogically tested, offers all day long protection from odour and bacteria, has a locking mechanism (handy if you want to pop it in your handbag etc., as it won’t accidently spray.) A lovely product, nudged from re-buy to GOODBYE by my next deo!
Slightly cheaper is Soft & Gentle Anti-White Marks For Sensitive Skin (250ml £2.75) and this comes in a range of fragrances, the one I used up was Jasmine & Coco Milk and it smelt so lovely without being overpowering. Again great for sensitive skin, which makes it ideal for those post-shave sprays. It offers 48hr protection, didn’t stain my clothes, and represents slightly better value for money than Nivea. I am going to have to RE-BUY & work my way through the other, what I am sure with be similarly delightful, fresh fragrances.
Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser is a beautiful product available to members of Beauty Pie for just £5.90. However, according to BP, if you were to buy a comparable product, it would have a typical price of £25 – which is all well and good, but we only have their word for that. Also, in order to purchase this anti-oxidant, gel to oil to milk, luxurious cleanser (which does leave your skin feeling super clean and super soft), you have subscribe to BP. Subscription cost £10 a month and gives you a £100 limit on the Typical Price of products. EG you could buy FOUR of these cleansers worth (at BPs quoted typical price) £25 each/£100 value total (ie your total spending limit for a month) for only £23.60 + your £10.00 monthly subscription, giving a grand total of £33.60 with a supposed and whopping saving of £66.40. Confused? Yep, so was I, which is one reason I unsubscribed. Fortunately, however, this beautiful product is so much simpler to use than is trying to get to grips with the Beauty Pie ‘rules’. You simply smooth a little of the gel onto your skin, splash water onto your face, transforming the gel to a powerful but gentle make up removing oil, which then becomes a super softening milk, that you rinse off to reveal peach smooth, baby skin. It is lovely, but I had problems with Beauty Pie (any unspent limit is supposed to roll over to the following month, I was saving mine for a haul, to share with you guys, but my spending limit of over £450 disappeared, so I said Bub-bye Beauty Pie) so now it’s gone, it’s GOODBYE to Japanfusion, sadly.
My review of Musk by Jovan Concentrated Cologne should have the subtitle “Google made me buy it”, as I came across this fragrance for women (there is one for men too) by accident when looking up the price of The Body Shop’s White Musk perfume. At just £6.99 for 59ml it was pretty much a musk-fragrance-lovin-gal’s impulse buy, but definitely one I have no regrets about. The bright orange and gold outer packaging is fun, less than subtle and pretty much screams, here I am, I’m seductive, let’s PARTAY! The clear glass bottle with its gold lid, white writing and swirl design is a little more subdued, but don’t let fool you, this cologne is far from subdued. Bare in mind it’s a concentrate if you buy this, it is strong, so you really do only need a little. I got this last December, have just finished using it up and it’s been a daily go-to for work or days at home. I simply love the perfume, if you are not a fan of the musk scent you should side step this one, because as the name suggests, it is MUSK. Don’t let the price put you off if you are already a fan of musk style fragrances, it really is a bargain. Stronger than both White Musk and Avon’s Soft Musk, Musk by Jovan is sexy, heady, sweet, and I am addicted and sorry that I have emptied it. Of course I will RE-BUY . . . there are bath/shower/talc/perfume gift sets available in the Musk by Jovan range too – well colour me happy!
It is normal for me to have four or five handcreams on the go at once, you know how it is … one in the handbag, one by the kitchen sink, one on the vanity, one in the bathroom and if I have pockets, then there’ll be a tube in one of them too. A good handcream, in my opinion, should smell wonderful, offer great moisturization, be packed with good ingredients, protect your hands from the elements and domestic chores, soften the skin, condition your nails and cuticles and be suitable for everyday use. (Not at all demanding, am I 😉) Both of the empty handcreams pictured above, which, as you can see are flattened from my getting every dollop of product out, met all those criteria for me. Avon’s Restoring Moisture is for dry to extra dry skin, is great for the winter months, smells of coconut and is around £2 for 75ml. In fact you can’t go far wrong with any of the Avon handcreams so, that’ll be a RE-BUY (Maybe in a different fragrance/formula). At £2.99 (the slightly more expensive for less product) Sweet as Cherry Pie (50ml) by Patisserie de Bain has the delightful scent of Cherries (obvs) and vanilla, feels a little silicone like, but rich and protective too, and certainly softens. This is also available in a range of fragrances, so yup, you guessed it, another RE-BUY, in a different scent!
