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?


Thrifty Thursday # 3|Sleek MakeUp Coral Blusher|Swatches and Review


Sleek Coral Blusher Swatches and Review|theLittleScottishCorner

Showing the size of the Sleek blush next to other products

Its been a while since I’ve written a Thrifty Thursday Post and coincidentally the first one was also a blusher. I like this blusher better. I like it so much that I have made a massive dent in it already. For me this blusher is almost a bronzer. It’s not really what I would think of as being coral, that’s for sure. I’ve had so many comments from people when wearing this on how ‘glowy’, ‘healthy’, ‘tanned’ and even ‘beauutiful’ I look. It has quickly become a staple in my daily makeup and I don’t remember the last time I used a blush that wasn’t this one on a work day. My silly drop box deleted some photos and my packaging is now quite badly scratched, so I’ve decided not to show it. Apologies for the photo of the used blush, silly dropbox!

Sleek Coral Blusher Swatches and Review|theLittleScottishCorner

The big mirror inside

I was initially sceptical about Sleek MakeUp, as we got off to a bad start. Fast forward 3 months and I’ve accumulated 4 out of 11 of their shades and 2 of the blush by 3 palettes. I really love these blushers that much and at a fiver a piece, you can’t go wrong. The packaging is simple matte black plastic – very sturdy and it definitely won’t open in your hand bag. One of the reasons we got off to a bad start is that I broke a nail trying to open this little blighter. I mean not cool. Anyway, it’s not just the coral shade the other 3 I have are stupidly hard to open but the blush by 3 palettes are find. I’ve found a system now, I just don’t close the lid fully. If I need to take the blush anywhere for on the go use, I wedge my house key into the packaging to open it. Quite effective really. I like that these include a good sized mirror in the lid and that it’s an actual mirror not just a  plastic piece of rubbish like you would find in a fun house. These are also insanely compact for the 8g of product you get in them. For reference it is about a third of the size of my mobile phone which is a Sony Xperia U and is similar in size to an HTC One or Iphone 4.

Sleek Coral Blusher Swatches and Review|theLittleScottishCorner

Unused blusher, not a great colour representation

Sleek Coral Blusher Swatches and Review|theLittleScottishCorner

Sleek Coral Blush in the pan

Pigmentation of this little beaut is fantastic. The first while I had this, I couldn’t quite get the amount I needed on my brush right and was a little bit orange. It’s cool though – nobody noticed! This is definitely more brown in colour than orange, but I really love the healthy glow it gives me. The texture of the blush is quite hard in the pan and when you first get it I would recommend sticking your finger in there and rubbing it around a little to break the surface. There is some micro shimmer in the blush, but when it is on the face it is barely noticeable.I really love how blendable these are and how pigmented it is. I also really love the price. Wear time is really good, this starts to fade on my skin after around 7 hours, but even after a full 14 hours at work there is still a trace of this on my face. Fantastic.

Sleek Coral Blusher Swatches and Review|theLittleScottishCorner

Unblended Swatch

Sleek Coral Blusher Swatches and Review|theLittleScottishCorner

Blended Swatch

Sleek is currently part of the massive 3 for 2 offer at Boots or you can buy the blush individually for £4.49 from Boots and Superdrug.

Which Sleek blush should I buy next and is there any you would like me to review? I have Pixie Pink, Pomegranate and Antique. I’ve never tried anything else from Sleek, but any ideas on what I should buy next?

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Elemis freshskin Skincare Part 1 – Discovery Set Review


It has been a stressful couple of weeks for me and as a result, my skin is suffering more than normal. As a result, I have really stepped up my game in terms of moisturising and reduced the ammount of make-up I am wearing to give it a chance to clear. Again, apologies to anyone who has already read this as I am trying to post all my previous posts from a shared blog on here so I have everything in one place. A few months ago now, I purchased the Elemis freshskin discovery kit available from Superdrug for £18.99 (I LOVE that Superdrug are branching out into slightly more luxury brands, Nicole OPI, Crabtree and Evelyn et al). It is also available at the likes of feelunique, lookfantastic and Debenhams so do shop around for offers. Since then I have repurchased the kit, as I think it is a fantastic price for the contents, which last for ages even though they are small tubes. I found that these lasted me around a month of daily use. For those of you who haven’t heard of Elemis, it is a British Spa brand and is towards the luxury end of the scale. The Pro Collagen Marine cream retails for almost £100 (yikes) and as gorgeous as that is, I doubt any teenager or twenty-something could afford that (unless of course you are blessed with a multi million pound fortune, which sadly most of us mere mortals are not.) Anyway, many beauty salons offer Elemis products and I have had an Elemis facial before which was lovely and relaxing. Early this year, Elemis released the freshskin range, targeted at the teens to 20s age group. The idea is the range offers luxury skin care at affordable prices, encouraging young people to look after their skin. What do Elemis say about the freshskin range?

