I'm not even sure where to begin with this, but I recently bought the Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme, it was a bit of a risk because I hadn't smelt it before and I'm quite particular with the kinds of scents I like, also I have quite sensitive skin and sometimes, highly fragranced products can cause irritation, but I wanted it so I decided to go with it, I also had some Birchbox points saved up so it meant that I got it for the quite amazing price of £6 with free delivery. Anyway, I digress, this smells so flipping amazing that I don't want to use perfume or anything else after putting this on, plus the smell lingers, I even got a faint smell of it after showering the next day, it's like a woody, deep, caramel-ly vanilla scent if that makes sense! It's very strongly scented so if you're the kind of person who doesn't like a strong scent, this may not be for you, I normally don't but I'm ok with this one.

The texture is lovely, it's a body cream but a thick cream, not far off of a butter, and a little really does go a long way and leaves skin feeling super smooth, I tend to put this on in the evening after I've had a shower and like I said in my last post, I'm not in the mood for hanging around waiting for my moisturiser to dry when it's cold but this actually sinks in very quickly and doesn't leave that sticky, tacky feeling that some moisturisers do when they haven't quite sunk in. It's not cheap at £26 a pot but as a treat, I would definitely re-purchase, it would also make a really lovely gift for someone.

The packaging is lovely, it's a sturdy heavy glass pot with a brushed silver lid and the standard Laura Mercier label on the front, it looks very pretty lined up on my dressing table, the contents itself are a pretty creamy lilac colour

This was my first delve into buying Laura Mercier products, but within a week I wanted more as you may have seen in this post! It's made me want more....and more, so I think there will definitely be some more Laura Mercier purchases lined up!

I picked mine up here for £26.

Any hints on what should be my next purchase from Laura Mercier?

Soph x

                                    

Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme

Hi Guys,

It's been a while since I did any nail posts of any kind over here so I'm kicking it back off with a little NOTD featuring Bourjois Paris 1 Seconde Nail Polish in the shade Ghost Lovers, this nail polish is a dream to apply, almost perfect in one coat, absolutely perfect in 2 coats, it's easy to rectify any mistakes and the brush perfectly fits the nail and is slightly curved so it's one sweep of the polish and you're done! I've been pairing this with another of the Bourjois Laser Topping polishes and they work well together too. Anyway, so once the base colour is dry, I went in with my dotting tool, I use this set, to add in some white polka dots to give it a bit of a snowy feel and because I love polka dots.

What do you think?

Soph x 

 
                                        

                                         

NOTD - Festive Golden Nails with Polka Dots

I popped into the Birmingham Primark killing some time before my train home from work one evening and ended up with a few little purchases. If you know me, you will know that I do not need any more pyjamas, it's an obsession I have that I just constantly end up buying them! I also spotted the two Christmas jumpers and couldn't resist, not sure that I'll ever where these outside of the house though as much as I love them!


                       
 
£5
 
I immediately loved this T-Shirt, it's Grey and has a giant picture of Miffy skiing. I don't think I need to say any more.


                       
£7
 
Care Bear legging Pyjamas - I'm starting to see a theme here, one that is clearly showing I'm clinging onto my childhood.

                       
 
£12
 
I heart Santa jumper - with Candy Canes as the hearts and polka dots.

                       
 
£7
 
Miffy PJ bottoms -  Red, check. Polka Dots, check. Miffy, check. Lack of acceptance of being a grown up, check.
 
 
£12
I found this in the mens section and loved it and had to have it, so have it I did.

HAUL - Primark PJ & Christmas

I'm actually quite surprised that there isn't more being made of this set out in the 'bloggosphere', when I looked there actually weren't any reviews, but it's a really amazing set with some great shades and at a bit of a bargain price, I've worked out the savings below if you want to check them out. The sticks themselves are soft and creamy and sweep onto the eye lid with ease, are highly pigmented and really blendable, every makeup wearers dream. The set has 6 shades, all of which are very wearable and very long lasting.

There was only one colour in the set that I didn't think I would wear very often and I thought I could give this away as a gift to someone, as it happens, that shade was Amethyst and has turned out to be my favourite shade of all of them, a really lovely taupe/bronze/purple hybrid of a colour. I tend to have quite oily eyelids and find that most eye shadows tend to crease or shift after around 4 or 5 hours, I put these on at 8am and it hasn't moved by 7pm when I come to take my make up off, they really are great and so easy to use, I sweep across my eye lid and then blend with a blending brush or a big fluffy eye brush and that's it, done, great if you're in a rush or are a no fuss make up kinda gal!
 
