Review: Holy Grail Soap and Glory Products

 

For the last few months, I have been working as a digital ambassador for Soap and Glory through my university. For someone who loves beauty and has used Soap and Glory for years it was an absolute dream opportunity for me and one I couldn’t believe I was given. However, as the semester comes to an end, as does my current contract. To round it off and celebrate I thought I’d do a post on my absolute holy grail Soap and Glory products.

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Smoothie Star Body Scrub

Soap and Glory do an amazing selection of body scrubs in all different scents and textures depending on your skin type and preference. My personal favourite is the Smoothie Star scrub which I have repurchased numerous times over the years. The sweet maple scent is almost good enough to eat and leaves the whole bathroom smelling amazing. I particularly love this scrub for removing fake tan and leaving my skin super soft. It has oats, shea butter and banana extracts which are fantastic for their moisturising properties and give it it’s mouth watering scent.

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SugarCrush Body Buttercream

The scent of this range is my absolute favourite from S&G. It has strong notes of sweet lime which makes me feel so fresh after applying. I’ve went through tubs and tubs of this as my dry skin just soaks it up after the shower. Once again, all the body butters from Soap and Glory are amazing and super moisturising for the whole body.  Special shout out to my close second favourite the original Righteous Butter too – the mini version is my go to for holidays!

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Peach Party Blush Brick

This little blusher is my go to for summer and has been for many years. It’s a very similar idea to the infamous Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks in terms of being made up of different tones which can work all together or separately on the face. I swirl my brush in the palette and apply to the apples of my cheeks for such a gorgeous peachy glow. The shimmer in the blush is finely milled but definitely packs a punch to just give a radiant and healthy appearance. The colours could also be used seperately on the eyes too, so a fantastic multi use cosmetic! I think this would look amazing on deeper skin tones also.

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SolarPowder Bronzer

I wrote a whole post about my love affair with this little beauty. It’s the perfect bronzer for warming up my pale complexion and, as it has two different shades, would suit different skin tones and can be used for contouring too! You can read my post here.

SexyMotherPucker lipgloss in Nudestar

I love the whole SexyMotherPucker lipgloss range including the XL and XXL versions. However, if I had to choose my absolute number one it would Nudestar. It’s a perfect nude with just a hint of shimmer which gives you super full looking lips. I love layering this over nude lipsticks such as Mac’s VelvetTeddy or Kylie’s “Khlo$” to recreate the 90’s lip trend. The tingling properties these glosses are famed for is strangely enjoyable! This is a must have in my handbag.

Choosing my top 5 products was no easy feat as I love so many of the products from Soap and Glory. They’re a brand which celebrates and empowers females, which urges them to be fearless and make every moment in life a Kickass one. I feel so privileged to have been able to work with them and have loved writing the posts weekly and I hope you enjoyed them also!

What’s your favourite Soap and Glory Products?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

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Summer 2017 Bucketlist

During my last week of university, I had the harsh realisation that this is my final summer still in education. This time next year I’ll (hopefully) have completed my full honours degree and be about to step fully into the scary world of full time work. Therefore, I know I need to make the most of this final summer so I took to Pinterest to find some inspiration for my own Summer 17 bucketlist.

  1. Go a day without technology

This one sounds ridiculous to the average person but I literally spend 12 hours a day with my eyes glued to my phone or laptop. I always tell myself that I’ll delete the Facebook app to give myself a social media detox but never actually stick to it.

  1. Go to/book as many concerts as I can

I LOVE going to gigs and concerts and this is something which I try and do as much as I can each year with my student budget. Even just having them booked for the future gives me something to look forward to. I am going to The Wombats in June with one of my best friends, and Little Mix at the end of the month with another. Both completely different genres but both I’m extremely excited about!

  1. Take more pictures

I know everyone laughs when they see that girl in Nando’s doing a whole photoshoot with her butterfly chicken, but I love looking back on images of important events or even just stuff that reminds me of certain people or places. I have so many albums on my laptop from my teenage years which I still look back on fondly. It’s my 21st in a few weeks so thats definitely a photo opp!

