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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L: Old packaging R: New packaging

 

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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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Review: Soap & Glory The Mighty Contourer

Contouring has been a huge makeup trend over the past few years, with the likes of the Kardashians and Beyonce rocking super sharp faux-cheekbones. However, it’s super easy to end up with less of a shapely contour and more of a terracota line down your cheek.

Soap & Glory have launched a super cute little 3 in 1 contour kit designed to make the whole process a lot easier, which I decided to put to the test.

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In the compact, you have three cream products:

Darker shade to add definition in the hollows of the cheeks, along the hairline and under the jaw bone.

A highlight shade to lift and add light to under the eyes/tops of cheekbones and forehead.

Blush shade to add a flush of healthy colour and glow.

The compact comes with a small leaflet which has pictures and guidance of where to apply all the colours which would be fantastic for beginners!

I use the shade “Fair’s Fair” however in all honesty the contour colour would still be fantastic for medium skin tones also.

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Contour, blush and highlight shades on my fair skin.

I simply apply the products with my fingers, and then use a beauty blender to blend them out.

The contour colour is great as its not too warm yet not too cool. Its super blendable which makes it hard to go wrong with it, and it can be built up easily. The blush shade has actually become my firm favourite from the compact for adding a super healthy flush to my cheeks on a day to day basis. I was a bit sceptical about the highlight shade as I usually reach for a super shimmery shade however I did like the brightness this added to my skin.

Overall, I’m really impressed with the contour kit. Ive never tried a whole cream kit like this before from the drugstore and for the pricepoint I think it is great. As it’s so blendable, it’s also great for everyday use!

If you fancy winning a full size The Mighty Contourer in “Fair’s Fair” to try yourself, head over to my Instagram here to find out how!

You can buy The Mighty Contourer from Boots for £12.

What’s your favourite contour product?

C x

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Review: Wow Brows with Soap & Glory

My eyebrows are something which have definitely improved over the years. As a teen, they were very sparse and I never filled them in and when I look at pictures of me from that time I cringe. Then I moved onto filling them in and my goodness that was JUST as bad. Brows frame your face and are SO important in making me look human on a day to day basis, and I definitely think it’s all down to the products as well as the technique.

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Archery Two-in-One Brow Pencil

I find brow pencils the easiest product to use to fill in my eyebrows to my desired shape. Some pencils are just too chunky or waxy, but Soap & Glory’s Archery is my all time favourite for both the quality and the price point. I used to use this in the shade “Brownie Set” which was slightly too light for my dark brown hair. However I was thrilled when S&G added to the range with Dark Chocolate which is a perfect match! The spoolie on one end is also fantastic to brush through the eyebrows and then switch to the small nib to draw in individual brow hairs. I run the spoolie back through the fronts of my brows to create more of a gradient affect. This is my everyday go to brow product and whether you’re new to the realm of brows or a brow expert I highly recommend trying these out! (I don’t have any pictures of my pencil as I’ve used it so much that all the writing has rubbed off, not very picture worthy haha!)

You can buy Archery pencil here for £8 with three different shades.

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Archery DIY Brow Bar

This little kit has all your brow must haves in one easy compact. It has two brow powders in the shade “Love is Blonde” and “Dark chocolate”, a clear wax, a cream highlighter and two double ended tools to perfect your brows. You use the teeniest little spooly (how cute!) to brush your brows through, then the black angled brush to apply a small amount of the wax to the brows. The yellow slanted brush can then be used to apply your desired colour and a sweep of highlighter under the brow and you’re done! The colours in the palette are great because you can mix them together as you wish to create a custom colour. You can always swap in your own tools if you’re not a dab hand with tiny little brushes, but these make it great for travelling too! I find powders more intense for my eyebrows so I love to use these for nights out for more defined “wow” brows.

You can buy the brow bar here for £12.00.

 

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Left: with Archery pencil. Right: with Archery Brow Bar

 

I think Soap & Glory have nailed the brow game for the drugstore and have such a huge array of products to suit everyone. One thing I would LOVE for them to bring out is something along the lines of the ABH brow pomades as, if the rest of their products are so good, I think they’d be the darkhorse with this too!

What’s your favourite brow products?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & 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.

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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.

 

 

 

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.