Soap & Glory Heel Genius
Soap & Glory Heel Genius swatch

Soap & Glory Heel Genius – £5.50

Foot cream. It’s a bit of an odd one isn’t it? We all probably use it but it’s barely mentioned, firmly squared in the same category as deodorants and hair removal. A necessity we just don’t really mention. With it being Spring, we’re all getting our tootsies ready to be showcased in sandals, complete with bright toes so I thought I’d do a post about the Soap & Glory Heel Genius that I received in a gift set for Christmas.
Now I must confess this now, I’m not a fan of this product. Everyone else raves about Heel Genius but I’m just a bit ‘meh’ on the subject.

Heel Genius contains allantoin, glycerin, macadamia oil, menthol, bilberry, orange and lemon fruit acid smoothers which Soap and Glory claim to help renovate rough feet in a single overnight session.
It’s a bright blue gel which transforms into a cream when you start massaging it into the foot. It’s not as thick as some I’ve tried and can be a bit watery I find, but if you like lighter creams then this might be for you. I don’t really like the scent at all, in fact I think this is is probably the main reason I’m not keen on the cream at all.

It’s not really a product you can just slap on and 5 minutes later it’s absorbed so you do have to wear socks so nothing sticks to your feet. I usually apply it before bed, pop some socks on and then in the morning voila.
Another thing that I don’t like about Heel Genius is it doesn’t ever feel like it’s really sinking in and working and although my feet are fairly soft in the morning, I don’t feel my heels are as soft as they could be and so I have to apply the cream night after night.

So far of all the Soap and Glory products I’ve tried, this is the only one I’ve not really been a fan of. I wish I did like it as I’m quite a big fan of hand food, but I hate the smell and it just doesn’t give me the results I’d hoped so I think I will stick to my Burts Bees foot creme for now.

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Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian
Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian
Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian swatch
Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian – £7.99

Lip crayon chubby stick type things are definitely in vogue in my house at the moment, it’s the third review I’ve done in a couple of weeks and I cannot get enough of them!
This one I purchased way back in February for my birthday after much debate, mainly because after seeing it on Lily’s blog many moons ago I knew I loved the colour, but it looked so dark in the bullet that I wasn’t sure if such a shade would suit me.

Plum Russian is a sort of berry plum shade. It’s not too intense and despite how dark it looks in the bullet it’s nowhere near as dark on your lips. What’s great about this crayon as well is because of the formula it is buildable so you can make it quite sheer and subtle or amp it up for a more vampy look. One applied it leaves a beautiful glossy finish.

Like the Revlon balms it’s lovely and moisturising, very comfortable on the lips and easy to apply. It also twists up for ease of use. It doesn’t really have a scent, it’s very faintly fragranced but it’s barely noticeable. In terms of longevity, it’s not too bad, a couple of hours or so without eating or drinking. It also leaves a slight stain too for a couple of hours afterwards which I like, so it does last a little longer than the Revlon balms.
One other little plus point to add is that it has an SPF15. It’s quite easy to forget that lips need SPF too so when you’re wearing this you’ll also be protected!

It’s my first time venturing into darker berry lips and I love this colour. Despite the trend now of brighter, coral lips this is still gracing mine every so often and will be doing so this autumn too! I definitely would recommend this for girls who want to dip their toe into the darker lip trend.

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Cheeky Chat me Up Nail Paint in Tongue 'N' Cheek
Cheeky Chat me Up Nail Paint in Tongue 'N' Cheek swatch

Cheeky Chat Me Up Nail Paint in Tongue ‘N’ Cheek – £7
* Also just as a note these are currently on offer at Superdrug for £4.35!

This little nail polish gem came into my life when I received my Latest in Beauty box that I had won a week or so before. I’d never heard of the brand before but once I gave them a quick google I saw that Cheeky are the younger sister company of Cowshed which I have heard of.

Tongue ‘N’ Cheek is a gorgeous spring colour. It’s kind of a coral magenta colour, which is hard to describe. In natural light it looks more pinky red, but under artificial light it’s more of an orangey coral. The only other polish I can liken it to Bourjois 10 day nail polish in #25 but I don’t think they make that anymore.

Admittedly the packaging to me is quite confusing. I wasn’t sure what the product was first of all, then when I established it was a nail polish, I thought the shade was Chat me up. It was only when I looked at the bottom of the bottle that I realised it was called Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, so to me this is probably the biggest (and only) drawback.

I believe this is DBP, toluene and formaldehyde free although don’t hold me to that as I only had a quick scan of the ingredients and web information on these polishes wasn’t forthcoming! But hooray for no nasties!

I love that it has a wide brush so I can swipe it on quickly and voila! my nails are painted. I’m not one for waiting patiently when it comes to applying polish. However what impressed me most about this polish was the wear time. I applied one fairly thin coat (no base, no top coat) and the wear time was very favourable- 2-3 days. Considering most of my regular polishes just about manage that with two coats and a top coat I’m impressed!

