I went on a shopping trip to Selfridges in Birmingham today and discovered this strange sponge in the beauty hall. This is marketed as an ‘enriching, powerful and effective answer to premium skin cleansing.’
You dampen the sponge and use it to remove makeup either with or without cleanser. This didn’t remove my mascara however it did remove my other makeup.
The jury’s still out on this one as I haven’t found it any more effective than my usual cleansing cloths, but my opinion may change the more I use this.
Hi all, I hope that you all had a lovely New Year and that all of your dreams come true in 2016!
This was the only beauty sale item that I picked up this year as I am saving for a mortgage.
This was £25 reduced from £50 for 100ml.
First of all the packaging is beautiful, and the pump seems of a very high quality. The product is a beautiful texture and smells very similar to the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. This removed all of my makeup but did struggle a little with the waterproof mascara, however I normally remove this with Bioderma before anyway.
This is not quite as good as the Emma Hardie, however this is still a lovely product to use, and the packaging makes this definitely worthy of a place on any dressing table!
I am a fan of the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm however this is expensive and a true luxury product, so I thought I would try The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter.
First of all, this do not smell anywhere near as good as Emma Hardie, however it is less than half the price. This one is £13 for 100g. When I first opened the tin the product looked like a very firm texture for a balm, however it did melt easily in my hands to a sumptuous oil. I was amazed that it removed all of my makeup including waterproof mascara!
Definitely not a ‘princess-product’ like the Emma Hardie but much nicer than using a traditional cream cleanser! A cheaper alternative to the Emma Hardie but still effective at removing makeup!
Firstly, I picked up this beautiful vest top from Oasis. It is a gorgeous grey colour (although it is showing up more lilac on camera) with a scalloped edge. This is a beautiful light-weight vest in an unusual colour which I know I will get a lot of wear out of.
I then went in to the body shop to shop for a present for my friends birthday. I did pick up a present for her but I also treated myself! I picked up the Solid Oil for Lips as recommended by FleurdeForce. This is a very oily lip balm (stating the obvious I know). It really does nourish your lips however I don’t think that a lipstick would work on top due to the oily texture. It is definitely more of a lip balm to use on its own.
In The Body Shop I also picked up their Early-Harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette. I don’t normally wear the body shop fragrances because they are so fruity and remind me of the kind of scents I used to wear as a teenager. However, this is simply divine. It really does smell of fresh raspberries and I just can’t keep smelling it. There is something very addictive about this scent.
I did also pick up another perfume! I picked up Britney Spears Island Fantasy. It was one of the offers at the till and it was £15 for 100ml!! Bargain!!! This is definitely a summer scent. It smells like a tropical cocktail with notes of coconut and pineapple. I would’t wear this of an evening but for a day at work it is perfect!
Clinton Cards had a fantastic offer on their Yankee Candles. I picked up a couple of their large jars for presents but for myself I picked up these two votives in Pink Hibiscus scent. This is a beautiful floral scent with hints of rose. These were 50% off so i couldn’t resist even though I have way too many candles at home!
The last things I picked up were a couple of products from L’Oreal. I picked up another of their nail polishes in Pistachio Drage. This is a stunning colour as is the rest of their latest range. These are fantastic quality and seem like good value, however they work out at the similar price as OPI and NailsInc per ml. That said, the colours are gorgeous and they are always on offer. They were on offer so I also picked up an eyeshadow from the same brand. I picked up the Colour Riche L’Ombre Pure Gel-Infused Eyeshadow in Nude. This is a cream eyeshadow in a beautiful taupe colour. I haven’t tested the longevity yet but it looks promising!
