Monthly Archives: October 2015

Review: Soap & Glory Drama Clean 5-in-1 Micellar Water

C: I recently decided to delve a little deeper into S&G’s skincare products, as even though they are one of my favourite brands I hadn’t actually tried many of their skincare products –  I had stuck to those I knew and mainly focused on showergels/body butters. As there was a 3 for 2 offer in Boots I decided to try their micellar water, as lets be honest such products are always useful to have around and I could justify adding a nifty little product to my ever expanding stash. This product is available here for £6!

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“No rubbing required! Remove make-up, dirt and impurities in one clean sweep with our astonishingly gentle yet effective Drama Clean™ 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (or as we call it “miracle water”)”.

So according to S&G this is a miracle water… and unfortunately (normally I adore all S&G products, and haven’t tried one I didn’t before) I have to disagree! I have tried this a couple of times now, and although it soothes my sensitive skin it just doesn’t remove make up effectively enough for me. My mascara (admittedly Benefits They’re Real) just got moved around my face rather than removed and my skin didn’t feel particularly clean. I ended up using my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm after this to actually remove my make up properly.

I am super sad about this, as normally S&G are spot on with their products! Has anyone else tried this? Have I managed to pick up a dud?! On the plus side though I am still getting plenty of use from this product by using it as a toner instead, to make sure my skin is super clean after initially removing make up with something a little more powerful.

On a side note it is also quite fragrant.. which I find strange in a micellar water and isn’t something I have come across before! I can’t work out whether I really like it or hate it!

Has anyone else tried this? I would love to hear if you had a similar experience to me! #twolittleowls

Review: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation

C: I kept reading such good reviews of this L’Oreal foundation offering, that when my Mac Matchmaster foundation started nearing the end of its long and happy life I thought I would give this a go and see if it would be a good drugstore (and therefore cheaper) alternative

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“A matte result that lasts up to 24 hours. Clinically proven; waterproof, steamproof. All the comfort, none of the shine. Perfect coverage. No Cakey effect. Easy to apply, enriched with perlite technology, and reduces the appearance of shine up to 24 hours”

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I picked this up in the shade “10 Porcelain” which was the lightest shade available, and actually is a very good colour match for me – lots of points for that as usually most drugstore brands aren’t pale enough for my skin-tone! But does the formula live up to its very ambitious claims?

Basically yes! It is easy to apply, blends in seamlessly with very little effort for a matte effect that lasts all day. I use this with my usual Garnier primer, but I did test it one day without and it still lasted all day, I only needed to reapply some powder late afternoon on a particularly hot day. I cannot comment as to it lasting 24 hours, as I have never worn my make up for 24 hours… but I suggest that claim is probably ambitious! My only other disagreement with the claims is that this is high coverage. I personally would rate this as having medium coverage as I still need a concealer in some areas, but that is perfect for me as I found high coverage foundations a little too much for everyday wear whereas this still feels light and comfortable.

However, overall for £7.99 (available here) I think this is totally worth the investment, and it has become one of my every day foundations (I have too many and about 8 on the go!). Have any of you guys tried this? What did you think? #twolittleowls

Review: Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash

C: if you are a regular twolittleowls reader you will know that I am an avid fan of S&G, and in terms of their skincare range I love their Peaches and Clean Cleanser which I have previously reviewed here, and it has featured in numerous of my empties posts due to repeat repurchases. However, due to my love of the Peaches and Clean Cleanser, I had never actually tried any of the other face washes and scrubs that S&G have to offer, which when it is one of my favourite brands seemed ridiculous. Hence investing in this little beauty to try!

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“Cleansing, foaming and smoothing •Gently detoxifies, polishes and purifies •Includes pigmentation-preventing antioxidants •Rejuvenates, energises and brightens •Strategically formulated for oily/combination skin”

S&G have attributed many impressive claims to this facial wash, so how did I find it? Firstly it is very pleasant to use, it has a fruity smell and you only need a tiny bit to lather up nicely on your skin for a clean, fresh feeling. It also contains little beads for exfoliating… which don’t really seem to add much in terms of exfoliation for me (and I dislike them being in products after reading London Beauty Queens post on the environmental effects of these little beasts) but all in all it is pleasant to use – the boyfriend is also happy to use this as it isn’t too girly girly.

It is however perfect for combination skin as it helps keep oil production in check without drying out the rest of my skin – formulated to do just so as this product is not a soap, but is a foaming facial wash specifically aimed at not causing the dryness associated with applying soap to your face! Since starting to use this I have noticed that my skin has remained clear and blemish free – so it has obviously carried on my Peaches & Cleans good work, and I am definitely glad I invested in this as for £8 (available here, and often on offer) it is going to last me such a long time!

