Makeup Revolution Fluid Blusher in Malibu Ocean | Review

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I think I’ve found my blogging mojo again! Yay. I recieved this blusher from Makeup Revolution in the BBB Dream Box by the British Beauty Blogger a while ago and when I saw they were being discontinued, I had to share. These are supposed great dupes for the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush, which I have been lusting after for agess! These were originally priced at £3, however are reduced to £1.50 and come in 5 shades. Much more purse friendly – you could buy the entire range for less than 1 DS blusher.

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Time to shake it up, shake it up!

The shade I have is more of a Bronzer than blusher and ideal for summer. It’s Malibu Ocean and even that name makes me think of summertime. I think come shorts weather I will be using this on my legs as I have a nasty scar on my left leg which I am concious about and as such tend to hide. The coverage of this is enough to sort of draw the attention away from the scar. The formula is really thin and does have the tendency to separate, requiring a good shake before use. The bottle is cute, but does feel a little cheap (not complaining, just observing!).

The dispenser

The dispenser

I find the best technique is to dispense a drop onto the back of my hand, allow it to spread slightly and quickly grab my brush. This stuff is very pigmented and does dry quite quickly, so I don’t find I have much time before a stain appears on my hand. In terms of blending, I’ve had no issues – if you do go a bit heavy handed it should be easy enough to blend out. The thing I didn’t really like about this is the siliconey feel of it, you know what I mean like slippery. It is really odd.

Straight out of the bottle

Straight out of the bottle

Starting to run - see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Starting to run – see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Partially Blended (no it isn't streaky fake tan)

Partially Blended (no it isn’t streaky fake tan)

Fully Blended

Fully Blended

I quite like this colour, it isn’t too shimmery but does add another dimension to my skin. Would I wear this product every day? Probably not because I don’t rate the siliconey feel of it and do worry that with prolonged use it could irritate my sensitive skin. It does claim that it doesn’t block pores, I can’t say it did or didn’t but I do shower and wash my face pretty often. For special occasions or weekend wear though, I love this. I had mixed results with wearability – one day it wore for 6 hours including a sweaty and hot 12 mile mountain bike and another day it seemed to disappear within 2-3 hours. I think it probably depends on what foundation and primer you wear, but I can’t pinpoint why such a big difference. It is marketed as water proof and budge proof, but I wouldn’t say that is necessarily true. I doubt I coulo go swimming in this and it would stay in tact, but who swims in makeup anyway? That’s just asking for Panda eyes!

Available from Makeup Revolution for £1.50

Who loves Makeup Rev? Have you tried this or are you tempted?

Worth the Hype? St Ives Apricot Scrub for Sensitive Skin |thelittlescottishcorner

St Ives Apricot Scrub

It seems like every man, woman, cat and even goldfish were raving about the St Ives Apricot Scrub at one point. I gave in one day and tossed it in my basket to put to the test. I can’t say I’m a face scrub expert – far from it. I’ve tried Philosophy Micro Exfoliating Scrub, a sample of Dermalogica Face Scrub, Elemis Freshskin Exfoliator and pretty much every scrub made by Boots Skin Clear or Clean and Clear. I like the Philosophy scrub, but it is too darn expensive. My next choice would be Elemis Freshskin and at £12 a tube it still isn’t cheap, but smells of Apricots. And finally, for many years I just used Boots Skin Clear Daily Face scrub. Cheap. Cheerful. Clears my skin. Job done. Anyway, I figured the St Ives scrub might be similar, but with a delicious Apricot smell. How wrong was I? Very wrong indeed.

The texture of this scrub is very gritty and in my opinion a bit rough for the face. This is definitely not something you would use everyday – more of a 2 or 3 times a week kind of thing. I picked up the version for sensitive skin as sometimes products can be too harsh for me or break me out in spots. The scrub does smell really nice, which is a bonus for a face product as some of them can smell really nasty. Normally when I use a scrub, my pores on my nose don’t get too clogged – it’s only when I skip using it for a week or so due to being on holiday or running out that I notice thy have begun to clog. Since introducing this into my skincare routine on Mondays and Thursdays (and the occasional Saturday), I’ve noticed my nose has become really clogged up. Disgusting I know, but a valid observation. The other thing I’ve noticed since using this (been using it ~4 months now) is that my skin seems to be a lot drier than before. Now I haven’t changed my moisturiser or cleanser in this time, so I can only attribute it to this scrub (and possibly weather, but normally my moisturiser combats the horrid weather).

