Soap & Glory ‘Thick & Fast’ HD Mascara | Review

Hello again,

Although this mascara is an old favourite, for some reason I stopped using it a while ago so I could try some new mascaras. I recently came back to it as I ended up getting two for Christmas – it must’ve been a sign…

This is a really good alternative if you’re looking for something that’s better than standard drugstore mascaras but not out of budget, like the luxury brand mascaras. It’s a nice in-betweener and it’s definitely worth the money.

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You can’t really tell from the photo because the difference is really subtle but the actual mascara brush has more strands on one side. One side has fewer thick strands and the other has more thin strands. So, one side better for separation and the other side better for volume. I start by using the side with less strands on as it applies the product more evenly. However, using just this side makes my eyelashes really thick so I always use the fluffier side to separate them.

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I find that mascaras are usually either volumising but clumpy or volumising but not lengthening so this is the perfect in-between for me. Whilst it gives my eyelashes a lot of volume, it does it without making them clump together. It also adds a great amount of length. I sometimes find that some mascaras can make my eyelashes look too long and false, because I have quite long lashes anyway.

I will suggest using an eyelash curler and then a primer with any mascara. I find it stops my eyelashes from clumping and separates my eyelashes evenly before I’ve even put any mascara on. This mascara works really well with my NYX Big and Loud Primer, which I featured on my blog not too long ago.

 

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I’ve used a lot of mascaras in the same price range as this one but there hasn’t been one that volumises and lengthens as well as this one without going over the top. I usually end up using a combination of two or three mascaras to get my eyelashes how I want them and it honestly takes me forever. However, when I use this one, it literally takes five minutes.

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You can find the mascara in Boots for £10.50 if you wanted to try it. They also still stock the original version, the Thick and Fast Mascara, if you wanted to try that one first. There’s a lot of difference between the new and old ones but they both work really well. If you wanted to try both of them, Boots are also doing an offer on Soap and Glory products so you can buy one product and get another one for half the price…

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask | Review

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As you may have seen from my recent January Favourites post, I’ve been using a new face mask. Over the past few weeks I’ve been reaching for the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask instead of my usual Mask of Magnaminty from Lush – I just wanted to try something new. Out of the three masks in this range, I wanted to try the Clay one the most as I think it suites what my skin needs.

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As you can see, you’re supposed to leave the face mask on for 5-10 minutes to allow it to dry. I find that this isn’t really long enough so I tend to leave it on for 20 minutes at least. When it all dries you can barely move your face, which is probably because it gets right into your pores. It’s kind of disgusting but when it does dry, it highlights ALL of your pores. If you didn’t know you had dirty pores, this mask will definitely point them out to you.

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It was actually really easy to apply actually. I have another charcoal mask that I’ve been using for a while which doesn’t apply easily at all. It’s really thick, making it difficult to spread it across my face. This one, however, spreads really easy. I also find that I don’t have to use as much of the product at one time because it covers my face quite quickly. The packaging says that the pot contains 10 applications but I’ve used mine 4 or 5 times and I’ve got loads left so I think I’ll get more out of it.

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After the first time I used the mask I already noticed a difference. It reduced the size of some of the more noticeable bits of acne on my cheek. Also, the pores on my nose were so much cleaner when I washed the mask off.

I find that after using this mask, any obvious spots that I have reduce so much in size. It just seems to dry them out to the point where they’re barely there anymore. Then, by the next day, the spot disappears – a definite plus for me.

The more and more I used it, the cleaner my face looked afterwards. Now, after using it for a few weeks, I’ve noticed that I’m getting fewer blackheads and my acne scarring has massively improved too. It’s definitely worth the money.

If you wanted to try this mask, it’s still on offer at Boots for £5.99!

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Nicky Clarke Hair Therapy Straighteners | Review

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I decided to use a Boots gift voucher I got for Christmas to buy myself some new hair straighteners. I didn’t want to get expensive ones because I do already have really good ones. Conveniently, these Nicky Clarke ones were reduced from £39.99 to £19.99 in Boots’ post-Christmas sale.

I’m really glad I found some for that price because I can now justify having straighteners in Cornwall and in London. I got these ones because they’re small and compact so they won’t take up much room in my suitcase for Budapest and won’t break my luggage weight limit.

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For the price, I’m so impressed with how well they work!

They heat up really quickly when you turn them on and also cool down quickly when you’ve turned them off. This is so useful if you’re in a rush to go out and you need to take them with you. It took mine about 15 minutes to cool down completely after I switched them off.