ALPHA H BALANCING CLEANSER WITH ALOE VERA | This is a very gentle cleanser with virtually no scent. It removes all traces of makeup including waterproof mascara. The only downside to this is that you have to apply it to a wet face which doesn’t feel quite as luxurious as applying directly on to dry skin. However this is a good day-to-day cleanser and is affordable at £23 for 200ml
BIODERMA SENSIBIO H20 | This is my favourite cleanser for late nights when I don’t have the energy to use a ‘proper’ cleanser and water. This is a micelle water which removes all makeup and makes your skin tingle slightly which I like. I don’t use this everyday because I prefer a more thorough cleanser, but it is ideal for those nights when you want to take your makeup off quickly without worrying about breaking out the next morning
LIZ EARLE CLEANSE AND POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER | I fall in and out of love with this cleanser. I used to have the full size then never repurchased for whatever reason, and had forgotten how good it was until I received this sample size and am hooked again. This leaves your skin silky soft. I will repurchase this when my Alpha H runs out but for me I would only ever had a full size of either this or the Alpha H at any one time. I feel that they are comparable so don’t need both
EMMA HARDIE AMAZING FACE MORINGA CLEANSING BALM | This has been hyped about for so long but it truly does deserve all the hype. Hands down the best cleanser I have ever tried. It removes all makeup, leaves your skin feeling baby soft and smells freakin amazing. It is quite pricey at £36 for 100ml but it really is a princess product. I will definitely be repurchasing this as soon as it runs low. You will not be able to understand just how nice this product is until you try it yourself
ESTEE LAUDER BLUSHER IN ELECTRIC PINK I have used this blusher every single day since I purchased it. It is the perfect natural flush of colour which lasts all day
RIMMEL MATCH PERFECTION FOUNDATION IN IVORY This foundation has a lovely consistency and is easily blendable with both fingers or brushes and because it doesn’t have any shimmer it is the perfect day foundation
INDEED LABS EYSILIX EYE CREAM This eye cream has a beautiful creamy texture and is really moisturising but doesn’t leave your under eye feeling tight
YANKEE CANDLE IN PINEAPPLE CILANTRO This is a lovely sweet scent for summer and tastes delectable
REN ROSA CENTIFOLIA HOT CLOTH CLEANSER This is only a sample size but I will definitely be purchasing the full size. This cleanser is creamy and lifts off all makeup including mascara and smells wonderful
DIOR VERNIS IN TRA-LA-LA This polish has a wonderful smooth texture and the colour is absolutely stunning. I have never had so many compliments about my nails before
MAYBELLINE ONE BY ONE MASCARA This was a firm favourite of mine years ago so I was so glad when they reissued it last year. This gives a lovely natural look that lengthens and separates lashes
SOAP AND GLORY ARCHERY BROW TINT AND PENCIL This is the perfect colour for both my hair and skin tone and I tend to use the pencil end more to give a natural brow look, however, the tint end is good for when there is gap in your brow
IT’S A 10 MIRACLE LEAVE-IN PRODUCT This leave in conditioner is amazing. It really nourishes the hair without making it greasy. Baby soft hair after the first use
LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER | Full size £13.25 100ml | Sample 30 ml £3.97 | I have used this product before so I know that it is brilliant and I was very pleased to see that they had included the muslin cloth
SOIGNE BOTANIQUE NAIL POLISH IN CREME AU BEURRE | Full size £11 10ml | It was nice to receive a full size nail polish and the colour looks lovely. I have never heard of this brand before so will keep you posted
BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL MASCARA | Full size £19.50 8.5g | Sample 3g £6.88 | This is a fantastic mascara that I have had before so I am glad to have this sample to use it again
BEAUTY PROTECTOR PROTECT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER | Full size £14 (Doesn’t say size) | This is a birchbox exclusive brand that is all sorts of nasties-free so I am interested to try this out, however it would have been nice to have a more well-known brand
AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES REVIVE MORNING BATH & SHOWER OIL | Full size £40 55ml | Sample 3ml £2.18 | I am really glad to have received this product as I have heard amazing things about their bath oils so am excited to try this out
Overall I am pleased with this months box. It is nice to see come popular brands in there. However, some of the sample sizes are a little bit small such as the bath oil. I like to try products out more than once before deciding what I think of them and the small samples don’t allow for that. That being said, I still look forward to receiving my birchbox every single month