Beauty Bites

Last night I decided to do a little post on some “beauty” stuff I love and I feel is pretty affordable. I got my favs out to do a little photo shoot and tonight I was ready to roll. HAH!! There about five minutes ago, I confirmed to myself exactly why I’m not a beauty blogger…one of the items, I lovvvve to bits is discontinued and the other, well I seen it in the shop last week so either their website is very poor or I’m seriously slow on the beauty scene. Actually, I am….I am reeeeeally slow on the beauty scene. Up until Christmas, I had make up circa 2000 lurking in my bathroom. I know, I know…ugh! It’s gone now though, I never used it anyway. Anyway, shur listen, I’m still gonna tell ye about this stuff, ye might fancy it yerselves……………

Numero uno! Nivea Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream. Aggggh! Ooooh! As I write this and go to attach a link, it’s gone down in price!! Wooo! Bargain at the minute! Anywho…I don’t wear make up everyday, mascara if I remember it and sometimes if I’m going out and it’s not “Out, Out” I don’t want to use my MAC foundation, it makes me feel like my face is overdressed and so my bestie recommended this to me. It’s Nivea too, a brand I really like and it goes on so easy, just like you’d expect a moisturiser to BUT it gives a really nice light coverage to your face. For me, I feel like I’m still everyday me but with a nice light filter over me. So if you’re looking for something for light daily use with an economical price tag, I’d recommend giving this product a try…..it’s down to £1.79 in Superdrug at the min…go, go, go!!160421112842_wm

Next up St. Ives Apricot Body Scrub. I. LOVE. THIS! I love the smell of it, I love the consistency of it, it really is one of the best body scrubs I’ve used. My legs can go really dry during the winter and this is just the stuff to pep them up, it just works so well from the first go, my skin feels like new! It’s also really good to use in preparation for tanning. The tub is pretty big too and although I do quite like the tub, it’s a bit annoying trying to use it and keep water out of it whilst in the shower…but then where there’s a will there’s a way! I think the price is pretty reasonable too for what it does.

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I stole this pic off the Boots website.

(Unfortunately for me, when I went shopping for it last, neither Superdrug or Boots had it so I’ve picked up Superdrugs own Sugar and Oil Body scrub to try but it has big shoes to fill for me on this….I’ll let ye know what I think.)160421112858_wm

I use this lad, pretty much every day; Superdrug Deep Action Exfoliating Daily Wash. I have pretty porous skin and I find around my nose area is really prone to blackheads, using this wash though really makes a difference. It feels a bit sticky but has just the right amount of grittiness to clean your delicate facial skin. I see results straight away and my face just feels so clean, like the grime of the day has been lifted off and I can breath again. I’ve tried the more expensive products too but I feel Superdrug have done really well here with their skincare products so I’ll stick with them…the also do a really good Blackhead Clearing Scrub as well.

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Pic stolen from Superdrug website.

The odd time, when I’m feeling like a proper beauty queen, I actually take the time to slap on a face mask. At the minute I really like Superdrugs Purifying Witch Hazel Face Mask…this is also the item I can’t find on their website but obviously did in store. I picked it up for the witch hazel element as my face can be a right bitch at times and is prone to spots. Witch Hazel is a natural cleanser and soothes irritated areas. The mask doesn’t dry super hard, but does “tighten”, I don’t know if it’s the smell of this alone or what it is but my skin instantly feels “lighter” as soon as I put it on. I’ll post a link to another from the range here.160421112945_wm

I’m a bit sad as I write this piece…These little L’oreal Glam Shines have been discontinued. (You can still buy them off Amazon but still, if you were in a hurry like….) A friend of mine introduced me to these a few years ago and also gave me a few bottles supply (of which is coming to an end) and I just love them. They have great staying power and have a cute little heart shaped wand for application, which works well with your lip shape. The darker one is my absolute favourite, I wear it rather than lippy sometimes and it’s glittery…like why? Why would you discontinue this??160421113055_wm

I looked on the L’oreal site and it suggested these as an alternative so we shall see….

Now last but not least….hand cream! I have a bit of a thing for hand cream at the minute as me hands are in absolute bits for some reason lately. At the top end of the price scale is L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, (£8 for 30ml) I actually got this free with a magazine, granted it has lasted me ages as you only need to use a little but if I went into a shop and seen the price I’d be scared off a little. As a treat though, this is really nice and pretty good cream. It’s quite thick so as I said you only need a little but it is very moisturising and it smells nice too. Mid price band (£4 for 30ml) are the Body Shop hand creams which I treated myself to at Christmas. Again with these creams,  they are quite thick and a little goes a long way, they absorb really well too. They both smell amazing especially the strawberry one, I just want to lick my hands every time I apply that one. Last but not least, my bargain Nivea Soft hand cream (75ml) which I picked up in Poundland. I love Nivea creams anyway and this hand cream doesn’t disappoint me. It’s pretty light and compared to the others will seem watery in consistency but it does a good job and my hands feel much better after applying it.160421113150_wm

So there ya go…my little stab at helping to “beautify” the world, I hope you found it helpful and let me know if you’ve tried any of the products or what you think…any recommendations of your own?

Stay clean, stay soft,

Love Donna x

P.S You can also check out my reviews for Cocoa Brown Tan here and Dove Hair oil here.

 

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The Quest to be a Golden Child

IMG_20150510_001320Yep…summer’s a coming! It can only mean one thing…my yearly battle to look less white! This year, though it seems more important, like I NEED to succeed. See, I’ve lost a little weight, my friend’s wedding is looming, it’s mine and hubby’s first official baby-free outting since Monkey was born (22mths ago!!!), so I wanna look the SHIZZLE! Plus IF I succeed it means I don’t have to explain to my work colleagues that the reason I’m still wearing tights  (nude, of course…it is summer!) is, if I were to go without the sun’s rays reflecting off them would surely blind them.

I begin with a total body scrub down…twice…ya know…cos I’m coming outta winter (and don’t do it nearly as often as I should). Then have a wash with me nice “give your skin a drink” as I like to call it, shower gel….shave legs, etc…wash again and out I get. I feel smoooooth, like a baby’s bum. Right, so, simple enough…rub on in circles, evenly, like moisturiser. Wash hands immediately, don’t want stains in between me fingers. Grand job. Done. Smells ok. Do a little dance, scan hairline for an visible grey hairs whilst giving “the bod” time to dry.

Next morning, checking myself out to see just how much of a “glow” I have…hmmm….can’t notice any difference really…oh, ah…wait…yes! I have two orange “stains” about the size of 50p’s on my knees. Fan-fecking-tastic!! Slipping my watch onto my wrist…..wahey…guess what…I have oompah loompah wrists!!! I don’t understaaaand!!! I did everything the bottle said….blah…the only things glowing right now are my knees and wrists!!! And it’s not even a sexy glow…jayzus!! Ok, I’m not giving up that easy. I give it a day and before bed the next night and apply another coat, taking care to pretty much leave out my knees and lower arms. Third morning in…woooo….my arms look like they’ve picked up a light tan….yay!! I notice later in the day though, my hands have never looked as white…booooo!!

I’m now planning on trying (once Superdrugs has it back in) the Cocoa Brown range recommended by Bebhinn from A Judge Less Life. Fingers crossed or should I just be content to have no white bits and be proud of being “one big white bit”?

What ye guys think?