  1. Start a scrapbook

Following on from above, I want to channel my inner Art Attack and start a scrapbook of all my favourite memories from this summer. This would give me something physical to look back on and remember!

  1. Have a girls holiday

I’ve booked to go to Ibiza with two of my best friends in July and I honestly cannot wait for a week of sunbathing, cocktails and laughter.

  1. Book a city break

Whether it be abroad somewhere like Amsterdam or Berlin or simply to Newcastle for a few nights, I want to be able to explore various places whilst I still have the free time!

  1. Push myself out my comfort zone with my style

I’m 100% a play it safe kinda girl when it comes to my hair and the way I dress. I’ve always wanted balayage in my hair and I’m finally going to push the boat out and do it this summer. I have SO many palettes and lipsticks in my collection but I always stick to the same general tones, so I’ll be hitting up Youtube for some serious inspiration for new looks this summer.

  1. Go a road trip

I love the freedom my car gives me and there’s nothing better than being behind the wheel, best friends in the back seats and a throwback playlist on travelling somewhere for the day.

  1. Read more books

I used to be an absolute book work as a child whos highlight of the week was my Saturday trip to the library with my dad. As I’ve became older, its been less Jaqueline Wilson and more reading tweets. I’m so keen to get my nose in a few good books on holiday and also at home as a way to unwind. Ay recommendations, please pass them my way!

  1. Get work experience

As a journalism student, the paths I can go down are so wide and varied that I want to try and get as much experience in them all this summer before I chose which avenue to take this time next year. Plus, some can be really fun such as my previous placement at STV.

  1. Practise self-care

Both mentally, physically and emotionally. I’m a definite stress head and worry extraordinaire and this is something which at times just takes over everything I do. I’ve recently started back the gym and this has given me such breathing space to clear my head and feel better in myself.

  1. Do something kind everyday

Again, such a simple little thing but something I’ve been trying over the last few weeks and honestly the impact is so refreshing. This could literally be from telling a stranger that you love their shoes or helping someone who is in need. Little things each day can make a huge impact on someone’s life.

What are your summer plans for 2017?

C x

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Review: Get a Glow with SolarPowder

Bronzer holds such a nostalgia for me when I think back to my horrific makeup as a teen. When I first got into the ideal of being tanned and glowey I began using Rimmel’s then cult SunShimmer bronzer which left me looking more like a giant tangerine. God knows why I thought this was a good look but none the less I continued this JerseyShore-esque makeup for a good few years.

When I finally realised this orange glow was just not for me, I went on the hunt for a bronzer which was cool toned enough for my pale skin. Finding a good bronzer in the drugstore which fitted this bill a few years ago proved extremely tricky, but thankfully that’s where Solar Powder came in.

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Left: New packaging, Right: previous (and clearly well loved!) packaging

The packaging has had a definite revamp from its old carboard exterior which I’m extremely glad of. Sturdy plastic packaging just holds up better in a jam-packed makeup bag and is so much less likely to break or get really grubby.

Regardless of the packaging, the bronzer is such a cult favourite for me. It’s only available in one shade however within the new sleek packaging there is two different tones of bronzer. The left side is a warmer bronze shade and the right is a cooler, lighter bronze tone. The colours can be used together or seperately which makes it such a fantastic bronzer for holidays or travelling.

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I tend to use my Real Techniques powder brush and sweep over both colours for a lovely glow to my sun shy skin. I also have used the cooler tone to contour with when I’m at my palest as it gives more of a shadow affect to the skin rather than a harsh orange line. I particuarly love doing this on holiday and during the warmer months when I’m tan free. The colours are also great transition colours in the crease of the eye too!

The “S&G” logo does come with a subtle shimmer to it but I found mines has worn away after just a few uses, which I actually prefer. This then allows me to get a nice sunkissed natural glow from the bronzer rather than a more shimmery offering.