This was a real impulse purchase one night after one too many glasses of wine, I actually had a Bobbi Brown eye shadow stick on my wish list but saw this little set and thought for the money that it was too good to turn down, 6 eye shadow sticks for £55, when they normally retail individually at £20.50 means that the set if bought individually would have cost £123 pounds so I saved £68 and makes each stick £9.15.

You can get the set here for £55.

What do you think?

Soph x

P.S Sorry for the rubbish pictures, I had lots of pictures of the box and packaging but I don't have my memory card on me to add them in.

                                        

                                        

Laura Mercier Luxe Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection

I've been a little bit rubbish at keeping up with my blogging this year, I started a new job at the start of the year and it's slightly taken over my life so my posts have been a little sporadic to say the least, but to say thank you for sticking with me and to kick me back off with getting into more of a blogging routine I'm hosting a little pre-Christmas giveaway to win a MAC lipstick of your choice.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b55ca22/



Rules:

1. Giveaway is open internationally as I've noticed an increase in readers recently outside of the UK so I want to say thank you to you too!

2. If you win the giveaway, I will message you and you can advise on the lipstick colour of your choice, I will then order and ship the lipstick to you.


Thanks for sticking with me, and I promise that the blog will be more of a focus in 2014.


Soph x

GIVEAWAY - MAC Lipstick

I'm in love with you Nars 'Guy Bourdin' One Night Stand palette, I've noticed the last couple of posts I've written up have been about me declaring my love for several products but I think it's true, I always get carried away in the lead up to Christmas in a "Present for you, Present for me" kind of way, it's bad but I think one of the best things about being a grown up is buying whatever the hell you want to buy and as Christmas is the season of giving, why not give to yourself, this is how I had to justify buying this palette to myself. I felt bad about it at first but now after using it and appreciating it's loveliness, I'm so happy I did.

I do believe this is now sold out, so I am sorry for this, but there's potential for people to have this coming to them as Christmas presents so I thought I'd get my views out there. This was my first ever Nars product but after wanting to try the blushers out for, well, for a ling time, when I spotted this palette with 4 blushers, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter, I knew I couldn't turn it down. The palette consists of 3 from Nars' classic range (Laguna, Deep Throat & Orgasm) and 3 limited edition shades (Devotee, Mistinguette and Goulue)

Laguna - A classic Nars product, this is a lovely matte bronzer that leaves a wash of colour without looking orange or muddy and without too much of a build up for a natural bronzed look.

Deep Throat - This is a deeper pink toned version of the Orgasm blush I think, with a more golden shimmer running through, very pretty and great for a night out.

Orgasm - Another classic Nars shade and my favourite from this palette, it leaves a lovely pinky peach wash of colour on cheeks with a hint of shimmer as well so that you get a glowy dewy look, probably not hugely winter appropriate but I love it none the less.

Mistinguette - This is one of the limited edition Guy Bourdin shades which is a bright, almost neon pink, and the first one I was attracted to, it reminds me of one of my favourite Sleek blushes 'Pixie Pink' which leaves a hint of pink across the cheeks and I will be using it a lot once Spring arrives.

Goulue - This was one of the shades that I didn't think I would end up using but I actually really like it, definitely good for winter and leaves a deep pink colour to cheeks, similar to Deep Throat but with more of a purple tone.

Devotee - A lovely golden highlighter, which has yellow and pink undertones, leaves a very glowy highlight that looks very natural.


I really do love this product and for the price, I think it was great to try out some of the Nars classic shades along with some new ones too. I love the packaging, it comes in the classic matte rubber packaging but with the Guy Bourdin logo as well and has a huge mirror in the lid so great for on the go touch ups. I haven't done swatches because to be honest, there are so many across the internet. I've been using this with my Real Techniques Blush Brush, which is just the tiniest bit too big for this palette but works none the less.

If you can get hold of this somehow, do it. Best £45 I have spent in a while.

What do you think of this palette?

Soph x
                                  
   
                                  

                 

Nars One Night Stand Palette

I've fallen in love with this little can of wonder, I know this has been blogged about lots but seriously, if you haven't tried this yet, go and get it, it makes life so much easier, I know this might sound crazy based on it's name but you literally just spray a fine mist of this on, rub it in and done, no waiting around for it to dry, no greasy sticky feeling, just lovely moisturised skin that's ready to roll. I got the essential moisture version (or the yellow one, if you're like me) mainly because I liked the scent of this one best but I also get super dry skin so thankfully this is probably the best version for me, the other two versions are Cocoa Radiant and Aloe Fresh. One of the things I was worried about with this is that it would run out really quickly but I've been using mine for over a month and it's still going strong which I'm quite happy with to be honest.