My Barry M ‘That’s Swell’ Lip Plumper cost £4.99, but I can’t tell you the exact size because all the writing has worn off the packaging, lol, but imagine your average sized lipgloss- that’s how big it is. 😁 That dealt with, Barry M assures that this Plumping Lipgloss will give fuller, plumper and smoother lips and a “volumised enhancement”. Uh huh, Barry, of course it does – NOT! (I really need a sarcasm emoji) I used this as directed, daily, which is supposed to give the best results. Two months after purchase and having emptied it, are my lips any fuller or plumper? Are they heck-a-doodly-hell as like!!! The product smells quite minty, tastes minty too, and after application there is that distinct ‘tingle’ that Mr M would have us believe means ‘it’s working’ as it supposedly stimulates our collagen. Now, I will admit that visually, because of a little trick of the eye, lips do LOOK a bit plumper when you are wearing the product as it’s a gloss – that means it reflects the light, makes your lips look juicy and gives the ILLUSION of being plumper. For me however, except for aforementioned ILLUSION, this product did not “beautifully volumise”, they were soft, but any lip balm will achieve that a lot cheaper! Over all ‘That’s Swell’ – ISN’T! (Swell or plumping) It’s a good lip gloss to wear on it’s own (I tried it over various lipsticks, liquids etc., and it kinda melted them away), I did like the fresh, minty smell, but (and with apologies to Barry M) – GOODBYE! Have any of you guys actually found a lip plumper that works, please let me know if you have, because my best efforts in this category have, thus far, failed, so I’d appreciate your input!
That’s it for October’s empties, don’t forget I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the products I have tested, used up and mini-reviewed, here, I’d love you follow, like & comment – especially about lip Plumping products. Thanks for reading, muchly appreciated.
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I’ma little late to this party, it was doing the rounds back in September, before Entirely Beauty was born, but when I first saw this tag I knew I wanted to do it! Many thanks to the tag’s creator – Kelsee Briana Jai, you can catch up with Kelsee via this linkhttps:www.youtube.com/user/KelseeBrianaJai I am excited to do this and hope you enjoy it too. If you find my answers entertaining please give this post a like and don’t forget to subscribe for more from Entirely Beauty. If you fancy answering a question or two, which would be awesome, please do so in the comments, so we can all everyone can have a read and if you have a blog and want to answer all twelve questions, be sure to tag me so I can visit your blog and see what answers you give.
What is the worst beauty advice you’ve ever gotten? | When I was younger (and very much lacking in common sense) I asked a friend how best to tame and shape my brows, as hers looked lovely and very natural. She advised me to use a razor and shave ’em into shape. I took this advice and excitedly set about shaving off the stray hairs. Everything was going great (as quick fixes go), but I decided that they were a little long too and shaved off a bit of the tail, first on one side then the other. Unfortunately and despite my best efforts, they didn’t quite match, so I set about trying to even them up. Needless to say, my lack of experience took it’s toll on my poor eyebrows and I ended up with about a centimetre of eyebrow on both sides which resembled stubby, sideways exclamation marks. Not only was it an epic fail, but worst of all, I did this to myself the day before a big family wedding 😕
What is the worst beauty advice you’ve ever given? | I knew a MUA/Nail Tech, who was trying to set up her own mobile business and had done some impressive art work on my nails. The MUA suggested I invited some friends over and introduce her to them and that she would offer ‘special rates’ for various treatments and make up etc. I didn’t take much persuading, any excuse for a get together! On the night, one of my friends was admiring my nails and aforementioned nail art. I advised my friend to let the MUA apply a set of falsies and then have some nail art too. Whilst the MUA hadn’t applied my acrylics (I had them done in a salon) I was majorly impressed by the standard of the nail art and had presumed the MUA was as accomplished in other areas of make up, nails and beauty. Boy, was I wrong!! When the MUA had finished applying my friend’s acrylics they looked like bloody TOENAILS! They were so thick they stood way too proud off my friend’s fingertips, they were various shapes too and some off them were already lifting! Needless to say my friend was very upset, as was I, but I did pay for her to visit the salon I went to because I felt responsible, awful and wanted to make amends. Moral of this story, check the credentials of anyone doing any treatments etc.
What beauty product did you struggle with the most/What is your worst experience with a product? | *Opens the golden envelope* And the winner is …false lashes!!! I have tried and tried, but the ‘look how easy this is’ influencers & instructions for lashes and glue simply alludes me, I am lashlexic. I know what I’m supposed to do and where everything is supposed to go, but most of my attempts fail and when I have actually got them to stick they become unstuck almost immediately. 😩 I’ve switched up to magnetic lashes and they are soooo much easier, plus applying the magnetic liner has upped my eyeliner game too!
What beauty product did you use a lot back in the day, but would never use now? | Home hair dyes. I used these regularly until I realised that the colour(s) rarely match the photographs on the boxes, it was a pain to apply (without help there was always a bit I missed, sometimes with help it was patchy), it ruined my fluffly white towels and I eventually learned it was better to seek professional help and products at a salon!
What makeup technique(s) did you struggle with the most when first learning how to do makeup? | Blusher – I would apply it with the brush that came with it which resulted in some quite pigmented striped cheeks in a variety of colours. Sometimes I would try to blend out the stripes with my fingertips, which usually made it worse, so I stopped wearing blush for a while, which, looking back, made me look like a corpse because of my foundation etc. Thankfully, I found fit for purpose blushers brushes and a new relationship with blush finally (and flawlessly) flourished.
