Beauty Haul: April 2017

Today I thought I would share with you what I’ve been buying recently in another beauty haul. I seem to do these quite a lot but I really enjoy writing these posts and you seem to enjoy them too. I have actually tried all of these products now (I’m writing this a while after I’ve bought them) so I’ll also give you a brief review/first impressions on each of them but if I have a full review coming, it’ll say. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, tell me what I should buy next and I hope you enjoy.

Kokostar Foot Peeling Pack, £8 – I have wanted to buy a foot peeling pack for a long time and when I saw this in Urban Outfitters I had to buy it. Honestly, it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever purchased. After about a week all of my skin had peeled off my feet and they feel brand new. I also got one of these for my mum and she loved it too. I’d highly recommend these, they really do work. I will have a full review on this up in the middle of May.

Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear, £3.69 – You may know that Burt’s Bees lip balms are my all time favourite lip balms and so I always have to have at least two in case I loose one of them. I had never tried this particular one (I usually stick to the original – my favourite) but I really like it. The scent is nice, not too overpowering and these lip balms are 100% too. I’ve you’ve never tried one, I’d recommend that you do.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent,’ £3.99 – This is my favourite powder and the only one that I’ll use so I was repurchasing it as I have to do ever month or two. I intended on getting the shade ‘Peach Glow’ but they didn’t have that so I just got the ‘Transparent’ shade as that obviously works for everyone. This powder just sets my makeup into place all day and keeps my oily skin shine free for hours. I love it and I highly recommend it.

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Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in ‘Rose Ivory,’ £9.99 – I went to repurchase my favourite foundation (Rimmel Wake Me Up) but they didn’t have it in my shade so I just went over to the Bourjois stand as I’ve heard great things about their products and grabbed this one with out looking at the shade or anything. Luckily it is a good colour match and I do really like it. I have a full review of this coming towards the end of June (I have a lot planned) but in the meantime, if you have oily skin, this is a great option.

St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub, £4.19 – I went to buy my favourite exfoliator (Garnier Skin Active) and they didn’t have it (I was clearly having a really lucky night!). So, I just had to find an alternative, also containing salicylic acid and I saw this. I’ve also heard that Gigi Hadid uses this so I thought I may as well just try it. I can say that it is amazing and I saw a notable difference in my skin. I’d recommend this and I’ll have a review up in the middle of May.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £1.99/125ml, £7.99/700ml – I love this, it’s the best micellar water I’ve ever tried. I bought the small one for travelling with and I thought I may as well by the large one just for backup. It just gets my makeup off really well and I’d recommend that you try this if you haven’t already.

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine SPF50, £16.50 – I needed an SPF50 moisturiser and after doing quite a lot of research, I decided to buy this one. It’s a great SPF (I didn’t get burnt once and there is no tan on my face) but not only did it protect my skin from the sun, it really did reduce the amount of oil on my face. It is the best product I’ve ever used for oily skin and that is a bold statement to make. I couldn’t recommend this enough and there will be a review up in the middle of May.

MAC Amplified Lipstick in ‘Blankety,’ £16.50 – A holiday is not complete without buying a MAC lipstick in duty free. I knew I wanted to get ‘Blankety’ as I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I wanted an everyday, wearable nude shade that was quite shiny yet fully pigmented. It’s such a good shade and would work well for a lot of skin tones. It would also go with any makeup look, for day or night and I’m really glad I now have this shade in my collection.

Love Sarah x

What’s In My Travel Wash Bag?

As you’re reading this, I’m on holiday (I’ll share where I am in the next post when I’m home – just in case!) and this is the first of the five travel posts you’ll be seeing from me over the next few weeks. I thought for the first one I’d share with you what’s in my travel wash bag, probably something you don’t see too often. I just find this kind of thing really helpful for when I’m travelling to make sure I’m packing all of the right things and also just because I like to see what other people like to use and travel with. I’m not going to include every single thing in my wash bag because we all know I’ll be taking a toothbrush and I’m sure you don’t want to know what toothbrush I have! I really hope you enjoy this and let me know if you’re going anywhere soon.

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Dry Touch SPF50+, £16.50 – It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun and it’s also extremely important to have a different SPF particularly for your face. I actually did a post last Summer talking about the importance of sun protection. I am quite pale and burn quite easily so using a high SPF is very important for me.
  • Soltan Kids Hypoallergenic Suncare Lotion SPF50+, £9 – For the rest of my body I also got an SPF 50. I have a kids one just because it’s harder to find very high SPFs that aren’t for kids. It’s also hypoallergenic and very water resistant which is helpful.
  • Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Fair to Medium Skin Body Lotion, £7.79 – I am definitely not going to get a tan as I’m using such high SPFs so I’m taking a gradual fake tan. I really like this tan a lot as it gives such a pretty, natural and sun kissed glow.
  • Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh Deodorant, £2.99 – I needed to take a deodorant with me and this was just the first one I saw.
  • Chanel No5 Eau De Toilette Handbag Size, £75.50 – This is one of my favourite perfumes ever and it is a 20ml bottle in the handbag/travel friendly black plastic packaging.
  • Yes To Cucumbers 30 Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes, £3.99 – I needed to bring some face wipes with me and to me, a face wipe is a face wipe, they’re all the same. These were just the first ones I saw.
  • St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub, £4.19 – This is the face scrub I’ve brought with me. I’m currently just trying it out and I’m quite happy with it so far. It contains salicylic acid which I personally find really benefits my skin. I’ll give you my full opinions soon.
  • Foreo Luna Mini Skincare Device, £85 – This is the skincare device that I use. I love it and I could not last a day without it therefore it just had to come with me. It deeply cleanses my skin yet it’s so gentle.

