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. 

Skin Saviour | Elemis Freshskin Matte Moisturiser

Elemis FreshSkin Moisturiser

Hi my name is Jacquelyn and I am the world’s worst blogger! Sorry people. I’m so bad, but blogging is a hobby right? And it’s difficult to fit it in sometimes when your working full time. Speaking of work, I just applied for a full time job at my work. Aaaaaah. Scary stuff. I’m nervous already. I hope they interview me. This kinda means I’m an adult. I just applied for an adult job. Not a graduate job. No. A real life adult job. I really hope they interview me, even if I am relatively inexperienced. I want this soooo bad. Will be weird getting interviewed by people I know. Do I picture them naked or not? One of lifes many dilemmas. I think I will probably try not picture them naked because that is the worst interview tactic anyone has ever told me. Anyway, I’m stressing out here for no apparent reason. Which brings me on to my skin saviour of the year.

I’ve banged on about Elemis Freshskin before, it is seriously good. Now I love Elemis, but I can’t afford £20 odd for a bottle of cleanser (the lime blossom cleanser is ah-mazing), so freshskin is right up my street. It is aimed at teens to mid twenties, but when did an age recommendation ever stop anyone using anything? ‘Oh look this moisturiser is for teenagers, I better not use it’ said no one ever. If we get into technicalities I am still early, verging on mid twenties so I fit the bill perfectly. My skin is weird – dry in places, but my nose? Well if you wanted to I’m pretty sure you could crack an egg on there and fry it some days. It has mahoosive pores in there too, kinda like looking at a greasy moon is the way I would describe it. Not cool. I’ve always been plagued with big, disgusting spots on my nose every now and again, but generally other than a few tiny white lumps here and there the rest of my skin is clear.

Freshskin

Moisturisers and skin care can be problematic. Do you buy one for dry skin and risk making the oil rig that is your nose worse? Or do you buy one for oily skin and end up turning the rest of your face into a dry and barren dessert? Or do you buy both and have two sets of skin care, taking up precious space in the shower? First world problems here. Well in my teenage years, I went with the latter. In my early twenties I went with the former. Neither was ideal. Now, well now I have found a moisturiser that works for me. Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce to you the Elemis Freshskin Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser.

The packaging is fairly plain and colour coded. Anything blue is for mattifying your skin and anything pink is for normal skin. I think that because this is fairly plain, you could give it to boys as well as girls. It is important to treat your teenage skin right –  I remember my brother looking after his and he has fabulous skin for a man now. I can see mums and grannies buying this for their teenagers for Chrimbo. Points to Elemis. The pump dispenser works and doesn’t clog, not much else to say here.

The texture, hmmm. Not too thick, not to watery. Exactly what you want from a moisturiser. It spreads evenly on the face and absorbs really well. Typically I give this around 5-10 minutes to soak in whilst I dry my hair before applying any makeup and I am left with no oily residue on my face. I do find that when I use this my nose gets marginally less oily during the day than if I don’t use it. Winner. This contains shea butter for added moistures and bergamot which is antiseptic to help reduce spots. It also contains cucumber and witch hazel, which are pretty common skin care ingredients for moisturising and fighting spots. I cant’t say that this noticeably reduces spots on it’s own, but combined with the serum from this range, it definitely does. Elemis don’t use any nasties – parabens, SLS etc in any of their products which is a bonus.

Okay, so the downside – it is quite pricey. £21 for a 50ml pot from Feel Unique. It is worth it though, trust me. It is my skin hero and a dessert island product.

Have you tried Freshskin? Did you love it as much as me? Can anyone recommend a nice face scrub, I am on the hunt?

Benefit It’s Potent Brightening Eye Cream |Review

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Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream

 I think I’ve mentioned this wonder in passing a few times before. I love it. I initially got a miniature version of this in the Little Love Potions Kit I bought last year to sample a few Benefit products and I was not disappointed. I have suffered from Dark circles for as long as I can remember. I can remember being in primary 6 at school and sitting in the classroom next to a really tall lanky girl. I was paranoid about my legs being bigger than hers and was wearing the oh so fashionable lycra shorts. It wasn’t a fat comment that stuck with me, it was a black eye comment. This little girl who was from a pretty rough family and was always a bit smelly had the cheek to tell me it looked like I had two black eyes. Since then I have been paranoid about my dark circles. Countless people have commented and nothing, I mean nothing shifts them. This cream hasn’t shifted them but it has helped the dry patches a lot and I think they are a tiny bit lighter but I could be imagining things.

What Benefit Say…

‘Your eyes can’t keep a secret…they’re the first to show signs of age & stress. It’s potent! eye cream fades dark circles & helps smooth fine lines for brighter, younger-looking eyes. Contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness, a blend of hydrating botanical extracts and loquat extract, known to help protect the skin from free radical damage.’ – Benefit

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The faux cork lid

What I Say…

I love the glass jar with the faux cork lid, it is very chic and elegant and looks great on my dresser. I need to be careful with the glass jar as I already smashed a glass bottle of Bio Effect Serum – D’oh. The cream has a slight scent to it, but nothing too offensive. It’s a difficult smell to describe – just very fresh and clean smelling. The ingredients of this are pretty disappointing as it contains loads of parabens and alcohol. Parabens are used as a preservative and I wouldn’t expect a high end and expensive eye cream such as this to contain them. Sadly it does contain parabens but this isn’t enough for me to stop using it (unless someone comes up with solid evidence to say parabens cause cancer, in which case I will stop using immediately).