What makeup technique(s) do you struggle with currently and want to improve? | Did ya read my answer about false lashes??? 😉 Despite the fact that I have solved the problem by using magnetic lashes, I would love to have a master class in lash application and actually conquer my lashlexicia where the glue on variety are concerned. My teacher would have to be extremely patient though😄
What is a beauty product that you never thought you’d buy, but now own. | In have always steered clear of red lipstick, believing that it didn’t suit me, I wouldn’t be able to carry it off, that my lips would look over-done, that it wouldn’t sit well with the rest of my makeup and that I would end up with ‘jammy’ lips. Now I have about 10 reds in my collection, in various shades, and whilst I prefer nudes and muted tones, sometimes you just have to make a bold statement. 💋
What beauty trend(s) do you regret following? | Not exactly a trend, as a lot of people have been doing this for like forever, and it’s still popular, but WAXING!!! 😲 What sort of pain threshold do those who wax have? Obvs one that is far damn superior to mine! Whether it’s eyebrows, legs, underarm or bikini, it’s a HUGE, Simon Cowell, NO from me! I also hate the way those who perform this archaic ‘torture’ lull you into a false sense of security and relaxation with the warm, gentle and very pleasant spreading of the wax on the requested area, before ripping off your unwanted hair, together with what feels like the majority of your skin. I am NOT A banana, I do not need peeling. If you want a mental image of how I reacted to waxing, regardless of what area I was stupid enough to try out, watch the waxing scene in the film 40 year old virgin! I am convinced Steve Carell based those scenes on my own reactions. To those who perform waxing I say this, ” back away and behave, this gal prefers to shave!” and to the countless thousands who voluntarily undergo waxing: You guys are NUTS, but I salute you and your ability to cope with the pain.
If you had to restart your beauty collection, what are some things that you would do differently? | When I started my collection I would often buy products on a whim or based on the hype and I managed to waste a lot of money doing so. Now, I self-regulate as I have a monthly Beauty Budget and take a breather in between learning about a new product drop and the launch date. If I am still excited, intrigued and salivating once the product launches then I might buy it, but I also consider other factors before I place my order or seal the deal in the shop. These include researching the product, the views of others, the colour(s), whether I have something similar in my collection already, the value for money and then I try to imagine WHERE I would wear the product and how much real use I would get from it. If I can answer all that lot positively and haven’t spent my budget for the month, then and only then, will I actually buy that product. If was restarting I would do all these things, waste much less and have a much better collection as a result.
What’s the worst makeup look that you’ve ever done? | When I first heard about contouring I rushed out bought several contouring palettes, brushes specifically made for the job and created, what I thought at the time was a natural, defined, sunkissed look with my contour products, blush, highlight and bronzer. Then I saw a photo of myself: I actually looked like a multi coloured zebra who had been out in the sun for waaaaay too long, was sweating, had prickly heat and wasbgiving off a glow of such nuclear proportions that Neil Armstrong would’ve been blinded by it as he took his one small step, in fact, he would’ve probably face-planted the bloody moon instead of walking on it! Needless to say it was far from natural, defined and sun-kissed & wasn’t remotely flattering or pretty. 👎
What is the best makeup look that you have ever done? | The colour purple. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone with regard to colour, and inspired by my outfit, decided to go totally purple (lilac, lavender and other shades in this spectrum) including eyes, mascara, eyeliner, blush and lipstick and was super-thrilled with both the finished look and by the lovely compliments I received! Not an everyday look exactly, but for a special occasion a completely monochrome ‘palette’ can make for a look really cohesive and different, not to mention eye-catching, look!
What advice would you give a Beauty Lover/Makeup Artist/Beauty Influencer | For the Beauty Lovers: spend within your limits and enjoy your products, and remember that you are naturally beautiful with out makeup, use makeup as a way to enhance your beauty, rather than creating a masked you to present to the world. For the MUAs: Talk to your clients, find out what they really want rather than than persuading them to have a look that you want to apply and are practised at. For the Beauty Influencers: Be nice – to your audience, ( they got you where you are now) to your fellow influencers, we don’t care about Beauty Community drama and squabbles, we’re here for the makeup, not for Tea! Finally, be nice yourself. You are talented & sooo worth it.
Right, that’s all the questions in the Beauty Glow Up Tag answered it must be time to hit the publish button. Hope to see you in my be next bog, till then, take care. Can’t help wondering how YOU answer these questions.
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Cosmopolitan began publication in the late 1800s, has a huge readership of (mainly) female 20 to 30 somethings and advertising space that costs an arm, proverbial leg, and several other body parts, but how useful (satisfying) is the content for your average beauty addict? (Not that there’s anything average about us beauty addicts!!) I got myself this month’s physical copy, which cost round pounds numbering two (it’s also available on-line, obvs) and I thought it would be fun to invite you guys to my GWRM (Get Reading With Me). So, get yourself a cuppa or a glass of something cold, get comfy and let’s turn a page or two and explore Cosmo’s beauty content. If you enjoy this GRWM, please give it a like, subscribe and drop me a comment to let me know which mag’s beauty content does it for you, and it might feature in an Entirely Beauty’s future GRWM.
