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?

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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?

Budget Brand Lovin – Anatomicals | thelittlescottishcorner

Anatomicals

I thought I would do a mini review on one of my favourite budget brands – Anatomicals. I only discovered Anatomicals last year and it was by chance really. I was browsing the beauty aisle in Asda and I never normally shop at Asda, when I chanced across the ‘Farewell Scarlett Pimpernell’ (reviewed here) face mask and at £1 it seemed a bargain. I really enjoyed using the face mask and being a sucker for the packaging decided to do a quick Google search on the brand. Turns out everyone’s favourite fashion/beauty online store -ASOS stock Anatomicals. At the time, they had a couple of gift sets reduced to clear as it was in January, so I snapped them up. In one gift set I got an inflatable bath pillow (which doesn’t stick properly) and features a quirky story, a candle (a little disappointing), some bath salts (reviewed here) and the above face mask. The face mask isn’t really my cup of tea as it is self heating and I find these a little uncomfortable and always panic that they will burn  my skin. The second gift set contained some funky rubber gloves (now my bog cleaning gloves cos nobody wants toilet germs on their hands), a hand cream (which is almost finished and in my desk drawer along with around 4 other almost empty tubes) and the above hand polish. I bought the body scrub separately for the bargain price of £3.50!

I’m not going to review the individual products as such, this is more of a brand review because I’ve really fallen in love with Anatomicals. The packaging is amazing isn’t it? Everything comes in brightly coloured plastic containers, with sturdy lids/pumps. Nothing worse than a cheap pump. The product names are genius – Cheese Release Me Foot Cream, Help the Paw Paw Hand Cream and No More White Bits Fake Tan to name but a few. You can’t help but chuckle inside. The product instructions are equally as quirky, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it! All of the products I’ve had from Anatomicals have been highly scented and good quality. The body scrub left my bathroom smelling of Grapefruit for a good half hour after showering and the consistency was perfect. Often I can find budget brands to be runny or thick, but I think Anatomicals have got it spot on. The products are also paraben free which is a bonus!

ASOS currently have a sale on Anatomicals, so I’m eyeing up a few bits. They are so budget friendly and with the sale it would be rude not to! You can also purchase Anatomicals from Cloud 10 Beauty, but I’ve only ever used ASOS because that way I can combine my order to get other bits and bobs I really need want. I thought I would add a little wishlist into this post because it seems like an age since I’ve done one. To make things more interesting, I’ve set myself a budget of £20 (enough to treat myself, but not enough to bankrupt myself). Here’s what I would purchase:

ANATOMICALS WISHLIST

1.We Never Forget a Face Memorably Good Moisturiser – £4.50 for 50ml (was £6)
2.Shower to the People Lime Shower Gel – £2 for 250ml (was £3)
3. Cheese Release Me Minty Foot Cream – £2 for 100ml (was £3)
4. Not Another Rough Day Please Neroli Body Lotion – £2.50 for 200ml (was £3.50)
5. Oi You Throbhead Headache Balm – £3 for 20g (was £4)
6. Anatomicals Face Mask Pack x3 – £2 (was £3)
7. Aint No Dope This Soap Watermelon and Cucumber Hand Soap – £2 for 300ml (was £3)
8. Help the Paw Vitamin Rich Hand Cream – £2 for 100ml (was £3)
TOTAL = £20

Yup. Fantastic. 8 products for £20. Even at full price all of this would only come to £28.50. Such fantastic value isn’t it? Now excuse me while I go and find my purse. It’s free delivery after all.

What do you think of Anatomicals? Would you be willing to try it?

Disclaimer – I was NOT sponsored by ASOS or Anatomicals to write this post – I just really like the brand. 

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.

The Sanctuary Body Butter Review|theLittleScottishCorner

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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Pizza on a Budget

Cheese and tomato before baking

Cheese and tomato before baking

Who doesn’t like pizza? But who likes the price of a restaurant or takeaway Pizza? Not me that’s for sure. I learned a thing or two about saving money at uni and a mate taught me how to make pizza dough 🙂 Apologies for the lack of pictures, it was quite messy! This recipe makes 3 individual pizzas. You can freeze the dough, but I liked it better fresh. You can just adjust the quantity of ingredients to cater for what you need. The beauty of this is you can just throw on whatever you have in the fridge too.

350g Strong White Flour

3.5g Yeast

A pinch of Salt

200ml Warm Water

15ml olive oil

Spreading the sauce on the base

Spreading the sauce on the base

1. Flour a board or worksurface and your hands. I also recommend having the flour nearby for re-flouring of the hands. If not you end up in one big sticky mess.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly add the oil and water, mixing in.

4. Knead, knead, knead. This is the hard bit. You need to ensure you knead the dough well until it becomes soft and pliable. I think this took 20 minutes of me kneading…

5. Roll the dough into a ball and put it in a clean bowl. Ensure the bowl is big enough to allow the dough to rise.

6. Cover the dough with a damp tea towel and leave to prove for a couple of hours.

7. Watch T.V while the dough proves. Indulge in some wine. Return to the dough and it will have tripled, maybe even more in size. It is ALIVE! Ha.

8. Split into 3 balls and roll them out. Make sure you flour your board first or it will stick. I spent ages rolling it into a perfect circle only for it to get mangled when I picked it up to put it on a tray and it was stuck.

9. Top your pizza with sauce, cheese and topping.

10. For a cheap tomato sauce I use tinned tomatoes with paprika, a tiny bit of sugar, a squeeze of tomato puree, garlic and whatever herbs I happen to have in my cupboard. The beauty is you only really need half the tine for the pizza, so you can use the leftover sauce in pasta. Goes great with tuna.

11. Add toppings. Grated cheese works well, as does crumbled feta. I happened to have some feta in the fridge so chucked a little of that on. Baby tomatoes chopped in half  are pretty yummy as is sliced up peppers and salami. I just use whatever is in the fridge really.

12. Bake at 180 in the overn for somewhere between 8 and 12 minutes. It depends how thin you rolled the dough and how much topping you put on.

13. Enjoy!

Posh Pizza for  'Date Night'

Posh Pizza for ‘Date Night’

I found this great fun to make with my bf and it cost a fraction of our favourite take away. It was great because we could decide exactly what we wanted on our pizzas and make individual ones so there was no fighting. It really is so easy to do and so much better than shop bought. We made this posh pizza shown above for a date night. On date nights we usually cook together and then watch a film or something together. This one had cheddar and feta cheese, salami, mushrooms, onion and some rocket on top. So yummy.

Have you ever made homemade pizza before? Would you be tempted to try this?

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