I also like that they aren’t too expensive. I’m probably a bit jaded with prices of things when I think Essie polishes aren’t that expensive, but at £7 I don’t actually think these are badly priced and also 99p cheaper than Essie!

Overall I’m really impressed with this polish, it’s got a great wear time, it’s a gorgeous color and not too expensive. I will definitely look into some of their other colours.

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lighter lemon yoghurt cake

I’d never made a lemon cake before last weekend despite it being one of my favourites, oh heck! who am I kidding? nearly all cake is my favourite that’s why I’m not a size 8. But after getting sick last week with a cold I was left with a glut of lemons, so I decided to make a lemon cake.
I opted for this one from Lorraine Pascale which was featured in the ‘good to know’ magazine as it sounded quite delicious and healthy too at 159 calories a slice. I have to say the second one I made came out better than the first but was still delicious all the same. I’ve altered the recipe slightly as I like my lemon cake a bit zingier and used dairy free spread so I think it could be lower in calories still.

ingredients for lighter lemon yoghurt cake

Ingredients

  • 75g butter (I used dairy free spread)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 165g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg white
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 tsp fat free greek yoghurt

For the icing

Lush Think Pink Bath Bomb
Lush Think Pink Bath Bomb
Lush Think Pink Bath Bomb
Lush Think Pink Bath Bomb
Lush Think Pink Bath Bomb – £2.50

Lush Think Pink bath bomb is a relaxing pink bath bomb with a sweet vanilla and tonka fragrance. It has little candy flowers on the front and is pink…obviously!
I think the look of it was probably the reason I picked it up on a recent trip to be honest. I was perusing all the Easter goodies but I opted for this one over the Fluffy Egg one, as they both looked similar except this one was cheaper.

I always enjoy the smell of vanilla so this definitely appealed to me, and I love how vibrant pink it is when put in the bath. One of the best bits was when the little hearts appeared in the bathwater, which was a lovely surprise, although I did wonder whether it would be ok to put these down the drain once I’d finished. After my bath my skin felt soft and smooth, but not greasy as I’ve sometimes experienced in the past.

I definitely will be picking this one up again, in fact it probably is my favourite of all the ones I’ve tried so far! I love the colour, the fragrance and how it makes my skin feel afterwards. All round winner!

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Bobbi Brown CC Cream in Pale Nude
Bobbi Brown CC Cream in Pale Nude

Bobbi Brown CC Cream in Pale Nude Swatch
Bobbi Brown CC Cream in Pale Nude Swatch

Bobbi Brown CC Cream- £29 *

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about BB creams and CC creams, it all gets a little confusing no? CC creams seem to be the latest market offering and they are aimed more at colour correcting under your base rather than a sort of ‘hide blemishes tinted moisturiser hybrid’ that is BB creams. I’ve never tried either CC creams or in fact any Bobbi Brown products before, so when I was asked if I’d like to try the new Bobbi Brown CC Cream I was eager to give it a whirl.

The Bobbi Brown CC cream’s ingredients take a three step approach. Colour correcting pigments address sallowness, redness and dullness, light diffusers blur the look of imperfections and illuminate skin. Finally botanicals brighten skin. It also has SPF35 with UVA and UVB protection (woohoo!).

I have to admit I was a little anxious when I first saw the colour of the cream- a pale lavender colour- as I wondered how this could possibly match my skin tone, temporarily forgotten it was colour correcting (I told you I’m new to this CC cream biz!). However once I realised this and applied it, I calmed down. It’s lovely and easy to apply, smoothing over the skin quite nicely.

It’s a lovely base for foundation and it definitely makes a difference- particularly with blemishes- as they’re easier to cover up once I get around to concealing which is a definite plus point! It makes my skin overall less rosy and more even and dare I say glowy!
I’ve tried it with moisturiser underneath and without and it made me just a little bit too greasy so I do have to forgo the moisturiser if I’m applying this.
The only drawback I have found with this product is that I find that although it does correct quite well and tone down the rosy red parts of my skin, it does leave a slight purplish cast to my skin so I wouldn’t use it on its own. At £29 as well for 40ml it is on the expensive side especially for a product you would use daily.

Being a newbie to the world of CC creams I can’t give a comparison to others, but it’s definitely persuaded me to delve into the world of CC creams a bit more. The more I use this, the more I like it. It’s a lovely product and I like that it evens out my skin, particularly the post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation my skin is prone to.

At this point I’m not sure if I would repurchase with my own money. It is a great product don’t get me wrong, but it is a tad on the expensive side and I’d like to try some of the other market offerings to see how they fare. However if you’ve tried some other CC Creams and not been impressed so far, give this one a go!

* Bobbi Brown CC Cream was sent to me for my consideration, all opinions are my own.

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Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical swatch
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Whimsical swatch

Revlon Lacquer Balm Whimsical – £7.99

I told you I would eventually pick up one of the new Revlon balms and I have finally done it. Whimsical wasn’t the one I was opting for originally (but like many backstories on here it never is!) but when I swatched it I really fell in love with the colour.