Discounting adverts, our first encounter with beauty is a one pager entitled ‘Glow – BS free beauty that works for you’ 23 pages in. I don’t get the title or the hashtag (#empties) given that this article features just two products, both eye shadow palettes: one has the sub-title ‘using up’ and is a short (very short) review of The Body Shop’s ‘Own Your Naturals’ and the other ‘using next’ briefly mentions (very briefly) the Urban Decay Honey palette. Mmm, what’s going on Cosmo? Empties? (Plural?) Who hits pan on a twelve shade palette in a month? What the hell did your acting beauty editor, Laura, do with it – paint her house??? Can’t knock her choice of ‘using next’ though, I’m hoping Santa pops that one in my stocking.🎅 This is not so much ‘this month’s empties’, it’s more ‘here’s a couple of palettes we like (or our advertisers want us to mention) let’s make a full page feature, with hardly any hype-type and a catchy but irrelevant title. Very avant garde. Not.
Fortunately, this faux pas is compensated for on the very next page with a double page spread which, under the heading ‘Beauty Lab’ has the same acting Beauty ed taking a look at Flawless Foundations. Given the huge number of new and improved foundations that dropped during the last couple of months, this feature at least has good timing and gives an overview of six foundations from the boujee Pat McGrath to the drug store Revolution, with Nyx Born to Glow being crowned as the Editor’s choice. There is also a mini-tutorial on how to ‘Ace your Base’, which is helpful, plus an introduction to Cosmo’s beauty team – all six of them, presumably one for each foundation? I won’t be buying a new foundation based on their ‘road tests’, but this might be useful for someone just venturing into beauty, those who don’t read Beauty blogs or watch influencers.
Over the page the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills offers up her favourite eight products, in a chatty reveal that gives the reader info about the products and why they are her favourites. I actually learned something from this: for example, Anastasia trained as a beautician in Romania, has been in the industry over 25 years and rates Vaseline – which she used to mix with eyeshadow to make a brow pomade in the time before ABH existed. (🤔 I might have to try that trick at least then I might get the right shade.) I liked ‘My life in Beauty’, Anastasia has an interesting mix of faves, the best beauty article in this edition of Cosmopolitan so far!
Right class pay attention as we are now entering Cosmo’s school of beauty, and the lesson today is Makeup Tools 101! Have to admit the double page photo showing various brushes looks promising and a beauty addict can never have enough brushes with makeup brushes, right? The so-called ‘beginner’s kit’ of brushes exceeds the £100 in total, that’s a bit steep Cosmo. (Hands up how many of us started with brushes from Wish, Primark and Revolution – aka affordable. Ahh, do you remember the start of your beauty addiction – the good old days, when getting make up on your face was key. Now we are persuaded that an expensive brush, with a name and number that makes it sound like a semi-automatic weapon, is the way to flawless application!) All that said, there is a side article where experts offer tips for brushing up on your brush work, and it DOES name and explain each of the fifteen brushes featured. So if, like me, you’re a bit befuddled by your brushes, you could match ’em up to said pictures and the descriptions and finally learn what each one is called and what it is supposed to be used for! Will it stop me ‘misusing’ my brush collection – hell no. I have a flat ‘foundation’ brush that I use to sweep over my eyeshadows for a seamless blend, it works a treat.
Over the page from Brushes 101 is ‘Hot Right Now’ with Ten products everyone has presumably brought or will be buying this month. Ranging in price from £9.99 for Hair Nourishing Oil to £78 for an EDP, this feature feels more inclusive, has a good variety of products and prices AND tells you a little about each of these trending must haves. This is more to my liking, nothing beats being ‘in the know’ where beauty products are concerned!
Following what I consider to be a rather small ‘beauty section’ there is a mountain of fashion and lifestyle features (and ads, of course) before we come to a feature on page 102 entitled ‘Is the You Tube Beauty Community Cancelled’. Detailing the rise and fall of Manny MUA, 2018s Dramageddon, the more recent Westbrook v Charles saga, the Jaclyn Hill fibres in the lipstick escapade and an explanation of the latest in entry in the urban dictionary, ‘cancel culture’, plus some insight into so-called tea spilling, shade throwing ‘drama channels’, by a digital behavioural scientist (a what now? Is that actually a job, a science or even necessary?) It is interesting to note however, that all of those tubers mentioned in this ‘worth a read’ article are from the States. UK influencers are, it seems, either much less dramatic than their American counterparts or are they simply better at keeping their ‘tea’ very firmly in their cup & private rather than spilling it over social media? Well, we are a nation of tea drinkers.
And, as Porky Pig said a few hundred times, aside from a passing mention of a buffing brush from Spicy Choco and a Regentiv serum near the back of Cosmopolitan, “th th th th th that’s all folks”.
Out of 140 pages Cosmopolitan dedicates just 15 of them to beauty, and of those 15, 6 arguably come under the heading ‘General/Lifestyle’ features, as I doubt an editorial focussing on the beauty community is a regular feature. Is that enough to satisfy your hunger for beauty? I’m not sure it’s sufficient for me! Yes, Cosmo is ONLY £2, has lots of other good articles, and is all glam and glitz, but I do think some more of that glam and glitz could succesfully be based on beauty, after all, in its entirety beauty is a very broad, varied, contemporary, multi-media, much talked about subject and I need more than Cosmopolitan has currently got on offer, to satisfy my beautycravings!
What about your thirst for all things Beauty? Does Cosmo do it for you? Please let me know.
