Garnier Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub |Review|

Garnier Fresh Radience Boosting Scrub

Garnier Fresh Radience Boosting Scrub Info

Garnier Fresh Radience Boosting Scrub Swatch

I was so excited to try this Garnier Radience Boosting Scrub. Having read online it was a dupe for the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser (name and all), I picked up a bottle for the bargain price of £3. The scrub is marketed as ‘wake me up’ facial scrub which aims to revive dull and tired skin.  Sadly, after only a few uses I found I was getting bad breakouts. While I do have spot prone skin, these breakouts were in areas such as my cheeks, where I never usually get spots.

Despite the breakouts, my skin always felt smooth, soft and clean after using this product. The smell of this scrub is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Fruity, citrusy, summery and fresh. An extremely appealing smell. This could have been the reason my skin broke out. I don’t usually break out in spots as a result of using a scented product but in this case that could well be the problem. It’s just so hard to resit this product because it smells so nice!  If you have dry or sensitive skin I wouldn’t recommend using this wash everyday. Although it’s not overly abrasive as the exfoliating beads are small, it can dry out skin and leave it feeling slightly tight.

I love the packaging. It’s clean, easy to use and has a very appealing orange and white colour-combo. It’s sturdy and houses 150 mls of product. I’m not going to write this product off just yet. Apart from the breakouts, I got good results from using this scrub,it really does have that ‘wake me up’ factor. Maybe when my skin calms down I’ll give it another try or just use it once a week. For now it’s sitting on the shelf, smelling gorgeous but with no one to appreciate it.

The Garnier Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub is available on offer at ASDA for £3, retailing for £3.99 everywhere else.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil |Review|

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil Info

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil has to be the most buzzed about product of 2014 so far. And rightly so! This facial cleansing oil is superb. This product has become a go-to makeup remover for many, myself included. I’d be lost without it. After a busy day or night out it is the quickest and handiest way to remove any and all makeup. The real test for me is a product’s ability to remove my Revlon Colour Stay Foundation. As it’s the toughest, long lasting foundation I own. This cleansing oil removes it and my waterproof mascara with ease.

To use, I squirt one pump of oil and rub the product between my two hands, mainly my fingertips and gently massage it onto a dry face. The product begins to break down, turning to a silky texture on your face while melting the makeup. For eyes I like to use roughly half a pump more if I’m removing a particularly tough waterproof mascara, gently rubbing the product onto my lashes and eyes, working it in. Warning: You will look like a scary Panda Eyed Lady when you get to this stage of cleansing! Then to remove, I use a wet facecloth to clean the product off my face. It helps to have the sink full of warm water as it takes a few goes to remove all the makeup. Cotton pads would do the job aswell. These are optional but they give the best result. After I have removed this from my skin I tend to follow up with another Body Shop favourite, the Cool & Creamy Wash. It’s not necessary for a second cleanse as the Camomile oil removes everything from my face, but I love using the Cool & Creamy Wash at any opportunity.

This silky facial oil smells pleasant. I fall in and out of love with the smell but overall it’s nice. It will leave skin feeling fully clean and it is suitable for all skin types, even oily skin. I know there is a big taboo surrounding applying oil to already oily skin. While the product is an oil it turns to a silky milky texture once in contact with the face. It feels so luxurious and soft. It’s almost like a mini-facial. It’s not an overly moisturising oil as the idea is to remove makeup not moisturise. However, this on rare occasions has the inside of my nose/start of my cheeks slightly dry. I have put this down to using a facecloth which can be a bit harsh and abrasive on the skin. The product description also claims the product is suitable for contact lens wearers.

One of the biggest pluses for me surrounding this product is the price. For £10 you get an amazing makeup remover and skincare product. I have heard and read that this product is akin to the most expensive facial oils. While I can’t speak for that myself,not having tried any others.The Body Shop are really upping their game with their skincare range this year and the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is no exception.