One of my other concerns with this is that it does contain Parabens which I'm trying to avoid at the minute and go for more natural beauty products but I think it's down to personal choice really and it's one of the few things I'm using at the minute with them in so I think it should be ok.

Also, this is an absolute god send in the cold weather, normally I skip moisturiser, in favour of getting into my warm pyjamas immediately after getting out of the shower because I'm just too damn cold to wait around for moisturiser to sink in but this means I can spray and go - amazing! I picked mine up in Boots for £4.99 but it's 3 for 2 across body products at the minute in Boots (I think!!) so get down there if you do want to pick one up.

Soph x


Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser - Essential Moisture

I really wanted to love this foundation, I'd read several reviews that it was similar to the Armani Maestro foundation but at the fraction of the price so as soon as I heard it was hitting stores, I rushed out to hunt it down. The packaging is nice, a frosted glass bottle with a metallic purple lid but it's a little impractical, after a few uses of using this in your makeup routine, it's going to have greasy prints all over it. It also has no pump meaning there's potential for lots of wastage with this especially as the formula is so liquid-y, props to L'Oreal though on the fact that they've marketed it so that the lack of pump means that you get the perfect amount if you pop your finger over the top of the bottle and tip it upside down, the amount left on your finger is apparently the perfect amount to cover your whole face, which leads me onto the formula of this product, it's very watery and is so sheer that when I applied it didn't actually do anything to my skin really other than making my forehead look a little orange and greasy, I got the shade 110 - Warm Ivory which to be fair does state that it's warm so it might just have been a little too warm for my pale skin because it did match well to other areas on my face just not my forehead. It does state on the packaging that this is L'Oreals lightest foundation formula ever but it really is light, I don't tend to go for high coverage anyway, my day to day base is the Dr Jart BB cream but I do like something that's going to give a little bit of coverage.

I'm going to re-try this in a few weeks to see if my skins just not loving it at the minute with the change in weather but honestly, I can't see that my opinion will change massively. It comes in a 20ml bottle, which is 10ml less than an average foundation, which I actually quite like because it means the bottle is quite small and it's very easy to transport but it does mean that you're paying a similar price for something that is a third of the size.

I picked mine up in Boots for £9.99, but three for two across makeup in Boots and Superdrug at the minute.

What are your thoughts on this?

Soph x
 

 

L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint


So, as you might have guessed, I loving all things Antipodes at the moment, I’ve done a few posts – here here on some of my recent buys and have a few more posts lined up, while I do love them, I did balk a bit at spending £16 on a hand cream when I love my Soap & Glory Hand Food so much. Having said that, I do really like this hand cream, it smells amazing, slightly citrusy, it’s got a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on, it’s a little bit like Sherbet or Lemon Drops. It has Sweet Orange, Cedarwood and extracts of the Kowhai flower in in it (the Kowhai flower might be the scent I can’t put my finger on, it’s a flower native to New Zealand) Like most Antipodes products, it’s got that natural, slightly herbal scent to it, that feels like it's really doing something good for your skin. It also has Avocado oil in this as one of the main ingredient which is rich in Vitamin E and super moisturising.
Formula wise, a little goes a long way, I would say you need just over half the amount that you would use of Hand Food and it does leave your hands feeling incredibly silky soft and it’s definitely non greasy. It comes in a metal tube with cream packaging and the usual Antipodes branding which I really like, it’s a little different and means that you can squeeze every last drop out.  It is £16 for a 75ml tube which I know is a lot for hand cream but definitely one for when you feel like your hands need a treat, I bought mine during the cold snap in April and it worked amazingly to mositurise my hands and stop them from drying out, which mine have a tendency to do when it gets really cold.
I also spotted Citronella in the Ingredients list for this which is great at keeping those pesky little midges and bugs during summer months!
What's your favourite Hand Cream? 
Soph x


Antipodes Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream

Another little haul for you all - these seem to go down a treat so I'll keep on doing them!




Dr Jart BB Cream

 I picked up a bottle of the Dr Jarts Beauty Balm - I'll do a full review of this shortly, but this has been my go to face base during the summer - am completely in love!



