New In My Beauty Stash #4

new in my beauty stash May 2017

Over the past 5 weeks or so I have made a few purchases so I thought I would give you a quick low down on them.

Nip & Fab Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Sculpted £10.95

I know most of you are aware that Nip & Fab have added makeup to their range and it is available in some Superdrug stores. I was super excited to see the stand in my local store and I was very restrained to only buy one item, when I could have gone to town and bought the entire collection. I almost bought the foundation but I just couldn’t resist this beautiful 12 pan neutral eyeshadow palette, it is so ‘me’ and all the shades are ones I wear on a daily basis which means I will (and have been) get alot of use from it.

The packaging is slim, sleek and feels so nice, I like that it is clear so you’re able to see all the shadows, there is something so satisfying about that! As I said you get 12 shades and they’re a good mix of creams, deep browns and taupes. 8 of the shades matte but you also get 2 shimmers and 2 shimmer infused mattes, so a great selection.

nip and fab eyeshadow palette

new nip and fab eyeshadow palette

Bath & Body Works Pocketbac in Melon Forever £2.50

I always have a couple of these hand sanitisers on the go they’re so good to pop in your handbag for keeping those pesky germs at bay. This Melon scent is from their new Summer launches and it smells damn good, a mix of sweet and fruity. Let me know what your favourite scents are, I quite often get the Warm Vanilla Sugar or anything Christmas scented.

B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes £2.99

I have bought a few products this year from the B. Pure range which is exclusive to Superdrug & I have been impressed with them all so far. These Micellar Wipes were free when I bought their Exfoliating Cleanser and I have to say as far as face wipes go these are very good. You get 25 wipes in a pack and they have a hard plastic close top which is fantastic at keeping the wipes fresh and moist for longer. The wipes are soft, fragrance free and gentle on the skin, they are enriched with Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, Aloe and Cucumber extract. So very hydrating, antibacterial and soothing for the skin. I have purchased a second pack of these because they’re super handy to have in my makeup bag. If you haven’t tried the B. Range from Superdrug then I highly recommend checking them out, they have a great selection of makeup and skincare.

Bath and Body Works Pocketbac in Melon Forever

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser £5.99

I can’t get enough of the Superdrug own brand skincare, they have a few collections all focused on different skin concerns. This time I picked up their hot cloth cleanser which also came with a muslin cloth & it was only £4 which is an utter bargain. This has such a creamy texture which feels so nice on the skin when you’re massaging it in. It breaks down makeup with ease but I would say if you like to wear quite heavy eye makeup then you might want to go in first with an eye makeup remover as this doesn’t always remove all my mascara. Using a muslin cloth is a great way to gently exfoliate the skin without being abrasive and I love the feeling of cleansing my face using a warm cloth. The cleanser was so gentle, it didn’t sting or irritate my eyes and it left my skin feeling smooth, clean and refreshed, I might even go so far as to say radiant.

essence luminous matte bronzing powder

Essence Luminous Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sunshine £3.00

Essence have released some beautiful products into their Spring / Summer collection and I couldn’t leave the shop without this bronzer. This bronzer is available in two shades, I opted for the lighter of the two and it gives me that perfect mix of warm and glow. The outer bronze ring is matte and the inner ring has a subtle luminous glow. I swirl my brush so it picks up both colours and add it to my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose and it leaves my skin looking healthy, bronzed but with a subtle fresh glow.

The powder feels silky smooth and it reminds me of my beloved Soap & Glory Solar Powder and it gives a very similar satin finish. As I said it has quite a subtle colour pay off which makes it a great everyday bronzer.

So those are a few new additions to my stash this month, let me know if you have tried anything from my roundup & let me know what new products you have discovered recently.

Essence Cosmetics SS17 Releases

Essence Cosmetics Blush Sculpting Palette

Essence Cosmetics Blush Sculpting Palette

Essence Blush Play Sculpting Palette – Play it Peach

This has to be one of my favourite products ever from essence & I have tried quite a few over the years. It’s compact, travel friendly and the 3 shades included are just beautiful. You get one highlight and two blush shades. The swatch I did of the highlighter simply doesn’t do it justice, the powder feels finely milled, you get very little fallout and it just gives you that subtle healthy glow. I like that it is a highlight you can wear as part of your everyday makeup, it isn’t super dramatic but suits my makeup style and I’ve been wearing it most days.

The other shades in the palette are beautiful peachy blushers, the define shade has a touch of sparkle to it and immediately reminded me of NARS Orgasam. It has that peachy, coral feel with a subtle gold highlight (not glittery in the least). The middle sculpt shade is a darker peachy pink and is matte it adds a lovely pop of colour. So this palette is well worth checking out. I think it comes in another colour option too if this Play it Peach trio isn’t right for you.

