Friday, 18 April 2014

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter and Silky Cleansing Oil

I've been using The Body Shop's Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£12) and Silky Cleansing Oil (£10) for over a month now, so thought I'd sit down and share my thoughts on them. I was going to review them separately, but other than the form they come in, they're very similar. I've used a cleansing balm before (Lush's Ultrabland), and loved it, so wanted to try another. I've never used a cleansing oil, though, so was intrigued to see the results. For reference, I have combination oily skin.

They both have a light, fresh-floral scent, which is very pleasant. I'm not too bothered about the scents of facial products (this is a different story when it comes to body products!), but it's always an added bonus when they smell nice. They both remove my makeup well, too, and leave my skin feeling soft. Baby skin soft. Lush's Ultrabland left my skin feeling like I'd just applied an intensive moisturiser, but these make my skin feel like I've applied an intensive moisturiser the night before and woken up to soft skin. I've been using the Silky Cleansing Oil more than the Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, but that's simply because it's quicker to pump than it is to unscrew and scoop. The Silky Cleansing Oil is also cheaper, but I love them both equally. I just love the solid form of the Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, and it's great for travelling.

I think these cleansers have become my new favourites, and I'll certainly be repurchasing. Full price, they're a little expensive, but who ever pays full price for The Body Shop products? There's always an offer on!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

KIKO Life in Rio Essential Bronzer in 201 Sienna Melange and Sun Lovers Blush in 04 Atlantic Camellia

KIKO Life in Rio Essential Bronzer in 201 Sienna Melange
KIKO Life in Rio Essential Bronzer in 201 Sienna Melange (darker and warmer in real life!)
KIKO Life in Rio Sun Lovers Blush in 04 Atlantic Camellia
KIKO Life in Rio Sun Lovers Blush in 04 Atlantic Camellia
KIKO Life in Rio Essential Bronzer in 201 Sienna Melange and Sun Lovers Blush in 04 Atlantic Camellia

KIKO is a brand I've been hearing more and more about recently, and the packaging of recent collections has caught my eye. The products in the Life in Rio summer collection (launching this month) look beautiful, particularly the bronzers and blushes, which I'll be talking about today. Just look at them. They could possibly be the prettiest products in my collection!

 The Essential Bronzer in 201 Sienna Melange* (£16.90) is the darker of two shades, and is huge! You get 20g of product, which is just as well for the more expensive price tag. It's slightly darker than the photo above suggests, and has the potential to look orange on pale skin tones, but is still wearable with a light hand. I've used a flash in the swatch photo so you can see the amount of shimmer it has. It's very subtle, thankfully, so gives a luminous glow rather than making you look like a glitter bomb. I actually prefer completely matte bronzers, but still like the effect this gives. The powder itself is soft, but does have a little fallout after dipping your brush in. It's not a great deal, and is better than a lot of powders I've used, but still isn't the best. Saying that, it means it's pigmented. The Body Shop's Honey Bronzer has no fall out at all, but it takes a lot of building up to achieve the desired effect. It also has a vanilla fragrance, which I like, but don't think it's necessary.

The Sun Lovers Blush in 04 Atlantic Camellia* (£14.90) is a beauty, isn't it? The marbled half is a mauvey brown, and the other half is a warm pink. Together, they create a dusky pink which warms up your complexion. The finish is radiant, which I really like. It's not flat, but not so shimmery that it will enhance your pores, either. The powder is similar to that of the bronzer, so there's a little fallout, but it's pigmented, too. I must say, though, that you can get similar quality blushes for less money, and this shade isn't the most unique, so I would look around before buying. However, you do get three different shades out of this, and the packaging is one of the best, so it all depends on preference! There's also another three shades to choose from if this one doesn't take your fancy.