For more info and products in the Camomile Body Shop range visit their website, www.thebodyshop.co.uk/Camomile.

New The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash |Review|

The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

The Body Shop Cool & Creamy Wash Swatch

Oh, The Body Shop! I rarely shop in The Body Shop. Not because I don’t love it, the smells, friendly staff, the anti-animal testing policy and general good morality surrounding the brand, I love it too much. I always spend a small fortune when I shop there. This time, being well prepared and armed with a list, I was on a mission.  I had read some very positive reviews about the new Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash so I decided it was high time to give it a try.

Firstly, I can’t believe how inexpensive this wash is….A mere £5! Despite the numerous reviews I had read I forgot to look at the price. This is hands down the best cleanser I have ever tried for a fiver. Ever! Designed for blemished skin, the Cool & Creamy Wash actively treats blemished skin without drying it out. This is a major plus for me as usually products aimed at spotty or spot prone skin are designed to combat oil aswell, thus drying it out. At the moment my skin is dry and spotty. I was delighted to find a face wash that didn’t strip any precious moisture from my face or leave it feeling tight. The Tea Tree formula is aimed to reduce redness and the appearance of spots. I can’t say that this completely clears all spots (an impossible task it seems) but it does reduce their appearance on your face. It is not aimed to stops  you getting spots altogether but it definitely reduces redness.

The wash itself is very creamy and soft, especially when worked onto the skin, where it turns to a milky consistency. I apply a small amount, depending on whether I’m wearing makeup or not, to my finger tips and gently work it into my skin. There is quite a strong Tea Tree smell, as expected, from this product. At first it reminded me of the Tea Tree shampoos designed to combat head lice. Not a pretty picture but I got an immediate flashback to being 8 years old and using that shampoo… Despite my initial reaction and memories, I have grown to really love the smell. I now associated with clean, clearer skin. The wash leaves a lovely cooling sensation on the skin. This is particularly tingly and cooling if used in the shower which intensifies the cooling agent.The cleanser is packaged in a plastic tube.  My only problem with it is the clear plastic lid which is quite delicate, mine broke when the tube fell in the shower.

The Body Shop Cool and Creamy Wash leaves your skin feeling fantastically smooth and velvety. It’s not the best product for removing tough makeup though. If you are planning to use this to remove makeup, I find it best to cleanse twice so your skin is 100% makeup free. Make sure to avoid using this too close to your eyes as it would sting like mad if it came in contact with them.

Overall, I really love this product and can’t say enough good things about it. It is a definite new favourite and I look forward to using it when I wake up and before I go to bed! Let me know if you have used this before or any other products in the Body Shop Tea Tree range. For more info visit thebodyshop.co.uk.

NSpa Lime and Coconut Exfoliators |Review|

NSpa Coconut and Lime Shower Scrubs

With the summer sunshine making rare appearances now and then many of us are contemplating getting our legs and arms out. This means exfoliating like mad to get rid of dull winter skin. If you like to cheat in the summer months with a tinted moisturiser or instant tan, exfoliation is a key step in your beauty routine. This is where NSpa exfoliators are here to help. Available exclusively from ASDA, these fruity shower scrubs are a great and cheap exfoliaitor. The shower scrub offers four fruity scents to choose from, Coconut, Vanilla,  Lime and Raspberry. I recently purchased the Lime and Coconut scrubs. These were on offer when I bought them at 2 for £4, which is still running. To buy outside of the offer they usually cost £3 each. Still a bargain in my eyes!

Nspa Showe Scrubs Coconut and Lime

Marketed as a daily refreshing scrub, these are definitely gentle enough for everyday use. I like to use them with exfolaiting gloves for extra smoothness. This method of application is less gentle on the skin but it is the best for removing ingrown hairs, tan and an all over serious buffing of the skin if you’re planning on applying tan. I have used both products on their own by rubbing them in-between my hands and then all over. They foam much the same way as when I use them with exfoliating gloves but is a much gentler method of application and probably ideal if you have sensitive or dry skin.

