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. 

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?

UK Box Swap with Cats for Life

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It’s been a while since I blogged hasn’t it? So this post is a good way to ease me back into it. I know your probably sick of me saying I am busy at work, but it’s true! Topped with an untimely visit to A and E, a horrible cold and the landlord deciding to replaster the house we stay in, I’ve been pretty busy. I move department again in a few weeks time, so looks like the 12, 14 or even 16 hour days could be a thing of the past for me. I really love my current department and although this past 2 weeks have been insanely busy I will be really sad to leave. I’ve enjoyed getting stuck into different things. The replastering of our house came at the totally wrong time and there is just stuff everywhere. It’s horrible. It’s even a struggle to sit down at my computer and write this post.

Anyway, I arranged this box swap with the lovely Jordannah back in the new year and we had originally planned to do the swap in March/April time around Easter. We ended up delaying it as Jordannah was on holiday for a few weeks and before I knew it, it was June! I actually got my box a few weeks before Jordannah, even though I posted her box before she posted mine. Her boyfriend ended up forgetting to take the box with him, so poor Jordannah had to wait over 3 weeks to get it from him! I felt pretty bad for her, but eventually she got her box, so we agreed we would show you all what we got!

I was so excited when I opened the box by the sheer amount of things she had managed to cram into our budget. I felt like my box was a little lacking in comparison. I couldn’t wait to rip off the cute orange and red tissue paper and see what was in store. And boy I was not disappointed! Jordannah also included a really cute little cat postcard – we both love cats. I thought the yellow cards that were stuck onto each of the little bundles explaining why she included things was a great idea.

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Skincare

Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream

‘I had too many of these Vichy Serums lying around so thought you would love one!’

Thanks 🙂 Jordannah! I had seen Vichy on so many blogs as it seems a staple product in those monthly subscription boxes but had never tried anything myself. This little 3ml tube will be fabulous for taking on holiday as it won’t eat into my liquid allowance too much. I’ve put this away in my drawer of holiday sachets, so hopefully it wont be there too long before I get to use it!

Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Masque

‘And who can say no to a chocolate face mask?!’

I love Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks. I actually have a tube of the chocolate and orange face mask, which I love and I imagine this one will be pretty similar. Mmm chocolatey.

Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

‘And to a bit of simple. Everyone needs some in their life!’

I knew I would forget to photograph something in the bundle. Sorry. Simple is not a brand I am hugely familiar with – I’ve tried a couple of things and I know it is super affordable and gentle on the skin. This wash is soap free and unscented. I’m going to let my other half try this one out too as he has really sensitive skin. This didn’t dry out my skin, or leave it feeling tight.

Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion

‘Hehe, this is the item I had to break into the box, to put in! I love this moisturiser, it’s by far the best drugstore one I’ve found.’

I am so glad that Jordannah delayed sending the box to put this in! Love it so much. I think it is probably the highlight of the box for me. It smells delicious, kinda citrusy and it so light on the skin. After using this my skin feels amazing and soft and not at all greasy. Applying makeup after this is a dream. I am in love. Thank you so much!

Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

‘I really love Halo as a brand and these make-up wipes are really good.’

I haven’t tried these out yet as I generally only use make-up wipes when I am feeling lazy. The packet is so compact that these would be good for a weekend away when you want to keep stuff to a minimum.

Hair and random stuff

Hair and random stuff

Hair and Miscellaneous

Beauty So Clean Wipes

‘I also put in some Beauty So Clean wipes to clean beauty items like lipgloss and lipstick.’

What a brilliant idea these wipes are and I will definitely make full use of these. More often than not I am cleaning up palettes and lipgloss, so this will be a much more hygienic than a tissue.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

‘For hair I love Batiste. Its a life saver.’

This can is so cute and compact and would be perfect for a festival. I don’t use dry shampoo as a shampoo, I tend to use it more for backcombing. Once my current can is finished, I will be giving this a try.

Tresemme Hair Shot

‘I also got a little hair conditioner shot for a little pick me up.’

I could really do with this right now, my hair is an absolute mess! Thanks for including this Jordannah, you must have read my mind. Once the replastering is done in my house, I will be having a pamper session, so will whip this out then.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate

‘For lips I’ve put in my all time fav baby lips – I’m already on my second.’

I’m surprised Jordannah has managed to go through one of these already! I haven’t tried this Baby lips before, but I have the Mint one which I love the smell of, but don’t find too moisturising. Hopefully since this one is actually targeted to moisturise the lips that it will far better.

Makeup goodness

Makeup goodness

Cosmetics

Collection Cream Puff in Cotton Candy

‘These collection Lip Puffs are great too! I chose a pretty standard colour just in case!’

They are actually amazing. The colour is perfect for me and compliments my skin really well. I love the idea of these, they dry to a matte finish but apply like a gloss. I managed to get around 2-3 hours wear from this and it did transfer a little when eating and drinking. One thing I noticed was that it required good lip preparation before so that my lips didn’t look flakey and liney.

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba

Ah good old natural collection. I used to love natural collection when I was in school as everything was so affordable. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented this blusher is and how smoothly it applies. This colour is really natural looking, so perfect for those no makeup days.

