Monday, 27 May 2013

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Set Review

So this will be a really quick review for you guys because I won't elaborate too much, I'll simple give my opinion! I have wanted to try out this set for a long time now, when I saw there was a 3 for 2 offer on in Boots I seized the opportunity and spent the money on them. I was so excited to bring them home and try them out, and also do write a review on them!
I bought all three from the Sugar Crush set (at least I think that's all that is in it) and they're not exactly cheap so they're definitely luxury bathing options!  
I can definitely say that they all smell the exact same. VERY SWEET, just like sugar and lime (as it advertises itself) so if you hate sickly sweet smells then stay well away from this! I love it though, and am very glad I bought them.

So this first one I tried out was the body wash and I really, really like this body wash. I found it SO soft (I really was amazed!) and velvety on my skin which was lovely. It really did feel like I got what I paid for with this item. Also, it foams really well which I always want in a body wash, it's very easy to lather up. I will definitely re-purchase this when its all gone. Also, the pump is great so you don't use too much!

The second item I tried out was the body buttercream. I also really loved this product and it makes your skin smell amazing throughout the day. I think it will last for a long time as well, because it is such a massive tub. It does leave a slightly greasy residue on your skin (which personally I like) so if you prefer your moisturiser to sink in immediately then this probably isn't for you. 

And lastly, I tried out the body scrub. I found out of all three, this smelt the most of lime, it's very strong. I really liked it and I used it before I put my fake tan on and it make it go on so smoothly. It leaves your skin feeling very soft and silky smooth as well. I did find though, that I had to use quite a bit of it to cover my whole body as it breaks up slightly on your skin, so I might just reserve this for my arms and legs.

Let me know if you have tried any of these and what you thought of them! :)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Haul: Pennys, Benefit, Miss Selfridge & more!

Hi Everyone! Today, I'm sharing with you a little haul because I went shopping (again!) and picked up a few items. Now for the past few days the weather has been rather lovely where I live in Ireland but as we speak I can see some gloomy clouds over head so I hope I don't jinx it but the sun has inspired me to buy one or two of these items. And yes, I am one of those people who, at the first spotting of a ray of sunshine, darts to the shops to load up on summer attire. Unfortunately, as Ireland has one of the most hormonal climates ever, these clothes may never see the outside of my wardrobe.
I did only buy a few things though so it's not that bad, hopefully I'll get a chance to wear them. I photographed the clothes hanging up on the door so maybe this will give you a better idea of what they actually look like.

The first thing I got is this little container set from Pennys for only €1.50. It comes with three bottles, three tubs and 6 labels. I thought they were a great idea and you can't really go wrong with €1.50! I think they'll not only be handy for when I'm travelling but I can use the little tubs to collect samples of products and try them out at home. I was actually told by a girl who works at MAC to go and buy these and she would give me a sample of their foundation as they weren't giving out MAC tubs to people anymore. This set also comes in clear plastic but I thought I'd live on the wild side and go for the pink.

So I was devastated to lose my old Tweezerman tweezers but I had to buy a new one and this time I went for a mini tweezers. They're slanted and are purple with white polka dots. It also comes with a little case to keep them in which I thought was handy. I really love Tweezerman tweezers as I find they're so precise and don't become blunt quickly. I picked these up for €24 in Boots and I'm looking forward to seeing how well they work.

The next item I bought is Benefit's Hoola Bronzer. I've never used this before (I know, shock, horror!) so I am super late jumping on the band wagon with this but I might just do a little First Impressions review on it. I bought it in Boots for €34. The sheer price of it is the sole reason why I haven't purchased it until now, but I decided to bite the bullet as I had saved up, and wanted it for a long time. I was surprised at how tiny the product is, but I'm really excited to try it out.

The first clothes item I bought is from Pennys and it was €17 (which I thought was pretty steep for them!). It's a denim-like material with white polka dots all over. The collar buttons up to the top and it has chunks missing out of the sides. I think it's a really cute dress and would be nice with some pumps or wedges. 

Nothing too exciting here, just a plain white top. I bought it to wear with leggings and I really like it. I rarely wear white but I thought 'what the hay!' and just got it. It's a nice length and it flows to its comfortable too. The sleeves are mid-length which is flattering and with a bit of snazzy jewellery it could turn out quite nice! It was only €8 and I nearly bought two! But I controlled myself..

Ha ha! I find this picture very funny for some reason, I think it's the way I hung them up or something, but it looks odd! Anyway you get the jist, they're just a plain black pair of leggings from Pennys for €4. I really, really like wearing leggings. I just find them so comfortable to wear and if you wear them right they don't look too bad as an actual outfit instead of just around the house. The Pennys ones are really soft but they can be a bit see-through in the bum area so you have to be careful. Usually I like to wear long tops with them anyway if I'm leaving the house, the top above would be perfect. 

The final item I bought was this little orange crop-top from Miss Selfridge. I actually saw this on a mannequin in the shop window and was sucked in because I thought it was so pretty. It has a high neck and racer-back sleeves which I don't wear too often but change can be good! The top half is also lace but there is material there to cover your bosom and your bra strap at the back! I think it's such a nice colour as well, I love orange and it would look nice with something high-waisted on the bottom. It was €24 and I cant wait to wear it this summer!

Do you have any of these items?

Saturday, 4 May 2013

First Impressions: Essence's 'Get Big Lashes' Volume Curl Mascara

Well that title was a bit of a mouthful! Hello everyone! I have for you today a little first impressions post on Essence's mascara. It isn't a very hyped mascara at the moment but I wanted to give it a try since I was in need of a new mascara and had seen a positive recommendation of it somewhere.
I bought it for around €2.89 in Pennys and since it was suuuper cheap I couldn't say no! I'm pretty sure they have another version for length and another for waterproof but I picked this one up anyway.
Here is a picture of the wand, its a curved wand which I actually like here as it fits the natural curve of my eye perfectly!

As you can see from the photographs I have very thin lashes and especially on the bottom they are also very sparse. So I usually pick up 'volumizing' mascaras instead of 'lengthing' ones
After first trying on the mascara I found that one coat was not enough for me. It did make my lashes look better but I wanted them a bit thicker looking so I applied the second coat.
Overall I am very pleased with the results of the mascara. I mean, its not a life changing product by any means, but I think for the price that it is, it is a great mascara. I would even say that it is just as good as some of the other more expensive mascaras out there. I would definitely pick this up if you are on a budget and need a cheap mascara or if you are looking for a daytime mascara to keep in your handbag without spending a small fortune!

These are my lashes with no mascara or eyeliner. (excuse my puffy eyes!)

These are my lashes after one coat of the mascara.
These are my lashes after two coats of the mascara.

I hope the pictures were ok, it was quite awkward taking pictures of my eyes as I've never done it before, especially trying to get the camera to focus!
Thank-you all so much for reading and let me know what your favourite mascaras are as I would love to try more out!