I’ve recently had a bit of a declutter and decided to depot some of my favourite shadows from my less used palettes. After the drama with Z Palette I’ve been looking for some other companies to get an alternative and I saw the Makeup Geek Travel Vault Palette on the Beauty Bay site for £11.50. It’s a bit different to a lot of the magnetic palettes I’ve seen in that it has a mirror.
The palette is smaller than a lot of the standard sized magnetic palettes, somewhere between the medium and small Z Palettes. It has enough space inside for ten eyeshadow pans, at least the size of the round standard pans like Makeup Geek, Sleek, Elf and others you get as refills or in palettes. It has a magnetic base to hold the pans though you will need magnetic stickers for some. The top half of the palette is a gunmetal rose gold colour with a metallic shiny finish and the base is a matte black.
Soap and Glory recently released a dry shampoo, The Rushower, which is available in two different sizes. The smaller travel size, which is 50ml, costs £2.50, with the larger 200ml spray costing £4. Being a fan of Soap and Glory and always on the look out for a good dry shampoo I had to try it. At the time only the smaller size was available but I actually quite like this size, it’s perfect for throwing in a handbag or for travel.
The dry shampoo has the original pink scent, it has a bright citrus and slightly floral scent to me. It’s definitely very perfumey and it reminds me a lot of the Lsuh Snowshowers family of products, that’s a buck’s fizz type scent, for some reason. This dry shampoo has scent release technology that means there are particles that contain scent and the friction from running your hand through your hair is supposed to release the scent, meaning you get the scent a while after you’ve sprayed your hair making it smell fresher for longer. That’s the idea anyway so I was intrigued to see if that would actually work.
BB Seaweed (£7.25 for the 75g pot or free when you return five black or clear pots) is one of Lush‘s older masks. I’m not sure if it’s one of the originals but it was definitely there when I started buying Lush in late 2008 so it’s been around a while. I have tried it quite a few times over the years and it’s one I keep going back to. It’s a clay based mask that you use after cleansing your face and leave on to dry for five to ten minutes before washing off. It does make quite a mess, as any clay based ones seem to, but it does seem to work for me.
As the name suggests one of the main skin benefitting ingredients is seaweed and it’s this ingredient that seems to make this the face mask that’s varied the most batch to batch both in thickness and scent compared to other Lush Fresh Face Masks. As it’s fresh seaweed I would guess individual plants, weather, age and probably other influences can change the strength and consistency of the plants.
Having never actually tried NYX and it being on my to try list this year I ended up adding a few things to my basket when using my Boots points recently. This NYX Dark Circle Concealer costs £6 and comes in a small pot with 2.9g of product. I’m not a huge fan of face products that come in pots but it seems a lot of concealers do and I tend to use clean brushes to try and keep them cleaner.
This concealer is supposed to help reduce your dark circles with the orange tones, neutralising blues in under eye dark circles. It’s a cream product with a fairly thick consistency that claims to have good coverage and not dry out the sensitive skin under your eyes while also moisturising with coconut oil. With it being about half the price of my go to No7 under eye concealer I thought it was worth trying out.
Last Thursday the summer Soap Box from Fortune Cookie Soap arrived so I’ve had some time to play around with most of the products to see how they work. Fortune Cookie Soap are an American company that make bath and body products and, once every few months so each season, they release a main collection and you can see inscribe to their Soap Box so they send out a box full of said please and two full sized products, one in each of the upcoming scents.
Most seasons they tend to stay pretty much within the trends for that season but they also have a second theme and this one is one I love and am excited about as it’s Pirates of the Caribbean inspired with the name A Pirate’s Life for Me. You get six sample sizes and two full sized products. The ‘samples’ though are a pretty good size and you get multiple uses out if most of them,things like bath bombs and melts are one off but most have enough for multiple uses.