Have you tried any KIKO products?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Superdrug Face & Bikini Wax Strips

I started waxing my upper lip a couple of years ago when I noticed the hair in blog photos. To be fair, it was only noticeable in close up shots with the flash on, but I decided to remove it anyway. I was surprised at how soft and smooth my skin felt afterwards, and makeup applied better, so I carried on doing so. Up until recently, I was using some wax strips I'd won in a giveaway years ago. They finally ran out, though, so I went on the hunt for more. I came across the Superdrug Face & Bikini Wax Strips for £4.29 or 2 for £5. They come with 20 strips (10 face to face) and 2 finishing wipes. They remove the small hairs well and don't leave my skin aggravated, and that's all I look for when it comes to waxing. I'll be buying them again, but will still be looking out for others to try!

Do you have any wax strip recommendations?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Imperial Leather Foamburst Body Washes

Sweet Vanilla & Cherry Blossom, Uplifting Lime & Grapefruit, Bewitching Blackberry & Wild Fig
Rebalancing Green Tea & Jasmine*, Bracing Bergamot & Sea Minerals, Moisturising Honey & Almond Milk

The Imperial Leather Foamburst Luxurious Body Washes have appeared in a few of my posts now, and I've tried six out of the seven scents available (Spicy Ginger & Orange is the other). I'll admit that it was the packaging which drew me to these initially, and I'm sure you can see why! Before this range, I'd never really looked at Imperial Leather, and didn't even know they did foam shower gels. These foam shower gels create a rich foam lather, cleanse your skin, and don't leave it feeling dry. They're great for shaving, too. The scents smell just like their names, with my favourite being the fruity, and slightly warm, Bewitching Blackberry & Wild Fig. Sweet Vanilla & Cherry Blossom is delicately sweet and floral, Uplifting Lime & Grapefruit smells exactly like the name suggests, although it's not as zesty as other lime shower gels I've tried, Rebalancing Green Tea & Jasmine is fresh and floral, Bracing Bergamot & Sea Minerals is citrusy and does actually remind me of the sea, and Moisturising Honey & Almond Milk is slightly sweet, subtle, and calming. I'm hoping for new scents to be released in the future!

To accompany the scents, there's seven (easy on the eye) genies and short videos about them. The packaging reminds me of galaxies, but I can see where they're going. As Bewitching Blackberry & Wild Fig is my favourite, here is its genie (hello):

*press sample

Sunday, 30 March 2014

NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler

I've never been one for lip gloss. It's always reminded me of the cheap, glittery rubbish you'd get in make up sets as a child. Also, up until recently, I preferred the matte finish. I've slowly been wearing glossier products, though, with lip crayons and Revlon Lip Butters becoming firm favourites in my collection. After reading many positive reviews on the NYX Butter Glosses, I decided to try one for myself. I bought the NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler from eBay because it worked out cheaper than buying it from the UK site (if only they had free P&P!). I'm seriously impressed. First of all, it smells like vanilla cupcakes! The colour is also beautiful. It looks very orange in the tube, but goes on coral. It's also much more pigmented than I thought it'd be. Its pigmentation is similar to my Revlon Lip Butters (bearing in my mind that I don't own the darker, most pigmented shades). It feels balmy on the lips, and even though it's ever so slightly thick, it's thick in a good way. It means it stays on for longer, lasting a few hours. It fades evenly, too, and this is what I'm liking most about glossier, lighter lip products. Even after eating, the colour is consistent across my lips. This will probably be in my next Favourites post, and I already have my eye on the other shades (Apple Strudel in particular!).

Are you a fan of the NYX Butter Glosses? Or lip gloss in general?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya

After trying, and loving, Revlon's ColourBurst Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon (review and swatch here), I went out and bought Juicy Papaya not long after. It's love, again. The formula is light and moisturising, and it fades evenly after a couple hours. The peachy shade looks surprisingly natural, and suits my colouring well. It's also one of the few shades that I wear to its full intensity. I'm now looking at the other shades in the range in preparation for my next shopping trip!

Are you a fan of the Revlon Lip Butters? What's your favourite shade?