I highly recommend SolarPowder to anyone, especially those fair skinned, looking for a new bronzer which wont break the bank this summer!

What’s your favourite bronzer?

C x

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Study Hacks for the Stressed Student

With teaching now finished at my University, it’s the time for intense revision and final deadlines to come rolling around scarily fast. As I try to cram in as much revision as possible in the next few weeks, here’s my top tips for a stressed out student like me!

Plan, Plan, Plan

Usually university doesn’t just leave you a few exams to deal with at the end of term. There’s always a good few pieces of coursework conveniently slotted in too, such as a 3,000 research proposal which I’m currently attempting to tackle. It’s important to find the balancing act between doing this coursework and still setting time aside to study so neither side suffers. I tend to write down at the start of the week when I’m working, if I have any other things planned and then set aside a good few hours a day for uni work. This way I can wake up knowing what I need to do each day and find it motivates me to actually get it done.

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Find a study space

It’s so important to find somewhere where you can actually concentrate when it comes to revision. I find studying in my bedroom far too distracting, so I tend to sit in the dining room and leave my phone upstairs or at the opposite side of the room to stop me scrolling Instagram endlessly. Everyone focuses in a different way so find a space where you feel most comfortable, whether that be outside in the garden, on the sofa or in the local library. We have a 24 hour study lab available on campus which is also fantastic for getting yourself in the zone.

Study in groups

Chances are your classmates are stressing just as much as you about the dreaded final exam, so why not put together a study group to revise together? I find this to be so helpful to cover any topics you’re all struggling with, as you can help one another and give each other any quirky tips you’ve got to help you remember it. My friend Jade makes up stories to try and remember legislation, something I’d never have thought of before!

GCU have private study rooms located in the Student Association which are great for getting a group together. There’s also study rooms available in the Saltire centre which can be booked via the library desk. I’ve used both and find them fantastic for group studying. Have a look on your Universities website for similar study spaces available to you.

Find what works for you

Everyone takes information in in a different way, so it’s important to work out what works for your brain. I tend to write my notes out in my own words using coloured pens, which I then stuck to the walls in my room. I also really like making flashcards for each topic which I can then ask my dad or a friend to run over with me.

You could also record yourself saying a particular topic or key points on your voice memos on your phone or iPod and listen to it back whilst commuting. I’ve done this before and as much as I detested the sound of my own voice by the end of the week, it really helped pass the time when I was stuck in traffic in the car. You might just do past papers or tests online, or by simply looking at your notes. If you’re a visual learner and like mindmaps, try MindMup which was recommended to me by my friend Amy. This allows you to create as many mindmaps as you wish which can be shared on social media with friends or converted from PDF so you can print it.

Use a playlist

I find sometimes a bit of background noise helps me focus more on what I’m studying. As much as I’d love to be able to blast Beyoncé for motivation, I end up spending more time perfecting my vocals and doing the Single Ladies dance than actually studying. Spotify have a whole “Focus” playlist section specifically for studying and concentrating, with my favourite being the Music for Concentration playlist.

Take a break

I’m definitely the kind of person who will spend hours trying to cram stuff in, but there comes to a point where your brain will just hit a wall and won’t take anything else in. Make sure to take regular small breaks for snacks and study fuel, and if possible go get some fresh air to get a break from the laptop. By stepping away from the books for even just half an hour it can give you an instant refresh when you come back to restart. Taking a break is also so important for you mentally if you feel you’re getting stressed or anxious. Coursework is of course important, but so is your mental health, so look after both.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If there’s a particular area you’re struggling with or you just can’t find the materials you need in your notes/online, ask for help! Your uni lecturers are there to help you pass your coursework and exams so send them a quick email or head to their office for advice. Or, create a chat with people from your course where you can all share any queries you may have. Chances are you won’t be the only one struggling with that topic, so you’ll be doing everyone a favour by asking it. You all have the same goal at University, and that’s to graduate with the best degree possible, so help each other get to end.