Essence Blush Play Sculpting Blush Palette

essence makeup swatches

Essence The Cushion Eyeliner

I have tried a few cushion foundations and blushers this past year and it seems this Asian inspired beauty trend is set to stick around a little while longer. It is nice to see affordable brands releasing their versions and essence have added a cushion eyeliner to their range for 2017. I must say I was on the fence about this product because I’m very loyal to my liquid liner pen but I actually found this to be surprisingly easy to work with. It comes in a small jar with a sponge (cushion) soaked in the product and you dab your brush on to the cushion and viola you are ready to apply. It was so smooth and precise to apply and I managed to get a very neat cat flick without the product bleeding in to my creased eyelids.

The product was very moist (sorry if you don’t like that term) so just make sure you lightly dab your brush on the cushion, so it doesn’t dispense too much product. If like me you like your liner to be very black you will love this. It dries down to a semi matte finish and it has good staying power, it didn’t smudge but it isn’t waterproof so just be mindful of that. After wearing it for the day it did show a little wear and my flicks had worn slightly but it still looked OK and for an affordable version I am very impressed with how easy it was to apply and how well it lasted. This is currently only available in black but I am hoping essence release a brown & a fun vibrant purple too.

affordable essence products

essence volume stylist fibre mascara

Essence Volume Stylist 18h Mascara

I’d say the products I recommend the most from essence are mascara’s. They always have such a huge selection and they rival any high-end brands so I was excited to try this new release for Spring / Summer. It promises 18 hour wear and voluminous lashes, I love my lashes to look long and healthy and I have to say this mascara is ticking all the boxes. The wand is made out of synthetic hairs and is a great shape for coating every single lash and being able to get right into those shorter inner corner lashes too. Because this mascara has fibres it is so good at adding length and volume without looking clumpy or heavy. I didn’t experience too much fall out, I’m a nightmare for rubbing my eyelashes and this stood up pretty well. The pigmentation is very black and I have been wearing a single coat as my everyday mascara but you can add another if you want to build up a more voluminous effect.

There is also a curl & hold version of this mascara, which sounds great for creating more of an evening look. Like I said you can’t go wrong with an Essence mascara, so make sure you check them out.

essence shine shine shine wet look lipgloss

Essence Shine Shine Shine Wet Look Lipgloss in runway your way & red carpet starlet

These live up to their name & really have that wet look. They are very glossy and pigmented on the lips I wouldn’t say they are the most long wearing but they look vibrant and pretty. The applicator is a nice shape and tapers to a point which makes it easier to apply and get a neat finish. Due to them having such a wet look they don’t wear too long on the lips, I found 2 – 3 hours tops and then I had to reapply.

I’m not a massive fan of lipgloss but I can appreciate how pretty these are and how comfortable they feel on the lips. I do have two of the more vibrant shades but if these are not your go to colours fear not because these are available in so many shades, from subtle neutrals right through to more bold pinks and purple shades. I think I’m going to pick up more of an everyday shade like So Into It! and wear it over my favourite Urban Decay Lipstick in Back Talk, I think the two will make a gorgeous duo. Let me know what colour you have your eye on? Oh & I can’t believe these are only £2 each.

Affordable essence makeup

Essence Colour Boost 1 Coat Nail Polish in Instant Match

This is currently on my toes and looks perfect for Spring / Summer. All I need now is some warm weather so I can wear some cute sandals. This range of polishes promise to deliver vibrant colour with just one coat, I have to say I did apply two but that is just because I like my colour to be super vibrant and I am terrible at applying nail polish. I think I could have got away with one coat though.

The formula was easy to work with and applied streak free and dried very quickly too. I already have my eye on the mint shade from this collection too. You can’t go wrong with mint for the warmer months.

What do you think you will be picking up from the new Essence releases? Their range is available in Wilko stores and online at www.wilko.com

  • This post includes PR Samples

New In My Beauty Stash #3

New products in my Beauty Stash

New products in my Beauty Stash

Collagenesis by Skinn Stem Rejen Facial Serum

I am excited to use this, it contains ingredients to help firm, lift and contour the skin’s appearance it is formulated with three new active ingredients: Glacier Water, Snow Algae Powder and Alp Rose. This serum sounds hydrating and just what my skins needs right now

KIKO Less is Better Eyeshadow Palette 

I’m going to be that person who declares their love for a palette that has sold out. The lovely Steph gifted me this KIKO palette which was from their recent 20th Anniversary Collection which centres around the no makeup, makeup trend. It is such a cute size and you get 9 neutral, wearable colours. They’re not all incredibly pigmented but you can build them up. I am excited to use it a little more.