Have any of you guys tried this facial wash? It certainly won’t be replacing Peaches & Clean in my heart, but it will be repurchased and used as an alternative so I don’t get bored (I am very fickle with my beauty products I am afraid!) #twolittleowls

Chloe’s October Empties!

C: Another month… another very successful empties box! I hadn’t really paid attention to what I was using up this month so I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had used up nine things – thats pretty impressive work for me, especially when I wasn’t specifically trying to use stuff up! So here is this months empties:

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Lacura Face Care Aqua-complete Multi Intensive Serum – Annie actually reviewed this very accurately here, so I wont go into too much detail but I really liked this. I did remove the label though so it would look prettier on my dresser… but it is a great serum, especially for the price!

Repurchase? Definitely! This is such a bargain!

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower gel – this had been sat in my stash since Christmas as I hate eating grapefruit, and grapefruit washing up liquid makes me vom so I assumed I would hate this! Due to laziness, as this was the first shower gel I came too whilst having a rummage I finally used it and loved it! The scent is delicate and beautiful, and it lathers up nicely so a little goes a long way! This tiny bottle lasted me over two weeks – another reason why I love the Body Shop!

Repurchase? Surprisingly yes!

Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Hyrdoactive Microderm – another Birchbox sample here I believe! I liked the scrubbiness of this, it was nicely exfoliating without being too harsh but I wasn’t keen on the formula on the cream. It just sat on top of my skin and didn’t sink in at all, meaning when I used a micellar water afterwards there was still loads of make up there.

Repurchase? Nope.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter – Im pretty sure one of these turns up in my empties posts about every other month! I bloody love this stuff! It smells amazing and is super moisturising, it is definitely one of my favourite products ever!

Repurchase? I still have two more in my stash, but when I run out I definitely will.

Tresemme Salon Sleek Glossing Spray – I loved this! It helped tame fly aways, reduced frizz and added a nice shine to my hair without making it look greasy.

Repurchase? I would do but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere! If I do then yes!

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My Burberry Perfume – another sample Annies mum gave me (I promise I will find time to unpack my perfume collection at some point and stop just using samples)! I really like this, and its way more sophisticated than most perfumes I wear so I ended up using it up pretty quickly! It also lasts all day and I received lots of compliments when wearing it!

Repurchase? I think I actually would you know, and I never buy perfumes!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – my favourite mascara that I reviewed here!

Repurchase? I still have a full sized version on the go, but I will be doing, yes.

Anna Sui Secret Wish perfume – I won’t go on about this, as it just wasn’t the right scent for me. It lasted all day and I am sure it would be lovely on someone else but I just didn’t love it! I also promise I am running out of perfume samples to use up so I will stop boring you with them soon!

Repurchase? Nope.

Black Eyeliner from The Body Shop – I have no idea which Body Shop eyeliner this was, as it lasted so long all the writing rubbed off/I have sharpened it too often! I loved this, but it was finally time to say goodbye to an old faithful friend and admit it was time to retire. It lasted all day and had great colour pay off so it was a winner in my eyes!

Repurchase? I would happily re-buy an eyeliner from The Body Shop, I shall be having a look when I next pop in!

So there we have it, a mixed batch for Octobers empties! Have you guys tried any of these products? If so did you agree with my mini reviews? #twolittleowls

Review: Nip + Fab CC Cream

A & C: we both bought this during a recent bargain hunt in our local Factory Shop for the crazy cost of £2 – a steal when it is normally available from Boots for £14.99! As it is one of the pricier drugstore CC cream alternatives we were both really excited to try this badboy out and had high hopes for it!

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The packaging itself is pretty sturdy, and similar to the rest of the Nip + Fab range. The squeezy tube means you can dispense the exact amount you need without too much wastage which is definitely a plus side – we hate wasting make up!

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When we first opened this and looked at the colour we both assumed this would be completely wrong for us. We are both super pale and although we picked up the colour “Light” this looked pretty orange toned to us – luckily this seems to adapt to your skin tone on application, and although not the perfect colour match it was workable with a little pale pressed powder.

Unfortunately things didn’t get much better on application after the initial colour panic. We both found this really difficult to blend in to our skin. It seemed to sit on top of the skin rather than sink in and blend like you hope. Chloe ended up taking hers off straight away, and then re-tried with only a tiny amount of product. This worked much better, and actually works into the skin better when you apply with fingers rather than a brush – not particularly hygienic but still.