Just remember that the end is in sight and all this hard work will be worth it in the end!

What are your top study tips?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Review: Is Soap and Glory “The Greatest Scrub Of All”?

If you’ve got dry, sensitive skin like me, trying a new face scrub is likely to be something you’re a little bit apprehensive about. A face scrub in my skin care routine is crucial to smooth over dry patches, but it must be gentle enough to not aggravate my eczema.

So, into my skincare routine walks Soap and Glory “The Greatest Scrub of All”. Bold claims straight away from the name, but I was initially sceptical due to previous bad and painful experiences with harsh scrubs. Sold as a “DIY micro-dermabrasion”,  the scrub contains salicylic acid, which is traditionally known to treat oily skin. However, it’s also fantastic for breaking down dead skin cells without actively having to “scrub” them away as it encourages natural skin turnover.

The scrub is for all skin types, and recommends using a pea-sized amount onto damp skin wherever your problem areas are (whether that be an oily nose to unclog pores or an area of flakey skin) for around 30 seconds.

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I was instantly drawn into the claim that the scrub gave “instant radiance”. I’ve been using this once or twice a week after using a cleanser in the evening, and following with moisturiser as directed.

The Results

Honestly, the face polish has become a firm favourite in my routine. The grains within the scrub are not too harsh and very finely milled within the polish itself, which means 30 seconds is perfect to give a good amount of exfoliation. It’s not too harsh for my skin and leaves it feeling soft and visibly more radiant. I stuck to using it once a week, sometimes twice if I had a particular problem area, and this worked great for me. If you have more oily skin, you possibly could use it more for a deeper clean.

Most amazingly, I have noticed a huge improvement on my facial milia. Due to my eczema, I have to use a heavy moisturiser to treat it which can cause the annoying tiny white bumps to appear around my eyes and under my cheeks. I, of course, don’t use the scrub on my eye area itself but those under and around the eye they are visibly reduced. Salicylic acid does = DIY microdermabrasion in this case!

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I’d definitely say the scrub lives up to its claims of being suitable for all skin types and giving instant radiance. It’s one that you can adapt to suit you based on how much you use and how frequent etc. Is it the Greatest Scrub of All? That’s for you to try the polish and answer!

You can buy The Greatest Scrub of all here for £9 for 150ml.

Do you use a face scrub in your skincare routine?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

Review: Soap and Glory Kick Ass Colour Correcting Sticks

I have only tried colour correcting makeup once before and results were more Fiona from Shrek than supermodel (green cheeks were NOT a good look). I was really excited to try Soap and Glory’s new Kick Ass range of colour correcting sticks to see if I could make them work.

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The packaging of the sticks is super cute, I really like how they’re colour coded so easy to find first thing in the morning through bleary eyes. They bullet shape means you can apply it straight to the skin without a brush or needing to dig any product out which is also a plus. I like to apply the concealers with my beauty blender, and it works great both wet or dry.

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There are 4 different sticks in the Kick Ass Range:

All is Calm: Anti Redness Concealer (green)

I apply this on my cheek area as it gets super red at times, especially if my eczema has flared up or my skin’s sensitive. The formulation is SO creamy, and blends in like an absolute dream. I was very sceptical as my previous experience with green colour correctors wasn’t great but I LOVE THIS. It is undetectable under makeup and I’ve reached for this everyday since I got it. Definitely my favourite from the range.

Fake Awake: Dark Circles Concealer (yellow)

I use this on my dark circles which I rock on a daily (thanks uni and work) and it really is fab for concealing and hiding dark circles. I do follow up with a concealer anyway as I’m pretty fair skinned this doesn’t “brighten” as much as I’d like it too but is great if you have a bit more tan.

 

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All Is Calm and Fake Awake applied.

 

Just Bright: Tired Skin Concealer (lilac)

This is the one of the four I was slightly unsure where to put it on my face. I decided on using it on my chin and around the sides of my face to be the best placement for brightening up and taking away an discoloration. I tried this under my eyes too and it did help to blur out the dark circles.