The heat setting comes in the form of a dial, where you can choose fine, medium, high and max. Fine to medium heat is for shorter or thinner hair and high to maximum heat is for longer or thicker hair. I used medium for mine and it was definitely hot enough – my hair is thin but still quite long. It only took me 20 minutes to straighten my hair perfectly, although someone else probably could have done it a lot quicker because I took boredom breaks.

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This might seem stupid but another thing I like about these straighteners is that they actually have an on/off switch. My other hair straighteners don’t have a switch so I have to turn them off by the plug, which I always forget to do. It’s definitely the little things in life…

I don’t use hairspray but my hair still stayed in tact all day which is definitely a good sign. I feel like I don’t have to use these straighteners a lot to get the straightness that I want, which is obviously better for the condition of my hair. I wash my hair every other day so even when I’m on ‘second day hair’, my hair is still really straight and I only have to quickly go over it to get it how I like it.

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As always, thank you for reading.

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Monthly Favourites | January 2017

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January has been a pretty relaxed month for me so I haven’t been trying many new products. However, there are four products that were real game changers for me this month…

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast HD Mascara

This is an old favourite of mine but I haven’t used it since about 2015. I always loved it but never bought it again because I had other mascaras to use up. However, I got two for Christmas so started using it again and I don’t want to go back to using anything else. The applicator is really good at separating your lashes but adding volume making them clumpy. 10/10. Definitely buy it – unless you’re looking for a waterproof mascara – I’d stay away if that’s the case…

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask

I’m really late to the bandwagon on this one. I didn’t buy this face mask before because I already own too many. However, Superdrug have been offering students 20% off recently so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to buy it. It worked out at less than £5 which is cheaper than my favourite Lush face mask. I won’t say much about it because I’m going to do a full review of it once I’ve used it a bit more. However, I will say that it basically rips the dirt out of your pores. As disgusting as that sounds, my face feels a lot cleaner after I use this.

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Garnier Moisture Restore Night Care

I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and I really really love it. If I apply this after I’ve cleaned my face just before I go to bed, I wake up with hydrated skin. Because my skin is naturally really dry, not using a night cream makes my skin much worse. This has been a bit of a winter skin saviour for me. I think it cost just over £2 from Superdrug too which is really affordable for the how well it works.

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The Original Beauty Blender

I’ve tried beauty blenders before but never actually tried the proper Original Beauty Blender. I’d heard that it was better than other brands of sponges so thought I’d give it a go, even though I usually prefer used brushes for my concealer and foundation. I was really surprised at how well it works! If you wet it a little before applying your foundation, it applies really evenly and doesn’t let the product dry out. I have really dry skin and I was finding it difficult to apply makeup with a brush. It wouldn’t blend easily on my skin even though I was using I really good moisturiser and primer before my foundation. This is a much better alternative to brushes. *Thumbs up*.

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As always, thanks for reading!

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Courteney x

NYX Big & Loud Lash Primer | Review

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Seeing as I’d run out of my Clinique Lash Building Primer, I thought I’d try a new one. I much prefer trying out new products than buying the same ones over and over again. My trust Clinique primer cost me £14 whereas my new NYX Big & Loud Lash Primer was just £5.50 so as you can imagine I was hoping that the NYX one would become my new favourite…

First and foremost, if you don’t use an eyelash primer then you must. I find that it’s a product that nobody else thinks about. People tend to forget that eyelash primers exist. Personally, I couldn’t imagine putting mascara on without a primer. It simply wouldn’t feel right.

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When I first used this primer I was a little confused. My Clinique one always coated my lashes with a thick layer of product. When I first used my NYX primer, it applied so easily that I barely noticed any product on my eyelashes. You can actually barely see it when I’ve put it on. I’m going to be honest, at this point I didn’t expect the primer to work at all because it was so different to ones I’ve used in the past.

I found that my mascara was so much easier to apply than it was with my Clinique primer. This stopped my eyelashes from going clumpy and looking too thick. This primer makes my eyelashes look a lot more natural and feminine than my previous one did.

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Once I’d applied the primer on my first eye, I let it try for a few seconds before putting my mascara on. I was actually really shocked that the primer made a difference to the application of my mascara at all.

I’ve also noticed that my mascara is a lot more long lasting when I use this primer. I used to find that bits of my mascara would flake off gradually throughout the day. Now, it stays put right up until the moment I want to take it off at night.

It’s interesting how I thought I’d hate this primer and now I couldn’t imagine doing my makeup without it. As you can probably already tell, I highly recommend this product…

As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know what your favourite eyelash primer is, I’m sure it won’t be long before this one runs out…

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No7 Makeup and Skincare Favourites

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A brand that I’ve been recently getting into is No7. So far, I’m loving all of the makeup and beauty products that I have of theirs. A great thing about No7 is that Boots always seem to be giving away some sort of voucher or discount on the No7 products. There ALWAYS seems to be a 3 for 2 or buy one get one half price offer going on.