Eventually after a little trial and error we decided that the best way to use this was mixed with a little paler bb or cc cream. That way we could still use it up and it was a better colour match for us – it also blended in much better and looked more natural. It then lasted most of the day before it needed a little top up and a little powder to get rid of any shine.

Obviously we cannot comment on its skincare properties as we have only been able to use this mixed with other products, but we do enjoy the fact that it has SPF 30!

Have any of you guys tried this? Any recommendations on where we have been going wrong?! #twolittleowls

Review: Make Up Revolutions Awesome Metals Eye Foils in Black Diamond

C: another birthday present review today thanks to Annies excellent make up gift buying powers! I loved receiving this pigment from Make Up Revolution as it is so different to anything else in my collection!

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I received this in the shade “Black Diamond” which is absolutely perfect for me as Annie knows I prefer to use a darker eyeshadow to create a smokey eye look, or to use as a liner when I am going for less dramatic eye make up. It is a dark grey foil effect shimmer and it is absolutely beautiful!

Included in the kit is a little liquid eye primer as well as a mixing tray, the idea being you drop a little primer into the tray and then mix the pigment to your desired pigmentation. You then apply this to your eyes, and build it up in layers to the desired effect! This seemed a little complicated to me… so I decided to show you my first attempt as a real review of how easy this is to use as well as how good the product itself is.

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So my first attempt at using this was reasonably successful! Next time I used it I applied more colour for a more pigmented look, but it is definitely about trial and error to achieve the look you are aiming for – which is perfect really as you can go as pigmented as you dare! I also really enjoyed playing about with this – it certainly isn’t something you would use if you were in a rush, but I really enjoy spending time playing about with my make up and trying new things so if you are a beauty obsessive like me I’m sure that won’t be a problem for you!

Once applied the primer did a great job of making this stay put. It didn’t crease or melt off my face like a lot of eyeshadows tend to do in this strange heat we had been experiencing in the UK! Meaning it will be perfect for a night out when I want to create a full on dramatic eye look! All in all I love this product, mainly because I have nothing similar in my collection and it is such a fun idea!

If you fancy trying this it is only £4 and available here – there are also lots of other beautiful colours, I particularly have my eye on the Rose Gold and Emerald shades! #twolittleowls

Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 45

C: Annie treated me to this amazing lipstick for my birthday as I had been admiring it in Boots for a while but decided I had way too many lipsticks to invest in another. Obviously Annie knew this was not true, I clearly needed more and this was the perfect addition to my ever expanding collection!

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First of all (although Annie disagrees) I absolutely love the packaging of the new nudes collection! This photo actually makes it look a bit pinker than it is in real life, but it is beautiful! I think its sophisticated and looks way more high end than a Rimmel lipstick. 

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I had picked out shade 45 as apparently this is the best shade for my hair colour/skin-tone (there was a handy shade guide in Boots) and also because this is the sort of nude colour that I think suits me best in a lipstick! Just look how pretty it is!

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Cheeky little swatch for you there – Im afraid my face won’t be featuring on the blog any more until this pesky preggo bloat has disappeared. So possibly never again actually, so this swatch will have to do guys! But just look at the colour! This is with just one swipe, so you can actually build up the colour with a second layer if you want it to be more pigmented.

The formula is also super creamy and feels comfortable enough on your lips for every day wear – something you definitely need from a nude lipstick. However, the quality is the same we have come to expect from Kate Moss’ lipsticks and the lasting power is pretty good too! So for the bargain price of just £5.49 (available here) you just can’t go wrong with this little bargain – it is definitely one I shall be getting a lot of use out of.

Have any of you guys invested in Kates new nude lipstick range? If so do you recommend any other shades? Let me know! #twolittleowls

Review: Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Golden Sugar

C: If you guys are regular readers, you may have noticed that Annie treated me to this amazing blush palette for my birthday! She knows how much I love a good palette, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint! I hate opening new things… because then they aren’t new anymore? But I have finally given in and busted this bad boy out so thought it was definitely time for a review!

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Firstly lets discuss the packaging, the palette itself is a black shiny case which is pretty sturdy and includes a massive mirror! This gets bonus points from me as its perfect for travelling and applying on the go – you could just take this on holiday and have all the blushes/highlights you could need! Plus its just beautiful really isn’t it? Shiny make up in a palette = heaven to me.

