24 June 2015

Pre Holiday Prep

Although I'm not going on holiday for a few weeks I like to get my prep in early. I sort out through all my mini beauty samples, stock up on suncream and shake up my routine so I feel a bit more holiday ready. I also get all geeky and plan a full itinerary for the trip, just me?

I love a good body scrub all year round but even more so just before going on holiday. After doing a full body scrub with my trusty Soap & Glory Smoothie Scrub I'll also apply a body oil all over; this product duo helps me feel firmer and keeps my skin super smooth.

I find hair removal my least favourite thing. I hate how time consuming it is and how quickly the hair grows back. The new Argan oil range from Nair makes the process feel slightly more pampering a less of a chore. My favourite from the new collection is the Argan Oil Shower Power Cream (reviewed here).

Before baring my bod on holiday I like to apply a little fake tan. During the winter my skin sees no sunlight and practically becomes transparent. Having a natural looking faux glow makes me feel more confident and less nervous about stripping off. My two favourite brands are Xen Tan and Cocoa Brown. 

A holiday without some pre-pamper prepping on your fingers and toes is unheard of for me! I love picking out nail varnish colours that best compliment a tan and this time I'll be wearing white on my hands and a glittery, sea blue on my toes. 


Keep an eye out for a Post Holiday Prep coming your way soon! Are you off anywhere nice this summer?

22 June 2015

New Nair Liquid Gold Argan Oil Range

nair argan oil review
I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to hair removal. I stick to using a razor as waxing is a definite no-no. I like how fuss-free using a razor is but the hair grows back so quickly! However, bikini season is among us I've found a solution. 

The Nair Argan Oil collection features 5 innovative products, giving you the freedom to choose a product which best suits you. Each product is infused with nourishing Argan Oil and Orange Blossom extract, offering something more than just hair removal. I've been testing out two products from the new range, keep reading for find out how I got on!

Nair Argan Oil Salon Divine Body Wax With 'Bye Bye Pain' Formula £11.99*
Waxing is usually a big no-no from me but I thought I'd brave testing this out in the name of blogging research. I was intrigued by the 'Bye Bye Pain' formula which promises to take the pain out of hair removal. The solid wax comes in a microwavable tub which just takes a couple of minutes to heat up. Using the wooden spatula provided I glided a thin layer onto my legs, allowed a few seconds for it to harden and then pulled off. To my surprise, it was nowhere near as painful as traditional waxing strips however it didn't remove all my hairs. It also took a bit of practise to apply the correct amount of wax and things got a little messy. I really like that it's stripe-less and it had a nice salon-like scent but I'm unsure if it was right for me.

Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream £6.69*
I've tried hair removal creams in the past and have always been put off by the awful, chemical scent. This product contains a trio of skin-loving ingredients such as Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter giving it an incredibly delicious fragrance. You simply apply a thick layer and wait a couple of minutes before jumping in the shower. Once in the shower the cream doesn't come off by its self, instead you have to remove it with the spatula provided. It did a great job of leaving my legs silky soft and was really easy to use. This is super gentle on skin so great for those prone to sensitivity. I was pleasantly surprised by this and will definitely be picking up next time I'm after hair removal cream.


Further reading: How To Look Like You've Been On Holiday (it's our little secret) 

20 June 2015

Dove #100colours Challenge

I'm guilty of always wearing dark colours. My wardrobe is probably 85% black; I normally opt for darker shades because I find them easy to wear and often don't feel adventurous enough to wear bright clothes. A recent poll commissioned by Dove suggested that I'm not alone. The results revealed that two thirds of British women would choose to wear a 'little black dress' for an event due to its reputation as a timeless classic, rather than embracing colour. As well as this, body confidence is cited as the key factor steering women away from wearing colourful clothes, yet almost two thirds of UK women say that wearing a colourful dress makes them feel happier and more confident compared to when they wear a LBD. Over the next few weeks I'll be embracing a brighter wardrobe and exploring the possibilities that come with ditching the LBD. I'll be using the Dove Invisible Dry deodorant to brilliantly prep my underarms and hopefully help boost my confidence. Impressively, Dove Invisible Dry is proven to leave no white marks on 100 colours so I'll be putting it to the test over the next few weeks!