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  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Mini, £1.99 – This is my favourite micellar water and I always travel with the mini version. It just gets all of the makeup off of my face so quickly and it’s so travel friendly.
  • Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel, £5.99 – This is the product which has just totally changed my skin (see how in my review!) so I had to bring it on holiday with me. It is also supposed to be amazing for sunburn so if by chance I do get sunburnt, then this should help.
  • E45 Cream, £2.35 – This is what I use as my night time moisturiser so I obviously had to bring it with me.
  • Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear, £3.69 – Burt’s Bees do my favourite lip balms ever. This is the one that I’m currently using and I always need to have a lip balm with me.
  • Piz Buin in Sun Lipstick SPF30, £5 – I also need a lip balm for wearing during the day with an SPF in it and this was the highest one I could find. A lot of SPF lip balms feel horrible on the lips but this is really nice.
  • L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air Shampoo, £2.89 – This is one of my favourite shampoos and it makes sense to share a shampoo with my Mum and we both really like this one.
  • L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air Conditioner, £2.89 – Again, this is a really nice conditioner which I really like. As the word ‘air’ would suggest, it’s really lightweight which is great.
  • Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, £5.99 – My nails are awful at the minute to the point where I can’t even paint them so I’m using this to try and help them as it has all natural ingredients.

Love Sarah x

Update: My Skincare Favorites of All Time

Today I’m going to be doing an updated ‘My Skincare Favorites of All Time’ as I realised it was one of my most popular posts in 2016. Since I posted the original post back in July, I realised a lot has changed – I have some new products to share and the products which I’ll be mentioning again, I want to go into a lot more detail about. I want to state right now that I have oily/combination skin, have frequent but minor breakouts and have dehydrated skin. I’ve had a lot of trial and error with skincare and these are my five favorite products that I’ve ever tried. I’d recommend that you check out my original skincare favorites post from last year as those are amazing products but I now favour different ones. I really hope you enjoy this and find it helpful and please let me know what you’re skincare favorites are.

E45 Wash Cream, £4.35 – I’ve been using this for about seven months since I heard Saffron Barker saying that she used it and she has amazing skin. I initially really liked the fact that it is soap free, non foaming and non drying because even though I have oily skin, it’s dehydrated and the last thing I want to do is dehydrate it further which would lead to excess oil production and more blemishes. This is intended to be used to treat dry skin conditions which I don’t have; I don’t even have dry skin at all. I use this to remove my eye makeup, remove my base makeup and for the first cleanse of my skin. I use about half a pump to remove my eye makeup which it does so efficiently and then I use a pump with a little bit of water to remove my base makeup and cleanse my skin. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and this will work so well for all skin types, even sensitive skin. I’d highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a good quality yet affordable cleanser.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99/400ml – I have been using this for around ten months now after everyone was using it and recommending it. As it was so affordable I decided I had to try it. Firstly, it is better than every other micellar water I’ve tried so if your looking for one, get this one. I use this to remove any makeup left on my face after I’ve cleansed my it and it does a significantly good job – a lot better than you get from others of that price. This is perfect for all skin types but there are a few different formulations specifically for different skin types which I am yet to try. I just soak a large cotton pad in this and it gets every last bit of makeup off. I highly recommend this to everyone as I’ve found it’s better than products four times the price of it. It’s a great skincare product to have.

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Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhead Wash, £3.79 – I’ve been using this amazing product since last Summer when I needed a new exfoliating face wash. Not only did it work well as an exfoliating wash, it reduced the amount of breakouts I had and became one of my all time favorite skincare products (hence why I’m mentioning it in this post). I had heard that the pure active range from Garnier was great for oily/imperfection prone skin due to it’s salicylic acid content but I didn’t think it would actually control oil production without drying out my skin, reduce the amount of breakouts I had and get rid of blackheads. I use this daily and I’m still on my first bottle so it lasts ages too which is great. This isn’t too harsh on the skin but it’s harsh enough that it actually exfoliates properly. If you have dry or sensitive skin I’d steer clear of this but if you have oily/combination and/or acne or blackhead prone skin, I’d highly recommend that you give this a go.

Foreo LUNA Mini Skincare Device, £85 – I got this product for Christmas in 2015 and after having used it for over a year I can tell you with confidence that it has completely changed my skin. I was struggling with blackheads, uneven texture and breakouts. I was fully prepared for this not to work but it really did. I almost immediately noticed a difference and a year later my skin has never looked better (it’s still not great). It removes breakout-causing impurities and excess oil and it has dramatically reduced the amount of blackheads I have and the texture of my skin is a lot more even. It uses T-Sonic pulsations and it is amazing because its really hygienic due to the fact that it’s silicone and also waterproof. I would highly recommend those struggling with any kind of skin issues to seriously consider investing in one of these – it changed my skin and was the answer to my problems, it could be the answer to yours too.

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Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel, £5.99 – I have just recently written a full review on this product which I would recommend that you read as I won’t go into as much detail here. Anyway, I’ve been using this for about three months now after I heard Kathleen Lights talking about how it completely cleared her skin. I figured it would be worth trying as it claimed when I read about it online to reduce breakouts and clear acne scarring. When I first started using it my skin broke out quite badly but that’s normal and I talk about why in the review I did. When that breakout cleared, my whole face looked so much healthier and I’ve noticed my breakouts have been less frequent and less severe. I had very minimal but still noticeable acne scarring which has slightly reduced and become less noticeable but it can take up to two years to fully go away. I’d highly recommend that anyone with any kind of skin issue looks into buying this – it’s a skin saviour.

Love Sarah x