Soap and Glory Mask Review

Blogmas day 14 gives you a full review on the Soap and Glory 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Mask and Peel! 

I’ve been testing this product out for around 6 weeks now. I purchased mine in Boots, on a whim whilst it was around £6.60, although the usual price is at the £10 mark. This is definitely the most expensive face mask I’ve ever purchased but I had read so many positive reviews on it, I just couldn’t help myself. It really helped that it was also on sale as it made the decision to buy it, a lot easier! 

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This mask is specifically allocated for those with oily/combination skin, which I definitely do have. The box says you’re supposed to massage into the face and focus on the t-zone. Now, I don’t like the texture of this mask at all so I do use it with a brush and once it is on my face I like to gently run circular motions around my face to really let the product sink in. 

It does give you the option of just leaving it for 5 minutes to give you a quick refreshed look. Otherwise, you’re able to leave the mask on for around 15 minutes to give your skin a deep clean and you can do either of these from 1-3 times a week. I only really use the mask twice a week as I find that it has helped so much. At first I was using it 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However as the weeks have gone by I’ve started to reduce the days because I don’t feel like I need it as much. I do leave it on for 15 minutes at a time though and normally apply before I go in the shower so I can use the hot water to really rinse it off. 

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I was confused when I first applied this product because I assumed that it would dry and become a peel off face mask, which it didn’t do at all. The title says it’s a 2-in-1 facial mask and peel but really, it’s just a standard mask. 

However, with that in mind, it has worked amazingly on my skin. I don’t find that my pores get as clogged as they used too anymore. Generally, it just helps to maintain how clean my skin is and really does help to reduce redness and acne. Although, this isn’t a mask that does help to reduce spots completely. 

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I can’t say that this mask has changed my life but I do honestly believe that it really does help to remove any dirt from the skin and just help to create a healthy refreshed look. The texture of my skin does feel better when I use it and I do like that I have the option to pick whether I want to use it for 5 or 15 minutes, dependant on what I really want. 

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So whether I’m heading out for the night and want something to make my skin feel and look better before applying makeup. Or if I’m spending the night in and want to give myself a good pamper, this face mask is something that I would go too. Especially if you have a problem with pore clogging and oiliness. This mask has really helped to reduce the amount of oil the I have during the day!

Would I say it’s worth £10? Probably not, I’d actually say around the £6 mark but it is Soap and Glory and I trust their products since I know they do work so well (Not all but most). 

Have you tried this mask? let me know what you think! 

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My Beauty Wish List

Some fantastic new products have been released recently and I’ve definitely got my eye on a fair few but with my student budget. If I am totally honest, some of these things I’ll probably never purchase as I’ll either go off them or just forget to purchase them when I do have the money, also my budget doesn’t let me buy hundreds of pounds of eyeshadow palletes or lipsticks unfortunately. So, I thought I would share with you guys some of the products that I’m interested in and wanting. 

Real Techniques are known for their affordable and amazing quality brushes and a few years ago they released their Bold Metals collection which was exclusive to Boots. Recently they’ve released their MultiTech brushes which are the higher priced brushes exclusive to Superdrug. These new brushes have been created for mulitple uses, whether you want to contour, use to blend eyeshadows or apply lip products. These are designed to work well regardless of what you’re using them for. I’ve really got my eye on these and will definitely be purchasing a few to try and test them for you. 

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Next, I’ve had my eye on the Spectrum brushes for a while now and I received a crease brush from Spectrum in my Februrary BirchBox which I have been loving. It’s made me want to try some more of their brushes, hopefully I’ll be able to make an order for some sooner rather than later. 

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On to makeup, Too Faced decided to release their Sweet Peach Palette again and I think it’s an absolutely beautiful palette and would be gorgeous for the summer. The colours in this palette would be the ideal shades and combinations for my summer in New York and it would probably be the only palette I would take away with me since I think I would be able to make so many looks with the selection of colours. I also already know that I love the Too Faced palettes having already own 5 of their palettes including the Chocolate Bon Bon palette. 