The scrub does claim to be non-drying, so maybe it just doesn’t agree with my skin type? It contains no oil, which is good if you are worried about looking like a chip pan, but bad if you have dry skin issues like me. The coarse grains are bits of walnut – so all natural and good and the scrub doesn’t contain parabens of phtalates. So it isn’t all bad. It also only retails for around £4 for 150ml, but is currently only £2.13 in Superdrug.

I know many bloggers do love this and Gemma over at Miss Makeup Magpie (one of my fave bloggers and her review is here) has been using this for a number of years and got on particularly well with a different version of this scrub. So I can kinda see why so many bloggers rave about this scrub, but sadly it just didn’t work for me.

Have you tried St Ives Scrub and did you find it dried you out too? What’s your go to scrub?

Drugstore Makeup TAG|theLittleScottishCorner

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I was tagged a couple of weeks ago by the lovely Beth over at Polished Couture to do this TAG and I thought it looked like a lot of fun! I don’t have a massive selection of make-up, but it is growing and I seem to have a lot of things I have seen on other blogs. Hmm! So let’s get on with the TAG shall we?

Here are my favourites:

Foundation

This has to be the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. I used this years ago and repurchased a couple of months ago and can’t believe how light and flawless it is. Definitely not a foundation for when you need full coverage, but if you want a no make-up day it is worth a look. It just feels so light on my skin and leaves my skin looking flawless, but lets some of my freckles shine through so it looks totally natural. I have the shade sand, which is not quite right for me. It does blend really easily, so if you by one too dark/light it is not a massive issue.

Concealer

I have mixed feelings about this concealer, but part of it is the shade choice I think? I ordered the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer from ASOS when it was reduced to £3.60 and from a quick look at the provided swatches the shade 040 soft beige seemed a nice match. Reality hit when I got the concealer and it is in fact pretty orange based and far too dark for me. I read some other reviews that even the lighter shades are orange? I have been trying it out on the days when I don’t need to go anywhere and the coverage for dark circles is amazing. It is so creamy and the brightening effect is fabulous. I’m going to try and get my hands on a different shade of this and see if it matches my skin better. 

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Base Products

Powder

I haven’t actually included a photo of a powder as it has been so long since I have used a drugstore powder. I usually stick to BareMinerals Mineral Veil, which has been a staple of mine for years. I used to use Rimmel clear complexion powder, but it had the tendency to smash in my bag 😦 which isn’t ideal. I’ve recently purchased the Rimmel Stay Matte in translucent, so we will see how it fares.

Primer

I decided to include a primer in this TAG as I feel it is essential. I got the Maybelline Baby skin a few months ago and although I don’t like it as much as the Porefessional from Benefit, for a budget primer it is really nice. It definitely reduces my pores and helps keep makeup locked in place for longer. It’s only a third of the price of the Porefessional too!

Bronzer

I’ve stopped using bronzer for a while, I’m more into blusher just now. Instead of  a bronzer, I am including this gorgeous blush from Sleek in the shade Coral. This blusher is quite dark and a bit bronze based, so I figure I can get away with it. The blush is really pigmented and blends out so easily, I am in love. I want to collect the entire shade range.

Blush

This has to be another Sleek blush of course! I’ve chosen the Blush by 3 palette in Pumpkin, which looks a little scary. I literally just touch my brush on the pan and I have enough product to do my cheek. The colours are very vivid and can be built up for a statement of colour, but I prefer just giving myself a wash of colour. I didn’t think I would like this palette, but surprisingly I do.

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Cheek Products

Another strong contender has to be the Maybelline Dream Creamy blush in the shade peach. It looks really natural on the cheeks and blends so easily. The texture is just so smooth and creamy and I think I am in love.

Highlight

It’s no secret that I am not a huge highlighter fan and I don’t actually own any drugstore highlighters. I must rectify this. In the meantime, I have included Benefit’s Sunbeam. This bronze-gold highlighter is very subtle and works well with my skin tone. The application I initially found a little strange, but once you get used to it the brush works well.

