Author: lucylovesbeautyxo

Beauty Addict, Skincare Junkie - Mummy to the most amazing Toddler!

Soap and Glory Righteous Butter Shower Cream

A couple of months ago someone said to me… who uses Soap and Glory these days, and I was quite shocked, although my stash from Christmas had been run down nicely I felt super guilty I hadn’t bought anything for awhile. I popped into Boots and for the Spa Wonder set on offer, in the pack was a lipgloss, a mini of the face wash I use, Righteous Body butter (amaze!), A little shower gel (Sugar Crush) and the righteous butter shower cream that says it is a 3 in 1… shave, cleanse and moisturise. I couldn’t wait to use it.

It has the classic packaging and best of all… the classic original scent of soap and glory. My husband even recognised it, I find the scent such a comfort too.

Anywho.. It is thick in consistency, and applied to the skin it lathers slightly. They really didn’t lie when they said it is great for shaving, just wow. My razor glided nicely and my skin was so friggin smooth I couldn’t stop rubbing them!!! I didn’t have to moisturise after the bath but I did anyway and it just topped it off perfectly.

This tube has lasted awhile but I did buy a back up because I don’t ever want to run out. I couldn’t find it in Boots to buy alone so bought another Spa Wonder gift set (thats how much I needed a back up) I hope when it comes to repurchasing it will be easier to find!

Have you used this? Do you love Soap and Glory too? XO

Herbal Essence Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner

I wrote back in the summer about my hair care routine and I was using the Fudge Make a Mends shampoo and conditioner. I do still use that but thought I would try another shampoo and conditioner to break the routine up a little. I found this scent of Herbal Essence in Boots and it was 2 for £6 at the time. It has a honey scent but not too sickly.

It claims to restore hair to its healthy condition. I must admit the first time I used it I was a bit let down, I have been used to the Fudge one, however, the second time I used it… wow! The shampoo does lather nicely and my hair feels super clean but not striped of its oils. The conditioner is what makes this duo great though, I apply a generous amount to the ends and whatever is left into my roots. I leave for 5 minutes whilst I do the rest of my shower routine and when I rinse the conditioner out my hair is tangle free, smooth and shiny.

My hair brush glides through my hair with ease, even before I applied my leave in conditioner. I really noticed that my hair is shiny and feels healthier too. Might be a trick of the mind but I really like using this duo in-between using my trusty fudge shampoo and conditioner. What are your hair care staples? XO

Bondi Sands Gradual Tan

I am pretty lazy when it comes to fake tanning, I try and do it once a week as I look see through without a tan of some kind. This is why I bought this bad boy!! It was a pretty penny at £11.99 for a 375ml, but I have used it every other day and have noticed the difference, I look a little healthier… I think. I only usually spend £5 on my normal fake tan so perhaps I can justify it?

It has a lovely scent of cocoa butter which isn’t over powering at all. I am not a fan of the cocoa butter scent when it is super strong as its sickly. It says you can use every day but I like using a body butter in between to keep my skin super moisturised. That being said though this gradual tan is one of the most moisturising ones I have ever used, it contains aloe vera and vitamin E which scream hydration to me. (Shout out to the throw back holiday skin! My friend Jade and I loved the stuff… but the smell!! Rank!)

Once my usual fake tan has run out I want to try the Bondi Sands Tanning mousse, if their gradual tan is this good, I can only imagine how good their actual fake tan is. Have you used any Bondi Sands products? What are your thoughts? XO

What is in my makeup storage

I am one nosey little pickle so I love seeing what other people have in their make up collection, I will be honest I do have more lip products in my handbag but I want to do a ‘real-life’ whats in my bag and I know if I take all the lip products out, it will be empty. Not that exciting though I am a lip balm girl!

First of this is my Muji draws that I have had forever, I love my Muji, they were a total youtube inspired buy… including my Alex (which I really want the 9 draw version of!)

On top I have my brushes that, these are my staple brushes and I love the RT buffing brush. In the little white pot are my eye brushes, they kept getting lost in with my bigger brushes so thought I should separate them. In the pink holder are my RT sponges, I love these and use them when I remember to wet them first haha!

Top draw – these are my foundations, concealers, powder, primer and tinted moisturiser… as you can see I have a modest collection!! The L’Oreal primer gets bought into play when I need my make up to stay put for longer than 6 hours. I love the Tropic Skin tint for the Summer mainly, when I am having a good skin day and just need a little something. The Ordinary Coverage foundation is my daily go to, its so good and super cheap. Mac Studio Fix fluid, this is a staple foundation and I have the shades NC15 for my super pale days, and NC20 for my fake tanned skin…and mix the two together when I am in the middle. The concealers I have are the Mac Studio Fix NC20, Pro Longwear in NC15 and NC20 and the Bourjois healthy mix… I use the Healthy mix one every day, its so easy to use, blends nicely and quickly. Again the one powder I have is in the Rimmel 24 lasting one, I use this again when my make up needs to stay, I trusted it on my wedding day and it did me well!

