All things beauty, inside and out. Written by Mrs Byrom

Hawaiian Tropic SPF 15 with added Tan

At last a sun cream with a tanning tint included, thank you Hawaiian Tropic!  I spied this in Boots and bought it out of curiosity, because even if the golden tint hadn't been all that good I wouldn't have cared, because I love the smell of Hawaiian Tropic.  Happily I was impressed with the tanning results too. 

For a start it sinks in almost straight away and dries quickly and unlike some others I've tried isn't slimy, it's a spray which I prefer as it's more accurate and there is less waste.  I used this mostly on my legs and was really pleased with the results.  As a red head my skin is very pale and I found this product made them look sun kissed and healthy for my colouring rather than too dark or orange as some of them tend to do on me.  I mentioned in the title that it's SPF 15 this means it can't be classed as a sunblock so please don't use this instead of a higher factor cream if that's what you need on holiday.  I found this perfect for me in the UK but on holiday I just put my usual SPF 30 or the kids factor 50 over the top and voila, no burning. 

It isn't a gradual tanner, it's a put on then wash off one so if that's what you're after you're better going for the usual Dove, Garnier, Johnsons etc, however if you're looking for a really nice "day" tan with the added bonus of an SPF then this ones for you.  The price is £14.99 which is quite a lot, having said that the price is in line with that of your usual sun creams so I guess it's fair enough.  As I said before I bought this in Boots but I know you can get it in Superdrug and I've seen it online as well, more recently on www.thesuncareshop.com and it was on sale there too (bargain). 

Let me know if you've tried this and what you think.

Happy Holidays!

Maria xx




Noxzema Classic Clean Deep Cleansing Cream

Whilst on holiday in the US recently and having a browse at the beauty products in a CVS pharmacy, I happened upon one of my most favourite products ever.  It's called Noxzema.  I was first introduced to Noxzema in 1995 when my sister spent three months studying in Canada and she bought some and decided I would like it too so she brought some back for me.  While it's not something that's in the shops here in the UK you can get it from Amazon, so it's worth a search there if you want to try it.   Or you could put a order in with the next nice friend who's taking a trip across the Atlantic, I've done that before! 

I'm currently using two other cleansers/face washes at the moment (Nivea and a really nice cleansing foam from Tesco) and this is now on my bathroom shelf too.  I don't use the same ones every day as my skin tends to change regularly so I just pick the one I think will suit it best at the time.  I tend to use Noxzema in the mornings on a make up free face before I get in the shower, it really helps wake me up!

How to Use

Noxzema is a face cleanser that goes really deep into the pores so you do feel like ALL the dirt and make up is completely gone, although be careful round the eye area as it'll sting if you scrub too hard at your mascara, it's perhaps best to take off eye make up with remover as we all know the eye area is delicate and worth preserving.  It's quite a funny texture, it has a sort of solid cream consistency but when you rub it into your face it sinks straight in, then you have to rinse it off which leaves your face feeling tingly fresh, it's also got an added moisturiser which is good if your skin can be a bit dry.  The scent I can only describe as slightly medicated, to me it smells a bit like it's got tea tree oil in it though I don't know if it has, like everything it won't be everybody's cup of tea but I like it and don't find it offensive.  

I got a huge tub for $5.99 and the prices on Amazon are just as impressive, about £3.00 (not sure if that includes postage or not). 

Has anyone else tried this? What do you think of it?


Noxzema Classic Clean Deep Cleansing Cream

Rimmel nail polish - Sweet Retreat

Well this is my absolute favourite nail varnish of the moment.  I'm a fan of Rimmel as they are really good value and there's always a huge range of colours.

I picked up this Rita Ora for Rimmel nail varnish when I was out shopping the other day.  This review is about the pink one, I also tried a blue one which looks gorgeous in the bottle, alas did not suit me at all though it was a beautiful colour, my pale hands couldn't carry off that shade. 