Eyeshadow

This one I have had for years and rarely use anymore. You can’t even buy this anymore, but it is a quad from No.7. I got this for Christmas from one of my best friends from school, who has now emigrated to South Africa 😦 . I guess you could say I have an emotional attachment to this? The purples went well with my eyes and the sparkle was perfect for a night out. Fall-out was an issue, but the brush was surprisingly good quality.

I’ve also included a new found love in the form of Maybelline Colour Tattoo in permanent taupe. I used to love the Maybelline mousse shadows, so it is only fitting that I love these too. The staying power is great and application is a dream.

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Eye Products

Eyeliner

These eyeliners are still on sale in the drugstore, just with a little jazzier packaging. I used to have a black one too, but it has run out. Oh yes, it is the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil. The white is great for those hungover days when you need to brighten your eyes (those days are few and far between now!) and the lilac used to be my colour of choice for above my upper lashline. These are great for the money, really soft and pigmented. Does anyone care to explain what Kajal means?

Mascara

Soap and Glory is at the higher end of drugstore and this is the first piece of makeup I have tried from them. I got this mascara as part of a gift set, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have purchased it. The brush is great and the formula is quite nice to work with – not too wet and not too dry. It isn’t the blackest of black, but it does seem to stay on my lashes well.

Lipstick/Lip Balm

I’ve included a lip crayon, lip gloss and lip balm here.  First up is this lovely lip crayon from Ted Baker. It is a gorgeous shade of pink and it wears really well on my lips before fading.

I am absolutely gutted that this is my last Nivea Care Gloss as they don’t make these any more. I stocked up in Boots a few years ago when they were on offer after Christmas. This is a gloss with a  difference – it is not sticky and actually cares for your lips. My favourite colour was the peach one as it looked so natural, but I like the red too. I might have to ration myself on this one.

Finally this lip balm from the Bodyshop. The honey version isn’t my favourite, but I have told myself I must finish it before opening the mango one. The bodyshop lip balms smell delicious, but this one is a little drying. There are so many flavours available and they are often on offer.

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Lips and Nails

Nail Polish

This wan’t in the original TAG, but I had to include it! I am a nail polish hoarder, fiend, demon, collector – whatever you want to call it. I’ve recently rediscovered Orly nail polish. These are available for £5 in Boots and the two colours I am loving right now are very in season. The gorgeous Lemonade which I used in my Easter Manicure and Blue Belle. Blue Belle is special to me as it was bought for me by my other half. He normally complain that he prefers my natural nails, but one day went out and bought me this lovely shade.

I TAG:

Kavi

Tarika

Effie

Brittany

Have you done this TAG? Leave me a link in the comments if you have! Are any of these products in your favourites?

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Bargain Alert|Sanctuary Body Butter and Soufflé Set|Review

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Happy Easter Sunday all. I hope you are all having a nice holiday, or if your like me and Easter holidays are non-existent then at least enjoying your day. As I was browsing the Boots website yesterday, I stumbled across this total bargain set of 3 body butters/soufflé from Sanctuary. I received 2 of them for Christmas and have been alternating between the two of them every now and again for a treat. I know Sanctuary stuff is not very expensive even at full price, but to me it just feels a little luxurious and special.

Sanctuary Triple Moisture Bliss|the LittleScottishCorner

Sanctuary Triple Moisture Bliss

In the set you get 3 different body lotions/butters: Cocooning Body Butter (red lid), Mande Lular Body Souffle (white lid) and Body Butter (Orange Lid). This is currently on offer at Boots for £4! Yeah you read that right! All of these are 100ml tubs, so not massive but still considerable. Obviously I don’t have the Cocooning Body Butter so I can’t comment on it but I will write a few quick notes about the other two.

The Sanctuary Body Butter and Mande Lular Body Souffle Review|theLittleScottishCorner

The Sanctuary Body Butter and Mande Lular Body Souffle

What Boots Say…

‘A visit to the luxurious Sanctuary Spa in the heart of London’s Covent Garden leaves you glowing and rejuvenated from top-to-toe. Sanctuary’s range of award-winning products has been developed in the spa to give you the visible results and pampering indulgence of a professional treatment every day.