19 June 2015

What To Buy This Weekend

Hooray for the weekend! I can't wait to put my feet up and do nothing. If you're heading to the shops there have been a lot of exciting beauty launches lately. Here are some of the new products I have been adoring lately for a bit of shopping inspiration.

COLLECTION Lasting Colour Lipsticks £2.99
Just launched from COLLECTION are 21 lust-worthy lipsticks. They come in a range of matte and cream formulas both of which are super long lasting. I'm seriously impressed with these and have been reaching for 'China Rose' on a daily basis. Definitely worth a look next time you pass a COLLECTION stand.
Ella Henderson for Batiste £3.29
Dry shampoo is my best friend so I always welcome a new variant. The latest release from Batiste has a beautiful creamy coconut and vanilla scent. I think this would be perfect for the warmer weather.
Ted Baker Pink Body Spray £7.00
If you're a sucker for pretty packaging you'll want to check out the new Ted Baker Bath & Body range. It's a pastel lovers dream with a selection of baby pink and mint products to choose from. A favourite of mine is this body spray which I like to keep in my handbag.
Nair Argan Oil Power Shower Cream £6.99
Gone are the days of funky smelling hair removal creams. The new Argan Oil range from Nair smells divine and makes hair removal a little bit more enjoyable. It contains cocoa butter and is suitable for dry and sensitive skin. Also, it's currently on offer at Boots - yay!

Will you be adding any of these to go shopping list? 

16 June 2015

How to Look Like You've Been On Holiday

It seems like everyone on my Facebook feed is sunning themselves up on some beautiful, Instagram-able retreat. Minus me of course. Instead of sitting at home feeling sorry for myself I decided to rummage through my beauty bits. I give you the products that will fool people into thinking you've spent two weeks away gallivanting on a glorious holiday. After all, who doesn't want to look bronzed, relaxed and rested? It'll be our little secret..

I haven't touched the fake tan for months and that's so unlike me (boyf influence?). To make people question whether you've been away, apply a natural looking faux tan. My all time favourite is the Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan. You can adjust this to go as dark as you want; whether you're after a weekend in St.Tropez golden glow or a two week holiday in Antigua hue. If you're not a fake tan fan opt for a instant mist which is a fool-proof way of adding some colour. I like the new Body Shop Honey Bronze Leg Mist. Simply spray on and rub in for a natural, matte, bronze-y glow. Perfect for fellow pale ladies.
When I return from being on holiday my skin had a subtle glow to it. All that water intake and Vitamin D does wonders for my skin. To get that glow at home use a brightening moisturiser such as the Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. This wonderful product instantly gives skin a refresh and makes it appear clearer.
Nothing says 'I've been on a beach all week' like summery, bronzed makeup. For a healthy glow apply bronzer all over your face and blend onto your neck. Another Body Shop product I'm loving is the Honey Bronze Bronzer in 02. It's light enough for my fair skin and blends seamlessly. Add a highlighter to the areas where sun would naturally hit for an added sun-kissed glow.
A bright lip always perks me up and makes me feel more confident. It also screams 'hey I just came back from my holiday and I look great so I'm gonna wear a bright lip'. To achieve that holiday vibe I love the The Revlon Moisture Stains. Not only are they named after different destinations, the shade range is AMAZING. 'Miami Fever' is an outrageously bright orange-y red. Once applied it looks quite coral-y and compliments your tanned skin perfectly. These are like a non-sticky lipgloss which leave a stain once dried.

So where are you 'going' this weekend? I fancy Rome..

15 June 2015

Saving Up Samples For Holidays


With summer on the way hopefully you'll to have a holiday coming up. I love saving up miniature toiletries so I have a stash ready for my travel bag. Plus, who can resist a mini version of their favourite product? 