The reason I am wearing this one all the time at the moment is partly due the colour, it's a nice fresh Spring pink called Sweet Retreat which seems to go with everything and also it's a base coat, polish and a top coat all in one so this means that chipping is reduced.  When I've been in a hurry I've just popped one coat on and it's been really good for a day or so but obviously two coats is better.  It doesn't dry very quickly so you do need to remember to leave it to dry properly, it's not a 60 second drier.  One of the best things about this product is that when you take it off you don't need to scrub away at your nails in order to get it to come off, it slides off really easily with polish remover which is great if you're in a hurry.

I'm on the look out for another couple of these as I'm going on holiday soon and they would be perfect to pack and take along.

I'd love to know if you've tried any of the Rita Ora nail varnishes and what you thought of them.


Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow Highlighter

The official title of this little cutie is  Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow (Illuminating Gel).  

I got it from a Glossybox beauty box quite a while ago and didn't use it until quite recently.  I'm sometimes wary of highlighter because some of them aren't very subtle and can accentuate things like lines that I'd rather keep in the background ;-)

I do like this little tube of product though I must admit.  You don't need very much, a little goes a long way.  I use it as a highlighter on my cheek bones after I've put on my blusher, it seems to help the blusher to last a little bit longer which is great.  It's got a very light feel to it, I think because it's oil free, and it's very easily blendable, I used my ring finger but if you prefer a brush that would work as well.  What I liked about it most is that it doesn't show up any imperfections, in fact just the opposite, it seems to give the skin a lovely smooth appearance, what's not to love about that?

Once this runs out I would definitely buy it, that's the beauty of beauty boxes, you can test and see which products you like and write them down on a wish list if you like them!  I've been on the Jelly Pong Pong website and I think I could probably spend quite a lot of money there. 

This lovely highlighter can be bought from jellypongpong.com and is £10.00.  Well worth it and nice to use a slightly different brand from the mainstream for a change.  


Bodywash Review - Right Guard Women

Time for another bodywash review, as you can see these two are by Right Guard, I usually equate Right Guard with deodorant but these leapt off the shelf in Boots at me the other day, particularly as they were either on special offer (or one was free I can't quite remember.  Of course, you'll notice that one of them has got Argan Oil in it so as a self-confessed Argan Oil obsessive, I couldn't resist it.

 
The first one was Shower & Oils and included Argan, Marula and Almond Oil and says for Dull Skin on the packaging.  I don't know if my skin was dull or not but this was certainly a lovely bodywash, very moisturising and a beautiful smell, of course I didn't expect anything less because it had Argan Oil in it and I would definitely buy this one again.
 
The other one was Shower & Nutrients and is for Normal Skin and includes Acai Berry.  Whilst it was moisturising I didn't find it as nice as the Shower & Oil and I found the Acai Berry smell a bit overpowering, I'm not really keen on fruit scents and this was really strong.  So I probably wouldn't buy this one again. 
 

Lipstick Love ... Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm - Luscious Red

I love it when Max Factor release a new lip product, perhaps because they are my favourite brand for lipsticks, they never let me down.  I've been wearing a lot of lip balm lately as its still cold outside and I've also had a cold which basically renders a normal lipstick useless as it keeps coming off.

I happened upon these Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms the other day in Boots (I only went in for paracetamol and tissues).  I remembered that I had seen them mentioned in a magazine (Look, possibly?) but other than that I don't think they have been very widely advertised, which is a pity because they are a really nice lippy product that will see you through the transition from Winter to Spring.

I chose Luscious Red because I am naturally drawn to reddish colours but there are paler colours in the range too.  Generally, I don't find balms particularly pigmented and sometimes they are a bit pale on my lips; not so with this one, it gives a good dose of colour with only one or two slicks and leaves a very pretty sheen.  It lasts about as long as a balm should and wears off gradually.  I loved Maybelline Babylips last summer and this is right up there with them.  My only slight gripe is that the packaging is a bit non-descript and if you're looking for a particular colour you have to really strain your eyes to find the place they put the little sticker that tells you what the name is (its the same with their Flipsticks which I reviewed last summer). Unlike their lipsticks they don't seem to print the name and number on the bottom of the casing, I'm not sure why. 