This Sanctuary Triple Moisture Bliss set is a fabulous gift for someone special. Treat and pamper your skin with this indulgent selection of body moisturises, including award winning body butter to instantly smooth and soften for a last silken finish! The Mande Lular Body Soufflé is a sensuous evocation of an ancient Indonesian beauty treatment, combining exotic spices with skin nourishing shea butter.

The set comes in a matching, opulent orange, purple and silver-themed triangular presentational box with a floral design, ideal for gifting.’ – Boots

Sanctuary Mande Lular Body Souffle Review|theLittleScottishCorner

Sanctuary Souffle

What I Say…

I will start by saying that there is very little difference between the two of these in my opinion, other than the consistency. The soufflé is much lighter, with the butter being really thick. I like to use the butter on my feet as they get very dry. The scent is the signature Sanctuary spa scent, which is quite spicey smelling and I really like. These contain macademia oil and vitamin E – which we all know are fantastic for moisturising the skin.  I find both of these to be easily absorbed into the skin and they don’t leave me feeling at all greasy. Of the two I prefer the butter, but that is purely based on the much thicker texture.

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The Sanctuary Body Butter

I really love both of these and I’m tempted to go order a few more from Boots to have as backups. This price is brilliant. This would make a great gift set for family or friends and you could even split it up to give one to three people. I suffer from irritated skin and this didn’t cause me to have a flare up which is another plus. All in a hug thumbs up from me. Now go order them before they sell out.

What’s your go to body moisturiser? Does anyone else like Sanctuary as much as me?

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Manicure Monday #7|Models Own Mint Madness (Applie Pie) Swatch

Models Own Apple Pie

Models Own Apple Pie

That’s a whole lotta M’s in the title isn’t it? I debated about posting this one or not. On the one hand I loved the colour and on the other hand I hated the formula. I decided to post it anyway as I am concious that most of my nail posts consist of OPI. What can I say – OPI is my favourite. OPI this was not. What really attracted me to buy this and another from the range last spring was the scratch and sniff sticker on the lid. Oh the little things! As a child, I had 4 glitter polishes from Avon Color Trend which were scented and that is kinda what this reminded me of. The post is short and sweet tonight as I am pretty busy at work due to moving department next week, but as I say every week: a picture says 1000 words. Also I am struggling with this digital camera a little – it isn’t a new one, I inherited it from my dad. I just can’t seem to get the settings right for nails. The macro setting is awesome for close up of packaging, but it struggles to focus when there isn’t writing e.g nail or lipstick shots. I guess I just need more practice. Either that or I bite the bullet and buy a Canon 600D 🙂

Models Own Apple Pie

Models Own Apple Pie

I picked this up towards the end of spring last year along with the Blueberry Muffin version in Boots on a 2 for 1 offer. Even better I had points, so essentially got this for free. As you can probably tell I am loving pastels for spring this year again, so put this on last week and wore it all week. The formula is really thick and difficult to work with. What makes it even worse is the skinny brush. Aaaargh. I ended up with so many streaks. Anyway, application aside the colour is stunning and the smell quite nice too. It doesn’t have a strong varnishey smell when you are painting it on and once it is dry it smells of sweet apples for a day or so. Remember not to wear a top coat though! My other niggle with this was the drying time. It was awful. I put this on in the evening and 2 hours later, it still wasn’t dry as I woke up with mega sheet marks. Oops. Wear time was pretty good; I got around 4 days before it chipped.

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Scratch n sniff!

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The skinny brush- big dislike from me

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1 coat – look at those streaks

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Another view of the streaks

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2 coats – looking better

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2 coats in natural light

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2 coats in natural light – indoors

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2 coats indoors again – you can really see the visible nail line here

Overall I was pretty disappointed with this one, but I love the colour. If I hadn’t heard such rave reviews about Models Own, I wouldn’t purchase anything again but I know how hit and miss cream polish can be. You can purchase Models Own polishes for £5 from ModelsOwnIt.

Has anyone else tried Models Own? Did you have similar issues with the formula?

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