On that note, it’s time I went and got some beauty sleep. 😴 Hope you’ve enjoyed this little amble through Cosmopolitan magazine with me, as GRWMs go, I know it’s a bit different, but I think different should be a new trend in the community we call beauty.
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Hi there and welcome to my first blog! Thanks for reading, hope you find my product tests & reviews useful, entertaining and, if you subscribe to Entirely Beauty (why wouldn’t you – it’s FREE) my day will be well and truly made and you won’t miss any of my future (very varied) blogs. Feelfree to scroll if there is a particular product from this Shopped My Stash that you are interested in, I’ve covered each product separately, then at the end of this post I give an overview of how all the products worked, or didn’t, together, as a complete routine. Enjoy!
I shopped my stash for three reasons: firstly, this kind of content is popular over on YouTube & as Entirely Beauty is just a baby I need subscribers to help my baby grow. (At least I’m honest. 😉) Secondly, I have quite a large beauty collection and want to be less wasteful, by shopping my stash, products make their way into my routine and get used. Thirdly, testing for a whole month gives the products time to actually ‘work’ (especially important for skin care and so much better than a mere ‘first impression’) so I’m able to give a much more rounded, honest review. Basically, a win-win for you and for me. This is Part 1 of the Entirely Beauty Shopped my Stash mini series for October, watch out for Parts Two – Makeup and Part Three – Hair Care. (Simply subscribe and you’ll be notified when they go up👍)
So, what skin care products did I choose and did they perform as well as the companies claimed they would? If you are itching to find out, keep reading!
Super Facialist Cleansing Oil | £7.30
This Cleansing Oil is infused with Vitamin C plus Olive, Grapeseed and Rosehip oils, which claim to nourish the skin and leave it feeling cleansed, refreshed and softer to the touch. #SuperFacialist recommend that you use this oil as part of a double cleanse routine and follow it with either another cleanser or a facial scrub, and also say that using this oil will make you feel like “you have had an expert facial every day”.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind having an expert facial every day, so this was an easy pick, albeit based on Super Facialist’s own hype.
From the get-go I noticed that ‘refreshed and ‘softer to the touch’ thing! I loved that and the smell of the oil too: it’s fresh and clean, and I oddly found that the fragrance both woke me in the mornings, yet relaxed me at night. I used it as directed, massaging it onto my face, neck and decolatage using either my hands or my vibrating pore cleanser (review of this also coming soon – seriously, if you haven’t smashed that subscribe button already, do it now, I have lots of great content to add! 😁) or both, then emulsifying the oil with warm water and massaging some more before rinsing off. Also because I enjoyed the light fragrance, the feel of the oil on my skin AND like to get my money’s worth, I left the massaged-in oil on my skin whilst brushing my teeth and this certainly helped to achieve that ‘expert facial’ feeling.
With continued use, morning and night, I really did notice that my skin was brighter, much softer, and both my pores and fine lines definitely diminished. I didn’t find that I needed to double cleanse in the morning, but I did follow the Skin Renew Cleansing Oil with a cream cleanser at night. I saved money on makeup remover too as Super Facialist removes all traces of make up, even waterproof mascara – BONUS!
I do recommend this oil as it feels soooo lush, does what it says on the bottle AND is suitable for all skin types. What’s more at just over £7 for 200ml and with only a quarter of the bottle gone after using it twice, sometimes 3 times daily, for 31 days, I think it’s a great value for money, skin texture improving, expert facialesque, wonderful product. If you have already tried it, or intend to, please drop me a comment and let me know what you think.
Temple Spa | Be Gone Cleanser £21
#TempleSpa states that their Crème Cleanser, Be Gone, is “TLC for sensitive skin”, that it will reduce skin stress, with a fresh, settled and smoothed after feel, that it’s nurturing and hydrating and is the “gentlest way to say goodbye”. Saying goodbye to £21 for 150ml of this product wasn’t exactly ‘gentle’, so was this cleanser worth all those coins?
I have to admit that both the fragrance and consistency of Temple Spa’s #BeGone kinda matches its price point: it does have a higher end, faintly botanical, light and pleasant smell and is creamy too. This is another ‘add water’ product (I do prefer them as they make my skin feel ‘cleaner’ & more refreshed) that you simply massage onto the face & neck in upward, circular motions and then splash your face with warm water or use a warm damp cloth to remove, making it an uncomplicated, fairly quick addition to your skin care routine, both morning and night.
I used Be Gone at night, after the cleansing oil to double cleanse my skin before applying other night-time products. I didn’t notice any immediate effects, but as the month wore on I did see improvement in my skin after each use, especially where I tend to get some patches of drier skin as the colder weather hits and my central heating bursts into life. Obviously, the benefits I did see might’ve have been more immediate if I had used the cleanser twice daily, instead of once – if you would like me to see if this is the case, let me know in the comments.
I did feel quite pampered after using this product and its light, natural fragrance was aromatheraputic, relaxing both my skin and my mind. it did soothe and hydrate the skin, and definately helped with my autumnal dry patches. I tried using my vibrating pore cleanser with Be Gone, but this just ‘pushed’ the product around my face and neck, rather than massaging it. To be fair to Be Gone, this was due to it’s creamy and rich texture and it applied just great with the fingertips.