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As you can tell from the swatches, all of the blushes are really pigmented and pretty finely milled for such a bargain brand – although we all know Makeup Revolution don’t often disappoint on quality I was still impressed by these! There are 7 shimmery shades and one matte colour on the bottom right – this is pretty good for contouring actually, as although it looks quite orange in the swatch (it is the top colour) if you use it lightly it gives off a lovely colour and blends easily.

The rest of the colours are equally as easy to blend, meaning you can use as little as you like for a natural flush or build the colours up slightly for a more pigmented and dramatic look without looking like a clown – although a heavy hand is not recommended! They also lasted all day on me – although I do use a primer and setting powder so I wouldn’t know how well they last without these!

So what do you guys think of this palette? Have you already tried it or are you thinking of investing? I absolutely love having so many different options in one little palette, I can’t see myself getting bored of these bad boys any time soon! #twolittleowls

Baby Diaries: The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift!

C: Now I am still not entirely convinced about baby showers… it is definitely a very American thing to me (although when it comes to Halloween and Christmas they have got the art of celebrating down!) and I didn’t really want one! However, the sister in law can only minority be tamed, so I had a baby shower/afternoon tea on my birthday and it was actually lovely! I didn’t want people to feel like they had to bring a gift, so I made sure that was specified on the invites, but one of the gifts I received I thought deserved a special mention on the blog – the Neals Yard Mother and Baby Organic Collection which is £45 and available here.

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First of all the packaging is absolutely beautiful, and I loved that it is a gift for mums to be as well as babies – its nice to get some pampering in before baby arrives as apparently I won’t have much time for that once my bundle of joy (poo and nappies) is here!

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Obviously I haven’t tried any of the baby products yet, but I shall make sure to update this post once baba has given her verdict on them (She’s still too young to be trying them)! However, the Mothers Bath Oil is by far my favourite product! It smells so lovely and relaxing, and really helps to calm down both me and my troublesome skin! Im not particularly keen on the Massage Oil just because I personally don’t like using oils/I keep dropping it and making a mess and L moans about the slippery bathroom! But the flannel is lovely quality and I enjoyed using the Mothers Balm on those pesky stretch mark areas – it stopped my skin getting itchy and kept it supple and moisturised!

This is literally the perfect gift for any mum to be! It is beautiful and functional, and the bonus is that it is all organic too where possible! I know a lot of pregnant ladies are super concerned about only using organic products on their body as obviously what your body absorbs is potentially finding its way to the little one, so this is perfect! Personally I have still been using what works for me as my skin is too sensitive to be swapping products around, but this is still perfect when you are unsure on what to buy someone for their baby shower – everyone buys baby clothes etc so its lovely to get something different!

What do you guys think of this from Neals Yard? I haven’t tried many of their products before, but I shall definitely be popping in to my local store to see what goodies they have! #twolittleowls

Review: Beach Hair/Salt Sprays – Do They Really Work?

C: I recently decided to invest in a couple of salt sprays for my hair, hoping they would easily give me a natural/beachy hair look. I have a 3 week old baby now so was thinking these would be the perfect way to control my naturally wavy hair and look slightly put together without putting in too much effort! I picked up two different ones, modelled here with my excellent stags head bedding:

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Schwartzkopf got2b beach matt mermaid look texturizing salt spray/the longest name ever – first of all I really like the scent of this, and the spray cap is perfect for spritzing this evenly throughout my thick hair. It also really helped define my waves, so definitely did add texture and tousle… not sure about the body claim as my hair has too much body already. However, this did not in any way tame the frizz, which is fine as it doesn’t claim too… but I can’t use it alone and leave my hair to go wavy as I end up with a terrible frizzy mess after a couple of hours. Not good – although perfect if you don’t have frizzy hair (lucky you)

Tresemme Sea Salt Spray – this actually does the opposite of the Schwartzkopt offering (and incidentally has a super short name, interesting) and reduced frizz but didn’t really add much in terms of defining the natural waves in my hair. It also doesn’t smell as good, which is a shame but you can’t have everything in life apparently. But if you have super curly hair that tends to frizz up this would be great for you to try!

So obviously… they both addressed different aspects of my hair needs, so I tried using both. Definitely not recommended as I ended up with a bit of a sticky mess going on. Therefore, I am afraid my search for the perfect sea salt spray shall continue – although I have been using these up by spraying them in my hair before I plait it and sleep so I have wavy controlled hair anyway!

Do any of you guys have any recommendations on sea salt sprays to try? These two offerings would be perfect for those of you with better controlled hair than mine! Let me know if you agree! #twolittleowls