Currently in Use #8

Skin Care Products Currently In Use 9

Products Currently In Use 9

Superdrug Raspberry & Vanilla Shower & Bath Soak 

I can’t get enough of these Superdrug own brand shower gels. They have the nicest selection of scents. I picked up this Raspberry & Vanilla one and also my favourite Salted Caramel one too. They always seem to be on offer so I stock up and they last ages. This one is lovely and fruity with a touch of sweetness. This bath soak leaves my skin soft and makes my whole bathroom smell so good. Best of all is the fact they’re Vegan and cruelty-free, not to mention a complete bargain. So if you’re looking for a new shower gel (you can use them as bath soak too), I highly recommend this range. I really want to try the Rhubarb and Custard one but it is always sold out in my local Superdrug.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo – The Sleek Restorer with Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter

This is great if you find most shampoos weigh your hair down, or you find it difficult to wash it out fully. The consistency of this shampoo is like a lightweight gel, it is so easy to work through your hair and very quick to rinse out. It leaves hair feeling hydrated, looking smooth and glossy with no trace of product buildup. I have naturally wavy hair that can get super frizzy but this shampoo helps to keep it manageable and frizz-free. I really want to try the conditioner too. Oh and this smells like pure Summer in a bottle, it is gorgeous.

Compagnie de Provence Karite Liquid Marseille Soap

In my house, I enjoy having products in lovely packaging, especially items that are on display all the time like handwash. When I saw this one in a cute homeware shop in St Ives I had to get it. The soap is great & doesn’t leave my hands dry at all. It is enriched with nourishing Shea Butter which is rich in vitamins A, D, E and F.

The bottle is ceramic so when it runs out I will refill it and keep using it. I love the bold typeface used on the bottle and think the cream and black make it look very modern and not too in your face. It was £18.50 so a bit of a splurge but it is 500ml and going to last a long time, also as I said I will reuse the bottle so that makes it worthwhile.

Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator 

I have tried almost all of the Superdrug own brand skincare collections and have never been disappointed. They’re affordable, vegan and have really good ingredients. I bought this Oatmeal Exfoliator from the Vitamin E range on a whim and I have to say I love it. It isn’t abrasive but the oatmeal scrubbies are enough so they exfoliate away the dead skin without leaving skin sore. I often apply it then leave it on my skin like a facemask for a couple of minutes before massaging it over my skin then washing it off with a damp warm cloth. It reminds me of the LUSH Oatifix face mask. For under £3 this is a great exfoliator to have in your routine.

Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals, The indulgent formula also contains a skin conditioning multivitamin complex comprising of vitamins A,B ,F and H, which, combined with horse chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.

SheaMoisture 10-in-1 Multi-Benefit Hair Masque 

I use this hair mask once a week and I try to leave it on my hair as long as possible (2-3 hours). It is a wonderful mask with so many benefits – well 10 to be exact and they are

  • Age-defying
  • Nourishing
  • Anti-stress
  • Revive body
  • Colour Protecting
  • Shine
  • Hydrating
  • Strengthening
  • Manageability
  • Softening

This is the ideal mask to add to your pamper routine, it gives your hair such a deep treatment. Once I rinse this out my hair instantly feels silky smooth and healthy. It’s a great masque if you have dry, dull hair because this will bring back the shine.

It contains some fab hair loving ingredients & the whole SuperFruit Complex range is pretty fantastic. I have tried both the shampoo & conditioner and they’re well worth investing in it is great for hydrating and nourishing dry, damaged hair.

  • Superfruit–a blend of red raspberry, ketones, goji, acai and guava extracts rich in anti-aging antioxidants
  • Marula oil–contains natural plant peptides that help support hair’s elasticity
  • Biotin–nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair
  • Shea butter–deeply moisturises while conditioning hair and scalp

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I’m currently using – or if you have any recomendations of products I need to try.

Tropic Skincare Summer Releases

Tropic Sun Skincare

Tropic Sun Skincare

Tropic Skin Care has released some fantastic products for the Summer and I have been putting two of them to the test. Their Summer essentials include Mineral Sunscreens, a Self Tanning range, Shimmer Treats and a soothing Aftersun Lotion. So Tropic have everything you need to see you through the Summer.

Tropic Tinted Skin Shade

This is a tinted facial sunscreen and is available in two shades, Light to Medium and Medium to dark. This is a water-resistant SPF50 mineral sunscreen, it provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection whilst also giving your skin a healthy natural tint.

As we are all aware sun exposure can be dangerous and sunscreen is an essential part of preventing premature ageing, reducing sun spots and skin discolouration and of reducing your risk of skin cancer. So when I can find a sunscreen that also provides a little coverage I’m all over it. I like products that are a 2 in 1 and I love that this Tropic Tinted Skin Shade gives me a natural healthy tint of colour whilst not compromising on the quality of the SPF protection.

As I said I have the Light / Medium shade and have been enjoying using this alone as my base for a couple of weeks. It gives my skin a beautiful touch of colour and a healthy glow. It also evens out my skintone but still lets my freckles show through which I like. It feels comfortable on my skin, is very easy to apply, blend (I use my fingers) and to top up throughout the day. It is the perfect product for creating a lightweight, fresh Summer look and perfect for taking with you on holiday. I have been using a facial SPF daily for a couple of years now and having one that gives you the benefits of high SPF protection, is tinted and contains lovely skincare ingredients to just ticks all the boxes.