Result?

Regardless of that little moan, these babies are £8.99 in Boots at the moment (same pricing as Flipsticks and about the same as their Colour Elixir lipsticks), and true to form, I will be buying another in the same colour next time I go to Boots, just incase they don't take off and they don't end up being one of their longer lasting products!

Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm - Luscious Red
A hint of Luscious Red

My Top 5 ... Beauty Product Websites



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Today I thought I'd share with you my top 5 websites for beauty products.  These are the sites that I am subscribed to (though there are many more!) so I get notifications pinging into my email inbox almost daily with special offers and good deals.




I really like Superdrug.com, my local Superdrug store is not a large one so they don't have a particularly large stock.  I find that browsing the online store is so much more satisfying because they literally have everything there and their sales, BOGOFs and half price items are easy to check out as they are in a separate list.  Recently, I got a couple of Zoella items from there (which actually haven't arrived yet but will soon, I hope).  The postage is free if you spend over £10 and lets face it, how easy is it to spend over a tenner in Superdrug?   I know I certainly don't have any problem for sure.  I've recently been looking at Make Up Revolution palettes and this site has a lot of choice.
 
 
 
 
Ah, my beloved BeautyBay.  I first found out about them a year ago and have had a couple of orders since and have never been disappointed with any of their products.  They always seem to have really good deals on if that's what you're looking for and a very wide range of products ranging from their own Beautybay Collection and the ever wonderful Max Factor to Ana Sui, Paul & Joe, Urban Decay, Elizabeth Arden and so on.  I've recently purchased a couple of Pixi by Petra products from there and am really pleased with them.  There's a good blog and if you're getting married a superb section on wedding make up too (wish I'd known about it 7 years ago!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another site with a lot of choice, particularly for hair products.  I have purchased both my Label M Curl Cream and my Curls Rock from there and at a much reduced price than you find in the hairdressing salons. 
 
 
 
Lots of choice here, products for home, hair, make up, face, body, nails, electrical and men AND an entire page dedicated to offers. If you subscribe to their newsletter you get first dibs on all the free gift information and sales news, I find these things worth knowing even if you don't take them up.  They are particularly good for the Kerastase brand, lots of variety and at a reduced price as well. 
 
 
 
I don't ever remember shopping at All Beauty so I was confused when I found they kept emailing me!  Then I realised they used to be called Cheap Smells (which I had subscribed to) so I'm guessing Cheap Smells took them over.  Personally, I find All Beauty a much nicer name than Cheap Smells!  Anyway, it's not all about the fragrances though if you do have a particular favourite it's worth giving these guys a look before you fork out mega bucks for it, they are particularly good around Christmas, Valentines, run up to holiday season etc, as they tend to have special offers around this time. 
 
 
Till next time everybody!
 
Maria xx


 




Clinique Chubby Stick - Plushest Pink

The Clinique Chubby Stick moisturising lip colour balms were released last year and were extremely popular, there were numerous reviews on them and they were pretty much all positive.  Personally, I really like Clinique, I haven't used a great deal of their skincare range but I've got several gorgeous Clinique eye shadows.  I also had an amazing Clinique lipstick that I loved and bought solely as a colour replacement for a Max Factor one that was discontinued, and we lived happily together until, sadly, Clinque decided to discontinue that colour as well. 

Originally I purchased this last year but didn't wear it very much, as you can see it is quite a bright colour and in the summer it didn't quite suit me, it is very pink which is lovely but as I'm fair and a red head I have to be careful with pink as it either washes me out or overpowers me.  Anyway, I re-discovered this the other day and it was on such a dull old day I thought maybe it would brighten things up.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that it clearly suits me better in the winter than the summer!  I've worn it a few times ever since so I think we can safely say that it's my current go to lippy.

