What I think of Essence ….


A Wilko store has recently opened near to where I live, and having been made aware of the Essence brand by another blogger ( http://www.rougepout.org/ and instagram rouge pout_beauty) I thought I would do a mini haul of some of their products.

The first thing that caught my eye was the nail polishes.  I picked two of the Gel Nail polish, one in pink and the other a grey/lavender shade.  I love both colours and they applied really well.  The brush is a good, not too thin (which I hate) and the price is only £1.60.

Along with the nail polish, I picked up the nail polish corrector pen.  This is a stroke of genius and it comes with three additional heads.  It is very precise and I know that I will be repurchasing when I run out.  Costs £2.70.


I needed a pink lip liner, so 07 Cute Pink seemed like a great colour to try.  I love the colour although the pencil is a little hard, it had staying power.  Cost £1.


Next, I picked up a Matte Liquid Lipstick 04 Ready, Set, Impress.  This is a great lipstick, lasts for ages, comfortable to wear and a great colour. Costs £2.30.

The Quattro eyeshadow palette  07 Over the Taupe has now become one of my favourite palettes.  The shades are so gorgeous and they are super smooth and blendable.  They don’t crease and are just the perfect shades.  Cost £3.

MakeMe Brow eyebrow gel mascara in shade o3 Soft Browny Brows costs £2.50 and is just as good as the Benefit Gimme Brow which costs £20. This comes in three shades.


My final product is a blusher – Mosaic Blush in 20 All you need is pink.  It is highly pigmented, so you only need a little on the brush.  I have used nothing else since I picked it up.  It comes in three other colour ranges too.  Costs £2.50.


I picked up all of these products for about £17, which I think is amazing.  They are great value for money, and I would say they are definitely worth trying especially if you are on a budget.

Have a great week everyone.


June Glossybox review…

111Skin is a brand I have recently come to love and this Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel is a beautifully light gel.  It has a very delicate fragrance (not essential I know ) and is not at all sticky, but very easily absorbed.  fullsizeoutput_3bd

A very nourishing and Cherry and Almond flavour Lypsyl that contains SPF15.  This is not a tinted lip balm, but it is full of loads of great ingredients :- Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.


A Power Plump Lip Crayon from Sleek Make Up in the shade 1047 Colossal Coral.  This contains a lip tingling ingredient, and it is really tingly!  Not really my colour, but it does apply well, but a bit too tingly for me.


I know dry shampoos and beach hair sprays are very popular, but they are not something I have ever felt the need to purchase.  Batiste Stylist Texture Me Texturising Spray is in this month’s box so I felt I should give it a go.  Result – surprisingly good.  It plumps up the hair, leaves no residue and I like it!


From Manna Kadar Cosmetics, is a peachy illuminating liquid highlighter.  It is quite subtle and would look fabulous with a tan.  I had not heard of this company before, so will definitely be checking out their other products.


The last product in the box is from Beauty Pro and it is their Black Diamond Peel-Off Mask with activated charcoal.  Now, if like me you watched the YouTube videos of people trying to peel off these types of masks you may, like me, be slightly reluctant to try this.  However, for the sake of the blog I will be giving it a go in the near future.  Fingers crossed I can get it off.fullsizeoutput_3beWell, I’m taking advantage of the glorious weather, and I’m off to the beach with my tousled Batiste textured hair.

Have a great week eyeryone.


Rapid Lash – A Review …


A few months ago, I was watching a YouTube video from Pixiwoo about a product that enhanced eyelashes.  It seemed a great product but quite expensive at £110 for 4ml.  So I took myself off to Boots and bought a similar product called RapidLash for £36.99.

RapidLash is an enhancing eyelash serum that is applied to the base of the upper lashes at night, every night.  It is Opthamologist and Dermatologist tested, does not contain paragons or fragrance and is not tested on animals.


How does it work?

It contains several key ingredients such as Biotin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Amino Acids, Soybean oil, Pumpkin seed extract and Polypeptides.

These help prevent the lashes breaking, help boost protein and nourish and improve the appearance of the lashes.


I have been using RapidLash for about 5 weeks and I am really thrilled with the results.

My lashes are very definitely longer and thicker.  I would say that the length is 3-4 mm longer than my previously.  I have not included any pictures of my lashes without mascara purely because my natural lashes are quite pale and it is difficult to see them in a photo.

So far, I am totally loving this product and will continue to use it for the forseeable future.  fullsizeoutput_3b0

Have a glorious week everyone.




May Favourites …


So much I could have chosen this month, but I’ve narrowed it down to five products that I have been using throughout the month.


I recently purchased this double cleanser purely due to the fact that it from the Goddess of all skincare herself and that means it must be good, right?  Absolutely right.  I have heard that not everybody is so keen on this, but I really liked it and I didn’t have any problems using it.  I have previously used the Pixi Cleansing Balm, and am not particularly a fan, although it does the job, I didn’t like its consistency.  The double cleanse, as the name suggests, is a solid cleansing oil and a cleansing cream.  Both great textures and leave the skin feeling great.