Super Blur: Imperfections Eraser (clear)

This one is such a good concept in my opinion.The idea is you place this over any imperfections to blur and smooth them out before makeup. The transparent “blend of wax and lightweight oils” sit so nicely on the skin. I had a patch of eczema right under my eye and I applied this on top after the green colour corrector and my makeup applied so much smoother over the top. This would be great if you have areas of large pores or spot prone skin also!

 

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(Please excuse the makeup free face!)

 

Overall I’m super impressed with the colour correcting range. I’ve used Fake Awake regularly since receiving it and Super Blur will always be kept on hand for any dry skin days. My stand out is definitely All Is Calm, I absolutely love it!

I’m doing a little giveaway over on my Instagram with an All is Calm and my favourite Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss in Nudestar up for grabs! Head over here to see how to win ❤.

The colour correctors are all linked above and are currently 3 for 2 on Boots.

Would you try colour correctors?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

How To: Celebrate Galentines Day

Whether you are planning a romantic night in with your other half this Valentine’s day, or spending the night with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s in your pyjamas, February 13th is all about celebrating your kick-ass girls. Here’s some easy ideas for a night to remember:img_6211

Have a girls night out

Get your best LBD on and hit the town for some cocktails with the girls. Make sure there’s plenty of selfies to capture just how 10/10 you all look.

Or a girls night in

If you fancy missing those crowded bars, have a night in with some of your favourite wine, plenty of snacks, Bridget Jones on repeat and an abundance of gossip to catch up on. Dominoes and a Beyonce playlist are essential.

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Have a DIY pamper night

Fake a spa day in the comfort of your own home! Grab your favourite face masks (my favourite at the minute is Lush Mask of Magniminty for calming my stressed skin) or go all Pinterest and make your own. Don’t forget the wine!

Have a throwback party

Celebrate the good old days by taking a step back in time. Blast some Steps or S-Club 7 on your speakers, grab the hair crimper and look back at the old cringeworthy pictures of you. How did our mums ever let us out like that?!

Try somewhere new

Whether it be a new restaurant, a new nail bar or an activity you’ve never done before, step out of your comfort zone and do something new together. Even if it ends up not being your cup of tea, it’ll be a story to remember. Read other peoples blogs and Google to find new and exciting ventures. I recently went to a local trampoline centre and absolutely loved it!

Have a makeover night

Get everyone to bring their favourite makeup products and spend the night giving each other a new look. It’s a great way to get some inspiration for both new products (sorry bank balance) and looks. Needing some ideas or tips? Pop Youtube on and try recreating the tutorials on there. Practise makes perfect!

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How will you be spending your Galentines day?

C x

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Let’s Chat: January Roundup

The first month of a new year always has this weird atmosphere around it. Everyone is trying so hard to make a positive start and push their new year goals (myself included) that it almost feels wrong to admit if things just aren’t going right. Things get shitty, and that’s okay to admit from January right through to December.

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January 2017 has been a complete blink and you’ll miss it month. I had exams at the start of the month which were a complete knock back to reality after an amazing festive period, and started back university for my second semester of third year. With the talk of March/April/May exams already rife I can just tell this semester is going to be a stressful one!

I travelled down to London for my amazing Soap & Glory digital ambassador training day which you can read all about here. I have never travelled further than Glasgow alone by myself, so setting myself the challenge of travelling and arriving in one piece in London was a scary mission, but I did it! It really was an amazing day and gave me such an insight more into marketing, social media and PR work. As a journalism student, these are all avenues I could explore when I graduate so it was fantastic to see how it all worked.

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January was the month I tried to make myself be more organised. I’ve found having a week to view planner a great way of setting all my tasks out. Juggling uni work/actual part-time work/blogging/exercising/socialising/sleeping has not been easy so by giving myself set goals each day has helped lots.