Second draw down – I have my blushers, bronzers, highlighters and lip products.. Nars Laguna, shocker I know but still the only one I will use, the Benefit box blushers are my favourite, and I have Rocketeur for Autumn/Winter and Coralista for Spring/Summer. The Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter is perfect for high impact!! Love it!! I have a the Benefit Benetint that I love for a no make up makeup look, on the cheeks and lips and done and dusted kippers and custard. The liquid highlight I have I use mainly in Summer for a subtle glint as hate using powders when its super hot. Lip products in here currently are the Benebalm, Mac Creme Cup, Soap and Glory sexy Mother Pucker gloss in Plumsip and a LAQA & Co Matte lip in Daydream. A new addition to this draw though is the Alicia cream blush! It’s so lovely and looks natural.

Third draw down – Eyeshadow palettes, mascara, eyeliners and brows. I have been using the Pixi brow gel now for as long as I can remember, and the Ardell brow pomade is my bitch… I love it. The mascara currently on rotation is the Ciglione which is ok… nothing special but does the job. I have a lord and berry black eyeliner and a Rimmel nude one too. The eyeshadow palettes I have are the UD Naked palette, Too Faced Peaches and Too Faced Naturals palette. The individual ones I have are UD Half baked, Naked and Sin… my most used from the UD palette. Also a Mac Paint pot in bare study that I use as a base for eyeshadow.

In the bottom draw are my contact lenses… need those bad boys in easy reach haha.

I do have more make up but in different places but this is my daily go to bunch! I know it is pretty modest – especially to how it used to be haha. Do you think you own too much make up? XO

No7 Hydration Mask

I got a set in the Boots sale, it came with the limited edition rose gold no7 cleansing brush, as you know the lovely Debra Bow gifted me the original No7 brush so this set was a no brainer for me!! It came with the No7 gel cleanser which is great and have used on and off for a long time. But today I want to talk about the hydration mask.

I was quite skeptical, it is like a gel and for me I usually love more of a creamy texture in a hydration type mask. However, this mask surprised me. As you can see in the bottle it is a mixture of a few textures and these blend together. I cleanse and pat my face dry and apply a generous amount of this mask. It doesn’t smell over the top or anything which is nice and its lovely to massage in after leaving it on for 15 minutes, I then wash it off with a face cloth.

My skin is so super soft after using this, I do sometimes apply a mud mask to my t zone and then this mask around my face. I have used it 4 times now and I have really noticed the difference in my skin, in Winter I usually feel quite tight around the chin and nose but nope… zilch!

Have you tried this mask? What did you think? XO


Well here we are… 2018… Monday 1st January feels all kinds of cleansing and fresh that it instantly makes me feel positive about sticking to some “resolutions” I didn’t do toooooo bad at last years… I didn’t do too great either but achieved so much in 2017 and had some massive changes! Positive ones though of course.. like going self employed! I still can’t believe that I was brave enough to leave my “safe” job.

Anyway this is no time for reflection on the last year this is all about the future and the positive vibes I intend to take into the new year.

So here goes my modest list of resolutions that I hope to make easy enough to stick to… although I’ll probably fail by the time I’ve hit publish haha!

  1. Drink more water blah blah blah (I don’t do too bad but could do with more)
  2. Meditate/breathe for at least 3 minutes a day.
  3. Read a book a month…. A MONTH!
  4. Push my nails a bit more and work harder in all things beauty.
  5. Complete at least one more beauty course before December.
  6. Save for next Christmas.
  7. Budget a bit better and not buy things I really don’t need.
  8. Have more family outings.
  9. Spend less time on my phone and only do blog related shiz on my laptop.
  10. Eat healthier in general, not cut anything out but make better choices.

So please wish me luck, I think I am going to need it! What are your New Years resolutions for 2018? XO

Happy New Year from us xoxo

Merry Christmas

If you’re not into soppy posts I would probably click off if I was you haha.

I just wanted to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, also a massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog this year, to take the time to like and comment, I have not taken my little space on the internet for granted once. I know I am not a massive blogger or big in any way so I do appreciate every view.

This year has probably been the most up and down year of my life. Lots of weddings, including my own, and if you’ve been around here you’ll know the saddest part of my year. I now plan to look forward.. only forward. 2018 I am determined to make a positive one, I have a lot planned and although January will be testing in more ways than one I know I am strong enough to get through anything because I have my family and friends right by my side, my parents are always there whenever I need anything and I love them so much and of course my amazing lad to keep that smile firmly on my face.

Talking of my friends, I would like to say a special thank you to the Archie girls. I love you girls so much. The daily what’s apps, laughter and the support we have is irreplaceable, not to mention my rants regarding a certain subject haha (inside joke there kids)

So here is to a very Merry Christmas, an amazing new year and a happy, healthy and positive 2018. I will be back here in January, back to schedule. XO