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I’ve also got my eye on the Anastasia Modern Renissance Palette. I know that so many people rave about this and I’m definitely late on considering this palette. I just think the 14 shades in this palette are beautiful and ABH are known for their high quality shadows. Since I don’t own any products from ABH I’d like to pick this one up as my first as it’s the product I’m most excited about trying. I think the only thing that has ever stopped me from buying this palette is the price but it’s actually around the same price as the Too Faced ones. My fear is probably because I haven’t purchased anything from this brand but since so many people love it, I can’t imagine I won’t. 

Image result for anastasia modern renaissanceThe final products that I’ve been interested in are two lipsticks, I was recently watching a Youtube video by Pixiwoo (founders of Real Techniques brushes) and they we’re discussing their lipsticks. Nic was wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Pillowtalk and Sam was wearing the Clinique Lipstick in Ruby Pop. Pillow talk is a very pink nude with grey undertones which reminds me of the Sleek Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit. I really want to get this lipstick because I find that liquid lipsticks aren’t always something I want to wear but I love the subtle pink tones. The Clinique lipstick in Ruby Pop is a bright red but it’s a wearable red unlike the Mac lipstick Lady Danger that I would only wear for evening events because it’s just too bright. However, I do love a red lip with a natural look as it helps to enhance your features slightly more. These two shades are on my definite shopping lists in the near future! 

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Makeup Obsession Palette

Back in November I visited a Boots store in Worcester and come across a stand called Makeup Obsession. The brand had a selection of eyeshadows, blushes, contour and highlight shades and I was curious. 

The idea of the brand is to make your own palette with the shades, at the time there was a deal that if you spent £12 on products you would have a medium palette (6 shades) free. So I took advantage and picked up 6 of the eyeshadow shades. This brand was really super affordable. Each eyeshadow was £2 each, contour for £3 each, highlight for £3 each and blush for £3 each. I picked up 6 of the eyeshadow shades and after sampling them on my hand. 


From the first swipe I knew these had made me curious. They were so creamy and the pigmentation was incredible, literally couldn’t get over how amazingly bright the copper shades were and especially how light the highlight shades were. They blend wonderfully and effortlessly, however I do find that I have fall down with them so I’ve gotten myself into the habit of doing my eyeshadow before my base now. 

I picked up the shades Lucky Charm, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cosmo, Mink and Pearl. The idea of this is identical to the Makeup Geek palettes. You insert the products of your choice into a palette and it gives you the option to create your own ideal palette. For me it was easy, I wanted shades that I could create a bold look with as well as a neutral look and at the time I had a huge obsession with red, coppery eyes and I found the most perfect shades in Ginger, Cinnamon and Cosmo. 


The only issues I’ve had with this palette is that they’re quite difficult to get the shadows out of the palette if you want to replace them or change the selection. The shade Lucky Charm in my palette was accidentally thrown across the room and it broke everywhere. Another issue is that they break so bloomin’ easily, the smallest tap and they’ll be destroyed and so will your heart. Otherwise I think they’re brilliant for the money and they’re definitely worth the purchase. 

Let me know your favourite affordable brands, I love testing new products!

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December Favourites

December is over! So hello January 2017. Since Christmas is in December I received some wonderful gifts but I also purchased a few things myself, so here’s my monthly favourites. Enjoy! I don’t have many favourites this month but i’ve

The first thing I’ve been loving are the Garnier Sheet Masks. These are available in Boots and Superdrug for £1.50. I was looking for an affordable sheet mask and I found it in these. They’re fantastic. I love them so much and my skin feels so good for using them. I use one a week and have done throughout the month of December. In fact, I’ve written a post about them! It’ll be live within the next few weeks so wait around for it. They’re such a good buy and I can see me using them for a long time.


Throughout the month I’ve been trying out a new mascara. The Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Black mascara. Now, I’ve got mixed reviews about this mascara but overall I’ve really enjoyed using this for a basic and natural eye look.It doesn’t clump unless I put it for more than 2 coats on. The main thing I like about this mascara is how much length it adds to my lashes and adds dimension. At the moment it’s my go to mascara and I’ve really enjoyed trying it out and will definitely be purchasing another. 