- Not everyone loves beauty boxes but the sample sized products they contain are perfect for taking away with you. I'll be bringing along a couple of products from my April Birchbox
-At this time of year magazines always offer free beauty products. You often find great highend brands like Benefit, Percy & Reed, Clinique etc...
- Sample sachets are super handy for saving up space. You can find these in magazines or sometimes find free beauty samples online like this free Aveeno Lotion here
- Perfume bottles are bulky and not ideal for taking away with you. I love going to department stores and picking up those mini fragrance samples. I have a box full of them specifically for travelling! 
- Most drugstores will have a holiday section where you can find your favourite products in miniature form. I normally pick up a small toothpaste and suncream. 


Are you off on holiday this year? Do you save up samples too? 


14 June 2015

Weekend Catch-Up #6

Hey you. What a week it has been! My summer holiday has been booked so I've been on a healthy rampage and started doing yoga daily to help tone my body. I get so excited about packing my travel beauty bag and buying my favourite products in miniature form (post coming up next week). I'm only taking hand luggage so I have to creatively make sure all my liquids are under 100ml! We're half way through June now and I hope you're enjoying seeing a new post on here everyday. If you have a post requests just let me know.

Summer beauty
I think I prefer summer to winter. As soon as the temperature rises (even just a little) we swap our jeans for shorts and dresses and everyone seems so much happier. I've fully embraced summer on MMU and you can keep updated with all the summer themed posts here.
Lip Love
My most reached for lipstick this week has been the COLLECTION Lasting colour Lipstick in China Rose. It's from their new range of 21 lipsticks which I completely adore. The formula is super nourishing, glides on beautifully and has great pigmentation. 'China Rose' a muted pinky-brown, a wearable, everyday shade with a nod to the 90's trend.
What's Really On My Bedside Table
I often read these kind of posts and think do you really have all that stuff on your bedside table? My routine before I hit the hay it pretty simple. All I need after brushing my teeth is a moisturising lip balm (because my lip are forever dry) and a non-greasy hand cream.
New In
I'm really loving nude, pinky lips at the moment so I picked up these shades from Bourjois Aqua Laque range. Ok, I know they look almost identical but I promise you they are slightly different hues of pink. I have 01 Appechissant, 02 Rose On The Rocks and 08 Babe Idole.

I hope you've had a fab week! 

13 June 2015

Batiste ELLA HENDERSON

batiste ella henderson review

Batiste and I have been together for 5 years now. Dry shampoo is an essential, life-saving product for me and I'm thrilled to announce Batiste are launching a new variant this month. The latest launch is in collaboration with singer Ella Henderson. I definitely have hair envy; her locks are so voluminous!

"Batiste is my number 1 hit; I'm either in the studio or on stage, in a car or on a plane - often with little time to get ready. I can always count on Batiste to refresh and restyle my hair in one go; I know I'll always be ready for whenever the day takes me." Ella Henderson

The new dry shampoo is my summer must-have. It has an aromatic blend of warming summer scents mixed with fruity tones. Top notes of vanilla, blended with coconut and a musky base makes this ideal for long summer days.

I use this in between washes to give my hair an instant refresh or I'll use it as a styling product to give added volume. Ella recommends spraying it on mid-lengths and then brushing out for a quick texture boost. Batiste is like a shot of confidence in a can; I feel ready for everything and anything when I have it to hand. It's my hero product and I couldn't live without it, this new version will see me through the warmer months in style!

Batiste Ella Henderson* rrp £3.29 (200ml) available now. 


Further reading: 'I Forgot To Set My Alarm' makeup

12 June 2015

What's In My Summer Makeup Bag

As summer rolls around I'll switch up my makeup look. I'll opt for a light base, cream blush and a laid back lip...

