I don’t remember Soap and Glory doing a festive limited edition scent before, and being a fan of their products I had to try the Naughty But Spice scent collection. It comes in two gift sets, the smaller Naughty But Spice Duo for £5 with a mini body wash (75ml) and body butter (50ml), and the larger Naughty But Spice Collection for £14 with a 250ml body wash, 200ml body butter and standard 100ml body spray. These are also both in the 3 for 2 Christmas gift offer at Boots.
As far as I can see the Naught But Spice scent is only available in the three product types and in these two sets, unless they’re planning on releasing singles. It’s sold as “fabulous floriental scent-sation that smells good enough to eat! With notes of baked plum and cinnamon.” As a fan of plum scents and spicier smells in the cooler months I had to try it. I decided to get the smaller set to try and if I love it the larger one can go on my Christmas list.
This wasn’t going to be my original post for today, but as it says this set is limited edition and it seems to be out of stock online already I wanted to put this up so you might be able to find it in a Boots near you. This is a sort of first impressions or look at what’s inside the Smashbox Superstars Box that’s on sale in Boots for £30 and has £88.50 worth of products in it. I have to admit I was sceptical about whether it was truly worth that much but I’ve put the links to each of them individually and it does add up.
Smashbox is one of those brands that seems expensive, or more expensive than I’d often spend on the products I’ve been interested in trying from them. However, they seem to get such good reviews they were one of the brands I put on my to try list this year so when I saw this set I had to get it. It’s supposed to contain some of their best selling products, with a Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in Ablaze, Light Photo Finish Primer, Photo Finish Primer Water, SuperFan Mascara and their Contour Shadow Brush. I do have a weakness for brushes and have wanted to try one of theirs for a while but £20 for one brush was a bit out of what I spend on them, maybe this one will convert me.
I posted this on Friday but it seems to have failed, sorry if you’ve seen it twice now!
In a recent Revolution Makeup haul I got two free gifts with purchase, the Large Magnetic Palette and a choice of two eyeshadow refills. I chose Base as it seemed like the one I’d use most and didn’t already have multiple times in my collection.
Their eyeshadow refills have five magnetic pans in them and cost £5. This one has four mattes in neutral shades and a warm golden copper shimmer that could be a metallic shade if you pack it on enough. The large palette reminds me of the Z Palettes and similar styles as it has the clear lid and magnetic base. This is the largest version they sell and is only available in black, it costs £10.
I have never used a building gel before but I’ve been interested in them for a while as I have two nails that always break so being able to build these up rather than cutting the rest short is something I’ve wanted to try. Maybe it’s just me but they always seemed a bit intimidating with dipping a brush into a pot and not knowing which brands to try, but when I ordered some things from Candy Coat a while ago I saw they have a builder gel in a bottle like a normal gel nail varnish and got one.
The Candy Coat builder gel range is called Hard Candy, I love the theme they have, and comes in a 8ml bottle with a brush like their standard gel nail varnishes. They have a range of colours and I picked B005 because it looked like a nice natural nail colour and could be a good base for all my colours or work on its own for a more natural look. The Hard Candy builder gels cost £15 each which is a pretty standard price for nor lack gel nail varnishes so it seems a good price to me for this.
With the cooler weather and a bit of a busier week last week I’ve been so achy and tired and there’s nothing better for that than a bath. I thought I’d try the Lush Holey Night Bath Bomb from the Christmas collection as it’s new and I wanted something calm and relaxing this evening, plus I do love that name. This is one of those that doesn’t really have all that much scent when it’s dry so I was interested to see how it smelled when it hit the water.
I haven’t really read reviews of the new products and I didn’t expect the colours that came out of the bath bomb. I normally have multiple baths from one bath bomb but I felt like a treat so used it whole and I’m kind of glad I did. This is one that could do two or three baths and if you sprinkle the dust around you could get some amazing patterns but it was nice to have that surprise of the colours swirling round.
I did originally plan to do an update every three months but my last one was in March so you can see how well that went! I can’t believe how quickly 2018 has gone, so much seems to have happened but in so little time. Having got a notification saying I’ve just had my 4 year anniversary I thought I’d look back at the goals I set way back in January and see how I’m doing.
I tend to see goals as something to aim for, but still keep them flexible. I’ve found that if I’m too rigid with these things it’s easy to get discouraged and give up. Things change, life gets in the way, making realistic goals helps me to stick to them and I love that feeling when you achieve something. It’s like that feeling of crossing off things on a list. I think I just like lists in general.
My under eye concealer has been getting low and I wanted to try something new. After seeing good reviews of some of the Makeup Revolution concealers I got one of them and this Obsession Concealing Wand in Light was on their website too. There’s a fair amount of product in this with 4.5ml and it costs £6 but I can see it lasting a long time as you don’t need much for this to give decent coverage.
It’s a wand with a sponge tip and a twist up end that pushes the product through so no need for any extra brushes. It’s available in various colour correcting and concealer colours and this light concealer is for light neutral skin tones. It’s also both cruelty free and suitable for vegans.
I’m always a fan of berry scents, I’m not sure why but there’s something comforting about them to me, so when I saw the Festive Sack of Berry Bon Bon Delights on the Body Shop website as early release online I had to try it. I tend to either miss out on limited edition Christmas scents from them because I don’t try them in time to know I like them or I order full sized and then they don’t agree with me for whatever reason. This sack of minis seems a bit expensive at £18 but if you bought these mini sizes separately they’d come to , so it’s actually a bit of a discount if you want to just see if you like them. Also it’s a cute sack and would be a great present for someone.
This set comes with four small sized products, they’re each the smallest size you can buy individually. It has a 50ml Body Butter, 50ml Sugar Body Scrub, 60ml Shower Gel and 30ml Hand Cream. As with everything from the Body Shop it’s all cruelty free. I think that’s a pretty nice range of products and the scent does actually change a bit depending on the base for the product.
For the past few months I’ve been going through my collection, picking out a set amount of products and only using those for the month. I guess it’s kind of a way to find out if the products I’ve kept for ages are ones I really like or just don’t like the idea of letting go and keep them ‘just in case’ when that day never comes. So far it has also helped me to declutter because I’m actually using the products so I see how they work rather than just looking at the pretty colours or swatching them once and deciding to keep them.
This month I think everything I tried was old, I didn’t get any new products and everything I’ve had in my to use area has either been sat in my drawer waiting to be used, been loved at one point and forgotten, or something I was pretty sure I’d be keeping but wanted to use anyway.
I got this Ciate Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner (£15 full size) in their Twelve Days of Christmas calendar last year and it’s been sat in my drawer all year so I thought it was time to give it a proper try. This pencil is 0.08g but the full size is 1.1g so there isn’t much difference size wise between them and the overall design is the same with the angled smudger brush on the end.
At one time I remember a lot of eyeliners had a smudger on the other end but this is the first pencil liner I’ve seen that has an angled brush on the end to make it a more precise blending if you want to use it. I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with it but I actually liked this change and found myself using the brush quite a bit.