I’ve been trying to remove fizzy drinks from my diet as they’re awful for you and so far it’s been going super well. To do this I’ve been drinking a lot more flavoured water and I’ve been really enjoying it. They’re super refreshing and I’ve found it to be beneficial towards my body. Now I sleep better, I have more energy and my skin is clearer. It’ll definitely be something I carry on doing throughout 2017. My favourites are apple and raspberry, as well as orange and mango. 


Books have been a necessity in my life for so long and with all the free time I’ve had throughout the Christmas holidays I’ve been reading a lot more than usual. I really appreciate books and the imagination and creativity that comes from them. They’re a part of me and will always be a stress reliever to me. I love nothing more than to cuddle up in bed with a book in my hand. My recent post is about my favourite books that I’ve read throughout 2016, you should take a look because there are some good ones on there. 



Let me know what you’ve been loving throughout the month! 

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Recent Purchases // Mini Haul

Hey!

I recently bought a few things before heading back to Aberystwyth and decided to share what I got. I headed to my favourite stores and had a gander to see if anything caught my eye. Primark and New Look are definitely my favourite stores and they’re the ones I often buy a lot of my clothes from because they’re so good for a student budget. I’ve found that the quality of  Primark clothing has definitely increased over the past few years and I’ve always loved their Autumn/Winter selection. Aberystwyth isn’t fortunate enough to have a Primark, so whenever I’m home I always pay a visit. New Look has always been a favourite, their items are always in season and keep up with the trends, the quality is fantastic and the majority is so affordable. I also went into Superdrug and Boots to have a look around, I especially had my eye on the 2 for 12 section in Sleek because I’m a sucker for a deal. I found some bargains in the shops at the moment and I’m super excited for the colder weather and the change of seasons! Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year and Christmas is my favourite holiday. Anyway, let’s get straight into it!

Firstly, New look has some wonderful items at the moment and I really enjoy having a look around every so often to find some new  pieces to add to my wardrobe, especially when the seasons change. The weather in Aberystwyth can be so cold throughout the winter and picking up some warmer t-shirts is so important, therefore I picked up these two tee’s that I’ll more than likely match with a skirt and tights and boots. The first is a striped, rounded neckline and cap sleeve t-shirt. It’s so soft and comfortable, it’s available for £8.99 here. I thought this was such an affordable buy, I will more than likely wear this all throughout the year and match it with shorts in the summer or a skater skirt.


The second t-shirt I picked up is this grey, ribbed funnel neckline shirt with a ribbed texture and 1/2 sleeves for £8.99, check here. It fits so close and neat and I’ll probably match with jeans and tuck it in or with a skirt. It’s actually similar to the first shirt but I would probably wear this out for drinks or dinner and dress it up with jewellery and a bold lip.


In New Look I also picked up a skirt, it’s red and has a textured finish and slim fitting. This was £9.99, online here. I’d happily wear this with black boots or a peep toe block heel with a black or grey t-shirt. I think it’s such a lovely, classic piece that can be worn at any point throughout the day. I’ve got so many of these skirts and find them so flattering to my body shape and I love that they’re elasticated.

I picked up another skirt in New Look for £12.99 and it’s a checked A-Line skirt, it’s a casual fit and super flattering. It’s a mixture of red, white, and black and I will probably match it with a grey t-shirt and flats or a black cami and heels for a night out. It’s quite basic but I’ll dress it up with jewellery and a bold lip. Check it out here.

The last thing I bought from New Look was this white block sweater for the colder days. It’s so soft and warm, it has a rounded neckline with simple long sleeves and matches so well with jeans and trainers. It’s such a comfortable sweater and I can see me living in this throughout the winter. It’s available for £9.99, look here. Mine is actually quite large on me and looks very oversized, I definitely should have bought the size down for a more fitting look but I love oversized sweaters and jumpers so I’m still pleased with this buy.

From Primark, I purchased a few things that I’ve totally fallen in love with. I bought two beanies, for £2 each. Throughout the winter I live in these hats as my head and ears get so cold (I know, I’m super cool) and beanies are also so fashionable. I think they’re such lovely styles and can match with so many outfits and for £2 I couldn’t leave them there. My collection of beanies is growing considerably and every autumn I stock up on new colours, I love them! Especially the Primark ones because they’re such good quality and so inexpensive.