I'm still going sans foundation and just using a concealer to hid any blemishes. It's a old favourite and I won't bore you by talking about it but I've been reaching for the COLLECTION Lasting Perfection Concealer lately. Because the sun has decide to make an appearance (yay!) I'm upping my SPF game and using a higher factor. I really like the KIKO City Filter Primer SPF 50. You can read my review of it and some other facial SPFs here .
I've been keeping lids bare because I don't like to wear eyeshadow when the weather is hot and humid. On my lashes I've been using my much loved mascara - Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume. Despite not liking the product name I love everything else about it. I'll be repurchasing this once it has dried out.
My lips and cheeks will be pink and peachy this summer. I've been talking about these blushers a lot lately so it's a no brainer that the COLLECTION Speedy Sticks are going to be a staple in my summer makeup bag. The creamy formula is super blendable and surprisingly long lasting. I love a peachy, glossy lip when the sun is out so I'll be sporting the Bourjois Colour Boost Crayon in On The Beach; how aptly named.
A newbie in my collection is The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer in 02. I like that it's super light so great for fair-skinned girls, and it blends seamlessly so it's impossible to mess up. Perfect.

Have you tired any of these? 

11 June 2015

MAC Blush Ripe Peach Drugstore Dupe


It's been a while since I've talked about a makeup dupe so I'm pleased to write this. I like MAC products but I will very rarely ever purchase them. I think they are too expensive for what they offer and I've seen a lot MAC drugstore dupes around. The most recent one being this Essence Blush Up Powder Blush in Heat Wave

The ombre blush has a similar resemblance to the MAC Blush Ombre in Ripe Peach. Both have a pink to orange gradient You can customize them to give you a more natural pink look or use the orange for a peachy colour. I haven't used the MAC version so I can't compare them completely but the Essence blush has good longevity and pigmentation for a drugstore brand. 

I know the MAC blusher has been quite difficult to get hold of so it may be worth tracking down the dupe version for the time being. 

10 June 2015

New Honey Bronze Range From The Body Shop

the body shop honey bronze tinted leg mist review
I love it when you come back of your summer holiday and you have that head-to-toe sunkissed glow. Your hair is a little lighter, your skin is radiant and you feel blissfully relaxed. I can't promise you that feeling all summer long but I can help prolong that 'just stepped of the beach' look with the new products from The Body Shop Honey Bronze range. 

The collection features three new snazzy products: a Tinted Leg Mist, Face Gel and Highlighting Domes. I've been testing these out lately in delicious anticipation of what summer will bring. 

Highlighting Domes* £8
These cute little domes come in three shades - They have a super-sheer, easy to blend texture. You can apply them directly to your face or I prefer to use a brush. The creamy, lightweight textures makes them ideal for summer. They are very shimmery and sheer, I personally think a little expensive for what it does. A great cheaper alternative would be the COLLECTION Speedy Sticks
Honey Bronze Face Gel* £13
Despite it looking very scary and dark in the tube this delivers a natural-looking glow. I feel like it was made for fellow pale people like me as it's extremely subtle and utterly natural. The refreshing gel texture isn't orange and never goes streaky. I love how easy it is to use and that it has a matte finish.
Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist* £15
You know when summer arrives and you have to get your legs out but you haven't shaved them in 4 weeks and they are looking a little ghostly? Well this is your best friend. It's a leg mist that gives you an instant, even bronzed glow. Like the Face Gel it has a matte finish and contains no oil or shimmer. It's very natural looking but can be built up for a darker colour. This is my new summer staple! 

The Body Shop Honey Bronze range is available to buy online and instore. 

9 June 2015

The 'I Forgot To Set My Alarm' Makeup

how to look less tired
You wake up late. There's no time to eat breakfast. You have to choose between brushing your hair and brushing your teeth. I hate rushing so this is my worst nightmare. If I forget to set my alarm I want to be able to cleverly disguise my fatigue with a little help from some trusted makeup items. The secret to this look - a bright lip. Keep reading to find out what other pick-me-up products I reach for..

It's all about that base. Tired skin can look dull and grey. After using a hydrating moisturiser apply The Body Shop Instant Glow Enhancer all over your face. This orange-tinted cream gives skin a subtle glow and makes it appear naturally radiant. To further brighten your complexion take a liquid highlighter and apply to the cheekbones. I love the SEVENTEEN Skin WOW Primer which is a shimmery white cream that is perfect at giving you that lit-from-within glow. The other base product you need to combat tiredness is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. Designed to reawaken and illuminate the undereye area for an instant anti-fatigue effect. It has medium coverage and is very light-weight so great for the delicate eye area. On days when I am looking particularly tired I'll need to build this up for optimum coverage.  