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Look how retro the glass jar looks

The texture of the cream is quite thick and when applied to the eye area it has a lovely cooling effect. I usually dab my ring finger in this and dot it under my eye and on the lid and it is quickly absorbed. You know sometimes you get moisturisers or creams that totally ruin the way makeup is applied, this doesn’t do that. It is really light once on the skin and absorbs so quickly but I usually wait 10 or 15 minutes before applying any makeup. I’ve found this to be really moisturising and it has helped my dry under eyes so much. The claims of reducing dark circles, it hasn’t got rid of mine but I don’t think anything ever will and to be honest I didn’t expect it to. I really love this stuff – I had two miniature jars prior to purchasing this big jar and I know it will last me a while so it worth the splurge.

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Benefit It’s Potent in the jar

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

I really do adore this eye cream and I think I’ve found the perfect one for me. I have struggled in the past with so many duds and for a while just didn’t use one. I now have a few fine lines under my eyes and it makes me wonder that if I had used one religously would I have these lines? When this runs out I will repurchase as I think it is worth the splurge. You can buy a 14.2g pot from Benefit for £25.50.

Have you tried any of the Benefit Skin care line? What’s your go to eye cream? Does anyone else suffer from dry patches around the eyes like me?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Dry Skin and Eczema Problems Solved -E45 Intense Recovery Body Moisturiser

E45 Intense Recovery Lotion for Very Dry Skin - Review | theLittleScottishCorner

E45 Intense Recovery Lotion for Very Dry Skin

As much as I love summer and the hot weather, I dread it slightly. I don’t like baring much skin. I have a massive scar on my left leg which I am very conscious about and most of the time I boil. What doesn’t help matters either is living with a man who is always cold. It’s 21 degrees in the bedroom and he still wants to wrap up in the duvet. Anyway, heat complaints aside we will get onto the issue. I am going to write a very unglamorous review. Something essential for a few people like myself and one that us bbloggers never really like to talk about. Unlike many people, I find my skin issues settle down in winter. Okay I get a little dry around the shins, elbows and knees but nothing like the dessert that I have there in the summer. And when I got hot and dry skin, it bleeds because I just can’t help but scratch. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle really. As a child I suffered from eczema or so I am told and it sort of went away for a few years during my early teens, only really reappearing around the time I went to uni. I’ve tried many different lotions and creams and find the one that works best for me is this baby from e45. Now I’m not saying that everyone will experience the desired results with this; my boyfriend certainly didn’t as it made him more itchy. Approach with caution.

What E45 Say
‘As skin gets drier, it looks and feels less healthy, and its ability to effectively retain moisture is weakened, a vicious circle that can leave skin even drier. New E45 intense recovery moisture control body lotion is specially formulated to help support your skins natural moisture recovery and helps restore long-lasting softness in just two weeks.
The gentle, perfume-free formulation is non-greasy and quickly absorbed and can even be used on sensitive skin.’ –
E45

Texture and Results

The texture of this is good, it’s not too thick and nor is it too watery. It is quickly absorbed into the skin and unlike the original E45 doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. It does have a slight smell, similar to the original but not as powerful. The effect on the skin is very cooling and if you can brave it, pop this in the fridge for half an hour before applying. It is unbearably cold, but the instant soothing effect on red hot and itchy skin is worth it. I’ve been using E45 for years, although since meeting my current boyfriend over 4 years ago the number of tubs I buy had rapidly declined. He can’t stand the stuff, but I can’t stand not having something on my legs. I find that this really does help with my dry elbows, but the real winner for me is that it takes the itch and burn out of the eczema on my legs and ankles. Obviously it doesn’t completely go away –  the only thing that made that happen was some smelly cream from the Drs which apparently does something weird to the skin over time. I got home last night and behind my right knee was ridiculously red, hot, itchy and slightly swollen. After a good 5 minutes of itching I lathered this on and got into my comfy fox Pjs. Within about 30 minutes the swelling had reduced and the itch/heat subsided. So for me this is a quick fix, but for many it will not work.

Although it is hypoallergenic and parfum free, it does contain glycerin, liquidium glyceryl stearate and sodium cetearyl sulfate too. These can sometimes cause peoples skin to flare up (not so much glycerin but the other two). Glycerin can actually cause the skin to loose moisture, which seems counter productive but hey – it worked well for me. One last point is that this does contain parabens (boo to parabens).

Price and Final Thoughts

250ml bottles are currently on offer for £3.23 in Superdrug

I will 100 % be purchasing this again. Anything that helps stop the scratching is worth a purchase in my book. I may try one of the other options – normal or dry skin, but I am unsure if they will work as well.

Do any of you suffer from skin issues similar to me? How do you cope?

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