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Monday, 31 August 2015

The Body Shop Seaweed Skincare Range


Today I'm going to do a review of the above items from The Body Shop's Seaweed range. From left to right:

Seaweed Night Treatment (£13.00)
This is probably my favourite product from the five. I use this as my night time moisturiser. The appearance of this is a clear, runny gel and the packaging has a pump dispenser. I find that one pump isn't enough and two pumps is a bit too much so I usually opt for the two and make sure that everywhere is covered. My one issue with this is that it takes ageeeees to sink into the skin and so you can't really go to sleep straight away as you'd end up stuck to your pillow! It does leave your skin really soft and smooth though.

Would I repurchase? : Maybe (I prefer The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (£24.00))


Seaweed Clarifying Toner (£9.50)
I've switched from a conventional toner like this one to using exfoliating toning pads but if a liquid toner is still your thing then this is a pretty good one. It removes any residue left from your cleanser and is alcohol free.

Would I repurchase? : No (I don't use toners like this anymore)


Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator (£11.00)
I have to admit that every single one of these products I have finished (or am finishing) apart from this one. I'm no longer using an exfoliator like this because I use exfoliating pads instead so I gave this to my mum. What I will say is that it is a rather unappealing brown colour with huge exfoliating particles, so if that's what you look for in an exfoliator then you might like this. It also has a bit of a weird smell.

Would I repurchase? : No


Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser (£9.50)
I've spoken about this cleanser already in my skincare empties post. I really didn't like this cleanser, I didn't find it very effective at removing makeup, dirt or oil from my skin so basically a pretty rubbish cleanser! I also found it left a residue on my skin even when I removed it with a wet face cloth.

Would I repurchase? : No


Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (£11.00)
This day cream does what it says on the tin, it does leave your skin matte and I do notice that it takes a lot longer for my skin to go shiny through my makeup when I use this. It also takes a bit longer than other moisturisers I've tried to absorb into my skin which is not ideal when you're in a rush and trying to do your makeup. The other issue with this, and it's a huge one, is that this stuff smells awful. In the tub it smells fine but when you rub it into your skin, I don't know what happens - maybe it heats up or something? It smells like fish. Ew. Luckily the smell goes away after it is absorbed but still. Not ideal.

Would I repurchase? : No


Unfortunately, it's a thumbs down from me for The Body Shop's seaweed range. I'm disappointed as I usually love The Body Shop products. Let me know in the comments if you guys have tried anything from this range. I'm also on the hunt for a new cleanser so please let me know your recommendations below, I'd really appreciate it!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

#goodadvice

I was doing my daily read through of the blogs that I'm subscribed to (I use bloglovin' and I 100% recommend it if you are a blogger or just a reader of several blogs, it's fab)...where was I? Right, so I was reading through and I came across this post on Raashi's blog. I hope that she doesn't mind, but it inspired me to write my own version of her post.

The advice is to find three hobbies that you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative. I've found recently that it's so important to focus on the positives in your life and this advice is a great way of doing just that!



One to make you money
I'm about to go back to university in a few weeks for my second year of my degree, and although this isn't necessarily a hobby I did struggle last year with negative thoughts of whether I had chosen the right degree or not. I can now say, with confidence, that I am definitely doing the right degree. Biochemistry is so so interesting, I love learning how the body works on a chemical level.

I also will hopefully be tutoring again next year which I really enjoy as when the person who I tutor does well it really makes me feel amazing - I get particularly invested in other people's successes and it's incredibly rewarding.



One to keep you in shape
This is one hobby that is going to become a much bigger part of my life when I go back to university. For a short while last year I was really into jogging several times a week, then I sprained my ankle (not while jogging haha) and now every time I go for a run it becomes clear how weak my ankle is now. I'm determined to get back into it though.



One to be creative
My creative hobby has got to be this blog. My Slice is a place that I am very proud of - yes it needs more work in a lot of areas including blog photography, design and content but I am confident that with time this will all start to come together. I'm also in my spare time learning a little bit of HTML and CSS (that scary looking code that web pages use) and I am sure that this will also help me to improve the appearance of my blog.


I would love to hear what you guys have to talk about for your three hobbies (I know I really did more than three tut tut). So if you write a blog post similar to mine and Raashi's then link it below, or alternatively, leave a comment with your hobbies.

Monday, 24 August 2015

August Empties


I must admit that I've been hoarding these empty bottles and pots for far longer than is acceptable, in anticipation of this: my first empties post. Just by chance, all of the products that I've been finishing recently are skincare products. I figured that I would show you guys what I've been using recently and give you my thoughts on each product too. Let's get started!




Right Guard Xtreme Invisible Anti-Perspirant Deodorant (£2.29)


I really like this deodorant, it's one of the better ones that I've used. This is definitely not the first can of this that I've finished! It's claim to be "invisible" is 100% true, no white marks with this! It also has a very pleasant scent.


Repurchase? : Yes


The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel (£4.00)


Pink Grapefruit is my favourite scent from The Body Shop, I love the entire range of products. I'm also a huge fan of their shower gels as they lather nicely and always have a really strong scent.


Repurchase? : Yes (but already have a back-up one)



Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads (£12.95)

After reading Caroline Hiron's posts (here and here) I was on the hunt for an exfoliating toner as they are meant to work wonders. These pads are very similar to the First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads she recommends but are a good bit cheaper and also available in Boots and Superdrug - quite often on offer too. I would recommend these to anyone, I use one pad every night after cleansing and I have noticed a big difference.


