No7 Cleansing Brush 

No7 Cleansing Brush 

I felt like the luckiest person in the world last month when I received a package from my lovely friend Debra-Bow… this lovely lady needs no introduction you almost certainly know who she is.

In this package was some Kiss nails, a highlighter and shockingly the No7 Cleansing brush. We have had many a conversation on what’s app… and we got talking about cleansing brushes. I used to have the Clarisonic but gave it to a friend after it just not working for me. I tried, oh I tried, it worked for awhile, then it just made me so red I looked like I had fallen asleep in the garden with no SPF on. Not good. I was a little scared to use the No7 brush BUT.. this is what I thought.

First of, I love it’s battery powered, no charging cables! Simple. It’s light and the replacement brush heads are super cheap too (two heads for £8…. bargain!!). The brush head has long ish bristles and are so soft on the skin.

After first use I was hooked, I tried it with a few different cleansers and loved it with my C&P but after a trip to Boots I bought the Tea Tree Witch Hazel and active Charcoal wash, which I have done a post on. Well it was a game changer, massage the cleanser in, wet the brush and go in circular motions around my face. Wow!

The brush has two speeds, push the button once and it’s a slowish speed, push again and it speeds up. I like it on the first setting as I find on the fastest one water and cleanser go flying off everywhere haha.

My skin feels so soft and smooth every time I use this. I was using the charcoal cleanser with the brush after my first cleanse in the evening every day, however, my skin couldn’t handle it everyday so I use it minimum once a week usually on a Sunday for a deep clean and during the week if I have worn heavier make up.

When I first started using the brush I did have a breakout but I think was more hormonal. The breakout cleared quickly due to really deep cleansing my skin.

If you’re thinking of getting a face brush of some kind I highly recommend this brush being your first stop, as I think it’ll be your only stop and you’ll be saving the pennies. I wish I got this brush first instead of the Clarisonic.

XO

Garner Skin Active Moisture Bomb Mask – Fatigued Skin 

Garner Skin Active Moisture Bomb Mask – Fatigued Skin 


I know I know I’ve always said I don’t like sheet masks but I have a confession I tried one a couple of weeks ago and thought it was alright. I didn’t mention it as I thought it was a fluke. My lovely friend Ellie popped over with a little care package and in it was this mask. I love Lavender and I am certainly feeling tired and my skin is looking it. 

I hopped in the bath (not literally as that’s dangerous) plopped a twilight bath bomb in and put this on my face. 

Once you peel the blue layer away it is really… I don’t want to say it… but moist. It’s moist. And slippy. I positioned it on my face and laid back… I usually try and potter about with these masks on and end up looking like something out of a scary film but I thoroughly enjoyed using this mask!! 

The mask claims to hydrate for one week… well it says… Super hydrating, de-tiring mask… Intensely rehydrates, reduces the appearance of fatigue and relaxes the senses. I must admit it did all those!! I looked and felt so much more relaxed and less tired after using this. 

Perhaps I’m officially converted to sheet masks…. shocking I know. XO 

Tea Tree Witch Hazel and Charcoal Boots Skincare Range

Tea Tree Witch Hazel and Charcoal Boots Skincare Range

I had seen a few reviews of this facial wash and I kept thinking I should try it out.

When I went into boots for cotton pads… I came out with these 3… and a few other bits (but ssshhh don’t tell James haha) I was really excited as I had tried the face mask before and liked it. I am loyal to my Elemis mask but I do like to dabble and try other masks. I like a good pore detox.

I have done this review slightly different as I want to give you my first impression and after using it for at least 2 weeks.

Facial Wash

First Impression – I oddly like the colour of this, it made my skin feel super clean. I used this with just my hands this time but I want to try it with the No7 cleansing brush (review on that soon). It smells pleasant enough too and it was a great second cleanse. It is really creamy and goes white/grey when massaged into the skin. Skin felt a little dry after but I can deal with that as my skin feels super clean! 

After 2 weeks of using every day – ok I didn’t use it every day… I think I had a day or two where I was lazy with Skincare. I have noticed a huge difference with this face wash and LOVE using it with the No7 cleansing brush as feels like it really cleans. I have noticed my blackheads have minimised too.

Scrub

First Impression – I didn’t use this the same day as the facial wash I used this in the morning the day after and my skin felt smooth after but pretty much same as the wash for me.

After using twice a week for 2 weeks – my face is definitely smoother and I think possibly a mixture of the face wash but my skin has cleared loads. I have been drinking more water as per my August Goals. So I guess this is all a factor.

Face Mask

First Impression – I used this on my nose, chin and forehead along with my Elemis mask on the rest of my face. My pores on my nose definitely looked less noticeable after first use. It’s nothing incredible but it’s good!!

After using twice a week after the scrub – again I think a mixture of drinking more water and the other products… my skin looks clearer!! I love the feel of my skin after using this.

Considering this range is reasonably priced I really like it and I think it is doing a great job so far. I especially like the wash!!

Have you tried this range? What do you think of it? XO

August Goals 

August Goals 

Just a quick post today, mainly want to write these down so if I don’t stick to them I have the shame of updating you all.

I wanted to set some goals, after a really crappy July I wanted to push myself to get back to being healthy (ish) I am not saying I will be going to the gym and having green smoothies every morning because I never stick to that.