I also tested it’s prowess as a makeup remover several times, but the results were a bit disappointing. OK, Be Gone doesn’t actually claim to remove makeup, but, this is inferred by both it’s name and the fact that it is a cleanser. It removed ‘liquid/loosely creamy products’, but, even with the addition of water or a damp cloth, struggled with the more pigmented products and powders, basically creating panda eyes with my eyeshadows and mascara and that’s never a good look unless you happen to BE a panda 🐼.
All that said, Be Gone is marketed for sensitive skin, so it follows that the ingredients are probably not concentrated enough to deal with those more pigmented powders or waterproof mascara, as that might cause sensitive skin to break out, which would be counter-productive for a cleanser that is directed at those who have sensitive skin.
Overall, Be Gone felt bougee, pleasant and pampering: my skin did feel super cleansed when combining it with the oil cleanse first and it certainly hydrated my skin, nurturing my dry patches to recovery. Would I use it again? Yes, at some point I will reintroduce it back into my routine as a stand alone cleanser, to give it a fairer test & review. So, as I’ll be getting back to you on this cleanser, hit the subscribe button as an antidote to FOMO (fear of missing out 😰) on that one!
Laponie Toner Spray | €28
I received this in one of my subscription boxes (there’ll be more about Beauty subscription Boxes in future blogs), 50ml retails for €28 from the Laponie Website, (around £24) but you can get it cheaper from sites such as eBay. Laponie Toner is advertised as being a multi-tasker that balances, hydrates, soothes and conditions the skin AND can be used to set make up, remove cleanser residue, mixed with a few drops of their facial oil for instantaneous hydration and nourishment ( although I suspect ANY facial oil would have the same result), as a soothing after-sun spray and finally is gentle enough to calm an irritated scalp. Whilst those are quite magical claims and supposed uses, I included this in my routine purely as a toner.
I really loved the fact that this came as a spray as it helped to wake up me and my skin in the morning. I spritzed my face and left the toner to soak into my skin: with hindsight spritzing was quite wasteful (I actually ran out on the last day of the month), but I do believe I gained more benefit from the direct ‘spray and soak-in’ method than I did from the conventional use with cotton pads which is how I used it at night. Again, given the price point, I felt that by letting it soak in I was getting better value from the product both cost and results wise.
Gotta say I’m not crazy about the price, if I had seen this in a shop I would have probably passed over it because £24 is a bit ‘up there’ for a toner! But, as I didn’t pay that price and having tried and tested it for a month, I have to admit I am rather smitten by this cute little bottle of multi-tasking, magical elixir, so I would have a little argument with myself over this now: the ‘beauty addict me’ would be all “hey, it works, it’s fabulous, you love it – buy, buy, buy!’ But the ‘one eye on my bank account me’ would shake her head and argue, “You have other toners, they work too, fabulous or not – bye, bye, bye!” (I don’t really like that me, she is far too damn sensible, but I tolerate her.)
So, yeah this little beauty does present me with a conundrum: it certainly does everything (as a toner) that Laponie claimed it would: my skin felt more balanced and prepped for the rest of my routine. It was also, & undeniably, soothing (particularly noticed this after dermaplaning – hopefully ya know the drill now, yep, this proceedure will be covered in a future blog 😎) it did improve the condition of my skin, I saw this straight away, and how smooth it made my skin feel was an instant . Overall, a fantastic product, I just wish I’d used it more efficiently as the results at night time, when I sprayed it onto a cotton pad and wiped it over my face, were comparable, but then I would’ve lost that Laponie early-morning wake up call!
I would love to recommend this toner, as I really did notice the difference it made to my skin, but, that price point IS a bit hefty. Let me know where you stand on this one – if you know a product works (really well) but is expensive, would you buy it anyway, opt for a less expensive dupe (if you can find one) or simply choose a lower priced product? Drop me a comment, I look forward to reading your take on this.
Nassif MDDetox Pads | £34 approx
According to Dr Nassif these innocent looking pads will perfect your complexion, deep clean, exfoliate, reduce pores, brighten, even your skin tone, firm, smooth, reduce inflammation and protect against blue light and free radicals. Not only that but the pads are “clinically proven to remove what your cleanser leaves behind.” So, in other words, the initial claims plus the list of supposed benefits will, allegedly, take your skin care routine to new heights that’ll compare to the dizzying ones offered by the Empire State Building! OR will they???
I was sent these in my #FabFitFun subscription box, so I didn’t pay the $45 you’d have to pay on the Nassif MD site, in fact my Fab Fit Fun Box was $49, and contained various other items, so for me these were a steal! Despite that, I was a bit dubious about using them because of the AHA/BHA/Retinol etc they contain, not to mention the ‘on jar’ precautions that include avoiding the upper & lower eye area and building up to daily use. But, being the brave beauty addict I am, I soldiered on regardless.
So, there I was on October 1st, reading and re-reading the jar, digesting the blurb in the FFF magazine and still nervously anticipating some kind of facial disaster as a result of using the pads. Fortunately, as I gently wiped my face with a pad, I didn’t feel a, ‘perfectly normal’, tingle that some users have experienced (I think any such reaction would have had me plunging my entire head into a bucket of water in an attempt to stave off a break out or something worse!!). There is a lot of moisture in them thar pads, and the ‘proprietary cocktail of ingredients’ was swiftly, easily and plentifully dispersed over my face and neck.