New Beauty Products

Tangle Angel Detangling Brush 

If it is good enough for Kim Kardashian, the word on the grapevine is that she uses one of these Tangle Angel Brushes and she has gorgeous hair. The Tangle Angel brush has flexible detangling bristles. It is anti static, antibacterial and heat resistant oh & it is also pink! My niece keeps trying to pinch it, so I am going to have to buy her one too.

The Body Shop Eye Colour Stick in Nevada Gold 

I love an eyeshadow stick – they’re great for applying your makeup super quick and you don’t need to use a brush, just blend it out with your finger. These ones from The Body Shop are waterproof and enriched with babassu oil and beeswax. They don’t crease and the colour stays put. I have the Nevada Gold shade which a pretty champagne gold which works for me as an everyday colour.

New in beauty 2017

Lancome LA Base Pro Hydra Glow 

I have only used this a couple of times but it does give a nice subtle dewy, glow to your skin and it makes a lovely primer. Unlike most primers this Lancome offering is formulated to have some fantastic skincare benefits too. It contains a, Cocktail blend of 14 actives, the Nourishing-sensation intensely hydrates, plumps, and continuously charges the complexion with moisture for rose petal smooth and healthy skin, perfectly prepared for the layering of foundations, with extend wear all day long.

DHC Oil Blotting Paper

These are handy to have in you bag for days you want your makeup to last but you don’t want to keep applying powder to dull the shine. These natural hemp fiber papers are brilliant for discreetly stopping shine on the go and are more effective at absorbing oil than synthetic alternative. I always have a pack in my handbag, they don’t lift off your makeup but are great at absorbing oil.

B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes

Theses were free when you purchased another product from B at Superdrug. These wipes are very moist and great at removing eye makeup. They don’t try out my skin or leaving it feeling tight. I have since purchased a couple more packs, great for having in the cupboard.

  • This post contains PR Samples

Travel Size Skincare for Berlin

Travel Skincare Samples

Travel Skincare Samples

I am heading off to Berlin this week and I have raided my sample box – these are the ones that I am taking with me.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eye Mask

I love to use eye masks and I always save a pack of my favourite ones for when I go on holiday. These Shiseido ones are super fancy and you only have to leave them on for 15 minutes to get the benefits, so they’re ideal to use when you’re rushed for time. They are expensive so I do try and leave them on as long as I possibly can. These just pep up the skin and help hydrate, depuff and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. I love them

GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

One of my favourite face masks – and I have been saving this sachet to take with me on holiday to keep my skin looking its best. I like that you can use this mask as a full face mask or a spot treatment – I think I will just use it on my nose & chin to keep my blackheads at bay and my skin smooth.

&Other Stories Sardonyx Fire Body Lotion

I haven’t tried this Sardonyx Fire range yet but I know I love the &Other Stories body lotions. I have been through quite a few bottles of the Fig scent and find the formula to be nourishing and quite thick. This sachet will keep my legs smooth and looking their best whilst I am away.

Skincare Samples for Travel

La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Cream

I have had a couple samples of this CC Cream and have been impressed with how well it covers redness and imperfections. It is lightweight but the coverage is pretty decent. It also contains SPF30 which makes it a great base to use whilst I am on my City Break. This small tube will last me the whole time I am away.

Estee Lauder ANR Synchronized Recovery Complex 

One of my favourite night treat treatments also how cute are these mini sizes! This is incredibly hydrating and helps my skin look well rested. It reminds me that I need to invest in the full size version ASAP.

CoLab Dry Shampoo 

The only dry shampoo I buy now. It never leaves my hair feeling dirty or full of product. I like all the scents but I came across these minis in Superdrug for 30p each so I cleared the shelf & now I have a supply of minis for days!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 

I don’t use a primer but I we are planning to go out in Berlin so I thought I would make an effort. This makes my skin look so smooth and my makeup does wear longer when I use it.

Skincare For Traveling

Origins Ritualitea Feeling Rosy Face Mask

You have to add water and mix up the powder then smooth it over your face. This one is South African Rooibos Tea & Rose which they say will feeling fresh, smooth and rejuvenated. It is soothing and comforting which sounds perfect for combating the travelling and pollution of a city break.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Bath & Shower Gel 

Not a brand I have used too much from but I like to take my own shower gel when I go away. I don’t use it as a shower gel but I take it out and about with me to use as a handwash, I hate the handwash they have in public toilets and I am that person who takes their own.

Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay 

Made with Mediterranean Rose Clay, Canadian Willow Herb and exfoliating Jojoba beads this is a two in one face mask. It exfoliates and deep cleans and is the perfect mask to keep my skin looking its best. I like how it keeps my skin smooth, soft and refreshed.