Whimsical is quite a dark pinky berry colour, but when applied to the lips is more of a magenta colour. It looks very glittery in the bullet but don’t let this put you off because when applied it’s more of a shimmer which makes it look fabulously glossy. Like the others in the Kissable Balm Stains range it has an inoffensive minty smell when you apply it, which I quite like to be honest.

It’s lovely and soft creamy application, very lightweight and moisturising. I would say it’s one of those you can swipe on and go but because of the colour I’d definitely recommend a mirror so it doesn’t end up all over your face!.

Admittedly it’s not long lasting, once you’ve eaten and drank you’re only left with remnants of a stain so a top up is a necessity. However if you’re not eating or drinking it does last a couple of hours easily.

Despite being quite a vibrant shade, since I got this it’s graced my lips everyday, even to work! (hence the slightly misshapen tip!). It’s not too in your face and paired with neutral makeup it gives a nice ‘pop’ of colour.

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Grand National Ladies Day race day outfit challenge
Dress – ASOS £200
Shoes – ASOS £45
Fascinator – House of Fraser £39
Bag – Zara £29.99

I was contacted earlier in the week offering me an opportunity to take part in a competition for Ladbrokes. They are offering two tickets to Ladies Day at Grand National and all I had to do was put together my perfect outfit, so I definitely couldn’t skip an opportunity like that!

The way I picked this outfit was to embrace the floral trend of S/S14 but still be classic Ladies Day and wearable. I looked through a lot of dresses but I kept coming back to this one, it’s so pretty and it’s an appropriate length for Ladies Day too while still being feminine and flirty.
I am absolutely in love with the heeled sandals trend at the moment with ankle straps. I think they look so delicate and remind me of the good ole’ SATC but I digress, they’re a perfect accompaniment to the dress.

Without being too ‘matchy matchy’ I picked out this blue clutch from Zara to compliment the blue flowers on the dress. It’s quite boxy and makes a statement which I like, although you probably won’t be able to fit more than your lippy and your betting slips in this one!

No trip to Ladies Day would be complete without a fascinator. I picked this one as it stays within the colour scheme and it’s not overbearing or stuffy.

If you want to find out more information about the competition or you would like to vote for my entry (read: yes you do want to vote for me!) then go to the Ladbrokes website

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backcombing duo of Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray and Head Jog Teasing Brush

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray – £6.99
Head Jog Teasing Brush – £3.99

I’ll be honest with you now, I never thought I’d write this post. My hair is incredibly fine, but I have a lot of it. As a consequence big hair is a fantasy just out of reach, I had resigned myself that no matter how much spritzing and fluffing, my hair will forever stick to my head.

However recently I added two new items to my haircare collection and they have exceeded all my expectations!

The first is one you may have heard rumblings about, theCharles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray.It’s hailed as a drugstore dupe for theOribe Dry Texturising Sprayand after giving it a couple of go’s so far, I’m fully in support of it. I’ve not penned a review yet but when I do it’ll be a good ‘un.

The second is a backcombing brush. I picked thisHead Jog Teasing Brushup off Amazon for about £3 or so and it’s completely changed how I backcomb my hair, I’m not sure how I was even coping without this brush. It gives me the height I need from using a tailcomb but is as gentle as a hair brush.

I spritz the CW spray at my roots and give it a good tousle. It adds a matte feeling without being too sticky and ensures my hair isn’t too flyaway and soft. Next I take small sections of hair and use the brush to tease my hair and then voila! I finally have the volume I’ve always wanted.

Whilst I will never achieve the level of volume that others can (and I’m supremely jealous of that), the fact I can achieve some height is good enough for me.

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life update
I’ve been notably absent this week as I’ve been a bit of a poorly Pete. Last Saturday I got a nasty sore throat which resulted in me being off work for a couple of days, then it developed into an equally nasty cold and I’ve been having some difficulty breathing and just generally feeling rubbish.

I’ve not had much chance to post because I haven’t had the patience to write, nor did I think it was really appropriate with me being off work, but I’ve had lots of ideas for posts and been writing up a couple too so hopefully you should enjoy them!

On top of this, Harry has caught what I’ve got and it’s affected him more than me and he’s not been responding to conventional home remedies so this morning we headed down to the walk in centre for some antibiotics. I’m generally on the better side now aside from a horribly flaky red nose and the sniffles and hopefully he should be too once the antibiotics kick in.

Aside from being poorly, I went to a lovely restaurant on Thursday. I felt dreadful and it did taint my experience somewhat but I havent seen my cousin in over a year and wanted to catch up so I reluctantly got dressed up. I did enjoy myself and will do a proper post committed to it.

I received a very exciting package too to try out some makeup, which I’ll be reviewing in the next week. I was meant to pick it up on Wednesday but I’ve honestly been so unwell that going down to the sorting office has been out of the question.

Finally if you follow me on twitter and instagram then you might have seen last week that I won a Little Mistress competition and won a dress and the latest in beauty box which I was ecstatic about. I can’t wait to give all the products inside a go!

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