Face Mask Friday

Yes it's Friday again! Time to get ready for the weekend, and time for me to review another face mask! This week I've been trying out Garnier Skin Naturals' Self Heating Sauna Mask.


Price: Usually costs around £1.30 in Superdrug, and comes as two sachets so very good value for money.

Scent: It smells nice and fresh and clean, like a combination of cucumber and aloe vera.


Application: It has a thick lotion-like consistency but is quite sticky. Despite this, it is fairly easy to apply without making too much of a sticky mess. What you do is apply this to wet skin and massage it in which kind of "activates" the heat. It's actually the best heating mask I think I've ever tried, it heats up really well when you're massaging it in. Plus, this is the kind of mask that doesn't dry up like most clay-based masks and so there's plenty of time to apply and massage it all over your face.

Results: Despite it's sticky consistency it was easy to remove and left my skin feeling really properly cleansed but not tight. The next morning my skin still looked lovely and fresh and I definitely think it helped my blemishes.

Repurchase: Overall I really enjoyed this mask. It's so hard to find a decent budget self-heating mask and this one really fits the bill and really made my skin feel great. Will definitely buy again!

Empties #1

Yes, it's my very first empties post! As far as using up products go, I have to say I'm not great at it. I just have a tendency to hoard things, and never quite use them up, so they're always on hand. You know, "just in case". However, I'm going to start to make a real effort to actually use up my products, and so it seemed an opportune time to start an empties series! I don't think they will be every month, but I'll post whenever I've amassed enough empties to warrant a post - like now!

Here's what I've used up in the past couple months



Burts Bees Exfoliating Body Wash
I love this stuff, smells deliciously of honey goodness and is lightly exfoliating.
Repurchase? Probably yes in the future, but I'd like to try some other Burts Bees shower products first.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Intensive Conditioner
This conditioner was ok, but I didn't really feel like it did anything different to my hair that an ordinary run of the mill conditioner would. I certainly wouldn't call in an intensive conditioner.
Repurchase? No

Imperial Leather Passion Flower and Rice Milk Shower Cream
Man this stuff smelled nice, and actually made a good impromptu bubble bath too.
Repurchase? I rarely repurchase shower gels as I always like to try new ones so probably not, but it was nice.

Clean & Clear Spot Control Moisturiser
This came as part of a Clean & Clear box set which was on offer. It was fine, but I didn't particularly like the scent of it.
Repurchase? No


Simple Cleansing Face Wipes
These are my favourite face wipes of all time, but only buy them when they are on offer as they can be a little pricey.
Repurchase? Yes, when I next see them on offer

Boots Essentials Cucumber Face Wipes
I'd always avoided these face wipes as I assumed they'd be a bit rubbish as they were so cheap. Actually they're not so bad! Wasn't sure of the cucumber scent at first, but I've come around to it.
Repurchase? Yup!

Face Masks I've reviewed all these face masks in my Face Mask Friday series

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? x

September Favourites

Wowza it's October! When did that happen? Anyway, here are my obligatory monthly favourites!


Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk
Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner

This month I've been really loving my Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk and have used it practically every day this month! Leaves me skin feeling gorgeous and really clean, plus you can leave it on a little longer as a bit of a face mask which is always nice.

Aussie's Miracle Moist range has been an absolute saviour this month. My hair has been so dull and dry but this really has revitalized it and it's feeling softer that ever. Thoroughly recommend!

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

The Macadamia Healing Oil has also helped significantly in improving my hair this month. I've been using this on the ends of my damp hair to keep it nice and smooth and reduce frizziness which means I don't have to blow dry and straighten my hair so much.

I recieved the DHC Cleansing Oil in last months She Said Beauty box, and was a little unsure of it at first. However I've really come round and found it's great for taking off a full face of makeup, perfect for after a night out. Full review to come soon!


Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki
Soap & Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstick in Naked Beige
Calvin Klein Tempting Glimmer in Sheer Nectar

I really found myself reaching for this Hard Candy Bronzer time and time again this month. It's such a lovely highlight colour, I think I've used it almost everyday! The same can be said for the Soap & Glory lipstick. It's the perfect nude shade for me and has practically lived in my handbag. I've hardly been anywhere without it!

I've really been loving this Calvin Klein cream eyeshadow, and just fell in love with the colour. It's perfect for the Autumn months too so I suspect this will become a staple for me. Full review to come soon too!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

October She Said Beauty Box - First Thoughts

This afternoon my She Said Beauty box turned up at my door. This month I think there was a bit more variation with what everybody got in their boxes, so here's what came in mine.




myvitamins essential vitamin D3
I thought it was a little odd to get vitamins in a beauty box, although they're the extra item in the box or "SSB Treat" I just don't think they really fit in within a beauty box. I wouldn't like to see items like this regularly in beauty boxes. That being said I probably will give them ago as a little extra vitamin d might be a good idea in the coming winter months.