As you can see from the photos its a glorious rich colour and the lipstick is very moisturising.  It's not one to choose if you want longevity in a lipstick as I found it wasn't particularly long lasting, perhaps that's because its more of a balm?  However it is easy to reapply and the 'chubby' stick form means it's great to pop in your pocket or handbag.  

The colour of this is number 05 Plushest Pink and costs £17.00 from www.clinique.co.uk.

Has anyone else tried these and if so which colours would you recommend, as I'm going to get another one.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in "Plushest Pink" 


Applying Clinique Chubby Stick - in the dark ...


Clinique Chubby Stick - this is what it looks like in daylight!

My Saviour products for Winter lips!

This is just a brief post to show you a couple of products that are saving my poor lips from the harsh Winter weather.  

Burt's Bees

The first is a Burt's Bees lip shine which I got in the November Glossybox.  As I'm more of a lipstick person lip salves aren't usually my thing but this is lovely.  This one has got a slight colour to it so it gives a lovely sheen.  I also liked that it didn't come off straight away after drinking a cup of tea!  

I've been using it predominantly when I've been outside, school run, dog walking etc, as these are the times when I really feel the effects of the cold weather though central heating doesn't help either but I'm not switching that off! 

The nice thing about Burt and his Bees is that it's all natural ingredients and enriched with Apricot Wax which serves as a super moisturiser and also provides the sheer shine that you get with it.  I've also tried this over lipstick and it looks great as a gloss too.  This product costs £6.99 (full size, as is the one in the photo) and if you want to check it out online the website is www.burtsbees.co.uk.

Organic Lip Balm Superfruits

The next one is by Naked Lips, its the Organic Lip Balm Superfruits.  I've been using this one at night because it's a balm not a gloss and therefore its got all night to sink in and isn't sticky and doesn't smudge everywhere.  It does give a lovely shine but not in a sticky way so you could use it during the day as well.  Naked Lips boast all natural ingredients in this product, mainly from superfruits so you get all the benefit of the antioxidants that they've got in them.  This little beauty is 5 euros and can be purchased from www.nakedlips.eu.  Out of the two of them I'd probably buy the Burts Bees again rather than the Superfruits but that's because it's got a sheen to it so it's more like a gloss which I prefer and also it got a bit of colour to it.  But they're both gorgeous and perfect for this time of year.

Burt's Bees Lip Shine



Naked Lips Organic Lip Balm Superfruits

Quick Review on ... So Susan Concealer Quad

I received this So Susan concealer palette in a Glossybox last year, I think it was way back in the summer.  I hadn't really heard of So Susan before I subscribed to Glossybox but since then I've tried quite a few of their products as Glossybox really seem to like them!  

Anyway, this is quite a sweet little concealer palette, it's a quad of colours that will suit the majority of skin tones I should think as the concealers go from very pale to quite dark.  It is compact enough to go into my handbag during the day for top up situations too and is non-comedogenic and full of lovely, nourishing ingredients so it doesn't irritate the skin.

To be honest, I've been using the same concealer for a long time so I was a bit dubious about trying something different, after all, concealer is a base and if you don't get the base right then it has an effect on your entire face doesn't it?  I was worried that it wouldn't "stick" i.e. it would slide off and my blemishes would be revealed rather than concealed, not a good look!  But I needn't have worried, as well as only needing a teeny bit of this (it'll last a while) to cover up, it also stayed put pretty much all day, well as long as my other one does and that's all I was asking for anyway.

I'm not usually particularly struck by the packaging of beauty products.  I know some people are but I'm generally more bothered about the actual product rather than the presentation but I have to say that I think So Susan have got this right, its just really classy, I really like it.

This So Susan concealer palette costs £18.95 from www.sosusan.com the website is great some of the products cost more than others but it is worth a look.  I did quite well to get this through Glossybox as it is a full sized item.


So Susan Concealer Quad


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