Aveeno Moisturising Creamy Oil

This stuff smells seriously good, one of the main ingredients in this is Sweet Almond Oil which leaves your skin feeling ultra soft and smelling amazing. I suffer from Ecezma occasionally if I don't keep my skin moisturised but this has been working a treat and works really well for sensitive skin.


Dove Nourishing Oil Spray

I am in love with this stuff, I know this is doing the circuit on blogs right now, but it's very justified, this stuff smells flipping amazing and works wonders for my hair - full review on this coming soon.


VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo

My favourite dry shampoo out there at the minute, smells amazing and works really well without leaving build up in the hair.


Dove Intensive Repair Spray

Similiar the nourishing oil version above, I have to say I prefer that one though.


Deep Heat Muscle Rescue Neck & Shoulder Cream

I've been suffering massively with pain in my neck and shoulders recently, I hate the smell of deep heat normally but this one has a Rosemary and Vanilla Fragrance which is actually really pleasant.

HAUL: Boots

Today's post is going to be about OPI's Nail Envy  Nail Strengthener for Dry and Brittle nails, I've been meaning to write this post up for a while, for the past year or so, my nails have been weak and peeling and no matter what I do, there are certain nails that always peel from the tip up to about mid-way through the nail making those nails generally weak, even when I grow them out so I can trim off the damaged area, within about a day or so it's peeled again. I do a lot of typing which could be the cause but it happens on my thumbs occasionally too so I'm a bit lost as to why it's happening to be honest. 

I'd heard wonder stories about OPI's Nail Envy so I ignored the £16-ish price tag and bought it. I don't know whether I just got the wrong type of this, I know there are about six others in the range for different nail ailments, you can find them all here, I think most people tend to go for the original version which has the green packaging, which I'm starting to wish I had gone for, I also recently saw one for sensitive & peeling nails which sounds like my perfect match. But alas, I went for  Dry & Brittle nail strengthener, and I've tried it in so many different ways - on it's own, under base coat, over base coat, as a top coat - but I just can't get it to do anything, it seems to be nothing more than just a clear polish for my nails which is highly annoying because I really need to find something to sort out my nails, I bought it last November and have been using it regularly since then to give it a really good test but I think it might be time for me to finally give up on this one. I'm not bashing this in anyway, I think I just got the wrong formula for my nails unfortunately.

If you have any tips on how to sort out my nails, please let me know! I've just started taking Starflower Oil which is supposed to be great at looking after skin, hair and nails but would love any tips you guys have.

What do you guys think of the OPI Nail Envy range?

Soph x



OPI Nail Envy - Dry & Brittle Nails

Today I'm going to be talking about the HD Brows Bronzer that has been recently released. I got quite excited when I was sent this to try out, I have the HD Brows pallet but I don't really tend to use it all that much as I'm quite lucky in the fact that my brows are quite uniformed and don't really need filling in, I also have their tweezers as well, which I love and are still going strong despite the constant use over the past few months. So, on the whole, I've tried the brand out but other than the tweezers, I haven't had much use for using their brow products so I was really excited to see they had a new range of blushers and Bronzers coming out. I use Bronzer every day, and I'm normally quite loyal to the Benefit Hoola Bronzer but it's always good to try something new. The packaging of the HD Brows Bronzer is very similar to the brow pallette, a glossy black box with the white branding across the top which I really like, it's simple, classy and easy to transport. It also has a mirror in it which makes it great to keep in your handbag in case you need a touch up throughout the day. It does come with a sponge in the container as well which I found a little strange, I'm not sure why you'd put this product on with a sponge if I'm honest (unless I'm missing something?) but that's not an issue as it can  be easily taken out leaving a little plastic protector covering the bronzer itself.

So, onto the product itself, it's a medium coloured brown that gives a lovely glow to the skin when sweeped across, it's quite pigmented but if you use a light hand  you can make it quite sheer which I like because it means that I can go for a really natural look or build it up if I want more colour. It does have a golden shimmer running through it which I'm not so keen on, I prefer a matte bronzer personally so that I can add shimmer via a highlighter if I want it, however, for those that like a shimmery Bronzer, it's great and during the summer months, I haven't minded the extra glow this gives my face. I probably would keep this for use during the summer or for those days that you are in a rush and want a 2 in 1 product. 

Overall, I've really enjoyed using this and was pleasantly surprised, when I first opened the packaging I was a bit disappointed to see the shimmer running through the product but it's not too overpowering and that's just down to my own personal preference. 