I watched Bridget Jones’ Baby this month and absolutely loved it. There’s a running joke between my friends and I that I will be Bridget when I’m older because a) I’m a journalist b) I love a good pair of Spanx and c) I’m ridiculously unlucky in love. I laughed as much at the third instalment as the first two, a definite recommended film for a girly night in. Jojo Vibe has been my most played song on Spotify this month, I absolutely LOVE her new album.

I bought the Two Faced Sweet Peach palette and the Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection this month, both of which are all forms of heart eye emojis. I’m trying to put myself on a makeup spending ban for February as I did go a tiny bit overboard over the festive period…. Lets see how that one lasts!

I got an iPhone 7 towards the end of the month, so my aim is get as many great pictures as I can this month.

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So here’s to February 2017, let’s see what you have in store for me.

What are your February 2017 goals?

C x

Review: Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition

Soap & Glory have taken things up a notch for Galentines, giving their award winning The Righteous Butter a shimmering twist as we enter Spring.

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I have been a long time devotee to the original Righteous Butter formula. I have particularly dry, eczema prone skin which cries out for moisture especially in the winter months. My skin reacts to heavy fragrances but I can safely say none of the Soap and Glory fragrance houses have caused any angry skin so that’s a definite plus point! As it is a butter, I like to apply it in in the evening after I shower to allow it to sink it overnight. The original pink fragrance of rose and bergamot is super relaxing and definitely one of my favourites from the range. The butter is particularly good prior to fake tanning on the knees, elbows and ankles to stop any unsightly clinging.

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The new Diamond Edition is the exact same formula, with the exception being the “pearlescent shimmer mica powders” which give the product its diamond namesake. With highlights and illuminators taking Instagram and social media by storm, I was so eager to try the butter and see if it helped fake that much needed glow to my lack-lustre skin. It applied just like my holy grail Righteous Butter and sunk in leaving my skin so soft, however left a shimmery base on my skin. See the product in action in my little boomerang video here.

The finish of the butter was more shimmery than I was first expecting, however I did actually really like it. I think the butter would love amazing with a tan on holiday to really illuminate and hydrate the skin , or for an evening out on the legs and decollatiage for an instant lift and youthfulness. Personally, I wouldn’t wear the Diamond Edition on a daily basis and will stick to the original formula (or Sugarcrush, my other absolute fave) however will be keeping it stocked up for when the sunnier weather arrives. I hope the butter isn’t a temporary thing because I can definitely see myself re-buying this for the holiday season.

You can buy The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition here for £10.

What’s your favourite S&G body product?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

Review: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipgloss

Soap & Glory are famous for their fun, tongue in cheek product names, and Sexy Mother Pucker is no exception. I’ve never been the biggest fan of lipgloss, however have repurchased or been gifted SMP many times over the years. The shade Candy Queen holds a slight nostalgia to me as I used to wear it non-stop as a teenager. They are unique on the market as they contain “superfill” technology, and are infused with natural plant oil to plump your lips and give you a super glossy pout.

There are 7 individual shades currently available from the range, however different collections/combinations are always released around Christmas time.

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Once applied with the doe foot applicator, they begin to tingle on the lips almost like pins and needles. I don’t find it uncomfortable at all, but it is certainly a strange sensation the first time it is applied. However if you’re feeling brave, try their XXL plump – the tingle is real with that one! The tingle dies down shortly after application and you’re left with lovely glossy lips.

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The colour range on the glosses is great, with a selection of more opaque colours and shimmers. I personally love layering the glosses over my existing lipsticks to give a fuller looking pout, in particular Bare Enough which is a lovely pinky nude. Nudestar looks amazing over a brown-toned nude (think Mac Velvet Teddy) for glossy lips Khloe Kardashian would be proud of. If a more natural look is what you like, try Candy Queen or Doughnut for a more subtle wash of colour and shine.

These glosses are a handbag favourite of mines as they are just so easy to apply and instantly make you feel put together.

You can buy Sexy Mother Pucker here for £9 from Boots.

What is your favourite shade of Sexy Mother Pucker?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.