The Lime scrub smells so fresh and clean. It’s really zingy and zesty great for use in the morning as a ‘wake-me-up’. It is as you’d expect, a lime green colour with black seeds, a bit like frog spawn, as pictured below. The Coconut scrub smells amazing and won’t disappoint all you coconut lovers. A white gel with black passionfruit seeds. Once in contact with water these gels will foam enough to allow all over good coverage. I like to use a generous amount as I usually use this product all over my body.

NSpa Lime and Coconut Shower Scrubs, Swatches and Picture

Both squeezy bottles contain 225ml of product. I have been alternating between the two bottles and although both claim to leave a light scent on the skin once rinsed off I fail to notice it. These really do smell so amazing that they come with a warning on the tube. Sadly the amazing smells doesn’t translate to your skin after your shower or bath but when you use the product the scent is at its strongest. The NSpa range contains some great products, so far these scrubs are my favourite. They are a great option if you are on a budget or love using fruity products.

For more info visit nspa.co.uk or asda.com. I’d love to know if you have tried these or any other NSpa products!

Beauty Edit: Travel Sized Cosmetics

Travel Sized Cosmetics Collection

Travel Sized Cosmetics Collection

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, a week holidaying in the sun, or an over night at a friends house, nothing is handier than having a pre packed a cosmetics bag that’s ready to rock’n’roll. Many of the products I’ve mentioned below are available from your local Boots, Superdrug or ASDA. Keep an eye out for special offers, especially in ASDA where most of their travel sized goodies are 3 for £3, a compete bargain. All of the products mentioned below are under 100mls or 100mls on the nose so they are suitable for hand luggage if you are catching a flight.

Hair Care

The TRESmme Luxurious Moisture shampoo is designed specifically for dry or damaged hair. The formula is thick and works well to cleanse the hair. As you might expect from the name, it is moisture heavy so not the best for those of you that have oiler hair. For conditioner, I recently bought the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisture and Shine conditioner. I had never used this product before, and as you might expect it smells amazing! I’m a sucker for anything with coconut… Again, the formula is thick and creamy which is excellent for those of you with dry and split ends. It leaves hair soft and smelling fantastic. Next in the lineup is a mini Batiste dry shampoo. I use the Tropical scented one but there are so many different scents to chose from and different versions of this product for darker and lighter hair. I can’t survive without this product on a weekly basis, I have two of the larger bottle on hand at all times. I find that with this scent I don’t get sick of it compared to some of the other scents I tried. A mini dry shampoo is an essential, especially if you’re going on a short stay to a city and want to cram loads in and haven’t time to wash your hair every morning.

Skin Care

I’m a big fan of the Simple skincare range. I use their products on a daily basis in my normal skincare routines so it made sense for me to include them in my mini cosmetics stash. As a facewash/cleanser I use the Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. As with all of Simple’s skin care their products are chemical free and scent free, great for sensitive skin but tough enough to remove makeup. I also use the Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. The only negative I have regarding this moisturiser is that it wasn’t rich enough. I brought this with me to Paris in January, combining the cold Paris air, false indoor heating and aircon/heat on the plane, the product wasn’t strong enough to repair the serious dryness I developed whilst I was away. So while this is a great product I wouldn’t recommend it totally if you have very dry skin as I found it wasn’t as rich and moisturising as suggested.  For eyemakeup remover, I’ve included a mini Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Eye Makeup Remover. I think I got this product free in a set one Christmas when I bought a Doll Eye’s mascara. The formula isn’t overly oily, as the name suggests, but it manages to remove all traces of waterproof mascara and eyeliner without being harsh on your skin.It is also suitable for sensitive eyes. A little goes a long way with this product, which I love, so thumbs up for that Lancome.