Anyway. Amongst the products that I’ve tried, here are my favourites…

Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm

As mentioned in my Evening Skincare Routine, this eye gel is one of my favourites. It soaks into the skin really easily and reduces eye puffiness. If I don’t use this then the next morning my under eyes look darker and puffier.

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Dramatic Lift Mascara

I got this mascara in a free gift set – you know them ones where you spend a certain amount of money and get a free gift? At first I was a bit sceptical about this mascara as it didn’t seem to be as lengthening as my usual mascaras. However, once I changed up my eyelash primer I realised that it was the primer and not the mascara that was the problem. I was still scraping out the last bit of my primer when I tried this mascara – no wonder it wasn’t working out for me. This mascara looks very natural but still gives my lashes a lot of length and volume.

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Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil

Truth be told, I don’t use eyeliner very often at all. However, if I do, then it’s always this one because it applies really smoothly and isn’t thick and dry like I find a lot of eye liners to be.

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Airbrush Away Primer

This product was also in the free gift set I got, which is why it’s only a sample size. I tried this primer for the first time and I absolutely love it! It reminds me of my old favourite Maybelline Baby as it’s more of a serum. However, this one is a lot thicker so feels like it gives more coverage than the Maybelline one. My makeup seems to stay in place until I take it off at night which is definitely a plus.

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Essential Moisture Day Cream

This is probably my new favourite moisturiser. Despite it being quite a thick cream, it soaks into the skin really quickly and makes my whole face feel super soft. I usually use this moisturiser in the morning when I’ve cleansed my face and I’m not planning on wearing makeup.

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High Shine ‘Daydreamer’ Lip Crayon

I was a bit skeptical about trying this because I’ve tried one of the Revlon ones and didn’t really like it. However, this lip crayon applies just like a lipstick. The product itself is really smooth and doesn’t dry out my lips like I expected it too. I also think that this colour is a perfect nude. Also I prefer wearing lipstick, this lip crayon is a nice alternative if you’re looking for something different.

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Moisture Drench ‘Caramel Silk’ Lipstick

This lipstick is probably my favourite lipstick of all time! The colour perfectly matches my lips so it looks really natural. At first I thought that the colour would be too dark for me but it’s a really nice ‘your lips but better’ shade. Unlike a lot of lipsticks I’ve tried, this one doesn’t dry out my lips at all. I’m guessing that’s what the ‘Moisture Drench’ part is for…

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Courteney x

 

Clinique Lash Building Primer Review

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For a few months I was on the hunt for a new eyelash primer, seeing as I was coming to the end of my Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion. As much as I loved that one, I wanted to try something a little less drying.

Unfortunately, my Urban Decay primer ran out quicker than I thought it would and I had to buy something else quickly. However, I didn’t want to commit to something cheap that wouldn’t be as good as my usual primer. Anyway, I was recommended to try the Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer. I hadn’t tried any products from Smashbox before so I opted for the sample size so if it didn’t work for me, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. This primer only lasted me for about a month but I’d say that it was just as good the Urban Decay primer. Still, I wanted to try something better.

Alas! After more Googling, I stumbled across the Clinique Lash Building Primer. I’d heard such good things about Clinique skincare and makeup so I thought that this would be a wise choice.img_2671

When in the Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush with my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago, I decided to see if boots had it in stock. They did! £14 later and I was the proud owner of this beautifully packaged product.

The next morning, I tried the primer for the first time and couldn’t believe how lengthening it was as well as providing a lot of volume to my lashes. I now realise that my Urban Decay primer didn’t actually lengthen my lashes that much, despite adding a lot of volume to them.img_2673

One thing I have found quite peculiar about using this primer is that if I apply the mascara when the primer has dried, my eyelashes look overly think and clumpy as if there’s TOO MUCH volume. Yes people, it is possible to over do it on the volume front. However, when I was using my Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion, my eyelashes looked their best when I applied the mascara whilst the primer was completely dry. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing that I have to apply my mascara when my Clinique Lash Building Primer is still a little wet – I just found it rather odd…

Overall, I’m in love with my new eyelash primer. At the end of the day when I’m ready to take my makeup off, my mascara is still going strong. I’m guessing that this is because it’s being held together my this magical primer.

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Let me know any primer or mascara recommendations – I change my eye makeup quite frequently.

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Courteney x