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque
formulated with a complex of fresh fruit enzymes and acids, it effectively works in exfoliating dead skin cells optimizing the cellular renewal performance and deeply cleanses the pores
I was actually really excited to receive this as it sounds right up my street. The only problem I have is that the sample is so teeny tiny!

Amy Chids Fragrance
I've had a quick sniff of this and it smells quite nice but I don't like it when fragrance samples are counted as a full item in a beauty box, it just feels a little bit like a cop out.

Biao Beauty Rejuvenating Night Creme
soothes, moisturises, and protects against premature aging
Yet another product that is right up my street, I've actually been looking for a new night cream so I'm really excited to try this out. Though I recieved two sachets of this, still, it's a fairly small sample size.

B.liv Off With Those Heads
keeps excessive oil secretion under control while preventing future irritation and blackouts
As someone who suffers from regular breakouts I'm always eager to try anything that promises to relieve me of the little buggers, so I'll definitely be trying this out soon. Again, a teeny sample though!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
Now don't get me wrong, I love this stuff and always have a tube on the go. My issue is that I didn't expect to find it in a beauty box. For me, beauty boxes are for discovering new and different products from different brands that I'm maybe not familiar with. But this is a well established brand and on top of that it's a product that been around for a long time and I'm pretty sure is one of their most popular products. It just feels like it's a cheaper product to bulk out the box a bit!

Overall I've been a bit "meh" about this box. It just seems that the products I really want to try are such tiny sample sizes, and the products I already have tried or aren't overly interested in are the full size products!

Did you get this months She Said Beauty box? What did you think? Have you tried any of these products? x

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer Review

A few weeks ago I picked up this Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in a blog sale. Having never tried a Hard Candy product and with Hard Candy quite difficult to find in the UK, I just couldn't resist!


This particular bronzer is in the shade Tiki.

Goes on silky smooth for a sun-kissed glow. Use dry for a natural bronzed look or wet for a more intense sun-goddess glow

To be honest, I feel like this shade is just too light to be used as a bronzer. Well, for me anyway. However, as a highlight it's a little bit amazing.


It's a really nice feeling powder and leaves a lovely golden sheen. As I love trying to find different uses for products I've actually been really enjoying using this over some of my eyeshadows to add a bit more shimmer.

Have you tried any Hard Candy cosmetics? What did you think?

Soap & Glory Fabulipstick Review

This is the first Soap & Glory lipstick that I've tried, and I decided to try out a nude shade as I tend to gravitate towards nude lipsticks with slight brown and/or pinky tones.



This is the Naked Beige shade, which I've just fallen in love with really. For me, and excuse the cheesy line but it's a "my lips but better shade".


The lipstick itself has a lovely creamy consistency and gorgeous vanilla scent. The colour payoff is good and I found it lasts fairly well throughout the day. I was actually surprised that the packaging is excellent too, which is unusual for drugstore lipsticks. In fact, all in all it's excellent quality for a drugstore lipstick and I think it's reasonably priced at £9 from Boots.


I have to say, at first I was little dubious of and avoided Soap & Glory cosmetic products. I just didn't expect them to be any good and always thought of them as more of a skin care brand but I've been really impressed by this lipstick. I think I'll be trying out some more of their cosmetics in future, and perhaps I'll invest in a few more shades of this!

Have you tried any S&G cosmetics? What did you think?

W7 Africa Bronzer Review

W7 is a brand that I'm really happy to have discovered. All their products that I've tried so far have been really excellent value for money whilst still being a decent product, and this boxed bronzer is no different.


Obviously it shares certain similarities with the Benefit boxed bronzers and blushers etc, but at just under £2.00 this is a lot more purse friendly.

I was a little apprehensive about the pink shade. As someone with rosy cheeks I avoid blushes and pink toned cheek products, however after swatching each shade I found that the pink is barely pigmented. Makes me wonder why it's in there at all, but over all it gives a nice colour.



It gives a lovely golden sheen, not too glittery and not too dark. The brush it comes with is lovely and soft and so it's easy to apply. I wouldn't say it lasts amazingly long but I've never come across a powdered bronzer that does have a good lasting power.

Overall, I like this product and have yet to be disappointed by a W7 product. Of course they are not on a par with other high end products, but for their price I've been really pleased and have already got some other W7 products to try out so expect reviews soon!

Personally I've never seen W7 products in a store but they are easily found online with a quick google search. I buy mine from Eastend Cosmetics as they generally have the lowest prices and deliver really quickly which is always good. I would recommend shopping around when it comes to W7 products because sometimes there can be a big price difference between websites.

Have you tried any W7 products? What did you think?