Body Care

Included is the Dove Go Fresh deodorant in pomegranate and lemon verbena scent. This is a spray on deodorant which smells unreal. Personally I prefer the energising grapefruit and lemon grass scent, but they had no minis of it available. This product leaves underarms feeling so smooth after a few uses. I really noticed a difference in my underarm appearance after using this product. A word of caution though,  the cucumber and green tea scent goes on very cakey compared to the rest of the products in this range. I found that if I over spray it, it will clump and leave marks on my clothes. The other two don’t do this so it might be something to do with the formula. Either way I really like this deodorant and use it on an everyday basis.

I realise that the body care is a bit lacking in this collection. I need to replace my mini Dove body washes and find a suitable body moisturiser. Whilst I was in France I used my friends Soap and Glory products, which I liked but I can’t say much about because I only used them for a few days.

I’d love to hear your suggestions, thoughts and opinions on any of the products mentioned (or not mentioned) in the comments below!

5 Ways to Fight The January Blues

January Blues

For many of us January is the most depressing month of the year. The added woe of being broke after an indulgent Christmas means many of us have next to no money this month. The school holidays are over, work has resumed or you’re stressed to your eyeballs cramming for exams/stressing about your results.  However, we are more than halfway through the month and February is just around the corner. If you’re still struggling with the January Blues here are some suggestions to brighten up the last few days of the month and set you on a happier path into Spring.

Our Favourite TV Shows Return

The bad weather and short evenings are a great excuse to cosy up in front of the TV. After winter breaks, all our favourite TV Shows are back for new seasons. A few of my favourites include,The Good Wife Season 5  coming Thursday 30th January to More 4, Revenge Season 3 on Tuesdays RTE 2 or Mondays E4, Suits Season 3  also coming Thursday 30th January to  Dave, The Tomorrow People debuted this years and so far, so good. You can see it Wednesdays on E4 and Grey’s Anatomy has returned, catch it Wednesdays on Sky Living or Tuesday RTE2.

 Invest in New Products

The start of a new year and the winter weather is a great excuse to revamp your beauty and skin care collection.  New skincare and makeup products are not only a great investment but they’re a great source of happiness for most of us. Who doesn’t love opening a new lip balm or pot of moisturiser?  This time of year demands a heavy moisturiser or masque, both for your face and hair. The winter winds and bitter cold can cause serious damage if you don’t look after your skin and hair. Boots, Superdrug or your local chemist will undoubtedly have great January sale offers on most products to cure dull winter skin or hair. Makeup wise, there are loads of new products launching in the next few months, keep up-to-date with all the latest launches with Bloglovin’s top beauty posts.

Awards Season Fashion

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll be aware of all the red carpet events that have been happening in the US. Red carpet fashion has been clogging up everyone’s twitter feeds, favourite blogs and entertainment shows. The SAG Awards and The Golden Globes have already provided us with some amazing fashion and The Grammys, BAFTA’s and Oscar’s are still to come.  Red carpet glamour is a great way to satisfy your desire for luxury goods this month without spending any money.

New Films

As mentioned, with all the award ceremonies taking place, the best way to pass an evening is at the cinema in front of the latest blockbuster/award winning motion picture. This year’s big successes include 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity and so on. The list is endless. January is definitely the best time of year to hit the cinema.

Summer is Almost Here

If none of the above quite fit your fancy, you can sleep happy with the fact that summer is getting closer every day!

Let me know your favourite way to beat the January Blues.

The Best of YouTube: Makeup

VanessaTaaffe's best of beauty

Makeup can be a girl’s best friend… or worst enemy. Choosing the right products and knowing how to apply them correctly can often be a challenge! Luckily, the makeup gurus on YouTube are always close by to lend us a helping hand!
From foundation to false lashes, I’ve complied a list of the best YouTubers to educate us about all things makeup and skincare.