You can pick up the HD Brows Bronzer here for £19.96




HD Brows Bronzer

Hi Guys,

Another little haul here, not really beauty related but I thought you'd still like anyway!

Soph x







Cath Kidston - Duvet Set - £93

These were a bit of a splurge but i'd wanted the greenwich rose print for ages so I decided to just go for it and I love them!



TK Maxx - £7

This is the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment - I really do not need any more conditioners but this huge litre size bottle was only £7 so I ended up picking it up anyway.



TK Maxx - £2.99

This a anti-greasy hair type tonic, it has a pointed nozzle so you just direct it staright to the roots, not sure what I think of it yet but at £2.99 it was worth a shot.



Topshop - £5

I really like these Geek and Dork tops for sleeping in, there's something quite cosy about them so I picked this one up in the sale.




Primark - £5

I'm not sure why I bought this, but I think the neon pink sucked me in, again Pyjama's are a bit of a weakness, I have stacks just sitting with the label on that I haven't worn but it's a bit of a comfort thing to buy them.



Primark - £1.50

I have quite a few packs of these, the mint coloured ones seem to sell out pretty quickly these days, but I like using the mint colour to cleanse and then one of the white to dry my face.





Primark - £1.50

Again, not sure why I picked these up but I think the colours of these pretty pastel socks sucked me in.





HAUL : Cath Kidston, TK Maxx & Primark

So, I know everyone and there mother have reviewed La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo and it's pretty much the talk of the blogosphere but I thought I'd air my views on it. I picked this up when my skin was going through a bit of an unusual time of breaking out quite frequently, I generally have extremely dry skin, one of the perks being that I rarely get spots, but for the past few months, I've been breaking out pretty much on my T-Zone and a little bit across my cheeks, I spotted the reviews for this and decided to give it a go, I searched high and low in boots and pharmacies around here before finding it online.

Initially, I was worried that this would break me out as a few others mentioned that they initially had a big break out before they started seeing results, thankfully, I didn't get this, I did however buy this expecting miracle results overnight which didn't happen either so initially I was disappointed, but a few days later my skin started clearing and generally just looking a little bit more even in tone, It didn't eradicate all my spots immediately but I started using this every day in May, and within around a week, they were virtually all gone, I now use this once or twice a week and I haven't really had a spot since so I am 100% in love with this product, I do credit some other products for this as well (I've got separate reviews lined up but one being Superdrug's Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser, Origins Clay Mask and Pukka Cleanse Tea) but I think this Effaclar Duo is definitely a big factor. I definitely notice my skin detoriating if I don't use this after a week so I try and use it twice a week now.

This is a 40ml bottle which seems small initially for the price tag of £13 but a little goes a long way, I use around 3 pea sized amounts per application one for my forehead, one for my nose and across my cheeks and one for my chin and that seems to work for me, I've been using reguarly since the start of the year and I would estimate that I still have well over half left.

My one negative is the scent, I know there's a floral scent trying to break through but to me it smells a bit like bad breath, it's definitely a really weird scent, it's not horrible, just weird.

You can pick this up in most pharmacies that stick La Roche Posay for around £13.

Have you tried this, what do you think?

Soph x


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

I received this blusher in a recent Glossybox, my initial thoughts were that I loved the colour but would never wear it and cast it aside into the "to try" pile but then one brave day I decided to give it a go and it's now one of my favourite blushers. In the packet it looks like an almost neon candy pink which looks like it's going to make me look like barbie, but it's actually quite sheer initially and very build-able, personally, I like it sheer because I'm not into strong makeup looks on the whole but even once you start to build it up, it's still very pretty and subtle, it's got a lovely formula and is very matte which is nice because I prefer to add my own highlight (exception is Benefit's Coralista, I think that has the perfect amount of shimmer in it!). 

We don't have a Sleek stand in my local Superdrug so it's nice to have these included in Glossyboxes, I received one of the Sleek eye shadow palettes a few months earlier and was again really impressed with the formula. I've since picked up a few more of these blushers which I'll review separately but I'm definitely a new convert to the Sleek brand.

These are a bargain at £4.99 each.

What's your favourite Sleek blush? 