Collection Bronze Glow in Terracota

‘ I got you my all time favourite blush and bronzer so you can try out some contouring.’ 

I am a bad beauty blogger. I don’t contour. I wear blusher and sometimes bronzer and I guess you could say I sculpt my cheeks a little, but I never contour the jawline, hairline or nose. Lets give it a bash with this matte bronzer shall we?

Seventeen Phwoar Paint

‘I bought you my fav concealer of the moment, it says its for under eyes but works great on blemishes too.’

I’ve seen this on a few blogs and have been intrigued. I am the queen of dark circles, so really need something heavy. I haven’t actually tried this under eyes yet as I am worried it will crease, so need to wait for a day when I am not leaving the house but it is fabby on spots. So creamy and the colour is an okay match for my skin.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in Black

‘I really love the collection liquid eyeliner – it’s so easy to do a cat eye with.’

When I saw this I turned away and groaned. I am so useless at liquid eyeliner as my hands are so shaky, so I thought I would just make a mess. I wasn’t wrong. So much mess. Anyway, Brittany from the Beauty deputy had a cool technique to use tape to mark off your area for a flick. I’m gonna get some masking tape and try this out. In terms of formula, I don’t really have any other eyeliners of the liquid variety to compare to, but it seems quite wet, drying to a semi matte finish. I will report back if I successfully manage a flick.

Alima Eyeshadow

‘I also put in a little loose eyeshadow I had but never used. I know you love eyeshadow more than me!’

Awh this was very sweet to get this included. The colour of this is hard to describe, a kinda grey-brown shimmer. I’m going to review this soon as I had never heard of the brand.

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Food and Non-Beauty Stuff

Brush Roll, Notebook and Gel Pens

Cute notebook

Cute notebook

Couldn't resist a close up of the pens

Couldn’t resist a close up of the pens

Brush roll

Brush roll

Ah how cute is the brush roll?And she hand made it! I was scared to use it incase it gets dirty, but its washing machine safe! Once my house is back in order, this will take pride of place on my dresser. The notebook with the stitched on dolls was a cute addition too. And the swirly gel pens took me back to my childhood.

Food :)

Food 🙂

Haribo, Mikado, Eton Mess Chocolate and Necklace

I already ate most of the strawberry haribo as I opened them at work and shared them with people. The mikado were amazing –  never tried them before. I’m ashamed to say that me and the BF ate the whole box in one sitting. #Piggies

Has anyone else ever down a box swap? Big thanks to Jordannah for agreeing to do this swap with me:)

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Breaking Up After 5 Years | Philosophy Purity Cleanser

Philosophy Purity Clenaser | thelittlescottishcorner

Philosophy Purity Clenaser

The other day in the shower I realised I had never reviewed this cleanser! I’ve been using this cleanser for around 5 years and now my relationship has come to an end. I always have 2 or 3 cleansers on the go as I like to alternate between them and I just feel like this cleanser no longer suits my needs. I know for many this is a bit of a marmite product – some bloggers rave about it and others just darn right dislike it.

The consistency of this is quite thin, meaning you can either foam it up in your hands and apply with your fingers, put it on a face cloth or use it with a cotton pad. I have used this in the shower with my hands and with a face cloth in the sink at night. I much prefer this as a morning cleanser in the shower as I don’t find that it removes stubborn makeup as easily as some other cleansers. The bottle is very typical of Philosophy with a quote about purity and if I am honest I find the larger bottles very difficult to squeeze due to the thick plastic. I actually wrote to philosophy about this a few years ago, but they never replied. Clearly they don’t value customer opinion too much!

The smell of this is a bit strange and hard to describe. It isn’t unpleasant or highly scented, but it does smell of something. This does foam up well and it does a good job of cleaning the skin, but as mentioned above some stubborn makeup like Benefit They’re Real can cause problems. I usually have to cleanse 2 or 3 times if I am using this after wearing that mascara, which is a bit inconvenient. I suppose you are wondering why I used this for so long? Well it is extremely gentle and has never caused me any problems with skin irritation or drying me out. It does a great job at removing everyday makeup and generally leaves my skin feeling clean. I’ve decided not to repurchase this for 2 reasons. 1 is the price, this stuff is not cheap and for the price I expect a little bit more. It’ false economy to buy and expensive cleanser that can’t remove my makeup. 2. I am no longer cleansing twice a day. I have switched to cleansing only at night and for this I want something moisturising, that will remove all my makeup. Cue Emma Hardie Moringa balm. In the mornings I am now using a very gentle face wash or a gentle exfoliator, so I really don’t have much of a  need for this.

I’m really quite sad that this is my last bottle and will maybe pick some of the mini bottles up at Christmas, but I just feel I have moved on and grown up from this cleanser. As they say, ‘Philosophy Purity – it’s not you, it’s me.’ My needs have just outgrown this. I wear mascara every day now and I’m concious that not removing it properly could be bad for my eyes. Overall I really loved this and would recommend if you want a gentle cleanser – it’s great for removing foundation, blush etc, just not stubborn eye make-up.

You can purchase a mini 90ml bottle from Boots for £8 if you fancy trying it out.

What’s your go to cleanser? Do you use more than one like me? I would love to know if anyone has tried this what they thought?

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