Again, with more than a hint of hesitation I left this cocktail on my face so that it would soak in, exfoliate my dead skin cells (eurgh, that just sounds yucky!) whilst evening out my skin and diminishing my pores as promised. After about five minutes I nervously touched my face with my fingertips and found that having massacred those dead skin cells the detox pads had left my skin feeling super soft and incredibly smooth! I was hooked!
I used the pads every other day or so, morning and night and found them to be a wonderful, additional, step to my routine – one that in some shape or form I will replicate in the future, because not only were some of the promised results instantaneous, the remainder quickly followed and my pesky pores were clearly much smaller by the end of the month, to the point of being much less, if hardly, noticeable. Result!! And then some. Needless to say I was totally bloody impressed.
This was my first time playing with detox pads, but I intend to find some similar ones, hopefully less expensive than NassifMD’s pads but that give the same or very similar results. If you already use good detox pads, please let me know where you buy them from so I can give them a whirl, and, hopefully, keep this fresh glowing and brightened skin that the Nassif MD pads have given me. Thanks. 👌
Shiseido Ultimune Concentrate | £69 30ml
Ok, before I get into this product I have a confession – I didn’t set out to make my skin care routine for October ‘High End’ or expensive, when I shopped my stash I just selected products I genuinely wanted to try and write about. Obvs some of them, this concentrate included, are a bit pricey, but most of them I received either as Free Samples or in a sub box, so I didn’t pay full price for them.
My Shiseido concentrate was a 10ml sample (worth £23) and I honestly didn’t expect it to last the whole month, but surprisingly it did, a little goes a really long way with this. Now, if, like me you are initially turned off by the cost, let’s consider this: broken down, the cost of using #ShiseidoUltimune twice a day for a month works out at about 37p per application. Now I’ve legitimized the retail price and tested it for a month, I DO think it’s a worthwhile investment for your skin!
No bush beating here at Entirely Beauty then eh? 😉 Seriously, this serum made my skin feel and look amazing: the firmness, smoothness and hydration was totally obvious within the first week (the smoothness from the get go) and OMG, the immediate improvement in the softness and texture of my skin was incredible, as was the overall affect on my fine lines and wrinkles. Having used it twice daily for a month I now completely understand why this product is award winning, it’s pretty much a bloody miracle serum and the best of those I have tried/used in the past.
Apparently this is Shiseido’s Number One serum, which recently underwent a bit of a transformation itself, to include ImuGeneration technology. Among the ingredients is reishi mushroom, which is rich in anti-oxidants, and iris root extract which helps to defend the skin against damage. I’m no dermatologist, but you have to admit that is pretty impressive stuff, and it explains why the results I got were so apparent.
So, the ‘eye on the bank account me’ can do one and sod off 😉 cos if I find this on offer anywhere I will be grabbing it, and putting it firmly back into my skin care routine. It’s definitely worth the coin and ignoring that more sensible me for too!
TheDay and Night Creams: Elemis Day Cream | £41.50 50ml and Nivea Night cream | £12.99 40ml
For mornings I choose a free, deluxe sample size (20ml worth £16.60))of Elemis Advance Skin Care, their Hydra-Balance Day Cream (for combination skin, mine is normal to dry at this time of year), that I’d had in my collection for a short while and this was my first experience of the Elemis range.
Again a higher end product, with a price point to match, and even though I hadn’t paid for my 20ml, I expected great things, given the price tag/worth. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this day cream as much as I had anticipated, and whilst it was supposed to be a rich but light, anti-oxidant formula which promised continuous hydration and balance, I didn’t experience these benefits to be honest. Yes, my skin felt moisturised on application, but I didn’t feel that moisture was constant or locked in as Elemis claimed it would be. I did notice a softness, but the effect was short lived, once the product was absorbed the suppleness, softness and feelings of hydration diminished.
Disappointing to say the least BUT, on closer inspection I discovered this day cream contains meadowsweet extract which is there to “regulate the appearance of oily skin” and leave it shine free. Mmm – oily? Moral of this story, read the blurb BEFORE use! My skin isn’t oily. My bad! Although it also confusingly states that the cream helps to balance NORMAL to combination skin. However, I may have had the wrong cream for my skin type. If you have normal to combination/oily skin and have tried this product let me know if it worked for you. I, on the other hand, with my basically normal but with tendencies towards autumnally dryness skin will have to do more reasearch and see if Elemis actually has a product for my skin type.
Another let down, and this is aimed at all skin care companies, is that 20ml is not a sufficient amount of product to viably test whether it suits your skin, produces results etc., and is a product you want to use on the daily, as it ran out before the month’s end, lasting just 3 weeks. In comparison to the 10ml Shiseido sample which went the whole nine yards, I’m not sure Elemis Day Cream reprents good value for money? Skin care companies should provide usable, sizable samples that allow us customers to make informed decisions about purchase , especially if the product leans towards expensive.