When lacking sleep your eye can appear red so my life-saving product to conceal this is a nude coloured eye liner. I really like how soft and affordable the Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Liner is. To energise and revitalise those peepers a coating of your favourite volumising mascara is sure to do the trick. Using an eyelash curler will also help you achieve that wide-eyed look. To finish of the eyes I'll pop a light, shimmery shadow on the inner corners of my eyes to really brighten up the area.My go-to for years has been the Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in Rose Beige.

Adding a hint of colour to the cheeks is a great way to hid a dull complexion. My latest blusher love has been the COLLECTION Speedy Sticks. They are a drugstore dupe for the Clinique Chubby Stick and I adore them. If all else fails, swipe on a brightly coloured lipstick to draw attention away from your tired eyes. Works every time.

How do you recover from oversleeping? 


Further reading: How To Fake A Lie-In

8 June 2015

Say Goodbye to 'Bacne'

get rid of bacne
The skin on your back is more oily than other parts of the body, which can lead to breakouts. Now the weather is getting warmer we tend to sweat more which can cause back ance. I suffer from back blemishes and it's no fun. You don't feel as confident in your new bikini and opt to cover up instead. I have discovered a couple of products that have helped me battle bacne and will hopefully help some of you to.

Cleanse
Switch your normal shower gel to something that contains Glycolic acid and salicylic acid. These two ingredients can help to keep those pesky spots away. You could also opt for an exfoliating body wash to remove dead skin cells like the Australian Bodycare Exfoliating Body Wash*. This is great for cleansing the skin of sweat, oil and suncream. The tea tree scent is refreshing - ideal for balmy summer evenings.

Hydrate
The back is often an area I forget to moisturise but always benefits greatly when I do. I love the Avene XeraCalm Cream for all my dry bits but it's also good for the back area. It has no fragrance and is paraben-free so doesn't clog pores. I've been applying this straight after the shower to get me bacne free in time for my holiday at the end of the month!

What are you tips for combating bacne? 

7 June 2015

Weekend Catch-up #6

Oh hey Summer! I hope you have all had a lovely week and managed to enjoy some sunshine. I've been a work hermit this week and the most excited thing I purchased was shower gel. But, they do smell pretty darn good. I went to the beach last weekend to celebrate summer and also made a few plans for the months ahead, exciting!

Nailed It
My nail varnish this week makes me feel like a proper lady. It's from the COLLECTION Field Day range which I love and reviewed here. The shade is called Beauty That Blossoms and it's a cool mix between lilac,grey and brown.
Makeup Menu
Now that it is a little warmer I've felt like switching up my makeup. This week I have opted for a light base, bronzed cheeks and a laid back lip. I'm loving this summer take on the no makeup, makeup look.
Summer Skin
It feels like this week has been all about skincare on MMU. I started off trialling different facial SPFs on Monday, chatted about the new Vitamin C goodies from The Body Shop on Tuesday and also shown my appreciation for alcohol-scented beauty products on Friday.
Blune 
It's already half way through the year and it is a little scary how quickly 2015 is flying by. This month I have decided to set myself a challenge and blog everyday. I've some cool posts coming up which I think you will enjoy! If you have any post requests let me know. And also I'm so sorry 'Blune' is the best name I can come up with.

What have you been up to this week? 

6 June 2015

Best Nail Varnish Shades For Summer


nail varnish shades for summer
We are now in June and it's starting to feel like summer is on its way. I love changing up my makeup during the warmer months and swapping my nail varnish for something more summery. I have compiled a list of shades that will enhance and compliment a tan. These gorgeous colours will help highlight golden skin from sunrise to sunset. You can almost feel the heat..