When I picked this up I wasn’t totally convinced about the colour, but I am now totally hooked on this colour concealer.  It really brightens the under eye area and a really affordable product.



Another recent purchase that I haven’t stopped using this month.  Great shade for summer, and I like to wear it when I wear the Dior nail polish.



I love this nail polish.  Gorgeous shade of bright cerise pink.  Beautiful for the summer and applies really well and is long lasting.



A great little palette of browns and khaki.  Easily blendable and I love the shades in this palette.  I have used this everyday since I bought it.


I can’t believe we are half way through the year!  Hopefully, we will have a lovely long summer.

Enjoy your week.


Space NK haul ….

At the beginning of May I took a little trip to Bath and found myself in Space NK where I was informed that they had a special offer  on.  The offer was a free gift of numerous products if you spent £130.  This, I know may sound like a lot of money but it only took 3 items to get to that, and the gift was pretty amazing.

So, I knew I wanted to buy Sunday Riley’s Luna, as I have such good reports on this facial oil, and so that was the first item in my basket.fullsizeoutput_378

I then had a great deal of deliberation, trying to decide which product to get from the Hourglass range.  In the end I settled for Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Diffused Bronze Light.


My third choice was In Transit, Camera Close Up which is brilliant all round primer, mask and moisturiser in one.  This was a repurchase for me as it is my favourite primer.

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3 Prep and Go Cleansing cloths

Caudalie VineActiv Glow Activating Anti Wrinkle Mask

DCL C Scape Enzymatic Gel Cleanser (Full size 200ml)

Kevin Aucoin The Essential Mascara in black

Lipstick Queen in Eden

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Eve Lom Rescue Mask

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Daily Peel

Hiskin Y Lift Neck and Décolletage Serum

Chantecaille Rose de Man Face Oil

Ultrasun Ultralip SPF30

Malin+Goetz Revitalizing Eye Cream

Goldeaden MD Needle-less Line Smoothing Concentrate

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask

Supermood Egoboost One Minute Facelift Serum

Finally, a beautiful Slim Credit Card Holder in Misty Blue from Aspinall of London.


I have to say, I think that was a pretty great offer from Space NK.  It was actually my first visit to a Space NK store and I found the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly so a thumbs up to them.

Have a great week everyone.


May Glossybox Review…


May has brought another great box from Glossybox.

From Scrub Love comes a Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub that contains Avocado and Aloe Vera. Charcoal is fantastic for detoxing the skin and the Avocado and Aloe Vera are great for nourishing, moisturising and hydrating the skin.fullsizeoutput_360

Dr PawPaw is a brand that I have not tried before, but this Original Balm looks very interesting.  It can be used on lips, skin, nails and hair, so it would be a brilliant product to take if you are going on holiday, and they claim it also helps with insect bites.  It is vegan friendly and cruelty free, it does not have a scent and feels really good on the skin.  fullsizeoutput_361

Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie is lightweight cream to help calm sensitive skin.  It is a lovely softening moisturiser and although my skin isn’t particularly sensitive, I would definitely use this cream.


One interesting product this month is the Andmetics Brow Wax Strips.  I am slightly nervous when it comes to waxing eyebrows myself as whilst I was doing my Beauty Therapy training I thought it might be a good idea to practice as bit of waxing on myself.  Note to self – whenever I get a good idea, I should think twice.  Half an eyebrow is not a good look on anybody!  Nevertheless, I shall give them a go.


Finally, a great blusher for Summer – Coral blush by Ruby.  A lovely coral blusher always looks good on a tanned skin, so I am looking forward to trying this out.


I have to say, I have been loving the Glossyboxes I have had this year – some great new products and it’s good to try new brands.

Have a lovely week everyone.


A Small Haul…


I keep saying I won’t buy new products for a while, but it seems I cannot go into Boots the Chemist without purchasing something.  I tell myself it’s for the blog!

Anyway, today I noticed that Max Factor had a deal for 3 for2 – so that’s a bargain right?

I picked up two beautiful lipsticks from their Matte range.

Matte 05 Nude is literally the perfect nude shade.  Also, although a matte it is very comfortable to wear and not at all drying.

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Matte 25 Blush was the first one I picked.  I don’t have many pink shades of lipstick and I thought that this would be a perfect colour for the summer.

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So, as it was a 3 for 2 deal, I picked up a Creme Puff Blush in Shade 30 Gorgeous Berries. I thought this might compliment the pink lipstick.

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I needed some eye make-up remover, so I picked up some Simple Kind to Skin Dual Effect remover.  This needs to be shaken before use and is great at removing all eye make-up, including waterproof.

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Finally, as I can’t resist a facemark, I added Montagne Jeunesse Sea Splash Peel Off mask. This is a cleansing and revitalising mask, and its blue.  Bet you can’t wait for the instagram photo of this one!

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As always, have a great week and lets hope the sun shines 🙂