‘Being young is all about having a packed life and that’s just how it should be.
freshskin has been specifically designed for the needs of a young skin.
Skin will appear brighter and more radiant whilst the freshskin Skin Clear range targets problem, oily and blemish prone skin.
Every freshskin product is formulated with naturally active ingredients which have been specially chosen for their ability to help cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise and target the problems of a young skin.’

As mentioned previously, I suffer from both oily and dry patches, so have tried products from both ranges and will review more from the freshskin range in another post. I think this range is fantastic, it is free from so many nasties: Parabens, SLS, SLES, DEA, Mineral Oils, Artificial Colours and Silicones. This ethos runs across the whole Elemis brand, not just the freshskin range, so as your skin matures you can move on to their more ‘grown up ranges’. The discovery set contains five products: a 30ml Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash, a 30ml Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash, a 15ml Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser, a 15ml Dreamy Sleep Night-time Moisturiser and 3x7ml Deep Clean Purifying Face Masks (only 2 are shown in the picture as I used the third one already and a review will follow shortly).

Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash

Everyday facial wash, available from Superdrug for £11.99 for 100ml.

‘Hydrating chicory extract, conditioning elderflower and skin-awakening lemon leave the complexion beautifully soft and glowing.’

This face wash is nice and thick and comes with a handy pump dispenser so you can get just the right amount. I find this is not too drying and is gentle enough to use around my eyes. It has no smell when you pump it out the tube, but once you foam it up with warm water, it smells really fresh and peachy. It lathers up well and does leave my face feeling clean, although sometimes I am left wanting something a little stronger for my oily nose which is why next pay day I want to try the purifying face wash from the range for oily skin.


Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash

Facial exfoliator, available from Superdrug for £11.99 for 100ml.

‘With a deep pore cleansing action, this exfoliating facial wash contains cherry powder and jojoba beads to gently polish and refine skin texture. Enriched with mandarin and aniseed to soften and condition, leaving skin bright, clean and more radiant. ‘

I never knew this contained cherry, so I am glad that it didn’t flare up my skin due to my weird allergy. This also contains sweet almond oil, which for me is the main scent that I can detect when using it. I do get a small whiff of mandarin, which is nice. This scrub is quite smooth in comparison to others I have used, but does a great job for an everyday scrub. It gently exfoliates away my dry patches and helps unclog pores too. I do feel that I could do with a rougher scrub for once a week use. I am on my third bottle of this so far, I just love it.


Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser

Everyday moisturising cream, available from Superdrug for £19.99 for 50ml.

‘Enriched with seaweed extract, this light and non-greasy daily moisturiser helps protect and moisturise. Rosehip seed oil and sweet almond oil deliver soothing and softening qualities ensuring the skin receives and instant hydration boost. Skin is left revitalised and more radiant. ‘

This also contains geranium, lavender and English chamomile and therefore is quite strongly scented. If you like your moisturiser to be scent free, this probably isn’t for you. The smell is not overpowering, it very much reminds me of the oils they used at the beauty salon and when I apply it I find it very relaxing. The formula is quite thick, but not overly so and as you can see in the picture (its the one on the bottom) it has started to run slightly. I find that this really does soften my skin and my face is honestly so soft after use. I didn’t apply it today and wow, my face felt like sandpaper in comparison to normal. The moisturiser does not leave my skin oily and I usually leave this to soak in for 10minutes whilst eating my cereal. I NEVER want to be without this baby.

Dreamy Sleep Night-time Moisturiser

Overnight replenishing cream, available from Superdrug for £21.99 for 50ml.

‘Specially formulated with a powerful liposome complex of Vitamins A,C and E, this intensely hydrating night-time moisturiser improves skin radiance while you sleep. Blackcurrant seed oil and barley extract help to further refine skin texture and increase skin smoothness.’

This smells much the same as the day cream and has much the same effect. The only difference it is a bit thicker, as you can see in the picture (it is the one on the bottom) and probably much more moisturising. I do find that I wake up with soft skin, however if you are tight for cash, I would say the day cream would do just as good a job if you have normal or oily skin. This is probably only essential if you have dry skin.


Overall, I love this range, my only criticism is the price. Although in my book £20 for a moisturiser and £10 for a face wash every 3 months isn’t much, I know that when I was 13 earning £20 a week from my paper round and £24 every Saturday in my local flower shop, I would definitely not have forked out for this. I think Elemis have targeted the wrong age group, unless any mums or grandparents are kind enough to purchase this for birthdays, Christmas etc. Look out for my review coming up on the face mask, serum and eye gel.

Gosh that was a long post wasn’t it? I hope you enjoyed reading this and I would love to hear your thought on the freshskin range. Have you tried any Elemis products or are you tempted to purchase this kit now?