EmilyNoel83 aka The Beauty Broadcast

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If you are looking for a truly wonderful makeup artist on YouTube, look no further than the gorgeous Emily.  A former newscaster, Emily features extensive tutorials on makeup for HD lighting and camera settings.  Her reviews are honest, informative and extremely trustworthy. Her channel features tutorials for all occasions along with expert tips and advice. Specific brand tutorials mixed with her personal opinions on all products used, including brushes and skincare, give the viewer a good indication of which products are worth buying and which you could leave on the shelf. This girl knows her false lashes too!  I have to award Emily the title of Best-False-Lash-Applier. What Emily doesn’t know about falsies isn’t worth knowing. Her channel features various lash application videos aswell as a brilliant collection of drugstore (high-street) and high-end products. Whether you’re a makeup addict or makeup newbie, Emily has something for everyone!

MacBarbie07 aka Beth

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Bethany Mota’s channel, MacBarbieo7, is young, fun and FULL of energy! All of Beth’s videos are really well put together, flowing seamlessly from one topic to the next. I love that she features drugstore and affordable products in her tutorials. She is bridging the gap and reaching out to a younger generation of girls who are either advancing their love of makeup or learning how to apply products correctly. Beth uploads a brilliant range of tutorials with teenage themes and events in mind like prom, back to school, days out and nights out with friends. She incorporates makeup, fashion, beauty and DIY perfectly. There are even a few random vlogs mixed throughout her tutorials. These usually involve a great location like the beach, her local Wal-Mart or a New York adventure.

Lisa Eldridge

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Celebrity makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge, has quite an extensive CV. Her work has graced the covers of multiple publications. Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Vanity Fair, you name it Lisa has applied the makeup for it. Her clients include Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, Cheryl Cole, the One Direction Boys, Jessica Beil, Keira Knightly, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, the list is endless. She also features in Chanel’s makeup tutorials on their YouTube channel. It’s a miracle she finds the time to do all this and film tutorials for her own channel! Her videos include the best application tips and general product advice on YouTube.  She uses a lot of high-end products but offers good drugstore alternatives for the majority of the high-end products she uses. Many of Lisa’s videos focus on specific topics like how to get fuller lips, how to pick the right foundation or how to perfect the smokey eye. Lisa has an amazing, hypnotic and calming voice. She is so easy to listen to and follow. I can’t recommend her channel enough!

GossMakeupArtist aka Wayne

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Wayne’s channel offers honest, reliable opinions on every product known to man, on top of application tips and opinions on makeup trends. He competently explains all types of makeup fads, think Kim Kardashian’s yellow primer. Wayne’s videos are straight to the point, informative and interesting. He really knows his stuff, not just about the products but the ingredients in the products. If you want to learn more about how makeup works, how makeup is designed and what it’s supposed to do,  GossMakeupArtist is definitely for you.

Tanya Burr

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Another teen and young adult favourite, Tanya Burr’s brilliant makeup tutorials are inspired by celebrity and red-carpet looks. She features numerous natural and everyday looks too that are perfect if you’re going shopping, out for Lunch or to school. Tanya listens to her viewer’s feedback and comments and she uses a variety of drugstore and high-end products.  She is very fond of MAC which is great if you’re a MAC lover or you want to learn more about their products. Tanya’s channel also features skincare and fashion hauls. A haul, for those of you that don’t know, is a video featuring a collection of products or clothes. Many of her videos often feature special guests. These are mostly other YouTube stars.  Her “Get Ready with Me” videos are especially interesting when she is going to a movie premiere or giving you a rare insight into the madness of London Fashion Week.  All of the videos featured on the Tanya Burr’s channel are filmed to the highest quality and flow nicely. Tanya comes across as a genuinely lovely girl who really cares about her followers. An all-round fantastic channel!