No7 in Duck Egg Blue 
For a shade that mimics the clear blue skies above look no further than this little beauty from Boots. This pale baby blue looks great on sandy toes.
Barry M Gelly High Shine in Cotton
A white manicure in the summer is nothing short of perfection. It looks crisp, elegant and simple. Two coats are needed to achieve typex-esque nails. 
SEVENTEEN in Caribbean Crush 
Whenever I wear this on my nails I'm mesmerized by the punchy coral-orange colour. It even makes my ghostly pale hands look tanned - now that's impressive. 
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry in Kiss Me Quick
I know pastel shades are more spring than summer but I couldn't leave out this pink number from Barry M. It has earned a spot in my summer rotation as my go-to for fingers. 
COLLECTION Lasting Nail Colour in Lemon Meringue
This stunning creamy-pale yellow is perfect for summer. It's not too in your face or cartoonish like some yellows can be. It's a bold shade but it is softer and more wearable than a bright neon yellow. An instant pick-me-up shade, I feel happy just looking at it.

Time to liberate your toes from those boots and paint them in the coolest colours for summer. What shade are you eyeing up? 

5 June 2015

The Body Shop Mojito Collection: Review

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the body shop mojito sorbet review
It's a little too soon for most of us in Britain to indulge in full-on summer beauty but who could resist Mojito scented body care? The new limited edition Virgin Mojito Body Care range from The Body Shop is like happy hour for your skin. The refreshing combination of mint and lime makes me daydream about alfresco lunches, bare feet and plunging swimming costumes (weather permitting, of course). 

The Body Shop Body Sorbets* (£8) are a delight to use, especially in the summer months. They hydrate the skin without it feeling sticky and absorb quickly. Not only does this refresh the skin it also cools and calms the skin. It's the perfect after-sun solution - I'll be brining this along with me on my summer holidays. 

A new product for The Body Shop is the Virgin Mojito Body Splash* (£16). This unique fragrance format is a lovely way to help you feel refreshed throughout the day. You simply splash it on for an instant burst of lime and mint to prolong that summer feeling. It can be a little messy so I apply it straight after the shower. It's the ultimate accompaniment to a balmy evening. 

The Virgin Mojito range truly smells incredible - not one to be missed! As it's limited edition stock up now to avoid disappointment. Available to buy now. 


Further Reading:7 days, 7 fragrances

4 June 2015

Kiss Volumetric Lust Mascara: Review


My favourite thing about blogging is discovering new beauty brands, especially British ones. Kiss Cosmetics is a new cruelty free makeup company and today I'm testing out their latest launch - the Volumetric Lust Mascara.

I can be a bit fussy when it comes to mascaras. I'm a die hard fan of the Bourjois 1 Second Volume and tend to favour plastic bristles. The Volumetric Lust mascara promises to add length and volume to your lashes. It's 'conical' shaped brush has lots of bristles to ensure every lash is coated. The formula is quite wet so eyelashes can look a little spidery if you apply too much. I found this is best for adding length and also gives you a nice curl which lasts all day. It manages to stay in place throughout the day with no smudging even when my eyes decide to stream with tears (I love having hayfever). The packaging is cute, who doesn't love a bit of glitter? This is a nice product and has made me want to try other Kiss products!

The Kiss Volumetric Lust Mascara* rrp £9.00 and available online here on June 11th.

3 June 2015

New Lipsticks From COLLECTION


(China Rose, Tangerine Dream, Taffeta Bloom, Cafe Au Lait, Paper Rose)

With the arrival of summer comes a whole host of new beauty product releases for use to drool over. New makeup launches get me excited the most and today I'm sharing with you the latest lipsticks that have really been floating my boat. 

COLLECTION have treated our pouts to 22 lust-worthy shades. There are 16 gloss and 6 matte finishes - you're guaranteed to find something you'll love. As an avid COLLECTION lover already these new lipsticks are a dream. They feel super-hydrating and don't leave lips dry. The shades I've been trialling are crowd-pleasing, neutral colours. 'Tangerine Dream' is a beautiful coral colour which would look great against tanned skin. 'Cafe Au Lait' is a classic creamy nude shade, whereas 'Taffeta Bloom' is a 90's, Kylie Jenner inspired matte. If you like matte finishes you'll also want to try out 'Paper Rose' - a darkish pink; it's the kind of shade you'd wear in the evening on a beach holiday. My favourite from the line-up has been 'China Rose' - a dark pink-y brown. It's one of those your-lips-but-better shades. I've been reaching for it daily as it offers everything I want from a nude lipstick. There is a hint of brown, a bit of pink and has a slightly glossy 'my lips are naturally this nourished' formula. 