I love doing my nails and over the years have spent more than I should have on nail products but until last Christmas I’d never owned a glass nail file. I was more a cheap and cheerful nail file kind of person though they did always get lost and worn out way too quickly. The best thing about glass nail files is how well they last, they keep the filing surface and you just have to wipe them with a damp cloth to clean them and you’re ready to go if they get a build up on them.
Until recently I hadn’t heard of Mont Bleu, a company from the Czech Republic who make glass nail files and nail tools that are hand painted and decorated, some with Swarovski crystals. They sent me these pretty nail files and scissors to try and a discount code for you guys if you want to buy anything from them. I’ve had them for a month to try out so I thought I’d do a post on them now I have given them a proper go and seen what they can do.
I always forget to keep my empties, I start off the month meaning to keep them and then a few weeks in I’ve either forgotten to keep them or got fed up with the clutter and thrown them out. This month, or rather over a month now, I remembered so here’s a post of (almost) everything I used up in April and May so far. I say almost because I’m sure I’ve got rid of some empties just because I forgot.
I didn’t realise until I got them all together how many things I’d actually finished, or how many hand creams I’d had on the go at the same time. I always find that I go ages without finishing anything because they’re big bottle or pots and I’m part way through, but then everything finishes at once so if I did these regularly there would probably be months of a few products going each month and then a big lot like this.
I have never tried anything from NYX, at least that I can remember, so I decided to spend some Boots points and get a few products. One of the ones I chose was this Soft Matte Lip Cream in the colour Milan which, online, looks like a mid or pale dusty rose kind of colour. I say online because it’s one of those that’s very different on your lips.
This costs £6 from the Boots website and there’s a great range of colours, I love the look of some of the purples and deep blues but decided to play it safe and go for something I’d actually wear. This is a fairly small product at 14ml, compared to their liquid suede and other similar lip products, but it’s still not a bad price for a liquid lipstick.
I only got this nail varnish today but as it was in a magazine offer I wanted to do the post asap because I know how quickly these things disappear and I don’t know how long it’s been out. This Porchester Square nail varnish was a free gift in the UK Elle magazine, which also came with a Cosmopolitan and cost £4.50 which is a great price for an almost full sized Nails Inc polish, these are 10ml compared to the 14 ml of a full sized one. I have a feeling that this one won’t be around much longer as it’s the May edition (with Victoria Beckham on the front) so that tends to mean the June one will be out soon going by when magazines are released.
I can’t seem to find this in the same bottle on their website but it is available in the newer design 14ml bottle here for £15. I’m not sure which style bottle I prefer but I’m pretty sure it’s the same formula so it’s not one of those colours made exclusively for a magazine that you can never find again. That annoys me when you find a colour you love with a magazine but it’s not available afterwards. I also seem to find that a lot of Nails Inc polishes you get free with magazine seem consistently better to me than ones I’ve actually bought full price.
Title: Five on Brexit Island
Author: Bruno Vincent
Year written: 2016
Publisher and year: Quercus, 2016
ISBN Number: 978-1-78648-384-3
I think I first heard of this book on a livestreams the Yogscast did in December and wanted to get it since then so, as I was already making a Paperchase order, it ended up in my bag. It’s £7.99 from Paperchase (though I found it for under £4 on Amazon) and a hardback which surprised me as most of the Famous Five books I grew up with are paperback. It’s the latest in the Famous Five for grown ups series, at least I’ve seen it called that even if it’s not the official name, and it’s Five on Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent.
I’m not sure how much of a thing the Famous Five, or Enid Blyton in general, is outside of the UK and if it’s even something that people still read here but I grew up reading them. It’s a very British series of books, I think Enid Blyton books are in general, where four children and their dog Timmy go for adventures. I think they’re fairly tame by today’s standards for adventure stories, they’re set in the fifties I think or maybe the sixties, and they always seem to find a friendly farmer who gives them free food and drink. One of them, a girl called George has an island off the coast of England, the kind with a nice ruin and plenty of secret tunnels and caves for adventure, which is where this story is set.