MakeupByAlli aka Alli

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Alli’s channel features excellent tutorials for all occasions and events, day or night.  I particularly love her “No-Makeup-Makeup” looks and her natural everyday routines. They’re really wearable and easy to recreate.  Aside from a full on makeup routines she has videos tailored to specific applications. If you want to perfect applying blusher, contouring your face or creating the perfect airbrushed, HD eyebrows, Alli can show you how. She breaks down each area and the steps are super easy to follow. All her tutorials are filmed using a HD camera. Out of all the makeup gurus I’ve mentioned, Alli makes the best use of zoom and close-up shots. Viewers can actually see what she doing and how she is applying the product. She too uses a wide variety of products, the majority of which are available worldwide. Like most beauty YouTubers she features the odd hair tutorial and product reviews in her monthly favourites videos. If anyone reading this is hoping to start their own beauty channel or wishes to improve their own videos, Alli is the girl to learn from. She has videos on how she films and edits her tutorials which are definitely worth a watch.  Alli is a beautiful girl, with a lovely personality and a passion for sharing her love of all things beauty!
Let me know below your favourite beauty YouTubers and their best tutorials!

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Beauty Myths Busted

Can a bottle of anti-aging cream make you look instantly younger?
Will your eyes be smooth and puff-free after one lick of an eye roll on cream?
Will eating the crust of your toast turn your hair curly?
While many of us have learned that our hair will not turn curly by eating crusts of bread, other myths are not as easily figured out. Living in a beauty and health obsessed, mass marketing era, figuring out which products work best for you and your skin can take years.
Here are some typical beauty myths and urban legends.
 An anti-aging cream can restore the collagen levels in my skin.
Sadly, this is false. Collagen is a protein found deep in the skin. It is the key ingredient to firm, youthful skin. However, the collagen modules present in beauty creams are too big to penetrate the skin’s surface. Prevention from an early stage can help keep your collagen levels high.  Avoiding overexposure to UVA and UBV rays and cigarette smoke, can lead to a loss of collagen from the skin. While beauty creams may help to some extent, they can’t fully restore the collagen in your skin.
Toothpaste is a safe way to reduce and remove spots.
While it is true that toothpaste can dry up spots in no time, the fluoride can actually burn your skin, causing more harm than good.

Beauty Myths Busted

Your Mobile phone can give you spots.
True! Mobile phones are a breeding ground for germs. Many experts believe that there are the same germs on a mobile/cell phone as there are on a toilet seat. Wiping and cleaning your phone on a weekly basis can prevent this.
Pumping your mascara wand will give you more voluminous lashes.
This is a big fat no! Pumping your mascara will cause more air to enter the tube of mascara. This will dry out the product and leave you with A) clumpy lashes and B) less product for your money.
An eye cream can’t remove baggy and dark under-eye circles.
This is true. Most eye creams aim to reduce redness and puffiness. Unfortunately, under eye bags are genetic. Thankfully for us there are many ways to prevent and reduce under eye bags and puffiness.  Cucumbers, used teabags, or anything cold, can restrict blood vessels flowing and building up underneath your eyes. Regular 8 hours sleep, drinking plenty of water and minimizing the time you spent staring at a screen can also help.
BeautyMythsBusted.
Shaving makes hair grow back thicker.
This is false.  Shaving will not affect the thickness of your regrowth. However, it will make regrowth blunter and coarser, as the razor is only topping the surface of the hair not fully removing it from the follicle.
Applying perfume to pulse points will make it last longer.
True! Perfumes are made up of mostly alcohol. When alcohol is heated it will help release the fragrance, giving you a longer lasting scent. Your wrists and sides of your neck are the best places to apply perfume as the blood flows rapidly, heating the skin.
Pulling my split ends will get rid of them for good.
This is 100 % not true! Pulling and picking at split ends will only make them worse. The split will travel further up the hair follicle leaving you with a bigger problem than before you started. A total nightmare if you ask me! Get your hair professionally cut regularly.If you do cut your own hair, sharp scissors are essential!
Blackheads are a build-up of dirt underneath your skin.
This one is false. Blackheads are caused by skin cells and oil trying to reach the skins surface. When the two combine they form a barrier and appear black underneath the skin.  Using a cleaner or face wash with salicylic acid should help prevent and remove this pesky problem.
Beauty myths… Busted!