• Extracts of passion flower oil, high in omega 6, retain your skin’s natural moisture

• Australian aniseed myrtle and wild hibiscus flower extract actively eliminate free radicals and promote younger looking skin

  • –  100% mineral sun protection
  • –  Free from toxic chemicals
  • –  Broad spectrum (UVA/UVB protection)
  • –  Kinder to the environment
  • –  Gentle on sensitive skin
  • –  Water resistant

I’m so impressed with how lovely this looks on my skin and how nice it feels. It is one of those products you look forward to using every day.

Tropic Suncare Products 2017

Tropic Summer Goddess Shimmering Body Oil

This shimmering body oil is 100% Summer in a bottle, it looks so pretty and smells beautiful too. It makes me wish I was heading to IBIZA on holiday but sadly that is not happening, although I do live in Cornwall so I have been slathering this all over my limbs to get that radiant holiday glow.

• With organic virgin coconut and golden jojoba oils to hydrate and nourish skin

• Scents from Tahitian and bourbon vanilla keep you smelling delicious

This won’t make you look like you have covered your body in glitter but instead makes your skin glisten with a subtly shimmery, golden glow and the gorgeous oil hydrates and nourishes the skin keeping it looking and feeling its best. I give it a quick shake to disperse the shimmer particles then I  massage a good amount on my arms, legs and décolletage. It instantly makes them look golden and gives them that sexy holiday glow and the

This is a limited edition product so if you want it you best be quick.

Tropic Skincare New Summer Releases

Tropic Skin Care are a Vegan and Cruelty-Free brand and their products are free from,

Parabens • SLS/ALS (sodium/ammonium lauryl sulphate) • unsustainable palm oils • formaldehydes • phthalates • alcohol • MI (methylisothiazolinone) • petrochemicals • mineral oils • gluten • lanolin • triclosan • beeswax/honey • harsh preservatives • toxic chemicals • microbeads

Tropic Skincare is available online at www.tropicskincare.co.uk

*This post contains PR samples

The Body Shop Vegan Makeup Brushes

The Body Shop Vegan Brushes

The Body Shop Vegan Brushes

The Body Shop are very well known for being a great quality, affordable Cruelty Free brand and I am excited to say, they’ve recently added a fantastic range of 9 Vegan Makeup Bushes to their range. I’ve been trying them out for a couple of months now and have a few favourites I would like to tell you about.

All the brushes I’ve tried from this range are so soft and the synthetic bristles wash up beautifully. Their dark handles are made from sustainably sourced FSC wood, which is great to hear. The look and feel luxurious and like they’ve been made well. I didn’t experience any major shedding, just the odd bristle here and there but that is too be expected. My only gripe with the aesthetics of the brushes is that the name of the brush isn’t printed on them anywhere. So I’m not 100% sure if I’m getting their names correct in this post but I will do my best to identify them.

Slanted Blusher Brush

This is quite a long bristled angled blusher brush, it is quite dense but there is still enough flexibility and movement to allow you to apply your blusher with a light hand with accuracy. It doesn’t pick up too much product and I like that it isn’t too big so its soft angled bristles sweep the colour across your cheek giving you colour where you need it. I didn’t think using angled brush to apply my blusher, bronzer and highlight would make such a difference but the shape it perfect for the job!

Buffing Brush

I do like a makeup sponge to apply my foundation when I am going for a fuller coverage but for everyday my goto is a buffing brush. I like that this is a small dense brush and I also like the way you can get an even, flawless but natural coverage and it is small enough to apply product around your nose and under your eye too. I have used this brush almost daily and I love it.

Flat Shader Brush 

This is a really great brush to have in your collection. It has very short dense bristles and I use it to smudge shadow / liner on both my upper and lower lash line and also pack colour on to my lid. It is a useful brush and one I get a lot of use from.

The Body Shop Vegan Makeup Brushes

Eyeshadow Crease Brush 

You can never own too many eyeshadow brushes, that is my motto. This is a lovely soft, flexible brush that allows you to apply and bland out your crease colour. It fits nicely in the crease of your eye and its soft bristles do a fantastic job softening out your eyeshadow and giving you that nicely blended look. 100% a brush you need to have in your collection.

Point Highlighter Brush

When it comes to applying highlighter for me the fear is that I go OTT and end up with a DISCO Ball effect on my cheek bone. What I found with this tapered brush is that it allows you to place the product accurately and also blend it out with ease. It is also fluffy and soft so you don’t pick up too much product and it is easy to sweep across the cheek. I have heard people say that it is also good for contouring, especially nose contouring.

New Vegan Friendly Makeup Brushes

Fan Brush

Not a brush I would say your NEED in your collection but if you like your highlighter to be more on the subtle side then this brush is for you. It looks pretty and fancy but it is also practical.

Contouring Brush

I must admit I’m not overly into contouring not because I don’t like it but more for the fact I’m terrible at doing it. That said, I do appreciate that this trend can really slim down the face and give definition and the illusion of cheekbones. I have been upping my contour game since this contouring brush came into my life. It has short dense bristles that are angled in a way that allows you to apply your contour fuss free and quite precisely. It is also good at blending so you don’t get that dreaded stipe effect and it works very well with both powder and liquid products.

Vegan Makeup Brushes From The Body Shop

Eye Liner Brush 

Out of the selection of brushes I have this is the brush I have used the least, that is only because I don’t have a gel liner in my collection at the moment. This brush is very fine and feels like it would give you great precision, applying the product close to the lash line. I do like my eyeliner to be winged and neat and over the years I have come to realise that using a brush can be the best way to achieve this. I am looking forward to using it when I can.

I hope The Body Shop add more brushes to this Vegan collection as there are a few brushes that it is missing. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of these brushes and I know I will get a lot of use from them.

What are your most used makeup brushes in your collection & will you be treating yourself to any brushes in this new Vegan range?

*This post contains PR Samples