Pinafore dresses are so on trend at the moment and I’ve happily added one to my wardrobe. As I said before but Primark quality is definitely improving and the denim pinafore I purchased for £12 is excellent. It’s such a lovely fit and shows my curves so well. I match it with a long white t-shirt and trainers throughout the day or add boots, tights and a long sleeved turtle next to switch to an evening look. It’s so comfortable too and I feel like I’m reliving my childhood in it. Fantastic purchase! New Look also has some lovely pinafores available for a little extra.

The basic short sleeved t-shirts from Primark are £2.80 and are totally worth it. They’re so inexpensive and are such a lovely, soft cotton feel. They shape the body perfectly and are exactly what they state, basic. They look so lovely with a pair of jeans and a jacket and they do exactly what they need. I bought a white and dark blue and I’ll probably match them with a skirt or possibly a pinafore dress.


The final item I bought from Primark is a scarf. I love wearing scarfs in the autumn weather and I recently purchased a large, oversized blue checked scarf from Primark for £4 and it’s lovely. It does exactly what it should, it adds as an accessory to my outfit and keeps me warm whilst out in the cold weather.  Asos often have lots of lovely scarfs for the winter also, I recommend checking them out if you don’t have a Primark near you.

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The weather has a huge impact on how my hair looks, especially humidity. My hair is naturally wavy and frizzy, it isn’t in the best condition due to colouring my hair and whenever I style my hair it doesn’t stay straight or curly. I had a look around and come across the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, Heat Protect Spray and Mega Hold Gel Spray. The Heat Protect Spray (Normal price £4.19, look here) and Mega Hold Gel Spray (Normal price £3.19, look here) were in a deal, 2 for £5 in Superdrug and the hairspray was only £1.99 (Normal price £3.99, take a look here). I’ve heard such positive reviews on the VO5 range and I have friends who swear by the products VO5 have. I’m yet to begin trying them but when I do I can see a review coming!

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I recently popped into Boots and become aware of the 2 for £12 deal on all Sleek MakeUp products. I had my eye on the highlight palette in Solstice for a while I couldn’t see why I shouldn’t get it. It’s available for £9.99 here. It’s beautiful, it has 4 colours including 1 cream, two baked powders and a shimmer powder. They’re so pigmented and give such a lovely glow to the face. I find some drugstore highlighters quite chalky but these are totally different. They feel so soft and give a metallic finish but the best part is that they’re suitable for all skin tones! Best news!! This palette has been raved about by so many people, including MannyMua and it really is worth the every penny.


As a part of the deal I picked up the Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit, the price of this is £4.99 so check here (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it on Boots so the link diverts to Superdrug). I’ve not ever tried any liquid lipsticks before and I know I’m so behind on this trend but I decided it was time to test them out. The colour is beautiful, it’s a classic and simple nude that I’ll match with a bold smokey eye. They’re said to be long lasting, creamy and they are supposed to glide on so smoothly and are highly pigmented and dry quickly. I can’t wait to test it out and hopefully put up a review about this product.


My final item was the B. Blending Sponge which I bought for £2.99 on sale but the actual price is £4.99, available here. I bought this  in Superdrug and noticed it whilst waiting to pay at the tills. It is the same shape and style of the original beauty blender which sells for around £16 in the U.K. I have read some reviews that state it’s an exact dupe for the beauty blender so I’ve got high hopes for it! If it is a dupe it would be fantastic. It’s supposed to be latex-free and says it simplifies the art of blending makeup for a flawless finish. Its price is £1 cheaper than the Real Techniques Sponge which I already love and have bought so many of them. I’m very excited to try this Sponge.


So here are a few bits that I’ve recently purchased and can’t wait to try. Let me know any new products that you recommend, I love to try new products.

P.S . Super sorry that I missed out a few photos, I had trouble finding these items amongst my mess of clothes that I need to sort out, since I recently moved into a new flat. Eh, I’m human. sorry pals!

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