  • Drink more water – cliche but an important one! Going to try and just drink water… and tea… I am not giving up tea!
  • Move more – again a classic for these goal posts right? However, with what happened last month and with my ongoing coccyx condition some days are harder than others. I am going to aim to walk a little every day, working my way up again.
  • Eat less chocolate and the naughty stuff – Chocolate gives me migraines and breakouts.. surely this should be enough to put me off eating it.
  • Be more organised when it comes to blogging – I am aiming to post every Wednesday and Sunday. (Hope no one fell off their seat then reading that!!)
  • Be more active on Twitter – I am quite active in general but I don’t promote my blog as much as I see others doing so feel I should a bit more.
  • Meal plan a bit better and stick to it. I try to write a meal plan and buy the shopping according to that but we always end up changing our minds and sometimes food goes to waste which I hate.
  • Get more fruit and vegetables in me, I am not too bad but I don’t get my 5 a day in a normal day unless I have the motivation to make a smoothie and eat a salad for dinner. I should be more conscious about what I eat as I am with Jacob.
  • NOT SPEND… I left this one for last because… it will be the hardest. I am a sucker for a trip to Boots… but I am really trying not to spend this month, I have enough skincare and make up to get me through until Christmas… If I do well this month by not spending it may extend further….

Wish me luck…. I will update beginning of September… XO

My Top 5 Skincare Products

My Top 5 Skincare Products

Probably one of the easiest posts for me to ever write or plan. These will be of no surprise if you have read my blog for awhile but I always think it’s good to recap on the staples every now and then.

  • Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish – I know shock horror. I have always loved this cleanser and always will. I use other products but as I have found in recent times when I am down etc this is my cleanser that offers some comfort. It removes all my make up and never makes my skin feel dry afterwards.
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – this is my treat cleanser, once a week treat to be precise. It is pricey so I like to make this last. It smells incredible and removes my make up and skin in one. My skin feels so nourished after using this.
  • Tea Tree Oil – this product is such a simple one but so effective, I get a spot I dab a bit of this on before bed and by morning it’s drying up.
  • Nuxe Dry Oil – this Oil can be used everywhere, face, hair, nails and body so great to take on holiday and save taking multiple products. I don’t use this everyday as I am trying to use some other products up which are also good but the smell of the Nuxe oil is incredible and wins hands down.
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – bit of a cliche I feel but I do genuinely love this, mainly for my lips, it keeps lips soft and hydrated. If I don’t have my OPI nail oil in my bag I do use this, this is also great for dry patches of skin and when you have a sore nose when you have a cold. It can be used everywhere. It’s my go to when on holiday as tames the brows, adds a gloss to the lashes and even on top of the cheekbones as a subtle highlight.

What are some of your staples? Xx

July Glossybox 2017

July Glossybox 2017


Always the exciting part of the month when my GB or LF beauty box comes through the door. I’ve made no secret of the disappointment I sometimes feel though. However, not this month!! Really happy with this months box!


Monu Spa First Defence Soothing After Sun – this claims to be for all skin types and although I’m not one to be sitting in the sun at the moment this smells so nice and glides on the skin so nicely I will get use out of this whether I’ve been in the sun or not.


Papanga Hair Bands are bigger than the usual plastic spring hair bands which is amazing for someone with thick hair (like me!) I received a clear and a black band. There is also 20% with this months glossy box so will stock up on these.


Cutebalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry, this smells so sweet but not over powering and gives a lovely Tint to the lips, I was feeling lazy and popped this on my cheeks too and worked really well. So perfect for the hand bag.


Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder, I have wanted to try and proper banana powder for ages so this will be a perfect addition to my make up collection. I will give this a whirl next time I contour…


I’ve left the most exciting for last, I’ve wanted a fan brush for a long time and never taken the plunge and bought one (not sure why!) anyway in this months box I received the Spectrum Fan Brush. I used this for highlighter straight away and it’s changed everything… well.. changed how I put on highlight anyway.

So overall really chuffed with this months box! Do you get Glossybox? Were you happy? XO 

Current Skincare Routine 

Current Skincare Routine 

I have been mixing my skincare up a lot the last couple of months. 

In the morning I use my cleanse and polish, I find this wakes me up and just helps me start the day in the right way, I follow up with the skin boost tonic, a spritz of the Nuxe dry oil, finish the skin with the LE day moisturiser and I pop on some Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream on my lips. 

In the evenings it gets a little more involved as have a little more time on my hands and my little lad is usually in bed and not asking for more toothpaste…or trying to put things down the toilet haha.

I use Micellar water first and foremost to remove the bulk of my make up, I class this as my first cleanse. I get a bit of the Emma Hardie cleansing balm and massage this over my face and neck, this smells incredible, I can’t imagine my life without this now. If I am not doing a mask or scrub I go ahead with the Pixi Glow Tonic, a new addition to my skincare routine as it was recommended by a good friend, this is great and gives my face a nice little tingle. I then apply some eye cream and at the moment I am using the Liz Earle Superskin eye cream. I then take either my Nuxe oil or Liz Earle Superskin facial oil and a drop of lavender oil and massage into my face and neck. Depending on how my skin feels I finish with the LE moisturiser… apply Nuxe lip balm and off to bed I trot.

I am not loyal to any particular face mask or scrub and like to mix them up. I have been enjoying the Frank Coffee face scrub lately though, smells like coffee and has a fine scrub so really nice on the skin. For a mask I have been using the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask, I love how it sinks into my pores and it practically makes my pores invisible. I have also been using my Clarisonic once a week just to boost my skin. Been doing that for a couple of weeks now and my skin is smooth after and not red like it was when I used it before, have used the Byron Bay gel Cleanser with it too. Lush!!

What are your staple skincare products of the moment? X