I haven't even mentioned the best thing about these lipsticks yet.The fantastic formula and great colour pay-off doesn't reflect its price point. There are budget-friendly at just £2.99 a pop. So if you're in the mood to treat your lips to something new, you know where to head...

The Lasting Colour Lipsticks* are available in Superdrug from June 3rd and in Boots on June 10th.  



2 June 2015

The Body Shop New Vitamin C Additions

Recently The Body Shop have expanded their much loved Vitamin C skincare range to include two new products: The Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser and Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer. Both are formulated to give you healthy, glowing skin and make you look naturally more radiant. Summer is a great time to change up your skincare routine and these two new products are perfect candidates.

If you suffer from dull, grumpy skin then The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser* (£16) should be your next purchase. The light-weight gel cream absorbs into skin quickly and doesn't feel tacky or heavy. Oily/combination skin gals would particularly appreciate the fresh, light formula. Upon application your skin immediately has a healthy glow and appears clearer somehow, it's magic! I love how the invigorating fragrance makes me feel more energised and helps pick me up in the morning. The gel cream is really hydrating making it ideal for the warmer months. The only downside for me is that it doesn't contain SPF.

The other new launch is the Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer* (£14). This unusual orange-coloured cream is designed to be used as a last step in your skincare routine. It is formulated to give skin a fresh, rosy tint whilst leaving it velvety soft. It looks very subtle, almost imperceptible on skin. I've been using it as a radiant-boosting primer on makeup free days.

The Body Shop have created a couple of skin-loving products to help us achieve that natural, glowy complexion we all want. The Glow Boosting Moisturiser has become a daily staple. Shop the Vitamin C range here


Further Reading: How To Fake a Lie-in

1 June 2015

Facial SPFs On Trial

Aah suncream...that smell jolts me right back to my childhood. My Mum would slather me in the sticky stuff and I'd turn into a sand-magnet. These days I can't get enough of the stuff as I understand it's importance and have become a bit of a skincare obsessive. I've been on a mission to find the best formulas to suit every skin concern.

Kiko City Filter Primer SPF 50 £12.90
This comes out with a slight yellow tint but looks natural on skin. It has a light-weight texture and blends easily. It does feel more like a primer rather than a suncreen. I like that it comes out of a pump instead of a squeezy tube. A good choice for those who don't enjoy applying suncream!
Avene Creme Mineral 50+ £13.50
Designed for those with very sensitive skin that is intolerant to chemicals, fragrances or gets irritated easily. Whereas I did find this offers good protection it is very chalky on application and left me looking a bit ghostly. Out of all the sunscreens I tested this was my least favourite.
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ £17.00
Oily skinned gals (and guys) listen up. This formula has a dry touch and offers anti-shine protection. It dries to a matte finish which is great for oily/combination skin. It's paraben-free and non-perfumed but it does leave your complexion looking a little white. The shine-free finish does make this a great base for makeup.
Korres Sunscreen Face Cream Yogurt SPF 30 £16.50
One for those who don't want such a high SPF. This is a really lovely sunscreen - it's easily absorbed, has a light texture, doesn't leave any white marks and no tackiness. I'll sometimes forgo moisturiser and just use this!
Avene Emulsion SPF 50+ £16.00
Avene is a brand I trust when my skin becomes sensitive. This pump applicator is easy to use and glides on nicely without leaving skin looking greasy. It's rich in Avene Thermal Spring Water which is great for soothing the skin. A good buy for those with sensitive skin.


I love the sun. I'm now ready for you, whenever you decide to make an appearance...
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