My night time choice, on the other hand, was full size, moderately priced and received as a gift from a friend with a lovely selection of other Nivea products. The Q10 sleep cream combines both vitamin C and Q10, both anti-oxidants, that aid a smoother, radiant looking complexion while you sleep. It also claims to awaken the skin, target lines and wrinkles, so that you wake up to fresher skin.
Although £12.99 is a fair price, Aldi do a dupe of the Nivea sleep cream and it’s only £1.45 for 50ml!!! Lacura Q10 Renew Night Cream, which I have also used, is very similar to the original in terms of product, packaging and results, and is an undeniably good dupe. I personally prefer the Nivea, I love the smell, but enjoyed and would recommend both.
This does feel good on the skin, is easily absorbed and I did see an improvement in my fine lines, and my complexion did seem more radiant in the mornings, it also seemed to plump up the skin and this obviously made my skin look smoother, so it did what it claimed it would, and I was pleased with the results. I would use this again as I liked it and have plenty left.
Garnier Organic Smooth and Glow Facial Oil | £11.99 30ml
I picked this out of my stash because I know my skin is prone to dry patches at this time of year and hoped this oil would help combat that. I also wanted to give this a go as Garnier state that you can “see and feel” the results of using this herb and essential oil combo, that is a non-greasy, luxurious smooth & glow oil, all of which sounded like it’d be great. Well, we all deserve a little luxury, especially when it comes at an affordable price!
Firstly, Lavadin is not a typo. The difference between Lavender and Lavadin is two fold. The former, as an essential oil, has 0%-0.6% camphor making its fragrance more floral and sweet, whereas Lavadin oil has between 6%-10% camphor which gives it a more medicinal and stronger scent. Lavadin can help reduce scarring, stretch marks and with a host of other skin issues. Camphor is often used in skin care as it acts as a counter irritant.
The first thing I noticed about this oil was how easily it absorbed into the skin and it certainly left my skin looking smooth and all a-glow, but not in an oily or greasy way. It dried down as it absorbed, and I discovered, by accident (forgot to prime) that it provides a brilliant base for makeup too. I only used a couple of drops twice daily, after applying my day or night cream, and this was ample, so Garnier’s facial oil certainly has lastability, making it good value pennies wise too.
It has a pipette dropper which means less waste and makes it easier to use just the couple of drops you need to achieve that glow. The smell is divine without being over powering. The consistency is lux and lush and it delivered the results as promised. I love this oil and it even helped banish my dry patches. I think this a fab product if you are looking to switch up your skin care during autumn and winter when most people’s skin needs extra care & moisture.
L’oréal Eye Cream | £14.99 15ml
Lastly, the eye cream, which was, like all the other products in this ‘Shopped My Stash’, tested for a whole month. This is a rosy, peach cream that contains light reflecting particles which instantly ‘colour corrects’ and lightens dark, under eye circles (great if you’ve had a few late nights!). The cream lived up to this claim, making my eye area seem brighter and more radiant. It also contains Peony extract which, L’oréal states, has “glow reactivating properties” that gradually aids the eye area to recover a more natural glow. It also contains calcium B5 to restore skin density and improve tone.
One thing I really liked about this cream is the instant brightening, almost camo, effect it had on my eye area and as this cream is anti-sagging (it’s marketed as being ideal for very mature and dull skin) and targeted at over 60s – but as it visably tightens and brightens I think this eye cream is a brilliant response to those ‘post-party’, morning ‘OMG – look at my eyes!’ S.O.Ss, regardless of age.
A word of warning though, you do only need a tiny amount of this gelee textured cream: If you over do it it will ‘pill up – so go easy. I used this morning and night and found the easiest was to apply it was by picking up a tiny amount on my ring finger and patting it into the entire eye area (lid, brow and under eye) with that finger and allowing it to soak in completely before applying makeup. (It also works well over foundation etc, as an eye primer, if used sparingly, providing a great base for your favourite shadow.)
I was quite impressed by this cream and I do love it when I find another use for a product, as I did with this. L’oréal target an older market (in this case 60+ and female) with this cream. As I’m not 60, I wouldn’t have purchased this product and if I hadn’t received it in one of my sub boxes, I would be never have discovered how well it deals with dark circles after the late night, how quickly it tightens the skin to reveal youthful eyes OR how well it performs as a primer.
Yes, an impressive eye-cream AND primer, that is, in my humble opinion, worth the price tag and as we approach the party season I can recommend it, regardless of what age you are or what type of skin you may have, keep it in your emergency makeup bag, just in case dark circles visit you!
I really enjoyed this Shopped My Stash and giving all these products sufficient time for testing. I choose mid-to-high end products that DID all work together, improving the smoothness, softness and texture of my skin, whilst also giving me a natural glow, clearing up my dry patches and helping to eradicate finelines lines and improve the overall suppleness of my skin.
I hope the products I have shopped from my stash to use throughout Novemeber, realise what big shoes they have to fill! I also hope that you have enjoyed reading about this products and will subscribe to find out how I get on with November’s picks (I’ve already started using, testing them and making notes.) as well as all the other content I have lined up for you.
Until next time – thanks for reading, and never forget that you ARE beautiful!
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