Soph x 





Sleek - Pixie Pink

A little bit of a quick and random post here, as you all probably know I love nail polish and am constantly changing colours but it’s only recently that I’ve started using a base coat, I’m quite fortunate in that my nails don’t really stain very easily unless I wear a really deep colour like a red or a black so I’ve never really needed to use one for that reason but I picked this particular Revlon base coat up when they were doing a special offer of £5 across all Revlon nail and lips and I’ve used it every time I’ve done my nails since, it looks like a milky colour in the bottle but goes on clear and it just gives my polish much better staying power, I would say that with the addition of this base coat, I can get at least an extra day or two’s wear without seeing signs of chipping etc. I also think that when paired with a glitter polish it helps it come off a little bit easier. I think at full price it’s about £6.99 per bottle so it’s not too expensive. It’s a thumbs up from me!
Do you guys use a base coat? What's your favourite brand?
Soph x




Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat

I have wanted to try out Origins products for the longest time but I just never got round to picking anything up from them and we don't have a stand locally (soon to change I hear) so I never had the pleasure! Recently though, I spotted a deal where you were  basically getting 6 free samples (along with the 2 mini samples), one of the purchases had to be the Super Spot Remover and the other 3 samples were for spending over £30 - it was too good an offer to ignore, plus I was quite literally desperate to try the Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask (which by the way is my new favourite thing!) So I got all of the products below for £33 because delivery is also free. I'll do reviews individually but I can't wait to try out more from the Origins brand. 

If you haven't tried the Clear Improvement mask yet - do it, it's a wonder product!


Clear Improvement - Active charcoal mask to clear pores - £20


Super Spot Remover - Blemish treatment gel - £13


Samples: Clear Improvement Mask (7ml), Zero Oil Cleanser (30ml), Zero Oil Moisturiser (5ml)


Samples: GinZing Eye Cream (5ml), Make a Difference Cleansing Milk (30ml) VitaZing (15ml)


Samples: High Potency Night-A-Mins (1.5ml), VitaZing (1.5ml)

Origins Haul

I’ve been in love with Antipodes products for a little while now, I love the packaging, I love the brand ethos and I’m loving all things natural for my skin at the minute, we recently had a Wholefoods Market open up in Cheltenham and it’s meant that I can delve into trying some more of their products, it’s not however amazingly good for my bank balance but never mind! I’ve wanted to try this product since before Christmas and a while back I treated myself to a little Antipodes haul – (link here) – and couldn’t resist picking this up. This smells amazing, actually, I don’t think I’ve smelt an Antipodes product yet that I didn’t want to completely smother myself in, it’s a very natural smell, I immediately smell Lavender when I open it up and a hint of a honey smell, if you’re not into your kind of organic, natural smells, then this one might not be for you but personally I love it.  It’s got all sorts of goodness for your skin in this, to name a few, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Beeswax, Lavendar Oil, Vitamin E, and the list goes on, if you think of something good for your skin, it’s more than likely in this, the ingredients are 100% natural origin, with 76% being Organically cultivated.

The packaging of this is great, a sturdy little pot with a screw top lid that had the pretty green Antipodes design on the front which makes it great for travelling, I’ve spotted that some of the other cleansing balms can sometimes leak through the packaging but I can’t see that happening with this one to be honest. So, onto the product itself, it’s very much a butter like formula, I take a little scoop out, dot it across my face and  as you massage it in, it melts it into the skin, initially it looks quite oily, I immediately worried that it was going to be too much but after washing this off with a warm flannel, it left my skin perfectly moisturised and soft. I just use this in the morning at the minute because it leaves my skin so soft and smooth that it’s a really good base for my makeup, I can’t stop touching my face but it’s also great for at night with the Lavender oil and all the other oils so it’s nice and relaxing before sleep.

I highly recommend this, it’s £26 for a 75g pot which isn’t the cheapest but you only need the tiniest amount of this so I can see this lasting a long time. If you haven’t tried anything from Antipodes yet, I would definitely recommend doing so!

Have you guys tried this?

Soph xx





Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser

Hi Guys,

Just a quick post today to show you some of the MUA shadows I’ve picked up, I love MUA shadows, they’re ridiculously cheap at a £1 for a shadow and I find that they’re quite similar in formula to the Urban Decay shadows that I have, they are super pigmented and have good lasting wear when paired with either MUA Eye Primer Base (which I did a review on here, but I think has been re-formulated now and re-packaged). The packaging isn’t great, they can be fiddly to get into and the writing wears off quickly and the actual range of colours is quite limited (unless you delve into the MUA pallettes where there are a whole host of colours) but when it’s just a £1, I don’t think you can go wrong with these. I particularly love the purple colour below, it’s a gorgeous shimmery mauve colour.

The mauve colour is shade #24 & the gray is shade #3

Which is your favourite MUA shade? 

Soph x










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