Repurchase? : Yes (already have for £7-ish on offer)



The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser (£9.50)

I finally used up this cleanser! It says it can remove makeup, impurities and oil. I'm calling bull on that one I'm afraid. I ended up using this as a morning cleanser only and even then it was pretty rubbish.


Repurchase? : No






Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream (£29.50)


This is actually just a sample size from the Skincare by Benefit 6 piece intro kit (£15.50). This is the night cream from the set. It's really moisturising and takes a little bit of working into the skin but it's not too heavy and I think it would be suitable for all skin types. This whole range has a really light pleasant fragrance.


Repurchase? : No (too pricey)


Benefit It's potent! Eye Cream (£25.50)

Again, this is a sample size from the Benefit Skincare kit. This is the first eye cream that I've ever used and I have to admit that at this age I don't think it's essential. I suppose in later life I will be thankful that I used an eye cream from an early age. I also really enjoyed the cool feeling of it when my eyes were a bit irritated by my hayfever.


Repurchase? : No (too pricey)


Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub (£8.00)

This is a miniature which I received in a Sugar Crush gift set at Christmas time (no longer available but similar here). I love the scrubbiness (is that a word) of this scrub and I love how it leaves my skin feeling. However, personally I don't like this scent. It's a very sickly and overpowering lime scent.

Repurchase? : No (Yes, in a different scent)





Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these products and what you thought of them - I'd love to know!



Monday, 3 August 2015

Makeup starter kit for £50

Hello!

Welcome to the third of this series of starter kits for £50, previously I have written about my skincare starter kit and my body care starter kit so be sure to check those out!

The total of the items comes to £49.44, but always watch out for 3 for 2 offers and remember to use your Boots or Superdrug card to collect points!

Makeup Bag 
Zoella Beauty Bag (£8.00)
I got this makeup bag as a gift last Christmas and I absolutely love it. It's such a good size for keeping all your makeup in when you're just starting out, and then for travelling when your makeup collection has grown! If this one is a bit too pricey, be sure to check out Primark for some slightly cheaper makeup bags.

Concealer
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (£5.99)
I've only started using this concealer recently but I really like it, it's so creamy that it doesn't look awful over dry patches around spots. It's also great under eyes. I use my ring finger to pat this in, so you don't need to splash out on makeup brushes.

Blusher AND Eyeshadow
Sleek MakeUP Eye & Cheek Palette (£9.99)
I love Sleek Blushes and Eyeshadow palettes so I just know this would be a great product to have them combined - great for starting out or travelling. It comes with a brush for applying blush and a duo-ended eyeshadow applicator too.

Powder 
Rimmel Clear Complexion Transparent Powder (£3.99)
I love this powder, it sets my makeup really well. My one gripe is the packaging, I always end up cracking the lid. And when you hit pan you have to be really careful not to drop it as the powder does then smash - but you can keep it to use as loose powder if you're careful.

Eyeliner
Bourjouis Liner Feutre (£6.99)
I purchased this recently in a 3 for 2 deal on Bourjouis products and I am pleasantly surprised. It's wet enough to use easily with dragging the eyelid, but not too wet that it smudges. It's very very black and once it's there and dried it lasts all day - in fact it can even be tricky to get off at night time without using eye makeup remover or micellar water. I'm definitely still an eyeliner beginner and I could use this no problem.

Mascara
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara (£7.99)
I have now found The One. The One mascara, that is. This is it, it's affordable, it's brilliant I love love love it. It has a curved wand which can be tricky to get a hang off when you first use it but once you use it you will fall in love, I promise.

Lipstick
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (£6.49)
And similar to mascara, I have found the one lipstick. These lipsticks are £1 more expensive than the other Rimmel lipsticks (I think) but boy is it worth it. As the name suggests, they are so moisturising but the colour is still very pigmented. They are just a pleasure to wear. So what if they need to be reapplied slightly more often than the Rimmel Stay Matte lipsticks? They make my lips feel happy!

Let me know in the comments what you think if you have tried any of these products! Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Saturday's Songs #3

Hello!

I'm sorry that I've been a wee bit absent on my blog recently, I just have had a lot on my mind. I'm back now though!


Miley Cyrus - "Party In The U.S.A."
I've no idea why but I've had this song on repeat this week haha, it's an oldie but a goodie, what more can I say really?
"It's definitely not a Nashville party // 'Cause all I see are stilettos // I guess I never got the memo"


Ella Eyre - "Together"
I absolutely adore Ella Eyre's voice, love love love!
"You know that we are better off as two"

Vance Joy - "Riptide"
To be honest, I've been listening to the whole album, Dream Your Life Away. New fave, very similar to James Vincent McMorrow, Ben Howard etc.
"I love you when you're singing that song and // I got a lump in my throat 'cause / You're gonna sing the words wrong."

Halsey - "Hurricane"
Again, I've been listening to the whole EP, Room 93. I'm so in love with the lyrics to every song, it was hard to pick my favourite.
"I went down to a place in Bed Stuy // A little liquor on my lips // I let him climb inside my body // And held him captive in my kiss."

One Direction - "Drag Me Down"
How could I not include One Direction's newest song? I was a bit worried that I wouldn't like it (Zayn was my favourite *sob sob*) but I am unbelievably impressed with this song!
"With your love, nobody can drag me down" 


Let me know in the comments what you think of these songs!